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Spring Giveaway

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As a token of my appreciation, I will be giving away some makeup goodies to my followers! Everything is purchased with my own money. The prizes include the following:

  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Set (1 full size in intense black and 3 deluxe sizes in midnight, moss, and dark brown)
  • EcoTools Full Eye Shadow Brush
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Nude
  • Prestige Cosmetics Primed & Ready Eye Primer
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (deluxe size)
  • NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia

I’ll also throw in a few samples for you to try!

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++

I have always avoided facial sunscreens because they tend to feel thick and some even break me out. But as summer approaches, the SPF levels in my morning moisturizer and BB cream are simply not enough. I’m so glad to have found a lightweight facial sunscreen that feels great on the skin and doesn’t cause any breakouts! Honestly, the products in Biore’s Asian line is so much better than their U.S. line. I remember loving Biore products when I used to live in China. But none of their U.S. products have been super impressive. Biore is owned by Kao Corporation, a Japanese company, so it makes sense that their Japanese line have fantastic products. But why not release those in the U.S. as well?

This line of Biore sunscreen has a few varieties: milk, mousse, essence, and jelly. I picked up the essence version and it has the texture of a lightweight lotion. It has a light yellow color when you squeeze it out of the tube but after you spread it onto your skin, it’s completely clear and it leaves no residue. A large pea size amount does the job for my whole face. I’d also like to add that even on days that I forget to put on a primer, this sunscreen serves as a good base for my makeup. I would highly recommend this product to those with combination and oily skin. (I still think it’s necessary to use a moisturizer before this product because it’s not hydrating enough on its own.)

Even though Asian products are hard to find in the states, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen is available through Amazon for about $13. Some Asian markets that carry Asian cosmetics might also have it in stores.

-Karen

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Beauty Tips for Spring

The weather is finally warming up over here! So glad I can finally put away my winter jackets and bring out the spring dresses. Our skin can be particularly dry and acne-prone during seasonal transitions. It’s important to adjust our beauty regiments so that our skin and makeup look dewy and fresh.

Here are some of my tips:

Add salt/baking powder to your cleansing routine. Depending on where you live, there may be a lot of pollen and dust during this time of the year. It’s especially important to cleanse our skin thorough so that these debris won’t clog our pores. Mixing salt with your facial cleanser is an easy way to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Salt has natural antiseptic properties and is able to dry up pimples. But only add a small amount of salt because it could be too drying. Baking powder is another great exfoliator. In fact, Korean brand Etude House has a line of baking powder cleansing products! You can easily take advantage of baking powder by adding a pinch into your facial cleanser.

imageReplace heavy night cream with a serum/oil and a lightweight moisturizer. The facial cream from your winter routine can feel too thick and heavy in the spring. But the lotion from your summer routine doesn’t provide enough hydration. You can solve this problem by simply adding a step before the moisturizer. After toning and before moisturizing, apply a serum to the skin using tapping motions. After 2-3 minutes, apply your moisturizer. With oil, I like to add a couple of drops to my lotion and then pat it onto the skin.

imageUse BB/CC cream for base makeup. Since our goal is to create fresh, dewy skin, we need to let our base makeup look as natural as possible. First, even out the skin tone using a BB or CC cream. I’d suggest BB cream for those that need more coverage for blemishes and CC cream for those that need more color correction for redness. You could also use BB and CC cushions, which give the most natural finish. But cushions generally don’t provide as much coverage as the cream versions. If you need to cover up more spots (blemishes, acne scars, age spots, etc.), then apply a full coverage concealer or foundation for those areas only. Use a small flat concealer brush (or even an eyeshadow blending brush) and concentrate the product on the spots.

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Use makeup-setting spray or facial mist to set your makeup. As much as I love face powder, it could make my skin look so dry and cakey sometimes. A facial spray is able to set the makeup in place and maintain a dewy look. The spray doesn’t have to be a makeup setting spray (Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray). It could be a toner (Mario Badescu Facial Spray, Aveda Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent) or facial mist (Evian Natural Mineral Water).

-Karen

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