SEOULFULL SKIN :: THE BEST KOREAN FACE OIL

K-BEAUTY

The K-Beauty market has taken the world on by storm – and for good reason! But with that comes a million decisions to make and lots of products to try! (And I’ve purchased and tried them all!) Today I have taken the best ingredients from my favorite products (as well as the best Korean beauty secrets I have inherited since childhood) and combined them into what I know is the new best Korean face oil. It’s unisex and made of organic and natural ingredients.

It’s called SEOULFULL SKIN — a Good Karma K-Beauty Oil.

 

BEST KOREAN FACE OIL

 

The ingredients are clean — and the packaging is matte black and super-chic so it sits perfectly on your vanity. These 2-ounce bottles have sold out quickly at the local pop up shops and trunk shows so I decided to put them up on the site so you can buy them directly from the ease of your own home.

It’s $39 with free shipping – and even better than that is…it’s unisex! So tell your dad, brother, significant other to get the new best Korean face oil… you’re welcome.

Oh, and look for it at The Pantry LA on Melrose in December.  It’s a couple of doors down from Fred Segal — and it will be the coolest holistic lifestyle haven in LA.

++ PRICES GO UP IN 2020 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY.


SEOULFULL SKIN’S Good Karma K-Beauty Oil

(for the face and all over!)

BEST KOREAN FACE OIL - Elaine Sir

SEOULFULL SKIN INSTRUCTIONS

For daytime use: Apply a few drops onto the palm of your hand and rub hands to warm oil. Apply onto face, neck and desired areas until absorbed and before sunscreen and makeup.

For nighttime use: Apply oil as the last step in your routine or on its own.

SEOULFULL SKIN INGREDIENTS

+ organic citrullus lanatus: hydrates, reduces sun damage, fights acne, detoxifies, diminishes dark circles

+ organic jojoba oil: moisturizes, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, fights bacteria

+ organic rosehip seed oil: reduces scars, hydrates, corrects dark spots and fine lines, stimulates collagen, combats free radicals that cause aging, helps with eczema and scarring

+ organic vitamin e oil: reduces the appearance of scars, combats dry skin

+ organic frankincense: reduces the appearance of large pores and acne blemishes, tightens skin

+ organic sandalwood: reduces signs of aging, exfoliates, enhances brightness

+ natural fragrance oil (paraben-free, phthalate-free, acetone-free)

+ In Korea, the number 7 symbolizes the concept of good luck and all positive benefits that surround it.

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE | PURCHASE HERE | ALLOW 7 DAYS FOR DELIVERY

Best K-Beauty Face Oil - SEOULFULL SKIN'S Good Karma K-Beauty Oil

GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

K BEAUTY FOR THE HAIR :: UMMA’S GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL – AVAILABLE AT COSTCO!

If you follow my blog, you already know I’m obsessed with K-beauty and all the secrets they have to offer. From essences, serums and exfoliants – I search and scour all the finest products from Korea to use on my face, neck and body. But did you know that us awesome Koreans not only follow a multistep skincare routine, but we also follow a multistep hair and scalp routine? But which products should you use, you wonder?

Enter UMMA’S Good Day Hair of Seoul.

If you don’t already know, “Umma” means mother in Korean. Therefore, the Umma brand is the mother of K-beauty and they nurture new K-beauty brands in the U.S. market. For the Good Day Hair of Seoul box specifically, they researched and tested over 50 products for over six months to find the best of the best products. Then they narrowed it down to the top 7 for you and me to use to achieve the best results for our hair and scalp health.

The best part is that it’s sold at Costco and it’s only $99.99!

GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

This K-beauty curation box is quite the luxuriating experience. It makes my locks super shiny and soft. Also, I’m obsessed with the delicious smells!

In this set are 7 amazing full-size products (6 of them are brand new to the US!) from Korea’s most sought after brands.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE 7 AMAZING PRODUCTS?

Listen up, party people. These 7 awesome products all do something different and are for different times of day. Some are to be used daily. And others weekly. We take skin care and beauty seriously!

But don’t worry about getting confused about the which and the when. All the details are inside the box!

