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Essence, Serum & Ampoule 101: What’s the Difference (& Does It Matter?)
How to Start a True Anti-Aging Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Age or Budget
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3, 5, or 7-Skin: Find Your Magic Number For This Skin-Saving Method
K-Beauty Moisturizers 101: From Emulsions to Balms & Everything in Between
Ceramides 101: The Unassuming, Must-Have Skincare Ingredient for Healthy Skin
Graveyard Shift Beauty: The Best Overnight Workers For Your Skin
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How to Tell Whether You Have Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin — And Why It Matters
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Oily Skin 101: How to Balance It, Get Glowing & Embrace the Shine
Combination Skin 101: The Most Confusing Skin Type Demystified
The 10-Step K-Beauty Skincare Regimen: When to Use What
What Is Rosacea & How a 5-Step K-Beauty Routine Can Help You Manage It
These 6 Things Help Me Manage the Beast That Is Adult Hormonal Acne
Help! Am I Purging or Is This a Breakout? (& Why It Matters)
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Sandawha Liposome Skin Softener 150ml
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Haruharu Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner 300ml
Care Bare Keep Calm & Zit Down Acne Patch
Everything You Wanted to Know About Korean Beauty Lip Tints
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How to Contour the K-Beauty Way
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I'm a K-beauty blogger and W2Beauty's Editor at Large. I love skincare, steaks, and long walks on the beach. I have a slight fizzy drink addiction and a much more problematic meat obsession. That is not a euphemism. Let's go get some KBBQ!
I want try it soon 😍💕 so cuuute
Me too! Did you already try it, Jude?
Nope! I am waiting patiently for it!
i love silicon brush so much they are easy to clean and maintain😀😀
Do you feel it’s pretty gentle to use for cleansing?
yes its gently to use and convinient but i dont use it always …when im lazy to grab it just use my palm
AHHHH I can’t wait for mine!
It’s so cute! I have a plain silicone cleansing brush from Memebox, but this one looks more fun. Adding this to my cart. I shall call it Luigi. Yes. Luigi the Jellyfish.
i can relate on that feeling thats why i make sure to have some spare on my vanity😀😀
They need to sell it in like 6 packs or something!
i agree 👍👍👍
Very relatable! 😂
I played the clip numerous times! He’s adorable and his expressions, priceless. We all know that feeling… I’m fairly new to k-beauty but almost out of my Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, which would feel tragic, so I’ve already reordered. I’m happy that I found this site!
Gangnam Blues … another thing I have to watch. My list grows … thank goodness for my Viki subscription! I hate ads!
you can watch it for free in myasiantv.com or kissasian.com😀😀
have you watch city hunter?
i think every lead role in k drama if they used certain product it become popular
Nice panel! 🙂
I totally use a lash serum every night. I’ve never tried this one, but Revitalash works miracles on my non-existent lashes.
i love 2nei1…😍😍especially dara😍😍😍 have you try to use castor oil??
I have! It worked okay and helped my lashes a bit, but I couldn’t get over the feeling of it on my lashes. I really like the DHC lash serum though!
hmm i see coz i always hear castor oil whenever they mentioned lashes😀😀
Oh that guy is from Train to Busan! I just watched it like two nights ago. He was such a bad ass.
Did you cry? How much did you cry?
I wept. I couldn’t even help myself, hahaha.
Pretty sure it’s impossible not to cry at certain parts of that movie. Uuugh so sad.
I’m soooo gonna watch Train to Busan just because Jude talks about it so much ?
its a good movie😀😀i hope there is part 2
The daughter and the pregnant lady go on a zombie death rampage! Hahahaha
i watched it before hehehehe…but i like romantic movies and drama is just that train to budan is popular in the philippines thats why i watched it
It’s on Netflix. Just sayin.
hahahha I had the exact same thought … the guy from train to Busan punching zombies like a badass UFC fighter lol
hahaha i really love this guy he can be serious and funny ..😍😍
I need to watch more stuff with him in it! Do you have recommendations? Dramas or movies are both ok.
Did you ever see Shut Up! Flower Boy Band? I watched it because of a Dramabeans best dramas of all time list. Yes, he’s great (though not as prominent as more recent dramas), but I LOVED the flower boys in it — great characters, great story.
Oh he’s in that?! I need to watch that anyway because of the other guy you showed us…Lee Hyeon Jae!
