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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cute Blog Award

Hi guys!

Today I have a tag for you =D I was tagged by Mandy from Lavenderlilac Dream, so thank you Mandy for tagging me ^____^ Sorry it took me so freaking long to get to this, AHHH!!!! LOL. I still have another tag that I have to work on... but that one is much harder XD I will get there... eventually O_o!!

Let's go =D

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For this award you:
1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the award questions.
3. Tell something about yourself you haven't told anyone on your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs that you think are worthy of this award.
5. Make sure you let those you gave the award to know that you awarded them.

Award Questions:

1. What is are your go to makeup product(s)?

When I saw this question I went O_O!! and had to go back and change it XD cuz I do have quite a number of products that I do go to at a daily basis orz.

At the moment, my go-to base makeup:
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Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation-- it's my go-to foundation cuz I've been testing it out XD been trying to go for very light makeup.  And I switch it up with SKIN79 BB cream :) love it cuz it just gives your skin that healthy look even on the days I feel =_= lol!

my go-to loose powder:
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Aveda mineral loose powder. Although these days I don't even really set my face lol.

Go-to eyeliner:
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MAC Liquidlast. I usually go for the brown one =) used that so much the printing already came off completely lol

Currently go-to mascara is by KissMe. 
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Although that's because I used up my Majolica Majorca mascaras so I'm trying this out XD and I'm a one-mascara at a time girl. So far so good though :)

Anastasia brow powder has also become my routine
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Last but not least, my Benefit Hoola powder
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Especially ever since I gained weight I contoured the crap out of my face XD so a bronzer is a must in my makeup routine now. 


Yeah I know I have a ton of go-to products XD


2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?
I'm not a trendy person at all XD My favorite type of clothing would just be hoodie and sweat pants ahahahaha (which I'm in 90% of the time O_O)  But there were two that really stood out to me. The first one will be the color mustard ^_^ I adore all mustard clothings ^_^ jackets, cardigans, blouses, and scarves ^_^ I also love mustard nail color as well! 

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Hehe my mustard jacket XD finally found a good one. The color is a bit darker in person. Although I do have to go for yellower/brighter mustard because darker mustards tend to wash me out T^T

The other trend that caught my eye was the pastel nail colors ^_^
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Bought a bunch when I was into it XD Although this year I'm eying the nail polishes with jelly finish... they're so cute >w< Really want to check out some Laura Mercier nail polishes from the Spring Collection. 


3. What is your favorite dessert?
I don't have a favorite cuz it really changes from time to time. I do love chocolate though :P At the moment my favorite dessert will be these mini ice cream bars from Trader Joe's 

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Mango lovers should totally try this out >w< and each bar is only about 60 Calories, so I'm glad for the smaller proportion :D  (in case you're curious a mini Haagen Dazs ice cream is about 240 Calories O_O)


4. Favorite color?
I don't have a favorite either it changes from time to time XD right now a little obsessed with royal blue :D 

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Bought this royal blue dress from Express the sale on it was amazing. Isn't it so gorgeous? >w< No idea when the heck I am going to wear it though XD 


5. What is your middle name?
Hmmmm I'm not gonna reveal my middle name :T It's not a secret or anything but it is the Internet and this can easily be a security question... so... yeah... sorry >_< I'm very careful when it comes to sharing my personal information on the web :P


6. What was the last song you listened to?
 
It's Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift ^_^



LOVE this song! Had it on repeat for days XD it's one of the tracks from the OST for The Hunger Games. I'm a huge fan of the books and I cannot wait for the movie to come out ^________^

Something about myself:
 LOL ahhhhh I always go uh-oh when I see questions like this XD Just because I don't find myself to be a very interesting person -_- LOL. Hmmm I guess one thing would be I CANNOT go bed without showering.. . Like I mean I don't even want to sit on my bed if I'm not clean. I'm not a neat freak or anything but for some reason I just can't stand the idea of going to bed without washing myself XD Even if I want to take a nap, I'd rather sleep on the floor XD I'd just wrap myself in this blanket that's not for my bed and nap on the floor ROFLOLOLOL. A friend of mine is actually exactly like me, so I know I'm not the only weirdo out there XD Anyone out there who's like this too??? *hopeful*


Now onto the blogs I want to give this award to :)
Hmmm I feel like I'm always giving my awards to the same ppl... but at the same time I haven't really discovered many new blogs... OR they already have done the tag XD So for now I'm just gonna give this award to those four ladies here ^_^


1. Tiara from http://mootiara.blogspot.com/
2. Aki from http://xiaoqingqiang.blogspot.com/
3. pricillia lumantoro from http://nudebeige.blogspot.com/
4. Regina from http://like-thislikethat.blogspot.com/

That's all I have ^_^ Thanks for reading!

