3 Outfits Inspired by Korean & European Fashion

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Hey reader,

Long time no see! Today we are going to be looking at Korean fashion and its adaptation of influences around the world. More specifically, what are the differences and similarities of Asian and European beauty standards? If you have been following along on the blog, you’d know that I’m currently in Korea – the fashion hub of Asia. Before coming here, I was worrying about the latest trends and how I was going to blend in. After spending around two weeks gaging the vibe, I am now able to put my own twist to what I think mixes both Western and Asian styles together.

First off, as you can see in the picture on the right, the photos that were posted as inspiration for the designs were taken with a European aesthetic. Keep in mind, this photo was taken in Taiwan, since fashion in Asia mostly stems from Korea or China. You can also see how the designs are clean-cut and neutral in color. Both Korea and Europe similarly design styles that are practical for everyday wear yet stand out on the streets and runway.

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However, don’t get me wrong because fashion in Korea tends to be more colorful and fun as well. Walk down the street and you will find heaps and heaps of tiny accessories of different shapes and colors. I lived in Germany for three years and can’t say that I found the styles showcasing these types of accessories. I’d give the credit to K-Pop and Korea’s open mindedness. Even men’s fashion is a lot more feminine, sporting more bold and bright colors. Women’s fashion also tends to appear more “cutesy” as you can see in the display above. With these trends in mind, I put together a few outfits of my own mix and matching the same pieces.

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  1. Pretty in Pink

Inspired by our trip to a summer getaway, I opted for a fun girly look. In the states, I probably would not wear this much pink at one time, but for some reason in Korea I’m definitely embracing the “millennial pink” a lot more. Here, you can see both European and Korean fashion in my Zara flared shorts and pink blouse LiNE. I also chose matching sneakers from Adidas to be both comfortable and chic for our walk along the mountains.

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  1. Lilac Flowers & Skirts

The next morning we hiked to The Garden of Morning Calm, a beautiful 30-acre garden of flowers and bonsai trees. I kept my same essentials, but switched up my top and bottoms for a more contrasted look. I paired this basic black top from LiNE with this long lilac skirt from Zara. One of the trends this summer are mid-length skirts, which I love because it’s both classy and modest. Especially in Korea, I’d say that the styles are maybe a bit less revealing and more towards the conservative side.

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  1. Platform and Chunky Shoes

Using the same pieces as before, I took the black top from Look 2 and paired it with the Zara shorts. This neutral look felt complete with these chunky white FILA sneakers. When chunky sneakers hit the runway last fall in Europe, many people either love or hated it. In Korea, platforms and shoes with height are being designed with this influence.

So there you have it! I would love to know your favorite outfit or which one you can see yourself wearing. Overall, the fashion and beauty standards in Europe and Korea are influencing each other, which is the best part. While both styles are practical and clean-cut, Korea’s trends are also heavily influenced by K-Pop and streetwear. Being inspired by the two fashion aesthetics, I was able to curate three outfits by mix-matching the same pieces. Bottom line is whether you plan on traveling to Europe or Asia anytime soon, don’t feel pressured to dress like the locals, but rather take it as inspiration! Beauty standards and fashion trends are different all over the world, so give and take with that in mind.

Xoxo,

TheSkinnyPig

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3 Products to Achieve that Summer Glow

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1. Vita Liberata Neroli and Argan Milk Sunscreen SPF 50

This sunscreen by Vita Liberata feels like milk on your skin. I usually don’t like the way regular sunscreen applies heavily or how it smells. However, this product has become extremely handy now that the weather is hot and dry. vtl016_vitaliberata_passionflower_argandryoilserumforface_780x980I’m currently using this sunscreen daily because I’m trying to wear as little makeup as possible. This works as my SPF and moisturizer. Simply distribute an ample amount onto your palm and evenly apply onto skin. After giving it some time to dry, it appears dewy in all the right places.

2. Wunderbrow Eyebrow Gel, Semi Permanent Brows

This eyebrow gel from WUNDER2 sets in perfectly for the whole entire day. After SPF/moisturizer, you really don’t need anymore makeup (that will melt off in the heat). I use the Black/Brown tint to   achieve a full, subtle look.

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3. The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette by Maybelline is the perfect travel size. I use the Downtown Sunrise shade with pinks and nudes. The combination of colors work well with my skin tone. I use the maui pink on my lid with the silver glitter on the inner duct of my eye. This makes my eyes pop with an easy 1-2-3.

