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The cushiest fabric sheetmask I’ve tried!
I recently bought these @steady__official masks from @aritaumcmp. I do enjoy trying new brands of masks. I’ve tried 3 so far and the hydrating one is my favorite! The sheet mask is very think and comfortable yet at the same time, it feels like there is a thin layer of gel on it. So it almost cushions and hugs the face. I could probably wear it for longer than 30 mins but was tired and wanted to get to bed! 😂 It leaves a thick serum like layer than drys down well and isn’t sticky. My skin felt quite hydrated and ‘chok chok’ (plump!) after. So overall I’m pretty happy with this sheet mask! These masks are USD3 each. Not the cheapest, but pretty ok for the quality and fabric.
STEADY:D-Fabric Mask Hydrating Wear
Fav lippies of the moment!
So this is a limited edition lip palette that I received from Hera when I bought some skincare over the holidays. It features colors from Hera’s Rouge Holic Series and has samples of colors from Matt, Shine and Cream series. The colors are highly pigmented and really really beautiful and easy to wear. As you can see the top row features cooler tones and the bottom row seems like they are warmer tones. Even though the colors look varied, they all work really well with my skin tone and even the oranges were very wearable. The colors were all really nice but I have favorites! I love the berry colors and find myself using 088 Rouge Holic Shine “Secret Burgundy” and 098 Rouge Holic Matt “Double Wine” the most. 033 Rouge Holic Cream “Urban Mulberry” is also very nice. A little goes a long long way. And the best part? The colors have staying power. I wasn’t expecting much from a Gift with Purchase but I have to say that I’ve been blown away by the quality and how easy it is to use this palette. I absolutely love this lip palette and am now a Hera lipstick fan for life! HERA - Rouge Holic Matt HERA - Rouge Holic Shine
HERA-Rouge Holic Matt
J-Beauty: Paul & Joe Lipstick & hand cream
Paul & Joe Beauty has the cutest packaging for their make up! Their iconic cat lipsticks and sweet sweet boho style makeup is romantic and whimsical at the same time! My sweet sister bought these for me when she was in Japan. Paul & Joe Beauty is a partnering of Japanese skincare giant Albion and founder of Paul & Joe, Sophie and the lipsticks with the signature cat heads are designed after Sophie’s favorite pet. Check out their cute packaging. See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face. :)
PAUL & JOE-Lipstick N Full
J-Beauty Canmake Marshmallow Finish Foundation
Canmake is another popular drugstore beauty brand from Japan. Their base make up is wildly popular in Asia as are their affordable line of cheek, eye and lip colors. What is it? Canmake Marshmallow Finish Foundation with SPF50 PA++++ From the website: * A smooth, fine-textured powder softly envelops your skin, making pores and other forms of uneven skin texture less noticeable. * Creates a marshmallow-soft finish that never feels thick or heavy. * Contains 10 types of beauty ingredients - Beautifying and moisturizing agents: aloe vera leaf extract, rosemary leaf extract, chamomile flower extract, lemon fruit extract - Skin-toning agents: horse chestnut extract, perilla leaf extract - Emollient agents: squalane, olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, grapeseed oil My thoughts: A beauty blogger friend loved hers and I also saw that they were selling supersized versions of the finishing powder at Narita Airport! (It has to be good then! :D) I picked this up at my local J-Beauty store here in LA. It was really affordable - I think I got this for USD15? Even though it’s a foundation, it goes on light and smooth. It did as promised and wasn’t heavy or sticky. I liked that it was so easy to use and compact enough to take with me. The only down side is that the color range is limited. It only came in 3 colors: Matt Beige Ochre, Matt Light Ochre and Matt Ochre. I was actually surprised that I could use the color as I am olive skinned. But the powder goes on smooth and blends with the skin so it worked well. The coverage was light and very natural - so this means it does not cover all blemishes unless you layer multiple layers. I tend to have a light hand with make up and often don’t even wear make up, so it worked fine for me. It left me enough of a positive impression that I want to try more of their products. Would I recommend it? Yes, if the color suits you! CANMAKE - Marshmallow Finish Foundation with SPF 50 PA ++++
CANMAKE-Marshmallow Finish Foundation with SPF 50 PA ++++
J-Beauty - Anessa Sunscreen Anessa Sunscreen is one of the most popular and well loved Japanese sunscreens in Asia and Japan. You can find it in almost all Asian beauty stores and even in drugstores across Asia. It’s owned by Shisheido and is not the cheapest sunscreen around but it’s supposed to be very effective. Anessa has a really wide range to choose from - from lotion, gel, spray form and many different variations - for sensitive skin, oily skin, a sunscreen with brightening effect etc. It makes it almost hard to decide what to try! But on the bright side - it does mean that you should be able to find something that suits you! My thoughts: The first time I tried Anessa, I tried their UV gel sunscreen in the gold tube. It was incredibly oily and fragranced but worst of all, it broke me out. I had paid a whopping USD50 (after tax) for it, so couldn’t bear to just waste it and gave it away to a friend. The second time I used Anessa was when I had IPL done and really needed a sunscreen that I knew was effective and protected the skin well. (there have been independent studies conducted on sunscreen efficacy and Anessa rated pretty high up there, along with some other brands like La Roche Posay). I decided to go with the version for sensitive skin, safe enough for babies even. This time, it was a success and I didn’t break out! It still left the face feeling incredibly oily which I didn’t enjoy, but it gave a much higher level of protection which was what I needed. Basically, I need to “fix” this sunscreen when I use it. Would I recommend it? Yes, for the fact that it offers one of the highest protection around. As long as you are aware of all the above, I think it’s one of the better sunscreens around. ANESSA - Perfect UV Sunscreen Soft Milk SPF 50+ PA +++ for sensitive skin ANESSA - Perfect UV Spray Sunscreen Aqua Booster
