Wednesday, December 12, 2012

EzFlow Pro Shine buffing block review

I have been looking for a nail buffer, and the first one I bought (by TRIM) was such a piece of crap, the only side I liked was the smoothing side for removing ridges. I decided to google "best buffing block" and the results turned up a rave review by beauty addict about the EzFlow Pro Shine buffing block. I decided that it was worth a shot, and it's pretty cheap on eBay. I spent under $5 for the thing, including shipping. The results, however, are priceless.

I actually saved the plastic film the block comes in, since I plan on popping it into my bag, and I don't want random things wearing the block down faster than it should.

The grey side for smoothing ridges... I wouldn't even have known that it was "rough" if I hadn't applied it to my nail! It is such a fine grit, and I don't know how it would have performed if I hadn't used the TRIM block prior to it, but I loved the performance anyway. As for the white, buffing side... don't get me started! Buffing with this block is almost effortless...

Here are the results of the EzFlow (left nail) versus the TRIM block (right nail). As you can see, the left nail is crazy shiny, it's almost as if I used a top coat! The right nail, not so much.

Another pic of the difference, TRIM on the left, EzFlow on the right:

I love this buffing block so much that I might buy a couple more, for just-in-cases! Already, my mother's resistant fingers  have snagged on the smooth white buffer surface, and I'm afraid it will happen again. It's not the block's fault though, my mother was like "meh!" and not really letting me manipulate her hand -.-


Monday, November 26, 2012

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit in Honey Beige Review

I purchased this maybe a couple months ago, but only last week had the chance to try this out and make a review!

For about a couple dollars more than the BB Magic Cream, you can get almost twice as much product with more benefits! There is 35ml in the BB Magic Cream, while you can get 60ml with the Bright Fit BB. The Bright Fit BB cream has sunscreen, anti-wrinkle and lightening properties. It also comes in 4 shades: Light Beige, Natural Beige, Honey Beige and Sand Beige.

I decided to purchase Honey Beige, since I was afraid that Sand Beige would be too dark on me.

I'd learned my mistake from the last BB that I bought, and pumped the product with the nozzle on the bottom. It only took me one try to get the product out of the container, as opposed to the last time. The BB cream has a very slight scent. It is also noticeably darker than BB Magic.

Honey Beige!

Size comparison
BB Magic for $11, Precious Mineral for $13

I used BB Magic a a highlighter on my forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin. The Precious Mineral BB was a perfect match for my skin tone. This meant I could always add a bit more on areas I wanted to conceal without looking like a blotchy ghost. The product glided on smoothly when I applied it with my fingers, and blended well. It held up pretty well over 5 hours, and only the BB Magic cream on my nose slightly wore off. It looks kinda ashy with the flash on, but in other kinds of lighting, it looked pretty natural.

sorry for the derp eyes, I wasn't sure where to look.
I give this product a 4/5, and I would definitely repurchase it! By the way, the retailer I got it from is on eBay, and This seller is based in Korea, so the prices are much cheaper than what you would normally get, plus the seller always includes free samples! You can get makeup cheaper on the eBay store, but the cosmetic-love site has a membership and allows you to accumulate points, and even become a retailer (to the best of my understanding.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Introduction to Bra Sizing and Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Pushup Plunge (T81-098448282P) Review

Hi guys! You might be wondering why I'm going to be posting pictures of me in my underwear here! Well, I wanted to inform you all about accurate bra sizing.

In this picture, you can see I'm not really packing much in the chest department. I'm not wearing a bra of any sort, by the way. You would probably guess that I'm an A-cup if you already know how to properly fit bras, but I actually measure at 24F.

Yes, duckface. It's supposed to be a ridiculous picture

With my measurements of 24 ribcage and 31 bust, I get the size 24F. Wait, what? 24F? Do they even make this size? Yes and no. The size exists, but currently only Ewa Michalak (a bra manufacturer) makes this size, and even then it's a custom size.
Bra sizes are normally made in 28 bands and onwards, in 2-inch increments. Cup sizes are determined by how many inches the cup size differs from the band size, in simpler words, cup size is relative to band size.. In my case, 31-24=7. According to the chart below, a 7 inch difference is an F cup.

Click for a larger view! courtesy of a redditor from r/abrathatfits (name will be edited when I check it!)

Sizing isn't about how big your boobs look to you or others. It's about how the bra fits on you! Different manufacturers size bras slightly differently. Even bras by the same manufacturer may vary in size depending on the model. So you might be wondering, how can I find out if a bra fits? Busty Resources can point you in the right direction with a guide on how to measure yourself to find a starting point to finding your perfect size.


