Back on the Korean skincare train

With the whole minimalism I’m trying to implement I realised that my skincare routine was a hot and confused mess. So I decided to cut out products and add more in. I now can’t remember what odd bits I was using but I know that it was doing my skin no favours and was more punishing than nurturing. Bad me, lesson finally learned.

While trying to find some new skincare guidance a UK beauty blog pointed me in the direction of reddit for skincare advice. Went down the rabbit hole, downloaded the app for constant access and haven’t left since.

So far on my journey I’ve tried CosRX, affordable and available in the UK (you can get a lot of it from Look Fantastic, but Cult Beauty also stocks it and there are also some independent UK kbeauty eshops). Plus the packaging is nice and worthy of shelfies. Oh and it’s cruelty free depending on how you view the use of snail products. Things I’m currently using from them (and have been for about 2-3 weeks) are:

  • BHA Blackhead Power Liquid – It’s been about 3 weeks and I am starting to notice how much of a difference it makes to the previously clogged pores on my nose
  • Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence – This has helped get rid of the redness on my cheeks a lot, can’t really vouch for hydration or pigmentation-obliteration, but it makes my skin look bright and even.
  • Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser – It doesn’t do anything overly special but I like it, from the simple but happy packaging to the nice consistency of it.

I’ve also just tried a Skinfood sheet mask that my sister has a stash of from a while ago (not cruelty-free but I wanted to see what the sheet mask was like). I tried the Yogurt Everyday Facial Mask Sheet and nope. My skin was sticky and shiny afterwards and red. Very red and blotchy. I need to check the ingredients of it because it was a sheet of hellfire.

Other things I want to try out are Klairs, especially their Supple Preparation Facial Toner, for that hydrating toner goodness, their vitamin C serum, for the pigmentation-annihilation, and Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask, as sleeping masks interest me and people seem to like this one.

Is this minimalism? Debatable, but to me each product does something so it’s not excessive. Plus I really enjoy skincare.


I have always been materialistic and into fast fashion or collecting odd items, but recently I felt so empty from all my belongings. I saw most of my possessions as having no true value to myself or just as a money-sink. The majority of my room didn’t make me happy. Buying so much in bulk no longer makes me happy.

I suppose this is some sort of realisation on my part of how empty my retail-therapy was and how my room is just a disjointed splurge. It was made all the more obvious when I had to pack up my room for the summer. I hated the extreme excess of it because nothing went together and none had true long-time value. It was both literal and figurative baggage weighing me down as had to lug it on trains home, abandoning most at a friend’s.

I’ve started listening to the audiobook for the KonMari tidying method. It’s something that sounds so much like minimalism and probably is: keep what is precious or useful and throw out what is not. Which got me to start looking up minimalist YouTubers and bloggers for inspiration.

Next summer I want to be surrounded by things that are all precious to me in some way and maybe be able to carry it all in a single suitcase.