Think Korean beauty is just washes of color and simple palettes? Think again: K-beauty is constantly evolving, and these brands are proof. Here, we discuss the hottest, most unique brands to come out of the beauty capital:
This Korean makeup and skincare brand bring together classic K-beauty aesthetics — like dewy skin and an inner glow — and the top Korean research and development. One-day’s you‘s beautifully-packaged skincare products house formulas that create that glossy, healthy-looking skin that any beauty lover strives for without being harsh and irritating.
Our top pick: the Me Nyeo Anti-Pollution Sun BB Cream ($38.99) is a lightweight and non-sticky BB that is easy to apply. It also packs a serious skincare punch with SPF 50+ PA++++ protection and nourishing oils like jojoba for soft, clean skin.
If you live for the glow, look no further than DALRA. This indie Korean skincare brand goes beyond the millennial pink packaging with their EWG-approved, nature-derived formulas that are designed to make any skin type look radiant and stunning.
Our top pick: theShiny Repairing Serum ($49.99) contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and adenosine to brighten and resurface the skin. With continued use, skin will look plump, juicy, and bright.
If you’re a fan of unique and undiscovered skincare ingredients, XYZ is your brand. With a line ranging from super affordable to high-end and luxurious, this brand has something for everyone’s skin and budget.
Our top pick: the Superfine Green Cleansing Oil ($48.99) uses natural ingredients to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil for a clean canvas and radiant complexion.
Like I’m 5
Clean beauty lovers can rejoice in this 100% green grade line. Using absolutely no parabens, mineral oil, artificial colorants, fragrance, or animal products, Like I’m 5 is a line of simple and pure cosmetics has everything you need for face and body.
Our top pick: the Mild Sunscreen ($23.99) is a non-greasy and non-sticky sunscreen that uses moisturizing ingredients like shea butter to balance skin. This SPF 50+ PA++++ sunscreen is also packed with Centella Asiatica, making it perfect for sensitive skin types.
If you love a good Instagram aesthetic, MILLION RED is your brand. Using seasonal color palettes and to-die-for packaging, this indie Korean brand has the tools to create your dream makeup look.
Our top picks: the Fiction Lip ($19.99) comes in 11 carefully curated shades for plush lips. These lip tints are buildable, allowing you to layer from a soft gradient to full-coverage glam.
Which of these brands are you trying? Did we miss any brands that you love? Sound off in the comments!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Tired of the same old, same old K-beauty products? Itching for a Korean beauty brand that truly speaks to your makeup and skincare needs? Say hello to MILLION RED, an indie K-beauty brand that’s blending color theory and life’s most vivid experiences to create a full range of Korean makeup products.
MILLION RED makes makeup inspired by life’s everyday moments. As a brand, MILLION RED is represented by gorgeous imagery, delicate looks, and unique-yet-wearable shades. As defined by their tagline “Color in your moment”, they firmly believe that makeup is not only meant to highlight your appearance but express who you are and what you believe in.
Source: MILLION RED
Here, the top 3 MILLION RED makeup and skincare products we just can’t live without:
For A Dewy Glow: Light-Up Sun Balm SPF 50+ PA+++
K-beauty has never seen a primer quite like this: with a deliciously pink tint and celestial glow that would make the moon jealous, the MILLION RED Light-Up Sun Balm makes shiny skin dreams come true.
Oddly satisfying beauty: the watery, hydrating texture of the MILLION RED Light-Up Sun Balm
This pact-type primer does way more than just give your skin the appearance of a healthy glow; thanks to a combination of Centella Asiatica (AKA “cica”), Alaskan glacial water, and ceramides, the Light-Up Sun Balm gives a boost of anti-redness, cooling, and moisturizing power. Even better, the Light-Up Sun Balm comes with a 50+ PA+++ SPF for an additional layer of sun protection.
For A Pop of Color: Fiction Lip
For impossibly good lip color, look to MILLION RED’s Fiction Lip. Available in 11 ultra-flattering shades, these long-lasting lip tints are perfect for day-to-night glam. These comfortable, fluffy tints are truly the every-person’s lip product; whether you’re a lover of ultra-matte lipsticks or lightweight, pigmented pouts, the Fiction Lip’s airy texture and vivid, buildable color are qualities any makeup lover can appreciate.
Not a fan of color? Worry not — the Fiction Lip in Moment of Projection is a clear gloss that delivers seriously high shine.
