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Skin Care Serets for a Head-To-Toe Glow

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Skincare isn’t just reserved for the face.  The skin below the chin needs some TLC as well.  I’m going to share with you to a lovely brand called Fernberry that formulate an all-star lineup for the face and body.  All of products carries ultra nourishing formula including lip conditioner, body scrub, hand and feet cream.

The star ingredient for Fernberry is Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, which is a hyaluronic acid on speed, that holds 1000X its weight in water.  It is designed for 24 hour moisture by binding sodium haluronate units into a 3-dimensional lattice structure. As enzymes break the bonds of the lattice due to daily metabolism, Sodium Hyaluronate units are released and are allowed to move freely. This enables skin to be continuously replenished with Sodium Hyaluronate over long periods of time.  By combining science with nature using traditional botanical beauty ingredients, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, these products seriously delivers instant and long-lasting results in keeping skin hydrated, youthful and radiant.  Additionally, all of their produts are free of preservatives, fragrance and colors.

Mochi Lipstick Nourishing Conditioner

Price: $23 / 10g

‘Kiss dry lips goodbye! Mochi Lips contains a luscious blend of yuzu, tsubaki flower, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils to immediately soften & condition your lips.’

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Junos Peel Oil, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Water
To ensure my lips are ‘on fleek’, I always need a good lip treatment. Fernberry has developed a wonderful natural lip conditioner, with a stacked lineup of super-hydrating ingredients – yuzu (a citrus fruit), tsubaki flower, sweet almond, beeswax and sunflower seed oils, called Mochi Lips. All these mix together with Fernberry’s specialty of Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer make this the perfect soothing moisture treat for my lips, just like ‘mochi’. This lip conditioner is expressed through a tube, and a silky smooth oil texture that doesn’t disappear from lips the way other balms do. Instead it leaves my lip pampered and glossy with a healthy, stick free shine. During the daytime, it layers well with lipstick, keeping lips moisturized without causing it to slip and slide around. At night, this lip treatment keeps my lip smooth and hydrated until the morning. The ingredients are natural, which means there are fewer things for the sensitive skin on and around the lip to have an allergic reaction to.

Moisturizing Mousse Ultra-Fine Daily Body Scrub

 

Price: $35.60 / 150g

“Feel the difference instantly! Moisturizing Mousse contains ultra-fine sea salt that scrubs away dull skin and cleanses pores, leaving you with revitalized skin. This light, fluffy exfoliator is gentle enough for everyday use. Chamomile flower soothes the skin, while argan and jojoba oils deliver silky softness. The restorative benefits of blueberry and yuzu also melt away stress and fight off pesky free radicals.”

Ingredients: Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Methylaminopropionate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Peg-2 Laurate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract (Bilberry), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry), Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance

Fernberry has recommended to use this product after about five minutes of steamy shower to soften the skin first.  The sea salt is ultra fine, making this one of the more gentle scrubs for the body, and delicate enough to use on a daily basis.  In fact it has replaced my routine body soap for now.  The scrub looks like a soft white slushy that transforms into a light fine foam that exfoliate and cleanse the skin.   It really contains just the right ratio of skin-sloughing properties (sea salt) to moisturizing elements (argan oil, jojoba oil and chamomile), and an amazing natural fragrance that is energizing, yet relaxing enough to feel like I stepped out of a luxury spa.  The rich and indulgent scrub gently yet effectively exfoliates to remove dead skin cells without overdrying.  After rinsing off, my skin feels nourished, soft and smooth and smelled faintly of this scrub’s decadent scent.

Petals & Cream Softening hand Cream

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Price: $24.70 / 50g

Petals & Cream contains cherry blossom extract which retains moisture to give your skin a soft, dreamy glow. Enriched with Japanese plum and yuzu, our fast-absorbing hand cream is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that smooth and balance skin tone for more youthful and elastic skin. Tsubaki oil softens cuticles, while shea butter restores nutrients and vitality in nails.”

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

After facial care, hand cream is the second on my list of beauty priorities.  Our hands shows signs of aging, sometimes even more than our faces.  Dark spots, loose skin and veins really can reveal the aging process.  A good hand cream can be a powerful defenses against signs of aging, and Fernberry has created a product that shows my hands some serious TLC.  It doesn’t just lie on the surface – it soaks into the top layers, soothes and softens even the driest skin.  The gentle formulation that doesn’t irritate sensitive or eczema-prone skin.  It has a hydrated but non-greasy finish.  It has a herbal tea-smell that soothes and smooth skin immediately and lasts for a few hours.  It leaves my hand so soft, plumped and thus younger looking.  I apply it every morning and night for optimum results.  If you care about smooth hands and not heavily scented hand cream, then give this one a try, you won’t regret it.

