One day, while I was organizing my closet, I realized I had some sort of lip product in each of my coats and jackets... no joke. Clearly, I don't like to be without my lip products, ha! I'm not sure when this need/obsession to have a lip product with me wherever I go started, but I definitely realized it's a must have beauty item for me as I hate the feeling of dry, chapped lips. I honestly don't really wear lipsticks and resort to lip balms or glosses, so I've rounded up 3 of my favorite high-end lip balms/glosses. I only specify that this post will be dedicated to luxury lip products because that just means I gotta do a favorite drug store lip products post, duh! So, without further ado, let's get started! 

 Clinique Chubby Stick Intense

I first received this chubby stick as a gift from one of my college besties as a Secret Santa gift and it has still remained to be one of my favorites. It's super highly pigmented as it states in the "intense" portion of its name, but it's also extremely creamy and long lasting. It's not glossy at all, and is more on the matte side so I usually like to put a gloss or vaseline over it to give it some shine in the end! I don't use this everyday but it's perfect for those days you want to add a bright lip to your look. 

 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

I actually recently discovered this one as I received it as a gift from one of my dearest friends for helping her on her wedding day and this is my absolute favorite. Thanks Ellis! It is SO creamy, hydrating, and beautiful on the lips. It also has an SPF of 15 which is always nice to have in a lip balm so you can protect your lips from the harsh sun in the summer. I LOVE this one and find it to be one of my go-to's these days! 

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

This has been one of my favorites for the past year because the color of this lip gloss is just so pretty on the lips. On top of that, it's extremely hydrating and smooth which I always look for in a lip product. Of course with any Dior beauty product, the packaging is equally beautiful and classy. I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for an every day gloss that's not too glossy and easy to use! 

Styling & Photography by: Ji Yeon Kim



When it comes to nails, pinks and nudes are my absolute favorite colors! For some reason, I've never really liked polishing my nails with dark colors, so I've collected quite a few pink and nude nail polishes these past couple of years. From my collection, I've gathered 5 perfect shades of pink and nude colors that are guaranteed to go with any outfit! I'm sure you'll find a new favorite shade for this summer from this bunch, so let's get started! ;)


Topless & Barefoot is one of my absolute favorite pink polishes. It's not really a baby pink color but it's a bit of a muted, light pink color. It almost has hint of beige in it and is definitely not a bright color that would pop. It's perfect for any occassion and is also a perfect pink that matches with other nail polish colors if you'd want to mix and match! 


Hands down, this is my go-to polish for any occassion and any season. I LOVE Sand Tropez and it has never let me down! It's the perfect nude color and is a very mature color, as well. I defintely recommend 2 coats of this color, but once applied, you will not regret this color choice! Have I mentioned, that I absolutely love this one? ;) 


Now this is a bit of a dark, rose colored polish but also works with any outfit during any season. I'd definitely say this is like a dusty rose color and I've realized it's a beautiful shade for any skin tone. This color, especially, looks beautiful when you wear darker shades of clothing such as black or gray! 


Peak Show is such a fresh and crisp color! In the bottle, it looks almost white but there's a slight tint of baby pink in it which makes it that much more fun and whimsical. When I don't want to wear a blatantly pink color on my nails, this is the color I resort to and absolutely love it! 


Last but not least, Between the Seats holds the last spot for being one of my favorite pink and nude colors. It's as if you took a white polish, and added in hints of lavender, pink and gray to create this wonderful concoction of a nail color. I adore it and is perfect for the summer! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim



So I received this Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser from one of my best friends a couple of months ago when I was still in NYC. She found that it didn't work too well with her skin, so she passed it along for me to try and I thought I'd share my experience with all of you! 

