10-step skincare with only 4 products

If you haven’t heard, the latest trend in K-beauty skincare is called “7 Skin Method”.  It is suppose to provide more intense hydration while eliminating the clutter created by all the products necessary for 10-step skincare regimens.

Products recommended for typical 10-step skincare regimen (from Sokoglam)


The term ‘skin’ is a preferred term among Korean products for toners.  ‘Booster’ is another common term you may come across that refers to a category of toners.  As the name suggests, 7 Skin Method simply means you apply your preferred skin / booster / toner 7 times.  Sarah at Glow Recipe wrote about her take here.  The most important thing to remember here is to use a non-astringent toner.
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Airbrush misuse that can save your eye makeup

Where have you been all my life?
Where have you been all my life?

I own a makeup airbrush.  No, that’s not right.  I own TWO makeup airbrushes.  My ‘starter’ set was an Aeroblend kit I bought on Amazon last year.  I love what it did for my foundation, but I have limited space on my vanity and the whole tube/cable-thing… ugh, I’m so over it!  I kept knocking things over and it made me frustrated enough that I just kinda stopped using it.

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A slacker’s guide to easing ‘bottle-burden’

2 words: pump bottles.

I read somewhere that it takes 3 times as much energy to START moving, than it takes to KEEP moving.  I think it has to do with physics and momentum vs. inertia but I’m not sure.  Physics was my worst subject in school – I only got A- and I wasn’t allowed to watch TV for a week because of my poor academic performance.  Which, if you think about it, explains so much about me…

In any case, I bring this up to justify I lazy I am.  I am so lazy that if I have to pick up a bottle, upcap it, turn it upside down, shake it and then close the bottle again… well the likelihood of me using that product, regardless of how amazing it is, slowly declines over time from 100% likely to about 12% likely (that, of course, is a non-scientific observation… hence the less than ideal grade in Physics).  This matter to me especially when it comes to my multi-step skincare regimen.

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How to fly and hydrate at the same time

Nothing irritates my face like long flights.  Air travel has never been kind to me and it wasn’t until I started traveling to Asia and to California on a semi-regular basis that I got wise to some hydration tricks.  Here are 4 different skincare products you should consider for your next big trip:

Sheet masks: Hands down the best way to keep your skin hydrated and calm on long flights.  I love trying different sheet masks but Leaders Coconut Bio Gel Masks are the best bargain I can find.  They feel great and at $1.41 per mask, it’s hard to beat the value.  I suggest you wait until they turn down the lights before you put them on and save yourself the trouble of having to explain to your seat neighbors.

Leaders Coconut Bio Gel Masks: Broccoli, Blueberry, Orange and Tomato







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Why stop at your face? 10 ways to hack face oils.

I love face oils. I love it for a lot of reasons.  My current favorites are ElishaCoy Honey Murumuru Moisturizing Oil and Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil.

Nature Republic Chamomile Cleansing Oil, $12.97 + Free shipping on Amazon.com
ElishaCoy Honey Murumuru Face Oil, $28 from Memebox








Not only do I love these oils for my face, I use them for a lot of other less traditional purposes.  And fiscally speaking (which is rare for me), it is a much more affordable and effective alternative for some common issues.  Here are some ideas:

1) Nail Care: Use moisturizing oil to treat dry cuticles.  If you happen to have some disposable, plastic ‘seasoning’ gloves (you can find them at most Asian grocery stores), I suggest applying some oil on your cuticles, put on the gloves and let it soak for 10-15 min.  Think of it as a mask pack treatment for your hands.  It never fails to restore hydration to my nails and cuticles.

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