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Ancient Chinese Beauty Secret Reveal – The Rice Water !

Posted in Health & Beauty, L'Occitane, Perlier, SK-II with tags , , , on June 20, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

For thousands of years, the rice water & the enzymes that have been found in the sake making process has been treasured by many Asian countries as the “fountain of youth” for beautiful skins. The nutrient-rich rice water can be very beneficial for the skin. When used as a toner, it hydrates, clarify & brighten the dull skin tone, reduces redness, removes impurities and even helps get rid of pimples and black heads. So here are some fabulous skincare products that all has “RICE” as their main ingredient to help you to achieve a youthful radiant skin!

L’Occitane Rice Skin Care Collection
(Click the photo below to check out the whole collection)
SK-II Skin Care Collection
(Click the photo below to check out the whole collection)
Fresh – Rice Sake Bath & Rice Dry Oil
(Click the photo below to check out the whole collection)
Perlier – Black Rice Platinum Beauty Kit
(Click the photo below to check out the whole collection)

Don’t forget to check out these fabulous skin care products and start to experience the magic of “Rice” that Asian women has been enjoying for thousands f years! Just in case you can’t wait to try the benefits of the “Rice” has to offer, here is a video of a super easy and in expensive way to make your own magic “Rice” water to make your skin looking younger!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My Favorite Spa & SkinCare – Amore Pacific – Futuristic Skin Care Inspired From 5 Eastern Traditional Elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire & Wood

Posted in Amore Pacific, Beauty & Health, Fabulous Locations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since 2007, I’ve been a big fan of their spa in downtown SOHO area in NYC. I usually go have a facial or massage once a month when I used to live in NYC, now I am in California, I still make sure to visit their Beauty Gallery in Soho whenever I am visiting New Yor. What makes Amore Pacific so special is when you walked into the door, they will seat you down & offer you a cup of special blend of green tea before your appointment.

Then a thorough “Elemental Energy Analysis” inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire and Wood will be performed by an aesthetician to determine which one of the five elements will best suit each client’s inner needs! I love it that they are really not just giving you a moisturizers and gives you a massage and send you home, instead it really follows the ancient Eastern philosophy of “Balancing the elements within” and by doing it will result a better well being & of course better skin.

Not just their products are amazing; the design of their spa is just wonderful! It mirrors the company philosophy of organic ingredients used to create its products. Within the architecture, the elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire are represented in either a literal or in a symbolic form. The atmosphere of the soothing warm light emanates from indirect sources behind the mirror and adjacent walls.

The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: Pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and the precious & the amazing Red Ginseng. The green tea is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island, an dormant volcano that has 1846 SQKM surface and located 130 KM from the southern coast of Korea.

It is there that fresh water & volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. Also the slow growing Red Ginseng they use are at least 6 years old plant that provides the most potent essence benefit to the skin. The elements in the products reach the deepest layer of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.

Here are the secret ingredients that make Amore Pacific skin care stands out from others!

Bamboo is the most resilient plant on the planet and is often revered for its unique quality of incredible strength and utmost flexibility. Referred to in Asian culture as “Divine Water,” bamboo sap has been prescribed for centuries for purification, well-being, and longevity. It is carefully collected over 12 hours only in the peak months of May and June. Originating from a plant of amazing vitality and resiliency, bamboo sap is used in every AmorePacific product to strengthen the skin’s self defense. Benefits from this exclusive, patented, ingredient include:

* Increases radiance and vitality; hydrates and nourishes the skin

* Delivers vital minerals and amino acids to recreate a healthy environment for the skin

* Strengthens skin’s self defense against the environment, ultimately promoting age-resistant, resilient skin

Used exclusively throughout the entire AmorePacific skincare line, Korean red ginseng has extraordinary healing powers and has been used as a medicinal “cure-all” for hundreds of years, including promoting overall well-being. Having a positive impact on the entire body, this mineral-rich botanical nourishes the skin, helps ensure balance and strength, and provides important antioxidant benefits, making it an ideal ingredient for age-fighting skin care. The most powerful and highest quality ginseng in the world, Korean red ginseng (harvested after six years of growth) is used throughout the entire AmorePacific Skincare line. Benefits from this potent plant include:

