What’s all the rage about #Kbeauty?! SMD Cosmetics has the answer

Blog: Groomed LA

We got wind of an amazing skin care line and had to look into this #Kbeauty trend ASAP!  What’s all the hype about? Why is it such a topic of conversation?

The trend is referred to as K-beauty, and it’s all about the ingredients. Celebrity make up artists are using it more and more too. We got to speak with 2 notable celebrity MUAs that shared with me their favorite #Kbeauty product and also gave us some tips on trends to watch for this summer!

Here is Elizabeth Hoel-Chang Celebrity Make Up Artist for the hit TV show This Is Us, on her summer skin care tips and tricks:

“I spritz a spray of rose water on my clean face before I put on my favorite natural Korean skin care products from SMD Cosmetics. I use Khiel’s SPF 50 facial sunscreen everyday under my makeup. I’ve been using SMD Cosmetics religiously since November, and now I’ve completely stopped wearing any foundation, because I don’t need it. The SMD Cleansing Oil is the perfect cleanser because it doesn’t strip my face of all the oil and disrupt my PH balance. It has been a life-saver for breakouts. Usually I’d have 4X the hormonal or summer breakouts using a stripping cleanser. I then apply a dusting of mineral powder on my face, concentrating mainly on my cheek area to correct my rocesa. Simple eyeliner and mascara, and fill in my brows. I apply a bit of bronzer or light pink blush on my cheeks and am on my way. I will sometimes blot my face with a light blotting powder, otherwise just let my face be as it is. Even if my mineral powder wears off over a long day at work, it doesn’t bother me now because my skin has repaired, plumped and become so hydrated from the help of SMD Saromae Snail Serum I also make sure I drink plenty of water and implicate more organic avocadoes in my diet since they are in season and are SO GOOD for your skin!! Along with strawberries, grapes and kale.”

So we did a little bit of digging and found out, SMD Cosmetics produces one of the most popular prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, formulated on over 2,000 years of herbal medicine wisdom! It’s a natural (which I LOVE) premium herbal medicinal-based line that is fairly new to the US.

We heard that SMD products are being used by top celebrity make-up artists, and are also now being sold at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Hollywood.

We also interviewed celebrity make-up artist and photographer, Troy Jensen, to give us this summers hottest skin care and make-up tips and this is what he had to say:

“I like my “muses” to come to me with radiant glowing clear skin…I love SMD Cosmetics, a K-beauty brand new to the US…some of my clients and I use the Saromae Snail Serum on the skin under make-up for radiance. I ease my clients (Jordan Sparks, Giuliana Rancic, and Mariah Carey to mention a few) into summer make up by first warming up their complexion. I choose a sheer foundation that will give them a warm wash of color. At the moment I’m obsessed with Dior Skin Nude Air Serum foundation. It’s so sheer, it literally looks invisible on the skin. Next I will add a peachy glow to the skin with Two Faced Cosmetics “sweet peach glow” pallet… it has a bronzer, a highlighter and a beautiful peach blush, to give you that instant beach babe look! I even dust a little highlighter and bronzer on the eyes and top of with this seasons IT beauty trend: tinted mascara (I love Benefit Cosmetics “there real mascara” in Beyond Blue. On the lips this summer, shimmer is a big trend and rose gold is really hot. Jouer Cosmetics has created a beautiful rose gold collection for the lips: I love “the long wear lip cream liquid lipstick in rose gold” and I go over it with Jouer’s lip topper in rose gold, focusing on the center of the lip and upper bow of the lip.”

After speaking to Elizabeth and Troy Groomed LA wants in!

I can’t wait to get my INHYUNJIN anti-aging set for myself! #Kbeauty !!! WOOT!!

http://www.groomed-la.com/7374-2/

Product Review: This Summer Don’t Let Your Skincare Suffer From The Sun

Posted In: Beauty

By Mallory McDonald

As soon as the weather begins to warm up and hit the 70’s and 80’s, our skin gets exposed to the sun. While we know the sun can cause sunburn and skin cancer, it can also cause you to gradually lose moisture and oil. This can make your skin appear dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled. It can be hard to find the right beauty product to actually reverse the effects of the sun and have your skin looking and feeling radiant. An innovative natural Korean skin care line uses ancient herbal ingredients in their products. This addition to their skincare products is the exact solution you need for relieving your dry skin during the warmer seasons!

