Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I finally decided to try out these Korean face masks that have been building up.

Remember the Olive Mask that I had randomly gotten a while back? Well, I attempted to try it. Pic is tiny because it's a screenshot of me on webchat with a friend. She laughed so hard and had to resist taking a screenshot of me. This mask was first off, very flimsy, huge, and way too many slits. They cut what seems like 15 slits I guess for a "one size fits all" effect, but it ended up one size fits none. The mask could not stay adhered to my face and kept coming loose. Another weird thing is that the eye cutouts had flaps on the bottom of the eyes (looks like undereye bags on the mask -__-)??? Is it to cover upwards?! It kept falling off and I was unable to assess its properties.

The Etude House Collagen Face Mask-

The mask comes with a lot of juice! I left it on for 20 minutes. Very slimy/ sticky after I took it off my face. Liked how it fit sooo much better than the one above. Usually I like the "smooth" feel after a mask. This one was sticky... not sure if it helped my wrinkles any in the long run. Not likely to purchase.

The Scoop on BB Creams in the USA

I finally remembered to try out the BB creams in Sephora! Now, I didn't sample them on my face for a whole day like I usually do, so I can't comment on anything but the texture and coverage. I tried out several on my hand so now I can finally give a glancing opinion on a few of them. They're all overpriced and more than I can afford- or am willing to pay for. One thing about the American brands though, is that they know the people have very diverse skin tones and they try to cater to that. Too Faced and Smashbox have a whole array of colors to choose from.

You can click on their names to go to description page. Please excuse the weird formatting... it refuses to be corrected.

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ $32
 Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ $39

As suspected, the Dr. Jart+ has very little coverage. Very light texture- it blended right away to nothing. This is what I think of when you say "tinted moisturizer".

"Made with 50 percent water, Dr. Jart's Advanced Water Bead Technology helps hydrate and maintain healthy moisture for a dewy, fresh look. Like a drink for your skin, once applied, tiny droplets of water appear before being quickly absorbed, generating an instant soothing and cooling effect. "

We can add water to our BB creams ourselves, thank you.
" Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity."

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $32

This one does claim to have skin care properties as well. I think it was the color and the foundation like finish on this that turned me away (The bottle I had attempted to try was nearly squeezed dry though so who knows). If I remember right this one was the one that I thought was funny because it seemed like it was being marketed as a tinted sunscreen instead. But it claims to work using "antiaging, multi-mineral complex that promotes cell health, strengthens skin's elasticity, and enhances luminosity"

This one didn't have very strong coverage- a bit weaker actually, but the deciding factor for me was that it was WAY too dark and they only have one color. Says it's designed to hydrate, firm, and nourish the skin and contains antioxidants as well.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 $39

I'm actually very impressed. With all their advertising I thought it was all smoke and mirrors, but it does seem like a decently pigmented cream that applies and covers well. However, there is little mention about skincare properties. This seems more like a "Foundation +" product. My shade is Fair. See my review of Light HERE.

 Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 $37

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE! Almost forgot about it, but hunted it down at the last minute to try. When I applied to my skin, it was like you took a photoshop blur tool to my skin. All the small wrinkles and color was evened out. I could hardly believe my eyes and had to look closer (still couldn't see anything wrong!). This one has been out but I never really had the urge to try. The price is steep so I really wish for a sample size of it instead... Once I get it on my face then we can really see what this product can do (Would Clinique like to gift me a sample to review by any chance? haha....)! Not to mention it includes anti-oxidants to help out your skin. From what I'm reading, Clinique has already established it's BB cream in Asia, so if they brought the same product over then we know why they're so successful! Clinique as a brand I think of as being marketed for those out of their teen years (those of us with a bit more life experience ;P) who want to care for their skin more. And even the BB's name is "Age Defense BB Cream" so that should tell you something. My color is Shade 1.

Actually, what I may do... I know it's really bad, but you remember what I said about Sephora's awesome return policy? If you try the product and you don't like it you can still return it. So I am VERY tempted to do just that (it's really bad, you shouldn't just buy the full sized to try randomly if you haven't at least tested it in stores!). If I really like it $37 worth, then I keep it and Clinique has another fan. If I don't like it... my wallet won't die in vain. Clinique it may be cheaper for you to just give me a deluxe sized sample >.<.

Friday, March 16, 2012

First Birchbox!: March 2012

Got majorly kicked in the butt by karma. So before I signed up for Birchbox, I was randomly thinking that if I were the owners I would use left over samples from previous months and compile them into a basket for newcomers. -___-. WELL, I was excited for this month's Birchbox because it looked as if there might be some interesting samples. They had 23 boxes, one of which was unappealing since it contained the past samples. Guess which I got? yup. NOT COOL BIRCHBOX! It just so happens the previous months were the ones with the not so awesome boxes >.>

I was trying to figure out which box I got ahead of time (I'm a peeker). Finally figured out that it's the pictured box under the "Box" tab. Wasn't too happy and was thinking it might influence my feelings after getting the actual box.

