April 23, 2014

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review: Worth The Hype?



I am new to dry shampoos as I prefer freshly washed hair. I never understood why people like second day hair, because my hair is just unsalvageable after the first day for whatever reason. Since my hair is so long, daily wash and drying is just very inconvenient now and blow drying every day has damaged my hair immensely even with good treatments and heat protectants. 

So, I decided to try dry shampoo to skip a day. Batiste and Dove dry shampoos were highly recommended by #bbloggers on twitter, so I finally got hold of Batiste one for dark hair at Marshalls for $5.99. At Marshalls (American discount store)? I know I was surprised too, but hey I am not complaining about saving $3. 

Anyways, I am pleasantly surprised with the result. It makes my hair look like it was recently washed instantly and stays that way all day. And it gives significant volume too, which was a cherry on top of it. I also like that I don't see any white residues on my hair, which is great as I could see how dry shampoo can leave white residue (who wants that?). 

The only complaint is that my hair feels so gritty afterwards that I really don't like touching it. But I know that some people like the textured hair. If you are one of them, then I think you would love Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair. It is totally worth the hype. Next stop for me is Dove Dry Shampoo.


April 19, 2014

SK-II Whitening and Brightening Serum and Cream Review


SK-II is an Asian luxury skincare brand that is slowly introducing itself to the US market. Sephora recently started carrying SK-II, and I believe they are counters opening up at major cities, which is really exciting. What is not exciting is the price the products come in, but there is a reason why it is a luxury brand.

Brightening skincare products are super popular in Asia to brighten skin and bring radiance to skin for youthful and healthy look. So it is not a surprise that SK-II has it whitening/brightening skincare products. I suffer from hyperpigmentation from acne, so I bought SK-II whitening source derm-brightener and whitening spots specialist serum. I finished both of them and thought I would tell you if each of them is worth $130-$135.

SK-II Brightening Derm Specialist : is a gel serum that promises to improve discoloration, uneven skin tone and dark spots. It is observed into skin instantly, leaving it silky smooth, which is very pleasant. Surprisingly, it is the best brightening product I have ever used as I saw result within a week. My hubby usually comments that I am tanner than him as he is seriously super pale, but after using this product for a week, he said "how are you getting paler?" lol. When a guy notices a difference in your skin, then something is really working.

However, I did not notice any difference with my hyperpigmentations and dark spots, it does not work well as spot treatment, but does miracle for general uneven skin tone by brightening. Does it worth the money? If brightening is something you look for, absolutely yes. Would I repurchase it? I totally would after I finish trying other serums and treatments from the brand that cost fortunes. Who knows if I would even make enough money to try them all in my life time.



SK-II Whitening Source Skin Brightener : It was recommended to be used with the SK-II whitening derm specialist. It is supposed to hydrate skin while brightening overall texture. SK-II Whitening Source Skin Brightener is probably one of the most bizarre skincare products I have tried.

First, the packaging is interesting. It is in a tub that is completely sealed all around. When you turn the top in the direction of the arrow, a cream product comes out of the a little slit on the top. You have to turn just right, so you do not end up with too much product. Since you can't put it back, it is a waste, which is sad.

The product is observed into skin instantly, leaving skin super soft to touch, but I felt like there was a layer of thin film on my skin, which was unpleasant. Interestingly, my skin was radiant and brighter instantly, which is the first time I have seen a skincare product have that quick result. Sadly, the effect is not very long lasting and I did not see my skin getting brighter in general, unlike the serum described above.

Although you might think you might be able to use it as a moisturizer, it is not a moisturizer and I don't think it is meant for that purpose. For the price, the product just does not do enough, so I would not recommend this one.

In summary, if you are looking for general skin tone brightener, then SK-II Brightening Derm Specialist is an excellent option besides the price tag, but I would skip the SK-II Whitening Source Skin Brightener, which does not have much of a long term effect. 

April 16, 2014

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume


Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture is an oldie but a goodie. It is loved by many and for a good reason. According to Sephora description, it has notes of Wild Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Praline.  In short, it is a fruity scent with vanilla and caramel undertone. 

I am finishing up a 1oz bottle, and ready to open the second one, which I got as a birthday present. I wear Viva La Juicy when I feel liking wearing something fun and youthful, yet flirtatious. I love it is so versatile that I wear it year around unlike some of my other perfumes. If you want to save money on Viva La Juicy, TJ Maxx and Marshalls usually carry them at discounted price. 

Have you tried Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture? Do you like it? Have you tried any Juicy Couture perfume?

April 14, 2014

Hunter "Tour" Packable Rain Boots : New In


I have been super busy with school work, because I am trying to finish my thesis and take a break before I start med school. I apologize in advance if I can't post often and reply to comments. As much as I would love to be blogging all day, I have to concentrate on my school work ... sad face 

Anyways, I went fishing the first time with hubby this weekend, which was amazing. And most surprisingly who knew fishing would have been the perfect excuse that would make my husband "say yes" to a pair of hundred dollar rubber boots lol. He hates them haha. Anyways.

I bought the Hunter "Tour" Packable Rain Boots in green. The packable version is much lighter and comfortable, which is very different from the Hunter originals. I normally wear size 6, but it was size larger for me. Size 5 fit perfectly, but it would have been too tight with socks, so I went with size 6. 

As far as colors go, brighter colors like yellow and baby blue are available, but I am more comfortable with this green one and dark blue one. Lord and Taylor did not have the blue in the store, so I just went with the green. I love military green anyways, so I am pretty happy with my purchase. 

Lord and Taylor had 25% off for all their shoes, which saved me almost $40, which was a cherry on top of my fun rain boots. If you are interested in Hunter Rain Boots, I suggest you check out the packable version, because I personally find originals way too bulky, heavy and uncomfortable. 

April 11, 2014

Forever 21 Floral Scarf


My first spring purchase was this beautiful scarf from Forever 21. It is called Rose Bud Scarf and available in other colors as well. The best part is that it costs only $9. The material is 100% polyester, but it feels so soft and nice. The only thing is you really are getting what you paid for. Even a gentle pull will kind of separate the threads. It is not a rip, but like weird holes between the threads? Do you know what I am taking about? Anyways, that is my current favorite and can't wait to enjoy spring and summer outfits in a few short weeks. 

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