22 Jan 2017

Carolyn's Best of Beauty 2016: My Favourite Skincare and Makeup Picks

2016 is another year of trial and error. I have moved on from road store brands like Innisfree, Holika Holika, The Face Shop, Skinfood, Nature Republic, Missha and so on and started to dig into departmental store brands like Primera, Sum:37, Belif, Kose, Biotherm, and so on as well as tonnes of online brands. I discovered newer favourites, but also kept some of my old favourites on my wardrobe this year. Not all of the products shown below are full size bottles. Some are miniatures that I have used for at least 2 weeks and found them not suitable for my skin or less convincing for me to buy the full size bottle. You can check out my 2015 favourites here!



Foundation / Base / Corrector


  • Banila Co It Radiant CC Cream SPF30/PA++ ★★★★
  • Banila Co White Wedding CC Cushion ★★★
  • Belif Aqua Gel Oil ★★★
  • Missha The Style Under Eye Brightener ★★★★

This is not a makeup year for me, hence I did not try out a lot of makeup items. My favourite foundation or base makeup in 2016 is Missha The Style Under Eye Brightener. It has good coverage, is pretty cheap and can last a long time. It is also not drying unlike most other concealers. My skin tone is around N21 and this concealer fits my skin tone really well without cakiness. I also enjoy Banila Co CC Cream although this product might be a little drying on your face especially if you have dry skin type. The cc cream has a powdery finish when you spread it out especially if you have opened it for a long time. The pros of course is the natural radiant effect it creates but it has major downsides of accentuating your fine lines and wrinkles if you have dry skin.

Body Moisturizers / Hand Moisturizers


  • Beyond Body Healing Moisturizer ★★★★
  • Illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion ★★★★★
  • Illi Total Aging Care Smoothing Lotion ★★★★
  • Innisfree Gardenia Blossom Perfumed Body Lotion ★★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Camellia Butter Body Lotion ★★★★
  • Innisfree Mini Bamboo Hand Cream ★★★☆
  • Mamonde Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel ★★★
  • Missha Love Secret Hand Cream #Cotton White ★★★☆
  • Rosken Dry Skin Cream ☆
  • The Body Shop French Lavender Massage Oil ★★★☆
  • The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter ★★★☆
  • The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion ★★☆

My favourite body moisturizer in 2016 is Illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion. Although I also enjoy Beyond and Innisfree body lotions but this Illi one is the best. It is basically a body oil with a velvety and bouncy oil-lotion texture. It blends out smoothly on the skin leaving a soft finish and enticing scent. Despite its oil content, it doesn't leave an annoying greasy finish on the skin like Rosken and most other Guardian or Watson's drugstore brands.

First Serum / Treatment Essence


  • Belif Numero 10 Essence ★★★★★
  • Belif The True Tincture of Chamomile ★★★★☆
  • Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Lotion ☆
  • Hanyul Optimizing Serum ★★★☆
  • Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum ★★★★
  • Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence ★★☆
  • Laneige Clear-C Advanced Effector ★★★☆
  • Lirikos Marine Triple Treatment ★★★★☆
  • Mamonde First Energy Serum ★★☆
  • Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence  Intensive ★★★★☆
  • Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum_EX ★★★★
  • Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum ☆

I have a lot of favourites in this category, but they can be mainly divided into first serum and first treatment essence. It is hard for me to pick my favourite in this category since there are several. I love how these products are lightweight yet have multiple functions such as hydrating, moisturizing, soothing, brightening and anti-aging.

My favourite first serum or boosting serum is Belif Numero 10 Essence. This product has a watery gel consistency that turns into water essence once it melts on your skin. It is a gentle skin softener and hydrator which pumps loads of moisture into the skin making it soft and silky. I like this better than Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum and Sulwhasoo First Serum.

As for first treatment essence or boosting essence, my favourite is Lirikos Marine Triple Treatment. This stands out among the rest because this is a hydrating and moisturizing essence without weird scent and can prep it for better absorption. It may not be brightening but I like how it makes my skin healthy and comfortable.

