Beauty

Makeup Picks | May 2015

Our must-have Korean makeup items for May!

  1. Lips: Missha Signature Glam Art Triple Lips with SPF 10, $10-18

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    Source: Missha

    We love Missha, and we love this multi-functional lip makeup. The Signature Glam Art Triple Lips features what Missha calls “Triple Layer Technology”, making the formula change from tint to gloss to lipstick with each “touch”. It also contains SPF 10, so your lips are safe from the sun!

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    Source: Missha

    1-Touch: Tint for a soft, natural look.
    2-Touch: Gloss for a smooth shine.
    3-Touch: Lipstick for a bold look.

    Colors: Soft Pink, Coral Pink, Hot Pink, Sweet Coral, Mambo Orange, Deep Red Orange, Pomegranate Red, Violet

  2. Cheeks: Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher, $6

    Source: Etude House

    Source: Etude House

    Not only was this blush voted #1 on Korea’s famous beauty show Get It Beauty, but it’s only six dollars, people! Etude House’s Lovely Cookie Blusher brings vivid color to your cheeks and comes with an adorable puff applicator. It also absorbs excess oil in order to maintain a fresh look and won’t fade due to it’s long-lasting formula.

    Currently comes in 12 colors.

  3. Eyes: Banila Co. Triple Wonder Auto Gel Liner, $16.50

    Source: Banila Co.

    Source: Banila Co.

    Another Get It Beauty pick on our list! This waterproof gel liner smooths onto your eyes easily and provides a long-lasting, smudge-resistant wear. It also features a sharpener and sponge tip for blending.

    Colors: Khaki, Smokey Gray, Burgundy, Golden Brown, Deep Brown, Deep Black

  4. Body: Chosungah22 Hey! Body Powder, $41

    Source: Chosungah22

    Source: Chosungah22

    Whether you’re washed out from winter or just simply don’t have the genetic ability to achieve that “healthy summer glow”, Chosungah22 is here to help. This body powder is made from amethyst, pearl and platinum gold powder, and instantly leaves your skin looking smooth, firm and radiant. Dab onto your face, collarbone, arms, and legs.

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    Ye be warned – this powder does contain shimmer!

What are your Korean makeup must-haves? Comment with your favorites below, and stay tuned for product giveaways!

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Korean Skincare Picks | April 2015

Spring is here – brighten up your skin with these fabulous Korean skincare products!

  1. Cleanse: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic, $19

    Source: ibeautyshop.net

    Source: ibeautyshop.net

    Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleanser is award-winning, and with good reason! It goes on as a solid balm and turns into a silky oil on the skin. It easily dissolves makeup and clears up impurities without stripping the skin of essential oils. This cleanser will also naturally exfoliate and brighten your skin!

    Directions: Use the spatula to scoop out a small amount of the balm and massage over dry skin. Rinse skin with lukewarm water and pat dry.

    Tip: For sensitive skin, try Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity.

  2. Repair: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Activator Ampoule, $28

    Source: Missha

    Source: Missha

    This serum will give you that youthful, healthy glow. Bifida Ferment Lysate, a fermented yeast that visibly reduces signs of aging and improves skin elasticity and protects the skin, is the key ingredient. It will leave your skin looking smooth and firm.

    Directions: After applying toner and essence, apply evenly over face until fully absorbed. Follow with moisturizer.

  3. Revitalize: Missha Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream, $30

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    Source: SokoGlam

    Using proven ingredients from traditional Korean herbal medicine, this gentle eye treatment cream revitalizes and brightens the eye area. It is formulated with wild ginseng, deer antlers*, and reishi mushroom. It’s also free of colorants, parabens, triclosan, mineral oil and GMOs!

    *Don’t worry, all stags grow antlers annually – they are not harmed in the process of obtaining the deer antler extract.

    Directions: Apply every morning and night after moisturizing. Gently tap the cream around the eye area.

  4. Moisturize: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream, $18

    Source: Amazon

    Source: Amazon

    Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max facial cream was ranked #1 in a blind test by the popular Korean beauty program Get It Beauty! This gel-type cream is used over your face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine. It’s made from sea water and 30 different maritime extracts, and hydrates for 24 hours!

    Directions: Apply over face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine.

Comment with your reviews! Also – be on the lookout for a skincare product giveaway.

2NE1’S CL Takes on Tradition for W Korea

Check out 2NE1’S “baddest female” CL modeling a modern take on Korea’s traditional wear, hanbok (한복), for an upcoming issue of W Korea. The concept is fittingly titled “The Queen”.

CL is currently preparing for her solo-debut in the U.S.

Source: W Korea

Source: W Korea

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Source: W Korea

Source: W Korea

Source: W Korea

What has been your favorite CL-look over the years?

 

Source: W Korea

K-Makeup Tutorial: Gradient Lips

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Some say it’s an effort to make lips look thinner in order to bring more attention to the eyes, others say it just looks pretty! Grab a nude lipstick, your favorite lip stain and some gloss to create gradient lips.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

  1. Prime lightly with lip balm. Apply nude lipstick or concealer to outer lips.
  2. Dab lip stain on center of lips.
  3. Use fingers or brush to blend.
  4. Apply lip gloss or balm to finish.

Comment with your favorite lip stains!

Skincare Picks | March 2015

Did winter get the best of your skin? Fear not! These Korean skincare products will get your skin fresh and revitalized just in time for spring.

  1. Cleanse: SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $40

    Source: amazon.com

    Source: amazon.com

    A natural cleanser for all skin types that will rid your skin of everyday impurities. The Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick contains fermented damask rose extract and almost entirely natural ingredients that leave your skin feeling clean, but not dried out. Since it isn’t a liquid, it’s easy to travel with!

    Directions: Turn the dial counter-clockwise until you see about 1 cm of the stick. Rinse your face with water and massage the cleansing stick onto your face in circular motions to create a lather. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

  2. Exfoliate: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, $12

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    This face scrub is enriched with vitamins and minerals to slough away dead skin cells and revitalize your skin.

    Directions: After cleansing, apply to face, avoiding eyes. For sensitive skin, add water or toner. Massage into skin and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

    Tip: Don’t overdo it! You should exfoliate no more than 2-3 times per week.

  3. Renew: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, $49

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    Source: ebay.com

    The Time Revolution First Treatment Essence is without a doubt Missha’s most popular product. It promotes skin renewal and provides nutrients, leading to better elasticity.

    Directions: Apply to face and neck after cleansing. Follow with any serums, moisturizers, or creams. Can use day and night.

  4. Moisturize: Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, $45

    Source: misshaus.com

    Source: misshaus.com

    This cream contains 70% snail extract, or snail mucin. Snail mucin is one of Asia’s best-kept beauty secrets – it aids natural cell regeneration and adds moisture, leading to the treatment of blemishes, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and uneven skin tone.

    Directions: After applying any toner, essences, and/or serums, apply to skin and pat lightly until fully absorbed. For dry skin, apply over a moisturizer.

What are your Korean skincare must-haves? Comment with your favorites below, and stay tuned for product giveaways!