Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream Review #bbcosmetic

I'm going to admit right now that I've never kept up on using an eye cream before in my life. I get one, and use it a few times before deciding that my regular skincare is just as well going up under my eyes as it is on the rest of my face. And that is that.

I'm a big fan of Elizavecca products, and not just because of that adorable little piggy, but because their products generally work well with my skin.

The Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream is the second part of a package I received from BB Cosmetic - the first being the Choonee Rejuvenating Horse Fat Masks I reviewed last week.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Water Review

Believe it or not, even with oily skin I'm still at risk of feeling like I've overwashed my face. Mornings are the worst for me - after using Curology my face generally feels "normal" in the morning vs dripping oil like a grease canister. This is a great feeling for me, except that if I wash it in the morning when it's not super oily, my skin ends up feeling more on the dry side all morning, if not all day. So it was then that I set out on my quest for a cleansing water.

Not only was a cleansing water an ideal solution for minimal cleansing, but also for mornings and evenings when I just didn't have the ambition to fully cleanse my face as well. I've tried a couple others that my skin didn't particularly care for.

This was my most anticipated from the three cleansing waters I started out with, and luckily for me - the illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Water became just the skincare unicorn I had been looking for.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Choonee Horse Fat Rejuvenating Mask Pack Review #bbcosmetic

Albeit controversial - horse oil is one of my favorite skincare ingredients. I discuss, in detail, the benefits of horse oil in my review of the Guerisson 9 Complex Essence, if you're interested in learning more. But for the sake of keeping things simple and easy to read - I love horse oil because it's beneficial to acne prone skin - like mine - and is the closest to human sebum than any other animal fat. What does this mean? Well, it means that it's perfect for balancing your skin, and absorbs nicely due to it's fatty composition.
Horse fat is a by-product of the horse meat industry by the way. I know this is still disturbing for some to hear, but I just want to point out that horses are not killed for their oil for beauty products - they are sold for meat in certain countries and their fat is rendered at a by-product to utilize more of the animal. Waste not, want not!

So now that's I've gotten all the juicy details out of the way - I'll introduce the centerpiece of this discussion, which is the Choonee Horse Fat Rejuvenating Mask Pack.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meraki Silky Mist Body Lotion Review #WeAreTrouva

In my post last month about depression and anxiety, I mentioned how self-care is sometimes just the medicine I need to pull myself out of an emotional funk. And this week has definitely been one of those times. I've been able to put on a smiling face for those around me, but in the quiet of my home I've been distant and fighting to hold back tears - for no real reason.
Today, I'm going to share a simple item that has been added to my self care routine, and really made these past few dark and dismal days into something calm and relaxing.

I was recently offered the opportunity to try a product of choice from Trouva, a homeware and lifestyle boutique in the UK, from their newly added line - Meraki. While checking out the line on Trouva's site I immediately noticed how simple and sophisticated the packaging looked, and the sounds of the product scents - White Tea Ginger, Silky Mist, Linen Dew, and Cotton Haze - immediately brought my mind to a bright and cheery spring day. I chose to try the Silky Mist Body Lotion.

Intro to Asian Beauty | Individualized Treatments

Welcome back, my beautiful friends, to the long-awaited third post in my "Intro to Asian Beauty" series!

Seriously, I had these posts planned out quite nicely, but then my depression hit like clockwork and my plans fell apart. So here we are, three months past the second post in my series, hoping to hit the ground running.

In this post we're going to discuss the thinner layering items of our skincare routine. We've already talked about first essences, which will be your first real hydrating layer - and moisturizers, which will be your workhorse hydrator and help seal everything in. These layers will fit in-between those layers and treat individual skin concerns such as acne, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, scarring, and brightening.
Before we get started, I want to note that this post does contain affiliate links. If you click these links and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. This is what helps fund this blog and everything I do here - including purchase review items and host giveaways.

1. The Basics: Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer & Checking Ingredients
2. Build Up The Basics: Oil Cleansers, First Essences & Sunscreen
3. Individualized Treatments - YOU ARE HERE!

In this post:
>Essences
>Serums
>Ampoules