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…)
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!
A couple weeks ago Glow Recipe held a rubber masking party at their offices on Park Ave! If you were lucky enough to grab a spot, you and four of your friends had the opportunity to try out a Lindsay Rubber Mask in their new Charcoal “flavor” along with any other Glow Recipe products that interested you. I saw their email in time and got a 2pm spot but little did I know that it was a very intimate one-on-one session with co-founder, Sarah Lee, when I arrived! I thought it was going to be more of a “party” atmosphere with other kbeauty fanatics testing products while Sarah or Christine guided us. Instead, I was talking to Sarah directly and it was such a treat getting a close look into her start-up adventure and listening to her advice on working in the beauty industry. The focus of the party was to learn more about Lindsay’s rubber/modeling masks and Sarah was a wealth of information; it made me pop my rubber masking cherry this weekend! Click to read more about my review and Sarah’s take on why Lindsay’s is the best rubber mask she ever came across. (more…)
SK-II is hosting a Pop-Up Studio in New York City’s SoHo area again from Oct. 3 – Oct 31, 2015. SK-II is launching a new Change Destiny campaign with movie star and spokeswoman, Cate Blanchett. The campaign is really inspiring because changing your destiny is applicable in all areas of your life (something I’m actively doing right now with my career). In terms of your skin destiny, SK-II is empowering women with the knowledge that you can shift the age of your age now. We have the power to reverse the damage, dark spots and wrinkles of your skin if you choose to. The direction of destiny is in our choice to commit to the process and to be educated in the endless amount of options out there. This can all be fun instead of overwhelming, as well as addicting! Click on to see my pop-up studio experience (free goodies, more info and eye candy galore!).
Orgaid is a new organic beauty company and their very first product is a sheet mask. They are founded in Illinois, United States taking an Eastern beauty product and making it their own. Its founder, Dr. Ian Baek, developed the first “Made in USA” sheet mask and for those who requested a pre-production sample last month, we received it to try earlier this week. Sheet masks have long been in the market in Asia and there are many different kinds and price points so how did this stand up to sheet masks made in Asia?
EDIT 10/17/2015: Orgaid has seen reviews of the pre-production sample and noticed how the post office has damaged all their samples as other reviewers have also noted the poor fit and cut of their masks. I was sent another sample in a sturdy cardboard box and have edited my review to reflect the uncompromised mask! Click to read more!