AMH SHAMPOO

AMH (which awesomely stands for “Add More Hair”) was developed by doctors and contains ingredients that exfoliate the scalp, eradicate dandruff and boost general scalp health. I love massaging my scalp with this to make sure I reach the full potential of the product!


AMH SHAMPOO - GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL


BEIGIC SCALP REVIVAL PURIFYING SCRUB

This exfoliator and detoxifying shampoo may be my favorite! BEIGIC uses only clean and natural ingredients, with an emphasis on plant-based, food-grade and fair-trade sourcing. It’s enriched with sea salt, mint menthol and green coffee bean extract to deeply cleanse and remove dead skin, sebum builds up and impurities from scalp and hair. All that built up is gone and you get a new bounce, lightness and radiance to your hair! And the best part is that it’s free from drying alcohols, fragrance, dyes, synthetic preservatives and silicones.


GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL - BEIGIC SCALP REVIVAL PURIFYING SCRUB


BEIGIC DAMAGE REPAIR TREATMENT MASK

This is formulated with nourishing ingredients like green coffee bean oil, argan oil and rosehip oil and it prevents future damage and breakage! This is ideal for hair weakened by overexposure to the sun, chemical-processing, or frequent heat styling. This will especially come in handy over the summer after my hours in the pool and ocean.


BEIGIC DAMAGE REPAIR TREATMENT MASK


MOREMO REVITALIZING HAIR TONIC A

This tonic is a nutrient-rich, soothing tonic created with bio-marine stem cells, seven different plant root extracts and orange and bergamot essential oils. It cleanses the scalp and adjusts the water-oil balance for ideal hair health.


MOREMO REVITALIZING HAIR TONIC A


MOREMO HAIR ESSENCE DELIGHTFUL OIL

Actually, I lie. I can’t decide if this Moremo Hair Essence oil or the exfoliating shampoo (see above) are my faves of the bunch! This gets your hair glistening soft! This oil adds moisture to tired, dry hair with eight types of vegetable oils including brazil nut oil, olive oil, argan oil and avocado oil!

I think I’m going to slip some into my children’s hair as this may be the best detangler on the planet!


MOREMO HAIR ESSENCE DELIGHTFUL OIL


AMOS REPAIR SHINE ENRICH NIGHT CREAM

If you don’t already know, Amos Professional, the professional line from K-Beauty giant Amore Pacific, is the ultimate No.1 hair salon brand in Korea! I personally am obsessed with everything from Amore Pacific!

One of my favorite rituals at night is to go to hot yoga after work, take a shower the second I get home, and then apply the Amos Repair Shine Enrich Night Cream before bed.

It’s made of starflower oil, a powerful ingredient with hydration and antioxidant benefits. And guess what? It seals hair cuticles, while creating a lightweight shield around each strand to lock in hydration. (Adios, split ends!)


AMOS REPAIR SHINE ENRICH NIGHT CREAM


WHITE RABBIT VOLUMIZING HAIR BRUSH

This adorable pink Volumizing Hair Brush adds volume and body, while easily detangling hair. The brush was carefully designed in Korea with patented S-shaped teeth that bends through hair to minimize damage. My girls keep trying to steal it from me though.


WHITE RABBIT VOLUMIZING HAIR BRUSH


WHERE TO BUY

It just takes one click. That’s the beauty of it.

Costco,  baby.

—> Costco. <<<—-


 

 

 

 

 

GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

 

best Korean beauty blogs

6 OF THE BEST KOREAN BEAUTY BLOGS AND BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW

++  Welcome to another segment of SEOUL SECRETS!  The 6 best of the best Korean beauty blogs and bloggers, vlogs and vloggers to follow!  There are so many amazing blogs and bloggers out these days spilling the beans on all the Korean beauty trends and illustrating how to incorporate them into your own daily regimen.  The popularity of Korean dramas and their beautiful Korean actresses are making these trends ubiquitous and insinuated well into Western culture.  

HERE ARE THE BEST KOREAN BEAUTY BLOGS AND BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW.



| CHRISELLE LIM |

+ The only problem with this vlogger is you’ll want to buy every product she recommends.  Her instructions are easy and clear and  the videos are fun to watch.


