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Taking The CHUDA Challenge

I’m so excited to get the opportunity to try this ‘miracle’ cream from Chuda.  It’s designed to be a multi-use, multi-tasking all-in-one skincare phenomenon.  Some of the features of the cream from the website include renewal treatment at night, either worn alone or over another cream or serum; hydrating treatment that instantly smooth fine surface lines, shrink pores and matte skin to a satin finish, anti-aging treat that firm, tone, lift and tightens the collagen/elastin of the skin, and anti-inflammatory treatment for scars, sunburns, acne, and post procedure.  The miracle compound is known as
“The Remedea Compound”, a centuries-old skin care secret made up of six key ingredients—male pine flower pollen, beeswax, propolis, olive oil, calcium carbonate and rose oil—is at the heart of the complex and makes every jar five times more effective than typical over-the-counter options.  Additionally the cream is full of highly concentrated, curated blend of medical grade actives, including cross linked sodium hyaluronate for hdyration, palmitoyl tripeptide to stimulate rebuilding of collagen, vitamin B, C and D providing antioxidant protection and skin repair and renewal, glycoaminoglycan boosting hydration and elasticity, yeast that helps with tissue repair and inflammation,  and  allantoin to minimize irritation and encourages skin healing.

Excited yet?  Here are my thoughts after close to four weeks of use.


Well, this cream simply met all my expectations.  It hydrates beautifully without leaving a greasy film, which is great for my sensitive and acne prone skin.  The second I apply this one my face, the thick balm-meets-cream richly moisturizes any dry flaky spot and delivers hefty nutrients to nurse and plump my skin back to life.  Some people have found it to be too heavy to use during the daytime.  I have taken the Chuda challenge and used ONLY this product in the morning after cleaning.  I find that it gives my skin enough hydration, bouncy and supple feel, equivalent to a multi-step skin care; in addition to providing almost an occlusive type of effect in sealing the hydration in.  It also saves me A LOT OF TIME in the morning.  Additionally despite the ‘thick’ texture, it is not comedogenic and my face simples feels supple and moist.  The red and gold accent compliment the packaging and in general, I’m so happy to discover this product and am excited to see what the brand has to offer in terms of any expansion into other skin care products.

CHUDA WEBSITE How To Use: Mornings and evenings, warm a pea-size amount of Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream between fingers and apply all over the face, including the under eyes, neck and décolleté. Can be applied directly to clean skin or layered as the finishing step in your skincare routine. Additionally, use to spot-treat areas on the face or body experiencing extreme dryness or redness associated with sunburn or a non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

For a limited time, CHUDA is giving an exclusive 50% off promo code: CHUDA365, $75 (50mL), usual retail is $150, expires 04/20/18.



A Simple Yet Effective Routine For Pigments and Aging – MD Complete


I am so ready to recharge my skin’s with the MDComplete skin care products specifically designed for pigments and aging, definitely two of my top skin concerns.  What attracted me to these trio products are the powerful formula that uses retinol to reduce the appearance of pores and signs of aging, revealing a healthier looking skin. Even better, these products are gentle enough for daily use, and the products really works fabulous together to smooth skin texture without causing any dryness or peeling.  This products are ideal for those with concerns about aging skin, pigments, and large pores.  In addition to the active retinol, these products are packed with fruit extracts that hydrates and prevent moisture loss.  Even for myself with sensitive skin, I have not noticed the irritation that can be associated with some retinol products. 

What I love more is that it only takes two steps in the morning and night to obtain dermatologist-level skincare results.  I’m impressed with the results so far.  My favorite of this trio has to be the retinol Vitamin C concentrate as it seems to be the missing ingredient in my skin care.  I have been using Vitamin C serums for a long time now and have seemed to reach a plateau in treatment of my pores.  Once I added this product, these are some stubborn dark spots that seems to be going away, as well as some acne scars.  It’s really like liquid gold.  After just a few weeks of using this easy yet complete system, my face feels moistened and cool to touch and it just glows.  I am very happy I got a chance to try these products.  Please read the detailed ingredients and benefits about the products below.

