Hi friends! Today I wanted to write a simple, honest rave review about one of my favourite Korean products. As you well know, I love Nature Republic and I’m pretty sure I always will. A love this strong has to be undying, right? Over the weekend, Etude House was having a sale, and I happened to break my no-shopping ban to check it out. But no matter how much I look elsewhere, I always come back to my home. Nature Republic just does it for me, in terms of quality, price, packaging, samples and service. I just love it so much!!! (Did you get that already?) So, a while ago I bought Nature Republic‘s Argan 20° Steam Emulsion. It actually sat on my shelf for a while before I opened it, and this is not something I’m proud of. Because it’s amazing!
Firstly, isn’t the box packaging cute? As I mentioned, Nature Republic is all about natural, eco-friendly ingredients and appearances. I think the box is really pretty and really quite intricate looking for such an affordable brand. Sa enticing! The reason why it took me a while to open this product is because I didn’t really know what to do with it or how to use it (yes, I buy things without having any idea of what their purpose is. This may or may not be a problem of mine!). All of the containers in this range is in what our kindergarten kids would call ‘yellow-green’, which isn’t necessarily my favourite but I don’t mind, really. I love the pump top, and also the fact that it comes with a lid protector (may or may not be the technical term), so I can easily pack it for travelling. Nice one, guys! If you read my post about the Korean skincare routine, you would already have an inkling that I loved this product. And you would be correct! But I want to reiterate my thoughts into a full post, because I feel this product deserves it. I really love it
I actually find this emulsion really moisturising and sometimes use it as the last step (as opposed to following it with a face cream, a la Korean style). It soaks into my skin and when I use it as part of my fancy Korean skincare routine, I do feel it makes my skin noticeably brighter. Gav definitely noticed the difference when I started incorporating the layered moisturising technique, and I feel that this Argan 20° Steam Emulsion has a big part to play in that. And he stares at my face more than anyone (and is the first to honestly and openly note any differences, good or bad) so that really is saying something! Have a look at it in action here:
You may also be wondering (as I was), what exactly is a steam emulsion? Well, it is similar to a steam cream (which are all the rage here in Korea), in that steam is injected into the mixture in order to fuse the ingredients together to create a smooth, hydrating texture… or so they tell me. This emulsion also contains fermented argan oil, which we hair oil lovers will know is your best friend when it comes to moisturising goodness. What I can tell you is that this emulsion makes my skin feel AMAZING. Here’s a peek at the (long) list of ingredients:
Again, a lengthy list from Nature Republic but overwhelmingly full of natural extracts. As with most cosmetics (but not all, Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream!) water is the first ingredient. This seems understandable for a steam cream, but I am curious to try out Benton’s line as well as I love this stuff and also Nature Republic’s snail cream (another rave review to come, for sure).
Overall, however, this isn’t a huge issue for me and I cherish the fact that Nature Republic made this emulsion. It smells like a dessert and feels like heaven. I am in love and it feels so good! This is actually quite a creamy emulsion, and as I mentioned it can be used as the last step or with a cream on top. Basically it’s up to you. But I do think that it would suit a wide range of skin types because of this. Also, it is a very gentle emulsion and speaking as someone with the world’s most sensitive skin, I find it really soothing and calming. Delicious and versatile? That’s two thumbs up from me.
What’s the verdict? I LOVE THIS STUFF. I don’t know if I’ve expressed that properly or not… but yes this is the ish. Do yourself a favour and indulge today. You won’t regret it!
Thanks for reading! See y’all tomorrow (I promise!) 🙂 Steph x