#TheSelectsPopUp

#TheSelectsPopUp NYC: Shop Emerging K-Beauty and Fashion at The Selects

We have been obsessed with K-beauty brands every since we were first introduced to the Korean Beauty industry by Sephora in 2015. And in those three years, the K-Beauty industry in the US has exploded and it’s showing no signs of stopping. You already know we love emerging and indie brands, both in fashion and beauty; so of course,  we had to preview and shop the curated selection of the most anticipated Korean fashion and beauty brands at The Selects. Noted as NYC’s premier destination for emerging K-Beauty and Fashion, you will find all things K-Beauty and fashion at The Selects. Today, we’ll be concentrating on the amazing K-Beauty brands we saw at the #TheSelectsPopUp NYC.

The Selects, a collaborative project promotes Korean fashion designers and beauty brands. The goal of the pop-up is to help assist these innovative brands break into the US market. This will be the first time most of the designers will have retail exposure to US consumers. On the fashion side, ten of the most promising designers evolving in the Korean fashion industry are represented at the  #TheSelectsPopUp. They include Bmuet(te), Beyond Closet, The Centaur, Heohwan Simulation, Hidden Forest Market, KYE, LIE, Nohant, SWBD, and Wnderkammer.  On the beauty side, The Selects have partnered with ten K-beauty brands.

K-beauty is highly focused on health and hydration, and the ingredients are innovative and inspired by nature. The beauty brands highlighted and sold at the #TheSelectsPopUp include Agerin, IPKN, Jinsoon, Knours, Meg, Moart, SKINRx Lab, Too Cool for School, Vika and Whal Myung. They represent some of the best Korean skincare and makeup on the market, some of which are featured below:

We had the pleasure of attending a beauty demonstration by Seong Hee Park using some of these skincare and cosmetics k-beauty products. Check out our K-Beauty at The Selects IGTV story to see the video of this demonstration and below for photos of Seong Hee Park in action.

Throughout the time the pop-up will be open, there will be two raffles held each week, one will be a classic raffle and the other an Instagram contest for the best Instagram picture of the week tagged of The Selects pop-up. Winners will receive a basket of amazing K-beauty products.

The Korean beauty haven opened on October 26th and will remain open until November 14th. The #TheSelectsPopUp, located at 62 Greene Street, will be open Sunday-Thursday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Review: PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray

For the 10 of you that can effortlessly put on a screen protector on your smartphone with ease, you can bypass this post. For everyone else, we’ve got the answer to your unsteady hands, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung. Whether you’re always having issues applying your phone’s screen protector or doing it for the first time, this is what you need. Say goodbye to bubbling, uneven applications, and bits of dust that always seem to get stuck to the sticky side of your screen protector. The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung makes applying your screen protector as easy as counting to three.

Made just for the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, and S9+, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray for Samsung features curved tempered glass perfect for the curved screen of the Samsung Galaxy. The tempered glass is scratch resistant, precision engineered for touch and swiping, boasts high clarity, and is unmistakably easy to install. Thanks to this great smartphone tool, you’re left with a bubble-free, case fit-friendly device that retains its high definition screen. PureGear provides premium quality products at an affordable price; and for the first time in a long time, our screen looks as clear as when we first purchased our phone without losing touch sensitivity.

Don’t have a Samsung smartphone? No worries, the PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray is also available for iPhone, Motorola, LG, and Google devices. PureGear also has screen shield options for blue light protection, extreme impact protection, and anti-glare. They are the go-to for what you need in screen protection and mobile device accessories.

What are your thoughts on this PureGear Glass Screen Shield? Could mobile device use some extra protection?  The PureGear Glass Screen Shield with Perfect Alignment Tray, which retails for $44.99, is available on www.pure-gear.com, www.walmart.com, and www.jet.com.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Breaking Out During the Fall/Winter Seasons? Try These Acne Solutions

We don’t know about you guys but for some reason, every fall and winter, we experience intense acne breakouts. This may happen for many reasons. It may be due to the change in temperature, stronger winds, or just the colder, drier climate. Whatever the cause we notice it’s happened every year without fail and we’re not the only ones affected. It seems many of you are experiencing acne breakouts during the transition to the colder seasons. For those who do, we have acne solutions for you from Alba Botanica, Glo Skin Beauty, Kamedis, and Hero Cosmetics.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Let’s get to know these acne solutions that are sure to be your skin’s new best friends.

