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K-#beauty in the #DC Metro Area UPDATED

Here a few updates on the popular article Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area | The Style Page:

eCosway has closed, and I changed the marker to red.

There are still Shiseido and AMORE counters inside Super H in Fairfax.  Not only does AMORE carry AMOREPACIFIC brands, but it also carries Missha.  The women at the counter told me that the most popular items were sheet masks and BB cream – no surprise there.  Here is my recent haul from Amore:

  • Missha Stick Eye shadow in Maple Honey
  • Missha Deep Sea Water Firming Eye Patch
  • Missha Speedy Solution Clearing Gel Eye Patch
  • Aritaum The Professional 100% Jelly Cleansing Puff, actually a konjac sponge infused cleansing jelly.  It dries out quickly and is prone to mold.
  • Mamonde Double Effect Ampoule Mask – Violet Flower Ultra Moisturizing, a two-step product consisting of an ampoule (whatever that is) and a sheet mask.

Because I had been to Super H recently, I changed the marker to green.  I turned the other markers to gray, as I can’t vouch for them.

Aritaum describes itself as “the one stop solution for all your beauty needs.”  It is a chain of K-#beauty stores whose parent company is AMOREPACIFIC.  Some Aritaum stores operate under the AMORE name.  Aritaum/AMORE locations are identified by blue diamonds.

According to cosmeticsdesign.com, there are 70 Aritaum stores in the US and Canada, with more store openings planned for this year.

 

 

Micellar water

Once a cult beauty item in the U.S., micellar waters can be found everywhere now, including your local CVS or big box store.

Micellar water is often described in a simplistic way, as a “magnet” that lifts off makeup.  Lab Muffin (!) explains the science behind micellar water in a way that is simple (as opposed to simplistic) and accessible to even the lay person.  It surprised me that micellar water is essentially … soapy water.

I’m currently using Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Step Micellar Solution and Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes.  Trader Joe’s: believe it!  In reserve, I have Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, which I bought using a manufacturer’s coupon, and micellar water from Italian brand Rilastil, which was a sample that the lady at Bellacara, a  beauty  boutique in the DC area, tossed into my bag.

Trader Joe's Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

I use micellar water alone when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup (especially eye makeup).  I apply it with DHC Silky Cotton pads (thanks, Marcia, for introducing me to this).  I don’t like a lot of rubbing or wiping, so when I have a full face of makeup, I do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and DHC Face Wash Powder.  Then I’ll moisten a cotton pad with micellar water to pick up any eye makeup residue.

Do the double cleanse with DHC

Japan’s DHC might have been among the first to bring cleansing oils to the US market. How many of you have been introduced to DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil through sample packets glued into its catalogues? I got hooked when I used a DCO sample and saw what a great job it did on dissolving eye makeup.

It’s funny that DHC has been slow to get on the bandwagon for double cleansing, even though it’s offered double cleansing for years. DHC usually pairs the DCO with one of its clear soaps, but I don’t care how mild a soap is, it still leaves a film. That’s why I prefer DHC Face Wash Powder.

DHC Face Wash Powder

DHC Face Wash Powder (image from dermstore.com)

I first apply the DCO to my face and then rinse my face with water. I then shake a little Face Wash Powder into my hand, build lather, apply the lather to my face, and then rinse my face with water. I haven’t let go of the idea that lather means that the product is working. If there are any mascara stains left, I’ll then saturate a cotton pad with dual-phase eye makeup remover (I use CVS’s knockoff of Neutrogena’s dual phase eye makeup remover) or micellar water (I currently use Vichy) and remove the stains.

Tatcha’s washing powder is grittier than DHC Face Wash Powder, takes more time to dissolve, and produces little lather. I also have a washing powder from Yojiya, a brand from Japan, but I’ve had it for so many years that it might have lost its efficacy.

My complaint about purchasing DCO and the Face Wash Powder from DHC’s website is that the threshold for free shipping is very high – 85 US dollars. I’m grateful to Marcia at Beauty Info Zone (see also 6 #beauty sites to follow), who told me about dermstore.com, which offers free shipping, no minimum. Dermstore.com also includes free samples with orders: when I purchased the Face Wash Powder, dermstore.com threw in a TSA-friendly mini-bottle of DHC Cleansing Oil (no packets here!). If you join Ebates, you can get 4% cash back on your purchase from dermstore.com.

While I purchased DHC Face Wash Powder, I have received several bottles of DHC Cleansing Oil from DHC in-house PR.

DHC Face Wash Powder ingredients:

zea mays (corn) starch, maltitol, potassium myristate, sodium cocoyl glycinate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sorbitol, protease, dipotassium glycrrhizate, glycyl glycine, silica, water/aqua/eau, alcohol, honey/mel/miel, sodium hyaluronate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract

Introducing LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50)

I started using LaRoche-Posay sunscreens after buying into the hype in magazines (no doubt to keep their advertiser L’Oréal , which owns LaRoche-Posay, happy) about the introduction of Mexoryl SX to the U.S. While Mexoryl SX is more stable than avobenzone, another chemical sunscreen, it protects only from UVA rays, not UVB rays. Visit Paula Begoun’s web site for more information about Mexoryl SX.

I use LaRoche-Posay sunscreens only on my face, because they are pricey.  Curiously, none of the LaRoche-Posay sunscreens that I’ve tried have Mexoryl SX as an ingredient. So much for hype.   I used Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, and thank goodness that it didn’t have the petroleum odor that Smashbox’s primer with sunscreen had.

After I finished the tube of Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, I switched to Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.  While I’m still using Anthelios 60 and liking it, I’ve loving LaRoche-Posay’s new Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50).  It’s lightweight, and I honestly believe that it’s improving my skin.  For those who seek a matte finish, I suggest that they put something like Mally Beauty’s Face Defender over the serum.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 cost $42.50 US for 1 fl.oz., so keep on the lookout for discounts.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%(sunscreen) Homosalate 9.60% (sunscreen) Octisalate 2.88%(sunscreen) Octocrylene 5.38% (sunscreen) Oxybenzone 3.46% (sunscreen)

Inactive ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine

Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel

Select the link below for an article on positive habits for airline travel.  I also suggest wearing compression stockings to prevent swelling and using saline nasal spray to keep your nostrils moist on long-haul flights.

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel - Beauty Tips

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel – Beauty Tips


“Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel” on Health Perch