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Top 5 Unique K-Beauty Brands You Need to Know + Our #1 Picks

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:

 

One-day’s you

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.

 

DALRA

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: the Shiny 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.

 

XYZ

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.

 

MILLION RED

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!

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!

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!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Budget

There’s nothing like bringing smiles to the faces of our loved ones with a gift, but holiday shopping can be downright stressful. Fortunately, finding the perfect gift without breaking the bank is 100% possible. Here, we’ve set up a full guide of the best holiday gift ideas for anyone in your life, no matter your budget:

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Beauty Lover

Under $20: Korean cult favorite skincare products are loved because they’re inexpensive and work just as well as higher end cosmetics. Because K-beauty is best known for its budget – friendly – yet – effective skincare, you have tons of options to choose from. The Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul is only $14.99 and packs a huge, hydrating punch that’s beneficial for all skin types. For the luxury beauty lover, look to SNP’s Gold Collagen line, which contains real 24k gold and collagen for anti-aging benefits.

Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul, $14.99

Under $50: Indie K-beauty is making its presence known in the beauty world, and for good reason: brands like MILLION RED and 2aN have beautiful makeup formulas housed in gorgeous packaging that any girl would fawn over. From eyeshadow palettes to lip tints in hot reds, pinks, and nudes, there’s no doubt the recipient of these indie Korean makeup products will love them. Our main recommendations from the brands? The MILLION RED Fiction Lip for its light and airy texture and 2aN’s Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette for its buttery soft shades in a variety of matte, neutral, and glitter finishes.

Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette by 2aN, $49.99

Under $100: So, what’s better than a new skincare product? An entire skincare set, obvi! KOODING’s specially curated skincare gift sets are tailor made to make creating a multi-step Korean skincare routine easy and fun. The Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set contains an essence and cream that are potent in ceramides and anti-aging antioxidants; the Hddn Lab Open Your Ice Set‘s serum, sleeping pack, and cream are a hyaluronic acid – packed trio that keep the skin soothed, even, and bright. The clean beauty lover in your life will love the Like I’m 5 Set for its gentle and EWG – verified ingredients.

Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set, $66.00

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Best Friend

Under $20: Gifts for your bestie don’t have to be crazy expensive to be meaningful. Small accessories — like earrings or hair pins — can hold a lot of significance while giving a subtle touch of style.

Left: Marble Layered Ring Hairpin Set by Chuu, $18.99 / Right: Heart Beat Earrings by icecream12, $9.99

Under $50: You know your best friend’s style more than anyone — why not get them the unexpected? These adorable bags by OPEN THE DOOR are edgy and cool, but versatile enough that you can be sure to surprise your BFF with something she’ll love.

Chain Petit Bag by OPEN THE DOOR, $41.99

Under $100: If you got cash to spare, look no further than Korean footwear. Trust us — from platform sneakers to chic leather booties and goth – inspired heels, you are guaranteed to find the perfect pair for your bestie. These unique silhouettes are fun and unique and the statement piece to any outfit.

Left: White Platform Shoes by OPEN THE DOOR, $86.99 / Right: Plan O Walker Boots by LIPHOP, $68.99

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The K-Pop Fan

Under $20: Oh My Girl fans will instantly recognize the Secret Neon Lip Tint from YooA’s collab with Celebeau. These unique tints come in 6 vibrant shades, are super pigmented (especially when placed under a blacklight), and totally foolproof. At just $14 a pop, it’s an easy gift that doesn’t crush your wallet.

Oh My Girl YooA wears the Celebeau Secret Neon Lip Tint, $14.00

Under $50: If you know a BTS fan (and really, who doesn’t?), you know their love for the group goes beyond music. BTS are often referred to as style icons and are known to spark trends across the globe, selling out clothing pieces the moment they’re seen in them. The TIAG Van Gogh Tee has been frequently worn and loved by Taehyung of BTS (AKA V). At $29.99, it’s an affordable way to make any ARMY feel closer to their favorite boys.

BTS Taehyung wears the Van Gogh Tee by TIAG, $29.99

Under $100: Fans of UP10TION will love the Peter Long Sleeve Pair by evenie; worn by UP10TION Sunyoul, these unisex pajamas are adorable and a subtle way to pay homage to the boy group.

UP10TION Sunyoul wears the Peter Long Sleeve Pair, $56.99

 

Need more gift ideas? Check out our list of best – selling gifts for more inspo.

Are you looking forward to holiday shopping this year? Sound of in the comments & give us your best holiday gift ideas!

The Indie Brand Taking K-beauty by Storm: Our Top MILLION RED Picks

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.

MILLION RED Fiction Lip Swatches (Source: MILLION RED)

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.

The Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Masks‘s ultra-thin sheet (Source: MILLION RED)

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.

