Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 2012 Empties

If you haven't read Jacq's blog yet, you should probably head over there asap! I am really loving her rating system. With her permission I am going to start using this when I do empties posts and mini reviews so if you don't want to read my babble, it will give you a quick and simple translation. Plus it rhymes! Whats not to love! haha

Hurray, Okay or No Way


A slow empties month but I am very excited that I finished one full size product!



I finished a full size face wash! I think this my second full size face wash! lol I always get so many with GWP and other things that I never have to buy face wash....

Neutrogena Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser - I have been using this cleanser on and off  but during the summer I was consistently breaking out and it was driving me nuts. I switched to just using this cleanser hoping the salicylic acid will help. It didn't... I can see why this is a popular cleanser. The consistency is smooth and creamy (i.e. the name) and foams nicely. I would recommend this to people who like foamy cleansers with some acne fighting properties. If you have  acne and hoping it will help get rid of them this is not the product for you. As for the redness reducing properties, I only notice a different immediately after cleansing but the results do not last. I would not repurchase. Rating: Okay

The Face Shop Collagen Mask - The mask is has a slightly floral scent but not unpleasant nor is it strong. It does linger for a couple hours. I don't think it was particularly moisturizing and did too much for my skin. I would no repurchase. Rating: No Way

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15 - I got this sample during a Caudalie event I attended at The Plaza. I was using this as my day moisturizer and it smells divine with the signature Caudalie scent. (Their products are derive from grapes but the scent is not exactly like a grape smell) I tried many Caudalie products and I think this cream was just okay. For a cream with such a low SPF after application it leaves my face a little too dewy. It also takes longer than I would like to sink into my skin. I have very little time in the mornings so every second counts. I would not purchase this item. Rating: Okay

Erno Laszio Night Serum - I got this in a very old Birchbox. I only got two uses out of this and the texture wasn't anything special. The product doesn't spread easily on the skin but absorbs quickly. Base on my experiences with this product I don't think I will be looking into anymore Erno Laszio products anytime soon. Rating: No Way


I almost forgot I also finished another bottle of the Neutrogena makeup remover. I forgot to keep the bottle so I just took a stock photo off google. I been through a few bottles of these already and it is my favorite dual phase drugstore eye makeup remover. That being said I only buy it when drugstores do 40% off offers. I prefer the Sonia Kashuk one over this one but that one is about $10  and I usually pick this up for $3.50 when it's on sale. My favorite is the Lancome Bi-Facil because it works so quickly though the price tag doesn't justify the extra 10 seconds saved holding the other brands up to my eyes, waiting for it to "melt" my eye makeup. 
Rating: Hurray

I had another face mask that I used up this month but my mom threw it out before I could get a picture of it. It was my favorite moisturizing face mask I have used thus far and my last one. =(


Ari

Butter London's FF sale 30% off!

I was browsing Nouveau Cheap's blog and saw this post...


Butter London's 30% off sale for her subbies starts tonight!


Just thought I would share!

For the rest of my life?!?!

Wow I can't believe its been two weeks since my last post. If you don't know, Hurricane Sandy ripped across NYC and neighboring states causing a huge storm surge cutting off mass transit and killing power in a big chunk of Manhattan. I am fine and haven't had any issues with power or flooding. However I am suck at home for the week because of lack of transportation and power in certain areas. (I have no excuse not to be blogging... haha)

On a positive note...  I GOT A JOB! woohoo!!! I started on the 16th and that's what I been doing the last two weeks. 

The end of my life bumming at home is over... I really miss waking up at 11 and doing nothing... haha

Then it hit me... I have a job now... I will be working for the rest of my life or the next 50 years.... D= 

On the plus side, I have an excuse to wear makeup everyday to work so that's always fun ^^ 

I am still planning on doing posts about my room which has significantly shrunk in size so its going to be fun puzzling all the furniture in my little room x.x I been drawing up plans in my head and moving things around and I come to the conclusion that I will just get the bed first and plan the rest of the items accordingly. I will have more pictures up when the renovations are over. 

I have a bunch of reviews planned but the main reason why they are not up is because I have been too drained/lazy to write them... haha I will hopefully get them up soon.... 

I want to do a collective haul if I ever get around to taking pictures. I didn't want to post it because some of these purchases were from August but I think it would be a good idea just to keep a record for my own benefit. 

Now to bring back a little beauty into my blog....

I received this lip balm from a friend almost 2 years ago and I love the smell, how well it moisturizes and the feel. So why do I still have it after so long? I hate pot lip balms. The idea of dipping my finger into it is repulsing. That being said this little pot sits on my table and I have been diligently using it with a cheap ELF $1 concealer brush I got way back when. And I finally hit pot!! woohoo!!! 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Beauty Exchange - Swap with Jacq

I have been planning a swap with the Lovely Jacq from beautysketchbyjacq since Late August.

I am very embarrassed to say I got this package almost 3 weeks ago!! (I think) I opened it right away to take a peak inside but I haven't gotten around to taking pictures. 

