Nature Republic & Innisfree – Product Reviews

This is part two (and final part) of my Korean skin care product reviews. Part one was on The Face Shop, a makeup and skin care brand. This post will be on Nature Republic and Innisfree. These three brands are popular, and are endorsed by celebrities in Korea.

You can read part one on The Face Shop HERE.

Nature Republic

1. Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Tissue makeup remover

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Recommend. The packaging is great because it does a good job at sealing the remaining wipes. Note of caution: After you remove makeup, your face does sting, but if you apply moisturizer afterwards, it’s fine.

2. Shea Butter Steam Cream

60% recommend. I like it on my face but I would not use it on my hands. My hands feel even more dry afterwards. I like it though because the scent is very faint. It does not smell like shea butter at all. I actually have a super sensitive nose so strong perfumes and strong smelling foods actually make my nose and eyes really, really irritated.

3. Forest Breeze perfume

Recommend. This has a really unique scent. I’ve never smelled any other perfume or mist like this. It really kind of does smell like a forest, which I like because one, I like things that are different and two, I like the forest!

Innisfree

1. Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist

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I LOVE THIS. I don’t know why but I love spraying my face with this. It says that there’s some sparkling thermal water from the Jeju island in Korea in this product, and it helps to moisturize and brighten your face. Recommend!

2. Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Recommend! It’s a clay mask that has volcanic rocks from Jeju island. Hm I don’t know much about the science behind skincare benefits from Jeju island materials. It is a good face mask though.

3. Real Quinoa Mask

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I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS!!! It smells awful. I can’t put this on my face…

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The Face Shop – 11 Product Reviews

It’s no secret that I love Korean skin care and makeup products. I will be reviewing products I’ve owned from the following companies: The Face Shop, Nature Republic and Innisfree. Purchases usually come with samples, but I will not be reviewing samples because there’s too little product to give a complete opinion. My thoughts will be kept short – either I recommend it or not, and a couple of sentences to explain my rationale.

Because this will be a long post, I will split the posts into two posts. This is the first of two posts on Korean skin care and makeup products.

The Face Shop 

1 Assorted face masks

Recommend! They’re very wet and they have a refreshing, clean scent.

2. Mild Papaya Peeling

This peels off your dead skin. I recommend this because it feels good to get rid of the dead skin and makes your skin more smooth afterwards.

3. Herb Day Lip & Eye Remover

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I am kind of iffy about recommending this. It works very well, but it is VERY oily. 75% recommend.

4. Assorted nail polishes

Recommend! The nail polishes are cheap (around $3) and they dry really fast. I also own The Face Shop’s nail polishes in blue, purple and clear glitter.

5. Trendy Nails nail polish remover

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I find that this works best with The Face Shop nail polishes. It’s average when removing other brands of nail polishes. It’s cheap though ($2) so I would buy this again. Recommend.

6. All Over Perfume Mist (Secret Bloom)

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I used to use this a lot but not so much anymore. I mostly use a perfume from Nature Republic now. I think it smells nice so I recommend!

7. Style My Eyebrow Pencil

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I recommend this. I like the colours they come in because they are very natural. I’ve also used the one I have in dark brown as a pencil eyeliner. I don’t really do that anymore, but it was something I did in the past.

8. Party All Night Long eyeshadow

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I don’t recommend this because it only comes in one colour. I think that if you’re going to buy eyeshadow, you should buy a palette with at least three colours.

9. Styling Eyeliner

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I don’t recommend this. One, it does not dry as fast as some other eyeliners. Two, it feels awkward to hold. Three, the experience is just not very good in general.

10. Milky Moisture Lip Tint

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People usually use this to create the gradient lip look. I love the colours but I don’t really recommend this. It makes your lips VERY dry afterwards. Always apply lip balm before use, and carry a giant water bottle with you (if you have access to a water source, that’s fine too).

11. Eyeliner brush

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Recommend. I haven’t tried other brushes by The Face Shop but I’m sure they are equally good.


Thanks for reading. See you in the next post!

Review: Nature Republic Shea Butter Moist Steam Cream

I am a big fan of EXO, Korean pop group, and I went to their concert as well. When I learned that they endorse Nature Republic, I instantly became interested in their skincare products.

This is a moisturizer for dry and normal skin. It’s great for winter months because it has a thicker texture. It may not be suitable for spring and summer, but some people use it all-year round. Honestly, it does not smell like shea butter. It has a faint scent which I appreciate because my nose is sensitive to strong scents. The scent is refreshing.

However, it leaves your skin feeling dry. I would not recommend this product.

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Review: The Face Shop Mild Papaya Peeling

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This removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling smooth afterwards. When I was first given a sample, I was shocked to see how much dead skin I had on me. I had always known that they were there but seeing them still made me surprised. That’s why I decided to buy it – to get rid of the dead cells that clog pores, and for clearer skin!

Use this 2 times per week max. on your face and neck. I find it especially useful for the neck area. Apply, then massage with one or two fingers for 30 seconds. Wash the dead skin off later. I prefer not to take close up photos of my face, so I’m using my hand instead in this post.

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Warning: Gross photo of dead skin cells. u_u

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Final verdict: 

My hand in the photo feels smoother than the hand that did not get the peeling product. It is extremely satisfying to get rid of dead skin cells. I like knowing that they are temporarily gone. LOL

I don’t know any of the empirical research on the benefits of having dead skin cells peeled away. All I know is that this product actually peels dead skin off, and it does not hurt at all. I feel cleaner and my skin is smoother. It also has a nice scent that is not overwhelming. I really like this aspect of it.

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The price is a little expensive because the bottle is not that big, but I personally like this Mild Papaya Peeling product.

Super volcanic pore clay mask | innisfree

Packaging.

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OK, I guess I should write more. 😛

The super volcanic pore clay mask by innisfree contains clay from the explosion of the Jeju volcano. Basically this clay is Jeju volcanic material. Now if you watch Kdramas, you might have heard of Jeju Island because there is always something “in store” for the main couple there. 😉

Apparently it has multi-purposes. You can apply a section of your face if you are concerned about blackheads popping out of nowhere. When it’s too late to do that, you can cover your blackhead. It’s really stiff. I would imagine the full face mask is harder to spread than a sheet.