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I have seen so many videos and blogs reviewing the Origins Skin Care line that when I finally got to try some of their products for myself, I was pretty psyched. Some of them seemed to live up to a little bit of the hype, but for the most part I was kind of disappointed.

 

The Origins Brighter by Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum was a product I had been dying to try. It seems to get really great reviews both on YouTube and on various beauty blogs, but I really don’t share the enthusiasm for this product. I have oily to combination skin that is very sensitive and reactive so sometimes any little thing irritates my skin. I have mild discoloration in my skin tone that I was hoping to even out with this serum. Although this serum has a really nice smell and a smooth texture, it seems to leave a slight film on the skin like it takes a bit to absorb into the skin. It also seemed to make my skin look kinda greasy, which I’m not too fond of. For normal skin types or drier skin types, I think this product may be more suited for. I saw some mild improvement in my skin tone, which may account for the fruit extracts in this serum, but overall my skin looked the same. I was kind of bummed because this product was the one I was the most excited to try.

 

The Origins Never A Dull Moment Brightening Facial Cleanser is just okay for me. Although I really love the banana scent, this cleanser doesn’t do anything extraordinary that makes me love it. It does an okay job on the cleaning end and brightens okay, but seems to be a little drying. I do think the texture of this cleanser is nice, but it really fell short of what it claims to do.

Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal Mask claims to detox and clear the pores of dirt and debris while tightening pores and clearing breakouts. For someone who has frequent stress and hormonal breakouts, I found this mask to be pretty decent. While it’s nothing magical or immediate, it does seem to clear the pores and tighten them a bit. It also seems to clear breakouts somewhat, but not completely. This mask is a little drying so using a moisturizer after using this is a good idea. Overall, not bad.

This Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream is awesome. It smells REALLY amazing and moisturizes the skin really well. I have chronic dry skin with patchiness and this really helped to moisturize my skin. Not only that, but the ginger in this cream seems to really brighten my skin. I really love it for my decollete and neck area also because it seemed to help firm my skin a bit too. This is a really incredible cream that I highly recommend.

The Origins Smoothing Souffle Whipped Body Cream is an alright cream. It works well enough to moisturize normal skin and has a nice minty scent, but I don’t know how well it would work for someone with dry patches like me. It doesn’t have the tingle that the Ginger Souffle does, but it’s alright. Honestly, I think you could get the same quality body cream at the drugstore for half the price so I’d pass on this one if you have dry skin on your body and need good moisture.

Overall, I was sort of disappointed in Origins line. I really love their packaging and their products seem nice with what they claim to do, but it seems like a lot of the products fall short on their claims. I wish they worked as they promise to on their packaging, but they did not seem to work that well for me. I know a lot of vloggers on YouTube love Origins, but for me, Juice Beauty’s products were way better. Stay tuned for my Juice Beauty Review.

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Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy. I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that is fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthen hair and nails, give natural shine and gloss to hair, and help to fight or prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil- available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts. Most of these may be obtained through food sources, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns; I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Although aging is inevitable, we can put our best effort forward and try to prolong it as long as possible. There is no permanent solution to the aging of your skin other than a facelift, botox or some other kind of surgery, there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant for the best possible you.

1. Cleanse: Cleansing is very important. When choosing a cleanser, it is important to choose one that skin type and any skin conditions you may have. Therefore if you have oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that notes this on the bottle before purchasing. It is also important if you have any skin conditions such as eczema or acne that you choose based on those needs. Your cleanser should be free of any irritants as these will only dry out your skin and age your skin more quickly. Make sure your cleanser is pH balanced and full of good ingredients for your skin’s needs.You should follow cleansing with the use of a toner as this will remove any excess dirt from your skin as well as restore whatever moisture was stripped from your skin during cleansing.

Feel free to check out my Etsy Shop for great skincare products here!

2. Moisturize: The second step in your skincare regimen is moisturizing. Moisturizing is essential to anti-aging. If you have oily to oily combination skin, this does NOT mean that you should never moisturize. Although certain creams may be too heavy for your skin type, you still need to restore the moisture back to your skin to protect and nourish your skin, preventing premature aging and overly dry, irritated skin. Those with oily or oily combination skin as well as oily or normal to sensitive skin, especially breakout prone skin should refrain from using heavy creams and instead opt in for a gel based moisturizer or a water based one. This will ensure you get the moisture that you need without the added heaviness on your skin, which may irritate or produce too much oil or shininess on your skin, therefore causing a breakout or other skin issue. For those with normal or dry skin, creams or gels are okay, but make sure if you have especially dry skin to pay special attention to moisturizers with extra strength moisturizing benefits.

