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CLEANSERS
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DHCDeep Cleansing OilOil cleanser$25 6.7$3.73Really good at getting grits out, but drying
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SkinfoodBlack Sugar Cleansing OilOil cleanser$16 5.7$2.81Gentle, very slippy, emulsifies well, strong lemony scent
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Hada LaboGokujyun Foaming Face WashFoaming cleanser$12 5.4$2.22Self-foaming, gentle, pretty dryingNo
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CeraveHydrating CleanserCream cleanser$10 12$0.83Gentle, hydrating, can't handle too much oil & leaves a film
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Banila CoClean It ZeroBalm cleanser$17 3.4$5.00Gentle, moisturizing, smells great, messy to use
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Banila CoClean It Zero RadianceBalm cleanser$20 3.4$5.88Luxurious and smells great, difficult with spatula
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Hada LaboTokyo Hydrating CleanserFoaming cleanser$8 3.5$2.29Less drying than other HL, no scent, very gentleYes
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Etude HouseReal Art Cleansing Oil MoistureOil cleanser$19 6.7$2.84It's fine, good to use as a travel oil cleanser. Nothing special.
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IopeMoisture Skin Cleansing LotionCream cleanser$19 6.7$2.84
Smells like old lady perfume and clogged my chin something awful
No
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Holika Holika
Skin & Good Cera Steam Cleansing Lotion
Cream cleanser$12 6.7$1.79
Smells great, works okay. Tends to disappear unless you use a ton.
No
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Too Cool For SchoolSitkoza Cleansing GelGel cleanser$8 5.1$1.57
Really solid. Non foaming, easy to use, rinses cleanly. Very much in like.
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Donginbi
Red Ginseng Treatment Cleansing Oil Gel
Gel cleanser$28 8.5$3.29
Truly wonderful. Very strong smell but leaves me clean, soft, and glowing
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A'pieu
Clean Up Herb Source Cleansing Balm
Balm cleanser$12 2.5$4.80LOVE. So good at getting out grits
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Aritaum
Fair Smile Fermentation Cleansing Oil
Oil cleanser$11 5.1$2.16
Super thin texture, smells like baby powder, emulsifies super well and easily
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The Yeon
Ho! Yogo Charm! Clean! Cleansing Gel
Gel cleanser$6 5.1$1.18
I really like it - nice scent, soothing, works well - but the packaging is unusable
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KikumasamuneSkin Care Cleansing GelGel cleanser$10 6.7$1.49A lot like the TCFS Sitkoza but smells like sake and less soothing
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SasatinnieHoney Purifying Gel CleanserGel cleanser$12 3.4$3.53
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Hada LaboGokujyun Cleansing OilOil cleanser$13 6.7$1.94Great. Unscented, not stripping, super effective. A workhorse.Yes
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ACTIVES
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Paula's Choice2% BHA liquidBHA$26 4$6.50
Skin feels smoother and more even; minimal drying; a little greasy
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Paula's Choice8% AHA gelAHA$26 3.3$7.88Sometimes makes skin smoother, sometimes causes irritationNo
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MUAC25% Mandelic Acid PeelAHA$18 1$18.00
1-2x weekly peel - immediate smoothing, even tone, remove roughness
Yes
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MUAC40% Mandelic Acid PeelAHA$25 1$25.00Weekly peel - like 25% but better (no additional irritation)Yes
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MUACMandelic/Salicylic PeelAHA/BHA$18 1$18.00
1-2x monthly peel - very harsh, left with minor burns, but works well
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MUACMandelic Acid tonerAHA$16 8$2.00Alcohol is the second ingredient and it's pretty dryingNo
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PocketdermAcne - tretinoin/azelaic/clindamycinRetinol/Rx
$20 a month
Love the tretinoin; moderate irritation for first 2 weeks
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Pocketderm
Anti-aging - tretinoin/MAP/niacinamide
Retinol/Rx
$20 a month
Not irritating, works amazingYes
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OSTC20 Vitamin C serumVit C$23 1$23.00Doesn't sting, very sticky, no E or ferulicNo
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SkinceuticalsC E FerulicVit C$120 1$120.00Incredible - purged every single CC I had; not stickyI wish
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Kleem OrganicsVitamin C E Hyaluronic Acid serumVit C$30 1$30.00
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Silk Naturals8% AHA tonerAHA$9 4$2.25
It's fine, but harsh - for this level of harshness I'd rather have glycolic
No
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Papa RecipeWhite Flower Clear Up 8% AHA GelAHA$20 3.4$5.88Very effective, not irritating, smells like fish butts
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TONERS AND FIRST ESSENCES
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Hada LaboGokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion MoistHydrating toner$14 5.7$2.46
Gentle, makes masks work better, sticky, doesn't absorb super well
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MisshaThe First Clear TonerHydrating toner$14 4.2$3.33Nothing special, too much stuff to be a pH adjustorNo
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CosrxAHA/BHA Daily Treatment TonerpH adjusting toner$13 5.1$2.55
Gentle, great for removing hard water residue, too low pH to use before actives
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KikumasamuneHigh Moist LotionHydrating toner$12 16.9$0.71BREAKS ME OUT (whiteheads)No
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MisshaFirst Treatment Essence (FTE)First essence$50 5$10.00BREAKS ME OUT (red spots, small whiteheads)No
