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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
When I lived in Seoul, there was one thing women were inordinately obsessed with when it came to skincare — pollution-proofing. In the Western beauty blogosphere, we’ve been told the sun is the unrivalled bogeyman, so we slather on sunscreen until we look like the extras of Twilight. But what about that other skin nemesis – pollution?
I know – it feels like we were only just introduced to face masks that make us look like axe murderers, and now there’s a new thing to throw money at: neck masks.
More than just ‘Girl Power’
Did you know computer programming used to be a job mainly for women? Well, neither did I.
If you ask me what is the most quintessentially Korean beauty item, I will answer without hesitation – the Italy towel.