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Holika Holika One solution Serum: Soothing




My eczema tends to flare up during cold weather and allergy season. My face would have painful sores on my cheeks and eventually around my eyes. Once it gets to my eyes, the itchiness is too overwhelming for me not to scratch and eventually spreads all over my body.

There are a couple of Eczema products i can't live without once it gets this bad. I have spend my whole life trying to control my Eczema and not let it get to that point. The first and probably the most important way to keep your Eczema at bay is not t touch your face. By not touching our face, we keep the possibily of spreading the rash by almost 80%. Second method I found that works is calming the beging stages of the flare and not letting it get bad. There are signs when my eczema starts to get bad. The skin around my eyes would tighten and since i am so pale, I notice redness almsot immediately.








Holika Holika One solution: Soothing is one of my little eczema cure that I use to calm my skin down before It starts to hurt. My skin is extrememly sensitive. If it doesn't like a certain product, you can see it getting red almost as soon as it is applied to my skin. As you can see in the picture to the left that my hands are not only hydrated by the serum, there is no redness in sight! It took me a good 20 minutes to get a good picture and my hands still looks super moiste and hydrating in the picutre even after 20 minutes has past. When my skin is okay, I like to mix it with a cream. Since my face is more oily than dry, i try to stay around from heavy cream. However by adding the One solution to the cream, it made it less heavy and more easier to absorb into my skin. The one solution also calms the skin, incase the there is fragrance in the cream that might irritate sensitive skin. You have no idea how many doors this little bottle of serum has opened for me. By soothing out my skin that means i can test out more products without fear it will break me out as much as before.

Its tough living with Eczema, however those are the cards we were delt with and the only thing we can do is try to not let it cause more inconvience to our skin as much as possible. Not every thing works on our skin, but when something does, it's definely special. Maybe that is why i like Korean skin care so much. I feel like the manufactures or labs understand me. I am 30 something years old and my skin has never been better. I hate how sticky most Eczema creams or gel are when applied to skin. It takes for ever to absorb. So i am very happy that this serum is more on the liquidy then heavy. If you are having trouble with your skin and nothing else works, I say give the Holika Holika One solution a try. It's not overly expensive nor does it contain unatural ingredients. For people who struggle with Eczema, anything that helps is worth the money.













This is after 30 minutes being applied to my hands and just letting it sit. Still hydrating and no sign of stickiness or dryness.









This is after 30 minutes being applied to my hands and just letting it sit. Still hydrating and no sign of stickiness or dryness.

Skin79 Cleansing Water



So lately I've been getting a lot of questions about "Beauty Water".  If you been following my blog, beauty water isn't something I review. I've always kinda thought they were a scam, so I never reviewed it. I brought them in mainly due to the popularity of the product and my customers request. The most popular Korean beauty water has to be by Son & Park right now. You can find it here. (Son&Park Beauty Water)


Like most people, once I actually tried the product I was hooked. I was on a mission to learn more and seeing what else is out there. It's nice because beauty water has been popular for a couple of years now in the U.S and it wasn't hard to find other brands with similar if not better products out. Out of all the beauty water/mist toner I've tried (In the ball park of 10), the Skin79 Deep cleansing water stood out to me among the rest.



First thing I like about this product is that it comes in a pump. I didn't particularly like how the Son & Park bottle where I have to shake in order to get product out. The pump really helps with functionality, especially when my skin care routine consist of 10 steps. (Yes, I am following the Korean beauty regiment religiously lol)  

One pump gives you enough product to wipe off any left over makeup or residue that is left on your face that your cleanser didn't get.  


I personally like to use 2-3 pumps. (I have a big face lol) 

Most people will use this product like a toner and just wipe off dirt and makeup. However I find if you apply a second layer of it on, it gives the most natural dewy effect you can't get from other beauty waters/mists.




As we age, our skin naturally loses it's shine and bounce. For Asian women (depending on genetics) we start to see our skin losing it's elasticity after we turn 30. This is especially true for me since I had oily skin most of my life, but once i turned 30, my skin turned from oily acne prone skin to dry and flaky. I couldn't figure out why, so i went to see a dermatologist who specialize in femininity of a woman's face. Here is a link to her profile if you are local and want to improve your skin. She Also does facial reconstructions and other beauty needs as well.

After she examined my face, she pointed out areas of my face that are losing fat.  Particularly around my cheek area. She recommended several different ways to enhance the area. 











Number one and most popular is fillers. By injecting fillers, it gives an illusion of plumpness in that area we lost fat to. (I'm terrified of needles, especially around my eyes, so I opt out.)