Dry skin will be the least of your worries this summer with these simple ancient herbal ingredients!

Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate

SMD Cosmetics is an effective, unique, premium, luxury skincare that is also natural, safe and non-toxic. SMD cosmetics was the first Korean skin care line to offer a non-toxic, safe, natural, premium herbal medicinal-based line. Since launching in the U.S., SMD products are being used by top celebrity makeup artists who have discovered how powerful natural skin care can really be, and how your skin can transform with the right products.

The Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate is their best selling product and is the perfected result of combining the precise formulation of natural ingredients and ancient herbal science. It contains 62% pure snail filtrate extract, which is the perfect balance of efficacy and texture. This cruelty-free, all-in-one formula reduces wrinkles, dullness, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. It also deeply hydrates, reverses signs of aging and brightens the skin.

With the Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate you won’t battle with dry skin anymore!

Read more at http://cupidspulse.com/118092/product-review-summer-skincare-sun/#38e1AJDxOUgUwxpL.99

The Best Natural Deodorant…

We like all things natural or safe and non-toxic…so if we are so concerned about our skincare and what we eat we have to look at other things we put on our bodies.  Deodorant goes on everyday, ALL day!  So let’s look at that…this research was done by reviews.com and I have found it very helpful!

The best natural deodorants fend off odor without using ingredients that are likely to be toxic or irritating. After talking with a dermatologist, a chemist, and two natural deodorant creators, Reviews.com hand-tested 23 to find top picks that were: aluminum-free formulas with pleasant scents, goop-free application, and had minimal residue.

In the world of deodorant, “natural” is often code for “aluminum-free.” But they wanted more: a product that was also easy to apply and effective at stopping odors.

Sam’s Natural Deodorant checked every box on their list. The product is free of aluminum, free of common irritants, and its first two ingredients (coconut oil and baking soda) are verified odor-blockers. They found the circular stick easy to maneuver across our pits, and it left minimal goop on clothes and only a faint sheen on skin. The Cedar and Women’s scents that were tested both lasted through two hours of wear — without smelling overpowering — and if neither of these options appeals to you, Sam’s offers 13 more scents. Each stick is reasonably priced ($10 for 3 ounces) and an easy gateway for anyone interested in transitioning to a natural product.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant was nearly missed altogether since some of its other product lines, including its jar formulas and sensitive skin sticks, only feature one targeted ingredients. But Schmidt’s sticks for regular skin boast the same odor-busting coconut oil and baking soda as Sam’s, in a similarly flake- and residue-free formula. Reviews.com tried four of its seven scents and liked the cool “freshly fallen rain” nose of the Charcoal+Magnesium formula — although if you like a pop of floral, its Rose+Vanilla certainly delivers. The price point is about the same as Sam’s: around $10 for 3 ounces.

For Pit’s Sake is an excellent runner-up. This product comes in a stick that leaves almost no residue, but it did take a bit of force to fully coat our pits, which some hairy-pitted testers weren’t too into. That said, it includes all three of the odor-blocking ingredients we pinpointed in our research — coconut oil, baking soda, and zinc — at a comfortable price.

If buying organic is your top priority, we’d suggest Green Tidings. Like Sam’s and Schmidt’s, this deodorant is vegan and cruelty-free, but its ingredients are also certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it’s made in a solar-powered plant. The trade-off? It’s a little more expensive. Green Tidings is aluminum-free and includes baking soda and (organic) coconut oil to fend off body odor. The subtle scent (courtesy of organic lavender essential oil) didn’t last as long as Sam’s, but after two hours, you couldn’t notice any BO, either. Testers did find the product a bit gritty, but some of them liked this added assurance that they’d successfully coated their underarms.

