December 30, 2012

Finished! December Products

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year!  Mr. P and I celebrated a very quiet Christmas with a second Thanksgiving feast with family and friends.  I got to meet my brother's girlfriend and I so hope she becomes my sister-in-law!  *fingers crossed!*

Okay, back to business.  :-)  I finished TWO products this month.

Tony Moly Eggpore Blackhead Out Oil Gel

I already did a product review on this product, which you can read about here.  Anyways, long story short, this product failed to remove or reduce any of my blackheads without extra help from other products.  What I discovered was that this product works really well as a makeup remover and massage oil.  It smelled like oranges, too.  

Bioderma Crealine H2O Makeup Remover

Linh from Blushology sent me a sample of her favorite makeup remover a while back.  And the product did not disappoint.  This has been one of the best makeup removers I've ever used and it never irritated my eyes!  I think I'm just going to have to use this from now on!

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year!

December 15, 2012

Battle Mascara 9: CoverGirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara

Hi Everyone!  

I'm here with a Battle Mascara for this new CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof mascara I bought a couple of weeks ago.  I've used it enough to have a good idea of what works and what doesn't work.

Behold, the before picture:

And now, the after picture:

Here are the product details:

So far, I'm loving this type of rubber bristle wand.  The bristles are short enough and spaced just right to deposit a good amount of mascara onto my lashes without clumps of product and space out my lashes.  

Curl:  A+
Lash Exact is great at holding a curl!  It lasts all day and even through a workout at the gym!

Length:  B
I don't think this mascara adds much to the length of my lashes as some other mascaras have.... *ahem* Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus.

Volume:  A+
This is one of the better mascaras I've used that gives better-than-adequate results on volume.

Smudging:  C-
Even with primer and powder, this mascara does smudge after a few hours.  I usually have to touch up and wipe my under eye area by 4pm on a normal work day.

Clumping: A+
Clumping is just not a factor with this mascara.  The wand is perfect for getting just the right amount of product.  

Overall, I like this mascara.  It delivers in all the areas that are my top priority such as curl and volume.  I can live with the smudging because it just requires some maintenance during the day.  

I think this mascara would be perfect for ladies with long lashes and defined double eyelids. 

Has anyone else tried this mascara?  I'd love to know what you thought of this mascara, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

December 10, 2012

New Mascara! CoverGirl LashExact Waterproof Mascara




It seems I just can't go wrong with CoverGirl!  I have a new mascara to be all excited about.  :-)  Will post a Battle Mascara on this one soon.  What number am I on, now??


New Cleansing Products!

Hi Everyone!

Wow!  I can't believe it's already December!  I can definitely admit that 2012 has been a year filled with surprises, joy, and love.  I hope 2013 is just as great!

I've decided to post this entry as an answer to Linh's question on what my new cleansing products are.  

Linh introduced me to Bioderma a few months ago.  At the time, I was using an oil based Maybelline makeup remover so I just poured the Crealine H2O into a mason jar and stuck it in my fridge for a few months.  After a while, I just lost hope that I would ever finish that Maybelline makeup remover and picked up the Bioderma to add some spice to my cleansing routine.  

WOW!  I can honestly say that I am super duper impressed by this one.  I use it to remove eye makeup.  It removes everything very easily except for waterproof mascara, which I'm okay with because mascara that removes too easily usually are raccooners.  One of the neatest things about Bioderma Crealine H2O is that it doesn't sting, irritate my eyes, or leave behind that greasy feeling after use.  Even better, cold Crealine H2O acts as a great and refreshing cold compress when I'm ready to take off my makeup at the end of the day.


I just pulled out this Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser because it was just sitting around and not getting enough love.  I haven't used this enough to develop much of an opinion.  So far it cleanses all right.  Used with my Clarisonic Mia2, it leaves my skin feeling really soft, smooth, and clean.  

The Clarisonic Mia2 is a love/hate thing.  I love how it works to cleanse my skin.  I hate the automatic 20-20-10-10 second timer.  I always feel rushed because of the timer.  



I originally wanted to get the cleanser for brightening skin but am happy with this one for aging skin.  It says to use this at night to remove makeup and cleanse skin.  Truthfully, I use this morning and night because

1) it smells SO.  DARNED.  GOOD!
2) it leaves my skin looking and feeling younger, brighter, and luminous like porcelain.
3) I like to remove this cleanser with a hot face towel and my face towel smells like the spa!
4) no adverse reactions like dry skin or rashes or acne.

Not pictured here is my go-to Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, which I always use whenever I feel like my other cleansers might have missed something.

That's it for this post on cleansers I use for my skincare.   I will probably post a product review on the Jurlique cleanser later on.

Good luck to my ladies still in school!  Have a safe, healthy, and wonderful holiday season!



December 01, 2012

Finished! November

Hi Everyone,

I feel like I just woke up after a long sleep that lasted the last couple of weeks.  It took a while, but with the help of my family, Mr. P, and wonderful friends like Linh (Blushology), I've started to "wake up" from this sleep.  I really thank my friends who helped me through this time and Mr. P for muscling through it with me.

Even though I was on autopilot for the month of November, I still managed to finish some things.

I've talked about my need to alternate skincare products between fancy (multiple ingredients) and simple (as few ingredients as possible).  I LOVE Dickinson's Witch Hazel because it's natural and it only has 1 ingredient in it.  It's a natural and gentle astringent and is incredibly cooling when I spray it on my skin.  Also, witch hazel on a cotton pad will catch a lot of residual makeup and leave clean skin behind.  


Autumn finally arrived and thankfully brought cooler weather to Southern California.  As a result, my skin needed extra moisture.  I really love using Aura Cacia's jojoba oil right after a shower.  I just squeeze a teaspoon amount of oil into my palms, rub them together, and start massaging it into my skin all over my body.  A little goes a long way.  It absorbs into my skin without leaving a sticky feeling, oily feeling, or that "little grime in my finger print ridges."

I also managed to finally finish the Mentholaturm Acnes Medicated Clear & Whitening Wash.  I filled mine up with a little bit of water and shook it up for some really great foam cleanser for its last leg.  I really like this Mentholatum product but I was getting antsy to finish it because I wanted to try something new.  :-)

That's it for my November's Finished!  I feel like every day I'm waking up all over again.  It's a beautiful day!

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