Got the box, and wasn't too excited =/. Well I was excited when I got it (REALLY like presents), but not so excited after opening. To the point of delaying this review. Reading everyone else complain, I thought, "Sheesh, you like some things you won't, stop being so negative." But... it is disappointing, lol.

Apparently there was an option to pick the Teen Vogue box instead? I don't remember seeing that option, would've chose it instead since I'm more of a makeup junkie than skin, fragrance, hair girl =/. Really have to wonder if I was the only one to get this particular box =/

Reading online, I was also frustrated seeing people signing up for multiple Birchboxes when clearly there is a line for people who don't even have one. Hopefully they have it set so that those that are not even subscribed to one can have a slight priority- if there is a way to check, like by address or something =/.

Comes in a bright pink cardboard box that unfolds. Says "Birchbox.com", which... yea some nosy people in my house. Inside is another box. It isn't as thick as the Sample Society box's paper, but cute logo stamp. Figured out why my SS box has a slight scratch- I use scissors to slice open the tape and accidentally nicked it.

I really like the small package inside, it's like a present in a present o_O

What I Got:

  1. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser-  "The impressive gel formula is made with an organic juice base of sweet cherry, lemon, and aloe, which are all rich in healing nutrients and antioxidants. Coconut and sugar extracts remove blemish-causing gunk and oil while respecting your skin’s moisture barrier. Finally, an alphabet’s worth of vitamins—including A, B, C, and E—brighten and even out skin tone."


      • Wasn't super thrilled with this at first, mostly because I read the "Juice Beauty uses Salicylic Acid.." and "Instead of ...Benzyl Peroxide..." part. Salicylic Acid doesn't work on me. Benzyl Peroxide does. But then I realized that this product doesn't contain either ingredient.
      • Decided to try anyways. It smells nice =D. You can really smell the cherry and lemon, pleasant.
      • Brownish in color, runny.
      • Lathers gently (I was surprised, didn't think it would lather because it was so runny).
      • Gentle- skin didn't feel dry, and was soft after.
      • Most importantly, it did make my huge pimples shrink a bit and they hurt less after washing O_O. I couldn't believe it. I was healing nicely, but life stress made me break out all over again. They weren't shrunk much, but a little, and less pain =D. Maybe the aloe is doing something?
      • Wasn't too keen to try it at first, but after trying it, it's not bad o_o. =/ But... it's still not nice enough to make me personally buy it. Maybe when I run out of everything else?
      • *EDIT* I'm having a major breakout, and although this doesn't quite solve the problem, it does make it feel sooo much better. I would say this product is for immediate pain relief- it also shrinks the problem a bit. Throughout the course of the next day the pain does return, but I think even the temporary shrinking effect this product has does seem to keep the problem from getting worse and possibly speed up the healing process a bit. I wouldn't mind having this product around. Again, another product I'd never try without these boxes. Thank you Birchbox!
      • Full size 6.75 fl oz -$22, sample is 0.5 fl oz worth $1.63.

     2.   Eye Rock Designer Liner- The stick-on adhesives are super easy to apply and help you create an array of eye-catching looks. Unlike traditional liners, they won’t smudge or fade.

      • -___- REALLY?!?! REALLY?!?!?
      • When I first saw this I thought, "It looks like a sticker". Then I thought, well maybe it's not really. Like it's very thin or something, it has to be right? Then I read people saying how it's literally a sticker. Let me tell you, it's literally a sticker. Looks like  kind of a felt-like finish.
      • Once you put the sticker on the black looks more solid.
      • Did it all in one go since I'll not be wearing this out and was curious to see how thick liner looks on me- most people say asians should draw thicker liners. I can just imagine wearing this to a party and people asking me, "Are you wearing double eye-lid tape?!" As a matter of fact, they should market it as such. A double eyelid tape with liner predone. 
      • Feels like a sticker on your eyelid- not comfortable. 
      • You're supposed to cut it from the inner corner, but the inner corner never stays down. Try to not touch the inner eye corner area while applying. False lashes might come up on the ends if you don't apply with enough glue, but at least they look good!
      • These look better with my eyes closed. Not impressed. If you tried to give these to me I wouldn't take them.
      • Instead, whoever did this should've made a temporary tattoo.
      • Possibly the most offensive part is that it just simply doesn't conform to my eye shape. Why would you give an asian person an inflexible eye product?! The Violent Lips would've been so much more fun to try imo =/
      • I have to pretend like this was an extra freebie to make myself feel better about this box.
      • Full size 2 pks $13. 1 pk worth $6.50.

           3.  Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien-a symphony of glistening, refreshing citrus notes
            orchestrated through the Sicilian lemon.
 "Winning combo of lemon, grapefruit, and
               green mandarin notes".

