9.30.2013

September Beauty Favorites

This month I don't have a lot of beauty favorites to share because I've been trying to use up some of my beauty products that I already have laying around. If you are a makeup junkie like me I would recommend everyone go on a "beauty cleanse" and try to use up some of your makeup that has been aging in your collection.

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes: I've been really liking these by Yes To Grapefruit. The smell really wakes you up, like a regular grapefruit would!

Tone It Up Lip Balm: I received this lip balm in my Perfect Protein Sample Set a few weeks ago. It's really sweet! I enjoy putting this on my lips!

Revlon Top Speed in Pink Lingerie: I just got this nail polish a few days ago but I've been wearing it all weekend and I can't stop looking at my nails! I was actually on the look out for a staple Fall nail color but honestly I'm not a fan of dark colors so instead I bought this bright bubblegum pink nail color.

NYC 2-in-1 eyebrow and eyeliner pencil: I've been using this as an eyebrow pencil for the past two months and I really like it! It does a great job at covering my eyebrow and it comes with a lot of product. 

Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Pencil in Black: Back in Summer I used this kohl pencil in brown but now since the weather is cooling down I thought I would switch up my eyeliner look.

Boots Botanics Mattifying Toner Shine Away: This toner was featured in my current skincare routine. Ever since using this I've noticed less blemishes and break outs!

What are some of your September beauty favorites?

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-Michelle

9.23.2013

Manicure Monday: Daisies

A few weeks ago I announced that I would be posting more nails posts on Monday as part of "Manicure Monday" but I haven't really followed that series (my fault of course). However, I'm still going to continue it and try my best to keep up with it. Today's nails involve a simple design of daisies. I got inspired to do this design when I was flipping through the latest issue of Zipper magazine. This design is really easy to do and adds a cute look to you nails!

Products used (left to right); nail dotting tool (from ebay), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Mellow Yellow, Sally Hansen nail Art Pen in Black, Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat, Revlon Top Speed, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat.

The overall design seems kind of sloppy when up close but from a far it looks really cute! To make the black flowers I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black (which made everything super easy!) then I used a yellow polish and dotted the center of the flowers. To complete the look I brushed on a clear top coat for a glossy finish.

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-Michelle

9.22.2013

Review: Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Deep Moisturizing Lotion

I'm finally posting my review on the Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Deep Moisturizing Lotion! I've been meaning to post this review up for a long long time and I'm finally doing so. This was basically the only moisturizer I used during summer and here are my thoughts on it, enjoy!

What it claims to do?:
"Instantly hydrates skin and helps preserve its optimum moisture pH balance."

Pros:
- Gives clear smooth skin
- Absorbs into skin
- Moisturizing
- Last a long time
- No fragrance

Cons:
- Leaves dry patches
- Hard to find

My experience:
I started using this a few months ago and at first it was pretty weird to use because it was a liquid moisturizer, which I'm not use to but eventually I got use to it. After I toner my skin with a cotton pad I pour out a few droplets and gently pat my skin until the lotion absorbs into my skin. It really moisturizes my skin however I do get dry patches around my t-zone, especially my chin and nose so I use a thicker moisturizer at night to prevent this.

Would I recommend this to someone?
If you have dry skin, no. If you have oily/combination or normal skin I would. If you do happen to get dry patches I would recommend you use this once a day and a thicker moisturizer at night.

You can purchase the Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Depp Moisturizing Lotion here

What are some of your favorite Asian beauty products?

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-Michelle

9.20.2013

Fitness Friday: Perfect Fit Sample Set

I always wanted to try some of the Perfect Fit protein so when I heard that they released a Perfect Fit sample set a few weeks I knew I had to get it! The whole set cost $7 and came with a packet of Perfect Fit protein, a Perfect Fit protein bar, a recipe card, and a lip balm. What did I think of their products? Keep reading to find out.

Perfect Fit Raw Organic Brown Rice Protein in Vanilla
I used my packet of Perfect Fit protein to make the Perfect Fit protein pancakes that I hear so much about. I used double the banana and no egg white. The pancake tasted really good! What I love about the Perfect Fit protein is that you can use it with everything, when baking or making drinks. I'm actually thinking about buying the 20 packet set but I'm still not sure since it still cost a lot.

The Perfect Fit protein cost $30 for a 20 packet set. You can buy the here.

Perfect Fit Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
This is the newest item to the Perfect Fit family. So how did it taste? It was very chocolaty with a slight nutty taste. I don't like chocolate too much but I thought since this has peanut butter in it that it would have more of a peanut buttery taste but I could barely taste the peanut butter. Honesty, I didn't like it so I wouldn't buy it especially with it costing $30 (I included shipping) but I'm happy that I tried it because I was interested in trying this bar.

The Perfect Fit protein bar cost $23 for a box of 9. You can buy it here.

Tone It Up Lip Balm with Sunscreen
This is a exclusive lip balm that came with this set it comes with sunscreen and smells amazing, really sweet!

Have you tried anything from Perfect Fit?

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-Michelle

9.18.2013

My Current Skin Routine

 I've been looking for my perfect skincare regime since the begging of the year and after product after product I think I finally found the best skincare routine for my skin type.

