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Korea, the country that brings you pretty girls stuffing their faces on webcams and life-sucking addictive soap operas, is also reliable for its deluge of beauty-product wonders. In fact, the geographically small country of South Korea is the 12th largest cosmetics producer in the world.*
With hundreds of thousands of whimsical — and effective — beauty products pouring out of this tiny country, there are cosmetics that'll remove callouses, create bigger-looking eyes, or give you the creamy white skin of a goddess, a.k.a. a K-Pop star (Any 2NE1 fans here? Just us?). If you've ever wished that a certain beauty product existed for your obscure, fill-in-the-blank beauty problem, you can bet the good people of Korea not only have a solution, but that it works and it's cute.
With BB creams, paper face masks, and snail creams becoming as mainstream as Psy, we're all ears for this next batch of beauty wonders from the East. Behold nine truly strange but totally awesome Korean beauty products that'll make you the next ulzzang (Korean slang for the ultimate pretty face — c'mon).
*According to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's global market profile of 2012.