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Novemeber MEGA Haul+Rose Rose Shop Mini-Review

Well, this year is sure going by fast! Christmas will be here soon and it’ll be over before we all know it. Quite frankly, I’m a little miffed that it’s already November, but it’s still 80 F outside πŸ˜“ 

But speaking of Christmas, I’ve already blown my budget and gotten er, quite a few, um, “totally necessary” AB products from several sources. (I have no will power, what can I say?) X-mas has arrived a month early for me everyone. Now, to pay my bills 😰

Anyway, here’s a brief preview of a some of what I got:

Oh Photography, how I detest thee…let my count the ways


My skin can be quite sensitive, and for sake of my skin and 100% honest and accurate reviews, each of these products (that I’m *dying* to try) will have to be patch tested and introduced one by one. Ooh, such a test of patience!


See anything I should do first?

I’m so excited about all these quite different (for me anyway) products; I literally was jumping around a squealing like a middle school girl going to a Beiber concert when this package arrived. It’s one of two very special orders 😜

Being a regular lurker on the r/asianbeauty community (I know I should join, I know), I’ve heard A LOT about Rose Rose Shop, but had never strayed to far from my beloved Memebox to place my orders. When I ran low on a bunch of my regular skin products, I decided it was time to not only try some new brands and products, but why not order from somewhere new too?

This jump really paid off. I’ve always relied on Amazon for samples or major Memebox sales to try products out without committing to a full sized bottle along with its full price. Rose Rose Shop is basically my new favorite place to buy because they have hundreds of not only skincare, but also makeup samples, available for  next to nothing! We’re talking maybe 0.50-1$ for a package of 10 pouches (most of which, like in the case of the Etude House collagen cream, is equal to half the product in the full-size but for waaaay much less money). I was able to stock up on products and brands I wouldn’t normally try in sample form without completely braking the bank! It really allowed me to break my own mold πŸ™‚

The other great thing is that there is a very (VERY) large selection of full-sized products available for wallet-friendly  prices. While this first order was mainly samples so I could (ideally) find new, cheaper, better favorites without forking over my entire life savings, I will definitely be returning to this site for any full-sizes I might want in the future.

Of course, overseas shipping is where the best of deals tend to die, but the trick with Rose Rose Shop seems to be to first fill your cart with all the heavier, full-sized products, find your weight teir/fee, then stock up on samples until you tip the weight limit all the way to the top of the teir.

The idea is to get the most bang for your buck with shipping, so if the teir is for example, 30$ for packages between, say, 1-3 pounds (I’m totally making this info up; don’t quote me on it), then why pay 30$ in shipping for a 1lb package if you could still pay 30$ in shipping and get 3lbs of stuff? Yes, you still have to pay for the additional products to hit the high end of the weight teir, but take advantage where you can!

This is why I wouldn’t recommend this site for small purchases, but it seems to be excellent for bigger hauls/group orders.

Having ordered things from overseas before, waiting a loooonnngg time for your stuff is something I’m accustomed to. Basically, I order it, check the tracking number in agony for a few days, then give up on it arriving within the next three months, only to be presently surprised in the mail a month and a half later, nearly having forgotten placing the order (#firstworldprobs).

With at least this first order from Rose Rose Shop, I was impressed with the quick processing time (3 days!), then the tracking number  came, my package didn’t move for a few days, and I prepared myself to wait for a long time. 

However, on a random evening trek out to my mailbox to collect the usual bundle of bills, flyers, and presidential election nonsense, my package was there! When I had thought it was still on the other side of the world! A grand total of 10 days-I was *thoroughly* impressed! 

This lightening quickness may have been a fluke, but I’d like to think not πŸ™‚ 

Another perk of ordering skincare from a) overseas and b) Rose Rose Shop is the samples generosity. With my nearly 80% samples order, I still received a large bundle of additional samples from Berrisom and another brand I don’t know or recognize (time to learn Korean I guess πŸ˜…). This is something I wish stores here did-I personally think it’s an amazingly effective way to market. Try the product for low cost/free, like it, buy it. After all, it’s what I’m really doing with this particular order if you look at it!

Bottom line: Yes, I would recommend. 

Why?: sample galore,large inventoy, cheap product prices, quick processing and shipping time

I’m always so excited to try new products and (over)indulge my inner skincare junkie! 
Is there anything you’d recommend for me to try first?

