Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Face Mask Galore: Drugstore vs High-ends?


Face mask galore!!! I sorta went overboard with face mask....o'come on! but I have an excuse thoo...hahahha I usually share my skincare items with my siblings and cousins. They are always wondering what concoctions I have in my room for their skin problems. So, let's get on with the review, shall we? ^^

My skin bio: yuck!, hahaha.. I have Asian olive skin. I have combo/oily skin. My face is like a grease-ball especially during the summer. My t-zone and nose is were the oil likes to accumulate. As for the winter, I have dry skin especially near my nose. Also I sometimes get dry patches on my face which is very odd, but this rarely happens probably once in a blue moon. 

Which mask is best suited for your skin problems?

Moisture Mask(s): is great for those with dry skin or whenever your skin starts to flake off snowflakes of dry skin..yikes! Moisture mask are also great for dry skin patches. I have combo/oily skin and I still get snowflakes of dry skin falling off my face once in awhile, especially over the winter. 
***Almost forgot to mention, after a PMD (Personal Microdermabrasion) moisture mask are great to plump the skin back up from the disk sloughing off the dead skin cells off the delicate skin of your face.
*Philosophy Lasting Hope is a moisture mask- consistency of the mask is clear,not to fragrance, leaving skin soft and supple!... I use this especially during the winter days, my skin gets so dry during the harsh winter days.
*The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In moisture mask- it's light pink, a light fragrance, almost like glycerin but a bit lighter, very soothing and leaving my skin soft and supple too!, not a fan of the container, I prefer a squeeze like Philosophy due to contamination, which by the way reduces the life span of the product.

Freeman's Mask(s): 
Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask- it's a gel paste consistency, soothing mask for irritated skin, this is great after an exfoliation to sooth the skin after sloughing off dead skin, the best part is that it peels off... 
Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask- it is a bit gritty, similar like a sugar scrub paste but more watered down; can be used as a mask or a scrub, smells like fresh pineapple goodness!!!.. when I usually break out horribly I add a crushed aspirin to this concoction and it works wonder and it smells so good!  

Clay Mask(s): are great for problematic skin, acne, reducing enlarged pores, blackheads, whitehead, reduces irritation and pimple spot treatments... Clay mask are a little bit harder and could be a pain in the butt to wash off but believe me the after effects are so worth it! ;)
Facial Clay Mask Mint & Lemon- great for brightening (lemon) and reducing inflammation (mint), this especially reduces enlarged pores, this also helps with those suckers, blackheads!.. This one is probably one of my favorite drugstore mask! 
Superfruits Detoxifying Clay Facial Mask- leaving skin refreshed with all the superfruits, makes dull skin to glowing skin feeling soft and supple, smells wonderful, reduces irritation, reduce enlarged pores....
Yes to cucumber- very thick clay paste, very soothing and refreshing, and great for red acne prone skin. This mask was probably the most hardest one to remove but it was very refreshing and leaves the skin very supple.

Soothing Mask(s): are great for irritated skin, it helps sooth the skin problem, reducing redness, acne inflammation, and great for bug bites as a spot treatment...
*The Body Shop Tea tree face mask- If you read my reviews about the body shop tea tree set for skincare, I am in love with tea tree. This is great for acne, cystic acne, and red acne prone skin, but avoid getting the product in the eyes because it burns like a B*%&#. Yeah, it happened to me by accident and my eyes were bloodshot after washing the product out. TT
*The Body Shop Honey & Oats 3-in-1 scrub mask- very soothing, natural exfoliate, reduces inflammation, reduce redness, and great for body scrub too. Smells delicious!!! 
*Lush Ocean Salt- is a great exfoliate to slough off dead skin, great body scrub also, clean pore impurities, very soothing, smells so good!! I love lush products!! using this more than one a week irritates my skin so this is more like for every two weeks. 

