A Professional Vs. My Mom On Removing My Dead SkinLearn about the roots of Korean scrubs and my personal experience growing up with this tradition.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrated in many countries around the world, Lunar New Year is a time to bring in new prosperity and luck for the upcoming year. While the beginning of the year is always a fresh start, this years is especially so because it's the beginning of a new decade, and, the Year of The Rat, which is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac. To honor this celebration, we're highlighting beauty traditions from countries that celebrate this beautiful holiday. In this post, Cherie team member Jenny Kim shares her experience growing up getting Korean body scrubs from her mother, and how different it is from a professional. All The K-ThingsWe're living in the era of South Korean culture populating our interests; whether that's K-beauty, K-pop, or K-dramas, there's so much cultural goodness coming out of South Korea! When it comes to beauty and wellness, we like to look at what's happening in the East to be inspired, and though there are a lot of innovative beauty products and practices coming out of South Korea, there's also deep-rooted traditions that have defined Korean beauty for years. The 101 On Korean Spas and ScrubsBy now, you may have heard of the famous Korean body scrub. If you haven't listen up; it's a fool-proof way to get soft skin (read: a really intense body scrub!). This scrub is unlike any other—you lay fully naked on a plastic bed and get scrubbed into oblivion with a traditional Korean spa mitt and soap. There are no boundaries, and the scrub is rough... but trust me, the results are worth it. Before you receive a Korean body scrub, it's encouraged to spend some time in the Jimjilbang, which roughly translates into heat room. Each room varies in temperature and health properties, like the Himalayan salt room that claims to help relieve tension, decrease blood pressure, and detoxify the body. More Than A Spa, Jimjilbangs Are Bonding ExperiencesI grew up with a personal K-scrubber at my disposal—my mom! Being Korean, it was already part of our family dynamic to be scrubbed by our parents and to visit Jimjilbangs as a family. Korean spas started out of necessity; old homes in Korea didn't have bathrooms, so families would visit the Jimjilbangs twice a week to bathe. It became a bonding experience; fathers scrubbing sons, mothers scrubbing daughters, neighbors gossiping, and so on. Fast-forward to modern day Korea and Jimjilbangs are even more important within Korean culture. In South Korea, you can find most Jimjilbangs open for 24 hrs, frequented by groups of friends and families alike, just simply hanging out. You can eat there, sleep overnight, watch T.V., bathe, get a massage... The list goes on! Clear Mind, Clear Soul; The Benefits Of A Korean ScrubThough I grew up essentially getting a Korean scrub from my mom everyday, there is a difference when going to a professional! For one, they have the time. The scrub itself is 30 minutes... that's right, they will scrub and scrub for 30 minutes straight! They also have a heavy hand, so don't expect a relaxing experience! Unless you're like me, and seeing all your dead skin pile up around you feels oddly satisfying and clears your mind. They are incredibly thorough and don't miss a single inch of your skin. Also, you can add on a full-body massage right after your scrub (def can't get that at home!). I also really enjoyed the addition of fresh cucumber slices on my face while they worked on my body (hello youthful skin all around!!). I also brought my mom with me, so that added to my experience feeling more like a bonding moment for us. After ending the scrub, my skin was baby soft, and I was sooo relaxed and happy. Hugely recommended for anyone who wants to experience Korean culture, and a beautifying experience—as long as your OK with being naked!
Skincare Trends of 2020: Yass 👍 or Pass 👎?
