All posts filed under: Skincare

#SummerBeauty: Is Birchbox Dying?

Is beauty subscription box boom over, or is it just Birchbox? A few months ago, lured by the very enticing marketing image of the Birchbox April Magic Box , I decided to give Birchbox another try after cancelling its service a year ago due to constant disappointment in its sample offerings – the alleged personalized samples lead me to end up with too many samples from unheard brands that I was just too scared to put on my face. Unfortunately, nothing changed, I end up with only one of the samples showed in the image, and the rest are products that I will never use, that Birchbox probably acquired at 0 cost from these small brands, and could not wait to get rid of. I really respect Birchbox as the forth runner in beauty subscription services. However, they expand their business to online/retail beauty store too quickly that they lose the very core of their service, which probably is not too profitable, but is indispensable in bring in loyal customers that they can build their …

#SummerBeauty: Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo

Christophe Robin, according to many press, is one of the most popular luxury hair care brands in the market. So I got hold of its purifying shampoo with great hope that it would save my oily scalp and dry hair ends during summer time; $38 for 250ml – it must work wonders. Ironically, turns out the descriptions: “Greasy Roots & Dry Ends” on the bottle means its actual effect not what it helps with. The so-called purifying shampoo made my scalp more greasy and hair ends more dry after each wash. At first, I thought it was because I did not wash off products properly. But later I realize the not-clean feeling is exactly what this shampoo gives you. I prefer my $3 Head & Shoulders shampoo to this fancy but not effective one, just for the sake of having clean hair. On the bright side, I would say this is the kind of products perfect for anyone with dry scalp and oily hair ends. Oh, and it smells quite chic.

Beaty Spot: Cult Beauty

My obsession with podcast (and Youtube) has lead to me to yet another great podcast, At home with.. , hosted by youtubers Anna (from the Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles; in which they conducted interviews with these amazing women in beauty, like Lisa Eldridge and founder of By Terry. In this week’s episode, they interviewed the co-founder of cult beauty, Alexia Inge; which made me realize – I haven’t written anything about Cult Beauty in my blog yet! Why this happened is beyond me, since Cult Beauty has been my go-to place to buy beauty products (other than Sephora). This is the place that does not have almost every brand, but every single one on the site is as good as a brand can get, no exception, big or small brands – “Sunday Riley, MV Organic, Charlotte Tilbury, Pixi, Huda, Tata Harper, Oskia”  On top of that, if you live in the US, full price of the product on site is usually 70% of the price of those same products sold in the states (no …

If you could only choose one…

I’ve been using Sunday Riley Good Genes non-stop for almost 3 years now. It has done wonders for my skin, especially since my skin naturally has low cells turnover rate; so whenever I see little bumps and hyper-pigmentation; I turn over to the Good Genes to exfoliate and brighten. It has never let me down. I also tried Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C recently, which also aims to retextures the skin. Many compare T.L.C to the Good Genes. I can see their similarity, but you definitely don’t need both!   Application The Good Genes has a quite strong scent of lemongrass, which you may like or hate depends on your liking. Upon application, it may sting a little bit because of high potency, purified grade lactic acid (why it is so effective) but nothing unbearable! The T.L.C, on the other hand, comes in clear gel that has no distinctive smells and feel really gentle on the skin (bit sticky though). It’s formulated mainly with glycolic acid, but also other wonderful natural ingredients (hence the gentleness). If you have really …

Sephora’s subscription box is beyond amazing!

Yes, Sephora has subscription boxes now – Sephora Play! For all you beauty lovers who became more and more disappointed by Birchbox and other beauty subscription boxes, you should definitely put your money into this one instead! For $10/month, same price as Birchbox’s, you will get (much better stuff): 1. 5 deluxe skincare, makeup or hair care samples (plus a fragrance bonus and a makeup bag!) But no BS samples from random brands that make you too scared to even try; especially because Sephora carries great (filtered) brands. For my first box, I got some of my all time favorite products and some I’ve always wanted to try. Satisfaction level ? 120% ! ! Belif Hungarian Water Essence 0.33 oz Tatcha Pure Camelia Cleansing Oil 0.5 oz Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask  22mL NudeStix Magnetic Matte Lip Color – GreyStone treStique Highlighter Stick 2.  PLAY! BOOK with tips, tricks, how-tos and beauty advice 3.  PLAY! PASS to redeem in store for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points and a free one-on-one tutorial  

