K-Beauty Shopping with Fiddy! Memebox Mini-Review Megapost and Discount

So I was idly browsing Memebox US and adding things to my cart, as I do, when I realized that a shopping guide would be a much more constructive outlet for my window-shopping energy.

Memebox US, one of my favorite shops of 2015 thanks to generally reasonable prices and fast domestic shipping, is always one of the first sites I visit when I wantneed to buy something. But their selection can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to K-beauty. Not every item is a gem (though plenty of them are). I combed through every brand listed on the site to find products I’ve personally used and enjoyed. You’ll find the ones that passed the test below, organized by the possible steps of your skincare routine. You’ll also hear about the things I didn’t love. Enjoy, remember that YMMV, and if you’ve never hauled from Memebox before, register with my referral link* to get 20% off your first purchase!


Affiliate and referral links in this post are marked with an asterisk(*). Products that were given to me for review are marked with double asterisks(**).


First Cleansers

Use these oil-based cleansers to break down and remove sunscreen and makeup at the end of the day.

  • Banila Co Clean It Zero, $16*: Arguably one of the best-known cleansing balms in the international K-beauty community, the OG Clean It Zero in the pink jar starts off solid, melts down to a softly fragranced cleansing oil when spread over skin, easily removes most makeup, emulsifies well and rinses away cleanly. It’s a classic.
  • Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet, $24*, is, for me, a step up from BanilaCo CIZ. It softens to a thicker and more luxurious-feeling oil and does a better job of handling waterproof mascara. I’ve already  repurchased this once and will do again. (Full review)
  • Nooni Snowflake Cleanser**, $13*, is Clean It Zero on a budget, without any loss of quality as far as I could tell. In fact, I like it more than CIZ. (Full review)

Consider passing on: I’m Meme cleansing oils in Fresh and Moist. After extensive testing of both, I’ve found that while they remove makeup exceptionally well, the Fresh cleansing oil has an unbearably strong fragrance, while the Moist cleansing oil stings my eyes in a way that few other cleansing oils I’ve tried have.

Low pH Korean facial cleansers

Consider the Re:cipe Slowganic Lemon Cleanser a runner-up. I found it a bit too much for my tretface, but the bizarre marshmallow texture makes it a fun option–and plenty of other people whose opinions I trust love it.

Second Cleansers

Use a non-stripping, low-pH foaming cleanser to clean the skin after removing makeup at night, and if needed in the morning as well.

  • COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, $10*, can be used either as a single-step gel cleanser or foamed with water as a traditional second cleanser. Either way, I never found it stripping and always found it effective. Mr. Fiddy loves it; our second tube has been purchased and is on its way to us from Memebox’s SF warehouse as I type this. (Full review)
  • Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, $9*: If you want a little more oomph and a little more unf in your second cleanser, or if you need something very travel-friendly, check this one out. With papain for gentle enzyme exfoliation, this cleanser always leaves my skin sparkling clean and buttery smooth but never squeaky or dry. (Full review)

Consider passing on: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, COSRX Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, and Benton Honest Cleansing Foam, all of which are formulated at pH levels high enough to weaken your skin barrier and strip it of the natural and necessary lipids that keep acne-causing germs out, hold moisture in, and give healthy skin a natural glow.

Chemical Exfoliants

Carefully introduce chemical exfoliants into your skincare routine to address acne or aging problems.

  • COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, $17.70*: A hydrating treatment with 7% glycolic acid, this product clears up stubborn clogs and active acne. It also encourages faster cell turnover for brighter, smoother, more youthful skin. Always use sunscreen when using this product and for at least 7 days after discontinuing use. Warning: Strong odor. (Full review)
  • COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, $19*: The 4% oil-soluble betaine salicylate in this gentle BHA penetrates deep into skin, dislodging hardened sebum plugs to minimize the appearance of pores and reduce the occurrence of breakouts. (Full review)
  • Prelab Toning Peeling Tap**, $14 for 15*: A gentle and very travel-friendly alternative to AHAs and BHAs, these single-use enzyme “peels” deliver mild exfoliation through both the fruit extracts in the essence and through the soft, fuzzy applicator tip.
Prelab Toning Peeling Tap enzyme exfoliant

EXFOLIATE! EXFOLIATE!

Acne Treatment

Heal and prevent breakouts without excessive dryness or irritation with gentle K-beauty treatments for “troubled skin.”

  • COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, $18*: The healing and anti-microbial properties of propolis make it a natural fit for acne-prone skin, and this A-Sol has plenty of it. Use as a preventative and healing toner, and dab on active pimples to reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery. The relatively low pH of this product also helps to balance skin after cleansing. This is one of Mr. Fiddy’s holy grails! (Full review)

Consider passing on: COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads, which contain BHA but are formulated at too high of a pH to effectively exfoliate. While these pads do help calm inflammation and reduce redness, I’d expect a product at its price point to do a bit more to back up its claims.

Essence

Layer essences over toners for refreshing hydration and basic skincare benefits.

  • COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, $18*: This snailiest of snail products packs a whopping 96% snail secretion filtrate, resulting in a delightfully snaily consistency, plenty of skin-softening and damage-repairing power, and a simple formulation suitable for even sensitive skin. (Full review)
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence label

Bobby and Yolo approve.

Consider passing on: Claire’s Guerisson 9 Complex Essence if you are bothered by the idea of horse oil in your skincare, because the Guerisson 9 Complex line is based on horse oil.

Serum/Ampoule

Attack specific skin concerns with serums and ampoules.

  • Scinic Honey All In One Ampoule, $20*: The hydrating, moisturizing, healing, and protective power of honey makes it an all-around winner for all skin types. Scinic amps up honey’s benefits with additional brightening and antioxidant ingredients for an ampoule that does a lot. Also, the huuuuge jar gives amazing value.
  • Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule, $20*: This soft and slippery substance soothes and softens skin with plenty of snail mucin, as well as an array of brightening and antioxidant extracts and actives similar to those of the Scinic Honey AIO Ampoule. The peachy fragrance is a plus. (Full review)
  • Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, $28*: If you want a great value in a K-beauty ampoule but don’t fancy either of the Scinic AIOs, consider the Tosowoong propolis ampoule, which comes in a jumbo 100ml bottle of deeply hydrating, glow-creating goodness. (Full review)

Consider passing on: COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, which is a decent propolis ampoule but not a decent value for the small bottle, and the Shara Shara Berry Bomb and Honey Bomb All In One Ampoules, which are excellent products but available from Korean etailers for significantly lower prices.

Sheet Masks and Gel Masks

Fan Bingbing goes through 600 a year. I use at least one a day. Chinese supermodel Liu Wen masks five times a week. Sheet masks are Asian skincare superstars! These intensely hydrating facial treats plump skin up for instant firmness and glow, and you can find a flavor to suit just about every one of your skincare concerns.

Sheet mask K-beauty haul

Takes a fair amount of hauling to keep myself stocked with sheet masks, actually.

  • Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Hydrogel Masks, $21 for 5*: There are not enough words in the English language to describe how I feel about these clingy, comfy, sparkling golden hydrogel masks with the heavenly fragrance and spectacular results. They’re my favorite indulgence. (Full review)
  • Ciracle From Jeju Mask Bundle Set, $11 for 4* is a great way to try a variety of different high-quality masks. For me, the Camellia Flower Anti-Wrinkle, Jeju Mayu (horse oil, just so you’re aware) Anti-Aging, Citrus Sudachi Whitening, and Volcanic Pore Tightening sheet masks all produce long-lasting results. My favorite is the Camellia Flower.
  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Water Lock Hydro-Gel Melting Mask, $3* are a new favorite of mine for their light, citrusy fragrance and intense hydrating effects. After 45 minutes with one of these, my skin looks supremely smooth and luminously dewy. They do sometimes leave little bits of loose gel behind, so use in the evening to prevent pilling under sunscreen and makeup.
  • Etude House I Need You! sheet mask, Vita Complex, $2*: I tried an assortment of Etude House sheet masks a while back and picked the Vita Complex flavor as my favorite immediately. A surprisingly solid essence formulation makes my skin instantly brighter and, by the next morning, visibly more translucent. (Full review)
  • Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack, $2: $2 is a great value for these hybrid gel and fabric sheet masks, which were among my first gel mask loves. The Aqua* flavor makes my skin like porcelain all through the next day, the Healing* variety calms my skin and erases redness when my face is throwing a fit, and the Whitening* type evens out skin tone and creates a brilliant glow. (If the “whitening” designation weirds you out, check out my discussion of the topic here.) Some people do find the fragrance of these a little intense, though I’ve never noticed much smell; others have found that the Healing variety tingles. Again, that hasn’t happened to me, but it is something to be aware of. (Full review of Aqua and Healing)
  • Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Masks, $2, are a solid everyday maintenance mask. I repurchased a few varieties not long ago and found myself liking them more than I used to, which almost never happens–usually it’s the other way around! The Manuka Honey* is nicely moisturizing and the Lime* refreshing and brightening. (Full reviews of Manuka Honey and Lime)
  • Mediheal Dress Code Mask – Blue, $2.50*, is one of the very few printed, “novelty”-type sheet masks that I’ve really liked. Printed with an elegantly detailed blue masquerade mask that takes sheet masking from serial killer to (oddly) sexy, this variety of Dress Code Mask leaves skin deeply hydrated and bouncy. (Full review)
  • Tosowoong Pure sheet masks in Pure Propolis*, Pure Snail*, Pure Deep Sea Water*, and Pure Green Tea*, $1.50: Lately I’ve been much more into Taiwanese sheet masks than Korean ones, but I try to keep a good amount of these Korean masks on hand at all times. I just bought another 10 of the Pure Propolis and actually regret not getting 20 instead. Generously cut from a thick but soft fabric that holds a ton of essence, Tosowoong’s Pure sheet masks feel great, last for nearly an hour on the face, and deliver intense and long-lasting moisture and brightening effects. (Reviews)