Hey there! There have been numerous skincare trends that have been going viral this year. Although just because it’s trendy, doesn’t mean it’s effective. ☆ ANTI-POLLUTION If you live in a city, you’re likely exposed to all types of pollution such as free radicals, UV exhaust fumes and even blue light screens are part of the problem (source: HuffPost). I live in San Francisco, CA and definitely deal with the issues mentioned above especially pre-covid. Studies have shown that those who live in larger cities age faster than their suburban counterparts and there is a correlation between air pollution and suffering from skin problems. DE’s D-bronzi and c-firma claim to fight against these issues. •C-Firma contains 15% l-absorbing acid and 1% Vitamin E which create a hardworking complex that help neutralize pollution and environmental stressors (source: byrdie). This product is one of my HG and I use this religiously. I have seen improvements regarding scars and hyperpigmentation and I think the anti-pollution effect is just a bonus •D-Bronzi contains raw cocoa powder which mimic the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D without the damaging effects of UV rays. I am not convinced this will do more than your typical tinted moisturizer with skincare ingredients. However I do love this product especially during the summer time. This also help me darken my foundation needed. • I love how my favorite skincare products contain anti-pollution protection, but I’m not convinced simply because there hasn’t been enough research. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy products specifically for anti-pollution purposes. ☆ANTI BLUE LIGHT •My tinted sunscreen from Elta MD contains ingredients that can potentially protect the skin from blue light damage. •I honestly don’t agree with the anti- blue light hype. Research show that dermatologists are not fully convinced that blue light protection products will do more than a mineral sunscreen with a strong dose of iron oxide. ☆ NIACINAMIDE + HYALURONIC ACID •Both of elta and supergoop sunscreens I own contain Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. •HA has been proven to plump, moisturize the skin and niacinamide has a ton of benefits to the skin. It strengthens the skin’s barrier allowing it to hold moisture better for prolong hydration •I am on board with the HA and niacinamide trend. Research shows that both of these ingredients are beneficial to the skin. Long story short, I am not on board with anti-pollution and anti- blue light skincare products simply because not enough research has been done. However, skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid and niacinamide is a different story! I believe those two ingredients are definitely worth the hype! If you made it this far, congratulations because I know that was a lot. Thank you for reading :) Francesca 💋 #CheriePartner
Thank you guys!
Yesterday I received my leaderboard prize for being in the top 3 and I got to use it tonight!!!! First I just want to say I am just so thankful 🤗 to all of my followers and supporters for cheering me on. I am crazy overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the love ❤️ I have received since being a part of this community. Not to mention I am so close to 6k Followers and I just can believe it!! I have been such a hermit for a while, I was not even an avid social media user. I decided to start doing little things for my self with skincare and makeup, then one day I stumbled across Cherie and things just changed. I went from just cheering and saving posts that interested me, to my first post, to a large following and actual friends. This was all so unexpected and a such a blessing. I found myself again aside from being a mother and wife. I found self love and began a much needed journey of self care. Also thank you Cherie!! This app has given me a lot of joy. The support you guys give is amazing! Just being on the leaderboard was such an honor and now there are gifts! You guys rock! Thank you again! This oils is so lush! HERBIVORE - Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil I just love the packaging, I don’t know if I will throw the box away!❤️ The glass bottle and beautiful green/blue oil are gorgeous. It has a very Earthy scent to it, but it is not over powering and fades quickly. Also a little goes a long way, I only used like 3 drops before my moisturizer. The feel on my skin reminds my of my Sunday Riley night oil, but not as heavy. My skin felt nice and moisturized with a nice glow. ￼Contains hemp-derived Cannabis sativa seed + adaptogenic herbs to soothe, hydrate, and gives a nice glow. ￼This product is high in moisture making it Perfect for the coming dry months. ￼Contains mushrooms and turmeric to defend skin against the environment and reduce wrinkles. At $48 this could possibly replace my Sunday Riley oil....because that stuff is super expensive!!! I love it but my wallet doesn’t! However this Emerald oil it a great replacement honestly and it’s not as heavy an oil. There is not a huge difference in the heaviness but it is noticeable to me. I also like how the scent fades, the Luna oil does not. Really a wonderful prize! Thank you !🙏🥰 ❤️Cherie Creator
Adorable Scarecrow Halloween Makeup 💄
