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Nature Republic Snail Solution Mask Review

Hey everyone! It’s been a reaaaallly long time since I’ve made a post because life has just gotten to hectic for me. It’s still hectic but I figured hey, why not make a quick post via the WordPress app? (Also because I’m really lazy and just took the pictures on my phone instead of my camera.)

This review is going to be about Nature Republic’s Snail solution mask, which I tried for the very first time. 


Now I’m not stranger to Snail products, I’ve used and loved Mizon’s Snail gel cream before, so this mask didn’t freak me out. My initial impression about taking it out of the packet was that it was very saturated with solution, which I judged to be a good sign of some super hydration to come. Usually with Korean beauty masks I like to leave them on for at least 30 minutes but the directions on these said to leave it for 10-15. And in retrospect, I can see why. Even though it initially had a ton of moisture, once I slapped it on my face, it started drying pretty quickly. 

It had a very light scent so if you’re sensitive to scents (I’m not) you will like it. After taking it off, my skin was left with the sheen that most sheet masks leave due to their moisturization. It didn’t leave a very sticky feel like that of some Tony Moly masks (which I love, but could do without the excessive stickiness.) My skin did look brighter and had a nice glow to it so that was a definite plus! 

Here’s what some of the solution looked like. There was actually quite a bit left in the packet after I took the mask out, which I used to moisturize my neck and chest and even my arms! 


After rubbing it in slightly.


I also took a photo of the ingredients in case anyone was curious as to what was in it. I didn’t see anything I disliked until methylparaben, but since it was one of the last on the list it’s presence in the actual solution would be minimal. Also, even though it is a “Snail solution” mask, Snail filtrate is also pretty far down the list after all of the plant extracts. That could be a good thing or bad thing…but seeing as the mask says Snail solution, one would expect it to actually make up a good portion of the ingredients.


Overall: I would give this sheet mask a 4/5. 

Thanks for reading! 

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Hello everyone! I’ve been pretty MIA these past few months and that’s solely due to my own procrastination and laziness LOL. So I’m back with a review about my absolute favourite lip product, the soft matte lip cream by NYX. I’ve seen and heard a million things about them but I only managed to pick one up from Target this summer. And needless to say, I fell in love with it.

photo (2)I got it in the color Antwerp which is this kind of fuchsia pink but doesn’t look like it online. I find that all of the colors are a bit off online when it comes to these lip products so it’s best to check them out in store. Here’s a swatch of what it looks like:
photo (5) I really love the color and consistency of this lip cream. It’s very pigmented in my opinion and the staying power is AMAZING. It dries to a matte stain and doesn’t come off for hours. I’ve seriously fallen asleep with this on and woke up with it still on my lips. It’s easy to apply and as long as your lips aren’t dry or cracked, it will look very smooth and natural. You can make the color more vibrant by layering it but if you want a natural look, one swipe is enough. They also come in a variety of colors so my next pick will be something with a bit of orange in it.

One thing about it though is that it finishes pretty quickly. Well, that may be due to the fact that I’ve used only this product on my lips for the entire summer LOL. But I wasn’t expecting it to finish so quickly and kind of look a little dry in the tube. However, since it’s only $5.99 at Target, it’s affordable to keep replenishing when you run out. I’ve also heard things about the NYX Butter Gloss so I might check that out when I’m at Target again.

Rate: 4.5/5

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Clinique Moisture Surge Review

Hello all! Today I’ll be reviewing the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer that I’ve been using for quite a while now. I’m finally done with finals and the semester so now I’m just ready to kick-start summer! Anyways, back to the main point, this moisturizer is intended to be a light moisturizer that’s not too heavy or sticky. It is gel based and has a gel like consistency but sort of  little bit thicker. It is hydrating enough for use during the spring and summer and when the weather is really humid and hot. However, if you have dry skin or combo skin I wouldn’t suggest using this moisturizer. I have oily skin but even so I have my dry skin phases and I’ve used  this moisturizer when my skin has reacted really terribly to the change in weather. That being said, this moisturizer alone will not do it if you have dry patches or have dry skin in general. It is best when layered with a serum or essence. Image

Here’s what it looks like on my hand

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And here’s a swatch

A lot of people have said that this moisturizer soothes redness and inflamed skin and from my personal experience, it doesn’t really do exactly that. Maybe it does if you really pack it on but I find that a little bit goes a long way to cover my face. In my opinion, it’s a basic hydrating moisturizer best suited for those with combo/oily skin and definitely not something that’s to be used alone. I like this moisturizer but I haven’t seen any extremely drastic changes to my skin when using it.

