Category Archives: Travel Skin Care

Earth’s Recipe

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Leegeehaam Life Sun Cushion SPF 50+ PA++++

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As if BB cushion isn’t the most perfect convenient design of makeup-skincare in one already.  Then comes a suncushion!  In my mind, this is absolute genius.  It’s a form of effortless application of sunscreen and protection throughout the day, without having to use my hand nor disrupt underlying makeup.  I have been so excited to use the LGH Sun Cream Cushion, and believe me, it does not disappointment.

First of all, it’s almost intuitive that many Korean sunscreen not only comes with good protection against UVA and UVB, it also has skin care benefits.  This one contains natural Calamine pink powder that tones up and brightens your face with a quick soothing care and relieve trouble and irritated skin.  It also contains nelumbo nucifera, which is high in moisture content, to help keep the skin hydrated and protected.  Adenosine provides additional brightening benefits, and centella and other Asian botanical extract provides superior antioxidant protection, and hydration for long lasting suppleness.

Well, how did this product actually feel on my skin?  Super lightweight and simply undetectable on the skin.  It’s non-greasy and perfect for all skin types.  It’s sheer, but gives skin a healthy, glowing appearance.  Gentle patting in of the product make it the most beautiful makeup base.  Housed in a convenient compact with a mirror, it’s the perfect travel essential for on-the-go application.  The cushion and the application pad are a beautiful baby pink.  I am so in love.

Brand Highlight: Anticanus

 

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

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

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

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

Moisturizing Dream Mask

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

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

Whitening Dream Mask

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

 

New Beauty Finds: Eleven Huesday

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I’m not afraid to feature new beauty finds; but they must be worth my skin’s time in terms of ‘efficiency and effectiveness’.  In fact, Eleven Huesday does not yet have a cult following.  If you google, there are not many reviews currently in English.  What attracted me to this brand is their no-fuss three pillars of optimizing good skin, which really resonate with my skin philosophy: (1) Hydration, (2) Balance, and (3) Protection of skin barrier.  Every one of their products is carefully formulated to enhance and invigorate the health of skin, and deliver results on these three simple steps.  I’ve previously reviewed their Deep Balancing Toner, that has easily been incorporated into my daily routine.  Their ultra deep repairing serums are complexion potions that cater to some of my biggest skin-care concerns.  It comes in four specialized formulations: antioxidant/regenerating, intensive hydration, trouble care and dark spot/pigments.  The serum can be used individually depending on skin needs, or layered.  Today I will be reviewing their Antioxidant Aging Barrier and De-spot Luminosity serums.

Antioxidant Aging Barrier – their best sellers

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PRICE:

  • $29 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Intense anti-oxidant and rejuvenation serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • Anti-aging booster serum, that stimulate skin renewal and repair with EGF (epidermal growth factor) and Multi-peptides for anti-aging effect; formulated with anti-oxidant for skin protection

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS:

  • EGF: Normalizes skin turnover, Calming and rejuvenation effects
  • Multi Peptide: Enhances skin barrier, Improves elasticity of the skin from synthesis of collagen; help to regenerate skin cells and reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; stimulate collagen and elastin to improve skin firmness and tone
  • Salmon DNA: Prevents external and environmental damages; increases skin’s immune system, Rejuvenation effect

TEXTURE/FEEL/LOOK:

  • Clear and has a viscous slippery texture that feels light and absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling; scent:

WHY I LIKE IT:

This product is a perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging serum.  The ingredients focus on preventing, masking and reducing signs of aging by improving skin hydration and regeneration to help develop a youthful skin from inside out.  Everything about a dropper dispenser make it convenient and controlled.  Two to three drops are just right amount of product I need to use to cover my face and neck.  The serum has an impressive level of light consistency that absorbs seamlessly into the skin.  There is no feeling of oiliness or stickiness once applied.  Moreover, my sense are treated with a mild floral fragrance, while this left my skin supple and hydrated.  Over the ensuing weeks of use, I have not experienced any breakouts or sensitive reaction.  The power of intense moisture has softened fine lines, and my skin feels more bouncy and firm.  The price is not a splurge and totally worthwhile the investment.

