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  • My Afternoon With Jin Soon

    Every beauty product has its charms, and I love trying them all out. If you have lived in L.A. long enough, you will start to notice Angelenos all lean toward the organic, toxic-free, vegan products. We like it if it's clean, green, and beautifully packaged. So when I found out about Jin Soon Choi's line of polishes, I had to learn more. 

    Jin Soon is a fashion and editorial manicurist based out of New York City, and is one of the best artists in the industry. I have just recently become familiar with her work, and was thrilled to be able to spend an afternoon with her at Space.NK. She was showcasing her latest collection to beauty editors, and I gave them the luxury Jin Soon treatment with nail art from her lookbook. 

    As you can see, the colors are super vibrant and very summery and fabulous.

    The consistency of this VEGAN polish is just the right amount liquid and just the right amount not.

    It goes on just thin enough, and I heard from the woman who works at Space.NK that using Jin's base coat with her manicures made her nails longer and stronger after a few weeks.

    This stuff is legit. 

    I look forward to using Jin Soon in my nail kit, and am so excited for the next collection! Thanks to Nail it! Magazine, Nails Magazine, and Jin Soon for the photos!

    Where to buy: Space.NK, Nordstrom, Sephora, Net-a-porter, JinSoon.com

    Price: $18 per bottle (most polishes) 

  • You'll Find These In My Purse At All Times

    There are some beauty products that are special top counter skin delicacies, and then there are the sweet minis I can keep with me at all times. The spotlight today is on my purse pack, the bundle of products I can't live without!

    First off is a hand moisturizer, Deborah Lippmann's Rich Girl Hand Cream. Most manicurists I know use this on the regular, and it has the freshest light scent of any high end lotion I have tried. It has SPF 25 protection, so I will usually put it on before driving in the Los Angeles sun to or from work. Since it is a cream and not a lotion, you don't need more than a small squeeze of this stuff to moisturize and protect your hands.

    Second is a lip balm, Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm For Lips. I know, it sounds freaky and gross, but this product is specially formulated for extra chapped lips, not nips. However, if you're a breastfeeding mama, this 100% natural balm will be your best friend. It is hypoallergenic, tasteless and scent-free.
    For a daily moisturizer in the wintertime, this is a winner. It is also man-friendly,
    and can be used as a non-girly cuticle balm to make your man's hands look great!
    And men love a little pampering if they're being honest.  
    (I have posted about this product before, see articles below for more info!)

    The third and final product I can't leave the house without is my 100% Tea Tree oil. This is my magic potion, my savior, my secret weapon. I use it primarily for blemish control. On my no work, no makeup days, when I look in the mirror and see a blemish on my face, I literally can't even. Just a dab of the non-diluted oil on the blemish a couple of times a day will clear that baby out in no time. It is also a great stress-reliever. A couple of drops in the palms, rubbed together, then inhaled in three deep breaths will relieve tension and refresh a tired body. 

    And that is all, folks! Let me know what you think of these if you've tried them! I plan to continue writing about my new beauty finds, so stay tuned for more interesting products and life things!

    xo,

    KM

  • Beauty Products of the Moment

    As a broke girl in my early twenties, I do love a good multi-tasking product. I also love taking good care of myself, so when hunting for my next fave thing I keep a reasonable (not cheap) price point in mind. My mom taught me to never buy drugstore brand skin care, and the few times I have I've regretted it. You really get what you pay for, and investing in the better product will reap more benefits for you in the longrun.

    There are three products I am loving lately. They are my 2014 game changers. Let me tell you all about them so you can go buy and become addicted too:

    1. Earth tu Face - EYE/REPAIR SERUM   Anti-Aging+Restorative / Sea Buckthorn+Geranium 

    This stuff is magic. And it smells like a heavenly garden. It comes in a small package, but packs a large punch! You only need a tiny amount of this powerful potion to see a difference in your skin. 

    I first discovered it at Beverly HIlls salon Olive & June, where they use it as a cuticle oil in their Margot (organic) mani+pedi. And to be honest, I use it primarily as cuticle oil. Weird, right? 

    Just two drops covers both hands. Once you've divied out the serum, it's important to rub it in to each cuticle. This promotes circulation, will increase absorption, and make your nails look fabulous! Yes, I mean natural nails. Seriously, my nails after only a few uses were stronger and longer.

    If you're keeping this product to yourself, it will really last. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

    price: $56

    2. Dr. Jart - Ceramidin Cream

    This is the one product I give credit to for making my skin look dewy and glowy through the one week I should have looked my worst: New York Fashion Week. It was February, it was freezing, I was catching colds and gross sickness from the models. My skin was sad. 

