I know you’ve been waiting (or maybe not) for me to write a new review, but I’m not at that stage justttt yet. I’ve been testing a bunch of new different things but haven’t been using any long enough to see any sort of major reactions/changes so I’m holding off for now. But I still wanted to share with you what I’m currently testing (and loving!)
So I bought both the OHUI White Extreme (don’t be alarmed by the name!) and the HERA Aquabolic emulsions a month or 2 ago but I hadn’t really used them regularly until this month. I’m still trying to finish my damn su:m37 emulsions and apparently I’m just never going to finish them so I’ve sort of moved on.
I didn’t realize that there are two different types of the HERA Aquabolic emulsions and I actually got the one for dry skin. I would’ve preferred the one for oily/combination skin, but I’ve been using the one I have at night and it’s really nice. The OHUI White Extreme Cellight emulsion is something I’ve just now started using pretty regularly and I really like the scent and texture.
I’ve had the Primera Gel Cream for AGES and just re-discovered it in my skincare stash. I think I may have used it once or twice and just sort of tossed it aside for no real reason. But it’s REALLY nice. Gel creams are my favorite texture for creams and this one is really lightweight and perfect for summer. It’s officially hot as hell in Vietnam (it’s “summer” so it’s 3 times hotter than normal), so this is something I’ll definitely be reaching for more often.
I’ve been on the hunt for a new toner – not an essence, but a tried and true toner to use after washing my face. COSRX is a new to me brand so I thought I’d try out some of their stuff. The Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner was a product that immediately caught my eye, mostly for the Alcohol-Free part. I’ve really been enjoying it so far!
So thanks to a friend of mine, I’ve been getting hardcore into product ingredients. I don’t know if you know this, but I wasn’t really an ingredient junkie until recently. I just bought things that sounded interesting and looked up reviews and that was that. But I’m trying to start curating quality skincare that works, with ingredients that are proven effective, instead of just spending money all willy-nilly. She’s the one who introduced me to the world of chemical exfoliation and my life will never be the same.
I’ve used BHA products in the past without any luck. I never even gave AHAs a shot, but now, both are a firm staple in my skincare routine. I have the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid and my precious Biologique Recherché P50 lotion in my stash, and both have tremendously changed my skin’s appearance. I haven’t had a major bout of acne in about 2 months. But both are expensive and difficult to get in Vietnam, so I decided to try out COSRX since their AHA Whitehead Power Liquid and BHA Blackhead Power Liquid both have great ingredients, and are inexpensive. Full reviews on all the COSRX products will be coming soon!
And last is my precious HERA Cell-Bio Sync Fluid. I haven’t been giving this a fair shot since I’ve still been reaching for my Missha First Treatment Essence out of habit but I am now committed to using it daily. My initial advice: skip the cotton pads and just apply directly to your skin. Don’t follow the weird guidelines on the side of the bottle for how much to use. I find that a few drops is more than enough to completely cover my face, which means it lasts MUCH longer. Each bottle is designed to last only 30 days which I find crazy because this essence isn’t cheap. I’ve had mine close to 2 months now and I’ve used about half of the bottle.
What have you been testing out lately? Let me know in the comments!