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Exploring Skincare Minimalism With iUNIK

April 26, 2018
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I adopted minimalism last year and it's one of the best things I've ever done. I feel like I actually live better with less because it keeps me focused on quality over quantity. This applies to all aspects of my life including makeup and skincare.  I have one face and I don't need/want to overload it with products. Maintaining a tight edit has been really satisfying because it has increased the efficacy of my routine while eliminating unwanted issues. And my skin has definitely benefited positively in terms of clarity and radiance. I'm fairly strict about new additions and only incorporate products with a practical function that meet certain criteria.  I honestly wasn't sure initially when Korean beauty brand iUNIK first reached out to me about a collaboration but their philosophy about skincare minimalism and use of natural ingredients spoke to me.

Launched in 2016 with a goal to provide affordably priced, beauty products made with focused natural and effective ingredients.  iUNIK has created a small focused range of 11 products that include 3 toners, 5 serums, 2 creams and a peeling gel. They are dedicated to continuous innovation and research and plan to expand their offerings to 20 product by the end of 2018. All iUNIK products are produced in South Korea, ISO certified, and cleanly made with hypoallergenic 100% natural ingredients under Level 1 ~ 2 by EWG (Environmental Working Group).  IUNIK products do not contain any parabens, artificial colorings and fragrances.

Why Vitabrid C12 Is A Brand To Know

April 23, 2018
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One skincare ingredient, that has made a real difference for me lately is vitamin C. An antioxidant, vitamin C, is highly effective at protecting skin against free radical damage which speeds up the process of premature aging, dark spots, and wrinkles. Consistent vitamin C use has been proven to  result in more even skin tone and healthier skin overall. So I was really excited when I first learned about the K-beauty brand, Vitabrid C12 which launched last year exclusively at Barneys New York.

Eye Candy : Editorial Roundup

April 20, 2018
Hyun Bin

I usually just save celebrity editorial images as they catch my eye and when I took a look at my folder earlier this week I realized that it has been awhile since I've shared the eye candy. So here we go... Starting off with Hyun Bin looking picture perfect in Arena Hommes+. I love the lighting in this shot and juxtaposition of the shadow over his face. The handsome actor recently signed on for the fantasy melodrama Memories of the Alhambra opposite Park Shin Hye.  Speaking of Park Shin Hye, her appearance in Lee Seung Gi's MV for Love Time was adorable and I would love to see the two of work together on a drama or movie.  Seung Gi recently wrapped Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) which I watched but didn't love. It had potential but both the story and the characterizations lacked development. Still seeing Seung Gi made me happy. His "monkey" hairstyle even grew on me though I'm liking his hair even better in The Big Issue. 

Lee Seung Gi

June Jacobs Masque Review & Giveaway

April 18, 2018
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Face masks are an integral part of of my skincare routine. I enjoy the ritual and find them very satisfying to use, not to mention the skin benefits they provide. I have a revolving rotation of sheets masks and wash off masks. I usually make my choice on what to use based on the current condition of my skin and the type of result I'm looking for be it a boost of hydration, firming or a glow boosting exfoliation. My skin could always use little extra moisture and this June Jacobs Mandarin Moisture Masque has been one of my favorites lately.

Shopping The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale

April 16, 2018
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It's that time of the year! Sephora's Spring Bonus Event aka the Sephora Beauty Insider/VIB Sale is happening! A perk of the Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program, this sale grants members a discount of 10 - 15% off almost everything depending on your level of membership. Many people use these sales to stock up on their favorite beauty essentials and/or splurging on items they've been eyeing for awhile.

The Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards Program is free to join and totally worth it. The top tier is VIB Rouge, for customers who spend $1,000 a year. The next level is VIB, for customers who spend $350 a year. The Beauty Insider tier has no spend minimum and is for anyone in the program.

April 13 - 16 and April 20 - 23
VIB Rouge members get 15% off their purchases on  with the code YAYROUGE
VIB Rouge members can also bring a friend on April 13 and share their 15% with them

April 20 - 23
VIB members get 15% off their purchases with the code YAYVIB
Beauty Insiders get 10% off their purchases with the code YAYINSIDER

Gift cards, eGiftcards, FLASH and PLAY! by Sephora, packaging, taxes and shipping are excluded from the promotion as are products from The Ordinary. But almost everything else is eligible including many luxury brands that don't usually go on sale. Online and in-store shoppers are limited to one Dyson product and three Drunk Elephant products per purchase. Don't forget to take a look at the "Sephora Favorites" which are value sets featuring makeup and skin and hair care products from a variety of brands. They're usually a pretty good value and the sale prices are even better. These make great gifts! I do own a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and can say it's worth the splurge.

I'm actually proud to say that I didn't reach VIB status (and just barely) until the very end of last year since I was dedicated to working down my stash and cutting down on unnecessary spending/wasting money. I'm now at the point where my stash is manageable and I need to replenish some items so I will be shopping this sale. To maintain focus and stay organized, I put together a wishlist which I've divided into repurchases and new products I'm coveting. I'm not sure how much I'll end up buying but it's a safe bet it'll be less rather than more.

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