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

9.18.2013

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

9.06.2013

Review: Holika Holika Bulgarian Rose Eye Cream

 When I turned 20 earlier this year I thought to myself that it was high time for me to invest in an eye cream. I only used 2 eye creams before using this one so I don't have too much experience to talk about but I will do my best.

 Front
Back
What it claims to do?
"What is Bulgarian Rose Eye Cream with ultra-moisturizing benefits: Reduce dark circles, puffiness, and signs of tiredness around the eyes with this gentle cream. Enriched with precious Bulgarian Rose Water and Rose Essentila Oil, this cream will soothe, moisturize, nourish, and tone the delicate skin around the eyes."

Pros:
- Brightens around the eye area
- Reduces puffiness
- Moisturizes under eyes
- Eyes look less tierd
- Light Rose Scent
- Non-greasy
- Doesn't sting eyes like most eye creams
- Cute packaging
- Affordable
- Last long

Cons:
- You have to dip your fingers into the jar, which is really unsanitary.

My experience:
I received this eye cream back in July so I've had plenty of time to test this product. It has a jelly like consistency that melts under your eyes to make your eyes appear bright and healthy. It has a lovely rose smell but it's barely noticeable. It also doesn't sting your eyes like most eye cream do. Eye creams travel up and most people don't know how to properly apply on eye cream but even if you don't apply this cream on right if won't sting your eyes. This cream also last a long time! I got this back in July and I still have a lot of product left to use.

Would I recommend this to someone?
Yes. I love this eye cream it's not too thick or too thin and it really works! Plus, it's not too expensive like most eye creams in the market are. I would especially recommend this eye cream if you are new to eye creams

You can buy the Holika Holika Bulgarian Rose Eye Cream here.

Cream (Not blended)
Cream (Blended)
 What's your favorite eye cream?

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-Michelle