[INGREDIENT FOCUS] Green Tea

I wanted to start this new series where I pull together a collection of K-beauty products which contain a key ingredient that is (supposedly) great for your skin, because I realize that certain ingredients have worked wonders for my skin – so why not create a shopping list of sorts, right? I’m putting in this list products that I’ve either tried, or really want to try because of the star ingredient, so do share in the comments if you have tried any of these and which you would highly recommend 🙂

Read on to find out what which products contain this month’s special ingredient – green tea!


We’ve probably all heard about how great green tea is for your body at some point in time – some even credit green tea for the Japanese population’s longevity. But if you may have discovered by now, green tea is also another ingredient commonly found in K-beauty products – especially your sheet masks.

According to Paula’s Choice,

Research has established that topical application of green tea leaves or extracts have many benefits for skin, including anti-aging properties. The polyphenols in green tea possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one of the active constituents of green tea believed to be responsible for its many health and appearance benefits, both orally and topically.

If you’re looking for green tea in your personal care products it may be listed by its Latin name, cameillia sinesis. It is a gentle antioxidant that is among the most well researched and impressive in terms of its many benefits; however, it’s not the best or the only antioxidants to look for, so stick with products that contain several antioxidants.

If you are interested to find out more about how green tea can help your skin, check out this useful website.

Now that you are more or less convinced of green tea’s healing properties, let’s move on to the products!


Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

Okay so technically it’s the seed we’re using here, but the effects are just as good! This is a bestseller in Innisfree so most K-beauty fans would have heard of this ‘holy grail’ product before – I actually do have this, use it in my skincare routine regularly, and would love to repurchase this once it’s emptied.


Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick

One of my favourite beauty websites is Soko Glam, hands-down. I love the blog and the K-beauty curation – almost like a K-beauty version of Into The Gloss. So this product is actually created by Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho, and is supposed to be a travel-friendly, all-in-one cleanser. Here’s the part that really got me interested:

Winner of the 2017 Teen Vogue Acne Awards and deemed “one of the coolest creations to come out of Korea,” the Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick is a travel-friendly, all-in-one cleanser, created by Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho. Formulated with 13 natural oils to breakdown makeup, natural green tea leaves to exfoliate and a low pH to gently cleanse your skin, this cleanser will lead the way to brighter, clearer skin.

Winner of what?? Okay you must realize by now that I’m quite doubtful of award-winning stuff, but I looked at the reviews and I’m pretty sure that this product must have something to it if 194 of customers gave an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Definitely bookmarking for the day that I finally get around to buying stuff from Soko Glam.


Nature Republic Botanical Green Tea Pore Powder

This immediately reminded me of Innisfree’s No-Sebum Mineral Powder – heck, the packaging and colour even look the same! To me it feels like this one from Nature Republic is positioned to offer something a bit different from Innisfree (which uses Jeju originated mineral and natural mint) with this addition of green tea, but this may not be a bad thing. I’m keeping this for future reference when I finish using my 3 containers’ worth of Innisfree powder.


The Face Shop REAL NATURE Face Mask Green Tea

I included this as a personal favourite – I know many brands offer green tea as a staple ingredient in sheet masks, but not all brands do their masks as well as TFS does. If you’re testing out how green tea works on your skin (whether you may be sensitive to it, etc.), this mask is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to see if green tea is for you.


My list ends here for now – will update accordingly over time on more green tea products which I think are fantastic. However, if you have any good recommendations on K-beauty products containing green tea, please let me know! 😀

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[THIS VS THAT] Buying K-beauty products on Shopee SG: Lowest Price Guaranteed

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored by Shopee in any way!!

I am purely doing this blog post because I buy lots of makeup and skincare products from Shopee. I find that there are quite a lot of stuff that is heavily discounted, and I do share this with friends, but I’ve had friends asking me about how much discount there is etc. I figured they wouldn’t be the only ones interested in finding out, and it would be cool to compile a list of popular stuff from Shopee and see how much you can save!

I’ll be comparing the prices of 5 products that have been identified by Shopee as Lowest Price Guaranteed so you can see the the maximum savings you can get. Most of the stuff are also labelled as guaranteed to be 100% authentic, so you don’t have to worry that you’re buying a counterfeit because everything is cheaper.


3CE Mood Recipe Multi Eye Colour Palette Eyeshadow

Shopee: SGD 31.90

Stylenanda Official Website: USD 41 (SGD 56.39)

Savings: SGD 24.49

While 3CE retails in Sephora stores, not all their products are available, so you have to order them from their international website – or not, with savings of more than SGD 20 on Shopee. WOW. I’m not sure how much this retails in their Korean stores but if you’re just looking to order it online, why would you not order this from Shopee instead right?


MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence/ Ampoule

Shopee: SGD 29.90

MISSHA SG: SGD 79.90

Savings: SGD 50.00

This gets more and more mind-blowing. This product from MISSHA is said to be a dupe for SKII – it is cheaper than SKII, but the original price is still rather difficult for anyone to fork out immediately. But savings of more than 50% on Shopee? HOW???


Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Fit Cushion

Shopee: SGD 25.50

Guardian: SGD 47.00

Savings: SGD 21.50

I’ve seen a lot of advertisements for this product on my Facebook feed and I do have to say that the videos always show this cushion working miracles on acne-filled skin. I always thought SGD 47 was pretty expensive… until I saw this on Shopee. Definitely putting this onto my wishlist.


Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling

Shopee: SGD 16.90

Soko Glam: USD 27.00 (SGD 37.19)

Savings: SGD 17.29

This brand has been popping up quite often, so I went to search more about it online and I found some really cool facts from Wiki:

  1. The company was founded by Herbert D. “Ted” Doan and James L. Herbert in 1981 as an investment project by Michigan State University.
  2. In 2009, it became a vendor of the Chinese government and has been engaged in researching China-specific food safety and plant health issues.

Anyway it’s not available in SG (I think), so if you want to buy from an ‘official’ site it would probably be Soko Glam… but Shopee beat it with savings of almost SGD 20. Whew.


MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream

Shopee: SGD 13.40

Peach & Lily: USD 20.00 (SGD 27.55)

Savings: SGD 14.15

I rave quite a bit to my friends about snail mucin being a miracle ingredient, but products made from that are usually on the pricier side. This product is definitely more affordable, but it never hurts to get a bit more savings, right? 😉

[TIPS] K-beauty products for makeup beginners

When I first started using makeup (which was actually in December 2016), I was absolutely confused. I bought my first makeup products in Korea, and I completely had no idea what I was looking for. BB cream? Eyeliner? Eyebrow pencil? Lipstick? Those were probably the only 4 I knew, and even so I didn’t know which brands and which products were good. I struggled through my first few products because the application wasn’t always great, and some products just didn’t do well on my skin.

In this post, I’ve recommended products which I personally feel are a) worth every cent, b) easy for beginners to use, and c) basic products that most people would use, so I’ve excluded stuff like highlighter, contour etc. Do read on! 🙂


Primer: banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating (SGD 25)

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I didn’t use primer early in my makeup journey, and if you’re on a really tight budget, I honestly think you can skip this step. While the brand is not available in Singapore (officially), you can either get it on Althea, other E-commerce platforms like Shopee, or even in Malaysia. This primer is really good for ensuring your skin stays moisturized and that your makeup stays in place – great for most skin types.


Foundation: Innisfree Skinny Fit Foundation (SGD 29)

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They weren’t joking about the skinny cover fit in this product, which is why I love using this. I think this foundation has really good coverage, stays on for long without much oxidizing, and feels very light on the skin. There are a few downsides of course, such as lack of shades available and low SPF, but generally still good for its price.


Setting powder: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (SGD 10)

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Never thought before that you need setting powder to lock in your makeup and keep oil under control? You’ll know what you’re missing out on once you get around to trying this. This is a holy grail product of most K-beauty bloggers. Perfect dupe for more expensive setting powders in Sephora, smells great, and is cheap!! One small tub can last you for months on end, so imagine how much value you’re getting out of your $$$$. This is actually much cheaper on sites like Althea, and of course in Korea (bought 3 for around SGD 10, just imagine). This powder sets your makeup for you to go from dawn to dusk, and prevents your skin from becoming an oil well.


Eyebrow pencil: Etude House Drawing Eye Brow (SGD 5.90)

No product photo as of yet, sorry!!

This eyebrow pencil from Etude House is another product frequently touted for its great quality and low price. This was the first eyebrow pencil I used, and I stuck to this for more than one year before I tried the Shu Uemura Hard Formula. I love it because it is seriously very cheap, can last for very long, and is super easy to use. If you thought drawing eyebrows is going to take you at least 30 minutes, this product will certainly change your mind.


Eyeshadow + Blush: Innisfree My Palette (SGD 8/colour)

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My colours look like I’m confused (I was, kinda – when I bought this, I was sneezing my head off at the store like no one’s business) but actually I found this very useful for doing a whole face of makeup haha. The browns, in particular, are very useful for doing both eyeshadow and contour. I like the pigmentation and how easy it is to blend, which is especially useful for beginners who can’t deal with chalky, tough eyeshadow (actually no one can).

This is slightly pricier at $8 per cube/colour, but I think that a nice brown is a good investment because it works as both eyeshadow and contour.


Eyeliner: TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner (SGD 15.90)

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Some people don’t do eyeliner, but some people live by it. If you’re a beginner, please don’t jump straight into liquid/gel liners. Even I still struggle with them and stick to pencils 90% of the time 😦 This one from TFS is one of my favourites because it really glides on your eyelids easily, and is smudge-proof & waterproof. No one will be able to tell that you’re just starting out in makeup if you get your eyeliner on point, and this product definitely can do that for you.


Lipstick: Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet (SGD 6.90)

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The truth is that there are many great lip products out there, but one that is particularly noteworthy is this product from Peripera, famed for its lip tints. Gradient lip? Full lip look? Last you from one meal to the next? This one’s got you covered for just SGD 6.90.


Total spending: SGD 100.70

This amount looks terrifying (yes, makeup is unfortunately really expensive), but I’ll further streamline this for you by cutting out the eyeshadow+ blush, and primer:

Total spending: SGD 67.70

It’s definitely still a big sum, but this is money that you can consider a good investment because you will use it well – trust me, these products won’t be left untouched on the shelf just after one use,  unless you bought a shade you don’t like.

Are there any products here that you also used when you first started doing makeup, or that you agree are great for beginners? Let me know in the comments!