Podcast: Gayle Miler of Beauty Skin Glow

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It’s our second episode with esthetician Gayle Miller of Beauty Skin Glow in Woodland Hills. We talk lots of beauty, travel, flying and skincare, product picks, TSA nightmares and so much more. Listen on iTunes or below. 

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Stowaway Cosmetics

A Sweat Life Article About Natural Makeup Lines

Christian Siriano Silhouette In Bloom

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I Left My House: Regard Magazine Spring 2018 Cover Party

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I'm thinking of starting a new feature on this blog called I Left My House because I've been going to so many cool events lately. On April 3rd,  I had the privilege of attending the party for the Spring 2018 issue of Regard Magazine at The Riviera 31 inside the Sofitel. If you are wondering why I don't have a picture of myself at the event, it's because I had a bad reaction to raw juice and was so ill that I nearly missed the party. I'll spare you those details, but I'll share the fun ones of the event with you.

First of all, I love Regard Magazine. It's a digital publication filled with beautiful photos and fun celeb interviews. The Spring 2018 cover features the Stars of Crackle’s original drama series, The OathRyan Kwanten, Katrina Law and Cory Hardict.

There were so many celebs at this party, including Arlen Escarpeta (The Oath), Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley, Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives), Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker, obvs),  Petri Byrd (Judge Judy), Celeste Thorson, Carrie Bernans (Black Panther), Carly Hughes (ABC's American Housewife), Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass, Inconceivable), Santana Dempsey (Scandal, Dear White People), Zackary Momoh (Netflix 7 Seconds), Anthony Pazos and Tess Broussard.

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I'll share a little gossip with you. Gretchen looked gorgeous and I had a really nice conversation with Slade. Don't believe what you read about them. They are both so lovely in person, especially Slade. And.... they're both coming on the podcast when we get back from Ali's maternity leave. 

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There were so many great sponsors of the event including Absolut Elyx, Gretchen Christine LuggageBloom Mineral Beauty (their exfoliator is life chaning), Impressions Vanity, Savvy Travelers (these are saving my life lately), Twila True Beauty, Twila True Fine JewelryBeverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, Kut from the Kloth, and SoCal Mirror Booth.

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Don't be jealous of my swag. Okay, totally be jealous of my swag. 

There was also a silent auction to benefit The True Souix Hope Foundation because karma.

All photos by Sheri Determan. 

 

 

So Last Week...I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes Edition

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What a week. Sorry if I’ve been a little MIA on the blog and social. I went to New York to see my mom for her birthday. It’s been fun, but I miss LA so much. I just want to go home and ignore everyone. But everyone knows that will most likely happen never. I've never needed a vacation so badly in my life. Does anyone want to send me on a press trip? Please? 

Here are a few links I found while 30,000(ish) above the ground or while having my patience tested completely by the TSA. Can someone please tell me why are drug sniffing dogs so darn cute?

My Domaine: IKEA Just Launched Its Most Un-IKEA Line Yet

WOW! None of these products from Ikea actually look like they are from Ikea. Get yourself to the place I have dubbed “Swedish Maze Hell” right now. Or just buy online. That’s probably easier.

The Mighty: Why I'm Coming Out About My Invisible Disability

Although my condition is far less severe, as someone with chronic debilitating lower back pain, I related a lot to this. It’s an important read.

The Village Voice: Just Say Julie

I am obsessed with Julie Klausner and her Hulu show Difficult People. She’s my redheaded spirit animal and a comedic genius. Don’t miss this interview with her and watch the show!

Architectural Digest: Carole Radziwill Gives AD A Tour Of Her SoHo Duplex

Carole Radziwill took her apartment from pad to palace. She is a Princess after all. You will want to steal her style hard. Your jaw will drop!

Bulletproof Blog: Why Coconut Oil is Better than Vegetable Oil

I feel like I’ve had this conversation with everyone I know. Can we just end this argument once and for all? Team Coconut Oil for life!

 

 

Summer Vacation Packing Checklist

Vacations are fun. Packing is a nightmare. Every year you say you aren’t going to overpack. LIES! It never happens. Instead of throwing EVERYTHING into your suitcase and potentially getting into an argument with the TSA, which isn’t exactly difficult to do under any circumstances, just look at this list instead. If you are in need of any vacation essentials you don't have already, don't worry, I've provided some suggestions. And if you scroll to the bottom of this post, I have a little present you for. A checklist you can print out or screen shot for easy reference. I'm the best! I know! 