I been hating my point and shoot lately and drooling over a dslr but now is not a good time to make that purchase... I did finally get my iPhone 5!! YaYYYY!!! (only took 3 weeks to get to me >.>)

So I decided to take the pictures with my new iPhone. It looks a lot better on the phone... guess these pictures are not meant to be enlarged... lol 

So when I opened the package I pulled out this lovely little traincase! I thought it was so adorable how she packaged it!!! (I just tossed everything in a box and hoped it would arrive in one piece ><)

It was overfilled with goodies! I honestly couldn't get it to fit inside again! lol

These are the two things I asked for specifically. I saw these acne stickers(???) on a youtube video and I really wanted to try them! Jacq was nice enough to run and get them for me even though I sent her the list almost 2 weeks ago >< I tried the stickers already and they really work! the best part is they kind of deflat the pimple so its easier to cover with concealer... hehe

She also got me backups for my MOPIDICK! I drown myself in this stuff in the summer mosquito season!

I asked Jacq to pick me out some sunscreen. I haven't found one that I love yet and I am excited to give these a try! I might end up giving one of these to the BF. I convinced him to start using sunscreen because he switched to Benzoyl Peroxide for his acne.

During the summer my skin threw a fit! I constantly had pimples all over my face even places I notmally don't get pimples! (temples, cheeks, chin) I looked like a witch with warts!

Jacq picked up some masks for me to use help calm my skin as well as some other mask goodies!

I am most excited about the middle one on the bottom row! I skyped the BF and made him read the masks to me! haha (I don't read Chinese but I can speak it) Needless to say he was very confused... 

I might slap some of the BF to help with his acne. Now that the weather has cooled down, my skin seems to have calmed down a bit... I still have the odd pimple here and there but the scaring from the summer wart feast needs to be dealt with!

Jacq also sent me so many sample goodies!

I asked for a Tony Moly Cream I had tried a while back but it wasn't available in HK. She did send me some of their sample products to try! WOOHOO! 

Jacq also sent me a Majolica Majorca Lash King mascara cut out... I think its a book mark! I thought it was so adorable haha

Here is a link to her post of the stuff I sent her if you want to check it out. Link!

I urge you to go over and check her blog out! She does awesome posts and she is currently posting everyday in the month of October! 

Ecstatic Ari~ 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Drugstore CC cream?

Not promoting or anything, I'm surprised the drugstore brands are quicker than the fashion houses.

This in November 2012 Lucky magazine.

Oxblood??

This is out of Nov 2012 Lucky magazine.

Don't get me wrong, I love the rich burgundy red color but couldn't they come up with a better name....



It's impactful... It's Gorgeous.... It's also kind of disturbing to say... "I am wearing oxblood... It's the color of the season!!!" lol!

Me and My Random Thoughts.... Hehe
Ari

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Place to call my Own

I would first like to warn my readers that this is a Renovation Project and not a Beauty related Series so feel free to click away if your not interested.

So we are renovating the 2nd floor of our family house. My parents are moving my brother and I up there. Currently they are knocking down the walls and old fire places. I am super excited to plan how my room. My current room is just more like half storage half living space and one big mess. I am not a neat person. I now have a chance to start from scratch and see what I come up with. 

Things to keep in mind

1. Unemployment. Not having a stream of income strongly damages my purchasing power. I want to decorate once and be done with it. I want to be happy with things the first time and not move things around too much.

2. We are actively looking for a house to move into. Our current place doesn't have a garage which is a pain. So why renovate? Because the second floor hasn't had any changes since we moved in almost 17 years ago.

3. I want to never fold anything ever again. That being said I want a big closet in my room.

4. Simplicity is key. =)

I won't be doing a lot of DIY on this project. Why? Because I just don't have that type of talent. 

I wish I took some before pictures of my room... but this is what it is after one day of demolition...
(there are parts from the kitchen in there also)

They are going to flatten out that wall so more of the fireplace will be removed. The space to the right of it was a weirdly shaped closet that also has been knocked down. 

Remnants of the odd shape closet.


This is a picture of what the fireplace looked like. This is from what will be my brothers room.


The space I will be working with. The door by the window will be sealed.


Flooring will be changed. We are currently deciding between wood or tile. I like wood and my brother is a fan of tile.

I am very excited to start this series. I want to keep track of my progress and ideas and I couldn't think of a better outlet for me....

Friday, October 5, 2012

Out with the Old and In with the New Part Quatre

For those unfamiliar with what is going on, this is a quarterly series about that gives me an excuse to finally throw out stuff I will never use in my collection and recognize I wasted my money on them. 






I have a review of the Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Here. I tried really hard to finish this but every time I use it, I fell like in addition to the previous oiliness that it did not remove, it left my hair feeling heavy and loaded with product. 


My very first foundation! (The same bottle too ><) This is what started my love for makeup. I was recommended this by a sales girl at Sephora and I thought it was a miracle worker. I had never owned foundation before this! I loved the finish and coverage at the time. As you can tell I did use it. As I got more into makeup I noticed it was breaking my out slightly. I just tossed it aside when I started purchasing other products and it has been sitting in my drawer ever since. I decided it was time to let this go. (Mostly because I need the space in my drawer xD) 


Looking at these liners you must think... Oh wow they were well loved! No... no they weren't... The Sephora white liner was a full size pencil and I sharpened it to that small! It refused to sharpen, the wood would always break and splinter and the product was hard and chalky. Saw this at the bottom of my stash and decided it needs to go! 

