Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
So going along with the theme of posts on new topics, I'll review a candle today. I love burning candles, but I am quite peculiar about the scents. Being the kind of gal that absolutely adores sweets scents such as Bath and Body Works' Warm Vanilla Sugar, I was bought in right away by:
Spotlight on: Slatkin & Co.'s Vanilla Shortbread.
You can find it at Bath and Body Works, which is scent heaven!!! I believe it runs for $19.50 for 14.5 oz/411 grams. I am not completely sure because I got this as a Christmas gift from my friend M. I am also not sure whether you can get a smaller size, if you would just like to try it out. Do your research on their website and see. You are getting a lot of product for the price, trust me. It comes in a glass jar which has a tin lid that has Slatkin & Co. imprinted on it. There is a rubber between the lid and the jar itself. This is what the label on the bottom says:
Highly frangranced candle created exclusively by Harry Slatkin and developed and tested by our team of Home Frangrances experts. Made using the highest concentration of frangrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable eax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance. Burn time of approximately 40-65 hours. Warning: Do not burn candle for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Allow to cool before relighting. Keep out of drafts.
I am so addicted to it, it's unbelievable how fast my money runs out over there. You will want to eat this candle! It's delicious and rich in "flavor." I can almost guarantee it. Not only does it smell yummy but it even looks yummy. It definitely reminds me of the vanilla shortbreak cookies, even though I don't like them (for their texture, not their smell). And come on, it even has little chunks in it. I think they're cinnamon because I personally feel that there is an extremely light cinnamon scent in it. I can almost smell nutmeg in it too. I don't know; maybe it's both, or maybe it's neither. To my own perception of the scent, it sometimes can smell lemon-y, but that doesn't b0ther me as I like the mixture of different oils that you get in it.
Do not doubt the ability of this candle: what you smell IS what you will get. Within a few seconds, the whole room begins to smell like the candle itself does. The room's smell is quite true to what you smell one inch away from the wax. That can lead you to only needing to burn it for a few minutes, if you just desire a light scent (and by light, I don't mean this is a light scent; I mean as in the longer you burn the candle, the bigger the intensity of its scent). If you are a fanatic like mysaelf, burn away - there's no need to stop. I would repurchase this a million times, if I ever need to haha.
*Pictures will follow later*
Friday, March 12, 2010
I've been productive lately in using my whole makeup collection in general, rather than only a selection of it. Yet, I am hitting on new pans but none of the stuff I had up for the other P10P. That's so unfortunate because now I have about 18 things that are nearing their end. I'll give those till May - that's it! I have also approached the end of many hair products. After counting them, I decided they would make a great round of Project 10 Pan, a new version (I'm pretty sure someone out there must have thought of this at some point). There should be anywhere from a week to two weeks of applications left in each item. Let's say I'll update this the last week of March; sounds reasonable to me. There's only two things I will repurchase, although at no rush for that. I forsee a second time of doing this, soon. As for the rest of the products on the list, I am anxious to never see them again for a long time haha.
1. Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo - DONE
2. B&BW Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Wash (will buy again) - DONE
3. 365 Herbal Mint Shampoo (I use this to wash my brushes) - DONE
4. Skintimate Flirty Mango (will buy again - it smells delicious) - DONE
5. TRESemme Thermal Recovery Conditioner
6. Coconut Oil Exfoliator - at home preparation
8. Johnson's Baby Oil (I've had this for a whiiiiiileeeeeee)
9. Garnier Fructis Style XXL Volume Root Booster
10. Garnier Fructis Style Curl Scrunch Gel
These will run out so fast, I can see it coming. I will update you for sure.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I haven't posted in such a long time and wanted to make a comeback with something new: a tutorial! Well, not really because I do not walk you through it. I just show you what I used and you can see how you can recreate it if you would like. All products have been purchased by me throughout the last year. I do use both drugstore and department store brands.
- Urban Decay Primer Potion (the original - prepares the eyelid for color and keeps the shadows on for long without creasing)
- MAC Paintpot in "Soft Ochre" (for base)
- Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in the color "Hot Ginger" (gold-y, shimmer-y; I used it dry today)
- Lancome Color Design eyeshadow in "Five Star" Metallic (purple-ish pink, carefully blended with the gold shadow, start in the whole crease then maneuver the color according to your eye shape)
- Lancome Color Design Quad, eyeshadow "Daylight" (matte finish, used as a highlight color for the browbone, blend with "Five Star" for faded effect)
- MAC Fluidline in "Blacktrack" (gel eyeliner, used for waterline and tightline)
- Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in "01 Softsmudge Black" (smudged on the lower lashline)
- Clinique "High Impact Mascara" in 01 Black (one coat only)
- L'Oreal HIP Duo in "808 Foxy" (I used the matte brown color)
- Maybelline lipstick in "550 Sand" (beige color, super smooth)
- NYC lipgloss in "538" (the sticker peeled off so I don't know the exact name, sorry :[ but it's a beige color as well, smells like coconut)
- Clinique "Almost Makeup SPF 15" foundation in 03 Medium
- Lancome Blush Subtil Powder Blush in "Cedar Rose" (contains fine/small shimmers, light peach color, gives a highlight effect, especially on tanned skin)
*PLEASE NOTE: I did not use a concealor today *
Yep, that is it for today. So glad to be back; I should learn to update more often.
