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September 11, 2013

natural beauty buff | yun li, yuli skincare

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to share this natural beauty buff profile with you.

As we approach the end of New York Fashion Week, it seems fitting to feature a cult brand that is quietly taking the modern luxury world by storm: Meet Yun Li, cofounder of Yuli Skincare.

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Yun and her friends started Yuli Skincare in an effort to bring high-performance, clean skincare grounded in science to the natural beauty market.

Armed with chemistry and natural sciences degrees as well as deeply personal experiences struggling with acne, scarring and skin irritation, Yun brings an impressive (and quite relatable!) point of view to the green beauty world.

While many brands in the green beauty market focus simply on creating beautiful products made from natural ingredients, my perception of Yuli Skincare is that it’s focused on delivering specific results for common skincare needs without creating one-off products with supreme marketing.

This is just my perception, though, after having Yuli on the radar for more than a year now, thanks to the in-depth reviews from my girl Neimans Idealist.

I hope to soon share my deeper impressions about this line: Last night, I finally ordered my first batch of Yuli products to try for myself to see just how well this line will perform with my always-struggling skin.

Though I typically feature beauty startup founders whose products I’ve tested before, it just seemed right to give you a sneak peek inside Yun’s bag as I prepare to experience this line myself in the coming weeks.

In case you’re wondering, I ordered Cell Perfecto PM and Panacea Elixir. They are starred below because I should be receiving them soon, and the other starred products are also ones I use and love. Look for a review of both within about four to six weeks.

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Margiela Bag

“This bag is functional and is the perfect size. It fits everything I need, yet it’s small enough to put into larger bags for the gym or traveling. Plus it goes with everything.”

Yuli Skincare Cellular Lip Conditioner

“I love the sheer, silky texture of this and the fact that it actively conditions lips without coating it under waxes. We made sure this was 100 percent food-grade and vegan-friendly because a lot of what we put on our lips gets digested.”

*Yuli Skincare Panacea Elixir

“My instant rejuvenator. It is uplifting in every way and immediately makes my skin come alive. I credit this gentle elixir with keeping my skin glowing and clean. I don’t go anywhere without this.”

*Camera

“Sometimes I just see the most incredible bloom and a camera phone just doesn’t do it justice.”

Intensae Nail Lacquer in Heathers

“I use these 5-free polishes from Intensae and the colors are great and wear really well. I’ve been looking around for the perfect red, and I’ve found it in this polish. The guys behind it are cool as well.”

Mod Bag from the Yuli Skincare Immaculate Kit

“These bags are from our collaboration with fashion designer Melissa Fleis. Our first collaboration sold out so we decided to come out with these Black Edition bags that are black on carbon. They’re sleek and high quality, as they’re handcrafted by Melissa in her studio.”

Herbatonin

“I used to think melatonin just didn’t work for me until a friend gave me these to try on a trip. It worked wonderfully, and I’ve been buying them ever since.”

*Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

“A classic. This has been a part of my routine since high school. I haven’t used another eyelash curler since.”

Similasan Computer Eye Relief

“If I have to look at computer screens and cell phones all day, then I’ll use this every few hours and do eye exercises to relieve the strain.”

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Hairbands

“A tip for those who get blemishes along their hairline: Wear hairbands when working out. I always set aside time to work out as it helps me think clearly and focus.”

“One of my favorite places to go is Maiden Lane Studio located in the heart of San Francisco, where I spend a lot of time working on product development. Their apparatus is top-notch and the team has a holistic focus on pairing physical fitness with mind-body health. They also carry our line which is great if I forget to bring my bottle of elixir.”

My co-founder who is traveling with me is different. Here’s what he had on hand during a recent trip to Germany.

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Ferragamo Leather Briefcase Bag


“The dopp kit is our Mod Bag from our collaboration with Melissa Fleis

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Yuli Skincare Cellular Lip Conditioner

“When I travel, the dry cabin air seems to render lip balms ineffective. This product is perfect for keeping my lips protected for long flights.”

Yuli Skincare Mr. Incredible

“I love products that are multi-functional, especially for travel. This makes shaving an experience and not a chore. The serum leaves my skin moisturized and supple, and every time I take in the scent, I just want to high-five Yun for figuring out a way to make something smell so good and be so pure.”

Yuli Skincare Cocoon Elixir

“Jetlag, dry cabin air and travel in general can sometimes cause my skin to act out, which is why I always have this soothing facial mist on hand.”

Yuli Skincare Prototype Product

“Yun and her team of chemists are always playing around with new product concepts, and I end up using these to give realistic feedback from every day use. This is a cream they developed and sent to me one day before my trip.”

*Mouthwash/Gum

“I just work better when I stay on top of my oral hygiene.”

*iPad & Samsung Galaxy S4

“I like to stay connected. This is a trait I took from my background in management consulting. Whether we’re waiting for a flight or if I’m just walking down the hall, you can be sure to catch me with a device in my hand.”

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  • asti

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of Yuli! Yuli fascinates me so much, there’s just something so mysterious about the brand. I’ve been holding back to purchase their products just because there’s a lot of amazing brands to discover nowadays :( Uber curious what is the buzz about with the use of Colloidal silver in their elixirs. I am hoping to get my hands on their Halycon cleanser soon (not only I love the ingredient list, but Halycon has been my favorite word since forever haha..) Hope the products are going to work wonders for ya!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I think you’re right on the “mystery” part. Case in point: We only see Yun as the face of the brand, but we know she’s a cofounder and there’s a man behind the curtain using these fabulous products, too! I’ve labored over every product to figure out which ones to start off with, and Cell Perfecto PM seemed like a no-brainer based on reviews, my acne-prone skin and the need for an evening treatment instead of an everyday face oil (I have a lot of those). I chose Panacea Elixir, too, based on reviews and Yun’s love for it, too, and for the fact that I’ve used a ton of toners and have only found a handful that actually do something amazing for acne-prone, yet thirsty, skin. I am excited to try them and review them!

  • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

    I love this feature! I am very curious about Yuli products, especially Cell Perfecto PM and Liquid Courage. I can’t wait to read your review Kim!
    Congratulations to Yun and her team, I have read about Yuli’s great success in Europe ;)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thanks, Lilly! It will be a while as I just ordered last night and want to give it a good 4-6 week run, but I have high hopes for it … may do some before // after and/or weekly shots of my skin to see if it really works for my breakouts. xoxo

  • Anusha Puri

    Heard much goodness about them and they are already on my wish list but i will wait for your recommendations :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Aww, thank you, that means a lot! I’ll just have two to start; which ones are you considering?

  • Tiffany

    Great Natural Beauty Buff, I’ve also been so curious about this quiet brand! It’s cool to see what is in yun’s bag and that of her co founder. I had never heard of some of the things such as Intensae’s nail polishes. I bought their Cell Perfecto over a month ago and it has really helped even out my skin tone. I think it is a great product for hyperpigmentation and it helped to lighten my acne marks. I don’t know if it is meant to do anything for blemishes though. When I asked their customer service about active blemish treatments they pointed me to Pure Mask and also told me they were going to develop something for that issue.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Hi Tiffany, thanks for your comment! I am very excited to try out the line. I’ve read some amazing reviews about Cell Perfecto from Neimans Idealist, so I started with that in hopes of fading the ugly brown marks / discoloration that comes after acne heals. We are on the same page! I’m hoping Panacea helps ward off breakouts (I use toner every day, twice a day at least). Pure Mask intrigues me, too, but I have sooooo many masks I can’t justify a new one just yet. Do you like Pure Mask?

  • mabel

    yay, I enjoyed reading this! I, too, have just ordered and received some Yuli products. I’m really liking the Halcyon cleanser so far, it leaves my dehydrated-yet-oily skin feeling really soft and not-stripped. I’m also on my second jar of their Pure Mask, which I love, especially when I use them with those nose pore strips, heh. I’ve used their Cell Perfect PM and to be honest, I didn’t notice any improvement with my acne scars or hyperpigmentation marks, but it was still a lovely serum nonetheless.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thanks, Mabel! I have been hearing great things about the cleanser, but I’m a bit old school and like to just do oil cleansing with coconut oil in the evening and maybe a light cream cleanser in the shower in the morning. I have a few specialty cleansers (May Lindstrom’s “The Clean Dirt”) that I use on occasion. Have you send any specific results with Halcyon?

      Pure Mask keeps coming up! I will have to investigate some more … like I said to Tiffany below, I just have so many masks!

      Thanks for the thoughts on Cell Perfecto. I hope it works for me! We shall see. I’ll give it a good 4-6 week run before reporting back :)

    • Ruby

      I’m very keen on their cleanser! What is the texture like? More of a gel? I always use muslin cloths when I cleanse but I find that unless the cleanser has a slight cream consistency, I don’t enjoy it as much …

  • Kathy

    This is such a dream come true for me. Thanks so much for giving us a peek into their makeup bags!! I can’t wait to learn more about that new product they’re testing out…

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Aw, you’re welcome Kathy. You had a great interview on your blog, too! Yuli does a great job with its brand and reputation … having this mystery product on the Internet is quite intriguing!

  • lynne

    What a great post! Man, she is gorgeous. I love Yuli products, I use the Cell Perfecto PM and I’ve tried a couple of the elixirs. I do feel that the Cell Perfecto brightened up my face and lightened my spots, it just takes time.

  • Kaylin

    Any word on how the Cell Perfecto PM has worked for you over the last month? I’ve been eyeing it, but would love a trusted review from you before I splurge!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Hi! I used it for two weeks straight and then my skin exploded with massive breakouts … but not from the Cell Perfecto.

      I’ve been away from yoga class and under crazy stress with a big work project, so my skin has been taking the beating. I’m hoping to go back to yoga this week and have the project (a new website) launched on Thursday, and as my skin calms back down (using zum rub and other acne treatments at night for active breakouts … Cell Perfecto is not for active acne, but for scars / hyperpigmentation), I will get back on Cell Perfecto and continue my testing!

      I have, however, been using Panacea since I got it and have used my Pure mask 4x (during this hell period!) and will have some reviews ready hopefully in the next two weeks :)

      • Kaylin

        I hope your skin calms down! I know what a pain that can be. I look forward to reading your reviews on the other Yuli products soon!

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