to shop / recent purchases

1 / I eyed these Duralex colored glass tumblers for years. Expiring Nordstrom promo credit finally made me do it. The mister says ‘they are great for ice cream’.

Image: Nordstrom

2 / I really like cleaning my face and in recent years, I almost always double cleanse. It feels so satisfying after a long day. I love love love this Farmacy Beauty Very Cherry Clean cleansing balm. The cherry scent is a limited edition version that is only available on their own site. While I like a sherbet texture, the Lip Smacker-esque faux cherry scent is why I really love it and I look forward to using it (like how I fell in love with oil cleansing with the Tatcha cleansing oil). Massage on dry skin, add water to emulsify, and wash off! This sells out at times but you can sign up for restock alerts.

Image: Farmacy Beauty

3 / I picked up a pair of borosilicate glass tea mugs at Merci in Paris. I searched online at the time, but didn’t see this specific one, or else would have considered buying these online in the US. But then, buying drinkware is a theme of my infrequent Merci visits. I also recently picked up a borosilicate measuring cup from a Taiwanese brand. Love how delicate and lightweight borosilicate is.

Image: HAY

4 / I saw this Muji “coat” on the mannequin and made a beeline for the racks. It comes in multiple colors and I think the light grey looks the best. It wears more like a light jacket, but it is much warmer than it looks. The fit is cocoon — but in comparing the US vs Asia size charts, it looks like sizing varies globally. It washes easily on machine delicate/hang dry. As much as I like it, I consider it to be too casual for work due to the heather grey sweatshirt material. (Edit: the US version is cut larger (wider, longer) and though it has the same fabric content, it feels thinner.)

Image: Muji

5 / Tissue turtlenecks are my favorite for layering. I tried the outlet version, but the fit of the retail line is superior. The printed versions aren’t as nice.


6 / Beauty Pie capsules are so convenient for travel, especially inflight pampering on a long-haul. I like using flat round Muji cream containers for storing a mixture of these — like a daily dose of vitamins as screwing/unscrewing the bottls adds to prep time. The ceramide and resveratrol ones for flight/evening and am trying the Vitamin C/E. I like most of what I’ve tried at Beauty Pie.

to shop / {sale alert} peach and lily collection

Images: Ulta

Ulta’s Love Your Skin event has kicked off and day 3 has select items from Peach and Lily’s collection (which is always excluded from their own site’s sale). Their line is formulated well and most importantly, very well priced during sales. The first item is 50% off and the rest are 30% off (EDIT: while the Matcha Pudding is a one day promotion, the rest should be available through January 25, while supplies last). I’ve tried all but the toner and oil.

Purchases of $35 and more get a Peach and Lily glass skin sample (auto added to cart). Skincare purchases of $70 and more qualify for a 30 piece gift with purchase (and it looks very good) (not auto added to cart).

I may start a post to track when Ulta has sales on Peach and Lily (versus the sitewide coupons).

Note: Ulta doesn’t let you check out from an IP address outside of the U.S.

to shop / everlane recashmere stroopwafel turtleneck review

I don’t wear sweaters often – mostly sweater blazers. The Everlane ReCashmere Stroopwafel turtleneck sweater caught my eye – mostly because I love waffle knit and how it was styled. The ReCashmere material is 60% Recycled cashmere, 40% Non-mulesed, extra-fine merino wool. It is soft and has a generous fit. If you are debating whether to size up or down, I think it looks better sized down. I also like that it is a higher mockneck for a sleek look. I am still looking for a white shirt to go under the sweater. I have been wearing it with a tissue turtleneck layered underneath (it doesn’t show on the outside). It does pill so I avoid having it near my purse. I have yet to see how it is after it is handwashed. The Heathered Sand color doesn’t look heathered at all. I didn’t like the black for a change.

to shop / 2019 thanksgiving sales

Going out of the country during the Thanksgiving week is a great way to spend less! (Although I did shop in Paris…) Unlike prior year updates, I’m going to summarize what I bought and highlight any other sales that may still be around through Monday.



