Recently I strolled into a bookstore (I am a true and proud bookworm in case you didn’t know!) looking for some new books to read and The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin by Charlotte Cho caught my eye (the book cover is so pretty! I’m a sucker for all cute book covers).
The book is all about Korean beauty and makeup, but it also covers their lifestyle. It was an interesting and fairly fast read as the book is not very long – 224 pages. It all revolves around the philosophy of healthy looking and glowing skin, which judging from some of the descriptions in the book is pretty much bordering on obsession. We get an in-depth description of ten step Korean skincare routine which I found quite interesting though there wasn’t much I haven’t already read on the internet. In the book you get interviews with famous people regarding skincare which are a fairly interesting read and a few tips thrown in between the pages.
What is really liked in the book are recommendations regarding products from various Korean brands in all the price ranges. I find it to be really useful since I have absolutely no knowledge which brands are popular there. I know some Korean products from Sephora and other stores but those are not always the most popular brands in their origin country, plus they are mostly in the expensive range. I will definitely come back to those recommendations, which also have useful short reviews so I know what I can expect from them. It’s a brilliant resource to start my journey into the world of Korean cosmetics (which this book made me quite excited about!).
I also enjoyed the lifestyle part of the book, with some of the Korean customs (mostly beauty related, but not only) that were quite fascinating to me that I did not know about before. There’s even a list of Charlotte’s favorite Korean dishes (which sound delicious, I’ll have to look around for a good restaurant that serves them or maybe try to make some of them by my own hand) As a bonus there is also a chapter dedicated to a guide to Seoul – what to visit and what cosmetic stores to pop into.
Overall the book was a pretty good read, with lots of interesting makeup and skincare tips and interviews. At moments though it felt more an autobiography of Charlotte rather than a beauty guide, which I did not quite expect when picking it up. If you’re new to the topic of Korean beauty you can definitely find this book useful and inspiring.