Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub


Price: I got mine for $5.97 from Walmart.

What they say:
- Minimizes the appearance of pore size and refinishes the skin's surface
- Unique formulas reach down deeper to every last pore for a deep,
- Sweeps away dead skin cells for for softer skin
- Easy-to-use scrublet cleanses pore-by-pore

What's in it: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Polyethylene, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocobetaine, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder/Apricot Seed Powder, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance

What to do: How To Use The Scrublet: Step 1: Pop-Out. Slide Between Fingers. Step 2: Dampen Surface. Pour It On. Step 3: Cleanse. Pop Back In. Avoid Contact With Eyes. If Contact Occurs, Rinse Thoroughly With Water. If Dryness Or Irritation Occurs, Use Less Frequently.

The good stuff:
  • Inexpensive
  • Smells good!
  • A decent exfoliating scrub
  • Leaves skin feeling clean & smooth
  • Contains salicylic acid for acne
  • The scrublet is what's AWESOME!
  • You can pair the scrublet w/ other cleansers
  • You can store it in the bottle or...
  • the bottom of the handle is also a suction cup; so you can stick it to your sink, shower wall, etc.!

The low-down:

  • The scrub does not leave my skin looking any different
  • Slightly dries out my skin
  • Might be a little rough on sensitive skin

My take: First off, I think this scrub is just decent. The scrublet, however, is a whole 'nother story. But let's start with the scrub:

It's an apricot colored cleanser with little scrubby apricot seed bits and it smells like juicy apricots. If you like fruity scents, you'll probably like this... it smells super good! It lathers well (you need about a dime-sized amount) and leaves my skin feeling clean & smooth. I found the exfoliating particles to be a little harsh on my skin though, so if you have sensitive skin; you might want to be gentle while using this. It also slightly dried out my skin a bit (nothing moisturizer couldn't fix) but did not otherwise break me out or irritate my skin. However, I read a review on this same product by the lovely Angie of Pandaphilia; and it actually irritated her skin quite badly :( So if you have really sensitive skin, you might want to patch-test this product first.

Despite making my skin feel clean and smooth, I don't think it lived up to its claim to "minimizes appearance of pore size."

A close up of the scrub:


Now, on to the scrublet. I LOVE IT. It's just so cute and fun to use! Plus you can pop it back into the bottle for storage. But I've also found that the bottom of the handle is a suction cup. So it easily sticks to the shower wall or near the sink for easier access.


It's very soft, flexible plastic.


Since I don't feel like the scrub it comes with is totally amazing; I prefer to pair using the scrublet with my other cleansers that I know will give me better results (I go between using Skinfood Seaweed foaming cleanser and Kanebo Aloe foaming cleanser). I do feel like it's a lot more effective than just washing your face with your hands... it lathers the cleanser really well, is gentle, and effectively scrubs my skin. Love it!

Would I repurchase/recommend?: I personally would not repurchase this specific cleanser but I do want the try the blue on for sensitive skin though. The pink and green versions of this product contain menthol, which is too harsh for my skin. I also would repurchase this product just to get another scrublet; if mine ever gets all crappy. So I would recommend this product just to get the scrublet so you can use it with your favorite cleansers! However, I read a review by the lovely M.A.C.nunu about a $2 scrublet that you can get from Daiso. I don't think there's anywhere here where I could get one of those scrublets... but if you have a Daiso where you live; I highly suggest you check it out!


The Rundown:

Packaging:
4/5
You can store the scrublet in the bottle! However, the bottle is hard plastic, so it's harder to squeeze it to get the product to come out faster.

Product: 4/5
A decent exfoliating scrub. The scrublet is what it's all about!

Price: 5/5
Good value for the price.

Overall:

[ click here to read about my Review & Rating System ]

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

EOTD/FOTD: Random Eyes - Teal, Brown, Orange, & Silver

Hello loves! Here today to share a totally random EOTD I came up with the other day... Looks a little funky, but it worked with my eye shape... so I just rolled with it :P


What I used:

Sephora Collector's Edition Palette and
NYX Double sided eye pencil (Silver side)



What else did I use?
FACE
  • Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion
  • NYX Jar Concealer in Beige
  • EDM Pressed Powder in Light
  • MAC Powder blush in Style

EYES

  • Physician's Formula Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
  • DHC Eyebrow Perfect Powder in Brown
  • Sana "Crocodile" Concealer as base/primer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero to tightline
  • Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner in Black to line lashline/waterline

LIPS

  • EOS Sphere Lipbalm in Summer Fruit
  • Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Pink Please
  • Wet N Wild Longwearing Lipcolor in Pink Suga
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Life's a Peach

Monday, June 28, 2010

Love Pack from LOLANNE!!! ♥

Hello loves! Today I wanted to share this freaking amazing love pack I got from the lovely miss LOLAnne... the sneakiest, sweetest, generous, AND probably the funniest blogger I know ;)

She had a "hidden" giveaway in one of her posts awhile ago... so I entered! And recently I was talking about how I wanted to try more MAC lippies after my bad experience with their Lustreglass. So she offered to send me a Dazzleglass Creme in "Do it up." Little did I know, it was because she needed to get my address because I had actually WON that super secret giveaway she had! SNEAKY SNEAKY!

I got the package a few days ago...
and was greeted with animal butts! XD


And what else?

OMFGPENGUINAMIBABY!!!!! ♥♥♥
Soooo kawaii!
And MORE?!


OMG Anne, thank you SO MUCH ♥
She even included a MAC Mineralize Blush in "Pleasantry" (because she knows I'm on the biggest blush kick EVER right now XP)... and lots of candy!


Group shot : ) ♥


This is Pleasantry on my cheeks & Do It Up on my lips, over Maybelline Pink Please. I have to say I really like the formulation of the Dazzleglass Cremes. So smooth and don't feel sticky to me at all! Pigmentation is fabulous. Do It Up is a little bright on its own for me, but layered over a lighter lipstick, it makes a pretty, glossy, bright pink ♥ Definitely want to get my hands on more of these glosses. Pleasantry is such a soft pretty baby pink...love it too!


One last shot...
Thank you so much again, Anne!!! ♥ ya ;)
...and now I have your address. Muahahaha XD


Sunday, June 27, 2010

NOTD: Tiffany Box Blue & Bows + $1 Chanel Jade dupe?

Hello loves! Today I wanted to share what I'm currently sporting on my nails:

Tiffany box inspired!

I used ELF Mint Cream & NYC French Tip White to do the bows.

I learned how to make the bows from this tutorial:

But my white polish was kind of on the "liquidy" side, so it didn't really stay tacky long enough to drag it cleanly. Still think it turned out alright for first attempt though : )

This design is super easy and super cute. Definitely check out Narita's vid and try it out!


Also, after reading Agnes' post about possible Chanel Jade dupes, I was thinking that ELF's Mint Cream looked pretty close.

So... is it?

Here's Chanel Jade:
(image from google search)



While I don't own Chanel Jade, I can look at pictures :P So comparing it to my NOTD with ELF's Mint Cream, I'd have to say this is pretty much the closest darn dupe you are gonna get for a dollar. Chanel Jade is greener and more true "jade," while ELF Mint Cream is bluer and of course, closer to a Tiffany Blue shade and doesn't have shimmers. However, they both seem to be around the same level of "pastelness."

So while you probably won't feel as luxurious having ELF Mint Cream on your nails, it's still a fun shade to wear that is decently similar to Chanel Jade, especially since it's only $1!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Fav Lippies ...w/ Swatches!

Hello loves! This post was requested by the lovely and extremely talented Claudia of Lemon Pie! I don't think I've ever done a post about my favorite lippies, so here goes! I'm pretty boring and conservative when it comes to lippies (even though I used to be addicted to buying them)... I basically stick to safe, nude shades and soft pinks. I do want to venture into more peach/coral shades though ;)

So here's my most used, favorite lipsticks & glosses!
(the order is from left to right)


Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick - Pink Suga
Ironically, a little more orange on me than NYX Orange Soda; still a great nude. VERY pigmented, smooth, and semi-matte. (review here)

NYX Round Lipstick - Orange Soda
My all-time favorite nude shade. Slightly peachy and works well with my skintone. Super creamy and opaque. Pairs great with a sheer gloss. (lip swatches here)


Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick - Pink Please
The perfect baby pink that shows up well on my medium-pigmented lips. Smooth and sheer but buildable. (overview here)

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick - Just Peachy
A slightly brighter pink than Pink Please. A tad peachy, but still more pink. VERY pigmented, smooth, and semi-matte. (review here)

NYC Ultra Last Lipwear - Rose Gold
A gorgeous soft rosy pink with gold shimmer. Color shows up better on my lips when layered over concealer + gloss. (review here)

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur - Pure Rose
The perfect milky baby pink. High gloss shine, starts out sheer but is buildable. Slightly sticky, but not too bad. (review here)


NYX Lips Lipstick - Peach Love
Even though the other lippies from my last NYX haul were a frosty mess, I still like this particular shade. Over concealed lips and layered with a gloss, it shows up a nice, soft peachy coral. (overview here)

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Ravishing
A gorgeous "clean light peachy coral." Super creamy and pigmented. (overview here)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss - Life's a Peach
I love the formulation of this lipgloss. It is the perfect texture, smell, and lasting power. Very glossy, non-sticky, smooth, sheery-buildable, nudey peach. (overview here)


LE Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited - Jupiter Brown
I am not much of a bold-lip wearer, but I do like this shade. Looks pink in the picture but it's actually a rosy-brown type of shade that shows up "reddish" on me. But I like it a lot. Very smooth, sheer but buildable. (review here)


Swatches
(click to view larger)

These swatches are pretty color-accurate, except for Ravishing, which is lighter, brighter coral and Jupiter Brown; which for some reason looks red-violet (to me at least) but is actually lighter rose-brown shade. Dunno why they look so dark in the pics.

Hope this post was helpful! : )
What are YOUR fav lippies?

Friday, June 25, 2010

EOTD/FOTD: Purple Pop + Lilac Blush ♥

Hello loves! In my previous post, I talked about how I picked up MAC's Cremesheen lipstick in "Ravishing." So today I wanted to do a look paired with that lipstick and I decided on using purples, just for a fun & bright look.

Here's what I ended up with:









What I used:

(Sephora Collector's Edition Palette)

What else did I use?

FACE

  • Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer - Medium
  • Sana "Crocodile" concealer as eye primer
  • EDM Pressed Powder - Light
  • Lilac blush from Sephora Collector's Edition Palette

EYES

  • Physician's Formula Brow Pencil - Dark Brown
  • DHC Eyebrow Perfect Powder - Brown
  • Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black, to line lashline & waterline

LIPS

  • EOS Sphere Lip balm - Summer Fruit
  • DHC Rose Beauty Q10 Eye Zone Retouch as lip concealer/primer
  • MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Ravishing

Did I say LILAC blush?
Yes, I did : )

Since I did purple eyes, I was just thinking about a look I saw in Seventeen (hey, I like that magazine... they have good beauty sections! :P) that suggested lilac cheeks for "an unexpectedly romantic pop of color." You could either use lilac blush or lilac eyeshadow if you didn't have any. And of course, why would I have lilac blush?! So I figured I would have to use eyeshadow. But upon fully opening my Sephora Collector's Edition Palette, I discovered that I actually DO have a soft lilac blush! :D

(it's a little lighter than in the picture though)


On skin, it's pink w/ a lilac undertone.

On cheeks, it's an interesting, fresh, pop of lilac-y pink.
Applied it a little heavier here so you get a better idea of the shade:



Overall, lilac blush is something I want to look into now! I think it's fun and unique... yet soft and pretty. Since it came out quite bold with this already-bright look, I could see myself wearing this blush with softer eyes and a nude lip to balance out the color better. I love it though! Will definitely try out more looks with this blush.