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Lotus & the Snail 🐌  Skincare obsessed and desperately trying to quench an insatiable thirst. Lets fall down the rabbit hole together. πŸ’Œ PR: Lotusandthesnail@gmail.com

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YIPES! I just realized how MIA I've been on here 😱 You probably didn't miss me but I sure missed you guys!!! I started a new job (ah the life of a freelancer 😏) so I have a ton of backed up reviews (expect to see those start to roll out this weekend), and I plan to do a lot better!! Decided to start the weekend off right with an #EMPTIES post (my favorite):
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βœ…#Daiso Cotton Puffs- my absolute favorite, all around effective and affordable cotton pads. I buy these in bulk every time I go to Daiso.
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βœ…#Yojiya Blotting Papers- my friend brought me handfuls of these blotting papers from Japan a couple years ago and I'm still going through them. I get a little sad as I empty each one because these are the BEST. And I'm down to the last 2 packs 😭😰
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βœ…#DrG Cleansing Water- love this cleansing water. It's gentle, effective and scentless. What more could
You want from a cleansing water?
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βœ…#fancl Mild Cleansing Oil- at this point, I have no plans to ever purchase a different cleansing oil. For me, this oil is absolute perfection. It's gentle and effective and always leaves my skin soft and happy. Every time I attempt to branch out and try something new, I always come back to this one. I think I'm on my 4th bottle now.
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βœ…#HadaLabo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing foam- I feel the same about this cleansing foam as I do the Fancl. To me, they are two perfect peas in a pod, and I never plan on deviating from the pair. Why mess with perfection?
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❌#Sooryehan Hyo Bidam Fermented Ginseng Toner- it didn't take much for my self control to crumble into a million pieces in front of me as I handed over my credit card. I saw "fermented ginseng" and that was it. I went home minus $55, and imagining all the wonderful things this fermented ginseng would do for my skin. Well, not all ginseng is created equal, which was clearly the case here. This was a nicely hydrating toner... and I felt like a princess using skincare from a deep red glass bottle with a gold embossed cap... but the benefits pretty much ended there. I would not repurchase this.
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Happy Birthday to my gal pal/ partner in crime/ other half of The Fox and the Snail/hot mess sista #2... aka the most all around, amazing friend- Chie!!! Love you Fox- till the stars fall from the sky 🌟🌟

Last week I attended the @beaut.chat beauty class and not only did I walk away with a greater knowledge of some of the best AB brands out there right now, but I got to meet some amazing ladies (as well as see some old friends!!). I LOVED our table (sorry this IG multiple photo thing cut Chie and part of Anna off!!) and wouldn't have changed a thing about the event. Also, my dear friend Ashley @gamine.beauty was an AMAZING host. I knew she'd do great, but I was honestly blown away at her vast knowledge of the products and her keen ability to pass along that knowledge in a clear, cohesive and fun way!! Another highlight: finally getting to meet the beautiful (inside and out) Chloe of @oneoseven_official. Here's something you may not know about ONEOSEVEN: did you know they donate 40% of their profits to help provide clean water for children in Africa. 40 PERCENT?!?! Now that's a company I want to support till the end of time. PS- check out the link in my bio for me and Chie's @the.brown.eyed.fox latest YouTube vid! Spoiler: it's ALL about the #Beautchatla event!!! AND we have a special (YouTube only) giveaway!! Is super easy to join so check out the link in my bio for the rules!! πŸ‘†πŸΌπŸ‘†πŸΌ
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#beautchat #beautyblogger #beautyevent #kbeauty #koreanskincare #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #rasianskincare #koreancosmetics #instabeauty #instaskincare #abcommunity #abfriends #beautydiary #skincarediary

Joint effort with my main gal pal @the.brown.eyed.fox πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’– after learning even more about @oneoseven_official, I now want to bath in (and guzzle) @hanegavinegar !!! #beautchatla

With Yuzu, Hinoki and Sandlewood -- this nail oil is meant to calm the senses. 7:15 symbolizes the time of day it's meant to be used!! It smells AMAZING and absorbs like a dream!! Thank you again @beaut.chat and @ukacojp for having us and @gamine.beauty for being an amazing host!!! #beautchatla