Second way is to do Micro-needling/IPL treatments.

The third way was using products.

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know I recently got IPL/Micro-needing treatment. which benefited my skin significantly. (I will write a blog about my experience soon.) 

After the treatment my face was a mess! My doctor said, it will take at least a week to heal. If you are as impatient as me, a week is too long!!

As my skin flakes away, the skin79 cleansing water really helped with the sensitivity of my skin and redness. Even before i had the treatment, my skin is super sensitive. My face cannot handle anything with a lot of fragrance or alcohol in it. If i used products too strong of a fragrance, my face will automatically turn red and itchy. So I was very happy that this particular beauty water had minor if any fragrance in it. It kinda smelled like the Son & Park beauty water quite honestly.  

With the combination of the Holika Holika Horse oil hydro mask, I decreased my healing time from 7 days to 3 days. The doctor told me I can absolutely not exfoliate after my treatment, which I stayed clear from any product that peels and exfoliate. I only used products that healed and help naturally get rid of dead skin.

The beauty water help the dead skin fall off, while the Horse oil mask heal the area allowing collagen to be produced.  By the third day I was able to put makeup on and no one could tell I had an treatment done on my face. 


You can see the natural dewiness that is on my hands by. It's not overly shinny which i don't like. It just looks healthy which is my goal.








When comparing hands, you can tell with enough moisture our skin naturally become more elastic. This is huge for anti-aging! Snail slime really is a miracle product when it comes to anti-agining. I will talk more about it on another blog.  



So if you are wondering if you should add beauty water to your facial routine, my answer is YES! It's worth a try.



However if you have sensitive skin like me, i highly recommend the skin79 cleansing water because it's one of the lowest fragrance beauty water out there.

If you are already using a particular beauty water from another brand. Let me know you experience!












I'm back!!!! again....

Hello my lovely followers! Do i still have followers?? lol

It's been like two years since i've blogged. I had some personal issues and it stopped me from doing the things I once enjoyed doing. For example, blogging, making tutorials, doing reviews, and just simply interact with people. I believe most of you follow me on facebook, so you guys probably know that I've been depressed and just went spiraling down uncontrollably. I was traumatized by the Murder of Larry and wasn't able to pick myself up.  Every trauma that happened in my life just knocked me down farther from reality. I lost motivation in my work, I lost interest in spending time with friends and family. I would just hide in my room and made my world smaller to protect myself. I was too ashamed and embarrassed to talk to anyone about my problems. I mean after all I am a Boss. I held on to my ego, and that tormented me. Because of my lack of movement, i started gaining weight. At one point i was at 200 pounds. I went from 125 pounds to 200 pounds. I was so embarrassed, I didn't want to see anyone. Stepping out of the house I am risking someone seeing me. I gave myself the excuse that if my customers see me, they would not shop at Pretty&Cute anymore.



However those were just negative lies that my brain has created to keep me depressed. After years of just allowing this disease consume me, I finally got helped. It took me a long time to pick myself backup. I no longer blame myself for all the bad things that has happened in life. I no longer feel pitiful, and I am no longer angry at life. When i encounter stress, i automatically tell myself.


"You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you react."





I am slowly losing weight. I started showing my face again. I slowly got back to work. I created positive structure for myself which ultimately will become good habits. I now know the importance of structure. Without structure we are lost and just don't know what to do with ourselves. I mean yes, sleeping in and not getting out of bed is nice, once in a while. If we take for granted of this luxury, we will eventually get sick of it and by that time we would of lost ourselves and have to learn how to become part of society again. I don't regret what happened to me, that is part of my history I cannot change. What i can change is my future. When i got back to work, not a single one of my customers mentioned my weight. Not one of them behaved like I imagined. All the horrible things I told myself was all in my head. I am grateful that I have people I can rely on, or else i wouldn't have a job to go back to. Pretty&Cute would of closed down and the sad thing is the old me wouldn't have cared one bit...


Because of my absence and self pity I let the people who supported me down. For this, I apologize. I never intended to make the people who believed in me worry about me. To my family and friends I'm sorry I wasn't there for you guys when you needed me. Thank you for still being apart of my life. For my Pretty&Cute staff, thank you girls so much for keeping Pretty&Cute at float even without a leader. I cannot imagine it to be easy working for a company where you have no idea what direction it's going towards.




