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April 19, 2014
by L
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Review: Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner

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Long time no update. As some of you might know, my life is a total shambles right now. I got dumped and am in the process of moving across the country. I decided on Los Angeles. I know, I know, earlier I was trying to decide between Seattle and Portland, but I traveled out there by myself to check out the area and it just didn’t feel right. That, and I didn’t get the job I wanted, so I was feeling pretty indifferent. Anyway, I think LA will be better for jobs, and I have a bunch of friends there. So in about 10 days, I will be starting my life anew. In my ungodly expensive apartment. So… cross your fingers I find a decent-paying job.

Anyway.

Since I haven’t had a legit update in a few months (!), I figure I’ll try to squeeze one in before things get hectic again. A looooong time ago Peach and Lily sent me a few products to try out, and by a long time, I mean before Christmas. So I’m kind of slacking, but I have my reasons, of course. On a good note, in the huge amount of downtime I’ve had, rolling about in my sorrows, I’ve used this product enough that it’s almost empty, so I can confidently say I know it like the back of my hand. Or face, because that’s where it goes.

So, without further ado, I present Mizon’s AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner.

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Okay, a little further ado. Just to keep you up to date, Peach and Lily is an e-commerce site focused on introducing hard-to-access Korean and Japanese beauty products to the US. They currently ship to the 48 contiguous states, but if you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad, there are plans in the works for shipping your way in the future! Also, they have free shipping for orders over $50.

The current brands Peach and Lily are offering include Aromatica, Be The Skin, Caolion, Clio, Cremorlab, May Coop, Mizon, Morihata, Sua Young, Tatcha, and Uka.

If you’re interested, check my other reviews for Peach and Lily products:

Clio Eye Guard Waterproof Liner

Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100
Sua Young Young Secret BB Complete
Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack
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The facts:

Balances skin’s pH
Exfoliating
Keeps skin fresh and radiant
For all skin types (tread carefully with sensitive, though)
150 ml

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From Peach and Lily:

A toner and exfoliant all in one. Perfect for a busy schedule – balance your pH level while sloughing off dead skin cells gently each day. Leaves complexion extremely fresh. Ideal for dry and oily skin. Not recommended for very sensitive skin.

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Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Glycolic Acid, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

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I love experimenting with new toners and astringents, but for the past couple years I’ve been really stuck on Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. What can I say, I’m a sucker for anything rose-scented, and it’s super gentle and moisturizing without making me oily.

However.

If you know me at all, you know I constantly whine about my pores and my out-of-control T-zone. So, when I started reading about this magical toner by Mizon (which I adore), I was sold before even trying the product. My skin has gotten a bit texture-y with an uneven skin tone in my old age (wah). Exfoliating? Don’t mind if I do. My pores are crying for help. Balancing and moisturizing? Yes please. So basically, this sounds like my miracle product. But does it stand up to the hype?

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It is definitely moisturizing, which I’ve been looking for lately, despite my rabid T-zone. Stripping my face of oils is only going to produce more oils to compensate for the loss, so it’s important to keep skin moisturized. This toner does just that without getting oily or sticky. It makes my skin feel fresh and hydrated.

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The exfoliating part is my FAVORITE factor by far. I was a little hesitant at first, since my skin can be pretty sensitive, but it’s very gentle. If you have REALLY sensitive skin, I would recommend only using it once a day. I don’t really think anyone would have much of an issue with it, though. And afterward? My face feels as smooth as a Korean baby’s bottom.

The pH balancing factor isn’t as dramatic as I was hoping for, but that might be because my skin is really stubborn. I didn’t find it to get any oilier than usual though, so that’s a plus.

Also, no pictures of the toner in its final form, but that’s because it just looks like water, not because I’m lazy. Back off.

For a few final notes, this toner is quickly absorbed and smells citrusy. I also lovelovelove the bottle. It looks so sleek and clean, and the design and typography is beautiful.

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Pros: Time-saver, exfoliating yet gentle, hydrating, balancing.
Cons: A little pricy, but in my opinion? Worth it. Plus, it’ll last you a long time. I find that applying it with clean hands will save you a lot of product rather than using absorbing cotton. Although that can get messy, so watch yourself.

Final Verdict: I’m in love with this toner. Don’t tell my old one, please. I’ll definitely be purchasing this in the future again and again and again and again (well, once I come into some money). Interested in trying this mega-toner out? Get it at Peach and Lily for $36 USD.

Check back in a few weeks for another Peach and Lily product review (hint: PORES)!

Also, are any of my blogpals or business friends on LinkedIn? Connect with me!

February 18, 2014
by L
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Tiny Hiatus

Hi everyone, you may have or have not noticed that my blog has been pretty inactive as of late. I’m going through a lot of shitty personal stuff right now, so I haven’t had the motivation or the passion to post any reviews.

I don’t usually post personal stuff on my blog, so, long story short, I got dumped and now my life is in this bullshit limbo and I’m not dealing with it well. My relationship came to an abrupt and unexpected end after a little more than three years together. I moved across the country to the middle of nowhere, Texas, to be closer to him, and now I have no idea what to do or where to go. Right now I’m in Minnesota with friends and family, but all of my stuff is still down in my Texas apartment.

I took a short trip to Los Angeles with my best friend last week to try and clear my mind and distract myself, especially during Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d decide to move out there with her, since I’ve enjoyed it so much in the past. But this time it didn’t feel right… too busy, too much traffic… just not right. Not that I didn’t have a nice time, I just don’t think I’m meant to live there. At least I got a bunch of cheap purses and knock-off MAC makeup. Does that say something negative about me as a beauty blogger? I don’t even care. It’s not like I’d review them as legit products. Whatever.

Anyway. For a really long time, I’ve dreamed of living on the Northwest coast. Actually, my first choice would be somewhere in the UK, but that’s not practical right now. I had so many future plans, and was pushing hard to get him to take his internship in Portland or Seattle. Obviously I won’t be going there with him now, but I can’t let all my dreams get crushed, right? So, that is my current plan. Portland or Seattle, depending on what’s waiting out there for me. If any of my readers are from or familiar with these areas, feel free to shed some light and guidance! It will be much appreciated.

Thanks for reading all of that if you did. I do apologize for neglecting my blog… I just have too much to think about and too many huge decisions to make right now. However, I do have a few sponsored reviews, courtesy of Peach and Lily and Leonie Skincare, that I’ll try to get up in a relatively timely manner. Thanks for being so patient with me.

Of course, this unfortunately means the end of My Boyfriend Reviews Fragrances. I know, it’s awful. I still have a draft yet to post, so maybe I’ll title it My Ex-Boyfriend Reviewed Fragrances. I guess we’ll see.

January 25, 2014
by L
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Review: Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Coquette

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This week I was planning on reviewing another Peach & Lily product, but I’m going to push that back a week just so I totally get the feel of the product (it’s a toner!). So instead you get a lipstick review. Can you believe I’ve never tried anything Lime Crime until now?

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My darling blogpal Minsooky has reviewed some Lime Crime products and, well, I was convinced to try out some of their lipstick for myself. Lime Crime is known for having some outrageous neon and uncommon shades, but are also popular for their nude lipsticks, which are constantly sold out. I ended up purchasing mine on eBay, and chose Coquette, a pale, peachy-nude–their lightest color available.

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Yes, it’s a lipstick.

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How can you not like unicorns? Especially sparkly ones? If you don’t like sparkly unicorns you can kindly exit my blog and go do something dark and depressing. I won’t be offended.

The facts:

Vegan
Cruelty-free

From Lime Crime:

Bold. Opaque. Recklessly loaded with pigment. For lips that speak louder than words.

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Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Vanillin, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vegetable Oil, BHT. [+/-] Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140), Red #7 Lake (CI45410, CI15850), D&C Red #6 (CI15850), Blue #1 Lake (CI42090), Yellow #6 Lake (CI15985).

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Not a unicorn, but sparkly nonetheless.

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USA. USA. USA. USA.

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As you can see, this is kind of orange-looking as a swatch. I was pretty surprised, but thought maybe it would look a bit different on my lips. And with different lighting. Lipstick can be so damn temperamental.

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No flash.

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Flash.

It definitely looks a LOT better on my lips, and shies away from that dark orange it gave my hand. Thank God. It looks good in both ambient and strobe lighting, but I prefer ambient, as always. It’s still a LITTLE darker than what I was hoping for, but it’s one of the best nudes I’ve found for myself. Really, to get the perfect nude, I just dab a bit of foundation on my lips and top with a clear balm or gloss… but that’s so complex. It can’t be so hard to make a super light nude lipstick, can it? Come on.

Anyway, the formula for this lipstick is super creamy, and it easily glides on. It feels very moisturizing as well, which is good for forever-dry lippers like me. This lipstick is pretty opaque, and even though it’s not drying, I would recommend exfoliating your lips before application–it’ll show dry, flaky patches.

It lasts a decent amount of time, providing you aren’t shoving things in your mouth. I can’t really give you an estimate because I drink water like every two minutes, but I tried to be gentle, I did, and it stayed put! But then I scarfed down a Caesar salad and it went away. So… be sensible. As far as I know, it’s long-lasting.

Pros: Smooth application, creamy, opaque coverage, relatively long-lasting.
Cons: Not as light as I expected. It looks a LOT lighter on the website, right? A bit on the expensive side, but you’re looking at someone who likes to be thrifty with drugstore makeup. Sup, Maybelline.

