Friday, September 28, 2012

Review on Nivea Extended Moisture Hand Cream 48hr Effects!

Hi Everyone! =)

I just came back from my night shift, yay! =P

So when I went to Hawaii it was hot and a bit humid. However, my hands and feet became very dry and rough. =(
This was because of constant exposure to the sun, stepping on very hot dry sand, swimming in the salty ocean (which is saltier than southern California), and taking more showers than often because of the humidity and after swimming at the beach.

When I came back to California, the weather was just as hot but drier, which made my skin even worse. My normal moisturizers could not help my skin so I went out to buy an intense moisturizer.

This is the Nivea Extended Moisture Hand Cream 48 Hr Effects:

This product costs about $5 and contains 1.7 oz or 48 grams of product. You can find this product at any drugstore including Walgreens, CVS, Target and online such as Amazon.
On the Nivea scale of light to rich, it is the richest moisturizer possible. It is infused with Provitamin B5 to provide improvement for soft, smooth skin.

What do I think of this product?
This moisturizers is very creamy and rich. My dry skin absorbed it pretty well and I felt instant relief from my rough, stretched, cracking skin. I use this on my hands and feet, but I'm sure I can use this anywhere on my body (not face!) if it is very dry and rough. My fingers and toes felt that they could move so much more smoothly without feeling the dry skin pulling and cracking! I like to put it on after I take a shower in the morning, when my hands and feet are clean and it is a great moisturizer after the shower has stripped off all the old skin oil, dirt, and grease.
I don't know if it lasts for 48 hours because I take a shower everyday and after that I use this moisturizer, so I only have it on for around 24 hours. However, it is very very long lasting and skin feels soft and smooth all day!
Gradually, my hands and feet didn't feel as dry and rough as they used to and now they're feeling great and normal again! =D

Do I recommend this product?
If you have really dry, rough skin that is painful to stretch, then, yes, I recommend this product! It is an affordable, easy to find, excellent product for very dry skin. I would not recommend this for the face because it does not say you can, it says it is for the hands. If you put it on your face, it might be too strong of a moisturizer and clog your pores. But I think it works well for the entire body if you need it. I have also heard that this is great for pregnant women, for their bellies when their skin is being stretched at it gets painful and dry!
This is also great if you live in a very dry and windy environment or during the winter when the air gets colder and drier and your hands and feet get really rough and dry.

So I hope you liked this post! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below. =) Thank you for reading, good night and I will see you later!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review on Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow

Hi Everybody!!! XD

Today I will be reviewing 2 of Maybelline's 24 Hour Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow:
-Bold Gold
-Bad to the Bronze

I didn't have a good experience with Tough as Taupe because I intended to use it as a dark eyeliner and it appeared a dark taupe in the marketing, but ended up being much lighter than I expected.
However, after much debate, and still hearing and reading good reviews on these cream eyeshadows, I decided to give them another try.

You can buy these cream eyeshadows at any drugstore such as Walgreens and CVS or at Ulta. I got mine at CVS and they were selling buy 1 get one 50% off. The price of a single cream eyeshadow is about $8 and it contains 0.14 oz or 4 grams of product.

Bold Gold
What do I think of this product?
Bold Gold is a very pigmented glittery strong gold color. It is easy to use and easy to blend out with your fingers. It is a very beautiful shimmery gold and the cream shadow lasts for a long time without creasing or smudging. However, it does crease a little at the end of the day for me. I have swam with this at the beach in Hawaii and the gold stays but gets smudged down to the lower lashline. Which doesn't bother me that much, but just saying in case you  were wondering.
If you just put it on your eye lids (and not too high!), it gives a beautiful warm shimmer or you can put it on the inner corners of your eyes to warm up and brighten up your eyes.
This is a wonderful all over lid color for summer, a nice warm color for fall, and ultimate holiday color for winter!
I have been using this almost everyday, interchangeably with Bad to the Bronze, over the summer and it is such a quick and easy way to do my eye makeup. =)
Swatches will be shown at the end of this post!