Rate: 3.5/5

 

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The newest addition to my fragrance collection

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Oh yes, La Vie est Belle by Lancome, how amazing you smell. I’ve been wanting this fragrance for ages since I’ve smelled it in Sephora and I finally got it!

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Words cannot describe how amazing this perfume smells. It’s very sophisticated and in my opinion, can be a winter and a summer scent because it has that note of patchouli which is warm. It’s very strong so only a spritz or two will do and last for the rest of the day. And if you spray it on your hair? It will last for days between washes. It’s main notes are Iris, Patchouli and Gourmand and together they smell heavenly. This is the perfume that gets compliments and stares from people who are wondering what you’re wearing (believe me, it’s happened). It is pretty pricey but you only need about 2 sprays everyday so it will last for a few months at least.

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Products I’m currently trying!

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I got these two samples in a Clinique beauty bag that came as a free gift when you ordered more than x-dollars from Clinique or something and these were included in the cosmetic bag. I’ve heard a lot about the Clinique Moisture Surge and I just so happened to have run out of my Josie Maran Argan Oil, so I decided to start using this instead. So far I’ve been really liking it, as well as the Repairwear Laser Focus serum, which I use at night. The Moisture Surge, though it’s a gel-like consistency, is very hydrating and thicker than most gels and doesn’t leave my skin feelings parched. I haven’t seen much of a difference from using the Repairwear Laser Focus, so I will have to keep using it and get back to you guys on that.

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I picked these makeup remover wipes while standing in line at Forever21 and decided to give them a try. Now I didn’t expect amazing things from these wipes, but they were $2.80 and so I thought “why not?” They’ve been pretty good at getting my makeup off and they’re extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. Usually makeup wipes leave my skin burning, which is why I never used them. But these seem to work for my skin and so I’m glad.

I will try to do a more in-depth review of these products if I end up really loving them and if you guys want reviews on them, I will of course do my best to review them 🙂

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Mini-Forever21 Haul and Happy Easter!

    Image                                                                          So I stopped by Forever21 a few days ago, since I haven’t been in FOREVER (no pun intended :D), and I picked up a few ‘spring/summer’ essentials. And as you can see, I went a little overboard on the floral. Oh well, I regret nothing. 

Image                                                                           I picked up this super cute teal, floral skater skirt that I’m definitely going to wear high-waisted with a crop top and a pair of tights. 

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I then got these navy dolphin shorts that are super short so I might have to wear tights under these, and randomly threw in this bikini top because well it was like $5.      

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And I also got a white knit racerback tank that’s pretty see through but will be the perfect layering piece for a bandeau underneath or I’ll use it as a cover up at the beach since it’s pretty long as well. And I got a pair of floral leggings because I love the leggings that they carry, they’re super soft and comfortable and definitely don’t have that ‘legging’ look and feel. 

I really didn’t need any more clothes but I still picked up a few things just for the sake of it. I can’t wait for the weather to get better so I can put these pieces to use! 

Also, Happy Easter to all of my readers out there who are celebrating! 

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Hand and Body Care

So I went into this cute little store called Sabon the other day and ended up walking out with these two goodies. The shop is so quaint and pretty, with old wooden floors and a standing sink made of white rock. And not to mention, the BEST smelling body scrubs ever. Image The packaging is also very vintage and super cute! I got the Patchouli Lavender Vanilla hand cream, which smells ABSOLUTELY divine and if you have them email your receipt to you, you get a free sample of their shower oil! For a store so small, I honestly spent at least half an hour in there because everything just smelled so good! From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by a sales associate who directs you to the sink in the back in order to try out their body scrubs. You can hang your coat and bag up on the rack at the side and step on the pedal on the floor to get water pumping out of the pipe. Now this was all a marketing ploy to lure you into buying something and honestly, it worked. However, their body scrub were amazing! It left your skin feel super soft even after a few seconds of scrubbing. However, it had a pretty nice price tag on it so I admired but didn’t buy. ImageBut this hand cream I couldn’t pass up on. It smells absolutely amazing and it doesn’t contain any parabens or mineral oil and has shea butt and aloe vera in it. They had differently scents but this scent called to me! It smells exactly as it’s named; like patchouli mixed with lavender and vanilla to create this euphoric scent. Honestly, if they had the perfume of this scent I would have bought it. Anyways, this hand cream other than just smelling great, leaves your hands feeling super soft and silky. And went paired with the scrub, you won’t be able to stop touching or smelling your hands! 

