Finally, I’m telling of my official introduction to kbeauty. If you follow me on Instagram you’re aware of my #kbeauty obsession. Back in December, I decided to get my toes wet with a gift box from Peach and Lily, a sampling of many popular items they offer. This was my beginning into the bright, dewy side of Korean skincare!
If you didn’t already know, the holidays are a perfect time of year to purchase value sets for yourself. Stock up on what you need, try something new, etc. Mental note for holiday 2016!
Product: Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask
What it is: A moisturizing sleeping mask that works overnight to help brighten the look of skin, leaving it appearing more radiant, translucent and hydrated
Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Trehalose, Glycerin, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Triethanolmaine, Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Broussonetia Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Pantethine, Placental Protein, Natto Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Disodium Edta, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Ci17200, Ci42090, Fragrance
Application: You don’t have to, but I layer on after moisturizing. Apply a nickel size all over. Go to sleep, wash off in the AM, and wake up to brightened skin.
FYI: My favorite Mizon product in this set! I loved pairing it with Hydropeptide’s Polish & Plump Peel the night before a big event. Sleeping masks are perfect for anyone who’s low-key in their skincare regimen, they take little effort. Works for all skin types.
Where to buy: Peach & Lily $10
Product: Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream
What it is: A refreshing gel cream to hydrate and calm skin without irritation
Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Bis-peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Xantham Gum, Lecithin, Ursolic Acid, Atelocollagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Harnamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (watermelon) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (basil) Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Glacier Water, Sea Water, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Hydrolized Corallina Officinalis Extract, Honey Extract, Biosccharide Gum-1, Sodium Pca, Betain, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Broussonetia Extract, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tropolone, Ci 19140, Ci 42090, Fragrance
Application: Apply a pea size amount after cleansing and toning.
FYI: Gel creams are meant for oily/acne-prone skin, but all skin types can use them. They’re light-weight and hydrating. I personally felt it wasn’t enough and layered it under another cream to feel properly hydrated. However if you’re truly oily you’ll probably love the way this feels, especially in the summer.
Where to buy: Peach & Lily $10
Product: Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream
What it is: A hydrating cream formulated with 92% snail extract leaving skin hydrated, fights the appearance of fine lines, and improves the appearance of blemishes and acne scars
Ingredients:Snail Secretion Filtrate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Peg/ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glyocol, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tropolone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Rh-oligopeptide-1, Propylene Glycol, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Fruit Extract, Beta-glucan, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Disodium Edta
Application: Apply a small amount to face. If you’re of a dry skin type, apply another moisturizer on top.
FYI: Don’t let snail mucin scare you—this cream is unscented and will work magic on your skin’s appearance. I loved it, however I felt the need to layer another moisturizer with it nightly. Doubles as a spot treatment for blemishes, too! Great for all skin types.
Where to buy: Peach & Lily $10
Product: Cremorlab Hydro Plus Snow Falls Melting Cream
What it is: A hydrating face cream formulated with Cremorlab’s hero ingredient T.E.N. water, known to be high in mineral content helping to nourish and hydrate
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Isopropyl Myristate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (jasmine) Flower/leaf Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-narcissus (daffodil) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Potassium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (parfum)
Application: The texture is fluffy and light, a little bit goes a long way and melts into your skin.
FYI: Glycerin and squalane reinforce the moisture barrier, prolonging hydrating and protecting your skin. Best for dry skin types, including seasonal dryness. Most nights I layered this over Mizon’s All-in-One Snail Cream.
Where to buy: Peach & Lily $42
Product: Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Essence Toner
What it is: An essence to boost overall skin health with ingredients to soothe and restore the pH balance, and smooth your complexion
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (lichen) Extract, Raffinose, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Fragrance, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Ci 19140, Ci 16185, Ci 42090
Application: Although this is an “essence toner” I used my Hydropeptide Pre-Treatment Toner and used this as an essence, instead of a 2-in-1.
FYI: Contains seven natural fermented extracts: lotus, soybean, pomegranate, rice, pumpkin, milk, and rye. Harvesting the power of fermentation, beneficial nutrients are broken down allowing ingredients to penetrate more deeply into the skin. After adding an essence into my regimen I noticed an overall improvement in hydration, making this a now necessary step in my routine.
Where to buy: Peach & Lily $57
I began using everything at once: layering, using items individually, omitting a product on different nights to see if I felt or saw a difference in my skin. Overall, the appearance of my skin drastically improved. I’ve always used brightening products in my regimen but once I added a few Korean items… just, whoa. I was receiving compliments on my skin more often than usual, validating what I was seeing myself. It’s no wonder everyone is crazy about the trend, and I doubt you’ll see it dissipate anytime soon.