Oh YEAH!!! Omg he is so cute. Why isn’t he in more dramas? I hear he’s working a lot in China right now.
i like 38 task force ,train to busan,our heaven,and the flu
Looooove that actor! So genius of them to include someone “against type.” Hilarious!!!
Marry me, Punching Etude House Man. Ohmagawjeezus! *heart eyes*
Yes to giant ruby cell puffs! LOL!
And tinysized boy bands in my cushion pact! Haaaa
Omg, this is hilarious! 😂
It’s SO WEIRD. Gotta love the creativity!
I recently got two sample sizes of different Shark Sauce flavors and I’ve really been liking them! I’ll have to order a full size soon.
Ooooh! Which sharks?
I got Hanbang and Honey – which wound up as the two winners! I think I will get a full size of the Hanbang.
I love both of those…and I have the Dragon Shark in my cart, too. Chel is a Skincare Wizard.
Hanyul is one of the popular brand! Currently I am using Aloe soothing cream/gel for calming down my skin (from Nature Republic) , but almost gone. Will check it out!
How do you like the Nature Republic aloe gel? I know that one is very popular too!
This is my second bottle of it. Never had any skin troubles with this, even though my skin is sensitive and is allergic to many things around. smells fresh and abundant amount at reasonable prices. Cool and refreshing with mild sticky feeling at first on putting, but soon sticky feeling gone and skin gets smoother after.
I’m testing toners since it appears my HG Enprani Moistfull Booskin has been discontinued (*cries softly*). I’m enjoying the Primary Raw Doyou Soy Ferment Essence Toner as well as Sooryehan’s Bon Extra Moisture Toner. I completely forgot I have the Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softner (ugh, spelling) in my stash. I admit I am addicted to toners…and I am not ashamed.
Oooh, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the “Softner”! (ugh)
Randomly stumbled upon a VDL Skin P+R=O Overnight Relaxing Cream in my sample stash last night. Genuinely thought they only did makeup so was intrigued enough to try it and was blown away this morning. Had a stress breakout over the weekend and all the whiteheads were reduced to 1/4 of the size (I comboed this with Lotion P50 and CosRX Snail Essence) and when I washed my face in the shower it felt like satin.
Oh and this is after applying at 3am and getting all of 4hrs of sleep 😳
Gonna try again tonight without the P50 and Snail Essence to see if the cream was THAT good.
I sit on my masks too! I actually hate the ultra chilled feeling, so I never pop mine in the fridge. (I also hate super cold drinks with a lot of ice, haha.)
I’ve been doing masks as my last step before moisturizer to make sure all of the other stuff beforehand sinks in as well as it can.
It really helps, right? Whereas I find if I use a sheet mask early in my routine, it can slow down absorption of other stuff.
I also hate getting up after a sheet mask to go stand up more and do the rest of my routine! Sheet mask = end of the night relaxing for me, so the less I do after, the better!
Here’s something I didn’t find out for an embarrassingly long time: most hydrogel masks have a front and back side. Usually the side to go against your face has more gel on it that you can kind of scrape with a fingernail. They really don’t work as well if you put them on backwards. 🙈
You know, I wondered about that too. Because unlike cotton masks, most hydrogels have different textures on each side (one side is more textured, the other smooth) and I always wondered if one is supposed to go on your face. Any ideas?
I think it’s the smooth side. That side should be a bit thicker. I’ve seen that in a few Reddit threads, but the first time I saw it was this blog post: https://iamabeautyjunkee.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/korean-hydro-gel-masks-tony-moly-syn-ake-live-snail-hyaluronic-acid/
I poke mine with a fingernail before applying, because I can never remember which is the “right” side hahaha
Sounds like great tips! I’ve never tried face oil under sheet masks before, but I do sometimes use serum before masks! 🙂
When I get lazy or have time before my evening routine after a sheet mask, I press a facial oil on after a sheet mask to seal all that goodness in. My face just GLOWS.
Another tip I learned recently: Store your sheet masks flat, not vertical, to keep the mask evenly saturated in essence.
Also, exfoliate before a sheet mask to help clear the path for full absorption.
