Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review: Korres Jasmine Eye Make-up Remover

Today I am reviewing the Korres Jasmine Eye Make-up Remover. I bought this product about a month ago along with Korres Quince Body Butter, I did a review on the body butter, you can read it here.

You could get this product from Sephora. It costs $21 for 6.7 oz

I was drawn towards this product because I love the fact that all Korres products are all natural, and this eye make-up removal lotion claims to be suitable for sensitive eyes, and contains wheat proteins and provitamin B5 to moisturize eye area and strengthen eyelashes. Why not get an extra chance to protect the sensitive skin around my eyes and give my eyelashes some nutrition while removing my makeup, right? 

Product description:
The Jasmine lotion removes eye make-up and waterproof mascara, without irratating the delicate eye area. Wheat proteins and provitamin B5 moisturize the skin and constitute an excellent eyelashes strengthener. Jasmine, Cucumber, and Calendula offer combined soothing and refreshing action.

Sounds too good to be true right? Turns out it was a little too good to be true, especially the removing waterproof mascara part.

Ingredients:

Also, it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMO
- Triclosan

Tiny hole at the opening to prevent spilling, and helps to control the amount you need perfectly. To me, the product has a very faint smell, and it goes away very quickly. The texture is like water, but it feels a tiny bit slippery on my fingers.


To test how well this product works, I use my most hard to remove Kiss Me Heroine mascara in black. It is super long lasting and super waterproof. I love this mascara, it really does hold my curls and make my lashes longer looking. I got this mascara at Mitsuwa. Mona also mentioned about this mascara in one of her recent posts.


Placed some mascara on the back of my hand, let it dry:

Squirted some products on a cotton pad:

Place moistened pad on make-up and hold for a few seconds (I held it tightly against my hand for at least 15 seconds), wiggle a little as you wish:

Take a peek...nothing is removed, the cotton pad has no black residue on it:

Let's not give up, rub rub rub, rub rub rub, ruuuub ruuuub ruuubb...I rubbed the cotton pad bach and forth for at least 50 times (yes I counted), but the mascara just won't budge much! If you look carefully, there are only tiny traces of black on the cotton pad. But whose eyes could withstand rubbing like this! 

(Caution: since the skin around our eyes are very very delicate, please DO NOT rub them too much when you are removing make-up, gently wipe away is the key, which is also why we need to use GOOD eye make-up removers so we can have minimal contact time with our delicate eyes)

Next I busted out my trusty Neutrogena eye make-up remover in attempt to remove the stubborn mascara:

Ta-daaa...all removed with a few gentle swipes:

So this Korres eye make-up remover is definitely not good at removing stubborn waterproof make-up. Next I tested it against some other everyday non-waterproof make-ups:

On my arm we have a few dabs of liquid foundation from Rimmel, concealer from L'Oreal, some black eyeshadow from a L'Oreal quad, Cover Girl Lash Blast (non-waterproof version), Revlon lipgloss, super pigmented blush from Everyday Minerals, and NYX round lipstick. I just chose those products on random, one from each of the frequently used make-up categories to see how well the make-up remover works.

Hold and then swipe:

ALL REMOVED! Look at that mess on the cotton pad. It makes me realize how much products I put on my face everyday! hahaha. But this should also remind us that proper makeup removal is very very very important!

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this product removes make-up OK, but definitely does not work well to remove waterproof make-up like it has claims. I love the fact that the product is a gentle, all-natural formula, and is not irritating to the eyes. The added ingredients to nourish the eye and eyelashes is a plus to have. I will probably use this on the days that I don't wear too much makeup, it removes eyeshadows and a thin layer of non-waterproof mascara fairly easily. I will also use up this bottle for removing makeup on my face. But as far as eye make-up remover goes, I'd choose my trusty Neutrogena remover anyday. So this means I will probably not re-purchase this product once I use up, it doesn't do as good of a job as I had hoped.

Pro:
-Gentle, no sting and doesn't irritate eyes.
-Leaves no oily residue.
-All natural.
-Wheat proteins and provitamin B5 helps to moisturize skin and strenghten lashes.
-Removes non-waterproof make-up.
-Tiny hole at the opening prevents spilling, easy to control the amount needed.-Doesn't have strong smell

Con:
-Does not remove waterproof mascara, all the rubbing is too much for delicate eye areas.
-Pricy for what it does.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Staying organized

Today I organized my DIY CD-case eyeshadow palette. I love being organized and little DIY projects.

