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@lotusnthesnail

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32 year old skincare junkie addicted to Asian Beauty products and beautiful things.  Desperately trying to quench an insatiable thirst.  I love to try new products and am constantly on the hunt for things that excite me.  Find me on IG!  @lotusandthesnail 

About Me

General Information

  • Ethnicity: Caucasian/European/White
  • Skin Tone: Pale
  • Skin Type: Sensitive
  • Hair Thickness: Medium
  • Hair Type: Wavy
  • Hair Color: Chestnut

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 25-34
  • Location: United States
  • Ingredient Preference: Anti-oxidants, Fragrance Free, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Retinoid, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, Tree Oil, Glycerin, Aloe
  • Are you a mommy to be?: No

I believe great skin starts with a good foundation. To me, cleansing is the most important step. Here's a short backstory why: for over 10 years, I struggled with skin issues. I spent years using high PH crap and I never knew that was one of the simple fixes to better skin. As a result of all the high PH products I had been using, my skin had an extremely ravaged moisture barrier and in my frantic quest to clear my skin, I continued dumping new products onto damaged skin that couldn't absorb anything. So over the years my skin collected more and more debris, clogging my pores worse and worse. It wasn't until I moved across the world to Hong Kong that I learned about double cleansing. I was having a conversation with a woman at SaSa, who was just baffled at why I didn't use my face oil FIRST. Now that I've been using oil cleansers for over a year, I'm shocked that they aren't more of a mainstream western staple. I mean... If you think about it- oil bonds with oil right? So wouldn't it make sense to remove the oils of makeup with another oil? Anyway, sorry to get so off topic, but I firmly believe properly cleansing was the single most important step my skin's road to recovery.
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After all that, my skin is still extremely picky when it comes to cleansers, but I do like to try first cleansers. I love trying different textures, colors, scents, cleansing balms and gels... and somehow I always come back to my Fancl mild cleansing oil.
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So why do I like it so much? Well, that's a good question. There are no bells and whistles, it doesn't have any anti-aging properties and it doesn't promise to brighten your skin. It's completely odorless and colorless... and there's nothing really special about this product... besides the fact that it's a really great cleansing oil. The texture is creamy and on the thicker side, but not too thick with a really nice slip to it. It emulsifies lightly and removes all makeup easily and effectively. I love that it never strips my sensitive skin. Just leaves it soft, smooth and clean- never tight or dry.  The formula is also paragon free, which is always a plus.  I highly recommend this cleaning oil to anyone with sensitive, picky skin like mine.  My only complaint is the price for the size of the bottle- $30 for 120 ml.  It also only lasts 3 months if you use it every day, but I still think it's worth it.  I bought mine at Image Beauty.  

I love this cream.  It has a rich, gel-like texture that seems sticky at first, but upon applying to skin, it sinks in and absorbs nicely.  The ingredient list is pretty stellar: magic acid, black honey, manuka honey, royal jelly and propolis.  Because this is an AHA cream, I usually only use this a couple times a week, in the morning.  I always find on days I use this, my skin stays bright throughout the day. Sometimes I use it as a light sleeping pack and I wake up to bright skin as well.  BUT... you guys... the best thing about this cream is the smell.  Like OMG, fresh cut apples with honey drizzled on top.  The texture and the smell makes me want to slather this all over my body.  

This was one of the first serums I tried when I first started using Asian Beauty products.  I was living in Hong Kong at the time and was suffering from VERY dehydrated skin and a badly compromised moisture barrier.  At the time, this serum was great.  It's gentle, hydrating and was perfect as a daytime serum in the super hot and humid HK weather.  The texture is nice.  It's a watery serum that absorbs beautifully.  I also believe the antioxidants from the green tea helped repair my dehydrated skin.  With that said, after almost a year of using it (and moving back to LA), I didn't notice much more than basic hydration.  The bottle lasts FOREVER.  I really feel like this serum served it's purpose when I needed it, but since then I have moved on and probably will not repurchase.  

 

 

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