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kose, hada labo, my beauty diary, & clarins

more fluffy mail!! yeah!

my mini-haul from imomoko.com arrived today. that was fast! i ordered on sunday, it shipped monday and arrived today by priority mail. i ordered the hada labo uv moist spft 50, hada labo shirojyun lotion (toner), kose deep cleansing oil, my beauty diary french white lily masks, and some selena fresh cotton squares. the kose and my beauty diary were on special for 15% off.

the clarins hydraquench cream was from a seller from ebay. i’d got a small tube to try out when i was using the ddf brightening cleanser with the mario badescu 2% glycolic acid toner. my skin seem to really like it. it didn’t have any scent, absorbed to a matte finish and is moisturizing enough to calm my flaming skin after the ddf. i think a 1.7 oz container retails for $49!! yikes! :sweatdrop i won this (3 x .53 oz tubes) for almost half that price. i am planning to use this at night and the hada labo milky lotion during the day. anyway, so far i think this cream is awesome! i’ll have to decide if i want to spend that much $$ when i run out.

cleansing oil…this is the first time i’m using a cleansing oil. i’m not sure i’ve ever really heard of that cleansing method until a few weeks ago. i bought the kose deep cleansing oil to try out and see for myself. cleansing oils are suppose to dissolve all your makeup before your regular cleanser. for some reason, i am starting to get clogged pores on my forehead and chin and neither the noxzema blackhead cleanser, ddf brightening cleanser, or aveeno smart essentials exfoliating scrub seem to help. i was ready to just scrap them off but unless i want to end up bright red and have inflamed skin, it wasn’t the smart choice.

without wetting my face, i squeeze out 1 pump and a half and started massaging it onto my face. it’s a clear liquid and i just kept massaging it upward for about 3 minutes. i get a slightly warm feeling from it. hehehe i washed it off and there was no greasy, oily or filmy residue, on my hands or face! wow! i love how my face feels clean but not tight at all.

love the colors and packaging!

after padding my face with a towel, i tore open the lily mask (it came in a set of 5) and i really dig the barely there floral scent of the mask. love it! the packaging is also well-made and i adore the colors. i believe this is the first sheet mask i’ve ever use but i’m not positive. i just can’t recall any other time. the fit of this mask is almost perfect! i put it on and it just seem to stick to my skin. the essence is kind of sticky but not bothersome. totally love it!  :heart it fits my face well and throughout the 30-40 minutes i had it on, it did not slip off or bother me in anyway. it was just a cool, refreshing feeling.

when it was time to pull it off, it came off without any problem. the mask was still wet when i took it off and i sort of patted the essence still on my face so it’ll absorb. i’m so in love with this mask. i’m quite tempted to use it every day…LOL i have some other masks on order so i’ll see how those compare when they get here. for now, it’s my beauty diary.

i waited a few minutes until my face was almost dried again to apply the hada labo shirojyun lotion (toner). it is a whitening toner but i think it’s more to even the skin tone. i don’t know if it’ll work but i want to try. ^^  it’s a white waterly liquid and a bit more sticky than the milky lotion (moisturizer) but also absorbs well. there’s no scent so i’ll use this and see how it goes.

i don’t have pictures for everything because the camera battery ran out. oops! i’ll do a follow up after a week or so and see if i still feel the same. :lol

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kose seikisho mask white & hada labo gokujyun hyaluronic milky lotion

i got fluffy mail today!! i love fluffy mail! i’m expecting more stuff tomorrow, and thursday. fun!

anyway, today i received the kose seikisho mask white from beauty.com (20% off) and the hada labo gokujyun hyaluronic milky lotion from amazon.com. the mask is a peel off mask. the concept of it gets me all excited and giggling. i have never try one before and this was my first. the hada labo is all the rage in japan i believe, with 1 sold every 4 seconds. impressive! i have combination to dry to sensitive skin so i really need a good moisturizer and decided to try this.

in the interest of trying not to scare you. ^^

back to the mask. it’s in the form of a thick liquid. it is not running. it is easy to apply; take too long and it’ll get sticky. i did a not too thin but not too thick layer for the first application. i waited for about 20-30 minutes. after 10 minutes you can start to feel the mask stiffen and tighten around your face. there’s no scent that i can tell. i peeled off from the bottom and there was no pain. i did leave a bit here and there but nothing major and my skin feel super smooth afterward. i love the mask! you can see the little whiteheads and other things if you look really close once the mask is off. eeewww! i will definitely buy it again at a discount. i hardly ever buy anything full price. :)

my interest in the hada labo hyaluronic acid came about as i was researching the hada labo uv moist spf 50 sunscreen. one thing lead to another and i’m in need of a moisturizer as i had ran out of the zia. i still have half of the yes to carrots night moisturizer but i was itching to try this too. luckily, amazon had it through their prime shipping and it was in my hands in 2 days. i just love prime, don’t you?

again, this milky lotion (moisturizer) has no discernible scent, is in white liquid form and can be running. i’m starting to like these things with no scent as some of them are way too overpowering for me. one reason i never never use the stuff from bath and body works. i squeeze a dime size (per instruction) on my palm, smack it with the other palm and started “patting” it all over my face until it was totally absorbed. it only took a minute or too and this was a new concept too, patting instead of rubbing it on. my first impressions: it was kind of fun (patting). it is not greasy or smelling (did i say that already?). i can see myself using this unless my skin get some kind of weird reaction or it turns out that it’s not as moisturizing as i thought. it comes in a generous size, 4.7 oz. i’ll wait another week or so before i decide.

throughout all this, the hubby was right there along side me using the mask and milky lotion too. funny! :D

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brown spots & sunscreens

i have to admit, for the 1st 24 years of my life, i did not use sunscreen. sure i see products with spf ratings but i did not know enough about them to start using them. after my 2nd pregnancy, i started getting these tiny brown spots on my high cheekbones. i did not know why or how but found out “it’s caused by the increased production of melanin, the tanning hormone, which protects the skin against ultraviolet light.” (link here) for me, that means these brown spots. of course, i started using sunscreen randomly afterward and use them almost everyday during my third pregnancy.

fast foward a couple of years to the present; i do not go out without at least wearing something with spf 20 or higher. i also have multiple bottles of various sunscreens throughout the house. everyone put them on before a day out and about unless it’s raining or overcast.

my current staples are the neutrogena ultra sheer liquid spf 55 or 70 for face and coppertone foaming spf 75 for body. i love liquid (and foam) sunscreens and they are so easy to apply. there is no way i’m going back to creams. LOL

anyway, the real reason i’m using sunscreen religiously is because i do not want anymore of the tiny little brown spots, cute as they are. hahaha my mom has a lot of them so i’m really trying to prevent them even though it may be a genetic thingie. :) i read that it is nigh impossible to get rid of them but darn if i don’t try. i am using ddf’s discoloration pods and today’s the 2nd day. i got them off ebay, new and sealed, for a really low price so i figured there’s nothing to lose (except the brown spots). i couldn’t take a photo of my brown spots today but i’ll try tomorrow.

well, wish me luck!