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Leaders Labotica Organ Oil Deep Cleansing Tissue Review

5.27.2017

I am very excited for this blog review! To be brutally honest, I have not been a fan of cleansing wipes. I have tried my fair share of cleansing wipes from big name brands such as Neutrogena and Olay. I have even ventured onto cleaner, greener brands like Yes to Carrots but all ending with the same result...irritated skin. The negative reaction to cleansing wipes have ranged anywhere from stinging and burning to turning bright pink which usually takes my skin days to recover. When Leaders USA sent me the Labotica Argan Oil Deep Cleansing Tissues to try, I was very hesitant. I was going to give them to a friend to test out on my behave but then curiosity got the better of me. Instead of passing the buck, I took a leap and, like always, I am forever the human guinea pig.

Claim:
"Formulated with argan oil, these deep cleansing tissues softly remove make up and dead skin cells while cleansing and nourishing the skin".- from website!

Traveling Essentials

5.22.2017


I recently traveled to Boise Idaho to have mircoblading. After a tad over 12 hours on the road in less than 48 hours, it got me thinking about how important it is to take care of your skin even when traveling. I also thought this post would be helpful because traveling season is among us. The following tips are those that should be applicable year round because you always need to protect your skin, even on a cloudy or rainy day. So, here are my traveling saviors! Traveling is so hard on my skin whether traveling by plane or car. Traveling in recirculated air, whether air conditioned or heated can severely dehydrate the skin. Worse, those pesky UV rays beaming through windows hit the skin like a freight train, causing some serious damage. While on my latest trip seen here, I took along some staple products to help keep my skin protected from the elements. Below are a few key items that are absolutely essential when traveling. 


Pixi Beauty Sun Milk SPF30



Skin 18 Mask Review #3

5.01.2017



Skin18 is a website where I often purchase my sheet masks because they offer a wide variety of brands at great prices. Another huge plus is that you can receive free masks when you order. They also have a point system where you can earn chips to use toward your purchase. If you haven't tried out Skin18 you can sign up here and save 15% off your order.




Timeless 20% Vitamin C Serum Review

4.26.2017


Today I want to finally review the Timeless 20% Vitamin C, E & Ferulic Acid Serum. This review is long over due but when it comes to testing out potent anti-aging products, my sensitive skin requires extra time for testing purposes. This is especially true for vitamin C (VC) products as my skin hasn't played well with other serums in the past. While L-Ascorbic Acid (L-AA) might be the best form of vitamin C in terms of collagen production, UV protection, fading scarring and hyper-pigmentation, it has been known to cause skin irritation and sensitivity. So as you can imagine with my sensitive skin, I started the process of adding Timeless VC into my routines very, very slowly. 

I usually touch base on patch testing further into my product reviews but due to the nature of VC, I feel I need to write about how I incorporated this into my routine. 

Patch Testing:
Every product I use goes through a very detailed patch testing period. I always patch test and I recommend patch testing to everyone. This is how I introduce new skin care products to my easily irritated skin. Patch testing can look different for everyone but for me, I test products in stages. For this VC serum, I applied it to the inside of my wrist, neck, chest and behind my ears. I applied this serum to those areas for a few weeks, yes weeks. I did see some irritation/sensitivity, redness, flushing but nothing too serious so I began adding a tiny drop to different parts of my face for many weeks. I saw the same flushing and slight irritation/sensitivity but again, nothing serious enough to stop the testing process. I began adding more and more product until eventually I was applying the serum to my entire face. I will say that during these many weeks of testing, I was traveling, I got sick, menstruation etc happened and I broke out, so I wasn't sure if the VC serum was exacerbating the situation so I would back off using this on areas where I wasn't having breakouts. I came to find that this wasn't causing breakouts but it was making my skin more sensitive. Was my skin more likely to break out from this increased skin sensitivity? I honestly don't think so. Regardless, I needed to take this crazy amount of time to really test this product because I have sensitive skin. 
Another challenge was the weather, which so wacky and I know this made testing out this serum more complicated. Lastly, I also had an IPL treatment and a microdermabrasion during the testing period, so you can see why it has taken me a long time to test this product.


