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My Top 5 Korean Beauty Products

May 13, 2017

For the past two years, I’ve started paying attention to Korean beauty more and more. Dr. Jart was one of the first Korean beauty brands that went mainstream and was widely available in the United States. All of a sudden, I saw it everywhere . . . in magazines, my favorite bloggers were testing out new products and even the news channels were talking about the innovations and technology behind the industry of Korean beauty. After a visit to Seoul, Korea, I really came to see with my own eyes the importance of skincare and innovation in the life of a modern day Korean.Men as well as women! It’s so intriguing to me how technology can play such a substantial role in how we take care of our skin. It’s like engineering, but for the beauty realm. I’ve tried a few in the past year, and came to roundup a few of my favorite Korean beauty products for this post. For me, technology and science is just as important as making sure ingredients are mostly all natural and non-toxic. Let me take you through each of my current favorites.

Frudia Green Grape Pore Control Serum
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Frudia is a brand new player in the Korean beauty market, and is now widely available in the US in most CVS pharmacies in the curated K-beauty section. It is made up of 81% green-grape extract from grapes that were harvested from a farm on Jegu Island, Korea, an area of lush vegetation. Frudia uses special technology to extract the extracts so that they are in the best, most refined form so that our skin take in all the best benefits from it. Skin moistening tannoids visibly mattify pores. After two weeks of use, I did very much see an increase in my skin’s brightness, as well. I noticed that my need for a face powder to mattify throughout the day went down, which was the main goal for me to get out of this product. Check out their other range of products, each suitable for a specific skincare target. 

Saturday Skin Sunscreen Perfecting Cushion Compact
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I just recently fell in love with this lightweight foundation compact. It contains a patented complex of peptides plus honey, which hydrates, cools and brightens skin. I dab it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, then dab with the cushion to blend seamlessly all over. It provides full coverage, but doesn’t look or feel heavy at all. It feels more like a tinted moisturizer, which I love. The more natural looking the better. Plus it protects from sun exposure 🙂

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
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This mixture of toner and essence is my favorite midday refresher. Actually, I use it all throughout my day! It is formulated with kiwi and white grape extract to help block free radicals and increase moisture. Instantly, my skin looks radiant and perfectly dewy after a few sprays. Love using it over my makeup right before I head out the door. 

Dr. Jart Dermaclear Micro Water
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This cleansing water is made with 85% active hydrogen mineral water instead of refined water, and is formulated with 90% natural ingredients. I love knowing that what I use to clean my face is all natural, especially since I use it near my eyes. The best thing is that it takes off my mascara in an easy instant. I get clean, fresh feeling and brightened. I’ve noticed the redness in my skin (especially around my nose and chin) to have gone down since using this product.

Erborian Bamboo Water Lock Mask
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I got this in a goody bag awhile back, and kept coming back to this product ever since for my moisture recharges. It’s made out of bamboo sap and fibers to help smooth, hydrate and plump with water. I use this mask at night after I wash my face. If my face feels extra dry, I’ll apply a good layer all over my face. Almost instantaneously I feel it working. My skin’s parched nature disappears just like that. Bamboo sap has amino acids, proteins and lipids . . . all things our dehydrated skin needs. 

 I hope these reviews of my top 5 favorite Korean beauty products help you navigate this new world of advanced skincare and beauty. It’s been super fun trying new products out, and pinpointing down the ones that work the best for me. Give some of these a try. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed. And maybe you’ll be like me and go crazy on the Internet research behind the technology behind these products. it’s really fascinating. And my skin has never looked better 🙂

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Shimmer Scrub by frank bod

May 1, 2017

After a few days in the desert for Coachella, my skin was in need for some serious TLC in the form of a good scrub down. I needed a way to get reverse what the desert dirt, hot sun and dry air did to my skin in such a short period of time. I recently discovered the new Shimmer Scrub by frank bodyIt literally just launched, and I already am stocking up. The brand’s products are Australian-made, popular amongst the soft skin loving girls. The Shimmer Scrub is a standout because it’s not just your normal, run of the mill body scrub. This zip locked baby is now famous in my book because of its 3-in-1 quality. It DUSTS, SMOOTHS and SHIMMERS thanks to a healthy and exotic mix of salt, sugar, Arabic coffee seed powder, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E and highlighting powder. All of these epic ingredients work together to rid of dry skin, leaving a smooth, silky and glowing. Plus it’s totally vegan and nut-free, and extra gentle feeling. So since we are all basically fans of being a unicorn during festival season, we can now continue the trend after our festival weekends are over with Shimmer Scrub. Scrub yourself to instant highlighted perfection. I’ve never had more fun with a skincare product before 🙂 

Check out the website to see more fun and healthy skincare options by frank body. My sister Natalie and I are huge fans of the entire range. 

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All About Eyes

January 23, 2017

It’s all about eyes today baby!!