Final Verdict: In my opinion, it’s not the exact nude shade for me, but I still like it enough that I plan on wearing it a bunch, and I’m definitely going to check out other Lime Crime lipsticks (you know, when I somehow acquire money). Still looking for your perfect nude? Check out Coquette (or its slightly pinker sister Babette) at Lime Crime for $18 USD.

January 19, 2014
by L
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Review: PureDerm Botanical Choice Charcoal Nose Pore Strips

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On my winter vacation to Minnesota, I of course had to pay a visit to my old stomping grounds of the Mall of America. After a successful hunt for some cheap necklaces at Forever21, I stumbled onto something magical in the checkout line. Charcoal Pore Strips? In America? Is there a Western company that’s finally catching up to Asia?

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Could it be true? At $3.80 for a 6-pack, there wasn’t really a reason for me to not buy them.

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I didn’t realize it until after I had purchased them, but PureDerm is actually a daughter brand of Adwin Korean Corp. My initial shock at finding an American charcoal pore strip turned into shock at the fact that a Korean (albeit Americanized) skincare product was on sale at Forever21. I feel like progress is being made, and for that I am happy. NOW GET EVERYTHING ELSE OVER HERE.

The facts:

Unclogs pores
Removes blackheads
Paraben-free
Six strips per box

From PureDerm:

* Purederm Botanical Choice Nose Pore Strips “Charcoal” are one-step cleansing treatment specifically designed to
unclog pores and lift away unwanted blackheads.

* The strip removes dirt and oil which clog pores, leaving your skin clear and smooth.

* Continued use of Nose Pore Strips works to tighten pores, keeping skin looking and feeling fresh.
* Contain Charcoal & Witch Hazel Extract.

◆ How to Use
1. Thoroughly wash your face, making sure that it is free of any creams, lotions or make-up.
2. Dry hands, then open packet and peel the wtrip off from the plastic liner. Use opened pacjet promptly so strip peels easily from liner.
3. Throughly wet your nose with water. If nose is not wet enough, the strip may not stick and may not be effective.
4. Apply the strip to moistened nose area with the shiny side facing your skin. Press down and smooth out air bubbles, ensuring good contact with skin.
5. Let the strip dry for 10 to 15 minutes. The strip should feel stiff as it dries. Depending on humidity, climate or perspiration, leave on slightly longer or shorter.
6. After the strip is dried, slowly and carefully peel off strips starting at edges, pulling toward center. If there are any residue, rinse off with water.

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This is the second charcoal pore strip I’ve tried–the first being the Nesura Charcoal Pore Strip. I was definitely interested to see how similar they would be, as I remember being kind of disappointed with the Nesura product. It might have just been the rank smell, though.

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Cute instructions. As a note, it says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes, but mine was dry in five. It might be a climate thing though, it’s dry as shit here in West Texas.

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Outside of the pore strip. It’s a bit differently shaped than the Nesura one, and feels like a better fit to my nose though. EXCEPT THE TIP, AS PER USUAL. Why all the nose tip discrimination? Should I just get rid of it? Damn.

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Curled ever-so-delicately, so you can see the shiny inside that adheres to your precious nose. Does anyone remember those Chinese Miracle Fish you could get out of quarter machines? Do they still make those? Anyway, this kind of reminded me of that when it curled up. I’ve never had a pore strip do that before. I wonder what it means…………

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Feeling kind of nostalgic now.

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Okay, so it fits well minus the tip, and dries super quickly. Unlike the Nesura strip, it does NOT smell like a smoking hotel room. But it does smell like bug spray. A brand spanking new can of OFF!® insect repellent, swaddling my nose. Come on, charcoal. Can’t you smell like roses? Just for once in your life?

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This pore strip didn’t do all that much. One large extraction and a bunch of follicle bits. My nose looks not-so-terrible though, so maybe my Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack is doing its job. I’m okay with that.

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Additionally, PureDerm also sells nose strips in Regular, Aloe, Choco Cacao, Green Tea, and Tea Tree–as well as a plethora of other skincare products.

Pros: Fast-drying, easy to remove, painless, available outside Korea.
Cons: Bug spray-scented, usually leaves behind some residue.

Final Verdict: These work just as well as any charcoal pore strip–it just boils down to scent. Would you rather have a smoking room at a hotel plastered on your face or a can of bug spray? In all seriousness though, these pore strips are fine, and they do what they’re designed to do. If you’re curious, you can find them on Amazon, eBay, or other random stores.

January 12, 2014
by L
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Review: Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack

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WHERE IS PORE? When I first unveiled this product, courtesy of Peach and Lily, I couldn’t stop laughing. Where is pore? A little backstory–my boyfriend and I decided that if my cat could talk, she would speak like that. ‘Where is food? What is thing? Why sleep? Who outside? Where is pore?’ I have no idea if anyone else will find that as amusing as we did, but whatever. Where is pore? That’s all you need to know.

