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Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence

For the holidays I decided to treat myself to a new essence since my Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence was empty. (Which I totally recommend for a starter essence that is inexpensive and really great!) Since I have dry skin, and using retinol / BHA from my dermatologist for closed comedones really rips up my skin- I decided to try this hydrating essence.

My winter routine previously consisted of a double cleanse, Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, The Face Shop Rice & Ceramide Emulsion, and a Sleeping Pack a few times a week.

On to the Review of Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence!

Packaging: Comes in a classy glass bottle with a hygienic dropper that measures out the amount for you. The bottle itself sold it and made me want to buy it honestly.

Information: Recommended for dry, aging, and normal skin types. Contains 50% Black Bee Propolis Extract that acts as an anti-inflammatory while sealing in moisture in the skin. 20% Royal Jelly Extract stimulates collagen production, anti bacterial properties, as well as being jam packed with vitamins and minerals. 10% Royal Black Honey Extract contains aged honey which concentrates it in addition to binding moisture to the skin.

Effects & Impressions: I felt that incorporating it into my morning and night routine allowed me to no longer need to use my emulsion or sleeping pack as much in the winter, so far I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and have not needed either for hydrated, supple skin. I found that I only needed what the dropper dispensed which isn’t a lot. It really made my skin super hydrated for the majority of the day, and when I use it at night, my skin is still moisturized the next morning when I go to start my morning routine. I found that it plumped my skin and helped it from getting inflamed from my acne products. I love my Snail essence but I’m glad I made the switch to this one! Not sure what kind I’ll try next, but I may end up going back to this one…. I think its a good price for the amount you get and the amount you end up using, plus if your skin is not very dry you could skip the additional steps in your moisturizing routine, making it a good choice for those who want an easy routine or cannot afford multiple products.

Have you used this product? What are your thoughts?



Korean Skincare: What is a Sleeping Pack?

If you are new to Korean Skincare, it can get a bit overwhelming with all of the various products as well as some descriptions not being fully in English or using words that we have never heard of! Check out my post outlining Korean Skin Care Routine for a quick introduction to the methods while this post is focusing on one of the last steps in the moisturizing section: Sleeping Packs.

So what exactly is a sleeping pack?!?! A sleeping pack is a final moisturizer that you apply in a thick layer and then go to sleep with it! It can be a bit weird at first going to bed with a sticky face (especially if you have cats walking all over you like me!), but I can assure you, when you wake up and have baby soft skin you will be obsessed like me!

How to Use:

  1. After your night time skincare routine is done, apply a nice layer all over skin and then go to bed!
  2. In the morning, rinse off the product and then begin your morning routine!
  3. I use this once a week or if my skin is really dry especially during winter!

Lazy Girl Hack: If I’m too tired to do my whole routine, I’ll simply cleanse my skin then slap some sleeping pack on and then wake up moisturized and refreshed, not to mention not guilty from neglecting my 10 step regimen.

Sleeping pack is a must have for those with dry skin (like me), who want to potentially simplify their regimen, or are new to the Korean skincare routine and don’t have the funds to do a bunch of products.

My Personal Favorite: The Face Shop Jeju Tangerine Sleeping Pack! Unfortunately I was not able to find it on Amazon anymore, but this not only smells great, but also works really well. I don’t have anything to compare it to as this is my first sleeping pack, but I plan to update this post once I try more. It always leaves my skin really hydrated and happy. For more of my beauty favorites click here!

Ones I’m dying to try next:

  • Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack
    • Comes in 3 flavors, Strawberry, Green Tea, and Black Tea, with each addressing different skin concerns.
    • The packaging is not only alluring, it’s adorable!
    • Contains hydrating “bobas” that add extra moisture not to mention fun!
  • Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
    • This one seems to be a cult favorite!
    • Simple and effective this one is perfect for someone new to Korean Skincare products
  • TonyMoly Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack
    • I love the packaging, the panda is so cute!
    • It claims to soothe and calm skin, which would be great for winter
    • Has whitening properties, meaning that it evens and brightens skin tone through the use of Niacinamide.
  • TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Mask
    • Again, the packaging is a banana….. so cute!
    • Hydrates and calms the skin and contains Banana Extract!
  • Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack
    • I love green tea products and I really want to try their green tea serum so it only makes sense to try this one out too!

