Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Products I regret Buying 2009 Edition

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! and a great upcoming New Year.

Looking back in my make up collection I semiannually do a clean up of "reject" items I had purchased through the months and give away practically new items to anyone who wishes for them.
I am the kind of make up shopper that reads reviews, reads again, and then reads some more before finally picking up the items I *think* I want.

Here is my list for 2009 of things of which I thought were going to be great, and were just a flop. These are all just my personal opinion due to my experiences with the product.

In no particular :


L'occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm

Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick

I regret buying this because of the Shea butter this thing goes on so SHEER. I literally swipe the bottom of my lips 50 times then the top lip 50 more times to just "feel" the actual product. After all those swipes, it does not feel like I have a lot of stuff on, just feels like I finally got my balm on.
At first I was happy because the tube gives you a lot more than other brands o in terms of volume/product but I now can see why!

SK II Facial Treatment Essence

I regret buying this because it was DAMN expensive for not much result. At over $150 dollars retail you would expect the miracles it promises. I have heard you have to be patient...I have used this every night and some mornings since the beginning of October. I have yet to see any change. I am only 1/3 done with the bottle. Usually after a few weeks with no results on skin care I chuck things but I will DEF finish this up. Also when first applied can leave your skin feeling a little sticky-ish for like 2 minutes while absorbing.


MAC Blushes

M·A·C Blush

I like MAC MSF 's , I think they are nice highlighter products from MAC but MAC blushes, I think we have ended our relationship. MAC blushes are less expensive than other brands but I believe it is cheaper in price due to quality. Though they do have very pretty colors to choose from you have to swirl and put layer upon layer upon layer of the product to get an effect on some of their shades. Especially from the sheer line. (Hence the name, I understand...)
When I buy a blush I like to just barely tap my brush and get so much product due to high quality pigmentation that I have to be careful not to over apply. This has never been a problem I have experienced with MAC Hasta La Vista !

Lancome Mascara Booster

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I have short stimpy lashes- I strive for long and luxurious. I had tried this mascara base from Lancome and was disappointed.
This thing clumps very easily and worse it is a heavy base, so after curling your lashes and applying this, they go straight down again due to the heavy weight. It does not matter if they make my eye lashes look slightly longer if they are shooting down on my eyes where there is no effect.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Gentle Skin Cleanser For All Skin Types

A holy grail to some but this really ruined my skin at a pace that was lightening fast.


John Freida Frizz Ease Secret Weapon

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I regret buying this because wherever placed on your head suddenly loses all volume, and it is as if you just applied a stiff cream into your hair. The sections become "hard" as if you just randomly taped a section of hair together, and outside the package the name claims Frizz Ease but I beg to differ. It became flat, hard, and still contained my frizz.
This is a finishing cream to be applied on dry hair.

Etude House Hand Cream
Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Hand Cream

I regret buying this because it's GREASY. After you rub, rub and rub, you need a towel to help remove the residual residue. The scent is a bit overpowering. I bought this because I desperately needed a hand cream that day.



That's all I can think of for now.
Does anyone else have any definite purchasing regrets for 2009? Please tell me so I can steer clear!


To Everyone have a Happy New Year! 2010! Woot Woot !




Monday, December 21, 2009

Forever 21 Steal

Whoa, it's been a while. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season!
I am still amidst Xmas shopping which is the reason for this post.

Yesterday, I dropped into Forever 21 on a whim and picked up the following item.
I love studs. Price: $39.80

Forever 21 is not a store I go into often, just to browse whenever I have some time to kill.

Today I visited Topshop in search for some Christmas accessories to find:
Pretty much the same jacket!
Price $330! online it is this price but in the store I saw it on discount for $180

Tall Stud Leather Jacket

Do these not look incredibly similar!? You can't see it from the photos but they even have zippers on the same place on the sleeves.

Of course the top shop one was heavier and the material was softer but the price difference is insane. Even with the "discount"

My buy of the week!

Hope everyone has a great holiday!!

Sorry for lack of make up posts, the season is busy and I am trying not to buy any more make up until at least 2010!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Favorites of 2009

It's December!!! 2009 is almost over so I thought I would gather a list of some of my favorite items of the year.

