Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Suisse Programme "Cellular Skin Radiance Serum"

So a few weeks ago, Sasa was hosting a 'look-out' for users to test this serum out! They chose 20 people and sent out these little 'trial' bottles. Sasa was so nice about everything and it was really fast too; when I received information that I would be getting one, I got one in the next week! I've been using this serum for a little over a week now, and I have seen a change to my skin! It's weird because I did see change to my skin, but even my friends commented on how soft and smooth my skin looked! And that's what blew me away :) Let's get on to the review!
**Being a sponsored/trial user has nothing to do with how I'm going to review this product!

"Delicate to apply, effective in terms of results, Cellular skin radiance serum helps restore tone and firmness whenever the skin shows the first sign of fatigue. Ideal during periods of stress or climatic changes. Rich in active biomolecules capable of acting on the cellular respiration. The benefits of this serum is to increase intensively the skin regeneration processes and improves skin vitality. This treatment contains a combination of natural substances that stimulate hydration. Restores the skin natural luminosity. Skin looks smoother and revitalized. Restores firmness and elasticity.
This product is highly recommended by the popular Taiwan Beauty Magazine 'BEAUTY'."

Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Skin type: All skin types
Me: I'm usually not a big serum user, but since this was sent to me for review, I decided to give it a shot. I'm quite impressed with this serum! It's very light, yet the benefits are amazing! I've been using this for a little over a week now, and I only use it at night. This serum is actually perfect to add to my wintertime skincare routine since my skin does get a little drier in the wintertime; it's been the time of finals and tests so this majorly helped my skin. My skin does feel a little firmer, smoother, and brighter! My friends even commented on how smooth my skin looked ^_^ I've actually been eying Suisse Programme products ever since Aimee Chan endorsed it; ironic !
Purchase: Yes if I could!
How to: After washing your face and using toner, pump 1 pump into your palm and massage/pat it on your face/neck. Day and night. Then apply moisturizer or just continue with the rest of your skincare routine!
Price: $155; that is really really expensive! However, 'Suisse Programme' is a prestigious skincare line... I would get this if I could, but the trial size has changed my skin, so hopefully it will say that way :)  
Quality: I really do like this serum, cause it does everything it's suppose to. However,  I feel like for the full price, I should see something more out of it, or at least a more dramatic change to my skin. Overall though, it does what it's suppose to and has improved my skin ^_^
Smell: I don't know how to describe the smell, but it reminds me to vitamin E and honey? It's not a sweet smell, but it's not a heavy/distinctive smell either. The smell immediately goes away after it sinks into your skin and you can't smell it at all later on.
Texture: It comes out like a watery gel, and it immediately sinks into your skin after massaging/patting it into your skin. It does feel sticky at first, but after it is dry/absorbed, you don't feel a thing!
Packaging: It comes in pump bottle and you just pump out the product; easy to control and sanitary!
Amount: Full size = 30 ml.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review: TheBodyShop "Tea Tree Oil"

I've used this product since forever!
Rating: 8 out of 10
Skin Type: Oily skin; blemishes.
Me:  I personally have combination skin and I often break-out or get a blemish here and there. I have about 2 acne treatments that are my HG items and this is one of them. I love this item! I feel like it really works for me and it's just pure tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known as a natural ingredient that works against oily skin and blemishes. I put this on just any type of blemishes; but its especially good for those that are really stubborn or just irritating. I think I've gone through like 2 bottles already? And I still have back-ups.
Repurchase: Yes! I have two back-ups of this, and I will continue buying this until I find something even better.
How to: After washing your face and applying moisturizer, use this treatment last. Using a Q-tip, carefully drop some oil on it and apply it on any blemishes or any areas that are problematic. Or, if you have a larger area, carefully drop some oil on a clean finger and dab it in that area. ** I would recommend using this particular treatment to heal acne (that you've popped) or on a big zit to dry it up. This also reduces redness of big zits!
Price: $9 really inexpensive for this since you only need a little and this will last you forever!
Quality: I really like this oil because it's pure and it works! It's not the most effective or fastest way, but it heals and reduces the redness of the zit and takes the acne away. Tea tree is a well-known natural ingredient that fights against acne.
Smell: It smells very minty; the typical tea tree smell. Not a peppermint smell, but more like a earthy mint. The smell does not bother me at all, and it feels tingly on the skin.
Texture: It does come out as a liquid, but not 'oily'.
Packaging: The packaging has changed a little bit ever since it just came out. I think the very first one is just an open mouth with no stopper, so you had to dip a Q-tip in carefully. Now. it comes with this small stopper with a 'spout' opening. Course, the product is in a little glass container with a secure screw-top cap. It is pure oil; so the packaging is not really convenient; I think it would be better if it had a dropper.
Amount: 0.33 fl. oz.
The Body Shop: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/skin-care/face-eye-treatments/tea-tree-oil.aspx

