Archive for April 2009

When I first started using makeup, I always tugged on my skin – especially on the eye area. Now I just started seeing a few fine lines around my eyes and I wanted to start preventing premature sagging. It’s better late than never yea? So I decided to try the Hanwoong Collagen Hydro Eyepatch.

It’s claims:
This patch stays in place while delivering concentrated nutrients and moisture. (Hydrogel)
– Especially high – formulated hydrogel makes eyes elastic and healthy. (TDS : Trandermis Delivery System)
– Supply of concentrated nutrition & excellent absorption (Botanical Collagen, Vitamin A, E & Aloe extract)
– Botanical collagen, vitamin A, E & Aloe extract work to protect the skin. – Alibaba

I inherited dark circles from my mom’s side so there’s not really much for me to do besides getting enough sleep, drinking water, etc to prevent my eyes from getting darker and avoiding puffiness. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take better care of my eye area. Signs of aging all start there and I want to do what I can to slow down the process. I ordered the 5-pack from a forum and I recieved it in about 2-3 weeks (I ordered from Georgia and I’m located in California). Its not a miracle worker, but it did give some nice results. One packet had two eye patches and I placed them on before I go to sleep for about 20 minutes. Right when I open the packet I touched the gel (Hydrogel) and its icy cool. When I applied it under my eyes, the cooling sensation feels very soothing. I also felt a bit of tightening going on as well. After trying it 2-3 times, I noticed my eyes were brighter, my fine lines seemed to soften and my dark circles actually looked a tad lighter. So I’m definitely going to order some more. I recommend this to anyone who wants a quick fix with puffiness, but I think those with really dark circles wouldn’t really get anything much out of this.


On my older blog, I was doing a bi-weekly feature called, “Youtuber of the Week”. Meaning I choose a youtube channel, explaining what the channel is about (most likely skin care or beauty), and I’m just simply recommending them. I know there are lots of beauty youtube channels, and most of the time some channels aren’t shown enough love. So to continue, I give you rosebabe888. She’s from China and she does Japanese style makeup. If you’re a ViVi mag fan (like myself), I think you would enjoy her channel. She has some great tips & techs on doing nails too (I adore her leopard print nails vid), so do give her a visit!

“Pure” and “natural” might be the buzzwords of today’s hottest products, but don’t believe everything you read, says Stacy Malkan, author of “Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry”. In fact, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, because the personal care industry is unregulated, even the word “organic” can be slapped on products chock-full of chemicals that can be dangerous to your health and the environment. But who has the time to read through the laundry list of ingredients on the back of your products? If you do — great. If not, use this cheat sheet to know what ingredients to avoid, and what ones are the best earth-friendly alternatives.

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I finished reposting blog posts from my old blog and I wasn’t supposed to post until next week, but I got my package today and I wanted to share what I have. Nothing much, but I wanted to try out this haul thing and see if I want to continue with it. Below are some of the things I purchased (everything I bought isn’t in the picture because I was lazy to gather everything, haha).

Items Purchased:
– Clinique Moisture Surge
– Bare Escentuals (Bare Vitamins) Prime Time
– Urban Decay XL Eyeshadow Primer Potion
– Milani Brow Fix in Medium
– Witch Hazel Toner For Face & Body
– Olay Warming Deep Purifying Cleanser (Love this!)
– Olay 2-in-1 Cleanser and Pore Refiner
– N.Y.C. Sparkle Shadows in Champagne and Pink Champagne
– Smudge Brush by Sonia Kashuk (Similar to the 219 but smaller)
– Fan Blender Brush
– Super Small Angle Shader Brush
– 2 Eyeshadow Palettes

The only eyeshadows I’ve used are from Clinique, Benefit and a few drugstore brands. I usually don’t use palettes since I know I won’t be using all of the colors, but I kind of wanted to try them out before I start purchasing the Yaby palettes or MAC Pro palettes since they are pricey. A friend of mines had a palette before me and I’ve used it a few times. I did like it so I decided to finally purchase some of my own so I don’t have to borrow from my friend anymore, lol. I bought two palettes – the 88 Matte/Satin Palette (US$19) and the 88 Ultra Shimmer Palette (US$23). I wanted to get the 96 Palette, but there were colors that I liked in the 88 more, so I decided to purchase it instead.

I ordered these palettes from Stars Makeup Haven because I actually heard and read some things about Coastal Scents, and I don’t really want to deal with any of it. Plus, The palettes are cheaper on SMH! They both came in a matte box cover and both palettes had a shiny finish to them (I was hoping they were matte because I hate seeing fingerprints, but meh). Everything was in tact and nothing was broken and I was happy that they added extra bubble wrap (as I asked them too) because it didn’t come in a box as you can see in the first picture above. I didn’t want to do any swatches since I know these have been around for quite sometime already.

I also got a free sample! It’s called, “Smoke And Mirrors” and its a nice satin-shimmery type of black. Its really pretty and it actually looks a bit similar to the black in the 88 Shimmer Palette. So I have a back up for that and I don’t have to use the one in the palette just yet. Sweet.

I’m a sucker for face masks, and I tend to try whatever I can just to see what it can do for my skin. One of my favorites so far is a korean brand called Clearderm. In a variety of masks (from whitening, green tea, royal jelly, ginseng, tomato, etc.), to help target your skin’s needs.
I’m pretty sure that there could be more, but these are the ones I came across so far.

