Monday, April 6, 2015

Beauty Goodies from the Asian Beauty Store

    I visited my local Asian City, where they have a great selection of Korean, Japanese, and other Asian beauty goodies. I want to do a whole post on my discovery of Shiseido, which I have never before used but have fallen in love with.

    Here are just a few things I have discovered:

    The SoakSoak Nose pack (also referred to as Pignose Blackhead Removal Pore Strips). This is a 3 step process, step 1 opens the pores, step 2 is the pore strip that cleans the pores, and step 3 closes the pores. I feel you still need to steam the face for optimal results with this kit, however I am a big fan of step 3 as it soothes the skin. The pore strip in step 2 fits very well, much better than Biore nose strips. 

    This was too good a deal to pass up. I like the Dolly Wink eyeliner better than Stila's, and am impressed by the Mascara, which lasted all day without smudging and lengthened better than my MAC mascara. 

    And finally this adorable bunny mirror I gave my daughter for Easter. So cute. 

XO Jen 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Skin Does Not Like Retinol & Thoughts About Korean Skin Care

       My skin does not like Retinol. This is something I discovered after researching new skin care products to try out and comparing them to the ingredients in the products I already use - and lo and behold one of my regularly used products had some sneaky retinol in there. I had no idea I'd been using it - one of those times I didn't review the ingredients of something.

    So my skin has been chronically dry and when I started searching for ways to remedy it, I found the now infamous Korean 10+ step skin care regime. Is it a passing fad? A way to get people to spend more money? After researching it I feel like no, it's not. In fact, it's similar in many ways to my existing routine. I usually cleanse my face twice at night because my makeup is so stubborn, and I use a very gentle toner, serum, and moisturizer, adding on exfoliation and treatment masks as needed. It's not really that different, except I think it is a more conscious, zen way of approaching a daily task.

   So I ordered some new things from the popular to try out. Other sites I looked at were, which I found difficult to navigate but with some really interesting products, and, which features natural products. I have my eye on several things there, so don't be surprised if something shows up on this site! 

   I ended up caving and getting the Kiss Me Kit from Sokoglam, which I have been staring at for days now. Most of the items will go to my little sister for her birthday, but the sleeping pack which was sold out on the site is going to me.

   Since my hands resemble a reptile's skin right now, I also ordered a hand mask from Sokoglam.

   What do you think of Korean Skin Care? 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tom Ford Eye Color Duo in Ripe Plum Review + Swatches

This is my second post featuring a product from Tom Ford, and my second purchase from the luxury makeup line as well. To see my review of Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille, click here.

The Tom Ford Eye Color Duo in Ripe Plum comes in this gorgeous compact:

Like a burgundy brown, with gold accent. It also comes with a pretty velvet pouch.

Here it is opened:

It's difficult to see but the pale color is lilac tinted. I found the applicator to be so-so - the little brush side is very soft and nice however. 

Here are swatches inside, with the dark shade, the light, and then the dark with the light layered over it. 

You can see even better outside, the richness of the tones:

You can also get this set in Raw Jade (shades of green) and Crushed Indigo (shades of blue).

It's very versatile in the looks achievable with just the two colors. 


Monday, March 23, 2015

Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille

I recently became extremely frustrated at an attempt to find a neutral nude lipstick last minute, from the drugstore.
True, I don't expect drugstore lipstick to blow my mind, but I like it when it has some pigment...
which I could not find at all even after applying 5 times.
So I decided to splurge and get a nice lipstick, and I really found it.

I do not ever spend this much on lipstick - but I did this time and that is a dangerous thing because I think I am in love.

Here it is - Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille:

And a swatch:

The right side has been swiped once, the second side twice. So it is a very very subtle pretty lipstick. I think, depending on your coloring, you might need more eye makeup to pull this off, or maybe some bronzer to create a golden glow look. But I have also noticed, it is pretty much perfect for a no makeup look, when I just want to wear my sunglasses. 

And I like the smell. It has a good sort of vanilla ish scent but not artificial. I've heard this is fragrance free and that wouldn't surprise me. 

This baby set me back $50 at Nordstrom. Ouch. But it is actually getting used, and loved, by a gal that doesn't really wear lipstick hardly ever.