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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: Morning
I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit during these last couple of months so I thought I should share it with you all. I decided to adopt the Asian skin care routine, not necessary the Asian products but the method. So far it’s been working wonderfully and my skin hasn’t been so clear in years. The key points of Asian skin care routine are: proper cleansing, hydration, and sun protection. This will be a 4-part series: 1) morning, 2) evening, 3) hormonal acne, and 4) treatments & teas.
Even though I still experience adult acne occasionally, my complexion is much better than it used to be. I’d like to reiterate that gentle products are more effective than oil-stripping products. It’s vital to maintain the moisture level on the skin because dehydrated skin can appear dull and is prone to be congested (bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads). Whenever I watch a Korea beauty show, the first thing they do for all the demos is to measure the moisture level on the model’s skin. Hydrated skin appears to be more youthful and fresh. Makeup also applies much better on smoother and hydrated skin. If you spend more time taking care of your skin, then you’ll find yourself using less makeup and being able to reveal more of your natural glow.
Background: I have a combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with mild rosacea. This skin care method works for all seasons but the products I chose are better suited for the time this post is originally published (summer).
These are the products from left to right:

1. CREAM CLEANSER. Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. (6 oz for $10) I prefer using a cream cleanser in the morning because it’s more gentle and hydrating. This cleanser does not remove makeup (not needed in the morning anyway) but it cleanses my face just fine. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used and my face feels moist after rinsing the cleanser off.
2. TONER. Shiseido Pureness Softener. (5 oz for $24.50) This is an alcohol-free toner that minimize my pores and prepares my skin for the rest of the my skin care routine. I genuinely believe that toners make a big difference in how effective my other products can be. With combination skin, it’s especially important to balance the oiliness and the dryness of my skin right after cleansing. Switching to a hydrating, alcohol-free toner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my skin!
3. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is the repackaged version of my old favorite acne spot treatment (Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel), which I’ve been using for the past 4 years. It’s clear and fragrance-free so I can use it under makeup during the day.
4. SERUM. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. (5 oz for $39) This is the step most (young) western skincare lines tend to skip. But it has made a huge difference in changing the texture of my skin. I recently started using the Ceramidin line and I am very impressed! It works especially well on combination skin. I pat this serum all over my face, especially on the drier parts that tend to get itchy from lack of moisture or dry out from acne treatment. This is a water-based serum so it’s light enough to be used over the summer. Sometimes foundation tends to make my skin look dry and rough but this serum fixes that problem. This product is also excellent for assisting with oil control.
5. LOTION. Olay Complete Lotion SPF 15. (6 oz for $8.99) If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have been using this lotion since middle school. Although the formulation has changed recently, it still works well for me and it doesn’t break me out. It contains SPF 15, is very light-weight, and works great under makeup.
6. SUNSCREEN. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. (1.7 oz for $12.98) This is an awesome facial sunscreen for those with combination/oily skin. The texture is more like a serum/essence than a cream. It’s so thin and light-weight so it doesn’t even feel like a sunscreen! It does not break me out and works well as a makeup base.

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 2: everyday evening routine!
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: Morning

I have changed my skin care routine quite a bit during these last couple of months so I thought I should share it with you all. I decided to adopt the Asian skin care routine, not necessary the Asian products but the method. So far it’s been working wonderfully and my skin hasn’t been so clear in years. The key points of Asian skin care routine are: proper cleansing, hydration, and sun protection. This will be a 4-part series: 1) morning, 2) evening, 3) hormonal acne, and 4) treatments & teas.

Even though I still experience adult acne occasionally, my complexion is much better than it used to be. I’d like to reiterate that gentle products are more effective than oil-stripping products. It’s vital to maintain the moisture level on the skin because dehydrated skin can appear dull and is prone to be congested (bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads). Whenever I watch a Korea beauty show, the first thing they do for all the demos is to measure the moisture level on the model’s skin. Hydrated skin appears to be more youthful and fresh. Makeup also applies much better on smoother and hydrated skin. If you spend more time taking care of your skin, then you’ll find yourself using less makeup and being able to reveal more of your natural glow.

Background: I have a combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with mild rosacea. This skin care method works for all seasons but the products I chose are better suited for the time this post is originally published (summer).

These are the products from left to right:

1. CREAM CLEANSER. Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. (6 oz for $10) I prefer using a cream cleanser in the morning because it’s more gentle and hydrating. This cleanser does not remove makeup (not needed in the morning anyway) but it cleanses my face just fine. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used and my face feels moist after rinsing the cleanser off.

2. TONER. Shiseido Pureness Softener. (5 oz for $24.50) This is an alcohol-free toner that minimize my pores and prepares my skin for the rest of the my skin care routine. I genuinely believe that toners make a big difference in how effective my other products can be. With combination skin, it’s especially important to balance the oiliness and the dryness of my skin right after cleansing. Switching to a hydrating, alcohol-free toner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my skin!

3. ACNE TREATMENT. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. (1 oz for $25) This is the repackaged version of my old favorite acne spot treatment (Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel), which I’ve been using for the past 4 years. It’s clear and fragrance-free so I can use it under makeup during the day.

4. SERUM. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. (5 oz for $39) This is the step most (young) western skincare lines tend to skip. But it has made a huge difference in changing the texture of my skin. I recently started using the Ceramidin line and I am very impressed! It works especially well on combination skin. I pat this serum all over my face, especially on the drier parts that tend to get itchy from lack of moisture or dry out from acne treatment. This is a water-based serum so it’s light enough to be used over the summer. Sometimes foundation tends to make my skin look dry and rough but this serum fixes that problem. This product is also excellent for assisting with oil control.

5. LOTION. Olay Complete Lotion SPF 15. (6 oz for $8.99) If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have been using this lotion since middle school. Although the formulation has changed recently, it still works well for me and it doesn’t break me out. It contains SPF 15, is very light-weight, and works great under makeup.

6. SUNSCREEN. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. (1.7 oz for $12.98) This is an awesome facial sunscreen for those with combination/oily skin. The texture is more like a serum/essence than a cream. It’s so thin and light-weight so it doesn’t even feel like a sunscreen! It does not break me out and works well as a makeup base.

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 2: everyday evening routine!

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