During the process of finding the right natural deodorant, Reviews.com unearthed a couple more intriguing options. Fatco Stank Stop Deodorant was the only other natural deodorant we tested that included all three wish-list odor-blockers. (It’s also Certified Paleo, and includes beef tallow as a moisturizer.) Fatco is a cream, which means you’ll need to dip your fingers into a (very small) jar to apply the product — a process testers weren’t wild about. But the deodorant itself was very effective, with a pleasant smell and minimal residue.

Some also really loved Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose Holi (Rose) Deodorant, which seemed almost like a combination of deodorant and women’s perfume (although not everyone liked the rose and sandalwood scent). Holi Rose leaves very little residue, and while it was also the most expensive product that we tested ($25 for 1.7 ounces), it’s a good high-end option if you’re concerned about protecting delicate fabric.

The world of natural deodorants can be a tricky one — and “natural” means different things to different people. We’d suggest choosing a product that omits aluminum (if nothing else, you’ll avoid yellow stains), and steering clear of fragrance, simple alcohols, propanediol, and propylene glycol. Instead, look for products with coconut oil, baking soda, zinc oxide, or some combination of the three. And above all, be open to trying a few different options to see what works best with your body.

http://www.reviews.com/natural-deodorant/

What are Chic Luxuries Editors’ Picks?!

CHIC LUXURIES

We haven’t tried a Molton Brown scent we didn’t like. The Limited Edition Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel is among our favorites for Spring. A mix of tart rhubarb and citrus blends with delicate rose for an unforgettable fragrance. Gently cleanses and leaves skin soft and lightly scented. The limited edition 10-oz bottle with pink cap is $30 at moltonbrown.com

Found this gorgeous “Amelia” Set at pinXsilver. The hammered double silver circles necklace is 18″ with a 2″ extender and includes matching french wired hammered circle earrings. If pinXsilver is not carried at a store near you, you can order through their secure shopify site on Facebook. Click the “shop now” button at the top of their page to see all of their beautiful, on-trend offerings. Amelia is $18.95 for the set…hurry, limited quantities.

Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment with probiotic technology works with skin’s natural repair process to nourish, hydrate and combat signs of aging as we sleep. The ultra moisturizing cream increases cell turnover as it plumps skin and softens fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. A 1.7-oz jar retails for $85 at tula.com

For a luxurious spa-like treatment at home or on-the-go, give WEN by Chaz Dean Pink Jasmine Peony Ultra Nourishing Intensive Body Treatment a try. Packed with soothing extracts and essential oils to hydrate and smooth dry skin. Apply the rich and delightfully fragrant cream after showering in the morning to start your day with a burst of Spring. This is a limited edition scent so get it before it’s gone! An 8-oz. jar retails for $80 at chazdean.com

Add an extra touch of femininity to your tank tops with  skinnytees™ Lace Camisole. Layered under a cardigan it instantly kicks an outfit up a notch. The seamless camisole is super soft and ultra stretchy to comfortably fit sizes 2-12. Available in White, Black, Ivory and Blush. $40 skinnytees.com

Turn back time with Inhyunjin Eye Cream Reversing Miracle Eye Concentrate from SMD Cosmetics. This luxurious cream provides intense hydration, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and works to reduce puffiness, crepiness, and dark circles. $125 smdcosmetics.com
Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Reserva 2010 is a bold, ruby red wine with aromas of cherry, redcurrant and blackberry and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Lush red fruit flavors complement red meat, slow cooker meals, and chocolate desserts. $25 at wine.com

 

INOAR Thermoliss Shampoo and Conditioner was created for frizzy, wavy and unmanageable hair. Formulated with argan oil, amino acids, and vitamins, it gently cleanses and fortifies each strand while reducing frizz and leaving hair smooth and silky. The Shampoo retails for $14 and the Conditioner $16 for an 8.1 oz. tube. inoarprofessional.com

 

