Innisfree Haul and Summer Prep Routine Changes

Tinfoil time! Innisfree either has psychics on staff or a deal with the NSA, because they always seem to have a great deal or promotion going just when I’m running out of my staples and looking for a change. Check out what I got and how my routine will be changing (spoiler: I’m replacing some higher-priced items with much more affordable options and don’t expect any loss of effectiveness) as we move into summer. Flexibility in your skin care routine is key to ensuring continual effectiveness and results. Also, it’s fun to have a reason to try out a new thing or five.

April Innisfree haul
The full haul

Don’t mind my gnarly coffee table surface or the angelic glow making it difficult to see the product names. They’re glowing because they just got here from heaven.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum
The Green Tea Seed Serum

A light, hydrating serum with a base of antioxidant-rich green tea extracts to battle summertime sun exposure. I fell in love with this when I tried a sample out of the Innisfree 8 Solutions Kit. It will be replacing my DD’ell Extra Vitalizing Serum as a much more affordable and equally hydrating serum. The size is a bit more generous than most other serums I’ve used, so that’s a bonus, too.

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion
Green Tea Balancing Lotion

Another find from the 8 Solutions Kit. This is a very light, fast-absorbing emulsion in a green tea extract base, also packed full of antioxidants. This will be replacing my Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream as a light day moisturizer under sunscreen. Considering the fact that I made a sample of this last for two and a half weeks, I imagine this bottle will last months and months.

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick No 21
Creamy Tint Lipstick in No. 21, “Romantic Peach on Spring Day”

Lipstick! Ever since I realized that the colors of Asian color cosmetics tend to suit my Asian coloring better than Western products, I’ve been on a makeup bender. And I love the creamy, moisturizing feel of the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipsticks. If only they made more colors.

Lip swatch of Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick in shade 21
Creamy Tint Lipstick in No. 21 lip swatch

It’s much less peach and much more pink on my lips than I expected, but I like the color, and the fact that it’s less matte and not as strong as my other Innisfree lipsticks makes it a bit more wearable for day-to-day.

Innisfree face cream samples
Samples to try

I’m planning to replace my Benton High Content Steam Cream and Mizon Returning Starfish Cream, both out of boredom and because summer, for me, demands lighter creams. Mostly out of boredom. I’m excited about the I’m From Honey Cream I have coming to me, and I hope one of these Innisfree creams will pass the test as a nourishing but summerweight second option.

Innisfree Eco Science White C Cream samples
Samples of Eco Science White C Cream

I’ll be starting with a trial of the anti-aging Eco Science White C Cream, which Innisfree claims uses natural citrus extracts to brighten and repair skin.

Samples of Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream
Samples of Orchid Enriched Cream

If the Eco Science White C Cream doesn’t work out, I’ll move on to the Orchid Enriched Cream. Not going to lie, purples are my favorite colors and played a role in my selection of this cream. This is another antioxidant-packed anti-aging cream, and the ingredients list actually doesn’t look all that different from the Eco Science White C.

Other Innisfree cream samples
Random cream samples

If the Orchid Enriched Cream doesn’t work out, I’ll move on to the Olive Real Power Cream and Green Tea Balancing Cream. I doubt I’ll be testing the Soybean Firming Neck Cream, since I use my regular face routine on my neck already, and it seems to work just fine.

Innisfree samples
Sample storage

I packed my “creams to try” in an empty MBD box, except for the sample of White C that I’ll be starting tonight.

Samples to gift
Samples that shall be passed on

I’m not terribly interested in the Green Tea Balancing Skin toner, the Olive Real Lotion, or the Soybean Firming Neck Cream, and since I already have a full size of the Green Tea Seed Serum, these samples will be gifted to people as the opportunity arises. I originally meant to store them in the stackable sliding drawer that can be made out of the 8 Solutions Kit package (hooray for upcycling and hooray for Innisfree’s eco-branding!), but after giving myself a sore neck and a bad mood cutting it out and putting it together, I discovered that it really is stupid small. I’m keeping the box for smaller samples, but these will go in a different MBD box.

Current skin care routine
My lineup as of today

As you can see, my daily routine is undergoing some significant changes. Missha FTE is on its way out now that my much cheaper and very nicely formulated CosRX Galactomyces 95 White Power (cringe) Essence is in the mail. I’m tired of my Benton steam cream and Mizon starfish and don’t need creams that heavy for summer. And the DD’ell was never something I planned to repurchase anyway. Not pictured: my C21.5 serum and my last bottle of Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, which I plan to replace with Shara Shara’s Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule, a gel-texture product full of honey, propolis, and niacinamide. The Shara Shara is already on the way.

Skin care basket
Skincare basket top view

This is how my little basket of happiness looks when everything’s inside. Not kidding, guys, I lug this thing around like a security blanket.

Green Tea Solutions Kit
Oh! And of course I ended up with another Green Tea Solutions Kit.

Do you plan to change your routine at all for summer?


7 thoughts on “Innisfree Haul and Summer Prep Routine Changes

  1. I chose the green tea kit too! I’m interested in the green tea serum but I’m a little unsure as to what it does.. is it just moisturising?

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    1. It is hydrating and has a ton of green tea extract crap in it. The antioxidants are great for preventing cell and DNA damage that leads to wrinkles. Also it smells nice and sinks in fast.

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  2. I don’t have a routine in place yet, but I’m getting ready to purchase a few items. Are there any things I should consider not purchasing until the weather cools down? I figured that eye cream, and a sleeping pack should wait until the autumn.


    1. Hmm. If you live in a pretty warm and humid climate, I would say that it’s less about avoiding certain product types and more about avoiding certain textures. For summer, I like things to be light and watery rather than rich. For occlusive creams, for instance, I look for silicones rather than oils, and I like gel-textured essences and serums.

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  3. This summer is going to be a time of experimentation for me. For the first time ever my skin is not incredibly dehydrated and therefor is not producing tons of excess oil, thanks mostly to chemical exfoliation and loads of moisturizer (yay AB routine!). Previous summers my oil production and number of breakouts have always increased; so I’m anxiously waiting to see what it will do this year now that I’m caring for my skin correctly. I plan to purchase and start patch testing some lighter products in anticipation, but I’m hoping that this year things will be much better.


    1. Same here! Last year I was still developing my good baseline routine, but this year I feel like I’m at a stage where I can really play around with new products as long as I make sure I’m still getting my key actives. It’s fun. I do feel a bit sad that my routine will be totally de-snailed as of whenever my Shara Shara Honey Bomb ampoule gets here though!


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