Cleanser


  • Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist ★★★★☆
  • Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash ★★★★
  • Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 80% Cleansing Gel Foam ★★★☆
  • Primary Raw Doyouganic Cleansing Soap ★★★★
  • Primera Natural Rich Cleansing Foam ★★★☆
  • Re:cipe Slowganic Lemon Cleanser ★★★
  • SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick ★★★★
  • The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Foam Cleanser ★★★
  • Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash ★★★

My favourite cleanser in 2016 is Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. I have raved about this cleanser many times in my previous review as the most moisturizing and soothing cleanser I have ever used. Unlike cheap foam cleanser that feels soapy and stripping, this Belif cleanser foams up nicely into rich bubbles and doesn't strip the skin off its natural moisture.

Cleansing Water


  • Etude House Real Art No-Wash Cleansing Water #Hydra ★★★
  • Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water ★★★☆
  • Son & Park Beauty Water ★★★★★
  • The Saem Healing Tea Garden Green Tea Cleansing Water ★★★

This is a pretty clear-cut choice for me. My favourite cleansing water in 2016 is Son & Park Beauty Water. In addition to cleansing water, it is also an effective cleansing toner. It hydrates, cleanses, and tones the skin. Sort of like an astringent but far more hydrating than that. It is not effective for heavier makeup though so you'll need a cleansing oil for that. Definitely worth the hype.

Facial Cotton


  • Etude House My Beauty Tool Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ★★★★☆
  • Innisfree  Eco Beauty Tool Premium Cotton Pads 2.0 ☆
  • Missha Premium Dual Cotton Swab ★★★☆
  • Nature Republic Nature Deco Natural Mild Cotton Wipes ★★★★☆
  • The Face Shop Eco Dual Cotton Swabs ★★★★☆
  • The Face Shop Silky & Soft Cotton Pads ★★☆
  • Watsons Premium Non-Woven Facial Puffs ★★★★

Facial cotton or cotton swabs are very important tools for effective makeup or skincare application. Among those I have tried, my favourite facial cotton is Nature Republic Nature Deco Natural Mild Cotton Wipes that comes in 5 different layers. It is made of soft cotton with a coarse exfoliating and a soft patting sides. It is a multifunctional facial cotton you can use as a mini facials or use with a toner.

My favourite cotton swab would be The Face Shop Eco Dual Cotton Swabs with a sharp and a rounder tips. Not only does it help to reach the narrower sides of the skin, it is also useful as a makeup tool. By far the highest quality cotton swabs at reasonable price I have ever tried.

Light-Weighted Cream


  • Primera Watery Oil-Free Gel Cream ★★★☆
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream ★★★★☆
  • Hanyul Rice Skin Essential Emulsion ★★★
  • Biotherm Aquasource Gel ★
  • Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream ★★★
  • Belif The True - Whitening Cream ★★★★☆
  • Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb ★★★★★
  • Kose Sekkisei Herbal Gel ★★★★☆
  • Lirikos Marine Triple Concentrate ★★★☆
  • Namu Life Snail White Cream ☆
  • Secret Key Black Snail Original Cream ☆
  • Primary Raw DoYou Azulene Gel Cream ★★★★☆
  • SU:M37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream ★★★★☆
  • Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX Light ★★★☆

My favourite light-weighted moisturizer in 2016 remains Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb, which is also my favourite last year. None of the moisturizers I used this year beats Aqua Bomb in term of its hydrating and moisturizing properties. However, I do also enjoy several light-weighted moisturizers this year which I wanna share about as well, such as Primary Raw Azulene Gel Cream, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Facial Cream, and Belif The True - Whitening cream. Although not as great as the Belif ones, these are all unique lightweight cream moisturizer that I thoroughly enjoy in 2016. Primary Raw is the most moisturizing one. You'll be amazed by how this seemingly oil free cream manages to lock in and instill moisture onto your skin extremely well. Kiehl's is cooling and hydrating that feels like melted snow water. As for Belif Whitening Cream, it is like the whitening version of the Aqua Bomb. It is slightly less hydrating compared to the others but carries additional whitening benefits and feels velvety on the skin which I like. In short these are thr runner-ups for my favourite light cream in 2016.

