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Love Isn't Blind, It's Just Nearsighted

Friday, February 15, 2013 Category : , , , 1



Haha, had the title inspiration from a blurry self-outfit photo. Kinda liked the effect and decided to keep the picture :)

Happy day-after-Valentines everyone! Hope you had a wonderful day, whether you're in a relationship or not! I know, despite what people say, it kinda sucks being single on Valentines day and seeing all the lovey-dovey couples around you and all those pictures on Facebook. But hey, I spent the day recovering from the stomach flu, so lucky you if you were healthy! Do you know how awful it is to be starving but unable to eat? It's the WORST!

But I had my first few bites of solid food yesterday.

It.

Was.

Amazing.

After days of having nothing but soup and congee, the act of chewing almost made me want to cry in happiness. But I'm super glad I wasn't completely bed-ridden for Valentine's day. That would've been awful.

Today I'm still recovering from the last vestiges of the flu, but I'm almost at 100 percent! :)

So I saw my boyfriend yesterday and he surprised me with the most amazing bouquet of long-stem roses as well as a box of Godiva chocolates. I've only seen these heart-shaped candy boxes in movies! He's such a sweetie and totally spoiled me! Makes up for him being the one who gave me the flu in the first place lol.


Our date was at his house, but I still wanted to dress for the occasion as well as be comfortable--after all, gotta keep warm when you're sick, right?

H&M TANK, YESSTYLE DOLMAN CARDIGAN, FOREVER 21 SKIRT, BLACK TIGHTS, BLACK BOOTIES

I love rayon material tank tops 'cause they're so soft and they hang off the body nicely. However, I hate that they wrinkle and pill so easily ><

Have a good weekend everyone! It's sunny here in Vancouver! YES!

Amicably Yours,
Emi

Review: Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Category : , , , 3

Today I’ll be reviewing another product by Hada Labo, which is the Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion.
Apparently this baby sells like hotcakes all across Japan—Hada Labo apparently sells a bottle every 4 seconds in Japan! It’s a miracle that they can maintain a supply to keep up with the demand!
Anyways, you’re probably thinking: Another Hada Labo review?
Yes, you can probably tell that I pulled a major beauty/skincare haul recently.
Taa daa! This was just from one purchase alone; I also have a few other products to tell you guys about as well… all in due time.
The winter weather definitely does not help with my somewhat dry skin, so I was on the market for something super-hydrating. Prior to using this product, I would moisturize my face in the morning and apply BB cream. By midday, the BB cream would start settling around areas of dry skin—which, as you can imagine, is not very flattering—even when I exfoliated the night before!
So I was left with either decision:
(1)    Deal with the peeling, dry skin, or
(2)    Leave the house BB cream-less
NEVERRRRR! I scoured the internet for solutions and came across this lotion instead. Funnily enough, I did a university project on Hada Labo’s parent company, Rohto Pharmaceutical a number of years ago.
The Claims:
So just a recap from last time:
Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing range contains Super Hyaluronic Acid that lastingly hydrates and nourishes the skin for smooth, radiant and crystal-clear skin. It creates a moisture locking shield to help preserve skin’s optimum moisture balance.
Some more information on this particular product:
  • With 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize skin and help to preserve its optimum moisture balance.
  •  Replenishes and locks-in moisture for complete hydration. Skin feels significantly soft and supple.
  • Helps improve dry and dehydrated skin, leaving it silky smooth.
  • Skin pH balanced. Low irritation.
  •  Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol & colorant.
So Hada Labo says the benefit of having three types of hyaluronic acid is that your skin stays hydrated and smoother for a longer period of time. Each type penetrates a different layer of skin and locks in moisture with the sheer amount of skin-penetrating goodness.


Hyaluronic Acid mimics the skin’s inherent moisturizing ability to improve water retention of the skin by nourishing and preserving the optimum moisture balance.
Super Hyaluronic Acid merges with the skin to form a smooth moisture locking shield. It has 2x the moisture retention capacity of Hyaluronic Acid to allow your skin to stay hydrated and smooth for a longer period of time.
Nano Hyaluronic Acid easily penetrates into the epidermis layer and deeply moisturizes the skin, leaving it hydrated and supple from the inside out.
Directions:
The Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion should be used twice daily after cleansing. It can be used by itself or in conjunction with other Hada Labo moisturizing products.
Apply the lotion (about 2-3 drops should do it) onto your palms and then pat the product on your face and neck until it is fully absorbed before applying any other skincare or makeup product. Patting, rather than rubbing, the product into your skin enhances absorption and moisturizing power. In the span of a few seconds, the product goes from watery, to tacky, to fully absorbed!

