I started Blush & Pearls after realizing I had an incurable obsession with makeup and skin care products. Blush & Pearls is a site for people interested in the latest beauty and skin care tips, trends and reviews, with a sprinkling of life, style and women’s health topics.
* How They Work Ardell’s Magnetic Accent lashes are a ¾ length lash bands. There is an upper and a lower lash band that magnetically attach to each other by 3 separate magnets evenly spaced along each band. When the upper and lower lash bands are brought close together, the magnets attach. Your natural lashes...Read more...
I was so kindly sent a set of these Canadian flag nail vinyls, which I actually might try out on my big toes, since they are the only nails long enough to fit the vinyls (my nails are horrendously short). For all of you out there who actually have wonderful nails – I’m jealous! Show...Read more...
* * * Laser Hair Removal: Is It Permanent? First off, I wanted to talk briefly about laser hair removal and some myths out there. Laser hair removal is touted as a permanent solution to hair re-growth, but this isn’t exactly accurate. In truth, the results of laser hair removal can vary from person to...Read more...
1. Start Using The 30-Day Rule Ever bought something on an impulse and instantly regretted it? With the 30-day rule, you’ll have a good chunk of time to think about that potential purchase and decide if it’s something you really need in your life as opposed to something you really felt like buying at...Read more...
* * * The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Essence Lotion I’ve been using The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Essence Lotion for a few months now, so this review is slightly overdue. I use this essence after cleansing and toning my skin. It’s a light, clear, watery gel that spreads easily and absorbs quickly....Read more...
Time to stock up on your Korean beauty products! It’s cruelty-free brand week at Wishtrend and you can get 5% off your order if you use the code WISH0505 at checkout. Cruelty-free brand week runs from May 24 – May 31 and is a Wishtrend promotion to raise awareness of cruelty-free brands carried by the online retailer,...Read more...
* * Product Details The Beauty Creations Primer Oil cost me about $16CAD on Amazon (here) and boasts a non-greasy, vitamin enriched formula meant to hydrate the skin. Beauty Creations claims it is: “An ultra-light, fast absorbing face oil that doubles as primer to prep skin for flawless makeup application. It gives you a radiant, youthful...Read more...
I have an obsession with trays, so I have to control myself when I shop at any home store because I always throw a few in my cart, even though I don’t have any room for them at home. Naturally, this rose gold acrylic tray caught my eye – great on top of a white desk or vanity to keep your notes in check or display your perfumes. This line also comes with rose gold file holders and organizers to match so nothing will ever be out of place again.
2. Iconiq Stainless Steel Rose Gold Water Bottle
If you read my post on “8 Things I’m Doing To Lose My Postartum Weight” then you know that I’m using a large, unsighlty metal cannister to remind me to drink more water throughout the day. While I could bring it with me when I go back to work, I’d much rather bring this lovely rose gold version instead. How nice would this be sitting on my desk? Super cute and it’s insulated to hold whatever you’re drinking at the right temperature for hours.
3. Umbra Prisma Rose Gold Picture Frame
I love this geometric 5×7 rose gold frame from Umbra. Great for rose gold lovers with a modern decor scheme. There’s also a version that holds three pictures here.
4. Cream & Rose Gold Vintage Trunk Set
Need some chic storage for your ever-growing beauty collection? These cream trunks with rose gold hardware look a lot better than your average storage crate. Not a fan of the white? There’s a pink and a gray option as well. I’m not going to lie, I’m trying to find a place in my home where these would work – maybe at the foot of my daughter’s bed? They’re so pretty!
5. Marble & Rose Gold Wall Clock
Never be late again with this gorgeous rose gold and marble wall clock. It claims to be super silent, so you don’t have to worry about any ticking noises driving you mad all day long! If you’re not crazy about the marble background, there’s a plain-faced rose gold clock here.
6. Hexagon Rose Gold Marble Coasters
I love marble coasters on top of a dark wood table or as a display platform for rings and earrings. Add an instant touch of rose gold glam to any tabletop.
7. Rose Gold Beauty Sponge Holder
I currently have one of these cute sponge holders in chrome (to match my bathroom fixtures), but the rose gold version was what originally caught my eye. Great for drying out your beauty sponge while keeping things pretty on your vanity!