In any case, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know I’m a pore-freak. My pores are huge and sad and I will try anything to make them happier. And invisible, but that seems to be a faraway dream. Can this product kick it up? Let’s find out. But first, a bit about Peach and Lily, lest you forgot. Did you forget? Shameful.

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Peach and Lily is an e-commerce site focused on introducing hard-to-access Korean and Japanese beauty products to the US. They currently ship to the 48 contiguous states, but if you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad, there are plans in the works for shipping your way in the future! Also, they have free shipping for orders over $50.

The current brands Peach and Lily are offering include Aromatica, Be The Skin, Caolion, Clio, May Coop, Mizon, Morihata, Sua Young, Tatcha, and Uka.

If you’re interested, check my other reviews for Peach and Lily products:

Clio Eye Guard Waterproof Liner

Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100
Sua Young Young Secret BB Complete

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This is the first product I’ve tried from Korean brand Caolion. The Pore Minimizing Pack is one of Peach and Lily’s bestsellers, so obviously I’m excited to test it out.

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Did I mention the packaging is really freaking cute?

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It’s…

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SO COOL~

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The facts:

Clarifies skin
Minimizes pores
Gently exfoliates
Controls oil
Hydrating
Hypo-allergenic/Non-comodogenic
No artificial preservatives/parabens/coloring/perfume
100 ml

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From Peach and Lily:

A must-have deep cleansing pore minimizing mask formulated to gently exfoliate and effectively remove impurities. Minimizes pores, provides oil-control, and restores elasticity, softness, and hydration to skin. Ideal for all skin types, especially oily skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Kaolin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bentonite, PEG-32, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 60, Betaine, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cellulose Gum, Carboxymethyl Chitin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Sea Water, Menthoxypropanediol, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Ceramide 3, Lecithin, Tocopherol

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First things first, this stuff isn’t green. My bathroom just wants to make it look that way, and color correcting made me look like a zombie. So there you have it. It’s actually the beige-grey color you can see in the opening image.

One of my favorite things about this product is that there aren’t any artificial fragrances involved. As pleasant as those can sometimes be, knowing that a product is super natural is comforting. It’s even more comforting to me because I think it smells like Play-doh, which reminds me of easier, more innocent times. I don’t care what you say. I’m 27 years old and Play-doh is the shit.

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Pore Pack freshly applied.

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After 15 minutes.

I’ve used a LOT of pore masks in my time. This one kind of mixes the best of all of them together. It’s cooling and soothing, and you can feel the slight vacuum effect as it mingles with your pores. I say slight because it’s nowhere near other masks that feel like they’re going to suction your face off (I’m looking at you, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay [but to be fair, that has a time and place... just not for sensitive skin or frequent use]). In my opinion, the best aspect of this mask is the oil control–when using it at night, I wake up with a considerably less oily T-zone. And y’all know that’s no easy task for me.

As for pore minimization, I have yet to see that, but I can’t count it out. Nothing dramatic happened after the first couple uses, but I’ll keep y’all updated for future pore conquering.

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Other products in this line include Pore Minimizing Pack (Special White Edition) [which for $5 more adds extra benefits like brightening and smoothing], Blackhead Steam Pore Pack, and Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack. The latter two are for cleansing and should be used before the Pore Minimizing Packs for best results.

Pros: Deep cleans pores, great oil control, cooling and soothing.
Cons: Not sure if there was much effect in pore minimization, but I might be a lost cause. I’ve also only used this product a handful of times, so it could be more apparent in the long run.

Final Verdict: I would probably order this in the future, because I think the effects would be more prominent when used alongside one of the sister products (mentioned above). If you want to give it a shot, you can find it at Peach and Lily for $35 USD/100 ml.

January 5, 2014
by L
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End of Holiday Hiatus & Giveaway Winner

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I’m back! Although I think I only skipped a week. Two weeks? I don’t know. Does that even count as a hiatus? Whatever. I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and entrance to 2014! I know I did, but how can you not with One Direction wrapping paper? Exactly.

I recently got a Macbook Pro with Retina Display and I’m finding it so confusing to edit images now. Resizing is SUCH a pain because I have no idea if what looks good on my screen will look good on another. What used to look decent is now pixelated as shit. But I will persevere. Apologies in advance for any crappy looking photography on here. Especially the one below which was shot on my phone out the car window. I don’t even have an excuse for that and I don’t care. I can’t be a professional all the time.

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For the holidays, I packed up my boyfriend and cat and began the 18-hour trek up to Minnesota. On the first day we didn’t even make it out of Texas after getting stuck in a snowstorm. Being Minnesotan, one would imagine that this would be a piece of cake for me to deal with. Possibly, but then you’re not taking Texas into account. Since they so rarely get blizzards and the like down here, they are not prepared to deal with it. At all. So after traversing some abysmally unmaintained roads (and only getting stuck like twice) we made it to the border and got an overpriced, divey little motel for the night.

