Top Picks from AB See Link Party #4: Kiss & Makeup

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AB See link party #4–Kiss & Makeup–has concluded and you can check out all the entries showcasing cushions, blushes, peel-off lip tints, BB cream, and MOAR from Asian beauty brands here.  Thanks, all, for submitting your links.  Now for our readers’ pick and hosts’ pick…

Readers’ Pick
Nourish the Skin: The Face Shop Disney Collection

Nourish the Skin Face Shop DisneyNourish the Skin is Emily, a UK’er living in Korea, so you know she has plenty of access to the latest and greatest K-beauty makeup.  Her post on The Face Shop x Disney collaboration has close looks at the lip tints, eyeshadows, mascara, eyeliner, and cushions featuring Mickey, Winnie the Pooh, and Monsters, Inc.!

So long as we’re talking kute K-beauty…some of her recent posts also feature A’PIEU x Rilakkuma, The Face Shop x Kakao Friends, and Holika Holika x Gudetama.  Please wipe the drool off your keyboard.

Hosts’ Pick
My Serendipities: Holika Holika Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar

My Serendipities Holika Holika Dodo CatMy Serendipities is Toronto-based Joann who, like us, loves cats.  (Which did not influence our pick at all, no siree.)  The Holika Holika Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar is a heart, pink, and covered in cats–infinitely Instagrammable in other words.  Check out Joann’s review and demo of this Dior Lip Glow-esque balm.

Your AB See hosts:

Sophie – MapleTreeBlog
Amy – Peepingpomeranian
Angela & Renee – BeautyandtheCat
Vanna – LeavesofYves

Vote Right Meow! AB See Link Party #4

Voting in Round #4–theme: Kiss & Makeup–goes on until tomorrow (Friday), July 29th, at 11am PST/2pm EST/7pm BST.

Click the pic below to be taken to InLinkz, where you’ll see all the entries showing off their makeup faves from Asian beauty brands.  To vote for your faves (pick up to 3), hover over the post you’re voting for and click the heart in the upper righthand corner.

Stay tuned to see which is voted the top post.

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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!

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”

Butt In & Butt Out: What’s in Angela’s Bag (Beanpole x Kakao-Apeach Heritage Mini Tote)

See the last edition of this post, featuring a Paul & Joe crossbody cat bag.

01 Beanpole Kakao Apeach ToteSun’s out, buns out!

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll know my (Angela’s) enchantment with a plump little guy named Apeach. Apeach is one of the characters in the instant-messaging app KakaoSouth Korea’s most popular with 93% of smartphone users using it, I might add–and is ostensibly a genetically engineered peach. HA! And double HA!

HE’S A BUTT. Plain and simple. Ass clear ass day.

I’m so enchanted by Apeach that I bum-rushed the Beanpole website when I spotted Apeach wallets, handbags, luggage tags, and MOAR. They’re part of a collab that Beanpole, a Korean fashion brand, did with Kakao featuring all the major characters. Continue reading “Butt In & Butt Out: What’s in Angela’s Bag (Beanpole x Kakao-Apeach Heritage Mini Tote)”

Two to Tan-go: Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Bronze

Since our last meet up around Christmas, Angela generously gifted me many good stuphs, including this tanning powder. By Asian standards I am a shade of “too-dark” so I think she’s just trying to foil my good looks. Ahem. Also she’s reviewed it here (in the lighter shade Sunkissed), but this is my second professional opinion.

Behold the Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in No. 2 Bronze

Miss Roxy wanted to contour her cheekbones too

Continue reading “Two to Tan-go: Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Bronze”

Seoulmates? Pink Seoul K-beauty Subscription Box Review

01 Pink Seoul ReviewPink Seoul is a newcomer on the K-beauty subscription box scene. Intrigued by some of their distinguishing features (which I’ll get into below), we accepted a box to review courtesy of Pink Seoul. Was I Seoul-ed or do I still need to Pink about it?

What Makes Pink Seoul Different from Other K-Beauty Subscription Boxes?

Pink Seoul offers 3 types of subscription boxes: the regular box is $39.95 every 2 months, the Plus box is recommended for ages 35+ and $49.95 every 2 months, and the Mask box is $29.95 monthly.  Read more about the differences here.  Free shipping to all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; extra for other destinations.  Use code FRIENDS10 for 10% off your first box. Continue reading “Seoulmates? Pink Seoul K-beauty Subscription Box Review”

Going for Gold: Tatcha Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm Review

Tatcha, Tatcha, Tatcha, Taaaaatch me! I wanna be dirty. -Rocky Horror Picture Show

Introducing Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm ($36 for 8g/0.28 oz.; sent by Tatcha for consideration).

01 Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Yes, you read that right.  24-KARAT GOLD.  Fahncy!  ::holds lip balm with pinkie in the air::  Even the box is fahncy (it’s currently holding hair ties on my vanity), and the jar is glass.

Topped with a delicate square of 24-karat gold leaf, the balm itself is a colorless firm jelly.  The consistency is slippery, shiny, and thin with not a hint of wax–a big plus to me because I’m not a fan of waxy balms such as Fresh’s Sugar lip balms, which don’t add moisture or work well with lipstick.  My preferences run along the lines of Dior Lip Glow for day and Hourglass Lip Oil or Vaseline for night. Continue reading “Going for Gold: Tatcha Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm Review”