Consistency is key, we are on to day 2 on my 365 days of blogging until my 40 birthday. I had a quiet birthday and treated myself to items, see below.
I like Coach’s style, although not all the designs are my taste. The traditional simple black look of a Coach handbag is simply beautiful. I got the Large City Zip Tote in Black and I love it. It is the perfect size for work and all my needs. I also picked up East/West Pop Up Pouch Crossbody Bag with Bird Print. This was on a whim and I have received nothing but compliments on it.
This past Friday, I celebrated my birthday and set a goal to blog every day until my next birthday. Next year I will be 40 and my blog will be 9!!!! I am disbelief, I will have been on this earth for 4 decades.
So every day until then, I will post about something that reflects the nature of this blog, beauty & skincare. Even if it is one word. I found this easier than trying to do the 40 things before 40, that everyone else does. I don’t have 40 things I want to do before turning 40, I have a million. Over the coming year, I also plan to give this blog a much-needed facelift. A few years ago blogs were in danger of being obsolete given the emergence and popularity of vlogging on YouTube. Note to self I should find a reference for this. But I am seeing a return to blogging trend. I blame all the restrictions and analytics YouTube and Instagram have implemented.
I think this will be a fun challenge of sorts so let’s begin!!!
My love for sheet masks continue. You can see my constant sheet mask posts on my Instagram @beausci2010
I have found a few new sheet mask online retailers and purchased masks from a few new brands. Of the masks in this post my favorite brands are the My Beauty Diary (Taiwanese), Maskingdom (Taiwanese), Freeset Doneky Milk (Korean) and Love More (Taiwanese).
My current makeup wishlist is not very extensive. I only have one brand (Chanel) and one product type (Rouge Coco Gloss) that I really want and am very interested in. The new reformulated, non-sticky, ultra-light formula will leave the lips visibly smooth and plump. The new glosses also boast an new innovative, dual-sided applicator to ensure optimal and even coverage and high precision. The are currently 24 shades to choose from. I have my eye on two in particular:
The new glossimers are enriched with Coconut Oil, Peptides and Vitamin E, and a Hydraboost Complex (exclusive to Chanel). This new formula claims to offer hours of comfort and moisture. I’ve seen reviews where people say the new glosses are a vast improvement over the old formula.
Sheet masking is very easy. Here is a quick video from one of the top Korean Beauty experts – Soko Glam. Although this video is focusing on Korean Beauty, a lot of great sheet masks are made in Taiwan too. Hence the tile “Asian Beauty”. I will be sharing my favorite sheet mask brands, types and retailers throughout 2017.
Interested in great skincare especially Korean Skincare. Here are 5 Essential Steps to great skin no matter culture, skin tone or ethnicity. I have incorporated Korean skin care products into my regime for sometime know and as a Woman of Color (WOC), they have done nothing but improved my skin. Even if you are skeptical or unsure, you can find similar Western products that you are comfortable with and incorporate them into your skincare routine. Good, healthy skin is universal. So let’s take noted from the pros.
Whenever I travel for work, I always bring a sufficient number of sheet masks with me. For this particular 5 day work trip I brought along 17 sheet masks and 2 tube masks (1 glycolic acid and 1 mud). The joys of checked luggage – it allows you to pack whatever you want. I used a few and some I left as a small thank you gift (tied with a bow) for the cleaning lady.
Sheet masks are a great way to take of and treat your skin while away especially after a plane ride. The air in the airport and plane usually dries out my skin, so as soon as I check into and get settled in my room, I cleanse, detoxify and mask. Masks specific for restore moisture and boosting hydration are the best after a flight e.g mask with green tea, bamboo, honey, aloe and hyaluronic acid. As the trip progresses with long days, I usually use masks that detoxifies (mud & sheet masks with charcoal), brightens (pearl and rice) and repairs/treats (snail and tea tree).
I am a huge fan of exploring skincare either by skin type, ethnicity or geographical region. I typically incorporate Asian skincare products into my routine with Western one. My favorite Asian skin care products are sheet masks, ampules/serum/essences. The latter three are very different and has its own properties and benefits but are more or less are in the same family of products. Over the last few years, I have been paying more attention to my skin and the type of products that I am using. If a product is good i.e. great effective ingredients, reputable manufacturers/companies, believable honest reviews etc., and maybe a bit pricey. I will purchase it, if it is worth it. My favorites in this line up are the cleanser, facial oil, toner and eye gel.
