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Korean makeup is the beauty trend that took the Western world by storm. Besides the cute and colorful packaging, Korean beauty products are imbued with revolutionary skincare ingredients that are uncommon in our country. In addition, they are affordable as well. In this article, we will explore these makeup products’ advantages in depth and find out why they make the best alternative for moms.
Innovative Skincare Ingredients
If there is one word we could use to describe the Korean beauty market, that would be ‘imagination’. Compared to our aesthetic standards and ideals, Asian products are completely out of the ordinary. Not only do they have innovative designs, but they also make use of skincare ingredients that are essential for the health of every woman’s complexion.
On top of that, the available product formulas are quite diverse. Therefore, choosing the best Korean foundation to put on your face and enhance your natural beauty if you have mature skin is simple. Just check the linked article for the best and most affordable Korean foundation regardless of whether you prefer a cushion or just a BB cream.
But what exactly is so amazing about these skincare-infused cosmetics? The answer is an incredibly simple one. Instead of focusing on lab-produced synthetic substances, Korean beauty products contain natural ingredients such as bamboo sap, green tea, bee venom, and even snail mucus to give formulas that extra boost.
What is more, the textures are far more enjoyable due to an overall soft and natural feeling. This has been explained in detail in an article for CNN by the founders of Glow Recipe, a company whose main goal is to bring the harsh-free Korean products to the American market.
According to Christine Chang, co-creator of the brand, Korean products are often based on aloe vera gel instead of water for added playfulness and moisture. South Korean sheet, rubber, and foam masks are also a lot silkier than most Western products.
Needless to say, these characteristics offer incredible benefits to moms and their mature skin, because the naturally hydrating components in Korean beauty products give a youthful glow without triggering excessive sebum production. This results in a dewy appearance that is not oily, but rather plump and healthy. And isn’t that every woman’s dream?
Finally, many Korean products are saturated with anti-aging substances that keep the complexion elastic and wrinkle-free. This is a great ally in your battle against the passage of time and the added stress of being a mother. But the advantages don’t stop here, as such cosmetics are also quite affordable.
An Affordable Price Tag
Here in the Western world, we expect elaborate skincare ingredients to be rather expensive. Usually, only luxury brands use them, and you’d have to sell an arm and a leg to be able to afford one small tub of moisturizing foundation from La Mer or Cle de Peau. Fortunately, this is not the case when it comes to Asian makeup.
As online Korean beauty store SokoGlam founder Charlotte Cho explains, the country’s cosmetics lovers want delicate ingredients and innovative formulas, but they aren’t willing to pay a fortune for them. Therefore, adding state-of-the-art ingredients while keeping the price tag reasonable is the standard over there.
When you are a mom, your budgeting needs to be on point, as you are planning your finances not only for you and your spouse, but for your little one as well. For this reason, spending hundreds of dollars on makeup is impractical. Here is where the affordability of Korean makeup comes in to help.
With these cute and nutrient-rich products, you will look your best every day without having to compromise your funds. Therefore, Korean makeup look like the most suitable alternative for moms from all over the world, as it keeps them beautiful and young without drilling a hole in their wallet.
The Bottom Line
The popularity of Korean makeup in the Western world has grown tremendously over the last few years. What started out as a fun and colorful makeup trend is now a stand-alone category, and many famous brands are following suit.
What sets these products apart from the pack is that they are infused with innovative ingredients, while remaining affordable. This makes them the perfect choice for moms who want to look young and beautiful on a budget. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and purchase your first Korean BB cream. You won’t regret it.
When it comes to skin care, it is important for me to find high quality products. I look for products that help to repair wrinkles and fine lines, firm, hydrate and protect my skin from further damage. I also look for products that are derived from natural sources. and are not tested on my animal friends. Thankfully, I have discovered a product line which surpasses all of my expectations, and that is Saranghae.
Saranghae Skin Care is a Korean inspired 5 Step Anti Aging Skin Care Routine proven to heal, regenerate and protect your skin.
Did you Know?
- As we age, the loss in collagen and elastin accelerates
- Starting at the age of 18, your collagen and elastin production drops 1% every year
- Your skin thickness decreases by 9% every 10 years
The average person loses 1% of collagen every year starting at age 18. By the age of 30, we lose about 1.5% of collagen per year. By the time we reach 40 that number increases to 2%. This causes skin to decrease in thickness by 9% every 10 years. At the age of 60, the average person will have lost almost half of their skin thickness.
