The wider the brim the better. Giant brim.
But in all honesty, a nice brim that's long enough where the shadow can cover down to my neck, then I'm good. Mainly these simple ones.
you'd be better off purchasing from amazon
The costco one has vague descriptions in terms of gram amounts (what is .45 g?).
Assuming its 45g per 2 containers for 29.99 (Its 30 bucks wake up sheeple!), the amazon version sells 2 packs of 75g ones for 27.50$ with free shipping for purchases over 25$
Be wary though, amazon's price changing algorithm is shady sometimes.
Here is a screenshot at this current time of 11:18 am Seoul
Looking at the big picture though, is price the most important decision making factor here?
Amazon is cheap, fast and efficient but they work their employees to the bone and are aggressive as hell business wise.
Costco on the other hand last time I checked REALLY takes care of their employees with above above average wages, good company culture and a customer centric paradigm. Not to mention the costco hotdogs and soda are still the same price of 1.50$ for over 27 years.
If there is any vote that counts in this day and age its the vote of the almighty dollar. So if you espouse the values costco practices over the corporate behemoth that is amazon the choice is ultimately yours to be the change you want to see.
Its just a few dollars after all
Azelaic acid and tretinoin are the things that worked for me, with 0.1% A-Ret tretinoin gel being what cleared my skin entirely. Azelaic acid was freaking amazing, but I dropped it when I moved up tretinoin strength and... haven't needed it since.
Tretinoin is a big commitment to make for newbies though, so it's not for everyone. Azelaic acid is much more accessible and new user friendly. And on that note, I really, really love and recommend Cos De BAHA 10% azelaic acid serum, available on Amazon for less than $13 with free shipping and free returns in the US. I was one of the first people to ever find it and try it and it experienced a big surge in popularity, for good reason. 10% azelaic acid, no acne trigger ingredients, with a pleasant serum texture and first ingredient skin soothing aloe extract. Highlyyy recommend. It's amazing for skin redness and it's even more amazing for breakouts. I swear, azelaic acid is one of the few legitimate miracle ingredients out there as far as very rapid, visible results.
Going to mention an AB product as per sub rules and say that Cosrx's AHA 7% glycolic acid didn't do much for me. In general, AHAs aren't really that helpful for breakouts in my experience. BHAs are even less effectual. Tretinoin number one for me, but azelaic acid a close second that I think everyone should try if they haven't yet!
The actual current circle jerk of this sub is, inventing that there are circle jerks on this sub and complaining about it.
OP, use whatever you want. Follow whoever you want or don't. PLEASE FEEL FREE to be the person who brings us all this unknown,unseen-on-this-sub ingredient and product. No one is stopping you.
What other ingredients have you researched and want to have discussed? SHARE THEM. It would be just as easy to do as it was to create this throwaway to whine. Or ya know, don't complain if you aren't contributing.
As far as following trends? Sometimes I am too busy/not in the mood/have time to search for my own stuff. If someone who has my skin type says "X worked for me, here is why" that's cool in my book. If it doesn't work out WHO CARES. I am the one who took the risk.
I can't even really figure out what the complaint is, it's easy to unsub.
Sorry if this is a bit inflammatory but I am so over these posts.
Speaking of Horse Oil.
Shower first! (Or soak your feet in hot water for a while.)
I always leave them on longer than the instructions say. If it says 60-90 minutes, I'll do a minimum of two hours.
Soak your feet each night for a bit in hot water. That'll speed the peeling process.
...Take your socks off over a trash can, NOT after flopping yourself tummy-down starfish-style on your bed. Trust me on this.
NOT ALL OF THEM ARE MADE EQUAL. From personal experience, Holika Holika's and TonyMoly's were really good. Skinfood's Sparkling Mint one was a LET-DOWN. So disappointing. I also tried like 2 different Japanese ones (I can't recall the brands) that were okay. So-so. Seems like this one is the gold standard, but I've never tried it, cause it's expensive af, so I don't know how it compares with cheaper ones. I have a hunch these could be a dupe for them, and they're less than half the price. I mean, I hope so, I bought 'em, so we'll see.
Here is link to the jerrybox tower on amazon. Looks like it comes in clear and white also. At $35 it is a good deal & I am definitely considering buying it!
Ishizawa Lab's Mochitto Mochi Mochi Kansou-Shirazu Face Lotion. It's a light-yet-milky ferment/rice/collagen/HA/ceramide-packed lotion alternative to other big lotions like Kiku, but with a non-abrasive rice scent and no stickiness. I've been using it daily for 2 months and still have barely scratched the surface of product use! It's also very accessible- recently available on Amazon with quick shipping.
To be honest I am not entirely sure what effects water hardness would have on skin or hair but apparently yes, Japan's water is really soft. So soft in fact that there are articles about how soft it is lol. NYC doesn't disclose the hardness of their water but some users say it's soft. But yeah, Japanese water seems superior!!
Also if you want you can test your tap water's hardness with this kit. It's meant for aquariums but I would test tap water for customers a lot. The general hardness test is the one that matters the most. Carbonate hardness is only an issue if you're a fish.
