I am a Canadian based Korea beauty blogger of Chinese descent with an international based audience. In this blog, I will show you wonders of K Beauty world, how I changed my life and how it can change yours, skin- condition and wallet wise too!
It is finally that time again!! New volume of what’s new in K-beauty. I’ve actually been meaning to do this one sooner but I felt like there wasn’t enough content so I held off for a bit. Now that there is enough interseting products, IT IS TIMEEEE. So many new Cosrx products, a cute collection from The saem and couple of interesting products from Too cool for school. On top of that, 3CE is killing it with their purple lipstick line and a summer collection as well. Let’s cut to the chase and get into it!
Cosrx balancium comfort ceramide cream $26 (Amazon exclusive) If you haven’t heard already, Cosrx came out with another new product! They are on fire this year eh? This one is a Amazon prime exclusive and I’m not sure if it will open to regular customers later on but it would be weird for them not to right? They did tell me they were going to update their ceramide line, but I didn’t know when it was going to hit. So when my friends at Cosrx sent me the picture and was like “you want to try”… its not even a question. You just have to send it to me LOL. Me + my dry skin + ceramide= happy life. I’ve been using it for the past few days and it is bombbbbb. It reminds me of the Dr. Jart Ceramide cream or the Holika Holika super cera cream but this one from Cosrx is slightly less greasy. Cosrx Hydrogel very simple pack 20,000 won This one isn’t brand spanking new but it did come out a month ago or so. Unfortunately this is another item that isn’t sold outside of Korea at the moment due to some contract agreement with the model/ collborator Hanbyul. Hanbyul is the model of the product as well as the person who helped create the product and because of the contract, we don’t get to try this amazingness T__T. I actually saw this product back in January when I was in Korea, and I have begged and begged for them to send it to me and I finally got it two days ago HAHA. I tested it out last night and it was super cooling on the cheeks and lightly moisturizes as well. The circle shape is a little hard to get use to but I’m wondering now if I could cut it in half and use it as an undereye mask hehe.
Cosrx low pH cleansing milk gel 17,000 won Cosrx’s low pH cleanser has been my holy grail for years and I can’t tell you how many bottles I have gone through. They have FINALLY came out with a cleansing milk gel and I’m still waiting on their cleansing oil to be officially released. COME ON COSRX!! My heart is not complete without it hehe. 3CEPurple matte lip color (3 shades) 20,000 won
Purple is my absolute favourite when it comes to lipsticks and DAMN this is right up my alley. They come in three shades, #223 mauve which is a slightly more pinky lavender shade, #224 Delicate slightly darker then mauve and less pink and #225 Flexible which looks like a dark grape color. UGH so pretty and I have tried the formula before in the past (click here for my review and swatches) and they just blew me away. Although I’m not a huge fan of matte lipsticks because of their drying properties, I do like the pouty effect that it gives the lips.
3CE take a layer collection -multi pot (7 shades) $22
-tinted water tint (5 shades) $15
-layering nail lacquer (5 shades) $19
This collection came just in time for summer. The packaging makes everything look high end and I’m actually really interested in trying their multi pots which are blusher/ lip colors. Each of the shades/ packaging has a different image of their model which is a really interesting and 3CE touch. If you guys haven’t heard the news from a couple months back, 3CE is been bought out by L’oreal for $371 million. My GODDD!! LOL
3CE velvet lip tint kit $120 If you guys have been itching to get their velvet lip tints, I think this is actually quite a good buy. You get 10 shades for $120, that would mean it is $12 each. Normally each shade would be $16, so you save about $40 if you were already going to get em anyways. I usually never buy sets like this since they always contain a lot of reds and I ain’t a red girl. I’m more of a neutral and dusty rose shades or lavenders. But velvet finishes is AMAZING and I would definitely love to try these if I had the chance in the future.
A’pieu eye color pointe palette (2 versions) 19,800 won I don’t know if it is just me or palettes now don’t really interest me. A lot of the times, the color range and grouping of shades are always too close to other brands. Like there is the brown neutrals, the pinky neutrals, purple.. like I’m kind of over it. I want to see more innovation in shade ranges please! I get it, I’m such a neutral girl on a day to day but I need some flame back in this eyeshadow relationship you know?
