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. 

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Thank you!