Hey, guys! It’s quite clear from my blog that I typically use western beauty products. But, I have finally decided to venture into the world of K-beauty! Woohoo!!! I love everything about it so far, although I doubt I will fully be making a transition.
I was introduced to k-beauty primarily through Courtney, an amazing black k-beauty blogger at blackgirlgonekbeauty.com. Through her results using Korean Beauty products as well as her extensive knowledge of them, I was intrigued to try them myself.
Recently, I stumbled upon a few sheet masks (a Korean beauty staple) at Forever 21 that were fairly inexpensive, so I decided I would give them a try!
What is K-Beauty?
K beauty is short for Korean beauty and it is *literally* what the name says…beauty products from South Korea. Korean skin care tends to focus on bright, even toned, super glowy and hydrated skin. South Koreans are big on maintaining a very youthful look, thus the focus on hydration.
Quick fact: Did you know K-beauty is responsible for the rise in popularity of BB and CC creams?
Korean Beauty Routine
This is usually the part where most people clock out when they hear a “10 step skin care routine” because 1) nobody has time for all that, 2) that sounds super expensive, and 3) refer to 1 and 2!
The good thing is, you don’t need a 10 step skin care routine to have an effective Korean skin care routine. And, you also should utilize samples before buying the full size, as Courtney wrote about here. You can also read her in depth post about the 10 step routine here.
Let’s get into the products I tried!
Naisture Sweet Honey 15 minutes Mask Pack
Honey is great for hydrating the driest of skin types, and this mask did just that. My skin felt replenished and healthy after using it.
Pure Derm Vitalizing Orange Pads
These pads instantly brightened my skin and made it feel super refreshed. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quick glow.
Yadah Brightening Mask Pack
My first thoughts with this mask is that it feels a tad bit sticky on the skin. It wasn’t as light as the other masks but it provided my skin with a great boost of moisture and created a good base for my makeup. I did notice my skin was more glowy than usual after using it.
Pure Derm Multi Step Hydro Synergy Gel Mask
I LOVED the gel feel of this mask, considering I’m used to fabric sheet masks, trying out this gel makes me never want to turn back. It sticks right on my skin and I can move around while wearing it. My favorite thing about it is that it made my skin instantly appear plumper.
Pure Derm Intensive Healing Foot Mask
This mask made my feet feel baby smooth but it did not make them peel. The results were not prolonged, maybe around 2 weeks before my feet started feeling a little rough again. I would say this is a great quick fix if you don’t want to deal with the peeling that most foot masks cause.
Pure Derm Honey Essence Mask
More honey!!! Honey + my skin = heaven! My skin INSTANTLY felt and looked plump and hydrated. My makeup applied significantly smoother after using this mask, too.