Product: Milky Jelly Cleanser
Consistency: Gel-like
Color: Clear/white
Scent: Rose
Price: $18
Claims: Removes all make-up gently while cleansing
Rating: 3.7/5

So right off the bat, I noticed the gentle scent of this cleanser and I loved it. It has a slight scent of rose, but it also smells like baby powder. Surprisingly, I really like the gel like consistency as well. It's smooth to the skin and it just feels nice, when mixed with water. This cleansers main selling point is that it can remove all your makeup while cleansing your skin, all-in-one. As much as I'd hope it would really do all that, it didn't remove as much makeup as I'd hope it would. I still had to go in a with a separate make-up remover before using this cleanser and really feeling like my skin got cleaned. I have sensitive-combo skin, so this works as a great AM cleanser and PM cleanser for those nights I don't wear much makeup. I would definitely recommend this Milky Jelly Cleanser for those who don't wear a lot of eye or face makeup and for those looking for a cleanser for a great price ($18). 

I would purchase this again because it doesn't break out my sensitive skin and it's gentle for my sans makeup skin these days. Plus, you can't get more chic than the Glossier packaging... ;) 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim



I'm so excited to tell you all that I've collaborated with Open Table to bring you my latest beauty blog post! When they reached out to me, there were a lot of different blog post ideas being tossed around but we really wanted this to be a chic and fun post. So we thought it be cool to talk about which beauty essentials help me get ready for a dinner out in the city. I'll have another one coming next week reviewing a restaurant with Open Table but let's get started on my must haves while I get ready to go out and what I like to put in my handbag for later! (In order to shop for these beauties featured below, just click on the header for each!) 


Using a sheet mask before you go out for dinner, whether it be with your friends or a date, could help your skin look and feel luminous. Whether or not you'll put makeup on after, it's a great way to get that effortless glow in less than 20 minutes! You can use one while you do your hair and pick out what to wear... which makes it super efficient. Sheet masks also serve as a great primer before you put your foundation or BB cream on. 


So before I started obsessing over cushion compacts, I swore by simple concealers and mineral powder foundations. I never really needed full coverage so I thought those options would be best to give me the most natural finish. But lately, I've been loving cushion compacts! It always gives me a dewy but natural finish and they are perfect to carry around in your bag (has a mirror, cushion, and SPF all in one) for a touch up later in the night! 


Perfumes can be a lovely beauty accessory when going out. Having a beautiful signature scent of your choice, can help you feel feminine, wonderful, and fresh. I love Chance from Chanel because it provides a chic yet rich scent that only smells better as the night goes on. Don't overlook this quintessential beauty accessory when getting ready!


A gorgeous lip color can add such life to your face! A warm pink color such as above can really brighten up the face and add a feminine touch to any look. Whether you go bare faced or not, a colorful lip can truly complete the look and give you that polished finish we all seek for at the end of our beauty routine. 


Lastly, a face mist is a must when getting ready and when bringing essential beauty items out in your bag. I mist this on my face after I'm done with my makeup and also stick it in my bag if I ever feel like my face is getting dry and just need a touch up. (Avène is another favorite of mine aside from the above!) 

So here are my beauty essentials when getting ready to go out for dinner and to take with me. You never know when you'll run into a beauty crisis, right? What are your beauty essentials for a fun night out? ;) 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim




It is getting SO cold here in the city! I don't know how I did it back in the midwest when it fell to -10 degrees, but it's not even that cold here and I'm usually walking back home, cursing the cold. Usually this time around, we find ourselves combatting ultra dry skin which results from the super harsh and frigid weather. So today, I'll be talking about my winter skincare routine I've been adopting during the nights, so that when I wake up my face feels hydrated, moisturized, and super plump, ready for the day! 

Some of you may have heard of the trending 10-step skincare routine from Korea, but I started to loosely adopt this skincare routine this past year (I don't do 10 steps every night) and I've been loving it. I have sensitive, combination skin and so my T-zone tends to get a bit oilier than my checks, while I'm extremely sensitive to a lot of ingredients found in beauty products. This is why I'm usually very careful in testing out products and once I find something that works, I like to use it religiously. I don't have perfect skin but I hope my skincare routine can give you all a little insight into achieving hydrated skin during this cold winter! You can purchase all the products mentioned below at Soko Glam (not sponsored in any way). 

1.) After I double cleanse, I use a toner.

Look at how pretty this packaging is. As pretty as the packaging, it makes my skin pretty and preps it for my next skincare steps. Using a toner helps balance your skins pH level (a good level to be at is 5.5 which is a bit acidic) and hydrates it at the same time. I've used so many toners that makes my skin feeling even more dried out than before, but this Son & Park Beauty Water hydrates and tones the skin effectively. You can also use this product as a make up remover on a cotton pad or to just refresh your skin throughout the day! 

2.) I use an essence. 

Essences are a huge part of the Korean skincare regimen. I love this step because after my skin has been prepped by the Beauty Water, it's ready to absorb all the nutrients an essence can provide! This Missha Time Revolution Treatment Essence has been known to be a dupe of the popular SK-II Essence. They are in fact, both very similar in consistency (watery) and how well it moisturizes the skin. SK-II contains fermented yeast in the form of Pitera, while Missha contains fermented filtrate, Zyosis. I've found the Missha Essence to have reduced some of my redness but by all means it doesn't ever prevent breakouts because I've gotten quite a few since. I love applying this step because essences are jam packed with healthy nutrients for the skin and I just lightly pat this over my skin. 

3.) I use a serum. 

After my skin has been moisturized from the toner and essence, I like to go in ahead with a serum or an ampoule which is a super concentrated moisturizer. Serums contain the most powerful actives which help to give your skin that extra boost and plumping effect! While moisturizers and cleansers can contain filler actives, serums don't have any of that, so the effects of serums can be absorbed more quickly and efficiently. I've been trying this Klairs Vitamin C Serum to see if it fades pigmentation but apparently I have to wait 4-5 weeks until I see true results... so I'll let you know how this works out! Vitamin C is a great way to fade acne scars or pigmentation and there are a lot of ampoules out there that brighten as well as plump your skin.

4.) I either apply emulsion or a moisturizers (which means the same thing) after.

Emulsion is essentially the Korean way of saying moisturizer. You'll usually find the consistency to be a bit more lighter than other moisturizers but I found them to do similar things. Before I cover my face with a heavy night cream, sleeping pack, or sheet mask, I like to hydrate one last time because you need that extra moisture from all the dryness in the air! This Tony Moly Aquaporin Emulsion has been doing the job well these days. The smell is nice and it really does feel like you're feeding your skin extra water and hydrating it, as the packaging on it promotes.

5.) I either apply a heavy night cream or use a face sheet mask in replacement. 

We're almost there but next, I like to go in and apply a heavy night cream, sleeping pack, or face sheet mask! This is probably my favorite step because well 1.) I'm done with my routine and I can go lay down and 2.) it really feels like I'm feeding my face healthy hydrating ingredients. Using a night cream while sleeping is effective because not only are our bodies getting the necessary rest needed, our skin is working to repair itself as well! This Missha Super Aqua Renew Snail Cream is an all time favorite of mine. It's main ingredient is snail mucin which is extremely good for the skin as you may have heard. The smell is a bit strong but the consistency is of a gel-form and it goes on the skin smoothly. Some days I'll replace this step with a face sheet mask or even do both! 

I love face sheet masks. These little sheets are seriously packed with so much goodness and I just love the cooling effect it has on my skin! They have SO many different kinds of sheet masks and for days you feel like pampering yourself... do it! Lastly, on days I'm not feeling lazy I'll apply an eye cream. Eye creams are pretty self explanatory, right? But for those of you wondering, eye creams help to reduce puffiness and fines lines/wrinkles around the eye area! 