A Unique Suitcase

Everyone has a black suitcase, which can lead to baggage carousel confusion from hell. I don’t care if you have a cute ribbon on yours. So does everyone else. That trick is so five years ago. Do you really want to risk someone accidentally taking your bag home, ruining your vacation and potentially your life?

Luggage Tags

Not the ones you get for free because they easily tear off. Buy real ones. You can thank me when your lost luggage is found in less than seven hours.

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Keep your sanity by keeping everything in one place. 

A Laundry Bag

Don’t be that person who mixes their cleans and dirties. It’s unsanitary. Laundry bags also help keep your bedroom or hotel room neat(ish) and cleaner.  

Shoe Bags

There is nothing more gross than putting dirty shoes on clean clothing. If your shoes didn’t come with a bag, buy yourself a set. Even use plastic bags if need be, but do SOMETHING!

A Luggage Scale

If you’ve ever had to open your suitcase at Check-In to stuff your clothes into your carry-on while having a panic attack or have been ripped off with overweight luggage fees, you need this. And airlines, if you are reading this: You charging me an extra $75 because my bag weighs 51lbs instead of 50lbs doesn’t make the flight any safer, so start calling the fee what it is-- The Executive Prada Bag Fund.

Underwear

You can never bring too much underwear, especially if you are planning on having as much sex as humanly possible. It takes up like zero space. MORE! MORE! NOT KIDDING-- MORE! 

Stylish Shoes You May Or May Not Be Able To Walk In

If you are trying to pack less, you only really need two pairs. One strictly for night and one for day/night. But let’s be honest, you will bring at least three pairs, probably four, most likely five. 

Pool Shoes

Because sand and water are not stiletto friendly. Wear them to the airport so you aren’t that a-hole in heels.

A Hat

Not to sound like your mom, but sunburns suck and make you look older. Protect yourself before you wreck yourself.

Sneakers

If you don’t bring sneakers, you definitely won’t workout on vacation.

Socks

You can’t wear sneakers without them. Unless you want to be gross and destroy your feet. Don't forget grippy socks, if you plan to do Pilates. 

Sleepwear

Even if you sleep naked on the reg, you might not want to in a cold hotel room or if you are visiting friends.

Swimwear

Don’t rely on the hotel gift shop. More is more!

Gentle Cycle Wash

You don’t want your cute new bikini to fade or get ruined. I’m big on clothing care, so I always bring gentle cycle wash, either in packets or in a travel bottle. Hotel shampoo also works in a pinch.

Caftans

I love caftans because they can take you from the pool to brunch. They are also great for passing out mid-day.

Maxi Dresses

I love maxi dresses because they look cute during the day and easily dress up at night with jewelry and accessories.

Fun Jewelry

I love traveling with costume jewelry because you don’t have to worry about it getting stolen. I’m also not entirely sold on the safety of hotel safes. This also dresses up casual clothing so you can wear the same dress more than once, if need be.

A Clutch

Nothing screams tourist more than schlepping your entire life in a large handbag. Let it go and downscale.

Cute Tops

Consider your destination when choosing even basic clothes. You probably won’t wear the same style in The Hamptons as you would in the Pacific Northwest.

Versatile Bottoms

Jeans, linen pants and shorts are all you need.

Activewear

You don’t need to go crazy, but two or three outfits should suffice. Remember, you can get away with wearing leggings twice if you don't swaeat too much in them.

A Classic Denim Jacket

Sometimes it gets cold at night or you have one lousy day. Be prepared.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time (Blogger Love Edition)

Happy Sunday! I hope all of you had a great weekend. This week, I crowd sourced most of the posts in this round up by asking other bloggers who I’m in private Facebook groups with to share. I was really excited to get to know some new people and learn about their about their perspectives on travel, wellness, beauty, and self-love. Think of it as a mini-collab. If you are a blogger and want your posts featured here, please get in touch. Also, if you love private Facebook groups, my podcast, Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About has one. We would love to have all of you be a part of it.