Now must go back to studying.... T_T...

<3 Frances

Friday, February 24, 2012

Workout routines =D for those who are interested

Hi guys ^_^

Quick post, I found these on youtube so if you guys are interested in trying out some workout routines, here they are ^_^

A friend who's also on a weight loss endeavour shared this workout routine by this Korean fitness trainer

I tried this out yesterday and it was good =) nowhere nearly as intense as Jillian Michaels' workouts but it's more like a steady burning. Jillian's workouts are like explosive burning over a short interval XD I think this is great for starters.


This is level one from Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. Of course workout 2 and 3 are a lot harder and a lot more effective, but you can get a taste of what it's like before you want to purchase the DVD or something =) (I bought mine from Amazon it's like $8. Which I consider super cheap from what I'm getting out of it).


Happy workout guys =DDDDD Let's keep this goingggggg

<3 Frances

Monday, February 20, 2012

Collective Haul

What's up everybody!

So I thought I'd stop by my own blog and do a little haul post XD Just finished an exam and I'm so exhausted. 8 hours of sleep in two days O_o I'm too old for this man... but anyway I'd be happy to use this time to take a nap before I have to study for yet another exam, but I'm cranked up on caffeine =_=.... so yeah =T Might as well do a little blogging while the effect of caffeine wears off (my life nowadays is just school school school... or it's always been like that?!??? lololol but anyway sorry if my intros are always so boring)

As the title stated, I have a collective haul to share :D some of the items are not in the original packaging because I've had them for a while. I just realized that everything I showed here were purchased from the Internet... so busy these days to go shopping. The only physical shopping I do nowadays is grocery shopping XD

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Here's everything ^_^

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I'm slowly being converted to BB creams... especially after I went to Boston. I found that in any extreme/harsh weather (like humidity in Taiwan, and WINDINESS in Boston OMG it's like you don't know what windy is until you've been to Boston), BB creams just do so so SO much better than foundations. I couldn't wear my liquid foundation while I was in Boston cuz it just gets too dry and caked up.

I purchased another SKIN79 BB cream :D this time the Prestige BB cream from the Diamond collection. I have a sample size of this so I already know this is a BB cream I will enjoy. I was tempted to buy a SKIN79 BB compact but I decided to branch out and try out the HANSKIN one. First impression was O__o it has a very unnatural orange tint to it??? Like skin color gone wrong. Haven't used it much so can't say how well it performs. We'll see. Also got a BB cream from Pore Lab that claims for sebum control. So far only used it once and aside from the fact it gives more of a semi-matte finish (rather than SKIN79 which gives dewy), it does nothing in sebum control. Will test it out more but I'm already considering putting it on blog sale XD

Also got a sample size Dr. Jart+ black label BB cream =DDD So excited to try this one! Been dying to try it ever since watching StyleSuzi use them. But could never really bring myself to buy it cuz the price is quite hefty for a BB cream. Now I can try it to see if it's worth the money ^_^

The Pore Lab thingy on the upper left corner is supposed to be a product that helps to extract blackheads without harsh extraction (like squeezing XD). Honestly I'm not a believer in products like this but I decided to give it a try. Gonna use it tonight to see if it's a dud or if it actually works. And lastly there's this mask that I got as a free gift.