I currently have the Mamonde lip sleeping mask and the Petitfee overnight lip mask . I like the mamonde one for during the day if I need extra hydration, and the petitfee for overnight. The petitfee is much heavier, much more mask like, and the mamonde is more of a balm. Out of the two, I think I would recommend the petitfee if you’re looking for a sleeping mask style, I glob it on before bed and when I wake up my lips are very soft. I also found that if you put some on and let it sit for a bit, before wiping off, lipstick goes on a lot better.
Hey there fellow male SCA-er! I definitely understand how you feel about sharing the skincare aspect because of how society views it, I don't think anyone really besides me and another person knows.
What is your current routine?
* Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam, 160ml
* The Ordinary 100% Squalene
* ROHTO Skin Aqua Super Moisture Milk
* CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Honesty the Sunscreen from Rhoto has a better texture to it and I like how it absorbers into my skin and moisturizes it without making me more oily, the Cerave absorbs okay too but it feels more like a lotion. Personal preference honestly.
* Skin Food Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil
* Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam
So for my PM routine the rest is pretty much just actives and I don't use each every night, it depends on my skin at the time and what would be best. Honestly I need a good sleeping pack or something moisturizing overnight. I liked the Cosrx rice sleeping pack and the Honey sleeping pack. (iirc)
* Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
* Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
* Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
* AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
* Nicnamide + Zinc 10%
* Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence
* Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum 50ml
I've used more Cosrx products and such that I haven't listed but that's about it. Honestly I should eventually write a lengthy review but I've been super busy and haven't had time to.
Edit: My apologies for the formatting, I'm on mobile and will have to fix everything in a bit!
I use camelcamelcamel.com to track price trends. For example, the MRCS trends show a lull during last year's holiday season and a spike when the discontinued rumor floated around. Sign up and set an alert for an ideal price. With Amazon's automated price fixing (to remain competitive), there are times when prices inexplicably drop dramatically for a short time frame. This site has helped me scoop deals during that short price fix window.
[OP] Top is two weeks prior and bottom is recently taken on November 25th. No filter was used and both are in natural light+indoors. Same device used to take the two photos - my Nexus6P phone. No makeup on for either pic. This is just two weeks! I certainly noticed an improvement and I look more awake.
This is the product I bought from Aritaum
Other notes: I average 4 hours of sleep daily on weekdays so a good eye cream is necessary for me. I've tried Clinique and Algenist before;both have failed me and did nothing.
Let me know if you have questions!
Samples can be bought here
Edit Updated with links to samples on Amazon, the full price of product, and other stuff as I read your comments :)
I found that using a cushion pact helps!
My skin is pickier with sunscreen than any other skincare product so I use my go to and DIY with this guy
You just pat the product onto your skin over top of your makeup and it blends right in. Here’s a tutorial by Gothamista for more details.
That's awesome! But I think Target prices them way too high. You could get the Mizon AIO for $11.96 on amazon!
Japanese sheet masks are in bulk - one box with all the masks stacked on top of one another, not individually wrapped.
Thought of another one- I buy 20% azelaic acid from Amazon for $13. No Rx, I've been using my current tube for over 6 weeks three times a week and still going.
I know, I know, it's supposed to be Rx at that strength. I don't know how they get away with it, but it's the real deal, and my no longer red face can attest to that.
Ecological Formulas Melazepam Cream https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001WUEJ4U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ybvHybG4YGZ6D
My Acure eye cream is actually my only product I would consider my HG! Worth noting that it's not technically AB, however. I don't recall where I bought it from, but Amazon sells it.
My main concerns are dark circles, not caused by bone structure but really just due to when I'm tired/worn out. I'm currently at the peak of my work's busy season and I don't know what I'd do without this! (I do know what I'd do- I would look like a tired raccoon). I also like the idea of having a nice cream for the delicate under eye skin.
I use it morning and night and saw a difference in a very short amount of time- I want to say in 1-2 weeks? It was about a year ago I started using it so I don't remember exactly, only that my thought was "Holy Sh*t! That worked fast!". A little goes a long way, so I also like that it lasts a long time. The 1oz tube has lasted me forever. I'm not sure if my dark circles are more diminished due to it affecting the discoloration or making the skin plumper, or maybe even both. All I know is I'm obsessed and won't bother with anything else :)
Klair's Supple Toner is very hydrating! It's my HG skincare product. I had extremely dry skin before I started using it and now my moisture barrier is restored. I use it two times a day and I'm still on my first bottle after over a year.
The moisturizer I use with the Klair's Toner is COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream. Also very hydrating.
Rave+First impression-- Honeyscha Gel Cleanser
It is $10+ shipping on Amazon global, which is around $7 depending on how many other items you have.
The best news? It's pH is 5.5 AFTER being mixed with my 7.0pH tap water.
It smells like real honey, you only need a tiny blob, has minimal foaming, and was simply a pleasure to use. I will say the scent lingers, so if you're sensitive or don't like the smell of honey, I'd pass.
If anyone's interested, Fukamachi Naka has books of their artwork! I believe these are from the first Honobono Log. It's in Japanese but you can buy it here off Amazon Japan. I got mine at Kinokuniya so if there's one near you they might stock it too!