Replenishing Smoothie Conditioning Foot Cream

 

Price: $30.70 / 100ml

“An all-natural treat for the feet! Full of antioxidants and vitamins, Replenishing Smoothie is a creamy and lightweight concoction that will leave heels hydrated and piggies pampered. Rice bran oil and shea butter offer just the right amount of moisture, keeping feet silky, not sticky. Algae extract, a deep sea secret for rejuvenation, boosts elasticity and allows more time between pedicures. Lavender oil evokes sweet dreams through its soothing aroma while marshmallow root extract conditions skin to unimaginable softness! An absolute must for sandal season, but equally effective when you’re snug in your booties.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Butylene Glycol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Bethenate, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol, Malic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ceramide 3, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Lavandula Stoechus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract

I will admit, I do have dry, occasional cracked and callused feet, which can be result of a little bit of neglect.  But really, it’s the nature of the wear and tear of our feet.  That’s why it was so fun to try out a product that is specifically designed to pamper my feet.  Let me tell you, when your feet looks nice, I think it really shows that you keep up with yourself.  Compared to other body lotions I’ve used on my foot, this one is much much more hydrating.   The ingredients are specially designed to turn the rough and callus-filled feet back to the supple selves.   I’m now in a habit of a nightly post-shower application.  I apply once my feet are dry and pay special attention to my heels.  It quickly absorbs, and really is a fabulous treatment to buffer the callus and heal my heels, which are starting to soften up.  My feet feels soft and hydrated through the night to morning.  Now that I know what pampering care I can provide for my feet, this product has compelled me to keep up with taking care of them on a daily basis.

The Moisturizing Mousse Daily Scrub + Petals & Cream Hand Cream + Replenishing Smoothie Foot Cream are the perfect combo for my head to toe care.  How do you pamper your head-to-toe?

 

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Earth’s Recipe

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As summer is nearing the end, it means cooler weather and a drop in the humidity.  I’m slowly saying goodbye to the lightweight products that I have been slathering on all summer.  It’s time to bulk up with a heftier hydrators.  Heavy does not mean greasy.  It means finding a product with right hydrating ingredients.  Earth’s Recipe Toner, Brightening Serum and Moisturizer has been go-to skin routine.  The brand philosophy suits my pursuit to live more simply, naturally and conscious of the environment.  They use earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.  Each product is created to hydrate and illuminate the skin.  All of their products contain the brand’s secrete ingredients known as Tremella mushroom, that can hold 5X more moisture than its size, and rich in Vitamin B1, B2, D that detoxes and prevents the skin from aging.

Energy Boosting Toner – This toner is designed for nourishing and moisturizing the skin with its lineup of amazing botanical extracts with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-wrinkle and brightening effects (japonica, licorice, soybean, orange, bergamot) The texture is light and thin, which makes it absorb into the skin quickly.  But it is so powerful in reaching the deepest layer, making my skin supple and soft.  The natural ingredients provide amazing moisture for any skin type and really keeps my skin in balance, and revealing the natural clarity and glow.  In addition it will brighten and decrease wrinkles.

Gigawhite Radiance Serum – My routine always contain a brightening serum.  This one contains some powerful ingredients: Gigawhite complex which is a blend of botanical extracts including Edelweiss, Peppermint, Veronica, Primerose and Lemon balm to improve the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.  Also contains tranexamic acid, the star ingredient in one of my brand favorite Shiseido White Lucent line, that has ‘skin lightening’ effect on pigments and melasma as powerful as hydroquinone, minus the side effect.  The serum is clear, and the texture is silky and smooth.  It blends into my skin with ease and the formula is highly concentrated.  A little certain go a long way with this products.  I love the pump dispenser because it delivers the same amount of product every time.  It’s also got a lovely scent that keeps your skin smelling fresh while it moistens.

Moisture Bound Cream – Last but not least, the star product of this line.  I aboslutely love this moisturizer because I feel like it reduce the presence of fine lines by really plump and hydrate the skin.  It contains ceramides, which are the essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the cooling months.  Also formulated with white jelly natural herbs that are rich in collagen and bean ferment extract and yam complex that sooth and revitalize tired skin.  This is a perfect daily moisturizer for both day and night time.  During the daytime, it has a luxuriously silky texture that spreads into a thin layer that plumps the skin for the ultimate makeup base.  At night, I apply a thicker layer to get the full benefit of intense hydration that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the natural hylauronic acid.   No fragrance, none-pore clogging, and simply works to help my skin reveals radiance and brightness from within.

 

You can find all of Earth’s Recipe’s fabulous products the company website through Amazon.

Power Enzyme Duo By Jan Marini

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Jan Marini needs no introduction.  It is one of the most respected brands in professional skin care.  Today I’ll review their dynamic enzyme duo that uses proteolytic enzymes to lift away makeup and impurities, and gently resurface the skin to help achieve healthy, smooth and polished skin!

ABOUT THE DUO

Clean Zyme cleanser and Skin Zyme mask are supplemental home care exfoliation products that have the ability to remove dead skin cells without harming sensitive or irritated tissues. Use anytime for an immediate polished look! Intended to be used as a pair. Both products are also great when used as part of a comprehensive skin care regimen.

