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The Benefits of Matcha

July 6, 2017

I’ve been drinking matcha regularly for over a year now, not because it’s trendy (although I love how easily I can find it now in the city) but because the taste to me is phenomenal, and it has many extremely healthy benefits for the body. In college, I would drink a hot cup of green tea (soaked from tea bags) to calm my skin whenever I broke out. I read about it in a magazine, and I felt it really did help. And growing up with an Asian mom, I’ve tried lots of different kinds of Asian desserts, and matcha flavor (on top of taro) was always my favorite. But I never had matcha in it’s raw form until my boyfriend made me a cup of it unsweetened near the beginning of our relationship. I was addicted ever since. Matcha is basically the more raw, concentrated version of your basic green tea. You are consuming the entire tea leaf as opposed to a brew, which gives you 10 to 15 times more nutrient per cup. Now, I replace my normal morning cup of coffee with a cup of matcha, and it has been life changing. No more stomach aches. Clearer skin. Less bloat. It kick starts my appetite. And I feel like my general well being has shifted because of this daily change in my routine and diet. 

Here is all the reasons why I love matcha:

1. It’s an antioxidant boost, which in turn strengthens your immune system. I’ve noticed that I have gotten sick far less since adding matcha to my mornings every day. Less colds, less coughing, less sinus infections. It even eases digestion. I feel great! 

2. It acts as a cleanser because it contains high levels of Chlorophyll, which helps detox the blood and throughout the body. The more toxins that are flushed out of your body, the better of course. Matcha is a great step in the right direction when it comes to clean eating. 

3. It helps keep you slim because it helps increase your body’s rate at burning calories. Mixing matcha with a healthy diet and a regular workout routine is the best way to get in shape. 

4. It’s energizing because it contains a healthy form of caffeine. it’s not the same kind of caffeine found in regular coffee. Matcha’s caffeine is a slow-release of energy. Starting your morning with a cup will ease you into your day at a much healthier pace, rather than shocking your system awake. And you’re energy will last much longer throughout the day. 

5. It’s so pretty! Probably one of the main reason’s it’s so popular today, especially on Instagram. It’s light green emerald color is easy on the eyes, and so complementary to Millennial Pink (like the tone of my mugs at home). For someone into aesthetics, matcha is the winner as opposed to that dark and aggressive cup of joe. I like mine with a spoonful of agave and a splash of low-fat vanilla soy creamer. Perfection in a cup.

Hope this post inspires you to jump on the matcha bandwagon. I always make my own matcha, unless I’m out early for the day and don’t have time to make my own, craving it right after the gym, or traveling. The one I get is from Whole Foods, but Asian supermarkets sell them, too, and probably for a much better price. Make sure your matcha is from Japan. That stuff is the real deal 🙂

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Skin Nutrition from the Inside Out with HUM Nutrition

May 26, 2017

A well rounded diet and regular fitness regime have been super important aspects of my life these past few months. Eating fresh and healthy food and fitting in time to move and sweat in a way that makes me feel good from the inside out. And my body has come to start to crave these feelings. But still, keeping it up week after week can be a struggle when work calls for flights across the ocean last minute. It’s not the biggest deal of course, because for me, wellness is also all about balance, and nothing can ever be perfect. So because of the hectic schedules that come at me regularly, I was on the lookout for a product that I could use to balance out the days when I don’t have the time to eat healthy or workout as much. Then, thinking in the long term, I was looking for a way to enhance the wellness routine I already had in practice. 

It’s been a month since I was introduced to HUM Nutrition, a brand of nutritional supplements that have a strong focus on inner beauty and skincare from the inside out. First things, first. HUM Nutrition supplements are sustainably sourced, non-GMO and free of soy, gluten, artificial colors, and preservatives. Many are even organic and vegan. Second, the supplements provide continuous care and also prevention by working from deep inside you (as opposed to a topical treatment) so that you can have more long-term results. Prevention is key to beauty! The earlier, the better. Third, it’s so easy to take advantage of HUM Nutrition’s personalization process. There’s a quick 3 minute evaluation which gives you access to recommendations by a Registered Dietician. This company is run by pros!

Now, onto my three recommendations from the HUM website:

Daily Cleanse Skin & Body Detox Supplement

This is my number one! The blend of organic chlorella algae, detoxifying herbs and cleansing minerals work together to detox and protect my skin (as well as liver, gut, kidneys and lymphatic system). It literally stops the impurities and toxins before they even get a chance to affect my skin. My breakouts have decreased dramatically since using this product. When paired with healthy meals on the daily, and especially a good workout session, I notice my skin looks brighter and smoother, as well. Less makeup needed. That is always the goal for me.

Gut Instinct Probiotic 

I read an article about how much inflammation is one of the biggest problems Americans face, and it is mostly because of diet. This supplement contains 25 billion (yes 25 billion), 10-strain probiotics which work to heal your gut, boost your immune system and protects against inflammation and oxidative stress. Basically, as a result of these supplements, inflammation is down overall so your skin doesn’t have to suffer from redness and breakouts and general aging. Like I mentioned before, the best and most effective way to increase the health and look of your skin is from the inside out. It’s exactly why we make the decision to eat a grilled chicken salad over a slice of pepperoni pizza on an average day. This supplement just amplifies those healthy actions and puts them in motion in a way that shows on the outside in the best way possible.

Flatter Me Digestion Supplement

This just happens to be the perfect supplement for the months right before bikini season. This one is made from a unique blend of 18 full spectrum digestive enzymes and herbs. It’s an easy way to reduce bloating and improve digestion. I take it right before dinner so I can be sure to sleep with and easy stomach that night. And on top of that . . . crop tops here I come!

