The internet has made the world wonderfully smaller. Every once in a while, we are overcome with gratitude and amazement that there is such a thing like the world wide web. The internet has brought awareness of worldly issues, information at any time at almost any place, cost reduction for both businesses and individuals, the passing down of family recipes, we could go on and on! And, when it comes to Lollipuff, it has enabled some of the most amazing friendships and connections that we, at Lollipuff, are SO SO grateful for. Now, here's a couple of amazing beauty secrets that I'm sharing with you on the web. :)
Every culture usually has amazing beauty tips and/or products that are not well-known to others. 2 products that I find AMAZING are Japanese mascara and Japanese sunscreen.
Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Long Volume Dynamic Mascara (same brand, slightly different mascara here)
Why is Japanese mascara so crazy-good? By necessity. Being Asian myself, I know how stubbornly straight and wispy my lashes are. Even with the strongest and most lightweight American waterproof mascara, raccoon eyes would inevitably appear by the end of the day. Most Asian mascaras typically dry fast, hold curl well, elongate and thicken effectively, and are very smudge-proof; Asian eyelashes are oftentimes the most difficult-to-work-with lashes. :(
Also, Asian mascara is really REALLY black. You know how Western mascara is in dark brown, black, and blackest black? Asian mascaras typically come in one color: bold blackest black. The color is dramatic and sure to make anyone's eyelashes noticeable.
You would think that this mascara is a serious pain to remove. Some Asian mascara is, but some are not at all. The one that I have comes off EASIER than any Western mascara I've tried. It's hard to describe, but after simply washing my face with regular facial soap, it comes off cleanly in tiny rubber pieces with ZERO rubbing.
Up until this year, I had only tried American sunscreens. I've tried really high-end suncreens (actually made me break out) to drugstore brands (Neutrogena, Aveeno, Eucerin, etc). But, when I got my first taste of Japanese sunscreen, I never turned back.
Sunscreen standards are actually higher in Korea and Japan. The SPF level is higher, and protection against all types of UV rays is higher. These means much better protection, and more youthful skin in the longterm.
Sunscreen in America is oftentimes created to withstand water and lots of sweat. But, most Asian sunscreen is made for more daily wear. This means that the Asian formulation is thin, fluid, and less likely to break you out. Having combination skin and sometimes requiring a layer of foundation, I can't tell you how much the thinner formulation is appreciated.
Just be aware that these sunscreens may make you paler. Good sunscreen will generally do this, but some of the Asian sunscreens also have whitening agents in them. The most popular standard of beauty in Eastern Asia is what I like to call Snow White, a striking contrast of pale flawless skin against shiny black hair. Avoid sunscreens that advertise whitening if this isn't desired.
Now, we all want to know, do you know a beauty tip or product that most people don't know about? If so, please share. :)