After a couple of low-buy months, my wallet’s vacation has ended. My favorites need restocking and my new address apparently puts me in an Amazon Prime Free Same-Day Delivery Zone(!!!). While I normally share my hauls over on Instagram, this month’s skincare purchases revealed so much about what I’m loving these days that I thought I’d go into a little more detail than usual.
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The madness began when I realized that I desperately needed to replace both my cleansing and makeup sponges. I don’t like to use konjac sponges for more than a month or so each. Meanwhile, despite frequent and thorough double cleansings, my Beauty Blender had developed a couple of suspicious spots after a little over half a year of use.
I’ve tried several brands’ konjac sponges, including the Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Volcanic Konjac Cleansing Sponge* that I had been using, and haven’t felt a difference between the name-brand sponges and the Beauty Shelf ones that I’ve always loved. On the other hand, I’ve heard mixed reviews about Beauty Blender alternatives. So I grabbed my usual three-pack of fluffy, durable, inexpensive heart-shaped konjac sponges* and a classic pink Beauty Blender*. Then I started thinking about all the other things I could stand to replenish.
By the time I finished and reviewed my first bottle of Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum, I knew I wanted more. I also knew, however, that it would be smart to wait a while before repurchasing so that I could see whether discontinuing use would make a difference to my skin. It totally did. My face didn’t fall off when I ran out of the Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum*, but it did begin to lose that remarkable resilience I mentioned in my review. Yeah, the pillow creases came back. Having experienced the joys of skin so firm that pillow creases don’t take, I find that unacceptable. I bought a second bottle, no regrets.
I do have regrets about letting myself run out of my Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence* sunscreen. When I have Watery Essence in stock, I tend to rely on it so much that I don’t give other sunscreens a chance. Biore Watery Essence is my face’s high school sweetheart. But despite my pure, true love for my Watery Essence, I feared I might be losing out on other, possibly better, options, so earlier this summer, I chose not to repurchase it until I’d played the field for a while. I’m glad I did, since I have found a couple other good products I would have overlooked otherwise, but none as perfect for me as my Watery Essence love. It remains my ultimate sunscreen holy grail. I grabbed myself a two-pack, apologized for my cold feet, and am happy to announce that we’re back together, our commitment stronger than ever.
While reuniting with my first sunscreen love, I also grabbed a pack of two tubes of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream*, an old friend whom I’d thought I’d outgrown. This extraordinarily inexpensive AB classic (you should never have to pay more than $10 a tube, and $10 for two tubes is a very real possibility!) is a lightweight moisturizer with a smooth siliconey finish and one of the fastest drying times I’ve ever experienced in a moisturizer. I stopped using it a while ago, partly because of tretface but mostly because I wanted to move on to more “sophisticated” and “exciting” products, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and wondering how I’d like it now that I’ve tried so many other AB moisturizers. So far, I’m glad I gave it a second chance!
By the way, my old friend Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and my first love Biore Watery Essence get along wonderfully together so far. Here’s to happy reunions on my face!
Reconnecting with my Biore Watery Essence also brought me into contact with Biore Watery Essence’s cousin, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Cool*. This already discontinued limited-edition version of the Watery Essence is said to have an even more “watery” consistency than the OG Watery Essence and supposedly gives a pleasant cooling sensation when applied. Watery Essence’s cool cousin is hard to track down and can never hang out for very long but will be honoring us with a visit soon.
Those old face friends I’ve rediscovered got me remembering the early days of my sheet mask obsession, back when My Beauty Diary masks made up the bulk of my collection. I still love MBD masks, of course, particularly their 2015+ “silk” masks, but with so many other options available, they often get relegated in my mind to “boring basics” status. I figured I could rekindle my excitement with a variety I haven’t tried yet. The Royal Pearl* flavor popped up at a great price, so into my cart it went. Royal Pearl looks like a reformulation of the old My Beauty Diary Pearl Powder masks, which I used to use often, so I have a good feeling about this.
I also have a good feeling about my second bottle of Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX*. Like the Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum, this product requires a pretty serious investment, so even though I loved it the first time around, I made myself wait a while before committing to a repurchase. And, just like with the Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum, I definitely noticed the difference. I’ve had to start using blush every day again, and in larger quantities than I did when I had the First Care Activating Serum EX. That fresh, rosy, lively look takes at least a year off my face. Totally worth it for me.
(The inflatable neck thing* is an impulse purchase. Even with my Tempurpedic pillow, sometimes I sleep wrong and can’t turn my head the next day, and I read that an inflatable home traction device like this can help.)
I’ve gotten some of my packages in and am waiting patiently for the rest, because not all of them had that same-day delivery after all. I’m stocked up for some time and so happy to have rediscovered so many old friends.
Which skincare products do you keep going back to over and over again?