An Obsession with Asian Skincare Products

Exploring Skincare Products for Asian Skin

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Annmarie Gianni Skincare - Organic, Natural, and Wild-Crafted Skincare

Today, i want to introduce Annmarie Gianni Skincare, an organic skincare brand. I tried the Sample Kit, plus the Coconut Honey Mask.

I have to say that I love this brand! The ingredients of every product was very simple. My favorite product from this brand was the Coconut Honey Mask! I applied it to my skin after cleansing with Aloe Herb Cleanser and Dead Sea Facial Scrub. 

The Coconut Honey Mask was like a thick paste, I warmed it up between my fingers and spread a thick amount on my face. I kept it on for 15 minutes and removed it with warm water. I have to admit that it was quite hard to remove. I used the Aloe Herb Cleanser again to remove the face mask and my face has never been so soft and moisturized! The mask is so natural and smelled so good, I even applied on my lips. It really tasted like honey, because it is made of raw mountain wildflower honey!

I also tried the Coconut Body Oil, which was amazing! I cannot wait to try more products form Annmarie Gianni Skincare! 

I feel great using these products, knowing that I am applying all-natural ingredients on my skin!

(Source: annmariegianni.com)

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STEM CELLULAR™ Eye Treatment

This is the first all-natural organic eye treatment that I’ve tried. I have never encountered such an effective product, being that it made of organic ingredients. I love the fact that I know what I am applying on my eye area, since the skin around our eyes are the most sensitive. The skin around our eyes are the first area on our face that would show signs of age. Therefore, it is critical that we pay more attention to the skin around our eyes, and use safe eye treatments. 

This amazing eye treatment has an applicator tip in which I use to massage my eye area with, prior to applying the treatment. This is such a great idea, because doing regular light massage keeps our skin youthful. 

After cleansing and toning, I would use this applicator tip to gently massage my eye area in circular motions. This massage stimulates circulation around my eyes, and keeps wrinkles at bay. 

The treatment itself is a very light consistency. You might think that this is only an eye serum, but this is a all-in-one product. Instead of having to use an eye serum and then an eye cream, I simply just use this one product. 

Even just after a week of using this treatment, the teeny tiny lines under my eyes have started to fade. I would say that this product moisturizes and hydrates my eye area real well, because lines and wrinkles shows when skin is not hydrated. The formula is very gentle and does not make my eye area feel oily or heavy. Some heavy eye creams tend to make my lids feel weird. But after applying this treatment, it absorbs in my skin quickly! 

I would definitely buy this product when I run out. I love the applicator tip for massaging my eye area!

Info from Juice Beauty:

ORGANIC INNOVATION, SCIENTIFIC TECHNOLOGY, ULTIMATE RESULTS

Improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol-rich grapeseed formula, for lasting, advanced age defy results.

WHO SHOULD USE IT?

Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Eye Treatment is designed for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.

BENEFITS

  • Increases cellular turnover around the delicate eye area with Vitamin C, E & B5.
  • Firms the delicate eye area and fights free radical skin damage with a proprietary blend of apple, grape & lemon fruit stem cells infused into organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed.
  • Reduces puffiness around eyes with organic essential fatty acids of evening primrose, borage & linseed.
  • Delivers rich hydration around eye area with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea.

POWERFUL ACTION WITHOUT

Our formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals.

Clinically Validated instrument measured Stem Cellular Results

Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ resveratrol rich grapeseed, Vitamin C and Fruit Stem Cell base was instrument measured clinically validated utilizing an outside PhD run laboratory:

  • 100% reported improved hydration
  • 87.5% reported reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around eye area
  • 87.5% reported improved skin tone and luminosity
  • 75% reported improved elasticity of the skin

Juice Beauty is constantly updating our ingredients to bring you results using the safest, local, organic and natural ingredients possible.

Made with certified organic ingredients.

Current Formula Ingredients:

Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark.

Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*,vegetable glycerin, octyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, malus sylvestris (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds)& citrus limonum (lemon bark)organic plant oils of helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*organic essential fatty acids of oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, xanthan gum, panthenol (Vitamin B5), allantoin, tocopherol (Vitamin E), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium (orange blossom) pure essential oils

* = Certified organic ingredient

Directions:

Apply with applicator around the eye area to stimulate circulation.

Additional Information:

Skin Type:Normal, Mature, DrySkin Concern:Wrinkles, General Health

(Source: juicebeauty.com)

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Introducing…HANA Organic Skincare!

HANA Organic Skincare is an awesome natural skincare line. Their products are so gentle, and is made of few ingredients. I’ve had the pleasure of trying several of their products! HANA Organic Skincare products are made in small batches to insure freshness and well-monitored quality control. HANA Organic Skincare products are made with certified organic ingredients in the USA.

Their prices are extremely reasonable for such high quality ingredients. Here is a list of the products that they currently offer:

Luxe Serum

My favorite product is their Luxe Serum, which is made of jojoba, apricot, rosehip, vitamin E and other oils. I apply up to one pump after cleansing and softening and before moisturizer and sunscreen. My skin absolutely glows after using this serum. My friends even asked if I have gotten a facial treatment recently. 

An oil might sound too heavy in texture for my skin. However, even my acne-prone sensitive skin tolerates this oil very well. The luxe serum is full of goodness for my skin. A 30mL bottle would last quite a while, since I only need one-two drops to cover my entire face.

I heat up the oil between my palms, and then gently press onto my skin.

Ingredients: *jojoba, *apricot & *rosehip seed oils; Vitamin E; *lavender, neroli, frankincense & rose otto essential oils

Lavender Grains

My next favorite product from HANA Organic Skincare is the Lavender Grains! The Lavender Grains is a all-in-one product—> scrub, mask, and cleanser! Lavender Grains is made of white clay, oats, poppy seeds, rose, lavender, calendula, and lavender & rose essential oils. Simple ingredients, right? 

To use as a mask, I create a muddy past and apply it on my face for 10 minutes. After the mask dries, I wash it off with warm water and my pores are so clean and my skin is so soft!

You can see in the picture below that the mask is sucking out the oils on my nose. This product is great for cleaning my pores!

Renew Cream

This cream feels so luxurious on my skin! It is made of great ingredients, like superfood for my skin. 

Ingredients: *rose & *lavender-infused *+almond oil; *rosehip seed oil; *^aloe vera gel; *rose hydrosol; pure filtered beeswax; Vitamin E; Leucidal liquid SF ECOCERT; *lavender, *geranium, *ylang ylang & neroli essential oils

Gentle Cleanser

The gentle cleanser is awesome! It even removes my Make Up Forever waterproof mascara, and my stila gel eyeliner! This cleanser does live up to its name! It gently cleanses my skin without stripping moisture. 

Ingredients: *rose hydrosol; *castile soap; *jojoba oil; *geranium & neroli essential oils

You can purchase HANA Organic Skincare products directly from their website. They offer free shipping on all domestic orders! They also offer trial sizes for you to test the products before dedicating to the full-size versions.

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New Reviews Coming Soon… On Natural Skincare!

Dear Readers,

I’ve been on a hiatus lately due to my internship. I am finishing up my graduate degree program and seeking full-time employment at the same time.

Just wanted to post a quick update and let you know that I will have new reviews coming up in the next few months! Since giving birth to my son this year, I’ve been very conscious of what I put on my skin. I’ve been more wary to ingredients in many skincare brands and have switched my preference for products with more natural ingredients. I believe every pregnant women, new mother, and especially those who are breastfeeding, should be more conscience of the skincare that we put on our skin as moms, because it affects our little one.

I’ve been working with several skincare companies focused on natural and organic products. Please look out for the new reviews coming soon!

