Wednesday 1 March 2017

Korean Beauty Skincare items I am trying // Tony Moly // Elizavecca // The Creme Shop

Have you dabbled into the world of Korean skincare? it's kinda hard to avoid it. Korean beauty has swept onto the market and claimed its multi- billion dollar stake in the industry. With South Korea being one of the leading researchers in skincare it would be silly not to take a look to see what is on offer.

For me, my main interest is sheet masks and pore treatments. I love to pop on a sheet, leave it to work its magic, dab off any residue and I am good to go, easy peasy lemon squeezy. But this of course has been filtered down into the UK market with a lot of companies jumping on the bandwagon with their own infused masks. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed said masks (I love the Garnier Moisture bomb one!) but it's nice to have a little try of the real deal, straight from South Korea (actually straight from TKmaxx but you get the jist)

South Korean beauty geeks have very thorough skincare rituals, it puts my quick "slap on a mask" routine well and truly to shame. As much as I would love to commit to a 12-step regime (as practiced by Korean's)  I don't think I would be able to stick to it. Having said that when I am having a "bad skin" day I am pretty sure I have maxed out the 12-step rule and maybe even gone for 15 with the theory that the more that's applied the quicker it works. It does make me question whether it's the process that leads to good skin or the products used? I don't know about you but when I pay more attention to how I am using my skincare products the results are always better. Maybe the Korean's have it right with their lengthy and thorough processes? is it more about the care given and time investment rather than what's used? or both? If you find the miracle time/product ratio, please let me know. In the meantime, I will continue with my double cleanse, tone, mask, treat, moisturise routine, a mere half of what's recommended by South Korean skin gurus.

One thing that I do like is the packaging, take Tony Moly for example, its cutesy rabbits and pandas add a bit of fun to what could be seen to be a boring product. OK so it is probably more suitable for my daughter then it is for me (am I the only one who evaluates on this basis?) but still fun nevertheless.

So here is my little Korean stash that I have collected from TKmaxx and Selfridges:

Pore strips:

Top left - Elizavecca Milky Piggy Strips - Bought from TKMaxx for £3.99
top right -  Tony Moly Egg Pore Nose Pack Package - £6.00 for 7 strips - link HERE
Bottom -  The Creme Shop Strawberry Nose 3-step blackhead remover - link HERE

Sheet masks (for brightening):

Elizavecca Aqua White Water Brightening mask - £3.99 from TKmaxx
Tony Moly I'm Real Tomato Mask Sheet - Radiance - £3.99 TKmaxx


Tony Moly Blackhead Steam balm - cleanses away excess oil targeting blocked pores £14.00 -  link HERE

Lastly I have some eye masks to battle the puffy eyes!

Left - Goggles Lock In Aqua Mask - I bought this from TKmaxx for £3.99 but I have found them online HERE only thing with this one is that you have to leave it on for two hours!
Right - Tony Moly - Panda's Dream Eye Patch £5.00 - link HERE

So far I have tried:

Tony Moly pore strips - I like these, effective yet not too harsh, I would buy these again and the price is fairly reasonable too (£6.00 for 7 strips)

Tony Moly Black Head Steam Balm - I have only tried this a few times so I am unable to comment at this point. I am not going to lie, I was semi-lured in by the egg packaging, without doing my research beforehand, this was popped into my basket without really knowing what was inside. But so far not wowed - To Be Continued.

Strawberry Nose 3 Step Black Head Remover - you get three sets of three in this pack for £4.99 so a good price for three goes. The first strip is a priming strip, second extracting and the third treating (as far as I could gather from the small amount of English on the pack) I could actually really feel the first strip tingling and getting to work on my pores, I was excited for the next step (y'know the horrifically satisfying sight of crud on a pore strip) but I was a bit let down, there was no stomach churning sight, maybe "urgh that's manky" but defo not the levels of disgust that I wanted. The third strip settled the skin down after the extraction with a soothing type serum,

I am looking forward to using the Elizavecaa Milky Piggy Three Step Blackhead Solution as this is from the company that sells the Hell Pore Clean Up Mask - which apparently rips your face off, sounds horrific right? well that's exactly why I want it, anything to rip off the crud appeals to me! so that is the next item on my hit list.

There's a few items on my shopping list at the mo (one being Hell Pore) the other is something snail slime infused - why? I am intrigued. I am not so struck on the donkey milk infused items I keep coming across though...

If you are intrigued like I am then you should take a look at THIS website, I am sure you will find something that interests you! what items have you tried?



  1. I love the effectiveness and creativity of Korean skin care. So far I've tried COSRX (which is awesome), Sally's Box and Nature Republic, but I'd love to try more.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  2. Paul was going to buy me snail slime stuff a few weeks ago when he saw it in Holland & Barrett but then thought to himself nah she wouldn't use it lol he's since been told just buy buy buy lol xx

  3. I never seen these but I want to try them. I love a good sheet mask they are so nice on my skin. I'm off to TKMAXX to get some sheet masks. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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