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Irresistibly Cute // The Face Shop x KaKao Friends

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Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Sunscreen Cushion and Lip Creamer.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends - Natural Sun Eco Sunscreen Cushion.   SCENT  is essentially non-existent. I love how this has none of that typical sunscreen smell.   TEXTURE  is just like foundation cushion, which is a blendable lightweight liquid form. Feels good on the skin, no irritation at all and not too greasy even for my combo/oily skin (very rare for sunscreen!).   SPF  is 34 with PA++. Not the maximum protection against UV rays, but it is protecting you against both UVA & UVB rays (as indicated by the SPF & PA notations).
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    BLENDABILITY  is just ok when I use the applicator pad to apply to skin (top, using hand for more clear demo). You can still see the white-cast on my skin even after tapping it many times. When I use my fingers to gently rub (bottom), then the sunscreen blends in. On my face, it looked noticeably white-casted - While the whitened-skin look is popular in Korea where whitened skin is highly treasured, the cultural norm where I live is a little different. I would have to rub it in for me to be able to use this cushion.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Natural Sun Eco Baby Sunscreen Cushion    // LIKE //  - Super cute collectable packaging...who  can resist those KaKao Friends characters! - Sunscreen has nice texture and doesn't irritate my skin.  - Love that there's no sunscreen scent and it's non-greasy!   // DISLIKE //  - Not easily blendable with cushion pads (had to use fingers to finish blending). - Lower SPF & PA. Would love to see higher for my face. - Reapplying over foundation or any other coverage would contaminate the pad and create an unsanitized mess on the pad for future uses.   // BUY or NO BUY //  Sadly, I have to recommend "no buy". It's so so cute, but the application flaws makes it hard to blend, unsanitized & not very practical. However, I end up replacing the sunscreen inner with my Amore Pacific CC cushion, so I still get to enjoy the Joe Cool bunny case!
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    SCENT  is that of Jolly Rancher or fruity candies. Super yummy and doesn't smell too artificial!   TEXTURE  is very creamy! It's actually pretty tough to blend it evenly when applying directly from the tube. I think it's best to use a lip brush for a smoother, evenly-blended look.    COMPARISON  to Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips (Top: JPK002. Bottom: JOR203), this lippie has more depth and is more pigmented.    
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    PREP  is needed because of its creamy texture. Best to prep lips with Vaseline Lip or the equivalent. My first try was a complete failure as I didn't prep my lips - Couldn't get the lip color to stick!    COLOR  is lighter once applied on lips than what you see in the tube and from the swatch on my arm. This is true for all colors in this collection, so don't be afraid to go for the "bolder" colors if you are buying. The one I have is #12 - The lightest color. I picked it because it looked pretty red in the tube, but as you can see here, it came out more mauve pink. 
Reviewing The Face Shop x KaKao Friends – Melting Color Lip Creamer    // LIKE //  - Same as the sunscreen, it's hard to resist the super cute collectable packaging. - Soft color that's perfect for everyday & can also build up to fuller colors. - Love the sweet fruity candy scent that's not too artificial!   // DISLIKE //  - Require special prep in order for lip color to stick. - Not very convenient as the best application is with a lip brush.   // BUY or NO BUY //  It's a "no buy" recommendation for practical reason. I have lipsticks that don't require prep or brush and they go on smoothly. If you're MU expert though and don't mind the extra steps, this would be a fun addition to your collection..be warned that you'll want to collect them all!

Do you have a tough time resisting these adorable KaKao Friends, too?  Hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!


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24 Hours in New York City // Korea Town Beauty Shopping & Yummy Dessert Tasting

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Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Beauty shopping in Korea Town. Shown here: Nature Republic Store on W 32nd Street.

My brother flew in from Asia and one of his short stops was New York City, so I flew down there to meet up with him.  We had some great meals and museum visits, but of course, when it came to beauty shopping in Korea Town, he opted out.  No worries, my trusted roommate from college @concon95 (who lives in NYC) was more than happy to go with me since she's just starting to dabble into the exciting world of Asian Beauty!

Given my 24-hours time limit in the city, I could only afford to be in K-Town for 1.5 hours.  It's not an issue as it was a Sunday and all the shops were pretty quiet.  I drew up this so-not-to-scale map of the key part of K-Town we ventured to - On West 32nd St, between Broadway and 5th Ave.  In this short block, you can hit all the major K-Beauty brands and taste some super yummy Korean food and desserts.

~ FUeling up before our express shopping spree ~

I've been to a few really great dessert places in NYC, but I've never ventured into K-Town before.  I did some homework prior to arrival and found Grace Street as one of the new faces in the K-Town dessert scene.  It has some rave reviews and it sure did not disappoint! 

P.S. I included 2 honorary mentions on the map for food - BCD Tofu House (which I frequently visit in California and love their tofu stews) and H-Mart (which is a Korean supermarket...I don't think I need to tell you why it's a must-see!)

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  Highlight // Korean Dessert and Perfect Hangout Spot  Highly Recommended // Hodduk (Korean donuts), Shaved Snow, Savory Waffle Sandwich
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the K-Beauty shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  The food here is the star, but Grace Street is also a great place to hang out or use as your remote ffice!  The staff doesn't rush you and there are plenty of space/seating for everyone. I also love all the long communal tables, giving it a very friendly, easy-going vibe. Perfect place to fuel up before your k-beauty shopping!
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the K-Beauty shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  Shaved Snow:  You can order Grace Street's signatures or you can make your own.  I opted for my own creation - Milk snow, sweet red bean, mochi and misutgaru (grain powder). Sweetness overload!  Hodduk:  These donuts are made-toorder, looking mighty golden when served.  Topped with a heavy load of powder sugar and complimented with matcha ice cream, this is a match-made in food heaven.  Savory Waffle Sandwich:  There are many choices and Miss S opted for this combo of fried eggs + avocado + sesame topping on a freshly made waffle.  Oh, and she loaded up on the "Street Sauce", a secret recipe ofG/S. Need I say more?   *  Not Shown:      Also try their specially  -blended milk tea. I picked the Jasmine version and it was so yummy.       

~ ready for some k-beauty shopping?? ~

With that yummy meal in our stomach, @concon95 and I said goodbye to Miss S and began our express shopping spree.  

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town.  Having to do an express shopping spree in less than 1.5 hours, I was only able to hit 3 stores.....But I've vowed to return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks @concon95 for express-shopping with me!   

 

// The face shop //

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    HIGHLIGHT //     Y  o  u     c  a  n     l  o  a  d     u  p     o  n     t  h  o  s  e     c  u  t  e     c  h  a  r  a  c  t  e  r     m  a  s  k  s     h  e  r  e  !        A  n  d     d  o  n  '  t     f  o  r  g  e  t     t  h  e     s  u  p  e  r     c  u  t  e     K  a  K  a  o     F  r  i  e  n  d  s     C  o  l  l  e  c  t  i  o  n  .        I     a  m     a  l  s  o     i  n     a  w  e     o  f     t  h  e     d  e  c  o  r     a  n  d     h  o  w     t  h  e     s  t  a  f  f     k  e  e  p  s     t  h  i  s     p  l  a  c  e     i  n     s  u  c  h     i  m  m  a  c  u  l  a  t  e     c  o  n  d  i  t  i  o  n  .          SELECTIONS //     I  t  '  s     n  o     c  o  m  p  a  r  i  s  o  n     t  o     t  h  e     M  o  t  h  e  r     L  a  n  d     s  t  o  r  e     i  n     S  e  o  u  l  ,     b  u  t     I     t  h  i  n  k     t  h  e  y     c  a  r  r  y     a     p  r  e  t  t  y     g  o  o  d     v  a  r  i  e  t  y     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     k  e  y     c  o  l  l  e  c  t  i  o  n  s  .        T  h  e  r  e     a  r  e     s  o  m  e     o  u  t  -  o  f  -  s  t  o  c  k     i  n     t  h  e     n  e  w     a  r  r  i  v  a  l     s  u  c  h     a  s     K  a  K  a  o     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s  .        W  e     m  a  d  e     r  e  l  a  t  i  v  e  l  y     s  m  a  l  l     p  u  r  c  h  a  s  e  s  ,     b  u  t     w  e     w  e  r  e     o  f  f  e  r  e  d     s  a  m  p  l  e  s     (  a     m  a  s  k     +     t  r  a  v  e  l     s  i  z  e     d  u  o  )  .    PRICING //     I  t  '  s     r  e  a  s  o  n  a  b  l  y     p  r  i  c  e  d     a  n  d     c  o  m  p  a  r  a  b  l  e     t  o     t  h  e     m  a  r  k  e  t  p  l  a  c  e  .        T  h  e  r  e     a  r  e     o  n  l  i  n  e     s  t  o  r  e  s     t  h  a  t     h  a  v  e     l  o  w  e  r     p  r  i  c  e  s  ,     b  u  t     w  h  e  n     y  o  u     a  d  d     i  n     s  h  i  p  p  i  n  g     c  h  a  r  g  e  s  ,     i  t     m  a  y     e  n  d     u  p     b  e  i  n  g     t  h  e     s  a  m  e  .        P  l  u  s  ,     y  o  u     c  a  n  '  t     b  e  a  t     t  h  e     a  c  t  u  a  l     e  x  p  e  r  i  e  n  c  e  !    STAFF //     A     f  u  l  l     s  t  a  f  f     w  h  o     i  s     e  a  s  y  -  g  o  i  n  g     a  n  d     k  n  o  w  l  e  d  g  a  b  l  e  .        N  o     o  n  e     f  o  l  l  o  w  s     u  s     a  r  o  u  n  d     a  s     s  u  g  g  e  s  t  e  d     b  y     s  o  m  e     r  e  v  i  e  w  e  r  s     (  m  a  y  b  e     t  h  e  y     t  o  o  k     n  o  t  e  s     a  n  d     c  h  a  n  g  e  d     t  h  e  i  r     p  o  l  i  c  y  )  ,     b  u  t when     w  e     h  a  v  e     q  u  e  s  t  i  o  n  s  ,     t  h  e  y  '  r  e     q  u  i  c  k     t  o     h  e  l  p  .
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   New Real Nature Peony & Lily for Brightening and Revitalizing.    KaKao Friends Character Masks for Brightening, Soothing and Revitalizing.    Real Nature Blueberry & Lemon for Firming and Brightening (Lemon was a free sample).    KaKao Friends Natural SunEco Baby Sunscreen Cushion and Melting Color Lip Creamer.    Oil Blotting Paper.    @concon95's Stash (Exclude duplicates)...   Cleansing Puff.    New Real Nature Green Tea & White Tea for Purifying and Illuminating.    Jeju Volcanic Lava Nose Strips.    *We both received free samples of  "The Therapy"  Travel Size    Duo & Real Nature Lemon Masks.