Till later, bye bye!!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
This is pretty much your ordinary base coat and top coat. It comes in a 0.5 fl oz/14.7 ml bottle that has cute packaging (green top and label aww). The brush and the bottle are the same as any S H nail polish. The directions on the back of it say the following.
TO USE: Apply 1 coat as a base coat. Let dry. Apply 1-2 coats of your Sally Hansen nail color. Let dry. Apply Green Tea + Bamboo Nail Strengthener as a top coat for a high gloss finish.
Now, you do not need to use SH nail polish; any brand works just fine. I like it as a base coat and as a top coat. It dries fairly quick and has a nice texture that makes my nail feel softer before using nail polish. The "high gloss finish" is definitely achievable with only one coat of this. It also makes my nail color more long lasting and it takes longer to chip. I love it for that purpose. As a nail strengthener, however, it failed to impress me. I was super excited for the green tea action,, which didn't happen with me. I did not notice any major strengthening to my nails neither while having this on nor after using it. Since this costs more than the regular base or top coat, I won't repurchase it just for that purpose. I will be in the lookout for a new nail strengthener as soon as I am done with this. I brush it on my nails at least 2 times a week, so for the half of bottle left, that should take me about 1 month.
Directions: Brush generously over nails and cuticles; gentkly massage in. Let nails dry before applying nail enamel, or wear alone for a natural look.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Spotlight on: The Body Shop Nutmeg and Vanilla Body Scrub
I got this as a gift from my friend Ennie. So the price I found on the website (www.thebodyshop-usa.com) is $20 for 200 ml/8.4 fl oz. You can also purchase it in a 50 ml/1.69 fl oz jar (only part of a Christmas Limited Edition Gift Set). The packaging is cute and simple. It comes on a jar with a warm toned theme. The jar itself is clear which allows you to see how much product you have in there. The scrub itself is a cream color, a mixture of milky body wash with dark brown sugar (or honey, I think it's honey) & nutmeg (which is walnut shells turned into powder, or in this case rougher than powder) granules. It is meant for body use so I wouldn't recommend as a face scrub; it is a bit rougher than necessary.
The title is truthful to the smell - pure nutmeg and vanilla scent that will permeate the room. When I use this in the shower, I don't need any bath gels or anything that I usually use for a nice ambience and smell. This does the trick. As the website says, it will make you nostalgic, a feeling I love. You might have to stop yourself from trying to eat this thing, sooo delicious hehe. However, the scent won't stay in your skin for long after you cleanse it. If you are a fan of the frangrance like I am, your best bet is buying a lotion part of the line.
The granules are very chunky. Sometimes they will stay on the rim of the jar and stop you from fully closing it so make sure to clean the sides. I usually begin scrubbing by taking product from the rim and then moving on to the cap. I rarely need to dig in the jar itself. This also saves me from allowing water get into the jar. If you are afraid that might happen to you, try pouring a little of the scrub into the cap and then putting the jar away from water contact, since you won't need it.
On to how effective the product is...
I really like using this on my knees and ankles. Use circular motions around any area of your body for better rresults. If your skin is so dry to the point of seeing cracks in it, stay away from a scrub because it could make it bleed. Try some conditioning on it (whether it's home remedies or store solutions) and then use this scrub. It works miracles during those lazy days I forget putting lotion on my legs (yea, that's baaad!). I will use this three times a week max, sometimes it works better every third day or so. The honey makes your skin soft and nutritions it after the scrub takes out the dirt out of your skin (remember, scrubbing depletes your skin's moisture so the honey is a major plus is ANY face or body scrub!).
Those are my thoughts. Maybe some day, I will blog about all of the items I have from this collection. Until my next post, stay warm and enjoy my blog :)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Are you someone who loves taking care of your nails and hands? Yep? Then keep reading...
Spotlight on: Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
In its packaging
Already hit pan (you can see my finger mark)
This is one of my HG products, in the nail care category. I got this from a drugstore for a couple of bucks; check your local CVS, they carry Burt's Bees for sure. It comes in the form of a small, round, tint jar. It also comes in a larger size, which I imagine you could use at home, in your nightstand for example. I really like the packaging because it fits anywhere and it stays moist, due to the way it "locks" itself after you close it. There must be some geometry involved in the making of its circular shape. The way you use this is by sticking your finger in the jar, quickly swiping some creme on top of all your nails; then, after all nails have been coated, just massage it for about 5 mins. If you do this after taking a shower or bath, it is much easier for the product to permeate to your weak cuticle areas, since they are still open and moist. You should follow this regime all the time, for the benefit of nail care. What I like about it:
- Burt's Bees is 100% natural and does not test on animals.
