Last week I went in to the Skinfood in Garosugil to get a tub of my favourite scrub and ended up coming away with a whole bag of goodies. Story of my life. SKINFOOD prides itself on using natural ingredients in their skincare and make up ranges and is very popular in Korea. They have numerous lines focusing on the beneficial properties of a particular ingredient, i.e. broccoli, peach, salmon, tomato and many more. This brand couldn’t be any more up my street. Food for your skin? Sold.

I’ve been using the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash off for a few years now as my exfoliator of choice and absolutely love it. In this Seoul heat, it’s been great at keeping my skin fresh and smooth. It is probably their bestselling product and reminds me a lot of the Fresh Brown Sugar Scrub (but at a fraction of the price!) You are supposed to use it as a mask (leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes) then wash off but I just use it as my exfoliator twice a week. The scrub smells heavenly, a little bit citrus-like and because the sugar dissolves when mixed with water, it does the job whilst not being too abrasive for your skin. WIN. There are other scrubs within this range like the strawberry and rice but I always come back to the Black Sugar one.

Another product I bought was the Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder. A lot of Korean beauty bloggers have been raving about this on social media and many of the SKINFOOD shops I went in to, it was sold out! But I finally found it and had to buy it. I have been a loyal user of the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder for years so was intrigued by this one. First of all, the packing is so sweet and the puff it comes with is really good quality.

The Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder is essentially a make up setting/sebum reducing powder that keeps your BB Cream/Foundation in place and creates that flawless finish to your make up. It is comparable to the Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder. You only need to use a little bit and I tend to only use it on my t-zone. If you use a lot you will look like a ghost in photos! It is incredibly lightweight and easy to use and helps keep your make up in place throughout the day and evening – essential in this Seoul heat! I forgot to set my make up with it the other day and definitely noticed the difference.

The best thing about this product is the smell. God bless Korean beauty products – I always find they have this unique, fresh scent to them that I absolutely love. There have been mornings where whilst doing my make up, I’ve just shoved my nose in this powder because of the smell (although white powder around your nose is not a good look so I wouldn’t recommend that!) But seriously, the smell is so lovely.

The next product I got was a similar cult product here in South Korea and that is the Salmon Dark Circle ConcealerNow I know what you’re thinking. SALMON concealer?! But like I mentioned in my post ‘What’s the deal with K-beauty?’ Koreans are the best at skincare innovation and sourcing all the latest ingredients to utilise in their products. This little concealer contains Norwegian salmon oil that is said to have anti-aging properties (salmon oil contains over 18% of Omega-3 fatty acid DHA and EPA) therefore it helps boost your skin with lots of nutrients. It also contains the salmon roe which is, again, full of nutrients as well like retinol and Vitamin E. I don’t tend to get dark circles under my eyes but I like the idea of using this concealer to brighten up that area nonetheless. I have used many concealers before and I always find that they either look a bit cakey or show up fine lines and creases. Not this bad boy. This concealer blends so easily and really brightens up the under eye area. It doesn’t feel drying at all and is very lightweight. I will just dab my ring finger in the little tub and gently dab under my eye area for an instant pick-me-up. The only downside is that it doesn’t smell of anything (though this is a benefit for some people, I just like my products to smell pretty!) But it doesn’t smell like fish though in case you’re wondering!

On to the next product. Another product from the Black Sugar range is the Black Sugar Perfect First Serum. This serum comes in two varieties – normal (for dry skin) and light (for combination to oily skin). As you can see I opted for the light version. Again this product is very popular here in South Korea and they actually had a promotion on at the Skinfood store I went to in Hongdae – for 16,000 won (around £10) I got a big bottle of the serum, 2 deluxe sample sizes of the serum and a box of their high quality cotton pads. This bottle is going to last me a really long time as you only need a few drops of this serum.

For the past two years I’ve been using the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum but was interested to give this one a try due to its popularity. I have been using this now for about a week and whilst I like it, it’s not blown me away. I pour a few drops of the product in the palms of my hands, rub together and pat gently on my skin before applying my moisturiser. It has a more watery consistency compared to the green tea seed serum by Innisfree; the first time I used it, it completely seeped in to my hands! I personally prefer a thicker, gel like consistency for my serum. It does feel very nourishing and I have noticed my complexion improving over the past week although I’m not sure I can attribute that directly to this product. Perhaps I need to keep using this in order to see the benefit longer term. Another point to make about this product is that I found it quite scentless which I didn’t like. The one thing I love about the green tea seed serum is the fresh smell – it makes me want to put it on my skin. This serum, for me, just felt a bit ‘meh’ but I know that there are thousands out there who beg to differ.

Too Cool for School Black Sugar Perfect First Serum

Finally at the checkout, I purchased two items – the Miracle Food 10 Solution Eye Patch and Mask Sheet and the Egg White Perfect Nose Kit. I’ve tried the Miracle Food 10 cream before so thought I would give the mask sheet a go – you can never have too many sheet masks, right? The three-step nose pore pack I wanted to try because so far none of them have blown me away – I’ve tried the Innisfree and Etude House blackhead packs but wasn’t too impressed by either. I have heard that the Holika Holika Pig Nose Blackhead Kit is the best so will have to try that soon!

The great thing about beauty shopping in Korea is the free samples. Pretty much every store will give you free samples with every purchase. And I am a sample JUNKIE! I have boxes upon boxes of samples, I love them. The lady at SKINFOOD was super nice and gave me a bunch of stuff to try. I got:

  • A full size tub of the Aloe Vera Soothing Gel. This is supposed to be a great lightweight everyday moisturiser (although it would be great on sunburn). Nature Republic have their cult aloe gel which all the other Korean beauty brands followed so interested to try the SKINFOOD one.
  • Lettuce and Cucumber emulsion and essence sample.
  • Another box of the cotton pads
  • 2 x Watermelon face mask pack
  • 3 x Waterbury Ampoule and Cream samples
  • 2 x Fresh Apple essence samples
  • 3 x Royal Honey Essential Queen’s cream
  • 2 x Black Sugar Perfect First Serum (included in my full size purchase)

Too Cool for School Samples

That’s it for this haul. I’ve got an Etude House, Innisfree, Banila Co and Too Cool for School haul coming up as well. If you’re in to K-Beauty let me know what your favourite SKINFOOD products are so I can try them out 🙂