Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review: Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque

(This was another sample product that I received from Cellnique)


Price:
$51 for 50g (cellnique.com)

What they say: This unparalleled scrub mask is formulated with bio-captured fresh fruit enzymes and acids complex. It works effectively in exfoliating dead cells, optimizing cellular renewal performance and deep pore cleansing, thus revealing a softer, fresher and healthier skin.

Benefits
• Promotes cell renewal
• Slows down aging process
• Exfoliates dead skin cells
• Lightening, brightening and instant radiant effects



Color: Grayish white
Scent: Fresh fruity scent
Texture: Clay type
Feeling: Mild tingling sensation

What to do:



What's in it:

BioCELL eL: Advanced Bio Renewal Masque contains 20% BioCELL eL, Cellnique’s exclusive acid complex formulation that uses AHAs to accelerate cell renewal rates, enzymes and vitamins to neutralize and prevent possible irritation by the acids.

Alpha Hydroxyl Acid: AHAs are known to have the ability to rejuvenate skin by exfoliating dead cells from the skin, this further causes the skin to grow new cells to replace the damaged cells. AHAs also helps in wrinkles and photo-aging.

Enzyme:
• Papaya enzyme + Bromelain from pineapple fruit extract
• Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple plant, Bromelain helps digest keratin protein and promote exfoliation effectively. Skin appears smooth and brightens after the dead skin cells being removed.
• Papain, an enzyme derived from papaya, helps exfoliate damaged and dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores that can result in skin eruptions. It is able to whiten and soften the skin, heal wounds and prevent the subsequent development of pimples.

Full ingredient list: Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Kaolin, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Papaya (Carica papaya) Enzyme (Papain), Phenoxyethanol, Trithanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Pomelo (Citrus grandis) Peel Extract, Pineapple (Ananas sativus) Fruit Extract, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Potassium Sorbate.

The good stuff:

  • Smells like pineapple!!!
  • Pretty easy to apply
  • Gritty-creamy texture
  • Has little exfoliating particles
  • Contains AHAs (did not irritate my skin!)
  • Dries quickly
  • Leaves skin smooth & soft
  • Improves skin tone/texture
  • Leaves skin looking radiant and healthy
The low-down:
  • Expensive!
  • The scent becomes kind of odd after awhile (for me)
  • The exfoliating particles may be a bit harsh
  • You need to use a lot to cover your entire face evenly

My take: Let me start off by saying... this masque smells like pineapple! I love pineapple, so that's a plus for me :D However, after awhile of leaving the masque on, it starts to smell... not so appealing anymore? :/ But it's not a big deal for me. The texture is thick, creamy, and gritty. Easy to slather on, but you have to keep using more and more to cover your entire face in an even layer. My little sample pot has 3g in it, and I used a little more than half the pot for one use, so say, around 2g? The full-size is a 50g tub.... you're basically paying $1 per gram; $2 per use (if you're using the same amount I did). So in 1 full-size tub, I'd estimate that there are ~25 uses. But if you are following the directions and using it 1x a week, it should last ~6 months (of course, don't quote me on this!)

The little exfoliating bits are gentle, but as with any exfoliating product, it might be harsh on sensitive skin, even more so because of the AHAs. I did not really feel any "mild tingling sensation" like the product description states, but maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, haha XD This masque did not irritate my skin though. The overall results? Radiant, clear, smooth, soft skin! I have been using Cellnique's Derma Brightening Complex religiously for the past 2 months, so that is mainly what I would contribute my current "nice skin" to. However, the masque did a great job of making it look nicer :D


Would I repurchase/recommend?
Unfortunately, the only thing really stopping me from buying the full-size product is the PRICE. $51 is a bit too steep for me. PLUS, I feel like I can get very similar and wonderful results using Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque, which only costs $3.99! Sooo... while I think this is an excellent masque that yields great results, I wouldn't repurchase anytime soon; it is definitely more of a "luxury" product! If the price doesn't deter you though, I would certainly recommend it. Maybe not so much for people with sensitive skin though... but you could always patch test/use a very thin layer of product instead of slathering it on like I did :P


LOL OF THE DAY 3 - Even MORE Googling shame!

For those of you that have been keeping up w/ my blog, you'll know why I find this freaking hilarious. For those of you who haven't, you might be slightly disturbed : )

Here was LOL OF THE DAY #1:
http://ectini.blogspot.com/2009/11/lol-of-day.html
Pretty tame, kinda funny.

Here was LOL OF THE DAY #2:
http://ectini.blogspot.com/2010/01/lol-of-day-2-more-googling-shame-xd.html
Uhh... kinda (okay, REALLY) weird, but still funny.