First Impression: 9 Wishes Vanishing Balm Glow

4.10.2017



I wanted to share my first impressions on a product that I recently got from BB Cosmetic. Although I mainly focus on skincare, I wanted to branch out a little and try out a new complexion enhancing item that still promises skin care benefits. This post will not be a full review because I am still testing out this items but it will provide some insight on how this product is working for my skin. This first impression post was highly requested after my unboxing "stories" on my Instagram channel.


 

Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil Review

4.07.2017


If you have been following me on Instagram, you have seen me post various facial oils in my skin care routine pictures. That is because I have been a bit obsessed lately with facial oils. Contrary to what you have been taught to think, oils are excellent for the skin, even on acneic skin. Counterintuitive as it may sound, facial oils can be very beneficial. The trick is choosing the right oil for your skin type. There are many oils out there that not only hydrate, they also can brighten, even out skin tone and some can even fade discoloration and fight blemishes. Yes, certain oils can actually help to regulate natural oil production while others are naturally rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids that repair and strengthen the skin.

Today I want to take the opportunity to review the Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil that I got from Musely.com. I have been using this oil in my skin care routines for almost a month and although this review cannot discuss any long term benefits, I can definitely speak to the short term efficacy of the product.
Image from Sibu website

Goldfaden MD Review

3.30.2017

I am really excited to be reviewing two products from the brand Goldfaden MD that I have been testing out for the past few weeks. Although I primarily focus on Asian beauty, if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been slowing shifting toward more natural and/or organic products or products that contain clean but effective ingredients. After researching the brand, I was very excited when Goldfaden MD approached me to see if I wanted to test out two of their products. Goldfaden MD is a very popular brand that has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Natural Health, Woman's Health, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Dr. Oz The Good Life. I love that Gray Goldfaden, the dermatologist and creator of the brand is the first to developed a physician strength natural skincare line in the industry. 

Company Info:
Goldfaden is non prescription skincare solutions utilizing state of the art technologies that are nature inspired. Goldfaden MD feels that many synthetic ingredients found in skin care products are known to cause skin irritation and can actually cause damage to the skin. The Goldfaden MD brand products are made without any harsh and synthetic ingredients. The brand is committed to creating only safe but highly effective products that are naturally derived and are results driven. These products are truly inspired by science but contain powerful, natural ingredients. Speaking of, Goldfaden MD products are organic and have naturally based ingredients, are paraben, mineral oil and alcohol free. These do not contain any gluten, silicones and are cruelty free and vegetarian. The Goldfaden MD mission is to create environmentally conscious products, avoiding harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, synthetic fragrance and chemical preservatives.  


Facetory 4 Fresh Pick Review

3.11.2017


A few months ago I signed up to test out a new monthly sheet mask subscription service called FacetoryI have been really enjoying the collection of masks they have sent in their past boxes because of the quality and variety. You can read those reviews here and here to see past collections. This review is on their 4 Fresh Pick which is four sheet masks delivered to your door for $4.95 plus .99 shipping. A special thanks to Facetory for sending me this box in exchange for my honest review. The 4 Fresh Pick box is a great entry level box for kbeauty newbies or for those out there that don't want to break the bank but want good quality masks. This box also features mostly cotton and cellulose mask sheet materials while the Seven Lux Box (past boxes I have reviewed) contain hydrogels or multi-step masks with higher quality ingredients.



Skin Care on a Budget: A new blog series

2.28.2017


One question that I get asked a lot is how to have an effective skin care routine without breaking the bank. I totally understand the struggle. There are just too many products out there and you want to try it all. I know a lot of you understand this predicament! But let's face it, most of us out there do not have an unlimited amount of money to spend on skin care or beauty related items. One of the reasons why I have decided to write this post is because I am hearing/reading more and more stories of people out there who over spend and find themselves in major debt. Worse, a very good friend of mine even had to file bankruptcy because she maxed out credit card and then couldn't afford the payments. While I have no simple answers, this post is a collection of tips I use to help curb my spending yet still have a great skin care routine. To help me keep track of my own spending and to help others out there, I have designed a financial plan that will not only keep track of my own purchases, this plan will help me stick to a budget that works within my finances. I have decided to create this blog series to show you how you can stick to a budget and still achieve great skin care results.

