Monday: New Year Skin Maintenance (for your feet)

First off, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!!!  Secondly, YES.  FOOT PEELS.  I know you might be recoiling a little but bear with me–the results are way better than a pedicure…I guess you have to paint your own nails though.

I don’t know about y’all but I feel like after a while, I fall off the foot-maintenance-bandwagon and my heels get really dry.  And cracked.  It’s gross. My mom swears my vaseline slathered all of your feet overnight but it doesn’t really work for me (aka it works too slowly because my heels are that bad) so I tend to go to town with a pumice stone.  Now, instead, I use foot peels.  I just did one to start the new year with smooth, non-cracked feet!


I’m not going to post a picture because really!  It’s so gross–just take my word for it that it works (REALLY WELL).  Foot peels, which can be found in your local Korean beauty store (or on Amazon), work by exfoliating the dead skin off of your feet using fruit enzymes.  You put your feet in a little plastic sock (supplied in kit) which is full of gel.  It doesn’t hurt but it may tingle a little.  You wear them for about an hour and a half and then rinse (don’t scrub) afterwards.  About two days later, your feet will start to peel.  Some people peel like a snake, some seem to…molt…OH it’s so gross but afterwards, your feet are SO soft.  It’s totally worth it.

Here’s some tips:

  • Be careful!  If you have a medical condition or sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend this treatment.
  • Instead of two days after, my feet peel almost an entire week after I do my peel.  The peeling seems to last for another week but everyone’s different.
  • WEAR SOCKS ALL THE TIME.  To work, around the house, AND to bed.  Otherwise, you will flake all over the place it’s gross.  And obviously, skip yoga class that week because your feet will peel even more during class and no one needs to see that.
  • You get better results if you soak your feet for a while every now and then.
  • The peeling/crumbling is the worst right after soaking/get out of the shower.  SOCKS. SOCKS. SOCKS.
  • Don’t pick at your feet mid-peel–it seems to stop the peeling from working as well.
  • Try not to peel too often–the process can be rather extreme.  I save foot peels for extreme conditions and try not to do it for at least a few months afterwards.
  • If you can’t stand it anymore, you can use a pumice stone and lightly buff off the dead skin.

PopSugar sent this Kocostar product in one of their boxes but I’ve tried BabyFoot (Japan) and the in-house products made by Korean brands NatureRepublic and The Face Shop and they all work very well–my heels are so thankful afterwards!


Sisley Paris: November 2016

Yes, if you haven’t heard by now, Sisley Paris does a subscription box.  I count myself in the category of people who will never ever ever EVER have a reason to buy a $700+ skincare item…but it’s always fun to try them, right?  Sisley Paris sends out a set of samples each month ($10 a month!!!  Honestly, this is 100% more fun than Birchbox).  I don’t think these items are ‘customized’ per subscriber and I haven’t seen an option to pick certain items but gosh, this is one of the most fun boxes I’ve gotten because these products have a following for a reason.  I’m a bit afraid to find my ‘unicorn’ product–you know, the one that you fall in love with and then you realize, DANG IT it costs 500 bucks.  Oh well.  (Or Oh well, I get Nordstrom points?  SO BAD.)

A note: The sample sizes may look a bit tiny but when you compare how much the full product is (and then calculate the cost of the sample), it’s not bad!  I get the same feeling as when I try on a ridiculously priced (and ridiculously looking) pair of designer shoes at Nordstrom Rack.  Liz from MySubscriptionAddiction calculated the price of a tiny tube of night cream out as $28 because the full-size was $795.  WOW.  I got a week’s worth of moisturizing from that one itty bitty item.

This is what we got this month:


MAKEUP!!!  I didn’t know this box sent makeup and I’m stoked that it’s a mascara because as you guys know, this is my absolutely favorite kind of product to use.    Don’t doubt that little foil packet–a little goes a long way.  I was able to get a little over 2 uses from last month’s packet.

And for the fun part,

  • Express Flower Gel – $140
  • Instant Perfect – $72
  • So Intense Mascara – $67
  • Phytobuste + Decollete – $285
  • Eau du Soir Body Cream  – $130

Sisley says the price of these samples is a $110 value.  You bet I’ll be cutting the tubes open for every last drop.

Next month’s spoiler theme is up already on their website!  It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…


The Face Shop Haul #4

I was running low on moisturizer last week, so I stopped by the Face Shop…I caved and FINALLY bought that Smim moisturizer. Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The….Smim.  Doesn’t it sound straight out of a Dr. Seuss book?




  1. Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam – Mung Beans
  2. the smim – Radiating Moisture Emulsion
  3. Sample:  seed in seed core seed Purifying Essence (serum)
  4. Sample: Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture cream (oil-free)
  5. Sample: Natural Sun Sebum Control SPF 40 PA+++ sunscreen


I decided to spend the $39 (eek!) on that Smim Moisturizer because it’s SO light and I never feel oily and clogged after wearing it, even for long periods of time.  We are FULL into summer in Hawaii and I have been way more oily then normal—I need a moisturizer that hydrates but is as light as possible.  The lightest moisturizer that I’ve tried is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Gel, which I like…but I wanted something different.  Also, I find that the smim emulsion is a tad bit lighter feeling AND it smells way better.  It’s pricier than Clinique’s gel but I like it a lot more!  From what I understand, this product isn’t entirely oil-free, but I haven’t felt any oiler (and my skin hasn’t broken out) since using this product.

the smim radiating moisturizing essence (the product I bought is taller than this)

  • Flawless Skin with Moisture Radiance
  • An Essence restoring moisturized radiance from inside the skin with deep moisturization by naturally fermented kefir.
  • Cloud berry growing in extreme regions and kefir infuse moisture deep into the skin and bring out the full potential of radiance of the skin to rejuvenate as if it has been newly born.
  • The formula containing shining granules spreads smoothly and restores moisture and radiance to the skin the moment it is applied.


