So…I started a YouTube Channel ☺️🎥

Hiya readers, how’s life? Maybe a bit boring, eh? Well this current situation right now has somehow lead me to finally starting a YouTube channel! As cliché as it sounds, starting a YouTube Channel has been something I’ve been wanting to do for years. But it’s true, I’ve more or less grown up watching YouTube…

My Top Picks from Kōsame – The House of Korean Beauty™

Kōsame – The House of Korean Beauty™, is a reliable and affordable online shop catering to all your Korean Skincare and K-beauty needs – delivering to the UK & Europe. They stock several loved brands which are adored by those both fairly new to K-beauty, as well as by those who have been delving into…

[#Gifted] Be + Radiance Cucumber Matifying Foundation (Vegan)

I haven’t tried any vegan & cruelty-free base makeup products other than those by Revolution, until now. ‘Be + Radiance’ have a Cucumber Water Matifying Foundation (30ml) which is 100% silcone, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol & fragrance free in addition to be Vegan, Cruelty-free & made of 100% recyclable packaging. It’s made in France, so the…

[#Gifted] イレーン (Irén) Customisable, Vegan J-beauty 🌸

Irén/イレーン is a Japanese Skincare brand reinventing J-beauty as we know it. There are many J-beauty brands and products which have even make their way to the vanity tables of Europeans and beyond, though many of those much loved Japanese beauty staples aren’t Vegan nor qualify as ‘clean’ beauty. In order to change the J-beauty…

4 Simple Ways to Boost Skin Hydration 💦 #dryskin

We all have had dry skin some time or other – whether is be our skin type all year round, for part of the year or be a result of using too many clay based masks or skincare containing a high percentage of alcohol. Whatever the cause may be, I’m sure we’ve all gone down…

Diary #17 – A Birthday in Lockdown 🎂🏠

Did I forget to write a diary entry this year, yes… yes I did. So welcome to my first diary entry of this year. 2020 so far has been…uneventful, which is probably why hadn’t written a diary entry in a while. It goes without saying that birthdays or special occasions whilst in lockdown generally involve…

[#Gifted] SKINACADEMY ZERO Vegan Skincare Review 🌱💚

Today is a typical raining day in April here in London, which for me is the cosy atmosphere I like for blogging. Whilst I work on my new Vegan & Sustainable beauty/skincare sections here on SimplyEm’sBlog, I’d like to introduce you to ‘SKINACADEMY ZERO’ – a 100% natural, plant-based, vegan skincare brand which uses sustainable…

[#Gifted] Top 3 Serums for Oily, Combination & Acne Prone Skin 🙌

Skincare can be overwhelming, especially when new products are being released all the time & when our knowledge is limited when it comes to specialist trending ingredients. To keep things simple & concise for those of us with Oily, Combination & Acne Prone skin types, I’ve narrowed down some K-Beauty serum/ampoule options most suitable for…

[#Gifted] StyleKorean Haul

Sometime after their first upload, I came across ‘Beauty Cookie‘ – a YouTube channel centred around K-beauty. I wasn’t just interested in this channel just because of being familiar with the hosts Edward Avila, Coco & Megan Bowen; I was intrigued by the concept of one series they do named ‘WWW’. I actually don’t know…

[#Gifted] Detoskin Skincare Review 🌸

First of all, I must confess that this review post is welllllll overdue as some of the products featured were tried & tested back in December last year (eek). Better late than never, right? So, ‘Detoskin’ is a self proclaimed Hygge cosmetic bringing comfort & relaxation to those who require it. From what I can…

[#Gifted] Dewytree Skincare Review

Surprise surprise, it’s another K-beauty review. This time round I’ll be introducing you to three products from Dewytree. Dewytree isn’t exactly a small or Indie brand, but at the same time its not as readily available globally outside of Korea as Missha for instance. The first time I tried Dewytree was around this time last…

