Beauty Teas on the Rocks


 
Happy National Iced Tea Day!
 
Any guesses to how we’ll be celebrating? You guessed it, with our age-defying iced beauty teas, of course! Each refreshing sip delivers skin-loving antioxidants for glowing complexions that start from within.
 


 
hydrate mi beauty tea: Green rooibos contains nine different types of skin-aging fighting flavonoids and essential electrolytes to hydrate from within. Goji berries are rich in Vitamin C, necessary for collagen production.
 
de-stress mi beauty tea: Peppermint uplifts and rejuvenates the mind. Chinese liquorice and chamomile blossoms provide anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and purify from within.
 

 
Here’s an updated version of our beloved iced tea recipe featuring our skin-boosting premium loose-leaf tea blends.

 

Serves 1
Ingredients:

● 1-2 tablespoons of MIYU’s premium loose-leaf hydrate mi tea or de-stress mi tea

● 6 oz. of filtered water

● 1 tsp of agave or honey (optional)

● 1 cup of ice

● mint, strawberries or raspberries (optional)
 

 

Instructions:

1. Boil 6 oz of filtered water, then steep 1-2 tablespoons of tea in the boiled water for 10-12 minutes (the longer the better).

2. To sweeten, add 1 tsp of agave nectar or honey. Stir until the agave/honey is completely dissolved.

3. Top with 1 cup of ice.

4. Garnish with mint (de-stress mi), or strawberries and/or raspberries (hydrate-mi).

5. Stir and enjoy!
 

 


 
Cheers to beauty teas with skin benefits + National Iced Tea day for letting us enjoy them!

 

June 10, 2017   0 Comments

Beautiful Packaging, for a Beautiful Future


 
Hello lovelies!
 
Welcome back from your summer break.
 
It’s often said, the day after labour day marks the unofficial end to summer. Back to school, work, and reality.
 
While we’re sad to say goodbye to backyard tea parties and summer soirées, we can’t help but love this transitional period. It’s the perfect time for a beauty refresh or even a new look, even for us.
 
As Connie mentioned in her last post, we’ve been challenging ourselves in the last while, to create new tea packaging that is both beautiful, yet mindful of our ecological footprint. With that said, we are delightfully proud to introduce our new premium loose leaf teas + eco-friendly packaging.
 

 
MIYU’s signature teas are now housed in 100% recyclable tins and foiled pouches, including the labels – now printed on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper. Each tea blend is available in two varieties. The deluxe edition: a gift-worthy tin, for those who love pretty packaging and the everyday edition: an adorable, resealable foiled pouch, for everyday use and/or refilling the tin.
 

 

The new tin canisters and pouches are available online at miyubeauty.com and at select retailers across Canada and the U.S.
 
We hope you love the revamp and the new look, and we encourage you to also be mindful of your impact to our planet, as we work together towards a beautiful future!
 

September 6, 2016   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

Tea Story


 
It is funny how I did not come to appreciate the beauty, art and health benefits of tea until I got much older. Perhaps it wasn’t until my skin took a turn for the worse in my mid-20’s – during an exhilarating time working in the Big Apple and testing countless beauty products as a beauty product developer – that I re-examined my health + lifestyle habits a bit more closely. Like many 20 year olds, I took my healthy complexion for granted. After suffering from bouts of hives and eczema, I was desperate to find a solution that would return my skin back to normal. The advantage of working for other beauty brands as a product developer was that I was constantly reading and doing research about skin health. I knew that if I wanted a chance of regaining a healthy complexion back, I needed a solution that extended beyond just a topical approach. Turning back to my roots, I realized I did not have to look too far – the health beverage consumed for centuries by my ancestors was right under my nose – TEA. I found myself fascinated by all the different varieties of teas and all their associated benefits. Today, I thought I would share with you some of my early findings. Here are just some of tea’s possible health benefits, cited from a growing number of studies:
 
● reduces risks of certain cancers
● improves cardiovascular health
● helps with weight loss (lowers cholesterol)
● strengthens immune system
● and…. LAST BUT NOT LEAST — improves skin and complexion!!
 
I am a strong believer that great skin comes not only from good quality skincare, but also from a healthy lifestyle and a stress-free state-of-mind. Drinking tea, in my opinion, is an effortless way to achieve both of the latter points. Infused with vitamins, minerals and potent antioxidants, tea is one of the easiest ways to enhance your overall health.
 
