Category Archives: Taiwanese Beauty Products

Chik’O 肌珂 Art Of Skin Care

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Can we just take some time to appreciate the aesthetics of the pantone packaging? The eye-catching packaging, and use of tried-and-true beauty ingredients have made these Chi’ko masks a permanent place in my skin care regime.

Chi’ko (from Taiwan) has been been infusing the Asian market with their Sparkling and Brightening, and Energizing and Moisturizing Sheet masks. The first is designed with ampoule rich in Vitamin C, tranexamic acid, and papaya and pineapple enzyme to brighten skin tone. The second one contains allantoin, trehalose, and hyaluronic acid for comforting and moisturizing the skin.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

Sparkling and Brightening Mask

  • Vitamin C – antioxidant, skin brightening, lighten pigments, skin firming, anti-aging
  • Tranexamic Acid – anti-inflammatory, reduce skin redness, lighten pigmentations
  • Papaya and Pinapple Enzyme – both contain active ezymes of papain and bromelain, which help to breakdown and disoolve dead skin cells on surface of skin with the ultimate result of achieving more even skin tone

Energizing and Moisturizing Mask

  • Allantoin – extract from root of comfrey plant; soothing, non-irritating ingredients that help to stimulate cell regeneration to promote health skin
  • Trehalose – sugar found in plants, known for its hydrating and water-binding and antioxidant properties
  • Hyaluronic acid – retain skin moisture, antiaging and skin firming benefits through collagen synthesis

MY THOUGHTS

Made of soft Cupro fiber, these thin and breathable masks adhere closely to the skin and hold 10x the moisturizing essence of a normal cotton sheet mask. The mask feels just like silk, soft and comforting on the skin, like a second skin. I feel the elegant texture of the mask really elevate the sheet masking experience to new heights. I will admit that the sheet mask is super thin (comes in a plastic protector), which I fidgeted a bit when applying. I can easily overcome this minor technicality because the results of these mask are simply fabulous.

I feel the Brightening mask is ideal for those looking to restore luminosity and brightness to dull skin. Their unique ingredient formulation help to gently exfoliate and resurface the skin, to lighten dark spot and simply help to create a glowing complexion while evening out the skin tone.

The Energizing and moisturizing mask is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin, with a short list of 16 gentle and safe ingredients that provide the ultimate soothing hydration.

Both of these masks instantly calm and hydrate my tired complexion, and rejuvenate my skin, keeping it looking great for the rest of the day.

You can find these masks at Chik’o Art of Skincare retailing ~$13/box of 5 sheet masks.

 

 

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Dr.Wu Hyalurcomplex

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Caring for your skin goes beyond treatment with actives like acids, retinol and vitamin C.  Maintaining a well hydrated skin is key to keeping skin healthy, plump and resilient.  When there is adequate water from inside and out, skin looks more vibrant and healthy.  This is at the heart of Dr. Wu’s Hyalurcomplex product line. What’s better to help keep skin hydrated than one of its natural composition of hyaluronic acid.

 

The Hyalurcomplex product line, designed to cleanse, hydrate, treat and simply plump your skin to health, youth and radiance.  This is done by using hyaluronic acid of different molecular weight along with special proteins that allow it to penetrate multiple layers of the skin for deep hydration.  Let me tell you, this toner and serum combo can revive even the most dehydrated skin.  The beautiful thing about these products is the light texture and formulation that won’t clog pores, perfect for oily and combo skin who we all know needs moisture too.  They deliver moisture and a matte finish for those who battle shine.  I have been using these for weeks and am loving the results.

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Intensive Hydrating Toner With Hyaluronic Acid

PRICE

  • $29 / 150ml

WHAT IT IS

  • A hydrating toner

WHAT IT DOES

  • For dehydrated and sensitive skin
  • Increase skin firmness
  • Stimulate cell renewal
  • Reduce scarring

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

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  • 5th generation HyaluComplex – A perfect combination of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acids; penetrate deeply into the skin to attract, retain and create hydration and moisture through all skin layers
  • Ceramela – A yeast extract which has similar structure to ceramide and can reinforce the skin’s natural protective barrier to reduce moisture loss
  • Amino Acids Complex – An effective moisturizer formulated with amino acids cocktail, which exhibits high hydration retention
  • High potency Hyalu-Complex, Ceramide III, Aldavine and Amino Acids Complex formula helps skin to attract, retain and create moisture through the different layers of skin

LOOK/FEEL/SCENT

  • Consistency of a ‘snail’ slimy texture; viscous liquid, works wonders on dry patches
  • Gentle and fast absorption
  • Matte finish
  • No detectable scent

DIRECTIONS

  • Apply small amount onto face and neck using firm and smooth circular movements from the central T-zone toward the outer edges.
  • Use daily, day and night.

WHY I LOVE IT

Some days I love to keep it simple, sticking to one product that I know works fabulous for my skin.  This toner surprised me with its slightly more viscous texture, reminding me of the Klair Supper Preparation Facial Toner.  Despite the thicker texture for a toner, there is nothing tacky or sticky about this toner.  It actually blends out lightweight and gets absorbed instantly.  I love applying this with cotton pad first, using it as a gentle hydrating cleansing water to get rid of any leftover residue, and then apply with my hands and pat it away.  On weekends, I’ve used this as the ‘7 Skin‘ methods and my skin just glows with high moisture retention.  This product is simply amazing, and the hydrating effect exceeds the capacity of any conventional hydrating toner that I’ve used.  It’s soothing and is gentle enough for every skin type.   I feel that this toner really preps my skin and enhances the effectiveness and application of other skincare product applied.  It leaves my skin baby smooth and soft and it doesn’t promise to do anything fancy.  It simply fulfills its claim in providing the absolute incredible hydration to the skin.

