Thursday, April 29, 2010

Le Dekor Moisture Rich foaming Cleanser

Around October/November of last year, they have an annual Korean Festival at K-town. I went last year with my father and bought some beauty products... hehe~ I've been using the sample cleanser they gave me when I bought makeup wipes. I will review these wipes in the future posts... hehe~ ;)

Product Review: Le Dekor Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser

Where can you purchase this: Korean beauty shop
Price: free for the sample size, 1 oz.

Made in Korea

Direction on the back: Luxurious creme foams into a moisture-rich lather to gently clean, calm and soften skin.

My thoughts: I didn't know what to expect since I have never heard of this brand. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try... hehe~ I first started using this during the winter weather where my skin was extremely dry. This cleanser is made for people with normal to dry skin, but hot dang my skin was tight after using this... hehe~ Now that it's spring-time, it feels fine on my skin... wheee~ You don't need much of this product because it will foam while washing your face. This small little sample will last a long time... hehe~ One thing that is cool is that the cleanser is pink. It's so pretty!... hehe~ :)

Pros:
* For normal to dry skin.
* Don't need to use much, a little goes a long way.
* The cleanser is pink.
* Does not dry out your skin or feel tight.
* Face feels clean afterwards.
* Decent smell.

Cons:
* Definitely not for someone with extremely dry skin.

Would I buy this again? If I could find it anywhere, yes... hehe~
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 4/5 Tobey's Paws


Hints of cleansing your face:
* Before you start cleansing your face, splash your face with warm to hot water. Make sure you don't burn yourself! ;) The warm to hot water will open your pores and prepare for cleansing.
* Once you're done with cleansing your face, end with splashes of cold water. The cold water will close your pores. It also helps with toner afterwards since it's on the cold side... hehe~
* Don't splash water and rub on your face. It's a very common thing Korean dramas, movies, and variety shows show us. That's how I learned the wrong way... lol~ :X
* When you towel dry your face, pat instead of rubbing. Another thing I learned wrong from Korean dramas, movies, and variety shows... hehe~ :X


While I was at the festival, I received some free stuff.
I got a cute, flowery Missha nail file. It's so cute but unfortunately, I don't use any files... hehe~ I might give this away to someone. Don't know who though... hehe~ :X
I also received a sample of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream. I gave this sample away because it has SPF. I'm allergic to SPF products. Actually, I recently found out I'm allergic to the chemical oxybenzone or avobenzone. Basically, I'm allergic to the benzone family... hehe~ Now I wish I knew what ingredients this BB Cream has. Who knows I might be okay with it!... hehe~

I have other products I bought, makeup wipes and eye cream, and a sample eye mask to review.  For that reason, I'm not posting here... hehe~ ;)




I'm going to end this post with my collection of the Maybelline ColorSensational lipsticks. I don't have much but I think it'll be helpful for the people who want to know the colors of the ones I have... hehe~
This is in #015 Born With It.
This is in #025 Pink Please.
This is in #135 Make Me Pink.


By the way, I know the lipstick looks brand new but I have used them. I took these pictures before I started using them... hehe~ Now for the swatches.
From left to right, it's Born With It, Pink Please, and Make Me Pink. I actually like all of them but my favorite has to be Born With It... hehe~ :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the Missha nail file and sample BB cream. I received it as a freebie. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, April 26, 2010

EOS Lip Balm

I'm going to review the lip balm I've been using recently... hehe~



Product Review: EOS (the evolution of smooth) Lip Balm in Summer Fruit

Where can you purchase this: Rite Aid, organic market like Henrys, or online at http://evolutionofsmooth.com/
Price: about $3.99 (I cannot remember the exact price)

Made in USA

Information on the back: Welcome to the evolution of smooth.

To keep your lips looking and feeling healthy, we created this 95% organic, 100% natural lip balm that's petrolatum & paraben free, just like you.

Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

Direction on the back: Twist-off top. Pucker up. Smooth on. Smile.

My thoughts: I was pretty excited to try this product! I've been hearing great things about this and the best part is that it's organic... wheee~ The green one I received free from the company when they were giving them away; I had to sign up for this. I'll tell you how excited I was about this... hehe~ I ended up going to Rite Aid and buying the pink one above. I gave the green one, Sweet Mint, to my dad to try which he hasn't yet... hehe~ After I finished the past lip balm (thank you my friend for giving me the Etude House), I decided to skip all the lip balms I have piled up and reach for this one. I don't know if I had too much hope, but I was kind of disappointed... lol~ :X I thought it was cute, unique safe, smelled wonderful, and so on but it's missing the most important part. It doesn't moisturize my lips!!! If it doesn't moisturize my lips, it tells me something. I'm one of those lucky people who never moisturize my lips especially during summer. I only used lip balms during the winter weather when my lips were dry. Unfortunately after trying this, I need to moisturize couple times a day. I don't know if my lips became drier than past years or this lip balm makes me crave for more... hehe~ :/

Pros:
* Unique, interesting shape. It's so cute!
* It's organic.
* Smells wonderful!
* It has antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil.
* Not tested on animals.
* Doesn't change the pigmentation on your lips.

