With the wedding season coming up, many brides are looking into finding that perfect dress for their big day. The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) region is in luck because a new fashion-forward e-commerce brand has finally launched, and they offer modern and ready-to-wear bridalwear for those brides that are fashion-forward. That brand is Fifth & Welshire.
Fifth & Welshire — For Fashion-Forward Brides
The new Black-owned e-commerce brand, Fifth & Welshire launched back in October 2020 by designer Kai Petty. She launched a contemporary bridalwear collection that has a bit of a different approach to bridalwear compared to what you might see in standard boutiques. The wedding-day looks are designed with a fashion-forward mentality.
The e-commerce brand was born in the middle of the lockdown period. Petty started the Maryland-based brand and offers a wide range of alternative bridalwear for those brides that are looking to wear something other than the standard or traditional ball gown.
Finding a Dress That Can Be Worn Again
Most wedding-day wear is worn solely on the big day. Lots of money is spent by brides to get the perfect dress and accessories only to put them on for a few hours on their wedding day. However, Fifth & Welshire has bridalwear options that come with the idea that the dress or bridal piece can be worn more than just once.
Not only does the brand feature versatile pieces, but also bridalwear at accessible price points. The separates start at $210, and their dresses at $215, while the jumpsuits start at $275. All the garments are easily shippable too.
Kai Petty said that all the garments at Fifth & Welshire resemble that ideal bridal look, but they also feature versatile components for other special occasions that may follow. They’re not just perfect for the big day but also for rehearsal dinners, after-parties, and more.
All the designs come from a modern-day perspective, and they target brides that prefer to elope or have more intimate gatherings than go all out with a huge traditional wedding.
35+ Unusual But Effective Korean Skincare Tips
Korean culture has taken the world by storm with its music, dramas, films, and most importantly — skincare. Currently, Korean skincare is the hottest trend.
Horse Butter to Nourish the Skin
Don’t cringe just yet, because it seems horse butter products are extremely popular in Korea. The brands that produce horse buttercreams think there’s science behind the success. Apparently, the chemical structure of human fat is very similar to horse fat. They claim to heal your skin and fade out the scars, all the while providing hydration.
Bee venom can be found in countless skincare products in Korea starting from moisturizing creams, to body lotions, toners, and more. Needless to say, it’s popular among Korean skincare junkies. This one is a traditional ingredient for skincare like ginseng.
The skincare line, which originated in Korea, focuses heavily on natural ingredients due to the gentle effect they have on skin. Bee venom is said to have extensive healing properties, which can improve and repair the skin barrier.
Care for Some Golden Hue?
For some strange reasons, Asian beauty lines are obsessed with using gold for skin. Korean beauty care is no different in this aspect. This 24-carat gold product is regarded as a luxurious face mask to try on at least once in a lifetime.
Imagine your whole face covered in gold for hours for some glow! While gold does have some mild skin care benefits, some may develop an intolerance towards it. Result? A botched face. So, before using any such hacks, do test your tolerance of this product.
This one looks exactly like caviar! Korean skincare seems to have found skincare benefits in food items, that too in fancy caviar or salmon eggs. Good news is that caviar for skincare is pretty affordable at least.
Korean cosmetologists claim that caviar eggs can be used as a moisturizer both in the morning and evening. Many use it due to the presumed restoring ability. Make sure your caviar egg cream doesn’t end up in the kitchen, though!
Blood Face Mask
This sleeping pack is best applied during Halloween! Blood face masks created such havoc when it was first launched, especially among the young people. If you find skincare boring, applying blood face masks at night can definitely change your mind.
It’s not just a fun mask. This sleeping mask has elements of dragon blood and is supposed to have a magical effect on your skin! Sounds weird enough? We have more interesting stuff coming up, hold on.
Don’t Eat This Cheese Cream
Korean skincare brands are obsessed with food items and this is yet another example. Prepare to be pleasantly shocked because now there is a cheese cream for your face. The texture of this face cream is exactly like mozzarella cheese — sticky and bouncy.
Although cheese face cream is claimed to be rejuvenating, it’s quite heavy and tough to apply on skin properly. Thankfully, the scent is nothing like dairy products. In fact, it’s odorless like most Korean skin products.
Jamsu or Face Plunging
It’s not just the products — the tricks and practices of Korean beauty are also very intriguing. This one is applied to make your makeup last longer. Jamsu translates into plunging or diving your face into cold water. After cleansing your skin, put on primer, toner, and concealer to make the base.
