We haven’t posted here in awhile, but like those zombies in the post apocalyptic world that we’re hurling towards, Angela, Rox, and I (Renee) keep on truckin’ at a glacial pace baby.
Admittedly, I have had to handle some fiscal & household responsibilities that made me feel very very pitiful for me-self. Wallowing in self-pity while blaming the epidemic and binging on très leches cake from Whole Foods was pretty satisfying for a few months. But even the deepest depths of my wallows cannot block out the heart-melting warmth of Roxy’s teenie paw reaching for a snack request. Those piercing green eyes and their cold, stoic, persistent dissatisfaction transmit the message that yes, we must endure, because meal time is 5 times a day now for the Cat Kween herself 👑😼
So what we been up to? Fking NOT MUCH! Are people “up” to stuff that I don’t know about during a world pandemic? Because I’d like to know how to get there.
However, thanks to formative years as a refugee and outcast, I’ve cultivated a rich inner life. Rox and I have been lounging, reading, making art, doing youtube workouts, re-strategizing our makeup & beauty routine, and dreaming of other ways beside an Italy trip to out-smug Angela.
In lieu of beauty products, I offer here a photoshoot of our matching outfit and accessory (not ad sponsored, but lovely gifts from my employer). What better way to spend time with that tiny fur-wrapped part of your soul than to #twinning and lewkin gude together?! It’s a good time to just be.
Indie brand Chaos Makeup is well known for its iridescent Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter. Drawn in by Kaleidoscope, I–naturally–added two purple highlighters, Force and Nebula, to my order as well. These formulas are marked by being “glitter free,” 100% pigments, and smooth and dewy as opposed to sparkly/metallic.
Each highlighter comes in a translucent pink seashell if you select the 36mm option. (They also come in 26mm pans.) Very ‘grammable, although I wish the thin plastic shells closed more securely. The glue on one pan also loosened pretty quickly, so the pan will fall out unless I’m very careful.
I admit it, I’m biased against releases from American Kbeauty retailers. Within the last few years, Glow Recipe, Then I Met You (by Soko Glam‘s founder), and Peach & Lily (affiliate link for $10 off first order) have each come out with skincare lines. They ostensibly embody the Kbeauty ethos–but at Western prices. *cue eyeroll*
But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Peach & Lily’s products (more on that in future posts) and now I’m surprised again by Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34 for 160ml). It’s a low-pH foaming cleanser that beautifies your sink (and Instagram).
Say “hai” to Skin Biology 7% GHK-Cu Accelerant($70 for 1,000 mgs), a super concentrated solution strictly intended to make things pretty mix into other skincare for an added copper peptide boost.
Is 7% a lot? YES. For reference, the highest concentration in a Skin Biology serum/lotion is 3%, and NIOD CAIS (Copper Amino Isolate Serum) is 2% (and used to go up to 5%, but CAIS 5% appears discontinued). Skin Biology warns of irritation if the concentration is too high.
A sheet mask that works in 60 seconds? I can feel your eyes rolling to the side.
If you’ve kept in the Jbeauty (fruit) loop, then you’ve probably noticed the Saborino Morning Mask. People have gone bananas for it judging by the line’s expansion into a gazillion different flavors, night masks, and skin care. They usually come in wet-wipe packaging with about 30 masks. Tbh, those Costco-worthy packages get tedious to work through, so I always resisted trying them until I spotted this more ap-peeling pack of just 5.
Bonus: it was on sale for $5 at Marukai (a Japanese market) in LA. Berry good deal because $1 per sheet is the max I’m willing to spend on a mask that’s meant to only stay on for 60 seconds! Online, you can find this at Yamibuy ($6) and Kirei Station ($12). Of course, the Costco size is a better value.
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. $$$ but I wear my four six(!) 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).
Peach & Lilyhas 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.