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December 2019

All About Human Stem Cell Skincare, Korea’s Newest Innovation

When it comes to innovation, K-beauty and Korean skincare have made their presence known. From snail mucin to bee venom, Korean beauty brands are no strangers to bringing seemingly strange ingredients to market. No matter how odd these groundbreaking ingredients may seem, they’re eventually loved and used by the rest of the world.

The latest skincare innovation? Human stem cells. Sure, it may sound extreme, but human stem cells have made incredible advancements within the skincare world. Here, we discuss the benefits of stem cell skincare and the brands that are doing it right:

 

What are stem cells and how do they benefit skin?

Essentially, stem cells are cells that are responsible for the renewal and regeneration of tissue. They also have the ability to develop new cells that specialize in whatever your body needs in order to heal. Additionally, stem cells are rich in amino acids and antioxidants.

This is major for skincare aficionados for many reasons: first, the fact that stem cells are able to divide and specialize means that, when applied topically, our skin can not only regenerate healthy cells, but develop cells that assist in healing common skin issues like wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin texture caused by scarring. Secondly, antioxidants are absolutely vital in any skincare routine as they fight the free radicals that are responsible for cellular damage, effectively protecting the new, healthy cells created with the help of stem cells. Animo acids also do wonders for the skin, as they assist in the repair of unhealthy cells, deeply hydrate the skin, mimic the effects of antioxidants by further protecting skin cells.

 

Human Stem Cell Skincare Brands

NGF37
Short for “Newborn Growth Factor”, NGF37 is a Korean skincare system designed to rejuvenate, soften, and protect the skin’s elasticity and brightness through cutting-edge umbilical cord technology. Best known for their Total Solution Synergy Ampoule, NGF37 is proven to improve skin’s clarity, moisture levels, and resilience thanks to intensive clinical testing and research.

L-R: NGF37 Total Solution Synergy AmpouleNGF37 Total Solution Radiance Cream

 

Evercell
Evercell is the brainchild of Chaum Life Center — a top-tier healthcare, anti-aging, and wellness clinic — and CHA Biotech, an R&D complex that specializes in stem cell research through immune cell therapy, cord blood banking, and a variety of anti-aging services. This is why Evercell focuses regenerating skin health down to the cell; with patented ingredients derived from both nature and science, Evercell ensures you’ll find healthy, youthful skin after using their system of creams, serums, and sun care.

L-R: Evercell Luxe Cell Program, Evercell Luxe Cell Cream

 

Celonia
Celonia believes that a consistent routine is essential for skin health. Just like your body, training your skin’s cells to be in tip-top shape ensures your skin will stay youthful and healthy for much longer. Using the power of human stem cells, Celonia’s wide range of skincare and makeup products gives you the tools you need to create a glowing complexion that’s full of vitality, moisture, and energy.

L-R: Celonia Signature Bio Cushion Pact, Celonia Signature Bio Tone Up Sun Block SPF 50+ PA++++

 

So, what are you thoughts on human stem cell skincare? Would you try this K-beauty innovation? Let us know!

BLACKPINK Jennie Outfits: How to Achieve Her Iconic Looks For Less

It’s no surprise that BLACKPINK Jennie is already a bonafide style icon. Nicknamed the “Human Gucci”, Jennie is best known for her trendsetting style and unique fashion sense. Her resume is no joke: in just 7 short years, Jennie has already snagged multiple brand collabs with high-end fashion and beauty brands, selling out every product she’s featured with. Currently, she’s a brand ambassador for CHANEL Korea and spokesmodel for Amore Pacific, both of which have dubbed her as an image of luxury and fashion.

With over 20 million followers on Instagram, Jennie’s outfits are a constant source of inspiration for her fans. She’s also known for having airport fashion that manages to be casual yet elegant, rocking everything from baggy pants and graphic tees to crop tops and trendy coats. She takes complete charge of her look, too; whether she’s going solo or working with supergroup BLACKPINK, Jennie assists in the styling of her outfits.

