Review: Mizon Original Skin Energy Ampoules: Peptide, Placenta, and Collagen, Oh My!

Mizon skin energy ampoules

When did getting older ever become a bad thing?  I remember (like it was yesterday!) being a frustrated teenager and counting down the years until I was 18 and officially became an adult.  Even in my 20s, I looked forward to my birthday every year.  Every year was a step towards my education or career goals.  Every year provided more knowledge, more experiences, more adventures, more confidence, and more security!

But now I am officially getting older, and it is not such a good thing anymore.  Somehow time has crept up, and I suddenly woke up to find myself in my mid-30s, although I still feel like I’m 25, and often get mistaken for it.  I take pride in looking like I’m still in my 20s, and goddamn it, I will maintain it as long as humanly possible!  (Without looking like a plastic freak with a pulled-apart face like overstretched mozzarella – you know what I’m talking about.)

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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: What it is and Why it’s Important to Know the Difference!

I always thought that my skin type was “oily.”  Even dermatologists that I consulted with confirmed that my skin type was oily.  But little changes in my skin that I noticed over the years made me realize that my skin type wasn’t in fact oily at all, I was in fact suffering from a condition of extremely dehydrated skin!  And treating my skin type as oily and using products intended for oily skin was the absolutely worse thing I could do, result in skin become more and more oily over time…

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Happy New Year!!

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So much has happened this past year, both in my career and personal life, that I couldn’t really concentrate on this blog.  I do feel awful for neglecting it!  But with the new year, I feel that it’s time again for me to start writing again about what I love…

While I’ve been away, I’m so shocked to see that this little blog has gotten way more attention than I could have expected! Since March, I’ve averaged around 7,000 views every month, more than 70,000 for the year of 2015. I almost could not believe it when I saw my stats!  I originally started my blog hoping for only a few readers every month.

Thank you to everyone for reading my posts!  I hope my reviews and skincare info are helpful, and that my other posts are interesting.  Please keep giving me feedback and send me your questions.

Happy New Year!! May 2016 bring many joys to you and yours!

With much Aloha,

Kabuki Girl

Review: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal

Boscia Konjac cleansing sponge

Finally getting around to blogging about one of my favorite skin care products: the Konjac Sponge!  Originally created in Japan, there are many different kinds to choose from, made by many different brands.  The first one that I tried was Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal that I bought at Sephora.  I found that it provides effective yet gentle exfoliation, and overall I love Konjac sponges so much that it has a permanent position in my skin care routine.

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You talk, I listen!

144585051-two-women-one-whispering-in-the-others-ear-by-mcmillan-digital-art Someone just posted a great question on my last blog, which I promptly answered, and it inspired me to blog about it more in detail sometime soon.  Her question would be a great topic for a skin care-related post!  But it also got me thinking that I should open my blog up to more questions and suggestions.

So please use this space to post comments or ask questions.  I would also love to get suggestions about new products to try, or questions about skin care!  I am not a dermatologist, and definitely not an expert, but I will try to answer your questions thoughtfully and thoroughly based on my personal experiences and what I’ve read.  If you have any suggestions on how to make my blog easier to read, etc…, I’m open to them too!

Thanks again for reading my little blog!

With Aloha,

Kabuki Girl

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My Winter Skin Care Routine

I have done so many reviews of products, and talked about how I’ve solved individual skin problems, but I just realized that I never blogged about my whole skin care routine.  It’s taken a few months of trial and error, but I’ve finally created a routine that keeps my skin looking and feeling its best.

(And I know I’m doing something right when I haven’t had a single hormonal cystic acne for 3 months, now!  First time since I was 14 that I haven’t had problems with cystic acne.)

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I’m a big believer in living according to the seasons.  The activities I do, the food I eat, and of course my skin care routine, reflect the changing seasons.  My routine is also slightly different for the day and at night.  I also have some favorite weekly treatments, too.  But all my skin care products have pretty much one thing in common: moisture.  In the winter, I focus on adding extra moisturizers to my skin because nurturing my moisture barrier has been the best way to keeping acne, rosacea, and enlarged pores at bay.

But I am always experimenting with new products, and I’ll write if I’ve decided to permanently include something in my daily or weekly routine.  I’ll definitely do a Summer Skin Care Routine update, because I’m sure I’ll have to change some of my products for the changing weather.

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