Thursday, March 29, 2012

SkinFood Aloe Sun BB Cream SPF20 and Shills Natural Science SPF30 BB Cream Product Review

Hey yall!

This is a scheduled post btw. I'm writing this on Thursday but I'll be posting this on Friday so that I have time to write this review and do the video for it.

Here's the video review on it. Please watch, like, subscribe, and comment! :)



I'll start off with the SkinFood Aloe Sun BB Cream

*NOTE* I wear this with translucent finishing powder so that will affect the staying power of the BB cream. I don't wear it without translucent powder so I don't know how long it lasts without it.

EDIT:
This review is for INDOOR environment. Outside environment is Texas heat and this won't last 4-5 hours. I tried today (3/31/12) and it felt heavy on the skin and slightly sticky, but it still lasted throughout the day super dewy. Not too bad. Lasted about 2-3 hours in 90 degree outdoor weather. But that's to be expected. I don't think any makeup really lasts in high humidity and high heat :(

Description:

Aloe Sun BB Cream SPF 20 PA+

Rich with aloe, which possesses excellent hydrating properties and soothing effect, this multi-functional skin care product (UV protector and blemish corrector) provides moisture and nutrition to your skin while providing protection from UV rays.

Packaging:

Very hygienic with the squeeze tube tip and it makes it much easier to control how much you want to squeeze out. I like this a lot. It's no nonsense packaging and it's compact to travel with. As for the looks of the packaging, I'm not picky. It's a pretty minty green color with simple SkinFood labeling. The labeling on the back is all Korean so I cannot read it, except for the Description that I have already written above.


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Smell:

It smells like fresh aloe vera and smells VERY good. For those who are smell sensitive, this might be a little bit overpowering for you. But to me, it smells fresh and amazing.

Ingredients list:

I don't want to post this blogger's picture of the ingredients list because I don't have her permission to post her picture, so please visit her review on this product to look at the ingredients: http://kimoko.livejournal.com/200405.html

The Finish:

It provides me a dewy finish WITHOUT translucent powder. With translucent powder it doesn't give me a matte look, but it gives me a "normal skin" look if that makes any sense xD It goes from dewy to normal. At the same time, despite that it has a dewy ish finish, it FEELS slightly powdery to the touch, which I like.

Coverage:

It can go from sheer to medium to medium full, but NOT at all full coverage unless you pile it on, then it'll look cakey. For me I wear it at medium coverage and then just dab on extra at my acne scars so my face doesn't look caked on. It provides a rather natural look to the skin that I really like vs the "super made up look"


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How Long it Lasts:

As I have mentioned in the note above, I use this with translucent powder so I don't know how long it'll really last without it, so I'm sorry about that. With translucent powder it stays on for about 4 hours until I need to blot (though I'm lazy and don't blot and still look ok/extra dewy). But keep in mind, I have combination oily skin, so for those with more normal to dry skin types, this will last a LOT longer, even without the translucent powder. Honestly even at the 4 hour mark my skin still looks pretty decent enough to not blot so I can maybe up this to 5 hours? But again let me emphasize this is with combination oily acne prone skin with translucent powder. I think I said that a bajillion times now but I don't want someone buying this giddily and end up feeling disappointed so I just want to clarify and repeat to make sure no one is mixing things up.

PROS:
CONS:
  • Only TWO shades! #1 and #2 . I got #1, which is about NC20 ish skin. It blends well into my skin but geez, only two shades? Though I know that's just like any other BB cream. They hardly have any shades
  • Have to buy online because I can't find any in store
Extra:
  • To me this is a Pro, but it has SPF. Some people are allergic to SPF so I just put this aspect aside
Overall Rating: 4/5
Repurchase? Yes

PHEW that was long, but THERE'S MORE.

Now time to review the Shills Natural Science SPF30 BB Cream one!

Description:

All in Korean even though it's made in Taiwan so I cannot translate :(

Packaging:

Dislike to an extent. I still like it's in a squeeze tube but I don't like that it's in a metal squeeze tube so SOMETIMES I dispense out too much. But overall the packaging is alright. I like the Skinfood packaging better. It has a better grip and feel, but this one physically LOOKS nicer.

