Beauty & Skincare

Korean celebrity-approved beauty tips for the ladies and men

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Korea Beauty Tips – South Korea Is known as a beauty-obsessed country and a global trendsetter in this industry, Korean celebrities who led the global Korean wave is also regularly praised for their flawless skin and complexion; sometimes you wonder whether there was some time-freezing formula in the market.

However, rather to admire in awe thinking there was a magical pill; many of these perfect skin boils down to sheer discipline in maintaining the skincare regime. Maintaining the perfect skin and beauty has the exact same success formula; similar to that of how Korean idols belt out those perfectly synchronised dance and performances – repeat, repeat and repeat.

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Beauty tip and secrets from Korean stars

Korean actress Son Ye Jin has been a representative of Korean beauty for a long time, and has found renewed popularity with her performances in “Crash Landing on You”; starring alongside heartthrob Hyun Bin. Contrary to popular believe in the multi-steps Korean skincare routine, the actress do not follow any of those; expressing that it is a matter of understanding your skin type and what suits you the best. Her usual. Routine involves regular cleansing due to her oily skin, and daily application of face masks. In addition, she focuses on products that hydrates the skin, and still follows her mother’s formula of putting cucumber slices on her eyes.

Glowing skin that looks poreless – Jessica Jung achieves her skin perfection by “heating” up her skincare products after application to encourage absorption. Just rub your palms together to generate a little heat and hold over your face without touching your skin. How this works is that your body heat opens up your pores slightly and makes your skin cells more receptive and responsive to your beauty products.

The Descendant of the Sun actor owes his enviably smooth and fair complexion to his nightly routine of washing his face with milk. While it might sound a little strange, think about the last time you had a milk bath at the spa – didn’t your skin feel luxuriously smooth after? The actor is also an advocate for using sheet masks at least once a day, no more than 20 minutes.

Ha Ji Won is another icon for a timeless beauty, whose at age 41 looks exactly like back when she co-starred Hyun Bin in hit drama “Secret Garden”. The actress shared that whenever she drank honey lemon soju, she gets complimented for her gorgeous skin tone the following day. She has her own skincare brand J-One whose flagship product – Jelly Mask Pack, is superior for hydration. She advocates hydration and shakes that she doesn’t use a towel to dry her face; being afraid that the unnecessary pulling actions will sag the skin.

If you don’t know Irene Kim, it means you are missing out on hip Korean trends. Irene is a model, beauty and fashion blogger, and television personality who walks in the forefront of Korean beauty and fashion trends. She was one of the leaders in the hair clip style embraced by so many Korean idols.

The model shares this helpful hack to handle those annoying zits (pimples) that appear right before an important event: blast hot water to steam up your shower, and soak a cotton pad with some toner and apply directly onto your breakouts. The steam opens up your pores and allows the properties of your toner to absorb better. For this tip, look for toners that contain ingredients like witch hazel or tea tree oil as they are known to help reduce inflammation.

The leader of K-pop group Super Junior shared that he follows a 5-steps cleansing regime in taking care of his skin. You would imagine how is it possible for a male to have skin comparable to that of female celebrities. The idol’s cleansing method will include a makeup remover, cleansing oil, and foam cleanser that he massage all over his face using a facial sponge, and finishing it off with a Clarisonic to deep clean. His skin care routine then continues with an essence and moisturizer.

Korean singer-actor Seo In Guk may have a killer voice, but he also has skin to die for. His trick is all about having a ready-to-use foaming cleanser like Neogen’s Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, that will already create a foaming lather for you so you don’t have to apply too much pressure on the face to create a lather yourself. When applying it, he doesn’t skimp on product and uses about 6-7 pumps to massage it all over his face. He says this not only deeply cleanses his face but it makes his skin feel revitalized.

Song Hye Kyo has a remarkable filmography, and also an impressive list of skincare endorsements in her career. The actress’ skincare regime would include the daily application of masks, and the occasional use of milk as facial wash (Hmmmmm). Upon reaching 30, she incorporated regular exercise and a low sodium diet as part of her lifestyle. In addition, she advocates giving the skin sufficient rest as and when possible, when putting on make-up is not necessary.

The younger of the Jung sisters, Krystal shared in a previous interview that; “The most important thing for me is to remove all the makeup completely before I go to sleep. I put on a lot of moisturising cream before I go to bed. That’s how I take care of my skin – nothing special. I never skip removing my makeup. Never! It’s really important. [And] I always ensure I drink a lot of water and work out as much as I can.”

Member of popular boy band group BTS is no stranger to skin complaints (who says men don’t take care of their skin), and is particularly concerned about the elasticity of his skin. A frequent traveler, he recommends dampening cotton pads with toner and double moisturizing to avoid losing too much moisture and arriving at your destination with beautiful, glowing skin.