Since the 24F I should be wearing is kind of expensive if I custom order it (currently the only way to get it), I ordered a couple Limited Collection Marks and Spencer bras in 28DD. 28DD is the sister size of 24F, meaning if I go up in band sizes but want to keep the cup volume, I add two to the band size and go down a letter (or double letter, as in the case of Ds, Fs, Gs etc).

Sorry about the unshaved pits, my husband is living No Shave November vicariously through my armpits
As you can see, a 28DD is nowhere near humongous. This is a push-up bra, too. I will restate this: cup size is relative to band size.

My thoughts on this bra:

The straps are waaay too wide set for me. I don't feel very comfortable with the strap placement. The band is snug, and does not ride up when hooked on the first one (Ladies, that is how you can tell if the band fits!). I don't experience any quadboobing, nor gapping (how you can tell the cup fits). It's a pretty good bra, and I can only imagine that the bra would fit much much better on someone with a 28 inch rib cage measurement.

I would buy maybe another of these bras, I feel like I look fantastic in it :3

More reviews to come!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oktoberfest! I bought a crystal nail file

I went to Oktoberfest with my family! My husband also bought me a cute crystal nail file for $6 at a nail art stall there. It files like nothing else I've ever tried. At first I was like, "Woah? Where the hell is the grit? How is this going to file my nails?"

Then I tried filing. Magic ensued. The edges of my nails filed down evenly and without splitting. The tips were very smooth, not the usual ragged ones I got with my metal file. I barely had to apply pressure at all! The best part about this is it supposedly will never wear out, since it's glass. The bad part is I like bringing my nail files with me, and it doesn't come with a case :( I stuck it in my camera's pocket instead, and surrounded it some business cards.

Sorry my post isn't as long or informative as it usually is (kinda xD).



Friday, September 14, 2012

Etude House BB Magic Cream (Moisturizing) review and Moving Car makeup

My first ever eBay purchase, Etude House BB Magic Cream, arrived in the mail about a couple of days ago, and I was so excited to use it! But I thought, "what the heck, I'll use it tomorrow morning for when I go to school". Now, I have a class really early in the morning, so I planned on waking up an hour and a half before I had to leave so I would have time to do this review, but my cellphone alarm had other plans. It didn't go off at all! I wound up waking 15 minutes before I had to leave for school, so I did my makeup in a moving car. Tell me how you think I did (pics at the end)!
I was so excited when thsi came :D
I got this free sample of  "White Moistfull". I'm not sure what it does, but I think it's a  whitening moisturizer? I could easily google this, but I'm too lazy :P

But anyway, on to the review! This BB cream had no special properties aside from being moisturizing. No SPF, no skin whitening at all. It has a slight, pleasant fragrance to it, and is more liquid than I expected it to be (I had tried my sister's Skinfood BB before, and it had felt pasty to me). It was a bit of a challenge getting the pump started, but I got it going after turning it upside down and slightly squeezing it to get the air out.
No flash
with flash

This is my face when I started out, with sunblock prior to BB cream application. I dare not leave the house without sunblock, especially since I've been using papaya soap. I know I look terrible, but that's what happens when you leave the house in a rush! I kinda freak myself out with how horrible I look before I comb my hair in the mornings. There really is a world of difference.

no flash
flash. ew straight on angle

As with most, if not all, BB creams it had a whitish cast immediately upon application. I'm not a very fair-skinned person, so the problem of BB creams having a ghastly color was greatly aggravated by my skin tone. It did even out my skin, but you couldn't really tell until it had oxidized about 20-30 minutes later.

Le ghastly whiteness without flash
Le ghastly whiteness with flash

This is the makeup I managed to put on during the trip to school. And no, there were barely any stops since we just hop on the freeway. I managed not to mess up my liquid liner ;D

After oxidizing, it started to look much better, despite the fact that I was probably too dark for the shade it came in. And after 14 hours of wear, the only spots it really wore off of was my nose and forehead.

After about 30-45 minutes of wear. Jakey is tired! My classmates decided to photobomb :P

This is after 14 hours of wear! :O

This product is perfect for anybody who likes medium coverage, and is fair skinned. It's also moisturizing, so it helps dry skin as well. I like this product well enough, but I don't like the fact that it doesn't have SPF, and that there's only 35ml, when I can get 50ml (Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream) for about $5 more. It does last a long time, since a little goes a long way. My real problem however is that it doesn't really match my skin tone, and the Bright Fit line has darker shades as well as SPF. So no, I won't be repurchasing it, and I'll be getting Bright Fit next time.

Catch ya'll later


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

AMBI and Medi Herbs review part 2

     So it's been roughly a month since I started using the Ambi Fade Cream on my face and scars, and approximately 2 weeks(?) since I started using the Medi Herbs soap... and here are the results.

