Posts tagged 'target'

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Sleeping masks or sleeping facials are pretty common among Asian skincare brands. Western brands such as Korres, Peter Thomas Roth, and First Aid Beauty have also released their own sleeping masks. But the Laneige, TonyMoly, and Pure Heals offer more affordable alternatives and these products have been on the market for much longer.

This sleeping mask comes in a 2.7 fl oz jar. The packaging is not my favorite because it doesn’t come with a mini spatula and it’s not the most hygienic. I personally use a clean paddle foundation brush to scoop out the product and applying it evenly (in outward strokes) onto my face. This product will last a long time and we want to minimize the chance of getting germs and bacteria in there.

The texture is a gel-like consistency and it reminds me of one of my favorite gel moisturizers, the Clinique Moisture Surge. You’ll need about an almond size amount of product for the whole face. Initially, I thought this mask would feel really heavy on the skin, especially considering it’s already summer and I live in a humid environment. But surprisingly, this mask is completely absorbed into the skin after 10-20 minutes. It does have a slightly sticky finish (expected from a gel product) but it does not leave the skin feeling tight.

On the next morning, I can tell that my skin is noticeably smoother. Best of all, it does not make my skin more oily than usual and it did not break me out :) I think this product would work really well with any skin type. I let my mom, who has dry and aged skin, to try this and she really enjoyed it as well.

This is a great product to take with you on long flights because cabin air is very drying. Simply put this product in a travel size container and you will be off to a more enjoyable flight!

This product is available at: Target (U.S. only) and Sasa

-Karen

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Graduation Outfits & Essentials

It’s almost graduation time! I can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since I graduated from college. I feel like an old person now >_<

Today I’ll be sharing my tips on graduation outfits (mainly the dress and the shoes) and essentials. This post is more geared towards college graduation but high school graduates might also find this helpful.

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As you can see, I have a thing for pastel colors and floral patterns. For the dress, I’d recommend something that has a classic feel to it . You’ll be taking a lot of photos today and some of these will end up on your parents’ fridge or your relatives’ walls. So it’s not really the best time trying to be super trendy. I’d highly recommend you to wear a light color. If your commencement ceremony is outside, the temperature will rise quickly and it will get really hot, especially if your school has a black gown (happened to me for both high school and college). So it’s better to wear a light color dress made of light-weight material.

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For the shoes, my college specifically said “no stilettos”. Why? We have to march on the football field and stilettos would ruin the track. But regardless of potential property damage, I would discourage you girls from wearing stilettos because 1) you’ll “sink” easily on grass and 2) you might be doing a lot of walking so wear something that gives you the extra height without the discomfort. I personally wore some low heel dress shoes. But I ended up looking really short in all the photos since I’m already petite (5’3” here). So if you are petite like me, I’d recommend 2-3 in. wedges or platform heels.

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These are some of the essential items that will make your day a lot more comfortable.

  • Use a cross body bag to hold your stuff so your hands are free (to wave or hug people :D)
  • Bring some sunglasses if your commencement ceremony is outdoors! Trust me, you’ll be in the sun for quite a while because they make you get there really early to line up.
  • My diploma ceremony was right after the commencement ceremony so I knew I wouldn’t be offered any food from 7:45am to 2:00pm. Personally, I think that’s way too many hours without food :P So definitely keep a snack in the bag.
  • BB cushions were not popular last year but they are more readily available in the U.S. nowadays! These are great because you can touch-up your makeup and reapply sunscreen all at the same time. The packaging is pretty small so it’s easy to carry it around with you. You can pick up this Laneige BB Cushion at Target.
  • If you live in a sunny and warm location, a small facial mist can help you cool down while you are sitting under the sun. How adorable is this TONYMOLY Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist? I had no idea that TONYMOLY was available through Urban Outfitters until I found this product! For those of you who are new to this brand, this is a popular Korean brand that’s well-known for their gel eyeliner, masks, and egg pore products.
  • Having a small bottle of hand sanitizer is always a good idea. You’ll be shaking a lot of hands with your friends’ parents and siblings. Plus diploma ceremonies often have refreshments at the end and the bathrooms are always really crowded.