A’pieu Go go stick (4 shadow, 4 cheek, 2 concealer) 4,500 won I actually don’t have enough of cream shadow pencils so I’m happy to see these. But again, the shade range looks hella boring so pass!
A’pieu Hamamelis line -pore balm 9,000 won
-sheet mask 1,500 won
-toner 9,000 won
-cream 9,000 won
-T-zone serum 9,000 won
I’m not sure if this whole line is new but I think there are three new releases in this line. Again, nothing really interests me but I thought I’d show you guys anyways.
A’pieu juicy pang blusher (4 new shades) 5,500 won After falling in love with Skinfood’s juice extraction blushes, I’m so tempted to get these and test them out too. The shade range looks slightly more dusty then the ones I have from Skinfood. Ohhhhh I’m so eyeing these hehe.
A’pieu Madecassoside Blue -toner 12,000 won
-lotion 12,000 won
A’pieu personal tone concealer palette (2 versions) 16,500 won I haven’t really found any concealer I have truly fell in love with. The only recent one I found that actually does its job and not dry up under my eyes is the Clio color corrector in the orange shade to cancel out my dark circles. But I still have to find a flesh tone concealer to work under my eyes sigh. I’m definitely interested in this palette and might pick it up the next time I’m shopping on Jolse.A’pieu personal tone cover foundation (12 shades) 12,000 won I’m SO happy to see K-beauty companies finally recognizing that 3 shades doesn’t fit a demographic of millions of people in Korea as well as overseas. A’pieu along with many other companies have stepped up and created foundations with 12 shades :OOOO. I wonder what the finish is like because I’d totally actually give this foundation a try.
A’pieu volumizing hair jelly pact (3 shades) 9,500 won
BB cushions have been a long time time but there are hair cushions now? I mean I think I have seen then before but never in three shades :O. Okay question. If your hair is really thinning, would you actually put make up on your head to cover it up? Because I think it would congest my scalp or I’d forget to remove it and go to bed. Right?
A’pieu volumizing hair cushion bong (3 shades) 8,500 won
Bbia lip ink tattoo (5 shades) 11,000 won Bbia has been a brand I’ve been liking but it is really hard to get overseas and not many online retailers sell them. I know Jolse has a few products from them but it isn’t an extensive line that’s for sure. They came out with 5 new lip tint shades and most of the are red LOL. Surprise surprise.
Clio Play my my collection -kill cover founwear cushion (3 shades) 32,000 won
-prism multi palette (2 versions) 35,0000 won
-rouge heel velvet (4 shades) 18,000 won
-kill cover conceal kit 18,000 won
-nail styler polish 5,000 won
So I saw this video last week when it was shared on one of the Facebook groups that I followed. It was quite interesting but I didn’t pay too much mind since the company seems to be opened only in Southeast Asia. And then I went to Aberdeen mall today here in Vancouver, BC and saw this…
Now it is personal. I’ll get into why I think you guys should run the other way when you see this store and why you guys definitely should not be getting ANY of the beauty items, under any circumstances. Hell to the motha fucking no. Let’s get the roasting started shall we?
As you know, I’ve been on this blog officially for 3 years now but I’ve been blogging for way longer then that actually. I’ve dove myself into K-beauty for almost 5 years so you can say I know my shit, at least in a consumer stand point. I’ve never claimed to me a professional dermatologist or anything but I’m happy you guys still trust my opinion. I want you guys to watch the video I have included in the bottom of this paragraph and then continue reading what I have to say about it.
MUMUSO is a Chinese company - YouTube
Who is Mumuso?
So this company claims to be a Korean brand yet their headquarters don’t exist in Korea. On the product packaging, they used the address where they got Korean translation as their HQ in so called Korea. Okay now you might say “oh well this is a totally bias video since they are Korean and are trying to keep business to themselves.” Alright, if you want to think like that, then please explain this to me.Product on the left is produced by Mumuso. Product on the right is the original which is produced by Etude House, a well known roadshop brand from Korea. If you weren’t a crazy K-beauty fanatic like me, at first glance, they both look super similar. Especially for those who just vaguely remember what the packaging looks like but don’t remember the brand, you would have been easily fool. On top if that, if the Mumuso version was way cheaper then the original, I too would have been fooled. But look closely and you’ll see “Mumuso” on top of the bubble tea logo. Still not convinced? Alright, exhibit B.