Cosrx has just released…wait for it….a Two In One Poreless Power Liquid. It first launched in Asia, where it quickly sold out in the Philippines. This magical skin care elixir is available on Amazon in the US here, and I’ve found it here on the Canadian Amazon site. it’s currently much pricier than the other Cosrx products on Amazon, so I’m waiting to see if the price on it drops before I buy – but I might just cave and get it, since I’m pretty weak that way.
Why The Uproar?
Well, Two In One Poreless Power Liquid is formulated with 88% willow bark water and betaine salicylate (the star ingredients also found in the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid) which work to unclog pores and reduce inflammation. The formula also promises smoother skin, smaller pores and that “glass-like“ skin that is all the rage in Korea.
OK, I’m sold.
And, Two In One Poreless promises to do all this with a lower percentage of BHA than my beloved Blackhead Power Liquid (which is already pretty gentle), making it great for more sensitive or drier skin types (in theory).
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”
The Skin Pharmacy – Singaporean beauty brand, as the name suggests, was established by pharmacists and has a strong focus on solving skin care issues. The brand has created well-known active serums like their Retinol Eye Repair Serum, Anti-Acne, Eye Bag Reduction and a Collagen Building Serum, to name a few.
Blithe Patting Splash Mask – skin softening, with immediate results? This Korean ‘splash mask’ claims to work in seconds by brightening and smoothing skin super fast.
Peripera Peri’s Tint Marker – Ultra cute packaging is big with this brand! This hydrating lip marker glides over lips promising a soft finish and long-lasting colour.
Dr Jart + Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel – Dr Jart has a strong following and is a master of skin care, so it’s no surprise that this brand is on this list (and my wish list as well!). In particular, Dr Jart’s Micro Milk Peel is a two-step skin peel, which claims to be smoothing and gentle for most skin types. It even comes with its own cotton swabs, making it easy to get clean, soft and bright skin.
If you suffer from redness and mildly irritated skin, then you might want to consider Innisfree’sIt’s Real Squeeze Mask in Green Tea. It’s a super cheap mask packed with green tea (obviously), is all natural and promises to help calm any redness or irritation. If you want to try a variety of their masks, there’s a 16-pack available here.
Skinfood -this yummy-sounding brand makes its products from ingredients you’d find in food – hence the name. The Egg White Pore Foam is one of their more popular items, but they have a ton of face masks, toners and moisturizers with ingredients like lemon, apple, cranberry, watermelon and pineapple on Amazon that I’m dying to try out. The line is cruelty-free, sustainable and eco-friendly.
Glow Recipe – featured heavily in the press not long ago because of the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (which I still have to get my hands on). Order yours before it goes out of stock again!
Too Cool For School – the whole line is made from egg whites, so this isn’t suitable for vegans or egg sensitive people, however, the ingredients found in egg whites naturally tightens pores. The products are priced super affordable and they look cute too.
Etude House – Brow pencils to bold lips. The packaging alone is gorgeous and the prices start at a mere $1.50 (wow). The popular purchase is the Drawing Eye Brow, so you might want to pop it on your list. And yes, they have skin care products too! I am long overdue in reviewing their Wonder Pore Toner and Collagen Sleeping Mask (my bad, but it’s coming!).
Inga by 27a – the chicest lip packaging with the most luxurious lip colours. Cleverly designed to deal with hot climates and Asian skin tones so they’ll always be complementary and never wash you out.
If you’re a fan of a quick swipe product, then these exfoliating pads from Neogen will be your go-to. Neogen Bio-Peel Lemon Pads apply thin layers of acid to exfoliate and achieve smooth skin without the damage that exfoliating scrubs can cause. The lemon in this one brightens the skin and banishes blackheads, and who doesn’t want that?
Did you hear about the snail beauty trend? Well, Cosrx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence (reviewed here) has a potent 96% snail mucin. Snail mucin has been shown to brighten dark spots, hydrate the driest of skin and fade acne scars – with a penny sized amount. I loved using it and need to get a refill! I’m currently using the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Remover Toner and love it (no surprise, right??).
