Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings

This kit has been out for quite a while but I didn’t get a chance to try it out until a few months ago. I’ve always been fond of the packaging for Too Faced products. But the quality isn’t always consistent.

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (0.14 oz)

This is my favorite product in the set. Considering that I don’t use bronzer everyday, this is saying a lot. Like everyone has mentioned, this bronzer smells so~ yummy. Using it in the morning actually makes me hungry :P I like how this bronzer is pigmented enough to show up on my skin without looking too orange or dirty.

Primed & Poreless Face Primer (0.17 oz)

This primer felt a bit more oily than expected. The texture made me worry because I tend to go for matte finish primers. But this primer was able to keep my base makeup on my face for a good 5 hours. It’s not bad but I probably won’t be purchasing the full size.

Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer (0.17 oz)

This is the only Too Faced product that I’ve used prior to this kit. I actually really enjoyed my sample so I thought I would like this deluxe size version as well. But for some reason my eyelids have been really oily lately (partially due to the humidity?) and it seems like nothing can stop my eye makeup from smudging and disappearing. Having hooded eyelids make the situation more problematic on a whole new level. My eyeshadow would crease and disappear, and even my trustworthy Stila Liquid Eyeliner smudges after 2 hours. I’m going to take a break from using this primer and give it another chance when the weather gets drier.

Better Than Sex Mascara (0.17 oz)

It seems like most users have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. I personally love how it makes my lashes look full and separated. It does not clump or make spider-y lashes. But this mascara smudges like crazy under my eyes. I always “blot” my lashes right after applying mascara to get rid of the excess product. But it still smudges within an hour. The formula of this mascara reminds me of Maybelline The Falsies. I know a lot of people love that mascara but I personally can’t use it because it gives me raccoon eyes after 2 hours.

I think this is a nice introductory kit to Too Faced products if you are new to the brand. These products have a lot of potential but some are very ineffective for oily and combination skin users.

This kit is available at Sephora and Too Faced Official Website

-Karen

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Asian Skin Care Routine: Treatments & Teas
Welcome to the last part (part 4) of my skin care routine series! Today, I’ll talk about products that I use for: exfoliation, pore care, and hydration. I’ll also tell you about a few teas that have given me skin care benefits.
I use the following products whenever my skin needs it.
EXFOLIATION:

Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash. (2 oz for $8) The cleanser has really fine exfoliating beads and it’s very gentle on sensitive skin! Some exfoliating cleansers make my skin appear red after usage but this one does not have that side effect.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads. (60 pads for $38) This is a great product for traveling because it’s super easy to use. The mini peel pads are in the size of a cotton round and they are soaked in solution. After toner, simply wipe the peel pad across the face in outwardly motion. It does a great job of cleansing my pores and take off makeup residual. It’s gentle and does not sting my skin like other peel pads tend to do.

PORE CARE:

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. (4 packs for $6.99) I use it around once a week to detox my skin. I love how this charcoal mask warms up as you massage it onto the skin and it also contains exfoliating beads. Each pack lasts 2 uses.
Biore Pore Strips. (8 strips for $6.99) I usually use it once every 2 weeks after the Self Heating Mask.

HYDRATION:

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. (80 ml for $23) I use it once a week for hydration and smoother skin. It’s more like a heavy night moisturizer than a mask. It absorbs very well into the skin. It’s perfect for skin that gets dried out easily by air conditioning. I also take it with me when I travel by air because cabin air can be extremely drying.

Drinking the following teas have helped to detox my body and improve my overall complexion. They are very easy to make and it’s best to drink them in the morning.

1. Ginger & Honey: Chop up the ginger into thin slices and add them into boiling water. Then add some honey so that the tea isn’t too spicy.
2. Chrysanthemum & Goji Berries: Simply boil some water and add these 2 ingredients in 1:1 ratio. This tea tastes the best when it’s cold and it is my favorite tea for the summer time.
3. Warm Honey Water: When I’m too lazy to make tea, I simply microwave a cup of water for 1 minute and add some honey it in. While growing up, I’ve been told that this is a great anti-inflammatory drink.

Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.
Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas
-Karen
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Asian Skin Care Routine: Treatments & Teas

Welcome to the last part (part 4) of my skin care routine series! Today, I’ll talk about products that I use for: exfoliation, pore care, and hydration. I’ll also tell you about a few teas that have given me skin care benefits.

I use the following products whenever my skin needs it.

EXFOLIATION:

Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash. (2 oz for $8) The cleanser has really fine exfoliating beads and it’s very gentle on sensitive skin! Some exfoliating cleansers make my skin appear red after usage but this one does not have that side effect.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads. (60 pads for $38) This is a great product for traveling because it’s super easy to use. The mini peel pads are in the size of a cotton round and they are soaked in solution. After toner, simply wipe the peel pad across the face in outwardly motion. It does a great job of cleansing my pores and take off makeup residual. It’s gentle and does not sting my skin like other peel pads tend to do.

PORE CARE:

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. (4 packs for $6.99) I use it around once a week to detox my skin. I love how this charcoal mask warms up as you massage it onto the skin and it also contains exfoliating beads. Each pack lasts 2 uses.

Biore Pore Strips. (8 strips for $6.99) I usually use it once every 2 weeks after the Self Heating Mask.

