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:
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
Given 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.
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.
Welcome to Round #4 of AB See, the Asian beauty link party! Click here for my post explaining what a link party is.
Kiss & Makeup: Asian Beauty Makeup
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).
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!
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:
- Solanoveil Watery Essence
- Solanoveil Watery Gel
- Nivea Protect Plus Skin UV Cream
- Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV
- Sun Bears Strong Super Plus
- Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Essence
- Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture
- Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel in Pink Beige
- Sunplay Super Block
- 50 Megumi Morning UV Protection Cream Review
- Shigaisen Yohou UV Cream
- Privacy UV Mist
- Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist (bonus non-Japanese sunscreen)
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.
In 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).
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
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.
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”
Catladies and gentlemen, announcing…
an Asian beauty link party
All 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”