K-BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE, SKINCARE

FEBRUARY FAVORITES AND FAILS 2019

FAVORITES

Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner – This toner will help your skin reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and help with texture. I’ve been loving this toner so much the past month it has noticeably reduced dark spots on my skin and has helped with my skins texture. You can read a full review on this toner here.

Meditamin Snow Glow Sheet Mask – I was gifted a pack of the Snow Glow sheet masks by Meditamin for an honest review. I feel like I have tried so many sheet masks and am quite an expert on them. I have only a few that I would recommend to people that I think are amazing. This one made the list of ones that wowed me! The mask fits perfectly and stays put on the face. It feels so lovely like a hybrid between a sheet and rubber mask and is packed with essence that your skin will drink right up. It brightens your skin and leaves you with a glowing hydrated complexion. There is a more detailed review on my instagram if you would like to know more about the product itself.

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence – Even though I try so many products out I am super picky about my skin care products as any good esthetician would be. I have had a long love with Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extact Essence, which I still adore. The problem is while the essence is amazing leaves a lump in your throat when you buy it at a whopping $145.00. I’ve been using this Neogen one I picked up from Soko Glam for over a month and I can say it gives very similar results. It leaves the skin plump which is a must for me when using an essence. It hydrates and illuminates the skin with 93% naturally fermented ingredients. This amazing fragrance free essence won’t break the bank at $38.00 for 5.07 oz. 

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Serum – I’ve actually had a couple serums I’ve been loving on this past month but this one pairs amazing with the Neogen essence, so I’ve been reaching for it a lot! Serums and moisturizers are tricky for me as some can break me out. I have had no issues with this serum. It gave my skin a smoother texture and is filled with antioxidants and nutrients for your skin. I love the light creamy texture after the water essence. It really absorbs into the skin well and leaves your skin feeling balanced and hydrated. I really recommend the essence and serum together they are a great pair!

French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish – My lips need exfoliated almost everyday. I have had a love hate relationship with lip scrubs in the past and even did some DIY ones. My biggest issue with them is they tend to leave a residue on your lips, it’s not the greatest feeling. This is the first lip polish that I have ever used that doesn’t do that. It just leaves you with smooth lips that feel amazing. I am eager to try more from this brand because of my love for this perfect lip scrub. I highly recommend this one for anyone who battles with dry chapped lips.

Klavuu Glow Tinted Lip Balm – The older I get the more crazy picky I get about lip products. For every day I want a little color and something to make my lips look plump and hydrated. I basically want comfortable color on my lips. This Klavuu glow tinted lip balm gives me just that. It gives me a little color and moisture for a long time. It reapplies well to the lips never caking up. My favorite is the Aquarius that has a very subtle blue sparkle. This is my go to lip balm!

FAILS

Kai Body Wash – At $38 for body wash I’m not sure what I was hoping for. This over priced wash delivered none of it though. I can’t say anything bad about it but I also can’t justify the price of it. Sure it lathered up, cleansed me, and smelled decent but so do plenty of other body washes at less than half the price of this one. I would not repurchase this one because I could see no significant change in my skin and the scent honestly didn’t wow me enough to repurchase it.

Cle de Peau Illuminating Concentrate Mask – This pricey mask claims to exfoliate, make skin luminous, even out texture, hydrate, and firm the skin after the first treatment. I bought this mask on a whim because I love trying out new masks. I have used some of Cle de Peau’s products in the past and liked them so I felt good about this purchase. I was surprised to see it was a three step mask that came with lotion, essence, and a dry thick mask. While the process of it felt very luxurious that was as good as it was going to get. After removing the mask I felt like I needed more hydration which was very disappointing and rare when it comes to sheet masks. I saw no noticeable difference in my skin. I can’t say it did anything it claimed to do. This mask left me wanting to put on another sheet mask on.

