Quick Makeup Using an “Air Puff”

Lately, I’ve been loving a new tool that’s all the rage in Korea – the ‘air puff’. The air puff is usually used with a cushion foundation, which is literally a compact that has a cushion inside which is soaked with foundation. Personally, I’m against the idea of trying out cushion foundations. Since a cushion foundation is a porous sponge that’s moist with product which you dab with a puff over and over again, it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Add in the warm summer weather and you’ve got yourself a bacteria filled bomb. Having oily, acne-prone skin, I wouldn’t dream of using this product. However, I have been loving the air puffs that come with these cushion foundations. An air puff is different from a regular sponge in that’s it’s much more dense; it not only soaks up less product but also minimizes contamination.

I found that several makeup stores sell the puffs individually and decided to try one out. I find that the air puff makes applying thin layers of foundation so much easier and faster. When I’m not going for a full-coverage makeup look, I just dot a bit of foundation on my face and then blend it out by patting the puff. Using the air puff, I’m able to apply a really light layer of foundation and blend out my concealer perfectly and quickly.

On a daily basis, I’ve been using my air puff with my Makeup Forever Duo Mat Foundation and a bit of under eye concealer. Add a bit of powder and I’m ready to go.

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How do you guys feel about cushion foundations? Have you tried them out? If so, have you ever tried using the puff with other foundations?

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Goodies from Japan

Last week, I went on a trip to Tokyo with my friend and had an amazing time. We visited a lot of different cultural sites as well as shopping districts and I ended up buying a few things. I picked up a lot of beauty goodies as well as random items that caught my eye. While I didn’t bring back any clothes, Tokyo is the place to go if you’re interested in purchasing unique styles of clothing. Next time I visit, I’ll definitely make sure to bring a bigger suitcase.

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I’ve been wanting to try out Dolly Wink lashes for the longest time but they were just too expensive online. While they aren’t cheap in Japan either, they do cost a lot less than they do in other countries. From what I know, Dolly Wink lashes are designed by model Tsubasa Masuwaka and made by Koji, a Japanese cosmetics company.

There were a lot of different brands and types of lashes available in Japan but I decided to go for Dolly Wink as I have been eyeing them for a long time. I ended up purchasing lashes in the styles 1 Dolly Sweet, 9 Natural Dolly, 19 Sweet Lady, and 15 Pure Girl. Out of all the lashes, 1 Dolly Sweet is definitely the most glamorous and the rest are quite natural. I really love all the lashes I purchased and they’re super comfortable while still giving a sweet, fluttery look. I also really love that they have clear bands as it makes them look a lot more natural.

To go along with the lashes, I got clear lash glue as well as a cute case for my lashes. Of course, I also had to get their eyeliner that I had heard so much about. So far, I’ve been enjoying all the Dolly Wink products and I’ll definitely be writing up a post sometime soon that includes these products.

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While shopping in Don Quijote, a discount chain store in Japan, I came across these bath salt-ish products. I can’t read Japanese so I didn’t exactly know what I was purchasing at the time, but after doing a bit of research online (google is seriously my best friend) I found out that these are bath salts in the Bihadu No Yu ‘Beautiful Skin’ selection from Kracie. This box has a selection of four different types of salts that each recreate a different Japanese onsen (hot spring). Japanese onsen are very popular and the minerals in the water are supposed to be beneficial for the skin, body, and mind. The four varieties in this box recreate the Ureshino Onsen (嬉野), Kitsuregawa Onsen (喜連川), Naruko Onsen (鳴子), and Ryujin Onsen (龍神). I found all this information from this great blog post <here>. If you’re interested in this product, be sure to check this post out! I’ll also be trying out all the packs and updating with a more informative post sometime soon.

Strolling through another beauty store, I saw a lot of nail art products. I wanted to bring back more polishes, but due to lack of space, I ended up choosing one light blue polish and white iridescent nail glitter. The nail polish swatch for this polish had a really interesting texture so I’m looking forward to trying it out. Not to mention, how can you resist the adorable Little Twin Stars packaging!?

Here, you can also see two adorable pairs of earrings that I picked up in Harajuku. The pineapple earrings actually ended up being clip-ons (which were extremely popular and all over Tokyo), but I’m planning to take them apart and put real earring backings on them.

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What’s in my Carry On Bag – Long Haul Flight Edition

I’ve taken long haul flights on a regular basis since I was quite young. When my family lived in California, we made yearly visits to Korea; now since my family lives in Korea and I go to college in the States, I take trips back and forth for breaks.

I recently flew from Nashville to LA to Korea for summer break and haven’t unpacked my carry on bag yet, so I thought this was the perfect chance to show you guys what I brought with me.

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I sleep on the plane so a neck pillow is a must for me. Mine has an elastic band on it so I just sling it onto the handles of my luggage bag. Also, since I tend to carry my laptop and iPad with me when I take long-haul flights, I use my backpack. I’ve had this Kipling backpack forever and it’s the perfect carry-everything-and-not-kill-your-shoulders bag for the airport.

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In the front compartment, I have fuzzy socks (to keep my feet warm during the plane ride), my wallet, and my passport/tickets. I always keep all my documents in a little red case that I put in a safe, zippered area of my bag.

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In my backpack, there is a padded compartment in the back where I keep my electronics.

Since I usually have long layovers between my two flights, I like to keep my laptop and iPad with me so that I have something to do. I keep my laptop in sleeve from Incase and my iPad has a Marc by Marc Jacobs case on it. Since I need my chargers with me, I keep all of them along with any other cords in a clear case so that they aren’t all over the place. Last but not least, I like to keep a book with me just in case I decide to not sleep on the plane (although 99% of the time, I’m dead asleep). Right now, I’m reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

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In the main middle area of my backpack, I have everything else that I reach for during my plane ride. I like to keep everything together so I organize all of my smaller items into two pouches – a clear one for my liquids and a soft fabric one for anything else. I also have my headphones from Urban Ears and a fuzzy yellow blanket (it’s always freezing cold on the plane and the blankets they give out usually aren’t that warm).

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I don’t keep too much in the fabric pouch. Here, I have an eye mask (that you can see on the way left in a black mesh pouch), a strawberry pouch with hair ties and pins, some gum, Airborne, my Make Up For Ever Duo Mat powder foundation, a retractable kabuki brush from Too Faced, cotton swabs to get off or put on any eye makeup, Boscia blotting linens, a pack of tissues, and a mirror.

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♡1 Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral (I’m not sure if the coral color is still available) ♡2 Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ♡3 Lemon and Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Oil ♡4 L’Occitane Moisturizing Lip Balm in Mango Flower ♡5 Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 20E ♡6 L’Occitane Hand Cream in Mango Flower ♡7 Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes ♡8 L’Occitane Immortelle Essential Water ♡9 Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Eye Cream with Mimosa ♡10 Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer ♡11 Purell Hand Sanitizer ♡12 Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask ♡13 ASAP Clearskin Gel ♡14 Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed ♡15 Benefit Instant Brow Pencil ♡16 Mary Kay  Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist ♡17 Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral (color no longer available) ♡18 Rohto Cool Eye Drops ♡19 Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ♡20 Josie Maran Argan Oil Light ♡21 Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Continue reading

Coveting: Cobalt Blue Bags

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♡1 Givenchy Antigona Clutch in Royal ♡2 Givenchy Medium Antigona Tote in Blue Leather ♡3 Givenchy Mini Pandora Box Crossbody in Blue ♡4 Alexander Wang Diego in Bright Blue ♡5 Saint Laurent Monogram Crossbody Bag in Royal Blue ♡6 Small Lock Flap Bag in Blue China ♡7 Givenchy Mini Pepe Pandora Messenger in Blue ♡8 Alexander McQueen Heroine Crossbody in Blue/Ivory

If you know me in real life, then you’ll know I like to be surrounded by anything and everything mint-colored. Although I’m still absolutely obsessed with mint, I’ve found another love – cobalt blue.

