I am officially a YesStyle influencer! Several weeks ago, YesStyle reached out to me with the opportunity to join their team, and I gladly accepted! Due to scheduling conflicts, I missed the cutoff for the YesStyle “May Box.” I ended up curating a shopping cart of K-beauty items perfect for summer. You know I’m all about radiant summer skin, so here are my Summer K-Beauty Skincare Essentials With Yesstyle.
Hong Kong-based YesStyle is the sister site to yesasia.com, which I used religiously back in the day to get all my anime soundtracks and J-pop cds! Yesstyle stocks a sizable collection of lifestyle, clothing, and skincare items. They ship worldwide and offer multilingual support, too!
My YesStyle K-Beauty picks for summer are all products from indie Korean brands, Some By Mi and I Dew Care. It’s a selection of items that are quality and affordable K-beauty alternatives to my J-beauty summer favorites. (See my post Get Glowing Skin This Summer — 10 Japanese Skincare Products To Try for details!). I also wanted to go outside my comfort zone and explore the world of K-beauty outside “legacy” brands like Innisfree, Etude House, Sulwhasoo, and so on. Here’s what I selected from Yesstyle:
Disclaimer: I received the following products as a YesStyle Influencer. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Prices and availability subject to change.
Summer K-Beauty Skincare Essentials With YesStyle
SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin 30 Days Brightening Starter Kit
30 Days Brightening Starter Kit is a total 4-step skincare solution to lightening dark spots and brightening up dull skin tone. This value set consists of travel-sized versions of SOME BY MI’s flagship Yuja Niacin products. The products, consist of a toner, serum, gel moisturizer, and sleeping mask. Each formula uses 70 to 90% yuja (citrus junos fruit extract) and 5% niacinamide.
The yuja, or yuzu, citrus fruit is an effective skin brightening ingredient. It’s packed with 3x more Vitamin C than lemons. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which inhibits the production of free radicals, which wreak havoc on the skin by attacking the collagen underneath, resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, works by protecting the skin cells from harmful environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. This ingredient is also useful in combating visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving uneven and dull skin tone. Basically the two main ingredients in the SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin 30 Days Brightening Starter Kit are proven to make your hot girl summer skin glow!
Step 1: Yuja Niacin Toner
Yuja Niacin Toner has a refreshing, water-like consistency that is quickly absorbed by the skin. It’s nearly odorless, which threw me off-guard. I always expect Vitamin C toners to smell like my cutting board after slicing citrus fruits for cocktail garnishes!
Step 2: Yuja Niacin Serum
I like the non-greasy texture of Yuja Niacin Serum, but it’s not as powerful as my favorite, Rohto Melano CC . With that said, I think that this is a great serum for this price! Boost Its effectiveness by using it in conjunction with the SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin 30 Days Brightening Starter Kit.
Step 3: Yuja Niacin Gel Cream
This near-translucent gel cream is described as “cool calming whitening care.” The “whitening” comes from the presence of arbutin and ascorbic acid (a vitamin C derivative). These two ingredients are also common in Japanese whitening products. (See my post, The Truth About Japanese Whitening Cosmetics, for more details.) Yuja Niacin Gel Cream is lightweight and goes on smoothly without any buildup or residue. It’s a suitable choice for layering with other skincare products.
Step 4: Yuja Niacin Miracle Sleeping Mask
I have high hopes for this product solely on the basis that it’s a night cream that works miracles! I’m always on the lookout for a decent night cream/sleeping mask, and so far, I like Yuja Niacin Miracle Sleeping Mask. It’s a yellowish cream that goes on smoothly and becomes a clear gel as you rub it in. It leaves no funny residue, nor does my skin feel tacky or heavy after use.
I DEW CARE Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask
Can I be honest for a moment? I was so stoked to add a free gift to my cart of YesStyle Influencer items that I didn’t pay attention to the details. Imagine my surprise when I unboxed a full-sized product! Not only that, it was a very generous 85 mL container that practically spilled all over my hands when I removed the pressure sensitive liner. There’s no room for air in this container!
I DEW CARE Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask is a product that is as fabulously luxurious as its name would have you believe! The scent is positively dreamy, too.
This is a moisturizing peel-off mask that uses diamond powder, (yes, diamonds) to purify the skin, boost the skin’s elasticity, and enhance skin radiance. Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask also uses oats to soothe skin, so you’ll want to have this on hand if you get sunburnt easily. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week, and I’m sure it will certainly last me all summer long.
One thing worth mentioning when applying this peel-off mask: You should cover your face in a very thin layer of this product, which has a texture like Elmer’s glue, but far more runny. Don’t overdo the application because it will take far, far more than the suggested 20-30 minutes to completely dry.
I had to get Miss M ready for bedtime, but I could only manage to peel off about 20% before giving up! I ended up rinsing off the remainder. However, my face turned into a sticky, gooey mess that took several attempts to completely rinse. (And this is why I do skincare reviews, so you don’t have to make the mistakes that I did!)
I DEW CARE Glow-Key Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream
The final product on my list of “Summer K-Beauty Skincare Essentials With YesStyle” is Glow-Key Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream, another selection from the indie brand I DEW CARE. Based on the brand name, you already know that I Dew Care has a thing for cute puns. I Dew Care actually does care, and its Glow-Key (get it? “Low key”) Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream is vegan and cruelty free. Since I started work on my community project, [EDO BEAUTY LAB], I’ve slowly gravitated towards skincare products with a purpose.
I DEW CARE Glow-Key Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream is a lovely cushion cream with a bright pink hue. It comes in lime green packaging, which, paired with the pink product, resembles the guava fruit, one of its ingredients. Other ingredients include Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and caffeine to rejuvenate tired eyes.
I absolutely love the consistency of this eye cream as well as the shimmer particles that illuminate the eyes. It comes with a small applicator that has a metal ball at the end. You can use it to apply product and massage the area around the eyes.
I have high expectations for this product as I admit that I have not been consistent with any topical eye care treatment. Previously, I’ve tried Nameraka Honpo Eye Cream, which does more for the lines around my mouth than it does for brightening the under eye area. I hope that extended use of I DEW CARE Glow-Key Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream will give me the desired results. I’m still not quite ready to try under eye treatments just yet!
Summer K-Beauty Skincare Essentials With YesStyle
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