Hangover Skincare

We've all been there... unbearable hangover, tired eyes and dried out skin. After a long night of dancing, drinking and sinning, not only does your poor head pay the price with a massive hangover but your skin is massively dehydrated and probably looks like sh*t. I have five go-to items to help bring my skin back to life when I'm on my hangover death bed. 

image source: Ulta.com

image source: Ulta.com

First up, charcoal sheet mask. My go-to charcoal sheet mask lately has been the "Detox and Chill" Charcoal Purifying Mask by Leaders Cosmetics. Charcoal is great for pulling out all the bad toxins and impurities that its the perfect sheet mask to help restore your skin from whatever shenanigans you got into the night before.

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image source: Memebox.com

Second, under eye gels. My all time favorite under eye gels are the Tony Moly Gold Snail Eye Mask. These under eye gels provide moisture, increases elasticity and soothes stressed skin. They really help brighten up your under eyes so you do not look like the walking dead.

image source: PeachandLily.com

image source: PeachandLily.com

The third product I'm sharing is Mizon's Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule. Hyaluronic acid helps nourish and hydrate your skin. After a night of all out partying, your skin needs a tall drink of water and serums or ampoules with hyaluronic acid are just that. This product is highly enriched with hyaluronic acid extract and supplies moisture immediately to make your skin glossy without stickiness.

image source: Skinstore.com

image source: Skinstore.com

Fourth up is Sunday Riley's Good Genes. I've done a dedicated blog post on this product which can be found here. But in short this product provides immediate radiance. After being out all night surrounded with harsh environmental factors your skin is usually dull and lackluster. The Good Genes product fixes that and provides you with radiance and dewy skin.

image source: Ulta.com

image source: Ulta.com

Lastly, I use the Mario Badescu Facial Spray to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. This facial spray is made from aloe, herb and rose water. It is simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. 

These five products are tried and true for helping my skin get its life back after a crazy night out. The key is to find products that clean away the impurities, hydrate and moisturize your skin.

My Top 5 Korean Beauty Products

Ya'll know how much of a k-beauty fan I am. In fact, for those of your who are new to my blog, I started this space as a way to share my k-beauty tips, tricks and knowledge with ya'll. I wanted to share my top 5 Korean Beauty Products with you. I'm constantly testing out new products and the five products listed below honestly have not changed and they continue to stand the test of time in my ever changing skincare routine. 

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First up we have the Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule. This is one of those "bible" I swear by products. Since finding this product back in 2012? 2013? (whatever year I was living in Korea) it has made a home on my skincare shelf. I've shared this product a number of times on my YouTube Channel but let me break it down for ya real quick. Snail mucin filtrate is incredibly healing for those with acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation... all sorts of sucky stuff that we just don't want to deal with. This product has 80% snail mucin filtrate so yes, you can bet it's jam packed with tons of good stuff that will help reduce those troublesome skin problems acne scarring, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

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image via iHerb.com

Second, I'm sharing my love for the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. You know I'm all about a good deal and this essence, in my opinion, gives the SK-II Treatment Essence a run for its money. I love the SK-II Treatment Essence, but the price tag I do not love. The SK-II Treatment Essence will cost you $179 USD for a 160 mL bottle, whereas the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence $35 USD for a 150 mL bottle. The real condensed version of the science + story behind SK-II's Treatment Essence is that in contains a proprietary powerhouse ingredient called pitera which is a yeast made from sake which is proven to speed up the skin's natural rejuvenation process. SK-II owns all the rights to this ingredient which means no other company can formulate and use it. MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence contains an ingredient similar to pitera, but instead of it being made from the yeast of sake, it is made from the yeast of beer. I've used both these products and have found the MISSHA option to be much more hydrating and works wonders with my skin. It's incredibly calming and reduces redness thanks to the niacinamide, licorice extract, and chamomile which are known anti-inflammatory ingredients. As far as toner and treatment essences are concerned, this one is never leaving my skincare shelf. 

image via  Sephora.com

image via Sephora.com

Third on my list is the Son and Park Beauty Water. This product is the newest contender that has made a place for itself in my daily skincare routine. I discovered this product about a year ago, when my friends at StyleKorean introduced me to this brand and became a quick favorite in my collection of micellar and cleansing waters. I'm extremely neurotic in the fact that I have a four step cleansing routine... purely cleansing. First I use a face wipe to get all my makeup off, then a cleansing oil or balm to breakdown the makeup residue, third a cleansing foam or soap to wash everything away and then a micellar or cleansing water to finish it off and make sure I have a clean makeup free face. In using the Son and Park Beauty Water, I found that I can double up and use it as a toner as well for the days I'm being lazy with my skincare. And believe me, with a 12 step skincare routine sometimes you get lazy. This cleansing water has a pH of 4.5, which helps restore your skin's natural pH balance after using a soap based cleanser. For those of you skincare newbies out there, soap kind of sucks when it comes to you skin. Yes, it's cleaning your face, getting all the makeup, tears, sweat and regret off but in doing so it strips your skin and throws your pH levels out of whack. When your pH levels on your face are all messed up that's when you start breaking out. So products like the Son and Park Beauty Water help restore your skin's pH levels and keep those pesky pimples at bay. 