Cream / Moisturizer


  • Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream ★★★
  • Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb ★★★★
  • Belif The White Decoction - Ultimate Brightening Cream ★★★★
  • Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum ★★★★★
  • Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum ★★★★☆
  • Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream ★★★☆
  • Goodal Phytochine Acaiberry Brightening Cream ☆
  • Guerisson 9 Complex Cream ★★★
  • Hanyul Seo Ri Tae Anti-Aging Cream ★★★★☆
  • Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream ★★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Cream ★★★
  • J.One Hana Cream ★★★★
  • LJH Tea Tree 80 Cream ★★★☆
  • Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream ★★★
  • Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream ★★
  • Primary Raw DoYou Soy Milk Facial Cream ★★★☆
  • Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream ★★★☆
  • Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX ★★★☆
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream ★

My favourite heavier moisturizer or cream in 2016 is indisputably Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum. This is a highly moisturizing and nourishing moisturizer with a serum consistency that feels surprisingly light-weighted on the skin. By far the only heavy moisturizer with a consistency that I love as much as a light-weighted moisturizer. This is the heavy moisturizer that has the occlusive properties of occlusives like Guerisson 9 Complex Cream and Banila Co honey cream without the greasiness and heaviness of an occlusive. A must have for dry skin folks happen to be a non-occlusive lover.

Exfoliant


  • Belif First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask ★★★☆
  • Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid ★★★★☆
  • Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid ★★★★☆
  • Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads ★★★☆
  • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator ★★★☆
  • Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque ★★★
  • Mediheal Peelosoft XP - Cotton Swab Clear Shot (9% Clear Peel) ★★★☆
  • Primera Facial Intensive Peeling ★★★★☆
  • Primera Facial Mild Peeling ★★★★☆

My favourite physical exfoliant or scrub in 2016 is Primera Facial Intensive Peeling. A lot of people prefer the Mild Peeling Gel over the Intensive one but I personally find the Intensive one is a lot finer and more effective as a physical scrub than the Mild one. This may also be attributable to the fact that I have drier and non-sensitive skin rendering the Mild Peeling Gel unnecessary.

As for chemical exfoliant, my favourite in 2016 is Cosrx BHA Power Liquid. It is hard to choose between AHA and BHA as both have different functions serving different skin types. However, I personally find BHA works better on my blackhead and is gentler on the skin. AHA is drier and its effects on whiteheads is less noticeable compared to the BHA Power Liquid on blackheads. 

Eye Makeup



  • BCL Browlash Water Strong Pencil Liner ★
  • CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner #05 Star Purple ★★★★★
  • Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer #01 ★★★
  • Etude House Play 101 Pencil #10 (Concealer) ★★★★
  • Etude House Styling Eye Liner #White ★★★☆
  • Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner #Amber ★★★☆
  • Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner #Gold ★★★☆
  • Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil #Grey Brown ★★★★
  • Innisfree Shadow Pencil #Dreamy Lavender ★★★★
  • Memebox Pony Shine Easy Glam #Brown Bloom ★★★
  • Missha Dual Blending Cushion Shadow #Rose Crown ★★★☆
  • Missha Pencil & Powder Dual Eyebrow #Grey Brown ★★★★
  • Sophie Monk My Mega Volume Mascara #01 Black ☆

I don't have a lot of favourites eye makeup products this year, probably because I rarely makeup. But if I were to choose, my favourite eye makeup in 2016 is the CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner in Purple. CLIO Gelpresso is known for its wide selection of colour, high pigmentation and waterproof properties. It does not smudge, fade or look odd after the colour settles down. Definitely one of the best gel liner I have ever used; much better than Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner and worth the price.

