If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you may have noticed that I have adopted the 10-stop Korean Skincare System. In brief, it goes like this:
This is pretty much the closest image I found to the routine I do. A couple notes for me, personally:
- For me, step 0. would be a makeup remover wipe for me. Oil cleansers never remove my makeup enough and I hate that smearing-makeup-all-over-to-remove it nonsense.
- Step #3, exfoliate, is maybe 1-2 times per week for me.
- I often do two masks, with a treatment mask at Step 3 and a hydrating sheet mask for Step 7.
- In addition to Eye Cream, Step 8, I also used a neck and chest creme, so I would call that Step 8a for me. I love Strivectin Neck Creme or LUSH Kitchen Mirror Mirror.
- In more Western terms, Ampoule = Serum, Emulsifier = Moisturizer, and Night Cream actually means an Overnight Treatment, not what we traditionally (in the US) think as night cream - that would be Step 9 and then you would follow with an even heavier overnight creme or even an oil.
With that out of the way, let me get to the point here.
If you're any sort of interested in the graphic above, an awesome place to start is the Lucky Box from eopenmarket. Here is what I purchased for $4.35:
A couple things to note about eopenmarket:
- It is not US based and therefore, if you're wary about not so traditional ingredients, this is probably not for you.
- Many of these sample packets have no English directions, so if you're unfamiliar with the routine and keywords and their synonyms, this might be frustrating - I know my first purchase was, more so than this more recent one.
- Shipping isn't cheap and it takes at least two weeks to receive, but it is worth it for me to buy one full size item that I need and then add this to the order. eopenmarket also adds more samples if you purchase anything else.
I sorted the samples by type to show you the variety:
I won't name everything, but I received the following:
- 2 sheet masks (Step 7)
- 1 Wonder Pore single treatment (a toner, Step 4)
- 1 blackhead nose patch treatment (considered part of Step 3 to me)
- BB Cream samples (cosmetics)
- Serums/Ampoules/Essence (Steps 5&6)
- Eye Cream (Step 8)
- Cream Cleansers (Step 2)
- Moisturizers/Creams (Step 9)
- 2 Conditioning Treatments for hair
- 1 shampoo packet
How cool is that? There are at least 2 of each item and I find that I can get two uses out of most sample packets. 4 tries is enough, for me in most cases, to decide if I like a product. I also recently found a sample based company on ebay and made a purchase, which means if I find a sample that I like, but want to explore it more, I can purchase specific samples. I will review them once I receive my order.
I hope this helps you if you're interested in learning more about KBeauty. There is plenty more to discuss this but the eopenmarket Lucky Box sample box a fun and inexpensive way to explore the steps.