De-spot Luminosity Serum

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PRICE:

  • $29 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS:

  • A skin brightening treatment serum

WHAT IT DOES:

  • A whitening serum that contains skin brightening complex that addresses spots and uneven skin tones due to aging, sun damage and scarring.  Designed to prevent further photo aging through inhibiting melanin, as well as whitening ingredients that brighten entire skin complexion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS:

  • Tranexanmic acid: It is the main ingredient to care of pigmentation. It prevents to produce melanin and brings whitening effect on pigmentations and chloasama.
  • Tetrapeptide 51: It is patented new material which has peptide derived by silkworm and peptide derivatives which has anti-aging and anti-oxidant effects. It protects the skin from photoaging.
  • Chilbaksan: It consists of 7 kinds of white herbs to provide whitening, moisturizing and nourishing effect so that it leaves healthy and bright complexion.
    • (1) White Poria Cocos Extract : Moisturizing, Soothing, Firming-up;
    • (2) Bletia Hyacinthina Bulb Extract : Anti-oxidant, Soothing, Enhancement of moisturizing;
    • (3) White Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract : Improvement of brightening skin tone;
    • (4) Dried ginkgo biloba seed : Skin protection from free radical, Anti-oxidant, Revitalizing;
    • (5) White ginseng : Anti-oxidant from free radical, Skin protection, Revitalizing;
    • (6) Atractylodes japonica : Inhibition of melanin production, Whitening effect;
    • (7) Sandalwood Extract : Anti-oxidant, Soothing, Moisturizing

TEXTURE/SCENT/FEEL:

  • Silky, easy slip, white lotion-like
  • Natural scent from cherry blossom

WHY I LIKE IT:

Lighten spots, and brighten skin tone no longer has to be painful, peeling nor irritating.  Hydroquinone is out and tranxemic acid is in for skin brightening and lightening.  Tranexamic acid is a protease inhibitor that rapidly suppresses the activity of tyrosinase and melanocytes. After its entry into the dermis, it increases collagen synthesis directly and inhibit the formation of melanin, making it so effective at eliminate black spots and prevents and reduces pigmentation.

While keeping the ingredients safe to the skin, this De-Spot serum is a powerful but non-irritating formula designed to diminish appearance of age spot and discoloration, all the while maintaining skin tone clarity.  Uneven complexion is my skin foes, along with the dark spot left over from my sun-bathing days and current battle of hormonal acne.  Spot and tone correctors are such key in my skin care regimen.  Unlike many ‘skin lightening’ products, this one does not irritate my skin, causing redness or dryness or burning.  If you experience these effect, it can be counter productive as excessive peeling can lead to a bigger problem: hyperpigmentation.  The formula is a perfect blend of aqueous and oil ingredients for a silky smooth application, and non-sticky absorption that nourishes the skin.  With consistent daily use, it has made a noticeable difference in correcting my skin imperfections and discolorations.  Overall my skin looks fresh and more clear, and the results just continues to get better with time.   While the main effect is treatment and prevention of spot, the product does not compromise on other factors important in maintaining skin healthy: packed with antioxidants, as well as natural hydrators, this lightweight fluid keeps my skin comfortably moisturized and protected.  This has also helped with some blemishes and speed the healing process.  I feel this gentle formulation is ideal for those with sensitive skin, yet still looking for an effective skin brightening treatment product.

You can find both of these products on Amazon for $29/30mL.

 

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.

 

 

Glow Giver: Lapothicell Tone Up and Cover Cushion

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WHAT IT IS

  • Light-medium coverage and long wearing B.B. cream in a portable compact

WHAT IT DOES

  • Skin brightening, Solution for wrinkles/fine lines, Sunscreen product (SPF50+ PA++++_

KEY INGREDIENTS

Sun Protection

  • Physical: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
  • Chemical: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Skin Care

  • Niacinamide – a derivative of Vitamin B3, strengthen skin barrier to protect from external damages, hydrate skin and minimize pigment formation to encourage even skin tone; balance sebum production
  • Adenosine – boost collagen and elastin to help with skin firming; potent anti-inflammatory to help with managing red, irritated and sensitive skin
  • Bisabolol –  a derivative of chamomile, with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties
  • 5 White Flower Complex – deeply hydrates and nourishes, brightens and evens skin

SCENT/TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE

  • Creamy yet breathable, perfect for summer time
  • Light to Medium coverage
  • Natural finish

WHY I LIKE IT

It’s hot where I am every day.  I don’t remember the last time I wore foundation because I just can’t stand the heaviness of foundation.  Cushions are the way to go.  As one of my favorite cushion (Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion) comes to a halting finish, I’m desperately trying to find its replacement.  The Lapothicell cushion provides a slightly lighter coverage but it is one of the most natural coverages I’ve ever seen.

The texture is creamy and the coverage is just heavy enough to hide my imperfections (scars, brown spots, redness) and light enough to feel weightless on the skin, giving it a bright, fresh looking skin.  I feel that this cushion provides a lot more brightening effect compared to others, and the finish is semi-matte with a glow-from-within finish rather than super dewy.  It’s not ashy or pale, just very complementing to my skin tone.   I find some makeup tend to fill in pores or settle into lines and dry spot, this one seems to provide a primer effect where the pores are smoothed and blended seamlessly; and provide moisture to dry patches so it doesn’t appear cakey.  The wear is fabulous on this cushion.  It lasts on me for at least 6-8 hours, and does not smudge.  Also there is definitely sebum control power here, as I don’t feel much oilness of my skin creeping up even towards the end of the day.

