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The Korean skin care regimen is one of the most talked about contributions that have influenced countless of beauty trends across the world. The daily skin care includes both a morning and evening routine that cleanses, rebalances, and hydrates the skin from the inside-out. Most people use products like Benton skincare for their healthy and beautiful skin.

As one of the country's most famous contributions, this routine continues to be popular because it follows the following principles:

1. Korean skin care is all about prevention

The Korean skincare routine starts early to ensure that people practice proper hygiene at a relatively early age. Additionally, this skin care routine also includes SPF protection which prevents the skin from ageing faster than it usually does. This ensures that users can continue to enjoy their youthful appearance for a longer time.

2. High-quality products is the key

High-quality products doesn't always mean expensive. In fact, various Korean skin care products are made with organic ingredients that offer gentle yet effective results on your skin. When selecting products for your skin care routine, it helps to narrow your choices by first determining your skin type which could either be normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

Each skin type requires a specific skin care routine that target key problems that could affect its overall health.

3. Hydration is essential

What makes the Korean skin care routine so different is that it mainly focuses on hydration which helps keep skin stay soft and supple. Regardless of what skin type you have keeping your skin properly hydration prevents it from becoming prone to signs of ageing and symptoms.

All of which plays a role in making sure it stands out from the rest. With these key principles in mind, it's safe to say that the Korean skin care routine is vastly different from the western method of taking care of their skin.

The key products in the Korean skin care routine

While western skin care focuses heavily on treatments that may include harsh ingredients, the Korean skin care routine emphasizes on using gentle products with small doses of potent ingredients. To start your K-beauty skin care routine, here are the important products to invest in:

Oil cleansers - these products are the first-step in starting a K-beauty skin care routine. Their purpose is to remove makeup residue, dirt, and other forms of pollution that your skin accumulated throughout the day by loosening their bonds from your skin’s surface.

Water-based cleansers - these cleansers require being lathered with water which is the second step in removing dirt and pollution from the skin. Water-based cleansers are different because they help wash away deep-seated dirt while also providing nutrients to your skin.

Exfoliators - this is a product that one should use weekly to help slough off dead skin cells. They also help improve blood circulation on your face which results in radiant looking skin.

Toners - toners are considered the first line of hydration because it serves as a base in making the following products become more effective.

Essences - are concentrated ingredients that have a light and feathery consistency that offer special effects on the skin. Some of which include anti-acne, anti-ageing, and anti-pigmentation, all of which can be readily absorbed through the skin.

Treatments - these are also concentrated ingredients that are best applied in small doses. The reason for this is because it can affect the skin’s overall structure when applied too much.

Sheet masks - are essential weekly treatments that help add vitamins and nutrients to the skin. Many of which come in individual packs at affordable prices.

Eye creams - are light creams that target the specific skin around your eyes, protecting them from dark circles and puffiness.

Moisturizer - is considered the last hydrating step that helps lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day.

Sun Protection - includes SPF products that protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Each product plays an important role in ensuring your skin is properly nourished from the inside out. Compared to expensive treatments like Botox, harmful acids, and laser surgery, the Korean skin care regimen is a recommended daily habit because it is relatively safe, easy to maintain, and can be applied to any skin type. That means regardless of whatever problems you may have, you can always fit and customize your products to better suit your needs.

However, while the Korean skin care regimen is still safe, people who have sensitive skin may require additional care from experts. If you are on the fence on whether or not it is time to switch up your skin care routine, consider scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist first. That way you can rest well knowing that you can benefit from their professional advice.

It is such an honor to be noticed by those who I admire! I was recently given the chance to be interviewed by one of the best online beauty resources on the internet! Beauty Essential is your online corner for all things beauty related. They are definitely right up my alley! 

Beauty Essential definitely has everything that beauty obsessed ladies like myself could possibly ask for, all in one place. You will find makeup tips and tricks, fashion advice, health and diet information, facts about skin care, plus- you can learn how-to achieve the perfect hairstyle!

Beauty Essential is quite the addictive website. It is so much fun to explore and learn things that I didn't even know about. In fact, I may need to brush up on a few makeup skills that I thought I had mastered! I guess I am a little behind in some areas, and could probably benefit from reading up on a few Beauty Essential beauty tutorials to get myself up-to-speed! It is never too late to learn something new!

