Monthly Archives: May 2012

Yvonne’s Makeup Stash

makeup stash

Helen had expressed interest in seeing this so here it is!  Since space is limited, I keep my modest collection in a tray on our dining room table, close to the full length mirror, which is where I get dressed and put on makeup, etc.

makeup stash

It’s mostly skincare, and that consists of various moisturizers, sunblocks, and masks.  I’ll just detail what the skincare products are and skip the sunblock and everything else.  If you’re curious about something just ask!

Skincare Products: 
Facewashes (not pictured) :
– LUSH Coalface soap
– St. Ives Green tea cleanser
– LUSH Ocean salt exfoliating scrub

Toner : 
– Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

– Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol
– NOURISH (Trader Joe’s) Oil Free Antioxidant Facial moisturizer
– ENRICH (Trader Joe’s) Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 15

Masques & Peels:
– A’kin Express Purifying Facial Masque with Kaolin clay and Activated Carbon
– Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
– The Face Shop’s White mud nose pack

Ok, I want to see yours now!  =P


Q&A: Makeup Remover

Yvonne: Hi Helen!  What makeup remover do you use when you have the whole shebang on?  I’m talkin’ bb cream/foundation, blush … I’ve currently been just washing my face, but I think I need to get a special makeup remover for the face.  

Yesterday I used a little bit more face makeup than usual, plus it’s been getting hotter and more humid in NY, so when I got home at night, I took a shower and washed my face *3 times* just to be safe – but upon examining my face after the shower, I could see more clogged pores than usual Yahhh!!!  I think it was due to the heavier makeup combined with hot weather … A friend recommended shisheido cleansing oil – what do you think?   

Helen: Hi Yvvy!  I recommend DHC olive oil cleansing oil if you have sensitive skin.  HOWEVER, since I’ve been lazy I’ve recently just been using origin’s perfect world white tea cleanser or l’oreal’s cleanser in addition to their makeup remover towels (you need at least 2-3 sheets to get all your makeup off).  Also, try using a primer before your BB cream.  That’ll form a protective barrier to prevent makeup from sinking into the pores.  Hope that helps!  ^.^  

Haul: Kiehl’s Face and Hair Products

Kiehl's Products for hair and face

I bought these yesterday at the 3rd Avenue location.

It has been raining every day in NY. Sometimes a mild drizzle, but more often than not – monsoon like downpours.  Also I am currently on a no-make up ban (more on that later), so I walked into the store really looking like I desperately needed these two products.  >.<

Both are highly reviewed so I felt confident getting them despite their ‘venturing into expensive territory’ pricing of $23 and $25.  Usually I like to spend no more than $10 … plus or minus a dollar or two.

So far I’ve used the hair conditioner once and yup, it is very good.  : )


I kept refusing the SA’s offers of free samples, thinking it would be similar to Sephora’s where they scoop some out from a jar and put it into that little plastic container … Very glad she slipped one into my bag at the last minute because it has it’s own normal packaging!  Nice!

click on the links below to see detailed ingredients and reviews :

in other news …

I’m done with my final, took nostalgic photos of campus, and have completed my 2nd B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  If I round up juuust a smidgeon, I can say I have a cumulative gpa of 4.0!  I will be going to graduate school in Brooklyn.  Hopefully grad school will be a whole different animal as opposed to undergraduate courses on steroids.  Some of my professors have said it would be the former so … here’s to hopin’!



Dress & belt from Ace of Hearts     (the store now has a for rent sign)
[ side note: yes, it the same dress worn HERE . I haven’t yet been bold enough to wear it with the tights outside.  *sniff* ]


Cardi – Anthropologie
Dress – Strawberry
Belt – Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty (on Etsy)

Happy Friday!
biggest accomplishment today is completing the first draft of my personal statement.  I was stuck for the longest time on the last sentence of the last paragraph, and after staring at it day after day after day … I finally have something.

I realized – when there is something I really don’t want to do (like write a paper or edit my resume), if I clean my room; specifically, wipe the floor, it makes me feel ready to tackle it.  What helps you to be productive when you don’t feel like it?

DIY: Nose Peel

"diy nose peel ingredients"

– gelatin (flavored or unflavored)
– milk

I’ve tried this and like it, so even though there is a plethora of DIY posts/vids out there about this … I figured I would add my own voice to the overall positive hubbub.


I heated it up by combining the ingredients in a small metal bowl, putting that atop a frying pan, and turning the fire on low (if you have a microwave, use that for 10s).  It was ready in about a minute.  As soon as it is warm and of a syrupy-smooth consistency, start putting it on your nose, cheeks, chin, or forehead.  Let it dry completely, then slowly peel off.   

