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Saranghae Korean Skincare

Saranghae Skincare Review

While most of the world has their attention turned towards Korea for the Olympics…my attention is turned to Korea’s most famous asset: Skincare.

Korean Beauty or K-Beauty as it’s come to be known in the beauty world places a huge emphasis on skincare and effective natural ingredients, merging health and beauty.

I recently discovered a K-Beauty company that I fell head-over-designer-heels in love with: Saranghae.

Saranghae is a Korean/American skincare company that recently launched a North American presence.  Saranghae (Sarang-hay) means “I love you” in Korean, so cute right!

Saranghae Skincare

The concept behind Saranghae skincare is finding a balance between science and the traditional Korean medicine of using botanical ingredients to help protect, heal and renew your skin. They have created a fantastic five step anti-aging skincare system that will help rejuvenate your skin and combat the signs of aging using natural ingredients which are harvested responsibly.

There is so much IN their products such as green tea, chamomile, ginseng, and other botanicals BUT what is equally amazing is what ISN’T in their products.

Saranghae contains ZERO chemical nasties like formaldehydes, heavy metals or parabens PLUS all of their products are cruelty free!

The formulas are created in South Korea, but all of their products are manufactured and bottled, packaged and shipped from FDA approved laboratories in California.

Saranghae’s active ingredients are derived from the essence of 10 ancient plants, herbs and flowers that grow from nutrient rich volcanic soil on a small island in South Korea. Volcanic soil is extremely rich in minerals and nutrients, so rich that Green Tea leaves harvested from volcanic soil show 250% greater concentration of antioxidants than ordinary Green tea. This means that these 10 ingredients harvested for Saranghae boasts the highest concentration of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients. (source)

The ingenious thing about Saranghae’s 5-Step Skin Care System, is that it simplifies the Korean skincare routine for people who might feel intimidated or overwhelmed by starting a 10-plus step routine.

Saranghae sent me a package to try about a month ago containing their 5 step routine.

I’ve been using this skincare program for about four weeks now and I am in love.

Saranghae Korean Skincare

STEP ONE: Nourishing and Moisturizing Cleanser. The first step in the Saranghae system is to wash your face with the Nourishing and Moisturizing Cleanser to eliminate oil, micro-particles, grime, dirt and toxins while hydrating and nourishing your skin at the same time.  This cleaners is oil-based which is typical for a K-Beauty cleanser and is pretty gentle, but powerful. You can get some nice suds from it which sets it apart from most other oil cleanser which won’t suds up all all.  It’s gently removed my foundation (I still needed a little eye makeup remover to take off my eye makeup) and left my skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated.  Plus it has pretty little gold flecks in it.

Saranghae Korean Skincare System

STEP TWO: Deep Radiance Essence Serum. Designed to penetrate your outer epidermis layer and deliver crucial nutrients like antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins directly to your living cells.  Crafted with 10% Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom extract, plant based placenta, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the result is a skin that efficiently heals and regenerates every moment of every day.  This is probably my most favorite product in the system.  It feels AMAZING and really helps the appearance of my neck.

STEP THREE: Firm and Lift Regeneration Cream. Decreases the formation of free radicals and reduces damage due to oxidative stress.  The powerful but natural blend of antioxidants, amino acids and regenerative peptides delivers astonishingly smooth, supple and quite simply beautiful skin while diminishing age spots, redness and visible signs of aging.  Feels great and leaves skin super moisturized.

STEP FOUR: Focus Renewal Eye Cream. To restore vitality, diminish wrinkles, visibly lift and firm and brighten the appearance of dark circles around the eyes due to it being formulated with Phellinus Linteus Mushroom Extract, adenosine, vitamin B3, elastin and collagen.

Insider Tip: I have a little trick I like to use with eye creams.  Apply eye cream around your lips as well!  The skin around the eye area is extremely delicatejust like the skin on your lips. Those two spots are where wrinkles tend to form first. Another pitfall of our pout is that it doesn’t have the sebaceous glands that keep the rest of our face moisturized. So this is where an eye cream, packed with a slew of active ingredients to deeply hydrate, increase volume, improve definition, smooth, and prevent/minimize lines, really comes into play.

STEP FIVE:  The Essential Essence Mask helps calm inflamed skin and eliminate redness caused by stress and pollution, enhance the natural contours of the face, maximize brightness, reduce and prevent fine lines/wrinkles, and Deliver antioxidant CoQ10 & Hyaluronic Acid for repair and regeneration of skin cells.  The Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask contains a ton of plant extracts, including lotus (nelumbo nucifera), followed by collagen, peptides, a vitamin C derivative, ubiquinone (CoQ10) and hyaluronic acid.  It feels amazing and is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the week.  You only need to use this once a week or as needed.

Try the system out for yourself and fall in LOVE!  Saranghae is available at LoveSaranghae.com

5 Step Korean Skincare Routine Saranghae

Zegna Manly Holiday Scents

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

If you have been looking for a scent that is sophisticated and masculine yet individual and unique, I have good news for you, Ermenegildo Zegna just introduced five of them!

You all know I am a fragrance snob, so if I recommend a fragrance it is top shelf in quality and wearability and Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna’s new collection Elements of Man: The Life Collection is one of the most well rounded fragrance wardrobe’s I have ever smelled.

Here’s the thing, a scent, when stripped down, either works on your skin and for your personality, or it doesn’t.  It all comes down to the quality of the ingredients, the blending of notes and personal taste which is why I am so in love with this particular collection because it is so well rounded and thoughtfully developed.  There is something in this collection for every type of guy to call his own.

Zegna’s Elements of Man: The Life Collection is a super luxurious new collection of complex, ‘fortified’ blends that were specially curated for the modern gentleman.

Comprised of 5 distinct fragrances they each embody masculine attributes, STRENGTH, PASSION, INTEGRITY, TALENT and WISDOM. The collection has been carefully curated and offers the highest quality fragrance and oils for a a line offering rich, deep aromas and long wear.

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

STRENGTH: This scent does some heavy lifting with a powerful mixture of tobacco, golden honey, ripe apricot, agarwood, deep smoke, pine needles and burnt musk.  It makes an entrance, strong and masculine.  Something Red Carpet worthy, if James Bond were a scent he would be this.

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

INTEGRITY: Look on the positive side with this uplifting and fresh fragrance.  Sage, spices, berries, amber and african geranium blend into a clean sunny day happy-go-lucky scent.

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

TALENT: A thoroughly modern scent with some of the most trending fragrance ingredients on the market. Asian Yuzu, sichuan pepper, bergamot, black tea, patchoili and cedarwood make this a perfect millennial scent.

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

WISDOM: Classic, sophisticated.  This scent drops some serious scent knowledge throughout its wear.  A master’s class in scent development, it begins with intense verbena notes then settles to the most scrumptious Italian Mandarin scent while underneath at its base it delivers whiffs of winter lemon, coriander leaves, French lavender and steely musk.

Zegna's Elements of Man: The Life Collection

PASSION: This is my personal favorite from the Collection. Olibanium, rich rum, cognac, saffron and amber.  It makes me think of sitting fireside at a ski lodge sipping cocktails.  Warm, inviting and sensual.  Something you could snuggle up to.

Perfect for holiday gifting Ermenegildo Zegna’s Elements of Man: The Life Collection is available at Ermenegildo Zegna in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Surviving the Holidays with Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Skincare

Finding balance and a little time for yourself during the holidays can be difficult at best and impossible for most.

We tend to cut back on beauty, missing a hair appointment here and a nail appointment there to save our dollars for gift purchases. The holly jolly holiday season can wreak havoc on your beauty regimen.

So many things can take their toll on your skin during the holidays.  You are up to your neck in stress, eating habits aren’t at their best, cocktails are abundant and the air is dry and cold which is why it’s important to have some problem solving skincare treatments in your beauty arsenal to fight back and keep you looking Christmas Card perfect.

I recently discovered Nip + Fab, an affordable skincare line that delivers results but won’t cut into your Christmas Shopping budget!