First things first, I know you all want to have healthy and beautiful skin. If that wasn't true, you would not be spending the time, energy and money. The trick is learning how to balance the desire for achieving the skin care results you want while resisting the urge to buy everything your heart desires. Sometimes you just need to ask yourself..."Do I really need this?"


Oolu Gel Lemon Mask Review

2.24.2017

I wanted to take the opportunity to review the Oolu Lemon Peel Mask from Memebox. To start, I love masks and post mask reviews on my Instagram channel on a weekly basis. However, most of the masks I review are sheet masks because I find them super easy to incorporate into your daily skin care routine. On the other hand, wash off masks can be equally effective but they do take more work. Wash off masks require you to wash them off and at night, I can be a little lazy. Lately, I have been testing out more wash off masks like the Matcha Clay Mask from the brand Matcha Obsessed and it has rekindled my appreciation and love for these types of masks. While wash off's require a rinsing step, their efficacy deserves a spotlight. I was super excited when this mask arrived in the mail courtesy of Memebox because Oolu is a brand that I have come to enjoy.


Skin18 Mask Review #2

2.17.2017


I recently tried out a bunch of sheet masks from the brands Holika Holika and Nature Republic that I got from Skin 18. This post will be reviewing those masks or recapping reviews I have posted on my Instagram channel.

Let's first get a little background information on the brands I am about to review. First, Holika Holika is a Korean cosmetic lined created in 2010. Holika Holika features eye catching packaging that offer high quality products at affordable prices. The vision for this brand is to provide fun, happy and eye catching cosmetic products that enhance the beauty in all. Second, Nature Republic was established in 2009 and features cosmetics that are inspired by nature. Nature Republic's passion and philosophy is to provide high quality products derived from Mother Nature. I am apart of the USA reviewer team so these masks were sent to me for review purposes but my thoughts and opinions are my own as with all my reviews.


Piibu February Mask Box Review

2.07.2017


About a month ago, the folks at Piibu reached out to see if I wanted to try out their monthly mask subscription service and of course I agreed. If you have been following me for any length of time, especially on Instagram, you will know that I love sheet masks. I have been incorporating sheet masks into my skin care regimen for the past 10 years or so and believe that sheet masks make a huge difference in how my skin looks and feels. I have been excited to see more and more sheet mask subscription boxes pop up over the past year, making them more accessible to anyone. I remember years ago when it was difficult to get any Asian beauty products here in the States but not anymore!

Piibu (pronounced pee-boo) means "skin" in Korean and is a monthly mask subscription service that sends around 8 different masks directly to your door. Each month's box highlights a particular skin care theme for example like masks that focus on brightening or soothing so each month will be unique. Piibu offers three different plans, a month to month, a 3 month and 6 month and the monthly cost starts at $15 per month plus shipping (a grand total of $19). Each month's box is said to be a retail value of $35 +.



Yadah All Day Cushion Review

2.01.2017


If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you will know that my philosophy on foundation is that it should provide coverage but your base makeup should also be an extension of your daily skin care routine. In the beginning, it was bb cream that brought me into the world of Asian beauty. I was searching the internet for a base makeup that evened out my complexion, didn't break me out and had skin care properties. I, like many of you found that my foundation was clogging my pores (I'm looking right at your Mac) and did not offer my skin any health benefits. Fast forward 10 years and I am still a huge proponent of cushions because like bb creams, they offer skin care ingredients, coverage plus cushions are super easy to apply. I am always up for testing out cushions so when the lovely peeps at BB Cosmetics offered to send me this, I jumped at the change. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this in some of my recent posts but I wanted to take the opportunity to give this cushion a full review. 

