I love waiting on shipments from Korea. As frustrating as Memebox was, there was something magical about having boxes en route to my house. . . sometimes for great lengths of time (frustrating but oddly enjoyable?). I also really enjoyed (and still enjoy) all the fantastic products that winged their way to me overseas. My new obsessions are Rose Rose Shop and Tester Korea, both of which offer great sales and deals (and regular prices, lol) on great k-beauty items (make-up and skincare). Here is my most recent Rose Rose haul :)
This order was placed on March 31, shipped on April 5 and arrived at my door in Canada on April 17 with only a short stopover in customs (and no customs charges). Not too bad! And shipping cost just over $20 which isn't bad. All prices here and below are in USD, fyi.
All the masks :)
Clockwise from top left: 3W Clinic Fresh Mask Sheets in Apple, SNP Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Masks, 3W Clinic Fresh Mask Sheets in Syn-Ake and, my fave, Etude House's Blending Sleeping Creams in Royal Jelly, Green Tea and Blueberry
3W Clinic Fresh Mask Sheets in Apple (10 sheets for $1.81):
I have purchased 3W sheet masks before and wasn't overly impressed with them. . . at first. Upon further use, I find that they are a good size for my face and loaded with essence, which I really appreciate. I still find that the sheet itself feels a little thinner than some other masks I've tried and sometimes worry about tearing them - but I haven't torn one yet. To top it off, that price! Fantastic! That is a sale price but RRS always seems to have these guys on sale. This version is Apple and is intended to: "absorb into the skin that needs keratin management and organize the skin texture without stickiness and . . . make the skin soft and moist" - uh, what??? Best I can decipher, this is for softening and moisturizing skin? Also, it smells like apples and I like it.
SNP Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Masks (10 sheets for $10.57):
Okay, so these are obviously more expensive than the last ones although about a dollar per mask is still a totally reasonable price! These are actually black in colour, which gives my husband the giggles whenever I wear one. The charcoal in this helps to cleanse pores and control excess oils. Some sites bill this as a "men's" product but aside from the colour and the more medicinal-looking package, I'm not really sure what makes it more "manly" - women can have oily skin sometimes too! I find that these do what they say they will as my skin feels less oily and shiny after using them.
3W Clinic Fresh Mask Sheets in Syn-Ake (10 sheets for $1.81):
More 3W masks! These ones are syn-ake which is a synthetic snake venom to help with anti-aging concerns. I will say, there are some ingredients / masks that don't really seem to have much immediate effect on my skin. These ones do. I actually bought them for my husband to try out since he's been a) willing to join me in wearing masks once or twice a week and b) interested in anti-aging products now that he's 30. He was very impressed with how well these seemed to minimize his fine lines and wrinkles after a first use. . . and I was pretty happy with them when I tried them too. Seriously, I wouldn't touch a real snake but I'll gladly spread synthetic snake venom or snail goo all over my face? If you told me that last year, I would have thought you were crazy but. . . well, live and learn :)
Etude House Blending Sleeping Spoons ($1.14 each):
I've shared my thoughts on these before and I still love them. They are a sleeping cream so they are smoothed on as the last step in a skincare routine before going to bed and provide moisture and other benefits (as listed) in addition to sealing in your other skincare products overnight. One of these little spoons holds a generous amount (and you don't need to put much on!) so I find they can each last for 3-4 nights! The Green Tea ones (for Clear and Moist skin) are still my absolute faves - they smell awesome and I wake up with soft, glowing skin. This time, I also decided to try out the Royal Jelly (for Firm and Moist skin) and Blueberry (for Antioxidant and Moist skin. . . what's antioxidant skin? lol) versions. They're nice enough but. . . I really love the Green Tea ones :)
What? No more masks?
From left: Skinfood Honey Lip Treatment, 3W Clinic UV Snail Day Sun Cream (x2) and Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
Skinfood Honey Lip Treatment ($2.97):
This is not a lip balm, rather a lip treatment that you smooth over your lips before bed. It is really sweet smelling and tasting, not to mention sticky!!, because it's basically honey. I've read rave reviews about this. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. The texture doesn't really do much for me and I'm not sure how much effect I'm noticing on my lips. That said, I do prefer this to a petroleum jelly type of treatment (that's the grossest texture on my lips, imo!). I'll reserve judgement for now.
3W Clinic UV Snail Day Sun Cream ($4.28 each):
I'm going to tell you a secret: despite my incredibly fair skin, I don't wear sun protection as much as I should. If I'm going to be outside for an extended period? Absolutely. But on a daily basis? Nope. I just struggle so much with sunscreens. I need a high spf but the higher it gets, the greasier and chalkier and white-white-white-why-won't-it-absorb?-how-can-I-wear-makeup-over-this? things get. And I just can't deal with that. This is a game-changer! This is a day cream so I'm using it as the last step in my routine (before make-up if I'm wearing any). It has an spf of 50, it absorbs well, it doesn't leave a white cast on my skin and it has the skin-moisturizing effects and awesomeness of snails! This is a sun cream I can, and will, wear every day! And, while the tubes aren't super-large (70ml each), a little goes a long way and the price is fantastic, even with shipping.
Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum ($7.62):
I had purchased a few sheet masks in this line from Skinfood and really loved them so I wanted to try more of their Peach Sake products. Seriously, they smell sooo good and are intended to reduce shine and the appearance of pores - what's not to love? I have a serum on the go right now so this one's on deck for summer uses. I have high hopes for this.
And the free samples: Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45 Ampoule, Etude House Collagen Moistfull Peeling Wash, Missha Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam, Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream and Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream
It's impossible to adequately review such small samples (although I always love getting them), so here are a few thoughts:
- The Placenta Ampoule? Yeah, I just couldn't try that one out. I couldn't find out exactly what kind of placenta this uses and I don't eat much meat and I'm pregnant right now so the whole idea just turned my stomach :(
- The Peeling Wash was okay. It's a gentle exfoliant which also moisturizes and it did a decent enough job. I just don't think my skin type is what this was intended for.
- The Missha Cleansing Foam, on the other hand, was really nice. I don't test ph levels in face washes, although I know many who do, so I can't comment on that but I did find this pleasant to use and it didn't strip my skin.
- The BB Cream was actually a pretty good colour for me. I found it a little heavy but maybe I put too much on. I haven't been wearing much make-up lately either so that could be it. I'd test it out again but. . . little sample size ;)
- The Aqua Gel Cream was really nice - a good texture for oily or oil-leaning-combination skin with a refreshing feeling and a good amount of moisture. I'm not in the market for a new cream right now but I'll keep this one in mind once summer demands I adjust my skincare accordingly :)