Oahu, Hawaii

Dear Readers,

I’m in paradise…

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Or…better yet, I was. My family and I were fortunate enough to be able to take a gorgeous vacation this year. We vacationed in stunning Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Hawaii is truly a magical place, and not only because it has some of the most amazing beaches on this planet…because it does.But also, because its people are some of the sweetest folks i’ve met, and its culture is really something. Not to mention the FOOD! Whenever I happen to be in Hawaii, I always manage to come back home with a few extra pounds as souvenirs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nevertheless, the trip is always magical and totally worth it. Just take a look at these amazing sights!

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Hawaii proved to be an incredibly magical vacation, and I am hoping to be able to visit again soon. Because Hawaii is relatively close to our friends in Asia, I found many stores that carried Korean and Japanese skin care. It didn’t take long for me to start prowling the Asian skin care aisles at one of the largest outdoor malls, the Ala Moana shopping center. I tried really hard to be good, but I just couldn’t resist the temptation that is Korean skincare. After spending way more than what I originally planned on, I comforted myself by reminding myself that Korean skincare stores are indeed scarce here in Colorado. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, I am extremely excited to be able to share my Korean skincare haul with y’all soon. I’ve already been testing all these lotions and potions, not to mention those amazing Korean sheet masks that have been all the rage. I’ve found quite a few favorites, and possibly some new holy grail products to add to my skin care collection. So, stay tuned!

xoxo – Andrea

Smooth & Flawless Skin

Paula's Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion-10% AHA and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen

Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion-10% AHA and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen

Summertime can be unforgiving, especially when it comes to your skin. Yes, the warmer months are meant to be spent frolicking around in shorts, skirts, and gorgeous summer dresses. However, the increased sun exposure can also make your skin dry and flaky, which has become a problem of mine this summer.

I’ve recently come across some of Paula’s choice products and I can honestly say that I’m impressed. Her skin revealing body lotion with 10% alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) has become a staple in my beauty regimen. AHAs are some of my most FAVORITE skin care ingredients. I love them because they exfoliate dead skin cells gently and effectively, thereby brightening and softening the skin. I was so excited when I first stumbled upon this product. I’ve found it quite challenging to find an exfoliating body lotion. Not a lot of beauty companies make such products for the body.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with this product. This particular body exfoliant gently removes my flaky skin and moisturizes the skin with Shea Butter and Grape Seed Oil. It’s also very soothing on the skin. It has Chamomile extract and Green tea, which doubles as an effective antioxidant. It is also fragrance free, so it’s perfect for those who are especially sensitive to fragrance. With regular, nightly use, I’ve noticed that my sensitive skin has become smoother, brighter, and more even. I’ve also noticed less irritation after shaving! Although, please DO NOT apply this product on freshly shaven legs because it WILL sting. I learned this the hard way! ๐Ÿ™‚

I mainly use this at night, seeing as to how AHAs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. And I ALWAYS put sunscreen on in the morning. I think it’s so important that you implement a good sunscreen into your routine when using this product.

My sunscreen of choice is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60. I’ve been using this product for a few years and It’s become a holy grail product. I can’t live without it. It absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a matte, velvety finish without any of that white, streaky business. I also LOVE that it’s very HIGH protection–it’s SPF 60 and water resistant for approximately 80 minutes!

You can find the Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion ($27)ย hereย and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen ($36)ย here.ย  Although, you may also find La Roche-Posay at Ulta and few, select Target stores.