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Floral Water

A Sensual Spritz Of Floral Water (Video)

September 14, 2015

Hey-oh! I made a video!

Don’t pee your pants though, it’s just a short teeny clip of me spritzing some floral water on my face.

Floral Water 

If it looks like I’m having an intimate experience with my bottle of floral water in the video… well, it’s because I am.

A spritz of chilled fresh floral water can be an exhilarating and sensual experience!

If you’ve read about my love for rose floral water before, then you’ll know that true floral water or hydrosols are the by-product of steam distillation from plant materials.

For the sake of simplicity, I use the terms “floral water” and “hydrosol” interchangeably.

Remember, not all floral waters are created equal.

So when looking for good floral water, look for pure hydrosols.

Their only ingredient is the plant from which the hydrosol is derived. Which means they embody the simplest skincare.

Some of the best I’ve found are from Aroma Zone in Paris. When I go back, I will most certainly stock up!

The hydrosol featured today is this one…

Fleurs d'Oranger Hydrosol by Aroma Zone
The Fleurs d’Oranger by Aroma Zone is “Orange Blossom” floral water.

Its benefits as touted by Aroma Zone are:
– Regenerative
– Brightening
– Calms and soothes the skin

Other than these purported skincare benefits, the three main reasons why I love hydrosols are:

1) Aromatherapy. Smell can be very therapeutic. In this case, the scent of the Fleurs d’Oranger is light, bright but not overly orangey. There is zero percent synthetic ingredients in this. So it is naturally divine.

2) It feels good. I keep my hydrosols in the fridge to help preserve them. And when I use them on really hot days, they feel ah-mazing. Just watch my face in the video 😉

3) Better absorption. Having damp skin allows for better absorption of creams and moisturizers. So it’s natural that you use floral waters before putting on your creams.

OK! So without further ado… here is the video!

ps. I am not wearing any foundation, powder or tinted cream on my skin whatsoever. But I did use this rice paper mask :)

Rice Paper Mask 9

Rice Paper Mask By Tony Moly

September 9, 2015

It’s been oppressively hot this week.

To help soothe my hot and bothered skin, I used this deliciously cooling Rice Paper Mask.

And it was exactly what my skin needed to be happy!

Rice Paper Mask 1

The mask is by Tony Moly, a South Korean cosmetics which recently just opened a store in Japantown, San Francisco.

I’m not all that crazy about asian beauty brands but I am a big fan of paper masks.

Rice Paper Mask 2

This was the first time I’ve used a mask made of rice paper.

Have you ever made Vietnamese fresh spring rolls before?

Well imagine that instead of using the rice paper to make spring rolls, you cut out holes for the eyes and the mouth, pour some milky goop on top and put it all over your face.

That’s essentially what you do with this mask.

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The Rice Paper Mask Sheet “Nutrient” pack comes with the rice paper mask (upper and lower).

And a sachet of rice paper essence “nutrition.”

Rice Paper Mask 4

The essence is the milky goop that you pour onto the mask.

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Once I put on the mask, it became this smooth, milky, gelatinous film that clung onto my skin.

Which felt quite bizarre and novel to me.

Rice Paper Mask 9

Really, you should try this mask just for its texture!

However, the scent was a bit off-putting. It smelled like… pantene shampoo?

Rice Paper Mask 10

It was all a bit messy, so some of the essence / goop got in my mouth.

And it tasted exactly how you would imagine pantene shampoo to taste like. Blech!

The Ingredients

When looking at the ingredients list, a couple of things caught my eye:

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Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, and is used in skincare to improve the skin’s elasticity. It has been shown to “increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis (source).”

Sodium Hyaluronate is a common ingredient in skincare products. It is a natural humectant used for its water-binding properties, meaning that it helps the skin to absorb and retain moisture. The intense moisturization helps give the skin a plumper appearance and reinforce its capacity to defend against environmental assaults, though the improvement is only temporary (source).

Rice (Oriza Sativa) Extract is obviously the featured ingredient of this mask. Along with the other blend of grains (Rye, Barley, Buckwheat), the rice is supposed to be the “nutrient” ingredient in the milky essence. I’m not sure what “nutrient” means in this case. I don’t think my skin is “hungry.” But I do know that rice extract is soothing and moisturizing, and very good for sensitive skin.

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The Results:

In the end, it really boils down to how your skin looks and feels after using a mask, doesn’t it?

Well in this case, my skin looked super plump, dewy and glowy! It felt smooth and cool to the touch.

My skin looked remarkably healthy and radiant, even well onto the following day.

But more than anything else, I just loved the cooling and soothing sensation it left on my skin.

This was my skin’s perfect antidote for a hot blistering day.

Re-Purchase Factor

I purchased this mask for $7.

And I would definitely be willing to purchase and try this mask again!

Skincare favs

Current Skincare Favorites

February 5, 2015

My skin has been looking much better these days.

I think it’s majorly to do with giving up a certain vice that I’ve previously hinted at…

But it also helps that I have an amazing collection of skincare products at my disposal!

My Skin Type

I have a complicated skin type: Combination Normal/Dry Skin, Sensitive and Blemish-Prone.

Which is why I tend to go for products that are suited for combination skin and are gentle and made with clean, safe ingredients.

Let me show you some of my top favorites!


Makeup Remover: Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water

I’ve gone on and on about the magic of micellar waters and how Bioderma trumps all micellar waters in the cleansing game. So it’s no surprise that Bioderma become a staple in my beauty cabinet.

It cleanses gently and effectively without disturbing my skin’s natural balance.

This is also my cheat product for nights when I don’t feel like washing my face. Which, you know, doesn’t happen that often.


Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

This was recommended to me by an esthetician for my acne-prone combination type skin.

I’ve been using this cleanser for over a year now and as a result, have had less breakouts in the problem areas of my face.

Dermalogica products are formulated to be non-irritating, which is a boon for my sensitive and reactive skin.


Toner: Sanoflore Lavender Floral Water

Floral waters are a great alternative to alcohol-based toners. Lavender naturally has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. Which means it cleanses while calming the skin.

The droplets of moisture preps your skin to better absorb moisturizer. Meaning it’s the perfect step between cleansing and moisturizing.

I usually switch back and forth between rose floral water (my true love) and lavender floral water.

For night time, the soothing scent of lavender is simply divine.

Take a few spritzes to your pillow too! Why not?


Moisturizer (night-time): Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream

There’s really no need to use a different cream for daytime and night-time.

But at night, I like to keep my room really cold (it helps me sleep better.) So I need something that will help my skin to retain moisture (cold air dries out skin).

This cream does just that. But it’s also light enough to let my skin breathe. I love the texture, formulation, and scent of this.

And my skin wakes up feeling soft, balanced, and happy!


Exfoliation: Dermae Exfoliating Mask With Fruit Enzymes and Dead Sea Salt

This is a clay mask that helps to purify skin while gently sloughing off dead skin cells.

I use this once a week and continue to marvel at how my skin looks so fresh and radiant afterwards.

This one’s gone under the radar amidst all the hyped and over priced exfoliating products out there.


Serum: Ren Keep Young And Beautiful Serum

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-purchased this serum. Holy crap it’s pricey! But my skin loves it.

It’s gentle and powerful all at the same time. The spotlight ingredients are hexapeptides, more peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin c.

I use this sparingly, usually after I’ve exfoliated so my skin is prepped to absorb it.

I love the light tea scent and how it’s gentle enough to use around my eyes.


Moisturizer (day-time): Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Some people would probably call this a BB-cream because of its multi-tasking properties. It moisturizes, protects against the sun and works to heal the skin from blemishes.

I’ve noticed that my blemishes have been healing at a much faster rate since I’ve started using this.

Big thumbs up for its clean and safe natural ingredients!


While it may look like I use a complicated array of different skincare products, I maintain simplicity because I keep things consistent.

I’ve been using many of the same products for over a year now and I’ve been following the same routine.

And here I will end by re-affirming that simplicity and consistency is an important aspect of skincare!