Current Night-time Skincare Routine

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.

 

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris.

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Review – Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

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Valentia’s Night Revive Retinol Serum is 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.

Full Ingredient List: Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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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.

 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and 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.  

Review – Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

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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.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and 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.

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Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Review



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“Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.”  The Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Key Benefits:
* Draws out dirt, oil & other skin impurities
* Improves skin tone & texture
* Leaves skin feeling instantly smoother & refreshed
* Enlarged pores will be reduced
* Firmer & more strengthened skin
* Clearer skin with less breakouts

How To Use: Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate.

Key Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem CellsNaturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Full Ingredient ListDeionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Kaolin clay, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry extract), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Wildcrafted Prunus Virginiana (Wild Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Rheum Palmatum (Rhubarb), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

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My Thoughts: This mask smells delicious. The ingredient list shows quite a few berry extracts and oils that all contribute to its amazing smell.  This clay mask serves a dual purpose (1) As a detoxifying and cleansing clay mask. Nail in clay contains high amounts silica, which is useful in removing dead skin, it pulls out oils and other toxins, purifying and moisturizing the skin. (2) As an exfoliator. Massing in circular motions while applying and removing the mask also helps to remove dry, dead flaky skin.

I am a big fan of clay masks and this one was pleasant to use. The only minor issue was that the oils had separated from the clay and it had to be mixed. In addition to the amazing smell I like that the product had a soft pudding like consistency unlike the typical hard/more firm clay masks. Overall, I enjoyed using this mask.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and 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.

Leaders Korean Sheet Mask Haul/ 한국어 시트 마스크

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I definitely took advantage of the recent Leaders Cosmetics USA  50%off sale to restock and try a few new masks. Leaders is a South K0rean brand created and tested by a team of dermatologists of the Leaders Skin Clinic. Leaders was founded in Korea, in 2004, by two leading dermatologists from Korea’s top university.

Daily Wonders  are premium grade cotton masks made from natural cellulose, that contain gentle and effective ingredients to target and treat specific skin concerns.  I got Bye Bye to Dry and Pore be Gone for Good Masks.

Leaders StepSolution. I couldn’t find anything specific about this particular line other than it is a premium grade cotton masks. I stocked up on a few of the PoreScaling Black Aqua Masks. I think this mask may be reformulated in the near future as it has been on sale for awhile and the others in this ‘line’ have been upgraded. 

Leaders InSolution masks are made of ultra fine and thin silk cellulose. This line serves to address unique skin concerns. InSolution masks are safe, effective to use as a part of daily regimen for optimal skin health. I tried the Aquaringer Treatment, and stocked up on the Teatree Relaxing Renewal, Aloe Soothing Renewal and Collagen Boosting Renewal Masks.

Leaders Mediu stands for Medicine for U. These Amino masks contain 17 different types of amino acids, which are natural moisturizing factors. The masks in this line help to moisturize, protect, and soothe the skin by replenishing  essential ingredients for healthy skin composition. I picked up the Amino Lifting and Moisture Masks.

I have other Leaders masks in my collection; at least a pair of the each InSolution in the old packaging and a 7 Wonders that I picked up at Ulta. 

My favorite is the Teatree Relaxing Renewal mask for whenever my skin is acting up and I always have one in my stash. I haven’t tried it in the new packaging yet. I am a big fan of this brand. 

My attempt at translating this post into Korean with the help of Google. Translating back into English makes for quite a fun read. It is a dream of mine to be fluent in Korean one day.

나는 확실히 재고 보충 및 몇 가지 새로운 마스크를 시도하는 판매 떨어져 최근 지도자의 화장품 USA 50 %를 이용했다. 지도자는 지도자 피부 클리닉의 피부과 의사들로 구성된 팀에 의해 만들어지고 테스트 사우스 K0rean 브랜드입니다. 지도자는 한국의 최고 대학이 선도적 인 피부과 의사에 의해, 2004 년 한국에서 설립되었다.

매일 불가사의는 대상 및 특정 피부 문제를 치료하기 위해 부드러운하고 효과적인 성분을 함유 천연 셀룰로오스로 만든 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다. 나는 건조하고 모공이 좋은 마스크에 대한 사라질 이별을 얻었다.

리더는 StepSolution. 나는 그것이 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다 다른 것보다이 특정 라인에 대한 특정 아무것도 찾을 수 없습니다. 나는 PoreScaling 블랙 아쿠아 마스크의 몇 가지에 사들였다. 나는 잠시 판매하고있다이 ‘라인’에서 다른 사람이 업그레이드 된 바와 같이이 마스크는 어쩌면 가까운 미래에 재 공식화 생각합니다.

지도자 InSolution 마스크는 초 미세하고 얇은 실크 셀룰로오스 만들어집니다. 이 줄은 고유의 피부 문제를 해결하는 역할을한다. InSolution 마스크는 최적의 피부 건강을 위해 매일식이 요법의 일부로서 사용하는 것이 효과적이고 안전합니다. 나는 Aquaringer 치료를 시도하고, 갱신 마스크를 밀어 갱신, 알로에 수딩 갱신과 콜라겐을 휴식 Teatree에 사들였다.

