Indie brand Chaos Makeup is well known for its iridescent Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter. Drawn in by Kaleidoscope, I–naturally–added two purple highlighters, Force and Nebula, to my order as well. These formulas are marked by being “glitter free,” 100% pigments, and smooth and dewy as opposed to sparkly/metallic.
Each highlighter comes in a translucent pink seashell if you select the 36mm option. (They also come in 26mm pans.) Very ‘grammable, although I wish the thin plastic shells closed more securely. The glue on one pan also loosened pretty quickly, so the pan will fall out unless I’m very careful.
I admit it, I’m biased against releases from American Kbeauty retailers. Within the last few years, Glow Recipe, Then I Met You (by Soko Glam‘s founder), and Peach & Lily (affiliate link for $10 off first order) have each come out with skincare lines. They ostensibly embody the Kbeauty ethos–but at Western prices. *cue eyeroll*
But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Peach & Lily’s products (more on that in future posts) and now I’m surprised again by Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34 for 160ml). It’s a low-pH foaming cleanser that beautifies your sink (and Instagram).
Say “hai” to Skin Biology 7% GHK-Cu Accelerant($70 for 1,000 mgs), a super concentrated solution strictly intended to make things pretty mix into other skincare for an added copper peptide boost.
Is 7% a lot? YES. For reference, the highest concentration in a Skin Biology serum/lotion is 3%, and NIOD CAIS (Copper Amino Isolate Serum) is 2% (and used to go up to 5%, but CAIS 5% appears discontinued). Skin Biology warns of irritation if the concentration is too high.
Purrhaps you’ve been bombarded with their ads on Facebook. (Heh, these will be the second pair of shoes that have been enabled by FB, after Rothy’s. Get $20 off with my referral link (expires Jan. 15, 2019). $$$ but I wear my four pairs constantly.)
As a constant heel wearer, I was immediately fascinated by the concept: Shoes that promised to solve common problems (e.g., molded foam soles for comfort and arch support, ballistic nylon heels that resist scratches) AND purrrfectly fit your feet (via photos and measurements uploaded through an app).
You guys!!! I’m writing this just hours before Meghan Meowrkle and Purrrince Harry’s historic wedding. As an American fangirl–minor overstatement because I basically just follow whatever the Daily Mail posts–I am irrationally psyched.
Enter BECCA Royal Glow (gifted by the brand): a limited edition highlighter inspired by the Crown Jewels. These are family jewels I’m actually eager to show people. A gorgeous golden peach befitting Meghan’s beauty.
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).
Lucky for my obsessed self, brands are releasing lavender highlighter faster than you can say “unicorn.” Unlucky for me, the hunt for the right one almost feels like searching for a unicorn.
My purrroblem: I have light but very yellow skin (NC15 right now, NC20 in summer). Oftentimes the lavender ends up simply neutralizing my undertones (like a color corrector or one of those Korean tone-up products), making the highlighter look white or baby pink.