The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream was one of my first K-beauty face creams but just like a first boyfriend, it probably wasn’t meant to last. I’ve debated if I wanted to write this review because it’s such an old product that already has tons of reviews however it’s also a Nature Republic classic that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Ever since K-beauty made it big in the United States, there has also been an influx of newer, flashier brands getting my attention but I won’t forget some of my first-timers when I started building a Korean beauty routine. I suppose this post is more of a nod to my 2015 K-beauty beginner self. That said, this is a great starter face cream for those on a budget and starting their skincare journey.
Much loved eco-forward brand, Innisfree, opened it’s first flagship in New York City. This will be the first location out of five to eight planned openings in the next year! Innisfree sources all their ingredients responsibly from Korea’s richest natural resource, Jeju Island. Jeju is unique because it’s a volcanic island which makes the island’s soil dense with minerals and vitamins. The island’s climate, soil richness, and preservation efforts from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site gives the island the ability to grow incredibly potent and lush plant life. Although many of you may have already ordered your precious Innisfree products online, there are store-only offerings like customizing your own mix-in clay masks, building your own palettes and BB cushions, and not to mention using the store’s digital shade finder tool to help you choose your perfect foundation shade out of 14 choices! Click through to tour the entire store and see my first YouTube video!
LINE FRIENDS opened their first USA store in New York City’s most popular tourist trap, Times Square! The massive store opened in July 2017 and sells gift items like stuffed dolls, phone cases, housewares, clothing and other useless (but cute) items printed with lovable LINE characters like Brown, Cony, Sally, Choco, Moon, James, Boss and newer characters like Jessica (a cat who’s Cony’s BFF), Leonard (Sally’s new frog buddy) and Pangyo (a panda who has the hots for Choco). LINE is the messaging app that originated in Japan and uses hilarious stickers featuring characters that depict my everyday emotions and behaviors like disgust, narcissism and gluttony (with some love sprinkled in). The LINE characters became so popular that they have their own offline animated series called LINE OFFLINE where they are in an office setting of “Line Corporation” — how meta. I took some 360 photos and an insane amount of regular photos with an unBEARable amount of original LINE stickers, click on to view!
If you’ve seen any of my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I visited a lot of the Club Clio sample sales in the summer because they were in the middle of renovating the space and clearing out old merch that couldn’t sit on the shelf any longer. The moment is finally here to unveil the new look and their amazing incentives when you visit 11/17 – 11/30! Firstly, there will be 50% off ALL purchases! This discount will get you close to Korean retail prices so head over there for the best selection! Forget waiting for Black Friday when you can shop Club Clio, Goodal, Peripera, L.O.C.K. Color, Dr. G, Derma Dr. Lab, SooAE and a couple of new brands they’re stocking. Click through to see the other store specials during this two week period.
I haven’t blogged anything “lifestyle-ly” so here’s a quick post about my vacation on the Greek Islands: Mykonos and Santorini with a pit stop in Athens! Of course, I also put together a quick traveler’s guide and things I learned while I was there so this isn’t just a brag post about my “wonderful” life. There was an Emirates companion fare deal for $799 flying out of Newark airport to Athens, Greece so I just had to jump when I was figuring out what to do with my remaining vacation days. The Fiancé and I are just going to call it our Engagement Moon. The flight going to Greece was cheap but the hotels, island transfers and dining was NOT. I have some pre-booking tips and some while-you’re-there tips so you don’t get a rude awakening.