Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
What is it? It is an anti-aging night cream that promises to help resurface skin texture and minimize discoloration for a more radiant, healthy skin.
Price: $100 for 2 oz.
Pros: The active ingredient in this treatment is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a very stable, oil soluble form of Vitamin C. Its advantages include easy penetration into the skin, minimal irritation and stinging, help skin make its own moisturizer, and remain stable to air and water for up to 18 months. The best part is, it is the second ingredients on the list. I contacted their customer service but was not able to get the exact percentage of concentration due to proprietary data but was assure that it is highly effective. Another favorite ingredient that is high on the list is glycolic acid, hence the recommendation for night time usage.
At first, I was not sure how I feel about this product because I did not notice a change in my skin. It was not until around the 4th weeks that I started to see improvement. I am side sleeper, predominately on my left side, I know it is bad but I can’t help it. Anyway, my left cheek is not as firm and has tiny, tiny creases. I feel like the Concentrated Restorative Treatment firm up that area and help my skin more even tone. I normally get redness but I have not experience any redness or blemish for the past 2 months, skin seem to be smoother as well.
Cons: I don’t like the jar packaging.
Overall: I will admit that at first, I was put off by the price and would have never bought it if I did not get a good deal (coupon). I have been using this for a little over 2 months and have only used up a almost half a jar. You really don’t need much and I think a jar can last anywhere around 5 months. This and the fact that it simply works justify the high price tag.
Disclosure: The product(s) being review was purchased by me for personal use or review purpose.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Calling all designer bag lovers, Prada is having a sale at Swirl by Daily Candy which ends this Friday 8/12. You have to hurry though, a lot are sold out already after one day. You can check out the selection here.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The method of double cleansing using cleansing oil became popular in the US a few years back. The idea behind cleansing oil is “like dissolve like” so using an oil base cleanser will more effectively remove the oil and grime on your skin. After you removed the oil and makeup on your skin, you then cleanse your skin again using your regular cleanser. Hence the term “double cleansing”, the act of cleansing your skin twice.
I started double cleansing a few years back. I find this method useful when I am wearing water resistance sunscreen or full makeup. At first, I only use cleansing oil as the first step as I thought that it was the only way to go. Through experience and research, I learned that I am not limited to using cleansing oil. Actually no one product work for everybody and some people with sensitive, acne prone skin may find that cleansing oil can irritate skin or clog pores. Therefore, what really matter is that you take the time to cleanse twice by first removing makeup and dirt.
So what else can you use? A combination of any two cleansers that is appropriate for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, you can use a cream cleanser then a gentle foaming cleanser. If your skin is really dry, you can even use a cream cleanser then another (or the same) cream cleanser again. Now I am not recommending this but simply sharing a story. When I am on vacation and in a pinch, I sometime use eye makeup remover to wipe my face to remove makeup before I cleanse it with a cleanser. Anyway, bottom line, if your skin is dry or does not appreciate cleansing oil, there are other options. Give one of your other cleanser a try.
Labels: Skincare Tips
Monday, August 1, 2011
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Bliss rubberizing mask that was recently launched in July. There are two versions, the Fabulous Skin-Reviving (which I am reviewing) for all skin types and the No ‘Zit’ Sherlock Breakout-Busting formula for acne prone skin. They are designed to temporarily envelop your skin’s surface to allow the mask’s key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin.
To use is very simple. Empty one packet into a mixing bowl, add water using the enclosed measuring cup, mix and apply.
Please note, empty any leftover in a wastebasket, not sink.
Price: $38 (6 packs/masks per box)
Pros: It’s fun! If you like to bake or mix ingredients like a chemist, you will have fun with this. Instead of water, you can also substitute some water with toner (the nourishing type like rose water, not astringents) and I even added some rose oil for extra hydration. I also have a money saving tip, I find that one packet is too much product for me; half would be enough and this way, you can have 12 masks per box instead of 6.
Even when used with water alone, it is a smooth paste texture and goes on cool and calming. I left the mask on for more than 25 minutes (the box said 15-20 minutes) and not once did it makes my skin feel tight or uncomfortable. It is also easy to take off, unlike some peel off mask that can pull the skin during removal causing pain and redness.
It peels off in large pieces.
Cons: What is there not to like? Nada!
Overall: I dig this mask. I think it is perfect for after a hot summer day because the cooling sensation seems to calm and balance out my skin.
Disclosure: This review contains sample sent for consideration. The review is base on my honest personal opinions and experiences.