Most anti-aging serums contain synthetic collagen as an ingredient but here's the inconvenient truth: it is not enough. The vast majority of these products do not take into account environmental factors such as toxins, pollutants and even gravity.
All of these factors contribute to the inevitable sagging, wrinkling and discoloring of your skin. Without treatment, your skin can deteriorate quickly. This is the reason why even someone who keep their youth until well into their 40s can age rapidly in only 2 to 3 years. This is the reason why Saranghae’s goal is to provide naturally healthy and vibrant skin and not just the illusion of temporary tighter skin.
Natural Means No Parabens or Pthalates
Traditional North American brands use preservatives like formaldehydes, parabens and pthalates that are extremely harmful and can permanently damage your skin with prolonged use. Informed consumers are looking for another way, a better way. This is why Saranghae's 5 step system is formulated WITHOUT formaldehydes, heavy metals, parabens or phthalates. Saranghae believes in responsible harvesting and they never test on animals.
I received a set of Saranghae skin care products to review, and I have been using them for almost a month now. Below are the steps I take each day to ensure flawless, gorgeous and glowing skin.
Step One: I wash my face both morning and night with Saranghae Nourishing and Moisturizing Cleanser. I love using it in the shower. It seems to have a warming effect to it, and I am not sure why, but it feels amazing on my face. It thoroughly but gently removes all of my makeup, even my eye makeup!
Step Two: Saranghae Firm and Lift Regeneration Cream is the second step to this award winning 5 Step Ant-Aging system proven formulated to repair, regenerate and protect your skin. The powerful but natural blend of antioxidants, amino acids and peptides gently stimulates collagen and elastin production in your skin while reducing any redness or swelling.
I apply this luxurious cream to my face, neck and upper chest area in the morning and also before bed, after I wash my face. It makes my skin look and feel amazing!
Step Three: I apply Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Serum around and under my eyes. Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Serum is a highly concentrated cellular regeneration and repair serum filled with powerful antioxidants, amino acids and peptides designed to penetrate deeply into the dermal layer. I apply it both morning and night. It takes away all puffiness, reduces circles and makes fine lines vanish!
Step Four: I apply my Infinite Repair Night Serum with Advanced Peptides at night before bed. It has such a silky, soft texture and absorbs perfectly into my skin. Infinite Repair Night Serum promotes youthful and vibrant skin by accelerating your skin’s natural healing and regenerative processes during those crucial 6 to 8 hours.
Step 5: Treat yourself to this luxurious SPA experience with the Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask. I use this miracle mask once a week. The Elemental Essence Mask is a unique micro-fiber material with a blend of Asian botanicals that help enhance the natural contours of the face and maximize brightness. Fortified with Saranghae’s CoQ10 and Hyaluronic Acid, it provides a luxurious look and feel to your skin unlike any other mask you’ve tried before. The intense formula delivers radiant results instantly while reducing existing pigmentation for a breathtakingly beautiful finish.
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Mark your calendar now to tune into HSN on October 29th where Christie Brinkley will be back to share the details behind her skincare collection – Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare!
This breakthrough skincare line features products from a IR-Defense Day Cream to a Foaming Cleanser that address multiple signs of aging.
While you are waiting for this exciting event, why don't you enter for the chance to win a full-sized tube of Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash! (ARV: $32.95)
A light foaming gel cleanser that is gentle on skin yet gives strong cleansing action. Balances skin moisture, while removing makeup.
- Leaves your skin looking refreshed.
- Leaves your skin feeling moisturized.
- Gentle for all skin types.
Enter to win a tube of Christie Brinkley COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash (ARV: $32.95) using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.
Christie Brinkley is such a beautiful woman! I hope I can look as gorgeous as she does when I am her age. She certainly gives me hope! I am very excited about Christie's new skincare collection – Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare!
This breakthrough product line addresses multiple signs of aging and contains products that are formulated to help defend against Infrared damage. 54% of the rays that reach the earth are Infrared rays, and this breakthrough product line is among the first in the US to defend against damage from Infrared rays.
One of the products I am the most excited about is Christie's RECAPTURE Day Cream!
RECAPTURE Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment
Infused with award winning anti-aging ingredients and beyond UV sun protection, this clinically proven multi-level, anti-aging treatment helps correct the most visible signs of aging by supporting the skin’s natural anti-aging defenses and the natural production of collagen.
- Reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Evens the appearance of skin tone.
- Fights multiple signs of aging for a smoother, firmer more radiant complexion.
