Wednesday, 29 February 2012

And the Winner is! / theBalm Giveaway

I am excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway!

The lucky girl is Alex from Ontario!

Check out her blog. And Follow her on Twitter!

She's won brand new the Muppet Show palette as well as Joe Palette.

Here are photos of the ones I use myself:

P.S. I have two upcoming giveaways that I'm hoping to start on Sunday!


Sunday, 26 February 2012

Latest Purchases / St. Ives, Missha, Nicka K, c. Booth

I am proud to say that I didn't buy too much in February. The majority of my purchases consisted of skincare products, and essentials like BB cream and everyday lotions. I have found the best possible deals you can find in Vancouver, Canada. For example, St. Ives 600mL lotions were on sale for as low as $3!

  • Ten Color Palette by Nicka K Cosmetics in Anaconda / Works so well!
  • Pre de Provence Verbena Soap & 20% Organic Shea Butter Hand Cream / Luxurious!
  • c. Booth Derma c24 Travel/trial Set / toner, lotion, moisturizer, and cleanser!
  • Bonne Bell Eye Mascara in Classic Cafe, Eye Shadow Stick in 14K Gold, and Eye Define in Midnight Bark / I got this as a set!
  • Kiss Premium Eyelashes in 07 / I can't wait to try them!
  • Yardley London Oatmeal and Almond Soap + Martina oatmeal soap / For my boyfriend!
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon eye pencil in White
  • Missha M BB Cream in #13 / This is my second container! :) I love this stuff
  • St. Ives lotions in Collagen Elastin, Skin Renewing, and Intensive Relief / $3 each!
  • Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes 30 pk. / I use them at the gym


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Week in Photos / February 13th-21st

I am now sharing my mobile photos with you. Enjoy! :)

Last week's big event was Valentine's day. I've indulged in a lot of sweets! Yumm...


Monday, 20 February 2012

Face of The Day / February 15 / Purple Shock / 15 minutes look

It's been raining quite a bit, and while I've been feeling down, I thought it would be a great idea to cheer myself up by adding a hint of bright purple eyeliner to an ordinary look. This look in fact is very simple and took me about 15 minutes to achieve! :)

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Product Review / Clean & Clear Morning Glow Moisturizer

I've almost finished this product, so it's time for a review! Clean & Clear Morning Glow claims to moisturize and instantly brighten skin. The verdict? Yes, it brightens my skin, but it contains shimmer that feels like very finely-grained sand. It works, but I am not a fan of such grainy feeling on my skin. It feels weird at first, but fine after putting on foundation.

Overall, it's a decent product and after reading other reviews it seems like it's liked by 60% of its users. Personally, I use it mainly as a sunscreen, and had been using it regularly during summer/fall.

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Petroleum jelly / Vaseline / When it's OK to use it

So, I happen to have a tiny jar of Vaseline. Honestly, I avoid using petroleum jelly, aka Vaseline, as a moisturizer, and especially not for my face, since petroleum is a by-product of gasoline. Yikes! It's not the best choice for a healthy moisturizer.

I've also recently found out that it is a sealant, and doesn't get absorbed by the skin:

"studies have shown that Vaseline has no medicinal effect nor any effect on the blistering process, nor is it absorbed by the skin. Petroleum jelly's effectiveness in accelerating wound healing stems from its sealing effect on cuts and burns, which inhibits germs from getting into the wound and keeps the injured area supple by preventing the skin's moisture from evaporating."

But there are ways when petroleum jelly may come in handy, for instance:
  • It can soften rough skin on elbows, knees, or heels
  • Use it as a makeup remover to lift mascara and liner
  • Tame wild eye brows. Tap the product along the brows, then comb
  • Use it as hair pomade to prevent fly-aways and split-ends
  • Moisturize and heal dry, cracked cuticles
  • Mix it with your lipstick to create tinted lip balm (just don't eat it)
  • Use Vaseline around your eyes to prevent skin damaging effects of windy/cold weather
I've also found out via Reader's Digest, that the jelly can be used for manicures! The information is quite interesting and something I may try in the future:

No more messy manicures. During home manicures, it’s hard to keep the nail polish from running over on your cuticles. Petroleum jelly can help your manicures look more professional. Dab some along the base of your nails and the sides. If polish seeps off the nail during the manicure, all you do is wipe off the petroleum jelly and the sloppy nail polish is gone.

Also, what counts when buying this jelly is its purity. Pure petroleum jelly is considered to be safe and not as carcinogenic.


Monday, 6 February 2012

Finally hitting pan / January Empties

A makeup jargon, hitting pan is when you use a product so much that you hit the pan that the makeup is packaged in. I am always incredibly happy when I hit pan with my products! yay!

Here's what I've finished up in the past few weeks:

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Spring/Summer Trend Report 2012

I am already looking forward to Spring/Summer! It's only a month away.

Here are some fresh ideas straight out of my Elle Canada February 2012 magazine:

Retro + the Shirt dress
Yellow + Athletic
Boho + Crochet + Prints
White + Tribal
Pastels + Pleats

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