There are also anime shorts that came out last year; those got subbed, so they're a good source for rough translations. I think the comics are cuter though.
(Excuse me for nerding out ;u;')
The lotion/toner is known for having a bad pump design. I decanted them into 8 oz spray bottles and it fixed the issue. I also love having the ability to spray it on neck/chest/arms super easily! Bought the pink bottles on amazon for $8 :)
Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum, 1.1 oz, Helps Brighten, Firm, Even Skin Tone With Vitamin C for Healthy Looking Glow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0091OCANG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_btiJBbRN2RWYF this one?
Have you tried the Manyo Factory Bifidalacto Complex? It's very highly regarded on here, often compared to those two night repair serums. I have it, and I love mixing in a couple drops to enhance my moisturizer/emulsion.
Cosrx also has their invisible patches which are much less noticeable. I also really love these needle patches from BOH, they even come with a little tube of after spot care.
The old version was my absolute HG. I used it for over 3-4 years. I haven't tried the newer version.
I was recommended this product on here as a replacement/dupe: Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule. I read how a lot of people on here replaced the LJH with this one as well before I bought it. I've been using it for the past 2-3 weeks without seeing any negatives; so far it seems like it's replacing my LJH just fine! My skin type is oily combo and I mostly use it for hydration and calming redness.
Good question actually.
Firstly, the site is SSL secure, you can see the padlock in the browser bar when browsing. This means all your data is encrypted and safe. Secondly, payments take place through the Stripe payment gateway (https://stripe.com), which means we don't actually see your payment details, it's all done through Stripe, a service we actually pay a charge for with every sale.
Customs : We're sending a gift box, so technically marking the gift box is correct. Also, the value of the items is far below the limit for gifts, but if the price was somehow over by a penny or two (which is hugely unlikely) I'd sleep well at night knowing I'd saved my customer from paying double in customs fees for the sake of a cent. It would be a different story if I sent a $100 dollar item and marked it as $50 obviously.
They seem to be pretty fickle with their samples. I've ordered packages before and they've come loaded with samples, but other times they don't include any samples at all. Guess you just have to pray to the snail gods to spare you some samples in your next package haha.
EDIT: Went in search of the snail god, was not disappointed
I know it’s not AB but this is my go to for my hands during the winter months O’Keeffe’s you should try it out if you haven’t yet.
My favourite has always been this Amazon listing for the Rosette Cleansing...Pasta?
It's technically a correct translation, too...while the English on the pack says "paste", the packaging transliterates that into Japanese as "パスタ" or "pasuta", which does translate to "pasta". So I guess it's less an issue with translation into English, but rather that the Japanese should've been written differently based on the English used. (Either that, or they really want us to wash our faces with noodles.)
> Even worse when those same people who think I'm vain for my skincare shopping/hobby praise me for my skin.
Caring about your physical appearance or not, either choice is okay as long as it doesn't have any truly negative impact.
I don't care if people think I'm overly concerned about my physical appearance, but it annoys the hell out of me when they think it's to the extent that I will neglect intellectual or creative mastery.
Remember the #ILookLikeAnEngineer scandal where the female engineer in this billboard drew ire because many thought she was a fashion model used as a cheap recruiting tactic for female tech talent?
I HATE how such people didn't notice <strong>her fucking name was on the advertisement and they could've easily looked up her linkedin for hard evidence of her technical skills, and yet such folks IRONICALLY claim physical appearances are superficial while neglecting to look beyond the surface.</strong>
I had a math professor who did body building and obstacle marathons like Spartan Race throughout his PhD... by the above logic his credential and skills must be fake too, huh? Nevermind that he proved a difficult, groundbreaking theorem at the same time as a renowed mathematician as his thesis.
I’ve had the best success with two methods:
I'm really enjoying the I'm From Ginseng mask. It is a massage on, wash off mask with a gentle warming effect that is especially pleasant when the weather is cold. :) I find it easy to rinse off, and it leaves my skin soft and prepped for the rest of my routine. For near-instant gratification for US shoppers, it's available with Amazon prime shipping right now. I think I might try the I'm From Mugwort mask after I run out of the ginseng one.
It's Skin Moisture Emulsion is the shit. It's plenty as a light lotion when I'm feeling oily, but a great layer under a heavier moisturizer in the winter. I've taken makeup off with it while traveling. Used it as bodyblotion in a pinch. Comes in a big bottle and goes a LONG way. I luff it.
I just discovered the beauty of rosewater, and it's amazing! I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001U2BUJW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bsn3AbQA0VY2A
My easily irritated, acne-prone skin calms down a lot when I spray this goodness on. Flakes disappear, complexion looks plump and bouncy, and I don't even need moisturizer after!
Hi there! �� mom of twin babies here, I have been through a few humidifiers! Question, do you have your own office, or are you in a cubicle?
Here are a few things:
1. Cool mist humidifiers make your space clammy, and they push out a stream of “vapor”, which for you might work out bc you could point it towards yourself. They can breed bacteria, and the ones I have used all leaked all over my table, so beware. Whatever one you end up using, put it in a shallow bowl so that if it does leak, it doesn’t short circuit your computer.