If I was to summarise after “listening” to all these Korean beauty tips, the secret to maintaining ageless beauty and the perfect skin lies in hydration. The ability to keep the skin regularly hydrated seems to be the key to unlocking the natural glow. The usage of various types of masks on an almost daily basis will help to simplify the often daunting X-steps Korean skincare regime.

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Apart from the personal skincare routine, I personally advocate to visit the beauty salon regularly; for the professionals to help with extractions and other more technical maintenance. If your skin is already clot, adding more “water” wouldn’t flood the impurities out of the skin right? Unless you think it’s like a choked pipe being cleared using a high pressure water gun.

Beauty and skincare gift set for Christmas

Beauty skincare gift sets Christmas singapore

Christmas Gift Set, Singapore – With COVID erasing away most of our memories of 2020, there is really little to celebrate about in the gloomy global climate. Staying positive is my personal mantra in life, and I am still in the mood for a great Christmas season. With Singapore still in Phase 2 of COVID restrictions, and heading towards Phase 3 hopefully in months to come, i am thankful that at least we can still have little intimate sessions with our family and friends. I remember the 5 pax restriction of course.

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Even if we are unable to have large catch-up parties, our postmen and courier are still very much hard at work, ensuring our Christmas gifts can still arrive at the doorsteps of people we love. If you are struggling to select gifts, you need to read on for our recommendations.

LANEIGE – Mini Lip Sleeping Masks Set

A lip sleeping mask in mini size with a special fragrance only available during the holiday season, making it a good gift.

BENEFIT COSMETICS -Life Is A Pretty Party Makeup Kit

This set of Benefit bestsellers features the BADgal BANG! mascara, Dandelion blush for baby-pink cheeks and a The POREfessional face primer in a reusable tin that’s ready-to-gift.

INISFREE Christmas gift set Singapore

INNISFREE – Perfumed Hand Cream Set (Holiday Edition)

Featuring three of the Korean brand’s most beloved Perfumed Hand Creams that are inspired by the calm idyllic life in Jeju, this value-for-money set will surely please any giftee who’s been dealing with stress both in life and at work.

The Body Shop – Oils Of Life Radiant Skin Kit

Powered by three precious seed oils – black cumin from Egypt, camellia seed from China, and rosehip from Chile, you can trust this duo to intensely revitalise your skin’s radiance.

FRESH Christmas gift set Singapore

FRESH – Cleanse, Mask, Moisturize Set

A set of mini versions of FRESH’s three best selling cult classics for a clean, toned, hydrated face. Extremely important in Singapore’s dynamic weather conditions.

SEPHORA COLLECTION – Cleanse + Glow Duo Set (Limited Edition)

Cleansing after a party or gathering is key in maintaining the skin health. This set, 90% of whose ingredients are of natural origin, contains 50ml of Micellar Water Make-Up Remover and 30ml of Ultra Glow Serum.

KIEHL’s Christmas gift set Singapore

Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Holiday Glow Up Set

Sample the best of Kiehl’s this festive season, including full sizes of the best-selling Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

LOOKFANTASTIC – ‘Ultimate Skincare’ Box

Filled with 6 skincare treats from Garnier and L’Oréal Paris. It’s got everything you need inside, from cleansing to moisturising to masking.

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So for the men, if you are struggling to find that perfect gift for the ladies, any of these Christmas gift set recommendations from Singapore should ensure you have a “silent night” this Christmas. Most of these gift sets are available from LOOKFANTASTIC and SEPHORA.

Maskne – Fighting breakouts under the mask protecting you from Coronavirus

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SINGAPORE, Skin Care – Many of us never thought there would come a time for us adults to experience a “2nd Puberty”, and the acne outbreaks often associated with it. The greater irony will come from these acne outbreaks being cause by the very thing, that was suppose to protect us from a certain Coronavirus (COVID-19) – The face mask. On the shallower side of things, would you have noticed that there seems to be more beautiful people walking on the streets of Singapore these days?

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What caused Maskne?

We have to be serious about protecting ourselves — and others — from the real dangers of Covid-19, and wearing a mask is essential when heading out. However, this protection is leading to an embarrassing and unpleasant side effect: blemishes, pimples or in more professional term acne. Maskne is not a new phenomenon, as medical professionals who frequently wore masks can attest to this, but the condition has become more widespread amongst the general population.

Acne Mechanica – This is the jargon for what social media coined it as maskne. In layman terms, it is acne often caused by mechanical friction, and this case the face mask we wear almost every day. Just imagine the heat, friction and occlusion on the skin when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or perspiration. This is definitely a recipe for any kinds of breakouts on the skin.

Fighting or preventing Maskne

Consider the type of mask to wear – There are many types of cloth mask in the market, and the material blend affects the breathability of it. A good start is 100% cotton, but you should be more familiar with your skin and how it reacts to various fabric the best.

Wash the mask regularly – This is a no brainer, although many of us are probably guilty in dumping the mask around the house or in the car for some “sun-tanning”. Imagine the amount of dirt and dust that accumulates when leaving it lying around, or not washing it after perspiring under the hot humid weather.

Skip the makeup – This may be a tough ask, but having makeup on the skin and under the mask makes it hard for the skin to breathe, and can clog up the pores. If makeup is essential, go for products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores”. Like I mentioned earlier, everyone already looks better with the mask on, so why bother with the makeup that can aggravate the skin?

Take a mask break – Pretty self explanatory here. If circumstances permits, try to remove the mask for at least 15 mins every couple of hours. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands.

Streamline the skincare – We’re familiar enough with the X-steps skincare regime from Korean that produces astonishing results, but we need not follow it blindly. When it comes to maskne, the conventional wisdom is “less is more”. Simply because wearing the mask will intensify product delivery to the skin, and this may instead cause inflammation. All you need is to wash your face with a gentle non-soap cleanser and a mild, fragrance-free moisturizer.

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Go for the regular maintenance – Visiting the dermatologist is the usual solution to skin problems, but regular maintenance through a visit to the beauty salon can be equally effective. If you book your appointments with ULO Lifestyle with one of our partners, it can yield some significant savings too. Getting a facial session and visiting the dermatologist is akin to visiting the General Practitioner (GP) versus a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner (TCM). During an outbreak, it may make more sense to first get rid of the surface issues (extraction), before you concurrently try to address the deeper roots of the problem through medication.

Top 5 beauty and fashion sites Singapore is surfing

Beauty & Fashion, Singapore – [Updated: October 2020] In this digital era, digital nomads like us are constantly in search of new content and ideas on-the-go. So much so that almost every moment in our lives, someone is bound to be searching for something.

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Being #FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out, has become a way of life and how we often connect with our friends. Being in the know of what is trending is a certain formula for success to impress your peers.

So what exactly are people in Singapore surfing for in beauty and fashion? I myself was curious, so did a little check on SimilarWeb to see what people are reading in the area of “Beauty & Cosmetics”.

1. Sephora –

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Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded in France by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1970. Sephora’s unique, open-sell environment features an ever-increasing amount of classic and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, makeup, fragrance, body and hair care, in addition to Sephora’s own private label. Sephora is highly regarded as a beauty trailblazer, thanks to its unparalleled assortment of prestige products, unbiased service from experts, interactive shopping environment, disruptive spirit and constant innovation. 

With the above, it is not surprising that Sephora is not only the top of the searched list, but also spots long queues at their retail locations.

2. Love Bonito –

LoveBonito Beauty Fashion Singapore

Love, Bonito has become a household name over the years, proving that it’s not some obscure Singapore fashion brand. Founded by three friends – Rachel Lim, Viola Tan and Velda Tan (the latter two are sisters) – the brand started off as a blogshop called Bonito Chico in 2005.

They have since come a long way from teenagers hawking second-hand clothes online from their bedrooms. Their desire is to be a brand that’s got a woman covered in every season and stage of her life. Working hard to design all their pieces in-house, catering to every aspect of a woman’s life, for every size, shape and style. From how I see it, a one-stop-shop for every piece of clothing a lady would need. Just like how ULO Lifestyle is created to be a one-stop-shop for time-based lifestyle services merchants.

3. Her World –

HerWorld Singapore

Her World is the voice of the Singapore woman, and Singapore’s most established women’s publication. Celebrating and championing women and the amazing things they do since 1960. Managed under the umbrella of publications by Singapore Press Holdings, trust that they will deliver the latest content that a lady will be interesting in. Their readers are the country’s influential and stylish achievers who are go-getters and career-focussed. They are busy professionals who are time-crunched but want the best in life. 

4. Lovet –

LovetSG Beauty Fashion Singapore

Founded in 2013, Lovet aims to be an online fashion destination for women with a shared passion in fashion. Another local produce in the fashion e-commerce warzone. They will be know for their collaboration with one of Singapore’s top influencer Mongchin Yeoh (@mongabong). The renowned influencer and brand teamed up to launch a 16-piece capsule collection fully conceptualized and styled by Mongchin with the assistance of Lovet’s team. 

The collection named “Mong x Lovet” was was a project seven months in the making, and comprised of feminine, floral pieces which Mongchin described to be timeless and suitable for everyday wear. 

5. Pomelo –

Pomelofashion Beauty Fashion Singapore

Launched in 2013, Pomelo is a modern fashion brand born in Asia with a global mindset: on-trend, online, on-the-go. With an undisputable sense of style at an unparalleled price, Pomelo aims to offer women everywhere their best look to become their best selves. Pomelo is co-founded by David Jou who also prior to Pomelo, co-founded another e-commerce giant Lazada in Thailand.

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The sheer number of e-commerce and fashion labels dominating the list is a testament to Singaporean’s addition to shopping. With COVID driving everything online, it is obvious why these popular sites’ traffic are bursting at its seams.