I think I’m starting to develop a preference for Kbeauty brand, The Saem. Back in circa 2012, it was my dad who unintentionally introduced me to it during a trip to Korea. Not usually a skincare person, he caught sight of the never-ending lineup of beauty stores and decided he wanted to try some anti-aging stuff. I saw their Gem Miracle line with shimmer pigments and pearly balls suspended in their toner and serum, respectively. This was a relatively new concept (at least, to me) at the time, and it blew my mind. Fast forward to 2016-2017, where the brand still doesn’t have a boutique in the Philippines, but they do have several items for sale in Althea Korea.
Just like that day when I spotted the Gem Miracle line, I found myself amazed at the presentation of the The Saem Iceland skincare line. In fact, it has now become my summer skincare routine.
The Saem Iceland Skincare Collection
Quick Specs: made in Korea
Welcome to The Diary of a Beauty Hoarder. (loljk… No, really…) I have the Innisfree Kale Anti-Oxidant Lotion (estimated PHP 500) here that came with my very first Althea Korea haul. And while it seems that this particular variant is no longer available on Althea, there are still other variants that can be found there.
Innisfree Kale Lotion
Quick Specs: 130 ml ; made in Korea
I can feel it: 2017 is my Year of Essence. In 2015, I was confused by all the many different kinds of Asian skincare layers out there. In 2016, I started using more types of moisturizers. And now, essence has become an integral part of my regimen. It gives a touch of moisture without feeling too thick to go under makeup or other skincare products. Where has it been all my life?!
Here’s an interesting take on essence: Cathy Doll Milky Splash Essence with Heot Gae Na Mu (PHP 649).
Cathy Doll Milky Splash Essence
Quick Specs: 50 g / 1.76 oz ; made in Korea
One of the biggest things that initially confounded me about Korean skincare was the sheer variety of moisturizer types they have. I got free samples of essences, emulsions, lotions, and creams, but I had to figure out what each one was for and in what order they should be used. Coming from a Westernized beauty background where slathering one rich cream was enough, it made me curious to see if the standard face cream would still be recognized by the Koreans as effective. Well as it turns out, they do. For why else did they invent the luxurious Dr. Jart Ceramidin Derma Care Technology Cream (PHP 1,850 / 50 ml)?
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream and Dr. Jart V7 Vitalaser 2.1
Quick Specs: available in 50 ml and 75 ml tubes ; made in Korea
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter