Meet Your NEW Travel Beauty Companion


 
Hello MIYU Beauties!
 
Connie and I are truly excited to introduce our NEW travel-size and purse-friendly beauty essence serum mists. Ultra cute, and super convenient to carry with you, these multi-taskers will keep you fresh-faced + glowing where ever you go.
 

 
Along with the gorgeous new design + packaging you’ll notice we have a beautiful new sprayer too! We spent quite a bit of time (and effort) trying to find, and test, the perfect sprayer – not only because it had to be gorgeous, but it had to perform well with our mists as well.
 
MIYU’s plant-powered formulas are richer than your average facial mist, therefore more difficult to dispense through most sprayers. You’ll find some of the richer, heavier essences housed in a pour bottle, however we strongly felt the experience of spritzing an essence onto your face was just so much more refreshing – and relaxing.
 
The new sprayer dispenses a fine, all-over mist that will take you to your happy place, whenever you need a moment.
 

 

If you’re not familiar with beauty essences, here’s a little Beauty Essence 101: For years essences have been used in Asia, as an added step to your beauty routine, to treat, smooth and hydrate skin. Usually applied at the toner stage, the essence goes on after cleansing and before your serum and moisturizer.
 
If you’re thinking, who who has time for another skincare step? We’re with you. MIYU beauty essences simplify skincare, allowing you to skip steps instead. Use our essence to replace your toner and even your serum or moisturizer (in summer months). The leave-on step treatment infuses hydration deep into the skin, and because it’s so lightweight it can be applied generously (and layered) to help boost the effectiveness of any treatments that follow.
 

hydrate mi beauty essence: instantly hydrates, protects skin against age-accelerating free radicals, and revitalizes dull complexions.
 
de-stress mi beauty essence: calms inflammation + redness, fights stress induced free radicals, and rebuilds the skin barrier to reveal healthier, more resilient skin.
 

As part of our ongoing green initiative, our new beauty essence bottles are eco-friendly and recyclable, with all paper packaging printed on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper.
 

 
Tell us what you think of our new travel serum mists. Or better yet, post a photo of your essence on social media + hashtag #miyubeauty for your chance to be included in our Instagram Gallery!
 

August 15, 2017   0 Comments

Face Stress, Head on!

 

Let’s face it. Life can be stressful and it’s ageing your skin – fast! Whether it’s hectic deadlines, daily family responsibilities or the expectation to be hyper-connected through social media (yes, Instagram, Snapchat, we’re talking about you!) – life has a way of bringing out the worst in your complexion.

Continued research shows stress compromises skin barriers, fast tracks skin ageing, irritates and inflames skin, and/or even causes breakouts.  The good news: the way lifestyle affects your skin is entirely within your control.

At MIYU, we believe “beauty is a lifestyle,” and emotional well-being and taking care of your physical health are essential to achieving glowing, beautiful skin.

In honour of Stress Awareness Month, here are 5 things you can do to combat stress and maintain healthy, glowing skin.

  1. Work out. Exercise to decrease tension, boost your circulation and keep inflammation in check. Exercising releases endorphins, which trigger positive thoughts.
  2. Enjoy a cup of tea. The act of drinking tea naturally encourages relaxation, and eases the mind from moments of tension. Try our de-stress mi beauty tea, loaded with soothing peppermint, chamomile + liquorice to calm complexions from within.
  3. Spritz a facial mist/serum. Keeping a facial essence/mist at your desk, or nearby, can be a lifesaver on days when you ‘just need a moment.’ Not only will it help you instantly de-stress, your dewy complexion will be a bonus.
  4. Just breathe. “Take a deep breath” may seem a bit cliché, but it actually does help when it comes to stress. Shallow breathing is known to cause stress, while deep breathing provides oxygen to the blood, and in turn, helps clear your mind.
  5. Call a friend. At MIYU, we’re fortunate to be good friends and colleagues, so when things just aren’t going according to plan (like all the time) – having someone to talk to, laugh with, cry or express your anger, can be a healthy way to relieve stress.

Stress will always be a part of life, but how you deal with it, and how you let it affect you (and your skin), is essentially up to you.

In support of Stress Awareness Month, we’re donating $1 for every de-stress mi beauty product sold in April to CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

We’d love to know how you de-stress. If you have any tips on relieving stress, feel free to comment below.

 

April 6, 2016   0 Comments

Introducing our MIYU Beauty lookbook


 

Hello lovelies!

 

We’re very pleased to share with you our new MIYU Beauty Lookbook – a compilation of our most gorgeous + stunning photographs, to convey our brand story. Inside you’ll discover the inspiration behind MIYU Beauty, our philosophy, and our creation process. We hope you love it, just as much as we do!

 

January 19, 2016   0 Comments

MIYU Beauty 2015 Gift Guide: Curated Classics She Will Love

Looking for that perfect gift? Shop OUR GIFT GUIDE items here:

1. eau so pretty kit
2. liquid assets kit
3. mint-to-de-stress kit
4. soirée essentials kit
2015 MIYU Holiday Gift Guide

FOR ON-TIME DELIVERY ORDER BY DECEMBER 15TH AT MIYUBEAUTY.COM

December 10, 2015   0 Comments

Transitioning your Beauty Ritual for Fall



As leaves fall and the temperature drops, we habitually trade in our shorts & tanks for cozy knit sweaters & jeans. But while we are transitioning our wardrobe, we shouldn’t neglect our beauty cabinet. After all, our complexions face the outside environment head on – it’s least likely to be covered by any article of clothing (well, not during the fall at least). Wind, UV, pollution – our faces gets the worst of these dehydrating, ageing environmental assaults.

People tend to love the idea of keeping the same beauty ritual all year around – and while it may work in locales where weather doesn’t fluctuate with seasons, it is not quite practical for those of us who experience a cyclical temperature change. For example, an oily skin type rarely wants to apply anything on their skin during humid, summer months, but may still feel dehydrated as the weather cools, and the air becomes drier. Similarly, a dry skin type will not likely want to layer on product after product during the summer, but may want to amp up their moisturizers during cooler months.

But hey, I get it. Nobody wants to overhaul their entire skincare regimen. It’s expensive and just too much work to figure out what to switch into next. So let me introduce to you a little trick… it’s what I call the art of seasonal layering. The basic premise is this: add on a “layer” during cooler, drier months and remove the “layer” when the weather gets warmer. Think of it as layering on a sweater during winter and forgoing it during the summer.

Essences and serums are packed with so many moisturizing, anti-aging, and targeted treatments for specific concerns, that you can feel pretty good about either one you choose, as long as it works with your skin type. Starting in the fall, add a layer to your beauty regimen. Layer an essence or serum after cleansing and follow up with a moisturizer. Naturally, we are partial to our hydrate mi beauty essence for fall, providing a boost of hydration just when we need it!

For Oily Skin Types
Opt for an essence, which is lighter in texture. You’ll still get a hydration packed product that shouldn’t clog your pores. Find an essence that will also target your specific concerns (i.e. redness + irritation) so you get the best ‘bang for your buck.’ Our de-stress mi beauty essence, for example will combat redness, irritation, rebuild skin barriers and pack on hydration. Follow up with a moisturizer formulated for oily skin to ensure that you are adequately quenching parched skin without causing further breakouts.

For Normal/Combination Skin Types
Choose a serum if you are on the drier end of normal, or an essence if you lean more towards combination skin. Combination skin types – if you want to get fancy, you can apply a serum on the drier areas of your face and an essence on the oilier areas (i.e. T-zone). Follow up with a moisturizer formulated for normal/combo skin.

For Dry Skin Types
Go for a serum, which tends to be richer and more nourishing in texture. Deeply penetrating, a serum will provide the topical nutrients that your skin craves. Following up with a moisturizer for dry skin will only enhance the results.

And regardless of your skin type, don’t forget to continue to exfoliate! Exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin cells which can actually block moisturizers from effectively absorbing into the skin. I recommend exfoliating 2-3x per week. Avoid over-exfoliation though, as doing so can produce the opposite result.

Happy Fall lovelies and thanks for tuning in to our first Wellness Wednesday post! Please feel free to ask questions or comment in the section below. We also encourage you to request for specific Wellness Wednesday topics as I will be discussing all things health & beauty here… and yes, that will be every Wednesday :). Cheers to your new autumn glow!

September 16, 2015   0 Comments

Spreading MIYU love to Hong Kong


 
Hi lovelies,
 
We’ve been keeping a little (big) secret for a the last while…
 
We are so thrilled and proud to announce MIYU Beauty products are now available in Hong Kong! We’ve recently partnered with  airplay blow dry barHong Kong’s first ever blow dry bar, to introduce our unique line of tea + skincare products to Asia’s trendsetters.
 

