Just because we are Asian doesn’t mean we have the same skin. I know that! But are you ever overwhelmed with the plethora of skin care products and feel barraged by claims of effectiveness? It’s not like beauty editors have no incentive to tout specific companies or products. Ditto for actresses who may or may not be paid to promote.
Yet to try out products to see if they actually work is a costly and time consuming endeavor that requires the mind of a scientist and the pocketbook of a trust fund kid. My cheat? I tallyed the product mentions in my favorite beauty blog Into the Gloss. Ok, did I actually tally them? I am almost that anal-retentive but no, I did not physically make a tally sheet. I just did it in my head.
Amazingly, if you read all the posts, there are certain products that come up again and again by her featured guests which include fashion insiders, models, and beauty editorial writers. I paid especially close attention to the Asians and what they liked. Any product that came up often AND wasn’t mind-blowingly expensive is also listed below. We like those!
What are your favorite products? Have you tried any of these products and what’s your verdict? Leave a comment and I’ll add your feedback or product faves to the list. Thank you!
Aesop, all natural skin care, came up again and again and these are two most frequently mentioned products.
Another face oil that gets rave reviews but is very pricey is Rodin. One small bottle is supposed to last a year. The ingredients are mostly expensive essential oils of the very highest quality. This is a product in which you get what you pay for.
Another splurge that insiders swear is worth it is SK II with the essence that comes from brewing sake.
And the mask
SK II by SK II Signs Dual Treatment Mask–6pairs, $100
Tata Harper comes up too many times to ignore. An organic line with very high quality ingredients, it is used by Gwyneth and other A Listers. The serum is seriously pricey and NY socialites like to give this as a gift to BFFs. The starter kit is more my speed at $45.
Tata Harper All-Natural Starter Beauty Set, $45
Daily sun protection is universally awarded to La Roche Posay, Antheosis.
Concealer goes to YSL Touche Eclat for both effectiveness and innovation in combining a brush with product. Cle de Peau is also popular. Some of these fashionistas swear by just concealer if it’s the only you do before heading out of the house.
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLATRadiant Touch, $45
Another concealer is Cle de Peau
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer came up too many times to ignore.
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $22.
It’s funny how Ruby Woo by MAC and Tom Ford lipsticks come up frequently.
MAC Lip Care – Lipstick – Ruby Woo; 3g/0.1oz, $23.
If you weren’t blessed with naturally curly eye lashes, everyone swears by Shu Uemura
Mascara is another place to save.
CoverGirl Lash Blast Length Mascara, $8.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisterizer is another product with a huge fan base.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil Free, $42.
For an inexpensive drug store face cleaner that won’t strip skin, Cetaphil came up many times. Here’s the thing about face cleanser: it goes on and comes right off. Save on face cleanser and put that money instead on creams and serums that stay on.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, For all skin types, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2), $18
Another under-the-radar discovery is Gunilla of Sweden for aloe vera based skin care products. They do no marketing!
Essie comes up again and again nail lacquer. As for color, anything goes.
essie NEW Spring 2011 Collection Mini 4 bottle, $12.75.
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