So I am back in Toronto now; more specifically, a Toronto suburb where my dad and stepmom live, spending some time with my little brother and sister.
One thing about coming back home is that I'm always going back and forth to both parents, so I never really feel quite settled. That, coupled with not actually being "settled" anywhere in this world is slightly anxiety inducing, but ehhh, I'll live.
The perks far outweigh the cons, however. The number-one bonus being having unbelievably cute six- and nine-year-old siblings as living shadows, and thinking up our fun Halloween costumes (brain-eating zombies is the top contender so far). Also great is my grandma and dad's home cooking.
I also kind of feel like my beauty game is always slightly upped this side of the Atlantic, if only for better bathroom and mirror access. Then there's my beauty-obsessed mom who graciously treats me to hairdressers and dinners and things I am much too frugal to indulge in when I'm far away in London. Thanks mom, you're the best.
She took me to this new and amazing Asian beauty shop called Jealousy, which leads me to the topic of this article: my three favourite Asian beauty products! (For now, OK, this always changes. I'm a fickle girl, what can I say?)
You'll have to excuse my photos for the next couple of articles as I get settled, because I left my DSLR in London and am currently using a digital camera I have no clue how to operate. It also doesn't stand flat when I try to prop it up on something as a makeshift tripod because the lens is too heavy for the body, so it just sort of flops forward. Excuse the selfie arms.
1. LuLuLun Brightening Face Mask from Japan
This mask is free from oil, alcohol and fragrance which means it's safe for sensitive skin types. It's made with a blend of vitamin C, royal jelly and cherry tree leaf extract.
Basically, you wash your face, pick out a mask from the ziplock container, put it over your face and let the magic work for 15 minutes. I always go past 15 minutes, naturally. After you're done, dab the sheet on your face and massage the extra goodness into your skin.
Pro tip: when you're done with your face, use the leftover mask on your neck.
Overall, my face is slightly brighter and more moisturized for sure.
2. IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock XP (SPF 50) from South Korea
Dude, one of these is sold every 30 seconds in Korea--at least that's what I read in a review somewhere. I don't even find that fact shocking; this stuff makes skin look amazing.
This product comes in five shades, or more accurately, finishes. Two natural shades for lighter coverage, two cover shades for higher coverage, and one shimmer shade for a more glowy finish. The compact even comes with an extra refill.
Not only does it make the skin look like an absolute dream, it also has SPF 50, which is always a bonus in my book. I have this in the shimmer shade No.22, which has some sparkles in it (consider this a warning for sparklephobes). I am not a big sparkle fan myself, but I find that this just gives my skin a glowy, gorgeous finish. That said, I'm dying to try the natural colours as well.
It's buildable and feels cool on the skin. The product itself is dispensed via a sponge that you squeeze down on with the puff. This stuff is not cakey at all, it's almost like my skin but better. It just makes the skin look so pretty, so if you do fall into this colour range and prefer glossier skin, check it out.
Cons are obviously its lack of shades; hopefully North American brands pick up on this type of product and follow suit with something similar available in a wider colour spectrum than those of Asian markets.
It also does feel like there is something on the face (when you touch it), so that is a bit of a drawback. Minimal oil control means you will need powder depending on your finish preference. I'm willing to give that up for the dewiness factor.
3. Missha Signature Glam Art Triple Lips SPF10 from South Korea
This lip gloss is so cool. Strangely enough it goes on like water, then evolves into a stickier, more opaque glossy lipstick. The concept is that one coat leaves a tint, two coats wears like a gloss and three looks like a lipstick. I have it in Mambo Pink, but I'm also hankering for Pomegranate and Scarlett Orange.
Lucky for you, 2/3 of these are available at NYC-based Soko Glam, so shipping is easy-peasy. Hate to sound like a broken record, but if you're in NYC, you can go check out their pop up shop this Saturday at the Hester Street Fair, if only for the IOPE Air Cushion.
So what are you favourite Asian cosmetics at the moment? Let me know in the comments!