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These may not be the prettiest lippie pictures ever taken, but if you’re looking for a nice beauty gift for someone this holiday season, these two products are stocking-worthy. The one one the left, surprise, is Sulwhasoo’s Lip Serum in #3 Flower Pink. It moisturizes and can be either light or intense depending on how much you apply. The one on the right is jungsaemmool’s essential tinted lip glow in pink. I go back and forth between these two and love them both equally.

While this product isn’t carried here at Beautytap, I feel compelled to share some positive news about it. I bought this from Peach & Lily on sale and didn’t have the highest of hopes for it. Most growth serums work better when used in conjunction with microneedling procedures, so I doubted it would have much of an effect when used on clean skin. So far, I’m super happy with the results. I use about 4-5 drops after my toner and before other serums. My skin feels noticeably plumper and more resilient after using it for a month, and I’ll definitely be buying it again. It’s a nice addition to my tretinoin, and I’ve made peace with the price tag. About $100. My bottle will probably last…[Read more]

I keep pulling this Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop out and wishing I could buy it here on Beautytap. This stuff is lovely. Non-sticky, non-oily. It just sinks in and goes to work. I’ve never had much luck with this brand, but this is my third bottle, and it’s half gone. Time to buy more. Please, Beautytap wish fairy. See if you can add this to the lineup of yumminess. xoxo

Have you ever found something in your stash that you completely forgot was there? I bought Missha’s Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing Finisher a long time ago and tucked it behind my mist collection in my vanity. Last week, I found it and dabbed in on the tops of my cheeks, chin, and forehead, and poof … instant glow. I totally forgot how this can restore the dewy look even when worn over foundation. The bottle’s really pretty, too.

Okay, I\’m ready for another Sulwhasoo sale. I just drained the last precious drops from my First Care Activating Serum. Staring into the empty bottle would normally be stress-inducing, but I have a backup. Now, I need a backup for my backup … and the Timetreasure Renovating Emulsion \’cuz winter\’s a\’comin\’. 🙂

Note to self (and those reading): When you\’re using tretinoin, the microdermabrasion machine is not your friend … even on the lowest setting. Instead of enjoying my regular routine, I f*d up my cheek and have been nursing it with Purito Centella Serum (which I just commented on earlier today), rosehip oil, Cosrx aloe vera gel, and a mugwort mask. I hate how easy it is to mess up a good thing. Breaking open my illi Ceramide Ato cream to see what it can do.

It’s been so hot lately that every cream I’ve tried just slides off my face. Humidity doesn’t help…and since when is So. Cal. humid? Ugh. I shopped my stash a couple days ago and found this deluxe sample of AmorePacific’s Essential Creme Fluid. This! This is my new (daytime) best friend. I used one during the winter and wasn’t impressed, but that was my fault. I needed layers back then. Now, I need something light but more hydrating than a gel cream. If this comes back in stock before the summer ends, I’m snatching one up pronto. Hint. Hint. Please. 🙂 https://beautytap.com/product/amore-the-essential-creme-fluid/

I love this bumpy little bath buddy! I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my Italy towels over the years because they do a great job but they don’t stay soapy. This little flax “packet” tightens up when wet, so all the little soaps inside bunch together like a cluster of jaw breakers (or rocks…soft rocks, though). It makes my skin crazy soft, and I was surprised by how hydrated my skin felt afterwards. Usually, I’m slathering on lotion while semi-damp, but I didn’t need to do that with this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still use body lotion afterwards, but my skin didn’t feel tight like it does with most bar soap. I don’t know how many uses I’ll get out of it, but I already know…[Read more]

So…this happened… This picture comprises three separate orders (minus some Eclado masks) that turned into one helluva heavenly hanbang haul. My Sulwhasoo itch has been successfully scratched…and I’m back on low-buy (until Fiddy does it again). #FiddyMadeMeDoIt #BeautytapGetsAllMyMoney

So…everyone who knows me knows that Beautytap is my primary place to shop. Lately, the lovely and always accurate Jude Chao has helped bring some special Sulwhasoo items to us that can’t be found elsewhere. In the last 12 days, I’ve placed three orders…and when these goodies get here I’ll be rollin’ on the floor like a cat high on catnip. Thank you, Fiddy, and everyone at Beautytap for curating great products and offering amazing deals. My skin will be forever thankful!