      • =/ Definitely smell the citrus. Remember what I said about citrus scents in my Sample Society post? Not a fan of this scent. 
      • Liked the little wand inside I could use to apply the scent
      • It's ok that I didn't get a larger size, wouldn't use it
      • Fragrance is not as heavy as the Oscar de La Renta. Does not have lasting power. I could sense the scent fading after a minute. Not a very complex scent.
      • Would not buy. I'll just peel one of my sour oranges and rub the skin on my skin for this scent =/
      • Full Size 50ml $85.00, sample size 1.75ml worth $2.98.
          4.  Orofluido Beauty Elixer-This serum relies on a triple-treat of standout oils:
            argan oil strengthens strands; linseed oil smoothes cuticles to leave hair
           shiny; and Cyperus oil fortifies and boosts manageability.
           and lightweight, this oil works on damp or dry strands. Take three to four
          drops between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly through damp
          hair. Style as usual. You can also work a couple drops through dry ends or
          use a tiny amount to calm flyaways.

      • This is one I was not originally happy about. I don't want to stick oil in my hair. BUT...
      • The design is pretty.
      • Smells like vanilla. A lot of people like the scent, personally not a fan =/.
      • Used about a dime size amount to run through hair in an effort to tame frizzy hair. Works to an extent.
      • Absorbed fast, hair is shiny, not greasy. Hair is soft and touchable.
      • Probably will not buy, the scent would eventually annoy me. >.>
      • Full size 3.4 oz $29.99, sample size .17 fl oz worth $1.50.
          5. Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to GoEach packet contain a “mitt” that
            has been soaked with The Stripper, a gentle but effective polish remover.
           The lavender formula has a soothing scent, plus aloe to moisturize nails
           and cuticles.

      • Whyyyy... I rarely use nail polish right now. Plus not a fan of lavendar.
      • I'll have to review these when I do get nail polish on. See, if they had given me the Color Club mini nailpolish, then I could knock out two reivews...
      • I have heard people love these and go to buy the full size. Personally I do fine with a cotton ball and nail polish remover.
      • EDIT: LIKE the product, check out the review HERE
      • Full size 6 mitts $12, sample size 2 mitts worth $4.

          6. Hollywood Fashion Secrets Hollywood Fashion TapeThese easy-to-use
           double-sided tape strips can be applied wherever a little extra wardrobe
          help is needed. Made with hypoallergenic, residue-free ingredients, they’re
          safe for both sensitive skin and delicate fabric.

      • Something that can always be used I guess. Not going to review this until I get the chance to try it out- could be a while.
      • Full Size $8.99/36 = $.25 + $7.99/18 = $.44 + $4.99/25 = $.20 + $9.99/30 = $.33 , 4 piece worth $1.22.
Overall:Total Box Value= $17.83
  • VALUE: it's ok. $17.61/$10 = 1.76  vs SS $54.98/$16 = 4.54. Looks like I get the biggest bang for my buck from Sample Society. Still, the Birchbox is technically worth more than what I paid, so not tooooo upset.
  • APPEARANCE: Eye catching, to the point where even males in the house are attracted to see what's inside. I left the house with the lid tightly on- one pro of the Birchbox box is that the lid fits snuggly and will not lift up. When I got home, the lid was only just placed on top of the box -___-. People think I don't know when they go through my things, but I do. Love the little extra package inside.
  • ITEMS: So-so really Birchbox should consider at least distributing boxes as such. 4 categories for samples: Highly coveted (includes full sized), Medium intensity, Lower Intensity, and Cheapies.
    • 1 Highly Coveted + 1-2 Medium Intensity +1 Lower Intensity + Cheapies for the rest.
    • 3-4 Medium Intensity + 1 Lower Intensity + Cheapies for the rest.
    • All Medium Intensity
      • I see my current box breakdown as: Juice Beauty (Medium Intensity), Eye Rock (Cheapie), Annick Goutal (Lower Intensity), Orofluido (Medium Intensity), Deborah Lippmann Mitts (Lower Intensity/Cheapie), Hollywood Fashion Tape (Cheapie) = 2 Medium Intensity + 2 Lower Intensity + 2 Cheapies. Total I got 5 samples and a Lifestyle Extra though.
  • FAVORITES: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser & Orofluido Hair Oil.
  • Like the concept and that it's only $10/month. Dislike some of the samples, got surprised in a good way by a couple. I guess that's what this experience is supposed to be about
  • Based on this box alone, I cannot highly recommend it yet. I'll have to wait until my NEXT box.

Try your hardest not to disappoint bloggers. When other people are disappointed, they just voice it to 50 of their friends. When bloggers are disappointed, they post and announce it to the world. This box wasn't a complete disappointment, but if you set it out for $5, I still would not pick it up. If you put it out for free I might. maybe...

I set my beauty profile to include most things figuring they'd send me the good stuff, but it seems it backfired and they just stuck in whatever =/. But the profile does reflect me, I like to try different styles.

Thinking of joining? Go ahead and enter your email address on their website HERE. There's a waitlist, so by the time you get in, I'll probably have my second box for you to see, and hopefully it'll be more convincing for you to decide to subscribe, haha.

