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๐ŸŒฑ Korean Beauty: East Meets West-Skincare Edition ๐ŸŒฑ

As part of my New Year's resolution, I promised myself I would explore the world of Korean beauty a lot more than I have. I would love this to be a place to discuss and share your experience!

 

I am currently practicing the "7 Skin Method" every morning. This will help hydrate dry skin as well as balance sebum production is oily skin. I was a grease factory and am now very normal. This method is simply applying a hydrating toner 7 times in a row. You can use a cotton round, but I prefer to apply 5/6 drops to the palm of my hand and press it into my skin. I am currently using:

 

  • Missha First Treatment Essence 2X ($49)
  • Amore Pacific Single Extract Vintage Essence 1X ($145)
  • ElishaCoy Moist Up Hyalurone Ampoule Essence 4X ($10)

Results are immediate! My skin is plump and glowing. Now, I could NEVER give up my Good Genes and Luna, but this will definitely take the place of some very expensive skincare products I use like my Vintner's Daughter. I would love to hear about Korean Beauty products you have discovered. I'm all for spending in the name of great skin! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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You'll have to let us know how the Secret Key Essence went once you've had some time to experiment with it!

The Dear Klairs Soothing Serum is great if you have sensitive skin. It just calms everything down and gives the face a moment of peace.

Ah, the Laneige Mask. I willing to bet it's better for the summer, but yeah, I agree. It's just okay.
 

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I have been doing something similar but with a DIY spray toner by Gothamista on youtube. I don't do the 7 skin method at once every day, I just spray my face with this hydrating toner throughout the day. and once a week I do the 7 skin. I just sit there watching TV and spraying my face every 3-5 minutes

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There's a new Korean beauty brand at Ulta- Mamonde. Has anyone heard of it before? Their sheet masks are $7 which seems excessive (although Dr.Jart and Karuna are more). Any thoughts? Also, my K-beauty order is on the way and should be here Friday! Yay!!

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@makeitup305

I've heard of Mamonde and have seen some of their products on Korean and Asian ecommerce sites, but have never used any of their products...yet.  If they are in Ulta, it's just a matter of time before I try something from the brand. Smiley Wink  I think someone, I want to say maybe @ZombieMetroAnt?, posted detailed info about the brand, but I can't remember which thread I saw it.  If I find that post, I'll let you know.

 

Ooooh, a K-beauty order? Looking forward to seeing your haul and hearing your thoughts on your purchases.

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Oh, you have a good memory @itsfi Heart  it was on the Beauty News thread. 

 

Here is the article @makeitup305 - this is a line from Amorepacific Smiley Wink 

https://community.sephora.com/t5/The-Newness/BEAUTY-NEWS/td-p/2471889/page/2

 

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@ZombieMetroAnt thanks! That might partially explain the price!

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So, fellow skin voyagers... I love sheet masks and all, but I am not super fond of how much waste they generate. I know some of you DIY sheet mask, or skip the sheets altogether.

 

Do you have serums you like to use in a thicker mask-style application? Do you buy empty sheets, or just paint it on with a brush?

 

(I'm sure this could be its own thread, but it's already so hard to find anything here!)

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Finally made my Daiso run! Probably just going to start out by cocktailing things I already have at home that I know are ok for me, like The Ordinary hyaluronic acid and various serums/essences.

 

Hopefully this way I can get more of the things I like about sheet masking (waking up with great skin, using less makeup) and less of the things I don't (excessive trash, feeling bitter about tossing leftover serum, spending $3-10 a pop).

 

I'm also more inclined to buy and try some more expensive essences if I can use them in this way, especially if I'm using a mask cover to slow down the evaporation. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ

 

Thanks for the tip @itsfi! Sometimes it's just nice to go to the corner store instead of ordering everything online.

 

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DIY Mask Recipe as promised @fieldsofclover

 

I started into DIY masks first with some random skincare serums/toners/lotions etc I had  around for a long time that weren't bad but I just wasn't reaching for. I first got my compressed masks from Muji and now another Korean brand (mentioned bellow).

