February 26, 2011

look what i got in the mail =D

I've been having a pretty shitty week, not that anything bad happened in particular, but it's just been a bleh week. I think it's because of all the work I had to hand in , a final pattern draft, a half muslin fitting, and my design project. I've been sleep deprived and extremely out of it ~ But last night (Thurs) when I came home, this was waiting at my door =D Bought an instant smile to my face~

I won a giveaway from Beauty Crazed, it's a lovely blog run by Lisamarie and Christelle. The two ladies share a lot of up & coming products as well as collective mini reviews, comparing different brands that do the same thing. There's always contests, giveaways and new post updates~ 

I won $200 worth of Marc Anthony Winter hair products =D very exciting!!!

Everything was neatly packed, some boxes where a little crushed but it's just the box =p

One bottle of shampoo leaked a bit but no big damages =p

So this is what I got, but x2!!!

So many products, perfect if I like something, I already have a back up!!! 

I would have done a contest or something to share everything... but it would have been too heavy/ expensive to ship so I've  been giving things away to my friends and family

I'm very excited to try is the Volume cream and "dry" shampoo~ 

p.s I am planning to do some sort of giveaway/ contest this year =D


February 21, 2011

Week 2 Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Serum

This is Week 2 ~

Week 1


One big difference between week 1 and week 2's pictures is that extra long lash in week 1 fell out, in fact 5+ lashes from each eye fell out... I'm not sure if this is a side effect or w.e since I've never paid attention to how many lashes fall out per week but 10ish sounds like quite a lot... Another difference I've notice is that the roots of my lashes have gotten thicker, so they look fuller, and is more obvious when curled~


February 19, 2011

Unofficial SaSa Haul

You might be wondering why I named this my "Unofficial SaSa Haul" and the reason is I didn't purchase these items via  SaSa online. Like all my SaSa items, they have been bought for me from family and friends that have gone back to Hong Kong, some were gifts while others were requested purchases~ I currently have a SaSa order being processed, and my experience shopping with SaSa online has not been too pleasant... So if my order fails yet again... I'll rant then... but now I give you my haul =D yipee~

HKD(in store price) -  CND (canadian conversion)  - USD (online price)
if there's a "/" it just means sale price/regular price

all the products were requested purchases except for the Biore nose pore pack
items from L-R
1. Biore Pore Pack 
HKD $21.9 - CND$2.77 - USD N/A
2. My Beauty Diary - Bird's Nest Mask
  HKD$50 - CND$6.31 - USD$12.10/$15.10
3. AB Mezical Fiber
  HKD$90 - CND$11.37 - USD$12.40/$14.60
4. My Beauty Diary - Apple Polyphenol
  HKD$50 - CND$6.31 - USD$12.10/$15.10
5. Nexcare 3M Acne Dressing 
HKD$38.9 -  CND$4.91 - USD$5.20

1. *whoot* I can now compare my favorite black Kose Softymo nose strip with a Biore one~

2. & 4 OMG WTF??? $6 =0 for a box of MBD??? that's like $0.60 a mask~~~ 

3. I got the fibers after Kat's comparison review & tutorial (the tutorial is not for this brand but it works the same... according to the comparison =] ) 

5. I purchased 10 boxes of this stuff, it's on my HG list and it's one of the few items that are!!! LOVE IT will review soon, I have pictures taken already... i just have to write...

lookie~ it came with free oil sheets =D I'm a happy camper~ 
p.s I was down to my last box and was seriously freaking out!!!

Other News:

I've recently won Mindy's giveaway ~ 
YAY I recieved the package last week but didn't blog about it until now...
(stole the picture from her post lol)


I've asked my friend Shannon to guest blog on her favorite products =D She's absolutely hilarious and my enabler -_-' grrrrr... lol <3 


February 17, 2011

Favorites of 2010...products~

WARNING: Long Post Ahead... 
it's finally up =D

I originally wanted to do a "life" bit too, but changed my mind because quite honestly it would just a bunch of babbles lol, so I skipped it and did just products.

 The problem with END of the year faves is that I tend forget what I liked in the first half of the year, or certain skin problems occur && one can no longer use said products in their routine but would still like them once problem is completely gone. So I do believe Kat (mai-kat oshaberi) is quite the genius in doing half year faves (Spring/Summer && Fall/Winter), which I hopefully will do this year, because with the season change my favorites tend to differ too so my current list is kinda incomplete~ There are also products I discovered/ started using at the end of the year that I really liked but did not include in the list because they have not done their "time" to make it on the list lol =] 

Please note the underlined products are products I will be doing a FULL review on, it will be linked and highlighted once reviewed, if a product you'd like a review on is NOT underlined feel free to request~

There were also 2 other products that I LOVED and deserve to be on this list, but too bad they don't photograph well/ looks kinda dirty? && they are...

