Building up my Asian Beauty Collection: RoseRoseShop

Ever since I discovered Asian beauty products last September, I’ve been on the hunt for both the best cosmetic and skincare products from around the region. It’s a well-known fact that Western cosmetics are more well-received here in Asia, with most women ‘moving up’ the ladder from normal drugstore cosmetics to brands like Chanel and YSL. It’s definitely influenced my choices; the couple of years before that, I’d been in and out of Sephora countless times.

I thought the Asian 6/8/10/12-step skincare regime was fairly ridiculous – I mean, can you imagine spending an hour on just your skincare at night!? I couldn’t even be bothered with a Western moisturizer in the past; my mother would force her thick, sticky, uncomfortable creams on my face when we were in travelling in Winter countries, and I would begrudgingly smear it on my face. Before discovering Asian beauty products, I thought skincare had to be so… gross, for a lack of a better word.

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I made an order right after my final exams in November, and the giant package arrived about 3 weeks later (even though I had ordered EMS). While that was fairly disappointing, RRS kept in constant contact with me and was efficient in dealing with all my issues, i.e. the slow delivery + the 3 out of stock items (Mizon Snail Ampoule, Good Night White Sleeping Mask, missing Baroness Collagen Mask Sheet). I was satisfied with their service, but I may possibly be sticking with TesterKorea in future due to their more balanced shipping prices.

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As you can see, I hauled pretty big on this one – and you may notice that there are no free samples! :O Apparently, RRS doesn’t always hand out free sachet/deluxe samples – they may provide you with some free products. My ‘free sample’ this time was the Aloe Modeling Mask Pack on the top right – it looks fairly generous to me! It was definitely a pleasant surprise πŸ™‚


MizonΒ All-In-One Snail Repair Cream, Aloe 90 Soothing Gel, Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream, Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream

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I got the various low-priced creams from Mizon to try out. I also ordered the Good Night White Sleeping Mask (Tube), but they shipped it without cause it was OOS 😦

Of these tubes, I’ve tried the top 2 (the bottom 2 shall only be opened when I’m done with more stuff!) – the All In One Snail Cream for it’s magical/amazing/fantabulous absorbing properties, and the Aloe Vera Gel when I was in Taipei and Hong Kong, as a body gel. I felt as though it was average as a soothing gel; it didn’t penetrate the surface of my skin, but instead it only moisturized the surface. Of course, I’ve also tried the famous Snail Recovery Gel.

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Mizon Collagen Power FIrming Eye Cream, Snail Repair Eye Cream

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I first started using eye creams last year, when I got a small sample of the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – and it was. It stung my eyes, and I didn’t really like it in a tiny jar – so I got milder Asian eye creams πŸ™‚ I’m already working on the first tube of Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream, more for future preventive measures. Apparently, eye creams don’t work magic on my sort of dark eye circles – the dark, purpley ones that just don’t seem to go away no matter what you do. Eye creams typically only show results after 6 months or so of consistent use, so there’s that anyway. I have however heard rave reviews of the Snail Repair Eye Cream, so after I’m done with the Collagen I suppose I’ll have higher hopes with the Snail-y goodness πŸ™‚

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Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence

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My mum has been an avid user of SK-II since… ever, so I’d heard about the benefits of Galactomyces/whatever yeasty ferment products are good for your skin. Over in r/AB, Missha’s Time Revolution FTE and ‘ANR’ are totally raved about – so I decided to go for the cheaper Mizon option for now, as I don’t really want to drop $70 on both products (I found it for ~$65 on Qoo10!). While I’ve read that some people have had amazing results after using this for a couple of days, I didn’t notice any special glow or whatnot – in fact, you already know I have issues with fragranced products, and this smells ofΒ GINGER. Ick! After a week of use, I’m fairly neutral about it – I’m sure I’ll be able to review this better after longer, more consistent use though.

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Mizon Multi 24 Enrich Magic Salve

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I have not tried this yet, but this seems like it has the consistency of a typical balm. I purchased this as a balm for cracked heels, but I’ve found another cream that works well in the meantime so I likely won’t be opening this anytime soon. It doesn’t have any strong scent.