Yadah's brand story is to create safe, hypoallergenic, low chemical and plant derived skin care and makeup products. Yadah is a Hebrew word that means wisdom. Yadah uses the purest, most natural ingredients so their products are safe for even the most stressed and sensitive skin types. They incorporate organic eastern prickly pear (opuntia humifusa) as the base for all their products. Prickly pear is highly moisturizing, calms, soothes, heals plus it is a great anti-inflammatory. Eastern prickly pear is a tough cactus plant native to Korea and it can withstand extreme temperatures. The plant contains flavonoid which helps to strengthen blood vessels and works to stabilize the skin's support network, aka collagen and elastin. Prickly pear is also rich in vitamin c, amino acids and saponin, a plant derived skin soothing antioxidant.  To learn more about Yadah's natural ingredients, please visit their website here



Image result for yadah all day cushion


Facetory January 2017 Seven Lux Subscription Box Review

1.24.2017


So, it wasn't that long ago that I wrote about my first month of Facetory and my experience here and today I wanted to share with you about the Seven Lux Box for January that I received over this past weekend. For those of you who didn't read my review on the new sheet mask monthly subscription service, I will fill you in. Facetory is a month to month subscription service that offers two types of boxes, the Four-ever Fresh and the Seven Lux. The Four-ever Fresh is their entry level mask box for those Korean beauty newbies or those new to sheet masking that includes 4 masks for $4.95 per box plus .99 cent shipping. The Seven Lux is a box that features 7 high functioning, higher quality ingredient masks in a variety of materials (hydrogels, multi-step masks etc) delivered right to your door for $14.95 and shipping is included.  As of now they does not offer a bundle subscriptions like 3 months, 6 months or 1 year plans, it is just billed monthly.


 


25 Sheet Mask Giveaway

1.09.2017

Let's beat the Monday blues with a giveaway! I have teamed up with the wonderful folks at MoMoMango.com to bring you this incredible giveaway. One lucky winner will receive 25 I'm Real Sheet Masks from Tony Moly. 



Detail:
This giveaway is for US and Canada peeps only,  sorry :( 
This giveaway will end January 31, 2017 at midnight PST.
This giveaway is hosted by Pdxbeautiful & MoMoMango
I am not responsible for any adverse reactions to skincare items.
If you are under the age of 18 years old, please get you parent/guardian permission. I will need your contact information to ship out the prize.





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Stay Beautiful ❤️

Facetory December Seven Lux Mask Subscription Box Review

1.03.2017




If you have been following me for any length of time you will know that I am a sheet mask addict! I love sheet masks and see positive results in how my skin looks and feels when I am diligent about masking daily. I usually review 1-2 sheet masks on my Instagram channel on a weekly basis so if you don't already, please follow me here on Insta.

Last year around black Friday I decided to splurge and I signed up for a year of Mask Maven, a monthly sheet mask subscription service. Overall, Mask Maven wasn't a bad subscription service but it wasn't the best either. Recently, I have been following Facetory on Instagram and they had a special black Friday discount code to save money off one month's box. I thought why the hell not, just buy one month and just see how it compares to other mask services out in the world. Well, I am so glad I did because I am extremely impressed with the monthly box that showed up in my mailbox. I purchased the December Seven Lux box, this was not sent to me.

Facetory is a month to month sheet mask subscription service that offers two types of boxes, the Four-ever Fresh and the Seven Lux. The Four-ever Fresh is an entry level mask box for those Korean beauty newbies or those new to sheet masking that includes 4 masks for $4.95 per box plus .99 cent shipping. Since I've been using Asian beauty products for well over 10 years, I decided to go with the other box option called Seven Lux. This box features 7 high functioning, higher quality ingredient masks in a variety of materials (hydrogels, multi-step masks etc) delivered right to your door for $14.95 and shipping is included.  As of now they does not offer a bundle subscriptions like 3 months, 6 months or 1 year plans, it is just billed monthly.