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



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