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image via YesStyle.com

Fourth to the party is The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream. I actually did an entire post on this moisturizer back in 2016 (and you can read it here). Seeing as how I've already written a novel on this awesome product, let's get to the sparknotes version. I'm sure you all know the amazing benefits that comes from chia seeds. In short, chia seeds lock in and retain moisture. For those of you who add chia seeds to their water, juices, smoothies, etc. you will know that the second chia seeds get wet the start to expand and create this jelly coated film around the seed. That jelly helps lock in and retain moisture. This moisturizer is made from that jelly. This product keep your skin hydrated all throughout the day and night but it is also actively helping reduce sebum production. Keeping my skin hydrated and fighting off acne... WINNING! 

Last but not least... Sheet Masks! Man oh man, I could never live without a sheet mask. I use these religiously, sometimes I'll have a treat yo'self moment and do two in a row. Sheet masks are made from cotton and soaked in serums, ampoules and/or essences that target certain skin concerns such as brightening, acne, moisturizing, collagen boost, etc. I leave them on my face for about 30 minutes and this is my 30 minutes of uninterrupted "Jen Time." I lie on the bed with a sheet mask on and scroll through Instagram, it's my daily unwind moment. LOL. My skin always feels so clean, hydrated, refreshed and loved up on after a good sheet mask sesh. I have the say it's the easiest and cheapest way to treat yo'self. One of my all time favorite sheet mask brands is Leaders. Their masks are always so hydrating and refreshing.

Peach & Lily Brand Sheet Masks

I've been an avid Peach & Lily fan for about two years now. I remember hearing about Peach & Lily launching their own line of sheet masks at the beginning of 2016. Then at the Peach & Lily Cali Girls High Tea hosted by Alicia Yoon, I got to pick her brain about the upcoming sheet mask line. Being able to talk to her about creating her own line of sheet masks was such an inspiration. She spent 18 months working on these sheet masks and they've finally come to fruition. In my opinion Peach & Lily is paving the way for Korean Beauty and Skincare in the States. This brand is not only informing consumers on the best products out there, but they are informing consumers on the best products out there for THEIR skin. Skincare is not a one-size fits all industry and Peach & Lily totally gets that.

Let's get back to the Peach & Lily sheet masks! Each sheet mask pack comes with three (3) masks: Good Skin Day, Reset Button and Chubby Cheeks. The Good Skin Day Mask is the one you wanna use on your bad skin days as it drenches and nourishes your skin with tons of good stuff. Chia seeds, Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe... need I say more? The Reset Button Mask should be used when you have irritated skin, as it targets calming, soothing and restoring your skin. This mask is packed with ingredients such as Lavender, Chamomile, Propolis and Licorice. The last sheet mask in the Peach & Lily three pack is the Chubby Cheeks Mask. *side bar: How cute is the name of this sheet mask?!?!? The Chubby Cheeks Mask helps with wrinkles and saggy skin as it lifts and plumps. This mask is filled with ginseng (a Korean go-to for everything), peptides and black soybean. These masks are the real deal and packed with superstar ingredients. 

After just using the Good Skin Day Mask I was hooked. My skin has been a mess for the past couple weeks. I've been stressed out with work and my personal life and because of that, my skin has not been too kind to me. My skin has been irritated and breaking out, so I've been trying to use sheet masks to help reduce the redness and calm my skin the eff down. The Good Skin Day Mask was so cool going on my skin and felt amazing on. The sheet masks are not just cotton, they are made from a cellulose material that is derived straight from the cotton seed. These masks are also formulated with no alcohol and no fragrancetwo things that are such plain awful for your skin. 

About the Peach & Lily brand sheet masks:
(Information pulled directly from the sheet mask label)

  1. Gently formulated - no synthetic fragrances, denatured alcohol or overwhelming scents
  2. Essence should absorb into skin - leaves skin glowing from within
  3. Mask adheres to every corner of face - doesn't slide or hang off
  4. Skin becomes soft and supple - not sticky after essence is fully absorbed
  5. Amazing ingredients - amazing results

These Peach & Lily brand sheet masks as well as more information can be found on the Peach & Lily website. I cannot wait for you to try these masks out because I know you will fall in love after the first use, just like I did.

xx JEN

Ulta Beauty at Ontario Mills Grand Opening

What's better than spending an afternoon checking out the latest and greatest in beauty??? In my book, probably not much... lol. I was fortunate enough to experience the brand new Ulta Beauty at Ontario Mills before its grand opening weekend November 4 - 6, 2016. Thank you to the amazing staff at Ulta Ontario Mills, especially the Store Manager, Brittany! This location was the most beautiful Ulta I've been in. The design was so sleek, open and flowed foot traffic cohesively throughout the store. 