"Sincerely, From the bottom of my heart, Thank you"




The beauty industry has changed so much since I've been gone. There is a lot for me to learn and a lot of discussions ahead of me... I am excited ^_^ !!

Holika Holika Snail BB Cream V.S Skin79 Hot pink




Earlier this month I made an announcement that Skin79 is restructuring their market pricing and will push their legal authorize dealers to follow this market change. Since PRETTY&CUTE™ (Yup we been officially trademarked since 1/30/13 yay)  is Skin79 largest distribution company in the U.S we would have no choice to follow this price change. Currently only Skin79 North America and Pretty&Cute is recognize as Authorize distributors in the North America region. Skin79northamerica.com is located in Canada and handles Canada distributing. Prettyandcute.com handles the U.S Market.

I think this change has to do with competing with Dr. Jart's pricing in the U.S. Dr. Jart has a strict pricing guideline because of Sephora. Skin79 needs to reconstruct their market value if they want to pursue the U.S Market.

Skin79 Hot Pink and  VIP Gold are our biggest sellers. People really like how the Skin79 oxidizes. Since we started in 2008, we now carry over 50 different types of bb cream. It's overwhelming even for me to decide which bb cream to use sometimes. I find bb cream different from foundation because each BB cream oxidizes differently. Only the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream 50ml stays true to it's color. However that is only good news if your skin tone is that exact same shade as the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream 50ml. The skin79 BB creams comes only in those shades because in most cases it oxidize within several shades of it's original color. That means if you are a little bit darker than the original color, you will slowly see it oxidizes into a more matching color to your skin tone as the day goes by.

Majority of our customers are at the range of NC30-NC35. This is the perfect skin tone matching the Skin79 Hot Pink & VIP Gold. So I went on a BB cream hunt for a similar shade as the Skin79 bb creams.


The Holika Holika: Prime Miracle Snail BB Cream SPF30++ has a very close color comparison to the Skin79 bb creams. The Holika Holika: Prime Miracle Snail BB Cream SPF30++ was one of my top choices to try first. Snail products has became increasingly popular within the past few years. It's news of it's powerful anti-aging hit the Korean market like a rapid fire. One cosmetic company came out with a snail product every cosmetic company came out with snail products. I'm projecting within the next couple of years this will have the same effect in the U.S market. 


The first Snail BB cream I saw was the Missha Snail BB cream. I spotted it when I was in Korea. At that time it was still fairly new. Especially to me since I was a traveler. I've never been a fan of Missha products, so I took some testers and  left. After I came back from Korea I started getting news from all the cosmetic companies I work with that they are coming out with a snail bb cream and that I need to learn about the effects of snail.

So I took their knowledge course and find that Snail bb cream is super beneficial for our skin. I mean it's organic. Nothing is more pure on our skin than something that was produce naturally.

How to Apply:
Take an appropriate amount and apply a small dab to your cheeks, forehead, and chin. With the tips of your fingers spread bb cream evenly throughout your face. To avoid bb cream from caking, let sit for 5 minutes before building bb cream up for more coverage, and before apply any loose powders to set it with.




 The Holika Holika: Prime Miracle Snail BB Cream SPF30++ doesn't have a gray cast like most bb cream. It oxidize to a more mellow yellow tone which is perfect for most Asians. This BB cream does contain SPF, so in my book it's a day coverage solution. If you wear it at night, it will make you look pale as a ghost. >.<



With my super pale chubby hand you can see the BB cream seams to oxidized very closed to my skin tone. It covered the vein that is located on the right side of my hand. It has very good coverage compare to most BB cream I've used.




The original color of two BB cream is very similar. 


However the Holika Holika: Prime Miracle Snail BB Cream SPF30++ on the right has a more yellowish tone compare to the skin79 hot pink once it's oxidized. 




So in conclusion I would prefer the Holika Holika: Prime Miracle Snail BB Cream SPF30++ over the Skin79 because of it's healing and anti-aging properties. Also the yellowish tone suits my skin color more. Maybe because I'm super pale, I find the grey cast doesn't go away no matter how long I let it sit for. The only con about this bb cream which is true to a lot of bb creams is that it tends to get a bit oily, so retouch is a must. If you have super oily skin, remember to use a makeup fixer or powder to absorb the oil. 

I hope you guys find this review and comparison helpful. I will be back with more reviews and comparison soon. Let me know if there is any BB cream you particularly want me to do a review on. Thanks for visiting my blog! <3 


Click here to see all the BB cream Pretty&Cute Carries. 

