Sunday, December 18, 2016

Skin18 Masks Galore: Part 1 - Cracare: Snail Repairing Mask, Luke: Hyaluron Essence Mask and Purederm: Grape Yogurt Pack Reviews

 ♫ It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go 

Ain't that the truth? Snow everywhere! Also, exactly 7 days left until Christmas! Is everyone done all of their shopping? I still have a few things to pick up. I'll be spending this Friday mass wrapping all the gifts I bought. I should... I have enough wrapping paper? Maybe I should buy another roll just in case.

I'm back with another review set courtesy of Skin18.

If you haven't read my 2 part review of the previous masks I received, check them out below:
Part 1
Part 2

Just in case you're not familiar with Skin18, taken from their website:
Our mission here is to bring you products that will make you look forever 18[...] our guarantee is the ensure all products placed in our website is good for your skin
 I've split the posts into 2 parts again and reviewing 3 masks per post.

Today's part 1 masks: Cracare: Snail Repairing Mask 3 step, Luke: Hyaluron Essence Mask and Purederm: Grape Yogurt Pack

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Secret Key - Starting Treatment Essence Review

Can you believe it's already December?! I have to say, this year just flew by. Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I have, but there are so many people to shop for!

I'm already trying to figure out what my New Years Resolutions will be. The last time I tried setting resolutions for myself  was when I was still a student. Naturally I always gave up on them within the first couple weeks of the new year/new semester. But this year will be different! (which I'm sure everyone has said that before...)

Anyway, I'm reviewing the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence today.

I've heard a lot of great thing about the 'first essence' treatments. The most notable one being SK II. Many Korean brands have since come out with their own cheaper alternatives. Missha, Scinic and Secret Key to name a few.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

With the holiday season coming around it can be fairly difficult to find the perfect gift for those special people in your life. I'm already stressing out trying to figure out what to get for my family!

If you're looking for a unique and timeless gift this Christmas, consider a handcrafted watch by JORD.

Watch: Frankie 35
Taken from JORD website:
We are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fall Empties & De-clutter 2016

It's that time of the month again! 

The weather has been strange lately. It's going back and forth between warm and cold. Though I'm told within this coming Winter will be the coldest in the past couple years. I am not looking forward to that. Thank goodness for Uniqlo opening up! I can stock up on leggings. Winter is coming my friends!

Anyway, similar to my post from May, I only have a few products that are actually empty. The rest are de-clutters. I'm doing a pretty good job in clearing out unwanted products every once in a while. I have to remind myself to do this more often. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Berrisom - Lip Tint Cleanser Review

Hey everyone!

It is getting pretty darn cold out. Just last week it was fairly warm out but this past week it's been consistently 5-10 degrees. I'm not ready for winter yet! I'll have to bust out my thick moisturizers in another month or so.

Continuing the theme of lip products from last week, I thought I'd review a lip cleanser from Berrisom.

I know, just use a makeup remover. Why do we need a lip cleanser?

Well where's the fun in that? Besides, this also doubles up as a lip scrub.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Heimish Mini Lipstick Palette Review + Swatches

A few days ago, I posted a photo of this lip palette I received in my PinkSeoul subscription box a while back on my Instagram. A few people asked for swatches, so I figured I'd post a review and my lip swatches in one post.

I actually hadn't heard of Heimish until I received this palette sample. They have a cleansing balm that is really popular in the KBeauty community.

While I'm curious to try out more from Heimish, spoiler alert: The pigmentation for these lipsticks are not consistent.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Skinfood - Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Review!

I'm reviewing one of the products I received from my PinkSeoul box. I've used almost all the products now and I have to say, this one is my favourite so far!

I know I'm really late to the party with this scrub. I've seen it all over instagram and many skincare enthusiasts boast that this is their HG product. I can totally see why!

Skinfood has always been one of the Kbeauty brands I always heard about and had always wanted to try. Unfortunately, I kept getting distracted with other products, so I never actually purchased anything from them. I'm glad I received this product in the subscription box, because it's become one of- if not my favourite wash off mask!

Here's why:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Berrisom - Oops My Ice Bar For Lips Review

You know, I've gotten rather lazy when it comes to wearing lip products. I mean, aside from lip balm, all of my lipsticks have been sitting in my dresser collecting dust. I even have a couple on my desk at work and I STILL don't reach for them!