Have you tried any of these? Any others I should try?


10 Sheet Mask Packs Under $30

Sheet Masks are amazing instruments to add to your skincare routine. They treat skin concerns with different essences, extra essence can be applied all over body and are a quick way to relax! Try adding this once a week to your beauty regimen for relaxing hydration!

Interested in learning more about Korean Skin Care Routine Breakdown? Looking to add more products to your regimen? Check out my Korean Beauty Favorites of the moment!

Keep an eye out on amazon, I usually save all the mask packs I come across to a wish list then read reviews or if the price drops to a $1 a mask I pick them up.

Check out the following masks for inexpensive yet effective masks that come in a variety of types! I even included an inexpensive hydrogel mask variety pack that looks like a great one to try!

  1. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet
    • Contains 16 Masks: There are a variety of packs of these but here are all the types: Vegetable Placenta, Olive, Bamboo, Milk, Bee Venom, Acerola, Red Ginseng, Apricot, Pomegranate, Wine, Strawberry, Honey Grapefruit, Rose, Grape, Acai Berry, Seaweed.
    • This is another version with the following masks: Aloe, Herb, Pearl, Syn-ake, Green Tea, Gold, Vitamin, Royal Jelly, Hyaluronate, Cucumber, Q10, White, Aqua, Charcoal, Platinum, Snail.
    • $8.99 total, $0.56 per mask!
    • This is a great deal for a decent mask and I recommend it for those looking to get started with sheet masks!
    • Comes with eye not completely cut out so you can cover your eye, these collagen masks also contain vitamin E to nourish the skin.
  2. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks: Green Tea, Cucumber, Bamboo, Aloe, Manuka Honey, Kiwi, Shea Butter, Mugwort, Pomegranate, Acai Berry, Tea Tree, Bija, Lime, Strawberry, Rose.
    • $14.49 total, $0.97 per mask!
    • I just got this one for myself for the holidays and I can’t wait to try it. The packaging is really clean and appealing and reviews look great.
    • Contains a triple layer sheet to aid in long lasting moisture and skin absorption regulation.
  3. The Face Shop Living Nature Grind Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks: Red Ginseng, Acai Berry, Aloe Vera, Avocado, Blueberry, Rice, Cucumber, Green Tea, Honey, Kelp, Shea Butter, Lemon, Mung Bean, Olive, Pomegranate.
    • $15.00 total, $1.00 per mask!
    • They have a 4 star review on Amazon, I look forward to trying them!
  4. Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet
    • Contains 20 Masks 20 of 23 types sent randomly: Aloe, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly, Pearl, Green Tea, Lemon, Pomegranate, Tea Tree, Vita Complex, Olive, Coenzyme Q10, Mugwort, Korean Ginseng, Mango, Snail, Acai Berry, Bamboo, Rice, Honey, Damask Rose, Korean Strawberry, Silk Cocoon.
    • $29.97 total, $1.50 per mask!
    • Looking forward to trying this pack, it has so many plus it has 4.4 stars for reviews on Amazon!
  5. TonyMoly I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack (Individual types are sold on the Official TonyMoly Site at $6.00 for 2 masks or $3.00 per mask)
