Pa Pa Pa Parasol Parade

Monday July 13, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

‍I got this parasol from guess where?!

A country where people are obsessed more with the idea of staying pale than any other insidious effects of the sun… Japan of course!

This parasol affords UVA/UVB protection. Because not all umbrellas do that?

Anyway I love this parasol because it is tiny and collapses to fit in the side of my bookbag.






These photos were taken at the casting pools at Golden Gate Park.

I spent much of this weekend soaking in the sun. First at the beach, then biking through the park and climbing up hills.

And though I had my handy dandy parasol with me, I am a human being and need to feel the warmth of the sun!

So when I got back to the house, I had one more line of defense in my skincare arsenal. An après soleil. After sun cream. More about that later.

I hope your weekend was super saturated in color with a splash of sun 😎

A Touch Of Éclat! Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry

Sunday September 28, 2014 | Beauty Makeup Product Reviews

Having dark under-eye circles is honestly something I try not to be too bothered about.

A lot of different factors can cause dark under eye circles (see post Dark Eyes Can Be Mysterious).

It can be a combination of dehydration, excessive sun exposure, sinus congestion from cold and allergies, adrenal fatigue, aging, genetics, or just plain old lack of sleep.

In my case, there really isn’t much I can do about it.

I’m certain now that my raccoon eyes are aggravated symptoms of my allergies.

Allergies to my cat.

The cat of my life

Oh, what cruel irony!

I love my cat dearly and would never dream of banishing the darling frou frou from my life.

But my allergies do cause me quite a lot of grief.

So it has to be that crazy cat lady is my name and concealing with great makeup is the game.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

This is a concealer highlighter that’s made in the same mold as the iconic YSL Touche Éclat.

It so happens that Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry, was the very same creator behind the Touche Éclat.

Éclat means bright in french and is a word aptly used as both concealers do a fantastic job of brightening the skin.

There are six colors in the Touch Expert line.

I use color #3, a light beige with an apricot tint.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

The texture comes out a light liquid cream and when blended gives a smooth satin finish.

The formula provides long-lasting medium coverage that is unfortunately not buildable. So don’t look to this for covering up super dark blemishes.

Honestly, I love the Touch Expert more for its brightening effect.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

It makes my skin look so healthy and dewy!

I also like how it feels comfortably moisturizing. That’s the hyaluronic acid in the formula, which serves to plumpen and hydrate the skin.

The resulting look is luminous, natural and effortless.

The application, however, is another story…

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

First of all, the brush and clicker thingy is a bit daft.

I never know how many clicks it takes or how long I have to hold it down until some of the brown liquid oozes to the tip of the brush.

The liquid dries fast, so you have to blend quickly. And it does tend to settle on the fine creases.

The small compact brush is not like a paint brush that you use to apply makeup in sweeping strokes.

It is useful for dabbing a bit of the liquid onto hard-to-get-to corners of the eyes and right up under the lash line.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

A bit is key.

Apply the concealer first on the back of your hand in order to get the amount right so you’re not dabbing on globs of it to your eye.

And then blend in by tapping with the pad of your little finger.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

So to summarize…


– Blends wonderfully
– Long-lasting
– Luminous, natural dewy finish (love, love, love!)
– Easy to apply on hard to get to corners of the eyes
– Hydrating formula


– The stupid clicker thingy
– Coverage is not buildable
– Dries fast, blend quickly or else
– It settles on the creases (not too cakey tho)

Conclusion: This is really more of a highlighter that gives a fresh and radiant effect especially noticeable in photos. In the world of concealers however, this is not the holy grail.

How Much: $46.50

Would I buy this product again: Maybe. If there was a really big sale on it :)

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum

Saturday March 2, 2013 | Product Reviews Skin Care

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells Revitalize Serum

I love products by Andalou Naturals!

As do a lot of other people it seems…

One of the most common ways people have found their way onto this site is from searching for reviews on Andalou Naturals products.

Well, here’s another one for you. Today we’re going to look at an age defying serum for dry & sensitive skin: Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum. 

Just to recap, Andalou Naturals is an American natural and organic cosmetics brand based in California. All their ingredients are verified non-GMO. And they are a cruelty-free brand, which means they do not test on animals. So thumbs up to all of that.

But what I especially love about Andalou Naturals is that their products contain an impressive combination of plant-based active ingredients!

Take this Revitalize Serum for example. Its active ingredients include Apple + Grape Fruit Stem Cells to renew, repair and regenerate skin cells. A cocktail of 8 super berries (açai berry, aronia berry, bearberry, billberry, black elderberry, goji berry, rosehips berry and sea buckthorn berry) which are rich in protective antioxidants. And Resveratrol Q10, which is another powerful antioxidant.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Juice*, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cell and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, Olive Squalane, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Glycopeptide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Monolaurate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Polyphenols, Borago Officinalis (Borage), Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oils*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
* Organic
† Fair Trade

According to Andalou Naturals, all the ingredients in the serum work together in order to protect the skin from environmental damage, repair cellular damage, defy wrinkle formation, stimulate skin-firming collagen and elastin and improve discoloration for brighter, even skin tone and smooth texture.

How To Use: A.M. & P.M. Apply lightly on clean face and neck, prior to moisturizer.

My Experience: I’ve been using this serum for more than two months and I am now just finishing up with it. It’s a small bottle (1.1 fl oz), but I’ve made it last because I only applied it right after using my Clarisonic (which I now use once every 3 days).

I apply the serum on my face and my neck. Though my skin feels sufficiently hydrated with the serum alone, I do follow it up with my usual moisturizer. The scent is Very Berry. It’s really subtle, actually. But the berry scent is definitely there. The fluid has a runny texture, absorbs quickly and does not leave any stickiness.

The Results: When it comes to serums, my biggest skin concern has been these dark spots on my cheeks that were caused by acne. And after two months of using this serum, the results are quite subtle but they’re definitely there.

I have noticed that the dark spots on my skin have shrunk and faded ever so slightly. 

And as proof, I will terrorize you with my Before and After photos!

Now normally I would be tempted to hide these closeup photos of my rather imperfect skin. But I’ll sacrifice my dignity for the sake of objectivity and visual proof.

BEFORE Photo - Dark Spots From Acne

AFTER Photo - Dark Spots From Acne

I call these my battle scars =)

In addition, whenever I use the serum, my skin tends to feel hydrated, smoother and has a nice glow the following day.

As for the part about preventing wrinkles… well, that’s a long-term effect which I can’t make a real assessment on within two months. But I will say this. For a product packed with sooo many anti-oxidants, its protective properties must have something to it.

What I like about it:
– Lightened dark spots
– Smooth, well hydrated skin
– Provides skin with healthy glow
– Packed with quality ingredients
– Natural and organic
– Good ethics behind Andalou Naturals
– Easy to scoop out the last bits of the fluid out of the bottle

What I don’t like about it:
Nada! I have no complaints.

Would I buy it again: Yes, I would buy this again. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this is the “miracle in a bottle” that Andalou Naturals claims it to be. But for a product that’s got so much quality and ethics behind it, and for the positive results that I’ve experienced (especially when it comes to lightening my dark spots), I’ve got to say… this serum is definitely worth it.

How Much: $24.95 on Andalou Naturals, $19.17 on (1.1 fl oz / 32 ml)


Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells Revitalize Serum

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells Revitalize Serum

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells Revitalize Serum and Daily Defense Lotion

I bought the Revitalize Serum along with another tube of Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion.

To read my review of Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Lotion with SPF 18, go here.