And this is officially LOL OF THE DAY #3:

How they got here:


LOL WTF?!

I don't even know WHAT to think/say about this one...Again, sorry to disappoint you pal, but thanks anyway for visiting my blog...?

O__o



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How-to: Customize profile picture border

I'm sure most of you have figured this out by now, but just thought I'd share how you can change the way your profile image looks! It's really easy, and all it takes is a little work : ) The bolded sections in the code are the parts you can add, remove, and/or edit.

If your profile picture looks like this, and you dont like it...



Go to Layout, Edit html.
Scroll until you find this section of code:

/* Profile
----------------------------------------------- */
.profile-img {
float: $startSide;
margin-top: 0;
margin-$endSide: 5px;
margin-bottom: 5px;
margin-$startSide: 0;
padding: 4px;
border: 1px solid $borderColor;
}

NOW FOR STYLING!
  • Remove "padding: 4px;" if you DO NOT want a space between your profile picture and the border around the picture.
  • You can adjust the border width, style, and color.
  • You can change "margin-$endSide: 5px;" to adjust the amount of space between your profile picture and profile text.
  • You can also add attributes to adjust the size of your picture.

You can make it look like this........... or this



Using this modification of code:


/* Profile
----------------------------------------------- */
.profile-img {
float: $startSide;
margin-top: 0;
margin-$endSide: 10px;
margin-bottom: 0px;
margin-$startSide: 0;
border: 1px solid #D18E9E;
width:60px!important;
heigh:100px!important;

}

Or you can leave "padding: 4px;" & increase the value,
then add a background... It can look like this:




Using this modification of code:

/* Profile
----------------------------------------------- */
.profile-img {
float: $startSide;
margin-top: 0;
margin-$endSide: 10px;
margin-bottom: 0px;
margin-$startSide: 0;
border: 1px solid #D18E9E;
width:60px!important;
heigh:100px!important;

padding: 10px;
background-image:url("http://i40.tinypic.com/dy3ew4.jpg");
}

Or if you want a "polaroid picture" kind of look...
(of course it works better if your profile picture is SQUARE :P)



You can use this modification of code, tweak it to your needs.

/* Profile
----------------------------------------------- */
.profile-img {
float: $startSide;
margin-top: 0;
margin-$endSide: 5px;
margin-bottom: 5px;
margin-$startSide: 0;
padding: 4px;
padding-bottom:25px;
background-color:#ffffff;
border: 1px solid #000000;
height:80px;
width:80px;
}

Hope this helps! Have fun editing : )



Monday, March 22, 2010

Damn this humidity!

Don't you hate it how right after you get your hair done, it looks fucking FAB, but the next day it looks like crap? Errr well that's how it is in my experiences, mostly :P

Although I love the length... if I don't blowdry, flat iron, AND use wax spray; the humidity here makes my hair curl... OUTWARDS. And I end up looking like Rukia from Bleach:



Anywho...
My hairdresser gave me a can of Schwarzkopf OSiS Sherbet Wax Spray.
So that's what I've been using on my hair.
IT SMELLS SOOO GOOOD ♥

Keeps my hair piecey and defined.
Too much gets sticky though.

Funny, my hair looks shorter today :P


I flat-ironed my hair 5841465475 times just to get it this straight.
And after a few hours, it still started flipping outwards.
Like... Dr. Girlfriend-flipping outwards...
That bad -_-;



Sooo... so far, this hairstyle is requiring a lot of maintenance!
It's worth it though ♥


Okay... enough camwhoring... bye! : )



Sunday, March 21, 2010

HURR DID

BEFORE:

My inspiration:
(all images found on google)


I knew I wanted something short.
Kind of like... an angled bob... but not so "bob-ish"
More "straight" and piecey.

AFTER:
(sorry for the bad lighting, it's like 12 am)

Right side came out more "wispy" and angled.


Left side came out more "chunky" and thick.


Left side


Right side


Left side


Left side



Although both sides didn't come out the same, I really like the length. I love the light feeling you get after you cut your hair! I also colored... I went from dark/light brown, blonde, orangey shades to a deep, rich, dark brown. Love it! My hair looks and feels so much healthier, smooth, and soft. I'm happy w/ the change : )







Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: LUSH Honey Trap & Chocolate Whipstick Lip balm


Price:
Honey Trap (Lush UK): £4.75 for 10g
Chocolate Whipstick (Lush USA): $6.95 for 10g

What they say:
Honey Trap: For sweet, vanilla-honey kisses. If you mixed up honey and silk and turned it into a sound, you'd probably get the voice of Eartha Kitt singing Old Fashioned Millionaire. Eartha was the embodiment of sweet, soft, sexy and wicked. We like to think that our Honey Trap has the same qualities. Smooth on some wicked white chocolate, sweet honey, softening butters and delicious vanilla for temptingly tasty lips.