HYDRATION:

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. (80 ml for $23) I use it once a week for hydration and smoother skin. It’s more like a heavy night moisturizer than a mask. It absorbs very well into the skin. It’s perfect for skin that gets dried out easily by air conditioning. I also take it with me when I travel by air because cabin air can be extremely drying.

Drinking the following teas have helped to detox my body and improve my overall complexion. They are very easy to make and it’s best to drink them in the morning.

1. Ginger & Honey: Chop up the ginger into thin slices and add them into boiling water. Then add some honey so that the tea isn’t too spicy.

2. Chrysanthemum & Goji Berries: Simply boil some water and add these 2 ingredients in 1:1 ratio. This tea tastes the best when it’s cold and it is my favorite tea for the summer time.

3. Warm Honey Water: When I’m too lazy to make tea, I simply microwave a cup of water for 1 minute and add some honey it in. While growing up, I’ve been told that this is a great anti-inflammatory drink.

Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.

Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas

-Karen

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Asian Skin Care Routine: Hormonal Acne
This is part 3 of my skincare update. I tend to get hormonal acne during that time of the month. In the past, I’d have to put up with all the painful cystic acne for a week or two before it gets better. But now I have found a few products that helps to control the sebum production and calm the redness. With this regiment, I can see some improvement after 2-3 days. I can’t promise that it will work for everyone but it’s worth a try because it’s fairly inexpensive.
From left to right:

CLEANSING & TONING: same as everyday evening skin care routine
CLAY MASK. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. (8 oz for $5.48)  This is not my favorite clay mask but any clay/mud mask would do the job. The purpose of a clay mask is to draw up all the oils and impurities from the pores. Masks container sulfur are even more beneficial for treating acne.
ALOE GEL. Lily of the Dessert Aloe Gelly. (4 oz for $5) In a Korean beauty show, I learned that aloe helps to sooth the redness and control the oiliness of hormonal acne. You can use an aloe plant or the aloe gel that’s sold in stores. Make sure the product is mostly/all aloe and not filled with artificial ingredients. After using my toner, I massage my face with this gelly for 1-2 minutes. Then I let the gelly completely absorb into my skin before I do anything else. It’s important to wait patiently, or else this method won’t work. After the gelly is absorbed, you should feel your skin getting a little bit tighter.
MOISTURIZER. Vanicream Lite Lotion. (8 oz for $10) The aloe gelly itself doesn’t provide enough hydration so it’s important to add a lotion on top of it. I just use my daily evening lotion.
ACNE TREATMENT. Mario Badescu Drying Cream. (0.5 oz for $14) This product smells terrible but it’s works nicely for treating cystic acne. The drying cream is much more gentle than their drying lotion so it’s great for sensitive skin. Just dab a little bit of the product onto the pimples and let it dry overnight. Follow this regiment for 2 days and you might see great results!

While having hormonal acne, one skin care device I personally avoid using is my Clarisonic Mia 2. I feel like my skin gets extra sensitive around this time of the month and the Clarisonic only makes my skin more red and my pores even larger.
Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.
Stay tuned for part 4: treatments and teas!
Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas
-Karen
Follow me on: Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Luvocracy

Asian Skin Care Routine: Hormonal Acne

This is part 3 of my skincare update. I tend to get hormonal acne during that time of the month. In the past, I’d have to put up with all the painful cystic acne for a week or two before it gets better. But now I have found a few products that helps to control the sebum production and calm the redness. With this regiment, I can see some improvement after 2-3 days. I can’t promise that it will work for everyone but it’s worth a try because it’s fairly inexpensive.

From left to right:

CLEANSING & TONING: same as everyday evening skin care routine

CLAY MASK. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. (8 oz for $5.48) This is not my favorite clay mask but any clay/mud mask would do the job. The purpose of a clay mask is to draw up all the oils and impurities from the pores. Masks container sulfur are even more beneficial for treating acne.

ALOE GEL. Lily of the Dessert Aloe Gelly. (4 oz for $5) In a Korean beauty show, I learned that aloe helps to sooth the redness and control the oiliness of hormonal acne. You can use an aloe plant or the aloe gel that’s sold in stores. Make sure the product is mostly/all aloe and not filled with artificial ingredients. After using my toner, I massage my face with this gelly for 1-2 minutes. Then I let the gelly completely absorb into my skin before I do anything else. It’s important to wait patiently, or else this method won’t work. After the gelly is absorbed, you should feel your skin getting a little bit tighter.

MOISTURIZER. Vanicream Lite Lotion. (8 oz for $10) The aloe gelly itself doesn’t provide enough hydration so it’s important to add a lotion on top of it. I just use my daily evening lotion.

ACNE TREATMENT. Mario Badescu Drying Cream. (0.5 oz for $14) This product smells terrible but it’s works nicely for treating cystic acne. The drying cream is much more gentle than their drying lotion so it’s great for sensitive skin. Just dab a little bit of the product onto the pimples and let it dry overnight. Follow this regiment for 2 days and you might see great results!

While having hormonal acne, one skin care device I personally avoid using is my Clarisonic Mia 2. I feel like my skin gets extra sensitive around this time of the month and the Clarisonic only makes my skin more red and my pores even larger.

Links to detailed review of each product can be found on the Index page. All products above on listed on my Luvocracy page.

Stay tuned for part 4: treatments and teas!

Asian Skin Care Routine: {part1} morning | {part 2} evening | {part 3} hormonal acne | {part 4} treatments & teas

-Karen

Follow me on: Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Luvocracy