1. Tamz
    January 27, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    OMG, that PI argument. Haha. TBH, I don’t know where it comes from. The thing is, it is believed(in the academe and by anthropologists) that many Pacific Islanders (though not all) are descendants of Austronesian speakers who migrated from the Philippines (who then migrated from Taiwan) rather than the other way around.

    Anyway, I generally like Face Shop products, even their cheaper lines. It’s the only one that doesn’t cause me acne (I have sensitive skin). Even the “natural” ingredients from Lush don’t really do much (and they are very expensive). I think Asian products are best for Asian skin since they have the Asians in mind when making these. One thing Notice though is Asian products tend to use “Essence” to refer to face lotions and sometimes “milk” meant toners or something like that. It can be confusing at first.

    Did you get these at he Valley Fair in Santa Clara or do you have Valley Fair in Union City?
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    • Adri
      January 28, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

      Valley Fair in Santa Clara, but there’s actually a stand-alone shop in Milpitas, at the Milpitas Mall. It’s kind of funny because it’s right smack in the middle of a small mall completely filled with Filipino restaurants and businesses. Then again, you know how Filipinos (in the Philippines) are so obsessing about anything Korean…

      I’ve never purchased anything from Lush. I have purchased a lot from DHC and The Body Shop, and sometimes from Sephora (mainly Boscia, Caudalie, and a few brands), but not once have I tried any Korean skincare until very recently. I actually stopped by the one in Milpitas earlier today and I ended up buying 5 masks (with 5 more for free), a nose clay mask (I just ran out the other day and forgot about it), makeup base, and along with it, I got a lot more samples from this store than the one in the Santa Clara shop. I’m still happy all the same.

      I’m familiar with “essence” and “milk” with Japanese skincare, so still, it’s all the same to me LOL. ^^
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  2. Sakura
    January 28, 2017 @ 1:09 am

    Hi Adrianne! I don’t think I remember your site but I remember someone called Erin. Is that you? When did we first interact? I’m so sorry that I don’t remember you but I used to like J-Pop boy bands like Arashi so we might have met there… Shall we be affies if that’s the case?

    Yes, Korean skincare is very similar to Japanese skincare… In fact, I think Japanese skincare product can be more expensive than Korean skincare products. I always wanted to try Fancl but it’s too expensive. :(

    Personally, I don’t recommend using any The Face Shop and Tony Moly products because you can get much better products (with a slight increase in price) from other brands under Amore Pacific company.


    • Adri
      January 28, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

      Eri… and yes, I used to own a massive Arashi fansite before under the domain name amnos.net LOL. And sure, we can do affies/link exchanges (though I don’t really have any affies. Just link exchanges LOL). I guess like you I grew out of it, but I still keep in touch with their music from time to time when I have the chance. ^^

      I’ve heard of Fancl before. I normally would order from DHC, but lately, my budget has been pretty tight to the point where I couldn’t afford the products anymore and had to find a bit more affordable alternatives. Maybe they’re not as good as DHC, so to speak, but bearable.

      As for Korean skincare, I’m pretty sure you know a lot more, but I’m an amateur, and The Face Shop is (probably) the nearest existing shop for Korean skincare products in my area. Maybe there’s more out there, but I would have to drive out there to search for them. Therefore, The Face Shop products would have to be my “beginner set.” Also, I care more for the products that actually work for my skin, not necessarily the brand name or that what’s “pricier” is better. Many of my friends who commented love The Face Shop, and I have grown to love their products too, so I’ll stick with it.
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  3. Mikari
    January 29, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

    lol I like kpop and kdramas… and 707 XD haven’t tried any products yet


    • Adri
      January 29, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

      If they turned “Mystic Messenger” into a K-drama, I would so watch it. They better have a really hot actor portraying 707 LOL. ;) I’m not into K-Pop, I like some K-dramas, but I do love their video games, especially their MMORPGs. :D
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  4. Maroon Caludin
    January 29, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    I’ve never tried any of those myself. I don’t really have a major skincare thing. Usually just use this nice face soap from Vintage House Soap and sometimes put argan oil on.


    • Adri
      January 29, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

      I think that all depends on the person’s skin, as every person is created different from one another, right? My face tends to get really oily and at times get dry and flaky, and just over-the-counter drugstore products aren’t enough or are too brash against my skin. Being Asian myself, I felt that skincare regimens based in Asia would probably be the best for me, and so far with the usual Japanese skincare (and more recently, Korean) have been working really well for me.

      When you have the time and the budget, you can shop around, try out some samples, what works and what doesn’t. Maybe you might discover something new and add it to your routine. :)
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  5. Erin
    January 30, 2017 @ 5:10 pm

    Hello. Sounds like you have a new plan!

    I wish I could get into the habit of skincare routines and such. My face breaks out simply because I only sometimes wash it in the shower… Otherwise it stays dirty which is so bad but luckily my breakouts are far and few between even though I have n oily face.

    All of that stuff looks interesting though. I hope you like it!