Please note that everyone has a different skin type ! What works for me might not work for you!
Thanks glams for stopping by! until next time! xoxoxo chuieeglam 


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Frenzyyy!!! I went a little crazy on these babies because they were having a great sale at Rite Aid. It was like $3-4 dollars a piece. I purchase them awhile ago and before leaving to South Korea.I gave them all to my lovely nice-. -

However I did take one with me, which was the Honey. It is my favorite one at of all of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable. So, the Just Bitten Lip balm are suppose to last long but for me it did not last that long. It would smear. I would have extra flavors in my tea or food I was eating. I love the color tho but the staying power is not what it claims. Also if you have dry lips don't put it on because it will make you lips even drier, that is what I have experienced and it was not a pretty site. Sometimes I also experience white things on the side of my lips which is not pretty either. I do like the Revlon Just Bitten Lip balm but there are pros and cons to them. I didn't have enough time to do the swatches. 

What are your experiences with Revlon Just Bitten Lipbalm..? Love to hear from you :)

Essential Oil: Jojoba Oil Benefits

Hello Loves! I know I have been m.i.a. lately but I have a good reason why. I recently moved to South Korea to teach English for a year. It is a big transition and I am still trying to settle down. But you can check out my other blog about my adventure in South Korean. Anyway, let's focus back on the topic... ^^

Jojoba oil is a really nice moisturizing oil that absorbs in your skin like a serum. It can also be used for your hair, nails, skin problems, face cleanser and the list goes on..... I specifically use this oil during the fall and winter seasons since my skin is really dry during those seasons, however my skin is the totally opposite during the summer time. My face is like a grease ball seriously!! I use jojoba oil for many different things. I used jojoba oil in many different ways such as a face cleanser, makeup remover, hair treatment (roots), dry skin, and body oil. Jojoba oil is very versatile and is great to have a bottle at home. I bought my bottle from Coastal Scent when they use to sell a white huge bottle of jojoba oil but now they discontinued the large bottles. They put them in these small vials now. I take some of my jojoba oil from the larger bottle and pour it in an dark amber glass. Preventing cross contamination..I store my jojoba oil in a dark amber glass bottle shown in the picture that also has a dropper in it.  

1. DIY: Jojoba Oil Face Cleanser/Make up Remover

If you suddenly ran out of makeup remover and happen to have some jojoba oil laying around your house..you are in luck... I use jojoba oil to remove my eyeliner and mascara. Simply damp a cotton pad with the oil and place it on one of the your eyes and leave it there for 30-40 seconds and wipe away. It breaks up the makeup and makes it easier to wipe away. It does not irritate my sensitive eyes which is great. And do the same process for the next eye. 

As for the face cleanser, place 5-8 drops of jojoba in your hand and lightly do circular motions on the face, this will also help remove your foundation or bb cream off your face and rinse and repeat since the first cleansing was removing the makeup. Repeat the same process and rinse after massaging the oil all over the face and rinse and pat dry. There is no need to put on lotion or creams since your skin will feel nourished from the jojoba oil.

2. DIY: Jojoba Oil Hair Treatment

After taking a shower and brushing my hair, free from knots I would place several drops of jojoba oil in my palm and rub the oil at the end of my roots. It is best when your hair is still damp. Your hair will feel so nice, soft and healthy.

3. DIY: Jojoba Oil Serum

After cleansing, your face (not using the jojoba oil cleansing method) you can put 3-4 drops on you palm and rub them together and slightly pat your face. Your skin will instantly absorb the oil. Your skin will feel nice and supple. 

Theses are some of the methods I use while using jojoba oil. Let me know what else you use jojoba oil for.. I would love to see what else there is to use jojoba oil with. :)


Monday, May 5, 2014

The Body Shop: Mini Skincare Kits


I'm back with another review!!! The Body Shop had an amazing sale so I decided to try the travel size skincare kits before committing to the larger skincare bottles. The sale was like buy 3 get 3...something along those lines.