The back of the bottle

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Question: Should I get a Clarisonic?

I've been really really debating on this question for such a long time now! I really want one, but I feel like I don't need it. 
I have combination skin with an oily T-zone.
What do you think? 
How do you like your Clarisonic? 
Please comment below  ^_^
Thank you so so much everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Black Friday: FOTD + IKEA

^^  A little FOTD ^^
Make-up: MAC Eyeshadow (Pollen), Physicians Formula "Lash Boosting Liner" (Deep Brown), Revlon "Grow Luscious Mascara" (Black Shimmer), and MAC "Dazzleglass" (Sugar Rimmed). 

This will just be a random little blog post of my IKEA exploration on the infamous "Black Friday" I bought a few pieces for my room, but most of all; I was testing out my new camera I got on Black Friday. 
Introducing.... The Sony Cyber-shot H70! <3 
So far, I am really liking this camera because the quality is very nice! I highly recommend this point-and-shoot camera! So from now on; the pictures on this blog will be now shot with this camera, and hopefully I'll figure out how to take a picture of my eye to show you some mascara, eyeliner, or circle lens shot. 
Any tips on shooting pictures of your eye?
Here are some of my favorite pictures from IKEA:


I hope everyone had an amazing break and an amazing time around their family! ^_^

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review: Laneige "Power Essential Skin Refiner Light_EX"

Finally. I have time to do this post! See? I'm almost done with the toner! I feel so accomplished! This is my very first Laneige product, and I am in love! I really want to try more of their products; but first I need to finish what I have (or so I hope). Toner is something I always use and is part of my daily skincare routine so finding a good toner is very important to me. This is definitely one of my favorites and I hope I can repurchase this soon! Anyways, let's get onto the review in detail:

Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Skin Type: All skin types; normal to oily.
Me: Toners are definitely essential in my skincare routine and it really helps to refine my pores and make sure that everything is off my face. This is my very first Laneige product, and I really really love it! From using this product, I feel like my skin has been better overall. This has kept my acne in check and it really cleans my skin with an extra step. There has been a pretty good improvement in my skin ever since I've used this product.
How to: Apply this to a cotton pad and wipe this all over your face after your normal skincare routine day and night. OR Apply this to thin sheets of cotton pad and use this as a moisture refining mask. 
Price: $25-40 It's a really big range, but it depends on where you get it and all the specials going on. I personally don't remember how much I bought it for, but I think it was in the $25 range? 
Quality: I really love this product; worth the money and it helps your skin. I think it does help to improve my skin texture and help refine my pores a little. 
Smell: I don't know how to describe the smell, but I love it! It's fresh, but it doesn't smell strong at all! It smells 'natural', like a product that you know doesn't have chemicals that are harmful to your skin. I really love the smell, so light and refreshing.
Texture: It has a water consistency that soaks into your skin and refreshes it immediately!
Packaging: It comes in a tall glass bottle with a screw cap top and has a rubber stopper. It may seem inconvenient and bulky, but the bottle is very slim and not that heavy! The screw cap top is amazingly easy to screw off, just a light twist will take the cap off and it does not leak at all. I love the rubber stopper inside because it controls the amount of product you want. The packaging makes this product look so pretty to have ^_^
Amount: 160 ml. / 5.4 fl. oz.
Repurchase: Yes definitely!!
Laneige: http://www.laneige.com/product/detail.jsp?prdtCd=214109002
Yesstyle: http://www.yesstyle.com/en/laneige-power-essential-skin-refiner-light-new-200ml/info.html/pid.1023049759
Sasa: http://sasa.com/SasaWeb/eng/product/viewProductDetail.jspa?itemno=104673505006
Imomoko: http://www.imomoko.com/product_detail.php?ID=3858

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Haul!

