SK-II Pop Up Studio, Soho District, Manhattan, New York City – The Ultimate Luxury Experience

SK-II Pop Up Studio, Soho, New York City

SK-II Pop Up Store, Soho

On Friday evening, October 2, 2015 the SK-II team kicked off thirty days of SK-II luxury in one of the most prestigious districts in Manhattan, New York City! Indeed, the SK-II Pop Up Store is now open to the public in Soho and it is everything you could possibly image.

The store stands on the corner of Broome and Greene in the Soho district of Manhattan. It encompasses the main floor of a beautifully restored old building. There are huge windows on two sides of the store that let in an abundance of light making the experience in the store bright, refreshing and cheerful.

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When you walk through the double door entrance at the SK-II Pop Up Store a skin consultant will provide a friendly greeting and offer to show you around the store. The store tour will include a brief explanation of Pitera, the essential ingredient in many SK-II products and the philosophies of the SK-II company. This year, SK-II has employed a brand new slogan “Change Destiny” which embodies the company’s quest to change peoples lives by improving their skin.

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Once you have toured the store, learned about Pitera and the company’s philosophies, it’s time to experience the SK-II product line first hand. An exclusive feature of the SK-II products experience is to have your skin evaluated by the Beauty Imaging System, a high tech device that is the combination of a camera and very sophisticated software that analyzes pictures of your skin received from the camera. After pictures are taken of your face, which only takes a few moments, the software analyzes the information an creates a profile for the client. The skin consultant then reviews the profile with the client and discusses the appropriate SK-II products for each clients particular concerns. It’s a fun and informative process all at the same time.

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As the SK-II National Brand Ambassador and a lover of beautiful skin, I would encourage you to stop by the SK-II Pop Up Studio and experience all of the luxurious SK-II products before the studio closes on October 31st.

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As a fun introduction to the SK-II Pop Up Studio, check out my latest YouTube video!

Aesop Soho store impression and Boston travel set review

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in New York is SoHo. It almost reminds me of Melrose Ave in LA but with more upscale shops and unique stores.

I like to just walk around and discover new places and things. It could be a restaurant, shops or new skincare products.  So this time, I stumbled upon this super cool store call Aesop. What attracted me to it was the window display ” In The Light Of Summer”. So I walked in.

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My very first thought was, “What does the store have?”. All the bottles are displayed on the wood barrel shelving and they play relaxing classical music. I almost feel like I am not in SoHo anymore and the store has this very light herbal scent, but it’s not like when you walk in Aveda with that overpowering smell.
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After I talked to the salesperson in the store, I learned Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. The brand carries skin, hair and body care products. It uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. All products are designed to address different skin concerns and use very specific natural ingredients as an essential part of the product creation.

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When she offered me some water, I was surprised to see a message inside the ceramic cup. lol I love this little touch!

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I purchased the travel set “Boston”. It contains seven products from body care, hair care to skin care and I always recommend trying the travel set before investing in full sizes.
Classic Shampoo 1.7 oz
Classic Conditioner 1.7oz
Geranium Leaf Body Cleaner 1.7 oz
Rind Concentrate Body Balm 1.7oz
Fabulous Face Cleanser 0.5 oz
B&Tea Balancing Toner 0.5oz
Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 0.5 oz
Mouthwash 1.7OZ

After using these products for 2 days , I really enjoy the the following products:
1. Classic Shampoo contain: rosemary , leaf, cedarwoodbrak and juniper berry. This just smells so nice but it’s not too strong and makes my hair feel clean and soft.
2. Geranium leaf Body Cleanser contain: geranium leaf, mandarin rind and bergamot rind. This body cleanser also has a very nice hit of bergamont which is very relaxing.
3. Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream contain: sage leaf,rosemary leaf and lavender stem. This face cream is creamy but not too rich, goes on smoothly and makes my skin feel hydrated. Keep in mind, I was at the hotel when I try these 🙂
Overall I think if you like products that contain essential oil scents, this is a brand you need to try. I would recommend trying their travel set first 🙂

 

How much is too much ? Sisley Supremya Cream

How much will you pay for a great night moisturizer?
Sisley just released a new face cream, Supremya Cream, and it is retailed for $795.

