If you haven’t discovered the magical beauty section on Amazon, then you better sit down.
The beast is stocked with beauty treasures from all ends of the Earth that usually can only be found in its country of origin. Sorry, this is Pandora’s Box for your wallet, but on the plus side, your skin is going to glow like it's never done before.
From cult Korean skincare buys to under-the-radar French pharmacy finds, here are the beauty products from around the world that belong in your shopping cart.
The best-selling Shills Deep Cleansing Black Mask from Taiwan has bloggers raving about its ability to dislodge blackheads and leave your skin feeling lovely and soft – and there are photos to prove it. Smooth it all over your face and leave it for a halver to reveal seriously poreless lookin' skin.
BIAFINE EMULSION, £12.99
This French cream is the hardworking multitasker you’ve always dreamed of and it's the secret skincare weapon of French women and beauty editors. Biafine Emulsion was originally created to treat serious burns, just like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream and your fancy pants nan’s Crème de la Mer. Use it to soothe skin irritations and sunburn or as a deep moisturising night mask.
Australian coffee is renown around the world. Aussie skincare brand, Frank Body uses coffee as a natural exfoliator to help you get rid of flaky skin and stretch marks. This all over scrub is fused with coconut and grapeseed to keep your bod feelin’ silky smooth and smelling great.
If you’re unaware of the mecca of nature-meets-science backed products of The Face Shop, it’s time to get educated. Korean beauty fans will know how much of a big deal cleansing oils are – even if you have oily skin it’ll balance out your complexion and remove makeup in a sweep.
LUCAS PAPAW OINTMENT, £5.99
As an Australian, I can confidently say that every Aussie (man or woman) will own at least one, maybe ten, tubes of Lucas Papaw Ointment in their lifetime. It’s that popular and it’s a darn shame that you can’t easily get your paws on ‘em in the UK. The multipurpose ointment made from fermented papaya is used as a salve for insect bites, zits, burns, dry skin and more. And it's simply the best!
HOMEOPLASMINE CREAM, £18.99
Homeoplasmine Cream is a backstage secret no more! This balm is what makeup artists and models use behind the scenes as a primer and a light but super hydrating facial moisturiser. Thanks to its natural ingredients, including calendula and phytolacca, you can use it on highly sensitive skin.
Don’t be put off by the name, adventurous beauty devotees should try this snail excretion-based repair cream RN. Its thick formula is great for calming sore, tired, red skin, and as an added bonus, it’s fab at fading acne scars. YASS!