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Freshly minted on our site: Peri Pera’s adorable and brilliantly sheer and long-lasting tint water! Dare we say that we love it more than we do Benefit’s Benetint? Become KPop-pretty with the tint that all the Korean beauty insiders are using on both lips and cheeks. #peachandlily #curated #peripera

Freshly minted on our site: Peri Pera’s adorable and brilliantly sheer and long-lasting tint water! Dare we say that we love it more than we do Benefit’s Benetint? Become KPop-pretty with the tint that all the Korean beauty insiders are using on both lips and cheeks. #peachandlily #curated #peripera

Travel light and fresh: Korean skincare travel tips and fashion tidbits

I go to Seoul/Tokyo every 2-3 months to curate the best Korean and Japanese beauty brands for our beloved Peach and Lily customers. On top of that, I’m traveling to California for work at least once or twice in between the Asia trips.

Lately, I’ve been getting varied questions about my travel. Everything from how I beat jetlag to how I cram everything into one carry-on on trips that are sometimes 2-3 weeks long to how I keep my skin from going haywire with all the long-haul flights and jetlag. 

So, here’s a post with my travel tips as it relates to both skincare and fashion. The fashion bits won’t cover the latest, chicest trends, but will focus more on practical tips on packing outfits for various occasions all in one carry-on.

Since we’ve been talking skincare a lot, let’s start with the fashion.

What kind of occasions do I need to pack for? I always start here, and then try to figure out outfits that can work across occasions. When I travel to Korea for work, I have to dress for brand meetings in their offices to coffee work meetings at trendy cafes to schlepping the streets to find beauty hits to elegant evening dinners and sometimes the occasional press photos. Outside of work, I’ll be bumming around at home (my parent’s home, I’m really lucky my parents still live in Korea and I get to stay in my childhood bedroom when I go to Korea for work!), meeting up with friends for a casual dinner or a glitzy night out, and then saying the requisite hello’s to my extended family and elders (respecting one’s elders is a big deal in Korea), which usually requires more formal and conservative attire.

Sounds like a lot of different outfits, but I end up boiling it down to 1) casual chic that I can wear schlepping, meeting friends, and for work coffees, 2) very formal work attire, which doubles up as saying hello-to-elders attire, 3) trendy, chic attire that I can wear for dinners and nights out for work or pleasure (in Seoul, work and pleasure sometimes co-mingle more often than in the US. It’s not uncommon that after brand meetings, a late night dessert or cocktail is had to bond and get to know each other better).

So, here goes! (Some of) my outfit picks for my latest summer travel:

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Some versions of my outfits above that I found on Pinterest - like that they’re totally versatile and work for work/dinners/AM/PM.

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And I’m always packing this when it’s the summer:

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For accessories, I end up just going with similar toned jewelry that can be worn with all my outfits:

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And of course, shoes!

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Now for packing tips - I keep all the pouches I get from cosmetic brands (here’s May Coop, Shiseido, NYX and Tokyo Milk bags!) as they make for great travel bags-within-bags. And of course, the best suitcase pouches by Muji always live in my suitcase -the netted black square that holds all my delicate clothing that snag easily; the Shiseido orange bag has my hanky pankies (best underwear ever!); the pink May Coop bag has my makeup; the Tokyomilk bag has my skincare products and toiletries; and the lacy black NYX bag houses my bikini:

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And one of the most important things in my suitcase, always - the Jiffy personal hand held steamer:

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Finally, last but not least, the beauty essentials!

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The above is literally what I spilled out of my latest travel beauty bags. No editing, just the honest-travel-truth right here. 

A quick rundown of the categories: 

The makeup - I travel light with just the essentials - great eyeliner that won’t smear (go, Clio), Sua Young BB Cream, Mizon undereye brightener, Peri Pera brightening eyeshadow, my Clio eyebrow pact and (not pictured) my YSL lip gloss and Lorac eyeshadow. Stay tuned for some fresh launches on our site on the makeup front! 

The nails - love, love, love Londontown Lakur and Butter nail polishes for the shine and long-lasting wear, which is great when you’re traveling and you’re busier than usual and don’t have time for frequent touchups. However, when some polish chips off, I use my Butter scrubbers to get everything off and apply a fresh coat. 

