It’s rare that I fall in love with a brand almost instantly. I’d never heard about Manyo Factory before Franki and Seoul sent me their products to try. I was experiencing a bad case of breakouts on my jaw and temples, and these products (along with Carrot-a-Day from Earthwise Beauty) completely cleared up my skin. Without further delay, here are my thoughts about this fantastic Korean brand:

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I was introduced to Earthwise Beauty through Boxwalla. I’d been impressed by the uniqueness of their products, and I loved its founder Ava Zhan’s fresh take on green beauty. After my Boxwalla review, Ava kindly sent me more of her products to try. She sent products that specifically suited my skin type, and after trying them, I can confidently say that Earthwise Beauty is currently one of my favourite skincare brands. Without further ado, let’s get right into the (mini) reviews. View Post

If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that Julisis is one of my favourite brands. If I weren’t a beauty blogger and didn’t need to constantly try out new products, I’d be happy to just use Julisis for the rest of my life. All their products are impeccably made using only the finest ingredients, and they all really work. The thing I love about Julisis so much is that the products support the overall health of my skin, in the most holistic way possible. I never have any of my usual skin issues (dehydration, breakouts and uneven skin tone) when I use Julisis products on a regular basis.

The Silver Night products, two of which I will review below, are designed to support the regeneration and rejuvenation processes of the skin. As the name indicates, they all contain bio-available Liquid Silver Essence to improve the texture, tone and brightness of the skin. View Post

I find that there are times when I avoid certain products just because everyone is talking about it. A lot of bloggers I admire have reviewed Jane Scrivner’s cleanser, and their reviews were unanimously positive. It made me wonder if there was anything more I could add to the conversation, and I never really sought it out. Recently, my lovely friend and blogger Jamey insisted that I try the line and she contacted Jane herself to send me some products. I’m so glad and grateful that she did. The line is more amazing than I could ever have imagined, and I can see why the products are so universally loved. Without further ado, here are my impressions of the Nourishing Cleanser and OO Cream. View Post

Korean brands have become so ubiquitous that they are no longer a niche segment of the skincare market. Everyone from Lady Gaga to my work colleagues use K(orean)-beauty products. I asked my friend Fiona of Orchids and Peonies (my go-to person for all things K-beauty ) for her input on this, and she told me that the mass popularity of Korean products was due to a combination of factors, including their affordable price points, innovative textures and instant results. ‘And,’ she added ‘what attracts me to them is their obsession with beautiful skin. You see so many Koreans with amazing, flawless skin. I personally love Korean products for their innovation and textures. They are regarded to be at least 10 years ahead of the western world.” View Post