Most of these items are the things I use everyday because they are my favorite, duh lol.
Some of the items listed are my HG list, but some are just 2009 entries.

A few categories are missing like eye cream, perfume, and hair styling products. It's because I either don't really use these products enough to develop a favorite, or every one I tried this year was a dud =P

Skin Care: Face

I am a skin care product junkie...I have like 25 cleansers in my bathroom ><>

Make Up Remover for the face: H20 face oasis
This year I gave up oil for water. Again, I still love my Shu Uemura cleanser but I just can't get over how well this cleans, and how the consistancy is like water!~

Exfoliator: Origins Modern Friction
Beautifully lathered beads with a lemony scent makes this so refreshing and leaves skin baby soft.

Moisturizer: Beauty Maker Awakening Gel
I only use this in the daytime on top of a normal cream moisturizer but I am convinced this is the product that turned my skin from combination to normal. I really believe this is what made the difference to make my skin balanced this year. So moisturizing, I bought a back up jar in Asia, it is love. A must try.

Sunscreen: Dior Snow Sunscreen SPF 50 PA +++
I wear this everyday no exceptions! a tiny tube for $50 (kinda steep I know) but it lasts the whole year, my HG sunscreen

Essence: Clinique Turnaround Concentrate
My first "Clinique love" item. I have tried alot of things from this brand but this by far, FAR the best of what I have used. Applied both day and night. This is the fastest absorbing cream/essence I have every seen ( like 15 seconds!) and leaves my skin sooo soft, I just bought a new jar

Whitening Product: Paul and Joe Whitening Serum
Simply the best I have tried with the most visable results

Masks:

Clay: Lush's Mask of Magnaminty
After putting this on you will reveal the next layer of your skin under the grime of a weeks worth of pollution and whatever stuff is in the air for fresh, clean, beautiful skin. Skin is reborn every time.


Sheets: Silk Whitia
I have a few Silk Whitia Masks, my favorite so far has been the whitening and moisturizing masks. After application and peeling, reveal glowing skin. These make my face look paler and so clean. Did I mention super soft?? Radiance comes from these masks.

Eye Makeup Remover: Boots N0 7
I can only find this in Target. Afforadable and great. I am not buying Lancome, Neutrogena, or Estee Lauder again. This is the one for me~!
Great cheap find!
1 swipe and everything is clean. Does not leave a very oily residue behind, but some is present.




Skincare: Body
Deoterant: Secret Scent Expressions truth of Pear
Smells good!

Body Moisturizer: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
I have tried almost all of the Body Shops Body Butters and I always keep repruchasing coconut. I definetly recommend these for winter. Some people find it a lil oily but it should absorb within like 10 minutes if you lay it on thick

Hair and Body:

Body Soap: Nivea Touch of Bliss
The apricot scent is like a like St. Ives scent. Foams beautifully and leaves my skin moisturized

Shampoo + Conditioner: Shiseido Tsubaki
I have purchased this time after time. Leaves my hair soft, shiny, and healthy. Light beautiful scent.

Deep conditioner: Garnier Fortifying Deep Conditioner
I apply this once a week because my hair is dyed and I want to apply extra moisture. Put this in your hair, tie it into a bun and place it there for as long as you can. Like 10 minutes?
My hair is soooo silky and bouncy the next day after this. Adds natural volume the following day also.
Great drugstore find!


Make up: Base Make up


These are the items I use pretty much every single day, it really creates a flawless face.

Primer: Paul and Joe Primer
I love the scent of this, it goes on light and smooth, and absorbs so quick!

BB Cream: Hanskin Caviar Gold BB Cream
The first BB cream I ever had, even though I now own a few, Hanskin is still my favorite!


Powder: Chanel White Essential Powder
This is so finley milled I love it! Creates a matte finish, and I do not have to keep blotting. I also love the gorgeous packaging! Classic Chanel in white.

