Review: Sothys Paris Hydra3HA Range

If your skin is in need of a hydration boost after this dry winter, you will love the new skincare line from Sothys Paris.

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 Hydra3HA Range uses hyaluronic acid and other quality ingredients to immediately restore moisture and protect the skin on a daily basis.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the human body and helps cells retain moisture to preserve the health and radiance of our skin. However, it can decrease due to the natural aging process and exposure to pollutants and damaging elements such as UV rays. For this reason, adding hyaluronic acid to your beauty routine through skincare products infused with this hydrating ingredient is an effective way to add extra moisture and smooth out fine lines.

The Hydrating Youth Cream* and Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream* are moisturizers that can be used day and night to provide optimal moisture for youthful-looking skin. In addition to hyaluronic acid, these creams include 1055 Boletus Extract which is an exclusive, patented active ingredient from Sothys based on advanced research. It works in conjunction with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture flow and create a barrier that protects the skin from the elements. The creams also have a hydra-plumping complex for smooth skin.

The only difference between the two creams is the formula which is tailored for specific skin types. The Hydrating Youth Cream has a light, cream-gel texture that melts into the skin quickly. It is ideal for normal to combination skin. I like to use this cream during the day, and it may become my night cream during the summer months when my skin has more natural moisture. It keeps my skin looking fresh for hours and prevents dry patches around my nose. The Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream has a richer balm-like texture for normal to dry skin. I have been using it as a night cream and I always wake up with hydrated, plump skin. Both creams are non-greasy and have a light floral scent that is pleasant and non-irritating for my very sensitive skin.

Along with the youth creams, the Hydra3HA Range includes a Hydra-Smoothing Mask* that works to rejuvenate the skin with its combination of 1055 Boletus Extract and hyaluronic acid in free form. Sothys selected this form of hyaluronic acid for its surface protecting properties and water retaining action. I have been using this cream twice weekly after washing my face before bed. I apply a generous layer of the clear, gel formula and leave it on for about 15 minutes while I brush my teeth and choose my outfit for the next morning. When I rinse it off with water, my skin feels incredibly smooth, hydrated, soft, and refreshed. I really appreciate that it significantly improves my skin while remaining completely invisible and comfortable while I’m wearing it. I also have not detected a scent from it.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Hydra3HA Range and highly recommend it to anyone looking to incorporate hyaluronic acid into their skincare routine.

While Sothys products are a bit of a splurge, they are well-researched and created with care by experts in the field. They include innovative ingredient combinations that produce visible results. I have been using and repurchasing Sothys skincare products for the past few years and have never been disappointed. I consider them a worthwhile investment because they keep my skin at its best. In my experiences with the Hydra3HA Range, my skin looks and feels smoother, more hydrated, and more resilient to the winter elements. Also, the items contain a generous amount of product and a little goes a long way, so I only have to repurchase the ones that I use daily about twice per year.

For more information on Sothys Paris products, visit https://www.sothys.com/en. The Hydrating Youth CreamHydrating Comfort Youth CreamHydra-Smoothing Mask, 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.

Have you tried skincare with hyaluronic acid? Which items from the Hydra3HA Range would be a great addition to your routine?

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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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