The other stuff - toothbrush, toothpaste, Loccitane hand cream for the flight, and Airborne (a bit OCD about germs on planes and can’t afford to get sick on these tight work trips, so a bit religious about my Airborne, so far it seems to be working!).

THE SKINCARE - saved the best for last. I have a ritual for long-haul flights. Pre-flight (I don’t carry this part around with me as I have a set of skincare products at home in Korea and in NY), I’ll wash my face, tone it, double down on serums (more like triple down) to ensure that my face has adequate hydration and nourishment, and then I’ll seal it all in with a heavy cream. I go on the plane bare-faced. I drink plenty of water and try to get some shut-eye. A few hours before landing (typically, 10+ hours into the flight), I’ll take a cleansing wipe (not pictured) and wipe down my face to get the cream off. I’ll then take a small travel size toner (this time, the Hera Cell Essence) and pat on. Btw, before all this, I wash my hands and Purell them. Then I (shamelessly) put on one of these hydrating face masks. Sometimes, even two, if I’m feeling very dry (not at once, but one right after another). Then I use just one serum, and put on a good layer of cream to seal it all in. I don’t put too much on because I’ll repeat again before I go to bed in the new time zone. Right before landing, I’ll apply BB Cream, light makeup, and this combo of skincare a couple hours before, followed by makeup always leaves me petal-fresh for meetings or dinner events that I typically go straight to from the airport. Really works every time, highly recommended.

Whew, think I covered all the bases/questions here. Will end it here before it gets even longer. Thanks for reading!

xo- Alicia

All that’s needed to stay fresh on a long flight: these hydrating Mizon face masks, sparkles for the ears and a colorful pashmina, which also helps beat the in-flight cold air. We always give samples with purchases and these masks have frequented the sample section. Snag one of these or other fab samples with a purchase! 😘 #peachandlily

All that’s needed to stay fresh on a long flight: these hydrating Mizon face masks, sparkles for the ears and a colorful pashmina, which also helps beat the in-flight cold air. We always give samples with purchases and these masks have frequented the sample section. Snag one of these or other fab samples with a purchase! 😘 #peachandlily

Top 3 Summer Skincare Tips: Straight from Korea

Did you know that summer months typically make up about 80% of the skincare damage that one might experience throughout the year?

The damage isn’t just from sun exposure, but worsened by irritated skin from the heat and the sweat and pollutants that clog pores. All this leads to stressed and unbalanced skin. And when your skin experiences that level of fatigue, your skin is working hard just to fight the free radicals and soothe skin versus working towards regeneration and rejuvenation. 

2-3 short months could lead to 4X more damage than the remaining months in the year. Fear not, there are some practical tips that are pretty easy to apply to save your skin this summer. There’s still around 50% of the summer remaining, which means that’s still a good 40% of total year-round damage you can minimize. That’s a lot, so let’s get started (if you haven’t already)!

1) The right sunscreen: We love how Koreans take skincare to another level. We interviewed Mizon’s Product Development team and their latest sunscreen is INCREDIBLE. So, with most other sunscreens, the cream sits on top of the skin and the inside of your pores are left exposed. Imagine putting a cream on an orange peel, the dented pores are left cream-less and you’ll see a pock-marked, not well-covered orange. In the same way, when the inside of our pores are left exposed because it’s hard for sunscreen to reach into the pores with a thicker consistency, the skin ages faster which means it loses firmness. And when the skin inside your pores lose firmness, they stretch out and become more enlarged. Women were complaining in Korea that each year, after the summer, their pores seem to grow. Mizon’s R&D put a stop to this by developing this unique mousse-type sunscreen that has a fluffy, water-based consistency that reaches deep into the pores. The micro-bubbles protect every square inch of your skin. SPF 30/PA+++ and blocks both UVA/UVB. Plus, tons of botanical and organic ingredients to soothe irritated skin and hydrate. As if that weren’t enough, it’s formulated so that makeup wears well over it. A big generous amount that you can use for the body, too. To boot, it’s great for all skin types. We tested it and curated it right away. Protect those pores the right way this summer!