- Elizabeth Arden Gel Eyeliner - Dark Brown
- Eco Tools - Mineral Make Up Travel Kit

Okay enough babbles~ on to the rest of the list =D 

St. Ives Elements - Olive Cleanser
(will review with the scrub I've recently purchased)

I use it in the shower every night with a brush, it cleans my face without drying it out =D

Pond's Dry Skin Cream & Pond's Cold Cream

the dry skin cream has done wonders~ loveeeeeee =] && the cold cream removes all my face make up

Make Up For Ever HD foundation #118 && Revlon PhotoReady Foundation 006 Medium Beige
(the Revlon color is too dark for my skin current skin shade, my current color should be 004 Nude but I have yet to purchase~)

Both these foundations give a nice even medium coverage, I don't really see the "sparkles" others see && I use a wet sponge to apply both, usually 3/4 - 1 pump each time~

(I only use one foundation at a time, in case that was confusing for anyone =p)

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer - 103 Soft Honey

this is my go-to concealer when I want to outline the shape of my lips, what I really like is that it covers great && doesn't leave a white outline in flash photography unlike my MAC concealer~

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil
(will do a comparison review w/ MUFE's Aqua Eyes in 0L, I also have different color minis I liked but eyeliners are very hard to photograph since they tend to roll~)

This eyeliner is fabulous~ staying power is quite nice~ considering my watery eyes...

MAC Pigment - Gold Mode && Maybelline Quad- 02 Natural Smokes

I absolutely ADORE MAC pigments, and Gold Mode has to be my favorite =D (so sad they no longer sell this size... it's not exactly a new favorite but I used it the most this year) I use it almost everyday and it's such a pretty, versatile & shimmery color to have as an all over lid color, these two also happen to be my favorite combination atm~ The Maybelline quad has an all over lid color but I find it a little dark to put all over my lid so i use Gold Mode first then the top left taupe shade as a half of my lid color. 

LaSenza EYE Seductive Shadow

I was a little skeptical in including these in my favorites list, because they are now discontinued and it would suck if I rave about them and people are unable to pick these up... but they are amazing and deserve to be noticed, so if you ever see any of these left PICK THEM UP!!! I seriously wish I got back-ups of every color... but this will have to do~ the long one at the bottom is a Revlon one, it's an on the fence product...


Both these lashes are plastic but they blend in great~ the one on the top is my favorite natural but BAM gorgeous lashes && the bottom ones are super fun lashes that SPICE up any look~

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick - 202 Crush & Revlon Matte Lipstick - 005 Strawberry Suede

(the rimmel lipstick shown here is my back up that's why it looks so new~)

Crush is my go-to lipstick, it's my absolute FAVE, it's a light coral shade and is very flattering on me =D  Strawberry Suede is not a color I wear often but it's beautiful~ Personally I find it dupes MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, when you use a lip balm underneath (tried in stores) , but there's no picture evidence to prove this, since I'm still a MAC lipstick virgin...

Salon LaCoupe Volume Shampoo && Conditioner

OMG, LOVE LOVE LOVE this shampoo && conditioner combo~ It's done wonders for my hair, seriously livened it =D

Revlon 3 Barrel Waver, Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray && Pantene Intensive Restoration Treatment

The Revlon barrel waver is affordable && works great, Dove hairspray does as stated, a flexible hold. Pantene treatment is another hair wonders product =D

Johnson's Bedtime Creamy Wash

Originally got this because it was on sale, and offered a bunch of Optimum points (Shoppers Drug Mart point system) but it smells amazing, not like a baby product at all~ I'm usually sleepy when I use this so I'm not really sure if it makes me sleep any better XD haha but I've purchased more products from this line and will be doing a review~


Product's I've finished/ hit pan on...


Finished: MAC concealer NC30, C29 Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover
Pan: MAC MSF Medium

Heads up on Jeongie's 300+ giveaway~ she has a very sweet, sexy & cute lifestyle blog, and she updates quite often =D 
Click her blog post below or on the side bar for more details~

lookie, she's giving away the brand of lashes I've favorited above =] 


February 13, 2011

End of the Week...

At first I mixed this bit with my Best of 2010 ... Products post/ draft, but it was too long, so I'll finish it tonight && post it hopefully tomorrow or day after~ school has been SUPER hectic like usual~  

Sample Week~

I've accumulated quite a few "deluxe samples" over the past couple months, so I've decided to test these new products, also because my current "day cream" (Pond's Dry Skin Cream) leaves my face super greasy by the end of the day. I've used most of the products before, but never religiously so I didn't really see any results... I've already used the following routine this past week~ and this stash should last me another 2 weeks or so. At the end of the 3ish weeks I will be doing a collective review... which is also perfect for the physicians formula eyeliner, because you're suppose to see results in 4 weeks =D

L-R (sorry it's so randomly placed... should have placed in order I use them in...)

Stila One-Step Primer (from Sephora)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Estee Lauder Day Wear - Advance Multi- Protection Creme spf 15
Olay ProX Eye Restoration Complex (thanks Kat =D)
Olay Touch of Concealer - Eye Regenerating Cream
Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Lash Serum

Schedule w/ Sample Products: (DAY)
1. Estee Lauder Day Wear on the left side of my face
2. Clinique Lotion on the right
3. Stila One Step on  red locations
4. foundation w/ wet sponge, Olay touch of concealer
5. UDPP, eye make up if there's time
6. Physicians Formula eyeliner, mascara etc...

