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The Famous 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine: Do I Really Have To Do All 10 Steps?

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The Famous 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine: Do I Really Have To Do All 10 Steps?

The Korean 10-Step Beauty Routine. It"s famed for helping K-pop stars keep their faces flawless and bright, and for helping women across Korea seem a decade younger than their true age. It"s backed up by both anecdotes and science - whatever the Koreans are doing to their faces, they"re doing it right.

The question remains, though: do I really have to do all ten steps to get the same results?

The short answer: no, of course not! You don"t have to do anything you don"t want to do.

But, if you are interested in taking 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day to invest in your skin and overall wellness, or are just interested in learning more about what goes into each step, let us break it down for you here.

If you"ve worn makeup throughout the day, you want to make sure that"s all off your face before you put any product on it. If you wear heavy eye makeup, you"ll want to get that off first, and then use a cleansing tissue or wipe to free your skin from all the makeup.

The second step is a no brainer: use a good cleanser to get rid of those layers of grime that build up throughout your busy day. Many Koreans do two cleansers here. The first is a gentle oil cleanser like the Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oilthat really removes dirt, sweat, and products. The second is a more foamy cleanser like The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam. Whether you use one or two cleansing products, make sure to deeply massage your skin throughout and rinse well.

Suzy from miss A has been vocal about the importance of cleansing. She uses both an oil and a foam cleanser, but she stresses it"s not only about the product, it"s about the massage. She cleanses for six minutes total, and then rinses for four, and is massaging and hydrating her face that entire time. She claims those motions, which help to activate good skin cells and get rid of the old ones, are what keeps her face looking so flawless and fresh.

Now you beef up the cleansing with an exfoliating product. This step doesn"t have to happen twice or even once a day - if you have sensitive or dry skin, or haven"t sweat much because it"s a winter month, for instance - you can save the exfoliator for a few times a week.

When you do exfoliate, there"s a few options. You can use an exfoliating cleanser like the Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peelingproduct. Or, you could also do an exfoliating mask like Skin Food"s Black Sugar Wash Off Mask. Either way, exfoliation is important at least a few times a week to dig into your pores, ridding them of any dirt that is clogging the way for new, refreshed skin cells to pop through and give you a glow.

Step 4: Toning or "Refreshing"

Toning, or refreshing, as is the more popular and more accurate description of the step, is up next. A lot of Westerners think of toning as wiping a super acidic, harsh formula over their face - one that might even make them red and blotchy or dry and irritated.

The Korean toner, or refresher, is different. A product like Skinfood"s Royal Honey Toneris a more gentle product that has two purposes. First, it gets rid of any grime that is still left on the skin after the cleansing and exfoliating. Secondly, and more importantly, it restores the pH balance of the skin, which has increased on the pH scale after a healthy cleansing. With a restored pH balance, your skin will be more ready to absorb the moisturizers and masks that are coming up next.

Here"s a step that has been a no-brainer to many Koreans for years but is still a bit of a foreign word to many Westerners. Once they"ve started with an essence, though, many non-Koreans feel like there"s no turning back.

An essence is not meant to be a cleansing product, so don"t think you can skip the first steps and go straight to the essence. Instead, essences like the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Exinhave high concentrations of ingredients like glycerin, ingredients that rejuvenate skin, give it a dewy glow, and sometimes provide anti-wrinkle effects.

Koreans apply to this to the face by pouring a little of the thin, watery liquid into the hands and then patting it upwards.

If you have super oily or acne-prone skin, this is a step that you can do this step just once every few days for a little refresher.

An ampoule, or serum as it is more commonly known in the U.S., is basically an amped-up essence. A product like the mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoulehas many similar ingredients to an essence, all designed to provide a moisturizing, invigorated skin, but in a more concentrated product.

Nowadays, more companies are providing a kind of middle-of-the-road product, something of a juiced up essence or watered down serum, that does double duty as both an essence and a serum and allows users to add one less layer to their face.

The mask sheet is the quintessential Korean beauty product that is starting to make major inroads into the Western beauty scene. Virtually every big idol has advertised a brand of mask sheets before, or posted photos of themselves and their friends using the Halloween-like masks after a big concert or shoot.