So it's been a while since I've been excited over a lip product.

Spoiler alert: I'm in love with this lip stick/tint and I've been wearing it everyday since I got it!

The newly released Oops My Ice Bar For Lips!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Skin18 Mask Reviews: Part 2: L'Affair Aqua Black 3 Step Mask & Luke Hydrogel Eye Patches

Happy Monday!

I got pretty busy this past weekend, so I didn't have a chance to post yesterday.

Here is part 2 of my Skin18 bloggers pack! I'll get right into it.

The two masks in this post are:
L'Affair Aqua Black 3 Step Skin Renewal Black Mask
Luke Hydrogel Eye Patch for Wrinkles

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Skin18 Mask Reviews - Part 1: Mirum Green Tea & SOC Sny-Ake 3D Masks


I can't believe it's already August! There are still so many things I haven't done yet!! Why can't it be nice and warm all year? With a slight breeze though because I don't think I could stand 30+ degree weather all year round. I get really grumpy when it's too hot out!

I'm back again. I received a bloggers pack from Skin18 for review purposes. I was sent 3 masks and an eye patch to test out.

I found out about Skin18 through instagram (basically how I've been finding out about anything new and skincare related)

I love how Skin18 focuses on skincare instead of makeup, since that's exactly how I feel.

Taken from their website:
Our mission here is to bring you products that will make you look forever 18[...] our guarantee is the ensure all products placed in our website is good for your skin
I love makeup as much as the next person, but I would rather invest the time in good skincare. Makeup is temporary, but my skin is forever. Besides, who doesn't want to forever look 18?!

All of the brands I had never tried or even heard of before, so I was super excited since I didn't know what to expect.

I've decided to break down this reviews pack into 2 parts, mainly because my reviews are rather lengthy. I didn't want you guys to get too overwhelmed. As usual, I have a summary at the end if you want the cliff notes of my thoughts.

Part 1 reviews are the Mirum Fresh Fruit Great Tea Mask and the  SOC Syn-Ake Firming and Soothing 3D Mask.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vichy Normaderm Product Reviews: Cleansing Gel, Tightening Lotion & Corrective Anti Acne Treatment

I hope everyone is staying cool this summer! For the past week and a half it has been consistently over 30C, which is pretty ridiculous. The morning walk to work isn't too bad because it's still fairly cool out. But the early evening walk home... it is killer. So hot!

I'm back again and this time I have three reviews packed in today.

I was lucky enough to be chosen by ChickAdvisor and Vichy to review their 3 step routine for acne prone skin called: The Normaderm Program.

The products I will be reviewing today are:

1. Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel
2. Normaderm  Pore Tightening Lotion
3. Normaderm Corrective Anti Acne Treatment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Essentials: Part 2 by Joann

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! It's been pretty good over here.

I've recently changed jobs, so I'm getting settle into my new place of work. During orientation, I had to wear business attire, so I ended up walking home in 30C weather in my suit!! How do people do it everyday? I was sweating buckets by the time I got home!

Since we are smack in the middle of summer, naturally we'll be going out more. Especially with those playing Pokemon Go! (The official version hasn't been released in Canada yet! T_T) So it's very important to dress appropriately and make sure your skin is protected too!

Today's post is in collaboration with the lovely Finn from Simple Beauty. Finn is a Beauty Blogger based in Brunei and she has posted part one of our collaboration on her blog. You should definitely check out her post for her choices for summer essentials!

Let's continue with our Summer Essentials part two!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Holika Holika: Limited edition Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar Review

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

I have a new lip review today! Another bad influence purchase courtesy of Instagram. One of the most impulsive purchases I have made in a while. I saw it on Instagram, went on eBay, bought it and then went to bed. Exactly in that order, haha.

I've actually wanted a Holika Holika lipstick for the longest time. It's just the shades they offer have never appealed to me.

But I love it for the packaging. It is cute and the lipstick is in the shape of a heart! A HEART! That and there are cats on it as well. I need it in my life. 

This is a limited edition collaboration with Audrey Jeanne: Dodo Cat.

Click photo for further information. Credit: Holika Holika
They also have a foam cleanser that is not pictured above. 

I've seen lip tints becoming more popular. A lot of Korean brands have been coming out with their own dupes of the Dior Addict Lip Glow. 

