aikolynn: (LC - Smile)
I was just blog surfing today during my lunch break at work and stumbled across a post on Crows Toes Nail Color.  It's a line that I've never heard of, but I decided to check it out like I do all other sites.  There are only five colors on the website, but all are currently sold out (boo).  They are, however, all gorgeous.  Terribly so.  And, oh my goodness, two of them caters to my obsession with Alice in Wonderland.


Bottom row L-R: Black Diamond, Murder by #'s, Thing (unreleased)

So I mentioned above and to [personal profile] jlailin that there are a few things that I'm a sucker for. I don't think I've ever told anyone all of them (that I can think of), so here it goes.  Most of them you already know. ^^
  • Rabbits
  • Nail Polish
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Paris/French themed items
  • Music
  • Home Decor
I'm sure there're more, but I just can't think of them at the moment. ^^;;

--Cheryl
aikolynn: (Sulli - Snow White)
When Sephora released the BB Creams by Bosica, Clinique, and Dr. Jart (which is actually an Asian company), I thought that was the extent of this "Asian invasion" on the mainstream Western beauty market...I was wrong.  Apparently, the popularity of BB Cream has extended to drugstore makeup as Garnier is now planning to release its own line next month.  Of course, I'm skeptical because most of the BB Creams I've tested from the other "American released" brands are terribly expensive and way too dark.  The problem with BB Creams in general is the limited color range--usually 1-3 different colors.  However, it does seem that the American companies are out to make some major money off of this popular Asian product.  The Garnier version will only cost $12.99 which isn't too bad considering those sold at Sephora range from $22-$40 for a regular sized tube.  The BB Cream I use, Etude House's Precious Mineral All-Day Strong, goes for about $16 on eBay and is originally priced at 14,500 won.  I am curious to try the Garnier line due to the fact that their products have been very good to me (think Dark Spot Corrector and Moisture Rescue Gel Creme), but return policies at drug stores often aren't cosmetic-friendly.

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I'm very picky when it comes to BB Creams...and terribly hard to please.  I've tried a bunch and they've all failed to meet my expectations except for Etude House's...but even with that one I have some issues.  We'll see...but I do stand by the belief that BB Creams are better than foundation. ^^

You also have the opportunity to win a sample of Garnier's new BB Cream once it becomes available. Just go to their website and fill out the form. ^^

Edit: After doing a bit more browsing, I came across articles that state this year the "in" trend is BB Creams while tinted moisturizers are getting the boot.  Apparently Smashbox also has a BB Cream--who knew?  I know in Asia Maybelline and some of the other American drug store brands carry BB Creams, but maybe they'll be releasing them stateside. ^^

image credit: beautyblitz.com

And thank God those feather hair things are listed as an "out" item this year.

--Cheryl

aikolynn: (Jihyo - Make Up)
Since I bought TheFaceShop's Lovely ME:EX Make Up Base in violet on Saturday I've been wanting to try it.  I finally got a chance this morning when applying my make up for work...and boy does it make you pale!  Because I have Asian skin, the yellow in my skintone was completely covered by the violet (which is what it's supposed to do) and it made me really really pale.  I pretty much looked like death, but after applying my BB Cream and letting it settle (the color of the BB Cream usually darkens once it settles) it was the perfect color.  I have issues with my BB Creams (and previously foundations) darkening due to my oily skin.  For once my face actually matches my décolleté area and makes my blush stand out.
However, I'm wondering, after using this for a couple of days, if it will clog my pores and cause little bumps.  But, hey, it hasn't so far so I'm really happy.  And for $5 how can you go wrong?  I admit I've tested the colored Smashbox Color Correcting primers ($38) and even used the stila One Step Corrector($36), but those are incredibly expensive compared to this...and this appears to work even better.  Talk about a steal!  I think I'll be going back for the green base which eliminates redness.  This makes me wonder how much their foundations are...not that I use foundation any more.

--Cheryl

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Cheryl

It isn't about "like," but about "love."

When I call you, drunk, and speak of my love for you, all you have to do is listen.


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