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Intensive Hydrating Serum With Hyaluronic Acid

PRICE

  • $31.95 / 15ml

WHAT IT IS

  • A hydrating serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • For dehydrated and sensitive skin
  • Provide skin with long term and intensive hydration
  • Continuous application can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and loss of elasticity and improve dull skin tone

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 5th generation HyaluCompleXActive – Most advanced hdyrating formula containing sodium hyaluronate, hyalo-oligo, hyalufix GL and optim-hyal which attracts, retains and create hydration through all skin layers
  • Yeast Extract – contain skin regeneration properties to promote cell renewal and healing
  • Ceramela – a yeast extract which has similar structure to ceramide and can reinformce skin’s natural protective barrier to reduce moisture loss
  • Seamollient – a marine extract rich in hygroscopic macromolecules which can improve skin hydration and create softer, smoother skin

LOOK/FEEL/SCENT

  • Incredibly lightweight cooling gel texture that makes it easy to work with
  • Sinks and absorbs quickly, with no tacky feeling.

How to use

Apply small amount onto face and neck using firm and smooth circular movements from the central T-zone toward the outer edges.

WHY I LOVE IT

I find it so beneficial to use this serum following the toner.  This combination really boost hydration results, easily transforming even the driest area of my face or neck into dewy, fresh skin.  It’s an oil-free serum, gel-like texture that cools on the skin, glides on silky smooth, and just soak into the skin.  It’s completely non-irritating, and it just seriously rejuvenate and restore hydration, while aiding at faster absorption and enhanced hydration.  It’s thicker enough that you can probably get away with skipping your cream altogether.  But I highly recommend at leasting sealing all that hydration goodness with an occlusive moisturizer.  Occlusive doesn’t mean heavy.  Current moisturizers rotating in my routine are: Pyunkang Balancing Gel and Lapothicell Keep Your Youth Daily Gel.

Bonus points: Whereas some hyaluronic products can leave skin a bit tacky, this one leaves your face completely soft and matte, minimizing lines and doubling as a makeup primer.  The only downside, it’s such a small bottle at only 15mL.  I will surely need to restock.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I can confidently recommend these Dr. Wu’s product to anyone who wants to seriously hydrate their skin.  These products will hydrate the most stubborn dry and sensitive, and the matte no-shine finish is perfect for combination and oily skin.  No hype, no gimmicks, just some fabulous hyaluronic acid products that guarantee to give soft, supple and glowing complexion, with long lasting moisture.

Where I got this: Beauty Secrets, https://beautysecrets.us.com/, free standard shipping for orders over $49.

 

Face Wash For Acne

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After I hit my 30s, I started to battle some breakouts that I had in my early teenage years; all at the same time trying to stave off some fine lines that comes with age.  For cleansers, I’m looking for ones that can help clear up the annoying zits, as well as to fight dull, aging skin.  The trick is identifying a cleanser that offers a deep clean without over-drying the skin, as our skin naturally produces less oil with age.  Adult acne is different from teen acne.  It’s not usually in the usual t-zone area, and more so are hormonal related.  Hormone related breakouts are primarily on the lower face, specifically with cyst along the jawline and even down the neck.

Below are two cleansers I’m currently loving, with completely different ingredients and approach to cleansing.  Find out how they help to keep my skin youthful and successfully fend off breakouts.

Bravura London Purifying Gel Cleanser

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PRICE

WHAT IT IS

  • A deep cleansing oil-free formula

WHAT IT DOES

  • Dissolves dirt, surface impurities and most makeup without stripping skin
  • Contains alpha and beta-hydroxy acids and natural enzymes that helps to exfoliate the skin
  • For normal to oily skin types

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Glycolic and lactic acid help skin to exfoliate, to unclog pores, while salicylic acid works deep in the pores to help reduce size of pores and clear black heads.
  • Yeast extract: natural vitamin B complex helps to regulate oil gland secretion
  • Natural botanicals: watercress extract rich in vitamin C help with clearing complexion, lavender extract has healing and anti-inflammatory benefits; papain is a botanical exfoliant

Aloe Vera Gel, Decyl Polyglucose, Glycolic Acid (7%), Salicylic Acid , Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract (Vitamin B), Sodium PCA, Glycerin, SD Alcohol 40, Lactic Acid, Watercress Extract, Papain, Bromelain, Lavender Extract, Soap Wort Extract, Camphor, Sodium Hydroxide, Guar Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.