One thing that I LOVE about Birchbox is their whole rewards system. You get points for referrals, but ALSO for reviewing items and signing up for subscription. This is nice because even if no one uses you as a referral, you can still accumulate points by yourself and earn discounts. 

For every 100 pts you earn, it's $10 off. You can earn 100 pts through reviews after about 2 months of box feedbacks. That's like $5 off/ month. They probably use $3 for packaging and shipping, which leaves them about $2. I highly doubt they pay for the samples, the companies probably provide them free in the hopes that you will buy the full sized and they can profit there.

And I just got a coupon in my mailbox to celebrate their Anniversary. People always say how Birchbox's customer service is good.

Birchbox is also really great as a gift. I got the 3 month subscription for a friend. The cute packaging really makes it something special.

When you sign up, please use my Referral LINK to help me get points =D.

Got a subscription box? What do you think? Is it worth it? What kind of good things have you found in your boxes?

'Til next time!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Etude House Good-bye Trouble BB Magic Cream Spf 30

This is another BB cream from Etude House. I like the BB Magic Balm so I figured I'd try the cream and see if it did me any good. Originally I was wondering what the difference was between this one in the blue container and the ones in the purple. I decided on this one because it has a little bit of sun protection (spf 30).

Since it's marketed as Moisturizing Blemish Balm Cream with Sun Protection, I thought it might work for my dry skin.

I purchased the 35ml which is kind of small compared to the others, but big enough to get good use. I would even say it's good for travel (psttt, it's less than 2 oz). It has a nice pump for those of you concerned about hygiene issues- and this one allows you to control how much you pump, unlike some others which bestow you with a surprising amount upon attempting to pump gently.

I slathered the product on. The skin tone differences are not due to the product, it is due to lighting differences.

Color: I'm very pleased, it seems about right for my skin (neutral colored). Remember, BB creams are supposed to be able to kind of blend into your skin so there is leeway. It can probably go from fair to medium.

Coverage: SHEER. This is by far the lightest BB cream that I've tried. It barely covers my blemishes. It is a very lightweight BB cream good for summer/hot weather when makeup melts off anyways or those of you with pretty good skin (no need to hide, we'll try to not come after you with pitchforks). BB creams are being marketed as tinted moisturizers in America now, and I feel like this is the closest to that concept.

It would work well for those who just want skin tones evened out a bit without looking like you have makeup on.

Texture: Lightweight, doesn't dry out my skin at all. Not sure if it's moisturizing but I'm not seeing any adverse effects, lol.

Overall: A lightweight BB with light coverage good for evening out skin tones. Recommended for those going after an "I'm not wearing any makeup" look. No strong scents, non drying. I can't really attest to it's "Good-bye Trouble" abilities- maybe another one of you can. Color is such that I think it would work with a generous range of skin tones and not look strange. I'm sure you've noticed by now but I need something that can actually minimize the appearance of blemishes and scars. This product doesn't fit my needs. =/ Which leaves me with the question "What do I do with this bottle that I have?"

If you think this may be the product you are after, EMAIL ME at Juicedmang0s@gmail.com. This is a great size to test it out without feeling like you'll be chained to it for eternity. $10 SHIPPED in the US.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Beauty Bar + Allure Sample Society Box: March 2012

It's here! You may notice the new banner that I have up in the right sidebar. Trust me, I would not promote something that I don't like (and have you seen other banners here before?) I'd heard rumors of this box starting up and hastened to subscribe. Mainly because they paired with Allure and I figured they wouldn't just rip people off. And considering Allure's pretty big I also figured they would have planned things better so that random kinks wouldn't happen- like MyGlam which I was also considering (more at the bottom).

Sample Society boxes were to start shipping March 5th, but mine shipped March 6th and I got it a day after. Life has been kind of on the downside for me recently =/ so this was a great pick me up surprise. Please send many prayers my way.

And, I want to note that today I got called "Chunky" by a woman twice my size. I'm a size 2 (just barely hanging on, but nonetheless). It probably is just extra offensive because a week ago someone told me I look like a 6. Yes, I still haven't gotten over it ~.~. Looking bigger than you are is never a good thing- if you're asking, always go a size or two down of what you're thinking. No I never ask for people's opinions on my size. These just came out of the blue.

ALSO! Talk about small blessings! I won the random Missha Survey drawing! Luckily I chose #13 as my BB cream color because that's the one I wanted to sample (and I get that and the Boomer as a gift- ~$55 value). The #13 sample I was planning on snagging on ebay somehow became unavailable T_T. So expect a quick review on those in a month or so. This is like the third thing I've ever won in my life. #1: half a cake in an elementary school cakewalk. #2: a cheap Pepsi cup from the school dining hall. This is a considerably more valueable win =D.


Beauty Bar + Allure: Sample Society March 2012 Box!

