Favorite Skincare Products – Fall 2016

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I thought I’d share some of my latest skincare (and one beauty) favorites today, as I’ve been trying out a lot of new items lately (my skin keeps getting drier and drier!). When I was putting together this post, I realized that all of the items were from Asian skincare brands – this wasn’t deliberate at all, I guess I’ve just been in the mood to try out these brands.


Sulwhasoo Perfecting Brightening Cushion Foundation, $65. I’m not a foundation person at all, and I never would have purchased this, but I had such a good experience with the sheet mask that I had to try it out. This cushion foundation has sheer to medium coverage depending on how you apply it, and it feels so light and yet moisturizing. I also appreciated that it comes with a refill. The compact itself is also lovely, with a subtle design in the pearly sheen. I know this isn’t exactly skincare, but wanted to share because I like this so much!

Tatcha Sunscreen

Tatcha Silken Pore Sunscreen, SPF 35, $68 I’ve become quite picky about sunscreens, especially because I find that most of them make my face feel dry a few hours in. This one has been my favorite for a while, but I’ve been trying out a few other brands, and find that I keep returning to this time and time again.


Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence, $42. I really like this essence – I use it underneath my cream during the day and it’s help amp up the moisture level in my skin. Super refreshing and lightweight, and the bottle is huge too (I don’t use a cotton applicator – just let some fall out on my hands and apply.

Sheet Masks

And of course, sheet masks (I know this is what you were all waiting for!). I’ve been trying out a bunch, here are three of my favorites (and an honorable mention).

Cremorlab Hydro Mask, $12. Super duper moisturizing – probably the most hydrating out of all the masks I’ve tried so far. I’d use this one more often but it’s a little expensive…so I think I’ll be largely using it as we get into winter.

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Mask, $130 for 10 ($13 each). When buying these in a pack of ten, the price is somewhat scary, but on a per mask basis, these seem at least a tad more reasonable (though still quite expensive!). I really liked this mask – after about 20 minutes, I removed it and my skin really looked much smoother, and more even. This is the mask to use to calm down irritated, red skin, and I think would especially be good used a few hours before a special evening event. I’d recommend the Sulwhasoo if the price isn’t too off putting for you, and saving them for a treat and/or special occasions.

Aromatica Calendula Mask, $6. I love the Aromatica line and was happy to find these sheet masks from the brand. The Calendula is a favorite one that I’ve tried from the brand, and I love how calendula extract is the first ingredient. Also, I like the fact that the mask is made out of organic cotton. The price is on the lower to middle range, which is always good for the wallet!

I also tried out many L’Herboflore masks due to Michelle’s recommendation (thank you!) and liked them quite a bit – they’re also a lot more affordable! I didn’t have them in my top 3 only because I felt that the scents in some were too strong, but otherwise they are a great more affordable sheet mask option as well. Enjoy!

Please share some of your latest skincare favorites as well…especially for dry skin, I’d love to hear them!

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    September 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

    If you are trying out cushion foundations, you can check out Laneige and IOPE as well. Both are under the Amore Pacific family, just like Sulwhasoo. Lately I have been using ones from Innisfree and 3CE. I find that cushions from different brands meets different needs when skin is oilier or drier.

    I have tried a couple of Cremorlab masks but nothing jumped out. I am keen to try the Sulwhasoo mask! But first I need to clear out my existing mash stash 😀 You are welcome on the L’herboflore masks!

    Since you like Sulwhasoo Snowise range, you may like this very gentle scrub from them.

    My go to lightweight sunscreen with high SPF is by Orbis. You can read the review here.

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      September 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thank you! Trying the Orbis next…you’re my asian beauty guru hehe 🙂

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    September 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Dear Katherine,

    SUCH a fun post to read! 🙂 Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions – can’t wait to try them!!

    Ava 🙂

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    September 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Katherine I enjoy reading your posts and have bought a few of your recommendations. Now I have one for you. Have you tried lilah b? The compacts look and feel like heavy stones and the makeup inside is amazing. I think you would love this line!

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      September 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thank you for the rec! The compacts look beautiful!

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    September 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Ooh great post! Love cushion creams and foundations. I also agree that too much sunscreen is not great for the skin, very dehydrating,mtgough not sure what the answer is…

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    September 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Love 3lab cushion BB cream. Very pricey but so worth since it feels lightweight and provides medium coverage.

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