Thought it was time to clean out my purse again and see how many lippies I had in there.... Last time I did this it was 17, and now it's 21. Clearly I have a problem. I mean... do I really need every single Aritaum lip tint I own?! (Well, yes actually πŸ˜‚) Or, two of the EXACT same Trader Joe's lip balm (those are the shit, btw).
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In case you were curious, here's what was in my handbag...
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πŸ’‹#PeriPera Peri's Ink in No. 5
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πŸ’‹#Smiths Minted Rose Lip Balm
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πŸ’‹#Mamonde Highlight Lip Tint in No. 10 (Midnight Singer)
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πŸ’‹#Milani Power Lip Gloss Stain in No. 07 (Mango Tango) - these stains are a hidden drugstore gem.
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πŸ’‹#Mamonde Highlight Lip Tint in No. 9 (Number Memory)
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πŸ’‹#Amok Strongfix Lipstick in F008- one of the only lipsticks in my bag. Can you tell I'm not much of a lipstick person? I much prefer lip stains and balms. But this color is SO pretty.
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πŸ’‹#Aritaum Color Lasting Tint in No. 5 (So Hot Pink) - my favorite πŸ’–
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πŸ’‹#Aritaum Color Lasting Tint in No. 8 (Shy Orange)
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πŸ’‹#Aritaum Color Lasting Tint in No. 11 (Dancing Red)
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πŸ’‹#Aritaum Color Lasting Tint in No. 12 (Cherry Ade)
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πŸ’‹#CathyCat Water Grafitti Tint in No. 101
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πŸ’‹#Missha Line Friends (in Maple Latte)
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πŸ’‹#WetandWild Balm Stain (in Red-inactive) - still one my favorite lippies ever
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πŸ’‹#Mamonde Lip Balm in Pomegranate
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πŸ’‹#TooCoolForSchool Dinoplatz Lip Balm in #2 (Beet Jam) - Current favorite lip balm. LOVE this.
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πŸ’‹#Vaseline Honeylicious Lip Therapy in Queen Bee
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πŸ’‹#Benefit Lip Balm (Posie Balm)
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πŸ’‹#DHC Lip Cream
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πŸ’‹#TraderJoes Lip Balm Virtuoso X2
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πŸ’‹#TheHistoryofWhoo Lip Balm
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➑️ Let me know if you have any specific questions about anything!
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I'm tagging @gamine.beauty @the.brown.eyed.fox @lilchubmonkey @beautybemused @hellohimawarii @carouselmakeup and @champagneandsheetmasks to show me their handbag stash (has to be what is in there NOW. No excuses)!!!

