Review: Secrets de Sothys Premium Skincare

If achieving glowing, youthful skin is one of your goals for 2019, then the Sothys Secrets line is for you.

Sothys is an avant-garde beauty expert that produces products sold exclusively in beauty institutes and spas. This highly specialized brand has an extraordinary commitment to research and innovation, which is shown through its effective line of luxurious skin and body care.

The Sothys Secrets line is inspired by the latest scientific findings on the role that stress plays in skin aging. The products in this collection feature an exclusive formulation with active ingredients to protect and visibly reveal the skin’s youthfulness.

Like all Sothys products I’ve tried, the Secrets line is beautifully packaged. The two products come in a glossy white box with a magnetic closure adorned with the Sothys logo. Inside, the items are displayed in a black velvet setting. The product jars look very elegant with their clear bases and shiny gold and black lids. Under the lid, each product includes a cover with the gold Sothys symbol. To ensure hygienic application, small, clear spatulas are provided to retrieve product from the jars.

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An important element of my skincare routine is proper care of the eye area. It is a very delicate part of the skin and shows age before other areas of the face. For this reason, I am always excited to try new eye products from Sothys. Since March 2018, my daily eye cream for hydration and minimizing dark circles has been the Sothys Multi-Action Eye Contour (click HERE for my review). I have now added the Sothys Secrets Eye and Lip Youth Cream to my routine, and my eye area has never looked better.

The Eye and Lip Youth Cream uses peach leaf glucans and plum oil to strengthen the skin’s natural defences as well as a trio of active ingredients such as sacred lotus extract, bigarade flower bioflavonoids, and extract of brown fucus algae to reduce dark circles and puffiness. M3.0 peptides like St. Paul’s wort, silk tree extract, hyaluronic acid microspheres, and botanical hyaluronic acid boost collagen synthesis and improve texture and tone.

This product has an interesting, balm-like formula that melts into the skin without leaving a sticky residue. This makes it perfect for wearing it on its own or under concealer. Upon application, it instantly fills the fine lines around my eyes, making me look younger and more awake. I often wake up with visible creases under my left eye because I sleep on my left side. Now that I’m in my 30s, the creases are still there long after my morning shower. The first time that I tried this eye cream, I was shocked by how quickly the creases disappeared—within less than a minute after application! So now I primarily use it in the morning by tapping a small amount around my outer eye area after I apply my Multi-Action Eye Contour. The combination of the two makes me look fresh and ready for the day. I also reach for it on those afternoons when I’m so exhausted that I fall asleep for 10 minutes on the couch and wake up with eye creases. I just quickly tap on some of this product and it instantly smoothes out the skin. I have a very sensitive eye area that does not tolerate certain products, but I have not had any issues with this fragrance-free product, even with daily use.

I am so impressed with this product that I’ve barely made a dent in the jar but already know that I will be repurchasing it once I use it all. So far, I have not tried it on my lip contour, but it will be the product that I reach for at the first sign of aging.

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For the face and neck, Sothys Secrets offers a Premium Youth Cream that reinforces the skin’s natural defences with peach leaf glucans and preserves cellular longevity with red algae. For restoring the skin’s elasticity and firmness, this cream includes hypnea algae which is rich in galactans as well as retinol-like chicory leaf derived from M3.0 peptides.

Aside from the impressive, research-based combination of ingredients, this cream smooths the skin with a unique formula that creates a biomimetic “second-skin” film that acts as a protective barrier while providing an immediate lifting effect. I can definitely notice the effectiveness of this formula on the fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead. This cream makes these areas look smooth and plump. It also leaves the skin with a luxuriously soft, satin texture. My favourite way to use it is to lightly pat a small amount into my skin in the morning for an instant energizing effect and before bed after applying the Perfect Shape Youth Serum (click HERE for my review) to let the ingredients really work their magic while I’m sleeping.

Unlike the eye and lip cream, the Premium Youth Cream does include fragrance. It’s a woodsy cologne-like scent that fades within about ten minutes of application. It reminds me of the scent of the Energizing Booster Serum (click HERE for my review). If you are not sensitive to stronger scents, this product is worth trying for its youth-enhancing properties.

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Overall, I highly recommend the Sothys Eye and Lip Youth Cream and Premium Youth Cream for anyone looking to step up their skincare routine for 2019.

Like other Sothys products, the items in the Secrets line are a bit of a splurge but very worth the price in my opinion. They include innovative ingredient combinations that produce visible results. I have been using Sothys skincare for the past few years and have never been disappointed. I consider them a worthwhile investment since they keep my skin at its best. In my experience with the Secrets line, my skin looks smoother, brighter, and more youthful now than it did in 2018 before I started using these products. Also, the items contain a generous amount of product and a little goes a long way, so I only have to repurchase the ones I use daily about twice per year.

For more information on Sothys Paris products, visit The Eye and Lip Youth Cream, Premium Youth Cream, and other makeup and skincare products are available at institutes and spas. You can call 1-800-361-3004 to find them in your vicinity.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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