A Week of Masking – Quarantine Edition 🏡

Hiya everyone, are you still here? – Yeah, I sort of neglected SimplyEm’sBlog again… Well, I’ve mainly been writing mini Kbeauty & small brand skincare reviews over on Instagram – as I have been doing for quite some time now – so I haven’t entirely given up on this whole skincare lark. Quarantine has been…

How to Start Living Ethically (Food, beauty, product alternatives + more)

Veganism, Vegetarianism, Eco-friendly living & ethical lifestyle choices are without a doubt widely accepted and adopted as a core lifestyle more than ever. When growing up, I remember non-meat eaters and environmentalists being shadowed by such negative connotations – many around me simply, and naively, suggested that people who lead said lifestyles are attention seekers…

[#Gifted] Hanyul Skincare Review ft. Kosame Beauty 💛

HANYUL deliver the benefits of Korean nature through skincare with the main priority of comforting skin as simply as possible – balancing skin with mild & non-complex formulas. For today’s review I have two of their products from two different ranges: the Hanyul Yuja Face Oil & Hanyul Pure Artemisia Watery Calming Cream supplied by…

[#Gifted] MaskTime Subscription Boxes (January) 💖

Let me introduce you to Mask Time! They’re a mask delivery service offering both subscription boxes as well as one time boxes when possible. All masks are directly sourced from Korea to ensure authenticity & quality, and are the ultimate way for lovers of kbeauty and Korean masking as well as those new to masking…

[#Gifted] FRANZ Skincare Review 💧

FRANZ JET DUAL MASK SYSTEM What makes the Dual Mask unique from others is Tissue X® – “which naturally generates microcurrents for enhanced absorption of ingredients into the Dermis (inner skin)”. This concept was created in partnership with Seoul National University, who applied the concept of reverse electrodialysis… In simple terms the gentle microcurrents are…

[Gifted] Some By Mi – 30 Days Miracle Toner & Serum Review 💚

Some By Mi – AHA•BHA•PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner In order to minimise the steps in your skincare routine, it’s a good idea to utilise multi-functional products like the ‘Some By Mi – AHA•BHA•PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner/ 썸바이미 나하•바하•피하 30 데이즈 미라클 토너. It claims to provide pore care, brighten skin tone & enhance…

✨Skincare Blogger Collaboration – Our recommendations✨

I wouldn’t have been as consistent with providing skincare reviews, as I have been for this length of time, if it wasn’t for the support of other skincare enthusiasts. Hence why today’s blog post encompasses the contributions of several bloggers/reviewers, to combine our skincare recommendations, advice & interests – catering to all skin types as…

I’m Average – So what?

There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Average… For most of us, regardless of where we are settled in the world, there’s unwritten expectations of us in life. Some of us will go through the pressures of family members and dear ones chewing off our ears about ‘when are you going to do this?’, ‘when are you…

[RECIPE] Vegetarian Swedish-Style Meatballs (easily adaptable) 🍽️ 🇸🇪

Now when I say ‘Swedish-Style’ Meatballs, I’m using the word ‘style’ very loosely. I guess you could say this is Swedish, or supposedly IKEA, “inspired’ meatballs. I have never eaten at IKEA, let allow tasted their famous Meatball dish, but I’ve been wanting to try it for quite sometime now. Coincidentally, when deciding how to…

My Top 15 Skincare Products of 2019

I vaguely recall mentioning in my previous blog post that I wouldn’t be writing another post this year, however I felt that now I have been fortunate enough to review plenty of skincare products this year, that its only fitting to conclude the year with a favourites post – “My top 15 Skincare products of…

Diary 16 – A Week In Winter 🌧️❄️

Winter: The cosiest of seasons, bringing hot hearty dishes to the dining table, and plenty of reminiscing over previous festive seasons and reflecting of the soon to cease year. It’s all well to sit down at my desk to talk about the simple things I enjoy over the Winter period, listing all the novelties, activities,…

A second d’Alba Review

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a d’Alba review, but the good news is that since last time they have new skincare products (yay!). d’Alba White Truffle Prestige Watery Oil Usually I’d leave my favourite item until last, however I really want to talk about my favourite first because its an oil that I…