Alba Botanica Fast Fix for a Pimple: Kiss those blemishes goodbye naturally with this tinted botanical cream. this lightly tinted zit zapper with willow bark extract and sulfur instantly blurs the blemish while treating the underlying cause of acne.

Alba Botanica Pimple Patches: Don’t try to pop those pimples. Eliminate your pimples while protecting them from your germy hands with these small, transparent, pimple-sized hydrocolloid dots. Apply to your blemishes and see how it immediately starts to heal acne spots. The occlusive barrier prevents bacterial contamination and eliminates the urge to touch, pick or pop your pimples.

Glo Skin Beauty Clear Skin Set: Raise your hand if you experience skin congestion and breakouts! If you do then this set is for you. Decrease oil production and purify your skin by eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and healing breakouts with these clear skin essentials. This set includes a travel size Clear Skin Cleanser, Renew Serum, Oil Control Emulsion and retail size Protecting Powder SPF 20, so you can take it on-the-go.

Kamedis Clear Acne Kit: a set of three non-drying products formulated with botanical purslane that can be used together or individually. We met these powerful acne solutions at the most recent Beautypress event.

  • The Clear Acne Spot Treatment ($13.99) is a powerful gel treatment that is clinically proven to deliver clearer skin in only 12 hours.
  • Kamedis’s Clear Acne Face Moisturizer ($17.99) helps clear up oily skin symptoms like acne while working to prevent their recurrence and foster healthy, resilient skin.
  • The Clear Acne Face Cleanser ($10.99) is a lightly foaming, oil-free face wash that works to maintain a clear complexion. It’s good for adults and children as young as 10. It has no steroids, benzoyl peroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or dyes.

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+: We love the idea of using acne patches as go-to acne solutions; we much prefer using it as an alternative to acne creams. We love them so much we wanted to share another favorite. The Mighty Patch, which you remember we discovered during the Indie Beauty Expo,  uses the highest grade hydrocolloid to draw out pus and other impurities from your pimple. This reduces the blemish, speeds up the healing process all while protecting your skin.

Pop Icon: Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display

Remember the days of waiting for your Polaroid pictures to magically develop? While those days of shaking your Polaroid pictures are long gone, you can still experience the magic of instantly seeing your photos develop, but with a digital spin. The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera boasts a touchscreen display that makes it ideal for capturing all of your favorite moments in the 3.5 x 4.25″ instantly and with the Polaroid border format you grew up to love. We love that combination of the modern digital technology and the old school Polaroid technology. So just as before, all you have to do is just pose, snap and print your pictures — no computer or printer required!

What are some of the features you can enjoy with the Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display? This great holiday gifting gadget features ZINK Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos; a 3.97” color LCD touchscreen display (as you can see above); a 20.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Live Edit mode to personalize your pictures with various filters and stickers; the ability to edit, rotate, crop and draw on photos in Gallery; 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability; 15-second GIF recording capability to create your own gifs; Wi-Fi capability and a Self-timer; and even a photo-booth mode and digital zoom. Your photos and videos can be kept on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC (up to 128GB) and boasts a free Polaroid Print App for iOS and Android. The Polaroid Pop also boasts some great coordinating accessories which I’ve highlighted below.

Accessories for the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera include:

Glam on the go with Retro Photo Frames – $14.99

 

Not Your Mother’s Clothespin Frame – $12.99

 

Fun and Decorative Border Stickers, Magnets and Frames – $14.99

 

‘Tis the Season for Stylish Polaroid Pop Camera Cases – $19.99

Quilted Photo Album for Storing Life’s Special Moments – $14.99

 

Photo Booth – the Inescapable Centerpiece for Your Next Party – $39.99

The Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display comes in six colors – yellow, black, blue, mint green, pink, and white. It retails for $199.99 each on www.amazon.com. Now that you’ve seen its modern update, what are your thoughts on the update of this iconic camera?

