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My Favorite Spa & SkinCare – Amore Pacific – Futuristic Skin Care Inspired From 5 Eastern Traditional Elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire & Wood

Posted in Amore Pacific with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since 2007, I’ve been a big fan of their spa in downtown SOHO area in NYC. I usually go have a facial or massage once a month when I used to live in NYC, now I am in California, I still make sure to visit their Beauty Gallery in Soho whenever I am visiting New Yor.  What makes Amore Pacific so special is when you walked into the door, they will seat you down & offer you a cup of special blend of green tea before your appointment.

Then a thorough “Elemental Energy Analysis” inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire and Wood will be performed by an aesthetician to determine which one of the five elements will best suit each client’s inner needs! I love it that they are really not just giving you a moisturizers and gives you a massage and send you home, instead it really follows the ancient Eastern philosophy of “Balancing the elements within” and by doing it will result a better well being & of course better skin.

Not just their products are amazing; the design of their spa is just wonderful! It mirrors the company philosophy of organic ingredients used to create its products. Within the architecture, the elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire are represented in either a literal or in a symbolic form. The atmosphere of the soothing warm light emanates from indirect sources behind the mirror and adjacent walls.

The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: Pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and the precious & the amazing Red Ginseng. The green tea is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island, an dormant volcano that has 1846 SQKM surface and located 130 KM from the southern coast of Korea.

It is there that fresh water & volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. Also the slow growing Red Ginseng they use are at least 6 years old plant that provides the most potent essence benefit to the skin. The elements in the products reach the deepest layer of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.

Here are the secret ingredients that make Amore Pacific skin care stands out from others!

Bamboo is the most resilient plant on the planet and is often revered for its unique quality of incredible strength and utmost flexibility. Referred to in Asian culture as “Divine Water,” bamboo sap has been prescribed for centuries for purification, well-being, and longevity. It is carefully collected over 12 hours only in the peak months of May and June. Originating from a plant of amazing vitality and resiliency, bamboo sap is used in every AmorePacific product to strengthen the skin’s self defense. Benefits from this exclusive, patented, ingredient include:

* Increases radiance and vitality; hydrates and nourishes the skin

* Delivers vital minerals and amino acids to recreate a healthy environment for the skin

* Strengthens skin’s self defense against the environment, ultimately promoting age-resistant, resilient skin

Used exclusively throughout the entire AmorePacific skincare line, Korean red ginseng has extraordinary healing powers and has been used as a medicinal “cure-all” for hundreds of years, including promoting overall well-being. Having a positive impact on the entire body, this mineral-rich botanical nourishes the skin, helps ensure balance and strength, and provides important antioxidant benefits, making it an ideal ingredient for age-fighting skin care. The most powerful and highest quality ginseng in the world, Korean red ginseng (harvested after six years of growth) is used throughout the entire AmorePacific Skincare line. Benefits from this potent plant include:

* Improves radiance and vitality; rejuvenates skin energy

* Provides antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Minimizes lines and wrinkles

* Enhances benefits from all active botanicals

Over three decades ago, AmorePacific was the first to utilize green tea extract from its own green tea gardens into a skincare formulation. The AmorePacific green tea plantation is located in the Pacific Eden of Jeju Island, nestled at the foot of Mount Halla, where pristine fields and mineral-rich volcanic soil form a perfect microclimate for green tea cultivation. There, it’s nurtured in an environment unmatched anywhere in the world. The only cosmetic company to cultivate and hand pick its own green tea, AmorePacific has unlocked the secret to skin longevity and wellness, utilizing every vital component of the green tea plant—including the leaf, stem, flower, and seed. Each vital part of the plant is harvested at peak times, ensuring the purest nutrients and antioxidant properties are used in all their formulations, delivering unprecedented benefits to the skin including:

* Antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Vital nutrients to promote a healthy environment for the skin

* Continuous deep hydration to combat dehydration, fine lines, and wrinkles

If you like to make purchase some of these amazing products, it’s available at BergdorfGoodman.com  or NeimanMarcus.com and Sephora.com

To find out more info about this amazing skin care collection, click here Amorepacific.com or the photo below to visit their official website

Remember, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! and the true beauty having a balence mind, body & soul!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

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Luminous Skin Is Within Your Reach !