First let me give you my skin bio:

-Oily skin esp. the T-zone area --- summer
-Very dry on the side of my jawline and nose ---winter
-Acne

The kits retail price is $25.
Seaweed Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
  • 2.0 fl oz Seaweed Clarifying Toner
  • .51 oz Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
  • .51 fl oz Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
  • Re-usable blue mesh bag with zip closure
This was probably one of my favorite skincare kit compared to the other two. The cleansing facial wash is a clear gel and very light. It is very similar to the Cetaphil texture. I don't know if I spelled Cetaphil correct, but don't judge me.. lol The toner is a very light clear toner, it does not strip away the oils but it makes the skin feeling nice and clean. The day cream is a light dense lotion consistency and the night treatment is a clear gel, really light and it absorbs right into your skin. It left my skin very supple and moisturized. It didn't feel like I had put anything on my skin. 

Price: $$
Rating: ****
Vitamin E Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Vitamin E Cream Cleanser Facial Wash
  • 2.0 fl oz Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
  • .51 oz Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream
  • .51 fl oz Vitamin E Night Cream
  • Re-usable blue mesh bag with zip closure
This really was not my favorite kit but I really liked the Moisture day cream and the night cream during the winter since it saved my skin from this long winter...my skin was very dry and flaky this winter... no joke! The facial cream cleanser was such a hydrated form of cream that it made my skin more oilyy... so I have that placed somewhere way in the back of my closet. It's almost like putting on creamy thick lotion on your face and then rinsing it off....terrible...yuck..me describing it to you is making my skin cringe! As for the toner...not a fannn either... The toner is like a bottle of glycerin...It is a milky white toner and it is a thick density toner, it is definitely an unusual type of toner I have used. Most of the toner I use is like a water consistency. Cream cleanser facial and hydrating toner is a nonono for repurchasing but the lotion for the day and night creams were not that bad..   


Price: $$
Rating: ***


Aloe Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
  • 2.0 fl oz Aloe Calming Toner
  • .51 oz Aloe Soothing Day Cream
  • .51 oz Aloe Soothing Night Cream
  • Re-usable green mesh bag with zip closure
The aloe is very soothing for very irritated skin. I had sunburn from staying in the sun for to long in Florida and I had sunburn on my entire face. I used the aloe kit and it helped relieve my skin by soothing it. It is very similar to the seaweed kit. Overall it is a very nice set to have during the summer it is very light in moisturizing and soothing burnt skin. 

Price: $$
Rating: ***

This is my opinion and my skin reactions to these skincare products...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Body Shop: Vitamin C Skincare




Hello Lovelies,

I know it has been quite some time. I have been very busy lately working, class, and preparing to teach abroad. I am going to have another blog about my teaching abroad endeavors. I'm so excited and cannot wait!!!  Let me stop ranting away and getting back on topic for the product review lol... 

Once again, the Body Shop had another great sale! It was like buy 1 get 1, buy 2 get 2, and etc... I have to tell you, this is probably the best time to buy the cotton pads. The retail price for the 100% cotton pads are $3 each for 100 pieces. So that is around, 3 cents a cotton pad. Not to shabby, considering Walmart, Target, and other drugstore brands' cotton pads. Here we go off topic again... :D

So I decided to try out some of the Vitamin C Skincare items the Daily moisturizing spf 30, Microdermabrasion, and the Vitamin Skin Boost. 

The daily moisturizing spf 30, it is a light weight sunscreen compared to other thick creamy sunscreen that leaves you smears. I thought this was a great sunscreen, since it is light weight and your skin absorbs it once it is applied. The squeeze bottom was also very compact to take on the go. It also has Amazonian camu camu berry which is known to have the highest contents of vitamin C in nature. After applying, you can tell a differences about your skin, it is more bright, almost like you're glowing. I have to give it only 3 stars because I would like it in a higher spf. 

Price: $20
Rating: ***

The microdermabrasion was okay. It is a creamy consistency with rough garnet particles and Amazonian camu camu berry. This microdermabrasion is great for sensitive skin. After using it, I can see that my complexion is brighter almost like a glow. However I do not like the feeling applying it to my face. It feels like rubbing lotion on you face with scrubbing beads. It does not over dry your skin for sure. It is more like a hydrating exfoliater. I'm the type of person that like the face feeling clean after it is washed. 