Handbags & Hotels: Exploring The World- Paris

If you don’t love Paris, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s one of my favorite cities. Sabrina Forscutt took the most stunning pictures and shares some great travel tips. This is a must read if you are planning to travel to this beautiful city.

With Purpose And Kindness: Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

Self-love is something I know many of us need to work on. I’ll readily admit, it’s not always easy for me. I’m super hard on myself. But experiencing another woman’s perspective and understanding her experience, made me realize I’m not alone.

The Blonde Aesthetic: 3 Ways To Hide Your Roots

Being blonde is great. Having roots is a nightmare. In this post, The Blonde Aesthetic suggests three really clever (like I could never have thought of these myself) ways to hide your roots. These tips apply to non-blondes as well.

Healthistic: The Master Cleanse

I love it when people do things like cleanses because I’m pretty sure I never will. This post is all about Jaclyn Doyle’s experience doing the Master Cleanse for ten whole days. That’s beyond impressive. She reflects on her journey and gives some great tips. As for the results, spoiler alert: she looks fantastic!

Entrepreneur: 4 Tips For Hosting An Unforgettable Marketing Event

The brilliant Jeana Anderson Cohen, who founded A Sweat Life, which is a fitness website I write for, is quoted in this article about connecting to your audience IRL. By the way, if you are in Chicago, A Sweat Life’s calendar lists a seemingly endless amount of fitness events, many of which are free.

Man Repeller: A Celebrity Eyebrow Guru Changed How I Think (and Look)

From microblading to brow gels and even prescriptions, brow guru Joey Healey breaks down everything for Harling Ross, who finally finds her best brows ever.  Warning-- reading this might change the way you feel about microblading.

 

 

 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I read so many good posts online this week. From food to travel, style and beauty, if you only read five posts on the Internet today that are not on my blog, make it these. I promise you will be inspired.

Dope+Broke: 13 Top Bloggers & Podcast Hosts’ Favorite Sites To Shop Bathing Suits & Swim Cover Ups This Summer

This was one of my favorite posts of the week and not just because I was featured in it. The summer is not over and if you are still looking for the perfect bathing suit or cover up, Dope+Broke shares great style tips from bloggers and podcasters including Annabelle Desisto, Lauryn Evarts and of course me!

Fit Fab Well By Chanel: Fab Smoothie

My friend Chanel makes the most delicious and healthy smoothies. I’m obsessed with them. If you need a super healthy, quick breakfast or lunch, these smoothies are game changers. They also keep you full forever. Seriously, whenever I have one for breakfast, which is often, I’m not hungry for lunch until 3:00. 

Elle Décor: Betsey Johnson’s AIR BNB in Mexico

Are you looking for feminine décor inspo that won’t scare the dudes away? Look no further than designer Betsy Johnson’s Betsyvilla in Guerrero, Mexico. This house is so pretty but also really sophisticated. Does anyone else feel a Dresses To Décor coming on?

The Teacher Diva: How I Get My Everyday Loose Curls

I give the Teacher Diva an A+ in hair. This blogger has seriously perfect curls and shares her secrets in this super easy tutorial.

A Model Recommends: Is This My Perfect Hair?

On the other end of the spectrum, a model shares about her personal hair struggles and how her current haircut, which she doesn’t blowdry (OMG, that is my #goal in life) works well for her lifestyle. 

F-it Fridays: Hotel Chic Edition

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Happy Weekend and beginning of summer! Is everyone ready to GTFO? I know I am. Whether you are going for a short weekend jaunt, a day trip or an actual vacay, we all know how annoying packing and unpacking is. Here are a few of my favorite essentials to make the trip easier and more efficient. Treat yourself because F-it, It’s Friday, you deserve it!

If you’ve ever put shoes or dirty laundry in a clean suitcase and felt totally uncomfortable with it, you need to get these canvas bags from Miss A. There’s one for shoes, laundry (stop scrambling for plastic hotel bags) and lingerie/swimwear. But, my personal favorite is the bag for beauty tools. The last time I traveled I was so afraid of packing my hot curling iron in my suitcase that I (allegedly) wrapped the barrel in a washcloth I took from my hotel. Luckily, I don’t have to do that again. Did I mention all of these are just $1.00 each? Also, my apologies to the U.S. Grant in San Diego (pictured above, by the way).