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Do you ever find yourself buying something just because it’s pretty? I bought this little pink Sulwhasoo makeup bag, and I honestly have no need for it whatsoever. I work from home and carry a small handbag when I do venture outdoors. Help me give it a functional purpose. What would you use it for?

I’ve never been a fan of setting powder because it always made my skin feel crazy dry…then I found the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi face powder. It has hyaluronic acid in it, and the 12 g jar will probably last me a year or more because I primarily use it to set my eye primer and then use just a dusting to set my foundation (also KGD). If you’re looking for a high quality setting powder, this one’s worth the price tag. P.S. I also used By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, which is comparable in price and texture, but I keep reaching for the KGD instead.

My other “precious” … Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream. Feels rich and luxurious but dries down well enough to use during the day even under makeup. Yummy.

Sometimes, the pretty things are the only things that get you through a tough week. My Sulwhasoo peony cushion now holds my jewelry while I sleep, and my History of Whoo cushion make me glad I’m a girly girl and finally found a cushion to match my skintone. P.S. This inside shot is the HoW cushion, and it’s available here (https://beautytap.com/product/history-of-whoo-hwahyun-essence-cushion-spf50-pa/)!

I need your help and recommendations, friends. It’s getting warm here in the So. Cal. mountains, and I’d love to find a few refreshing gel masks to use in the morning. I’m looking for something basic, hydrating, maybe soothing or brightening. Just something I can slather on and roam around the house in for 20 minutes or so and then wash off. I used a LOVEISDERMA gel mask last year and enjoyed the cooling effects. Thanks for your help!

In the spirit of fully testing something before writing it off, I happily picked up the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX Plum Blossom limited edition today. The sample bottle I had was only 15ml, so perhaps my early assessment wasn’t accurate enough. My original reservations about the increased price tag have been alleviated by beautytap’s great sale price ($55 for 90ml!). I love the original, have a full bottle backup in my stash, and will report back with a more in-depth review in June of this limited edition. For now, I’m thrilled to have the pretty bottle heading my way…and I’m ever so grateful to the Beautytap team for taking requests! Even if this is a summer fling…[Read more]

I feel like such a fraud. I’m wearing my “I Heart KR” shirt from Kmall24, and the only product in my current routine with snail secretion in it is the Ladykin snail cream that I use on my arms. Ba ha ha. I need a new snaily favorite. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Sometimes, internet lust let’s you down. In early April, I started seeing pictures of the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum with Plum Blossom in the pretty pink and white bottle. My heart skipped several beats, and I tracked down a reputable eBay seller and bought the four-piece kit in the deluxe sample size (about $28). I wish I could say I’m thrilled with it, but I’m honestly pretty sad that it doesn’t have the characteristic Sulwhasoo fragrance or even a hint of plum blossom in it. The water is just plain meh; the serum is sticky AF, and while I like the cream’s pretty pink color and texture, it doesn’t thrill me the way I wanted it to (Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream reigns…[Read more]

I have to credit cocopark for turning me on to Clio’s makeup products. While I work from home, I love a good lippie. The Clio Lip Syrup is sooo yummy. I wear #5 Pink Syndrome, which has a hint of coral in it. It tastes like watermelon when you first apply it, but what makes it special is the texture. It really does feel like syrup. Now, if you’re looking for long-lasting color, this won’t work, but if you want something that feels silky not sticky and looks super shiny, give this a try. It’s definitely my favorite spring color. <3

Does anyone else mix products on the fly to make an all-in-one to shorten their routine? It’s getting hot here in the So. Cal. mountains, and I’m blending Hadalabo Hyaluronic Premium with Holy Snails Honey Shark and Zymogen Centella Ferment Essence. I mix them in my hand and apply ’em all at once. My own personal AIO. I’d love to know what other people are blending. Please share!