Eye Cream


  • A.H.C The Real Eye Cream for Face Season 4 ★★★★☆
  • Belif Anti-dark Circle Eye Serum ★★★★
  • Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask ★★★★☆
  • Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream ★★★★★
  • Goodal Moisture Barrier Eye Cream ★★★☆
  • IOPE Bio Retinol ★★★
  • Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate ★
  • Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum ★★★☆
  • Petitfee Gold & EGF Eye & Spot Patch ★★★☆
  • Sulwhasoo Essential Renewing Eye Cream ★★★☆
  • Yuri Pibu Cucu Black Truffle Maronza Eye Cream ★★★★

My favourite eye cream in 2016 is Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream. This is a delicate, highly moisturizing yet non-greasy eye cream to firm up and moisturize areas around your eyes. I notice that it has stopped the appearance of new fine lines and wrinkles from appearing under my eyes ever since I start using it, no matter how tired and dry my eyes are.

Hair Conditioner/Treatment


  • Lador Hydro LPP Double Collagen Treatment ★★★★☆
  • RYOE Jasaenghwacho Shine & Moisture Rinse 500ml ★★★☆
  • Ryoe Jinsaengbo Total Anti-Aging Rinse (For Dry Hair) ★★★☆
  • Shiseido Aquair Deep Moist Conditioner ★★★☆

I did not use a lot of hair conditioner this year, mostly just hair treatment I used as conditioner. My favourite conditioner aka treatment in 2016 is Lador Hydro LPP Double Collagen Treatment which is a lightweight hydrating and smoothing oil treatment. Not greasy, non-silicony, and will not weight my hair down. Plus it smells lovely!

Scalp Treatment/Conditioner


  • Hello Everybody Verbena Scalp Scaling Mask ★
  • Innisfree Eco Ice Head Cooler ★★
  • Innisfree Green Tea Mint Fresh Scalp Tonic Essence ★★★★
  • Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack ★★★★★
  • Lador's Scalp Scaling Spa Hair Ampoule ★★★★
  • Ryoe Jayangyunmo Scalp Deep Cleanser ★★★☆
  • Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar ★★

My favourite scalp treatment in 2016 is Lador Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack. Rarely does I give a hair product 5 stars but this one deserves one. It smells nice, does it job effectively, and is easy to rinse compared to other scalp treatment I have used. This also works well as a hair conditioner so killing two birds with one stone.

Hair Shampoo


  • Aromatica Rosemary Scalp Scaling Shampoo ★★★★
  • Beyond Nature Defense Shampoo ★★★★
  • Innisfree 0% Zero Shampoo For Dry Scalp ★★★★★
  • LG Reen Yungo's Premium Bird's Nest Hair Cleansing Treatment ☆
  • Ryoe Jasaenghwacho Shine & Moisture Shampoo ★
  • Ryoe Jayangyunmo Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo For Sensitive Scalp ★★★★☆
  • Ryoe Jinsaengbo Total Anti-Aging Shampoo (For Dry Hair) ★★★☆
  • Shiseido Aquair Deep Moist Shampoo ★★

My favourite hair shampoo in 2016 is indisputably Innisfree 0% Zero Shampoo for Dry Scalp. This is a gentle, moisturizing and effective shampoo with exfoliating property. My flaky and itchy scalp is left calmed and comfortable ever since I adopt this into my hair routine which no other shampoos can do!