What are you excited for this month?


And does anyone know what this product may be?

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Perfect Skin Chok Chok Makeup Tutorial

Photo Credit: asianclub

Ever wonder how those Kpop stars have such perfectly glowing skin? 

In Korea, there is a word to describe anything that is literally moist: chok chok. This elusive, natural dewiness is the ultimate achievement in terms of Korean skincare. However, not to be confused with oiliness which is excess sebum on the face, chok chok is a glowy freshness of the skin that makes it look, well, moist, and also lit from within.

While the “10 step” Korean skincare routine’s contribution to any run-of-the-mill Kstar’s enviable skin state is old news by now, there are still a few tricks hidden up the Kbeauty sleeve for achieving that perfectly dewy, glowing, chok chok skin.

It’s going to start with the obvious: moisture.

Even though “true” chok chok skin requires time, patience, and diligence, it can be faked to an extent in a matter of minutes. By focusing on the “apple zone” of the face (an invisible triangle shape formed along the cheekbones to meet at a point on the jaw), it becomes easier to cheat having fresh, dewy skin. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest/CosRX


To begin, apply a deep moisturizing cream or serum all over the face. Seal in the moisture by applying a half sheet mask, or cotton pads soaked in a brightening toner/serum to the apple zone (I personally find first treatment essences to be best with their high concentrations of brightening yeast ferment).There are also specific patches available for purchase that brighten this zone, but the effects are relatively easy to recreate at home.

Photo Credit: Byrdie


While the mask/cotton pads are working their magic, move on to the eye area. This tutorial is about the skin, but if you decide to go the Korean route, eye makeup is generally light-colored, natural, and subtle, with little if any mascara and deep brown/black tighlined eyeliner. Eyebrows are thick, full, and straight, but filled in with a light-hand. 

At this point, the mask sheet/cotton pads can be removed (you can keep it on for longer if you’d like, but once the edges of your mask/pads start to dry, it’s time to remove them or they will begin to sap the moisture back out!). Gently pat in any remaining product with your hands. Your skin should be noticeably softer, smoother, and moist. 

Photo Credit: Blogarama


To even out skin tone and hide any red areas/blemishes, mix a 1:1 ratio of Bb or Cc cream with a facial oil, serum, lotion, or cream. This makes the coverage light and natural, and ensures your skin won’t dry out during the day. 

*Beauty Note: be aware of your bases here. If your Bb cream is oil based, and your facial lotion is water based, the resulting concoction will have a high chance of separating on your face. Make sure your keeping water-based formulas with other water-based formulas, and oil with oil-based ones. 

For the most natural effect, apply your base by dabbing it on with clean fingers or with a damp makeup blender/sponge. Build up more thin layers in the areas that need additional help.

Got some pesky spots that still need more coverage? Pin point concealing works best with chok chok style skin. To do this nearly undetectable concealing technique, simply take a full coverage concealer on a pinpoint eyeliner brush, and directly cover the area (presumably zit). Then take a clean finger/blender, and dab to blend the edges out.
Chok chok skin not only looks fully hydrated, but bright and glowy as well. Accentuate this with a liquid or cream highlighter along your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, nose bridge, and the centers of your forehead and chin. Basically, anywhere natural sunlight would hit your face. Concentrate your efforts on the cheekbones/apple zone. 

Photo Credit: Fashionlady.in


Don’t forget to apply a subtle pink blush along your cheeks for a natural healthy glow. It should blend seemlessly into the skin; the more natural, the better!

With this look, there is no need for lots of powder. Powder will only kill that beautiful dewy sheen you’ve just worked so hard to achieve! If you do use it, do so sparingly and lightly, and only to set areas like the undereye that tend to crease regardless of a product’s moisture content.

*Bonus Tip: to further set off your now luminous and glossy skin, add a pop of bright color to your lips. In Korea, the gradient lip is all the rage for doing this!

Photo Credit: SeoulStine


This look is quick and simple, highlighting radiant moist skin instead of forcing skin into perfectly matte, powdery submission.

All to often, makeup is used to masterfully hide flaws instead of masterfully accentuate the good. This look is not only easy to accomplish, but easy to wear!

Keep calm and chok chok on!

