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.

Perfect Red lipsticks from Dolce & Gabbana

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All you need is a perfect  red lipstick to complete any look. From blue red  undertone to orange undertone, everyone can find their own unique red lipstick. Finding the perfect red lipstick is like finding the perfect little black dress
As a make-up artist, beauty blogger and someone who has been in the cosmetics industry for twenty years, even though I don’t wear it myself, I definitely know a good “red” lipstick when I see one. Therefore, let me share with you my new favorite “red” lipstick from Dolce&Gabbana. These three colors will work on nearly all skin tones.

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Dolce Matte Red Lipstick $37
A matte lipstick with an opaque formula created to give lips intense, vivid, and full-bodied red color. These matte lipstick offer long lasting wear, without drying the lip. The formula has less wax for fuller coverage and opacifiers that spread in multiple directions for the  most effective matte finish.

1. Dolce Heart – orange undertone
2. Dolce Flirt – clear red
3. Dolce Ruby – blue undertone
* Did you know each color was based on actual Dolce&Gabbana fabrics used in their collection, so wearing these lipsticks is like wear the Dolce&Gabbana fashion.

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleanser and Moisturizer review

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You have asked me to review more budget friendly skin care brands, so I’d like to share with you my recent experience with Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleaner and Moisturizer. I hope you will find this helpful!

It instantly brightens dull and uneven skin with Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser. Its gentle exfoliating micro-beads cleans to reveal more luminous skin.

  • Instantly brighten dull and uneven skin
  • Remove micro-residue, even the smallest traces of dirt and makeup

5oz / $8.99

My thoughts and experience:
I like the micro beads in this cleanser. It really offers a clean feeling on the skin. There isn’t too much foam in the cleanser. It has a very light scent and I actually see a brighter skin. For $8.99, it’s pretty good. I would recommend for day time use for brighter looking skin.

It fades the look of dark spots in 8 weeks with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer. Its Brightening Complex delivers tone ingredients that helps reveal pearlescent skin that glows.

  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots over time
  • Brighten, exfoliate, and smooth skin
  • Regenerate skin’s appearance

1.7oz / $25.99

My thoughts and experience:
I guess my issues with this cream is the texture of it after I apply it on my skin. It feels like a plastic seat on my skin, which I don’t really care for because of the texture. I have only used it once and stopped using it.

Mr Jan All In One recommendations:
Overall, if you are looking for budget friendly skin care, I would recommend Olay because they use good ingredients such as Glycerin and Niacinamide, both are for hydration and  accelerates skin renewal.

Let me know if there are any brands you would like me to review.

 

 

Mother’s Day Luxury Gifts Recommendations

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I want to shared with you a few of my favorite luxury skin care products and fragrance for someone special in your life! How do I celebrate Mother’s Day? Well, everyday is a special day and it’s not just today. The products I recommend today are also what I have been using for long time.

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1. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 10pk $135
“A luxurious facial mask with an indulgent concentration of Pitera™ in a single application. Your skin is immediately and exceptionally immersed in moisturization, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion.
Texture: Soft and luxurious, each cotton mask is generously soaked with Pitera™ for maximum delivery to the skin.
At a Glance: An indulgent dose of Pitera™ in one mask for an instant boost in your skin’s suppleness and translucency.”

My Thoughts: 
One of best facial masks I’ve ever used. In just one time, you will see the transformation of the skin and provides more hydration, radiance, smoother and softer skin. I would recommend use the face mask at least 1x a week.

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2. SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence 5 oz $305
“This precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture. Your skin is firmer, smoother and more radiant.
Texture: Ultra-light liquid essence that is instantly absorbed by your skin.
At a Glance: This precious essence drenches your skin with an intensive boost of moisture for a firmer, smoother, more radiant looking complexion.”

My Thoughts :
I use this beauty essence daily at night over toner before serum. I use it especially when I am traveling. It offers intensive hydration and my skin feel so supple.

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3. La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask 2.5 oz $160
“This energizing mask instantly revitalizes the skin and helps promote its natural renewal process. The Vitality Ferment drenches skin in hydration, plumping skin from within. Instantly, skin looks healthy, resilient and glowing- infused with life.”

My Thoughts:
The best sleep mask ever!! I have dry skin so I use this mask over my night cream when I am traveling. Next day, my skin looks and feels great!

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4. Sisley paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil 0.84 oz $235
“Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a satin-smooth dry oil that prepares, nourishes, moisturizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. An essential in the daily care of dry or mature skin, this product contains legendary Black Rose oil and an exquisite combination of essences and natural active ingredients with repairing and stimulating properties that give skin a healthy glow.”

My Thoughts:
Talk about luxury skin care! This precious face oil makes my fine lines less noticable and the best part is it’s not oily at all. I like to mix this with my moisturizer at night. I have been trying different brands, but most of the time they are just too oily for me.

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5. Darphin Nourishing Satin Oil 3.4 oz  $45
“A nectar of nourishment, its formula brings to the skin a perfect balance of fatty acids; nourished, it reveals all of its softness. A powerful anti – oxidant , red ginger essential oil enhances the formula.”

My Thoughts:
This body oil is not greasy at all. In fact, it makes your skin feel super soft. But always make sure you exfoliate your body 1x a week before you apply the oil. If you still feel dry, you can layer with additional body cream over the dry area.

