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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

#latergram!! FINALLY got to meet the lovely Sophia @beauty_unplugged and Theresa @layers_of_toner a couple weeks ago!! And of course, I got to hang with my main gal pal Ashley @gamine.89 πŸ‘―. It was such a wonderful night gushing about our SOs, skincare, work... and of course all while drooling over this insanely yummy Thai food place that Ashley found. I wish the dinner could have never ended! #abfriends #abcommunity #rasianbeauty

When I first tried this stuff I was pissed. PISSED. I'm such a stupid sucker for pretty packaging and ferments, so quite predictably, this frosty bottle and it's 80+ fermented extracts (yes you read that correctly) called out my name so fiercely I couldn't throw my money at the register fast enough. πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ I hurried home and could not WAIT to drench my face in fermenty goodness. And then I woke up the next morning. My chin and entire jaw line were COVERED in tiny, micro pimples. Ugh. I could not believe I had just spent 80 fucking dollars on this stuff and as much as I love @imagebeautystore, they don't normally offer returns/exchanges on premium skincare. WITH ALL THAT SAID... I now love this stuff. I can't even believe what I'm saying, but after sitting on my vanity for about 8 months taunting me, I decided to give it another go. Not sure why... but I think it has to do with the fact that I feel actually pain at wasting anything. I cringed for the next morning's results and to my surprise, my skin was ok. So very tentatively, I kept using it... and I have to say... now I really, really like it. I've noticed much more nourished and resilient skin since I've been using it. My skin texture is also smoother and seems a bit brighter too. I also love the texture and another highlight? It absorbs soooo well and is super plumping/hydrating. That is such a huge plus for me. I usually apply 2-3 layers before bed and my skin always, always looks better the next morning. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of that massive breakout in the beginning. I know @fanserviced had a similar experience. Have you guys tried @sum37_official Secret Essence. If so, what has your experience/s been?
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This stuff is BOMB. Bommmmmbbbb. But seriously guys, this Supreme Salve (the name is really fitting) from @simplistic_skin is by far my favorite product right now. I'll admit it, I get bored easily and am not wowed by much anymore (except, unfortunately for my wallet, the great SKII... but that's another conversation). So for that reason, it takes A LOT for anything to really stand out. But this my friends... THIS stuff right here has become a product lifer. Meaning, I never want to be without it in my life. I've been searching for that perfect nighttime-skin-saving-exfoliating (but yet moisturizing) balm and this is definitely it. It's perfect blend of AHA/BHAs help remove dead skin cells over night, it is nicely moisturizing, never leaves my skin dry AND, I always wake up with softer, clearer skin in the morning. It has also improved my skin texture pretty drastically since I've started using it. So I'm not here to give a super detailed product review. I'm just here to sing this wonderful product's praises and tell you to try it for yourself!! AND I would never have tried this stuff if it weren't these badass babes: so shout outs go to, firstly, the amazingly awesome @peachkao and @thebeautybalance, who hosted the best meet up over the summer. And Jen at @beautibi who generously gave each of us a tube of this miracle stuff. But seriously, Jen knows her stuff and is a meticulous curator, so hop onto the website and see what else she has in stock!!
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I think many of you would agree with me when I say it takes A LOT for a sheet mask to stand out. I've been sheet masking regularly for over two years now and I love sheet masking... but they all seem to blend together. Of course I have my favorites, but it needs to be a very special mask for me to rave to the world about. Especially with my collection at a staggering 300+ masks.
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This mask was one of them: @regencosmetic Plastic Skin Solution Double-Effect Collagen Care Mask
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I have a small face and this mask fit me like a glove. I loooovveed the super, super soft microfiber material too. It was a bit on the thicker side but I loved it. So comforting to wear- like a blanket for my face!! The microfiber is said to hold more essence and fit similar to a hydrogel. I would have to agree. I'm also finding that I much prefer a very soft, pliable thicker material over really thin silk or tencl masks these days. I tend to get better results too. It also had an inoffensive scent, which is a huge plus to me.
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The results were amazing. The mask contains two kinds of collagen (acasia and soluble) which REALLY plumped my skin and made it feel stronger and more firm, which more elasticity. In addition to the two collagens, the mask essence contains:
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Halophyte: a plant that grows in a very salty soul and contains a complex of multi-minerals
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R&5 complex- which is a combination of the nutrients and vitamins in paprika, walnut, blueberry, aloe and mushroom
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Other notable ingredients: propolis, fruta ferment filtrate, chamomile flower water and adenosine
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Giving this mask a 5/5 and a spot on my favorites list!!! I purchased this at Maneko Neki for $5. A bit pricey but 100% worth it!!
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🌟R E V I E W🌟
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@troiareuke_korea Aesthetic Cushion
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Ok I'll be honest. Ever since @gamine.beauty gifted me the most amazing BB Cream from IPKN, I've been obsessed with it and pretty much only use that as my base makeup. With that said, I've always been a fan of a good cushion and usually keep one in my bag for touch ups throughout the day. My initial first reactions of this cushion were pretty decent... but nothing life changing. I would like to change that opinion now for several reasons: over the last few weeks, I have found myself with less time and more on-the-go in the morning. So I turned back to this cushion. First of all, the coverage is amazing. Probably better coverage then any cushion I've ever used. The formula is creamy and dries pretty matte but with a very slight dewiness... which, btw, is my preferred coverage for a cushion. I feel like an ultra-dewy cushion never does the trick at covering the Rosacea I'm plagued with on my chin and nose. I'm also surprised at how well this moisturizes my skin, while still covering all of my blemishes and uneven skin tone. But what was ever MORE surprising to me was that I didn't need a touch up once!! The formula seems to sink right into my skin seamlessy, blending out the imperfections AND it lasts all day... all while balancing my sebum and oil production (since my t-zone can get oily by the end of the day). I think every effective product stems from good ingredients and a great formula and so me being the ingredient nerd that I am, became pretty excited to take a peek at the ingredients. I literally gasped out loud. I never gasp at a cushion's ingredients, but just take a look for yourself. This is pure skincare porn right here:
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πŸ’― 6 Peptides... SIX!! (including Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Tripeptide-10 Citrulline)... no wonder they call this cushion a Peptide cocktail
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GUYS!! I'm back. I missed you! I've had some health stuff come up... and work... and then life just kept getting in the way! But @gamine.beauty inspired me to make my way back. She's been such a great friend through all of my life changes! Ashley came to visit a couple times over the last couple weeks and I reaallyy just want her to move to LA! Can you guys help me talk her into it? (The third pic was for Halloween... btw. We went as 80s punk, but I kind of just ended up looking like a slutty school girl πŸ˜‚)... Oh and btw- LONG overdue reviews coming your way soon!

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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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)!!!

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