I’ve been intrigued by K-beauty products for a while now. There is just something about the interesting, innovative ingredients and concepts, and affordability. Plus, who can go past the adorable packaging?! The only thing is, that it isn’t easy to get your mitts on. Unless you use a mail forwarding service, or you’re happy to risk out-of-date or inauthentic purchases on EBay, chances are you haven’t been spoilt for choice.
Enter Style Story. Style Story is an Australian-based, online Korean Beauty retailer that showcases some of K-Beauty’s favourite brands and best-sellers. They work hard to be at the forefront of new releases, and making exciting new products and cult favourites available to us here in Australia. Their website is easy to navigate and full of great brands and information. I love how detailed the product pages are, not being fluent in Korean can be difficult when deciding on products and even reading product information, but on Style Story all the information about use, benefits, and ingredients are right there at your fingertips. I have also noticed that most products are offered in different sizes and even samples, which makes it a little less daunting when trialling new products. I managed to get my hot little hands on a few best sellers to try and thought I’d give you a little run through.
I’m sure you’ve seen glimpses of Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask* over social media. The carbonation effect has become a bit of a novelty, but I was interested in seeing whether the mask itself delivers on its claims. The Bubble Clay mask promises to purge the skin of excess sebum and trapped dirt to leave the skin pure, clear and more radiant. The Charcoal and Mud are great for clarifying the skin and giving it a deep clean, while adsorbing any excess oil.
Verdict – The mask is really easy to apply and smells quite pleasant. It starts bubbling up within seconds of applying and you can instantly feel it tingle – which I love. After 5 minutes, I look like I’ve come down with a case of elephantiasis or some horribly disfiguring skin condition, but I can feel it working its magic. After I washed the mask off my skin was actually glowy and fresh. I am really surprised by the results. I thought the mask was a bit gimmicky and wasn’t sure whether there would be any benefits. But my skin was soft, smooth, mattified and just all round healthy looking. As this mask doesn’t dry right down, I would imagine it being great for my dry skin counterparts. If you love a mud based mask and, like something a little different and a bit of fun, I would absolutely recommend Milky Piggy.
Elizavecca Witchy Piggy Hell Pore Control* also ended up on my desk at Beauty Bender HQ, I had read reviews for a few products of the Hell Pore range, but not specifically this serum. The Style Story gave me a little overview:
‘Pore problems can be hell-ish. To target the root cause of visible pores it is important that skin has the right balance of moisture. Pore problems can be solved with the correct hydration. Elizavecca’s Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid Serum features 97% of star moisturising ingredient hyaluronic acid, blended with soothing botannicals.’
Hell Pore Control is meant to calm irritation, regulate moisture and oil levels, as well as plumping, brightening and hydrating the skin. As a huge lover of Hyaluronic Acid, this little guy sounds right up my alley.
Verdict – This is another winner from the ‘Piggy’ range. The serum is fragrance free, gentle but really effective. It plumps up my skin, calms any redness and gives my complexion and overall healthy glow. It can bit quite sticky, so using a moisturiser afterwards would be a must if you don’t like this residue. I really like this serum and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to try it. After having such positive results from both Elizavecca products, I really want to get my grubby little paws on some more.
COSRX has a large cult following and is always at the top of best seller lists. The brand is built upon the motto ‘practical and high performance cosmetics’ which shines through their products and branding. With a huge variety, there is something to suit every skin type and concern. I managed to nab a BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and the Acne Pimple Master Patch*. The Master Patch are little stickers that are placed over active acne to heal and prevent further infection. After putting so much effort into my skincare lately, it is rare for me to develop a whitehead or open pimple. So as of yet, I haven’t been able to give these little babies a run for their money, but the reviews I’ve read have been very positive.
As a chronic sufferer of blackheads and texturized skin, anything that promises to reduce them is right up the top of my wishlist. If you’ve read my Best In Beauty ’16, you would have seen that I want to dive into the world of BHA’s a little more. Where better to start than with the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid*? ‘It is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant that clears dead skin cells from deep within pores to minimise their appearance and prevent breakouts.With its light texture, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid works with your skin to soften and clear it over time. It also provides skin brightening benefits for a more even skin tone.Unlike most Western BHA products, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is formulated with betaine salicylate rather than the more common salicylic acid.’
Verdict – I have been using this guy for maybe 8 weeks now, and so far the results have been great. I’ve noticed a decrease is congestion around my nose and forehead, plus the appearance of my pores isn’t as obvious. The liquid doesn’t sting or feel too harsh on the skin. Plus, it doesn’t dry out my skin at all. It does leave behind a slightly sticky residue, but it doesn’t worry me, as I apply serum and moisturiser afterwards. I really love this liquid and my introduction to BHA’s has been a very positive experience.
The last product I have is the Tosowoong Enzye Powder Wash*. This brand is completely new to me, however the concept is not. As the name suggests, a Powder Wash is a dry grainy powder that is added to water to allow the active ingredients to come alive and get to work on your skin. The Tosowoong Enyme Powder is perfectly PH balanced which will work really well with sensitive skin. This little guy claims to clean out pores, leave skin clean and soft, while not stripping the skin of essential natural oils.
Verdict – This little delicate scented powder has really surprised me. Once added to water it foams up well and lathers on the face beautifully. It isn’t drying and doesn’t leave that tight feeling across the face. My skin feels soft and clean and completely hydrated. It is an unusual concept if you’re used to a liquid daily cleanser, but once you get the hang of it, it is fabulous. Another wonderful discovery.
As you can see I have loved all the products I have played with so far. And my wishlist for my next order is a mile long. Here are few more products I think are worth checking out:
- Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask – I love anything pumpkin based and have really embraced this sleeping mask trend. This mask sounds great for dull, dry, lack-lustre skin.
- Banila Clean It Zero – Yet another highly raved about product. As an everyday user of a cleansing balm, this little jar has been on my radar for a long time. Since everyone speaks so highly of it, and my personal experiences with oil-based balms, this little guy should be a winner.
- Secret Key Gold Racoony Hydro Gel Eye Patches – These little patches claim to counter the appearance of eye bags, dark circles, puffiness and pimples. I think they would be ideal to top off a pamper session.
- Laneiage Lip Sleeping Pack – I have chronically dry lips and think the K-Beauty have the answer, a lip sleeping pack. I would love to see how this goes on my flaky little smoochers.
- Too Cool For School Rules Of Pore Get Ready Dual Primer – I am yet to try a K-Beauty primer and this little guy sounds like the perfect place to start. It claims to cover pores to keep skin soft and silky smooth while prolonging the longevity of makeup.
- Skinfood Peach Sake Toner – I have read so many rave reviews on SkinFood’s Peach range. Targeted towards oily skin with enlarged pores, I would love to give this a run to see the results. Plus, I am a peach-sucker.
Have you used any K Beauty products? What were your faves? What else should I be adding to my wishlist at Style Story?
*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.