Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small Clothes & Accessories Sale

Hi everyone!

I have a little clothes & accessories sale going on at my sale blog if anyone would like to take a peak. :)

Brands include: Banana Republic petite, Artizia, Coach, & Forever21.

Come have a look-see. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NOTD: French Manicure with Ribbons & Gold

NOTD ribbon and gold
Please s'cuse my big hands.

Picked up a few little nail decorations at Daiso earlier in the day, yesterday, and did this manicure in the evening. The beads are a little off now since I fell asleep while the nails were still drying (I had applied mass amounts of top coat). Also, I only finished my left hand. Haha~ Still have to do the right... but this is usually where I get kind of lazy if it's not just a simple one color manicure.

NOTD ribbon and gold

NOTD ribbon and gold

Does anyone have tips on how to shape your nails? If you couldn't tell, this was my first attempt at shaping my nails and oh boy, I have no idea how. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Smashbox: The Gold List Review

Smashbox The Gold List

Sephora recently had a 20% off promotion going on so I decided to take this chance and purchase a few things I've been wanting to try. One of them was Smashbox's The Gold List. It's a five-piece, travel-ready set that's supposed to add "instant glamour to your everyday look."

Smashbox The Gold List

It includes:
- 0.27 oz Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
- 0.5 oz Photo Finish Luminzing Foundation Primer
- 0.34 oz O-Gloss Gold
- 0.24 oz Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
- Gold metallic cosmetic case

Smashbox The Gold List

O-Gloss Gold The gold eventually turns into a nice sheer peach on your lips. The effects are neat but are they really necessary? Still, I like it haha. The fine gold particles are a nice touch. Nothing overly glittery that would make me look like an adolescent attempting makeup gone wrong. The lip gloss is not scented.

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Smashbox The Gold List
O-Gloss Gold

Left: On lips with flash. Right: On lips in natural light.

Photo Op Under Eye Brightener There was no change in the darkness of my under eye circles so I probably won't be using this. It did nothing for me.

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Photo Finish Luminizing Primer Smooth as silk!!! This primer applies very easily and is so smooth; goodness, I love it. I liked that it didn't change the color of my skin on my face and left a nice luminous glow on my light-medium skin. Ah~ I'd be all over the full sized version if I could. I should probably mention though that lot of the product did end up on my fingertips which I had used for application so make sure to wipe your hands after using this product.

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Finish Luminizing Primer

Smashbox The Gold List
Photo Finish Luminizing Primer (Sorry about the blurry photo!)

Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst I was most excited for this product but was surprisingly let down because of the mass amounts of shimmer in the product. I'm sure shimmer preference differs from person to person but this makes me look like... the female version of Edward Cullen in the sunlight. Shimmery shimmer shimmer. Definitely not what I'm striving for. I used it quite sparingly too.

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Smashbox The Gold List
Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

Verdict? The kit is alright. Since I'm not a fan of all the products, I can't justify the purchasing of this set. I'd purchase the Photo Finish Luminizing Primer if I could (I don't imagine this trial size is going to last me long) cause I love how soft, silky, and subtly luminizing it makes my skin. I'd also purchase the O-Gloss Gold for fun times but besides that, I wasn't won over with the Photo Op Under Eye Brightener or the Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kose Seikisho Clear Cotton

Kose Seikisho Clear Cotton I woke up the other morning with my face makeup still on. Ah~ guilty of sleeping with makeup on. I also felt like doing a review since I recently did some major haulage and found this to be the perfect time to review my new Seikisho Clear Cotton squares!

Read more after the jump!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Saturn Necklace Giveaway!

The Saturn Necklace Shop is having a super cute Halloween giveaway! It's a Halloween version of their saturn necklace from the Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango (kyaa~ じゅんまつもと<3 lol). Click to enter!

On a different note, I am in dire need of some serious conditioning hand lotion/cream/balm. They're peeling so bad. I'm pretty sure it's because of the climbing but it's just never been THIS peely before. They look like I've applied Elmer's glue and let it dry so that I can peel it off. Suggestions on hand balms I can get my hands on in the States would be greatly appreciated. I'm even thinking of wrapping my hands up in lotion & saran wrap tonight.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Halloween Goodies on Etsy!

Happy October! 
Halloween is coming up and I'm super excited! I'm currently planning on DIY'ing my own lamb costume. Hah~ Hopefully it works out!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it's oh-so-festive and there's so much of creativity involved. Costumes, decorations, parties, all the good stuff. I was recently browsing Etsy and came upon a bunch of festive items for the upcoming holiday. I'm thinking of picking up some pumpkin flavored lip balms as gifts for friends but I really can't pick! All of these are so tempting. :)

LoveLeeSoaps' Pumpkin Spice Whipped Body Butter
LoveLeeSoaps makes some of the cutest soaps I've ever seen. I received a Hippo Soap from her shop as a gift once and it was sooo adorable.

Rilak's Candy Corn Liquid Foaming Handsoap
Wouldn't this be a fun addition to a home??

BodyLuminosity's Pumpkin Cheesecake Silky Lip Butter
Mmm I love pumpkin. and cheesecake. and lip balms :)

SoapStarCanada's Thirtypumpkin All  Natural Handmade Soap
Isn't this soap gorgeous?

Any picks?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Xwhlo's End of Summer Giveaway!

Wei of Xwhlo is having an "End of Summer" Giveaway and it's full of cute little goodies. Click here to find out more and enter! Contest ends October 31st!

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel Review

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel
T got me Incheon Airport brochures with Bi on them. Lol.
Yay! I've finally gotten the chance to try Laneige's Strawberry Peeling Gel! I've tried their Yogurt Pack before and loved the smell. This Peeling Gel is similarly scented but imo, it's not as strongly scented. Love that it comes in a squeeze tube instead of a jar like some of Laneige's other products. Thanks T for getting this for me when you were in Korea!

Size: 150ml

Product Information:
- Gently massage your face with hands, and dead cells will be removed naturally with cellulose. - Experience a clearer and smoother skin the next morning!
- This peeling gel contains strawberry extracts that help keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
- The exfoliating enzyme contained in the red capsule helps to gently remove dead cells deeply buried in the skin, facilitating turnover of the skin and making it vital and healthy.

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel
1. Apply a nickel-sized amount (2cm in diameter) on clean dry face, and spread it evenly on the entire face avoiding eyes and mouth area.
2. Massage for 1 minute. Once cellulose brings dead skin cells out of the skin, wash off with lukewarm water.
3. Use once or twice a week. Adjust frequency depending on skin conditions.
4. If you have sensitive skin, massage very gently.

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel

Laneige Strawberry Peeling Gel

My Thoughts:
+ Instant results. My face feels soooooo soft afterwards~ :)
+ Doesn't dry out my skin. No odd reactions either!
+ Scent of the peeling gel is slightly strawberry like but disappears immediately once you begin rubbing away at your face.
+ Doesn't dry out my skin.
+ Unlike other peeling gels I’ve tried, the “dead skin” that results from using this peeling gel is concentrated on my fingertips versus my face.
- I have to use around 3 dollops to cover my entire face. One isn't enough because the moment you apply it to, say, your cheek area and start trying to spread it around, it quickly turns flaky. A little too quick for me.

Would definitely repurchase if needed. I'd recommend this for those with sensitive skin since the exfoliators aren't abrasive and are very gentle. Mmm I think I'll go treat myself to an exfoliation right now since this Strawberry Peeling Gel smells so good... :)

Where to Purchase: $20 $22 $23 $28

FunnyFaceBeauty Giveaway!

FunnyFaceBeauty is having a 300 subscriber giveaway filled with fabulous goodies including Urban Decay's Naked Palette, an adorable handmade makeup bag, a variety of MAC cosmetics, and more! Click here to enter! Ends October 10th.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector SPF31 PA++ Review

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector SPF31 PA++ Review

Some of these pictures are ones I edited for my first blog but never posted.

