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L’oreal True Match super blendable concealer for light to medium skin with warm undertones

L'oreal True Match Concealer for light to medium skin with warm undertones

contains 0.17 fl. oz. (5.2 ml.)

L'oreal True Match Concealer for light to medium skin with warm undertones

CVS price – $11.95

L'oreal True Match Concealer for light to medium skin with warm undertones

L'oreal True Match Concealer in Warm for light to medium skin

L'oreal True Match Concealer in Warm for light to medium skin

Hello!  I am very excited to share my first ever concealer.  Prior, I had been using just BB cream and was frustrated that certain blemishes just would not get covered – even if I layered.  My skin idiosyncracy is that on my left cheek, I have had this small red dot for … as long as I can remember.  Quite annoying!  I knew I wanted to get a concealer and I knew I wanted it to be drugstore because I’d only be using it in limited quantities so who cares.  =P

I love that this comes in a small package.  Helen and I were complaining about how much it sucks that certain products come in such large quantities because well, we get bored easily.  We want to try new things!  And this way, each individual item can be cheaper!

I used this today on top of BB cream, then used the Lovely ME:EX cushion blusher from the Face Shop (in color, Bori).  Finished with a dusting of Makeup Forever HD powder.  The warm ochre tones of the concealer meshed well with the pale glow of the BB cream.  Combined with the light pink blusher (which I have posted about HERE), it resulted in a natural, healthy look that I really liked.

Now I have a question for you.  This might be personal preference, BUT recently, I read on a beauty editor’s blog that it is a big mistake to put on concealer first.  She really got on her soapbox and stated that concealer should be put on AFTER foundation.  What do you think/do?

This concealer is a bit darker than my BB cream (which I use as foundation) so I actually like to put it on top.  It creates a natural looking flush, like a tanned person’s face after jogging.  =P

PS – I should also add that this brand has many, many shades and to find your own, there is a clear pull out card by the display with little translucent squares of color.  You hold it over your wrist, and whichever one disappears/blends into your skin is the one you pick.  I like this method.  ^_^

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DIY: Nose Peel

"diy nose peel ingredients"

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.

METHOD: 

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.

Helen’s “No rinse Shampoo” after trial.

I think that any person in this world gets lazy once in a while. Lazy enough to not shower, not wash hair for a day or two. Well…maybe that’s just me.

Anyways, days like that I use this thing called “No rinse” shampoo that my hubby bought off on Amazon.com a while ago. This is it.

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This thing works like a charm. It’s in a liquid form. It has no smell and is clear almost like water but it isn’t. I put a towel on my shoulders and squirt out little by little and lather and voila! I get clean hair again within minutes without having to step into the shower AT ALL! I WIN!

Anywho, I thought somebody, somewhere out there find this helpful 🙂 Also, I felt bad for not posting up any blogs in a while. Lazy me. rawwwwrrrrr. Okay everyone, have a stupendous evening! XOXO

-HELEN