Style Edit Root Touch-Up instantly covers gray with a paraben-free powder that lasts until washed out. Easy to apply and mess-free. A sponge applicator is included. Available for brunettes, blondes and redeads. SRP: $24.50 A salon locator is available at styleedit.com
glō minerals Tinted Primer SPF 30 is perfect for beach and pool days when you don’t want to wear foundation. The Tinted Primer evens out skin tone, corrects any imperfections, provides a touch of color and protection from damaging rays. Use the pure mineral primer alone for protection with a healthy looking glow or as a primer for a flawless complexion. Available in Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. A 1-oz. tube retails for $36. glominerals.com
 
Everyone™ Aromatherapy Blend Pure Essential Oil Relax is just what the doctor ordered. A few drops in a diffuser at bedtime and you’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time. The combination of ylang ylang, lavender and orange relaxes the senses and is positively addicting. A glass dropper is included. A .45-oz bottle retails for $11.99 at eoproducts.com.
Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste is made with naturally-derived ingredients to white teeth safely and quickly. The minty-fresh toothpaste also helps prevent tartar buildup. Available in Clean Mint and Spearmint. SRP for a 4.7 oz. tube is $4.99 tomsofmaine.com
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender does more than just relax and soothe aching muscles. According to a recent study by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University, an hour-long hot bath can boost metabolic health and cause an anti-inflammatory response similar to exercise. Effective immediately, I will be taking a LOT of baths!☺ SRP for a 3-lb. bag is $5.99. A store locator is available at drteals.comhttp://www.chicluxuries.com/

The Powerful Connection Between Psychology and Skin

Having good skin has more to do with psychological well-being than just sheer vanity.
For the millions of people who struggle with their skin, it’s something that can have a major impact on their life. Skincare problems can lead to serious psychological issues, that have long-term effects. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that millions of people are affected by skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and that each of these issues are linked to depression and anxiety. The emotional impacts can continue to impair the individual long after their skin condition has cleared up. Our body image accounts for a large part of a person’s self-esteem and our overall psychological well-being.

“Skin problems can be the source of extreme distress in people, causing a loss of self-
confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and embarrassment, which often results in a
sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Poor skin quality has been linked to everything from suicidal thoughts, PTSD, social isolation to higher unemployment rates,” explains Lauren Ing, president of SMD Cosmetics International, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. “The mind/body connection between skin and psychological well-being is strong. We know that when we feel good about our skin, it directly links to feeling better about ourselves.”

Psychodermatology, an emerging area of science, looks at the relationship between psychology and one’s skin, because it has been identified in numerous studies as such
an important issue.

“We know the psychological damage that skin problems can lead to,” states licensed
psychotherapist and vice president of SMD Cosmetics International, Amoreena Berg.
“The good news is that with products like SMD Cosmetics, we can help just about
anyone’s skin look more radiant, helping them to love what they see when they look in
the mirror.”

South Koreans are known for taking great care of their skin, using up to 10 to 18
products on their face, twice a day. Their dedication to their skin may be the reason why
they are known for having some of the most beautiful skin in the world. It is a
preventative approach, because the Korean beauty philosophy is to use top quality,
natural ingredients that are safe and non-toxic, like those found in SMD Cosmetics,
which products are based on over 2,000 years herbal medicinal wisdom.

The SMD Cosmetics exclusive line is considered one of the most popular and
prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, and is now available in the United States. In
addition to the Saromae Snail Serum, SMD Cosmetics also offers the celebrity favorite
INHYUNJIN collection, which is a natural, anti-aging line that includes a purifying cream
toner, “essence” age defying serum, “emulsion” refining moisturizer, intensive night
repair cream, and their reversing miracle eye cream. The innovative collection is
patented, award-winning, and uses Asian herbals along with probiotics to help reverse
the signs of aging and provide skin renewal. They also offer specialty products like the
skin perfecting AloGel and the Saromae Collection, which uses beer yeast and bear
berry extracts to help brighten the skin and help the look of acne scars and/or dark
spots. The luxurious line of skin care products is now available in the U.S., online. They
are sold at Hollywood's premier beauty supply company, Nigel Beauty Emporium in
North Hollywood, Ca. For more information, visit the site at: www.smdcosmetics.com.

