aikolynn: (LC - Beauty)
 Here are a few of my favorite beauty products.
  • Face
    • Wash: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash
    • Scrub: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Scrub
    • Peel: Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peel
    • Mask: C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask
    • Primer: TheFaceShop Lovely ME:EX in Violet
    • Base/Foundation/BB: Etude House All Day Strong BB Cream 01
    • Blush: Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Peony
    • Setting Powder: BareMinerals Mineral Veil in Hydrating
    • Sun Screen:  SkinFood Tomato Sun Cream
    • Blotters: Clean&Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • Eyes
    • Cream: none yet
    • Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
    • Base: Etude House Pudding Dia Shadow in Pink Pudding
    • Highlight: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sellout
    • Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow in Graffiti
    • Pencil: Urban Decay 24/7 in Junkie and Woodstock
    • Eyeliner: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Liner 24h WP in Super Black
    • Mascara: Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Blasting WP in Very Black
    • Palette:  Crown Brush 88 Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette
  • Lips
    • Balm: Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm and Moisturizer
    • Gloss: Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy
    • Liner: none
    • Lipstick: Urban Decay in Peroxide
  • Nails
    • Pink: OPI The One That Got Away
    • Blue: OPI DS Magic
    • Purple: OPI DS Temptation
    • Black: OPI Black Onyx
    • Green:  China Glaze Emerald Sparkle
    • Other:  essie Over The Top
    • Glitter:  OPI Absolutely Alice and Rainbow Connection
    • Flakie:  Ludurana Trovao
    • Holographic:  China Glaze LOL
    • Frost:  OPI Not Like The Movies
    • Top Coat:  Seche Vite Dry Fast
    • Base Coat:  essie Grow Stronger
    • Remover:  SkinFood Orange Nail Remover Jelly

aikolynn: (essie - drips)
I finally got around to doing this. I know the list will keep changing, but these are the ones I've written down on pieces of paper over the past year.

Any polish you'd love to own?


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.

aikolynn: (LC - Smile)
I finally hit up TheFaceShop that opened recently in Hawaii.  While it's a small store, it's incredibly well organized and amazing.  I know I made that whole post on how education is expensive and how I have to save money...but, omg, my obsession with nail polish and makeup knows no bounds.  I've already given in and bought the complete essie Dive Bar collection off eBay (a post will follow once I get the order in)and three CG nail polishes so I wasn't too keen on spending a lot of money.  ...but it was so tempting.

I ended up buying two items, the Herb Day Lemon Cleansing Foam and Lovely ME:EX Make-Up Base in violet...which cost me a total of $10.47!  They were $5 each and completely worth it (so far) in my opinion.  Like a true Korean beauty shop, they threw in some free samples.  I'll definitely be going back for the Strawberry Smoothie Mask Pack I wrote about in the last post which retails for $14.
Also, I went through their offering of nail polishes ($8 each) and came across this beauty.  It's a black based polish that flashes all the colors of the rainbow--so gorgeous!  Since I couldn't justify buying it after purchasing the China Glaze polishes below...I'll be going back for it...or heavily bidding for it on eBay (should it be cheaper).
Since today was also a hair cut day (which means driving all the way out to Aiea), I usually go through their China Glaze collection.  Now, I went in for neons but left with none (thinking I'll buy some from the CG summer neon collection coming out soon) but did leave with two glitters.
Skyscraper is from the Fall 2011 Metro collection while Atlantis was released in 2009 as part of the Specialty Collection.  Skyscraper is a more muted blue packed with silver microglitter while Atlantis is a teal packed with holographic microglitter.  I'm definitely excited to wear these!  I know I could find these cheaper on eBay, but I do feel the need to support the salon since I go there so often.  I discovered they also sell Color Club and some Nubar (it's very very limited though).  I was also tempted to buy OPI Ink (I remember Janelle has this and it's gorgeous), but put it back for a later date.  I'm still working on that polish wish list...and it just keeps getting longer!

aikolynn: (Jihyo - Make Up)
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Korean cosmetics...and, sadly, a lot of them are difficult for those outside of Korean to obtain. Sellers on ebay only sell a limited amount of the entirety of a brand's line, but I'm always hesitant to buy since there isn't the safeguard of being able to test these products.  Also, the markup on some of these makes me cry.  Being able to read Korean made me realize that some sellers charge double the Korean price!  However, I still have made a list of the products I'd like to test. I'm only covering my top four favorite brands--SkinFood, Etude House, TheFaceShop, and Holika Holika.

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