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Thursday, September 30, 2010
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!
- 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.
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.
+ 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... :)
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Here is my skin before application:
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!
Friday, September 24, 2010
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.
This box lies under the decorative cover.
Then you unwrap that layer and you get to the goodies~
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:
Very watery and thin in consistency:
- Gorgeous! Glass bottle with hygienic pump dispenser.
- 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
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I'm eyeing these two:
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Canmake Perfect Black Eyeliner
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tried to make a few more gradient nails using yesterdays tutorial:
Left: Light Purple Gradient Nail
Sephora for OPI Meet For Drinks
Middle: Magenta Gradient Nail
Right: Blue Gradient Nail
American Apparel Peacock
China Glaze Atlantis
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
Smoothes and deeply cleanses skin, while respecting its physiological balance.
Cost: $16.00 for 50ml/1.69oz
All skin types
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.
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.
Here you can see the little granules:
+ 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
(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
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!
Sometimes, this can get a little messy so it's good to have paper towels/tissue on hand.