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     For the past couple years, Asian-orginated skincare products have gradually become accepted into the American beauty community….most with help of course. Let me give you a brief example:

     Seen these skincare products before? Maybe in your local Ulta store or reviewed by your favorite beauty guru on YouTube? Well, this is a Korean-based company that has been introduced and accepted by Americans all over. Here’s another that I actually did not know was an Asian-based company that has spread and now has locations here in the United States: 


     DHC is a skincare company from Japan in which the founder, Yoshida, traveled abroad to educate himself and learn ways to fuse olive oils in Spain with herbs from Japan. He also gained additional education on skincare in Europe.

     DHC has now expanded to the United States by way of California and has been apart of the mainstream skincare community for some time now. So don’t be shocked when you see Asian skincare companies and wonder if they can strive just as European skincare has in North America. You can see the range of skincare products DHC has to offer on Amazon right here


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    Periodically, I like to bring to you an overview of cosmetic companies that are out there, but are not something we see or talk about on a daily basis. Yes, everyone that’s into makeup has their favorite brands they like to wear and other major brands that they like to watch to see what comes out next. We often like to take to social media and see our favorite beauty gurus try on the products we aren’t too sure about. But what about the other brands that we don’t see often tested on social media? How do we even hear about these brands if no one is trying them on and talking about them?

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     One of the brands that we don’t really hear about is BITE Beauty. Now, while it seems like the only place you may have stubbled across BITE Beauty is likely a Sephora, BITE is well known in certain regions for their BITE Lip Labs. Located in Toronto, New York, and San Francisco, these lip labs provide you an opportunity to make your own custom shade of lipstick.

     So when you make an appointment, you go into the Lip Lab to select from over 200 shades, determine your scent (if you want one), and texture (soft matte, classic, etc.). What could be more exclusive than creating your own lipstick?

     Besides the amazing and innovative Lip Labs available to the beauty community, BITE Beauty provides lip shades not only for the lips, but some are encouraged to use on the cheeks, and eyelids. Known as the Multistick, this lippy is said to be made of 35% powder, which contributes to it applying as a cream but finishes as a powder. The Multistick is also said to be made of organic and food-based products that are actually good for your skin. 

     Another collection known exclusively to come from BITE Beauty is the Amuse Bouche. This collection of lipsticks consists of 34 shades said to be made from a collection of 12 natural oils. This collection has gotten accalades from ‘Into The Gloss, Top 25 Products of 2017’ and the Nylon Beauty Hit List of 2017, to name a few.

     If you are interested in this product, click any of the above links in this article. You can also get your hands on these beauties at your local Sephora beauty store.


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    For the past 3 or four months, I can honestly say there is a love/hate relationship between myself and the Allure Beauty Box. Like that great-aunt with the terrible garlic breath that you know is going to give you an awesome present for the holidays. Or that hideous relationship that you were absolutely happy ended but you missed the kisses. Its like….urgh! From the first box that I got, there was something in there for me and something in that box that totally made me want to pack it back up, put it in my car and drop it off at one of my friends’ house as a gift. Like what’s the point?

     One of the many perks of getting the Allure Beauty Box is that it exposes you to beauty and skincare companies all over the world that you probably never heard of. You also get the chance to try products that have come out in makeup stores that you may have been a bit apprehensive of spending the money on trying.

     There are numerous products that I’d wanted to try but did not want to spend the money on a possible makeup-fail. Products like the Eyeko’s ‘Eye Do’ Liquid Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever’s Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lipstick, and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter. Now one of the main issues (probably the only true issue) that I’ve had with Allure is that the products that are sent….I’m simply not interested in the skin products, only the makeup products.

     Yes, I understand that I will very well miss out on the next best thing if I don’t keep myself open to all things but the makeup industry is what seems to be evolving the fastest. I mean, who can’t just use some Neutrogena and some H2O+ NightTime Moisture-Lock and call it a day for the skincare routine? I’m just saying gurl….Allure gotta step the makeup game up.

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If you are into skincare and have heard companies like Bliss, one the other well-known companies is known as H2OPlus, formally known as simply H2O. This brand is known for being one those skincare companies that takes pride in leading the industry in the products that they provide to their customers. The interesting thing that I’ve found out about H2OPlus over the years is that its mainly has been leading in the skincare industry in its own right off of word of mouth. Yes that’s right, just take a second and think about it…..when have you seen a H2OPlus commercial? Exactly, that proves my point.

Originally based out of Chicago, Illinois, this company’s new home is in the thriving city of San Francisco. Unlike other companies that take on the opportunity of capitalizing on success immediately, Ms. Cindy Melk is the not only the owner, but also the founder and CEO of this LLC (way to go small business!). Established in 1989, H2OPlus has been rumored to have moved its location to cater more to global marketing and offering its products more openly to the Asian market. You can find H2OPlus on their website or at stores that carry them officially (Ulta stores, TJMaxx, etc.).

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