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25 Cult Beauty Products From Around the World

Put these countries on your beauty bucket list, so you can nab these life-changing beauty products
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A Multi-Purpose Face Treatment
The Country: Korea

The Product: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

The Reason: Essences have a special place in the multiple-step Korean skin care routine -- they're a bit like a serum on steroids.

"This essence has a higher percentage of galactomyces and fewer preservatives than in the very popular and pricey SK II," Jones says. In addition to sounding like a bad ass gladiator name, "galactomyces is a fermented yeast that is thought to improve skin tone, increase elasticity, fight aging and also helps with acne or troubled skin."

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A Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
The Country: Korea

The Product: Banila Clean it Zero

The Reason: A favorite among Koreans (and those in-the-know in the US), this cleansing balm "melts makeup and oils off skin," says Jones.

The formula starts off as a thick balm that turns into an oil and gently whisks away makeup, and contains papaya fruit extract and cherry extract that brighten skin and contain antioxidants -- plus, the packaging is beyond adorable.

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The Edible Ingredient for Glowy Skin
The Country: France

The Product: Honey With Royal Jelly

The Reason: Fournier says that French women don't just treat their skin on the outside -- they take ingestibles in conjunction with their skin care routine feels (and we're not exactly talking your run-of-the-mill vitamin capsules).

One of the good-for-skin ingredients French women take: royal jelly. This is what the queen bee in the hive eats -- and it helps her live for four to five years versus the 45-day average lifespan of bees.

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A Moisturizer Unlike Anything You've Ever Tried
The Country: Korea

The Product: Original Raw Blue Jam

The Reason: "Blue Jam is a gel type cream that greatly increases the amount of moisture skin retains that is very popular with a number of celebrities in Korea," says Jones. "It includes over 60 natural ingredients to fight aging, even skin tone and prevent breakouts."

Just a tiny bit of this jam (yes, it really is blue and the consistency of jam!) is enough to be superhydrating, and it's a solid choice for acne-prone and oily skin as well as dry skin.

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A Deodorant Spray That's (Way) Better Than the Stick
The Country: France

The Product: Narta Deodorant Spray

The Reason: Another item on Fournier's must-bring-back list is this deodorant spray. Spray deodorants are slowly making their way into the U.S. market, but Fournier stocks up on this one because there's no alcohol and it's hypoallergenic -- "natural, fresh and efficient." (Again, a seemingly mundane beauty product turned ultra-chic).

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