Thursday, November 15

October 2012 Favorites :)

I have decided to Join the favorites bandwagon! It’ll give me some more things to blog about huh? and a way to refer to old reviews that anyone may have missed :) Sounds exciting so along with other monthly posts incase you missed them (they're all on the Features bar)
[Virgin Hair Monthly Update]
and now [Favorites] !!!

OK picking my favorites of this month is a huge task I have so many! I noticed some bloggers and vloggers never really have a set amount. but for me, if I don’t have a set number, this blog post would NEVER end lol I've watched a few Youtubers who don’t either and the video kind of gets boring after 10 minutes (or less- I have a short attention span) lol so making it short and sweet is efficient for both you and me :D


Tuesday, November 13

Missha BB creams and a Little Haul


I have long-awaited trying Missha products; since 2009 when I was introduced to the brand through Cl2425’s blog reviews, I have been conjuring an unending wish list of their products. None of which included their bbcreams. Until I saw a YouTube review of how darker skinned girls could mix their BBcreams with a darker color.

Genius! why didn’t it click? I have been mixing my foundations for Years just because nobody cares about the buttermilk Yellows :(. SO mixing my bb cream is a no brainer for me!

One thing I love about bbcreams is the Yellow undertone. even those ones that seem red undertoned still cater to yellow, and I love that I don’t need a special yellow corrector anymore! (in-fact I sometimes need a red so I wont look to grey LOL). It covers well, lasts all day and it makes my skin look better overall. I am forever hooked and shall stock up on all kinds of bbcreams!!

Another thing is Missha. They are sometimes expensive, but when they sell at sale price, they are cheaper than PC and Imm and SASA! I got both bb creams #31 and #27 of Perfect cover for $20.00 each (originally $29.99 each) and free shipping. Then shortly after that, on my birthday, they gave me another free mini size of perfect cover in #23 (originally $12.99). All I had to do was pay for shipping, lucky for me during that time they had another free promo plus free shipping. I got the aqua cleanser for free (originally $20.00)as well and got free shipping!. I think with Missha, you just have to get them when they are selling things on sale price, with a lot of Promos.

Super Aqua Mineral Cleansing Water


Claim on the box: Natural, invigorating formula with pure hydrating effects.
Containing blue lagoon water, enriched with mineral ingredient which is effective for soothing and moisturizing, this mild cleansing water leaves your skin healthy and moisturized after cleansing. Not include any irritants such as artificial colors, fragrance and alcohol. It gently removes makeup.
Active water system.
The SUPER AQUA formula contains rich minerals found in Crystal Water, Damask Rose WAter and Blue Lagoon Water, keeping skin fresh and radiant.
Directions:  Place an appropriate amount onto cotton puff. Put on the sensitive and eye areas and gently wipe over the face to cleanse wastes and makeup.


My Opinion: This has become my Holy Grail eye & Lip makeup remover. It does the Job perfectly, and it is gentle, doesn’t burn like other eye makeup removers I have used. it is not oil based so you don’t have that nasty residue on your eyes. It also removes waterproof mascara (I only wear waterproof mascara). It the picture above I was wearing 3-4 coats of Maybelline Full n Soft + Marykay lengthening Mascara.
Cost: $20.00
Rating: 5/5
Pros: would take off makeup gently, no burn, no sting, waterproof eyeliner/mascara and even lipstains
Cons: would not take off foundation or face makeup completely
Will Buy again: YEPP

The Style Crystal Shine Rouge


Claim on box: Color therapy. Color complex from 5 kinds of color fruits makes you feel comfortable and satisfied.
Time machine Complex. Ingredients from seeds and sprouts vitalize the lips.
Maxi Crystal. Transparency like a crystal makes shining lips with light reflection.
Color: RD02


My opinion: This is a very different lipstick. Its not creamy at all, reminds me of a highly tinted lipgloss. smells really fruity as well, like juicy. I like it because its perfect for a natural daily look, moisturizing, and the red can get intense depending on how much you put on your lips but not too shiny and No Glitter yessss.
Cost: $11.99
Pigment: 4/5
Rating: 4/5
Pros: beautiful light color, moisturizing
Cons: pigment is buildable, shiny(like a lip-gloss)
Will buy again?: yepp

Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask


Claim on Box: wash-off mask, tightening loosen pores while cleaning sebum, troubles and wastes with benefits of black ghassoul, mysterious soil from morocco, and pure charcoal.
Containing Ecocert Certified Ghassoulk Clay, 5000mg
Containing astringent ingredient
Containing patent ingredient
including camellia extract outstanding in tightening pores
4-free mild formula: paraben free, mineral-oil free, artificial color-free, talc free.
[Ghassoul for absorbing sebum] Containing Moroccan Ghassoul and hardwood charcoal ingredients, it makes oily skin soft and sleek.
[Patent ingredient for preventing sebum secretions] Containing patent ingredients derived from the Lotus flower. Geranium and Cinnamon, it prevents excessive sebum secretion while firming pores.
[Mineral for tightening pores] Containing nutritious ingredients like abundant mineral and magnesium, it helps make firm skin by providing tension to loosen pores.
Directions: After washing your face, prepare skin with toner. apply on appropriate amount over the face avoiding eye and lip areas. leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water. [Recommended use 1-2 times a week]


My opinion: One of my new favorite masks! reminds me of the Lush Charcoal Mask [review here] but it is not as drying as that one to my skin, plus it leaves it satiny soft and smooth. I love this mask, perfect for those days you just want to relax.
Cost: $8.99
Rating: 5/5
pros: tightening, wont dry skin out, smooth texture and moisturizing a bit
cons: none
Will buy again?: yep

MISA Cho Bo Yang BB Cream SPF30 PA++ & M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++



Missha MISA Cho Bo Yang BB Cream
one layer cho bo yang
Claim on Box: Tri-functional BB Cream that makes your skin radiant and bright with oriental herbal ingredients
Promotes Wrinkle repairing + Whitening + Blocking UV rays (SPF30/PA++).
Containing 3 kinds of precious ingredients such as Korean Wild Ginseng, Cordyceps Sinensis, Velvet and Pure Gold, it creates bright & radiant skin with oriental aesthetic formula. Developed to keep your skin healthy without any irritations during wear. Its long wearing effect provides coverage all day long.

Color: No.2 Calm Beige
What’s in it?: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide 10.4%, Zinc Oxide 1.4% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract,Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane,Butylene Glycol,Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone,Arbutin,Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate,Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Diisostearyl Malate, Talc, CI 77492, Beeswax, CI 77499, CI 77491, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Fragrance, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Velvet Extract, Calcium Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane,Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Adenosine,Asparagus Lucidus Root Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract,Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract,Bletilla Striata Root Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Cynanchum Wifordi Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Silica, Terminalia Chebula Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gold
My Opinion: I love this bbcream, its thick and creamy and covers very well. it is thicker than the Perfect covers and gives more coverage than it as well. I love using this for days when I need full coverage, it is so good that sometimes I don’t even have to wear undereye concealer. I do have one downside. This is the yellow undertoned one (#2) but it makes me look grey/porcelain/dead (o_O) if I use too much. I have to wear blush to balance out the color.
Acne Proof?: I think its OK for Acne-prone Dry/combo skin. It doesn’t break me out at all
Cost: $45.99 large /$17.99 mini
coverage: 5/5
greying: 1/5
moisture: 3/5
Rating: 3/5
Will Buy again?: yes

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++

Claim on Box: It is a multifunction BB cream with the effect of UV blocking, Whitening and Wrinkle Care, Creating perfect cover makeup. This M Cover BB Cream makes your skin tone clean and chic by concealing blemishes with excellent skin coverage. It is a multifunctional makeup cream with blocking UV rays, whitening and wrinkle care effects and simplifies makeup formalities. Its moisturized application with W/S texture makes sleek skin tone while supplying moisture and nutrition at the same time.

Color: #31 Golden Beige
What’s in it?: Water(Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Adenosine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance(Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol
MAY CONTAIN[+/-; Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

