Friday, December 30, 2011

Tony Moly Cappuccino Cream in Scrub Review

Hey guys!
This is my last post for 2011, I first want to thank you for following me this year. I truly appreciate the time you take to read and comment my posts! Hope for you the best for 2012!

So back to the topic of this post. Tony Moly is a Korean brand of skincare products, although they have some makeup products too their focus is mostly skincare. Most of their products have very cute packaging and it is all made from natural ingredients.
This super cute "coffee cup" it's actually a facial scrub!
It promises to remove the dead skin cells, providing moisture and nutrients. It is suitable to dull complexions and dehydrated skin.

The top of the product looks like a coffee cup with a spoon which is actually a spatula.
The cup unscrews from the bottom to reveal the bottom where the scrub is.
The scrub is not a liquid, nor a gel, nor some sort of pasty consistency, it is actually solid, and once it touches your skin, the warmth of your skin melts the product. As you can see it is very brown, but once you start massaging the product onto your skin it will become clear, and that's when it you are suppose to wash it off.

What I have noticed is that Asian skincare is more gentle on the skin, and this scrub is no exception, it has the tiniest beats ever, you can barely feel them, so it is so gentle that you can even use it everyday. Complementing the coffee cup container the products smells like... yes you guessed it, coffee.

As for my final verdict I would not repurchase this product. mostly due because it is too gentle on my skin, and honestly I cannot tell the difference when I use this product.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

MAC Dazzlesphere 4

Hey Guys!
First I want to wish you a merry Christmas!
So today I'm going to review the MAC Dazzlephere #4. I received this as a birthday gift from my boss.
This set is part of their of their holiday collection, and comes with 2 dazzleglasses and 2 cremesheens. Like Venus and Rags to Riches being the dazzleglases, and Fashion Schoop and Petite Indulgange are the cremesheens.
Fashion Scoop, Rags to Riches, Like Venus, Petite Indulgence

As you can see from the swatches they are sheer, but I like sheer glosses. I especially like the cremesheens a lot, I do like the way the dazzleglases look, but after they wear off the glitter translates everywhere into your face and it's a little bit annoying. But I do like this set especially to try new shades of glosses!

At first I thought that the cremesheens looked very similar to Pink Pop and Peach Petal from Revlon.

Revlon Swatches
As you can see that Fashion Schoop and Peach Petal are not really dupes. I think Petite Indulgence and Pink Pop are very similar.

Overall I'm really enjoying this set, I have been using it alot since the colors are great for everyday.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Outfit of the Day #3

Hey guys!
This outfit was from Sunday, I went out for dinner with my parents. Anyways here is my outfit looked like.

Jacket from Forever 21 (gift from my boyfriend)
Top from the Goodwill
Shorts from Target
Black Tights from Target
Boots Dr. Marteens 1460

As for my face I kept it very natural
Face: skin79 hot pink bb cream & mac blot powder in medium
Concealer: Bobbi brown corrector in light bisque
Cheeks: Benefit Hervana
Lip : Mac Cremesheen in Petite Indulgange
Eyes: Urban Decay Toasted & Wet N Wild Waling on Eggshells

My favorite part of the outfit is actually the boots! I know many people don't like the look of them, but I love them, they are my favorite pair of shoes, but I don't wear them that often because I have yet to fully break the leather. If you are wondering I never secure my shoelaces when I wear this boots.


Friday, December 16, 2011

EOS Lip Balms Review

Hey guys!
Today I'm going to review all of the lip balms from EOS that I've tried. When these came out last year they received a lot of hype, mostly due for the unique share shape.EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth. The lipbalms are 95% organic and 100% natural. They are gluten, paraben, and petrolatum free. They contain shea butter and vitamin E which help provide moisture.

1- Lip Balm Smooth Stick in Vanilla BeanThis was the very first one I tried, and it is my favorite. It smells like MAC lip products. They have a small line of tube lip balms and this one is the only one I've tried from this line. The formula of these is very different from the sphere ones, these are more glossy and glide on smoothly.

2- Honeysuckle HoneydewThis was the first from the spheres I tried. Honestly it is really bad, it's too waxy, I had a hard time applying it to my lips, I had to put quite a bit of pressure to really get the product on my lips. Once the lip balm gets to the "flat" stage is just so awkward to keep using it because you end up putting product outside of your lips. I can't recall the scent of these one. One thing I do remember is that it makes your lips so pale!

3- Summer FruitThings started to get better with this one. The scent is very tropical, think mango, pineapple mixed together. It so much better that Honeysuckle Honeydew, this doesn't make my lips look pale, but it is still waxy.

3- Lemon Drop spf 15This is the only one in the line that has SPF, the protection very low, but it is better than nothing. The scent is straight up lemon, which is nice, but my problem with this one is the taste, it I don't even know where to begin to describe it. Probably like bad morning breath. It's really horrible, and it's a shame because it is the glossiest out of all the spheres.