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TROIAREUKE GPS MASK REVIEW

PRODUCT DETAILS: The Troiareuke GPS Mask is a 3 step anti-aging mask set that helps deeply moisturize the skin. Each mask includes skinshielder cel-cleanser, GPS mask, and cell energy cream. The Skinshielder Cel-Cleanser is a bubble cleanser that washes away impurities, dead skin, and provides hydration and nutrients to the skin. The GPS Mask has high essence penetration to deliver nutrients into the skin. It maps the skin finding areas that need nutrition and moisture the most. The Cell Energy Cream helps lock in the nutrients and protect them from external pollutants. It replenishes skin hydration and activates cell energy.

USE: STEP 1. – You apply the cel cleanser to your face and wait 1-2 minutes for the gel to foam up. Rub the cleanser for one minute with wet hands. Then wash away with wet sponge.

STEP 2. – You remove the first layer of the mask and apply it to the face. Once applied remove the second mask layer. (The mask lays between two layers that need peeled off.) Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. Pat remaining essence into skin.

STEP 3. – Apply cream to face and pat until absorbed.

REVIEW: I bought the 5-pack of the GPS masks off of Amazon so I could really test them out. There is directions in English on the back but I couldn’t find how often you should use them. I messaged Troiareuke and asked them what they recommended. They kindly replied to use them 1-2 times a week. The first time I used the GPS mask I was shocked that it was three step process I thought it was just another simple sheet mask. I use a couple of Troiareuke’s products but have never tried the cleanser or cream so I was excited to use them as well. The cleanser was easy to use and left my skin feeling nice and balanced. I was in awe of the sheet mask, it felt like a second skin. When I looked up some product information on the GPS mask I saw they called it a second skin and that was EXACTLY what I thought! It fit so perfectly and stayed on my face. You can walk around with it and it won’t fall off. I honestly think calling it a sheet mask is doing it an injustice it’s in a league all of its own. The mask has a feel of like a sheet-gel mask hybrid it’s filled with essence and my skin drank it up! The cream felt very moisturizing without being greasy and my skin was glowing. The results I saw immediately were how hydrated and moisturized my skin felt. My skin was brighter, more even, and just happier looking! My skin had been dry from the cold weather and this gave my skin that boost it was looking for. The moisture stayed with my skin for a good week until I got a chemical peel. Then I used my second GPS mask a few days after my peel. I had some rough dry patches from the peel, when I took the mask off they were gone. That part about the mask mapping your face to find the spots that need moisture the most is very real! It cut my heal time from my chemical peel way down which was amazing. (Please check with a professional if you’ve had a peel, all peels are very different.) So, YES I would highly recommend this mask to anyone who’s skin needs some extra hydration, moisture and love. I adore this mask so much it is now in my top 3 sheet masks. It is by far the most comfortable sheet mask I have ever used. I would absolutely repurchase this over and over again and is worth its weight in gold.


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ADDING ESSENCE INTO YOUR ROUTINE

Many people ask me questions about essences. They want to know if they need one, what they do, and how to work them into their routine. Essences are often confused for a toner or serum but are different and deserve their own spotlight in your routine. When working them into your skin care routine they would go between the two. So cleanse, toner, essence, serum, and so on. An essence is going to be more lightweight than a serum, products going from thinnest to thickest consistency leading into your moisturizer last. Their watery consistency makes it easier for the skin to absorb. An essence can be used on any skin type and at any age as they are a preventive measure but also target certain skin care concerns. They will make your skin more supple and ready to receive all the other skin care goodies that follow. That supple part I just mentioned is very real and you will wonder how you ever lived without it! They are extremely hydrating and nourishing and have active ingredients that will prep your skin. I like to think of them as a cheerleader for my serum and moisturizer. Your essence should make your skin feel rebalanced and hydrated. Hydration is the key to keeping skin youthful looking. They will treat fine lines, wrinkles, dull and uneven skin leaving you with a more even, brighter, and radiant complexion. I’ve also seen some essences do an amazing job at treating acne. While essences can be on the pricer side you only need a few drops in your hands. Then apply it by gently pressing your hands into the skin. I like to think of it as feeding my skin. I saw one of the biggest changes in my skin was when I added an essence in my routine. Once I started using one there was no turning back. Adding an essence between your toner and serum will be one of the easiest and most rewarding steps you will do. You will see a vast improvement in your skin and it only takes a few moments of your time everyday.

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THE BEST OF 2018 SKINCARE

These are my favorite skincare products from 2018. While these are not necessarily new to the year they were my most reached for and recommended. I hope you enjoy the list. I love seeing year favorites from others let me know yours down in the comments. Look for some other year favorites this week on my blog.

Oil Cleanser – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (dry, mature)

Cleanser – First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Red Clay Cleanser (oily, acne prone)

Toner – Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizing Toner (dry)

Essence – Nature Republic Herb Blending Essence (dry, mature)

Serum – Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum (acne prone, redness, sensitive)

Moisturizer – Neogen Vita Duo Cream Joan Day Joan Night (normal, dry)

Exfoliant – Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads (all, sensitive)

Sheet Mask – Manefit Mugwort Astringent + Pore Care (dry, acne prone, sensitive)

Mask – Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask (good for rebalancing skin)

Sleeping Mask – Huxley Good Night Sleep Mask (redness, dry)

Oil – Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick (stressed, dry)

Eye Cream – Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (all)

Sunscreen – Coola Classic Sunscreen (normal, dry combination, sensitive)

Extra Loves Of The Year:

*Anti-Aging – Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Solution (all)

*Acne – Peace Out Acne Healing Dots (all)

*Lips – Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (all)

*Texture – Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster (all)

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Listening To Your Skin

While the title of this post may seem simple enough listening to your skin is something that takes a little practice. When I first started practicing yoga years ago I decided to take private lessons so I could get a more personal instruction. One of the things my  instructor taught me was listening to my body. While this concept seemed easy it took me some time to get it. We would talk about food and how your body tells you what it needs and parts of the body that may need extra attention. This practice comes from being still and quiet, really listening. Meditating can help you tremendously with this. Just like my instructor had taught me through yoga we can apply this same technique to our skincare. While you may have a great skincare routine down or not know the first thing about skincare this will be beneficial to you. I will share in a later post about building a good skincare regimen. In the meantime let’s practice listening to what your skin needs because it can change. This is why sometimes products that once worked great for you are not so great now or it could be your skin is asking for something extra to be added into the routine. There are many things that can change how your skin is behaving such as climate, environment, sleep, hydration, diet, alcohol, sun, etc. Even if you are excellent at self care your skin can need some extra T.L.C. Maybe you’re experiencing a colder winter than usual where you live and your skin is feeling tight and dry this doesn’t always mean throw out your moisturizer that has always worked for you. Instead try to sleep with a humidifier or add a sleeping mask into your routine a few nights a week for extra moisture. As I’m writing this my skin feels tight because I spent a lot of time outside today and it’s ridiculously cold here already. I’m aware and I hear my skin so I will add an extra couple steps into my routine tonight so I wake up with plump, hydrated, and happy skin. If I ignore my skin I would probably wake up with red flakey dry skin. Every night after I wash my face I look at my skin to see what it needs and I really listen to it, does it look stressed, tired, dry, or in need of exfoliation. Some nights my skin says, “Im good!” so I just follow through with my regular regimen. This is why we listen so we don’t add things when they are not needed as well. This is some of the best skincare advice I could offer to someone to just stop and listen, be mindful, and kind to your skin. It honestly tells you everything it needs. If products don’t work for you be sure to look at what’s in them because you can learn something from that as well. While this may seem tedious I assure you with practice it is now something that takes just a few moments of my time every night and my skin thanks me for listening.

Feel free to message me with any questions or skincare concerns.

