Good and Bad Skincare Gift Ideas (Video)

Good and Bad Skincare Gift Ideas (Video)

Christmas is coming, which means gift shopping, and skincare gifting is a bit of a controversial topic. I made this video to discuss what sorts of skincare gifts are good and bad, which ones are safe and which ones you should stay away from (unless you hate the person you’re gifting it to). I also included a few suggestions for …

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My Picks from iHerb’s New Korean Beauty Selection

My Picks from iHerb's New Korean Beauty Selection

My Picks from iHerb's New Korean Beauty Selection

iHerb, every Aussie beauty lover’s favourite grocery-store-that-sells-Real-Techniques-for-cheap, now has a Korean Beauty (K-Beauty) section! The prices aren’t too bad compared to other K-Beauty outlets like RoseRoseShop, considering iHerb’s cheap and fast shipping.

The K-Beauty selection is currently quite small (45 items), but it does contain some much-loved classics. Here are my picks:

Banila Clean-It Zero – $17.95 USD (vs RoseRoseShop: $12.63)

This is a classic cleansing balm, which is like a cleansing oil but easier to handle (read more about how cleansing balms work here). Rub it on your face to dissolve greasy sunscreen or makeup, then rinse it off with water – the surfactants in the formula help the oil wash off without extra help! If necessary, you can follow up with another cleanser. Used by itself, it leaves your skin softer than a regular cleanser, thanks to the oil-rich formula. Banila Clean-It Zero contains mineral oil as the main oil, which works well for most people. iHerb also sells the Resveratrol and Radiance versions.

Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream – $14.35 USD (vs RoseRoseShop: $17.99)

This has a whopping 92% snail secretion filtrate, which is amazing at hydrating your skin, and potentially could act as an antioxidant as well (more on snail secretion science here). This cream is lightweight and absorbs quickly, with some great skin-plumping effects. I’ve only tried a small sample of it so far, but once I finish my current snail slime products I’ll be getting this one!

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My Best Daiso Beauty Buys

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I love Daiso. Even when I’m not after anything in particular, I can’t resist wandering through the aisles, just to look at all the shiny Japanese products, all of which can be had for $2.80. I’ve found a lot of gems in there, as well as a lot of duds – here are my favourite beauty buys from Daiso, as well as some disappointments.

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My Favourites

Storage containers – Storage containers are my number 1 Daiso buy. I must have $100 worth of them sitting around at home. I particularly like the clear plastic containers that come in a million different sizes, and the cute flowerpots that are fantastic as make-up brush holders.

Daiso Puff and Sponge Detergent – I still havent’t found a more efficient cleanser for my make-up brushes. This is the bomb-diggity-omb – clean make-up brushes in just a few swirls, and it’s super easy to rinse out.

Mirrors – Where else can you pick up a decent sized mirror for $2.80?

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