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?

I’m Mall In: Review of Riley Rose, Sephora for Kbeauty

Rile you were sleeping, a new player arrived on the Kbeauty scene.

Enter from outside or inside the mall

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.

So it’s more like Sephora for Kbeauty. LOVE. Continue reading “I’m Mall In: Review of Riley Rose, Sephora for Kbeauty”

Bee Mine: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream Review

Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream is like the famous Vita Propolis Ampoule in light cream form. Radiant glow? Check. Wraps skin in hydrating propolis extract? Check.

Note: This jar (provided for review by the brand) is the older packaging with the former name, Leejiham Vita Propolis Cream. Glow Recipe still uses this name and you’ll probably find more reviews under the old name. Continue reading “Bee Mine: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Cream Review”

Glow for the Gold: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule Review

Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule is an old favorite with a new name. I first used it 3+ years ago, practically an eternity for a skincare addict. It’s about time I shared my love for it. (This particular bottle was sent by the brand, but I’ve purchased multiple bottles on my own.)

It’s a splurge (a TINY 15ml for $23 at Target(!) and $38 at Glow Recipe), but can you really put a price on liquid glow, er, gold?

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Milk Maid: Himegra Premium Body Milk Review

Talk about curve appeal! The novelty of this kimono-festooned hourglass was impossible to pass up when I spotted it at New Kam Man (one of my and Renee’s must-shop spots for Japanese beauty in NY).

Himegra Premium Body Milk seemed worth a try ($14 for 280 ml on Webichi and about the same at New Kam Man). I’m on a (flailing) no-buy, but replenishing body lotion doesn’t count, does it?  Continue reading “Milk Maid: Himegra Premium Body Milk Review”

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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PPAP Smear Leads to Uncomfortable Burning: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Sheet Mask Review

Angela (to Renee and Indya): LADIES!!! I have a very speshul present for you.

Indya: Does it involve cutting out lolcat talk?

Angela: Me haz no idea what zis hooman is talking about. Ahem–*whips out package*–feast your eyes on this.

Renee (eyes widening): Ooh, aaah. It’s so big! It’s so firm! It’s so…pineappley?! OMG it’s the heartthrob Pikotaro. Sooooo much better than your girly male Korean pop star masks!

Angela: I’m going to pretend you didn’t just wound the deepest part of my soul. Anyhoo, I got each of us a Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) sheet mask. You get a PPAP smear, you get a PPAP smear, EVERYONE gets a PPAP smear!

Renee: PPAP is the best thing that will ever happen to you. Watch this while wearing the above sheet mask and you will be just as beautiful as Pikotaro: Continue reading “PPAP Smear Leads to Uncomfortable Burning: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Sheet Mask Review”

Hit or Missha? Missha Time Revolution Immortal Youth Blue Essence and Cream Review

The lure of immortal youth was too good to pass up.  Yeah, yeah, it’s marketing–but irresistible nonetheless.

01-missha-time-revolution-immortal-youth-blue-essence-and-cream-reviewI’ve been regularly using two items from Missha’s Time Revolution Immortal Youth line: the Blue Essence and the Cream ($55 and $65, respectively–both courtesy of Missha).  While they haven’t turned me into Benjamin Button, they have protected my skin–which is already prone to flaking due to tretinoin and natural dryness–from the parched winter air.

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