I also want to throw in how much of a fan that I am of the Daily Raw Beauty To Go packets, especially for when I’m really in a rush, or just in the mood for a light meal. Flavor of choice? Mint Chocolate chip. It’s a mix of superfood greens, which are full of antioxidants and adaptogens for energy + enzymes, probiotics and fibers for a metabolism boost. And only 25 calories. I add it to a fresh smoothie blend of berry’s, vanilla almond milk, cashew butter and pumpkin seeds. It’s my favorite after a workout, or right before yoga class when I didn’t have time for lunch. It keeps me energized and full. Plus, it feeds my skin all the extra nutrients I missed out earlier on in the day, or that I won’t be able to get in later on. When traveling, it’s an easy fix to shake it into my water bottle or add to a juice, as well!   

My skin and has been looking and feeling its best in a very long time. I carry my supplements around with me, and spread them out throughout the day with my meals or snacks, and it’s been a great motivation to keep my eating habits in check. Like I said before, it’s all about balance, and the main goal of my wellness challenge is for my eating habits, fitness routine and dietary supplements to complement each other and enhance each other. Of course, there is always a little wiggle room, because life can never always be planned. But at least, we can make the most of what we can do. 

This post is in collaboration with HUM Nutrition

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All Natural Beauty at Follain

December 9, 2016

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GET TO KNOW:

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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My New Fall Skin List

October 25, 2016

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My skin has gone through a lot of changes this past year. Jumping between extremely different temperatures, hours on an airplane, too much sun and sea salt exposure and maybe a few nights out too late (and maybe a few too many glasses on wine). These things are just a few factors of my life that have taken a toll on my skin. I’m saying that I’m going to be a hardcore regimented skin saint going forever forth. No, I’m a normal human being who likes to indulge every once in a while, and knows that it is totally okay to not be perfect. I am not one to get thrown for a loop when I get a pimple and think it’s the end of the loop. Life in general is a series of pimples that come and go when we least expect them to. But of course, I find that my confidence is at its highest level when my skin is on point, looking and feeling healthy from the inside and out. I found that changing up the skin products I use every 2-3 three months has been a great thing for my skin (maybe even every month!). I have found that my skin adapts very well to new ingredients. And it helps me focus on which of these ingredients work best for what I want to target. For me recently, I’ve found that a concentrated face oil has been just about the best and only solution to all of my skin problems by being able to absorb deep into my pores without any residue. My skin was in dire need of the extra moisture . . .  just the good kind of moistures. Not the kind that clogs me up. And to counteract the the oil production I naturally produce, I started to use a face wash that can also double as a mask to add some balance to my skins dryness/oiliness levels. These two major product changes changed my skin after a very hot and sweaty east coast summer with a stint in Costa Rica that seemed to haunt my skin for months afterwards. It was kind of a mind blowing miracle to see such steady and fast results. So let me just cut to the chase and show you what I’ve been carrying around in my beauty bag. I’m curious to see what you guys think after you decide to try some out.

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Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask
This mask doubles as both a mask and a face wash, so I can incorporate it every single day and it doesn’t seem to harsh. It’s the perfect amount of daily dose acne antidote to keep the pesky buggers away. I use it as a mask twice a week to really keep over oil production at bay.

Juicy Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength
This is the newest product in my beauty cabinet, and I use it mostly when my skin is looking super tired and my skin tone is off. I love it on a Sunday right before a new week starts. It’s 100% organic and natural, and it isn’t too harsh on the skin while also giving spa level exfoliation at the same time. Exfoliation is the number one step to keep blemishes at bay and pores clear. My skin literally glows right after I use this product.

Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment
The skin around our eye is the most sensitive, but it also seems to get the least amount of love. I always have to remind myself extra hard to remember to nourish it, as well. This product makes that easy by incorporating a highlighter luminescence into it. I apply it under and around the outer corners of my eyes before I start to put on my makeup. Instantly I look awake.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer
Not only is this simple little product such a dream to look at, but it feels so smooth and cool when I apply it. It’s almost like an addiction. It contains no fillers and is formulated with four nourishing oils. I love that the shade is transparent and completely universal. Just the right amount of dewiness for every skin tone, while also helping smooth and even out skin tone naturally.

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Kiehls Apothecary Preparations Personalized Facial Concentrate
I started using this product during NYFW and it such a great move. Literally overnight after the first use, I saw results. Especially in both my skin texture and tone. This concentrate was personalized specifically for my skin’s needs, and I decided to focus on even skin tone, redness and brightness. Different components were added to target each of these needs. The way it feels going on, and the way it settles in . . . I can really feel the long-lied effect of this product.

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And Other Stories Toile Lip Oil
It was kind of strange how a few months ago I was suffering from pretty severe dry lips. I think it was mostly from my travels and just forgetting to put on Chapstick before bed every once in a while. But it came to the point that I had to find a quick result because it was becoming pretty uncomfortable. And it was hard to wear lipstick because my lips were constantly flaking and cracking. But it seemed like hardly any over the counter medication was actually giving me the results I desperately needed. I needed something that wasn’t just a temporary fix. I randomly picked up this lip oil in Paris while browsing the And Other Stories store, and it was life changing. The oil is made from cotton seed and so far is the best protective layer my skin has seen, acting as a layer or protection from elements and locking in moisture especially over night so that by morning my lips would feel and look rejuvenated. I can’t go a day or night without this stuff.

Laura Geller Brighten-N-Conceal Multi-Tasking Concealer
My latest find in the concealer department. And since you guys all know what a fan of highlighters I am, I’m sure you can tell already why I chose this one. It brightens and conceals all at once! The coverage is full, but it doesn’t look or feel heavy. And the extra hint of illuminator is such a treat. It’s perfect for under eye circles and lining tip of my nose. It hits the light just right. Basically, your skin will look flawless and natural after just one application. Hardly any need to reapply throughout the day 🙂

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