Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

[July 2015] INSANE JULY HAUL (Innisfree, Cure, Dollywink, D.U.P, etc.)

Omg,

For TOO LONG have I been gone, my buddies!!!! MY PALS!!~
Thank you for still being here, hahaha. I promise I won't leave for that long again! Phew~

Did you miss me? Ya, right? 

As in "yeah, you did, right?"
Not a "ya rite lol."


As I am writing this, I am eating a Tokyo Banana. I'm guessing you know what it is?




It's one of Japan's most popular snacks, and is apparently a #1 tourist souvenir thing.
It tastes so WEIRD... but I can't stop eating it omfg.


In the past couple of weeks, I have spent over $100 on these Japanese snacks.* Boxes of the Hangetsu crackers (!!!! SO GOOD!!!!) and some Tokyo Banana!
You have no idea LOL. Onomnomnomnom.
(*: For fam/friends, ofc! Not just mine!~~~~)


My friends are all "you're actually psycho".
You know, I've heard that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Nahahahhaa. 

I'm now called "the cracker lady".


If I'm whining about anything to my friends, they immediately go for the "well..... this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't bought your crackers" line. 

.....which is almost always true. 





Anyways - I come back to you with a gigantic skincare/cosmetics haul. I got these products this month, and many of these products are hauled straight from Korea and Japan!



I'll divide up the haul into sections. "Skincare", "Makeup/cosmetics" and "lol random".
(Because in every haul, there's always a WTF purchase.)





Skincare 
[Laneige, IOPE, Sulwhasoo, etc.]

Eee~ Lotte Duty Free offered up much duty-free goodies. Much yes. Much yay.


L to R: Laneige multi cleanser (foam cleanser), IOPE trouble clinic (foam cleanser), Laneige oil free cleanser, Laneige water sleeping pack





Laneige Multi Cleanser(s)
I actually bought 3 of them - I can't remember the exact price, but through the conversion (Won to CDN) and duty free, it ended up being around $20 each.
I pay around $28 for them in Toronto, so... yes. Got 3.
Need to wash face.
I use these in the night time - they have tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny little exfoliating beads. You can barely feel them. 







IOPE Trouble Solution Cleansing Foam 
I should have bought more of these. Darn it. I bought 1.
I use this in the morning - it has a slight peppermint scent. Cleanses well. It's actually a huge part of my daily skincare regime.

If you have acne-prone skin, oily skin, combination skin, or trouble skin --- try this out.
I don't get acne too much, but I had these horrible clogged pores on the side of my cheek for the longest time. I think this product might have helped to get rid of those.
(Tbh, along with several other products, so I have no idea what actually helped.)








Laneige oil-free cleansing liquid 
Didn't like this at first, I liked their moisture cleansing oil better (pink bottle). But the pink bottle was nowhere to be found. So I settled on this, because I didn't just want to waste $22 USD.
Eh, it's alright. Would buy again.









Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion (Medium Beige, #23)
Had this before, it's grown on me. I like it. It matches my skin colour a lot better than the other cushions out there.
I like this better the famous IOPE one, and the Laneige ones.

Got this at the duty free for $41 USD. Comes with refill.




I love, love the limited edition packaging!
It's so beautiful, so much beautifuller (hehe) than my original Sulwhasoo one (pictured above).





Laneige Water Bank Essence_EX (x2)
Duo package - I saved money!~




I love this essence. It's really nice, light, but still very moisturizing. Doesn't make my face sticky, I find that it's perfect for summer and winter season.
This set was $57 USD.







Laneige Bright Renew Plus (Serum and Cream)



They repackaged the "White renew plus" line to "Bright renew plus".
I was obsessed with getting brighter skin because I looked so... idk, DULL.
I already reviewed the serum on this blog, I really liked it.




Yay, I got a new serum, and yay for the cream! I've really been loving both.







Innisfree "It's Real" Mask sheets 

I got a lot of them. 10 are in each bundle (I think).
I used a couple tea tree, it's alright.








Dermal "Red Ginseng" Masks 

I don't even know how many I have.

I originally had 30 or 40 of them.
My friend bought these for me, because the Amazon seller didn't ship it directly to Toronto. :(

These are my ALL-TIME favourite masks.

Love, love, love!









Biore watery essence sunscreen

I am terrified of getting wrinkles!!! It's gonna happen, but oh gosh.
Pls no sun!!!


Sunscreen is good. Yes.





Nexcare Acne Patches
Because sometimes I get pimples. :(




These were picked up from Korea, at Olive Young. 1+1, oh yay.
I like these patches a lot more than the ones at The Face Shop. Those barely work, tbh... not on me, at least.

I'm gonna keep 1 sheet for myself, and 1 for le bff.
I'm so nice, right?????? :D





Sheseido "Perfect Whip" foam cleanser
This is a super popular cleanser - but it's so marked up here in Toronto... Meh.

My friend picked this up in Japan, and gave it to me. Arigato, lice-sama.
Where your vlog at?

Apparently they're like $3-4 in Japan? Wat.