Brittany started my shop tour in prestige with the Clinique Boutique. The "store in store" was very open and allowed for buyer interaction. This was probably my favorite brand set up, it was so sleek and clean. We zig zagged our way through Urban Decay to Too Faced and Buxom and made our way to the second boutique set up, Lancome. My eyes immediately wen to the Bienfait Multi-Vital Gift Set which has one of my favorite Lancome products, the Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. This is one of the most "age rewind" products I've used. Next we made our way to some Ulta Beauty exclusive such as Honest Beauty and Lorac before getting into Skincare... MY FAVE! I was even more excited to see one of my favorite US skincare brands Algenist with a great display. They even had a private room for the skin services. After skincare we headed into the nail polish bar, The Salon at Ulta and hair care and hair tools. The nail bar had a China Glaze "mini bar" which allowed you to make your own nail polish sets. The hair tools aisle had two rows of fully functional hair dryers for you to test out and experience the speed, weight and heat levels before buying. We then made our way into the drugstore brands. The fact that Ulta carries both high and low price point is honestly why I love this store so much. I'm able to get my more expensive skincare and beauty at the same time as my affordable brands! Two of my favorites in the affordable beauty section is of course Ulta's private label brand and NYX. One of the main reasons I love the Ulta private label is that its vegan and cruelty free. NYX I of course love for there huge range of lip colors and products. After picking up a few items from NYX and Ulta Beauty we ended our tour in the Benefit Boutique. The Benefit display at the Ulta Onatrio Mills was probably the best Benefit display I've ever seen. It was really open and gave you the feel as if you were in an actual Benefit store. 

After my tour I decided to do some shopping and let's just say I definitely came home with a ton of goodies. I grabbed several liquid lippies, eye shadow palettes, lashes and sheet masks. Ulta Beauty at Ontario Mills was also extremely kind to gift me with some of their best sellers such as Ulta brand Coconut + Almond Milk Cleansing Body Wash and Moisture Lotion, Matrix Oil Wonders Micro Oil Shampoo and Oil Conditioner, Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Kanani, Mario Badescu Facial Spray and more. I can't wait to test these favorites out. I also wanted to add that Ulta Beauty at Ontario Mills had a pretty good k-beauty section. The had some cult faves from Tony Moly, Leaders, Skin Food, SNP, Biobelle, Maskeraide and It's Skin. 

Be sure and head to Ontario Mills for the Ulta Beauty Grand Opening Weekend Event, from November 4 - 6 for giveaways and retailer services. The first hundred (100) guests EACH DAY will receive and Ulta Beauty surprise valued from $5 to $100 AND 50% off haircut or style at The Salon. So AWESOME, my motto is never say never to free beauty products! 

Address: 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Store Photos

Son & Park Beauty Cubes

Currently I'm loving my beauty cubes from Son & Park. Immediately I was attracted to the shape and minimalist design of the bottles and packaging, but after using these products for about a month now they are definitely a permanent part of my beauty and skincare collection.

Son & Park is a Korean Beauty brand created by two of Korea's most sought after celebrity makeup artists. Son Dae Sik & Park Tae Yun are well known for the "dewy, no makeup" makeup look leaving their clients looking illuminated and radiant.

The Son & Park Beauty Water is the hot hot hot Korean skincare item right now. I've seen it popping up all over the place in the States and every single Olive Young, Boons and Watson's in Korea had this on their shelves. For those of you who don't live in Korea, you can order a variety of Son & Park products from StyleKorean. They sent me the beauty water and I instantly fell in love. I swapped out the Bioderma micellar water I have been using for the Son & Park Beauty Water and even after this simple step my skin looks much more radiant. This product can be used with a cotton pad or simply by shaking a small amount into the palm of your hands and rubbing it into your face. The beauty water not only cleanses but it tones, hydrates and gently exfoliates your skin.

In addition to the beauty water I was able to test out some of the cube products. I received a variety of different lip cubes and a concealer cube. OH MY GOD this concealer is my absolute favorite thing at the moment. I am obsessed with this concealer. I'm also so thankful that they had a shade to match my skin tone. Believe it or not by Korean standards my skin is a lot tanner, so I usually have a hard time finding cushion compacts or concealers to match my skin. A little bit of this concealer goes a very long way. The formula is extremely hydrating and not too thick and provides ample coverage. It's honestly my go-to concealer at the moment. I picked up a few extra while I was in Korea because I didn't want to see the day when I'd have none left.

The lip cubes are a real interesting formula. They look like tints and stains but have a bit of a creamier texture similar to a liquid lipstick. The good thing about this product is that I can be lazy not worry about having to reapply every hour. If the color fades its okay because the product does act like a tint and stain your lips with the color.

I'm really happy with these products and can't wait to get my hands on more goodies by Son & Park. Another thing I think is great about this product is that the lip, concealer and highlighter cubes all stack together like makeup legos. It's a fun little perk.

Below are links to the items I have from Son & Park, compliments of StyleKorean. I'd love to hear what you all think.

Beauty Water
Concealer Cube #23
Lip Cube #1 Rubian Red
Lip Cube #5 Berry Rose
Lip Cube #9 Love Sick

xoxo JEN

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