amore-pacific

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Spring ‘17 Sulwhasoo limited edition cushions. Pink is the perfecting cushion and white the brightening cushion. Both come in shades 13, 21 and 23.
They also come with a refill and a variety of samples which vary depending on the shop you purchase from.
For prices, sample descriptions and links send us a message. These sets are around $45-$55.

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anonymous asked:

do you guys know of any korean/asian makeup brands/products that would be good for darker/tanned skin? thank you!

Notes: 

  • Some brands mentioned below have physical stores / counters in my country (marked with *). I’ve personally swatched and compared their shades to MAC Studio Fix Fluid shades. 
  • However, please note that the corresponding MAC shades are just approximation and may not be 100% accurate due to lighting, oxidation etc.
  • I also included links to videos / pictures for skin tone references. 
  • The availability of shades may vary depending on where you live.
  • r/AB also has spreadsheets of Korean base products and similar MAC shades.

Japanese brands:

  • The one that i’ve personally used is Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation. It’s a good foundation for people who have oily skin and sustained well under hot humid climate. Coverage is medium-full. The shades are pretty diverse and they have shades for all undertones. The ones that were sold in my country at least had the equivalents of NC42. The deepest shade they have is 504, which is quite similar to MAC NW50. (swatches934, 754734, 554524)
  • Sadly…………… Face Architect has been discontinued earlier this year and was replaced by Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation * (though i think you can still find Face Architect online). Petal Skin has fewer number of shades than Face Architect but the colors are not much different imo. Mind you that all 7xx shades are very yellow. The darkest for the yellow undertone is 744, which is very similar to NC42. 754 is quite similar to NC40. (754)
  • Shu Uemura The Lightbulb * (dewy finish) has the same range of colors as Petal Skin, but theirs are just slightly lighter than Petal Skin. For example Lightbulb 744 is a liittle bit lighter than Petal Skin 744, but it’s similar to Petal Skin 754. (swatches, 744, another 744754554)
  • Lunasol * and Kate (both are from Kanebo) also have base products in medium shades. However, their color range is more limited than Shu Uemura and Shiseido. Undertone is rather neutral/pink. Their darkest shade is similar to NW35 / NC42 (OC-04OC-G
  • RMK Liquid Foundation is quite popular in Japan (so does its creamy foundation). Judging from the pictures the shade 105 looks similar to NC42 (?). They also have one deep shade with cool undertone which is Coffee Brown (104, 105Coffee Brown), 

Korean brands:

  • Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion * also has medium/tan shade. The price is on the expensive side compared to other cushions. Shade 33 is quite similar to NW35 / NC42. Neutral undertone, just slightly pink. (no.33)
  • VOV Maxmini Cover Cushion * offers medium/deep shade as well. Shade 33 is similar to NC37-40, while shade 43 is similar to NC42-45. Neutral/peach undertone. But unfortunately i think this product isn’t available outside of SE Asia… (no.33, no.33 as base and no.43 as bronzer)
  • Amore Pacific is another high end cushion that has medium/tan shade (and it costs $60-80 byeeee). I think the shade 208 is slightly lighter than Sulwhasoo’s 33? Not sure about the undertone. Also available at Sephora. (208, also 208)

Hope this helps,

Admin A

anonymous asked:

What high end brands/products would you say are totally worth the price?

For skin care brands:

Drunk Elephant, NIOD, Sunday Riley, Dr. Dennis Gross, Amore Pacific, Sulwhasoo, SK-II, Tatcha, Perricone MD, Skinceuticals, Tata Harper, La Prarie, Sisley, Biologique Recherche… I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of right now.

As a disclaimer, though I recommend these brands, not every product in each brand is worth your money. Ex. Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil

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[TRANS] Tiffany’s “Beauty Talk” in InStyle, March 2016 

Beauty Talk: Tiffany

Tiffany, who is well known as SNSD’s official fashionista. But to friends, she is known as the beauty expert. “Fashion is beauty, and I like to beauty is fashion. Hair, makeup and nail is one of many tools that express fashion.” Beauty interview with Tiffany, who says she shares opinions with staff and studies to always show off the newest and best styles.

