Friday, January 22, 2010

Skinfood Black Garlic Emulsion

Hey guys! Here's a quick personal review on a Skinfood product. I love this brand. I can't say it enough. I think that their line is awesome for the skin, and for my skin especially. I don't have a lot of problems with my skin except for it being really oily. Another complaint is it is sometimes generally dull. But otherwise, I have no major acne to treat, its still smooth and supple and with little to no lines (yet~!) so nothing really major.

That's why I like Skinfood, it helps me maintain the good thing I got going here and helps me with the little problems I might have without any side effects or has ingredients that may do damage. For my oily problem, they have the anti-sebum lines like their Tea Tree line and Peach Sake line (which is amazing for me btw~) and for dullness they have the brightening lines like Fresh Juice C line and the Whitening Tomato line. Skinfood it not at all harsh and they feel nutritious to the skin.

Nutrition is one of the main thing about the Skinfood Black Garlic Emulsion. I am almost done with the bottle, already half way through and I'm very sad that this has to go, but thankful for the good things that it has done for me.

It promotes blood circulation & revitalize fatigue skin. Water-based with non-greasy quick absorption.

Black garlic extract with antioxidant effect improved in the process of fermentation and maturation prevents skin aging. Also, the superb soothing effect gently protects the skin. This emulsion without the feeling of greasiness also contains the highly moisturizing honey extract that keeps your skin supple and moisturized.
I've been using this on and off for a few months now-- give or take 2 or 3. And yes, it does last for a 160ml bottle :)

In my own observation, I thought it at first too weak an emulsion. It's a little runny/watery especially when compared to Peach Sake Pore Minimizing Emulsion which is a tad thicker. At first I was a bit doubting because I always thought that the thicker the consistency, the more concentrated the good ingredients. I soon learned that Black Garlic Emulsion, on its own is pretty weak, and you need the Black Garlic Face Serum/Cream for it to work overtime.

But I've discovered a great way that my Black Garlic is most of use! And its soooooooooooooooooooooooo good at that job. Well, its simple really, and sometimes it gets overlooked! I promise you that your skin will be revitalized with the Black Garlic Emulsion just like the back portion promised

I do my job daily, staring at computer for a good part of 8 hours or more (LOL! I need a life yes?) and when I'm done I notice that I have like the oilies attacking me all over my face. Not only that but because of the radiation, it kinda looks dull and the dark spots more pronounced! Its true that computers really are bad for you, but I have a job to do so I have no choice :(

But at the end of the day, I wash my face with a mild face cleanser, just that, to take off the dirt and sebum altogether. And then, I take the Black Garlic Emulsion for good measure!

I take a dollar coin-sized dollop, and just spread it gently all over my face and neck.

annd............ VIOLA!

Your face is instantly revitalized like nobody's business. It firms up the skin for some reason too, I have noticed the ingredients in this product have a kind of firm-elastic effect. Not only that, but it just generally moisturizes the skin, so you have this clear, bright and totally smooth face.

So now you know why having my bottle on 50% now is bittersweet. It's a wonderful product. But I probably wont repurchase even if I do see it again on the shelves. WHY?! Well for one, it is FREAKING EXPENSIVE in Skinfood Store (you know how they jack the prices up soooo bad.) and second, I still have like 90% left on my Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion, so that will also take me up some time to finish.

But I love my Black Garlic Emulsion. It is one of the skin care products that I can attest to have really helped me honestly in revitalizing my face.

HEY! SORRY FOR MAKING THIS TOO LONG! Ugh, so much for a "Quick Review" huh? LOL! Anyway, I hope somehow this post helps.

Thanks for reading guuuuys! ^___^

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Doing not so good

Hi guys, how are you all doing?

Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you I'm not doing so good. This week has been so tiring to say the least. I only get less than 3-4 hours of sleep daily and because of that, I'm always so tired that I haven't exercised or done anything remotely active. And because of lack of sleep, my hours aren't right anymore thus I don't eat regular meals on time.

Well I hope to get out of this rut when the weekend rolls in.

Aside from that, I'm doing good online. I'm finishing up my workload so I can exit the company gracefully. I'm also looking for a good job, preferably a desk job in copywriting, but I'm not too sure if I can find anything like that and in my city, too. Well please cross your fingers for me, I need all the luck I can get!

