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​32 Korean Beauty Gifts You'll Probably Want To Buy For Yourself Too

Dewy skin and fresh makeup, here's to you!

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1. A holly jolly travel kit that says "Be gone!" to winter dryness and gives your skin the most lovely holiday-party-ready glow.

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The set includes:

-Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist

-Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

-Hungarian Water Essence

-Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

-The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Promising review: "If you are considering buying this, absolutely do so. Oh my god, I'm in love. I have normal-to-dry skin with mild rosacea on my cheeks. First off, everything smells amazing — very mild and very fresh. The products are all awesome and leave my skin feeling even more so afterward. $20 is such a good price for the amount of product you get, and there are no duds. Legitimately every single product is amazing, and as someone who never uses skin care, I'm hooked. I've been looking for a toner and serum for a while now, and I might have just replaced my favorite moisturizer in the process, too." —hinohara

Get it from Sephora for $20. If that's sold out, check out the Holly Jolly Hydration Set for $39. And check out all other Belif products here!


2. A literal rainbow of sheet masks so you can douse your face in essence and treatments for calming down stressed-out skin, tightening pores, and increasing luminosity.

"Sheet faced > shit faced" = your parents, probably.

Get a box of 14 from Urban Outfitters for $25.

3. Clear hydrocolloid patches for gracefully handling and deflating any impending acne apocalypses!

Promising review: "I had one of those really bad pimples that wasn't quite a pimple yet, just a really sore bump that was escalating — I decided to put one of these stickers on for the day and by the end of the night, all the bacteria was on the sticker and there wasn't a bump on my face." —Kiley B

Get them from Amazon for $4.92 or Urban Outfitters for $6.

4. A subscription box with sheet-mask-only and general assortment options if you'd rather have your K-beauty fix delivered as a surprise.

Promising review: "I'm rather clueless when it comes to skincare and beauty products — I had clear skin all through my teen years and never needed a skin care routine, but in recent years, I began having breakouts and problem areas. I was hesitant to spend money on full-sized items in the store, so I love that I can sample different products with this box. And so far, frankly, I've loved all of them! I had tried a different box first and the items in that were causing even worse breakouts. I haven't had anything but good results with Bomi Box. Softer, clearer skin, fewer breakouts." —Kayla

Get it from BomiBox on Cratejoy for $19.99+ (BomiBag) or $37.99+ (BomiBox).

5. A watermelon sleeping mask infused with AHAs, hyaluronic acid, and peony rose that might just be the most delicious-smelling and bounciest moisturizer anyone. Ever. Encounters. In. Their. Lifetime.

I love the texture of this mask so, so much (thick but immediately sinks right into the skin, like I have zero fears of it transferring onto my pillow) and it also smells dead-on like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, aka my favorite fruity candy.

Promising review: "Believe the hype! This mask smells amazing: not overbearing but so sweet, like candy! It helped even out my skin tone since I suffer from slight hyperpigmentation from acne scars and helped fade the smaller ones. I went out today only wearing under-eye concealer and nothing else in terms of coverage, and multiple customers at my job told me I looked beautiful. One commented specifically on my complexion and another told me I was glowing. No joke! Unlike many products I own, it's given me noticeable results that I can definitely attribute to it. I have oily, acne prone skin too and it hasn't caused any breakouts or clogged pores! I highly recommend it." —jxsrose

Get it from Sephora for $45.

6. A carry-on friendly cleansing stick (yay, solids!) that uses 13 natural oils to break down makeup and ~real~ green tea leaves to gently exfoliate your skin.

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Promising review: "I’m so glad I took the plunge to test out this cleanser. I have dry, acne-prone, and somewhat sensitive skin. I was on the market for a new low-pH cleanser and this did me right! My skin doesn’t feel stripped at all; it smells fantastic and the packaging is great too. I might even be able to wash my face in the morning too, which I previously haven’t cause it’s just too much with most cleansers. I will be stocking up on this one!" —Niki G.

Get it from Soko Glam for $22.


7. A K-beauty basics set with the only three products you need for hectic days you're running out the door in the morning (moisturizer and BB cream with SPF) and collapsing into bed at night (makeup remover).

The set includes:

-Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer

-Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

-Dermaclear Micro Water

Promising review: "A Sephora girl applied the Water Drop Moisturizer on me before testing out a foundation and out of my mouth came a very loud "WOW!" She just giggled a little. This stuff is incredible! Comes out like a thick gel and turns into watery, slick oil that absorbs into the skin very quickly. It's light and smells amazing. Only problem is my husband started stealing it from me. The BB cream I already own and love, so that was just an added bonus." —pricelesslashes

Get it from Sephora or Birchbox for $22.

8. Unique two-toned lipsticks for a sexy but subtle satin-finish gradient lewk in just two swipes — be prepared to be called a ~trendsetter~.

