Currently Obsessed: Tatcha

Previously on Currently Obsessed:

The first step was the Camellia Oil. I couldn’t help but be skeptical – how can an oil be used as a cleanser? Part of my face was oily, so why use oil to clean it away? But because I wanted to have GEISHA BABY SKIN, I went ahead and massaged my face with the stuff as instructed.

20 seconds later, it was time to wash the stuff off. Holy. Shit.

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Happy New Year!

Hello again, Beautiful Blossoms!

I just wanted to pop in and say Happy New Year’s since it’s the end of 2015 and I’m sure half the world’s already greeted the New Year with much gusto.

I’m looking forward to blogging more for this site in 2016,now that I’ve finally figured out what I want it to be.

Happy New Year from NYC!

BBA is back… well, sort of.

Hello everyone!

Yes, I am officially back on board… well, sort of. I did say I was going to go on a hiatus to take some personal time off to deal with personal issues – the biggest one being my now ex boyfriend cheating on me. Twice.

That aside, I am hoping to be back soon and Blossom Beautiful Aesthetics is going to be headed in a different direction – I am no longer in the direct selling business and no longer advertising Motives products, so you won’t be seeing anymore Motives-related stuff. In fact, I had to throw them away because they’ve expired. ^ ^

The site should go back to active status slowly… and I’ve also been on a makeup binge like crazy – wait until you see my current makeup train case and the stash of stuff inside it!

I hope to see you in the next entry!

The Raised Eyebrow: K-Beauty? Dewy Look?

Author’s Note: I didn’t realize that I ended up posting what should have been a blog entry as a blog page. Shit, I was REALLY out of it more than I realized.

So I’ll have to make up for this snafu somehow. And Happy Easter!

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So I came across the following today on Yahoo! :Why K-Beauty Is the Holy Grail of Skincare. I read through it and I found it to be interesting. But it’s also got me raising an eyebrow at the fact that a “porcelain, dewy look” that Koreans work on achieving, as much as possible on any given day, is now the rage. And what I understand from the article is that if American women were to buy these Korean beauty products, supposedly hitting the happy medium of high-quality and low price, they’ll achieve the highly-prized East Asian aesthetic of “porcelain, dewy look.”

Now, I was born in an Asian country and lived in it for 11 years. Not once did I ever see an East Asian beauty poster featuring a dark or tan-skinned woman. All of them were pale-skinned or white with no imperfections whatsoever – no acne scar, no Moon crater, no redness (unless it was a blush), to name a few. Once in a while I’d see a mole but that’s about it. And their skin looked hydrated. And shiny.

Because I didn’t understand what a “porcelain, dewy look was,” I consulted Google for a visual. The description above was jolted when I saw Google’s answer to my inquiry. There was a subgroup titled “Korean,” so I clicked on it.

And my suspicion was confirmed: almost all pictures in the results page were East Asian women with skin that looked like they were born in bleach.

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Beauty Advice For Thought (BAFT): Budget Aesthetics

It’s no question that people are looking for the best value and price when it comes to their aesthetics. So when I came across the following article a little over a month ago, I had mixed feelings:

E.L.F Launches Affordable Skincare Collection (Yahoo! Beauty)

E.L.F is already known for their cheap (and I mean dirt cheap – their makeup brushes are at most $2-3 before taxes!) cosmetics line, but they figured that beauty isn’t just about makeup – it’s also about maintaining a healthy canvas that we all refer to as our skin. Yes, the skin is our personal canvas – the finished look is a testament to our cosmetic application skill. Damn, I just got wordy there. XD

Anywho, I wouldn’t be surprised if E.L.F.’s flagship store here in NYC starts carrying the company’s skincare line on their shelves. But I don’t see myself buying any of their skincare line anytime soon because I was severely disappointed by their makeup brush line. While it may seem unfair to compare skincare and makeup brushes (they’re practically apples and oranges), they do serve the same function: they are tools we use to create our personal aesthetic.

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The Raised Eyebrow: Brushes Brushes Everywhere!

Hi folks! Today, I’m going to take a break from my Motives Reviews Series to give the blog a fresh spin. I don’t want to get too focused on just reviewing products here because Blossom Beautiful Aesthetics is more than just a review blog: it’s a place to have fun and celebrate everyone’s natural beauty inside and out – regardless of what society has declared to be “aesthetically  beautiful” and what Photoshop comes up with.

So what’s with the entry title? The Raised Eyebrow is a series of blog entries about cosmetics that has me well… raising an eyebrow. Be it a trend or item, something about it just has me doing this:

evil media

Feeling adventurous today, I decided to explore the Internet for make-up brushes. Opinions will always vary on which make-up brush or brush set is the best, so I rely on the reviews with a little bit of salt. And what better place to start my search for make-up brushes than Amazon? Customer reviews are fairly thorough with product purchases, which is a big plus when shopping online.

For the heck of it, I typed “makeup brushes” to see what Amazon will deliver for me. Oh, they delivered alright – they just didn’t warn me that I’d end up with a raised eyebrow in the process.

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Natural Beauty… but at What Cost?

Here at Blossom Beautiful Aesthetics, I try to find a happy medium between empowering men and women with cosmetics that enhance their natural beauty, and price. Let’s face it: not everyone has access to a well-known celebrity budget and make-up tailored to their skin. Shoot, if I had the money of an A-lister, I’d make sure my money is well spent on make-up that works on my skin!

Recently, Kim Kardashian West (she IS married, after all) did an interview with Into the Gloss and disclosed her make-up routine. For all the flak that Kim gets for being “talentless” (what exactly constitutes a “talent” to the rest of society?), she’s a very skilled businesswoman – she’s a mover and shaker and those who are entertainment-savvy would do well to feature her as much as possible.

That point aside, I decided to check out the items that Mrs. West recommended in the interview. She did mention that she’s always experimenting, so there’s a good chance that when she decides to do another interview to disclose her make-up routine, there might be some different items featured. So I’m going to work with what she’s mentioned for now.

My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I checked out Kim’s go-to products.
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