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A Very K-Beauty Gift Guide

A gift giving guide for this year's hottest Korean skin care gift sets.
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What a bright time, it's the right time... to gift some K-beauty away! This holiday season, give the gift of bright, dewy, glowing skin by picking out some of the best Korean skin care products around. From cult faves, to the hottest new releases, to face masks galore, these gift sets are perfect to put under the tree.

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Then I Met You Duos, $68-78
OK, so Then I Met You isn't technically a Korean skin care brand — but we're including anyway, since it comes from the genius brain of Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho.

Inspired by the concept of jeong (an important, yet hard to define Korean concept that can mean love, affection, compassion, sympathy between humans or towards objects), Then I Met You hopes to inspire you to "pause and go deeper in how you live to spark meaningful, transformative moments in your life, and create lasting bonds with the people, places and things that matter most."

Following the science behind the 10-step Korean skin care routine, Then I Met You has two duo sets to choose from: The Cleansing Duo, $68, and the Skin Balancing Duo, $78.

The award-winning Cleansing Duo contains an oil based cleanser with a blend of grape seed, olive and seaberry oils for soft clean skin, and a hydrating water-based cleanser with PHAs and tea tree to clear pores and prevent breakouts. On a personal note: the Living Cleansing Balm, $38, included is one of the most luscious, nourishing and deep cleaning oil-based cleansers I've ever used — I love it and I think you will too.

The newly-released Skin Balancing Duo contains an exfoliating toner to gently buff away fine lines while hydrating your skin, and a silky treatment essence made with over 80 percent naturally fermented ingredients (like galactomyces) for a bright complexion.

The Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive is a K-beauty cult fave (if you're a fan, check out the newly reformulated Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence RX) — but its Artemisia collection is another awesome level up of the already tried-and-true product. Get the entire Artemisia collection in the Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Best Seller Set, $77.

Formulated with all-natural artemisia extract, the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence still moisturizes and brightens like Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence but works better for sensitive and acne prone skin. Also in the collection is the Time Revolution Artemisia Ampoule, an even more concentrated essence that moisturizes and soothes the skin, while also helping control moisture and oil balance.

But the best thing about the Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Best Seller Set is that it includes TSA-friendly travel-sized bottles of both the essence and ampoule — which makes it a great pick for your favorite globetrotting friend.

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If you've read anything I write on Total Beauty, you know, for me it's 10 steps or nothing. The Soko Glam 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine Set, $199, is perfect for the Korean skin care noob, who's looking to learn more about K-beauty. It's also perfect for that person in your life you're trying to convert to the ways of the 10 steps. Filled with some of my favorite brands like Neogen and Klairs, you won't get cheated with some half-assed products here — this starter set is definitely worth it.

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Mediheal x BTS Special Set, $80
The perfect gift for your favorite member of the BTS Army (or face mask devotee), the Mediheal x BTS Special Set, $80, actually has four different mask sets included in it: Hydration Care Set, Soothing Set, Moisture Barrier Care Set and the Brightening Care Set. You get a collection of sheet masks to target all your skin concerns with ingredients like NMF to moisturize, tea tree oil to soothe, Binchotan charcoal for oil absorption, niacinamide for brightening, and so much more. Korea's #1 sheet mask combined with the world's #1 K-Pop band — you just can't beat it.

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BY NICHOLAS PILAPIL | DEC 11, 2019 | SHARES
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