- The price is reasonable for the great quality product you get. Not that cheap, but still affordable.
- As the name hints, it contains a lemon scent and coloring. True lemon smell without it being overpowering!!!
- The ingredients include almond oil, beeswax, lemon oil, cocoa butter, rosemary leaf oil, sunflower oil, etc. These are all amazing for your skin and do not irritate it in the absolute.
- My own discovery has suggested to me that this also helps with nail growth and strengthening. I have not been using any other new product besides this one, and my nails have been growing tremendously. My nails have not been cracking or splitting.
- Not only does this lemon butter cuticle cream smell good but it also makes your nails whiter, because that is a property of lemon juice. So, if your nails have gotten a bit yellow due to intense nail polishes, this product offers that great extra help.
- Just like the feel of butter, it is super soft and easy to use.
- Double long lasting power - One refers to the longevity of the product itself in the jar. I have been using this twice a day, for over a month and I just dented it yesterday. It will take a long time until you hit pan on it. The other meaning refers to the creme in your nails. Just like skin creams/lotions, your cuticle area and nail absorbs it after massaging for a few minutes. If you do this at night, you will notice a huge difference in your nails' softeness the next morning. Please, do make sure to wash your hands and clean the area under your nail with some kind of nail brush. If there is any dirt, it will stop the creme from getting directly to your nail, which is counterproductive. So clean hands and nails = easier access to nail bed and cuticles.
- It does not make your hands and nails feel oil-y after use. It can also be combined with hand cream/lotion, so you can treat your skin and your cuticles at the same time.
- Great friend to recovering nail bitting addicts, like me ;)
I would not hesitate to recommend this cuticle cream. Have you tried it before? Thumbs up or down for you? If YOU have any suggestions in this field, tell me; I'd love to hear it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Don't you just hate it when you have all this gorgeous makeup on and at the end of your day, you have to go through the pain of taking it ALL off? Yep, that is how I feel. Secure bases for eyeshadow application, heavy eyeliner, multiple coats of mascara, foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and why don't we throw some red lips in there as well... So much work, no wonder some people don't even take it off. But, that's bad! So you must work harder, right? Well, the answer is no. All you need to do is find the perfect makeup remover for your skin. I am one of those people who will try any new makeup removers on the market - gels, liquids, wet towels, etc. Some also cost more than anyone is willing to fork out of their pockets. Based on my experience, I have a few words of wisdom.
My favorite makeup remover is from Lancome, the famous Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, which comes in a liquid form in a very cute packaging. You get familiar with a blue bottle with a rose in it, so gorgeous. I love it because it removes everything. When you wash your face after removing your makeup, no marks of makeup are visible. You pay $26 for 4.2 oz of product - pretty expensive! I got mine at a Macy's Lancome counter. It can be hard to find, sometimes. And it does have an oil-y feel to it, so, I will not repurchase it.
Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Liquid - The company claims that it is America's #1 makeup remover brand. I love Almay's products because they are so eco-friendly and natural (for people with allergies) but this one disappointed me. It takes off a good part of my makeup but I have to soak many cotton balls to get the desired result. I feel I waste so much product by using this bottle. The liquid itself feels harsh on the skin half the time, as if it resists being put it contact with it. I found that it feels very water-y. I think it is worth a try because it only costs a few dollars at any drugstore, but when there are alternatives, skip this. I have not tried the towelettes though. Maybe I'll decide to do that soon.
Neutrogena Oil-Free eye makeup remover - Again, a liquid form. You can find it at any drugstore. I got mine at CVS; 5.5 oz. of product for $7.99, I believe. This stuff works! It takes off a good majority of my makeup (lukewarm water can do the rest of the work) and does not irritate my skin. It is so easy to use and glides onto your skin. I really would love to try the gel form of it, which comes with a great pump. Perhaps on my next trip to Target.
Towelettes - Neutrogena, Target brand, Garnier Frutis, etc. I personally do not prefer using them because they make the job so much harder. I love the feeling of a soft towel next to my skin, but when I have to scrub to get rid of mascara, I know I am in trouble. These generally do not dry out on me, and I always get less than a 50 count. I do the trick of turning them halway so that they all remain soaked in makeup remover. They tend to smell a lot better than liquids, which is a bonus in my opinion. If you are an experimenter like me, give them a try.