This UK based cult skincare line is designed to target your skin concerns through the use of innovative advanced skincare ingredients providing targeted and effective treatments.

Nip + Fab gets it.  They understand that not every skincare product works for every type of skin and every situation so they break it down.

Renowned for their use of cutting-edge ingredients such as their cult classic Glycolic Acid range through to Dragon’s Blood and Syn®-ake, Nip + Fab’s industry-leading products provide targeted fixes to smooth, firm, hydrate and tighten the skin.

Whether you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate, plump, smooth or even out skin tone Nip + Fab has a product specifically for that concern

I was sent four of Nip + Fab’s top selling products to try out and share my thoughts with you.

To be honest I was surprised at how incredibly lux yet wallet friendly these products were!

I talked to Santa and he said it’s totally ok to grab a few of these for yourself to help get your skin through the hectic holiday season.

To Smooth Skin, Blur lines and reduce the appearance of pores” Nip + Fab Viper Venom Blurring Shot- This highly potent blurring gel expertly hides pores and smooths out lines, creating the appearance of a retouched finish. Just two drops added to your moisturizer will help achieve flawless, silky-smooth skin.  The Viper Venom range aims to blur skin, by evening out your pores and smoothing away any fine lines for that Instagram filter look.  This product is also great under makeup as a primer.

Nip + Fab Skincare

For Sensitive Skin and to Reduce Redness: Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum- A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.  Dragon’s Blood is a sap from the Croton Lechery tree, famed in the Amazon rainforest for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In its native land, this ingredient is used to heal any possible damage to skin, including cuts, burns, insect bites, pretty much any skin malady. The sap seals the skin in a “protective film” to lock in moisture and keep out environmental damage. I’m loving this product, especially because I have roseacea  my skin always has some redness to it.  This drastically reduces the redness and evened out my skin color PLUS it was ultra hydrated idea for the dry cold winter air!

Nip + Fab Skincare

To Deliver Super Hydration and Brighten Skin: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads-  60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.  I have touted the benefits of hyaluronic  acid before, it is naturally present in our bodies in an abundance when we’re young and is one of the main reason’s for that glowy, radiant, hydrated, and plump-looking skin that is associated with youth.  As we age the hyaluronic acid in our bodies begins to deplete which results in a dry, dull complexion and then here come the fine lines and wrinkles. That is why it’s so important to replenish our body’s arsenal of hyaluronic acid through skincare products.

Nip + Fab Skincare

For Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles:  Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe- A nourishing moisturizer to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.  The magic of this collection is that the bee venom works to help plump the skin by tricking the skin into thinking it has been lightly ‘stung’, meaning fine lines + wrinkles will look reduced.

Nip and Fab is available @cvspharmacy and @ultabeauty

*Sponsored Post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Farmacy Green Clean

Farmacy Green Clean

FARMACY, the supercharged skincare range, is one of those brands you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with.

Pioneering the idea of farm to face with products that are ALL NATURAL, cruelty free, deliver on every claim PLUS they have a straight out of a storybook origin.

It all began with a mutant flower. In 1999, Mark Veeder noticed a strange green bloom among the purple echinacea plants growing on his garden in upstate New York. He sent the strange flower to several horticultural labs for analysis. The scientists informed him he’d found a new genus of echinacea. Tests also showed the plant Veeder discovered had set a new record for high levels of cichoric acid, a plant chemical renowned for its antioxidant effects. It boasts a 300 percent higher concentration of cichoric acid than any other echinacea purpurea on the market.

He named this new plant Echinacea GreenEnvy and partnered with farming expert Robert Beyfuss to start growing the plant at scale. Since 2014, they’ve been producing eco-chic skincare products with a lab in New Jersey, maximizing the benefits of the natural ingredients by pairing them with key man-made components.

They cultivate and farm their own ingredients – making them among the freshest and most potent around – which are then activated in the lab to maximize their skin care benefits. The ‘hero’ ingredient throughout the range is their patented Echinacea GreenEnvy complex – an antioxidant-rich powerhouse that works to firm the skin and protects from the ageing effects of free radicals.

