RoseRoseShop on eBay

imageReview: RoseRoseShop (seller name: rubyruby76 roseroseshop)

Note: The original seller of South Korean skincare products based in S.Korea was initially known with the eBay ID: rubyruby76. She then opened an independent shop named RoseRoseShop, but kept her original eBay handle for a few months. Copycat eBay sellers took advantage of her initial popularity, naming their stores with the name RubyRuby. She has since changed her eBay ID to match her online store. If you’re new to the Korean skincare scene, and looking to buy on eBay, note that the original seller is RoseRoseShop. Ignore all the other claims that their shop was the original – all you have to do is compare the number of reviews and the date when the account was open (by clicking on the eBay seller ID) to determine who the real seller is.

Standard shipping with tracking number via Korea Post. date.gif processing 1 day mail2 delivery 5 business days gif25 order time frame 6 business days  balaozinho22

5-0-star-rating (5/5 stars) I’ve heard a lot about RoseRoseShop and decided to purchase some products from their eBay store. They offered competitive prices – cheaper than their online store. I was sold. However, I’m always hesitant to purchase from new vendors because 1) I’m worried about buying old stock and 2) I’ve been biten by extremely high import costs and no discount is worth the ridiculous amount I could be charged. This is why I prefer regular shipping without tracking. I expected this shipment to be sent economy mail (no tracking), but I apparently didn’t read the fine print: they provide tracking to all orders over $45. This means I had to pick up the package in person – I held my breath while the clerk struggled with entering the info into the computer! But no charge, thank goodness!

imagePackaging: The products came in a brown cardboard box with an extra inner layer of cardboard for maximum thickness. Each item was individually wrapped in bubble wrap, with the glass item wrapped twice. No packing slip was included (extra thoughtful of them)!

Product: Each product was in excellent, gift-giving quality. The boxes they came in were immaculate. The products inside seem absolutely perfect. The best part – they’re newly manufactured! The Innisfree products are a little older than when I buy directly from the manufacturer, but with the discounted price, it’s so worth it! Note: The shelf life of unopened Korean skincare products is 30 months. I’ve listed the manufacturer/expiration dates below:

  • Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (Intensive) – Manufactured date (제조): 2016-01-22
  • Innisfree Soybean Firming Neck Cream – Expiration date (까지): 2019-01-17
  • Innisfree Soybean Firming Serum – Expiration date (까지): 2018-11-30

Samples: They state that they don’t offer samples, but I chanced on asking for samples anyway (in the comment section). I got 3 sample sachets of Neulii, RoseRoseShop’s newly launched skincare line. Plus the customary $1 gift card that’s included with all Korean skincare purchases. All 3 samples are serums: Snail bee (anti-wrinkle); Tea tree BHA (blemish control); Aloe BHA (soothing).

In conclusion, I’m thrilled with my first RRS order! The shipment, packaging, and price, far exceeds my usual YesStyle orders. I’m so happy with the quality, that I may no longer have to send products to my mom to ship to me anymore. This is a game changer! tiny_heart_emoticon_by_gasara-d79d7v1



Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm (Deep Moisture)

lipsuckReview: Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm (Deep Moisture)

1-0-star-rating (1/5 stars) I usually love Innisfree products, but this one was a real disappointment. I originally bought it as a replacement for my beloved C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm No. 1129 (long discontinued, but hoarded). For what this is, it’s pricey at $7, but I was desperate and already had a cart full of other products and I wanted to save on shipping – I figured, why not?

The lip balm is firm, but really oily once applied. It feels as if I’ve slathered my lips with cooking oil, but the worst part is the taste. It has a odd taste that lingers – it’s not an intentional flavor. I hate it. Compared to my favorite lip balm, it doesn’t actually heal or nourish. It’s coats your lips with oil. There’s other balms that do that without the weird taste.

As for the packaging, the petite, glossy white tube sits inside Innisfree’s signature eco-friendly box. By petite, I mean it’s slender, by slender, I mean there’s literally less product. I’ve bought numerous other lip balms after this (because I had to) and it’s considerably less product compared to the average lip balm.

