What drew me to Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence ($29; provided by Beautibi, a great source for Taiwanese and Korean beauty) is that it purports to strengthen the skin barrier and that the brand specializes in post-procedure care. As a regular tretinoin user (yay Curology!) and frequent overexfoliator (boooo glycolic acid), treatments like Tre-Fact appeal to me.
When my moisture barrier is fine, Tre-Fact may seem like just another hydrating serum. But when it’s compromised–dull, bumpy, red, flaky–Tre-Fact comes to the rescue.
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.
Angela (normal-to-dry skin) tried BONAIR Blue Smoother Face Oil ($53/30ml) and Velvet Cream ($48/50 ml). The Blue Smoother line is targeted at dry/very dry skin and features fermented blue tansy oil and guaiazulene. ::Cue squeals over blue ingredients::
By “spread it” I mean spread the word, filthy minds. This is the first full review of a sponsored product from the #ABINNYC meetup. It was a hectic week and I made it to the meetup by the hair on my chimney chin chin. The swag bag situation was serious and even ~butter~ was the fact that one of the sponsors Soo Ae included an abundance of hair products. This Asian platinum hair is thiiiiirrrsty lately.
Behold this Soo Ae Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask
This is a little sealed foil packet with a handy nozzle in case there’s leftover product. It’s probably very handy for travel as it’s flat and doesn’t take as much room as cylindrical containers.
Now I’m no chemist so I’ll reserve my judgment over the ingredients list. For those in the know, here it is. Ok yeah there’s pretty chemically-sounding ingredients here. However I’m of the opinion that hair is dead (like my insides) so unless it’s fire or acids, it’s probably fine (I’ve applied one of the two to my hair, but that’s another story for another time). Continue reading “Spread It! Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask from Soo Ae New York”
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.
Rile you were sleeping, a new player arrived on the Kbeauty scene.
When I first heard about Riley Rose, it sounded like a Sephora for millennials. What I didn’t realize until I visited the store at Glendale Galleria (a Los Angeles mall): Riley Rose has a TON of Kbeauty brands that can’t be found in a brick-and-mortar elsewhere.
PA ratings are almost unheard of for American sunscreens. In the U.S., PA labeling isn’t required, widely understood, or regulated, so naturally companies have no incentive to advertise PA ratings, much less formulate for the highest rating. But for us Asian beauty fans and serious skincare addicts, we know that PA++++ is preferable for preventing tanning and sunspots from UVA exposure.
I had high hopes for this all-physical sunscreen (2.7% titanium dioxide, 10% zinc oxide) because it claimed to leave no white cast, but the title of this post–Orange Is the New White–should serve as ominous foreshadowing.