When it comes to hair care, I’m totally lost. My hair is super thin and straight, and I’ve worn it in a rather short pixie cut for a few years now. Having glorious long locks was never something I aimed to achieve before. Now that I have the aspiration of a curated, asian beauty inspired hair care routine, I have an extreme lack of direction for the kinds of products I want to try. Picking up this shampoo was a way for me to get my toes wet so I can start working on properly taking care of my hair and scalp.
As many a skincare nerd will know, there are some types of products in which the pH is hugely important to the product’s purpose and effectiveness. BHAs, AHAs, or L-ascorbic acid serums are ‘pH dependent’, which means their effectiveness is altered by the pH of the product formulation, or by the pH of the skin they are applied to.
These products tend to perform better at a pH that is lower than the natural pH of your skin. Your skin’s pH hangs around 4.5-5.5, and the ideal pH for these products, such as Vitamin C, can be as low as 2.5. What ends up happening is that some of the effectiveness of these products is used up in the effort it takes to lower the pH of your skin to a suitable range. One way to resolve this is to use a pH-adjusting toner to do the grunt work of lowering the skin’s pH so that the pH dependent products can be more effective at what they do. This is the role of a product like the COSRX BHA/AHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.
With my skin being as dry and thirsty as it is, I tend to load up on a range of moisturizers and serums in my nighttime routine. After discovering asian beauty, I was introduced to a new product type that was designed for sealing in all those layers just before bed: sleeping packs. Innisfree’s Green Tea Sleeping Pack was my first ever experience with this type of product, and I’m overall pleased with how it turned out. I’m definitely on the path towards having a variety of sleeping packs in my skincare wardrobe, as this product sparked a desire to try out even more.
These are the products I’ve chosen to test between April 23, 2017 and September 9, 2017. This haul I am super excited about because I really expanded my search, checking out some indie brands as well as products from non-asian countries. The majority of it still comes from Korea, but I’ve got some stuff here from other places that I think is pretty cool. I also took the opportunity to focus on a single brand, Ato Classic, and try out their entire line of skincare this summer.
I decided to change things up a bit with this haul post and include some first impressions of the products in addition to my reasons for purchasing the product. I don’t like to comment too much on the experience or performance until I write a review post, but people seem to find first impressions useful so I thought I’d give it a try.
About half of this haul was ordered from http://www.testerkorea.com. The rest came from Amazon, eBay, or individual store websites. Since this block is 20 weeks long, there are also 2 bonus face products and 2 bonus ‘other’ products.
My primary goal with this blog is to discover great products for all around full body care and personal hygiene, and that includes finding fun ways to take care of my teeth. The most obvious thing to go for was to find toothpaste that wasn’t just some variation of ‘mint’ flavor. How lucky I was then to find a brand that carries a total of 7 different flavors (though only 5 of those could really be classified as non-mint), all of which can be bought together in a sample set.
I first heard of Marvis toothpaste when Tracy spoke about using the Jasmin flavor on the Snailcast. I was incredibly intrigued by a floral flavored toothpaste, and once I saw the variety of unique flavors Marvis carries I decided I needed to try all of them. Obviously I had to find out for myself which one is best. You know how it is.
I have yet to find a second step cleanser that I am absolutely in love with. I don’t expect a cleansing product to perform miracles, but I want them to be interesting and fun to use. I got curious about the powder cleanser format after seeing a few reviews of Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash. Having a cleanser in a dry form seems extremely handy for travelling, so I picked one up to see if it would suit my needs.