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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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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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Cheap Ways to Store Beauty Products

Hi everyone! Today I’ll be showing you how I store my beauty products on a budget. Currently, all of my beauty products are stored in my bathroom because it has a giant mirror and lots of countertop space. I don’t shower in this bathroom so it’s fine to put everything here. But if you shower in your bathroom, then you need to move your products to your bedroom or another location that doesn’t get too humid. Let’s start!

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Here’s a view of my bathroom countertop from the door. I have 4 main organizers: green basket, red caddy, silver rack, and small blue containers. While clear acrylic containers are the most popular makeup organizers (at least according to Pinterest), they tend to be really expensive. Who wants to spend more money on organizers than the beauty products themselves?! Most of the containers I’m using were found in the dollar section or clearance section.

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As you can see above, I don’t really sort my products strictly by type. Most of the time, I organize them by the size of the container and then similar products would cluster together.

Green basket (~$4 at Target): This one holds mostly bottles that are tall and skinny. I also have my yellow Clarisonic Mia 2 here since the height is perfect. There’s a small round blue container ($1 or $2 at Walmart) that holds hair ties, pins, and clips. I think I found this round container in the dollar section at Walmart.

Red caddy ($1 or $2 at Target): These caddies not only great for holding school supplies at elementary schools, but they are also awesome makeup organizers! On the right side, I put my face brushes in the back section and eye products in the front section. On the left, there’s my makeup remover, BB cream, primer, eyelash curler, and other small products with pointy ends that don’t stand up straight (like this eye cream).

Silver rack (~$15 at K-Mart): I put some blue rectangular containers ($1 for 2 at Target) on the rack so they can hold small items such as acne spot treatments, concealers, lip products, etc. Some of the products with bulky packaging also go on here. The clear tray at the bottom is actually half of the a Ferrero Rocher box! Putting these items in the tray (instead of directly underneath the track) makes it easier to reach the items in the back.

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For nail polishes, contact lenses, and other small items that I don’t reach for on a regular basis, I keep them in little baskets ($1 for 2 at Walmart) that fit perfectly in my drawer.

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The second drawer is a bit taller and I use it to store backups and products that I’m not currently using. Here, I’m using another green basket (~$4 at Target) to keep the products from shifting around.

Total cost: $28-$30 for 11 storage containers. This is definitely a better deal than buying ONE acrylic container for about the same price.

When I used to live in a dorm, I didn’t have as much room for my products. So I put my most-used skin care and makeup products in a Sterilite box (about the size of a shoe box). I like this better than using a makeup bag because everything is out in the open and it’s easy to keep things organized.

The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to organize my hair styling tools and hair accessories. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below! Hope you find my beauty storage tips to be helpful!

-Karen

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Summer Outfits #1-5

Hello everyone! I’m back from my trip to the midwest. I had a good time visiting old family friends in the town that I lived in 10 years ago. I thought it’d be fun to do a fashion post on some of the outfits that I wore this week. (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures)

Outfit 1 (top left): This is the outfit that I wore on my flight to the midwest. Since it’s usually cold on the plane, I also wore black leggings. I love the large puffy sleeves on the top (asos) and the vibrant colors of the skirt (Forever21).

Outfit 2 (top right): I’ve had this white dress forever! It was actually my junior marshall dress back in high school. lol But I’ve only worn it a few times so far because it’s rather thick for a summer dress. It’s perfect for 70-80 degrees weather. The dress is from Target and the little cardigan is from Kohl’s.

Outfit 3 (center): I bought these 2 pieces at a store called Christopher & Banks during my trip. The shirt has a really interesting texture and I love the bright fuschia color. The skirt is really cute and super comfortable.

Outfit 4 (lower left): Another dress that I’ve had for a while but rarely wear… I got this dress when floral summer dresses first became really popular (and long before maxi dresses were trendy). I remember that I wanted to trim this dress to knee length because nobody else was wearing maxi dresses >.< haha I’m glad I didn’t end up doing that! This is one of the few boho style outfits that I own. I think I got both the dress and the cardigan from Kohl’s.

Outfit 5 (lower right): I love the neckline and the print on this shirt (Macy’s). I paired this top with a simple black maxi skirt (not sure where this was bought). It’s a great outfit for shopping and plane rides.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Have a wonderful weekend!

-Karen