Hey guys, been a while! I couldn’t post because my Lyme Disease was bad again >: (read about my struggle with Lyme Disease here). *Apparently* the meds I was on to help control infections were ineffective, so I felt much worse than I should be feeling. My doc switched me to some new ones and says I should be feeling great soon. Besides that being amazeballs excellent news it also means more blog posts!!
Next posts coming up:
Lipsi Aphrodite Powder review
The Body Shop Tea Tree Mask review
Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette Review
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
If I get my way, you’ll see a new post every day ^_^ and if that happens you’ll know I’m feeling GOOD ^_^
Beauty Samples Swap!
Around the December holidays, my blogger friend Natasha from Confessions of a Skincare Junkie and I talked about our first world problem (having far too many beauty product samples) so we agreed to swap!! I sent her my package late ; _ ; (click here to see what I sent Natasha!), and honestly she gave me WAY better samples! In fact, she sent me 2 packages!! What a total sweetheart!
All arrived safely! I’m so excited ^_^
All mask products!
Epielle Facial Essence Mask Firming and Lifting with Vitamin C
Watson’s Whitening and Moisturizing Eye Mask (post it says: Beauty, White, Eye)
Epielle Facial Essence Mask Green Tea and Aloe (post it says: These came from our local Korean grocer, $2 ea)
I’ve set up swaps twice now, though like a jerkbag I’ve mostly been receiving swaps because I suck and I haven’t mailed my stuff on time. One was with Natasha from Confessions of a Skincare Junkie (Samples Swap), and the other was with Eva from Bunnykisskawaii ($20USD/$20Euro Swap). I sent Natasha my package so I totally don’t suck anymore, and tomorrow I’ll show you what I got from Natasha (she sent me TWO lovely packages, actually). But today, let’s reveal the glorious awesomeness that I got from sweetiepie Eva.
We had originally set this swap up MONTHS ago, but due to my unpredictable illness, and her CROSS-COUNTRY move (Greece to Northern Ireland) we kinda took our time. I like that we did it that way because I got to have more time selecting great stuff to send out (: If you’re like me and hate being rushed, I recommend lots of time as a swap tactic!
For the swap we agreed on spending $20 (USD for me, Euro for Eva), but it seems apparent that Eva was a bad, bad girl and spoiled the absolute crap out of me (don’t worry Eva, I think I did more than $20USD too >_> so it’s really okay!). We originally were going to include a lot of awesome nail polishes but apparently you can’t do that anymore >: Neither USPS nor Royal Mail allow that, and I was gonna be a rebel and totally defy that rule (eff the police, and whatnot) but Eva said that if we sent it and our packages were x-rayed or discovered to have nail polish they could be destroyed >: I relented to be lawful-good this time.
ON to the SWEETNESS!!!
The products Eva sent me, in all their splendor.
Oh man, she totally knows about my Hello Kitty weakness. Aren’t these shadow quads cool? I love the graphic art. [Left: “This show ain’t ova”, Right: “Pretty punk”]
When I was a kid I got some kind of doll that came with it’s own perfume. I swear it smelled just like this Vaseline Lip Therapy. Not the kind of smell I usually go for (kinda flowery) but the nostalgia makes it fun! Oh and especially nice because despite all the goo I hoard, I had nothing therapeutic for my dry lips until now!
The White Musk Libertine Solid Perfume is a sweet gift in a sweet heart, how cute is this? Oh and I got a set of these lippies (5 I think) to give to friends for the holidays, but this is great because now I have some I can keep ^_^ [All from The Body Shop]
I almost ordered these exact shadow palettes a while back, I wanted to try out MUA and I have an eyeshadow problem (I have too many). The Glitter Ball palette is all glittery (duh, right?) perfect for a German Sparkle Party!! I gave the bronzer set a little go, and so far I enjoy the top left and bottom right as nice highlighters. I’m stupid at bronzing but maybe this will learn me. [All from Makeup Academy Professional]
Okay so I know this gloss is totally a “pink” (Passion Pink #11) but I couldn’t help but see coral a bit. As for that eye pencil (Sky Blue #16), I like pastels a lot, if only spring would get here (: [Both from Barry M.]
Don’t these look similar you guys?? I miss this Sephora lipstain (coral) so much, it was such the perfect color, and it brightened up my face so much. Old Man Cakepie shakes her fist and gripes: “Dang you Sephora for discontinuing my favorite color!”
So glad to get sheet masks (Green Tea)! I haven’t tried Etude House masks yet, this will be fun! The Tear Eye Liner (#01 I think) is also from Etude, this is so glittery! Oh and guys, I bet most of you won’t know what those little “pellets” are, but they’re blank sheet masks! You soak them in whatever you want (some people use glycerin, soak them in asian toner, essence, or serum) and wear them My Beauty Diary-style. [Blank masks are from Maggier]
I don’t officially hate charcoal black masks just because I had a bad time with the last one (read about that for your amusement), but I will take care using these two packs! [Nose pack from Nesura; chin pack from Etude House]
CHOCOCAT, so cute right? I just found out about Chococat today ^_^ What a great Sanrio character. All of the stacks on the left are note papers featuring the curious little kitty. You can also see that awesome owl pattern notebook, I was glad to get this because I was looking for a small notebook but I’m picky about covers, they have to be cute or awesome and this is a little of both. Also, you guys can’t read my letter sorry ^_^
Inside the book is normal.
I love all of these samples and I can’t wait to try them, especially the Moistfull Collagen Peeling Wash and Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum!! [Top two rows are all Etude House, the bottom left two products are Missha, and the bottom right is from Skinfood]
Isn’t this such an awesome, sweet, amazing pack of gifts? I was so impressed and grateful, it’s like Eva is inside my mind! I hope you love your package too Eva ^_^ thank you again for knowing what to get me (:
Have any of you guys ever done a swap? What was it like?
For those who are interested in swaps there’s a swap thread going on in the Asian Beauty Subreddit (don’t be intimidated by reddit!!) you can find that here, so please post your own right there if you’re looking to do a swap too ^_^
Hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments what you think is the most interesting and I’ll try to review it! You’ll see some requested reviews THIS week (Lipsi face powder, some more items from my Body Shop haul, and if I’m not too sick I can finally get to the Coastal Scents palettes this month!) so even if I take a while understand that I will always get to it so be patient ^_^
Dated: 5th February 2013
Comments: 23 Comments
Hey guys! I wanted to share something today, I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow bloggers Arya and Eva (don’t worry, out of fairness I answered BOTH sets of questions). From what I can tell, the Liebster Award was invented to connect and inspire new bloggers so they will keep their spirits up! It can be hard to be a blogger when you start out, a lot of times you put your whole heart into writing a post, nervously hit “publish” and wait… then nothing. Many times you write and you wonder, “Is anyone even reading?” I think sometimes you can actually HEAR the crickets.
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3. Choose 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to nominate.
4. Ask 11 new questions to your nominees.
5. Go to each blogger’s page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Liebster operates kinda like a chain letter, but instead of letters Liebster seems to be more about revealing a little about ourselves and inspiring others by thinking of them ^_^
FIRST: 11 Facts!
I have been sick in bed most of my life since I was 18. I had a great remission year in 2011-2012 where I was just like a normal person, and I did a lot during that time!
I play roguelikes a lot, these are a genre of videogames where you die over and over, but if you can finally win it really means something. They take a lot of cleverness, luck, and skill to win, but they’re fun each time, like you go, “THIS time I’ll win!” then death, lol.
Pink is my addiction. I like looking at it, wearing it, and being around it.
My favorite snackfood is probably chips and salsa, with all the fixings. I can’t eat it for a few years due to medication but I really like the taste.
I’m super flexible, and once trained in contortion.
I still don’t have a smartphone. It’s an extra expense I can’t afford on a fixed income (this explains my obsession with deals, huh?).
I had a real pro manicure once, and the whole time I was thinking, “So much money, I can learn to do this myself!”, lol, obviously not that simple but hey, I’m cheap, lol.
I have a younger brother, but he’s about 14 months younger so all my life people can’t tell who’s older, and some people think we’re twins.
I love fruit-scented things, and hate flower smells. Jasmine is the WORST.
Since I got sick (at 18) I can’t really read most books, but I was voracious as a teen so usually it turns out I’ve read more books than the average person despite my lapse, funny right?
I don’t know how to play any musical instruments.
SECOND: 11 Questions for me! (From Eva)
1. If you had to pick one flavor of ice-cream to eat for the rest of your life, what would that be?
I think strawberry. I love strawberry things. Though vanilla would be a good back-up choice simply because then you can put syrups and sprinkles on it to cheat the rule a little ^_^
2. If you had wings, what type of wings would you have?
I’d have big birdly wings. They’d function so I could fly around without getting tired. I’d want them to be powder pink and white, too (Don’t judge me!).
3. What is your favorite animal?
People always seem to have one. I don’t know if I do but since I have to come up with one I’ll say horse, they’re smart and can save you money on gas, haha.
4. Where do you like hanging out the most?
Ideally I enjoy being with my family, we play a lot of games together, and we’re a huge clan, so when we get together everyone brings a lot of food! My parents have a house in the north (right by Canada) so in my imagination it’s a snowy wonderland.
5. What do you eat for breakfast?
I don’t eat “breakfast” foods for breakfast, I always thought that was so strange. I eat a restrictive diet so I just eat what I’m allowed to have for every meal regardless of what meal it is. Boring, right? >:
6. If you could be a cartoon/anime character for one day, which of the famous cartoon/anime characters would you want to be?
I’d like to be Avatar Korra!
7. Do you watch Korean Dramas? If yes, what’s your favorite?
I DO! I watch the crap out of em, my fave for now is hard to choose between Lie to Me and Coffee Prince (can you tell I love Yoon Eun-Hye?)
8. Your three wishes from the Genie?
More wishes. More genies. An end to sickness and death for people.
9. Your ideal job:
Ideally I’d be doing something lucrative, where I can learn a lot, and be doing good to help others. Right now that might be impossible, so I’ll say consulting for a major beauty brand (Shiseido, My Beauty Diary, Skinfood, Etude House, you guys listening?)
10. What colour toothbrush do you currently use?
I have no idea. I think it’s orange. It was cheap and not deliberately chosen.
11. The first song that you can think of!
Rasputin by Boney M!! This song is really addictive, it’s the cure for earworms ^_^ If you’ve played Just Dance 2 you’ve probably seen this song:
Try and tell me this isn’t catchy.
SECOND.02: 11 Questions for me! (From Arya)
1. What’s the last book you read?
During my remission year I read “Daughters of China”, it was written in a way that made me think the author was kinda airheaded but her research seemed pretty good, and it’s a nice book if you’re curious about Chinese adoption or the politics of children in China.
2. Your favorite song and band is:
Oh no, I don’t really have one. >: Music is pretty overstimulating to me so I only listen to a little. If I have to pick a favorite maybe David Bowie, and a song would be Don’t Stop Believin’ (Always gets people excited!).
3. Where do you want to go for a vacation?
This is my old hair. I paid $150 bucks to get it dyed like this!
4. What’s the silliest pose you did in a pic?
I have a pic of myself at the Parthenon replica in Nashville, Tennessee during my remission year, pretending to be pushing over pillars, Sampson-style. (Above)
5. What’s your favorite shop?
I live in an obscure place in the USA, and because of my disability I’ve actually been inside only a couple of shops, but I always enjoy going to The Body Shop, ^_^ They have testers for everything, and the one near me is wheelchair accessible, and the sales associates are always so sweet (not typical of shops here at ALL).
6. When was the last time you wrote a whole paragraph using a pencil or pen
Last week ^_^ Eva’s getting a handwritten letter from me <3<3
7. Have you ever watched/read an anime/manga?
OH yes. I have been a total otaku >_> Many, many, many of each.
8. Rainy or Sunny day?
And some classics!
9. What’s that one thing you can’t live without?
10. Love or Money
11. What inspires you to blog
I want to connect with other people! I used to hate beauty (I thought it was for snobs or dumb women, how terrible!!) so now I have to catch up and I’m learning a lot, so I share what I learn with others! Ideally I’d have a lot of friends and a good community of us all sharing together, inspiring each other in the nerdy side of beauty ^_^
FOURTH: To you beautiful Nominees, I ask you THESE 11 questions:
1. What’s the worst thing about being grown up?
2. Why did you decide to start blogging?
3. What is the most frustrating part of blogging?
4. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?
5. You get a dream vacation for a month, where would you want to go?
6. Makeup, hair, clothes, shoes, nails — Choose only one!
7. What is your best physical attribute?
8. What is the most noble thing about yourself?
9. What have you done in the last year that you are really proud of?
10. What’s your favorite movie that you saw in the last year?
11. Tell us a story about yourself! It can be funny, inspiring, short, long, or strange, but it has to be true!
Hey guys, you remember a few weeks back when I posted about the Zoya deal where you could “buy 3 for $10 shipped”(normally $8 each)? I got my polishes last week and My Dear Roommate (another polish-olic) said she thought people should see what I did with it.
Ta da! It’s here!! It came in this box.
It was very difficult to only choose three polishes from Zoya, I really wanted so many!! Their color selection is extensive. I settled on these three and after their arrival I feel like I made the right choice. I wanted to immediately wear Gilda and bask in the pink glory, but I invented a mani that I thought would be better because it incorporated two polishes instead of one.
Here’s all three sisters together. They’re so cute!
I also got a little booklet that shows all of Zoya’s polishes (sorry, not pictured). All of the Zoya swatches look good and I’ll tell you right now the product photos are great; in person these look exactly like they do on the website. They also have the best product descriptions. Have you ever ordered a glitter only to find out it was actually clear and you wanted opaque? Bought a color that turned out to be jelly? I hate that too, so the descriptions really helped for me. If you’re still scared that you’ll get a disappointment, you can order little swatch spoons.
I know I’m not a nail artist or anything but I was proud of this. It’s sparkley enough for parties.
I wanted to try out a sponge manicure, and this one comes from Erika over at ErikaJjang. I very obviously made some changes, but the technique is about right. I used a tiny chunk of a soft makeup sponge instead of the kind Erika uses, and managed to do the whole mani with just this tiny part of a sponge. Very little wasted! I wish I had cute little gemstones but alas, I do not.
As for preventing a mess, I do something similar to what Erika does, but instead of Petroleum I use body butter. I think it doesn’t really make a difference which you use, I just grabbed what was closest, and they both work. I also clean up at the end using acetone and a concealer brush (mine is from ELF). Bam! Perfect manicure.
That isn’t a chip on my middle finger, I missed a spot.
I really REALLY loved this polish you guys. It was so easy to use, smooth, the glitter is gorgeous and not dotty, chalky, or clumpy. It shines so nicely. Now that I know these are of good quality, I want Zoya polishes in many more colors. >_> Oh no….
My hand is eating all the polish!
Smooth, even coverage.
Perfectly opaque, only one coat needed
Sparkles like the sun
Doesn’t clump, no dull glitters, not chalky.
Easy to buy the right colors thanks to good swatch and descriptions on the website
You will hate wearing junky glitters from now on.
The price is higher than cheapie polish at $8 a piece
I don’t really think this is safe for work. It might also be too fabulous for certain viewers.
Bottom line: These polishes make me want to go to German Sparkle Parties. I would buy these EXACT colors again + probably empty my wallet buying several other naughty colors too. I would recommend them to anyone! These would be perfect for any party, summer mani, holiday, or whenever you want to make your nails glittery. This is what you might call “A Rave Review”, my friends.
Guys, so far I’ve reviewed products I liked, and some that were a bit MEH, so be prepared: today you will be reading a very negative review. As this is only my personal experience, and other people may still like this mask I also have included some tips for those planning to brave a try with it.
I got this from my awesome blogger friend Natasha (of Confessions of a Skincare Junkie), who sent me a LOT of awesome stuff during our “Sample Swap”. We both had too many samples to ever use. I suck so I haven’t sent her mine yet, but as a total kindness among the samples she also threw in some mask products she wasn’t planning to use (she knows I love masks!!).
Natasha said her Chinese isn’t too good anymore but she sweetly managed to translate a few of the key words for me, so I could discover the functions of the mask. It’s a take off style mask (as opposed to My Beauty Diary, which is left on the skin), and it’s supposed to “whiten” skin (don’t panic! in Asian beauty “whitening” is synonymous with brightening. Nothing can bleach/”whiten” your face in one use).
Front of the Package, 25g of product Click images to enlarge
Back of the package
Based on what the translation said, I was expecting a black sheet mask, but upon opening I discovered it’s not a sheet mask at all. Here I’m thinking: “This looks like a black clay mask. Yay!!” Uh oh…
Hereafter known as mistake number one.
Guys I began applying this mask, and let me tell you 25g is a generous amount. It was so much that just to use it up I caked it on everything I possibly could: upper lip, eyebrows, neck. This ended up being a mistake, because this is NOT actually a clay-style mask at ALL but a peel-off mask (and a VERY adherent one at that).
I am very fussy.
And caking it on had two very negative effects for me. One, once this mask dried, it dried unevenly due to the amount of product I put on. And when it hardened, it REALLY hurt, it needed to be taken of IMMEDIATELY. So I peeled it off unevenly to spare myself suffering. And two, once I started peeling it, it was SO stuck to my skin it pulled things off, like some of my eyebrow on my right eye (on the left side in the photo). I learned my lesson, so for my other eyebrow I tried washing it off instead. This is when I learned another exciting fact about this mask.
My poor sink.
This mask is a lot like squid ink. When washing off mask parts that could not be peeled it was so much black that I thought this mask was breeding. I would rinse rinse rinse, and it looked like nothing had come off my skin, and yet my sink looked like BP Oil had been there. It took me AN HOUR to get this effing shit off my face. I stained my shirt, my sink, and a few of the things around my sink, because this product when combined with water thins and can spread easily. It was a huge hassle to clean up.
I admit, this is my own doing.
In a way, I only have myself to blame. It’s not the manufacturer’s fault that I don’t read Chinese or Korean, and I’m guessing it clearly states the mask is a peel-off type. I would have used it more correctly if it had been known to me. Still, in sharing my experience I must be honest. I hated this experience. It was such an effort to get this mask off and clean my sink. I hardly appreciated the benefits of the mask at all.
Check it out, this mask actually does work though.
I suck for not taking a “before” pic but I’ll tell you what, this is a noticeably brighter Cakepie. You can see a little redness from ripping this mask from my skin (it stuck HARD), but besides that wow. It definitely delivered brighter skin. I don’t know if it was a chemical reaction changing my skin, or if it was the mechanical action of TEARING MY SKIN OFF OF MY FACE. But the result is as advertised.
Annoyingly, this mask really works. My skin was so bright! WOW!
There is so much product in the pack that if you’re careful (it dries up) I bet you can get two uses out of it.
Ripped my eyebrow off. This stuff sticks REALLY HARD, so don’t put it on anything sensitive.
Masks like this can pull and stretch pores, making them bigger!
Pretty difficult to find.
It was super messy and threatened mass staining of my bathroom (thankfully it came out of the bathroom sink, but left a stain on my shirt sleeve).
It hurt my face when it dried because it was so tight.
No English anywhere.
Did not readily wash off my face (but it’s supposed to be for peeling anyway). Something like an HOUR to get it all clean, off my face and gone forever.
I don’t think sensitive skin could survive this. I have skin impervious to irritation and it still hurt and irritated me a bit.
Tips for use:
Please do not put the entire contents of the package on your face. Only apply as much as you need to COVER the skin, a thin, thin layer. And apply evenly!
Don’t you dare apply this to eyebrows, around the eye area, or places where you are sensitive.
Surprise! It peels! So when it hardens start peeling it off. Right away. Don’t wait or you’ll regret it.
One more thing: Wear dark clothing or something you don’t care about. It will stain whatever clothes it touches. It has no mercy.
Bottom line: I might try this again, JUST ONCE, to see if it works better now that I know more about it. But I was very unhappy despite the good results because it took so much energy. I’m so sick that when I waste this kind of time it ruins my ability to do other things. I hated this mask for robbing me of my energy. I also did not find it relaxing, which is one of the main reasons I love masks so much (of course I also love skin benefits ^_^). I would not recommend this mask, I think there are better, SAFER brightening products available, and products that are much more fun to use.
If you dare try this evil mask you have to tell me how it went! Please heed my warnings before you do (I hope you have a better go than I do).