Pocky Matcha – Green Tea Covered Biscuits /swoon/

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Green Tea Covered Biscuits or CRACK
Oh goodness I need to get something off my chest – I love Japanese junk food. I do not know if I feel better but I have to say Pocky is the best treat. Now that I am not all about sugar I tend to think a lot of dessert items are far to sweet but Pocky Matcha nails the sweet but not to sweet dessert item. It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet, but the umami notes are fantastic and I think that even if you think green tea is foul you’ll love this treat. It’s sweet and crunchy and you gets loads in a serving. One pack is an entire serving but I tend to split it into at least two servings. It’s less than 200 calories for a whole box so if you are looking for a great sweet volume snack Pocky is it. Pocky can be found in most Asian sections of American supermarkets and if Matcha is not your thing fear not – strawberry or even chocolate is available. I found the Matcha at our local Safeway along with chocolate and strawberry flavors. Pick up a box and try it! You will not be disappointed! It’s great for a couple sticks as a lunch treat that does not blow your calorie budget as well.

Do you have a favorite treat?

Unboxing Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum

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Tatcha – Created by Victoria Tsai, this highly evolved line of skin care honors Japanese heritage with simple, elegant preparations of precious green teas, Okinawa red algae, rice bran and more.
I may have gone a little QVC crazy recently [no regrets]. I have been having a lot of skin problems recently so I knew it was time to scrap what I had been doing and try something completely different. I have been using a hodgepodge of different products to remove my make up, cleanse, exfoliate, treat and moisturize my face. It is hella products and a lot of time. The worst part is that my skin is not fantastic from this whole process. So I had enough and I am replacing all of the current things with new and exciting items. I’ll be unboxing all of them here for you to see! This is my first post in the series and it’s the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum. Let’s get to it!

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A close up peek of the inside.

I love the bright colors and the bamboo fronds design going on here. I should probably talk a bit more about Tatcha as a brand. Victoria Tsai took a break from her corporate marking job and went to Japan. While there she had a chance meeting with a modern day Geisha and noticed how lovely the Geisha’s skin looked. This inspired her to research the beauty ways of the Geisha and Ancient Japan.

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Tatcha Serum – inside the box.

I have a love of all things Japanese so this naturally made me want to learn more about these products and how they could help my laundry list of problems I have with my skin. I have dry and sensitive skin mixed with hormonal breakouts and sometimes dashes of eczema. This summer my nose has decided to be oily which is new and weird and different. So there is a lot going on there and I have had allergic reactions in the past to thing I put on my face so I am always slightly afraid to deviate from what I have been using but Tatcha seemed to tick all the right boxes.

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Even inside the box is beautiful and atmospheric.

When I removed the serum from the package I saw this great information on Tatcha as a brand and their ethos which I love. I love history in all of it’s forms and I know a bit about the Edo period so I was excited to see it mentioned here. I also love that this product is a mash up of ancient and modern. This step in my new skincare routine will be my treatment step. It comes before I apply moisturizer, but after cleansing and exfoliating my face.

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This is what a luxury serum looks like.

Here is all about the serum itself:

What is it: Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum delivers intense hydration benefits to reveal glowing, firmer-looking skin. Rich in red algae extract from the waters around Japan’s Okinawa Island, this formula also benefits from hyaluronic acid, known to hold a thousand times its weight in water. The combination of red algae and hyaluronic acid captures water to help deliver intense, replenishing moisture to the skin. Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum also contains 23K gold dust.

Who is it for: For all skin types, this serum helps to address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, and firmness.

Why is it different: This serum contains an antiaging complex of sonically extracted whole plant green tea, rice bran oil, and red algae–a trio of moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients that helps fight free radical attack. It also contains royal jelly, an ingredient containing vitamin B, biotin, and folic acid. This serum was formulated without parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA, or phthalates.

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This is the whole presentation.

That’s right gold flakes are part of the formula! The paper at the bottom there was what was wrapped around the serum. It has the product details on it. This is obviously a luxury product and I cannot wait to start to use it. It’s beautiful, has good ingredients and I love the brand. I’ll keep you updated on how this goes for me of course.

What is your favorite luxury product?


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