THE BEAUTY WOLF |

+ Another one of the best Korean blogs to follow is THE BEAUTY WOLF.  Coco Park has the in on all the best of the best K beauty and skincare products, from snail serums and honey masks to donkey milk and peeling gels.  Plus, she has fun, unique graphics that lure you in to listen.


best Korean beauty blogs
photo courtesy of the Beauty Wolf


| JEN CHAE |

+ I’ve featured the fabulous and brilliant JEN CHAE on the blog before and I still think she’s the most beautiful, humble and lovable personalities out there.  Jen is Korean American – and she has all the Korean beauty trends down and has it down to a T.  She has lured us in and guided us through her insecurities and faults, her pregnancy, motherhood and of course, all the beauty and skincare magic up her sleeps.  Her videos suck you in as she illustrates how the impossible is all possible – in beauty and in life.

Jen doesn’t focus solely and Korean beauty — but those videos are the ones that draw me to her.  How to apply makeup on Asian mono lids, how to apply Korean BB Cream, you get the gist.




| SOKOGLAM |

+ Charlotte Cho is the brain and the beauty behind this SOKOGLAM phenomenon which should be on everyone’s list of the best Korean blogs to follow.  Cho is a licensed esthetician that brings the best of the west and the best of Korea’s skincare practices to her audience.  We have all learned by now that Koreans take a skin first (!) philosophy to their beauty routine — it’s the foundation especially for a good makeup routine. The idea is you need a beautiful and clean canvas to work with first and foremost!  It makes the application of moisturizes and makeup that much easier and smoother.

Cho and her husband travel to Korean regularly to search and research the newest and latest of the land — then they bring back to the States all the best selections.

They’re especially known for laying out the 10 step Korean skincare routine tutorial.

Watch as she talks to YouTuber Joan Kim about her Winter Beauty Essentials!


| EMILY QUAK |

EMILY QUAK is an awesome recent find of mine.  She’s Malaysian but I love her takes on Korean skincare and her K-Pop inspired makeup tricks — and especially her videos on obtaining that luminous skin of hers.  She reviews Korean skincare and makeup products and Asian beauty supplements.  Fun!


| PONY’S BEAUTY DIARY |

PONY’S BEAUTY DIARY is a huge hit in Korea!  She’s a makeup artist, beauty blogger — and is sort of the Kandee Johnson of Korea — known for recreating the looks of celebrities (Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift), etc.  She’s amazing!

Of course, I love her Dewy glow tutorial.  But be sure to check out all her videos!



+++ And that’s it!  Those are my favorite best of the best Korean beauty blogs to follow!  Thanks for reading my suggestions.  Now go buy that cleansing oil, beauty oil, essence, BB Cream — and go have fun!

+++ FEATURED PHOTO OF JEN CHAE by Melly Lee.


 


+++ Stay tuned for my next segment of SEOUL SECRETS :: THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Kim Chee what?!

SKINTUITION

EXPERIENCE THE HOTTEST TREND OF INFRARED SAUNAS :: AT SWEAT BY SKINTUITION

SKINTUITION INFRARED SAUNA

Many many a-times, I’ve sung the praises of the majestic infrared sauna, one of my top anti-aging SEOUL SECRETS. And if you’re a wellness nut like me, it’s likely you’re already familiar with this latest trend. The benefits are endless (from detoxification and pain relief  — to skin rejuvenation and weight loss) and the euphoria is infinite. I worship my half infrared sauna which I’ve blogged about before — and I, too, have loved my experiences in sauna pods in wellness centers across LA. But I just relished in a full body SWEAT BY SKINTUITION infrared sauna experience in a full size CLEARLIGHT box in the SFV. And holy moly! Now I either need one of their beautiful units in my own home– or I need to make these visits to SKINTUITION recurrent in the iCal. It’s like I’m wearing glasses for the first time.


SKINTUITION
photo credit: Skintuition

This health haven is delicately hidden in the French Quarter area of Woodland Hills. You walk through a quaint ivy path and land in a serene green spa that offers massages, facials, infrared wraps and a variety of health offerings (ear coning, colon hydrotherapy and so on). And of course, you’re greeted by a gorgeous silky haired 20 something woman who exudes health, wellness and longevity.

