Do you like your skin to feel like silk? If you do, you’re in for a treat. If not… then I advise you to look elsewhere, kind sir. I have two products that I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while now, but I just haven’t — and I can’t let this transgression go on any longer, because they are bloody brilliant.
The products in question are the Hera Sun Mate Daily and Dear By Enprani Moistfull Booskin. Yes, the names are whack. I know — it’s all part of the K-beauty thing. But honestly… these two products are so good, they can get away with (almost) anything.
Alright, so let’s start with the Booskin. “What the eff is a ‘bookskin’?” I hear you ask. Well, there is some logic to it — it’s a mix between “booster” and “skin”, which are also two Korean beauty terms. Boosters, to me, are a mix between a toner and an essence, and a skin is another word for toner.There’s a longer explanation over on Fiddy’s blog, but essentially this product is a step between a toner and an essence. Still with me? Good!
I’ve been using this as the first step after cleansing (as I usually would with a toner), and I’ve really begun to like this little product. I actually received this as a deluxe sample in a Memebox way back when, and I had it stashed away (as I do) until now. I thought it sounded a bit odd, but I definitely noticed the brand — mainly because of the Bounce Cheese Cream (yep, you read that right) which took the K-blogosphere by storm a little while ago.
The best thing about this Moistfull Booskin is that it moisturises my skin really quickly and leaves it feeling silky smooth. I guess that’s what the “Moistfull” part is all about — there is actually a Tone Up Booskin which I assume is more brightening and tightening. I didn’t have high hopes for this initially, but I love how non-irritating it is for even the most sensitive skin, and how it absorbs so quickly.
Its consistency is a little thicker than water, as you can see here:
Once I finish this deluxe tester, I have a few toners to use up, but I would definitely consider repurchasing this. It’s a good’un!
Okay, no onto Hera’s sun lotion. I received this as a gift from one of the parents when I was teaching in Korea, and it’s something I was pretty chuffed with. Not gonna lie. Hera is a pretty high-end Korean skincare and beauty brand, the sort that you see in the department store with the likes of Clarins, Chanel, Bioderm… you get the gist. It’s nice, y’all.
And being someone who likes to stay out of the sun and slather myself with sun cream, I was intrigued at the thought of a high-end sun lotion. I’ve never really treated myself to one… but now, there’s no looking back.
First off, the packaging is pretty luxe and it just makes me feel good. I know that might sound superficial, but it’s the truth. These days, I just like treating myself and enjoying it and revelling in it, and not questioning it. Just go with it. Life is short. YOLO. All that good stuff.
So yes, it feels good, and it looks nice. As you can see, the tube is a metallic orange and has that sort of aluminium feel where, when you press it, it doesn’t just bounce back like a plastic one would. It reminds me slightly of the Aesop products — high quality. The lid is a twist-off silver one, and the nozzle is slim and precise. Yep.
This is what the lotion looks like:
As you can see, it’s a light, baby pink colour and smooth in consistency. It’s almost like a CC cream, in that it’s tinted and gives you a slight glow/tint. It’s actually really flattering. My favourite thing about this sun cream is that it isn’t oily or greasy, and it actually feels nice to wear. I know! Its unbelievable! I’m used to sun creams leaving me looking a bit like an oil slick, but this one really doesn’t.
And this is yet another reason why I love Korea: they make incredible sun cream.
This is what it looks like once it’s blended in, if you can even make it out:
As you can (barely) see, this Hera sun cream blends really smoothly into the skin and is barely noticeable on the face. It sits really nicely under makeup and while it makes you look healthy, it doesn’t make you shiny, nor does it leave a white caste. Perfect. It’s beautiful, and it makes me feel very luxurious when I use such a beautiful product for an SPF.
Have you tried either of these products? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments 🙂