Posted in Health & Beauty, SK-II with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

As many of you can relate to this, many nights I stay up late working, the stress, pollutions in the air, the sun, has taken a toll on my skin. It leaves me an un-even skin tone that’s dull & lacklustre.

It has been almost 6 months I’ve been using SK-II Skincare and I am amazed how it has magically even out my un-even skin tone and smooth out my skin texture! So I decided to to a blog about SK-II products we think it’s fabulous and it’s a must have for all of our readers!

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I’ve discovered that many Asian women all want to have “White” skin, but I think the word “white” is miss-leading! nothing more un-attractive than a pale un-healthy skin! The key is to find the right skincare ritual that’s right for you to achieve a “Luminous Skin” that your skin tone is even and “bright” instead of lack of luster and dull.

In SK-II skincare, there is an key ingrediant “Pitera”that has been working wonders on mine and many people all over the world! (Even the beautiful actress Cate Blanchett is a big fan of this skincare line)

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Click on the media player below to see what Cate Blanchett says about SK-II skincare collections

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Pitera, was discovered purely by chance. About thirty years ago, a scientist noticed that the hands of workers at a Japanese saké brewery looked beautiful and young. This was the inspiration behind five years of research by a team of scientists who screened through over 300 types of yeasts and refined the precise conditions for fermentation, leading to the discovery of SK-II’s signature ingredient, Pitera.

Derived from a unique yeast’s fermentation, Pitera is a blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime, enhancing the renewal of the skin’s outer layer. Continued usage of Pitera leads to clearer looking, smoother skin.

Pitera is the signature ingredient in all SK-II products, and is ‘the secret key’ to beautiful skin.

Facial Treatment Essence, which was also the basis of Cate Blanchett’s discovery of the brand is over 90% pure Pitera. It provides instant moisture, and works to improve both texture and clarity; to promote a radiant, glowing complexion.

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Pitera, a ‘Secret Key’ to beautiful skin

Pitera is a singular blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to help restore the appearance of your skin’s outer layers, by enabling the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime. Today, scientists continue to marry this miracle of nature with breakthrough science in the advanced skincare line SK-II – which, like Pitera, combines nature’s purity, incorporates timeless rituals for body and soul together with modern technology to restore the natural beauty of your skin.

So here are some of the skincare products I am currently using and it has worked like magic on my skin!

Facial Treatment Essence
This unique Pitera-rich product moisturizes to improve texture and clarity for a more beautiful, glowing complexion. It also helps stimulate the natural renewal process of the skin’s outer layer to rebalance and bring harmony to your skin.  Women are so passionate about it that they describe it as their ‘holy water’. It contains over 90% pure Pitera – the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.

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Whitening Source Derm Definition
This revitalising gel emulsion enhanced with a Vitamin C derivative and Pitera hydrates and evens skin tone. It moisturises to promote a clear and translucent glow revealing brighter, more translucent skin.
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Whitening Source Skin Brightener – AN INTENSE HYDRATING CREAM
Also designed to work in harmony with Whitening Source DermDefinition, this deeply-moisturizing cream helps to optimize the look of skin that lacks radiance and evenness. Skin Brightener is packed with nourishing hydrators and texturizers to give your skin the correct smooth texture and a beautiful, soft glow effect. It also contains micro-fine visual modifiers, to bring an impressively uniform tone to your skin. 
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This last item is not a skincare item but I love it !! there are some days you just feel like to conseal a little on your face and some coverage, maybe it’s the pimple, or just want that extra coverage away from the damaging UV lights during the day this Air bursh in the bottle foundation is a must have for all fashionistas! No more thick, fake, caky foundation face anymore! just press the button on the bottle, for 2 seconds all over your face then you’ll look fabulous, finished and no one wille ven guess you have foundations on! just let them believe you are just born with this beautiful skin! haha

 

 Air Touch Foundation
Precision Re-Texturization. Achieves a look of flawless beauty. A unique form of foundation, using the wonder of ionization technology to arrange fine particles evenly over the skin. With Pitera and hydrators to help create smoothness and radiance reminiscent of a baby’ s skin.  The Air Touch foundation ionizer comes with foundation refill

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click on the media player below to see the demonstration of this fabulous air brush foundation!

