Monthly Archives: August 2011

Neutrogena Moisture SPF15 Photos

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I bought this Neutrogena Moisture SPF 15 yesterday at a pharmacy store.

I usually buy all my skincare stuff in pharmacy store because it’s way cheaper than retail stores like Mannings and Watsons. Here’s a little tip for buying skincare products in Hong Kong, in case you don’t know. Always buy them(moisturizers, shampoos, shower gels…) in pharmacy stores unless it’s a certain brand that’s only available in Mannings or Watsons or …Because prices are way lower. In fact you’ll be shocked by the price difference. There’s a acne serum I love and it costs HK$56 in pretty much every pharmacy store I’ve ever visited but HK$79 in Mannings and Watsons. So you know what I’m talking about.

Confession time, I don’t wear moisturizer in summer. I have one for winter but I find it too oily for summer(of course it is!), it causes breakouts. I was like, forget it, toner would do. It’s not a right thing to do but I was just too lazy to go get one for summer. Also, I don’t have any sun protection on my face except for the SPF in foundation/BB cream, which is not enough,I know, again, laziness.So getting a moisturizer with SPF is kinda a big step for me. LOL.

I was a little surprised to find out that it’s non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, alcohol-free. It only mention the non-comedogenic part on the package(you caught me, I didn’t read the package carefully so I was kinda surprised), the rest were all on the bottle. Non-comedogenic is important to me as I have acne skin. Hypoallergenic is very important to those have sensitive skin but not me, it’s worth to mention though. As for fragrance-free, I don’t know why many people think it’s a big deal, but it’s still something that I would look for because I don’t want to take risks on my face, they say it’s crucial, crucial it is then. Alcohol-free, attention! I always find that moisturizers with alcohol quite funny. Alcohol, as I talked about in Alcohol, dries skin out, so adding it in moisturizers makes no sense to me.

I put on some today, it feels really light-weighted. I don’t feel it on my skin at all except it’s not tight, but this barely counts. I use for daytime and so far(which is only a day), I like it.

More pics about it.

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I like that it comes with a pump. The product is less exposed to air and less chances to get contaminated.

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Don’t know if you can read it. It just says that it’s lightweight and with SPF, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, alcohol-free. Direction of applying it and Warning.

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I’m terrible at photography, the lightning is so wrong. The product is supposed to be white, but somehow it looks yellow here.

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It’s HK$79(US$:HK$=1:7.8 this might help you), and available in many pharmacy stores and Watsons and Mannings.

I haven’t got the time to try out the Revlon eye liner yet, so the pics gotta wait.

Comments settings

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I just change the comments settings to ” An administrator must always approve the comment “. Before that I’ve always left the comment section open.

I’m not trying to control speech or anything, I’m like the biggest fan of freedom of speech(which makes me the least fan of XXX, if you know what I’m talking about). But I realize that if I let it be open, I might not know there’s a new comment or anything. In order to help me read the comments better and reply, I see that I must set it to this  “An administrator must always approve the comment” mode as the system would automatically send me a mail and tell me that there’s a new comment.

I hope you would understand.

Good night.

Viva Glam Gaga

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This is just a quick post(or so I hope).

After watching the VMA last night, I suddenly want the MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick today. I like Lady Gaga quite a lot. I love pretty much every song in The Fame Monster, except Teeth. And her new album, Born This Way, so far I like Born This Way, You and I. These two I love, but the rest, I haven’t got the time to check out yet. I wasn’t exactly a fan of Gaga until Born This Way, something about this song really gets me. I love that she sang, “I’m beautiful in my way ‘cuz God makes no mistakes”. This is the part really hit me and made me realize we are all perfect, we should be who we are and proud to be so. That’s when I really fell for her. Her music is cool but it’s what she’s about really fascinates me.

I saw the Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick ads a few months ago, but I didn’t really care back then. And today, probably because of the VMA, I want it. I have always been looking for a nude lipstick, so far, I haven’t got one that I truly love. And I think this one looks pretty amazing, at least the reviews I’ve read all said so.(haha, I’m a review freak). But this lipstick is actually limited, so I don’t know for sure if I’ll get it tomorrow. Anyway, wish me luck!

