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…

How Natural Oils Healed My Skin

I love winter, unfortunately my skin doesn’t. I have struggled with very dry skin for as long as I can remember. No amount of creams, lotions or potions would give me a lasting hydrated effect. The great claims on moisturizers seemed to just not work for me. When the cold winters came rolling around, my skin…

You Should Be Exfoliating–Here’s What You Need

It’s cold, and you know what that means? Dry skin! Yay! While moisturizing is a quick remedy for dry skin, exfoliation is what helps keep that moisture locked in. Exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, which our skin accumulates no matter the season. Aside from working alongside your moisturizer to keep your skin supple, exfoliating…

Simplified: The 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I am a simple gal when it comes to skincare! If you simple gals out there identify with me, you may have also been quick to weigh the pros and cons when you heard how amazing Korean skincare was–but that a full routine could near being a…

Getting Over Your Skin’s Winter Blues

The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, I just ordered a pumpkin- spiced latte yesterday, and even dusted off my ugly Christmas sweater. Did I mention Thanksgiving is coming? The seasons are changing fast here in Korea and I couldn’t be any more excited for the holidays. I wish I could say the…

Getting Skin Deep with Collagen

Choosing the best products for our skin doesn’t always feel like the easiest thing in the world when it comes down to the K-Beauty game. Everywhere you turn, there is a new and powerful ingredient that’s supposedly going to offer our skin a plethora of lifelong benefits and possibly even pay off our debt. You’ve…

How Rice Water Changed My Skin for the Better

I’m a simple gal with several skin troubles, which include dry, acne-prone skin, an oily t-zone, acne scarring, and skin texture. I want a clean and clear face just as much as the next person, but for a daily routine I prefer as few steps as possible. That’s why I strive for a simple but…