This look is so simple and super cute!!! And you probably have all the shadows on hand! No need for white face paint! FACE ILLAMASQUA - Hydra Veil Primer e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer to cover my blemishes. COLOURPOP - Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation NYX - Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray This is what I used to set my foundation. BROWS billion dollar brows - Brow Powder EYES MORPHE - 35OM Nature Glow Matte Eyeshadow Palette COLORS USED- Newest, Burnt Spice. URBAN DECAY - Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette COLOR USED- Punk laura lee - Party Animal Pressed Pigment Palette COLOR USED- Dranks JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS - Mini Breaker Eyeshadow Palette COLOR USED- Slice the Balm cosmetics - The Lou Manizer'sQuad Highlighter Quad COLOR USED- Penny-Lou Manizer I used both NYX - Super Skinny Eye Marker and MAYBELLINE - Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Freckles, stitches, and wings. I tried a black Kohl Eyeliner pencil but it failed me. So I just used the gel and liquid. CHEEKS laura lee - Party Animal Pressed Pigment Palette COLOR- Dranks the Balm cosmetics - The Lou Manizer'sQuad Highlighter Quad COLOR USED- Penny-Lou Manizer LIPS tarte - Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint COLOR- Front Row 🎃Do Your hair in briads or plain ol’pig tails like me. You could even add a cute hat 👒 of which I do not own. ❤️Cherie Creator
💥Only Cost $18!! 👉🏻Easy Hair Dye at Home
It’s been a long time since I wanted to dye my hair into blue. When I found that all the hair dye products were on sale at pharmacy, I knew that it was the time to go for it! 🙋🏻♀️What I bought： Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Colour Crème #91 *2 Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde L1 *1 Some garbage bags to prevent soiling clothes (I can hardly believe it only costs me $18 for all these things!) 🙋🏻♀️Colouring process： 1️⃣Put on the gloves, use Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde L1 first, mix the specific reagent according to the instructions, shake well and apply it to bleach your hair 2️⃣Spread evenly on the part that needs bleaching by hand or comb (I focused on the end of the hair) 3️⃣Hold on for 45 mins, then rinse directly with water 4️⃣Now comes the hair dye. Again, mix and shake it well, and apply it evenly. Here I use two boxes of colorings. For those with longer or heavier hair, you may need to use one more 5️⃣Put on a disposable shower cap, hold on for 45 minutes, then wash it without shampoo but conditioner in the box. Congratulations, you've finished this hair dyeing! 🙋🏻♀️My thoughts： Actually, I thought I failed at first because my hair looked black indoors. Unexpectedly, it looks good in the sun in blue and black. If you want a more obvious blue color, you can try Schwarzkopf No. 90 or other blue colors. For me, I am quite satisfied with this~
The correct order to apply your skincare
What is the correct order to apply your skincare products? This is one of the questions I get asked the most. With so many products out there, layering your skincare can seem really overwhelming. A general rule to follow is layer your products from thinnest to thickest, and apply your highest percentages of active ingredient products first for maximum absorption. 1. Cleanse- It obvious cleansing is the first step, but it’s important to understand your nighttime double cleanse. In the morning you will want to use a gentle cleanser which will not strip your skin of natural oils. At night, start with the creamy/oil cleanser first. This should be applied to dry skin so the rich texture is able to get your makeup and sunscreen off. Follow with a water based cleanser to get your skin super clean. Some favorites are: FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser 2. Masks- Your treatment masks should always be applied to clean skin. A creamy hydrating mask for dry skin, a clay mask for extremely oily skin, or an exfoliating mask like The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution to solve most skincare issues or just to maintain glowing skin. 3.Toners/Essences- The first of your leave- on skincare. This step is optional. Some swear by it and some skip on it. I absolutely love it and cannot skip this step. I have dry skin and when I apply my essence it feels like quenching my skin’s thirst. It also gives you damp skin for better product absorption for future steps. - Current favorites: BYROE - Bitter Green Essence Toner 4. Serums and Actives- You will want to apply the products with the highest concentration of active ingredients first. This way they are closest to the skin, and absorbed first. In the morning I apply my holy grail vitamin C first. SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum this is also the thinnest of my serums. You want to try your best to go from thinnest to thickest consistency. In the evening, you want to apply your chemical exfoliant (1-2 times a week) followed by the rest of your serums by consistency. 5. Eye Cream- I like to apply my eye cream before my moisturizer to ensure absorption. Depending on your needs and concerns some of my favorite eye creams consist of GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask perfect for dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. 6. Moisturizer- It’s now time to layer on your cream- based products. Here you will also layer in order of consistency. Start with your gel- based cream and top off with your thickest moisturizer. Top it all off with your 7. Face Oil to seal your products in and in the AM with your SPF, the most important step to skincare.
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