Jun 14, 2017

FREE Canada Day Nail Vinyls

Who is excited about this year's Canada Day(July 1)? It will be Canada's 150th birthday this year.

Besides wearing red, what else do you plan on dressing up for this year's big celebration?

How cool are these?

I am never a good nail art gal and nail vinyls/stencils seem to be my solution. Just apply a base coat and let it dry completely. Place the vinyl over your nail and paint another color to get the perfect Canadian flag on your nails. 

Nail Polish Canada partnered with What's up Nails to create these awesome Canada Day nail vinyls and even better, Nail Polish Canada has offered 10 of my lucky readers to get these vinyls free, just in time for the Canada Day celebration in 2 weeks. 

Here is how you can get your free nail vinyls(even free shipping!!):
Head over to Nail Polish Canada and use my code: E23M14DLESRY0

Big thank you to Nail Polish Canada for being so generous in providing me the nail vinyls and 10 of my readers. 

Jun 1, 2017

May Empties

Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Soap
Origins United State Toner
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
SkinInc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask
SkinInc Collagen Serum

Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Soap is probably one of the mousse soap that I adore. I have tried many and most of them don't work well with my skin, either drying it out more or causing irritation. But this one does not. It is gentle and it cleanses well.

Origins is my favorite skincare brand. Prices are decent and their products are amazing. My holy grail toner is their United State and this has to be my 5th bottle and I will continue to purchase. Whenever Origins.ca has a special promo or sale, I always stock up on this. Another one is GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. I have had this for a while and just recently started to re-use this and loving it. It is a lighter texture and perfect for warmer months.

I got the SkinInc. hydrating mask together with 3 mini sized serum in a kit during last October's Sephora VIB sale. The mask is a sleeping mask and not overly thick. It is a gel-texture and I find it better to sleep on throughout the night. If it is a thicker texture, the pillow case would benefit more than my face :)
Chosungah 22 C& T Blender Fresh Mix
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer
Fresh Lip Treatment in Fig
Urban Decay Glide-on Eye Pencil

Finished three of my holy grail makeup items: Chosungah 22 foundation, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer and Fresh Lip Treatment. Took me a long time to finish the concealer as you only need a tiny amount. A lot of people say Fresh Lip Treatment is just a glorified tinted lip balm and not worth the hefty price tag. I have been using this for years and still loving it. Happy that they keep adding new shades to their collection.

Urban Decay Glide-On Pencils are awesome. They really do what their name suggested: glide-on. Glides on easily and stays on. Not a fan of the price tag though and I think I just found a drug-store dupe: Rimmel Scandalous Eye pencil and it is just as good.

Finished a whole bunch of face sheet masks this month. Tried a few and found some good ones. G-Dragon Fantastic Shining Mask Pack is one of the better ones. I didn't have high hope for this mask as I thought usually celebrity-collaborated ones are just a gimmick. But this one is really good. It is a pack which includes a sheet mask, a cleanser and eye cream. It is really handy to bring when  you travel and the results are amazing. I got mine at Kmall24.com and they still have it on sale. I just reordered a few more boxes. 

 Candles & Body:
Bath and Body Works Mango Coconut Cooler
Simplepleasures Citrus & Mint Body Scrub

Only finished one 3-wick candle this month. Mango Coconut Cooler is a nice summer-scente candle. 

Got a body scrub from Winners and this one is just ok. Not a very effective body scrub but I like body scrub in a tube for easy squeeze in the shower. Scent is very nice and scrub is gentle and I can use it every day.


May 24, 2017

May Favorites

I don't do monthly favorites often as when I found a good product, I keep using it month after month. I have discovered a few new products and thought I would share with you guys.

I love a good, gentle exfoliator. Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off is such a good product. Hudson Bay is carrying the brand now and it is so nice to get more Korean brands at local department stores instead of buying them off Korean websites. This is gentle enough to use almost daily and I use it before I do a deep hydration mask and find it works best that way.

Another Korean product I am loving is the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. I am new to trying out products from Innisfree. I love their facial sheet masks and thought their skin care products may also be awesome. I am right about this eye cream. Very hydrating and I usually layer up 2 eye products at night to make sure my eye area is well-hydated. But I only have to use solely this product and is enough.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified  in It's Happening. I am loving this liquid lipstick. I got this as a GWP at Sephora and it is a deluxe sample size. It is a vibrant bright pink shade which may scare a lot of people off. It is quite intimidating at first to me as well but the way I apply is dot it on my lips and smack together and use a piece of kleenax or a q-tip to blend it. The shade is much toned-down that way and the color last ALL DAY LONG on my lips and it is not drying my lips. 

