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K-Beauty Ten Step, what are you and do you work?

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Great title for this post, right Hart Beat? No really, in all seriousness that’s an honest to god question I have. For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing this “K Beauty ten step” pop up everywhere in my life. From blogger Instagram stories to ads served to me from Nordstroms to posters plastered over Subway walls, K-beauty is (apparently) everywhere. But what is it? And what is a “ten step”?

After rounds and rounds of late night searching, I think I have found us an answer. K-beauty, according to Mr. Google, is an “umbrella term for skin-care products that derive from South Korea. The fad gained popularity worldwide, particularly in the U.S., in 2016 and focuses on health, hydration and a preferred lack of pigment.” Now that I’ve read that I feel like an idiot because Korean beauty products have been everywhere. Friends at my office have been touting Korean style face masks for months and even our girl Jo has tried out the Snail Masks. Now, let’s go one step further and figure out what exactly K-Beauty ten step regimens are.

Again, after consulting Senor Google, I found this really detailed graphic on SokoGlam that explains what each step of this “ten step” program is and what the benefit of each one is. Here’s a breakdown of what I learned the exact ten types of products you need to really do the K-Beauty ten step program,

  1. Makeup Remover & Oil Cleanser
  2. Water-Based Cleanser
  3. Exfoliation
  4. Toners
  5. Essence
  6. Serums
  7. Sheet Masks
  8. Eye Crean
  9. Moisturizer
  10. Sun Protection

Mannnnn is that a lot of product. But, what I’m getting from the process is that it all boils down to proper cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and liberally using SPF to keep your skin out of the dangerous sun’s way. Aka P\pretty much what my dermatologist has been telling me for years.

That doesn’t mean that I’m opposed to trying. Currently I’m about one click away from buying the SokoGlam full treatment. Have you tried any of these things, Hart Beat? I would love to hear from an insider!

P.S. Into the Gloss did a great write-up on the routine if you want to read more.

Photo via Korean Model.

ODEME

Instant Crush: Odeme Nailpolish

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Afternoon, Hart Beat! Have you heard of the brand Odeme before? I first came across the brand in a small store in my hometown. I was drawn to the beautiful blush boxes and the creative names on packaging first, not even knowing that it was a nail polish brand. I mean, with names like Cinque TerreMaharani, and Cuba Libre it’s hard to ignore the colors. Typical Hannah I took a photo of the display to remember to look up later. Months later, combing through old photos of my dog, I’m glad I did because the discovery of Odeme has been one of the best things to happen this week.

Founded in 2015, Odeme creates accessory collections for the modern woman at home, at work, and at play. With considered design and a fresh palette, our products bring a celebratory spirit — where youthful pop meets timeless femininity — to objects that are both fun and functional.

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From the top left clockwise: Cuba Libre, Cinque Terre,  Los Feliz, Maharani, Odeon, and Blanche Sweet.

Other than the beauty of the nail polish colors, the impeccably designed box, and stand out names, the reason I’m a fan of Odeme is because their polish are all “five-free.” This means that each polish is made without the potentially harmful chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. Amazing, right?

Odeme sells ten signature shades all on their website, alongside other cute home goods like nail files and compact mirrors. Check out all of them on their site!

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Photos via the Odeme site and Catbird.

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A Secret Cost Free Blemish Trick

Hannah Hart Beat

Hiya Hart Beat! How’s your Monday going? Things are pretty quiet here in New York and I feel like we’re all kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop with all this nice weather. I can feel a snowstorm just waiting in the wings for the next day we’re all wearing sneakers and Spring jackets.

Anway, in other news, I have a secret trick to share with you! This, like all things secret, comes from my boyfriend Pedro. To be fair, this one comes from his Grandmother so it gives the secret, even more, alure.

Growing up I was blessed with blemish free skin (thanks, Mom!) but now that I’m in my mid/ late twenties I’ve been seeing more and more pimples and the like pop up. I never know how to deal with them and have tried everything. Enter Pedro’s Grandmother’s advice. It sounds gross but bear with me because not only does it work but it’s free! That’s right, a blemish trick coming at you with the low, low price of FREE.99.

All you have to do is take your (clean) index finger, spit on it a little, and rub the saliva into the burgeoning pimple/blemish, let it air dry and… that’s it! Follow this a few times a day, especially before sleep, and in days your skin will clear right up. I swear! I think it’s some combination of your own pheromones combined with the drying effect of spit.

And hey, if it doesn’t work, it’s cost you nothing because this little trick is easy, free-zy, beautiful (and not sold by Covergirl). Let me know if you try it, Hart Beat! I would love to hear from the field…

Photo via Refinery29 of Zoe Posen.

The secret to fuller eyebrows

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Hi Hart Beat. Let’s talk about eyebrows. The idea for this post came a few weeks ago when a friend of mine from work praised the magic of the famous Glossier Boy Brow. The idea of it sounded amazing. What it is is kind of like a mascara for your eyebrows. You brush it in and it fills up the brow while setting it in place. Sounds perfecto, no? I ordered the Boy Brow and immediately started using it and telling all my friends. I even have a draft here in the backend of the blog praising the product.

BUT, this past week I decided to splurge a bit and visit the Of a Kind praised eyebrow expert Sania to see if she could spruce them up a bit. I’ve dabbled in different eyebrow places and upkeep trends since moving to New York. For a while I was obsessed with threading at this cheapo place in Williamsburg. Then I found my way to Boom Boom Brow Bar in the West Village. There I let them pluck and tint my brows to a better arch. It was pretty good but I got tired of looking like a muppet for the first few days while the tint relaxed a bit. Enter Glossier and the Boy Brow which has been the latest fourré in eyebrow maintenance.

As soon as I walked up the stairs to Sania’s enormous and beautiful loft space studio I was like, daaaaaaaamn. If this place doesn’t breath the air of “we know what we’re doing” then I don’t know what does. I mean, if Rihanna and SJP trust their eyebrows to Sania then you know you’re in a swanky well praised place. When I sat down and Sania (in the flesh) took one look at my brows she was like stop everything you’re doing. She told me the following,

Stop the Boy Brow yesterday and don’t put anymore crap in your brows. The lotion/mascara/tint thing you’re doing is pulling out all your follicles and killing any growth you thought you were doing.

She then went on to pluck lots of strays while telling me it will take a bit to get to the perfect brow she knows I want. The main point she kept honing down on was to avoid your brows like the plague. “If you wouldn’t put it in your scalp, then don’t put it in your brows.” Well said, Sania.

She did tell me that the one thing I can put in my brows to fluff them our are natural brow pencils. It’s a good alternative to the permanent makeup supplies that some of my friends like to use, I’m not quite ready to make that jump yet so until then I just wanted to see what she had. Lucky for me she had something right up my street. (She sells a baller pencil that I bought and am now obsessed with.) I can promise, my eyebrows look fuller even after a few days of pretty much leaving them alone.

TL;DR? Don’t put any shit in your eyebrows. Go visit Sania if you feel like you need more assistance.

Do you have any eyebrow tips you want to pass along?

Photo via tumblr.

How to Win the War Against Static Hair

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat! A few weeks ago I tried something crazy and shared it with you. If you don’t have a crystal clear memory (and I don’t blame you) the idea was to see if I could wean myself off washing my hair every day. Like that time I tried to give up coffee cold turkey, this test did not work.

Some of you gave me great suggestions about the trick to not washing your hair every day but, no amount of blow drying, baby powder or magic conditioner could battle against my oily roots. This post is not about how I’m a failure though. This post is about two hair habits that I actually do everyday and how they can help you win the war against static hair.

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Hannah Hart Beat

The first trick is that for years I’ve been using these special hair towels. They come in all different brands and different styles but at the basic level they all do the same thing. Instead of causing static in your hair (damn you BB&B college towels) they wick water away. So instead of rubbing and causing friction, you can just kind of wrap your hair up and then it dries on its own sans frizz. The towel I’m loving lately comes from the Of a Kind personal care shop and comes with a little button to tie it in a turban. Dreams do come true.