CLEAN ZYME CLEANSER

PRICE: $30 / 4oz

Key ingredient: Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract – A natural source of malic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin.

Directions: Clean Zyme should be applied in place of regular cleanser and left on 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a clean, wet and wrung out washcloth using lukewarm water. Blot dry.

My Review

This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that is very effective at removing day’s makeup, dirt and oil, as good as any oil cleanser, without drying the skin.  The key ingredient in this resurfacing cleanser is a gentle AHA, malic acid that breaks down dead skin cells, and help to unclog pores and prevent buildup that cause blackheads and pimples.  Potent antioxidants (vitamin E) and botanical extracts nourish skin and protect it from environmental stressors and free radical damage.  It has a light ‘fruity scent’, likely due to the combination of orange and papaya fruit extracts.  Unlike other AHA cleansers I’ve used in the past that sometimes can sting, this one is super gentle on the skin with no tingling and help to maintain skin moisture barrier.  It rinses easy without leaving any noticeable residue, and really works well with sensitive or even post treatment skins.  I always like to leave the cleanser on my face for a few extra minutes to allow the fruit acids to work their magic.  I’ve noticed significant cleaner pores and less breakouts and even faster recovery from breakouts.  As advised, I use this cleanser after the Skin Zyme Mask and the combination always leave my skin feeling unbelievably clean, silky and soft.

What I love about this product is

  • Gentle on skin; no tingling irritants or overly drying cleansing agents.
  • Remove excess oil and makeup without stripping skin.
  • Rinse without leaving a noticeable residue.
  • Contain minimal fragrance.
  • Work well for the intended skin type.

SKIN ZYME MASK

PRICE: $60 / 2oz

Key Ingredient: Papaya Extract – Taken from papaya fruit, this ingredient is an exfoliant with antibacterial properties.

Directions: Apply Skin Zyme in a thin even layer over entire face (and neck, if desired) and allow to remain for up to 20 minutes. To remove Skin Zyme, apply a small amount of Clean Zyme to face and massage very gently to achieve emulsification. Remove with a washcloth and splash face 10 to 15 times with lukewarm water. Blot dry and follow with usual Skin Care Management products and/or moisturizer.

My Review

I love my weekly sunday masking ritual.  For the last few weeks, this Jan Marini mask with green papaya enzyme has been my secret weapon for combating dull and congested skin.   It has been an absolute skin saver for my adult-acne prone and sensitive skin.  First of all, the mask smells amazingly citrusy and refreshing.  I’m definitely a citrus-scent gal.  The mask is green in color and the texture is that of a silky smooth cream.  I love using a warm cloth to open up my pores first, and then apply a thin even layer of the mask on the face, and then kick back and relax for twenty minutes.  I remove the mask with the Jan Marini Clean Zyme Cleanser, and literally after every single JM masking session, my skin would go from dull to vibrant.  This mask contains antioxidants, fruit enzymes, skin brighteners, and healing agents.  Natural fruit enzymes from papaya extract help break down dead skin cells.  Dull complexions are revived as vitamin E and sunflower oil soften and nourish-leaving skin revitalized, hydrated, and glowing.  It makes my skin very smooth, and really help breakouts to heal.  It never leaves my skin red or irritated.  It’s such a great pampering session that immediate detox my skin from inside out.  This is definitely a restocking item in my skin care ritual because I’ve noticed that continual use of this luxurious formula really help to increases radiance and softness for a renewed appearance with visibly minimized pores.

You can find this dynamic duo on the Jan Marini’s website: https://www.janmarini.com.

‘Less is More” – Mode Blancs

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Sometimes ‘less-is-more’, especially on those mornings where I just need a few extra minutes of sleep, and a few less minutes to spend on my skin care.  There are several beauty companies dedicated to simplified yet optimized skin care routine to maximize results.  I first heard of Mode Blancs at Kcon.  All of their products contains natural ingredients derived from the nature and birch sap, and are free of artificial fragrances, animal testing, color pigments, synthesized preservatives and synthesized surfactant.  Mode Blancs has two lines of product (1) Functional (for anti-aging and skin brightening), and (2) Moisturizing with a simple three-step: Toner, Emulsion and Moisturizer.  Let me tell you, everything about these trio feels luxurious from texture, to feel to how it ultimately look on my skin; much more than I would expect from just using three products!