Bad to the Bronze
What do I think of this product?
This is a pigmented shimmery warm bronze and very beautiful. It compliments all skin tones and the shimmer is not as powerful as Bold Gold, giving a softer shimmer look. It blends and applies easily. It is a long lasting eyeshadow cream but for me, it also creases at the end of the day. Probably because i have very oily eyelids.
I like this one a bit more than Bold Gold because it is not as intense and is more wearable for everday use, but I love both!
Swimming with this, my lids keep the color but it gets smeared to the bottom lashline again.
On the eyelids, this gives a wonderful warm shimmer to the eyes.
It is a great summer eyeshadow and gives a wonderful warm touch in fall. I have been using this with Bold Gold the entire summer and it works great! I can't wait to use this for fall too!

Swatches will be shown at the end of this post!

Do I recommend any product?
Yes! I definitely recommend both of these 2 cream eyeshadows: Bold Gold and Bad to the Bronze. They work great on any skin color, are versatile and can be worn at anytime. They really warm up and brighten the eyes and I get many compliments! ^_^ They are easy to use, blend easily, and are long lasting. If you have very oily eyelids like me, they will crease at the end of the day, but it is easy to fix and blend them in the bathroom. Even if it creases, it is not that visible, so most people won't notice. They can be found at any drustore and online, and a little goes a long way. You don't need a lot for your lid and the price is very affordable.

Edit: I have realized that if I put on too much cream, it does tends to crease more. However, if I apply less and spread it out well, it will still have good pigmentation and not crease! Yay! XD

Here are my swatches!

As you can see, they are very shimmery and strongly pigmented colors. They blend out well and evenly.

So I hope you liked this review! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below. =) Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Product I Regret Buying: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Hi everybody! I am back from my hiatus, Hawaii, home, visiting bf, etc. and ready to blog again! XD

Today I will be reviewing on the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
(and telling why I regret buying it)

This product costs about $5. It contains 0.45 fluid oz or 13.3 mL of product.

What do I think of this product?
The liquid in the bottle is a clear deep red, but it is clear when applied onto the nail. It is a fast drying nail polish and I like how it dries super fast! But the consistency is thick and uneven. It is hard to spread out and when I try to it causes streaking and a bit of bubbles. Therefore, it applies unevenly onto my nails, giving a thick and heavy coat that does not look really attractive.
I don't like the consistency of this nail polish and the fact that it is very easy to get streaking. I even tried to apply less and spread it out, to prevent the lumpiness and thickness, but that caused even more streaking.
I regret buying it, because online the reviews seemed good enough and I usually like Sally Hansen because they're usually of decent quality, but this one was a rotten egg =P.

Do I recommend this product?
No, I do not recommend this nail polish to anyone. It has a bad uneven consistency even though it dries fast and problems like streaking and bubbling when you try to spread it out or fix the uneveness. Bad buy, don't get it.

Sorry this seemed like such a short post. But I really didn't like this nail polish. I stopped using it after 1 try.
But I hope you find this post useful. =) 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, September 20, 2012

Buy La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid at a Cheaper Price at Costco

Hey guys!

Just for your information, you can buy the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid at Costco for about $22.

It normally costs $30 at drugstores, and even with a drugstore coupon it would be $25.

But it is cheaper at Costco! I just bought my 2nd one today!

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

General Rule for All Hairstyles (personal opinion)

Hi guys!

So, today I want to talk what I think is a general rule for all hairstyles.

You can do whatever you want with your hair, if you like using hot tools, or teasing or doing it fancy or simple. It's cool! Totally your choice.

Personally, I think that a good rule for all hairstyles is that it should look flattering on the person from all angles.

I came up with this when I was sitting in class earlier this summer and I saw this:

And I was like...O_o...whoa, what the heck is that? Like from the front maybe it looks fine or okay. But from the back...omg, I thought it looked pretty bad. (and yes, sorry, I couldn't help but take pictures in class, how else was I to show you a good example XP)
Maybe, to you, these pictures aren't that bad or maybe you like it, but I think it looks bad and makes her hairstyle look messy and sloppy and not in a good way.
Now, this doesn't mean she's a bad person or has bad tastes. I have no idea what her tastes are, she might not even be aware of this! This does not mean I want to insult her or her personally or anything like that, she just happened to be there.

While I understand a lot people like the messy casual look, there is a fine line between a good messy hairstyle and a bad messy hairstyle. So just be sure to make sure it looks well balanced and not awkward or weird.

When I do my hair, I like to check if it looks good not only in the front, but also in the back and on the sides. I'm sure that's a pretty sensible thing to do for everyone.

Maybe you are in a hurry, or maybe you don't even think to check your hair out in the mirror than from just looking at the front. But I think it is a good idea to use those extra 30 seconds to make sure you look hot from any view!

I hope what I am saying makes sense to you haha XD. Thank you for reading and we shall speak soon!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review on "My Beauty Diary" Strawberry Yogurt Mask =D

Hi Everyone!
I just got back from Hawaii this morning at 3am! (my flight was delayed for 3 hrs Q_Q) But, everything is good =). I will be going to visit my family for the rest of this week and my bf over the weekend so I decided to write a review before I continue my hiatus! I have been working on my blog stuff, even though there are no new posts, and I've bought and tried new products that I am excited to share with you! XD

Today I will be reviewing the "My Beauty Diary" Strawberry Yogurt Mask! ^_^
This 10 mask package costs about $13.
It can be bought in 99 Ranch, Sasa, Takashima, and online on Amazon. I got mine from Amazon.

Directions: After cleansing and toning (optional) your face. Unfold the mask and lay it on your face. Take off the plastic sheet and adjust and press until the mask fits your face to your liking. Keep the mask on for 15-20 min. Then take it off, and massage the rest of the serum into your face.

What do I think about the product?
I have been using this mask the entire summer. For at least once a week for 3 months. And it is a fantastic mask! I got a variety pack a while back and this was one of the masks in the variety pack and I loved it on the first try so I bought a 10 pack.
This masks smells sooo good! It smells like strawberry yogurt and is sweet and refreshing! It contains a lot of serum but the mask will not slide off your face. I can talk and walk around with it. It is a thin paper mask but it won't tear easily. It is very moisturizing and makes my skin brighter and softer! It contains whitening properties which I believe works because my skin has not as tanned as it usually does in California. It does not irritate or redden my sensitive skin and the serum helps calm down the redness and inflammation. =D
I heard it is best for younger people's skin and feels great during the summer!
I don't get clogged pores or acne from this mask. There are no bad side effects for me at all! I really like this mask along with my Black Pearl mask! Both of these are great mask staples for me! ^o^

Do I recommend this product?
Yes! I definitely recommend this mask for all skin types! This is awesome if you are looking for a mask to calm irritated and red and inflamed skin! This is a great mask for anyone, especially beginners who are looking for a good, easy to find mask. I think the price is pretty affordable and these masks have a long life span, so you don't need to worry about expiration.

So I hope you enjoyed this review! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below =). Thank you for begin patient during my hiatus, and I will talk to you later. Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thank You + Hiatus! =O

Hi my readers!

First, I would like to thank you guys, I have reached a little over 6000 views on my blog!! XD

I am very happy that people are reading my posts and I hope I am helping you or entertaining you in some form or another XP.

Thank you so much for your time and I will continue doing my best reviewing and talking about products, makeup, skincare etc. =)
If you have any questions or any products you want me to review or talk about, please feel free to tell me!

However, I will be on at least a 2 week hiatus =P.
I have 3 exams at the end of this week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2 of which are final exams which I desperately need to study for!!! XO

And then September 10th I will be leaving for...Hawaii! =D

For about a week!
I'll be going with my best friend and it will be my first time going to Hawaii! (Consciously okay, I went to Hawaii when I was 2 years old and that doesn't count, because I don't remember anything =P) So I'm very excited and pumped up to go after 2 summer sessions and weeks of exams and finals.

This is a heads up of why I'll be MIA for like half of the month! =O

I hope you guys are having a great rest of the summer.
And well, if you're in high school or on the semester system for you're university, it's cool, beginning of school is fun too!

Thank you and I will talk to you later! ^_^

Monday, September 3, 2012

Review on E.L.F. Haul + Gift Bag

Hi Everyone! =D

So, a little while ago I did an E.L.F. Haul with a buy $20 and get $20 worth of free makeup. Today I will be reviewing the products I got and the gift products I received.

Note!!: Some of you may have realized some pictures I didn't take by myself. The reason is my camera does not display the proper pigmentation of the product which can be misleading to viewers. In order to give the most accurate colors, I have used other people's pictures. I am not saying these pictures are mine in any way, I just think they display the product color the best! Thank you!
( I will show my pictures, but I will point out the bad camera side effects, sorry!)

Review on E.L.F. Haul:

Small stippling brush
EDIT: I initially liked this small stippling brush, but because it was not dense enough, I got tired of trying to even out and smooth out my BB creams. If I push the bristles together with my fingers, it works better. It was larger than I thought it was, even though it says it is small, it is the same size as my regular sized stippling brushes. I wish the brush was a little more dense or basically has more bristles, but for the price, it's not bad. It doesn't shed and the brush is nice and soft on my skin. This would be good for traveling and if it broke or I lost it, I wouldn't care. =P

Spoolie for lashes and eyebrows
I like this spoolie, it's great for brushes my eyebrows in place when I need to trim them. I don't want to use this for mascara because that involves a lot of washing and wearing the bristles out, decreasing its lifespan =P. But I like to brush my eyebrows in place when grooming and after using eyebrow powder, combing through my brows with this, smooths out the color, giving a more natural look.

Mascara wands
These wands are kind of large but they don't irritate my eyes or pull out my eyelashes. They are great for traveling and letting other people borrow mascara or letting me borrow other people's mascara XD. Also very handy travel thing for grooming my brows or putting brow wax or gel onto my brows.

2 nail buffers
These nail buffers work as well as any other drugstore nail buffer. I can reuse it a few times and then it's done. Pretty standard temporary buffer and good when I'm doing my nails.

Matte eyeshadow in nude

So, I had good hopes for this eyeshadow but I was sadly mistaken. =( Usually E.L.F.'s mineral eyeshadows are very popular but this one was a miss. It was powdery, and not pigmented at all, even with an eyeshadow primer. Also, kind of hard to apply evenly and produces a lot of fall out.

Here are a couple of swatches:

So I know these picture are really hard to see. But that's how bad the eyeshadow is. On the left side of my hand is the eyeshadow with eyeshadow primer and on the right side of my hand is the eyeshadow without primer.

As you can see from the images, with or without primer does not make much of a difference at all. I used my finger to grab as much pigment as possible and many times applied it to both areas of the hands and I get this....In conclusion, this eyeshadow sucks, don't get it. =P No pigmentation, powdery, and lots of fall out. I'll probably throw this away.

Baked eyeshadow in burnt plum
This picture is a more correct color of the eyeshadow.

For some reason, everytime I take a picture, it looks kind of brown..-___-.

Despite its looks, the actual color of this eyeshadow is not as purple as you might think. It is more of a shimmery maroon color, also quite pretty so I like it. =)

Here are a couple of swatches with and without eyeshadow primer:

So, yeah, again sorry it looks kind of brownish. (If it doesn't, then yay!) On the left side of my hand is eyeshadow with the primer and on the right side of my hand is the eyeshadow without the primer.

As you can see, this eyeshadow is quite shimmery and produces a warm maroon color. With or without the primer looks fine to me. Without the primer the shade is just less vibrant which is fine for a more everyday look. This eyeshadow doesn't produce much fallout and is easy to blend and work with. I would definitely like to use this eyeshadow everyday or for a more warm fall look. I like this eyeshadow and it would be a great combo with colors such as black, gold, grays, etc. I can use it for everyday or for a smokey look.

Essential bronzer in glow
This picture above is a more correct color of the bronzer.

So this bronzer is a tiny bit shimmery. I tried to find bronzers as matt as possible, but almost everything E.L.F. has is shimmery. The shimmer doesn't really show up that much as long as I keep it to a minimal level so it's okay. This is a light bronzer, but it is much more pigmented than the Baked bronzer St. Lucia. This would be good as an everyday bronzer around the face for me, if I used it everyday. My face is paler than the rest of my body so this would help overcome the contrast a little without being too strong. It is still quite light for a bronzer though, so in order to have more of an effect, your skin should be on the lighter side.

I think this bronzer overall is okay. It was cheap and what not. It starts off light but can be buildable and blendable. It does have a scent to it, which I don't like. A perfume makeup scent, but it is not terribly strong.
It does have a yellow undertone, even though it looks tan on the pan. If I apply too much, it is not going to look good and might give me a weird dark yellow cast. Perhaps I will try looking for a more browner toned one.

Baked bronzer st. lucia

So the actual color of the bronzer is like a mix between the two images above. It is not as yellow as my picture but not as pink as the one above it. But it is definitely on the lighter side.
This bronzer is very sheer and I could use this all over my face to give a warmer glow/appearance. It is slightly shimmery which is a bummer, and the shimmer isn't strong but if I use this all over my face, then it gives me a more glow look, which isn't a bad look haha.
So it is not very pigmented and good for a more overall warmth, which is good if you're looking for that. It would be good to use after I use BB creams since BB creams are so light that if I only wore it, I would look too pale and this can give warmth back to my face!

Review on E.L.F. Gift Bag:
Pretty much within the first use I could tell the pros and cons of each product. If I didn't like it, I didn't use it after the first try. For others that have potential, I tried them out for at least a week.

32 Piece Palette Cool Eyeshadow

This eyeshadow palette is about the size of the palm of my hand or about 4 X 9 inches or 11 X 16 cm.
I thought this was nice because I don't have a lot of colorful eyeshadows and I personally don't think they're a good investment because my everyday makeup is not glamorous or colorful, so I would not use it to its full potential. But having this means I don't have to buy them if I need them! It comes with a double-sided applicator and a mirror at the top.
The bad thing about this eyeshadow palette is that the colors are extremely sheer and not pigmented at all. Almost ridiculous because eyeshadow on the skin alone shows basically no color at all. If you use a good eyeshadow primer like Too Faced or Urban Decay, then the color will be more pigmented to a more acceptable level.

So here are a few swatches of the colors with and without eyeshadow primer:

The left side of my hand has eyeshadow primer and the right has no primer, just eyeshadow on skin.
For both sides, eyeshadow was applied with a brush twice for each color.

As you can see, alone the eyeshadow is not pigmented at all, which is kind of dissapointing but I don't expect much from cheap free stuff. I can still use this eyeshadow, I just need eyeshadow primer when using it.
Another thing, it is rather powdery, so it tends to create fallout onto the cheek when applying the eyeshadow. So, this means I either have to do my eyes first (before concealer and/or foundation) or I have to be really careful after I apply concealer and/or foundation and lightly dust off the fallout.

Overall, nice impression but results are poor. Works acceptably with a good eyeshadow primer but fallout is a bit annoying.

