Korea’s Fave Summer Lipstick Drop – eSpoir’s NoWear Lip Toppers

K-Beauty lovers are raving about eSpoir’s latest drop in the lipstick department – NoWear Lip Toppers. Coming in 10 shades in matte and 12 in satin, NoWear wearers can get funky & sexy with the available colors tones. With new launches every season, one can get overwhelmed with the selection of lip products. eSpoir is…

Beauty Backstage with Korea’s Top Hand Model Hyun Suk Choi

Hyun Suk Choi is Korea’s premier hand model. For nearly two decades, she’s been the go-to lady in the fashion and beauty industry in Korea when it comes to hands. Hyun Suk’s hands have graced the ads of such brands as Chanel, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, L’occitane, SK-II, Hera, Vogue, and Marie Claire. As a mother of one, she’s…

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…

Beauty Backstage: Unistella the Celebrity Nail Artist and Her Jewelry Drop

Unistella aka Eunkyung Park is a rockstar in the nail art world. A bit of punk, glam, and elegance all rolled into one, her cutting edge nail art trends have gone viral and upended standard approaches to nail art. If you’ve ever seen wire nails or shattered glass nails trending on Instagram, yup that’s all her. Her ingenuity…

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…

How to Recover from Dry Skin

Cold, chilly temperatures call for a nice things like a cup of hot cocoa by the fire, but they also call for not so nice things like chapped, flaking skin. Increased exposure to heaters, freezing winds, or a lack of proper care can lead to aggravating skin conditions like dry, cracked skin or even eczema….

Brand Spotlight: CNP Laboratory is Dermatology in a Bottle

Not only is CNP (Cha and Park) Laboratory one of my favorite Korean skincare brands of all time, but it has also improved and strengthened my skin the most. There’s a reason why “laboratory” is in their name. Launched from a leading skin clinic in Korea, CNP Laboratory develops their products through their own dermatology…

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…

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…

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…