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GIG Spotlight: Top 10 Style & Beauty Wants for Spring!

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My favorite blogger community, The Girls’ Inspired Group AKA GIG, does these really fun monthly themed posts which they invite the other GIG members to do as a sort of contest and sometimes they offer up awesome giveaway prizes and things! This month’s themed post is “Spring Fever” and they’ve invited members to post on it in order to compete for “Blog of the Month” for GIG so I thought I’d share some beauty and fashion things I’ve been wanting to pick up lately for this post.

You can see the GIG original post on Spring Fever on their blog – here.

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Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette, Sua Young Mineral-Based BB Cream, Ribbed V Front Skater Dress, RMS Beauty Living LuminizerGlamazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick – Bold Coral, Metal Fan Collar Necklace, Large Sienna Padlock Bag, Glitter Round Sunglasses, RAVE Skinny Letter Belt & LOLLY Metal Heel Sandals.

   What Are Your Latest Beauty & Fashion Wants for Spring?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

♥ Tianna

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I just saw that Too Faced Cosmetics is currently having a sale and yes, I had to blog it!

Anyway, they’re discounting things up to 70% Off, which is insane and awesome all at once!

To Get You All in the Shopping Mood, Here’s a Few of My Favorites from Too Faced! 

Lip Injection Duo

Lip Injection Duo; $26 $10

I tried Too Faced Lip Injection wayyy before I started this blog which is likely why I never thought to review it. It totally burn-tingles going on, but I’m the kind of girl who wants plump lips so bad that I’m sitting there like ” Oo It burns so good! ”  Just kidding. It does plump lips, though temporarily, and it smells like cinnamon which I love! Up to you whether you like the tingly feeling or not.

Luggage Tag

Luggage Tag $10 $5

I have been wanting a Luggage Tag for ages so I might actually pick this one up. I just think they’re cute ways of accessorizing luggage and also a great way to figure out which non-descript suitcase is yours at the baggage claim. Just saying!

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty Kit $29 $14

I really loved their eye shadow primer, Shadow Insurance, but that was a few years ago so no idea if they’ve changed the formula or not. If not, this is awesome! If yes, I am lost. I’ve never tried the face primer because, as you might know, I’m really paranoid when it comes to using face primers that have silicone. If you are too, feel free to check out this one or this one, both of which I love and one of which has silicone! I like this kit in spite of the face primer, though, because it’s a fantastic value and that’s really what a cheap girl like me wants – a fantastic deal. Yep. Thrifty is IN people! 😉

Little Black Book of Beauty

Little Black Book of Beauty Kit $36 $18

Lastly, they have this kit which I saw for $36 around this past December and have really loved the design of it, but was too cheap to spring for it at the time. Now that it’s literally half the price, I just might pick it up!

What do you think of Too Faced Cosmetics?

Anyone have a favorite product to recommend?

A New Website Is Coming Very Soon That Will Change The Way Americans Shop For Asian Beauty Products!

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Started by 2 friends brought together by their love of sports and beauty alike, Peach and Lily encompasses everything you ever wanted in a beauty shop with a specialization in offering you all the hottest Asian beauty products on the market without delay.

The thing I am most excited about is that I will no longer have to wait a million and one years to get all the coolest Asian beauty gadgets, CC creams, BB creams, color changing cosmetics and  innovative skincare so often unavailable in the U.S. Where it normally takes years to get the latest Japanese and Korean beauty products, it will now be readily available to us with the help of Peach & Lily!

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Have you heard of Peach and Lily?

Who Supplies Your Asian Beauty Products?

Happy Thursday Everyone!

So, as you all know, I write a lot about products that I love. I really do. If I don’t much like a product, I don’t really end up writing about it unless it’s just that awful to the point where I feel obligated to. Otherwise, it just ends up underneath my sink, unused and forever alone or I return it if I can. That being said, I’ve tried sooo many products. A few have been great, a lot have been just okay, and some have been downright horrible. Since I have never really shared too much about the products that I loathe or done a whole lot of negative reviewing, I thought it was high time I wrote a bit about some products that, not only I didn’t like, but that also had huge hype in the beauty world and never lived up to those expectations in my opinion. So, here they are.