(The before pics can be found in this post)

Both face pics (other one is in above link) were taken in natural lighting at about the same time of day 2 weeks apart. All scar pics were taken with flash.

Puffy eyelids... I'd just woken up :P

     Both scars are significantly lighter, and my face had mostly evened out. I had to use moisturizer often though, since both the fade cream and the papaya soap contained AHA, which is very drying. As maintenance, I also had to use a lot of sunblock to prevent redarkening. I will keep using both products until November. Hopefully, I will have reached my desired result by then. Possible updates by the end of October! :)


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SANA Extra Heavy Eyeliner review

     I went to the local Japanese grocery store with my hubby, and naturally my attention was directed to the makeup aisles. I've been meaning to buy new liquid liner (since my old brush was tatty and drew lines poorly), and this was the cheapest one they had. It cost USD 15, which was less than K-Palette and Dolly Wink.

     It boasts a flattened tip which draws thicker lines, hence the name "extra heavy eyeliner". Thin lines are also possible with this tip, making it a versatile brush. A helpful guide is on the packaging on how to achieve these lines.

Flat side
Thin side

     The product dries almost upon contact with skin, as with most Japanese eyeliners, making a sure hand necessary if you use it. There's no room for mistakes with this kind of liner, since it leaves a blue-grey stain if you try to smudge it off. It's not very pigmented however, and about 2-3 strokes are needed for a solid black line. Here's a little tip though, if you have hooded eyelids or a monolid, don't open your eyes right after application, since it takes a bit of time for it to be completely dry. I ended up with the eyeliner transferring onto my skin from my lashline when I opened my eyes too soon!

Left side: line thicknesses possible
Right side: 1 stroke and 2 strokes. Notice how the rightmost line is darker?

Slightly better pic :)

     This eyeliner is not by any means waterproof, however, it is quite long lasting and does not easily smudge or flake off if applied on clean, dry skin.When I used it, it stayed on all day. It sort of reminds me of India ink, as opposed to eyeliners such as e.l.f. which is more like a black film.

     I've read a few reviews about this eyeliner, and the general sentiment is that it is too difficult to remove. While it does leave a slight dark tint on the skin, I only washed my face twice to get rid of it. On other reviews, it has been said fancy makeup removers cannot remove it easily. I don't know if it is my skin type or if I'm very lucky, since it was no more difficult to wash off than most makeup for me.

After washing my hand with just water
Good ol'soap. You did not betray me :D

     Overall, I really like this eyeliner, except for the fact that you need to layer it on to get a solid black. I would most likely repurchase this item when I run out of it.

More product reviews to come in the near future!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Ambi and Medi Herbs lightening soap review week 2 and 1 respectively

     I decided my skin wasn't looking as even as it could, and decided to use the tube of Ambi Fade Cream on my scars and areas I deemed darker than the rest of my face. It's been two weeks since I've been using the cream regularly on my forehead and nose. Sadly, I don't have a before picture, but here's one after two weeks. Sorry about the gross hair, I haven't been taking good care of it for a while >,< staying at home makes me lazy :(

meh, no makeup, no hairbrush = vacation look XD
     I've always had a problem with my cheeks being lighter than the rest of my face, especially since buying foundation gets a little tricky. I don't want a thick foundation which feels cakey, and I want only  enough coverage to even out my skin tone. Unfortunately, my skin tone varies across my face as the foundation wears off during the course of the day, I end up looking really weird since my nose is dark.

   I also put the fade cream on my scars on my arms and legs, and these are a couple of the darker ones.

    I'll be posting photos if there is any improvement over the next month. I feel like the scars are lightening up a bit, but it could just be my imagination :P

   I just started using the Medi Herbs soap yesterday, so we'll see if I can get lightening faster with this being used in tandem with the Ambi. However, I only have two bars of the stuff, as I can't seem to find this soap anywhere on the internet! I might have to switch to a different papaya soap when I run out of it.

   So, I'll be posting updates on this in maybe about a month! I'm hoping for the best :)



Saturday, June 9, 2012

French Braid Mohawk

So, I haven't seen if anyone else has already done this hairstyle, but I thought it looked cute, so I decided to share it with all of y'all.

This and my other hair tranformations at

The blue is a washed out Huckleberry Blue by Beyond The Zone Color Jamz, and I cut the back and sides myself with a razor comb. I tend not to trust other people with cutting my hair, they rarely ever get it right. Also, haircuts are frigging expensive.

I've never really been taught how to french braid, and not even watching the videos on Youtube is helping me :P
I guess we'll see if I improve after a while. I plan to keep this hairstyle for a bit, so we'll know in time.
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