Here we are for another edition of Samplepalooza! I was hunting in Sephora for Christmas presents when I came across this nifty Sephora Favorites box set called Soko to Tokyo. It’s filled with deluxe size skin care samples from South Korea and Japan. Exciting!!! Of course, I just had to pick it up!

Here it is, in all its glory!

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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This essence smells like fermenty goodness and has the texture and consistency of water.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture below, but the darker patch on my skin is where the essence is running down my hand.  When I applied it to my face my skin felt refreshed.

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Just for funsies, I did a pH test on this essence.  As you can see from the pic below, it was 4.5.

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Purchase full size? Because the research on fermented skin care, although still in its initial phases, is so promising, I would definitely try out the full size version.

SkinInc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask

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This mask is a clear gel that smells like flowers and herbs.  It can be washed off immediately or left on overnight and washed off in the morning.  When I applied it to my face it dried slightly sticky.  I washed it off after 10 minutes and my skin felt softer.

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Purchase full size? I have other face masks that do the same thing and function just as well, so nope.

Erborian Creme Scrub Aux 7 Herbes

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This scrub is a yellow granular cream.  It smells really nice, like herbs and rain.  It really gave my skin a good scrub.  Almost too much, I think, because my skin felt a little raw after using it.

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Purchase full size?  No.  I use an AHA for exfoliation (this may be why my skin felt raw after scrubbing), so I don’t feel a physical scrub would be of benefit.

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

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This is a clear gel that has a slight chemical scent.  I massaged it onto dry skin then washed it off, but I didn’t notice any difference.  I’m not sure if it just didn’t work or if I needed to use it more frequently for a longer period of time.

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Purchase full size?  Nope.  I already have an AHA exfoliant that I use and this one didn’t wow me enough.

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm

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This BB cream is thick and spreads easily, but the color was waaaaaay too dark for my skintone.

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Swatch in artificial light.

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Swatch in natural light.

Purchase full size?  Nope

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

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This product was my favourite of the bunch, because it’s a (get this!) powder.  I have never used a powder product like this before, so it was fun!  Basically I poured out a little into my wet hands and worked it into a lather, then massaged it over my face.  It smelled like flowers and made my skin feel soft and smooth.

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Purchase full size?  Yes!  This piqued my interest enough that I would love to buy the full size product to try it out on my skin for a prolonged testing.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

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I actually had the full size of this ceramidin cream and I used the entire thing.  Its a tan colored cream that spreads easily and is quickly absorbed.  I really enjoyed using it, and it made my skin soft and supple.

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Purchase full size?  Yup

Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb

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This cream has a gel-like texture and is light blue in color.  I applied it before bed as a sleeping pack and when I woke up in the morning  and washed it off, my skin was ultra soft and hydrated.

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Purchase full size?  Yes, I would love to use it more frequently.