AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad review

Exfoliation is not my strong suite in this skincare game. While I started out using ones with particles doing all the dead skin removal work, I have slowly left those behind in search of less abrasive products. AHAs and BHAs are still such foreign concepts to me. But AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad sounded like it would match well with its non-irritating and skin toning promisings. Plus, who could say no to something that is pre-portioned and seemingly foolproof?

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad packaging

AprilSkin's Descriptions:

The non-irritating peeling pad contains Lactobacillus/Milk Ferment Filtrate along with 10 other grain extracts that remove dirt and excess sebum from skin enhancing skin texture and tone.

100% Cotton & Microfibre
Provides sensitive skin care with 100% cotton pad and microfibre pad.

Exfoliate & Skin Soothing
Gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells.

Sebum Control
Effectively controls sebum and brightens skin tone.

Cleansing & Hydrating
Pads in gommage type easily remove make-up and nourish and hydrate for smoother skin.

Directions (on package)
1. The white surface is pure 100% cotton and sky blue surface is abrasive (meant for exfoliation).
2. Using the white side of the pad, on a dry face, gently roll on the surface of the dry skin.
3. Use the blue side to gently exfoliate areas with dead skin cells.
4. Rinse with luke warm water.

Directions (on website)
1. Gently rub cotton pad (white) on areas with dead skin cells and skin wastes.
2. Remove peeling and skin wastes with microfibre pad (sky blue).

Ingredients (translated from packaging)

aprilskin.com (KR retail): ₩2,000/ea
En.aprilskin.com: USD $2.00/ea
BBCosmetic: USD $13.21/for 5

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad packaging open

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad product


Each double-sided scrubbing pad comes individually packaged that needs to be torn open, like sheet mask pouches. The pads come pre-soaked in the exfoliating ingredients. The slit is roomy enough for two of my fingers to fit inside. I did find it a tad too spacious; as I rubbed the pad across my face and in circular motions, my fingers bunched up to one side only.

The white side of the pad is supposedly made of 100% cotton but it isn't very soft (not like cotton used for toners). It has more of a thin paper feel (similar to those fancy Japanese oil blotting sheets).

The blue side is textured and feels much softer in comparison to the other side of the pad.

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad packaging open closeup


AprilSkin puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that the Magic Snow Pad contains lactobacillus or milk ferment filtrate. I am not 100% sure if this is the same as lactic acid; Google search explains it as a bacteria that has the ability to produce lactic acid (body-wise) and an anti-inflammatory (skin-wise).

The pads also contain a good variety of plant extracts and essential oils, as do many other K-Beauty goodies do. What sets this product apart is the inclusion of the 10-grain extracts that I assume help with the exfoliation process.

I am not sure what in the composition of the Magic Snow Pad is responsible for it, but there is a layer of a white substance that is supposed to be applied with the white cotton side of the pad. Even though most of this stuff sticks to the packaging, there was still enough on the pad itself to scrub my entire face.

Alcohol denat. is in the formula somewhere. People sensitive to that do be cautious.

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad swatch

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad swatch 2

Color, Texture, & Scent

The white substance I mentioned earlier pills up as it is scrubbed—the more scrubbing, the finer the pills become. Whether or not there is dead skin in there is debatable for me. Whatever the white stuff is, it is soft and almost clumpy, wet paper-like.

The pad has a very strong smell that is somewhat familiar but I can't quite place a finger on what exactly the smell is. Since there isn't any added fragrance in the ingredients list, it should be due to the blend of extracts and oils in the formulation. The scent definitely lingers as long as the product is on the face; I didn't really notice it once I rinsed.

lavlilacs AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad product used

How I Apply

After I cleansed and air-dried my face, I swiped first with the white side of the pad. When it seemed like the white substance was distributed equally, I started to work the pad in circular motions and began exfoliating. Since I didn't like how stiff the white portion of the pad was, I quickly switched over to exfoliate with the blue textured side instead. I paid closer attention to spots where I know I am more prone to flakes and dry patches (corners of my mouth, chin, nose, between the eyebrows, and cheeks).

