The Beginning of a *Beautiful* Friendship

Lately I’ve been hell bent on taking better care of my skin. For the longest time, I had the skincare routine equivalent to that of a teenage boy- complete with quick cleansing, treatment of problem spots when they’re already issues, and major slacking on makeup removal before bed. Combined with the high-stress summer I had, it was a perfect storm for a new addiction… I ended up ordering a few new things from Jolse to replace products that I ran out of. It’s been love ever since.

Additions to the mighty skincare routine:

The mighty new skincare routine.

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TONYMOLY Peach Punch Sweet Foam Cleanser
This cleanser has everything that my standard go to Neutrogena cleanser was missing. Smells fantastic and has just the right amount of foam. Sets the stage.

Benton snail bee high content

Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin Toner
I wouldn’t be honest if I said that the whole “snail” thing didn’t creep me the out completely when I was first checking out AB/KB. After some research and testing, mainly from /r/AsianBeauty, it’s clear that snail products might be key players in the world of amazing skin. Just ask Holy Snails. I hadn’t used a toner since my super-Acne days of high school, and that one burned like all heck. This one is mild, cleansing, and simply gets my skin ready for the main events.

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Serums & ampoules:
The Face Shop Pore Tightening Cover Cream
This was one of the first Korean beauty products I tried and was completely sold on it when I visited the local Face Shop location near me. It smells literally like heaven, or what I think heaven should smell like, and completely masks the sight of pores. Hello smooth and flawless skin!

SCINIC Honey All in One Ampoule
This ampoule was one of the first things on my wishlist, but sadly couldn’t be acquired via Amazon Prime. It was well worth the wait from Jolse. I use it at night after a sheet mask to wake up with super hydrated skin. 10/10 would buy again, but the container it comes in is huge so I definitely won’t be needing to repurchase for a while.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
This serum was a recent addition to my collection, so I’m still testing that one out. So far so good, and seems to have similar results as TFS PTC. The nice people at Jolse included a variety of little samples from this brand, so I’ll definitely be doing some further investigations.

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Sheet Masks:
Etude House I Need You Masks
A steal of a deal on Amazon, you can order quite a few of these puppies for just a couple lattes at Starbucks. Moisturizing, relaxing, and downright soothing after sitting in the fridge for a bit, these are a quintessential part of my new and improved self-care routine.

It’s Skin Snail Moisture Sheet
(not pictured for the best reason- because I used them all!)
This one has my favorite smell of them all. Remember the old Bath and Body Works scents that smelled so good that you were almost tempted to eat them? This has the same effect for me. It’s a little bit more pricey than the above masks, but the smell. That smell. It’s also moisturizing, soothing, and all that jazz.

Sample city: Jolse also includes a bunch of samples with every order- why most American cosmetic companies don’t do more of this is beyond me. I found a few of the products above thanks to little samples that I tried before buying.

Sources: I’ve also found that shops such as Jolse, RoseRoseShop, and TesterKorea are a much better deal than Sephora in terms of pricing, but they ship from Korea, making processing time much longer. I have a serious love-hate relationship with Sephora– their products are awesome (I mean, what woman doesn’t like having everything beauty all in one place?) but their service absolutely stinks. I can’t count how many times I felt like I was inconveniencing the employees there by asking questions about products, God-forbid I’d ask a question without a full face of makeup on already!

In just a month and a half or so, my skin has been super soft and has that dewy glow, even without makeup. To be fair, I didn’t have a ton of skin issues before I started my new regimen, just the occasional blemish. I’m finding that I have to use foundation less and less, making my face feel less caked on. I never understood the makeup trends here in the US to begin with- it makes sense that healthier skin underneath all the makeup feels so so right.

Let me know if you have questions, want to go halfsies on shipping for a haul, or want to drive up to the OC to visit SkinFood. You won’t have to ask me twice.

  • shannon

    Hi Colette
    It is great that you are taking care of your skin. I have a Korean friend that may be have more info for you if you like. For me, I steer clear of toxic products e.g. parabens, DEA, SDS, “fragrance” and about 7 others……. that is the # one problem with skin care. Skin absorbs many things- too bad so many skin care products are bad for you and the environment!

    • Thanks, Shannon! I’ve found a few sources for info that have been really helpful to me- mainly a community on Reddit who are centered around “Asian” beauty products. It’s great that samples are more of a thing with Korean companies- then I can try things and if I don’t like them I’m not wasting an entire container of a product. I’ve also been following several bloggers out there that analyze the content of these products and the pH balance associated with products as well.