Showing posts from 2016

At Long Last!

It seems that it's been a hot minute since I was able to sit down and blog...  I spent a lot of my summer and the early start of the fall season working, a lot.  At work we're down about four people and two new people in training.  However, this means if anyone takes vacation time or calls in sick, we're working to cover their spot.  It's been crazy and I've spent majority time of my days off working.  I try not to but it's been difficult to say no to the over time.  Once we're fully staffed, there won't be any time to work extra.  So if I wanted any extra money I'd have to consider doing a second job.  So right now I am banking all my extra hours at work as compensation time.  Not many jobs offer this anymore but I really like it.  If I ever leave and I have left over compensation time, another check will be cut to me for that time I've banked.  We can have up to 240 hours banked.  Once you've reached that amount, you can only take money fo…

Neti Pot Anyone?

About seven years ago I got very sick with a bad sinus infection.  I didn't want to go to the doctor to get an antibiotic.  To be honest, taking too many antibiotics in your life time is NOT good for your body.  Antibiotics will keep off the good bacteria in your body.  Also your body can build up an immunity to even the strongest antibiotics on the market.  The smartest way is to keep your sinus passages cleared so the mucus doesn't build up and allow bad bacteria to grow in your mucus.

One way to keep this mucus flowing in your sinuses is to use a Netipot.

This one is found in Walgreens.  But any style of a Netipot or sinuse drainer is good.  If you can't do both sides of your nose, because you have a deviated septum, that's okay, just do the side you can.  One side is better than no sides!  I have used this style Netipot when I travel.  It's plastic and lightweight.  On a regular basis I do have a much heavier one that is ceramic.

This particular Netipot is whit…

Make-Up Brush Cleaning Hack

I hate cleaning my make-up brushes.  It really is a pain.  I was using some soap to clean them and wiping them on my palm to clean them out.  I noticed the denser brushes were not getting as clean as I wish they would.  I would try to scrub gently on a silicone textured pore cleaner but it still didn't help.
I had seen on Pinterest people washing their brushes in warm soapy water.  I advise against using warm water.  This may cause your brush to fall apart from the warmth of the water.  Instead I thought of putting a bit of my water cleanser in a cup and let it sit in that for a bit.  I did that and my brush was very clean.  The one thing about the water cleanser is that it's not greasy but removes the make-up.  I also rinse my brush in running water until the water runs clear.

I had mentioned I used the Gariner Skin Active water cleanser for my face and now I will use it to clean my brushes.  Since these products are not oil bases, it seems to clean my brushes very well.  I …

SHISEIDO Sengansenka Perfect Oil Cleansing

As I had previously written about some American brand cleaning water, I also love cleansing oil too.  This isn't a gross oil that will weigh down your skin and make you break out.  This is good for any skin type, unless you are allergic to it, which I don't recommend using any product that you have broken out from.  Though it could be from your diet, yes please put the junk food down and your skin will clear up some.  But the Shiseido Perfect Oil is great for me to use sometimes too.

I have bought this product in my local H-Mart and it worked wonderful.  It comes in a pump bottle and about three pumps works for my whole face.  I massage it into my face.  I wet my face first then pump some into my hands and away I go.  It is like milk on your face!  It feels very nice and removes your make-up.  
This can be purchased on Amazon for about $10.00 USD plus shipping if you can't find it on the Prime membership.  I bought mine in the store and I don't remember how much it was…

Make-Up Removers

I've always been told to remove my make-up when I go to bed.  I've read article after article to remove it.  I've always felt that with oily skin you are more prone to wash it off instead of leaving it on.  I've always wanted to wash my face before bedtime.  It feels much better to sleep with a clean face.  There have been times when I was in college and didn't wash my face but on a general whole, I always wash my face before bed time.  It ranks up there with brushing my teeth at least twice or more times a day.

Anyways I've been looking for a good remover that wasn't something expensive like the Lancome make-up remover I love so much.  I can't see myself purchasing something that is over $20.00 USD when I need to replace it.  I need to actually use it up but I am loving my drug store brands.  They're awesome!  I actually found them on accident when I was in a Walgreens.  I wasn't looking for them but I noticed them and decided it would be good …

IPSY Glam Bags

If you haven't heard of Michelle Phan from youtube, you need to drag yourself out from under the rock you've been hiding under.  She is one of the most famous make up gurus on youtube.  I really find that she does some fun tutorials but she's more focused on her business than she is on youtube lately.

One fun thing I do enjoy about Michelle is that she started IPSY Glam Bags.  I thought it would be fun to try these bags out.  Here's the break down:

1.  Once a month you get a small bag of different beauty products.  The products will be determined by the way you answer a quiz through the website.  It's not difficult and actually a bit fun.

2.  Your bag will come to you in a bright pink bubble wrapper envelop.  I actually look forward to having this in my P.O. Box!  It's a bit exciting to find out what I'll get that month.  In each pink envelop there is a cute makeup bag.  Well, not always cute.  Some I found were a bit ugly.  This month's was much more a…

Baby Face BB Cream and Pore Powder

I have changed the kind of BB Cream I've used since I last blogged about which brand I used.  I've tried dozens and dozens of different brands.  I have settled with Baby Face for the bottled version and another from Missha, which is a compact.  But today I am writing about the Baby Face brand.

I found it on accident when a beauty store had it on sale in my local H-Mart, Korean grocery store, and really love it.  It's nice and light.  It covers my face well and I use a bit of concealer to cover my awful dark circles and any imperfections.