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Smell:

I can BARELY smell a thing. It's definitely not as strong of a smell as the Skinfood one. This one just smells "natural" and a slight hint of floral, but you can barely smell it. I think nose sensitive people would appreciate this.

Ingredients List:

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The Finish:

I think it's rather dewy, dewier than the Skinfood. This one doesn't seem to have any oil control. I REALLY have to put on translucent powder on this one for it to stay on. I think when I got the tube, all the oil got stuck at the bottom so after you get past the first few blobs, you'll get the actual product and it's fairly good, but still dewy.

Coverage:

This is Sheer to Medium at best. But mostly leaning on the sheer side. This doesn't cover my acne scars nearly as well as the Skinfood. This leans more of a heavier tinted moisturizer for those who have normal skin and just want to "perfect it". My friend (whom I've shown on this blog before in my photoshoot blogpost *CLICK HERE for the post*) wore it in that photoshoot and her skin is near perfect and it just made her skin look even better. So for people like me who have acne scars and need some coverage, this isn't the product to buy. I can still wear this out of the house and feel confident about my skin, but not as much as Skinfood. This still provides me a nice effect that brightens my face. One thing I don't like is that when you put it on, it isn't as "smooth" as the Skinfood. It's SLIGHTLY patchy. Like, I don't really see the makeup on me. I see mostly my skin and "some product" on top of it when you look up close. When you look from afar is ok.

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How Long It Lasts:

With translucent powder, 2-3 hours at best :( Again, this is on combination oily acne prone skin. Can't stress that enough. My friend got about 4-6 hours on her normal skin off of this product without translucent powder so that gives yall an idea of how long it lasts on each skin type. I'm pretty disappointed with how long it lasts :( I tested this product out before from my friend and it seemed great but now that I own one, it doesn't seem to perform as good. I won't be repurchasing this.

PROS:
  • Affordable costing $9.xx at sasa.com if you can get free shipping, but shipping costs $6 so if you buy this alone it'll be a grand total of $15.xx which isn't so bad
  • low scent for nose sensitive people
  • brightens complexion when you have it on
CONS
  • Have to buy online. Can't find in stores
  • Too natural of coverage. Not enough for acne scars
  • No oil control leading to it not lasting long on the skin
  • Slightly patchy on the skin as explained in the review
  • Only two shades, I picked the lighter one and it's made for NC15-20 ish skin btw
Overall Rating: 2.5/5 (3.5/5 or 4/5 for normal skinned people with nearly perfect skin)
Repurchase? No

Well I hope that helps yall out :) This took me a good hour or more than an hour to write up! Long one! But if it helps anyone out, then I am happy and it has been worth my time :)

Thank you for visiting my bloggie and remember to subscribe to my youtube channel! :)

See yall later!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

South Beach Club Night from Friday

Went to South Beach, which is a gay bar in Houston, TX

and let me tell you that gay bars are so much better than straight clubs. First of all, you don't have creepers creepin on you if you just want a good time for a girls night out. Second, the atmosphere is just nicer. You dont' feel judged. You just go there to have a good time, not to impress someone. You drink, you dance, and you don't care. You can be a bad dancer no one cares. You can dance in the middle of the floor all by yourself looking dumb, but people will accept you as is and think it's A-OK and everyone carries on like it's all good. I like that atmosphere. Screw straight clubs! Sorry haha. I'm just NOT liking Roxy, even though I've only been there once. Went to one in NYC and didn't enjoy it either. South Beach is where.it's.at.


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Dress: GUESS brand found in Memorial City Mall

I normally do NOT club but my friend was on her last day of spring break so we went out :)

To be honest, even though I sound enthusiastic in my first paragraph, I really am NOT a clubbing person. I'm just trying to make a comparison between gay and straight clubs and that South Beach is one to try out if you're in the area.

I'm more of a "lazy drunk" so I prefer a bar scene where you sit, drink, and enjoy talking to your friends to relax. I like dancing only to a degree and then it starts to get boring.

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Today is my last midterm exam until my next batch of exams starting on April 17th so I'll most likely be doing a video or two this Friday along with a blogpost. I'm trying my best to keep up with this blog and do youtube at the same time. I really want to get myself out there and help people. I originally wanted this blog to be the go-to place for people in need of a proper review when searching for products (but of course I don't have the extensive amount of money to try a lot products nor do I have companies splattering sponsors at me in order to test more products for yall).