I would love to be able to afford a super gorgeous blue bag, but for now, I’ll just lust after them. Givenchy makes bags in the most beautiful shade of cobalt blue. I’m especially loving the Mini Pandora Box! I’ve also been obsessed with Wang’s Diego bucket bag as well. I used to hate the weird shape, but I’ve become fond of it over the years. This season, he also came out with a pretty blush pink bucket bag <here> as well!

Are there any bags that you guys are currently coveting? Let me know below! I love staring at gorgeous bags and scratching at my computer screen ;)
I’m currently waiting for my flight at the airport, and I’ve been listening to this song nonstop for the past hour.

Bastille – Pompeii

But if you close your eyes,

Does it almost feel like

Nothing changed at all?

Toodles ♥

Pshaw

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Mary Kay Glam – A First Look Into Mary Kay Makeup

A couple days ago, I received a lovely little box that was filled with fun Mary Kay products for the summer. I had an opportunity to review these products through Influenster and thought it would be an awesome chance for me to try out some products from a new brand and share my thoughts with you guys.

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All the products came in really nice packaging with a cute pink box made from recycled material. I took a look through the catalog that they sent me and their prices seem mid-range. One thing that I found interesting is that their blushes and bronzers are sold so that you have to buy the refill product and the case separately. It definitely gets quite a bit more expensive if you want a case for your blush/bronzer.

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Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder $16 | Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush $12 | Mary Kay Bronzing Powder $18

Compacts/cases for the blush and bronzer are sold separately and cost $16 to $35 depending on the size.

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The bronzer was really nice and soft. As soon as I saw it, I thought of NARS Laguna bronzer. The color is extremely similar with Mary Kay’s bronzer being a bit lighter and having more of a sheen. The Mary Kay bronzer also has more of a pink undertone while the NARS bronzer has more of a golden/orange undertone.

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One of my favorite products that I tried out was Mary Kay’s blush in Shy Blush. I’m a huge fan of pinky peach blushes and I have quite a collection going on. I would have to say that Shy Blush is an exact dupe for NARS Orgasm. Both have a really pretty golden, peachy glow that looks amazing on.

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Best Makeup Wipes: Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

I have a tendency to jump around from product to product as I usually get bored of what I’m currently using and am not 100% happy with it. However, after testing out several different makeup wipes, I think I finally found ‘the one’.

Before going into detail about the product, I wanted to give a quick background on my skin and everyday makeup. I have quite oily, sensitive, breakout-prone skin and I wear some sort of base makeup on an almost-daily basis. I don’t usually wear eye makeup, and if I do, it’s just a wash of eyeshadow. I don’t wear mascara (I think I actually kind of hate it) and eyeliner bugs me. When I buy any type of makeup remover/wipe, I’m looking for something that will get rid of my base makeup thoroughly but gently. I also always use another cleanser (currently, I’m using Origins Checks and Balances) with my Clarisonic after removing my makeup.

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So, if you haven’t guessed already, I’m officially giving the title of ‘best makeup wipes’ to Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes.

So far, I’ve tried Neutrogena’s Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towlettes, Simple’s Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, Kat Von D’s Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes, and Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Wipes. My skin tends to get really irritated by makeup removers and Neutrogena and Kat Von D‘s makeup removing formula made my skin feel raw and sticky. I’m also really picky about the texture of the cloth and the wipes from Philosophy and Simple felt quite harsh on my skin.