Here are some of my key insights:
Spend a little more for a good quality cup of tea. While the generic tea bags that you can purchase in your local grocery store may be convenient, you will not get the full health benefits of tea if you are purchasing the mass tea bag varieties. Mass tea bag varieties typically contain older tea leaves that have already lost many of its nutritional benefits. More specifically, mass tea bags contain fannings (as opposed to full leafs), which are fine siftings leftover after larger tea leaves have been removed. While fannings allow for shorter steeping times and provide immediate and intense flavor, the flavors do not actually bloom in the same way loose leaf teas do, and as a result taste fairly flat. Good quality teas are picked from the youngest shoots, which contain the full flavor profile and contain the maximum amount of nutrients. Treat yourself to a good loose leaf tea. Note: When I created MIYU’s beauty teas, I wanted not only to use premium leaves, but I also wanted the convenience of sachets. Why choose when you can treat yourself to the luxury of both?
 
Teas contain 2 or 3 times less caffeine than coffee. I know you have heard those rumors that coffee contains less caffeine than tea, but that is simply not true. Think about it this way, have you ever felt jittery after a strong cup of coffee? I’ll bet you have never felt that way drinking tea. Tea gives you an overall lift in energy and increased mental alertness. It does not have the same heart-pounding, eye-popping, stimulating effects that a strong cup of coffee has, which can leave you with an unpleasant caffeine crash once it wears off.
 
Teas are rich in flavonoids and catechin polyphenols which have an abundance of antioxidant properties. Due to its radical-scavenging abilities, antioxidants protect against cell damage and have detoxifying effects on the body. Research has shown that regular tea drinkers (people who drink 2 or more cups a day) “have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and they recover from heart attacks faster” (WebMD). And of course, since antioxidants are the most sought after group of ingredients in skincare, tea may also have anti-aging benefits for the skin.
 
Select the tea for your specific concern. If you have aggravated skin, peppermint tea may be the choice for you. According to Phytotherapy Research, animals that were given peppermint demonstrated a relaxation effect in their gastrointestinal (GI) tissue [1]. Issues with your GI tract are frequently linked to problematic skin – think inflammation + breakouts! We love our de-stress mi beauty tea for this reason! If you are concerned about parched complexions, you may want to select a tea with red or green rooibos. Rooibos, an African red-bush tea, is naturally high in electrolytes, therefore helping to hydrate the body from within. Rich in flavonoids, rooibos provides incredible antioxidant activity, necessary to scavenge age-accelerating free radicals. Our hydrate mi beauty tea boasts all the benefits associated with green rooibos and the aromatic snow pear essence makes the tea unbelievably divine. Definitely one of our favourite beauty brews!
 
Drink the tea that you fancy. With so many varieties, blends and flavors, feel free to choose the tea that you enjoy. The fact of the matter is: all teas contain flavonoids and they will ALL provide you with antioxidant benefits. Let’s be real – you will not receive health benefits from something that you refuse to drink! Whether you prefer earthy, woody blends, a bouquet of fragrant florals, or a concoction of sweet, exotic fruits, make sure you select the flavors that tickle your fancy.
 
Pinkies up lovelies, and cheers to healthy, beautiful skin!
 

 
1. McKay DL, Blumberg JB. A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha Piperita L). Phytotherapy Research (serial online) 2006; June 12.

September 30, 2015   0 Comments

Mint to Refresh

 

Chill out with our fresh mint iced tea recipe. Featuring MIYU’s de-stress mi beauty tea, this refreshing brew is decidedly delicious!

 
Serves 1

Ingredients

1 sachet MIYU’s de-stress mi tea
1 cup of hot water
1 cup of ice
1 tsp of agave nectar (optional)
mint garnish (optional)
 

Instructions

1. Steep 1 sachet of tea in 1 cup of hot water for 30 minutes (the longer the better).

2. To sweeten: Add 1 tsp of agave to hot water mixture & stir before placing in fridge to cool.

3. Add 1 cup of ice. Stir.

4. Garnish with mint.

6. Stir and enjoy!

 

June 30, 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!

 

 

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March 17, 2015   0 Comments