The NYLON Beauty Guide To Seoul

Skin Care

Aka the Korean beauty holy mecca

Peach & Lily's founder Alicia Yoon takes us on a beauty tour of Seoul, Korea. Join her as she shops for products and participates in the best self-care that the city has to offer.

A visit to Korea wouldn’t be complete without a proper beauty tour; after all, it’s considered to be one of the most exciting beauty meccas in the world, where you’ll find everything from high-tech skin bars, where you can pop into to for a lunchtime treatment, to stores filled with masks for every part of your body. To help guide you, I gathered up a thorough list of my favorite places to shop for K-beauty products and spas to visit. Just, don't go spending your money all in one place.

Where To Shop:
Watsons: I would describe this as a slightly more upscale 7-Eleven where you’ll find snacks, toiletries, and yes, beauty products. You’ll find Watsons all throughout Korea and filled with some interesting beauty brands. The best part is the price point. It’s usually great value. 

Olive Young: This is one of the biggest beauty supply chain stores that you’ll likely spot in all of Seoul. Think: well-priced, drugstore-type beauty brands all in one place. 

Lohbs: This is a beauty supply chain store with fewer locations than Olive Young, but it boasts a great assortment that also includes slightly higher-end products. You’ll also find a selection of inner beauty items like drinks and supplements that are intended to help with improving skin health. It has a clean décor and a well-laid-out store plan to make navigating different sections and brands easy.

Creemare: This is a beautifully decorated beauty and lifestyle shop that showcases plenty of natural brands. The space itself is a draw, with a mix of raw wood, marble, and bronze and a little corner table to examine your shopping haul or just to relax amidst greenery. It has a tightly edited but expansive assortment of beauty brands.

Chicor: Located in Gangnam and also in another city outside of Seoul, this store has a large assortment of all beauty categories. With poppy videos playing and a black-and-white décor with fun splashes of color, the store showcases trends and best-sellers.

Lotte Duty Free: A bit of a tourist trap, but if you want to find some of the best prices, the Duty Free shops will have great deals on many of the brands you’re seeing in the other stores. Standard department store décor (clean, white, and basic gondola-type displays), but you’ll see lots of K-pop star cutouts and famous faces modeling for many of the brands.

Department Stores: Galleria, Shinsegae, Lotte, and Hyundai are the big ones. The beauty floors, including the first floor, will have a good number of prestige and luxury beauty brands that you may not find in the beauty supply chain stores.

MyeongDong: This isn’t a store, but a general area to visit. I think of this as the Times Square of beauty. I like going at night as all the bright store lights dress this area up nicely. It’s about eight city blocks in sort of a 4x4 grid, but after a few blocks, you’ll notice the same stores appearing again. It gets crowded, hence the need for more than one location for each store. Fun fact: This area has one of the largest Olive Young flagship stores.

Garosugil: This means “tree-lined street” in Korean. This street is indeed tree-lined but also lined with cafes, small fashion boutiques, and plenty of multi-branded and individual brand beauty stores. A lot of beauty brands will build out fun “concept” stores that highlight the essence of their brand through experiential and all-out décor. Stroll around this area—don’t forget the side streets and the street parallel to the main Garosguil—and you’ll come across some of the prettiest and most innovative beauty concept stores, but you may get sidetracked by alluring cafes and well-lit boutiques with spot-on fashion trends.

Where To Treat Yourself
ShangpreeEstheticians come here fully trained, licensed, and with experience (for three years, they are paid full-time, but do not touch a client’s face until they are re-trained the Shangpree way). This special spa boasts clients who have been coming for decades, including many A-list celebrities and some of the most discerning and demanding clientele. But Shangpree always delivers with their proprietary treatments and techniques. Their mantra is that you’ll walk out with a glow from within for weeks and no irritation. This spa is women-only and gets booked up fast, so be sure to call and make an appointment in advance. Here’s a line created by their master estheticians and the spa director, who has a Ph.D. in cell biology and happens to be the person who actually creates the exam for licensure for estheticians in Korea. 

Sulwhasoo: This beautiful spa is located in the brand's flagship store. The first thing you’ll notice is that this is a masterpiece of interior and architectural decor, with a floor-to-ceiling grid of gold poles, which looks somewhat like a gilded graph paper come to life in 3-D form. It's futuristic, luxe, and calming at the same time—their spa treatment can also be described the same way. Be prepared to walk out completely relaxed and feeling thoroughly pampered.

Skin Lab LDo you sometimes wonder if an esthetician can really tell what’s going on with your skin by just looking at it? Skin Lab L addresses that head-on by having you first sit in a huge white lacquered chair (that is shaped like a face), to have a high-tech skin imaging device analyze your skin along with a list of specific ingredients that it could benefit from. You then walk over to the fun wall made up of what looks like beautiful IV drip bags filled with “pure awesomeness” and “amazing glow,” which are separated into categories like “Oily Skin,” “Acne,” “Anti-aging.” Next, you pick out what you need and also some supplemental ingredients that come in what look like syringes. You’re then given a condensed body massage, after which the contents of the IV drip bag and syringe are sprayed into your face using a nano oxygen spraying device; your skin drinks everything up. A vibrating face mask is then placed over your skin to further help with absorption. Finally, you're given an herbal drink that's been personalized for what your skin needs that day. And you walk out completely radiant, with a face that is hydrated and happy for days and days to come. You can also ask to get a facial in the backroom, where they do everything from facial pilates to intensive facial massages. Here’s one of their masks that shows the kind of innovation they conjure up. 

Nail Tam 2 NaNails are big in Korea. While the no-makeup makeup look still reigns supreme here, nails are often blinged out and totally done up. Many of the shopping streets will also have nail salons. Most of them are completely capable of the most intricate nail art. However, if you want to go where the K-pop stars go, Nail Tam 2 Na is worth checking out for nails that will make a statement. 

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.