Tag Archives: Beauty

dry oil vs. wet oil

The beauty industry sure loves to confuse consumers. All the rage these days is “dry oil,” which supposedly hydrates skin without clogging pores. That sounds great and all, except I’ve been conditioned to expect the exact opposite for decades. Since … Continue reading

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The “Benefit” of Living in NYC

One of the best things about living and working in NYC is that there are so many opportunities for random treats and freebies. Today, for example, we got to hop in a pink SUV and get a free makeover and … Continue reading

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Hongdae area in Korea

Last time we were in Seoul, it was too damn cold to do anything. I feel like I complained the entire time and sat around my parents’ living room contemplating the miracle of ondolbangs for a month. This time, however, … Continue reading

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Sephora in Hong Kong

Why are there no Sephora stores in Hong Kong? We have quite a few Sephoras here in mainland China. And it seems like Hong Kong people wear more makeup than Chinese women, so wouldn’t a city like Hong Kong be … Continue reading

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V-lines in asia

Every few years, there seems to be some new ridiculous trend in Korea that dictates what random, inorganic shape your body is supposed to resemble. For example: they say an ideal female body supposedly has an S-line profile, with large breasts … Continue reading

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across the border

whenever i’m returning from a trip to Hong Kong, i like to look around at the border to see what people are bringing back to China. and without fail, i always see people carrying many packages of diapers. we have … Continue reading

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shopping in seoul: part 1

seoul has a lot of famous department stores, like Lotte, Hyundai, Shinsegae, but they tend to be a little fancy. and by fancy, i mean expensive. hella expensive. i also find them a little annoying because most brands in women’s … Continue reading

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beauty war in korea

i’m seeing a major beauty war going on in korea. there are so many beauty brands targeting the 18-34 female demographic, that you really can’t go 50 feet in any direction without running into one of its stores. unlike the … Continue reading

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magic, magic, magic

Every time I go to a korean hair salon, I learn that they’ve invented some new, super techy-sounding perm. There’s regular perm, digital perm, magic perm, straight perm, roll-straight perm, air wave perm, thermal wave perm, blah blah blah. seriously, who can … Continue reading

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pet peeve: salespeople in china

the single most annoying thing about shopping in china is the hovering salespeople. they don’t leave you alone, not for one second. as soon as you step into a store, they shadow you closely through every aisle, talking in chinese, asking questions, making … Continue reading

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