Beauty, SkincareClean Skin with VERSO

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Recently, with the changing season (and more importantly, weather), I’ve been looking for a new gentle, yet effective cleanser to try. I’ve heard good things about the skincare line, VERSO, and decided to try out their Foaming Cleanser.

First, I love the minimalistic packaging. The simple black and white bottle, paired with the bold typeface…this is perfect for leaving out on the bathroom counter. If you had the entire line, it would look so gorgeous together for an immediately styled bathroom vignette.

The cleanser itself markets itself as a “soothing and purifying gentle foaming cleanser for daily use,” and after using it, I can say that this cleanser is exactly that. The cleanser itself pumps out as a thicker white liquid, and with water, it foams and lathers nicely on the skin. It has a very light clean scent that I found soothing, not irritating. It easily removed all light makeup, grime and excess oil from the day without leaving behind any residue. Most importantly, so far – no breakouts from using this cleanser (which can easily happen for me). A thumbs up for daily use!

Accessories, Obsessions, ShoesObsession of the Moment: Shoedazzle Cleantha Flat

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SponsoredA Little Color Inspiration for the Season

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My style is feminine, but not saccharine, so when it comes to choosing colors (for my clothes, makeup, or home), I tend to shy away from anything that’s too girly or precious. One of my favorite ways to make color feel more “grown up” is by mixing pastel shades with variations of grey, which allows me to use the season’s pretties hues, but update it in a way that’s much cooler (both in terms of color palette and just figuratively speaking.) This little rule-of-thumb especially works well when it comes to home décor: I just love mixing and matching shades of blush and lilac with the neutral.

Right now, I’m especially partial to light shades of purple mixed with grey. I find myself gravitating (or mixing!) this hue in everything, from home accent pieces to nail polishes, to prints on my clothing and even eye shadow (try it, it works surprisingly well!). Just scroll through my inspiration board above, and you’ll see what I mean.

That’s why I’m excited to partner with a new retailer that totally gets how I like to work with color. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be undertaking a big project to incorporate my favorite hue in an unexpected (but pretty major) way. Have I intrigued you? Stay tuned to find out what I’m up to!

Beauty, SkincareAnti-aging Summer Skin

dryoilI’ve decided to put on the brakes this summer. Not on everything- I’m still city-hopping, driving too fast, and staying up late, but I decided to stop aging! Of course it sounds facetious, but how to slow aging has always been a ubiquitous question. I’ve been considering a serious dive into what I refer to as investment skincare, and after getting some great recommendations from skin experts, I have finally settled into a stellar new routine. There’s no way I can get a facial every week or professional makeup done every time I go out, but I have literally put my face into the hands of the legendary La Prairie, a pioneer and gold standard in cellular anti-aging therapies. Their collection of lines and products can be overwhelming, but I’ve narrowed it down to two indispensable products which are easy to incorporate and give the best balance of results per investment. The products I treat my skin to day and night are the Anti-aging SPF 30 Emulsion and the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil.

Face oils have become popular lately, and the main reason for their superior effectiveness is that they lock in hydration and powerful nutrients in high concentrations. I’ve never even considered using an oil in the summer, as my face is already melting from the heat and humidity, but the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil is so light that a tiny amount covers my whole face and absorbs incredibly quickly! I was also concerned about looking super-shiny, but instead got a young, healthy glow. In my opinion, the dry oil is La Prairie’s best kept secret since it’s so concentrated and effective using only a couple drops. In other words, a bottle will last exponentially longer than a cream which is water-based. A patent-pending complex of Alpine flora found to survive in the Swiss Alps lends its natural secret of youth, powering the anti-aging abilities. Pure oils lock in hydration better than creams, so the formula is best applied right after a shower or facewash. The result is soft and smooth skin no matter which skin type, but works especially well on slightly dry or combination skin, like I have in the summer. It feels like the ultimate luxury to apply the dry oil, and I’ve loved the effects of the anti-aging complex on my skin as it repairs the daily stresses I put it through.

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Giveaways, SponsoredGiveaway: Proactiv+ 3-Step Skincare System

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Honestly, which teenager did not swear by Proactiv? That line totally got me through college and the worst of my acne-ridden years.

Luckily, these days, mention the word ‘acne’ and I’ll be more likely to think of my favorite clothing line than a serious skin condition, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still suffer from the occasional blemish (and even worse, long-term skin discoloration and marks from those pesky flare-ups). Luckily, Proactiv has evolved with me and the new line of Proactiv+ is designed to address the slew of adult skin concerns I now face: dry skin (check), oily skin (check. Yes I suffer from dry skin and oily skin at the same time), lack of clarity (check), redness (check), prominent pores (check, check, check, check…)

The new lineup contains the same easy 1-2-3 process as my teenage favorite: a  Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, an all-in-one cleanser and scrub, the Pore Targeting Treatment, an acne-bacteria killing serum for those occasional pimples, and a daily Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, which moisturizes, brightens, and mattifies.