Consider passing on: It’s Skin sheet masks, whose attractive packaging disguises alcohol-laden mediocrity; Botanic Farm hydrogels, which contain amazing ingredients but are made out of thin, stiff, dry, rigid gel sheets that embody everything hydrogel masks shouldn’t be; and Skin Factory Real Honey Moisturizing Ampoule Mask, which likewise has a wonderful essence but a truly terrible mask sheet.

Creams and Sleeping Packs

Lock in the benefits of your essences and serums and keep skin soft with a Korean moisturizing cream. In the evening, swap out your cream for a sleeping pack if your skin is normal or oily, or layer a sleeping pack over your cream if your skin is dry, to further seal in your juices and wake up with soft and glowing skin.

Goodal Nature's Solution Firming Sleeping Pack

This sleeping pack feels as if it were made for me.

Consider passing on: Claire’s Guerisson 9 Complex Cream, whose horse oil content gives it a slightly steak-y fragrance (at least to me); Goodal Waterest Moisture Barrier Cream, which combines a hard and waxy consistency with a very strong and very “mature” fragrance; and Scinic Aqua EX Jelly Cream, unless you don’t actually need moisturization and want your face to smell like men’s cologne.

Wash-Off Packs

Supplement your skincare routine with the occasional wash-off pack.

  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Kangsi Pack**, $16*: Elizavecca is kind of the king of wash-off packs, offering a variety of fun and unusual formulations. The Kangsi Pack is an extract-enriched clay mask hybrid containing 24K gold extract. It goes on gold and turns white as it dries; rinsing it off reveals brightened and clarified skin. (Instagram review)
  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask**, $11*: Speaking of fun, this pore-clearing clay pack starts out as a thin layer of gray goo but quickly fluffs up into a cloud of bubbles on your face, tickling as the bubbles pop. As an added bonus, this mask removes makeup nicely. About once a week or so, I like to swap out my first cleanser for this mask, making makeup removal entertaining for once while pulling built-up gunk from my pores. (Instagram review)
  • Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, $15*, is here for those of you who’d rather skip the gold and the bubbles and go straight for a classic clay mask. This powerful purifier draws impurities out from even deep down in the pores and provides a little bonus exfoliation if you massage as you rinse. (See how to use this as part of my three-step pore killer routine)

Hair and Body Care

When I first got into K-beauty (and snails), I didn’t plan to take my addiction any farther than the edges of my face. I didn’t plan to end up using Korean products (containing snails) to moisturize my entire body, and I certainly didn’t plan to end up putting Korean products (containing snails) in my hair. But, you know, life doesn’t always go the way you think it will. Sometimes it goes in a different direction. Sometimes that different direction is better than the one you thought you’d take. Life is full of those little miracles.