Thoughts & Recommendations

If there was one thing I wasn't expecting, it would be that the Magic Snow Pad is actually a gommage type exfoliator. I just assumed that something with lactobacillus in a pad form would automatically be an AHA serum infused product (something like the A'Pieu Aqua Peeling Cotton Swab but in a cotton pad form). While I have nothing against gommage peeling gels, I am not sure this vehicle is the best choice. A majority of the chunky stuff that did the pilling stubbornly stuck onto the pouch and wasn't easy to scoop out. *Fair Warning: Please, please use this over a sink! Avoid the mess of cleaning up tiny product + skin pills off the floor.

My skin did feel a little sensitive to the touch after the scrubbing, but nothing too alarming. It also seemed softer and smoother—a feeling that lasted throughout the next day. While I think it did help rid a lot of dead skin on my face, I don't think it helped remove it all. I still noticed patches and flakes amongst my makeup as the day progressed. The patches were smaller than normal but not completely nonexistent.

I also didn't feel dry or tight after using the exfoliating pad; that was a feeling I was familiar with when I used a bunch of other gommage type products in the past.

For the price of each individual packet and lack of a perfect exfoliation, I don't think I would repurchase the AprilSkin Magic Snow Pad. At the very least, not as my regular exfoliator. It is nice to take on trips though. If I were to rely on this only to remove my dead skin, my wallet would burst into tears and my garbage bin would be very full. This product didn't suck. It just isn't the perfect best one for me.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity review

Even though I am the type of person to wait a while before jumping on any skin care trends, I am not sure what took me quite this long before trying Banila Co's Clean It Zero line myself. Maybe I was apprehensive towards the new idea of cleansing balms? Maybe I was just a little overwhelmed by the many variations Banila Co. offered? Whatever the reason was that stopped me then, I think my mind has been forever changed.

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity packaging

Banila Co. & SOKO GLAM's Descriptions:

Refreshing feel & Recommended for Sensitive Skin.

Super skin-friendly mild "5 Non-Added Formula" reduces irritation of distressed skin while a healthy combination of 30% ECOCERT natural oils helps soften sensitive, coarse skin.

An offshoot from the popular Banila Co Clean It Zero Classic, this is a perfect first step in your double-cleanse. This award-winning hypoallergenic oil cleanser appears as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. It's sorbet-like texture and lightweight formula effortlessly dissolve stubborn makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Free from artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil. Formulated for sensitive skin types.

1. Use the spatula to scoop a small amount and massage balm over dry skin, concentrating on eye and lip makeup.
2. Add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify into a milky texture.
3. Follow with your cleanser as the next step in your double-cleanse.

Ingredients (translated from packaging)

Balm 100 ml

Banila Co. (Korean retail): ₩22,000
RoseRoseShop: ₩22,000
iHerb: USD $21.80
SOKO GLAM and Peach&Lily: USD $25.00
oo35mm: USD $27.99

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity security sticker

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity seal


A narrow and tall-ish jar with a twist off lid. The cleansing balm comes with a small plastic spatula. It is also sealed with a thin layer of circular foam.

I love that it comes with a spatula. However, I would have preferred if the jar itself was a tad wider in diameter and shorter so that I can always have the option to use my hands (specifically with the knuckles) and effortlessly scoop the product. It would just be one less thing to fiddle around with at the end of the day when all I want to do is just shower and plop into bed. Since the spatula itself is clear and small, it could easily get lost if I don't remember to store it inside the jar.

On a similar note, could companies make the lid flip-top instead of twist-off? I haven't ever seen it on a cleansing balm type product but it would just make life so much easier.


The beauty of the Clean It Zero Purity balm lies in the fact that it is free of typical irritants (artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil). CosDNA's analysis of the ingredients seems to give it an A-OK as well, with the exception of an "Oenothera biennis oil."

Purity is chock full of plant extracts which are popular in most Korean skincare products. Most of them look to serve as anti-inflammatories and/or moisturizers. There are a few essential oils listed towards the bottom of the list that supposedly acts as "natural" fragrances. I've heard of people who do have sensitivities to essential oils like citrus and lavender so I would tread with caution despite Purity being marketed as a sensitive-skin friendly makeup remover.

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity swatch

Color, Texture, & Scent

Banila describes their Clean It line as sorbet balms, which I would somewhat agree with. It is light and easily meltable like sorbet. I use no effort to scoop out product whether it be with my finger or a spatula. The cleansing balm holds its shape well until I want to massage it in. The balm-oil glides well without much tugging and rubbing. I love that unlike traditional cleansing oils, the balm doesn't get uncontrollably runny. It stays put wherever I move it to on my face.