Hair Treatment


  • Bioma Curling Essence ☆
  • Lador Perfect Hair Fill Up Ampoule ★★★
  • Mise En Scene Pearl Shining Hair Treatment ★★☆
  • Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum ★★★★☆
  • Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Treatment Pack ★★★☆
  • Mise En Scene Shine Care Diamond Serum ☆
  • Msk Smooth Refreshing Vitamin Water ★★★
  • Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack ★★★★
  • Ryo Hambit Camellia Seed Oil Treatment (For Unruly And Damaged Hair) ★★★
  • Yungo Reen Yungo Ampule Drop Essence ★★★

My favourite hair treatment in 2016 is Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum and Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack. Miss En Scene is an old favourite last year and it has gained enough popularity for me to talk about it. It smells awesome, is very nourishing without being greasy and such. Nature Republic is more like a hair mask. It is made of argan oil and a bunch of botanical extracts to make your hair silky soft. Seriously, I am really impressed by how my hair feels after rinsing it off. I used to have frizzy hair now much improved after using these.

Lip Moisturizer


  • Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm ☆
  • Eucerin Lip Active Lip Balm ★
  • Hanyul Ja Cho Moisturizing Care Balm ☆
  • Mentholatum Chu Lip Arabian Floral Shower Lip Balm ★★☆
  • Mentholatum Lip Pure Fragrance Free Lip Balm ★★★★☆
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF15 ★
  • Primera Natural Berry Lip Mask ★★★☆

My favourite lip moisturizer in 2016 is Mentholatum Lip Pure Fragrance Free Lip Balm. This is a stick balm type lip moisturizer that is really gentle and moisturizing. It doesn't have any smell so it will not irritate the most delicate part of your face.

Lip Makeup


  • Aritaum Honey Melting Tint #Strawberry ★★★★☆
  • Hanyul Lip Tint #Coral Pink ☆
  • Hanyul Lip Tint #Violet Mood ☆
  • Innisfree Color Glow Lipstick #10 Daisy Coral ★★★
  • Innisfree Creammellow Lipstick #3 Cream Coral ★★★
  • Laneige Water Drop Tint #Apricot ★★★☆
  • Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm #19 Velvet Burgundy ★
  • Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayon #2 ☆

My favourite lip makeup in 2016 is Aritaum Honey Melting Tint in Strawberry. This is a vivid fuchsia pink lip tint that is quite moisturizing and creamy without causing excessive dryness to the lips. 

Emulsion / Lotion



  • Belif Milky Moisturizer Hydra Balancing ★★★☆
  • Biotherm Aquasource Hydrating Rebalancing Oligo Thermal Milky Lotion ★★★★
  • Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid ★★★★☆
  • Hanyul Rice Balancing Skin Emulsion ★★★☆
  • Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Emulsion ★★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion ☆
  • IOPE Super Vital Emulsion Extra Concentrated ★☆
  • Kose Sekkisei Emulsion ★★
  • Laneige Essential Balancing Moisture Emulsion ★★★
  • Lirikos Marine Energy Hydrating Pulse Essence Lotion ★★
  • Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion ★★☆

My favourite emulsion in 2016 is Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid. This may be more of a watery essence than an emulsion. I love how moisturizing, light-weighted and non-sticky this is. Also it has a pleasant scent that really reminds me of fresh breeze. I am really not a fan of emulsion since most emulsion I use is too greasy hence Goodal is a pleasant surprise although I consider this more of a treatment than an emulsion.

Makeup Remover / Oil Cleanser


  • A'pieu Perfect Tint Remover ★★★☆
  • Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil ☆
  • Primera Seed Energy Cleansing Oil ★★★☆
  • The Saem Marseille Olive Waterproof Lip & Eye Remover ★★
  • Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser ★

Actually I don't have a favourite cleansing oil or makeup remover in 2016. My somewhat favourite one would be the Primera Seed Energy Cleansing Oil. This is a gentle and effective cleansing oil using natural ingredients without any harsh chemicals. Although it is still not my favourite cleansing oil since it still leaves a thin layer of greasiness on my skin, but it is good enough to meet my basic requirements for a cleansing oil. However, if I were to choose, I still prefer the Banila Co over this Primera one.

