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.
I’m usually a mineral powder or cushion foundation gal. But lately, when I’m #blessed with a good skin day, I’ve been venturing outside my comfort zone with this K-Sport “WOW” Stick SPF 20 ($36) by Katherine Cosmetics (I got mine for a discount through an “inflooencer netwerk”).
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.
To be honest, I’ve never used up a highlighter and I currently have ::mumbles:: four…or six…or more ::mumbles::. But this limited-edition beauty by Chanel called to me like no other. Talk about sparking joy!
Oh boy, the Rouge sale starts tomorrow (Nov. 4th). So let’s get to it.
>>Part 1 featuring Dior, Tatcha, AmorePacific, Chosungah22 and more is here.<<
Tarte blushes ($28): I have just a few of these ::cough cough:: They’re solid performers with the right level of buildable pigmentation that you want in a blush. My favorites (based on NC15/NC20 skintone) are Exposed–a no-blush blush that subtly defines and goes with everything–and Natural Beauty–a Snow White red (seriously) that gives a natural flush so long as you apply very lightly. The Color Wheel blush palette ($44) is a crazy good deal. Each shade is less than half the amount of the regular blush, but IMO variety > product weight when it comes to blushes. My only critique is that one of the highlighters has chunky shimmers and a lot of the shades are variations of bright pink. Still worth it.
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.
That’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.)
I was in Atlanta (do they still call it Hot-lanta?) visiting a baby (always feel compelled to clarify that it’s not mine) and picked up an amazing night/sleeping mask that I’d never seen on the shelves before. As soon as our eyes met, they locked and we were in lurrve. I said “I must have you,” and she said “Only $45 baby” Online is much more and I’ve not seen it often in stores.
Behold The History of Whoo Honey Ginseng Sleeping Mask
Being a fan of The History of Whoo (among my first KoreanBeauty loves) I knew she’s another good one and would never let me down. I was right, Whew (or do I mean whoohoo?)
Since our last meet up around Christmas, Angela generously gifted me many good stuphs, including this tanning powder. By Asian standards I am a shade of “too-dark” so I think she’s just trying to foil my good looks. Ahem. Also she’s reviewed it here (in the lighter shade Sunkissed), but this is my second professional opinion.
Behold the Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in No. 2 Bronze
This cushion caught my eye with its sassy bee-girl whose side-eye rivals only Renee’s when she’s seen bad contouring. Very Yoshitomo Nara. (<–I’m not that cultured; Renee pointed it out.)
This W-Honey Beam Cushion by W.Lab (provided by Q-depot for review) promises “celebrity’s honey skin.” Yeah, I started salivating on the spot, too. The cushion boasts SPF 50+ PA+++, honey, and honey extract.
Foundation cushions are officially mainstream now that L’Oreal came out with the True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in 12 shades. But once upon a time in 2015, tanner shades weren’t easy to come by. To demonstrate her love and affection for me, even though I’m tan, Angela got me the below for Christmas. No, not the sushi cat, the cushion!
Behold the IT Cosmetics CC + Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50