Question from Gossmakeupartist: What are your beauty regrets?

/ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 /
Here's another one from Wayne Goss!

This is a spin-off of a YouTube video originally created by Gossmakeupartist on YouTube, titling, "What are your beauty regrets?"

So thus I decided to also answer this question.

Here are my top beauty regrets:

  1. Not putting sunscreen onto my face and body early on in life - before I got freckles on my face, and for not understanding sunscreen until I was halfway through college.
  2. Not developing a good skincare routine until I was halfway through college, nor understanding proper skincare until that time as well.
  3. Overdesquamating/exfoliating my face when I first developed acne in the 8th grade/9th grade.
  4. Listening to just hearsay and customer reviews rather than understanding the science of how skin really worked and how to take care of myself properly.
  5. Not getting enough sleep in middle and high school and thus developing very large dark circles as a result.
  6. Not eating enough beauty foods and focusing on junk foods. Especially during my younger years.
  7. Not understanding the concept of lotion and once using Listerine as a way to "cleanse" my skin. I ran that stuff over my skin for ~30 min. Argh it burns!
  8. Not being careful during cooking and thus having ultra-scarred hands.
  9. Overplucking my eyebrows and getting ridiculed at.
  10. Using Nair. So itchy!
  11. Using black eyeliner for a brow liner. Hello unibrow Godzilla!
  12. Not blending in my eyeshadow properly.
  13. Using a water-based mascara and not curling my eyelashes beforehand; hello raccoon eyes and watering eyes!
  14. Wearing the wrong shade of concealer (too light).
  15. Sleeping with makeup on (happens more rarely now)
  16. Cutting my nails too short (ouch!)
  17. Leaving on old nail polish for 4+ weeks (hello yellow tinge!)
  18. Not putting Mederma on my old scars.
  19. Picking at my cuticles.
  20. Hunching my back while studying - so bad!!!
So there you go. There are more regrets but these are the ones that come out the fastest. Do y'all have similar regrets?

Question from Gossmakeupartist: Do you wear more or less makeup on the weekends?

/ Friday, September 20, 2013 /
Confession: On the weekends I hardly wear any makeup.

I don't go out much because I'm in med school. During med school, you don't have much time to go out, you're in a ton of debt, and you're basically living life on the edge. Plus, you want to sleep in during the weekend and not have to worry about things.

Thus, unless if I'm going out for a special occasion (which happens very rarely) or something, I don't wear any makeup at all. Perhaps just eyeliner and eyebrow liner or something.

The exception is suncreen: For cancer prevention purposes, I wear sunscreen everyday. Without fail. Unless if I have a 24-hr coma? XD

Review: Olay Sensitive Foaming Face Wash

/ Sunday, September 8, 2013 /
Olay Sensitive Foaming Face Wash - 7 oz
FTC: I bought this product with my own money. I am not compensated for any reviews.

Olay has always been known as a great brand for skincare products. My mother and many of her friends have raved about Regenerist products and many other lines this brand has carried throughout the years. Recently, I had been looking at their facial products, and seeing the awesome reviews of this gentleness of product, I decided to go for it.

According to the P&G Website, the ingredients are as shown:

Ingredient List: Water/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide Mea, Laureth-10, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin.

Hmm... looking at this list, it seems like there aren't a lot of ingredients listed. The SLES is fine as a foaming agent; there don't seem to be any acne-fighting ingredients; overall, it looks like a simple face wash.

During this time period that I tried it was when I was going back to med school for my second year. Of course, the stress boiled up almost instantaneously. Break-out galore. Uh-oh.

Thus, it didn't seem surprising that this product did not help with the acne.

  • Very gentle product - no desquamating/exfoliating properties, just a simple cleanser
  • Did not make me break out more
  • Cost - $4.99 for 7 fl oz
  • Did not help me clear out my acne
  • Felt like it did not actually clean my skin - no foaming properties really or anything else.
Bottom line, this product goes along with the Purpose and Cetaphil washes, but doesn't work as well as the other two, IMO. Thus, I would recommend this product to a person with sensitive or sensitized skin without acne. As for me, I think I need to find an acne-fighting product again O.o

Review: Dead Sea Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

/ Thursday, September 5, 2013 /
Dead Sea Spa Anti-wrinkle 1.7-ounce Eye Cream
FTC: I purchased this product with my own money. I am not compensated for any reviews.

I have gone back and forth about eye creams. Sometimes I go with John Su's assessment of the over-hyped nature of eye creams, while other times I think about Michelle Phan's assessment of them and their necessity. I've tried both lotions and eye creams, from backwards and forwards, and ultimately my personal assessments have been inconclusive. Thus, when I saw this product at Ross on discount at $6.99, I decided to go for it.

According to Overstock, the ingredients are:

Ingredients: Deionised Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Peg-40 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Dead Sea Salt, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A).

A cursory glance reveals that this products contains a lot of hydrating ingredients. All of these glycerin-based ingredients, oils, and vitamin A derivatives suggest that this product is geared toward brightening and firming the skin. I'm personally glad there are parabens, because this product is open-jar and therefore can be exposed to a lot of bacteria. 

  • Very moisturizing and hydrating
  • Did not break me out around the eye area
  • Has a bunch of awesome firming and anti-aging ingredients
  • A little goes a long way - I've used this product for a month and have barely made a dent in it!
  • Firming and brightening properties - this is one of the first products I've tried that actually helps me firm up my baggy dark circles. Normally I would use more concealer to cover them up during the day, but with this product I've noticed that I don't need concealer as often!
  • Hard to find - you won't be able to find this at any drugstore; I found it quite haphazardly at Ross while otherwise, the only place I've found it as at Overstock
  • Price - one individual jar of 1.7 fl oz costs $17.99 at Overstock; even though I was lucky enough to find it at Ross, 
Bottom line, I think this was an interesting product to try, and I'm thankful I was able to find it for such a discounted price (at about 60% off). I'm still going back and forth between whether eye creams are worth it or not, but as of right now I think this is a great product to try!

Review: DHC Coenzyme Q10 Eye Cream

/ Monday, September 2, 2013 /
CoQ10 Eye Cream

I got this product as part of a sample set from DHC.

This product is, for all intents and purposes, a night eye cream. Now, technically, eye creams aren't really needed - they're just really thick, emollient products that are used on the area around the eye at night. One could do with a nice, thick lotion instead that is perhaps 10X cheaper.

However, since I got it, I figured why not review it?

water/aqua/eau, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butylene glycol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), squalane, lanolin, sorbitol, stearic acid, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, pentylene glycol, glyceryl stearate SE, batyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, behenyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, cetearyl alcohol, carbomer, ubiquinone, potassium hydroxide, tocopherol, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, cetearyl glucoside, serine, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, carboxymethyl chitosan succinamide, retinyl palmitate, pyridoxine HCl, arachis hypogaea (peanut) oil, soluble collagen, placental protein

Price: $39 for 0.88 oz product!

I've got to say, all in all, this product was actually pretty good. It nourished the skin around my eye area and stuff, although I didn't see any dark circles or discoloration go away. Perhaps that might've worked with a lot more time.

However, due almost purely to the price problem, I will not be purchasing the full-sized version of this product (at least not in the present future).

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