Lioele is discontinuing some colors from the Blooming Gloss line


This is the first bad news I've gotten in 2013. Lioele informed us that they will be discontinuing some of the colors from the Blooming Gloss line. I've been a fan of the Blooming Gloss ever since I started distributing their brand. It's one of my most recommend products by Lioele. It's so sad to know they will be discontinuing some of the colors because it's not as popular.

In a business perspective I totally understand, but as a fan I am quite disappointed. Lipstick and Lip glosses are like shoes. There is no such thing is unpopular colors. It simply goes with the style of makeup and clothing you have on that day. I don't know anyone who has just one color of lipstick or lip gloss in their makeup collection.


I love the Blooming Gloss with a passion because it's the only lip gloss I've tried that my hair doesn't stick to. I even quit lip glosses for awhile because I was so annoyed with the fact that my hair keeps sticking to my lips. I couldn't drive with the windows open or enjoy a simple day out. The Blooming Gloss kept my lips moist and shinny without the stickiness. It was love at first touch.

Sigh, all I can do is collect a couple of sets for myself. Korean products do have a pretty long shelf life. Hopefully I will discover another lip gloss I can fall in love with before I run out.



New haircut and color.










I notice I have a habit of coloring and cutting my hair at the beginning of the year. Maybe it's because it's close to my birthday or that I like starting the new tear with a fresh look.


Recently we started carrying FreshLight hair dyes. Their product packaging didn't have super pretty models, but I find the dolls super appealing. I think they are cute.

I chose a pretty dark color. I'm surprised it turned out very close to the description. I actually like this more than the Palty hair dye. I really like the color, but I think it's a bit dark for my skin tone. It washes my skin tone out. I think I will try their Vanilla Beige next time.







Best facial cleanser hands down!




Over the years I've tried many facial cleansers. However none really motivated me to write a review for.  A couple of days ago a new shipment of Skin79 came in. One of the bottle of the Skin79 Smart Clear All In One Cleansing Gel leaked. Since the product was not in top shape condition we set the product aside and not sell it. A lot of the times I take the opportunity and take the product home and test it. I am so glad I did! Currently I am using Lioele's AC control foam cleanser. As much as I like the foam cleanser I can't help by knocking it down a couple of stars because it's ability to dry out our skin. I needed an softer everyday cleanser.

In the past I've used the Elishacoy BB all in one cleanser which was raved about by Jen frmheadtotoe.com and other popular gurus. I personally didn't find this particular cleanser to be amazing or did any beneficial changes to my skin. In fact I find it to be pretty drying.

What I love about the Skin79 Smart Clear All In One Cleansing Gel is that it didn't dry out my skin. It actually soften and moisturized my skin like I've just spend 30 minutes using a facial mask. I was especially surprised at the cleanser's ability to remove makeup. Usually with Elishacoy I needed to use a couple of pumps and also leave product on my face for couple of seconds to removed makeup. Even at that it didn't remove my makeup all the way. It would leave eyeliner or mascara on my eyes. With the Skin79 I used one pump and it took all my makeup off. It didn't even sting my eyes.

After 9 hours of using the cleanser my face still feels soft as baby's skin. I was truly amazed by it. The softness of my skin wasn't shiny soft. I didn't see any shiny oil on my face. Usually with moisturizers that softens or moisturize it sometimes leaves skin oily or a dry tightening shine. This particular product didn't. The only complain I have for this product is you will be constantly touching your face because how soft it feels lol.


If you try this product let me know what you think about it~? I honestly wish Skin79 makes mini samples of this cleanser so I can let people try this amazing product before purchasing it. I haven't been this excited about an particular product in a very long time.





Description
Product Reviews
Skin79 Smart Clear All In One Cleansing Gel is made with a moisture-rich water-type gel formula that neatly removes makeup residue, toxins, and blackheads and makes skin feel fresh and smooth without tightness.  Skin-DX Coplex, made with Lotus Flower and Elaeagnus Umbellate Extract help to maintain clean and lively skin while patented ingredient Levan Extract provides nutrition and a moisturizing effect for better overall skin health. Plus Oliga-HA maintains skin’s oil-moisture balance while Eco Milk Complex protects the skin from external irritants.


Directions:  Pump an adequate amount on wet palm to foam up and gently massage on skin. Allow cleanser deep cleanse skin by allowing it to sit on skin for 30 seconds.  Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.


Benefits:
  • Cleanses
  • Removes Makeup
  • Cleans Pores
  • Moisturizes
  • Soften dry patches
  • No Tightness

Recommend for: 
  • All skin type