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Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Creme Shop x Hello Kitty Lunar New Year Eyeshadow Palette

I'm Korean-American and Lunar New Year season is always challenging for me because there are so many cute collaborations that come out! One of the things I picked up for the Year of the Rabbit 2023 was the eyeshadow palette from The Creme Shop x Hello Kitty and Friends.

*Disclaimer: This product was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

First off, I was hoping to have two other items to share with you but The Creme Shop did not include them in my package and I'm still waiting for them to respond to my inquiry. Their customer service has not been the best. I'm a big fan of their brand but this was my second time buying directly from their site and wanted to let people know of the issue in case they're considering ordering.

That being said, I do really enjoy The Creme Shop and they always have cute collabs with Hello Kitty! Since this is the Year of the Rabbit, My Melody and Kuromi are also featured on this palette and through the LNY collection. I love rabbits, so it's been tempting to buy almost every LNY product I came across. I ended up getting The Creme Shop's items because they're affordable and have been great quality in the past.

The Lunar New Year Moon Gaze Palette is $16 and still available as of publication of this post. As you can see, it comes with nine gorgeous gold and red/pink shades, which is one of my favorite color combinations for eyeshadow.

The inside cover of the palette has a mirror with cute Chinese lantern and flower patterns around the border.

You can click on the photo above to enlarge it further to read the ingredients list.

For a $16 palette, the color payoff is decent. This was my first time trying eyeshadow from The Creme Shop, as I've only purchased their skincare in the past (I love their sheet masks). I used the shades Blessing, Abundance, Firecracker, and Blossom in the photo above.

The lighter matte shades had the least color payoff and are a bit chalky. I had to do several layers for the swatches above. The shimmers have a much better texture and vibrancy.

From left to right: Blessing, Good Fortune, and Abundance.

Left to right: Wealth, Firecracker, and Make a Wish

Left to right: Lunar Love, Blossom, and Lucky Rabbit.

Lunar Love and Lucky Rabbit had the best texture and color of the mattes, the swatches above were just one application using my fingertips.

  • Browse The Creme Shop's Lunar New Year collection here

Bottom Line: If you're looking for an affordable, fun Lunar New Year palette, The Creme Shop has a good option. I would say it's exactly what I expected for the price point: not stellar, but certainly worth the purchase. If you love Hello Kitty and Friends as much as I do, I definitely recommend it! And, hopefully, my customer service issues are just an isolated incident.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Underclub Subscription

If you're looking for a way to treat yourself or a partner this Valentine's Day, check out Underclub! They send a curated selection of underthings to help you upgrade your intimates wardrobe.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

Underclub partners with woman-owned intimates brands and designers to bring you the best products to choose from. You'll fill out a style quiz when you join and then a personal stylist will send you exclusive, members-only styles to choose from. You'll also get access to new product launches, sales, promotions, and 20 percent off all items in their shop! You can even curate a wishlist to save all of your favorite items for future purchases.

You can choose to receive one or two pairs of underwear each month or a matching bralette and bottom. You can also update your preferences at any time from your account page.

The underwear-only subscription is available at the Signature option for one pair at $15 per month (~$20 value) or two pairs for $28 per month (~$36 value), including brands like Commando, Clo Intimo, and more. The Luxe option starts at $21 per month (~$30 value) for one pair or two for $35 (~$58 value), including brands like Natori, Cosabella, and more.

The bralette and underwear option is $45 per month for a $60 value matching set.

Underclub has a "Best Butts Guarantee" where you can reach out to their customer service if your set isn't exactly what you want. You can also skip a month right from your account page.

I received a matching set to try. I did not fill out a style survey prior to receiving the package; however, this set is great! I like the black and gold design with lace. It's cute for daily wear or on date night. It's also incredibly comfortable. I told them I was a size large top and small bottom and both fit perfectly.

Above are photos of the front and back of the bralette (first and second photos). I like that it's a snap closure instead of an over-the-head style, the way most bralettes are designed. To me it makes this easier to take on and off. The bottom is a bikini-style with lace and a smooth band. 

Bottom Line I enjoyed the matching set I received from Underclub! The design was fitting to my style and it was also comfortable, which is the most important thing to me. I like that they assign a personal stylist to each subscriber and give you plenty of options to choose from. I think this is a great subscription for anyone looking to update their underwear collection!

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Naked Nutrition "Naked Cake" Protein Pancake Review

I'm a big fan of Naked Nutrition and I've reviewed some of their products in the past (check for links at the end of this post). They've just launched a line of protein pancakes and I've got the Naked Cake pancake mix to share with you!

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Naked Nutrition started with five single-ingredient supplements and has since grown to a variety of nutritional products, including the new Naked Cake. This pancake mix has 22 grams of protein and only five grams of sugar per service. As with all of the Naked Nutrition products, it contains only the premium ingredients you need.

The mix is in powder form and two scoops are enough for one serving (plus a half cup of water). There are about 11 servings per container, and each serving has 200 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates. It also has a decent serving of calcium at 293 milligrams.

The powder mixed up easily with the water and a whisk and the texture was smooth.

Cooking is simple, it's the same as any other pancake. I used butter on my pan but you can substitute with margarine or a lower fat option if you choose. Each side cooked for about three to four minutes.

But how does it taste? In a world where protein products aren't always so tasty, the Naked Cake mix is actually really good! It tastes pretty much like a standard pancake, except I do get a stronger egg flavor than non-protein pancakes. The texture was light and fluffy. I really liked the Naked Cake pancake mix and I will be adding it into my routine as a regular breakfast, since I like a high-protein meal to start the day.

Bottom Line: Naked Nutrition's Naked Cake protein pancake mix is a delicious way to add more protein to your diet. Like all of the Naked Nutrition products I've tried, they're high quality and I recommend them!

Sunday, December 25, 2022

My Favorite Skincare Ingredient: Niacinamide

Getting into skincare can be intimidating, and I've heard some people say they feel like they need a chemistry degree to understand all of the different ingredients. It's true that all of the formulations and what they do and don't do, can't be mixed with, or how to use them can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be!

*Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post.

I'm going to share one of my favorite skincare ingredients today that hits a lot of needs: it's called niacinamide. I love it because it is great for all skin types and combats a variety of needs.

Niacinamide is a topical version of Vitamin B3. You may have heard of "niacin," which is B3 in vitamin and food form. I have oily skin and use it to reduce the appearance of pores (keep in mind, nothing can actually shrink your pores) and balance sebum production. It also brightens hyperpigmentation I have from sun and acne spots.

Even if you don't have oily skin, I highly recommend adding niacinamide into your routine because of its hydrating properties. It works with the hydrating ingredients in your moisturizer to boost benefits to your skin.

Of course, as with any ingredient, there can be negative side effects. Always spot test a new ingredient in your routine before adding it in fully. Common negative side effects include redness, burning, and irritation. You should always check with your dermatologist before adding in a new ingredient if you have sensitive skin or past issues with switching up your routine.

I'm currently using the Vita B3 Source Niacinamide Serum from TIAM Skincare, a Korean brand. You can find inexpensive serums from other brands like The Ordinary and The INKEY List, too. I like using a serum because it's the most effective way to add a potent amount of niacinamide to your routine, but you may not even need one. Your moisturizer may already have niacinamide in it, as it's now commonly found in a lot of skincare. Some moisturizers with niacinamide include the Dewy Glow Moisturizer with Cherry Blossom from innisfree, Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream from First Aid Beauty, and the Protini Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer from Drunk Elephant.

Bottom Line: Do you use niacinamide in your routine? My skin has been so much more balanced since I started using it and I definitely recommend it for all skin types!