Replace my usual Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 Eye Cream for the ProX Eye Restoration Complex, for some weird reason my eye area tends to "burn" (using this term VERY loosely) with my Elizabeth Arden, which has never happened before...

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum  Update

I've managed to apply the PF eyeliner everyday of the week this past week *pats self on back*

Here's Week 1 results:

I didn't notice too much of a difference except one lash, seems to be MUCH longer then the rest~

week 1 experience, it's not as opaque as I originally thought, but still quite black, lasts the whole day literally, except when I was crying during an episode or ER Pets, it rubbed off with the tissue...


I realize the pictures may be hard to compare... I'll try to photograph Week 2's results with a similar angle so it'll be easier to compare...


I've already posted this on my twitter, but there's a FREE NARS PRIMER available at Canadian Sephoras. But it's only 2mls so don't go out of your way for it! There's a size comparison with a Revlon lipstick below...


February 10, 2011

Review: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Navy Blue

I'm going to re-take all the pictures for my best/ favorite products of 2010 (white background looks cleaner) later tonight. So here's a nail polish review, please note that this is a recycled review, I first reviewed this product on my Luuux account, but I've re-reviewed it, no opinions have changed but the words are phrased differently~ 

base coat, 3 layers of nail polish, top coat

products used
 one of my favorite nail designs using this nail polish, it's super simple and SUPER SPARKLY =D
 (sponging technique with glitter nail polish, no tutorial sorry)

How I applied this nail polish:
1) 1 coat of Revlon Base and Top Coat
2) very sheer coat of navy blue nail polish
3) a thick coat of navy blue nail polish
4) final medium coat of navy blue nail polish evening out the polish for an overall even coat
5) top coat

Product: Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Navy Blue

Finish: shiny shimmer

Color: 5/5
I love the color, it's a dark navy blue that looks like a shiny navy indoors and a sparkly navy blue with a hint of silver purple outdoors or with flash photography.

Brush: 4/5
The brush is no good for sheer coats, it becomes really streaky but works great for thicker coats.

Opacity: 4/5
This polish is quite opaque, but if you stick you hand up to bright lighting it's slightly translucent 
(light entering from the back of your nail) 

Price: 5/5
I can't remember the exact pricing of this polish but it's really cheap, around $1.99 - $2.99 for 11.8 ml
(that was the price when I bought it... but the current Shopper Drug Mart price is around $3.99-$4.99 I believe)

Overall: 4/5
I love this polish, it's definitely a pretty && versatile color that would work for all skin tones and the price is decent! I love that it's dark && can be mistaken for black in certain lightings =D If I ever run out of this color I would most likely re-purchase~

The END!!!

p.s there's a "purpose" to the next couple nail polish reviews~

February 7, 2011

Lisa's Giveaway~

I'm swooning are you???
This is just a post letting you know about Lisa's aka xmaterialgirlsx's FABULOUS giveaway, that includes the wonderful MBD & FaceQ masks so many love~
She's also giving away all the goodies shown above!!!

Check out her blog for full details!!!

it's also linked in my sidebar~

The contest/ giveaway end Feb 28, 2011 so HURRY && enter =]

Free Physicians Formula Eyeliner... kinda~

Hey everyone, this is just a quick post letting you know that the Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum currently has a FULL Price Rebate!!! So you only pay tax & postage, GREAT deal IMO ("in my opinion" i had to urban dictionary it ... but now i can use it =p) && according to their site, it's for those in the U.S too!!! This eyeliner/ serum comes in 3 colors Ultra Black, Black & Deep Brown, it also comes as a plain serum~ I first heard about this from Joyce on twitter (01b0o YTSparkly Playground BLOG, loveeee her blog btw =]) On the Canadian  Physician Formula Site under qualifying products & code the names and colors are a little different, (i.e no purple, it's black) but the UPC codes are the same so don't worry~ I got mine from Pharmas Plus for $11.09 orignally $14.49, so once I receive my rebate the price paid will be $2.04 [tax & postage]. (Elle inspired math lol -_-' shame... she does actual savings calculations, so pro!!!) It's also available at Shoppers Drug Mart and remember the rebate is limited to one per household!!!

I've quickly tried it, since I simply CANNOT leave new products untouched, especially make up!!! Anyways, the color is indeed black (leaves me wondering how black is ultra black), quite opaque, doesn't sting my eyes, dries fast && LOVING the fine tip~ But that's only my initial reaction after lining my eyes and swatching on my hand!!! Full review will be available later on~ 

I've never been too fussy with my lashes because they're quite long in length, even though they kinda sparse && hard to curl at times~ But since this eyeliner comes with a serum that "enhances natural lash growth" I figure, I'd test it out... I'll probably be doing weekly updates, since results are suppose to been seen in 2-4 weeks!!!

Day 1 - Feb 6, 2011
(this was right after I removed the eyeliner, but I seriously don't think it works that fast so we'll say "before" product usage)


side note: I tend to write like I speak... so I'll try to fix that...=p