2. If you get cold in your office, I suggest a warm mist humidifier.
2. If you have more space on your floor in your own office, I suggest the best reviewed humidifier listed below. It doesn’t mist which is nice, it has a UV filter to kill any bacteria (usually have to change out once a season, WELL worth it compared to the cool mist ones that break and you have to clean all the time). It also helps circulate air, and you can put tap water instead of distilled water. The other ones require distilled. (I still put Brita filtered water in mine). You could put in on the floor, next to your office plant or something. It has three settings as wel. I figure if you’re going to really get a humidifier, do it right. I’m also not worried about this one leaking all over everything. This is the one we have in our house, though I’m looking for a warm one too.
Hope this helps!
Honeywell Humidifier on Amazon
P.S this is not a cute little small thing, it’s BIG, but you can put it on your floor. I would suggest this or something like this one.
On this note, the Scinic AIO Honey Ampoule is $15 with prime shipping on Amazon and this is the lowest price I've ever seen. Its usually around $18-$20. I grabbed one!
SCINIC Honey All in One Ampoule https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00STAV016/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_91EEAbMBF2YV9
I've noticed it going both up and down, as long as the product hasn't been discontinued or something. I'm guessing the price is mostly based on currency exchange rates and competition between different amazon sellers.
If you're interested in the price histories, check out camelcamelcamel! I put in the peach sake serum here. It seems that aside from the novelty markup at the beginning when it was first released, it hasn't really had a trend higher/lower. Camel has a chrome extension as well that tracks amazon prices. :D
Oh I have the Missha bridal cream, so sad because it made me breakout... Anyways Banila co wedding cream and Lui&Lei Diana Gen also have luxury-like packaging. Though I think Lui&Lei really takes the cake since the outside of the box had faux leather and a velveteen interior...as well as a diamond/crystal spatula, and a gem shaped container. I did an overview in this post: http://aminoapps.com/p/xrg54p
I love my witch hazel toner. It’s used after cleansing and before moisturizing.
As I understand, it balances your PH and gets rid of anything your cleanser missed.
I bought reusable face pads to apply it.
Skin1004 Centella Ampoule
HOLIEST OF GRAILS
Skin type / Climate: Normal/dry - Mostly dry weather (Southern CA)
I have tried a bazillion serums/essences/ampoules over my days of skincare. And there is one that has never left my routine. Others come and go but the Centella Ampoule always stays and always gets used everyday. No questions asked.
Immediate redness reduction
Helps speed up blemish healing (scabs, picked spots)
Mixes/plays well with any other product I mix it with or layer it with
I cant say enough good stuff about this product. Its so simple, yet so HG for me.
I was using my regular shower towel and just patted dry, but I recently bought these really soft microfiber washcloths on Amazon. 10/10 would recommend.
It comes in a pack of 6, they're about regular washcloth size, and they have a little tab that you can can hang on a hook for them to dry. I like having something just dedicated to my face for cleanliness. They're very soft so I'm not physically exfoliating so much. They're pretty convenient with the hook to keep them up and out of the way and there is enough that they're easy to swap out
I'm not Indian so I hope I can help but I tried so many cheap Indian skincare brands when I was in Nepal. My absolute fav for price and quality is Himalaya Herbals! Coming in here to rave about two products -
The is Neem Cleanser is cheap and non irritating. It doesn't dry you out either.
The Neem Clay Mask is amazing too, it really saved my skin when my origins charcoal mask ran out and I think did an even better job in keeping my skin clear!
Fyi amazon has a more than 2x price inflation on these products, so for anyone in Nepal or India, definitely check this brand out :)
I got the lights at Costco. I don't see them on the website, but they have the same ones on Amazon. They were about half the price at Costco, so maybe try in store first. It would be worth looking into rechargeables as the lights run off three AAAs each.
Still great with the lights off
Here’s the link to it on Amazon
Looks like it comes in a larger size too. I’m going to trust you, OP, so I just ordered a pack! :)
COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask makes my face feel super moist without the heaviness when I wake up :)
RAVE: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (in original Berry flavor)
I'm late aboard the hype train for this product, but that's probably because I don't usually get tickets for most hype trains, in the first place. I ended up buying this at Sephora (even though I knew I was paying a few $ more than I could be online) because I'd just made a return that was only viable for in store credit, and had a bit left to spend. I'd been eyeing this product for a long time, not just for myself, but for my mom, who has chronically dry lips and has tried just about everything slathered in copious layers to rehydrate them.
I brought this home on the premise that we would 'share' it, and told her she could have it the first night. Which, as it turns out, was a mistake, because the next day she instead returned to me a $20 bill, saying "oh no, you're not getting that lip balm back, it's mine."
Next we bought a 6 pack of 3g minis on Amazon, and within days they'd all disappeared. I was instantly addicted, my mom was using them-- even my boyfriend, who also has dry lips, is using this sleep mask as a heavy lip balm, as his lips are beginning to crack with the dropping temperatures. None of us can get enough.
