Shoes Your Adventure: Antonia Saint NY Review

We tempurrrarily depart from our usual beauty programming to bring you this speshul post…Antonia Saint NY custom-fit high heels!

Purrhaps you’ve been bombarded with their ads on Facebook. (Heh, these will be the second pair of shoes that have been enabled by FB, after Rothy’s. Get $20 off with my referral link (expires Dec. 1, 2018). $$$ but I wear my three pairs constantly.)

As a constant heel wearer, I was immediately fascinated by the concept: Shoes that promised to solve common problems (e.g., molded foam soles for comfort and arch support, ballistic nylon heels that resist scratches) AND purrrfectly fit your feet (via photos and measurements uploaded through an app).

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Come Sale Away: Peach & Lily Sample Sale 2018

Peach & Lily has low-key announced its 4th annual sample sale.

Via an announcement at the bottom of its usual marketing emails, Peach & Lily have announced that this year’s sale will take place this Friday (Aug. 24th) from 8am-9pm at 23 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010.

More details here:

Sadly, we’ve (ahem: Renee’s) missed the last couple of sales.

But fret not! Our friends Peeping Pomeranian and Ceci Beauty Therapy recapped the recent years in lots of detail (prices, photos, inventory).

Read on and brace prepare yourself! This is quite the event for Kbeauty lovers in NY. Count yourself lucky if you’re able to go!

2017 Peach & Lily Sample Sale Recap

Click HERE or on the image to view Peeping Pomeranian’s post.

2016 Peach & Lily Sample Sale Recap

Click HERE or on the image to view Ceci Beauty Therapy’s post.

Happy shopping!

Will you be going?

P.S. Look out for reviews of the new skincare by Peach & Lily (also available at Ulta). I just got the Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask ($43) and Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream ($40).

Fueki-it: Fueki Yasashii Moisture Cream

During the annual holiday trip (yeah I know, this news is like, sooooo last YEAR; I’m backlogged, sue me) where Angela and I do our usual cat-fighting bonding, I found this cult favorite moisturizer manufactured by a GLUE company, Fueki Kogyo Co. The synergies of making stationery, construction materials, and cosmetics eludes me. Then…I realize that horse bits (collagen from hooves) also used in glue factories. Night-mare but that doesn’t stop me. Sorry Seabiscuit!

My impulse buy was initially spurred by their very distinctive packaging. Talk about cohesive branding:

Behold the Fueki Yasashii Moisture Cream

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The Great Barrier Relief: Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence Review

What drew me to Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence ($29; provided by Beautibi, a great source for Taiwanese and Korean beauty) is that it purports to strengthen the skin barrier and that the brand specializes in post-procedure care.  As a regular tretinoin user (yay Curology!) and frequent overexfoliator (boooo glycolic acid), treatments like Tre-Fact appeal to me.

When my moisture barrier is fine, Tre-Fact may seem like just another hydrating serum.  But when it’s compromised–dull, bumpy, red, flaky–Tre-Fact comes to the rescue.

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Swatch the Throne: BECCA Royal Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Review & Swatches

You guys!!! I’m writing this just hours before Meghan Meowrkle and Purrrince Harry’s historic wedding. As an American fangirl–minor overstatement because I basically just follow whatever the Daily Mail posts–I am irrationally psyched.

Enter BECCA Royal Glow (gifted by the brand): a limited edition highlighter inspired by the Crown Jewels. These are family jewels I’m actually eager to show people. A gorgeous golden peach befitting Meghan’s beauty.

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Smooth Op-PURR-rator: BONAIR Blue Smoother and Rose Illuminator Skincare Review

Korean skincare brand BONAIR specializes in purrremium fermented oil.

Oil. Fermented. Yasss, let that sink in for a moment (as deep as fermented oil is supposed to sink in compared to non-fermented oil).

Be Mused Korea now stocks BONAIR’s delicious offerings and sent us some items to review. (You might know Be Mused’s founder as the lovely Lisa @beautybemused.)

Angela (normal-to-dry skin) tried BONAIR Blue Smoother Face Oil ($53/30ml) and Velvet Cream ($48/50 ml). The Blue Smoother line is targeted at dry/very dry skin and features fermented blue tansy oil and guaiazulene. ::Cue squeals over blue ingredients::

Renee (combination skin) tried BONAIR Rose Illuminator Oil Drop ($53/30ml) and Moist Cream ($48/50ml). The Rose Illuminator line is lighter weight than the Blue Smoother line (but still very moisturizing) and contains fermented rosehip oil.
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Spread It! Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask from Soo Ae New York

By “spread it” I mean spread the word, filthy minds. This is the first full review of a sponsored product from the #ABINNYC meetup. It was a hectic week and I made it to the meetup by the hair on my chimney chin chin. The swag bag situation was serious and even ~butter~ was the fact that one of the sponsors Soo Ae included an abundance of hair products. This Asian platinum hair is thiiiiirrrsty lately.

Behold this Soo Ae Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask

This is a little sealed foil packet with a handy nozzle in case there’s leftover product. It’s probably very handy for travel as it’s flat and doesn’t take as much room as cylindrical containers.

Now I’m no chemist so I’ll reserve my judgment over the ingredients list. For those in the know, here it is. Ok yeah there’s pretty chemically-sounding ingredients here. However I’m of the opinion that hair is dead (like my insides) so unless it’s fire or acids, it’s probably fine (I’ve applied one of the two to my hair, but that’s another story for another time). Continue reading “Spread It! Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask from Soo Ae New York”

Guest Who? Guest Post for Gothamista on NYC Beauty Shopping

When Gothamista asks you to purrrsonally take her shopping, you don’t say no.  In fact, you say yes while trying hard to play it cool and fake-flipping through your planner.

So on one cold day in New York, Renée met up Renee (no relation) and me for a day in Chinatown exploring some of the best places in the city to swatch ‘n’ sniff Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese beauty stuphs (plus some select Western ones).

The result?  A lighter wallet but also OUR AWESOME SHOPPING GUIDE on Gothamista’s blog.

Take a gander HERE and stay tuned to Gothamista’s blog for another guest post, this time venturing beyond Chinatown! What’s your favorite beauty spot in NY?

Hue Light Up My Life: I Tried 5 Colourpop Lavender Highlighters and This Is My Fave

I hoard lavender highlighters like they’re the last northern white rhino on earth. (Sorry, too soon?)

Lucky for my obsessed self, brands are releasing lavender highlighter faster than you can say “unicorn.” Unlucky for me, the hunt for the right one almost feels like searching for a unicorn.

My purrroblem: I have light but very yellow skin (NC15 right now, NC20 in summer). Oftentimes the lavender ends up simply neutralizing my undertones (like a color corrector or one of those Korean tone-up products), making the highlighter look white or baby pink.

The solution: Buy 5 purrrples from Colourpop! Continue reading “Hue Light Up My Life: I Tried 5 Colourpop Lavender Highlighters and This Is My Fave”