Bronzer: NARS Laguna
I use Bronzer for contouring, I have only used 1 other brand before NARS but this blends very nicley into the skin and blush

Concealer: Beauty Maker and Loreal
I have been using Loreal concealer since High School. I have 1 in almost all my bags. Just a good stand by. I just cant not seem to have it close by!

The Beauty Maker concealer is great. You can see in the picture the tube is pretty damn small but you only need the tiniest amount for your whole face. Like 1/8th a pea size. It is that pigmented. That dab can do under your eyes, around your nose, and chin.

Foundation: Lunasol Water Cream Foundation
I forgot to take a photo!!!!! ><>


Blotting Sheets: Boscia Blotting Linens in Green Tea
These are just a personal preference but I like how these feel. The Clean and Clear ones are kinda...plasticy feeling. These are like soft soft tissue paper


Make up: Eyes



The above are the items on how I set my eyes almost everyday for work. Super simple.

Eyeshadow palette: Esprique Precious C-1
Perfect for work. All the shades are great, and very usable. Just makes work eye make up easier when all the colors are flattering and safe. ( I work in an office, I need safe lol )

Mascara: FairyDrops
I love my Dior and my MM mascara but these make my natural lashes super long without any extra help from ....this little filaments in the MM mascara?
Very lengthening on your natural eyes. Not much volume but build able. I just seem to go for this the most.

Mascara Insurance: Clarins Double Fix
Life saver. I don't leave my desk much except for the restroom. When I enter the bathroom I don't want to see raccoon eyes. Most of my favorite mascara's are non waterproof so this provides the extra insurance I need to keep clean eyes.

Eyeliner: Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in OL
Tried a few brands this year, this actually smudges for me on the outer corner of my eyes but this did better than urban decay and drugstore brands for me, so I keep buying this, I still love it.

Blush ( Yes this got it's own category)

I do the same base make up almost everyday, the same eyes almost everyday, but my cheeks? Lol They are always pink and I rotate my blushes because I love ALL my blushes, but I have gathered my favorites.

Benefits Dandelion: Perfect natural flush
Beauty Maker Love Pu Pu Cheek: Just an all around adorable pink, isn't the case also so cute???
Illamasqua Katie: Perfect for baby doll light milky cheeks. Wear curls and a dress and you are a doll for the day!
Jill Stuart in Lovely Tulip: All the pinks alone are gorgeous, all the pinks swirled are gorgeous, every pink in that palette is perfect perfect perfect
Shu Uemura M Pink 33 E: nice and light gives a glow that is baby pink and can look just a little better than natural when applied just right

Lips:

Lipstick: Dior Addict High Shine in 664
The perfect pink for me, natural, easy for work, and pretty!. Slight shimmers.

Lip Balm: RoseBud Salve
I have tried many many chap sticks and this is the only thing I can apply to my lips at night for full, supple, and soft lips in the AM.

There is my 2009 round up. Hope to hear everyone else's favorites!
















Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Small Haul

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. I was glad to help some people out =)

I am showing a small haul today. These are some random items I have bought in the recent weeks.


Benefit
First items are my new benefit crease less shadows!
I originally bought 1 in "Bathing Suit" during my non existent lunch break only to find out upon return to my cube my box had an EMPTY JAR of shadow...ugh so I had to run back to Sephora and get a replacement.
On the line I noticed the Sweet Deals this month was the Benefit crease less shadows. Two for 10 dollars!
I personally am into n*de shadows because I can wear them everyday to work and creams are faster to me than powder shadow for application.
Admit tingly all the colors are very similar and safe but they are all great lid base colors that can be worn alone ( I do this when I am late ) or as a canvas to build upon.


Sorry the shadows are no longer pristine because I used some already.
Top row left to right: "Recess" "Birthday Suit"
Bottom row: "Honey Bunny"
Swatches are in the same order.


These are so creamy! I was originally going to try MAC's paint pot but now since I have 3 of these I don't need it anymore. I am very happy with these.

Paul and Joe
I love having a Paul and Joe counter in my neighborhood. Truthfully they don't have a huge selection but I love browsing when I am just waiting around the area.