It’s night time here, almost midnight, so good night, sleep tight!

I bought a Neutrogena moisturizer and a Revlon eyeliner today, I’ll see if I can post some pictures about them tomorrow.

VMA 2011

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Drum roll please…Here comes the VMA 2011!!!

Okay, I know I’m a bit late. But c’mon, I need to wait for the MTV China to broadcast it. I was just watching it and I felt so outdated. First of all, I have no idea who those new artists are, Foo Fighters? Tyler, the Creator? Nicki Minaj? up until today, I don’t have the slightest idea about them at all.

Here’re what I do know, Adele, I’ve been listening 21 for over a month like everyday, and I still love it and haven’t got tired of it. She’s just so talented. It’s such a sad album and it really speaks to me. All the lyrics were so touching and the melodies were pretty much love at the first sight to me. The first song I heard by Adele was Rolling in the Deep, sang by Glee(Rachel & Jesse), and I love the song immediately. After I know it was originally by Adele, I listened to 21. Then I’m in love with her.

Adele in the VMA black carpet(don’t blame me, that what the hosts called it, it’s actually black anyway). I love her old-fashioned omega haircut, haven’t seen this in a loooong time. She’s such an elegant lady. Isn’t she a bit young for “lady”? But, c’mon. That’s just Adele! She’s 23, but her music doesn’t sound like 23, it’s deep. And the way she looks, I thought she’s like 28 at least. I’m not saying that she looks old, just that the way she feels, the look in her eyes and everything, she’s just so not like a 23 gal. She’s too mature to be 23.

Her makeup was really gorgeous too. Her skin looks flawless and silky smooth, her cheeks were slightly peachy, and nude lips(!!). The makeup is perfect, I would say the best but with Lady Gaga looking amazing too. I don’t know which one to choose.  When Adele sang Someone Like You, which was a touching great song, she got her hair tight up beautifully. She’s such a beautiful, graceful lady with a fantastic voice. Katie Holmes said she wanna kick the guy that broke Adele’s heart and tell him to never do that again. LOL, me too.

This is the Beyonce. Well, I’m never a big fan of her. I like Single Ladies, Halo, and that’s all. She’s not really my type. But she looked great on the black carpet. I love this dress, very elegant and eye catching too. It also covered her tummy(I know she’s pregnant!) perfectly well. I got not much to say about her makeup, it’s beautiful as usual.

I have never heard of Nicki Minaj until today. And she freaked me out. What? She looked like she just ran out of a japanese cartoon. What else she reminds me of? Rachel Berry from Glee, the episode who everyone dressed up like Lady Gaga, not in the gorgeous black dress her mom made her, but the hideous and hilarious one her dads made. So, you know what I’m talking about?

Please, Katy Perry, dye your hair black again. I really think the vintage look suits her better and now she just looks weird. I don’t like this dress either, it’s weird too, also it doesn’t show her good figure at all, in fact it made her looked chubby. I really love it when her hair was black, I love that style and miss it too.

I haven’t heard of Jessie J until a couple hours ago(you see why I felt so outdated?), but I like her at the first sight. It’s a weird outfit, but in a good, surprising, inspiring way. Her voice is cool too. I’m just upset that every time she sang, it went ads and I only got a glimpse. Her look was very interesting and glamorous.

We all know Britney Spears’s music and I think she definitely deserved whatever awards she nominated. All her songs are catchy and great, she’s absolutely talented in music. But, her style, is just… Please visit Rachel Zoe, you can afford her and you need her! Nothing wrong with the makeup, but the dress didn’t show her best and her shoes are just showed her worst. In fact, I think a simple pair of sandal would do better than this.

Again, Miley Cyrus, great makeup. But the dress looked too old(and this time I do mean old) for her and made her look chubby and short too.

You see? This is why I can’t say Adele looked the best in VMA this year! Because Lady Gaga/Jo Calderone looked fantastic too! She/He’s so sexy, I mean, the way he/she looked, talked and everything. It’s so “manish”, bad-boy, dangerous, and smokin’ hot! Now we can all be sure that Lady Gaga is not only talented in music but pretty much everything. Next thing she needs to do is build a rocket then the world will know that she can even do science. LOL. Who’s the best, Adele or Gaga? I can’t decide at all. You know what, they both are the best, equally best.