[Gifted] Troiareuke Skincare Review 💭

Troiareuke Acsen Toc Toner I first heard about Troiareuke 4 more years ago. From what I understand they’re a dermatology clinic standard skincare brand who have their own Spa, but have since made their products available to the public. The first item I tried from their Acsen line is the ‘Toc Toner’. The toner’s name…

[AD-Gifted] ByWishtrend Review 🍁

Finally I got round to trying some ByWishtrend products – most of you will probably know that this brand is owned by ‘Wishtrend’, who are successful distributors of selected Kbeauty brands including Klairs. For now I’ll be concentrating on reviewing two ByWishtrend products: the ‘Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash’ & their ‘Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63…

[Gifted] Naturekind AHA Skincare Review 💧💦

Not too long ago I reviewed Naturekind’s Tea Tree infused skincare range. Today I return with reviews of their AHA line which consists of 3 products, whereas the tea tree line included 4 items. All the products featured here today can be purchased separately and don’t actually come as a set, so I hope you…

[Gifted] Mother Made skincare review 🌳🌱

Mother Made skincare is a global brand who strive to bring state-of-the-art cosmetic science throughout simplistic yet innovative products; all of which are preservative-free and cruelty-free. Several of their products are versatile and have undergone rigorous testing stages throughout their making, due to being made from scratch. Furthermore the brand aim to to invent new…

[AD-Gifted] – Naturekind Skincare Review 💚

Today’s skincare review is based on a Tea Tree infused skincare line by the Korean brand named ‘Naturekind’. I want to cover as many details about these products as possible, so I’m prewarning you that this may be a lengthy post compared to usual; therefore feel free to skip through sections as you please. Tea…

[Ad-Gifted] – Barulab Sheet Mask Review 💙💛

Barulab, focus on “replenishing” skin rather than just hydrating and cleansing skin: two ways to achieve this is via their two main/most popular products, which both happen to be sheet masks. This review will detail everything from the ingredients to my experience of both sheet masks, along with the mention of my personal preference between…

August Favourites.

August favourites, or more appropriately this should be titled ‘my summer favourites’ or, ‘I’ve run out of blog post ideas, and don’t want to talk about gloomy stuff again’ – but that would be too long of a heading. It’s possibly been as long as a year ago since I did a favourites themed post:…

[Ad-Gifted] – Tosowoong Skincare Review

Today’s product review is all about skincare from the brand Tosowoong. This review will cover 3 products, one with of which is a tool for blackhead removal and pore size maintenance. Tosowoong SOS Repair Clinic Blue Marine Bubble Toner Most noticeable of all, this is a jumbo bottle (1000ml) of toner that has an attachable…

Teriyaki Pork Rice Bowl (recipe review) 🥢

A few days ago, August 15th marked the anniversary of South Korea’s independence: more commonly named ‘National Liberation Day of Korea’. For many Korean citizens, they were able to take a rare day off from work and daily responsibilities to be patriotic, reflective of the fast development of their country despite the difficult circumstances their…

Abib Mild Acidic pH sheet mask review (Honey fit) 🍯

Quite often I walk around OliveYoung, one of the biggest drugstore chains in Korea, liking the variety of sheet masks available; but more often than not I don’t appreciate the prices of most items (if you know what I mean). This Abib Mild Acidic pH sheet mask, honey fit version, caught my eye due to…

Diary 14 – Now it’s Summer.

It has exceeded more than a month since I wrote a diary entry… Now its Summer. Not a lot has changed in my life since my last update, but just because nothing has moved forward in my life, time being the only thing to progress, I don’t think things are going poorly nor something to…

d’Alba Skincare Review

The skincare brand d’Alba initially derived from a Italian sanctuary of the same name: specialising in the cultivation of white truffles, also known as ‘diamonds in the ground’. White truffles’ purpose is to infuse skincare with it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties; i.e. Enzymes known as ‘Superoxide Dismutase’. White truffle further holds Vitamins C & B12…

