What is Essence ?

What is Essence? Is it a toner, serum, or face wash?
Today, I am going to dive deep into the most asked question in the beauty industry. In February, 2004, a Japanese skincare called SK-II launched in the USA with a handful of locations in Saks Fifth Avenue. In the same year, Vogue published an editorial page on SK-II. This article got so much buzz that SK-II sold out of the Facial Treatment Essence in the US.
I believe the first Essence has officially taken over the entire beauty industry by storm. With reasons to launch K Beauty at Sephora, more brands started to create their own versions of the essence.

 

So what is Essence?

A skin balanced liquid packed with lots vitamins and some key essentials to recharge your skin and help maintain skin’s natural rhythm.
In addition, Essence can help other skin care products to absorb much better and  deeper into the skin. If the skincare product you apply only sits on the surface of the skin, it will not work to its potential.

So, I call it magical liquid.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering, which brands have the best Essence?

I honestly believe SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is truly the best of the best in Essence category.

Facial Treatment Essence SK-II’s signature product and highly awarded best-seller. Essentially unchanged for more than 35 years, this essence transforms all five dimensions of your skin to crystal clear – spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.

Besides, each bottle of Facial Treatment Essence contain over 90% of pitera . I mean every bottle of Facial Treatment Essence is 90% Pitera which is SK-II’s key ingredient.

What I love the most is the texture of the this Essence. It looks and feels like water. Even after applying it onto the skin, there is no weight or stickiness after fact! Most essences have some kind of texture and leaves a residue which I don’t really care for.

Who can use essence? Basically, everyone no matter their age, skin condition or concerns!I hope this helps.

Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Haul

It’s almost time for Christmas shopping and I plan to share my favorite cosmetics products! I know each person has a different budget so you can also find great products from drugstores, other speciality cosmetic stores, department stores and luxury shops. I hope you will find what I’m about to share useful!

If you received  an e-mail from Sephora that says you are now “VIB Rouge”, it simply means that you have spent a lot of money lol. But being at Rouge level is not a bad thing at all. For example, you get  free shipping on all your purchases all year.  For today’s post, I am going to share with you the biggest event at Sephora, the VIB Rough 20% off everything in store. This ends Monday, November 10, 2014.

The only stores offer 20% off are Sephora and Ulta. But Sephora carry much high end brands so I usually will take advantage of this event.  Below items are what I purchased from online and in store:

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1. Glam Gift Sexy 2014 $69
This kit contains a full size Thirsty Mud which is $69 so you get both the Super Mud and Youth Mud for free and it’s usually $19 each. I recommend deep cleansing for your skin weekly. This will help keep your skin feel smooth and clean which can prevent further breakout!
Thirsty Mud 1.7 oz  / Super Mud 0.5 oz / Youth Mud 0.5 o

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2. Sephora Favorites $29 
If your budget is smaller and you are still look to try different masks,this can be great deal! This wonderful box contains 5 deluxe sizes you can try.
Origins Clear Improvement  1.7oz / Bosica Luminizing Mask 1.0oz / Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber gel maks 0.5oz /Galmglow Thirthymud 0.5oz

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3. Josie Maran Winter Dreams Agran Skincare Collection $39 
If  you are looking for Organic cosmetic available at Sephora, I would recommend this brand. I’ve been using their Argan oil for a little over one year now. I find it very  useful when I travel. I use the oil for everything.
Argan Cleansing Oil 1.9 oz / Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment /
Pure Argan Oil 0.5 oz / Argan Infintiy Intensive Cream Oil 0.5oz /
Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 0.5 oz / whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream 1 oz

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4. Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler $60 
This is one of the best kits you can buy! It’s mostly for you to try all the different scents, and if you like it then get it.Basically, you can try 12 fragrance samples before you commit to buying one. Once you find what you like, you can redeem the voucher for a full size (small bottle).

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5. YSL L’Homme 1.3 oz $52  ($0 redeem from Cologne Sampler)
I love this scent! It’s a woody fragrance with bergamot, ginger and  vetiver. Perfect for work in the office. You never want to wear something super rich and deep in the office.

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6. SK-II Pitera Essence Set Red Flower $105 
This is a perfect trial set for new users. I would always recommend that before you spend a lot of money on new skin care products, try the serum or their most popular product. In this case SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is the hero product for the brand. This 2.5 oz bottle is $105 so you will received 1 Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml and 1 piece Facial Treatment Mask as gift.