Friday, May 31, 2013

June Upcoming Posts & What's going on in my life

Hiii!! It's SUMMER!!! I'm so happy and excited for the summer! I'm really in need of a break and some relaxation time, so this is really great timing. I will be working a decent amount over the next two months, but besides that I will just be relaxing and running and eating too much, so I've set quite high goals for blogging this month! I'm basically preparing for my year abroad starting in August, when I will be attending the University of Oslo for the next academic year for my 3rd year of University. I will finally be in a normal distance relationship with my boyfriend, and I will hopefully become fully fluent in Norwegian! I'm very excited but nervous for that :) Have any of you been to Oslo? I'm actually there right now  spending some time with my boyfriend after our exams, we'll be away from each other for a couple of months, but that's okay. We've gone through much longer. :)

I have a very secret but exciting post coming up that I've been thinking about for awhile now, so look out for that in the couple of weeks! Other things I'm very excited about include the two large hauls I have coming in from Koreadepart and Testerkorea. If anyone has any comments or suggestions about what they want reviewed, please feel free to let me know!

Posts I'm hoping to make in June (no promises!):
-Lioele Secret Pore HD Powder Review
-Skin Food Red Bean BB Cream Review
-Missha Perfect Cover #21 BB Cream Review
-Etude House False Eyelashes (Volume) Review
-BB Cream color comparison on NW20 Skin

-Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream Review
-Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral UV Gel SPF50PA+++ Review
-Juju Aquamoist Vitamin C Emulsion + Cream Review
-Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment + Weekly Resurfacement Review

-Etude House Pomegranate Mask Review
-Etude House Red Ginseng Mask Review
-Etude House Pearl Extract Mask Review
-Etude House Green Tea Mask Review
-Etude House Aloe Moistfull Mask Review

-Morning Skincare Routine
-Evening Skincare Routine
-Super Secret But Exciting News
-KoreaDepart Haul
-TesterKorea Haul
-Sasa Haul #3

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bio-Essence 'Bio-Energy Snail Secretion Repair Serum' Review

To be completely honest, this was a bit of an impulse buy. I had been wanting a serum or an essence to fit into my routine, and I needed to spend a bit more to qualify for free shipping from Sasa... so I chose this one without giving it too much thought. It doesn't accomplish everything it claims, but it does have some good things going for it. More after the jump.

Monday, May 27, 2013

All about Parabens

Hi everyone! I hope everything is going well for you guys! I decided to write up a small post about parabens, because I feel like there is some misinformation out there about them. If you have any comments or if you disagree with something I say, please let me know! (: I have all my sources listed at the bottom of the post, please feel free to read them! More after the jump, as always.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sana HADANOMY Collagen Milk & Cream Review

Hi everyone! I'm doing a combined review of two products from the same line- Sana's Hadanomy Collagen milk and cream! I originally ordered the cream due to needing a basic cream that wasn't terrible like Juju Aquamoist's Vitamin C cream (review coming up soon!!), and found it for a good price on Sasa. I like it so much that I ended up buying the milk to go along with.

Also, I'm currently staying with my boyfriend in Norway for the week and I forgot to take the cream with me, so there won't be as many pictures of it. Very sorry. :c More after the jump! (:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Taobao Haul & Pruany Review

Hi there! Sorry for relatively slower posting lately, I had my last exam yesterday and I've just been super busy with stuff. Good news, though! My Taobao order finally came in!!! It took ages cause one of the sellers took like 6 weeks for it to ship to my agent, but now it's okay cause everything is WONDERFUL! I chose to use Pruany for my agent, as I had heard good things about them and they apparently were slightly cheaper. Skip to the bottom if you want a more thorough review. :)

My Taobao order consisted of 7 items- 2 dresses, 1 skirt, 2 sweaters, 2 cardigan. I hope a few of you find this atleast mildly useful!!

Liz Lisa knock-off dress in pink
Taobao Picture

My Pictures

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I'm in love with this dress. It unfortunately took forever (6 weeks, bs) to come arrive to my agent, but I do think it was worth it. It's made a quite good material and fits me well without being too long or too short. I'm so excited to wear it out! 

Pretty white dress

My Pictures


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Very cute dress, it fits well and is quite flattering! Unfortunately it got very wrinkled on its way over. I need to steam it before I wear it out- so keep that in mind if you order from them. Also- it's not quite but dangerously close to see through, so I definitely have to wear a slip with it. Not awesome, but understandable.

Basic black miniskirt

I forgot to take my own pictures, but it looks exactly the same (:

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Surprisingly good quality for the price! Unfortunately I don't think I'll wear it in public due to it not quite working on me. I'm 5'3 but my butt is fairly prominent in comparison to the rest of my body, so while if I had a small butt this would be short but cute, with my body the way it is it's just a bit too revealing for me (i.e. i can't bend over or go up stairs without being immodest woohoo).


My pictures

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Super happy with these! They're not made with the best quality materials everrr, but for the price I'm okay with that. They're cute and perfect for a lot of different looks. I can wear them over dresses or with skirts or with jeans or anything really. 

Liz Lisa knock-off cardigan in white

My Pictures
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Honestly really good quality for the price- I have absolutely no complaints. It looks absolutely adorable with the Liz Lisa knock off dress above, surprisingly good quality, just purrfect.

Peter-pan collar cardigan w/ detachable collar in cream

My pictures:

Close up of collar! Decent quality lace!

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I have a couple of small complaints about this- 1) the material is almost a bit shiny? Like it has sparkles knit into it. I wasn't expecting that, but it still looks pretty nice. 2) One side of it is slightly baggier than the other, which can look a little weird if you're aware of it. Most wont be able to notice though. It is a very soft and fairly warm cardigan though, and good quality.

All in all I'm pretty delighted with my purchases. I'm really looking forward to wearing them out and about, especially with the weather warming up in Europe a bit. I'm planning on ordering some more stuff from Taobao soon, so expect another haul post in a couple of months! (:

Pruany Review
Okay- first thing is first. I went with Pruany because I read that they were cheaper than other agents. Their website isn't the best, but it works. I had some initial confusion with paying for my order, but they responded very quickly and in good English so yea. It took me a few days to realize how they respond to you- on your order there will be something that say 'message' and it just allows you to comment/ask questions/respond to stuff on each individual item. As an example, my first Liz Lisa knockoff dress took forever to come in. They let me know it would take awhile. Unfortunately they said it would take 2 weeks. Then 4 weeks. Then another few days. But it ended up taking 6 weeks. That was lame, but not their fault I guess. 

Overall I'm pretty happy with my experiences, but I'll try a different agent next time just to see what else is out there.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner (Deep Black) Review

Some of you may be familiar with how this eyeliner performs from my Kose Deep Cleansing Oil review, where it was basically impossible to remove! It's a great eyeliner that has a lot things going for it, read more after the jump! (:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fashion Inspiration Pictures

Just some pictures I like that I'm drawing inspiration from when shopping, nothing big. Good news though, had a successful exam today! Woohoo, just two more ugh.

See more after the jump~ 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Foaming Wash

A great non-drying or irritating foaming cleanser that's suitable for sensitive skin, read on to find out more! ~

Friday, May 10, 2013

Common skincare mistakes & what to avoid

Hey everyone! I've been wanting to write up a post about common mistakes people make with their skincare routines that should be avoided. A lot of the mistakes are really common, while others aren't as obvious. I've tried to make this relatively simple and easy to read/understand, so if you have any comments or if something's not clear, please don't hesitate to let me know! Sources can be found at the bottom of the post :)

So, first thing is first. There is some general background knowledge you should know about your skin before reading further. This will involve a little bit of chemistry, but it's very important to understand if you want to take care of your skin!

As I'm sure most of you know, there is a pH scale that measures how acidic or alkaline a liquid is. 1 is the most acidic, 14 is the most alkaline. Your skin has a pH level between 4.5-5.5; or, the first layer of your skin (called the acid mantle) has that pH level. This is one way your skin protects itself from harmful bacteria, pollution, and moisture loss. Messing with the pH level of your skin messes with the acid mantle's ability to protect your skin, and it takes only a moment for your skin's acid mantle to be damaged, but between 14-17 days for it to repair itself. Continued, daily use of products that damage the acid mantle will lead to issues like 'dry skin, dehydration, over oily skin, flaky skin, acne, and sensitivity'. This gets worse the older you get, as your skin loses its ability to recover from the damage.