Then apply some baby powder to your face and plunge your face into cold water for 15 to 30 seconds. Dry the face and apply your makeup. That’s all you need to do to make your makeup last longer!
Mayo for Hair
When popular Korean brand Tony Moly first introduced the Haeyo Mayo, everyone was both shocked and intrigued. Some people may even end up buying it for their salad because of how this product is packaged deceivingly.
The Haeyo Mayo contains shea butter, egg yolk extract, macadamia oil, and vinegar — all of these ingredients make an emulsion that recreates the texture and look of mayo. The brand named it as a nutrition pack, formulated to give your hair a silky and smooth look.
Aegyo Sal or Eye Smiles
This one is not a product, just a practice in Korea. Aegyo Sal is a popular beauty trend where people get under-eye bags for a youthful look. Yes, if you are rereading it, welcome to the club. Apparently, under-eye bags can make the eyes appear a lot fuller and brighter.
This is often done by makeup and if you are a K-pop fan, you must have seen it many times. Sometimes, people seek surgery or medications. It’s hard to register that people are working so hard to get eye-bags!
Skin Lightening Is Trendy
Skin lightening is popular all over Asia, Korea being no exception. Making the skin look radiant and glowing is one of the fundamental beauty standards in Korea. There are numerous hacks to make skin lighter. For instance, toothpaste is used by many to get rid of sun spots or inflammation.
Some also apply petroleum jelly like Vaseline on the face to trap moisture, making it seem dewy. There are many formulations when it comes to skin lightening skin care products. However, make sure to check if they’re really authentic.
Carbonated Bubble Mask
Carbonated bubble clay masks became one of the best trending skincare products of 2020. The Korean cosmetics industry is never short of ideas when it comes to face masks. This mask does exactly as its name suggests — it bubbles.
After you apply it on your skin, it begins to foam up and the bubbling begins. These are great for getting rid of blackheads and quite a fun experience, too. Also, it’s an added bonus item if you’re trying to scare someone.
Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask
If you thought that this list wasn’t going to get weirder than it already has, think again. Whoever thought of adding donkey milk to a skincare regiment must have been a rare mix of crazy and genius, because so many people vouch for this product.
The most popular donkey milk skincare product is produced by Imselene in the form of a sleeping mask. This particular dairy source contains protein, alkali, and amino acids — all the essentials for repairing and firming up your skin.
Coffee Body Scrub
Coffee is not just for drinking anymore. Skinfood came up with cool skincare packages that contain foodstuff — coffee body scrubs being the most popular one. Coffee grinds have always been a classic Asian beauty hack.
Although mostly used in hair care, recently it’s being used in skincare lines too. This product smells like authentic coffee. Keep this away from your kitchen. though, or else it might end up in your morning coffee cup.
Lip and Brow Tint Glue
Yes, glue for your lips and brows. Remember putting glues all over your skin when you were a kid? Well, you can do it again as a full-grown adult, but this time with skin benefits. These glues are formulated specifically for lips and brows.
Also, they are actually labeled as gels, but the texture is more similar to that of glue. It adds some volume to your eyebrows and defines the outline of your lips more.
Lava Face Packs
A face pack straight from H-E-double-hockey-sticks! This Korean product is made from the volcanic soils collected from Jeju mountain of Korea. Koreans have used Jeju lava in skincare for a very long time; some families living in these provinces still use this soil as a part of their skincare regime.
Popular Korean brands such as The Face Shop and Innisfree recently started this Jeju Volcanic face packs line. Jeju volcanic soil is claimed to cleanse the skin gently by exfoliating deep into the pore.
No starfish were hurt to make this cream! Mizon’s starfish cream was very popular when it was marketed initially. Now that there are several competitors, it’s not that hyped anymore.
A Korean beauty expert even commented that it’s the most effective skincare that everyone must use and thankfully, it has no downsides. Starfish creams are used for anti-aging effects and the rave reviews of this ingredient suggest the claim might just be true.
V-Line Mask for Your Face
This one might remind one of Anthony Hopkins from Silence of the Lambs wearing that scary mask. Don’t worry, it’s not that bad. Koreans have some strict preferences when it comes to face shapes.
Aside from the dewy and plump skin, the ideal Korean pretty face should have a V-shaped cheek to chin transition. Wearing this mask can make your jawline appear V-shaped and many popular idols also use this.
Lip Gel Patch
These are lip-shaped patches designed to make your lips appear plumped and nourished. It’s kind of like a face mask but for your lips — a popular product in Korea. A pretty pair of lips in Korea means it has to be fuller and pink in color.