What is it?: This is a sample subscription box like ones that have been released previously (Birchbox, MyGlam, Luxebox in Canada etc). You pay $15 (a bit pricier) a month +$1 for me (they charged me tax ~.~ which I was not aware of before: I guess technically it's supposed to be $1.05 but why charge us tax at all, it's not like we can get these boxes in a store! So $16 a month for me) and they send you a box of 5 deluxe samples to try.

Sample Society Box features some nice brands you can check out at BeautyBar.com.

Why do you want it?: It exposes you to brands and products that you might not go out and try yourself, and gives you enough of the product so that you can really get a feel for it.


I had quite a time prying open the first box. The glued on flaps just did not want to come off, lol. Cute little design on the side. I kind of wish it didn't note that it's from BeautyBar.com just so if other members of this household get their hands on it it won't be so obvious.

Surprise surprise it's another box! This one is quite sturdy and nice. The lettering is done in silver.

And silver sparkly tissue paper! How elegant =D.

Comes with products and a little brochure on March tips from beauty experts with your $15 off $50 purchase code. This can also be found online at BeautyBar.com

The Goods:
  • Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream with Encapsulated Shine-Release Complex- Olive Oil: Says to apply pea size to damp or dry hair.
    I left pic full size so click to see the shimmers on my hand. If it pops up in the blogger picture viewer thing- close out, right click the picture, open in new tab/ window, and magnify it (click it) to really see the shimmers.
      • To be honest I'm not sure exactly what this is. Glossing Cream. I thought it may be similar to leave in conditioner. It supposedly shines hair and fights frizz, is safe for color treated hair.
      • Lovely light scent- fruity-floral thing going on, although it is missing depth in its scent and has that "hollow" scent problem: probably not noticeable to most.
      • Hair does feel silkier- it actually is such a "slippery" product that my hands feel slippery after applying it onto my hair. It DOESN'T give a greasy hair feel or effect if you use as directed, but use too much and you could end up looking like you haven't washed your hair.
      • The shine is most likely a result of the shimmer in the product- my hands look like they have a bajillion microglitters. 
      • Overall I LIKE this. It's fun and I'm glad I got to try it out. I may not buy the full size because it doesn't seem like something I really need. Perhaps I'll change my mind by the end of this huge sample
      • *EDIT* I dyed my hair (and the door) again, and look what happened. Turned into a complete frizzball. Hurried to slap some water on it which did tame the majority, but my goodness. Then I remembered my friend here and gave it a try. Majority of the stray hairs are under control, and you do see the shine- which hopefully won't turn into a grease effect. 
      • I may purchase another small one after going through this one- just for those odd times like the above mentioned (don't want a big one to clutter up space). Also great for bad hair days with rain.
      • Full size is 4 oz for $22.50. This is a 1.6 oz sample. So $9 worth (Beauty.com is selling for $9 and Amazon is selling the 1.6oz for $11.27). They do have a 7oz one on Beauty.com I think.
  • Oscar de La Renta Espirt d'Oscar Deluxe Mini-Rollerball Floral-oriental fragrance which is a modern interpretation of Oscar de la Renta’s signature scent,  Inspired by the chic and sophisticated women of today.
      • Top Notes: Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron. Middle notes: Egyptian jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. Base notes: musk, heliotrope, tonka and vetiver. 
      • Bear with me, as I'm not good at describing scents. I don't smell ANYTHING floral about this. Definitely smell all the other stuff. Reminds me of baby powder and alcohol swabs. It's a warm and yet sharp scent (most likely from the citrus). Definitely smelled something similar on other women walking about daily. I think I used a really yummy scented Bergamot and Jasmine body wash (my grandmother's, haha ^^;;), but this was not that yummy scent -__-. Then again I dislike straight up citrus (it should be muted), so that's probably the issue here. All the top notes. If I try really hard I think I can smell the orange blossom.
      • I looked up Bergamot for fun and learned that "One hundred bergamot oranges will yield about three ounces of bergamot oil". So sad T_T. What do they do with the fruit after it's skinned? Also bergamot peel is used in aromatherapy to treat depression and as a digestive aid according to Wiki. Maybe I should keep this around to see how my digestion is. I recommend looking Bergamot up, it's quite enlightening. 
      • Scent lingers (staying power) and can be overwhelming if you apply too much. Over the course of 5 hours, the scent toned down to a much "warmer", less sharp scent. It might just be me though.
      • Love the rollerball application and that it's a decent sized sample that will last a while. Especially today when most places are giving puny samples away. Perfect for sticking in your bag for on the go touchups. Love the pink interior of the box.
      • I was very excited to see what the scent would be. Unfortunately it's not for me (more of a non citrus fruity floral person), but I think this is something many other older women will enjoy. It's really more of a personal opinion type of thing. Good staying power though.
      • *EDIT* So I thought I'd try again. It smelled like baby wipes when first applied. This time I tried waving and rubbing off the top notes. Don't know if it did anything, but what I do know is that a few minutes later I can now envision a chic, sophisticated woman! A bit of an edge, with a little sweetness coming through. Guys, I'm loving it X_X. Hopefully it's not that I'm just getting used to it, lol. The scent is much gentler now. One thing is for sure, just one swipe with the rollerball. If I do wear this out, it'll be for a sophisticated evening. And I'll put it on well before I want others to smell it ;). 
      • I changed my mind about it, but it's still not something I'd purchase.
      • 3.4 oz full sized retails for $98. 1.7 oz is $78. The sample is .1 fl oz. Worth $2.88-4.59.
  • Skyn Iceland icelandic Eye Relief Pen: "Delivers immediate relief to delicate under-eye skin that's most vulnerable to the effects of stress. The look of puffiness and dark circles is minimized while fine lines appear softer. The result? Your eye area is brightened for a refreshed and wide-awake look." Dab cream gently on under-eye area. A slight cooling sensation is normal.
      • Interestingly the tip part is soft and flexible, the back twists to dispense product. I kept turning and turning but nothing was coming out which left me like ???? Finally the product did dispense though. Hint: twist clockwise a lot of times, lol.
      • Smells like other eye creams- funky. Kind of herbally, the scent is very light though.
      • At first I felt none of this "cooling sensation" but soon I did. It's not so much on the skin where I applied but on my eyeballs? I almost feel like it's about to start stinging, but it's not. It goes away after a minute or so.
      • Cream is like a slightly thicker lotion but not very thick like some eye creams A little greasy with thicker application. It absorbed right into my dry skin with light application, and with thicker application eventually absorbed in overnight.
      • I noticed that it does the funny thing that other eye creams do as well. If you apply a bit heavier and wait for it to dry, you can actually rub the product and it will pill off. Which I have always thought was a weird thing- are you really absorbing or sitting on top?? X_X
      • I thought this was a long term eye cream deal, but it says for immediate relief. I tried to take pictures again, but again not working. I personally thought I might have seen my circles get better on the outside part (inside was just as blue), but I don't know. I took pictures and they were no different. And I still had double bags. =/
      • *EDIT* I tried this product again, and this time I did feel the cooling sensation (~1 min) where I applied (and a bit on the eyeballs as well). It seems I may not have applied enough the first time. I'm also now convinced that I'm not going crazy- my circles do look better towards the outside of my eyes. Bags weren't really helped much.
      • The effect is minimal for me, but I can see where this would come in handy for summer.
      • LIKE it, but probably will not purchase. At least not as of this moment *will continue testing at various points*
      • Sample is full size retailing for $20.
  •  Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Deluxe Sample This rice-based enzyme powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Actives to accelerate cell renewal, while Bearberry, Aspergillus, Grapefruit, Licorice, Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal combine for the most beneficial effects.
      • You mix the powder with water to make a paste and massage on face for 1 minute.
      • Faint citrus smell. 
      • Wasn't sure the powder to water ratio, so I just went with what I thought "creamy" was.
      • Started out a little skeptical about how much exfoliation this was going to do. It's so nice O_O! My skin feels like it did after the REN peel- I can't stop touching it. The  dryer tougher parts of skin are still dry and rough, but the cheeks, chin, and etc feel just amazing. And to think it's a daily microfoliant! So I can have this nice skin everyday? Well I'll be darned.
      • I WILL BE BUYING THIS. Thank goodness for $15 off.
      • Full size 2.6 oz $40. Sample size .45 oz. Worth $6.92.
      • I stuck it in my medicine cabinet, and now I really look like a product junkie -_- 
  • REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask: A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone. 
    • Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion
    • Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant
    • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes
    • Apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Leave for 10 min. Wipe off mask with damp cloth. Rinse skin with warm water. Slight tingling may occur. Use weekly.