Left is Mumuso and right is Innisfree’s apple seed cleansing oil. It isn’t the exact same but again, if you weren’t a fanatic like me, I would have been fooled too.
And last but not least of the faker vs. real. This one I had to get some help from youg uys because I just couldn’t put my finger on the brand but luckily Melubbeauty and wendycameraclicks came to save the day.
So now your many thinking, well there are “inspired” products out in the market so what is the problem. Well the problem is that this company is clearly a Chinese company trying to go on the K-pop/ K-beauty wave to earn some money, using some shady ass tactics and advertising themselves as a Korean brand when they are clearly not. This brand also kind of remind me of Miniso, which is actually a brand I do like but they advertise themselves as a Japanese brand but they are more like “Japanese inspired” (same as Tatcha cough cough). But one thing Miniso doesn’t do is leave a bad taste in my mouth and down right be a copycat to trick people into buying products. Of course, take my thoughts with a grain of salt as always but keep in mind that China also makes a lot of fake shit like fake baby powder, fake rice and even fake eggs… WHO THE FUCK MAKES FAKE EGGS. On top of that, you don’t know how those products are made, how sanitary the factory is and if there are even any regulations on the product of the products. Just fuck no. If you really do feel the need to buy things from that store, then just don’t buy the beauty products because I don’t want to see your guys’ skin suffer :/. That is all the rage I can deliver for today. Also sorry for being kind of MIA lately, I’m kind of in a writer’s block.
Cosrx is one of those brands that are near and dear to my heart. When I first started this blog, they were one of the first that were willing to work with me when I had almost no one reading. Fast forward to four years to present time, I actually got the chance to go to their office in Seoul (check out my vlog) and it was like Disneyland. Throughout the years, I had the chance to try a ton of their products and I thought it would be appropriate for me to do a one brand review, almost like a Cosrx road map for those who don’t know where to start. Cosrx is a well known and well loved skincare company from Korea that is super affordable, no fragrance and also super effective. Please do note that I do have super dry skin, so majority of these little reviews will be with my dry skin experience. Let’s get started!
FYI Beautytap is also having an amazing sale right now. Not to sound super OMGAW here’s my coupon code… but”
OMGAWW here is my coupon code LOL. With every Cosrx product you buy at Beautytap, you get a free pimple patch as well as 18% off your order! Now that is a deal of a century. Feel free to click on the image to be redirected to the site. It is an affiliate link which won’t cost you anything but would give me a small percentage to help the blog :). I will also be linking links from Amazon so if ya’ll got Amazon prime, I gotchu. Happy shopping. EXPIRES MAY 28
Low pH good morning gel cleanser
-pH 5 (meaning it won’t irritate the skin and is super gentle)
-contains tea tree oil (controls oily skin, shrink pore size)
-BHA (refines skin texture but lightly buffing it away every time you use it)
Now this is one cleanser I swear by. Of course I have tried many other cleansers throughout the year, but this is always one I have on standby whether it is as a back up or having one sitting next to my sink. This is definitely my trusty BFF that never does me wrong. It is super gentle, doesn’t foam up much but does a great job at cleansing my face. I think by now, I have gone through 6 tubes?
Low pH PHA barrier mist -pH 4
-helps maintain skin at a low pH level
-works as a shield for your skincare from evaporating throughout the day; keeps you hydrated
I actually was never really a huge mist person but I had a friend who swears by mists. I’m personally a super dry skin type and it would make sense for me to get into mists. I’m just lazy to be honest hehe. But I do really enjoy this mist because the nozzle has amazing control. It has this built in tension where it won’t spray the mist into a stream but into a controlled, super fine mist that sometimes I think it isn’t there because it is so fine. I wouldn’t say this is crazy hydrating, but it is a great pick me up through the day. I personally use this right when I get out of the shower and before I put my skincare on. It helps keep the hydration going from the time I get out of that misty shower and into my skincare routine.