The moist, cooling masks might look funny on the face, but their power for rejuvenation is no joke. Whether it"s a refreshing cucumber mask or one with a hint of collagen to tighten up sagging eyes and cheeks, these hydrating masks are the key to that highly sought after luscious, dewy skin. The brilliant part about it is that the effects last for at least a few hours, and more often an entire day or night. Put one of these on before a big night out, and you"ve got both a cheap facial and luminous skin all night long.

Masks range in price, from cheap ones that go for about one dollar a pop to more expensive specialty ones, infused with products like gold and caviar, that are meant to bring serious healing, firming, and brightening effects to even the most tired of faces.

This is one step that isn"t meant to be done every morning and every night. Instead, use a mask when you feel like your face needs a little recharge or you want that dewy glow before a big night out.

A good eye cream may claim to do several things, but most Koreans use this for one purpose only: to keep their eyes looking young. These creams are often infused with collagen and other products that life the eyes, help to reduce wrinkles that are already there, and prevent new ones.

Because these are so plentiful in Korea, you can eye creams that are high rated and super affordable, like the Etude House Shea Butter Nutrifull Eye Cream.

Now that your skin is cleansed, exfoliated, and juiced up a little, it"s time to give it a layer of moisturizer that will keep it hydrated and looking fresh.

There are plenty of moisturizers made for dry skin, like the Nature Republic Argan 20 real cream. If you have more oily skin or problems with acne, blackheads, or blotchy skin, though, you might want to use a lighter moisturizer like the Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Lotion.

Skin not feeling like it has enough products on it? Need another layer? Great, it"s time for your sleep mask. This is another step that doesn"t necessarily have to be done every night, although on most skin (especially dry) it doesn"t help to put on this mask while you sleep and wash it off first thing in the morning. Goodal has some great night masks with different benefits, like Anti-Wrinkleor Brightening.

Got it? Ten steps per night might take a little getting used to, especially if you"re used to just splashing water on yourself and heading to bed. But if you"re serious about investing in yourself, the Koreans have it figured out. Try it out little by little and let us know what you think!

"Oh My baby" Kim Jung Min and Tani Rumiko Step Down, and S.E.S Shoo Steps In

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Audiences will have chance to see Shoo's adorable twin daughters one more time! It is revealed that S.E.S's Shoo and her babies will appear on SBS's TV show "Oh My Baby!"

On January 28th, a spokesperson of the show revealed that Shoo decided to join “Oh My Baby” and will be replacing Kim Jung Min and Tani Rumiko couple.

Shoo had appeared on KBS’s “Superman Returns” and SBS’ “Roommate” with her twin babies, Lim Ra Hee and Lim Ra Yool, and her son Lim Yoo. After seeing Shoo’s children on the shows, many viewers expressed that the twins were adorable, and hoped to see Shoo and her babies on variety shows such as “Superman Returns” or “Oh My Baby.”

Meanwhile, Shoo recently featured in “Infinity Challenge” special “Saturday Saturday Is a Singer” and had been active in various TV shows both as a mother and a singer.

Korean Miss Son Tae Yeong Gives Birth, Welcomes Second Baby Girl With Husband Kwon Sang-woo

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Korean Miss Son Tae Yeong Gives Birth, Welcomes Second Baby Girl With Husband Kwon Sang-woo

Korean miss and actress Son Tae Yeong has given birth to her second child with her husban, actor Kwon Sang Woo.

Kwon, who stars in both films and dramas, uploaded a message onto his fan community the day his daughter was born. "I came here to meet Luk-hee"s sister earlier than scheduled. Thank you for everything", he wrote. Kwon and Son married in 2008. The masculine actor"s career has strengthened since he got married. He recently starred in the drama series "Temptation" (2014) and appeared in "CZ12" - also known as "Chinese Zodiac" - in 2012, a film directed by Jackie Chan. Son posed for a photo shoot in the Korean version of Elle magazine last month before her due date and said she has been sticking to a diet and a workout plan during her pregnancy, which has helped her stay in shape. The celebrity couple now have two children. Their son was born in 2009 several months after their marriage.BY SUNG SO-YOUNG

Low birthrate has Korean baby-wear makers turning to China

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Low birthrate has Korean baby-wear makers turning to China

