Skincare is a huge deal in South Korea. What goes into a Korean Skincare Routine?

Read our Skincare 101 article to find out!

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

Written by Ji | 15 December 2017

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

It’s been windy lately and my face, especially my cheeks have been feeling the effects.  I needed something to help my cheekbones stay hydrated and bright during the winter season.  PUREDERM luckily had these affordable Vitalizing Orange Pads made especially for the cheek area.  A few months ago, I did a review on their cucumber pads and loved the outcome.  (Check out the review HERE).  I definitely had high hopes for this one.  According to their website, PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads “are formulated with skin re-energizing ingredients such as orange, ginseng, ginkgo and aloe extract.”  Which are perfect ingredients for re-energizing my face.

When I opened the product, the scent of orange filled the air.  It was light but noticeably orange scented.  I don’t think the scent is too strong and while I had it on my face I didn’t feel overwhelmed with the scent.  Like the cucumber pads, it had a cooling sensation.  Which felt absolutely wonderful on my windburned face.  My favorite part, the packaging.  I love this packaging.  They have a nice press and seal closure, to keep your product fresh.   After 15 minutes I removed the product and patted in the extra serum.  I used this product for 5 days straight, and I loved the way my skin felt after using this product.  My cheeks looked and felt rejuvenated and had that summer glow.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This product is affordable and worked liked a charm.  Like all face mask, the glow is temporary, but after 3 days, I noticed a difference in my cheeks.  With continue use, you will see a difference.  Now that my cheeks have improved, I will most likely be using this 3-4 times a week to keep my cheeks hydrated during the winter.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

Written by Ji | 01 December 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

It’s that time of year when my face becomes more dry than oily, my lips are chapped, and my skin care regime needs a little change.  Luckily, there are a few items to help keep your face fresh, bright and keep that glow you love so much.  On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I explore Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mast.

This mask is a deep hydrating mask which is perfect for this type of weather.  The face sheet has a nice fresh clean scent that lightly lingered while I had the mask on.  The mask wasn’t drenched in serum, but it had enough to cover my face, neck, arms and hands.  Which is still lot.  After 20 minutes, my skin felt cool, refreshed and hydrated.  It left behind a nice healthy glow and my dry skin was rejuvenated.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  My face felt and looked hydrated and in the morning I still had that nice dewy look.  I loved the way my face felt after, it was soft and fresh looking.  I’m very tempted to try this mask during the day to see how long the dewy look would last.  And for those who don’t like the scent of florals, this mask is perfect for you.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick (Rose Brown)

Written by Ji | 17 November 2017

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick

On the last BeautiFriday article, I reviewed A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour and loved how well the product blended.  Check out the review HERE.  I try to remain unbiased when I try out new products, but I’ve been loving their contour compact, so I had high hopes when I tried out this lipstick.

The lipstick is lightly scented and had a nice medium pigmentation.  Sadly, on my lips the color was not a rose brown, but more of a coral.  Which is not bad and perfect for the spring and summer, but I was hoping for a rose brown color.  But if you check out the website it does state that the color is between a rose and coral.  When buying a product, it’s always good to read the print.  I for one, did not. My fault.

I drink a lot of water throughout the day, so the product didn’t last as long as I hoped.  Within 2 hours, it was already fading, and I needed to touch up quite frequently.  But I did learn a few things from the touch up.  The product is great as a base, it’s easy to blend and if you set it, it will last much longer. Lastly, I wanted to make a note about the packaging.  I loved the bottom half (even though it felt very light.  I would have loved a heavier case.), but the top, the transparent plastic part (at least for me), ruin the aesthetic.   It made it look cheap. If they could change a few things about this packaging, I would be more incline to buy.

 

Would I buy this again?

Maybe.  I know the article seemed negative, but in all honesty, it’s an affordable lipstick with a nice smooth finish that produced a decent color on my lips.  I would love to try out the other colors as well, to try to find my color.  When choosing a lipstick, I normally buy it because of the color and quality of the product.  While I did like the color of the lipstick, I did not like the plastic top.  It shouldn’t bother me, and I should give the product another go, but the plastic top really doesn’t help sell this product (at least to me).  But you never know, maybe when I finish this product, I may end up buying another.  If I do, I will let you know.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour

By | beautiFRIDAY | One Comment

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour

Written by Ji | 03 November 2017

A:CONCEPT is a relatively new company in Korea that was established in 2013.  They are a company I know very little of and don’t see much of in my local stores.  With little research, I was able to find out more information on the company and where to buy these products.  I first heard about A:CONCEPT at KCON (LA).  They handed out full size products for following their social media page and for posting a picture.  I don’t know about you, but for a full-size product I would have done more.

