Category Archives: Beauty

June PopSugar Must-Have Review

8th June 2014

I love getting beauty boxes in the mail, and one of my favorites is the PopSugar Must-Have box. That said, the June PopSugar box was probably my least favorite box I’ve received from them in recent months, so it was a tiny bit of a let down.

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New book by Emily Griffin, a NY Times bestselling author. Retails $28.

June PopSugar Must Have Box

This is a lovely Turkish-T Beach towel, which is so light that it actually doubles as a stylish wrap when you’re not at the beach. I love the colors. Retails $32



June PopSugar Must Have BoxThis Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Body Lotion smells pretty good — lightly perfumed and citrus-y, but not waxy or cloying like some can be. It retails for $24.

June PopSugar Must Have BoxLollies Basic Hair Ties. I’ve needed some new ones for a little while, actually. These are cute, though they seem a little large? Retails $8

June PopSugar Must Have Box

A gift card voucher for $15 to Native Union. Not sure how far that $15 will take me, though…

June PopSugar Must Have Box

These BBQ chips were actually pretty good. Yes, I ate them right away (I was so hungry!). $2

June PopSugar Must Have BoxLemon-scented antibacterial wipes by You Smell. Normally would have never bought them, but I suppose they are nice to have around. Retails $6


Overall, I am a little underwhelmed with this month’s box. There’s not that one item I’m really excited about Like I’ve been in recent months (such as the Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispensary last month or the Too Faced palette the month before). Overall suggested retail value is $115. I paid $39.95 for the box.

My Latest Obsession: The Face Shop Rose Cushion Blusher

22nd May 2014

Not too long ago, I put in a major order at RoseRoseShop, a Korean-based beauty websites that ships Asian cosmetics to pretty much everyone in the world. Some of the products were admittedly misses (I’m still recovering from a bad breakout reaction I had to a BB Cream by Skin79 — sob!), but there were definitely a few goodies in the bunch that will certainly become staples.

One such product is The Face Shop’s Rose Cushion Blusher, a pretty pastel pink that’s oh-so perfect for spring! For only $4ish bucks, you really can’t go wrong. I love that it’s an all-in-one product, and the applicator “cushion” is easy to use once you get the hang of it. A little product goes a long way, too, which is a bonus.

DSC_0113So cute, right?

DSC_0128I’m digging that cushion action!

DSC_0131The color picks up nicely on the cushion. I worried that maybe it wouldn’t, but was pleased to find that I didn’t need to use another brush to apply.

DSC_0134Gently dab onto cheeks. Obviously, the more pressure you apply, the stronger the color will be. I use a very light hand on my pale, pale skin.

And voila!

There are other colors available and I’ll likely try a few more in my next order. You can’t beat beauty products under $5, especially when they’re so cute…

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Spring 2014 Beauty Products

3rd April 2014

Hello, again! I’m back! This time I’ve got a quick plug for an article that went live on the Somewhat Simple blog today, where I’ve been writing a monthly beauty feature for nearly the better part of a year, now. The group of creators and bloggers there is so creative and truly talented! I love being amongst them.

Speaking of Somewhat Simple, I’m in the process of working on a really exciting project for the blog that’ll come to fruition the first weekend in May. I’ll give you a hint: it involves travel to a coastal city in California. Stay tuned!


Anyway, this month’s Somewhat Simple beauty feature features a round up of five of my most favorite products I’m using this spring. Some of them are brand new to the world (such as Tocca’s Simone or Doll Face Beauty goods) and others are just new to me (such as the Tony Moly Cristal Blusher in Milky Violet).

Head over to Somewhat Simple what I have to say about the above products and more!



Maneki-Neko Mani & Snail Slime Facewash

1st April 2014

Last week on xoVain — a beauty website I’ve been writing for nearly a year, now (my, how time flies!) — I wrote two different pieces that ventured into the realm of Asian beauty. I’m super excited about both of them, so I figured I’d talk a little bit about them here!


First I wrote about this new face wash I’ve been using from Mizon. It utilizes genuine snail slime which supposedly gently moisturizes, heals and cleanses the face. You can read all about my thoughts here.



The second post was a tutorial on how to create Maneki-neko nails! This was a manicure I came up with last year, but only just put it into tutorial form! For those who don’t know, Maneki-neko means “gesturing cat” and it’s a good luck token! Get the full tutorial here.

That’s all, lovelies!