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Taken at the end of the day so it’s kinda yucky. I used the Joppa Minerals as foundation, made a wash of light golden brown over the entire lid, added liner, and blush [that’s not visible in the pic anyway!].

So I’m breaking out pretty fiercely right now and I’m trying to heal those pimples at the moment. I was going to use this as an opportunity to test out the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, but instead I started testing out the Mario Badescu samples I received a while back [I personally just like saying the word “Badescu”, it’s a fun word! haha]. They gave me samples of the drying cream and the drying mask. I use both as a spot treatment because I’m really hesitant to put the drying mask all over my face because the name alone worries me. It’s called a DRYING mask and I don’t want it to be something that encourages my face to create more oil to make up for the dryness. I think it helps my pimples go down faster, but for pimples that are cystic [deep, big, painful], it doesn’t do much. They have another product for cystic pimples, the buffering lotion. Also, it works better if you start treating the pimple as soon as you notice it. If it has already been there for a couple days, then the drying cream doesn’t help much. The QHMJ masque and the MB drying cream/mask have similar concepts because they both use sulfur as the drying agent. Although I am using the MB right now, it’s pretty doubtful that I would go and repurchase a full size of their products since the drying cream will set you back $12 and the mask is $18, compared to around 4 dollars for Queen Helene. Not to mention, even the sample lasts a reallly long time! I should start testing out the QH mask sometime soon tho or else it might never get touched! and then I bought it for nothing…haha

I believe this crazy breakout I’m experiencing is a result of stress, hormones and not drinking enough water lately so hopefully I can get my skin to calm down in the next couple weeks or so. I also started using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel as a toner after cleansing. I honestly don’t know if it makes a difference though because I feel like my skin issues were too big for toner to tackle on its own. I do like swiping over my face with a cotton pad though and seeing all the stuff that got left behind. I’m gonna have to use up the bottle and then decide if I really need it in my routine.

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Joppa Minerals Review

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the planet. I moved and transfered to a new school! And my internet connection at the place I’m currently staying is unpredictable. And that’s why I haven’t been blogging recently. I’m going to try to update whenever possible though.

I got samples of the Joppa Minerals foundation in two formulas, the full coverage and the soft coverage. I received the full coverage first so I started to use it. To be totally honest, I did not like the full coverage. It was really cakey, you had to be really careful about putting too much. And that’s a hassle for me if I really have to think about how much I apply AND even when I thought I didn’t apply a lot, I can still see it and it’s obvious there’s some sort of powder on my face. Oh and, it settles into lines and wrinkles! Not that I have a lot of wrinkles at my age, but it will settle into laugh lines too!

There’s a bright side to this story though! I adjusted the way I used the foundation after receiving the soft coverage samples. I started using the full coverage only as concealer and then I applied the soft coverage on top and that works out MUCH better. I haven’t noticed that the Joppa Minerals controls oil better than any other makeup.

In all, Joppa Minerals is ok to me. It’s use-able, but somewhat of a hassle and it is more expensive than Everyday Minerals. I’ll continue to use the sample up, but I don’t know about repurchasing. Maybe if it was on sale. I would give it a 3/5.

For reference, I use the shades medium light #3 and medium #3. I have both of the shades in soft coverage and in full coverage. And yeah, I use two different shades because my cheeks are lighter than the rest of my face. I’m starting to think the foundation shade is a tad dark for me now because I noticed that after washing my makeup off, my face appears lighter. So I guess those shades are ok for the Summer, but not really into the Fall and Winter. I’m trying to think if there was something else I wanted to mention in the review…but if you have any questions just let me know! I love questions! haha


Temptalia’s Challenge and Horrible Makeup

I MADE IT!!

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OMG that’s like the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me! lol. You can check it out for yourself here > Temptalia’s Smokey Eye Challenge

And now..for an unflattering pics of me. This is what I came up with for my Makeup Gone Wrong Challenge…some of the makeup gets washed out by the flash, it looked more WRONG in person! And I couldn’t wait to wash it off haha

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The look I was going for…lots of glitter and frost, cakey foundation, unflattering lip color plus obvious lipliner, severe contouring and fake looking eyebrows! I used everything that looked like a teeny bopper would use. Now that I think about it my makeup could have been a lot worse, but….let’s just not go there.


Girrrrrrl, That’s a Lot of Makeup!

HAHA this is one of my good friends Audrey. *cough* makeup abuse *cough* She’s hilarious! hahah

Products used:

– MAC fluidline in blacktrack
– MAC mineralized eyeshadow in Sea and Sky
– MAC expresso, shroom, courage
– Lancome Kohl lipliner
– Clinique Colour Surge Impossibly Glossy in Sure Thing
– Clinique Blushing Blush in Smoldering Plum
– Clinique Glow crazy powder highligher in Gold Rush [all over the face!]

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Haha, I ❤ you Audrey! She challenged me to this look also, I’ll have my answer tomorrow…lol


Everyday Minerals vs. Joppa Minerals

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For a little over a year now Everyday Minerals has been my mineral foundation of choice and I can say that I have no complaints about it, but I did want to see what else was out there too. I found out that Joppa Minerals has a similar almost free sample offer and since I was running low on foundation anyway, I decided to see if they were better than my EM.

Comparison at a glance:

Everyday Minerals

– FREE, you only pay for shipping
– 5 Sample jars with sifters
– Your choice of 3 foundations, 1 blush, 1 concealer
– lowest shipping cost $3.99
– Limit of 1 sample kit per order
– generous sample amount

Joppa Minerals
– 3 piece sampler for $3.50, 6 piece sampler for $5.00 [the 6 pc sampler used to be 1 cent for a while, but it was a limited “sale”]
– 3 sample jars without sifters, 3 baggies
– Your choice of 2 foundations, 1 finishing powder, 2 blushes [baggie], 1 concealer [baggie]
– lowest shipping cost $4.60 [I’ve read reviews where it was cheaper at some other time though]
– Limit 1 sample kit per order
– Generous sample amount in jars

Everyday Minerals is definitely the cheaper option because even when JM had the sale on their sample kit, it was still more expensive than EM. The full size of JM foundation comes in a 50 gram jaw with 14 grams of product in it and it costs $14 for full size. EM is $12 for a full size and you get less than you would with JM, but the website doesn’t say how many grams or oz is the jar or the product [if someone could help tell me how big the jar is, that would be great!]. So JM might possibly be the better value in the longrun, but personally I would rather have a smaller jar because I never use a lot of of the product and if I had a huge jar of it, it’ll take years to finish. I’d rather have smaller jars where I can order multiple shades since my skin gets lighter or darker depending on the season.

One thing that enticed me about JM is that their full coverage and soft coverage foundations as well as some of their finishing powders contain kaolin clay which has oil absorbing properties. Supposedly the kaolin clay has the ability to absorb oil from your skin without drying it out. EM foundations do not contain kaolin clay.

JM likes to include freebie baggies of samples, even with sample orders. I received a sample of their Simple Radiance foundation in Toasted Sesame with quite a generous amount [which led me to believe they were just trying to get rid of it, haha]. And I’ve heard of other people receiving more samples than they originally ordered as well which is very nice of the company. EM includes extras when they are having promotions and they’ll actually give full size freebies when you order a certain amount of product, for example, you can receive two predetermined eyeshadows if your order totals 35 dollars or more.

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The JM foundations seem to be more finely milled than the EM ones, therefore they were powdery and light and could be more messy. I’ll do a formal review on what I think about the JM foundations later. I like that the EM samples have sifters because it’s easier to tap that out into a bowl or wherever you’re going to dip your brush into, and also you don’t have to worry so much about spillage. With the JM samples I take my makeup spatula [plastic paint spatulas] to dip into the jar and get the amount I need.

I won’t say which mineral company I prefer because I’m still testing out the JM foundations, but I will say that I usually gravitate towards things that are more affordable and that would be Everyday Minerals.


Update

Sorry for the lack of updates! That usually happens when I go away for the weekend and also I’m in the process of moving so that keeps me busy. I found some coconut oil at Walmart in the supplements section for about 10 dollars, but I didn’t get it cuz I wanted to see if I can find it somewhere else for cheaper. I’m moving to San Francisco [the bay area where I’m originally from 🙂 ] and I know they have plenty of natural food stores there where I can continue my search for coconut oil.

