I’ve tried so many products over the past year, and haven’t wrote reviews about them so I thought that I’d just sum up the ones that I loved through this post! Don’t hesitate the products that you have loved over 2013 too!
One of the reasons why I’ve stopped blogging is because I found out that marketing intelligence departments, consulting agencies, professionals have been using information on this blog for their own benefits, and none of the credit goes to the blog. So basically, they are paid thousands of dollars using my information, trends, etc.. while I pay on my own to keep the site going. Therefore, perhaps I will just focus only on reviewing products.
Not to mention, since starting work, I now I have a tunnel to channel my passion for cosmetics. I really love what I am doing at the moment. I have learnt so much over this past year and a half and it is amazing when you are able to do what you love. I have been like a sponge, absorbing everything and have started to develop my own personal taste, aesthetics, style, principles, and preferences in beauty . Hopefully, one day, all of you will be able to see my products on my market, and I hope that they will bring you guys happiness and hope just like what they bring to me.
Anyway let’s start !
Best Cleansing Product
There is just something about this product that brings a luxurious experience. From the petals found on the stick, to that exquisite rose scent on your face, and that naturalness and mildness of this product brings an entirely comfortable experience. However, the packaging isn’t very hygienic but that doesn’t hinder me from repurchasing this product.
Anyway due to the success of this product, Sum37 has also pushed out a charcoal version of the cleansing stick which I am sure will be an excellent product for oily skin.
Other notable mentions : Hera SIlky Cleansing Mousse, Chosungah Raw Black Bubble Cleanser, History Of Whoo Jinyul Cleansing Oil.
Best Exfoliating Product
This product has been my favourite for years and I have not found anything that has been as efficient as this. It basically looks like you have a new skin when you peel this product off, and your skin is extra smooth and doesn’t dry it up either. That herbal scent is also very therapeutic, though it is very personal. Sulwhasoo also has another exfoliating product that is amazingly hydrating, mild and amazing too!
Other notable mentions : Re:nk Bubble Mask, Sulwhasoo White Ginseng Exfoliating Gel.
This unique gel mask is extremely hydrating and your skin will definitely be so hydrated for at least 12 hours. It really plumps up your skin and feels as if that every cell in your skin feels so happy, full of moisture. However, be careful of dried-up masks because it happened to a few of my friends. But if you have a freshly produced mask full of essence, you will see why I like it so much.
Other notable mentions : Naruko Magnolia Sheet Mask, Sulwhasoo Trufresh Soothing Skin, SK2 Facial Treatment Essence, Hera Aquabolic Soft Touch Mask
Best First-Step Serum
My bet this year is that the First Step Serum trend will launch worldwide. You will probably see this appearing in all non-korean brands over the next year and Estee Lauder has just released their own version a few days ago. This might even be the next asian ‘big thing’ after the BB and CC Creams, and when that happens, the whole world will know the Sulwhasoo First Care Serum, THE serum that launched this phenomenon and the original one. The first step serum routine has been something I have incorporated into my beauty routine for years, and I have tried almost every first-care serum you can find on the market ( about 40+ ), and I always come back to the Sulwhasoo one. The first-step serum is my favourite skincare routine step! It is the step that makes all the difference throughout the day.
Other notable mentions : Allvit First Care Serum, Sooryehan Bio Ginseng First Essence, Hanyul Optimizing Essence, OHUI The First Cell Source, The History Of Whoo Soon Hwan Essence, The History Of Whoo All In One Treatment, SUm37 Secret Programming Essence, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.
It was a fight between this and the Sum37 Waterfull Toner. The OHUI Aqua Healing Magic Potion is a summer toner that has a gel-like texture that breaks into water and is immediately absorbed into the skin! Very refreshing and the skin is immediately hydrated.
Other notable mentions : Sum37 Waterfull Toner, Hadalabo Lotion, OHUI Hydra Formula Lotion Fresh, Sk2 Cellumination Mask In Lotion.
I just love the Lirikos Marine Hydro Ampoules. It is meant to be a 1 month program, but I use it daily as my serum. It’s super light, refreshing, and absorbs immediately into the skin. The skin also becomes really hydrated with time, and after a few days, you can already see the difference. It’s also a very popular product in Korea.
Other notable mentions : History Of Whoo Soo Yeon Essence, Donginbi Red Ginseng Aqua Oil, Amore Pacific All Day Balancing Serum,
If I had to pick the best moisturizing line in the world, It would probably be the Waterfull line from Sum37. Nothing hydrates my skin better than this entire line. I have been using this on-and-off for the past 2 years and can’t find anything better. The triple layer ampoule is a little rich and oily, so if you have combi or oily skin, you can skip that. LG really does produce good moisturizing creams : Belif’s Aqua bomb is quite similar to this, so as History Of Whoo Soo Yeon’s new moisturizing cream. Excellent! They have a gel cream version, but I prefer this!
Other notable mentions : Hera Water-inGel Cream, Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream,
This isn’t really a classic primer – but it is a product that acts like one – but with concentrated skincare ingredients. This last step serum from Sulwhasoo will probably win Product Of The Year for me, and it has become a must-use, must-have product for me. At the end of your skincare routine, apply a layer of this. It immediately radiates your skin without any pearls or glitter. The result is a natural luminous finish. It also has a very matte finish ( not matte look ) and feels amazing on the skin. It really gives your skin that extra oomph! You can apply a BB after this, or mix it with your BB Cream. Can be used at night as well. I think Sulwhasoo will start the trend for skin finishers – and we have already seen a few on the market.
Other notable mentions : Banilaco Prime Primer,
Best Suncare Product
Sun products are really hard to make and good ones are hard to find! I like this DIorsnow UV Shield Compact. It is kind of like a primer balm. It doesn’t have any colour and has that silicone, powder finish that a primer gives. So if you are looking for high protection touchups throughout the day without applying liquid products that can be too greasy and white, this product is perfect! It has practically no color.
Other notable mentions : Sulwhasoo Hydroaid Moisturizing Sun Cream, Sum37 Sun Away Baked Essence, SK2 Cellumination UV Day Surge, OHUI Moist Cooling Sunblock, Chanel Daily Sunscreen SPF50.
I don’t use highlighters as they have the glitters and pearls in them, but I can’t deny that is product is exceptional. All of my friends love this product, and it has top class texture, moistness and hydration. It can be TOO pearly, so I don’t know if sum37 changed the formula with this new packaging. Mine was the old packaging. This really is a texture to die for.
Other notable mentions: Re:NK Radiance Color Cream is also a dream if you have dry skin. It is rich in fermentation moisture, and has subtle pearls in it.
Best BB Cream
I gotta admit that BanilaCO produces very good BB Creams. I have yet to be disappointed with their BB offers. This is one of my favourite BBs of 2013. It has a very nice mousse-primer texture that is extremely spreadable and easy to apply with your hands. It also leaves a very nice natural finish.
Other notable mentions : Diorsnow BB Cream 010, Dr Jart Premium BB Cream, Sulwhasoo Snowise BB Cream, Lancome BB Complete, Chanel CC Cream
Best CC Cream
CC Creams are the star of 2013.. There were lots of really good CC Creams this year,it was really hard to pick. The Charmzone Albatross CC Cream is really moist, has a natural luminous coverage and doesn’t melt. It’s really a good CC Cream!
Since there were so many good CC Creams, I will also mention all of them that I loved without a particular order :
Sum37 CC Cream,
Hera CC Cream , IOPE CC Cream – rather similar but both are crazy good!
TonyMoly CC Cream
I believe this needed a category of its own since there is so much out there now!
Jung Saem Mool Ice Foundcealer – is a new type cushion that’s very innovative unlike the other cushion products out there today. It has a metal plate that squeezes out the essence and it has a cooling sensation with very ultra-light texture! Highly recommended.
Other notable mentions : Amore Pacific CC Cushion.
The best brand for me this year is Sum37. Their newly upgraded packaging, the universe they created, the advertistment campaigns, the visuals – everything was spot on. It’s the dream brand I would have created. If only I was the brand manager…
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
As I mentioned above, it would be the Sulwhasoo Finisher. Would Sulwhasoo create history once more with this last-step serum ?
MOST CREATIVE BRAND
If I were to let my inner artist go wild, the brand I would have created would be Chosungah 22. If I were to describe my inner universe and my aesthetics, it would be a merge between Chosungah 22, and Armani Beauty with hints of Diorsnow. Chosungah 22 visuals, products and universe are just so unique and captivating. Have you tried any of their products? Not to be confused with Chosungah Raw which was already sold off.
MOST CAPTIVATING VISUAL MERCHANDISING
As said above, my aesthetics and visual universe is very much like Armani Beauty collaboration with Chosungah 22, and hints of Diorsnow. Armani has done a fabulous fabulous over the past year with their skincare and makeup. The visuals are just enchanting, and everytime I close my eyes, I am immediately brought into the mysterious world of Armani Beauty. Almost everyday I dream of what I can bring to this brand, and how to strengthen it, and create my own Armani Beauty visuals and advertisements in my head! Haha. I hope they would have good enough products to live up to their visual universe.
What were your favorite products of 2013? Share them below!