Chocolate Whipstick: A gorgeous chocolate lip balm whipped up to a perfectly smooth consistency. Pucker up and smooth on this oat infused, honey and Shea butter lip balm to moisturize and soften your lips. Let's not forget the chocolate and vanilla absolute that make your lips irresistibly tasty. This is a balm too delicious to keep to yourself – be sure to give everyone you love a nice kiss so they can taste it too, just remember to lock it up unless you want it stolen!

What's in it:
Honey Trap: VEGETARIAN, Oat Milk (Avena sativa), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Beeswax (Cera alba), White Chocolate, Glycerine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Flavour, Honey, Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Carnauba Wax, Sodium Borate (Borax), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), *Limonene, Methylparaben}

Chocolate Whipstick: Oat Infusion (Avena Sativa), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Beeswax (Cera alba), Chocolate, Glycerine, Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Honey (Mel), Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Carnauba, Flavour, Sodium Borate, Tangerine Oil (Citrus Tangerina), Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Cocoa Absolute, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben.

The good stuff:
  • Smooth texture
  • Moisturizing & soothing
  • Decent lasting power
  • Natural ingredients
The low-down:
  • The smell. I don't like either smell.
  • Packaging isn't the greatest
  • Hardens
My take: I was so happy to be able to get these two lip balms! I got Honey Trap from Sheila and the Whipstick from Mai. I'll start off by saying that the 2 packaging is different because the Honey Trap is the UK version and the Whipstick is the US version (uhh but made in Canada apparently). The Honey trap is a screw-on lid and the Whipstick is a pull-off. To me, both are equally just as difficult to open. I feel like either the lid should be shorter or the container should be longer... you have to hold the bottom in order to take the top off... but the amount of space to hold onto is rather small, making it more difficult to easily take the lid off. Either that or I just suck at it, buut I still think the packaging could be improved. Also to note, the Whipstick is a bit bigger than the Honey trap, but both are supposed to contain 10g.



Ugh, the smell, the smell, the smell. I definitely don't care for either. Honey Trap smells like...Idk. I can't even describe it. I know I read "moldy honey" somewhere, and I guess that's pretty accurate. Whipstick smells just like Tootsie Roll IMO, and I don't like Tootsie roll :/ So needless to say, the smells drive me crazy when applying. They do fade after awhile though. The taste is not so great when you get it in your mouth... you know how hotel soap smells like? That's what these taste like. Don't ask me how I got that correlation... just imagine it :P


With that being said, the texture of these balms are pretty nice and smooth, easy to slather on. The Whipstick is more on the thick/creamy side while the Honey Trap is more thin/slick. I prefer the texture of the Honey Trap because Whipstick makes me feel a little like I'm rubbing Crisco on my lips. Still, both are decently moisturizing and soothing. I only use them at night though, because it kind of feels like the product just sits on your lips instead of fully absorbing in. Both harden when not in use, so you have to warm it up with your finger when you want to use it again. They last a decent amount of time, at least a few hours. Less with eating/drinking.

Would I repurchase/recommend?
No, I personally would not repurchase these products, mostly because of the smell and I have a ton of other lip balms that I prefer and I feel work just as well (and better) for the price. If you're into natural products though, I guess these are worth a shot. Definitely a no-go for people who don't like strong scents!



PS - Thanks everyone for getting me to 5,300 profile views & 384 followers! : )
Luuurve you all ♥



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This makes me sad :(

This is another one of those "being real" posts.
Sorry for the crappy picture, crappy makeup. This was like ~4 years ago...
And this is how my eyelashes used to look like:



Yes, those were my real eyelashes. :(

I touched upon this subject a few times but never really elaborated on it.

My dad always told me when I was younger, I had the longest eyelashes of any asian he'd ever seen. Believe it or not, I did have super long eyelashes. They were stick-straight.. nothing that couldn't be fixed with an eyelash curler though.

But ever since I was little, I've had this nasty habit of just yanking them out when I'm bored/stressed. Anyone else do this? Apparently this is called Trichotillomania. Now doesn't that sound scary. It sucks. They used to grow back quickly but not anymore. So I went through several phases of having lots of eyelashes, and then having almost none. Atm, I'm in the "almost none" phase. So that's why I use falsies in the majority of my EOTDs.

I've been interested in Latisse, but Idk.
It'll probably end up causing eye cancer or some shit.



Anybody tried this stuff?