I had a dilemma yesterday when I went to buy some Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. They had it on sale at Walgreens buy one get one free for Queen Helene products. However, the only QH products they offer there are the Mint Masque and the Cholesterol conditioning cream for hair. I wasn’t interested in the conditioning cream because I just have a feeling it won’t work. So I could have gotten 2 tubes of the masque, but I know it would take longer than a year to finish the first tube anyway so I didn’t get two tubes either. I was hoping that if i just got one then I can get it for half of the sale price like at supermarket when its say 2 for 4 dollars, but if you only bought one then it you only pay 2 dollars. Well, that wasn’t the case at Walgreens! So I just got one and it was 2.99, which is still ok because it’s usually 3.99. I sorda feel regrets for not picking up something else for free, but I don’t want to think about it cuz it’ll just make me go crazy haha. Anyway…here are some upcoming posts I have planned… – Joppa Minerals review – Witch Hazel toner review – Queen Helene review


I Want Coconut Oil!

From what I read online, these are some of the benefits of coconut oil:

– the only oil able to penetrate the hair shaft
– can be used as a makeup remover
– can be used as an after shower oil for skin or use a small amount as a “shine serum” for hair
– helps hair grow thicker and stronger
– attracts men like flies

Ok..now I’m just making it up, but you get the point! And read the rave reviews on Makeupalley! People LOVE this stuff!

Tao mentioned she uses this as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment on her hair and being easily influenced like I am, I immediately wanted to try it! I impulsively bought a jar of cheap coconut oil at Walmart, buuuut the main ingredient isn’t actually coconut oil, it’s petrolatum, a filler. I used the cheapo coconut oil once and it was OK, but not amazing. And I want amazing! I’ll continue to use it until I find something better.

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So now I’m looking for a pure coconut oil and I’m willing to spend a little money on it but not too much money. I looked at GNC, theirs is $12.99. I found this Filipino brand [I decided to look there cuz I now in the Philippines they use this as a cure-all for everything! Arthritis? Use coconut oil! lol] for 16.99! Some of them were flavored too like banana flavor haha. My Trader Joe’s didn’t have any.

So if anyone knows where I can get some coconut oil for cheap [but not TOO cheap], please let me know! 🙂


Smokey Challenge!

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I did this look to submit to Temptalia’s smokey eye challenge. It was inspired by one of her looks, but I only used drugstore products. I love Temptalia! She’s very skilled at what she does, creative with her color combinations and presents it all in a professional aesthetic manner. She’s amazing!

Products used:
– UDPP
– Pantina Gel-liner in green [base]
– NYX Lime Green on inner 2/3 of lid
– L’oreal HIP Riotous dark green side on outer v, crease, lower lashline
– L’oreal HIP Flamboyant golden yellow above crease, inner tearduct
– Estee Lauder Neutral 6 as highlight
– Rimmel Underground Liquid Liner
– VS Beauty Rush lipgloss [a sheer peachy shade]

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Review: Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme

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I figured I should do a review on this because I’ve been using it for some time now and also I’m like borderline obsessed with it. What sparked my interest in the Nivea cremes is when I read a blog about how the Nivea Original Creme [in the blue jar or tin] has almost all the same ingredients as the infamous Creme de la Mer. Also I was looking for a moisturizer that was more emollient [oil based] because the water based moisturizers [think Cetaphil] didn’t seem to be cutting it for me. I didn’t buy the original formula because that one is thicker and more rich and I thought it would be too heavy for my combo skin, but this seems to be a lighter version of the original creme, it sinks into my skin, doesn’t leave it greasy and effectively moisturizes!

There is a scent to it…it’s sorda old lady-ish. Like floral baby powder or something. But for some reason, it grew on me! I kinda like it when I smell it now and you don’t really notice it for that long after application anyway.

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I got the travel size to try it out and it lasted me a solid 4 months at least. I don’t remember when I bought it exactly. You only have to use a small amount though to cover your whole face and I apply mine while my face is still wet so I would use even less product.

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I went out to get some more today. And I upgraded! Look at that big mamma jamma. I know I can’t be the only one that does this, but when you start to run out of a staple product do you immediately run out a buy a replacement even though it isn’t finished yet and you know there’s plenty of uses left? Because you feel a slight feeling of paranoia that it’s going to run out when you least expect it and you’ll be left product-less in the middle of the night when all the stores are closed. Or is that just me?

I give this a 5 out of 5! Because I love it! And I don’t mind that it doesn’t have SPF because I only use this at night anyway.


How Many Swipes Does It Take…

to get to the bottom of a Ly-na Pearl Cream jar?

The answer is…not many! I just “hit bottom” last night…

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Do you see the bottom peeking through? Well this isn’t surprising considering the jar is reallllly lightweight and if it was filled the whole way with cream it would be significantly heavier. I always wondered how long it would take me to get to the bottom, and now I know. But for 3 bucks, what can you expect!