Survival of the Sweetest: Cake Beauty Back-to-School Survival Bundle

Much like adulthood, back-to-school can sometimes be a jungle that champions the survivors. It’s not just survival of the fittest, it’s also the survival of the coolest. While your wardrobe may be on point, what about your beauty regime? For those looking to add the sweet smell of success to their back-to-school experience, check out the Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle. The bundle boasts some of Cake Beauty’s most coveted skincare and haircare products. Read on to get to know them:

The Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle includes:

  • The Grip Clip x5 ($12.00) – a set of 5 strong holding hair clips for effortless styling that adjusts to any hair type and texture
  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($3.99, travel size) – the best dry shampoo for dark hair to blonde locks. It leaves no white residue, boasts a lightweight formula, has no sticky hairspray feel, and adds volume to fine hair and lift flat hair.
  • Sweet Mint & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($6.00, travel size) – a deliciously scented hand cream that hydrates and moisturizes extra dry hands and cuticles. It is infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera to soothe, smooth, and nourish your hands.
  • Strawberry & Cream Body Powder ($16.00) – a delectable and truly unique, translucent, talc-free loose powder designed for hair and body. This silky, luxurious blend works to absorb oil while adding volume to your hair, and blends with any hair hue and skin type.
  • Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm ($9.00, travel size) – a rich, warm, french vanilla buttercream scented hand cream that melts into your skin instantly leaving it nourished and velvety smooth. Made with shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil, and green tea extract, it soothes, smooths, and hydrates dry hands and cuticles.
  • Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream ($6.00) – the intoxicating scent of citrus plus several rich antioxidants via a trio of essential oils, and shea butter help to hydrate, nourish, smooth out, and moisturize ultra dehydrated skin.
  • Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse ($6.00) – drench your body in our unique oil-intensive mousse, an exotic mix infused with raw Tahitian coconut elixir and rich mango butter, topped off with coconut and vanilla scents. It is whipped with precision and glides on effortlessly.
  • The Brush Crush ($15.00) – boasting high performing dual-bristles, prepare to achieve second-day hair greatness with a brush that detangles hair without pulling or tugging, smooths natural oils to promote hair health, and distributes dry shampoo for flawless application.

What are your thoughts on the Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle? Could these beauty products make your back-to-school experience a little sweeter?

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

Blue Velvet Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge

All hail innovations in beauty products. Ever since it first hit the market, the egg-shaped beauty sponge has become a staple in all our makeup bags. Although we’ve used many, available in a variety of colors, we’re excited about this lovely pale blue beauty. Why? Because of what it’s made of. The JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge is the ultra-soft, dual layer sponge that saves you 50%-70% of your makeup and perfectly blends everything.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

So what makes the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge the best out of the bunch? If you’re looking for a more natural, airbrushed foundation finish the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge is your go-to. With your JUNO Microfiber Sponge, you can use it wet or dry. Wet the sponge for a flawless natural look or keep it dry for thicker, full coverage application. Thanks to its dual-layer, the non-abrasive Microfiber (microscopic, small fibers) and traditional antimicrobial makeup blender, you can use the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge as a brush or blender.  This also allows your makeup to sit on top of the sponge, and just like a brush, you end up using less product.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

The JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge’s velvet-soft microfiber bristles and slanted edge make for controlled stippling which provides buildable coverage, fast. Check out the flawless application of my makeup in the above photo on the right. How popular is this blue velvet beauty tool? The JUNO Microfiber Fusion Sponge has already sold over 150,000 in just three months.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

“Thanks to the rising trend of contouring and expensive makeup sponges, the need for professional makeup tools have definitely been on the rise and so have their prices,” says Mira Torres, co-founder of JUNO & Co. “With makeup sponges and brushes being sold for over $20 a piece, we want to create innovative and affordable products accessible to everyone. That’s how our collection of JUNO Microfiber Makeup Sponges started.”

