TO BUY, OR NOT TO BUY

reviews of stuff
Posted on 13, September 2014 September 13 2014 2014年9月13日
Argan Oil
Over the past year or so argan oil has become one of the new “wonder” treatments for skin. It nourishes! It soothes! It moisturizes! It makes skin supple! It softens cuticles! It shines hair! It does your taxes! (just seeing if you’re paying attention)
I tried the Josie Maran argan oil kit a while back. It included a mini of the pure argan oil and a mini of the argan oil cleanser. I ended up using the oil, which came in a glass bottle with a handy little dropper, a lot more than I thought I would. When used consistently I did notice a change in my skin for the better. I didn’t have nearly as many episodes of eczema and it does help maintain skin moisture. I usually put it on at night and by morning my skin was set and I wouldn’t need any extra moisturizing before putting on my make up. I tend to use it more for seriously dry areas like my knees, elbows and feet, but it’s not overly greasy and absorbs easily on all areas of the body. I have used it under makeup and not had any shine problems. I haven’t put it in my hair, but I’ve heard it can help with split ends and adding luster to dull hair. 
The bottle next to the Josie Maran is from Whole Foods. It’s a little more than the JM amount and it’s half as much in price and can be found in the aromatherapy/ body oils section of the store. There is a slight smell with the WF one, but from what I can tell, it works the exact same way. So for those wanting to try it, there is a cheaper alternative if you don’t mind the smell, which fades very fast.

Argan Oil

Over the past year or so argan oil has become one of the new “wonder” treatments for skin. It nourishes! It soothes! It moisturizes! It makes skin supple! It softens cuticles! It shines hair! It does your taxes! (just seeing if you’re paying attention)

I tried the Josie Maran argan oil kit a while back. It included a mini of the pure argan oil and a mini of the argan oil cleanser. I ended up using the oil, which came in a glass bottle with a handy little dropper, a lot more than I thought I would. When used consistently I did notice a change in my skin for the better. I didn’t have nearly as many episodes of eczema and it does help maintain skin moisture. I usually put it on at night and by morning my skin was set and I wouldn’t need any extra moisturizing before putting on my make up. I tend to use it more for seriously dry areas like my knees, elbows and feet, but it’s not overly greasy and absorbs easily on all areas of the body. I have used it under makeup and not had any shine problems. I haven’t put it in my hair, but I’ve heard it can help with split ends and adding luster to dull hair. 

The bottle next to the Josie Maran is from Whole Foods. It’s a little more than the JM amount and it’s half as much in price and can be found in the aromatherapy/ body oils section of the store. There is a slight smell with the WF one, but from what I can tell, it works the exact same way. So for those wanting to try it, there is a cheaper alternative if you don’t mind the smell, which fades very fast.

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
INGLOT - EYELINER GEL
I am new to gel eyeliner. I am a complete noob when it comes to using eyeliner that’s not pencil or powder.
My friend gifted me with this pot for my birthday and it’s an amazing product. I can tell because even for me,  it’s easy to use and has incredible lasting power.
Matte black gel applied with a very thin angled brush to get opaque coverage. The product is unforgiving. You either have to be a pro at lining your eyes, or you have to go at it very slow because if you make a mistake, cleaning it up is a pain.
The product is so densely pigmented that trying to wash it off takes forever. It’s not easy correctly with a pointy q-tip or brush dipped in eye makeup remover.
I keep practicing, because I want to wear it well, but i can tell it’s going to be a difficult journey…
Onto Youtube for more tutorials!

INGLOT - EYELINER GEL

I am new to gel eyeliner. I am a complete noob when it comes to using eyeliner that’s not pencil or powder.

My friend gifted me with this pot for my birthday and it’s an amazing product. I can tell because even for me,  it’s easy to use and has incredible lasting power.

Matte black gel applied with a very thin angled brush to get opaque coverage. The product is unforgiving. You either have to be a pro at lining your eyes, or you have to go at it very slow because if you make a mistake, cleaning it up is a pain.

The product is so densely pigmented that trying to wash it off takes forever. It’s not easy correctly with a pointy q-tip or brush dipped in eye makeup remover.

I keep practicing, because I want to wear it well, but i can tell it’s going to be a difficult journey…

Onto Youtube for more tutorials!

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
YVES SAINT LAURENT - BABY DOLL - KISS & BLUSH
Matte formula that goes on dry. Doesn’t last long on your lips. I haven’t attempted to put it on my cheeks because I have a feeling it won’t last long either.
The color is a very nice rose that looks good on my lips, but I don’t like the fact that the formula is so slippery. It’s pretty much gone after fifteen minutes of normal mouth activity (talking, drinking).
Disappointed because this is pricey.