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara* is probably my new favorite drug store mascara. It doesn't weigh my lashes down and really gives my mascara lots of volume but not too dramatic. 

Another drug store gem is Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kaja Eyeliner. I have been loving to tight line my eyes lately and since I used up all my Urban Decay Glide-On eyeliners, I want to try a drug store one and compare. This one is very similar to the Urban Decay one. Stays on and doesn't smudge and it is only a fraction of the price of the UD one. 

I have tried a whole lot of new facial sheet masks in the past few months. One stands out is the GD Fantastic Mask Pack. Each box comes with 5 mask packs. Each pack contains one sheet mask, a one-time-use portion of eye cream and cleanser. When I see celebrity-collaborated products, I don't usually have high hopes for that. But this one is an exception. The texture of the sheet mask is not the thick one and when you apply on your face, it sits close to your face and deliver the essence to your skin much better that way. 

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is my first acne pimple patch. Whenever I get a blemish/pimple, it is not that bad but my problem is it takes a long time for the dark pigmentation to go away. So I thought whenever I see a pimple popping up, I would do anything to stop it from going full-blown so I don't have to deal with the aftermath. COSRX is a well-know Korean skin care brand and this is my first try with the brand. Each pack comes with 24 different-sized patches. I stick a patch on the pimple  after I clean my face at night and in the morning, the pimple size is usually less irritated and less red. 


May 16, 2017

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte in It's Happening

I have tried a lot of liquid lipsticks and to be honest, only a few made my "to wear" list. Others just sit at the back of my shamefully big lipstick collection.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick is definitely one of my go-to liquid lipstick. It is long-lasting, matte but not make my lips dry, and the finish is simply beautiful.

I have their melted matte  in the shade Sell Out. It is your regular mauve pink shade. It is easy to apply, unlike other liquid lipsticks where you have to be 3 inches from your magnifying vanity mirror to apply so you wouldn't apply "outside" your lips and smear all over your face. 

I was going to get another shade and last week Sephora had an awesome gift with purchase offer online. Buy $25 and get a deluxe sample of It's Happening.

It's Happening is a bright fuchsia magenta shade. It is very intimidating when you first look at it. It actually looks much brighter in real life. It is very pigmented but the formula of the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified lipstick is so creamy and easy to apply. 

How I apply It's Happening is since it is super bright, I only dare to dot a few tiny dots on my lips and then either use a q-tip or a piece of tissue paper to spread out the color. If I apply it full-on, like the other shade I own which is an easy mauve shade, it would be too much. This is only my second time testing this shade out so I am still trying to figure out a way to apply it well. Since I dab the product on and spread out with my a q-tip, my lips are quite dry afterwards and I have to apply my Buxom lip gloss on top. Yes, I know, it defeats the purpose of applying a matte lipstick. Will have to experiment more to find the best way to apply this gorgeous shade. 

Are you a fan of bright fuchsia lip shade for the summer?

May 12, 2017

New Maybelline Products

Maybelline has been one of my favorite drugstore brands. I was sent some products to try out and out of the 5 products, I have only tried the Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. I was sent the right shade which I am very happy about and it will be perfect for the summer. 

  1. Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Kit*
  2. Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter*
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation*
  4. Maybelline Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter*
  5. Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara*

There are a lot of color correcting kits out there. I mainly use the light salmon shade and the green shade to help with my dark circles and redness around my nose. Not a particular fan of this one though. The shade selection is very good for this kit as I can see myself using all the shades. But the formula is not as creamy as I would prefer. I feel the creamier it is, the better coverage it is. These shades are just too light to the touch and do not do much in terms of correcting any color imperfections.

The Brow Precise Highlighter is a very unique and good concept of applying highlighter to your brows. The slanted-angle tip really help in how precise you want the highlighter to be applied onto your brow bone. However, even though I have oily combo skin, I always have dried skin on my brows. I find this formula to be a bit too powdery. I have to use my fingers to blend it out a bit but find the highlighter got rubbed into tiny crumbs. Not a pretty scene and especially when those crumbs got into my eyes. I suggest to apply moisturizer well onto brow area before using this.

Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter is my favorite product. I like a subtle highlighter and this one is subtle enough but definitely noticeable on the cheeks. I have used this both as a highlighter by dabbing a few dots on top of my cheekbones and also mix it with my foundation to give it a more luminous finish. It is a light pink pearl shade and it is a breeze to blend. 

The mascara is the Colossal Big Shot. I usually only use waterproof formula and the one I am sent is a regular one. I have tested it out but I like to give it a few more days after I opened the tube to really test it out as I like the formula to be a bit drier for my stubborn lashes so it wouldn't weigh them down too much.

Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is a drugstore foundation I have tried before and gave high review. It has great coverage and even though it says matte, as I have oily combination skin, it dries to a semi-matte for my skin. This foundation does not feel heavy at all. I hate wearing foundation all day long with a thick coverage. Feel like my pores are being suffocated but not this one. This one has enough natural coverage but yet still feel light. I don't need the urge to rush home to wash off my face. It is a must for me, especially in the summer months.

Have you tried any of these Maybelline products?

* products were sent by ChickAdvisor Review Club

May 2, 2017

Kmall24 Sheet Mask Awesome Deal

If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I am obsessed with facial sheet mask. Once you try a few ones and know which ones work best for you, stock up.

That is what I did. I placed my second order with Kmall24 and it just arrived. I placed my order on April 12. The processing time of orders is quite long(usually 5 days) and it will take approximately 7-10 business days to arrive.

SNP Bird's Nest Aqua Eye Patch
Tony Moly I'm Real Rice Mask

I got most of the items on deep discount as the shelf life is short for those. But these days I go through a box of sheet masks so often, I don't mind at all. 

My order came to US $32 as they are offering free shipping over $29 orders. They are having another free shipping offer until May 10. 

Apr 27, 2017

Korean Beauty Online Stores Review

Over the past couple of years, I have placed a lot of orders from beauty shops from Korea. I started off with a few reputable Korean ebay sellers and slowly branched out to online stores.

It all depends on the brands you are buying. A few online stores carry a few brands I want and the shipping fee is a major factor as well. Most of them do not offer free shipping(even over a certain dollar amount) and they go by weight. So if you order some luxurious skin care products and they come in glass bottles, you will be hit with a hefty shipping fee.

I ordered my Troipeel Trioareuke A Cushion there. They also have an ebay store. They have a wide variety of brands and the prices are very competitive. I ordered from their ebay store and it was free shipping. Shipping time is acceptable. They ship by economy post and it took approximately 18 business days to arrive. 

They offer a lot of Korean brands and if you catch a good sale, you can really save a lot of $. They always have promotions like get $5 off if you spend $50, $20 if you spend $200 etc. I always check on their clearance section first and find great deals there. I ordered a Hera lipstick before Christmas and since it is a small order, I only paid US $4 for shipping which is not too bad. Their shipping time was super fast. I got my order within 5 business days even at the peak of Christmas season. Their shipping fee goes by weight. I wanted to get a few boxes of sheet masks and even they were at deep discount, after the shipping fee is factored in, they were not that cheap after all.

3. Kmall24
I just received my first order from Kmall24.com. I wanted to try the G-Dragon Fantastic Shining Mask Pack. It is a three-step pack: cleansing foam, a sheet mask and eye cream. Kmall24 has this in deep discount and I thought what a great way to try their store. I also picked up the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream as I couldn't find it in the stores I went last month when I went home to Toronto. They offer free shipping with orders over US $29. So I got free shipping with this order. 

Their order processing time is quite long. I placed my first order on April 10 and it wasn't shipped until 5 days later. They also don't send you email updates about your order. You have to go to your account and check on the status of your order which is not the most convenient way. But my order arrives in less than 10 business days which is very good to me. They also sent it by registered mail so you would have to sign for your parcel. I don't know how long or how often they offer free shipping with orders over US $29 so I placed a second order already. My second order consists of boxes of sheet masks, which in other websites, would cost me a bit for shipping.

4. Meetunni*
This is a new website just launched. They offer free shipping on orders over US $38. They don't have a whole lot of brands yet but their prices are quite good. I ordered sheet masks from them and I got updated email confirmations on my order and order status.

Hope my brief review on these few Korean beauty online stores will help. Do you have a favorite online store to get your beauty/Korean beauty goodies?

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