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. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More Gradient Nails!

Tried to make a few more gradient nails using yesterdays tutorial:

Gradient Nails

Left: Light Purple Gradient Nail
Sephora for OPI Meet For Drinks
Zoya Zara
PA 116

Middle: Magenta Gradient Nail
Zoya Kate
Zoya Nova

Right: Blue Gradient Nail
American Apparel Peacock
China Glaze Atlantis

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub Review

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

I recieved La Roche-Posay's Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub in a swap. Little did I know that the main method of exfoliation was polyethylene (aka plastic) powders. Should have read the ingredients before I swapped.

Minor detour before we begin the review: You'll often find polyethylene listed as an ingredient in exfoliating products these days. They're the little beads/powders that act as scrubbing agents for your skin. In truth, they're just plastic! You're flushing plastic down the drain every time you use one of these products. Not really a positive move you're making for the environment. Suggested alternatives include natural exfoliators like St. Ives Apricot Scrub (although I don't use this product because it's just much too rough for my skin), BHA, AHA, or others. It seems a bit difficult to find physical exfoliation products without polyethylene in them though. I was at Target the other day looking for an exfoliator for my cousin who is just beginning to use skin care products and couldn't find a single exfoliation product (minus St. Ives Apricot Scrub) without polyethylene in it!

On to the review!

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub Review

Product Information
Smoothes and deeply cleanses skin, while respecting its physiological balance.

Cost: $16.00 for 50ml/1.69oz

Recommended For:
All skin types
sensitive skin
aging skin

A jellified texture to reduce friction and irritation from rubbing while facilitating rinse-off. With antioxidant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to strengthen skin's natural defenses. Physiological pH, Soap-free, Alcohol-free, Paraben-free, Safe for sensitive skin.

Key Ingredients
APF [Activating Protease Factor] - chemical exfoliation to boost cell turnover while respecting skin's physiological balance.
Micronized diatomic & polyethylene powders - physical exfoliation with micronized (crushed and smoothed out) powders to avoid irritation.
Poloxamer - a mild cleanser use in contact lens solutions to cleanse even sensitive skin.
La Roche-Posay thermal spring water - antioxidant, strengthens skin's natural defenses.

Apply to wet face morning and/or evening using gentle massaging motion, avoiding eye area.
Rinse thoroughly with water.
For very sensitive skin, only use 2x per week.

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

Here you can see the little granules:
La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

My thoughts:
+ Smells nice. Kind of floral-y.
+ pH balanced
- The "powders" (more like granules) were too rough for my skin. I wouldn't recommend this to those with sensitive skin because the granules hurt my face when I was scrubbing with them. I'd use it in the shower on my body if it weren't for the polyethylene powders.

Verdict? Polyethylene aside, I'd recommend this to those who don't have sensitive or aging skin because it scrubs fairly well. My skin was smooth after using this product but definitely a bit red since it's sensitive. I wouldn't repurchase because of the plastic "powders" in it and that it's a bit too rough for my skin.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gradient Nail Tutorial & Hello Kitty NOTD

(Click on pictures for larger image. Blogger shrinks my pictures down for some reason).

It's been a while since I've blogged but I'm back with a Gradient Nail Tutorial! I posted a similar tutorial on my old blog but do not have a copy of it to post here for some reason. For this tutorial, I decided to do the tutorial on fake nails since my natural nails aren't long enough. Plus I have cruddy cuticles. This was my first time working with fake nails so excuse the butchered nail. I tried to trim and file without any prior knowledge of how-to.

Onwards to the tutorial! My apologies for the blurry/off pictures. I'm using a new camera that I haven't used before.

Apply a coat of dark pink (or any other color) to the tip of your nails. Here I used Zoya Kate.

Apply a sheer coat of pink (or other color) to the majority of the nail, leaving a bit of white space near your nail bed.

Apply another layer of this sheer pink a little above the previous line. You're slowly creating a gradient.

Continue adding more layers of the sheer polish while slowly moving upwards towards the solid color that you originally applied.

Here I applied PA Nail Color in A116 across the top of the nail:

Then I applied PA Nail Color Premier Lame Grande in AA07 across the entire nail. Apply top coat and then you're finished!:

Thank you, T, for getting me a bunch of nail decals from her recent trip to Asia! :D

Does any one have recommendations on colors to use under nail decals? I have flowers, Disney princesses (YES!), Hello Kitty, and others. I was thinking a nude color but I don't know..

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Adventures in Lip Balm Making: Take 2

The first time I tried to make my own tinted lip balm, it didn't turn out too well. I burned the balm and it just stank to high heaven afterward. This time, I tried a different approach: the microwave!

What you'll need is:
1. Vaseline
2. Microwavable container (I used a shot glass)
3. Lipstick
4. Spoon
4. Empty container to store your new tinted lip balm
5. Saran wrap
Lip Balm DIY

First I scooped a few spoonfuls of Vaseline into the shot glass and added about 2/3rd of the lipstick.
Lip Balm DIY

Sometimes, this can get a little messy so it's good to have paper towels/tissue on hand.
Lip Balm DIY

Cover your shot glass with saran wrap. Leave a little opening for ventilation.
Lip Balm DIY

Microwave in 10-15 second intervals. Check to see if it's soft yet. After doing this about 5 times, I took my shot glass out and stirred the ingredients together with a toothpick.
Lip Balm DIY

It's a little more liquid after microwaving it a bunch of times.
Lip Balm DIY

Here is the finish product. It hasn't finished cooling down yet. I think I should have microwaved mine a bit longer because there were still chunks of lipstick in there.... The tint is nice though. It's sheerer than if I had simply worn the lipstick on my lips alone which I like. It also has moisturizing properties with the Vaseline in it.
Lip Balm DIY

Anyone attempt their own DIY lip balm yet?