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GoodalWaterest Tone Up First EssenceFirst essence$25 5$5.00
Smells nice, heavy/occlusive for a FTE, haven't noticed much of an impact
No
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LirikosMarine Triple Treatment EssenceFirst essence$35 4.7$7.45Very watery, soaks in quickly, no noticeable effects
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ESSENCES, SERUMS, AMPOULES, AND OILS
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BentonSnail Bee High Content EssenceEssence$15 2$7.50Moderately moisturizing, not sure it does a tonNo
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ScinicHoney All-In-One AmpouleAmpoule$23 8$2.88Soothing, hydrating, a little sticky, hydration lasts all day
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MizonAll in One Snail Repair CreamEmulsion$19 2.5$7.60BREAKS ME OUT (closed comedones)No
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Banila Co
Miss Flower and Mr. Honey Essence Oil
Essence oil$28 1$28.00
Smells amazing, 1-2 drops makes skin supple and dewy, too heavy for humid days
Yes
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It's SkinPower 10 Formula LI EffectorSerum$11 1$11.00Fine but very sticky and heavy - needs to be only essenceNo
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Nature RepublicBee Venom EmulsionEmulsion$19 5$3.80Kind of greasy but very calming - great for bumpiness
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Mizon
Mela Defense White Capsule Essence
Essence$28 1.7$16.47
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GraymelinPropolis 80 Energy AmpouleAmpoule$27 1.7$15.88Soothing, healing, soaks in quickly, not sticky
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ECHOICEAloe Vera Soothing Gel MistMist$2
Smells great, very soothing, light hydration but not at all sticky, mist isn't very fine
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IopeRevitalizing Lifting SerumSerum$15 1.4$10.71More like an emulsion, but very moisturizing
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Blossom JejuCamellia Soombi Essence OilEssence oil$65 1$65.00Uggghhhh why must the things I love cost so much
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The YeonJeju Canola Honey Essential SerumSerum$14 6.8$2.06Essentially a dupe for Scinic Honey AIO but less sticky
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Ren Guang DoPure Camellia Seed OilOil$12 1.7$6.76YAAAAASSS
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LOTIONS AND CREAMS
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MizonSnail Recovery Gel CreamGel$13 1.5$8.67BREAKS ME OUT (closed comedones)No
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CeravePMCream$12 3$4.00Lighter than other Cerave, very moisturizing, 4% niacinamideYes
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Ceravein the tubThick cream$14 16$0.88Heavy, slightly greasy, super moisturizing
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Sulwhasoo
Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream
Cream$180 2$90.00I don't get it. Smells like ginseng but greasy and doesn't soak inNo
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SulwhasooOvernight Vitalizing MaskSleeping pack$50 4$12.50
Smells amazing, moderately moisturizing, firms and plumps well, pretty heavy
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LaneigeWater Sleeping Pack EXSleeping pack$29 2.7$10.74
Nice, cooling sleeping pack, not super moisturizing but firms and plumps
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Cosrx
Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
Cream$23 1.7$13.53Heavier than Cerave PM but dries smooth and matte
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Skin Ceramic
Donkey Milk Yogurt All-in-One Moisture Gel Cream
Cream$25 3.5$7.14Sticky but holds moisture super well, even in drying A/C
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Dr. Jart+Premium Firming Sleeping MaskSleeping pack$40 1.7$23.53THE ONE.Yes
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SanaSoy Milk Astaxanthin Lifting GelGel$11 1.7$6.47
Amaaazing texture, closer to a serum, moisturizing, a little redness reduction
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Sana
Nameraka Isoflavone Wrinkle Eye Cream
Eye cream$13 0.9$14.44Great, no-nonsense eye cream - soothing, gentle, brightening
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Kuan Yuan LianAloe Moisturizing CreamCream$10 2.7$3.70Light, absorbs quickly, dries matte, the PERFECT summer cream
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Blossom JejuCamellia Soombi Day CreamCream$70 1.7$41.18
Good but not great. Love the whipped texture, works well but not enough to merit the price tag
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The Yeon
Jeju Canola Honey Wrapping Multi Cream
Cream$15 3.4$4.41FAVORITE. The only thing that keeps the flakes at bay.Yes
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The SaemUrban Eco Harakeke Root CreamCream$14 2$7.00
Nice but nothing special - a good-smelling light moisturizing cream
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The Yeon
Water Drop Moisture Intensive Cream
Cream$16 1.7$9.41Made me break out :( will try again later
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SPOT TREATMENTS
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Mario BadescuBuffering LotionCyst spot treatment$19 1$19.00Great at what it does but very drying (alcohol-based)Yes
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Mario BadescuDrying Cream
Pimple spot treatment
$17 0.5$34.00Works pretty well on erupted pimples, but super, super dryingNo
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SUNSCREEN
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Hada LaboUV Creamy GelSunscreen$11 1.8$6.11Absorbs quickly, non-greasy, leaves a real shine
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BioreUV Aqua Rich Watery EssenceSunscreen$10 1.8$5.56Dries matte, absorbs fast, very drying
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Shiseido
Senka Mineral Water UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
Sunscreen$9 1.8$5.00LOVE. Dewy silky finish, non-drying, moisturizingYes
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