For a Relaxing Sheet Mask Sesh: Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Mask
We all know the feeling of defeat and exhaustion after a long day at work and/or school. It’s days like these that make a multi-step skincare routine seem absolutely impossible, especially when all you want to do is relax.
Enter the MILLION RED Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Mask: not only does this mask minimize your skincare routine’s steps by acting as an ultra-rich essence and serum, but it also treats multiple common skin concerns with clean, safe ingredients. Those in need of a moisture replenishment will appreciate the mask’s ceramide content while those who want youthful and bright skin will notice the free radical-fighting, collagen promoting benefits of grape extract. The ultra-thin, no-slip sheet feels like a comfortable second skin, giving you the ability to move around and multi-task (if you desire). Just wash, tone, apply, and chill.
From double cleansing to calming treatments to sheet masks, it looks like beauty-conscious Korean women have all the right tips and tools to get flawless skin. Here are three of our all-time favorite Korean skincare tips that you need to hear!
1. Double Cleansing
In Korea, the first step in any skincare routine asks for two products: an oil-based cleanser that removes impurities, followed by a water-based one that washes away any trace of oil. Extra tip: always choose gentle alcohol-free cleansers that do not dry out the skin.
A winner among Korean beauty products, essence is key in keeping your skin plump and moisturized throughout the day. Use it after your toner and before your serum by simply placing it in the palm of your hands and patting it onto your face. Extra tip: to give your skin a quick boost when you are on the go, always keep a hydrating mist such as the 7 Days Vitamin Mist, for extra moisture. Made with soothing mineral water and precious fruit and vegetable extract, it is packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants to replenish skin and strengthen its defense system. Great for all skin types!
3. Sheet Masks
Korean skincare is leading in the sheet mask department. Infused with potent ingredients, these are the tailor-made versions of face serums, and can be used whenever your skin needs a boost. Extra tip: The7 Days Mask Set is our go-to Korean beauty product for Insta-ready skin. Made with 100% natural ingredients (green tea, pomegranate and aloe, just to name a few), these paraben-free masks hydrates, calms, brightens and repairs the skin, reducing inflammation and giving your skin a radiant glow. Remember to always pat the leftover mask essence over your face and neck since every drop is precious.
Discover more about the 7 Day Line and many more on KOODING.com.Storing some of the most coveted Korean cosmetic brands right now, www.KOODING.com is ready to become your one-stop shop for beautiful skin
Meet Stephanie Ahn, blogger from Toronto, Canada who loves fashion, K-pop, good eats, and versatile fashion. Here, she shares her fashion tips, makeup routine, favorite travel destinations and more with KOODING. To learn more about what inspired her to become a blogger, the best Toronto eats from a local, and more, read on.
Q: What inspires your fashion?
SA: Anything – trends, family, friends, music, and different cultures. I get inspired on the daily and wear whatever I’m into!
Q: What influences your fashion style most?
SA: My mood influences my fashion style the most. My style is very diverse and I definitely do not stick to one specific style or type of clothing. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll go for edgy, cute, or a classy look.
Q: What is your favorite item in your closet and why?
SA: My current favorite item in my closet is my brown leather backpack. Backpacks are an accessory that I do not normally gravitate towards but I’ve been digging the way it looks with my outfits lately.
Q: What is the best fashion investment you’ve ever made?
SA: I recently purchased a white clothing rack and it has honestly been so helpful when planning my outfits ahead of time. Would 100% recommend anyone to get a good quality rack for themselves!
Q: What inspired you to become an influencer
SA: One of my best friends is a blogger and suggested I start an Instagram account. I decided to give it a shot and I really enjoyed it. I love sharing my outfits and lifestyle with my followers and it’s truly motivating that I can be an inspiration and create an impact for others as well!
Q: What is your skincare routine
1. Chanel – La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-foam
Chanel- La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-foam
Swiss Line – Watershock Purifying Toner
SKII – Facial Treatment Essence
Tony Moly – Master Lab Real Mask Sheets (Intensive Hydrating or Vitamin C Brightening)
It’s very extensive, but I quickly came to realize how important a proper skin care routine is. I think of skincare as an investment and for someone who was definitely not blessed with perfect skin, this routine has helped me achieve healthy and glowing skin.