I like the packaging.  It’s black, light weight and simple.  For me, I like simple packaging because I don’t need it to have unnecessary embellishments that make the compact heavier or oddly shaped where it’s difficult to fit the product into my makeup bag.

I was happy with the pigmentation of the compact.  I find it easier to contour when the pigmentation isn’t too strong or sheer.  This is a good medium coloration that is easy to blend.  Not only can I use this compact for contouring, I used it for my eyebrows and for eyeshadow.  With this type of versatility, this product is a winner.

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  It’s a great to go compact, perfect to bring to work for touch ups or on vacation.  You can pretty much use it on your eyes, face and eyebrows.  Now if this compact had an extra compartment for a mini brush, gold glitter (for a little pop of color for the eyes) and a lighter highlighter, my makeup life would be so much easier.  Well, at least in theory.

Have you tried A:CONCEPT Shape of my Face Contour?  What were your thoughts on it?

Save

Save

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

Written by Ji | 20 October 2017

beautiFRIDAY: BOTANIC HEAL BOH 360 Lifting Solution

On this week’s BeautiFRIDAY, I tried out Botanic Heal BOH 360 Lifting Solution.  My weekend is booked with 2 family events and 1 social event.  So of course, I had to up my skin care game to make sure my skin looked flawless and healthy.

Before I even opened the package, I knew this was going to be a thick sheet mask.  I could feel the thickness of the sheet through the packaging.  When I opened the package, there was a nice light floral aroma.  The face mask was indeed thicker than most face mask and I loved it.  I feel like thicker mask tend to hold the serum better, its less messy, and you don’t feel like you’re going to rip it.  One of the best attributes about this mask is that it has ear holes and its covers your neck as well.  Normally, I would use the extra serum and apply it on my neck.  With this mask, I don’t need too and can use the extra serum else where.

After 20 minutes, I took off the face mask and examine my face.  I don’t think I have ever tried a face mask where you didn’t have that “face mask glow” after.  But I can honestly say, that for most of the day, my skin felt great and even more importantly it does every the package said it would do.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes.  I have to rethink my face mask game and try to incorporate this mask to my skin care regime because this mask exceeded my expectations.  From the thickness and design of the sheet, to how much product they packed into the mask.  This face mask is now a contender to be one of my favorite go to mask.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

Written by Ji | 06 October 2017

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist

On the last BeautiFriday article, I wrote about The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion.  On this week’s BeautiFriday adventure I tried out The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist.   Normally The Face Shop has a sale on their cushions, buy one, get one free.  They didn’t have a refill on my shade for the Long-Lasting Cushion but they did have it on their Ultra Moist collection.  I was more than willing to try another compact, that way I can see which one will fit me the best.

I did try this product out at KCON and after KCON when it was cooler to see how the temperature would affect the foundation.  When I first applied the foundation, I didn’t use any primer.  I always like to see what the foundation can do on its own.  At KCON, this foundation lasted 2 hours, and it was not a pretty site.  The foundation was coming off my face.  Luckily, I brought some primer and setting spray, just in case.  After I redid my foundation with the primer and setting spray, the foundation only lasted about 4-5 hours.  It’s safe to say, for oily skin like mine, this foundation is most likely not for you.

Now let’s talk about this foundation and the cooler weather in the fall.  This is actually a good solid CC for this type of weather (after using primer and setting spray).  It gives a nice glow and brightens your face.  But again, it has light coverage and it still needs to be retouched a few times daily.

 

Would I buy this again?

Most likely not.  I have a lot of CC’s that will brighten my face, leaves a nice glow and will last a long time.  But for the price, it’s not a bad cushion.  But if you have oily skin like mine, this is one cushion that might have a hard time staying on your face.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

By | beautiFRIDAY | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

Written by Ji | 22 September 2017

beautiFRIDAY: The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion

On today’s beautiFRIDAY adventure, I tried out The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion.  For some reason, I decided KCON would be the best time to try out a new foundation.  I don’t know about you, but when I go to events, I always use my favorite go to products.  Trying a new formula could be risky.  But this would be a good time, to fully test out just how long this Cushion will last.

