Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Gal's Beauty Tools

I'm back with a post for you today, this time talking a little about issues I have and how I solve them. Of the many beauty tools I have, I've chosen these two products to talk about because I feel that they aren't that well-know and to me, these have become quite essential!

Should I start with the amazing ice gel mask for the eye area? I picked this up from CVS a few months ago, and days when I want to look my best, I've found that this thing really helps calm down the unbelievably swollen face I wake up with... almost all the time. If you aren't one that bloats or swells, well... either you are genetically blessed or you are super conscious of what you eat! I'm neither of both-- meaning, I am one to bloat really well and on top of that, I sometimes eat a few fattening things before I sleep, making me swell even more.

Having a I-just-woke-up-like-dis face isn't a pretty face, at least not for me! I put this gel mask thing in the refrigerator the night before so that the coolness can really sink into my skin. My eyes swell a lot, and my cheeks. I like to put this around my eyes for at least five minutes. The longer, the better. Then, if I have time, I'll let my face cool down by resting this on my cheeks and what not.

If you are one to bloat all the time, this is almost too good to be true. Simple and efficient. You'll see it when you take pictures, the difference it makes.

Now, the other tool is something a little embarrassing but not really, because hey! I'm not the only one. It's a tool for those who have a little fuze on their upper lip... or really any facial hair they want to get rid of! This tool by Tweezerman definitely won't be the best for other unwanted hair, but seriously the best for facial hair.

HOW TO USE: It's a little hard to get used to at first, but it does what a tweezer does but more efficiently and way more quickly! You place it against the area of hair you want to remove. As you move it against the way the hair grows, you have to twist the sides of the handle in the direction the arrows are pointing. Make sure that when you place the tip of the tool on the skin, it is on the flatter side of the tool. If you look carefully, you'll see that on the tip, one side is a bit flatter than the other. You place the flat area to your skin, then move it and twist the handles at the same time. (see picture above)

RESULTS: What I love about it? As I said, so quick and so freaking efficient! And I absolutely hate to to wax any part of my face because gah! It's so painful and it sometimes leaves a scar if you don't do it well. And it's a fuss, it really is. But this tool? It even gets to the ROOTS and here is the best part. It doesn't hurt as much as tweezing them out or waxing it. And I'm sure most girls don't but... I do have one friend who does use an eyebrow shave to get rid of unwanted hair on the face, but I don't think that's a good idea at all! It'll leave the hair thicker and more noticeable.

So, here are my fave beauty tools right now! Hope it was helpful xx

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Life Update #6⎪Traveling

Hey guys! I wanted to do a Life Update post just to tell you a few things. First one is, I'm heading out to California tomorrow. I'm going to be staying mainly in Los Angeles and San Diego. I thought if any of you have been to either, I'd love to get a few of your recommendations. I've been to Los Angeles before, so I guess I really want to know about San Diego: where the best places to eat and sightsee are :)

Another small update I guess is that if you are a subscriber of my Youtube channel, you'll probably know (or maybe not) that most of my videos are gone. I've privatized most of them because I've been coming to a dilemma of whether to continue filming videos or not. So, sorry to a few of you who've asked where my videos have gone or asked about my channel! Thank you for caring and sorry that my channel is down. I'm still contemplating it so, maybe I'll start again at some point? Perhaps when my blog grows a little more or when I grow enough confidence to do it again!

Still, you can enter the giveaway going on on my channel! It ends 7/31 so you've got a few weeks left :) You can enter as much as you want here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Travel Edition Beauty Bag⎪skincare, makeup, body, and hair

I do a bit of traveling in a year, and each time I start packing I get so lost in the process I forget to blog about it. But this time around, I made it my business to actually take all the products I put in my bag back out, and take pictures of them. I love looking at my travel beauty bag and finding them so neatly organized, full of products that I fully trust and want to take with me.

I usually divide my travel beauty bag into two or three parts. One, is my skincare. Two, is my makeup. And three is mostly my body and hair products. People who aren't into beauty will probably think this is a bit too much, but gone traveling with these products, I'm fully happy with the products I brought along.

Where did I go: I went to Texas for a week, and will be traveling to California this coming week with probably the same products refilled!
What do I use as travel beauty bags: CVS has these travel clear pouches that come with small plastic disposable containers where you can put in some of your liquid products that are more than 3.4oz. But then, I also have a beauty bag that I keep in my small bag as I'm traveling. It's my usual Tory Burch makeup pouch.

Makeup Pouch:
Let's start with my makeup pouch, since it's the one I used the most throughout the week:

This is something that I put in my carry-on. I have a hand lotion by Josie Maran that has seriously cured my cuticles. Then I've got an In-Flight Face Mist by Kiehl's and then a touch-up powder by Benefit. Also, everyone needs to have a hand sanitizer when traveling, so I've got a generic effective one by Purell. Then to keep myself from feeling icky during flights and traveling, I put in a perfume that I really love by Nuxe. I also have the This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less aromatherapy stick. For lips, I've got one balm and one lipstick. The balm is the Nuxe Reve de Miel. For lips, I have the YSL rouge volupté shine that I recently blogged about here.

You can't believe how handy samples become during travel! I've got my handy ziplock of samples, filled with some lovely Missha products. Then I've got some isoi products that I've been kind of really loving. Then the main skincare you see are really from Mario Badescu. Gosh, I love this brand to pieces! I've got their Buttermilk Moisturizer, Hyaluronic + Vitamin C serum, and their Drying Cream. Then I've got the Bioderma miscellare H20 makeup remover then I can't live without. Because it is traveling, I also put in a handy face wipe by Neutrogena. Then something that I has really grown on me was the First Aid Beauty Red Clay Cleanser. I think I might even go purchase a full size of this!

I took a decent amount of makeup so I'm not going to list everything I took. But you can get a good look at the products laid out. I made sure to take one for everything: foundation, eyebrow, blush, bronzer, lips, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadows, and concealer.

Hair care:
I was more than impressed to find out that my favorite shampoo has a travel-friendly size. I never blogged about it because once something goes inside my tub, I get so lazy about taking it back out in all its wet mess and take pictures of them! But anyway, this shampoo is the Clear Scalp & Hair brand. I love this shampoo because they really help with lifting roots and getting the scalp to feel so super clean without drying out the hair!
This isn't a conditioner, but it's close enough. In the container that the CVS clear travel bags come in, there are also labels that you can put on them. This one is the L'Oreal Erase Balm Hair Mask that I won't be without! Another hair product that I took with me is the It's a 10 Leave-in Miracle Conditioner