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8 Genius Korean Skin Care Products You’ve Never Heard Of

It goes without saying that Koreans know a thing or two about good skin care. Boasting one of the biggest beauty markets in the world, some of the most innovative products of our times have come out of Seoul. Where would we be without sleep masks, cleansing oils, and BB creams, after all? And, Korean women are no strangers to intense beauty rituals—their routines often boast upwards of 10 steps—and even weirder products—lip masks are now a thing thanks to them.

But, as obsessed as Koreans are with achieving perfect skin, so too are we obsessed with the products they use to get it. Ask any beauty-obsessed American what her favorite products are and we can almost guarantee you’ll find a sheet mask or jelly lip mask in the mix. Or, in the case of some celebrities, both (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian). But what about the newest must haves? We rounded up eight products that are sure to find a place in your medicine cabinet soon—from a travel-friendly stick cleanser to a carbonated face mask (yes, you read that right) here are 8 genius Korean skin care products you’ve never heard of.

A Carbonated Mask That Cleans Deep Down (And Looks Funny In The Process)

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $10.10, Amazon

That’s right, the Michelin Man memes you’ve been seeing all over Instagram are an actual thing that actually works: carbonated face masks. Now, before you go asking yourself why you’d need carbonation in anything other than your brunch cocktail, hear us out. Bubbles get deep down into your pores, cleaning out all that junk you don’t want there and clay helps to make sure it doesn’t come back.


A Velvety Smooth Lip Stain That Can Be Worn Countless Ways

Peripera’s Peri’s Ink Velvet Lip, $8.72, Amazon

Peripera products are the answer to just about every girls’ makeup dilemmas, they’re long lasting without being drying and cakey. Their In Velvet lip pots are no exception. You can wear them full coverage or ‘gradual’, they’re velvet soft with a matte finish, and they won’t budge.


The Primer That Blurs It All

Beauty Shot Face Blur, $14.90, Amazon

It may market itself as a primer, but Beauty Shot Face Blur is so much more—an SPF, a skin smoother, and a pore hider. It contains Baby Pixcel Powder (yeah, we haven’t heard of that either) and cover powder to help hide imperfections and give you that, well, baby skin look.


The BB Cream That’s Also A Jelly

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly B.B., $13.11, Amazon

Yes, you’ve heard of BB cream, but have you heard of jelly BB cream? The newest trend to hit BB creams is here and you’ll definitely want to try it. Packed with mint water and marine jelly, this mini shot of BB cream promises to hydrate and smooth skin while evening out skin tone. Bonus: it may be small, but a little goes a long way.


The Marshmallow Maker

Nooni Marshmallow Whip Maker, $6, Amazon

This thing isn’t actual marshmallow (we’re disappointed too), but it does whip up your face wash for you and turn it into a marshmallowy texture. Not convinced? According to the brand, it makes your cleanser smooth and fluffy so there’s less friction, something we can all get behind.


The Snail Eye Cream

Mizon Korean Cosmetics Snail Repair Eye Cream, $11.98, Amazon

First there was bee venom and now there’s….snail? That’s right. Turns out the little critters’ mucus has all kinds of good-for-you ingredients in it to help lighten dark circles and smooth wrinkles and who doesn’t love that idea. Not to mention, it won’t break your bank.


The Stick Cleanser

Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $19.20, Amazon

You’ve heard of cleansers in just about every formula, but Su:m’s Miracle Rose Cleanser in stick form is a first of it’s kind. Not only is it huge (one of these tubes lasts almost 6 months), but it’s also packed with good-for-your-skin products to help remove makeup, oil, and dirt. You can lather it up to a foam cleanser, or apply it directly to pesky longwear makeup.


The Miracle Powder To Liquid Essence

Dr. Dream Dream Age Radiance Powder Essence, $42.41, Amazon

Powder-to-cream formulas aren’t exactly new, but this formula melts into a miracle essence for your skin. Packed with eucalyptus extract, rose water, rose stem cells, and vitamin C it helps hydrate, nourish, brighten, and smooth dull, tired skin. What more could you ask for?






