Sunday, November 23, 2014

♡ JYukimi's Make Up Revolution Giveaway!! ♡ My First Time Winning ♡ MUR [Review] ♡


One of my all-time-favorites beauty blogger and inspiration JYukimi recently had a giveaway that included products from a fairly young makeup brand based in London called Make Up Revolution! It's a very inexpensive brand (I think sold at drug stores too) that sells a wide variety of everyday cosmetics.

When Jessica posted her giveaway, I was a bit reluctant to enter at first because I never entered one before, and really thought my chances of winning would be slim :P But waaah I actually won guys!! :D I was TOO excited when I got a cute comment on my Instagram photo from Jess telling me I should check my email! This is the first time I ever won something which makes it more exciting :3

Although the giveaway was mainly for the eyeshadow palette, Jess was so sweet and included many other goodies from MUR as well!! 

☁︎ Make Up Revolution - Hot Smoked Palette ($7)
☁︎ Make Up Revolution - The One Foundation ($7)
☁︎ Make Up Revolution - Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer x2 ($5)
☁︎ Make Up Revolution - Vivid Blush Lacquer ($5) 

She even included a personalized note!!~ It was very cute and I super appreciated it because hand-written notes are so precious these days, what with modern technology and typed communications.

I'm going to split this blog entry into four sections--One for each product :3 

First is the Hot Smoked Palette!!

I've never really been a big eyeshadow person, mainly because I'm lazy :P But recently I have been interested in trying out different looks, so this palette came just in time for me ♡ My makeup style is pretty much just eyeliner and falsies with blush, so I decided maybe I will spice things up once in a while hehehe <3 

The eyeshadow is pretty pigmented and stayed on for as long as I needed it to. It didn't slip or slide anywhere really. My experience will most likely be even better if I use eyeshadow primer. I will post pictures in future posts with eyeshadow, yeah? :] 

I think this palette is really versatile and can create natural and dramatic looks. It's very affordable and there are many other palettes with different color combinations available for purchase as well. 

Second is The One Foundation

I wasn't liking this one too much because it was quite runny and I have really oily skin, so I think this product and I just weren't meant to be.. </3 

Perhaps it will work better for those with different skin types. I was really shiny after about 2 hours and the coverage wasn't too good for me since I have scars I like to cover up. 

Here are the ingredients for the foundation.

The foundation isn't a pump bottle or anything fancy.
You just twist off the cap and squeeze onto the back of your hand. Don't squeeze
too hard because WAY too much will come out at once. 

I do recommend for those with dry skin and who don't need heavy coverage. 

Third is the Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer 

Jess gave me two of these to try out: More Than I Could Give & Gave You All My Love. I think the names are really cute for these lacquers and they are actually really good!! They are pretty thick and very pigmented. The color stays on for a long time without the need to reapply. 

The packaging is orange holographic, which I don't like too much because I'm not a fan of the color orange. But the gloss tubes themselves are very beautifully done. 

Recommended to anyone who wants some affordable, pigmented lip lacquers!! 

Fourth (& Last) is the Vivid Blush Lacquer 

I've only used non-powder blush once before (Mousse Maybelline Blush) when I was in high school and then took a hiatus from blush because I felt like it was too much. Nowadays I've been using the CanMake blush (which I absolutely LOVE).

I'd been wanting to try out different blushes and was pretty excited to test out this product!
A tiny bit went a long way and I really like the color of it!! Very sweet, yet less pink than my CanMake one :3 So this is probably a shade one can wear more often and for a larger variety of events. It also applies so well to the face and blends so easily!! Just lightly dab it on with a finger.

I believe this particular one is either in Heart or Bloom. I'm actually finding the shades of these MUR products from the website because the packaging doesn't actually list the color of the product, which can be confusing. 

 This is probably my favorite product out of the whole giveaway. 

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I'd like to thank Jessica Yau of once again for hosting the giveaway and for sending the products to me so quickly!! I really enjoyed testing them all out and having fun experimenting with different looks! Please check back here periodically for future photos :]

Everyone, please check out her blog here, Instagram here, Twitter here
YouTube here, and go like her Facebook page here

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

❅ Peppermint Tea ❅ Winter Edition Milano Cookies ❅

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to my Dear Readers :]

"be curious"
A few days ago I was feeling some really sharp, radiating stomach pain that would come in timely intervals :[ I ended up reading in bed and hoping it would pass, but it had gone on for quite some time already so I got worried and decided to check it out online.

There I read that peppermint tea is really good for stomach aches and 
I filed away that information in my brain for later use :] 

I picked up this tea at my local Target the next day (even though the stomach aching was gone) because I wanted to try it :3 This tea is by Traditional Medicinals and costs $5.50 for 16 individually wrapped teabags. I do like this brand because it's 100% Organic and it's non-GMO verified (which makes me believe in it's claim to be organic). 

I can't tell you if it will help stomach pains right now since I don't have them anymore, but I CAN say that it is absolutely delicious and soothing for the throat and nasal passage!! If you have a sore throat, cough, cold, or flu, I highly recommend you try it. I'm pretty most brands are good, and you can even make your own tea mix by purchasing peppermint and other herbs you like. 

Hello, tea bag with a very natural-feeling wrapper :] 
I also think this flavor is very appropriate right now since it's the holiday seasons!!
Being in the spirit for Christmas & winter, I also purchased Milano Winter Edition Cookies!