The other hair tool that I actually swear by is my wooden hair brush. I’ve had different variations for years and love it so much that I even keep a travel sized wooden brush in my backpack for unruly hair days. The one that I have right now is a Holzstifte. It sounds like a fancy Italian car and I love it. I wish I could actually lead you somewhere you could buy it online but I got in a store in Maine and apparently Holzstifte has not joined us in the age of the internet. You can find other ones similar here and here.

The reason I love a wooden bristles is because it (again) doesn’t make any static when brushing and it doesn’t break your hair (as much) as normal Duane Reade brushes. Extra bonus is that it feels like you’re massaging fingers through your hair. Head massages always win in my book. What about you, Hart Beat? You have any other secret hair tips up your sleeve?

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Photos by Pedro Rodriguez for Hannah Hart Beat.

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Beauty Challenge: Zero Purchases

Hannah Hart Beat

Afternoon, Hart Beat. Let’s talk beauty. Last week our favorite ladies over at Of a Kind release an amazing array of their favorite beauty products. The collection is both luxurious, surprisingly affordable and wrapped with the most beautiful packaging. This week, Claire and Erica continued the conversation on their podcast and talked about their love for these beauty products.

While I love me some buttery soft lotion (weird description? probs) I confess that I have a problem accumulating lotions and products. I know that all my past roommates can confirm that at any time next to my bed I have at least three bottles of lotion and three different kinds of mascara floating on my dresser.

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This is a problem, Hart Beat. Especially when people like of a kind email be lists of beautiful beauty products that I want, nay, need. What I realized after loading my shopping cart with pretty much their entire collection, I stopped. Do I really need all these products when I have an apartment full of pretty much the same thing? I mean, I really want them all (like no joke that hair towel is everything) but can I make due until I actually need to replace my towel instead of adding another one to the massive pile?

Yes I can. So I’m challenging myself to something and I thought, if you’re anything like me Hart Beat, you might want to try too. I decided that I’m not going to buy any more beauty products until I finish everything that I own now. No more face lotion, no more shampoo, no more lipstick. Sorry Claire and Erica 😞.

What do you think, Hart Beat? Do you have the same problem I do? Want to try this with me? Or are you thinking I’m crazy because buying new beauty products is one of the most satisfying things in the worls (no lie). Bet you I go longer with what’s stacked up in my medicine cabinet…

Both photos by Of a Kind.

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Tell me, when do you wash your hair?

Hannah Hart Beat

Hey Hart Beat. I have a question for you. It’s personal and a little weird but I’m going to do it anyway. How often do you wash your hair?

Let me preface this by saying I am a clean person. Pedro may say otherwise but I promise, I adhere to the standard cleanliness of body and living space. That being said, for my entire life I never thought twice about washing and conditioning my hair every day. I mean, I showered every day so that meant I washed my hair every day. Right?

Nope. I’ve been hearing from Pedro ever since we started dating that washing your hair every day is horrible for it. He should know, he has amazing hair. Pedro conditions every day but only washes his hair a few times a week. This theory was confirmed when I went to get my hair cut last week and the stylist was like HOLY MOLEY WOMAN YOUR HAIR IS SO DRY.

 

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To my defense, there are a couple reasons why I’ve traditionally washed my hair every day. For one, I like clean hair! The other main reason I’m sure other blondes out there can relate to, is that washing your hair makes it actually lighter. Like the color is brighter and your hair is blonder. Why? It’s pretty simple, the oiler it gets the darker it gets and so after a few days of not washing my hair and only conditioning it looks like I’ve gone about three shades browner. Sometimes people even ask if I’ve dyed my hair. I love being a blonde and if the simple answer to keeping the shine on is washing my hair everyday then I’ll do it. Some companies sell specialist shampoo that is designed to lighten your blonde dyed hair colour. However, for all you natural blondes out there, shampoo for natural blonde hair does exist too! Make sure that you use these sorts of products about once a week because they are so effective people will question whether you have had your hair redyed! Now that I have it on good opinion that washing is bad, I’m not sure anymore.

So Hart Beat, I reach out to you. How often do you wash your hair? And if you’re blonde, do you have any tips for keeping it light during the non-wash days? Help a girl out, Hart Beat. My hair and I thank you in advance.

Second photo by Alpha Smoot.