Friday, April 17, 2015

The definition of Gigi

When I meet someone new in Vancouver, they would tell me what "Gigi" means in their language. Because Gigi is an uncommon name, its interesting to hear the different definitions with different culture.

So I compiled a list of the language variations from my friends:

Turkish: In turkey this means "grandmother". The closest pronunciation is "cici". 
Japanese: It is a disrespectful way of calling your "grandfather". They spell it as JiJi. 
Ukrainian: Grandpa
French: Pure

What does your name mean? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Freebie Monday: Bioré Charcoal Products sample pack

Signed up for this sample back after seeing it on a Canadian freebie site a while back. As we all know, blackheads can be our worst nightmare! Its not very healthy to cover up with foundation on a daily basis, and somehow they keep re-appearing if a proper cleaning routine is set in place. 

For me, I seldomly take care of my blackheads as my acne problem becomes the first priority. With Bioré  nose strips, I've heard both good and bad reviews on. A friend of mine uses it every once in a while, it does eliminate the blackheads. But the pores were stretched so you'd see her large pores, even with makeup.

I was curious what would happen to me, so my heart decided to give this a try.

They came in this form after peeling the package off:
Instructions to use the nose strips were to dampen your nose with water so the strip with adhere tightly. Wait 10-15 minutes and peel off when the strip hardens. Here's what it looks like (aftermath):

The peeling process was very dramatic. As the strip was stuck at delicate parts of my nose, I was getting teary from the pain from slowly tearing it off. I wasn't able to determine if those were blackheads or dirt in my pores.... But I am excited to try the Charcoal Bar in the next few weeks!

What's your experience with using nose strips/methods to remove blackheads? Let me know!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lise Watier Beauty Haul

My first Lise Watier beauty haul! I am super excited to share with you some of the products I purchased from their flash sale recently.

I was introduced to their brand & products roughly 2 years ago. Depending on the season, I find their fall collection to be more suitable for my Asian facial features. Mainly because they have more neutral tones, as opposed to more vibrant & colorful palettes as released in the spring. 

1. Lise Watier 24 hours Gel Liner (Made in France) $9

Seems like a gel liner that has been off the market after the flash sale. The gel liner is easy to apply, and does stay on during a regular 8 hour work day. (Given you don't rub your eyes during the day) Amazingly, the matte finish enhances the eyes, giving a more glamorous appearance. 

2. Lise Watier Mineral Loose Powder- Neutral (Made in Canada) $9

Originally priced at $24, the loose powder helps set the foundation for a flawless look. It comes with a convenient fluffy sponge at the cap of the container. Making it easy to bring when travelling. I have yet to try this (as I haven't worn liquid foundation recently with breakouts). But can't wait to try them next week!

3. Lise Watier Quatuor Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet (Made in Italy) $9

Originally priced at around $33, the eyeshadow palette comes with a small sponge applicator. This palette emphasize on nature colors, which can be seen on the cover of the case, a beautiful sunset sky. With a hint of water on a eyeliner brush, the dark colors can be used as a eyeliner & eyeshadow interchangeably. They provide instructions on achieving a natural vs. sophisticated look.

In addition to the products ordered, they also included two samples:

A Pore Minimizing Primer & Skincare anti-aging product

Question for you: What is your favorite product from Lise Watier?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Makeup routine: With Glasses

Working full-time, I sit in front of a dual screen computer during the week. Because I am near-sighted, I can take the glasses off when I am at work. It puts less strain on the eyes when your contacts gets dry. 

The main benefit to wearing glasses is they helps frame your eyes. Your eyes then become the center of attention. With a few products, people will have trouble taking their eyes off yours :)

1. Eyeliner/mascara
I have spacious eyelashes. There's not a lot of them which makes me look tired if I went out without makeup. 

L'Oréal real Lineur Intense in Earthen Rock Brown (L803) The eyeliner's packaging is nicely designed with a 2 flat surfaces for a nice, easy grip. The brush tip is extremely soft and delicate, so you won't feel like your eyelids are being touched! It was a great find as I was looking for an eyeliner replacement, with a soft color to make the eyes pop.

Estée Lauder Sumptuous- Bold Volume Lifting Mascara I received their sample a while 
back when I bought one of the makeup sets. Their mascara is long lasting and helps 
hold up Asian lashes very well. This mascara looks very natural after one application. 
For those without defining lashes, I recommend trying out their mascaras.

2. Concealer
With 8 hours of sleep, I still have the occasion dark under eye circles. After wearing 
glasses, the circles gets magnified making the person look more tired than usual. I 
use the following interchangeably during the week, giving my face a refreshed 
feeling from trying different products.

Vasanti- Wonders of the world concealer (Y2) I came across this at the Rexall
beauty consultation of their brand. This is a dual concealer. The darker shade helps 
evens out the dark circles while the lighter shade help cover the annoying
blemishes. This concealer has a more solid texture for maximum coverage.

NARS radiant, creamy concealer (Light 3 Honey) I picked up this from Sephora 
after a friend's recommendation. It has a creamy texture (which I love!) for easy 
application. With the creamy texture, my under eyes feels hydrated after a day's wear.
In addition, NARS concealer comes in a lip gloss tube transparent plastic packaging,
which I find looks very elegant.