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K-Beauty Items For SGD10 & Less

K-Beauty, with a heavy focus on 10-step skincare regimes, natural make-up looks that uses more products than you can count, as well multiple celebrity endorsements, is often viewed as an expensive affair. Indeed, having to keep up with multiple award-winning K-Beauty products doesn’t seem to bode well for your wallet. Luckily, you don’t have to break your bank to get the best of K-Beauty, thanks to these affordable gems:


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

(Watsons SGD5.20, 24 patches)

COSRX is the skincare brand that everyone is talking about, including Youtubers such as Joan Kim, who sings praises of their products in almost all her videos. COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch is one of their star products, and has even had an entire Buzzfeed article dedicated to how effective it is. All you need to do is paste one of these patches on your pimples – the patches absorb oil and dirt from the zits so that they literally flatten and disappear overnight. Miracles do exist, and at an affordable price!

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Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint

(SGD8.90, 4.5g)

You know that a product is truly worth buying when it is awarded an accolade by one of the biggest K-Beauty curators. This tint from Etude House is a 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Award winner for its smooth application, vibrant colour payoff and of course, its lasting power.

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Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

(SGD5.90)

Everyone needs good brows, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive and complicated affair. This product from Etude House not only boasts a triangular-shaped pencil to help you draw from appropriate angles but also a brush to help your eyebrows look naturally on-point.

Read my review of this product here. 

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Innisfree Eco Flower Tint

(SGD10, 10ML)

Lip tints are a lazy people’s answer to surviving long days without any reapplication. Innisfree’s Eco Flower Tint ensures that your lips look as good as when you first applied it, with its long-lasting, beautiful tint. The product also tastes and smells as good as it looks – almost as though you have flowers blooming on your lips.

 Read my review of this product here 

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Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

(SGD10, 5g)

What’s better than an affordable product? An affordable multi-purpose product!

A holy grail item for many beauty bloggers, Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder is guaranteed to win you over with its 10 different uses. Besides functioning as a finishing powder, you can also use it to blot oil from your face throughout the day, prime your eyes, and even freshen up by using it as dry shampoo and deodorant. Talk about maximizing your every cent!

Read my review of this product here.  

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 Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

(SGD7.90, 70ML, Shopee)

Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic products are famous for their effectiveness in cleaning pores without being rough on the skin. Now, you can clean your pores while combating different skin concerns such as rough skin, dryness, dullness etc with the Color Clay Masks. With 7 different mask packs to choose from, this is a godsend for people with combination skin, or those who have multiple problems on the same face.

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[REVIEW] COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads

COSRX is the skincare brand that everyone seems to be talking about, including Youtubers such as Joan Kim, who sings praises of their products in almost all her videos. I knew I had to try it out when I went to Korea, so I bought one of their star products, the One Step Pimple Clear Pads.


Product description

Oil and excess sebum control just got easier. The award-winning COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads are pre-soaked in betaine salicylate and willow bark water to chemically exfoliate without drying out your skin. Active ingredients penetrate deeply into pores to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, which help in controlling breakouts. Not only are they good for the face but also recommended for blemishes on the chest and back..

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90 (MyBeautyMoments)


Ingredient list

Salix Alba(Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide

I did a bit of research on the Internet to find out what this product’s star ingredients (Betaine Salicylate & Willow Bark Water) are supposed to do for your skin:

Betaine Salicylate: A fatty acid-type ingredient derived from plants. Beta-sitosterol occurs naturally in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is similar to cholesterol, which occurs naturally in skin. Applied to skin, it is considered a good moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredient.

Willow Bark: Plant extract that contains salicin, a substance that when taken orally is converted by the digestive process to salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid). The process of converting the salicin in willow bark into salicylic acid requires the presence of enzymes, and is complex. Further, salicin, much like salicylic acid, is stable only under acidic conditions. The likelihood that willow bark in the tiny amount used in cosmetics can mimic the effect of salicylic acid is at best questionable, and, in all likelihood, impossible. However, willow bark may have soothing benefits for skin.

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The first time I used this, the first thought that popped into my mind was how much it smelt like herbs. I think it’s the smell of willow bark – not unpleasant, but not my favourite scent either.

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There are 2 sides of the pad, one is slightly more corrugated for you to “scrub” your skin, and other smoother side for you to wipe off any excess dirt and oil. As far as I have observed, the pads do a really good job in exfoliating. I usually use these after I have washed my face with a cleanser, and I still see traces of dirt on the pads (yikes).

I’ve been using these for a few months (70 pads is really a lot) and I’m still nowhere close to finishing them. You shouldn’t be using them everyday anyway – treat this as the exfoliation step in your skincare, and you should just be exfoliating a few times per week. I can safely say that I’ve seen an improvement in my skin condition. The acne is reduced by a fair bit, and my pores don’t feel quite as clogged as they used to.


Final Verdict

I feel like a lot of skincare products are either a hit or a miss with my sensitive skin, because they are either too mild or too strong. However, I would say that COSRX’s One Step Pimple Clear Pads has been more of a hit with me.

I had a very bad time with acne during my time in Korea due to a cocktail of factors (the weather, terrible eating & sleeping habits, applying makeup almost everyday), but this product really helped me to keep the problem in control.

I think at its retail price, this is pretty reasonable, and is something you should definitely get your hands on if you’re also suffering from breakouts.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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