Last fall, a few beauty bloggers announced about the 12 Stila eyeshadow set that Costco was selling. I got a set (it was only $16.99 I think, what a steal!), only to realize that the eyeshadows came in their metal pans only. So that very night after I bought it, I found a clean CD case, glued a sheet of magnet inside, and placed all the eyeshadow pans on it, and have been using my self-made palette ever since :)

A couple days ago, Chomsiri made a post about depotting her L'Oreal HIP eyeshadow duos.  I watched her video, and thought this might be a fun little project to do. I only have two of these HIP eyeshadows, but I too dislike the chunky packaging. Plus these HIP duos are about the same size as my Stila ones, so it was time for HIP to move next to Stila and help me fill up the empty space in the CD palette. 

All you need is some source of heat (I used a BBQ torch -- be careful when you are using fire!!), a sharp object (I used a metail nail file) to depot these little pots. Chomsiri has a video on her blog that explained everything very clearly. Thanks girl!~

This was my first time depotting eyeshadows, it seems pretty fun. 

All depotted and organized. The top two rows are Stila shadows, and the bottom 2 are the newly depotted HIP ones. I also depotted a mirror, inpired by Chomsiri :)

What's even cooler is that now I could use the empty pot to keep any 2 of the shadows in for on-the-go, even the Stila ones -- which wasn't an option before.

For the other empty pot, I used a plier to pull away the middle divider so it could hold my Stila cheekcolor that also didn't come with a pot. Talking about versatility. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lulu's Kitchen: Stir-fried Milk

I saw a recipe for a stir-fried milk dish in the HK version of Cosmopolitan magazine that I recently bought. See, I don't just buy magazines to learn about makeup and beauty products, I also get useful recipes from them :p

I was very intrigued by the dish since I've never heard of stir frying MILK before. But appearantly it exists!

The recipe from magazine:

The recipe calls for about 150 ml of milk (doesn't matter if it's fat free, low fat or whole fat), some corn startch, 6 egg whites, a few scallopes, some chopped up ham, and some salt to taste. I didn't have any scallopes so I used shrimp instead, and also added some fish roe. 

Here are my ingredients: shrimp that were quickly cooked in boiling water, 6 egg whites, chopped ham and green onion, and milk.

Add about 2 tablespoon of corn starch into the egg white mixture, and add in milk. Stir well until all corn starch have dissolved.

Use low heat, slowly and carefully stir fry the milk-egg mixture until cooked and tender. Add in the shrimp and plate. Sprinkle ham and garnish on top. And we are done!

With the milk added into the egg whites, the dish has a very tender texture. It feels like a big plate of breakfast food to me though -- eggs, milk, and ham! hahaha at least now I am satisfied with my curiosity about this dish.

Since I used up 6 egg whites, I needed to do something about the leftover egg yolks :p So I made this tofu dish:

It has some ground beef, sweet onion, eggs, soft tofu. Then I seasoned it with white pepper and salt. Quick and easy, very tasty too :)

And here is what I wore on my lips today -- MAC's Hello Kitty lipstick in Strayin'. I should remember to wear lipsticks more often :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ulta & Nails

While on the way home from meeting our real estate agent today, we passed by an Ulta. I decided to stop by to check it out. I wanted to find a hair crimper to help me volumize my flat, straight hair. But they didn't have any in the store, and the sales lady told me that they've been really popular recently. hmmm I wonder why :p

But all their OPI and China Glaze nail polishes were buy 2 get 1 free, if anyone is interested.

I bought myself 2 L'Oreal Lineur Intense felt tip eyeliners. It was buy 1 get 1 free. So I got one in brown, and one in black. I've been wanting to try this for a while now after hearing recommendations about it from Aubrey's YT video. What a good deal to get it on sale!

Since this eyeliner also has a felt tip applicator, I wanted to see if it is comparable to my Lancome Artliner, which is my favorite felt tip liquid eyeliner. It'll be great if it is replacable because the L'Oreal one is much much cheaper than the Lancome one.

Their tips look very similar! 

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As beauty junkies, I am sure all of us have a few (or a bunch) of those eye shadows that we no longer use, or blushes that have hit pan and been sitting around for a while. While browsing through Youtube, I found this video that gave me new ideas about what to do w/ those eyeshadows and blushes that I have sitting in the drawers.The video is in Mandarin Chinese. Here is translation:

"I believe many people have those eyeshadows that you bought but never used, or hit pan ones with a bit of the left overs in the corners of the pan. Don't throw them away yet, they have another great use!

Step 1: scrap off some shadows/blush powders, put them in a container.
Step 2: mix well with some clear nail polish.

That way you can use eyeshadows to create many different colored nail polishes. 

Don't forget to clean up the brush after use (either with nail polish remover, or use another container and dump some more clear nail polishes in, and swish around). This will prevent your clear polishes from staining."

I tried it myself the other day:


Get all the materials ready. I am using a L'Oreal quad that I've had for a long time but never ever use anymore. 


Scraped off some eyeshadows, I chose the dark purple one, which turned out to be too dark.

Mix mix mix, with a few drops of clear nail polish. hmm I didn't notice the model's eye peaking through my glass dish, I put a magazine underneath...hmm creepy! hahaha :p

aaaand the result...I'd probably change to a brighter color next time. Purple is not my thing, haha. It's not too shabby. But then again, I'd probably only try this out when I am bored and have some time to spare. Plus I've got too many bottles of nail polishes to use up anyway. Nevertheless, this is something fun you could try out :p

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Review: Yogurt mask

I had a very relaxing Saturday today, hope your weekend is going well too :)

First I'll show food for today:

Apricot currant couscous & chicken --sweet and savory chicken with fluffy and soft couscous, yum! 


Smoked turkey legs!!! These reminded me of Disneyland. As soon as I saw it in the grocery store, I wanted to buy it. It tasted just like the one I had from Disneyland, except not as pricy, hahaha.

And now, yogurt......

but WAIT! Did you think this was part of my lunch today too? Nope, I am here to talk to you about DIY YOGURT MASK.

Many of you probably have heard about Korres Yogurt Velvety Moisturizing Mask from Sephora. I really want to try it after reading many rave reviews. I love the tart sweet smell of yogurt and am willing to try anything that contains yogurt. 

Yogurt is a very healthy snack, it aids with digestion, and is nutritious. Better yet, it helps your skin as well! Today I will introduce to you an inexpensive & easy DIY yogurt mask.

What is this mask:
Take plain yogurt straight out of fridge, slather on face, and let sit for 10-15 minutes or so, then rince off. Go to the mirror and admire your reduced pores and smooth, radiant skin. 
When choosing yogurt, it is perferred to use full fat yogurt instead of fat free or low fat ones. Some reviews said it's more effective this way. Also the creamy texture in full fat yogurt helps the mask to stay on face to prevent dripping.

Where did I hear about this mask:
I heard about this DIY mask while browsing through makeupalley.com. There were pages and pages of reviews from people who said nothing but good things about this mask. I had leftover yogurt in my fridge at the time, and figured it wouldn't heard to give it a try. I loved the result and how great my skin felt. 

How it works:
Yogurt could help to calm down skin, even out skin tones, and shrink large pores. The yogurt taken directly out of fridge is cooling and relaxing, especially on a hot summer day. 
When you first put the mask on, you will feel a little tingling sensation on skin -- that's probably the lactic acid working. 
Lactic acid from yogurt is a naturally occuring alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to remove dead skin cells, and increase cellular turnover. It also hydrates skin for a fresh complexion. 
In addition, yogurt contains natural source of vitamins and minerals to provide skin with extra nutrition.
This is especially good for oily or acne prone skin, because it could help to sooth inflammation while keeping skin hydrated.

My thoughts:
I've tried this mask several times so far. I think it works well in soothing my skin, and helps making my pores less visible immediately after taking it off. Also, my skin appeared brighter after use. 
I love the fact that it's easy to use, and is inexpensive. I'd recommend you to try it out, even if it doesn't work well for you, simple wash the yogurt off of your face, and enjoy the rest of the tub as a nutrious afternoon snack :)

Pro:
- all natural,  gentle, soothing, and effective.
- great for travel -- just stop by the local grocery store to get a small tube, the left over will make a great breakfast too!
- flexible, you can do it plain, or add honey, lemon juice, combine with aspirin mask, or whatever to your liking. 
- inexpensive. 
- yummy! Now you have an excuse to lick your face :p Just kidding, but you could have a cup of yogurt while you have the mask on, sit in your favorite spot in the house and relax!
- fantastic for soothing sunburns.