The 7 Best Oil Cleansers For Dry Skin

Gone are the days when slathering oil on your face was a beauty faux pas—the new crop of oil-based products are helping to treat everything from excess oil to acne prone skin.  And, while we all now know that oil cleansers help fight overactive oil glands, it goes without saying that their key ingredients also help to heal even the driest of skin. The best oil cleansers for dry skin are packed with skin-healing ingredients like camellia oil, jojoba, and macadamia nut oil and thanks to their popularity, there’s an option for just about anyones preference.

Oil cleansers do it all—thanks to emulsifiers—remove makeup, fight excess oil, and help to nourish dry, dehydrated skin. But that doesn’t mean all oils are created equally. Some help to fight acne and oily skin and can cause dehydrated skin to dry out. Be wary of any formulas with astringent qualities to it like tea tree oil, lemon oil, or ginger oil. And, as the old adage goes, less definitely is more in the case of finding the right formula. Look for options that have either a single oil (like camellia) or have a blend of skin healing oils to help sooth your skin. It goes without saying, avoid harsh fillers, they’ll just dry your skin out and fight against the oils natural healing properties.


Majestic Pure Camellia Deep Cleansing Oil, $14.95, Amazon

One of the purest oils you can use on your face, camellia oil has been used for centuries to cleanse, soothe, and nourish skin. It’s used on everything from face to hair to body to nails even. This cleanser harbours the power of camellia oil to not only cleanse deep down, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of any acne scars you may have on your skin.


Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Oil, $9.83, Amazon

100% grape seed oil helps to remove makeup and hydrate your skin without leaving a greasy residue. And, it’s as simple as you can get—no perfumes, or chemicals, or added colors so it won’t irritate your skin.


Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, $20.50, Amazon

Leave it to the Koreans to come up with a cleansing oil that does it all: deep cleanses, removes excess oil, hydrates, and removes blackheads. Packed with black bean oil, black sesame oil, and black currant oil, this cleanser is jam packed with vitamins and minerals to help heal your skin while it cleanses so you can put your best face forward.


Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $10.74, Amazon

If you’re a longwear makeup wearer then look no further than Garnier’s cleansing oil. Not only does it remove even the most stubborn of makeup, it’s also packed with some of the most hydrating oils on the market. Jojoba and macadamia oils help to nourish your skin, leaving it clean and hydrated without the greasiness.


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $17.85, Amazon

The OG of oil cleansers, one of these bad boys is sold every 10 seconds in the world. It’s main ingredient is olive fruit oil, which helps to remove makeup, dirt, and oil leaving your skin smooth, clean, and hydrated, basically all the reasons we love oil cleansers in the first place.


Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, $19.87, Amazon

Leave it to Burt’s Bees to give us a natural cleansing oil that actually works. Containing coconut and argan oils, this cleanser is gentle and leaves your skin not only clean and hydrated, but also soft and smooth. There’s a reason everyone loves these two oils, and this cleanser proves it.


The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, $11.97, Amazon

If you’re of the dry and sensitive skin type then look no further than The Body Shop’s Silky Cleansing Oil. Not only does it remove makeup and deep clean, it’s also packed with camomile extract to help soothe sensitive skin. It’s even sensitive enough for contact lense wearers—hallelujah!


This Clay Mask/Cleanser Hybrid Will be Your New Favorite Product

To some, the idea of a clay mask conjures up memories of dry, tight skin. The geniuses at Dr. Jart+ want to change that, however. Their Trans-foam cleanser/mask hybrids promise to treat and deeply cleanse the skin of dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving skin refreshed and smooth, without the tightness.

The formulas comes in three versions—white clay to calm, pink clay to hydrate, and green clay to replenish—and all start out as a mask to get deep down into pores. Adding water to masks then transform them into a rich, lather, helping to slough off dead skin while removing even the last trace of makeup from your face.

One of the most innovative products we’ve ever tried, they also helped get our skin back in top shape after a major travel breakout. While each of the cleansers are geared to address a specific skin type, they all work for every type and can be purchased in a trio for $35 or solo for $15.


6 Game Changing Serums You Need to Try

Serums are the one product in every routine that seem de trop, yet address a myriad of skin concerns. The questions on most minds however are ‘do I need a serum’ and ‘what do serums even do‘? The short answers are ‘yes’ and ‘a lot’. The longer answers are that serums are basically a concentrated form of ingredients that deliver fast and powerful results to your skin and because of their lightweight formulas—as opposed to moisturizers thicker ones—can get deeper into your skin. When it comes to whether or not you need them, the answer is decidedly yes.

