KOREAN SKINCARE

Say Hello To Brighter Skin

Some of my biggest skin concerns are my hyperpigmentation, discoloration, scarring, loss of collagen and dark circles. To help combat my hyperpigmentation, discoloration and scarring I'm always looking for products that "whiten" and "brighten" my skin. I know what you may be thinking... whiten your skin?!?!!? No, I'm not trying to go all Edward Cullen and have my skin be white as snow. When k-beauty products say whiten, it more so means evening out your skin tone. Especially for someone like me who has hyperpigmentation, discoloration and scarring products with whitening power is what keeps my skin looking awesome.

Two whitening products I'm loving are Claire's Cloud 9 Blanc de Whitening Serum and Banila Co's White Wedding Dream Cream. The Claire's Cloud 9 Blanc de Whitening Serum actively breaks down melanin and improves damages from blemishes. This serum also reduces redness and brightens up your skin tone. It also has a nice iridescence to the product, that leaves your skin looking fresh and glowy. It's not too heavy or thick so I'm able to use this in both my daytime and night time skin care routine.

The Banila Co's White Wedding Dream Cream instantly brightens your complexion. This product like the Claire's Cloud 9 Blanc de Whitening Serum is also iridescent. But besides its surface features, I love that this cream is multi-use. This cream whitens, cares and corrects you skin. It works to even out your complexion and get rid of stubborn hyperpigmentation, it provides ample moisture and hydration and takes your dull, lack luster skin and instantly transforms it to be brighter and more radiant. I love that my skin just absorbs this product, it's almost as if its drinking it up because as it absorbs the product it is proving my skin with that youthful glow. 

No matter how much good stuff I use my under eye dark circles... man oh man, they just never seem to lighten up. But then I discovered under eye gels. I use these religiously! I wear them for 20-30 minutes a day (when I can) and after my under eyes look so much fuller and brighter. I opted for the Rainbow Black Pearl Hydrogels (they are soooooo awesome, they've sold out on the StyleKorean e-comm site) and these are definitely some of the best under eye gels I've used. They have just enough product on them. I've experienced under eye gels where there is either too much or too little product. This specific brand I was lucky enough to try out has a high level of amino acids which help to improve and purify your skin which helps you achieve a brighter under eye. I definitely do not want to leave you hanging so I've found a comparable alternative to the Rainbow Black Pearl Hydrogels. The Petitfee Black Pearl Hydrogels also help brighten and rejuvenate dull skin thanks to a concentrated combination of green tea, mugwort and tangerine. 

All these amazing products can be found on StyleKorean. Even better, they are running a holiday sale on their already competitive pricing. Be sure and check them out and stock up, because during the winter we want to be sure to give your skin extra love.

xx JEN

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

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

I've Got (Pink) Seoul

I can't express how much I love the K-Beauty trend happening these days. I got to Korea twice a year and that is when I stock up on my Korean beauty goodies. But with K-Beauty now so popular, I have so many options to get my goods Stateside. One K-Beauty specialized brand I like is Pink Seoul. Pink Seoul is perfect for those individuals testing the waters with K-Beauty. They have a variety of different beauty boxes that you can test out to see what you like and don't like while providing you with some cult favorites and new innovations.

My bi-annual Korea trips seem like more than enough for me to get the skinny on K-Beauty, but really its not. Every visit to the motherland there is something new and innovative happening with beauty and skincare trends. So having 24/7 access to that back in California is awesome.

Pink Seoul is based in Northern California and is a bi-monthly subscription box service (monthly if you sign up for the mask box) which provides you with FULL SIZED PRODUCTS. I cannot express how much I hate getting samples sizes of products to "test out". Especially when it comes to skincare. The thing that people need to understand is that great skin isn't achieved over night from a sample pack. Great skin is achieved by repeated care! This is a concept that Pink Seoul understands, so unlike other box services they put at least FOUR full-sized items (+ goodies) in each box.

I tested out the Pink Seoul Plus box, which retails at $49.95 every two months. So basically that's $25 a month and I got more than four full-sized products. I got five full-sized products, two sheet masks (not pictured above), two samples (only one pictured above) and two cute hair accessories (not pictured above).

From this box my favorite items are the Nature Republic Aloe Vera, the COSRX Overnight Mask and TheFaceShop Rice Water Cleansing Oil. The Nature Republic Aloe Vera is a favorite of mine and what funny is I was about to just go get another one so thank the skin care gods this was in my box. The COSRX Overnight Mask has become my favorite sleeping mask at the moment. I wake up with my skin feeling like a million bucks! I'm a sucker for a good cleansing oil and TheFaceShop Rice Water Cleansing Oil has found a new home in my collection. (Click here to see my Cleansing Oil video)

For those of you who want to try out the Pink Seoul subscription box (or any other K-Beauty goodies), I have teamed up with Pink Seoul to offer you 10% off your purchase by using code JENHAYDEN at checkout.

Cheers to great skin!

xoxo JEN

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