Their names carries the brand’s main philosophies:

M: minimize harmful element/unnecessary element

O: organize natural cosmetic based on birth extract

D: develop hypo-allergenic cosmetic

E: enhance customer satisfaction

Of course, I had to jump on using the Functioning line designed to combat fine lines and for skin brightening.  The brand describes these products as “Mild prescription with functional ingredients provide anti-wrinkle, whitening effect without irritation.”  The core of the Functioning line contains the following natural ingredients and their functions:

  • Betula alba juice ‘birch’ – this one is all about skin brightening.  Birch juice is a small molecule and thus skin can effectively absorb the product and all its nutrients.   Birch has naturally-occurring niacinamides, fruit acids, minerals, and most importantly, vitamin CThe pairing of adenosine helps to even out skin tone while botanical extracts with anti-oxidant properties  helps protect the skin and help to lighten pigments and brighten skin complexion.
  • Hydrolyzed algins – considered a ‘skin conditioner’ with antioxidant and water binding properties.  It is rich in proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper,  most of which are benefitial for the skin to improve appearance of aging skin
  • Adenosine – According to Paula’s Choice, it’s a yeast-derived ingredient that has an important cell-communicating ingredient with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects.  It supports healthy cell function which in turn gives smoother and thus more youthful skin.
  • Botanical extracts: cleansing, anti-inflammatory, enriching and nourishing

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Toner

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

For me, toner is as crucial as cleansing.  It is an extra step that helps me to eliminate any impurities, as well as help to restore skin’s natural pH balance.  I like this toner because it is alcohol free, which means my skin can be refreshingly cleansed and toned without being stripped of its natural moisture.  I can easily apply this by soaking a pad, and this help to gently yet thoroughly remove any residual impurities from the skin.  I then pat this product in to get all the benefit of the birch infused nutrients and minerals to replenish and recharge the skin with moisture, fight aging and even redness.  The texture is thin and easily absorbed.  The fragrance is light in floral.  The astringent properties of birch normalize oily zones of skin while making skin smooth and providing it with a sense of comfort and freshness.  My skin always feels smoother, softer and more resilient, with a harmonious balance of moisture and oil.

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EMULSION

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

How to use: Apply proper amount to palms and spread it on my face all over softly.  Pat lightly to make it absorb in the skin.

The texture of the product is heavenly.   One pump deposit a droplet that’s creamy white, soft and bouncy, and then it spreads like a luxurious facial oil, gliding on and cooling the skin with application.  You can just see and feel the product forming a film of hydration on the skin and with gentle massage, it gets absorbed so quickly feeling like second skin but softer, brighter and clearer and definitely more moisturized.  There is a mild floral scent that is delightful to the senses.  I did not experience any breakouts or irritation.   The pump bottle makes dispensing of products easy, hygienic and convenience.  For the price, this is a huge amount of product that will last me a long time.  For combination to oily skin gals, this emulsion may be enough to give soft, plumped and hydrated skin.  Now that the weather is cooling down, even for my combination skin, I find following the emulsion with their functional cream, gives me an additional layer of glowing, without being too heavy or greasy.

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Function Cream

PRICE: $33 / 50ml

I’m all about effortless and lightweight skin care, so this cream is like a dream.  As soon as I opened the jar, mild floral scent is fresh, genuine and tangible.  On the first touch, I’m greated with a gentle, almost gel-like texture.  The magic doesn’t stop there as the cream absorbs quickly making the skin instantly feels more firm and plump, and just a hint of healthy glow to the eye.  I massage the product gently yet firmly into all areas of the face using an upward circular motion, and I find it really help to penetrate the formula.  I think it gives my skin some nice clarity and brightness.  I love that it’s packed with an anti-aging punch too.  I feel this cream is perfect weather for all year round, light enough for warmer weather, and moisturizing enough for cooler temperatures.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This trio is no joke. A balancing and brightening toner to tone and provide antioxidant benefits, and a light emulsion for the day and ultra hydrating moisturizer for all year round.  The products pack a punch in terms of wonderful natural ingredients to treat uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, skin aging and hydration, hydration, hydration, with just 3 steps!   I will definitely continue to use these products and  I can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to my skin over time.

 

 

 

My Current Skin Saver – iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum

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I love trying new skin care products and getting professional skin treatment.  But sometimes, at the worst of the times, my face reacts to a product or treatment, and freaks out and starts to burn, sting, and become super red.  So I always have a few products in my reserve that is specifically targeted toward sensitive skin, help to nourish, treat and hydrate without causing further damage.  My current go-to has been the iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum.

PRICE:

$15.49/ 50ml from unique4u.net

WHAT IT IS

  • A calming skin soothing serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • A gentle solution for problematic skin formulated with tea tree oil and centella asiatica leaf water and 6 sprout exract to naturally hydrate, sooth and nourish skin

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 67% tea tree extract – SKIN SOOTHING; contains 67% tea tree leaf instead of purified water to help with immediate skin soothing and moisturizing
  • 19.5% Centella Asiatica leaf – SKIN HYDRATION AND ANTIAGING; contains madecassoside that protect the skin molecules from degradation thus works to prolong skin’s youthfula ppearance; boost skin barrier function and moisture-retention
  • 6% sprout extract (rapeseed, brocolli, wheat, alfafa, radish, cabbage) – SKIN NOURISHMENT; rich in organic nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes provide abundant moisture and nutrition
  • Niacinamide and adenosine: SKIN WHITENING AND ANTIAGING, confirmed as pharmceutical ingredient to improve skin tone and wrinkle

FORMULATION

  • Texture: thin and soft, oil free
  • Color and Fragrance: light green color, soft natural floral scent
  • Feel: moist, smooth, silky

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WHY I LOVE IT!