    • Contains 11 Masks: Brightening Lemon, Skin Soothing Tea Tree, Radiance Tomato, Moisturizing Aloe, Pore Care Red Wine, Elasticity Pomegranate, Vitality Broccoli, Skin Purifying Seaweed, Clear Skin Rice, Nutrition Avocado, Skin Purifying Makgeolli.
    • $10.69 total, $0.97 per mask!
    • These masks have such easy to follow and visually appealing packaging with the cutest drawings!!
    • Author Note: TonyMoly does not have an official Amazon store, so be cognizant of that information if purchasing through Amazon. They sell the types individually for customizable orders. Each selection contains 2 masks priced at $6.00 or $3.00 per mask sheet.
    • Uses a Three layered pulp sheet to prevent evaporation.
    • Talc, paraben and artificial pigment free so perfect for sensitive skin.
  6. the SAEM Natural Facial Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks of Random 20 types: Bamboo, Rice, Pomegranate, Lemon, Cucumber, Green Tea, Honey, Tea Tree, Oatmeal, Aloe, Gold Kiwi, Olive, Blueberry, Acai Berry, Rose, Shea Butter, Argan,Avocado, Potato, Red Ginseng.
    • $11.98 total, $0.80 per mask!
    • The packaging is very appealing and really looks professional and classy.
  7. TonyMoly Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Individual types are sold on the Official TonyMoly Site  at $6.00 for 2 masks or $3.00 per mask)
    • Contains 7 Masks: Hyaluronic Acid, Snail, Propolis, Caviar, Pearl, Shea Butter, Collagen.
    • $7.70 total, $1.10 per mask!
    • They contain unbleached cotton sheets, thick and saturated with essence
    • Author Note: TonyMoly does not have an official Amazon store, so be cognizant of that information if purchasing through Amazon. They sell the types individually for customizable orders. Each selection contains 2 masks priced at $6.00 or $3.00 per mask sheet.
    • These masks have a high end type of feel with the type of cotton and packaging.
  8. Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet
    • Contains 10 Masks: Strawberry, Snail, Jeju Tangerine, Propolis & Bee Venom, Black Bean, Rice, Ginseng, Aleo, Horse Fat, Birds Nest
    • $13.33 total, $1.33 per mask!
    • I am interested in these masks mostly because they have interesting types that you don’t see often in masks like Horse Fat, Birds Nest and Jeju Tangerine, Although these unconventional types may turn some people off.
  9. Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet
    • Contains 10 Masks: Rose, Avocado, Shea Butter, Aloe, Green Tea, Tomato, Acai Berry, Royal Jelly, Bamboo, Cucumber.
    • $11.40 total, $1.14 per mask!
    • These have great reviews online and looks like many people with sensitive skin recommend it!
  10. Nature Republic Aqua Hydrogel Sheet Mask
    • Contains 4 Hydrogel Masks: Aloe, Argan, Pomegranate, Shea Butter
    • $17.50 total, $4.38 per mask!
    • I figured I’d add this last one as a hydrogel variety pack as they are usually VERY expensive and usually only come in one type.
    • What makes hydrogel so great?! This gelatinous sheet mask alternative carries higher amounts of essence to be absorbed into the skin. They are usually higher end and pricier but the benefits of a gel mask are usually better than traditional cotton or cellulose sheet masks with more absorption and nutrient delivery.
    • These indulgent masks have a 5 star rating on amazon so they are worth giving a shot for a super pampering session once a season!

