CAUTION: Latisse/bimatoprost/Careprost are prescription drugs. Consult your doctor regarding use. This post describes my personal experience and is not intended to provide medical advice or recommendations.
The prescription lash-growing drug Latisse by Allergan is notoriously expensive. The good news is that there is a cheaper version available. Latisse works because of the active ingredient bimatoprost. This same ingredient is found in the same concentration (0.03% bimatoprost) in Careprost, a generic version available outside of the U.S.
I use it by squeezing a drop into the lid, dipping a (clean dry) eyeliner brush into the lid, and then applying the product on the upper lashline. One drop is more than enough for both lashlines.
I apply it to a lashline that’s clean and free of any skincare products so that the product can absorb and also to avoid contaminating the brush and product. I go from the inner corner to just short of the outer corner because, in past experience, I think some dripped down the outer corner and caused some skin darkening. Gosh, that sounds bad, but it’s really not. I feel comfortable walking out without concealer and it’s easily covered up by a light concealer and looks like regular undereye darkening. Continue reading “Lash Sale: Latisse/Bimatoprost/Careprost Review + Before & After Pics”
In no particular order, below are my personal favorites that I’ve come across for keeping up with Korean beauty products and trends (good reviews and swatches, frequent posting, well produced). My method for discovering Korean beauty gurus on YouTube is quite haphazard, so I welcome your comments on your faves.
I did briefly consider posting everyone’s “My Love from Another Star”/Cheon Song Yi tutorials, but instead I picked some of my favorite videos spanning different looks and topics.
After extensive (and expensive) trial and error, I’ve narrowed down the universe of mascaras that hold a curl the best. Hint: They’re not Chanel, Dior, Lancôme, Fiberwig, Josie Maran, Revlon, . . . I could go on. Even mascaras that specifically claim to hold a curl cannot always pass my stringent test.
Maybe I’m asking for too much. I rely on my mascara to lift my hooded eyelids, which sliiiightly enlarges my eyes (relatively speaking; no one’s going to mistake me for a tarsier).
Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is the most expensive lip product I own. At $42 for 0.25 oz., it’s almost as expensive per ounce as La Mer’s lip balm (Hourglass: $168/oz. versus La Mer: $172/oz.). Containing 28 different oils and applied via a cold 24kt gold-plated tip, the oil feels plush and thick, not runny. It has a slightly herbal fragrance, but I don’t really notice it anymore.
Ah, I bought too much in LA. Some are gifts. But let’s be real, most of it is for me.
First, I bought some cotton pads to remove eye makeup. After Costco stopped offering my favorite Denon cotton pads (cheap and didn’t disintegrate or shed lint), I’ve been trying out different drugstore offerings and some Asian ones that I had lying around. They’ve all been meh. Here’s hoping these are better. Continue reading “They See Me Haulin’ Part 2: Haul Revealed”
In LA, I shopped my way across the city for Asian beauty products. All for you! I’m sorry, I meant me. All for me. By no means is this list meant to be extensive. I only listed places that I already knew of or came across. I hope, however, that this is useful to someone interested in shopping for Asian makeup and skincare. My faves: Image, Beauty Tips, and Takashima–all in the San Gabriel Valley. Read on for info about stores there and in Koreatown and West LA. Some things to note:
Testers for makeup and skincare were common.
Prices across stores were basically the same (e.g., $18 for Clio Gelspresso eyeliner), so comparison shopping wasn’t as important as I thought it would be. Now whether those prices beat online prices, I don’t know. Update: I’ve noticed some wildly disparate prices on some skincare items. As in some items being 2x higher at one store versus another. So comparison shopping is important.
Pretty much every store that sold Korean makeup sold Clio Gelspresso eyeliners and the full range of Peripera lip products and It’s Skin Babyface makeup.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY–ATLANTIC SQUARE
1. Beauty Tips/Tips Beauty (Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese)500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 177, Monterey Park, CA 91754 The entrance is on Atlantic. Although small, it is crammed with products from Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese brands, including brands that I didn’t see anywhere else. Also carries a healthy selection of American/Western brands, some of which are not commonly found in stores (such as Avene, La Roche Posay, Klorane, Eve Lom). Great for: Continue reading “They See Me Haulin’ Part 1: Shopping in LA”
Worth It? reviews crazy expensive items that you might have wondered about but couldn’t bring yourself to buy. Look forward to more Worth It? reviews in the future. I also just can’t keep thinking up pun-ny titles like Renee can.
At $150 for 1 fl. oz., Rodin Olio Lusso is a “luxury face oil” described as a “perfect potion” that promises hydrated and luminous skin. After seeing it repeatedly featured in models’ and actresses’ routines on Into the Gloss, I splurged (with a coupon code naturally) on a bottle of this promising elixir. Directions say to apply a few drops to a clean, moist face morning and night.
For years, I’ve been using the Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. Initially, it caught my eye because it boasted a Japanese formula, so I figured it had a better chance of being smudgeproof. It also boasts of having serum properties to enhance eyelash health (implying that it will make lashes longer). Overall, even though it’s not totally smudgeproof, it’s a product that I recommend and repurchase often.
Laneige Water Drop Tints are glossy, creamy, moisturizing lip stains.
Without eating or drinking, they last 5 or 6 hours. Scarlet Red probably lasts even longer than that. The lighter colors fade in intensity after an hour or two and are buildable to medium but not full coverage; even after fading however, you can still feel them on your lips providing some moisture. The colors leave a slight stain. Even though I was disappointed with the sheerness and subtlety of the lighter colors, I still use them a lot because they’re very convenient, long-lasting lip colors. Continue reading “Ooh La La-neige Water Drop Tints: Review of Peach Coral, Neon Pink, and Scarlet Red”