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The Glow Recipe Team’s Black Friday Must-have Guide

We test a LOT of products at Glow offices. We’re lucky to have access to samples from some of the best K-beauty brands out there, and on any given day, a product meeting ends up with all of us around a table trying out products on our faces, arms, even legs once we run out of skin real-estate. And this is even before the many months-long tester panel process we go through for most of our product curations before they make it onto our site.

After going through this process countless times, the #Glowteam is one hard crowd to please. To help your Black Friday shopping this year, here’s a round up of our team’s absolute favorite K-beauty products – tested, proven and approved.

Customer Service Manager

It was hard to pin down my absolute favorite product, but I’m going with the LJH ampoule based on versatility. I love using it after an essence toner, and sometimes it’s all I need – no denser moisturizer required. But by far my favorite use for it is mixed in with my foundation. I have never worn less makeup than I do now. I use 1:1 ampoule/foundation ratio and I never fail to receive compliments on my glowing, even skin. People always think I’m contoured!

Very close second is the Blue Ray Sun Gel. As the reviews can attest, this is hands down the best sunscreen for anyone with olive to dark skin. It’s so lightweight and invisible that it’s the only sunscreen I’ve been able to wear all year round as I should.

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I can’t say enough good things about the Whamisa x Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner. When we collaborated with Whamisa to create this line, we wanted to use tea as the main ingredient because it’s truly a superfood with amazing antioxidant benefits. The best part about this bouncy, super-hydrating toner is that it’s the perfect texture for 7 Skin Method – it’s my go-to trick for winter-proofing your skin.

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So elated to finally launch our first brand collaboration, Whamisa by Glow Recipe. Product development is a true passion of ours and we are beyond excited to partner with Whamisa, a pioneer in natural skincare. These four formulas (cleanser, serum toner, moisturizer, clay mask) were a longtime labor of love from the entire @glowrecipe team. . . I've not only been drinking green tea daily for years, but antioxidant-rich green tea has always been a go-to ingredient for beauty. My mom taught me to splash water infused with green tea after cleansing to soften and tone the skin, or use chilled green tea teabags to soothe puffy eyes. We knew we wanted to use this incredibly potent skincare ingredient for this collaboration and we loaded each formula with fermented green tea – great for balancing and clarifying oily skin. We tested countless formulas and combinations of ingredients to find textures that were hydrating yet featherlight. . . My personal favorite at the moment is the Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner, a concentrated, hydrating toner packed with tea extracts and botanicals. I have dry, sensitive, easily irritated skin that flares up when I travel and I've been religiously doing the 7 skin method with this serum-toner in Korea to keep patchiness and flakiness at bay. 🌱❤️🌱

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Graphic Designer

I would choose the Pepero Box we created in collaboration with our friends at Snackfever. The masks are easy to use and share, such as the Bat Mask you can wear even with a beard – and it doesn’t hurt that Pepero are my favorite Korean snacks


It’s so difficult to just choose one product – it’s like asking someone to choose their favorite child! From the Artichoke Power Essence, Blueberry Bounce Cleanser, and the Whamisa Deep Rich Essence Toner, to the new Micro-Tension Cream, I’m honestly obsessed with the glass skin results I’ve seen when using these, and highly recommend them all!

Assistant Marketing Manager

One of my all-time favorite products is the Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum. My skin just drinks this product right up and it’s just what I need during the dry winter months. After just a few uses, I could already tell that the flan-like texture and the anti-aging properties of the Chaga Mushroom extract were making my skin bouncy and radiant.


Content Manager

I’ve recently been stockpiling and hoarding mists ever since learning about the 3 second rule. I go through bottles of mists so quickly because I’m always spritzing between every step in my skincare routine. My one misting staple is the Whamisa Olive Leaf Mist because it is incredibly refreshing, and fills the air with a lovely, clean aroma.

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Posted by Glow Recipe on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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