[Ad-Gifted]: The Skin House UV protection sun block review ☀️

When I look for a new sunscreen, or one that can better the one I currently use, the main point I consider most is if it has protection against UV rays in conjunction to a high SPF and preferably PA+++. The Skin House UV protection sun block covers all of these conditions with a lightweight…

[AD-Gifted]: Glowhill Glam Glow Make Up Facial Mask Review ✨

I tried two of the Glowhill Glam Make Up Facial Masks/글램 골드 메이크업 페이셜 마스크 a little while back. These masks are available in two versions: gold and pink. What makes these masks unique is that they functions as a pearlescent makeup base/’tone up’, giving skin a radiant glow perfect for achieving a glossy makeup…

[Ad-Gifted]: Glowhill Glow Masks (Review) ✨

For today’s skincare review, we have the Glowhill Xenoverse Black Glow Mask & Aurora White Hole Glow mask; which I’m sure is something you glitter & space theme lovers will want to try! Both are 15~20 minute (- as long as you don’t apply an overly thick layer) peel-off masks, yet each have a different…

[Ad-Gifted]: G9skin Pink Blur Hydrogel Eye Patches Review.

A few months ago I started using Hydrogel Eyepatchs on the odd occasion but wasn’t satisfied with packets containing 2 pairs at most. Thanking to G9skin I now have a tub of their ‘Pink Blur Hydrogel Eye patches’ to use at least once a week or “whenever wrinkle improvement is desired”. The packaging states that…

[Ad-Gifted]: Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Review 🌿

Not to long ago I reviewed the matching serum to this Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner/킵쿨 수드 대나무 토너 (350ml). Usually I’m not the sort of person to use multiple products in a range, just because they correspond with each other I just don’t feel like it’s necessary to use a whole collection; especially if…

[Ad-Gifted]: Glowhill Total Solution Glow Ampoule Pads (review) ✨

Ampoule pads: Have you used them before? To tell the truth I didn’t know they existed until I received these Glowhill Total Solution Glow Ampoule Pads. If you seek youthful, glowing, glossy skin that’s achieved through the use of skincare rather than layering uncomfortable makeup products that aim to provide the same look, then I…

Diary 13 – Overcast.

Sometimes I like rainy days. The pitter-patter of rain drops falling and trickling down a window pain or umbrella is relaxing. Sometimes rainy days paint an overcast slate grey sky, that can make 2pm on a Summer Monday resemble a cozy September evening. Lately indoors has become more of a comfort once again: I’m regretful…

[Ad-Gifted]: Keep Cool – Soothe Bamboo Serum Review 🌿

I initially became intrigued by ‘Keep Cool’ skincare, particularly their ‘Soothe’ range, as it’s target beneficiaries are those with Sensitive Dehydrated Oily Skin: my skin type exactly. Firstly, I’d like to discuss the ‘Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Serum/깁쿨 수드 대나무 세럼’ (50ml): 🌿 The serum utilizes bamboo water in replacement of typical mineral water found…

[Ad-Gifted]: TheYeon Toning7 Radiance Liquid Cream Review 🌼

On Thursday I received TheYeon Toning7 Radiance Liquid Cream & I can already say that I’m very impressed! First of all, not often do we come across a skincare product that can act as a toner and light emulsion at the same time. To be exact the packaging states that it’s an “intensive liquid moisturiser…

[Ad-Gifted]: Manuka RX Ointment Review 💛 🇳🇿

Dry skin, combination skin, oily skin: whichever your skin type we all experience skin issues that need a little TLC with a natural remedy. The Manuka RX ointment, infused with Manuka Oil sourced from New Zealand, is “a local topical application for burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, splinters, minor abrasions, wounds, insect bites and nappy…

[AD-Gifted]: Ground Plan 24hr Secret Mist Plus Review 🕒

Until recently, I had always associated face mists with supplying a top-up of extra hydration throughout the daytime, and didn’t regard it as an essential item mainly due to not having dry skin. I now realise that I misjudged face mists, purely because I naively suspected that all mists were more or less the same:…