Price: $21
Rating: ***

The skin boost is a great primer since the base is silicone but it has very fine sparkling glitter once applied on the skin, which I'm not a fan of. I'm assuming it is the glow effect. To me that is not natural glow it applying glitter to your face to make it shine. It also has vitamin E, Amazonian camu camu berry, and Vitamin C. 

Price: $27
Rating: **

I didn't buy these products for full price. I have bought them when it was on sale. The Body Shop always has amazing sales that you can look out for and save money. 




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Poppin Brows: Milani vs Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil

Welcome back beautifuls.. I have another review to share about eyebrow pencils Milani Easy Brow Automatic Pencil vs Maybelline Mastershape by Eyestudio.

So starting off the year with great eyebrow is a must have. It has been really trending with fashion statements.

Unless you were blessed with thick luscious eyebrows...I jellin.. 

I happen to pick theses up at drugstores, maybelline at Rite Aid and Milani at CVS. Of course, I picked them up both on sale. Milani had the BOGHO and Maybelline picked up from clearance rack. I have been filling my eyebrows with eyeshadow and it has been working great for me but I have been wanting to try out the eyebrow pencils. 

So, the first eyebrow pencil I used was the Maybelline Mastershape. I have to say it was not bad except for the part were you have to sharpen the pencil. The pencil is completely made from plastic, therefore it was a b*tchhh sharpening it. I was literally sharpening this pencil for a good 10 minutes top. It is so hard to turn the pencil while sharpening and I have to say pencil sharpeners are not made to sharpen plastic. 

There goes bye bye to my dull pencil sharpener's blade. That was one of my biggest pet peeve about this eyebrow pencil. I completely understand why it was in the clearance rack. I should have probably left it there too. The pencil, itself is a thick creamy paste, which is okay. I am not really a fan of the texture as much. However, it does a great deed filling in my sparse eyebrows. 

Hands down to Milani. I'm in love with this eyebrow pencil. This just became one of favorite eyebrow pencil so far. The texture is creamy and no need to sharpen. The pencil is automatic, just need to twist it and the pencil is sharpened. I have to mention that the cap is very delicate. Somehow my cap for the pencil had cracked and every time I would close the pencil lightly it seems like I forcefully shoved the cap on the pencil leaving indentions marks on the product. I happen to leave my pencil standing in a cup so this could potentially be the reason also. Unless I find another eyebrow pencil that is better then Milani, Milani would be my go too for now.

Any recommendations? 
(swatch Maybelline on left...Milani on right)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Korean Skincare: Laniege & IOPE


Time for another review on some products I have been using. Just a reminder, this is my own opinion and how the products work for me. Everyone has their own characteristics, that is what makes us all unique, this goes the same for are skin. So I hope you enjoy. I know I have not done a skincare routine but I am switching it up since my skin is not cooperating right now. My skin acting up all winter long. It has been very dry lately even though I only wash my face once everyday in the morning due to my flaky dry skin been along my jawline and neck area. I have been using these products and it has been helping my skin out quite a bit. The Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Toner is quite amazing, not only does it tighten the skin but the appearance of pores size also reduce. It makes the skin soft and tightens the skin firmly. And you can really tell the difference in three days. That is what they advertise on the large IOPE poster at the Amore store. After toning my face I use the Laniege Emulsion which is the clear bottle above. I use two pumps and spread it through my finger tips and pat it on my entire face. It has a watery consistency. And at last is the Laniege milky watery lotion I apply, it absorbs right in the skin. I do the same process as the emulsion. These products have been keeping my skin very hydrated so far. The dry flaky skin is slowly recovering from the harsh bitter cold winter. It does great for hydration but as for acne. It does not really help at all so keep an acne spot treatment in hand. As you can see the bottles are almost empty. I already picked another skincare set at the Amore store. I will do another review about it after finishing this set up and trying it out for a couple of weeks.

Did anyone try these products? Let me know about your experiences... ;)

See you soon on my next post...xoxo chuieeglam