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With these 3 products, your skin, brows, and eyes come together for a simple, quick glowy look for the summer. This is what I’ll be using for mine at least! Super quick & easy ❤

xoxo,

TheSkinnyPig

My Skincare Secrets: Top 10 Beauty Products

Beauty
Hello beautiful!
Today I’m going to share some of my favorite skincare products that I’ve been using nonstop! Of course everyone has their bad days, but I can assure you that these work 99% of the time. I’ve included my daily skincare as well as my top hair and Korean beauty products. Let’s get to it!
Note: I have mostly dry skin / thick, straight hair
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 1) May Coop Cleansing Moose – Peach & Lily
First up is this cleansing moose that I use at the end of my day to clean off my makeup and any excess build up. I have found that this product is a great sustainable substitute for makeup wipes. It even takes my makeup off twice as fast leaving nothing behind. The texture is soft and foamy, leaving your skin feeling light! Also, I’ve been using the same bottle everyday for the past three months, so you definitely get your moneys worth.
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 2) Nurture Yourself Set – Olehenriksen
After taking off my makeup, my go-to daily cleanser is this chia & borage seed wonderfeel double cleanser. It’s extremely soft and smells amazing!! The moisturizing creme is light and leaves my skin feeling dewy. As for the HydraClay Detox Mask, I use it once a week. My sister introduced me to Olehenriksen, and I’ve been loving it ever since! To-Go brand.
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 3) Facial Tone Up Performance – MIZON
This product is a brightening essence that helps address hyperpigmentation, including dark spots, discoloration from acne, etc. Contains sakura and white flower to brighten and revitalize skin for a healthier, more even skin tone. Ideal for all skin types.
(1) This essence is a recipe for radiance thanks to Vitamin E, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Rice Bran Oil. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) provides additional brightening and protection against free radicals/environmental damage. (2) Raspberry extract contributes antioxidants to the equation (3) Jojoba Oil moisturizes and works well with all skin types.
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4) Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist
A wrinkle-resisting, age-defying softener that contains effective ingredients to challenge visible signs of aging. Gently removes excess surface cells, deeply moisturizes, and instantly helps retexturize skin, making it more receptive to further skincare treatment.
  • Enhances the effectiveness of additional skincare products.
Skin Types: Normal, Combination. Dermatologist-tested.
I like to use this around my eyes and smile areas! Use with a cotton pad and gently dab.
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5) Rose Soothing GEL – DAMASK
This is another moisturizer that I use, but mostly in the mornings because it dries instantly and doesn’t leave your face with that sticky, heavy feeling.
This soothing gel is made with 95% rose water and can be used as a moisturizer for the face and body. Rose helps condition and hydrate dry, rough, and irritated skin – leaving it looking and feeling more moisturized and soothed. This is a great addition to your regular skincare and body care regimen as a moisture booster. Also formulated with 6 different super berry extracts including cranberry, blueberry, pomegranate, strawberry, orange and grape – to provide nutrition and moisture benefits to the skin. Ideal for combination to oily skin types but appropriate for all skin types.
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6) Ryoe Korean Herbal Anti Hairloss Shampoo
After using this shampoo, I noticed a significant change in the elasticity and strength of my hair. For a more detailed description, it’s proven to:
  • Contain Biota seed and Red ginseng to lower the heat of the scalp.
  • Promotes elasticity for scalp and make it healthy.

 

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7) Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel – IGK

My hair is pretty long and thick, and I must admit that I get very lazy. For my daily routine, I simply lather this coconut oil gel after towel drying my hair. I’ll definitely be taking it with me to Asia this summer where the weather is dry and humid. It leaves my hair smelling like the tropics and conditions it all day!

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8) Camera Ready Artist Brush Set – Smashbox
If you’re a beginner at makeup and don’t know what kind of brushes to start off with, these are a great start. It comes with a brush for power, concealer, eyeshadow, lips and eyebrows, and bronzer. Whenever I have a shoot, I use liquid concealer and the styling foundation brush to end up with an airbrushed finish. It also comes in a spiffy package 🙂

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9) Babe Lash Eyelash Serum

If you’ve gotten this far, here is my most favorite product ever! Three months ago, I had short thin eyelashes. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I purchased this product and have been applying it every night. I love using it in comparison to eyelash extensions or fake eyelashes, since it makes my natural lashes longer and stronger. Don’t know exactly how it works, but it’s magical . . .
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10) ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment – GLAMGLOW
Last but not least, this hydrating treatment is my top empty-product. It is a lifesaver whenever my skin is helplessly dry. I usually use this at night, since it applies heavily. The next morning, my skin is hydrated and dewy — ready to take on the day!
– TheSkinnyPig