Fashion Haul: Avon mark. New Angled Slip Dress

I’m usually able to wait until the sales, but this dress couldn’t make me wait and I bought it at full price.

The color is teal and blue. You can wear it either way, I just like to wear it on the deep blue side (just Lucy Hales)

No complaint, it’s a beautiful slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

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Feb 2015:Current favorite makeup items Shea Moisture, Pacifica, Sana, Mally, etc.

I have sensitive acne prone skin so it isn’t always easy for me to wear makeup and I usually avoid wearing makeup on daily basis.
I’m currently in love with shea moisture cosmetic line because this line of face makeup doesn’t irritate my skin and I’m so glad it’s lightest color ” Waimea Bay Porcelain” seems like an ok fit for my skin color. Shea Moisture cosmetic doesn’t have a wide variety of lighter shades as it seems to target women of color. (Another brand I have in my mind right now that I haven’t had a chance to try out is Drew Barrymore’s Flower line, it seems to carry a lot of shades for fair to light tones)

Back to Shea moisture cosmetic line, the first item I tried out was its sheer foundation, it has light to medium coverage, it doesn’t seem to have a very good oil control, which I don’t really mind because I’m blotting my skin with Mally’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. I use it alone when I want a glossy dewy finished.

Shea Moisture Sheer Foundation
Smell:4/5 (description: no scent? more like mineral scent )

Color: 4 /5 (description: Waimea bay porcelain is a fair color but it still isn’t the perfect match for my skin, but I would say very close)

Consistency/coverage : 4/5 (description: light weight . Sheer to Medium coverage)

Value:3/5 (description: it’s $14.99, it costs more than other drugstore brands)

Package: 4/5 (description: a good old tube.)

Ingredients: 4/5 (description: not going to be picky, it doesn’t irritate my skin)

Accessibility :2/5 (description: only available in Target)

Repurchase likelihood: 4/5 (if I can get my hands on it)

Shea Moisture color corrective system
Smell:4/5 (description: no scent)

Color: 5/5 (description: Fair works for my skin color)

Consistency/coverage : 4/5 (description: thick but not hard to blend, I use sponage instead of brush and i scoop out the product with spatula not with a brush. Coverage is medium to full, use with sheer foundation from the same brand. What I love is that it has three colors you can blend and its cream instead of powder like a lot of other contouring & highlighting products)

Value:3/5 (description: it’s $24.99, it costs more than other drugstore brands)

Package: 4/5 (description: a flip cover would be better.)

Ingredients: 4/5 (description: not going to be picky, it’s not vegan or organic but it doesn’t irritate my skin)

Accessibility: 2/5 (description: only available in Target)

Repurchase likelihood: 4/5 (if I can get my hands on it)

Shea Moisture Wet/Dry pressed powder
Smell:4/5 (description: no scent, much like other items from this cosmetic line)

Color: 3.5/5 (description: Waimea bay porcelain is a fair color but it still isn’t the perfect match for my skin, it’s too light if I apply with wet sponge, it works fine as a dry pressed powder).

Consistency/coverage : 4/5 (description: powder, dry application is light and it’s the best among drugstore powder. I’ve tried with a wet sponge, it is ok, but I guess if I want a wet application, I should use its cream foundation or use my sheer foundation. Dry application has light coverage and wet application has more of a medium coverage, however, this color is too light for me to use as a wet application.)

Value:3/5 (description: it’s $14.99, it costs more than other drugstore brands, which is generally less than that)

Package: 4/5 (description: since it was the last compact in the store, the package is damaged to a degree, it doesn’t appear sturdy to me, somehow this powder is not removable like others (shea moisture’s pressed powder is removable) )

Ingredients: 4/5 (description: not going to be picky, it’s not vegan or organic but it doesn’t irritate my skin)

Accessibility :2/5 (description: only available in Target)

Repurchase likelihood: 4/5 (if I can get my hands on it)

Pacifica radiant shimmer coconut multiples
Smell:4/5 (description: coconut yess)

Color: 3/5 (description: color payoff isn’t so good, it adds a bit of shimmer to skin, it also ok to use these as lippies).

Consistency/coverage : 3/5 (description: creamy .)

