27 2 / 2012
Hello Kitty collagen face masks, gift from China. I can be pretty like a kitty!
10 2 / 2012
Hello Kitty Chapstick (gift from Shanghai.)
Yes, it says SexyLook.
01 2 / 2012
19 1 / 2012
Believe it or not, I still learn beauty tricks from my 80-year-old grandma. She was the one who introduced me to these Korean collagen face masks over the holiday season and I’ve been hooked ever since. She originally received two free samples and passed them onto my mother and myself saying a woman her age had no need for them. My mom and I saved them for a quiet night in and tried them out together thinking they were a luxurious treat.
When we found the masks had a remarkable effect on our skin— brightening, calming, and most amazingly firming and plumping (!) we called a few Korean shops in the area to see where we could buy more. Imagine our surprise when we found out they were only a dollar apiece! And better yet, our local H-Mart had a buy 10, get one free deal. Together, my mom and I bought 22 packs.
The masks come in a variety of “flavors” including green tea, tea tree oil, sea water, and even potato, but they all yield the same result: plump, soft skin. After washing and exfoliating my face and laying down with the mask for 30 minutes (as directed), I noticed even my dimpled acne scars were much less noticeable. The instructions suggest refrigerating the pack during the summer and soaking the pack in warm water during the winter, making these masks as therapeutic as they are effective.
The masks have a gentle, inoffensive scent and are absolutely fool-proof (although admittedly look a bit frightening when held up as above). I still can’t believe they’re only $1 and at that price, might be my best beauty discovery to date. Thank you 할머니!
13 1 / 2012
This is a wonderfully written piece that reminds us we all deserve to love and be loved.
10 1 / 2012
Holy moly. One of my favorite blogs, Sugar Rock Catwalk, just posted looks from the new Jason Wu for Target collection and I’ve fallen into a girly, pleated-skirt induced tizzy. My four favorite looks are above but really, every piece is crisp, feminine, and so easy to wear. I’ve been disappointed by Target Designer collections before (ahem, Anna Sui), but I’m hoping these will look as good in person as they do online. My main annoyance with these Target collaborations is that you’ll see every girl in NYC rocking these pieces but if they’re this cute…how can you blame them?
(Images via Target’s Facebook page)
10 1 / 2012
05 1 / 2012
As an avid Top Chef fan, I’m always excited when I have the opportunity to sample one of the contestant’s food in real life right here in New York City. Hung Huynh and his speedy chicken-chopping ways won season three and he recently opened a restaurant, Catch, in the way-past-expired Meatpacking District. What should have been a fun New Year’s Eve dinner with hopefully delicious food turned out more frustration with bungling service and gimmicky seafood.
I should have listened to my inner foodie (who is usually quite vocal) and avoided the MPD entirely. Lesson learned.
You can find my Yelp review, along with other dissatisfied diner’s thoughts, here.
(Image via catchnewyorkcity.com)
05 1 / 2012