TEXTURE/FEEL/FRAGRANCE

  • A unique gel formula that activates into refreshing foam, mild medicinal scent

WHY IT WORKS FOR ME

As its name suggest it, this is a a serious purifying cleanser that comes out as foam, making it one of the most creamy whipped frothy washing experiences.  It’s formulated with Bravura specialties of acids: salicylic, lactic, glycolic to target and prevent breakouts, while aloe, lavender and watercress soothes red and irritated skin.  I love using this first thing in the morning, as it makes my skin feel so squeaky clean, invigorated and balanced.   My skin feels like it just received a deep cleanse.  The cleanser also help to reduce shine by absorbing sebum, while tighten the appearance of pores, literally ‘purify’ my skin leaving it baby soft and smooth, yet still hydrated. I feel that this face wash is a great way to get these fabulous acid into my daily beauty routine to yield reliable consistent results – I wash my face every day, after all.  Additional benefit is that I don’t experience any major side effects of a potent combination of acids as the cleanser does not stay on my face for long periods of time.  The benefits are noticeable: less breakouts, less oily t-zone, and improved skin tone and texture.  Bravura has rocked my skin again with this fabulous product.

Dr. Wu Deep Cleansing Gel With Niacinamide

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PRICE

WHAT IT IS

  • Effective and gentle cleanser for oily and acne prone skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • Cleanse away acne-causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin
  • Also help to keep skin looking young by retaining moisture and providing anti-aging benefits
  • Prevent acne problems in all stages and visibly reduce marks left behind by blemishes
  • Control sebum

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate – derived from coconut oil; used as a gentle surfactant that help water mix with oil and dirt so it can be easily rinsed away
  • Niacinamide – Powerful ingredient for anti-inflammation making it an effective treatment for acne, psoriasis and rosacea; reduces sebum production; antiaging benefits by stimulate dermis to produce more collagen; prevent moisture loss
  • Chamomilla recutita extract – calm sensitive skin, condition the skin to optimal balance
  • Aloe barbadensis gel – hydrate and repair the skin’s natural barrier; healing and soothing for the skin, anti-inflammatory

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL

  • Light gel cleanser; mild floral scent

WHY I LIKE IT

This cleanser made me realize that just because I have acne prone skin, it doesn’t mean that I need a harsh cleanser.  How does this treat acne without ingredients like benzoyl peroxide?  It’s all in the formulation combining an effective and gentle surfactant from coconut oil, as well as nourishing skin ingredients that help to deeply cleanse and refine the pores, balance sebum, restore moisture and thus leaving skin fresh, hydrated and healthy to minimize breakouts.  The gel develops into a non-drying oil to protect the skin’s natural moisture levels and hydrate dry areas at the same time.  It then changes into a light milk formula for easy rinsing.    It cleanses so thoroughly.  My skin is left residue-free, and totally refreshed, and conditioned to its optimal balance.  What’s more, it is enriched with aloe vera to really lock in the moisture and offer a fuss-free approach to truly tailored skin care.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Two cleansers, two completely different ingredient lists. Both are great gentle cleanser that are designed to fight pimples while also keeping my skin looking young by retaining moisture and providing anti-aging benefits.

What are your favorite cleansers?

 

Taiwanese Mask Obsession: My Beauty Diary

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Spa treatments are so indulging.  But when I can’t find the best of times or even an hour to visit a spa to enjoy some much deserved pampering, sheet masks at home gives me a little ‘me’ time while having a good skin treatment.  Taiwanese sheet masks always have a soft spot in my heart, with My Beauty Diary easily fulfilling my vanities.

My Beauty Diary is a well recognized face mask brand in Taiwan and they now have a sales branch in the US, making purchasing so convenient and reliable.  You can find these products at My Beauty Diary US: ibeautydiary.com/

My Beauty Diary Masks are unique in several points:

(1) They literally have a mask for every skin needs, special occasions or emergencies: brightening, firming, calming…  You name it, you can find it with MBD.

(2) They carry mask with ingredients that are tried-and-true: hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, q10, AND some very exotic ingredients such as sake, rice wine, natto; depending on your level of adventure with skin care ingredients.

(3) Their masks are: No Paraben preservatives, No alcohol, No fluorescent whitening agents and Safe for sensitive and fragile skin

(4) What I like best about them is that they are consistently high quality, yet budget friendly.  What do I mean by high quality?

Packaging: Their packaging are the smallest among all sheet masks I’ve tried, which makes them very efficient and convenient.  Each mask come with English instructions.  On the front of the package are the key ingredients and the mask function, i.e. hydrating, soothing.. and on the back of the mask contain detailed ingredient list, notable ingredients and reason for their use, as well as designated skin types and directions.  No guessing games here!

Texture/Feel: Their masks are made of tencel fibre cloth, which means microfibres are inter-weaved to allow for efficient water-bearing structure of the essence.  The tencel is ultra-thin, soft and stretchy, but so absorbable.  When the mask is wet, it is nearly translucent on the skin.  This translates to the best fitted sheet mask I’ve ever used because it literally clings to every singe surface area of my face.  I’ve left these masks up to 40 minutes at a time, and it still remains well moisturized when removed.  Each mask always comes with a white plastic backing, making it easy to disassemble and apply.

Essence: Each package contains abundant essence that are not only soaked into the mask but enough left over to treat my neck, chest, arms, legs, body et al.

Fit: I am biased on this, because I have a small-ish face.  I feel that these newest addition of MBD masks are literally designed for my face.  Every opening in the mask for the eyes, nose and mouth are in the right place, and are neither too big or small.  I love when the gentle skin around my eyes can be treated.

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Black Pearl Brightening Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for skin lacking firmness, dull or tired skin

WHAT IT DOES: Optimal whitening, brightening and moisturizing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Supreme black pearl essence from Tahiti is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that rapidly rejuvenate tired and dull skin.  Also formualated with hydrolyzed yeast protein, skin-brightening lemon extract to effective lighten and even skin tone.  The hydrating formulation contains deep sea Red algae and Malvasylvestris exract provides immediate relief to dry skin and improves’s skin’s ability to adjust tot he environment.  Sugar maple also helps to deliver intense hydration.