Con:
- can be messy if not careful.
- not suitable for people who doesn't like the tart yogurt smell.
- might be a little drying for sensitive skin, make sure to not leave it on for too long.
- watch out, your cat might think you are yummy and come lick you (happened to me several times before!) --haha I guess that could be a pro too :D

So these are my thoughts on this DIY yogurt mask. If you decide to try it on, be sure to let me know how it works out for ya :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF and Tag

Yay it's Friday! I've been looking forward to this weekend ever since the week started! hahaha I wish the weekend is longer :)

First I'll show you my nails from this week:


I am wearing the nail polish that Mayaari sent me as part of my "birthday contest" prizes. The color is called Pinky Glitter and it's a light pink color with tons of sparkly glitters, made by Sinful Colors. I like it a lot! I don't own too much glitter nailpolishes, I think this will be perfect for me to practice gradation nails.

The only bad thing about glitter nail polish is how hard it is to remove them. I was rubbing and rubbing (with nail polish remover) and the glitters just wouldn't come off completely! Do you girls have any tricks to easily remove glitter nail polishes from your nails? Yes I did apply a basecoat underneath :-/

Now I'll show you the snack I am obsessed with:

I found these in the World Market! I first tried these when I went to New Zealand. It's a folded chocolate bar with a very interesting flaky texture. I love Cadbury products, too bad you can't find too many varieties of Cadbury products in US stores. Thank goodness for World Market, at least I found Flake :)

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My First Blog-aholics Tag ~

What is your current obsession?
Definitely has to be spending way too much time online, reading beauty blogs, and watching Youtube videos. But then that has been my on-going obsession for a while now :p
A more current one would be to take good care of my skin and improve it -- my number one goal for the next month or so. 

What is your weirdest obsession?
Putting everything to where they belong, nothing should be misplaced. Yes, I am obsessed with staying organized.

What are you wearing today?
Jeans, random college t-shirt, brown Converse, and brought a blue jacket along but didn't wear it. It was sunny and warm outside :)

What's your favorite comfort food?
Noodles,  most often instant noodles.

What would make today special?
Because it's Friday! Who doesn't love a Friday :)

What would you like to learn to do?
Decorating cakes  -- take a Wilton cake decorating class;  learn how to cook different kinds of food from around the world -- I want to go to culinary school someday when I'm rich and have time to spare. Remind me again why I became an engineer instead?

What's the last thing you bought?
Non-beauty related: jasmine green milk bubble tea
Beauty related: HK edition of Cosmopolitan magazines last weekend, yup hasn't bought anything this week so far :)

What are you listening to right now?
None, just got home from work. The news is on TV though...

What is your favorite weather?
Sunny but not too hot, and not too cold either. Bay area weather is perfect for me :)

What is your most challenging goal right now?
Finish all my research so I could write my thesis.

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Mayaari is such a sweet girl, and we are birthday twins, how cool is that! She encouraged me to start blogging, and I can't thank her enough for being so supportive  along the way.  Last week she sent me awesome prizes that totally made my day :D

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Bay area, I love California!

What would you like to have in your hands at right now?

A hot bowl of noodle soup.

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be & why?
hmmmm no one right now, I am happy with my own life :)

If you would go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Hong Kong and Taiwan to shop for cute stuff and more cosmetics, sightseeing Japan (and a little shopping along the way:p), then tour all around China.

Which language do you wanna learn?
Japanese, Spanish(?)

What do you look for in a friend?
Someone who's caring, who listens to me, and supports me. 

Who do you want to meet in person?
Jackie Chan -- I am a big fan.

What's your favorite type of music?
I am not picky with music, unless if it's obnoxiously loud and heavy metal. If I had to choose, I'd choose pop music when I am out and about. But I have to listen to music with no lyrics or in languages that I cannot speak when I am studying because otherwise I get distracted and start to sing along -- so usually I play classical when I'm working.

What's your dream job?
Be an engineering consultant...

Any favorite model?
Not sure...don't really care.

If you had $100 now what would you spend on it?
Paul & Joe products -- I really really wanted to try the disney collection blushes, and their skin care products. But I told myself to not buy anything beauty related for a while since we are looking into buying a house right now and I must save all the money I could.

