Radiance a la carte!

TATCHA - Radiant deep brightening serum:
A brightening serum of time-tested Asian botanicals and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. Hydrates while making the skin appear more luminous.

What I like about this serum is that isn’t too fragranced; it does have a scent though, but it’s very light. I use it moderately and absorbs relatively quickly. So no need to pump out too much.

It’s recommended for all skin types. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing and dermatologist tested.

Let your skin experience something different!

A facial treat! An exfoliator that isn’t harsh on the skin.

TATCHA - Polished classic rice enzyme powder:
A water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex.

How to use:
Pour about half a teaspoon into wet hands, add a bit of water and rub hands together creating a creamy foam. Massage gently into a wet face in circular motions for 10-20 seconds avoiding the eye area. Rinse off and done! Follow up by applying your favorite face cream or moisturizer. I use it once a week or when needed.

Baby-face, yes please!

Coming this week…Polished classic rice enzyme powder, Radiant deep brightening serum, Ageless revitalizing eye cream.

My 4/20 inspiration for Easter - Inspired by other bloggers, I thought it was genuine to just go with it. It’s about scents and layering after all.

FRESH - Cannabis Santal:
This classic scent is a sensual, masculine blend of rich fruits like kumquat and dark plum mingled with patchouli, magnolia, chocolate, vetiver, and vanilla musk.

FRESH - Cucumber Baie:
An aromatic aquatic fragrance features notes of cucumber, amber and citruses.

Both perfumes aren’t loud at all, but make a bold statement for it’s individual originality. Combined they linger throughout the day yet not in a bold statement but rather clean and beautiful. This mix indeed creates a memorable scent that leaves a lasting impression.

Go on…spray it on!

Cleaner than clean?!? I have always wondered if that’s achievable. I’m prone to break out easily, so I’m very skeptical about trying out new products…specially cleansers since most of them have too much fragrance that doesn’t agree with my skin.

I decided to be bold and try this cleanser without sampling it first. Surprisingly, I have liked it and I’m sure I’ll be using it for awhile.

MyChelle - Fruit Enzyme Cleanser:
A Gentle-deep cleanser with special blend of natural multi-fruit Alpha- Hydroxy Acids to unclog and purify pores, and increase cellular turnover for a more youthfully refined look. Strengthening and antioxidant Turmeric keeps skin calm and eases signs of irritation, while Fructooligosaccharides (from sugar) promote and protect skin’s health.

Don’t fret…below is a break down of the main ingredients so you know what you’re putting on your face:
Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta) (NutraFiora®): A pre-biotic from naturally occurring carbohydrates that promote healthy surface bacteria to protect the skin from harmful bacteria invasions.

Multi Fruit AHA Complex: Naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids to help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Stimulates the lymphatic system to encourage detoxification and skin purifying…and if that isn’t enough, it also provides astringent and tightening properties while relieving congestion and limiting excess sebum (oil).

Pectin (Fruit Enzymes): Infuses the skin with antioxidants and phytochemicals that assist in skin repair functions, protects from cellular and free radical damage, stimulates cell renewal and exfoliation mechanisms. Also used as a natural polymer (allows ingredients to stay cohesive) as well as water resistance.

How to use:
Massage a small amount onto skin with warm water. Rinse completely and follow with your treatment, serums, mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.

Something else to know:
Mix with any other face scrub for 2-in-1 deep cleansing.

So cleaner than clean does indeed exists!

MyChelle - Cranberry Mud Mask.

A way to keep my face breakout-free is to deeply purify and calm skin where problems starts. This Cranberry Mud Mask offers a blend of richly detoxifying Kaolin and Bentonite clays that absorb excess oil and debris from pores while cranberry extract (also known as one of the “super fruits” for its high antioxidant content) helps support skin and give it a luminescent glow.

What’s cool about it are the benefits of main ingredients:

Bentonite (Clay Mineral): A mineral rich natural clay that absorbs excess oil and reduces surface shine, provides soothing and healing benefits, re-mineralizes the skin to promote healthy cell functions.

Kaolin (Clay Mineral): Absorbs oil and purges the skin of impurities such as dirt, oil and cellular debris, reduces the occurrence of breakouts.

Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice: Provides antibacterial effects, nourishes the skin while protecting from radical damage.

How to use:

Use as frequently as needed.
 Apply on clean skin, smooth a thick layer on to face and neck
Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove with tissue or warm water.

Something else to know:
If you want to use it as a cleanser, gently massage a small amount onto skin with warm water. Rinse completely and follow with your treatment, serums, mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.

All About Lips - Clinique

When the weather changes, so does the skin and the fist thing I notice to flake are my lips…requiring attention. Lips are an important aspect of how we present ourselves. With that in mind it’s good to keep them looking soft and kissable.

Clinique’s All About Lips delivers both immediate and long-term results to minimize evidence of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage, giving the lip area a smoother, firmer look and feel. This product also de-flakes lips, helping lip balm or color glide on while resisting feathering.

It’s been part of my grooming routine for quite sometime and it’s among my favorites on this product category.

How to use:

Pump a small amount onto a q-tip and then glide on the upper and lower lip from left to right and vice versa. Leave it on for 1 a minute (or as long as you want). Rinse off with a damp washcloth. Can be used 1-2 times a week or when needed. For ideal results and SPF protection, follow with your favorite lip balm.

Having sexy lips has never been this easy.

Soft lips…yes, please!

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
It gently exfoliates and conditions the lips with Brown Sugar crystals and natural humectants that prevent moisture loss. It buffs away dry flakes while Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil nourish the skin.

How to use:
Massage a small amount onto the lips and leave it on for 1-2 minutes (or as long as you want). Rinse off with a damp washcloth. Can be used 2 to 3 times a week. For ideal results and SPF protection, follow with your favorite lip balm.

BVLGARI - bold and unexpected.

Layering fragrances has been one of my hobbies in the last several months. I can’t say that I am an expert - not every combination turns out to be wonderful. There are times when it goes terribly wrong (quite often as matter of fact). However, by casualty I layered two strong Bvlgari colognes and the end results were quite pleasing.

Black Eau de Toilette Spray
Designed for both men and women with notes of Black Tea and Spices. It starts with a smoky black tea, and in this case, Lapsang Souchong simulates a rubbery scent creating a great balance.

Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir
The strongest scent of the brand. With notes of Darjeeling Tea, Lifescent, Guaiac Wood of Paraguay, Amber, Musk. A very sensual scent.

How to use:

Apply Black Eau de Toilette Spray first (2 spritz and not more) on prominent areas of the body - such as neck or head and let it set for couple of minutes. Then, apply 1-3 spritz of Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir on top of any of the areas in which you applied Black - let it settle. From the beginning top/middle notes will provide a woody-rubbery and spicy scent; while Amber and Musk act as end notes breaking the heaviness of it. Now you have created a bold and unexpected fragrance…wear it out.

Let glow be glow!

I’m always self-conscious when after few hours of applying skincare there is excess shine on my T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin). Using tape or washing my face isn’t an option as I’d be removing my skincare treatment. I’m very happy to have aquatinted with product that has been around for quite a bit. There are so many others but this one I’ve liked the most.

M•A•C Blot Film
A single sheet de-shines skin, absorbing excess oil from the skin’s surface without disrupting skincare or makeup. It also comes in a convenient, self-dispensing package of 30 sheets that’s a great alternative to using powder.

I like it because this product is great for quick and easy touch-ups throughout the day.

How to use:
Remove a single sheet from the container. Blot or glide over areas of face to remove excess oil. It’s as simple as that - now you’re good to go!