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Blogger Beauty Night at Piccasso Studio

It has occurred to me that many of my recent posts have pertained to Korean beauty. I should make it clear that Seoul Searching is not converting into a beauty blog- I'm far too unqualified for that to even be an option. The reason for the increase in K-beauty posts is because Korean cosmetics and beauty trends are becoming so in demand at the moment that I have had a number of opportunities recently to learn more about these trends and products and want to spread the word on to you guys.

The most recent opportunity to crop up was an invitation to a makeup class specifically for bloggers given by Yoohwai Top to Toe at the Piccasso Studio in Apgujeong in celebration of the launch of the new global store, PiccassoBeauty.net.

Memebox: K-Beauty Delivered Straight to Your Door

It's safe to say that Korea has garnered a reputation for being one of the top beauty destinations of the world. With innovative and multi-functional products and an entertainment industry that constantly cranks out new trends, the world is beginning to turn to South Korea for all their beauty needs. So much so that the nation's cosmetics exports hit a record high of $1.04 billion last year. Additionally, foreign tourists flock to Seoul's cosmetic shops pulling around oversized suitcases (I'm not joking here) to load up on bags and bags of K-beauty goodies to bring back to their homelands.

But with so many brands and products to chose from, it can be overwhelming to know which are the best, particularly when living overseas.

Aritaum’s Wannabe Longwear Shadow Stick

I love make-up with sparkles!


Korean Cosmetics for your Carry-On

As the weather gets warmer and the school year comes to an end, English teachers and expats in Korea are packing their bags and planning trips to exotic locations.

Whether spending a few months backpacking through Southeast Asia, jaunting off to Europe, or heading home for a few weeks, travelers must stay conscious of their packing habits as airlines are continuously upping fees for extra luggage weight.  For those who like to travel with carry-on baggage only, it's also important to keep liquids to a minimum, as one is only allowed a tiny Ziploc bag to put them in.  This can be especially difficult for us girls who like to bring along toiletries and cosmetics to look nice and feel comfortable.  Fortunately enough, for those of us living in Korea, we don't have to make any sacrifices this travel season, as popular Korean cosmetic chains offer up travel-sized products for girls on the go.

Just for Fun

 

Yesterday, I was in a coffee shop in Sorae, and I noticed this rather amusing restroom sign.

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Yup, the figures of the woman and the man taking a leak are funny, but what really caught my attention is the phrase on top of the sign.


Nature Republic’s Extreme Black Easy Eyeliner


Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!

In the Seoul metro, Apgujeong station one of many dozens in that station

When commuting in Seoul you are constantly reminded how having a good face 을짱 is a major concern in Korea. Plastic surgery ads are plastered all over the subway with incredible before & after pictures, telling us there is a price to achieve perfection. Korean women don’t think twice: in 2009 one of every five women in Seoul between the ages of 19 and 49 said they had undergone plastic surgery at least once (Trend Monitor).


Interview with Ms Ying of KoreanThings.com


Beautiful Skin with Korean Facial Masks

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Korean Face Mask

Don’t be scared, it isn’t a patient escaped from a plastic surgery clinic… It’s a Korean facial mask! Found in Korean women’s beauty arsenal along with the famous BB Cream, facial masks are an easy and practical way to pamper your skin.


Sex and the Red Blooded Woman

Remember these?

I first came across them back in 2008, the first time I really tried to understand Korean women’s penchant for skin-whitening. While it turns out that I misinterpreted what exactly the images above were though, from a 2005 study of the relationship between female attractiveness and hormones, one of its conclusions remains the same: the redder a women’s cheeks, the sexier.


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