 

// nature republic //

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    HIGHLIGHT //     I     l  o  v  e     N  R     p  r  o  d  u  c  t  s  ,     b  u  t     e  v  e  r  y     t  i  m  e     I     w  a  l  k     i  n  t  o     o  n  e     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     s  t  o  r  e  s  ,     I     a  m     m  o  r  e     d  r  a  w  n     t  o     t  h  e  i  r     s  t  o  r  e     d  e  s  i  g  n  s  .     -     T  h  e     d  r  a  m  a  t  i  c     h  i  g  h     c  e  i  l  i  n  g  ,     l  i  n  e  s     o  f     b  r  i  g  h  t  l  y  -  l  i  t     s  h  e  l  v  e  s  ,     p  e  r  f  e  c  t  l  y     s  t  o  c  k  e  d     m  e  r  c  h  a  n  d  i  s  e  .  .  .  a  n  d     t  h  e     c  e  n  t  r  a  l     t  e  s  t  i  n  g     s  t  a  t  i  o  n     t  h  a  t     r  e  a  l  l  y     e  n  c  o  u  r  a  g  e  s     c  u  s  t  o  m  e  r  s     t  o     t  r  y     t  h  e  i  r     p  r  o  d  u  c  t  s  .          SELECTIONS //     I  t  '  s     c  l  o  s  e     t  o     f  u  l  l  -  h  o  u  s  e     g  i  v  e  n     t  h  e     s  i  z  e     o  f     t  h  i  s     s  t  o  r  e  .        I     a  m     p  a  r  t  i  c  u  l  a  r  l  y     e  x  c  i  t  e  d     a  b  o  u  t     t  h  e     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s     s  e  c  t  i  o  n     b  e  c  a  u  s  e     I     b  o  u  g  h  t     a     N  R     l  i  p  s  t  i  c  k     i  n     S  e  o  u  l     a  n  d     h  a  v  e     b  e  e  n     l  o  o  k  i  n  g     t  o     b  u  y     m  o  r  e     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s  ,     b  u  t     w  a  n  t     t  o     b  e     a  b  l  e     t  o     t  r  y  /  t  e  s  t     f  i  r  s  t  .        N  o     s  a  m  p  l  e  s     w  e  r  e     o  f  f  e  r  e  d     t  o     u  s  .          PRICING //     I     s  e  e     a     r  a  n  g  e     o  f     p  r  i  c  e     d  i  f  f  e  r  e  n  c  e  s     v  s     e  -  t  a  l  i  e  r  s  .        S  o  m  e     i  t  e  m  s     a  r  e     c  h  e  a  p  e  r     h  e  r  e     a  n  d     s  o  m  e     a  r  e     m  u  c  h     c  h  e  a  p  e  r     e  l  s  e  w  h  e  r  e  ,     b  u  t     I  '  d     s  h  o  p     i  n  -  s  t  o  r  e     f  o  r     t  h  e     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s     s  i  n  c  e     I     c  a  n     t  e  s  t     t  h  e     c  o  l  o  r  s  .    STAFF //     T  h  i  s     i  s     n  o  t     n  e  c  e  s  s  a  r  i  l  y     a     n  e  g  a  t  i  v  e     t  h  i  n  g  ,     b  u  t     c  o  m  p  a  r  i  n  g     t  o     t  h  e     o  t  h  e  r     2     s  t  o  r  e  s  ,     t  h  e     s  t  a  f  f     h  e  r  e     s  e  e  m  s     m  o  r  e     s  u  b  d  u  e  d     -     T  h  e  y     a  r  e     n  o  t     r  u  d  e     j  u  s  t     n  o  t     v  e  r  y     l  i  v  e  l  y  .        I     f  e  e  l     t  h  a  t     t  h  e  y     f  o  c  u  s     m  o  r  e     o  n     k  e  e  p  i  n  g     a     w  a  t  c  h  f  u  l     e  y  e  s     o  n     p  o  t  e  n  t  i  a  l     t  h  e  f  t     t  h  a  n     o  n     t  r  y  i  n  g     t  o     h  e  l  p     c  u  s  t  o  m  e  r  s  .
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   R  e  a  l     F  r  e  s  h     O  l  i  v  e     &     B  l  u  e  b  e  r  r  y     f  o  r     H  y  d  r  a  t  i  n  g     a  n  d     R  e  v  i  t  a  l  i  z  i  n  g  .    A  q  u  a     C  o  l  l  a  g  e  n     S  o  l  u  t  i  o  n     M  a  r  i  n  e     H  y  d  r  o  g  e  l     E  y  e     P  a  t  c  h  .    M  u  l  t  i     P  a  t  c  h     A  l  o  e     (  c  a  n     b  e     u  s  e  d     a  n  y  w  h  e  r  e  )  .    G  l  o  s  s  y     L  i  p  s  t  i  c  k  .    @concon95's Stash (Exclude duplicates)...   B  l  a  c  k  h  e  a  d     C  l  e  a  r     N  o  s  e     P  a  c  k  .    A  l  o  e     V  e  r  a     9  0  %     B  o  d  y     C  r  e  a  m  .