Anti-Aging Skincare Products available by me here!

3. Treat: It is important to treat whatever skin conditions you may have, especially acne and/or wrinkles. For wrinkles on mature skin, be sure to either use a moisturizer with anti-aging benefits or otherwise an anti-wrinkle serum or cream,whichever you prefer. I personally prefer serums as they are usually safe to use for all skin types and less heavy on the skin. As for acne, an acne treatment gel on your breakouts is important to tame redness, irritation or other symptoms and root problems causing your breakouts.Some ingredients that are beneficial for both wrinkles and acne include but are not limited to niacinamide, retinol, retinyl palmitate, resveratrol, and DMAE.For any irritation, redness, or other inflammatory conditions, ingredients such as chamomile, green tea, lavender, and salicylic acid are all calming to the skin. In terms of salicylic acid, if you have especially sensitive skin, make sure the content of salicylic acid is below 10% as it may cause drying.

4. Protect: Lastly, protect your skin. All of it. This means not only your face, but also your neck and decollete area/chest, arms, legs and any other exposed skin not protected by clothing. This is important as it maintains the elasticity and firmness of your skin as well as the skin’s texture. Remember that consistency is key and you should use a body lotion with an SPF 15 or more on your body (I use a body lotion with SPF rather than two separate lotions/sunscreens as it cuts down on time) and an SPF 30 or more on your face. Also, in terms of your face, if you use a moisturizer with SPF 15 then also layer than with another light sunscreen, this adds a layer of protection to your skin. All of this will prevent premature aging and ensure your skin is in the best possible condition that it can be.

The Best Ingredients Based on Skin Type or Condition:

Normal Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Olive Oil, Ginseng, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Almond Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Fruit Oils, Lavender Butter, etc.

Oily Skin:Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Salcyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycerin, etc.

Oily/Combination Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, Kojic Acid, etc.

Dry Skin: Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Soy Butter, Kokum Butter, Almond Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Butter, etc.

Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Glycerin, etc.

Dull/ Uneven Skin Tone:Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Niacinamide, Green Tea, Chamomile, & Lavender.

Aging Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

Redness/Irritation: Salcyclic Acid (If sensitive skin, do not use!), Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, & Niacinamide.

Acne: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Salicyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will get back with you! Thank you for reading and good luck!

3 Miracle Skin and Health Benefits of Chocolate/Cocoa

There is no pleasure like the kind I get when enjoying my favorite chocolate bar: Godiva Chocoiste Dark Chocolate with Raspberry filling. This chocolate bar is amazing. Not only is the chocolate bar amazing, but because it is dark chocolate and only a couple of ounces, I am actually getting a good dose of bioflavonoids, which are antioxidants. If you don’t know already, antioxidants are amazing for cellular protection against exterior harms such as free radicals. They protect your cells including your skin cells from free radical damage. They are also just plain good for you! Be sure to keep your chocolate as dark as possible, meaning the cocoa content is upwards of 50% or more. Unfortunately, milk chocolate does not reap these antioxidant benefits because of its milk content, which counteracts these health benefits. Remember to keep your chocolate intake under 5 Oz. as anything over that will not increase your antioxidant benefits, but will actually be detrimental to your health at that point.

Another great way to get these flavonoids/antioxidants to your body that can improve the health of your skin and body is by drinking 1/2 cup of Hot Cocoa daily. This is great for those of you who are not big on dark chocolate, but enjoy Hot Cocoa and still want the antioxidant benefits in a fun way. Simply make your hot chocolate with about 2 tablespoons of cocoa and you’re giving yourself a healthy does of bioflavonoids! Drinking this daily can provide some amazing cardiovascular benefits. As long as you don’t go overboard with this, you can enjoy some great health benefits while sipping on a delightful drink. You can even add a few baby sized marshmallows to your cocoa if you want!

Another thing you can do is mix 1/4 cup of cocoa with 1/4 cup of sugar, add a few tablespoons of honey until the mixture is completely distributed throughout, and you have yourself a homemade moisturizing body scrub! If you like, you can even add milk (use sparingly) to this mixture to help soften your skin. Be careful not to add to much honey or milk as both will make your scrub soggy and watery if overdone. It’s a great scrub I like to use to get rid of dry skin on my legs and arms!

Did you know you can use cocoa powder as bronzer? Simply dip your makeup brush into a small amount of cocoa powder and powder over your cheeks and decollete as desired! Check out the link below and watch the amazing Lancome online makeup artist, Michelle Phan, who can show you how!


Who knew chocolate could be so fun and multi-useful?

If you’re not a chocolate fan, easy ways to get those much sought after antioxidant benefits are by eating a variety of fruits, leafy green and other deep colored vegetables. Some foods that offer great antioxidant and diverse nutritious benefits include: Strawberries, Oranges, Blueberries, Blackberries, Spinach, Beets, Kale, Carrots, Russet potatoes, Pecans, Cinnamon, Beans, Cranberries, Artichokes, Oregano and Garlic. Adding any or all of these is a sure way to get your daily dose of all the amazing antioxidants you need to live a happy, healthy, long and satisfying life.

Enjoy and good luck!

So, after much perusing online for a cheaper alternative to the ultra expensive and over-priced line of Skinceuticals, I have finally found the perfect solution: Cosmetic Skin Solutions. This surprisingly reasonable alternative to Skinceuticals carries the almost all the same serums/treatments that are made with the same exact ingredients as the Skinceuticals line, but for a fraction of the price. They are not carrying all of the Skinceuticals line, but do carry most popular treatment items. I recently purchased their Phyto + Gel, CE Ferulic Serum and Hydrating B5 Gel. After using these 3 in rotation and sometimes combination or as night or after-mask treatments, my skin has improved greatly. The texture of my skin has improved and softened thanks to the Hydrating B5 Gel and my under eye dark circles and discolorations are greatly improved if not nearly eradicated thanks to the Phyto + Gel and CE Ferulic Serum. I definitely recommend this line of products as a cheaper alternative to Skinceuticals for all those who want the benefits of these serums, but are on a budget or don’t want to spend the money for the pricey Skinceuticals line.

Below is a comparison of the Cosmetic Skin Solutions items I purchased with their Skinceuticals equivalents as well as their ingredients lists:

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum= Cosmetic Skin Solutions CE Ferulic Serum

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Cosmetic Skin Solutions CE Ferulic Ingredient List ( as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Who is CE Ferulic Serum for? Normal to Dry Skin / Combination Skin in Winter

Skinceuticals Phyto + Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Thyme Extract, Arbutin Glycoside, Glycerin, Uva Ursi Extract, Kojic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Citris Bioflavanoid Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Herbal Fragrance.

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Phyto + Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Thyme Extract, Arbutin Glycoside, Glycerin, Uva Ursi Extract, Kojic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Citris Bioflavanoid Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Herbal Fragrance.

Who is Phyto + Gel for? All Skin Types


Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantothenic Acid, Pheonoxyethanol

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Hydrating B5 Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantothenic Acid, Pheonoxyethanol

Who is Hydrating B5 Gel for? All Skin Types / Good Alternative to Cream Moisturizers for Combination to Oily Skin

If you don’t know what either Skinceuticals or Cosmetic Skin Solutions are, feel free to check out either of them at the below websites:

Skinceuticals Line

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Line

Good luck!

If you like Asian skincare products, weight loss products etc. You will LOVE SASA ! The majority of their products are Asian brands, but they even carry Lancome and Dior items, among other USA and UK based companies. It is by far the best AND most affordable site I have seen. The company is based in Hong Kong, but they ship internationally at pretty decent rates. They have many different language options as well as currency conversion options. PLUS you can shop by price in each category you are interested in browsing. You can shop by price from lowest price -highest price OR from highest price-lowest price, which means anyone with any budget can shop with SASA. I found a whole set of shampoo, hair treatment and body wash for $2.20 on the site! I was so amazed. Granted they were small sizes, but they lasted for a pretty long time considering their small sizes (2-4 weeks).

PLUS they have tons of reviews on there of their products. Not to mention, they have a translate options for the ones that are made by women who live in China or other Asian countries. This is really helpful since the majority of product reviews are in Chinese and I don’t fully speak the language yet. Available on the site are a variety of skincare products including lotions, whitening lotions, toners, face masks, body lotion, skin firming items, slimming products for your body, your legs, even your face! I am always looking for new sites with good prices since I have to maintain a certain budget each month and this site has beat every site out there so far!

Check out SASA products here.

Here’s the scoop on my latest and greatest product of Asia. HABA White Knight Cream. As well as, of course, being made with all natural skin-friendly ingredients, this cream also has Squalane in it. Squalane is a perfected form of shark liver oil extract. Now, I know what you’re thinking, sounds gross right? Actually, as gross as it may sound, this oil has been known to speed up wound healing and tissue regeneration. This helps acne-ridden skin especially, but can also help dry tired feeling skin and rejuvenate cells. May also help with acne-scarring! I also tried it for a bit on my stretch marks and it seemed to lessen the appearance of them. Now THAT is freaking awesome! Contains Vitamins A, E and C which help prevent clogging of the pores. Skin naturally will look brighter. My favorite part about this cream? The fact that it is meant for people with oily- oily combination skin. My skin is constantly oiling up and breakouts are a constant threat on my face. This cream doesn’t make my skin breakout, calms any inflammation and seems to help with blotchiness. Although this product is aimed toward people with oily to oily combination skin, I think it could be used on any skin type as it is gentle, nourishing and soothing to the skin.

HABA White Knight is available here for $28.00 with 160 TrueReward Points or here for $37.

I tried this toner last night and was amazed. This toner feels so refreshing, almost like water it’s so light, only it has a lot of ingredients/nutrients that replenish and balance your skin! The toner ” contains no parabens, flavors, mineral oils, synthesized tar colorings or petrochemical surfactants that can irritate the skin.” So, it doesn’t cause blotchiness, redness or any other irritation that may cause breakouts or rashes. Seaweed and bamboo are both main ingredients in this toner; the seaweed naturally removes toxins and the bamboo moisturizes. I recommend applying this toner with a cotton ball and applying it sparsely over your face. A little bit goes a long way, although if you prefer to thickly coat it over your face, I don’t think it would hurt you since everything in this toner is good for your skin. The best thing about this toner by far is the fact that there is no alcohol or anything so your skin won’t dry up, but it has ingredients to nourish and moisturize your skin without clogging up your pores like most other store-bought products will. You can use a moisturizer after using this toner, but if you have oily/combination skin, you might not need to. I LOVED this toner a lot. I definitely plan on buying this one after using the sample. Another similar toner is the VC Lotion II which is also alcohol free along with containing “no parabens, flavors, mineral oils, synthesized tar colorings or petrochemical surfactants that can irritate the skin.”” The ingredients of each and their benefits will help you decide what your skin needs and what is best suited to you.

HABA G-Lotion Skin Toner here at $25.00 with 130 TrueReward Points or here at $29.

VC Lotion Toner II here at $36.00 with 180 TrueReward Points or here at $43.

Before you make any assumptions about the fact that this cleanser is a powder, let me assure you that it does NOT dry up your face or leave you ashy or anything. I recently tried this cleansing powder by Komenuka Bijin to see if it would be a good alternative to all the abrasive exfoliants I had been using previously. The sample pack of it is a small paper tube of powder grain that lasted me about 2 1/2 uses. If you decide to buy this cleanser, it comes in a plastic container of 30 small packs of the sample that True Renu will send you. This cleanser is MY favorite now.

It’s definitely a keeper because you can choose to use it regularly or if you have sensitive skin like I do, just as an exfoliant a few times a week. It lathers up rich and foamy and leaves your face feeling really soft and clean. I love that I feel clean but not red/blotchy or dry. Also, the rice bran is good for whitening, which I like since it tones down redness and helps with any pigmentation/dark spots. This cleanser also claims over 107 antioxidants and all natural ingredients so everything that’s going onto your face and into your skin is good for you and non-chemical. Rice bran, as well as whitening, also tones, heals and moisturizes your skin and makes your skin look bright and fresh. I felt really refreshed after using it and am committed to buying my very own 30 pack of this cleansing powder as soon as I get the money to do so!

The best thing about this product is that it can be used on all skin types. I have combination/oily/sensitive and am usually prone to breakouts when trying new products, but this cleanser did not upset my skin at all. I would recommend this cleanser to anyone that I know; I have been! The Komenuka Bijin Facial Cleansing Powder from Natural Rice Bran 30 Packs goes for about $36.00 on True Renu. I know that seems sort of steep, especially in these economic times, but one powder pack can last you up to 3 uses AND True Renu gives you 150 TrueReward points (and other Truereward points if you purchase anything else) that can be redeemed as a coupon for any future orders! I LOVE that part of the deal. PLUS, they send you samples when you order from them which is AWESOME and discount coupons, ALSO great for future purchases. Plus, usually they send you a sample of their new gummy candy that is DELICIOUS.

AND, if you’re an older woman with more mature skin, HABA also carries a facial cleansing powder that is more geared toward your skin, which is great because it includes all of Komenuka Bijin’s great attributes, with the added benefits of anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, youthful looking skin properties in it. It is also less of an exfoliant and feels more fine grain than the grains of the Komenuka Bijin brand.the HABA pure roots Squa Powder Wash Cleanser with Papaya goes for $20.00 on True Renu and you get 100 TrueReward points (yay!). This may be a good option for those on a budget.

I tried BOTH and they were BOTH awesome. No lie, I’m having difficulty choosing which one I actually wish to purchase, but I think I will go with the Komenuka Bijin simply because it is based more toward my age group and skin. At any rate, their site elaborates in detail on each of the two cleansers so you can find and decide which cleanser is right for you and your skin type.


Here is where you can find each of these items and their prices:

Komenuka Bijin Facial Cleansing Powder 30 Packs


Komenuka Bijin’s Site at $36 $33

Beauty Habit’s Site at $36

Alpha Beauty’s Site at $36

True Renu’s Site at $36 and earn 150 TrueReward Points

You may also find this item on Ebay at an even cheaper price.

HABA Pure Roots Squa Powder Wash with Papaya Enzymes 80g


True Renu’s Site at $20 with 100 TrueReward Points

HABA’s Site at $24

You may also be able to find this item on Amazon, but I think it is still sold through True Renu. This line is a bit harder to find that Komenuka Bijin.

Good luck!

Natural Japanese Beauty is my latest great find. Recently, while browsing the web in search of japanese skin care, I found this great site. I think this site actually retails straight from Japan. Not only do they have really fantastic products, they have reasonable price ranges so there’s something for everyone! They also offer interesting articles on the history of each product and why it’s beneficial for you. This includes the benefits of rice bran, camellia oil and green tea as well as the use of silkworm cocoons (don’t knock it til you try it!) to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, leaving the skin SUPER SOFT!
Contrast to True Renu, this site takes a more traditional, less modern look at skin care maintenance while still focusing on the #1 thing: looking your best and maintaining healthy glowing skin. After starting to use all of these products, my favorites are the rice bran powder wash from True Renu, HABA’s G Lotion Toner and White Knight Creme, and the silkworm cocoons and ALL of the whitening products from Natural Japanese Beauty. My favorite thing about these products is that they are all natural. I don’t need a chemistry dictionary to know what I’m putting on my skin because it’s right there for me to see in the simplest of terms for the ingredients that include rice bran, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, and seaweed.
They even offer recipes on the site for Home Remedies! My favorite of these is the Ginger Tea. The Ginger Tea offers relief for “Colds, Flu, Arthritis and General Health.” I don’t usually have any of these issues, but I love the tea simply because it tastes really good. Also, I LOVE ginger. It’s refreshing and I’ll eat it by the plate like a salad. Talk about refreshing. I also used it recently to help my boyfriend’s mom get rid of vertigo. It WORKED! She couldn’t believe it because her vertigo was gone in just FIVE DAYS. She loves the tea so much, I make it for her almost daily if not weekly.

Benefits of Ginger: Click Here to get the recipes!

Aside from all these great benefits of this site, they also offer traditional clay make up just like Geishas use! They sell a variety of different color tones so that you can mix them and create a tone that most closely matches your EXACT skin color. For someone like me, who is obsessed with everything Geisha, this make up really is great. I’m always looking for more natural make up alternatives to the drugstore make up and the absurdly expensive designer cosmetics.

Check it out here!

Thanks for reading my blogs and good luck!