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It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors

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When I first saw this series on the ‘special care’ section on TesterKorea, I was super excited to try these out! This series of It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors seemed so cool – they’re cheap (~6000krw / SGD$8), comes in a wide variety, and are perfect to treat various skin concerns at one go – but they were a huge disappointment for me. I actually ordered more of these in the whole series, but 75% of them were actually HEAVILY FRAGRANCED. To the point that when I patch-tested these, the product’s fragrance was so overwhelming it was literally all I could smell – IΒ had to wipe the gunk off my face 😦

I only decided to keep 6 of them, for various reasons:

  • The LI (Licorice) Effector is unscented, and should help with lightening some PIH on my face.
  • The GF (?????????) Effector is also unscented, and should help with soothing redness (sunburns? I doubt I’ll ever get any now that I’m so invested in suncare)
  • The Syn-Ake’s scent was bearable, and I read pretty good reviews of it online. It’s part of the 2 in their ‘premium’ line, along with the Propolis which I sold
  • The VC (Vitamin C) actually smells of lemon. Which is fine. I also wanted to try a milder VC serum (after BFF suggestedΒ against the C20 – she was raving about it when she first got it, but after a couple of months it was like ‘meh it’s okay only’)
  • The VE (Vitamin E). I… actually only kept this because I never asked RRS why my VE effector was full of these flaky things. I couldn’t find many pictures online, and I don’t know whether or not to use it – maybe I’ll drop an email to It’s Skin sometime to confirm this. I won’tΒ even use this for now.
  • The YE (Yeast) Effector is actually the most famous of them all. With the big hype on fermented skincare products in recent years, It’s Skin formulated a Yeast serum to target anti-aging and address hydration. I kept it because the scent was bearable, and it’s the star product – I can’tΒ not give this a try before dismissing the entire line.

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A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Paraffin Pack

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I have not tried this yet, but the instructions say that this tub can be reused 3-4 times. Add hot water/pour it away and it’ll help treat your fingers and nails! Sounds exciting!

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A’Pieu NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patches

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This stuff is amazing. It gets the oil out of my nose overnight – as my bff claims, she ‘uses this like tissue paper’!! These however aren’t as amazing as the 3M hydrocolloid acne bandages; I feel like these two products serve different purposes (those are better for those with pimples with a head). I actually bought 30 of these this time around after using 1 before – no doubt I’m gonna finish them hehe!

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The Face Shop Rice Bright Cleansing Cream

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Did not really like this. I depotted this into a pump bottle from Daiso, and it was just really… oily. Not very cleanse-y, but just oily. Didn’t really get my makeup off either. At least I can use it as a sunscreen remover for my body?

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Miscellaneous 3W Clinic Masks

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These masks were really cheap off RRS! They end up around $4-5 per packet of 10 – which makes it a super good deal. I must however mention that they are…. quite fragranced. I didn’t really try all of them yet, but the fresh milk/white one was really scented! Not good if you’re sensitive to fragranced products.

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Miscellaneous Baroness Masks

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I really liked these masks! I tried on the Collagen one the night I received this haul, and was pleasantly surprised with the quality and how hydrating it was! These, like the 3W clinic masks, were similarly priced – but somehow I felt a lot more satisfied using these masks.

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Modeling Mask: Aloe

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I was a little surprised at first when I saw this at the top of the box, then I realised that this was the free ‘sample’ that RRS provided with my haul! I actually prefer this to the small foil samples they typically send out – those are not very helpful in letting me decide whether I like a product or not. But FYI I have not tried this yet!! Very strange new trend in Korean masks – modeling masks! You get a little bowl and a spatula and you mix some of this powder up with water, and it becomes a paste that you spread on your face. Then it dries up after 20 minutes and you peel it off! I… will try this one day.

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I’ve already been using this stuff for a couple of months, and this was definitely a happy-learning-about-AB haul πŸ™‚

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