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Speed Review: Scrubs and Peels

In theory, all your skin need is cleanse and moisturize. But to keep your skin in top condition, you need at least a good sunscreen and a good exfoliator as well. Human skin constantly renews itself and replaces itself completely every 27 days. If you don’t exfoliate, dead skin accumulates and your complexion may start to look dull, feel flaky and your skincare may not absorb as well. What exfoliator should you use? Check out this fantastic breakdown of exfoliators by my skincare buddy lylysa! The post talks about different types of physical and chemical exfoliators as well as the pros and cons of each and everything else you’ve ever wanted to know.20170118_144957

I usually prefer an exfoliant with granules to scrub off the dead skin and some form of acid to clear out the pores, but without making my skin dry or sensitive. My holy grail exfoliators are Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion and Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. Both are a little expensive but absolutely worth it. Besides, Dr. Brandt do 40-50% off every fall if you subscribe to their email list and Tatcha often has vouchers on Gilt City or Ruelala that brings the price down 30-40% every year so I never had to buy them at full price. Even though those two are my holy grail, there are plenty of nice exfoliators out there that I haven’t tried yet, so this is a round-up of some promising exfoliators that I’ve gathered.

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Care for Some Vitamin C? PTR, Sunday Riley and Murad Moisturizer Reviews

Everybody loves vitamin C. It helps combat environmental pollution, sun damage, dark spots, and fine lines. I usually prefer vitamin C in serums, such as Ole Henriksen Truth SerumPerricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum or Klairs Vitamin Drop. While I’ve tried and reviewed plenty of vitamin C serums, I haven’t paid that much attention to vitamin C in moisturizers. Since Murad and Sunday Riley just came out with some vitamin C moisturizers, I got some minis and samples of the ones that look interesting to compare.


The moisturizers in the little sample jars are enough for 4-7 uses each, which is not enough for me to see significant brightening but enough for me to feel a difference. Back when I lived in downtown Philly, my pores looked dark and my skin felt bumpy even when I cleanse and exfoliate. After adding Ole Henrkisen Truth Serum, my pores looked clean and my skin felt smoother as well. When testing these moisturizers, I can feel the same difference, so they do contain a decent amount of vitamin C.

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Drench your skin with Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth is a brand that I use a lot. They use great ingredients and most products works pretty well with my skin. I especially enjoys the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which is great for all skin types. If you have oily/blemish prone skin then the Anti-aging Cleansing Gel is great, and if you have dry skin, you must give the Rose Stem-Cell Bio-Repair Cream a try. They recently came out with a new line, the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum and Cream, so of course I have to grab them.


THE star ingredient of the serum and cream is of course, hyaluronic acid! It is a humectant (attracts moisture to the skin, up to 1000 times its weight!) that is naturally present in the human body so it absorbs easily and is great for even the most acne-prone or sensitive skin. The Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum and Cream uses three types of hyaluronic acid with different molecular sizes so they provide hydration to different layers of the skin. Continue reading Drench your skin with Peter Thomas Roth

Yes to Retinol? Peter Thomas Roth Retinol PM

Donkey’s milk, snail slime, bee venom…whatever it is I have no qualms about trying it. But retinol is one of the few ingredients that I’m tentative on. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, it helps with anti-aging, lightens discoloration and reduces acne/pores. However, it is intensive and can cause irritations or redness. Depending on the concentration and formulation, it doesn’t play well with other active ingredients such as glycolic acid or enzymes. When first using a retinol product, you should start by using every other day at night (along with a good SPF during the day), then build up to nightly use.20160821_140014

Two years ago, I got a travel size of Peter Thomas Roth Retinol PM so I started trying it. However, after a few days of use I noticed tiny red dots on the dropper. I couldn’t figure out what it was so I emailed Peter Thomas Roth customer service. Usually when I get a bad product, the company will mail me a replacement or refund and don’t care what I do with the bad product. PTR not only gave me a giftcard to buy a new bottle of Retinol PM, but they also gave me shipping fee to send the item back so they  can figure out what’s wrong with it. To me, this shows that they not only care about customer satisfaction but they also take the quality of their products seriously.20160821_141954

The new bottle of PTR Retinol PM have no problem, and after putting it on the back burner for a year, I finally started using it again. According the description, Retinol PM is a potent retinol serum that delivers skin-renewing benefits via combination of encapsulated retinol, and vitamins C and E. It encourages the skin’s renewal process with prime efficacy, helps improve skintone and texture, assists in collagen production, and reduces lines and wrinkles to create a vibrantly youthful and healthy complexion. It also contains squalene for a dose of moisture to minimizes redness and irritation, and mitigates the retinol’s drying effects. Continue reading Yes to Retinol? Peter Thomas Roth Retinol PM