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6. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Drops 2.5 oz $101
“Dolce Floral Drops’ elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. The flower cap pays tribute to Sicilian customs, the original design handcrafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional confections. Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature underscored by a graphic twist of thin black grosgrain ribbon.

A lighter version of Dolce, neroli leaves replacing papaya flower at the top. White Amaryllis, Daffodil, Water Lily, Cashmeran, Musky Notes and Sandalwood. Made in UK.”

My Thoughts:
Overall, this has a very light scent and is not overpowering. I think most women want to wear something that smells natural and can become more of personal scent when they wear it. This is definitely one of those scents.

All products info were from Saks.com or NeimanMarcus.com

Luxury Shopping Haul and Tips

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Do you ever feel like you always over spend at your favorite store? Well today I want to shared with you my luxury shopping tips:

Tip 1: Know your budget
At the beginning of my search, I give myself a budget for beauty products, luxury items and fashion accessory. Know how much you can spend and be very disciplined to not spend over the set budget. This will allow you to have another budget for the next season!

Tip 2: Pre Shop
What is pre shop? Use the internet and help you find what you are looking for and how much you can save. i,e, Ebates offer third party online shopping and gives you 2% – 10 % cash rebate or current sales and coupons. I usually use this site for Sephora and Nordstrom online shopping. Remember, every little bit counts!

Tip 3: How will this item impact your total look
Do I really need these shoes? Do I realty need another handbag? I am sure you ask yourself this a lot haha. For me, I always do a mental inventory check and make sure the luxury item will improve or add versatility to my current wardrobe.

I hope these tips help you make a more budget conscious decision while you’re shopping.

Now, I want to show you what I purchased from Hawaii!

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organiser

3.1 x 4.3 inches
(Length x Height)- Matte cowhide leather trim
– Mix of cowhide leather & cotton lining
– 1 external pocket
– 3 credit card slots
– 5 interior pockets
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– Dimensions: 1.13 cm / 0.4 inches
– Gold- and Palladium-plated brass and SWAROVSKI®ELEMENTS
– Design incorporating LV initials; engraved damier pattern on LV motif
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Hermes leather bracelet
Black box calfskin
Palladium plated hardware, 15.5″ long, 2.5″ diameter, 0.5″ wide, 6.7″ circumference.
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Sisley – Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion

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SISLEŸA ESSENTIAL SKIN CARE LOTION

The new generation preparation lotion.

More and more cosmetic brands is coming out with a treatment lotion- a product used after toner before the serum. So what does the treatment lotion do? It is the first step before applying the serum, which helps to absorb the serum and moisturizer quickly and deeper.
In the western world, this seems like a new steps but in Asia it has been part of skin care routine for a long time. The question is, will you take additional time and steps to have best skin ever?

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This season, Sisley launched Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion, a treatment lotion.
Immediately, the skin is re-plumped, radiant and better prepared to benefit from the daily skin care products. After 4 weeks, signs of aging are reduced and skin appears visibly younger.

Active Ingredients:

  • Marshmallow extract: moisturizes the skin by delivering molecules able to retain water
  • Padina pavonica: reinforces the hydric layer of the dermis by boosting the synthesis of GAGs
  • Phytosqualane: moisturizes and nourishes by delivering lipids that are structurally similar to those found in the skin
  • Ginkgo biloba extract: helps tone the skin, anti-oxidant
  • Alkekengi Calyx extract: helps protect the skin, thanks to its anti-free radical action
  • White Willow extract: helps protect the dermis fibers thanks to its anti-collagenase and anti-elastase properties

Siesta Essential Skin Care Lotion is 5.1 oz for $185

My own results:
First impression: The texture of this lotion feels very light and soon I used it on the skin, it turns into liquid within 30 seconds and penetrates the skin.

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Second impression: The scent of this lotion is very light and I have to said it’s very pleasant and not over powering. After 30 seconds of application, I honestly didn’t see any major difference with the Sisley Essential Skin Care lotion. However, I have only used the samples for 3 days.

Glossybox February Review

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Glossybox is one of best beauty boxes in USA !! Why? Five beauty products in a super cute pink box and sometimes you will receive 1- 2 full size products! This is a $21 monthly subscription but it’s totally worth it.
Here is what’s included in the February Box:
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1. JULEP – Nail color – Full Size $14.00 / 0.27 oz
They give you the full size nail polish but what I like the most is that it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Inside the polish, it has heart shape glitters and is super cute.
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2. UNWASH – Bio Cleansing Conditioner  – Full Size $36 / 13.5 oz
This replaces the shampoo and conditioner. It’s a new technology to wash your hair without over stripping the natural oil. It’s perfect for dry hair. The box is 2.5 oz and is perfect size for travel.
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3. Royal Apothic – Tinties Lip Butter In Pink – Full Size $14 / 0.12 oz
This vintage packaged lip balm offers hydration and tint color. It’s super cute and very girly. By the way, it’s another full size product – so happy!
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4. Jelly Pong Pong – Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara – Full Size $22 / 0.27 oz
A UK brand that offers lasting, all day wear and Glossybox offers the full size.
5. Rituals Cosmetic – Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in YOGI Flow -Full Size  $15 / 6.7 oz
I can’t believed when I open the box and see Ritual body wash. I have been using Rituals wash gel and I love it. I love how the gel turns into foam and makes the skin feel so soft and smooth. Of course, this month’s Glossybox is a full size.

If you are looking to subscribe to a beauty box, I strongly recommend you try out GlossyBOX!! xoxo