Normally, just hearing “tea tree” dries me right up. Tea tree oil saps the joy out of skincare as fast as it does sebum from skin. With its medicinal smell and astringent qualities and with my dryish skin, tea tree has never been at the top of my list. (Oily-skinned folks might beg to differ. Michele at Unboxing Beauty even reviewed allll the tea-tree stuphs here.)
But recently, I was in search of a loose powder to prime my skin for mineral powder (my go-to foundation in summer).
Just the (Makeup) Tip : Struggling with powder foundation applying patchily and unevenly? In addition to washing your brushes, try applying loose translucent powder beforehand (I apply after sunscreen and before mineral powder). This creates a smooth canvas and sops up residual dampness that would otherwise cause the foundation to stick unevenly to skin.
Naruko Tea Tree Overnight Blemish Clear Powdercaught my eye at Beauty Tips in Monterey Park, Calif. (As an authorized retailer of Naruko, Beauty Tips has by far the largest selection of Naruko I’ve seen in a brick-and-mortar. All available to swatch!)
Continue reading “Tea-tree Dish: Naruko Tea Tree Overnight Blemish Clear Powder Review”
For the last couple of months, I’d been pulling some extra hours for the man. That means going straight from bed to my work desk and from my work desk straight to bed. That means…SOME makeup must be left at work. #Didntwakeuplikedis.
You know what’s the one thing you NEED? Eye primer in a champagne color! It’s actually truly essential. I use it as primer, shadow, and even highlighter. Picked this little-known beauty up at the Rite Aid in Brookfield (I also do shopping at pharmacies now, sob)
Behold my Space-Themed Waterproof Eye Glaze from Girlactik
($20 but no longer available on the website)
Continue reading “My Space? – Girlactik Beauty Waterproof Eye Glaze”
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
Continue reading “Call of Duty-Free: Renee’s Mini Airport Haul at YVR”
To be honest, I’ve never used up a highlighter and I currently have ::mumbles:: four…or six…or more ::mumbles::. But this limited-edition beauty by Chanel called to me like no other. Talk about sparking joy!
Camélia de Chanel Illuminating Powder officially went on sale in the U.S on Chanel.com a couple of weeks ago. As of this writing, it’s still available. Chanel’s description: Continue reading “Chanel Ya Later: Chanel Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder Review & Swatches”
Neogen is well known for its skincare (ex: wine gauze pads and cleansing sticks), so I was surprised to spot a makeup item among the Neogen items at Skinfood in Flushing (Queens, NY).
Fine, Neogen Code9 Long-Lasting Eyeliner Coating Serum is pseudo skincare because it’s “serum,” but seriously, just use it as a clear topcoat to seal eyeliner into place. Something my hooded eyes could really benefit from.
Continue reading “Holding the Line: Neogen Long-Lasting Eyeliner Coating Serum Review”
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
Continue reading “Happy Mew Year! – A Recap of 2016 Furrrvorites”
Oh boy, the Rouge sale starts tomorrow (Nov. 4th). So let’s get to it.
>>Part 1 featuring Dior, Tatcha, AmorePacific, Chosungah22 and more is here.<<
Tarte blushes ($28): I have just a few of these ::cough cough:: They’re solid performers with the right level of buildable pigmentation that you want in a blush. My favorites (based on NC15/NC20 skintone) are Exposed–a no-blush blush that subtly defines and goes with everything–and Natural Beauty–a Snow White red (seriously) that gives a natural flush so long as you apply very lightly. The Color Wheel blush palette ($44) is a crazy good deal. Each shade is less than half the amount of the regular blush, but IMO variety > product weight when it comes to blushes. My only critique is that one of the highlighters has chunky shimmers and a lot of the shades are variations of bright pink. Still worth it.
Continue reading “Show and Tail Pt. 2: Angela’s Picks for Sephora Sale”
Every November, I look forward to the chance to shop Sephora for 20% off.
That’s when Sephora’s annual Rouge/VIB/BI sale takes place, so I spend September and October carefully building my cart. In this post, I let the cat out of the (shopping) bag and share my recommendations–a mix of splurges, staples, and smart gifts. And don’t forget that Sephora has a whole K-beauty section featuring Belif, AmorePacific, Caolion, Primary Raw, Dr. Jart+, Erborian, and more and also sells Korean makeup brands such as Chosungah 22, Touch in Sol, and Too Cool for School.
What are *you* picking up at the sale?
Dior Lip Glow ($33) (reviewed here): After many years, 10+ tubes, and endless trials of dupes, this is still a daily staple (actually multiple-times-a-daily staple). This is even better than the History of Whoo version. There are now Lilac and Coral versions, but the original pink still works best for my pale skin.
Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss ($19) (shown in Chiffon): The lip tint is high quality: applies smoothly, evenly, and with a POW of color. A marked difference from TonyMoly quality ::side eye:: Unfortunately, the lip gloss flakes off. Still worth trying.
Continue reading “Show and Tail Pt. 1: Angela’s Picks for Sephora Sale”
Next to a bright lip, colored eyeliner is my favorite way to party up my look. With my hooded lids, the color is just a flash whenever I blink or look down.
I love the color purple (not the movie, although that was good, too), so I’ve amassed a small collection of purple eyeliners (incl. one from Korean brand Touch in Sol). Here they are, starting with my most to least favorite:
- NYX Vivid Blossom ($7; liquid)
- Stila Royal ($22 if you can find this discontinued gem; liquid)
- Tarte Fairy Wings ($21; gel)
- Ardency Inn Lilac ($20; pencil)
- Touch in Sol Galactic Girl ($16; pencil)
First, swatch heaven:
Continue reading “A Bunch of Grapes: 5 Purple Eyeliners”
Will you be in NY on Wed. August 24, 2016? Then drop everything and get yourself to the 2nd Annual Peach & Lily Sample Sale!
We’re bummed to have to miss it (we’ll both be in London doing non-Kbeauty shopping!), but how awesome is it that Peach & Lily is making it an annual event. Yahoooo!
Read Renee’s account of last year’s sample sale to prepare. I’m still working through my haul from last year!