Sunday, October 30, 2011

Finished Products of September and October



It's finally happened, I finally posted one of these Finished Products Post BEFORE the end of the month! Hmm considering I am a month behind and combining the two, the efforts may have backfired!


Hmmm quite a pile of...well garbage now =P

On to the reviews!

Skin Care!


I think I'm just done with Khiels. I want to like this brand, but it's just not working!

Khiels Rare Earth Toner: Claims to Mattify Skin and Minimize Pores. Used the entire bottle up, and saw neither of these claims happening. Took about three months and saw zero change. I got just as oily everyday, and did not find this helpful in combating the daily combination skin problems.
Will not be repurchasing.

Khiels Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser: In the summer, I like to use a daily exfoliator as a face wash. This is probably one of the finest daily scrubs I have tried. The scrub particles are very fine, and do not feel damaging on the skin in the least. I actually loved the texture! The only problem is, I didn't feel like this did anything in the long term outside give myself a bit of scrub in the AM. It didn't feel deep pore cleaning to me, in fact, I used a cleanser after this step just to feel the deep clean. For this reason, I don't think I would repurchase this.

I tried the Rare Earth line because I did enjoy the Rare Earth Deep Pore Mask. I had high hopes for the rest of the line, and I am sorry that these did not perform to my expectations. I would repurchase the mask.




Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion: Used to calm down and prevent cystic acne from coming to the surface ( the BANE of my existence) This product works, sometimes. You have to do it VERY early in the cyst's existence. If you wait to long, and long not being long at all! it's going to come out, and this does well...nothing. This is a shake up item and is very very watery. When you apply it ( I use a Q tip) it drips right down your face. Also I hated the fact that I had to use a Q tip. I tried using my fingers, but after a few days noticed my fingers were all peeling. Using the Q tip prevented this, but it absorbed alot of the product.

Although this offered results, I prefer my Clinique blemish solutions, which does the same thing, is slightly easier to find, is cheaper, and a gel, so does not drip, and I have no issues applying it with my fingers.
Will not be repurchasing.

Oxy Maximum Strength Cream: I know you're not supposed to use high dosages of Benzoyl Peroxide to combat spots ( this one being 10%) but this REALLY helps bring down my spots, and prevents not cystic acne but more normal pimples and white heads from becoming issues.
I have already repurchased this.

Lancome High Resolution Refill 3x: A sample that has lasted me about 4 months? I really like this!!! Unfortunately if it has a long name like that, it usually means its expensive. This is a moisturizer used to prevent wrinkles. I don't really have a wrinkle problem yet, but have noticed some lines on my neck, also when I am very tired or stress, I seem to develop deep laugh lines. These really age you! I would apply this on my neck and a bit on my laugh lines every night, and I can confidently state this has diminished them.
The lines on my neck have faded, I also moisturize that area in the AM with a normal moisturizer, and the laugh lines are all gone!
Luckily I have another sample of this to last me a few more months, but I think I would purchase the full size product once it is out, as I have found results with this cream. I don't think I would use it all over my face, but if that is a worry of yours, this is very fast absorbing, and although it is a cream, does not feel greasy at all.


Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit: Another one of these down! I used to use this after the Khiels Daily Cleanser. I have repurchased this several times. I am now using it again, but the green version which calms down redness. I had realized within this Acne line the soaps are all slightly different in severity on the skin. The original Orange, no scent version seems the harshest in my opinion, pink grapefruit being in the middle, and the current green no redness being the most mild. If you like this line, but found it being too gentle or too harsh, maybe try another product in the line to suit your needs, but still remove the spots.
Repurchase? Yes.

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub: Sample from my vacation. This feels and smells very nice! I prefer this over the Apricot version because the grains feel finer, and the result is just as refreshing! St. Ives is a very well priced brand, and I would repurchase the full size.


Hand + Body Creams


Neutrogena Hand Cream: Did not like this at all. It was very sticky, and felt like solidified glycerin. Hard to absorb and left what looked and felt like white slime all over my hands.
Was happy this was done. Would not repurchase.