Also, I picked up some nice clothes along the way, I got a summery blue lacey top from Charlotte Russe, a blue and white striped top from Forever21 and finally a white peasant top with a really sweet design from a sale. Sorry if there aren't pictures. Well you know, R.I.P. camera and all that.

Mischievous Mack's
Nature Republic / Skinfood Giveaway

I decided to join in on a fun giveaway! I really love Asian brands, you guuuys. And Mischeivous Mack is currently holding an aweeeeeeeeeeeeesome giveaway from her favorite brand, Skinfood, which happens to be mine also ^_____^ Plus, she adds another brand to the mix, Nature Republic. I've heard of them before but they're not available from where I am. I have only a few Skinfood stuff, and I've never tried Nature Republic before!I hope to take my chances~

She has very simple rules for her giveaway, so it's really great and I'm hoping you can join in on the fun, too! Click on the photo or the text links to take you there!

See you around guys! Toodles!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Camera-Less Rants (Again), Updates, Plans

In my last post, I used my webcam yet again and to tell you frankly I think it sucks having to use a webcam or a phone for blog photos. But I'm camera-less again because my pink Lumix camera has gone dead on me. THIS IS THE SECOND LUMIX WE BOUGHT AND IT SUFFERED ALMOST THE SAME DISEASE LIKE MY OTHER BLACK LUMIX. IT MAKES ME HATE THE BRAND SO MUCH.

I'd like to put some swatches of some purchases I made recently, like Ellana Minerals Cheek and Lip tint which for me, beats the Skinfood Cool Lip Jelly tint. I mainly use the Ellana tint on my lips because I'm not the blush-on kind of girl. I also wanted to do a personal review of the Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover, which I've been using recently because I've finally hit pan on my Beauty Credit Pressed Powder SPF 27. Yay!

I wanted to post a comparison between two blackhead strips/cream I've been using, because I found out that I have a lot of hidden whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and I'm using this product to get rid of all of it. I also wanted to do a little swatch on some Innisfree stuff I got from a korean friend of mine. I have the Innisfree Mineral Skin BB Cream SPF40 and the Innisfree Whitening Mask Sheet. I am totally inlove with Innisfree! If it wasn't so freaking expensive, I would really switch all my skincare products to their line.

I also would like to share to you my experiences in using Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion and Peach Sake Toner set because, man, I really really like them! I wish I had a camera to document them all... This sucks so bad.


For a lighter note, I am still okay, though very frustrated. I am going to resign from my job. LOL what a way to start the year, right?! I am finding it hard to be productive... It's pretty freaking difficult to be a stay-at-home girl so lonely and alone and working on some random internet job. It makes me feel like writing is a chore... And I kinda love writing! I've been blogging even before starting University and writing lame stories ever since Grade School.

I am also a proud owner of two puppies now, actually, THEY own MY heart I love them to pieces. Their names are: Umeboshi (Pickled Plum--He smelled so sour when we adopted him LOL) and Yojimbo (An "Aeon" or guardian force in the game Final Fantasy X -- I love video games.) They're absolutely sweet and cute.

What are your goals this 2010? I'm aiming for something to better myself!


1. Get my money back I lent from my Sister ++ at least a month or two's pay: MY TRAVEL FUNDS TO GO TO JAPAN THIS SEPTEMBER!

2. Get a stable office work that pays more than my current job. Or get a part time job for extra cash. Preferrably somewhere closer to where I am, and one that has no internet! Or at least a computer that blocks social media sites! Grrrr, less productivity for me if I open Facebook or Plurk, and I can't seem to help it.

3. Take care of myself better. Eat less fat and less salty things plus lower sugar intake, 1 hour exercise at least 2-3 times each week so I'll lose my "holiday fats"! And I promise to take care of my skin better! Especially my problem areas like my legs which are rough with hair all the time, and also my underarms which I have no idea where to start! (PLEASE HELP!)

4. Buy nicer clothes! Quality, not quantity. Stick to designs that I like! Don't start falling prey to fashion. Have your own style. Classy, feminine, but still practical! Cheerful, light colors, pastel floral designs, cute accessories are a must-have! Add these stuff to monthly budget. Buy 1 or 2 tops per month, bottoms and shoes tri-monthly!

5. Read more. Start borrowing or renting books, not buying them. I already take up too much space when it comes to my books! Read a lot, diverse my author and genre list! Make friends with the same interests! Discover and appreciate those bookworm friends around me!

Not a lot, but I like being realistic!

THANKS FOR READING GUYS! You're all so great.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday is Mask Day!

