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Birchbox Crush: Kim Phan

When we first met fashion designer Kim Phan five years ago, our closets were a study in solids and stripes. Fast forward and it’s a rare day when we’re not wearing a flirty printed number from her line, Yumi Kim. Phan is all about vintage-inspired prints and flattering shapes, and she says the Fall 2010 collection is one of her all-time favorites. We checked in with her to find out her beauty tips.

What are we going to be wearing this fall?

I’ve added more cocktail and date dresses, such as the Minya dress and the Gemma Dress, which are flattering and sexy on every body type. I’m also experimenting with winter florals, which give you a pop of color even during the colder months — my favorites are the Navy Garden and Ebony Rose.

Best beauty discovery?

I wandered into The Face Shop in Koreatown by accident and now I’m obsessed. It’s a Korean brand so the makeup is great for Asian skin — tons of pretty peaches and pinks — and the skincare is high-quality and reasonably priced. Their Eco-Therapy moisturizer is my current favorite, and I love their one-time use Face Sheet masks.

What’s always in your purse?

Christian Dior Addict Ultra-Glosses, which come in the best colors and stay put, and stila long wear matte lip color. Dior also makes the best waterproof eyeliner, and I use NARS Pressed Powder because it looks really natural.

Biggest splurge?

I love AmorePacific facials. I book the Restoring Moisture Facial every four to six months to keep my skin hydrated and Express Facials before any big event. I also apply AmorePacific’s Time Response Skin Renewal Serum nightly — and it works wonders after long plane rides!

You’re running out the door. What do you grab?

If you’re going to put one thing on, it’s got to be blush. It gives you an instant glow and definition. I alternate between NARS Luster and Orgasm.

Design your perfect Birchbox:

NARS Blush in Orgasm, a peachy pink with just the right amount of shimmer; Face Shop Mask Essential Co-Q10 keeps my skin supple and lifted; Dior Addict Ultra Gloss # 557 Denim Pink lasts from day to night; AmorePacifc Moisture-Bound Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 hydrates and provides coverage.

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