Phew! That was a lot wasn't it? You don't necessarily HAVE to do all these steps or use the same products, but if there are any of you wanting your skin to look and feel a bit more hydrated, the above was just an insight into what could help! Some of you could just use a toner and moisturizer which is fine, but when looking for moisturizers, just make sure it'll keep you fully moisturized for this winter season. You can take out some of these steps, add in more, but this routine is what I try to stick with. Speaking of sticking with it... if you're reading this, thanks for sticking with me throughout this long explanation of my skincare routine. I hope this helped in answering some of your questions in what certain products do for your skin and what might be beneficial for your skin type. Until next time... Au revoir! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon




I'm back again... and with a cool and trending nail art design tutorial for you all! The glassnails phenomenon originates from Park Eun Kyung's Unistella Salon in Korea and ever since, it has been blowing up on all platforms of social media. As you all may know, Korea is so far advanced in terms of technology and even beauty! Whether it's from skincare to nails... Korea has been producing amazing products and results. If you're all looking to try some Korean beauty products here's a site and company (SokoGlam) that has made it easier for people around the world to get their hands on these beauty must haves! SokoGlam also sells these glass nail stickers but today I thought it be fun to do a DIY on this nail art because it's actually much easier than it seems! 


  • Clear nail polish
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors (I found the smaller ones easier to use)
  • Iridescent cellophane (Can purchase at Party Depot or Michaels)


Cut the cellophane wrapping paper into a smaller piece. 

I found it easier to cut the smaller piece into strips and then cutting smaller triangles which will be your "glass". 

Get your clear polish ready and start with one finger nail at a time. Paint your nail of choice with the clear polish. 

Right after you apply the clear polish, take your tweezers and pick up each triangular piece of cellophane and place it on your nail. I like to start from the bottom side and work my way up as if I'm creating a puzzle. You can organize the "glass" pieces however you want but it was fun for me to organize the pieces so that they weren't touching, yet it all fit together. 

TIP: Make sure to cut different sized triangles and when putting down the pieces unto the nail, don't push it down TOO hard but make sure that no pieces are sticking out. 

Proceed painting each nail (one at a time) and then placing the "glass" pieces on. Don't paint all your nails at once and then try to put the cellophane pieces on because the clear polish will dry up! After, apply another clear coat on top of the cellophane pieces and VOILA we're done! 

Wasn't that really easy?! I won't lie... it is pretty tedious and a bit time consuming but I absolutely love this because not only is it beautiful but once you're done there's essentially no "drying" period needed! I was able to go right back to work and thoroughly enjoyed not having to be SUPER cautious after I get my nails done. Please give this all a try and you'll definitely love the results of this cool glass nails nail art! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito




Now that fall is in full swing, it's imperative that we take extra care in transitioning into a fall skincare that will help protect and rejuvenate our skin. Here I have just 5 simple tips/steps on how we can slowly start taking care of our skin for the fall and chilly weather. Since it is a bit chillier, our faces tend to get dry so be aware and let's get started!


If you're doing this already 2-3 times a week (depending on the product)... great! If not, it's time to get started! You want to start scrubbing off all that oil, sweat, and SPF products your face has been having to deal with in the summer. Either way, find some time in your skincare routine to exfoliate, so your skin can be fresh for this new season and so that it can absorb all the serums you should be feeding your skin for the fall. I personally like to use Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant for a daily use because its so gentle (it lasts a long time!) or a great, cheaper alternative is this St. Ives Apricot Scrub found at most drug stores. 


The summer heat and sun could leave us with sun damaged skin marks and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C serums such as this one, can help recover these dark marks (from direct sunlight) and brighten our skin tone as a whole.



I know during the summers we all look for a lightweight moisturizer because we get sweaty and we don't want to get too oily by the end of the day. But now that the weather is colder outside, our faces tend to get dry more quickly. So, start moisturizing more but you don't have to start using heavy creams just yet, unless you have EXTRA dry skin and its crackling and flaking from the wind already! Try adding in lightweight serums or using any gel, essence, moisturizers. 


Now is the time to start whipping out some hydrating face sheet masks so you can incorporate more moisture into your skin while you sleep. Face sheet masks are great for hydration because it won't be too overpowering for your skin and opt to find ones that have collagen or extra hydrating elements. TIP: I store mine in the fridge for an extra refreshing pampering time and I try to use on a daily basis during the fall/winter season! Face sheet masks are basically different serums drenched into a sheet so it's a perfect lightweight-medium moisturizer. IMPORTANT: If you have sensitive skin, avoid the ingredient PARABEN, that can be found in skincare products and face sheet masks (labeled in the back of the package). I know some Skinfood masks have these and it can actually irritate your sensitive skin! 


