Saturday, December 3, 2016

Korean Skincare Routine For Beginners (Steps 1-4)

I wasn't sure what to expect when I was first approached by Michelle from Lilac and Berries. I've tried a range of Japanese skincare, but the entire Korean skincare routine was new to me.

After attending Bobbi Brown's Masterclass, I am now willing to spend time on my skincare to ensure my skin is at the best state possible. The better my skin looks, the less foundation I need and the better my foundation looks on my skin.

I had the utmost pleasure of trialing a carefully curated range of Korean Skincare (curated by Michelle from Lilac and Berries) tailored for my skin. My skin is temperamental, it ranges from combination to dry. However, for the past few weeks, I have been testing the "Combination" range. The result has been phenomenal. If you have been following my blog for a while you would've seen my skin at it's worst (see my Thin Lizzy post).

My skin has cleared up a LOT (just see the video), a lot of the credit goes to double cleansing and the other goes to proper moisturisation. The entire 10 step Korean Skincare Routine is overwhelming, so let's break it down and go through the first 4 steps!


The first step of the Korean skincare routine is removing your makeup - this should be in your routine regardless! For this step, I am using Heimish All Clean Balm, this balm transfers from solid to oil upon contact with you skin. This oil based cleanser will dissolve all traces of makeup on your face whilst leaving your skin feeling fully moisturised.

This is hands down the BEST makeup removing balm I have ever use. Unlike the other cleansing balms, you will be able to wash everything off under lukewarm water you won't need a cotton cloth. If you have used cleansing balms you will know how difficult they are to remove!

I packed this product onto the cruise with me because I was terrified that I'd break out from not cleaning my face properly. It's gentle and removes everything - no more clogged pores yay! I have read many positive reviews on this product and let me tell you, it's worth the hype.

Heimish All Clean Balm (120ml) is available for purchase from Lilac and Berries for $30AUD.


If you are not double cleansing then you need to get onto it.

My breakout rate dropped ever since I started to double cleanse. Prior to double cleansing, I use to expect my cleanser to remove my foundation, blush, bronzer, powder, highlighter AND properly clean my pores. So it makes sense that my pores cannot be properly cleaned with make-up in the way!

For this step I used Neogen Real Fresh Foam Cleanser (Cereal), a unique cleanser that contains rice seeds and rice seeds extract, formulated to brighten and hydrate skin. This water-based foam cleanser is extremely creamy, a full pump is more than enough for your entire face.

A very hydrating and gentle cleanser that is perfect for those with combination or dry skin.

Neogen Real Fresh Foam Cleanser (Cereal) is available for purchase via Lilac and Berries for $29.


Exfoliation is certainly not recommended for daily use. As most of us are aware, exfoliation will remove dead skin cells, clean out your pores and unveiling brighter skin.

For this step, I used Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling (Green Tea),  I like to call this an "inbetween" exfoliant because it harness the uses of both manual and chemical exfoliants. Each pot contains 30 single-use pads, the pads contain lactic acid which penetrates the skin to clean your pores.  I like to use the gauze side to exfoliate all the dead skin and impurities, while using the smoother side to pick up all the dead skin cells.

Following use, I would wash my face with lukewarm water. My skin feels squeaky skin after this step, this is perfect for people with dehydrated skin and recommended to avoid manual exfoliators - simply wipe your skin with the smoother side of the pad, leave for 5-10 minutes, wipe again and rinse.

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling (Green Tea) is available for purchase from Lilac and Berries for $36


The fourth step is as important as the first 3 steps, toners are used to prepare the skin so that serums and creams are better absorbed. For this step I used Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. This toner contains soothing properties such as Aloe, Salicylic Acid for troubled skin and snail mucin to help natural cell regeneration.

The viscosity of this toner is slightly higher than your conventional toners - following use, my skin felt soft and moisturised. You can pump this directly onto your palm or apply with a cotton pad.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner is available for purchase from Lilac and Berries for $25

Although this is not a part of the steps, I had to include this product in this post.

I kid you not, I have been telling every third person I have met about this product. I get dark circles and very puffy under eyes, so I use under eye patches to assist with de-puff quite regularly. I was previously using a different brand, they were selling 6 sets of patches (that's 12 individual patches) for $32.

I am SO HAPPY that Michelle from Lilac and Berries had sent me this little miracle, a whooping 60 individual patches, that's 30 sets for only $28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And the result you asked? It works exactly the same as my expensive patches.

I will never ever want to pay more than $28 for my eye patches!

Petitfee Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch is available for purchase from Lilac and Berries for $28



For free shipping, enter "lilynotlouise" on orders $55 or more to receive free shipping within Australia!

Pssssst - A huge amount of products are currently on sale on Liliac and Berries!

If you would like to start your Korean Skincare routine or just want to add a few Korean skincare products into your collection, Liliac and Berries is the place to start for top notch affordable products. I was shockingly surprised by how well the products worked on my skin. Despite this being a sponsored post, I will 110% be purchasing from Lilac and Berries.
*This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.


  1. The All Clean Balm sounds amazing and I'll have to lookup those eye patches,as I use them all the time and that's quite cheap especially if they perform the same!

  2. What I like about Korean skincare is that it's fun! And these sound seriously great!

  3. Omggg saw your post on Instagram and I've read the entire post! Love it Lily! I'm so glad you wrote about the website, because I"m going to bookmark it and when I've let myself go on a haul..I be buying korean skincare products :)

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  4. Those exfoliating swipes look so interesting!!

  5. All of this stuff sounds wonderful! Love the look of the eye patches, although I don't tend to get puffy eyes.

  6. I swear I really need to try some korean products. All these products sounds amazing. :)

    Michelle Morchella

  7. I love the sound of the effectiveness of those eye patches!


  8. Korean skincare is something I've yet to fully try, but the All Clean Balm and Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling sound really good, especially the latter as the pads are huge!

  9. All of these products sounds fabulous! I have to stop being lazy and get back to doing my double cleanse! xo

  10. i love korean skincare ! all these products sound really interesting! at the moment i am trying some new Korean sheet masks and i am loving them so far ..

  11. I'm really impressed Lily - love this review, and I'm busting to try the Petitfee Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches. My under eye area is what gives away my age, so I'm definitely giving these a go pronto! ♥


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