 
Airplay blow dry bar is one of the most adorable hair styling boutiques we’ve ever seen in Hong Kong. All three locations are chic, stylish and offer an affordable luxury beauty experience that’s very much on brand with MIYU. We are over-the-moon excited to partner with a company that shares our vision of promoting a gorgeous lifestyle. Airplay blow dry bar provides a luxurious escape for clients to unwind and be pampered. We hope MIYU’s beautiful line of products will only help to elevate that experience even further.
 
If you’re in the Hong Kong area and need (or want) a fabulous blow out, while sipping on gorgeous (not to mention delicious) beauty teas, visit airplaybar.com for more information on their three locations.
 
Until next time…
 

May 12, 2015   0 Comments

Be Mom’s favorite with our Mother’s Day Giveaway

 

Hi lovelies,
 
Here’s a chance to be Mom’s favorite child this year with our Mother’s Day giveaway. Win a MIYU Beauty A Sunday Well Spent” kit, featuring our de-stress mi beauty tea + facial essence spray, a travel size mini essence, and a gorgeous “all laced up” iPhone 6 case (kit valued at $100); everything Mom needs to unplug & unwind! Disclosure: We can’t promise you won’t want to keep it for yourself, but don’t worry, we won’t tell!
 
Here’s how to enter:
 
1) Go to ahalife.com/miyu-beauty

2) CLICK FOLLOW

3) Tell us how you de-stress in our comments section below.
 
Winner will be announced [15.04.29]. Good luck!
 

 

*contest open to US & Canadian residents only

April 21, 2015   13 Comments

FOLLOW US ON AHALIFE TO RECEIVE 15% OFF + A FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE


Hi lovelies!

 

As you may already know, MIYU Beauty is on the verge of star status! We’ve been 
spotlighted on AHAlife – check out the beautiful write-up of our brand by NYC journalist Nancy MacDonell at ahalife.com/miyu-beauty/story

 

Follow us on AHAlife to get 15% OFF your first purchase*, access to exclusive promotions, product updates and more. If we get 500 of our fans (that’s you!) to follow us, we’ll officially hit the big time!

 We can only do this with your support. We’re a small, passion driven company who relies on fans like you.

 

PLUS for a limited time, as an additional thank you, the first 50 fans to purchase MIYU Beauty products on AHAlife will receive a FREE essence mini (30ml/ 1.0 fl oz.). It’s easy simply:

 

1) Go to: aha.lc/jzzLtn

2) Click Follow

 

Pretty please? Go to AHAlife and follow us now!

 

As always, thank you for your support!

 

 

*offer applies to MIYU Beauty purchases on ahalife.com only

March 17, 2015   0 Comments

Tips to flawless skin on your wedding day

 

Welcome to a new segment we are starting here on our blog focusing specifically on Bridal Beauty!

 

Allow me to introduce you to the talented Toronto-based fashion and bridal makeup artist, Annesley. Annesley and I have worked together at Cargo Cosmetics, where she was the national makeup artist for the brand. Not only does she have a big heart and a warm personality, her makeup artistry is truly flawless. We are proud to have her as a contributor to the MIYU blog, where she will share her color cosmetics expertise. She will contribute from time-to-time giving the best makeup artist tips and tricks that you can quickly learn and do on your own. Grab your makeup brushes, friends, and let’s practice!

 

A bride’s happy glow and radiant beauty is what we remember most from her special day, so skincare and make-up are two of the most important elements in bridal planning. Many brides leave this part of their planning to the last minute, often leading to disappointment. The following make-up artist tips will help you prepare your bridal beauty in the months leading up to your wedding.

 

 

1) Book a make-up artist early, at least 6 months in advance. The best make-up artists book up quickly. Review their on-line portfolio and make the extra investment of booking a trial. It will be well worth it!

 

2) Begin taking extra care of your health and skin months before wedding day. Eat healthy food, drinks lots of water and stay well rested. Add a healthy tea and facial essence to your regime. MIYU hydrate mi and de-stress mi beauty teas nourish from the inside out for healthy glowing skin, while the MIYU Beauty Essences boost the results of your skincare regime.