ANESSA-Perfect UV Spray Sunscreen Aqua Booster
J-beauty - Aburatorigami (Facial Blotting Papers
J-beauty - Aburatorigami (Facial Blotting Papers) Yojiya is one of the oldest brands of Japanese cosmetics and skincare and they first introduced the use of facial blotting papers in Kyoto, Japan. These facial blotting papers have famously been used by geisha and have been around for nearly over a century. They are used to “help create a porcelain finish with their make-up”. (from product intro) Other things they are well know for are their rice cleansers and konjac sponges. How to use: Lightly pat face and neck with one sheet of aburatorigami. It absorbs excess oil, cleanses and smoothes skin to help a smoother application of make up. My thoughts: Facial blotting papers are pretty big in Asia. It is a cheap, economical way to remove excess oil from your face without affecting you’re make up. I had picked these up at Narita airport when I was traveling a while back. When I was living in Asia, facial blotting paper was a staple in my handbag. They were essential and perfect for removing that oily, mid-afternoon shine on my face. Now that I am living in dry as bone desert country LA, I don’t need these as much except in the Summers. I think anyone with oily skin will probably find these very helpful. They gently blot excess oil without moving/smearing makeup, which is wonderful. Would I recommend them? Yes, especially if you live in humid and hot climates, or have an oily t-zone or skin. On Amazon: Yojiya - Oil Blotting Paper With Aloe Vera Brand website: Yojiya - Oil Blotting Paper With Aloe Vera
Yojiya-Oil Blotting Paper With Aloe Vera
My biggest hair secret!
I love Navratna Ayurvedic oil! I purchase this at local Indian markets but you can also find it on Amazon. This is a blend of oils that have a cool feeling: Sesame oil, Menthol, Amla, Camphor, Thyme and Rosemary Oil. Rosemary oil is great for boosting circulation and growth. I use this once a week and feel that it has kept my Navratna - Ayurvedic Cool Hair Oil hair healthy, soft and shiny. I also do feel it is the reason my hair grows so long. I use the oil in my scalp and the strands of my hair. I massage my scalp gently for an additional 5-10 minutes after applying. I leave the oil on overnight and then shampoo twice the next day. Stress is one of the main reasons people have hair fall. The menthol and cooling factor in this oil helps to relax me and in turn helps with hair loss. The scent is really strong for some so be mindful, but it doesn’t bother me.
Navratna-Ayurvedic Cool Hair Oil
Dupe Alert!! My favorite Retinoids dupes
If you know me, I'm a huge fan of Retinols and now with advanced research, Retinoids. Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid has been my favorite from a long time but it's 85$ and that's a huge amount when it comes to just one bottle of what you can't live without. So, I started digging for more options that will give me the same results but with lesser price and guess what? I found a dupe/similar product with 1/10 of the price! I know my mind was also blown when I figured how similar The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion emulsion is to Sunday Riley SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum A+. Although these two are way different in prices and ingredients, the overall texture, consistency and finish of these two are similar. Also the results that I have seen with these two are pretty much the same. I've done my comparison and it's really helpful in seeing if you want something that works similarly who not pay 8.90$ than 85$ all the time! I'm going to break down my comparison into points ⬇️ 🌿Ingredients - Sunday Riley A+ has 6.5% of stabilized Retinoid and botanical alternative to Retinol. It combines 5% retinoid ester blend, 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend, and a half percent blue green algae with natural retinoid-alternative activity. Whereas, The Ordinary one has 2% of Granactive Retinoid which is a complex of solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR). HPR is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid. Retinoid in Sunday Riley A+ also has Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract, and ginger balance which acts as great humectant and soothes skin. 🌿 Texture, Color and Consistency (Formulation): I found these two very similar in this category. They both are yellow in color and has that milky texture. Although, Sunday Riley A+ has more yellow tone than The Ordinary one. Both serums are thin and runny while The Ordinary one is a bit more liquidy and runny than A+. They both glides on face similarly, have that milky texture so they take about a minute to absorb in skin and both leave a slightly shiny finish. The Ordinary Granactive retinoid emulsion leaves a tackier finish and skin feels a little stickier than Sunday Riley. 🌿Smell/Fragrance: Both have less than 1% synthetic fragrance and shockingly they both smell similar to me. They both have a subtle, chemically scent. 