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Common Korean skincare ingredients your face will love and what they do

Trying masks with different skincare ingredients!

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my current skincare obsession, it’s that there are certain ingredients that will do wonders for your skin. Researching and trying to figure out what they are and what they do is the tricky part.

So, dear reader, I’ve decided to help you out by trying a number of popular Korean skincare ingredients found in specially formulated face stuff, explaining what they do, and narrating my experience with them.

I’m going through Foreo’s latest mask line which was inspired by Korean formulas and launched just last month. Of course, I used the Foreo UFO with all these masks. (I even did a face mask challenge.)

Now, let’s get on to the masks!

Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

Also found in: Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100, Neogen Hydro-Hyaluronic Mask, Harumada Triple Balance Cleansing Foam Pads, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, CosRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

What it does: Hyaluronic acid (now that’s a mouthful) will ensure your face is fresh and hydrated. Aside from adding moisture, it firms and diminishes wrinkles. It even has anti-aging benefits.

Mask name: H20verdose

Also includes: Ceramide 3

This nice-smelling mask has some fragrance but nothing too strong and overwhelming (as I will eventually learn is the case for all other masks). The Foreo UFO’s signature treatment with this mask includes thermotherapy and pulsations for better mask absorption, and though this may feel weird at first, it becomes soothing real quick. I also love that the treatment includes Green LED light treatment that supposedly helps with evening skin tone.

Ingredient: Charcoal

Also found in: April Skin Magic Stone, Celavi Charcoal Facial Mask, Schizandu Organics Activated Charcoal Powder, Happy Skin Rejuvenating Facial Sheet Mask

What it does: Activated Charcoal is known for its cleaning capabilities.

Mask name: Matte Maniac

Also includes: Snow Lotus and Witch Hazel Extract

This mask is pretty impressive. I kid you not, every time I use this, I wake up the next day less oily. Bonus parts of the mask cycle were the thermotherapy for faster absorption, cryotherapy to calm the skin, and LED light treatments which include blue and red lights for “minimizing imperfections” and reducing fine lines, respectively.

Ingredient: Caffeine

Also found in: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, Frank Body Face Moisturiser, Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick

What it does: Caffeine is known to be rich in anti-oxidants. It tightens skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Mask name: Shimmer Freak

Also includes: Rosewater, Niacinamide

I absolutely love this mask! I first discovered that caffeine is good for your face when I was researching on how I could help my dark eye bags. I’ve used the Milk Cooling stick for a while now and it’s something I’ve kept on my steady beauty rotation to remedy late nights. When I saw this had caffeine, I was so excited to try it.

First off, this mask has actual shimmer in it — not enough to make you look like you’re a weird fairy person but pretty enough to notice when you use it and discreet enough to wear anywhere. It also specifically targets the eye area. I put this to the ultimate test by using it on the worst of late-night aftermaths: hangover day. Sure, my head was pounding but the cooling treatment that comes with this mask felt so nice, and man, I was able to pull off looking not how I was feeling that day.

Ingredient: Collagen

Also found in: Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Face Mask, Mizon Deep Sea Marine Collagen Ampoule, Skinfood Pomegranate Collagen Lip Mask, Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

What it does: Hailed as an anti-aging ingredient, Collagen adds moisture, firms, and diminishes wrinkles.

Mask name: Youth Junkie

Also includes: Vitamin E, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Olive oil

This had the thickest serum compared to the others. I loved using this before bed because I just felt like my face was absorbing all the good ingredients overnight. Red LED with thermotherapy and pulsations allow for better absorption and nourished skin that feels oh so good.

Ingredient: Pearl

Also found in: Klavuu Special Care Pearl Glow Mask, Skin Food Marine Food Gel Mask (Pearl)

What it does: Pearls have been known to be part of beauty regimens since as early Cleopatra who was known to use pearl powder. It adds luminosity and is known to be hydrating.

Mask name: Glow AddictAlso includes: Ceramide 3

I really like the scent of this mask. I’ve been getting pimple marks lately so this mask seemed perfect as it would supposedly help to brighten my face. There’s also a constant Green LED which targets scarring and pigmentation, getting a definite approval from me.

All these masks seem promising. Formulas feel nice on my skin, they smell good, and the Foreo UFO seems to drive the point — err, the ingredients — further. Into your skin, that is.

But, like any skincare routine or ingredient, you won’t really see effects until you use these masks for a prolonged period. You’re going to need a lot of patience. With a waiting time of weeks or even months depending on the issue, all you can do now is enjoy the process which, TBH, is not hard to do with the UFO.

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5 best makeup filters on Instagram Stories

Nothing like the convenience of virtual makeup!

