Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's Your Turn, Maybelline!

So I have written 2 similar posts like this explaining my 3 favorites, 3 unsures, and 3 dislikes from a brand. This time, it is Maybelline's turn: DUN DUN DUN! *dramatic music*


1) Full N' Soft Mascara - Okay, this is a fantastic mascara for everyday-natural look. Your lashes look fatter and longer but to a very organic extent. Which means that you will have really pretty defined lashes but people won't look at you and say - AH HAH - MASCARA! People will look into your eyes and think: Darn, she is just naturally GORGEOUS :D - and that is the compliment we all want. RIGHT ladies? But think - this is AMAZING as a mascara primer too! I used it today just to separate and lengthen my lashes. Then I go over it w/ my CG mascara and WOW really really pretty. REALLY REALLY FAT and LONG lashes. Just good stuff. But honestly, using this on it's own is already perfect.

2) Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte - I know everybody says how much they love it... but do they? Or are they saying that because youtube gurus are saying it. Well, I personally enjoy this quad a lot! It's because when you are going for the natural look - yeah, this is gonna be great. Matte shadows are always awesome and these have great qualities too... but you can also go dramatic w/ it... ya know. I rarely use the gold though but once I did line my bottom lashline w/ it and it looked so cool. Anyways, if you are at the store and you're looking at Maybelline shadows... and you don't know which one you want - try Chai Latte - I think you'll be happy w/ it. Now, you won't be ECSTATIC; you won't be jumping up and down screaming "YES, I've finally got my hands on this heavenly object" - no, this is a pretty boring quad - I admit. But you'll use it :)

3) Dream Matte Powder - A great setting powder and really just a nice mattifying powder for oily skin out there. I have an oily T-zone in the summer and this really really helps w/ the shine. Although I did notice it got cakey on me during the winter time when I have dry skin... so do be aware of that. But I totally recommend this to people who can't stand their oily skin. Really good setting powder too.


1) Mineral Blush in True Peach - This is actually a really really pretty blush... and it is matte and it looks gorgeously beautiful and natural. This is my mom's HG blush - she will not use anything else!! I just don't like it for the mess and the fact that I find it hard to apply sometimes because it is really pigmented. Sometimes I accidently get too much... THING IS - this is a really pretty shade... so ignore me - this is my problem - you guys go and try this out.

2) Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Rum Raisin - Another pretty shade... but a darker shade. More dark like reddish color so be aware of that. I got this because I wanted a color I didn't have before. This is really great. I just don't like that it has a bit of glitter in it and once the lipstick goes away, the glitter remains. It also travels and ends up around my mouth too. But that is pretty much it. I enjoy wearing this during the winter time. Has SPF 15 - GREAT stuff! I guess, again, my problem. I'm sure some of you would LOVE this lipstick.

3) Eyeshadow Single in Beach Blush - One of my favorite shadows EVER! I feel like it brings out my eyes. The only thing I don't like is the pigmentation. It isn't as pigmented as I would've liked. Texture is not amazing either... but I will continue to use this. Again, I'm sure there are people out there who would love this stuff!


1) Eyeshadow Trio in Berriful - The color in the pan is pretty... but.... GLITTER! equals FALL OUTS and I don't like that. The darker purple makes my eyes look like they are swollen... it is not my kinda color I guess. The mid one isn't so bad but the pigmentation is horrible. Overall, this trio has been sitting in my drawer for a long time now and I just haven't used it at all...

2) Dream Mousse Blush in Rose Petal - I think that's the name. I could be wrong. Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture but I HATE HATE HATE the golden glitter in this. It is just way tooo glittery and I don't like that. I love the color - I think it gives me a nice and natural flush but the gold flecks just annoy me. I only like to use glittery/light reflecting particles as high lights and not blush... so this blush disappointed me in that way. I do pull it out to use it sometimes - when I'm going out at night :) I might try another mousse blush just because I love the texture and finish. Although I don't think it lasts very long on the face...

