Innisfree Jeju Aloe Soothing Skin Moisturizing Toner

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I picked out this toner when I went to the Innisfree store in Shanghai last month. I don’t remember seeing this product online but I needed a new moisturizing toner and aloe seems like to be a good option. After doing some research, it turned out that this is a new product that was released in June. I was only able to find this product on Chinese websites so it might be exclusive to the Chinese market.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I am a firm believer in moisturizing toners. They have made the biggest difference in balancing my combination skin. Like other moisturizing toners, this product does not contain any alcohol. The texture is mostly like water but it’s slightly gel-like. I really like this consistency because it feels more moisturizing than toners that just feel like water. After cleansing, I like to pour some into my palm and pat it onto my face. Then I let it dry before applying serum and moisturizer. This toner is quite moisturizing so I’d suggest it for fall and winter.

It’s a shame that this line is so hard to find in the US because I’d love to try some of the other products. This product retails for ¥110 (roughly $18).

-Karen

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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

I picked up this little bottle during Philosophy’s Friends&Family sale a couple of months ago. I’ve been looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser and this one seemed to be promising. To start off, I am a fan of the Philosophy Purity Cleanser so I had high expectations for this product. I must say, this exfoliating cleanser worked just the way I wanted :)

First of all, the micro-beads in this cleanser are very fine. This is probably the most gentle physical exfoliating cleanser/scrub that I have encountered so far. It’s very comfortable to use (non-drying) and it does not irritate my sensitive skin. While this product is gentle enough for everyday use, I prefer to use it once a week. I generally use this product after cleansing my face and before applying a mask.

Some people might think this product is a little too gentle. But based on my own experience, gentle products are more effective in the long run. I will never go back to St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it has done too much damage to my skin.

I would recommend this exfoliating cleanser to everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. Before dispensing this product, I would suggest shaking the bottle a little bit since the beads tend to settle to the bottom.

This product is available at: Sephora, Nordstrom, Philosophy Official Website

-Karen

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TONYMOLY Easy Touch Auto Eye Brow Pencil (#2 Gray)

For the longest time, I used an angled eyeliner brush and black eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows. But I figured I needed another method when I don’t have my eyeshadow palettes with me while traveling.

I’ve always been fond of eyebrow pencils from Korean brands because they tend to have a slanted tip for easy application and several brands offer the shade “gray”, which is a perfect match for those with black hair. The color itself is perfect for either a light or heavy application. This eyebrow pencil is retractable so no sharpening is needed. There’s a spooley brush on the other end for blending.

Overall, I really love using this eyebrow pencil. The only complaint I have is that the cap (for the pencil part) tends to fall off rather easily. Other than that, it’s a wonderful product.

This product is available at: Jolse and YesStyle

-Karen

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