I bought the Paul and Joe eyeliner pencil in 03. It is not my color...it is dual ended, lighter shade for the front of the brow and darker for the ends of the brows. I will probably wear it more once I color my hair again. They only had 1 color for the eye brow pencils ( small selection)

I bought the Paul and Joe eye gloss in 05 which can be described as a sparkly greyish with purple undertones.
I love it! especially on top of birthday suit!

EOTD: grr my camera won't focus... but can you see the sparkles? I wore this eye combination all week. Subtle enough for work. It's love.


The Givenchy shadow I fgt to take a photo of but was a free bee from Sephora.

Nail Polishes
OPI in "I'm not really a Waitress" and Sephora OPI in 212
212 in the jar looks black with multi shimmers but in the light you can see it is actually like a deep olive green with shimmers. It is not bad but I was kinda hoping for black.
Bottom photo was 2 coats


MAC
I am actually not the biggest MAC fan...but my area has a MACY's and a MAC counter so it is nice to pop in and check out the new releases.
I picked up 2 cream sheen glosses. MAC's new formula lip gloss. I had previously tried a MAC gloss and it was so STICKY, which sucked for me because that day was so windy -_- after that I kinda avoided the products all together but the new cream sheens had good reviews on how they were not so gummy.
I confirm this! Definitely a better formulation. I would definitely repurchase the cream sheen's.
Bought in Boy Bait and Partial to Pink. Their newest limited edition colors. Both very wearable.


SWATCHES
Paul and Joe eye Gloss # 5, Partial to Pink, and Boy Bait


That's all for now. Hope everyone has a very happy Turkey Day!!




Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Guide and Review of Facial Cleansers

Happy weekend everyone!

I have been using a new product skin cleanser recently and wanted to share a comprehensive review on some of the facial cleansers I have used in the past.

Over the last 10 years? I have tried alot of brands so hopefully this will be helpful to some people who are curious of an item I may have tried.
I am basically a skin care product junkie but this will only be on the cleansers I have tried.

Every one's skin is different and reacts differently to products but these have been my personal experiences and thoughts.

My skin type is normal but acne prone, it is not sensitive to many products.
Due to this most of the items I have tried are for acne fighting products.
No dryness or oiliness I blot maybe once a week with Boscia linens.

The Drugstore Brands:

Clean and Clear:
Continuous Control Acne Wash
I recommend this for moderate/mild acne. Nice foam and this item does seem to help. Not good for very acne prone skin. Non drying. I used this for like 2 years.
Acne Control - Acne Wash

Blackhead Eraser Scrub
I saw no difference with my blackheads at all...not a bad exfoliator, leaves the skin soft afterwards.
CLEAN & CLEAR® BLACKHEAD ERASER™ Scrub

Morning Burst Facial Scrub
Same after effects with the black head scrub, better and softer beads, better smell. Just a cleaning product, does not help with acne but you do feel very refreshed! I think all the scents from the morning bursts are pretty good.
Facial Scrub - Morning Burst® Facial Scrub



Neutrogena

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash
OMG this stuff is so scary! I used this once. I am only reviewing this because once was enough for me. After washing my face and towel patting my face dry my skin was peeling all over my face! 0.0 this went to the trash...

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Clear Pore Cleanser Mask
I really like this! it can be slightly drying your first time but I was ok. I think this is the best drugstore acne wash there is with the highest amount of benzoyl peroxide I saw available (2.5%). I do not recommend this for sensitive skin. Double used as mask once a week can be *tingling* which kinda irritates me so I do it every other week. I would recommend this to people who are thinking of seeing a dermatologist because the other drug store items just are not strong enough. I have gone through several tubes. Only down side is the package compared to other items in the brand is kinda small.

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Deep Clean
Cream cleanser, felt like it left some kinda residue on my face afterwards...I did not like this
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Clearasil
Daily Pore Cleansing Pads
One swipe and my face was RED, stung, and dry. I gave these to my brother who felt the same.
I do not recommend...

