Friday, June 29, 2012

Review on E.L.F. Loose Mineral Eyeshadow

Hi Everyone! I am back in SD, which means all of my products are here! And I can finally take pictures and review more stuff! yay! XD

Today I will review the E.L.F.'s Mineral Eyeshadow

All E.L.F. mineral eyeshadow is $3.00, weigh 0.03 oz or 0.85 grams, and comes in loose pigments. And they can only be bought on the E.L.F. website.

This was my first buy E.L.F. ever and I was hesitant on the quality so that's why I only bought 2 shades.

I bought the pigments Angelic (shimmer) and Partier (matt):

And here are the swatches!
Angelic on above and Partier below.

What do I think of Angelic?
Wow! I was so impressed with this eyeshadow! This eyeshadow is beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. It is a very shimmery snow pearly white color and I love it! It is great for putting on the inner corners of the eyes and if I want to really brighten my eyes, I put it on the inner half of my eyelids with a smokey eye and it looks amazing! Or I could just put a little on only my eyelids and blend it out, and that makes my eyes pop! This eyeshadow is very very pigmented, does not crease and is easy to blend. Because it is so pigmented, I only need a little bit and so far this pot has lasted me for 6 months and you can see I still have a lot! I would definitely re-buy this eyeshadow again!

What do I think of Partier?
Unfortunately, this one was a bad buy. =( On the website, the color block for Partier looks like a matt gray-blue color, however, in reality, it is more of a matt gray color. This eyeshadow, I have so many problems with, I used it once and never used it again. It is not very pigmented, does not blend well, and it creases. The eyeshadow alone tends to ball up in tiny powder balls in the pot which makes application terrible because when you apply with a brush, the balls will smear open, leaving areas of more eyeshadow than others. So, overall, this eyeshadow sucks. =/

What do I think of the packaging?
I actually thought it wasn't a bad idea to have a sifter above the powder pigment. Because it is easy control and tap out how much pigment you want. However, if you're like me, and carry these things around a lot, they get moved around and the pigment goes out of the sifter to the surface. This is annoying because once I open the cap, some powder flies out and also I can't tap the powder back underneath the sifter, so the powder stays there.
Really, it's not a problem if I'm careful, but I'm just noting this to anyone who wants to know more about the packaging/container/pot for the loose mineral eyeshadow.

Any recommendations?
For the 2 that I bought, I definitely recommend Angelic. It is a beautiful color that is flexible with any color and any look. An example of how you could use it is in this video (at the end w/ the shimmer):
Gossmakeupartist did not use Angelic, I don't know if he did or not, but Angelic looks almost like that, it would work beautifully!
I do not recommend Partier, just a bad product overall, don't waste your money.

Tips for buying at E.L.F.
-this brand usually sells very shimmery eye shadows
-the quality of the eyeshadows and other products really vary, one color shadow could be amazing and one could be really crappy, really depends, it's a hit or miss thing
-i found out through buying these 2 things, that I'm rather sloppy when it comes to loose pigments, so keep that in mind, if you're not careful these products are easy to spill and literally blow away

So I hope you liked this review, I know that this was only 2 of the shadows from the E.L.F. Loose Mineral Eyeshadow collection, but I am planning on trying more! So stay tuned!
Thank you for reading and I will talk to you later! =)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Attention! La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ON SALE!!!

Hi guys!

If you didn't know already. At CVS, the La Roche-Posay Antehlios 60 (SPF 60) Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is ON SALE!

It is $10 off original price ($30), which drops it down to $20!!!

Also, if you are lucky, in the La Roche-Posay booth there are flyers and sale cards that say $5 off any La Roche-Posay product!

With $5 off that, that makes it a total of $15! Half the price of the original!!!

So if you are interested in this sunscreen and want to buy it, you should buy it now! Or very soon! XD

If you would like a review of the sunscreen I have a La Roche-Posay Antehlios 60 (SPF 60) Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Review!

I just bought one today for $15! And I'm very happy! Because I would have never bought this as the original price!

Now go and get them! XD

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review on CVS vs Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover!

Hi Everyone! =D

Today I will be reviewing and comparing 2 eye makeup remover brands: CVS and Neutrogena

CVS Eye Makeup Remover Oil-Free:

This can be found online or, of course, at CVS. =P It contains 6.4 fluid oz or 189 mL of product and costs $4-5.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover:

This can be found online, at any drugstore, and at Ulta.  It contains 5.5 fluid oz or 163 mL of product at costs $6-8.

I have used both kinds for extended periods of time. And literally, they are the same! All the ingredients are the same. I literally went to the store and stared at the ingredient list in both bottles. They are both a non-polar and polar solution in which you can see 2 immiscible layers of liquids in each bottle. Basically they act like soap, with polar and non-polar components. The polar compounds will wash away anything aqueous or water-based and the non-polar compounds will wash away anything oil-based like grease, dirt, organic compounds, etc.
Directions for both are the same: shake well and apply with a cotton pad on closed eyelids, later gently rinse your eyes with warm water.
They are both fine for sensitive skin/eyelids and eyes. For both of them I have gotten both solutions in my eyes, and they don't hurt. I could dump both kinds in my eyes, and nothing would happen, though I don't recommend it =P.
They both take off makeup easily, without any pressure or tugging. My makeup, no matter how much makeup I put on my eyes, even if it's waterproof or cosmetic glitter, etc. they both easily take everything off.

Which one do I recommend?
Really, it's simple. If they both are the same, and work just as well, go for the cheaper one. The only reason Neutrogena is more pricy is because it is a brand name, but really the CVS eye makeup remover works just as well, physically and chemically. So I recommend the CVS Eye Makeup Remover Oil Free. Guys, don't be drawn in by brand names, kay? Some things have the same stuff and work the same but just aren't as well known or flashy. Save money to buy something even better for yourself ;)

So, a rather quick review, but I thought it was important since CVS is such a common drugstore brand in the US and Neutrogena is fairly well known throughout. I too can be a bit worried when I go for drugstore brands that don't look as high quality as the more well known brand names, but I'm just saying that there are equivalent things out there for a cheaper price!
I hope this was a helpful review to you! Thank you for reading and I will see you later! XD

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Let's talk about BB Creams! XD

Hi Everyone! Today I will talk about BB Creams! =O

Background info:
So, most people probably know this, you can find it on Wikipedia. But a short background intro. BB creams were first designed in Germany for people post-surgery to help protect and improve their skin. It was taken by mostly Asian cosmetic developers as a skincare/cosmetic product and has now developed into a world wide BB cream craze that's been around for a couple years.

Possible benefits and properties:
Most BB creams have:
-some kind of coverage from sheer to heavy
Other claimed benefits are:
-skin whitening properties
-fighting/decreasing acne, pimples, blemishes
-reducing scars and pigmentation
-giving skin a smoother texture
-brightening effects
-reducing fine lines and wrinkles

Why are BB creams so light? And come in such few shades?
Well, historically, Asian countries were the one of the first to widely produce and popularized BB creams. And, generally, most Asian women in Asian really like/want pale skin. It is a sign of beauty to them. (And I also like light skin generally...I'm trying to get a more tanned look this summer.) Therefore, the businesses and markets cater to what the consumers want and most Asian BB creams (like many in the picture above) have very light colors and because that's what most people want in Asia, they don't need a wide range of colors.
BB creams also tend to have SPF and sometimes a lot, which has light-reflecting properties, making the creams lighter and making your skin look lighter as well.

Do BB creams really do what they say they do?
I've talked with some skincare people and generally they say that the more stuff/properties you put into a product, the more complicated and difficult it gets, for all of those things to work effectively. Therefore, the quality of products can be reduced if they are less specialized and do a little for each kind of property/benefit it has. Therefore, I wouldn't count/depend too much on what they say they do. I definitely believe that they can moisturize the skin, provide coverage, and have SPF. They probably do have whiting properties if they say they do, they're pretty good with that. However, having learned some chemistry, biochemistry, and organic chemistry, I'd say it's pretty difficult to make a product that does so many things. Best to treat it as a foundation with SPF or something and not expect too much from it.

