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Jude Chao  Blogger, podcaster @thesnailcast, Director of Marketing @beautytapofficial. #Skincare fanatic, #kbeauty fan.

The last time I stayed here was for a KCON panel, so it's funny that another Kpop-related reason brings me back to this hotel: @jessica.syj's appearance tomorrow for @blancandeclare_official and @beautytapofficial at the Purist pop-up! Obviously I'm not going to skimp on #skincare before that, so here's tonight's post-cleanse #skincareroutine.
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All products provided by my job except the Miss O mask, which was provided by @beautibi, and the #Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX, which I bought.
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Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water
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Miss O "Long Night" sheet mask
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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion
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#Sum37 Secret Repair Concentrated Eye Cream
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#HistoryofWhoo In Yang Neck and Face Sleeping Repair Pack (thanks to @beautyandthecat for turning me on to this!)
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#kbeauty #hanbang

Because it's #nationalpetday, I'd like to introduce you to the lizard that got stuck in my house for two days after hitching a ride in on a broom. This silly fucker was found exploring my bathroom and is now back outside where he belongs, except I keep thinking about him and hoping he's okay. I would have kept him if I'd thought it would be better for his life!

In honor of the new #Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water being the Dailytap deal of the day at my job @beautytapofficial, here are my early impressions after two weeks of twice-daily use!
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Products provided by my job.
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Billed as an #antiaging toner, the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water has a thick, almost milky, gel-like consistency--it feels more like a serum than a toner.
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The ultra-thick consistency of the product actually lends to the one major complaint I have about it: the shaker bottle is not really the best way to dispense something this thick. Shaker bottles are best for very thin and runny, watery products. The Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water's beautiful, heavy glass bottle feels like a fancy Shake Weight(TM) as I violently shake product out onto my hand.
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With that being said, the product? Whew. It's everything I hoped it would be. While it takes a while to sink in, once it does, it leaves my skin looking extra firm and plump, with a highly moisturized luster at the surface. This product also mildly stimulates circulation in my face, so my cheeks get both bouncy and glowy.
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It smells as you would expect, ginsengy, but in a softer and fresher way than the Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum. Mr. Fiddy doesn't complain about the scent when I put this on the way he used to when I'd put on the serum.
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The thickness and ginsengy goodness of this product make me think it could have sold well as a sort of beginner ginseng serum. I'm glad they'v'e packaged it as a toner though, because bottles of toner come with way more product than bottles of serum.
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I use this immediately after my First Care Activating Serum EX in the evening and on a totally clean face in the morning. In the morning, I've been following up with the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion, which is one of only two emulsions that I like.
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We are experiencing some issues with the banner for this deal on our site homepage, but the Dailytap page and product page should be fine, and the $45 sale price (originally $80) is accurate.
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When is water more than water? When it's GINSENG WATER!
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Full ingredients are on our site and CosDNA.
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#kbeauty #hanbang #beautydeals

Why is it Monday again? Wasn't it Monday just last week?? Anyway, let's do a comparison of two trendy acid toners I've been trying for the last few months.
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#Krave product provided by @kravebeauty.
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Quick note: I give pH levels because pH affects the effectiveness of chemical exfoliants. Ideally, an acid exfoliant should have a pH between 3 and 4. Too high and it won't really exfoliate; too low and it will be more likely to irritate.
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First. #Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector. This tests at a pH between 3 and 4. Glossier's website states this product contains 10% of acids: lactic and glycolic (AHAs to exfoliate and smooth at the surface), salicylic (BHA to help clear pores), and gluconolactone (PHA, which is similar to AHAs but with larger molecules for less deep penetration and gentler action).
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Interestingly, the only acid for which Glossier gives a specific % on their website is salicylic, listed at 0.5%. Personally, I find 2% ideal, so that's really low, and I don't see concentrations for the other acids, so for all I know it could be 0.5% of AHA and the other 9% is all PHA.
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Which would explain why Solution doesn't seem to do anything for me except leave my face sticky and smelling (pleasantly, at least) medicinal. Boo. No discernible exfoliation or pore clearing.
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Krave Beauty's Kale-Lulu-yAHA acid toner also has a pH between 3 and 4. Unlike Glossier Solution, however, the 5.25% glycolic acid AHA in this actually does something! I can only use this about 4x a week--more than that and I get a bit overexfoliated. With moderate use, it keeps my skin nice and smooth and has helped surface some clogs I had.
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I also find Kale-Lalu-yAHA non-irritating. Could be due to the soothing extracts and panthenol in the formulation. I will end up finishing this bottle happily. Good job, @liahyoo!
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The bunny was a gift from @mizliu and is meant to hold cotton balls! They stick out the hole in its backside like a fluffy cottontail. But I like Asian flat cotton pads, so my bunny's butt is not fluffy 😂
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Anyway, my preference is clear. Krave wins. Don't know what I'll do with my remaining Solution.
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Always use SPF when you're using an AHA!
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#skincare

