The Glow Yup: Review & Swatches of Chaos Kaleidoscope, Force, and Nebula Highlighters

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.

**Click to read Hue Light Up My Life: I Tried 5 Colourpop Lavender Highlighters and This Is My Fave.**

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.

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Berry Smooth(ie): Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser Review

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).

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Blue Me Away: Skin Biology 7% GHK-Cu Accelerant Review

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.

I tried Skin Biology as a potential replacement for my beloved (blue-loved?) but pricey CAIS (reviewed here). Skin Biology’s products are a better value in terms of both per-ml cost and the “free samples,” which–woohoo!–consist of full-size or deluxe-size products worth about $20 each. Continue reading “Blue Me Away: Skin Biology 7% GHK-Cu Accelerant Review”

Dior Di-throned: Perfect Formula Ruby Pink Gel Coat Review & Swatches

I just named Perfect Formula Ruby Pink Gel Coat as one of my furvorite products of 2018. But it deserves more than just a brief mention. I have to hand it to Perfect Formula for nailing it as a Dior Nail Glow dupe. My digits dig it!

For more than 5 years, Dior Nail Glow was my go-to for Gude nails (i.e., lazy and easy). I raved about it in my review. Naturally, I tried to look for cheaper dupes because $28 for pinkish clear polish is as crazy as expecting Roxy to pass up wet foodz. Continue reading “Dior Di-throned: Perfect Formula Ruby Pink Gel Coat Review & Swatches”

An Exercise in Fruitility? Saborino Morning Mask Review – Pomegranate & Mixed Berry

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.

“Skinfood.” No frootz were harmed in the making of this picture. These are honeydew and peach cleansing balms and banana sleeping mask.

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.

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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 Jan. 15, 2019). $$$ but I wear my four 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).

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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