Mizon’s awesome UV Bounce Cushion Cream SPF 30 / PA+++

The wonderful lightweight texture

2) Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse…but don’t overdo it: Your pores need a lot of extra loving over the summer months. All the sweat makes it a field day for pollutants to stick to the skin, pores, you name it. To start with, keep to the basics RELIGIOUSLY - wash AM and PM. You’ll want to make sure to use at least one oil-based or micro-foam cleanser to be able to cleanse deep within the pores. Exfoliating with a gentle non-irritating product also helps over the summer, but don’t over-exfolitate or over-cleanse as your skin is already likely a bit raw and irritated from the sweat, rubbing and sun exposure. In the summer, especially, the right cleanser goes a very long way. Here’s our summer pick vouched for a great foaming cleanser that also has soothing sea daffodil infused in it: Aromatica Sea Daffodil Cleansing Mousse. Straight to you from Korea’s innovative brands that somehow made all this work with natural and organic ingredients.

3) Keep skin hydrated: Depending on where you live, in the summer it can be humid or really hot and dry. Regardless, with all the sweating and cooling off in air conditioned buildings, or because of the hot sun, summer months (even if humid) can counterintuitively lead to more parched skin. The trick is that you don’t want to hydrate with thick, oily or filmy products, especially if you have oily skin since that will be a fast-track to clogging your pores mixed in with your sweat. We highly recommend using lightweight, gel-type moisturizers that are typically water-based. If they have soothing ingredients like chamomile, even better. And of course, as over-stated as this is, drink plenty of water. And here’s our summer pick for a lightweight moisturizing cream: Mizon’s WaterMax Aqua Gel Cream, a summer favorite in Korea.

With these tips, hopefully, summer can be all-fun, damage-free.

xo- Alicia

It’s giveaway time! Join our Skintel series and leave your answer below to win two face masks that will be recommended for your skin type after a consultation by co-founder @aliciayoon212 who trained as an esthetician in Korea’s beauty schools! #peachandlily

It’s giveaway time! Join our Skintel series and leave your answer below to win two face masks that will be recommended for your skin type after a consultation by co-founder @aliciayoon212 who trained as an esthetician in Korea’s beauty schools! #peachandlily

Gifts for you! Purchase Mizon’s Good Night White Sleeping Mask tonight by midnight and receive these masks on us. A small gift to celebrate the launch of Mizon’s incredible sleeping mask: pat on, sleep, wake up glowing. Doesn’t get easier when it comes to skincare. #peachandlily #gift #limitedoffer

Gifts for you! Purchase Mizon’s Good Night White Sleeping Mask tonight by midnight and receive these masks on us. A small gift to celebrate the launch of Mizon’s incredible sleeping mask: pat on, sleep, wake up glowing. Doesn’t get easier when it comes to skincare. #peachandlily #gift #limitedoffer

Special 1-day promotion! We are so excited to launch this incredible sleeping mask - go to bed with it on and wake up glowing! To celebrate this launch, we are giving gifts for a day. Order this amazing mask/cream on our site by tomorrow, 7/24 11:59pm EST and receive 2 free paper face masks on us! Enjoy!! 💋 #peachandlily #gift

Special 1-day promotion! We are so excited to launch this incredible sleeping mask - go to bed with it on and wake up glowing! To celebrate this launch, we are giving gifts for a day. Order this amazing mask/cream on our site by tomorrow, 7/24 11:59pm EST and receive 2 free paper face masks on us! Enjoy!! 💋 #peachandlily #gift

Two of our products have been picked as summer favorites of the lovely @michellephan! See why she’s “dying over” these products and why they’re included first in her lineup in her most recent, very informative and thoughtful YouTube video 😀😀😀 Hint: Cremorlab’s O2 foaming mask and perfection hydrating mask will cleanse, invigorate and transform skin! We couldn’t be more thrilled that Michelle, who tries so many products, is loving our picks. Thank you so much for the video post, Michelle ❤️❤️❤️#peachandlily #summerfavorites #cremorlab #beautyfaves #bestbeautyproducts #inspiration

Two of our products have been picked as summer favorites of the lovely @michellephan! See why she’s “dying over” these products and why they’re included first in her lineup in her most recent, very informative and thoughtful YouTube video 😀😀😀 Hint: Cremorlab’s O2 foaming mask and perfection hydrating mask will cleanse, invigorate and transform skin! We couldn’t be more thrilled that Michelle, who tries so many products, is loving our picks. Thank you so much for the video post, Michelle ❤️❤️❤️#peachandlily #summerfavorites #cremorlab #beautyfaves #bestbeautyproducts #inspiration

Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream Review: Acne-free in 2 days

Only 5% of the brands we vet make our cut - after scouring reviews, 3 week+ long focus group tests, interviewing the brands, and personally testing everything, Mizon’s All In One Snail Repair Cream made our cut with flying colors.

