All things K-Beauty!!

For those who don't know what this is, it stands for Korean Beauty!

 

Honestly, I'm surprised I don't see even more stuff posted about K-Beauty as it seems to be taking over right now.  I hear nothing but good things about their skincare, makeup, etc!

 

I recently got the Amorepacific cream as a 100 point perk and am really liking it for daytime moisture (although I think it may be better in the summer as I still feel a tad dry), and I hear good things about the Chosungah22 products which Sephora carries!

 

I also recently made a giant order through a Korean retailer called Jolse, can't wait to get my stuff!

 

Do you guys love K-Beauty? Do you have any reviews of stuff you've tried? I'm hoping to get this moving and that people will post in here regularly about skincare and cosmetics from Korea!

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As someone who's only been doing the k-beauty process for a year, I can definitely say that the essence is a core step for me. An SA explained that the essence is supposed to penetrate deep into your skin and hydrate/treat it deep within (which is why it disappears so quickly), where moisturizers hydrate the top layer and form a barrier to protect the skin from outside contaminants and drying. I've definitely noticed a difference on the days when I use an essence compared to those I don't (particularly in hydration and softness).

 

That said, I've tried a bunch of essences and some of them are definitely duds, at least for my skin chemistry. And not all of them are super watery. I haven't tried the Missha (it's on my list), but if it's not working for you, then move on. There's a lot of variety out there!

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I went through a bottle of it and didn't notice a difference between when I was using it and when I wasn't. I seem to have that problem with a lot of FTEs though. 

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I've been using it for a year+ and I've noticed my skin texture and tone improve in general. Although I'm not 100% certain that the FTE is the sole cause of these results, I feel like it adds a nice layer of hydration before serums and other moisturizers and helps them absorb better. 

 

 

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Thanks @myumew, helping other products is something I hadn't considered!

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Heads up MisshaUS is having a 50% off all sheet masks sale which means they start at $1.  

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CVS is going to start carrying K-Beauty at select locations. You can check online to see if the items are available at your local store. Also Ulta, and Target have a decent selection.

 

Sheet masks have become my favorite product so far, but I want to look into snail products because I loved my snail sheet mask. 

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I love K-Beauty stuff! I mostly buy everything from ibuybeauti because they have free international shipping over 50$ and almost every weekend they have 20-25% off! I usually buy lip colour or blush related products only, since most face makeup only comes in 1 or 2 colours that definitely don't work for my skin tone, but I recently purchased some skin care products that I am waiting for. If anyone is into cushion blushers, I would definitely recommend the A'Pieu Rilakumma Air Fit Cushion Blusher, it's the cutest packaging over and comes in really flattering colours. I also tried the Innisfree Balancing Cleansing Oil as an oil cleanser and loved it! Whenever I buy from ibuybeauti they usually include some as a sample and it is actually amazing. 

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I know that a few people have placed orders from Jolse - do you have to pay any other shipping fees (duties, customs fees, whatever) to have them ship to the U.S.? I have never ordered from anywhere overseas before and I'm a little nervous that I'll end up being hit with extra charges.

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No duties for me or any extra charges ever. I once placed an order so big around $300 and it was still fine. I think they declare as gift or far under the value so no extra fees would occur. It should be fine.

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Thanks so much! That makes me feel better Smiley Happy

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Has anyone tried Benton's Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel or any of the May Coop moisturizers? I'm on the hunt for a lightweight day moisturizer for summer. My skin tends to prefer gel moisturizers but I've been loving May Coop's essence.

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Thanks for your feedback! I'm a huge fan of Belif and already use their Aqua Bomb daily, although now that it's warming up, it's starting to feel a bit heavy for day use. (My skin has seasonal split personality - very dry in the winter, but when it warms up, my oily nose and chin/jawline really kick in.) I've also had bad luck with Belif's cream-based moisturizers - I broke out immediately after using the Moisturizing Bomb and the Milky Hydra moisturizer. Hence my hunt for something else.

 

@realiner Thanks for the heads-up on Primera. I've never heard of that brand before, but I see Jolse carries it, and I've been looking for an excuse to place an order from them!

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Primera is very mild all natural brand, it first came out as a brand catered towards pregnant women. Maybe try the oil-free watery cream to stay away from breakouts. I personally use the normal version of the watery cream during summer because I think the Aqua bomb is not moisturizing enough for my dry skin during the summer. I switch between the watery cream and the Belif milky Hydra moisturizer.

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I have pretty oily skin and don't find the Aloe gel to be enough of a moisturizer, even in summer. It's a nice moisturizing step to have in the routine, but I still need something just a touch "heavier" to really add in moisture at the end of the day. 

 

I'll second the suggestion below for the Belif moisturizer. 

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@tethys180 I've tried the Benton gel. I have normal-dry skin, and found it wasn't moisturizing enough even during summer. If you have oily skin, it might be enough. It's light-weight and helped my cheek redness, so I would definitely recommend the product in that sense.

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I recommend the Belif moisturizing bomb you can find it at Sephora it is a gel like moisturizer. If you are feeling more adventurous  I recommend a Korean organic, all natural brand Primera. The Alpine Strawberry Watery cream is pretty great. I believe this cream has gel, normal and intense versions.

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Random order from a random curated asian beauty site, BEAUTIFIIX, I think I saw it under Deals on BT? I honestly can't remember so it was sort of a nice surprise today Smiley Happy Came beautifully packaged with a handwritten note, and 5 free samples! Not just korean brands, but some japanese and taiwanese as well. 

 

 

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Thanks for shopping with us! Glad everything made it safe to you! Enjoy it Smiley Wink

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Wanted to share this cute find from my recent purchase with Glow Recipe!  This facial cleanser caught my eye with the Meteorites-esque pastel pearls packaged in a little mason jar.  For each use, you're supposed to crush up one bead and mix the powder with water until it becomes a creamy-foamy lather.  I love using cleansers in powder format, but many of my favorites have been discontinued since the trend has mostly died out.  Can't wait to put this one to the test!

 

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That is super cute!  Please let us know how they work!   @MlleCC Smiley Happy

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Are there any K beauty shops in NYC? I would loove to go check it out. Thanks!

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