Store Visit: JKNLEE South Street Seaport Pop-Up Shop

South St Seaport JKNLee Pop-Up Shop

K-beauty is multiplying! The insanity is just not stopping and I’m LOVING it. I’ve lived in Chinatown, NYC practically all my life and the closest shopping destination used to be the South Street Seaport‘s Pier 17. I actually worked at the Express and Coach store once upon a time. Retail businesses suffered since Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the community in 2012 but I’m thrilled to say that the Seaport District has been hugely revitalized! There are free music fests, a permanent Smorgasburg (inside the Fulton Street Market where the Gap used to be), outdoor seating and a plethora of new bars and restaurants that add vibrancy back to the neighborhood. The new Pier 17 will also open in 2017. Little did I know that they are also heavily on-trend in the beauty scene because there’s a temporary K-beauty pop-up shop from JKNLEE. I collaborated with the South Street Seaport, did a photo tour of the space and picked up some things too!

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Review: Peripera (Non)-Watery Face Pride Up Cushion Pact – SPF 50, PA+++

The Peripera Watery Face Pride Up! BB Cushion is my second cushion so I’m no BB cushion expert but I can already firmly say that this cushion sucks. This is going to be a quick review for others to stay away because it’s not worth buying for all the reasons to follow. If you see this cushion go on super sale, do not fall into temptation. It was $5 on a Memebox sale and $10 at the JKN Lee sample sale. You’ll also see the same cushion repackaged with Disney’s Frozen characters on it since it has a snowflake theme on the casing. It’s SPF 50, PA+++ and I bought it in shade 2 Vanilla Beige. Click to see my complete rants about this product. (more…)

Review: J:DEW Green Moist Essence – OMG That Lavender/Bergamont Scent

J DEW Review Green Moist Essence (11)

I received the J:DEW Green Moist Essence complimentary for review from an online Korean cosmetics and skincare shop, Q-depot. I have dry skin and wanted something that would provide moisture and/or brightening. Working with Q-depot, they were kind enough to give me three J:DEW options in the format of a face cream, emulsion or essence. I love the concentrated power of essences/serums so I opted for that choice and I’m very impressed thus far in my two weeks of testing. Key ingredients are organic aloe vera and green tea from Jeju Island and adenosine that will fade away wrinkles and bring firmness back to skin. And can I just say that I love, LOVE the lavender and bergamont scent it has? This product was a super surpriser because I wasn’t expecting much from a brand I’ve never heard of before. Click on to read more about this great moisturizer.

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Unboxing February 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) Box

Beauty Beauty Borders 3b Feb 2016 (9) Cover

I received a second complimentary February 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) box for review/feedback purposes and I’m so glad to get reintroduced to this $12/month K-Beauty subscription service again! I tried 3b for three months as an unsponsored customer and you can read my prior reviews here in 2015. 3b wanted to get my honest opinions on their new offerings so I tried mostly everything in the bag in the past 2 weeks. February’s bag has a very hyped up product from Benton and Leaders’ most popular sheet mask. Click on to see the all the contents!

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Unboxing January 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) Box

3b Beauty Beyond Borders Jan 2016 Review (1)

I received a complimentary January 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) box for review/feedback purposes last month and I’m so glad to get reintroduced to this $12/month K-Beauty subscription service again! I tried 3b for three months as an unsponsored customer and you can read my prior reviews here in 2015. 3b wanted to get my honest opinions on their new offerings and kindly sent me January and February boxes with no obligation to review. I was so excited to see a lot of great stuff in January’s bag that I decided to post an official review here and because I personally got to try ALL the items in the bag in the last 2 weeks. Click on to see the all the contents!

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