Wanna know what my newest obsession is?? DEFINITELY these right here! These @3ce_official Drawing Lip Pens are bomb πŸ’‹πŸ’£. The pigment (and color selections!) are amazing and these literally last almost all day. They also fade really nicely, without any patchiness whatsoever, (which is a huge pet peeve of mine, with a lot of lipsticks). I do recommend using a lip mask the night before you want to wear one! They aren't too drying, but they will go on so much smoother, if your lips are nice and hydrated! πŸ’‹πŸ’„
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I got mine at @miibox for only $10 and I collect a new one every time I go there! (Bye money πŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ’Έ)
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Swipe left for swatches! I honest don't know which color I like more. They're all so pretty!
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❀️ Born Red
πŸ’Ÿ Mayhap
πŸ’˜ Crush On You
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Love this girl SO much and could not be HAPPIER for her!!! See, I told you @gamine.beauty would take the AB world by storm!! πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŒŸπŸ’–πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸΌ
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#Repost @gamine.beauty (@get_repost)
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✨[ANNOUNCEMENT] - @beaut.chat x @gamine.beauty // LA Event Collaboration ✨
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πŸ’•Good Evening All My Lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous Monday and a start to your week! I am currently typing this to you from a relaxing cabin in the redwoods in Sea Ranch, CA for a mini getaway for myself before a long work week. But I was so excited to announce this news and I just couldn’t wait another second!
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πŸ’„As many of you know and have seen in the IG AB Community - There is a new a BRAND NEW Beauty Channel in Town on Youtube and it’s gearing up to celebrate its debut in LA next month with a exciting beauty class…it’s name is @beaut.chat. BeautChat is a new Online Beauty Channel focused on delivering you the most up to date information in K-Beauty and beyond through product reviews, current trend watches, video tutorials, and much more!
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😨This is why I was completely ecstatic and shocked when BeautChat reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to host the upcoming LA Event Debut/Live Beauty Class on July 8th, 2017.
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😱I am so flabbergasted and honored simultaneously to be able to be apart of this event and share my knowledge and love of the participating brands with all of you through this hands on beauty class (yes ladies and gents! we get to play with these amazing products! Commence your ooooooo’s and ahhhhh’s now! haha!) All those in attendance will get to play with the well loved products from @oneoseven_official @instauka and @sep.beauty
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πŸ’Œβ€¦Oh and did I mention? All attendees will receive a Complimentary Gift Set! *commence heavy breathing*
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πŸ‘‰πŸ»This Beauty Class has a limited number of available spots so if you are interested in attending be sure to hop over to the @beaut.chat IG Account and submit your RSVP via Direct Messages or through e-mail at - mailto:beautchat@gmail.com!
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Can't WAIT to see you all there πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
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MASK #EMPTIES!! πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»
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❌#Kicho Phyto Refreshing Daily Mask- it's a shame the fit of this mask sucks so much, bc the results are actually quite nice. Thank you @ohlollybeauty 😘
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βœ…#Nohj Superfood Honey Mask- one of my all time favorites. I even like this more then the Papa Recipe Honey Mask.
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βœ…#Aritaum Bio Cellulose Soothing- if I RP'ed any of the masks from Aritaum's salon line, it would be this one. GREAT soothing mask.
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βœ…#Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Mask- one of my favorites. Never disappoints.
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❔#Leaders Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask- love the effects of this mask, but I just wish it was a better and softer fitting bio cellulose.
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❔#BRTC Morning Glory Stem Cell Mask- Awesome results- not so great of a fit.
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βœ…#TheCure Tea Tree Collagen Essence Mask- this one surprised me, as I wasn't expecting much. The material is SO soft and the results were pretty great too!
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βœ…#CompanyV Steam Milk Mask- love this mask. Creamy and perfectly soothing!
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βœ…#LJH Tea Tree Facial Mask- the mask version of one of my favorite essences and is also πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
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βœ…#3CE Water Wrapping Facial Mask- omg the material is SO SOFT. Results were pretty great too! Thank you @stillhungry02 😘
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βœ…#Leaders Balancing Recovery Mask- pretty great for soothing & balancing πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
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βœ…#Mediheal PDF A.C. Dressing Ampoule Mask- one of my favorite masks for breakouts.
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βœ…#Leaders Deep Aqua Moisturizing Mask- SO hydrating and nourishing.
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βœ…#MyScheming Raw Job's Tears Brightening Black Mask- YES. Nourishing and brightening. Can't get better then that.
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βœ…#DrJart- an all time favorite. Gives intense GLOW.
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βœ…#BotanicFarm Cherry Blossom Mask- this one surprised me! SUPER soft material and wonderful results! Thanks @botanic_farm 😘