If you want that natural ‘no-makeup’ makeup LOOK and FEEL, I highly recommend this cushion.  It comes in two shades, 21 and 23, and I picked 21, which is an excellent match for my NC 15 skin tone.  The quality of the product is beyond my expectations:  Light weight formulation, comfortable on the skin, light to medium coverage, long wearability, and added skin care benefits.

You can find this on Amazon or http://www.lapothicell.com for $32.

Beautigenix – Stem Cell Facial Sheet Mask

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ABOUT BEAUTIGENIX

Beautigenix specializes in face masks formulated with an exclusive Human Stem Cell Culture™serum and  a special blend of all natural botanical ingredients with the power to brighten, hydrate, lift and soothe.  Beautigenix stem cells are harvested at the Seoul Stem Medical Center in South Korea.  Their masks are currently found in many professional spa and cosmetic clinics throughout the US.  They carry four varieties of the Stem Cell Sheet Masks for brightening, hydrating, soothing and toning/firming.  You can find these masks by visiting their website and locating a spa near you.

STEM CELL FACIALS

Now, have you heard of stem cell facials?  It sounds intriguing and so enticing and unfortunately oh-so-expensive as well.  When I heard about Beautigenix sheetmasks and their main ingredient is stem cells, I have to give it a try and create my own experience with a stem cell facial at home.  What is the hype about stem cells and skin care?

Stem cells are incredibly unique as they have the potential to transform into any cell types by stimulating growth of new cells and encourage production of fundamental building blocks of skin such as collagen and elastin, as well as repair of damaged cell.  Stem cells have been the heat of research for scientists and in medicine for these regenerative and reparative properties.   The philosophy behind stem cell facial is regeneration of skin cells.  Aging causes loss of collagen and elastin; sun and environment causes damages to cells result in laxity in skin, wrinkles, loss of radiance and formation of pigments, spots, scars and uneven skin tone.  It is hoped that with properly formulated stem cells, they can get incorporated into your skin, revitalize the skin’s building blocks, and help to stimulate epidermal stem cells to thicken the skin, which leads to tightening, firming and prevent wrinkle formation.

BEAUTIGENIX BRIGHTENING MASK

WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening, pigment reducing sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • With state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, stem cells are blended with botanical extracts to help counteract visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, and sagging.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Niacinamide has multiple skin benefits including reducing appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface
  • Sodium hyaluronate smoothes and plumps the skin.
  • Trehalose hydrates the skin and gives your skin a youthful, supple glow.
  • Witch Hazel reduces swelling and blemish
  • Botanical extracts for skin brightening

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Glycereth-26, Adult Human Stem Cell Culture Media (330,000 ng), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Betaine, Trehalose, Hamamelis Virginiana, (Witch Hazel) Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Arginine, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleeracea Extract, Allantoin, Zizania Aquatica Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Chondrus Crisps (Carrageenan), Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol Acetate, Diptassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Mucifera Flower Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Bisabolol, Fragrance.

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FIT

  • Soft and breathable mask, saturated with the stem cell rejuvenating serum
  • No detectable scent
  • Adheres to the face very well and thus making it easy for me to multitask; comfortable on the skin
  • Small-medium fit

WHY I LIKE IT

Beautigenix recommend that these sheet masks be used regularly two to three times weekly to get the most benefits.  I have been using these mask right after I do an at-home chemical peel, and these are the perfect skin soother to help heal and repair after the treatment.  These masks feel heavy because the material is simply supercharged with the serum, slowly delivered into the skin over the course of 20-30 minutes.  I feel that masks that are highly absorptive often contours to the face better, and really enhances moisture retention.

My favourite part of this sheet mask is massaging the serum onto my face after the mask is removed.  The serum is like a lightweight oil blending serum (perhaps due to castor oil) that really contribute to a luxury experience.  I can just see and feel that the serum has penetrated the skin, and provides instant replenishing the skin with essential moisture and create a moisture barrier for skin brightening.  It feels so light on the skin, and absorbs quickly without leaving sticky or greasy feel, which makes it a perfect mask treatment for daytime look – even under makeup or sunscreen.

I do feel that this mask produces results above and beyond what I usually expect of a facial mask.  It is of professional quality, after all!   It is unbelievably good at boosting the moisture levels in my skin, and the result is the longest lasting effect of all the masks I’ve used, while maintaining a stable skincare routine.  I feel like I just had a proper facial, with skin feeling consistently soft, plump, and looking more radiant for days.  The mask packs hydrating, plumping, and brightening punch that I feel is above its price tag with its hero ingredient: stem cell.  I can definitely see myself using this mask on a regular basis.

