August 2010 Collective Haul

9:04:00 PM mandy 14 Comments

First off, thank you soo much for those that gave me tips in my last post! I’m definitely going to be trying them over the next few weekends and practice before I actually wear it out/to school :]


Now..onto my monthly hauls!
Believe me when I tell you this, this haul is going to scare some of you :X
I bought quite a few expensive things that I normally do not buy.
But!! It shouldn’t be as bad once school starts next week (hopefully) hehe

L to R: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15 in Natural Beige & Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream For Face SPF55 PA+++
I was running low on my Lioele sunscreen so I got this one after hearing so many good things from bloggers and YouTubers. I’ve been using it alternately with the remaining Lioele sunscreen that I have left and it’s pretty good. Don’t want to say too much until I use it for a longer period of time.

L to R: Dolly Wink Pencil Eyeliner in Black, Dolce&Gabbana l’eau the one, Amore Pacific Natural Protector SPF30/PA+++, Givenchy Hot Couture, Etude House Collagen Moistful Trial Kit (Didn’t notice that it was upside down..sorry!)
The first pencil eyeliner that I purchased! I thought it would be very hard but it isn’t = no tugging! The rest were freebie samples that the soompi seller included for me. I LOVE buying from that seller. She lives within walking distance from me so I could save on shipping :P

L to R: Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover & Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I would say this was an impulse buy, but it only half true. I wanted to get an eye makeup remover so I could start practicing using the pencil eyeliner. But CVS was having a BOGO 50% off and I felt if I didn’t buy a second item it wouldn’t be worth it (terrible I know because I only needed 1) >__< Who else has this weakness? lol

L to R: MAC 182, Rimmel Eyeshadow Trio in 624 Lynx, some sponge tip applicators
My first MAC brush :] I had been eyeing the brush for the longest time! It is the special/limited edition version with the cube-like bottom. It is sooo soft!!!! Ahh! (Despicable me moment :P) And the best part is, I got it for $28 from a soompi seller. She included the freebies. More makeup to play with!

L to R: MAC Mineralize Blush in Utterly Game & MAC Mineralize Blush in Pet Me
My first MAC blushes/mineralized blush. When pictures of these came out I was debating whether to get them or not. But after I read the description I really wanted them. I missed out on Stereo Rose MSF, Petticoat MSF, and By Candlelight MSF, but these are really pretty and smooth too. It isn’t as glittery-shimmery as I thought (which is a good thing because I like the natural look). Anyone recommend any specific brush to use with these and isn’t expensive (keep in mind I’m only a student with no income of my own). I even called in the morning to ask them to hold these for me..very nerve-wracking because it was my first time calling a store let only about holding MU for me in the morning :X

L to R: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude & Sephora Professional Slim Pencil Sharpener
I’ve gotten a sample of the tinted moisturizer before but I think in Sand(?) and it was too orange for me. The sharpener of course is for my pencil eyeliner!



5:45:00 PM mandy 11 Comments

No tips from me lol I'm a MU newbie.

Any one have any tips for a first time pencil eyeliner user? ^__^

I've been wanting to try using pencil liner and finally got one (will be in the next haul post).

But I find it hard to line my eyes. I can line my left eye better than my right eye.

I was trying for the first time today and I found that when I brought the pencil liner towards my right eye it would twitch. Also...I can't keep my right eye closed while my left one is open (but I can vice versa)

Note: I am aiming for natural lined look & bigger eyes. Not really winged out. Just the top lined? And no tight lining yet because I'm too afraid of poking my eye :X

Thank you in advance! I have no one to ask for help. So what better place to get tips than here? ^__^


Oh no!

6:18:00 PM mandy 15 Comments

It finally happened...

My Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink (thank you Blair for reminding me i forgot the name :X) that broke by itself a couple of weeks ago, fell on the floor >__<

I can’t even salvage it if I wanted to...

How did it even break? I don’t twist it up all the way when I use it since its brand new...

Hello Riteaid/Duane Reade, here I come! :P

I really liked this shade, thankfully it isn’t LE (at least to my knowledge it isn’t).

When blended out it gives a nice glow, if layered a little bit more it’ll give a pretty flush. Pretty natural so = I like (possible love hehe).

It looks like a corally-pink (I’m pretty terrible at describing colors sorry!).

Both are done with a pretty heavy hand. Top=blended & Bottom=unblended

Depending on the weather and what activities I’m doing, it can last pretty long or not very long. I don’t carry makeup around so I do not touch up, but you can if you want to.

I’m not sure how this would look on darker skin types, and it doesn’t really hurt to try since at most drugstores that I’ve been to it is USD$3.99 (it might be different depending on where you live and from store to store)

Has anyone else tried it? What do you think about it? ^__^

Did anyone else’s come apart like that?

Disclaimer: I bought this product with my own money and these are my honest opinions based on the experience I've had with the product. I'm not affiliated with the company.


Review: Lioele Fresh Sun Screen SPF45/PA++

10:27:00 PM mandy 14 Comments

So here goes everybody…after a year of sporadic blog posting *drum roll please! :]*
My FIRST review post! Yay!! *clap clap ^^;*
It isn’t something that anybody asked for a review for, nor is it something I’ve posted a haul for on this blog.
But I’m about almost done with it and I’ve come to really like this product so I thought I’d share my love with others.