I don’t care if it’s old school, I still love Longchamp Le Pliage bags. I challenge anyone to find something better for travel. These bags are light as can be, affordable, durable and available in tons of colors. You can take them to the beach or dinner in Paris, France or Paris, Texas. Take your bag as a carry-on for the plane or stuff it in your suitcase to bring extra things home.

I’m all about Sole Society’s Lacie Faux Leather Duffle Bag weekender. There are lots of reasons why I like faux leather. It’s cruelty-free (yay for bonus karma points). This material also tends to be lighter than the real thing. Isn't your stuff heavy enough? Also, leather bags make me really nervous because I am always afraid it’s going to get scratched and ruin my life. 

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Build me up Baby Buttercup. I love Drybar’s Baby Buttercup travel hair dryer. Don’t rely on your hotel to have an adequate hairdryer and risk having a bad hair vacation. By the way, If are struggling to pack all of your beauty stuff, this post will save your life, or at least your night serum.

There are so many different ways to wear Lilly Pulitzer’s colorful Seaspray wrap. You can use it as a light blanket on the plane, as a scarf with pants, as a sarong or even a dress on the beach. It’s a must-have if you are trying to pack lightly.

Holiday Travel: Carry On Bag Necessities

Welcome to December. Is it really the most wonderful time of the year if you have to go to the airport? In any other situation, a complete stranger yelling at you to take off your clothes and shoes is considered a violation. But, there is one way to try and tame travel stress (other than a valium and a glass of wine), which is to be equipped with a large carry on bag that has everything I need to make my flight more comfortable. 

The Bag

I always travel with my MRKT Martin Travel bag. It has enough room for everything I need and more. I also use it on weekend trips. Made entirely of vegan felt and microsuede, it's stylish and durable enough to be squeezed under the seat.

Snacks Snacks Snacks

I always travel with tons of snacks because Terminal 3 at LAX, which is the only terminal I fly out of, literally has zero healthy food options. (Zero! If don’t believe me, read the Yelp reviews.)

I’m really into Perfect Bars right now. High in protein, they’re packed with superfood, non-gmo, gluten-free ingredients. They’re also filling, so I don’t end up eating junk food on the plane. My favorite flavors are Almond Butter and Maple Almond butter, which taste like spooning actual almond butter out of a jar, but in bar form. The Blueberry Cashew flavor is also pretty delicious. I usually bring extras so I can eat them for breakfast on the go.

I also love Heath Warrior Chia Bars. Between 100 and 110 calories each, these small, but mighty snacks have 1000mg of Omega-3, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of plant-based protein. There are several flavor choices, but my favorites are coconut and dark chocolate. They’re light, but filling, so they're good for before or after working out (which is something I try to do when I travel) or for those times when you know you're going to eat dinner in an hour, but you're starving. 

Purely Elizabeth's Ancient Grain Minis are practically made for travel. Gluten-free, non-gmo and vegan, every bag has 2oz of ancient grain granola. You can mix into yogurt (which is readily available at most airports, even LAX) or pour milk right into the bag. It won’t leak, I promise. 

Cashmere Wrap

When I’m on a plane, I either sweat like I’m taking a spin class or shiver like I’m in a cyrotherapy session. So, I wear a light top and carry a cashmere wrap. It’s a blanket and fashion accessory all rolled into one. The one I'm wearing in the picture is from Vince and I’ve had it so long, it's practically vintage. 

Talbots currently has a beautiful cashmere wrap. While that store isn’t exactly one of my go-tos, there aren't many affordable cashmere wraps available this season. Cashmere doesn’t come cheap, but friends don’t let friends buy wool blends. Treat yourself. Traveling is hard enough. 

Neck Pillow

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I always try and catch a few zzzs on the flight, so a neck pillow is a must. Skip the ones they sell at the airport because they’re overpriced and generally mediocre. Instead prepare early and buy The World’s Best Neck Pillow. It’s comfortable, machine washable, cheap and apparently the world's best.

Decléor Aurabsolu Mist

Nothing makes your face feel gross quite the way re-circulated airplane air can. Decléor Aurabsolu Mist is travel friendly and smells like herbal heaven. You can also spray some on a cotton ball in place of your regular toner.

