I’ve got into Korean Beauty products just over a year ago. It started innocently enough with a few Elizavecca products. I got their Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye CreamMilky Piggy Aqua Rising Steam Filler Moisture Cream, and Hell Pore Clean Up AHA Fruit Toner.

I didn’t like the toner at all, it left my face feeling filmy and smelled too strongly. Both creams though I did really like. When I finished the moisturiser the only reason I didn’t repurchase it was summer was coming it and while my skin loved the heavy formula in winter I wanted something lighter for spring and summer.

Since then I’ve jumped head first into Korean beauty products! Cleansers, masks, sprays, creams, and make up.

Novelty for me plays a big role in what I chose to buy. Don’t get me wrong a product has to work well for me to use it, but why can’t it be FUN to use and FUN to LOOK AT?!

Now these products are Korean, so they’re from KOREA. I got about a third of these products this summer while I was travelling in Korea and Japan, so I should not they’re not the easiest things to find… unless you know where to look. Tkmaxx; they don’t consistently stock any specific brands or products so between regularly checking their website and visiting a handful of brick and mortar shops I’ve bought(and been gifted) about a third of what’s shown here(not shown half dozen sheet masks over the past year).

Let’s start where I did…

Cleansers and Creams

The Skin Food Black Sugar Scrub is a little drying but I still really like it. The Mefactory Cement peel off mask is the best peeling mask I’ve ever used(much better than the other peeling mask shown here) and that Baking Powder face wash is my daily jams and the Gold CF Nest Collagen mask gave me an allergic reaction(I thought the ‘gold’ part was figurative not literal).

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Beauty

Now I can’t say I love or use all of these products regularly… that rainbow highlighter isn’t exactly wearable. The Panda’s Dream mascara is my new favorite mascara, I love the Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist, and the Etude House Darling Lip Tint all get used pretty regularly. The Models Own products I just picked up a couple days ago; loving the blusher but I’m just not convinced by the matte lip stain.

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Not shown are the masks I’ve used; Tony Moly masks from the I’m Real and Pokemon Collections, Holika Holika – Pig Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit.

All in all I’m pretty smitten with what South Korea has on offer when it comes to beauty. There are still loads of products on my wishlist like Holika Holika – Lazy & Joy Cupcake Eye Shadow (Gudetama Edition), Creer Beaute – Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Spiral Heart Moon Rod Liquid Eyeliner. I will steadily be adding to my K-llection and will keep you posted as it grows.

My favourite Mascara

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Mascara has always been a pain for me. Since I started wearing it in middle school it has confounded me.

I’ve been searching for a product that goes on smooth and clean, builds length and body, holds a curl, doesn’t dry out and flake, and one that doesn’t transfer to under my lower lash line creating a shadow that makes my eyes look tired and puffy.

My top five favourites, compiled over many trials and tribulations and a few allergic reactions, are as follows;

  1. Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream
  2. Too Faced, Better than Sex
  3. Benefit, They’re Real
  4. Maybelline, Great Lash
  5. Coloured Mascaras

So let’s break them down;

Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream 4/5

I am becoming obsessed with Korean Beauty brands and the fun products they create! I picked up a hand full of Tony Moly, Etude House, and Skinfood products while in Korea and Japan over the summer. This mascara is my holy grail. It performs nearly as well as the Two Faced mascara which I ranked second. While it doesn’t create lashes as FULL as the Too Faced Mascara it squeezed into first. Unlike ‘Better Than Sex’ it doesn’t transfer onto my lower lid like literally ever other mascara I have ever tried ever. That and how unbelievable kawaii the packaging is it puts Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara into my #1 Mascara spot.

I use this product almost daily.

Too Faced, Better Than Sex 4/5

I love this mascara, but I’m not in love with it. It goes on beautifully, clean, smooth and full. Thanks to the special brush shape I can create a beautiful fan of lashes that look long and thick and is totally buildable. But it let’s me down just like all the others; it transfers to my lower lid.

I use this products almost daily.

Benefit, They’re Real 2.5/5

Creates long lashes, such long lashes. However there isn’t enough volume or thickness created for me. This may have to do with the silicone spiked spoolie, it gives you great control and definition when applying the product allowing you to create long defined lashes, this just isn’t my preferred lash look. I end up with long sparse lashes, depending on the look I’m going for can work.

I use this one once or twice a month just to mix it up a bit.

Maybelline, 2.5/5

I had to include this iconic mascara, it was the first and the original. The only mascara I used for a decade. I have a soft spot for this one. It gives a very natural effect, subtly adds length, fullness, and definition while still looking very natural. It also transfers to my lower lid.

I use this product when I am going for a ‘no makeup’ look.

Coloured mascaras, Nyx&Rimmel pictured

These vary in quality depending on the colour and the brand. I haven’t found any coloured mascara that is as opaque as I would like. Considering what’s available I would recommend trying coloured mascara, even just one in your makeup kit can be really fun and is an easy way change up your look with a colour pop onlashes or and brows.

I use these products once a week, sometimes more.

Brands I have tried that didn’t make the cut; MAC, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rimmel.