I have the hiccups. (HIC!) Here's tonight's (HIC!) glorious post-cleanse (HIC!) #skincareroutine.
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PR samples: #Sulwhasoo ginseng water and emulsion and #Sum37 and Blanc & Eclare products provided by my job @beautytapofficial. Papa Recipe product provided by @paparecipe_official_us.
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#Glossier Solution acid toner. Mehhhh. I don't think this is doing anything for me.
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Curology 0.07% tretinoin/5% MAP/4% niacinamide #antiaging prescription. This does many things for me.
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Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water, a thick, serum-like toner that my skin is chugging like wine.
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Blanc & Eclare Serein Enriching Essence, a lightweight moisturizing layer.
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Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence--essential!
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Sheet mask is Papa Recipe Bombee Whitening Honey Mask Pack, which I like a lot for its calming powers and plumping hydration without sticky residue.
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Su:m37 Secret Repair Concentrated Eye Cream
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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion, the only emulsion so far that I've been able to actually layer under cream.
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Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Cream to finish off.
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Honey and ginseng sounds like a nice healing tea, now that I think about it.
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(HIC!)

Mega easy travel skincare and makeup for an overnight trip to L.A. We went to Universal Studios and had the best time!
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#sulwhasoo ginseng water and emulsion and #sum37, A'Pieu, and Romand products provided by my job @beautytapofficial.
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Cleanse: Handy little mini bottle of Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX. Whoops, I had forgotten how nice this is.
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Hydrator: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water, whose thick gel texture feels more like a serum.
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Moisturizer: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion. I don't usually like emulsions because they're often heavier feeling on me than creams, but this dries fast and silky.
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Sunscreen: A'Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel. Guess who didn't burn or tan after 9 hours at Universal yesterday? ME.
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Cushion: Romand Perfect Innerlighting Cushion, shade 21. Coco @thebeautywolf is so right about this cushion. I dig the sheer feel and satiny finish. Sets really well and didn't smudge under my sunglasses.
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Brows: Still loving #shuuemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil in Stone Gray (NOT "STONE TRAY" WTF). Thanks for bringing this to my attention @musicalhouses!
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Cheeks: Naruko Rose Aqua Cubic Cushions Blush (I may have mangled the name and I think there is only one shade). Nice and easy natural flush.
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The Harry Potter rides at Universal were incredible!
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#kbeauty

Empties and new additions, #hanbang edition!
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#Sulwhasoo Timetreasure eye serum provided by @sulwhasoo.us; ginseng water, serum, and emulsion provided by my job @beautytapofficial. #Sum37 product also provided by my job.
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EMPTY: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Eye Serum. It took me a while to warm up to this product (even with the fancy schmancy gold-plated massager tool) because it took a while for the renovations to become visible. When they did, though, I was impressed with the reduction in crepiness around my eyes. The crepiness has crept back in the few weeks since I had to stop using this product because I ran out of it.
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REPLACEMENT: Su:m37 Secret Repair Concentrated Eye Cream. I liked this in sample foil form, where I found that it filled in fine lines nicely while drying matte and without greasiness. In the jar, it's a thick, dense, buttery smooth cream that I can't wait to start using.
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EMPTY: Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water EX. I have a backup anyway but wanted to try something new. I love the Essential Balancing Water for its redness-calming effects on me, but I'm super excited for what's up next...
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REPLACEMENT: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water! I have been lusting after this since I first saw it on Sulwhasoo's international website.
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EMPTY: Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum. The terrible feeling that came over me when I couldn't get any more product to come out of the bottle could have inspired an emo song. There's a review of this serum on my blog; link is in bio.
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REPLACEMENT: While not a direct replacement since it's not a serum, I'm pretty stoked to try the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion too.
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#kbeauty #luxurybeauty

