Deck the Hauls: Aritaum in San Gabriel + Hauls

We met up in the San Gabriel Valley (you know, the other valley in LA) for some major hauling of Asian cosmetics.

We hit up our old favorites (see this post), including (not in that post) Maneki Neko in the Santa Anita Mall, Takashima in Arcadia, and Art Land in the San Gabriel Superstore.

But what’s the biggest development on the shopping front? The Amore store in the Focus/99 Ranch Plaza in San Gabriel is now an Aritaum. I REPEAT, WE HAVE AN ARITAUM.

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Oleo-lly fabulous – Kosé Oléo D’Or Botanical Shampoo (NEW PRODUCT!)

Kosé just came out with the new Oléo D’Or shampoo line in August 2014. And I am so freaking in love with it. There are four products:
1. Moist/Shine Finish Shampoo – in yellow packaging
2. Oil Treatment (conditioner) – in yellow packaging
3. Scalp Shampoo – in pink packaging
4. Scalp Treatment (conditioner) – in pink packaging

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LeBronze James: Reviews of St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

“It’s spring or summer somewhere.” –Jimmy Buffet

Or something like that . . .

Summer is coming to a close, but I still wanted to share my two current favorites for self-tanning. I’m pale (by choice) and an avid user of high SPFs. The St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads add some healthy color, are easy to use, have a minimal odor, and fade evenly.
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Hola Beaches! – Alterna BAMBOO Beach Summer Sun Recovery Spray Leave-in conditioner

Products that are in spray bottles are one of the best things since sliced bread…without all the carbs. The spray bottle can distribute products evenly, cover a large area in one spritz, and are so portable!

Yesterday I went to the new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square near Macy’s. It. Was. Awesome. I blew over $200 in about 30 minutes but let’s not talk about my bank account waaaaah 😦

This was my haul. I will review one product out of these six things; the Beach leave in conditioner from BAMBOO.
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Ok I have been lucky to be born with straight thick shiny brown hair. But I also try to condition it and keep it in really healthy shape by not applying a lot of heat to it. The summer sun tends to lighten it by about 3 shades and my obsession with the beach means lots of salt water and sun damage on the hair. So I got this:

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They See Me Haulin’ Part 2: Haul Revealed

01 Psy Sheet Masks
Sheet masks that transform you into Psy. Heh, psyyy-ch!

Part 1 is here.

Ah, I bought too much in LA.  Some are gifts.  But let’s be real, most of it is for me.

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Haul-la! The full haul+free samples

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”

They See Me Haulin’ Part 1: Shopping in LA

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.

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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”

Misty-watered color memories – Hadanomy Aquaplacenta Mist and Shiseido Hadasui Skin Body Lotion

In the nasty aftermath of my various sunburns, I used to grab for the OTC aloe lotions and such. And while those aloe lotions and potions are ok, these facial/body mists from the Japanese cosmetic stores kick it up a notch.

(My) Uses include: after-sun care spray, toner for my body before moisturizer, moisturizer alone for super hot and humid days.

If you want stripper-soft skin, you must religiously apply lotion all over the body right after a shower. Every Day! These toners will give you major catch up.

I got this beauty tip from a girl at the Image beauty store in Alhambra, CA. I owe my soft body skin to her. And to my moisturizing rituals since 12 years old.

Below are the two that I have been switching up. One is for the face which I use for my body. One is specifically designed as a body toner (these Japanese cosmetic firms think of everything). And why not? The rest of your skin needs toner just as much as your face does. And you can experiment with various cheap toners without sacrificing the face first! WIN WIN!

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