Korea’s New Wave of Cleansing: the Cleansing Oil + Water Hybrid

When it comes to face wash, there are seemingly infinite options. If you want to cleanse your face like a French woman, there are micellar waters. And cleansing oils had their big craze a few years back. But what’s emerging out on the market here in Korea is a new category, a hybrid of the…

LabNo: What is this K-Beauty Brand Saying “No” to?

The “No” in LabNo’s brand name isn’t short for anything. It’s literally a big fat “No” to skincare practices LabNo has deemed unhealthy – namely the shortcuts companies take in developing products. The “No” encapsulates their uncompromising commitment to transparency and good ingredients. So what are they saying “No” to exactly? the 20 ingredients you should…

Meet Korea’s Favorite Lip Tint: Comparing the Peripera Ink Tints

Peripera, an offshoot of popular road shop brand Clio in Korea, has taken over the lip tint market with its affordable prices (₩9,000/$9 USD) and such long-lasting formulas that some even bemoan the difficulty of removing them. While a Korean lip tint might be synonymous with the lip gradient look, don’t let that stop you…

Customize Your Makeup with Innisfree’s New My Drops

Let’s face it – our skin is finicky business. A change in season is enough to render some of the beloved holy grail products we’ve spent ages on the hunt for less than perfect. That’s why Innisfree has come out with My Drop (14 ml, 10,000₩), a handy little product made to be mixed with your foundation…

The Best Korean Sunscreens in Korea Right Now 2018

The landscape of sunscreens in Korea has skewed towards a “safe ingredient” trend. This comes with the advent of Korean cosmetic analysis apps like 화해 (Hwahae) making potentially irritating/hazardous ingredients easier to be aware of as well as Korean beauty gurus (e.g. Director Pi) espousing the need for “good” ingredients. Formulations with gentle ingredients are…

Why Korea’s Cotton Pad Skincare Trend Actually Works

You might’ve seen Korean Youtubers with cotton pads all around their face. Sticking product-soaked cotton pads on your face has been known as a bit of a DIY skincare trick in Asia for a while. However, in the past year, it’s taken off more than ever as a trend in Korea with videos and tutorials…

How Pantone’s Color of the Year is Popping Up in K-Beauty

Pantone declared Ultra Violet as 2018’s color of the year – a shade signifying intrigue and unconventionality. Naturally, variants of the dramatic purple shade have been making their way to trends everywhere. And Korea is no different. Well kind of. A true ultra violet can be a bit dramatic, and ultra violet in its absolute…