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August 26, 2016

Softer, Smoother Skin with Exuviance Retexturing Treatment

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In a quest for soft and smooth skin, I've been scrubbing down with an Korean Italy towel lately and I can definitely understand why they're a staple in Korean bathhouses/spas. This is a hardcore treatment (think rolls of dead skin coming off of you) so I only engage in it once a week following my detox bath. This satisfies my needs in terms of physical exfoliation and this Exuviance Retexturing Treatment has recently entered my life to provide a form of chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation is something my face is quite familiar with but I've never really tried it on my body. Read on to see how it worked for me.

About the Brand: Exuviance was created by Doctors Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the anti-aging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Exuviance has continued to develop many new patented anti-aging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

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August 24, 2016

QVC Holiday Preview

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I actually attended the QVC Holiday press preview back in June. It seemed premature to talk about the holidays with half the year still to go so I held back my post about it until now. The event was held at Gary's Loft, an event/photography venue located in midtown Manhattan. The sun-filled space was transformed into a festive and stylish, rustic modern holiday home to showcase some of the hottest products of this holiday season. There was also a flower crown station and fun bites like grilled cheese, mozzarella burgers, red velvet whoopie pies and eggnog shots. I was most drawn to all the lovely beauty products and the incredible clawfoot bathtub. What's catching your eye?

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August 22, 2016

Beauty Products I've Used Up

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This empties post has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure if I wanted to start an empties series but I think it will be useful for me to have as a record of products I've tried and finished as well as provide a manner of quick reviews for your information. These products were all purchased by me and I will only be including products that I bought in these posts.

Cremorlab White Bloom Floral Cream  $72
I picked this cream up at last year's Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. Cremorlab is a natural Korean beauty brand. The foundation of their products is a rare and mineral rich thermal water that is known to help boost radiance, vitality, and hydration. Don't be fooled by the look of this jar, their packaging is gorgeous. This had lovely floral scent and a lightweight, silky texture. Although it worked well as a moisturizer, it did not live up to it's claims to boost radiance or correct hyperpigmentation. And you don't get much product at all for the straight up retail price.
Repurchase: No

Dr. Brandt Laser Fx Bright Serum  $78
I actually first tried this when I received a press sample at a launch event with Dr. Brandt himself (RIP).  Here is my review of the serum.  It should tell you how effective and how much I like this product that I've since bought it twice. This serum delivers visible brightening results and it's one I go back to when I'm in between trying other brightening serums.
Repurchase: Yes (2x already)

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask  $25
I already raved about this mask in this post. It is totally my skin saver whenever it's irritated but I also love to use it ahead of my chemical exfoliators. I'm already on my fourth jar. It gets bonus points for smelling just like strawberry yogurt! This product was briefly unavailable at Target and I almost considered hoarding when it came back. I should probably buy a few backups just in case. 
Repurchase: Yes (3x already)

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment  $105
Good Genes is a high potency purified lactic acid exfoliating treatment which is generally liked in the skincare circles. I saw some good results within the first month of using it and then I experienced a bit of a drop off. It would burn at times and then there's the awful scent. I believe it comes from lemongrass but it smells like feet to me. And this was something I never got over. I think it works fairly well but it's not a life changing product. And then there's the price. I'm using an AHA treatment at the moment that works better for my skin and costs around $20. I'll be talking about that in an upcoming post.
Repurchase: No

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule  $49
Ampoules are a Korean skincare mainstay and can best be described as an amped up serum because they contain a concentration of ingredients that can target specific issues. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is considered a dupe for the Estee Lauder Night Repair and if you compare the ingredients, you'll notice that they're incredibly similar. One notable active is bifida ferment lysate, a fermented yeast that repairs and protects the skin. This was a pretty good skin treatment. I didn't see any amazing results but I also wouldn't say it didn't do anything for me. I'd say it was serviceable but I've since used products that've made more of a difference.
Repurchase: Maybe

May Coop Raw Concentra Day Cream  $48
This was another Korean skincare buy at the Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. I was curious to try another May Coop product since I was really impressed with the May Coop Raw Sauce. This cream is made with 90% maple water and 7 different types of red plant extracts including pomegranate, dates and Chinese magnolia. It had a pleasant texture and was adequately moisturizing even when it was cold. I'm just not really sure if it provided any other benefits other than hydration though.
Repurchase: No

Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream  $85
I actually received this eye cream in a $15 Allure Beauty Box which made it a pretty incredible value. The active ingredients in Restorsea's Vibransea complex is Aquabeautine XL, an enzyme released by baby salmon when they are born and Hesperidin, a natural ingredient derived from citrus fruits, which helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles by stimulating blood circulation. This eye cream hydrated nicely without feeling heavy or greasy but it did little else. For the price, it should do a lot more.
Repurchase: No

Have you tried any of these products? What were your results? And do let me know if you find this type of post helpful.

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August 19, 2016

Eye Candy : Gao YuanYuan for Vogue

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I periodically go through my drafts folder and find posts that I started but never published. Somehow I forgot to share this beautiful editorial from earlier this year. Vogue China tagged along with Gao Yuanyuan as she attended Paris fashion week and Koto Bolofo captured the lovely actress for this pictorial entitled A Dreamer in Paris. The lovely actress is certainly no stranger to dreamy Parisian editorials. Remember when she was traipsing across rooftops in the City of Lights. This one has more of a casual slice of life feel and the black white images are my favorites. Makes me miss Paris now.

I don't really watch Chinese films as much these days so I haven't kept up with what Yuanyuan has been up to. I certainly didn't watch the sequel to Don't Go Breaking My Heart since the first movie was disappointingly derivative and shallow but I did finally get around to the romantic drama But Always which costarred Nicholas Tse a few months ago. While it was awesome that a good part of the film took place in New York City, the plot was ultimately a melodramatic letdown. Ok now I just remembered why I'm not really into Chinese entertainment.  For a romance done right, I would recommend A Good Rain Knows, a Chinese/Korean co-production that Yuanyuan starred in alongside Jung Woo Sung. It was gorgeously filmed and emotionally resonating. I also loved her haircut in it!

Vogue China May 2016  // Photography: Koto Bolofo // Editor Angelica Cheung
Styling: Yuhang Yao // Makeup: Min Kim  // Hair: Terri Saxon

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August 17, 2016

3B Beauty Box August 2016 Unboxing

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I had been debating whether I should continue my 3B Beauty Box subscription and I've decided I'm going to stick with it for the time being since they've stepped it both with their curations and service in the past few months. The box is more securely packaged and has been landing in my mailbox in a more timely fashion which is appreciated. This is my August 2016 box. The information card that is always included now has a pretty design on the flip side which is a nice touch. Be your own kind of beautiful is such a wonderful and inspiring mantra!

3B which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders is a beauty subscription box that makes Asian beauty products more accessible overseas. This is a monthly service that costs $12. Each box contains 4 -5 deluxe samples from a range of brands and the products are supposed to be "new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on". I would say that 3B is like an Asian beauty version of Birchbox or Ipsy.  3B is currently just a US based subscription service. This box is ideal for anyone interested in trying out Asian beauty products or can't access them easily. It looks like there ins't a waiting list anymore and you can just sign up for a 3B Box subscription now.

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