It’s the weekend and I’m basically these kittens discovering a heated foot warmer.
— ココニャ (@kokonananya) November 28, 2016
Warning Signs for Korean Beauty in China
If you’ve been following kindofstephen‘s weekly Beauty Recaps, you might have noticed that tensions between China and South Korea are starting to impact kbeauty. The tensions are related to the installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD, 사드 in Korean) anti-missile system in South Korea earlier this month. While the U.S. and South Korea have argued that THAAD is being installed to protect against a missile attack by North Korea, China has seen THAAD as a threat to their military.
The tensions between China and South Korea are impacting Korea’s cultural exports including kpop and kbeauty. Kbeauty sales in China are being restricted, kbeauty shops and factories in China closed, and travel by Chinese citizens to Korea for tourism purposes appears to be discouraged.
What this means for the industry long-term is unclear. Trade websites in Korea are reporting the developments constantly; there’s real concern about this among Korean firms. U.S.-based kbeauty players seem less stressed since China has long been the favored child in the export game to the point that it’s sometimes been hard to get products Western customers want due to being unable to compete with the enormous orders Chinese distributors could place. It’s possible that attention will shift to the U.S. and West, but it looks like Korean firms will attempt to make up sales in the short-term by looking to Southeast Asia.
It’s really interesting to see sheet masks used as key diplomacy pawns. I highly recommend keeping up with the THAAD news if this interests you.^^
Papa Recipe Masks: YUM
After posting Friday’s rundown on how to authenticate some Korean beauty products, I finally got to dig into my giant stash of evidence and try my first Papa Recipe mask. I started with the classic Bombee, then tried the Whitening flavor, and then tried the Bombee again. I can see why these masks are so popular: they’re thin, they fit fantastically, the essence feels good, they smell incredible, and the hydration is good. Totally worth the stress. lol
If you want to buy Papa Recipe masks in the U.S., I recommend shopping with the seller called Papa Recipe on Prime (their seller description notes that they’re the authorized retailer for Papa Recipe). So far, I’ve only received stickered masks from that seller (other sellers had masks from before the stickering began), and their stock appears to be manufactured very recently.
Biore 2015/2017 Comparison Reviews
More first impressions and reviews comparing the 2015 and 2017 formulations of Biore’s beloved Watery Essence and Watery Gel sunscreens are being published and the consensus is that the formulations did not change for the better. I wrote some first impressions about a month ago. u/lgbtqbbq did a first impressions post on the Asian Beauty subreddit. And Vanity Rex has done a detailed review that breaks down the changes to both formulas, testing notes, and alternatives.
At this point, I don’t think I need to duplicate what other bloggers have done and write a full review — I agree with pretty much everything that has been said, and I’ll just offer some Watery Essence observations here from the oily-skin-but-battered-due-to-acids-and-Differin perspective.
What I liked about the Watery Essence was that it felt like watery skincare pudding without the formula feeling like sunscreen on my face. That’s gone — it feels like sunscreen now. The new formula is thicker and less dewy/slippery. The finish feels powdery when I touch it and it has enough grip to keep my foundation in place a bit better than the old formula. The problem is that I really don’t want that from a sunscreen; it increases drag when I try to apply foundation. I’d rather get staying power from a setting powder than a sunscreen so I can keep the quick and slick application of base.
I do like the fact that it’s water-resistant, but I barely see the sun anyway, so I’d much rather have the old formula back. If you’re obsessed with the old formula, grab those baby blue bottles on eBay and Amazon stat. 🙁
I’m Away for Work Soon
I’ve turned the autopilot on for the blog and Instagram for the next two weeks or so because I’ll be away from my desk for work. I’ll keep posting [pre-written] new reviews, but bear with me while I try to approve comments and respond to questions while controlling chaos at my Actual Job. I. Am. So. Tired.
The Lipstick League – week of 3.20.17
Question of the Week: What’s on your Spring 2017 beauty wish list (so far)?
There’s only one thing that matters and that’s PAT! I’m 10000000000000% here for Dark Star and you know I’ll be throwing down $$$ to get the full kit. Her line gives me so much joy.
Beautygeeks – It’s not that you can’t paint your own nails perfectly, it’s that crap-tastical nail polish brush. Here’s our Manigeek’s solution to that handicap + swatches of the Revlon Gel Envy Spring 2017 collection.
Blushing Noir – It’s okay to get a little obsessive about eye cream. But make sure you’re going all in with the BEST of the best. Check out 16 of them here. We’re all in this together!
fanserviced-b – I wanted to hate Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (the price! omg!), but I was forced to confess my love for this cult skincare classic.
Gouldylox – Need festival hair inspiration? Or just some good old fashion braid porn? Get lost in these dreamy styles for a while.
My Beauty Bunny – My nails are ready for Spring thanks to the new Charming collection from Zoya – with colors to match all your Spring outfits!
Nouveau Cheap – I’m obsessed with a home fragrance product that costs $1. Yes, one dollar.
Phyrra – Do you love lip art? The new Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat will make lip art effortless!
Prime Beauty – is already addicted to the new FarmHouse Fresh Organics Body Collection! Sumptuous scents, organic certified, and whimsical packaging what’s not to love?
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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