  • Canola Honey Lip Balm (Deep Moisture): 3.5 g / .12 oz
  • Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm with Vitamin E: 4.25 g  / .15 oz
  • C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Mentha Lip Balm Stick No. 1129: 4.5 g / .16 oz
  • EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm: 7 g /.25 oz

To summarize: It’s not worth it – there are tons of other lip balms that work better, doesn’t taste weird, and for the fraction of the price.


Lesson learned

It’s obvious. I can’t leave out a moisturizing toner! I’ve tried to do without for the last few weeks and even when I’ve used a heavy duty moisturizer to make up for it, but my skin has suffered considerably. It wasn’t obvious at first, but it’s clear that I just can’t skip that step. Looking back, I can see why it’s gone downhill – I cut out 2 steps during the driest months. First, I stopped using a lotion prior to applying a cream. I’ve noticed that my skin couldn’t handle the added moisture; it seemed like an unnecessary step and I much preferred the cream anyway. It worked out pretty well until I ran out of the moisturizing toner. Here’s what my current nightly routine looks like compared to before:

Type Current Nightly Routine  Previous Nightly Routine
cleanser 1  Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 1  Innisfree Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
essence 2  Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence 2  Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence
moisturizing toner (Korean skin / Japanese lotion)  3  Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion
 spot treatment 3  Etude House Wonder Pore Corrector 4  Etude House Wonder Pore Corrector
moisturizer / lotion (Japanese milk) 5  Hada Labo Gokujyun Milk
 cream 4  Innisfreee Perfect 9 Repair Cream 6  Innisfreee Perfect 9 Repair Cream

minusNow that I’ve come to terms with needing a moisturizing toner, I ended up buying a bottle of the new premium version of Hada Labo’s Gokujyun Lotion from my trusted eBayer: Nuigurumax (seller name: realare).Total cost, including shipping was $17.95. I can not wait to try it out!

natural-buttonThat leaves me to figure out my almost-running-out of cream situation. I decided not to use the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream (old version) because I remember it was much more scented than anything that I’m using. I don’t want to mess with that now. Instead, I decided to try out my Innisfree Soybean samples because all their products seem to be so mild.

plusI LOVE THEM! Why didn’t I try their samples before?!! Soybean really seems to work for me – I decided to buy the Innisfree Soybean Firming Neck Cream + Serum in the same line. I heard so much about the popular RubyRubyShop, so I figured I’ll try out their products on eBay because it’s cheaper than their online store. They also had a good deal on Missha Time Revolution FTE Intensive, so I snagged one of those as well. I paid $28.89 for the essence; $23.14 for the serum; $16.21 for the cream. RubyRubyShop (seller name: rubyruby76). I can not wait to get them! I hope the shop lives up to its reputation.



In hiatus

I’ve been buried in work for the last few months and haven’t had the chance to get a break. After a very stressful week followed by a little sunshine, I can finnnnaaally breathe! Let me jump right into the nitty gritty – what’s the status of my skincare routine?


_free_icon_emote__pusheen__so_exciting___by_mochatchi-d7pm4wnI finished my first bottle of Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence and although I have another bottle in the cupboard, I figured this would be an ideal time to try the samples of their light version. I used up the 2 travel-sized bottles and my skin loooved it! I was in awe – my skin had a glow.

_free_icon_emote__pusheen__angry__by_mochatchi-d7uvnbeInstead of buying the Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence Light (that my skin loved), I felt adventurous and bought Tosowoong Time Shift First Essence instead – it was on sale. Wow, to say that item was incompatible with my skin is an understatement! It broke me out and made my face feel oily. I wanted to love it, but it really did not work for me. *Full review to come.

_free_icon_emote__surprised_pusheen_by_mochatchi-d9avgiyI’ve ran out of Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion weeks ago, one of my favorite items (it’s cheap and it works), but because it has parabens, I’ve decided not to restock. @¤#?! My skin isn’t doing too good.

