Peach and Lily is one of the more premier Asian beauty online shops in the US. They don’t have a huge selection of brands but what they do carry has been carefully vetted for sheer skincare and beauty goodness.
Once a year, they release a Seoucialite box packed with some of their new, favorite products. Most of which they’ve discovered while perusing all that Korea has to offer. Since I’m currently hooked on some glorious Korean skincare products, there was no way I wanted to miss this box.
Each box arrives with some samples and a booklet describing each item, how to use it and why the curators chose it. I’m pretty happy with the samples that showed up with my box. Bee venom!
This box is fairly pricey at $49 but the value is exceptional and the contents unique. Plus it’s loads of fun. I signed up immediately and I’m glad I didn’t waffle because it sold out in record time. Six hours, I think. Apparently I’m not the only one that loves Asian skincare? 😉
Shangpree Gold Premium Modeling Mask x2- I was really happy to see two of these. I always feel like there should be two masks in order to really get a feel for the product. I tried this mask and I have to say it’s more like two masks in each packet. If you slather it on too thick like I did, there’s a definite drippage issue.
It also took over an hour for it to dry enough for me to peel off. It’s definitely jiggly at that point. My face was ultra moisturized even though I didn’t use the included mix in packet. I’m allergic to lavender and I have been avoiding ginseng like the plague after the horrible experience I had with a ginseng mask. The hydration effect lasted about a day and a half, which is actually really good for a mask so I’m impressed.
So apply thinly and get the most out of your mask packet. You might even get three. I’m going to try for three with my next one.
The other cool thing about this is that they included a rubbery bowl and spatula for you to mix your mask with! I love this! I have so many modeling masks that will be mixed in this new bowl. It’s apparently anti-microbial, too. Lurve!
Value: $20 + $10 for bowl and spatula
Skin Inc Anti-Aging Serum- So this serum has appeared in Glossybox twice. A full size in the Mother’s Day 2014 box and this same trial size in Spring of last year. I really like this serum. It’s made in Japan but it’s a Singaporean company and it used to be that you could only buy it from Singapore. Now, I think they’ve branched out. Either way, it’s a nice serum, though far too exorbitantly priced. I mentioned on Instagram that you can find better serums (or equal) for far, far less monetary output. Of the three included, Brightening is my favorite for the ingredients list but they’re all perfectly good. They smooth on without stickiness or residue and hydrate beautifully. The only downside is the price.
Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Essence Toner- A 2 in 1 toner and essence using fermented extracts of lotus, soybean, pumpkin, rice, pomegranate and milk. It also has ginseng in it. I love fermented ingredients. They are so good for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, I won’t be using this because of the ginseng. I know that ginseng is big in Korea these days but I had the worst break out in years after using a ginseng sheet mask. I do not want to ever deal with that again. It also has alcohol in it which I’m still avoiding since cutting it out seems to really help keep redness away..
Dr. Dream Rose Line Mild Natured Powder Cleanser- I didn’t open this because I wont be using it. Rose scents tend to be very polarizing but that’s not why. I am lazy. I don’t want a powder that I have to mix with water in order to wash my face. Barring any issues with the pH (it’s been said to be anywhere from 5.5-8 depending who you trust), I still prefer to use an oil cleanser followed by a cleansing water or a proper pH cream cleanser.
This product is by a doctor at one of the largest plastic surgery clinics in Korea. It uses rose stem cell and rose water to improve skin clarity. I don’t see either of those ingredients in the list on the box, though. Plus its a cleanser and doesn’t stay on your skin long enough for you to really see the benefits. Just get a properly packaged bottle of rosehip oil and bask in the benefits of all those antioxidants. 🙂
CosRx Apple Zone Power Patch- CosRx has some of my hands down favorite products. Holy Grail goodness. Their AHA/BHA toner and the Snail 96 serum are probably never going to leave my skincare routine. This is a 4-pack of Apple Zone masks. They’re sheet mask patches for the area called the apples of your cheeks. Well, they’re actually for your whole cheek area, they’re big enough. I actually love this idea because my cheeks dry out before anywhere else on my face. I’ve often though of just cutting down a regular sheet mask so I can just slap parts of it on my cheeks but this is a lot less messy.
These have galactomyces ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate and a bunch of extracts like lavender, jasmine, verbena and rosemary. Yep, that dratted lavender is so hard to escape. I think I may end up trying these anyway, even with the lavender and hope that there isn’t enough to bother me. I know that having antioxidants via plant extracts is nice but lavender is an irritant for people with sensitive skin. So are most citrus extracts, too. So if you have sensitive skin, you might want to avoid them.