  • Tonymoly Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel, $9*, is a lovely lightweight snail gel in a nice big tub, sized to smear all over the body. It dries down quickly, making it perfect for those of us who need body moisturizer but hate feeling slimy while the moisturizer sinks in. Also, snails. (Full review)
  • Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack, $8*, is the product that turned me to the K-Side when it comes to haircare. This combo nourishing scalp treatment and deep conditioner leaves my hair silky soft and my scalp tingly and refreshed. More importantly, something in this product gives my normally straight, flat, sad hair a noticeable bounce and body that nothing else but blow-drying has before. And most importantly of all, the amount of hair I lose in the shower has dropped significantly since I got this stuff. I love this. I have already ordered two more tubes.
  • Lador Scalp Scaling Spa Hair Ampoule, $1.50*, is a sort of superconcentrated version of the Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack. I use one ampoule once a week to supplement the rest of my new haircare routine, and after a few treatments, my hair and scalp feel unspeakably lively and healthy. This Lador stuff is the real deal.
  • Lador Damage Protector Acid Shampoo, $8*: Speaking of the scalp, did you know that the scalp is skin, too? That didn’t really click in my head until I first looked at this product and saw the pH 4.5 printed on the bottle. A healthy scalp produces healthier hair, while a damaged scalp leads to hair problems. I’m almost done with my first bottle of this, have a second on the way, and have found this stuff cleans my hair effectively but gently (no squeaking!) and may be contributing to the reduced fallout I’m experiencing.
  • Lador Hydro LPP Treatment**, $10*: Formulated for dyed and/or damaged hair, this hydrating and deep-conditioning treatment infuses hair with weightless moisture, leaving it silky and soft. I won’t be purchasing this for myself as it isn’t the best choice for my hair type, but I did enjoy using up the tube I was given, and friends of mine with dyed or damaged hair love it.

I know I've been a little quiet on social media lately, but I haven't been idle about trying new things! Here are some first impressions of the new #haircare and #skincare items I've been slowly adding into my routine. #Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack came to me from @Memebox_USA, and so far I'm really impressed with it. It's basically an intensive #conditioner and scalp treatment that has been leaving my hair fluffier and bouncier than I can remember it being in ages. I'm really lazy about my hair, no heat styling or anything, so getting some body without changing a thing is totally miraculous to me. I don't have a ton of knowledge about haircare, so I've consulted with the awesome @kindofstephen about the ingredients in this (BTW Memebox–I think you might have a translation error with the "sunrise" ingredient) and he thinks the added body might be due to an unusual film former. I'll be doing some more reading before I review, but I'm loving using the stuff so far. #Nooni Seed Essence Toner is another product sent to me by #Memebox. This is the thickest and most moisturizing toner I've ever used. It's literally goopy, and it's so rich-feeling that I've dropped my Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil for the duration of the testing period to see whether this could be a decent substitute. Pretty happy with it so far! My #Primera and #Mamonde botanical #antiaging serums are going head to head, with the Mamonde on the left side of my face and the Primera on the right. Both of these came to me from @cosmetic_jolse. I'm liking both so far, though the Primera is noticeably heavier (so maybe more suited to #dryskin) while the Mamonde has a lighter feel. Finally, #Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser also came from #Jolsebae at my request. This is shaping up to be one of the stronger #lowpHcleansers that I've tried–much more like Re:cipe Slowganic in Lemon than like Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, if that makes any sense. #fiftyshadesofsnail #rasianbeauty #kbeauty #koreanskincare #koreanhaircare #koreanbeauty #beautyblogger

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Miscellaneous

  • IOPE Air Cushion XP cushion foundation + refill, $40: My HG cushion makeup for its sheer but buildable coverage, seamless skin-like finish, and the satiny glow it gives. Available in N21* and N23* for lighter, natural-looking base, and C21* and C23* for more coverage.
  • I’m Meme Rubycell Puff, $7 for 5*: To prevent breakouts, it’s important to keep your cushion puffs clean. I try to wash mine at least once every few days, double cleansing them with whatever rejected cleansing oil I have lying around and whatever harsh foaming cleanser samples I can find in my stash. You’d be amazed at how much product comes gushing out of such a thin little puff. But sometimes I don’t get around to cleaning the puff for a little too long, so I keep some of these extra cushion puffs handy to replace mine when needed. Rubycell is the current gold standard of cushion puffs for its durability and anti-microbial properties.
  • I’m Meme Dual Pore Brush**, $9*: With a dense and ultra-soft brush on one side and a nubbly but gentle silicone scrubber on the other, this brush can make a cleansing session just a little more thorough without pushing into the danger zone.

Um. So I didn’t realize just how many products I’ve tried in the last couple of years until I put together this list. The blogging life is a hard one, guys. So much struggle.

