Korean Skincare Haul! (Part 1)


Hello beauties!

As crazy as it sounds, it’s been a sunny week in the UK so far and it’s starting to feel a little bit like Spring 🙂

Spring always reminds me of Spring cleaning, which is something I enjoy doing very much even though I can be quite lazy about tidying up sometimes (teehee). To me, it means I’ll revamp the whole flat and in particular the wardrobe. It’s probably the only time of the year were I actually manage to get rid of some of the stuff I own but never use without repeatedly telling myself that it might come in handy someday (hint: it never does).

What’s different this Spring is that I also gave my bathroom shelve a make-over by throwing away all the stuff that wasn’t working anymore and replacing it by a totally new skincare routine based on Korean and Japanese products that are all the rage these days.

This morning the last parcel arrived and I’m thrilled that I can finally share this huge haul with you guys!

Let’s have a look, shall we?

Misha Time Revolution – The First Treatment Essence

Considered a dupe of the hugely famous and insanely expensive SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews about this essence from bloggers and youtubers alike. For those who don’t know what an essence is, it’s something that comes after the toner and before the serum. Generally more on the liquid side, essences are meant to give your skin a boost and making it look healthy by providing super potent ingredients such as fermented rice or yeast concentrates, enzymes and vitamins. Missha’s essence contains more than 80% fermented yeast concentrate that tones, energizes and improves skin elasticity. It is also meant to restore damage and improve fine lines.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Don’t be fooled by the name – although it says “lotion”, this is in reality a toner, with a consistency that is just a bit thicker than water. This Japanese lotion is a huge best-seller in Asia, and it is said that one bottle of it is sold every 4 seconds! As the name indicates, it’s meant to be very moisturising, a claim that is enforced by their slogan “one drop locks up an ocean“. The Super Hyaluronic Acid in it is supposed to retain twice as much moisture compared to regular Hyaluronic Acid. I particularly like the fact that it only contains weak acid, no fragrances and no colorants, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Activator Ampoule

This night time serum is also considered a dupe – this time of the Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum. They share the same main ingredient; bifida ferment lysate. This powerful component fights fine lines, fades discolourations and brightens the skin overnight. The probably biggest difference between those two products is the price: in the UK, the Advanced Night Repair Serum retails for £69.00 for 50 ml, while I found Missha’s Night Repair Activator for £24.13 on Amazon for the same amount of product. Comparing the ingredients of both serums, Missha’s serum also seems to contain better ingredients compared to Estee Lauder. While there are significantly more ingredients in it than the Estee Lauder serum, they’re mostly natural and have proven benefits associated to them. I ran both products through COSDNA and it turned out that the Advanced Night Repair contains about 7 acne triggering ingredients and 4 potential irritants, while the Night Repair Ampoule, despite having more ingredients, contained only 3 ingredients that could trigger acne and only 2 potential irritants. Looks like a great deal if you ask me!

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

One of Innisfree’s best selling products, this watery serum contains a generous amount of fresh organic green tea seeds and green tea from Jeju island. They help in intensely hydrating the skin and keeping it supple and are rich in anti-oxidants to protect from damage.

Mizon Special Solution Good Night White Sleeping Mask

Another type of product that is gaining popularity recently is the sleeping mask. They’re used before bed and work while you sleep! Sounds like a great idea to me, so I had to get my hands on one. I went for the Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask, which is used to protect your skin form losing moisture (that you layered on during your night time routine) during the night, while at the same time having a brightening effect and evening out skintone. This cream contains mulberry extract, morus bark extract, hyaluronic acid and, eeerrrm…placenta O_O’

Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Eye Concentrate

One of the products I was anticipating the most because I’ve never used eye cream before *shock*! I know, I should’ve known better, but because I never had issues with dark circles or other problems I just never bothered – until now. At 25 years I am finally noticing some shy fine lines here and decided now is the time to act. Preventing damage is better than having to fix it later in life! This eye cream is formulated with 64% collagen to tackle lines and wrinkles, give elasticity and hydrate the delicate eye area. Added plus: the packaging and the little jar are sooo adorable!


I will be testing each of these over the next few weeks and write detailed reviews on which ones are working and which ones didn’t live up expectations, so make sure to stay tuned if you’re interested in any of them!

Have you tried Korean or Japanese products yet or have one to recommend? I’d love to hear from you!



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