You can find this on Amazon ($28/single, or $220/tens) or by locating a spa near you at http://www.beautigenix.com.

Ocean-Based Retinol: Simplicity Skincare’s Dual Pump

There is no magic bullet for perfect skin. But retinol comes pretty close.  I kind of jumped at the opportunity to try this ‘ocean-based’ retinol product.   I truly believe everyone can benefit from a little bit of retinol on the skin.  In fact, it is the only clinically proven ingredients in anti-aging for fine lines and wrinkles, and reverses sun damage and improve overall skin tone and texture.  It can also help to manage large pores and acne.  I am a bit of a retinol newbie.  I have tried prescription tretinoin, and even at the lowest percentage, I was experiencing flaking and redness and really have to back off on all my other skin care products.  Then I read somewhere perhaps plant based retinol product can be a little better tolerated.  The Simplicity Skincare’s Dual Pump has ocean botanical based retinol as one of its key ingredients.  Read on for my thoughts!

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WHAT IT IS

“Dual Chamber Delivers the highest quality anti-aging peptide moisturizer and hyaluronic serum”

“72% organic”

WHAT IT DOES

“The results are deep cellular rejuvenation, wrinkle repair, reduction in inflammation and intense hydration curing dry skin in days”

“Stimulate collagen and elastin, support healing and repair, increase skin thickness, refine wrinkles, evens skin tone and texture, and restores elasticity and firmness to the skin”

KEY INGREDIENTS

Chamber 1: Superior serum – hyaluronic acid serum packed with peptides

Chamber 2: Peptide Moisture – ocean based retinol, Matrixyl 3000, tripeptide

Ocean based retinol = crithmum maritimum extract, known Sea Fennel Extract.  It is often considered a plant alternative to Retinol.  It is considered advantageous to synthetic retinol or derivatives as our body or skin tend to process and integrate natural counterpart better.  Sea Fennel, which is lush with radiance-delivering sea-minerals, vitamins A, C, E, amino acid peptides, pigments and polyphenols, can effectively stimulate skin renewal and boost collagen and elastin, similar to retinol.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS

 

 

No detectable scent

DIRECTIONS

Simply place one pump of each product on fingertip, mix and apply.  Use both morning and night for best results.

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MY REVIEW

This is my first time using a dual pump product, and certainly it’s a great way to maintain integrity of each product individually while getting benefits when the products are mixed.  It is an airless bottle to avoid bacterial contamination and oxidation.

The Serum (clear) contains hyalruonic acid and peptide amino acids and that are designed to rev up collagen production to make skin appear plumper.  The Moisturizer contains ocean-based retinol, along with amazing organic ingredients from botanical (licorice, green tea, bearberry, blueberry, cranberry), pure plant oils (avocado, rosehip, flaxseed),  and organic vitamins and minerals that moisturize and hydrate the skin.  I think this is actually a great middle ground if you find retinol products too harsh on its own.  I find the product is light yet moisturizing enough, fast absorbed and does not leave residue.  In terms of anti-aging claims, this will require longer usage to see results.  However, it seems to delivers the benefits of retinol without redness, itching and flaking that normally come with it!  This may be a great product for someone who is new to retinoid, as it is gentle on my most sensitive skin.

The ingredient list is pretty impressive, see below for full review.

FULL INGREDIENT LISTS

A little COSDNA analysis showed that the Superior Serum is actually not too bad.  With the exception of jojoba oil which is rated as a 2 in ‘acne’ and ‘irritant’ category.   It is however low on the ingredient list.  Personally I have many products containing jojoba oil with skin benefits without being comedogenic.

The Peptide Moisture ingredient list is pretty impressively long.  There are a few that are identified to be irritants or comedogenic rated as 2-4, lower down on the list.  Many different types of alcohol are recognized as well, which likely transforms to faster drying time of the product but can be irritating.

However please be aware that an ingredient may be comedogenic on its own and might not be comedogenic in a product or on skin.  I’ve also tried products that contains no comedogenic ingredients and still found it be irritating to the skin.  I use COSDNA as a guide only. I always do patch testing to see the real results on my own skin.   

Superior Serum

Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Peptide Moisture

Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Glycolic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyl PalmitateOrganic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel Wax), Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), R Lipoic Acid, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (Bearberry Extract), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry Extract), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolia (Oregon Grape), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Camellia Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Sodium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (peptides), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol

You can find this product at http://www.simplicityskincare.com.  Product provided by Brandbacker for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.


 

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/