Things you wish you could change in the past?
Not have been a lazy butt and keep up with exercising so I would be more fit.  Also, not to have procrastinated so much during college days, probably could have earn me lots of beauty sleep instead of pulling all-niters.

Fashion Pet Peeve?
Dirty hair, mis-matched clothes (red and green don't go together), clothes that are too revealing and too tight.

Do you admire anyone's style?
Fuzkittie!

Describe your personal style.
casual, comfortable, and fitting.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
good ol' vanilla. But my recent favorite has been frozen yogurt in the original tart yogurt flavor...hmm  I miss Pinkberry in Socal!

What's your favorite makeup brand?
Do I have to choose? I love them all! 

Do you get enough beauty sleep? yes or no? why?
NO WAY! I wish I do, and obviously I am doing poorly with this New Year's resolution of mine. Work and school keep me busy, but I admit that I waste a lot of time during the night watching movies, reading blogs, watching youtube videos...anything that keep me relaxed and worry free :)

Why did you start your (beauty) blog?

I created my account because of Fuz's blog anniversaty contest, hahaha. But I never blogged anything until last week because Mayaari encouraged me. I've always wanted to start blogging but wasn't sure if I could be as committed as I wanted, especially with my hectic schedule. So far I guess I am doing okay, and I am really enjoying this experience. It's fun to get to interact with beautiful ladies from everywhere who share my passion for beauty.

Oh no, no more questions! haha I actually really enjoy doing this, it's really fun :) And I tag whoever is reading my blog to do this, so I can get to know you a little better! Hope everyone have a wonderful weekend!!! 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Review: Korres Body Butter


Today I am reviewing the ever so popular Korres Body Butter. I've already used up this whole bottle of it within several weeks after purchasing, and I cannot express how much I love love love this product. It's by far the best body butter I've ever used (the second best being the Yes to Carrot Body Butter). It smells so wonderful and even though the package states that it's for dry skin conditions and I am far from having dry skin, but it sinks right into my just showered skin within seconds and doesn't feel greasy at all. One of my pet peeves about moisturizers is how greasy my hands feel afterwards, so often times I have to rince my hands with water after I apply moisturizer, otherwise I find it difficult to even put the lotion cap back on or hold up any bottles afterwards with my slippery hands. But with these, I don't experience much of the greasy feeling on my hands, because it absorbs so well into my skin. 

Product description from Sephora.com:
What it is:
A divinely rich, quince-scented smoothing cream for dry elbows, heels, and knees.

What it is formulated to do:
The emollient balm can also be used over the entire body, preferably onto warm, damp skin, after bathing to lock-in moisture.

More Product description from the bottle:
Smmothing and moistursing cream for all over the body, ideal for dry elbows, heels, and knees. Quince extract has softening, moisturising, and restructuring properties. Shea butter in combination with Sunflower, Almond, and Avacado oils nourishes the skin, restoring its elasticity and smoothness.

I was immediately drawn to all the natural ingredients this product contains. In addition, it claims to be silicone free, mineral oil free, propylene glycol free, and ethanolamine free. 

Where to buy:
Sephora stores or Sephora.com. Comes in three sizes: 1.69 oz for $8.50 (online only), 5.07 oz for $21, 7.95 oz for $27. 

The smallest and the biggest sizes come in a squeze tube, and the 5.07 oz one comes in a pump bottle like what I had. I personally perfer the pump bottle because it's less hassle to use and the pump helps to get the perfect amount of lotion out. However, it is obvious that the 7.95 oz one is the best deal.

What do I think:

Did I tell you I love it?!

When I first bought the product, I actually wasn't sure what exactly quince is. After some research on Wikipedia, I found out that it is a tropical bright golden fruit that's shaped like a pear, and in some cultures it is referred to as the "golden apple". Even though I've never tried the fruit itself, I loved how it made the body butter smell, very sweet but not overwhelming at all.

The texture of the lotion is very smooth, and is neither greasy or sticky. It makes my skin feel smooth and dewey, and I love the way my skin just drinks it right up when applied. It makes my skin feel soft as butter, and I've seen the immediate result of it healing my slightly flaky legs during the cold days. 