I have been so impressed this UNIK tea tree serum.  I have been looking for a good relief serum in my routine for days when my skin’s irritated, after treatment or just feels too sensitive.  The formulation of this serum is stellar.  Tea tree oil has anti-septic and healing properties to reduce skin irritation and inflammation.  Centella helps to heal, provide moisture and protect skin barrier while botanical extracts keep the skin balanced and hydrated.  These functions are the fundamental essentials to support healthy skin healing.  The serum is so gentle, soothing and most importantly effective.  There is an immediate cooling and soothing when first applied.  My skin just soak up this product like a sponge.  Simply said, it immediately helps to improve the comfort and appearance of irritated skin while delivering a rush of soothing hydration to keep the skin healthy.  If you are looking for an affordable relief serum that delivers result, I highly recommend this iUnik Tea Tree Relief Serum to try!

 

 

 

My Obsession with 7-Skin Method – Using Alive:Lab True Love Set

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ABOUT ALIVE:LAB

Alive:Lab’s philosophy is to help you achieve clear, healthy and transparent skin.  The brand embrace natural ingredients, making products that are gentle, safe and effective for all skin types.  Credited with relying less on cosmetic treatments and more on beautiful skin from the inside out.  What really stands out about Alive lab is they make skin care unique and fun including products like: Red Spot Lemon powder for acne treatment, Cotton Candy Balls for exfoliation (on my wishlist), and Pocket Ball Cushion that dispenses product through a ball-rolling action, providing a base formulation and allow easy blending and refreshment of makeup.

Alive:Lab TRUE LOVE SET is based using key ingredients of cabbage rose water and eucalyptus leaf oil.  Cabbage rose or the Moroccan rose, has a light, clean and sweet scent.  The flower extract is thought to be beneficial in toning the skin.  It also contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants with excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin.  Additional benefits including antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acneic skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation.  Eucalyptus oil has woody and sweet scent, and especially good for oily complexion.  It has been largely used for first aide purposes to heal skin wounds, but have a lot of offer skincare formulation with antibacterial, antiseptic, hydrating and relaxing properties.  These buzzworthy natural ingredients are vital to skin health and totally are worth the hype.

The True Love Story Toner

PRICE: $16.82 at StyleKorean

WHAT IT IS

  • An alcohol-free, hypoallergenic toner that replenishes and balances skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • The hydrating toner infused with rose water and eucalyptus leaf essential oil to tone and sooth skin, replenishes and balance skin’s moisture level, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.
PACKAGING
  • The toner is packed in a baby pink plastic bottle, simple yet chic.  The dispenser is the standard flat-top with a central opening.  It displaces a small amount for each use.
TEXTURE
  • Slightly more viscous than water, very light and fluid.
FRAGRANCE
  • Has the pleasant and relaxing scent or rose flower, which dissipates immediately after application.
WHY I LOVE IT
I love toners that are versatile not only as a light hydrating toner to be used during the daytime after cleansing, as well as build-able toner for the ultimate hydration with the 7-skin method.  The toner has a light but uniquely bouncy texture, and really does wonders in improving skin tone and its supple feel.  This product is ideal for the 7 Skin method because it is alcohol-free.  Yet it contains so many nourishing ingredients, when layered, give results as good as a traditional moisturizer.  The first layer requires a gentle wipe with a cotton pad, and this help to remove any residual surface debris from the cleanser, while also refining the appearance of pores for  deeply hydrated velvety soft complexion.  With each sequential steps of patting and layering, it helps to tone down redness in my skin.  On days I use this instead of layering my other products, my skin would literally feel supple yet so light, and plump from within, and just looks incredibly dewy with no grease what-so-ever.  I feel hydrated throughout the day even in dry, air-conditioned environment.
Overall, I am in love with this wonderfully light but deeply hydrating toner.  The best is when I follow the toner with their emulsion.  Oh, my life is complete.  The sweet, blossom aroma of rose calms and soothes the mind.  I also emptied some into a carry-on spray bottle to use throughout the day to instantly feel hydrated and refreshed.

The True Love Story EMULSION

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PRICE: $16.82 / 200ml at StyleKorean

WHAT IT IS

  • A moisture-rich, yet light-textured balancing and skin hydrating emulsion

WHAT IT DOES

  • Infused with rose water to provide nonstop moisture, and balance oil and give skin petal-soft finish

WHY I LOVE IT

In a nutshell: Emulsions are lighter versions of moisturizing creams. Unlike most heavy facial creams, emulsions are typically water based, which means they go on lighter and thinner than creams.   I would describe this as exact that.  It’s a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula yet intensely hydrate and retain moisture for a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.  Rose water soothes, while Eucalyptus leaf oil nourishes.  The slight bouncy texture that is perfect for normal to combination skin, by providing it with oil-free hydration, leaving it soft and smooth.  My skin feels moisturized yet completely breathable.  No irritation or pore clogging when I use this product.  The formula help to restore a healthy oil balance, while blend of botanical extracts help to smooth rough texture.  The mild floral and essential oil scent adds to the sensory experience.