About SMD Cosmetics:
SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare products from
South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has perfected their patented
formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with
Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s
most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and
chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and
innovative technology. For more information, visit the site at: www.SMDcosmetics.com.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology. Acne. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions
American Academy of Dermatology. Eczema. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center/what-to- watch-for/mood

American Academy of Dermatology. Psoriasis. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/research- links-psoriasis-depression
Psychology Today. The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/skin-deep/201001/the-emotional- impact-skin- problems

Who’s watching the Korean Drama Series: SAIMDANG LIGHT’S DIARY?!?

Shin Saimdang (1504-1551) is a true Korean Icon!  She is the first woman to EVER appear on a South Korean Banknote, the 50,000 won bill and appears on the Korean National Stamps.  For over 500 years of Korean History, she has been held in high esteem.  She was REMARKABLE for so many reasons!!!  She was highly educated, and in the 1500’s, that was unheard of!  She was a student of poetry, painting and calligraphy.  She was ahead of her time, in so many ways!  This is why SMD Cosmetics, aka Saimdang, has used her name for their skincare company, which is actually an accomplishment in itself. At Saimdang Cosmetics, we are proud to share the name of this national Korean icon. Each year, Saimdang Cosmetics goes through a rigorous inspection of it’s products, factory, production process and employee policies to meet the strict criteria set by the South Korean Cultural Council that grants permission to Saimdang to share the name of one of Korea’s most renowned icons.

Saimdang: Light’s Diary is based on the life of Shin Saimdang, who was a female artist and mother of the Korean Confucian scholar Yulgok in the 1500s. Lee Young Ae plays two roles, Shin Saimdang and a university lecturer with expertise in Korean art history. She becomes immersed in history as she unravels the secrets of Shin Saimdang’s diary and a mysterious painting of a woman.

Song Seung Hu plays an upright, refined gentleman, who first fatefully meets Saimdang in his youth and continues to love her for the rest of his life. His character is described as a “Joseon Gatsby,” who lives a passionate life without compromise.

After 14 years, South Korean actress Lee Young Ae is back on small screen with a new historical drama “Saimdang: Light’s Diary” on SBS. And, on its time slot it is currently topping the viewership ratings. In fact, it is as strong as the popular SBS drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea” which ended on January 25.

“Saimdang: Light’s Diary” was one of the most awaited drama for the drama fanatics. It was initially supposed to air on Oct. 11, 2016 on Drama Fever. It premiered on Jan. 26, Thursday.
SMD Cosmetics (aka Saimdang) is a co-sponsor!! So if you have seen any of the skincare products in the show those are SMD Cosmetics!!  Saromae and the Inhyunjin line…found at http://www.smdcosmetics.com

Beer for beautiful skin…anyone?!

Since it is March Madness I figured a lot of people are drinking beer but did you know beer extract has some amazing skin care qualities!?! Ok so not necessarily drinking the beer…sorry, BUT…it has many uses for natural skin care products.

Beer has been used topically for years! It’s thought that the women of ancient Egypt and Rome used beer regularly as part of the beauty routine to help keep the skin smooth and diminish discoloration.

Yeast extract is an excellent humectant (it is a super-hydrater) comprised of a complex mixture of proteins, sugars, and amino acids. This complex helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation by discouraging melanin production. Anecdotal results include boosting collagen production and contributing to overall brightening. Makes it an excellent ingredient to skin lightening skincare products like SMD’s Saromae Radiance line.

Yeast is a good source of beta-glucans, which stimulates the immune system, and vitamin B. Your body requires B vitamins to maintain healthy skin and using beer yeast extract in your skincare is one the best ways to absorb it. Sounds perfect!!

www.smdcosmetics.com

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