“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Dickens wrote, as he made his way through the YesStyle site and found himself confronted with all the K-Beauty joy his little heart could handle, knowing full well the impact it would likely have on his wallet. Probably. At least, that’s how it’s been for me since I found out about Yes Style recently, and now there’s no turning back. I actually found it because I was looking to find a deal on my beloved I’m From Mugwort Mask (review here) and I hit the jackpot as that mask is usually around the £32 mark, but YesStyle had a sale on and it was less than £20, so I picked up a few I’m From Masks, having been so impressed with the Mugwort one, so expect see the featured soon.
Before my mask order had arrived I had already place an order to try some of the K-Beauty bits and bobs, some of which I had heard of and had wanted to try for a while, others that I thought looked gorgeous and just wanted to get my hands on. I realised I was taking a risk but everything in the picture above came in at £37, as I took advantage of offers and promotions, and I was thrilled with my order! The Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is something I’ve read a lot about and really wanted to try, and as they have a smaller, 30ml bottle available for less than a fiver, I definitely had to grab it. Find it here – link.
I love anything designed to really sooth skin – I think all skin is prone to at least a little bit of inflammation, so the more we do to sooth it, the happier it is – and I really liked the sound and look of the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask in the Cucumber variant, although there are 17 other choices, so something for everyone! It was around £2 – apologies for being vague with the prices, but I have a Gold Membership (achieved by leaving reviews on the store) so I’m only shown the Gold level price which has a discount – and you can find the full line-up here – link. I was also given a couple of freebies (not sure why, maybe I met the minimum for certain freebies?!) and these were a Beauty Sponge, which is actually really good, and an Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask.
I’m cream blusher obsessed at the moment, so I picked up a couple of these beautiful Sugarball Cushion Cheek Colour in shades Posy Pink and Juicy Peach, and I love them so much! They’re the dinkiest little pots that are well designed, with little mirrors, little sponge applicators (that sit on their own level, so don’t get all gungy from sitting directly on the product) and the formula itself is pigmented and creamy. These are lovely and I kind of want to collect the other shades, but that would probably be a bit excessive. These are around the five pound mark at the moment, although their full price is closer to £15. Find them here – link.
One thing I always think of when considering K-Beauty is that beautiful, glass-like skin that seems to be the norm for K-Beauty ranges. The Peripera Inklasting Cover Foundation gives you that exact finish, incredibly dewy, almost mirror-like skin that just looks amazing! It also has an SPF30 which I think helps make it a really lovely product. The only problem I have with it is that after 5-6 hours my skin starts to look very dry, which is a shame, but it isn’t a huge issue. It’s around the £10 mark here – link. The other foundation I picked up was the Mother Made The AquaLight CC Cream, which sold me on the SPF50, although I was nervous of the fact that it only comes in one shade. Thankfully, that shade does seem to work for my very pale skin, which makes me think that anyone darker than a MAC25 might struggle. It’s around the £9 mark here – link.
Next up, a couple of eye products, starting with the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow, which is a brow pencil that I picked up purely because there’s a “Grey” shade available and I wanted to see if it would work for me. On first opening, it looks a shade of terrifying gun metal grey, but actually it’s perfect for me and I really like it! The nib is firm so easy to draw in brow strands, plus it comes with a spoolie at the other end too. It’s around £4 here – link. From the same brand, the Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in shade Rose Star – I literally went for this because the shade is like a sparkly, fiery orange, and I thought it looked pretty interesting, plus it was less than £3. Find it here – link.
The final product, is another Etude House goodie, the Dear Darling Water Gel Tint, which I purchased purely because of the way it looks, I mean, look at it! It’s a lip tint shaped like a lolly, and I just needed it in my life. I had zero expectations for it as I thought it was likely to be a product of style rather than substance, but actually, I’m surprised by how much I love it.
It contains a doe-foot applicator and is available in six confusingly named shades. I went for Red Bean Red, which is actually a pinky, cool-toned mauve, and the formula is amazing – it’s like a cross between a very light and hydrating lipgloss and a lip stain, so it’s quite runny, but not so runny that it’s a struggle to apply. The result is amazingly smooth application with a finish that sets slightly on the lips, wears evenly and stays put for ages. Definitely going to pick up at least one more shade soon! Find it here – link – for around £4. Can you believe all of this cost less than £40?!