If you, like us, ate and drank yourself into a stupor on Thanksgiving (and the, um, three days afterwards), we’re here to tell you: It’s only going to get worse over the next month. Puffiness from too much salt and alcohol? Break-outs from sleeping in your makeup? Yep, holiday party season is officially here! Bad diet (hello, Christmas cookie season!), alcohol, lack of sleep, and cold winter air can all do a number on your skin.
Masks are a great quick fix–they can deliver a concentrated dose of active ingredients for whatever pick-me-up your skin needs. Whether you’re lacking radiance, need some moisture, or want to clear up a break-up, there’s a mask for that–and we tried a ton of them.
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Contessa Schexnayder is a makeup artist and has been shackled to the beauty industry for over nine years, working for such lines and retailers as Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Blue Mercury, and Space NK. She is a self-proclaimed ingredient know-it-all, and likes long walks on the beach.
With all of the lotions and potions beauty companies are hustling the last thing you need is another useless product to waste money on. Keeping this in mind, I can say with great confidence that you need some facial mist in your life. Not only does it set your makeup, but it also helps with: calming, hydrating, replenishing, adding radiance, and irritation. Mists are beauty lifesavers and can take you from looking tired and lackluster to bright and dewy in seconds. Trust me.
I’ve rounded up the five best misters on the market. And if you can’t get behind shelling out for water to spray on your face, we’ve added some alternative uses (i.e. scolding your cat, warding off zombies, pretending you went to the gym).
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Japan has long had a reputation for producing amazing cosmetics and skin care lines (Shiseido and Shu Uemura, anyone?) but another Asian country has been quietly infiltrating the US market lately. Look to Korea for new beauty innovations coming down the pipeline.
I was talking to a friend who’s a veteran marketer in the beauty industry. She thinks Americans have this idea that Asians have perfect, flawless skin. Now, this friend also happens to be Korean-American…and she has perfect, flawless skin. I’m not stereotyping here. Just saying.
You can’t find Korean brands on every drugstore shelf yet, but it may be headed that way. Amore Pacific, a company based in Seoul, owns about 15 different makeup and skincare brands, a few of which have some exposure here in the US. If you’ve not heard of Amore Pacific, you will soon.
WWD recently listed them as number 20 in their list of 100 top beauty companies. Most of the company’s business right now is in Korea and China, but in 2009 the company’s US business increased by 25%.
The Amore Pacific brand offers skincare under the Amore Pacific label and a very high end line called Sulwhasoo. Etude is a younger, cheaper makeup and skincare line. Oddly, the company also owns the Lolita Lempicka fragrance brand.
Click through to learn more about some of these brands:
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