Any seasoned beauty aficionado, or even a beauty junkie who knows her stuff will swear by one truth: the most innovative, charmingly packaged and reasonably priced products thatactually work; more often than not, come from Korea. Exhibit A: The revolutionary BB/CC Cream, exhibit B: the intricate 10/12 step daily skincare routine that takes about 40 minutes (every night), exhibit C: their odd choices for facial sheet masks (read: snail slime) and their currently popular sleeping masks – these guys take their skincare pretty seriously. Why? Koreans consider taking care of their skin an important investment, worthy of their time and money, and that’s a truth that certainly seems to resonate with the rest of us.
Of course, let’s not be schoolgirl silly – genetics and climate obviously play significant roles, but you’ll be quite hard pressed to find a Korean woman who doesn’t own perfect, flawless skin and that’s reason enough for us to be clamoring for the same!
Speaking of hemispheres of the world, we found a bunch of beauty sites that will bring all the latest to come out of Seoul, right to your doorstep, no plane ticket necessary! Full disclosure: we’re definitely battling a slight obsession, but we’re not complaining – and you won’t either, when you discover all the life-changing things these sites have to offer. Shop away!
Best news first: free shipping, guys! The website features a long list of brands, has clearance sales frequently with considerably slashed rates, and that’s not all. If you browse the ‘Special’ section on the page, you’ll come across three different kinds of beauty kits you can purchase according to your needs – one that’s especially recommended to solve particular skin/hair concerns, one a mixed bag of products and samples, and the ‘Wishbox’ which is a monthly beauty subscription filled with goodies. Almost forgot – free samples for everyone!
If you want hudreds of Korean brands (SK-II, Innisfree, Missha, etc., plus top-of-the-line international brands like Estee Lauder, Christian Dior, Chanel, Benefit and Lancome, all under one roof, this is the place. Part from makeup, skincare, fragrances, and haircare, they have an extensive collection of natural and organic products. Bonus? Free shipping the world over!
The most striking feature about this Korean e-commerce is that it caters in equal measure to both women and men (!) – from lotions and creams to even a specially designed BB for the boys. Each category has over 200 products so you’re pretty spoilt for choice – you’ll find superb brands like Iope, Laneige, Nature Republic, Skinfood and Etude House here – along with a separate section dedicated to product reviews and YouTube videos about the products. What’s most exciting? They have hundreds of products that have been featured on super popular Korean beauty show Get It Beauty, so if you’re a fan, head straight over here.
Cosmetic love features quite a lavish Korean beauty spread – from in-depth skincare to makeup for every inch of your face. They don’t discriminate against the vanity of men either – there’s a separate category meant for him. What we love the most about the site though, is that it doesn’t charge for international shipping, and get this – there’s no minimum for free shipping! On that note, pass me my credit card.
RUBY RUBY SHOP
Every brand on the eBay Ruby Ruby Shop is a joy to behold; they come in adorable packaging and are famous for winning products, so even though the e-shop might not have products running into hundreds, it does have more than one gem. Shipping might take about 2-3 weeks, but hey, at least it won’t cost an extra buck!
TWO FACE MALL
Perks first? This e-store has an ongoing sale all 365 days of the year; what could be more exciting? The site is clean in design, easy to navigate, and you guessed it – provides free shipping!