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I hope this posting is informative to you and maybe you should try some of the SK-II stuff, it worked fabulously for me! Until next time, see you later!

XOXO Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

Kama Sutra Meets Futuristic Technology & iPod !

Posted in Futuristic Gadgets, Health & Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I recently came across a book name “Art of Kama Sutra” and was facinated by the beautifully illustrations of this ancient art/scripture! For many centuries even now, the word & activity of “Sex” has and is still a “Taboo” topic for some people. But come think of it, sex is actually the oldest recorded and the most “normal” activity for human & any living organism to reproduce and pass on their genes to continue their species. But I guess as the ime goes by, maybe some religion started to use it as an weapon to control people’s mind to maintain their own power and whatever they are trying to achieve, the SEX has became “Taboo” or “Sin” !

But if it’s so “Sinful” or “wrong” then why will there be pleasures that encourage us to keep “doing it” ? haha! anyway, this blog is not about confronting any spiritual believes or try to convenience anyone into any believes.

So we did a little study on the Art of kama Sutra… (’cause knowledge is power! wink)

The Kama Sutra (Sanskrit: कामसूत्र), (alternative spellings: Kamasutram or simply Kamasutra), is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on love in Sanskrit literature written by the Indian intellectual Vatsyayana. A portion of the work deals with human sexual behavior.
 
The Kama Sutra is mostly notable of a group of texts known generically as Kama Shastra ( Sanskrit: Kāma Śhāstra ). Traditionally, the first transmission of Kama Shastra or “Discipline of Kama” is attributed to Nandi the sacred bull, shiva’s doorkeeper, who was moved to sacred utterance by overhearing the lovemaking of the god and his wife Parvati and later recorded his utterances for the benefit of mankind.

The Mallanaga Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra has 1250 verses, distributed in 36 chapters, which are further organized into 7 parts. According to both the Burton and Doniger translations, the contents of the book are structured into 7 parts like the following:

Content:

1. Introductory
Chapters on contents of the book, three aims and priorities of life, the acquisition of knowledge, conduct of the well=bred townsman, reflections on intermediaries who assist the lover in his enterprises (5 chapters).

2. On sexual union
Chapters on stimulation of desire, types of embraces, caressing and kisses, marking with nails, biting and marking with teeth, on copulation (positions), slapping by hand and corresponding moaning, virile behavior in women, superior coition and oral sex, preludes and conclusions to the game of love. It describes 64 types of sexual acts (10 chapters).
 
3. About the acquisition of a wife
Chapters on forms of marriage, relaxing the girl, obtaining the girl, managing alone, union by marrage (5 chapters)


4. About a wife
Chapters on conduct of the only wife and conduct of the chief wife and other wives (2 chapters).
 
5. About the wives of other people
Chapters on behavior of woman and man, encounters to get acquainted, examination of sentiments, the task of go-between, the king’s pleasures, behavior in the women’s quarters (6 chapters).
 
6. About courtesans
Chapters on advice of the assistants on the choice of lovers, looking for a steady lover, ways of making money, renewing friendship with a former lover, occasional profits, profits and losses (6 chapters).
 
7. On the means of attracting others to one’s self
Chapters on improving physical attractions, arousing a weakened sexual power (2 chapters).

Pleasure and spirituality

Some Indian philosophies following the “four main goals of life”, known as the purusharthas:

1). Dharma: Virtuous living. 2). Artha: Material prosperity. 3). Kama: Aesthetic and erotic pleasure. 4). Moksha: Liberation.