🌿 Feel and Results: This is the best category for me and also the most accurate one for calling them too similar. They both give the same results in making your skin smooth, soft and getting rid of dry, flakey skin. They both help reducing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. They both have given me tighter, brighter skin and my Hyperpigmentation seemed to fade away. The best part is how bright and glowing your skin feels the next morning. Although, I must agree with the percentage amount Sunday Riley one is a bit more Potent and does a rapid job in exfoliating skin on deeper level. The Ordinary Retinoid work the similar way but it takes consistent use and probably few days here and there to see the results. A+ may be a bit harsh for some people but I found The Ordinary quite gentle and non-irritating. In my opinion these two are very similar and work amazing in giving you that smooth brighter skin! What do you think of these two? Comment down below if you have any questions ❤️
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
Hello BABY skin 😍😍😍
I’ve heard rave reviews regarding Paula’s Choice range and thought I try it out esp while it was on sale. Luckily it did not let me down... Phew 😅 Pic 1 - I had really dry skin around my mouth and nose from too much exfoliation and having the heater on throughout the day. Pic 2 - after using all the Paula’s choice range my skin was soft and dewy - not tight or dry. Pic 3 - in my opinion my make up settled into the skin really nice 👍 Note: - The pore cleanser is gel form - The exfoliant is a clear liquid which you will need to put on a cotton pad to wipe on your face (my skin is dry sensitive so I only used the exfoliant at night every second or third night). - The moisturiser is a white cream very light weight, non greasy on the skin. - The niacinamide feels like water (non greasy), I applied this before the moisturiser. - The face mask was a free gift - gotta love freebies 😉! If I was to repurchase I would definitely purchase the pore cleanser and moisturiser again. The cleanser has Salicylic acid in its ingredients so you could skip the exfoliant. Also the moisturiser is a barrier repair moisturiser which has retinol. This helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooths and hydrates the skin so I can skip on the niacinamide booster. Love to hear your experience with Paula’s choice. And if you have any recommendations from the range I would love to hear it 🥰🥰🥰
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Swipe to see the AFTER!
It has been a long and TOUGH skin journey for me, but I finally made it and couldn’t be happier. This time last year, I hated my skin. Every morning, the first thing I did was look in the mirror to see how bad my skin looked. That’s what I worried about 24/7. Everywhere I went, I was always worried that other people were staring at my skin; it was all I thought about all the time. I was disgusted by my skin and it really lowered my self-esteem. But I FINALLY made it. I’ve realized that it is a NORMAL thing, so don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’re going through this right now, just know that it does get better! Keep your head up, beautiful! :) *These are results from taking accutane for about 5 months.
reasons why you are breaking out on your face...
Acne is a skin condition that usually comes around once you hit puberty, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of that. Acne is normal and everyone is eventually going to experience it. ***** The chart above indicates what each part of the face means when you break out in that area. Forehead: the reason why you are breaking out on your forehead is because of stress, poor diet, irregular sleep, liver issues and digestive problems. Temples and eyebrows: usually people breakout in this area because of blood circulation problems, alcohol and processed foods such as fast food as well. Nose: people break out on the nose because of poor blood circulation, poor diet, constipation bloating and indigestion. Mouth and under nose: this can be because of a certain toothpaste that you may be sensitive to, constipation or spicy/fried foods. Chin: people break out on the chin because of hormonal problems, kidney problems and gynaecological issues. Cheeks: this can be because of stress, lung issues, kidney problems, bacteria from cellphones and stomach problems. Ears: not a lot of people break out in this area but if you do, it’s because of your kidney. that’s all you need to know, i hope this helps and sorry if it doesn’t make sense, my english isn’t very good 😅. stay safe and keep cleansing!
Strange Blackhead Sucker Mostly Sucks
It’s the time of COVID and I’m trying to find home tools for my clients to use since they can’t come in to see me. 👋 Hi also what esthetician doesn’t love playing with toys?! My favorite facial is the Hydrafacial which power washes blackheads out of pores. I was hoping this “Pore Cleaning Vacuum” from Amazon would solve a piece of that puzzle and suck out the dirt like it said on the box but in a kind and gentle way. It doesn’t. 🥴 Sadly all this seems to do is suck up skin and when you make it stronger have the potential of breaking capillaries aka giving you red veins on your face. 😬 It suck up extra oil and is a decent exfoliator but there are better ways to get that done! I tried this after an enzyme mask which softens the skin and gunk in the pores and that worked a little better but it just sucked out the top debris and not the deep down dirt. That’s like pulling out the top of the trash bin 🗑 and leaving the bottom stuff in. 😳 Not helpful! In the long run those pores will just be pushed open more and stretched to be made bigger by the junk in the bottom of them while compacting down. 😫 So yeah this tool doesn’t get my recommendation. 👎 SKINVIOUS. - Blackhead Remover #cheriecreator #blackheads #skintools #bigpores #amazontools