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Here is what Sisley said:
Supremÿa Cream is the supreme anti-aging night skin care specially developed to meet the specific needs of naturally dry to very dry skin dried out by environmental factors, or skin lacking comfort, in a deliciously smoothing, easily applied, rich and firm cream texture.

At the heart of this formula, is Sisley’s patented* Phyto-Complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients, which works at night – a key moment for cellular regeneration – to offer the skin visible rejuvenation.
*patent pending

Supremÿa Cream contains an intensive nourishing complex that regenerates and restructures (Hazelnut oil, Kokum butter, Macadamia oil). An exceptional formula that allows a deep lipid-replenishing action, for comfortable, nourished and revitalized skin.

Night after night, the skin is regenerated, restructured and prepared to tackle the next day.

Active ingredients

  • Sisley’s patented* Phyto-complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients that improve the quality of the cells’ life**
  • Hazelnut oil: moisturizing and nourishing properties, helps make the skin softer and more comfortable
  • Kokum butter: gives the skin emollience and suppleness. Rich in protective and repairing emollient fatty acids to nourish and revitalize the skin
  • Macadamia oil: restructuring, nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and softening properties to maintain the hydration and suppleness of damaged, dry and mature skin. * patent pending ** ex-vivo test

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Mr. Jan’s feedback 
After using it for one week, I didn’t see any difference in my skin. In fact, I found that when I just use the cream alone I didn’t get enough hydration. The cream just sits on top of my skin. I have to lay a hydrating serum on top of it to keep my skin hydrated. By the way, I have very dry skin so if you have normal to dry skin, you may find this product to be perfect!!

I love the scent of this cream. It’s very light with a lavender & herb scent. I love anything that smells natural herbs. The texture of the cream is very smooth and velvety.   But would I recommend that you spend $795 on this? No I wouldn’t. Honestly, I don’t expect a miracle but, for this price, I expected the cream to at least keep my skin hydrated without having to layer on other serum.
If you are new to luxury brands and want to upgrade your current skin care ritual, I would recommend you spend your money on a great serum, as serum will address skin concerns and it will penetrate into the skin more than face creams. Face creams serve as a barrier to keep your skin hydrated.

Let me know if you will you pay for a luxe face cream and if you have any great recommendations.

 

 

 

Korean Skin Care Laneige – Budget Friendly SkinCare

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You have requested for a review on budget friendly skincare. After trying out many brands, I can finally shared with you, Laneige. It is my favorite budget friendly skincare and is available at Target. Target only carry a small assortment, but they have some of their hero products. If you’re interested to see more of Laneige products, click here.

Here are the products I purchased and my review:

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Laneige 200 ml Multiple Forms Moisturizing Facial Skin Care Sets $29

Radiant skin at your fingertips. This 24-Hour Ultra Hydrating System features Laneige’s exclusive skin-perfecting Mineral Water. From deep-cleansing to intensive revitalization. This six piece, travel-size kit in its own zippered pouch includes:

– Multi Cleanser 30 ML / 1.0 FL. OZ.
I find this cleanser too dry for my skin, but it’s truly a foaming cleanser.

– Power Essential Skin Toner 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
This toner has a lotion texture and makes your skin very hydrated.

– Balancing Emulsion 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
If you have oily skin, you will like it this one. This is a very light weight moisturizer without SPF so it can be used day or night.

– Water Bank Serum 30 ML / 1.0 FL. OZ.
A serum for all skin types and for people with a dehydration concern.

– Water Bank Moisture Cream 20 ML / 0.6 FL. OZ.
A moisturizer for normal to dry skin. There is no SPF so it can be used day or night.

– Water Sleeping Mask 20ML / 0.6 FL. OZ.
This is a overnight treatment and over the face cream. I LOVE this!

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Overall, I love the travel set and for only $29 you can try 6 great products. After using these products, I purchased the Water Sleeping Mask $23 with 80ml.
This overnight Water Sleeping Mask Recharge dehydrates the skin overnight. Highly concentrated, ionized mineral water and ceramides delivers intensive doses of moisture to stressed and parched skin. Aromatic Sleepscent — orange flower, rose and sandalwood — relaxes and rejuvenates while apricot and chestnut extracts, brighten, and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed. Wake up to soft, glowing skin with Water Sleeping Mask.