Find their products at www.stylekorean.com .  Make sure to follow Alive lab on their SNS and visit their website for more products www.alivelab-shop.com!

 

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

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We all want glowing and radiant skin.  I feel one of the first steps towards achieving this is using products that help to even out skin tone.  I have a variety of products containing active ingredients such as Vitamin C and AHA to help ‘lightening’ of spots and scars.  However, sometimes ‘Natural Beauty Is The Best Beauty.’  This philosophy led me to discover The Plant Base White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion, which is the newest addition to my routine, and works to brighten skin a little bit differently: through a natural and gentle approach by including botanical powerhouse of white truffle, Korean ginseng and herbal extracts.  

 

Yes, the name of this product gives high expectations.  Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I’m still trying to figure out where an ’emulsion’ fit into my skin care routine.  I feel is best used after my serum, and in replacement of  my daytime cream.  The product really works well with my skin’s natural oil to help create a light moisture barrier and promote hydration.  It’s water-based and does not clog pores, and therefore perfect for combination skin like mine.

About The Plant Base

‘The Plant Base’, is a Korean skincare brand renowned for its natural and certified organic ingredients philosophy.  Recently they introduced the Whitening line known as ‘White Truffle’.  The unique fact about this company is all of their products are formulated using plant extracted instead of refined water.  This is designed to boost the power and effect of their products on all skin types with real, natural ingredients.  Korean Ginseng extracted water is the base for the ‘white truffle’ products, working in synergy with the white truffle to create a perfect collection, designed to fight the signs of skin ageing such as pigmentation, wrinkles, dehydration, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone.

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

WHAT IT IS

  • An anti-aging, brightening and tone up emulsion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • White truffle
    • Antiaging: naturally high in minerals and vitamins that aid with the skin’s natural renewal process and soothe inflamed skin.  Also packed with essential fatty acids that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide hydration for skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.
    • Fight spots: High vitamin C content, which makes them effective in naturally brightening and refresh tired and dull skin.  

    • Skin repairing: high in Niacinamide (vitamin B3) which is essential in repairing damaged skin

  • Plant extracted water 57.55% Ginseng Extract water: Rich in vitamin, organic acid and mineral that helps to improve skin elasticity and tone
  • Niacinamide: products only need to contain 2% niacinamide to be classified providing ‘whitening function’.  THE PLANT BASE use maximum 5%, approved by KFDA;  Vitamin B3, is water soluble vitamin that reduces melanin production assist in skin whitening and alleviate freckle and pigments
  • Antioxidants: white truffle, ginseng, licorice root extract, anise flower extract, thuja leaf extract, white mulberry tree extract.
  • Skin Brightening ingredients
    • Resmelin™: complex of Thujaorientalis Leaf extract and Zanthoxylumpiperitum peel extract. It is a patented whitening ingredient due to its ability to hinder melanosome formation.
    • Inflax™: a complex of medicinal herb extract consisting of Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice), Persimmon Leaf, Morus Alba Bark and Opuntia Coccinellifera that works as an antioxidant and soothes skin.

REVIEW

The product had me at its ingredients.  Luxurious and full of skin essentials, the combination of white truffle and Korea Ginseng made the perfect ‘tone up’ product to clarify skin tone, balance and brighten skin as well as to fight hyperpigmentations and discolorations.  The extraordinary antioxidant properties also make this a great ally against aging for a more youthful looking skin.  The product is dispensed in a pump bottle, and the color is a prestine white and texture is a lightweight, milky lotion that instantly absorbs into the skin, and in fact leaves skin silky soft without any stickiness.  It has a mild floral scent.  Despite the light texture, I feel it is an exceptional nourishing cream that balances out skin’s moisture and oil for a more ideal skin condition and healthy balanced complexion.  It make my face brighter, and not at all greasy.

 

I recommend this product to people who wants to correct skin tone, help lighten pigment, moisturize and brighten the skin (which describes me perfectly).  The product is ‘water’ or ginseng extract based, and those who has oily skin would benefit from this emulsion because of its light texture.  Overall I find this product adds a great deal of comfort and moisture to my skin, in a light non-clogging way.  The product have a clean packaging design, and I really do appreciate the English ingredient list and directions.

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The White Truffle products will soon be available to North America consumers through Kbeautie.  I absolutely love their unique selection of Korean Beauty products (many are natural) that are not easily found elsewhere.

Brand Highlight: Anticanus

 

Anticanus is a relatively new Korean skin care brand, who is well-known for their Moisturizing and Whitening Masks!  Their name ‘Anticanus’ is Latin for ‘anti-aging’, with philosophy to provide natural yet scientifically sophisticated and effective at-home skin care products.  I always have to make sure products or brands that I try have mission that align with mine.  Anticanus select the highest quality ingredients, infuse them with potent plant extracts and nutrients to make them effective for every unique skin type. The result is beautiful, glowing skin.