As previously stated, you can use this innovative beauty sponge dry. You can apply powder and bake regardless of how dry the sponge is. Its pointy tip also makes it perfect for all areas around the delicate skin around the eye. Get one or more of this hybrid brush and sponge for $6.99 each on www.thejuno.co.

Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Think Pink: 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Today we’re featuring a peel-off mask that combines two of our favorite things – great skincare and the antioxidant power of tropical fruits.  If you haven’t yet, you will soon hear about the powerful benefits of guava – starting right here. Along with its unique flavor and fragrance, guava is touted as a superfruit, thanks to its numerous health benefits. It also boasts a ton of nutrients like vitamin C, lycopene, and antioxidants. All of these nutrients are amazing for your skin and are all found in the wonderful 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask.

Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

This newest addition to the 7th Heaven mask line boasts vitamin c, antioxidant-rich guava fruit, mangosteen fruit, apple, and pear.  This medley of fruit-derived ingredients delivers super soft, clean, even-toned skin, while also reducing redness and fighting acne. The 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask deep cleanses, refines and purifies pores to keep skin clear and free of dark spots. Its peel-off formula lifts away dead skin cells, and naturally exfoliates your skin, helping to remove dirt and oil. We love the feeling everything about this mask, from its wonderful scent to its cooling feeling and invigorating effect.

Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Its great for oily and combination skin and comes in single-serve, travel-friendly pouches that you can literally take anywhere with you. We promise you will love the fruity fresh 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask. You’ll love how soft, supple, and clean it leaves your skin. Like all 7th Heaven masks, the Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask is natural, cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny/BUAV/PETA approved! Each single sachet pouch is for one-time use and retails for $1.99 each. It’s a must if you want to achieve spa-like results, most importantly, for a fraction of the cost.

Could your skincare regime use a bit of a tropical escape? We highly recommend adding this soothing and antioxidant mask to your beauty arsenal, because we all could use an escape.

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

With Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks, Glowing Skin Is Always In

Move over you sheet masks and make room for some great peel-off masks. While you may already be familiar with the classic black mud or charcoal masks, we want to introduce you to the amazing peel-off masks from Global Beauty Care. With a vast array of facial masks under the brands Global Beauty Care Premium, Spascriptions and So Fresh So Clean, you’ll see why you can just peel your way to glowing skin with Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

We have been having way too much fun with these gel masks and our skin is loving every moment of it. Unfortunately, we are cursed with large pores and very oily skin but thanks to these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Face Mask, $9.99

SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. Forget the fact that it’s super fun being covered in glitter, this peel-off mask is infused with charcoal to smoothe and brighten your skin. Plus it minimizes our pores, is PH balanced, paraben-free, contains no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and is not tested on animals. Check out the fun we had with this glitter peel-off mask on Instagram.

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask, $9.99

So Fresh So Clean Peel-Off Charcoal Mask

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. The formula contains: Charcoal, which acts as a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling dirt; Green Tea and Witch Hazel help to unclog pores and purify skin; Cucumber and Chamomile to help to condition and soothe skin; Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid help to control oil and acne; Aloe Vera and Vitamin E help to moisturize skin; and Vitamin C helps to brighten skin.

Global Beauty Care Premium Rose, Gold & Cucumber Gel Face Masks, $12.99

Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks

This skin-loving trio are not actually peel-off masks but we love using them after using the above peel-offs. The Rose Gel Face Mask is a powerful facial treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. It contains Rose oil extracted directly from the petals of roses. The oil is an anti-inflammatory agent and tissue regenerator loaded with therapeutic benefits for the skin.

The Gold Gel Face Mask is a luxurious anti-aging skin treatment. Infused with Gold extract, it is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles by firming and toning the skin. This amazing gold gel mask also offers intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin. Pamper yourself with the luxury of gold for a flawless, luminous and radiant looking complexion!

The Cucumber Gel Face Mask gently draws out dirt and impurities from clogged pores and lifts away dead skin cells. The cucumber extract soothes and cools your skin and helps to ease puffiness. The unique blend of moisturizers leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky. Your face will feel clean, refreshed and revitalized!

You’ll love these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off masks and it will encourage you to take time out to treat yourself. And personal care time is always a good thing.