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Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Masks by Leaders Cosmetics

We recently read an article about a study from the World Health Organization that found microplastics in drinking water. Another article that found microplastics in the air and in raindrops. As you can imagine, a buildup of microplastics in our system can be detrimental to our bodies. So, of course, we must be a bit more discerning about what we put in and on our bodies. Since skincare products are absorbed into the skin, we started paying more attention to beauty products. We were recently introduced to the Labotica True Nature masks by Leaders Cosmetics, a range of environmentally-friendly, hypoallergenic sheet masks made with natural organic ingredients.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Every formulation of Leaders Cosmetics’ Korean sheet masks is developed by a group of 15 leading dermatologists; their goal is to provide pure, natural and effective skincare. Leaders Cosmetics empower women to take care of themselves from the inside out. Their skincare products and formulations work in just 20 minutes of “me time”; and we all know how important self-care is. The Labotica True Nature masks boast four skin-loving sheet masks, each geared toward resolving a skin issue.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Brightening Mask – Perfect for those looking for a visibly brighter skin tone. The Rosa Damascena Flower Extract helps provide excellent brightening and moisturizing effects to brighten the skin tone.
Use this mask to brighten dull and tired skin, get rid of uneven skin tone, and fade dark spots. It deeply hydrates your skin and smoothes rough dry skin, leaving it dewy and supple.

Labotica True Nature Moisturizing Mask – Coconut Fruit Extract has an excellent moisturizing effect. It makes your skin feel soft and moisturized by providing an abundant amount of moisture. It’s excellent for those looking to resolve issues with rough, dry skin and signs of aging. The superbly Moisturizing sheet mask intensely moisturizes and soothes skin, provides essential nutrients, and promotes oil-moisture balance.

Labotica True Nature Revitalizing Mask – Looking to revitalize and nourish your skin? The Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract in the Revitalizing sheet mask provides excellent effects to improve skin resilience for healthier skin. It helps with loss of firmness and elasticity and dull, tired skin. It improves visible lines and wrinkles, deeply hydrates skin, leaves skin firm and smooth, and stops premature aging.

Labotica True Nature Pore Clearing Mask – This is our hero sheet mask. If you’re like us and looking to soothe and purify your pores, the Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract in this mask has excellent effects of tightening pores and soothing skin, leaving you with a smoother skin texture. It’s great for the treatment of acne, enlarged pores, and the appearance of scars. It refines and tightens pores, balances oiliness, and soothes troubled and irritated skin.

The Labotica True Nature masks retail for $3.00 each and $27.00 for a pack of 10. You can also purchase the Tencel Mask Kit, which includes one of each of the four sheet masks and an adorable Cat Ear Headband.

These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

#TheSelectsPopUp

#TheSelectsPopUp NYC: Shop Emerging K-Beauty and Fashion at The Selects

We have been obsessed with K-beauty brands every since we were first introduced to the Korean Beauty industry by Sephora in 2015. And in those three years, the K-Beauty industry in the US has exploded and it’s showing no signs of stopping. You already know we love emerging and indie brands, both in fashion and beauty; so of course,  we had to preview and shop the curated selection of the most anticipated Korean fashion and beauty brands at The Selects. Noted as NYC’s premier destination for emerging K-Beauty and Fashion, you will find all things K-Beauty and fashion at The Selects. Today, we’ll be concentrating on the amazing K-Beauty brands we saw at the #TheSelectsPopUp NYC.

The Selects, a collaborative project promotes Korean fashion designers and beauty brands. The goal of the pop-up is to help assist these innovative brands break into the US market. This will be the first time most of the designers will have retail exposure to US consumers. On the fashion side, ten of the most promising designers evolving in the Korean fashion industry are represented at the  #TheSelectsPopUp. They include Bmuet(te), Beyond Closet, The Centaur, Heohwan Simulation, Hidden Forest Market, KYE, LIE, Nohant, SWBD, and Wnderkammer.  On the beauty side, The Selects have partnered with ten K-beauty brands.