Centella water alcohol-free toner -relief to irritated, sensitive stressed out skin
-replenishes lost moisture
-contains Centella Asiatica leaf water 10%, mineral Jeju water 82% which is rich in vitamins and minerals
Toners is another product I don’t really use because to be honest, I don’t find it to do a great deal for me skin. Maybe this is ignorance that is talking or I just haven’t found one I really liked. The centella water toner has been a product I’ve been avoiding out of disinterest and also the fact that I always thought centella was built more for oily and acne prone skin. But Cosrx schooled me when we were at the Novotel Suites taking promo pictures (that hasn’t seen the day of light hehe) and this was one of the products they wanted me to model for. You best believe I sprayed my face 30 times HAHA but I was super surprised to see my face super glowy and hydrated. Since then, I’ve been using this as a mist and it seems to definitely temporarily calm my skin and hydrate it as well.
And yes, this was the photo hehe. Came out not too shabby.
One step moisture up pad -contains propolis extract, hyaluronic acid
-essence soaked pad that is a great pick me up for on the go/ any skincare routine
This product is super simple but it has been drugs for my skin. When these first launched couple years back, Cosrx actually sent me a HUGE box gifting me 10 of these along with 10 rice masks that were repackaged. I honestly thought they sent it to me by mistake but they said it was all for me :O. I was like… what on earth am I going to do with all this skincare. Most of the rice masks I did give away but I kept most of the moisture up pads, for good REASON! I have never had such an effective essence in my life. It is so light weight but makes my skin super glowy and hydrated and just boosts up any of my moisturizers, hence the name “moisture up”. A lot of you guys have come to me in the IG DM’s and asked if these are worth the shot and I always say a million times yes (if you have dry skin). You can even cut these in half because honestly, one pad is way too much for even my five finger forehead. Of course, if you have oily/ acne prone skin type, there is their famous pimple pads as well that is better for your skin type.
Propolis light ampule -an intensive care for dry skin with 83% Black bee propolis extract
Their ampules were actually one of the products I had my eyes on when I was starting out in skincare. I don’t remember when this beauty came into my life, but I knew the first day I massaged it into my skin, it was true love at first sight. My frinkin’ skin was BLOODY GLOWING LIKE A LIGHT BLUB. I just stood there, jaws dropped and in shock. I could use JUST this ampoule and be good pretty much. This is an absolute holy grail of mine and I need this in a giant tube please and thank you.
Mela 14 white ampule -contains Pyrus Malus (Apple) fruit water 80%, Niacinamide 2%
-evens skin tone
When I was talking to the Cosrx fairy (she knows who she is), I was complaining to her about how all of a sudden I was getting all these white heads on my face. I never really had that problem, but whiteheads kept showing up deep in my nose for some reason. It was so deep that I had to break skin to get it out. She recommended me to try the Mela 14 white ampule which was designed to help get rid of as well as prevent whiteheads. To be honest, I don’t know if it did do the job or not, but I mean I don’t have whiteheads anymore haha.
Advanced snail 96 mucin power essence -96% snail secretion filtrate (Mucin)
-protects the skin from moisture loss & keeps skin texture smooth and healthy
-helps bring back skin vitality
Snail product have been a staple in the K-beauty realm and those who are shy are definitely missing out. Snail secretion repairs the skin like no other and hydrates like no other. Yes, the weird slimy texture does need some getting used to, but the results are amazing. This particular product from Cosrx is a cult favourite and is an easy layering piece in anyone’s skincare routine. It is light weight, non greasy and non sticky.
2-in-1 poreless power liquid -pore care liquid with BHA to help clean pores, Tannin to tighten them
-cools down skin temperature
-controls excessive sebum production
I actually posted about this product right when I got it about a month ago before it was actually released. I won’t actually give a solid comment since I haven’t seen crazy changes with my skin because it is so resilient, but I do use this after I have extracted my blackheads in hopes of it maintaining the cleanliness. But to be honest, it is hard for my nose to not bounce back with blackheads since I work in the kitchen and the air is greasy and smokey. Some people asked me, “So what is the difference between this and the BHA blackhead power liquid? Are they going to replace the BHA liquid with this one?”. Very valid questions and here is the answer from Cosrx themselves. No they aren’t replacing the BHA power liquid and the major difference is that this powerless power liquid has a lower BHA contain of 0.1% whereas BHA liquid contains 4%. Those that have sensitive skin would be able to use the new powerless power liquid and you can even use it everyday because it is such a low content of BHA. On top of that, the powerless power liquid contains tannin which helps tighten the pores and there is also a cooling agent in this new product which the BHA does not have.