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Aveeno
Positively Radiant
Nice gentle cleaners from this line, recommended for pretty clear skin. Doesn't feel like a " DEEP" clean though but definitely will get the job done

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Cetaphil
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
I had used this last month. I tried it because I heard it was the # 1 recommended item from Dermatologists.
Tried this for 2 weeks. First week I was fine. Second week omg.... I was a monster. I had to make a dermatologist appointment ASAP.
My derm told me this is for sensitive skin only even though it states all skin types.
"If you have acne prone skin this will clog your pores and give you more acne." 0.0 I believe him!!
After seeing what Cetaphil did he prescribed me pills, topical creams, a new face wash.

I do not recommend this for acne prone skin. Only sensitive skin, but this is my personal experience...

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ASIAN DRUGSTORE:
Naive/Kracie
This all smell beautiful~! I have tried a few from this line. I like the grape fruit one in the morning. After using this your skin feels so refreshed and bright! Light micro beads. This is like the Asian version of Clean and Clear morning burst. I really love these in the AM.
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Shiseido Perfect Whip
Very nice scent ( like wine?), and really really foams!! It is kinda fun to use and it was ok lol. I prefer the Naive Kracie more because it just felt alot cleaner after I dried my face. Supposed to be used as a make up remover. I just used it as a regular wash.

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DEPARTMENT STORE/HIGHER END BRANDS

Clinique
Liquid Facial Soap in Mild
This is not bad...it's ok. I don't feel like a get a deep clean and has a gel texture. Feels kinda slimy? I would use this after a make up remover. I don't think this can remove make up well alone.
It did the job, I still received spots but nothing to pout over.


Liquid Facial Soap

Shu Uemura
Foaming Cleansing Water
Very light, nice scent. I use this after the gym to wash off and spritz with some toner so I can clean my skin for the commute home and then do a proper cleansing. Very light. I would use just for these kind of small purposes.


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Cleansing Oil in Fresh
Probably the best make up remover I have ever tried. Some people use this alone and do not wash their face again post this product. I tried that for 2 weeks and broke out so I would recommend a double cleanse.

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Biotherm
Biosource Foaming Invigorating Cleansing Water
This stuff was pretty good to me! I used like 4 of these but after a while it stopped working for some reason. I have tried the foam and the cream type. Leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed!

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Laneiege
Fresh Cleaning Foam
I used the old packaging, this stuff is pretty good and verges on the boarder of very good. Kept me relatively clear for two years so a big woot!


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Multi Cleanser-Professional Make up Remover
I really like this and use this still when I travel as a make up remover. Has micro beads for a a daily exfoliating effect and smells great! I have kept repurchasing this item many times.

H20
Face Oasis Cleansing Water
I am quite a big fan of this I always feel very clean after using this item. I would definitely follow up with something for myself but I can definitely see that this can be easily used alone at night as a good cleanser.

Face Oasis™ Cleansing Water

Natural
Lush Angels on Bare Skin
You can read my last post on Lush. I really like this! Keeps my skin super soft. Not the best smell.

Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser by LUSH

Rx Brands
Brevoxyl 8%
Used this for a year. This really really cleared everything up. Loved that!! It basically destroyed any chance a pimple attempted on my face. Can be very drying! Needs to be followed up with a pretty nice application of moisturizer.
I stopped using it because I noticed my face was"hard" it was clear but it wasnt soft...it felt rough. I did not like this effect and went off this.
I heard this was discontinued but I can't confirm.

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Triaz 6%
I think the picture below is the old packaging because my box is blue and definitely 6%.I was prescribed this after my trial with Cetaphil. They are cleansing cloths that just need a little water to foam. I usually cut one in half because one cloth if huge and can double the amount in a box.

These are definitely less drying that breoxvyl, not harsh, and I like them. I have not had any more break outs. My face is still scarred from my previous trial brand but I think for now this is definitely working for me.

I need moisturizer after this but just a small pea sized amount which I would apply normally is fine.

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My Favorites and still currently use: Laneige Multi Cleanser, H20 Oasis, Triaz 6%, Clear Pore, Angels on Bare Skin

WHEW that was pretty long...the above is all the brands I can remember trying. Haha I am sure there are more but I hope the above was useful to someone.


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