Mediu은 미국에 대한 의학의 약자 지도자들은 이러한 아미노산 마스크는 천연 보습 인자이다 아미노산의 17 가지 유형을 포함하고있다. 이 온라인 도움말의 마스크는 수분을 보호하고 건강한 피부 컴포지션의 필수 성분을 보충하여 피부를 진정합니다. 나는 아미노 리프팅과 수분 마스크를 집어 들었다.

나는 내 컬렉션에 다른 지도자 마스크를 가지고, 기존 포장의 각 InSolution 내가 Ulta에서 채취 한 7 대 불가사의 중 적어도 한 쌍.

나의 마음에 드는 사람은 내 피부가 연기되고 난 항상 내 마리화나에 하나있을 때마다의 Teatree 휴식을 갱신 마스크입니다. 나는 아직 새로운 포장에서 그것을 시도하지 않았습니다. 나는이 브랜드의 큰 팬이다.

 

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Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum [Review]

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

Clear-Lift-Serum_BOTTLE_46f78640-1347-4a1b-b5ec-5ed5edc230f9_1024x1024Valentia’s newest serum is a potent and luxurious lactic acid serum that supports natural circulation. This revitalizing treatment is formulated to bring out your best self. Infused with a unique blend of botanicals, essential oils, and vitamins, this serum supports circulation and reoxygenation. The skin is left hydrated, more even, and resilient to future damage.  Valentia´s Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is a transformative addition to any skin care routine. Daily use will improve the skin’s circulation.Valentia). The Clearlift Revitalizing Serum retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

 Key Benefits of the Clearlift Revitalizing Serum:
* Renews texture & tone
* Deeply moisturizes
* Minimizes fine lines
*  Brightens & corrects 
* Evens Hyperpigmentation
* Increases skin cell turnover & elasticity

Suitable for: All skin types but is highly recommended for normal to oily or acne prone skins.

Key Ingredients:
Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defenses.
Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scaring from acne and hyperpigmentation, and increases skin firmness.
Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation & corrects skin discoloration.
Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduces water loss and protects skins resiliency and elasticity.

Full Ingredient List:
Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Sodium Lactate (Lactic Acid), Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Proprietary Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Citrus Clementia Hort ext Tan (Clementine Essential Oil), Camellia Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Alcohol, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

 

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How To Use: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly to face and neck each evening after cleansing skin thoroughly. After absorption, follow with moisturizer and eye product of choice.

20160407_150059~2_resizedClear Lift Serum has a consistency slightly thicker than water; it glides on smoothly and absorbs rapidly. The color is slightly off-white, and a touch yellow from the natural oils like; Jojoba and Vitamin E.

 

My Thoughts: I have used this serum twice daily for the past three weeks and I must admit that my skin does look brighter and my pigmentation especially on my cheek is getting lighter.  It absorbs super quickly and does not leave any residue. It works well under makeup. 

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Disclaimer: This product was received from Valentia and 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.

Clarins and FEED 10

Clarins has teamed up with Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED again for a great initiative,  National Million Meal Mission.

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Clarins and FEED are proud to have launched the National Million Meal Mission. This new, exciting venture aims to provide 1,200,000 meals to children around the world in 17 days. This campaign started on April 22nd, and will end this coming Sunday, May 8th. Retailers supporting this great cause are Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. Each will be offering will be offering a variety of  FEED 10 pouches filled with deluxe Clarins products. The FEED pouches are available at least online at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks depending on what you purchase. Bloomingdale’s – with the purchase of any two full-size Clarins products; Nordstrom – with your $75 purchase; Macy’s – any $75 Clarins purchase. They are most likely available in store as well.
This is a great cause and I encourage everyone to pick up a FEED pouch. Food insecurity is a growing problem in developed countries can you imagine how hard it is for children in poorer countries to receive proper and sufficient nutrition. If you can’t pick up a bag you can still help by volunteering at your local food bank and food drives.

To date Clarins has provided over 10 million meals through the FEED initiative. That’s 10, 109,165 meals to be exact. Clarins strongly believes that beauty come from the heart and is expressed by actions directed to helping those less fortunate. 

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Each pouch provides 10 meals to children, helping them grow, learn and thrive – an investment in their futures. The images and info are courtesy of Clarins and the above-mentioned retailers. I am not being compensated. I love supporting great causes.

 

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[Review] Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

 

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

20160224_215836-2_resizedPaula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates to unclog pores and improve skin’s appearance by acting on the skin’s surface and inside the pores.  The lightweight liquid formula allows for a faster, more gentle, exfoliation making it ideal for unclogging pores.

There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (salicylic acid) drastically  of skin. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or Salicylic acid exfoliates skin to improve its texture (smooths the surface) and tone. It is the main ingredient in numerous acne products.

Benefits: 
* 2% BHA unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores.
* Green tea extract calms redness.
* Dramatically improves skin’s texture for radiant, even-toned skin.
* Clinically proven to hydrate, brighten & smooth fine lines.

