Korean beauty haul + review

Korean skincare and makeup has become so popular over the past few months! At first, I was super skeptical to jump on the bandwagon; I had never heard of–let alone used–any of the Korean brands I saw all over blogs, YouTube and other social media platforms. But, a video by fellow Glossier rep Amy Serrano definitely piqued my interest earlier this month. I completely fell in love with two things she showed: Holika Holika’s Pig Nose and TONYMOLY’s Water Bar.

When I explored a local Korean beauty shop, I also picked up several other products I discovered on my own. Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm in Joy to You, as well as collagen and hyaluronic sheet masks from Etude House, officially joined my beauty stash.

Poppy & Daisy on Fayette Street in Morgantown, West Virginia

Pig Nose: Pig Nose by Holika Holika is a 3-step series of pore-cleaning strips, like the ones by Biore. This 3-step system, however, allows for a much deeper clean and more effective blackhead removal than its Biore counterpart. Then, it soothes skin afterwards–a step Biore completely lacks. $3, Peach & Lily

Coloring Tint Balm: While Morgantown’s Poppy & Daisy stocks plenty of TONYMOLY, I could not find the one product I had on my mind: the Water Bar lip tint. Serrano raved about this nourishing, long-lasting lip stain in her aforementioned video, and it sounded right up my alley. As I continue to search for a good deal on this product online, I picked up Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm, a similar product. I got the color Joy To You, a bright reddish-orange hue perfect for spring and summertime.

The color isn’t as bold or harsh as a traditional lipstick or a liquid lipstick, but it is definitely enough to turn heads. This formula wears like a moisturizing balm (as the name suggests) with a fresh, blotted lipstick look–without the tricky, time-consuming blotting. I love wearing Joy To You with soft whites and frilly, feminine blouses (a huge trend this season). But because this tinted balm gives you that just-ate-a-popsicle look, it honestly wears well with just about anything. Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm is a comfortable and practical warm-weather alternative to lipstick. $11, Missha

Etude House sheet masks: If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I am a total face mask junkie! Mud masks, sheet masks–I love them all! Sheet masks are huge in the Korean skincare realm, so of course I had to pick up a couple on my trip to Poppy & Daisy. While there were so many great options, I chose Etude House’s collagen mask and hyaluronic acid mask.

Collagen has unparalleled anti-aging benefits. Not only does it improve elasticity, it hydrates skin, plumping it up and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This protein also strengthens skin, allowing it to better retain moisture long after the mask is gone.

Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is intensely moisturizing. It is perfect for replenishing skin after a long flight or a night of drinking. Overall, you really cannot beat the convenience of these easy-to-use sheet masks. $1.30 each, Etude House

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