For the next four weeks, I’ll be test driving all these products and more from the Proactiv+ line, with the hope of being able to rock that #nomakeup and #nofilter hashtag on all my summer selfies.

Follow along on my social media channels: @carolyn_hsu, @tdailyobsession as I try these new products!

Want to win a set to try yourself? It’s easy! You can win one of two ways:

1) Follow @tdailyobsession on Twitter and retweet this post

2) Follow @carolyn_hsu on Instagram and like this photo

Good luck! Winner will be announced in 4 weeks.

 

Beauty, HairSHOW Pure Treatment Oil

showI usually eschew hair oils because my hair tends to produce enough on its own, especially in the summer! However, I was so taken by the stunning bottle that SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment Oil comes in that I couldn’t resist trying it, and I have to admit that I love what the lightweight treatment does for my hair. Since I’ve been growing my hair, the ends have been dry and more brittle, especially with the summer sun beating down. While the oil increases the elasticity of hair, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy as I was expecting. The argan oil-based formula allows me to condition and strengthen my hair while making styling so much easier. The SHOW beauty line was designed by Tamara Ecclestone, a British model and TV personality to fill a void in luxury hair care. She worked with fragrance leader Givaudan to create the delicate notes of rose water and rosewood with creamy caramel and almond butter, blending in vanilla and patchouli. I find the fragrance light and pleasing, and not overwhelming.

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Mom & KidsSnuggle up with Aden + Anais

8062_1-classic-sleeping-bag-up-up-awayThe transition to summer is always an exciting one in our household, between sunny afternoons by the pool, beach trips, and yummy barbeques. Sleeping in warmer weather is a little trickier though, because it can be either too hot or too cold, and I’m contantly adjusting the thermostat in the middle of the night. For my little one, Aden+Anais has the perfect solution to summer slumber, a super lightweight Classic Sleeping Bag. It allows a breathable and comforting layer to stay on all night without restricting moderate movement. I’ve raved about the signature muslin before, and have yet to find anything even comparable. It really does get softer with every wash! I just zip the bag over her diaper and pajama top and she’s snug as a bug all night.

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Obsessions, TechObsession of the Moment: Braven 710 Ultimate Bluetooth Speaker

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Eco & Organic, Fitness & HealthGlow Bio Cleanse

cleanseA rainy day is perfect for a cleanse since I like to think of the rain as a metaphor for the outflow of toxins and impurities from my body. At the end of it, the reward is a clear sky and a glow! I just tried the 1-day Glow Bio Cleanse, a new generation program designed by New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s an inspiration on her own, she’s gorgeous and fit, and throws out helpful tips on a daily basis- did you know you’re supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach? Each organic cleanse begins and ends with the fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie, sandwiching in Cold-Pressed Juices enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion. Shots in between juices are powerful benefit-driven boosters which are easy to get down and add a zing of energy (especially the spicy ginger shot!). The purpose of the strict order of consumption is to maximize the nutritional benefits and get your body back to harmony.

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TechHTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition

Ed Note: It’s fair to say that little brothers–especially my own–probably don’t concern themselves too much with the day-to-day going ons of this blog. After all, one of his recent text messages to me read: “What is Balenciaga and why is it so big? I’ve never heard of it before.”

But when I got my hands on the new HTC One Harman Kardon Edition, I knew there was only one person who could test it for me and leave no app unopened. So below, is my brother first (and hopefully not last!) contribution to The Daily Obsession!

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htcm8I recently had the pleasure of trying out the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition. It is a premium version of the (M8), with focus on the music experience. Needless to say, I’ve been very impressed with the phone, and have had a difficult time finding any flaws. Below are just a few of my favorite things about the phone.

1. The Hardware

HTC really killed it last year with the  design of the HTC One, and has outdone itself with this year with the (M8). Most of the flagship phones for Android, such as the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5, are made primarily of plastic. The HTC One (M8) is made nearly entirely of metal, with a polished back, curved edges, and a stunning screen finished with Gorilla glass. It can be a tad slippery to hold at times, and iPhone users using it with just one hand may find it a bit cumbersome. However, the larger real estate, packed with 1080×1920 pixels, provides a much more immersive experience for apps like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest (haha just kidding. I don’t use that but my sister says it’s cool.). Overall, the HTC One (M8) aluminum body displays thoughtful engineering and beautiful aesthetics that may have surpassed the current barometer for smartphone design, the iPhone 5S.

2. Entertainment and Media

The (M8) is a premium phone for watching videos and listening to music. Watching Nexflix or YouTube is a great experience, with quick HD streaming and plenty of space to notice the small details. What is most impressive, especially in the Harman Kardon edition, is the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers. The stereo speakers deliver excellent sound quality, making music and video a key component of the (M8). HTC really shows off its commitment with a new feature called the Clari-Fi. It promises to augment low-resolution tracks, such as .mp3 files, with enhanced depth and detail. A similar feature is the LifeStage technology, which creates a live performance-feel into ordinary tracks.

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