Finally, I have one more way to make your next Memebox purchase easier: a Fifty Shades of Snail reader coupon code for 10% off of your entire order through the month of March! Use the code FIDDYSHAUL at checkout to get your discount. And again, if you’ve never ordered from Memebox before, registering with my referral link* will get you 20% off of your first order. Happy hauling!

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40 responses to “K-Beauty Shopping with Fiddy! Memebox Mini-Review Megapost and Discount

  1. You are enabling me to purchase now! My wallet will be subsequently left crying, but it’ll be so worth it. Thank you for putting this together!

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  2. What a great post– a reference point for future purchases! I’m about to start curology, so I’m anxious to see what it will do to my skin. She’s starting me off at what seems to be a super-low level of tretinoin die to a history of some irritation. Question regarding Dynasty Cream: I’ve been intrigued after reading many raves, but then I read a few things saying it was highly fragranced and was a little turned off. I don’t care for overly perfumey products. Do you find it smelly? Also have you tried Scinic’s version of Lauder Night Repair/Missha’s Night Repair? Haven’t read much about it but am really enjoying it. Thanks again for all your hard work. tabgrl (aka insta jordydog1 the non-vegan worried about donkey milk)

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  3. And haul I did!! Perfect timing!! Tosowoong Pure Deep Sea Water Mask, Tosowoong Refresh Sea Cucumber Essence Mask, Tosowoong Dr. Troubex Soothing Mask Pack, Lador Scalp Scaling Spa Hair Ampoule, Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampoule, SNP Birds Nest Revital Cream, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Skin79 Fresh Garden Mask – Glacial Water, Memebox Dewy Skin Set, and the Memebox Cosrx Box!! (To say nothing of the GIANT box headed my way from Koreadepart…)

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  4. Thanks so much for your thoughtful and thorough posts. Remember you saying good things about the Hera’s cushion; do you mind comparing it to the IOPE one that you recommend?

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    • Aw, thank you! Sure, I can compare the Hera and IOPE cushions. There is hardly any difference at all between the two as far as I can tell. Both of them are a good color match for me, very similar coverage and finish, and I’m not super surprised because I think both of them are Amore Pacific? I find the IOPE just a teensy bit less dewy, which is why I prefer it just 1 or 2 percent more than the Hera.

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  5. Well I WASN’T planning on any Memebox purchases, but since there was a coupon… 😛

    Among other things I bought the Cosrx AHA Whitehead Power Liquid. I’ve been using the BHA one and really liked it, but my pores could still use a lot of help! Should I/can I use them both at once, like one on top of the other (and if I did which order would they go), or should I just use one at a time?

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    • Once your skin is acclimated to both of them and you have a sense of your tolerance, you can definitely use both at the same time. I did that for quite a while before I started tretinoin and had to cut back. What I did was use the Cosrx AHA first, give it a bit of time just to dry (I’m a lot more relaxed about wait times than I used to be), then layer on the BHA.

      Generally people recommend to put BHA before AHA as BHA products need to stay at a lower pH than AHAs to be effective, but with Cosrx acids, the AHA is actually at a lower pH than the BHA.

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  6. Do you know if the Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack, Ampoule, or Damage Protector Acid Shampoo are safe for color-treated hair?

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  7. Holy crap this is one amazing post 0 There’s so much stuff here that I haven’t tried! I find your opinion super helpful when it comes to PH balance so I kind of can’t wait for my skincare to run out to try some of these goodies! Unfortunately things like cleansers tend to last for frigging ever…

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  8. I’ll definitely be referring to this for future purchases! There’s one thing I’ve always wondered about bha. Is is only good for exfoliating the areas with sf’s or is it worth putting it on my entire face?

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  9. Yet another great post that makes me want to buy aaaaalllll the things!

    I’ve been eyeing up the Scinic/Shara Shara AIO for a loooong time now but never took the plunge simply because I couldn’t decide on which one. I was waiting around for more of your awesome reviews on the AIO but they never happened 😦

    Can you briefly tell me the differences between the Honey and Aqua versions from each line?

    My skin type is oily/normal, dehydrated, acne & PIH! Thanks a million x

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    • Honey is more moisturizing (and with a slightly heavier feel and tendency to stickiness if you use too much). It is for acne, as honey has antimicrobial and healing properties. The Aqua varieties are lighter and more hydrating. All of them have brightening ingredients.

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      • Woah thanks for the quick reply!

        Do they have any particular scents? Some redditors say the Scinic Aqua one has an unbearable smell.