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-Karen

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Trendy Makeup: BB Cushion
Lately, a ton of Korean beauty bloggers/vloggers have been using something called &#8220;BB cushion&#8221;. I first heard about this type of product from sunnydahye. It&#8217;s basically a compact with a sponge soaked with liquid BB cream. It might sound strange at first but I think it&#8217;s a great concept because you can take it on the go and it&#8217;s very travel-friendly. I don&#8217;t think it would count as a &#8220;liquid&#8221; on flights&#8230;. but don&#8217;t take my word for it. Inside the compact, there&#8217;s a special sponge for application. Instead of applying the product using a wiping motion, you are supposed to pat it on so that it provides the best coverage. All of them contain SPF. The biggest downside is that there are usually not that many shades available for Asian cosmetic products.
Currently, most of these products are only available in Asia and you&#8217;d need to find them online if you live in the U.S. like me. But as some of you might have already heard, the popular Korean cosmetic brand, Laneige, is now available exclusively at Target! I&#8217;m very excited because I heard lots of great things about this brand and I&#8217;ll definitely try out some of their products very soon. Right now, the products are only available online at target.com and the selection is quite small. But they will be available at selected stores around April. Some of the prices are better at Target than Asian cosmetics online retailers.
Side story: For those of you who have seen the Korean drama, You From the Stars, actress Jun Ji Hyun was often seen wearing vibrant lip colors. I heard that some of the lipsticks she used is the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick.
Anyways, back to BB cushions. The following brands have been releasing this type of product for a while now and here&#8217;s what I&#8217;ve gathered from watching/reading reviews:
Laneige BB Cushion ($34): medium coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Mamonde Real Skin Founder ($27.99): medium-full coverage; foundation + powder hybrid; SPF33 PA+++
Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation ($28.99): buildable light to medium coverage; SPF32 PA++
Espoir Face Slip Nude Cushion ($44.99): light coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99): medium-full coverage; SPF50 PA+++
This morning, I saw a promotional email from Clinique and they made a CC cream compact! There are 6 shades available. Based on the picture online, it doesn&#8217;t seem like it&#8217;s CC cream soaked in a sponge. It looks more like a cream foundation. I have yet to see it in person so it&#8217;s hard to judge. I personally really like the Clinique CC Cream because it provides good coverage and does a great job of color correcting my skin tone.
-Karen
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Trendy Makeup: BB Cushion

Lately, a ton of Korean beauty bloggers/vloggers have been using something called “BB cushion”. I first heard about this type of product from sunnydahye. It’s basically a compact with a sponge soaked with liquid BB cream. It might sound strange at first but I think it’s a great concept because you can take it on the go and it’s very travel-friendly. I don’t think it would count as a “liquid” on flights…. but don’t take my word for it. Inside the compact, there’s a special sponge for application. Instead of applying the product using a wiping motion, you are supposed to pat it on so that it provides the best coverage. All of them contain SPF. The biggest downside is that there are usually not that many shades available for Asian cosmetic products.

Currently, most of these products are only available in Asia and you’d need to find them online if you live in the U.S. like me. But as some of you might have already heard, the popular Korean cosmetic brand, Laneige, is now available exclusively at Target! I’m very excited because I heard lots of great things about this brand and I’ll definitely try out some of their products very soon. Right now, the products are only available online at target.com and the selection is quite small. But they will be available at selected stores around April. Some of the prices are better at Target than Asian cosmetics online retailers.

Side story: For those of you who have seen the Korean drama, You From the Stars, actress Jun Ji Hyun was often seen wearing vibrant lip colors. I heard that some of the lipsticks she used is the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick.

Anyways, back to BB cushions. The following brands have been releasing this type of product for a while now and here’s what I’ve gathered from watching/reading reviews:

Laneige BB Cushion ($34): medium coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++

Mamonde Real Skin Founder ($27.99): medium-full coverage; foundation + powder hybrid; SPF33 PA+++

Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation ($28.99): buildable light to medium coverage; SPF32 PA++

Espoir Face Slip Nude Cushion ($44.99): light coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99): medium-full coverage; SPF50 PA+++

This morning, I saw a promotional email from Clinique and they made a CC cream compact! There are 6 shades available. Based on the picture online, it doesn’t seem like it’s CC cream soaked in a sponge. It looks more like a cream foundation. I have yet to see it in person so it’s hard to judge. I personally really like the Clinique CC Cream because it provides good coverage and does a great job of color correcting my skin tone.

-Karen

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