I've wanted to buy a Holika Holika lipstick for a while AND I've wanted to try a dupe of the Dior lip glow. So this is killing two birds with one stone!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CoverGirl - TruBlend Liquid Foundation Review

Now, I'm not one to wear much foundation. Main reason being, I sleep in so majority of the time I wake up too late to bother. Or simply because I rub my eyes and touch my face too much (I know, really bad habits, I can't help it!).

But every once in a while, there are a few new releases that capture my attention and I pick it up to try. At this moment, including this bottle I have three foundations in my collection. I mean, I'll never use them up before their expiration dates, but at least I have them!

For this particular foundation, I was chosen by BzzAgent to participate in their campaign for CoverGirl. If you're curious what BzzAgent is, the short answer from their website:
Try products and services, then share your honest opinions about them with people you know. 
They gave us a few different foundations to choose from:

- Tru Blend Liquid Foundation
- Clean Oil Control
- Simply Ageless Foundation
- Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation
- Outlast Stay Fabulous

A few of the lines did not have my shade, so I was a little limited. In the end, I went with Warm Beigh L-7 from their TruBlend Foundation line.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May Empties and De-Clutter 2016 + Mini reviews

Hey everyone!

Have you been enjoying the weather so far? It's been amazing out lately! The one thing I miss having living in Toronto is a balcony. I would love to just lay out and tan a bit. Oh and not having to smell sewage everywhere I walk. In my hometown, I just smell cow manure. Which some people can argue is worse, but it's usually only one time out of the year the town smells like it. Mainly April when they fertilize the fields. I choose manure one time out of the year over sewage all year round! Would you agree?

I'm actually quite proud of myself this month. I like to hoard things so I usually have random junk lying around. This also means I tend to buy more products than I can use. I was cleaning out my drawer the other day and found so many random products I forgot about. It's like shopping and everything is free!

I've also written a short summary at the end of the post as well. 

After some products failed to impress me and some just causing my skin to break out, I managed to get rid of quite a number of products. I definitely de-cluttered more than I emptied.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

PinkSeoul Unboxing! May/June + April Mask KBeauty Subscription Box!

Hey everyone!

I know it's out of the ordinary for me to write a post one week after my previous one; if you can tell, I've mainly been posting bi-weekly. I find this gives me ample time in-between posts to figure out what I want to write and it won't make me feel as stressed to push out content weekly.

Since I received my PinkSeoul box this week, I wanted to share them with you before they ran out!

The post office has been good to me this week. Almost all the packages I've been expecting I received!

This month, there's more of a mix of things I'll definitely use and a few I won't really touch.

Also, since PinkSeoul was newly launched in March, they held a giveaway for those who wrote reviews for their subscription box. I partook in it and I was lucky enough to win the April Mask Box! I have an unboxing of that in this post as well.

Let's take a closer look at all the products I received this box!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wishtrend Haul Unboxing! Benton and COSRX - Snail Bee & BHA Blackhead Power

Hey everyone!

Finally, it's getting warmer outside! So happy to not have to drag around my thick winter jacket. Though I realized I don't really have an appropriate jacket for Spring. Actually, I don't really have a light wind breaker for the Summer evenings either. Hmm me thinks I should shop less for beauty and more for... clothes. Maybe. Or buy both.

Anyway, I ordered from Wishtrend end of April, and I've finally received my package! Since this was an April order (I ordered... quite a lot of things last month) my no spending in May I set for myself, is still going strong! I mean, granted I broke it already, but only with really small purchases. Still counts!

I've been seeing COSRX all over instagram along with Benton Snail products (most of my purchases as of late have been directly influenced by the AB community there). I was originally going to purchase all COSRX, but their snail products were sold out on Wishtrend. By chance while exploring the site (a serendipity if you will, haha see what I did there?!) I found their Snail Bee Gift Box for sale.

All the products I purchased were on sale as well, so I wanted to snatch them up before they sold out!

Here's a further look of all the products I ordered:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Berrisom - My Lip Tint Pack: Virgin Red Review

Hey everyone!

I'm back with a new post. I've mentioned before how I love trying new beauty/makeup products, especially Korean brand related. The product I'll be reviewing today was from the PinkSeoul KBeauty Box I posted about last month. 