K-beauty is highly focused on health and hydration, and the ingredients are innovative and inspired by nature. The beauty brands highlighted and sold at the #TheSelectsPopUp include Agerin, IPKN, Jinsoon, Knours, Meg, Moart, SKINRx Lab, Too Cool for School, Vika and Whal Myung. They represent some of the best Korean skincare and makeup on the market, some of which are featured below:

We had the pleasure of attending a beauty demonstration by Seong Hee Park using some of these skincare and cosmetics k-beauty products. Check out our K-Beauty at The Selects IGTV story to see the video of this demonstration and below for photos of Seong Hee Park in action.

Throughout the time the pop-up will be open, there will be two raffles held each week, one will be a classic raffle and the other an Instagram contest for the best Instagram picture of the week tagged of The Selects pop-up. Winners will receive a basket of amazing K-beauty products.

The Korean beauty haven opened on October 26th and will remain open until November 14th. The #TheSelectsPopUp, located at 62 Greene Street, will be open Sunday-Thursday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Beauty Photography: Peel-Off Facial Masks

Out of This World Glow: I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks

Hey beauty lovers, we have a question for you. What is your favorite beauty product? We don’t mean brand, we mean actual products. Is it something in the makeup, skincare, or haircare category. For us, it’s facial masks of all kinds. We love how clean, refreshed, and youthful our skin looks and feels after we treat ourselves to a mask. We love the way they purge the unwanted things that can leave your skin dull and unhealthy. Who can say no to glowing skin? We were recently introduced to the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks, and boy are we having fun with them.

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Peel-Off Facial Masks

We’re enjoying them for more than just the benefits to our skin, just look how fun they are! With adorable names like Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten, and their out of this world looks, we see why everyone loves the K Beauty brand, I Dew Care.

I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Holographic Hydrating Peel-Off Mask

This hydrating, holographic peel-off mask that uses real ruby and pearl powder plus rose water and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and revitalize dry skin for a dewy, post-facial glow. Ruby and Pearl Powder gently exfoliates and visibly brightens your skin, rose water boosts your skin’s elasticity and calms irritated skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and visibly plumps your skin. The mask starts out a shimmering iridescent pale emerald color (as you can see above) then transforms into a soft holographic pink upon application. Check out this insta video to see our application of the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask. Once you peel it off (it magically peels off a mint color) ,you’re left with skin that’s smooth and hydrated.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care T-Zone Clearing Black Facial Mask

If you’re like us, then you’re using a continuous amount of blotting sheets for your T-Zone. If you’re looking to cut down on the usage, get yourself the I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask. This exfoliating, galactic black peel-off mask uses charcoal, topaz, diamond powder, volcanic ash and witch hazel to gently exfoliate skin, absorb impurities, and control sebum to reveals a brighter complexion. This T-Zone clearing peel-off facial mask shimmers with royal blue glitter for a fun, out-of-this-world look. Your T-Zone won’t know what hit it.

The 85ml/2.87 fl. oz. jars of I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks retail for $23.00 each and are available at www.ulta.com, Ulta Stores, www.urbanoutfitters.com, and select Urban Outfitters stores.

#IGiveASheet About our Planet: Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative

What do you give a “sheet” about? With all the problems of our world, it may be easy to remember that we all live on one planet that reacts and adjusts to what we do to it – good and bad. This next sentence bears repeating over and over – we only have one Earth, if we destroy it, we destroy ourselves. This is why we are fully supportive of the Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative. We had the pleasure of celebrating the Korean beauty brand’s NEW biodegradable My Real Squeeze Masks and their #IGiveASheet campaign.