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack: What Happens When You Buy Skincare Based on its Packaging

It’s no secret that Etude House’s packaging brings me (and my wallet) to my knees. But that’s about it. With the exception to their Moistful Collagen line, I have yet to find more than an handful of products by them whose formulation is worthy of repurchase. From their makeup to their skincare, I buy based on looks alone, knowing I’ll be smiling at it every morning while reaching for something else.

That being said, the bubble tea sleeping pack gets a holy grail for cuteness, but two thumbs down for actual product.

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It was surprisingly smaller than I had expected…

I knew going in that this product would 99.9% not be anything mind-blowingly amazing for my skin, but went ahead and purchased the pink, “strawberry” flavor meant for moisturizing dry skin. There is also a green tea version meant to help with acne and oiliness, as well as  a black tea one to help with firmness.

The product itself is a pink that would make Elle Woods swoon, and smells like “strawberries” as well (as in the chemical attempt at strawberries fresh from farm to table).

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The bubbles in the bubble tea are a majorly cute selling point, but a total pain in the butt in real life. They are supposed to be broken and mixed in with the moisturizer, but they are super hard to squash open, and they don’t mix in much with the lotion, so when applying it, chunks of bubble wind up stuck in your eyebrows or drying on your cheek. It’s gross to say the least. Especially because of the dark brown color. At least this is meant to be worn at night where not too many will see you with “bubble tea face.”πŸ˜… 

And for something meant for intensive dry skin care, this doesn’t moisturize much more than a regular hydrating toner or emulsion. The first night of testing, I applied this in lieu of my regular nighttime routine (like you can with most sleeping packs), and the next morning, my skin looked as if I hadn’t done anything the night before. Next night, same thing. Not okay.

I gave my skin a night of recovery, then applied the sleeping pack over my routine the night after. The next morning, no added hydration, plumpness, smoothness, or anything remotely resembling the common effects of a sleeping pack. Didn’t even seem to help seal in my other products.

Even when demoted to a regular, daily moisturizer, it’s effects are limited, if not non-existent. Pretty much, this product has been totally worthless in terms of my dry skin routine. I have toners-TONERS- that moisturize just as well as this supposed “sleeping pack.” (Sorry, Etude House 😒)

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One perk is how the spoon attached directly to the lid-I need more of this is my life!

All in all, I wasn’t expecting much from the actual product itself, but this was a bit worse than what I had braced myself for. My skin has needs that this product certainly doesn’t meet like I’ve come to expect a sleeping pack to. At least it didn’t cause any breakouts or irritation! Frankly, I just love looking at this thing on my vanity, and am racing to use up the product so I can find a better use for the cuteness…maybe it can house all my other plastic spoons I use to scoop out products that actually work 😜

Well, now my feet, elbows, and knees are getting some bubble tea action because this stuff certainly doesn’t belong on my face…

The Verdict:

In terms of looks:

1-Holy Grail…cuz bubble tea is just too dang cute!

In terms of actual product:

3-a solid “meh.” Definitely won’t be repurchasing for the product (but gosh I love the cup container and could surely use one in every color lol!) Maybe the other “flavors” are better, but I highly doubt it. Right now, it’s a hella cute foot cream for me πŸ™‚

I hear that many people love their bubble tea sleeping packs-are you one of them? What flavor do you have?

Favorite 5 Cutest Halloween Kbeauty Products of October

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ

October has to be one of the most fun months of the year! From the best of fall weather being in full-bloom to everything spooky and frightening coming out to play for Halloween, October is always chock full of the cute and the creepy!

Your skincare routine can also join in on the fun with some of these Halloween-themed products!



Phyto Tree Pumpkin Magic Moisture Cream

A moisturizing cream that contains deeply hydrating pumpkin extract to help skin feel soothed and soft. Pumpkin is a great ingredient to keep skin plump and moist even in dry conditions. It’s also a great ingredient for those with sensitive skin!



Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack

Another pumpkin product great for deep moisturizing overnight! It’s consistency is a cross between a cream and a gel, and is deliciously thick. And of course it comes in the sort of amazing packaging we all have come to expect from Too Cool for School.



Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream

This is an intense moisturizing cream that contains the resin of Croton Lechleri (aka Dragon’s Blood plant) to help nourish, repair, and regenerate skin. It also contains other herbal extracts like Camellia Sinensis Leaf and Papaya to help soothe and strengthen skin while fading acne scars and treating existing blemishes. If you wish to look forever young (like a vampire!), this cream may be for you!



