Brand Spotlight: Bbia is Beauty on a Budget

When it comes to K-Beauty, people tend to be the most familiar with the big road shop brands like Etude House and The Face Shop. What many don’t know is that there are a plethora of online K-Beauty brands with top-notch products! Today I will be introducing one of the best, and one that has…

How to Treat Yourself on Valentine’s Day

Are you the independent type? Does Valentine’s Day with self-care and pampering sound tempting? Or are you ready for a girl’s night out? If so, here are some alternative activities for those journeying solo (because singles should never have to dread Valentine’s Day!). Loving yourself well and the concept of self-care for Valentine’s Day has…

Brand Spotlight: COSRX Takes the Struggle Out of Breakouts

COSRX is one of the first brands that got me interested in Korean beauty. It’s simple, effective, and a great price. If you’re thinking of switching over to a K-Beauty routine, COSRX is a must-have! Their products do an exceptional job at fighting breakouts because they balance exfoliation with moisture. Check out the breakdown below…

Toners, Serums, Essences – The New Skin Care Essentials?

When putting together a skin care routine, the countless number of products out there and the fancy jargon thrown around can be mind-boggling. Moreover, figuring out what exactly is necessary for you can be reason enough to give up on the process altogether. The key here is to know your skin type. Then learn what…

AHA and BHA – What Exactly are They?

AHA and BHA are acids – a bit daunting right? But products that contain AHA or BHA can really turn your skin around when used properly. AHA and BHA are also known as chemical peels, which is basically their purpose – to exfoliate your skin. Many products that advertise as “peels” will contain some sort…

American vs. East Asian Makeup – What’s the Difference?

Both East Asia and America are makeup-centric regions in their own right but often times share little overlap in makeup styles. There’s no denying that the culture we grow up in heavily shapes our perceptions of beauty. And the differences in makeup trends around the world are evidence that there isn’t one strict definition of…

Battle Whiteheads Without Breaking the Bank

Who likes waking up to acne on their face? I am positive no one enjoys saying hello to new acne in the morning, so let’s talk about ways to battle these whiteheads! Having battled acne for more than 7 years, I can confidently say a more expensive product does not necessarily mean a more effective…

7 Hand Creams to Soothe Your Skin this Wintertime

We’re in the thick of winter and our hands are suffering! All the hand-washing to prevent colds from spreading, and being engulfed in dry wintry weather period, means dry hands could go from bad, to worse. And by worse, I mean cracked and bleeding. Yikes! If you’re a victim to dry hands that may have…

3 YouTube Beauty Gurus to Ease You into the World of K-Beauty

Forget Netflix. YouTube is where I go when I want a lazy Friday night in bed. And for those who have ever fallen down the rabbit hole that is makeup tutorials on YouTube, you can probably understand why. Before moving to Korea, K-Beauty from a distance seemed deceptively simple to me – bright lipstick, light-colored…

Best K-Beauty Stores to Visit in Seoul

When it comes to beauty shopping, Seoul is the swoon-worthy epicenter. Now a go-to destination for Beauty tourism, people flock from all over the world to buy facemasks in bulk, get their hands on the newest skincare innovations, and even to get dermatological treatments during their stay. In fact, stand alone beauty stores, a particularity…

Effective & Cute Gifts K-Beauty Newbs are Sure to Love

The gift-giving season is here! Are you behind on your holiday shopping? Want a little pick-me-up treat for yourself during this busy, wintry time? If so, I have a gift guide to help find your friends, family, (or even yourself) the perfect products for a first-time introduction to the K-Beauty scene. Skincare There’s an overwhelming…