Mini Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation Whitening

Cushion foundations: do you like them? Have you tried them? Well, if you aren’t in a pretty specific range of skin tones, you likely haven’t tried them as most companies are not particularly inclusive. This trend  stemmed from Asia and, well, skin tones don’t vary in Asia the way they do in North America. (Though … thanks to the amazing Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire and the director of Lancome, Lancome does offer a highly rated cushion that can fit almost every skin tone on the planet). Two Korean cosmetic companies, Missha and Laneige, have started widely marketing their products in the U.S. and their cushion lines, while not at Lancome’s level of shade range, have a lot more options than most.

If you are very fair, like me, you will find that almost all cushions, foundations, BB creams, etc. skew too dark and/or have a poor fit in undertone for you in Asia. Laneige (and Missha) are different: I got a very good match from the lightest shade they had at a duty free shop in Taipei’s international airport last month. In fact, being an unusual skin tone for the region, while many other colors looked pretty tapped out, there were loads of packs of these cushions left in my shade (since when does that happen?!?). Continue reading “Mini Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation Whitening”

Bronzer Battle: Which Bronzer is Best for the Fairest of the Fair?

My first time using bronzer (my gateway experience?) was getting my makeup done at a Chanel counter inside of Nordstrom. Or, shall I say, my first time being denied bronzer. It was springtime and corals and minty greens were all over the store, and makeup trends were equally fresh and bronzy (did I just describe almost every spring in any store?). I’m pretty sure my sisters were there, who do not share my glow-in-the-dark complexion, and they were getting bronzed and beautified. I was so excited when it was my turn, just to hear the consultant tell me she was skipping bronzer because it would look muddy on me.

Such heartbreak. I don’t even tan, and now I can’t use fake tan, either? Oh cruel, cruel world, why do you play me like this? In retrospect, I’m glad she saved me from becoming a muddy mess from the bronzer, because Chanel or not, many (most) bronzer shades will indeed make you look like, as my grandma always said, like you were sucking on the wrong end of a pig. Continue reading “Bronzer Battle: Which Bronzer is Best for the Fairest of the Fair?”

Stitch Fix Part 3: My Summer Fix

I just got my third Stitch Fix in the mail today, just in time for summer! I actually postponed the fix a month from the original interval I set; I figured I had enough spring/transition items and wanted a true summer fix. Like I mentioned before, I really hate shopping (and shopping for giantesses is pretty slim pickings in Japan) so this Stitch Fix box was a really terrific surprise (especially hot on the heels of my birthday — happy birthday to me!). So … how was my hot summer fix? Did I keep all the things? Keep reading to find out! Continue reading “Stitch Fix Part 3: My Summer Fix”

Hall of Shame: Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50+

Let me preface this: this is a product that gets a lot of love amongst K-beauty lovers. So, your mileage may vary. That being said, this is a hall of shame post and this Missha sunscreen has made my list. Why so harsh? Read on … Continue reading “Hall of Shame: Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50+”

Mini Review: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lip Oil

I was perusing the beauty section of a local Aeon department store recently with some out-of-town family visiting when I saw a pop-up display for a product I hadn’t seen before: a K-palette lip tint, called 1 Day Tattoo Lasting Lip Tint, which is from a brand that happens to make the best eyeliner pen ever. (Side note, if you like winged liner even a little, and want all-day wear with no smudging, that’s something you need to buy like yesterday).

K-palette lip tint comes in a handful of colors and has the same long-lasting promises on the package that the ridiculously good eyeliner pen does, so my mom and I both picked one up (I believe the price point was similar to the eyeliner, a little over 1000 yen).

Did we try it on in the car? Of course we did. Who doesn’t? Continue reading “Mini Review: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lip Oil”