I thought that was so nice that Tiffany from Beauty Essential took the time to contact me and ask me if I would like to be interviewed and to be featured on this amazing website. I usually shy away from interviews, because I am actually pretty shy when it comes to answering questions, but Tiffany made it easy. She emailed me the questions, so I was able to think about my answers and not stutter over my words. (Which I often do!) It was a lot of fun! Thank you Tiffany, and thank you, Beauty Essential.

You can read my interview here.

Learn more at: https://beautyessential.net

Have you ever heard of RivalGlam? Neither had I, until just recently. Redefining the standards, RivalGlam brings you a portfolio of top influencers who are setting trends in beauty, fashion, and style. This online marketplace and product ecosystem is where the world's top social influencers cross-sell their unique beauty and fashion lines that are co-developed under Twila True Collaborations-from accessories to makeup, skincare and beyond. Having established herself in the fast-paced world of beauty and fashion e-commerce with the successful release of Twila True Beauty and Twila True Fine Jewelry, the serial entrepreneur and president/CEO, Twila True, behind True Family Enterprises develops an entirely new business model aimed at helping creative influencers build their unique brands while reaching a wide audience.

I am already very impressed with my first RivalGlam purchase! I ordered this beautiful beauty product set which includes products from top influencers including Katelynn Ansari, Cristal Garcia and Evelyn Lazado. How fun!

I love how elegantly packaged these beauty products arrived

Look at all of these beautiful nail shades. You have everything here for a gorgeous manicure, plus a rich and creamy hand cream for silky, youthful hands. I use the  Tru Renewal Oil as a cuticle softener. I sometimes rub it into my cuticles. I have noticed that my cuticles really absorb the oil and my nails grow stronger, and thicker because of the nutrients in the oil. It is also perfect for taming flyways, or to smooth out last minute frizz in my hair.

The nail polish shades are perfect for all seasons. I love the top coats that really seal in the color for a long lasting finish.

I also received a pair of these gorgeous Evelyn White Gold Hoop Earrings, which I can't really wear just yet since I have a sweet baby grand daughter who would love to rip them from my lobes. They are very pretty, though.

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With summer heat quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have these essentials in your bag at all times.

NEW Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)

With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo($6.99, ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide)

Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

Erborian CC Crème (Sephora.com, $44)

With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t have date night! Check out these essentials from Smashbox, Sun Bum and Rita Hazan for everything you need for your next night out. I love getting ready and looking extra glamorous for date nights with my hubby!

Kiss-proof lips : Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick

This matte liquid lipstick will make you say – Yep! It’s still on! – due to its Advanced Polymer Technology that makes color last up to 8 hours on set. In NEW Metallic shades

Keep your hair smelling like summer : Sun Bum Deep Conditioning Masque

Our most decadent treatment is infused with Amla and Bamboo Extract that helps strengthen your hair, making it resilient and more manageable.

Look like you just stepped out of the salon : Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss

Step 2 in Rita's True Color Revolution, glossing is the salon secret to keep color vibrant and hair as shiny as the day you got it colored. With 5 shades developed by Rita, this in-shower color-saver enhances shine and brilliance with mess-free application.

I am excited to announce that Kneipp has launched the #KneippLife sweepstakes! Here are the details:

Be Beautiful. Be Loved. Be Harmonious. Be Natural.

Enter your chance to win the Kneipp Life Sweepstakes, featuring:

  • A trip to the Woodstock Inn in Vermont for you & 3 friends
  • Kneipp gift baskets
  • all entrants will receive 20% off their next purchase

Link to sign up: http://bit.ly/TheKneippLife



With the long holiday weekend fast approaching, have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with the IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Collection. 

The sun care line will shield you from the sun’s harmful rays as well as pollution and smoke (bonus). Prevention+ is an evolution of daily skin moisturizers with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun and infrared protection, so you’re always protecting your IMAGE. The line (priced from $33-$38) provides a range of products for all skin types, long term sun exposure, sports actives, and post treatment skin, including:

  • Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 35+ is an anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray that offers superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection. The spray is ultra-lightweight for a non-greasy, weightless finish and is formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun.
  • Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection during sport and outdoor activities. Infused with organic ingredients including agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against sun damage.
  • Daily Hydrating Moisturizer is a long-lasting, deep moisturizer for dry/dehydrated and sensitive/rosacea prone skin combined with a broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sun protection. The formula is enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent with high sun protection.
  • Daily Matte Moisturizer features broad-spectrum protection with microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. Great for everyday use, it contains a next generation blend of anti-oxidants to decrease harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposures.
  • Daily Tinted Moisturizer features a built in broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection and provides an even skin tone and healthy glow. The formula is lightweight and sheer to absorb quickly without any residue.
  • Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer provides an ultra-sheer, lightweight finish with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide, a key ingredient to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures. It’s formulated to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells and is safe for post-procedure skin.
  • Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 features ultimate protection with its water resistant, lightweight formula that dries clear. Next generation technology combines physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with powerful anti-oxidants to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures.