It is the Lioele Fresh Sun Screen with SPF45 PA++
(will post pictures first)

I’ve used it quite a lot! Almost finished ^__^

Here’s the back in case anyone understands Korean and would like to know what it says :P

The ingredients are on the box in English (a major plus for anyone who is cautious of the ingredients in their products and a big YAY for a Korean company with English on their package!)

This is all that I use for my whole face (just enough for face, I use a liquidier one for my neck).

Isn’t liquidy but also isn’t super duper thick and hard to spread somewhere in between. Don’t really need to tug at your face and have patchy sunscreen. I apply by patting it around so it covers the area I want it to then lightly spread.

Half blended

Fully blended

From ebay ~USD$14.95-$19.95 (not including shipping);
From Gmarket ~₩11,500(on sale)-₩23,000 (not on sale);
From Pretty & Cute USD$28.
I bought mine from a seller on soompi in a set with the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream for ~USD$30 shipping if I remember correctly. I found the same exact set on Gmarket for ₩25,000.

Package: Squeeze tube. Pretty hygienic. But when it gets to the very end, it is kind of hard to get every last of the product out. But with this kind of formula, it would be pretty hard getting the product out of a pump bottle unless it was an airless pump bottle anyways.

-Leaves a matte finish
-My face feels pretty soft after it sinks in a bit (or maybe because of the silicones…)
-No white case
-High SPF
-Has PA++ (blocks UVA & UVB rays)
-Has 80ml
-Slight sunscreen scent but not as strong as others and it is more of a fresh scent (sorry hehe I can’t really describe scents that well :X)
-Lasted for a long time (with daily usage…a little more than a year and it hasn’t gone bad)
-Is a physical sunscreen
-Wore to the beach and my face did NOT tan, whereas my other body parts without it (such as my neck, chest, arms, legs, etc) did get darker
-Did NOT break me out!!

-Not available locally
-Can be pricey if you can’t find a good deal for it
-Is ever so slightly greasy (nothing a little powder can’t fix..or just leave it alone for a while to sink it and no more greasy feeling)
-Have to wash your hands after applying (it leaves a slight residue..but it could also be me because a lot of products that I use leaves a residue on my hands after I apply them)
-Have parabens, silicones, talc (the parabens and talc scare me a bit now that I know what it can do but I didn’t know about them when I bought a little over a year ago >__<) Repurchase?: Maybe. Since this was the first sunscreen that I used daily for my face…I’d still like to try others that are out there. Even though I like it a lot…after googling about parabens & talc I got a bit scared >__< Rating: 4/5
1 point altogether for not being available locally and the parabens/talc situation. Before I googled it I was ready to give it a 4.5 lol :X

Recommend?: If you aren’t bothered by the parabens and talc & can order online, do try it. If you have already tried it let me know how you liked it ^__^

Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. I am not affiliated with the company or any other sites mentioned above. These are just my opinions so please research more about a product before buying it. I'm just trying to share the experiences I get from using a certain product. I'm not endorsing it or anything. If anything this is for my own memory of what I liked and what I didn't like. skin is my skin...your skin is your skin, please don't blame me if the product doesn't work for you >__<;;

Question to other bloggers who do that all I need to write for the disclaimer? I don't want to get in trouble ><;; Do I need a disclaimer if I bought the product myself? (This is one of the reviews that put me off reviewing products...don't want to get into any legal troubles :|)

So..after all that, how was it? My first review? Please critique all you want! I will toughen up and use it to get improve ^^;


July 2010 Collective Haul

11:20:00 AM mandy 11 Comments

I’m proud of myself this month. I spent less and my haul post this month is considerable smaller ^__^ I hope that stays that way for a while..

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Office

L to R: Lioele Blooming Pop in Pinky Tint & Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Stick in Milk Pink
I’ve been looking for an easy to blend lip & cheek tint and I think I’ve found it. I really like the gel consistency (must easier to use then my Tony Moly lip tints). And a lot of bloggers/youtubers had been talking about the Donut Glo-Stick so I got one to try.

N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Wild Berry

I finally found one of the LE colors for this range! And I love it ^__^ I tried it out over the weekend. It looks scary in the tube but when blended it gives a nice pink flush, very natural (I blend it out with the ELF Flat Top Powder brush so it makes it not as harsh/bright looking). Also…I don’t know what others are talking about when they say that these last only a couple of hours but mine lasts 6+ hours >__> Maybe different people and climates react differently to it…

I’m still on the hunt for Pink Flash. The bright colors looks so pretty now…ahh!


Giveaway alert!

8:20:00 PM mandy 2 Comments

500+ Followers Giveaway!

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The winners will be selected randomly and privately contacted. Giveaway ends August 16, 2010 11:59 PM PST. Open to international followers. In order to enter, please follow a few simple rules. Invalid entries will not be accepted. She will not accept entries from blogs that were created solely to enter giveaways. (She will be checking.)

Giveaway rules:
- Must be a follower of her blog. Please leave a comment in her post telling her which upcoming makeup collection you're looking forward to. Don't forget to leave your email address as well. (1 entry)

Additional entries:
- Post about this giveaway in a blog post or on the sidelink of your blog. Must link to her giveaway post. Your post must include grand prize picture (the one with MAC prizes). (4 entries)
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