Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Korean Beauty Products Review (and Others)

korean beauty products review, emjoi micro pedi review, L'Oreal EverPure Cleansing Balm review, Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream review

One of my friends and her husband had been teaching English in South Korea. While there, I asked if she would be willing to get me some Korean beauty products. She went above and beyond and gave me suggestions of lots of items based on what I wanted for my skin then made sure she nailed all the sales! I wanted to do a review of some of the products I've been using in addition to a few other items I've received.

1. Innisfee Juicy Apple Oil Gel Cleanser- It's an oil based cleanser that smells exactly like green apples. I love this stuff! I am not sure if I would say it is better than the Biore Oil Cleanser I did a post on a while back, but the smell is so good! 
Verdict: Thumbs up!

2. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleanser-my friend threw this one in and I am so glad she did! You need a minuscule amount for your entire face (read: pea sized). It creates a thick foam with a light scent that makes your face feel clean without being over scrubbed. It has some small beads for light abrasion. 
Verdict: Two thumbs up! Definitely buy again!

3. Innisfree Honey Canola Serum-this is a thick serum that helps moisturize. I haven't been using this lately since with the increase in humidity with spring I haven't needed it, but I liked it early this spring. It really makes my skin much more moisturized. 
Verdict: Thumbs up! Great for winter!

4. Innisfree Ginger Oil Skin Toner-a thicker toner very different than what I am used to. It's hard for me to say exactly which product has been most effective, but between everything I've been using, my skin feel more luminous and my expression lines aren't as 'expressive' at the end of each day. I'm impressed, but I might still be open to a different product just to see if it would work better. I do like the Korean toners more than the typical American ones though. They are thicker and feel like they are doing more for your skin and less like 'expensive water'. 
Verdict: Would repurchase.

5. Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock- I have been waiting to use this until I'm out in the sun more this summer. After reading reviews I am excited to hear that it seems to not break anyone out and isn't oily feeling. I also like that it is SPF 50 which I think is hard to find for face. 
Verdict: Jury's out

6. Missha Time Revolution Essence-Provides soothing, hydrating, brightening, and wrinkle repairing benefits. I've read so many good reviews on this I had to get it. I like the thin texture because it absorbs quickly. I can't say what this does alone to skin since I have been using it in conjunction with other products, but I believe it has helped to brighten my skin. 
Verdict: Would repurchase

7. Innisfree Intense Orchid Cream-This cream is supposed to help with wrinkles, elasticity, complexion, skin, and skin dehydration. I only used this about a week (twice a day), before I received the Olay Regenerist Cream (see review below), but I like the thicker texture and I do think it helped with my skin a little. It might be a little heavy for summer, but I plan on using it as a night cream until the weather cools down a bit. 
Verdict: Jury's out, but probably would repurchase

8. Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream-(received free from Vogue influencers) Claims to have visible results in one day. It is supposed to help hydrate, lift, firm, and plump skin with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino-Peptides and Vitamin B3. Definitely works well on my dry skin. I saw results (although very slight) with my expression lines in my forehead. Currently I've been using this for over 3 weeks twice a day and do see visible reduction of smile lines and forehead lines. For the price, I think it is definitely worth trying. When I am done with the Olay Regenerist, I will be using my Innisfree Intense Orchid Cream, so I am not sure which I will repurchase. But given the results, I do want to try the Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum or Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream

Verdict: Would repurchase.

9. Innisfree Eco Science Eye Cream-After using this a few weeks, I haven't noticed a difference in the fine lines around my eyes or my dark circles. I do like the dispenser-it's the perfect amount for both eyes. And the texture of cream is nice and thick and soaks in easily. It feels very moisturizing. But if I am going to spend my money, I want to see results. I think I am going to try other options once this is used up. 
Verdict: Won't repurchase

10. L'Oreal EverPure Cleansing Balm- (received free from Influenster) This is a cleansing conditioner that claims to cleanse, condition, treat damaged hair, de-tangle, soften, and add shine. The first time I used this I liked it. I don't know what I've been doing since then, but I feel an oily residue at my roots. So much so, that the 3 times I've tried it since, I have gone back and re-washed my hair. I really think I am rinsing well enough so maybe it's just the way my hair is. I tried it on my daughter and it worked well! No suds means nothing in her eyes and her tangles came out so much easier after her bath. #CleansingBalms
Verdict: Good in concept, but would not repurchase 

11. Emjoi Micro-Pedi- (received free for review) Getting back into running regularly has lots of positive aspects like toned legs, healthier body, it's a mood lifter, and I get to eat more (woohoo!). However it has drawbacks (the tan lines for one). Running wreaks havoc on your feet and toes. It's hard to be sandal ready with calluses so I was excited to try this. For $39.95, the Micro-Pedi helps remove dry, callused skin from your feet without pain or any risk of nicks or cute from traditional metal scraper blades and is much faster than a pumice. I personally found this very easy to use with big results. My feet are much softer and smoother. My husband loved it, too! 

Verdict: Thumbs up! Will be getting replacement roller.


  1. That Volcanic cleanser sounds amazing and so does the serum! Thanks for sharing your reviews!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these products. I've been into trying out Korean skin care brands the past several months, and have been really impressed by them!


  3. I head such great things about Korean beauty products, thanks so much for sharing. Kirsten x

  4. Thanks for sharing this line! I have started using some Korean skincare products and have had great success. Need to check this line out!

  5. Great reviews! I've never tried that line before but now I'm curious. I also really want to try that Regenerist cream as well, so I may buy that when my night cream runs out. I tend to buy the same few skin products but I need to branch out!

  6. I have a friend who uses Korean beauty products so loved seeing these reviews!

  7. i love korean and asian beauty products, so this was fun!!

  8. I am so glad I read these thorough reviewes. You have been trying a lot of products. I have been meaning and need to try the Olay Regenirist and the Emjoi Micro Pedi.