Korres Body Butter in Guava: Used this on my vacation. If you have very dry skin on your body, I would consider looking into this product. Very dry patches would be soothed by this thick cream. Because I don't have dry skin on my body, I found this incredibly hard to blend and absorb. I was unaccustomed to using such a thick cream, and for myself this is not what I needed, so I would not repurchase, but would recommend for those who had different needs.

Bath and Body Works Coconut Vanilla Body Lotion: The types of lotions I need are very easily fulfilled by BB&W. I love Coconut...I constantly purchase Coconut body lotions to the great dismay of my boyfriend who can't stand the smell. I would not run out and purchase this, but I do think these scents are great for fall and winter.
Repurchase? Only if it was on sale. I think the original price is not worth the product.

Sabon Hand Cream: Not this is what glycerin hand creams should be like! Light, pleasant smelling, non sticky, and absorbent while healing. Will gladly purchase more of these!

Hair +Body Care


Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Wash: I was sooo excited when I received this from Sephora. I have always wanted to purchase Philosophy bath products because they smell amazing!!! Unfortunately my love was quickly lit out. Vanilla birthday cake scent from the bottle? Definitely. In the wash, NOT. Every time I used this in the shower it smelled like BURNT Vanilla Birthday Cake. I couldn't escape it. It came with every use.
This was quite a disappointment and has made me hesitant to purchase from the brands bath line. I did find out on the very last day of use, it made a decent bubble bath.
Would not repurchase the full size.

Sephora Nail Polish Remover: Some of you may not buy "higher brand" nail polish removers, but I hate the ones they sell in drugstores. 5 cotton pads later and mass amounts of scrubbing and you have 1 hand done. Forget glitter polishes completely.
I really do like the Sephora Nail Polish remover, and I do think it is worth the money for the fact that I only need 1 cotton pad, and almost no effort for removal.
I have already repurchased this item.

Fresh Shower Gel: Got this free in a gift set. The smell and lather is nice, but I don't think I would ever spend the money to buy a shower gel from Fresh
Would not repurchase

Moroccan Oil: A completely hair must have for me. More details can be found on my Top 10 post.
I have already repurchased this! I would have bought the bigger bottle, but could not find it.

Make up

Quite a pile this time!


NARS Silicone Free Primer: This product is discontinued, so I will not go much into it. I liked this primer, it did not break me out, and lasted me over a year (1.75 oz - almost 2 foundation sizes!). I had heard they removed this from the market because it was sold as Silicone Free, but later found out it did contain Silicone?? I don't know. I would have purchased this again, but I still prefer the Laura Mercier Primer.
Repurchase: If not discontinued I would have.

NARS Eye shadow Base: This lasted me about 7-8 months with almost daily use. I did prefer this to UD Primer Potion- which to me feels like wet cement...It has a nice gel consistency, is pretty easy to blend, does not dry out too fast on the lids for application, and is clear which I did like.
Repurchase: I would buy this again

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rose: My second tube. I lost my first one when I went away to Las Vegas and repurchased there. This has a beautiful color, it looks very red in the tube but after application, the color is just sheerly perfect. I did like that this had SPF which is now a requirement of mine, but I would not buy this again. I think it's too expensive for what it is, and a bit too waxy.
Repurchase: No

Sephora Brand Blush in Coral Frission: Uhhhhhhh...internal debate on this product. I liked the color of this blush I did, but I hit pan on it after about 7 uses...The pigmentation on the finger was fine, but on a brush was not...I hit pan because I had to pack this stuff on with a MAC 109 to get as much color as I could. I finished about 75% of the product, and one night noticed I had some powder on the rim. I blew away the powder and the thing exploded in my face...
They do not sell this shade anymore, but I know a co worker who had a different shade, and was insanely pigmented! I think the blushes are hit and miss, the packaging is flimsy, and my co worker's blush also broke, so they are not held together well.
Repurchase: No.