Oxidation effects:
The good thing about BB creams that even though some of them are so light, they do oxidize. Most of  them take 20-30 min to oxidize. Therefore, you want to find the color of BB cream that oxidizes closet to your natural skin color. Some tend to oxidize to a more gray finish, depends on the brand, so try to find one that doesn't look too ashy and gray on your skin.

BB cream application:
-Even though BB creams have moisturizing properties, you should still moisturize your face before applying BB creams. Because when they dry and oxidize, for dry skin, it can still look flaky, dry, or cakey, and it's just good have a layer/barrier between your skin and the BB cream
-You do not need a lot of BB cream for your face. At most, a pea-size amount is needed. Because it is so light colored, you can make your face look really pale/white/pasty/gray if you use too much!
You can use your hands, sponge, or stippling brush to apply. Just make sure to first apply lightly and use more coverage when need be! I like to use a stippling brush because it uses the least amount for the most even finish. If I want a more natural look with lighter/sheer coverage, I rub the BB cream in my palms and gently press it all over my face. Got the tip from Bubzbeauty! X)
-Also! Don't forget, you need to use this on your neck and ears too! Make sure your face matches your neck, ears, and upper body skin color, otherwise, it will definitely look weird! O_o

Other info/tips:
-remember, this is also a cosmetic product, if it says it does both, treat it as a cosmetic product, it is safer that way and depending on your skin type, like other foundations or cosmetic things, they can cause people to break out
-if you want a wider range of colors, I believe that Missha's Perfect Cover BB Cream comes in 6 or 7 colors, which is at best, good for tanned skin, but not dark skin
-some have fragrance, some don't, generally, I don't like stuff with fragrance unless it's a good product and I'm willing to get over the smell =P
-because most BB creams have SPF don't use this as a foundation when you are going out and taking pictures, because flash photography is going to make your face look ghastly white! O_O BB creams are best as a day coverage
-depending on your preference, you can go for more sheer BB creams or ones with more coverage
-If you are new to BB creams and want to try, I suggest buying sample packs, like this one:

This particular set, you can buy on Amazon.
And if you are new to BB creams, I also suggest that you buy the Asian ones such as the Super BB brand, Missha, The Face Shop, etc. This is not because I'm racist, or biased, or anything like that. It's just that: First, the majority of American BB creams are brand named and expensive, and you don't know if they're going to be a good investment, and I'm sure you don't want to waste your money. Second, the Asian cosmetic companies that make BB cream have been doing it a lot longer than American cosmetic companies. Therefore they are more experienced and have had more time for reviews and improvement
-to find the Asian produced BB creams, try Amazon, I trust Amazon the most, but still! Becareful! There are fakes out there! Especially of the Super BB brand on Ebay and other more sketchy sites! Here's a good youtube example of how to spot a fake Skin 79 Super BB Cream:
-if you are wondering what's the difference between the hot pink Super BB cream and the gold Super BB cream, the hot pink version is for oily skin and the gold version is for normal to dry skin.
-try to find a BB cream that has good reviews, has a good smooth consistency, not sticky, not thick, not cakey, and doesn't feel heavy or stick on your skin, the best BB creams have the coverage you want and looks and feels like your own skin!
-also, please make sure to wash the BB cream off properly like you would with any foundation, remember, BB creams are not moisturizers, they contain much more stuff than that, and can clog pores, so don't forget to cleanse your face properly! =)

My personal thoughts:
I don't use BB creams too often even though I own like 5 of the top selling brands XD. I'm always afraid that if I use it often enough or everyday, that I will break out because of it, since i have sensitive skin and an oily forehead and nose =/. And I absolutely hate, that's why I don't use them often, I'm so scared XO. I would use this on a day out with friends if I want a natural light coverage that makes my skin tone look more even and bright. It's a great substitute for foundation (which can be on the heavier side) and when i don't want to wear concealer but have a good overall complexion.
Like, I really like them, especially the concept! If it was 100% guaranteed not to break me out, I would use it more often. But I'm just too scared! I really hate the healing process of getting acne from cosmetic products =(

So, I hope you enjoyed this post and that you learned what you wanted to learn from it XD.
Thank you for reading!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below!
Talk to you later! =D

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review on Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

Hi everyone! =)

Today I am reviewing the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15:

This product can be found online, at any drugstore and at Ulta. It costs around $13-$16. It contains 4 fluid oz or 120mL of product. It has an SPF of 15 with UVA/UVB sunscreen, said to be oil-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic. It is said to moisturize sensitive skin for the face and neck to reduce redness and sooth irritated skin.
Directions: After cleansing, smooth over face and neck daily to visibly reduce redness. Apply evenly before sun exposure and as needed.

First Impression:
The first thing I noticed about this product was the lock-pump system. You can lock and unlock the pump by twisting the head according to the small diagram etched on the head. And when you unlock it, you can pump the product into your hands. I think this is an amazing dispenser. The lock works great and I have had no problems with it. Plus it's not messy like the pumps that come with a cap that people loose eventually and it's hygenic!
Another thing I noticed right away was that this moisturizer has a fragrance. It has a really nice fragrance, and smells good. But I don't like putting scented moisturizers on my face (for my body, it's fine). Adding fragrance to a facial moisturizer is just one more thing that could irritate my very sensitive skin. Because of that, I became unsure of whether to use this on my face or not.

What do I think of this product?
The product is a cream colored lotion that has a very smooth and light consistency. However, because it has a fragrance, I do not use it on my face, even though it was made for the face and made for sensitive skin. I would just rather be on the safe side and I don't like my face smelling like moisturizer fragrance. I do use this on my neck, my shoulders and arms because they get tanned the most during the summer and I like my face color to match my neck and upper body more closely. For my face I still use my Lancome and La Roche Posay sunscreens, which have no fragrance and have high SPF values.
On my body it is fast-absorbing and does not make my skin shiny or oily. And it works as a good neck and body sunscreen, but I'm kind of sad that it has fragrance. Because if it didn't, I would definitely try this on my face.
How is it on the face? Well, because I don't use it on my face, I don't know. I'm sorry, yes. I know this product is meant for the face and meant for sensitive skin, but I just don't like scented facial moisturizers, not my thing. =(

Do I recommend this product?
If you have non-sensitive facial skin and you like or don't mind fragrances in moisturizers, then I recommend this product. If you do have sensitive skin and you like or don't mind fragrances, I think it's worth a shot because this product was made for the face and neck and made for sensitive skin. So I don't want to scare anyone from using this on their face just because I don't use it on my face. I just know that generally the more things you put into a facial moisturizer, the more complications there can possibly be, and I just don't want to take the risk. If you still want to try it, you can first try it on your hands, and then your neck, and if you like it and there are no problems then start with a thin layer on your face and see if it works too. Remember, if you do get this and you don't like it on your face or it doesn't work well for your face, you can always use this for your body, and it works fine.

So I hope you liked this review. Thank you for reading and have a great day =)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Let's talk about False Lashes! ;O

Hi Everybody! Today I will be talking about false lashes!

What are false lashes?
So, that's pretty simple, false lashes are fake lashes. XD They are fake eyelashes that people like to use to make their lashes look bigger, eyes look bigger or give a certain dramatic, flirty, or artsy effect.
Many people like to use false lashes for clubbing, special events like prom or weddings and others use them everyday! O_O

Do I need false lashes?
Nope, you don't need false lashes! Totally up to you =). I don't use false lashes because...I'm lazy XD, haha. And I think I would mess up very badly. But really, from talking with friends, it's not that hard to get used to, and with practice, it will become very easy!

About lash glue:
So, people use lash glue to put on false lashes. There are different types of lash glues. Some dry dark (black) and others dry clear.Some are designed for very strong adhesion and some are designed to be pulled off easily without damaging your eyelids or eyelashes. It really depends on your preference of lash glues and what occasion you are wearing false lashes for.

Types of false lashes:
There are a variety of false lashes. There are basic straight and long lashes. There are ones with color, with glitter, with feathers, with lace! There can be a combination of any sort of lash pattern with color or design. Lashes can also be rimmed or non-rimmed. Rimmed lashes have black connectors between each lash and non-rimmed would mean that the lash band is clear.
There are also individual lash groups that you can apply, like so:
 Some people like to use half lashes on the outer ends of their eyes for a more flirty and non-overwhelming look (you can also cut regular false lashes in half too):
One of the most natural false lashes are criss-cross lashes:
A lot of people I know like more basic and natural false lashes but if it's halloween, prom, clubbing, feel free to do whatever you like. ;)

Applying false lashes:
There are a lot of videos on youtube on how to apply false lashes. I only know the theory of it, since I've never used false lashes before and I don't plan to. =P
I can give you a few tips though:
-You can see how a false lash looks by setting it on top of your real lashes and if they're too long you know how long to trim them
-apply a thin layer of lash glue, you don't need a lot
-wait for about 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky so it sticks on better, but if you like to adjust it while it is on your lashes, then you don't have to wait as long
-when the glue is drying, make sure to push the false lashes inwards and upwards so they stay well and perky
-you can apply mascara before and/or after, just remember to gently curl your real lashes with the false ones so it looks uniform and not weird and two layered XP

Side effects of wearing false lashes:
So the first time you wear false lashes, they are going to feel very heavy. =P Like, you say your eyes will be open, but they look half open to everyone else. This is just something to get used to and your eyelid muscles will grow stronger and get used to the weight of lashes. And you will learn to open your eyes a little wider than normal to lift up the false lashes so that your eyes will look open to everyone else.
When you take off your lashes it's true that you can loose a few eyelashes, but it should be okay as long as you don't wear false lashes too often.
If you use false lashes frequently, like almost everyday. You can get the side effect of having your lashline colored by the lash glue. Hollyannaeree from youtube, talks about this in one of her videos. On her lashline (where eyeliner and/or false lashes go), she has a gray/brown line that looks like she put on eyeliner. But that's from the lash glue from wearing false lashes so often. I don't think it will have negative effects on your health, but basically your skin right there will be a bit stained.

More tips:
-Try to get false lashes that are on the flexible side so you can bend them to your eyeshape.
-For a more natural look cut lashes in half or get half lashes to put on the outer ends of  your eyes for a flirty look. Or get criss-cross lashes
-if you want something really natural, just stick a few individual group lashes on the outer edge of your real lashes
-you can put false lashes on your upper and lower lashline if you wish, depends on the look
-before you put the lashes on your eyes, you can bend them a bit to fit the curve of your eyes better

My personal view:
I don't like false lashes because it can put a very dramatic change on the eyes. So much so, that when you take them off, it's like you never had lashes to begin with. And I wouldn't feel like myself if I wore false lashes. To me, it's just too much of a change and looks a little on the fake side. Mascara and eyeliner makes me happy enough. =) If I really had to wear false lashes, it would be for flash photography on my wedding day, something really important or when I know that things like flash photography can really wash things out.

So I hope this helped those of you who are new to and interested in false lashes. If you want to try don't be afraid to! You'll know if you like them or not! =D
I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments, feel free  to write in the comment box below!
I will see you later! =)

Review on Clean and Clear Advantage Mark Treatment

Hi Everyone! =)

It is summer now! Yay! And that means, summer school, research, hospital shifts, and lab work XD haha, not the most amazing things to be doing but probably good for me =P
Currently I'm at my parent's house, so the majority of makeup and skincare products I have are at my place in SD, which means I can't do as many reviews as I like. =/ But I will get back to blogging more when I return to SD! =D

Today I will review on the Clean and Clear Advantage Mark Treatment:

This contains 0.5 fluid oz or 15mL of product. You can find it at any drugstore, online, or at Ulta. It costs around $7. It contains 2% of salicylic acid. It's purpose is to treat breakouts fast and diminish the look of postmark acne effects such as scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Directions: After thoroughly cleansing your face, apply a thin layer onto affected area 1-3 times daily. If your skin gets too dry from this, start off once a day or once every other day and increase application if need be.

What do I think of this product?
This product comes out as a clear more fluid-like gel. It has a very smooth runny consistency. I generally have mild acne, so I like to spot treat my acne. It is healthier for my skin not to put so much product on it, especially more medical treatment products. I apply this only once a day, before I go to bed. I cleanse my face and then apply a thin layer onto my acne. Don't put this onto popped pimples, it stings =(.
I have been using this product for about a month and I really like this product. Because I apply only once a day, I don't get any drying effects. And it really helps reduce the redness and swelling of my acne the next day when I wake up! It's like it was never there! When I apply it, it sort of has a cooling effect, which I like.
I think, that it helps with scarring and healing but helps hyperpigmentation indirectly.
Here's why: It helps prevent bad scarring because when you use it, you're less likely to pick and scratch at them which causes worse scarring and it's less likely to become inflamed on it's own causing more internal damage. More damage and scarring causes hyperpigmentation. However, hyperpigmentation is basically when your acne gets tanned by the sun when it's healing, which means that tanning of the skin will go deeper into the skin the deeper your wound is. This can only be prevented by sunscreen and helped by exfoliation. The gel is not a sunscreen or an exfoliant.
Here's what I think: The more you scratch your acne, the deeper the wound gets, which goes down the skin layers. The deeper the damage, the worse scarring and also, the deeper the damage, the deeper hyperpigmentation will penetrate. Because this gel helps heal acne faster, you're less likely to pick at it and it's less likely to get irritated and more damaged. Therefore, the acne will heal with less scarring and less hyperpigmentation.
The reason why I apply this only at night, is that salicylic acid makes your skin sensitive to the sun (and actually can cause hyperpigmentation), so you are more likely to get burned or tanned. That is why I apply this before I go to bed and then in the morning, after cleansing my face, I put on moisturizer and sunscreen.

Do I recommend this product?
Yes! If you like to spot treat your acne, then I recommend this product! It works well and it is easy to find and affordable. I would advise using this product at night or when your inside a lot, to avoid sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Just make sure to use sunscreen when you go out after a night of using this. I also, don't know about putting on sunscreen on top of this product, I have never tried, but I'm not sure it's a good idea.
Try to start off minimally, like a thin light layer and once a day. I know everyone wants fast amazing results, but really, less is more. Putting more product or medication, and increasing the concentration, does not mean it will treat your problems better or faster. In fact, it might be harmful because it is too strong. Just be patient and the results will start showing soon enough! =)

I hope you liked this review. Thank you for reading and I hoped it helped you!
Have a great day! ^_^

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review on CURE Natural Aqua Gel! ^_^

Hi Everybody! =)

Today I will be reviewing CURE Natural Aqua Gel:

This item contain 250mL of product. It cost about $37-$40. It is a gel exfoliator.
This product can be found online at Amazon or YesStyle.
-after cleansing and drying the face completely, pump 2-4 pumps of product and spread evenly over face
-allow the product to sit on the face for a moment to activate
-gently gently massage the gel into your face for 30-60 seconds at most! you should see and feel little white beads of dead skin cells
-rinse thoroughly, and definitely do not get into eyes or on lips
-for best results use twice a week
-you can also use this on the body as well as the face

What do I think of this product?
I saw Bubzbeauty use this on one of her older skincare routine videos and I was hesitant to buy it because it was sooo expensive. In terms of price for skincare, this is probably the most expensive product I have bought in my life! I have been using this product for about 3 months. I use it once a week and I use 3 pumps for my entire face. And I think this product is AMAZING! I have combination oily, normal, and very dry and sensitive skin and it works for my entire face! My dead skin just easily comes off in white beads and after I rinse my face with water, it is wonderfully smooth and clear! My complexion just becomes so much brighter and cleaner after using this product only once! This is an amazing exfoliator and it is Japan's number 1, top selling exfoliator! I can really see why. It does everything that an exfoliator should do yet it does not irritate or harm the skin and it also helps make the skin softer and clearer!
Just a quick note, as with any exfoliator, do not use a lot of pressure when using this product. You don't need to! Just gently massage the product onto your skin and it will work its magic! Harsh pressure and rubbing will damage your skin no matter what kind of product you use on your face. Scrubbing your face like you wash dishes, isn't going to make your skin cleaner or better!
This exfoliator is the best one that has worked for me so far! I will definitely stick with this exfoliator unless something just as good but more affordable comes along.

Do I recommend this product?
YES! I definitely recommend this product for all skin types! It gently exfoliates dead skin cells, makes the skin smoother and clearer. The only problem that you may have with it, is the price. =/ Yeah, I know, it's expensive. This bottle can basically give me gasoline for a week =O. However, you should really try this product if you have rough, dull, uneven skin or if you have scars and hyperpigmentation from acne scarring or other kinds of scars. This exfoliator will really help make the texture of your skin smoother and brighten your complexion. Exfoliating, helps new skin grow and get rid of the old dead skin on top, so this way it gets rid of the hyperpigmentation from scarring by gently and gradually exfoliating scar tissue and allowing new skin tissue to grow in its place.

So I hope you enjoyed reading this review and I hope it helped you in some form! XP
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them in the comment box below!
Thank you for reading and have a great day! =)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Second Sasa Haul and Review!!

Hi Everyone! I have a 2nd Sasa Haul!! XD

Today I will be reviewing the Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey & Shea Butter, JUJU Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Washing Foam, Suki EYES eyeliner, and the Koji Dolly Wink eyeliner
I bought these online at Sasa, the popular Asian makeup, skincare, and haircare department store. I have been using all of these products for at least 3 months (except for the ones I immediately did not like).

Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey & Shea Butter
This product is a hairmask, meant to moisturize the hair and bring back its thickness and shine. This item cost $9.60 for 200 grams of product.
Directions: After washing hair w/ shampoo and drying it gently, apply an appropriate amount onto the hair (recommend about the size of a ping pong ball). Then wait 5 minutes and rinse out with water.
Ingredients: shea butter, sunflower essential oils from Japan

What I do:
-damp dry hair
-put in damp hair and leave for 30 min.
-wash off in shower

What do I think of this product?
 This product smells soooo good! It smells amazing but I don't know how to describe it! It's more a fruity smell. And it smells really really strong. But after washing the hair mask out, the smell is not overpowering. You can still smell it, but it's a nice soft smell, not very strong. The consistency is denser and thicker than the Shiseido Moist Hair Pack mask. This hairmask works very well! It makes my hair very soft and well moisturized. =) The only problem is that it is difficult to find. I probably can only buy it in Sasa. =/ Otherwise, I would buy this hair mask all the time!

Do I recommend this product?
If you can find this in a store or seller near you then yes! I recommend this product! It is great at keeping hair healthy and moisturized. This hair mask is good if your hair is dry, brittle, fragile or if you are living in an environment that is really dry and hot. Doing this hairmask will let your hair last longer, be stronger, and help prevent split ends.

JUJU Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Washing Foam
This cost $6.50 for 120 grams of product. I have found out that it is sold at Marukai and Mitsuwa markets.
It is said to contain hyaluronic acid which is a powerful moisturizer element for the skin, bringing back water to the skin so that it becomes well hydrated. It also says it can reduce pore sizes.

What do I think of this product?
I think this is an excellent product! It works great with my very dry and sensitive skin. It does not irritate or make my skin red. It comes out as a white cream but turns into a thick frothy lather after rubbing it in your hands with some water. When I wash my face with this, it feels so soft and so relaxing! =) After using this cleanser, my skin becomes a lot clearer and moisturized. I was also impressed that I could see my pores shrinking! My pores will always be there but they have been visibly reduced, which is great! Overall I think this is a very affordable and great product and I will definitely be switching it off with my Shiseido Whip and Shiseido Milk facial cleansers so my skin won't get used to my other facial cleansers.

Do I recommend this product?
Yes! I recommend this product for all skin types! This is great if you have dry and or sensitive skin because it is very gentle and calming. It really re-hydrates your skin and makes it so smooth and soft! If you want to reduce pore sizes, then this is also a great product to try. This product is sold at Sasa, Mitsuwa, and Marukai, but I'm not sure if it's sold anywhere else online. It might be a little difficult to get, but if you can find it, you should try it! =D

Suki EYES eyeliner in black
This product cost $3.80. It comes as 1 eyeliner, one eyeliner, not 2, even if the picture shows 2.

What do I think of this product?
I am always on the lookout for good, cheap eyeliners, because then I won't have to spend a meal for a pencil stick. I read good reviews on this eyeliner so I decided to try it. Bad decision. This eyeliner sucks. >=( The material of the eyeliner is very dry and packed, so the pencil "lead" is hard. It tugs on the eyelid a bit and the hard feeling of the tip feels uncomfortable to me. The material is dry and chalky and is not well pigmented. It also tends to smear. =/

Do I recommend this product?
No. I don't recommend this product. It may be cheap but does not work well, is not pigmented, no comfortable on the eyelids, and smears and smudges. Go and invest some more money in something better =P.

Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner in Brown
This product is waterproof/water resistant and cost $10.20. This brand of makeup is very popular and famous in Asia. It is a Japanese brand and I believe it is one of the top 3 makeup brands in Japan. It is easy to find the black eyeliner of this version at Marukai and Mitsuwa.

What do I think of this product?
I chose the dark brown color for a more natural look. And this eyeliner works amazingly well! Especially on the eyelid and lashline. It is a creamy and soft formula that glides on well without tugging the eyelid. The brown looks dark but is lighter on the skin (depending on your skin color a bit). However, it gives a softer, more natural look. It is very very long lasting, lasts for the entire day for me. It does not smear or smudge. If you would like to make it more pigmented and last even longer (especially if you live in a humid environment) you can set it with a darker brown or black eyeshadow. I accidentally took a shower with it, because I forgot I had it on. And, the eyeliner stayed! The only thing that smeared and washed a bit off was the eyeshadow powder that I set it with. But, after a shower, the eyeliner alone was perfectly fine! I was very impressed! (and so was my bf, lol, he was kinda surprised)
A friend of mine borrowed this eyeliner to tightline her eyes, and she told me it was very sticky and caused her eyelashes to stick together. I don't like tightlining my eyes because (despite being the most natural look) it is a pain to remove the makeup in the upper waterline. However, I'm just telling you guys, if you would like to know. =P
So, I think this is a fantastic eyeliner! It lasts all day, rain or shine, even when it's hot and sticky. I like it a bit darker so I set it with dark brown eyeshadow, and it gives a great soft, natural effect. I use it everyday, and you don't need a lot of it.

Do I recommend this product?
If you don't tighline your eyes, then yes! I definitely recommend this product! =D I love that it is so long lasting and it does not smear or smudge. It is waterproof/water resistant. Also, if you are a beginner in eyeliner, pencil is probably the easiest for you, so if you want a really good one to start with, definitely try this one!
If you like tightlining your eyes, then I'm not sure about this eyeliner. Since my friend didn't like how sticky it was. You may want to look for something else.

So, I hope you enjoyed these reviews! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below! Thank you for reading!! =)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review on Chi Keratin Mist

Hi Everyone!
Today I will review the CHI Keratin Mist:
This product can be found at some drugstores, at Ulta, or online like Amazon. Depending where you buy it it costs $10-$15. It contains 12 fluid oz or 355 mL of product.
It is said to give hair strength, protection, and softness while leaving hair silky and shiny.

Directions: Spray evenly through hair and leave in.

What do I think of this product?
 I have been using this product for at least 3 months now. Everyday when I go home or before I go to bed, I spray this onto my hair. I like to spray it in the lower half of my hair and spread it out with a brush.
The first thing that bothered me was the size of the container. It is actually kind of larg-ish and have some weight when it is full. It is a little hard to handle, being relatively wide, bulky and heavy. Holding in one hand to spray the hair was a bit difficult, I couldn't press the nozzle all the way down because the rest of my strength was holding the weight of the container. They should make the container thinner and longer or something... And then when it gets lighter after some use, it's okay, but when it gets too light, you have to hold it level, so that the product can go up to the tube into the spray, otherwise nothing will come out....
Anyway, about the product. I really like the smell of CHI Silk Infusion, but while the smell of this product is a little similar, I don't like it. It smells kind of sharp and harsh to me, more like chemicals. So I don't like the smell. =/
I don't think that this product gives my hair shine or moisturizes it much. I actually think it dries out my hair a little bit, perhaps the keratin does that, but it is something have noticed. Luckily I use a lot of conditioner and other hair moisturizers, so it doesn't dry out my hair. However, I think this product does strengthen my hair a little bit, but it is not very visible. I think the ends of my hair are not as frizzy and frail as they used to be. I get regular trims around once every 3 months, so I don't know how well this is against split ends, because I don't see much on myself. But if it strengthens the ends of my hair, it possibly can help prevent split ends as well? dunno =P
I'm not sure if I will buy this again. Maybe after I finish using it, I will stop and see if my hair gets any worse when I'm not using it anymore. If I will buy it again, I will probably only spray onto the ends of my hair for more strength and protection.

Do I recommend this product?
Hmm...well, I'm not sure. I don't mind the price but some people may. I recommend this product as a good product to try if you hair doesn't get dry easily, and if you have thin, brittle hair that you want to strengthen. However, I don't recommend this product if your hair gets dry easily, if you want to use this as a moisturizer, or if you want to use this for shine. If you want a good daily spray-in hair moisturizer/conditioner please look at my review on the Shiseido and Lucido-L sprays. If you are looking for more a more intense hair moisturizer + shine please look at my review on CHI Silk Infusion and Shiseido Repair Essence. =)

So, I hope this post was helpful to you. ^_^ Thank you for reading and I will talk to you later!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Review on Clean & Clear advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste!


So, omg, i just finished the 2 worst finals this quarter, ochem and molecular biology, they sucked, but they're finally done! I have one more on friday but that's a psych final, so it should be okay, hopefully =P

Today I will be reviewing on the Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste:

This product can be found at any drugstore and at Ulta. It is about $5-$7 (if you are paying more than 9, you are being ripped off). It contains 0.5 oz or 14 grams of product. It is designed to dry up acne pimples, and said to allow skin to heal.
Directions: After cleansing face, apply a light layer/film on the popped pimple and allow it to dry. It is a light blue color that will become white when it dries so you know it is working. It may dry out your skin so they recommend to start application once a day and increase to 2-3 times a day as needed.
On the package but not on the tube, it says overnight. Which means you can leave it overnight or you can leave it for long periods of time without any problems.

What I do:
I put a thicker layer and leave it on overnight, I don't have excess dry skin from doing this overnight. And when I wake up in the morning, I just wash it off.

First Impression
I'm a pimple picker, I can't help it. But it is dangerous and unhealthy for the acne to be picked because of the possible infections and definite inflammation. That's why I decided to try this product. It comes out as a light blue gel-like paste to apply to the skin. For the first time, I applied a thin layer like the directions said on my popped red swollen pimples. And the next day, they were gone! It was so amazing! Like, of course the acne was still there, but the pimples weren't raised, they were flatter and they were not red and irritate! I was so happy!
But, the next time I tried it, it didn't work as well. I would say it's about 50-70% of it's original effectiveness. Which was kind of disappointing. I talked to other friends who used this, and they had the same issue. For some reason, it works really well the first time, and the rest of the times, it's pretty average. It's not bad, it just doesn't give as amazing results as the first time.

What do I think of it now?
So, I have been using this product for 3 months now for spot treating acne. And instead of putting a thin layer like they say, I put a small but thicker layer on the pimples (like I said earlier in What I do) and I leave it overnight, which is about 8 hours. Putting a thicker layer causes it to dry out the skin more and for me, it is more effective. I don't like putting it on during the day, unless I'm at home the entire day. And I like this product! =) It does reduce the swelling and redness of my pimples after I picked and squeezed them. The fact that it's not as effective as it is the first time, doesn't bother me because I just put on a thicker layer and it works fine.

Do I recommend this product?
If you don't have much acne and it tends to be spread out, then I do recommend this product. Doing this kind of spot treatment is probably healthier for your face than washing the entire thing with an acne cleanser that might be too strong and damaging for your skin. Remember, less is more. Use acne facial cleanser when you need to.
If you do have very dry sensitive skin, you should make sure if this product is right for you because it might dehydrate your skin too much and damage your skin. My dry sensitive skin areas don't have acne, so I don't use it there. I usually get acne on the oily areas of my skin.
Also, this product is good for small to normal sized acne. This will not work for cystic acne or other really deep acne, it just isn't strong enough to dry it out.

So, I hoped you like this review! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below! =D
Thank you for reading!

P.S. I have reached over 1000 views on my blog. Thank you my viewers! I am so happy and I hope that I have been helping you with whatever you have been searching for. I will do my best to give the most detailed, clearest, and honest reviews of my opinion and will continue to do so. Thank you for your time and I will talk to you soon! ^_^

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Review on Chi Silk Infusion vs Shiseido Repair Essence!

Hi Everyone!
Today I will be reviewing 2 hair are products: CHI Silk Infusion and Shiseido Repair Essence!
Both of these products act as stay-in conditioners for hair. They are both intensely moisturizing products.

CHI Silk Infusion
This product can be found online, at drugstores or at beauty and makeup salons like Ulta. I own the smaller travel size bottle and it costs $8-$9. It contains 2 fluid oz or 59mL of product.
Directions: Apply a small amount to hands and work evenly throughout the hair.

What do I think of this product?
I first used this product when Bubzbeauty used in in her early/very old youtube videos as a heat protectant when styling hair. I really really love the smell of this product! I don't know how to describe it but it smells really really good! XD It comes out in a thick golden liquid, like honey. Like many strong stay in conditioners it feels oily on the hands, which isn't a problem, it's supposed to be that way! To moisturize my hair I just pour in increments of about the size of a dime into the palm of my hands, rub my hands together and evenly spread the product throughout my hair, using more increments when necessary. Then I get a brush to further spread the product in my hair, concentrating on the lower half of my hair. This product makes my hair glossy, shiny, and smooth! It is great to use after my hair is dry because my hair gets kind of fluffy and scraggly, which I don't like.
However, it is important to know that if you are using this as a stay-in conditioner that you don't put too much in your hair, otherwise it will look and become oily and greasy. Which is what you don't want.
I also use this product as a heat protectant when style my hair with hair curlers or straighteners. This time I use more than just a dime size, probably a nickle to a quarter size, really emphasizing on the ends of my hair and then the lower half of my hair. When I do this, my hair does get a bit oily, but after using heat on it, half of the product evaporates and my hair isn't oily anymore. This is an excellent heat protectant, and it has really helped preserve the health and moisture of my hair when I style it with heat!
This product is great for moisturizing hair, giving it shine, acting has a heat protectant and you don't need a lot of it. I bought mine about a year ago and I still have the same bottle!
The only problem that may bother some people is that the container and dispenser are a little hard to use. The container isn't very soft, so I'm not sure what to do when I get to the last bit of product. Unscrewing it could get messy. Also, the dispenser is like a shampoo dispenser, it's a snap open and close dispenser, which can be a little messy when you close it because some product will come out and you need to wipe it off. Personally I don't mind this, but just saying in case you do!

Do I recommend this product?
Yes! I recommend this product, especially if you have dry and damaged hair! If you are looking for a 2 in 1 product for conditioning and heat protecting, this is a great product to use! It may be a little pricy but you don't need to use a lot of it and a little can go a long way! Also, this product is easy to find in most drugstores, salons like Ulta and online in the US. Just make sure not to use too much and you'll be fine. =)

Shiseido Repair Essence
This product can be found at Mitsuwa or Marukai or online at Amazon. It costs about $14-$16. It contains 70mL of product.
Directions: Apply onto hair, no need to rinse.

What do I think of this product?
 I bought this product just to try it out, since I like Shiseido haircare. The smell is very nice, not as amazing as CHI but likes and dislikes depend on your preference, so =P. The product is creamy white in color. The consistency of this product is much thinner and runnier than CHI. This is nice because it is easier to spread out in the hair. Like most strong stay-in conditioners, it also is very oily on the hands, like CHI, but it's supposed to be that way.
The product is dispensed with a pump which is much cleaner and easier than the CHI bottle. However, because the product has such a thin consistency, make sure to not pump out too much or it can leak through your fingers. I dispense about half a pump into my hands, rub my palms together, and quickly and evenly spread it into the lower half of my hair, concentrating on the ends. You need to do it quickly because since the product is watery, you hair will absorb it faster so if your hands stay in some hair too long, that part of the hair will get oily quickly. Then, again, I brush my hair to spread out the product.
This product makes my hair shiny, and smooth! But it is doesn't make my hair as glossy or shiny looking as CHI. It is also great to use after my hair is dries so I don't look like a broom with the lower half of my hair fanning outwards. Also important to know that you don't put too much in your hair, otherwise it will look and become oily and greasy!
I'm sure you can also use us this product as a heat protectant but I have never tried and CHI was made for styling hair afterwards while this one doesn't say that.
The product is great for moisturizing hair, giving it a little less shine, and a little goes a long way! The dispenser is easy to use too.

Do I recommend this product?
If you are looking for a strong stay-in hair moisturizer/conditioner, then yes I recommend this product! This is also good for dry and damaged hair. If you also want a hair moisturizer that has a thinner consistency and gives a less shiny finish, then this is a good product to use as well. You might have to buy it online and I think it only comes in one size, so it is more expensive than the travel size CHI but because it has more product it will probably last longer.

Which product is better? Which one should I get?
Really, I think both of these products work very well. It really depends on what you're looking for and your preferences. Think about cost, and availability. Also, think about the kind of consistency you would like such a hair moisturizer/stay-in conditioner to be and take into account product dispension of the container. Also, it depends on your needs do you want a more shiny finish or a more matt finish? Do you enjoy styling your hair a lot and/or have dry damaged hair? So if you answer these questions, I'm sure you'll find the one that works for you! =D

I hope that this review/comparison was helpful to you if you are looking for a strong hair moisturizer/stay-in conditioner. If you have any questions or comments feel free to write in the comment box below!
Thank you for reading and I will see you later! =)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Woops! Sorry!

Apparently I reviewed the same product twice =P
This product was the Shiseido hair mask.

Silly me, sorry about that. I don't keep a list or anything, it's all in my head, so I must have forgotten that I wrote one already! Hopefully I didn't annoy anyone by doing a double review, but I'm sorry about it, I'll keep better track of my stuff! X(

IF you are wondering which one to read or which one is better, they both contain the same information, a bit different, but pretty much the same.

Thanks for reading my blog and sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Let's talk about Eyeliner!

Hiii guys!

Today I will be talking about Eyeliner!

What is eyeliner?
Eyeliner is a product that is used near the lash line to make your lashes appear, thicker, darker, and fuller. It is usually used to make the eyes appear bigger, rounder, and/or longer.

Do I need eyeliner?
Haha, nope! You don't have to use eyeliner if you don't want to. =) It's your preference! Some people like to make their eyes look bigger or give their eyes a more defined appearance.

Types of eyeliner
There are 3 main types of eyeliner: pencil, gel, and liquid. They all come in a variety of colors and can be matt or shimmery. You can also use eyeshadows to apply eyeliner!
In general pencil is the easiest to apply and liquid is the hardest. I wouldn't know, because I started off w/ liquid eyeliner =P.
However liquid and gel liners tend to last longer than pencil or powder/eyeshadow liners.
Pencil and eyeshadow give the most natural look while gel and liquid give a stronger, harder, and more defined look.

How to apply different types of eyeliners
Generally, you want to draw your eyeliner in a way that it is thicker on the outer corners of the eyes and thinner on the inner corners. This gives a more flirty and enlarging effect. You can also wing out your eyeliner to make it more flirty as well. Winging out the eyeliner is also great for older people because it helps lift and brighten the eyes.
If you want something more natural, stick with a thin liner that doesn't change much in thickness and stop where your eyelashes stop.

Pencil eyeliners are of course applied with the pencil. If you are comfortable with this, you can draw long strokes however if you are new, shorter smaller strokes work just as well. Just stay in a uniform direction and take your time =) You will learn fast! I have seen people melt their pencil eyeliners with a blow dryer and use an eyeliner brush to apply the pencil liner in a more gel form.
Gel liners are applied with eyeliner brushes or a Q-tip. When you use an eyeliner brush with a gel, it doesn't matter what kind of brush it is, just make sure to use small gentle strokes and gradually connect them together. Some people like to use a Q-tip for the lower lash line because it gives a softer look. Many people also set their gel liner with an eyeshadow powder of the same color. This helps it last longer and prevent smudging.
Liquid liner brushes are applied w/ the applicators they come with. It is either a brush or felt/sponge tip. It is better to draw longer strokes because short strokes can build up layers of liner which could cause unevenness.

Eyeliner brushes
There are soo many kinds of eyeliner brushes, and you can use whatever kind you want, some are better for other purposes than others

-Push-liner/flat brush, good for push-lining powders, thin flatness can easily wing a liner out

-winged/angled liner brush, good for gel liners, and the wing can easily give a winged look

-small flat "V" pointed liner brush, good for gel liners

-angle liner brush, good for liquid or gel liners

-round pointed liner brush, good for gel liners, but you can use it to smudge gel and powders too
-long/thin liner brush, good for liquid liners

Lining the waterline(s)
You can choose to line your water line or tight-line which is lining the upper water line with pencil or certain gel eyeliners. This is done by many people because the dark liners will contrast with the whites of the eyes, making the eyes stand out more and appear larger and brighter. However, depending on your eyeshape, if you line your entire eye with a dark liner like black or dark brown, it can close off the eye and make it appear smaller (like me =/ )

Tight-lining alone gives one of the most natural liner looks. It involves lining the upper water line of your eyes and filling in the gaps in between your eyelashes. Bubzbeauty has a good tutorial on tight-lining:

You can also use an eyeshadow with a push-liner brush to fill in the gaps between the lashes and this also gives a very sweet and natural look. Gossmakeupartist has an excellent tutorial for push-lining:

If you do not wish to apply eyeliner all around the eye but you want more than just the upper lash line, you can bring in eyeliner on the outer corner of the eye into the lower lashline and stop when it hits your iris. I really like to do this a lot because it makes my eyes look bigger but is not as noticeable as applying all around the eye. Cl2425 has a good tutorial for this method:

Personally, I don't like rimming the entire eye, not only because it makes my eyes appear smaller, but it is also too obvious. People naturally have a darker lashline on top, not on the bottom, so it is very easy to see and point out. It's the first thing I notice when I talk to a person, lol XP.

Also, there are many techniques for eyelining the top lashline/lid. If you have large double eyelids/large folds above your eyes, you can do whatever you want. However, it is more difficult for people with different folds or no folds to put on eyeliner that works for their eyelid. Therefore, I will be explaining more techniques for lining those kinds of eyes.

Eyeliner techniques for hooded eyes and monolids
 hooded eyes:


If you have hooded eyes and monolids, stick with tight-lining and push-lining. This gives a very beautiful and natural effect. You don't need a lot of makeup to be beautiful =)
The reason why I am saying this, is for hooded eyes, the lid folds over your eyelid crease so if you applied eyeliner how others do, you and others wouldn't be able to see it. And you can have a stick residue when you close your eyes when the liner touches the folded skin.
The reason why I'm saying this for monolids is that to see a layer of eyeliner, you would need to put a thick layer of eyeliner on your eyes for you and others to see it. This is a problem because when you close your eyes, there is a ton of black eyeliner on your lids and that looks very unattractive.

Eyeliner techniques for small double lids

Small double eyeslids are crease that are largest at the outer corner of the eye and then quickly taper to a curved triangle at the inner corners of the eyes. So, I have small double eyelids. And like many others with the same fate, we realize that if we put too much eyeliner on the lid, it will make crease disappear and your eyes will appear smaller.
There are some ways to line the eyes for small double lids so that the crease line doesn't disappear.
-you can tight-line or push-line your eye
-you can put a very thin layer of eyeliner (like the picture above)
-you can put eyeliner on the outer corner of the eyes and then draw the liner in until it is halfway into the iris and stop there (which is what i do)

Tips and Tricks!
-when you are lining your eyes, try to get as close to the lashes as possible, if you are too high above your lashline you (and other people) can see a gap of skin in between the eyeliner and your lashline which looks weird
-if you are using any eyeliner, get a waterproof one, they last much longer and are less likely to smudge and smear
-if you like pencil lines, try to find one that does not tug on your eyelid so much so it won't irritate your skin and you won't get premature wrinkles!
-you can use a Q-tip to help you with your waterlines (such as lifting or lowering skin), it is a lot more gentle than your fingers and more clean
-if you want your pencil, powder or gel eyeliner to look more smokey and natural, you can smudge it out with a Q-tip or a smudge brush
-if you ever mess up on your eyeliner, don't panic! Take a bit moisturizer on your finger and press and roll a Q-tip into the moisturizer until it is full absorbed. Then gently wipe off the eyeliner. You don't want to use a dry Q-tip for this because it can tug on your skin, irritating it and creating premature wrinkles, and a dry Q-tip is more likely to smear your eyeliner on your skin.

And just because I'm talking about different kinds of eyes, does not mean that I think that big eyes are the best or any sort of annoying crap like that. Big eyes is a style and a makeup style, and so are elongated eyes which I like to do on myself. Asian eyes, white eyes, etc. doesn't matter okay, eyes are wonderful and they are wonderful canvases for a variety of makeup styles.You do whatever you want, I do whatever I want! =P So, be happy!

So, I hope you liked this post. It was very long and I probably didn't cover as much as I wanted to. But I hope these will help beginners who are just learning about eyeliner and give them a basic background to read upon.
Thank you for reading and I hoped this helped you.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below! =)
bye byee!

Review on Eucerin Calming Creme =)

Hi Everybody! =) Earlier this week, I talked about Oatmeal helping my sunburns.

Today I will review and talk about a moisturizer that helped my sunburnt skin after washing it with oatmeal, the Eucerin Calming Cream Daily Moisturizer:

This product can be found at any drugstore. It comes in a variety of sizes and I own the travel size. Whatever size it is, the Eucerin brand is very affordable. I believe the cost of this one in the picture is around $12-$14 for 14 oz or 396 grams of product. Very affordable for the amount of product in it.
This moisturizer has oatmeal extracts and is made for people with dry itchy skin. It helps calm and relieve the irritation and dryness. It is fragrance free and has no dyes.

What do I think of this product?
When I got sunburned, my skin was red and irritated. I wanted to scratch but I knew I shouldn't! It drove me crazy! DX I bought this moisturizer as a hand and body moisturizer a while ago and decided to try it to help my sunburned skin. This product felt amazing! My itchiness was gone and my skin was less dry and didn't have the "stretched" feeling to it. As my skin began to heal, it became more dry and itchy but this product really helped moisturize and calm my skin. When my dead skin began to peel, this moisturizer helped make the dead skin less apparent and ugly looking and it prevented my new skin from getting stretched and scaly looking as dead skin became white and dry. Because of this moisturizer, I did not scratch my irritated skin and my clothes did not chaff and irritate my sunburned skin. This product also really helped moisturized the new skin that was growing and prevented it from becoming dehydrated and damaged.
I still continue to use this moisturizer on my body even though my burns have already been healed and gone. It is a great moisturizer! =D It is lightweight and the consistency is smooth. It does not feel sticky or greasy on my skin.

Do I recommend this product?
If you have itchy and dry hands and body skin, I recommend this product! It works well, can be found easily, and is affordable. This is also great for relieving the dryness and itchiness of sunburned skin and help prevent the peeling dead skin from looking so scaly and obvious. Just make sure to apply it onto your sunburn gently. Also, if you are looking for an everyday hand and body moisturizer that you can carry around in travel size or have a larger tube at home, this is a great product to try!
I do not know if this moisturizer works on the face, I have never tried and the tube does not say, so I don't think this product should be used on the face, especially if you have sensitive skin. Their website has products for the face only and it is not included in them. If you want a calming moisturizer for sensitive and/or dry facial skin please look at my review on the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion! =)

So I hoped you liked this review ^_^ If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below!
Thanks for reading and have a great day! Or night =P

Review on Shiseido Extra Hair Pack

Hi Everbody! =)
Today I am reviewing the Shiseido Extra Hair Pack:

This product is a hair mask. It contains 220 grams of product. You can buy it in the Japanese markets Mitsuwa or Marukai. You can also find it online such as on Amazon. It is about $20.
Directions: After rinsing with shampoo, massage into hair and leave in for 10-15 minutes, then rinse. Use 1-2 times a week.

What I do: Well, I don't have a lot of time in the shower, and I can't just spend an extra 10-15 minutes in there! XD I have stuff to do! So, what I do is that when I take my evening showers once a week, I spray water into my hair until it is damp. Then I spread the product into the lower half of my hair, concentrating on the ends of my hair. The ends of my hair are the most dry and fragile, therefore it needs more care! Then I tie my hair into a bun and leave it in for about 30 min because it takes longer for non-washed hair to absorb the moisture and then I rinse it out in the shower.

What do I think of this product?
I heard about this product from Beautifymeeh and bought it on Amazon to try it. Like she says it has a really nice fragrance =) The product is very creamy and smooth. I think it works very well! It makes my hair a lot softer and smoother. Because my hair has absorbed extra moisture it feels thicker and becomes healthier and shinier. The price does bother me a little bit, it is more on the pricy side. However, I only use this once a week and so far it has lasted for more than 2 months and there is still quite a bit of product inside. Over time I have seen a difference in my hair. My hair used to be more dry and scraggly looking, especially at the ends of my hair and I really disliked that. However, this product has really helped moisturize my hair, which is great because I'm planning to grow my hair very very long! The ends of my hair are not longer dry and my hair feels soooo soft! My bf likes that too ;P.

Do I recommend this product?
Yes! I recommend this product! Especially if you have thin hair that is easily damaged, or dry hair that needs more moisture, this product is great to try! I really love the smell and feel of my hair after using this product, it works so well. =) I also recommend this for people who want to grow out their hair long. If you take care of the ends of your hair, they will be less damaged, have less split ends, and will last longer with less trimming. (But trimming the ends is still important!)
Try to use this product on the lower half of your hair only or as little product on the upper half. The top part of your hair is the newest, strongest and healthiest hair, therefore it doesn't necessarily need all the extra moisture. If you do use it on top of your head you may make your head very greasy or the extra moisture from the hair mask will make your hair heavy and weigh it down so that you have less volume on your head.

So I hope this post was helpful to you! Since summer is coming, the days are getting hotter and dryer and the heat from the sun and dry air can really dry out and damage hair. I know because my hair is fine and thin, so I want to keep it moisturized!
Thank you for reading and I will see you later! =)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oatmeal for Skincare and Sunburns

Hi Everyone!

Today I will talk about washing your skin with oatmeal and its beneficial properties for the health of your skin! And then I will talk about how oatmeal helped my sunburns =O

I have been using oatmeal to wash my face for a while, about a year I a year...I'm old XD.
I first started after watching Bubzbeauty talk about washing her face with oatmeal on Youtube.
Here is the link to her video:
In this video she explained the benefits of washing one's face with 100% natural oatmeal!
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves, dryness, irritation and redness. Aveeno is very well know for using oatmeal extracts to help calm irritated skin. The oatmeal grains themselves act as a good gentle exfoliator.

Since my skin is very sensitive and parts of it are very dry, I tend to get a lot of redness and irritation on my face, which not only looks bad, but it feels annoying too. Therefore, after watching Bubzbeauty's video I decided to give it a try! I followed Bubzbeauty's instructions and changed them to my preferences.

How I do it:
1) I only wash my face or body with oatmeal in the shower, because I am a pretty messy face washer
2) I grab a handful of 100% natural oatmeal and put it in a cup and bring it into the shower
3) I pour water into the cup of oatmeal until there is a little extra water on top (kind of like how you make cup ramen!)
4) Then I do other things in the shower like wash my hair while I let the oatmeal absorb water so it can soften. Before you use it, press it and make sure that the oatmeal fully absorbs water. Because if it doesn't, it's going to feel scratchy on your skin (which has happened to me before....)
5) Then I follow Bubzbeauty's instructions on how to use the wet oatmeal and I'm done! =)

What do I think of this skincare method?
Nowadays I use this on weekends to give my face a break from man-made skincare products. I think it is amazing! My skin definitely feels a lot softer and more hydrated! The oatmeal really helped with the irritation and redness of my sensitive skin and I love it!!! XD The oat grains gently exfoliate my skin and I don't have to be worried about chemical irration because it is 100% natural oatmeal! =)
I definitely recommend this for people of all skin types and all ages. The benefits are worth it! And besides, you can find oatmeal anywhere and it's cheap! XP

I have bought 2 kinds of oatmeal:

On the left is Quaker Oats: Old Fashioned and on the right is Quaker Oats: Quick-1 minute.
Both in the ingredients list say: 100% natural oats and appear to be the same.
If you see these at the store and you want to buy one for your face, please get the Quaker Oats: Quick-1 minute! Please do!
The difference between the two is that even though they are both 100% natural oats, the Old Fashioned brand is steel cut oats which are a lot thicker and harder than the Quick-1 minute oats. The Quick-1 minute oats have been pre-pressed and softened by a steel roller.
The Old Fashioned brand will actually scratch your skin when you use it because it is more difficult for it to absorb water and you would probably have to wait twice as long for it to soften. Especially if you are a person like me who doesn't have a lot of time and gets impatient, you will end up hurting your skin! So please go buy the Quick-1 minute brand! Trust me! I've used both and I know how different they feel!

How Oatmeal helped my Sunburn!

So, earlier this month I went hiking and I didn't put sunscreen on my shoulders....yes, stupid I know. (I wanted a tan and I've never been sunburned before, I usually get tanned a lot so I thought it was okay not to put sunscreen.) I got a pretty bad sunburn on my shoulders =/
After the sunburned healed, the skin felt dry and itchy. I thought, if oatmeal helps with irritation on my face, then it should also help the rest of my skin too! Therefore, I tried the same method on my shoulders. The result? It was awesome! XD It really soothed and moisturized my skin. My skin became less irritated and itchy. My shoulders didn't start peeling until about a week later, and the exfoliating properties of the oats also helped with gently taking off the dead skin!
So, if you ever get a sunburn and you want to relieve your painful itching and dryness, I recommend this method! Just make sure to read the Important notes and use your common sense!

Important notes:
1) Use this method only AFTER your sunburn has healed. If your sunburn still stings and burns to the touch, it's not healed yet. If you use this when your sunburn has not healed, it will hurt.
2) If you leave the oatmeal and water in a cup alone until it has cooled, it feels very refreshing on the skin
3) When you use the oatmeal to exfoliate, make sure it is soft to the touch, fully absorbed with water, and be gentle on your sunburnt skin, even if it has already healed

I hope this post was helpful to everyone, especially to those with sensitive skin. I understand it is worrisome to try new skincare products that say that they are for or help sensitive skin, but because you have sensitive skin, it could still react negatively to the product. However, 100% natural oatmeal has no chemicals or synthetic substances of any kind, therefore your skin will probably not react to it unless you are allergic to oatmeal or something. =P
Thank you for reading! If you have an questions or comments, feel free to post in the comment box below! ^_^

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review on Burt's Bee Tinted Lipbalm! =)

Hi Everyone!

Today I will be reviewing Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms:
These tinted lip balms can be found at any drugstore, at Ulta, or online. They are about $7-$8 each. And come in a variety of colors! (honeysuckle, pink blossom, rose, tiger lily, hibiscus, red dahlia)

They are said to be 100% natural, made from shea butter, coconut oil, botanical waxes, and olive oil. They say that their colors are sheer. Swatches are at the end of the post!

What do I think of this product?
I really like these lip balms! Especially because they tint my lips with color! I was kind of unsure in the beginning to buy such a pricy lip balm. I know that the brand is well known and popular but I wondered if it was worth it. I decided to go for it, and it was a great decision! =D
I have 2 of them: Tiger Lily and Pink Blossom.
I think the texture is good. It does not feel slippery or sticky on my lips and does not smear. I think, for its function as a lipbalm, it's good as well. My lips are well hydrated and don't feel dry or cracked after use. I do need to reapply throughout the day, but that's not a big issue.
The color, I personally think, is stronger than what they say. It's not that sheer, it's more pigmented in a good way. ^_^ Although, if you have darker lips, they may look sheer on your lips. However, my lips are pretty pale, they actually almost match my skin color (unless i'm eating spicy food lol). I like the pigmentation on my lips, they are not too strong like lipstick but not as sheer as a lip gloss. 
Tiger Lily is an orange-based neutral lip color. I think this color goes well with a variety of makeup and it has a light and fun feel to it. Pink Blossom, is a great pink color. It is really pink, as in, I would call it the perfect pink color! This is a little stronger than Tiger Lily and shows up very well on my lips. It gives me a sweeter and more girly look. ^_~
These lip balms are hydrating and long lasting. I think I've had them for more than 3 months and I'm not even halfway yet. However, I don't use them everyday.
I'm also not sure if mine are broken or not, because once I screw the stick higher, it won't go down when I try to screw it back down. Which is kind of annoying =/, I need to be careful and not screw the stick too high otherwise it'll get messy.
Also, these lip balms tend to melt very easily, so always keep them in a relatively cool, dry place. A purse or backpack is fine. Don't leave it in a hot car, it will melt, that's what happened to a friend of mine =P

Do I recommend this product?
If you don't mind the price, then yes! I do recommend this product as a good product to try, especially if you are looking for a tinted lip balm! What I like most about it is that it tints my lips well! If you just want a regular lip balm or chapstick, go for something cheaper XP.

Lipbalms that I own:

I have Tiger Lily and Pink Blossom.

While the swatches look rather sheer on my hand, for some reason, they are much more pigmented on my lips. I don't know why =P.

I hope you liked this review! Thank you for reading and I will see you later! =)