When I see you in real life, your skin is really good. Do you have any skincare tips?

Once a week, I remove dead skin cells with a powder type peeling product. At least once every 10 days, I receive basic care from a skin clinic. Before, I used to only go when I had skin troubles, but realized that’s too late.

What type of makeup do you think makes you look most beautiful?

I’m still used to SNSD’s flashy and bling bling makeup, but I’m practicing wearing less makeup. The words ‘Less is More’ apply of course to fashion, hair and makeup.

Short and long hair both suit you well, but personally, what style do you like?

When I see members who have recently cut their hair short, it’s so pretty and refreshing. But all of the beauty icons I like have long hair. I feel like long hair is the most ‘Tiffany-like’.

Do you have any personal hair care tips?

Morning and night, I interchangeably use products that protect hair from heat and bring volume to life. I especially like ‘Bumble and Bumble’ products.

If you say Tiffany, you can’t leave out flashy nails. Do you personally create nail designs?

I do a lot of research, and I personally design using patterns and colours that suit a look or the season. When I was younger, I was pretty good at self nail art. But these days, I tend to leave it up to Shin Tamina, owner of ‘NailTam2Na’, who has been responsible for my nails for a long time.

There was a time when ‘SNSD diet menu’ was a hot topic. Do you still maintain a diet menu?

SNSD diet menu did exist, but I’ve never done it. My style is to ear delicious foods and receive energy from it. But recently, there is something that has changed. Before, I ate mostly meat, but after spending time with my sister and cousins who are vegetarians, I tend to eat more fish and vegetables these days.

Who is your role model?

Natalie Portman, who is becoming more beautiful as time passes, and lovely Han Yeseul unnie.

Is there a new area of interest that you’d like to attempt?

I think it’s my first time unveiling this, but for about 2 years, I’ve consistently been auditioning for projects overseas. I have gotten cast too. Sadly, I wasn’t able to participate due to my schedule, but I have been wanting to seriously start acting.  My dream is that I will be able to meet a good project in a fateful moment.

IPKN Luxury Diamond In Eyes #21 – 35,000 W

“The softly shining pearliness is really pretty. It makes your eyes look beautiful.”

“I think that skin that suits your age and mood is the most ideal. White and wrinkle-free skin is not the absolute condition of beauty.” – Tiffany

TIFFANY’S MUST-HAVES

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel – 60,000 W

“This is my secret to create bright and translucent skin. It adds moisture to skin without irritation.”

IPKN Jewel Perfume Powder Compact – 25,000 W

“From strong coverage to the refreshing floral scent, this item totally targets my tastes.”

IPKN Lite Perfect Sun Block – 18,000 W

“Skincare products can change according to season, but I apply sunblock in all four seasons. This product is refreshing so it’s not overwhelming to apply it daily.”

New One Day Acuvue Define – 49,000 W

“Even if you wear it for a long time, it doesn’t tire out your eyes. It’s one of the necessary items in my pouch.”

Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum – 175,000 W

“It has the refreshing scent of a freshly picked rose. Even if you apply frequently, it doesn’t hurt your head.”

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain – 16,000 W

“It’s a moist, balm-type tint. It melts on top of your lips and the color payoff is beautiful.”

LOOKS OVER THE YEARS

SNSD Tiffany who studies what style suits herself the best and attempts new looks without hesitation. It’s a reason why we look forward to her future style transformations, as she always shows perfect looks in front of the camera.

2012

“It can appear to be too much if makeup is flashy when you have red hair. Beautiful pink color united the entire mood.”

2013

“With minimal eye makeup, orange colored lips were the point. Doesn’t it make my skin look fresh and bright?”

2014

“There’s no look as vivacious as a high-bun hair. The bangs doubled the adorableness.”