MY REVIEW: I can easily see why this is one of MBD most popular masks.  The ingredient formulation is stellar, and the brightening result is certainly immediately visible.  It makes my skin more even skin tone, and really helps to bring out a translucent clarity effect, along with diminishing pores and supply of ample hydration.  I love using this mask for lazy no-make up days because it instant wakes up my skin.

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Aloe Vera Soothing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for dry skin and skin needing relief and repair

MASK FUNCTION: Optimal hydration, calming and soothing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Aloe vera contains nourishing mucopolyaccharides that are combined with the double-acting moisturizing ingredients Cosphingo x Aquaroad to formulate a remarkable skin nourishing mask.  The mask also contains kiwi, lemon, gingko and various extract to soften dead skin.  Mulberry tree bark and bearberry leaf extract provides dual-action to soothe dry and irritated skin, while control and maintain balanced sebum secretion and clarify skin.

MY REVIEW: This mask is especially great after leaving it in the fridge, as the aloe provides an extra cooling, refreshing and hydrating experience on my skin.  I love using this mask on days when my skin feels sensitive.  It quenches the thirst of my skin, while the rich blend of nutrients and plant extract help to sooth any flushing or irritation.   The moisturizing and calming effect is really outstanding, and the finish is clean and non-sticky, making this a great morning mask when I’m in a rush to get out the door.

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Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types; especially recommended for dry skin or skin in need of immediate hydration

WHAT IT DOES: Continuous hydration, Brightening and Firming

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Classic and popular moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is treated to a hi-techhydrolysis process to further reduce the size of their elements, which allows for improved penetration and humectant effect.  Additional hydrating ingredients includes aloe vera and algae.  It also contains a blend of Arnica montana and Ruscus aculeatus for skin brightening and firming by improving skin elasticity and firmness, and enhances the complexion.

MY REVIEW: This mask is superbly hydrating without being too intense or heavy, perfect for the summer time.  I can never have too much hyaluronic acid products in my skin care, as hydration is the key to skin health.  I love using this mask after being in the sun too long, to help reduce pigmentations, and when I want to brighten my skin for a big event.  This mask also contains ingredients to firm the skin, including a whole host of antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin and perfect as part of an anti-ageing skin routine.

What are your favorite MBD masks?  Most of these masks are $1-2, or can be purchased in boxes of 5-10, on http://www.ibeautydiary.com.

 

 

CY Lab Masks

CY Lab is a Taiwanese skincare brand, created by a beauty manufacturer that’s been in the professional spa business for over 30 years, since 1982. Though this brand is considered a professional medical beauty brand in Taiwan, CY Lab was created so that these “high-level skincare series” could now be available to you! This brand is cruelty-free and their products are paraben-free.

CY Lab Top Luxury Mask Variety Set

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PRICE: $9.50 For three or you can purchase individually

Set contains:

Top Luxury Mask – Alpha-Arbutin Skin Whitening

WHAT IT IS

A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

Combat dullness and uneven texture, dark spots and uneven skin tone, and help prevent aging

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C (derived from ethyl ascorbic acid) lightens hyper-pigmentation and evens out skin tone

Orchid Extract is an astringent natural plant extract full of antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging

Arbutin brightens uneven skin tones and tones down redness by prevent formation of melanin

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Arbutin, Allantoin, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

SCENT/FRAGRANCES

Thin but sturdy cottony stretchy material that adheres like second skin, fit for medium size face, minimal detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

This mask contains a highly concentrated ampoule serum that contains both vitamin C and arbutin for powerful brightening effect, while sodium hyaluronate boost moisture and support natural collagen synthesis, and orchid, which has been used in medicinal Chinese formula for thousands of years to boost antiaging and protective effect while endowing complexion with a translucent glow. The mask is a super soft cotton sheet that fit the entire face and has plastic protective layer to peel off prior to using. I left this mask on for about 45 minutes (a bit longer than suggested time) and it was just starting to feel dry. My skin skin feels so moisturized and soft and looks significantly brighter. If you are looking for a sheet mask to brighten and bring life and vibrancy to dull and lackluster complexion, I highly recommend this mask.

Top Luxury Mask – Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate

WHAT IT IS

An antiaging black sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

Contains sea fennel stem cell extract to maintain skin’s elasticity and antixoidant to slow down signs of aging and stimulate collagen production

KEY INGREDIENTS

Crithmum Maritimum boosts collagen production, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover, and evens out skin discoloration

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is an anti-aging agent that helps increase collagen and elastin production and improve hydration

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Lecithin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Collagen, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT/FIT

Soft and plush, fit my small-medium face just perfect; clear lightly viscous essence with no detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this is a black mask. I love black mask because it means adding detoxification component to my masking experience. The mask feels even more velvety than its white counterpart. It’s literally soft and luxurious. The mask comes with a TON of wonderfully hydrating liquid with so much more left over in the pouch. No lie, I left this mask on for close to one hour and it stayed MOIST and WET! Talk about great absorptive power of this black mask! This mask left my skin looking and feeling amazing, brighter, dewy and hydrated. The best part is the next morning, when my pores looks so clean and visibly smaller. The ingredient of Crithmum Maritimum is certain intriguing to me and rarely found in other skin care products and I’m so excited to be trying their Crithmum Maritimum essence that allows me to include this ocean botanical based retinol into my routine.