        Alsoo…will honey be too ‘rich’ for my oily skin?

        TYVM Fiddy!

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      • Hmm I don’t think the Scinic Aqua has a bad smell. It’s that generic “blue water” fragrance that a lot of “aqua” products have, that kind of smells like cologne. Not very strong, either. The Honey has a sweet smell, but more sugary than honeylike, also not strong. And I think you’ll be fine as long as you don’t put too much at a time. A little goes a long way!

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  10. Wahhh I just bought some items from memebox and now I’ve found your great blog + mini reviews + discount!! The inner turmoil is so intense!!

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  11. Hi ! Thank you for the informative posts they are always awesome to read. I have a question, should I alternate between using aha and bha so three times each per week or should I use them together ? I know my face can handle it but I’m too lazy between the wait time to do both everyday ! And I feel like bha everyday is effective for acne but I’m not sure. Thanks !

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    • Tbh I got really relaxed about wait times. I would just wait for each product to dry and then put the next one on. You can use them on the same night if your skin can tolerate it 🙂

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  12. Oh man, how did you know I’ve been looking for a low ph shampoo? This is great!

    Not to be nosy, but do you mind sharing what conditioner you are using, since the Hydro LPP was too heavy? I have a similar hair type to you and could use a rec.

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  13. This is a very solid list! 🙂 thumbs up Love these types informative posts/mini reviews! Also, I actually like the Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream, but I only use it at night because of the texture and the time it takes for my skin to absorb it. But I think that’s why it’s so great at sealing everything in for me! 😉

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  14. Hi, just wanted to say I love your blog. I went from having noticeable acne all the time to perfectly clear, velvety skin thanks to your reviews and recommendations. Benton essence was my gateway drug to K-beauty before I found your blog, and since then, I’ve accumulated about 70% of what you listed/mentioned in this post, plus some stuff in your routine page. I put most stuff in a mini-fridge for now, but I’m worried that refrigerating or freezing might inactivate some of the proteins/acids that I bought the products for. Do you have any thoughts/recommendations on how to store your essences/ampoules/creams?

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    • Hiya Amy! Generally, I think it’s not necessary to keep product refrigerated (though I don’t think it’s a bad thing either; I would love a skincare fridge!). Couple of exceptions: L-AA vitamin C serum should be kept refrigerated to maximize its short shelf life, and I also put any open products that I don’t use every day, like whichever All In One Ampoules I’m not currently using, in the fridge. Also sheet masks, just because I love them chilled. Boy, that’s actually a lot of stuff, sorry.

      I do like to keep product out of the bathroom. The warm and moist environment isn’t the best for product longevity. I store my everyday stuff in my skincare basket, which is usually on my bedside table or desk. Products waiting to be opened are in drawers or cabinets. Cool dry places.

      Hope that helps! I’m so glad my recommendations work out for you!

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  15. Hi! Thanks for the amazing post! I noticed another comment on the Scinic ampoules, and I’ve been debating about which Scinic AIO Ampoule to get too. I was wondering if you had to pick from the snail, honey, and aqua ones, which one would you pick as your favorite? I’d say my skin type is pretty normal and not really super sensitive either. Thanks so much!!

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  16. I think I’m going to take the plunge and make my first order! Which do you prefer between the botanic farm sherbet vs the illi anti-aging cleansing oil. Trying to decide between the two or do you think I need both? Also, cannot tell you how much I love your blog. Discovered it last week and I can’t stop reading!

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    • Seriously. It smells citrusy at first, but then the longer it’s on my face, the more I feel like I can detect that distinctive smell of red meat fat underneath. I love fat on my steaks. I do not like feeling like I’m smearing it on my face.

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  17. You may have addressed this already, but do you use the AIOs as AIOs? I’ve been eyeing that Scinic Honey fella for while, but I’m not sure if I want to toss out the other products in my routine just because they’ve been rendered “redundant” or whatever. Because, you know, I enjoy my routine. I keep wanting to add steps just so I can play with my face more…

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  18. Hello from Singapore! What’s your sequence for your acids (and the in between time)?! I’ve been trying to figure this out and my skin is just dying for me to figure it out as well! Thanks 😀

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  19. Thanks so much for taking the time to put together this very informative and easy to understand review! I loved every inch of it. I was happy to see many of the products I’m using on your list and also to see your recommendations for products I’ve been curious about — all in one place. When interested in trying a new K-Beauty product, I always head to your blog first for your review. Heading to Memebox now!

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