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Products I’ve Used Up (Or Am Throwing Away) – Empties #2

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Laline Exfoliating Body Soap in Ocean | Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo | Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream | Anatomicals You Need A Blooming Shower! Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser

Laline Exfoliating Body Soap in Ocean – I enjoyed using it as a shower gel on a loofah but it wasn’t effective as an exfoliator because the grains in it were too small and soft. If you like gentle body scrubs, then this is for you. If you’re like me and like more gritty scrubs, then pass. I really want to try out their Body Scrub in the same scent (it smells super fresh just like the ocean) in hopes that it’ll be more exfoliating.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo – Hands down one of my favorite shampoos. It not only left my hair feeling squeaky clean and voluminous but also had a refreshing tingling feeling to it. Currently, I’m trying out a different shampoo from Paul Mitchell (which will probably be in my next empties), but I’m planning to come back to this one once I’m done.

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream – My hair is actually pretty tame so I don’t really use styling products in it. I got this as a sample and while it made my hair smell divine, I didn’t really see any other benefits.

Anatomicals You Need A Blooming Shower! Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser – I got this in a past Glossybox and it was alright. Just your standard shower gel. I thought the smell was okay, but if you don’t like rose scents, then stay away from this (it’s literally just pure rose).

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Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat | The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Nail Remover in Lavender | Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths | Phyto Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner | Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes | Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – My favorite topcoat. I can never get a clean manicure when using a normal topcoat since I always somehow manage to smudge it before it’s dry. This topcoat makes my nails dry in just a couple minutes so that I can get on with life and not worry about my nails. It leaves a super-glossy finish and my manicure lasts for an average amount of time when I use this. I tend to change my nail color a lot so longevity isn’t really a problem for me. I really enjoy this and am already on my second bottle. The only downside to this product is that it does dry up and get thick quite quickly, but I’m alright with that.

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Nail Remover in Lavender – A nail polish remover from the Korean cosmetic brand The Face Shop. It does a good job at removing my polish and it doesn’t smell as bad as other nail polish removers do. I wouldn’t run out to buy it, but it’s something I would stock up on if I happen to come across it.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths – I’m extremely picky about my face wipes and I ended up disliking these. I’ll be making a more in-depth post soon about the face wipes that I tried and my current favorite.

Phyto Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner – I got a sample of this when I purchased something else online and was really looking forward to trying it out since I had heard so many good reviews on the Phyto brand in general. I felt like this conditioner wasn’t anything special and I really disliked the smell of it as well. Nothing I would look into trying again.

Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes – I actually like these makeup wipes (although they aren’t my favorite) and since it comes in a small pack of 10, it’s really nice to carry around in your makeup bag. If I’m out in the library for a long time and it’s late at night, I usually remove my makeup with these.

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head - You need to replace your Clarisonic brush head every three months and this time around, I decided to try out the one for sensitive skin. I do like the one for acne (which is green) better but this one was nice as well. I’m currently using the acne brush head but I’ve bought a deep-cleansing (blue) brush head which I’ll be trying out next.

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For Clear Skin – EU Natural Clarity Vitamin C Serum

With the weather starting to warm up, I’ve been trying to put in extra effort into my skincare routine so that I don’t have to wear as much foundation. While I don’t have any active breakouts on my face anymore, my past acne has left me tons of presents called acne scars. I find that my skin doesn’t heal itself very well and even after a spot has gone away, the scar will stay for months and months. My post-acne scarring is something that I’m really self-conscious about so I’m always interested in any products or treatments that will help even out my skin.

Since I’m always on the lookout for products that help diminish discoloration, I was really excited when EU Naturals offered to send me a bottle of their Clarity Vitamin C Serum* to try out. I’ve heard so many positive things about vitamin C and a lot of people talk about how great it is for uneven skin tones, so I’ve been using it religiously and am looking forward to good results.

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EU Natural is a brand based in California that sells premium beauty supplements, vitamins, and herbal solutions. All of their products are made in the USA following strict cGMP standards and are manufactured without the use of any extra fillers, binders, or excipients, so you can definitely trust their products.

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