 

3) Keep MIYU de-stress mi beauty essence in your purse as a mid-day refresher and moisture boost. Both beauty essences are perfect in the Winter when the skin is dry as well as in the Summertime after sun exposure.

 

4) Use gentle, perfume-free skin care products appropriate for your skin type or skin condition.

 

5) Keep it simple with a gentle cleanser, toner, skin essence/serum and lastly a lightweight moisturizer.

 

6) Use an SPF if you are going in the sun and avoid tanning beds as they age and dehydrate the skin which can look unflattering in bridal photos.

 

7) Avoid harsh skin treatments in the month leading up to your wedding. Waxing/hair removal should never be done in the week leading up to the wedding.

 

8) Full, natural but neatly groomed eyebrows are the most flattering for the face and frame your eyes. If you have over-tweezed your eyebrows begin growing them in the year leading up to your wedding. Work with a trusted brow expert to assist you in getting a nice shape.

 

9) In planning your dream make-up, look to classical romantic beauty as inspiration. Nothing dates your wedding pictures more than a trendy make-up look. Have lots of inspirational pictures ready to show your make-up artist.

 

10) Lastly begin investing in the make-up pieces you will need as touch-up items on wedding day: pressed powder, lipstick, lip gloss and a purse-size MIYU beauty essence to refresh your skin!

 

Stay tuned until next time for some bridal application tips.

 

 

 

Celebrating your big day soon? MIYU’s BRIDAL EDITION E-SHOP offers special pricing on quantities of more than 10, on the following select items:

 

party favors

beauty teas

a prettea little quartet

 

What are you waiting for? Spread some MIYU cheer now! More details available on our bridal e-shop.

 

March 6, 2015   0 Comments

Winterize your Beauty Ritual

 

Can you believe it’s already February? We are in the worst of the winter months and if you live in a dry climate like we do, chances are, your skin is feeling it.   The snow on the east coast this year has been no joke and at this point, our complexions need all the help they can get!
 
HERE ARE 5 TIPS TO WINTERIZE YOUR BEAUTY RITUAL: 
 
1) Turn on the humidifier. And if you don’t have a humidifier, buy one. The dry heat coming through the vents is sucking all the hydration out of your skin, so make sure you combat the issue by putting some moisture back into the air.  Aim for a relative indoor humidity of about 45% to minimize dry, itchy skin.
 
2) Use a hydrating serum… after your toner, but before your moisturizer – or better yet, one of our beauty essences which take the place of both. Try to choose one that contains hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate. Note that all skin types can benefit from hydration, even if you’re oily!  MIYU’s beauty essences are basically sprayable serums (read: effortless application without skimping on the nutrients).  They draw water to the skin and help your moisturizer absorb more effectively.  If you don’t like spraying products directly onto your face, try spraying into the palms of your hands, press together for a couple seconds to warm the product, then gently press into the skin.  I promise, it feels like a real treat!
 
3) Keep a hydrating mist in your purse – try our beauty essence minis. I use my hydrate mi beauty essence mini both as a toner and as a skin refresher for an instant pick-me-up throughout the day. I consider it one of my ‘do-not-leave-home-without’ items, especially when I’m flying. There’s nothing more dehydrating than being on an airplane!
 
4) If you haven’t already, switch to a slightly richer, more emollient moisturizer. Of course if your skin is oily, you need to be careful you do not choose a moisturizer that is too rich for your skin, otherwise you may breakout. If this is the case, you may find that adding the hydrating serum to your regimen is sufficient. On the other hand, if your skin is dry, make sure that you use a formula that is going to moisturize and enhance your skin’s ability to hold onto water. Try looking for moisturizers with ceramides, jojoba oil, olive oil and/or cocoa butter because these ingredients can help strengthen your skin barrier, making it more resilient to potential irritants.
 
5) Drink lots of water and/or tea. If you are worried about caffeine in teas (although the amount is minimal), opt for a caffeine-free tea like an herbal or rooibos tea – both MIYU’s hydrate mi beauty tea and de-stress mi beauty teas are caffeine-free and AMAZINGLY delicious. A sip of tea will not only warm you from within, but it will also effectively hydrate and give you a healthy dose of antioxidants.
 
Just 5 simple rules – it’s no biggie, right? And trust me, your skin will thank you! If you have additional tips to combat winter skin that you want to share, leave it in the comment section below. we would love to read them!
 

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February 25, 2015   0 Comments