Just some background information about my skin. First off I have oily combination/normal skin, my skin is more oily during the summertime but during the colder months it becomes normal. I also never had acne of any sort however my older sister did so that made me paranoid at a young age and was introduced to skincare at an early age. So I'm pretty educated in most skincare. Anyways, on to the skincare products I use on my face.

Daily routine
Toner
Boots Botanics Mattifying Toner Shine Away: This is one of those toners that you have to shake before using, it turns into a milky greenish gray color when mixed. To use this I use a cotton pad and pour a little and apply it on my face. I use it in the morning when I wake up (I don't wash my face in the morning because that can lead to over washing and dry skin) and at night after cleansing.

Cleansing
Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam: This is a light green metallic looking cleanser. It doesn't foam that much but it leaves my skin feeling clear and smooth.

Lioele Deep Pore Cleansing Brush: This is a soft bristle cleansing brush that is suppose to give the same effects as a Clarisonic. I use this along with the Missha cleanser and love the results of using them together!

Moisturizers
Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Deep Moisturizer: I use two moisturizers a lighter one and a thicker one. This is a light liquid moisturizer that I use in the morning after toning. This really makes my skin clear which I love but the only problem is that it leaves my chin and nose feeling dry (that's why I use two moisturizers).

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer: Even though this is suppose to be a "light moisturizer" it is a lot heavier then the Hadalabo moisturizer because it's a cream and not a liquid. I use this at night so that it can really absorb into my skin as I sleep.

Others
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum: This is a serum that can heal sun damage on your face. I actually discovered this though Birchbox but I hate the packaging! You can never tell if it's full or empty. I use this after I moisturizer.

LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Treatment: Not my favorite spot treatment but I do use it when I have a spot or two because really want to finish it. If any of you have any recommendations for a good spot treatments please let me know.

Holika Holika Bulgarian Rose Eye Cream: I love this eye cream, the smell, texture, everything! I use it in the morning and night after moisturizing.

Scrubs
Queen Helene Gentle Oatmeal 'n Honey Natural Facial Scrub: I exfoliate 2 times a week with one of these cleansers.This was one of the first scrubs I ever used and it's still one of my favorites! I think they changed the formula though because now it has a artificial smell to it but it still gives the same results.

St Ives. Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub: If I want a light exfoliate I use this scrub. The green tea is really calming and it reduces spots and blemishes.

LUSH Dark Angels Cleansing Facial Scrub: This is the roughest scrub out of all the three. I first started using this as a cleanser but it was way too rough so then I started using it as a scrub which worked out well. I only use this once a week.

Masks
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: I use a mask once a week and when I do I use one of these two. My favorite mask ever is this one by Queen Helene. This is probably my sixth bottle and I'm almost done with it! It's a green mask that is amazing at clearing up your face! I also sometimes use this as a spot treatment.

Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask: This is what I call my anti-stress mask. I like using this when I'm taking a bubble bath or just want to relax at home. The mask is a beautiful turquoise color and it smells amazing!

What are you favorite skincare products?

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-Michelle

9.13.2013

Fitness Friday: Blogilates Haul

Back before Labor Day Blogilates had a discount code for their Blogilates shop so I decided to take advantage and buy myself some tanks to work out in. I like working out in loose clothes so I bought two lacey muscle tanks because they seemed loose and comfy. I also wanted to know where I can get some affordable and good quality work out clothes if any of you have any store recommendations let me know!




What stores do you shop at for fitness clothes?

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-Michelle

September 2013 Birchbox

It's time for my Septemeber Birchbox opening post. This month's box is actually Birchbox's anniversary! Happy Anniversary Birchbox! The theme for the September box is Heritage, they included samples by some of their favorite iconic brands.

 Box overview
List of products in box

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive: Full-size, $39
What: An amazingly effective (and gentle!) peel with fruit-derived acids to dissolve dead skin.
How: At night, apply a thin layet onto clean skin. Rinse after 10 minutes. Use 1-2 times a week.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss: Full-size, $16
What: Nonsticky gloss that provides the icing to out look (minus the sugar rush).
How: Squeeze the no-fuss applicator and trace across lips.


Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum: Full-size, $36
What: With plant seeds cell technology, this conquering serum targets fine lines and dark circles.
How: After cleansing, use your ring finger to pat a pea-sized amount under eyes.

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COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face: Full-size, $36
What: Mineral-based tinted moisturizes that softens, even skin tone, and has a matte finish. 
How: Smooth a thin layer onto clean skin.

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Delirium: Full-size, $10
What: Bold purple from the fashion label's first lacquer collection. Exclusive to Birchbox!
How: Apply two coats for a glossy finish, then share your #RuffianManicure!

This months was better then last month's but I really wished they included a treat like they use too. I mean they could have added a cookie with that note in the beginning of the box where it says "smart cookie" that would've been a cute idea. Aside from that I'm excited to use the skincare samples and lip gloss but I am not a fan of that nail polish it reminds me of those cheap looking Halloween nail polishes.

What did you get in your September Birchbox?

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-Michelle