 

// The Mask Bar//

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town   HIGHLIGHT //  If you're looking for a 1-stop-shop for sheetmasks, this is the place to go (especially if you're under a huge time crunch!).  It's also great to be able to see some of the masks in real life before purchasing.    SELECTIONS //  Although it's a very small shop, they pack in quite a large selections, from the long-time favorites to the latest and greatest.  Not sure if it's because we didn't buy enough, but there was no samples offered to me or @concon95.   PRICING //  I'd say it's comparable to the marketplace.  An example - The "I'm Sorry For My Skin" mask is $5.00 each, which is about what you'd see out there.  The plus is that you don't have to pay for shipping.    STAFF //  Love the two women who was working there during our visit.  They were friendly and helpful, but not pushy.     
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   I  '  m     S  o  r  r  y     F  o  r     M  y     S  k  i  n     f  o  r     P  o  r  e     C  a  r  e  ,     B  r  i  g  h  t  e  n  i  n  g  ,     R  e  v  i  t  a  l  i  z  i  n  g  .    H  o  l  i  k  a     H  o  l  i  k  a     J  u  i  c  y     M  a  s  k     S  h  e  e  t     B  l  u  e  b  e  r  r  i  e  s     f  o  r     B  r  i  g  h  t  e  n  i  n  g  .    @concon95's Stash...   P  i  g     N  o  s  e     1  -  2  -  3     N  o  s  e     P  o  r  e     C  l  e  a  r  i  n  g     S  y  s  t  e  m  .    S  a  l  l  y  '  s     B  o  x     F  r  i  e  n  d  l  y     A  r  g  a  n     H  a  i  r     M  a  s  k  .

~ must shop more! ~

I can't believe I live so close to New York City and I don't go down there more often!  But now that I know all the "treasures" I can find there, plus having found my new Asian Beauty shopping buddy, I'll be making more visits to the fabulous Big Apple.  I do want to venture into Chinatown on my next trips to explore other Asian Beauty brands that are not available in K-Town.  Any suggestions on other Asian Beauty brands I should explore?  Leave me a comment below!

~ and i want to share this with you... ~

Needless-to-say, @concon95 and I have collected quite a few pieces of new masks to try (and nose strips for her)!  It's been so much fun reading all of your mask reviews on Instagram and I love it when you ladies share some honest insights to help me figure out if a mask is "worthy" to be added to the stash.  With that inspiration in mind, I am launching a new series where me and a few guest writers will share our utmost honest reviews on sheet masks we love and, sometimes, meh, not love.  I hope you'll join us on this new adventure on Hula With Me!

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're curious about the other legs of my NYC adventure, click links below for previous posts:

The Food Edition @ Caracas Arepa Bar + Spot Dessert

All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)


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