Win! One winner will receive a jar of Christie Brinkley's RECAPTURE Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment (ARV: $79.00)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I received products to compensate this post.
Recognizing that present skincare offerings did not have solutions that were rooted in history and simple to use, four young friends sought to bring back the traditions of the past by creating products that fuse the active botanicals of Indonesian herbal recipes with Western science to create products that represent the best of both, the east and west.
Metta Murdaya, Yoshiko Roth, Jill Sung and Tami Chuang, four creative, culturally- diverse young women with a follow-your-dream mentality shared a vision to build a brand that combined their Western upbringing with their Asian ancestry and turned it into a passion for results-driven skincare. Together, they founded JUARA, an east-meets-west Indonesian line of treatments, reminiscent of the ancient spa experience, relevant to the savvy, conscientious person of today.
Utilizing active botanicals such as rice, tamarind, turmeric, candlenut oil, healing teas and red sandal- wood, JUARA combines time-honored recipes for skin health and well-being with the best in modern technology and innovation to deliver efficacious and elegant treatments of the highest quality.
I was sent samples of Juara Skin Care to review.
I used the Candlenut Body Polish in my shower and I loved how the natural shell grains worked to scrub away dead skin cells, leaving my skin feeling utterly soft. I especially focused on my elbows, knees and heels. After my shower, I applied the Candlenut Body Creme all over my body while I was still a bit damp, to seal in moisture. My skin felt pampered and beautifully soft.
I absolutely love the Rice Facial Cleanser. It smells wonderful and really cleanses my face, removing all of my makeup and impurities from my skin. It is very gentle, but truly gets the job done. After cleansing, I apply the amazing Clove Flower & Tumeric Serum, all over my face, neck and chest area. After it absorbs (about 2 minutes later) I then liberally apply the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer onto my face, neck and chest area as well. My skin is left radiant and renewed. The moisturizer absorbs very nicely and my skin feels rejuvenated.
To learn more about Juara skin care go to: http://www.juaraskincare.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Just Because It’s Halloween Doesn’t Mean Your Skin Has to be Scary!
Disclaimer: I recieved no compensation for this post.
Disclaimer: I received samples of the products mentioned above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
For over 300 years, Japan’s geisha have been held in awe for their enduring wisdom and breathtakingly beautiful, porcelain skin. Tatcha has developed a skincare and beauty regime based on geisha traditions and sharing the geisha’s timeless wisdom for youthful-looking skin.
TATCHA recreates the geisha’s minimalist beauty regime with fresh preparations of concentrated bioactive materials, accessing their active ingredients through a proprietary extraction process of green tea, Okinawa red algae and rice bran.
Together, these time-tested ingredients enhance the skin’s natural beauty, promote nourishing moisturization and help reduce the signs of premature aging for truly pure, polished, radiant and supple looking skin.
Clinical Results—Science Confirms What Geisha Learned Long Ago
An 8-week independent clinical study showed more youthful-looking skin with daily use of TATCHA's 4-step ritual:
- 70% decrease in pore size
- 60% decrease in depth of wrinkles
- 50% reduction in age spots and redness
- 155% increase in moisturization
TATCHA’s beauty ritual faithfully emulates the finely honed, effortless regimen of the geisha. This elegant ritual is suitable for all ethnicities and ages, but especially for those with combination skin seeking solutions for prevention and repair.
I received samples of the TATCHA's amazing products which include the following: -
- PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil- I use this wonderful cleansing oil to remove my makeup (even my eye makeup) It is gentle and moisturizing. It is made of camellia and rice bran oil, but is not oily at all! You actually use it without water, on a dry face. Massage it into your face, and then rinse off with water.
- POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder - This is a great exfoliator as well as a cleanser. You rub about a teaspoon's worth into wet hands and rub your hands together until it turns into a creamy foam. Gently rub onto face (avaoiding eye area) leave it on for ten seconds and rinse. If you wish to use it for a deeper exfoliator, leave it on for one minute, although this product does not require a lot of time or harsh scrubbing to keep your skin polished. Thce and papaya enzymes work to release dead cels and dirt from the skin gently. I love how sqeaky clean, soft and smooth my skin feels after using this!
- RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum-I use this product after I cleanse my face, and before I apply moisturizer. I just use 1-2 pumps. It instantly gives my skin a boost of moisture. I love the radiant glow it gives my skin. Age spots will lighten between 4-8 weeks of use.
- SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream - Ahhh, this cream feels luxurious on my skin. I apply just a dab of it because a tiny bit goes a long way. I use it after I cleanse and after I use the brightening serum. I awaken to beautiful hydrated and renewed skin the next morning. I love it!
- PETAL FRESH Original and Evening Beauty Papers- One of my favorite products of all is these amazing blotting papers. My skin tends to get pretty oily during the day, and oile blotting papers are a beauty staple for me. What I love about these beauty papers, is that they are large enough to cover my entire face, and they absorb all of my oil without disturbing or smearing my makeup. They leave my face looking fresh and dewey.....almost porcelain perfect.
To learn more about TATCHA products or to purchase go to: http://www.tatcha.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of the products mentioned above to test and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Jan Marini has created a new product called Regeneration Booster. Jan Marini Regeneration Booster is a cutting-edge anti-aging powerhouse proven through independent studies to significantly improve the appearance of aging skin. Maximum results are delivered through a concentrated combination of advanced ingredients including cycloastragenol, TGF Beta-1, coenzyme Q10, multiple beneficial growth factors and peptides and antioxidants.
In an independent 12-week study conducted by Robert Weiss MD, Regeneration Booster showed significant improvement in the appearance of each of the eight measured categories of aging skin. Measured categories included the appearance of wrinkles, texture, pore size, elasticity, skin color / clarity, erythema, hydration and overall skin quality. Study highlights included:
- 100% of subjects noted improvement in overall skin quality
- 100% of subjects noted in at least 3 or more categories with an average improvement in 6.7 of 8 categories
- 100% of individuals noted positive user experience (ease of use, smell, texture, feel)
- Significant improvement in 100% of measured categories
- Visible results after just 2 weeks of use
- 0 cases of sensitivity, acclimation or irritation.
- TGF Beta-1 (Transforming Growth Factor/rh-Polypeptide-22)
- Epidermal Growth Factor (sh-Oligopeptide-1)
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (sh-Polypeptide-3)
- Peptides: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11 & Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-12
- Green Tea Extract
- CoEnzyme Q10
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Essential Fatty Acids
I received a sample of Jan Marini Regeneration Booster to review. After using it for about one week, I could not believe how beautiful my skin looked! One thing I really noticed is how my jaw line looked more defined. It definitely has some great skin tightening effects. My skin stays moisturized throughout the day and it does not feel greasy like other moisturizers or anti-aging treatments do.
My skin glows with a renewed radiance. It looks so healthy and so young. I love this product. In fact it is truly one of the best anti-aging products I have ever tried. I love it!
Regeneration Booster is available now for $190.00. Find your nearest retailer at www.janmarini.com
My beautiful mother just turned 65 years old. She was wasn't happy about it, because just like me, she is worried about aging. My mom's biggest aging complaint is the wrinkles on her neck. She had tried many different products over the years and nothing was working.
I wanted to get her something for her birthday, and of course, I couldn't afford to get her the 'neck-lift' she wished for (plus, I think my mother is beautiful just as she is) so I gave her the next best thing: Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream.
Upon the first application, my mom could feel a tightening sensation on her skin. Her skin immediately began to feel firmer, and the sagging skin she complained about was visibly reduced. My mother absolutely loves how much firmer her skin feels and how lifted it looks. She has even received compliments from people who have been asking her how she stays so young looking! And the greatest thing about Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream is that the benefits do not stop there! It's formula has long term effects as well to keep the skin looking youthful.
My daughter, Kendallyn with my sweet Mom at Christmastime.
Why ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream? (Information taken from their website)
ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance.Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted. So chin up and smile at the results!
- Smooths & plumps up the skin for a lifted, toned & youthful appearance
- Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties – proven to be 6x greater than Hyaluronic Acid!
- Perfects & strengthens the texture of neck & décolleté for noticeable results
- Has both an immediate and a long-term effect on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck and décolleté
- Use daily, mornings & evenings. Apply to clean skin on the neck, up to the jawline & on the chest area as well
- Not tested on animals and contains no animal by-products
- Clinically Tested, Non-Sensitizing, Allergy Tested, Non-Irritating
- Skin feels more toned.
- Skin is less saggy.
- Improves skin elasticity.
- Significantly improves texture and feel.
- Overall repairs the signs of aging.
- Skin looks and feels younger.
To learn more about Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream or to purchase go to: http://www.freeze247.com/proddetail.cfm?sku=7300312&prd=
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.