The MUFE eyeliner originally was a mini (half of a full size pencil I got it in a set) so I did use it but not as much as you think. I did like this pencil but when I reached to use it the other day (messing around with liners) it had dried out and tugged on my eyelid. I don't use pencil liners much... actually almost never...lol! I've given majority of the ones I have away but I still have a few here and there. I pulled out the product from the pencil to show you how much is left... I have to say thats a lot of liner left in such a small pencil!

Not too horrible a month. I am hoping I won't have any for the last quarter of 2012 but we shall see! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Question....

So I am renovating a space (well not me personally...but I will be decorating it) that will become my new bedroom and I want to start a series on it. My question is should I post the series here or make a new blog for it. I expect to be bombarding this place with decorating ideas.... so I am not sure if it is a good idea. Please tell me what you think!

And a little bit of randomness....

If it wasn't for two words, I would have passed on this little tub of decadence. What are they? 

Limited Edition

I almost never see Limited Edition Ice Cream flavors around me... (Stores don't stock/ I don't look very hard...haha) 

So being a believer of caramel > fudge I must have this! 



It is vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls and little chocolate fill caramel truffles. Maybe I haven't had Haagen Dazs ice cream in a while but the vanilla ice cream tasted.... very whole milky... if that makes sense... haha


What has the words Limited Edition compelled you to do???

Monday, October 1, 2012

Living Under a Rock....


So I got inspiration for this because my BF sent me this video.... Gangnam style.... And apparently it's the biggest thing on YouTube and I having never heard of it... He gave me the "where have you been" look AND laughed at me... =___=

I never watch the videos he sends me because they are always so.... Meh... (cough STUPID cough) but this song is so addicting!! lol it's been 24 hours and I still have that song stuck in my head! I was impressed by how well he shakes his hips haha... Very sexy!


I put this look together randomly at 1 am. I was taking off my makeup had the urge to pack on some eyeliner... lol


L'oreal Linear Intense Carbon Black
Lancome Le Crayon Khol Black Ebony
Makeup Forever Aqua Eye Pencil in 0L
Sephora Aspen Summit (highlight)
L'Oreal True Match Foundation in W2
NYX Mosaic Blush in Highlighter
NYC Sunny

I was using whatever was near me at the time and lipstick wasn't one of them... haha

Midnight Ramblings~

September 2012 Empties

This month flew by fast! I think this is one of my worst months since I started Blogging... haha.

Sept 26th was my Birthday month and I have been trying to plan a weekend trip for weeks now! (Just got back this morning actually) ^^ 

For all of you that might celebrate, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!! 

I did well this year! Only devoured half a mooncake!

Moving on to my September Empties!


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - I got this large tub at Costco. Everyone raves how this is the bare basics cream and it is just a good cream to keep your skin moisturized... My thoughts? Meh. It is a scentless cream. That is only part I liked about it. I don't think this is particularly moisturizing and I don't think they should advertise it for very dry skin. It doesn't absorb quickly and leaves my skin feeling slick. I much prefer the Aveeno one. 

Skintimate Shaving lotion - Took me almost 2 years to finish this I think... haha.... I am very lazy when it comes to shaving and I don't do it unless I absolutely have to. Since summer is over I am glad I won't be showing my legs too often! (Hate the upkeep that shaving requires) I was surprised I managed to finish this large can. I usual opt for the small travel size ones because I don't like having this large one sit on my sink. I do like this Lotionized Vitamin E one. Would I repurchase. Probably not. There are so many choices out there I think I want to try something else. If you have dry legs (like me) the consistency was smooth but a good moisturizer after shaving is always a must!

Shiseido Perfect Oil - I bought this cleansing oil because of such positive reviews on the blogosphere. I wasn't too impressed with it. I want to do a full review of the cleansing oils I finished up, hopefully I will get to it this month! 

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Invigorating - When I first started getting into skincare I was really into this stuff. It works very well at removing dead skin. HOWEVER I discovered this was a big part in my redness issues. The particles in this scrub are very harsh on my skin and although my skin feels clean, the next day I always have an overwhelming about of redness and irritation on my face. Unless you have very tough skin I would urge you to stay away. That being said... How did I finish this??? I used it to scrub my body and mostly my legs before a shave. haha. I don't believe in wasting products and I wanted to find a way to finish it. It worked really well at removing dead skin from my legs giving me a smoother shave. 

If you have any exfoliaters in your cabinets that are too harsh for your face a good idea is to use it on your body or even your feet! 

Str-Vectin SD eye cream - This came in a set with some other Str-Vectin products I purchased for my stretch marks. This little tube took me over 4 months to finish! I don't see any visible results and nothing life changing. I probably won't repurchase. 

Phew! Not a super exciting month but I did manage to polish off a lot of full size bottles. All and all I would say I did pretty good this month! 

What are some of your recent empties?

Follow by Email