My update skin care ritual spring 2016

RNA-Duo_848_v5Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready for your skin care update? I have always found that right after the holidays, my skin becomes very dry and sensitive so I want to share my updated skin care ritual with you.

After cleanser and toner I use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but I use cotton pads for application. I find that when I use cotton pads, it absorbs more Pitera, which allows my skin to absorb more Pitera and more is just better!

After the Facial Treatment Essence I apply R.N.A Power Essence, a new anti aging serum that helps address multi skin concerns such as fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, etc. This is the new upgrade from the SK-II Essential Power Essence. I love that the consistency is much more rich and absorbs even better than the Essential Power Essence. When I have sensitive conditions, I use less products which means I don’t layer 2 serums at once. Sometimes, you just need to let your skin breath a little.

Then, I use the eye cream, R.N.A Power Cream, which is also a new upgrade from Essential Power Cream. Overall, the texture is much more rich which is perfect for the season changes. I like this cream because you can see a difference after just one use. The skin looks and feels much firmer and my dryness and sensitives improves.

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Here are some products information from SK-II Website for your reference:

FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE The much-loved and most awarded SK-II bestseller

SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today.

Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.
  • Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

$165 5.1oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE CREAM Brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness – for a hydrated glowing look

Improves multiple signs of aging, giving you a new level of firmness from multiple angles, so that skin becomes firmer, smoother, tighter, and more radiant. After one jar, fine lines appear less defined.

$230 2.8oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE ESSENCE Minimizes the appearance of pores next morning, with a fresh morning glow.

New R.N.A Power Essence brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness

This powerful firming serum minimizes the appearance of your pores for a more youthful looking fresh morning glow. Immediately upon application, each drop fills the gaps in your skin, making it firm, resilient, and feeling plump.

Used with R.N.A Power Cream, this new duo from SK-II brings you to a new level of confidence from today and for the next 15 years.

$195 1.7oz

Luxury Korean Skin Care Sulwhasoo

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Korean skincare is like a big wave coming to USA. More and more people are asking which of these Korean brands are the best. Today, I want to share with you Sulwhasoo, one of the luxury skincares in Korea, and it is my personal favorite!

The simple way to describe Sulwhasoo is Herbal Medicinal Skincare and the highest content ingredient is ginseng. See the below information about their ingredients from the company website:
All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are natural ingredients native to Korea and raised through a meticulous process on our very own Amorepacific herb farm under the most excellent conditions. These are some key ingredients of Sulwhasoo that make Sulwhasoo so beneficial and effective.

Sulwhasoo Ingredients

Ginseng naturally grows only in the Far East and the ones from the Korean Peninsula are considered the best. Ginseng is a very sensitive plant that is highly affected by the nature of the soil it is cultivated in. It is very valuable and precious with many wondrous efficacies. Sulwhasoo uses a 4-year old Ginseng, which known to have the highest saponin content. Sulwhasoo created matchless material after a long research on Ginseng.
Let me show you some of the products I enjoy using from time to time.

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First Care Activating Serum 60ml / 2.2oz $84 
The treatment liquid is used after the toner before the serum. It helps renew skin conditions and allow your serum and moisturizer penetrate deeper into your skin. This is a very lightweight liquid and people with any skin conditions can use it. In fact, this is the first product you should try!

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Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum 35ml / 1.2oz $150 
This serum encapsulated the ginseng helps to reduce signs of aging and fortify skin’s natural elasticity and resilience. I like to use this at night which gives my skin a boost.

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Concentrated Ginseng Renew Cream   60ml / 2.2 oz $220.00
Very luxurious texture and smells very herbal and ginseng. A nutrient-rich cream to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin to revive damaged, youth-depleted skin from within. This is best if used at night.

Professional Hair and Makeup Expo Haul

If you did not check out the ‘PHAMExpo” aka Professional Hair and Makeup Expo this year, you have to check it out this year! Why? Many of these shows are industry-only but “PHAMExpo” is open to public! Plus, I was able to get a deal from Groupon. What is Professional hair and Makeup Expo? It is for any one who is interested in the latest trends for hair and makeup. Also you can see a live demo on makeup in many different styles from Beauty to theater makeup. But the most important thing to me was getting good deals on makeup, hair products and tools.  Let me show you what I got!

1. Lime Crime – It’s impossible to miss this brand. You see a lot of people walking around with this super big green and pink shopping bag.  Very smart marketing  strategy.  In 2008, style icon Doe Deere set out to create the cosmetic line of her dream. Lime Crime is synonymous with innovative, vegan, cruelty free makeup for fashion forward girls around the world.