April Skin Mummy Mud Mask

All the benefits of a mud mask without all the mess! It tightens pores while managing excess sebum and drawing out toxins and  impurities. The secret? Pure Hawaiin clay. You’re one mask away from healthier, more even skin.

Candy O’Lady Little Witch Candy Mask

Enjoy all your favorite things about Halloween all in one mask! Witches, candy, and glowing skin! This mask brightens, protects, and re-vitalizes the skin. It also is made of microfiber which adheres closely to the skin, which helps in delivering moisture and nutrients more effectively and quickly deep into the skin.

Aren’t these products just super cute? I want them all on my vanity to get into the spooky Halloween spirit all-year round! What have you been loving this month?

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate: The Secret to Smoother Skin?

No, its not drunken skincare…its yeast!

Galactomyces and Saccharomyces fermented filtrates have been around for a very long time in the world of Korean skincare. Due to the vast range of skin issues these yeast-based ferment filtrates are rumored to treat, they have gained quite the reputation. The hype is similar to snail secretion filtrate: basically, name a common skin issue, and this will fix it. 

Galactomyces ferment filtrate can help with skin issues such as acne, pore size, oil/sebum management, uneven tone, textural refinement, signs of aging, and dry skin-only to name a few. 

Some think this yeast and other hangbang herb fermentation craze may stem from the many fermented foods like kimchi, commonly eaten on a daily basis in the typical Korean diet, and their positive effects on body, including the skin. Korean skincare companies caught on to the benefits of fermentation and translated this into their products, creating the first treatment essence.

 By using helpful bacteria to break down other beneficial ingredients, it is said to help with absorption into the skin , getting the benefits deeper into the pores than a non-fermented formula. Almost all hangbang companies, and most mainstream ones, have some sort of fermented step in their product offerings, usually herbs or yeast.

Another theory stems from brewery worker ‘s hands, which would reatian a much more youthful appearance than the rest of their body, supposedly due to the yeast. 

Either way, these fermented and yeast-based products have gained a lot of popularity in the Kbeauty world.

Having yet to try a pure yeast ferment filtrate, when the Ramosu Galactomyces ferment filtrate went on sale in a set of three, I had to buy it. I’ve been testing it for review since the start of September, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t like the results I’ve been seeing. 

The ingredients: Galactomyces ferment filtrate

As you can see, it’s a very long and complex formulation that makes this product so effective…

I’ve been using 2-3 shakes (approx 1/8 t) of the product twice a day for a little over a month. The product itself claims  that after 28 days “you can experience special feeling in your skin.”  I’m assuming “special feeling” is referring to smoothness. 

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In the 28 day time frame, my skin slowly became more and more healthy/radiant looking (starting around two weeks in), but the effects would wear off if I missed an application. Twice a day kept my skin consistently glowy, but it would fade by the time of the next application.

Where my skin is generally well-behaved, I didn’t notice much change in terms of smoothness, however, in my troubled areas (namely my jawline where things get desert-dry, flakey, and bumpy), there was a definite, noticeable  reduction of texture. My skin in this area looked and felt more nourished, meaning less and smaller flakes and rough patches. It did not help with acne in this area (including some cc’s), but made it appear less noticeable as the surrounding skin looked a lot better.

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These effects have not plateaued since the 28 day mark.

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I apply it before my toner (like a first essence), and the formula is light and non greasy in finish. The second it hits the skin, it begins to absorb. This is a wonderful quality, because as it’s the first step in my post-cleansing routine, I have numerous products to be applied  afterwards, and the last thing I want to do is add more wait time to it.


Galactomyces is meant to be nutritive, making it an excellent option for stressed skin (like mine chronically is). From troubled areas to dryness, this filtrate has soothed and nourished my skin so it can heal.

By the second week of using this product twice daily, I could already see and feel a small difference in my skin. By the end of the 28 day period, my skin felt healthier, and most of the effects from both my natural and prescription-exasperated dryness  had faded. Now, my skin looks a little more youthful and bouncy, and is so much smoother to the touch in previously sandpaper areas. There is nowhere near as much flaking or peeling as before either, which is a total blessing (seriously,  it’s like no matter how many products I apply, my skin will still be dry). πŸ™„ This product will be 100% be staying with my through this winter.

Rating: 

2- the results make so glad I have 2 bottles left. Tis product has definitely been worthwhile.

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Is your skin also a carniverous black hole that just sucks up product and money, but never gives you much to show for it?