Here, we dish on how you can snag iconic BLACKPINK Jennie outfits for less:

 

1. The Plaid Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

Featured on Jennie’s Instagram, this outfit is simple yet sexy. A simple black crop top with a tie front is paired with a plaid miniskirt for a look that’s perfect for the stage.

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank for this easy-to-achieve look. The Volume Twisted Crop Tee by Choper is a wearable dupe for Jennie’s ultra-short top while the Bland Mini Skirt by DABAGIRL gives serious Burberry vibes without the crazy price tag.

 

 

2. The Airport Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

Is there anything more iconic than 180722 Jennie? Donning a baby blue 90’s CHANEL crop top and baggy black pants, this airport look is proof that you can be both comfy and glamorous.

Unfortunately, Jennie’s CHANEL crop is not only extremely hard to find, but averages around $400. Fortunately, however, the Piece Of Cheese Crop Top by icecream12 gives the same vibe at just $13.99. Pair it with black baggy pants (we recommend these by NDenim) and you’re good to go.

 

 

3. The Tweed Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

In an outfit that screams CHANEL, Jennie is draped in a beautiful tweed dress with frill accents. Layered with a black crop top, this look is classy and timeless.

With CHANEL dresses averaging thousands of dollars, achieving this look may seem impossible. Thankfully, the Tweed Girl Dress by Fiona is almost an exact dupe. Completing the outfit is easy: simply pair with a black turtleneck (we recommend the Long Turtleneck Ribbed Tee by Chuu) and the world’s your runway.

 

 

Which of these BLACKPINK Jennie outfits is your favorite? Who is your K-pop style icon? Sound off in the comments and save $20 off every $100 during our New Year’s Countdown Sale!

Top 10 Korean Fashion Brands You Need to Know For Awesome Style

If you’re looking to add more K-fashion to your life but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We guarantee you’ll find a brand for you, too, because these top Korean fashion brands range from timeless and classic to trendy and daring. Read on to discover the hottest brands to come out of Seoul:

 

BASIC HOUSE

When it comes to wardrobe staple pieces, BASIC HOUSE plays no games: this unisex brand’s entire collection consists of essential pieces that every closet needs. From the perfect hoodie to the wear-everywhere coat and tapered trousers, this brand has everything you need when trendy fast fashion just won’t cut it. 

No matter your style, every BASIC HOUSE piece you own is guaranteed to be a mainstay in your closet.

 

Mind Bridge

Not the business casual type? You’re not alone — that’s why Mind Bridge has created a sleek line of professional, yet chic office wear that doesn’t compromise your personal style.

From subtly-printed blazers to button-ups and turtlenecks that are stylish and not stuffy, Mind Bridge designs with the fashion-conscious professional in mind.

 

OPEN THE DOOR

Edgy, edgy, and even more edgy: OPEN THE DOOR’s wild prints, fabrics, and silhouettes are NOT for the shy or timid.

Nothing is off limits with this grungy Korean fashion brand: wild jewelry and funky accessories for both men and women are ever present throughout the brand, as are goth-inspired platforms and unique pieces that would make any Y2K fashion lover’s heart flutter.

 

Chuu

Let’s be honest — what K-fashion lover doesn’t adore Chuu? This feminine and trendy Korean brand is known for not just staying on-trend, but starting them altogether.

From the iconic 5KG Jeans line to their instantly noticeable models, it’s no wonder how Chuu quickly became a household name to fashion connoisseurs around the globe.

 

STYLEMAN

For updated style, opt for STYLEMAN’s full range of current and trendy pieces. This Korean men’s fashion brand has everything you need for the quintessential men’s K-fashion look; from striped button-up shirts to slacks that have tons of stretch, you’ll find anything and everything you need for your everyday wardrobe.

 

LEESLE

Part of our Modern Hanbok Collection, LEESLE is a must-shop for anyone who loves Korean fashion because it blends traditional Korean silhouettes with current patterns, colorways, and designs. The result? An outfit that refuses to compromise tradition OR style.