My Thoughts:
Product: The product looks clear and is liquid much like a toner. In fact, I believe that “lotions” in Japan are actually moisturizers used after cleansing and before the cream moisturizers.
The product is a bit sticky when you first apply it and it takes a few moments for it to be absorbed into your skin—which I don’t mind, ‘cause this means my skin is actually absorbing the product, rather than it sitting on top of my skin @@” Anyways, after it becomes absorbed, my skin looked very moisturized and—for lack of better words—bouncy (I guess elasticised would’ve worked?). Next, I would apply Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream (I’ll probably review this next) at night to seal in all the goodness.
I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I definitely noticed a clear difference in my skin in a few days. Remember the BB cream problem I mentioned earlier where the BB cream would settle around my dry skin? It doesn’t happen nearly as much!
Packaging: Like their lip balm which I reviewed earlier, the packaging is very simple and not exactly elegant. But who needs fancy packaging when the company sells a bottle every 4 seconds, right?!
The cap is a flip-lid. Like I mentioned earlier, the product is very liquidy so all you have to do is turn the bottle upside-down, shake, and the product comes out in generous droplets. So not only is the bottle sanitary, no pump means you don’t have to waste any product! :D
Price: I originally went hunting for the product locally. I knew the T&T Supermarket at Metrotown opened up an Asian beauty/pharmacy section so I went to check it out. I don’t recall seeing the Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion there, but I think I saw the lotion from the ES range (which is meant for sensitive skin going for around $25-30. I ran away immediately and went online.
I ended up buying my 170 ml bottle for $16.40 on sasa.com; definitely not a bad deal, in my opinion; though the price has changed to $18.80 now. If you don’t have enough to fill up your cart, the cheapest price I found it for on eBay was $22.99 for 170 mL after shipping and handling on eBay. If you’re shopping on eBay, be careful of the sample sized bottles of 30 mL or 100 mL for cheaper. Sellers use the same image as the full sized bottle, so buyer beware. Plus, I don’t buy beauty or skincare items from eBay sellers that haven’t sold a lot of the product. A low turnover rate might mean the seller has been holding onto the same product for a while.
Repurchase? It will take me a while to run out of product, but YES!

Amicably Yours,
Emi

Review: Hada Labo Gokujuyn Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer

Friday, February 8, 2013 Category : , , , , 1

Once more, it's been a while since I last posted orz. Let's see how I'll last this time!
I'll kick off my first post of 2013 with a product review for Hada Labo's Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer! Let me start by saying that I have fairly normal lips. Every so often they get dry and start peeling (which is bad because I tend pick at the peeling skin) or irritated to the point where the outer edges of my lips become red and burn to the point I need to apply lip balm otherwise I’ll cry (you know when you keep licking your lips to quell the burning sensation, but that only lasts for about 10 seconds before your lips start burning again?).
I’ve used a number of different lip balm brands over the years, including drugstore brands like Blistex, Softlips, Nivea, and EOS; as well as higher end stuff like FRESH.

As you can tell, I’m somewhat of a lip balm junkie. I'm pretty sure I have more stashed away, but these are all I managed to find at the moment >_______<
I’ve long since lost it, but from what I recall, Blistex is a decent lip balm, and pretty cheap as well, but I didn’t care much for the texture (I felt like I had to drag it across my lips) or the standard “unscented” lip balm smell.
Softlips comes in a nice thin tube that’s easy to stick into the pocket of your jeans, which can either be awesome or awful. I’ve misplaced and rediscovered an exorbitant number of these lip balms in my pants and coat pockets. Softlips comes in a number of different scents like Honeydew Melon, Orange Tangerine, Vanilla, Peach Mango, etc. But after a while, I got pretty sick of the smell.This lip balm does a good job at temporarily quelling the burn (it would provide a nice, cool tingly sensation when applied), but it wouldn’t be long before you’d have to re-apply. It also doesn’t do anything for dry, peeling lips either.
Nivea, like Blistex, is a pretty standard lip balm—in fact, I had been using it pretty frequently until recently—but it isn’t anything too outstanding.
EOS comes in super-cute packaging which can pose as an inconvenience on days I don’t carry around a purse. All the EOS lip balms I’ve tried smell pretty good, though I imagine I’ll get sick of it soon enough. EOS does an okay job at quelling burning lips, and the effects last a bit longer than Softlips, but I don’t really carry these around on an everyday basis.
I received the set of mini FRESH lip balms from Sephora as the 2012 birthday gift. I fell in love with the original/clear version (the one in the brown tube). It felt like forever before I had to reapply, and it did a great lip at moisturizing and softening my lips. The scent is nice and subtle as well. I was devastated when I ran out and I considered buying a full-sized version, but I couldn’t justify paying over $25 on a single tube lip balm, oversized or not.
In any case, I’m glad I didn’t splurge for the FRESH, since I think I’ve found my HG lip balm:




Meet the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer.
The Claims:
“One drop locks up an ocean”
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing range contains Super Hyaluronic Acid that lastingly hydrates and nourishes the skin for smooth, radiant and crystal-clear skin. It creates a moisture locking shield to help preserve skin’s optimum moisture balance.
In particular, the Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer is described as the following:
·         Contains Super Hyaluronic Acid to effectively moisturize and hydrate lips.
·         Continuous replenish moisture to keep lips moist and supple.
·         Low irritation. Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.
My Thoughts:
Price: The price isn’t too steep; perhaps a little more than some drugstore brands, but definitely cheaper than the FRESH lip balm. I paid $6 USD for mine on Sasa.com. However, if you can’t manage to fill up your cart for free shipping, there are a few on eBay for $7-8 as well.
Packaging: The packaging is that of a standard lip balm. Hada Labo products don’t seem to have to “dress to impress” if you know what I mean. Apparently they sell one of their Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion (I bought this at the same time as the lip balm, so a review will be coming soon) every 4 seconds in Japan!
  
Product: I love this lip balm. It definitely lives up to its claims! It glides on smoothly and lasts for quite a while! While there’s no cool and tingly menthol feeling, it definitely moisturizes and hydrates my lips—I think this is the smoothest they’ve been yet! Furthermore, there is absolutely no smell to it, which surprised me. Most “flavourless” lip balms have that generic scent, yet I don’t smell anything from this particular brand—a definite bonus for me since I get sick of scents quite easily!
Repurchase? Definitely!

Amicably Yours,
Emi

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