What do you think of the fermentation craze? Of yeast?

Managing Your Moisturizing Routine

Welcome back to another installment of the Beauties on Fire collaboration! This week’s voted theme is the four elements: water, earth, fire, and wind. 

Photo Credit:Byrdie

Being the skincare slut that I am, I of course have to discuss the element that is the backbone of any successful skincare routine: water! Without sufficient water content, not only will you, well, die, but your skin will become dry and problematic, making it look older and more tired than it may really be. 

So how do you ensure your skin remains looking youthful and healthy? One word:moisturization. 

Photo Credit:@peachandlily

Why the Western world thinks only one measly moisturizer is enough to maintain let alone create good skin is a total mystery to me. Once I got off that 3 step routine train and incorporated more and more moisturizers into my routine, my skin changed drastically for the better. I attribute a big portion of success in eliminating my (mild) cystic acne to proper moisture levels as well as many other smaller skin successes.

Moisturizing is an essential part of what makes the Korean approach to skincare so different and effective. Regardless of skin type or even skin concerns, layers of moisture are going to constitute the majority of any effective routine. But moisturizers are not created equal. So how do you figure out what’s going to work and what’s going to be a big waste of time and money?

Let’s start with the basics.

Moisturizers are divided into three classes:

Photo Credit: Into the Gloss

Humectants: these guys work like magnets, attracting and absorbing (aka forming Hydrogen bonds with) water from deeper layers of skin (and sometimes from very humid air) which in turn increases the amount of moisture your outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum) can hold. Humectants can provide an instant plumping/wrinkle-smoothing effect due to the increase in moisture. Long-term use can fight signs of aging.

This category can be further broken down into two additional categories-synthetic humectants and natural humectants. These names pretty much describe it all. Synthetic humectants which draw water up from the skin include urea, hexylene, butylene, and propylene glycol (“the glycols” is how I’ve remembered them). These will help moisturize the skin, but tend to only draw water up from the deeper layers of skin, providing short term moisture. These can potentially dry out the skin if other moisturizing agents aren’t used (they just suck water upwards, but don’t replenish).

Natural humectants not only moisturize the skin, but deliver other beneficial nutrients to the deeper skin layers, providing more long-term moisture. You’ve probably heard about many of these natural humectants: honey, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and AHA’s in smaller doses (think glycoloic, lactic, and malic acids…AHAs also occur in the natural world like in fruits and milk). Many of these natural humectants have secondary benefits: everyone knows about the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe, the anti-microbial wonders of honey, that AHA’s provide exfoliation if used correctly…and so on and so forth.

Photo Credit: The Beauty Lookbook

Emollients: Emollients work like a lubricant, lending skin a smooth softness by filling in the gaps between skin cells. Any flakes get smoothed over as well. Emollients also give that “slippy” feel to the skin (think of a pore filler). Emollients can provide a slight film to keep water in as well-much like occlusives but to nowhere near the same extent.

The texture of emollients is easily spreadable and generally thin. Most emollient ingredients also provide additional benefits to the skin like antioxidants and have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Many also help strengthen the skin because emollients often contain fatty acids as they are often oil-based (a big help for those with dehydrated skin!).

Emollients are generally plant/animal-based oils. These include almond, coconut, jojoba, olive oils, etc, but also animal-based oils like emu and horse oil (which I personally detest and discourage the use of especially given all the other plant-based alternatives. But my opinion of animal testing and the cosmetics industry and what-not is for another time and another place. YMMV and you are entitled to your own opinion. But I personally think the thought of something like pig collagen on my face sounds nasty to begin with…)

OTHER emollient ingredients include things like glycerides and squalene/squalene (not derived from shark liver for me of course, but rather olives or the like…).

Photo Credit: Peach and Lily

Occlusives: This category of moisturizers strives to do pretty much one thing and one thing only: prevent moisture loss. Water loss is the main culprit in both dehydrated and dry skin and its when we lose water that we start looking so suddenly tired and aged. Oily skin may not struggle with water loss as much as other skin types because of natural sebum production preventing moisture escaping.

This moisturizing class works by creating a physical barrier (generally, a thin film) over the outermost layer of skin, effectively sealing good things like water and other products in by slowing down the process of evaporation. Occlusives work best when applied over wet skin (or humectants) as occlusives must have something already there to seal in to do much good. Unfortunately, many times these formulas can be a bit “greasy” or “oily” looking on the face so I personally have relegated them to night-use-only. I have found that the occlusive “film” doesn’t typically play well with my generally “light and sheer” approach to makeup.