There are 12 varieties:
Whitening – prevents pigmentation, liver spots and freckles and whitens skin beautifully in a natural way to treat sunburn parts and melanogenesis.
Green Tea – Decreases acne, and protects skin from sun damage
Royal Jelly – Protects skin from dehydration and prevents inflammation.
Seaweed – Detoxifies facial Pores, Purges out toxins leaving skin fresh and pure.
Aloe – Treats acne and scars, and is a anti-aging product.
Ginseng – Restores skin tone and gives back moisture
Apricot – Moisturize and replenish skin while strengthen skins natural moisture.
Potato – Restores skin tone and gives back moisture
Tomato – Softens and smooths out dry skin.
Lemon – Reduces blackheads gaining a brighter and more refresh complexion.
Cucumber – Has strong moisturizing abilities.
Herb – Improves health, vitality, and moisturizes.

I purchased the whitening, seaweed and green tea masks. When you open the package, the sheet mask is pretty big so I’m sure people wouldn’t have an issue about the size. The only thing that troubled me was that the eye area didn’t fit well, so I had to cut a bit of the mask so the inner corners wouldn’t bother my eyes. I always applied the mask at night, but if you prefer to it during the day, go right ahead. I left the mask on for about 20-30 minutes and peeled it off. It was very soothing and I love the tingle sensation it gave off (I’m a sucker for that too). After, whatever “essence” or liquid that was left on my face, I massaged it into my skin and neck. My skin was super soft and a few of my blemishes also went away and my skin felt a tad “tighter”. It gave my skin a nice glow and the smell was pretty nice too. I would definitely recommend these masks for people who have dry skin or anyone who want that extra moisture.

We all want free samples and there’s great sites out there that are offering samples with just a little charge for shipping and handling. This is exceptionally good for those who aren’t familiar with mineral makeup and want to try them out to see if its right for them or not. Below are some sites I found that are offering free samples. So go take a look and see what’s right for you.

1. Ocean Mist Cosmetics are offering free sample kits, but its only for new customers. An existing customer would pay US$3 for the sample and if you’re not a new customer and check the “new customer” category, the sample kit won’t be included in your order. Personally, I wouldn’t order from this site, but hey, its good to try out different products yea?

2. Lumiere Cosmetics are also giving out samples and they only charge you a penny! The samples come in little baggies and you get about a good half a gram. If you order this sample, I suggest you purchase small jars at Target (sets of 2 for US$1) so you don’t have to deal with the mess of the baggies.

3. Signature Minerals are giving samples and yes, they’re at no cost except for shipping. Though the only catch is, even though you can order as many samples as you want, but you have tp order only one free sample per order. If you order 3 free samples in one order, they will only ship you the first sample kit in your order.

4. Everyday Minerals is probably one of the best places to get sample kits because you’re not limited to one purchase. Whenever you want to try a new foundation, blush, or concealer, you can just do so and you only get charged about US$3 (US$6 Priority) for shipping. I personally recommend this because I’ve been using it for about a month now, and its working pretty well for me. I’ll be giving this a review a bit later.

Honey, we use it as a sweetner alternative in our drinks and food. So what benefits does honey have on our skin? Unlike most over-the-counter or prescription acne products that can dry or irritate your skin, honey is soothing and can be applied onto the skin and taken internally. Honey is known to be one of the best natural acne fighting ingredients.

Honey is said to have a “smoothing” effect, improve complexion, make your skin glow and maintain oil balance. So what is in honey made up of you ask?

  • Honey is composed of sugars such as glucose and fructose as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate.
  • Honey also contains vitamins such as B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3.
  • Copper, iodine, and zinc also exist honey but in small quantities.
  • Honey is a humectant, meaning it works as a natural moisturizer.
  • Has a high content of acid and is a powerful natural antioxidant. sister

After a few uses, you can see a reduction in size and redness, fade scars, reduce Inflammatory and noninflammatory acne on face, gives skin clarity and doesn’t clog your pores. Here are some DIY recipes you might want to try out. I recommend that you try to find raw honey, which works much better and faster. And if you’re able to get your hands on Manuka Honey, even better. But if you can’t, regular honey can do.

  • Honey Alone
    > Place a warm cloth on your face to open your pores, after apply honey and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Can be very sticky & messy.

  • Honey, Egg Yolk & Yogurt Mask
    > Exfoliate dead skin cells, gives skin moisture, has a pleasant tightening feeling as well as giving your skin a glow. Whisk these ingredients, apply and leave on for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water.
    – 2 TBS honey
    – 1 egg yolk
    – 2 TBS plain yogurt

  • Honey & Cinnamon
    > Mix the ingredients and apply on acne everynight for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water.
    – 3 tablespoons of honey
    – 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

  • Honey, Cinnamon & Nutmeg
    > For acne. Cinnamon for acne and nutmeg to reduce inflammation.
    – 3 teaspoons of honey
    – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    – 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

  • Honey & Milk
    > Mix and smooth over face and throat. Good as a moisture mask.
    – 2 tablespoons honey
    – 2 teaspoons milk

I don’t recommend this if you are allergic to honey or any of the ingredients above.



Wish List


KATE Gradical Eyes in PK-1
Laneige Eye Designer Cream
Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel
Lunasol Sheer Conrast Eyes in Coral Coral Lunasol Noble Shade Eyes in Red Variation Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss
MAC Highlight Powder in Golden Nectar
MAC Beauty Powder in On A Mission
MAC MSF Blush in Improvise
MAC Graphic Garden Palette

Paul & Joe Whitening Serum
Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer
Paul & Joe Refreshing Toner
Paul & Joe Deep Cleansing Milk
PUPA 28 Piece Brush Set
Zamian Magic Gold Cacao Chocolate Mask

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