This was the first product I had tried from the subscription box the day I received it. The tattoo lip tint seems to be the latest kbeauty craze. I constantly see the product all over instagram. 

Description of the product taken from Memebox:
Berrisom's Oops my lip tint pack is one of the hippest lip makeup in Korea [...] It's a peel-off type of pack that leaves vibrant colour that lasts for over 12 hours without smearing or fading. 
The colour I received was Virgin Red which is quite bright. I've seen other brand lip tints and the tint once peeled off is quite subtle, but testing this on my hand, I knew Berrisom lip tint would not be the same. The colour packs a punch. Definitely a very vibrant red.

We'll see how this one faired!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nudestix - 3 Piece Mini Set: Swatches

Hey everyone!

I'm sure a lot of people were aware of the annual VIB Sephora Sale. I made a small order which I ended up posting on my instagram.

I was going to write a haul post of the items I ordered from Sephora, but since my order was small, I figured I'd skip that and do a swatch of the Nudestix set instead.

The Nudestix set comes with 3 lip pencils that can be used for the lips and cheek.

Taken from Sephora:
A limited-edition lip and cheek set with three coveted lip pencils: the Lip + Cheek Pencil, Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil, and Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Balm in three neutral shades. These three double-duty lip pencils provide three different lip textures and lip looks that you can take anywhere.
I have to say, I've fallen IN LOVE with the formulas after first application. I love them so much, I'm tempted to buy a 2nd set as backup.

Friday, April 1, 2016

PinkSeoul - March K-Beauty Subscription Box Unboxing!

Hey everyone!

As you know, I'm slightly K-Beauty obsessed. I say slightly, because it doesn't make me feel as bad when I spend money on skincare items. I'm only SLIGHTLY obsessed OK?!

Even though I've been using Korean skincare items for over 2 years, I'm no closer to finding my holy grail products and I still feel like I'm a K-Beauty noob.

I love purchasing specialty/subscription boxes, even value sets because it gives me a chance to try out products I never would have purchased myself. I was quite saddened when Memebox stopped shipping internationally, as it no longer gave me the opportunity to try new products, or feed my K-Beauty addiction.

But I am happy to report, I have found another subscription box! I present you, newly launched, PinkSeoul!

I was on the fence whether to try them, and PinkSeoul was kind enough to send me a coupon for my first order! Let me tell you, I already can't wait for their second box!

Monday, March 14, 2016

NEW! Biore Baking Soda Scrub and Pore Cleanser Reviews

Hey everyone!

I'm back again with another Influenster review! This time around I was sent the Baking Soda VoxBox!

Biore has released a new line of pore cleaning products with baking soda!

Yes, that's right, baking soda does more than just remove odor and help baked goods rise; it is also a great exfoliator.

I actually use baking soda as a substitute teeth whitener. Once every two weeks, I dab my brush with toothpaste into baking soda. My teeth feel super duper clean and my teeth are whitened in the process. Win, win. But it really does erode your teeth enamel so do not use it more than once a week. My younger self and my dentist will attest to that.

Biore released two cleansing products:

1) Baking Soda Pore Cleanser
2) Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

If you're not familiar with Biore, the brand focuses on skincare products that help fight acne, blackheads and clogged pores. I'm sure everyone is most familiar with their pore strips! All those blackheads you pull off your nose. So gross, yet so addictive and fascinating!

Let's take a closer look and see how these two products faired:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Winter Essentials - Tips on Preventing Dry Skin

It's that time of the year again; frigid temperatures, back-breaking snow shoveling, salt-encrusted shoes and epic journeys across mountains snow banks. You guessed it! Winter. And not only do we have to endure all of this, we have to do it with dry, cracked and itchy skin. If you're like me at all, this can be especially frustrating. While my face is incredibly oily, my body on the other hand, especially during the winter is as dry as ever. It's so dry that my skin becomes flakey! My dry skin is at its worst on my hips because my underwear and jeans are constantly rubbing up against me. My boyfriend calls me a monkey because I'm constantly scratching! For years I have been battling dry skin to no avail.

Well fear not! For I have found the answer!

I have finally found the perfect combination of products that have helped make my skin baby smooth.
It is safe to say, that I have kicked dry skin in the butt!
Here are the products that have been working for me.