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The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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“Everyone’s favorite Korean beauty product e-commerce destination.” (Marie Claire on Soko Glam)
“For anyone confused about the sudden explosion of Korean beauty products on the market now, this is the perfect place to start. Charlotte’s book is a mix of memoir, how-to guide, and beauty shopping companion all in one.” (Cheryl Wischhover, beauty editor at large, Fashionista.com)
“The Little Book of Skin Care is packed with helpful illustrations by Gemma Correll and tips that draw on Cho’s extensive knowledge of Korean beauty and skin care.” (Allure)
“A delightful beauty read…The Little Book of Skin Care is a great read for Korean beauty beginners or even ones…who think they know more than they do but can still pick up some tips.” (xovain.com)
“Think of it as a one-stop guide to tackling your skincare routine from a K-beauty perspective…In short, we’d suggest that you put this on your reading list, stat.” (TeenVogue.com)
“It?s officially the new K-Beauty bible…Whether you’re just diving into the world of Korean skin care or have been double-cleansing for months, Cho’s guide is great for beginners and novices alike.” (Yahoo Beauty)
“A handy sink-side companion…There’s a lot to take in from these pages, from understanding the infamous “10-step skincare routine,” to tossing the products that contain harmful chemicals…Like an epidermal superhero, Cho dispels common myths left and right…And beyond beauty, Cho goes into far-flung corners of Korean culture.” (TheFrisky.com)
“Korean skin care has made its way into the lives of many Americans, and no one knows this better than Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho…she’s taken that knowledge and turned it into an addicting read—The Little Book of Skin Care.” (Popsugar.com)
“Thanks to Charlotte Cho’s new (and we’re sure soon to be cult-favorite) book, The Little Book of Skin Care, we’re well on our way to knowing everything there is to know about K-beauty culture.” (The Zoe Report)
From the Back Cover
The secrets behind the world’s most beautiful skin!
It all starts with your skin! In Korea, healthy, glowing skin is the ideal form of beauty, achievable by anyone—and this skin-first philosophy has taken the world by storm.
In The Little Book of Skin Care, Charlotte Cho of leading beauty and lifestyle website Soko Glam guides you through the celebrated Korean ten-step skin-care routine—and far beyond—for the clearest and most radiant skin of your life, with step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, advice on products at all price levels, and exclusive interviews with beauty experts around the world. You’ll love pampering your skin at home and learning the secrets behind the “no-makeup makeup” look we’ve seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul.
With the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, Charlotte’s personal tour through Korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your skin.
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Although there are definitely moments where I wish the author went more in-depth, or things were outlined perfectly clearly, I know from experience that food, health and beauty is never "one size fits all". So, instead I allowed myself to enjoy getting carried away to another world I had never really considered before: Seoul. The author's wonderful description of the people, city, food and culture made me want to sign up for a trip instead of just a new beauty regimen... and the plane tickets sure are cheaper than going to Europe. *fidget-fidget*
Well, since I don't know a lick of Korean and now isn't a good time for a trip, I used the inspiration and suggestions from this book to pick up an assortment of (freaking seriously adorable!!) beauty products from Amazon. She does have a cute little website, and I was considering supporting her until I saw the huge array of offerings on Amazon-- and I am sorry, but I am spoiled by Amazon Prime! Search for: Tonymoly, Etude, Too Cool for School-- and others!
I have to say that with the authors suggestions I felt the confidence trying things out, when I may have been more worried before reading this book if the products were legit. And, wow!, is she right-- Korean beauty products are mostly beyond adorable (think pandas, dinosaurs, puppies, fruit with faces and so many colors!) and mostly really frugally priced. Many things are under $10 and pretty much all are under $20. For under $150 I was able to pick up the most adorable hairband with kitty ears to hold back my hair while I give myself my daily "spa time", a hairband that is a fuzzy bow with dots, an awesome-sounding oil cleanser, water cleansers that look like eggs in an egg carton, pore cleaning strips that look like strawberries, brightening mask that looks like a tomato, a whole set of paper masks with cute wrappers that do different things, a huge set of lip glosses that look like bunnies, a cushion compact in my super pale skin tone, a triple set of blotting papers with a box that has dinosaurs walking through the city on the cover, and a light powder that looks like a smiling kitty (I know it's not dewy but I have very oily skin! It's for my t-zone only!). I also was lured into getting these little foam strawberry hair curlers... and a couple things doubled up for Christmas presents. Tiny, cute and frugal? What great qualities for stocking stuffers!