Get ready for the brutal winter and start doing some research on some heavyweight creams you may want to try! It's never too early and before you know it, winter will creep up on you. I like to use SKII's Essential Power Cream but there are numerous, equally awesome heavy creams such as this one to purchase. Do research and start prepping. 

I know it may seem a bit daunting because I just introduced all these skincare products but it's really not as intimidating as it seems! It's just all about understanding what type of skin you have and knowing the products you are using on your skin. For example, I think it's still perfectly fine to use the lotion you used during the summer for fall but just make sure to then add a serum or use a heavier cream at night so you replenish your skin fully. If I'm using the same lotion I did during the summer for fall I'm just a bit more diligent in my night routine by doing a hydrating face sheet mask or I use a serum after my lotion in the morning. Now, the winter time is a completely different story and you need to hydrate your skin even more. Nevertheless, hope you all are enjoying the fall and make sure to moisturize, hydrate, and replenish! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito



Alas, fall is here! Just about a week ago, it seemed like fall was in full swing here in the city but as of yesterday, it went back to being warm and humid. Nevertheless, in honor of one of my favorite seasons I thought I'd do an easy fall nail tutorial. For the fall season, I usually like to wear darker and warmer colors on my nails. I've always been a huge fan of the color 'oxbood' and it especially seems to be the trend color for this fall season. This particular nail art I'll be showing you today, is a fun and feminine twist on french tips. It's not as difficult because you don't have to be as precise and it still looks uber feminine because of the shape it gives off... so let's get started!


  • An oxblood or deep red polish (Mine is: Essie's Bordeaux)

  • A nude pink polish (Mine is: OPI's Put it in neutral

  • A clear base and top coat polish


Apply a base coat to your clean nails. Don't put any lotion or oils on your nails beforehand because that may cause air bubbles in your polish. 

After the base coat dries, apply a coat of your nude pink polish. This will help your nails to have a gel finished look and it'll look much better with this sort of nude color as opposed to your bare nail colors! 

You're going to angle  your brush (with only a little bit of polish) so that from one side of the nail you're going to draw a diagonal/right angel triangle shape. You can do all this with just the normal brush that comes in the bottle. As you go in for the second coat, you're going to want to curve your stroke a little like you're drawing an upside down heart. 

Go in ahead with a second coat of the actual nail art design. This is when you can clean it up and really make the shape pop. Make sure to get all the sides of your nails as well! This design looks so pretty with rounded shaped nails as well!

It may look a bit messy but you can clean it up with another coat and I also like to take a Q-TIP dipped in nail polish remover to remove any polish smeared around my actual skin. And VOILA... we're finished! Go ahead and finish off with a top coat so it can look extra shiny and fresh. 

You can do this kind of design with any nail polish color. I love this look because it's delicate, feminine, and looks complicated but is super easy! Hope you're enjoying the fall weather and be on the lookout for some of my favorite fall nail colors, coming soon! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito



My roomie from college always used to tell me how important it was to wash any makeup brushes I had. I only used one face makeup brush then because I never used much face makeup anyways, so I never understood the importance of cleaning any makeup tools that I had. Finally after college and after experiencing a couple of breakouts because of my dirty brushes, I've realized how important it is to wash these so you're not spreading dirt and bacteria around your face. Even if you use one brush, or a BB/CC cream sponge, washing those tools is a must! I can't emphasize enough how much dirt and bacteria is trapped in these brush hairs. Even if you don't own many... I know every girl has at least one face makeup brush or BB cream sponge. So let's go wash these tools for a cleaner and brighter face! 


  • Any makeup brushes or sponges (this includes eyeshadow blending brushes or blush brushes as well!)
  • A rice spatula (sold HERE or any asian grocery store!)
  • Baby shampoo OR dishwashing soap OR your facewash
  • Clean towel/cloth

I like to use my household items like dishwashing soap and the rice spatula because it works great in getting all the old makeup out. You can of course buy makeup brush shampoo HERE, but I found that these items work equally as well in getting the job done! 


