October 30, 2015

A Night With SK-II: Luxury Skincare and Lupus

Hosting the SK-II Pop-up in Soho
Too much sun means extreme weakness, fatigue, and oftentimes skin rashes commonly known as discoid which often appear in the shape of a butterfly across the cheekbones of ones face.

I'm one of the 40-70% of people who experience ultraviolet sensitivity from sunlight or artificial light. AS a result it left with me an endless foray of scars and hyper-pigmentation. Remember that childhood game of "connect-the dots"? Yeah, that was MY FACE! After searching high and low online for something to help me regain my confidence I came across Sheryll, a beauty blogger in Korea talking about skincare terms I'd never heard of before, essence, serums, emulsions, and so much more!
'ME' learning Asian Skincare is magical!

She talked about a luxurious Japanese skincare brand called SK-II that used a fermented yeast called pitera to rejuvenate the skin leaving it softer, smoother, and much brighter. Yes, cue Evil Disney Queen finding the perfect concoction for her nefarious plans because that's exactly how I felt stumbling over this goldmine of skincare secrets!

SK-II US Ambassador Steve Jan & I
It magic wasn't until a year later in which I met the most darling Steve Jan who is the U.S, Ambassador for SK-II. I met him during an event at Saks this past spring where we gushed endlessly about eye cream techniques and debated over whether patting vs rubbing essences was more effective. After sharing how difficult my own personal skincare journey was we came to a conclusion. How could we encourage others that were dealing with their own skincare battles after being diagnosed with lupus?

That's how "A Night of Luxury, Skincare, and Lupus with SK-II"  came to be!
Although it was a perilous rainy evening there were many dazzling faces who braved the weather with me to enjoy an awe-inspiring night where my passions of beauty and advocacy collided. Those in attendance either had lupus or knew a loved one living with it. The event was absolutely stunning! Mouth watering appetizers and manicures were followed by a innovative skincare consultation which was sort of like having Iron
Snazzy "Iron Man-esque" Skin consultation cameras
Man be your professional photographer! Plush white leather couches were nearby in case you needed to rest and everyone received a gift bag of mini SK-II products to try along with local resources to help find support while living with lupus (Thanks to the Alliance for Lupus Reseach and the Hospital for Special Surgery).

I wasn't quite sure how well the evening would be received, but once I took the stage and began to share my story I was touched by the sparkling eyes nodding in agreement whenever I mentioned how tough my lupus symptoms were.

It's not everyday that such a prestigious brand reaches out and offers to shed some beauty on an illness that can present itself in such an ugly way at times.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank SK-II for showing each of us that it is possible to "Change Destiny". We don't have to allow that which ails us to take over our lives and change who we are inside. Cate Blanchett believes that there are many different dreams to be had at many different stages of our lives, and after fearing for the worst for so many years I've finally found
courage, love, and support in others as well as myself. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. 

Having a SK-II moment with Cate Blanchett
If you ever have a moment of fear...know that if you just keep pushing past it amazing things can happen!

fighting my fears,

Tiffany Marie


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