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Makeup Swap

Makeup Swap

( I liked the blue ribbon note! ) 

Yes, Helen and I had a exchange!  She was intrigued by my light pink Face Shop blush (posted HERE) and since I have easier access to the store than she, I offered to pick one up for her.  In return, she generously sent me two products to try – A shimmery pastel palette by Estee Lauder and a organic tinted moisturizer.  Comprehensive info for the tinted moisturizer can be found HERE.  I was delighted to find that it is 80% organic and free of parabens, color, and fragrance … among others!

estee lauder pure color eyeshadow palette

I am eager to try ‘Mint Ice’ and ‘Ginger Drop’

Back:100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15

Contains 1.5 Fl. oz. ( 44 ml. )

Front:Physician's Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

with SPF 15

I can’t wait to try these out later in the day.  ^_^  Will follow up on that of course!

Thanks again Helen, this was fun!

If you would like to do a makeup swap with myself, Helen, or the both of us, just ask !

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Here is what it looks like with the tinted moisturizer as base, followed by a pea sized amount of Skin 79 BB cream (hot pink container), with some concealer on top.  No blush yet –

tinted moisturizer

I took off my glasses so you can see the eyeshadow.  Lol, I was so eager to try each color right away that I fit four colors on there!  Ginger Drop & Mocha Cup on the bottom, then the green and blue on top.  I like that they are nice and light because I don’t know how to wear the dark colors.  Whenever I use black, it seems to weigh my eyes down.

tinted moisturizer plus blush

The above is with blush.  I used N.Y.C. New York Color – Blushable Creme Stick in “Berry New Yorker“.  I love the color; a coral-pink.  It’s easy to layer so you can go super light and sheer … or not.  😉

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.  ^_^

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

Moisturizers:  
– 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.  : )

Kiehl's

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’!

Friday

Hi

Details: 
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* ]

Grow!

Details:
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"

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.