It's Skin "Self Care Foot Peeling"
Y'all have probably tried some brand of the famous "foot peelings", but this is my first time. I still haven't used it, I'M SCARED. D:



Someone described the skin-peeling as "standing on top of mushy grass" 
WTF? 



Omg... not sure what to feel about this, but to be perfectly honest, I think I need it. My feet need it! Hoho.
I'll do a review on them, if y'all wanna see my mushy skin peeling off.

Yummmm.





Cure Natural Aqua Peeling Gel(s)
Y'all already know The Amazing. 



Another product I've heard endless talk about. Everyone says it's absolutely amazing, etcetcetc.

The price was always the "nty" point for me. At approximately $45 a bottle, it's super expensive...
But in the end, I bought 1, and my friend bought me another.

CURE is basically an exfoliator and chemical peel. You put a good dollop on your face, and rub gently. It is said that people can see their dead skin peeling away, and rolling up into little balls.





Have you used cure? 
(Haha you probably have... I'm always very late at jumping the bandwagon.)








End of skincare stuff!!!!







Makeup!!!~~
[Dollywink, D.U.P, etc.]


Tbh, it's basically just eyelashes. 


Dollywink false eyelashes 
I got some of the famous dollywink falsies.
Y'all already know I've basically tried every single DW eyelash out there.

But I just had to stock up on these.

I got multiples of the #15, and one box of the #23!



The #15 is called "pure girl".
It's half lashes, so it fits the end-half of your eye. These are similar to DW #4 (I think it's called "feminine girl"?), but these are much more natural. Shorter, too.

When worn, these look barely noticeable. It just adds that extra "ump!!!!!!" to your eyes, in a subtle way. Lol.

Especially if you have short, asian lashes like I do.

Not sure about #23. Never tried this yet. Tbh, I just bought it out of impulse.






D.U.P.
[THE EYELASHES SENT FROM HEAVEN.]


Will you ever understand my love for DUP?
NAY, YE SHALL NAWT!!!!!!




TBH, these lashes were created from the eyelash pixies up in heaven and sent down on a rainbow of PURE 24K GOLD.

I used up the boxes I showed you last year (in this blog post), so... I BOUGHT MORE! :D


I just HAD to pick up these boxes of DUP. It'll last me... a while. I see it as an investment, yo.



But no seriously, these are so good. You need these in your life.

Update May 13, 2018: GOD, I'M STILL TRYING TO USE THESE UP. I USE THEM EVERYDAY. I still have more than half of the boxes.


We make money to spend it, right? 



Most of these boxes are my favourite, #923.
They have a mix of brown and black - so they look super natural. They're so soft, so wispy.

If you have anywhere from $12-25 (yo, markups are HIGH), do yourself a favour and buy a box. Please.
It is so amazing. pls pls pls.







Sailormoon eyeliner
I just bought this because - hello, SAILORMOON CUTIE MOON ROD. 
This was around $21 CAN.




I can just see it now.
I'll be on the TTC, trying to do my makeup on the train.

Everyone is just in their dead, morning states.

BUT THEN.
I WHIP THIS OUT.











End of makeup stuff!!!!~~~~






The "lol random" stuff
Because it was neither "skincare" or "makeup", but still equally as essential to purchase. 



Sailormoon socks from Korea
Because I need the sailor scouts on my feet. 




My kind friend got me these in Korea. 
She had to legit look through sock vendor after sock vendor. 
Until she found it. 

Even then, 2 of the characters were missing (Mercury and Chibi), and STILL SHE LOOKED ON. 
All in the midst of the MERS scare.

What a pal rite???
Btw I awarded her efforts with crackers. So all is good!!!







Rohto eye drops
Because I need eye drops.




When you wear contacts, omg. These are life saving. 

They have that "minty fresh" feel, so it casually burns your eyeballs for a second. But in a really refreshing way. 

Also, I stupidly over-paid for that Lycée one. $$$$$.
Never again. Ugh. 
It's a good product, but so many stores in Toronto mark these up so high, it's ridiculous. 





Tonymoly hair tint 
Because I need to have green hair sometimes. 




It's hair tint. It comes in a little pan, and you basically just swipe your hair with it.



Repurchase? No. 
It's way too messy.

I only used the green one so far, but it's incredibly messy and difficult to use. Green dye was all over my clothes, my skin, MY FACE. 
I WAS LIKE HULK. 

Cheap, but too much work. 








omg, that's it. we're done.
that was a long post, right?
are you tired?

me too. 

do you think I spent my money wisely?
hell ya!~~~~~
okok. phew.
here is a candy for your efforts.










What about you?
What have you bought recently?


Monday, October 7, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Green Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream

Haiiyaa!

I'm back with another review! After reviewing the Tonymoly Appletox honey cream, I was curious about the green apple (ahem, for the packaging really). It turns out that one random day, my brother felt super nice and decided to buy this apple for me. Nice, ain't he?
He's not usually that nice but whatevs, y'know.


Anyways, tada - here it is! This is Tonymoly's "Green Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream"!





