Sunday, June 27, 2010

Paula's Choice 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Lotion Review Part 1





A few weeks ago, I had a really good conversation with K about exfoliants where I learned a lot about the differences between topical, chemical, BHA, AHA exfoliants, and a few others. I was well persuaded to try a BHA exfoliant after learning that this was a much deeper way of exfoliating versus my current physical exfoliation method (peeling gels, gentle rice beads, or what used to be St. Ives Apricot Scrub). Read on for my review. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Face Shop Peeling Day Water In Pomegranate Review


Thank you to T, who got The Face Shop's Peeling Day Water In Pomegranate for me a while back!! She knows I love trying new skin care products! :)

Description: A gel-type scrub packed with tiny exfoliants gently slough off dead and complexion dulling skin cells to reveal fresh and clear skin. Rich moisture beads burst open when massaged on skin to keep skin hydrated. Pomegranate helps skin stay radiant and dewy. Use once a week to complement your skin care routine. Recommended for dry and sensitive skin types. By The Face Shop.

You really only need so much to cover and exfoliate your entire face. I think this tube is going to last me foreverrrrr.

Sometimes I wonder if all this stuff coming off of my face is really dead skin or just product. 99% of me thinks it's product. Still! The product is a fun one.

My skin feels very normal after using this product. My sensitive skin does not experience any reactions, dryness, or tightness. I like this product because I generally like peeling products but I probably won't be repurchasing since this bottle is going to last me so long and I know that by that time, I'll want to try a new peeling product from another brand. Innisfree's Wine Peeling Softener is still my #1. :)


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Pressed Powder Review



I received Guerlain's Meteorites a while back in a swap and never got around to doing a review till now. I remember not having much to say about it when I first tried it out. First of all, I received Mythic Parfait 01 in the swap and it was probably the wrong shade for me. I think Rose Frais 02 would have been a better match for my skin tone. On a different note, it's too bad the powder doesn't come with some kind of applicator.



Description from Sephora.com:

What it is:
An illuminating pressed powder.

What it does:
The latest member of the Meteorites family, Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Compact draws its inspiration from the classic pearl. This high-tech powder accentuates light, conceals blemishes, and brings out radiance, without shine.

What else you need to know:
Each compact contains an array of four complementary shades that create a luminous glow, the correcting color in the center can be used to conceal redness, cover blemishes, or tone down dark undereye circles. Swirl on the corresponding matte and pearlescent hues to touch up your look with a subtle iridescence.






Maybe I just don't like to apply a lot of makeup or something but I remember sweeping this powder over my skin at least three times if not more and still not being able to see any radiant change in my skin. Then again, perhaps I should try the color that is more fitting for my skin tone...


For a while, I also tried using Benefit's High Beam to highlight or bring a glow to my face. I must admit, I still consider myself a complete makeup newbie. I couldn't find any information regarding techniques on how to use High Beam so I tried a few different methods. One included mixing it into my moisturizer and applying it all over my face. Another was to just use it to highlight the bridge of my nose or my cheeks. Honestly, I never noticed a difference in the luminosity of my skin or anything.

I would like to try Benefit's Moon Beam though since it has more of a yellow/golden tint rather than High Beam's pink tint, which may be a bit more suiting for my skin tone.



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Jueki Sheet Review


My grandpa recently gave me a box of Jueki Sheets. I have seen these around before but never bought them because I don't really understand how they would work. Well, now I had the chance to try them out for fun!

Directions.

Don't do what I did and smell the pouch when you take it out of the plastic bag. It stung/burned my nose to high heaven!

Chopsticks NY has a good review on the product and how to use it.

An excerpt from them on how to use the product: "There are two sides to the pouch – one porous, one not. You stick the non-porous face of the pouch to the sticky side of an adhesive strip, and then you stick it to the soles of your feet (‘Ashiura’) – essentially sandwiching the porous face of the pouch between your foot and the adhesive. Stick the sheet on before going to bed, and leave it on overnight – the product claims to absorb and trap the toxins flowing through your body, turning the sheet brown by the morning."

On my foot!

When I peeled off the Jueki Sheet the next day, it was rock hard and dark colored.

I don't really know how you're supposed to measure whether or not this product is working. The area where the pouch was placed was definitely very dry after I removed the pouch. I didn't feel any different physically... Just dry on my arch. Hah. Want to try this? Drop me a line.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sonia Kashuk Remove Eye Makeup Remover Review



This, ladies and gents, is my HG eye makeup remover. Sonia Kashuk's Remove. It is amazing. I have tried quite a few popular products to try and remove those hardcore Japanese mascaras (specifically speaking, Fasio & Majolica Majorca (my favorite!)) but have usually managed to take off more eyelashes from my eyes than mascara from my eyelashes themselves. :( But Sonia Kashuk's Remove is such a winner~!

Makeup removers I've tried that have failed to take off Fasio & Majolica Majorca well:
1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: Left me with some light raccoon eyes even though it's supposed to be able to wash everything off. Also dried my skin out.
2. Philosophy Purity: Didn't take off my mascara at all. Also, my skin just had the worst reaction ever to this product. Breakout galore!
3. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/I: Took me 20 minutes soaking my eyelid with this product before most of my mascara came off. Even then, it wasn't all off. Too time consuming.
4. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/O: I just wanted to try one more time! But was left with the same results.
5. Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover: Nope. Lost many eyelashes in the process.
6. Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover: Nope.
7. Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent: Nope.
8. Andrea Eye Q's Eye Makeup Remover Gel: Didn't even remove anything.

One I haven't tried and wanted to was Lancome's Bi-Facil which has good reviews with users of Majolica Majorca.

Soaked cotton pad.

This is after soaking my eye for simply a few seconds!

The end result.

Before and after. Sorry the bottom picture isn't very clear!

I'd super recommend this to anyone who's looking for a new, inexpensive eye makeup remover! It costs around $11 at Target. When I originally purchased it, my bottle was the last one on the shelf so it might be hot stuff! Need a CP? Let me know. :)

My fail of the day: I opened my bottle of Sonia Kashuk Remove to take off my eye makeup but remembered that I should take off my contacts first. So I did. Then I reached over for my bottle of "contact lens cleaner" and accidentally over-poured a ton of Sonia Kashuk Remove into my contact lens case. Now I have like 1/4th left. Haha!



I purchased Nivea's A Kiss of Flavor in Passion Fruit the other day. I really like it!! It tints my lips a shade of red I haven't tried before and it smells so good. Mmmm. I don't like the fact that it looks like it's leaking out of the bottom of the tube though. Nivea, you might want to do something about that!

I purchased a new top coat recently. I LOVE IT. I had never heard of the brand, Creative Nail Design (CND) before this but I'm so soldddd. Hopefully, I'll be able to do a review soon.

Speaking of nail polish, I have been trying to figure out how to organize my nail polish collection. It's not very large but still, I am running out of "space" for my growing collection. I currently house my collection in a pink plastic basket but I'm trying to think of new ideas for how to display them. Throw some at me if you have any.

A big thank you to B for the Laneige samples!!!! You are so sweet! I'm so excited to try them out :)))) Congrats and good luck with the internship!!! :D

Does anyone know what these samples say, though? I can't read Korean and don't know how to use them or what they are. Hehe.



Nail Tek II: Intensive Therapy Review


T's mom purchased this for me when I told her that my nails bend easily and are weak. When I tried using it for a little over a week (put on a new coat each day), oh my goodness, I don't think my nails had ever been so nice looking! I received plenty of compliments inquiring about whether or not I had fake nails on! Whaaat. Sweet. :) Would totally recommend this product if you're having issues with flimsy nails or nails that break easily.

I also use my Nail Tek polish as a base/top coat whenever I've run out of my normal base/top coats.

Note: I like to boulder/rock climb and here is a test of Nail Tek acting as a top coat:

Left hand has a top coat of Nail Tek and right hand does not. After a few hours of climbing, this was the damage. I was amaaazed at how fairly good the left hand still looked! Please excuse the naasty right hand cuticles.


I slipped while climbing and got this scab in the process. I wonder if it'll be come a scar?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boots Skin Care Review



Boots Cleansing Milk

Purchased this the other day cause I needed a new face wash and loved the one product from Boots that I've tried before (Vanishing Day Cream, scroll down for info).



The product has a faint rose scent; i'm not usually one for rose scented products but I could do with this one. The product washed off easily, made my skin feel very soft, and did not irritate it at all.

As much as I do love the glass packaging of Boots Original line, I have a feeling it's going to be difficult to get this product out when I'm near finished with the bottle. For that reason, I probably wouldn't repurchase.

Cost: $7.99 at drugstore.com

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

I don't usually use toners and bought this Boots toner more on a whim than anything else. I've just been using it randomly: before I take off my makeup, after I wash my face, or as a quick "cleanse" during the day when I feel my face becoming oily.

It doesn't seem to do anything special or bad to my sensitive skin. I wouldn't repurchase again because I do not normally use toner.

Cost: $3.99 at drugstore.com

Boots Vanishing Day Cream
Note: these are pictures from my old blog.

Now this, this I would totally repurchase again and again for what it did to my skin last summer. Even during the hottest days, I was matte like nobody's business!

It's not at all greasy and absorbs so well into my skin.

I'd definitely buy this again!

Cost: $12.99 at drugstore.com


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Experience With Whitening Products



When I first began using whitening products, I was using them only for the sake of whitening my farmer's tan because my arms were the darkest part of my body. My face and my arms were (and still are) so many shades apart. I just wanted to try and correct that.



1st attempt: Likas Whitening Soap
Likas Whitening Soap is an herbal soap consisting of papaya enzymes blended with tropical herbs. I only used it while in the shower, lathering it on my arms and giving it some time to absorb. All I remember about this product was that I was dripping orange all over my shower. Did it work? I didn't see anything significant.



2nd attempt: Silka Papaya Whitening Lotion
This is a lotion with natural papaya extract as it's main whitening ingredient. I just remember that it smelled really good. I didn't notice any whitening effects while using this product.



3rd attempt: Kojie San Kojic Acid Soap
The main whitening ingredient is kojic acid. I imagined the "acid" would burn but it didnt. I cannot remember anything about the smell and do not remember it working to whiten my arms.



4th attempt: Godiva Skincare LicoWhite Skin Brightening Cream
Main whitening ingredient is licorice extract. This cream was the weirdest to me out of all the whitening products I've tried. It had a super weird pasty consistency and felt exactly like a glue stick and smelled to high heaven of it too! Didn't even try to finish using the tube before tossing it because of the smell and texture.



5th attempt: Nivea Body Night Whitening Milk
Main whitening ingredients are white bioactive and vitamin e. This products smelled really good and did a fair job of moisturizing. No noticeable whitening results.



6th attempt: Paul & Joe Whitening Serum
This serum smells faintly of citrus. I used it on my face and arms on and off for a few months. It did not seem to whiten my face or arms. I must admit, Jamilla of Makeup for Professional Asian Women had great results with this product!



7th attempt: Laneige Star White Cream
This cream has a really nice scent. I used it for about two weeks on my face and saw a significant difference in the lightening of my face. I immediately stopped using it on face and switched to my arms. Still using it on arms and will post results if possible.



Does anyone have recommendations as to other whitening products I should give a try? I'm always down to try new products. :)