3) Express Finish in Eternal Blossom - Okay, I am pretty sure I made that name up... ha ha but the color is pretty accurate. I hate it because it takes 3 coats to get a decent color. And the color is very pretty - I have it on my toes right now. But without a base/top coat - this thing lasts 1 day. ONE DAY! What? Also, I don't like to have to wait for my nail polishes to dry and w/ 3 coats - I'm sure it takes at least 1 hour to dry. I don't have that kinda time. I could the the Seche Vite top coat but I don't feel like my polish stay on as long w/ that top coat than the one I'm using right now - Sally Hansen's.


As you can see - a lot of these products are not exactly clear cut. I love most of them but they have their annoying qualities. It was actually kinda hard for me to choose... but there it is.

I hope you guys find this useful!!

Thanks for reading :D

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Not So Great Review

Even though I am pretty tan myself, at one point, I thought about trying out a sunless tanner. The story is that I had skin issues on my legs - it was pretty bad - so I had to use different topical creams to help heal my legs. As a result, my legs don't really have an even skin tone... and I wanted to kinda even it out. Plus, I didn't wear a lot of shorts/skirts/dress because well... my skin was healing. I didn't want the entire world to see them. Pretty sure this was a genetic thing (my mom said she had it when she was younger too) and triggered by major stress in my Junior year of high school.

So, let me just get to this product:

Jergens Natural Glow - Medium

It is a gradual tanner and it says that it will give you a tan within one week! Yes, so you would apply this as much as you want and the frequency of your application is proportional to the rate of your tan. WOW - that was a lot of science talk there... got that out of my system. So for me, I wanted quick results (ha ha, I can really impatient sometimes), I would apply this after the shower and before school. I would say this did give me a tan after a week of doing so and it wasn't a bad tan either.

I've seen tans that are ORANGE and thankfully this wasn't that bad. However, on my skin, I do detect a tint of orange... which I don't really appreciate. But it wasn't so noticeable for other people - it was only just me since I do observe my legs a lot during that time.

I mean, I think as far as a tanner go - this is pretty decent. I would definitely recommend this to you...

NOW - I stopped using it when I decided that I can't really even out my skin tone with this and thus, YES you guessed it, the gradual fading began! It's not that bad but it is kinda gross... sometimes. I do notice part of my legs would have PATCHES of the tanner fading. So it'll be my leg and then some parts will be lighter just because the tanner is being rubbed off....

So... BE CAREFUL with this!!! Although - disclaimer - this was my first time using a sunless tanner so I might've made some beginners mistake or something.

I use this now just as a moisturizer. I do detect a bit of shimmer (nothing crazy... but there are particles in here) in this so it is kinda nice to put this on if I do decide to show off my legs. I don't use this everyday but I have sorta been using it again and perhaps that might be why my legs are sorta tan. So I think I recommend using it really gradually - not twice a day like me... and you'll have a really nice and natural look.

** Oh and my legs have gotten a lot better. It still has scars and discoloration but after my ordeal, I don't really care. As long as they are healthy I am happy. And I have gained back my confidence in showing my legs in public again. I mean, I went to Hawaii for goodness sakes! I had to wear a bathing suit.

Now, here is the really really really weird thing about this lotion. THE SMELL - okay here's the story:

So I'd put this on every night before I go to bed for a few weeks during couple of summers ago. One night, I was too lazy to put it on and I got in bed and I thought... what am I missing??? Oh the lotion! I actually think the smell is really nice and comforting... a great smell before bed. WEIRD huh....

So yeah, I don't know if this was a good review or not. I would really recommend you to try this out if you are curious - not too bad $7-9. You do get results and I don't think they're horrible results either.


Do you have any summer must-haves that you recommend for me??

Friday, April 9, 2010

First Impressions - Aren't So Important

When you meet someone new - the only thing you've got is first impression. Depending on how forgiving that friend is, you really gotta try to look good or you'll just have to try to avoid them for the rest of your life... at least that's how I roll!