One trick I've learned from the famous Taiwanese beauty queen Big S is that when applying any kind of lotion, the most effective way to help absorbancy and effectiveness is to rub the lotion back and forth quickly in the palms of your hands so it warms up the product. Then afterwards, the product will apply on your skin like silk. This trick has helped my moisturizer application to be so much easier and quicker, and reduces the unnecessary pulling and tugging of my skin when I used to try to even out the products directly on my skin.

There are not many cons I could think of for this product, besides the fact that I used it up too fast and now I have to go get new ones so soon! Also, because of the natural ingredients in Korres product, you have to use up the product within a year of opening (some even sooner, so make sure you check their package), but as you can see, this is not a problem at all because I finished up the whole bottle in a month! I want to try the Guava one next.

I also bought their body milk, which has a runnier texture than the body butter, I am planning on giving that a try very soon and will report back on how it is. I think the lighter texture of the body milk will be perfect for the quickly approaching summer days. 

Thanks to Fuz who introduced to us this wonderful product. Overall, I am very pleased with Korres product, and will buy again and again from them in the future! There are still so much more products I wanted to try from them, one of them being the Evening Primrose Eye Cream. If any one of your girls have tried it before, please let me know how it is. Thanks :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tiny MAC haul

I missed UPS's first delivery attempt yesterday for my MAC package, and today, I completely forgot that they will come deliver again! So after my morning class, the bf and I went to the other side of campus to buy a graduation present for my friend, and decided to have lunch. After lunch, we chose the longest route to walk back home since we were both stuffed and figured a little walking wouldn't hurt, haha. We even stopped by Tapioca Express to get boba. It wasn't until a couple blocks away from our home that I realized that UPS is delivering my package today! So I ran home really fast, lo and behold, the big brown truck was PARKED right outside of my apartment! Luckily I caught up with the delivery guy at the last minute, and he told me he was just about to leave me a note and drive away. hahaha good thing I got home just on time!

So what did I get from MAC? Well last week I saw hollyannaeree's post about a code for a free sample of MAC Zoom Lash mascara, plus free shipping with any purchase. I've been meaning to get a bottle of brush cleanser but never had the chance to run down to my MAC store, so I figured, hey why not just order from online since it's free shipping anyway! So yea just a tiny little haul:

Can you find Diana's (aka Mayaari) Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser in the picture somewhere? :p

Now I present you with my jasmine green milk tea, I am sipping it right now as I am blog-surfing. It's all because of this boba that almost made me miss my UPS guy again! lol :D

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sephora Hauls

To treat myself for my birthday last weekend, I hauled not once, but twice, at Sephora.com. My second order was made the night before I received the 15% off coupon, how frustrating is that! I've been meaning to use that coupon this week but work has been so busy and I just came home so I'm sure Sephora would be closed by now. Plus Nor-Cal has been extremely hot these couple days I really just want to stay in my room with the fan on hahaha. I hope it cools down soon though, because I am not ready for summer yet! I want my spring :)

Onto the first package:


I got the Korres face primer, Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in David, OPI base coat. For my birthday Sephora gave me this mini lip gloss trio, which are really cute and perfect for my purse. Also, for beauty insiders, I got this mini set of Philosophy products to try out for free. It includes the Philosophy purity facewash I've always wanted to try, so I was pretty excited that I got the sample for free!

The Korres face primer is said to be 98.93% natural, and is silicone free. I was immediately drawn to this because I hated the feeling of silicone based primers on my face. I've been using this primer for almost a week now. I agree with Diana that it's not the bestest primer out there and it is not too oil controlling. But since I have really oily skin, I do feel that it helps me at least a little bit. I don't find myself blotting as often as I used to. Plus I love the citricy smell of this primer. I will keep using this for a while and let you know how it is.

The Urban Decay Pocket Rocket is a huuuge lipgloss, I think one of the biggest I've ever had. And obviously, it has the most interesting packaging as well :p According to the Sephora website:

"With the tilt of a tube, your well-dressed man will be stripped to his undies (front and rear photos are included for your viewing pleasure!). The crème-brulee-scented formula slicks and shines your pout to pucker perfection, with each highly pigmented shade varying in opacity and finish. It also contains Hyaluronic Spheres that are known to improve cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill in lines and wrinkles."

So far it's okay, David is a really beautiful milky mauve color. I am not sure if I like the creme-brulee smell since it is a little bit too sweet for me, but I can live with it. 

