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Rescue Your Skin

19 Jun

Ello Meebsies,

I don’t think anyone is a stranger to the horrors of bad skin. While some of us are fortunate enough to have triggers such as junk food or chocolate; some of us are cursed with triggers such as menstrual cycles or stress. I am sad to say that I am a member of the cursed triggers. Especially during the school year with exams and papers due, my skin defiantly reflects my stress. I’ve tried everything from drugstore products to professional products and nothing seemed to really work. Until…DUH DUH DUH!!!!…I went to the grocery store. ^^

Did you know that some of the best skin care treatments can be found at the grocery store? For me, I think I have found the Holy Grail of skin products. OATMEAL!!! I cannot go a week without using an oatmeal mask at least once. Not only does it prevent breakouts, but it actually clear up any breakouts I may have. The results are almost instant.

Here are just a few benefits of oatmeal…

  • Fades scars
  • Clears up breakouts
  • Prevents breakouts
  • Evens skin tone
  • Brightens skin
  • Creates a smooth canvas for foundation
  • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • Moisturizes
  • Exfoliates

The best part about this mask is it’s affordable and easy to make. ^^

Oatmeal Mask Recipie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs Organic All Natural Honey (For Moisturizing Mask)
  • 1Tbs Lemon (For Brightening Mask)
  • 1Tbs Baking Soda (For Exfoliating Mask)

Directions:

  1. Cook 1/2 cup of oatmeal by following directions on box. Allow the oatmeal to cool to room temp.
  2. Mix in optional ingredients.
  3. Apply on face and leave for about 15 mins, or until oatmeal is dried up.

TIPS/WARNINGS

  • DO NOT USE UNCOOKED OATMEAL ON FACE. My dermatologist says that a common mistake many people make when using oatmeal as a mask is using uncooked oatmeal. Uncooked oatmeal is very harsh on the skin. Because the grains have ridged edges that can damage the skin and also trap oil in your skin. Cooked oatmeal also allows your skin to soak up all the goodies oatmeal has to offer. ^-^
  • Use grounded oatmeal for easier application of the mask.
  • DO NOT USE HONEY THAT CONTAINS CORN SYRUP. Corn syrup will actually cause breakouts. Make sure to use honey that is all natural. Organic honey is even better.

If you love to travel like me, even though I wish I could, I can’t bring cooked oatmeal with me everywhere. So when I travel I like to bring my Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Natural Facial Scrub instead.

It’s not really a mask, but like in the name, a facial scrub. Of course it can’t beat the real thing, but I think it comes pretty close. This is my all time favorite scrub. I break out a lot when I’m on my lady cycle and just last week I was having a lot of problems in my t-zone area. One use and literally all my breakouts disappeared the next morning. It was a miracle. *o* I got mine at Walgreens for about $5. GET IT!!!

However, the real secret to great skin is as simple as LOVING YOUR SKIN. If you treat it with care, it will be reflected. ^_^

Have a wonderful day!

Much Love,

Meebs

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

~Ashley Smith

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Clinique Free Gift Event Mini Haul

29 May

Hi Meebsies,

I’m going to go off the Hong Kong Trip track for just a second because I made a pretty awesome discovery. You guys may know that I love Clinique products. ^^ Yesterday, I was at the mall and decided to pick up a bottle of clarifying lotion because I was running low. I then went on to discover that at Nordstrom Clinique is having a free gift event. If you spend $30 at Clinique, they will give you a free gift. WHOOT!!! FREE GIFT!!! ^O^

Personally, I love their free gifts because it has samples of their new line of products. It’s a great way to try out their stuff before you decide to invest. ^^ The event is still going on. I believe it ends June 10th.

Super Mini Haul. Since, I only needed a bottle of clarifying lotion I didn’t really want to spend for the sake of spending. I did pick up a post blemish formula. I’ve always had a problem with scars because of blemishes.  This is suppose to fade the appearance of scars. I guess I will have to try it out. ^^

They give you a really cute makeup bag along with…

– Liquid Facial Soap Mild

– Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

– All About Eyes Serum De- Puffing Eye Massage

– Clinique  Color Pallete

– High Impact Mascara

– Long Last Lipstick

– Long Last Glosswear SPF 15

Clinique Color Pallete

Bamboo Pink  Long Last Lip Stick

Happy Shopping! >.<

Much Love,

Meebs

“I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” ~ Patrick Henry

Hong Kong Skin Care Haul

14 Jan

Welcome Back Meebsies,

I am so glad to be back! Sorry for not posting in such a long time. As hard as it may be to believe, I could not find Wi-fi anywhere. I went through some pretty serious withdrawal symptoms. ToT  Then after I got back from my trip, there was a lot of catching up to do. The world doesn’t stop just because you do.

However, it was worth it! ^O^ This would have to be one of the best trips I have ever gone on. The food, scenery, and shopping were as promised…AMAZING!!! I have to admit that I went a little insane when it came to beauty shopping. I just couldn’t help myself. Everything was so ridiculously cheap.

Since my overall haul is so big, I thought I would split it into a few post. This one is all on skin care products. This consists of a combination of the mainstream products many bloggers haul, and some local brands. I had a good girlfriend in Hong Kong who recommended these not so well known products that only the locals really know about. She claims that they are just as amazing as the main stream products, but almost half the price. Thanks to her, I actually learned a lot of do and don’t when it comes to buying beauty products in Hong Kong. It’s a little lengthy so I will write about my tips in another post. ^-^

Japanese Nano Technology Masks – 7 Count

Cost (HKD): $49.90-$60.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet (I found one on Jordan Road, but you can find them anywhere.)

Orange Box Description: Hyaluronic acid and collagen are excellent moisturizing agents that help to smooth out skin texture. Ginkgo biloba and morus nigra leaf extracts provide whitening effects. Pearl powder contains marine micro-elements and can help to cool off and calm skin, reduce wrinkles and plump up the moisture level. It nourishes skin cells from deep within to greatly improve skin conditions.

Green Box Description: Chamomile extract can calm down the skin and relieve redness. Aloe provides natural moisture-locking factor to keep the skin supple and delicate in all environments, and is ideal for acne-prone skin. Cucumber extract helps to regulate the water and oil level of the skin to prevent appearance of blemishes.

My Beauty Diary – 10 Count

Cost (HKD): $55.00-$80.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet

Black Pearl Mask Description: Soften, whiten skin, increases skin metabolism to restore radiance.

Strawberry Yogurt Mask: Brightening skin, oil control, reduce wrinkles, tighten pores, renew skin.

Bulgarian White Rose Mask: Clears dull skin, whitens, calms and moisturizes, firming.

SkinFood Christmas Special Pack – 2 Count 50 ml

Cost (HKD): $200.00-$250.00

Location: SkinFood, Bonjour

Fresh Aloe Pack Description: A soothing pack with Aloe Extracts providing moisture and hydration to dry skin.

Rice Mask Wash Off Description: Mask with nutritious rice extracts for soft skin texture.

SKINLITE Masks

Cost (HKD): $7.50-$8.00

Location: Sasa

Strawberry Yogurt Masque Description: skin softening and protect moisturizing barrier, skin radiance and toning.

Clear Exfoliating Gel and Intensive Vitamin Complex Masque Description: Deeply cleanses pores and gently sought off dead skin cells. It exposes new skin, re-textures and helps your skin look younger and fresher. Enriched with vitamin A, B3, C, E, Skinlite unique formula immediately and visibly helps firm face skin, contributing to overall skin health.

Re-Energizing Green Tea Masque Description: Ultra hydration and skin softening, lubricating and promoting skin elasticity.

Vov Daily Fresh Pack

Cost (HKD): $9.9

Location: Sasa

Berry & Berry Description: Helps lift and firm face.

Sewame Whitening & Spot Removing Cleanser – 100 g

Cost (HKD): $25.00-$30.00

Location: Sasa, Sasa Outlet

Description: Assists in fade sallow, whitening the skin. Moisturize the skin and improve the quality of the skin, enable the skin to be young and white. Rich foam, assist in gently and effectively remove dirt and color makeup from the face.

Biore Pore Pack – 4 Count

Cost (HKD): $12.00

Location: Sasa, Beauty Supply Outlet

Description: Charcoal pore strips help remove black heads, and other impurities in pores.

Rosette Hello Kitty Wash – 120 g

Cost (HKD): $48.00 – $60.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet

Acne Wash Medicated Description: Rosette Hello Kitty Ance Wash contains two medicinal ingredients, i.e. sulfur and licorice extract, to prevent acne. Its gentle bubbles cleanse dirt of pores, make-up residues as well as excess sebum, leaving skin clean and smooth. The lovely container that shows the image of Hello Kitty and the scent of sweet fruits make this facial wash, which is free from colourants and mineral oil, even more attractive!

Aquamoist Whitening Milk

Cost (HKD): $86.40

Location: Sasa, Bonjour

Description: JUJU Cosmetics Aquamoist Hyluronic Acid Whitening & Moisture Milky Lotion not only can it brighten skin, but also lighten black spots and melanin. Leaving you a vivid, silky smooth look.

P.S. I bought this because the Beauty Guru Bubzbeauty recommended it.

DIY Eye Masks – 20 Count

Cost (HKD): $9.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour

Description: These are cotton eye masks that you can soak in your favorite juice or moisturizing liquid and then apply to reduce bags or puffiness.

Face Mask Capsules  – 20 count

Cost (HKD): $10.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour

Description: Soak these capsules in your favorite juice or moisturizing liquid. Then apply to face as you would with a face mask.

Silicone Face Scrubbers

Cost (HKD): $10.00-$11.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet

Description: Use small silicone scrubbers to clean face thoroughly removing dirt and makeup. Leaves skin smooth and refreshed.