Ingredients include pretty much any vegetable-based wax (and also beeswax), or plant-based butter (cocoa, shea, etc) as well as well-known mineral oil and petroleum.

Photo Credit: Sokoglam


Some Rules of Thumb
If you tend to lean on the dry side, dry skin will benefit most from occlusives applied over humectants to draw up/in moisture, then seal it in. Emollients can also help reduce some of the flakiness dry skin types can experience as well. Oilier skin types along with more combination skin types should avoid thick occlusive formulas and heavy-handed use of emollients and stick to lighter, humectant layers. Normal skin types have free range, but should probably stick more to the lighter end of the scale.

Selecting moisturizing ingredients based on skin concerns can also be a beneficial strategy. If you are acne-prone, obviously avoid thick formulas which may clog pores and maybe try an ingredient with anti-microbial properties, like honey. Dehydrated skin should head straight for emollients due to their oil/fatty acid content. And so on and so forth.

Your Skin Knows Best

Everyone’s skin is different and often changes through the seasons and with lifestyle factors like chronic stress and hormones. Once you know what each type of moisturizing class does and what main ingredients to look for, finding where to start for your skin type becomes a breeze.

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Top 5 Essential Fall Skincare Products|My Sample Fall Skin Routine

Hello all and hello fall! 


With cooler weather already here, it’s important to make sure you and your skin are fully prepared for the chillier months. 

I’ve put together my top 5 essential fall skincare product picks and also a sample fall skincare routine that includes not only my personal products, but my rationale for each choice as well in this post.

Enjoy and Happy Fall Y’all!

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This week’s Beauties on Fire collaboration theme is fall and I could not be happier…even though it’s still in the 90’s here in Florida. Gotta love that crisp fall air from the Gulf of Mexico!

We are always accepting new members so please join us if you want to belong to a fun, supportive,  and diverse blogging group. We have gone way beyond just a “basic collab,” now providing blog/blog post promotion, blogging help, discussion on weekly beauty/fashion/blogging topics…and literally so much more I physically can’t list it all here.

You can also vote on next week’s theme via Twitter.

Last week, I saw a really cute fall tag post on Emily Mae’s blog that totally got me in the autumnal spirit (not that I need any help with that of course…look at this intro if you need further proof). 

It reminded me of how much I love fall for all the basic reasons: the fashion, the food, the pumpkins, the holidays, the certain Starbucks beverage that’s over 5$ a pop, but also reminded me of how much I love it when my skincare routine gets super exciting with even more layers (like the clothes) and how I can get all sorts of nerdy and creative with my chronic overspending at Memebox and Amazon. (Yes, I am 100% completely aware I have a problem and need urgent help).

I could honestly go on and on (and on and on) about how and why I love fall so so much, and how I wish it were the only season to exist, but my Ode to Fall would be longer than an unabridged copy of Les Miserables, and frankly, I care about you all enough to not do that to you😰

I tried to make this post as helpful as possible, and if you have any questions, concerns, or love/hate, please let me know in the comments below (you know the drill). 

**My Top 5 Essential Fall Products**


1) An Effective Exfoliator

I personally like to keep both a chemical and physical exfoliator on hand at all times. Since I have dry skin, I like to use a gentle chemical exfoliator 2-3 times per week to keep my skin as soft and smooth as possible, then I use a physical exfoliator 2-3 per month (basically as-needed) to banish any flaky patches and do some heavy duty exfoliating work.
I also just love having the best of both worlds: the awesome fun of watching your dead skin ball up and fall off, then the lovely clean feeling of a good old fashioned scrub.

2) A Glow-getter
As skin dries out between the effects of cold weather and indoor heating, it can become dull and lifeless, making you look older and more tired than you actually are. To counteract these undesirable effects, add in products with glow-inducing ingredients like:

-propolis

-yeast ferment filtrates

-rice

-glycolic acid

-kojic acid

-vitamin c

-azelaic acid

-niacinamide

-arbutin

(To only name a few)

The drier you skin tends to get, the more products with glow-boosting ingredients you’ll want. So for someone with oily skin and a healthy moisture barrier, maybe one product will do the trick. If your skin is naturally dry like mine, it might take 2 or more products to achieve that natural-looking inner glow.