It's moisturizing in a sense that actually penetrates and sinks in, but also sits on your lip for constant moisture (like Aquaphor, but better). Even though it smells like berries, it is utterly flavorless, which I love, because I find that even lip products that are supposed to 'taste good' are waxy and awful when my tongue accidentally brushes against them.
A+, would recommend both as a heavily layered sleep mask overnight, to be washed off in the morning, and in small dabs during the day as a lip balm-- which just looks like a light layer of lip gloss, and is totally non-sticky or bothersome to wear in the day.
They are also on Amazon for $12.95, pretty good deal if you got prime 🤗
Hmmm companies do extensive studies before putting out products and they add preservatives accordingly. That being said, try to ser if you can find something similar at a health store (example: compostable spoons )
Yes! I use the Oshima tsubaki brand. When I was in Japan I bought the original and also a 'hair version" from the same brand.
Camelia oil is very rich, so I find I need very little otherwise my hair looks greasy. I have fine hair, but a lot of it, and the ends are bleached so they are a bit dry.
The hair version is a little lighter in consistency and also works well - a little goes a long way.
I find the best results are when you rub a couple of drops in your hands and apply to damp hair.
I never use conditioner anymore, cos this oil is so effective.
Apologies if the formatting is off here, I'm on my phone!
Actually, organic rice has the same amount of arsenic as conventional rice. The arsenic is already in the soil from pollution, it's not part of the pesticides or herbicides used to grow rice. White basmati rice has the lowest amount of arsenic.
You reminded me that I needed to restock. I went on amazon and this super cute set was the first link! Probably a little overpriced but it’s cute for starting out or as a gift.
I think about this each time I'm rinsing rice, but then I remember the report from somewhere that talked about incredibly high levels of arsenic in U.S. rice and I dump that water right down the drain. ahaha Found the report--from Consumer Reports. I mean, ingesting rice is probably a better way to take it in, but it still takes away from the appeal for me.
I couldn't find it there either! :( I didn't even know what to call them lol. I found it on Yesstyle, and it's called a hair pad. https://www.yesstyle.com/en/vando-peel-off-hair-pad-5-bear-color-chosen-at-random-one-size/info.html/pid.1042949053
Also similar product on Amazon:
Mini Review: Illi (Illiyoon) Lotus Moisture Sheet Masks
I bought these from Amazon because they were inexpensive ($10 for a pack of 10) and I hadn't tried anything from the brand before. Plus, I'm a sucker for lotus anything and loved the packaging.
They're fine sheet masks. Nothing exceptional, but nice everyday sheet masks. As far as I can tell from CosDNAthey're pretty good in terms of ingredients, and no alcohol. The scent wasn't overly powerful or perfumy, which I appreciate. I like a nice, gentle, natural fragrance on masks. The material is on the thicker side (similar to the Tosowoong masks), but was fine. Fit is never great for me, so I didn't really pay attention.
My skin was nice and hydrated afterwards. I'd buy them again, or one of the other flavors, if they stay around the same price. I'm fine with $1 a mask (especially if I can get on Amazon Prime), but above that and I start to get pickier about quality.
ETA: CosDNA link.
these cleansers tho i get on amazon because it's way cheaper bundled together
e: also if anyone has recs to replace these skinfood products please hmu :(
Has anyone tried the ENSSKIN Jin Jung Sung Soothing Moisture Essence Serum? Has a massive list of powerhouse ingredients:
>Niacinamide, aloe, collagen, peptides, beta glucan, botanical squalane, beeswax, sodium hyaluronate, meadowfoam seed oil, apricot kernel oil, shea butter, ceramide 3, organic lavender water, glycerin, adenosine, amino acids
Looks like a great 3-in-1 toner/essence/serum, but the only reviews I can find are in Korean, and they're literally all 5 stars so I'm pretty excited. Any ideas?
Have you seen the large ones? Game changer!
Modu Korean Exfoliating Italy Towel Washcloth Large Size(20 pcs) Bath Scrub Removes Dead Skin Mitten https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B779T28/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_qUusBbV3RAS9M
Ooooh following. But my plans this far are:
2 SPF products - my usual Biore Watery Essence every morning and a Neutrogena spf 100 face milk for the really big exposure days. (Different, thicker, sunscreen for the rest of me)
I also bought an awesome sun hat that came with an attachable scarf that covers my neck and secured under my chin - very little left to exposure.
Snail Mucin 96 by CosRx
Coola Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion
Plan to not use my chemical exfoliants or retinol this week. Only active I plan on is my vit C, and CeraVe PM mixed with squalane. Generally just gonna be about cleansing, moisturizing and protection!
Edited to add: here’s a link to the hat. It’s adjustable, easy to pack, and secured in the back like a ball cap so my hair can be up and pulled through (more secure in wind!).
This is kind of a tricky question because how do you define "budget"?
For me, I consider Cosrx products very affordable and would instantly jump to say they're great 'budget' products, but maybe to another they're too pricey.
I guess if I had to look at best 'bang for your buck' with my routine and products, I'd say the following have been great HGs I repurchase all the time:
Kikumasamune Lotion ($1.65/fl oz.) Before COVID I was going to Japan usually once a year, and this thing was under $10 USD at Donki. Even with the online markup, it takes me ages to go through a bottle. I don't have any issues with fungal acne, so it always does a nice job. I like the white bottle too for lighter coverage. If I picked up a bottle on my annual Japan trip, it was all but guaranteed to last until my next time.
Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion in Light ($3.33/fl oz) Obviously way smaller than the Kikumasamune, but I only use a few drops at a time, so it lasts me forever. It's also (again), way cheaper in Japan at Donki. It rounds out my routine's need for moisturizer and does a great job!
For anyone in the UK, the set of 20 is £18.73 (as of right now) on Amazon UK.
Just returned from my honeymoon vacation in Tokyo! My AB haul was less than stellar, as I didn't find the price difference that much from anything off of Amazon, which was kind of a letdown but it's cool that products are now easy to find even in the US.
I like to collect odd asian mouth implements (I LOVE the fake lips face tightener)
This one's a cute duck beak and yes it actually makes your lips purse out so cute after wearing it!! Only lasts about 5 minutes but perfect to wear just before a photo. How can I find more of these odd products?
Silicone face scrubbers are amazingly gentle. They dry really quickly and are easily cleaned. You can get a pack of two here on Amazon and I hear you can find them at Walmart, too.
As far as italy towels, you want the pink one for face use.
Tosowoong's Enzyme Powder Wash (Amazon Link)
I actually didn't want to buy it because the package looks kinda cheap.
I just ordered the Hada Labo Shirojun premium moist toner the other day and can't wait to try it. Please tell me more about tranexamic acid! How long did it take for you to see effects? How does the brightening compare to other common brightening ingredients (such as Vit C, licorice root, ferments, etc)?
To add to your list, these Kose Clear Turn sheet masks also have this ingredient
I will never, ever ever, stray from Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. Seriously, I am so happy. It feels beautiful on the skin, does its job, plus adds hydration, and preps the skin for future steps. I started noticing a difference with my makeup immediately, as well. Not only did my skin just look better, but the makeup itself glided on (and stayed on) better than before. It is my most holy of grails!
I've just put a GPS tracker on my boyfriend's mother's cat!
edit: This is 3 hours worth of data, from yesterday. I put our test subject, Mr Jones in a comfortable harness with a very light GPS tracker on it. After the subject was placed in the harness, subject sulked for at least 20 mins by not moving from a flowerpot in the garden and miaowing lots.
The GPS tracker was set up to ping a server every 5 seconds with its location with an SMS. If there was poor mobile reception in an area, it would not send back data. It also sent back information on the subject's speed in knots and bearing, mainly so I can yell 'TARGET IS MOVING AT X KNOTS IN A BEARING OF BLAH BLAH BLAH MARK BLAH... TARGET HAS CHANGED SPEED AND HEADING, CAPT'N, I SUGGEST FULL CUDDLES AND SNUGGLES OFF THE PORT BOW'.
Interestingly, his territory is quite small, but he traverses a lot of ground. Also, he never crosses the road :D I'll x-post this on /r/aww as well.
She's so cute! I almost bought a similar hat on Amazon, but I didn't like any of the paisley prints. Instead, I bought this one, and I swear I feel like I'm on Little House on the Prairie with that much visor. Though, I'm excited to wear this on my vacation to Disney. The struggle to find a patch of shade there is real.
I love it when someone posts something that I've been meaning to ask myself. I myself am also in search of sulfur products.
A sulfur soap that's relatively popular in the Philippines is this. It's quite overpriced on Amazon because it's like less than USD1 back home. It's a bar soap though so it would definitely be high pH. My friend has had good luck with it, cleared her up. If you do a search on here or on SCA I don't remember, there was a girl who posted her acne progress pics using just sulfur soap. But she used a Chinese-brand one.
I have really dry skin so I am very hesitant to try bar soaps. I've seen some sulfur ointments on Amazon maybe I will try those. But actually my plan is to get my skin used to acids so I can work up and start using the BR P50 lotion, which has sulfur and acids. Not AB but it's the most popular product with sulfur. It's also expensive but I heard the bottle can last for months and months esp because you don't need to use it everyday.
$30.99 for two on Amazon.
if you’re looking for cheap korean sheet masks these ones from amazon are great! i’ve been using them for a year and i love them i use them at least 2-3 times a week so these are a great value!
DERMAL 24 Combo Pack Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet - The Ultimate Supreme Collection for Every Skin Condition Day to Day Skin Concerns. Nature made Freshly packed Korean Face Mask https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0722LVW3B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7tKLEbDPRKPG1
You could also use something like f.lux, which adapts the colour of your screen during the day. I always notice when I haven't used it during the day, it takes me so much longer to fall asleep!
Yes! I notice a huge difference from using humidifiers at night. But do a lot of research first - they're a pain to clean, and I'm lazy lol. I bought one with a heating element, which means bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow. This is the one I have: http://www.costco.com/PureGuardian%C2%AE-120-Hour-2-Gallon-Ultrasonic-Warm-and-Cool-Mist-Humidifier.product.100223472.html
I've seen it before at pharmacies here in Japan, i think the packaging has changed a bit and they have a few different types. Not sure where you are or if amazon ships there but this is the type you have, If you have google chrome it can help translate and it has the ingredient list too.
