*comedogenic – red, mildly comedogenic – blue, irritant – bold, mild irritant – italics

here’s the first part of my skin care holy fails

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Ingredients – water, butylene glycol, niacinamide, dipentaerythrityl hexa acid esters, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, polyacrylate13, polyisobutene, polysorbate20, hydrogenated lecithin, c14-28, stearyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, dimethicone, adenosine, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, polyglyceryl, cetyl peg, stearic acid, tocopheryl acetate, sodium polyacrylate, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, centella asiatica extract, hippophae rhamnoides oil, human oligopeptide1, argania spinosa oil, shea butter, ceramide3, trehalose, calendula officianalis flower extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, 1,2 hexanediol, raphanus sativus leaf extract, oryza sativa bran extract, momordica charantia extract, orchid, honey, panax ginseng, carthamus tinctorius seed oil, phytosphingosine, ceteareth20, glyceryl citrate, fragrance

My ingredient trigger – olive oil, sunflower seed oil, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol

Verdict – This cream was so raved about by the asian beauty community that I got so excited, so i immediately bought one for myself without checking the ingredients list. Tried this for a week and had major breakouts, if only i knew how to look at ingredient triggers then I would’nt have made a lot of wrong purchases. But I guess experiences make you wiser. lol! Currently they are now in the hands of my sister who has dry and sensitive skin and she loves it so much.

Art Naturals 20% Vitamin C Serum and Art Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum

Ingredients VitaminC – organic herbal infusion, organic aloe leaf, vitamin c, methylsulfonylmethane, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, vitamin e, carbomer, amino acid, ferulic acid, kosher vegetable glycerin, organic jojoba oil, phenoxyethanol, ethyl hexyl glycerin

Ingredients Retinol – organic herbal infusion, organic aloe leaf, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, pentylene glycol, retinol, polysorbate20, potassium phosphate, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, vitamin c, green tea, propolis, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin.

Verdict – Did not had breakouts from both of them but did not also have any results from them as well. Its like buying a 30ml expensive purified water that I apply on my face. Oh crap stupid me. Bought this since they are no.1 on amazon and had so many reviews so I figured they must be ok. Turns out these amazon reviews were written in exchange for a free or discounted products. If you would look closely at the ingredients list the completely different serums has almost the same ingredient list. I’m suppose to breakout from jojoba oil but turns out i did not! but its more of does it really contain jojoba oil or it has none? more like glycerin and water mostly i guess. At the front packaging of retinol they claim to have the ingredients of – 2.5% retinol, 20% vitaminC, 10% hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, niacinamide, coq10, vitaminA. For the VitC- 20%VitaminC, Amino acid blend, hyaluronic acid, vitaminE, ferulic acid. Oh really? how come my face didnt feel a thing?

It’s skin Green Tea Calming Cleansing Oil

Ingredients – mineral oil, cetyl caprylate, peg20, polysorbate20, water, fragrance, citrus paradisi fruit extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract, saccharum officinarum extract


My Ingredient Trigger – mineral oil

Verdict – I was hoping to find a cheaper alternative to my holy grail innisfree apple juicy cleansing oil, this one has a simple ingredient list and most people dont breakout from mineral oil, unfortunately i do. Although, if you dont breakout from mineral oil and you are looking for a cheap alternative to cleansing oil this one is perfect for you.

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Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity

Ingredients – cetyl ethylhexanoate, caprylic triglyceride, peg20, peg10, polyethylene, arganica spinosa kernel oil, evening primrose oil, portulaca oleracea extract, clycyrrhiza glabra root extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, centella asiatica extract, chamomilla recutita flower extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, althaea rosea flower extract, aloe leaf extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, camomilla recutita flower water, epilobium angustifolium extract


My ingredient trigger – evening primrose oil

Verdict – this is advertised for oily prone and sensitive skin types. Unfortunately evening primrose oil also breaks me out. So I gave this to my sister to try who has dry sensitive skin, and after a few uses she developed itchy rashes on her cheeks. This one is currently sitting on my cabinet and thinking where to make use of this.

Son and Park Beauty Water

Ingredients – water, rosa damascena flower extract, hamamelis virginiana water, butylene glycol, alcohol denat, xylitol, phenoxyethanol, decyl glucoside, peg40, ppg26, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, citric acid, citrus bergamia fruit oil, olive oil, citrus aurantium dulcis, lavandula angustifolia oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, lavandul angustifolia water, carica papaya fruit water, copaifera officinalis resin, jasminum officinale, illcium verum fruit oil, sodium lactate, sodium PCA, artemisia absinthium extract, rose flower oil, propylene glycol, thuja occidentalis leaf extract, ferula galbaniflua resin oil, tartaric acid, origanum majorana leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia flower extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, salix nigra bark extract, pelargonium graveolens extract, mentha rotundifolia leaf extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, melaleuca alternifolia leaf extract, mentha pipertia leaf extact, thymus vulgaris leaf extract, mentha spicata extract, benzyl alcohol, chlorphenesin, methylparaben, dehydroacetic acid, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben


Verdict – Bought this when I went to Korea on a whim since this is so popular and people have been raving about this without checking the ingredient list, I figured this is just a cleansing water or something so might want to give it a try. When I arrived home and checked the ingredient list oh no!!! there’s olive oil so did not attempt to use it and managed to let my two sisters try this who has dry sensitive skin and they both developed rashes on the cheeks so they both stopped using this one as well.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil

Ingredients – water, butylene glycol, glycerin, niacinamide, bifida ferment lysate, raffinose, betaine, peg17/6, copolymer, piper methysticum extract, phellinus lineteus extract, artium lappa root extract, portulaca oleracea extract, pueraria thunbergiana root extract, licorice root extract, paeonia lactiflora root extract, cnidium officinale root extract, monascus extract, soluble collagen, aloe leaf juice, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium hyalorunate, lemon fruit oil, basil oil, geranium maculatum oil, clove leaf oil, rosa damascena flower oil, rosemary leaf oil, camellia sinesis seed oil, camellia jasponica seed oil, macademia seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, peg60, 1,2hexanediol, bis-peg-18, methyl ether dimethyl silane, cellulose gum, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, tromethamine, glyceryl polymethacrylate, xanthan gum, adenosine, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, dipotassium glyzyrrhrizate, caprylic triglyceride, folic acid, ceramide3, cholesterol, acetic acid, lactic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide4, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate

My ingredient triggers – olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil

Verdict – bought this at the point where i was just starting out my korean journey and did not know yet that the contents of a product matters, look at all those juicy ingredients they were so tempting and this product has also been so raved about by so many. So i naturally go for what any sane woman would do lol! buy it! One week after usage had developed acne all over my forehead. Soon this will be in the hands of my sister in law who has dry aging skin. Hopefully this will do well on her. Will let you know how it went.

How about you what were your experiences when you were just starting out on discovering Korean beauty products?