I know this title sounds like the height of pretentiousness. It’s hard to read it without rolling your eyes or wanting to gently strangle the person who wrote it (yours truly), huh? But bear with me – I’m about to make it all better, and by the end of the post you’re going to want to buy a bottle of Perrier (or Pellegrino, if you prefer) for your face.
I met Julie Jang on university campus and had an instant skin crush on her. Does that sound creepy? You know when you see someone whose skin looks like an SK-II ad and you think, ‘Gee, I’ve got to know their secret’. Yeah, Julie has that kind of complexion.
This product is about as un-Kpop as you can get: uninspiring packaging, barely-there scent, with a texture that’s nothing special – it doesn’t fizz or pop, and its ingredients are unexcitingly familiar (tea tree oil anyone?). The only dramatic thing about this product is that it gently, silently kills your pimples like nothing you’ve ever used and it has almost 100% rave reviews across the internet. That’s LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence.
Meet Jordan Turner. She roasts coffee, works at a senator’s office and has the dreamiest instablog (seriously, you have to check it out). She grew up in Payson — that’s where Footloose was filmed — and lives in Salt Lake City. In Utah, the days are dry and Jordan tells us about how she keeps her skin hydrated by using the best of Asian and Western beauty.
First off, why should my sheet masks be seasonal?
Seasonal skincare is one of my all-time favourite beauty topics. When I mention it, I’m often met with Kardashian-level eye rolls. I get it. It sounds like a marketing gimmick. But think about it this way — you swap your clothes and alter your diet as the seasons change, so why not your cosmetics?
Meet Kaycee Woo, a quintessential big-city girl. Born in Seoul, Kaycee now lives in the throbbing heart of Manhattan, studying at Parsons School of Design (jealous yet?). I’ve known Kaycee for many years and she’s always had an amazing eye for beauty and style. Even today, while she is jetsetting from London-Paris-New York, she is disciplined in keeping her skin in top condition. Here’s a little sneak peak into her routine!
Ladies, I’m calling it. Banila Co’s Clean It Zero is my HG cleanser.
REDISCOVERING MY LOVE FOR KOREA’S CULT CLEANSER
Clean It Zero has cult status in Korea and was popularised after a blind test on the nation’s top beauty show ‘Get It Beauty‘ found it to be the most powerful oil-based cleanser.
I first came across Clean It Zero many years ago on a humid Seoul night. Stranded at my cousin’s house without a cleanser, I desperately raided her medicine cabinet (which was teeming with delightful skincare concoctions) and after a little nosing, spotted this pretty little balm. I heaped it on my face and was immediately converted. What was this magical balm that seemed to melt away even my most stubborn makeup?
A lot of people ask me, ‘how do Korean men take care of their skin — are they as fanatical as the women?’ That’s what prompted my chat with Kangmin, a proud Seoulite and owner of luxe leather store, L.Chamber. Well-groomed and ambitious, Kangmin is the quintessential new generation Korean male.
1.Where were you born? Qing Dao, China. I moved to Canada when I was in elementary school.
2.You know you’re from Qing Dao when? You love sauerkraut, because the city was colonized by Germany for while. They make beer there too.
3.What do you do and why do you do it? I blog on Instagram because I’ve always loved fashion. It started when I was at a job that I wasn’t happy in so I looked for a hobby to focus on and find happiness. Then I realized that it was what I’ve always wanted to do but I was just holding myself back. Don’t hold yourself back!
I’m not going to lie, I usually like my skincare products to come in sexy packaging. However, this anti-spot essence by Rohto supports the age old adage that you shouldn’t judge an essence by its cover — or should you? At first glance, this packaging may look visually uninspiring but on further inspection, it’s utterly clever and pragmatic.