      • This is one that I've heard good reviews about and was especially looking forward to trying. I'm beginning to develop microwrinkles so we'll see what happens.
      • It comes out of the tube resembling peach jam. some pulp/ fiber deal going on. Strange enough everything smooths out to clear looking. It even smells a bit like peach jam? But with some other not so pleasant aromas. The texture is like how a cold cream goes on- but clear.

      • Slight tingling on open wounds (just tiny break in the skin). Feel slight tingling all over too, but don't know if that's the result of it working, or drying, lol.
      • WOW! At first I still felt some rough skin while washing the product off so I didn't think it did anything, but once my face was dry- soooo smooth (some rougher areas of skin are still rough though). Also noticed a "brighter" quality in my skin. Don't know if it faded scars any yet, or helped any wrinkles. I haphazardly applied this product on some rough areas of my neck and after washing you can definitely tell where I applied and where I didn't o_O. The hand I used for application and to wash the product off was even much softer. The next day, my face is still smooth but not AS smooth as the night before and my hand has resumed its texture. I hope it's really peeling something and not just acting like a lotion, lol. Tried to take before and after pictures but it just didn't work out- lighting kept throwing everything off.
      • I applied the product for 15 min. I read that some people left it on for 20 min without adverse reactions, and since my skin needs a bit more work (and there's only so much of the product!) I left it for a bit longer. It seemed ok.
      • Still a couple more uses left so we'll see if there's any difference after I'm done. 
      • Full size 1.7 oz $55. Sample size .5 fl oz worth $16.18.
Overall: Total box value ~$54.98- $56.69.