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Back before I knew anything about, well anything, I used to purchase my cosmetics at either the mall or the drugstore. I thought, well it’s a brand, it’s expensive, it should work right? If you’re as much into beauty as I now am, you’ll know this simply isn’t true and when you shell out the cash for something as expensive as Lancome, the cries of utter disappointment can be heard around the world. Twice. So when I tried this serum, of course I believed everything the makeup counter lady told me about hydration, fine line smoothing, blah blah. The only problem? It sucks. It’s a silicone-esque type moisturizer that doesn’t really do much of anything. It mildly hydrates, at best. Not only that, but it ended up making me break out in the 4th day using it. Thank God for Macy’s return policy.

Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK1

I picked this one up in a little beauty boutique near me, thinking to myself Oooh it’s like calligraphy makeup! Yeah, I’m not sure what that was about, but it was around the time Memoirs of a Geisha (the book, not the movie) came out and I was all into the art of applying makeup like I’m freaking Monét or something. Also, it had gotten rave reviews on all the blogs I followed (back in the days before I blogged anything). Anyway, so this eyeliner worked okay for the first day, you know, if I applied like 4 layers of it. After that, it stopped wanting to layer over and if I tried, it would basically wipe all the layers out that I already applied on. Apply eyeliner on, wipes off. Aside from that, it would dry up once applied and then flake off in a seriously unattractive way. Gross. No thanks, I’ll pass. I threw it away.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I wanted so much to like this one! It gets rave reviews to this day and I still don’t get it! It was actually purchased for me by my boyfriend’s mom who loves Clinique like it’s going out of style. I was super excited to try this out and it does go on really nicely. It feels like a really hydrating, but surprisingly light face lotion. It was only after a few days that I noticed I was getting a bunch of ugly white heads popping up in my T-zone. Eww. And back to Macy’s I went.

Loreal Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Wow, I tried this one some time in middle school before I knew anything about makeup or how to apply it. You know, back when I thought it was a good idea to apply stick foundation in that orange color that had no semblance to my actual skin color. Those days. So, it’s actually not surprising that I bought this purely because it’s Loreal and I saw all those fancy shmancy (it IS a word in my world!) commercials for it with models and splashing water. It looked legit, right ? I could not have been more wrong about this one. This sh*t actually burns going on. It burns your eyes, your skin. I seriously hope they’ve re-done the formula since I used it back in 2000 because this stuff is hazardous.

Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleansing System Set

This is one of the more recent errs in judgment I had. I purchased it because I was still too cheap to take the plunge and splurge on an actual Clarisonic and this seemed like a nice, affordable option. At this point, I’d already tried the cheap $10 electronic face brushes from Ebay (Thanks China, you rock!) and I thought this would be a more refined option, but this thing is worse than the $10 one. Seriously, all it does is spin in a circle on either high or low. It also runs on batteries which run out pretty frequently so it’s not green or economical, really, at all. The brush attachment isn’t really that soft and actually causes redness after continued use. The cleanser that comes with this sucks too. I would’ve been better off putting my $30 ish dollars away to save up for the Clarisonic than purchasing this piece of crap. Just saying. Anyway, thank God I now own a Clarisonic. I’m definitely never looking back.

Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

really wanted to love this mascara! I don’t know if my lack of skill makes this mascara total crap to me or if it just sucks overall, but it sure was disappointing. The round wand sounds like a fantastic idea when you see it on commercial, but in reality, it’s a smudge death trap because you inevitably end up getting mascara all over your eyes and lids with this thing. The formula seemed to be okay, but the wand is just too annoying to use and it clumps up mascara after the second layer. What a mess.

Dr. Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenation BB Cream

So, this last one was the first ever BB cream that I tried back in 2009. I purchased it at a little Asian beauty boutique in Rowland because it was reviewed on a lot of blogs as a great BB cream to try for those who have trouble, oily and acne prone skin. Within 2 days of using this, not only was my skin breaking out more than ever, but it was also inflamed, irritated, and it had a lovely greyish tint thanks to Dr. Jart+. I hope they’ve re-formulated this one since officially releasing it in the states and now being sold in Sephora because, if not, awful. It’s just bad.

Are there any products which had such big hype, but that ended up leaving you disappointed?

Please Share in the comments; I’d love to hear your experiences!

Lust List: Beauty Beauty Beauty Beauty Rockin Everywhere!