Value:3/5 (description: catch it when it’s on sales, it costs more than other drugstore brands)

Package: 4/5 (description: cardboard with magnetic closure, I think It’s nice )

Ingredients: 5/5 (description: nice, no petrochemical, coconuty )

Accessibility: 3/5 (description: online and Target)

Repurchase likelihood: 4/5 (if I can get my hands on it)

Pacifica mystical eye shadow palette

Smell:4/5 (description: coconut infused, but I smell nothing)

Color: 4/5 (description: color payoff isn’t so good for lighter colors, its darker colors are better)

Consistency/coverage : 3/5 (description: soft powder .)

Value:3/5 (description: catch it when it’s on sales, it costs more than other drugstore brands)

Package: 4/5 (description: cardboard with magnetic closure, I think It’s nice )

Ingredients: 5/5 (description: nice, no petrochemical, coconuty )

Accessibility: 3/5 (description: online and Target)


Pacifica smolder eye lining gel in Tahitian Pearl
Smell:4/5 (description: haven’t smell it, it doesn’t seem to have any if I remember correcting)

Color: 4/5 (description: it’s definitely not super intense like my other eye lining gel, but it’s what I want, it does bleed a little bit, workable and Tahitian Pearl is really pretty with that exotic greenish gray and a little bit of golden shimmer, but not glittery ).

Consistency/coverage : 3/5 (description: creamy .)

Value:3/5 (description: catch it when it’s on sales, it costs more than other drugstore brands)

Package: 3/5 (description: i don’t understand why it doesn’t include a nice eye lining brush, I guess that would raise the cost even more)

Ingredients: 5/5 (description: nice, no petrochemical, coconuty )

Accessibility: 3/5 (description: online and Target)

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Viviscal hair filler fibers vs FHI HEAT Hair Veil powder hair filler

First impression:

I have long heard about how great Viviscal hair filler fibers are. On the hand, I have never heard anything about FHI Hair veil powder hair filler. Both offer coverage to thinning hair.

Viviscal hair filler fibers $22.49-24.99
This covers thinning area just ok, not so much different than my black dry shampoo. It tends to flake so if you wear lighter color shirts, it will show. You have to apply styling product afterward to prevent flaking.

Value:3/5 (description: 15g, I’ve only used it once and i have read elsewhere that if you use it everyday, it should lasts a month or so I think it’s pretty hefty for the price you pay)

Package: 2/5 (description: as expected, quite messy to apply, I did it over my sink and I have to wipe my sink and its surrounding area .)

Ingredients: 4/5 (description:everything readable, hydrolyzed corn protein , hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, glycoproteins, nylon-12, water, blue1, yellow 5, ultramarines, annatto, red 40)

Accessibility: 5/5 (description: I have seen it in store and online and I have no doubt you would be able to find it in your local drugstore such as Rite Aid, (if you reside in US ))

Repurchase likelihood: 2/5 (I may buy this if I can’t access power hair filler)

FHI HEAT Hair Veil powder hair filler $22-25 *** WINNER

I couldn’t believe this works so naturally, I really didn’t expect this to work because its promotion video online didn’t impress me. At first I thought I could use my black shadow to achieve this, I guess it has something g

Value:3/5 (description: 4g, I’ve only used it once and I think it would last longer than viviscal )

Package: 4/5 (description: small enough to travel and not hard to apply at all. It’s not messy as hair fibers and it’s great for small areas. I would say use viviscal if you want to cover a large area and use hair filler powder for small thinning spots)

Ingredients: 3/5 (description:it does have a long list of ingredients, but nothing unheard or jump out at me, just too long to type it out)

Accessibility:2/5 (description : I have seen it online only, let’s hope it does well and doesn’t go out of business ))

Repurchase likelihood: 5/5 (description: hella yessss)

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(Quick haul) a change of it’s packaging? Japan’s unicharm center-in sanitary napkins

A little girl talk here, I don’t know why I’m so fantasized by foreign pads, the designs and options are just more over in countries of women who prefer pads over tampon. Japanese personal care product companies really are “pad” experts, I wish they could export them here like they did to China and Other countries. It’s hard to find unicharm’s center-in and laurier’s pads here. Maybe that’s a topic in the future, just a quick update on Unicharm’s new packaging, or I guess it’s limited edition

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(First impression) Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion vs Moisturizing lotion vs Baby moisturizing lotion