* Improves radiance and vitality; rejuvenates skin energy

* Provides antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Minimizes lines and wrinkles

* Enhances benefits from all active botanicals

Over three decades ago, AmorePacific was the first to utilize green tea extract from its own green tea gardens into a skincare formulation. The AmorePacific green tea plantation is located in the Pacific Eden of Jeju Island, nestled at the foot of Mount Halla, where pristine fields and mineral-rich volcanic soil form a perfect microclimate for green tea cultivation. There, it’s nurtured in an environment unmatched anywhere in the world. The only cosmetic company to cultivate and hand pick its own green tea, AmorePacific has unlocked the secret to skin longevity and wellness, utilizing every vital component of the green tea plant—including the leaf, stem, flower, and seed. Each vital part of the plant is harvested at peak times, ensuring the purest nutrients and antioxidant properties are used in all their formulations, delivering unprecedented benefits to the skin including:

* Antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Vital nutrients to promote a healthy environment for the skin

* Continuous deep hydration to combat dehydration, fine lines, and wrinkles

If you like to make purchase some of these amazing products, it’s available at BergdorfGoodman.com or NeimanMarcus.com and Sephora.com

To find out more info about this amazing skin care collection, click here Amorepacific.com or the photo below to visit their official website

Remember, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! and the true beauty having a balence mind, body & soul!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Get Stoked With California Style! Surfer, Bohemian, Skater Girl Chic

Posted in Beauty & Health, Diane Von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Shu Uemura with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok, I am officially sick & tired of the cold weather & so glad the Spring has officially arrived & temperature has finally warms up! After organizing & put way all my cashmere sweaters into the storage, I change into my short sleeves Quiksilver Tees and hibiscus floral board shorts and headed to an outdoor café to enjoy the sun. To our readers who is not living in the sunny California but dreamed about soaking up the sun on the beach, enjoy the warm salty breeze & cruising with the top down going shopping while celebrities sighting on your next vacation to Southern California, here are some “California Looks” you can try it out at whatever city or country you are at now & looking Chic in “California Style” !

First, remember, California girls dress all different ways! From Bohemian Goddess to Surfer girl and the skater girl looks. Don’t assume we all look like the girls from the reality show “The Hills” or “Laguna Beach” on MTV! The most important thing to remember is being unique and show off your individuality! But typically the “California style” is a more laid-back and casual look. Here are some of the looks I think its super cute!

The Surfer Girl
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Waist Tricolor Pants
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Skirt Tank Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Proenza Schouler – Sequined & Feathered Silk Mini Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Diane Von Furstenberg Paulita Ruffled Mini Skirt
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Alexander McQueen V-Neck Ocean Wave Sweater Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Alexander McQueen Biker Faithful Satchel
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi Charms Sandle
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
Dont forget to add some of the “Sun-Kissed” look on your face, so your skin will have this healthy glow just like the surfer girl hang out at the beach!!
Chanel Make-up Les Impressions Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
The Bohemian Goddess
Helmut Lang Italian Linen Slouchy Sweater
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Diane Von Furstenberg Beach Tabalah Kaftan
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Chloe Multi Strap Leather & Canvas Sandls
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Prada Mistolino Swarovski Crystal Tote
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks and lips but keep it natural and light !
Clinique Juiced-Up Colour Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
The Skater Girl
Ann Demeulemeester Leather Vest & Zipper Wrap
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Burberry Knotted Epaulette Jacket & Loop-Knot Skirt
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
Givenchy Melancholia Bag
(Available @ Barneys.com)
Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ring
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Fendi Logo Leather Cuff Bracelete
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
To finish off that “Edgy” & “Stree Tough” look skater girls has, go bold with your eyeliners! make it dark and smoky! Black color nail polish & natural color lips
Shu Uemura Egerie Make-Up Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)

Ok! after all these fabulous ideas showing you how to achieve that “California Look”, now! go to your closet dig up some of your already own pieces & go out to shop for some new stuff to create your own unique style to let out your “Inner California Girl” this summer !

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug