DIY: Shattered Glass Nails From Korea’s UNiSTELLA (유니스텔라 네일_박은경)

The shattered glass nail art design was trending hard last month when an image from Korea went viral. I happened to meet Sarah Lee, Co-Founder of Glow Recipe earlier that month at their Rubber Masking Party and couldn’t help but notice her holographic, green/yellow sparkly nails on top of black polish. She hinted that they will host another event in NYC and to look out for an email soon and sure enough there was an announcement for a special Pop-Up shop, Trends Workshop and Meet ‘n’ Greet with Korean celebrity nail artist, Park Eun Kyung, owner of the popular UNiSTELLA nail salon in Korea. I’ve never been so mesmerized by a nail trend before since learning how to use nail tape so I was determined to find this unicorn colored cellophane and encase them on my finger tips! Click on to see my first attempt and learn some tips if you want to explore this on your own or with friends for an awesome girl’s night in! 
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Photo Tour: Nature Republic – Union Sq. New York City

Another Nature Republic k-beauty brick and mortar store opened last month in NYC’s Union Sq! Yes, there’s already one in NYC’s Chinatown and another in Flushing, Queens but this is a big deal because this store is under management from Nature Republic headquarters in Korea. The stores on Centre Street and Flushing are only licensed and therefore will oftentimes not have the newest releases or even the same sales/promotions. The store is also easily 10x the size of the Chinatown one and conveniently located in one of the most accessible neighborhoods in New York City. I went to their Grand Opening and you can click through to see the entire photo tour and some of my recommendations!

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Review: Tosowoong Special Edition Cocoon Monster Pack (Pore Tightening Mask)

Tosowoong Special Edition Cocoon Monster Pack Review

Even though Halloween is over, you can still get a kick out of gory-themed skincare thanks to zombie shows everywhere. There have been human flesh printed sheet masks, “bloody” shower gels packaged in IV bags and face cream with subtle, yet cute vampire teeth printed on the jar. During these past two weeks I’ve been using The Tosowoong Special Edition Cocoon Monster Pack provided courtesy of Cupidrop for my review. I chose the pack and the oil cleanser from the line so I’ll review the oil cleanser in the next post. The pack is a wash-off mask that actually dries and almost warps your face into a rotting zombie while providing nourishment, hydration, pore-tightening and ridding blackheads, whiteheads all at the same time. Oh, and it also contains silkworm coocoon extracts, volcanic ash, EGF and syn-ake peptides. You wouldn’t usually find these ingredients in American skincare which is what makes this line particularly scary unique. Click to see my zombification!
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Review: Whamisa Real Sea Kelp Sheet Mask

There was the biggest buzz about the Whamisa Real Sea Kelp Sheet Mask over the summer because Whamisa uses REAL pieces of sea kelp cut into the shape of a sheet mask. It’s also soaked in a glorious essence full of skin-savers that claims to give you moisturization for 72 hours! Following the trend, Tony Moly quickly made a dupe that had an identical ingredient list and uses the same species of sea kelp however I couldn’t handle the putrid ocean/sea kelp smell and wouldn’t repurchase it. Despite the gagging I went through, the essence did as it promised and it brightened, moisturized and anointed me with radiance that lasted for two straight days. Since the essence proved its magic powers, I knew I had to get a Whamisa and compare the brands! It really made me curious to see if the $14 Whamisa splurge was worth it versus paying around $5 for a Tony Moly one. Spoiler: I was able to keep my lunch down this time around.  (more…)

Photo Tour: Amore (Aritaum) Store Visit in Chinatown, NYC

Find Amore Sulwhasoo, IOPE, Laneige in Chinatown NYC

I added another Photo Tour to my NYC Chinatown K-Beauty Shopping Guide! I know the post title is a little confusing – is this an Amore or Aritaum store visit? And since when is there an Aritaum in NYC?!!?! Aritaum is owned by Amore Pacific, the beauty conglomerate in Korea. Think of it as the LVMH behemoth that owns practically 80% of the luxury and mid-level beauty market *don’t quote me on that percentage. Amore carries Amore Pacific’s sub-brands like Sulwhasoo, Laneige, IOPE, Mamonde and of course some Aritaum products. Sadly, the Amore Pacific line can only be found it at Sephora or Bergdorf Goodman’s. Amore is a great testing ground if you’re interested in pH stripping, gift set ogling or color swatching that BB cushion you have your eyes on. Click to see my photo tour!

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