A’PIEU Pure Block Natural Sun Cream

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Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen used to be my sun protection of choice for a long time because it did not leave my skin oily or would not result in that dreadful white cast. Until I found this one which is like… 5 times better! It’s A’PIEU’s Pure Block Natural Sun Cream! A’PIEU is a Korean brand and I found this on eBay for about $10 including shipping.

This sunblock (SPF 45 and PA +++) goes on like a light lotion, there’s absolutely no white cast or siliconey feel whatsoever, absorbs completely, and leaves your skin feeling soft.

And the best part is that it does not have a muggy sunblocky scent, but smells like real fresh peeled tangerines! So so so so fresh!

Never in a million years did I think I would love a sunblock this much! What is your favorite sun protection?

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #55 Romance

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For my 25th birthday, I asked for a Chanel lipstick because I wanted my first Chanel product to be, well, a little more special! (Do I sound naive?) So my sister got me a Rouge Coco Shine in #55 Romance and the name couldn’t be anymore well-fitting.

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The concoction is perfection. Neither too sheer or opaque with just the right amount of moisture that doesn’t get slippy. On my skin tone, it is a medium neutral to slightly cool toned pink that has just the tinge of milkiness to show its true color on lips (not affected by your natural lip shade) but not too much that it emphasizes your lip texture. It also has a very tiny amount of fine shimmer that naturally enhances the lips.

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It was hard for me to find a “pink” that was still pink but didn’t scream pink that is not another peachy pink (which I have aplenty) and this seems to tick all the boxes for me.

What is your favorite go-to pink lip shade?

Colourpop Blush Review – Holiday, Trickery & Olive

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I am so happy to have discovered Colourpop Cosmetics this year! After hearing many good reviews on Youtube, I decided to try out their blushes first and I am now hooked. I got three shades in Holiday, Trickery and Olive.
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The texture (very hard to describe as you all know) is a creamy, moussey, doughy powder that is best applied with your fingertips. I love the velvety texture that can be worn before or after powder and they don’t go on patchy. Plus they are super long-wearing (lasted 10+ hours on me).
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Holiday is a matte coraly peachy shade. Trickery is a pastel peach with a satin finish (has a little bit of fine shimmer particles) and Olive is a matte baby pink. So far Trickery is my favorite, it’s the perfect peach for my skintone. Olive is slightly too cool for my skin tone so I love to apply just on the apples of my cheeks over a light layer of Trickery for a little pop. 
I have been reaching for these almost everyday over high end blushes and I can’t really think of anything negative to say about them. At $8 a pop, I think these are a great way to try out both fun and wearable colors.

Moon Valley Organics Moon Melt Lotion Bar in Coconut Lemon

One thing I’m not very diligent about is moisturizing. I make sure I drench my face, but for some reason I don’t like to do the same for my body or hair. One day I felt sorry for my snake skin legs that I ordered Moon Melt Lotion Bar in Coconut Lemon Scent ($11.99).

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I encountered these amazing smelling lotion bars at Pike Place Market in Seattle a few months ago but didn’t purchase any. I think I was too hungry at the time and couldn’t think straight. But I found their Etsy shop online and their lotion bar is now in my hands and I am in LOVE!

If you are not familiar with lotion bars, basically they are balms for your body that are made without fillers/ water/ emulsifier/ etc. This formula is great: not waxy that it’s hard to melt, but not too creamy that it’s mushy. It’s like a balm/ salve so when massaging into my skin, I do more of a pressing motion instead of swiping motion, if that makes sense. I would say not for somebody who’s always on the go and wants quick moisturization. I like that it does not make my skin feel ‘wet’ but it leaves a light, nourishing, sheeny protection.

The scent is SO. DELICIOUS. It’s a subtle vanilla coconut scent with a hint of lemon. The lemon part is not very detectable once rubbed into skin and I think it’s the lemon that makes this scent balanced and not too heavy.

Bottom line, I can’t get enough of this but this may not be for people who doesn’t wanna fuss with the melt and massage ritual.

What’s in My Bag

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What’s in My Bag

I got my Mansur & Gavriel Bucket Bag in Brandy about this time last year and though I love its timeless design and quality, it has its downside: no compartments! It’s a pretty large bag (12.25” H X 10” W X 6” D) and fits all my junk, but sometimes I feel ridiculous looking like a kid trying to find the right leggo piece when I’m just looking for my car keys. So I decided to get a mini City Bag from Zara which is tiny but big enough to hold my essentials and perfect for running errands. And while I dump everything and transfer a few into my new bag, I thought I’d share with you what was in my big bag all along!

– 2 earphones. Dunno why.

YSL Rouge VoluptĂ© Shine in #15 Corail Intuitive. It’s like Milani Luminoso in a tube: the perfect, my-lips-but-perky shade.

Bésame Brightening Vanilla Face Powder. Just got this a few days ago to use for pressing down shine throughout the day. Smells delicious!

Francis Bacon: Painter of a Dark Vision. Got it from Powell’s in Portland for about $8. Great pocket-size read.

TONYMOLY Magic Food Banana Hand Milk. Nostalgic hand cream that smells just like Korean Banana Milk. Yumm.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer. Super sweet moisturizing glossy goodness.

BAGGU Leather Pouch in Persimmon ($20) that I use as a coin purse. Seems like the Persimmon shade is discontinued but Poppy is similar.

-Compact Mirror.

Rohto Arctic Redness Relief Eye Drops.

BUXOM Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 04 Orange. I love this sheer yellow orange shade.

B. Balenciaga Rollerball. It’s like Marc Jacob’s Daisy but grown up and sophisticated.

GATSBY Facial Oil Blotting Paper for Men.

-Name-badge.

Nutrilite Women’s Pack. Vitamins on the Go!

Swanson Full-Spectrum Bitter Melon Capsules. For digestion and metabolizing sugar. I’m not sure if it actually works.

-Regular pen and a Self Defense Keychain. Found something similar here.

Can never carry too many lip products, right?

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