Hey guys, I haven’t been feeling so hot lately. In my last update I was doing rather well, but now my meds are different and stronger, so I’ve been weak and in pain again. With the meds I take, that’s a good thing because it will kill the Lyme, but because of feeling crappy I’ve had to scale back again and make sacrifices. Fewer game nights, more lying in bed watching K-Dramas, more kitty snuggles, slower blog posts. It sucks you know?

But here’s some good news, and it came at such a perfect time because I had been feeling like butts.

You probably already know I created a community on reddit (/r/asianbeauty), heck maybe you’re even a part of it. Usually we chit-chat about different skincare and makeup we love, and talk about products we bought or what we want to buy. I mentioned that I wanted to try the Skin79 Snail BB Cream, and a fellow redditor offered to send me some samples. I asked if she’d like me to send her anything, and she was like: No man, I’m good. What a sweetheart <3   Well, I had forgotten all about it, what with everything going on.   And then MAGICALLY this package with a lovely thank you card appeared in my mailbox:


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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 28th May 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Everything else
Comments: 7 Comments

I have been feeling a little overstimulated lately, and I think the best way to explain it so it translates for people who are neurotypical (NT) is this: you know how when you hear nails on a chalkboard you stop, paralyzed? It’s a little like that all day long for people who are non-neurotypical when overstimulated (at least for me, can’t speak for everyone). My brain shuts down some areas and I can’t use them as well (especially social skills). This is different from anxiety but produces an end result that looks similar from the outside (but feels unlike anxiety). Another non-NT friend showed me this website where you can select a neurologically distracting noise, this really helps me take the edge off of being overstimulated, and my NT friends say it helps them too, because they can use it to fall asleep. Maybe you’ll enjoy it too! ^_^

If you want to learn more about non-neurotypical things you could research Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder. In my case, I’m not neurotypical most likely due to having Neurological Lyme Disease (ie: bacterial brain infection). If you haven’t read about Lyme before, here’s an article I wrote for XOjane: It Happened to Me: I Have Lyme Disease. I hope the overstimulation is a result of treatment, because if it is, that means I should be doing better (funny, right?).

So this review hails back to my first Beauty Army box back in September (see that here) where I got my first set of samples from the subscription service. I still use Beauty Army, (bought I think 5 boxes so far) and now I’m waiting for them to have more samples because what they have is either the same as what was in my 5 boxes or something I’m not interested in.

  • I know we’re not in love or anything but if you try Beauty Army consider using my link to sign up because Beauty Army rewards referrals (here’s that link). Thanks from me if you do!


The retail price of this Lipsi Aphrodite Powder is $20, but don’t worry, you can also get it for $14 if you buy from Beauty Army after reviewing 6 products. Behold, friends! I like this one a lot.

image is a photo of a small amount of lipsi aphrodite powder. This small amount is in the product cover to show texture. It's a powder, not unlike other mineral powders.
I had a sample size as you recall from my Beauty Army box
and just so you can see the powder again, I put some in the cover.

A nice swatch of the product.
Looks shimmery in photos but not in person.


image is a photo of the cakepie not wearing any makeup. This picture is scary, and even so, the cakepie is smiling. She is fair-skinned with some blemishes and bleach blonde hair.
This is my bare face, no makeup.
Don’t be alarmed!


Image is a photo of the cakepie with only BB cream on. Two coats of holika holika bb cream have improved the look of her fair skin from blemished and angry to smooth and luminous.
Much better, right? Still a little shiny though, and without powder I have greaseface in an hour.
Oily skin >_< This is me with 2 coats of Holika Holika Peach Girl (Shade 01) BB Cream


image is a photo of the cakepie with only holika holika bb cream and a dusting of lipsi aphrodite powder. Her skin is no longer dewy but matte, and the color is about the same.
Now this is with the Lipsi Aphrodite Powder


image is a photo of the cakepie wearing a lot more makeup. Eyemakeup in a subtle/natural brown and a faint pink lip and cheek color. It's a good look!
My final look. I’m wearing a little bit of Coastal Scents Warm Palette eyeshadows, Canmake blush, and revlon lip butter. I’m not wearing much else in terms of makeup, I wanted to keep the distractions to a minimum.


Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, [+/- (May Contain): Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Carmine (75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (77289), Manganese Violet (77742), Yellow 5 Lake (19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (42090:2)]

Seems like a standard mineral makeup to me. Thank GOODNESS it has effective preservatives (ie parabens), I hate when my makeup gives me acne, and based on my research parabens work best to protect you. They keep my products from being infested with germs!

Lipsi Aphrodite powder is supposed to be good at keeping shine down, and also wearing for a long time. I think it does both very well. I have oily skin, so some of the BBs I like to wear (Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream NO02) are too dewy alone, but with this they look super good. This one is a great color match for my skin, so if you wear Missha Perfect Cover BB in #21, or Holika Holika Peach Girl in shade 01 this will match you nicely. It also is mattefying without being CAKEY (the bane of my existence).

One problem I have with a lot of powders is they’re light in the package but on my face they start to look dark. The Lipsi Aphrodite powder is not like that, it keeps skin the right color while controlling oil.

The Good:

  • Great color match! Looks like my own skin color.
  • Takes care of oil.
  • Lasts a long time (4-8 hours), to be fair it’s winter here so maybe different in the summer.
  • Properly preserved to prevent infections/acne-causing germs from growing.
  • Can be bought cheap using Beauty Army’s review system ($6 off).

The Bad:

  • Very pale color, won’t match everyone, and I don’t see other color options.
  • More expensive than drugstore makeup.
  • ALL mineral makeup is so finely grained it can be aspirated (breathed in) and over time could harm lungs/cause inflammation. Some people hold their breath when applying mineral makeup to reduce the chances of problems.
  • If you like oily skin, this powder is your enemy!

Bottom line:
Of all the powders I’ve tried I like this one the best! Yes, friends, this one is going on my “Best of” list! I have annoyingly pale skin and most powders darken me even if they match in the package. The Lipsi powder has no drawbacks for me that are problematic. I will be repurchasing this for sure, and I recommend it to people who have oily, very fair skin. Is it worth purchasing? YES! ^_^

Everything in this post was purchased by ME. NO one sponsored it. Read my disclosure here.

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 5th March 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 4 Comments

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

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!

image is a photo of 3 clear packages with beauty samples on the right and sheet masks from asia on the left. The image reads: everything packaged neatly; and on the lower right corner below a bag with a heart shape on it the image reads: cute.
All arrived safely! I’m so excited ^_^

image is a photo of 4 packages of sheet masks from asia. They also have post its translating a few Chinese characters. Upper left is a white mask package with a giant orange graphic (no post it); upper right is a red eye mask package with a post it that reads beauty, white, eye; lower left is a white package with aloe plant graphics (post it reads: this came from our local korean grocer, $2), and the lower right is a white package with green and white flower graphics (post it reads: white).
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)
  • Rolanjona Green Tea Whitening Mask (post it says: white) I reviewed this mask already: “Rolanjona Black Green Tea Whitening Mask AKA Evil Ink Staining Mask of Eyebrow Killing


image is a photo of a large array of korean beauty samples. Products from etude house, skinfood, skin79, and sulwhasoo are marked as such.
All Korean brands.
  • Skinfood: (top to bottom, left to right) Deep Sea Water Multi toner, Platinum Grape Cell Illuminate Essence, Platinum Grape Cell Cream, Platinum Grape Cell Eye Cream, Gold Caviar Collagen Serum.
  • Etude House: BB Cleanser, Fresh Cherry Tint, Aloe Moistfull Soothing Cream, Flower Moistfull Cream.
  • Sulwhasoo: Balancing Emulsion, Balancing Water, Snowise Whitening Fluid, Snowise Balancing Water.
  • Skin79: Super BB VIP Gold, Vital Super+ BB Triple Functions, Hot Pink Super+ BB


Image is a photo of Sulwhasoo skincare samples. They are small, about the length of  3-4 inches, and in tiny bottles. Four are pictured with a human thunb for comparism. The ones on the left are a goldenrod orangish yellow, and the ones on the right are white. Text in the photo reads (top): Tiny Little Friends; (bottom) Sulwhasoo Samples
I’ve never used a Sulwhasoo product, so I’m excited to try these.

image is a photo of several beauty samples. Text in the photo reads: Bonus Box. The photo is decorated with heart outlines in black.
The Extra Bonus Box Natasha sent me ^_^


  • Loreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair Ceramide (Shampoo, Conditioner, Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm)
  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in 21
  • Nature’s Gate Face Block SPF25 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Skinfood Gold Kiwi Gift Set
  • Anastasia Lash Genius (Mascara Waterproofer)


I was so happy to get all of these samples! I’m looking forward to trying them out and sharing with you guys what I learn ^_^

Have you ever done a beauty sample swap? They’re very fun and a good way to weed out samples you have too many of!
Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see a review of!

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 26th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 10 Comments

Image is a photo of the packaging for the oriental gold bb cream. It is a cylinder shape with a pink bottom half and a gold top half.When I first I learned about BBs I did a lot of research, I read a TON of reviews (both domestic and foreign) and this product kept coming up. I bought it because I wanted to start out with a good quality BB cream rather than randomly experiment, and overall I was glad I did. If you’re new to BB creams, it might be good to start by reading about what they are, as there are no truly analogous western products.

Skin79 is a large brand from South Korea, but it’s more popular and well-known in the west in that it’s a big deal here, and not so much in South Korea. Most women outside of Asia try a Skin79 brand for their first BB cream, but most women in BB-popular countries aren’t as into Skin79. It’s not an inferior brand, personally I think the difference in popularity is a matter of marketing because Skin79 spends a lot of time enticing the foreign market. Read more…

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 25th October 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 23 Comments

Image is a photo of an open box. Pictured is a card with a white model wearing makeup. The card reads: Hello, Gorgeous. Inside the box is lined with a print of pink and white camouflage and tissue paper is under the card, obscuring the contents of the box.Beauty Army is one of the many sample services available today. I’m pretty picky about those, and I chose Beauty Army because it lets you pick your samples, they ask you about yourself to customize your samples to match you (skin color, for example), and they let you skip months if you’re not into it that month. This is my first month of Beauty Army, and I’m excited to share with you what I picked out. These are not reviews, just first impressions. It may be helpful to read about my circumstances before reading my opinions. Read more…

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 6th October 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Everything else
Comments: 10 Comments