Facial Mist


  • Etude House Mineral Bottle Facial Mist ★★★★☆
  • Goodal Super Seed Oil Plus Skin Mist ★★★★☆
  • Hera Aquabolic Cell Essence Mist ★★★☆
  • Hera Cell Essence Mist ★★☆
  • Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist ★★★
  • Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist ★★★★★
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Damask Rose Petal Mist ★★★☆

My favourite facial mist in 2016 is Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist. I still haven't found any other facial mist that will beat Laneige in term of hydration, refreshment, and moisture. Etude House is very refreshing and cooling but it finishes really fast and smells a little bit odd for my liking. Goodal one is decent as well but it is not hydrating enough compared to Laneige. Whamisa is hyped up recently but I find it makes my face a little bit itchy everytime I put it on, which I am not sure why. Hence, my best winner this year would still be the Laneige Mineral Skin Mist!

Sleeping Mask


  • Belif First Aid Overnight Skin Regeneration Mask ★★★★☆
  • Biotherm Aquasource Night Spa ★
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Pack ★★★★☆
  • LJH Probiotic Sleeping Cream ★★★☆
  • Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask ★★★★
  • Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask ★★★☆

As discussed in my last post on a comparison review of sleeping masks I used, my favourite is Belif First Aid Overnight Skin Regeneration Mask. This is a skin regenerating, firming and nourishing overnight treatment without any heaviness or greasiness despite it seemingly heavy texture. However, I also really enjoy Laneige Water Sleeping Pack as a light-weighted, hydrating and soothing overnight treatment. I would alternate between these two depending on my skin needs and mood.

Sunscreen


  • 3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream SPF50+/PA+++ ☆
  • A'pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+/PA+++ ★☆
  • Belif UV Protector Fresh Sunscreen SPF50+/PA+++ ★☆
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Rose SPF50+/PA+++ ★★★★★
  • Biore Uv Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++ ★★★★☆
  • Biotherm UV Supreme SPF50+/PA+++ ★★★
  • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+/PA+++ ★★★☆
  • Hada Labo Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion SPF50+/PA+++ ★★
  • Hera Sun Mate Essence Gel SPF40/PA++ ★★☆
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock SPF35/PA++ ★★★☆
  • Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50/PA+++ ★★★★☆
  • Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel SPF50+/PA++++ ★★★★★
  • Mamonde Everyday Sun Cream Calendula SPF50+/PA+++ ★★☆
  • Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly SPF30/PA++ ★★★☆
  • Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF50+/PA+++ ☆
  • Primera Skin Relief UV Protector SPF50+/PA+++ ★☆
  • Senka Mineral Essence UV SPF50+/PA++++ ★★★☆
  • Senka Mineral Perfect UV SPF50+/PA+++ ★

You can see that I used literally tonnes of sun product in 2016. Sometimes I gave away sunscreen that doesn't suit me to my friends and family hence you might see that I have used a lot although in fact I'm not. I have three favourite sunscreens in 2016, namely Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel, Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Limited Rose Edition. Kose is a refreshing, hydrating and effective sunscreen with broad spectrum sun protection. Kiehl's is surprising light-weighted using quality ingredients whereas Biore has always been a cult favourite and it is especially lovely with its unique rosy scent in this limited edition!

Toner / Skin



  • Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner ★★★★
  • Belif Eucalyptus Herbal Extract Toner ★★★★
  • Belif The True Whitening Clear Toning Water ★★★★☆
  • Belif Witch Hazel Extract Toner ★★★★☆
  • Biotherm Aquasource Toning Lotion ★★★★
  • Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner ★★★☆
  • Dear By Enprani Moistfull Booskin ★★★☆
  • Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softener ★★★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin ★★★★☆
  • IOPE Super Vital Softener Extra Concentrated ★★★☆
  • Kose Sekkisei Lotion ★★★★
  • Lirikos Marine Energy Hydrating Pulse Toner ★★☆
  • Lirikos Marine+ Mineral Toner ★
  • LJH Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner ★★★★
  • Mamonde Rose Water Toner ★★
  • Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water ★★★★
  • Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water ★★★★
  • Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner ★
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner ☆
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Toner ★★★

