Maxine Builder studied international relations at Tufts University, and then decided to use that degree to write about Korean fashion trends. When she's not dreaming about what she'd look like with a lavender top-knot, Maxine's writing and thinking about global health policy. A native New Yorker, Maxine lives in a renovated warehouse in Brooklyn.
Latest Articles

Why K-Beauty Is For Lazy Girls

When I mention that I write about K-beauty, most people ask about the infamous 10-step Korean skincare regime. They wonder, "Who actually has time for that?" The subtext being, "It seems way too fussy and totally unnecessary." This, however, isn't fa…
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7 K-Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Mom

When I first learned about K-beauty, it wasn't called K-beauty. I simply knew it as beauty advice from my Korean mom, and much of her skincare counsel, in my young mind, was overkill. Who needs to put on sunscreen every day? Why can't I pop that zit …
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The 'Star Wars' Cast At The 2016 MTV Movie Awards

It's safe to say that on the evening of April 9, the cast of Star Wars at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards looked more impeccable than ever. Well, at least the folks who showed up. And by folks, I mean Daisy Ridley. It's quite a surprise that the majority …
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Amber Rose Wasn't At The Movie Awards

She's known for bold fashion choices, especially on red carpets, so I was pretty excited to see Amber Rose at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. After all, it's a show that encourages creativity from its attendees when it comes to their ensembles. But alas, …
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Dolly And Katy Were Sequined Dreams At ACMs

There were plenty of A-list country musicians who performed at this year's ACMs, from Carrie Underwood to Keith Urban. Really, the ACM Awards were more of a concert than a traditional, cut-and-dry award show, with the guests at one point standing on …
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Doug The Pug At The 2016 ACM Awards Is Cowboy Chic

When I cover red carpet fashion, I'm usually writing about human celebrities. But there was a very special four-legged guest on the red carpet tonight who deserves some love for his eye-catching look. Doug The Pug at the 2016 American Country Music A…
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Katy Perry Went For Total Country Kitsch At ACMs

She might not be the first celebrity you name when you think of "country music," but Katy Perry at the 2016 Academy Of Country Music Awards is totally channeling cowgirl, country kitsch glamour and looking right at home among country music's biggest …
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Miranda Lambert Channeled A Springtime Bouquet

Dressed in a sunshine yellow gown with a light blue statement necklace and hot pink heels, Miranda Lambert at the 2016 Academy Of Country Music Awards looked like a bouquet of spring flowers in the midst of the Nevada desert. Last year might have bee…
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Kacey Musgraves Is A Goth Mermaid At The ACMs

Though she's known for wearing bright colors and playing with jewel tones, Kacey Musgraves at the 2016 Academy Of Country Music Awards looks like a goth sea princess, in an all-black gown with a mermaid hem and slicked hair. Nominated for two awards …
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Carrie Underwood Is Glistening In Gold

Though she missed the red carpet for this event last year, Carrie Underwood at the 2016 Academy Of Country Music Awards showed up ready to take first place in a glittering, gold gown. Nominated for just one award at this year's ceremony — Female Voca…
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This Is What Happens When You Triple-Cleanse

Even though I gravitate toward a more lazy girl-friendly skincare routine, I've been a long-time fan of double cleansing. I'm also a huge proponent for makeup removing wipes, for obvious reasons of convenience. So when I learned about triple cleansin…
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How To Hide Pesky Allergy Symptoms

For a lot of people, spring is a happy season, full of blooming flowers and the end of sweater weather. For me, spring brings a hell-scape of seasonal allergies — a constant head cold, red and puffy eyes, and a nose rubbed raw from using too many tis…
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11 Times Jeffree Star Was Beauty Goals

Back in the day, I was addicted to Myspace, spending hours curating photos and adding Blingees to my profile. It was during that time of early online trawling that I first came across that signature shock of pink hair, those black and white tattoos, …
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11 Political Pins For The Diehard Democrat

It's been a crazy campaign season to say the least, and I've taken a brief respite from all the fiery rhetoric to get really into retro campaign gear. There's something so classically American about good, old-fashion political swag, and no item is mo…
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I Tried Peel-Off Lip & Eyebrow Tattoos

When people talk about Korean beauty trends, they're usually discussing inventive skincare techniques or products with unique ingredients. But innovation isn't limited to skincare, and one of the strange Korean makeup trends that's currently emerging…
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7 Retro Tips From A '90s Korean Beauty Magazine

The other night, I decided to go full Marie Kondo on my childhood bedroom when I came across a vintage Korean beauty magazine that definitely sparked some joy. Full of vintage K-beauty tips and pictures of some very bad perms, this old school Korean …
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The Ultimate Lazy Girl Beauty Hack For Spring

I've recently discovered the ultimate lazy girl beauty hack for those of among us who, like me, have a hard time sticking to a skincare routine: cleansing sticks. Now, cleansing sticks might look a little like lip balm, but they're actually a solid c…
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Tina Fey & Reese Witherspoon Were Totally Twinning

If red carpet fashion was a sport, then the Oscars would be the Olympics. In this competition, everyone wants to stand out, be an individual, and show off their style. And since so much press is given to dissecting each look, no one wants to be the p…
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Here's Who Designed Ashley Graham’s Oscar Dress

Sitting in the E! News skybox with Kris Jenner and Giuliana Rancic, Ashley Graham was at the 2016 Oscars to give red carpet commentary, and she did it wearing a stunning, low-cut red gown. If you've been wondering who designed Ashley Graham's 2016 Os…
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Why Selena Gomez’s 2016 Oscars Dress Didn’t Happen

Though Selena Gomez wasn't nominated for an Oscar, she definitely has connections to some of the pictures nominated for the night's biggest prize. But Selena Gomez's 2016 Oscars dress didn't happen because, well, she didn't show up on the red carpet!…
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