 

Hydration

  • Pyunkang Yul: its not too exensive and I think I can justify using it to thin out serums a little and it adds a lot of moisture on its own
  • Water/Distilled Water: I used water if I'm adding lots of other hydration serums/oils
  • Mists/Essences: Any of these style of products should
  • Fresh Aloe Vera blended: This even on its own with a little water to this it out is great. Added Bonus: I've used this formula in my hair too for great results

Serums

  • TO Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: This goes in pretty much all my sheet masks. I always need hydration and for the price this just can't be beat. I will use 2 pull droppers of it and sometimes 3 if I'm not adding much else
  • TO Niacinamide: I love this, my skin feels plumper, brighter and it helps with congested skin. I'll add between 1-2 droppers full
  • I haven't tried yet, but want to try squalane

Oil

  • TO Marula/Rose HIp/Argan Oil: Really any oil of your preference. In winter I've been putting 4-5 drops, you can vary how much you want/need depending on your skin condition of the day
  • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil: Sometimes I add this, I've grown to love the scent at if I'm tired I find this really relaxing

 

Notes

  • Make sure you don't add any products, ingredients you can't mix with water
  • I wouldn't add any Retinol, Vitamin C or Acid (I do use acid before and retinol after)
  • If you like sheet masks, I find this works just as well, you are controlling the ingredients so you don't have to worry about things like Alcohol and it works out a lot cheaper. I use the lid of a Caudalie Grape Water to mix everything in
  • I like a 'wet' mask, so in the end I have about 2-3 tablespoons of product that I will mix and then add the mask too. After a few mins I like to flip the mask to ensure it absorbs everywhere. If the mask isn't absorbing properly, try opening it up and then re-soaking it. Any leftover product in the container goes on my neck, hand and elbows
  • Lastly, I have been loving massaging my face with the Herbivore Jade roller after I apply the mask, it helps really push the product into my skin.

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 Enjoy!!

 

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This is fantastic, thank you so much @Aaliaa! ๐Ÿ™‡

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@fieldsofclover So jealous of everyone near a Daiso ๐Ÿ˜ญ those compression masks look so cool! Iโ€™ve heard people using Unicharm cotton pads from Japan as sheet masks.

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@fieldsofclover awesome!

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Ohhhhh @fieldsofclover I have a Daiso up the street from me! Thatโ€™s where I buy my brow pencils! Itโ€™s the EXACT same shade as ABHโ€™s soft brown for $1.50! I literally bought them all. Like 30 of them. Lol. Iโ€™m set for life!!!

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@fieldsofclover

Yaay, happy you were able to find some at Daiso. That store can be dangerous - they have a lot of great finds in there. Keep us posted on your homemade mask recipes.

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I have a really long answer for you but am about to run out the door. I will try and respond this evening, but if I don't in the next week please remind me! I LOVE DIY sheet masks because you can control the ingredients in them and personalize it to a certain degree too! @fieldsofclover (seriously send me an angry PM if I haven't responded)

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@Aaliaa Hehe I'll PM you if need be, but it'll be more like "please share your secret DIY alchemical brews with me" โš—๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ’Ž

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@fieldsofclover

I buy empty cotton sheet masks (usually from amazon, Daiso or Muji) and will either drop a mask into the excess essence from a sheet mask packet or will add serum to the sheet mask.

 

Some of my favorite DIY sheet masks include the Hada Labo one in @MistBerry post, and using The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid 5% + B5 in a sheet mask.  Also, Gothamista has a YouTube video on a DIY toner/spritz she makes with aloe, rosewater and glycerin and I've used those ingredients for a DIY sheet mask as well - very hydrating!

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Oooh I didn't even think about checking Daiso for those... thanks @itsfi!

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@fieldsofclover

I've seen a few different types of these empty sheet masks at Daiso - one comes in a bag with 2 trays - one tray holds about 10 or 12 sheet mask pellets/tablets and the other tray is meant for infusing a pellet with your desired ingredient(s). Another type comes in a bag with individually wrapped mask pellets.  I've also seen a stack of flat sheet masks in a bag as well. Not sure which one(s) your Daiso carries. 

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I buy empty sheets, dry them out after I use them then recycle.
I do, however, have a big container of regular ones, because people love gifting me with them. 

But typically, I put Hado Labo hyaluronic lotion on an empty one. Use it, dry it out and recycle. I have a little plastic container with a lid, I put one in there, then put the lotion on it. If there is leftover, I seal the jar up and reuse. Clean it once in a while.

I understand on the waste aspect. It's partly why I went with empty sheets. Also it's more budget friendly.

I really just cant with sheet masks ๐Ÿ˜‘ I like goop not at...

I really just cant with sheet masks ๐Ÿ˜‘ I like goop not attached to cotton on my face
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