But then there are some friends who leaves you with the strangest first impressions but you bonded over some random thing and now you are inseparable.

Ha ha These are the few products that weren't so great at first... but turns out, they just needed a little time to adjust their awkwardness. Because now, I definitely reach out to them all the time for support, comfort, and lots and lots of fun!

1) Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner

So I first used Herbal Essences A LONG time ago!! Like when I was in high school and I didn't like it all. It was dry and it just didn't really do anything to my hair. So years went by and I never went back to this shampoo. However, I was bored with what I was using (Treseme) but didn't want to get like Pantene so I thought - Herbal Essences! It was cheap and smelled so heavenly... so WHY NOT? Not that big of a deal. I bought this in Hello Hydration (I've used different types since - not my first bottle BTW - this is like 4th or 5th!) and realized that they've improved greatly on their products. This stuff smells amazing and very hydrating. My hair just feels so nice and soft! So great I LOVE IT!

So, if you need something extra in the shower... because you're routine gets boring after a while - TRY THIS! They come in so many scents and I feel like just stick to stuff w/ words "hydrating" and "moisturizing" and you'll be perfectly fine!

2) Maybelline's Mineral Power Concealer in Sand
I've done a review on this where I show before and after pics. Gotta say I really like this stuff. It covers my circles really well and doesn't leave it gross and cakey. I LOVE IT!! The only thing is that it is a little light for me right now. I always have to go over the concealer with bronzer now to warm it up a bit. But when I was paler, this shade was really great! Worked really well w/ my complexion. I really enjoy it.

3) Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose
I wrote about this a while back saying that it isn't hydrating and the color is odd - I just didn't know how to use the color. Well, I find that this is just really nice for spring. Makes my face looks polished and just ready to face the day. It also has a nice staying power. It goes on your lips creamy but it doesn't feel slick. When I rub my lips together, I don't feel it moving around. I feel lit pretty much sinks into my lips like a stain... almost.

4) Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm
I am OBSESSED w/ lip balms and when it comes to being tinted - that's awesome. I've always heard raved reviews on Emilynoel83's youtube channel and I thought it would be nice to have around for Spring and Summer. First thing I noticed was the smell. It had such a strong plastic/make up smell... URGH!!!! Second thing, it wasn't as moisturizing as I would have hoped. But as I keep using this product, I love the way it goes on and how it looks on me. I started noticing that the smell is decreased dramatically and the moisture has finally caught up to my expectations. So overall, I like this but it was not love at first sight.


HOWEVER, I would also like to mention products that I've ENJOYED greatly when we first met but now we've grown apart...

1) NYX Jumbo Pencils - I'm sorry guys - I just don't have time to use you. I already applied my primer... I don't really want to have to apply you too... I mean, too much layers!!!

2) Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation - you rocked my world for a little while but I've realized that you are too dark for me... alas - we must go our own separate ways. Well, maybe I'll buy a lighter foundation and then you to can mix to form my perfect shade. Until then, Adieu!


YUP - that is pretty much it. Nothing new w/ me as far as make up goes. Well, actually my urge to buy any has decreased substantially. WHY? Because I'm broke now due to my Spring Break Hawaii trip! Ha ha. But that is good because I need to stop buying stuff and use what I have.

With that said, I am looking for a good foundation. One that hydrates but evens out my skin tone - I just want my skin to have one color! Not red here and there....


Oh, I am planning to write a new PRODUCT BATTLE:




It's been a few posts since I've shown my face: nothing really new - just hair is growing a bit longer.

Thanks for reading!!! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

8 Things - All About ME :D

I wanted to write something so bad for April but I have been busy/distracted/lazy! So I hope you guys enjoy a tag post! I always really like to read these. It helps me to get to know everyone better - so I hope you get to know me a little better.


8 T.V. Shows I like to Watch:

1. Any celebrity gossip stuff :) I know, it's bad!
2. The Amazing Race
3. House
4. Bones
5. The Office
6. 30 Rock
7. Saturday Night Live
8. Arthur - yeah, the PBS cartoon :) It relaxes me!

