Ksisters, the website founded by Korean expat Jungmin Lee, is the place to go to for K-beauty cult brands. Here, she picks out the best beauty buys.
1. BEST CUSHION FOUNDATION FOR GLASS SKIN
Lavien Radiance Essence Cushion ($100) contains 64 percent skincare essence to deliver hydration, coverage and a glowy finish.
2. BEST EYE TREATMENT
Lavien Hyalpeptox Micro Patch ($97 for four pairs) has 800 micro tips in each patch that “melt” to release hyaluronic acid and more, to plump skin and treat dark circles.
3. BEST SUNBLOCK FOR PICKY USERS
I Woke Up Like This Protective Base Sun Cream SPF50+/ PA+++ ($47) has a light texture and mild botanical formula that won’t sting. It gives skin a natural glow.
4. BEST MULTI-TASKING DEEP CLEANSER
Bonabella Tea Tree Purifying Mask ($55) is clinically proven to remove 96 percent of fine dust. It soothes, brightens and moisturises skin.
5. BEST PAINLESS BLACKHEAD REMOVER
By Ecom Heartleaf Blackhead Cleaner ($38) gently gets rid of gunk in pores.
6. BEST BABY SKIN CREATOR
Bebetox Pore Tightening Program ($182) is the home care version of a popular treatment by the You&Me clinic chain in South Korea.
It combines peptide ampoules with DIY micro-needling.
K-beauty for SG needs
Everything we bring in has been tested by myself, my staff and long-time customers to make sure they suit the weather and needs here,” says Lee. Many popular Korean sheet masks are too rich, creamy and “hugging” to be comfortable for use in Singapore, she says – some may even give you breakouts. “Customers here are also very interested in pore care, regardless of skin type. Every time we bring in a pore product, it’s a big hit.
Special Care For Sensitive Skin
Lee originally curated these products for mums-to-be, but they are so gentle that those with sensitive skin love them too.
Prevent stretch marks with I Woke Up Like This Intensive Treatment Body Oil ($60). It’s hypoallergenic and comprises 99 percent essential oils.
For a clean, vegan lippie that is 100 percent toxin-free: Yulip Lipstick ($30), which comes in eight shades.
By Ecom Pure Calming Ampoule ($43) soothes skin ravaged by hormonal changes – including when you’re on your period.
Simplify your routine with I Woke Up Like This All In One Glow Concentrate Ampoule ($96 for box of three). It calms, brightens and moisturises skin.
Restore hair volume by treating weak, brittle locks with Phytopecia Hair Boosting Shampoo (from $45) and Tonic ($113).
ILLUSTRATION KURO WANG