• Beauty & Skincare Favorites (+ Spring lip color reviews!)

    gray tufted headboard floral duvet spring bedroom decor

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    Express cardigan xxs petite, I&I maternity tank xs c/o (the comfiest sleep “dress”), OKL velvet headboard, Target lamp, Pottery Barn shams, Floral duvet bedding set (note: grey is darker than pictured & solid white on the back)

    Although I try new beauty products on a regular basis, I’m a creature of habit and will stick to something if it works (except for skincare – I love rotating products based on my skin’s condition & the environment). I still use almost everything from my travel must-haves post, and even many of the products here in my everyday makeup routine. Since it’s been a while, I wanted to share some updated favorites I’m loving (especially as there’s two good beauty events going on this weekend)!

    Lord & Taylor F&F Sale

    Use code FRIENDS for 30% off apparel (40% off shoes today!!) + 15% off almost everything in their beauty department including makeup, skincare, and designer fragrance with free shipping over $49. Ends 4/23. This includes popular legacy beauty brands like Laura Mercier, Lancome, Clinique, and Estee Lauder, so if you’re not VIB level at Sephora it’s a better deal to get those there. I’ll post more on this sale tomorrow!

    Sephora’s Spring Bonus EvenT

    “Beauty insiders” get 10% off (code YAYINSIDER), and VIB level and above members get 15% off (code YAYVIB). All you have to do to be a beauty insider is sign up for a free account online to start earning points with each purchase. Ends 4/23. Popular products sell out FAST during Sephora events – I learned my lesson and had my cart ready early! Here’s some products I love that are not always easy to find at other retailers:

    1. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Balm
    Easily one of my favorite skincare buys. This cleanser has lots of natural ingredients and is gentle on my dry, sensitive skin. It’s quite effective at removing long-lasting makeup (see test on lipcolor swatches below) and is non-irritating around my eyes. I only need to use a little scoop each time, massaging it in a circular motion to “melt” away makeup. I prefer using warm water on a washcloth to towel it off. The balm + steam from the warm cloth is like a mini relaxing treatment I look forward to after a long day!

    farmacy green clean makeup remover balm review

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    NAILS: Lisbon Wants Moor OPI (creamy pale pink) + Seche Vite dry fast topcoat (the BEST! I buy in 3-pack)

    2. Biossance 100% Squalane oil (also sold at Biossance)
    This was in my travel staples post, but I wanted to show the current packaging! It’s soo pretty BUT I don’t like the pump bottle for travel. Their rose + vitamin C face oil is a little pricier but I often use this regular one on both my face and body. On days when my skin is feeling irritated, I sometimes skip all the products in my nightly regimen and just go super simple with this moisturizing oil after washing my face.

    fresh rose face mask biossance squalane oil

    3. Fresh Value Sets
    This Boston-based brand is one of my longtime favorites to splurge on for at-home pampering! The first photo in this post was shot for an Instagram collaboration with Fresh + Sephora, but this blog post & the recommendations here are not sponsored.

    Fresh Rose Hydration Set. Great little set if you’re looking to try some of Fresh’s cult favorites! I apply the rose mask before showering and rinse it off there. I only started using the rose face cream in recent months (received it c/o), but I really like the smooth gel-cream texture and it keeps my skin moisturized throughout nights of blasting, drying heat.

    Fresh Masks Set. A set of three yummy-smelling face treatments. The Sugar Face Polish in this is actually one of my favorite Fresh products – I got a sample and will likely be purchasing when that’s gone. It’s a very gentle exfoliant that smells delish, due to brown sugar and strawberry seeds. I had tried Fresh’s sugar body polish and really did not like it (difficult to apply, left oily residue all over my shower), so had low expectations for the face version but it’s totally different! Note, Fresh masks are not the type that you peel off in one fun piece. The two masks in this set feel more like gels / fruit jams that you wash off after 15 minutes.

    fresh sugar face polish face mask reviews

    4. Creme de La Mer (also sold at Nordstrom)
    This is one of the VERY few beauty events where La Mer is included (and from previous experience, the inventory does not last!). I restocked on the original Creme de la Mer face cream for Nick since it’s his only guilty grooming pleasure. This is a thick cream that is indeed super moisturizing and wonderful in the winter (I use it as a night cream) but you don’t get much for the price. FYI, the $85 jar is mini so don’t be surprised if you order. I like to generously apply my face creams down to my neck and upper chest, so rotate this with other (relatively) more economical favorites.

    5. Spring Lipcolors
    In the summertime I’ll venture out to colorful hues, but for the rest of the year I have a hard time straying from mauve pinks! This color family is so flattering, and works for professional, casual, and going-out wear. Here’s some of my current go-to’s in 3 different formulas (liquid, stick, pencil):

    kat von d liquid lipstick lovecraft asian makeup reviews
    urban decay vice lipstick backtalk swatch

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    (Left) Kat Von D liquid lipstick in “Lovecraft” (Right) Urban Decay Vice lipstick in “Backtalk”
    Left is a pigmented, long-lasting matte liquid and Right is a moisturizing, medium-coverage lipstick.