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector01
I purchased Laneige's Sensitive UV Protector SPF31 PA++ a while back when I ran out of my first bottle of Clarins UV Plus Day Screen. I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Laneige's Sensitive UV PRotector cost me $22 + tax versus Clarins UV Plus Day Screen which costs $40 + tax.

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector02
It's alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and color-free; great for those with sensitive skin!

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector03

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector04

Laneige Sensitive UV Protector05
If you can't tell, the tiny opening makes it difficult to squeeze out a lot of product at once. Also, the sunscreen isn't liquid like my normal Clarins sunscreen is. It's creamy and a bit thick. This combination is a bit annoying when I'm rushing to put on sunscreen in the mornings or before I go out.

Here is my skin before application:
Laneige Sensitive UV Protector06 Before

Here is my skin after application:
Laneige Sensitive UV Protector07 After
It is the opposite side of my face but you can still see the difference. It's a bit shinier than before application. Nothing a little blotting paper and/or powder won't fix!

I won't be repurchasing this product since the tiny opening makes it too difficult to squeeze out product quickly. It also doesn't apply as easily compared to liquid sunscreens (which I think I might now favor over this) and leaves me a bit shiny. I still really love my HG Clarins UV Plus Day Screen. It might be pricey but it keeps my face looking matte for the majority of the day, dispenses and applies easily... I could go on but I'll save that for a review. :) If you have really sensitive skin though and are looking for a new sunscreen, this might just be the product for you! At $22, it (hopefully) won't rip a hole in your wallet and is fragrance, color, alcohol, and supposedly chemical free.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Laneige Water Bank Essence Review

Laneige Water Bank Essence
Isn't the cover pretty??

T recently returned from a trip to Asia and brought me back a gift! Knowing that I've been eying Laneige products for a while now, she got me a Laneige Water Bank Essence Special Set! Thank you, T~ :) The Water Bank Essence Special Set came with a full size bottle of Laneige Water Bank Essence and samples of Power Essential Skin Refiner, Balancing Emulsion, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Sleeping Pack.

Laneige Water Bank Essence
This box lies under the decorative cover.

Laneige Water Bank Essence
Then you unwrap that layer and you get to the goodies~

Laneige Water Bank Essence

Here is a review on the Water Bank Essence:

- Two pumps is just enough to cover my face and neck.

Less than a pump is shown here:
Laneige Water Bank Essence

Very watery and thin in consistency:
Laneige Water Bank Essence

Fully absorbed:
Laneige Water Bank Essence

- Gorgeous! Glass bottle with hygienic pump dispenser.

My Thoughts
- The watery texture works great for when my skin feels like it needs a bit of extra moisturization during the day and I don't want to pack on something too thick like lotion.
- Feels a bit tacky immediately after application but sinks in well after a few minutes.
- I noticed that quite a few reviews have complained about this product not being moisturizing enough but according to Laneige, essence is the 2nd to last step in your skin care routine, not supposed to the last step. Cream goes last. If cream is too thick for you, try something with a thinner consistency like lotion. I imagine this might be good for those with oily skin to use in the summer since it's not very heavy.
- Is scented.
- Did not irritate my sensitive skin.
- No noticeable changes in my skin but the extra moisturization is nice to have.

I'd most likely repurchase this for myself for use in the winter time when my skin needs extra moisture. Otherwise, it feels like a nice little treat if I have time to add an extra step in my skin care routine. I've been using it for a little over a week now (only during the night time) and whenever I wake up the next morning, my skin looks radiant and supple.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Starryxuan's Birthday Giveaway!

Starryxuan is having a giveaway where the winner wins any 2 Canmake items they wish for. How sweet is that?

I'm eyeing these two:

Canmake Nudy Glow Rouge

Canmake Perfect Black Eyeliner

Click here to read the rules & enter the contest! Giveaway ends 9/28. :)