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Since time immemorial, apps and smartphones’ built-in beauty modes have allowed us to apply airbrushing, contour, lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow without lifting a makeup brush. But there’s nothing like the convenience of the virtual makeup we get through filters on our favorite social media apps.

Here we’ve rounded up the best makeup filters you should save on Instagram Stories. Apologies for the barrage of selfies you’re about to see!

Francesca

If, like me, your go-to everyday look is the winged eyeliner then Francesca is filter you need to save on your Stories. It’s best used when you haven’t drawn anything on your lids yet as it might be difficult to match your wingtip with the filter’s.

Try the Francesca effect here.

Eyelashes

If you’re the type who can’t leave the house without mascara, Eyelashes is the one you need to save. It won’t curl your lashes in real life, but any selfie you post from here on out will look like you made the effort to look nice even when you just got out of bed. There are 3 different styles of lashes because one size does not fit all looks!

Try the Eyelashes effect here.

Natural

Want to look fresh at 5pm even without retouching? As its name suggests, Natural will remove blemishes and blot oil from your face and the resulting selfie will still look as natural as possible. It also adds a little bit of tint to your lips without going overboard.

Try the Natural effect here.

Glitter Lips

Smudged lipstick after a greasy meal is a problem we all deal with. Get that selfie on point even without a trip to the powder room with Glitter Lips. Choose from 7 different glossy shades — there’s nude, pink, even gold!

Try the Glitter Lips effect here.

+2 Vintage*Blush II

This filter adds freckles and blush to your cheeks, and smoothens your skin out. But +2 Vintage*Blush II isn’t just a makeup filter — it also changes the mood of your entire photo to something warmer. You get a total of 4 different looks, with two adding noise to the entire image for more of that vintage feel.

Try the +2 Vintage*Blush II effect here.

We all get by with a little help from friends and technology. As with anything, use makeup filters in moderation and with the best of intentions.

Do you use makeup filters on Instagram Stories? Let us know what your favorite is in the comments below.

SEE ALSO: PSA: Snapchat dysmorphia is real

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Spotify’s Disney Hub lets you listen to everything Disney

Make music a part of your world

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You’ve got a friend in me — I mean, in Spotify and Disney. Together, they created a dedicated Disney Hub which includes playlists, soundtracks, and podcasts for Disney fans of all ages.

To find Disney Hub, open your Spotify app and search “Disney.” You might encounter a barrage of suggested playlists, but make sure you click Disney as a genre.

Among the curated playlists, you can find Disney Hits which are comprised of top songs from popular Disney and Pixar films across the world. You can also play Disney Favorites, Disney Classics, and Disney Sing-Alongs featuring nostalgic songs we love.

Speaking of love, Disney has a Disney Princess playlist for those currently in love and obsessed with their crushes. It’s complete with love ballads. Action-oriented fans can also treat themselves with Marvel Music and Best of Star Wars.

As we all know, music is one of the key ingredients why we all love Disney. Music makes every film memorable and magical, and now we can bring the experience to a whole new world. Now, let’s see how far we’ll go into the unknown. Let’s make music a part of our world!

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The future of shopping solves a common fashion mistake

It’s like having your own stylist and personal shopper

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One of the most common shopping mistakes we all make is buying clothes that don’t fit well and don’t look flattering on our bodies. This is nothing new, but it’s easier said than done.

When shopping, you should not just take into account sizing and fit, but also the fabric, cut, and style of a clothing item, as well as your own body type. All these factors affect how something looks like when worn. With the ThinQ Fit, LG hopes to solve these shopping woes, and more.

The ThinQ Fit Collection Zone allows visitors to virtually try clothes on, without having to step into a typical fitting room. It’s an evolution of LG’s original Smart Mirror concept, and uses 3D cameras to get your height, accurate measurements, as well as your body type. It will then suggest styles that would look best on you.

While virtually trying clothes on, you can check the fit map. It’s essentially a heat map that shows you which parts are too tight or too loose. This can also help you check if you should go a size up or down.

With the lookbook mode, you can get a virtual “feel” of the clothes to check the fit and texture. With taps and swipes you can see how a flowy blouse falls on your body. You can also see how an outfit would look like if you tucked it in or rolled its sleeves up.

With tailor mode, you can virtually hem your clothes. Jeans too long for your legs? Just swipe up to see how they look like when altered before even going to the tailor.

It also allows you to virtually style an outfit before buying. When you edit your avatar you can try on different accessories like shoes. This makes it easier to see if your outfit will work with existing items you already own.

The technology is far from final but the idea of having a tool that will help me in my journey of finding my personal style is exciting, to say the least. Seeing what’s flattering for my body type, as well as cuts and textures that look best on me without going to a physical store takes the joy out of retail therapy; but if the future of shopping means saving so much time and being wiser about my purchases, sign me up.

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