Since this is the Purity version, it doesn't have added color or artificial fragrances. A whiff of the cleansing balm, inside the jar, gives a very faint citrusy scent. But any scents are undetectable in the small amounts needed for cleansing.

lavlilacs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity before after

How I Apply

The amount I use varies greatly depending on how much makeup I wear but I find a scoop of product with the provided spatula is usually enough for an average day's worth of makeup—perhaps slightly double the amount in the photos above. (I know that is also very subjective. The best I can say is my average face consists of cushion, powder, blush, highlight, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eyebrows.) I tend to be more generous with balm since it doesn't get very runny.

I rub the product between the palms of my hands prior to applying it to my face. Then I will lightly massage all around, including over my eyelids and lips. When I feel like I've thoroughly worked it into every corner of my made-up face, I'll wet my hands a little to start emulsifying the balm. After which I generously splash my face until most of the product is washed away.

Thoughts & Recommendations

Coming from someone who has used cleansing oils and a couple balms to remove her makeup all her makeup wearing life, the Clean It Zero Purity is one of the few (if not only one in recent memory) that doesn't leave skin dry and tight afterward.

But! I do have to say it takes a lot more splashing and rinsing effort to wash away than most cleansing oils. When I don't do a good enough job, I feel like there is still some leftover residue hanging around. It doesn't really bother me too much since I always follow up immediately with a second cleanse.

I do get cloudy vision if I open my eyes before rinsing; my eyesight is fine when I keep them shut until everything is washed away.

Waterproof pen liner (in the above photo) isn't removed well. However, do keep in mind, that is fresh liner on my forearm and not worn-out liner on my oily eyelids. The cleansing balm is able to cleanse that specific eyeliner off after a normal day but it does still need more massaging than other eyeliners would need. For those who wear more waterproof products, I would recommend using a separate eye-makeup remover.

My skin seems to like this product a lot. I have used almost the whole tub and still have yet to experience a drying or tightening effect (knock on wood). I do not think it has ever caused me to break out either. There are some videos and blogs that suggest using cleansing oils and balms to help with cleaning out pores and blackheads—this specific balm would not be one of those. I don't feel like it cleanses that deeply, it just does a good job at removing makeup and facial dirt & oils. If there weren't so many other cleansing balms on the market to try or the Clean It Zero Purity was slightly cheaper, I would repurchase it in a heartbeat. Until the day I get tired of trying new makeup removers comes around, I am just glad to know there is one available that definitely works for me.

July Haul - RoseRoseShop

Oh, the constant battle between the frugal self and impatient mind.

Any Korean beauty lover outside of Korea would know the struggle of choosing between price and convenience. Do I want to have something immediately, support a local business, and pay a little more for it? Or do I want to pay as close to Korean retail as possible but wait a little longer?

When I find sites like RoseRoseShop, it certainly helps the thrifty side win out. Their prices are great and being forced to pay for shipping makes me reconsider everything I lust over. As long as I don't feel like I am in dire, immediate need of any product in my cart I can handle the long overseas mail time. Just please don't get lost!

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop

I ended up ordering various foot peeling masks, Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam, make p:rem UV Defense ME Blue Ray Sun Fluid, make p:rem UV Defense ME Blue Ray Sun Gel, Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Color Concealer in Mint, A'PIEU Aqua Peeling Cotton Swab in Intensive, and an Etude House eyebrow scissor.

The recent launch and raves for the make p:rem sunscreens instigated this haulage. RoseRoseShop's prices and discounts made it hard to resist when considering how much it sells for on Glow Recipe (make p:rem's only official USA seller).

Pyunkang Yul's oriental beauty line has been highly talked about on YouTube as well. I do want to try everything eventually but chose to get only the cleanser for now.

I couldn't believe how much cheaper all the foot peeling masks were on RRS, so naturally, I added one of each that they had out of curiosity. If it all works well, I will probably just stock up on whatever is the cheapest in the future.

The cotton swab exfoliator, eyebrow scissors, and color corrector were thrown in there either because I liked it, needed it, or just plain o' intrigued by it. Since those products are all light in weight, it didn't affect the total shipping price much.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop price and stock

Price & Stock

K-Beauty products offered on RoseRoseShop seem to be the lowest prices available online and in stores outside of Korea (even with additional shipping costs). Items are all listed with their Korean retail prices but most goods seem to be always on some kind of sale.