Actually, I love a lot of toners in 2016, so it would be rather difficult to choose my "favourite". If I were to choose, Belif The True Whitening Clear Toning Water is my favourite out of all that I have tried. It is a whitening and gentle exfoliating toner but is hydrating at the same time without leaving any sticky residues. Most Belif toners I tried are pretty decent. I love using Bergamot when my skin is a little bit dry; or Witch Hazel one when my skin is papery dry and dehydrated. Eucalyptus is good for times when I need some refreshment for my skin. Kose Sekkisei Lotion is a decent refreshing, hydrating and whitening toner as well, although it may be a little bit irritating for sensitive skin. I also really enjoy Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Skin which makes my skin feels like bathing in nutritious "unsalted" sea water!

Treatment



  • A.H.C Capture Hyaluronic Ampoule ★★
  • Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil ★★
  • Belif Hungarian Water Essence ★★★
  • Belif Hungarian Water Essence - Moisture Binder ★★★
  • Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate ★★★★☆
  • Belif The True Anti-Aging Essence ★★★★
  • Belif The True Whitening Essence ★★★
  • Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum ★★★
  • Ciracle Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum ☆
  • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ★★
  • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ★★
  • Cosrx Mela14 White Ampule ★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence ★★
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence ★★★★
  • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution ★★★★
  • Laneige Water Bank Essence_EX ★★★★
  • Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence ★★★★★
  • LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule ★★★★★
  • Lirikos Marine Energy Hydrating Pulse Ampoule ★★
  • Lirikos Marine Oxygenic Essence EX ★★★★★
  • LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence ★★★★
  • Primera Super Sprout Serum ★★★★
  • Scinic Aqua All-In-One Ampoule ★★
  • Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum ★★★★
  • Whoo Ja Saeng Essence ★★★★
  • Yuripibu Artichoke Power Essence ★★★★

My favourite skin treatment in 2016 can be categorized into three basic categories: trouble-care, skin brightening, moisturizing and anti-aging. My favourite trouble-care skin treatment is LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence. This is actually my bf's favourite since he got troubled skin. I only use this once in a while and it manages to calm and control my hormonal acne. I have two favourite brightening treatments: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence as an effective and light-weighted skin tone lifting essence as well as Leejiham Vita Propolis Ampoule which is a potent hydrating, glow-imparting, anti-aging and nutritious treatment that works really well on the skin but could be a little bit pricey for daily uses. My favourite anti-aging treatment is Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate which works as a collagen-boosting and wrinkles-repairing preventive treatment. And lastly I have Lirikos Marine Oxygenic Essence EX which in my opinion, works better than Laneige Water Bank Essence EX in hydrating and moisturizing my skin. Lirikos one instills oxygen which makes my skin plumper and smoother in a healthy and pleasant way.

Wash-off Pack



  • About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream ★★
  • Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Jelly Mask ★★
  • DMC Deep Cleansing Mask ★★★
  • Kose Sekkisei Clear Whitening Mask ☆
  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack ★★★

I don't have any favourite wash-off type or deep-cleansing mask in 2016. However, if I must choose, then Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack is a decent, affordable and skintertaining wash-off pack that also works as a cleanser. Although it is not really effective as a deep-cleansing mask, and does not provide any long-term benefits, it is still fun to use with really nice scent.

Makeup Removing Wipes



  • Lirikos Marine Deep Cleansing Tissue ★★★☆
  • Nivea Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes ★★★
  • Primera Moisture Cleansing Tissue ★★☆
  • The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Tissue ★★☆

Again, I don't have any favourite cleansing wipes in 2016 but if I must choose then I prefer Lirikos Marine Deep Cleansing Tissue over the rest since it is gentle, has soapy scent, and is quite effective without being harsh on the skin. I hope you enjoy my sharing for 2016. There are products that I did not get a chance to go further down hence you are more than welcome to ask my reviews on any products you are interested in! That's all for 2016 and see you guys in 2017!


[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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