It's the end of the week and I am feeling pretty relaxed after a bout of non-stop working late hours. My poor skin, with only 4 hours of sleep, hours of being exposed to radiation from computer screen and disrupted skin regimen, it needs all the help it can get.

So as a treat to my face, I took out my Etude House Moistfull Mask to try it out and pamper my skin.

Kawaii packaging! I think that the Etude House logo is wonderful and reminds me of Baroque designs which I'm totally into nowadays.

The liquid on the mask is just very little so there's not much mess or moisturizer dropping when you take the mask out from the pack. The smell is lightly floral and it's not overwhelming for me. But maybe for people sensitive to product that has fragrance they might find this strong. But I really like the smell because it isn't yucky!

Me with the mask on! LOL trying to hide because I look ugly.
The holes on the mask are right smack where it needs to be. It was just a little too wide, but it's all good because it covered my entire face. I left it for around 25 minutes because when 20 mins came and went, the mask still wasn't dry so I left it for an extra 5 mins more.

Very moisturizing! I really really love this mask! It seems very gentle on the face. I will definitely buy again :)

Thanks for reading guys! See you around!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Murakami and Magical Realism

First a general disclamer: I am not going to expound on Magical Realism because I'm no academic expert (nor a Literatec... yet!) plus I haven't really read up on a lot of books in that genre except popular ones like Senor Vivo and the Cocoa Lord and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman by Louis de Berniers, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rudshie, House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende and selected novels by Gabriel García Márquez and Haruki Murakami. What I know about Magical Realism are gathered from those books I've read and what Wikipedia has to say about it.

But for me as a reader, Magical Realism done right is nothing short of AWESOMEFASCINATINGOHMYGOODNESSMOAR! It simply captures me and keeps me turning the book page after page. It's like real, ordinary life with its seemingly common occurrences made extraordinary with the presence of fantasy: a mix of folklore, fable, dark mystery and legends. Though it seems odd at first and possibly unbelieveable, this is where the talent of the writers lie. They make it so natural, so believeable that you'd simply accept it as a part of the character's world and the character's life and with the distant thought that maybe, one ordinary day at some ordinary place, it will happen to you, too!

I just read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. It's such a pain to get a hold of a copy from where I am... I had to resort to borrowing from a very good friend who's a huge bookworm and an avid Murakami fan as well.

What started as what I thought was a normal slice-of-life novel with quirky characters suddenly turned into something surreal and dark. I should have known, this was Murakami I was reading for goodness sake!

The novel starts with the narrator, a 24-year-old teacher known simply as "K". In the novel, we are introduced to Sumire, a socially and domestically inept girl with a penchant for writing crazy novels with dreams of being published and becoming a big author someday. Though the narrator and Sumire are very close, we learn gradually that the narrator has an unrequited love for her, as unfortunately, Sumire doesn't have feelings for him as a man. They manage to get along quite nicely with their same love for Jack Kerouac and other popular literary authors.

The novel steadily rises after it has introduced Miu, a beautiful woman who Sumire meets and falls in love with. The cincher is that Miu is 17 years older than Sumire and is already married. Miu takes Sumire under her wing and employs her in her small wine business. She takes Sumire along her business travels around the world, leaving K behind to wait for Sumire's postcards and letters. A sudden twist in the middle of the story happens when Miu calls from across the globe and suddenly says that something strange happened to Sumire, that she disappeared " smoke." And after that, we are taken in to read revealing stories about Sumire and a strange cat that disappeared completely after climbing into a tree, the world of dreams that Sumire was always writing about, as well as Miu's own tale about riding a high ferris wheel, looking into her own apartment window and seeing herself inside there having carnal relations with a man she loathes.

The twist is a bit jarring for me in a good way. Like waking up in the middle of an afternoon nap in a place I've never been to before. The beauty of the novel lies in Murakami's stringing of words, of sentences, of thoughts and of the stories of each characters together. Even in this light novel, his Magical Realism is present in various elements. Its incredible how fantastic the situation may seem, especially with Sumire's sudden disappearance and Miu's The Other World seems dark and mysterious.

The ending is pretty much Murakami, as most say that his endings are pretty unsatisfying. Though for me it does feel like his endings are a huge mental cliff that left me with an unresolved feeling. But I loved it, the ending was deep and moving.

I can't wait for the next book from him. I hope to read South of the Border, West of the Sun next.