They vet on their ingredient: the main ingredient in their masks is Edelweiss extract, imported from Switzerland.  They vet on safety: ingredients are natural and masks are made of all-natural cotton and cellulose.  They vet on their mask shape and size: ensuring that as much of the facial skin is covered as possible.  Well, simply put, the packaging, the ingredients, the scents and the – well – everything about their mask was impressive.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Edelweiss extract imported from Switzerland: star ingredient in this mask that contains all sorts of great compounds that beneficial to the skin including cleansing properties, powerful antioxidants, calming properties.  Thus this is a powerful force in many anti-aging skin care products, that helps protect skin from environmental stressors while nourishing the skin and providing an overall soothing, calming effect.

Moisturizing Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Moisturizing Dream Mask helps your skin healthy using edelweiss extract from Switzerland and fresh ingredients

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Additional moisturizing ingredients: trehalose, allantoin, canola flower, macadamia seed oil, sodium hyaluronate
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

Whitening Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Cosmeceutical mask sheet product with anti-wrinkle and whitening multi functions.

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Additional whitening ingredients: niacinamide, citric acid, phaseolus vulgaris (kidney bean) seed extract, Leontopodium alinum flower/leaf extract
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

WHY I LOVE THESE MASKS!
The packaging itself is sleek and beautiful.  The mask is thin and super soft, made of natural cotton, and saturated in clear watery essence containing edelweiss extract imported all the way from Switzerland!   It gives the mask a subtle floral scent.  Trehalose, ceramide and sodium hyaluronate are added to provide skin with continuous moisture.  Additionally botanical extracts are included for ‘moisturizing’ and ‘whitening’.  The mask can be a little tricky to apply because it’s so thin, but once it’s adequately placed on the face, the adherence is amazing.  The fit is medium (not too big nor too small), and the openings for the eyes and nose are perfect in size, not leaving too much skin exposed and untreated.  I left the mask on for more than 30 minutes, and upon removal, my face felt so soft, nourished, and bouncy (I love bouncy supple skin).  Skin tones appears more even, and any redness is diminished.  There was plenty of serum left to pat onto my neck and the rest of the body leaving me feeling overall hydrated and refreshed.  Both of the face masks are great at moisturizing dehydrated skin, revive dull skin for a brightened complexion.

You can find these product through ‘Try Program” http://www.08liter.com/ (3 X photo credits)

 

Banish Pimple Overnight – How I Spot Treat

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I dislike pimples, especially the ones that creeps out of no-where, unpleasant, painful and in the worst possible locations, despite my oh-so careful cleansing and exfoliating routine.  I’m always looking for a heavy-duty spot treatment that can cure the uncomfortable sensation before I get too impatient to pop it, resulting in more damage to my skin. Currently I have three products that I use in combination to target these acne breakouts.  They are potent yet gentle exfoliant that helps to clear out the pores, reduce the size of blemishes, sooth any inflammation and help the skin heal.  AND these are super budget-finds!

Alive: Lab Red Spot Lemon Powder ($13.90/8mL)

This unique formulation of lemon extract and lemon oil is the perfect dual of exfoliation and soothing treatment to minimize any acne.  Lemon extract is a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores, while lemon oil hydrates the skin leaving skin soft and velvety.  It also contains soothing ingredient like madecassic acid.  Allantoin, a skin softer and conditioner, help to protect the skin while stimulating cell regeneration.

The unique thing about this product is its powder form, which makes it one of the more versatile products. Why? I can use this in so many different way to deliver this gentle yet potent treatment to my skin.

(1) Mix with a toner (like LJH Blue one) for spot treatment

(2) Mix with my favourite cleanser to help balance oil product for a clearer complexion

(3) Mix with a serum and cream to add an overall brightening effect to even out skin tone brighten complexion overall, and

(4) Mix with a modeling mask or any wash off mask for its exfoliating and soothing properties.

The ingredient list is short and concise.  Fewer ingredients often means more potent skincare!  Read on to see why I like mixing this with LJH Blue One for the ultimate acne-fighting must have.

Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Silica, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil

 

LeeJiHam Dr.’s Care Blue One ($15 / 30mL)

We are all familiar with LJH, the first company in Korea to develop and introduce cosmeceuticals for the enhanced health and beauty of skin.  Well praised for all of its dermatologically tested products, the Blue One is a potent and effective solution for reducing the appearance of moderate to severe blemishes.  It looks like water when dispensed but this clear liquid has EVERYTHING – salicylic acid that that penetrates deep into the pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and have potent antiseptic antibacterial effect to shrink and dry up the pimple.  Lactic acid helps with skin resurfacing and smoothing, peels away dry skin to help eliminate the appearance of post-breakout scars..  Combined with soothing ginseng root extracts and brightening licorice extract for the ultimate anti-inflammatory treatment to calm any redness.   I love mixing this with a little bit of Alive:lab lemon powder and use it to banish acne like no one’s business.  Despite potent concentration, it does not leave my skin dry or irritated.

