Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base

This is a review of the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Secret Magic Perfecting Base. I bought this when I was in London. This product was very hyped a year or so ago.




What it does: (from ulta.com)
Get the perfect skin texture, instantly and all day. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Skin looks and feels smoothed and resurfaced. The result is a unified matte finish that's flawless. 

Price: will vary, but L'Oreal's website has this for $12.99

Pros:
  • This is a silicone-based primer which doesn't feel greasy
  • A little goes a long way. This pot lasted me a few months.
Cons:
  • As with all products in a pot-like container, it is not hygienic to stick your fingers in there repeatedly. I used a new Q-tip to scoop out some product.
  • The container is glass and a little heavy.
  • Obviously, my skin was not "perfect all day".
Would I repurchase?  Maybe. This isn't a bad product, but I still think Monistat is the best silicone-based primer!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekly Read #54: March 23, 2012

It is finally getting a little bit warmer here! The best part is that fruits and vegetables are more readily available. If you live in a developed country, you may not understand what I mean. Over here, the quality and quantity of produce available really depends on the season!!  It is hard to eat healthily under these conditions!

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xoxo, K

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weight Loss: Spring

It's spring!!  Well, at least it is spring at the supermarket...  It actually snowed this past weekend. Snow in mid-March, can you believe it?


I know that the main reason why I've gained weight since moving to China is because I don't eat healthily. I checked my past posts on food - I used to do a post every month or 2 on something I had cooked, but I don't do that anymore. I don't enjoy cooking here, and because of this, I haven't been eating well.  I eat a lot more processed foods than I did when I lived in Japan, as well as a lot more carbs. The topic of these posts has gone from "weight loss" to "not getting sick so often."

Anyway, there is more produce at my local supermarket! I tweeted several times that in the winter, there really aren't many kinds of fruits or vegetables available. It makes eating healthy very, very difficult.  I'm sure that if I went to the local market to buy produce, I could get fresher things, but it's hard to do when you have a full time job.  But that's changing! I am so, so happy!!


I also got back into running. I skipped running 2 weekends ago because I had a serious cold, but I'm well enough to run again! Someone suggested I try to run during the week. I'm not sure if I can actually do that since I work 11-12 hours every day.


Hopefully, with fresh produce available at my supermarket, and more exercise, I'll get healthy again!! 

And to all of you that live in a country where you can get fresh produce year round - you have no idea how lucky you are!!

xoxo, K

Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Dior Addict Lip Shine in Beige Casual 222

This is a review for the Dior Addict Lip Shine in Beige Casual.



What it does: (from Sephora.com)

Inspired by the cutting-edge runway fashions of Dior, this hydrating and volumizing formula dresses lips with a veil of addicting color and spectacular shine.

Price: $28

Pros:
  • This is a very sheer and moisturizing lip color, similar to a tinted lip balm
  • The color is very appropriate for work and everyday situations
  • Being sheer, I can swipe this on my lips without having to look at a mirror
Cons:
  • As mentioned, this is very, very sheer. It left almost no color on my lips.
  • Considering the price, I expected this lipstick to have more pigmentation
  • Don't expect this lipstick to last on your lips, since it has such low pigmentation
  • Being very soft, I went through this lipstick much faster than my other lipsticks
Would I repurchase? No. A Dior lipstick is simply too expensive to be used as a tinted lip balm. I really want something with more pigmentation.

I'm so disappointed that this turned out to be nothing more than an expensive tinted lip balm! However, several other high-end brands have similar sheer, mosturizing lipsticks which are similar to this one, such as Clinique and MAC.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekly Read #53: March 16, 2012


Guangzhou was hot some days and cold some days. Unfortunately, I've caught a cold!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: Lush Buffy Body Butter - Buff away dry skin!

This is a review for the Lush Buffy Body Butter. I bought this product in London.  In Japan, this product is called "恋する十字架" (Koi suru Jujika, "A Cross in Love").  Seriously, Lush Japan, could you please name your products something similar to the English names?


What it does: (from Lush.co.uk)

Ground rice, ground almonds and ground aduki beans make Buffy a triple threat to dead skin and lumpy bumpy bits. They are tough enough to polish away the dead, without being too harsh on your skin. Cocoa butter and shea butter make sure that the skin is left moisturised and dewy soft. Lavender oil is a great oil for soothing the skin and calming the mind.

Price: $11.95/3.3 oz in the U S, 5.50 GBP/90g in the UK, 1580 JPY/90g in Japan
This translates to $0.128/g in the US, $0.097/g in the UK, and $0.221/g in Japan. Due to the very strong Japanese Yen, this product is nearly 2.5 times more expensive in Japan as it is in the UK.

Scent: to me, this smells like generic soap. That is pretty rare for a Lush product.

Pros
  • Lush suggests you use it in the shower. This product is intended to moisturize and exfoliate your skin, conveniently at the same time in the shower.
  • The heat of the shower makes the cocoa & shea butter melt easily into your skin
Cons
  • This product seriously hurt my skin. I got red scratch marks on my skin after using this product on my arms and legs.
  • The cocoa/shea butter is used up faster than the exfoliating bits. As you this product, it becomes more and more gritty.
Would I repurchase?  No. This must be the only Lush product I could not use up.  It hurt me too much and I could not find any other way to use it.

I am so disappointed that I disliked this product so much!  Oh dear, hopefully my next experience with Lush will be better!!

xoxo, K

Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten

This is a review of the Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten. This was a gift from Sheila.


What it does: (from stilacosmetics.com)

Pure shimmer and glossy delight! The silk proteins make for smooth, moisture-rich wear, while ultra-fine pearl provides high shine and maximum comfort. Vitamins A, C, and E supply antioxidant protection for the healthiest lips. 

Price: $22  Wow, expensive!

Pros:
  • This is a very pretty lipgloss if you just want to add shimmer.
  • The brush applicator does not flay
Cons:
  • I felt that this lipgloss was drying on my lips. It is definitely not "moisture-rich" or "maximum comfort".
  • As you can see from the swatch, this lipgloss is not pigmented, so apply this for the shimmer
  • This is a very thin lipgloss.  Look at the picture at the top - you can see all of the lipgloss at the bottom of the tube. Lipgloss usually sticks to the sides of the tube. 
Would I repurchase? No. The color is great, but I hated the feeling of dryness on my lips

I really wish I could have loved this lipgloss, but the formula just doesn't work for me!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Read #52: March 9, 2012

I'm in Guangzhou this week! Guangzhou is much warmer than Tianjin (thankfully), and it's doing a lot to make me feel much better!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Up and Down #21: March, 2012

My birthday is coming up! Oh dear, only a few days until I hit the 3-0!!! 

On to my Ups and Downs!

Ups:

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX
 I had forgotten that I had this in my stash.  
Sleeping packs are really convenient and easy to use!


I made a Pinterest account!
It's been really interesting to see what other people pin!

Getting back into running!
It is really hard to wake up early to run, but it feels great!

Downs:

Lush Buffy Body Butter 
This must be the only Lush product that I really didn't like.  
A review is coming up soon.

No birthday presents for the second year in a row!
Due to not being able to receive packages, I can't even buy myself a present online!
Hope next year will be a better year for me!!

xoxo, K

Friday, March 2, 2012

Weekly Read #51: March 2, 2012


Today is Cosmeddicted's 3rd blogversary!!  Wow, when I started blogging, I never thought I would be blogging for 3 years! Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog over the years.  I'm so lucky to have made so many great friends!!

On to my Weekly Reads!
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xoxo, K

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