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Basically the majority of the trip went better than that. We spent some time with my family, and made a little side trip to Minneapolis for a few days to see my best friend and drink bottomless mimosas. Two days in a row. Uff da.

If there’s one thing I miss about the cities, it’s the Mall of America. I hate crowds and tourists, but I miss shopping at stores that are just not available down here in Lubbock. Most importantly I got to stop at LUSH for my very first time, and picked up some Angels on Bare Skin that I’m already in love with.

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I also unexpectedly got a new car! Picture censored since I looked grotesque and makeupless (it was an early morning car appointment, give me a break.) I had a service appointment for the Biebmobile, but I was out of warranty and it turned out to be a better deal in the long run to trade him in. So, instead of my old Pepper White Mini Cooper Convertible, I now have an Ice Blue Mini Cooper Hardtop. Which is way better in my opinion, so much more storage space and no blind spots. I’ll miss having the convertible top, but it’s so impractical down here in the dustbowl.

After all was said and done we meandered back down here, getting stuck in a snowstorm AGAIN, but ultimately making it home. Yay. So proud of my boyfriend for his surprise snow-driving skills. Also proud of my cat for only making the car smell like death twice. What a good little traveler she is.

GLAMAWAY

I had my first major giveaway last month: The GLAMAWAY. It celebrates my first year of being a beauty blogger, and the prize is a Glambox full of wonder.

I also had some rules. People don’t like to follow those, apparently! Especially the one that states “Don’t enter with a giveaway-only account”. I mean, come on. I seriously went through like six winners before finding someone that didn’t fail horribly at this. Sorry to everyone that almost won! Or am I.

Anyway, the lucky winner is…

Fannie from Blush Me Pretty!

Congrats to Fannie, and make sure to stop by her blog for some great beauty reviews!

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Check back next week for another Peach and Lily review! If you missed the last one, see it here!

December 22, 2013
by L
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Review: Sua Young Young Secret BB Complete

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Time for a new BB cream testing! I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed one. The lovely ladies at Peach and Lily sent me some awesome new Korean products to review, including this mineral-based BB cream by Sua Young.

Before I get into the review, here’s some background on Peach and Lily if you aren’t familiar!

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Peach and Lily is an e-commerce site focused on introducing hard-to-access Korean and Japanese beauty products to the US. They currently ship to the 48 contiguous states, but if you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad, there are plans in the works for shipping your way in the future! Also, they have free shipping for orders over $50. For those of you who tend to go a little overboard with beauty purchases (definitely not me), this is right up your alley.

The current brands Peach and Lily are offering include Aromatica, Be The Skin, Caolion, Clio, May Coop, Mizon, Morihata, Sua Young, Tatcha, and Uka.

If you’re interested, check my other reviews for Peach and Lily products:

Clio Eye Guard Waterproof Liner
Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100

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The facts:

Mineral-based
Soothing
Hydrating
Anti-anging
Dewy coverage
All natural
Talc-free
For all skin types
One shade (more coming soon at Peach and Lily!)
15ml

From Peach and Lily:

An innovative mineral-based BB cream with multi-mineral properties to prime, cover, nourish, and protect skin all day long. Hydrates from deep within to promote cell health and enhance radiance. Ideal for all skin types, especially easily irritated, sensitive skin. Color is as shown in swatch and best for lighter skin tones. More tones to come soon!

Ingredients:

Water, titanium dioxide, cyclomethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, propylene glycol, cetyl PEG, PPE-10, 1dimethicone mica, arbutin, hexyl laurate, dimethicone, PEG-10 dimethicone, phenyl trimethicone, portulaca oleracea extract, iron oxide (CI 77492), cetyl ethylhexanoate, magnesium sulfate, sorbitan sesquioleate, aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, PEG, PPG-19, 19 dimethicone, butylene glycol, bismuth oxychloride, polymethylsilsesquioxane, petrolatum, polysilicone-11, methicone, quaternium-18 bentonite, ailanthus altissima bark extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, stearic acid, allantoin, tocopheryl acetate, adenosine, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, ultramarin, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, niacinamide, zea mays (corn) kernel extract, silica, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, methylparaben

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This is a light beige shade, and I really thought it would be a bit too yellow-toned for my skin, but it oxidated well and ended up pretty matchy. Is that a word? I don’t care. Usually with BB creams you don’t need to use much, but with this one it took more than usual to cover my face–it’s not the easiest to blend, perhaps due to the mineral formula.