About The Brand

“Dermatologist-level results made simple, effective & complete.  MD Complete Skincare was created to provide access to dermatologist-level results in the appearance of skin tone & texture without a prescription. MD Complete transforms gold standard dermatologist prescribed skincare protocols into simple, effective and complete regimens at a fraction of the cost of prescription regimen counterparts.”

Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate


Price: $19.99 / 0.5 fl oz (15ml)

How it’s Different

  • Unlike other serums this product is pure concentrate — it’s not diluted with water (which is often the first ingredient in other products).
  • Provides dermatologist levels of Retinol, as much as 5-10 times higher than other products.
  • Ideally suited for derma rolling, with naturally derived essential acids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C.


  • Improves radiance & brightens complexion
  • Evens skin tone and refines skin texture
  • Also great for nourishing hair, scalp, nails and cuticles.

Key Ingredients
Pure Retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) help improve skin tone and radiance
Vitamin E (Fruit Seed Extracts, Tocotrienols) nourishes skin and works synergistically with Vitamin C
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Pumpkin, Tomato, Raspberry, Nigella Sativa) provide nutritious oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with a variety of skin nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking skin. These extracts also provide a valuable source of carotenoids – the pigmented nutrients in fruits & vegetables that are linked with improving radiance.

Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy 


Price: $39.99 / 1 fl oz (30mL)

How It’s Different

  • Uniquely hydrating and high potency Retinol and Vitamin C treatment
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firms skin. In clinical studies, it was proven as effective in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and radiance as the leading prescription skincare regimen as well as in-office laser treatments performed by dermatologists, at 1/3 and 1/10 the cost.*
  • Smoothes & evens skin tone and texture for a younger-looking complexion

Key Ingredients

Pure Retinol up to 10X the retinol levels of traditional drug and department store products, and supplemented with nutrients that enhance the performance of the retinol for better results
Peptides help reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes texture
Vitamin C improves the appearance of fine lines, skin tone and radiance. MD Complete uses the more effective and more expensive variants of Vitamin C for better penetration and better results.
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Raspberry, Borago, Black Cumin) provide oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with a variety of skin nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking and feeling skin.

Eye Wrinkle Corrector


Price: $28.99 / 0.5 fl oz (15mL)

  • Reduces crow’s feet
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Lifts and firms

How It’s Different

  • Hydrating eye cream treatment
  • Reduces appearance of crow’s feet & wrinkles
  • Firms skin around the eyes
  • Brightens skin tone for brighter, more youthful-looking eyes

Key Ingredients

• A potent mix of Peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth texture
Vitamin C improves the appearance of fine lines, skin tone and radiance. MD Complete uses the more effective and more expensive variants of Vitamin C for better penetration and better results.
• A highly concentrated combination of Ceramides & Essential Fatty Acids strengthen the skin barrier and stimulate collagen production
Fruit Seed Extracts (Cranberry, Raspberry, Borago, Nigella Sativa) provide nutritious oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids along with nourishing plant sterols that support healthier looking skin. Vitamin E nourishes skin and works synergistically with Vitamin C for a more refined tone and texture. Vitamins A & B nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Hyaluronic Acid plumps and firms skin



NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

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NeoStrata Company, Inc., just launched one of their most potent serum to date: NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum.  This supercharged serum is formulated with a proprietary triple anti aging complex (Aminofil®, Gluconolactone, and Hyaluronic Acid) to help with ‘volumize and sculpt skin, filling the look of deep wrinkles and improving the appearance of skin laxity.’

Notable Ingredients: 

  • Smooths skin with Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid 0.5% – Due to its unique small size, LMW Hyaluronic Acid penetrates skin’s surface to attract moisture, providing hydration to visibly improve skin texture.
  • Volumizes slack skin with Aminofil® 1.25% – Patented amino acid derivative, concentrated to help reinforce the skin’s matrix and target skin’s Hyaluronic Acid to volumize, plump, and firm skin for a more lifted appearance.
  • Renews tone with Gluconolactone 8% – This hydrating Polyhydroxy Acid and chelator helps to reduce oxidative damage and gently increase cell turnover for more even tone.


