I freaking love the anti-haul trend where people share what they won’t be buying. Korean beauty new releases are so tempting, and it’s really tough as a blogger to sit new stuff out, but I’ve had to become more cautious over the years as products have piled higher and higher in my house. I don’t think it’s necessarily easier as a non-blogger, especially since the lines have blurred with the rise of Instagram and Facebook, where people can share looks, hauls, and mask selfies in shorter posts.
These Korean beauty new releases legitimately tempted me, so I’ve shared what I know about them, where to find them now, and why I won’t be buying…yet. If you’re grabbing some of these, let us know in the comments — I may end up swayed!
I have a feeling that this new release is going to sweep Korea for quite some time and it could end up an international hit, too. It’s an ampoule base into which you squirt two effectors to customize your own ampoule mix. This sort of customization already exists (Skin Inc comes to mind), but what makes this cool is that it’s actually affordable — you can get the base plus two effectors of your choice for $23 including shipping on eBay right now.
The effectors come in pore, cica (centella asiatica = soothing), wrinkle, firming, and whitening flavors. You can find the ingredient lists on the Hwahae ingredient app (check out Lost in Pretty’s Hwahae tutorial for how to use the amazing app; this product is currently right on the opening page and you can use the drop-down menus to see the effector ingredients).
The reason I’m not jumping to buy this is because I know that my strongest pore, wrinkle, firming, and brightening help is always going to come from the metric fuckton of acids and either prescription or OTC prescription-strength medication I use already. A few sprinkles of an essence vs. a low-pH, 5% lactic acid and Differin…there’s NO CONTEST.
That said, the overall concept is cool, I like that it’s more affordable, and that it helps skincare fans do a little DIY mixup in a way that ensures decent preservation. What I don’t want to see is this inspiring people to just mix things up randomly at home as if properly preserved product x can be mixed with properly preserved product y and then be shaken together and stored/used for six months — that could go very wrong (somewhat related would be the trend of throwing stuff into a DIY cushion and letting some mold grow; it happened to me).
What ultimately chills my interest is the fact that the base and most of the effectors use a sea water, butylene glycol, glycerin, propanediol base. All fine ingredients as far as I’m concerned, but it’s basically not that much different than a sheet mask or any of a bijillion things I already own. The wonderful part of kbeauty layering is creating an on-face customization — and I think I can source products with better, more innovative ingredients on my own, one by one.
I spotted this new Goodal cleansing old while roaming around eBay (I’m kind of having an eBay renaissance, more on that later) and I was like *eyeball emoji*. Black salt? I don’t even know what the fuck that is or what it does, but I want it on my face yesterday.
Good thing I held off. When I bothered to check the Goodal Korea site, this ingredient list awaited me:
미네랄오일, 에칠헥실팔미테이트, 잇꽃씨오일, 피이지-20글리세릴트리이소스테아레이트, 세틸에칠헥사노에이트, 옥틸도데칸올, 폴리부텐, C13-15알케인, 피이지-10이소스테아레이트, 톳추출물(250ppm), 다시마추출물(250ppm), 모자반추출물(250ppm), 토탄수, 씨솔트(5ppm), 글리세린, 정제수, 토코페릴아세테이트, 락토바실러스, 메칠프로판디올, 아라비아고무, 시트릭애씨드, 하이드록시프로필메칠셀룰로오스, 에칠헥실글리세린, 페녹시에탄올, 포타슘소르베이트, 향료.
Korean learning time! That first word, 미네랄오일, is mineral oil. I’m not freaked out by mineral oil, but it’s not the oil that I find to be best at cleaning my skin.
Hair vinegar has been pretty hot lately! My great great grandma used to put apple cider vinegar on my great grandma’s hair as a child as a weekly rinse, but this really is something else. Honestly, I think this A’pieu product is a dupe of Yves Rocher’s Rinsing Vinegar (not the dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse), which is super popular but quite expensive in Korea.
I bought the Rocher product and it smells great, but I wasn’t blown away by the formula. As much as I wouldn’t mind doing a comparison of the two, I just don’t know that testing a dupe of a product I’m not addicted to…makes much sense.
This is under $12 with free shipping on eBay right now, so not a huge outlay if you love the original.
These cheek tint macarons appear to be stackable (!!! I’m a ho for cute AND stackable, shit !!!) and they can be had for less than $7, but do I really think these are going to deliver the lasting pigment I want from a cheek product? Doubtful. Given that I just recently snagged two sexy af Glossier Cloud Paints that actually are pigmented and lasting, I think I need to tell my inner ho for cuteness to chill out.
I really like A’pieu’s Madecassoside Cream, so why not grab the similarly cheap sun cream?
Eh, the sun protection would be a major downgrade. I’m currently testing PA++++ Bioré sunscreens, so the idea of having to wear daily sunscreen but voluntarily stepping down the protection…wut. The ingredients include Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, so it’s a physical sunscreen and physical sunscreen means that there may be a white cast. The only review so far on Hwahae mentions that this does leave skin feeling dewy, but it also contributes to an oily feeling. It’s less than $12 on eBay, but yuck, I’ll skip it.
The Lipstick League – week of 3.13.17
Question of the Week: You’re going on a trip. Tell us what beauty products you bring in your carry-on (3oz or less, remember!)
I’m going on a work trip soon (SCREAM OF DREAD!) and I have to be honest: I don’t fuck with carry-ons. I just pack a giant suitcase and check that shit because the last thing I need to be doing when ultra stressed is decanting my favorite products into smaller containers. I try to be slightly more efficient, but unless I backpack again…no way, no way.
we heart this – Plagued with pimples? We’ve got 3 simple steps to get rid of acne (and none of them involve buying new beauty products!)
Beautygeeks – has a sneak peek at (plus a bad case of #grabbyhands over the new Maybelline Hot Vivid Lip Gloss collection launching this summer!
Blushing Noir – You can have all the best products in beauty, but if your brushes suck you can bet your look will suffer the consequences. Check out 10 Brushes from EcoTools that prove high quality makeup tools don’t have to be expensive OR hard to find.
EauMG – Please remind me to stop sampling expensive perfumes. I can’t afford to keep falling in love with niche perfumes (like this one from Neela Vermeire Creations).
fanserviced-b – I tried Charlotte Tilbury’s $22 Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask and it did not go very well, to say the least.
Gouldylox – Looking for the perfect vacation makeup? This sweet little collection has everything you need for a simple, beautiful vacay look and it’s on sale right now.
My Beauty Bunny – Can’t stop won’t stop trying new highlighters! NARS released a limited edition Banc de Sable highlighter palette and I’m letting you know what I think.
Prime Beauty – After a long winter, bring a pop of spring color to your life with Milk Makeup’s Eye Pigments! They are vibrant, long lasting and deliver a dose of color in one swipe!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
we heart this is Currently Craving: Icelandic beauty products! I’m off on a trip to Iceland this week and I can’t wait to pick up ALL THE SKINCARE. I already love Skyn Iceland and I’m super excited to try Soley Organics.
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