The shower oil is just a fancy way of saying body wash and it has a pretty fresh but basic scent to it, probably because it’s jasmine based. Sabon also sells soap, bath bombs, skin care, fragrances, and basically everything related to body care. It is considered a ‘luxury’ shop because some of the prices are pretty steep, but the quality is great! 

I sound like I’m reviewing the store instead of the hand lotion and shower oil, but I can’t help it. The experience was fantastic 😀 They also have a website which is just Sabon.com and they do have stores located in big international cities a lot of stores located in NYC alone. If you’re near one, you should definitely check it out! 

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Gradient/Ombre Lips

Today I wanted to try something new with my lipstick: Gradient lips! I love the look of gradient lips because it looks so fresh and cute. This was a trend started in South Korea and is part of the whole ‘Ulzzang’ trend and is very popular there. It’s only become a trend over here recently and I haven’t seen much of it lately because of the dark hues being worn during the winter. The purpose of the gradient lips is the opposite of a vampy, red lip; it’s more on the innocent side and makes your makeup and your face look more youthful and fresher. So to do the gradient lips, you need two colors that are in the same family, one should be lighter and the other should be darker/deeper than the other. The lighter color should go on the outer part of your lips and the brighter color should go on the inner part of your lips. Image                                                               I used these two lipsticks: Cozy Up and Purty Persimmon

As you can see Purty Persimmon is a really bright orange red color and Cozy Up is a pretty nude color that’s sort of coral-ish when you put it on.

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Here’s my attempt at the gradient lips.

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It’s kind of hard to see the gradation on camera but in real life it looks a lot more vivid.

It really looks pretty and summery and kind of like you were sucking on a popsicle or lollipop LOL. I’d definitely try to wear this more in the spring and summertime because it’s perfect for warm, beach weather. This kind of gradient lip is the type that looks good with any lip shape and flatters most makeup looks; especially young, fresh-faced natural makeup.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer

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Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a good day; we got blasted with another winter storm today and thus classes were cancelled and outside looks like a winter wonderland! I’ve been meaning to review this concealer but wanted to wait until I’ve used it a lot so I’d give a thorough review of it.

I bought this when I bought a bunch of products from the Tea Tree Line from The Body Shop. I needed a new concealer because I’ve been using my MAC Studio Fix as a concealer (it works better than you think) since I ditched my Stila concealer. I was surprised because this concealer comes in a lipstick tube and is shaped like a lipstick itself. At first the smell was a bit off putting, it smelled kind of like old makeup and I could get faint hints of tea tree here and there. After getting over the initial smell, I decided to try it and I ended up really liking it. The consistency is very good and it’s very creamy and easy to blend. It has medium-full coverage and it’s very build-able. I got mine in Shade 02 which is darkest of the 2 shades that The Body Shop offers.

Image                                            Here’s a swatch of it on my hand

It’s kind of hard to see but the consistency really sinks into your skin. One of the reasons why I like this concealer so much is because it is very hydrating and creamy. So if you try to apply it on blemishes or dry patches on your skin, it does a good job of moisturizing the dry skin and makes it pretty invisible to the naked eye. This concealer is also very easy to apply; it’s just like applying a lipstick. Take off the cap wind the tube up and start marking away. I like that I can just hold the tube and dab it on areas that need concealing and just use my finger to blend. It really is a no-fuss application.

The main point of this Tea Tree Concealer is that it contains tea tree oil which helps to heal blemishes and reduce redness. Since most people concealer blemishes and breakouts with regular concealer that may contain additional oils and parabens, I think this is a very genius idea to have a concealer that contains a blemish fighting ingredient so it acts as a spot treatment as well as a concealer. I know regular spot treatments cannot be worn with daily makeup because they are usually white gels or tinted and don’t blend with makeup; therefore this is a great alternative that could be worn when going outside.

Pros:

– Very blend-able

– Creamy and hydrating consistency

– Helps heal blemishes and conceal redness

– Easy application

– Very travel friendly

– Medium – Full coverage

– Affordable

Cons:

– There are some issues with winding the tube

– People who are sensitive to smells will not like it