 

 

 

Estee Lauder Micro Essence and Infusion Mask

hqdefaultMany cosmetics brands have launched the “Essence”. So what is “Essence”? The Essence is originally from Asia. A treatment after purifying before serum. Usually it’s a liquid format. The purpose is to prepare and allow subsequent treatments go deeper in to the skin. When I was at the Honolulu airport duty-free shop, I purchased the Micro Essence and Infusion Mask from Estee Lauder and the mask is only available in duty-free shops.

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  • A groundbreaking essence-in-lotion activates and strengthens skin’s foundation to reveal its youthful glow.
  • This Essence penetrates deeply within skin’s surface to renew and rebalance and delivers concentration of exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish and energize.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.
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Mirco Essence Infusion Mask 6 Sheets .
I lost the receipt so I don’t remember how much it was but definitely under $100 and it’s only available at the Honolulu duty-free shop.

  • Unique Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment infuses 200% nourishing essence in the silky, hydro-spun cotton sheet and envelops skin in a cocoon of deep nourishment.
  • Enriched with double the amount of Bio-Ferment. It penetrates rapidly to rehydrate skin, re-activate moisture barrier and trigger collagen growth for younger, fuller skin with reduced fine lines.
  • Combined with Bio-mimetic restorative actives and Hydrators, it revitalizes and skin emerges dewy fresh, translucent and alive with youthful radiance that lasts all day.
  • The mask is make from hydro spun cotton sheet, so it feel little harder than other face mask.
  • Good for all skin types. It delivers energy and vitality, fights visible aging, deeply hydrates, and promotes smooth, supple skin.

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My personal thoughts after using these products:
Overall, it’s not bad for the price you paid. The actual essence feel like a light weight clear lotion, makes my skin feel slippery after applying the essence and mask. It feels like a light film on the skin and the smell I just don’t really care for. (the smell disappears after few minutes). It makes my skin look and feel more radiant and supple, which is great!!!!

Perfect Red lipsticks from Dolce & Gabbana

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All you need is a perfect  red lipstick to complete any look. From blue red  undertone to orange undertone, everyone can find their own unique red lipstick. Finding the perfect red lipstick is like finding the perfect little black dress
As a make-up artist, beauty blogger and someone who has been in the cosmetics industry for twenty years, even though I don’t wear it myself, I definitely know a good “red” lipstick when I see one. Therefore, let me share with you my new favorite “red” lipstick from Dolce&Gabbana. These three colors will work on nearly all skin tones.

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Dolce Matte Red Lipstick $37
A matte lipstick with an opaque formula created to give lips intense, vivid, and full-bodied red color. These matte lipstick offer long lasting wear, without drying the lip. The formula has less wax for fuller coverage and opacifiers that spread in multiple directions for the  most effective matte finish.

1. Dolce Heart – orange undertone
2. Dolce Flirt – clear red
3. Dolce Ruby – blue undertone
* Did you know each color was based on actual Dolce&Gabbana fabrics used in their collection, so wearing these lipsticks is like wear the Dolce&Gabbana fashion.

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleanser and Moisturizer review

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You have asked me to review more budget friendly skin care brands, so I’d like to share with you my recent experience with Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleaner and Moisturizer. I hope you will find this helpful!

It instantly brightens dull and uneven skin with Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser. Its gentle exfoliating micro-beads cleans to reveal more luminous skin.

  • Instantly brighten dull and uneven skin
  • Remove micro-residue, even the smallest traces of dirt and makeup

5oz / $8.99

My thoughts and experience:
I like the micro beads in this cleanser. It really offers a clean feeling on the skin. There isn’t too much foam in the cleanser. It has a very light scent and I actually see a brighter skin. For $8.99, it’s pretty good. I would recommend for day time use for brighter looking skin.

It fades the look of dark spots in 8 weeks with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer. Its Brightening Complex delivers tone ingredients that helps reveal pearlescent skin that glows.

