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Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ PA+++ (#21 Natural Beige)

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This is the new 6-in-1 BB cushion released by Laneige earlier this year. Quite a few beauty bloggers and my close friend Kelly have been enjoying this new product. It’s specially designed for the summer time and it’s suitable for those with oily and combination skin. There are 3-4 shades available, depending on where you buy it. It comes with one refill and it retails for $39.88 on Jolse and $42.99 on ibuybeauti. At the moment, this version has not been released in the U.S. yet so it’s not available at Target. The BB cushion at Target has the same formula as the 5-in-1 Whitening BB Cushion sold in Korea.

If you already own a BB cushion case by any of the Amorepacific brands (e.g. Laneige, Etude House, IOPE, Innisfree, Mamonde, Espoir), you can simply buy the refill and it will fit into the case. Comparing the Whitening BB Cushion and the new Pore Control BB Cushion, the only difference in the outer packaging is the color of the case lid (light blue for pore control and white for whitening).

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5 Summer Beauty Favorites Under $20
Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly ($5)
the ultimate product for soothing redness caused by pimples or sun exposure
tightens pores (use in between toner and moisturizer)
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++ ($12)
very light-weight and thin
no typical sunscreen smell (contains a light citrus scent) or stickiness feeling
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater ($7)
can be used as a toner and a makeup setting spray
great for quickly treating dryness due to air conditioner or air travel
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99)
has a light-weight texture and gives a medium coverage
contains SPF 50
can be easily re-applied throughout the day
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya ($7.99)
moisturizing enough without using a lip balm beforehand
lightly tinted - perfect for everyday use
-Karen
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5 Summer Beauty Favorites Under $20

Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly ($5)

  • the ultimate product for soothing redness caused by pimples or sun exposure
  • tightens pores (use in between toner and moisturizer)

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++ ($12)

  • very light-weight and thin
  • no typical sunscreen smell (contains a light citrus scent) or stickiness feeling

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater ($7)

  • can be used as a toner and a makeup setting spray
  • great for quickly treating dryness due to air conditioner or air travel

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99)

  • has a light-weight texture and gives a medium coverage
  • contains SPF 50
  • can be easily re-applied throughout the day

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya ($7.99)

  • moisturizing enough without using a lip balm beforehand
  • lightly tinted - perfect for everyday use

-Karen

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Back to School Essentials

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Hi everyone! It’s August, which means it’s back to school season. As some of you know, I graduated from college this past spring and I’ll be going to graduate school this fall. My tips and advice are probably more useful for high school and college students. I was originally going to make this a beauty + school supplies essentials post, but it was getting way too long. So I’ll just talk about school supplies and other good things to carry around!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: I went through 2 packs of these 20 color pens in college. I don’t think they are useful for taking notes. But they are super useful for making flashcards and cheat sheets because you can easily color code different content material. In one of my intro biology courses, there was a contest for most colorful cheat sheet. And I even got second place! I really like the fact that these pens are very thin (.3mm) and they don’t dry out easily.
  • Flashcards: Am I the only one who finds making flash cards to be really time consuming? Regardless, they are very effective study tools so it’s handy to have them around. Digital flashcards are very useful for foreign language. When I took Chinese, I used Quizlet and it was really helpful to practice writing using the trackpad handwriting tool on my MacBook Pro.
  • Staedtler Eraser: The best eraser ever. That’s all I have to say :)
  • Pencil Pouch: I’ve been using pencil pouches/cases for as long as I’ve been going to school. It’s a easy way to store your utensils without having to dig through your entire backpack. Sometimes you don’t even need to buy a pencil pouch. My current pencil pouch is a “makeup bag” I received through gift with purchase at Clinique.
  • Folder Organizer: When I was in college, I used different folders for each course that I was taking. At the end of the day, I used a folder organizer to store my folders and papers. For each subject, I have a twin pocket folder (for taking to class) and a manila folder (for storing papers that I don’t need to take with me). This system has greatly lighten the weight of my backpack.
  • Backpack: From 9th grade until early senior year of college, I used a tote bag to carry my papers, books, and laptop. The Longchamp Le Pliage was VERY popular on my college campus. I have the one in red! But with all that weight on one shoulder (and all the years of bad posture while playing the violin), I experienced severe shoulder pain during the first part of my senior year in college. So I decided it’s time to value functionality&comfort over style. I finally bought a North Face Jester Backpack and my shoulder has thanked me ever since.
  • Lightweight Laptop: If you are a college student, chances are you’ll spend a lot of time with your laptop and need to haul it around all the time. Adding a computer to your papers and books puts a lot of strain on your body. I started college with a 13 inch MacBook Pro and I thought it was the perfect size (4.5 lbs). Nearly all of my girl friends who have gotten the 15 inch MacBook Pro have complained about the weight (5.6 lbs). 1.1 lbs might not seem like a big difference but you can really feel it when you have that huge organic chemistry book with you! I recently switched to the 13 inch MacBook Air and it’s been phenomenal. [Tips: Unless you REALLY need an optical disc drive, I’d say go for an ultrabook for your college computer. These types of laptops are more readily available on the market nowadays compare to when I entered college.]

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Cardigan: The AC is usually on full blast at school. Since I get cold very easily, I always carry a cardigan in my bag.
  • Wristlet: If you are going to college, a wristlet will really come in handy. You can fit your cards, cash, keys, and your phone in one place. (This might not be the best solution for some of you if you lose things easily. It’s an all or nothing deal.) The best part is that you can keep this little bag on your wrist and still keep your hands free. Great for going out and dancing!
  • Water Bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated! A reusable water bottle is perfect because you can fill it with your favorite beverage and enjoy it at school.

Hope you guys have found some of these tips to be helpful! Good luck with starting school this fall!

-Karen

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