Wet your makeup brush with warm water. Try not to get too much water directly into the barrel of the brush and do not submerge your entire brush in the water because it disintegrates the glue that holds the hairs together. This may lead to your brush hairs falling out. 

Pour a dime size of baby shampoo, dishwashing soap, or facewash on to your spatula. This spatula is going to help you to rub your brushes on something so you can really get all the dirt out. You could of course use your hands as well, but I thought this was a nifty hack to wash your brushes more efficiently. 

You're going to want to very gently rub/twirl your brushes in a circular motion on the spatula to really get the old makeup out. You'll start to see all the old makeup and dirt come out. You can do this under soft running water (put the tap on low so that it's just a stream coming out of the faucet) and you can also use more shampoo if you need! 

Keep swirling and keep going! This will take about 5 minutes, depending on how dirty your brush is and you're going to want to keep going until the water runs clean! Don't forget to be gentle and squeeze out any excess water in the direction your bristles go in. By the way, you should solely use the rice spatula for cleaning your brushes... please do not wash it and use it again for food! 

Again, you're going to want to keep running it under warm water and squeezing the brush hairs to see if it runs cleanly. You can use more shampoo but make sure to get all residue out! 

Lastly, dry your brushes on the hand towel gently, and squeeze all excess water out in the directions of the bristles so it maintains its shape! I usually let my brushes dry for 24 hours before I use them again. If they're still damp when you touch them, let them dry for another couple of hours before using. 

TIP: You can also use a little bit of olive oil mixed with the shampoo to also clean your brushes however, I found that either of the three, dishwashing soap, facewash, or baby shampoo, works perfectly well! 

Now go wash any sponge or brush you have! I truly truly urge you to do so... even if it's that one brush you've been using sporadically, it's really important to be using clean brushes to apply makeup on your face! Enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito (w/ help from DMP)



I used to have really long hair just a couple of months ago, when I decided to cut it all off for a so fresh and so clean (!) short hairstyle! My closest girlfriends had been trying to get me to cut my hair short for a while, but I was never able to get myself to do so. It felt so good once I did and I was dying to curl my new short hair! I'd been loving the wavy short hair look for a while now and after much trial and error... I wanted to bring to you all, my routine on how to curl short hair. Of course this also works with long hair, but I also have a different routine for that... so I'll show you that later once my hair grows back. Let's get started! 



After washing your hair you can spray some of that curl activating spray (optional). You should partially dry your hair or it can be kept wet. Part your hair and then you're going to section your hair by twisting the main sides of your hair (like you're putting it half up and half down). 

At this point you can either clip these two twisted sections together OR hold them together with your hand proceed to use your other hand to twist your remaining hairs together. You're going to want to TWIST OUT (not in). 

Most of your hairs should be twisted and clipped with your hair clip. At this point you can either blow dry your hair like this, sleep with your hair like this, or air dry your hair (if you have time). It should look like the photo above.

After your hair is fully dry and you put down your twists, your hair should be wavy. You can either continue styling your hair with more spray or what I like to do is use my curling wand to get it a bit more waved and curly the way I like it. 

I like to start with my LEFT side. Remember when using a wand or a curling barrel, make sure to use your OPPOSITE hand of the side you're curling (RIGHT hand) to HOLD the curler. Then curl your hair under the barrel and back up with the TIP FACING DOWNWARDS. So you're curling your hair OUTWARDS.

Next, when curling your RIGHT side, again use your OPPOSITE hand to hold the curler while you position the wand DOWNWARDS. Again, you're curling your hair OUTWARDS. And then VOILA... you're finished! 

I also like to twist two front chunks of my hair into a half up and half down hairstyle for at least 10 minutes before I head out. This helps my curls to get a prettier shape and it keeps my hair out of my face when I'm running around. 

This hairstyle definitely looks better the second day and after you sleep on it. It looks a bit more natural and not so wild! Don't forget to tousle your hair a little, shake your head, style accordingly and enjoy! :)