Friday, 24 August 2012

Bestseller Wednesday: Revlon "Coloustay" Foundation (Oily/Combo) Review

If there was ever an award for the most over hyped foundation in the world. This foundation would be the recipient! I have been so many amazing things about this foundation, from the price, the quality, the coverage! If you could jump into a beauty forum about this foundation it would mostly by all "oh so good!" "the coverage, the coverage!" "best deal eveeer" and I would like to say ...................

I entered the whole craze, all excited and pumped up to try out this amazing product and I feel like a ran at full speed and abruptly fell face first flat on the track. 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Sephora "La Maison De Color Vision" Fall Makeup Trend Overview

Sephora has come out with a new advertisement promoting the surge of new products/shades that will be debuting during the upcoming fall season! 

The ads are beautiful, so vivid and striking! They are very "avant garde" and they all seem to tell a unique story! Sephora used the three colour themes of "Crimson Velvets" "Nouveau Purples" and "Blackest Blacks." The colour themes themselves are very bold and yet oddly enough, I feel as though they are quite endearing as well. The "Crimson Velvets" embrace the warmth of the autumn leaves, while the "Nouveau Purples" seemed to have been taking a much different approach by displaying the season's coarse, more sophisticated behavior. The "Blackest Blacks" portion had been portraying the transitioning mystique as nights begin to grow longer as the season will progress.

Green Tea: My Best Friend + 3 DIY Skincare Remedies

Best friends. I've had many "best friends" through out the years. Many great loyal ones that are always there to help me out and provide me with a much needed pick-me-up! Wait, hold on, I just described green tea? 

Green Tea! The sacred tea used since ancient times by the chinese to maintain good health and beautiful skin! Let's admit it folks, the chinese are very shallow people. To them beauty is everything. How do I know this? Well, I'm chinese and I can't tell you how often I have been criticized about my skin by my own mother. Can I hate her for it? Yea, I can, but you sorta get use to it and you realize how anal asian people are about flawless and glowy skin! 

Green Tea is a quick fix for cleansing your body and skin of impurities and I promise you will notice a world of difference by just drinking 2 cups of green tea per day, and by the time you are gradually increasing your intake, you will be noticing that your skin is clearer, firmer, and brighter than it had ever been! You'll notice many outrageously priced skincare products on the shelf of your favorite department store uses green tea as a main healing ingredient. F*** them that! Green tea is meant to be a raw natural ingredient and that is how it should be used! 

I am now going to proceed to throw a bunch of intelligent scientific terms just to confuse you and therefore prove how legit the benefits of green tea are! 
Green Tea contains high levels of catechin polyphenols which is known to contain very powerful antioxidants, anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumorigenic and anti-biotic properties! The rich antioxidants helps protect your body from free radicals! The antioxidants in green tea alone have more healing properties than  the combined efforts if vitamin A, C and E! 
To summarize: Its good for you. That really is all you need to know. Its good for you. So use it to your advantage!

The scientific explanation was really just for those keens, paranoid (I kid, I kid), who are in disbelief.

How to use Green Tea:

The simplest method is to just drink the tea! Replace your tea with water and maybe add a few drops of lemon for extra flavor, and you'll be left with the most antioxidants that one could wish for in a single glass! 

For those that don't like the taste of green tea, here are a few simple skincare recipes that use green tea as its main ingredient! 

Green Tea Ice Facial:

  • Ice Tray
  • Brewed Green Tea
  • Lemon Juice
  1. Brew about 2 cups of green tea, or whatever volume your ice tray will be able to contain.
  2. Pour the brewed green tea 3/4 way into each of the individual slots of the ice tray. 
  3. Fill the remaining 1/4 of the slot with lemon juice.
  4. Place in the freezer and freeze overnight of until fully frozen (4 hours). 
  5. Gently glide the green tea/lemon ice cube on your skin until the ice was been melted, let your skin absorb the water containing all of those great skin nutrients. 
Green Tea Mask for Dehydrated Skin:

  • 1 TBSP of brewed green tea
  • 1 1/2 TSP of natural honey
  • 1/2 TSP of your choice of natural oils (argan, jojoba, extra virgin olive oil etc.)
  1. Mix the brewed green tea, honey, and natural oil together until it forms a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to a freshly cleansed and toned face.
  3. Kick back and relax for 10min.
  4. Fully rinse your skin to reveal a softer, brighter complexion!
Green Tea Toner:

  • Brewed Green Tea
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (only substitute with lemon as a last resort!)
  • A bottle
  1. Fill your bottle 2/3 up with your brewed green tea.
  2. Fill the last 1/3 of your bottle with apple cider vinegar. If apple cider vinegar is completely unavailable then you can use lemon, but I find that it is not as effective. 
  3. Mix the ingredients. 
  4. Apply toner to your skin twice a day with a cotton pad. The toner should be kept in the fridge so that it is always fresh and cooling during application! 

Friday, 17 August 2012

AcneFree "Terminator 10" Acne Spot Treatment Review

Skip to 4:38 to hear me talk about the product! 

Let's be honest, when it comes to skin care products it just seems like a giant pool of lies with a few promising stars that actually turn out to be real! This is one of those stars! I have been using the AcneFree "Terminator 10" Treatment ($7) for about 2 weeks now and I would hate to sound like a proactive guinea pig cliche, but this product seriously changed my life. 

