This post is in collaboration with AVYA Skincare but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.
I grew up using raw herbs and spices in my DIY home spa face mask and body scrub since forever (or since I was about 10 years old to be exact). Growing up in Thailand and learning a lot about the benefits of herbs and spices in Thai culinary, it’s no doubt that I always pick natural ingredients over chemicals when it comes to choosing my skincare products.
I have to say that I learned all the beauty secrets from my ancestries. I’m not sure you have heard of this before or not but Thai people have always incorporated natural, botanical ingredients in their skincare routine. It started in the Royalty and rich families long ago. The way they would do it was to bath and scrub themselves (actually maids would do that for them) with turmeric powder, tamarind (use both juice and skin), or just use a loofah to scrub themselves.
I have my own scrub recipe that I’ve been using since I was little. I would mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, tamarind juice and a little bit of honey to use for facial mask and body scrub. To help soften and even skin tones.But to be honest with you, I don’t have time to make my own mask and scrub anymore since I’m busy running around with my little girl. But I’m thinking about getting back to my routine again.
Talking about botanical ingredients, over a week ago, I got introduced to a luxury skincare line called AVYA. They are a luxury beauty brand that focuses on melanin and wrinkle reduction. I don’t think you can find brands that focus on these two important areas. Most brands out there are only focus on one concern, like wrinkles.
I was so happy to know that this brand exists. AVYA coupled ancient botanicals used for generations with thoughtful skincare technology designed to enhance the radiance we were all born with, aka for every women all skin tones.
Before we get into my thoughts, I wanted to talk about the main ingredients of these two products first. Lets take a wild guess! Well, I had mentioned about Turmeric earlier, so of course one of the ingredients has to be my favorite, Turmeric. They are featuring their exclusive peony, Turmeric and Neem complex into their products. These ancient antioxidants contain numerous anti-inflammatory properties that boost radiance and control pores.
They have sourced a colorless, odorless, bioactive substance of turmeric – Curcumin, that fights inflammation at the molecular level, stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes and protects the skin against free radicals and oxidative environmental stress.
Neem is an ancient botanical anti-oxidant also having anti-bacterial & anti-microbial properties to prevent acne and protect the skin. It’s astringent action serves to exfoliate & decrease pore size, with a high content of Vitamin E to soothe irritation.
The Peony has been used for thousands of years for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin. It’s a remarkably effective complexion stabilizer to brighten the skin.
All of this information can be found by going to AVYASKINCARE.COM. If you want to learn more about other products and other ingredients, you can visit their website.
Alright, now let get into my review!
Starting with the “EYE BRIGHT CREAM (WITH CAFFEINE)”.
I use this eye cream twice daily and I only need a small tiny drop (pump) to apply onto my eyelids and underneath my eyes. After a week of using it, I can already see the difference. My fine lines appear to be more shallow and my skin feels softer and looks brighter.
It hasn’t reduced the puffiness yet, cause it’s only been a week and with my lack of sleep behavior, this doesn’t help the concern neither. But I’m sure if I adjust my sleeping schedule and continue using this eye cream, I know I will see the great results right away. Why I said that is because one of the key ingredients in this cream is Topical Caffeine. It provides instant reduction of puffiness by constricting blood vessels and long term removal of dark circles by reducing leaky vessels seeping blood cells into the soft tissues.
Overall, I am satisfied with this eye cream and highly recommend it for you to try.
Moving on to the second product, the “ANTI-AGING POWER SERUM (WITH VITAMIN C)”.
I use this serum twice daily as well, along with my other skincare products. I have to say that I LOVE this serum so much! Only a week of using it, I can see my skin is getting tighter, my pores are smaller and pretty much invisible. This serum has also helped with my skin discoloration concern.
One thing I’ve noticed is that I haven’t broken out once since I started using this serum. My skin is so smooth, hydrated and radiant.
You can see my before and after pictures below. No filters, no Photoshop, no primer and no concealer!
I have a lot of acne scars on my chin. I can never get rid of them. They keep coming back every time when I stress or when I’m about to have my cycle. You can also see on my cheeks, I had scars from laser treatments, trying to get rid of my sunspots. I thought they would go away by now. But NO, a year later the laser scars are still there.
By using these two products together for a week now, I can see the improvement of all my concern areas. I will definitely continue using these products and might get more from this line. They are just too good to pass.
“Before & After Using AVYA Products for 7 days”
If you’re looking to try something new that works!, or looking for something that will help improve your aging skin and skin discoloration, don’t hesitate to check out AVYA. You can visit their website; www.avyaskincare.com fore more details.
Lastly, I want to remind you to always protect your skin from Sun Rays by using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses everyday. Because there won’t be any product that will work 100% for your concerns if you are neglecting to take care of your own skin.
I was going to do a Valentine’s Day look but I felt like I wanted to make this post a little more than a Valentine’s Day dress up guide, instead I decided to talk about how to wear red.