Are you in love with sheet masks too? Let me know your favorite down below in the comments!!


Korean Skin Care Routine Breakdown

Hi All!

I can’t tell you how much the Korean skin care routine has helped my skin.  I recently got on medicine for acne and was on some harsh chemical exfoliants. It really ripped up my skin and during the winter I suffered from really dry skin. I gave the Korean skin care routine a go on a whim and it really transformed my skin.  It is now hydrated and makes me feel great.

The Korean skincare routine is finally taking hold in the USA, so I’d like to share what each step does!  Feel free to optimize to your specific skincare needs! Check out my Korean Beauty Favorites post for more on my loves and lusts! A general rule of thumb when designing your own Korean Skin Care routine is to remember that the process in moisturizing goes from thinnest consistency to thickest! Remember that and you will be set!


  1. Makeup Removal: This step is necessary after a long day of wearing makeup! I recommend an oil based makeup remover wipe it really melts off the eye makeup. I recommend giving the Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Tissue 2 Pack a try they are my favorite!
  2. Oil Cleansing: Believe it or not, makeup removing wipes simply aren’t enough to cleanse the face properly! Use an oil based cleanser on dry skin and rub in circular motions to disrupt the makeup and break it up then wash it off with washcloth or under the faucet. I like using Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oils because it is sold at your local stores in the US plus it is for both Normal and Dry Skin!
  3. Water Based Cleansing: That’s right, we still aren’t done cleansing!!! This technique is referred to as double cleansing and this removes any oil residue from the previous cleanse along with any other stubborn stuff still left on the skin! For a gentle cleanser I recommend The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam it is creamy and great for sensitive skin.
  4. Exfoliate: Don’t do this step too often, twice a month is plenty! Check out scrubs by Skin Food, their Black Sugar Wash off Mask really treat the skin to a mask and scrub all in one! I plan on trying the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask because I have tried the regular one and loved it!
  5. Tone: Unlike in the US, Korean version of toners are much less harsh on the skin and don’t dry the skin out. In fact it is typically applied with the hands in a patting motion to absorb it into the skin, rather than swiping the US alcohol based version with a cotton pad. The Korean toners are designed to prep the skin for absorbing all of the moisturizing steps to come.  No sense in putting all of the moisture on the skin if it isn’t ready to absorb it! Big Sellers include Skinfood Peach Sake Toner and Son & Park Beauty Water
  6. Essence: This is the step that really transforms your skin over time.  The center of the Korean skin care routine, the essence is both a toner and serum hybrid that hydrates skin and effects the skin at a cellular level, repairing and creating new skin cells. Apply with hands and pat into the  skin. I use Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence because it is for sensitive skin and makes my skin feel tight.
  7. Serum & Ampoules: Also tapped into the skin, these products can cover specific issues for your skin in addition to hydration. They can help with:
    • Dull skin
    • Pores
    • Pigmentation
    • Wrinkles
    • Acne prone skin
  8. Sheet Mask: These are my favorite part of the routine! These can be done anywhere from twice a week to once a month depending on the season and dryness of your skin. My skin tends to be dry, especially in the winter months so I usually try to do one once a week or once every two weeks.
    • They come in a variety of styles and materials. The more inexpensive ones are usually made of a paper soaked in a variety of skin boosting ingredients.
    • Higher end ones are made of hydrogel and are gelatinous in nature and adhere much better to the skin. Some are even made of lace!
    • There are so many of these out there and not just for the face either! There are ones for certain areas like the lips, eyes, hands, and nails! Here is a good place to start!
    • Keep them on for about 15-30 minutes or if you are like me as long as you can stand to reap the benefits!
  9. Eye Cream: Since the eye area is the most sensitive and delicate, extra hydration is needed. Using the ring finger to tap the product around the eye can give some much needed gentle hydration. Check out these eye creams!
  10. Moisturize: Apply a thicker moisturizer at night to absorb into the skin! Pick one that will suit your skincare needs, here is a good place to start!
  11. Sleeping Pack: A sleeping pack is basically a thick jelly like moisturizer that you slather on the skin before going to bed where it will absorb all night. In the morning you rinse it off and then begin your morning routine. One of my favorites is the Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack. Not only is the packaging adorable, it smells great and has different flavors for different skin concerns. I recommend using this once a week or if you notice dry patches of skin!


  1. Water Based Cleansing: To wash off the previous nights sleeping pack or to start off the routine, use a water based cleanser to cleanse and prep the face!  In addition to The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam I mentioned earlier, I also love the Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam because it gently exfoliates my dry skin and makes my skin feel super clean!
  2. Tone: Again, bust out that toner and apply to your face to prep the skin for hydration! Here are some more toners to try!
  3. Essence: As we talked about above, the essence is an essential part that gets patted into the skin. Check out more essences here.
  4. Serum & Ampoules: As I mentioned above, these can address certain concerns. Serums are more concentrated versions of the essence. Here are some to check out!
  5. Moisturize: Pick a lighter moisturizer for during the day! Find one that is best for your skin type! Take a look here for a good place to start!
  6. Sunblock: Before applying your makeup, apply a sunscreen, or use a foundation that has a sunscreen in it! Here are some primers, sunblocks, and foundations with SPF!

Let me know in the comments your fave product (because I want to try it!!!) or if you have tried the Korean Skincare routine before and your thoughts!