Now onto the second package:

I placed this order after receiving Sephora's email about the free gift with purchase for Benefit products, I posted about it here. Got this package last night, and I was surprised at how BIG the free gift is! What's even cooler is the inside:

It'll be perfect for travel. It's roomy enough to carry a lot of makeup, and the brush holders will definitely come handy! The best part is, I got it for free :)

ALL these also came with the free bag:

The shower cap is just too cute for words! I am not too sure about the BLUE mascara and the BLUE gloss, at least I like the name of it: California Kissin'

What I bought:

After hearing so many raves about the Benefit cream shadow/liner, I finally gave in and got two: Skinny Jeans and Birthday Suit. I thought the "Birthday Suit" is espcially suitable for the occasion since I am buying this to celebrate my birthday. (gee do I just buy products because of their names or something?) They came in this "Girl's Night In" kit that also includes a brush, a lipstick, and some MAGNETS?!! The brush is pretty handy since it's perfect size to get the cream shadows and apply them on my eyelids, so I don't have to use my fingertips for that. I also heard good things about the lipstick, but I have yet to try it. I tried both the cream shadows today, using the darker Skinny Jeans as a crease color and Birthday Suit as an all over color. And they are right, it didn't crease all day! And the texture is AAAMAZING! Literally feels like butter, hahaha. Forget the Revlon cream shadows, I am using this everyday now :p

I also got the Sephora mini heated eyelash curler. It's so cute and tiny, and it's pink!

I've been looking for an heated eyelash curler ever since Fuz raved about it. I wanted to get the Panasonic one, but when I went to Amazon, they were all out of it at the time. So I decided to just give this Sephora one a try, and plus buying it will help me to get the free shipping. I tried it today, and it's not too shabby at all! I paired it up with my Kiss Me mascara, applied one coat of it, let it dry, and then used the heated lash curler, then BAM, my lashes looked like Fuz's!!! hahaha I was very pleased with the result, even the bf noticed how curly and long my lashes looked today :D I am happy I bought this.

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I tested out the MUFE aqua liner Diana aka Mayaari gave me for my prize. I put the MUFE one on my left eye and my UD 24/7 liner on the other and was out and about for the whole day under the 90 degree humid weather. What a good weather to test out these products! As what I expected, the UD one smudged on me yet once again, and also left black blobs at the corner of my eye twice! But the MUFE one stayed put for the whole day, whoaaaa amazing!!! Also, MUFE was much easier to apply onto my tightline since it goes on much smoother, and it didn't leave any excess products in between my eyelashes, which makes mascara application less smooth, and causes fall outs. However, the UD one always does that to me. I'll take a picture of my eyes in the future and show you what I mean.

So I am really glad that I have found my new favorite HG eyeliner! I wanted to say thank you to Diana again for giving this to me to try!!! : ) Now it'll definitely be put into good use everyday!

Alright, I am off to eat ice cream! haha I bought some Häagen-Dazs today but accidentally left them at work, only to realize it after already pulling out of parking lot. I had to run back in to grab my ice cream, hahaha silly me.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Contest prize & birthday love

I got package :D The sweet Mayaari sent me a lovely package for winning her guessing contest, and she even included a little something extra for my birthday because we are birthday twins! The package arrived in my mailbox this afternoon, and I eagerly torn it open as soon as I got it :p

Look what's in the package:

Everything's nicely wrapped, I felt like a little girl opening Xmas presents :)

What's the thing wrapped in red tissue?! woowww just what I wanted! Diana you are the best Santa Claus :D

My first Caudalie!

Lookie all the goodies!!!

O_O OMG Diana thankssss sooo much for your generous presents! How did you know what exactly I wanted?!! The MUFE aqua eyes that I've been lemming for a long time! I can't wait to try it! And my first Caudalie! It smells so yummm!!! The Silk Whitia sheets that I've been DYING to try! And another Hello Kitty PEZ to add to my collection!!! And all the samples, PINK nail polish (in such a cute little bottle!) and more Yu-be cream for my eyelashes...I feel so spoiled and so loved : ) I am so grateful to be introduced to the beauty blogger community and I can't thank Diana enough for encouraging me to start blogging : ) I really hope I can make more friends here who also share my love for makeup and skincare. Thanks again Diana! Now that I got your address, please expect a lil' something from me soon as my Thank You and also as your belated bday presents. :)