Swatch: Essie Chinchilly

3:00:00 PM mandy 8 Comments

My first nail polish that is out of my comfort zone color (purples..pinks..)!

It’s described on the Essie site as “a sleek granite gray”.

To me it looks a bit like gray, brown, and a little bit of purple mixed together.

Taken with natural light & flash

Taken with natural light & no flash

Taken with artificial light & flash

Taken with artificial light & no flash


Love Package from Lil Lady's Life

3:00:00 PM mandy 13 Comments

I’ve been very lucky on blogspot! (I wish I was this lucky in life lol)
I’m very thankful for all the bloggers :] Always so nice ^__^

& I’m very sorry that I can’t also give back to everyone with giveaways (hope you understand!)

A little while ago I won Lil Lady’s Life’s giveaway…I’m always excited about receiving prizes but this time I was jumping out of my seat with joy! :D

Why..? Because the prizes included the MAC Stereo Rose MSF (ahh!!) & Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus = Double the happiness :]

And she was so sweet and included a lot of samples (great for me since I’m still trying to find things that work best for me)^__^

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

*Message to Lil Lady’s Life: Thank YOU for the giveaway and blogging :] And the MSF came in one piece!*

Nothing special about the package…BUT wait for the contents that were inside :]

So many samples! My collection of samples just keeps growing :P

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus.
I can’t wait to try this out. But I’m going to have to look around for how others take it off since I heard it is very very hard to remove it >__<

Guess what’s inside…!

Tada!! (lol excuse my expressions if you think it’s too corny :X)

H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment (Oil-Free), Bad Gal Plum, B&BW Midnight Pomegranate Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel, & MAC Stereo Rose MSF

Thank you a bunches (again lol)!!! ^__^

I’ve only tried the H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment and I think it’s been really helping with my dry patches. Must go and find the H20+ store in NYC!


Is it fake?

5:00:00 PM mandy 7 Comments

Help! Help! Help!

Yesterday I had the time to make a trip to Chinatown to walk around the beauty shops.
I remembered seeing some of the Hada Labo range at one of the shops I usually browse around and decided to get it.

I usually don’t doubt the authenticity of products (even though it is always better to be on the safe side), I went ahead and googled pictures to compare the labels on the ones other bloggers posted and the one I had.

And…they’re different!! Ahh >__< There is Japanese the label, but there is also quite a lot of Chinese. It didn’t click to me when the SA at the store was reading it off to me in Chinese :X

I hope it is because it’s from Hong Kong (at least I think it is…), whereas most bloggers who blogged about the product were from Singapore/Malaysia.

If anyone has seen packaging like the one that I have, please let me know so I can calm myself and use this product happily :[

Maybe I'm just over thinking this?...What do you guys think?

This is the one that I got.

The only one that is closest to mine that I’ve seen.

The one that is most similar to the ones other bloggers have.

Here are the differences.


Review: Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

8:00:00 AM mandy 8 Comments

Kose Softymo Speeding Cleansing Oil

Can anyone read what it says (especially the ingredients)? I would like to know if it has mineral oil or any other ingredient that might be harmful, thank you!

That’s a little less than half a pump. You can’t see the consistency but it’s pretty liquidy, not thick at all.

From ebay ~USD$11(not including shipping);
From Sasa ~USD$12.70 (Bottle with product + Refill);
I bought mine from a beauty store in Chinatown for ~USD$10.

Package: Pump bottle with 230ml. I use 1-1.5 pumps when I’m only wearing powder, blush, concealer. And ~2 pumps if I’m wearing BB Cream/foundation/tinted moisturizer.