YVES SAINT LAURENT - BABY DOLL - KISS & BLUSH

Matte formula that goes on dry. Doesn’t last long on your lips. I haven’t attempted to put it on my cheeks because I have a feeling it won’t last long either.

The color is a very nice rose that looks good on my lips, but I don’t like the fact that the formula is so slippery. It’s pretty much gone after fifteen minutes of normal mouth activity (talking, drinking).

Disappointed because this is pricey.

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
BUMBLE & BUMBLE - SURF SPRAY
I’ve never had anything good to say about Bumble & Bumble because I frankly think their shampoo & conditioners suck. But, I received a pack of summer stuff for my birthday, and this spray was part of it.
I curled my hair, spritzed this on, and didn’t give it a second thought. Later during the day, I caught a glimpse of my hair in a mirror and took a double take. My hair was piecey, softly curled and looked the way it does when I come home from the beach and let my hair down from a bun. I was surprised.
I used this on damp hair, braided, then unbraided later during the day. Same effect. The chunky, dry, sort of matte kind of “dirty” hair you get after being at the beach/pool.
For a fish like me, this product makes me feel comfortable. Makes me feel like I’m in my own skin and most ‘vulnerable’. It’s such a strange thing.. 
When I’m at the pool or beach, I am most uncaring about makeup and hair, and I feel most relaxed and “pretty”. This product has changed the way I view “beach hair” sprays.

BUMBLE & BUMBLE - SURF SPRAY

I’ve never had anything good to say about Bumble & Bumble because I frankly think their shampoo & conditioners suck. But, I received a pack of summer stuff for my birthday, and this spray was part of it.

I curled my hair, spritzed this on, and didn’t give it a second thought. Later during the day, I caught a glimpse of my hair in a mirror and took a double take. My hair was piecey, softly curled and looked the way it does when I come home from the beach and let my hair down from a bun. I was surprised.

I used this on damp hair, braided, then unbraided later during the day. Same effect. The chunky, dry, sort of matte kind of “dirty” hair you get after being at the beach/pool.

For a fish like me, this product makes me feel comfortable. Makes me feel like I’m in my own skin and most ‘vulnerable’. It’s such a strange thing.. 

When I’m at the pool or beach, I am most uncaring about makeup and hair, and I feel most relaxed and “pretty”. This product has changed the way I view “beach hair” sprays.

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
HOURGLASS - MINERAL VEIL PRIMER
Liquid that feels dry.
HD White.
Amazing lasting qualities.
I am new to using primers, but I’m now convinced that makeup needs to be applied on top of a primer in order to get your colors and products to stay put.
This formula feels so nice. Light and airy. My skin feels so smooth afterwards.
I will definitely buy this again because of it’s matte & smoothing qualities.

HOURGLASS - MINERAL VEIL PRIMER

Liquid that feels dry.

HD White.

Amazing lasting qualities.

I am new to using primers, but I’m now convinced that makeup needs to be applied on top of a primer in order to get your colors and products to stay put.

This formula feels so nice. Light and airy. My skin feels so smooth afterwards.

I will definitely buy this again because of it’s matte & smoothing qualities.

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
DIOR - FLUID STICK - RIEUSE
Huge fan of this lipgloss. It goes on kind of thick, and I have to work it around my lips quite a bit, but once on, the color is sheer enough to give me a healthy burst of color.
Rieuse is a bright coral. If you layer on the gloss, the color is pretty vibrant and opaque, but I find that it’d be way too sticky to wear that way.
This is a great color for spring/summer. As we head into autumn, I think I’m going to slowly transition to more dusky rose hues..

DIOR - FLUID STICK - RIEUSE

Huge fan of this lipgloss. It goes on kind of thick, and I have to work it around my lips quite a bit, but once on, the color is sheer enough to give me a healthy burst of color.

Rieuse is a bright coral. If you layer on the gloss, the color is pretty vibrant and opaque, but I find that it’d be way too sticky to wear that way.

This is a great color for spring/summer. As we head into autumn, I think I’m going to slowly transition to more dusky rose hues..

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
JOSIE MARAN - COCONUT WATERCOLOR CHEEK GELEE
I love liquid blush. Gel blush is a new thing for me. My skin gets pretty oily, so I wasn’t sure how this product would hold up. After a couple weeks of use, I am definitely a fan. The poppy color that I have complements my skin tones and doesn’t make me look ruddy.
Application is super easy. I use a primer, use two fingertips to dip into pot and rub color into apples of my cheeks. I layer my powder on top which to me, gives this blush a more natural feel to it. I like that the flush of my cheeks is under my powder, making it seem more like a natural blush.

JOSIE MARAN - COCONUT WATERCOLOR CHEEK GELEE

I love liquid blush. Gel blush is a new thing for me. My skin gets pretty oily, so I wasn’t sure how this product would hold up. After a couple weeks of use, I am definitely a fan. The poppy color that I have complements my skin tones and doesn’t make me look ruddy.