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Don’t judge my awful skin right now–I thought it was a great idea to extract right before this. Whatever. Broken capillaries and pores aside, this BB cream has pretty decent coverage! I’d say it’s about medium, and definitely buildable. As you can see, it definitely has a dewy finish, and no matter how much I try, I cannot pull that off. It just looks greasy on me, which accentuates the texture of my skin rather than smooth it. Even after a nice dusting of powder, the shine comes through after like ten minutes. This won’t be the case for everyone, though. All skin is different. This BB cream doesn’t have enough oil control for my crazy T-zone, but I would definitely check it out if you have normal to dry skin, or prefer a dewy finish.

I also have to say that it smells fantastic. The majority of BB creams just smell like sunscreen to me, so I get super excited when I come across a nice scent. It’s supposed to be scented with rose petals, but I think it smells a lot like lychee. I love it.

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Pros: Great for sensitive skin, good coverage, wonderful scent
Cons: Lacking in oil control

Final Verdict: This BB cream isn’t the best for my skin, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! I have super picky skin when it comes to BB creams apparently. If you’re looking for an all-natural, mineral-based BB cream with a dewy finish, don’t count this out! You can find it at Peach and Lily for $35 USD.

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I’ll be on a tiny blog hiatus during the holidays, but make sure to check back in the following weeks for reviews of the rest of the products Peach and Lily sent me: Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum, Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack, and Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. What would you like to see first?

GLAMAWAY

My GLAMAWAY is now over! Thanks to everyone who entered, and best of luck! I’m currently en route to my hometown in Minnesota for the holidays, so I won’t be picking the winner until I return (~January).

December 8, 2013
by L
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Review: Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser

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I’m always on the hunt for new products, and I especially love experimenting with things I’ve never even heard of before. When Sibu Beauty contacted me for a review, I certainly couldn’t pass that up. I had been familiar with Sibu Beauty for awhile, but had yet to try any of their products. They specialize in utilizing what’s called the ‘sea buckthorn berry’, and their products are all natural, with no icky preservatives. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

But what the heck is Sea Buckthorn, anyway?

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Introducing Sibu Beauty, premium skin care products made from the Himalayan sea buckthorn berry. Known as the “beauty berry” across Europe and Asia, sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize, and protect youthful beauty – from the inside-out AND outside-in. These hardy berries help nourish skin, hair, and nails with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids, including the rare Omega 7 – a key building block to healthy skin, hair, and nails, and also aids digestion and may help you maintain a healthier weight. Sibu Beauty features luxurious natural skin cleansers, moisturizes, and other topical treatments as well as dietary supplements that beautify and protect from the inside-out.

There is a LOT of seriously fascinating info on Sea Buckthorn at the Sibu website, so instead of spitting a text wall at you, I’m going to link you there.

Traditional Use

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The facts:

Exfoliating
Balancing
Cruelty-free and vegan
Paraben-free
GMO-free
Fair trade
100% natural
For all skin types

From Sibu Beauty:

Deep yet gentle cleansing is the foundation of effective facial care at every age. This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients. This lightly exfoliating facial cleanser will leave your face fresh, clean, and perfectly balanced. Your skin will look and feel radiant.

Leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and refreshed
Removes excess oil and impurities
Contains micro-particles for a gentle exfoliation
Great for removing make-up
Non-foaming gel formula for all skin types

This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients.

Ingredients:

water, decyl glucoside, coco betaine, sd alcohol 40-b, lauryl glucoside, hydrogenated jojoba oil, carrageenan, glycerin, phenethyl alcohol, sea buckthorn fruit extract (hippophae rhamnoides), sea buckthorn seed oil (hippophae rhamnoides), panthenol, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, xanthan gum, sodium levulinate, sodium phytate, sodium anisate, fragrance (from orange and lemon essential oils

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This cleanser dispenses easily and takes the form of an orange-y gel with little specks in it. The specks are super exfoliating, so if you have sensitive skin, I maybe wouldn’t use this every day.

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To use this product, you wet your hands first and then pump some cleanser on, and gently massage it onto your face. After rinsing, my face felt noticeably softer, and just… fresh. Y’all know by now that I have the World’s Oiliest T-zone™, but after using this product at night, I woke up with a lot less shine. Maybe there’s hope for me yet. I’m going to start hoarding these berries.

The thing that surprised me most about this product was the scent. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, because who knows what sea buckthorn smells like, right? But I’ll tell you. It smells citrusy. And… spicy. It smells like spicy citrus, and that’s the damn truth. When I lived in NYC my cousin and I went to this bar on St. Mark’s Place with the most Irish bartender I’ve ever seen. He made my cousin a margarita with cayenne pepper, and it was gross, but that’s not the point. The point is that’s exactly what this cleanser smells like, and it’s not a bad thing. Just don’t try to consume it, maybe. (For the record, my cousin liked that margarita. Maybe I’m just too boring. I’m sure I got a vodka cranberry or something.)