Description 

This '3-in-1' multi peeling cream contains both unripened apple extract and papaya extract, which work to remove dead skin cells and manage impurities. In just one application, this cream delivers 3 functions - massage, moisture, and peeling.




"Contains green apple extract. Minerals such as (Mg, Fe) and Vitamins such as (A, E, B1, B6, C) 
maintain skin’s natural firmness and brightness. This is a highly effective exfoliator. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) accelerates skin’s natural exfoliating process. Acid loosens the bind between the skin and the dead cell, which makes them easy to remove. This will soothe the outer skin to make is fresh and silky."



The green appletox comes (obviously) in an adorable, apple shaped tub. It doesn't have the extra leaf design that the red appletox has, but still - it's cute nevertheless! There is 80ml of product inside here, same as the red appletox.

No box was included with this purchase (it came on its own, bubble wrapped). And unlike the red appletox, this one did not come with a spatula. That's a "boo"!





The cream itself is white in colour, and isn't really "thick". It's quite easy to spread around, so it's easy to use. As for the smell - it's not as "heavenly" as the red appletox, but there's still a light, fresh, "unripe apple" fragrance to it.
It's not overwhelming and it doesn't give me allergic reactions. So that's good!



Size: The size of a real apple, just fuller around the edges. It contains 80ml of product inside.

Price: Approximately $9 on eBay.



Directions

1. After washing, apply a moderate amount all over your face. Avoid the lip and eye area.
2. Massage for 1-2 minutes, and wait another half minute.
3. Massage again (dead skin cells should be peeling off and visible at this point), and wash with warm water.


Application

Note: I didn't take a picture of the dead skin cells coming off my face, because... idk. I guess it looks better on the hand, yes? (Before/after face shots below)

I got a good dollop of the cream on my hand here. Wish it came with a spatula!




Massaging for a couple minutes - doop de doop.




I like to wait a bit longer than the 30 second mark - I personally find that the dead skin cells come off easier, quicker and less messier if I wait around 1-2 minutes.

Look! 





My thoughts + experience

I thought this was an useful product.

Other exfoliators (like St. Ives apricot scrub) just exfoliate with those little apricot beads, and you feel it scrub away at your skin. This Tonymoly apple, though, there wasn't any "scrubby" feeling or any harsh abrasions. I've got really sensitive skin sometimes, and this didn't hurt my face. (FYI, it's painless.) Even though you can't really feel anything, you can see the dead skin come off! Whoo!~ 

After using this product, my skin felt really soft. Baby butt soft. I like that.

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The downside, however... even though my face felt super smooth and soft, it didn't feel "fresh", or light. Because really - if a whole lot of dead skin was taken off my face, wouldn't I feel fresh faced, like my skin could breathe?
Hm... it didn't. Just felt normal. Meh.
(NOTE: If you like the "fresh" face feeling too, I'd recommend the Innisfree super volcanic clay mask. That is freeeeeesh.)

Below is Tonymoly's promo picture for this product. 



I will tell you right now - those are not accurate/realistic results. Sorry 'fo bustin' yo bubble. 

There is a slight brightening effect. (Obviously, not as crazy as the promo pic.)
Other than that - doesn't get rid of blackheads, acne, etc. 


Gets rid of dead skin, excess oil, softens, slightly brightens



How I use it

I just basically use this as a "pre" step before the actual skincare part. Meaning: I use this product only to make the effect of the other skincare products better and stronger.

Analogy: Y'know Yu-gi-oh? (The card game / old anime show)
Basically, I summon this "weak" appletox-monster and later morph/combine it with another monster... so that the final outcome (the fused monster) is better than the original appletox-monster. 

I would never ever use the "weak" appletox-monster alone in battle, and would never ever depend on the appletox-monster alone.


Omigod what did I just say. o____o
Ok whatever let's forget that.


Anyways. I don't think that this Appletox is good enough to use alone.
As in: "Scrub off my dead skin... and done!"= nono.

I use it to scrub off my dead skin, and then use products on top of that. Because you took off the layer of dead skin, products would absorb much easily into the skin now.
So after the Appletox, I use my essence, serum, cream, etc.

That being said - I think peeling creams like this are very useful. If you don't have a peeling cream like this yet, I'd recommend you to get one!



TL;DR: Useful, effective cream in getting rid of dead skin cells.
- Don't use it alone and think your skin will become amazing after using it by itself.
- Other products should be used after this to bring full use of the Appletox cream.



Pros
- Makes skin super soft and smooth
- Effectively gets rid of dead skin cells
- Cheap ($9)
- Slight brightening effect
- Gets rid of excess oil



Cons
- Doesn't get rid of blackheads/acne
- No spatula
- Not really portable



Recommend?
Yes, I'd recommend this product to anyone who doesn't have a peeling cream.
It's cheap! You can't really go wrong with $9. (And the packaging alone is loooovely.)



Repurchase?
Unless I find a cheaper peeling cream, I'll repurchase this.



What about you?

Have you used this product before?
What's your favourite Tonymoly product? 



Disclaimer: This product was not sponsored. 
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