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Hello Kitty Velcro Hair Bows – 3 Pack

Over my birthday weekend back in April, I went for a little shopping at Sephora and picked up these super cute Hello Kitty velcro hair bows.

If you are unfamiliar with what velcro hair tools are, they are basically a simple alternative you can use to hold your hair back instead of using bobby pins or hair bands. These are most commonly used to hold hair back while washing your face, but you can use them as you like. I personally use these to hold my hair up when I can’t find a hair band or when I wash my face. It may seem really odd to put velcro in your hair, but they are super handy and they’re surprisingly a lot gentler on hair than hair bands and pins which tend to pull and tug on hair and can cause headaches. These stay in place really well without any of the tension and pressure of other hair accessories which I really love.

Also, if you have a fringe or bangs or short layers, these are actually a lot more effective at keeping hair off your face when you’re cleansing or applying makeup.  In fact, I think that may actually be what they were initially marketed for in Asia, but don’t quote me on that!

I’ve used hair velcro tools before so I was excited to find these really adorable bow shaped velcros from HK and I’m excited that they seem to be going more mainstream since HK is offering them in Sephora now. I previously purchased my rectangle hair velcros by Japanese company Dariya from Asian beauty sites, Ebay or Amazon because they used to be the only ones who offered this sort of thing, but it is really cool to see they are more readily available to US consumers now as I find these hair velcros to be cute, fun and very useful!

If you are interested in purchasing these hair bow velcros from Hello Kitty, they are available at Sephora, but it looks like their online site is currently sold out of them. The only other places I can find them online are on Amazon or Ebay, but if you have one near you, I’d get them at Sephora as they are a lot cheaper (around $15, I think, for the pack) whereas they’re around $20 on Ebay and Amazon. If you don’t really care for the shape of the velcros, you can get rectangle shaped hair velcros or simple bow shaped ones on Amazon & Ebay for $2-$3.

What Do You Think of This Odd, But Useful Hair Tool?

Do You Use Hair Velcros? 

Would You?

Also, What Strange Beauty Tools Have You Tried? 

♥ Tianna 

Silent Hill Film Image from Kotaku.Com

I’ve seen a ton of scary movies. Actually, I just saw Silent Hill 2 on Monday. (It’s good, if you’re wondering!) Ever since I was young, my sister and I would go to the movies and watch all the horror films at the theater. Now, my boyfriend and I watch them together, especially since we’re both pretty obsessed with zombies. Though, that’s another matter because we end up watching really bad horror films and today’s post is some of the scariest films I’ve ever seen, ever. These are films that scared the living daylights out of me so I hope you watch some and enjoy the terror as well!

  1. R-Point. This film was surprising in it’s scary factor. My boyfriend convinced me to watch it and I thought it would be boring, but it’s actually really freaky! It’s a Korean film so be prepared to read subtitles. Soldiers receive a radio transmission from a team that says they’ve been missing and need help. Strange things begin to happen when they arrive at R-Point. I don’t want to give away too much! 
  2. Audition. This one is such a WTF kind of movie; it’s that twisted. It centers on a widowed man holding fake auditions in order to find a new girlfriend. He believes he’s found her until a bag in her apartment moves. So totally creepy in true Takashi Miike style, this one will freak you out all the way through to the end. Actually, anything he’s done will freak you out. They’re all twisted as hell. 
  3. Pan’s Labyrinth. This movie isn’t necessarily terrifying in the straightforward sort of way. It more or less plays on your childhood fears. This adult fairy tale shows it’s fairy tale characters as being menacing and scary and it’s little girl Heroine living in 1940’s fascist Spain. Definitely a great film whether you’re scared or not.
  4. Hostel. So, when I first watched this film in theaters, I had no idea what it was about. It has a similar feel to Audition in that, you really feel like it’s going to be a chill movie in the first 30 minutes of it. Actually, we thought we were in the wrong theater at first. Then, the horror sets in. This movie is so effed up I got a charlie horse (muscle cramp) in the theater because of how tense I was LOL. 
  5. Paranormal Activity. This film is particularly frightening to me because I used to live in a house that looks just like the house they filmed in. A lot of the terror comes from what you don’t see in this film. There’s some strange happenings in their home that the couple begin to film and then they realize it’s not their house that’s haunted. All 3 of these films are scary, but the 3rd one has a really stupid ending (my opinion). 
  6. The Ring. Whether you watch the original Ring-u version or the remade American version, they’re both terrifying. A string of deaths happen after all victims have watched the same video. 
  7. The Omen. There’s something really creepy about little kids turning evil. I’m just saying. So, to sum this one up, little boy is the anti-christ. 
  8. Silent Hill. And to continue what I was saying, little children are scary as hell. Based on the equally scary video game, one woman goes searching for her missing daughter in a ghost town called Silent Hill. 
  9. Nightmare on Elm St. When a lynch mob killed Freddie, they never expected him to come back to haunt all of their children’s dreams. Don’t fall asleep!
  10. Saw. A sick twisted killer chains his victims and forces them to do, literally, whatever it takes to survive. They’re usually always people who have done bad things in their life. They’re all really good, but the original is scariest.
  11. Nosferatu. This is an old film from the 1920’s. It’s basically like Dracula, but much creepier because 1. it’s in black and white and 2. there’s no dialogue, just music. I don’t know exactly why it creeps me out, but just watch it and you’ll understand. It may be hard to find, but check your local library or online. 
  12. Carrie. This movie terrified me as a child. Based on a novel by Stephen King (just in case you were doubting how effed up it would be), it tells the story of shy Carrie who is bullied and ridiculed by her classmates. She starts her period (yep, going there) and combined with her lack of understanding and religious devotion, the bullying worse of her classmates worsens until Carrie’s had enough. 
  13. Jeeper’s Creepers. This is really similar to a lot of films that came out around the same time (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, and Halloween), but this one stands out to me, not for it’s story or anything, but the damn music! Seriously, the music is so creepy. Don’t believe me ? Just YouTube the song Jeepers Creepers. It’s so freaking cringe-worthy!

So, I feel like now’s a great time to say this – What’s your favorite scary movie?

Enjoy Halloween!

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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?