The VMA this year didn’t bring much surprise to me, except for Adele’s performances. I wish next year would get better.

Alcohol

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The other day, I was listening to a podcast, the Chemist Corner. It said that the aging of skin depends greatly on our genes, 65%.  That leaves us only 35% to work on only. Sad, isn’t it? Also, it mentioned that sunlight and smoking enhance the aging process too. But drinking alcohol doesn’t show much effect. If you wanna avoid aging as much as possible, put on sunscreen and quit smoking, drinking is fine though. So, drinking alcohol doesn’t do much to your skin. But wearing it is a totally different thing.

Alcohol is very dehydrating, it’s easy to evaporate due to its low boiling point. And while it’s evaporating, it takes away the water too. But the way alcohol kills bacteria is by dissolving their cell membrane(confirmed). When you apply alcohol to your skin, it’s like pumping the water out of your skin. For oily skin, more oil will be secreted. Oil is secreted in order to prevent our skin from drying out. When alcohol takes away the water in your skin, more oil will be secreted to keep the skin moist. And for dry skin, it will get drier. Either case, alcohol is no good. That’s why nowadays, many products have a large Alcohol-Free written on them. (btw, if you have oily skin, you would like to look for an oil-free product too).

But you can’t avoid alcohol forever. Products contain no alcohol are usually skincare products, like toners. On the other hand, some cleansers, like a hand sanitizer, contain lots of it. (Here’s a tip for checking ingredients. They are usually listed in order, not alpha order of course. Let’s say you read: water(aqua), alcohol… That means, that product contains mostly water, then alcohol, then… ) That’s why I think you should wash with hand sanitizers that often, your hands are usually not that dirty and do not need to be that clean. To me, soap is enough already. Let’s say you need to use hand sanitizers, what should you do afterwards? Use some hand cream! The same goes to face. You should moisturize your skin, with an alcohol-free product, soon after you clean it with alcohol (this is kinda like damage control, isn’t it?)

I hope this will help you!

Things to look forward to with the coming of September

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I guess for most of us, September is never really a month that we would look forward to. Neither do I. But can we avoid the coming of September, which means the start of a new school year hence, more work ? I don’t think so, unless you can switch time back to the very first day of our summer holiday. Well, there’s really not much we can do about it except finish the homework we totally left behind in a rush.

Hold on, September can also means something else, something more cheerful than back to school. Here’re the things I look forward to in September, I try to remind myself of them so that I would feel less depressed.

1. Return of Glee Yes, I am a big Glee fan. C’mon, the show is fun! And the music is great! I love the Glee’s version of Rolling in the Deep, Hello and … pretty much every song that Rachel and Jesse sing. And I’m quite upset about the fact that Jonathan Groff(he plays Jesse) is not a regular yet, he’s like the cutest guy on the show and the best male vocal too. But I’m still welcoming the Season 3 of Glee with open arms.

2. Return of House I love House too. Who doesn’t? He’s a miserable sexy humorous MD. The plot of House is always great, surprising and never was a cliche in the show. What’s not to love? I’m hoping to see Masters too, she’s such a lovely girl. But that’s not very likely though.

3. Return of Gossip Girl  Well, Gossip Girl’s plot is quite cheesy I gotta say. Just that it’s still fun to watch, you know, with everybody dressing up and looking beautiful, especially Blake Lively! I have given up my hope on Gossip Girl will have a good storyline ages ago. To me, watching it is like watching Fashion shows, it’s all about the outfits. So yes, I’m looking forward to it.

Now, I look like couch potato. The top 3 things I look forward to are all TV series. Well, I enjoy doing complete nothing at all and just watch my favorite shows for a whole day. It’s relaxing. I’ll get tired of that after a while of doing so, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look for days like this.  Of course, there’re more than just TV series to look forward to.

4. MAC Pro Longwear (is longwear one word or not, I don’t know!) This line has been in the States for a really long time but not for Hong Kong T_T The line is coming on October, so with September coming, it’s a bit closer. I wanna try out the Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation so bad! The reviews have been so great and I just wanna try it out myself.