 

Also within the MILLION RED collection are two 9-pan palettes (named DELIGHT ME and SATISFY ME) and natural coverage cushion foundation (available in 6 shades).

 

Have you entered our MILLION RED Giveaway on Instagram? Click here for details on how to enter!

Fashion with Keri H.

Keri is a fashion blogger based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She has a pet bunny named Momo who even has her own adorable bed (courtesy of Ikea.) See her on-point fashion sense, life as a bunny mom, and self-shot photography @mskerih. You can also read more on her blog  www.anenclothedcognition.com that expands on the effect wardrobe has cognitively, her fashion tips, and more. <3

 

Q: What gives you fashion inspiration daily?

KH: Instagram, architecture, and mood

 

Q: What influences your fashion style most?

KH: My mood

 

Q: What is your favorite item in your closet and why?

KH: Thrifted Armani silk shirt

 

Q: What is the best fashion investment you’ve ever made?

KH: Mom style vintage jeans

 

Q: Tell me about Momo

KH:  She’s the sassiest bunny ever and a lot of fun, I’m a crazy bunny mom.

 

Q: East coast or west coast?

KH: East coast

 

Q: Black coffee or latte?

KH: Black

 

Q: Sweet or savory?

KH: Both

 

Q: Favorite places to go?

KH: Olde City and Wissahickon Valley Park

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about KOODING?

KH: The quality of products

 

 

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Top 5 November Stylist Picks

New month means new wardrobe! Here are the top five picks from our KOODING team.

  1. Everyone needs a good leather jacket in their wardrobe. Our Girls on Top Rider Jacket by Kong Style is lightweight and super soft, perfect for a night out! It doesn't swallow your figure when wearing it and you won't have to worry about lugging it around everywhere because of the lightweight material. It can make any outfit a little bit edgier and put together!
  2. You can't go wrong with knits! They're oversized, super comfortable, always in style, and they keep you warm. The Loose Box Knit will be a perfect addition to any closet due to its versatility and distinctive grey hue that is difficult to come across.
  3. I always have a hard time finding a good denim skirt but I really like the Come Over Skirt because of the edginess that is displayed through the cut outs. I know we're in the colder seasons, but who says you can't wear a skirt to add some flare to your outfit?
  4. To add some girl-y vibes to this outfit, we accessorized with these Rose Earrings by SOO n SOO. The pink color is subtle while still giving a small pop of color to any outfit. Also, the chain hangs behind the ear for a unique twist!
  5. Last but not least, shoes! Boots are a must-have year round and they definitely come in handy for November. Don't worry about your feet hurting because the Banding Low Ankle Boots are super comfortable and easy to stroll around in, perfect for travel!

    Those were our top 5 picks from November! Share with us some of your favorite pieces you like to wear and don't forget to #KOODING and tag us @KOODING so we can see your style. All pieces and more are up on our site KOODING.COM ! Happy Shopping~!

     

    -KOODING Team

 

 

 

 

Korean Fashion and Beauty – the Ultimate Mix for Cool Fashionistas

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What we know from experience is that fashion and beauty complement each other 100%. This explains why we are so happy that our brand new and exciting beauty section is finally here!

From now on Kooding.com will be the one-stop online shop for ladies who want to dress well and look gorgeous, so say hello to your next beauty kit heroes from cool Korean brands Beyond, Mamonde, The Face Shop, Nature Republic, Aritaum, Etude House, Innisfree, Hanyul, banila co, Sooryehan, and It’s Skin.

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Here is a quick reminder of the beauty Holy Grails you can now shop at Kooding.com, besides the Korean fashion staples we were already known for:

  • Skin care – Every woman wants to enjoy young-looking skin for as long as possible and, with this in mind, we are offering solutions for every skin type and condition, from skin softeners, whitening, brightening, anti-spot and calming products, to sun protection, cleansing oils and nourishing serums. Pamper your skin and it will smile back at you!
  • Makeup – Since radiant skin always looks better with a touch of flattering makeup, pick your favorite BB creams, eye liners, foundations, blushers, lip tints and glosses, and look every inch a glam queen.
  • Masks and Packs – Skin needs constant pampering to look fab, so treat yours to our night packs and masks to wake up looking fresh and ready to go.
  • Bath & Body – Your hands and body also need a fair amount of TLC and they will love our divine hand creams, body lotions, scrubs and shower creams.
  • Hair care – Glorious strands are a strong beauty weapon for any woman. With our shampoos, smoothing treatments and repair masks you will look beyond voluminous.
  • Men’s Beauty Products – Men also deserve a little pampering. Tip your friends, brothers and lovers about our great men’s masks, toners and lotions for a serious beauty addiction.

Keep checking our store for Korean fashion clothing and beauty products regularly! With us you are always in for a treat. To peruse and shop our online store please visit www.KOODING.com.

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