Keep this in mind when reading over the next few common skincare mistakes~

1) Using products with inappropriate pH for your skin

The above paragraph basically covered this, but I'll elaborate a bit further. Here are some pH levels from products that are commonly used in (DIY) skincare vs healthy skin.

pH 2 = lemon juice 
pH 4.5-5.5 = healthy skin
pH 8.5 = baking soda 
pH 9.0-10.0 = Hand Soap, detergents

As a side note- not all acids are bad for your skin (though you should avoid things like, say, stomach acid). Acid peels (lactic acid, glyocolic, mandelic, etc) are normal and very useful for helping even out ones skin tone, as is using a daily AHA or BHA for chemical exfoliation. Lemon juice by itself isn't necessarily absolutely terrible. What can be bad is how people use it- they use it too often by itself (without mixing it with something to lessen the concentration) without realizing that it dries your skin out and causes photosensitivity. This can lead to hyperpigmentation, dehydrated skin, and even phytophotodermatisis. If you do choose to use lemon juice, mix it well and use it at night sparingly. On the other hand, you could just use much safer acid peels from somewhere like Makeup Artist's Choice or a daily BHA/AHA exfoliant to get better results without the risk.

On the other side of the spectrum, using alkaline products (of which the vast majority of cleansers are) leads to a decrease in your skin's ability to kill harmful bacterium, including the kind that causes acne. This ends up leading to more, not less, acne (so basically the opposite of what you want haha). A lot of cleansers simply have way too high of pH to be good for your skin. I've begun testing the pH levels of my skincare products, and can start posting them with reviews if any of y'all are interested.

2) Using too harsh physical scrubs (too often)

On to the next very common mistake- harsh physical scrubs! Essentially any scrub that uses things like crushed nut shells or anything equally non-uniform can cause little microtears in your skin due to the uneven jagged edges, damaging your skin's barrier. If you have to use a physical exfoliant, a soft wash cloth is probably your best choice. It won't clog your pores or tear at your skin. If you really, really want a scrub though,  it should have microbeads or something uniform that won't be too harsh. You should also avoid plastic beads, because they can really hurt the environment once they're washed down the drain :(

Once you've found a decent scrub, you shouldn't use it too often. For some people, exfoliating once a week is perfect, for others it's once a day. Just don't tug too much or be too harsh!

Another gentle option for exfoliation are those 'peel' gels, like Cure Natural Aqua Gel or Tonymoly's Appletox peeling cream. From what I understand, they're basically like a more gentle version of an acid peel that won't dry your skin out. If you do invest in one of these, be careful not to use it too often!

3) Using pore strips

What most people think of as blackheads are actually something called sebaceous filaments. Sebum is an oily substance that your skin naturally produces to protect itself from moisture loss. When this sebum collects around hair follicles, 'tiny tubes' of this sebum are formed. Your genetics determine how prominent they are, but they're not blackheads.

Image found here

Even if you use a pore strip on them, they will come right back. But you don't want to use pore strips on them in the first place, for a few reasons:
  • Peeling off the strips is harsh on your skin, leading to dryness and flakes.
  • All the tugging can cause broken capillaries- these are permanent, requiring laser treatments to fix. I have some on the sides of my nose from too harshly extracting pimples, and I hate them. :/ Don't beee liiikkee meee!!!
  • They can stretch out your pores, leading to even more obvious sebaceous filaments!
That's not to say there's nothing you can do, however! Regular chemical exfoliation with an AHA or a BHA and a regular (gentle) oil massaging can reduce the appearance of both your normal pores and the sebaceous filaments on your nose. If anyone's interested in information about BHAs or AHAs, see here.

4) Not using (enough) sunscreen

Everyone should be using 1/4 of a teaspoon of a broad spectrum sunscreen on your face, even on cloudy or rainy days. If you don't apply that much sunscreen, you aren't getting the full SPF protection stated on the bottle, and UVA rays are constantly present, rain or shine (UVB rays are more prevalent on sunny days, but still there!). This is even more important if you're using an AHA, BHA, or retinoid, as these increases your skin's sensitivity to sun. Using sunscreen is simply the best preventative tool you have available to ensure that you have lovely skin as you age! :)

Roughly 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen, Image from here.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Beauty Diary Arbutin Whitening Mask Review

My Beauty Diary's Arbutin Whitening Mask has probably been the most effective mask in terms of brightening & reducing redness that I've tried so far, as well as being quite moisturizing. Read on to find out how I feel about it in detail ~

Monday, May 6, 2013

Peripera's Peri's Tint Water #1 (cherry juice) Review

In pursuit of a decently priced lip tint for lazy days and the popular 'gradient lip' look going around the internet, I decided on the decently priced and well reviewed Peri's Tint Water. Read on to see how I liked it! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kose SOFTYMO Deep Cleansing Oil Review

Cheap, effective, and (possibly) available locally, I've come to understand why Kose's SOFTYMO Deep Cleansing oil is so well loved..
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