  • VALUE: Obviously I'm super happy with the value of the box considering I only paid. $16. $5 probably went into packaging and shipping.
  • APPEARANCE: I really like the silver accents. And the whole "Society" bit just makes me feel like I'm part of some secret beauty cult.
  • ITEMS: Originally I was a bit disappointed to find that it was mostly skincare items since I prefer things that I can see immediate changes with. BUT I'm excited to try out all these items and the ones I have tried are quite fun. Verdict? Pretty darn happy. If only you could see how wide my grin is. And really, isn't this what it's all about? Trying out things that you would have never touched otherwise. If you set this box out for $15 at some random store I would not pick it up. At $10 I might consider it but even then it's iffy. So good thing for subscription boxes XD.
  • FAVORITES: The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask & Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Today, my face looks dewy. Not because of oil, but because it's just so darn smooth now light reflects like nobody's business.
  • Great sizes for using the products on the go!
  • I figured the first box had to be something good for Sample Society to even start making a name for itself in this world already cluttering up with subscription boxes. I'm glad I took the plunge and can't wait for next month! In reality I wish I could get a box every WEEK, but I can't afford it *sadness*


Skin Concerns: Dullness; Lines, wrinkles, aging; Dark Spots, uneven tone; Blemishes and breakouts; Sun Damage. Yep, a lot going on here.

Top Concern: Dark Spots, uneven tone

Dry Skin

Makeup Products I Love: Foundation/Concealers, Lip stick/gloss/shine, Mascara, Blush, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Nail polish. Probably quicker to tell you which I don't care about.

Biggest Challenge: Lip stick/gloss/shine. Not really. More like I love these especially but challenge to get the right product.

Hair: Breakage, split ends, color fading

Result I want most from hair products: Volume; better hold less frizz

Favorite Scents: Fresh (clean, fruit); Floral

Just looking at the profile it seems like they tried their best to match the skin and scent criteria.

Join the Fun!

Before you say anything, no they didn't pay me or give me anything for free at all. Even though I'm heavily endorsing this, it's just because I think it's a great thing.

Sample Society is new, but it's already sold out  of subscriptions. I suggest putting in your email for the waiting list if you even remotely think you may want to join. Go to BeautyBar.com and click on "Sample Society" link under the dark navigation bar. While you wait for it to open for subscriptions you can ponder it some more.

When you sign up please use my Referral Code "JMANGO" (without quotes): NOT because either of us will get rewards (we won't), but because they will donate $5 to charity! What a great way to make the most out of your purchase, all it takes is you copy pasting the extra bit and you can help others in need as well.

It is set so that they will donate $5 each time you use my referral code on each of their six sites (Beautybar.com, Diapers.com, Casa.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, Yoyo.com = total of $30 possible donations) for your first purchase. The money will be split across their 5 charities by default, but you can set it to distribute the funds to just the one charity of your choosing. I left mine to default because I feel like these are all great causes.

You set up a beauty profile- their FAQ notes that the boxes are NOT customized yet.
Their FAQ also notes that you can't see the products beforehand BUT YOU CAN. They list the products under your tracking information in the email, and after your box is mailed you can see pictures of the products in your Dashboard as well. I peeked.

It does have a reward: Basically you get $15 off a $50 Beauty Bar purchase each month if your order includes at least ONE item that you sampled in your box that month. Isn't that great?! And I think it's Free Shipping with $25 purchase for new customers. So that $55 REN face peel would still be a painful $40, but less painful than $55.

HURRY! XD I can't wait until you all get your boxes so we can share thoughts!

What's the Story? aka. How did I end up with the Sample Society Box

I'd originally been looking into Birchbox, then people whispered that MyGlam was better if you want makeup (and I was all over that). But it seems like MyGlam gives some drugstore type of cosmetics as well (I don't mind if they're good, but my recent experiences has told me to be picky with them) and isn't as interesting (I'm subscribing for the novelty of it all!). They included a freeman mask for one box- my last experience with a freeman mask left my eyes burning even though the product was two inches away (and yes I did test multiple times to confirm). So until I see some better boxes there (and the kinks-shipping/charging/relabeling issues?- worked out) I'll be holding off (the makeup bags are super cute though >_>).

Birchbox.com...  well I finally got off the waiting list after a month. I had gotten a 3 month gift subscription for a friend back when they weren't so hot that there was a waiting list. By the time I decided to take the 1 year plunge I had to wait. But good thing I did. Poking around obsessively online showed that the boxes sometimes are just not that stellar. They look like things I'd be happier getting at $5 instead of $10. But some months had great items from brands such as NARS, Laura Mercier, Stila, and even the Beauty Blender. So when my invite came, I hesitated, but thought what the hey, I've come so far. EXCEPT I opted for the Monthly instead so I can cancel if needed.