_free_icon_emote__ramen_pusheen_by_mochatchi-d8602ozI’m also running out of Innisfreee Perfect 9 Repair Cream. I usually use it at night, but since I no longer use a skin before applying a moisturizer, I’ve also started to use this cream during the day. I’m not sure how I feel about it. My skin agrees with it, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the price. Plus, it’s been out-of-stock at Innisfreeworld. Maybe this is a good time to bust out that Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream (old version) that I’ve put away. Hmmm …

To summarize, I’m experimenting with cutting out steps in my routine, but honestly, it’s not really going well for me. I’m so very close to just reordering the Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion. That stuff really works and if I also order a bottle of Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence Light version, it might just be the perfect combo. After finding some products that I’m compatible with, I sometimes I forget that my skin is super sensitive. Maybe I should just stick to the stuff that works?

Do you have a favorite lotion/skin that you can recommend? How about a night cream? I’d love to hear your recommendations! tumblr_lm6pryCe8x1qfoi4t


Haul: Innisfree Anti-aging

imageMy haul from Innisfree Global’s 1-year anniversary! I received this a little while ago, but I’ve been so busy with school I haven’t had the chance to post about it. I’ve been eyeing their essences for awhile and when it went on sale, I just couldn’t resist – I bought 2! It also came with a Soybean Energy Special Kit, which includes sample sized versions (perfect for travel) of both types of essences, in addition to a soybean finish cream. It was such a good deal! I was also really intrigued by their repair cream and scooped one up as well. So far I’ve only used their original essence and I haven’t tried the repair cream just yet. I want to use the essence for a little longer before I add another product into the mix.

Here’s what I got, plus first impressions:

  1. Soybean Energy Essence 150ml (x 2)  – balaozinho22 Love
  2. Perfect 9 Repair Cream 60ml
  3. Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 300ml – Restocking a product I already tumblr_lm6pryCe8x1qfoi4t This size is HUUUGE!
  4. Canola Honey Lip Balm – Intensive Moisture 3.5g – Meh!

Plus freebies:

  1. Soybean Energy Essence Special Kit (x2)
    • Soybean Energy Essence 15ml
    • Soybean Energy Essence Light 15ml
    • Soybean Finish Cream 10ml
  2. Capsule Recipe Pack – Strawberry Yogurt 10ml
  3. Skin Clinic Mask – Hyaluronic Acid 20ml
  4. Jeju Volcanic Pore Essence [Travel size] 5ml
  5. Jeju Bija Anti-trouble Skin [Travel size] 10ml
  6. Jeju Bija Anti-trouble Lotion [Travel size] 10ml
  7. Soybean Firming Finish Cream [Travel size] 5ml
  8. Soybean Firming Neck Cream [Travel size] 5ml
  9. Eco Science Wrinkle Spot Essence [Travel size] 4ml


FI: Missha Time Revolution FTE Intensive vs. Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

First Impressions: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive vs. Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

I’ve been really curious about essences and decided to try both the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive and the Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence. I ordered a 10 piece sample sachet of the Missha through eBay and ended up buying 2 full-sized bottles of the Innisfree during their anniversary promo. I used the Missha for a little over two weeks (16 days) and waited until I’d used the Innisfree for the same amount of time. So far, my skin really seems to agree with essences and I’ll continue to use them. But keep in mind that I haven’t been using them for long, and this is just my first impression. I’ll follow-up with a real review once I use them for a bit longer.

MisshaFTEMissha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive: The first time I used this, my eyes got watery! I never got any of it in my eye, so I have no idea why this happened and I was absolutely positive it was because of this – it was the only new product I used and it happened immediately. My eyes felt irritated for a couple of few minutes. It was similar to when I’m in a room full of smoke. I used the whole sachet and slathered it all over my face and although it looked and felt like water, I noticed a reaction. Because the consistency was like water, I lowered my head so that the essence that I applied to my forehead wouldn’t run. I quickly realized that I applied too much. I read a lot of great things about this product prior to sampling it, but after that reaction, I was starting to doubt if it was compatible with my skin type. But that weird eye irritation only occurred that first time I tried it – it never happened again.