(I don’t know what took me so long to find them. I looked them up when I got home — and their Yelp page is pretty ridiculous.)



The pros of this hot trend have been hitting the media over the past couple years since celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Leo and Goop lady Gwynnie have been singing its praises.

I guess the magic behind these infrared saunas (vs. the traditional dry saunas you find in gyms) is that the rays heat your body and organs, rather than the surrounding air. The room is about 120 – 220 degrees (I went up to 144) but because 80% of the heat goes directly into your body (and only 20% into the air), you don’t feel any  skin dehydration or that hot air suffocation sensation.


SKINTUITION


SKINTUITION



I have a pretty intense martial arts practice — and this has been the only thing that has been able to lift the aches and pains. (And I do acupuncture, yoga, pilates, massages. In sum, I drink all the Kool Aid.) The radiant heat penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles and tissues – improving circulation and boosting oxygen flow.

I sweat bullets. Pails. And it felt so f…… awesome.

They gave me a tall glass bottle filled with thirst quenching fruit-infused alkaline water — and then I got to choose two Osmosis Harmonized Waters to add to it. (I chose their Environmental Protection and Digestive Health water therapies.)


SKINTUITION


 


I sipped my water, turned on my tunes (you can attach your iPhone/iPad to their sound system), kicked my feet up and laaaaaid back.


SKINTUITION


When you come out, you look like you jumped out of the pool. You’re drenched! Clean up with fresh towels and a eucalyptus infused cloth and you’re golden.

I arrived home and scrubbed myself down with my SALUX wash cloth (another fave SEOUL SECRET) which I buy at the KOREAN MARKET, gave myself what my kids call a SMURF facial (aka my luxuriating SCHIQUE mask ), prettied up with some moisturizer and makeup – and then skipped out to a family wedding. My skin was smooth and dewy and my body was de-puffed and pain free  — leaving me lean and mean in my skin tight dress.

Meet you there?



+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS: COMING UP ON THE BLOG ARE INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER FACEBOOK EXEC AND CURRENT LEADERSHIP COACH AND FOUNDER OF DBSTYLE, DEBRA BEDNAR-CLARK AS WELL AS AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. ATHENA PERRAKIS, FOUNDER OF SAGE GODDESS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF SACRED TOOLS AND METAPHYSICAL EDUCATION. THESE WILL BE MUST-READS FOR ALL OF US TRYING TO MAKE POSITIVE SHIFTS IN OUR LIVES.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

6 OF THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Hi beauties! Thanks for checking out my list of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles. I’ve tried them all and I’ve narrowed them down to these top picks! Enjoy!


REAL FOOD DAILY (West Hollywood)

REAL FOOD DAILY is my jam and I’ve been devouring their foods for about 20 years.  It’s the only restaurant that serves 100% organic plant based foods grown exclusively through organic farming methods.  Without a doubt, RFD is one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles.

They’re known for their savory tacos and burgers — but my favorite all time, always, go-to meal is their Basic 5.  2 servings of sea veggies, greens, brown rice, blackened tempeh — with their spectacular peanut sauce.  And their vegan pudding and chocolate cake is ridonk.  Give it a whirl if you haven’t already.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

CAFE GRATITUDE (Larchmont)

If I had the money, I’d convince them to let me open a franchise.  I believe in this place that much.  They believe in sacred foods and service and optimal positivity.  Everything is delicious, beautiful and responsible.  Ooh – and their brussell sprouts are a yumfest!  The perfect texture, sweetness and crispiness.  And one of the best places for people watching too!


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES



CROSSROADS (West Hollywood)

This is the Four Seasons of vegan joints.  It’s not your every day casual fare, but Crossroads is where you go for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions for your veggie-lovin’ loved ones.  The chicken and waffles, their beet salad and everything else – no words.  Their presentation is unbeatable.  Wanna meet be there and buy me dinner?


baby-beet-salad


SUN CAFE ORGANIC (Studio City)

My awesome meat and potato loving man brings me here or buys me take out from this incredible, happy land of organic love.   Everything is so darn flavorful.