I was impressed with the medium coverage and how long the product lasted.  Did it last all day? The simple answer is no.  But the summer weather was hot, I was sweating and no setting spray or powder was used.  I wanted to get a feel for what this cushion could do on its own.  And surprisingly it held up well.  After 4 hours, I did need to touch up.  The next day, I decided to use a setting powder and also used a mattifying spray to seal everything in.  The cushion lasted all day at the convention, and I only had to touch up a few spots before the concert.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes,  I would.  The Face Shop CC Long-Lasting Cushion is affordable and the packaging is on point.  The refill is sold separately, but my local store normally has a deal where you get the refill free when you buy the full set.  So for $25, this is steal.

 

Save

Save

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

By | beautiFRIDAY, Beauty | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Written by Ji | 08 September 2017

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Last week, I briefly went over what KCON had to offer for Korean Skincare and Make Up.  This week I wanted to share with you an item that helped with my puffy eyes.  On this week’s BeautiFriday Adventure, I wanted to give a BIG thank you to Adwin Korea Corp for bringing PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads to the convention.

They were at last year’s KCON, and I loved their super affordable products, that produce amazing results.  I bought these pads for $1 and I really wished I bought more.  On day 2 of KCON, I woke up, and my eye bags were no joke.  There are simple ways of fixing this problem, but I was not home with my arsenal of goodies to make these eye bags disappear.  Luckily, I bought these Hyrdro Soothing Cucumber Pads, and they worked like a charm.  These pads smelled like fresh cucumber.  It was refreshing to close my eyes for 15 minutes, smell the beautifully scented product and of course listen to my KCON playlist.  After 15 minutes, I removed the product and was amazed on how quick my eye bags disappeared.  I knew that I had to go back and get some more.  But I was not the only one who discovered this amazing product.  Because when I came back to their booth, they were sold out.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, a million times yes.  Besides working like a charm, this product is resealable!  It’s convenient, affordable and it works!  I just wish I bought more, but luckily one pack holds 10 sheets.  That should tie me over until my shipment comes in.

 

Want to know more about this booth, stay tune.  I did a quick interview with the representative at the booth and I will update you all with all the goodies I bought from them.

Save

Dreamkatchers Initiative

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

By | Adventure Time with DKI, beautiFRIDAY, Dreamkatchers | No Comments

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

Written by Ji | 01 September

 

KCON!!!  When I finally arrived to KCON, I quickly glanced and took pictures at every booth there.  My time at the convention was short but I’m pretty proud of what I accomplished.  According to my bank statements, I had a glorious spending spree at KCON.

 

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

 

I know what you’re thinking.  That does not look like a shopping spree.  And for those that did go to KCON, will notice a few things that were given out for free.  I actually bought a lot of the same product.  Like I bought 10 of those cucumber eye patch but to fit all of them in one picture would be difficult.  And if you are wondering why I bought 10 of those, my review on the product will be up within a month.  But you can probably guess why I bought 10.

To simplify things, for this article, I’m going briefly go over some booths.  But honestly, for the rest of this year.  The theme is most likely going to be KCON.  For today’s article, I’m going to go talk about several booths that drew in a crowd at KCON.  KCON convention was divided into different zones.  I will start with the CJ Cultureplex zone.

SEP beauty is Korea’s number 1 sustainable make up brand that will launch on Nordstrom.com this fall.  At least that’s what the host has ingrained into my head while checking out their lipstick and nail polish line.   This booth was one of the best beauty booths at KCON.  The host were funny, got their point across and had a ton of testers out to try out their products.  They even gave out free nail polish with a nail filer.  I won’t give out all the details, but I am in love with the peel off nail polish.  Curious?  You should be.  They had a great market strategy at the event that bought in a mass of people who were curious about their products.

The next booth is Olive Young.  If you missed this booth, you totally missed out.  They were giving out so many types of samples, I just wanted to camp there (in the short time I was at the convention) and take all their goodies.  They gave out nail stickies if you posted a picture of the “one nail” you got done.  I thought that was hilarious.  But in order to save time, they only did one nail (of your choosing) and then they gave you a set of stickies to complete your look.  I have never been a fan on nail stickers, but these were not only super cute but they lasted a lot longer than I thought they would.  They also gave out a tons of different face mask, depending on which brand you posted on your social media.  My favorite part was picking a key and unlocking some goodies.  They had moisturizers, audience passes, face mask, and other skin care products.  I was a little greedy and tried for the passes but failed to win.  But they gave me more face masks just for trying.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

The next zone I will discuss is the Sponsor Zone.  In this zone, there was only one beauty booth.  But this booth constantly had a line.  But that line was completely worth it.  I believe there were 4-6 different ways to collect skin care goodies from them.   In that tiny booth, you could sign up for info, take picture with Lee Min Ho poster board or on their bench or backdrop.  They had a claw game I really wanted to try, but that line was always so long.  Out of all the booths, I felt rushed trying to get to each station to do my task.  But honestly, if I had more time, I would have done it again.  Because Innisfree has amazing products.