LA #kbeauty fans, got any Thursday afternoon plans? If not, come hang out with me and the @beautytapofficial K-Beauty Squad at the Purist Pop-up at Westfield Century City! Try a free mask and get 25% off of all our items at the shop.
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And if you do have plans, blow them off and come anyway!

Warning: Today's full #beautyroutine contains a new rant about the 2017 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen. Proceed with caution.
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PR samples: #Amorepacific products provided by @amorepacific_us approximately 10 million years ago.
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Cleanse: Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel as a weekly lightly exfoliating deep cleanse. Also! I just talked about enzyme powder cleansers with @thefashionspotofficial. Link to their article is in my bio!
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Moisturizer: Okay. Here it is. I have torn my entire stash apart trying to find a moisturizer that will work well under the Biore sunscreen, which has a tendency to ball up and get powdery and weird when makeup is applied if used on anything but bare skin. Light FTEs and hydrating toners are okay, but anything heavier than that typically results in a mess.
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Today I tried it with Amorepacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel, and it worked out! Minimal pilling, and the Moisture Bound gel cream provides enough moisture so that the mattifying effects of the Biore sunscreen don't leave me looking dead. Too bad I'm almost out of this moisturizer. On the other hand, my A'Pieu restock should be here soon, so I won't have to worry about it anymore.
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I just got my lashes done again so want to avoid anything with oils in it around my eyes, so I used the AP moisturizer as eye cream too.
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Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, 2017 version. Sigh.
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That was it for the #skincareroutine. Today's makeup:
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#giorgioarmani Face Fabric foundation in shade 2. My HG.
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#shuuemura Hard Formula eyebrow pencil in Stone Gray. I've had this in the back of my mind ever since @musicalhouses reviewed it, and I love it! Much easier to use than Dipbrow and the shade works great for me.
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Jung Saem Mool Essential Cheek Blush in Pale Lavender. One of my favorite lavender blushes and definitely my favorite powder blush. Sheer but visible pigment and doesn't turn pink on me like many lavender blushes do.
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The succulents are as happy with the recent rain as I am with finally having found which moisturizer goes with this PITA sunscreen.

Midafternoon slump calls for caffeine, sunshine (WITH SPF), and succulents! #succulents #succulove

Behold: an "I have no time but I still want to take care of my skin" morning #skincareroutine.
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#Holysnails product gifted by my alternate universe self Chel of @holysnails. #Cosrx product provided by @cosrx. Hatomugi product provided by @beautybysunrise.
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Holy Snails Kadi Foaming Cleanser. Am pretty confident this is the world's only honey-infused, low pH, self foaming #Kaisoo themed cleanser.
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Quick spritz of Cosrx Low pH PHA Barrier Mist as a sort of hurried, no-contact toner for some hydration.
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Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel, which I'm liking for its scentless simplicity and ability to give me smooth skin texture and a bit of moisture while sinking in as fast as a serum.
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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (2017 version). OKAY. Story time. I thought I had found an Amazon seller who was still carrying the 2015 version, since they had a listing that specifically makes you choose between the 2015 and 2017 formulas. Sadly, when I opened the package yesterday, I found...the 2017 version.
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It's not as white casty this time around as I remember it being, possibly because I had been (unhappily) using a very white casty sunscreen for the last few days and the comparison is favorable to the Biore. However, it still doesn't sit as well under makeup for me as either the old Watery Essence or my usual A'Pieu sun gel and sun cream. There's a bit of pilling and no glow. Welp. That'll teach me to forget to order more sunscreen until it's too late.
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#rasianbeauty

Be good to yourself in whatever way is best for you, whether it's exercise, entertainment, travel, skincare, or, in my case today, a plate of glorious beef carpaccio ❤️

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