Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review on Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Hi Everyone!

Long time no see! I hope you are doing well! Study hard for your finals!

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer

This product costs about $7-10 and contains 22mL of product. It can be found at any drugstore, at Ulta, or online.

What do I think of this product?
So I actually bought this in December of 2013 in Japan. This was because this product (which has been around in Asian for a while) was not yet released in the US!
If you know me, I don't wear foundation or concealer often, maybe around a few times a month. So for me to review a makeup face product, it will take some time.
I tried the tester on in stores (in Japan, everything has a tester, even for drugstore makeup) and it made all of the fine lines and pores on my back of my hand disappear! It was pretty amazing! It also gave the skin a more even complexion, almost like a blurring effect.
I bought it and started to use it when I returned to the states.
I use this as a primer after I put on moisturizer and sunscreen but before using foundation and/or concealer. This product did not irritate or redden my skin.
The texture was very interesting. It is a very very smooth texture, almost slippery and to the point where it could be considered greasy or oily. It definitely contains silicon which gives it that super slick texture. It does not feel sticky but during application it feels very smooth and oil-like. This texture can bother some people. I understand that some people just don't feel comfortable with the feeling of rubbing something very grease-like on their skin and walking with it around all day.
As a foundation primer, I do not mind. It does not make my skin look oily or shiny after application and, after putting on foundation, the primer underneath the foundation does not give me an oily or shiny appearance. When I touch my skin (and this is after using foundation on top) it does not feel sticky, oily, or heavy to me at all.
The pore erasing effects were not as significant as they were on the back of my hand sadly. =( It did make my skin look a little smoother and my pores more blurred, but I could still see them (after only applying the primer and nothing else on top yet). It does help smooth out my skin and fine lines and prepare a smooth canvas for foundation application though.
As a primer I think that it does make my foundation last longer and prevent it from sliding and melting off. It lasts decently well. Without a setting powder, this primer alone gives my foundation a matte appearance for about 6 hours and then my skin (with primer and foundation on) will start having a shiny appearance. For a drugstore makeup I think that's not bad. On long hot days I will use a powder to set my foundation to help prevent shine.
Because I do not use this product often I cannot say whether frequent use will cause breakouts or not. So I'm sorry. =/
As an everyday foundation primer, I think that this product is decent. It is not amazing or very good, but I think for normal days it does a good enough job. I think if I wanted an everyday primer, I would try to use a less expensive one that works well enough so I won't kill my wallet. =P And I feel that this primer does just that. Granted, I don't use primer and foundation often enough to use this everyday or even often, but I would use this on a casual outing with friends or relatives. I would probably use better (and more likely more expensive)  products for special events like a date, wedding, etc.

Do I recommend this product?
If you want to try something affordable for fun as an everyday foundation primer, I think this will work. However, if you do not like products that are very very smooth and oily to the touch, then this product may not be for you.
I personally would not consider this a "must have" product or something I need. I would probably not buy this product and invest in something else once I am finished with it.

So I hope this review was helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comment box below. Thank you for reading and I will see you later! =)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review on L'Occitane Aromachologie Hair Repairing Oil

Hey! Guess, what, back with another review! XD

Today I am reviewing the L'Occitane Aromachologie Hair Repairing Oil
It contains 100mL or 3.4 fluid oz of product. You can buy this product at the L'Occitane stores or online for $26.
This is a leave-in hair treatment. You can apply it on your hair dry, or after washing your hair but before blow drying, or before washing your hair.
This product gives hydration and shine to dry and brittle hair. It makes your hair softer and protects against sun damage.

What do I think of this product?
I first got this product as a travel sample from L'Occitane. I brought it with me on my trip to Taiwan and Japan over winter break of 2013-2014. And it was phenomenal! Back then, I had hair reaching down to my butt and the lower half was especially dry and damaged. When I first applied it, I accidentally (or so I thought) put too much product in my hair and that it would become an oily mess. But my hair did not look or feel oily at all! It just drank all of the product and was silky soft with a beautiful shine! *o*
It also has a floral fragrance that is not sharp, strong, or fake smelling.
When I came back to the states, I wanted to buy this product immediately! But when I saw the original price, I wasn't sure and held back. Being a student and trying to save money, it may have been a good investment but still, a pricy investment. So I waited until I was able to get a 20% off discount coupon and bought it! (L'Occitane doesn't have discounts often and they're usually not amazing, so I just took this chance)
After 3 months of using this product everyday, I must say, it is definitely worth it, even at the original price.
The bottle is made of 100% recycled plastic. It is not glass and more travel friendly (though unfortunately not 3 oz). It comes with a pump which makes using it fast, easy and not messy. I can also control the amount of product I dispense with the pump.
I used 2 pumps when I had very long hair and after my hair donation and hair cut, I use 1 pump every morning. A little goes a long way and in these 3 months I've only used 1/3 of the bottle!
The oil is very mistake friendly. If you accidentally use a little too much, your hair will not look or feel oily, greasy, or sticky.
I like to apply this on my hair after I shower and towel dry my hair. I spread the oil in my palms and rub it on the lower half of my hair and wipe off the remaining product on the top and upper part of my hair. This oil is great for helping me de-tangle my hair as I brush to spread out the product. The oil helps reduce friction and possible straining and snapping of the hair strands.
This has done wonders for my hair. It has become so soft, smooth, and shiny after using this hair oil. I have gotten complements from friends on how healthy and great my hair looks and it's all because of this thing here!
I will definitely repurchase this product once I use it up, but I will try to get a coupon too. =P

Do I recommend this product?
If you have dry and brittle hair or if you want to give your hair an extra boost, I definitely recommend this product!
It is long lasting, you don't need much, it is easy to use and can be used in different ways, and makes the hair softer, smoother, and shinier!