The tip about storing them flat was kind of a revelation for me! I have a lot of mine upright in the fridge due to space issues, but I’ve started making sure the one I plan to use is flat for at least an hour before I use it.
do u have any recommendations for a good face oil? 🙂
I have done all of them! Lol but I noticed that I don’t really like warm face mask. I have the ones that are close to expiration in the fridge and the rest and are basically out at room temp. So most of the time I’ll just pop the ones at room temp right in before using because I just like that cold feeling to my face (even on the winter). Also when I started using facial oils, I didn’t know whether to use it before or after sheet masking so I tired them both and liked it better before because all the oil will sink into my face with out having that oily feeling on my face of doing it after.
That’s why I like oil before sheet mask too!
I appear to be utterly averse to those gel eye patches, but if I slap ’em on and then apply my sheet mask, I’m always happy with the results.
This is a great idea especially for under the eye masks. Not just masks are great in the fridge, other products like some essences are great to put into the fridge to help with the longevity of the product and formulation. I mainly do this during the summer because I am always worried about certain products that have to maintain at a certain temperature range.
thank you for such great tips!
I love the Su:m37 Time energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum or the Secret Repair Concentrate serum. However i seem to be the opposite at the moment, with a longer morning routine and shorter evening during these warmer months. I’ve noticed all the hydration and protection i give my skin in the day means i need less treatments at night xo
That’s totally valid too! And I hear suuuch good things about those two products you mentioned.
I’m currently using the Time Energy Serum and was so disappointed. Tried it both day and night and didn’t see any noticeable differences, it was one of the meh-est products I used since I jumped down the kbeauty rabbit hole. My skin also hates the Rose Stick Cleanser, so I’m thinking Su:m37 just isn’t my cup of tea.
I have been going with Benton snail essence and skipping the moisturizer step all together. Granted I have oily/combo skin and I’m also dealing with NYC humidity, so that’s probably the only reason I can skip moisturizer and go straight from essence to sunscreen.
Depending on the humidity (and my patience level), I grab either the Honey Shark from Holy Snails or the Pore Care Ampoule from Sooryehan. The Sooryehan serum works especially well as a makeup primer.
I skip them altogether because the weather will literally melt everything, it’s so hot. Love the Missha Near Skin Smart All in One Cream for mornings as it covers multiple steps and it’s super light. But if I’m having a hormonal breakout I’ll use some Benton Snail Bee Essence before applying the Missha to calm my skin a bit.
I usually go with Stratia Rewind – it has impressively reduced my redness.
Can I bug you for advice? What would you recommend to really boost hydration during the day? I do Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum (you totally sold me on that one!), three to five layers of toners (usually 2-3 different ones), Stratia Rewind, and finally emulsion, but I still feel like it’s not enough and my cheeks feel dry mid-day. I don’t have time to put sheet mask on in the morning, and I wonder if you have any serums/essences that really boost hydration…
Hmmm I think if those steps aren’t doing it for you, your skin may be severely dehydrated or your moisture barrier compromised somehow. What’s the rest of your routine (night and day)?
For hydrating serums, I have found that Amorepacific Moisture Bound serum is excellent for hydrating for actually retaining hydration (and the gel creme in the same line is too), but those are quite costly. At a more budget-friendly level, I really liked Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence and the Deep Essence is said to be great too.
You’re absolutely right about the problem! The only active I’ve been using is tretinoin 0.04% and I use it 5-6 times a week. I started 6 months ago and worked my way up to that frequency. I would put it on half an hour after cleansing on essentially bare skin (well, one layer of toner and essence right after cleansing cause otherwise it would be unbearable).
Since posting my last comment, I’ve switched things up. I do a full routine now with FTE, toner, essence and emulsion first, then wait 30-6o min and then apply the tretinoin. That has helped tremendously! I still get the benefits of the retinoid but the dehydration and peeling have diminished.
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Look for a good niacinamide product. What FTE do you use?
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and I use Stratia Rewind with 5% niacinamide as my morning serum. It has helped with the redness and PIE, but has not done anything for my hyperpigmentation spots.
The snail essence is my all time favorite thing. I use it and when I go to put it back in the drawer I find I always say, oh how I love you. Nutty, huh? Truly love this product. It is amazing.
Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for me! Someday they’ll invent a sunscreen pill and all this misery over application will be over, haha.
A sunscreen pill is my dream! Probably the only supplement I’d ever remember to take every day.
Hope you get better soon love!
Thank you! I will for sure. But WILL MY LASHES?!
That post is epic. I still can’t figure out exactly what I am because my skin tone keeps changing! 🙁
A really helpful post!