Thanks for your continued support.

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Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash + Yojira Kyoto “Aburatorigami” Oil Blotting Papers

Today, I want to share with you a wonderful Japanese Skincare e-tailer that ships worldwide, ShopJBP. I love ShopJBP because they only sell genuine Japanese products, and some of the brands that they carry are also hard to find. ShopJBP has a generous Refund Policy, and accepts PayPal. Currently, they are offering free worldwide shipping for all orders over ¥20,000, roughly $200USD.

ShopJBP carries a popular Japanese skincare brand called Albion. I’ve been wanting to try Albion since forever, but could not find a reputable shop here in the US. I always see Albion products featured in Japanese fashion and beauty magazines. I am so happy that ShopJBP has Albion! 

I’ve tried the Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash and a pack of famous oil blotting papers from Yojira Kyoto. These blotting papers are called Aburatorigami, and had been available since the 1920s starting in the Kyoto district. 

Yojira Kyoto “Aburatorigami” Oil Blotting Papers

Simple packaging- designed like a book where you can tear off each sheet.

A sheet of clean oil blotting paper.

After use! You can definitely see my face oil on there.

These Aburatorigami (Oil Blotting Papers) are extremely gentle on my skin. It does not leave any matte powder, glitter, or any residue of any sort. I love the packaging. Other oil blotting paper packaging comes in a packet where you take out the sheets. However, this packaging is tear off, so you wouldn’t take out more than one sheet by accident. 

So far, I’ve used these sheets after applying my sunscreen in the morning and in the afternoon when my face needs a little pick-me-up. I love to use these sheets right after applying my sunscreen because it takes out the oily sheen from my sunscreen, leaving my skin clean and matte. I’ve also used this after setting my makeup and after using BB cream.

Each of these blotting paper book comes with 20 sheets. ShopJBP sells these in 5 and 10 books. 

Info from ShopJBP:

Oil blotting facial paper

 
Yojiya’s “Aburatorigami” (Oil blotting Facial Paper) is a special type of Japanese paper, which prepares the skin for smooth make-up application and also removes the oily sheen of the skin. Comfortable and completely safe to use, excess skin oil is quickly absorbed by merely pressing the paper gently on the skin.
Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash

Simple packaging

This is how the cleanser looks like on my hand

This is my first time trying a product from Albion and it definitely did not disappoint. The White Smoothing Whip Wash creates a gentle soft foam which melted away my BB cream, gel eyeliner, and mascara. 

I used this wash with my Clarisonic Mia and with my Konjac Puffs. The wash did not leave my skin taut and dry. Instead, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed! I’m loving this wash and using it both day and night. 

I cannot wait to try other products from Albion! Albion products are definitely with the money. 

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Anonymous asked: what moisturizers can you recommend for combination/oily skin?

Hi. I would like more information from you. Please feel free to send me an email at asianskincareobsession [at] gmail [dot] com . Thanks!

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mrhappyshappyplace asked: Hi! Great blog! You said you're going to be reviewing an all-natural Korean Skincare line. I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the brand please? I've been looking for an all-natural Korean Skincare line for months! Many thanks!

Please find my review here.

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Natural Korean Skincare Products: EcoBeau

In my last post, I mentioned that I would be reviewing products from a Korean brand.

Ecobeau is a natural skin-care line which uses botanical ingredients and is preservative-free. 

Today, I want to share with you a Korean skincare brand that is focused on preservative-free natural ingredients. I was recently sent a set of products from TheOrangeCo.com, a Singapore-based company that sells Korean skincare products and ships worldwide. Currently, they are doing a special on their site, with any minimum purchase of $60, you will get a 3-pc. travel set of EcoBeau products.

I tried 3 products: Loess Nutritive Mask, Natural Essence, and Natural Skin Toner

I absolutely LOVE the Loess Nutritive Mask! It is my favorite out of the 3 products. It works like wonders. I apply it on my skin and then gently peel it off 15 minutes later. Finally, there is a peel-off mask that does not dry out my skin! I am so happy to discover this product!

