Sunday Beauty Zen 11.22.2015

Wow, so busy lately with Turkey Day coming up!!   Today’s Sunday Beauty Zen is a bit different. I haven’t tried these yet, as I just got them, but I though that the design was so pretty that it deserved to have a Zen post.   And yes, I did just purchase these for the packaging and herb description!  Call me shallow😉

Take photos of your “Beauty Zen” and post on your social media sites ~ use hashtag #unboxingbeautyzen so we can all see the Zenful products you love!

My Sunday Beauty Zen for 11.22.2015


Too Cool For School Aroma Garden Mask Set   This set of masks came in a wonderful presentation box that folded over to house all of the masks.  There are 2 masks each of each type and the botanical prints are so pretty   The descriptions about the masks in the “booklet” are pretty, err, unique.    These masks are made from Tencel, a wood pulp and they basically contain the same ingredient list except for the two featured ingredients.


Happy & Moisturizing Mask with Mandarin & Neroli

So, the description is very cute, very fantasy story-like

A long, long time ago, on a lost island, somewhere between Fiji and Scotland, lived th magical Mandarine Elf.  Smelling strongly of Rosewood and Orange Blossom, the elf attracted a beautiful family of  butterflies which followed her everywhere, singing glorious tiny tunes with their tiny, glorious voices.  Every morning, afternoon and evening, the Mandarine Elf worked happily on the side of a volcano, farming bubbles for the butterflies to sleep in.  The butterflies slept in bubbles because they believed it was good for their voices. And their voices were so beautiful, that it seemed as though this was true.  At least the Mandarine Elf thought so, since she dedicated her whole life to bubble farming

Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, panthenol, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) fruit extract, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower extract,, sodium hyaluronate,  PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, betaine, glycereth-26, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine,  xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance analysis

Refreshing & Pore Care with Spearmint & Lemon Verbena



The description on this mask sounds, err, very personal to someone.  Perhaps the writer was having a really crappy day!   This isn’t very refreshing ~ I was expecting another story about an elf, perhaps a water nymph or something ~ instead, a jilted lover ~ ahaha

A summer frolic in the fields with best friends.  An evening by the lake in the late afternoon,  sipping iced tea listening to the wind pass through the trees.  Almost perfect, natural silence.  A duck flaps by, quacking an urgent message,  but who cares, you don’t understand duck language.  You are buy worrying about your student loans.. I mean you are completely relaxed, totally unbothered by anything, in love with the whole world, leaving not a single thing unloved.  Except that girl who ignored you last Friday..  No, no, even loving her in all her beauty and flaws.  Her many, many flaws.  If only she smelled more like Lemon Verbena and Spearmint… That would help, maybe

Ingredients:   water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, panthenol, mentha viridis (spearmint) extract,  lippia citriodora leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate,  PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, betaine, glycereth-26, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine,  xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance analysis


Relaxing & Soothing with Sandalwood & Clarisage

Must have been the same disgruntled TCFS employee who wrote this description too.  Wow, totally touchy  person!!  I guess writing these descriptions were cheaper than some therapy ~:D  Also must be a Dr Who fan..  I love Mariachi bands, btw.  

Like an aromatic transportation through time and space, this mask of healing herbal Sage, Sandalwood and Lavender takes you back to your favorite moment of  relaxation.  It of course removes that annoying Mariachi band that wouldn’t give you a moment to talk with your loved ones over dinner.  It will omit that bone you didn’t see in the fish dinner, the  one that scratched the inside of your mouth and nearly ruined your appetite for the rest of the vacation.  It will only soothe you the way you want to be soothe.  Worry not, for the ocean tide will not rise and spoil that almost perfect night.  The ocean tide will be controlled by this mask.  Your experience will be just as you wanted. Smooth, full of wonder and completely affordable.

Ingredients:   water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, panthenol, santalum album (sandlewood) extract, salvia sclarea (clary) extract, sodium hyaluronate,  PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, betaine, glycereth-26, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine,  xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance analysis


I do plan to use this as soon as I finish up with some other masks that I am reviewing and will post the reviews once I finish all three.  Have you tried any of my Zen-Featured products?  What do you think of them ~ please let me know in the comments below🙂



Not so much as a haul as I got sponsored by and I was given the chance to pick 3 products from their website to review for you! 

I am a lucky lady!! #Jolse sent me these products for review, after they kindly let me select them from their online shop! I will have a new facial routine up today, as my testing periods for a few products has ended and I want to get these in rotation. #HolikaHolika Cheoeum Balhyo Miracle Seed Emulsion ~ SO EXCITED TO TRY THIS ONE!! Fermented seeds ~ 20 of them!! #Zymogen Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum ~ I adore and love the cream, which I have been using for over a year now and am really excited to get this serum. This will help with oil and blemish prone skin #ItsSkin Jeju Wild Ginseng Bio-Cellulose Facial Mask ~ I never saw this type of mask before from It's Skin and of course with the words "Jeju" and "Ginseng", you know I want to try it! I should have a review of this mask this week The other two products will go into my skin care rotation and a full review in 6 weeks. I will do an intro on them soon. #sponsored #skincare #instablog #femalebblogger #kbeautyblogger #rasianbeauty #asianskincare #kbeauty #femalebeautyblogger #koreanskincare