I hope that this review was helpful! Feel free to write any questions or comments in the comment box below!
Thank you for reading! I will see you later. =)

Review of "My Beauty Diary" 2-Step Spring Mask Pack!

Hi Everyone!

It has been a while! I apologize for posting so infrequently now, but as I have mentioned in this post why I have been and will be (until I move to the east coast) for the time being.
But if you have stuck with me, thank you so much for your patience! I have quite a lot of products to review, and I am excited to share them with you!

Today I am reviewing the "My Beauty Diary" 2-Step Spring Mask Pack!
I apologize but I do not remember the cost of this mask pack. But it is probably between $10-15. The box contains 8 sets of masks each with a complementary moisturizer.
It contains the Mountain Cherry Blossom Mask and the April Cherry Blossom Creamy Gel moisturizer.
It is said to be suitable for all skin types, especially for dry and sensitive skin, helps to firm, nourish and regenerates skin. Especially focusing on whitening, softening, soothing, firming, and refreshing the skin.

What do I think of this product?
As you know, I have done many previous "My Beauty Diary Mask" reviews. Most of the masks are very good for softening, whitening, and hydrating the skin. Whether they brighten, tighten, or reduce fine lines and wrinkles can be debatable. (I personally feel that it is very difficult to find skin care products to treat lines, wrinkles, and tighten the face in a permanent manner.)
This mask did not irritate or redden my sensitive skin. It had a very light sort of herbal or tea-like fragrance. I'm not sure. But it was definitely not a strong and sharp smell and it faded quickly after putting the mask on. The mask is made of paper but as long as you are not handling it roughly, it will not tear and contains a lot of serum. So much so that you can empty the pouch and spread the rest on your neck and chest area if you wish.
The lotion is semi-clear with little pink beads for added skincare benefits and a mini skin massage while you apply and massage the product onto your face. It has a gel-like texture on the thicker side. It does feel a bit sticky, especially when drying, but it will end up drying not sticky. It is very hydrating and they give you enough moisturizer for your neck as well.
I think this is a great mask. Here in southern California, the spring was unusually warmer and dryer than normal and this mask really helped to re-hydrate my skin. It definitely made my skin feel softer and also whitened my skin.

Do I recommend this product?
I definitely recommend this product for almost all skin types. If your skin happens to be extremely sensitive to skincare or makeup products or you tend to have allergic reactions, please consult your dermatologist before use. Everyone's skin is different and I am not guaranteeing this is perfect for everyone. You can do a test beforehand by applying some serum and moisturizer onto your hands or arms and seeing if there is a reaction if you are concerned.
I think this is an amazing product if you are looking for a mask to rehydrate your skin. It comes with its own complementary moisturizer which suites the serum the best as well!
If you are looking for a mask to reduce wrinkles and fine lines or tighten the skin, this did not do much for me, but you are free to try!

Here is some extra information regarding the "My Beauty Diary" masks and their skincare properties and benefits (sorry it's a bit big, but if I didn't expand it, it would be hard to read the tiny words):

I hope that you liked this review and that it was helpful to you! Feel free to write any questions or comments below! Thank you for reading! I will see you very soon! =D

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review on L'Occitane Creme Pieds Peaux Seches 15% Shea Dry Skin Foot Cream =)

Hi Everyone!

Long time no see! I know! I'm sorry >.<. Working in a research lab means that your bacteria and hamsters have a lifespan though and you follow their growth schedule and not yours...-___-, which means working many odd hours of the day.

Today I am reviewing the L'Occitane Creme Pieds Peaux Seches 15% Shea Dry Skin Foot Cream!

I bought the mini trial size which is 10mL but the full size is 150mL for $28 and the travel size is 30mL for $12 the L'Occitane website. (Free prime shipping for full size on Amazon!)

What do I think of this product?
I actually bought this product almost a year ago.....yeah....I was too lazy to use it. X( Good thing I bought the mini trial size though haha =P.
But recently in San Diego it has been very very hot and dry, around 80F with strong sun and warm dry winds for the past week! And my feet have been suffering! =( They became so dry and cracked and ugly looking...
I usually do not like putting creams or moisturizers on my feet because most of the time they are very sticky or thick and take a long time to absorb into my skin. So if I walk around, tiny dust particles on the floor just stick to my feet and it is unpleasant. =/
However, I decided to try this out and this was amazing! The cream feels lightweight and is very smooth and easy to apply. My skin easily absorbs it in a short amount of time and it does not feel sticky, oily, or thick. I can get up and walk around in less than 5 minutes after applying this product. My feet have become so much more soft and hydrated than before! I often don't like wearing sandal because my feet looked so ugly and dry with white lines and rough skin but it looks so soft and smooth now! Yay! XP
I will definitely consider buying the full size or at least the travel size. A little goes a long way and I probably need 2 pea sizes for each foot. I pea size amount for the top and the other for the bottom.

Do I recommend this product?
If you have dry skin on your feet or you live in a hot and dry climate like me, I highly recommend this product. It may be a little pricey but I think it is worth your money (as long as you use it haha, took me a while). My favorite about this product is that it doesn't make my skin sticky or pick up stuff off the ground when I walk around and that is the most important thing to me!
If you are not sure you can go in stores and buy the mini one like I did!

I hope this review was helpful to you! Feel free to ask any questions or write any comments in the comment box below! Thank you for reading and I will see you later! ^_^

P.S. Summer is here! Use your sunscreen! Don't let yourself have pre-mature wrinkles, sun spots, and prevent skin cancer!