Get It Beauty 2015: Episode 1 Recap
Honey Lee is probably one of the classiest, loveliest ladies in the Korean entertainment space (those dimples!). So despite not being a fan of the variety scene, I had to check out this year's season of Get It Beauty, which is essentially a beauty-centered advice show with her as the main host. Although I'm not generally a recapper, I wanted to try my hand at it here, as the topics covered are actually quite interesting for skincare lovers like myself. It won't be exorbitantly detailed, but will instead highlight what I felt were the more interesting tidbits.
As a whole, I find this show follows the typical Korean talk show format, featuring a group of hosts with different backgrounds, some on-show challenges and demonstrations, and the occasional bit of gag humor. The hosts include Honey Lee, idol group SISAR's Soyou as the fresh young face, a lady named Kim Jung Min who I'm guessing is a former host, and a surprisingly knowledgeable though quirky guy named Hwang Min Young, who was obviously strung in to inject a necessary bit of self-deprecating humor. I'm not yet taken with any of the supporting hosts, and since I'm really only watching to learn Honey's beauty secrets, I'd almost rather we just had a shorter episode that only focused on her rather than bothering to give screentime to all the ladies (and random man). This show is centered around beauty though, and I was satisfied to find episode 1 informative and light-handed on the jokes. I came away with some valuable knowledge, and for that alone I might just keep watching. Also, who can say no to Honey's request to "watch so you can become prettier"?
We're introduced to Honey, who's dressed impeccably in a fitted black, off-the-shoulder dress and burgundy pumps. Her hair and accessories are also of course enviably perfect. She greets the crowd of girls, termed "Better Girls", who serve as the audience / test subjects. Not a bad gig for them I think, especially as they end up with nice samples of the highlighted products at the end.
Honey introduces the other hosts, and in short order we're on to event number 1, which is an overview of the products in all three ladies' vanities.
Notable learnings from this section:
- Focuses on fresh products; once a product is over a year old she'll use it on her body instead of her face
- She loves oils, which she uses on her face and body especially in the winter. The main product featured here was horse oil cream (pretty sure she's showing Claire's Guerisson horse cream, available here) , which apparently is made from actual horse oil (don't ask me for details). This is suppposedly a thing in Japan, and it's good for the skin because horse oil is similar to our own skin's oil
- She massages body oils into her skin with this strange silver tool. She emphasizes massaging the neckline, and believes that tension in that and the bosom area can lead to an asymmetrical face
- As with all the ladies, she stores her skincare in the fridge to help them stay fresh longer
- She uses a ceramide cream, which is good for irritated skin
- She also uses oils, and has a separate pre- and post-makeup oil
- According to the makeup expert, you shouldn't refrigerate oils because they can separate and be ruined by the cold. It's best to just store them in a cool place.
Following this vanity reveal, we move on to a skincare / makeup demonstration by the guest makeup expert to the show.
I found her tips some of the most helpful:
- Toners should be applied on a cotton pad, not with the fingers. However, you must make sure to use a lot of product and completely soak the cotton pad, or else the cotton will scratch the skin
- Water serums should be applied with the hands, making sure to pat them in to allow absorption
- You can help prevent sunscreen from sliding off skin by mixing it with a cream (like the horse oil cream), then dabbing it on. Just be sure to use more sunscreen since it's now diluted
- For powder, you need to target certain areas with a brush. This includes the area under the eyes and around the outside of the face. The other areas can be done using a puff
- Don't pump mascaras (e.g., pull the stick inside and out) because that can let in air and cause drying.
- Don't smack and rub your lips together after applying lipstick, as the friction will cause the lips to dry and lead to dry skin. Instead use a lip brush to apply, and start applying the color on the inside of the lips and work out
We now get some candid camera shots of the ladies filming their daily routines. Soyou basically films her hotel travel routine, which includes taking a 15 minute bath (no longer or you'll dehydrate) as well as a shot of her skin and haircare products.
What's irritating about this show is all the brand names are censored, so you don't know what the products are unless you recognize the packaging. On the plus side, this means we're hopefully getting the ladies' real thoughts, and not just their recited views on the sponsor of the week. I recognized only a Jo Malone body lotion from this line-up on Soyou's vanity.
Honey apparently lives out of her van, so she goes through some of her snacks and things. She keeps a humidifier and air purifier in the van to cleanse the air and prevent drying from the heater (this is seriously intense beauty commitment).
She also keeps healthy snacks for chomping on if she gets hungry after midnight. Even more impressively, she brings five thermoses of drinks with her everyday - lemon tea, water, pumpkin soup (no idea what this is), coffee, and red bean water / burdock tea (which is for decomposing cholesterol apparently). Wow, and I thought I liked my drink options. I'm curious if the burdock tea actually works, as who wouldn't want lower cholesterol?
Jung Min just really rubs me the wrong way. She comes across as very self-absorbed (all that preening for the camera!) and makes too many attempts at being funny that just don't work. Not to mention, I don't find her tips all that helpful. She washes her face with vinegar soap in the morning, followed by a face mousse-type mask. She also shows off her entire refrigerator full of cosmetics - it's pretty much overkill, since there's no way even a family could finish that stuff before expiration, least of all one woman.
Jung Min is also a coffee addict, citing that she drinks 3-4 cups a day. Our dermatologist guest warns that too much coffee can lead to skin dehydration, and tells people to drink two cups of water for every one cup of coffee (a rule I should also learn to follow).
We launch into a quick overview of the ladies' exercise routines. Honey has a personal trainer and focuses on exercises around the core muscles. She mentions that working out after you stretch your muscles helps make them thinner and stronger. Soyou does pilates.
Ever unhelpful and histrionic Jung Min basically does something called fascial therapy, and uses this as an excuse to moan and get attention in front of the camera. I skip through the whole fascial trial drama because I don't foresee any valuable insight from this jokey segment. But I get that this was the only way they could give solo male host rep Min Young his screentime for the week.
The final part of the hour consists of all the hosts and the Better Girls trialing and voting on five different cleansing waters in a Blind Test, to determine if any brand can beat out the prior year's winner, Bioderma. This would be more helpful again if the brand names weren't blurred out, but luckily we have beauty experts on Google to help. The final ranking goes:
That's it for week 1! All in all, I was pleasantly surprised at how much useful info managed to get embedded in an entertainment segment. Clearly though, you have to be a beauty lover else you'll be bored out of your mind. Honey managed to be as classy as you'd expect, but to be fair she also came across a bit overly formal and distant given her hosting responsibilities. Did anyone else watch this, and if so what were your thoughts?