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February 5, 2016

Guo Pei Haute Couture Spring 2016

Guo Pei may be best known as the designer behind the show stopping canary yellow gown that Rihanna wore to last year's Met Gala and she also created this spectacularly eye catching  gold lamé dress on display at the China: Through The Looking Glass exhibition. The Chinese couturier who has worked in the fashion industry for 30 years just showed for the first time at Paris Couture Week. The presentation set against a backdrop of of a royal Chinese courtyard opened with a dazzling crystal embroidered guipure lace gown. The rest of her lavish collection featured dresses and whimsical separates with exquisite embroideries and sumptuous embellishments. The feminine designs took inspiration from her Chinese heritage with details like Mandarin collars and both qipao and hanfu styled silhouettes in combination with a distinctly modern Western aesthetic. Haute couture may not be something most of us will ever get to wear but it's nice to admire the art and craftsmanship. What do you think of this collection? Any standouts?

Don't miss out on my Asian Beauty Giveaway! I'm giving away a set of K-beauty favorites valued over $80! Enter here now!

February 3, 2016

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

Snow NYC, Winter NYC

Well the winter weather finally arrived and snowstorm Jonas blew in and dumped a winter's worth of snow over 24 hours onto NYC. Of course when I'm encouraged to stay indoors, I just want to go out so we took a short walk during the height of the storm. This is a video I too that shows the intensity of it. These are just a few highlights from last month. To see more, click over to my Instagram feed and of course you can also follow if you'd like. 

I don't ever wish for snow because it is really only pretty when it is falling. The day and week after, it just becomes mounds of grey and black slush and slush lagoons which are a real pain to navigate around in the city. This photo isn't that bad btw. I didn't want to snap a pic of the real grossness cause it's that disgusting. Most of the snow is gone now.

Winter NYC, Chinatown, Doyers Street

February 1, 2016

Asian Beauty Giveaway

Beauty Giveaway, Giveaway

I talk about Asian beauty products here somewhat frequently these days since a good portion of my skincare routine is actually comprised of Asian products and I'm very big on sheet masks. I thought it would be to share the love with a giveaway of some Korean beauty products including a few of my personal favorites. The total retail value of this prize pack is over $80 and it includes the following products.

Secret Key Lemon D Toc Peeling Gel (retail value: $10)
Peeling gels are very popular for exfoliation in Asian Beauty because of their gentle action that is usually effective for all skin types even sensitive. This is a non-physical exfoliant that uses fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells and unclog pores. While dead skin cells are being eliminated, this peeling gel also detoxifies the skin and deeply nourishes the pores to strengthen it. The vitamin C from the lemon in this one also provides brightening benefits. I really like using this product before masking to increase the efficacy of whatever mask I'm using.

Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask (retail value: $30)

Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask is a breakthrough anti-aging mask that revitalizes skin overnight. This product which has won a number of Asian beauty awards is so popular that one is sold every 30 seconds worldwide. A sleeping mask is a no-rinse facial pack you apply before bed that works overnight to treat your skin. This one uses memory form technology to restore skin firmness and elasticity and improve skin recovery time. It's also infused with orange flower, rose, sandalwood oil and ylang ylang, the aromatic Sleepscent that will relax you and promote deep sleep. The SleePOP formula strengthens skin’s restorative properties with tuberose petal hydrator, GABA and collagen peptides to support firmer, more resilient skin. This product has the coolest bouncy texture and it really works overnight to nourish and restore.

Skin House Pore Control Powder Serum (retail value: $24)

This is an oil control product in serum form that works to immediately tighten and minimize enlarged pores for a smoother skin texture. It also helps to correct oil/moisture imbalance and mattifies skin while preventing dehydration. This product does exactly what it claims to. It balances moistures levels and cuts shine without drying out your skin. It's also great for reducing the look of enlarged pores.

Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask (retail value: $6)

This is a hypoallergenic microfiber sheet mask infused with egg white and egg yolk extracts to help clarify, nourish, and moisturize skin. It helps firm skin for a younger-looking appearance while removing dead skin cells for a beautifully clean and radiant glow. The mask is generously soaked in a creamy essence that doesn't smell eggy at all and it always leaves my skin soft, smooth and brightened.

Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Hydrogel Sheet Mask (retail value: $4.75)
This is a hyrdrogel sheet mask made with black yeast fermented honey essence that has been made through a month-long ripening process. This mask provides intense nourishment and hydration to improve elasticity for a smoother, plumper and more radiant complexion. I have a love/hate relationship with this mask. It's really moisturizing and plumping but the two piece construction can be a little tricky to use.

TonyMoly I'm Real Red Wine Face Mask (retail value: $4)
This sheet mask treatment is infused with real red wine extracts and rosemary to address enlarged pores while purifying, refining, and tightening skin. It soothes skin with jasmine and green tea extracts for a refined complexion. The mask features a three-layer durable cotton sheet for better absorption and deeper penetration of essence, resulting in a healthy-looking glow. This one is a really good starter sheet mask. It's refreshing and has good pore minimizing effects. No it doesn't actually smell like wine.

Missha Pure Source Cell Sheet Mask Acai Berry (retail value: $2)
This is 100% pure cotton sheet mask soaked with essence derived from natural ingredients. Acai berry has excellent anti-oxidant benefits that smooth and revitalize dry skin. This is one of the better fitting sheet masks and it's relaxing as well.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack (retail value: $2)
This face mask is immersed in a highly concentrated essence infused with snail slime filtrate and bee venom. This premium blend of natural ingredients boosts the skin’s immunity while helping to enhance elasticity, softness and radiance. It is free of parabens, synthetic colorants, artificial fragrance and formaldehyde and suitable for all skin types. The ingredients might sound a little scary but this is one of the most soothing sheet masks in my regular rotation. It works extremely well to calm redness and irritation and refine pores.

This is an international giveaway that starts February 1, 2016 and ends on February 15, 2016. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected. You can enter through this link or the Rafflecopter widget below. The widget can be a little temperamental so if it doesn't load on this page, just CLICK THROUGH HERE FOR IT. Good luck!

January 29, 2016

Bright Planet, A Beauty Brand With A Mission

 Bright Planet Review

I've been on a massive cleaning and uncluttering spree since the holidays in preparation for Chinese New Year. One area that got a huge downsize was my beauty products as I got rid of a bunch of products that have probably lived well past their shelf life or that I simply don't want to use any more. I've been in a mindset of quality over quantity for awhile now and I really want to be more intentional with the purchases I make in every area of my life. At the same time, I've been testing a few products from Bright Planet which would fall in line with this philosophy.

I first learned about the brand when I received a really nice email from Diana, the owner and CEO of Bright Planet. My interest was totally piqued when she said that her business was about helping people live healthier, happier lives. The Bright Beauty line is made up of 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free products that are packed in the most eco-friendly packaging possible. Not only does she want to create products that people can feel good about using but she also also wants to create a community for people who care about living healthy and enriching lives. In addition to being a one woman show running Bright Planet, Diana is a mom, works full-time as the president of an ad agency and she's even written a Sherlock Holmes novel. This lady does it all!

Bright Planet Beauty, Bright Planet Review

January 27, 2016

Recent Loves

Innisfree Mineral Glow Fixer, Mira Skin Hyaluronic Skin Serum, Veil Cosmetics Sunset Light

In this edition of recent loves, I wanted to share a few products that have kept my winter skin at bay lately. My skin usually doesn't react well to the cold which has a way of exacerbating dryness and sensitivity. So I made a few changes to my routine and added these skin treats to actively counter the effects of the weather. It's worked out pretty well. Here are some more tips on how to winter proof your skincare routine.

Innisfree Mineral Glow Fixer Review

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