I'm guessing this is it? Amazon pretty pricey tho..
It's not an AB - but on Niacinamide - Olay released a version of their pro line tone correcting serum with more antioxidents and a better price point - where the Niacinamide is the #2 ingredient. It is not even a little moisturizing so I use this after toner and before either sunscreen or a moisturizer - 2x a day.
It's only been a week - so too early for any major improvements although my redness from Rosacea seems lighter - but because I am layering it with other Olay products where niacinamide is higher in the ingredients - I am hoping I make it to the magic 5%. Hard to say since Olay doesn't release percentages. I have no idea why it's this little on Amazon - I haven't seen it in stores for less than $22.
Not OP but I find them on Amazon HERE
Not a product but I recommend these plastic eye droppers for liquids/serums. I have the 30ml size, which looks like it's currently out of stock. I also use airless pump bottles for my cream/gels. Note: I just realized the airless pump bottles are not currently available on Amazon.)
I transfer all my skincare into their respective containers right away just because I have a habit of dropping things like the glass bottles and some skincare items are pricey so I don't want to lose them due to being accident prone. I can also save shelf space since my medicine cabinet won't accommodate the size of things like my Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist or Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Now I can keep the larger bottles in a drawer/closet and keep the smaller items on the shelf. When it's time to travel I already have them in acceptable sized containers so I just toss them into the bag and I'm ready to go.
Edit: Added airless pump bottles not available :(
I love that you do this every week! The "expensive makeup" article confirmed for me what we here at r/AB often already know, that great products don't have to be expensive and that expensive products aren't necessarily better. Being a nerd, I (and I'm sure r/dataisbeautiful too) was very happy to see Google's article on haircare; 'man bun' came into my consciousness when I found that Groupon is selling it, at what looks to be a good price too!
I just got this one off Amazon. I like it because one side is silk and the other is cotton so it doesn't slide around at night. It zips up and can be thrown in the washing machine. It also came with a few silk cocoons!
They are, but I've found that the American retailers of Hada Labo charge a lot more than it costs to get the Japanese version from, well, basically anywhere.
Case in point, Ulta's Hada Labo Hydrator is $9 when it's half off for 1.7 fluid ounces of product.
Amazon Prime has the Hada Labo Gokujyun Moist for a little under $12 for 5.7 ounces of product.
when I read this I got a bad feeling, and sure enough, you've posted in r/rbn before. :(
I'm sorry about your situation and can empathize. A lot of chain department stores sell lockboxes, like the kind tools are kept in. they aren't subtle or cute, but they do the job. amazon has some stuff, too, that might draw less attention: Vaultz Locking Personal Security Box, 7.75 x 7.25 x 10 Inches, Black (VZ00102-2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q86PNI/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_kGZwybJQ9V7EZ
best of luck!
Haha! If you're still looking for a full size one, I recently bought this one from Amazon and like it a lot. It's quite big! https://www.amazon.com/Mirrorvana-Vanity-Double-Sided-Magnifying-Magnification/dp/B00YTZXRJI
As a broke college student, I'm constantly in search of the cheapest holy grail product, so I have some great, money-saving recs for you!
I used to be really in love with the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil, but one day I ran out, and I needed it ASAP. Amazon didn't have prime shipping for it, so instead, I ordered The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Milk which turned out to be even better in removing makeup and had a really great texture!
I personally haven't used the Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk with Carnation Rice Oil, but my mom's friend swears by this product to remove all her makeup and feel gentle.
I just found this sheet mask heating device on Amazon. "The mask can be heated up in 3 minutes and after 3 minutes it can reach 113F."
"Better Nutrition Replenishment to Soften Cuticle, Restore Smooth, Delicate Skin
The mask heater activates the hydrophilic factor and replenishes water to promote collagen regeneration. It can soften the cuticle, restore smooth, delicate skin and improve skin's nutritional absorbency."
CVS ran a similar 30% deal a week ago. I got excited and stocked up on things, then realized Amazon had the same items for much less than the CVS sale price. Example below.
Cerave PM at CVS (before 30% discount)
same product on Amazon
I bought it from that link. I use Amazon Japan (using Google translation) to buy my masks in bulk. I just noticed it's out of stock :( . I like the clear turn babyish line as well it is also no fragrances and no alcohol. It is sold in packs of 7 masks ($3) or 50 masks ($10) . I like the high moisture line
Just a heads up that the Scinic AIO Honey Ampoule is $15 with prime shipping on Amazon and this is the lowest price I've ever seen. Its usually around $18-$20. I grabbed one!
After much humming and hooohaaa - ing. Ive made a tumblr. If you don't like the way I write, this will drive you nuts. I'm going to start doing my derma rolling posts there. Plus chronicling the behavior of my spawn, how to cook gluten free without it tasting like cardboard ass, asian skincare reviews (finally english reviews of sum37 and other high end products) plus random crap i like.
Please give me constructive critism :) i have another one and will probably link it to AB.
And I have face dandriff!!!!
I love the Good Cera moisturizer, it's so good that IT cosmetics just (barely) rebranded it and sells it as their $50 "Confidence In a Cream" moisturizer.
