June 20, 2011

HK Snack/Candy Reviews

Mentos - Fresh Cola
Packaging: 4/5 simple && direct (should have taken a picture of the “tube”)

Price: 5/5 $9.9 HKD = $1 ish CAD (for 2 and a mini stapler...STEAL)

Taste: 3/5 typical asian cola candy flavor in mentos form...don’t know what I was expecting... lol

Re-purchase? maybe... undecided...

Matcha Soft Candy

Packaging: 5/5 brilliant the outside packaging is quite eye-catching and aesthetically appealing, makes you want the product first. Then when you open it and the it’s kinda simple but you try it anyways because you’ve already bought it and BAM yum =D

Price: 4/5 $15 HKD = $1 almost $2 CAD but if you buy it in Canada it’s $4-$5 

Taste: 5/5 very unique =] at first bite you get an extremely bitter matcha powder flavor, but after awhile it turns into a sweet and soft creamy toffee like candy. After a few, the bitter matcha flavor becomes very enjoyable and you try to savor it!!! 

Re-purchase? YES so good!!! gotta stock up in HK

side note: The picture on the packaging it fairly accurate of the product, but you don’t have to worry about the candy being messy, because all the powder is stuck on nicely and not as “loose”.

Coffee Soft Candy

Packaging: 5/5 same as above, but the inside packaging matches the coffee flavor very well IMO, has a coffee shop feel~

Price: 4/5 same as above

Taste: 5/5 the bitterness to sweet isn’t as extreme as the matcha, but has a very strong coffee flavor. Even my aunt and uncle... picky coffee lovers enjoyed it!!!

Re-purchase? Definitely =D

side note: the coffee and matcha candy would be perfect drama candy, there’s always a girl that uses candy to get rid of her frustrations!!! The bitter taste would be her anger, and the sweet flavor would calm her down =] hehe

Kinda Bueno - White

Packaging: 4/5 simple, direct and consistent with the original

Price: 5/5 $6HKD = not even $1 CAD, so same as Dollarama pricing

Taste: 4/5 I use to be OBSESSED with Kinder Bueno, I bought boxes from Costco... but of course with so many, I eventually got sick of the flavor. The Bueno White is slightly sweeter then the original, and has a barely noticable sensation your mouth. It’s because it’s decorated with tiny cookie or chocolate crumbs, at the same time it worries me because it can get stuck in between your teeth =p haha

Re-purchase? not immediately, my sweet tooth for bueno has decreased, but it’s a nice treat once every blue moon =] 

Lotte - Any Time

Packaging: 3/5 based off of the individual packaging, haven’t bought the bag yet, was given a generous handful =p It’s simple, in a pretty shade of blue teal and shiny =] and I like shiny stuff. Unfortunately it doesn’t really state what the candy is, but once you taste it, you kinda get the packaging...

Price: don’t know yet, will update once I buy a couple bags =]

Taste: 5/5 So unique, it’s 2 hard mint candies sandwiching a milk one, like nothing I’ve ever tasted =0 Absolutely delicious, I’m quite surprised how nicely these 2 strong flavors  work together, definitely worth trying!!!

Re-purchase? YES, very nice twist on milk candy, because sometimes it can leave your mouth with a slight aftertaste, but mixed with mint, you get a fresh breath. 

Calbee- Garlic Bread Grill-a-Corn

Packaging: 5/5 I like that it shows the product, shows the flavor and is in a matte coating, which stands out amongst the other brands of chips, which usually have a shine. In terms of the actual package design, it’s VERY tightly sealed with a lot of air, so you don’t get a lot of crushed pieces, but it’s also kinda hard to open.

Price: 5/5 $5.9 HKD = >$1 CAD very good

Taste: 2/5 The first couple you taste will have a very nice garlic butter flavor, after a couple more, all you get is corn. When you’re done, the garlic flavor although you no longer taste it, lingers in your mouth for a long time, gum only “numbed” the flavor temporarily lol 

Re-purchase? NO, I rather eat garlic bread =]

Calbee - Hot & Spicy Grill-a-Corn

Packaging: 5/5 same as above, not as spicy as the flavor picture suggests

Price: 5/5 same as above

Taste: 5/5 YUM, It’s nice and spicy, and not the kind of spicy that numbs your taste buds. Very good combo, you can taste both the corn and spices =] 

Re-purchase? yes, very good =] 


June 11, 2011

MBDS/ Sheet Masks Tips && Tricks

This post is going to be on getting the most out of your sheet masks and My Beauty Diaries. It's going to focus on storage and how to get the most excess serum for your neck, chest and arm areas =] I suggest watching the video, because it's not that long (under 4 minutes) and I can physically show you what I mean. 

If you buy masks in stores, they’re almost always stored upright. This is a problem because the excess/”loose” serum/ essence in the mask tends to settle towards the bottom half of the packet which is usually the nose & cheek area, meaning your chin and forehead will dry faster. 

To fix this, you should always flip the box upside down for a night or two before using, that way some of the serum/ essence in the mask comes back “down” towards the chin and forehead. 

