Originally from Korea, Yoon recently moved to San Francisco to work at a dream job –helping to develop new products for Benefit! Here she answers a few questions about life at Benefit.
What do you do on an average day at Benefit…My daily life at Benefit starts with looking in the mirror. :) Every morning the Product Marketing team tests new formulas, new colors, or any new products. During the day, I have a lot of meetings where we plan and come up with ideas for new products. Many times we work with other departments to come up with ideas. I found that this job involves a lot of team work and creative thinking, which is always fun, but challenging. Later in the day, I usually have phone calls with our international markets for new projects. Here at Benefit, time flies! I’ve been here only 5 months, but feel like it’s been over a year!
I’m most inspired by…Anything vintage. I especially love vintage art, clothes, and shops.
The five things I love/can’t live without…
- My diary
- Pop Chips (This one new thing that I love after coming to SF. It’s the best snack ever!)
- Rain boots (I found that having these is very critical in SF.)
- And I absolutely love having aroma candles at home
My favorite Benefit moment…is when I just started to work at Benefit in Korea, I was 24 and we opened the 1st store in Korea. At that time, nobody knew about Benefit, so I had to wear an angel costume to get people’s attention. I had so much fun with consumers and it was very special experience for me.
When I need creative inspiration I go to…Japantown. Japanese culture always make me very excited and inspired. I love magazines, little stationary, beauty items and all new stuff from Japan. I also read lots of magazines, usually Korean magazines since still reading English makes me little bit tired. :)
During work, I listen to…Pandora.com – the French band Phoenix is my favorite.
My favorite place in San Francisco/Bay Area…is the Ferry Building. I love this place because it is somehow very vibrant and full of different things. I love looking at the people that come and go during the weekend for the famous farmer’s market. Also, I love all the delicious food trucks during the weekend.
My favorite color is…peach-y pink. I do not know if it is because of Benefit or not. I just love peach pink. At home, I have a peach-pink chair. After all this time working at Benefit, it just became my favorite color.
My makeup trend that I regret the most…frosted dark shades of lipstick. It was really scary looking, like a horror movie and I have no idea as to why I wore those shades.
If I could live any other place I’d live…Hong Kong! I love the foods, fun-life style, all the international people from all over the world, and of course shopping.
My creative outlet is…my yoga classes. They make me focused and calm.
What I miss most about Korea…I would say it is my family and friends; that’s always the most difficult part for me. You can find good food, good places, & good things wherever you go, but it is hard to find good people who have known you for such a long time and know who you really are.