Love the Skin You’re In (Pt. IV)

It’s been a while, so I suppose it’s time for another Korean cosmetics update. A lot of times, when people shop for Korean cosmetics, they opt for products with the cutest or prettiest packaging. It’s pretty easy to get swept up in the sea of visually appealing cosmetics, but sometimes these products overshadow some truly great finds. The products I have to share with you this time don’t necessarily come in the flashiest of packaging, but they are some of my absolute favorite Korean cosmetic products.

BB Cushions are all the rage right now in Korea. To be honest, it took me a while to get into them simply because I didn’t want to go through the trouble of trying a bunch of different ones in search of the RIGHT one. Luckily my friend Joan did most of the leg work in that department and recommend a few to me. I went with “Precious Mineral Any Cushion Pearl Aura” from Etude House. This is the cushion I’m currently using and it has a nice cooling effect along with great coverage. Because of the “pearls,” it also has a bright healthy looking dewy finish to it (which is really popular right now). I like how it doesn’t dry out my skin or make it look cakey. It really even outs my skin tone without having to be applied in several layers. The BB cushions can be popped out and interchanged with any of their other cases. Sometimes they have really cute limited edition cases. I don’t particularly like how bulky they are, but it’s a small inconvenience that comes with all cushions right now. To be honest, I think the only flaw in this product would be that it comes in only two tones: light or natural. Other than that, it’s a great purchase!

The downside to wearing good quality, long lasting or waterproof makeup is that it can be a total pain to remove. I usually use an eye makeup remover, followed by a rinse through (or two) with my favorite face wash or scrub. Constantly using a face scrub to remove makeup can be quite damaging to the skin, so my friend recommended trying out Banilla Co.’s “Clean It Zero.” This face wash is a type of sherbet cleansing balm, so it includes a little spatula to scoop out the amount you’d like to use. It has a waxy/ silky texture to it and foams into a milky substance when applied.  It has a really light floral fragrance to it that lingers for a bit, making me clean and refreshed. I absolutely love this product because it completely removes all of my makeup in one wash. I’ve never used anything so effective before! The makeup just kind of “melts” off the face, plus it is nice and gentle on my sensitive skin. Overall it really leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh, not greasy or stripped at all. I think it’s safe to say that this cleanser has earned a permanent spot on my bathroom sink.No-Sebum Mineral Powder

When it comes to humid weather, I’m a mess. It’s quite humid here in Korea during the summer time, and every summer I find myself desperately trying new products to try and remedy my shiny oily skin. I few months back, I went to India for a friend’s wedding and I was dreading the thought of looking oily in all the photos. India’s humidity is like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my life, my skin was not a fan. So before I left I picked up Innisfree’s “No-Sebum Mineral Powder” to put it to the ultimate test. It worked like a dream! The powder is translucent and extremely fine. It blends really nicely with my skin tone and gave me a nice matte finish for the entire duration of my trip. I did find myself needing to do a touch-up at least once a day, but the powder comes in a nice travel size case so it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience. Needless to say, this has definitely become one of my essential cosmetic products.

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