Choosing the right serum however can be challenging. With so many on the market promising to do just about everything short of altering your face, it’s hard to find the right one for you. Luckily, we’ve narrowed it down to six game changing serums—some old, some new—that really do what they say they will.


REN‘s new serum promises to instantly firm the skin and it does. A veritable ‘beauty shot’ for your face, hyaluronans (cousin to the hyaluronic acid) work to boost your skin. A best seller from Algenist, the Concentrated Reconstruction Serum works to brighten, tighten, and clarify the skin. REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot, $54; Algenist Concentrated Reconstruction Serum, $95.

Technically an overnight peel, the Kiehl‘s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate does just that—refines the skin to reveal younger, fresher, and clearer skin. Known for their skincare, Tatcha‘s Deep Hydration Firming Serum goes on light and helps to brighten the skin (with 24k gold). Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $54;   Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Serum, $95.

The be all and end all of serums, Sunday Riley‘s Good Genes is a favorite of just about everyone who has tried it. It instantly rejuvenates the skin and helps keep it bright, clear, and smooth. MAKE‘s Moonlight Brightening Serum goes on with a pearly finish to help keep skin hydrated and glowing. Sunday Riley Good Genes, $147; MAKE Moonlight Brightening Serum, $70.

The 411 on Color Correctors—Have You Tried Them?

It seems that in the beauty industry, new trends come and go, while others are here to stay. One such trend that doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon—like contouring and liquid lipsticks—is color correctors.

For those of use without an art degree, color correcting is the art of neutralizing any color concerns you have with your skin, like redness and dullness. In fact, if you’re one to cover your under eye circles, then you’re already familiar with color correcting.

“Color correctors are meant to neutralize the problem, whereas concealers and foundations cover it,” explains Kerry Cole, Becca Cosmetics’ style director. She goes on to say that it’s not as hard as it sounds. “It’s all about color theory and finding the opposite color to neutralize the problem.” Cole also explains that if you don’t wear a lot of foundation, you just need to blend really well and then top with a little concealer. She also suggests layering them first and not mixing them with your foundation.

Color correctors work on every skin tone—even the fairest—and help with everything from redness, to hyper pigmentation, to dark under eye circles. And while they may look scary, there’s actually a science behind each color, even the brightest oranges.  “Peach works to neutralize dark circles and hyper pigmentation for beige to deep bronze skin tones,” Cole says.

The key is to use a small amount of the right color for your need and blend it in with your finger tips. “The heat from your fingers will melt the product into your skin,” Cole explains.

GREEN: Neutralizes redness for fair-to-medium skin tones with red undertones.

VIOLET: Neutralizes dullness for light tan/olive skin tones with yellow undertones.

PAPAYA: Neutralizes deep blues and greens for tan-to-deep-bronze skin tones with blue undertones.

PEACH: Neutralizes dark circles and hyper pigmentation for beige-to-deep bronze skin tones.

Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector, $30; Cover FX Correct Click, $18.

Blue Tansy—The Beauty Ingredient You’ll Want to Use


It’s often the case that when it comes to skincare, sometimes the most ancient of ingredients are the best, especially when it comes to essential oils. Blue tansy is one such ingredient that brands have started to harbor for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I sat down with the team over at Sunday Riley—their Luna oil is one of the best out on the market—to get the 411 on this multipurpose oil.

What is blue tansy? It is a flowering plant known for its essential oil that has calming, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Where does it come from? It’s also known as Moroccan Chamomile. Though it originates from Morocco, it can now be found throughout different parts of the world.

What else is it used for besides skincare? Apart from skincare, it’s a component in many aromatherapy blends. It contains azulene, which gives it its lovely blue color and mind-calming properties. When inhaled, blue tansy essential oil soothes and calms the senses, leaving behind a sense of relaxation and peacefulness.

What are the benefits of it? When applied to the skin, blue tansy essential oil helps to reduce redness, calm blemishes, and fight new blemishes from forming with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Is there a type of skin that should avoid it? No! Blue tansy is great for all skin types, from very dry to very oily to very sensitive.

