It is now January 2nd, so my 2014 favorites is a teeny, tiny bit late. But hey, better late than never! Last year, I streamlined my skincare process a bit, and managed to stick to a few favorites that I used and repurchased throughout the year. The picture above isn’t representative of all the items I’m going to mention because I threw a lot of bottles away before I went home for Christmas. If I’ve done a review on the product, I’ve linked to it, as well as some options on where to purchase. I’m going to use the Korean skincare routine to list my favorites in order. Let’s start with cleansers!
Oil Cleanser/Makeup Remover
1. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil – I used this cleansing oil for the majority of 2014. Love, love, love. Gentle, removes stubborn eye makeup, and smells awesome.
Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus US – $36, W2Beauty – $40.59, Amazon.com – $45.90 RoseRoseShop – $30.78
2. su:m37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm – this was a late addition into 2014, but it instantly became a favorite. I brought the banila co. balm to the US with me and wished the entire time I had brought this one instead. SO GOOD.
Where to Buy: W2Beauty – $48.39, Amazon.com – $52.00, or 38,000W at a local Korean department store
1. su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick (and charcoal cleansing stick) – it should come as no surprise that the su:m37 miracle rose cleansing stick is my #1 cleanser for 2014. It’s pretty much the ONLY cleanser I used last year. Thank god it’s not discontinued anymore!
Where to Buy: Amazon.com – $38.00, W2Beauty – $36.50, Ebay – $37.00, KoreaDepart – $29.32
1. Innisfree Rose Clear Skin Toner – I haven’t had the chance to properly review this one, but it’s a great, affordable choice for a toner. It’s a staple in my morning skincare routine. It doesn’t dry out my skin, and it smells lovely.
Where to Buy: Amazon.com – 11.80 + shipping, W2Beauty – $14.53, Ebay – 16.99
1. Missha First Treatment Essence – I had briefly stopped using this essence to test other stuff and that was a dumb idea. Hands down, this is the best essence I have ever tried. It brightens the skin, heals blemishes, and makes my skin silky soft. I actually have a friend bringing me another bottle from Korea when she visits Vietnam in a few days. THE BEST.
Where to Buy: Sokoglam – $45.00, Amazon.com – 31.20 + shipping, MisshaUS.com – $49.00
1. OST Vitamin C20 Serum – The greatest serum of all time. Do you want bright skin? Lighten dark spots? Get rid of blackheads? This serum is seriously an Instagram filter in a bottle. It’s inexpensive, and it works! I actually just picked up the upgraded version (that has 21 percent vitamin C and isn’t nearly as sticky). This serum is one of my skincare staples.
Where to Buy: Wishtrend.com – On sale now for $14.99
2. su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum – I used this entire bottle of serum, and then tried to scape out the inside of the bottle with a q-tip. It’s amazing, but incredibly expensive. If you want to splurge on a great serum, this one is my 2014 pick! I’d repurchase again in a heartbeat.
Where to Buy: W2Beauty – $63.16, Amazon.com – $64.00 + shipping, ShopAtKorea –
3. Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum – Another affordable serum that works. My skin was soft, smooth, and bright using this serum. I blew through this bottle and have reordered another.
Where to Buy: W2beauty – $26.26, Amazon.com – $22.30 + shipping
1. Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Lotion – If you have troubled skin, this is the emulsion/moisturizer for you. It’s lightweight, absorbs easily, and doesn’t clog pores. Plus it’s inexpensive, so you don’t feel guilty about using it. It was a 2014 staple!
Where to Buy: ShopatKorea – $16.00, Amazon.com – 18.76, Ebay – $16.98
2. su:m37 Waterfull Rebalancing Gel Lotion – If you want to treat yo’self and you have oily, acne prone skin, get this emulsion. It is INCREDIBLE. It’s expensive, so I don’t use it everyday, but if I could afford to, I would have an entire closet full of it. It’s the perfect emulsion for those living in hot climates too.
Where to Buy: Sokoglam – $57.00, Ebay, $59.99, W2Beauty – $65.72
3. su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Softening Emulsion – This has been my go-to nighttime emulsion for a long time now. It’s lightweight, but slightly more hydrating than the waterfull lotion, so I use it at night. When I wake up, my skin is soft and smooth to the touch. LOVE! And it’s cheaper than the waterfull lotion!
Where to Buy: ShopatKorea – $46.20, W2Beauty – $46.57, Ebay – 49.99
1. Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – Yes, I know, Benton has been through a lot of shit this year. I’m actually pretty terrified to use their toner and essence again. BUT, the steam cream is a firm staple of mine. Every time I order from W2beauty, I pick up 2 tubes, Johnny loves it, I love it…it’s really just the best cream I’ve ever tried.
Where to Buy: W2beauty – $15.10, Gmarket.com – 15,000W, Cosmetic Love – $13.01 RoseRoseShop – $10.10
Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask – Hands down the best overnight mask there is. The su:m37 one comes close, but it’s not like this one. It’s worth the money.
Where to Buy: NeimanMarcus.com – $50.00, Amazon.com – $49.54, Ebay – $55.50
Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Spot Essence W – Whenever my skin is acting a hot mess, I slap some of this on. It’s soothing, and heals acne quickly. It’s not an instant fix, but it does reduce redness, and swelling. I always reach for this around that time of the month to keep my hormonal breakouts at bay.
Where to Buy: W2beauty – $19.36, Ebay – $14.98, Cosmetic Love – $18.47
su:m37 White Award Bubble-De Mask – My favorite mask of 2014. It’s easy to use, quick, and efficient. I love the way it feels on my skin! The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask was also a 2014 favorite.
Where to Buy: su:m37 – W2Beauty – $62.45, ShopatKorea – $52.50, Amazon.com $56.90
Where to Buy: Sulwhasoo – Neiman Marcus – $39.00, W2Beauty – $40.59
And THAT’S ALL FOLKS! I pretty much stuck to the same products for 2014. I went through a long period of time when I first moved to Vietnam where I didn’t really try a lot of new products because my skin was going through hell, but I’m finally at a point where I feel comfortable testing new things again. 2015 is going to be FULL of new reviews (I’m finally branching out from su:m37!), so make sure to stick around!
What were your Korean beauty favorites in 2014? Let me know in the comments!