Brand Spotlight: Moonshot is Bold Beauty for Beginners

Even before opening their first flagship store in 2015, Moonshot’s name was on everyone’s lips. The beauty community was abuzz with talk of the brand that was said to be backed by famous K-Pop conglomerate YG Entertainment, a company part of the “K-Pop Big 3”, a group of 3 companies including JYP Entertainment and SM…

Beauty Backstage: Emma Beauty, Model and Content Creator

Emma Beauty is a “Beauty Creator” on NaverTV, one of the biggest online channels and search engines in Korea (think Youtube + Google = Naver). Her channel features product reviews and makeup tutorials and follows her life behind the scenes as a model. Primarily a beauty model, she’s worked with Laneige, Estee Lauder, Espoir, Etude House, Stila,…

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…

Jung Saem Mool Beauty Brings the Real Makeup Artist Cred

Jung Saem Mool Beauty is a high-end K-Beauty brand founded by and named after one of the most famous makeup artists in South Korea – Jung Saem Mool. She works with many Hallyu (Korean Wave) stars and is a veteran in the industry – the artist has 29 years of experience behind her (makeup brush)…

A Lipstick Junkie’s Heaven – the eSpoir Lipstick NoWear line

eSpoir is one of those K-beauty brands that you probably haven’t heard of much – but should get familiar with ASAP. If you enjoy makeup, especially lipsticks, you will love eSpoir. eSpoir is an Amore Pacific brand, most known for their lipsticks and foundations. Let’s start by introducing you to their most extensive lipstick line,…

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…

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…

Shine Bright in eSpoirs’s Holiday Shower

Holiday launches are in full throttle here in South Korea and every brand is competing for the best holiday collection! So far, each has featured everything from shiny new highlighters and sultry blushes to shimmery lipsticks and party-ready nail polishes. With so many equally beautiful and mesmerizing items on the market, it’s up to us…

5 Etude House Must-Haves for K-Beauty Newbies & Veterans

Korean beauty is well-known for its affinity towards unique, trendy packaging, and cute, girly concepts, and no brand does this better than the one and only Etude House. With such a huge range of products, it can be overwhelming to get your head wrapped around what to try first, so I’ve made a comprehensive guide…

Pre-Makeup Skincare Essentials

Let me say this loud and clear, if your makeup isn’t looking so great, perhaps it’s not your makeup that’s the problem. The issue might lie in your skin and it will not look any better in more layers of makeup. To get it right the first time, you gotta prep! You wouldn’t go into…

This Etude House Palette is Perfect for Fall

The leaves are finally changing colors on the heels of Fall and our go-to makeup shades are following suit. We are dropping the peachy pink hues of Summer and bringing back the deep burgundies, browns, and golds we had shoved to the back of our makeup collections all year. It seems Etude House has gotten…