Japanese Summer Essentials: What You Need to Survive

Have you been to Asia in the summer? Or for many parts of Asia, anytime? The world’s water crisis could be solved if only the Asian humidity levels could be harnessed … all joking aside, the summers here are BRUTAL. Where I live, in a sub-tropical zone, the winters are cool (ok, I’m from Alaska, so it’s hard for me to not describe them as “winters”) and the summers don’t really climb above the low 90s (low 30s in Celsius), but the humidity … holy hell, the humidity. You know how they tell you when you visit Arizona, oh but it’s a dry heat? Yeah. Not in Asia. The air practically sweats here it’s so saturated. Luckily, Japan is always prepared. For (almost) everything. And they have your Japanese summer essentials covered … follow along and see what you need to not just survive but thrive in the Asian sweatbox this summer. Continue reading “Japanese Summer Essentials: What You Need to Survive”

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask: Mini Review

This may be a bit of a reheat, as according to Innisfree it’s their #3 seller, but Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a winner-winner-chicken-dinner. Sorry to cut to the chase there, but that’s what you’re here for, right? Here’s why: Continue reading “Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask: Mini Review”

Cream Blush: Why It Should Be Your New BFF

My favorite beauty You Tuber, Lisa Eldridge, posted a new video last week with a makeup tutorial on a luminous, glow-from-within blush technique requested by her audience. (The video also had genius guidance on how to conceal a pimple that’s sprouted up in the middle of your cheek when wearing blush that’s super helpful.) This video inspired me to dig into my gel and cream blush stash, as well as my liquid highlighters. It’s an especially good time to be looking at cream blush with summer well on its way (and that Sephora sale looming). Continue reading “Cream Blush: Why It Should Be Your New BFF”

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My favorite things from elf are their makeup brushes; they are a much better quality than the price suggests. And during elf free shipping, you can get just one or two and not have to worry about paying as much in freight as you do in brushes.

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My favorite (and well used) e.l.f. kabuki brush

Their eye primer is good too, pretty similar to the Urban Decay ones.

**NOTE: If you are shipping to an APO/FPO address, elf ships via slooooow boat. You won’t get your shit for 6-8 weeks. If you’re in a rush, you might need to mail to family and have them forward the package to you.**

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Sephora Spring VIB Sale: Shopping List

Sephora has a store-wide sale exactly two times a year; once a bit after Black Friday, and once … SOON! (They haven’t released the dates yet, but rumor is Rouge sale starts the 18th and other tiers will follow). They roll out the sale in a hierarchy fashion, offering the sale prices first to their high rollers in their loyalty program, and then to their mid-tier, and finally to everyone. Given the higher prices of everything they sell, these two sale periods are excellent times to pick up staples you know you will be repurchasing, and can be a good opportunity to try out a higher-priced item you otherwise may not have budgeted for. If you’re a junkie like me, you likely have been writing and re-working your wish list for the sale almost since the end of the last sale. So here it is, my personal spring VIB sale shopping list (which is still … a work in progress. I CAN’T DECIDE!). Continue reading “Sephora Spring VIB Sale: Shopping List”