Monday, September 1, 2014

BeautyMate Sakura Series Duo Radiant & Moisturizing Lotion Excellent

BeautyMate came out with this Sakura Series a few years ago I believe. At the time, I was in Japan and didn't have access to it. I kept waiting for Sasa to pick it up, but they never did and I gave up hopes of getting my grubby hands all over this line. Fast forward to fall 2012 and I was in Taipei. One day, I was randomly browsing through the Watson in Shida Night Market and lo-and-behold, the entire line was on display! I made a beeline to it of course and grabbed 3 items: this Duo Radiant & Moisturizing Lotion Excellent, the Natural Care Moisturizing Peeling Gel, and the Deep Cleansing Oil. 

I've been dying to try both the peeling gel and the cleansing oil, but I'm still working through the huge bottle of Cure Natural Aqua Gel. I'm almost done with PharmaAct Additive Free Cleansing Oil, but I can't jump the line and go to Sakura Deep Cleansing Oil because there are others that have earlier expiration date (that's how I order my lineup, I use whichever that expires first...). So I might not get to the other 2 until next year :(

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NARS Lip Gloss

Slowly getting through the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lips 2013 edition here. The last NARS product I tried was the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, so I'm happy to try out this Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight. The color sounds...edible... (it's *not* - don't do it!) ^.^"

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lips 2013 edition set includes (as order as pictured on the outer packaging) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish Dolly, Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Pink, Fresh Sugar Rose Mini Tinted Lip Treatment, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster Glitzy,  this Nars Lip Gloss Turkish Delight, and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Rhubarb.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Part III

Next up in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lips 2013 edition is Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink.

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lips 2013 edition set includes (as order as pictured on the outer packaging) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish Dolly, this Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Pink, Fresh Sugar Rose Mini Tinted Lip Treatment, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster Glitzy, Nars Lip Gloss Turkish Delight, and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil Rhubarb.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arcona The Solution Repair PM

Started using this 5mL pump bottle of Arcona The Solution Repair PM last month. This is an AHA serum for exfoliation, and thus recommended usage is at night only, and for 2-4 times a week and not for every night. Personally, I would recommend wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF50 during the day if you're using any retinoid, AHA, or BHA product at night.

This serum is slightly thicker than water but is not viscous by any means. That means it goes on pretty much like water and absorbs instantly. This serum is unscented, but does have a smell of sort, neither good or bad.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam

Half way done with this 30mL/1.1oz tube of Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, which was part of the Black Friday GWP back in 2012 :X Two years late but better than never!

I know some folks may disagree, but I still don't quite get these "brightening" products, especially when they don't really do anything for my skin. Do they work for you?

Anyway, this is just like any other foaming cleanser for me. When I use a foaming net it foams like mad, but otherwise it makes more of a creamy lather and not a bubbly one. Doesn't deep fry my skin but I have to be careful with the amount used or I will get flakes stepping out of the shower! Eeps! The scent is nice like the rest of the line, but I still get a whiff of the cleaner odor that's prevalent in many Japanese foaming cleansers. With the fall approaching fast, now that I'm in a much dryer climate I will have to switch to a much milder cleanser. Let's hope I'll finish this tube by then!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Goldfaden 3-in-1 Face Tightening & Firming Complex

I received this Goldfaden 3-in-1 Face Tightening & Firming Complex from the Dermstore Fall 2012 Super Lux Grab Bag #2 but had only started using it about 2 months ago. 

Goldfaden is a dermatologist brand I haven't tried before, not that I've tried many dermatologist brands. I do want to point out that while the brand is giving itself a makeover, it isn't exactly being efficient at it. There are 2 distinct-looking websites that are both concurrently active, the old Goldfaden website versus the new Goldfaden website. Each website sells a line of skincare product that's pretty much the same (same names, same ingredients, etc.) but with entirely different packaging. The only difference I noticed was that the newer website carries more products. The worst part is that the neither of the websites bothers to explain that the brand is going through an update, not even a passing mention! It's like each denies the other's existence! When I was looking up this brand, I seriously thought I had found a fraudulent copycat! What the hell?!? 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Suisse Programme Platinum Revitalizing Tonic Lotion

This 30mL/1fl oz. bottle of Suisse Programme Platinum Revitalizing Tonic Lotion was from a GWP promotion Sasa ran last year, which got me to try the awfully perfumy Cellular Revitalizing Toner. Needless to say I was hesitant to try this toner, because being on the road the thought of getting doused with perfume wasn't exactly comforting.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion with Aloe Vera

A while back Clarins had a nice promotion for a handful of travel and trial sizes in a cute zipper pouch, so I picked up a cleansing duo. Although now that I think about it, I should have bought a couple of different toners instead because I need a runny one for quick cleansing in the mornings. Oh well.

Anyway, while on the road I tried the 10mL/0.30fl oz. of the Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion with Aloe Vera, that tiny little orange bottle that was just perfect for travel ^.^

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