Florasis and Catkin are killing me. I swore I wouldn't buy new makeup until I finished pressing my indie eyeshadows, but they're really testing my resolve.
I've got to say, I've been extremely happy with https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B072L2344Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_xgMaGbN7YT9QC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1. My sebum production is finally stabilized and my closed comedones have pretty much disappeared. I've been using it since Christmas.
I'm a very light clothing packer, so if I'm not flying, I bring my normal routine. I like to pack my beauty products in a small tote bag (like the size of a gift bag) so that everything mostly stays upright and anything that spills doesn't get on clothing, and then I pack clothing in a large purse or laptop bag. I will occasionally curate my serums or essences if I'm going for a weekend at the lakehouse with my fiance's family and want to seem cooler and more nature-y than I actually am, but generally I just revel in my high-maintenance femininity.
I do want to say, don't use a product you've never used before on a work trip. You don't want to deal with the potential for a breakout, which could happen anyway from the stress of travel. Don't set your skin up for failure. You can get a decent travel kit on Amazon Prime for under $10 and it'll come in 2 days. I use this when I do need to pack things within TSA guidelines and it doesn't leak. Same deal with actives -- dropping your actives for a full week might upset your skin, so if you don't have a space restriction, why not bring them?
Also, I love sheet masking on work trips. I go back to my room after dinner and sheet mask before bed. I get a double-whammy of good skin because the time I spend sheet masking is just time I might have spent staying out late drinking otherwise, which does no one's skin any good. I brought three for a week-long trip I took this summer and it was brilliant after a day alternating between summer sun and dry hotel climate controlled air.
So cool to see this!!
I actually just put the:
SCINIC PROPOLIS AMPOULE 95 into my Amazon cart minutes ago, but haven't pushed the "place order" button yet.
I was also eyeing the product you're holding in the picture (same brand, etc.). Does anyone know what the difference is between these two (other than the huge price difference)? (250 ml for $14.00 vs. 30 ml for $15.00)
Also, how do you use this? Morning and night at the ampule/serum step?
I was just researching this last night on Reddit (here and SCA) to see if I could find other options before buying the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask that I'd been eyeing a while. The thing is, my lips aren't really chapped or super dry, but I find that they tighten up pretty quickly and I needed something that wasn't just an occlusive moisturizer (which is what my Aquaphor basically amounts to, with SPF 30).
One thing I realized is I've been exfoliating the lips too much. I tend to scrape off the top layer (it comes off easily, it's not dry either but moist) every morning and I think that's caused a vicious cycle of it peeling easily. So this morning I used my thumb to go over my lips and remove leftover balm without scraping the lip itself. This may not be helpful to you in particular but I figured I'd mention it in case anyone with an issue similar to mine checks out this thread too.
More to the point: I decided on trying Lansinoh, which is lanolin (it's actually marketed to breastfeeding mothers for their chapped nipples, but who cares). I got it this morning and it's definitely unlike anything else I've put on my lips and they haven't felt dried out all day. I went for this option because people said lanolin can penetrate deeper for more lasting moisture, rather than just sitting on top like petroleum jelly. It's $7 on Amazon for 3 little tubes (https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Lanolin-Minis-Breastfeeding-Mothers/dp/B00FNZQHJA/) so I think that's worth a shot for anyone who'd want to avoid spending more right away. The Laneige pack is so much more pretty-looking though that I might want to try it anyway…
Since OP didn't post it, this is the link on Amazon. And for those who are Prime members, it's 3 days to ship.
It's cheaper than eBay by $0.99 :D
I got this one from Amazon. It comes with a konjac sponge too! Eye Mask Plus Konjac Face Sponge – Gel Beads Hot & Cold Compress Pack, De-Stress & Revitalize - Flex Gel Beauty Beads Best for Dark Under Circles, Puffy Eyes, Headaches, Migraines, Sinusi
The purpose of a face mist is for a short but instant boost of hydration.
I haven't found any AB mists on the market that I like. For non-AB, I like the Avene ones (imo better than Evian only because of the nozzle). But of course, you can always buy your own mist decant bottle from places like Amazon or Daiso and put whatever you want inside.
You can get the same thing for $10 on Amazon. I'm using the 97 one right now and it's decent for the price.
The tubes aren't any bigger but you can buy a TWENTY FOUR pack biore uv sunscreens on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Biore-Aqua-Watery-Essence-SPF50/dp/B076BPR3Z5/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=biore+uv&qid=1562627931&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Wow, it sound like you found the nicest sales lady ever! It's so awesome when they're helpful and enthusiastic rather than condescending and "know it all". That there can really shape your overall impression of an entire brand!
Completely unrelated, but I'm so jealous that you live in Vegas and can eat at Soyo Korean whenever you want. I had the best Korean meal there out of all the Korean places I've been to across the US and Canada, and would eat there at least once a week if I could!
They have a free program called f.lux (https://justgetflux.com/) that changes the color temperature of your computer’s display depending on the time of day. Everything’s normal during the day, but it uses warmer colors after sunset to match your indoor lighting. It can also reduce eye strain. (I know for me it has!)