MAC Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink: I bought this because it had SPF and the color was so cute! This is surprisinly hydrating, and had a nice faint vanilla scent. It does not last very long on the lips, but they do sell a small variety of shades, and have new ones pop in random collections throughout the year. I have 2 back ups of this product in different shades so they are fun to buy as a quick lip product with some lip balm benefits.
Repurchase: I already have, but don't think I would buy many more unless the color was very very nice

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: My first completed face powder...and it's from Maybelline! Surprisingly good stuff! Quite fine for drugstore, and is probably my HG blot powder. I have one at work, one at home, and one in my purse. I use it mainly as a blot powder, but on it's final days I just wore concealer, and this powder as my "Foundation" and it held up very well with a spritz of Fix +. It did slightly oxidize with this method, but it was not drastic to me.
Repurchase: Most definitely!

Ok, omg... this was incredibly long, for those who stuck to the end, I commend you!!

What have you finished this month?








Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wedding Nails - Turnings Lemons to Lemonade!


Fall is here people!
While every other sane person is brining out their "Linkin Park After Dark" and "You Don't Know Jaques" I suddenly got into a sheer pink phase - go figure- I'm a few seasons behind!
Anyway, I realized my pale pink nail polish collection, for lack of a better word, sucked.
I had about 5 shades and I hated all of them. They did not look right on my skin, or the formula was just too sheer, too milky, too... NOT THE RIGHT PINK
I had my mind set to purchase OPI's Sweetheart and Essie's Ballet Slippers - Cult classics
Last night in such an urge to have pastel pink nails I grabbed two pale pinks which I hated, but thought "what the heck" I'm going to purchase some good ones tomorrow, this will sat ate me until then. I didn't even wear a base coat, because I thought I would take them off immediately.
And then….the angels came down, and granted me some heavenly mercy.

OPI's Bubble bath: Purchased this because I heard Giada De Laurentiis wore this shade
Bourjois Rose Lounge: Purchased because I heard Kate Middelton wore this on her wedding day - oh I am so easily swayed
Both formulas: SHEER, the 17 coats kind of sheer, and Bourjois Rose Lounge to me is unnecessarily thick.
1 coat of Bubble bath, and 2 coats of Rose Lounge later and Ta Da
Perfect Wedding Nails:


They look more pink and less n*de in real life and I love them!
Don't mind the air bubbles!! I need a new Top Coat!
For November I have decided to go on a "No Buy" for all things towards beauty and girliness.
Aka no clothes, make up, skin care, nail polish. Argh, frustrating but must be done. Holiday season is coming!!
With this end result I have found I did not have to purchase more polishes but to utilize what I already had, let's hope this lasts 30 days strong!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and Jill Stuart Eye Jellies

Oh yes ladies, I have graduated into the big girls club of cream eye shadows. The first "Armani" item of my life


Couldn't be any prettier


The buzz about these shadows were hard to miss in the beauty world. "Nothing like it" "Incredible" "Absolutely amazing" praise like this, raises the curiosity in all beauty lovers, myself included!


The color I chose is #5 Gold Blitz


It almost looks like a pigment in the photo!

I have heard many people consider this a boring shade. Many of the Eyes to Kill line have gorgeous multi color glitter in them, but when I swatched them as stunning as they were, I knew they would not get any shown love from me.

The SA and I decided on #5 for my skin tone, as it made me look brighter than the bronzer counter part #15, which is beautiful as well.

Gold has been my complete eye shadow obsession this fall.

Texture: It feels very smooth but hard. As if a NARS cream eyeshadow had a bit of touched hard marble added to the formula. When you rub your finger along the surface, you wouldn't expect the product payoff you receive. Yes - I confirm, it's pretty incredible. Incredibly pigmented with the swipe of a finger, you only need 1 swipe!


Wearability: I always use a primer and these things don't seem to budge at all. 8+ hrs, Pashaw, no test for these shadows

Blendability: I do find when I apply these with my finger I have to be pretty quick to soften the edges out into a very soft smoke effect

Would I recommend this: YES! I don't think I would go out running to buy all the shades because while there are the safer colors which I magnetically gravitate towards, the more party fun colors make you go ooo000000ooo! A color you see in confetti, and birthdays, but wouldn't believe someone could capture in an eye shadow - amazing, you got to at least swatch em!