From then on you whether they may be in their original boxes, shoe box or drawer, masks should be stored flat/ horizontal and flipped weekly/ bi- weekly. This way the serum/ essence in the mask will never settle on one side more then the other, resulting in an evenly moist mask. 

If you’ve purchased masks online, you don’t know how it’s stored in the warehouse, because they don’t care about aesthetic appeal as long as everything fits. When your masks arrive, use one from the box, try to see what part of the mask dries faster and flip the box towards that direction for a night or two. From then on, store horizontally, flipping weekly/ bi-weekly. 

Getting the most Excess Serum/ Essence for your MBDs: 

After removing the plastic backing to your sheet mask, DON’T throw it away!!! Put it aside while you apply the sheet mask, afterwards wipe off all the excess serum/ essence off the backing and apply it to the desired areas. If you usually throw the backing away, you’ll be surprised with the amount of leftover serum on the plastic backing.

If you have tips and tricks on storing and getting the most out of your masks, please share!!!


June 10, 2011

Hado Labo, Tony Moly && Mask Haul

Con't Haul

Hado Labo Original - Cleanser
Hado Labo Whitening Line - Lotion
Hado Labo Original - Milk
Hado Labo Whitening Line - Serum
There was a slight mis-communication between my aunt and I, my intention was to get the whitening milk, but no biggie. I’ve been using these products for a month now and have seen very nice results =] Will review soon

Tony Moly Tomatox
Tony Moly Appletox (read Elle’s review) 

My Scheming - I Love My... - EGF & Amino Acid Double Lifting Mask
My Scheming - I Love My... - Hyaluronan & Blue-Green Algae Hydrating Double Lifting Mask
My Scheming - I Love My... - L-Ascorbic Acid & Ellagic Acid Brightening Double Lifting Mask
My Scheming - I Love My... - Q10 & Royal jelly Double Lifting Mask
Loved the first box I bought, wanted to try the other flavors as well =] The mask is a little tight for my fat face lol but it’s probably better tight then loose =p haha


June 1, 2011

Collective HK Haul

I've been in Hong Kong for 3 weeks ish now, and this is some of the beauty products I've hauled from ColorMix, Bonjour, Watsons, Mannings, Lung Shing && SaSa. It's mostly products I want to try, not back ups yet =p lol

LE MBD Blooming of Beauty - mix pack of 12 - 6 "flavors"
Simply - Sexy Look -  Whitening mask
LE MBD - Sweet TeaTime - Earl Grey Tea and Macaroon Mask
LE MBD - Sweet TeaTime - Chocolate Truffles Mask
My Scheming - I LOVE My' (chinese words) - Tranexamic Acid & White Truffle Double Lifting Mask

the Simply mask and My Scheming mask both have ear hooks, and neck pieces =D

Amaranth - Detox Mud Mask (AMAZING... was sucker shoppered into this... but loving it so far, insanely good results =D )
Kuan Yuan Lian - Green Bean Mask/ cleanser
(purchased because of Joyce's video)

My Scheming Crystal eye masks
whitening and brightening (blue)
anti wrinkle (tan orange)

Mona aka Smerfette or Make Me Blush has mentioned crystal eye masks on her blog (post) before, it isn't the same brand, but a similar product? lol 

Skin79 - Super BB VIP Gold (bubbi's video)
Skin Food - Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream (because of Elle's review)
Skin Food - Red Bean BB Cream

I was going to get the Hot Pink Skin79 BB because of Jen frmheadtotoe but then I read somewhere (can't remember where) that pink was better for oily skin and gold was better for dry. My aunt ended up getting the pink one so I've been trying it from her =p 

If you look at the date of Elle's review, I've been eyeing the mushroom bb cream for the LONGEST time lol, you can't imagine my joy when I finally got my hands on it... btw her video review (i think she had a different video...)  got me interested and her blog review made me want it, i almost forgot it because Kat's review was neutralish, then Elle mentioned it on one of her tag posts that it was an indispensable product etc...  the reason I wrote such a long paragraph, is because this is one of the few products/ bb creams I've tried numerous times to get my hands on but failed, almost forgot it then finally have it... the whole "process" was almost a year  LOL =] btw I'm loving it so far, as well as the other bb creams above, but no reviews yet!!!

evian - mineral water mist
Vitacreme B12 (so many people =p)
Kose - Whitening cleansing oil (Joyce's review)

Wonder Double Eye Lid Tape (frmheadtotoe - post && cinderallaz - video on youtube)
Korean lashes
Heroine Make - Kiss Me - black eyeliner (Joyce && Nic Nic's comparison reviews) 

Jen's review is from a monolidder's P.O.V and Cindy's is from a double lidder's

Both bloggers picked Kiss me over Dolly Wink and K-Palette =p 


I've used/ tried almost everything, some products are ready to be reviewed && other require more time!!! 

Do check out the blog posts/ videos linked in this post because they're wonderfully written/ recorded!!!

P.S I'll be doing a separate haul post on Tony Moly && Hado Labo products =]