RRS offers a majority of the brands and products that are popular in Korea at the moment. Even if they don't have it, there is the option to try and request it via their "Request Form."

Something that makes RRS different is their wholesale option. If there is a product you absolutely love and they carry it, they usually list an "x10" option that is slightly discounted when compared to adding 10 of the "x1" version of the listing.

As if RRS couldn't be any more unique, they also sell sample sachets and mini-bottles. If you want to test smaller amounts first, you can. If you want a super travel-friendly version of your faves, you can get that too. Yes, those things are usually gratis in Korea but it is nice to have the option.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop requesting


For the hardcore K-Beauty fans, RoseRoseShop allows their customers to request items and brands. Requests could either become one of three things: regular listing, special request listing, or be rejected. The main difference between a regular and special listing is the latter includes an additional 8% commission fee and RRS purchases it after the order is placed versus having it in already stock in a warehouse somewhere. (Think personal buying.)

Judging from their Request Form section, it seems that those who ask for something from a brand that RRS already carries has better luck with the request becoming a regular listing.

It can be difficult to find the button to the actual form for making a request, but fear not it is there. Look for the small "Write" button at the bottom of the page next to the "Search" button. Having the "Search" and "Write" functions closer to the top of the site would have been more user-friendly, but I digress.

In my own experience, I received a comment on my request within a day or two, which said whether they could fulfill my request or not. (I asked for a specific make p:rem product and also asked if they could carry other make p:rem goods as well—in hopes that my item wouldn't be considered a special request and thus avoiding the commission fee.) After checking every few days, I finally saw my requested item about 2 weeks later along with a few of other products from the brand.


Email/Contact Form // Surprisingly quick (within a day or two). Perhaps the quickness would differ depending on the urgency of your inquiry, albeit they were responding to my non-urgent, mistakenly- sent product request.

Live Chat // Has set times on Monday-Thursday (10AM-5PM) and Friday (10AM-1PM). It is relatively fast as long as someone is available. If you see that the chat is live, I think it is more than likely to be first greeted by a "Customer Service" user who might say everyone is busy at the moment and to leave a message with an email address. I left the chat window bar opened for a bit and waited just in case someone freed up to chat. Within 5-7 minutes later a "roseroseshop" user answered my questions very promptly.

Website Design

The website's design has a very typical Korean e-commerce look. (i.e. Global Lotte, Gmarket, etc.) It isn't the most beautiful to look at but it works.

Certain categories are very general (ex: "Makeup - Eye" instead of Eyeshadows, Eyeliners, Eyebrow, etc.). There is basic filtering according to Price, Name, and Rating. However, there isn't a way to further filter pages results by skin type, concern, ingredient, etc. If their offerings weren't so plentiful, I wouldn't as bothered. But because RoseRoseShop has so many products available it takes ages to click through every page.

At least there is a search bar, right? Yes and no. When it works, it does its job. But it is very picky—if the name of the brand or product is slightly off, there won't be any results.
Ex 1: "make p:rem" works but "make prem" without the colon will give no results.
Ex 2: "eyeshadow", "eye shadow", "shadow" will give varying results (2 pages v. 3 pages v. 10 pages)

On the topic of search bars and filtering products, there is no way to find all the "Free Shipping" products RRS has at once. It isn't listed separately under their "Hot Sale" tab. It also isn't a searchable term in the search bar.

The listing information for each product is fairly bare-bones. On rare occasions, they will include a product's infographic made by the brands. One thing I wished they have is the ingredient information.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop My Account


An account is required in order to check out. I believe creating an account on RoseRoseShop will give new users ₩2,000 credit.

Sign-ins via Google, Yandex, and PayPal are also an option for those who don't want to create a separate account via RRS. I am not 100% sure if the ₩2,000 credit is available for 3rd party sign-ins.

They do not have a points/reward system.

Check Out Process

Quick and simple. No new windows or tabs to overwhelm your computer. All the basic info inputting occurs on the same page and is easily modifiable. A click of the "Continue" button takes you to their PayPal checkout page. Once the payment is complete the page will redirect right back to RoseRoseShop site and say "Your Order Has Been Processed!"

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop Korean Won v US Dollar

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop PayPal


RoseRoseShop accepts payment via PayPal only—within PayPal you can choose to pay with your linked bank account or a credit card.