  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots over time
  • Brighten, exfoliate, and smooth skin
  • Regenerate skin’s appearance

1.7oz / $25.99

My thoughts and experience:
I guess my issues with this cream is the texture of it after I apply it on my skin. It feels like a plastic seat on my skin, which I don’t really care for because of the texture. I have only used it once and stopped using it.

Mr Jan All In One recommendations:
Overall, if you are looking for budget friendly skin care, I would recommend Olay because they use good ingredients such as Glycerin and Niacinamide, both are for hydration and  accelerates skin renewal.

Let me know if there are any brands you would like me to review.

 

 

Mother’s Day Luxury Gifts Recommendations

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I want to shared with you a few of my favorite luxury skin care products and fragrance for someone special in your life! How do I celebrate Mother’s Day? Well, everyday is a special day and it’s not just today. The products I recommend today are also what I have been using for long time.

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1. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 10pk $135
“A luxurious facial mask with an indulgent concentration of Pitera™ in a single application. Your skin is immediately and exceptionally immersed in moisturization, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion.
Texture: Soft and luxurious, each cotton mask is generously soaked with Pitera™ for maximum delivery to the skin.
At a Glance: An indulgent dose of Pitera™ in one mask for an instant boost in your skin’s suppleness and translucency.”

My Thoughts: 
One of best facial masks I’ve ever used. In just one time, you will see the transformation of the skin and provides more hydration, radiance, smoother and softer skin. I would recommend use the face mask at least 1x a week.

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2. SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence 5 oz $305
“This precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture. Your skin is firmer, smoother and more radiant.
Texture: Ultra-light liquid essence that is instantly absorbed by your skin.
At a Glance: This precious essence drenches your skin with an intensive boost of moisture for a firmer, smoother, more radiant looking complexion.”

My Thoughts :
I use this beauty essence daily at night over toner before serum. I use it especially when I am traveling. It offers intensive hydration and my skin feel so supple.

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3. La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask 2.5 oz $160
“This energizing mask instantly revitalizes the skin and helps promote its natural renewal process. The Vitality Ferment drenches skin in hydration, plumping skin from within. Instantly, skin looks healthy, resilient and glowing- infused with life.”

My Thoughts:
The best sleep mask ever!! I have dry skin so I use this mask over my night cream when I am traveling. Next day, my skin looks and feels great!

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4. Sisley paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil 0.84 oz $235
“Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a satin-smooth dry oil that prepares, nourishes, moisturizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. An essential in the daily care of dry or mature skin, this product contains legendary Black Rose oil and an exquisite combination of essences and natural active ingredients with repairing and stimulating properties that give skin a healthy glow.”

My Thoughts:
Talk about luxury skin care! This precious face oil makes my fine lines less noticable and the best part is it’s not oily at all. I like to mix this with my moisturizer at night. I have been trying different brands, but most of the time they are just too oily for me.

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5. Darphin Nourishing Satin Oil 3.4 oz  $45
“A nectar of nourishment, its formula brings to the skin a perfect balance of fatty acids; nourished, it reveals all of its softness. A powerful anti – oxidant , red ginger essential oil enhances the formula.”

My Thoughts:
This body oil is not greasy at all. In fact, it makes your skin feel super soft. But always make sure you exfoliate your body 1x a week before you apply the oil. If you still feel dry, you can layer with additional body cream over the dry area.

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6. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Drops 2.5 oz $101
“Dolce Floral Drops’ elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. The flower cap pays tribute to Sicilian customs, the original design handcrafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional confections. Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature underscored by a graphic twist of thin black grosgrain ribbon.

A lighter version of Dolce, neroli leaves replacing papaya flower at the top. White Amaryllis, Daffodil, Water Lily, Cashmeran, Musky Notes and Sandalwood. Made in UK.”

My Thoughts:
Overall, this has a very light scent and is not overpowering. I think most women want to wear something that smells natural and can become more of personal scent when they wear it. This is definitely one of those scents.

All products info were from Saks.com or NeimanMarcus.com

Best gifts with purchased @ Barney’s Spring Beauty Event

Want to know which department stores offer the best gift with purchase? Check it out below!

The high end stores offer better gifts with purchases. Let’s start with Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenues. Twice a year, these stores will host a beauty event. Basically, you’ll have to spend $$ and you’ll receive deluxe beauty products from participating brands. I love these events because I can try different brands and experience new products.