Available in both men’s and women’s styles, LEESLE is your one-stop-shop for authentic Korean fashion.

 

TIAG

TIAG is all about casual menswear that never goes over-the-top.

This brand makes looking cool effortless through their collection of simple graphic tees, neutral-colored coats, and so much more. It’s no wonder why Taehyung of BTS wears them!

 

NANING9

What makes this brand so popular in Korea? The fact that it has something for everyone. NANING9 is a brand that prides itself on blending flattering silhouettes, trending colors, and interesting patterns for an outfit that stands out while maintaining an everyday appeal.

Above all, NANING9 prides comfort over everything; their ultra-soft fabrics and looser fits ensure you’ll never face a piece you can’t wear cozily.

 

REDHOMME

Trendy, masculine, and classic describe REDHOMME‘s collection. This brand exemplifies cool Korean menswear by keeping their pieces subtle, powerful, and clean.

If you’re looking to shop exclusively from one brand, consider REDHOMME for its ultra-versatile range of nearly everything you need, from basic tees to the coolest of outerwear.

 

JUSTONE

“Classic” is what you’ll find within JUSTONE‘s range of conservative style clothing. This brand is an excellent option for anyone looking for modest Korean fashion that is chic, stylish, and cute.

Even if you aren’t a modest dresser, JUSTONE‘s collection makes everyday style an effortless experience. With over 300 styles to choose from, it’s easy to see why.

 

Which of these top Korean fashion brands are you interested in discovering? Which do you think should have made this list? Sound off in the comments & tell us your favorites!

Affordable Acne Skincare: How To Treat and Prevent Breakouts With Products Under $40

Acne can be tough to tackle, and the amount of expensive “miracle” products advertised on a daily basis doesn’t make it easier. While there’s no real miracle cure for acne, pimples, and breakouts, an affordable acne skincare routine is possible. Read on for tips on how to treat breakouts without breaking the bank:

 

Keep it Smooth & Exfoliate

When it comes to reducing acne, exfoliation is the name of the game. Regularly sloughing off dead skin cells, sebum, and sweat will not only keep your skin soft and smooth, but it will also prevent your pores from becoming clogged and forming breakouts.

For newbie exfoliators, use a gentle exfoliant once a week. For expert exfoliators, try exfoliating two to three times a week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can cause the skin to sensitize and redden.

We Recommend: the Bubble Bubble Chef Cushion by Wish Formula is a simple way to introduce chemical exfoliation to your routine without overdoing it; formulated with powerful ingredients, these pads’ glycolic acid content loosen your skin’s top layer of dead skin cells for effective exfoliation without dryness, while lactic acid works to brighten dark spots caused by acne scarring.

 

When in Doubt, Mask it Out

Besides being a quick and relaxing way to get your daily self care, skincare masking can make or break your skin’s health. Alongside your daily skincare routine, weekly masking gives you the chance to treat your skin with potent ingredients designed to give near – instant results, speeding the acne healing process.

We Recommend: sheet masks are a great way to have a fuss-free experience; with so many options to choose from, we recommend ingredients that are designed to balance oil, soothe inflammation, and purify. The Jeju Rest Volcanic Ash Mask Pack by SNP contains real volcanic ash to balance sebum and Centella Asiatica to soothe irritated skin, making it ideal for breakouts and pimples.

 

Stay Hydrated

While it may seem counter-intuitive, keeping acne-prone skin hydrated will actually help prevent breakouts. When the skin is dehydrated, the body overcompensates by producing extra oil. This leads to clogged pores and, eventually, breakouts and irritation. It’s also important to keep the skin hydrated after exfoliation, as the new, fresh layer of skin will be perfectly prepped for skincare.

We Recommend: a lightweight cream is ideal for acne-prone skin because it replenishes the skin without feeling heavy. The Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul uses hyaluronic acid and hot spring water to keep the skin’s moisture levels balanced. It’s also packed with acne-friendly ingredients like niacinamide to lighten the appearance of acne scars.