Dharma, Artha and Kama are aims of everyday life, while Moksha is release from the cycle of death and rebirth. The Kama Sutra (Burton translation) says:
“Dharma is better than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama. But Artha should always be first practised by the king for the livelihood of men is to be obtained from it only. Again, Kama being the occupation of public women, they should prefer it to the other two, and these are exceptions to the general rule.” (Kama Sutra 1.2.14)
 
Of the first three, virtue is the highest goal, a secure life the second and pleasure the least important. When motives conflict, the higher ideal is to be followed. Thus, in making money virtue must not be compromised, but earning a living should take precedence over pleasure, but there are exceptions.
 
In childhood, Vātsyāyana says, a person should learn how to make a living; youth is the time for pleasure, and as years pass one should concentrate on living virtuously and hope to escape the cycle of rebirth.

The Kama Sutra is sometimes wrongly thought of as a manual for tantric sex. While sexual practices do exist within the very wide tradition of Hindu tantra, the Kama Sutra is not a tantric text, and does not touch upon any of the sexual rites associated with some forms of tantric practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Also the Buddha preached a Kama Sutra, which is located in the Atthakavagga (sutra number 1). This Kama Sutra, however, is of a very different nature as it warns against the dangers that come with the search for pleasures of the senses.
So after all the reading about the Kama Sutra, We’ve notice it’s spring time again! the weather warms up, flowers blooms, you see frogs are doing it, walrus, turtles, lions even lady bugs are getting “busy”!

 

so of course people start to get out of the house to mingle more…. and yes, it’s mating seasons for all things living haha ( well for the octo-Mom, the way and how fast she “reproduce” needs a Discovery Channel Special to explain her actions! haha) so here at LuxeGifts.com, we’re always aiming for new and fabulous stuff (this time with one thing in mind, Sexual pleasure of Kama Sutra !), we’ve found these fabulous items to share with our reader & customers! check them out! it’s Kama Stura meets hi-tech!
i-Vibe Futuristic Vibrator – Sync w/ iPod & iPhone
(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
iVibe is a sleek, sophisticated new generation of vibrator that combines elegance of design with the excitment of your favorite music.  The audio enabled integrated microchip allows the iVibe to vibrate to the beat and rhythm of your music while you listen!!!
Inspire Passion, inspire romance, inspire luxury, inspire your clitoris! Apply a small amount of Luxe Boudoir’s Clitoral inspriation gel directly to the clitoris to awaken your senses, increase sensivity and send your orgasm to new heights!
 
Tenderness Passion Collection
<big>Glamorous Lipstick Shape Vibrator</big>
The ultimate feel-good accessory with powerful vibration. A Must have for all fashionista !! Discreet design fits nicely in your makeup bag.
 
A lovers celebration! All that is needed to obtain passion through tenderne…This sensual kit includes an Erotic massage oil, and intimate kisses aphrodisiac oil, a sweet snow body powder and a hand made feather tickler! All in a strawberries & champagne fragrance!

 

<big>Ancient Japanese Secret – Chocolate Body Painting</big>

Luxe Boudoir Clitoral Inspiration Gel

 

Lure For Him or Her Pheromone Colonge
Powerful Pheromone Perfume helps you to get noticed! Trigger romantic or Lusty feelings with the “opposite sex” or the “SAME SEX” when you send out silent subconscious scent signals using pheromones. Spray very little around your neck and chest and hit your fav bars in town and notice every guys or chics there will beg you to be their lover of the nite!!
 
<big>Climax Bursts Aphrodisiac Enhanced Lube</big>

Spice things up in the bedroom with this aphrodisiac enhanced lubricant. Water-based and glycerin free, this lubricant is made with a number of natural ingredients and Vitamin E enriched beads that burst on contact.  

 
Ancient Japanese Secret – Toko Aroma Lubricant

 

Taste!… It makes all the difference. TOKO “Aroma” is the only lubricant on the market with absolutely no aftertaste. TOKO “Aroma” has been created with one thing in mind: A delicious candy taste to excite! Now go paint your face like a geishia girl, and welcome your man or woman by saying..” Miso hornee! Mee love you long time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ok, after all these talks, why not pick up some of these items we’ve selected for you to try with your love one?! and make every night a Kama Sutra night!

 I’m gonna go meditate with my fav actor Paul Walker’s photo…..OM… haha

 
 
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug ! ❤