Fall Haul ^_^
 Yay! I finally have the time to post something on here. I wish I could blog more; I really do enjoy doing it, but hopefully I'll have more time later in the year. Now, it's finally getting colder! I'm so glad, cause I love cold weather. So most of the things I got from this haul is from Ulta; but there are some things here and there of course. Everything in this haul is completely new to me and I hope they work out for me. If you have tried any of these things; let me know what you think of it! ^_^

Make-up products
Left to right:
L'Oreal; Delice Blush - Limited Edition Project Runway: 425 Charming Cockatoo
My first L'Oreal product! I've heard lots of raves about their "LE Project Runway collection" and at Ulta, almost everything was gone! Suddenly, I came across this blush, and I had  to get it! I've swatched it on my hand, and the color is so pretty! You get a lot of product, it's quite cheap ($10), and the pigmentation pays of really well! I would say that this is a kinda shimmery pinkish-coral blush; it's so nice! 
Pop Beauty; Blitz Kit Basic 
One word. STEAL. You get 3 eyeliners for the price of one; $15! This is part of Pop's holiday gift set, this is their glitter liner set that includes: purple, black, and brown. I've swatched them, and they are very nice, I love the glitter effect! 
Pop Beauty; No Show No Shine Powder: Two Level Out
Personally, I have combination skin and when I got color matched for this, it really controlled my shine. As for me when I wear make-up, I usually do concealer, and would brush this over my face to set it. It provides quite heavy coverage from what I've seen! $22.
Pop Beauty; Aqua Lacquer: Melted Peach
Super cool product! It comes in a tube with a rubber spatula applicator. This product is super unique! It's water, so it is not sticky at all, but it doesn't feel greasy and it stays on for a long time and quite moisturizing too! It seems very liquidy, but the color is quite nice; and you get plump, watery lips ~ And you only need a little but it covers a lot; $14.
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer: Cream 30
This was actually on clearance for $3.99 because my Ulta wasn't carrying this anymore. so I decided to get it. I've heard a lot of raves about this, and I can see why! It covers a lot, and is easily blendable. It doesn't really come a great deal of colors, but this shade is just a touch light for me. But I like it nonetheless!

Skin care products
 Left to right:
Benefit Triple Performing Face Emulsion SPF 15 PA++
I've been dying to get something from Benefit's new line of skincare! I was contemplating on whether to get this or their actual moisturizer. I eventually gave into this because it was incredibly light, yet moisturizing, and it has an SPF 15. I love the packaging; super cute and so far I really like this product! $28; but you get a lot of product, and I only use 2 pumps every day for my face. I use this everyday in the morning regardless.
Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer
I remember hearing this product somewhere before, and it was a really good raving review about this product; I've been meaning to get it for quite a while too. I have combination skin, and so far; I LOVE THIS. I have dry skin and oily skin, and this provides enough moisturizing effects for both skin types and does not make me oily. Especially since wintertime is rolling around the corner, this does not make my face feel dry.  I really enjoy the product! $32.
DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask
My skin has been really bad lately. Like I have these blemishes that just will not go away! They have been there for a month, but they go away, and come back. I just want to get rid of them for good! I actually don't have a deep-cleansing mask any more since I used up my charcoal one from Origins. I decided to give this a try since DDF is also quite known for their acne products. $40 is a whopping price to pay for a mask, but you get SO MUCH product! It's a really big jar; I hope it works!
Formula 10.0.6 Down to the Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips 
Also, just looking around Ulta when I was buying things; these big bold letters caught my eyes. I'm so tired of my black heads and I just want to get rid of them. This is a pretty new brand I believe, cause I have never ever heard of them, but the description sounds pretty promising! $5.99; pretty average price, and you get 6 stripes. I hope this works for me!