This brand isn't very expensive.  I believe the BB Cream was about $12.00 USD and the powder was about $10.00 USD.  It's fairly inexpensive but of course buying a lot of products together will get pricey.  I did like the pore powder too.  It is white but blends well.  I am fair skinned so it could just be because of my skin tone.  When I'm not using my Missha BB Cream I use this.  But even with the Missha BB Cream compact, I st…

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

I haven't really talked about what face cream I use.  I have to admit it's been difficult to find one that I really liked.  It was tough since I'm very sensitive to a lot of makeup.  I found that the heavy creamy ones made me break out and it was best to stick to light gel type creams.  I found this gem one winter when my face dried out, as usual.

It is about $20.00 USD in any store.  I found that it works the best of all the gel creams I've tried.  I love how it doesn't clog my pores, it isn't that kind of cream.  It helped heal up my dry skin and kept it from drying out again.  I do have to say that you have to be patient with these creams to work.  It takes time for your skin to build up the barrier to protect it from the heat during the winter.

I also like using it during the summer time too.  With the use of any air conditioner or heater on your skin will take a toll in having all that on your face.  So it's good to invest in a good face cream that wi…

Naked Palette 3

I bought the Naked Palette 3 about two years ago.  I had this entry as a draft for TWO years.  WHY?!  Because I got really lazy and busy with work.  I used to have a lot of time to blog but then I had a change in my work schedule.  I didn't feel like blogging much because I was so tired.  I also didn't buy a lot of new products to blog about.

So onto the product.  This Naked 3 palette is really different from the previous two.  This one isn't neutral or smoke colors. The colors are more rosy, pinky colored.  I really liked it.  I feel the colors are great and it's Urban Decay.

I can't say if I had darker skin color it might be harder to use some of the neutral colors.  I'm really pale so the colors look great on me.  I like how each palette is a different color scheme but I dislike how expensive they are.  The original Naked palette was $50.00 USD.  Now they're $52.00 USD.  I feel that inflation is really starting to show.  But if you like a good brand an…

Baby Foot

I am not sure that I've blogged about this product though.  I have downloaded photos to show what it does but I can't find the blog where I did write about this product.

Baby Foot Japanese Import Purchase:  H-Mart or Price:  Approximately $20.00 USD

I used this product before and really enjoyed it.  What's in the box are two "booties" that you wear that have the solution to help dry our the outer skin of your foot.  If you have dry and cracked feet, this product might help you.  You wear the booties for an hour and then wash your feet.  They're very easy to use.  The only problem is that the product is mainly in Japanese and some limited English.  However they do have some photos to show you how to use the product.  Also you can go to the website, Baby Foot, and read about it.  
The first time I used it, my feet peeled a few days later and so much skin peeled off.  It was pretty disgusting BUT it was so nice to have softer feet.  You can't use …

Essie Gel Setter Kit

So my previous post was about the Sally Hansen Gel Polish.  I was impressed with that brand.  I was told by a friend NOT to try the Revlon brand, it didn't work as well.  This disappointed me and I have NOT bought it.  Though with painting your nails, it is best to make sure you buff, shape, put on base coat, thin coats of the color, and a good top coat.  This bad experience from my friend could have been because of the lack of the base coat or that the Revlon one really was just that bad.
So the two things I really like about the Essie gel setter is, no light! and no extra polish remover!  I can use it like a normal nail polish.  This totally sold me since I ruined my nails before and it took several weeks for my nails to recover.  Since then, I make sure to take my biotin, which I haven't been taking and my skin is a train wreck, so my hair, nails, and skin look good.
The Essie gel top coat is nice and thick.  It's a bit thicker than the Sally Hansen one and it helps yo…

Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish

So some time last year I was really frustrated with painting my nails because my polish will chip, the very next day.  Who else is like this?...  I am sure there are plenty of you out there who will have chips immediately after painting them.
I heard about gel polish but I also heard it ruined your nails.  I don't really enjoy ruining my nails.  I also read that the gel being set with a light are bad for your skin.  Mostly you're suntanning your nails.  Yes, I want to spend more money to ruin more of my skin.  *insert very sarcastic tone*  No, I hate ruining my skin.  So I saw a few different gel top coats from Sally Hansen and Essie.
This week is Sally Hansen.  I bought a few different colors of the special gel colors and one bottle of the top coat.  I have to say it lasted about four days.  This is good for me because I am very tough on my nails.  I type a lot for work and also I wash dishes by hand through the week.  I also take bioton, which is good for your skin, hair, a…

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016 Everyone!

I hope everyone's holidays were better than mine.  My entire family, well except my dad, were sick.  My mom, my sister, her son, her husband, AND me...  I got sick two days before Christmas and ended up calling in sick on Christmas Eve Day.  I didn't want to but I woke up about 0230 and was like:  If I don't feel any better in half an hour, I am not going in.  By 0300 rolled around, I didn't feel good after I woke up a little bit.  So I was in bed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  It was worth it.  I was able to celebrate Boxing Day with my boyfriend.

Yes Boxing Day....  But I was able to celebrate with my family, once everyone was feeling better, on the 29th.  Yes Christmas was postponed so often it was really funny.  So my nephew, who is now three and half, was excited to open his gifts.  His first gift he opened was Mister Potato Head.  Unfortunately, he was not impressed with him at first.  His first response was:  I DON'T LIKE THIS!!!  I…