Application is super easy. I use a primer, use two fingertips to dip into pot and rub color into apples of my cheeks. I layer my powder on top which to me, gives this blush a more natural feel to it. I like that the flush of my cheeks is under my powder, making it seem more like a natural blush.

Posted on 07, September 2014 September 07 2014 2014年9月7日
FAIRYDROPS MASCARA
I admit it. I was attracted to the packaging.
While perusing the makeup aisle at Marukai, I couldn’t help but notice this bright pink mascara tube. FairyDrops sounds pretty cute too. For $20, I was hesitant, but I quickly looked up the mascara and read reviews. Pretty good.
The wand is shaped like a peanut. This gives me better control of applying the mascara. Mascara formula is pretty thick and goes on kind of clumpy. I find it helps to scrape off as much mascara as possible on edge of tube before applying on lashes.
The mascara is matte black which is great. The only thing I don’t like is it weighs my lashes down. The curl disappears. Layered, you can get really voluminous lashes.
Best part: no smudging. No flaking. I was really impressed because of the thickness of the mascara.
I won’t be buying another tube unless there’s another version that curls lashes. But, I do intend to use this to its fullest potential.

FAIRYDROPS MASCARA

I admit it. I was attracted to the packaging.

While perusing the makeup aisle at Marukai, I couldn’t help but notice this bright pink mascara tube. FairyDrops sounds pretty cute too. For $20, I was hesitant, but I quickly looked up the mascara and read reviews. Pretty good.

The wand is shaped like a peanut. This gives me better control of applying the mascara. Mascara formula is pretty thick and goes on kind of clumpy. I find it helps to scrape off as much mascara as possible on edge of tube before applying on lashes.

The mascara is matte black which is great. The only thing I don’t like is it weighs my lashes down. The curl disappears. Layered, you can get really voluminous lashes.

Best part: no smudging. No flaking. I was really impressed because of the thickness of the mascara.

I won’t be buying another tube unless there’s another version that curls lashes. But, I do intend to use this to its fullest potential.

Posted on 01, September 2014 September 01 2014 2014年9月1日
Hand Cream 20% Shea Butter by L’Occitane
I live by this stuff in the winter and use it a fair bit in the summer on my legs after shaving. It is the best moisturizer I’ve used for really chapped hands and feet (and every other limb). The scent is fantastic and light, so it doesn’t get in the way of perfumes. It’s thick but absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. This is one of my Holy Grail products. The label fell off it and I’m getting dangerously low just before cold season starts. 

Hand Cream 20% Shea Butter by L’Occitane

I live by this stuff in the winter and use it a fair bit in the summer on my legs after shaving. It is the best moisturizer I’ve used for really chapped hands and feet (and every other limb). The scent is fantastic and light, so it doesn’t get in the way of perfumes. It’s thick but absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. This is one of my Holy Grail products. The label fell off it and I’m getting dangerously low just before cold season starts. 

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日
CHESAPEAKE BAY - LAVENDER & THYME CANDLE
I horde candles. I go to Marshall’s and always check out their candle aisle. They’re usually much cheaper than what you can buy elsewhere. I am picky about the scents and brands though.
When I came upon the Chesapeake Bay candles, I knew that they’d burn properly and smell good. Lavender & thyme is fresh and has a strong lavender smell. I love lavender. Three wicks is perfect. Burns long and fragrance fills a larger room much quicker.
I’m currently using a CB candle that smells like laundry fresh from the dryer. It’s not a powdery punch in the face. It’s actually very clean and reminds me of what it smells like around a very clear lake.

CHESAPEAKE BAY - LAVENDER & THYME CANDLE

I horde candles. I go to Marshall’s and always check out their candle aisle. They’re usually much cheaper than what you can buy elsewhere. I am picky about the scents and brands though.

When I came upon the Chesapeake Bay candles, I knew that they’d burn properly and smell good. Lavender & thyme is fresh and has a strong lavender smell. I love lavender. Three wicks is perfect. Burns long and fragrance fills a larger room much quicker.

I’m currently using a CB candle that smells like laundry fresh from the dryer. It’s not a powdery punch in the face. It’s actually very clean and reminds me of what it smells like around a very clear lake.

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日

COLOR CLUB - NAIL LACQUER

On a nail polish kick again.

Picked up this bottle of Color Club ($3) from Nail Supply Warehouse in Rosemead. Cheap polish but I love the results.

Party nails. I received compliments from people the next day I wore it to work. They were reminded of paint splatters, cupcake sprinkles and confetti. Such a fun polish to wear until you don’t want to wear it anymore.