Even though the site has the option at the top right corner to view prices in Korean Won and USD, payments are done only in USD at their specified exchange rate. I contacted their customer service and they said it is because PayPal doesn't allow transactions in Korean Won. This seems a little weird since I have shopped on other international sites before where I have paid in a foreign currency via PayPal. So who knows?

As of now, I believe the only function of having the option to switch between the two currencies is so they can easily add new listings in their native Korean Won and then have their site's coding automatically convert the listing to USD for international customers to see.

RoseRoseShop's exchange rate isn't terrible. But it definitely isn't the most current rate at the time of purchase (ex: RRS's USD $1 to ₩1,120 versus actual ₩1,154).  In reality, it will usually only be a few dollars' difference. Those few dollars could potentially add up for larger hauls with shipping in consideration.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop Checkout shipping


The most important aspect of RoseRoseShop that needs to be spelled out is, there is no "Free shipping with minimum purchase." Shipping prices are calculated by weight—the more you buy, the more you pay for shipping.

With that said, they offer a bunch of options: K-packet (has a weight limit), EMS, Air Parcel, DHL, etc. There are price tables for every mail courier.

It is a difficult system to "cheat" in the sense that it requires patience and a lot of adding and subtracting items from the cart. I found that this really helps curb my impulse purchases.

Sometimes RoseRoseShop offers "Free Shipping" for certain products or all products of a specific brand. This means that the shipping for each product is $0. If an order consists of only products that are labeled "Free Shipping" they will require the purchase of a tracking number for a few dollars.


The estimated shipping time for K-packet (regular Korean Mail) packages to the USA is 2-5 weeks. This seems pretty normal for an affordable international shipment option.

7/7 Placed order.
7/9 Order processing.  (Received no email, just saw the status on my account & order history)
7/12 Order shipped with tracking number. (Received email and on account)
7/17 Package arrived.

At first, I was a little worried that my package took a few days from being processed to being shipped. I had read on forums and blogs that some people have experienced items going out of stock after placing an order. RRS seems to only notify after the order has been shipping. While refunds for the OOS item is a no-brainer, shipping costs seem to be non-refundable.

Luckily for me, the reason for the delayed shipping wasn't due to stock. Perhaps they just had a lot of orders to deal with at the moment? I was surprised by how quickly my package arrived since I was expecting it to come in a month's time. It didn't even take a full week for the order to be transported from Korea to New York.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop package


Everything was very well protected. Products that came in boxes were all individually wrapped in a double layer of bubble wrap. Flatter items (masks, beauty accessories, samples, etc.) were bundled together in a plastic pouch. Even the box my order came in was thoroughly taped on all sides.

I don't know if customs made a cut to the box or an untaped edge couldn't withstand the thrashing of international travel, my box had a small tear on one of the corners. Luckily, it wasn't bige enough for any of my items to fall out of.


Within 7 days after the delivery date with some conditions and limitations. Costs are the customers' responsibility.

lavlilacs July 2017 haul - RoseRoseShop samples

Other Comments

Despite their product prices being the lowest available, I feel the possible hidden costs are in the Payment (exchange rate) and Shipping departments. But since all their items are Korean retail price, I'll let it go.

I am not sure how often their USD to Korean Won rate is updated to reflect the real exchange rate but as of now, summer 2017, the difference isn't too large. It seems that the RRS rate is maybe around ₩30 less than the live rate. Since when I ordered, I have seen the site's rate go from ₩1,120 to ₩1,100 to ₩1,090.

Since shipping costs are calculated based on weight, the final cost per item may potentially end up not being the cheapest available when considering Amazon and eBay sellers into the mix. (Still within only a few dollars difference.) However, what customers get in exchange is potentially better communication with RoseRoseShop and ease of mind regarding the authenticity of products.

They don't give a ton of samples but it is better than not receiving any at all. It is free aferall.

Shopping tips to maximize on shipping
Mix heavy and light items // The price tables are tricky to navigate. To summarize, shipping prices are based on some kind of weight tier system. If an order only has heavy items then the shipping fees will only be spread out between that. A few lighter items (under 100g) can usually be added without causing the price of shipping to change—in effect spreading out the cost of shipping to other items or getting free shipping of sorts for the lightweights.

Final price compare // If there is another site that sells the same/most of the same things as RRS, add everything to the carts first and see if there is an estimate for shipping. Gauge what the total price would be to see which ultimately has a better deal.