One Lovely Blog Nomination

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A couple of weeks ago Dee over at Stuff in a Powder Puff nominated me and 9 others for the One Lovely Blog Award.

That is so awesome, thanks Dee!

Now I can’t really find any other rules other than A) mention who nominated you and link to the post, B) share 7 random facts about yourself,  and C) nominate 10 other blogs so I’m not going to feel odd about nominating her back because I love reading her posts!

First off – here’s is Dee’s original post

Here are the 7 random facts about me:

  1. I studied Anthropology in college.
  2. I have an aversion to sticky things, especially stickers or having sticky things or residue on my hands or belongings.
  3. I hate the snow but refuse to move out of Alaska.
  4. I do a lot of theater and dance performances in my local community.
  5. I am obsessed with pugs, and have one of my past pug’s face tattooed on me.
  6. I did a photoshoot for a friend where I was drowning myself in a bathtub.
  7. I was a longterm Girl Scout as a youth, volunteered and worked at their camps, and led a special needs troop with my mother.

Photographic evidence of #6

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Finally, my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award are:

  1. Stuff in a Powder Puff
  2. Diana’s Healthy Living
  3. Life in Lipstick
  4. Classy, Sassy, and a Lil’ Bit Flashy
  5. Le Wendy
  6. Always Cleia
  7. Cat Flicks and Matte Lips
  8. Graceful Face
  9. Soobeautis
  10. fanserviced-b

Thank you again to Dee for the nomination!

-I’m on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m into that.

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Skincare & Tools – Mini Haul #2

     I got this haul in over the last week but have been crazy busy and behind on numerous posts, but we’ll start with this one!

     First off I purchased some cheap sheet masks for daily use. I have come to think of these Dermal Korea Sheet Masks as pretty nice for the price; they fit decently, don’t drip or dry out quickly, there’s no outer layers to unwrap and dispose of, and you can get a pack of 16 on Amazon for about $10 which is where I got these from (granted it is a set mix, they are more expensive if you want to buy packs of a specific variety). My face prefers the The Royal Jelly, Snail, Olive, Milk, and Rose. Also from Amazon I bought some more CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. Love this stuff.

20170325_093529     Next up in my mini haul is the Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner which I bought directly from their website. They included a few samples with the toner, a mineral eyeshadow called Whiplash in that little baggie (it’s totally my kind of shade, a dark shimmery bronze like Urban Decay’s Snakebite) and a sheer mineral blush in a small jar called Breezy (it’s peachy pink, when I go on their website it can’t find that color ooookay).

I bought a mixed lot of skincare samples off eBay and tossed the Asian ones in here – 2 foils each of Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing UV Protection Fluid SPF50/PA++The History of Woo Soo Yeon Cream, The History of Woo Wrinkle Essential Cream; and 1 foil each of Hanyul White Chrysanthemum Radiance Serum and Hanyul Rice Essential Moisture Cream. 

Also from eBay, some tools!

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On top is the Blackhead Tweezer, this thing is a lot scarier in person than it looked online. I’m not sure I will end up using this, I don’t want to put that much pressure on my skin with a metal object. I have however already started using the other tool, a small Pimple Lancette for puncturing pimples and ever so gently applying pressure next to it to drain or sometimes no pressure just let it do its thing overnight. I have also been able to get rid of some really, really old closed comedones with this little baby.

That’s it for today’s mini haul!

Has anyone tried that  insanely torturous looking blackhead tweezer? Let me know how it went in the comments!

-I’m on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m into that.

 

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Birchbox March 2017 Unboxing

Today is Birchbox day, huzzah!

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     So lovely.

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     Today I received my March Birchbox and was pretty excited to see the contents. I did choose a sample this month so that will be the first product I present in my March 2017 Birchbox;  Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara (.1 oz). I have never tried this mascara but use their tinted lash primer daily on my eyebrows and eyelashes. it is literally the one item makeup product I would use if I could use no other. I use it to thicken and darken my thinning and graying eyebrows, to prime my upper eyelashes, and to coat my lower lashes (no mascara on top). I truly love their primer and I absolutely love their weird little spikey ended spoolie so I have high expectations for the mascara.

           The next sample up is a JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm (.27 oz). I am unfamiliar with this brand but can not get enough of cuticle oil and creams so will use this up quickly I’m sure! On to my third sample this month, the Number 4™ Super Comb Prep & Protect (1 oz). Now I usually don’t like hair care products in my beauty boxes but leave-in treatments and spray-in detanglers are an exception, I will use this up in a heartbeat!