From L to R: Derma.E Even Tone Brightening Cleanser; Missha Time Revolution The First ‘Intensive’ Treatment Essence; Missha Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule; SundayRiley Luna Night Sleeping Oil; Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel Creme and Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex.
Valentia’s Night Revive Retinol Serumis a potent blend of Retinol, essential vitamins and botanicals. Retinol works down to the cellular level to stimulate collagen production and diminish even the deepest of wrinkles. Vitamin C helps Retinol penetrate deeper into the skin, while Vitamin E and Squalane nourish and hydrate, counteracting the drying effects of Retinol and maximizing anti-aging benefits. This transformative retinol serum will turn back the clock, giving you visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin. The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer retails for $35 (1.18 fl oz / 35 ml, a 3-5 month supply) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.
Results: Short Term – conditions & nourishes skin, manages breakouts and adds luminosity Long Term – evens skin discoloration, stimulates collagen production and diminishes fine lines & wrinkles
Key Ingredients: Retinol (Vitamin A): This clinically proven antioxidant works at the cellular level to stop the formation of wrinkles, manages acne breakouts, and even out skin discoloration. It also helps reverse the clock, for more youth looking and acting skin. Vitamin C: An essential nutrient that boosts the protective effects of retinols, guarding skin against harmful free radicals and environmental damage to prevent premature aging. Vitamin E: Vitamin E floods the skin hydration, diminishing the drying effects of retinol as such it adds superior moisture protection. Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil, this nutrient-rich ingredient softens and conditions delicate skin. It further assists in mitigating the dryness caused by Retinol while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
How To Use: Apply on cleansed and toned face & neck. Recommended to use every other night initially to determine sensitivity.
My Thoughts: It is opaque, watery in consistency and very quickly into the skin. It does feel nice on the skin as it is not sticky and do not cause any irritation. So far I have been using it every other night. I do notice that my skin is more radiant the mornings after use. I would have to use up the entire serum before I can truly assess the long-term effects. I typically like to I do not wear a separate SPF product the next day as my foundation has SPF20.
It is recommended to use retinol 3 times/week in the 30’s and every other night for women 40+.To maximize the efficacy of retinol products, serums can be combined with moisturizers/cream or used separately depending on one’s skin type. Retinols are meant to be used only at night as they can make the skin more sensitive to damage from the sunlight. When using a Retinol at night, make sure to use an SPF of 20 or higher during the day to protect your skin.
Disclaimer: These products received fromValentiaand their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.
Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is packed with brightening power, that lightens dark spots and enhances the complexion. With energizing antioxidants like Ginseng and Kojic Acid to control melanin production, dark spots fade and collagen production is enhanced, revealing a firmer more even skin tone. Skin moisture is replenished and protected with Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Safflower and Shea Butter. Tired and dull looking skin is restored to unveil a healthier, more vibrant glow. The natural and organic ingredients are formulated to provide all-day weightless hydration without leaving any greasy residue. The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer retails for $25 (4.0 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.
Overall Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer will:
* Lightens dark spots
* Restores skin radiance
* Evens skin tone
* Diminishes fine lines
* Provides all-day hydration
* Nourishes skin
Key Ingredients: Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within. Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots. Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look. Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection. Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.
Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer can be used both morning and night, and makes an excellent starting base for your makeup application. It is suitable for all skin types and provides superior hydration for both; dry to normal and oily/combo skin types.
How To Use:
Apply on face, neck and decollete. Suitable for use in the AM and PM, after cleansing, toning and essence/serum application.
My Thoughts: This is a very thick, white moisturizer that is easily absorbed into the skin. The bottle comes with a pump that is very helpful. It does not have any specific scent which is a big plus as I am not really a fan of strong scented especially citrus face creams/moisturizers/serums. It is very hydrating which does last all day and my skin is noticeably more radiant.l think I will need to use it for a significant period of time in order to see the other effects such as the reduction in wrinkles and lightening of dark spots.
I love that it is chock full of natural ingredients. In addition to the ones noted above lemon extract, vitamin B5, green tea, aloe, licorice, salicylic acid among others. I am a fan of the Valentia line of products.
Disclaimer: These products received fromValentiaand their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia. My Amazon review name is BEATS.