Best Of Korean SkinCare: My 2016 Favorites

7:09:00 PM Mei B 6 Comments

Hi again~~ It's me (lol who else would it be xD)

2016 wasn't really my most favorite year (well I guess many others agree with me) but skincare-wise, I've got to try many amazing products and I kinda became more consistent with my skincare routine although I still skip the morning one and forget about sunscreen most of the time, but it's way better now, I used to have a weekly routine instead of an everyday one, see I'm improving! And seeing all these christmas sales and special deals made me think about making a 2016 favourites just in case you wanted to do some shopping and wanted to have an idea about products that actually work. I tried to pick one product from each category but I can't really promise :3

Just keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you since we all are different, also keep in mind that I have an acne prone dehydrated (reaaally dehydrated to the point where I have lots and lots flakes sitting on top of my skin you'll probably mistake me for a fish)

First cleanser:

Heimish All Clean Balm
Click on  the photo to read my full review of Heimish All Clean Balm + a little comparison with Banila Co. Clean it Zero.

I've tried quite many first cleansers this year, liked quite many of them and would have probably found it hard to pick a favorite out of them, but when I tried the Heimish All Clean Balm, I fell in love with it instantly and forgot about all the other ones I have. I have already reviewed it here so make sure to check out my full review if interested, but I love that it has a really good ingredient list, smells good, does a good job removing makeup without leaving a residue, doesn't irritate my eyes (and I have super sensitive eyes fyi) and has a gorgeous packaging. What else would I ask for?

Heimish All Clean Balm: Amazon

Foam/gel cleanser:

Like I have mentioned before in this review, I prefer using a homemade cleanser since cleansers are either too drying, leave a film on my skin or are too expensive (I need like a new cleanser every month if not less, and I honestly won't spend more than 15 bucks on it, I mean, it doesn't even stay on my skin that much and I was more than satisfied with my DIY cleanser), but about a month ago, I decided to give the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser I changed my mind. It does an amazing job cleaning my face and refreshing it and it's really inexpensive. No wonder why everybody's raving about it.

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel: Amazon | Wishtrend


Well for this category, I would pick two products (I love both of them I can't choose)

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The first one is the Missha Super Aqua D-TOX Peeling Gel, this was actually my first chemical exfoliator and I really loved and kept using it for years, but I decided to do some experimenting and try some other "peeling gels" but none of them was as good as this one to be honest. I have a dehydrated skin and tonnes of dry patches and dead skins that need to be taken care of and this one does a great job getting rid of them. Keep in mind that it might be too rough for you if you have a sensitive/thin skin. (I ran out of it and threw the tube.. thus why I'm using this google picture)

Missha Super Aqua D-TOX Peeling Gel: Amazon

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The second one I have chosen is (obviously) Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off mask. This one was my first black sugar scrub and I kinda abandoned it after trying Klairs black sugar scrub since I was convinced that it works better, but after trying them side to side I ended up realising that skinfood is actually better (check my comparison here to know what I was based on to choose, also check my full review here if interested).

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask: Amazon

Wash Off mask:

I use pretty much every product I own as a wash off mask from time to time by applying a thick layer, leaving it on for about 15min and then washing it off (I mean, why not?) I also have tried quite many wash off masks lately but the one that stands out for me is the Innisfree The Real Rose Mask. It smells great and leaves my skin super smooth I can't stop myself from touching it all the time. The only downside about it is that the effects aren't long lasting (it disappear after a couple of days..). You can find my full review here.

Innisfree The Real Rose Mask: Amazon


Click on the picture to see my mini review as well as the products I've purchased along with these pads.

Okay this was the most difficult category for me to choose from since I double tone most of the time, and use a different toner everyday depending on my skin needs and so.
After a long debate between me and myself, I decided to go for COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads. I have just started using it for about a month or so but I already really love it. It makes my skin smoother and gives it a healthy glow, and speeds up my pimples' healing process I also noticed that I don't break out as much.

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads: Wishtrend | Amazon

Click on the image to read my full review of the Klairs toner.

And also, I couldn't not mention these two toners that I absolutely love: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner that I have already reviewed here, and COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner that I have been using most of this year but never got to review for some unknown reason (laziness..)

Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner: Wishtrend | Amazon
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment: Wishtrend | Amazon


Smart shopping: Click on the image to get both COSRX snail mucin cream and essence for a discounted price.

Another COSRX product that I absolutely love is their Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I haven't used it often to be honest since whenever I need it I have to look for it and beg one of my sibling or my mum to let me use it (yeah.. I bought it with my own money but I have to ask their permission to use it), but it does an awesome job moisturising and kinda rejuvenating the skin, as well as fading acne scars (which explains why everybody loves it at home). I don't have a picture right now since my mum took it with her in her travel bag...I better get myself another one.
I actually also got the COSRX snail cream and it is awesome as well, it is my go to cream when I feel like my skin needs extra care.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: Amazon | Wishtrend


Click to read my C20 Serum full review.

This was probably the easiest one to choose. I have used 4 bottles of the Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum in the past couple of years and I recommend it to my friends all the time so I guess this would give you an idea about how much I love it. I does a great job brightening the skin, fading scars, healing acne and reducing blackheads and redness. I have written a full review here so make sure to check it out to know more about this awesome product.

Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum: Wishtrend | Amazon

Eye cream:

I don't actually use an eye cream (I know I know) that's why I wanted to ask you: What is your favorite eye cream? what would you recommend to me? thank you ♥

Spot Treatment:

Smart shopping: Click on the image to get 10 sheets at the price of 5.

COSRX  Acne Pimple Master Patch is definitely my go to product whenever I have a hug zit that comes out of nowhere on days you most likely have an event or so and it decides to surprise you. It sucks out all the stuff inside that pimple and calms it down to make it easier to hide using a concealer (that is if it didn't make it disappear completely). You can check my full review here.

COSRX  Acne Pimple Master Patch: Wishtrend | Amazon


Again, I'll pick two products for this section but I actually have an excuse for doing so: I have a dehydrated skin and it's winter, that's why layering moisturisers is kinda a must (okay maybe not since I layer them once a week or something ... it was a lame excuse I know) anyways.. I choose a moisturising lotion and a cream.

For the lotion, the one I picked up is the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturising Lotion that I've started using recently and I absolutely love how moisturising it is. I also love that it is oil free since oil based products tend to break me out (and we don't want that)

COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturising Lotion: Amazon | Wishtrend

Click on the image to read my full review

As for the cream, I picked up (obviously) my HG moisturiser for so long: Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream. This is so moisturising yet feels light on the skin. I have ran out of my third jar about a week ago and I can't wait to get the tube version since it is much more hygienic and seems like they improved the formula as well (not sure though) and I would love to see how good it is (hopefully it would be as great as the original one). You can find my full review here.

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream: Wishtrend | Amazon

Sheet Masks:

I'm putting it here because that's when I usually use my sheet masks (except for the C21.5 mask that I use right after the C20 serum). And since it's sheet masks, and I obviously can't use only one sheet mask my whole life (and can't choose one from over 100 masks I've tried either) I'm gonna choose 3 sheet masks in no particular order:

- Troiareuke GPS Mask is a 3-step mask that contains a micro-cleansing bubble cleanse that you apply on your face and let it foam for a couple of minutes and then massage it to kinda remove the dead skin cells and deeply cleanse your skin, after this, your skin feels already bright and refreshed. The second step is the sheet mask itself; it's a super fine gel mask that looks like a second skin but is kinda slippery and super duper moisturising and after taking it off you feel like your skin has actually absorbed the whole essence. The third step is a moisturising cream that helps sealing all the moisture. This is a really interesting mask that would be great for travelling or on long flights, or on days you feel extra lazy and don't feel like using 180 products, BUT, this mask is quite pricey (around 10000 won) that's why I personally only use it for special occasions since I can't afford using it frequently.

- Leaders Cosmetics Moisturising Recovery Mask is a mask that I have recently tried and immediately fell in love with and purchase a couple of boxes nearby to use them whenever I feel like doing so since it's not easy to find where I live. This mask is made with naturally fermented premium coconut gel and claims to deliver 10 times more hydration and I can totally agree. it is so moisturising and hydrating, its effects last for days and it isn't as slippery or as difficult to use as some other gel masks I've used before. If you have a dehydrated skin like me, you absolutely need to give it a try.
(full review here)

click to get 32% off your 20 by wishtrend mask sheets + 5 free sheet masks.

- By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin C21.5 Enhancing Sheet mask has made it to my top sheet masks list since last year. It brightens the skin and gives it a nice glow, moisturizes it and most importantly calms irritated skin and active acne and fades scars after multiple usages. My favorite way to use this mask is by using it once a week right after applying the C20 serum to boost the effects and thus get better results, but you shouldn't do this more than once a week otherwise you might harm your skin since we are talking here about high doses of Vitamin C.

Sleeping Mask:

Click on the image to read the full review.

As you can notice by now, COSRX is taking over my skincare routine xD so of course my HG sleeping mask would be the infamous COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Overnight SPA Mask. I have been using it for months now and I'm not even thinking about trying new sleeping masks since this one is more than enough for me. I also use the honey one from time to time when my skin is really irritated and I wanna calm it down, but the rice mask is >>>>> all. You should absolutely give it a try because it is amazing. Check my full review here to find out all the reasons why I love it.

COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Overnight SPA Mask: Wishtrend | Amazon

Lip Care:

I have tried like 13215454 lip balms but none of them is as moisturising as I would want it to be that's why I have been using vaseline and honey as lip masks for the past couple of months and I'm kinda satisfied by the pay-off to be honest. I have heard good things about the Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask so I'm gonna give it a try soon, I will let you know whether I like it or not and hopefully it would make it to my 2017 favorites.

So this was it for today, hope it was helpful ^^

Let me know what you think about these products if you have tried any, and also share with me your 2016 favorites, I'm always up for trying new products :D
Also, let me know if you want me to do a makeup version of this ^^

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  1. I love your reviews! I really want to try the Troiareuke GPS Mask, but it's so expensive!
    also I heard great reviews about the JAYJUN masks too! did u try it?

    1. I have only tried their black mask (the one with an orange and brown packaging) and it was really awesome, but I never got to buy more of it since I already have a huge stash of masks that I need to finish before they expire.

  2. Loved the article! I wish we had some of these products in Australia. They all look amazing!

    1. We don't have them where I live either, but you can always purchase them online ^^

  3. More products to my amazon wishlist! I really want to try the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream soon.