4- Strawberry Sorbet (pink) and Passion fruit (lavender)I got this one in a set. The box said it was limited edition, but apparently strawberry sorbet is now part of the permanent line. When I first saw it I was like "yes finally a pink one!" since it is no mystery that I like pink. Both are one of the most moisturizing ones, they are also not very waxy unlike their other lip balms in the line. These two would be the only ones in the "sphere" line that I would purchase again.

Indeed they are cute, and I find the sphere shape practical because they are easy to find when you throw them in your purse, but in my opinion they are not the best lip balms and they are not super moisturizing.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss Review

Hey guys!
Today I'm going to review this lipgloss I recently bought from Sephora. It's the "A perfect Kiss Lip Gloss" from Charlotte Ronson. This collection it is only sold at Sephora, the gloss retails for $14 USD.The color I have is called "Tessa" I would describe it as a blue pink with golden shimmer. The tube is very cute a heart shaped, which is very original and cute, considering all tubes are just circular.
I always find myself attracted to this kind of pink glosses. When I first saw it I tough that it was the same as the Revlon super lustrous Lipgloss in Pink pop. Which in the tube they look the same.
But once swatched it is a completely different story. On the left it is Tessa, and on the right it's Pink Pop.
As you can see, Pink Pop is very pigmented and opaque. While Tessa it is sheer.

At first sight it looks like you are getting a lot of product, but you are getting half of a MAC lipglass. 2.8 gr. So it is more on the expensive side. But regarless of that I like this gloss, it is non sticky and has a slight citrus scent. Best of all is very shiny, and very natural looking. So yes, I would recommend this product.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Goodbye Long Hair

Hey guys!
So I really don't have much to share with you. Currently I'm studying for my finals which are next week and then... i'll be school free for an entire month! I wanted to tell you guys that I chopped off my long locks. I had been contemplating that for a while to tell you the truth. As you can see from this screenshot (it's from a video that was not uploaded to my YT) my hair was very long. This video is from August, and I hadn't done anything to my hair since May. So my hair had reached my waist.
Part of my decision came that I was tired of having to do all sort of things to keep it healthy. Things like buying expensive shampoo, deep conditioners, oil treatments, deep conditioners, taking vitamins, being careful with detangle it and well you name it. Long hair need a lot of work and dedication if you want it to look good. Otherwise it just looks dreadful. Which was my case.

I decided to switch shampoos, and started using one by fructis... (bad decision), stopped oiling my hair, and stopped taking vitamins, and well the result... dry hair, not a healthy look. So the decision was quite hard because I had been growing out my hair for about 2 or 3 years. But cutting it was the only remedy for getting rid of the dry split ends. This is what my hair looks like now.
This was right after I had it cut, my bangs look a little weir because it was all windy, and the lady straightened it for me. But I asked for something similar to Zooey Deschanel's in this picture, and because I have naturally wavy hair, my hair looks somewhat close to hers. My cut is very simple it's all one length with thick long bangs. In comparison with Zooey's which has some layers.I'm kind of sad that it's gone, but hair grows and I will do my best to keep it healthy!


PS I'm actually embarrased that I'm writing an entry about my hair... yikes!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Outfit of the day #2

Hey guys!
So this outfit is not form today, but from the last week of November. I wore this to school hence it is very simple, and nothing special. What surprises me is the fact that it was November and I was just fine wearing a cardigan. It hadn't been cold in California until this weekend. So here it is.
The shoes are from Aerosoles, the belt is from Target, the Cardigan I got it at Goodwill, but it is from Old Navy, the shirt is from Asos, and the jeans are from Levi's.
My makeup was very simple too, just BB cream, chapstick, eyeliner and mascara, and little bit of blush. I honestly don't like to wear a full face of makeup when I go to school, it's a bit unnecessary.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Hey Guys!
I recently found out about Innisfree clay masks. Innisfree is a Korean makeup and skincare brand. Their products are GMO, mineral oil, chemical, alcohol, triclosan, benzophenone and paraben free! Yay for natural skincare!!!
The brand is endorsed by none other than Yoona from Girls' Generation.

So I was going to purchase this from Gmarket, until I realized that Innisfree does not ship internationally. So I purchase the mask from this seller on Ebay. I purchased it two weeks ago, it was $14.45 with free shipping from Korea. It arrived on Saturday.
The seller even sent me two samples from Etude House. The one of the right is the Age Repair BB Cream, and on the right the Age Repair Peeling Mask.

The packaging is made out of 100% recycled material, and printed with soy ink which is better for the environment.
That is what the mask looks like.

It can be used 3 ways, your entire face, as a spot treatment on acne, and to remove blackheads (instead of pore strips that can hurt your skin). The mask promises to work better for people with oily skin and acne prone skin. The instructions say that after you wash your face and apply toner you apply this mask avoiding the eye and mouth area, leave it there and after 10~15 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water and follow with your moisturizer. It says that you should only use it 1 or 2 times per week. It claims that it penetrates deep into your pores and works as a vacuum suctioning all impurities from the skin.So I tried it last night (must tell you I look like zombie who just came out of the shower).

