PPAP Smear Leads to Uncomfortable Burning: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Sheet Mask Review

Angela (to Renee and Indya): LADIES!!! I have a very speshul present for you.

Indya: Does it involve cutting out lolcat talk?

Angela: Me haz no idea what zis hooman is talking about. Ahem–*whips out package*–feast your eyes on this.

Renee (eyes widening): Ooh, aaah. It’s so big! It’s so firm! It’s so…pineappley?! OMG it’s the heartthrob Pikotaro. Sooooo much better than your girly male Korean pop star masks!

Angela: I’m going to pretend you didn’t just wound the deepest part of my soul. Anyhoo, I got each of us a Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) sheet mask. You get a PPAP smear, you get a PPAP smear, EVERYONE gets a PPAP smear!

Renee: PPAP is the best thing that will ever happen to you. Watch this while wearing the above sheet mask and you will be just as beautiful as Pikotaro: Continue reading “PPAP Smear Leads to Uncomfortable Burning: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Sheet Mask Review”

Call of Duty-Free: Renee’s Mini Airport Haul at YVR

I just came back from my annual snowboarding trip in Whistler. Beside the bazillion foot elevation and vertical drop, and jaw-dropping, audible-gasping sights of this mountain, this & the surrounding Vancouver area has among my (Renee’s) FAVORITE duty free shopping because it’s a huge port for Cathay Pacific routes to Asia. Behold:

Duty-Free Mini Haul at YVR Terminal and Cathay Pacific inflight catalogue

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Happy Mew Year! – A Recap of 2016 Furrrvorites

A lot of bad shit happened in 2016. Like, furrreal. But a lot of good shit happened too. As we bid adieu to 2016 and its poopoo platter, please remember more strongly the things that brought us happiness. Such as:

  • This catman who gives a cat a bath WHILE rapping. Is he a wizard? A rapper? A w-rapper?
  • New technology in genetics means we are SO CLOSE to the fountain of youth, or Gattaca or Sharktopus, please thank you.
  • Angela and Renee got to gallivant in England and France and hoarded stuphs!
  • Also, any year spent in the company of healthy loved ones, including Miss Roxy, can be considered a good year.

Here we are on a Manhattan rooftop wishing you a Happy 2017! May this year be the right time for your endeavors to be met with success and all your wishes to finally arrive!

Other stuphs that brought Angela and I much happiness in 2016:

Our Beauty Favorites Roundup for 2016

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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.

AB See Click to Vote

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!

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, 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).

READ MOAR: I tried 12 Japanese sunscreens so you didn’t have to.

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Squa-d Goals: Squa Powder Wash from HABA Pure Roots

Tis the season of travelling, and TRYING to travel light and pass TSA checks and all that b.s. Thus I am enthusiastic about any beauty products that come in powder form. That means you can carry way over the pesky 3 fl oz rule, be adequately ensured that you have enough in the case of an apocalypse, and avoid spills.

Behold the  Squa Powder Wash from HABA Pure Roots

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Scratch that Ichimi Cosme – Asian Beauty Store Review

September 2016 UPDATE: Ichimi Cosme changed its name to Ume Cosme.  Instagram and Yelp links have been updated.

Today’s post is a closer look–in pictures–at Japanese and Korean beauty store Ichimi Cosme in New York’s East Village.  That link will take you to Renee’s first look at the store, and Ichimi Cosme is also on Instagram and Yelp.

01 Ichimi Cosme ShoppingThat’s Renee shopping because I was in the midst of my no-buy when we went ::quietly sobs::

Ichimi is located at:

318 E. 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(between 1st and 2nd Ave.)

What I love about Ichimi Cosme is that it offers a ton of Japanese beauty brands that weren’t available before in NY (at least not as far as we two shopaholics knew).  Los Angeles (including the Asian suburb of San Gabriel Valley) has long had tons of Japanese offerings.  (I’ve posted shopping guides on LA shopping and specifically Takashima in the SGV before.) Continue reading “Scratch that Ichimi Cosme – Asian Beauty Store Review”

AB See: Join the Asian Beauty Link Party

Catladies and gentlemen, announcing…

AB See!

an Asian beauty link party

AB See Link Party HostsAll are welcome–regardless of whether you blog or just enjoy reading blogs!  Click on the AB See logo above to go to Maple Tree Blog‘s post kicking off our inaugural party and giving the exact details on how to participate.

I figured I’d make this a “Link Parties for Dummies” post because I didn’t know what a link party was until recently!

What’s a link party?  

Basically, bloggers submit links to their posts fitting the theme of the week (always AB-related for AB See), and readers check out the posts and vote for their favorites.  This link party’s an opportunity for AB fans to see new blogs (AB See, get it?) and for AB bloggers to introduce themselves to new readers (and meet other bloggers, too!). Continue reading “AB See: Join the Asian Beauty Link Party”