Hello my lovelies, I’d love to share my favorites for the month of January with you so lets get started. First and most important is “the little book of skin care; Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin” by Charlotte Cho. I read this like lighting and promptly filled my Amazon account with quite affordable Korean brands to try out. If you have not read this book and struggle with keeping your skin under control then I highly recommend you set your peepers on it. The basics of Korean skincare were not all that far off from what I had figured out on my own, suited for my individual skincare needs. That made me really excited I was already on the right track and maybe just needed to tweak things here and there. With the influx of K-Dramas on Netflix you can get an easy look as to why the Koreans know whats up when it comes to skin. All the actors skin was flawless, clear and glowy, even the men. I’d like some of that please.
Pretty much theres a consistency gradient of layering products from the thinest to the creamiest consistency after doing a double cleanse and tone. First with an oil based cleanser then a water based one. I’ve been using Pacifica’s Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil first, (after removing makeup) to break up the sebum/oil my skin has produced throughout the day. I feel like this step really sets me up for nice skin and I can give my face a massage to get circulation at the same time.
Next is The Face Shop’s Rice Ceramide Moisture Toner. I have never used a product like this before and I love it. The main ingredient is glycerin, which is a humectant that pulls moisture into the skin. So it moisturizes and resets my pH balance of my skin, keeping the integrity of my acid mantle in tact.
I’ve nearly used up my Hada Labo Tokyo Anti- Aging Hydrator. It is mostly Hyaluronic Acid which is another super powerful humectant. I find my skin needs a Hyaluronic Acid to maintain its moisture all year round in the harsh Northern Idaho Air.
After using the Hyaluronic Acid I add this Snail Bee High Content Essence from Benton. Since it’s a Korean product I can’t tell you whats in it, as it’s in Korean but I can say it has other humectant properties to lock in moisture and makes my skin feel very hydrated and plump.
Can you tell there’s a trend in my skincare? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Another great product that I used when I need some deep hydration (usually overnight) is Pacifica’s Vital Immersion Deep Hydration Mask. Unlike most masks that you leave on and wash off this one it more of a super-powered creme. I add it as the last step of my nighttime routine and sleep in it so all that goodness can set in and make my face look hydrated, fresh and youthful in the morning. If you love the Glam Glow Hydration Mask, try this one out. It’s $18 vs. $69 and does the same thing, plus its from a conscious, vegan and cruelty free brand.
Another mask I’ve been loving is one I whipped up myself. I used Bentonite clay, green tea and turmeric for a tightening, pore absorbing, redness reducing, brightening mask. Bentonite clay for drawing impurities out of the skin, green tea for caffeine and antioxidants and turmeric for anti-inflammation and brightening properties (and no, it will not stain your face bright yellow, but it will stain your clothes; a fair warning.)
My one makeup favorite this month has been another Korean inspired purchase of the new L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W2. It’s a near perfect match and is super dewy but high enough coverage to mask the redness I naturally have around my cheeks. I prefer to use my real techniques sponge to apply it so I can wash it afterwards, instead of the sponge it comes with. I find that if I bake with powder so it super sets the makeup it will last a full 12 hours of my hospital shift and still look damn near flawless with minimal touchups.
The last favorite is a scent from Tokyo Milk Dark in Bulletproof No. 45. According to Sephora, it has notes of Jasmine, Coconut, Tonka, Cinnamon, Cedar, Patchouli, Clove. It’s the most deep mysterious and musky scent I’ve encountered and I love it. It’s borderline cologne (similar to Polo by Ralph Lauren) but still florally. I imagine its something Lara Croft from Tomb Raider would wear (the first movie with Angelina Jolie.) Very sexy and alluring.
I have one unfavorite for the month and that is sadly this foundation from Gabriel in warm beige. Color is great, consistency is crap. It’s very thick and hard to get out of the bottle then dries faster than I can bounce it out with my beauty sponge. Coverage was patchy since it dried so fast and all that may have been forgivable for this natural foundation (which I found in the new Boise Co’op) but I had an allergic reaction that gave me tiny pimples all over my face. Reactions to makeup definitely make this product a flop plus it had not safely seal when I bought it.