Beauty is Boring:
From snail extract to adorable packaging, the beauty products we’re coveting the most right now all happen to hail from Korea. We sent makeup artist and photographer Robin Black of Beauty is Boring a bunch of products from TONYMOLY, The Face Shop, Holika Holika and Peripera to play with and report back. Read on for her insider tips and tricks and her how-to for a tangerine dream beauty look using our favorite Korean brands.
We all have our beauty secrets...
the perfect eyelash curler that you hide so your friends don't "borrow" it or the dermatologist on your speed dial. Mine involves a clandestine mission into the heart of L.A.'s Korea Town. I have to navigate an alley, go through a storefront into a back hallway, climb up five flights of stairs to an extremely unsafe looking elevator, and once I reach the right floor, try to remember my way through a maze of identical corridors.
What could be worth this rather un-glamorous journey? Only the best facial massage I've ever had! And on top of (very intensely) massaging my face, my lovely Korean esthetician (with the help of Google translate) has given me a serious education in Korean beauty products.
To start with, Korean products are super cute. I am a grown woman but I still get excited every time I reach for my hand cream that comes in a tiny panda bear or apply lip balm from a small red cherry. And then there is the overall quality. Korean skincare products tend to be very active, featuring ingredients that are meant to get results. And when it comes to makeup, colors are generally sheer yet easy to build, and they come in a rainbow of fun shades. One of my favorite Korean makeup products is Peripera Peri's Tint Jelly Stick. It comes in blue, green and yellow, but changes color on your lips into bright long-lasting stains. My friend Megumi brought back a few tubes from her last visit to Tokyo and I've been hooked ever since!