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!


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


Swatch in artificial light.


Swatch in natural light.

Purchase full size?  Nope

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel


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.


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


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.


Purchase full size?  Yup

Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb


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.


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