– Palett D’antoineet eye shadow contain 5 eye shadows for $35

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– Velvetine Lip Stain liquid lip color transform liquid to matte stain finish $20 each. This is also water poof lip color, I wash 4 time with cleansing oil finally get 90 % off, I still see a little stain on my arm. Colors are Pink Velvet and Red Velvet.

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– Liquid Liner $14 each. Colors are Lunar Sea and Blue Milk.

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–  Eye Shadow Helper – Water proof primer is $20 each. As you can see after rising with water, the eye shadow is still on!!!! I almost feel you shouldn’t use this waterproof daily and only use if you are going to beach or pool party.

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2. Bon Bliss – bath & body treats
This is what I call reinvention. I am sure you see body scrub but I bet you’ve never seen a body scrub in candy wrap or truffle packaging. Did I mention this is for one time use? Love love the packing and idea behind the brand. Over 12 delicious scents available.

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3. Cailyn O! Wow Brush $28 each
Super cool looking brush can be use with liquid, power and BB cream. The Brush is very dense and offers light to full coverage base on your application. I used it a few times and it feels very soft on the skin but the handle feels a little flimsy. I wonder if they will make one bigger sizes with a stronger handle. I would recommend sticking with the beauty blender for easy use.

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4. Z Palette – Love this customizable makeup palette
You can pull your own shadows or blushes all in one palette for easy use. Even if you are not perfessional makeup artist, this little palette will save you time and space on finding your make up.

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Natural Make Up for Men and Women

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Natural Makeup for men and women

Wearing makeup is not just for only for women anymore. Many makeup brands are starting to carry men’s makeup. Let even skin complexions help build you’re confident, which will impact self esteem.

The best compliment you can get is “Your skin looks amazing. What skin care do you use? “  The worse compliment is “ Wow I like your foundation. What brand you are using now?” I am going to share my favorites products that will help you achieved a natural makeup for both men and women.

Loreal BB cream

 

I like L’oreal Youth Code BB cream because the BB cream is very light (feels like a non-greasy, lightweight moisturizer), evens our my skin tone and provides a broad spectrum SPF 15. When you apply this BB Cream it melts into the skin and makes your skin look and feel more radiant, soft and hydrated. However, if you apply with your finger it will only offer low coverage. If you’re like me, I need more than low coverage so I use a sponge or beauty blender to apply the foundation and get more medium coverage. To get a more defined look, I often use two colors “Light and Medium” to created a super natural contour look (check out my YouTube video for demo) for $13.99 on Target online.

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When I need complete coverage I also use the Laneige BB Cushion after the L’oreal Youth Code BB cream. It’s still a BB cream that’s also very light but in the compact form.  For men, you’d have to see beyond the compact adn focus on the result. Laneige, offering a fuller coverage, is a Korean brand used to only be available at Korean markets but they are now available at Target!! BB Cushion is very unique with a SPF 50 broad spectrum protection. The liquid makeup is saturated in the sponge. See the image below. I recommend using the sponge and pressing on the skin for fuller coverage. You will be surprised how your skin looks after the makeup. So glowing with an even compexion! It will almost look like you have no makeup! The BB Cushion is only $34.00 on Target online, includes one refill.

I also use Chanel Les Beiges; this press power can be use alone or over the makeup. This press pwder gives a natural and translucent finish. The best part of this compact is that it comes with a mini brush for application. Chanel.com $57.50

 

Check out my Youtube video for tutorial

 

 

 

La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream Review

the_caviar_collection_collection-dp-h2-en_US-1280By now, you know I love luxury skin care brands! I strongly feel that the more I try different brands the better I will be able to share my experiences with you.  There are many new products that are launched every month but today I am going to share an existing product from La Prairie.

1987 La Praire creates the first phenomenon by introducing the Skin Caviar, the encapsulated delivery system containing the Caviar Pearls.  20 years later, The Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream was launched despite the many new eye creams available. This is still one of best seller in luxury brands.  This eye cream helps to target seven concerns around the eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of elasticity , puffiness, dark circle and dryness.

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This eye cream addresses the 3 areas:

1. Lifting and Firming : 3 dimensional protein network, firm, lift and tightens. Caviar extracts, biopolymer of sweet almond proteins, marines lifting complex , bio mimetic peptide and extracellular matrix tripeptide work together for maximum lifting  and firming.

2. Hydrating : Moisture complex imparts 24 hours hydration. Botanical root, rich in potassium, boosts hydration.

3. Brightening and Smoothing: Restorative algae extract. Inhibits the appearance of dark circles.

The texture feels rich but not heavy. Very little amount will allow you cover entire the eye area. I would suggest using this eye cream at night (as you should use the best products you have at night) allowing deeper penetration.