Cons:
* Does not twist up and down.
* Thick to put in your pocket.
* It DOES NOT moisturize!

Would I buy this again? Probably not! I could fall for the cuteness though... hehe~
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 3/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's a picture of how the lip balm looks when it's open.
Isn't it cute? I love the cute shape of this lip balm... hehe~ :) I do realize one thing though when you a certain level, you have to dig through the lip balm with your finger or a lip brush. That's one thing bad about this lip balm. You cannot twist the products up and down like a Chapstick... hehe~


I'm slowly going to upload pictures of all the colors of my nail polishes. I already did it for OPI (click here), Essie (click here), China Glaze (click here), and you can check out the ones I posted so far (click here). Today I'm going to post my collection of Etude House. I'm warning you I don't have much... hehe~ They were all given to me which I appreciate much. Thank you friends! :)
This is in GR603. It's a pretty metallic light green, but looks white most of the times... hehe~
This is in BL502. I received this last year for my birthday (click here to read the post). Thank you Miracle! :) She hardly posts nowadays but I miss our emails! :'(
This is in BL503. It's such a gorgeous blue color. I think it's perfect for winter weather... hehe~
This is in PP904. It's such a lovely purple/lilac color.
This is in PK010. It's my favorite one out of the bunch!... hehe~ The bottle is half full now... hehe~

It looks like they're all full, but I took this picture long time ago. I'm just late at posting this on my blog... hehe~ :X

Thank you friends for all these wonderful nail polishes! I love them all. :)


Speaking of nail polishes, I'm going to end with my recent buy... hehe~
I bought Rimmel nail polish in Steel Gray. I heard it's a dupe of Sephora OPI nail polish in Metro Chic. I couldn't resist when I had a $2 off coupon... wheee~ To be honest, I don't know how this nail polish is since I haven't tried it yet. I might this coming fall since I'm really into bright colored nail polishes at the moment... hehe~

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for Etude House nail polishes, they were given as gifts, and the Sweet Mint EOS Lip Balm, I signed up to receive that. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

End of last year, I bought couple of samples from The Body Shop. One of the things I bought was the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. Since not many people review The Body Shop, I decided to review this one... hehe~

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner


Where can you purchase this: The Body Shop or online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/
Price: $12 for7 fl oz (I bought the 2 fl oz sample one)

Made in Uk

Direction on the back: Removes traces of makeup-up and cleanser, prepares the skin to absorb moisturizer.

My thoughts: To be honest, I didn't know what to expect.  I had no expectation.  Okay that was a lie... lol~ :X I love their body butter (click here for my review on body butters) so I expected a lot from this brand, but on the other side, I didn't expect much because I didn't like their sample moisturizer I bought... hehe~ I actually liked this product for several reasons; it's for all skin, alcohol-free, not tested on animals, and it didn't dry out my skin... wheee~ I felt that it cleaned my face since I could see blackness on the cotton pad, but on the other hand, I think my face will absorb anything applied to it since I have dry skin... hehe~ Thankfully, my face isn't that dry compared to the winter weather... wheee~ I started using this sample size since January and I did notice dryness in the beginning when my skin was extremely dry from the winter weather. Now that it's not that dry, it seems okay.

Pros:
* For all skin type.
* Alcohol-free.
* Not tested on animals.
* Comes from a brand, The Body Shop, that is organic.
* Vitamin E.
* The smell is decent.

Cons:
* Definitely not for someone with extremely dry skin.

Would I buy this again? I just finished one sample bottle and have another to go. I will decided after I finish the second bottle... hehe~
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 4/5 Tobey's Paws


Hints of toning your face:
* I usually soak toner on a cotton pad and wipe it around my face, behind the ears, and neck.
* When you wipe your face, don't apply roughly especially the sensitive areas like around your eyes. I've been doing this for years and started being more gentle on my skin.  My skin has improved. PLEASE don't make the mistake I did!... lol~ :X


I'm sure you guys know all this, but I don't want people to make the mistakes I did... hehe~ That's why I needed an older sister or a mother who was into cosmetics instead of learning all this myself *sigh*... hehe~ :/




I wanted to review Max Factor PenSilks eyeliners, but I don't see a purpose when they don't sell Max Factor in the US anymore... hehe~  For that reason, I will quickly talk about it and move on... wheee~
I bought this eyeliner long time ago actually it's my second one. When I bought the first one, I only used it for a week until my cousin's wife took it back with her to Korea. She wanted it so I gave it to her. She used it for couple of weeks and told me how much she loved it. For that reason, I bought another one but never used it until recently.
This is how the eyeliner looked on my hand. The color in my opinion isn't bad... hehe~
After couple of rubbing, this is how the eyeliner looks. Oh mi gosh! :/
What I hated about this eyeliner is that after I apply it and curl my eyelashes, you will see in the next picture... hehe~ :P
The color rubs off and I see it on the eyelash curler. See how it's not as dark as the picture above? :/ So what I do now is curl my eyelashes and apply the eyeliner after. I would so throw this pencil away, but it's such a waste. I'm still using it but hot dang it's taking forever to finish... lol~ :X It also can be tough on the eyes especially if your lids are dry. You kind of have to tug on the lids to glide the pencil. When your lids aren't dry, then you don't need to tug.  I also noticed smudging and fading throughout the day. Basically, I don't think highly of this eye pencil... lol~ :X The weird thing is it got such a good rating on Makeup Alley (click here to read the review). :/

If you're wondering about my eye makeup, I used Visee (click here for my post).

