When I was younger, I used to watch in amazement (and a bit of incredulity) as my mom went through her nightly skincare routine. She'd slather on layer after layer of lotions and essences. If you are confused about that term essence, I understand. I used to think it was some Korean English-sounding skincare line. For clarification, here is an awesome guide to the difference between toner, serum, essence, and ampoules.
Anyway, that weird word essence got reintroduced into my life with the recent Korean beauty craze. And I got bitten by the bug. Yes, I follow the 10-step Korean skincare routine! <---must read
So I was jumping up with joy when I saw that Tony Moly opened up a store in the city. This brand sells insanely cute products at affordable prices. I love Sephora's description of the items as "criminally cute"! See for yourselves!