5. IPhone 5/ IPone 4S Apple is like the most genius brand in the world, always surprise people with unexpected things. I’m using a Nokia now, but I’m seriously consider getting a IPhone once I actually settle down in HK (instead of traveling back and forth). The phone companies here just offer a lot of tempting plans

I guess that’s all. I mean, if I can choose to have my summer back again, I would rather summer than September. But just look to the bright side.

5 Shopping Reminders for Makeup Newbies

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I think of myself as a makeup newbie too. And here’s my own reminders for myself when I go shop for makeup.

Shopping for makeup can get annoying(but still, we all enjoy it), you just don’t see the effect immediately! When you go buy a dress, you can always try it out and da da, you see what you look like in it. But when it comes to makeup, you just don’t know. Some shops do not offer testers or samples, this just make it even harder. Some shops do offer testers or samples, still, you only know the product texture. You don’t know which shade to choose or if it’s as long lasting as it claims to be.

And like clothes, there’re always higher-end brands and budget brands. Which one to choose?

I hope this post is useful for you.

1. Always do the research!!! There’re reasons that I put this reminder in the first place. You just can’t trust the adverts! Just because the adverts say that it’s good and the models looks great doesn’t make it true. The adverts lies all the time. My best solution for this dreadfully annoying situation is, google it, see what others say about it. I sometimes spend days to read the reviews. Trust me, I know the rush in you heart when you first see the adverts. Take some time to do the research help calms it down. You might not want it after a few days of thinking about it. If you buy it that fast, it would be a waste. If you still want it after reading the reviews, go get it then. This reminder can be a money saver.

2. Bargain!!! I believe a Chanel product does a better job than a Revlon one. But think again. A Chanel one costs A LOT, while the Revlon really doesn’t cost much. However, the difference of effect they make just doesn’t worth the price difference.  When it comes to makeup, there’re products that just can’t last long. For example, you can only use a mascara for up to 6 months, it either dries out by then or full of bacteria that’s no longer safe to use. Here’s what the bargain for. When you shop for mascara and liquid eyeliner, lip gloss, basically anything liquid, you go for budget brands. Liquid things don’t last long, it’s quite a waste of money if you splurge on them.

3. Test before buy!!! What’s good for everyone might not be good for you. Just because you read dozens of good reviews about a product doesn’t mean it will work well on you. To find out the truth is always testing it yourself. The product might have a teeny tiny scent problem that people can usually ignore, but that flaw might freak you out. You’ll never know unless you test for yourself. Some stores do not offer testing, eg. online stores, just don’t buy anything there unless you have a specific idea in mind, by that I mean you know exactly which product, which shade…

4. Splurge!!! Okay, I know it’s a bit weird because I just say Bargain!!! To me, I bargain some and splurge some. You wanna splurge on your face product, like foundation. You really don’t wanna take a risk of buying something cheaper then cause a breakout, right? I would rather spend more on a foundation once, than using a dupe then have a breakout and do the damage control and then know that I should have splurge on foundation and buy again. So I invest more on foundation, I’m using the MAC studio fix fluid which is amazing btw, definitely lives up to its claims. Well, when I say splurge, I didn’t mean I’ll get a Dior foundation, MAC is enough for me and lots of you out there too. Of course, splurge or bargain is really up to you.

5. Buy makeup removers!!! Some people think that they don’t need the makeup removers as they have facial cleansers. Well, guess what? Facial cleansers are not enough, especially when it comes to waterproof makeup. I once tried out a Revlon ColorStay eyeliner on my hand, I drew a line and it took a few minutes to get rid off it with makeup removers, needless to mention other cleaning products. I read about using baby oil or olive oil can do the job. I tried the baby oil, and it was a mess. The baby oil can dissolve the waterproof makeup but it’s so hard to wash away as it can’t emulsify when it meets water. I washed my face 3 times and it still felt oily, so I ended up using a remover wipe. If you are thinking about something stronger, like a soap or alcohol( are you insane?), well, I hope you will be satisfied with how bad your skin gets  after a while of doing so.

I know, some may sound like a no brainer, but I really hope that it will help some of you out there who’re clueless. And one thing I learned after writing this, I really should learn how to write less!! Sorry! 😛

If you have any questions, please just ask me in the comment. I’ll be more than happy to help you.