I had a bad facial last Tuesday when I tried out a new skincare clinic, in which I received a treatment that did not go well with my skin. My skin was peeling even up until today. I applied a thick layer of the mask after cleansing and exfoliating and after peeling off, my skin was smooth as butter. I have to say that this mask definitely hydrated my skin like no tomorrow. I have the bouncy feeling on my skin again. For example, when I gently tap my fingers on my skin, my skin bounces back. This mask is simply amazing, because it contains a star ingredient, Loess!

From the Orange Co:

What is Loess?
Loess is minute mineral matter that aids health by emitting infrared rays, and has excellent absorptive, purifying, and revitalizing properties. In one tables spoon full of Loess, approximately 200 million microscopic organisms can be found, and those microscopic organisms have abundant supply of enzyme called ‘Catalase’ that breaks down oxides, which also have the effect of anti-oxidant; reduce heat, metabolisms and relaxation.

 I also liked both the Natural Essence and Natural Skin Toner. The Natural Skin Toner worked like SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. I spritzed my face generously with the toner, and then slowly press and massage it into my skin. After the toner is absorbed, I would pump out a few pumps of the essence, and massage it onto my skin, and follow with moisturizer or additional treatment serums. 

EcoBeau products are very simple yet effective. I believe that is a perfect line of products for late teens to early thirties. EcoBeau products definitely helped revitalize my skin by deeply hydrating my skin. I would love to try out more products from this brand. I am already eyeing their Loess Water Cleanser and Natural Lotion!

Please find pictures and information on the products below.

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A drop of the Natural Essence:

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This is how the mask looks like:

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My hand post-mask treatment, totally rehydrated:

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Using the mask on my face in the picture below. A super hydrating treatment!

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Info on Loess Nutritive Mask:

Ecobeau Loess Nutritive Mask

*Anti-Wrinkle & Whitening (KFDA)

Loess removes skin waste while antimicrobial properties from the extract of herb medicine control follicle mite’s activity for restoration of skin cell. It contains huge amounts of microscopic organisms that work to reduce oxides and have an overall antioxidant effect and sebum absorption. The antioxidant herbal medicine extracts help to reduce wrinkles and will provide lustrous, soft and healthy skin that is eminently noticeable with continued use.

Natural hydrant and vegetable oil keep good balance of oil and moist of skin.  The 9 herbs including dictamus and moss leave you radiant and invigorated after use. 

Brand new and purifying

Peel off type  

No particle left at follicle after unmasking. Easy to wear.  Soft and no feeling of drying & shrinkage of skin. Non allergenic and recommended for everyday beauty care.

Use: Apply all over the face evenly; after 15-20 minutes of drying, peel off from jaw or cheek area. If residue, you can easily rub it out with peeled mask. (Tip: Try not to apply while the fan is turned on as the breeze may cause quick drying of mask. Apply briskly and store unused mask in chiller for best results.) Recommended to use 2 times weekly (gentle enough for daily use too!)

Rinse with water to remove any residue and apply refreshing Ecobeau Control Toner (spray mist) for best hydration and skin balancing. 

Ingredients: Water,Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyvinyl alcohol, Yellow Ocher, peg-32, Sodium-hyaluronate, PVP,Isopropyl mirystate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Scualane, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glyceryl stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cyclomethicone, Avena Oatmeal Extract, Arbutin, Stearic Acid, Olive Oil, Sesame oil, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Rice Bran, Allantoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Collagen, Sodium carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG/PPG 28/10 Acetate Dimethicone, Ubiquinone, Phantenol, Elastine, Natural Fragrance, Adenosine

Recommended for oily skin, dry skin, combination and sensitive skin type.+ Acne + oily skin + dry skin + whitening + dark spots +

Made in Korea

** Natural Ingredients
** No Alcohol, No Preservatives, No Parabens

Simply Natural and Restorative for the Skin. Ecobeau is free from alcohol, synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates, paraffin wax, petroleum, mineral oils and artificial colorants. 

