Posts by styleunderpressure

The Long Game in Skin Care: Why You Should Stick to It

I did a double take. I had just returned from a 16-day trip across Spain and Morocco. And while the history, the culture, and the architecture were simply breathtaking and utterly mind-blowing —the lighting was not. I guess it’s the price you pay for staying in a museum-quality riad that’s over 700 years old. Needless…

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How to De-stress With K-Beauty Skincare

Sometimes it seems that I’m living under a never-ending to-do list of deadlines and obligations and appointments. I check one off and, like a weed, another grows in its place. Even that first-world mandate of “me time” feels like yet another item I need to satisfy before I actually get a break. And while I…

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A Deep Dive into Micellar Cleansing Waters

Once upon a time, over a century ago, French women had to wash their now-famously glowing skin with harsh Parisian water. That is, until a British university discovered micelles in 1913. Eventually, these little spheres of oil suspended in water made their way to French pharmacies, who picked up on the cosmetic use of micelles…

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1 Day, 1 Mask: Korea’s Top Beauty Trend

It’s called “1 day, 1 pack.” And while this is not a reference to an unfortunate nicotine habit, it may well be just as addictive. 1 일1팩, as it’s called in Korean, is a beauty trend that originated in Korea some years ago, when stories began emerging about Korean celebrities attributing their amazingly pristine skin…

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5 K-Beauty Lessons That Changed My Skin

In a way, I’ve grown up with K-beauty. My mom is Korean, after all, and my earliest lessons, from how to apply eyeliner to DIY cucumber facials, were all passed down from her. I got my first professional facial with my mom — at a strip mall storefront in a Korean enclave of southern California,…

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The K-Beauty Glossary

Our definitive guide to all the words and terms you’ll need to decipher K-beauty like a pro. Ampoule: In Korea, ampoules are hyper-concentrated versions of serums, made for use as a two- to four-week special treatment course before your essence or serum. Generally, ampoules come in smaller sizes due to their concentration, sometimes in small, one-time…

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Skincare Like a K-Drama Star!

Korean dramas are winning hearts the world over, and it’s not just for their meme-worthy tropes (back hugs!), easy-to-love storylines and easier-on-the-eyes stars. K-dramas provide an insight into the hottest trends coming out of Korea, whether it’s fashion, food, or jjimjil-bang (bathhouse) etiquette, and Korean beauty is no exception. Indeed, if Korean dramas are any…

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