8 Favorite Places to Eat & Drink:

1. My house
2. Eegees (I think this only exists where I live)
3. Beyond Bread (again, only in my area)
4. Jack in the Box
5. This one Thai restaurant in Hawaii... it was AMAZING!!!!
6. La Salsa
7. Chipotle
8. Starbucks

8 Things I look Forward to:

2. New people/friends at Pharmacy school
3. My 21st birthday
4. Going home and eating some ice cream after school today!!
5. GOING TO SEE MUSE!!! And 30 Seconds to MARS!!!!
6. New experiences and adventures in store for me in the future
7. RELAX :)
8. Shopping! I need to do some serious retail therapy :D

8 Things that Happened Yesterday:

1. I sat in the library for 4 hours b/c of the breaks b/w classes (not fun but productive)
2. Hung out w/ some friends
3. Got my biochem test back... a little disappointed but only just stirred up my fire, that's all
4. Cleaned the yard
5. Napped from 6:30 to 8... not a good nap time.
6. ATE like a maniac!
7. Cuddled w/ my dog
8. Danced around in my room to crazy music!

8 Things I like about Winter:

1. I can see my breath
2. Winter Olympics
3. The holidays - the break from school
4. Watching LOTR w/ my sister - our tradition
5. Getting presents!!! Eating a lot of good food.
6. More reason to wear bronzer (cause I'm so pale)
7. Shopping!
8. Beginning of new year - lots of new beginnings :D

8 Things on my Wish List:

1. More spring clothes
2. Better shoes... I only have one pair right now... it is DISGUSTING
3. A Netbook - small laptop - 11 inches
4. Nice family vacation - somewhere NOT California (we go there too much)
5. Meeting more nice guys instead of the usual idiots :)
6. A good job this summer (or at least something that excites me)
7. Boba tea......
8. More bags/purses

8 Things I'm Passionate About:

3. My family
4. My friends
5. My future
6. My academics - I feel like I can do so much with my field... help save a life or two
7. My goals, dreams
8. Everything!!! except for my Genetics class... ha ha

8 Words or Phrases I used Often:

1. Okay, so....
2. What's up?
3. What? (I get confused a lot)
4. YES!
5. Anyways...
6. Woot woot!
7. Oh my God!
8. Bongo baby (he's my dog)

8 Things I Learned From the Past:

1. To be more open minded - people make mistakes.
2. Be yourself, if people don't like that, that's fine - nothing you can do
3. Grew thicker skin
4. Life is all about ups and downs; just brace yourself and wait for the storm to pass
5. Be patient (something I haven't yet mastered)
6. Be nice, polite, and smile
7. Don't get to ahead of yourself - take it one day at a time
8. Be passionate in what you do; do what you are passionate about

8 Places I would Love to go Visit/See:

1. Greece
2. Venice, Italy
3. Ireland
4. Japan
5. New Zealand
6. Hawaii (Yes, I want to go back and visit every island!)
7. Olympic events
8. Hogwarts (ha ha I ran out of ideas)

8 Things I Currently Want/Need (wish list??):

1. Avatar, Sherlock Holmes DVDs
2. Pizza
3. This air conditioner to turn off - I'm COLD
4. Read people's minds
5. To be a genius
6. To be running outside right now - it's nice outside
7. A bike - so I can ride it around my neighborhood
8. To sleep! or to be in bed right now.

8 People I would love to Tag:

1. Kalmo from Cambo Soup
2. Lisa from Shop N' Chomp
3. Recessionista from Nouveau Cheap
4. Nicole from NV Beauty
5. Amynaree
6. Erynn from emotion in motion
7. Ahleessa from Ahleessa 4 Realz
8. Catherine from Strawberry Mochi

And anyone else that is reading this and finds this tag interesting!!! Please feel free to do so!!!
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