Their outside patio is adorable and chic — a perfect kidless romantic getaway — or an adorable place to hang with your girlfriends.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES



FOLLOW YOUR HEART (Canoga Park)

I feel like this is the OG of vegan / vegetarian restaurants.  Follow Your Heart has been around since I was in high school and they have never diminished the quality or tastes of their foods.  Their sandwiches, their soups, their cookies, OH MY!  The best part is that this restaurant/market carries their salad dressings, mayonnaise and other grand products in super markets everywhere.  Their spicy ranch salad dressing and their VeganEgg are amaze.


best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in los angeles


VINH LOI TOFU (Reseda)

My fellow Valley Girl Jackie took me to this hidden treasure in the deep, deep valley.  It’s one of those places that have so many menu options with photos plastered to the wall.  You watch as the waiter brings orders to your neighbors’ tables — and you want everything that they’re ordering.  Well — the last time we were there, we ordered about 5 things and each dish was no less fabulous than the next.  And they have so many great soups and broths that are perfect for this cool, misty weather!  It’s vegan, it’s Vietnamese, it’s Vinh Loi!


best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in los angeles


+++ That’s it for my list of the BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Stay tuned for my next segment of SEOUL SECRETS :: THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Kim Chee what?!


 


+++ All photos courtesy of the respective fabulous vegan restaurant.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 :: UPDATED!

Summer whizzed past as did Yom Kippur and Halloween. And now we’re here – already brainstorming holiday gifts for our loved ones. So I gathered some rad people to kick around some ideas. Thank you to all the awesome friends who participated in my annual holiday gift guide!


FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL :: as suggested by KIM SHAPIRA (celebrity dietitian and wellness guru)

+ This journal, when done daily, I prefer the first thing you do before you start your day, will train your brain to seek out the positive. So after a few days, you will notice less negative thoughts and a happier disposition. #selfcare.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


PEACE + PALM TREE HOLIDAY BOX BY andSONS CHOCOLATIERS :: as suggested by PHIL COVITZ (Owner and Son #1 of andSONS CHOCOLATES)

+ Celebrating their Beverly Hills roots, andSons Chocolatiers tapped noted designers Nate Berkus and Lauren Buxbaum Gordon to give their award-winning packaging a holiday twist. Named “Peace + Palm Trees,” the design is a nod to the tropical motif Nate and Lauren included in the design of andSons’ Beverly Hills retail store. In addition with andSons’ most popular Signature flavors, each box includes a selection of seasonal chocolate created by Top Ten Pastry Chef, Kriss Harvey. Printed in limited quantities. Available for order November 15th online and in-store. Nationwide shipping starts December 9, 2019.

PEACE + PALM TREE HOLIDAY BOX BY andSONS CHOCOLATIERS


GALLERY DEPT ART :: as suggested by LAURI FIRSTENBERG (curator and art consultant RTM PROJECTS, AF PROJECTS and there-there)

+ LA native designer and artist Josue Thomas makes one of a kind and limited runs of text-based gear out of his storefront and workshop Gallery Dept. on Beverly Boulevard across from Erewhon. Art that Kills and Stop Being Racist are two of his best sellers. Make waves when gifting.

STOP BEING RACIST TEE

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDEART THAT KILLS LONG TEE

 


PERSONALIZED MUGS (OR ADOPT A PET!) :: as suggested by THAISA SCO (multiplatinum award-winning artist, singer, songwriter)

+ I love to get cozy in the morning, especially during the holidays! So I found those personalized mugs to be the perfect fit for my morning teas.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019


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+ I would also suggest you get your loved one a newly adopted pet!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

CHRISSY TEIGEN’S COOKBOOK, “Hungry For More”:: as suggested by CHRISTINA SIMON (writer and Founder of BeyondTheBrochure)

+ It’s a mix of healthy recipes that range from dishes that are inspired by her Thai heritage to down-home comfort food recipes. All with her signature wit and photos of her beautiful family, including her French Bulldog, Pippa.