Framacy Green Clean

BrandBacker sent me FARMACY’s cult classic Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm to test drive.

I am a HUGE fan of cleansing balms and always looking for natural/organic beauty products so I was super excited to try this one out.

Formulated with antioxidant-rich Echinacea GreenEnvy extract, sunflower oil, ginger root oil, and moringa extract, it is nothing short of amazing!

The luxe balm is a minty-green, melts-in-your-fingertips balm made with nourishing oils, like sunflower and ginger root, along with papaya extract, a natural exfoliator, to remove every trace of makeup (even waterproof mascara AND my NARS Powermatte lip pigment (ladies you know how hard that one is to remove).

It also targets dirt, grime, free radicals and buildup from pollution.

Green Clean Farmacy

The balm has a soft citrus limey/orange fragrance and melts upon contact with skin.

Apply to dry skin and massage in- I applied over my lashes as well to remove my mascara and eye makeup.  It will break down and transform to an oil upon contact.

After rinsing with water, my makeup had magically vanished and my skin felt softened and clean without any tightness.  It also left my skin feeling super hydrated- even BEFORE I added my moisturizer.

I am in LOVE with this little natural wonder and am sure it will now be a permanent part of my makeup regime.

Love the product, love the story and LOVE that it’s cruelty free!

Farmacy Green Clean

You can check out all of FARMACY’s amazing products at FarmacyBeauty.com  Use CODE  Green92 to recieve at 20% DISCOUNT

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Dolly Bow Headband

I am obsessed with all things vintage.

The quality, the charm and glamour of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s has been a huge inspiration in both my personal style and my work as a stylist.

So of course when I stumbled upon The Vintage Cosmetic Company it was love at first sight.

This 1950’s inspired British beauty line recently premiered in the US and is available at Ulta Beauty.

Known for their lashes, which deliver a flawless natural look that serves everyday beauty needs, they also offer fun unique everyday essentials that evoke the look and feel of glamour from yesteryear while providing up-to-date performance and convenience.

Just picture yourself primping in front of the mirror with tools, kits, and products that look like they came straight from a 1950s film set. From classic eyelash curlers to dolly bow headbands (perfect for holding your locks back while applying makeup), fluffy bath pillows, makeup melts which literally melt away your makeup and the chicest shower caps around.

“I was inspired to create a range of products for me. A product that offers something unique in the market. A product that would pay tribute to old-Hollywood and harks back to the glamour and charm of the 1950s, but one that serves the everyday beauty needs of women everywhere. My goal with The Vintage Cosmetic Company is to offer a range of high quality beauty accessories with a unique, feminine personality. A range that combines affordability, efficacy and elegance.” – Clare Tarry The Vintage Cosmetic Company

The Vintage Cosmetic Company sent me a few of their picture perfect pieces to play with:

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup headband

Dolly Bow Makeup Headband

This headband is “I Love Lucy” Perfection.  Great for holding your hair back while applying makeup, a mask or just for instagram photos lol.  It is so cute and girly it puts me in a cheery mood each morning while doing my makeup.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Melts

Make-up Melts

Ok I know this sounds crazy but its true.  These pretty in pink little cloths will remove EVERY last trace of makeup with just a splash of water! No makeup remover solution needed, the specially formulated polyester is dual sided providing both makeup removal and exfoliation!

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Show Cap

Pink Floral Satin Shower Cap

I don’t know about you but I want my blow-out to last as long as possible which means protecting my locks in the shower.  This super glamorous and oh so retro shower cap is satin (making it super soft) while the waterproof pink polka dot lining keeps every inch of your hair dry.

Pink Polka Dot Hair Turban

I AM ADDICTED and totally crushing on this beauty-baby.  In fact friends and family be warned, you will probably all be getting one from me for the holidays because I am so in love. This hair turban is made from lightweight super absorbent microfiber which absorbs excess moisture, resulting in less split ends, zero frizz and stronger, shinier hair.  With two vintage inspired buttons, it fits comfortably on those with thick or fine hair.

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