🌟 R E V I E W 🌟
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@orptokyo Hot Cleansing Gel
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I freaking love this stuff. Like SO much. It's so warm and comforting... Like a big bowl of mac & cheese... Or a plate of hot hash browns that are crispy and have been browned to perfection (can you tell I'm a little hungry... and binging on @chefstablenetflix isn't helping...)
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But in all seriousness, I like to keep this in my shower because it's a HOT CLEANSING GEL. Meaning, it warms up on contact, and is the most perfect treat for after a long stressful day. It's energizing, and warming and comfortable and I will probably repurchase this forever and ever and ever. In all honesty though, I have to note- I don't think it would work that great alone, as a first cleanser (which is how @imagebeautystore told me to use it), so I personally like to use this after my oil cleanser and before my second (foam) cleanser... Just as an extra little treat, to give myself that extra cleanse, if I feel like it. I looooovveee the way it smells- like fresh grapefruit juice!! It's also super gentle, low PH, and free of synthetic perfumes, parabens, animal derived materials, ethanol, colorants, mineral oil and petroleum based surfactants! I mean... What more can you really ask for?
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This was a gift from @imagebeautystore during one of our LA meet ups. Thank you, thank you! 😘 I would have never have tried this on my own, but now I'm glad I did!!
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🌟 R E V I E W🌟
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Albion Skin Conditioner Essential (get ready for a long one... I have to a lot say about this!)
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Is it possible to fall in love with a toner? Sure, I've adored and liked many toners... But I don't think I've ever fallen head over heels, madly IN LOVE with one. Until now.
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I honestly am not sure I have the proper words to express how much I love this stuff... But I'm going to try my best, so here we go...
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First here's a little backstory for you: I have ALWAYS had sensitive skin. Sensitive and reactive. And I have unfortunate Rosacea flare ups. There are soooooo many products that people love and swear by that break me out or just don't do it for me (Sulwhasoo Overnight Mask is one of them *sobs into pillow* and I love Sulwhasoo too! What a shame...). I had never, ever found a product that TRULY helped my rosacea flare ups, until I tried this. (LJH Tea Tree Essence came the closest, btw). Anyway, whenever I go into an AB store, I always have the habit of asking the salesgirls what their favorite product is, and this was a recurring product that just kept coming up. Over SKII? Over Sulwhasoo? I kept asking, in disbelief. I just couldn't believe this unassuming looking bootle that looked like it came straight out of an 1980s magazine ad, was what everyone preferred.
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So I caved. I tried a smaller bottle first, because this stuff is not cheap. It's quite expensive actually. I was hooked within the week. I couldn't believe it.
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First of all, I have never seen my skin SO smooth, so soft, but not only that... this makes my complexion look so pretty and even and completely calms all my Rosacea or any patchy unevenness I have going on that day- or any day, for that matter! It's amazing at soothing inflammation and other skin stresses. This always leaves my skin supple, nourished and balanced. Over the course of using this, I can also confidently say my skin looks so much brighter and more plump!! I can't explain it any other way then just this: my skin is so happy when I use this.
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EMPTIES POST!!
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Ever since I realized my skin prefers simplicity, I've been going through a lot less products these days. My skin may be an expensive bitch, but at least she's selective!
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βœ… #Ryo Total Anti-Aging Shampoo- the shampoo that changed it all. This opened my eyes to Ryo, ginseng for my hair (hello bouncy, soft hair!) and just AB hair products in general.
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βœ… #illi Total Aging Care Scrub Wash- LOVE this stuff. The way it smells and how soft it makes my skin.
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βœ…#Bathclin Bath Salts/ box of 5 packets- a thousand times repurchasing this. Best bath salts ever. Not only were these super relaxing and smell amazing, but they also left my skin soft and smooth after my bath.
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❌#HeroinLong Scalp & Hair Care Treatment- I probably would never RP as a regular conditioner, but it was fine as my first conditioner in my CWC (condition, wash, condition) method that I do.
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βœ… #Naruko Face Renewal Miracle Essence- I love the texture of this and how it sinks in beautifully. At first I didn't think it was doing enough for me... Until I starting using it with the Albion Skin Conditioner, which is a GREAT combo for me. Always left my skin calm, even toned and happy!
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βœ…#Albion Skin Conditioner Essential- This product really needs an entire separate post (review coming soon!) because there are just too many many wonderful things I want to say about it. It's also probably my favorite product of 2017 (so far!)
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βœ…#BLab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Water- the perfect cleansing water. Gentle but yet effective and no scent! (Thank you Carmen @_daint for sending me this! 😘)
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βœ… #Yojiya Blotting Papers- the best blotting papers EVER. I'm so sad I only have one packet left 😭
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