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Promising review: "I ordered this lipstick in Red Blossom to use on workdays. It produces a gorgeous gradient lip that's appropriate for all occasions, even formal business presentations, and goes on very smoothly provided your lips are properly moisturized." —Margaret

Get them from Sephora or Laneige for $27 each (eight colors).

9. A merry advent calendar packed with 12 mini surprises that cover the entire skincare spectrum from cleansing to exfoliating to moisturizing — the ultimate luxury skincare trials, shall we say.

The set includes:

-Treatment Enzyme Peel

-Treatment Cleansing Foam

-The Essential Creme Fluid

-Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque

-Natural Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen

-And much more!

Promising review: "This is a great way to try out a really good but expensive brand. The two creams are wonderful! The enzyme peel and the moisture bound sleeping recovery mask are standouts and not crazy expensive. The peel leaves skin super smooth and the sleep mask is soothing and hydrating. It settles into my skin quickly and isn't greasy- or sticky-feeling. I noticed that my makeup goes on beautifully since I've started using these products." —MotherSoggoth

Get it from AmorePacific or Sephora for $55.

10. A tiger grass color correcting treatment (with SPF 30!) and cream that are holy grail products for people who deal with constant redness, acne flares, and uneven skin tone.

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Its green-to-beige formula also protects skin from environmental aggressors and restores moisture levels. BRB, dousing my whole face in these.

Promising review: "I have dealt with a ruddy and red complexion my whole life. I was introduced to this product during a 45-minute makeover at my local Sephora store — immediately, my skin felt hydrated and the redness was drastically reduced. The product is slightly thick but a little goes a long way, so I am not concerned about having to pay $50 frequently; this will last a long time. This has enough redness-reducing powers that I can even wear it without foundation, something I would never do before, with the added benefit of not giving off a green haze." —J137B

Get them from Sephora: the Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment for $18 and up and the Tiger Grass Cream for $48.

11. A ~killer~ felt tip liquid eyeliner for possibly the most precise wing of one's life — it dries down to a matte finish almost straight away and its waterproof formula stays put all freaking day.

Promising review: "I wear protective eye covers at work and this lasted the whole day! Non-waterproof and even 'waterproof' eyeliners tend to smear, but this one doesn't!" —Amy P.

Get it from Soko Glam for $20 (black and brown).


12. A silky primer your pores legitimately have nightmares about — it glides over pores and instantly makes them vanish (because, quite frankly, they never stood a chance).,

The formula is also infused with soothing green tea extract and leaves an all-day matte finish!

Promising review: "One pump and my pores and any texture I had was completely gone, even without foundation. Super velvety and hydrating on the skin with a clean, fresh scent that's not perfumey at all. AND THE PACKAGING!! Frosted glass bottle with a nice pump. I solemnly swear this is the only primer you will ever need." —iminlovewiththisproduct

Get it from Urban Outfitters or Sephora for $18.

13. A duochrome eyeshadow palette that truly stuns from all angles — hello, beautiful metallic packaging and eight shimmering, creamy, and layer-able shades.

For a look that's anything but one-dimensional.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $35.

Check out all other Pony Effect products here!

14. A darling customizable cushion compact with one of the widest shade ranges from a K-beauty brand to date — yay for natural-looking coverage, easy touch-ups, and velvety smooth skin all day long!

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With 100 different case designs to choose from (!!!), you'll want to buy backups...for your backups.

Get it from Innisfree for $25.

Other raved-about cushion compacts include: AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion, and Missha M Magic Cushion.

15. Gentle exfoliating pads with textured and smooth sides that effectively buff away dirt and dead skin cells, plus lemon extract for a burst of brightening and hyperpigmentation-reducing Vitamin C.

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Promising review: "TIP: cut them in half; you don’t need a full gauze for your face. Wowowow, Korean skincare is genuinely next level. The textured side provides a gentle yet highly effective exfoliation while the smoother side buffs away the dead skin cells. The serum itself is incredible, loaded with vitamin C to brighten and aid in cell turnover. The directions say to wipe away the excess, but I found that patting the excess in and letting it sink in overnight worked incredibly well for MY skin (trial & error y’all). Disclaimer: I don’t have sensitive skin by any means and once it soaks in, it leans more towards a very light oil feeling (in the best way possible). I’ve noticed some prominent sun/age spots lighten, as well as some hyperpigmentation and acne scarring diminish. I’ve experienced no irritation whatsoever and they've lasted me six months by cutting them in half. I use these about three times a week, not back to back because overexfoliating is a real thing that we don’t want! And of course, it smells heavenly, very light and lemony." —gothshawty95

Get a container of 30 from Sephora for $27 (also available in green tea).