I always see a lot of bloggers "hype" stuff just for the sake of it to get views rather than do a proper review and that ticks me off. I may not get a bajillion views like others but I'm dedicated to provide yall with the most honest reviews possible on my take of products and I hope they do help in any way.

I have this mentality because I heavily research products before purchasing and those are some things I run into when I'm trying to figure out what to buy. People hype for no reason, people bash maybe because everyone else is bashing it, or they just say they like it without giving proper reasons, and most importantly at least for me, I need an ingredients list and I noticed a lot of bloggers don't do that, though now more and more are starting to.

Thank you to all my readers who have kept up with me for this long since I opened up this blog. I appreciate it a lot and I hope I helped in part of your product review researching :) Please stay tuned for my future posts!

Guess that's all I got to say!

See yall later :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

What's In My Purse and Macarons!

Hey yall :)

Made a new video--hope yall enjoy it!


Please click and watch! :)

I got some macarons with my friend and wanted to share some pictures

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My friend! :D

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Isn't she awesome?

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Gorgeous o.o

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It's moi! haha
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Hope yall enjoyed this post :) Please watch my video! I worked hard on it xD

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mini Sasa Haul

Decided to do another post tonight since my brain is fried from studying.

I purchased:
  • Shills The Science BB Cream
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Collection in Rosewater
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Collection in Gardener's Hand Therapy
Small haul but I'm pretty happy with it. Reviews will come for the BB cream later as I've already mentioned before.

But I'll do a mini review of the hand creams.

They're awesome.

They don't feel greasy after you rub them into your hands and your hands stay moisturized for a long time.

The downside? The price. I bought each for $15-16 per tube that is 100grams (3.5oz) each. Which is a lot of product for hand cream, but STILL. $15? OUCH. Unless I'm just cheap, but to me that's expensive. But at this point I feel it's worth the price. I'm throwing the Gardener's Hand Therapy into my purse since at work I use my hands a lot and constantly need lotion and I'll keep the Rosewater at my desk for whenever my hands are dry.

I purchased these hand creams not just because I need them for work, but also I've been feeling more conscious about my hands aging even though I'm merely 21. I want to prevent it from getting wrinkles so I want to moisturize them and keep them soft. I should also start wearing sunscreen on my body, not just my face....though that is a tangent..sorry lol

Repurchase? Definitely. Both of them. Too bad I don't have a retailer store that actually sells these. I got these babies from Sasa's short free-shipping on anything promotion so I had to snag these.

Both have a floral scent to them btw, but moreso the Rosewater than the Gardener's one.



PICTURES!

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See yall later :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Went Out for Crawfish

Hey Yall!

Nothing beauty related ish. Just wanted to share with you what I've been doing. I went out last night with a couple friends to eat Crawfish at La Fisherman off Hwy6 for those of you in Houston, TX. It was so crowded!

Usually they have good service but last night, they mixed up my two friends' orders and theirs came out an HOUR late! How crazy is that? I complained to the manager and she gave my friends' crawfish for free for the awful delay. Thank goodness!

I usually don't go out with friends so this was pretty exciting for me to get out of the house and go out and about :)

Did a tiny camwhoring before going out to get the crawfish.



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OMG this is the cam-whoriest picture of them all xD it turned out nice so I picked it but I'll try to look less cam-whory for the next post xD

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For reference, I am wearing:
  • SkinFood Aloe Vera BB Cream in #1
  • Annabelle Blush (from Canada, a gift from Natikiru that I'll do a post on next!)
  • NARS Eye Shadow Primer
  • Maybelline 24hr Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
  • Sleek Palette in Storm and I used the dark brown shimmery color on the bottom left corner of the palette
  • Dollywink Eyeliner
  • Superlash by Apple Cosmetics mascara in Mamey
  • Koji Eyelash curler in #71
  • NYX eyebrow/eyeliner pencil in Charcoal
  • nothing on my lips but chapstick
And now for the crawfish. YUM!

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I got Garlic Butter Mild spiciness and Rajin Cajun Mild Spiciness. Total yum.

Get your crawfish! It's totally crawfish season! :D

See yall later :)

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