Taking care of your skin is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ll feel young, energized and walk with a greater sense of confidence that makeup just can’t buy. We’ve long been obsessed with SK-II {hello, endorsed by Cate Blanchett – how could you not want skin like hers!} so we were really excited to visit the newly opened SK-II San Francisco pop-up studio and try the celeb-fave out for ourselves.

There we got to sample a little taste of luxury, enjoying personal beauty consultations using SK-II’s new Beauty Imaging System. We also go the low down about SK-II’s miracle ingredient, PiteraTM – the secret weapon within SK-II’s skincare.


When you walk into the SK-II pop-up, a sense of calm and excitement instantly comes over you. Set up like a serene spa, you relax in Barcelona chairs, sipping on green tea and munching on {healthy!} snacks, while you await your very own private skin consultation.

The staff are so knowledgeable and will run you through each product, our absolute favorite being the Cellumination line. If you want your skin to be super-supple and dewy, it is a must try! It’s smooth and lusciously creamy, absorbing right into your skin leaving nothing but a gorgeous effervescent glow behind. We were all oohhhing and ahhhhing.

But the real game changer is the ever popular Pitera enriched face mask and Beauty Imaging technology. The best part about the pop-up is that you can walk right in and try both out for yourself, for free! Jessica, our resident beauty-maven, volunteered to be our guinea pig for the day. Rough job right?!


After getting a feel for the ah-mazing SK-II mask {Jessica’s skin seriously glowed after wearing it for only five minutes}, we moved on to SK-II’s hot new technology: the Beauty Imaging System.

It works by taking a picture of your skin and sending its analysis to a screen where you can see the breakdown of your skin’s formula and identify how to improve problem areas. The technology is fascinating- it evaluates your skin by factors like hydration and suppleness. Best part of it all is that once you know how to improve the quality of your skin, they give you a free coupon for an SK-II facial at Bloomingdales or Saks Fifth Avenue- as if pampering your skin for free once wasn’t enough!


SK-II’s pop-up studio is the ultimate pampering experience, complete with the next wave of beauty-changing products and technology. If you’re in the Bay Area, you must experience it for yourself. Your skin will feel ah-mazing afterwards and you’ll want to run home to sample all of the goodies they give you!

The San Francisco SK-II pop-up studio is on 117 Post Street near Union Square and runs until May 23, 2014. For all the fine print on SK-II and their pop-up head here!


original photography for apartment 34 by Ashley Batz 

This post is in partnership with SK-II and Style Coalition. All opinions and thoughts are our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open! 

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  1. I think the face mask is absolutely incredible — 1 of the best products that I have ever used. Excited, I also bought the big bottle of the essence and the mask in lotion and have found those products to be underwhelming. I have the foundation, too, which I really like but don’t like the fact that it’s in a jar — I don’t like sticking my fingers in there for application, as it’s a little unhygenic.