In the morning and evening, apply 3-5 drops of Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum after cleansing and follow with a favorite moisturizer.

Why I Love It

This serum has become an absolute essential in my routine.  I have used many of Neostrata products in the past, and this is definitely one of my favorite.  Their ingredients and results are always clinically proven, and the ingredients in this serum are stellar.  I’ve been using this for just two weeks now and my skin is reaping the benefits.  The texture of this product feels luxurious and divine on the skin.  The consistency is light, but concentrated.  Two drops are sufficient for the entire face and neck.  It spreads likely silk, and completely absorbs into the skin within seconds.  It gives a taut feeling to the skin upon application, instantly give my skin a more firm and toned looking complexion.  Best of all, the serum is lightweight enough to be applied around the eye areas, which also gives a lifting effect that makes my eyes appear less tired.  Apart from the outstanding lifting effect, this serum also delivers long lasting hydration.  It keeps my skin hydrated and supple for the whole day.  It also helps the makeup to glide on beautifully.  Need I say more?



PRICE: $30.00 / 20ml

What It Is: An anti-wrinkle product designed to firm, contour and brighten the looks of skin

What It Does: Contains powerful growth factors (EGF, bGFG) and 95% raw material for anti-aging effects: help to restore appearance of skin’s elasticity, resilience, tone and texture

Ingredients: RH-Oligopeptide- 1, RH-Polypeptide- 1, Butylene Glycol, Vaccinium Angustifolium Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Guaiazulene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine.

Texture/Feel/Fragrance: Light watery consistency like a toner; non-oily, non-sticky; best to pat the product in, no detectable scent

What I Love About It

After three weeks of using this product, I have come to conclusion that this is one of the most comforting and beautiful products I’ve used.  The texture is thin but hydrating and smoothing.  It spreads beautifully.  The blue tint somehow makes this so calming to apply as part of my night time routine.  I apply this right after toning, and because it is so light, it makes it so easy for me to apply my other skin care products to follow.

The ingredients are stellar, and it’s so important to note that there are only 10 core ingredients without purified water, so it is a very high concentration and high strength product, not compromised by fillers.  What does EGF do?  It activates cellular regeneration, which as we all know slows as we age and the result is super-boosting of overall skin youth.  Certainly the most noticeable result for me is more even skin tone, and more resilient and bouncy skin.  In terms of skin discoloration and age spot, as ewll as wrinkle reduction, it is too early to tell.  But overall it helps me in maintaining a healthier-looking skin.  The real lovely part was that this product has no scent, no irritation, and just pure age-combating bliss that is totally worth the $30 investment.



Fabulous Gel-to-Oil Cleanser by Healavie


Healavie Cleansing Oil Gel


A gel cleanser that becomes an oil to cleanse, and then transforms into lotion to hydrate the skin


It cleans and softens the skin while removing makeup.


Mild citrusy scent, a yellowish honey-like soft gel that melts into the lightest of cleansing oil


When you massage this innovative gel cleanser onto your skin it transforms to a lightweight, cleansing oil that leaves skin clean, soft and perfectly balanced, never dry or stripped.  It literally metal away even stubborn, long-wear makeup and impurities.  Formulated with a variety of vitamins and 100% best Korean wild grass that contains the vitality and energies of earth, the oil then turns into a hydrating lotion that literally invigorates the skin and soften and hydrates without clogging pores or leaving any oily residue.  It was gently on my skin and had an uplifting, sweet citrusy scent.  The end result is simply fabulous: plumped, baby-soft and glowing skin that makes the rest of my skin care routine a breeze.


Softest Mask, Creamiest Serum – Healavie Sheetmasks


Sheetmasks are no doubt an integral part of my skin care routine.  I try to incorporate at least one every single day.  overtime, daily masking has brought my skin to a ‘next level’, and have helped my skin to have a constant bouncy and supple feel, and never dehydrated.  I’ve tried many, many masks, and this Healavie mask is definitely going into the categories of ‘my favorites’ based on results, ingredients and feel.  It really gives my skin a boost of radiance, brightening, hydration and the love it needs, and it’s just sooo SOFT and CREAMY!

