Friday, April 24, 2009

Japanese Nail Art for my Wedding

I don't know what I was doing in the past 3 years but I guess my head was under a rock all this time... because I have JUST recently discovered japanese nail art. If somebody told me about japanese nail art 3 years ago.. my life probably would of change. OK.. not really BUT I'd probably be a happier person.

Just before my wedding in March I decided to get my nails done which I have never done before. Being a daughter of immigrant parents, growing up your mom doesn't really tell you about the birds or the bees, or if you should get your nails done, your hair highlighted or your eyebrows waxed, probably because immigrant parents are working 99% of the time and we were all raised as latched key kids.

I decided a week before I would go on craigslist vancouver to find some deals in their beauty section. Lo and behold, I found a lady named Grace from Gbeauty nails that does these wonderful nail art. I booked an appt the day before the wedding, and 2 hrs and 45 mins later, my nails were the talk of the day! I took the same nails with me to mexico, and through sun, the saltiest ocean water, sand, heat.. whatever mexico is,.. they survived.

Definitely recommend Gbeauty nails!

Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Invigorating Toner

I love using toner before putting on moisturizer, it just makes me feel like the moisturizer is going to stick to my skin better. I decided to try out this bottle because I love the Garnier line, including their Fructis products. I found this toner a bit too watered down. It does smell fresh and soft but it just feels like I'm putting on a watered down toner. I only like using this toner during the summer when I'm feeling a bit oily otherwise.. I haven't really touched the bottle.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

Marcelle is Canadian brand, made in Montreal. It is a dual action(oil and remover) formula that you shake before you put it to remove your makeup. I find this is a good and cheaper alternative to the famous Lancome's Effacil remover. I wear contact lenses and I do need to remove my lenses before I use this makeup remover as the oil sticks to the lenses. It does a great job and it is very cooling on your skin. I recommend leaving using a cotton pad and soaking it on your eyelid for a good 10 seconds before wiping away. Would I recommend this product? Yes. Side note: I do not recommend using any Sephora Eye Makeup Removers as it stings your eyes badly.

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Relaxing Creme Curls & Shine

"Curls & Shine Frizz Control, Silky Finish Strong Hold"
Retails for $4.99 at London Drugs

I have really wavey hair and I am always trying to find the next best thing to make my waves look their shiniest, moist'iest(? haha), softness and all that good stuff. Fructis is one of my favorite and preferred brands for haircare. I have psoriasis on my scalp and I find something about the Fructis, Dove and Head and Shoulders brands that do not irritate my psoriasis, must be those fruit waxes!

I bought this styling creme to hold down my waves so they don't get frizzy and my ends don't get nasty. I usually use 3-5 products on my hair after I get out of the shower just to tame those ends. This creme has a lotion-type texture and is very slick feeling(but not oily at all). I use this creme when I don't feel like putting so much product in my hair and it controls my waves with a very light and soft hold(I know it says strong but its much better than goopy gel). One thing is that you definitely need to wash it out the next day because it gets gummy after you've slept on your hair.

Would I recommend this product? Yes.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Retails for $7.99 at London Drugs 150 ml

"creates a healthy, summer glow all year long just by moisturizing - Designed for Medium/Tan Skin Tones"

I bought this thinking I'd look dark and luscious like Nicole Sherzinger but of course I didn't. And the moisturizer had those darn sparkles in it. RANT ALERT! A pet peeve of mine is putting sparkles in cosmetics, this reminds me being in grade 3 buying my first bonnebell lipsmacker with sparkles and glitter in it. I find it childish when cosmetic companies put sparkle and glitter in their moisturizers or other things that you shouldn't be putting all over you face.

Back to my critic. I just came back from Mexico 2 weeks ago and found this might be a good product to save my beautiful burnt tan. No. The lotion smells bad, it has sparkles in it(which makes you look like a glitter queen) and it just doesn't absorb nicely. As my skin was peeling off, I found the lotion contains some dark coloring and just absorbs into your skin to create the "tan" look.

Would I buy this product again? No.
Would I recommend it? No.
Will I keep using it? Yes.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer retails for $19.99 at London Drugs 120ml .

I bought this lotion figuring it would be a cheaper alternative from using my usual Shiseido White Lucent lotion(retails for $65 at The Bay 75ml). I believe this moisturizer is a good alternative for people who have oily to combination skin but not dry skin. I have dry skin and I had to use another moisturizer ontop of the Aveeno.

Considering my dry skin, would I buy the Aveeno as an alternative from my Shiseido? No.

If I had oily to combination skin would this be a good alternative? Yes.