Thursday, March 18, 2010

Coastal Scents Haul

Hey everybody. I did an online shopping lately and yup, my first coastal scents haul! It arrived yesterday in less than a week but of course, I chose Fedex instead of the standard USPS First Class Mail. I am so excited to try out their products after reading so many positive reviews. I got quite a number of stuffs so that I can I save on shipping. It is not obviously practical to buy just a few products and pay a great sum for shipping. The shipping is kinda costly but I would rather buy from overseas than to buy from some of the local sellers here. I have bad experience dealing with online sellers from my country, Malaysia that I have yet to share with you guys. Most (not some) of them do not know what is customer service, they have no idea what business is and hence, zero business ethics. I must post an article on the attributes of these online sellers. I am really sick and ashamed on how Malaysians do business online.

Back to my CS haul, I got 13 brushes, 1 of the 88 eye shadow palette, 10 5g packaging jars and 2 gel liners =) Most of their products are really afforable compared to MAC but I strongly disagree that their products quality are as good as MAC. Then again, you always get what you paid for. So, no complaints! Here is my haul ;)

Brushes (from left to right): Italian Badger Pencil Brush, Pink Semi Firm Pointed Crease, Pink Oval Synthetic Concealer Brush, Chisel Fluff Large Shadow Brush, Black Sable Shadow, Tapered Crease Eye Brush, Sable Contour Brush, Chisel Fluff/Point Crease Duet, Sable Blending Brush, Chisel Angle Fluff Shadow Brush, White Angled Liner, Black Taklon Angle Liner and Pink Kabuki Brush.

The famous 88 warm palette. I love warm neutral colors! =)

Gel liners (Peach Bellini & Exotic) and 5g packaging jars

Coastal Scents also threw in a freebie for me along with my order. It is a lip gloss. Not too fond of it anyway.

I will definitely do reviews once I have tested these out. If you love makeup but on a budget, you must check out for excellent deals.

Have a great day people! xoxo...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask Review

Hello my gorgeous readers! Today I am going to do a review on the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask which is one of my favorite masks of all time for pimples, acne and oily skin. I purchased this mask from a seller online and have been using it for months and here are my thoughts about it: -

- very inexpensive. It is only RM16 (approximately USD4+)
- it is excellent for oily and acne prone skin. I used this mask almost daily (no problem for me because my skin type is oily) even on my acne-free skin days just to draw out impurities from my pores and to refresh my skin after I suffocate it with make up all day long. My poor skin… hehe…
- great for acne. Tip: I dabbed this mask on my acne overnight as a spot treatment and those acne reduces in size the next morning. No, it will not make acne disappear overnight of course but it does shrink and facilitate quick healing.
- skin will feel extremely refreshed, firm and rejuvenated
- the mask has a minty smell. You may like or hate it. For me, I love it because it is so refreshing to my skin
- no animal testing and contains no animal ingredients

- it is a bit drying. Well, it is supposed to dry out pimples. If you have dry skin, then obviously this is not recommended. If you have dry skin but with some acne, then perhaps you can just dab on the acne alone and not on your entire face.
- it is slow in treating blackheads and enlarged pores

Here are the ingredients: -
Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI #77288), Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben.

Overall ratings ...
Price: ★★★★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★★

Would I buy again: Always! My skin will be not happy without this mask.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chocolate for Skin and Health

Hey all. Today I am going to share the benefits of chocolate for your skin. Ok, I know it may sound frightening and fattening for some of you but lets just read on and you will know what I mean ;)

Chocolate is not only an elixir for love but this comfort food is also great for your skin and health. Studies have shown that chocolates particularly plain dark ones contain a surprising number of ingredients beneficial to your health provided you consume in moderation. Too much of anything is bad. Ok, lets just put aside the fear and guilt of those high sugar and calories that will make us fat and explore benefits you can reap when you indulge in your favorite chocolate.

Benefit No.1 : It delays premature ageing
Do you know that cocoa contains antioxidants nearly twice in red wine and up to 3 times that in green tea? Yes and chocolate is a cocoa based product that can protect against free radicals that cause cancer, ageing, atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's because cocoa beans are rich in flavanols, part of a family of antioxidant flavonoids. So, if you want to get more of that antioxidant benefits, choose dark chocolates because dark chocolates have higher cocoa content and 8 times more antioxidants than strawberries!

Benefit No. 2 : It is full of goodness
Chocolates, when taken in moderation provide essential elements that are beneficial to our health such as Vitamin A, B1, C, D and E as well as iron, potassium and calcium. It also improves heart, joint problems and pre-menstrual tension thanks to the natural ultra rich source of magnesium in cocoa powder.

Benefit No. 3 : It makes your day!
Last but not least, chocolates make us happy. Eating chocolates can improve our moody state because cocoa contains phenylethylamine and serotonin which trigger the release of endorphins or better known as feel-good chemicals in the brain to "lift" to your mental state. Hence, it is understandable why some of us love to grab a bar when we are feeling awful.

Then again, despite the above benefits, chocolates may cause acne breakout for some us. Yes, it does for me too. If chocolates give you acne, try to limit your intake of this yummy and comfort food.
For chocolate lovers, please bear in mind that although chocolates are delicious and nutrient rich, it is also high in sugar and calories, thus do not gobble it down too much! Always aim for a healthy and balanced diet. Remember that when it comes to any good things or anything you fancy, self-control is very important. When you limit your intake of chocolate, you will notice that pleasure in every bite is even sweeter.

Have a sweet day and I will post again pretty soon. Check out my next post on the review for breast enlargement pump =)

*Kisses & Hugs*


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