Pros: Nice exfoliation, oil control, and come on… there are beauty berries in it.
Cons: Might be a bit much for sensitive skin.

Final Verdict: Would I purchase this product again? Maybe. I’m definitely interested in trying out Sibu’s other Sea Buckthorn products, though–particularly the serum! You can even buy sea buckthorn raw, if that’s your thing. As for the cleanser, you can find it at Sibu Beauty for $17.95 USD.

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If you’re in the US or Canada, Sibu Beauty is currently having some amazing holiday/shipping deals! Until the 18th, you can get 40% off your order!

Here’s a reminder to go enter my giveaway if you haven’t yet! Time’s running out!

November 24, 2013
by L
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Review: GEO Nudy Violet Circle Lens

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I’ve worn glasses since I was seven years old. When I was 14, I decided it was time to become an adult. It was time for contacts.

That didn’t work so well.

Being cursed with small, annoyingly sensitive eyes, I did what had to be done. I gave up.

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I forgot all about contact lenses for the following thirteen years… until Brenda from Angel Contacts contacted me. She asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their colored circle lenses, and indeed I was. I had to let her know, however, that I couldn’t promise a thorough review–I had never successfully put a contact in before, and had no idea if I’d be able to do it this time around. She was super cool about it, and I was excited to get my hands on some violet lenses.

Before I continue, here’s some info on circle lenses for the unknowing, from Angel Contacts:

Popularized over in Asia, circle lenses are cosmetic contact lenses designed to enhance your eye’s color, texture, and even enlarge the size of your iris!

All of our lens styles have been hand-picked carefully for its comfort, color, and wearability. Although our lens styles ranges from the subtle Nudy Series to the bold Angel Series, our circle lenses are all amongst the most versatile and natural looking styles you’ll find!

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Our GEO circle lenses are cosmetic contacts, which come in a variety of styles and colors. All of our lenses are 14.2mm in diameter, which means they give you a natural and noticeable enlargement to your iris. From the most subtle Nudy series, to the boldest Angel series, you can customize and redefine your eyes anyway you want! Best of all, they come in prescription!

Our GEO circle lenses are Health Canada certified and meet US FDA 510(K) regulation, and completely safe to wear! The contacts contain high water content, and they are maximized for comfort. Using a special dye process, colors and textures are added without sacrificing the breathability of the lens, allowing more oxygen to pass through. The result – long lasting comfort, and gorgeous eyes!

So, basically, circle lenses are hugely popular in Asia. You won’t see them as much in the US–they aren’t legally available without a prescription. Angel Contacts is based in Canada though, so you’re good to go.

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Angel Contacts carries a bunch of different lines from GEO, arguably the most popular circle lens brand. Their available lines include GEO Angel, GEO Fresh Color, GEO Hurricane, GEO Magic, GEO Nudy, and GEO Olive (as well as SFX lenses). A lot of them are also available with a prescription as well (up to -7.00), but if you’re like me and way beyond normal subscriptions (-11/-10, y’all) and/or have an astigmatism, you’ll probably want to stick with plano (0.00). You should definitely pop over to their website to check them all out, as I’m only covering one color from one line in this review. I chose the GEO Nudy lenses in Violet, because they looked subtle and pretty. In my opinion, a lot of circle lenses are so obvious and fake-looking. And that’s not, in most cases, a good thing. So as much as I wanted something super crazy and bold, I went with something I’d feel comfortable wearing outside my apartment.

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From Angel Contacts:

This GEO Nudy Violet Circle Lens is a very pretty lavender color, with a slight translucency to blend in with your eye color for a cute and sweet look. Easy to wear, complete your outfit with these contacts whether you’re dressed up or casual.

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Close-up so you can see the detail of the lens.

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First things first: READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO OPEN THE VIALS. This is important. If you just jump into it in your blind excitement like some people I know, you will do it totally wrong and cut the shit out of your fingers.

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Exhibit A.

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Exhibit B. Ouch. Basically, don’t be afraid you’ll break the vial. You won’t. You take that vial and you manhandle it according to the directions. (P.S. DON’T steal my fingerprint.)

I was so nervous when I first got these things. I panicked. I can barely touch the white part of my eye when trying to get a rouge eyelash out. How was I supposed to put a contact in? I bought some eyedrops to help me prep. Because I can’t do eyedrops either. I kept trying to use eyedrops and touch my eyes, but nothing was changing. And then one night, I just went for it. It was time to man up. I perched on my bathroom sink, blind as a bat, and I spent an hour poking and prodding at my eye. I have to give you contact-wearers props, because that’s one intense process. After repeatedly hitting my eyelashes and inverting the lens on my fingertip, I got that bitch in. I GOT IT IN. And it was the proudest moment of my life.