It’s that time again for a Lust List, which is basically me admitting I have a problem, a big BIG problem with shopping.. or something. And yes, why yes, I did model my blog post title after a rap song, problem?

Okay, anyway so time to be SERIOUS. *Puts on game face*

Here’s some of the lovely beauty things catching my eye this week and I am perfectly okay admitting it’s not even half of all the crap I’ve ACTUALLY been eyeing, but just my favorites since I didn’t want to look like some kind of digital hoarder so there you have it.

Hope you enjoy!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold 

I’ve been lusting after this one for ages and it’s a definite since I’ve tried and tested their other amazing products (see the Alpha-H reviews – here!), but it seems like everyone and their mom (yes, moms are even blogging away now!) have been reviewing it which only makes me want it more! I absolutely see this in my future..

Naruko Tea Tree Anti-Acne Sunscreen SPF 50

I tried this when I went to pick up night jellies at the Naruko Boutique in Rowland Heights. It must be a new product because I’d never seen it before, but I was really impressed with it nonetheless! I don’t really have much trouble with acne since using the Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid and even less in combination with the Alpha-H products, but this is a nice tinted moisturizer + sunscreen combo anyway, even if you don’t have acne issues, in my opinion. It has a soft matte type finish without being drying, includes salicylic and tea tree in the formula, sunscreen and a nice tint to it so it’s basically everything I want in a tinted moisturizer for everyday light makeup! Definitely picking this one up soon!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

I’ve been wanting this lip balm ever since I read about how much since Kate @ SleepingBootay raved about it in this post. After reading her awesome review, I’ve seriously been considering picking this one up; it just looks so creamy and nourishing!

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve been considering this one because, for some reason, I’ve been obsessed with that “glow” look this Summer and this really seems like it would fit the bill! It has a nice spf 30, medium coverage and is said to help improve the condition of your skin over time while you wear it.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask (10pcs)

I got one of these for free when I was last shopping at the Naruko Boutique and I loved it! I normally shy away from masks that say they’re hydrating or moisturizing because I do have combination skin, but I find that a lot of the hydrating masks are lost on me. Either they have no effect at all or they break me out, but this one works magic to make my skin look really dewy and hydrated without looking shiny or oily. Plus, I fell asleep while it was on and my skin soaked everything up, leaving no residue behind.

Eyebrow Perfect Pro Powder

This little nifty applicator tapers to a point so you can apply eyebrow powder evenly. I really love this cute little thing. I use a brown eye shadow powder to fill in my brows at the moment, but carrying around a bulky makeup palette can be kind of a pain. This would be perfect to keep in my little makeup bag AND it only costs $7 USD!

Anna Sui Loose Makeup Face Powder

I don’t know if this powder is good or not, but I’m shallow so I fell in love with the adorable packaging! I’m a huge fan of the old fashioned and this is super cute. I probably wouldn’t use it consistently, but I just want to put it on my shelf and look at it haha. 

Kissing Elixirs in Mint Vanilla 100% Natural Fresh Breath Mist

Natural fresh breath mist, this is perfect to keep in my makeup bag and it’s really adorable packaging! Plus, the ingredients are 100% natural and cavity defensive.

Celestial White Moss Shower Mousse

Seeing this one made me realize I’ve never tried any of the Naruko body products and why not?! I know, I’m bordering on obsessive with my love for Naruko products, but they are seriously fantastic and they really work. And I’m out of body wash…

Fresh Rose Face Mask

I saw this once at Sephora and fell in love, but it’s $55 USD, which is incredibly steep for a face mask. It’s a really amazing gel texture that has little bits of rose in it and smells heavenly. I don’t really know what it does, but it just looks awesome!

That’s all for this week’s Lust List!

I hope you found something to lust after!

My Top 10 Favorite Asian Beauty Products!

I’m not sure how obvious it is, but I love Asian beauty products.

I love all other kinds of beauty as well, but Asian beauty has a special place in my heart.

Often times, I feel that Asian beauty brands offer interesting products that are a lot of fun to use and they usually feature a host of natural ingredients for skin beauty benefits, whether in makeup or skincare.

That being said, here are some of my all-time favorites!

