Vote Right Meow! AB See Link Party #4

Voting in Round #4–theme: Kiss & Makeup–goes on until tomorrow (Friday), July 29th, at 11am PST/2pm EST/7pm BST.

Click the pic below to be taken to InLinkz, where you’ll see all the entries showing off their makeup faves from Asian beauty brands.  To vote for your faves (pick up to 3), hover over the post you’re voting for and click the heart in the upper righthand corner.

Stay tuned to see which is voted the top post.

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OVOLYMPICS: Reviews of Gudetama x Holika Holika, Narikiri, & My Scheming Sheet Masks

01 Gudetama Sheet Mask Review ComparisonGiven K-beauty’s knack for collaborations with cute cartoons and mascots, it was only a matter of when, not oeuf, a Gudetama collaboration would happen.

Well Holika Holika fulfilled this egg-lover’s dream in May with a skincare and makeup collection featuring everyone’s favorite lazy, apathetic egg.  I seriously can’t get un oeuf of my Gudies.

And THEN I discovered that there were also Gudetama sheet masks from Japan and Taiwan (by My Scheming no less!)  Apparently, un oeuf is not un oeuf when it comes to milking a cash cow.

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Kiss & Makeup: AB See Link Party Round #4

Update July 25: Voting is live now! To vote for your fave post (pick up to 3), click on the photo below to be taken to InLinkz.  Then hover over the post you’re voting for, and click the heart in the upper righthand corner.  That’s it! 

Voting ends Friday, July 29th, at 11am PST/2pm EST/7pm EST.

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Welcome to Round #4 of AB See, the Asian beauty link party!  Click here for my post explaining what a link party is.

AB See Link Party HostsWe’re hosting this week, and the theme is…

Kiss & Makeup: Asian Beauty Makeup

Unboxing Beauty

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream in #2 Aqua Neutral Review – Unboxing Beauty

Nourish the Skin

The Face Shop Disney Collection – Nourish the Skin

DIY Cushion Blush

A Blush with Fame: DIY Cushion Blush Tutorial

Etude House Real Powder Cushion swatches review – fishscalekisses

Etude House Real Powder Cushion swatches review – fishscalekisses

[Berrisom] - Oops My Lip Tint Pack Review! Peeling Delight.

[Berrisom] – Oops My Lip Tint Pack Review! Peeling Delight.

Laneige BB Cushion (Medium, Target Edition) – Gracefulface

Laneige BB Cushion (Medium, Target Edition) – Gracefulface

Holika Holika: Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar

Holika Holika: Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar

Holika Holika Gudetama Lazy & Easy Jelly Dough Blusher Review – Peepingpomeranian

Holika Holika Gudetama Lazy & Easy Jelly Dough Blusher Review – Peepingpomeranian

As a makeup lover, I (Angela) picked this theme because I especially love the innovation and trends that have originated from Asian beauty brands.  Gradient lips, aegyo sal, shiny foundation, cushion makeup, … the list goes on.  And sometimes, it’s simply a matter of doing it better than non-AB brands have done it (see Laneige Water Drop Tints, Clio Kill Black liquid liner, and Fairydrops mascara).

Bloggers: tell us about AB makeup products, tips, or techniques that you like.  Until this Sunday, July 24th, click below to add your link to an old or new post.  Due to some…technical difficulties (ahem, I learned that WordPress.com-hosted blogs can’t do Javascript)…your thumbnails and links won’t show up here automatically, so I’m adding them manually each day.

Three Simple Rules:
1) Asian Beauty related posts only.
2) Comment on three other participants’ posts! It’s all about sharing the fun.
3) You can include the AB See logo above and link back to this page on your submission. Keep the party alive!

Readers: starting Sunday July 24th, vote for up to three of your favorite posts.  Click here to vote.

Top posts will be featured on here! Looking forward to seeing what you all submit!

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Land of the Rising Sunscreen: Japanese PA++++ Sunscreen Reviews

When the AB See link party (for bloggers and readers alike) took on the topic of sun protection (still accepting blog links through 2pm EST (July 13, 2016)), that was the push for me to finally–finally, midway through the summer–post a roundup of (almost all) the Japanese sunscreens that I’ve tried in the last two years.  All of them are SPF 50+ PA++++, which is apparently hard to formulate well because I’ve had way more misses than hits!

These are the sunscreens reviewed in this post, in order of preference:

  1. Solanoveil Watery Essence
  2. Solanoveil Watery Gel
  3. Nivea Protect Plus Skin UV Cream
  4. Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV
  5. Sun Bears Strong Super Plus
  6. Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Essence
  7. Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture
  8. Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel in Pink Beige
  9. Sunplay Super Block
  10. 50 Megumi Morning UV Protection Cream Review
  11. Shigaisen Yohou UV Cream
  12. Privacy UV Mist
  13. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist (bonus non-Japanese sunscreen)

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Good Day Funshine: Solanoveil Watery Essence vs. Watery Gel Review & Comparison

Biore, Shiseido, Nivea, Sun Bears–those are some of the frequently mentioned brands when the topic of Japanese sunscreens come up in Asian beauty circles.

Solanoveil was new to me when I spotted it on Ratzilla Cosme, as a Best Pick no less!  So I took a chance and ordered a bottle–sparking a loyalty to the brand that’s still going strong as multiple repurchases can confirm.

01 Solanoveil Watery Essence Watery Gel ReviewIn the last year, I’ve tried both Solanoveil Watery Essence and Solanoveil Watery Gel (Ratzilla’s Best Pick), so this post reviews and compares the two.  For reference, my skin is normal in the summer, dry and flaky in the winter, and I always wear foundation on top (mineral powder or cushion compact). Continue reading

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