The other product I bought was a steal at $5—it was a basic foaming cleanser.  The formula is Mung Beans which is for all skin types but particularly oily ones (from what the Face Shop girl told me).  I really like this one!  It’s not as drying as the peach one I tried, and the smell is really pleasant.  It’s not too strong.  My skin feels really clean and soft (but not stripped dry) after using this product.  Plus, it’s only $5!

Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam – Mung Beans

  • Enriched with skin softening mung beans
  • For all skin type


Yay, a great haul from the Face Shop!  I think I’ll be returning to buy that sebum control sunscreen—it had a nice, dry finish.  I think I like it better than the my all-time favorite Biore sunscreen, for everyday/shopping/etc.  Shocker!  the Face Shop also has a compact, sponge sunscreen with a bit of a tint (that’s still SPF 50)—I think I might go and try that too.  I hope the tint is sheer enough, I’ve been going to the beach every other weekend and I’m way darker than usual.

I love Korean products, they feel so nice on your skin.  If you’ve got any Korean/Face Shop favorites, please feel free to share!  :3

The Face Shop Haul #2

I came back to the Face Shop because I really enjoyed Haul #1 and I was in need of some facial cleanser.  I ended up buying two.  *sigh*

My brother, who introduced me to the Face Shop products, has been hunting their elusive (and extremely popular Peach foaming cleanser for a while now so I must be lucky or something….they just restocked 15 minutes before I came in!  Score!


The left is a basic cleanser in Peach ($5.00) and the right is a whitening/brightening formula in White Tea ($12.00).  I love these!  They’re really creamy and not nearly as drying as some American foam cleanser formulas that I’ve tried.  My favorite part is the smell–they are HEAVENLY.  The peach one has just the right amount of fruity scent (without being too overwhelming or perfume-y) and the White Tea one is very light, fresh, and refreshing.  No wonder these are two products are in such high demand!

I also ended up buying this:


CC Cream!   This is the Face Shop’s Face it brand (makeup line) and it’s the Aura Control Color Cream in Medium Beige ($34.00).   It’s got SPF 30 Pa++ and comes in a really cute little compact.  See that little sticker?  You push down until the formula comes out then apply it with that sponge.   It goes on silky smooth and surprisingly, matches my skintone (which is interesting because I’m significantly darker than the average Korean, who these lines are designed for.  But hurray!  All the better. :D)    This product is also usually sold out, so I was really fortunate to be able to scoop one up.


Now for the fun part–samples!  The Face Shop is really good at luring you back to buy their products.  I swear, they’re one of the most generous sample givers ever.  wpid-20130825_085245.jpg

Yup, that’s right. Everything else (besides the cleansers and CC cream) was free!  From the top right,

  1. Pomegranate Facial Mask
  2. Nail Polish – Dark Mocha
  3. Raspberry Roots Depuffing Eye Gel
  4. Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask
  5. Baby Face Wash Off Mask – Pore Care Pack
  6. White Secret Whitening Body Essence
  7. Green Tea Toner & Lotion Kit
  8. The Smim Radiating Mosturizing Essence
  9. The Smim Fermented Concentrate Total Treatment
  10. The Smim Radiating Moisturizing Cream

Yes.  The Smim.  (Can you imagine the ??? floating above my head?)  I have no idea what it means but it’s got a #1 Allure Magazine (Korea?) Best of Beauty 2013 Editor’s Pick icon on it!  So interesting, I can’t wait to sample. 🙂


The Face Shop Haul #1

Today was a leisurely day. Did some errands, took my little brother out to lunch, bought some interesting Korean Skincare products from The Face Shop… *sigh*  It was a good day.

The Face Shop started in Korea and they carry a line of skincare and cosmetics designed with the “balance of nature” in mind.  There are more than 100+ stores in Korea and they’ve got stores in most Asian countries.  Thankfully, there are now three stores in Hawaii!

My brother and I just went to browse and here’s what I walked away with today:


From the top left, going clockwise:

  1. Raspberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch – Intense eye lift mask with Himalayan Raspberry Root Extract and Marine Collagen – $5.00
  2. Real Nature Mask, Lemon – Made with 1,000 mg (of lemon?), this is a brightening mask sheet containing fresh lemon extract bursting with vitamin C to densely penetrate the skin and brighten dull skin tone while maintaining its translucense – $2.00
  3. Raspberry Roots Depuffing Eye Gel Sample – Refreshing eye gel with Raspberry Root and other Plant Extracts helps reduce puffiness.
  4. Green Tea Toner & Lotion Kit Sample 
  5. Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam Sample in Acerola (Cherry)
  6. Bright Eyes Modeling Gel Patch – To reduce dark circles and provide relief for tired eyes, $5.00

Yes, you read correctly.  I only spent like 12 bucks and I’m actually wearing my Gel Eye Patches right now (It’s really refreshing!  Especially on hot days like these, *sigh*  My eyes feel a lot less puffy, also!).

I’m so glad that they gave me a sample of their skincare products — I’ve heard amazing things about their moisturizers and cleansers.  Ever watch Korean dramas?  Everyone has WONDERFUL, clear skin, even the guys.   K-Drama stars will be my inspiration to up the ante on my skincare regime.

I’ll be returning to try out more skincare products, their sunscreen (will it beat out my Japanese one?), and definitely more facial masks.  The only thing that I was a bit disappointed with is that they don’t have many shades of BB or CC creams.  If you’re a natural beige, you’ll be in heaven!  But if you’re something closer to Medium, like I am, then you’re out of luck.  (It’s okay, let’s buy a lot of wonderful creamy cleanser to make ourselves feel better.)