They actually put a lot of effort to make it that way. Etude House’s lip gels are pretty popular all over the world. Going out with a patch on is probably not a great idea, but then again, who cares?
Nail Mask Pack
Yes, the nails are important, too. Korean beauty practices go all the way and your pruned nails finally have some hope left. These nail masks are like gloves or finger pockets. You only have to apply them for 10 to 15 minutes and the result is healthy-looking nails and fingertips.
To be honest, this is a great item to add to your skincare collection. They are very comfortable and the reviews suggest they work. They’re not just fancy dresses for your fingers, they might be worth trying!
Snail slime is extremely popular in Korea and now taking over the whole world. Korean brand CosRx believes that the product Advanced Snail Mucin Essence is ranked as the best-selling Korean product that is sold all over the world, so this one is confirmed to work.
Snail slime or mucin can hold moisture and soothe the skin. It comes in many forms — snail mucin essence, toner, mask, and night creams. Free of any alcohol and fragrances, this slimy and strange product is perhaps worth getting!
Don’t worry, you won’t look like Vision from Marvel Universe if you wear this mask. Or you might, so what? These masks actually work and the best thing is that they are reusable.
Due to its thickness, it can hold more products and your face remains hydrated for longer. This is a dual product, working as a mask as well as a toner. Yes, you might look like a cold-blooded serial killer, but we think this mask is worth a shot.
Eye Patches Like Panda
We have stumbled upon the cute-but-weird category now. These eye patches will take care of your bags under the eyes all the while making you look like a panda. Tony Moly is one of the biggest Korean brands in existence and their Panda Dream eye patches are very famous.
Eyecare is never neglected when it comes to Korean skin care routines — hence, they have various types of products for this delicate area. This one’s a cutely designed under-eye patch with great benefits.
Pig Collagen Mask for Soft Skin
You’ve cringed at the thought of donkey milk on your face, now grimace at pig collagen masks. No matter how weird it sounds, there is some valid science behind it. Korean skincare is way ahead of western skincare and that is evident when it comes to ingredients.
In all or most of the skincare products, you will find many uses of animal proteins and fats. While big western skincare companies hide them due to their sketchy origin, Korean brands flaunt their sustainably resourced ingredients and gain the trust of their customers.
Egg Yolk Peel-Off Masks
Yet another food item turned into a skincare product. This product is said to have some lifting effects on the skin, as a firm and poreless appearance is a desired trait in Korea. These are very easy to use — just mix with water, apply on a cleansed face, and voilà!
You’ll end up with firm skin. Egg yolks have allantoin and albumin, which are responsible for absorbing moisture. However, beware of allergies, as some people may be intolerant to egg yolks on their face.
Sleeping Around Damp Towels
Korean skin care has way too many hacks for hydrating the skin, as hydrated skin not only looks good but feels incredible.
South Korea has a relatively drier climate, which is why you’ll see a lot of skincare hacks focusing on hydration. Sleeping around damp towels is one of those hacks. This one is an old Korean skincare practice to keep the skin barrier moist and soft.
Bubble Tea Sleeping Mask
Love boba tea? Then, you’d love these sleeping masks, too. Korean companies managed to make a skincare product out of every food item and boba tea is the latest edition. Tea has always been regarded as a skin-friendly product and many Asian countries use it.
However, Korea may have been the first to popularize bubble tea as having skincare benefits. Etude’s Bubble Tea Mask is one of the most popular ones out there, soothing irritated skin and alleviating redness.
Silk Balls for Blackheads
Stubborn blackheads are a thing of the past with these silk cocoons. When it comes to physical exfoliation, Korean brands are very innovative. They end up creating the best balance in making them more effective as well as gentler for the skin.
Nature Republic’s silk balls are one of those innovations. You are supposed to gently scrub the blackhead area to get rid of blackheads. Not only do they look super cute, but they seem to be effective as well.
Lips tints are classic Korean lip care products but this one takes it up a notch. These lip tints are packaged like mini vino bottles, and they actually look quite fancy.
They are made from French vino extract, giving it an authentic flavor. They give off a glossy look with a matte finish and also help to moisturize your lips!
Placenta Extract Face Creams Exists
That’s right! Placenta extract face creams have been quite popular in Korea. This one is perhaps the pinnacle of unusually weird ingredients in Korean skincare but the rave reviews prove that it does the job. No matter how weird it sounds, there’s reasoning behind it.