WHAT IT IS: An intensively hydrating sheet mask that boost radiance, brightens skin and deeply hydrate for a brighter, even toned complexion


  • Fruit extract from Sea Buckthorn, also known as “Vitamin Tree”, moisturizes and brightens the dry and dull skin.
  • The extract also contains vitamin C, which nourishes and brightens the exhausted skin.
  • It contains 10 different kinds of herbal ingredients, which help toward moisturizing, calming, hydrating, whitening, and wrinkle improvement effects.
  • Hydrating Ingredients + Brightening Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Dimethicone, Methyipropanediol, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine,Beta-Carotene, Stearic Acid, Squalane, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide NP, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, t-Butyl Alcohol, Cholesterol, Caprylici Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HO, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Phytosphingosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin. Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Trisociium EDTA



Let me tell you why I’m a now a huge Healavie fan.  The sheet masks are made of cellulose – an eco-friendly, biodegradable fiber that really helps with mask adherence, making them completely slip and drip-free.  The texture of this mask is divine.  Just think the softest, silkiest mask sitting on your face for twenty minutes!  Each mask is packed literally with a whooping 30 mL of serum, that completely soak the mask.   After 20 minute, all that 30 ml of serum goodness has penetrated and transferred to my skin.  Some sheetmasks, you can still feel a lot of products trapped or retained in the mask.  Not with this one.  It really is so ideal for dehydrated skin, deeply conditions the skin and leaving it quenched and velvety soft.  Additionally my face looks so rejuvenated and brightened.  The beautifying effects last for one to two days, and it really shines for me as an event night refresher to make my skin look amazing.  The left over serum is ‘creamy’, with a barely-three floral scent, and it glides on like the most hydrating moisturizer.  As the serum and mask dries, my skin is dewy, but not greasy or tacky.  With many herbal and botanical ingredients that hydrate, soothe and plump, these masks are excellent value considering the quality and result.

You can find them at Cali-J, an LA based Korean beauty and fashionable ion boutique.



Anti-Aging Multitasker: Bueno Meditech

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What attracted me to Bueno Meditech are its ingredients.  It is a relatively new, luxurious Korean brand that really pushes forward skin care products in all its glory with research on cellular level and bioactive substances.  Just look at the power ingredients that forms the foundation of this brand.

Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) and Multi-Growth Factor (MGF):  Growth factors are at the cutting edge of anti-aging science.  it’s truly unique because they communicate with your cells to create more collagen and elastin, which keep skin smooth and firm for a healthy, youthful complexion.  It maximizes and synergistically work with the anti-aging benefits of other ingredients such as peptide.

Peptide: molecular links of amino acids that help your skin to produce collagen, the foundation for firm and elastic skin.  Properly formulated collagen can send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more, thereby improving skin texture, tone, thickness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Galactomyces:  There are numerous scientific studies that show that galactomyces ferment filtrate is effective in moisturizing, brightening, controlling sebum production, decreasing acne, and increasing elasticity; hence its popularity in many Asian skin care brands, including SKII, Dr. Jart, COSRX and Benton.

Volufilin: This is new to me but it sounds absolutely fabulous.  We lose fat as we age, resulting sagging, dark circle and deep wrinkles.  Volufilin is extracted from the roots of Asian botanical Anemarrhena asphodeloides, in an oil-soluble excipient. It promotes body volume by a cosmetic lipofilling-like effect. It stimulates adipocyte differentiation and proliferation, and promotes lipid storage leading to an increase of adipocyte volume in the fatty tissue.

