Tuesday, August 31, 2010

♥ August Favorites ♥

In the month of August, I really enjoyed using the following products:

♥ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose --I have been using this blush for most of the month, it makes my cheek look nice and glowy. I use a skunk brush to make sure I don't over apply. So glad I got this blush, I love it!

♥ Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask -- LS recommended this mask to me, and after reading a few reviews, I was intrigued. The mask comes in a pump bottle that pumps out gel like product. But once applied to wet skin, it frothes up and claims to release oxygen into the skin to wake up tired skin and make your skin younger-looking. The best part about this mask is that it only needs to stay on the skin for about 5 minutes, a perfect mask for my busy schedule, especially for those days when I don't have time to do a sheet or clay mask, but still want to use something to help my skin revitalize itself. It's also a really fun mask to use, as the mask gives a tingling sensation to the skin as oxygen is released. 


♥ Rosette Hello Kitty Collagen Wash -- Kay sent this product to me for my birthday, and I just love its adorable packaging. What I love even more is its light green apple scent -- so refreshing. This face wash comes in a squeeze tube, and the product is in a white cream consistency when dry. Once wet and rubbed between hands, it foams up quite nicely, and I really enjoy using it to wash my face in the morning and evening. It also rinses under running water easily, and makes skin feel clean after wards. With such a cute packaging, it bring me smiles every time I see it on my vanity :)

♥ Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Correction Serum --  I received this 100-point deluxe sample from Sephora and loved using it till the last drop. It is a very expensive serum at $135 for 1oz of product. This sample bottle is about 0.33oz, which lasted me a pretty good month and half. You don't need much each time, just a small drop. It does have a pretty strong fragrance smell but did not bother me much. It really makes my skin feel radiant and smooth after application, and does not make my skin feel oily in anyway. I think it also helped my skin to heal faster, and works well to help diminish dark spots. Even though it is a light gel consistency, it keeps the skin stay hydrated. Overall a really nice product, but with a hefty price tag, which will make me think twice about purchasing a full sized bottle.

♥ Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze --  This is my go-to bronzer and also the first ever bronzer I had during my "pre-makeup-craze" days. I hit pan on my first one a long time ago (also the cover cracked and broke), and this one that I am using currently is my second. It is a matte bronzer, which makes it a nice product for contouring, and gives it a natural shadow on the face. My only complaint is its plastic lid, which doesn't really stay on tight, and makes it a hassle to travel with.

♥ Purple Lab Huge Lips Skinny Hips Lip Gloss in Lychee Martini --  This is a yummy lip plumper that also has Hoodia -- a natural appetite suppressant that claims to help with reducing cravings. While I did not find that to be effective, as a lip gloss it is love! Lychee Martini is a sheer peachy color with no glitters. It goes on lips so smoothly. It does a nice job keeping lips stay moisturized and gets rid of all the dry lines that appear on the lips when they are dehydrated. What I like most about it is that it's not a sticky formula at all, and that it tastes and smells so yummy! Like sweet berry flavored candy. I will post lip swatch of this product in an upcoming post about my haul from Purple Lab.

♥ Sally Hansen 18 Hour Lip Treatment --  This was a very pleasant discovery from my local drugstore. I have seen this lip gloss advertised in magazines before. What got me to try it is its 18 Hour claim to keep lips stay moisturized. While it wasn't really 18 hour for me, it does make my lips feel so moisturized and plump for a few hours. The color I have been using is called Clear Optimistic Opal, it looks like such a pretty shade in the tube. On my lips it appears like a sheer gloss, and the smell reminds me of orange soda -- yummy! It has a doe foot applicator.  The packaging is a little bit bulky, but it looks pretty.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend in SF

This has been a fun and productive weekend for me. On Saturday morning, I had the chance to meet up with May and Catherine at IKEA. Catherine has just moved to the Bay Area (yayy!) this past week, and she told us that she needed to stop by IKEA to get some new furniture for her new place. May and I decided to meet up with her and keep her company :) This was also my first time to finally meet Catherine in person, so I was super excited!

May brought me two beautiful Milani 3D Holographic nail polishes in 3D and Hi-Tech. She had raved about these nail polishes before, and it was so kind of her to get me two during her CVS trip so I could try them out too :)

After helping Catherine to get all her new goodies to her super adorable apartment that I fell in love with, fiance dropped me off at the AT&T Park where I met up with Edna and her boyfriend Daniel, for a Giants baseball game vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. Edna and I haven't seen each other since last fall, so I was super excited to meet her up again :)

Our seats were on the third level, with a gorgeous view of the bay!

I'll end the post with a few hauls from the weekend:

I stopped by The Face Shop to grab another Post-Acne Night Time Spot Eraser since I just finished my first tube. But of course, they didn't have any more in stock because it has been so popular recently. I was placed on the wait list, so hopefully I will be able to grab some next time once their shipment arrives!

I still managed to grab a few things before I left the store -- I stocked up on my favorite nail polish remover (it comes in a much smaller bottle than the typical nail polish removers you can find in American drugstores, however, it doesn't have that strong acetone smell and removes nail polish so nicely). I also picked up a spray deodorant in fragrance free to try. This is apparently a new product  from The Face Shop. They also come in a floral scent one, but I liked the fragrance free one better so the deodorant scent doesn't over power any perfume I might be wearing on that day too. I really like the spray can, it is just so much easier to use, and does the job nicely.

