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”

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+”

Recommending Products and Tourist Shopping: the Conundrum

I am lucky to have houseguests right now; two family members are visiting us here in Japan from the U.S. One has been here before, and one has not. For any of you who have hosted houseguests from another city (probably everyone?), you know what it’s like to try and remember what it’s like to be new in your city so you can show your guests the best it has to offer in the limited amount of time they have. This was a truism in Alaska, and it definitely is here in Japan. Recommending products, when friends ask, reminds me a lot of this process.

Does this seem weird? Maybe. It’s true though. When I have guests come to town, I try and tailor activity ideas to not just what I consider the “best” my home has to offer, but to their interests and abilities. Also, I know how expensive travel can get, and I always try hard to not break the bank on the activities and restaurants we do. Recommending products is much the same. I try hard to evaluate the friend asking’s lifestyle and skin type, how comfortable they are wearing cosmetics if it’s a makeup question, and also price. Continue reading “Recommending Products and Tourist Shopping: the Conundrum”

Sports Skincare, Part Two: Looking Amazing While Kicking Ass

Yes, hold onto your hats; today is part two of my three part series on sports skincare. If you missed it, check out part one, which covered smart skin protection for outdoor athletes. This post though, is the most frivolous (and arguably the most fun) part of the series, or, how to look good while sweating your ass off. Continue reading “Sports Skincare, Part Two: Looking Amazing While Kicking Ass”