Thanks to this not-so little book I feel like I have not only been opened up to a huge new world of affordable and adorable beauty products, but also to the thought of really enjoying my "me" time. I have been attempting to begin treating my skin as I will when I have all my new goodies and just the mindset has me feeling and looking better than ever. I am so excited for the goodies to arrive, I actually want to *Squee!* out loud, and be assured I will review each item as it arrives and I try it out. A warm-fuzzy thanks to Charlotte Cho! Maybe someday I will get to visit Seoul, have Korean BBQ, soju and a fun shopping spree! Until then there are animal-shaped face mists! :D
UPDATE: 11/25/2015 A bunch of my goodies have already arrived (TY Amazon Prime!) and I am blown away by the packaging and how effective so many things have been even upon first use. Also I have marveled at how nice the other products, like the essency masks, have felt (which I hope to have positive cumulative effects!) that I will be rereading this book to look for more of her "favorites" to try down the line. After going through a "more-multi than I am used to"- step program this evening, with a double cleanse and a mask and some treatments... my skin looked amazing. Literally the best I can remember it looking post-puberty. Even my dear exasperated boyfriend said, "YES! I can see your glowing and poreless skin from here!! No I am not coming in there to stare at your nose!" :P Again, Thank you Charlotte Cho! :D
UPDATE: 01/04/2015 I've been using methods and products suggested or influenced by having read this book for a couple months now and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. My one-time, clogged, blemish-prone, sensitive, starting to show tiny signs of aging, skin has been looking nicer and nicer. And I've been spending a fortune on product after product, looking for results without burning my face off, for decades now. The products I've found because of the influence of reading this book have given me my best skin since I was a pre-teen. Plus, I am enjoying it as "me" time, complete with cat ears headbands to hold my hair out of my face while I wear sheet masks and use products that come in panda bear-shaped tubes. I feel giddy sometimes at the whole experience- feeling fresh and pretty as well as having fun and enjoying myself. Oh, and though there are a lot of products I have gotten, some of which I have reviewed already, too-- if you have similar skin you may like "Mizon Snail" and "Skin Food Peach" products, in particular. Both of which you will find reviewed in my profile. I hope this helps and I wish you lots of luck with your skin care program! :-)
This book also reveals a ton about Korean culture, and more than ever, do I want to buy a ticket to go!!
I'm 22 next month, and have been suffering from acne since I was about 11. I have oily and sensitive skin, with tons of hyperpigmentation, huge pores, very prone to whiteheads. Cystic pimples are very common. I've been on Accutane, have used topical treatments out the wazoo, have chemical peels from dermatologists, done the all-natural-hippy-dippy routine (as in, wash my face with pure honey, toned with ACV, moisturize with aloe vera/oils/witch hazel)...and never before have I felt more optimistic and excited about KBeauty and all the information I learned. Hopefully I will remember to come back in a month to edit my review to show how KBeauty has helped me!
I'm not going to ruin everything for you! This book is a must if you want healthy, glowing, and beautiful skin! The book is not boring nor is full of dull information that you can barely understand. Charlotte Cho breaks everything down so even a 8 year old could understand it and she add a bit of humor to it. She adds little stories about her own skincare problems and her shell shock experiences of living in South Korea for the first time. In a way you feel like you are talking to a friend that is offering you tons of amazing advice instead of listening to a doctor in a monotone voice telling you to apply these chemicals to your face. I don't know about everyone else but I had fun reading this book.
Once again you should buy this book because wow it's amazing I would know I just finished it all in two days. I have no regrets making this purchase at all.