3) Sunscreen 

Even though the days may be getting shorter, it doesn’t mean anyone gets to start slacking on this step (insert typical Kbeauty sun damage fear mongering here). Given the drier weather, finding a formulation without alcohol can help offset unnecessary drying effects.

4) A Trusty Sleeping Pack

If you want to truly say you woke up like this, include a sleeping pack in your routine

As full-blown winter approaches (for those reading this who actually experience seasons unlike where I live), having a tried and true sleeping pack (or a heavy, preferably occlusive moisturizer) to fall back on when your skin starts to get uncomfortably dry will become something you don’t know how you managed without. 

5) A Heavy Hitting Daily Moisturizer

It doesn’t really matter if it’s *technically* a moisturizer, serum, ampoule, or something else; what matters is that it consistently gives your skin the amount of hydration, nourishment, and protection it needs. 

It will probably be the final layer of a routine, and somewhat occlusive (think of a sleeping pack’s lighter cousin meant for daily use). It should seal in anything applied underneath, and protect your skin from water loss. 

**A Sample Fall Morning Weather Routine**


I don’t use the same products every day, preferring to reach for whatever my skin needs that day (using my skintuition, eh?), so this is by no means my full, actual routine (as I really don’t have one, just a slew of possible products to apply any given morning or evening), but rather a possible routine I might use.

Exfoliate (Optional)

If my skin is looking rough with any signs of dryness (I have a 100% flake-free policy), I’ll use a gentle chemical exfoliant like Cure Natural Aqua Gel to start the day off with a clean (smooth) slate.

Cleanse

I never skip a good cleansing session using my trusty CosRX Good Morning Low pH foaming cleanser. Because of its lower pH, it won’t further dry my skin by stripping it of (what little) moisture my skin already has.

Smooth

After patting my face dry, I apply straight up galactomyces ferment filtrate (currently using Ramosu’s version, but will be trying out an actually-labeled-as-a-first-treatment-essence-FTE soon) to my face to help smooth out texture, provide nourishment and moisture, and most importantly, deliver some glow.

Tone

I like to use a hydrating toner next to prep my skin for the oncoming layers of moisture. Right now, I’m currently liking the Hyaluronic Acid toner by Its Skin, but want to try their collagen version once I run out. If I’m broken out/feel some spots coming on, I typically use Papa Recpie’s Trouble AC toner. It helps the issue without being too drying.

**This part forward of my routine tends to be the most variable for those who may be curious**

Treat

-D’ran Wonder Tea Tree essence: to prevent spots and lighten scars/PIH.

-CosRX Propolis Light Ampoule: this guy is just getting introduced into my routine (how I love testing out new things!), and so far the results are pretty instantaneous. If all continues to go well over the next 2 weeks, it will be a “glow” product in my collection/hoard.

Moisturize

-Goodal Murumuru Hydraseed Serum: I knew I loved this stuff, but had forgotten exactly how much I freakin love it until It arrived at my doorstep again. It’s incredibly nourishing and protective and I am so glad it’s back in my routine again. One of my favorite winter products. 

-CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Serum: this stuff is a total cure-all. I think I’ve ranted enough on this blog how much I love it already.

-If my skin has gone super-dry on me, I might add an extra moisturizer on top like the Broccoli Clearing Lotion by Innisfree, or something like Scinic’s Snail Matrix Cream.

Seal

-To seal everything in, I like to layer on CosRX’s Brightening Rice Overnight Spa Mask, or Etude House Moistful Collagen Cream. It keeps all my hard work locked in while helping protect my skin from moisture loss due to the cold, or moreso, indoor heating.

Protect

And no proper skin routine would be complete without sunscreen. I generally wait a few minutes after applying my final skincare step to allow it to fully absorb, then apply my sunscreen, wait another 5 minutes minimum, and then apply any makeup. It may seem annoying to wait, but frankly, I just do my hair or eat breakfast, that sort of thing while it sinks in.

This is what a typical fall routine might look for me. I’m typically indoors so I worry most about the artificial heating sapping moisture from my skin (hence lots of hydrating layers and a heavy-handed application of an occlusive barrier).

Cold weather can be really hard on the skin, so the more damage you can prevent, the better.


What’s your favorite thing about fall? Bonus points if it’s related to skincare 😊

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