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Noodle Soup (kal guk-su)

I posted kim-chi kal guk-su (click here to see the recipe), but I need to post the original dish... hehe~ Here is my recipe for kal guk-su. I hope you guys like it! :) If you guys have made my recipe, PLEASE tell me how it turned out and how you like it. I would love to know if these recipes even help anybody... hehe~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

Ingredients:
anchovies
dried seaweed/kelp
dried shiitake mushroom
noodle
chopped garlic
clams
onion
squash
egg/s
black pepper
garlic powder
salt
chopped green onion

Step 1:
Before you make the dish, you need to have the broth ready. In a pot, add the ingredients for the broth; anchovies, dried kelp, and dried shiitake mushroom (not pictured here). Cook the broth for 15-20 minutes. Once the broth is ready, you will take out all the ingredients. The only one you will throw away is the anchovies. Save the kelp and mushroom for later.
One thing I noticed about noodles is that they expand and make the soup thick. It's probably from the starch... hehe~ I decided to try this method like jja-jjang-myun (click here for the recipe) and see how it will turn out. I boil the noodles separately instead of adding it into the soup/broth. It actually made the soup cleaner in my opinion... hehe~ :) So in a pot, boil the water. When it starts boiling, add the noodles. Cook the noodles until it is done. Get rid of the water and rinse the noodles. Keep the noodles for later... hehe~ ;)

Step 2:
Back to the broth, add the ingredients. First, add the chopped garlic. Then add clams but I only add 3 or 4. It tastes better with a lot of clams but clams have cholesterol which isn't too good especially for my dad. For that reason, I only add a little to give the broth some taste... hehe~ Oh yeah, it is up to you but I tend to rinse my clams before I throw it into the soup. It gets rid of sand, as well as, it feels cleaner to me... hehe~ The dried shiitake mushroom you used for the broth should have expanded. Cut the mushroom into julienne pieces and throw it back into the broth.
Then I chop my onions into julienne pieces and throw them in.
Then I chop squash and throw that in.
If you're making this for a guest, you wouldn't do this part... hehe~  You would separate your yolk and whites, and fried them separately.  Cut them into julienne pieces and top the soup.  Since this is only for my father and me, I just threw the egg into the soup... hehe~  Once you put the egg into the soup, make sure to break the yolk or else you will have one big chunk of yolk... lol~  It only takes minutes for the soup to cook the egg.  After couple of minutes, I add the seasoning; black pepper, garlic powder, and salt.  If you don't have garlic powder, you don't need to worry about it... hehe~ ;)
With jja-jang-myun, you put the noodle in the dish and then top it. You could do that with this dish; put the cooked noodles and top it with the soup. I decided to just add the noodles toward the end with chopped green onion and julienne pieces of the kelp you used for the broth. You don't need to use the kelp if you don't want too... hehe~ ;) I made sure it tasted well. If the taste changes from these added ingredients, add more seasoning (salt and/or black pepper).
Here's the end dish. Top the soup with dried seaweed. I usually just toast it on the stove, both sides, and cut it into julienne pieces. You can crunch it with your hands or even in a plastic bag. It is up to you... hehe~  You can eat this with kim-chi... wheee~ :)


This past week I went to visit the Lancome stand in Macy. I had a coupon for 10 day supply of their foundation (click here for the coupon). I've been curious about Lancome foundation because it seems like the majority of the Koreans in my community uses their foundation. They say it's the best out of all the brands so I've been curious about it... hehe~ :/ While getting a foundation match, the makeup artist (by the way she wasn't that good) was telling me there's a freebie going on.  If you apply for the Macy's card even if you get rejected, you get a bag full of goodies.  I thought it didn't hurt since there's no risk and money involved... hehe~
Here's what I got... I got a huge makeup bag, makeup remover, some lift product, moisturizer, two Juicy Tubes, and a mascara. I will review the products when I use them, but for the Juicy Tubes I swatched them for you... hehe~
On the left, it's Tickled Pink. It's such a gorgeous color! On the right, it's Fifth Avenue Frosting. By the way, this one smells bad or at least for me... hehe~ :X I think it has a vanilla scent which I'm not too keen on.

I thought I would tell you this deal going on so you guys can get your own freebies without purchasing anything... hehe~ The reason why I think the makeup artist isn't good is because she couldn't swatch the foundation on me *sigh*. :X She kept applying darker colors that didn't even match my skin.


I'm going to end this post with a picture of Tobey. I'm warning you ahead it's hilarious or at least I had a major crack up with tears!!!... LOL~


He wanted to be a part of the beauty community and dress up like one of the Japanese girls... hehe~  I'm just kidding!  I did this picture from PuriCute (click here for the link). I hope you guys had a great laugh... LOL~ :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me as a freebie from Lancome. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.
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