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Hello Everyone!!! I'm Back :-)

I know I know, I've been absent for so long, sorting out life but I am happy to announce that I back and making videos again as well as blogging!!

I recently posted a new video on Youtube so please check that out and don't forget to  subscribe, like, and comment with any suggestions :)

For now I wanted to post some up close photos of the some of the products I mentioned in my last video….

From Skinfood:

Platinum Grape Cell Eye Cream

I had tried this a few nights while visiting my bestie in Orange County last year….Again, I just used this a few times but what I remembered is that it is a very moisturizing eye cream.  I have battled with under eye dryness since I can remember so I am hoping this will help to hydrate and brighten my eye area.  

Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream

This is a beloved favorite concealer that I have been using for years.  It's lightly hydrating which is good for my dry under eyes and gives a really nice concealing effect minus the cakey result.  It brightens and helps to hide my dark circles.  I do use a separate concealer for my bags and a particular technique which I can always blog about or do a separate video on so please let me now if that is something you would like to see!

From The Face Shop:



January Favorites

It is that time again, monthly favorites! January went by in a flash or was it just me :) Here are some of my favorite products for January.  I did post a corresponding video so please check that out here!
My one and only makeup item for this month...I didn't like anything else I tried out this month except this product, Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer! I got the color Radiant.  This particular color is more of a highlighter than a full concealer which I love because I use it to highlight and brighten parts of my face! This is a great dupe for YSL Touche Eclat as it is much less expensive and does the exact same thing! I love how this brightens my under eye area, check bones and the bridge of my nose! It is less dense and creamy as the YSL which I like better so I can layer with my concealer.

Another winner from Acure Organics! This is the Brightening Facial Scrub and as you can see, it is very gritty! It is loaded with good for you ingredients and the beads are actually sea sand! This does an amazing job at exfoliating the skin without irritating my sensitive face! You can control the abrasiveness by adding more water while using this product! Smell very earthy! One of the best scrubs I have used to date! 5% of the proceeds are donated to at risk woman needing mammograms!


Mekhala Living Product Reviews + Giveaway

Last October, the lovely and beautiful Yuming sent me three products from Mekhala Living to try and review.  First, let me give you some information about the brand.... It's pronounced (Meh Keh Lah).

Mekhala's vision is to create wholesome living and wellness products that are free of artificial flavors, colors, chemicals, fragrances and preservatives.  They are also cruelty free and when possible, use only certified organic ingredients  :)  They use only indigenous herbs and spices and natural essential oils for their beneficial qualities.  The ingredients are also based on a traditional method and principles of mindfulness and healthfulness. This is a company from Singapore...

From the website: "We are in the simple business of creating a better life. We do this through our high quality products - for the body, for eating, and for the home, which are made to please all your senses."

Ok, so on to the reviews....
This is an amazing shampoo that promotes hair growth and improves blood circulation in the scalp for healthier, stronger hair.  It also protects the hair from damage and oxidation with powerful anthocyanin antioxidants.  This is free of parabens, sulphates, SLS. Contains aloe vera and vitamin E.  This is suitable for normal/thinning or color treated hair.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Black Rice Seed, Kaffir Lime Oil, Aloe Vera, Moke Flower Extract, Natural Glycerin, Soapnut Tree Extract

First, let me start by saying WOW! This is an amazing shampoo that really improved the overall health of my hair and scalp.  It cleansed my hair throughly without leaving it feeling like straw! Since using this product, I haven't had the itchy dry scalp I normally get through the cold winter months.  This also gave a nice rich and creamy foamy suds (hate shampoo's that don't foam even a little!!) The only thing I do not like about this products is the smell! To westerns like myself, it's a very odd those in the Asian culture you wouldn't think twice :) It has a very fermented rice smell that is somewhat strong! However, I did get used to the smell but I wanted to warn you!


Favorites of 2012

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!! So, it has been awhile but I finally posted a video on my Youtube channel :) WOW! It felt good to film and I am going to try to be more consistent in filming and posting videos but my first priority is to this blog as writing has been a passion of mine for many years.

If you follow this blog you will know that for half of 2012 I was suffering with pretty bad acne.  So most of the products I did try through the latter half of the year were for blemished prone skin.  I did find some really great products that I will continue to use and love!

If you like watching youtube videos please check out my video about my favorite products of 2012!

Products mentioned in this video:

Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion HERE
The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter
Kose Deep Cleansing Oil
Cure Natural Aqua Gel Peeling Gel
Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask
Kate Somerville Anti Bac Lotion
The Face Shop Co Q10 Sheet Mask
My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Sheet Mask
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation in Fair
Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows
Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
Philosophy Pure Grace Perfume
Bdellium Tools Eyeshadow brushes

What are you favorites products of 2012??
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