chrissy teigen cookbook - HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


SALT RAGS SKATEBOARDS :: as suggested by CINDY WHITEHEAD (professional skateboarder immortalized at the Smithsonian, Skateboarding Hall of Fame Inductee, Founder of Girl Is Not a 4-Letter Word)

+ Quality skateboards made in the USA, in sizes that work for kids, and graphics that are kid-friendly!


skateboards - HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

TRANSFORMATIONAL PARENTING :: as suggested by DR. JENNIFER JONES (entrepreneurial coach for Fortune 500 companies, renown psychologist, life coach, an expert in transformational parenting)

+ Transformational Parenting has been updated and further endorsed! Of course, I feel it’s the best gift for any parent, regardless of how old their kids are. So if you choose to include it, great!


transformational parenting book


BALA BANGLE WEARABLE HAND WEIGHTS :: as suggested by DR. NINA GRAY (Dentist, Social Media Influencer, YouTuber (Co-Star of Beverly Hills Brat)

$49 on Amazon, Goop, Free People


wearable hand weights

LIQUID DEATH/ GOOD PATCH / ROOTS N WINGS :: as suggested by MIKE JONES (Entrepreneur and investor, with more than $2.5 billion in exists, Founder of SCIENCE INC, current tech king, ex-MYSPACE CEO)

For the perfect self-care gift, Good Patch is a state of the art hemp-infused and plant-infused patch. It’s designed to deliver safe, sustained, discreet relief that addresses life’s common ailments. For example, stress, sleep, hangovers, pain relief, and hot flashes.

Liquid Death is a bold new canned water brand that’s packaged in sustainable aluminum tallboy cans. These look like craft beer but are filled with 100% natural, non-carbonated mountain water sourced from the Austrian Alps.
liquid death - HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

+ Roots & Wings is a nonprofit organization that offers support and resources needed to meet the challenges aged-out foster care youth face. Their work provides education, employment, and important life skills to a statistically vulnerable segment of our community, and would benefit greatly from donations during the holiday season.



SEOULFULL SKIN FOOD/ ELECTRIC HAND WISK :: as suggested by THAYANA SCO JACKSON(multiplatinum award-winning artist, singer, songwriter)

SEOULFULL SKINFOOD

+ For new moms like me who don’t really find the time to take care of themselves, the new Seoulfull skin oils are here to save your skin. It’s the only thing you‘ll need. Apply once before bed and in the morning followed by your fave sunblock and you’re done. And to top it all, it’s organic. You’re welcome.


seoulfull skinfood - HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

ELECTRIC HAND WISK

+ For perfect and yummy foam froth on your milk, lattes, cappuccinos or hot chocolate, I suggest this easy and powerful electric hand whisk. For instance, I use it to blend my matcha and cacao powders to completely break and dissolve those stubborn powder bubbles that are otherwise tough to blend. So just a bit of hot water and this whisk and you have the perfect beverage.


electric hand whisk

OVERBED TABLE WITH WHEELS / PERSONAL SAFETY DEVICE :: as suggested by THAINA SCO (multiplatinum award-winning artist singer, songwriter, actress)

OVERBED TABLE

+ I love this product! You can leave it at the bottom of your bed and just roll it up. Surprise a loved one with breakfast in bed. Or have a lamp and read at night all while taking notes comfortably.

For example, I pair it with a bed lounger.


overbed table

RIPPLE 24/7 PERSONAL SAFETY DEVICE

+ It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where this is needed, but this safety device would be a valuable and incredible gift for children, the elderly and those who are vulnerable.


SOZY PENCILS :: as suggested by YOURS TRULY

+ I finally discovered 2019’s perfect stocking stuffer! As the mother of young girls and the auntie of young boys, I highly suggest grabbing a few packs of these for your little ones’ stockings! The Sozy Annotator is the brilliant brainchild of two young students from Buckley who wanted a pencil, eraser and highlighter in ONE! Whether you’re reading a book, marking up a document (for us adults), sketching anime or color-coding your notes – this master instrument is a must-have. The ergonomic fit is TO DIE FOR — and the pastel chicness makes it the go-to accessory to accompany you during your deep dives into your favorite books.