 

Heal & Protect

When your acne is exposed to exterior elements, you are not only promoting infection but additional breakouts. The key to treating acne for good is breakout prevention — that means protecting your current blemishes to the dirt, debris, and bacteria that surround us daily.

We Recommend: when it comes to affordable acne skincare, hydrocolloid pimple patches are your skin’s best friend. Not only do they prevent further infection and inflammation, but they also provide a barrier to prevent picking, popping, and scratching. The ACSYS Clear Spot Patch by SNP are an excellent option; with 18 patches costing less than 5 bucks, it’s an absolute steal with massive healing benefits.

 

SPF, SPF, and more SPF

SPF does more than just prevent sunburn. In fact, applying an adequate amount of a non – clogging suncreen will prevent your chances of inflammation drastically. Sunscreen is also vital for anyone that exfoliates because it protects your new, soft skin from being damaged or marked with acne scars or sun spots. The sun’s harmful rays can also deplete your skin’s natural moisture levels, causing itchiness and discomfort for acne-prone skin types.

We Recommend: the XOUL 60 Days Sun Cream is ideal for acne skin because it’s lightweight, easy to use, and doesn’t clog the pores. This SPF 50+ PA++++ sunscreen also contains beneficial brightening and hydrating ingredients for an extra skincare boost.

 

What’s your current skincare routine? How do you stay on top of your skincare game? Spill all your affordable acne skincare hacks & recommendations in the comments!

Your Best Holiday Makeup Look Ever: Our Top Tips On How To Slay Your Next Soiree

The holiday season is here, which means holiday parties galore. Whether the event is casual or upscale, having a glam holiday makeup look is something that is easily achievable no matter your makeup expertise. Thanks to the beauty-obsessed team at KOODING (and our Cyber Week sale), finding your go-to part makeup is easier than ever. Here, our top tips for eyes, lips, face, and your best holiday makeup ever:

 

Eyes: All That Glitters

Stunning eye makeup doesn’t have to be complex. Even more importantly, it doesn’t have to be a burden. While it’s always fun to play around with cut creases and ultra-matte shades, they can take a while to apply and are prone to major creasing and fading. 

For an effortless eye look that takes only seconds to do, glitter is the way to go. Not only does it blend with ease — and even looks better — when applying with your fingers, but it’s totally holiday glam-appropriate. Glitter is also less likely to have noticeable creasing. We recommend the Celebeau Sassy Glam Eye Glitter for its ultra – glimmering sparkle; with 4 colors to choose from, any look can be achieved.

If you want a more subtle effect, apply a liquid glitter eyeshadow directly to your eyelids, with or without a primer. For a more dramatic effect, apply liquid glitter over a blended out, smoky eyeshadow. Layer on the mascara, draw on your liner, and boom — easy holiday eyes that make a bold statement. 

 

Lips: Matte For The Win

Whether you’re all about red lips or prefer a subdued and nude lippie, a lipstick with a matte finish is the way to go for the holiday season. From eating your favorite pastries to endless conversations with your loved ones, matte lips will stay put through it all.

Our recommendation? The MILLION RED Fiction Lip for its killer color range, superior pigmentation, and crazy lasting power. With 10 gorgeous shades to choose from, a perfect pout is easier than ever.

 

Face: Go For The Glow

Skin tends to be drier during the colder months, so focusing on plump, hydrated skin will bring balance to any makeup look. Even if your skin is oily, creating a glowing canvas will prevent additional oil from peeking through while maintaining a stunning base.

To achieve this effect with makeup, opt for dewy foundation products. The 2aN Gleaming Tension Pact’s moisture-filled formula is easy to apply, packed with skin-loving ingredients, and perfect for full coverage makeup that still looks natural and radiant. If you prefer matte foundations, consider a glow-enhancing primer. The MILLION RED Light-Up Sun Balm gives a from-within glow that doesn’t look oily or greasy and helps makeup last all night long.

 

Which of these tips are you adopting into your holiday makeup look? Find your new look with up to 50% off beauty products for a limited time!

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