Monday, June 16, 2014

Yoko Yaya HAUL!

As I started my search for good, reasonably-priced face masks, Daiso came to my mind. I opted for Yoko yaya in International Village, Chinatown because it was more convenient and less traffic coming back. I went to the makeup section and picked up some face masks that were pretty cheap, some are less than $1 for one! I haven't tried the masks from Daiso yet, only the Charcoal mask for blackheads (at the bottom). If you have, please let me know!

1. BB Face Mask $2- Made in Korea
It comes in a pack of 2, with separate packaging. It is a collagen face mask with 23ml of moisture-filled essence in it. Collagen is used to maintain the elasticity and firmness of your skin, and breakdown with the aging process. There are instructions on the back on how to use it. The benefit of this mask is after putting it on for 5-15 minutes, the extra essence can be massaged into the skin. No rinsing required.

1. Face Care Sheet $2- Made in Japan
It comes in a pack of 2, with thinner, smaller packaging. This is a collagen & Hyaluronic Acid with 12ml of essence for both sheets. Its the size of my palm, in comparison to other Korean mask products. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer. There are simple instruction at the back for 10 minute use. 

3. Q10 Sheet Mask $2- Made in Korea
It comes in a pack of 3, with separate packaging. The 3-pack co-enzyme Q10 face mask, each with 25ml of moisture-filled essence in it. The antioxidants within CoQ10 can withstand and reverse skin damage, preserving the collagen and elastin within your skin cells to make you appear younger.There are instructions with visual images on the back on how to use it. The benefit of this mask is after putting it on for 10-20 minutes, the extra essence needs to be massaged into the skin. No rinsing required. 

4. Facial Mask Peel Off (Charcoal) $2 - Made in Korea
One tube has around 80g of content. This is the second time I bought this due to its large size for only $2. The product is good for removing blackheads. However, it is not permanent as the nose requires other products to assist in closing the pores. Because of its [charcoal] natural detoxifying properties, it can be used to whiten teeth, remove poisons from your body, and cleanse!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sun Screen Essentials

Lately we've been experiencing some sunny, hot weather in Vancouver. Its time to absorb some Vitamin D and get some nice tans. For a number of locals, weekends consist of going to the beach with friends. But of course, long hours of volleyball action.

SUNSCREEN is a must if you are planning to spend time at the beach for two reasons.

You wanna get a nice, even tan. Some people wear a short-sleeve shirt to protect some parts of their body, and ends the night with a burning farmer's tan. Once you achieve this kind of tan, it stays with you for the summer. To avoid only using clothing for sun protection, invest in sunscreen. Its worth it.

The severe case of forgetting to apply & re-applying sunscreen. This is very common, especially when you're having a great time with friends. Take a few minutes in between conversations or sports to re-apply sunscreen. The sunscreen wears off easily when you sweat, under the sun. If a few minutes of applying sunscreen can avoid burning showers and peeling skin, why not?

Here are my essentials:


I came across this product while looking in for a decent sunscreen that can be used for going out during the daytime, not for sports. They had many good reviews so I got one to try it out. This sunscreen has the benefit of little shininess while blending in with your skin color (a shade lighter). After using it for a few weeks, my face has gotten only a shade darker. Pretty impressive product as I like to spend time at the beach often.

From London Drugs

This is my go-to product when I go tanning/ spending time under the sun. The sunscreen has a sheer feeling, not as heavy with the same amount of coverage. In addition, it doesn't make the skin look shiny with excess oil. But the sunscreen does go on your clothing when you wipe sweat onto your shirt. However, it doesn't stain after a quick wash. Regardless of SPF 110, I reapply it every hour to reduce the chance of sunburn. Highly Recommended.

From London Drugs
Lastly, we can't forget the largest surface area, the body. I like to use a sunscreen spray because it is convenient and easy to apply/carry around. But with a spray, uneven distribution of sunscreen can result in spot tan. In addition, the spray can be used up in just one summer.

* I usually get my products when they're on sale at drugstores. Recently London Drugs are having some great deals on sunscreen. As for the sasatinne face sunscreen, I had a friend get it for me from HK as they didn't have the online shopping option back then.*