Thank you to Chin-Chin Hao for the beautiful photos. 

How To Travel With Every Beauty Product You Need And Not Have It Be A Complete S-Show

The following story has everything to do with travel products, so actually read it.

Three years ago I met the most amazing guy. He was cute, funny and everything I ever wanted in a partner. There was just one problem, he was geographically undesirable. He lived in New York and I lived in Los Angeles. But I had the sense he was totally worth my time. Because his job wasn’t flexible, I had to be the one to schlep from coast to coast most of the time. It was completely annoying, but totally worth it because he eventually became my husband.

So, WTF am I getting at here? Being in a long distance relationship teaches you a lot of things, including how to pack every single beauty product you need so you don’t run out or have an incident involving a bottle of eye makeup remover and a dry clean-only sweater. If you’re traveling for the holidays, especially for a period of a week or longer, you're going to need a lot of stuff. Just follow my guidelines and you will be able to take it all with you. 

Go Big When You're Not At Home

Aren't those travel size bottles from Ulta and Sephora just darling? Nope, they're often overpriced, not-so-great for the environment, and never have quite enough product for me. The same logic applies to those TSA-friendly refillable bottle kits. In my unscientific opinion, they don’t keep products as fresh as the original packaging does. Then there is always the tiny drop at the bottom that never comes out, which is annoying and wasteful. My strategy is to bring full sized products which are already a part of my regular routine, that just happen to be packaged in a way that is conducive to travel. 

Buy The Biggest Travel Toiletry Case You Can Find

We all have 1000 little toiletry cases, most of which are useless. If you’ve ever had all of your products strewn about a hotel room, wondered if someone broke in, stealing your expensive moisturizer and your search became something you later referred to as an “incident”, a big toiletry case is a necessity. It allows you to keep all of your products together in one place.

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This cute bag from Target is perfect because it has lots of pockets and easily fits full-size bottles. 

Do Not Bring Anything That Can Leak Or Break! (Yes, That Exclamation Point Is Intentional) 

If you learn just one thing from this post, it’s do not bring anything that can leak, break or is made from glass. It will be more trouble than it is worth. 

But If You Must...

Tape down the caps and double Ziploc. Don’t forget to bring extra tape with you. 

Bring One Product In Each Category, Bonus Points For Multi-Taskers

I have separate AM and PM skincare routines, but many of my products can be used any time. So, I only take those when I travel. Here are some of my favorites.

Spa @Home by MasqueBAR Melting Cleanser

 
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When I’m home, I use a cleansing oil to remove makeup, but the thought of travelling with a oil that can leak is enough to make me need a valium before takeoff. That’s why I always travel with Spa @Home by MasqueBAR Melting Cleanser. This K Beauty Product is a genius multi-tasker that removes both makeup and dirt. No double-cleansing necessary.

Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick

Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick is the same size as a lipstick, but has no risk of leaking, so it's ideal for traveling. A solid eye makeup remover balm, it’s perfect for on the go touchups and getting off the last bit of your mascara so you don’t become known as that guest who ruins pillowcases.

Regenica Rejuvenating Dual Serum

Regenica’s Rujuvenating Dual Serum is a really unique product that just happens to be perfect for travel because it’s formulated for both day and night use. The plastic bottle houses two chambers of ingredients you mix together in your hand (that’s why it’s called “dual serum”). Made with a 95% concentration of patented MRCx™ formula as well as advanced copper peptides, amino acids, anti-oxidants, and plant-based extracts, it helps prevent and reverse the signs of aging. The serum has a very creamy texture, so if you have combination skin like I do, you can easily skip moisturizer. 

Regencia Revitalizing Eye Crème

Made with many of the same patented ingredients as the Dual Serum, Regencia Revitalizing Eye Crème takes care of all possible under eye problems, which are just inevitable when you travel, including puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines. It can be used both day and night.

 Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

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You know how your face feels dirty when you’ve been traveling all day? If you are dying for a squeaky clean visage again, all you need to do is use Bioré's Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. It exfoliates deeply, but gently, getting the gunk out of your pores and balancing your skin. Because this scrub is a powder and not a liquid, you don’t have to worry about spilling. You could even put a little bit in a Ziploc bag, but I’d avoid doing that if you are taking a plane. 