Brand I Love: Drunk Elephant

I’ve used these 4 serums from Drunk Elephant for a month; and now I am ready to report back (cause skincare haul is just adding noises to the already too crowded world of information right?) Let me put it out there first, I really really love Drunk Elephant, their product as well as the whole experience. They have these two sets of serums, one for the morning and one for the night. Each set has two serums that works perfectly together. This solves the dilemma I constantly face when trying out new brand: what’s the starting point! Drunk Elephant is a clean brand, with only non-toxic, potent ingredients. The products and ingredients they use are nothing new; but they feel so much more gentle on skin compare to other similar ones I’ve tried. Any one with sensitive skins would love Drunk Elephant. And they are offering 20% sitewide right now! Morning You should use each two serums together, the B-Hydra counteract the stickyness of C-Firma. B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel: It has a gel texture and is …

Review: Dr.Jart+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

From my experience, if a product’s review score on Sephora is above 4.3, it will be ok if not great; ok, until this one. I was looking for something to help me banishing all the redness on my face. I came across Dr.Jart’s Tiger Grass Correcting Cream in store. The description on the jar sounds like a dream. It covers and treats skin redness. Plus, it suppose to be a tinted moisturizer type of product – perfect for when I want to have a no-makeup makeup day.  It turned out to be nothing like that. First, it’s not moisurizing at all. It appears to be, with its thick texture, it feels heavy upon applying. But even with face oil on before this, my skin became drier and drier throughout the day (and I have combination skin). It corrects redness, but turns your face green. So unless you want to look like the hulk, you really should not apply it to the whole face like a tinted moisturizer like I did. Instead, use it as a …

Cotton Facial Pads You Need in Your Life

To remove eye makeups: Sephora Soft Touch Cotton Pads You want something cheap, durable, and gentle on the eyes. Voila, Sephora’s cotton pads are your perfect choice. For $4 you can get 70 of these babies. They don’t leave those annoying tiny cotton wools on your face like some other drugstore pads do, while still are soft enough to not irritate your skin. To apply toners and lotions: Shiseido Facial Cotton I am so late to the party! These Shiseido facial cotton are like cotton from Heaven – they are so soft.  Never have I used cotton pads as soft as these. And that is not the only reason why you should use them to apply toner and lotions (and want to keep rubbing them on your face). The don’t absorb liquids as much as other pads, so you will not waste any products using them. To use as face masks: Muji 4 Layers Cotton Pads If you want to use pads + toner/lotion/liquid serum as a DIY face mask (which I just realized is …

Some Recent Favorites

Daily Harvest Smoothies My favorite out of all the favorites! DH is a Smoothie subscription service that deliver your smoothies of choice, but with freshly frozen ingredients in each cup, that you can just pour everything into your blender and add the liquid of your choice and then voila, there goes your freshly made smoothie. Every cup of smoothie is so delicious! And it’s packed with 98% organic & 100% vegan freshly frozen ingredients! My boyfriend and I are so obsessed that we made it our daily routine to share a jug of smoothie together 1 hour after dinner. Cult Gaia Gaia’ Ark If NYC is not still as freezing as it is now, I would be wearing this bag every day! I bought it ( as a photo prop) for when I was in Cuba, but it turned out to be both practical and pretty. You will not wear it once and put it to the back of your closet.  This bag goes with almost every outfit, t-shirt and jeans, dresses, pants, you name it. …

Pack With Me: Skincare Edition

When it comes to packing, I like to start early, by early I mean one week early. Nothing scares me more than forgetting “essentials” at home. I am going to Cuba for spring break next week, and I thought I could show you what I pack in my suitcases, and break it down to Skincare, Makeup, and Outfits. Skincare wise, Cuba is humid and hot, so I like to keep everything light. Also, I make sure I cleanse well every day to avoid any breakouts.   Eye/Lip Makeup Remover Ok..I never understand why so many beauty bloggers remove eye, lip and face makeup all together in one go in their tutorials. They smear eye liner, lip stain before removing everything, not a good idea to rub lipstick and eye makeup all over your face and muslin cloth people! I always make sure to remove eye makeup and lip first (and properly) before moving on to the whole face. I always get this sample Lancome Eye Makeup Remover for travel when it’s in Sephora’s points redeem program. …