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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GIVEAWAY: Sample my balls! *Ends Sunday*

Volition is running a giveaway for everyone who votes for my Sun Pearls SPF 30 from now through the end of Sunday (July 2, 2017). Make sure to vote here and you’re automatically entered to win. One vote/entry per email. The giveaway is open to the U.S. only, but anyone can vote…and I hope you will!

The prize is Volition’s Illuminating Body Milk and Thanakha Radiant Bronzer (worth $75) and…MY BALLS (priceless)! That’s right, the winner will get a sample prototype of my sunscreen balls once it’s ready. Read more about the inspiration behind them in this post.

I’m currently in the middle of a weeklong trip and wish so badly I could have just packed 7 balls and checked SPF and day moisturizer off my list. Instead, I packed a brand-new tube of Biore Watery Essence–because I wasn’t sure whether my partly used tube would last the trip–and a mix of sample packets and jars of cream.

This is the last big push behind my balls. The campaign is almost up and I have several hundred votes to go, so thank you for every vote! And thanks to everyone who has already voted.

Read more about the other prizes here. Just in time for summer!

GOOD LUCK & tell your friends!

~Vote here~

The randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday, July 3rd.

P.S. Volition doesn’t test on animals and recently became PETA-certified. ❤

DRYland in the Sun: Acseine Super Sunshield EX SPF 50+ PA++++ Review

This all-physical, alcohol-free sunscreen first appeared on my radar (as many Japanese stuphs do) when 2catsinjapan posted a review on her blog, My Asian Skincare Story.

Serum like? Non-sticky and non-greasy? Pump dispenser? It sounded great…except for the price (4,320 yen or about $40 USD for only 22g; Acseine site currently shows it at 4,000 yen). I ended up buying and testing a ton of cheaper Japanese sunscreens instead.

Fast forward 2 years, and 2catsinjapan raves again about it. My interest piqued–and determined to try MOAR sunscreens so I can make the best sunscreen balls possible–I ordered it off of Amazon.  Surprisingly, it was very close to Japanese retail price at “only” $46 US.  (Note: This is Super Sunshield EX even though “EX” doesn’t show up on the front of the bottle or box.)

Unfortunately, this turned out to be an expensive failed experiment.

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Goop! There It Is: Supergoop! Sunscreen Mousse, Hand Cream, and Oil Reviews

Supergoop! is the company that most closely aligns with my obsession passion.  Their products are designed to make sunscreen as easy and comfortable to apply as regular skincare, a mission that is near and dear to my balls heart.  It’s the company that I would have dreamed up if I had balls instead of a law degree.

Today I’m spotlighting 3 products that truly fill gaps in the market:

These use only chemical filters, although the company makes physical-only sunscreens, too.

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BeautyandtheCat Sunscreen: Why Balls and Why Now

https://volitionbeauty.com/campaigns/sun-pearls-spf-30Have I mentioned my balls yet?  Sunscreen balls, that is.

For the last two months, I’ve been exposing my balls to as many people and in as many places as I can. Here, Instagram, Facebook…

Why am I so passionate about my balls getting into your hands?

1. You need more sunscreen than you think.

As a rule of thumb, dermatologists often recommend a quarter of a teaspoon for your face in order to achieve the level of SPF advertised on the label.  (I’ve even started to see half a teaspoon recommended.)  Psssh, you scoff.  I’m easily slapping on that much sunscreen/SPF moisturizer. Continue reading “BeautyandtheCat Sunscreen: Why Balls and Why Now”

SUNSCREEN WEEK Announcement

We’re on the cusp of summer, and here in DC, temperatures have just barely emerged from fall-like temps…and immediately ramped up to the 90s.  The UVA and UVB rays have ramped up as well.  What better time to announce Sunscreen Week?

What’s Sunscreen Week?  We and several other bloggers and Instabloggers will be posting all week about sun protection.  Our favorite sunscreens, lessons learned (sometimes painfully), application tips…basically every topic under the sun.  Keke.

And of course, I’ll be urging you all to VOTE for my sunscreen by clicking here.  Only a month left in the campaign and we need every vote to bring my idea for sunscreen balls to life.  SUN’S OUT, BUNS BALLS OUT.

Check in to our blog and Instagram (@beautyandthecat) all week for new posts (May 19-25).

Our furrrriends will be posting all week long, too:

@adoredee / adoredee
@beauty_unplugged
@bellanoirbeauty_ / Bella Noir Beauty
@fiddysnails / Fifty Shades of Snail
@littlebitofglow / Little Bit of Glow
@mcuriousity
@vanity.rex / VanityRex

You can also find us all on Instagram–and join Sunscreen Week yourself–with #nutsforballs (because they’re all nuts for my balls ::grin:: I cannot speak to balls in general).

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My Space? – Girlactik Beauty Waterproof Eye Glaze

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)

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Dueling Manjos: COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad Review

I immediately tore this from Renee’s hands when she arrived from NY with COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pads, compliments of COSRX at a K-beauty meetup. Each tub has 70 pads and can be found online for about $19.

A pad that swipes on moisture instead of an astringent or acid? Count me in. This is the type of novel idea (like my sunscreen balls–which still need YOUR vote to get made and sold) that I jump all over.

My interest was only heightened by seeing swoonworthy Mr. COSRX on the lid. Naturally, this post shows off all my man stickers as much as it does COSRX. I have…just a few of those.  Continue reading “Dueling Manjos: COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad Review”

Saved by the Smell: Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream Review

I’ve pollen in love…with Banila Co.’s Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream. The joy factor is off the charts with this honey-scented cream-balm hybrid. You could say that I’ve been honeypotted…and liked it.

One whiff is like a trip to Sweet (Ol)factory.

At press time, I was unable to confirm the nature of the relationship between Miss Flower & Mr. Honey. Rumors are they’re dating but not exclusive as Miss Flower is known to swing both ways and Mr. Honey was recently spotted cavorting with a bear.


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