First things first, you should be advised that if you have sensitive skin you have to steer clear of this product! I'm not kidding, don't take this as some light hearted joke! This is a seriously harsh acne treatment with some powerful medical ingredients in it! I don't have extremely sensitive skin and yet my face still turned into a glowing itchy patchy dry tomato within my first 4 days of usage! Which brings me to the point that you may wanna start using this when you don't have to go out. 

I probably made this product sound kinda bad didn't I huh? 

Let me start out by saying this product is amazing! My acne is virtually gone in a matter of a few uses! Of course I still have acne scars but I have no active acne except for maybe two tinnie tiny ones! 

The powerful medical ingredient in this is 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. Benzoyl Peroxide is known to be really harsh and cause many side effects within its first uses, so don't freak out if you have an "allergic reaction" because chances are you don't have an allergic reaction, in fact you had a very common and normal skin reaction, and within time your skin will adjust to the product. None the less you want to use this is moderation, AcneFree also makes a 5% version and there are also 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide products on the market as well. 

What it claims: Prescription-strength medicated spot treatment quickly reduces the size and redness of pimples and blackheads.

This comes in a cream form and the moment you apply this stuff on your skin you can feel a burning sensation that make you think "hey, I think its working!" When I woke up the next day I was a glowing tomato! I was horrified! My skin was itchy and outrageously dry! But "holy crap!" I thought, my mountain sized pimple was now merely a small little hill in a school playground! I couldn't stop using this stuff! Thank god I didn't! After 2 additional full blown reactions my next 2 uses had decreasing redness and harsh effects! My skin was getting use to it! I use it daily on all of my problem areas twice a day; mourning and night before my moisturizer! 

I now have virtually no bumps on my face but with a bit of dryness. This does still dry out my skin around the edges of my noise but I don't think that's going to change, therefore I recommend you get a really good moisturizer that'll nourish your skin well! 

As far as its claims to get rid of blackheads, unfortunately I found that these claims were not true. All my blackheads are still mounted in there, not going anywhere. :( I guess I'm just going to have to find another solution to blackheads!  

  • Overall Rating: 4.2/5
  • Recommend to a friend: Yes, but I would make sure she knew of the side effects!
  • Buy Again: F***. Yes. <3

**References: Combination-Oily, Problematic Skin

Avocado/Egg DIY Hair Mask!

Hello my unmasked beauties! I have an amazing hair mask recipe that will leave your hair with the desirable "three S's": Silky, Soft, and Shiny! 

The results are comparable to any high end salon brand mask that your trusted hairdresser as lured you into purchasing in the past! This recipe is extremely easy, effective and most of all affordable by using ingredients that you probably already have right in your kitchen! Our bodies should be taken care of the way it was meant to be since the beginning of time; naturally and organically! 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Skin79 "White Reviving Skin Radiance" Sheet Masks Review

I don't know why but something about the word "Whitening" reminds me of the word "Wrinkles." When I think of whitening products I think of old people. It might be because my Mother has been anal about keeping her skin snow white for as long as I can remember (its seriously an asian thing). I was sent 5 of these masks by mistake as it came free with my order on I was supposed to be sent the cheaper Skin79 "SUE Hydrating Sheet Masks" ($2.50/sheet) but instead they sent me these whitening masks ($4.00/sheet) that were almost double in price... of course I had no complaints on that compartment! 

MAC and Sephora Haul!

This was a very exciting day of purchases for me because I finally got my hands on so many of my lingering desires! I have been dying to try the Josie Maran Argan Oil ($58) for the longest time! The price seemed outrageous to a high school student without a job! I've been eyeing for a while and my skin has been getting progressively worse so I decided it was time to cringe and get the damn thing! I don't know why I don't have a problem spending $60+ on a shirt and yet when it comes to makeup and skincare products I just can't bring myself to do it! 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

E.L.F Free Shipping on $25+ Orders Code!

I don't know how long this code is going to last to use it quick! Free worldwide shipping on orders $25+! This code isn't publicized anymore and to the surprise of many was supposedly invalid already! Sneaky, sneaky E.L.F! Turns out the code still works! 

Code: SHIP25

New Series! Bestseller Wednesdays!

Consistency on a blog has always been a problem for me. I am one of things insanely lazy "in the moment" people who won't stick to one thing if not successful or feels an obligation to devote myself to the activity. Take my tumblr for example. I think I have probably created an estimated amount of about 5 tumblrs in the last year and yet I only continue to manage one of them. That one tumblr was my only successful one as it as a fitness tumblr, and like me there are many healthy junkies on the internet ironically enough. 

I really am determined to manage this blog with the best of my abilities! I though starting a new series that posts every single month will be a good way to get myself devoted to writing annually. 

"Bestseller Wednesdays" are reviews of bestselling, "beauty cult," and "holy grial" favorites of consumers! This series will be great for anyone who is starting out with makeup and looking for reviews of the more popular "staple" makeup items that will hopefully get their collection started on a high note. 

With this being said the "Bestseller Wednesdays" series will be posted every Wednesday at 6PM EST! 

E.L.F "Get Schooled" Sale Coupon Code!

E.L.F Shipping Sale! Code: 198SHIP on orders $15+ until August 20 2012!

This is an amazing deal especially for my fellow Canadians in which shipping is at nearly $15 for shipments without a tracking number. I refuse to pay more than $5 for shipping without having the luxury of knowing when and where my package is. What can I say? I'm a tad bit anal about getting delivery. 
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