Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Christina's Daily Skincare Routine

How is everyone today?
I am chin deep in homework T_T Arg!! I also have so many midterms/quizzes/tests coming up in the next few weeks!! GAHHH!! I need a break -___-;
I thought I could start off by showing what I use on a daily basis for my skincare routine.
I do use different products for day & night and am picky about my products..
As you can see, I own nothing that contains an SPF. The reason for that is because I have the (horrible) allergy to sunscreen and any product containing SPF, therefore I will not be able to review any products that contain any sort of sunscreen/SPF.
IF you do not have the same (stupid) allergy as I, I would advise you to use one with it!!
Protect your skin people!!!

I'll start off with a picture of the collection....

Cleanser: Laneige Star Pure Water Foam
I absolutely loooooooooove this stuff!! It is an easy pump dispenser and comes around already foaming for you~ haha my only gripe about this is that it is easy to dispense too much product when only a bit of it should be sufficient. It makes your skin feel ultra smooth after using it and I'm kinda obsessed with keeping my skin pale (I look like a gorilla when I have a tan *cries*) so this helps a bit with "brightening of the skin".

Toner: Lancome Tonique Douceur Alcohol-Free Freshener
Very nice toner. I avoid anything with alcohol since it irritates skin like crazy!! This one seems to work really well with my skin as do most Lancome products.

Serum: Chanel Purete Ideale Serum
I use this before my moisturizer to help with oil control. And, arg, the second ingredient is Alcohol Denat which is really bad for your skin. I bought it even though it had that in it (stupid, I know >_<), so I'm just going to use this until I run out and buy one without skin irritating ingredients. So far though, it hasn't been horrible to my skin.

: Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Cream
I've found myself to have oily-dehydrated skin. Cream moisturizers were always too heavy and gel moisturizers have always dried my skin out(arg!!). One day, my MA from Chanel gave me a sample of this stuff and, oh man, was I hooked! The tiny, tiny, little sample lasted me about a month(not even joking!), had the perfect texture, and didn't dry out my skin! It's a bit pricey, but when I find something that works, I'm hooked!!

Cleanser: Chanel Systeme Purete La Mousse
At the end of the day, this is the stuff I rely on to get all the makeup, dirt and oil off my face! It's a wonderful cleanser with little green micro beads in it that make your skin feel clean and soft after you've used it. The only thing is, if you're looking for an exfoliator, this is not for you! It's purely a cleanser as those little micro beads are barely enough to be a good enough exfoliator. Lucky that I am just looking for a nice cleanser for the end of the day!

Toner: Lancome Tonique Douceur Alcohol-Free Freshener
Same as Daytime.

Serum: Chanel Purete Ideale Serum
Same as Daytime.

Moisturizer: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blemish Fade Night Lotion
I've had acne for years now... and this stuff helped out a lot! I'm not sure how well it does for fading those scars, but it definitely helped me out with preventing them! It's a light texture and a little bit of it goes a lot. You do get a tiny bottle but it's worth it (for me at least!).

Others: (Sorry, I didn't take a picture of them!! >_<)
Exfoliator: Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel
HG Status!!!!!! It is, in my opinion, the BEST exfoliator I've ever used in my life! It has little bit of actually strawberry in it that really get the job done. This stuff is absolutely amazing. Basically, it's a pink, chunky gel-like substance that you use to scrub your face for 1 minute. After washing it off, your skin is baby smooth *love* wonderful =)

Spot Treatment: Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel
A giant bottle of aloe gel for about $5 at walmart? I'm sold! Honestly, in the early stages of my horrid acne, THIS is what helped me come to what it is today (somewhat controlled!! Yay~). Even now, I still include this in my routine. I use this as a spot treatment for any breakouts that still occasionally pop up and if I ever get a popped pimple, I just dab a bit of this on and put a tissue over it (think like when guys get razor cuts)! It works really well with helping me control those pesky little things =P

Mask: Lancome Pure Empreinte
This is a wonderful mineral mask with white clay. Basically, you slap this on your face and rinse it off in about 5 minutes (it dries really fast). It makes your skin so smooth.. and a little bit goes a very long way! It's helped a lot with my blackheads.. I have a lot less now on my nose (yay)! It's a bit pricey, but oh so good =P haha This is used once a week as well (not on the same day as my exfoliator though!! I don't want to irritate my skin =/).

Anyways, that is all of it! I use a lot of product, don't I? But this is the consistent routine that has made my skin loads better.. so I will continue with it! I've already been trying out this Garnier Nutritioniste anti-puff eye roller. I'm not sure how it's doing so far.. It's only been a week! I probably will come back with a review on that later =P I have many, many reviews to do on tons of makeup products (mascaras, get ready to feel my wrath!), so please look forward to them!
Until next time~!

Much <3

Monday, September 29, 2008


Hello hello my fellow makeup addicts! This is Brenda here doing a quick little intro, like my dearest Christina has said we shall be putting beauty products through the test (Mainly just everyday tests ya know?) and give you the down low on how it goes. We'll probably be doing looks, tips and tricks, advice, latest releases, and what not so stay tuned and stay beautiful! ;)

Now without further delay ladies(and gentlemen) I give you...Moi!

Name: Brenda
Occupation: Student
Skin type: Dry, sensitive, acne prone =(
Eyes: Medium brown
Hair: Dark dark brown
Foundation: Currently I use Dior Hydraction tinted moisturizer in 02 Natural, Diorskin Forever 020 + Airflash 202 + Dior Hydraction creme (I mix and match to get my shades since it varies so often), and Chanel Mat Lumiere 40 Sable, MAC NC30. So in general fair - medium.

Alright so my looks tend to be a little more colourful and dramatic! My favorite makeup brand is mainly MAC; HOWEVER, I am not a crazy MAC addict that only has MAC, I have a few drugstore and luxury brands as well I just don't prefer them as much. You'll notice I tend to use purples, reds, and greens the most...I wonder why eh? hahaha.

I have a strange inability to operate technology so it took me awhile but I finally found out how to make my posts Purple, but I must be off now there are readings to be done!

- Drowning in paper, Brenda.

A Quick Introduction!

Hello there!

Welcome to our makeup blog where two makeup addicts (Brenda & Christina) will be providing reviews on makeup and various other beauty products.
Our goal is to help people pick and choose products that are worth buying by testing out products on ourselves (or as I say, "taking out for a test drive") and giving our opinion on the product's performance! BUT, not everyone is the same and products work differently for everyone so that doesn't mean our opinion will be the same as everyone else! This is what we thought of the product and you can choose whether or not to take our review into consideration =P

So, moving on.....

My name is Christina and I am half of the whole that make up this blog; nice to meet you all! =]
I am a university student currently majoring in East Asian Language Studies (Japanese), but I have a love of makeup, and any kind of beauty products =P Hopefully one day I can go to make up or hair school *crosses fingers* haha!
Here is some info on me (physically), so that when I review products, you kinda get a feel of what my skin type is and so on.

Age: 18
Skin Type: Combination (Acne prone, sensitive, leaning towards the oily side)
Ethnicity: Chinese
Skin Color: Fair-Medium
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black

And yes, I am plagued with those darn stubby little Asian lashes *cries*, so I am a bit of a mascara freak.. Many reviews I will do will be mascaras as I am STILL on the search for my HG (holy grail)!!!

Anyways, when we will be posting, Brenda and I will have different colors! I will be using TEAL whenever I post so it will be easier to differentiate~ Now, I must go! Please look forward to many reviews to come =]

Much <3