After just a few days, I noticed a positive difference in my skin. It felt softer and my acne scars seemed to fade. By the end of my trial run, I noticed my skin looking more translucent. I was really doubtful about the hype, but I can’t deny my obvious results. Although I have the Innisfree Essence stock piled (I can’t resist sales), I’m seriously thinking about ordering the Missha FTE as well. I can’t deny immediate results!

inni.jpgInnisfree Soybean Energy Essence: this stuff is surprisingly moisturizing! The consistency is a lot thicker than the Missha; it’s kind of slimey – because of this, it glides on really well and doesn’t run. There’s no detectable fragrance, which is a plus. However, I don’t see obvious results. My skin is softer and I feel like my acne scars are fading, but at this point, I’m not sure if it’s purely because of the Innisfree or if there’s residual effects from the Missha FTE. Regardless, I really like how moisturizing this is and I believe it’s doing some preventive / restorative magic. I feel that the Innisfree is ideal for dry, autumn weather. The added moisturizing aspect is a huge plus because it allows me to relax while I apply other products. With the Missha, I felt like I rushed to apply moisturizer on top because it dried really quickly and the air right now is so dry. With the Innisfree essence, I can take my time.

Overall, I really like both products! Although I have enough of the Innisfree Soybean Essence to last me for the next few months, I’m thinking about buying a full bottle of the Missha FTE just so I can mix it up a little. I’m really glad I tried them both – essences will be a permanent addition to my skincare routine!


An Illustrtated Guide to Skincare Conversion

When I first started my skincare journey, I didn’t know what was what and where to put it. Once I figured out what things were, I still didn’t know in what order to apply these cool, new (to me) Asian skincare products or how I can incorporate them into my knowledge of a typical Western skincare routine. It seems that everyone is talking about the infamous 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine, but that’s a lot to process for someone just getting their feet wet. Maybe I don’t even want a huge arsenal of products …

A person that’s newly discovering Asian skincare typically starts off by trying 1 or 2 new products. My friends usually start with products that are not already in their routine; which usually means essences and serums. Their initial routine looks like a mixture of both Western and Asian products, and like myself, they’re left to wonder in what order to put things on. Although, I’m far from being an expert in this area, I’ve spent a whole lot of time figuring things out. I’m a visual person, so I ended up constructing an illustrated guide. It incorporates Asian skincare products into a Western skincare routine.

An Illustrated Guide to Incorporating Asian products Into Your Skincare Routine

An Illustrated Guide to Incorporating Asian products Into Your Skincare Routine

One of the most confusing aspects of Asian skincare is the terminology. Asian products are translated to English, and each country uses a different word for the same product. For instance, a moisturizer can be called an emulsion, milk, or lotion. But a lotion in Japan usually means a moisturizing toner, which is the same as what Koreans call skin. It’s all very confusing! To further add to the confusion, these skincare products, both Asian and Western, are constantly evolving – they no longer fall into just one category. Therefore, they can’t be defined just by their name or category, but by function. With this in mind, the labels I’ve used and the order I’ve placed them, is the commonly recommended sequence. I’ve separated essences from serums and ampoules, but the line that distinguishes them are sometimes blurred. One can argue that an eye cream goes after a lotion and not before, but it’s really just a matter or preference.

Now that I’ve sampled a few products, I’m pretty sure I don’t want a 10-step routine! Currently, my nightly routine consists of five steps: 1) cleanser 2) first treatment essence 3) moisturizing toner 4) spot treatment 5) cream. But I also incorporate sheet masks, pore strips, and exfoliate, but not on a daily basis. I’m interested in trying sleep masks and I’m intrigued by serums/ampoules (although I’m not sure if my ultra sensitive skin can take it). I strongly believe that a skincare routine should be tailored to individual lifestyles and needs. I hope that this basic guide will help in the process of discovering which products are right for you.