Q: What is your makeup routine
SA: 1. Shiseido – Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
Makeup Forever – Full Cover Concealer
Nars – All Day Luminous Foundation
Too Faced – Peach Perfect Matte Setting Powder
Nars – Laguna Bronzer (for eyeshadow)
NYX – Waterproof liner in Mink
Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner
L’oreal – Telescopic Mascara
Nars – Laguna Bronzer (for contour)
Nars – Orgasm Powder Blush
Colourpop Golden State of Mind Palette – Golden Egg shadow for highlight
Colourpop Brink for lips
Q: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
SA: I’m obsessed with Korean variety shows, K-pop, and K-dramas 🙂 Ask me anything about Korean news and I’ll tell you all the juicy deets. 😋
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Toronto?
SA: I love the hustle of the city and the diverse people. You can really see that the people in Toronto are determined and working hard to reach their goals. The city inspires me to keep pushing and live a fast-paced life.
Q: Where are your go to hang out spots, eats, and cafes in Toronto?
SA: Currently, I am loving Lavelle and Constantine to brunch. My go to restaurants are Little Piggy for some quality K-BBQ and KAKA for good sushi. But, my absolute favorite place to hang and eat is Kensington Market. Here you’ll find the most delicious eats for cheap and is probably one of the most unique and fun spots in Toronto.Some of my favorite restaurants in Kensington Market are Rasta Pasta for the best Jamaican food and Seven Lives for the tastiest fish tacos!
Q: Where are your favorite travel destinations and why (both in the states and other countries)?
SA: For the States, I recently traveled to LA for the first time and fell in love with the city. It’s a mix of the hustle from Toronto and chill, laid-back vibes. I still can’t decide if I like Toronto or LA better though! For Europe, my favorite destinations are Rome and Venice, Italy. I was in awe of the beautiful architecture every second I was there and would 100% recommend everyone to visit. Also, the food was 10/10. For Asia, obviously Korea! I go to Korea every other year to visit family and friends and it’s probably my ultimate favorite travel destination. The food, culture, and people are all amazing and I never get tired of it. I’m missing it now just thinking about it. 🙂
Q: What are your travel essentials?
SA: Currently – Face masks, leather jacket, and resistant bands. Face masks are a must for me as my skin tends to suffer from the change in climates and location. My leather jacket pairs up with any outfit I wear so I always make sure to pack it. Lastly, I always pack my resistant bands so I can work out daily on the go and anywhere.
Q: What goals would you like to achieve before 2019?
SA: My main goal is to move my digital content creation to the next level. I want to continue to create unique and inspiring content for myself and my followers but kick it up a notch.
Q: What is your favorite thing about KOODING?
SA: I love that KOODING houses so many of my favorite Korean clothing brands. This allows me to shop for any style and any trendy clothing piece I want. The site is also updated with new items regularly so I always have a huge selection to shop from.
Find out how Keri styles cozy sweats for an everyday look on her site !
Whether you’re going to class or picking up groceries, comfort is always a top priority. Have a matching top with some sweatpants will make your look put-together and refined while eliminating the discomfort.
“Comfort is seriously key for me now, especially in the dead of winter when one . cannot be bothered to be dressed to the nines 24/7.“-Keri
This cropped boxy sweater with small white stitching details on the side add the perfect amount of design to turn this basic red sweater into something more interesting. The vibrant red is a statement in and of itself and will definitely draw attention to your outfit no matter how far you are!
Share with us your style for a chance to be featured with the hashtag #KOODING and tag us as well (@KOODING).
Napa Valley’s Film Festival is a perfect combination of exciting and fun. Blogger Toshiko heads up to San Francisco to explore all that Northern California has to offer!
She manages to look poised and professional by styling KOODING clothing through two very different outfits. Outfit number one has a pop of color with her red leather jacket on top of our Mocha Coffee Dress by MOCOBLING. She adds cute accessories such as round sunnies, a small black purse, and some white heeled leather loafers to top it off.
Toshiko’s second outfit is definitely a lot girly with our lacy Moldive Beach Tee & Dress Set by Fiona. Add some rounded Ray Ban sunnies, vintage heels, and a small purse and you’re ready for wine tasting! The textures in outfit #2 definitely stand out and make the outfit unique and elegant.
Make sure to check out Toshiko’s blog post up on her site and share your style with the hashtag #KOODING and don’t forget to tag us @KOODING as well! Post a blog and you might get featured on our site! For more outfits, check out KOODING.com! Happy Shopping~