Next I have the Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliners
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I am SO FREAKING EXCITED to try these out!!! I stumbled upon MszJackieChu's video and she talked about how these are exactly the same as MAC LiquidLast, and MAC LiquidLast being the only eyeliner that ever works on her------> Which is the same as me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I was super excited especially in light of the fact MAC LiquidLast in coco bar which is my holy grail has been discontinued. Hopefully they will work on me too >_< if not... well... I could use them for upper eyelid *shrugs*


Then I also got the Olay Regenerist products, after reading Bubbi's rave review.
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How come mine looks even different from the Internet pictures she posted??? oh well. Haven't used the eye serum yet. Have used the micro-lifting serum 3 times and had to stop because my skin was reacting to it. I'm pretty sure it was this product because it was the only different product I was using, although I did wonder if I was layering too much products. Now my skin has recovered I'm gonna give it another shot to be sure if my skin indeed doesn't like this XD But anyway first impressions of the micro-lifting serum... (aside from breaking me out) I like the texture, but man I REALLY DISLIKE the smell. It's very overwhelmingly fragranted X_X I cringe every time I apply it on my face. It smells exactly like Pantine shampoo -___-||||  Even if it doesn't break me out I don't think I will repurchase just for this reason. Way. Too. Over. Powering.

Lastly I have these Josie Maran products: the Argan Oil, the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, and the sunscreen.
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I will do a fuller review on these. But it probably won't be for a while because although I've been using the serum foundation almost everyday for over a month I'm still kind of unsure whether I like it or not??? XD lol what the hell right I know I know. I LOVE how Josie Maran has the smaller travel sizes for the argan oil and the sunscreen, so I was able to really test them out for reasonable prices ^_________^ big props to that.

And non-makeup/skincare related products XD I finished my 30 day shred workout so I purchased more so I can alternate my routine more. Will share my thoughts and results on the 30 day shred in another post.
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At last... because I haven't shown my face in a while XD
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This was taken a while ago when I did my Jiyeon's cry cry video tutorial. I guess I didn't post any camwhore pics because I already did that in the other post? XD


LOL my bangs have really grown out since then XD
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Actually they aren't that long. They look longer in these pics because I was parting my hair differently that day. Was also wearing eye shadow for lower eyeliner for a change. Usually I don't use eye shadows as eyeliners because they usually don't stay on me, primer or not. But I might have found a way around it, I have to test it out more. We'll see ^_^

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That's all ^_^ Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog ^_^ I'm off to take a nap now. Or maybe just roll around for a bit if I still can't fall asleep XD

Take care everyone!

<3 Frances

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bubbi Brushes Part II!

****1 year update! 11/6/2012****

Hello there =D

Now I've officially used the brushes for over a year now... I thought I'd come back with an update!

1. The buffer brush-- I got the most mileage out of this brush. Use it every day for contouring. Love it so much. Enough said =D

2. The powder brush-- Love to use it for loose powders and powder foundation. My go-to brush for powders =)

3. The retractable brush-- This and my eyeliner brush and brow brush were the only brushes I brought with me for my trip to South Korea. It lives up to its name-- definitely very versatile! Used it for powders, contour, blush and highlight. Definitely a must-have when I travel =) (And also almost used this brush exclusively while I was in Taiwan for its convenience). I don't really use it on daily basis cuz I stuff it in my on-the-go bag XD

4. The dual cover brush-- I use this brush exclusively for my SKIN79 BB cream. It works the best with my BB cream. I don't this brush for liquid foundations because it's too streaky. 

5. The kabuki brush-- gives really nice coverage for powder foundations. I use this and the powder brush interchangeably for my powder foundations.

6. The fluff brush-- good for highlighting or blending out eye shadows. But I have other brushes that I prefer over this =P

7.  The dual eye brush-- good brush but I don't wear eye shadows on a daily basis XD and when I do I mostly reach for my Sonia Kashuk one. 

8. The HD flawless brush-- Is basically collecting dust on my vanity ='( too much work to work with. I think it's because the hard bristles (not saying it's harsh to the touch, hard as in firm) sheer out my foundation too much, while being streaky at the same time. I just don't use it.... 

That's all! Hopefully this is somewhat helpful? Overall it's a good collection I'm pleased with my purchases, except for the HD flawless brush. 

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Hey guys!

Ahahahaha I'm on a roll today!! =DDDD Just decided to get this out of the way since it's wayy overdue =P So many posts I have under construction >_< I feel like I'm never gonna get to them if I keep putting them off.

Anyway!

So... as you all know (or maybe you don't know XD) that I actually went back to purchase most of the rest of the Bubbi brushes (LOL). Because I was happy with all of them and absolutely in love with some of them, I decided to get over myself and just try them out XD The only Bubbi brush that I don't own will be the Angled Liner brush, since I already discovered the love of my life for my eyeliner brush, and I already have awesome eye brow brushes so I really didn't feel at all tempted to pick that one up. For my review for the other brushes, please refer here ^_^    

So here are all the brushes I picked up
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The kabuki brush, the powder brush, and the fluff brush.