    Luckily, I was working backstage at Opening Ceremony and Dr. Jart was one of the sponsors. I got hooked up with some Ceramidin Cream and got that right on my face. Immediately moisturizing. The next morning: still fully moisturized? YES. 

    Multi-tasking tip: use this on drying knuckles, cracking heels, elbows and cuticles. 

    Four important facts about this miracle cream that sets it apart:

    -It is allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin (yay, that's me!)
    -It is hypo-allergenic; medical tests deem it safe for infant use
    -Ceramide enhances skin's protective barrier to protect against external stimulation
    -26 hour lasting moisture

    I'm liking what I see with this one, so I think it's going to become a staple on my beauty shelf.

    price: $48

    3. Dr. Lipp - Original Nipple Balm for Lips

    I was not only weirded out, but skeptical of this one at first. Nipple balm? Won't that be too much like a thick salve on my lips? Ew.

    But no, it is indeed a great product that I need to order more of. You need such a small amount to moisturize lips, and it doesn't feel thick or overdone. It's unscented and has natural ingredients, so natural-ly I love it! I apply right before bed, and my lips aren't all dry and cracked when I wake up. Vaseline was my go-to for a while, but I would wake up with vaseline smeared all over my upper lip and chin. Attractive, I know.

    Multi-tasking tip: good for use on sunburns, cuticles, split ends, and diaper rash (if you're a mom)

    Also, I was on a photoshoot with Robin Black of Beauty is Boring (beautyisboring.com) and she whipped this out of her purse and used it. So if the makeup pro is using it, it's real cool. 

    I can't wait to get this back on my nightstand, and I hope you'll try it out too!

    price: $14.50

    Let me know what you think, friends! 
    Best of luck on your beauty finds!

  • Chloé Hosts First LA Fashion Show

    No fashion house defies logic in their creation of such clean silhouettes quite like Chloé does. Each piece is stunning, and any outfit with Chloé just screams chic minimalism. I counted myself lucky to be a part of the glam squad takeover at the Brody House this past week. 

    The house was decorated with actors, fashion editors, bloggers, and stylists. A troop of men guarded the driveway. Only the names on the list could pass. It brought a whole new meaning to kicking ass and taking names

    January Jones was the hostess for the evening, and Haim the band did a special performance. Fresh oysters, hors d'eurves, and cocktails were served. It was a true Hollywood evening, and I had so much fun!

     

    What we did for the models' nails was very natural and clean. We used Zoya products on everyone, and kept it as close to the models' natural nail color as possible. I also did Alana (above picture-left)'s manicure, and we used Zoya's Godiva on her. It was the perfect slightly shimmery nude. 

    I would dream about being at events like this 3 years ago, and now I'm there, backstage, in the action. I won't say I've made it because I haven't, but I will say I'm beginning to enjoy the ride

    images:  http://www.vogue.com/parties/chloe-hosts-a-spring-2014-runway-show-in-la/ 

  • Salvatore Ferragamo Fashion Show LA

    10/17/13


    Welcome to my life. 

    Today, I was lucky enough to be lead manicurist for a private showing of Ferragamo's Spring '14 collection at the opening gala for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Our nail team consisted of seven nail gurus from Olive & June. The best of the best models were flown in from all over the world to walk the custom-built runway that ran the length of a long, elegant dinner hall. 

    At every table could be found celebrities and well-known figures from Gwen Stefani to Jodie Foster to Dev Patel. Co-chairs of the evening were none other than Brad Pitt and Robert Redford. The opening gala was reminiscent of the opening scene in Titanic where Kate walks on the ship and everything is brand new, untouched, shiny, clean. 

    But that's not the exciting part.
    The exciting part is what was going on backstage, the juicy unknown. 

    The setup was of course Hollywood style: in trailers. One for makeup, two for hair, none for nails. The models trickled in, and I felt at home as I saw familiar faces. Since Ferragamo is an Italian brand, the nails had to stay consistent to European fashion, which would be...guess it...drumroll...bare. We went with a beige-to-nothing look. And how perfect it looked with the collection. 

    The look: Butter London Nail Foundation (2 coats) + Seche Vite Top Coat 

    The models: hilarious

    The clothes: beige + structured for days

    The atmosphere: hairspray haze

    The food: steak + red wine

    The open bar: pinot noir + cabernet sauvignon 

    The flowers: pink peonies

    The red carpet: beige