What is Birchbox? It is a $10/ month subscription box of 4-5 high end samples. And supposedly customized to your beauty profile.

I still think it's a fun concept, so if you're thinking of joining, then please use my Referral LINK <--*Click*. This one does give some reward points- which help me to obtain items on their site a little cheaper--> which is good for you because I can review more things ;D. Win-Win. Thanks bunches ahead of time~!

While all of the above was going on...
I was reading about a new up and coming box called Sample Society. It sounded good because of the collab with Allure (hoping they can introduce us to some hot items >.<). Within an hour I was desperately trying to get in. Of course they would be sold out of subscriptions. But then I was desperately trying to force my way through. Even found something that claimed to have a "Back door" way of getting the system to allow you in. Nothing was working and I left dejected. The next day I kept trying- nothing but error messages. Meanwhile I was panicking. I finally gave up. THEN a surprise came a week or two later, email about my order, what order?? I checked my Beauty Bar account and what is this I have a box?? How?? When?? I don't know. Somewhere in the 20+ attempts something went right. And that, my friends, is how I ended up with a box. Now I just have to make sure it didn't charge my credit card 20x by accident as well. =P

Hurry and sign up! Can't wait to discuss boxes with you all. When my Birchbox comes you can expect a review on that as well.


Friday, March 02, 2012

Review: Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream No. 21- Spf 42

You may have seen my review for this product in No.23. I recently acquired No.21 as a new customer gift from Missha website. I'm loving the pump. Packaging is very elegant. I've been wondering about how No. 21 would be for me and now I finally get a chance to try it!

Skin: I haven't been noting my skin conditions in recent reviews, but I will today since it has changed and is different from my first review on this formula. Back when I did No.23 I had slightly oily T-zone, the rest of the skin was normal to normal dry. Now, it has shifted to being slightly dry all around with especially dry (sometimes a little flaky) T-zone. However, as you will see later, this formula still works nicely for me.

Color: I don't know if it's my recent skin lightening, but this shade is definitely more suited to my skin than No.23. I must note though, that the grayish cast is still present as you can see from my photos. Although it's said that the gray tint is to enhance the pale effect, I have to say that I've always associated a gray parlor with aging skin. If you've noticed, younger skin has a "brighter" quality (which many cosmetic products try to mimic by sprinkling the product with gold or some other material that will mimic the effect). As we age, our skin gradually loses this brightness. Thus, I do kind of feel like this product is aging my skin color. Again, this may be because my skin is neutral in tone. For someone with warmer colored skin this may help with the "pale" effect. Careful though, too far off from this color and you could end up with an ashy effect. For me this is still a bit light in color, so I will probably consider dusting a bit of bronzer on top. Suitable for Fair Skin.

Coverage: I've always thought this product to have good coverage. Solid medium- covers 1/2- 2/3 of my scar appearances.

Texture: Medium thick. Thick enough for coverage, but not so that you feel like there is a mask on your face. It still feels really natural. Doesn't show my dry skin at all- yay!

Overall: I do think the formulation of this product is great. Recently I haven't been so anal with covering up my hideous scars so I do think that if I can ever find the right color in this formula I might purchase for daily wear.   Haven't noticed it helping with blemish/ scar/ wrinkle appearance or anything yet though. I'll let you know if it ever does, haha. For those who want a little more than skin tone evening, perhaps slight blemishes, and whitening effect. The great thing is that you can apply a really sheer layer, or a thicker layer for more coverage.

I'll probably not be doing the time wear tests because it has already been performed for this formula. Visit the No. 23's review page to take a look!

Check out the comparison post between No. 21 and No. 13 as well!

Again, I have sample packets of No.23 if you're interested, email Juicedmang0s@gmail.com. $1 + shipping ($.50 in USA)

Thanks for reading as always. Comments (Like? Dislike?) are always welcome, and questions should always be emailed!

Review: Baviphat Magic Girls Plus BB Cream- Spf30

Since my search for a BB cream suiting my current skin needs started, I've been willing to try a variety of BB creams. My search lead me to Baviphat's Magic Girls Plus BB Cream. It is spf 30 and formulated to be "Moisturizing for Dry Skin".

This brand has cute drawings of girls on its packaging.

Color: Works for me! Neutral in tone and for Fair to Fair Medium skin.

Coverage: Sheer, the coverage is light to light medium but you can see for yourself. It does offer some  coverage. For this picture I liberally applied the product.

Texture: I think it is fairly moisturizing, certainly not drying by any means. At least it isn't making my skin look dry and peely. Not thick, but not watery.

Overall: This would be great for those with normal to dry skin who just want some skin tone evening and light coverage. I will not buy this because as I've said I do need more coverage for my scars.