Let's begin with the powder brush.
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You can see the print is coming off like the rest of her brushes lol.
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So the powder brush is actually a little smaller, and less dense than I thought. It's very fluffy =D and very soft.
 
So one of the main reasons why I decided to even make the second purchase is because I really wanted to try this brush, because I am completely obsessed with the retractable brush XD As much as I absolutely love the retractable brush, I get really paranoid every time I wash it =X I'm really scared about the water trapped in the metal case >.< So I wanted to see if this brush is as soft as that one. I want to say, this brush is just as soft, but in a different way?? It feels a little bit more plastic??? I don't even know how to describe it, I really like it but I still like the feel of the retractable brush more =P

So anyway, don't have a whole lot to say =) It's really really soft, and fluffy and picks up products well. The elliptical shape of this brush actually enables this brush to be more multi-purpose-- I have used it to apply blush and contour and it works really well (as she had demonstrated in her videos of course). This is something I definitely can't do with my other round and fluffy face brush =)  Me likey.


Two years ago when I started using face makeup brushes I thought the softness of a face brush doesn't matter as much as having a really soft brush for your delicate eyes. But after two years of experimenting with different brushes, I got pickier and pickier and now it really does matter to me because now I can really tell between the subtle differences. So anyway, I just want to say I really do recommend Bubbi brushes because they are budget-friendly and actually softer than my really expensive Hakuhodo brushes -__-"
 

Okay next moving on to the Kabuki brush =)
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The pouch is tiny! At first I was like how is this brush gonna fit in there?!?! but it fits of course lol. Just be careful about the direction of the brush hairs when you put it in so you wouldn't accidentally "zip" the hair XD

Of all the Bubbi brushes, this is the only one I experienced bleeding and shedding (it bled grey which was kind of weird) But I haven't experienced any of either ever since the first couple of washes, so that wasn't a big deal. I want to say though, of all the Bubbi brushes I tried, I genuinely think this one can be passed. Make no mistake I think it's a really nice brush and it's soft, but it just doesn't "wow" me. Most of the Bubbi brushes really really impressed me on how incredibly soft they are, but this one is just about the same softness as my other kabuki brushes, it's not extra soft or anything. So I'd say if you already have a great kabuki brush, you really don't need this. Plus this is probably the most expensive brush out of her whole brush collection.


Okay lastly here I have the fluff brush.
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My first impression of this brush was... OMG this fluff brush is HUGE!!!! O_O!!!
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Next to the dual eyes. See how much bigger it is? XD
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On the left to the fluff brush is the MAC 217. Then to the right it's the dual cover.

The fluff brush is soft, and yet has enough stiff to blend and give good control. My favorite application for this brush is actually highlighting XD Because it's just the perfect size lol! Although I don't highlight my face all that often cuz I get oily at the end of the day and highlighting makes that process even faster lol. This fluff brush is a little big for my eyes but that doesn't matter if you're just trying to fluff out the harsh edges with it.

So now I've had used the Bubbi brushes for a good amount of time, I thought I'd like tell you guys what my top picks are =P Definitely check out the retractable brush, LOVE that brush SO much it's so so so soft that I want to cry XD Also definitely check out the buffer brush, it's so perfect for contouring... love it! The retractable brush and the buffer brush are my absolute favorite!!

Next on my list will be the powder brush. But if you're trying to decide between the retractable brush and the powder brush, I'd recommend go with retractable brush because it's more practical since it's easier to travel with. But I think the powder brush is definitely worth collecting as well. The dual eyes brush has actually really grown on me, because they're so soft but also have enough stiff so they give really good control; I found that a lot of my eye shadow brushes are too fluffy and actually give less precision. On the last note, the flawless HD brush actually has grown on me as well XD hahahaha I didn't touch it for a while but then I made myself use it everyday and the more I use it, the more I like it :P I notice my base makeup gets least cakey when I use the flawless HD brush (yes compared to the Sigma flat top synthetic) I think it might be because it's slightly streaky in application so I actually take more time and care to really blend in my foundation... maybe that's why??? who knows XD

So yeah, that really concludes my review for all the Bubbi brushes ^_^ Hope you guys enjoyed it. I really do recommend her brushes, not only because I'm a long time fan/supporter, but they really do perform well. Bubbi is planning on launching brushes that are more for professional uses... not sure if I'm going to collect these, I have way too many brushes now I'm running out of space to store them!!!!!!!!! lol!