Favorite Summer Cleansers: Murad and Peter Thomas Roth

My favorite part of summer are the fresh fruits and sunny weather. Least favorite part? is that my face always get sweaty and oily by the end of the day. For some people, switching from winter to summer skincare is just switching to a lighter moisturizer. For me, it also involves switching my cleanser from something hydrating to something more purifying for the pores and help with sun damage.20151110_144913

Two of my favorite summer cleansers are Peter Thomas Roth Anti-aging Cleansing Gel and Murad Essential-C Cleanser. PTR helps with anti-aging and pores via a blend of glycolic, salicylic acid and citrus extracts; while Murad helps with anti-aging by protecting against environmental and sun damage with vitamin A, C and E.

ps. So the When giveaway has ended, congratulations to Emma for winning the masks and thanks to everyone who participated! It was nice reading your comment and there will be another bigger giveaway at end of the year. =D Continue reading Favorite Summer Cleansers: Murad and Peter Thomas Roth

Skincare Journal wk17: Roses everywhere

Am I the only one who gets sucked into buying stuff at mall kiosks, eventho I know it’s probably cheaper elsewhere? I caved and bought some wood 3D puzzle today, but after putting it together….the pieces don’t fit together quite right and it doesn’t look quite as good as the display. *sigh* should have known. Anyways, recently, it seems like the higher end skincare is suddenly obsessed with rose. It’s always been a pretty popular ingredient, but suddenly Fresh came out  with a whole rose skincare line last year, and Peter Thomas Roth came out with a couple rose products this year. The fancy little thing that tickled my fancy this time is of course the rose mask. Since my current favorite is Fresh rose mask, I’m curious about how this will compare.rose mask

First impression: Fresh is brown with rose petal bits and a runny gel consistency, while PTR is a light pink with a gel cream consistency. Fresh have a mild round rose scent. PTR have a mild slightly sharper/sweet rose scent. I previously made some rosewater from DIY and Fresh smells very similar to the pot of rosewater I made while PTR smells more like the bouquet of fresh roses I picked, before I put the petals in water (I wonder if it’s due to the rose stem cell blah blah mentioned). It sort of make sense, since Fresh take a somewhat natural approach to skincare while PTR takes a more scientific approach.

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Ingredients: Both starts with water and Butylene glycol (a humectant) along with Rosa damascena flower oil, rose water, glycerin and aloe vera. However, PTR uses five types of roses, mostly oil and extracts, while Fresh uses two types of roses, the flower itself and the water are higher on the ingredients list. Fresh also contains more calming ingredients like chamomile and cucumber as well as aloe vera. Now, while ingredients are usually listed from the most to least, the concentration of each ingredients are not revealed, so it’s not like there is the same amount of ingredient #5 in product A as the amount of ingredient #5 in product B. In general the important stuff are in the first 10 listed. My impression is that PTR uses more potent or higher concentration of roses while Fresh contains more calming ingredients and less chemicals. Not a big deal for most, but the higher concentration of rose oil may be irritating for some. It’s kind of the same with cucumber and lavender (here’s a great breakdown on why you should not be paranoid of lavender, which some people are allergic to). Unless you know you are super sensitive/get irritation from plant oils, this should be a non-issue, both masks’ got good stuff and no parabens.

Thoughts: While Fresh is smaller and more expensive than PTR, it have a more runny consistency so you need less of it per application. PTR also comes in a big 5oz jar, which is excellent if you are a regular user of hydrating masks but skincare products usually lose their effect/go bad within 2 years, so if you can’t finish it within that time, it’s best to get a new one. PTR have the additional benefit of being used over moisturizer, so if you sleep in a dry environment, this may give your skincare a little boost. If you are a regular user of hydrating mask and have no problem with higher concentration of rose, go for PTR. Also, PTR rose have a slightly thicker/creamier consistency than cucumber. I like the calming ingredients and the feel of Fresh rose and PTR cucumber, but 5oz is too much for me, so I will stick with Fresh instead. They are both great for dry/combo skin, altho if you are really really dry, then you might consider one of the non-drying masks like Glamglow Thirstymud or Fresh Black Tea.

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Test Test 123: Hydration Mask Showdown (Fresh, PTR and Origins)

I was going to just stick to a simple skincare regimen, but being a skincare addict, how I can resist the stash of masks I have? Besides, if I’m ever going to test hydrating masks, it should be at a time when my skin is dry, right? So yay for the first product review! This will not cover overnight/leave-on masks which are essentially upgraded moisturizers. There are too many products to review one by one, so I’ll do them in sets of 3 to compare when I can. Sheet masks will be another review next time I place an order (currently on a no-buy until mid-Jan). Today we will talk about rinse off hydrating masks, which will calm your skin and provide you with a boost of hydration that makes the skin smooth and moisturized, but you do need to apply moisturizer afterwards. The three masks I’ll be comparing today are: Peter Thomas Roth cucumber mask, Fresh Rose Face Mask and Origins Drink Up 10 minutes to Quench Skin’s thirst.

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