Cerave is already raved by many of its happy users in the skincare community so I’m not going to talk much about what I’ve already found before the purchase. I was not able to find the comparison between its regular moisturizing lotion and its PM facial lotion. Honestly, the ingredients for Moisturizing lotion and PM facial lotion are awfully similar and I just want to make sure it’s not the exact same lotion put in different bottles. I’ve noticed suncare companies do that. I remember shopping for my lastest sunscreen, the body and face sunscreen in the same line have the extract ingredients, but they were in different bottles. The company priced as them the same, but the body sunscreen is nearly twice the amount as the face sunscreen (I tested both, everything was the same).
Since then I’ve been reading all the ingredients in any face/body lotion I intend to buy, I always read the products in the same line and make comparisons. This Cerave PM facial lotion has one additional ingredient that is not present in the regular moisturizing lotion, which is niacinamide (which claims to help skin produce more ceramides and fatty acid essentials). Now that I’ve used both, I can say, reserve the moisturizing lotion for body.

Let’s break it down:

Cerave PM facial moisturizing lotion:
Smell:5/5 (description: absolutely no scent at all, wonderful )

Consistency: 5/5 (description: light weight, it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin and the texture is fabulous. Labeled for normal to dry skin, hey I’m oily combo, no problem)

Value:5/5 (description: grab it when it goes on sales, the most you’ll pay is less than $16, I paid around or under $10 and I’ve paid much more for other facial creams that have ceramide)

Package: 4/5 (description: simple)

Ingredients: 3/5 (description: ok it’s dermatologist recommended, but I don’t believe what they recommend anyway, this may be one of the few exceptions. It does have chemical preservatives, not paraben free. Skindeep gives this a score of 4, which is acceptable range for me)

Texture: 5/5 (description: lovely)

Repurchase likelihood: 4/5 (it works fine and until I find a better alternative, I’ll stick with this for a while. )


Cerave moisturizing lotion

Smell:4/5 (description: no fragrance just like the facial lotion, but it does have a scent, smell of a non scented lotion)

Consistency: 4/5 (description: thicker than its facial lotion, its intended to cover large area, but a lot people use on their face too, I wouldn’t)

Value:5/5 (description: about the same price as the facial lotion, depending where you get it. I just bought a travel size )

Package: 2/5 (description: travel size bottle sucks)

Ingredients: 3/5 (description: same as the cerave PM facial moisturizing lotion )

Texture: 4/5 (description: ok)
Repurchase likelihood: 2.5/5 (maybe not since I bought its baby lotion, which I hope I can use it on my face, it is paraben, sulfate free)


Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
Smell:5/5 (description: no scent at all, wonderful )

Consistency: 5/5 (description: lotion like, it’s a lot like cetaphil but so much better because I broke out with cetaphil, which was why I didn’t bother trying this initially. ps: cetaphil is more known among my group of ladies).

Value:5/5 (description: same deal as the facial lotion.)

Package: 2/5 (description: travel size bottle sucks); *5 (description: I haven’t try out my full size yet since I’m still using my travel size one)

Ingredients: 3/5 (description: same score as the facial lotion on skindeep)

Repurchase likelihood: 3.5/5 (it works fine and until I find a better alternative, I’ll stick with this for a while. )

updated 12/15/14
(This turned out to be the best of them all)

Cerave baby moisturizing lotion – as written before, I’m transitioning to a healthier living style so I do watch what I put in my skin hence my body. I try to avoid parabens when I can so this baby lotion caught my eyes. Since the adult version works for me, I think the baby version could be better. One thing I don’t really like is that it does contain dimethicone (1%), well, a lot of other natural products have it and if I have to pick this between paraben, I’ll pick this.

Smell:5/5 (fragrance free)

Consistency: 5/5 (not too thick or watery, non sticky)

Value:4/5 (description: retails at $9.99, you get 8oz, I did the math, it costs a bit more than adults version

Package: 5/5 (description: the bottle looks more high quality and much cuter than the adult version)

Ingredients: 4.5/5 (description: it contains all three ceramides just like the adult version, it is sulfate, paraben and fragrance free. It does contain one percent dimethicone, which the company has on the package as skin protectant)

Texture: 5/5 (balmy? I love how this feels on my skin)

Repurchase likelihood: yes

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