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Beauty Routines

I did a series of IG for Oily/Acne-prone skin and thought it might be of interest to my blog readers

Some of my favorite products to help with my oily skin and blemishes. As I am older, I need gentle products, not harsh ones that strip my face, leaving my blemishes all dry and flaky while the rest of my skin is still an oil pit (you all know what I am saying!) I don't use all of these items at once, of course, but these are in current rotation #NonCo Tea Tree Emulsion ~ nice, lightweight tea tree lotion, perfect for those days when it is hot outside and my face is starting to get really oily. Has a very strong tea tree scent. #Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence ~ I use this at night, day, under my sheet masks. A fantastic all purpose essence that seems to tailor itself to your skins personal needs ~ I know people who have dry skin that love this stuff #Tosowoong Tea Tree Lotion ~ I have a whole arsenal of Tosowoong products thanks to Memebox Global. I really love this tea tree lotion and I hope some USA store (@cupidrop) starts carrying it. I like this for the winter time as it is a bit more moisturizing than the NonCo. This is almost scentless #cosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch ~ these are a major favorite among #KBeauty fans and it is no wonder ~ they work nicely! These are little hydrocolloid pads that you slap on your blemish overnight and in the morning, you will see your zit has decreased in size and not as red. #Graymelin Propolis 80 Energy Ampoule ~ Perfect for oily skin, this ampoule will help speed up healing on your blemishes due to the propolis. I will be having a review in a couple of weeks on this product! It is one of my newest favs and it really is great for oily skin! Many thanks to @alicew2beauty for sending me this to review. #Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream ~ like the Benton Snail Bee, this AIO cream (gel-cream, really) is great for healing your skin quickly, while adding hydration. It is the one of the first steps in your skin care routine. This works for so many different needs and skin types ~ my mom has very dry, very paper thin skin that cuts and bruises easily. She uses this now and her skin has healed up beautifully!

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I had so many products in the above photo, that I couldn’t include all of them in the initial opening description

Centella Blemish Cream ~ this gentle treatment cream has a matte finish and will turn colorless when massaged in your skin. I use this mainly at night, sometimes during the day. It really helps my skin in reducing those closed comedones (whiteheads)

Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Cream ~ similar to cosRX, this was my first such cream to use and I use it regularly at night. This is more of a shiny cream, which is why I don’t use it during the day, but it does also help reduce whiteheads and get them before they become problem children. jolse sent me the serum recently and I will be testing that out as well as reviewing it!

These are the products that work for me when dealing with acne and oily skin. I’ve tried LJH essence and whereas it didn’t do anything bad for my skin, it didn’t do anything …period.. for my skin. Why post this? Because next week, I should have the results of my 6 week Chica Y Chico product review live and one of the items was for blemishes and oily skin. Epic failure. So, I had to go back to these products to help combat my oily, aging but acne prone skin! What products work for you?



Last in my series of #instablogs about blemish and oily skin care. I didn't know what to call this as it really isn't a facial sheet mask, but a quick and fast treatment to help reduce swelling and redness with blemishes. Using either my #cosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, which contains propolis or #primera Pore Treatment Wild Peach, which contains wild peach bud extract ~ a natural astringent ~ and linseed extract. Soak a cotton pad with it ~ pictured are cosRX cotton pads that I got from #wishtrend. I bought like 5 boxes of these so I could get free shipping! But they are really NICE cotton pads. I then slap that soaked cotton pad on the area where I have a blemish ~ doesn't matter if it is new or fully grown ~ and let it sit on there for 5-10 minutes. Both of these treatments really do help bring down swelling. Sometimes when I wake up in the am, there is a blemish. I can't put the little spot patches on, but I need a quick fix to reduce swelling and redness. I then treat it with other products, but at least the initial swelling is down and it is manageable. #kbeauty #rasianbeauty #koreanskincare #skincare #instablog #kbeautyblogger #femalebblogger #femalebeautyblogger #beautyhack #acnecare #blemishcare

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Beauty Hack

All those lovely little (and expensive) concentrate samples I’ve been getting ~ how to stretch them out… 

Beauty Hack! With those expensive samples such as an eye concentrate or a nourishing essence, a little goes a long way! But I am used to slathering stuff on my face, so that little sample of #shiseido ultimate eye (that little sample is $21.00!!) or #riceforce deep moisture serum won't go far. I like to mix a little bit of those products (one or the other, not both at the same time) with my eye cream ~ in this case, I am using #secretkey starting treatment eye cream and then pat around my eye area. It helps stretch those concentrates and really gives your eyes a nice overnight treatment! #beautyhack #rasianbeauty #kbeauty #jbeauty #japaneseskincare #koreanskincare #femalebblogger #kbeautyblogger #femalebeautyblogger #instablog #eyetreatment

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If you are interested in Rice Force, I did write a review on some of their products here and I have a special promo on their travel kit which expires at the end of this month.


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