|The usual suspects|
In this post:
- Avoiding shipping 'sticker shock'
- Cushion problems solved
- DIY sheet masks are the new hotness
- Get a perfect sheet mask fit with little effort
- Mists are more useful than you'd think
1. Estimate your shipping costs before you buy
This is especially important if you are considering using a buying service like Avecko (click here for a Guide on how to find the items you want, even if you don't know Korean!) or if you're shopping somewhere that only has 'estimated' shipping weights and will refund you back the excess once you item ships, like 11st. (For a screenshot-heavy guide to 11st including the refund process, click here.)
Many people have contacted me in distress over the shipping costs Avecko is charging them for a small amount of products, not realizing that packages can start at almost $20 usd shipping for anything 0.5kg or less, according to Korea Post.
Find the shipping tables for a vendor if available, and if not use a site like KoreaDepart to see what they have listed for the weight of the product + use their shipping table for an estimate of costs:
|Left: shipping cost table, Right: rough estimates of product weights by type, both from KoreaDepart|
I had planned to make a spreadsheet to help with estimating costs but it really needs its own post, so onward!
2. Keep your cushion mirror smudge-free with a cotton facial pad
I found the inner mirror of my cushion cases pick up oil and product from the top of my cushion puff; I have no idea if it's just that the case presses down too hard on the puff or what, but I've talked to other cushion users and they have the same issue. (Hey, at least I know I'm not unusually grimy?)
Even with regular puff cleanings, after a day's worth of use, the mirror inside your case looks like this:
|Click here for my review of the Missha Special Edition Magic Cushion Case|
|Look ma, no smudges!|
Blam! Simple, cheap solution using readily-available supplies most of us already have in our bathrooms. They're the perfect size and shape, very clean, easily swapped out, do the job, don't scuff the mirror, and are even handy for emergency use while you're out and about.
3. DIY Sheet Masks - Do's and Don'ts
You may have heard of this trick; using DIY sheet masks such as the ones pictured below, and then using your own serums/essences or leftover essence from sheet masks to soak one of these dry cotton sheets:
|This should be easy, right?|
To be honest, I am not a fan of the full-face DIY masks, but I have grown to love the spot-area DIY ones. Here's my trial-and-error tips:
- Do: Use up unwanted toners, essences, and serums- anything that isn't bad but that didn't wow you. Liberally soak the DIY mask (of any type) in product, which has the win-win of using it up, and also not feeling guilty about how much is being wasted, which brings us to:
- Don't: Use your precious/expensive essences, serums, and toners for this. It takes one dropper of LJH Tea Tree Essence (I'm addicted to this thanks to fanserviced's review) to apply all over my face, but it takes ... a lot to saturate a mask. Even the cotton squares took 4+ dropperfuls! No thank you. Add a drop or two to the cheap/unwanted stuff if you must, but what benefit will you really get from it being that diluted?
- Do: Soak the cotton squares and undereye patch types in leftover sheet mask essence- just stick it into the bottom of the pouch overnight, and in the morning, you have a spot patch mask!
- Don't: Try to saturate a full-face mask, either compressed or regular, in leftover sheet mask essence because it's not going to be enough, or it takes longer than 24 hours to get really moistened. You would have to save up several masks' worth of leftovers (ew) or leave it soaking for a few days (ew.)
The smaller size spot patches, though, are perfect for soaking up leftover essence in just one night:
|After the night's sheet mask, I tucked these squares into the leftover essence at the bottom of the pouch, and folded down/sealed the end.|
- Do: Use the spot patches in the morning/while you are putting on makeup; doing a full mask in the AM takes too much time for most people. However, you can multitask with spot patches- put undereye patches on while brushing your teeth, picking out clothes, doing your hair, etc, so your eyes are smooth and hydrated before makeup. Put them on your dry areas (cheeks, chin, wherever) while you are doing your eye makeup to prevent dry flakes before you put on your base makeup.
4. Customize the fit of your sheet mask
This was a game-changer for me. As I mentioned in my April Favourites post, I had an epiphany about the struggle to get a good fit; now I cut all my sheet masks in the same shape as hydrogels, and everything fits perfectly!
You can also fuss around with folding and crimping and tugging and other annoying methods that make me cuss a lot, or you can just make a few snips and get a smooth-fitting mask,.
|You don't need pretty scissors, but it's good to have a pair just for this for hygiene reasons.|
One is straight across to the nose gap, exactly like a hydrogel:
|I make a horizontal cut that reaches to the already-existing gap under the nose.|
The second type is where I take existing slits and then just extend them to meet the gap under the nose:
|This is also useful if you need to talk, or eat, and don't fit a Daiso silicone mask.|
Play around with it and see what type works best for you!
5. Decant products into mist bottles
Conventional K-Beauty wisdom says your skin starts to dry out within 30 seconds of rinsing, so it's important to get your first products on ASAP. This is why products like the Holika Holika '3 Second Starter' exist (which was terrible, I might add), so that things can be applied while your skin is still damp. You know what's a fast, even, light application method? Mists.
I have a routine that heavily features acids (you can read more here) which are pH-dependent, so I use a pH-adjusting toner right after rinsing so the desert air can't suck the moisture out of my skin. I have decanted it into an empty LJH Tea Tree Mist bottle, and can just mist my face right after patting my face dry after cleaning and it will adjust + keep my skin hydrated while I fumble around with my next product:
|Recycling and repurposing for the win!|
The Mizon toner is hard to find, so I looked for a way to evenly apply it to my whole face but use very little product- too much was being soaked up by my hands or a cotton pad. The mist is perfect; it goes on super fast, is very even, and uses barely any product at all. I also tend to knock things over when I'm not wearing my glasses.
The Cosrx A-Sol decant I keep at my side table to avoid a trip back to the bathroom during my PM routine active wait times; I don't even have to worry about washing my hands, since I'm not touching my face. I just grab the mist, spritz it on troubled areas, and carry on.
Want a DIY blend of essence + serum + ampoule to shorten your steps? Pop it in a mist bottle for easy reach/quick application; heck leave them all over the house- I do.
And here's two bonus tips!
If you have a rubycell puff with your cushion, it has applications beyond just applying the product it came with.
Bonus #1: Spray your cushion puff with a mist
You can mist your cushion puff and then pat it on your face to re-hydrate your skin without disturbing your makeup too much (your mist spray may just settle on the surface and react strangely with your makeup) or to hydrate the skin before you apply/reapply.
However, I prefer to mist my cushion puff before I pick up the product, because I find a damp puff applies product even more naturally than a dry one, sort of like a damp beauty blender sponge vs a dry makeup sponge.
|Mists, cushions, and sunscreens, so happy together.|
Like the beauty blender, the rubycell cushion puff has some amazing application properties, and many Asian product fans use the puffs for applying BB cream, CC cream, foundation, sunscreen, even moisturizer. It gives an even, smooth coverage and the gentle patting motion blends in the product without overworking the skin.
This is especially great for physical-only sunscreens, because they are a pain to apply and blend in my experience (hello dry flake, I didn't even know you were there?) and their white cast is intense without good blending.
And that's it! Have some K-Beauty hacks that you swear by? Leave me a comment below, or shoot me a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
All the best,
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