aikolynn: (f(x) - Electric Shock)
If there's something that I've struggled with nail-wise it would be having dry hands and cuticles.  I was/am always bothered by them since the skin around my nails became hard and generally made me embarrassed of my hands.  I never really did anything about them because I, and I am admitting this, hate lotion.  I'm not someone who uses lotions for long periods of time--I absolutely detest body lotion for odd reasons.  I've been conditioning myself to use hand lotions for about a year now and I do use them often, but it just still did nothing with my cuticles--they were still hard and I still found myself cutting them (something you really shouldn't do!).  I'm also a bit afraid to use new products on myself, just like how I'm often afraid to try foods I've never eaten before, due to allergic reactions.  Going through a year of allergic reactions and medical issues will make a person phobic--and I've pretty much become that.  I'm a lot better than I was last year (last year was the worst!), but I'm more cautious than phobic now.
Anywho (I'm getting off topic!), I decided to finally do something about my dry cuticles.  Taking pictures of your hands makes you even more self-conscious when editing them and you see all the nasty rough patches.  I went to Longs/CVS and scoped out my choices and, boy, were there a lot!  I didn't know what to get.  I knew Sally Hansen carried a good amount of nail care (not just polish) items so I started and ended there.  I had seen The Beauty Department put the pen cuticle oil on their list of nail necessities, but I decided, instead, to get the more inconvenient bottle.  I picked up the Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel due to it having vitamin C in it; that's what basically sold me.  I've been using a vitamin c based lotion since last November and it's done wonders for my dark spots so I figured, what the heck.  I've been using this product for only about two weeks, but there's a definite improvement in my cuticles!  However, I do notice that if I don't do it often, my hands dry out really fast and they come back. DX  I've also made it a point to do a routine exfoliation after a manicure (about twice a week) and to frequently use my hand lotion--especially at work.  Doing this routine really makes it feel like I'm pampering myself...especially the hand scrub.  It's amazing!

  1. True Blue Spa Sugar Hand Scrub
  2. True Blue Spa Paraffin Super Softening Hand Lotion
  3. Sally Hansen VitaSurge Cuticle Gel
aikolynn: (LC - Beauty)
Here are my current five favorite beauty products.  All of them are pretty amazing!

1. Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base (long-winded, isn't it?)

This product is pretty cool since it has fibers suspended in a primer which thicken and lengthen your lashes.  I also noticed that I don't get panda eyes from wearing mascara when I have this on.  I wore it yesterday and after trekking across campus in the afternoon sun and panda eyes!  Even though I wear waterproof mascara, I still get panda eyes due to my oily skin (even with using eyeshadow primer)...but not any more!  I got this as a sample from Sephora, but I don't know about buying is pretty pricey at $23!

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey

I got the travel size in my UD Midnight Cowboy Junkie set.  It's surprisingly the first neutral colored eye pencil I own by UD and I find myself using it more than any of my two favorites Woodstock or Junkie.  I've been obsessed with blending it out with eyeshadow on both my upper and lower outer lashlines--such a great color!

3. Urban Decay Lipstick in Peroxide

Lipsticks and I haven't gotten along for years ever since I tried my mother's (Revlon) and sister's (Clinique) back when I was way younger.  I figured UD would be a good place to attempt another acquaintance and, boy, I do love this color!  It's actually the same color as my natural lips, but has shimmer and a nice satiny finish.  However, the price of this, $22, is also a little steep since the amount of product doesn't utilize the entire capacity of the tube.

4. True Blue Spa Super-Softening Hand Lotion with Paraffin

This baby has become a staple between my sister and I.  I also keep this size (the spa size) at my desk at work and a tube of it in my purse.  It moisturizes your hands with very little product and it's amazing if you work with papers all day.  The downside is that if you load up on too much product, it leaves an oily residue on your hands due to the paraffin (mineral oil solid).  Combine this with the TBS 60 Second Manicure Sugar Scrub and it's manicure heaven.  The tube is quite large at 5oz and retails for $18 at Bath and Body Works.  Get it on sale or after Christmas--then it's a steal!

5. Victoria's Secret Bombshell eau de parfum

I've probably mentioned this parfum more times than I ever remember mentioning any others...but it's so worth it.  I'm a total fan of citrus-based scents according to my history of perfumes (Clinique Happy, Ralph Lauren something or other--I can't remember!, DKNY Be Delicious, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom) and this one is probably my favorite so far.  According to the VS website, it's "a glamorous blend of purple passion fruit, Shangri-la yellow peony and vanilla orchid."  I still haven't bought the full size version yet since I've been waiting for NEX to bring in the 3.4oz size...but who knows when that'll happen.  I actually bought two travel size versions after Christmas (the last two I could find in the VS store) and they're almost all gone...sad!  I do own the body spray, but the scent doesn't last as long as the parfum's oil-base.  This is seriously on my to buy list!  This retails at $49 for the 1.7oz and $65 for the 3.4oz.  However, NEX sells the 1.7oz for $39.

Anything you've been loving recently?  I know I didn't put up a polish, but I change so often that it's hard to have a definite favorite!


aikolynn: (Jihyo - Reading Minds)
[personal profile] jlailin and I talked about doing this weeks ago but I guess we forgot.  Soo....yeah, here it is.  Welcome to the messy world that is my bag.  There's usually even more things in it (books, papers, etc.) but this is what it contains at the moment.  Yes, I carry a lot of stuff. =_=;

What's In My Bag:
  1. Integrated Korean: Advanced 2 book
  2. ASAN491K reading packets
  3. Car/House keys
  4. extra Samsung phone battery
  5. earphones
  6. Clean&Clear Oil Absorbing sheets
  7. Victoria's Secret Bombshell eau de parfum (mini)
  8. Etude House BB Compact Powder
  9. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lip Junkie lip gloss (travel size)
  10. Sinus Headache pills
  11. Tylenol
  12. Allergy medicine
  13. Pill case
  14. MK sunglasses
  15. Dior glasses
  16. pens/pencils/erasers/lead
  17. True Blue Spa Paraffin hand cream
  18. wallet/clutch
  19. Dasani water bottle
  20. Milkita Strawberry Milk candies
  21. Samsung GalaxyS smartphone
  22. Ricola Orange Vitamin C drops
  23. ThermaCare neck heat wrap
Holy hell no wonder my bag is always heavy.

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