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June 27, 2016

Play! By Sephora June 2016

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Last month I unboxed my first Play! by Sephora box and shared my initial impressions. Now I'm back to talk about the box I received for this month. Each box is curated around a specific theme. The theme of the June 2016 Play! by Sephora Box is The Minimalists and features a selection of next level nudes and no maintenance neutrals that help to create low key looks that prove that less can sometimes be more.

Play! by Sephora is a beauty box curated by Sephora. It comes in a collectible bag and includes 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance, a Play! Book with information, tips, and helpful advice and a Play! Pass that can be redeemed in-store for a free beauty tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase. The monthly cost is $10. This covers shipping but not tax and purchase of the box does qualify towards your Beauty Insider points. 

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You can subscribe to Play! by Sephora online here. You put your email on a waitlist and once a spot opens you'll be notified to claim your spot and join. This subscription is currently only available in the U.S. and can ship to any address in the contiguous 48 states. When you subscribe, be sure to complete your Play! Profile because it will help products get customized for your beauty concerns. Just so you know, you don't get to choose any of your samples and there is no way to skip a month.



June 24, 2016

Eye Candy : Shin Min Ah for Elle

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These photos are from a May pictorial that Shin Min Ah did for Elle Korea but I had held off on posting them because I was hoping that more images would eventually be released. That didn't happen so I guess this must be it. The theme for this editorial was The Muse For Now and the gorgeous actress glammed it up in fine style. News came out recently that Min Ah is in talks to star in tvN's Tomorrow With You, a fantasy romance about a time traveler and his wife.  And Lee Min Ki,  who is currently in the midst of his mandatory military service is being courted to play the husband. The premise could be fun and I happen to adore both of them so this would be a pairing I'd love to see. It was reported that Han Ji Min had already turned down the the role of the wife. Min Ki and Min Ah actually previously costarred in the 2009 film A Million which I had meant to see but never got around to. Tomorrow With You is slated to air in the fall following the Korean remake of The Good Wife. I had never watched the CBS show but I think I might check out the K-drama version since they managed to cast heavy hitters Jeon Do Yeon and Yoo Ji Tae as the leads.

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June 22, 2016

3B Beauty Box June 2016 Unboxing

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I was so encouraged by the improvements I saw with last month's 3B Beauty Box that I was really looking forward to this month's box. After a little mail delivery snafu and having to go to the post office to pick up my package, I'm ready for an unboxing. This is my June 2016 box which I had previously mentioned actually comes in a pouch rather than a box. 

3B which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders is a beauty subscription box that makes Asian beauty products more accessible overseas. This is a monthly service that costs $12. Each box contains 4 -5 deluxe samples from a range of brands and the products are supposed to be "new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on". I would say that 3B is like an Asian beauty version of Birchbox or Ipsy.  3B is currently just a US based subscription service. This box is ideal for anyone interested in trying out Asian beauty products or can't access them easily. It looks like there ins't a waiting list anymore and you can just sign up for a 3B Box subscription now.

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June 20, 2016

Currently Coveting

Sun Protection, AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion SPF 30, Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 36,   BeautyCounter Protect Stick Sunscreen SPF 30, Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, Coola Mineral LipLux SPF 30, Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator, Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator

A few items currently on my wish list. Sun protection and achieving a safe summer glow have been on my mind.  What are you coveting lately?

1. AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion SPF 30
{Cause I'm about cushion compacts and this one is a dedicated sunscreen cushion.}

2. Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 36
{Broad spectrum sun protection plus an illuminator in one. Yes please!}

3. BeautyCounter Protect Stick Sunscreen SPF 30
{Sunblock in stick form is the most portable and convenient for re-application throughout the day.}

4. Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish
{I sampled this product a few weeks ago and it's divine scent has been on my mind ever since!}

5. Coola Mineral LipLux SPF 30
{This product first hit my radar when my buddy Kim reviewed it on her blog.}

6. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator
{I'm totally rubbish at bronzer application but this multitasking product seems like it might be pretty easy to work on.}

7. Uniqlo Floppy Hat
{Hats are a summer sun protection must for me and I love the wide brim and UV cut technology this one offers.}

8. Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50
{Something about a self tanner in dry oil form just seems incredibly luxurious.}

The winners of the When Sheet Masks giveaway are Ursula, Elle, Sandy, Jessica and Shireen. The winners of the Instagram giveaway have been announced here. Congratulations everyone! I'm working on another giveaway that will be up soon.






June 17, 2016

Current Mood


Loving... peony season! Gotta live it up now!

Listening... to Hins Cheung's P.S. I Love You after Speaking Out (不吐不快) came on my iTunes and I just had to sing along. Been missing Cantonese music and this has always been one of my fave albums.

Eating... lots of poké which seems to be the it food in NYC right now. Feeling lucky that the excellent Chikarashi is so close to me. I need to try to making poké at home.

Drinking... homemade lemonade. I like my lemonade very lemony with a touch of coconut sugar and matcha.

Organizing... my collection of sheet masks with two clear Muji bins. Since crossing over into triple digits, I've been masking every day.

Watching... Season 4 of House of Cards like finally. I was previously otherwise engaged with my K-dramas Descendants of the Sun and then Signal.

Wearing... denim skirts and sneakers. This is my favorite combination!

Picked up... this fun ring (like literally!) on a whim and wearing every day since.

Finally got my hands on... this Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Essence Serum during Glow Recipe's recent promo. It might be awhile before I try it since I have some other products to be used ahead of it but this product will probably eventually be reviewed here.

Contemplating... a new haircut. I might try more layers or going asymmetric with my bob. 

Not loving... how it suddenly feels like summer when it felt like we barely had a spring but dealing with it.

What's up with you?

Just a quick rant and PSA. So earlier this week, I discovered two of my original photos were being used by other bloggers on their blogs and IG's and being passed off as their own. And when I informed them that the photos were mine, their excuse was that they found them on Pinterest and didn't know the source. That's really lame in this day and age, not to mention you shouldn't use images if you don't know where they came from. They must not be too bright or they didn't care because they didn't even notice my watermark on there. I don't make my watermarks big and obvious but they're there in case something like this happens. But back to my point, Pinterest is not a source! And bloggers really need would stop citing Pinterest as a source because it's more of an aggregator. If you pinned an image, it's still not yours and to credit your photos: "from my Pinterest" is both lazy and incorrect. If you follow the link from Pinterest and it doesn't lead you back to the source, you can also right-click on the photo and select "Search Google for Image. You might have to do a little work, but it's better than taking credit for something that's not yours. 



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