Have you tried any of these products? If you would like more info on any of these products; feel free to comment below! <3

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Etude House "Aqua Sherbet Lotion"

Hello again! I'm sorry for the hiatus again... but school has been really busy lately, and will be, but I'll still try to squeeze in a post! I've been meaning to review this product for so long, and finally here I am! This line, I would say, is one of the lesser known lines of Etude House, and I got this back in my Mini Haul. I've had this product for such a long time, but in all honesty I don't like it. I've tried going back and forth with it, mixing it with other products etc, but I just don't like it! There are very few products that I don't like, but this just happens to be one of them. Now, let's get into details about this! 

"Aqua Sherbet contains mineral rich glacial water from Alaska and vitamin rich grapefruit water to supply skin cooling complexion care. Lotion replenishes and restores moisture balance to complexion."
Rating: 4 out of 10
Skin Type: Oily skin.
Me: Originally, I intended to buy this as a moisturizer and I thought it would be extremely good for the summer because it's like "cooling". Lies and deception. During the summer, I usually have oily to combination skin, and I knew that this would be a light moisturizer to do that. I was really intrigued by like "cooling glacial water" and "grapefruit", but this is such a big disappointment. However, it is just too drying for my skin; I have tried mixing it with a heavier cream to balance it out, but my skin in general does not 'like' this product. After using it for about 2 weeks, my mom commented on how dull my skin looked! I mean, it did literally nothing for my skin, its like the worst thing I've ever came upon! I like how watery it feels, but it provides little moisturizing effects to my skin.
Now: Currently; I am not using this moisturizer at all for my face. I am using it as a make-up fixer.
Repurchase: No, definitely not, I've tried better moisturizers and I bet there are better ones that I have not tried.
How to: Following serum application, use hand to apply lotion to all areas of face and neck.
Price: I don't even remember the price, but I remember it being one of the priciest things I got in that haul. I think maybe around $20? Not sure, but definitely not worth it!! 
Quality: I would label this as light lotion. It is too light! It's really not worth it, and it doesn't really do anything to my skin. If anything, it makes my skin even duller!
Smell: I thought it was gonna smell fruity, but it smells nothing like grapefruit! I do not like the smell at all, it doesn't smell 'safe' for my face... It kinda smells like hand sanitizer with a slight hint of bitter-sweet grapefruit. I think the smell may irritate those with sensitive skin.  
Texture: Extremely watery and light. It comes out almost like a blue watery gel. It may feel like your skin is soaking it in all the way, but your skin does not feel hydrated at all. It may feel like it does at the beginning, but after, it's just back to like nothing.
Packaging: The concept is cute, but its very unrealistic. It's a heavy glass bottle; which is annoying because you use a moisturizer almost two times a day, and it's such a hassle for this packaging! Inside, the opening is a really big hole so it's so easy to spill out too much! The cap is very pretty though!
Amount: 150 ml. / 5.07 fl. oz.
Etude House: http://www.etudehouse.com/eng/product/product_view.jsp?prdtCd=215017014

The top and the opening of the bottle

Monday, September 12, 2011

Haul: MAC

It's been a while since I've done a haul, and this time I'm going MAC! I already own quite a lot of MAC shadows, but for a wedding that I went to, I had an appointment to get my make-up done, and I also got some of the things they used on my face! I absolutely love the look! I've tried recreating the look a couple times, but it's still not as amazing as when I got it professionally done. However, I do not regret my purchases so far because they're pretty practical and versatile! I hope you like this haul! 

MAC Pigments
 Left: Tan (Muted pinky brown bronze)
Right: Kitschmas (Shimmering pink/mauve pearl - frost)
 $20 each; 4.5 g. / 0.15 oz.
This, I actually got a little before the actual haul, but I thought I'd just might as well include it in here! These two shades are absolutely gorgeous! To me, both of them are very versatile because they could be used alone, or added to a look for a more dramatic of special feel. I love using tan alone for a light sweep of color to give my eyes a pop or adding it to a smokey brown look to accentuate the brown color. Kitschmas is a gorgeous shimmery and sparkly color, I love it so much! I love using it alone to add some sparkle, or adding it on top of other shadows for a shimmering finish. Honestly, I think this is a pretty translucent color with just a tiny hint of pink, so you can top this off any look! **A little goes a long way!

