Sephora Favourites: Soko to Tokyo – an awesome k-beauty deal

Sephora usually creates “Sephora Favourites” boxes, including sample (sometimes full) sizes of products in a certain theme, and sells it for a deal much less than the combined value of all the products. This particular one, “Soko to Tokyo” has been out of stock for AGES but I managed to get my hands on it when it re-stocked last week (it sold out again in a day). This is what’s inside!

There’s a total of 9 products in the box:

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I haven’t tried any of it yet but I’ve heard good things about almost all of these products. I wanted to quickly introduce them on my blog.

Amorepacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System (30ml)

This is a hydrating facial mist that contains 5 super ingredients, like lotus, cactus fruit, bamboo leaf, and other extracts. It’s also water-free: replacing water with bamboo sap. This spray claims to keep your face hydrated all day long. The spray nozzle is very even, and this smells sooooo good – like a luxury perfume. The 80ml full size bottle is $42 at Sephora.

Boscia Sake Cleansing Water (50ml)

This is a no-rinse makeup remover and cleanser, with main ingredients including unfiltered sake, glycolic acid, and rice powder. The packaging advises to shake well before each use, and has a pump where you press your cotton pad on top to dispense the product. It’s basically an all-in-one cleanser and sounds pretty great! The 150ml full size of the product is $40, sold exclusively at Sephora.

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (30ml)

This tiny little bottle is actually why I bought this box. The 160ml size costs $225!!! This is probably one of the most legendary items in Asian skincare. It’s made with Pitera (trademarked by SK-II)aka Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, full of amazing ingredients to promote natural skin cell renewal. The ingredients list is relatively short, and this essence basically brightens and hydrates the skin, promoting cell growth and does things like anti-aging and brightening. One day when I’m rich I’ll buy this regularly because everyone who’s used it says it’s a holy grail item.

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (10g)

This little thing is worth $19, and the full 60g size is $78. Tatcha is a very luxurious brand, known for its elaborate packaging and high price tags. This is a powder cleanser that, once mixed with water, turns into a foam you lather on the face. It’s made with rice, rice enzymes, pearl and other great ingredients to exfoliate gently. It’s also great for travel because it’s not a liquid! Many YouTube stars rave about this so I’m glad I’ll get to try it out.

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Laneige: Water Bank Moisture Cream (10ml), and Water Sleeping Mask (15ml)

One of my favourite beauty brands ever, Laneige put 2 of their best-selling items in this box. Their Water Bank line is focused on keeping the skin hydrated throughout the day. The Moisture Cream is for normal-dry skin, and their Water Bank Gel Cream (which I love) is more for oily skin. The Water Sleeping mask is a very well-known overnight hydrating mask. It feels like a very thick gel and you apply it to the face, waking up the next day with plump skin. I personally don’t like it because I have oily skin so any sleeping mask usually clog my pores. The cream is $42 for 50ml, and the mask is $30 for 80ml. Also, if you’re not a fan of scented products, I’d avoid this brand because they put fragrance in everything. Smells good to me, though.

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Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream (5ml), and Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream (5ml)

Shiseido’s eye cream here is rated pretty highly (almost 4.5/5 from 1600 reviews) and is designed for anti-aging around the eye area. The full 15ml size is worth $70. I’m not too hyped about it because I don’t use eye creams often and I have 2 other deluxe samples I’m trying to get through.

Dr. Jart’s Cicapair cream, however, I’m very excited to try! It’s one of the only products obtainable here in North America with ingredients like Centella Asiatica Complex, including things like Madecassoside, and Asiatic acid. I know… it sounds like gibberish. But basically, these things are extracted from Tiger Grass, and extremely effective in fighting red, sensitive skin. If you have skin that’s often sore and red, sensitive to the touch, dry and maybe flaking, etc. this cream is apparently a great remedy for that. I often experience this around my nose and mouth so I’m excited to use this and see if it gives me the relief it promises.

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Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask – Hydration (1 ct)

This single sheet mask is $8, and a pack of 5 costs $30. There are 3 different versions, this one being for Hydration. It’s made with coconut extract, niacinamide, and egg extracts to firm, brighten and hydrate the skin. As I mentioned in another post, I still have about 90 sheet masks from my Asia trip so it’s nothing special to me but it does sound good. Maybe I’ll save it for the winter when my skin is drier.

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And that’s it! The back of the box shows all the items and their ingredients lists for consumer information of course. This box was definitely a steal, as all Sephora Favourites boxes are, so if you see one you like, grab it! I’m looking forward to try these products out, and I’ll probably make a future post about new stuff I’m using that I like.

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