This one tub will prob last me forever...I used it a few times this week, and I don't even see the lines on the product, because that is how little I used. If this is something for you to put on everyday, you will be getting your money's worth in regards to the time it will take to finish one of these babies

While on the topic of cream eye shadows, another brand recently caught my eye, I think we all know what I'm referring to...*sigh* beautiful

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Reviews and praises have recently arisen for the now loved Chanel Illusion D'Ombre, and I myself felt the calling of the gorgeous taupey Illusore 83 (pictured) but when I swatched it in the store it looked, familiar....love/hate when that happens...

Hate not having a pretty new Chanel item to play with but...

LOVE to rediscover a gem in my collection

The Jill Stuart Eye Jellies


Left (new packaging) Right (old Packaging) same # of product

Jill Stuart, her packaging gets me, so princess like! Her powder eye shadows are far too much fall out for me, but her eye jellies, well they're just love!


Left: Vintage Decore #10, Right: Antique Amber #10
Unsure if these exact shades are still available, JS adds in new colors semi regularly

Vintage Decore, my collection dupe for the beautiful Chanel.

The Eye Jellies have the most "fun" texture of any cream eye shadow I ever tried. A hybrid between the Rimmel Color Mousse eye shadows with more whipped air and the Maybelline Dream Mousse blushes.

OK- best description I can sum up: When you have a cake frosted in fresh properly whipped cream, and you run your finger across the top, and you create an indention where you see the cream below the surface with mini air bubbles? THAT layer with the bubbles, is the texture which reminds me most of these shadows.
-Strangest make up description in the world....good job...T.T

I am REALLY struggling to explain the exact texture, but to sum it up, they feel pretty damn cool!

The wearability is not as long as the Armani but you should be able to get through a work day with a good primer, but 8 hrs. is pushing it.

They are slightly floral scented which is not lingering

Swatches!
L-R: Vintage Decore, Antique Amber, Gold Blitz


What cream eye shadows have you been loving?




Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Sunday Blurb

It seems like every Sunday I never have enough time to do what I need to do. Not enough time for blogging, gym, laundry, bills, LUNCH - I think that's why I post randomly on Sunday - it's all I can handle!

Saturday: I FINALLY after weeks of waiting got to go APPLE PICKING!!! my excitement is captured in the CAPS unfortunately this happened


On the road!


Going to


the destination...


It didnt rain by some miracle - but there was not a single apple, pepper, eggplant, or corn left on the orchard we went to =(

$80 bucks in gas, and $75 bucks in tolls and all I have to show for it was a tummy ache after eating a Nathans Hot Dog

My wonderful boyfriend knew I was pretty sad about the apples so we had a very yummy lunch re do!! Forget Nathans!!! *drooool* are you drooling??


So Saturday night I thought - TOMORROW will be a better day!!!
I purchased the book - "The Happiness Project" on Saturday night, I was on my way!


Fast forward to Sunday and me oversleeping and missing both the gym and the bank because they close at 1pm - What kind of gym closes at 1 pm on the weekend!?

It's ok, head up! March onward, least there is sun! So on to a very haphazard OOTD!!

FOTD first


Concealer: Clé de Peau - this sample is lasting me months!!
Eyes: Armani in Gold Blitz and Mac's Powersurge
Perfume: Joe Malone Red Roses
No other face make up - damn skin - just tinted lip balm and a top knot to keep the hair out of my face

Quite English today...



Coat: H&M - inspired by the lovely Laura
Shirt: J Crew
Jeans: BDG
Necklace: Vintage
Boots: Doc Martens
Bag: Mulberry


My beautiful new shoes...HURT MY FEET SO BAD in about 2.5 hours I walked a total of 5 blocks right before walking funny and crying in pain - oh yes, I was doing the hobble

I spent 40 minutes in the drugstore to stall for time as my feet somehow attempted to come back from being shocked from quality English leather and shopped around - the store had to be 100 degrees by the way...

Walked away with a few items...of course

Jessica re invoked my love for skin care so I have been quite focused on that lately, oh and yes, my skin is still quite nuts. It is just now healing from my plane ride back to the states where it basically went biserk, aka 3 WEEKS AGO

Avéne Gentle Gel Cleanser
Naruko Clay Acne Cleanser - Apparently Fuzkittie's new HG acne cleanser
Essie's Mink Muffs


While in the drugstore I saw some girls trying on the nail polish. Ugh that makes me sooo mad. This is not a salon!! - rant over.