My fourth product in the March box is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick (it’s a teeny, tiny sample pot with no weight info). This is another brand I have not heard of, but I do love highlighters and brighteners so will give this one a try. I have only trien powder and liquid so I’m interested to see how this applies. The directions say to use fingers or a brush. My last sample this month is a Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (1.7 oz), now I’ve never tried this cream but I adore Kiehl’s and need some new non-spf day creams to try out so am ultra pleased to have this in my box!

My March 2017 Birchbox contained the 5 following items: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara ($12 value), JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($6 value),  Number 4™ Super Comb Prep & Protect ($5.50 value), W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick ($7.50 value),  Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($4 value) for a total sample box value of $35 (I use eBay to get these approximate values since you can often get these sample/travel sizes there). My Match Birchbox was a hit. I like all the items, there’s some new brands and some old favorites,  and my sample choice is a perfect product for me!

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What was your March sample choice? Get anything super awesome you weren’t expecting?

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-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m into that.

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ipsy Glam Bag March 2017 Unbagging

I got my bag March 2017 ipsy Glam bag this morning but couldn’t look at everything and take photos until this late afternoon. The bag is gorgeous! A lovely light dusty pink with a geometric and textured design, one of my favorite bags so far over the last couple of years. The insert card is 1/3 of the size this month and that is awesome! Really who uses these cards, hopefully they get recycled but many are thrown away. Good on ipsy for reducing the size of these.

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My first sample this month is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator (.25 oz). I love Dr. Brandt, especially their exfoliators! I just got a mini tube of this from a Macy’s gift bag in january and was really happy to see it in my Glam Bag. The second product I got is tarte cosmetics tarteist™ quick dry matte lip paint in vibin (1 ml) I updated my ipsy profile last month adding liquid lipsticks, hoping it would be lip stains and lo and behold this month I get a lip stain! Yay! The color looks a bit orangey in the tube, but the website shows it as more of a berry on the lips.

Next up is a OUAI Treatment Masque (1 oz); one of the few hair product samples I actually use are conditioning masks & treatments so I will give this one a try. I haven’t used many of OUAI’s products though I have received a fair amount of them via Birchbox. My fourth sample this month is a mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Chestnut (.06 oz). This is an item I don’t have checked in my preferences BUT it is a really gorgeous metallic shadow that I will definately use wet as an eyeliner.

The fifth (and last “sample”) product in my March 2017 ipsy Glam Bag is a VASANTI Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush. I have been happily forming a collection of decent brushes through ipsy and this one is a welcome addition. I almost have enough to take it off my profile preferences.

20170321_172515     The final item in my bag is one that I redeemed my ipsy points on – the DermaE Hydrating Night Cream (.5 oz). I got a jar of it in my Birchbox a few months ago and have liked it enough to give it another jar. I have been mixing licorice root in with it before each use to help with my hyperpigmentation.

My March 2017 ipsy Glam Bag contained the following 5 items: the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($7 value), tarte cosmetics tarteist™ quick dry matte lip paint in vibin ($7 value),  OUAI Treatment Masque ($6 value),  mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Chestnut ($4 value), VASANTI Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush ($6 value) for a total sample value of $30. I am extremely pleased with this bag. I will use every item and was excited to see a few of the products in the bag! There was only one item sent out this month I would have preferred to have over the OUAI Treatment Masque, and that’s the Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream. I really love that cream and the minis make the cutest little pill/mint/hair tie containers!

How was your March Bag? Did you miss out on a product you’ve been fiending for?

-I’m also on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m in to that.

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Skincare & Tools – Mini Haul #1!

I got my first mini haul in!

          I reupped on a couple of products: REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (I prefer the small jars and tubes for storing in my skincare drawers). I have been doing these two masks back to back on the weekends after a gentle exfoliation and it has done a lot to brighten my complexion. The nugg Face Mask de-stress COconut Oil & Acai Berry extract and WEI Bee Venom Anti-Wrinkle Cream Mask samples were a bonus sent by the eBay seller who I purchased the Tata Harper masks from. A very generous bonus for the purchase of 2 travel sizes!

I also bought a few new items: Pure Health Botanicals Licorice Root and White Formula Super Moist Light Toner With Hyaluronic Acid. I’ll be mixing the Licorice Root with my night cream and using it directly on a large dog bite scar on my butt (recent research has shown licorice root to be more effective than hydroquinone to fade hyperpigmentation).