Here’s a list of benefits from Mizon’s R&D lab and from our focus group alike:

  • Firms skin
  • Helps with acne scarring
  • Curbs breakouts in general
  • Hydrates without any of the greasiness
  • Even helps with the red bumps behind the arms (keratosis pilaris)

This entry is going to be a bit more personal (and therefore, take on a bit more of my facetious sense of humor =P), but this is a story that the whole office decided must be shared.

I have very dry skin with eczema, so I never have acne issues; rather, my struggle has always been keeping skin hydrated, radiant and firm. Can’t have it all; one of the times life is fair, I suppose. 

However, recently, I had my first case of acne. To me, this was like an apocalyptic implosion of sorts of all that I have known about my skin and how to care for it.

My first bout of acne after over three decades of life came on with a fury, too, as though making up for decades of good acne-karma. At first, I thought the large, painful red bump was a bug bite. It quickly dawned on me that this was not that when a cluster of similar bumps formed around my mouth area. This isn’t fair. I still had dry skin prone to sagging, and now I have acne, too. I stayed upbeat. Nothing a little salicylic acid couldn’t treat. To my dismay, the acne persisted and then proceeded to leave scarring from the hyper pigmentation. I tried clay spot treatments and retinol next. No good. This led me to have to then wear more makeup to cover up the scarring, which took me an extra 15 minutes each morning to apply, thereby cutting into what precious sleep-time I manage to scrounge up in between trying to build a startup and maintain a semblance of a social life. I figured out that I can sustain a reasonably alert state of waking life when I sleep exactly at least 5 hours and 55 minutes. Far from ideal, but anything less and I’m completely dysfunctional. And now because I didn’t want to walk around with a medley of red bumps and slightly gray dots from former said red bumps, I was bordering on sleep-deprived delirium each day. Oh, how a little acne could quickly erode my quality of life!

After a few weeks, I resigned myself to my new skin type. I am now officially acne-prone. After accepting this, I had a zen moment. I decided that I’ll skip the makeup routine, confidently sport my new red additions and overcompensate through over-accessorizing. In my mind, I turned my appearance into a balanced scorecard: clear skin got dinged a few points; outfit composition went up a few points, so all was OK again! 

In my moment of peace and acceptance, I received one of the many rave emails we regularly receive about Mizon’s All In One Snail Repair Cream, and this email was similar to the most notable ones we receive, which always include a personal hallelujah from those exasperated with breakouts. And like so many others, Mizon’s snail magic was the solution that finally worked for her.

Why didn’t I think about trying this cream? After all, I recommend this cream to so many of our inquirers about what to do about acne-prone skin. I tried the cream and indeed, this cream worked for me, too. In about 48 hours, my acne cleared up and my scarring began to visibly go away.

I realize this entry sounds a bit infomercial-y, but the whole office witnessed my 4-week on/off struggle with the onset of adult acne and trying to clear it up; and then saw how Mizon’s Snail Cream did the trick. After a lot of encouragement to share this with our readers, here’s the entry!

Bottom line: this stuff works on acne; at least, if your acne is the kind I had. 

Hope you enjoyed reading! Here are a few pictures that I personally took (note: these pictures are not very good. Sorry, in some cases, practice does not make perfect!):

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The miracle cream, itself.

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The wonderful, wonderful cream inside.

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The snail secretion filtrate that helped my acne and incidentally firms and hydrates, too. How do you say no to that?

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Acne-free! Tried to capture the consistency while being applied. Gel-like and absorbs easily.

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Seeps right into the skin and leaves skin quite supple and comfortable. Sorry, the camera is totally out-of-focus on the face (this was the best one, actually, after many attempts)!

Last but not least, a word for those with some reservations about using snail secretion filtrate: yes, it’s a little unnerving/unappetizing/unappealing, but fear not, these are clean lab-bred snails and the enzyme is filtrated many times to purify it before it goes on your face. Once you get past this mental block, it’s really hard not to say YES to this enzyme that helps regenerate skin to heal scars, keeps it bacteria free to stop breakouts, hydrates, and firms.

If you have any questions about this cream, skincare questions in general or Korean beauty questions, we’re always happy to help at info@peachandlily.com!

xo- Alicia