Review: COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

CosRx Low pH gel collage

Discovering this product made me a huge fan of COSRX!  It immediately replaced by beloved CeraVe cleanser.  I’ve been using this product consistently for a year now, and it never disappoints!  Gentle on skin, cleanses without a trace, and best of all, the right pH to keep your skin healthy.  Oh, and guess what?  It’s great for all times of the day – not just the morning!

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Review: Mizon Original Skin Energy Ampoules: Peptide, Placenta, and Collagen, Oh My!

Mizon skin energy ampoules

When did getting older ever become a bad thing?  I remember (like it was yesterday!) being a frustrated teenager and counting down the years until I was 18 and officially became an adult.  Even in my 20s, I looked forward to my birthday every year.  Every year was a step towards my education or career goals.  Every year provided more knowledge, more experiences, more adventures, more confidence, and more security!

But now I am officially getting older, and it is not such a good thing anymore.  Somehow time has crept up, and I suddenly woke up to find myself in my mid-30s, although I still feel like I’m 25, and often get mistaken for it.  I take pride in looking like I’m still in my 20s, and goddamn it, I will maintain it as long as humanly possible!  (Without looking like a plastic freak with a pulled-apart face like overstretched mozzarella – you know what I’m talking about.)

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Review: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal

Boscia Konjac cleansing sponge

Finally getting around to blogging about one of my favorite skin care products: the Konjac Sponge!  Originally created in Japan, there are many different kinds to choose from, made by many different brands.  The first one that I tried was Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal that I bought at Sephora.  I found that it provides effective yet gentle exfoliation, and overall I love Konjac sponges so much that it has a permanent position in my skin care routine.

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My Winter Skin Care Routine

I have done so many reviews of products, and talked about how I’ve solved individual skin problems, but I just realized that I never blogged about my whole skin care routine.  It’s taken a few months of trial and error, but I’ve finally created a routine that keeps my skin looking and feeling its best.

(And I know I’m doing something right when I haven’t had a single hormonal cystic acne for 3 months, now!  First time since I was 14 that I haven’t had problems with cystic acne.)

Winter skin care routine Korean products

I’m a big believer in living according to the seasons.  The activities I do, the food I eat, and of course my skin care routine, reflect the changing seasons.  My routine is also slightly different for the day and at night.  I also have some favorite weekly treatments, too.  But all my skin care products have pretty much one thing in common: moisture.  In the winter, I focus on adding extra moisturizers to my skin because nurturing my moisture barrier has been the best way to keeping acne, rosacea, and enlarged pores at bay.

But I am always experimenting with new products, and I’ll write if I’ve decided to permanently include something in my daily or weekly routine.  I’ll definitely do a Summer Skin Care Routine update, because I’m sure I’ll have to change some of my products for the changing weather.

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Review: Missha Near Skin Inner Moist Moisturize Emulsion – and a little lesson on why solid carrier oils may be bad for your skin!

Missha near skin emulsion

Oh, Missha.  How could you do my skin so much wrong?  I had so much optimism for this product!  Even though I knew of the possibility that it would break me out, I still thought that I should give Missha’s Near Skin Inner Moist Moisturize Emulsion a chance because of all the amazing skin-repairing ingredients in it.  Unfortunately, it did break me out.  Horribly.  And has confirmed to me that I am indeed extremely sensitive to a certain type of carrier oils (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  But for other people this might be their holy grail moisturizer.

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Review: The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask

It’s snowing again in Chicago as I write this, and it’s so pretty outside.  My favorite time in winter is when the snow first hits the ground, softly blanketing the trees and streets in a thin veil of white.  The shoveling and dirty sludge that inevitably comes later, however, I can definitely do without.  And of course, I can also do without the incredibly dry air.  But this year, despite the dry air of winter, my skin has been saved by the discovery of Korean sheet masks.

Face shop real nature sheet mask

And my favorite of the several brands of sheet masks that I’ve tried is The Face Shop’s Real Nature Mask.  They’re inexpensive, great quality, and come in a variety of different ingredients (I almost wrote “flavors”! Ha!) to address many types of skin concerns.

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