The name Agabang may ring a bell - even to those without babies. Korea"s oldest baby-wear brand has been around for almost 35 years, but that might be where its legacy ends.On Sept. 2, AgabangCompany was acquired by Lime Fashion Korea, the Korean subsidiary of the Chinese apparel company Lancy Group. Agabang"s co-president and largest shareholder Kim Wook signed an agreement to sell 15.3 percent of his share, leaving him with 2.45 percent.But why let go of such a well-established brand with sales that reached 204.7 billion won ($195.8 million) in 2011? The answer is simple - baby clothes aren"t selling well in Korea.There are not many babies to begin with. According to the CIA World Factbook, Korea"s birthrate is among the lowest. Of the 224 countries listed, Korea ranks 220th with 8.26 births per 1,000 people, which is less than a fourth of the highest birthrate in Niger (46.12 births). Last year, Korea"s birthrate dropped 9.9 percent to about 436,500 births, the second-lowest record since Statistics Korea began keeping track in 1970. And Seoul is at the bottom of the ladder. Last year, the average number of children born per woman in Seoul fell below one child to 0.968. South Jeolla, the province with the highest fertility rate, was just above 1.5.Korean brands are struggling to secure what little demand there is in the country. As making purchases online becomes easier, mothers are increasingly turning to foreign brands.Kim Ki-hyun, 34, a mother of a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, is no exception. She prefers to buy clothes from abroad because they are cheaper and of good quality."I can buy seven or eight pieces for the price of a top at Agabang or Blue Dog", said Kim.According to a survey by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, baby items were the fourth-most frequently purchased product on foreign websites, after clothes, shoes and fashion accessories, and health food.The struggle isn"t limited to Agabang. Babyra, another well-known Korean baby-wear brand, filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and was acquired by the Korean underwear company Good People. Suhyang Networks, which owns several baby-wear brands such as Blue Dog and Minkmui, was acquired last year by LiFung, a global supply chain management firm based in Hong Kong.Other Korean companies have begun to shift their attention to foreign markets - most notably, China. Baby care company Boryung Medience has been exporting its products to the country since 2008 and it established a Chinese branch in June last year. Its milk powder is popular in China, as is its laundry detergent for baby clothes.Zero to Seven also established a Chinese branch in 2007. Last year, its clothing sales advanced 15.5 percent in China over 2012, while its sales in Korea decreased more than 10 percent during the same period, according to the company.From 2009 to 2013, sales of baby items in China more than tripled, from 6.68 billion won to 25.62 billion won."Baby wear is an emerging market in China", said Cui Xuehua, a researcher at Korea Investment and Securities. Only recently, the Chinese have become wealthy and demand for fashionable goods has followed, the China expert added. "[Chinese] travel abroad and want nice things for their childrenbut clothing made by local producers isn"t up to par", Cui said.The Chinese government significantly eased its one-child policy in December, which has fueled the buying. Chinese officials have predicted that the relaxed policy could increase the number of births by up to two million per year.The United Nations Population Division projects that between 2025 and 2030, there will be between 10.1 million and 18.3 million births in China, and between 311,000 and 618,000 births in Korea."With the competition intensifying, the corporations might as well look elsewhere - starting with China", said Na Eun-chae, a researcher at Korea Investment and Securities.BY KIM EUN-JI [[emailprotected] ]

[Spoilers] Korean actresses step into their villainous roles for "Running Man"!

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[Spoilers] Korean actresses step into their villainous roles for

When six of the nation"s top picks for K-drama villains appeared on this week"s episode of "Running Man", the stage was set for a perfect mashup of action and drama!

FeaturingLee Yu Ri,Choi Yeo Jin, Seo Woo, Yoo In YoungandKim Min Seo, this is one episode you shouldn"t miss.

With twelve people paired up into six teams, it was revealed that one of the couples was the heir to a massive fortune. The winners of each mini-game would be told a hint toward the true identity of the heir, along with a chance to switch the couples around.

Finally, with the real chaebol"s nametag hidden somewhere inside the building at the final location, the goal was to stand together on a podium with his nametag affixed to their backs. A thrilling nametag-finding-and-ripping chase ensued, but the winner turned out to be Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Min Seo, who figured out that the true heir was Ji Suk Jin - and beat the others to the punch in a spectacular passion!

Check out the full episode below.