Eye Shadow: Carbonized (Frosty dark brown; Veluxe Pearl finish)
$15 each; 1.5 g. / 0.05 oz. 
This is just your basic brown color but I love the finish of this brown! I seems very simple, but you can easily layer this and add depth. In real life, it isn't as dark as it looks on the website. It's a great simple color to use alone, add depth, layer, or accentuate the outer-V. I really love this simple brown, it's like the basic must-have! 

Mineralize Skinfinish: Semi Precious Rose Quatrz 
-Base: Rosy Pink  
-Inner Circle: Silver, Lime, White pink, Copper
$28 each; 6.5 g. / 0.22 oz. 
I knew immediately I had to get this because its so shimmery! The color is so nice as well! It gives a really cute pink glow on your cheeks; dewy finish! This is a LE color that came out with MAC's "Semi Precious" collection; however, some MAC counters may still have some! I love this product; so cute and lovely!

Dazzleglass: Sugarrimmed (Milky pale pink with multipearl)
$18.50; 1.92 g. / 0.06 oz. 
This is such a gorgeous lipgloss! Super sparkly and beautiful! I love the color because you can wear it alone, or on top of a lip color. The only thing that I do not like about this is the formula; it's too sticky for me, but I think that's how it's suppose to be so it stays on. In general though, I really love this gloss because its very pretty; my lips do look 'sugarrimmed' and it has a hint of a sweet vanilla!

Big Bounce Shadow: Impeccably Rich (Light cream with gold pearl)
$16.50 each; 5 g. 
I absolutely love this product! It's so easy to use and so pretty! Since this is a light gold, it can be layered on anything or just worn alone! Its shimmers are very fine and the cream is very smooth; like lotion! It's so pretty and I just love using it alone to bring some light into my eyes or to enhance another shadow! I would definitely go grab myself some other shades!
Shadestick: Heirloom (Light icy pink)
$17.50 each; 1.5 g. /0.05 g. 
I love shadesticks because they are so easy to use and convenient! This color is actually quite sheer with a very light wash of a shimmery pink. However, it does hold other eyeshadows quite well. It's great to wear alone or layer under a smokey eye since its a darkish shade of a silvery pink. It's not as creamy as I would have hoped....
Eye Kohl: Teddy (Intense bronze - pearl finish)
$15 each; 1.45 g. / 0.05 g. 
This is definitely a 2-in-1 product because this is easily blendable and you can line your eyes! This is a dark brown/bronze shade it looks super natural and great for smokey eyes. I like to smudge this on and blend it out; super soft! In general, I love this and I would definitely get some other shades!

Well! That's it for my MAC haul, I hope you liked it and comment below if you have any questions or would like a thorough review on a product in particular! Thank you!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: MyBeautyDiary "Strawberry Yogurt Mask"