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Barney’s Beauty Event was in March with a $200 any cosmetics purchase, you received over 20 deluxe cosmetics ..OMG love love love!

The contents of the gift bag
Tatcha Beauty Papers 1 pack/30 sheets
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid Dream Nail Polish mini 8 ml
ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream 7 ml
Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer 29 ml
La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel 5 ml (I have the full size of this and it’s awesome)
Helmut Lang Cuiron Spray 1.5 ml
Kevyn Aucoin The Fleshtone Lip Pencil Medium  .73 g
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 5 ml
Sisely Ecological Compound 4 ml
Radical Extreme Repair 8 ml
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream 7 ml
Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes 4 g
Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream 15 ml
NARS Restorative Night Treatment 2 ml
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment 10 ml
Replica Eau de Toilette mini spray
Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara 2 ml
Chantecaille Mini Brilliant Lipgloss in Pretty 1.5 ml
Moroccan Oil Treatment Light 10 ml
L’Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons mini spray
Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel 6.7 fl oz
3LAB Perfect Cream 8 g
Long Valery Joseph Extend Hairspray 2 oz
Mila Moursi Ice Cube Infusion 5 ml dose
 Mr Jan All In One recommendations:
I would strongly recommend you have a regular beauty adviser at one of these high end stores. All cosmetics are the same price, but you’d receive much better service at the high end stores. Also, the beauty events usually happens around the same time. If you want to know when, just call the store and ask. I hope you find this helpful!
Please check out my you tube video below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iHU3BJWyw

Sephora Rouge VIB Haul

Today I want to share with you what I order from Sephora during the Rouge VIB event. I have not tried all the products yet, so this is just an overview. More detailed reviews will be on my YouTube channel sometime in late May.

Sephora VIB Rouge is a customers loyalty program. If you spend over $1,000.00 in one year, you will be become a VIB Rouge customer. In addition, the VIB Rouge program comes with many benefits. One of these benefit is a 15% discount on all purchase, during the VIB Rouge event, which occurs twice a year. This is a great deal! Since I work in the industry I know all retailers’s promo calendar, so I usually will map out what I need to purchase from each store. For Sephora, I usually only purchased the exclusive brands.

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1. belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask $34 1.68 oz
What it is:  A brightening mask that can be left on overnight to reveal radiant skin by morning.
Usage: Gently apply a thin layer to face, avoiding the eye and mouth area, after cleansing and toning. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning with a cleanser. Follow with a serum and moisturizer.

2. belif Classic Essence Increment $46 1.66oz
What it is: A nutrient-dense essence that nourishes and hydrates skin to improve skin elasticity, tone, and texture.
Suggested Usage: Apply evenly to face and neck, after cleansing and toning. Use daily, morning and evening.

3. belif Tea Tree Oil
I’ve used this tea tree oil a few times already and it appears to help reduce the redness of blemish and it smell so good !! Love it.

What it is: A targeted tea tree oil treatment that helps soothe and heal blemishes.Suggested Usage: Clean affected area. Apply one or two drops onto a cotton swab or wool bud and apply a thin layer to the blemish.

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REN Refresh Your Radiance Set $55

I was introduced this brand by my friend , he gave me a sample of Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask. After just one time, my skin looked brighter and the blemish visibility was reduced. I can’t wait to try all these products.

What it is:
A powerful four-piece collection of REN’s bestselling products from the Radiance range for soft, fresh, radiant skin.

This set contains:
– 1.02 Micro Polish Cleanser
– 1.7 oz Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
– 0.5 oz Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen SPF 15
– 0.7 oz Resurfacing AHA Concentrate
– Muslin cloth

 

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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20 $53 1.oz

More and more brands coming out he serum foundation, this foundation feel so light and offers medium coverage. I love the texture, however, the scent smells like 1980’s body powder … 🙁

What it is:
A lightweight foundation serum that creates an enhanced complexion and a sheer finish.

 

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Breakups To Makeup Bag $24

I just love the message on this bag, so cute and so true. This makeup bag actually holds lots of makeup up items, and it look so chic.