First Impressions: Christmas Skincare Routine 2017

Happy New Year everyone and I hope your festive period was fun and relaxing. Apologies for the delay, but I’m back with a batch of my first impressions for my post: “Christmas Skincare Routine 2017“. I initially planned to write about these products individually, but as I was using them during my visit home, most of these products really needed more than just a one-time use to write longer, comprehensive posts about them. However, I didn’t want to let my notes go to waste – I made sure to take a notebook back with me so I didn’t forget anything – so I plan to batch them together into one post today. Of my samples that I could get a slightly longer use out of, I plan to write separate first impressions of though, so please look forward to that as I continue taking notes for the time being. Without further ado though, let’s jump in.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

To kick it off, I want to talk about the Skinfood Broccoli Toner. Off the name alone, the idea of broccoli in a skincare product sounds really unusual to me, but I didn’t let that put me off. My first big gripe is that the sachet didn’t have enough to really apply to the entire face so I’d like to try this product again with a larger sample just from that alone. However, where I could apply it, it softened my skin leaving it smooth after it absorbed into the skin, which was almost immediately.

The consistency was very watery, so I can see this being great for all skin types, including sensitive skin – as it was very light, and didn’t feel like it was overwhelming my skin. As far as I could tell, there wasn’t a scent to the product, which I was quite happy about.

I mentioned that I wanted a larger sample of this product to try, and this is to see how this works longer term – it felt really refreshing and I didn’t notice any drawbacks aside from just not having enough of it to apply to my entire face.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

Next, is the COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion, which I expressed a lot of intrigue about. COSRX as a brand is very interesting to me, so I packed this sachet with some expectations.

Unlike the toner I talked about above, this sachet had more than enough for one application, with a gel-liquid consistency. I can see it being very good for oilier skin types because of the mild gel consistency, but I don’t think it would be exclusive to just oily skin.

I found it really softened my skin and mildly exfoliated the really minor rough areas of my skin. This included some minor flaking on old acne scars and slightly peeling areas around my nose and between my forehead – but doesn’t exfoliate everything away. I found that it was capable of extending my skin an extra day before needing to use a facial scrub again, which I consider a positive – I stretching those days very difficult as my oily/acne prone skin gets congested easily, but because my skin is also mildly sensitive, exfoliating too often can make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable. I think this is another product I really want to sample or just buy outright to see how it works long-term.

My only gripe, and it is a minor one, is the medicinal scent when applying it, but it fades very quickly. I’m more relieved that I didn’t find it nauseating or uncomfortable, as I personally can put up with it because it does fade away so quickly. So overall, I’m quite pleased.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

Moving on to the next product, I used my sachet of the Rizette Magic Whitening Glow Serum in Cream. Rizette as a brand is new to me, but I wanted to try out the sample as it claims on the sachet to “brighten[s] and helps illuminate dull skin tone” which my skin has definitely been like lately.

The sachet also claims it’s a gel type cream, but I found it was much more water-based. I don’t find this to be a bad thing, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. The cream itself is heavily white-based, with shimmers – I’m assuming from the “fine capsules” that are meant to create that brightening effect it claims to do.

Applied to the skin, it creates a very mild white cast at first, but patting and blending it into the skin makes it fade very quickly – at least on my very pale skin tone. I’m guessing the white cast is by design to create that ‘whitening’ effect on the skin. I’m relatively indifferent about it, my skin is naturally pale and it didn’t whiten my skin since it’s already very pale, but if you do have more colour to your complexion, you may not like this cream.

While I wasn’t a fan of the shimmers in the cream (I think immediately of my poor pores that will suck that up) I didn’t find it to be pore-clogging, and it did make my skin very dewy looking. So if you’re a fan of the Korean dewy skin look, this is worth considering, especially if you’re more low maintenance and want days where you don’t need to use highlighters or base makeup to get that glowy look.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

Keeping up the pace, the next skincare product I used was the Tony Moly Prestige Jeju Snail Essence. This was one of the more interesting products for me, as the texture was this odd gooey yet watery consistency. It was fun but alarming as it meant to time to mess around as it runs off your skin. It absorbed really quickly into the skin and I think this is an essence really ideal for drier skin types. However that said, I don’t think it’s entirely unreasonable for oilier skin types either, because it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. I do want to try this again and see how it works long-term particularly for winter time, so if I’m clever around late autumn of 2018, I’ll try to order this if it’s still available.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

Next, I want to talk about my experience with the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream, which during my packing to go home, I mistook for the Panda’s Dream hand cream samples I also packed with me. In the end it turned out to be a blessing as I needed one extra day cream to get my through, so my misreading of the sachets ended up working out in my favour.

This is the only sachet that I ended up using that I felt didn’t work properly for my skin. Like the Rizette Cream I talked about earlier it has a white based formula, but this specific cream has a very strong white cast that even on my pale skin was just too much. Couple with how heavy it felt on my skin it was very clear it wasn’t a good fit for oilier skin types. I think it aims to whiten skin in the same way the Rizette Cream does, but for me it was too much. I think this cream would work better for drier skin types, but I personally don’t advise using it. But I also suggest reading other reviews from bloggers who have drier skin types as they may have a different perspective.

I feel a little sad to have such a negative first impression of this product, as I was looking forward to trying it, but I don’t regret it.

Christmas 2017 First Impression

We’re nearly at the end, but before that, I want to talk about the Tony Moly Nutra Energy Foam Cleanser. I normally avoid foam cleansers, but I haven’t tried any Korean ones before, and so I wanted to give this sachet a chance instead of just throwing it away.

Off the bat, rip a sachet before you get into the shower/bath – it was a nightmare tearing this open with wet hands, so that’s just some advice for anyone who might need it. Let me spare you from learning that the hard way, haha.

There is a fair bit packed into what was a fairly flat sachet, but you only the tiniest amount for it to lather up. I was extremely surprised and a little bit overwhelmed by how potent it was. It was really pleasant to apply to the skin, it left my skin feeling really smooth after washing it all off. Using this in the shower, it was quite easy to make sure it all washed off, but I think if you were to use it over the sink, you might have issues, because it lathers up so much it’s easy for it to get in the hairline. I also had issues of it running into my eyes and even seeping into my mouth – so I strongly advise caution. It was likely my fault though – I haven’t used a foam cleanser in years and it caught me off guard.

I do think the cleanser itself is on the milder end though – I didn’t find it over-dried my skin, but I think that’s partially because I used only a tiny amount. I’m not sure how this would work with the full sized product though, so I may research into this product further down the line when I need to replace my cleanser. For now though, I have a large stash of backups to work through.

Finally, and regretfully I either forgot to take a photo or it was lost between my trip and now, but I want to talk about my first impression of the Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, which you can get an image of from my original post here.

It has a gel-watery consistency that leaves a light layer on the skin initially, but it dries down until all tackiness of the product is gone. I was originally a bit turned off by this, but I think this would be fine if I incorporated this into my night time routine where I don’t have any time-based pressures to worry about.

This completes my batch of first impressions from my trip home for the Christmas period. I hope this post was enjoyable and I hope you’ll read some of my other posts I have planned for this week. I planned to talk about my The Body Shop products I took back with me as well, but I passed on the facial peel to my lovely mum, and the mask I initially described as the Himalayan mask was actually an exfoliating mask, which I couldn’t get enough use out of to form a good first impression. By the time you read this though, I will have edited in a correction on my original post though, unless you happen to be very quick at reading and beat me to it.

All other tangents aside, thank you for taking time to read my very long post today, and I wish you good health and happiness.

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