Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid vs. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant


It’s been a while lovelies, but I’M BAAAAAACK! Shit got cray for a few weeks – I increased my hours at one of my jobs, got a puppy, then my computer crashed, and I just got it back yesterday. Anyway, I upgraded my computer so now it’s super fast and amazing…silver linings!

Today, I want to talk about how much chemical exfoliation has changed my life. I’m going to start with BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), and then move on to AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) in my next post, then talk about how I incorporate them into my nighttime routine.

Until about 10 or so weeks ago, I’d never used chemical exfoliants. They aren’t typically used in a Korean skincare routine, and most Korean skincare companies don’t make any BHA or AHA products, so it was something that wasn’t even on my radar. One of my besties in HCMC got her hands on Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfoliating Liquid and the holy grail Biologique Recherché P50 Lotion for me and GIRL. My skin hasn’t looked so good pretty much…ever. Both products are pretty pricey and difficult to get in Vietnam (well Paula’s Choice is in Vietnam now but still expensive), but thank god that some Korean companies have started making BHA and AHA products, so I decided to do comparison reviews. On today’s agenda is the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid vs the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Exfoliating Liquid.

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HERA Cell Essence Review


I’m quite loyal to my Missha First Treatment Essence (FTE), but you know, I gotta test the waters out. I’ve always wondered about HERA, and since I can’t try their famous UV Mist Cushion, I decided to order their next best things – the HERA Cell Essence and the Aquabolic emulsion. Today’s review will be on the highly requested HERA Cell Essence (or the Cell-Bio Fluid Sync but ain’t nobody got time to type all of that).

The HERA Cell Essence comes packaged in a big box, containing the above: the box of cotton pads, and the actual product itself. One of my favorite things about this essence is the packaging. It’s so sleek and pretty and looks more expensive than what it is. It’s packaged in a frosted glass bottle, containing 150ml of product. It’s heavy, and you definitely can’t travel with it, but it looks gorgeous sitting in your bathroom so there’s that.

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Currently Testing


Hi Lovelies!

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.

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Life in Vietnam 2

Life’s been going swell lately. I’m full force into my new job, and I’m really liking it a lot. I’m busy, but in a good way. I’ve finally established a routine and am managing my time better. I also just found out I’ll most likely be teaching summer school again and I’m going to start again at a gym next month…so YAY. That’s about as exciting as my life has been in the past few weeks, haha!

I also recently made another amazing order from w2beauty, so of course you’ll be the first to know when I get it. Also, a reader asked when I’ll be posting my nighttime routine, and I’m in the process of testing out a bunch of new stuff so I wanted to get some time in there first to see how it all works out before I post. Unless you just want to know what I’m currently testing, then let me know!

Without further ado, here are some photos I’ve snapped with my iPhone of my life here in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy!

wine koreanbbq fruitstand starbucks froyo palms chicken cutting ciaobella phumyhung2 apartment crossiantandcoffee phumyhung secretgarden flowerswomensday happyhour crescentmall


AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Review



A little back story first: I’ve never really gotten into AmorePacific because a) they are expensive, and b) when I was living in Korea I was just never really drawn to the brand. AmorePacific also owns Sulwhasoo, innisfree, Etude House, Laneige, IOPE, HERA, and more. I feel like all of those brands are more popular than AmorePacific but maybe I’m wrong…haha! Anyway, I was browsing wishing I could buy everything when I remembered that they sell AmorePacific, so I decided to see what sorts of things the brand offered. The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel was one of the items that stood out to me the most, mainly because it had so many great reviews. If you find something with over 500+ 5 star reviews, I think it’s safe to say it’s probably a good product.

The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is described as “a highly effective, botanical-based brightening exfoliator made without harsh ingredients.” It’s formulated without sulfates, petro-chemicals and phthalates. It’s designed to help brighten, soften, and even your skin tone without harsh chemicals or abrasive micro bead exfoliants. According to, “Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry, dull surface cells and toxins to reveal a soft and smooth complexion. It improves penetration of other treatment products due to removal of dead surface cells.” Good stuff!


The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is packaged in a luxe, hard plastic bottle, containing 2.5oz of product. It has a small opening at the top that dispenses an even amount of product each time, but I find that it’s a bit too much to use at once (this shit is expensive so I’m trying to make it last!). To use, turn the bottle upside down to make some of the product filter into the opening, then pour whatever you want in your hand. When storing this product, do not keep it in the shower or anywhere it can get wet. If water gets into the bottle, it turns the product into mush and renders it useless. I’d cry if that happened to me, so I just keep it in the skincare closet thing I have.

It has a very strong fragrance, so if you have allergies to perfumes, you’re probably going to want to steer clear. It smells like a fancy ass perfume…like very literally it smells like a fragrance or body lotion I would wear daily. It definitely doesn’t smell like “skincare” if that makes sense. I don’t really use a lot of products with such a heavy scent, but that being said, it does smell pretty gorgeous and luxurious. Thankfully, once you rinse it off the scent doesn’t linger.

powdershotThe AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a powder that turns into a foaming cleanser of sorts when you add water. The more water you add, the more foam it creates. Add less water, and it’s more of a paste. I prefer to use less water because the foam can get a little runny and it gets into my eyes. I usually use about 2 or 3 drops of water for an amount of powder shown above. It’s not a cleanser, so this product should be used after cleansing your face as the exfoliating step. Of course, no one is stopping you from using it as a cleanser, but I prefer to have my face as clean as possible before I use it. I massage it into my skin for about a minute to 90 seconds (they recommend 45 seconds but whatever I like to live on the wild side), and rinse with tepid water. Despite it being called an “enzyme peel”, which to me sounds like it’s something super harsh and extreme, it’s incredibly gentle. It feels like any other gentle foaming cleanser would. It doesn’t burn or sting, and it hasn’t caused any irritations whatsoever for me.

foamamorepacificThe above photo is a very minimal amount of product and water. I just wanted to show you what it turns in to. It definitely gets more foamy than this!

The first time I used the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, there was a noticeable difference as soon as I rinsed my face. My skin felt incredibly soft and smooth, so much so that I couldn’t stop touching my face as I was rinsing the product off. After a few days of continual use, there was a visible difference. I noticed my skin was brighter, and any small whiteheads that I had disappeared. I can honestly say that it 1000% definitely works and I’m sort of obsessed with it. My makeup applies like a dream! I just feel like overall this product has been a real game changer for me and my struggle with acne since moving to Vietnam. As it stands right now, I haven’t had a single pimple in well over a month, which is a HUGE feat.

And as a die-hard member of the Church of Clarisonic, I didn’t think I’d find another exfoliator that could work as well, and this one DEFINITELY does. I mostly use my Clarisonic to get the rest of my makeup off at night with a foaming cleanser, and use the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel every other morning to help my skin retain its glow. It’s gentle, it’s effective, and honestly, there isn’t much more I could ask for in a product. Bonus points for it being a powder, which makes it easy to travel with as well!

Now…there is a negative. It’s fucking expensive. It’s available on for $60, and on (where I ordered from) for $67.69. I’m sure that there has to be a product out there that is similar and does the same thing, BUT. But. I do think it’s worth it. Judging by how often you use it and the amount of product you use, you could very easily have a bottle last for at least a year. Another option is to order sample sizes from ebay or just go into a Sephora (if you’re in the U.S.) to try it out before spending the big bucks. Would I repurchase? Yes, yes and more yes.

What is your favorite exfoliator? Let me know in the comments!