Triple lightening liquid -20.5% pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
-72% black chokeberry (ensures skin smooths out wrinkles and hydrates)
-brightens overall skintone and prevents pigmentation
Vitamin C is an ingredient that is great because it helps lift pigmentation as well as deliver your skin a boost of Vitamin C for a brighter complexion. I personally actually can’t use vitamin C products in general since my skin reacts to it by a burning sting. Its not just this vitamin C product from Cosrx, its all vitamin C rich products unfortunately. I don’t know why, but I have quite resilient skin and it just won’t have it. Cosrx recommended me to try mixing it into my moisturizer to ease it in but it just won’t work :'(. This product is also only exclusive to Sokoglam, so you can only find it there and not in stores in Korea (a lot of you have been asking).Oil free ultra moisturizing lotion (with birch sap) -70% brich sap (helps hydrate and treat sensitive, irritated/ freshly exfoliated skin)
-oil free light weight formula
-suitable for all skin types
Anytime I see “suitable for all skin types”, I scoff. I’m always super skeptical when any company claims that because it usually means it is an gel type formula that will not be hydrating enough in any way. But to my surprise, the birch sap lotion made me eat my own words (check out my old review). Although it is oil free and lightweight, somehow it still hydrates my skin and I’m suspecting it is the birch sap lotion working some voodo magic. This product truly is “for all skin type”.
This is one of my holy grails and something I have to have on the ready. Their rice mask is one of the few products I tried when I was diving into Cosrx and I instantly fell in love. Its super hydrating and I wake up to softer skin that looks brightens! Those of you who have normal to dry skin would love this and if you have oily skin, you might want to check out their propolis honey mask instead.
Their honey ceramide cream was actually one of the first three products I tried from the brand and I knew I would love it on the first day of trying it. That was also the day I realized ceramide works great with dry skin. Ceramide + honey? Its a winner winner chicken dinner!! On top of that, it isn’t greasy and absorbs into the skin like no other. What more can you ask for.
The natural thing to do after falling in love with the honey ceramide cream is to try their eye cream too. Before I tried (and was spoiled by) Amore pacific’s rejuvenating eye cream, I never really believed in eye creams because I’ve never seen real results. This honey ceramide cream is light weight, moisturizes well but I can’t say I can see any results other then a bit of hydration.
PHA moisture renewal power cream -formulated with PHA to help skin appear smooth, dewy and moisturized
-coconut extract 61.5%, PHA 3%, Niacin Amide 2%, Niacinamide 2%
This is one cream that I don’t have a solid opinion. It works better for my skin when it is spring/summer time when I don’t need that much moisture but by itself, it isn’t moisturizing enough. I do see that my dead skin doesn’t come back as fast but I think I have other favourites from Cosrx that works a bit better. Check out my full review here!
Advance snail 92 all in one cream -92% snail secretion filtrate/ mucin
Another cream that I found wasn’t moisturizing enough for my liking, even after layering. I wish that this cream worked with my dry skin, but it is definitely better for those who have normal to oily skin types. Even after layering, this cream was just too lightweight for my sad skin.
Aloe soothing sun cream -formulated with 5,500 ppm aloe leaf extract
-SPF 50 PA+++
-light weight texture, absorbs quickly
Their aloe sun cream is actually one of the very first products they had on their site when they first started and for some reason, but I finally tried it and I definitely think it is one of the better sun creams from K-beauty. Lightweight, doesn’t leave a white cast, and slightly moisturizing. I kind of wish it was a bit more watery , but that is something that I can adjust by adding some essence or something.
This isn’t something I use often since I don’t really get pimples but when I do have an open wound or a pimple, I stick one of these on and it definitely helps me heal my wounds faster. Normally my skin would scab overnight, but if I stuck one of these on and left it overnight, my skin heals in 3-4 days instead of 2 weeks. These are definitely cult favourites and is super affordable too!
Clear fit master patch -prevents acne from infection and absorbs pus
-ultra thin, invisible under make up
-made with Hydrocolloid (wound healing material)
The clear fit master patch is pretty much the same thing as the acne pimple patches but it is three times thinner then the acne patches but only comes in one size while the original comes in three different sizes. You can use this under make up since it is so thin but it is still kind of noticeable. Blemish cover cushion -Centella Asisatica leaf water 21%, Centella Asiatica leaf extract 50 ppm, Niacinamide 2%