Glitter polish is the worst to remove. You think you can soak your nails and this glitter will come off? Think again. Try soaking, then rubbing, then soaking, rubbing, then giving up and just picking at your nails with very fine tweezers to remove these pieces of glitter. Such a pain to remove, but I do so love the effect.

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日
BOSCIA - CLEAR COMPLEXION TONIC
This does nothing for my skin at all.
It’s like spraying good smelling water on your face. Make your own by combining filtered water with some essential oils like rosemary, tangerine, and bergamot. 
Seriously, I do not see a point in this product other than to rape your wallet.

BOSCIA - CLEAR COMPLEXION TONIC

This does nothing for my skin at all.

It’s like spraying good smelling water on your face. Make your own by combining filtered water with some essential oils like rosemary, tangerine, and bergamot. 

Seriously, I do not see a point in this product other than to rape your wallet.

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日
CLINIQUE - ACNE SOLUTIONS - SPOT HEALING GEL
I received a sample of this two Sephora orders ago. It’s a salicylic acid gel that dries very quickly. I’ve used it on small pimples and it seems to work fine. I can’t say if it works on cystic acne - I’m thinking no. The only product I trust with those buggers is Tretinoin.
I did notice that there was some darkening of the skin when using this gel in contrast to when I use Tretinoin. I think having a tube of this on hand is great for flare ups. I will probably purchase this once I run out.

CLINIQUE - ACNE SOLUTIONS - SPOT HEALING GEL

I received a sample of this two Sephora orders ago. It’s a salicylic acid gel that dries very quickly. I’ve used it on small pimples and it seems to work fine. I can’t say if it works on cystic acne - I’m thinking no. The only product I trust with those buggers is Tretinoin.

I did notice that there was some darkening of the skin when using this gel in contrast to when I use Tretinoin. I think having a tube of this on hand is great for flare ups. I will probably purchase this once I run out.

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日
KATE SOMERVILLE - D-SCAR
This review is premature, but I wanted to get this out there so I can do a follow up.
I read about D-Scar flattening out pitting and making acne scars less noticeable. Since I am afflicted with acne and do have scarring, I thought I’d give this product a try.
I’m about two weeks into using this and I can’t say for sure that I see a difference, but maybe…. just maybe… something is happening. I use this as directed. Clean face, twice a day. Using products to reap the benefits of what they claim means you have to do as instructed. If not, it defeats the purpose!
The applicator is a metal rollerball. You turn dispenser to ON, and squeeze the serum out. You can then roll it over the areas you want help on. I sometimes forego the rollerball and dispense the treatment onto my finger and rub it in. I guess part of me wants to really feel the serum sink into my skin.
Will report back when the tube is done.. hopefully I will see marked improvements in skin texture!

KATE SOMERVILLE - D-SCAR

This review is premature, but I wanted to get this out there so I can do a follow up.

I read about D-Scar flattening out pitting and making acne scars less noticeable. Since I am afflicted with acne and do have scarring, I thought I’d give this product a try.

I’m about two weeks into using this and I can’t say for sure that I see a difference, but maybe…. just maybe… something is happening. I use this as directed. Clean face, twice a day. Using products to reap the benefits of what they claim means you have to do as instructed. If not, it defeats the purpose!

The applicator is a metal rollerball. You turn dispenser to ON, and squeeze the serum out. You can then roll it over the areas you want help on. I sometimes forego the rollerball and dispense the treatment onto my finger and rub it in. I guess part of me wants to really feel the serum sink into my skin.

Will report back when the tube is done.. hopefully I will see marked improvements in skin texture!

Posted on 12, July 2014 July 12 2014 2014年7月12日
SIMILASAN - DRY EYE RELIEF
Dry eyes. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s because I’m staring at a computer screen almost all day at work, and then I come home and watch stuff on my iPad, and then surely, before bed, I’m playing some app.
DRY.EYES.
Similasan was recommended to me by a coworker because they’re all natural. I’ve used Blink, Visine, and Rohto but none work very well. Similasan is not a miracle eye drop. It soothes for a while, but I don’t think it has the strength to help my eyes long term. I use these drops when I feel my eyeballs are as dry as paper. The drops do not burn my eyes (Visine does) and I like that it’s in a glass vial.

SIMILASAN - DRY EYE RELIEF

Dry eyes. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s because I’m staring at a computer screen almost all day at work, and then I come home and watch stuff on my iPad, and then surely, before bed, I’m playing some app.

DRY.EYES.

Similasan was recommended to me by a coworker because they’re all natural. I’ve used Blink, Visine, and Rohto but none work very well. Similasan is not a miracle eye drop. It soothes for a while, but I don’t think it has the strength to help my eyes long term. I use these drops when I feel my eyeballs are as dry as paper. The drops do not burn my eyes (Visine does) and I like that it’s in a glass vial.