In fact, there are many over the counter medicines made from this ingredient for healing extremely dry skin. Some researchers even support its healing properties.
The Three-Second Rule
Korean skincare means a lot of rules and regulations about proper skincare. We believe you’ve heard of the popular 10-step Korean skincare. Have you heard of the three-second rule? According to this, you must start applying products within three seconds of cleansing the face and neck.
Any later than that may cause your skin to become dull. There’s no concrete research behind this but perhaps it has something to do with the pH level of your skin.
Jelly Packs for Bouncy Skin
Remember wiggly jellies for Thanksgiving dinner? Now, you can actually smoosh your face on them. Jelly packs are gaining popularity in the K-beauty industry. The brands producing these claim that jelly packs can make your skin look bouncy with a glowing feel.
While some use them as makeup primers, some say they are nukes — just a marketing stunt. Whether it works or not, it’s sure a fun experience to try out!
Cleansing Masks Made from Juice
K-beauty differs a lot from western trends, as they heavily focus on naturally derived products. Top brands source the active ingredients from fruits and vegetables, which is not weird until you think about the extent of it.
Perhaps it’s hard not to find any juice in your K-beauty products. Popular Korean brands Soko Glam and Glow Recipe have sold billions of juice cleansing products tailored for the skin. From kale to watermelon, nothing has been left out!
Face Lifting Tools
If you are a devourer of K-dramas and K-pops, you know that there’s a distinct similarity between the popular Korean actors and idols. Koreans have very specific standards of beauty. Face lifting tools are very famous in Korea and beauty gurus say that they work!
Unlike the traditional lifting tools, these are not at all uncomfortable. Using them daily can indeed lift the face, although the effects may be temporary.
Seven Skin Methods for Hydration
Seven skin method is slightly the same version of the 10-step skincare routine, but this one focuses on toners or should we say — going crazy with toners. In this method, you are required to put toner on your face seven times in a row after cleansing the skin.
If you have extremely dry skin or want your serums and essences to penetrate deeper into the pores, this one’s for you. Beware, though, excessive toner may not be that effective.
Egg Mousse Body Oil
This product is specially made for millennial beauty enthusiasts who seem to be obsessed with egg-based products. Only this time, a brand decided to get more creative and make an egg mousse body oil.
Some gave this product a 5/5 rating, as it has transformed their dry and cracked skin into plump and dewy. The product is packed with all the essential proteins, ceramides, and amino acids — the magic trio responsible for perfect skin.
K-beauty megabrand Neogen came up with the truffle oil drop and the internet went absolutely wild! Truffle oils are known to have several benefits for the skin — no wonder why Korean skincare routines have added this item to their list.
It has anti-aging properties, which is why it’s being highly incorporated into skincare lines these days. It also helps to protect the skin from the negative effects of UV rays.
Makgeolli as Face Mask
Fermented products are a favorite in Korean skincare. Sake is one of those popular fermented ingredients adopted by many big brands like Tony Moly. Sake is claimed to have skin brightening and skin purifying properties.
These face masks are insanely popular among the younger consumers and by the looks of it, it seems as though this one works like magic. It helps to prevent wrinkles and keeps the skin looking young.
Magnetic Face Mask
Surely you know by now that the Korean beauty industry always comes up with innovative face masks. This one is a magnet face mask, and it has a powdery texture. Contrary to what you’re expecting, this one has one of the best reviews.
Among all Dr. Brandt’s products, this magnet face mask is the best rated one. Many commented that it removes the gunk from the pores and is the gentlest physical exfoliator on the market.
Shampoo for Eyelash and Brows
Who doesn’t love dark eyelashes and brows? Korean skincare has solutions for this, too. There are special shampoos formulated for stimulating hair growth in these areas. The shampoo made for hair may be too strong for eyebrows and lashes, as claimed by a brand that produces this shampoo.
This product is prepared with those delicate areas — near the lashes and eyebrows — specifically in mind. They are free of fragrances or any type of irritants. Do they work? Well, the pool is very much divided on its effectiveness.
Nose-Up Gadget for Straight Nose
A straight and thin nose is the classic definition of perfect Korean beauty. To help people get this shape of the nose, the Korean market has invented several gadgets. Also called nose shapers, these small clip devices can magically slim down the nose or that’s at least what the packaging claims.
Usually, in Korea, people do not shy away from plastic surgery as it’s very common and safe to do in their country. However, if you’re not a fan of cutting scissors and forceps, this small tool can be your friend.