IMAGE Skincare is available in spas and salons nationwide. To find a location near you, visit: https://www.imageskincare.com/pages/store-locator/

Labor Day Sales You Don’t Want to Miss!

Kneipp and MineTan make it easy for you to stock up on your favorite beauty and skincare essentials this LDW!

Starting FRIDAY, September 1st, MineTan is offering 20% off sitewide all weekend long.

Go wild and get your favorite tanning foams that will let you hold onto your summer glow year-long, while also moisturizing and hydrating the skin.

Head over to Kneipp.com and check out their Summer BLOWOUT sale.

Make room in your cabinet because all Body Washes and Hand Creams are only $6 AND buy one get one free with Body Scrubs and Body Oils. We all know how important it is to moisturize, exfoliate and stay clean as your heading into a new season.

The summer months are all about quick weekend getaways, so it’s best to stock up on the perfect travel essentials! Make sure you pack your bags full of Sun Bum and John Frieda and listen to experts like Umbreen Sheikh and Sophia Gushee on how to make the most of you short vacation!

Sun Bum Original Sunscreen

Bigger isn’t always better, so breeze through security with serious sun protection stowed away in your carry on. Just like the full-sized versions, these cute little sunscreens deliver the same premium, ultra-lightweight formula and irresistible beachy smell.

John Frieda Hot Air Brush

Dry and style your hair in just one step with this multi-tasking hot air brush, newly redesigned with a sleeker, 1” ceramic titanium-coated barrel .

Ask the Experts:

Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar

When grooming at home, it’s alright to tweeze a couple of hairs from the middle of the brow but do not touch any hairs that are in line with the nose. If you take a pen or a stick and put it vertically up against the side of your nose you can see where the brow should start on both sides.

Sophia Gushee , detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing

  • Broad-spectrum, which will guard against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Water-resistant
  • Safer key ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, preferably without nanoparticles. If they are not available, then select avobenzone at 3 percent.

When it is summertime, it seems like I am always packing for a quick weekend trip to visit my sisters, or I am off camping the next week. I am not complaining, but it can get a little overwhelming. Sometimes I get so tired of packing that I want to have the luxury of just grabbing a bag and getting on the road. I don't have any patience for packing.

I decided to compile a list of beauty essentials that make life-on-the-go a snap! Here are my top picks:

Conair Root Booster Paddle Brush 

I love my paddle brush. This brush is my go-to hairbrush. I love the way that it detangles my messy bed-head hair, and makes my strands look silky and shiny again without causing any breakage to my ends.

Scunci Multi-Colored Mixed Elastics 

With my thick and often unruly hair, I cannot leave home without my Scunci elastics. I keep them in my purse, in my car, and definitely in my overnight bag. I also keep one on my wrist so that it is ready for whenever I want to put my hair up. On nights that I don't wash my hair before bed, I ALWAYS sleep with my hair up. I love it because when I take down my hair in the morning, it always has nice waves and volume thanks to my Scunci elastics.

DDF Skincare Brightening Cleanser 

My DDF brightening cleanser is the only cleanser I need for traveling. It is perfect for washing my face and getting rid of all of the oil and swet that I accumulate in my travels. Whether washing my face in a hotel bathroom, or in the camper when we are camping, I can always count on my DDF cleanser for flawless, healthy skin.


I never realized how much makeup I was wasting and throwing away before I started applying it with my new Makeup Drop applicator. Not only does this amazing makeup applicator help you to use much less product, it also helps blend EVERYTHING into a flawless finish, so you don't have to mess around a lot and waste your precious makeup or vacation time trying to look good.

MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant 

I used to think that the only deodorant that would work for me was the chemically-laden brand that I once swore by. I am a heavy 'sweater' and I never realized the seriousness of the chemicals I was using on my underarms. I recently read that those chemicals can cause breast cancer! That is very scary!  My MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant keeps me dry, fresh and smelling great with zero chemicals involved. I never leave home without this deodorant in my bag.

Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo

I love this compact tub of shampoo. It is easy to stick in your bag and go. I love it for it's design and especially because of how wonderfully clean it leaves my hair. It also smells so good. I feel fresh and clean after washing my hair.

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