Here’s What Happened When I Used A Korean Face Mask For 7 Days

If I had to choose between skincare and makeup, I’d definitely choose skincare. But no matter how diligent I was with my cleanse-tone-moisturize routine, it wasn’t enough. After traveling to colder climates over the past few months, my skin finally hit its limit.

Here's what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

Here’s what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

When I got back from Japan last March, my skin was at its worst. It was dry, flakey, and rough—and I didn’t know how to deal. No matter how much I moisturized or exfoliated, nothing was working. So when Watsons asked me to do a 7-Day Korean Face Mask Challenge, I was in because I definitely needed to up my hydration game.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Can you see the little gadget beside the mask? That’s the MiLi Pure device. It hooks up to your iPhone via bluetooth and can check your skin’s moisture level. This way, we can check if the mask I’ll be using for 7 days really works. (Yes, I’m really that O.C. when it comes to skincare.)

This is the first time I'm trying a face mask that covers my lips!

This is the first time I’m trying a face mask that covers my lips! Btw, you guys should follow me on IG via @beautyandsparkl for more behind-the-scenes beauty action!

The mask felt weird and it felt a bit uncomfortable since my lips were covered for about 20 minutes, but despite that, it was very high in quality and very refreshing. It was thicker in texture and soaked in moisture-rich serum. I liked that it was especially made for toning dry, dehydrated skin (so it’s exactly what I needed) and that it didn’t make me breakout the entire week (huge win).

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face on the first day and the right photo is the moisture level of my face on the last day.

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face without using the mask and the right photo is the moisture level of my face immediately after.

So in case you’re wondering if Korean face masks really work, here’s your evidence! On average, skin’s moisture level would jump by almost 5 to 7% immediately after using the mask. I really enjoyed using a mask every night for a week since it saved me a lot of time and effort (in my head at least). I just had to slap on the mask—no need to tone or put a separate eye cream. I would just wait 20 minutes, massage it into my skin after, and tissue-off any excess serum on my skin. It became a ritual that I really looked forward to!

And here's a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

And here’s a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

I still need to work on getting the glow back at this point, but I was super happy that my skin was on its way to recovery. The redness isn’t as obvious anymore, it’s feeling a lot smoother, and I can feel the elasticity begin to return. Yay!

But if you truly want to appreciate the before and after shots, take a look at these photos… Continue reading

Get Lippie Tuesday

Over the past week, I noticed that my lips were painfully dry. As in, there were times when I had to stop halfway through a smile or laugh, because I’d feel my lips start to crack. Ouch!

That's why I thought we should talk lip care for this Get Lippie Tuesday! Check out this new innovative product from Laneige (and the cute flamingo, hehe).

That’s why I thought we should talk about lip care for this Get Lippie Tuesday with the Lineage Lip Sleeping Mask, P960. Yay for innovative Korean beauty finds!

Who knew you that masks for your lips are a thing now? I tend to suffer from dry lips (especially when I don’t drink enough water), so I was pretty excited to try this and see if it works. You just apply it before bed and you’re supposed to wake up to a softer, smoother pout. Another bonus: It also softens any flakes, so you can easily buff them off the next day.

It contains different types of antioxidant-rich berries (raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, gojiberry, soapberry, cloudberry and coffee berry) and vitamin C to soothe dry and chapped lips.

It’s loaded with different types of antioxidant-rich berries (raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, gojiberry, soapberry, cloudberry and coffee berry) and vitamin C.

As you can imagine, it smells deliciously fruity and you’re gonna get tempted to keep licking your lips (don’t—it’ll dry ’em out more). I like that the berries were extracted through super-high pressure to preserve their antioxidant properties.

The texture is thicker than your regular balm, so you only need a teensy dab. It actually comes with a silicone spatula, but I lost it! I've been using a cottonbud instead since I hate double-dipping.

The texture is thick and gooey, so you only need a teensy dab. It actually comes with a silicone spatula, but I lost it! I’ve been using a cottonbud instead since I hate double-dipping.

The lip mask soothes your pout immediately, but what I noticed most was that I woke up to (what felt like) plumper lips. I think it’s because it also contains a hyaluronic acid mineral network. This forms a moisturizing film to help the skin absorb and retain your lip hydration through the night.

Of course, this Korean brand also came up with something that’ll make your skin glow the very next day. If you’re a night owl and tend to stay up late, you’ll definitely want to check this out since it makes your skin look like you slept for 8 hours! Continue reading

A Surprising Skin Secret From Korea

A friend told me that one of the reasons Koreans have good skin is because they eat a lot of kimchi, which contains lactobacilli.

A funny scene from my favorite Koreanovela, Boys Over Flowers. The main characters, Jun Pyo and Jan Di, make kimchi. P.S. I heart Lee Min Ho <3

Here’s a funny scene from my favorite Koreanovela, Boys Over Flowers. The main characters, Jun Pyo and Jan Di, are about to make kimchi. P.S. I heart Lee Min Ho <3

Because I can’t eat kimchi every day, I found a better source for this probiotic—and I think it’s also helping clear up my acne! Find out what it is after the jump! Continue reading