Info on Natural Essence:

Ecobeau Natural Essence

*Anti-Wrinkle & Whitening (KFDA)

Made from highly enriched extract of herbal medicine, Natural Base Control Essence is an intensive natural hydrator, highly nutritive with potent antimicrobial properties. The composite harmony gives restoration of damaged skin cell for radiant and resilient skin. 

100% Natural Essence! 

Sweet scent of rosemary. As good as it smells!

Use: After cleansing and toner, pump 1-2 drops and tap gently onto face. Soft feeling when applying. Quick absorption

Ingredients : Water, Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Collagen, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil 60m, Alpha-Bisabolol, Oatmeal, Allantoin, Cellulose gum, Rice Bran, Elastine, Adenosin

All skin types including atopy skin, acne-prone skin and face with freckles, liver spots, dark spots. Especially recommended for Oily/ Combination skin type.

Info on Natural Skin Toner:

Ecobeau Natural Skin Toner

Extract of Herb Medicine; Natural Hydrator; Natural Nutrient; Natural Antiseptic; No Alcohol; Natural Preservatives  

100% Natural! 

Antimicrobial properties (intensified) from the extract of herb-medicine helps to keep off skin parasite and aids skin cell’s restoration. The herbal extract and sweet fragrance of rosemary totally invigorates the skin.

Use: After cleansing, spray onto face (close eyes) and tap gently to ensure best absorption. Apply Ecobeau lotion and cream (or refer to skin care tips for detailed steps customised for different skin types)  

Ingredients: Water,Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Rice Bran, Oatmeal, Arbutin, Collagen, Ubiquinone, Sodium Carbonate, Elastin, Adenosin.

Recommended for all skin types.

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Hiatus from Blogging… But Keeping my Skin Hydrated with Algenist and Peter Thomas Roth

Hi blog readers and followers,

I just wanted to quickly update that I’ve been taking a break from blogging. I recently underwent a surgery and am recovering at home. My blog will likely be quiet for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be around. 

Since my surgery, I’ve been keeping my skin hydrated with Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream and Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex. I love Algenist products, as they are developed right here in the Bay Area. Stress from the surgery has definitely taken a toll on my overall health, body, and skin. These two products definitely helps in keeping my skin hydrated.

I’ve also been on a very simple skin care regimen. But I still use facial masks and my platinum electronic roller,  ReFa CaRat device religiously. The ReFa CaRat helps keep my face from getting puffy due to water retention. It keeps my face slim and is great for  massaging my face.

Please stay tuned for an upcoming review of an all-natural Korean Skincare line!

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Anonymous asked: Hello :) I have very oily skin and I was wondering if there's anything you recommend :P I scrub my face in the morning and it's perfectly fine but then by the end of the day it's really gross >.< any ideas?

I really have no idea. 

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any recommendations for getting really soft skin?

Exfoliation.

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Anonymous asked: Thank you for the fast reply. No, I don't have allergies, I don't also really use sunscreen. But is using a regular sunscreen okay? Or should I perhaps get the one that's suitable for just the face?

You should definitely use a sunscreen that is suitable for the face.

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Anonymous asked: What concealer do you recommend for dark under eye circles?

I like Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer pencil.

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Anonymous asked: What skin tricks or products do you recommend for oily skin? especially since summer is coming up!

Hi there, I don’t have any specific skin tricks. However, I keep my body hydrated by drinking good amounts of fluids.  This definitely helps balance out my skin.

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Anonymous asked: What product who you recommend if a person has red nose? Because for some reason, my nose tends to get red especially during the day time and I have no idea why. It would mean so much if you could help. thank you

Do you have allergies? Or did you forget to apply sunscreen on your nose?

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