Friday, October 8, 2010

The Face Shop Charcoal Phyto Cleanser

Hey Ladies,

The weather is finally cooling down and we can finally break out the jackets, scarves, and boots! So excited!

So I've been using a cleanser from The Face Shop for about a month. The Charcoal Phyto Cleanser is semi-gentle and cleans pretty well. I say that it's "semi-gentle" because after washing your face and patting it dry, you can feel just a litto teensy bit of that dry tightness that you get from harsh cleansers. You can also feel a slight prickly feeling while the cleanser is on your face. I don't consider my skin as sensitive so I'm thinking that it's how the cleanser is.

I don't know if I would repurchase this cleanser since I don't actually see any benefits from using this besides that it cleans my skin pretty thoroughly. Each tube of this costs about $10 and there are other varieties including green tea (which I will be reviewing after I have used it for a longer period of time).

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather!

<3 Winsley

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Nail Polish For Fall

Hey girls,

I have been so bogged down with work and school starting that I didn't have time to post. But now since school has started for about 3 weeks now and I finally have adjusted to the flow of things, I'll be posting more often. :)

So the other day I had some time so I popped into Walgreens and Duane Reade to browse. I wound up buying 5 bottles of nail polish which is something I try not to do since I'm running out of space in my nail polish drawer! 

Not all the nail polish was interesting. I had to buy a plain black and a plain white since I feel like these are staples that I should have. Mine dried out since they were pretty old so I decided to get some replacements! Now on to the more interesting colors. Since Autumn is fast approaching, I wanted to get a deeper color. I wound up getting "Siberian Nights" from OPI. It's a deep plum color that suits the crispness of Autumn. 

I've been into glitter lately. I wound up buying 2 glitter top coats. Revlon has a new glitter top coat called "Galaxy" which has black, blue and silver glitter with some chunkier hexagonal iridescent glitter too. I think it would look good paired over a dark color. Putting it over a light color might not be too appealing since the black glitter will seem too jarring and out of place. In the picture below I paired it up with "Metro Chic" from Sephora by OPI since it's an in between color so you can see what I mean about it looking better with dark colors.

The second glitter nail polish I got was from Sinful Colors called "Frenzy". It really is a frenzy of colors. It's all purple and blue glitter. It reminds me of "It's Bouquet With Me" from Sephora by OPI.

I've also been really liking this base coat lately. My polish is able to stay un-chipped for about a week under normal circumstances. It's the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat. It may look white in the picture and in the bottle but it goes on clear. 

I guess that's it for now. Posts will be more frequent since I've gotten into the rhythm of things :)

<3 Winsley

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Emjoi Epi Slim Cosmetic Hair Remover (Epilator)

So today, we're going to talk about armpits. That's right, this will be a review of an epilator I recently tried. Now, I'm usually a fan of waxing or plucking underarm hair but there are two problems with that: time and money. Depending on the rate of hair growth, one would need more waxing appointments, which on average cost about $10 near where I am. This can add up very quickly so of course you then venture out to pluck them yourself. This is great, but it takes a lot of time and patience (also a lot of neck pain afterwards). So I got lazy and decided to try out an epilator. An epilator is basically a tool that does the plucking for you, electronically. They come in a range of sizes, battery operated or rechargeable. I still wasn't too sure on how this would work for me so I decided to test out a cheaper and smaller version. I chose a smaller sized one in hopes that the level of pain would be reduced, but also keep in mind that might take longer to get every hair out. I read some reviews and they were pretty mixed on the how painful it actually is since everyone has a different level of tolerance. But if you are accustomed to waxing and plucking anyway, this shouldn't be any more painful. After a while your endorphins kick in and it's all swell. =) Alright, so enough of all these words on the screen, let's see some pictures!

This is the Emjoi Epi Slim. Can be purchased from Amazon or Target.They run from $15- $20.

These are not blades. When it spins, the metal plates come together pulling the hair out.

Requires 2 AA batteries.

And it comes with a tiny brush to sweep out the hairs stuck between the plates. Cleaning it is essential because it causes the gap to be smaller, effectively pulling out the hair.

Verdict: Will definitely by again!

Epilators aren't as scary anymore and I might even venture out and try out the larger version of this, as this is meant for travelling. On the instructions, they suggest that you use this in a circular motion to reduce the amount of tension in one area so less pain is felt. However, I find that even without using it in a circular motion, it is still virtually pain free. It's more of a shocking sensation that you feel initially, but after the first 10 seconds, it's nothing much. They also advertise that it's effective in removing hair from the bikini area, I would think that it definitely will be more painful. I personally did not try it so I cannot speak for it's effectiveness. But for the underarms, this is something that I highly suggest you ladies try.

Side Question: Any of you ladies have a remedy for insect bites? I'm not even sure if it was mosquito that bit me, but I was bitten 4 times on my foot! Now it's red and swollen- so gross. Please let me know what you use to aid in the healing process. :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I couldn't resist!

So I ended up buying more nail polishes and make up. >_<

Hard Candy's Mr. Wrong.

Found this at Walmart for $5. Application was smooth and non streaky but it's to be expected of such glitter polishes. Pictures shown are 2 coats, no base or top coat.

Found this at the CCO! Colors shown are part of the Intriguing Scarlet: 3 Cool Pink Lips.
  • Sheer Vision (gloss)
  • Overjoyed (lipstick)
  • Make Me Melt (lipstick)

This was purchased a while ago from Mitsuwa. It's a sheer light pink lip balm. Goes on smoothly and isn't sticky!

And here's the very last item...OPI's Only Gold For Me! Super chunky glitter that goes on smooth while adding just the right amount of sparkle to the nails. Lovee! Here, I topped it over OPI's Miso Happy With This Color. 2 coats.

Peace out til next time!

P.S.  Pics of new haircut coming soon! Plus more OOTD since I recently got a tripod. =p We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Ain't Over Yet

There's still time to rock the corals, peaches and updos. Here are two polishes I'm loving at the moment:

Essie's Van D'Go

Revlon's Peach Petal:
This color isn't truly portrayed in the picture above but it took 3 coats to achieve. The formula is extremely streaky. The only upside is that it dries super quickly. If you have the patience for streaky polishes, give this a go. Otherwise, save your money.

A couple of weeks ago I went biking in the blazing heat and decided that my hair needed to be up that day. I didn't want to do a regular pony tail so I added some twists to my bangs.

And here's the back of the tank top I wore that day.
Pretty cool, right? It was a gift from a good friend. =)

Until next time,