Top Luxury Mask – Triple Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Moisturizing Repairing Mask

WHAT IT IS

A skin-quenching mask blended with antioxidants

WHAT IT DOES

Intensely hydrating and provide long lasting moisture; help combat dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion

KEY INGREDIENTS

Hyaluronic Acid retains skin moisture levels and promotes collagen synthesis

Saccharide Isomerate is an emollient naturally found in skin and helps lock in moisture

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT

nearly transparent, great fit, watery essence

WHY I LIKE IT

Like a cool drink of water for the skin, ultra low molecular hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture while saccharide isomerate naturally hydrate and refreshes, and seaweed extract, which contains algeinic acid, moisturizes and removes impurities. The mask is ultra light and soft. The mask adheres comfortably to the skin, giving me the ability to multi-task while improving my complexion. Formulated with only natural and safe ingredients, this ultra-soothing and hydrating mask allows pores to absorb essential nutrients and moisturizing ingredients for an ultimate hydration therapy, giving my skin a serious recharge, making it glowy bouncy all day long.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with all three of Cy Lab masks. They are simple comfortable on the skin and provides the instant results I am looking for from a mask: improving complexion, brighten and even skin tone, added hydration and suppleness. The ingredient lists are short yet powerful, contains only non-nonsense or fillers, and gentle for sensitive skin. These are definitely a repurchase in my books. You can find these at Amabie Shop: http://shopamabie.com or Miiru Shop https://www.miirushop.com/

Obsessed with Loveisderma Tinted Sunscreen

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The only thing better than a sunscreen that is silky smooth and applies with no white cast is one that is tinted!  This Loveisderma UV Shield Sunscreen is a tinted sunscreen packed with hydrating and even some antiaging benefits and make my skin matte, even and glow as I soak up the sun, and lounge at the poolside.
WHAT IT IS
A light tinted sunscreen, with SPF 50 protection
WHAT IT DOES
UV Shield sunscreen provides physical-chemical properties for sunscreen protection.  It offers full spectrum sunscreen and absorption protection against both UVA and UBV radiation. Brighten skin for natural and flawless complexions.
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
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WHAT IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS
Fragrance free, silky light texture, absorbs with no white cast, provides a light smooth coverage
PRICE
$19 / 50ml
WHY I LIKE IT
It is so light in application I barely feel it on my skin, yet it still provides great protection, against both UVA and UVB and provides maximum sun protection in both physical and chemical form.  The tinted formula allows me to wear this sunscreen in place of foundation or BB cream.  It instantly evens out redness and slight discolorations while feeling weightless on the skin. It can also doubles as a makeup primer and base.  Niacinamide, and various botanical extracts keep the skin hydrated, nourished and provide some anti-aging skin care benefits.  The finish is matte but with an ever so slight of a shimmer.  It works on even darker skin tones of my friends, and simply enhance the appearance of the skin, delivering a genuine all-in-one product.  This is an ideal staple for low maintenance, beauty inspired sun protection.

Sundays Are For Masking: Loveisderma

IMG_1673loveisdermaEvery Sunday, I try and spend a little extra time on my skin, prepping it for the busy week ahead.  Masks are my favorite way to unwind and energize and pump my skin back to good health.  Today I used Loveisderma VC Brightening Jelly followed by the brand’s hydrating biocellulose mask.  My skin looks glowy and feels so plump and soft.

Loveisderma VC Whitening Jelly

(500 g – 16.7 Fl.oz) 

Indications :This gel-based masque is formulated with a skin lightening formula rich in nourishing hydrators and brightening ingredients such as VC-IP, Vitamin B3, White Mulberry Extract and Oryza Sativa Lees Extract that help promote overall skin clarity, give the skin a brighter, fresher appearance.  Suitable for all skin types.

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Designed for: Brightens & Lightens for Luminous Complexion

Ingredients: Brightening ingredients highlighted

Water, Glycereth-26, Corallina Officinalis Extract, White Mulberry Root, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Niacinamide, Mannitol, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Caffeine, Zinc Gluconate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chesnut) Seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance

Star Brightening Ingredient: White Mulberry Root

Mulberry plant has been shown to effectively inhibit melanogenesis (melanin production). Clinical trials have found that mulberry root bark extract and leaf extract from the twigs can inhibit tyrosinase activity (melanin enzyme) be as much as 50%.  You can read more about white mulberry skin whitening properties here: http://www.skinandallergynews.com/index.php?id=1059&type=98&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=216679