I also picked up a pretty peachy nail polish. I had originally thought it would be a close one to NARS Orgasm nail polish, which is one of my favorite to wear. However once I came home and did the comparison, I found out The Face Shop one is more frosting and glittery than Orgasm. Still a pretty shade nevertheless.

I found a few new flavors of Japanese Kit Kats and Oreos at Mitsuwa and Marukai! I was super excited and grabbed all the new ones I haven't tried. Fiance called me a chocolate junkie during check out as he was paying, hahaha. But I will be sharing these chocolates with fellow blogger ladies too, so expect a few new flavors to try out in your love packs :)

Ahh I am just a big sucker for cute notebooks. Also got a bunch of nail arts decors, stocked up on my favorite oil blotting tissue, and bought a little organizer that I plan on storing my brushes in. I love how it has several smaller and bigger compartments so I can organize my brushes according to their purposes accordingly.

Last but not least, some yummy snacks from the Asian bakery, and the best cream puffs ever from Beard Papa's.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rock and Republic Haul [3]

Today's Rock and Republic goodies come from BeautyStory.com. If you don't have an account with them yet, please send me an email so I can refer you and you can help me out :)

Like HauteLook, it also took BeautyStory more than a week to gather up my products and send me that email that I was ever to anticipating about the shipment of my package. But it was totally worth the wait :) They also had a great customer service that responded to my inquiries right away. I actually made two different orders with them, and they were nice enough to combine the two shipments in one. Shipping is at a flat rate of $6.5 I believe.

My package arrived safe and sound in a neatly packaged cardboard box. They used enough tissue box to stuff the whole box so the contents won't move around inside. Each product was individually wrapped with a layer of bubble wrap, then tissue paper.

So onto the hauls...more blushes! Yes, I guess you could say that I am officially addicted to Rock and Republic blushes hehehe :)

Tease is a pretty matte cool pink shade that looks good enough for everyday wear.

Bedroom is also a matte shade, it's a darker mauvy pink.

Kinky is a matte, bright bright pink shade. Definitely another one that needs a light hand application.

I also decided to get the pressed powder in Suede to try out. This is the shade that is I guess a shade lighter than Satin. So I figured it would be a good one to use for the winter months when my skin is less tanned from the sun.

When compared to Satin side by side:

I also got a lip gloss to try. The shade I chose is called Muse (Aside: I also have a Paul and Joe lipstick in the same name, but much darker in color). It doesn't have any shimmers and is a gorgeous creamy peachy shade. Can't wait to try it out!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rock and Republic Haul [2]

Today we'll continue with my Rock and Republic haul from rockandrepublic.com -- the brand's official website. They have a great deal going on right now, with only $0.99 shipping, and 50% off all cosmetics items with code ROCKCOSMETICS. They currently have 3 blush shades available, and their shades do sell out pretty fast, but they have also restocked a few times in the past so I'd recommend keep checking back. But my advice to you is, if you see a shade that you like, grab it right away because I had waited on purchasing Kinky and Tease, and they both went out of stock just within an evening's time.

They ship from Southern California, and the packages were able to reach me within a couple of days. Just like HauteLook, everything was wrapped up safely in tissue papers. I just love the design on their black tissue paper.

I ordered the Tinted Primer- SPF 20 & Tinted Illuminizer Set, which was a great deal because normally one of them is the price of the set ($46) and there is a 50% off deal on top of that.

The Classic Tinted Primer SPF 20 is a great mousse like light weight primer with a sheer wash of color. The pump bottle pumps out just the right amount of product to cover the entire face each other, and the SPF factor is a plus! I've been using this primer everyday, and during a normal work day, SPF 20 is enough for me since I don't get exposed to the sun much at all when I am at work.

Ava is the lightest shade they offer. But since it is so sheer anyway, it worked out pretty okay for my NC30 skin.

Rock and Republic claimed that this product has:
- Mousse texture
- Matte finish
- Silicone base
- Caffeine infused for improved circulation
- Contains Vitamin E to restore the skins balance
- Oil absorbing with skin brightening properties
- Provides sheer coverage

The Trickery Tinted Illuminizer is kind of like a tinted moisturizer, but more on the highlighting side than an all over the face base makeup for me, because of the shimmery effect it gives -- however if you don't have oily T-zone like me, and you want that glowy complexion look, you are welcome to blend it all over your face as well.  The texture is more on the thick side, a little goes a long way, too much product will make it concentrate on one spot of the face, making it very hard to blend out.

- Silky, smooth, moisturizing texture
- Dewy, luminous finish
- Water based
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties
- Contains Vitamin E to restore skins balance
- Oil absorbing with light diffusing polymers
- Provides medium coverage

Since I loved their blush so much, I decided to also give the Exhibition Pressed Powder a try. These powders come in similar looking compacts as the blushes, and also contain 0.32oz/9g of products. I had a hard time deciding which shade to get, but turned out Satin was a pretty good choice! I also thought Suede looked pretty close, but it was out of stock at the time, so that made my decision a little easier :)

I am actually planning on using this compact in the little wedding makeup kit that I will bring along with me to my wedding in September. I am sure a lot of photos will be taken then, so if anyone catches a picture of me touching up my makeup, it might as well be one with a kick-ass packaging right? :) Plus its big mirror is just so convenient, and actually shows the whole face.

This is a side to side comparison with Satin and the Stila Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium that I am using for this summer. Pretty close right?

Lastly, of course I had to grab another blush -- in Immoral this time.

When I first opened the package, the intensity of the blush shade kind of scared me. This is the most bright florescent coral shade of blush I've ever seen. You'd definitely need to use a skunk brush to apply this blush.