18. A pore care kit filled with wonderfully moisturizing and purifying products for smooth and less bump-riddled skin.

The set includes:

-Multi Cleanser

-Mini Pore Waterclay Mask

-Essential Power Skin Toner

-Water Bank Hydrating Gel

-Mini Pore Blur Perfector

Promising review: "The toner smells amazing and feels so refreshing; the same goes for the moisturizer and cleanser. I love the tightening and tingling effect of the clay mask — It washes off easily and my skin not only feels so smooth afterwards, but I think my large pores almost appear smaller, or at least closed tightly. If I had to choose one product out of this set to repurchase, I'm going for the Mini Pore Blur Perfector Primer. I really think it works because my foundation goes on more smoothly and the 'potholes' on my cheeks don't seem as visible." —PainterlyMe

Get it from Sephora or Laneige for $25.

19. A purse-friendly double-ended contour stick that easily blends into skin for subtle definition and illumination.

Promising review: "I have always been a total wuss when it came to contouring, but THIS took the scary out of it. You would have to try HARD to mess this up." —Kelly R.

Get it from Soko Glam for $14 (two shades).

20. A brightening essence with antioxidant-rich, pollution-fighting ingredients like prickly pear cactus seed oil sourced from the Sahara!

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If your skin is undergoing a drought, this essence is the long-awaited rain.

Get it from Nordstrom for $58.


22. A blur-effect finishing powder to seriously minimize the appearance of pores with just a few pats.

Promising review: "Hands down, the best primer ever. It has a creamy, velvety balm texture that literally fills in all your pores. Makes skin flawless. I will never go back to other primers. It's exactly the same as, if not better than, Benefit Porefessional, except this one is much cheaper. I can say enough how much I am impressed by this primer." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.33.

23. An AHA- and BHA-enriched clarifying toner that treats combination skin with the gentle but stern talking-to it deserves.

Promising review: "I have dry/combo sensitive skin and this toner gave great results. The results are not instantaneous, but after a few weeks of using it, you will probably notice that your skin texture is a lot smoother and brighter, as well as a reduction in pore size. This also helped reduce redness I had on my cheeks due to rosacea." —Claire

Get it from Amazon for $14.44.

26. Double-ended metallic and glitter eyeshadow for a dazzling holiday party look everyone will "ooh-ahh" over.

Promising review: "Ok, I don't think anyone who loves makeup should be surprised that glitter gets everywhere, so the fact that the glitter foil is messy should not detract from what an excellent shadow duo this is. The metallic liquid shadow is super blend-able and can be layered for more intensity. I have been in a humid area for the last few weeks and I felt like it was creaseless and had staying power. The glitter foil is high-impact and great for a dramatic look." —karavitis

Get it from Urban Outfitters or Sephora for $25 (five colors) or a limited-edition mini six-piece set from Sephora for $40.

27. An egg-ssential set that brings only the most egg-cellent puns to your skincare routine, plus all the usual gentle, hydrating, and firming ingredients that your skin will drink eggnog.

28. A newbie-friendly K-beauty routine kit especially perfect for those with oily/combination skin, thanks to its running green tea theme.

The set includes:

-Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel

-Green Tea Serum Toner

-Green Tea Moisturizer

-Green Tea & Clay Mask

Promising review: "I love the light smell; it's not overpowering at all. The sizes are perfect for testing out and they're great for travel too — you can have a full skincare routine that barely takes up any space in your luggage. I'm really enjoying the serum toner and the clay mask so far, and my skin has been taking to them well. I think I'll go for the full sizes when i'm done with these!" —Zora

Get it from Target for $24.99.

29. A anti-inflammatory, clarifying, and brightening peeling gel that is equal parts disgusting and satisfying to use — hello, dead skin that rolls right off your face in little balls!

Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I use it once a week to smooth out my face and afterwards it's like I have baby skin! Also, I have used it on my hands and around my nails for my cuticles and a real manicure doesn't even compare....this is the special secret to great skin." —Shane McDonnell

Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

30. A redness-soothing gel with 20% rosewater for maximum hydration that sinks into your skin within seconds.

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Promising review: "I have very red cheeks and this gel toned down my redness. You only need the tiniest amount and you get so much in the jar, so this will last me forever. The gel isn't sticky at all and your skin looks smooth and radiant after putting this on." —Katie270

Get it from Nordstrom or Free People for $24.

31. A nourishing annatto-based hair oil that is basically liquid gold for your hair — it soothes and smoothes down your hair so it feels silky soft, unfrazzled (read: tamed split ends), and sleek.

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All you need is a pump or two, so the bottle will definitely last you a while! #investment

Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here (#5)!

Get it from Soko Glam for $67.

32. Colorful lip markers reminiscent of highlighters...without the stressful late-night studying flashbacks — instead, you're just left with a weightless, picture-perfect pout.

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Get them from Nordstrom for $16 each (three colors) or as a special edition four-piece set for $40.


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