Hypershine Lipgloss in Blossom 9012

This lipgloss is actually not super shiny, it has a good amount of shine but not overly shiny (which I think is a good thing). It smells like maple sugar! But it tastes like soap haha. It does give me a cute pink classic color. However, it feels sticky and heavy and I didn't like the texture. I don't like lipglosses in general and I don't buy them, so I wouldn't buy this.

All Over Color Stick in Golden Peach 3105

Oh man, this cream stick is super super shimmery O_O. Like, wayyy too much for the face and lips. Seriously, I put it on my lips and they turned into a metal gold color. It is so reflective that in the light, the peach color disappears and all I see is gold shimmer! It is also kind of thick and hard to blend out. So it wouldn't work well as a highlight for the cheekbones and nose unless you apply a very sheer layer and really work it out and blend it a lot.
But, the good thing (I guess) is that it is pretty hard to wash off. There were water beads forming on my hand swatch when I tried to wash it off, it was very water resistant. I had to use eye makeup remover to remove it. If I had to use this, I would use this on my eyes. It works as a shimmer base or a highlight for the eyelids, or in the inner corner of the eyes because it is very water and sweat resistant. On my eyelids alone, it is shimmery with gold flecks and does crease at the end of the day, but it's okay. It is good as a gold shimmer for the inner corners of my eyes and it doesn't fade or get into my tear ducts.

As you can see in the picture above, there is a peachy gold color on my hand.

However, in full light, the peachy gold color becomes a very reflective gold color, which is very shiny.

Lotion Wipes: Vanilla & Coconut
These wipes have a sweet coconut scent. I used them on my hands and my skin was not irritated or bothered in any way. I would not use these on my face though. Rule of thumb, don't use anything on the face unless it says it can/supposed to be. Anyway, While drying, it does feel a bit sticky, but that goes away. I would say it is lightly moisturizing, so it's a good quick way to moisturize your hands or body on the go, but it's not intensely moisturizing. So, people who need more moisturization, I'd say get something else. I think these are handy, they can be put in a bag or backpack and be used after washing hands when your hands get dry. I don't like scented lotions. So if there was an unscented or very lightly scented one, I would buy these for traveling or when I'm out on long days.

Cream Eyeliner in Ivory

So, this cream eyeliner is a shimmery/pearly white color.....I don't know why they gave me a cream eyeliner...yeah, there isn't much you can do with this. I could use this for the inner corners of my eyes or on my brow bone. As an eyeliner alone, it would probably melt and smudge off very easily on me because I have very oily eyelids and (from experience) cream eyeliners don't dry at all on me, and I look like a panda in less than an hour. I can try to use this as an eyeshadow base. But it is a very strong opaque white, not to mention shimmery and it creases when you go past the double lid, so I'm not betting on that.
I guess I could use an eyeshadow primer and then this cream white eyeliner as a base, but it would be pretty yeah, not a very useful product for me. I'll use this only for the inner corners of my eyes alone, or as a base for shimmer eyeshadow either in the inner corners of my eyes or on my upper or lower lashline for a very shimmery effect. However even though it is pretty creamy, it is a bit chunky and difficult to blend because it dries so fast, but it works.

So, from the swatches you can see that it is white and shimmery. It is not highly pigmented and it's not very thick or hard. Because it is on the sheer side, you won't be able to make a strong opaque line.

Black Glitter Nail Polish

This is black nail polish with rainbow glitter inside. I don't know why they gave me black nail It's summer and you give me black nail polish. Like the only thing I would do with this is either give it away or use it for nail art, like nail designs. But I don't do nail I have no idea what to do with this. I ended up giving it away.

So, pretty long post haha. I won't be doing another review post in a while since I have 3 exams this week and then I'm leaving for Hawaii right after!
I hope this post was useful for anyone looking at E.L.F. products. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below. =)
Thank you for reading and I hope you had a great 3 day weekend (for those of you who live in the US)! If you didn't have a 3 day weekend, it's cool, you probably have an even more awesome holiday that's longer and better than this one haha. See you later!