Additionally, the brand emphasizes on natural philosophy by using nature’s finest ingredients, and is free of paraben, benzophenone, talc, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, propylene glycol, color, sulfate and BHT.  The high tech and natural formulations really help to focus these products on being an anti-aging multitasker.  Growth factors and peptides alone can address multiple aging concerns at once, tackling all kinds of issues from wrinkles to dark spot to loss of firmness and elasticity and everything in between.  The ultimate result is skin that is refined, rejuvenated, and ultra hydrated.    I’m so excited to share these products because not only are the ingredients top-notch, every single product also gives an exceptional user experience with its texture, seamless absorption, feel and look on the skin.  It pairs so well with my other daily essentials including vitamin C and AHA, with no adverse reaction or irritation.  More than just high quality, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.


Pore Tightening Toner with EGF + Galactomyces 80%


PRICE: 34.70 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A pore clearing, gentle exfoliating and hydrating toner

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: thin clear liquid, no detectable fregrance, non-greasy and absorbs quickly

The synergistic combination of 80% of Galactomyces and MGF complete some heavier anti-aging benefits: boosting collagen, fight fine lines and firming the skin.  Additionally this toner also relies on portulaca extract, heartleaf, and tea-tree extract to purify and hydrate the skin.  These ingredients are highly effective for exfoliating dead skin cell, clarify pores, sebum, and provide black/whitehead control.  I really believe a good toner preps my skin for better absorption of other products, and certainly this particularly one helps me to achieve a clean oil-free canvas at the first step of my routine.  The texture is very fluid, most suited to be applied with a cotton pad.  However I usually like to apply toners with my hands and pat it in (3X in the morning and 7X at night).  Because of the thin texture, there can be some spillage of the product when using my hand.  I don’t detect any fragrances. Not only do I have combination to oily skin, my skin is also sensitive with age spot and hormonal acne along the chin.  This toner has clarified my skin, reduced my pore size and dramatically evened the tone of my skin. Additionally, I find that my oiliness in the mornings has been dramatically reduced. I highly recommend if you have any of the issues I have. I have been using it twice a day it makes a huge difference in about two weeks.

Shiny EGF Peptide Serum for Anti Aging


PRICE: $97.40 / 40mL

WHAT IT IS: An all-in-one serum for antiaging, skin brightening and silky hydration

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: Gel-like, no noticeable smell, silky feel

Aside from peptides, this serum also contains some skin-favorites including filtered snail slime and hyaluronic acid (hydration, hydration, hydration), adenosine and niacinamide (skin brightening), and natural ingredients (fresh aloe, sea fennel seeds) to fight inflammation and irritation.  These ingredients promises skin repair, drastic refining of wrinkles, restoring of skin firmness and elasticity, as well as evening and toning of skin texture.  The serum has a thin gel-like consistently with no noticeable smell.  It is extremely easy to apply, absorbs quickly into the skin and it does not feel greasy.  I feel that it really helps to soften and firm the skin, and plump any fine lines and wrinkles.  I also love the silky feel.  If you can splurge, this proved to be a worthwhile investment.  The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup.  Compared to other products with similar high quality ingredients, this is actually affordable.  It really is quite an all-in-one concentrated solution.


Trouble, Acne-care Emulsion with EGF + Peptides + Teatree extract


Price: $30.40 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A skin-soothing and calming emulsion, that also REALLY hydrate the skin

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: lotion-like, no scent, light weight and fast abosrbing

This product provides skin with an emulsion of intensive hydration and powerful antiaging ingredients (peptides, MGF) to battle lines and wrinkles before they become more serious.  Also, it contains suitable ingredients for troubled skin such as tea tree and heartleaf extracts, perfect to keep calm my adult acne.  But the time I get to this step (after toner, and serum), I already love how this makes my skin feel so much that sometimes I cheat and use it as my daytime moisturizer only.  It seems to give my skin that supple, healthy and brightened glow.  It has a nice thick texture and goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy or oil.  I love the fact tht it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.  This is the first step after serum that really gets my face feeling hydrated and soft.  What I especially love is how this improve the texture of my skin.  The pump dispenses the exact amount that is  enough for the face and neck so I think a bottle will last for quite a while.

EGF, Peptide, Volufiline Cream


PRICE: $42.80 / 1.7 ounce

WHAT IT IS: A highly potent anti-aging moisturizer that helps to plump skin, fine lines and restore lost volume

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: medium-to-thick cream, no scent, concentrated enough for dry complexion but won’t clog oil ones

EGF-9 Advanced Eye Cream for Face delivers healthy vital energy to the skin with high- concentrated MGF, Peptide, and Volufiline.  It is a versatile product that is delicate enough to treat the skin around the eyes, and potent with moisturizing, firming and brightening ingredient to revitalize any dull complexion.  Even within a few days of use, I can feel that my skin feels different.  My skin’s so much hydrated, and just overall soften complexion.  With a few weeks of use, my skin looks so much brighter and smoother from within, helping me one step closer to get that translucent glow.  Overall it just make my skin look younger.  It’s a thicker cream, but it’s not greasy.  It comes in an 1.7 ounce container with a spatula.


I absolutely love the results of using all of these Bueno Meditech products together, perfect for those who are looking for a moisturizing and brightening anti-aging care.  These peptide-heavy product provide all in one solution that are important for my skin looking younger, and the results are obvious.  It gives my skin a subtle radiance and glow that no makeup can provide.  You can find this beautiful set on Amazon, or through the company website.

Pore Care: Elizavecca Milk Piggy Hell-Pore Bubble Blackboom Pore Pack


Elizavecca is well-known for their ‘pore care’ products including their Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, and Hell Pore Clean Up Nose Mask.  Their newest products in the pore care line is the Milk Piggy Hell-Pore Bubble Blackboom Pore Pack.  Rather than a peel-off mask like their previous nose mask, this one combines best of their previous two masks: clay and bubbles and is made excellent for sebum absorption, deep cleansing and mild exfoliation.

I love products that contains charcoal, because this one ingredient is really a magnet for sebum that the skin produces to clog pores and impurities soaked up from the environment. Charcoal has the ability to penetrate deep into pores and draw them out, leaving pores cleaner and thus minimized, and overall skin looks smoother and refreshed.


  • A magnifying charcoal mask that help to detoxify and cleanse the skin


  • Deeply cleanse pores by drawing out sebum, while clearing and preventing breakouts


Water, Glycerin, Stearic acid, Cocamidopropyl betamine, Lauric acid, Potassium hydroxide, Charcoal Powder (4%), Myristic acid, PEG-400, Lauramide DEA, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, soluble collagen, polysorbate 20, beeswax, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, panthenol, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, carica papaya fruit extract, rosmarinus officinalis extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, sapindus mukurossi peel extract, fragrance


Well, first of all, Elizavecca never failed to impress me on their cute packagings.  There is a pig illustration with a before and after face covered by the mask.  It’s a squeeze tube, which is more hygienic than a tub, I feel.  The masking experience can be messy to my sinks at times.  I let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes as recommended.  I always love how my face feel after this mask.

The ingredients are stellar.  4% charcoal draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while various acids (Laurie acid, myristic acid, and papaya fruit extract) helps with gentle exfoliation.  Additional botanical extract help to keep the mask hydrating without stripping the skin.

The mask experience is very pleasant.  The texture is thick but smooth and easy to apply.  It’s NOT a ‘DRYING’ or “PEEL-OFF” charcoal mask.  It stays hydrated on the skin, and upon rinsing with water, it transforms into a grayish colored foam, which I gently massage to get an even deeper cleaning.  I imagine its exfoliating acids loosening the build up of sebum and bacteria.  The rinsing off is not tedious like some charcoal mask.  Rather it washes off fairly easily with no residue.  My face is always left matte, and noticeably less inflamed (courtesy of its soothing botanical extracts).  And the best part is it doesn’t feel stripped or dry.  I leave this in my shower to use while showering so the steam can open up the pores.  I have been using it at most twice a week, and love following up with a hydrating sheet mask for a multi-masking session.  I can confidently say that this mask works so well on my combination/oily, acne-prone skin.  My skin is less oily in the T-zone, pores are less noticeable and has been excellent at preventing new breakouts.


Skin Care Serets for a Head-To-Toe Glow


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


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?


Power Enzyme Duo By Jan Marini


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!


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.


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.


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: