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This is great for people who have oily skin like I do. I am very oily around my T-zone area, especially my nose! Cornstarch is a great alternative to other makeup powders to suck up the oils and help mattify your face! For me, this lasts a lot longer on my skin than my other powders and has better oil control as well. Some makeup companies put cornstarch in their mattifying powders. It is safe to use on your face and has not broken me out.

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The Pore Brush. This small facial pore brush is the #1 selling pore brush in Korea. After I posted this review on YouTube, someone commented that this is very popular in Korea and was on a show called Get It Beauty. I got the chance to try this brush and I got to say.. I understand why it is so popular! I love this thing. It is now a stable in my skincare regimen.

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On the website it says:

  • 310,000 soft bristles with the size thinner than the hair, cleanses and exfoliates dead skin cells thoroughly.
  • Provides clean and silky smooth skin.
  • Densely aligned bristles for stable pressure for minimal skin irritation yet provides deep cleansing.
  • Comfortable hand grip.

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  • Brush cleansing will revive your tired skin to glow, removing dirt, make-up, and even dead skin cells.
  • 310,000 soft bristles are densely aligned on the brush head for stable pressure for minimal irritation.
  • Brush cleansing will remove all dirt and dead skin cells and boost your circulation to increase blood flow to the cells to restore skin’s vitality.

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It is VERY soft and it feels so good on my skin. It’s very gentle so it’s perfect for people who have sensitive skin as well. I compared this to my Sephora facial brush that I had been using and the pore brush beats it by far. Here’s a before and after:

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I have very oily skin on my t-zone area.. especially my nose. I also have a bit of acne on my nose as well. But you can see from the pic above how well the Pore Brush cleaned my pores. It also gave it a little glow! When I was using my Sephora brush, it just always left my face red even though I gently used it on my face.  I explain it a bit more in the video below.

 

If you get a chance to try this, let me know how well it works for you! =]

 

The Pore Brush sells for $19.95

You can check out the Pore Brush at: http://porebrush.com

 

*Pore Brush was sent for review. These are my honest opinions

Some people requested for me to show you how I do my eyebrows. I have rather full thick brows and like to keep it that way. I think it suits my face more? Also, fuller eyebrows with a little arch do give off a more youthful look. Which is fine by me. {= ]

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My mom was making japchae so I quickly got out my camera to film it. It was a bit difficult since she was going back and forth doing different things all at once and she doesn’t measure anything so I had to guess as best as I could. But in the end, it was so good! After giving half to my family, it was quickly gone! It looks like a lot but trust me.. it quickly disappears! lol. It looks simple to make but it is very time consuming. I hope you guys try it out and enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 medium carrots
2 medium onions
3 cups dried shiitake mushrooms
2 bundles green onions
1 cup black mushrooms (optional)
3 eggs
2 bundles of spinach
1 package (1.1 lbs/ 500g) Oriental style starch noodle (called dangmyeon 당면) (Shirakiku is the brand we used)
salt
garlic powder
black pepper
sesame seed oil
sesame seeds
soy sauce (we used low sodium)
oil
water

Soak dry shiitake mushrooms and black mushrooms (optional) for about 2-3 hours.
Cut carrots into strips. Add oil to a pan, add a pinch of salt and fry in a pan for 3-4 mins. Place in large mixing bowl.
Cut onions into strips. Add oil to a pan on medium high, add a pinch of salt and fry in a pan for 3-4 mins. Set aside with carrots.
Get shiitake mushrooms and rinse it. Squeeze out liquid. Cut into strips.
Cut green onions into 2 inch length wise strips.
Add oil to pan and fry shiitake mushrooms for 2-3 mins. Add a pinch of salt and add green onions and fry for another 2 mins. Set with the vegetables.
Get black mushrooms (optional) and squeeze out liquid. Roughly cut it and add to vegetable mixture.
In a small bowl crack 3 eggs, add a pinch of salt and mix it.
In a pan on LOW heat, add enough oil to cover the pan and add egg mixture. Spread eggs around the pan to make a circle cook for about 2 mins or until the eggs start moving around the pan easily. Then flip over and cook for 1 min.
Roll egg up and cut into strips. Set aside.
In boiling water, add spinach and then quickly turn off the heat. The spinach will continue to cook. Once it’s all welted, cool in cold water to stop cooking. Squeeze out liquid and roughly chop it into 2 inch pieces.
Add 1/8 tsp of garlic powder, 1 TBSP sesame seed oil, 1/2 TBSP sesame seeds, 1 TBSP soy sauce and mix. Add to vegetables.
In a large pot of boiling water, add starch noodles and cook for 7-10 mins.
Drain noodles, rinse in cold water and roughly cut noodles (you can cut it with kitchen scissors if it’s easier).
In a large pan on medium high heat, add 1 TBSP oil, 3-4 TBSP soy sauce and 3 TBSP of water.
Add noodles and mix. Fry for 2-3 mins. Then add to the vegetable mixture.
In the larger mixing bowl with everything, add 1/2 cup sesame seed oil, lots of sesame seeds, 4 TBSP sugar, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 4 TBSP soy sauce. MIX.
Taste it and see if it’s needs more soy sauce. In our case, we added 3-4 TBSP of soy sauce and more sesame seeds.
Lastly, add egg strips and mix.
Garnish with more sesame seeds on top.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had some skincare products on my wish list. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Caudalie was having a special where if you spend over $50 (which is not hard to do) you get a free gift set! Along with that you get free shipping and 3 free samples. Sold. Haha. This is my first real splurge for skincare stuff and I don’t regret it!

Products mentioned:
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Makeup bag included:
Caudalie Cleansing Water
Caudalie Grape Water
Caudalie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
Caudalie Fleur De Vigne

3 Samples:
Caudalie Premier Cru
Caudalie Vinoexpert Firming Serum
Caudalie Vinoexpert Eye and Lip Serum

You can find Caudalie products at: http://us.caudalie.com/ or http://www.sephora.com/caudalie

My skincare routine has been at a minimum since I’ve been using Adapalene cream for my acne. When I was a teenager I was prescribed Differin Gel. I think Adapalene is the same thing just that I got the generic brand and it was WAY cheaper then if I got Differin. My dermatologist recommended I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I use that cleanser in the morning and at night. After that, I apply The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream which has been working pretty well and it has some spf in it for daily use. I don’t apply anything else otherwise my face turns into an oily mess. Before I was using my Clinique oil free gel moisturizer which I love but for some reason this time it just brought out my oil and after a couple of hours you could fry an egg on my face so I had to stop using it. Every other day I use a facial brush with the cleanser at night. I just recently started using that brush regularly and I noticed that my skin feels a lot smoother and looks a lot less dull. Of course it’s nothing compared to the Clarisonic which I don’t own. But everyone seems to rave about it.

So back to my acne.. I’ve been using my acne cream for about 3 months now and it was a slow process. My skin didn’t react to it well in the beginning. The first week I only applied it twice a week and then started increasing it every week. Even now I still don’t put it on everyday. I apply it 5-6 times a week at night. But it has improved a lot.. not 100% but it’s getting there. I had acne scars and hyperpigmentation from when I was younger and with this breakout I got even more. It’s all good though. That’s where full coverage foundation and concealer come in handy. Ha!

I’ve been obsessed with skincare a lot more now that my age is catching up to me (I wish I did when I was younger.. ). I’ve been watching/reading/looking up reviews on products and I have some I’ve been eyeing. Of course they are not cheap.. but Christmas is coming up.. hahaha.

First is Exuviance SkinRise Bionic Tonic

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I was at Ulta last week and was trying to find a new foundation to try. The girl there helped match a couple foundations and tested it on my face. Afterwards when I was wiping the makeup off with a wipe she handed me the Exuviance skinrise tonic. Inside the jar are presoaked pads. I put that all over my face and it felt amazing! She told me that she swears by this. It’s alcohol free and a little tip she recommended was to cut the pads in half or even thirds to make it last longer. I told her I was gonna add this to my wish list. lol.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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I think I remember my mother or grandmother using this when I was younger. Back then I didn’t really pay attention but I wish I did. This is really popular and a big bite in the wallet.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thristy Quenching Serum

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I’m still looking for the perfect serum. Before I was using Boots No7 serum and I felt like it didn’t do anything. I also tried an Olay serum. These are also drugstore brands. Serums are pricey to begin with so I thought I would start out by trying cheaper ones but I think I should invest in a good quality serum now.

That’s my list for now. Still adding on more. Got to save as much money as I can otherwise I’ll be broke sleeping outside.. but at least I’ll have good skin? lol.

Do you have any skincare products you love or want to try? Let me know! =]

-Angela.