6 Affordable Holy Grail K-Beauty Items You Must Buy

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Let’s admit it, there are moments where we purchase a skincare product because it was all the rage, only for it to turn out overhyped. With so many asian beauty & skincare brands out there in the market today, such is a common phenomenon. Besides, most of us don’t even have the luxury to spend hundreds of dollars on products that don’t even work.




Thus, as per continuation of the previous article of effective Asian Beauty essentials for clear skin, here are six of my personal items for flawless makeup & skin & body -- all under $30. Be sure to read to the end because the last product will change your life forever!


1. COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad




I have sensitive, acne-prone combination skin that becomes an oil fest during the summer and a dry, patchy desert in the winter. But this product is saving my skin. Literally! After using these cotton pads twice a day, I’m noticing that I’m not breaking out as much as I used to and my excess oils are a lot more controlled. What’s super great about this product is that it’s a toner and essence soaked in one cotton pad, so you can apply right after cleansing! Be sure to use both sides of the cotton pad (one side has a gommage like texture and the other side has a smooth texture) to really make your skin clean and shine!


2. Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder




If you ever struggled with shiny and/or oily skin at any point of the day, this powder does wonders to help you retouch your makeup! This super fine powder helps control excess oil and sebum to leave your face feeling wonderful matte and dry for the rest of the day. I like to pat on a little powder to set my makeup in place in the morning and that’s enough to last me for the rest of the day. It also smells really good too!


3. The Saem Tip Concealer




I suffer from a lot of hyperpigmentation and red acne marks that my bare face looks like an art canvas of splotchy red. Lately, I changed my makeup routine to keep a bare minimum (and help my skin breathe better), so using this concealer is practically a god-send for spot concealing. It has decent buildable coverage, is super lightweight, and doesn’t make me break out which is definitely an added bonus!


4. Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Lip Tint



Due to my minimal makeup look, I usually compensate by applying a splash of color onto my lips. The thing is that I love to drink coffee in the mornings, and by the afternoon I find myself needing to reapply lipstick multiple times throughout the day. Enter the lip tint! This product not only makes your lips look so good, but it’s long lasting! I like to apply a thin line across my top and bottom lips and press my lips together to distribute the color. Then I would blot again using some tissue to hold the pigmentation in place. What’s left is this soft, matte, and nicely blurred lips that will last you all day! The only downside to this lip tint is that it tends to make my lips feel dry afterwards.


But I have a super cool trick to help that! Use the Holika Holika Lip pack to exfoliate and then layer step 3 from the Holika Holika Lip Pack over your lip tint. You’re going to get so many compliments.


5. The Saem Healing Tea Garden Cleansing Water



After a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend extra time trying to wash all the makeup away from your face. If you’re somewhat lazy, I’m sure more often than not you’ve reached for makeup wipes to get rid of all that makeup, but that doesn’t do an effective job.

But then I found this cleansing water and OH. MY. GOD. It’s so gentle and effective that a little bit of this magical water is all I need to erase all traces of the day away! The cleansing water is also infused with green tea which helps your skin feel fresh and clean. I usually pour some of the cleansing water to a cotton pad and swipe in upward motions. For places with stubborn makeup like the eyes and mouth, I like to hold another soaked cotton pad over the area for a few seconds and swipe gently. Afterwards, I rinse my face with lukewarm water and wash with a cleanser to really make sure my face is super clean. Just make sure you don’t get the cleansing water in your eyes or mouth (yes, it happens -- it tastes pretty nasty so don’t do it.)


6. Medi Heally Herbal Heating Pad



For all you ladies out there: I’m so excited to share you this ultimate holy grail item because IT IS A LIFE CHANGER! If you’re plagued with period cramps or any sort of temporary abdominal pain that’s making you curl up in fetal position, consider using this heating pad. It’s comfortably heated to 127.4 degrees Fahrenheit and is specially infused with seven different types of herbs such as lavender, rose, ylang ylang, warmwood, clary sage, camomile, and fennel to help your body relax.


All you need to do is take the pad out of the packaging, remove both adhesives, and stick the pad onto the outermost clothing that’s closest to your skin (like outside your underwear or your tank top). Unless you want irritation and burns, don’t stick the pad directly onto your skin! If you follow the directions correctly, you’re going to start feeling the heating pad do its job as soon as you stick it on. The best part? The adhesive ensures the heating pad stays on, the herbs make you smell clean, and the heat lasts for up to ten hours. You’ll have one less thing to worry about!


Feel free to comment below on what products worked for you and if you’d like to see more articles on affordable and effective asian beauty essentials in the future!

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