Key Ingredients: methylpropanediol, salicylic acid, green tea, BHA (beta hydroxy acid).

Product Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Suitable for: All skin types but is better especially suited for those with normal to oily/combination skin/blemish-prone skin. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, non-irritating, not tested on animals and has a pH of between 3.2-3.8. 

What does it do? Smooths out wrinkles, counteracts the effects of aging, tightens enlarged pores, reduces blackheads and redness.  

How to Use: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area but avoid the lower lash line and eyelids. Do not rinse. If used during the daytime, follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Volume: 4.oz.

Where to Purchase: The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant retails for $28 and can be purchased directly from Paula’s Choice, the SkinStore, the DermStore and QVC.

My Thoughts: I like this exfoliator and regard it as a second toner in my skin care routine. It is very mild and non-irritating and even those with sensitive skin will be able to use it with no issues. I had a few dry patches (winter induce skin issue). I use this at night as part of my East-meets-West skin care routine. BHA is now more commonly used in many non-acne products as it is very effecting in reducing wrinkles and improving the texture of aging skin. I will continue to use this more or less until it is finished to truly access the results but so far no issues and my skin continues to improve daily.

If you are interested in trying this Paula’s Choice has provided a 20% off coupon code “PRBHA16“. This offer includes free shipping and expires May 30, 2016. 

 


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Disclaimer: This product was received from Paula’s Choice and their representatives through BzzAgent 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 found on Paula’s Choice. 

[Review] Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

Valentia’s Royal Rose Hydrating Serum 

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“This lightweight and hydrating serum was specially crafted with rose petals from the fragrant Damask Rose. This essential oil has long been regarded as more precious than gold for its natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. In combination with other skin friendly oils, Bearberry, Lavender and Primrose, chosen to soothe and brighten the skin. Our Royal Rose Hydration Serum will nourish, soothe, calm and cool the skin for a more refreshed and youthful look and feel.” (Valentia). The Royal Rose Hydrating Serum retails between $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Key Benefits: 
Deeply moisturizes the skin, provides antioxidant protection, soothes & nourishes dry skin, smooths skin tone & texture and boosts skin radiance.

Key Ingredients:
Rose Damascena – A nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, provides balance, moisture, and a number of vitamins and minerals to the skin.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B) –  A potent vitamin that has been clinically proven to fade hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne.
Rosehip Seed Oil – An oil naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, that works quickly to lock in skin’s moisture.
Evening Primrose Oil – A light, non-oily moisturizer, that does not clog pores or irritates the skin.
Bearberry –  Reduces melanin production, to reveal a brighter complexion.
Lavender – Heals the skin, pimples, wounds, and sores.

 

How To Use:  Apply 1-2 pumps evenly to face and neck each evening after cleansing skin thoroughly. After absorption, follow with moisturizer and eye product of choice.

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My Thoughts: First this serum has the most gorgeous rose scent ever. This serum is ideal for those with sensitive and/or dry skin. It is so gentle and soothing that it will not cause any irritation especially if one has dry, cracked skin. It is made from the petal oils of the Pink Damask Rose. It absorbs super quickly and does not leave any residue. On the weekend when I am not ‘going anywhere’ I use it as a  moisturizer. It is that hydrating and refreshing.

 It is silicone, paraben, and alcohol free in addition to the other great aspects shown in the image below. 

 

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valentia logoValentia Skin Care is proud to provide customers of all skin types with scientifically advanced products to meet individual skincare needs. I am a fan of this brand. Valentia uses natural and organic ingredients i.e. the ingredients are simple and effective. Their products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and are made in the USA.

 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and 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.

LoveMore Wild Yam Firming Mask

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The combination of wild yam extract and deep seawater (rich in minerals) delivers a truly revitalizing skincare experience. Wild Yam from northern Taiwan has been a key ingredient in many Asian skincare products in recent years. Ginseng and dioscorea essence leaves your skin smooth as a baby. The saponins and plant hormones coupled with important peptide ingredients, helps alleviate wrinkling. Chinese white pearl extract is added for its whitening effect to combat the daily effects of aging. Other main ingredients include Coenzyme Q10, allatonin, hyaluronic acid and peptides.

Suitable for:  All skin types

What does it do? Smooths out wrinkles, counteracts the effects of aging, tightens pores and revitalizes the skin.

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Silk

Volume: 24ml/mask

Shelf Life: 3 years

Where to Purchase: I got my initial LoveMore Wild Yam from MaskGenie monthly subscription pouch. I have since then repurchased from Chuusi. Prices vary for this mask ($1.50 – $3.00) and others in the line which can be purchased from ebay, Amazon and other KBeauty retailers.

Country: Made in Taiwan

Would I repurchase? Yes. I love this mask and the brand in general. This fit of the silk mask is great although the edges lifted a bit and it is very delicate and tears easily. It feels amazing on the skin and the essence is not sticky and absorbs readily.

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The first image and portions of the description adapted from chuusi.com