It’s been quite some time since I allowed myself a K-Beauty haul – blame Memebox for keeping me so well-stocked on most of my essentials. Really, I have so many masks, moisturizers, essences, toners, and blushes now that I should be good for a few more years!
But of course, sometimes things come along that are just so cute that you can’t help yourself. This haul was the result of several such items coming to my attention and, eventually, becoming too hard to resist.
Everything in this particular k-beauty haul came from the iamlove-shop (click here to visit them on eBay), and was shipping quickly and securely. I’ve purchased from them a few times before and always had good experiences, so this isn’t much of a surprise!
As you can see from the above image, this isn’t a mega haul. I just tried to pick a few items that were really, really calling my name!
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When I posted this Galactus-size haul, the product that everyone seemed to be most interested in a review for was this baby, the Skinfood Steam Milk Bubble Mask. I suspect a lot of that attention was because, at least for us non-Korean-speakers, it’s a slightly confusing product. Is it a mask? If so, then why does the product description on the Skinfood site call it a cleanser? Yet Urban Outfitters’ website calls it a mask (no, I’m not linking to them, because, to put it as politely as possible: fuck Urban Outfitters for a myriad of reasons)… is it a cleanser that can double as a wash-off mask?
After testing this product both ways for a little over a month, my verdict is: it’s both. Or at least, it seems to perform quite sufficiently for both roles! I think that I personally like using this product as a wash-off mask a little more than I like it as a cleanser, but I’m probably getting ahead of myself a bit by saying that now. I’ll go over how it works both as a cleanser and a mask, and you can be the judge over which way you think it’s meant to be used!
Last month, both Rose Rose Shop and Tester Korea had some decent sales – and TK in particular had the coveted SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick in stock for only $3 markup over retail – so I ended up splurging big time. The boxes arrived within two days of each other, so the end result was a gigantic Asian beauty haul! Between this and my upcoming Memeboxes, I’m pretty much set with buying new skincare stuff for awhile, I think. I also included a lot of sample packs in both orders so that I could try a bunch of new items without breaking the bank (or risking a bunch of dud products), so I’ll have a lot to review in the upcoming months even if I manage to stick to my skincare no-buy plans for the rest of the year!
A few things are missing (like my OST Vitamin C serum, as I’d already opened it and forgot to pull it out of the fridge for pictures) or my Skinfood Trouble Clear Spot Patches as I’d already used up half the box by the time I decided to do this haul post. But you can still see that this was a big batch of beauty! I’m very excited as I managed to get some items that I’d really been ogling for months for really nice prices.
Let’s take a look at all the goodies after the cut!
My Sample Stash Quickie Reviews are pretty much just as they say on the tin – reviews where I try out sample(s) of a product and then give my basic, initial thoughts. They obviously won’t be as in-depth as reviews where I’ve been able to use a product for weeks or even months, which I usually prefer, but my hope is that they will still be helpful to people who are looking for any information and thoughts on the reviewed product.
Today’s sample review is about Skinfood’s Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser.
Here are the product claims from Skinfood’s English-language website:
This soft, refreshing cleansing foam contains aloe extract that soothes sensitive skin, and cucumber extracts to moisturize skin, while cleansing.
To Use: Foam a desired amount by rubbing in wet hands, and massage gently and thoroughly on the face. Rinse with warm water.
So, as you can see, Skinfood markets this cleanser as being gentle, hydrating, and non-irritating.
I managed to try this for a few days, since I purchased a multiple-sample pack from Ruby Ruby Shop on eBay – 10 sample packets for $3.84 + $2.50 shipping. You can see the precise listing here, if you’re interested.
Does this match up with my actual experience? Click the read more to find out!