Korean Beauty Favorites

Hi All!

I’ve been loving Korean makeup for a while now, and have been experimenting with the Korean Skin care routine, so I wanted to share my current faves as well as what ones I’m currently dying to try!

Korean Makeup Essentials: These are my go to BB creams!

  1. Missha Perfect cover BB cream in color 13 Milky Beige ,  This BB cream is very light with good coverage, it is thick for a bb cream and has a nice consistency. I love to use it in winter when my skin needs more moisture and I am the most pale.
  2. SKIN79 The Prestige Beblesh Balm BB Cream Diamond Collection, This BB cream is perfect for everyday wear. It does have a greyish tone to it which I wasn’t sure about but I fell in love with how it makes my skin look! Great coverage and lasts a very long time!  Skin79 also has a sample pack on Amazon that you can test out some of their BB’s to find your fave.

Korean Skin Care Essentials: These are part of my current skincare routine! In order of use, too!

  1. Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Tissue, These are hands down the best makeup wipes I’ve ever used. They have a light healthy scent and one wipe cleans off all of my makeup. Claims to have antioxidants and vitamins to help skin, but they are seriously amazing wipes.
  2. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, This is a lightly scented face wash that is very effective at making your skin feel squeaky clean!  Simple and effective.
  3. Etude House Baking Powder B.P Deep Cleansing Foam , I got a sample of this with one of my purchases and fell in love with how well it works to clean my face, now that I’m out of Rice water foam, I plan on picking this one up!
  4. SkinFood Black Sugar Face Mask , This is just a great mask/exfoliant combo, which is perfect for winter months when your skin needs extra love.
  5. Benton Snail Bee Essence, I tried this essence because I was new to Korean skincare and it was relatively inexpensive compared to others.  I personally don’t like the smell, but it has snail and bee venom in it which maybe thats the smell.  The bee venom firms the face. If smell doesn’t bother you its a great product for the price ($20)
  6. The Face Shop Rice & Ceramide Moisture Emulsion, This is a great moisturizer, there is a lot of product for the price and has light scent.
  7. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet (16 Combo Pack), These aren’t the best sheet masks in the world, but they are super affordable and get the job done.  I hope to check out some more renowned brands in the future!  There are some weird ones in this collections like Vegetable Placenta and bee venom but also some fun ones like wine! I think this is a great intro to face masks for people to try.
  8. The Face Shop Jeju Tangerine Sleeping Mask, I like to use this in the fall and winter when my skin needs extra moisture! It smells so good and in the morning my skin is so plump from absorbing the mask over night. It comes with a large amount of product too which is good because it seems to be out of stock everywhere I look.

Korean Beauty Lust List: These are products I’d love to get my hands on to try next!

  1. Etude House Sleeping Pack Bubble Tea: Black Tea, I really want to try this next once my current sleeping mask is finished.  It has cute tapioca inspired hydrating pearls and the packaging is adorable.  There are three different flavors, green tea, black tea and strawberry. It just looks like such a fun product!
  2. Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint, I’ve seen quite a few reviews of this product and would love to try it and recommend it to my lip tint friends.  The packaging is a cute wine bottle and there seems to be a variety of colors.  There is also apparently a nice scent and I’m glad that they have small sample sizes too!
  3. Skinfood Peach Sake Toner and Emulsion, I’m currently using a traditional american toner and I know that Korean ones are gentler on the skin and overall have a different purpose.  Korean toners are applied similarly to moisturizers and it preps the skin to absorb moisture which is why its after the cleanser step.  This one has gotten a lot of love on blogs so I think it would be a good starting point.
  4. Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, This looks so luxiourous and I’m sure it smells great. I’m mostly sold on the packaging!
  5. [TONYMOLY] I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11, I want to try more masks but I want it to be affordable so these mask packs have a variety of ones to try!
  6. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet Pack of 15 I want to try more masks and want it to be affordable and I love variety!
  7. The Face Shop Living Nature Grind Mask Sheet x 15pcs, Like the two above I want ones that come in a pack and are reasonably priced since the skin care routine has you do them at least once a week