As an Earth Day New York 2018 Official Community Partner, the Innisfree flagship will be one of 5 stops on the Earth Day 5K Green Tour, in honor of its new LEED Silver-Certification as a green-friendly location. Everyone is invited to visit the Innisfree’s brand experience booth and their flagship store to learn more about the brand, their special ingredients from Jeju island, their sustainability programs, and enjoy skincare samples and giveaways. You are also invited to (this is something we highly recommend you do) try out their biodegradable My Real Squeeze Sheet Masks and participate in their #lGlVEASHEET Campaign by sharing what you care about this Earth Day (check out our video below).

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Made from 100% biodegradable Eucalyptus fibers, Innisfree’s new My Mask Collection is their latest Earth-friendly innovation. With 18 naturally derived ingredients to choose from (including 6 new flavors – broccoli, tomato, ginseng, fig, oatmeal, and cucumber), the collection offers diverse solutions for ever-changing skin concerns. So no matter what your skin is craving, Innisfree has a sheet mask for you, plus they’re only $1.80 each!! Perfectly timed with Earth Month, the launch will be spotlighted by Innisfree’s #lGlVEASHEET Campaign.

Innisfree is very well known for their green initiatives around the globe, their promotion of sustainable living, practice responsible sourcing, and their wide range of nature-derived skincare (we are so in love with their Volcanic Cluster Masks, Overnight Beauty Products, and their Green Tea product range is an absolute favorite with beauty fans).

Doesn’t getting involved in the Innisfree X Earth Day New York Initiative sound like a great way to experience great skincare products and help our planet?

Sleeping Beauty: Innisfree Beauty Welcomes New NYC Flagship Store

Take it from someone who knows first hand, we do not get enough sleep. Unfortunately, we are at a time when self-care has taken a back seat to working and getting things done. We’re not even talking about treating yourself to a vacation or spa treatment, we’re talking about simply getting enough sleep. Raise your hand if you get a full eight hours of sleep; how about five or six? We have personally been getting by on five or less and it’s been taking its toll on our skin and bodies. We recently had the pleasure of learning all about the benefits of getting enough “beauty sleep” from Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins. Our beauty sleep masterclass was held at the new flagship location of Innisfree Beauty, the K Beauty brand offering innovative beauty products. We also had the pleasure of being introduced to the must-have overnight beauty products from Innisfree Beauty.

We ventured up to the mini oasis that is the second floor to hear Dr. Robbins spoke about the benefits and importance of sleep and its impact on your skin and overall health. We learned about the various levels of sleep, the ideal amount of sleep we should all get, and of course, how the right amount of sleep and the right skincare products can keep you looking your best.

We highly recommend you pop into this K Beauty haven to get acquainted with all six of their overnight beauty products. Whether you need help with anti-oxidants, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, or anti-aging, these overnight skincare solutions are amazing…..we’re currently obsessed. As we don’t get enough beauty sleep, we’ll happily take all the extra help we can get to improve our skin health.

Innisfree Beauty products like the Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey are targeted to work and improve skin while you sleep. They, along with all Innisfree Beauty products, are made from the finest natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea’s pristine Jeju Island.

Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask – Rest easy as you indulge in this deeply nourishing night cream, infused with Jeju Tangerine Peel Extract, Jeju Green Tea Extract and rich Shea Butter. The zesty peel of Jeju Tangerines has four times the amount of anti-oxidant-rich Vitamin C than the juicy flesh. That’s the secret of this overnight cream that’s formulated to help even skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. Wake up to skin that looks and feels astonishingly moist, supple and bright.

Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey – Pamper your pout while you sleep with this deeply moisturizing evening lip balm formulated to care for and nourish your lips with Jeju Canola Honey and Oil. Smooth it on before you hit the sack and wake up to smoother, more hydrated lips.

Innisfree also offers a series of free 30 minute classes at their flagship, including Skincare Series {Age Delay – Keep it Strong!}, Girls’ Guide “Day to Night” Looks, Intro to K Beauty Skin Care Routine, and Make-up Series {Complexion – My Cushion 101}. We know you want to know more, so head over to Innisfree’s NYC flagship location in Union Square at 862 Broadway. We promise you won’t be disappointed.