Review

Jelly masks are the skin care innovations in Taiwan.  Next to Annie’s Way, Loveisderma Jelly Masks are very popular.  I’ve previously used Annie’s Way Arbutin Jelly Mask for an instant brightening effect.  Their star ingredient is arbutin.  In Loveisderma’s VC brightening mask, the skin brightening effects comes from nature’s botanical extracts full of anti-oxidants, with the star being white mulberry.  A girl can never have too many skin brightening masks!  It’s so important to follow the instructions to using this jelly mask to get the most benefit.  You need to be generous when applying, leaving 0.3-0.5cm thick on the skin.  Let’s be real, I don’t measure but I certainly am generous in applying a good thick layer with the spatula.  One of the features I love about this mask is that through the process of masking, it helps to soak in into pores, dissolve and soften blackheads, making it easier to be exfoliated and cleared.  The jelly then needs to be wiped away, followed by cleansing with water.  So certainly it’s a little more diligent work than a sheet mask.  So why do I use it?  Well, I absolutely love the cooling sensation of the jelly, which also helps to detoxify and tighten pores.  The gel texture revives the skin on application.  When you scrape or wipe away the mask, it offers a dual scrub that is both gentle and powerful.  The combination of brightening and moisturizing ingredients are designed to bring maximum hydration and thus a healthy complexion to the skin.  Day after day of use, skin looks naturally revitalized, fresh, and radiant.  Two big skin concerns of mine are visible pores, and dull sallow skin as I age, and this mask certainly address both of these issues effectively.

Loveisderma Deep Hydrating Bio Cellulose Mask

(50mL)

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Designed for: Hydrating, Brightening

Mask Type: Biocellulose –  “Its unique fiber structure has been developed to fit perfectly to the human face, transferring premium skin care ingredients that hydrate and nourish skin to a more youthful, refreshed appearance. The quality of this superior fiber structure-synthesized from acetobacter xylinum bacteria-is premium grade, comparable to the cellulose fiber commonly used for wound care and medical applications. It absorbs and retains an exceptional volume of age-defying ingredients, more than any other cosmetic facial mask on the market.”

Ingredientswater, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, cucumis sativus fruit extract, hydroxyethyl urea, laminaria ochroleuca extract, polyglutamic acid, chamomilla recutita flower extract, lecithin, sodium PCA, sorbitol, hydrolyzed yeast protein, laminaria digitata extract, citric acid, sodium hyaluronate  

Review

First of all, what stands out about this mask is the packaging.  It is bigger than most sheet masks, and the reason it to help maintain the mask integrity.  Remember, this is a biocellulose mask so it’s slippery and sometimes finicky to handle.  Most sheet masks are folded in quarters, but this one is only in halves, along with protection of plastic protective covers.  This method helps the mask to maintain its shape and form for easy application.  The ingredients are star-studded for hydration and skin brightening: Aloe vera, cucumber, sodium hyaluronate for hydration; chamomile to sooth and refresh, and of course, one cannot have a Taiwanese mask without skin brightening ingredients including glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice).

I love biocellulose mask for the perfect adherence on the face.  It’s so smooth, so cool and squishy as if the mask is suctioned to my face, like a second skin.  It doesn’t flop off when I’m upright and allows me to move around with ease and be doing errands in the house with this mask on.  It is intensively moisturizing and soothing. Unlike cotton mask that dries at 20-30 minutes, and may be counterproductive if left on for too long.  This mask stayed cool and refreshing and hydrated.  There is so much essence (50mL) left in the packaging to massage into the face and neck!  This mask is my skin pamper, a truly luxury treatment formulated to lock in moisture for ultra skin hydration.  My skin is left softer, silky-smooth and supple with any blemishes and scars calmed and minimized.

The only down side is that they are not cheap.  This one is ~$9.00 at Beautibi, https://www.beautibi.com/ but totally worth it for the super glow-y skin, for a spa day at home or night out.

Sun Lovers Rejoice: Taiwanese Sun Screen BEVY C

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Devoting July to spending more time out doors.  Whether I like it or not, sunscreen is a must.  I’ve tried Japanese sunscreens (who hasn’t used a Biore?). I’ve fallen in love with a few Korean sunscreens (Lapothicell Natural Mineral and Troiareuke UV Essence). I thought my life is complete.

Then luck struck, and I won a sunscreen product from Bevy C, a Taiwanese brand, and am impelled to share my experience.  Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed.

About Bevy C

While Bevy C is new to me, it’s a very popular brand in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia).  What is Bevy C?  “Bevy” meaning a group of ladies, while “C” is derived from the French word “Chic” meaning trendy.  BEVY C. symbolizes a brand of professional skincare products developed specially for the modern, sophisticated women with lifestyle and trendy mindset.  Bevy C carries a variety of skin care products designed to give women confidence in their skin, makeup on or off!

BEVY C Perfect UV Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients (UV Filters)

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.00%, Dithylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 4.00%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 1.50%, Benzophenone-3 1%

Other Ingredients

  • Epilobium angustifolium flower/stem extract: willowherb – anti-inflammatory
  • Ohlorogine: kelp – anti-oxidant
  • Terminalia catappa leaf extract: indian almond – moisturizing, toning and anti-aging
  • Sambucus nigra flower extract: brightening

Designed for: All skin types

Review

Like my beloved Biore sunscreen, this one has a high SPF for both UVA and UVB protection without compromising on the texture.   Bevy C retains its lightweight feel yet contains multiple active sunscreen ingredients which strengthen UV protection force. Adding willow herb extract, kelp and plant sterol ingredients, the product also help to maintain the proper moisture and repair, and fight against skin aging.  I really like this sunscreen for a variety of reasons.

Texture: This is one of the most important features I judge in a sunscreen.  Bevy C has a light, permeable non-greasy feel, easy on the pores.  It has a milky transparent natural bright color, and is so fluid and blends on the skin easily and smoothly.

Finish:  It preserves the hydrated texture of your skin, but doesn’t appear greasy, since it dries matte almost instantly.  Though the lightweight formula isn’t pigmented, I feel that I could wear it alone for its beautifying effects on a good skin day and as a primer on makeup-essential days.

Fragrance: Not detectable, no chemical sunscreen scent.

Protection: Chemical sunscreen, and provide ample broad-spectrum UVA and UBV coverage

Final Thoughts:

My first Taiwanese sunscreen is a success!  The price point is comparable to many Korean sunscreens, but pricier than the beloved Japanese Kao Biore products, minus the alcohol, and in a bigger packaging (30mL in Biore compared to 50mL).  The stable chemical filters makes this product thin, spreads easily and making it functional and wearable for daily use.  The product also has potent botanicals and ingredients pumped into the formula for additional skincare benefits: Cocoa, yeast, kelp, willowherb, almond extract, all working together to intensely hydrate and nourish skin, which at this point should be a standard feature for all SPF.  There is mild brightening effect, almost like a CC cream or a primer, and doesn’t look ashy.  On my light NC21 skin with yellow undertones, it helps to neutralize some of the sallowness of my skin, giving my skin a healthier appearance.  It’s no secret this gem has made me enjoy sunscreen as part of my skin care routine.  It’s ultra-light, doesn’t leave a ghastly white cast on the skin, layers as the perfect makeup base and provide high spf 50 coverage for my island tropical living.  Definitely a repurchase for me!

Where to Buy:  ~ $27.90 on Ebay or Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mask for Every Skin Needs: Timeless Truth

I’ve accumulated a number of face masks that I regularly incorporate in my skincare routine.  I love trying out different mask textures that target specific skin concerns.  For instance, charcoal sheet mask to draw out impurities and minimize pores, bio-cellulose for the maximum delivery of ingredients.  Seriously sheet masking possibilities are endless.  Timeless Truth is a Taiwan beauty brand that harnesses this endless possibilities, combining Asia’s innovation in biotechnology and love of nature’s purest ingredients, to develop masks that are BOTH material and ingredient driven.  Many of their masks are found at various luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and spas across Asia to Europe to North America.  However they also cater to consumers who wish to enjoy these luxury mask experiences in the comfort of their own home with affordable masks at every price points. Their masks are composed of many of beauty lover’s favorites: hyaluronic acid, peptides, stem cell, and collagen.  Here are a couple I tried and loved.

Snow Algae and Hyaluronic Acid 

Category: Regenerating and Firming 

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose is the gold standard for hydrating and treating skin, the purest natural fibre material from good bacterias, that holds 100X their weight of serum, and provides skin-tight dermal adhesion, allowing the mask to transfer all the active ingredient super efficiently.

Ingredients and Review: Indulge a little with this super cooling, Timeless Truth best sellers.  The mask boast their star ingredient, Snow Algae, which is a  a very hardy plant found on the glaciers and compact snow in Switzerland. The extreme conditions that this ingredient endures gives it an amazing properties that can actively help to protect the youthfulness of the skin. The light but creamy serum is absorbed quickly by the skin, thereby helping to plump out fine lines and wrinkles. The Snow Algae extract simultaneously boosts collagen production and nurtures and supports healthy skin by offering intense nutrition and hydration.  Say goodbye to signs of fatigue and strain, my skin is left feeling firm, plump, and refined with a soft velvety touch.

Radiant Transformation Black Charcoal Mask

Category: Purifying

Price: $2.10

Material: The Black Charcoal Masks are made of rayon fibers with natural purifying charcoal added during the manufacturing process. Charcoal has unique absorption properties which draw out dirt and oil, eliminate blemishes, promote healing and retain moisture.

Ingredients and Review: When my skin feels a little clogged and oily, I love pulling out a charcoal mask.  More than just a charcoal mask that purifies, this mask uses a highly concentrated formulation of beneficial ingredients such as tranexamic acid for skin brightening, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil and sodium hyaurlonate for moisturization, while yeast extract and rice extract help to improve skin tone.  The mask is sooo super saturated and feels very smooth on the skin.  The mciro-particles of charcoal helps to detoxify pores of impurities that causes dullness for a fresh and radiant complexion.  The mask also does a great job to mattify and sooth the skin, minimize shines and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.

Hydra Soothing Moisturizing Tencel Skin Mask

Category: Moisturizing 

Price: $2.00

Material:  Tencel Skin, specific fiber property of mask manufactured and patented by Lenzing Company in Austria, which offers a translucent silky experience to pamper your skin. The featherweight mask has unique structure provides optimum absorbance and compatibility with serum for the ultimate at home facial experience.

Ingredients and Review:  Moisturizing doesn’t have to feel heavy, and I’ was so delighted to try out this incredibly lightweight, almost translucent mask that is one of the most intensely hydrating masks I’ve encountered.   The mask is infused with botanicals including olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, rice extract, sodium hyaluronate, spirulina platensis extract, and radish root ferment filtrate, all designed to maximize and preserve skin moisture.  You can’t have an Asian sheet mask without some brightening ingredient, and citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, and is an alpha hydroxy acid that resurfaces and retexturize the skin for a brighter, more revitalized complexion.  There is a whooping 30ml of hydrating serum!  The mask’s thin yet sturdy nature of the is designed to follow every facial contours so that every surface of the face is able to fully benefit from absorption of the essential and nourishing ingredients.  The combination of ingredients makes this the ultimate mask that deeply hydrate and replenishes the skin’s moisture level for a more even and brighter skin tone.

Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle Mask

Category: Brightening and Illuminating

Price: $2.00

Material: Soft touch – A cotton series designed to deliver effective ingredients for the results you can feel, with a budget-friendly pricing.  The material is a thicker type of cotton material, sturdy yet gentle on the skin.

Ingredients and Review:  If your skin is looking a little lacklustre, this mask is perfect to bring a glow that comes from within.  The mask is infused with organic immortelle extract (cell regeneration), herb essence (moisturize), vitamin E (skin healing) and hyaluronic acid to help overcome dryness and dullness, and leaving the skin more even toned and fresh.  The fit is a perfect contour to the face, and mask material is soft and silky, and allows outstanding delivery of the serum while keeping it sheer enough to breath.  It left my face feeling refreshed, brightened and hydrated.

Apple Stem Cell and Collagen BioCellulose Masks

Category: Anti-aging

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose

Ingredients and Review: Apple Stem Cells and Marine Collagen is the ultimate duo combination!  Extracted from Swiss Apple and using a state-of-the-art biotechnological process, the stem cells provide the skin cells with nutrients to stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer and healthier skin as well as encourage human cells to hydrate, heal, repair and delay signs of aging.  Marine Collagen helps to promote the suppleness and elasticity of the skin thus reducing signs of fatigue and dehydration.  This mask hugs the facial contour for even penetration of the active ingredients.  When my skin is craving elasticity and in need of something clarifying, the coolness of biocellulose sheet with these powerhouse ingredients awakes, energizes and tones the skin for the ultimate fresh and rejuvenated appearance.

Final Thoughts

These luxuries Timeless Truth masks are definitely worth it.  With mask of every material and skin-loving ingredients, you will definitely find one that leaves your skin hydrated, plump and glowing in just 20 minutes.

Where to buy

Canada: www.timelesstruth.ca

 

 

Choiskycn: Advanced Active Peptide Anti-Aging Sculpting Face Mask


Hands on, this has to be one of the best formulated sheet masks in the anti-aging category. Simply looking at the ingredients gets me excited. I can attest that women in China rely on traditional herbs to keep their skin looking radiant. Choiskycn captured and tapped into the mother nature to bring you a face mask that unlock the secret of chinese medicine and skin care benefits through herbs and roots. The mask contains effective nutrients extracted from star ingredient, a mushroom and pueraria plant, and other Chinese medicinal herbs with the aim to brighten skin color, shrink pores, lift and firm, as well as to improve the skin metabolism to delay the appearance of aging skin.

Let’s look at their anti-aging ingredients:
– Mushroom – a ‘miracle elixir of life’; it draws moisture to the skin, like hyaluronic acid, but smaller and penetrate deeper, and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It also helps to nourish and repair damaged cells, promote basal layer cell division, fights free radicals and reduce melanin
– Pueraria extract: improve microcirculation, also loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores
– Mandelic acid – a powerful yet gentle alpha hydroxy acid exfoliator
– Allantoin – sooth irritated skin, stimulate cell regeneration
– Peptides – hexapeptide – 8, this is a botox peptide, it works on limit muscle contraction and relax muscle tension, resulting in reduction of wrinkles and lines caused by repetitive facial expression
– Selenium – an anti-oxidant, neutralizes free radicals and other skin-damaging compounds before they can lead to wrinkles
– traexamic acid – the innoviatve ingredient found in the Whitening line by Shiseido, it prevent formation of melanin that causes pigmentation and control size of discoloration area that are enlarged over the time due to aging process
– hydrolyzed collagen – building block of healthy and firm skin

The mask will attack aging from all directions: firming, plumping, brightening, refining, hydrating, radical fighting, pore minimizing and pigment reducing.

 

Review:
The mask itself is housed in a protective plastic layer. Direction says to put the transparent side on the face and then peel off the plastic protector. Very easy to do. The material is a silky soft stretchable cotton that adheres like a second skin to the face, perfectly contoured to all the crevices of the face to ensure every skin surface is being treated. The material feels flimsy but not easily teared or anything. The technology behind the mask material is designed to allow rapid and deep penetration as well as locking in of the ingredients. The overall design and size of the mask was a great fit for my face, which leans towards the smaller side. The essence is lightweight, smooth and luxurious, and there is at least a teaspoon of essence left over in the packaging to allow me to massage over my face and neck. Half an hour later, I removed the mask and watched the magic happen in the mirror. Now I love using face masks, but this one gave me a radiance similar to as if I had just gotten an hour long facial! The results is even more apparent the following day when upon close inspection, my pores are so much smaller, and my skin is calm and hydrated. The company suggest to use this specific mask no more than two times a week to avoid overburdening the skin with excess nutrients. This will be hard to resist! This mask is simply an obsession of mine from the gold packaging, silky soft and smooth texture, lightly floral scent and of course the pore-minimizing, skin brightening and hydration results, to create a perfect harmony in facial experience. Well, as to the evaluating the results of the mask on pigments, refinement and texture, I will continue to use as directed to look for these long term effect.

At $8.99/mask, this is a good investment to super charge your skin with radiance before a night out, or for someone who wants a facial experience at home. This is definitely a ‘treatmyself’ splurge, a case to be made that splurges are indeed essential, especially when it comes to fortify one’s inner and outer glow!

You can find this on the company’s website: http://www.choiskycnusa.com/