My Beauty Diary's "Strawberry Yogurt Mask"
I've finally gotten some time to review some MBD masks! I'll try to post them up as quickly as I can, but school is really bogging my down lately! Sorry in advance for the many short hiatus to come! I still haven't tried everything from my massive haul yet! I don't remember to do a mask every week even though my skin begs for them.... Come to think of it, I might as well do one tonight since I have time and treat my skin for it's hard work. Lately, I've been breaking out on my cheeks a little, any remedies and recommendations? Just leave a comment below, thank you!
The back of the box
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Skin Type: All skin types; especially combination.
Me: For me, this was one of those masks that I've heard so many raves about and just had to try it out myself! One fact about me: I LOVE STRAWBERRIES!! (If you haven't already caught on.) Honestly, I really love this mask because partially because it smells so good and it really works on my skin! I love using this when my skin needs some hydration, brightening, or when my skin just needs a little boost. This mask is good for combination skin because it controls the oil and sebum of your skin; it leaves my skin really smooth, bright, fresh, and I do feel like the next few days, my T-zone is less oily!
How to: After washing you face, apply this mask and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes (or longer if you wish). After that, take off the mask, rub the essence into your skin and continue with your usual skincare routine! *You don't need to wash off!*
Price: $10-17 per box; per sheet < $2 As always, MBD masks are really affordable and effective! I say this mask is a must; might as well buy the whole box!
Quality: I think this mask lives up to its expectations! This mask is made for combination skin and I think it does help with that! Controls oil and sebum, but I don't know about pore tightening so much because it does a little, but not much. It does make my skin smooth and you can instantly see a 'brighter' skintone after taking this off. 
Smell: It smells so amazing! It smells like a sweet strawberry yogurt, so yummy! It doesn't smell 'artificial' either, it smells so fresh and light.I love the smell so much...
Texture: Like most of the MBD masks, they sheets are very thin, and the package has so much essence!I love rubbing the remaining essence on my neck and arms ~
Packaging: Cute box!! and the mask inside is put in this cute, compact aluminum bag. I love how each of the MBD masks are so unique in design; these have little strawberries on them; so cute! Unlike most masks, these masks are put in smaller pouches!
Amount: 1 sheet/ 10 per box
Repurchase: Yes!
Individual packages

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: EcoTools "Recycled Retractable Kabuki"

I totally love my Origins face brush, and this is almost the same; except, on-the-go. This is probably one of my favorite brushes because I can't use it for all sorts of face products! Powder, blush, finishing powder, and just to sweep away fall-outs!
Rating: 9 out of 10
Me: I really love this brush because it's so dense and soft! It gives excellent coverage, blends nicely, and picks up the powder without making it fly away. I can use this for practically everything! Foundation, powder, blush, or just to sweep away fall-outs! It's also very convenient to carry around and easy to clean. I love it!
Repurchase: No; one is enough! Unless I lose it, then I will definitely repurchase this thing!
Price: $11.49 I would say a decent price for this brush; good quality, and also good cause!
Quality: I love how dense and soft the brush is! It blends very nicely, creating a soft and smooth finish. <3
Texture: The outside is a very smooth aluminum, and the brush is made out of cruelty-free SOFT bristles!
Packaging: Its super convenient to have and the packaging is very sanitary. The outside is a lightweight aluminum material (recycled), and it also comes with a cap to keep it clean. There is also a sliding part that makes the brush retractable, keep its shape, and makes it easily stored! Oh, and the pouch that it comes in is also a zip-top reusable bag.
Amount: 1 brush
EcoTools: http://www.ecotools.com/shop-collection/cosmetic-accessories/face-tools/recycled-retractable-kabuki

Ulta: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1650243

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NYC Haul !

THE Haul <3
Sorry for the short hiatus! I was in NYC for 10 days of just vacation and to visit some family ^_^ However, I couldn't resist myself from shopping... I also bought some clothing and bags, but for this post, I'm just gonna concentrate on these items. I had so much fun on my trip and it was probably one of the best times I've ever had in a long long time. I went shopping like everyday and it was just super fun exploring NYC: day and night. The best thing was probably the FOOD, mmm <3 I miss NY already! I think after this haul, I won't be needing anything for a while! Let's break this haul down!
Going to Mitsuwa, I picked up some Japanese magazines <3 I just love looking at the pictures and following the tutorials! Two of the magazines came with complementary bags: Betsey Johnson and a clear plastic pouch with cherry prints. -Sorry I can't post scans of the magazines because I don't have a scanner...-
Skincare Products
 MyBeautyDiary "Strawberry Yogurt Amino Acid Cleanser"
Organic Toner
DHC "Facial Scrub"
DHC "Mild Touch Cleansing Oil"
Too bad I didn't have any more room in my luggage, I would have bought so many more skincare items....But when I got home, I looked at my stash of back-ups and I was like 'uh-oh!' I am really really happy with these products because most of them are highly raved and they seem pretty amazing to me as well. 