2015

“This is a ‘girl crush’ makeup look, in a black leather jacket and red lips. I also showed off two-toned hair.’

Scan credits: 801Dayz 

Spa Day at Sulwhasoo

Last week my aunt, uncle, and wee cousin flew all the way from the Big Apple to visit Seoul! We had a marvelous time galavanting around the city and eating heaps of Korean food. They were great sports as I dragged them around for 6-7 miles a day.  We saw all the of the classics (the Palaces, City Hall, the Chonggyechon, Bukchon, Apgujeong, Dongdaemun, and Gwangjang Market), and ate all of the classics (BBQ, street food/Teokbokki, the plunders of the Lotte & Shinsegae food halls, $5 Korean lattes). A little known about Korea is that there are a ton of private “museums” that are super funky and kitsch. We hit up the Handbag Museum (which was super cool!) and stumbled upon the “Ice Gallery” in Bukcheon, which takes the gold for the weirdest Korean museum I’ve been to. This is a feat, because trust me, there are a LOT in this country: owl museum, sex museum, chocolate museum, etc. 

On the Thursday of their visit, we had a girls day/boys day: my uncle and cousin went to the Korean War museum in Yongsan, and my and my aunt hit up the Sulwhasoo Spa. 

The Low Down

My aunt is the head of all things beautiful (check out her blog!) at Vanity Fair, so she always know’s what is good – she treated me to my first facial, which was a very interesting experience that involved a lot more than the face. Surprised? I certainly was. In fact, the Sulwhasoo “facial” starts off with a foot soak, scrub, and massage – I was cringing given the state of my runners feet. 

The Sulwhasoo Spa is located on the fourth floor of the Lotte Hotel, and while the rest of the hotel has this Vegas thing going on, the decor at the Spa is like a celadon vase: beautiful and understated.  Reservations recommended, because it looks like they can only handle two appointments at a time. 

Anyways, after you pick out a theme scent  – they gave us a choice of Plum, Fir, Sandalwood, and one other thing that I did not particularly like – you are led into a private room to change into a standard issue fuzzy bathrobe and a pair of disposable granny panties. If you’re a facial newbie, tell that to the staff upfront to minimize awkwardness. Over the course of an hour I was pummeled and perfumed by a tiny, porcelain-skinned woman. I recently re-watched Mulan and realized that it’s still quite relevant to my life. You know that scene where her female relatives are getting Mulan all ready for the matchmaker? Totally comparable to the Sulwhasoo experience. 

Post-massage selfie: 

Home girl was not messing around.  That hurt. Afterwards, I had a clay mask and an entire medicine cabinet of Sulwhasoo products applied to my face. Evidence: 

According to my aunt, who gets these on the regular, it was one of the best she’s ever had.  I certainly walked away from the experience feeling like I did Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle proud.  I felt dewy and glowy (and kind of sore from the massage). Thank you Aunt S! And thank you Sulwhasoo! 

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I find Korean beauty culture super fascinating, and think that would be true even if you were 100% uninterested in the actual products themselves. For example, here in Korea, straight men are totally into skin care, and K-beauty is poised to be a major commercial and economic force, particularly given sales growth throughout Asia. (Side note: I recently spoke with someone who covers Korea for Bloomberg, and she shared a fascinating story about Amorepacific’s humble origins in a North Korean home). 

Culturally, I think it is also very interesting to see the global rise of Asian cosmetics brands. By extension, eastern standards of beauty are becoming more prominent in the West.  As an Asian-American woman, I’ve dealt with (not quite fitting into) western standards of beauty ever since I was little. Given this personal experience, it’s hard for me to not be interested in the rise of these companies. That said, I can’t really say that a shift to Korean beauty practices as the global norm would be 100% welcome on my part: it’s not unheard of for Korean women (and a few men) to practice a 12-step beauty routine in both the morning and evening.  Needless to say that’s too high maintenance/too expensive for me – for the everyday, I’ll stick to Mulan’s routine of splashing my face with water and wiping off on my sleeve.