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The new headband was purchased because the bow headband I got in my first haul is a little too tight and slowly pulls off to the back of my head. I have used this kitty band a few times and it fits much better; it doesn’t feel too tight, it has a wide band to keep stray hairs from getting on to my face, and it look waaaaaaaay cuter. Lastly, I finally caved in and picked up some silicone mask brushes. The licorice root came from Amazon and everything else came from eBay.

What do you use to keep your hair out of your routine? Do you use cream or mask brushes?

-I’m on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m in to that.

 

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My Last Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) Bag (February 2017)

I very sadly present my last Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) unboxing.

     The 3B bag arrived in different packaging this month! It usually comes in a bright orange-red box similar to the ones Birchboxes come in, this month it came it a bubble envelope like ipsy and WIN, except this one was gray and not as stiff. As per the norm the 3B contents were bundled in a thin organza bag.

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I like the look of this bag already!

     The first item out of the February 2017 Beauty beyond Borders bag is the WEI Chinese Rose Foaming Cleanser (1 oz). Most of the WEI products I have tried have been from 3B, and I like what I’ve tried so far. I am pretty happy with my current cleanser (CosRX’s Low pH Good Morning Cleanser) but use sample size KB cleansers in the shower or at the gym so this will be happily used very soon! The next product up is a My beauty Diary’s Squalene Restorative Mask.  I have a lot of sheet masks so often when I receive one in a box it gets put under the stack of older masks so I don’t end up with a lot of expired ones. This one I used right away. My face has been dry and red due to the harsh cold, wind, and my AHA usage recently so the thought of a squalene mask sounded like a dream. AND IT WAS. Instant and next day hydration, so much gratification.

The third product in the 3B bag is DHC Care’s Deep Cleansing Oil (1 oz). SCORE! I am about a week or two away from finishing my last sample cleansing oil (Manyo Factory’s Herb Green Cleansing Oil, also sent by 3B) and was hoping I’d get another sample to try instead of wading through the muck and choosing one. Love the brand, needed the product. A tube of SkinRx’s MadeCera Cream (.17 oz) is the fourth sample this month. I am not terribly familiar with this brand but tried one of their MadeCera sheet masks last month and I really liked the serum so I have decent hopes for this cream.

The final sample product in the February 3B bag is a Jeju Volcanic Lava Nose Strips from TheFaceShop. This is the only item in the bag I’m not in to. It seems like a whole lot of time and effort to probably not make any difference on how my nose pores look. 3 strips? BHAs and mud mask please, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Awesome 3B product card:

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20170223_1107151.jpg          My February 2017 Beauty Beyond Borders bag contained the following 5 items: WEI’s Chinese Rose Foaming Cleanser ($6 value),  My beauty Diary’s Squalene Restorative Mask ($1.50 value),  DHC Care’s Deep Cleansing Oil ($4.29 value),  Skin Rx’s MadeCera Cream ($12 value), TheFaceShop’s Jeju Volcanic Lava Nose Strips ($2.50 value) for a total sample value of $27.29. All in all a great bag and a good value for $12.

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     So why is it the last bag? Here is the email they sent me after I had gotten my February bag:

 

I’m pretty bummed about this for a couple of reasons. First off I love 3B, it’s my favorite beauty subscription service: deluxe samples, decent price, all Asian, and all skincare. Secondly, I just purchased 6 month gift subscriptions for friends so now I have to get them new gifts and explain why. a third reason is that they didn’t really offer any sort of apology for issuing refunds. Lastly, I was paying the “grandfathered” price of $12/ month instead of the new subscriber rate of $14-$15. It sounds like they will be back up and running under a different name and I really hope they offer some sort of deal to old subscribers because I am soured on the whole situation. Truly unfortunate, 3B was really great compared to similar services like WIN?

Did any of you ever subscribe to 3B or WIN? Know of any other Asian Skincare sample subscription services?

-I’m on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m in to that.

 

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Birchbox Smeared in Burgundy Lip Butter :( February 2017 Unboxing

There are two reasons this post is so incredibly late: First off my February 2017 Birchbox arrived damaged and my sample choice (a dark burgundy lip butter) had come apart and gotten over everything else in the box. Secondly, the day I received my Birchbox my father went in to the ER for emergency surgery having a cancerous mass removed from his colon that we know now has spread to his spine, lymph, and liver. Not trying to be a downer but it happened very fast (he’s 59), no previous indication and he now has about two months to live without treatment. Hug your loved ones. On to this damned Birchbox!

