Guest Who? Guest Post for Gothamista on NYC Beauty Shopping

When Gothamista asks you to purrrsonally take her shopping, you don’t say no.  In fact, you say yes while trying hard to play it cool and fake-flipping through your planner.

So on one cold day in New York, Renée met up Renee (no relation) and me for a day in Chinatown exploring some of the best places in the city to swatch ‘n’ sniff Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese beauty stuphs (plus some select Western ones).

The result?  A lighter wallet but also OUR AWESOME SHOPPING GUIDE on Gothamista’s blog.

Take a gander HERE and stay tuned to Gothamista’s blog for another guest post, this time venturing beyond Chinatown! What’s your favorite beauty spot in NY?

Tea-tree Dish: Naruko Tea Tree Overnight Blemish Clear Powder Review

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!)

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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 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”

Happy Mudder’s Day: My Beauty Diary 2-Step Balancing & Purifying Cleansing Pack Review

01 My Beauty Diary 2-Step Balancing & Purifying Cleansing Pack ReviewI’m new to this 2-step masking business.  So far, I’ve only tried an acid-soaked jumbo Q-tip+sheet mask (link to Fiddy Snails’ review) and a serum+sheet mask (link to Renee’s review).  The lazy me can barely bother to do a weekly sheet mask and would rather crawl under a bacon blanket than do an extra step.

But the lazy me also likes that these are basically pre-configured routines.  Thank you, Sheet Mask Conglomerate, for forcing reminding me that I should really follow an acid treatment or a drying mud mask with a comforting sheet mask instead of pulling a Gudetama.

After noticing some small irritation bumps developing on my forehead and cheeks, I pulled out the My Beauty Diary 2-Step Balancing & Purifying Cleansing Pack, comprised of a mung bean (!) mud mask and a glacier water sheet mask.  (A box of 4 is $13.49 on Amazon and $15.50 on Beauteque.)

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