My mother is not much of a makeup wearer, but the one trick she showed me when I began wearing makeup is to use natural ingredients to remove everything. I tried many oils (coconut and almond, basically because I love the two). Last stop was - olive oil, the miracle! It works perfect and I know it is working with my skin, instead of against it. After using it, my skin will feel soft to the touch and clean. I always run to olive oil for removing makeup (especially in the last few months since I have not bought any makeup remover). I waited to run out of them all and have filled the bottles with olive oil, after cleaning them of course. If you have Extra Virgin Olive Oil available, use it. If not, I find that good quality olive oil does the trick just as fine. And the best part is, chances are you have it in your pantry! So when you run out of any makeup remover you use, grab that bottle and help yourself =)
So these have been my experiences, my lovelies. Granted, I have tried many more that I feel were not worth mentioning or it might have been a long time ago. I also have tons to try in the near future. If you have any suggestions for me or questions about any of the above, go ahead and ask them, that is what I am here for.
PS. Thanks to my first follower/subscriber for the suggestion for today's post. Thank you!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Title of this post is self-explanatory. I have failed FOUR times already with Project 10 Pan. The first time I tried was when the first hype of it got to youtube. Then, with each guru trying it, I was inspired to do the same. But, for some odd reason, I never succeeded to finish more than 3 products. So I just get tired of it. Nevertheless, I am giving it another try, #5! There are many products I want to get rid off. My problem is not the "no-buy rule." Au contraire, I just get bored of using the same products and feel pressured to forget experiementing with my makeup. Do you feel me here? I hate forcing myself to use a product I never grab anyways... But, I must!!! So that these 10 products won't be part of my collection anymore and I can finally breathe happy. Share your thoughts on P10P in the comments area - have you succeeded or not, what are your reasons for doing it or for not doing it, and on... Any questions on the following products, feel free to ask them.
The 10 products in the fifth round:
1. Clinique Foundation (Look for my review in this blog)
3. Wet n Wild Pencil in Bronze
4. Wet n Wild Lipgloss
5. Foundation Samples
6. Estee Lauder Face Creme
7. L'Oreal Mineral Foundation
8. DK Creme Sample
9. New York & Co.: Uptown Angel - Vanilla Body Mist
10. New York and Co.: Downtown Darling - Passion Fruit Body Mist
Wish me luck please :) (Change of color from blue to maroon = product finished)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The first thing I need to say is that I am in love with foundation. Now let's move on to the purpose of this product review.
Spotlight on: Clinique's "Almost Makeup" Foundation
I got mine for $21 at a Macy's counter, where I was able to get a shade matched to my skintone. My color is in 03 - Medium. Unfortunately, this comes in only 6 shades: Neutral, Fair, Neutral Fair, Light, Medium, and Deep. It is technically a tinted moisturizer, hence the name "almost makeup." However, from what I have experienced with it, I see it as a liquid foundation since it works like any other regular foundation. I suggest buying this at some sort of sale the Clinique or the store has. I do not suggest buying it online because I believe you would be way off in finding the right color for you. And we all have had bad experiences with foundation colors! I am usually around the medium color range in most foundations from any brand; however, with this one, I was originally going to get Light, since Medium seemed too far on the other side of the spectrum. Obviously, I was wrong and I needed the MUA to show me so.
This foundation is generally matte and gives a really dewy look which I love. So not completely matte in my opinion. It has a sheer coverage, which is great for those lazy days when I just need a thin layer to cover a few imperfections. It also has SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15, an ideal number for me (someone who never wears sunscreen, shame on me, I know!). It can last for many hours, such as a whole school day/work day. It is quite easy to take off. I stay away from makeup remover when taking off face makeup. Cleanser and water is enough for me. This does need to be set with a powder, whether translucent or with a shade.
I think this is great for dry skin, because it has moisturizer in it, yay. For normal skin, like mine, I'd say use fewer product because too much can make you look like you have oily skin. For those of you out there with oily skin, I have to tell you to stay away from it because it will worsen how your skin looks. As everything else from Clinique, it's fragrance free.
I have finished most of the bottle (1.5 fl oz/45 ml); I may be in the last 1/5 of it. It has lasted me for a long time, maybe 6 months. I do alternate between foundations. But this is my go-to because of its ease of application (gotta love using your hands for putting this on). The only down side about this, for me, is that it has a pink tint instead of a yellow one. Given my tan skin, it can make me look too hype and rosy. I have found a solution to that though - lightly applied powder foundation to top it (which also strengthens the coverage of this tinted moisturizer). I can honestly say it has never broken me out so far, so big thumbs up for that. Overall, I give this product an A because it is simply amazing.
For all of us lazy makeup addicts who sometimes wake up and have no time to do a full face makeup - this is perfect and I am in love with it. It has the miracles of SPF, moisturizer, natural looking finish, and sheer coverage. Go check it out and tell me how you feel about it. I highly recommend it.
PS. - I might not repurchase this once I am finished because I want to try so many other foundations.
I bid thee adieu, and I am in your service,