 MyScheming "Herbal Anti-Acne Mask"
MyBeautyDiary "Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask"
I knew I said no more masks... but I just had to get these two! One I got for acne and the other was just too cute to turn down. I can't wait to try these out to see if they work! I am so mask crazy....  
 Kanebo Kracie "Oil Blotting Paper Hyaluronic Acid"
Koji Linqueen "1 Day Long Lasting Eyeliner"
Lioele "Blooming Gloss"
That's all I got make-up wise, surprisingly they didn't have a lot of make-up products! Most of the gift shops carried skincare items and just a little make-up products. However, I did see some DollyWink and other well-known Asian brands! Maybe if I like these items, I'll get some more things when I'm back in NYC ^_^
Wire head-band
Pink bow clip
Leopard print bow clip
Bow butterfly clip
Gold bow earrings with pink stones 
There were so many little Asian gift places packed with so many goodies! Everything was just so cute and I managed to control myself to these few things :) The first thing I thought about getting was one of those wire head bands because they are super cute and in right now. I also got two little bow clips and a small bow butterfly clip. The earrings I got in SoHo from a street vendor; she hand-makes everything and I just love these ^_^ (I also picked up a pair of champagne color crystal earring for my mom.)
Facial Scrub 
Mini Shower Basket
Black Fringe Holder
Bear Contact Lens Case
I have been lemming that silicon facial scrubber for ages! I've heard sooooo many good things about it and I finally found it at Mitsuwa and I grabbed two ^_^ I got a black fringe holder so I could wear it at the gym without notice, like the pink one... I also grabbed a lens case for my friend, N got her first pair of circle lens!
The sale ladies were very nice and gave me a whole pack of samples! I really can't wait to try them out ^_^

All of these products are still very new to me, so if you've used these items before, please let me know what you think about them! If you have any questions about these products, just comment below as well! I will try to get reviews up ASAP ^_^
Everyday Beauty: 163 Hester Street, Store B, New York, NY 10013
New Kan Man LLC (Level 2): 200 Canal St., New York, NY 10013
Daigar Beauty Shop: 7 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10013

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Origins "VitaZing SPF 15 Moisturizer"

Rating: 8 out of 10
Skin Type: Any
Me: At first, I just thought this was a moisturizer with luminosity so your skin glows. (Advertised to make your skin look energized.) After trying it out  and bringing it home, I noticed that there was a tint to it! I think this is really close to a BB Cream, not just a tinted moisturizer because of its added skin benefits. The tint that it gives is actually a little bit darker than your normal no. 23 for BB Cream. Plus, it's versatile so if you have tan skin, this is great too! For me, I mix it with a moisturizer and sunscreen so the tint isn't as dark. Problem solved <3
Repurchase: No... It's great, but it's not something that I must have.
How to: Just apply this in the morning as a moisturizer for an energized glow!
Price: $35... Quite on the pricey side considering how small it is! Since I mix it with moisturizer, it will probably take me a long time to finish this tube. Even with it's amazing benefits, I still think it's a little pricey.  
Quality: It's a really great moisturizer because it's not oily yet moisturizing and light. I think my skin does look energized because there's this glow to it. Even my friend said it when I wore this, "We were up at the same time, why does your skin glow?" That really made my day :)
Smell: It has a scent of mangosteen; like a leafy citrus smell. Kinda also smells like baby lotion with a mix of a leafy tropical smell. Not bad, not good, eh...
Texture: When applied, it's really smooth and moisturizing. I really love the texture because it's so easy to blend and it sinks into your skin very fast.  
Color: It's a little darker than no. 23 of usual BB creams, but for the summer, it's great for that healthy glow!
Packaging: It's a small, squeeze tube bottle that keeps the product inside sanitary. I love the colors they use, it's so refreshing and simple! Inside however, the tip is flat, so it's a little hard to control how much product you're squeezing out. Either way, I still love how small, simple, and color-appropriate the tube is. ^_^ 
Amount: 1.7 fl. oz. / 50 ml. 
Origins: http://www.origins.com/product/3858/13004/Skincare/Daily-Essentials/Moisturizers/VitaZing/SPF-15-Energy-boosting-moisturizer/index.tmpl

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