Back home, and feet resting, I look outside at the chilly night and cant help but remember a warmer place, I would like to be again right now



Blurb, rant, OOTD, FOTD, trip randomness, and food gawkers.
Another Sunday post




Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Fall Shoes

I had a hankering...I saw a pair of shoes on a fashion blog, and thought
"Yes, I would like a pair too"
So off to Soho, NYC for my first pair of Doc Martens - YUP, that's right Doc Martens!


On the walk to the Doc Martens Store...


Halloween is coming


This caught my eye!



You need energy before shopping! PB&J cupcake! needs milk but mmm


Back to the goal...







Success!


My brand new Burgundy Doc Martens!


-They are not traditonal Doc Martens - I dont think those are my style...
-The color is perfect for fall! it's coming up more plum here but I assure you it's burgundy
-I think they look quite smart, and ... ENGLISH lol
-These are leather shoes, and they HURT SOOO BAD - you have to break them in but ouch!
(Is this what men go through with dress shoes???)
-I would recommend going a full size down, even a size down they are a bit loose
Still love em!!

Leaving you with last night's dinner as food snashot
From Fatty Fish Sushi!


I also purchased two new perfumes (yes, I am bad - nodding my head in shame) and a Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill today *happiness!!!* - Review coming soon!

Do you have a go to fall shoe?



Thursday, October 13, 2011

September Wardrobe


Forgive me ladies, but I have not done OOTD's ( at all ) because I have been procrastinating on a new set up for them with my new camera.

It seems now all I upload are iphone pics!!! ( This will be changing soon-next week!)

Until then I thought it would be fun to post what I wore this month. A mix of work clothes, gym clothes (I wear this very often), and vacation leaisure outfits

Work outfits - Enviorment: Office - Conservative


1. Polka Dot blouse: Korea, Skirt: H&M, Watch: Michael Khors (MK), Shoes : Steve Madden
2.Tank: H&M, Skirt: Club Monacco, Blazer: Urban Outfitters, Watch: MK. Shoes: Steve Madden



Blouse: Korea, Skirt + Belt: H&M, Same watch and shoes (everyday)

I thought I took more, but I realized I started this at the middle of the month, and before vacation!

Leisure/Weekend - Vacation/Tourist Clothes!


Last days in NYC! Getting ready for warmer weather!
1. Jeans and T: BDG, Flats: JCrew, Bag: H&M, Belt: AF, Jewerly: Jewelmint, MK (Daytime)
2. Boots: Madewell, Bag+Scarf+Coat: H&M (Night) same day!!! it got pretty chilly

Vacation time!


1. Blouse: UO, Short: AF, Flats: JCrew, Bag: Dorathy Perkins
2. Top: F21, Shorts: H&M, Bag: Dorathy Perkins, Flats: JCrew - I lived in these shoes...


1. Blouse: Korea, Shorts+Belt: AF, Flats: JCrew, Bag: H&M, Jewelry: Jewelmint
2. Blouse: Korea, Jeans: BDG, Flats (we all know) watch (we now all know this too)
Typhoon day - booo
-New iphone cover!!


1. Dress: Monki, Shoes: Korea ( my boyfriend begged me to change shoes!) Bag: Dorathy Perskins, Belt: AF ( I only brought 1 belt on this trip)
2.Sweater: Korea, Top+Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Flats+Bag: Same

These photos were taken the same day. I bought two things from Monki in HK
(this dress included) I was so happy in this dress - fast forward 30 minutes with me at Toast Box (of course) eating curry - Yes, you can see what's happening here...
The potato was so soft it broke apart on my spoon landed in the soup and my dress...I wore the dress for about 30 minutes before heading back to the hotel to wash it in the sink and hang it on the shower line.

Complete glamour, that's me. NOT!


Gym Clothes! - Not exciting but something I wear often! haha


Just about everything is NIKE!!!! cept my sneakers which are New Balance (hate them)
- Need to work out my arms!! Have not lifted a weight in months ( I hate weight training)

*Wardrobe Closing Now*





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