Ingredients: alcohol, water, lactic acid, candida bombicola/glucose/methyl rapeseedate ferment, salicylic acid, phytosphingosine, o-Cymen-5-ol, silkworm extract,
schizonepeta tenuifolia extract, poria cocos sclerotium extract,
pogostemon cablin leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract,
glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, cnidium officinale root extract,
citrus unshiu peel extract

Kocostar Face Spot Mirror Patch ($7)

This is a medicated patch designed to help treat blemishes overnight.  It comes as invisible patches impregnated with salicylic acid to unclog the blocked pores and impurities and tea tree oil (a natural anti-septic remedy) to keep bacteria away. Of course, no one wants a dry skin patch after treatment. Grape seed extract and hyaluronic acid combined to sooth and moisturize the skin for healing. It comes in a pack of 36 in each package, in two different sizes (1 and 1.35cm). They are translucent with a natural sticky side. When it’s applied, it blends into the skin seamlessly, barely obvious that I’m wearing a sticker on my face.  Why I love using this?  It helps to seal in the active ingredients, thus helping skin to absorb the medication, making it more effective, while also prevent me from wanting to pick at the acne.  Wearing overnight, it definitely helps to decrease inflammation, reduce size of blemishes and dry up blemishes. I’ve even worn this occasionally under makeup during the daytime, to avoid getting makeup on an already irritated skin.  Kocostar made this even more convenient with a build-in mirror for convenience.  How thoughtful!

Ingredients: Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethyl-aminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia(Tea Tree), Leaf Oil, PVP, Water/Aqua, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosphingosine, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol Denat

What are your favourite ways of spot treatment?

Adaline GOLDEN AGE SHEET MASKS

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Every once in a while, I like to treat myself to some finer things in life, like truffle and caviar, to my belly and on my face.  Adaline created GOLDEN AGE lavished in these luxury ingredients, designed to be the ultimate anti-aging sheetmasks.  They call these ingredients ‘foodmetic’ (food and cosmetic) that work to enhance collagen product, speed up cell regeneration, unmask softer and more youthful skin with less visible dark spots and wrinkles. The best part is that you don’t even pay premium prices for these ‘premium’ masks!   You can find them on Amazon $21.99/6 sheet masks.

THE GOLDEN AGE CAVIAR MASK

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WHAT IT IS

  • Anti-wrinkle and Nourishing Sheet mask

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Caviar like plenty of marine ingredients, is highly moisturizing.  Caviar is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help maintain optimal levels of hydration in the skin, repair its protective barrier, and promote brightness and luminosity.
  • Skin brightening: pearl powder, glutathione, thioctic acid, silk extract
  • Moisture: propolis extract, niacinamide
  • Soothing: camellia sinesis leaf extract, ginger, coptis japonica extract
  • Stimulate collagen: silk protein

WHY I LOVE IT

This is certainly a premium sheet mask that combines decadent caviar and luxurious silk protein and pearl for firmer and younger looking skin. In a sheetmask form, this makes me feel that every last drop of the indulgent ingredients are delivered deep into my skin.   The mask comes in an upper and lower face, and contoured to rest on my face comfortably, and saturated essence. One session is enough to give me dewy glow, and baby soft supple skin. The powerful dose of moisture and nourishing ingredients certainly help to firm, plump and soften my fine lines and wrinkles. I also love a mask that contains collagen boosting ingredient, which means with repeat use, it can help to firm skin and improve skin elasticity.  Silk is rich in amino acids which are the building structure of collagen. When integrated, they can work wonders on improving sagging skin and combat gravity and dull complexion. This is definitely a mask that I will need to add repeatedly into my routine to get all the skin firming benefits!

 

The Golden Age Truffle Mask

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WHAT IT IS

  • Antiaging and Revitalizing Sheet Mask with a Synergist Ampoule

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Similar to Caviar Mask with the exception of ‘truffle’
  • Researchers found out that truffles revitalize the skin’s natural age-fighting abilities. They energize the cells to better defend and repair themselves. The regular application of truffle skin care products yields an elastic, younger-looking skin.

WHY I LOVE IT

This mask comes with a Mask Synergist Ampoule (1ml) designed to maximize the effect of the mask. The ampoule is really a skin booster that aims to improve the overall health of the skin surface, to enhance skin’s absorption of nutrients and moisture from the mask. The ampoule provides a thin watery veil on my skin, and provides it with just a boost of hydration. The mask then help to seal the moisture while delivering powerful ingredients that help to target specific concerns of sagging skin and dull and uneven complexion. Truffle is perfect for maintaining a healthy skin balance, while adenosine and silk enhances skin elasticity to give you that soft supple skin. Arginine help to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, while niacinamide and botanical extract serve as moisture barrier. It’s such a fun and effective mask that leave my skin hydrated and boosting with radiance.