My Opinion: another good buy for a bbcream, This one is much lighter that Cho Bo Yang, but still effective in giving you the dewy look, and coverage is buildable. I love using this on days when I don’t really need that much coverage. I have it in 3 colors  31 (golden beige), 27 (honey beige), 21(light beige). The later two turn me crazy grey. 21 I cannot even use, I just look off. But 27 is kind of like the Cho Bo Yang issue, the grey is a little worse but can be corrected. My favorite is 31. Its for those with red undertones, but I can still use it
Acne Proof?: NO. If you have acne-prone skin. RUN. even if you don’t, try out a sample size first before you buy a larger size. I say this because all my life I have never really had acne before until I turned 22. And the only thing that has been causing my breakouts are products with Mineral oil (which is common in African American hair products). and this one has mineral oil in it so I don’t think I will repurchase.  It has caused me to breakout a couple of times but not consistently.
Cost: $29.99 large /$12.99 mini
coverage: 3/5
moisture: 4/5
graying: 4/5
Rating: 4/5
Will Buy again?: No

Missha Real Essential Sheet Masks (all)

Before I continue onto this review I wanted to make a few comments. one thing I noticed about lotion masks or any other mask is that you really wouldn’t get full results unless you continually use it for a while. And such is hard to do with lotion masks of varieties. I honestly didn’t notice any drastic difference between these masks so I decided to just do a general review of all of them.

Nutrients: the nutrients benefit was pretty awesome, being that the back is in English, you can see the ingredients and what you are getting/putting on your face.
Ceramide. Intensive Anti trouble care (I’m guessing acne?). makes your skin calm and soft
Platinum. Intensive clarifying care. makes your skin bright and moisturized
Multi-Vita. Intensive brightening care. makes your skin bright and clear
Collagen. Intensive firming care. makes your skin silky, nourished and firm
Coenzyme Q10. Intensive Anti-aging care. evens skin texture and shapes beautiful facial contour
Deep Sea Water. Intensive moisturizing care. makes your skin silky and moisturized
Hyaluronic Acid. Intensive hydrating care. makes your skin silky and moisturized

Brightening effect: most of them I noticed a minimal brightening effect after use. However, since its not my major concern, I didn’t take note which one. I feel like even those which were not indicated to “brighten” still did, and this kind of brightening is not a bleaching effect, but rather a regenerating effect on the skin. Continual use of nutrient masks like these would of course, make your skin nicely nourished and speed up regeneration and repair, which is exactly what happened to me. I tanned this summer, I still look tan, but my skin has a nice glow. That’s the brightening effect I like.
Sheet: the sheets are pretty thick. thicker than My Beauty Diary but not as thick as Etude House, however, the size is awkward and adherence in my opinion is minimal, it starts to fall off after 10 minutes.
Lotion: it is more of a creamy-clear serum like lotion as opposed to the gel of  Dr Hu Jalli or liquid lotion of My Beauty Diary. there was also not much left in the package, I couldn’t even put  any “excess” lotion on my palm to take a picture :(
I have this theory that the thicker the mask sheet type the less moisturizing the lotion and it seems to be proving itself right……hopefully It will be proven wrong soon…. in my opinion (the Etude House and these ones are much less moisturizing than My Beauty Diary, Skinlite and Dr Hu Jalli which are very thin paper-like masks..)
Moisture: 3/5
its not as moisturizing as most lotion masks I have used and after its dried off my face starts to itch a little. I feel like such is because of the serum. This is why I don’t like serums, although they are highly effective and penetrate nicely, they are quite drying for my skin. these masks are perfect for people with normal/oily skin, because your skin would not be left greasy etc.
Time: 15-20 minutes
Rating: 3/5
Will buy again?: last resort, maybe

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Currently Listening to THAT XX  by G-Dragon
Love the Guitar in this song and the rapping. Hated the song at first hearing.
The bleeps are annoying
he’s bleeping “Bastard”
wish they just made it blank or used a different word or something if they were gonna bleep it from the start…
Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, November 11

Parnevu for Extra Dry Hair [PS]


Earlier last month, Lizzy had sent me a referral about Parnevu accepting requests to receive some products to try and review, I had heard of them before and seen a couple of products at the beauty store, but never tried them. I was curious, plus I was in dire need of a new deep conditioner and moisturizer for my crazy scalp (it’s getting dryer in Texas and my scalp is having none of it). SO this seemed like a good idea, I signed up and they sent me three products to review; here they are

Friday, November 2

November Colossal Update

omomo its been a month already? I guess so!
I took my hair down and washed it, and reinstalled it all in one weekend (it was the worst weekend ever) I was reminded as to how much I hate doing my hair, but all in all. It beats pay $100+ for installation every two months. One thing is for sure, I can’t do anybody’s hair and I understand why they hair stylists charge so much.
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