Yes, I got a circle lens in my eye. Just one, but it was progress. By this point it was 1am, and one lens was good enough for me. Just in case this rare event never happened again, I threw on some makeup and took pictures. Only on one eye though, because whatever.

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No flash.

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Flash.

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Eye comparison.

I think these lenses (or circle lenses in general) definitely look best on those with dark eyes. You can see the blue/golden center around my pupil, which looks pretty odd. They look better in the dark, when my pupil is larger, but it’s tough to capture a decent picture of that with a point-and-shoot camera.

I like that it enlarges my eye a bit, but I have a dark natural limbal ring, which is slightly visible through the lens. With a more intense/opaque lens that probably wouldn’t be an issue.

As for comfort, I can definitely tell there’s something on my eye. I quickly got used to it though. Since I’ve never used any other circle lenses before, I can’t give any comparison on comfort, sorry! I think that those who regularly wear contacts would find them to be just fine.

Last but not least, there are SO few examples of circle lenses on light eyes out there, so if you’re looking for that, I hope you stumble across this!

Pros: Lots of color/style choices, comfortable to wear.
Cons: Not so natural-looking on light eyes.

Final Verdict: I think this may have started a problem, because now I have confidence and want to actually try normal prescription contacts again. So of course, once I get used to wearing these, I’ll definitely snag another pair. This time in green perhaps, and more intense.

Interested in trying a pair for yourself? Angel Contacts is having a sale from now until December 6th! Get 10% off any lenses with the coupon code SNOW! Retail price ranges from $25-35, and they ship worldwide! If you get some (or already have some), let me know your thoughts (and send photos!)

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Also, don’t forget to enter THE GLAMAWAY, my one-year giveaway! glamaway

November 17, 2013
by L
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THE GLAMAWAY: One Year Anniversary Giveaway

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Hi! Glamburger is now a year old, and so I feel like a celebration is in order. I decided to dig into my hoard of samples and hand-curate a special Glambox just for you. Well, for one lucky blog reader. I also threw in some products that I really like and some random things. It’s really kind of a hodge-podge of awesome stuff, including a bunch of Korean things, because it’s me. Some things I’ve reviewed, some I have not. There are 45 things in this box. And they could be yours.

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I’m putting everything together in a first edition Birchbox (the ones they used before the design change). So, it’s my Glambox in a Birchbox. Deal with it. Also apparently ‘Glambox’ is already a thing–a beauty box company in the Middle East, it looks like. I’m going to call this a Glambox anyway. But mine’s the Glamburger version.

Here’s what the winner will receive:

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  • Baroness Red Ginseng Sheet Mask
  • My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask

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  • Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil (So good! I use this every day.)
  • Hask Placenta Hair Repair Treatment (This product settles so shake it up. Also: not gross.)

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  • Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched (A personal favorite!)
  • Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
  • Desert Essence Lip Rescue Balm
  • e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

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  • LUKE Charcoal Pore Strip (LUKE doesn’t sound very Korean, does it?)
  • Avon Pore-Fection Mask (Discontinued)
  • HERA Pore Control Serum
  • Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam
  • Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
  • Lioele C.A.D. Oxygen Pore Cream
  • Etude House Wonder Pore Clay Clear Mask

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  • ULTA Plush Drama Volume Mascara
  • Mary Kay Signature Eye Color in Spun Silk

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  • Elizabeth Arden First Defense Lotion
  • Biore Dual Fusion Moisturizer (Discontinued)
  • Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion
  • Weleda Pomegranate Body Lotion
  • Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

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  • Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
  • Skinfood Watery Berry Toner
  • Skinfood Watery Berry Emulsion

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  • DHC Pore Cleansing Oil
  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (DHC’s Best Seller!)
  • Skin79 BB Cleanser (Smells like heaven.)
  • Missha BB Boomer
  • DHC Velvet Skin Coat

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  • e.l.f. Zit Zapper
  • Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT
  • LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover
  • e.l.f. Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets

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  • Tonymoly Expert Triple BB Cream
  • Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
  • Danahan Hyoyong Yun BB Cream
  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (A favorite.)
  • Cedia Rice Stem Cell Whitening BB Cream
  • Cedia Rose Stem Cell Sensitive BB Cream
  • Skinfood Agave Cactus Sun BB Cream
  • Skinfood Good Afternoon Rose Lemon Tea BB Cream (One of my favorites, but the samples don’t seem to be the same consistency as the full-size product… just a heads up!)
  • QBic Cherry Perfect BB Cream (One of my faves, but near-impossible to purchase.)
  • Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream
  • Skin79 Snail Nutrition BB Cream

 

 

Rules:

1. You must leave a name and email so I can contact you if you win.

2. You can tweet about the giveaway once a day.

3. No cheating. I’ll find you and I will innocently maim you.

4. Don’t enter with giveaway-only accounts. You’ll be disqualified because that’s lame.

 

 

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