Skin79 Hot Pink Triple Function BB Cream SPF25 PA++

This is the first BB cream I ever tried! That was nearly 3 years ago and this is still my favorite. It has a nice shade matching ability that I love, it soaks into the skin and makes my skin look like I’m not wearing any makeup at all. It has never caused any breakouts, but actually improved the texture of my skin over time. I love that the formula includes both sunscreen and a host of beneficial skincare ingredients. Plus, it’s a mid-range BB cream at around $30 and it lasts forever so it’s great value. An oldie, but a goody! I’m currently testing out this one by Skin79.

Comed Cosmetique C+M Oil Control Blemish Defense Serum

 This is one of my all-time favorite acne spot treatments! It’s pretty natural and includes plant extracts to fight breakouts. Plus, I bought it on SASA.Com at an incredible price : $2.80 USD! Okay, so now you know I’m extremely cheap, but seriously, this works! The bottle is pretty small, but the needle nose type applicator is perfect for squeezing out the tiniest amount to spot treat blemishes. I can’t recommend this enough and, at such a low price, it’s practically risk-free to try!

Komenuka Bijin Whitening Face Serum

This is such an effective serum! I’m not too into “whitening” my skin, but this works great to brighten and even out discolorations on my skin tone!  It’s made with all natural ingredients with an emphasis on high concentrations of rice bran, natural acids, proteins and does not include damaging hydroquinone like many Asian brands do. That being said, at $60 USD, it’s pretty expensive, but well worth the price in my opinion.

Kai Eye Mascara Guard

I purchased this originally off Ebay for like $3, but SASA is selling it for around $4 USD. It’s a really handy tool you can use to prevent mascara getting on your eyelids or smearing your bottom lashes. I find it to be super helpful because I am constantly messing up and getting mascara on my lids! It’s so annoying, but this prevents that from happening and helps to evenly coat your lashes so you experience little to no clumping.

Kai Eyebrow Comb Scissors

This comb / scissors combo for eyebrows is awesome and such a time saver! I hate sitting there with a little comb trying to trim my super long bushy brows and this really cuts down on the time, frustration and simplifies everything for me. Just comb and cut and you’re done. Super easy and it’s under $10 USD.

Naruko Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing Night Gelly

Even though this is just one night jelly, I think it’s safe to say I pretty much love them all. They are so light, pleasantly scented and effective and they include a huge amount of natural ingredients that work to heal your skin as you sleep. I absolutely love these and I buy them all the time because they relax me before bed and they work really well.

See reviews on some Naruko Night Jellies here and here!

Komenuka Bijin Facial Washing Powder

These are a little on the expensive side for around $40 USD, but they last FOREVER! They are basically a set of 30 packets of rice powder type face wash that gets milky when you mix it with water and wash your face. It’s actually very similar to the one I recently reviewed by Naruko (See that review – here!).They work really well and one single packet has enough powder to last you a week if you use dime size amounts daily, which is really all you need. This cleanser works really well, it’s gentle and non-drying and made with all natural ingredients. I first discovered this brand when reading a magazine around 3 years ago where Liv Tyler stated how much she loves their products.

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Face Mask Sheets

This is a box of 10 sheet masks that help to brighten up tired, dull skin. Made with natural plant extracts, most notably onion, the mask helps to hydrate, revitalize and calm your skin. I really love the face mask sheets from My Beauty Diary! They work really well and you can get a lot of uses out of one sheet mask. There is usually product left over in the little packet that each mask comes in so I like to squeeze it out and use it as a hand treatment while I let the mask do it’s work. This isn’t really an ordinary face mask because it’s a sheet mask which is made of woven type cotton that is soaked in the mask ingredients. There are holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and you place it onto your face for 10-15 minutes. I love that if you lie in front of a fan while wearing one of these, the mask becomes super cooling on your face. It’s very relaxing, quick and effective to use these. Don’t freak out if it’s your first time using one though, you may look a bit like a feminine Michael Myers while wearing this, but it’s totally worth it. At around $15 USD for the 10 pack, it’s a great deal and I only use them when I really need a pick-me-up.

Komenuka Bijin Shampoo and Conditioner Set

This shampoo and conditioner set is made utilizing the powers of rice bran to repair dry, damaged hair. It’s very moisturizing and softening to use on the hair and I love the nice subtle scent, but it’s a bit on the expensive side for some at $60 USD for the set. It really does work well though and the natural ingredients are very gentle and hydrating.

Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing White Serum

If you’ve been following along, you’ll have read my review on Naruko’s Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid collection (Check that review out – here!). I really love all the products in their line, especially this collection, but this was my favorite product of the bunch other than the night jelly. It’s very light and feels like velvet going on the skin. It soaks up immediately and leaves no residue behind and it helps to calm redness, discoloration and other skin irritations. It’s pretty affordable at $26 USD – Now on sale at Naruko.Us for $23 though!

 That’s all for now!

Do you like Asian beauty products?

What are some of your favorites?

Juice Beauty Foundation Review

I began using this foundation by Juice Beauty about 6 months ago.

I needed a foundation that wouldn’t break out my very reactive acne prone skin, but would also provide decent coverage, a nice finish and would offer beneficial ingredients in the formula to improve my skin and heal breakouts while I was wearing it.

Application Instructions from Juice Beauty: 

Use over Correcting Concealer and under Refining Finishing Powder. Build coverage as needed by using Juice Beauty’s brush applicator to perfect a flawless complexion.

Product Claims :

This Perfecting Foundation is packed with organic ingredients that will leave your complexion looking refreshed and perfected. The combination of organic aloe juice, fruit extracts and minerals provides a cream to powder finish that will wear all day, while giving you a perfect airbrushed look and feel.

My Experiences: 

My experiences with this foundation have been somewhat mixed. At first, I really loved this foundation, but after using this for a time, I feel like the formula does not provide the coverage I want it to. Perhaps it thins over time? It seemed to work really great at first, but now it provides no more coverage than a light tinted moisturizer. I think even some tinted moisturizers might out perform this when it comes to coverage.

That being said, it is a really nice skin brightener, it does has a cream to powder finish as they state on Juice Beauty’s website, and I don’t think this will irritate skin or clog pores. I also believe there would be some benefit to using it given it’s organic and natural ingredients within the formula. For me, this is good as a tinted moisturizer and I like the beneficial organic ingredients, but I would prefer something with more coverage.

Who It’s For:  I agree with Juice Beauty. I think anyone could wear this.

Juice Beauty’s Color Care Collection is ideal for all skin types to look and feel beautiful.

Best Uses:

  • Tinted Moisturizer / BB Cream
  • Light Coverage Foundation
  • Conceal Mild Imperfections
  • Skin Brightener

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Organic Aloe Juice – Aloe calms redness, irritation and helps protect skin from free radical damage.
  • Brightening Fruit Extracts – Organic Acai and Goji are high in vitamins, especially vitamin C which hence give the foundation a nice glowing finish and offer antioxidant protection. It also helps to brighten imperfections and improve skin condition while you wear it.
  • Organic Jojoba Oil – Jojoba oil helps hydrate skin and gives foundation a dewy, but not oily or shiny finish.

Ingredient List: 

aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*, vegetable glycerin, glycine soja (organic soybean lecithin)*, ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), cetyl alcohol, xanthan gum, tocopherol (vitamin E), thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil) *certified organic by a USDA approved agency

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum
  • Drying Alcohols
  • Mineral Oil
  • Artificial Preservatives, Dyes or Fragrances

Product Pros:

  • Light Cream to Powder Natural Finish
  • Light to Medium Coverage
  • Certified Organic Gentle Ingredients
  • Brightening Fruit Extracts Give Glowing Dewy Look

Product Cons: 

  • Coverage May not Be Enough for Some
  • May be Considered Expensive to Some
  • Limited Choice of Skin Color Tint Options (Only 3 Available)

Final Thoughts:

My overall thought on this foundation is that it is just okay for me. I really don’t know what happened. Perhaps, there was too much heat which then thinned the formula over time? I am baffled, but anyway. I still think this could work well for a lot of people and I love the organic certification on this product as well as the host of skin benefits that come with the awesome ingredient list. I want so badly to love this foundation, but alas, I don’t think it’s for me! I recommend this to those who don’t have many flaws to cover up or just want something similar to a tinted moisturizer. It’s very light and does brighten the skin a bit if you’re battling dullness. Although it may seem expensive at $35, it LASTS a long time. A little goes a long way and the handy air pump container ensures you don’t waste any or very little of the product.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Where to Find:

You can find Juice Beauty Foundation – here – on their website. It is also available on Beauty.com, Skinstore and Amazon.

Have you used any Juice Beauty products?

What’s your favorite one?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk to You Soon : ]

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.