Pretty rad, I know.

SOZY PENCILS


++ So there you go! What are you getting your loved ones?
Pu Erh Tea Benefits

IS CHINESE TEA THE NEW JUICING? :: READ UP ON PU-ERH TEA BENEFITS

Pu Erh Tea is all the rage these days — but it turns out it’s an old school health and beauty secret from Asia! (Asians are into their teas and it’s one of my favorite reasons for visiting Jeju Island in Korea!) White tea, green tea, oohlong tea – what have you!

Anyway, Pu Erh is a fermented black tea (made from maocha) which Chinese people have been crediting for their heart health, reduction of cholesterol, beautiful skin and promotion of significant weight loss. Can we hear a Hallelujah?! The Pu Erh Tea benefits seem almost too good to be true — so I decided to take a deeper dive into it, investigate, educate and experiment!

And I’m obsessed now. Listen up.



WHAT IS PU ERH TEA EXACTLY?

Pu Erh is a fermented tea produced in China — and it turns out that the town of Pu’er is named after the town Yunnan that produced Pu Erh! It begins as a raw product (maocha) which undergoes a complex process of fermentation. This process which involves microbial fermentation and oxidation of tea leaves was developed in 1972 which created the Pu Erh tea.


WHAT IS PU ERH TEA EXACTLY?

HOW TO BREW PU ERH TEA USING SACHETS

  • Boil fresh, filtered water in a tea kettle
  • Place the sachet in a teacup or teapot. (Until I go to China and get a teacake fresh from the Orient, I rely on Numi’s Organic Teas. Also, always go for organic!)

    Numi Organic Tea - Pu Erh Tea


  • Pour 6-8 ounces of water over it depending on how potent you like it.
  • Allow the tea to steep 5 five minutes.
  • Remove sachet and enjoy!
  • Reuse the sachet if you like. Many tea drinkers prefer the subsequent dunks!

HOW TO DRINK PU ERH TEA AND HOW OFTEN

As delicious and comforting as it is, it’s important to not nurse your tea 24/7. Timing is everything in this case — drink it one hour after a meal!

The rationale is that the tea helps metabolize fat and removes excess, hard to digest fats from your foods.


HOW TO DRINK PU ERH TEA AND HOW OFTEN
Pu Erh Teacake

PU ERH TEA BENEFITS

The benefits are endless – it’s almost too good to be true!

Digestion:

The main known benefit is that this tea aids in the breakdown of fats, which normalizes bowel movements and reduces bloating.

Weight Loss:

The second and equally known benefit is that Pu Erh tea does wonders in terms of weight loss! It shrinks fat cells!



Reduction of cholesterol:

Chinese studies indicate that Pu Erh tea reduces bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol) and at the same time prevents obesity-related diseases. Also, it increases good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) which is associated with a lower risk of heart disease!

Decreases blood sugar:

The health benefits are never-ending, right? The NIH has reported that the Pu Erh tea reduces blood sugar after meals, which is when your glucose levels are likely to rise.

Promotes bone health:

This tea’s magic continues! Pu Erh has a positive effect on oxidative stress and inflammation which lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Antibacterial:

The antibacterial properties help your body from deadly bacteria such as E. Coli.

Skin-heath:

Like most teas, this tea contains antioxidants which prevent age spots and wrinkles. Furthermore, the tea as antimicrobial properties which helps prevent pores from getting clogged with bacteria and turning into acne.

Anti-inflammatory:

The tea’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and calm inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Also, you can apply the tea topically to treat skin irritations.

Protects the nervous system:

Pu Erh tea protects the nervous system and has even been proven to prevent epilepsy in rats.

Improves sleep:

You all know that I’m a big sucker for good sleep! Pu Erh not only reduces anxiety which is necessary for some good zzzzs, but it also promotes melatonin production! Yup. Thank you and good night!


CONCLUSION ON PU ERH TEA

You have everything to gain in terms of boosting your overall health! Always check with your doctors if you have an underlying or preexisting condition – but if you’re in the clear, drink your Pu Erh in moderation and with a smile.