DIY Face Mask Kit

Cost (HKD): $12.00-$30.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet

Description: This little kit is a great was to DIY face masks. The silicone bowl and spatula are great tools in mixing and blending your personal facial masks.

Headband

Cost (HKD): $10.00-$30.00

Location: Sasa, Bonjour, Beauty Supply Outlet

Description: Many bloggers and guru have said that this is a great tool when it comes to washing your face and applying facial treatments. It keeps out hair out of your face and can be washed with soap and water.

I know that this was a really long post, so thanks for sticking around. I will hopefully do some reviews as soon as I can. Keep an eye out for my next haul posts. >.<

If you have any questions, post a comment, email, or follow me. I would be more than happy to answer questions.

Have a great day!

Love XOXO

Meebs

“No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.” ~ Oscar Wilde

December Favorites

3 Dec

Hey Meebsies,

I thought it would be nice to talk about December favorites since the holidays are coming up. A few weeks ago I purchased some Clinique products from Macy because with the cold Winter weather, I have been breaking out a lot more often for some reason. They were actually having a promotion! ^O^ WOOT! Apparently if you spent $50, they gave you a makeup bag full of goodies for free. I think I got a pretty good haul

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I actually bought some makeup along with the facial products. I just haven’t had a chance to try them out yet.

Clinique has a line specifically targeted towards acne prone skin called, Acne Solutions. It kind of reminds me of Proactive with the three different steps. If you have used Proactive it is essentially the same idea.

Step 1: Cleansing Foam – I found this product really effective. After using it for two weeks my skin cleared up pretty nicely. The only downside was how dry it left my skin afterwards. I’ve noticed that a lot of acne cleansing products tends to dry out skin. However, if you apply moisturizer afterwards the dryness seemed to go away. The foam was not as dense as I would have hoped. When I rubbed it into my skin it stayed foamy for maybe 10 seconds before turning into liquid.

Step 2: Clarifying Lotion – This toner was not my favorite. It was really drying on the skin and it had a very strong alcohol smell. I would actually recommend using a different brand of toner, but I don’t know if switching from the Acne Solution line would mess with the results. I just felt that with the face wash drying my skin, I didn’t want to use a toner which only dried it even more.

Step 3: Clearing Moisturizer – This moisturizer was pretty good. It was not as moisturizing as I would have hoped, but it was passable. It did not more leave my skin oily and was very light. I could not tell if my skin was drinking up the moisturizer at record speed or if I was not putting on enough.

In all I thought that this line was not bad at all. Even though it did dry my skin a little, it was nothing a little moisturizer couldn’t solve. I did find that my skin improved, and I broke out less after using it. All the products were scentless and quite affordable. I brought mine from Macy’s but I have heard that when ordering Clinique products online you get a lot of good deals. I guess the only downside would be having to pay for shipping and waiting. I hate waiting. >.< My friend has actually been using this line for awhile now and she says the products last 3-4 months; so even if it is a little expensive it will last you a good while. Please remember that this is all from personal review and the results could be different for different people.

Along with the daily washing line, I also bought the Cleansing Mask. I absolutely love this product. Whenever I feel like I am going to break out. I use this at night before I go to sleep. Once I wake up, no blemishes! It’s like magic. (*´▽`*)I also noticed it helps with removing black heads.

The Moisturizer Surge Face Spray was recommended by one of my friends who travels a lot. She said that when she was on the plane her skin tended to dry out. This product is not only extremely to useful, but portable as well. The original bottle is quite large, but you can pour some into a little travel size spray bottle to put in your purse. Because of the cold weather I use this to moisturize my face, but I have heard that during the summer time this spray has a cooling effect. (´ー`) I definitely recommend this product. It is so light and moisturizing. Even though it says facial spray, I’ve been spraying it on my arms and legs after the shower. It leave them so smooth and soft afterwards. I couldn’t help myself.

Since the Acne Solution line is a little drying I have been using this Cetaphil moisturizer in addition to the Clearing Moisturizer. My sisters actually recommended this product to me. It is oil free, hypoallergenic, and contains SPF 15. I love this product! It is a little expensive, but so worth it. It does not make my skin greasy, moisturizes it, and actually makes foundation glide on my skin better. Cetephil was suppose to be designed for people with eczema so if you have redness or rashes, it helps reduce it.

I know this was a lengthy post, so thank you for reading! Even though I stated this before,please remember this is all from personal experience. You may not have the same results as me. On another note, I had an amazing day today. I got to eat Pho and hang out with one of my good girlfriends. Mmm… Pho… It was so funny because all my friends were white (not being racist) and I was the only Asian. We thought it would be funny if they all ate with chopsticks while I ate with a fork. I wish I took a picture of our waiters face when he saw us.  ( ´∀`) I hope you guys had an amazing day too!

Love XOXO

Meebs

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

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