Ok so, that what it looks like on. Once you apply it, around 3 minutes after it starts to harden and basically you can't move your face. When I washed it off, my skin felt very dry. Which is something that was expecting because it is suppose to get rid of everything on your face. But today in the morning my face was so soft! I noticed today that my skin look very even, even the redness of some breakouts I have was reduced.

So far I like it. Will use it again next week and if something bad happens I will let you know.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Forever21 Jewelry

Hey guys!
So everybody knows that the jewelry from Forever21 is very cheap, and it is very trendy. On my last trip to the store I went in looking for a pair of studs I saw on the website, but they didn't have them, but luckily they had something very similar.

This is all I bought

So the earrings that I was looking for were similar to this. I found this, I really like them, they are cute, the ones on the top right glow in the dark!

I liked the antique feeling this ones have.

I had been looking for something like this. I saw one necklace identical to this one on gmarket. It was cheap, but the shipping was so high it was not worth ordering it.
So I have been noticing on gmarket that the models wear chiffon shirts like the ones I use to wear to work, and they always pair them with tiny necklaces like this one, and it looks very elegant.

So that's all I got.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shoes to Choose

Hey guys!
I'm actually not a shoe kind of person, but lately I've been drooling for some pretty pairs. So I'll show you guys some.

Glitter Toms $54
Ok, so I usually don't like the regular Toms because I think they look like slippers, but these are cute, I saw one girl on campus wearing them and inmediately fell in love with them, and I'm torn between the gold ones and the pink ones. I have a lot of pink clothes, but I feel like they are a little harder to pull off, but the gold ones can go with any outfit, especially if I wear all black.

Sam Edelman "Quinn" $149.95 (they are on sale at Nordstrom for $99.90)
Where do I even begin... these are so lovely. They are 5" tall, with a 1" platform, but because they are wedges they are easier to walk in. I would love to wear this with skirts and dresses they would look so dainty. If I were to buy this pair (which I doubt because I'm a broke college student) I would so get them in black, because I just love black shoes.

Madden Girl "Kaliie" $39.96 (on amazon)

Oh hello there!... I think I will order this ones. These I think are so gorgeous, despite the design being so simple. They would look amazing with shorts and skinny jeans. I think I could get away with wearing them during the winter if I wear black tights with them.

Jeffrey Campbell "Lita" $169

This shoes are just too expensive for my budget. But I love the way they look. They are 5" tall with a 2" platform. I know that GoJane carries a dupe for this shoes. I actually bought it, but I will return them for 2 reasons. One of them they are damaged and I have not worn them even once, the other being, I cannot pull them off.

Steve Madden "Cirkus" $99
They are similar to the JC Litas, but these don't go all the say up to your ankles. So I think it makes it easier to wear with skinny jeans. It's a 5" heel and 1.5" platform.

So those are the pairs that I've had my eye on.
Let me know what you think.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Forget me Nots

Hey guys
I realized a couple of days ago that I have not been posting nail polish swatches. I went through this phase where I was obsessed with it. I slep, ate, and lived for nail polish back then. But it has calmed down a lot!
So today's swatch is one of my newest ones, I bought this during the summer, and I've only worn it twice.

Essie Forget me Nots

Like all essie polishes the quality is great, but not the best. It is a cream, so there is no shimmer, nor glitter nor iridescent sparkle. It is a little sheet, so you have to apply two coats.

I don't think I would not recommended this one unless you like very bright shades, almost neon-like.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Outfit of the Day

Hey guys!
Today I am going to show you what I wore today. I went to a birthday party from a distant relative. Here is what I wore, Pink Blazer is from Forever21, the white polka dot shirt is from Old Navy, black jeans are from Target, as well as the ankle Boots. I'm wearing a watch also from Target.

Even though it is fall, and darker colors is the rule I felt like the blazer just brings a little more light to the outfit.As for my makeup is the same as everyday. On my eyes I'm wearing the wet and wild walking on eggshells palette, eyeliner is maybelline line stiletto, mascars is the flirt it curl, lips rimmel airy fairy+ mac english accents lipglass. blush is elf pink passion.

Xo Monica

Monday, November 7, 2011

Maybelline Baby Lips

Hey guys!

So, Maybelline Baby Lips is a sort of new product from Maybelline. I mean sort of new because the lip balms have been available in Asia for a while.

I only have one "pink punch" out of 6 available shades.

I currently have a good 8 lip balms go to through so I didn't see the need for more, and I was just too curious to try out at least one of them. So here is a photo of my bare lips.

So pink punch is a bright pink, and it's perfect for a hint of color. here is after applying the product.

I honestly love the color, is bright, but because it is sheer it looks flattering. The spf 20 is a plus. Not many lipbalms have high spf, many people do not find it important, but for me that my lips burn when I'm out and about it is very important.

It's cheap, around $3dlls, and there is a lot of product in the tube.
I do like them and recommend them for anyone who doesn't like lipstick, this wont your your lips feeling flaky and dry after it wears off.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I'm Featured

Hi guys!
I just foundout that I'm on the front page of Bloggers as one of the Editor's Pick of the day
I'm so excited, it's a huge honor.

Thank you all ♥



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