Peppermint everything...

I always love the winter holidays so much!! Bundling up in warm clothing and beautiful winter coats... wearing nice and toasty boots, drinking hot cocoa and being happy with the family... <3 

What's your favorite thing about winter?? Let me know below!!

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

⭐︎ Think Positively ⭐︎☽

Every once in a while, I find myself thinking negatively about aspects of life. Sometimes it's school-related, future-related, what-ifs?, physical appearance, etc. 
Those what-ifs can be a real pain in the behind =__=

I'm usually a very happy-go-lucky girl who's always laughing and enjoying life, but everyone is susceptible to these kinds of thoughts. I'm sure everybody has had these darker moments before. 

It's really easy for a person to get caught up in a cycle of unending gloomy thoughts. One thought can lead to another, and before long you're making a list of all the misfortunes and regrets you've ever had in your life and feeling bad for yourself. You think, why me? Why wasn't I born perfectly with the perfect life, perfect look, perfect brain, perfect relationship, etc.

I'm not an expert on this issue, so if you're here and you're clinically depressed or have suicidal thoughts, please reach out to professional health personnel. 

At times like this, it's okay to shed a few tears. Crying is good for you! It is a stress-reliever and you will almost always feel better after having a good crying session. But be careful not to let yourself be carried away by it. After you've had your bought, blow your nose, wipe your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Then pick yourself up, be determined, and forge on forward.

There's no use in thinking about the "unfortunate" things in your lives. Constantly thinking about it will allow them to fester in your heart and it can lead to serious clinical depression. You have to be your own healer by being mentally strong enough to say "NO. I won't let these things continue to bring me down."

When you're feeling down, it's always good to talk to someone about it. Talking to people about your feelings is also a very important de-stressor. If you don't have family or friends you want to open up to, it's always good to reach out to a health professional. I'm pretty sure all universities have counselors and psychiatrists at students' disposal. 

When I have moments of doubt, I like to cuddle with my dog Wanpo. He always has a certain light about him that makes me so happy!! I always feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have been brought together with my dog. I think dogs are the best animals in the world because they are always loyal, innocent, and so candid with their feelings!! 

I'm so lucky to see this face every morning :3
It's also a good idea to keep a journal where you write in things you're grateful for EVERY DAY. If you get into the habit of doing so, your life will change. The way you see things, interact with people, judge situations, etc. will all take a turn for the better.

Don't grow frustrated and think, "Oh I can't think of anything to be grateful for." Take down simple things, like being grateful for the beautiful flowers outside of the door, or for having the luxury of drinking a delicious mug of green tea in the morning. 

Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs. Nobody has a perfect life. Nobody. Don't believe everything that is posted on social media! That's the number one No-No. People selectively post the things in their lives that make them happy. Everyone has problems. You're not alone!!

Even if you're able to buy all the brand name things in the world, have the best figure, be the smartest person, etc. you will always find something else to nitpick at unless you change your way of thinking.

Be happy that you have the leisure to browse the internet and have electricity in your home. Be happy for the things you have. Actively strive to view your unique situation from a glass-half-full perspective. Once you successfully do so, you'll lead a much more contented life.

I hope this post helped :] Stay happy!!

xoxoxo, Cindy ⭐︎☽

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

✿ Esfolio ✿ Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel [Review] ✿

Lovely Ladies & Gents ✿

Today I want to review a product that my cousin brought back for me from her recent trip to Korea. I had never heard of this brand prior to receiving this gift! It's the Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel by Esfolio. Here is the link to the product.

Aloe Vera and I are very good friends because as a kid, I'd always get sunburned from playing outside and my mother would apply aloe essence on my burns to help them heal faster and to relieve pain. She even planted two aloe vera plants just for me +_____+ thank you mommy ♡ 

Soooooo when I received this, I instantly really liked it and thought I would put it to use. 

The packaging is really simple. It's a plastic tub with the safety plastic covering upon opening to really seal the product and prevent the gel from getting everywhere. This really isn't my favorite packaging because it requires you to dip your fingers into the product and that leaves bacteria behind. You can use a small scoop to remove product instead if you're germaphobic. I would have preferred a pump-mechanism packaging, but that would have driven costs up.

Speaking of cost, this product is 6000 KRW which roughly translates to $6 USD. It's very affordable and there's a LOT of product, about 300 mL or 10.56 fluid ounces. A little bit goes a long way! A dime-sized amount is enough to cover your entire face. 

For those of you who can read Korean :3
I use this at night time after I've showered and completely cleaned my face of any makeup and dirt from that day. Just take a dab and apply liberally to face. It feels so amazing and refreshing after a hot shower or bath! Then I wash it off the next morning! Don't worry, it doesn't feel sticky or greasy!

My mom really loves this product and we use it together! She says her face feels really soft after using it and that for $6 it is totally worth it. I've got oily skin so I didn't feel the effect as much. 

This product is meant for all skin types. Although I can't read Korean, I'm pretty sure that is what the huge "4 FREE" is implying (especially on the back label, it even says it in English). I agree! I would recommend this to everyone! It's always nice to have a moisturizing gel made from aloe! It's probably also good for using after you shave your legs or something LOL. 

Packaging: ⭐︎ ⭐︎
Effectiveness: ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎
Price: ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

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