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The seed was first planted when I saw Michelle’s video.  Even though she is famous and trustworthy, the gelatin ingredient alarmed me.  It’s something I’ve rarely, if ever, used or consumed.  Isn’t that the main ingredient in Jello?  I don’t eat Jello aka weird artificially colored and flavored thing.   Plus, I do not own a microwave so, I forgot about that for a while.

… Fast forward to a month or so later when I have become an avid reader of Eva’s blog (whom I’ve shared here).  She makes it known that skincare is one of her obsessions.  Up till then my skincare routine consisted of face wash and moisturizer.  Her posts on the topic introduced me to a whole new vocabulary made up of crazy sounding words like, ‘Hydrasonic’, ‘Retinoid’, ‘Different masks for different parts of the face’.

So while googling pore peels/nose peels (part of the Important Exfoliation process), I came across so. many. people. all using this gelatin and milk method (and a few recommending Elmer’s Glue).   Their posts made me realize that 1) a microwave is not some magical heating device which alone can bring out the mystical properties of milk and gelatin – any method of warming up will do.  Aaand that was all it took to convince me to try it.

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Results for me :  visible results on the peel and smooth feeling skin.  I noticed that after using proper exfoliation such as this, I was able to use less BB cream afterwards.  The skin around my outer nostrils which always had a tendency to be bumpy became smooth – hooray!  I use this or a pre-made pore peel (see below) about 4 times a week.  Usually after I shower.

another alternative is –

The Face Shop’s White Mud Nose Pack *

If you are in a rush.  As simple as the DIY  is, it’s still easier to squeeze something out of a tube!   

white mud nose pack from the face shop

The Face Shop's white mud nose peel ingredients

My friend Kar Yi, blogger behind Angelic Betrayal has also posted a detailed product review of this here.

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

This is what I bought from local CVS. The price was $11.95+tax but I had a coupon for $7 off and luckily I bought the last one with a bonus(clear serum). talk about bang for my buck. Anywho, It has a nice packaging. Looks clean and simple as you can see in the photo. Now let’s see what they look like without the cap.

As you can see in the photo, it has a very fine tip. It reminded me of Lancome’s art liner I used to use except for the price tag. It wrote beautifully on my hand. It dried quickly, didn’t budge/smudge and stayed on forever.

However, when I put it on over my makeup the next day it just crackled. I thought it was because I didn’t apply my primer. But I was wrong it crackled the next day and the day after AGAIN. It was weird because I read the review on this and it had a 4.5 from like 100 people. Can someone tell me why it crackled?

Anyways, so your guess is right. I stopped using the eyeliner. As for the serum, let’s take a look at the photo.

Same fine tip with clear serum. Mind you they say the black eyeliner also has the serum in it. They claim that after 4weeks, majority of women who used it saw results.

However, I used it for about 2-3weeks and saw no results. That reminds me that I also have used talika’s $40 eyelash serum for a full month and that did not really work either.

Overall, this wasn’t worth my money. I’m glad I had a $7 off coupon from CVS.

Review for 1000 hour eyelash & brow tinting

Ok, so I was researching one day about how to get gorgeous , natural lashes without having to apply mascara and brow powder onto my face everyday and voila! I came across this eyelash& brow tinting product.

I ordered this about a week ago and they shipped it from Australia. The shipping was pretty fast. The cost was $25 for this sucker. Was it worth it? well, darn. IF IT WORKED! but it didn’t.

I applied both on my eyelashes and on my eyebrows. Application for eyebrow tinting was easy but eyelash tinting was the tricky part. In the instruction, it says to just apply like a mascara but darn it does not go on like a mascara. it clumps or it doesn’t even go on my lashes. I used q-tips to apply and it worked better.

This is the whole set. Comes w/a skimpy wand, cream dye and the liquid. the packaging works as the mixing cup. It would do before/after photos if it worked but it’s not worth seeing since the result wasn’t any different than before.

So my overall opinion of this product is that this isn’t for asian people or people with darker hair. This might work on people with fine/blond or light hair. I ordered this and thought of that. So I emailed them a few hours after I ordered it and of course they don’t get back ’til it’s shipped. So I was stuck.

I tried it out and it didn’t work and I lost $25 and like half an hr of my time. Sucky! Wish this company was in the US so I can get a refund or an exchange for a eyelash perm. mehhhhh!!!

Lastly, this contains hydrogen peroxide. If you have sensitive skin, please stay away from this product. It felt fine on my eyebrows but it burned pretty badly when I had it on my eyelashes.