When I got the box, the outside was damaged but not too bad. I really didn’t think there’d be any internal hits taken. Outer box had bent in corner, inner box looks pristine from the top (and a really lovely print).

Upon opening this not too cutesy heart & lip motif I was absolutely horrified.

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OH. MY GOD. THE HORROR.

     I’m not proud but I have an aversion to sticky things, especially on my hands and face. I will go to great lengths to avoid having to touch things that are gooey, sticky, or have a residue. I wanted to throw the whole box away. My sample choice for this box, LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter in Ninza, was the culprit. They were out of my first pick for the sample choice so I decided to try the lip butter since I don’t have a lot of lipsticks at this time. I have all the regrets. The tube for the lip butter is super thin and crappy, not surprised in the least it came loose and ravaged the other items during the long transport up to Alaska. There is a few uses left for this lip butter (the picture below shows it twisted all the way up), but the stick is all misshapen so I’m not sure it’s worth the time of having to fix uneven application. I went and looked at the reviews for the butter on the Birchbox site and apparently MANY arrived broken and/or damaged. Figure out how to send lipsticks guys, people have been doing it for longer than most of us have been alive.

     Once I got the courage to take the items out of the box and attempt to clean them off I was severely disappointed. The second item in my February box is Davines SŪ Hair & Body Wash (2.5 oz). I rarely use the hair product samples. The only saving grace to this one is that it is a body wash too. I will take it to the gym. The third item is another hair product, sigh, Oribe’s Crème for Style (.5 oz). Nope, not gonna use, don’t give two squats about.

My next product is Prescriptives Camouflage Cream in Warm Medium 04 (.24 oz). This is the one product in here that I am happy with. It’s a bit on the lighter side for me but it’s close enough to work I think and I would only be using it to cover small spots like pimples and hyper-pigmentation. After searching for it on eBay to find the value of the sample size, it looks like this shade is on the more expensive side with a full size going for about $50 (.5 oz tube) . The sample size is .24 oz so that’s a really nice amount of product!

The last sample in my February Birchbox is a CLEAN White Woods Eau de Parfum (1 ml). Damn it Birchbox, please make the maximum fragrance samples 3x/year not 6. I hate, hate, hate perfume. I would so much rather have a teeny, tiny body spray sample than a stupid vial of nasty fragrance.

The product card, like the box; lovely from the top, smeared in lipstick on the bottom.

          My February 2017 Birchbox contained a total of 5 items: LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter in Ninza ($5.50 value), Davines SŪ Hair & Body Wash ($6 value), Oribe’s Crème for Style ($7 value), Prescriptives Camouflage Cream in Warm Medium 04 ($25 value), CLEAN White Woods Eau de Parfum ($3 value) for a total sample value of $41 after subtracting the value of the ruined lip butter. This was my most disappointing Birchbox ever, still a good value for the box but only due to that Prescriptives Camouflage Cream being not only something I will use but a pricey item.

As with most of my Birchboxes there are hair products and perfume which I am not going to use. I will use the body wash (really a hair product tho) and the concealer, and unfortunately there is not much to be done with the lip butter. I did contact customer service, this was the reply when I told them the box had arrived with the lip butter damaged:

Roberto Roberto (Birchbox)

Mar 1, 5:34 PM EST

Hi XXXXXXX,

Thanks for your reply!

Thankfully all your samples are in tact & the product inside them are not damaged! I’m so sorry to hear about the issue with the LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter sample!

I’d love to send you a replacement, but we no longer have this sample available. I’ll be adding 50 Birchbox Points (good for $5 in our Shop to your account in compensation. Your Points balance will update within 3 business days.

We’re so sorry we weren’t able to replace this product for you to try and hope your Points go toward something you love. Learn more about Birchbox Points and your current balance here.

Thanks so much for your understanding, and please don’t hesitate to reply here with any further questions or concerns.

Have a great day!

Roberto

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The $5 in Birchbox points is totally fine compensation. What I did not like is that the email started with telling me that all my samples were intact when they CLEARLY were not.

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Don’t doublespeak me Roberto!

Did you get the butter, if so was it damaged? What compensation were you offered for this or another damaged item?

-I’m also on Reddit at /r/asianbeauty r/beautyboxes r/koreanbeauty r/skincareaddiction

-All Reviews or unboxings are done on my current subscriptions and orders, based on need and impulse, and have been paid for by myself. But hey, if you wanna give me stuff to honestly review I’m in to that.

 

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