How often can it be used? When used at the proper concentration, blue tansy essential oil can be used daily. This being said, it is best to dilute blue tansy by incorporating it into different oil and cream blends versus applying it directly to the skin.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask, $48; May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon, $160; Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105; Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask, $18.

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The 12 Best Brightening Masks for a New Complexion

As winter makes way for spring, the one thing we can count on is our skin needing an extra boost. During the colder months, dullness takes over and breathing new life into our skin becomes our number one goal. Luckily, a new crop of brightening masks out on the market work to hydrate and brighten even the dullest of complexions.

Using enzyme technology and harboring the power of hyaluronic acids, these 12 masks hold the secret to putting our best faces forward. Using them once a week (or every other day if you need extra help) will keep the facialist at bay, and will help to rejuvenate your skin, revealing a brighter, tighter, and more even complexion.

GLAMGLOW FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment, $69; Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $58;  Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, $32; Fresh Peony Brighting Night Treatment Mask, $67; Herbivore Brighten Pinapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask, $48; Eve Lom Rescue Mask, $50; Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, $58; Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleep Mask, $38; Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, $49; Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $34; REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $55; Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask, $70. 

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10 Luminizing Foundations For Glowing Skin

Getting natural, glowing skin is the bane of every woman’s beauty routine. While most of us crave the kind of coverage that masks all of our flaws, we’re often left with thick, cake like foundation when we try. Luckily, a new crop of foundations on the market are making glowing skin a thing to look forward to.

New formulas use light reflecting shimmers built into their foundations to give subtle glow, while others hone the power of serum with a hybrid skincare based liquid. Both give healthy glow and ultimate coverage—without being cakey.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, $45, available at Sephora; Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $55, available at HourglassNARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $48, available at Sephora; Laura Mercier Gandle Glow Foundation, $48, available at NordstromL’Oreal Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation, $16.99, available at Walgreens; Giorgio ArmaniMaestro Foundation, $64, available at NordstromMaybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $7.99, available at Ulta; Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $39, available at SephoraCharlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, $44, available at Net-a-Porter; Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, $44, available at Sephora.


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4 New Spring Beauty Products I’m Loving Now

hourglass strobe powder

Spring is about lighter, fresher, newer and nowhere does that hold more true than with beauty products. Rising temperatures means brands shed their heavy winter skin in leu of newer innovations. Here are the four products I’m most excited about this March.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Another hit from Hourglass. I’m all about healthy, glowy skin and the team at Hourglass delivers that every time. I love these Ambient powders because they’re so natural looking, so I can get that high shine look that is so popular right now and still look super natural.

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Primer
Though I’m not a huge fan of primers, I am a huge fan of Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation so it’s no wonder I’d be a fan of this. It’s a lightweight priming fluid that is also SPF 50 so it’s been helping my foundation last longer while also protecting against the harsh California sun.

Byredo Super Cedar Eau de Parfum
I am a sucker for anything with cedar in it. I probably own nearly 10 fragrances that are all cedar based, but this one is my new favorite. It’s deeper than some of the ones I’ve used and like other Byredo parfums, it’s very androgynous—two things that sell me on the spot with a fragrance.

Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream
Sunday Riley can do no wrong—I’m a fan of just about every single product she makes and Tidal is no exception. The line is known for it’s innovative and scientific approach to natural skincare. This moisturizer is packed with enzymes and hyaluronic acids which help to slough off dead skin while also locking in moisture.

6 Creamy Cocoa Nail Polishes for Spring


When it comes to nail polish, I have a hard time wearing anything too flashy or aggressive. Though I love a classic red lacquer, I tend to lean towards neutral shades. The beige-yer the better. Luckily, this spring, nude nails are in. Shades of creamy beiges, tans, and cocoas are in, while bright fuschias and purples are out. Look for toast colored nudes in opaque formulas with no metallic.




Butter London Tea With the Queen, $15, available at NordstromYSL 22 Beige Leger, $28, available at Sephora; Zoya Spencer, $10, available at Zoya; Essie Cocoa Karma, $4.75, available at Sleek Nails; Christian Louboutin Rosy Nude, $50, available at Sephora; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet, $10, available at Nordstrom