Korean reggae artist Skull releases 19+ MV for "Ooh Baby"

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Korean reggae artist Skull releases 19+ MV for

Korean reggae artist, Skull, who has collaborated many times with HaHa in the past, released another 19+ solo MV, this time for "Ooh Baby." This song has a mellow and catchy beat that is sure to get stuck in your head.

Meanwhile, Skull"s voice ranges from soothing to a more raspy and rough sound, breaking the monotony of the tune.

Parc Jae Jung debuts with "Step 1" album and MV for "Ice Ice Baby" ft. Beenzino

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Parc Jae Jung debuts with

Superstar K5 winner Parc Jae Jung has officially debuted with an album "Step 1" and an MV for his title song "Ice Ice Baby" featuring Beenzino.

"Ice Ice Baby" is a retro pop based in 80s with synthesizer sound. With a retro concept MV, Parc Jae Jung is looking classy yet chic while singing the song with his deep vocals.

Check out this 18 year old vocalist and his music below:

Parc Jae Jung Debuts with “Step 1″ Album and MV for “Ice Baby” (Feat. Beenzino)

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Parc Jae Jung Debuts with “Step 1″ Album and MV for “Ice Baby” (Feat. Beenzino)

Superstar K5” winner Parc Jae Jung make his debut today with the release of his firs album, Step 1! It has been eight months since his win on the survival audition show.

The title track of Step 1 is Ice Ice Baby, featuring rapper Beenzino. Its a retro pop song with an addictive melody and lyrics sung with Parc Jae Jungs powerful vocals. For the overall album, singer Seo In Young participated as producer and visual director.

Parc Jae Jungs debut stage is today on M!Countdown.

K-Pop Covers: Korean Funk Band Black Butterfly Put Their Stamp On The 1973 War Classic 'Me And Baby Brother'

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K-Pop Covers: Korean Funk Band Black Butterfly Put Their Stamp On The 1973 War Classic 'Me And Baby Brother'

South Korea is not a country typically associated with classic 1970s funk.

Yet, the chart-topping Korean funk band from that era known as Black Butterfly proves this is a mistake.

With shades of psychedelic and island grooves, Black Butterfly"s 1974 cover of the War classic "Me And Baby Brother," roughly translated to "That Girl," shows the band can funk it with the best of them. But the measure of any cover is what the new act brings to the table.

In the case of Black Butterfly"s "Me And Baby Brother," there are a considerable amount of new ingredients in the stew.

Where the War version offers up the percussion-fueled, backbeat heavy sound that the group was legendary for, Black Butterfly"s cover has traces of Cumbia rhythms, Australian funk grooves like those laid down by former heavy hitters from down under Cymande and a New Orleans funk sound a la The Meters.

The overall effect of the Black Butterfly version is both lighter and more feral at the same time.

Where the War rhythm section barrels ahead like a bullet train, there is a loose feeling in the sound of the drummer, bassist and organist of Black Butterfly that makes it more organic and less restrained.

The way these three musicians land so light on their feet is reminiscent of krautrock bands like Can and Faust.

And can we talk about the guitar playing for a second?

Though clearly too low in the mix, this six stringer is a beast, adding the perfect punctuation between the vocal statements and organ wails.

Perhaps the greatest sin in Black Butterfly"s "Me And Baby Brother" is a fade that cuts the axeman"s soaring solo off just when it was really opening up the sky.

Always leave them wanting more.

Listen to Black Butterfly"s 1974 cover of "Me And Baby Brother" by War entitled "That Girl" RIGHT HERE

Big Bang named as the first Korean boy group to surpass 100 million views on YouTube with “Fantastic Baby” MV

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Big Bang named as the first Korean boy group to surpass 100 million views on YouTube with “Fantastic Baby” MV

Big Bang has been named as the first Korean boy group to receive over 100 million views on YouTube with their music video for “Fantastic Baby“.

“Fantastic Baby” MV was released on March 6 of 2012. The MV surpassed 100 million views on March 27 of 2014.

“Fantastic Baby” was the title track of Big Bang’s fifth mini-album “ALIVE“.

Big Bang’s agency YG Entertainment updated their Twitter on March 27 with the statement,

“”WOW FANTASTIC BABY”" #FantasticBaby M/V hits 100 million views! Thank you all the fantastic viewers! Watch @

— YG Family (@ygent_official) March 27, 2014

Congratulations to Big Bang!

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