I can't be the only one that likes alliteration in their titles, right? I've named this Tuesday Teasings as for one thing, obviously, it's Tuesday, and Teasings as I'm literally teasing myself by looking at all the pretty things I want but can't buy for another 79 days! Stupid spending ban. But, I have to face facts that while I try to get back on my feet after the expenses of moving out, which I'm failing spectacularly at. I can't be spending money willy nilly (haha, willy). So I decided to put together a little wishlist of the Korean skincare products I'm lusting after right now (with a sneaky Japanese one thrown in for good measure). Enjoy!
I chose this three step kit because I have always struggled with blackheads. I've never truly tried to tackle them aside from a few dabbles with Clearasil scrubs when I was a teenager, and one time I tried a tip I saw on Pinterest involving baking soda; safe to say neither worked, and both dried my skin out really badly. I've never been able to stick with a cleanser as if I use it more than three days in a row, my nose starts to peel horrendously. This three step kit from Mizon starts with opening up the pores with a heat gel, after which you apply the pack, then close and soothe the pores with the cooling serum. I'd love to try this!
One thing that's fairly big in Korea skincare is the use of snail mucus, which they say helps to reinforce and tighten up skin. Now, I don't know if that's true, I haven't exactly bothered to research the beauty benefits of snail slime before, but it's quite a big trend overseas at the moment, so I would hope that there is some truth to it. I'd love to try this as if its promises are true, then I'd walk away with skin "full of moisture and nutrition", although the idea of rubbing snail mucus on my face definitely puts me off a little...
Now although I'd chosen to save the Aloe version in my eBay wishlist, I decided to include the whole range as ideally I'd like to own them all haha. The Aloe version says it's good for moisturising, and that it calms sensitive and stressful skin. Acerora claims to provide your skin with vitality and elasticity thanks to fruit and amino acids and vitamins, Lemon claims to make your skin bright and contains a lot of Vitamin C, Green Tea claims to reduce your skin waste, care for your skin tone and help keep your skin's water and oil balance, and Olive says it contains Vitamin E and helps provide your skin with moisture and nutrients. I'd love to own all five to switch up between them depending on what my skin needs at the time, but at the moment I'm leaning more towards Green Tea and Aloe. Maybe Lemon. I can't choose!
Here's the cheeky little Japanese addition! I had to add it in here as it's the only Japanese skincare product I have in my wishlist. It's a peeling gel that claims to gently remove dead skin and dirt from your skin, whilst also unclogging pores and brightening your skin tone, making pores less visible. I first heard of this after Danny from Adventures After Hours reviewed it. He also has quite a penchant for Japanese fashion and beauty products, although he luckily gets to explore and "adventure" through Japan more often than I, so I quite trust his judgement. I think this will be one of the first things I pick up when my spending ban lifts.
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead Steam Starter
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead Peeling Massage Gel
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead Deep Cleansing Oil Balm
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead Cleansing Sugar Scrub
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit
Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker
One of my favourite picks in this wishlist, the Holika Holika Pig Nose Black Head Clear series is not only bright and adorable, but it's designed to tackle just what I need tackling the most! You can choose from the 3 Step Kit, Deep Cleansing Oil Balm, Peeling Massage Gel, Steam Starter, Perfect Sticker, or Cleansing Sugar Scrub. I aim to own them all at one time or another, each works on your blackheads in a different way, so if you want to know the details you'd be best off clicking on any of the links. The series is fairly cheap and cheery, with enough variety to keep me coming back for more.
Ignoring its mildly racist name, I do really want this Cream by Shara Shara. It's designed to brighten and even your skin tone, although it does intend to literally whiten your skin using rice extract. Whitening your skin is fairly popular in Korea, and although I do love being pale, I'd be scared of using this too often in case I get the opposite effect of floating foundation head, with my face several shades paler than my body. However, I think sparse and moderate use of this could definitely improve my skin tone, banishing any blotches and redness that may appear. It's quite expensive, so I'm assuming it's fairly potent or respected at delivering results, so if I got this I would be using it sparingly ahahaha.
And there you have it, my wishlist of Korean skincare! I hope I'll get to own at least a few of these products when my spending ban finally comes to an end. What skincare are you loving at the moment? Do you have a skincare wishlist?
All links updated with new listings or alternative products where necessary 13/02/2015