    • Adri
      January 30, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

      Hello Erin, nice seeing you here!

      Asian skincare (Japanese, Korean, etc.) really emphasizes on clean, healthy skin. If you want to try it out one day, aim for the charcoal/clay based ones. For example, if you go to Walmart or Target or any drugstore, look for Biore Charcoal Cleanser. It’s very refreshing (it’s black gel liquid but it smells really nice) and I’m currently using that cleanser. After toning, a peel-off mask is recommended (that’ll do the trick with removing oil, dirt, blackheads, fuzzy hairs) before you put moisturizing cream (or anything similar).

      When I was younger, I used to not care about the importance of proper skincare with specific products, but it turns out that I’m sensitive to a lot of drugstore (and even the higher-end) products bought at department stores like Macy’s or Nordstrom, and I’ve had really bad, irritated skin because of it. There were a few times where my eyebags were really swollen. A few friends recommended to start off with Japanese skincare, and they worked really well for me. I’ve stuck to it for a long time, trying out various products (and seeing my wallet getting empty because of it T_T), up to the point where I can’t afford them anymore LOL. I also use products from The Body Shop also, and they have products that also work well for my skin.

      I’m really enjoying The Face Shop products now, especially their face masks. So refreshing. If you order online for any Japanese or Korean products, you get plenty of samples of other products too, which is something I love. :)
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  6. Tara
    February 4, 2017 @ 4:03 am

    I’ve not tried any Japanese products yet, so I cannot compare. But being in Korea gives me access to all of the skincare here, so I’m quite content using them. I have to say they are a lot better than the US products I’ve used in the past (especially for toners and sunblocks!), so I’ll choose Korean over the US products, haha. Glad to hear they are working out for you!


    • Adri
      February 4, 2017 @ 9:02 am

      I actually thought of you when I was writing this entry LOL. I was like, what brands or products Tara would recommend should she read this? LOL. Nice seeing you here. ^_^

      Japanese skincare products are very similar (if not completely the same, but similar) as Korean skincare products, but the prices (in USDs) make a huge difference. Also, what I’ve noticed about Korean routine compared to Japanese routine are the face masks. I love them, and I started incorporating them in my night routine. I feel refreshed right now after waking up in the morning. I still use products from The Body Shop too, as they have some items that are also nice and gentle (the essence lotion and the serums mainly). After I’m done with the cleanser and the moisturizing creams, I’ll check out The Face Shop again.

      Few days ago, I bought a Laneige BB cushion at Target (at $35 XD), loving it. The Face Shop in my area didn’t have the shade that’s perfect for my skin so I had to go out for an alternative. It’s a great substitute for a compact powder or foundation. They feel really light and fresh. ^_^
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  7. Gretch
    February 8, 2017 @ 5:14 am

    Japanese brands are generally more expensive ( I want to try Dolly Wink and Kpalette products for so long now, but why buy that when you can buy a cheaper Tony Moly alternative?) and finding shops (online or not) that sells them is a hassle, unlike Korean cosmetics which is almost everywhere ( I live in a province here in PH, and I do not have a credit card so it’s hard buying online through money remittance) , so I don’t often buy them. I’ve wanted to try Narukooooo, but I can’t find it anywhereee. I think Japanese products also lack exposure here, for some reason. Aside from Shisheido, I guess? It’s pretty much a skincare must-have.

    Anyway, here’s my fare share of K beauty products:
    I recommend Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask. I’ve heard pretty good review, and I am planning on buying one, myself.
    I also recommend Etude House. It’s one of my fave Korean cosmetics, it’s cheap, and it’s usually got great packaging.
    Peripera has great lip products but they’re not that great at skincare.
    I think IOPE has the best BB cushion. But of course, I couldn’t speak for everyone.
    I’ve never tried anything from April Skin but everyone’s loving it, so it must be great.

    Some of PH beauty products: Care line, HBC, Hortaleza, Ever Bilena, and Personal Collection , but I don’t think the quality is great. There’s also Snoe Beauty, which I have only heard great things, but I’ve never tried any of their products.

    I hope this helps! :)

    – Gretch of GG Memochou


  8. Adri
    February 9, 2017 @ 10:56 am

    Thanks for stopping by Gretch! The PH brands you mentioned may or may not exist in the local Asian/Filipino stores here, I’ll make note of the ones you mentioned. :)

    Knowing the Philippines, anything Korean is a trend over there LOL. (probably except for anime/manga and probably video games) My mom visited the Philippines last year and she would often ask me how is it that a lot of my relatives there watch so much K-dramas and couldn’t even understand a thing. I told her that it’s the same with me watching a lot of J-dramas with and (sometimes) without subtitles (I know enough Japanese to understand a bit). They even talked about Korean cosmetics too and I made research myself thinking “They’re pretty much the same as Japanese cosmetics,” except of course, the price difference.

    I’m heading off to my local Ulta Beauty shop. I heard that they sell a good number of Korean skincare over there. I’ll just explore around and see. :)
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