MASK MONDAYS: Kokostar Watermelon Slice Mask Sheet 🍉

Welcome back to another Mask Mondays. Has this week begun well for you? I have a short mask review for you today, and unfortunately it’s not going to be all so positive. This is more so a chance to highlight that some gimmicky or fun looking skin care products really aren’t worth the hype –…

[#Ad] How You Can Support a Small Business During a Recession.

As much as we try to avoid the overbearing news updates regarding the current pandemic, it’s common hearsay that the British economical state may worsen depending on the longevity of the pandemic and if we aren’t applying sufficient measures to prevent a second peak of the virus. The uncertainly surrounding whether or not the British…

[#Gifted] Duft & Doft Review ft Frmadcos 🇰🇷

Duft & Doft is known as a fragrance brand – making various non-aerosol body sprays and a whole line of delicately perfumed hand creams. As they gradually gain popularity, they’ve started to pop-up in drugstores across Korea: most often being seen in OliveYoung. Although what some people don’t know is they also have a collection…

A Sheet Mask For Every Skin Type 💧

I’ve had this blog post in my drafts since the beginning of lockdown, so now it’s time to finish it off – otherwise by the time I get round to it, Summer will have already graced us and gone. The focus of this post is fairly simple, yet I hope it is informative. I’ve narrowed…

Dear K-Beauty brands, diversity is this…

In consideration of the BLM movement, I had a further think about the issues surrounding the misrepresentation of diversity in the k-beauty industry. I’ve spoken about this concern in the past, but last night I stayed up to write this blog post. I’m not sure how my words will be persevered, however I hope I…

[#Gifted] ✨Twenty or Something Mini Haul + Reviews✨

In favour of supporting more small businesses during this time, I’d like to introduce you to Twenty or Something – the one stop online shop for K-Beauty. Despite the pandemic they launched just a few weeks back & are thriving. They kindly chose me receive some of their hand-selected products to discuss with you, and…

Let’s Talk About Ways to Ease Anxiety, Stress & Sleeping Problems.

Today I’m bringing back a topic which I haven’t spoken about on SimplyEm’sBlog for some time now, and that is the subject of Mental Health. There as a number of reasons as to why I’ve decided to discuss this again, these reasons being: – My own mental health hasn’t been great these days, – Given…

[#Gifted] Dr. Ceuracle Skincare Review ft. Kōsame 💙

(Please turn your device to landscape to read this article, thank you). … For the time being my main point of concern regarding skincare is repairing and strengthening my skin barrier. My protective barrier isn’t as sensitive as is was say 6+ years ago when I wasn’t then using K-beauty skincare, but it’s still a…

[#Ad] An Introduction to “Billionaire Beauty”.

Be honest, there has definitely been more than the one occasion when you’ve purchased a beauty product purely because the on-screen advertisement was attractive or because you recognised the big brand – right? How many times have you then shoved that cosmetic or beauty product to one side without ever using it even once? Or…

[#Gifted] ✨Glamtouch – The One Stop Destination for K-Beauty✨

I never get bored of K-Beauty, and hopefully neither do you, because today I bring you another Korean Beauty themed blog post. Today’s post will ‘touch’ on GlamTouch (…punny). I’ve been using products from GlamTouch – the one stop destination for K-Beauty since February of this year and have discussed both the brand and a…

[#Gifted] Geolenses Colour Circle Lense Review 👁️👁️

Let’s go back to a few weeks ago… England, finally had some Sunny weather which brought the opportunity to slap on some makeup for the first time in weeks to only go into the back garden for a BBQ in lockdown. For the not so special occasion, I opened a new pair of “Geolica Circle…

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 Skin) Customisable, Vegan J-beauty 🌸

Irén Skin/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…

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:…