  • Target has 25% off beauty and personal care!
  • Dermstore for Elta sunscreen. Amazon sells it now too but their reviews about inventory don’t put me at ease. (I will be claiming reimbursement from my FSA later.)
  • Cult Beauty had a tiered 15-30% off discount, now you can get up to a 25% off code with their quiz. They are based in the UK, so best for purchasing non-US brands as they deduct VAT and have free shipping. I got the Zelens Vitamin D, Alpha-H Vitamin B, and an Oskia set.
  • Ulta has been killing it with sales. Their Cyber Monday sale is live. 40% off a few Peach & Lily items.
  • Beautycounter 15% off. I have been using their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. I picked up some skincare and body products.
  • Glossier 20% off. I haven’t used any of their products lately. I got the perfume.
  • Birchbox will have an additional discount on sets starting on Monday. Their holiday sets and discovery sets are typically the best deal. E.g. the hair detox kit has a full size Oribe scrub (which I like more than Christophe Robin) that sells for less than the kit, Sunday Riley, etc.
  • Sephora has special sales, some are sold out. I did not keep an eye on them.
  • It Cosmetics CC Cream on QVC — $45 for two.
  • Neiman Marcus $50 off $200 beauty has switched to a gift card promotion (I prefer a cash discount).


  • Parachute Home 20% off. I like their linen sheets. I ordered waffle towels.
  • Anthropologie 30% off. I ordered chairs for the dining table that look promising and has positive reviews. Most furniture has a $150 flat shipping fee, but some smaller items including what I ordered are shipped through ground shipping (free if you meet the threshold).
  • Brooklinen 20% off. I have multiple sheet sets, they are a favorite. Most recently in percale.


  • Polène is a French brand. Their leather handbags are made in Spain. Prices are affordable. Free international express shipping on all orders until Dec 24 with the code: GIFTFROMPARIS. You can save a bit with the VAT refund if you buy in Paris, but factor in luggage space if you want to keep the box. The Number One style is the most popular but I like Number Two.
  • Clare V hasn’t run a sitewide sale in years. Consistent with recent years, the Cyber Monday > Black Friday.
  • Ssense has a great APC bag sale. So many half moons. My recent favorite has been the Meryl, which is slightly smaller than the original half moon but is soft. I liked traveling with this the most since it stays closer to the body. I also like the new grained leather half moon and am really tempted by it now that I don’t need to worry about luggage space.


  • J.Crew had 50% off, then 40% off, and is now back to 50% off. I had put some items in my cart to wait for it to go back to 50%. I love their lace items (like this mockneck top) this season and their tissue turtlenecks.
  • Ann Taylor 50% off.

to shop / what i bought and like

Sale Alert 30% off Peach and Lily - I have tried and like the glass skin serum, resurfacing mask // 10% off COS with code COS10MT (expires Friday) // 20% off Brooklinen

What I bought

  • S’well sport cap for bottles. I haven’t used my S’well bottles in a while because I hate the screw on/off action. Well, this is a game changer! And I don’t believe the bad reviews on Amazon, you have to make sure you fully close it. To double check if it’s on tight, just turn it upside down over the trash bin or sink.
  • Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask. It’s not really a flask, I use it as a water mug. I’m a fan of the wide flap lid, which is also tight enough to throw into a tote.
  • iPhone glass screen protector and slim case. There are a ton of options on Amazon. I recommend both of these:
    • I’ve bought a number of screen protectors over the years and hands down, this is the best glass screen protector I’ve used, especially in terms of ease of installation and performance (it has already protected my phone once). It comes in a pack of 3 and even with Amazon Prime shipping speeds, I like having an extra one handy. I always buy my iPhones upfront and the thought of using a phone naked makes me cringe.
    • I wanted a slim, lightweight silicone case that has a lip that comes above the screen and has some grip. This was it.
  • Ines de la Fressange is back with Parisian Chic Encore
  • Muji walnut dining table. I have been living without a dining table for over a decade. After looking for a reasonably priced wood table with simple lines for the last 1+ year, I settled on this table. I’ve seen it multiple times in the local Muji.
  • Beauty Pie skincare. Specifically, the capsules and Japanfusion transforming cleanser (gel to oil to water). I will save details for another post, but let me know if you’re interested in hearing more or if you want a referral code!

What I like