Basically I’m going to share with you what colors go well with Red. If you’re planning to wear Red for a special event or just chilling at home in style, keep on reading.
Besides black, white, and red on red, this bright and bold color is also well paired with other colors. Depending on your personality, mood and message you want to send out through your outfit, I’m picked 5 more colors to share with you in this post. Including pink, yellow, green, blue, and orange.
Red alone can represent passion, desire, heat, romance, danger, intense, stress, action, and determination. When pairing it with other colors, it can change the mood of your entire look and feel.
Wearing red and pink can possibly make the bold look feels softer. Since pink has a sweet and feminine affect, it will make you look more approachable, playful and charming when you pair these two colors together.
When pairing red and yellow, it will give you more excitement. They’re a perfect pair for happiness, positivity and enlightenment. If you decide to pair red with yellow on your next outfit, you might find yourself feeling more confident than usual.Because the color yellow helps encourage communication and build confidence.
Thinking about Christmas, how do you feel during that magical time of the year? Excited and full with joy, right? These two colors can bring you hope, joy and excitement. When wearing the color green, the color of energy, harmony and freshness with the color red, it can create calmness and relaxation.
Blue can give you feelings of calm, freedom, imagination, inspiration, trust, loyalty, wisdom, and confidence. Wearing blue with red can be overwhelming at times if you pick the wrong shades. Try adding softer shades of blue when wearing red, this will create a lively look. Picking deeper and darker blue shades like midnight blue will make for a more sophisticated look.
One of the reasons why I paired red and orange together is because Orange is the combination of red and yellow, they’re family. They look very similar but yet unique, powerful and fascinating next to each other. Orange represents enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, determination, and attraction. While red represents strength, power, passion, desire, and love. They will be a strong pair that will gain a lot of attention when pairing them together.
You should now have a few ideas to play with your red outfit next time when you’re planing to wear this bold color.
Feel free to let me know below which color combo is your favorite! I pretty much love all of them but I think I’m going to try the red on orange soon. 🙂
In conclusion, it doesn’t have to be pink, yellow, green, blue or orange. The best way to pick the right color is to pair red with the color that you feel most comfortable to wear with. There is no point of wearing something that will decrease your confidence and won’t let you have fun with it.
You can keep it classy by wearing a black dress with red heels or just putting on a red lipstick. Or you can go all out red all the way from top to bottom. The ultimate goal here is to wear YOU.
It’s heating up here in Arizona and my oh my I don’t want to think about Spring/ Summer weather! Well, I know I shouldn’t complain about it because some parts of the country and the world are still freezing cold. I better enjoy the cool breeze and sunny days while they last. I’m enjoying it for you too! 😉
Before winter is over and before we go ahead and welcome spring here soon, I have one easy tip to share with you today on how to transform your winter look into a Spring look with one basic tip that you can start using right now.
The tip is to start introducing and incorporating Spring prints into your look, like florals, stripes and polka dots. There are plenty more Spring/ Summer prints to play around with but today I’m choosing three of them to show you how I incorporate them into my look.
Today’s outfit is a very simple, classic and neutral. I got my white sweetheart neck longline top (size small, US size 4) and heels from boohoo. My black wild leg pants (size large, I normally wear a US size 6) and jacket (size medium, I normally wear a US size 4) are from Romwe. The pants are a little bit too long but they are a perfect pair with my Peeptoe block heel boots which have the height at 4.2″ tall.
This winter look is a great base to add on accessories for the transitioning. The three ways under one rule I’m doing is to play with your accessories, like neck scarf, headband and earrings.
The first look;
I’m turning classic to a classy look by adding a black and white polka dots scarf to my outfit.
That’s it! Only adding one item can actually transform your look as you can see from my pictures here.
The second look;
I grabbed a pair of striped earrings in black and white to compliment this monochrome look.
I have to say that this look is a little bit more feminine and fun because of the triad ball drop designs of the earrings.
The third look;
I’m wearing a bright floral printed headband.
It’s actually not a headband but I folded a scarf and tied the ends together and there you go, a new colorful headband.
It’s definitely the most fun and colorful look out of the three.
Now it’s your turn to use my one simple tip to incorporate Spring Prints into your winter look.
I hope you find this blog post helpful and easy enough to implement it into your daily life. I will be back in a couple of days to share with you my fun Valentine’s Day look. Be sure to check back in a couple of days or follow me on Instagram (if you haven’t) cause I will announce my new blog post there.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
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Molly Larsen is the creator of All About Good Vibes — a feel-good destination that inspires women to love, care and be themselves. Growing up she has been loving and enjoying her own DIY masks and scrubs from natural ingredients. She believes in positivity and seeing good in all situations. Her biggest achievement of the day is putting her baby to sleep early, relaxing and watching a movie with her husband.