10 korean skincare empties (feat. klairs, cosrx, laneige, neogen + more)


Yikes. It’s been over a month since my last post, and frankly, my writing muscles are feeling a bit stiff. In light of some recent life updates, I’ve barely had any time to dedicate to ruth&naomi—but rest assured, I’m alive and well.

I won’t ramble on for too long because this post has been long overdue. My slightly OCD self could no longer stand seeing these empty products cluttering my shelf waiting to be photographed, so I finally got around to shooting them a week or two ago. Subsequently, I hummed a tune from the Sound of Music classic (“so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight!”), as I gleefully tossed all ten products into the trash.

Now, it’s time to pay homage.

1 | klairs gentle black deep cleansing oil

  • Let’s start off with a front-runner: this very mild, gentle, and lightweight oil cleanser. It never irritated my skin and effortlessly washes away without a greasy feeling.
  • It’s got a record of impressive ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride (an excellent emollient/skin-restorer derived from coconut oil and glycerin) makes up the base, followed by restorative jojoba seed oil, emollient soybean and sesame seed oils, mineral-rich black currant oil, shea butter, skin-soothing andiroba oil (from the Brazilian mahogany tree), and antioxidant-rich cranberry seed oil.
  • Would I repurchase? Most definitely, and I highly recommend it for double cleanse needs. But, for the sake of trying new things, I’ll be on the hunt for a different cleansing oil for now.

2 | neogen green tea real fresh foam cleanser

  • Again, a very mild and gentle cleanser that thoroughly cleansed (but never dried out) my sensitive skin.
  • Notably, this foam cleanser has a base of Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf water (instead of the usual main component of water), which has proven antioxidant, anti-aging, acne-reducing, and skin-soothing properties; plus, it’s got an intense laundry list of other natural and beneficial ingredients. (Real green tea leaves at the bottom!)
  • Would I repurchase? Yes; although personally, I didn’t love the scent.

3 | son & park beauty water


4 | laneige balancing emulsion and water bank moisture cream

  • I really love Laneige products; they’re ultra-hydrating, lightweight, and non-irritating on my skin. I actually purchased three more Laneige products today (Water Sleeping Mask, Lip Sleeping Mask, and Water Bank Gel Eye Cream) after recently receiving my first facial (post to come). The esthetician had confirmed what I already knew—my skin is currently super, super dehydrated—so I turned to a brand that’s tried and true for my skin.
  • The Balancing Emulsion was a great, ultra-light sheet of moisture, and it layered well under a thicker face cream; the Water Bank Moisture Cream was all-together so absorbent, rich with moisture, and seemingly weightless. Win-win-win.


5 & 6 | missha time revolution firming youth cream and misa geum sul vitalizing eye cream 

  • I used both of these in tandem during the bulk of the winter of 2016, and while they’re extremely moisturizing and suitable for dry and sensitive skin, I have a hunch that the very emollient nature of these products might have caused milia (which occurs when products are too moisturizing, thus clogging pores and causing small, hard white bumps to form). This is purely conjecture, though, and I’m definitely not denying the moisturizing and skin-beneficial perks of this cream and eye cream.
  • Would I repurchase? Most likely not because of said milia mishap, but I do stand by these two products in that they never broke me out or irritated my sensitive skin.


7 | skinfood rice mask wash off

  • I love this exfoliating mask for its refreshing, “soft”, and hydrating texture. It features caprylic/capric triglyceride, skin tone-brightening rice bran water, and jojoba oil, to name a few, and it always left my skin feeling smoother and more radiant.
  • My skin has become more sensitive since the first time I used this product, though, so I do have to note that there was a slight, dull sting on my cheeks when I used this mask in recent months. I think I’ve given enough love to this wash-off in the past, so I probably won’t be repurchasing—but if you don’t have finicky skin, then I would recommend this as a solid mild exfoliator that’s also very affordable.


8 | cosrx acne pimple master patch

  • Yes, yes, a thousand times yes to these small but powerful acne-fighting patches!
  • I place one on a growing or angry pimple (sometimes I have to secure it with a bandaid because it tends to fall off moisturized skin) and leave it on overnight. The next morning, I always see a noticeable difference in the state of my pimple. It helps the process along, so the acne may either visibly reduce in size or “ripen” faster, and thus, be on its way to healing more quickly.

9 | cosrx low pH good morning gel cleanser

  • I absolutely loved this mild gel cleanser from cosrx (fast becoming one of my favorite Korean skincare brands to date).
  • Because it has a low pH level between 5.0 and 6.0, it never leaves my skin feeling stripped or dry. I used it only in the mornings and followed with a cotton swab soaked with a cleansing water.
  • Would I repurchase? Yes! (And you should, too.)

10 | erborian seve de bamboo eye matte

  • Lastly, let’s talk about this super lightweight eye “cream”, air-quoted because it’s got more of a refreshing gel texture than a creamy finish. I looked forward to using this product every morning because it never failed to cool and awaken my eyes, reduce any puffiness, and absorb oh-so quickly into the delicate skin around my eyes.
  • Would I repurchase? I would, but I’d love to try new products, too. I purchased this in February of this year, and used it almost every day. For the 15ml size, the price is a bit high, considering I just bought a 25ml gel eye cream from Laneige for almost the same price. Definitely a good product, though.

And that’ll do it. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

// ruth kim


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