Plus Ultra Toothbrush

If a toothbrush could be a super model, the Plus Ultra Toothbrush would be it. Made from 100% organically grown Moso bamboo, it’s way more sleek and stylish than a typical plastic brush. It’s also biodegradable, sustainable, anti-microbial and comes with bonus karma points. If that isn’t reason enough to brush with a Plus Ultra, the brand was started by #GirlBoss Christina Ramirez. I met her personally at an event I'm going to post about on Monday and her brilliance just wowed me. 

 

Mask Me Anything: The Busy Person's Guide To K-Beauty

I’m a little late to the K-Beauty game and I need to confess why. The depth of information about this trend, which frankly at one point, felt more like a lifestyle choice, intimidated me. There are an endless amount of posts online exploring K-Beauty from every angle including to how it differs from the Western approach, to cultural appropriation, how it has changed lives, and perhaps most notoriously, the 10 to 25 step routines that I once believed all K-Beauty advocates were contractually obligated to. I wasn’t particularly against K-Beauty, I just didn’t think it was for me.

Then I received a bunch of K-Beauty products and they sat under my bathroom sink for a few weeks. I actually avoided them! But when I started to use them, I realized that perhaps I had the wrong impression of K-Beauty all along. There’s nothing wrong with a traditional K-Beauty routine, but 10-15 steps isn’t practical or remotely doable for many of us. It’s also not necessary. You can still reap the benefits of K-Beauty products just by integrating them into your current routine.

To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, “What’s deal with K-Beauty?” Try to think about K-Beauty products as time travel so your skin doesn’t age. This is because Korean scientists are said to be so much as seven years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to developing products that make us look good. Skin care is no joke in Korea.

However, while Korea takes it’s r&d very seriously, their approach to packaging is quite the opposite. Take Look Beauty’s Pretty Animalz Moisturizing Sheet Masks for example. How can anyone resist using a mask that actually makes you look like a tiger or panda

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   I wanted to take a picture of myself in the mask, but I was scaring my dog, so I figured it might not be best way to keep you reading the rest of this post.

I wanted to take a picture of myself in the mask, but I was scaring my dog, so I figured it might not be best way to keep you reading the rest of this post.

The Panda mask is calming and the Tiger mask is moisturizing. I assume they were formulated this way because if you saw an actual tiger, calm might not be the best way to describe how you feel.

Sheet masks are a hallmark of K-Beauty, yet, they have a very western practicality. You never have to wonder if you applied it properly, or used the right amount of product. Then, when you are finished, you just take it off and throw it out. (What’s more Western than being disposable?) Look Beauty’s Pretty Animalz masks in particular stay very contained on the sheet, which helps keep your bathroom clean. (I tend to get facial masks all over my bathroom and I don’t even know how it happens.) Unlike most Western facial masks, Korean sheet masks have a watery texture, almost like a toner. You also don’t need to wash the product off.

However, K-Beauty isn’t simply limited to sheet masks. Spa @ Home by MasqueBAR Pore Refining Crème Mask is packaged in an individual sachet, which is sold as part of a three-pack. 

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It contains Coenzyme 10 and anti-oxidants so it will help your complexion get its glow on. This mask isn’t as watery as the sheet masks are, but has a thin texture that dries quickly.

Then there are other kinds of masks, which aren’t really like masks at all, such as Spa @ Home by MasqueBAR Sleeping Mask With Lavender.

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This product feels a like a satin serum. Scented with calming lavender, the fragrance helps relax me to sleep. I use it instead of serum a few night a week and my skin looks so refreshed in the morning. It’s also far more cost affective than night serums in general.

I’ve also loved incorporating MasqueBAR’s Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patch into my regular routine.

Packaged in a tub of 30, each patch is made from a material that has the texture of a flat gummy worm. After removing each crescent-shaped patch with a tiny spatula, you apply it to the undereye area and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. The patches really stay put, so you can use it with another mask at the same time. (#multitasking) When you peel it off, you rub in the excess essence (the K-Beauty term for serum-like product), which makes eye cream optional. Like many K-Beauty products, MasqueBAR’s Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patch, contains snail extract and gold. While the thought of using snail extract might not be what you’re used to, it’s everything in Korea.