The next zone is the Korea Zone.  I will save this section for beautiFRIDAY, as this is the area that pretty much took all of my money.  But there is one booth I would like to mention.  Only because they didn’t sell any products, but if you posted on Instagram a picture of their product, they gave you a full-size product of your choice.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I was allowed to do this twice and received a contour compact and a lipstick.

The last and final zone is the Beauty Block!!! Like the previous year, this area is made to sample and test out new products.  I am really happy with the way KCON had the booths arranged this year.  This area was more open than the previous year, making it easier to check out what each booth had to offer.  Like with the other zones, I will briefly pick out a couple of booths and on beautFRIDAYs, I will go over each booth in more detail.  It was really hard to pick out only a few booths because this area was amazing.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I got my nails done at imPress booth, got my eyelashes done at the KISS both, and picked up some amazing products from all the other Beauty Block booths.  The imPress Booth had a good selection of press on nails you can try.  They even did your nails for you.  And it comes with 30 nails, so that means you got to take home the left overs.  I have tried press on nails before, and they don’t really last.  These ones lasted much longer and I was impressed with the quality and look of the product.  If I was pressed on time, and wanted my nails to look gorgeous.  I would use this product.  To top it off, I went to the MOYOU nail booth, and added more emblisments with their stencils.  They have an impressive selection that added a little flair to my already beautiful nails.  Next, I visited the KISS booth.  I love KISS eyelashes.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I use them frequently.  They are easily accessible at my local stores, and their cost is very affordable.  Having them done by a professional was definitely a highlight.  I had so much fun picking out the perfect eyelashes for the concert.

And I wanted to give a shout out to My Beauty Diary booth, they had a great selection of beauty mask. Which by the way, if you spent $20, you got a free cute storage box.  I got two.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

Another booth I wanted to mention was Feather and Bone.  They are not a Korean brand, but her little booth was super cute.  I have yet to try the product out, but her skin looked amazing.  So of course, I had to buy it.

 

I really wish I could have spent more time at each both and really get a feel for what each one had to offer and what makes them stand out.  Hopefully next year I will be able to spend more time and money buying all things related to Korean skincare.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | beautiFRIDAY

beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature Moisturizing Rose Mask

By | beautiFRIDAY, Beauty, Products | No Comments

beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature – Rose Mask

Written by Ji | 11 August 2017

 

beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature- Rose Mask

I have finally finished my project and I needed a little R&R before the next one begins.  If I don’t have time to go to the spa, I create my own at home.  I turned on some music, took out a moisturizing mask, and for 20-minutes, I let everything go and just relaxed.  For today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Secret Nature Rose Moisturizing Mask.

This mask has a beautiful strong rose scent.  The whole entire time I wore this mask, I felt like I was surrounded by roses.  Even though the product was heavily scented, I did not feel overwhelmed by the fragrance.  Instead, I felt as if I was transported to a rose garden.  This mask is perfect for all the flower lovers out there.  Besides the beautiful scent, this product is filled with serum.  As I took out the face mask, the serum started to fall from the mask to my lap.  I quickly examine the mask and applied it to my face.  When I opened the mask pouch to see if there was any leftover serum, I was surprised to see about 1.5 tablespoons of serum leftover.  I applied all that extra serum everywhere.  I felt and smelled like I bathed in rose water.  It felt fabulous.  The next 15 minutes went by quickly, as I enjoyed rose scent and light music.

After wearing the mask for 20 minutes, I dabbed the rest of the mask serum onto my face, neck and arms.  Keep in mind, I already applied all the excess serum all over my body, so I am reapplying to places that that had already had serum on them.  It didn’t take long for the serum to dry and absorbed into my skin.  The rose scent stayed the rest of the day (probably because I soaked myself in the serum) and the face mask glow lasted for the next several hours.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  Even if this mask did not have that beautiful rose scent, I would still buy this product.  My face felt a bit sticky after, but with the amount of excess product left over, plus how well it moisturized my face; this mask is a winner.

 

Save

Save