Skincare is such a big part of my mornings and nights, I think I need to start doing more beauty posts on here more often! I’ve been testing out some new products since the holidays, and a few have stuck to my routine, all for very good reason. This post I’ll be focusing on what I’ve been loving to use for around my EYES. My mom is such a wrinkle fighting freak, and especially so when it comes to the eye area. She’s been teaching me methods of anti aging since I was like 12, but I feel like I haven’t been taking any of her tips seriously until just a few years ago. One cannot stress the importance of a good eye cream. I even just got my boyfriend one because men need help in that area just like us! We are all exposed to the same stuff! The skin around our eyes are much more thin and sensitive, so they need extra love and care. But because they are more sensitive, one must be picky when trying to find the right one. I’ve had bad experiences with eye creams that burned, made me teary, or were just were straight up ineffective. Lucky, I was introduced to all natural beauty line called True Botanicals. Many of its products are available at the all natural, all organic beauty store Follain. Since creams seem to be too heavy for me, I thought that maybe a serum would be better . . . they are lighter in feel, but able to absorb deep where it needs it most. True Botanicals Deep Repair Eye Serum ended up being my perfect match. It’s super concentrated, so all I need is a drop and that’s enough to go around for both eyes. It’s main ingredients are Carrot Seed Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil and Tuberose Stem Cells amongst other all organic, natural ingredients that are non-toxic. All the oils are high in antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful elements, with anti-aging effects. I’m literally obsessed with this serum. I’m not sure there is any going back from here. 

During the day, I use Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment. It’s been a favorite of mine for months, and I’m still sticking with it. I’ve included it in a previous beauty post, but I love it so much that I’m featuring it again. The shade I use is Lovelace. I love how lightweight it feels (it comes out like a mousse), and it’s exactly the perfect amount of pearliness to hide my under eye circles. It contains 10% Vitamin C which is proven to fight free radicals and improve texture. That way I’m covered all day long. 

And last but not least, is my much loved facial moisturizer, La Mer’s The Moisturizing Soft Lotion, which I use all over morning and night including the area around my eyes and on my eyelids. It’s another lightweight product I adore. And a little goes a long way. La Mer’s Miracle Broth is such a lifesaver, and I learned so much about the brand since taking a tour of their lab and product facility last year. It was eye opening. My skin has never felt more moisturized and youthful as an adult before I started using this. It’s the perfect moisturizing base before I apply my eye creams. 

So there you have it. My top three skincare and eye products that have been keeping winter skin at bay. Let me know what you guys think if you ever get the chance to try them out!

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All Natural Beauty at Follain

December 9, 2016

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FOLLAIN
109 Mercer Street
Soho, New York City

I had the pleasure of coming across a brand new, very special gem in the middle of Soho. The Follain store on Mercer Street is a one-of-a-kind, healthy beauty shopping experience. Follain goes beyond just offering men and women a wide selection from 60 of the healthiest, high-performance, non-toxic beauty brands. The store also has a mission .  . and that’s to change your outlook on the beauty industry, which is far from beautiful once you really start to do the research. But in this specific case, you yourself don’t actually need to do the research. Follain already has that figured out for you, and they make a point to keep their customer knowledgeable about all the reasons why they should be making the switch to a clean, organic, all natural beauty routine. This was just my first visit to Follain, and I’m already switching things out of my beauty cabinet!

After speaking with Follain’s founder Tara Foley, I felt much more up-to-date on the current crisis of the beauty industry in the United States. Did you know that the US only bans has 11 ingredients in beauty products? In Europe, that toxic list is made up of over a thousand ingredients. That means the regulations in the US are much more lenient. But what does that mean for our skin and bodies? It gives much more freedom from big beauty brands to put whatever the heck they want in their products, and label it as good. In reality, it means we are feeding our bodies the bad stuff such as chemicals that they don’t actually know how to process. In turn, this causes build up, which has the high possibility of linking to health issues including cancer. How scary is that?!

Follain does all the dirty work for you, filtering through the best of the best brands that meet every safety standard (meaning everything in the store is 100% non-toxic) and have gone through major testing for high performance. Follain has a strict Restricted Substances List (RSL), and it is one of the most strict in the industry. It is a list of un-safe ingredients that you will never find in an Follain products. This way their customer is ensured that every product purchased is a healthy, wholesome product. Currently the store carries 60 passionate brands. Each brand’s products are categorized in the store by type, as opposed to brand. I LOVE this concept, and it’s actually super rare in my experiences shopping beauty. It really makes the process so easy, I have a problem or a skin problem I want to target, and I know exactly where to go to look for the solution. But not just one solution, multiple ones within the category. The staff is so knowledgeable, narrowing down the brand within the type is as easy as 1-2-3.

I was fascinated learning about all the ways we can help the environment and most importantly our own bodies by going completely non-toxic and all natural with my beauty regime. It only makes sense. I spend so much time on my fitness each week, looking forward to that dewy after glow after a really good workout. I make sure to cook at home as often as possible with fresh fruits and vegetables because they make me feel great. I listen to music and focus on creative endeavors to feed my mind and soul. Why was I never making smart choices with the products that I use on my body? With the amount I layer on in the morning and night each day, it adds up A LOT.. And then think about the amount of years . . . well, the effect from that is a very scary thought. But I have realized that reversal is a thing, and that it’s never too late to make changes. Follain taught me that. Not just skincare, but this goes for makeup, too. The makeup application area at the back of the store is made to help you feel and look like a movie star. Makeup artist included 🙂

And the store is so, so gorgeous. Inspiring in every way as soon as one walks in. It for sure grabs the attention of every aesthetic seeker. Pretty plants. Non-toxic, luxuriously scented candles. Little touches here and there that make you feel right at home. Or make you wish it was your actual home (trust me, it was hard to leave). If you care not about the ingredients as much, then at least this is a place you can go if you care about the presentation. Follain has all that, too.

Stop in to shop and get holiday-ready. Follain is offering makeup and skincare consultations in store, makeovers by appointment, and lots of new non-toxic ways to shimmer and shine. Their Soho calendar is also quickly filling up with lots of events you will love, from wreath-making classes featuring Follain ingredients, to in-store yoga to help you unwind – and more!

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