-Leaves my face pretty clean.
-Doesn’t have a fragrance, but the smell isn’t exactly pleasant (I can’t really describe it though, definitely isn’t a vulgar scent..)
-Can be found in some beauty stores/pharmacies in Chinatown in NYC
-Did NOT break me out!
-Can buy refills if you do like it (the beauty store that I got this from did not sell refills, but it is available online)

-Not available locally for some
-Might be over priced compared to prices in Asia
-My vision becomes a bit cloudy afterwards especially if I massage the cleansing oil around my under-eye area to dissolve(I think that’s how cleansing oil work..? lol) my concealer
-Made my skin feel very tight and dry after washing it off

No. Like I said, it made my skin feel tight afterwards and I had dry patches. I don’t like the feeling of my face being so dry and stripped of moisture :[ I usually take off my makeup before I shower and then wash my face with a cleanser a couple of hours later after I brush my teeth (complicated but it makes sense to me lol). Moisturizing will probably help but then I’d be moisturizing 3x a day..too much for my combination skin IMO

Rating: 3/5
It’s an average cleansing oil. I like it because it is not expensive, but my skin just feels soo dry after using it. I can’t say too much for eye makeup/waterproof makeup because I don’t own/use any. It may work well for you, but everyone is different so I can say.

Recommend?: Maybe. If you can find it and would like to give it a try, sure. It is not expensive so it won’t leave a hole in your wallet, but I’m sure there are better ones out there…Again, it might work for some people. I guess I’m just not fortunate enough to find a cheap cleansing oil that doesn’t dry my skin out :\

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 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 >__<;; After I finish this or close to finishing it, I will be looking for another cleansing oil. Anyone have suggestions? I have a few in mind & will be walking around to compare prices when I have time! lol


Upside down Kabuki?

8:18:00 PM mandy 6 Comments

Ahh, holidays = no school!

But, what a boring day today was. I just stayed home and did practically nothing! So unprotective I know..time is precious and I didn’t make good use of it. Even though I should have been very busy, I of course procrastinated >__<

I did, however, find time to deep clean my brushes today! :] I usually just lay them on a paper towel and let it dry overnight…but laying a kabuki down isn’t really the best idea.

A couple hours early, when I was browsing through youtube videos, I found a great tip from Enkore. It’s a really great way to dry your kabuki brush (or any other dense brush, you could probably just tie the rubber band closer to the ferule part and suspend it that way, if you don’t want to lay it down).

Click here to go to the video.

This is the cup that I usually keep the brushes that I use in. Since all my brushes are laying out to dry, it was empty. It’s a lot shorter than the cup that Enkore used, so I had to twist and turn my paper clips a bit weird in order for the bristle to not touch the cup lol :P

Just thought it would be a fun tip to share with those who didn’t know about Enkore or completely missed it like I did. ^__^


First Day of Senior Year + Products I Used

8:23:00 PM mandy 0 Comments

First day of school was today! How exciting…! My last year of high school. To be honest, it didn’t feel particularly different. I think a lot of the underclassmen disguise themselves very well! At least the ones that don’t look very young blend in well…
What a stressful Fall/Winter it is going to be. Who remembers going through the college process? Fun wasn’t it ^__^
*Does anyone get very annoyed when your school changes a lot of things the last year you're in the school?! Make us suffer! Lol
**Happy 4-day weekend to those you have vacation for the Jewish holidays! How lucky/strange to have only 1 day of school the whole week..Very smart NY education system!**

I’ve never done these before but I felt like sharing what I used today for school today. For those that are interested and for myself to look back to in later years :P

Last year during this time I did not wear makeup yet so I had nothing to worry about (I woke up, brushed my teeth, ate breakfast, and left the door). This year I actually got ready and “prettied myself up”, sorta…It isn’t much since I’m still in the learning process and like the natural look. Sorry there won’t be a FOTD picture to go along. I'm still self-conscious about showing my face :X

L to R: MAC Mineralize Blush in Pet Me, MAC MSF Natural in Light Medium, & sample of Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude

L to R: Everyday Minerals Long Handle Kabuki, MAC 182, Studio Tools Dual Finish Brush (from target)

Oh wow I didn’t even realize that the brushes correlate with the product I used it with LOL what a coincidence :P

A very minimal look. I wasn’t looking for a lot of coverage, just enough to cover the most of the redness on my cheeks and from various acne scars. This will most likely be more and less the same for now since it doesn't require too much time. ^__^

What kind of products do you use for school/work?