The packaging is beautiful. You will just have to watch my video to see their attention to details!

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This Eye cream is 20ml/0.68 oz $320 can you call this luxury !

Check out my Youtube video below

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Products Review

9.17_YSL-FYL-Landing-SiteUpdate-v1YSL Forever Youth Liberator Collection, doesn’t that name sounds an amazing? I am sure everyone on this planet wants a fountain of youth or long lasting beauty. Personally, I know if we take good care of our skin, body and mind, you will see a delay of aging process. Unfortunately, too many people don’t even spend time taking care their skin left alone taking care of their body and mind. So, if you want long lasting beauty you must do the following:

1. Believing in yourself: That’s right! It’s a very simple thing called believing in yourself will change everything in your life.

2. Spend time on your skin: If you spend less than 2 mintues to take care your skin, we have problem. I would recommend starting and ending your day with a cleanse, toner, moisturizer  SPF for day and masking at night.

3. Balance healthy life style: Eat lots green and dark color fruits for antioxidant and exercise!

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Forever Youth Liberator collection contains anti aging ingredients call Glycanatif which will restore your skin’s youthful beauty. Your skin will look instantly more luminous and soft. Skin will feel more supple and visibly improve after one month of use.  As always, I purchased the trial set first, includes Cleansing Foam 0.7 oz. Night Cream 0.2 oz. Serum 1.0 oz and eye serum 0.5 oz. The Eye serum is a full size which costs $120 and the face serum also full size costs $155 but the kit I purchased is only $180 on their company website. The trail kit is not only a great deal but also great way to first experience the line.

Of all 4 products, I like the night cream the best! Simply because it doesn’t have too much perfume. I am very disappointed in the face serum for 2 reasons. The strong perfume scent and the medicine dropper does not work very well. The Eye serum however is smell little less fragranced and the dropper works a little better.

Check out my youtube channel for YSL Forever Youth Liberator review below.

 

 

 

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale

I get this question all the time, “What product should I get when I am trying “X” brand for the first time?” I never suggest to purchase a full line because it can be very pricey and it may not even work with your skin. I recommend to purchase a trial set or travel set before you invest too much and they usually will cost 50% less than full sizes.

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I heard much buzz about Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale because out of the 30,000 different Orchidee in the words, only three were used in the skin care plus a new Gold Orchid  that regenerates cell life. How can I not try it 🙂 I purchased the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Voyage (travel set ) which includes the Exceptional Complete Care Cream 15ml/0.50fl, Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 10ml/0.33oz, and Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 7ml/0.23oz.

1. Exceptional Complete Care Cream 1.7oz retailed at $445.00 is the 3rd generation in the line. Anytime a product goes through a major upgrade and receives great reviews, it is most likely selling very well. Something to consider when you are checking out new brands. This face cream will help revitalize and renew your skin giving you a younger look. The cream recovers skins density, firmness and elasticity.

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2. Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 1.0oz retailed at $498.00 works on all visible signs of aging quickly and intensely. The formula restores the skin to a more youthful look. The cream melts into the skin.

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3. Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 0.5oz retailed at $200.00 enhanced with the revitalizing gold orchid technolgy which will reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circle under the eyes. You can also use it around the lips! Honestly, any eye cream can be applied to the lips area.

So, check out a trial set or travel kit before investing in a new brand!

 

Skin Care Essentials, selecting the right eye cream

Episode number 5 of my Skin Care Essentials series has been uploaded to YouTube. This episode is all about selecting the right eye cream for your skin condition. The eye is such a delicate part of the body, choosing the correct product and applying the product in the correct manner is essential for getting good results. I love your comments!! After watching the video, please comment on here on the blog or on my YouTube channel.

Clover Store, Long Beach, CA

Clover Store Long Beach, CA Entrance

Every Monday evening for the last several years I play Pinochle … yep, that’s right Pinochle! Most of the time, our card games are held in Long Beach, CA (that’s where most of the card club members live), and so I find myself in that part of Southern California often. Last Monday evening, December 9th, 2013 was no exception, however I desperately needed to pick-up a few Christmas gifts for a dinner that I was attending on Wednesday. I remembered seeing this cute little women’s clothing store on Atlantic Ave., so I decided to stop by and see if they had what I needed.

Clover Store Long Beach JewelryThe store is absolutely adorable and the staff extremely helpful, especially Kristen who helped me find my gifts. They have a large collection of women’s clothing, hand bags, and jewelry at very reasonable prices. In addition, they carry some wonderful candles and interesting perfumes. The store is located at 3803-B Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, California, 90807. You can also contact them at (562) 426-1777. Here are a few pictures from my visit. Please check out their website at www.cloverlongbeach.com.

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