    Longest-lasting liquid lipcolor: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipcolor.
    Just picked up “Lovecraft” for Spring after testing a bunch of new colors – it’s a little more pink and brighter than my usual nude-mauve “Lolita” (which I’m wearing in tons of blog posts, like this one). I actually did not love the Everlasting liquid formula the first time I tried it, because I usually hastily swipe on lipstick while running out the door, and you do need a little more precision with liquid lipcolor. This is worth the extra 20 seconds of application time, because it has intense color pigmentation and incredible staying power (without feeling heavy on my lips) throughout eating and drinking!

    mauve pink lipcolors for asian skintone reviews

    Moisturizing lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (also sold at Nordstrom)
    This feels just like a moisturizing lip balm on the lips! The formula glides on and has a lot of nourishing & moisturizing ingredients like avocado, aloe, and jojoba oil. “Backtalk” is a medium, slightly warm pink with build-able color (not too sheer like tinted balms). This lipstick comes in 6 shade finishes from sheer to mega matte, and Backtalk is considered a “comfort matte.” As you can see in the swatch (and here on me in some pics), it has a satiny finish and is not a true matte.

    kat von d everlasting liquid lip colors review

    ABOVE: After washing my hand with warm water & soap. Liquid lip colors stay on to varying degrees.
    BELOW: Even long-lasting liquid colors come off after massaging in the Farmacy cleansing balm.

    how to remove liquid lipstick color

    Neutrals lip pencil set: Nudestix nudes lip & cheek pencils set
    I receive a lot of PR samples that rarely make it to the blog, but this was one I was very impressed with! In this set you get 6 full-sized Nudestix lip & cheek pencils (typically $24 EACH) in a tin with a pencil sharpener. If you like NARS velvet matte lip pencils, give these a try as the formula applies very creamy and the matte does dry in a full matte finish with good staying power (not as long as the Kat Von D liquid, but much better than regular lipstick). Here’s how my two fave shades from the kit look:

    sephora nudestix matte lip color review asian makeup
    nudestix lip cheek pencil review asian skin tone

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    From the Nudestix 6-pencil set: (Left) Magnetic Matte in “Rose”  (Right) Intense matte lip + cheek in “retro” (darkest shade in the kit)

    6. Other products in my everyday regimen (worn above in the selfies), included in sale.
    NARS creamy radiant concealer (I use “Custard”), Brow powder duo (I use “Ash” – this will last you for EVER), Tarte Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (they make the prettiest shadow palettes, and this one’s no exception).

    7. Just ordered: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book
    Been waiting for a discount to get this because I don’t “need” it. It’s already a crazy value for 4 full-sized contour products (both cream & powder options), since even one of the contour colors is $44 by itself! My favorite glowy bronzer (in “tropical days” – sold out at Sephora) is by Kevyn Aucoin and has lasted for 2+ years of daily use, so I’m super excited to try this.

     

    18 thoughts on “Beauty & Skincare Favorites (+ Spring lip color reviews!)

    • La Bijoux Bella | by mia April 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Wonderful products featured … love ♥️ them all! 👍🏼👍🏼

      LA BIJOUX BELLA

    • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      I have that Fresh has some sets on sale, thanks for letting us know! It’s a brand I’ve always wanted to try, what better time than now? 😉

      http://charmainenyw.com

    • YZ Chan April 21, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve only tried a few of Fresh’s products, so I’ll definitely check out the rest. 🙂

      http://www.yzwears.com

    • Michelle April 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      As soon as I started reading about the lip colors I wondered if you would mention nudestix because I haphazardly picked up the Purity one and I’ve been wearing it every single day for the past couple months!! I just went to Sephora’s website and picked up the collection. Such a great deal and all thanks to you! Love you, Jean!!

    • Rena April 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      You need obviously the perfect products as your skin is a dream!
      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Anna April 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Biossance has free samples of the 100% squalane oil and the squalane with rose oil if you pay the $5.00 in shipping on their website. They’re the perfect size to travel with!

    • Briana April 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      I’ll have to try a few of these lippies! I love the colors!

      Briana
      https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • kim April 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Link to travel staples please! I missed that post.

    • Hanyi April 22, 2018 at 4:30 am

      I’ve been eyeing the Farmacy makeup removing balm for a while. Maybe I’ll take advantage of this sale and finally try it…hehe. Also I LOVE squalane oil for moisturizing my skin

    • Michael @ Mile in My Glasses April 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank-you for the great skincare recommendations Jean! I love the choices, and need to invest in my skin this year!

      Happy Sunday!
      Michael
      https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    • L April 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      The Ordinary has 100% squalane oil that’s a lot cheaper! I’ve been using it for moisturizing after reading about it. 🙂

      I love that Fresh sugar scrub but I can’t justify spending money on it, so I get sample sizes, haha. The rose face mask is so lovely!

    • Elizabeth T. April 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Thank you for sharing all of these great sales and product recommendations! 🙂 I just bought all of my stuff from Sephora too! The Fresh Rose Face Cream is one of my favorites too! <3

      XO, Elizabeth
      http://clothestoyouuu.com/

    • Jenny Yang April 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      that kat von d lolita lipstick is my absolute favorite!
      xx Jen
      http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

    • Liz April 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Jean,

      I’m moving to Boston and I am desperate to try coloring my Asian hair, but have never lived in an area where there were stylists experienced in coloring Asian hair. Please, do you have recommendations of salons and/or stylists in the Boston area? I LOVE the ways that you have colored your hair over the years and would like to achieve a similar look. Thank you!

    • Ellen June 12, 2018 at 8:54 am

      thank you for recommending the Farmacy products! I have such sensitive skin and it freaks out to most products, these are fantastic!

    • Marie June 15, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Jean, what nailpolish are you wearing in the photos? Very flattering to the skin tone.

      • Marie June 15, 2018 at 11:41 am

        Oh, I just saw where you wrote it! Nevermind 🙂

    • Lindsey June 27, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Jean! I am really curious how you keep your bed linens so vibrant and white. I have a similar set from Pottery Barn that has yellowed in the last year and I am absolutely devastated. Any tips?

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