Wrinkles be gone! You can’t call Mizon Skin Recovery Night Repairing Seruming Ampoule a ‘serum’ because it’s so much more. Lathyrus Japonicas extract, Vitamin B and moisture boosting Aloe Vera applied to your face twice daily promises to have you looking glowy, smooth and soft within a week. Definitely on my skin care wishlist!
Big lashes and kitschy packaging? Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara has you covered. It’s waterproof and claims to double your lashes in volume and length without clumps.
Fan of sheet masks? Well, have you tried a hair sheet mask? Imagine one soaked in keratin and aloe (sounds amazing!). It takes 15 minutes and is supposed to leave you with soft, silky hair. Kokostar Hair Therapy to the rescue!
Nails deserve some love too. Coat Colours is Singapore’s first organic nail polish label and doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals usually found in nail polish. The line has everything from glitters to nudes; their ‘Before Midnight’ just might have you asking how much a mortgage loan is to move to Singapore.
Cartoon packaging make you super happy? Tonymoly is also chock full of super fun (and effective) ingredients. Charcoal, Lotus, Cactus, Rice, Red Wine and Makgeolli are some of their most popular sheet masks. You can also pick up a pack of lip hydrating lip patches, or some fermented snail lip treatment – yummy! I still have a couple of their sheet masks from a previous Ipsy bag that I really need to try. You can order a variety pack here.
Sensitive skin needs even more care and attention. Klairs Cosmetics is a brand I’ve recently tried that doesn’t use alcohol, parabens or artificial fragrance in their products. If you have sensitive, blemished or otherwise stressed skin, you should check out my review of the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Creamhere.
Japanese manicurist Kiho Watanab created a cult must-have with UKA Nail 7:15. Their cuticle oil contains sweet almond, jojoba, wheat and rosewood to protect and treat the driest of cuticles (like mine). It claims to absorb super quickly and make your nail beds look, and more importantly, feel healthy. Sounds like I need a barrel of this stuff.
A good cleanser can be hard to come by. Erborian Cleansing Micellar Water is super gentle and contains chamomile, liquorice and rosemary. It promises to remove even waterproof mascara while remaining very gentle on the skin. It doesn’t need to be rinsed off and has a total of seven herbs in it to nourish the skin.
Forever looking for a BB cream with SPF and good coverage? You might want to add Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ to your list. A couple of pumps promises to cover dark spots, blemishes, even out skin tone and protect you from the sun. I’ve also heard that their Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule is a more affordable, but very effective dupe for Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum. You’re welcome!
Auolive works on the basis that not everyone has time for a 15-step skin care routine. In fact, many people have time for about three steps total. Auolive products are multifunctional. The two main players? Rise & Shine, Moisturise – with SPF 30 and Seep in Deep, Rest and Sleep night booster. Perfect for anyone short on time but committed to great skin.
If BB cream isn’t everything you want and more, try a CC cream! AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a lot of bang for your buck. The compact allows you to build colour slowly with a soft sponge and promises to effortlessly cover redness and blemishes while protecting you from the sun. I love a hard working beauty product!
If you’re a stickler for a good skin care routine, then you’ll love a good toner. Combination skin? Acne? Overall dull skin? Well, step forward Whal Myung Skin Elixir. This toner dates back to 19th century Korea. Packed with skin-nourishing herbs, it’s a necessary all-rounder. Brightens, softens, hydrates and fights acne to boot.
Ultru, a skin care lover’s dream. These masks stay on for 40 minutes, meaning they’re perfect for a long soak in the bath too. The Black Mud Mask Tightening is for drawing out the nasties in your skin, while the Brightening Jelly Mask (filled with lily and lotus) improves large pores and infuses some brightening goodness. Finally, Pore Care is moisturising and soothing. They all come with instructions on how to get the most from each mask so you don’t have to worry about how best to use them and can focus on relaxing.
So there you have it, 25 Asian beauty brands and products that you just had to know about. From incredible pigments to ancient beauty secrets there is something for everyone and let’s face it – who wouldn’t want to get in on some of that fantastic skin care?