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”

I’m Mall In: Review of Riley Rose, Sephora for Kbeauty

Rile you were sleeping, a new player arrived on the Kbeauty scene.

Enter from outside or inside the mall

When I first heard about Riley Rose, it sounded like a Sephora for millennials. What I didn’t realize until I visited the store at Glendale Galleria (a Los Angeles mall): Riley Rose has a TON of Kbeauty brands that can’t be found in a brick-and-mortar elsewhere.

So it’s more like Sephora for Kbeauty. LOVE. Continue reading “I’m Mall In: Review of Riley Rose, Sephora for Kbeauty”

Orange Is the New White: Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ Review

Oh hai, PA++++ sunscreen made by a Western brand!  *heart-eyes emoji*  Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 PA++++ sunscreen was released last spring and I was immediately drawn by the PA rating.

PA ratings are almost unheard of for American sunscreens.  In the U.S., PA labeling isn’t required, widely understood, or regulated, so naturally companies have no incentive to advertise PA ratings, much less formulate for the highest rating.  But for us Asian beauty fans and serious skincare addicts, we know that PA++++ is preferable for preventing tanning and sunspots from UVA exposure.

I had high hopes for this all-physical sunscreen (2.7% titanium dioxide, 10% zinc oxide) because it claimed to leave no white cast, but the title of this post–Orange Is the New White–should serve as ominous foreshadowing.

Continue reading “Orange Is the New White: Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ Review”

Bee Mine: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream Review

Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream is like the famous Vita Propolis Ampoule in light cream form. Radiant glow? Check. Wraps skin in hydrating propolis extract? Check.

Note: This jar (provided for review by the brand) is the older packaging with the former name, Leejiham Vita Propolis Cream. Glow Recipe still uses this name and you’ll probably find more reviews under the old name. Continue reading “Bee Mine: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream Review”

Purrrrple Mane Purrple Mane – Dyeing (and Keeping) Asian Hair Platinum Blonde

To start the new-ish 2018 year, I decided to lighten up. REALLY lighten up. So I went from ombre brownish gold to just…blonde. As in Khaleesi blonde. As Asian hair sucks ass to color, and doesn’t retain the color, I sat in a salon chair from 2:30PM-8:30PM. Below is a “BEFORE” of my brassy balayage/ombre ‘do.

As my parents have owned beauty salons for over 10 years, I came in with realistic expectations. To turn brown into light blonde, especially closer to the roots, you have to color for hours and hours. First hair is bleached, slowly, then the blonde shade is applied. It is NOT single processing. Often during processing, the hair color comes out in patches and super uneven. If the developer is too strong, your hair will be super brittle. If it’s too weak, it won’t lift the shades light enough.

I went to an Asian hair salon (Hair Philosophy @hairphilosophynyc) and relied on my fabulous & talented Effie Lei (@hair_by_effie) (please don’t poach her and book up all my appointments m*f*ckers!).

And goddamn she did a great job: Continue reading “Purrrrple Mane Purrple Mane – Dyeing (and Keeping) Asian Hair Platinum Blonde”

Who Nose: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm Review

Why do I love Farmacy Green Clean AND why will I not repurchase?

The scent.

After sniffing 4 tubs of this cleansing balm, I concluded that the scent (the true joy factor) is extremely inconsistent from batch to batch. With an unreliable joy factor, this is just not worth the risk to buy.


I actually loved this on first smell when Bella Noir Beauty (her review here) let me try hers after raving about the scent: key lime pie mixed with heaven. Throw in the creamy lime color, and there was SO MUCH JOY that I resolved to buy this the next time I needed to restock cleansing balm. I also recommended this to a few of you during the fall Sephora sale based on pure yumminess. Continue reading “Who Nose: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm Review”

Glow for the Gold: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule Review

Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule is an old favorite with a new name. I first used it 3+ years ago, practically an eternity for a skincare addict. It’s about time I shared my love for it. (This particular bottle was sent by the brand, but I’ve purchased multiple bottles on my own.)

It’s a splurge (a TINY 15ml for $23 at Target(!) and $38 at Glow Recipe), but can you really put a price on liquid glow, er, gold?

Continue reading “Glow for the Gold: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule Review”