Lots of love,

Sherry

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A Break Down of the K-Beauty Routine

In past years we have looked to Korean Beauty for our best skincare game. That is because they are one of the most innovative when it comes to skincare. You don’t have to be a K-Beauty fanatic to read this post though. I get asked a lot of skincare questions “Do I need a serum?, Should I be using an essence?, Why do I have to wash my face twice?”. If you have questions like these this post will help explain each of the steps and their purpose. I will go into greater detail on some of these steps and share my favorite products in later posts. I hope everyone can take away something useful from this and it helps answer any skincare questions you may have.

1. Cleansing Oil

All skin types can benefit from a cleansing oil. Yes, even oily skin benefits from this! The best way to remove oil is with oil. If you are not oily you still will reap the benefits from this cleanse. Oil cleansers are a gentle way to lift makeup and dirt from the skin and leave it hydrated.

2. Water Based Cleanser

This second cleanse is meant to remove anything that was left behind. This cleanser should be gentle as to not strip your skin. The first and second step are more popularly known as dual cleansing.

3. Exfoliate

Typically done 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type. This step helps remove dead skin cells and improve the skin’s appearance.  Exfoliating can be mechanical or chemical. Mechanical being a face scrub or a tool such as a brush and chemical being AHAs and BHAs.

4. Toner

These are very different from our western toners. Many western toners have alcohol in them that strip the skin down. Korean toners tend to not have alcohol in them and are meant to rebalance and hydrate the skin. They can be thicker and creamier in consistancy but vary. This is the skincare step that the “7 skin method” is made of.

5. Essence

Essences are meant to hydrate the skin and prime it for the rest of your skincare routine. They help renewal your skin and have anti-aging benefits. When your skin is hydrated it helps absorb product better. Hydration is the key to youthful skin.

6. Serums

Serums contain a high concentrate of active ingredients. They are able to be absorbed  deeper into the skin due to their smaller molecular structure. Serums target specific skin concerns and nourish your skin.

7. Ampoules

These are similar to serums but think of them as a more concentrated form that help regenerate the skin. They are not to replace your serum but to help target skin care concerns with a higher dose. Some ampoules are mixed into moisturizers some are applied before serums, so make sure to read the directions.

8. Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are infused with beneficial ingredients to help nourish the skin. They are an easy and relaxing way to take care of your skin. You can use sheet masks quite often, I use them anytime my skin needs some extra love. With so many sheet masks on the market now it’s easy to find one that suits your skincare needs.

9. Rubber Masks

A rubber mask gives you the most amazing glow! This thick mask helps feed your skin all the beneficial ingredients so they don’t get evaporated before your skin can absorb them. These are one of my favorite products to use during a facial.

10. Eye Creams

The area around your eyes needs extra hydration and is one of the first areas on the face to show signs of aging. Apply eye creams by dabbing around the eye be careful not to pull and tug at the skin.

11. Moisturizer

I think moisturizers are mostly self explanatory. They are meant to hydrate and protect the skin. Picking the right moisturizer is a personal preference but should be based off of your skin type and concerns.

12. SPF

Exposure to the sun causes hyper-pigmentation, free radical damage and skin cancer . SPF is one of the key steps to keep your skin from prematurely aging and is a staple in Korean beauty.

13. Oils

Facial oils can be used as extra hydration. They are great for winter months when your skin needs extra moisture. They help keep hydration locked in your skin and can have wonderful skincare benefits, even for those with oily skin. These are applied before, after, or mixed in with moisturizer.

14. Sleeping Masks

These masks are ideal because they work while you are sleeping as your skin is  repairing and regenerating . They create a seal for all those other skincare steps you did plus offer their own great benefits. A bonus is they are easy to use and don’t make a mess.

15. Facial Mist

Facial Mists are great to use throughout the day anytime your face needs extra hydration. They are convenient and some have a cooling effect on the skin. These are perfect for instant hydration!

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