That's all I have ^_^ Do you guys own any Bubbi brushes? If yes which one is your favorite?? :D

<3 Frances

Clinique Moisture Surge vs. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

Hey guys!

How's everyone doing?? I really don't feel like studying -__- not good cuz I have SO much to do -.- blehhhhhhhh I feel so unmotivated. Anyway! I thought I'd do a comparison review ^_^ because before I thought both products are very similar in texture and functions, but they actually feel quite different.

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Clinique Moisture Surge comes with 50ml of products, while Laneige has 80ml. And Laneige actually comes with a spatula which is nice. Price-wise Laneige is much cheaper; Clinique Moisure Surge retails for $36, and I got the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack for around $25 at my local Korean market (HMART).  

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I've had the Clinique one for a while so I'm almost running out.  It doesn't actually look like I've used much of the Laneige. Well I haven't really been reaching for it that much for one thing lol. And I also been using the products that are stuck to the lid for another lol!




Close up on the products
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Here are the actual products
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You can see from the pictures, the texture of the two actually feel very similar.


So here comes my thoughts. While the texture feels really similar, the effect they give are completely different. And for me, Clinique is definitely the winner out of the two.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack is designed to be worn on top of your night cream/moisturizer before you go to bed. It feels nice and although I usually don't like my skincare products to be fragranted, I actually do enjoy the scent of this product; it does have that calming effect :) But the sleeping pack on its own is definitely not moisturizing enough, unlike the Clinique Moisture Surge where you can apply it as moisturizer or a mask. One thing I really dislike about the sleeping pack though, is you have to be really careful about how much products you use. I found it to be really sticky and I'd wake up finding my face to be very greasy if I apply a thicker layer. I don't know, when I apply a thin layer, it feels like it's not enough, but if I apply more it just ends up feeling sticky and greasy -.- that's why I haven't really been reaching for this product.

Clinique Moisture Surge, on the other hand, is definitely more moisturizing than Laneige. It's not fragranted at all which I appreciate :)  After I apply Clinique I wouldn't feel like I need to replenish more because my skin would feel hydrated and comfortable. And with Clinique I found if I do apply a thick layer, it still wouldn't feel sticky :D But while I think it's a very nice moisturizer and I really do enjoy it, it's not something that I'd go around and rave about if you know what I mean? I know there are so many ppl who rave and swear by this product, but I'm just not one of them lol. The same goes to the Laneige Sleeping Pack. I almost feel bad that I dislike this product because I know so many ppl who really enjoy it. Oh well. Everyone has different preference. The good news is Laneige counters do give out sample packs so you can always try them out first :D

So my final verdict is... I'd recommend spending extra bucks and get the Clinique one :) Laneige was just a miss for me.

So that's all ^_^ Hope some of you found this helpful :D

<3 Frances

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rose Petal Blush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quick post--- I CANNOT RESIST!!!!!
HOW ON EARTH DID THIS EVEN HAPPEN?!?!?!?!??!?! Omg omg omg!!!! *freaks out!!!!*

I thought the Guerlain's Meteorite from this spring collection is already amazing, but this... COMPLETELY blows everything else out of the water!!!!!

Here are some pictures obtained from the official website http://lm-laduree.com/. This product is produced by Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE and so far only available in Japan.

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AHHH!!!! *squeals!!!*

Yes, the rose petals are actually blushers. Can you freaking believe it!!!!! >______________<

I found out about this product from a Taiwanese bloggie that I follow-- MissBitter 不太甜.

Click here to see the post to see the actual product, not just the promo pics!!!

Seriously, click here click here click here =DDDD

LOL omg I am still freaking out. So freaking GORGEOUS. Even if I have access to it I probably won't purchase it though... wayy too expensive O_O

<3 Frances

Sunday, February 5, 2012

17 vs. 24

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LMAO. Age and makeup happened to me. LOL!!!

Will come back soon =D School is keeping me busy T_T

PS: Anyone having trouble with Disqus???? It wouldn't let me moderate comments and it's been dayyyyss... orz
PPS: Never mind it's just firefox being stupid XD

<3 Frances