From Be Mused Korea With Love*
One of the things I love the most about having this blog and Instagram in particular - is that I get to meet a lot of wonderful, sincere, talented, smart and most importantly supportive ladies out there. I think there is nothing more empowering and liberating than women supporting and lifting each other up. So when one of my dear IG-friends, Lisa told me about her new venture called Be Mused Korea, I got very excited for a number of reasons. First of all, I always loved Lisa's skincare picks and wondered where I could find these unique brands? Secondly, I am a huge skincare enthusiast and with Lisa's excellent taste, I knew she would pick nothing but the best for her online shop. In this post I am going to review four K-beauty gems, which I received from Be Mused Korea, so if you take your skincare game seriously, just keep on scrolling!
About Be Mused Korea
Be Mused Korea is an online shop, which offers unique and "tried and tested" skincare products made in Korea. There are seven brands available at the moment, two of which I will be reviewing for you today. Be Mused Korea do ship worldwide and you can always read everything there is to know about every single product in English on the website. From my experience, my box arrived reasonably fast (a few days only, which is way faster than my American parcels anyway) and when I opened it - I had a moment of pure "wrapping-goals" happiness.
By the way, this post is not sponsored and I was never bribed to speak highly of pretty much anything. I always say it like I mean it and compared to hundreds of parcels I receive from all sorts of brands, online shops and PR - this is one of the most beautiful packages I have ever had a pleasure to open. I have been testing these products for almost a month now and here is what I think.
A. By Bom Ultra Watery Eoseongcho Cleanser
A. by Bom Ultra Watery Eoseongcho Cleanser was the first thing I spotted when I opened my parcel. The illustration on the box is simply the cutest and if you are familiar with my fashion sketches, then you know I love a good "flushed" cheek. From what I can tell, this is a limited edition holiday packaging, which I adore.
You get this beautiful pearlescent/duochrome jar, which contains 100 ml of an actual product. The consistency of this cleanser can be described as solid and buttery; you do get a spatula to scoop the product out of the jar. The formula is more nourishing/green, compared to what you would typically find on the market (it contains Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chia Seed Extract to name a few).
As soon as you start applying the product onto your face, it turns into the most luxurious and"balmy" liquid, which delicately melts and removes dirt and grime from your skin. I typically use it right after my holy grail Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil; I remove my mascara first and then take a small amount of A. By Bom cleansing balm and massage my skin with it for a minute or two in order to ensure that I have covered my entire face with it. I find that this cleanser gets rid of layers of make-up really well, because whenever I run micellar water right after it, there are no traces of dirt left on the cotton pad (which is a terrific thing in my book).
This product has a very faint sweet/floral scent, which I enjoy and I believe it is one of the best cleansing balms I have ever tried in my life. Yes, that is a huge statement, but I don't think I have enjoyed anything else just as much as I loved this little guy. Definitely a product worth trying, especially if you have sensitive/dry/mature skin and want a delicate, nourishing solution to properly cleanse your skin. Ultra Watery Eoseongcho Cleanser reaches deep into pores and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, radiant and rejuvenated. Never strips, never dries me out. It is a winner. I can't recomment it enough.
Read more about the product here.
Earth's Recipe Energy Boosting Toner
I am relatively new to this whole "toner" game. I must admit, for the longest time I thought I could do without one. That is until I have discovered Institut Esthederm Osmoclean Hydra Replenishing Fresh Lotion a year ago; one of the key ingredients of that toner is Algae Extract, which my dry skin simply adores. Energy Boosting Toner, on the other hand, contains Tremella Fuciformis Extract (aka "mushroom extract" which can hold up to 500 times its weight in water!) and a ton of other natural ingredients, known for their moisturizing and invigorating properties.
This toner has a refreshing herbal scent and an unusual consistency. Unlike any other toner I have tried in the past, this one feels a bit "slimy" but in a good way. I would describe it as a watery serum/essence, which you would typically apply prior to any moisturizer. Once it is fully absorbed, it will leave a smooth, hydrating film on your skin, which feels amazing (never sticky, gloppy or oily). I personally find that I waste a lot of product when I use a cotton pad, so I simply pour a few drops of this magical essence onto the back of my hand and work from there; hence not losing a single drop.
Be Mused Korea describe it as a "perfect first moisturizing step, preparing the skin to absorb subsequent products" and I couldn't agree more. I love using Energy Boosting Toner in the morning, right after washing my face, and find that it gives my skin that extra bit of love that I don't normally get from just a moisturizer alone. Great for normal-to-dry or dry skin in my opinion and a beautiful alternative to my Institut Esthederm holy grail.
Read more about this product here.