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Welcome to Beauty Diary: Seven days of getting glam with an industry insider. From publicists to professional makeup artists, this is a week in the life of someone who lives and breathes beauty.
- Photo by Gun Park
- I'm obsessed with O & M Shampoo and Conditioner—which totally saves my dry scalp—and Diptyque Revitalizing Shower Gel for my body. I feel so clean and the scents are heavenly.
- Having never been to a make up show I decided to go to the Imats Make Up Show at Pier 94 in NYC to see if there were any new, interesting make-up colors trending.
- I'm not a gym person so I try to find exercises that can be done at home, burn calories quickly, and don't take much time. Jumping rope fits the bill.
- For a healthy emergency food snack that saves time by not requiring cooking, I often eat an avocado sprinkled with sea salt.
- I love riding bikes with my husband in the city! It's a great way to experience the sights and is especially fun during spring.
- I made a cucumber mask for my hands and face, which I learned this from a Korean show. It's such an easy home remedy: I slice half a cucumber very thin, then apply the slices to my face for 15 to 30 minutes, and reuse the slices on my hands for another 15
- I have fairly dry skin and have religiously used SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Cream for many years. It's great for all women, especially those of us who are 40 plus, because the formula is thick and it keeps your face moisturized all day long.
- On my desk: Pretty much the entire line of Diptyque skin care products, the JINsoon trio of nail polish created exclusively for Sephora (a three-pack of polishes arriving in May), and a fun blue lipstick
- I stopped by Shen Beauty in Brooklyn and I was so happy to see RMS lip gloss there, which is part of my emergency beauty regimen. I don't wear much make-up and it gives me an immediate beauty boost.
- I'm a hands-on manicurist so I don't get to wear nail polish too often. I do a super simple mani by cutting my nails with Tweezerman clippers and filing with a JINsoon Diamond Nail File. I train my new employees at my salons by having them g
- Whenever I feel tired, I drink Harmless Harvest Coconut Water and it gives me energy.
- It's open toe shoe season. I'm looking at hues to see which make good hand and toe combos.
- After a long day at a photo shoot, I got a body massage at Pine Street Spa with a friend, then had my favorite meal at Hangawi, my favorite vegetarian restaurant in NYC.
- Cupping is a good way to loosen tight muscles and improve blood flow. I focus on the pain in my shoulders.
- I hardly go out to get facials so I gave myself a mini home facial with an SK II face mask. I like these because they're not messy, they're easy to use, and my skin looks instantly revitalized!
Korean-born Jin Soon Choi has been in the nail game since touching down in New York City back in 1991, beginning in salons before expanding to private clients and eventually opening her first spa in 1999. These days, she operates three NYC spas under her name as well as a self-titled polish collection, which debuted in 2012. In her week of documented beauty, Jin shares her wildly simple DIY cucumber mask (for face and hands), goes to a make-up show for the first time, and discovers a sheer blue lipstick.
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