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