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August 22, 2014

Eye Candy : Song Hye Kyo & Kang Dong Won for Vogue


Dating rumors quickly sparked when Song Hye Kyo and Kang Dong Won were spotted together in Paris back in May. Their agency denied them and issued a statement that they were just there for work. Now all is revealed in this visually stunning editorial entitled One Fine Day photographed by Hong Jang Hyun for the September issue of Vogue Korea. This ridiculously gorgeous pair are both decked out in Dior. I'm loving Hye Kyo's sixties style hair and makeup and only Dong Won can pull off some of these looks with his lanky frame and quirky charm. Some of the photos look like they could be stills from a stylish caper film. Their easy chemistry is very apparent here and they look extremely good together. Almost makes one wish those dating rumors were true...

These A-list stars are currently promoting My Palpitating Life which marks their second time working together. Based upon the novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of a young couple who are raising a child with progeria syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes premature accelerated aging. From the press I've seen, this adaption sounds like it will have plenty of heart with touches of humor and it looks to be abit of a tearjerker as well. The heartwarming looking movie posters can be found at the end of this post and here is a link to watch the trailer. Be sure to click the cc button for English subtitles.

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August 20, 2014

Birchbox BYOB Review

Build Your Own Birchbox

Following up on my shop tour of the Birchbox SoHo store in NYC, here are the details on the products I chose for my BYOB. The Build Your Own Birchbox feature lets you select the color of your box along with five samples from these categories: body & nails, skincare, fragrance, hair and makeup for $15. Yes it costs $5 more than the subscription Birchbox you receive in the mail but you get the products of your choice and it's instant gratification, not to mention it's a fun experience. From a value standpoint, I think it's definitely worth it as the Klorane Dry Shampoo I got sells for $9 on it's own and you still get the benefit of trying before you buy. Now onto the products...  I think may have discovered a few gems. Have you tried any of these?

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner



August 18, 2014

Shop Tour : Birchbox Soho Store

Birchbox Store Review

Birchbox which is known for their monthly subscription beauty box service recently opened their first retail store in Soho, New York. The spacious and well lit two level shop is a veritable haven for any beauty lover. They offer a wide selection of brands including a range of natural and organic ones as well as a number of products which are exclusive to Birchbox. There are testers provided for everything and the products are organized by type rather than by brand making it easy to navigate and shop. It's really helpful to see all the offerings in one category grouped together and makes it simple to do quick comparisons if you're trying to decide between two products. There's also a section devoted to Birchbox Man for the guys. And it doesn't stop with beauty as I noticed that they also carry a nice selection of lifestyle products.

They have a Try Bar that lets you sample current hot trends. The Beauty Workshop on the lower level offers hair, makeup and nail services with manicures starting at just $10. My favorite area of the store had to be the BYOB (Build Your Own Birchbox) area. With the help of Reena, an extremely friendly and knowledgeable consultant, I was able to custom build my own box for $15. You get to select the color of your box along with five samples from these categories: body & nails, skincare, fragrance, hair and makeup. And you get to take it home right away. Reena was great about helping me make my choices and also gave me advice on how to use them. She even gave me her email there in case I had any follow-up questions on the products. Now that's service! You can peek it at the end here and in my next post I'll be reviewing the products I got in my custom Birchbox.

I found the Birchbox experience to be quite chill which is a refreshing change from Sephora where the atmosphere can really be a little frenetic at times. The environment definitely encourages customers to shop, sample and learn at your own pace. I like how you can explore on your own and help is also readily available. This store is a fantastic addition to the NYC beauty scene and I definitely plan to visit again and maybe try out the beauty services. I also now have another store to drop by when I happen to be in the area. For Birchbox subscribers, you can use your points when you shop here.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox or any other subscription beauty boxes?

Birchbox SoHo
433 West Broadway (Prince & Spring)
New York City
212.966.5395



August 15, 2014

Style Crush : Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba wearing Antonio Berardi Pink Dress, Jessica Alba wearing Katherine Kidd

Jessica Alba has had a busy week in New York City promoting her movie Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and she has sure looked stylish while doing it. The actress wore the prettiest pastel pink dress for an appearance on Good Morning America. The patterned Antonio Berardi Resort 2015 midi length frock was both figure flattering and summer perfect. The ultra feminine look was completed with a pair of metallic silver Brian Atwood platform sandals. She dropped by 106 & Park the day after in a burgundy Katherine Kidd Fall 2014 high waisted skirt paired with a black bustier and satin trimmed blazer. Her Giuseppe Zanotti Safety Pin sandals gave the fall-like outfit a bit of an edge. I really like how her ladylike and polished sense of style translates through these decidedly different looks and that she carried the same Saint Laurent graphic print clutch with both. What do you think of these looks? Which one do you prefer?

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Photo Source: Getty/TNYF



August 13, 2014

Sephora Giftcard Giveaway


A few items currently on my wishlist from Sephora...
Bite Beauty BB for Lips || Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con Plush Shadow || Urban Decay Naked Flush || Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder || MD Perricone No Blush Blush || Formula X Dry Nail Drying Drops || tenoverten The Foundation Base Coat || Sephora Super Smoothing Lip Butter || Supergoop Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil || Ren Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm || Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask || AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System || Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Purifying Masks

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