Neogen is a very popular skincare brand in South Korea for its very innovative products like their cleansing pads, real fresh cleansers, sunscreen sticks and more. Last year, they collaborated with Charlotte Cho, who runs Soko Glam, The Klog and wrote The Little Book of Skincare, to come out with a cleansing stick. Since I really trust Charlotte Cho’s insight about the world of beauty, when she revealed the cleansing stick and gave a brief on it on The Klog, I was 100% sold. It went straight into my k-beauty wishlist and it was the first thing I bought when I arrived in Seoul in December.

So, what are my thoughts on it? Let’s start with a product background.

The concept behind this product is a travel-friendly cleanser with a low pH that could be more effective at removing make-up and helping with inflammation and acne. This product is supposed to be so gentle that it doesn’t strip away most of your natural oils, doesn’t leave your skin dry and tight and almost eliminate the need for double cleansing. It should also help with gentle exfoliation with the presence of real green tea leaves in the cleansing stick. I know, everything about this sounds super dreamy and ideal, almost too dreamy to be true.

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When I was 15 years old, I would get pesky little whiteheads so I don’t think I’ve ever had clear skin from that point on. I would get more and more pimples as the days went by and it wasn’t until my Mom told me I should see a doctor that I realize I have an acne problem. I was 16 years old and I knew nothing about skincare. It didn’t help that my Mom wasn’t a skincare pro either so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do about my skin and what works. So, at the age of 16, I started seeing a dermatologist.

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I’m always late on beauty trends (because I’m not a beauty blogger) but when I do get to try them, I like to give my two cents. The Etude House Double Lasting Foundation is a product that I’ve been wanting to try until I visited Seoul and picked up my own bottle. I tried it out straight away, in the cold and dry winter air and came back to test it out in the heat and humidity. I thought it would be helpful if I provide you with my thoughts and opinions on it so let’s jump right into it.

The one thing I remember about this foundation when I picked it up was that it has really good coverage, and I agree, it definitely has decent coverage. I like to gradually build up my coverage so what I love about this product is that it starts out as pretty light-medium coverage then as you build it up, it can go as far as medium-full coverage. This depends on how much you apply the product and whether you apply it with a brush or a make-up sponge. I’ve tried both methods and I definitely think you’ll be able to achieve better coverage with a make-up sponge, especially if you dot it on your face and stamp it around with the sponge. With that said, this has medium-full buildable coverage. Of course, this depends on how much coverage you need, how much you would typically apply etc.

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I’ve never been a fan of k-beauty, mostly because I’ve always avoided it. The thing with Korean beauty is that, a lot of the things that they have in the market are not at par with what my skin needs. A lot of Korean beauty products that I’ve tried in the past just didn’t work as well as I wanted them too, especially with my oily and very acne prone skin, I need more than just revitalisation, hydration, silky smooth skin and other things that Korean beauty products are usually catered towards. Another side of K-beauty that I hate is it’s really colour blind so it’s difficult to find base make-up that matches my skin tone or, the make-up isn’t pigmented enough because they are catered to fairer skin tones. Thus, the pigmentation doesn’t show up very well on my skin.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in Sarawak so I’m not exposed to K-beauty or if K-beauty itself have improved throughout the years that I’ve been absorbed in Western beauty.

When I visited Seoul in May, I picked up a few beauty items, both skincare and make-up, which had good reputation and most of them have worked really well so far. After I came back from Seoul, I started doing more research on K-beauty, started watching more Seoul based beauty Youtubers, started reading K-beauty blogs. I feel like I’ve been exposed to a whole other world of beauty and I’m so excited to go back in December and explore more K-beauty items.

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When I was in Seoul, I decided to put more effort into making myself up and looking pretty to fit into the well-dressed society. The make-up routine I did for 10 days in Seoul eventually stuck with me and I haven’t been doing anything differently since. Before, I would usually slap on foundation, powder and lipstick then I would be good to go but now, my make-up routine is slightly more extensive and I’ve been having good make-up days for the past month.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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I’m sorry if I’ve really been piling on the beauty posts but I haven’t had the time to properly sit at a restaurant while I sort out the anxiety levels my final papers are giving me. Regardless of being swamped by textbooks and revision notes, I’m really keen on giving you my thoughts on some of the products I got when I visited the Tony Moly grand opening a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t seen that post, click here!

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I haven’t gone shopping for so so so long since I started saving up for my trip to South Korea this May so when I heard Tony Moly was opening at VivaCity Megamall Kuching, I was very intrigued. I was invited by Tony Moly Malaysia themselves to come and celebrate the opening of yet another Tony Moly store in Kuching, which made me feel very flattered and honored. We had drinks (Cola and Sprite ok), h’ordeuvres, we were shown a Korean make-up demonstration and given time to shop!


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Since July, I’ve been having minor breakouts due to the haze, which left a ton of scarring and pigmentation on my skin. In December, I was on a mission to help my breakouts and I’m so relieved to say that by January, my skin was doing a lot better. I still had minor breakouts on my forehead due to stress, my cheek due to dirty make-up brushes (guilty as charge!) and more hormonal ones on my skin but with acne, I try to be a bit more patient. By then, I was determined to help my scars and pigmentation. I considered getting the Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, which I used in 2013 and did wonders for me, but it’s a bit too expensive for my budget. RM226 for a bottle? I can’t imagine having to repurchase a bottle when I’m broke. So, I’ve been looking high and low for a good serum that works for my skin and my wallet at the same time.

This Clinica Acne serum promises to help treat acne, clear up scarring and reduce inflammation. I usually wouldn’t buy anything from what I see on social media but I’ve been following Filzah Razak for a while and when she mentioned this serum on her Instagram, it never left my mind. Eventually, I bit my tongue and got it, all 15ml of it for RM90 (price can vary, depending on seller).

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