New skincare routine


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Hello everyone,

It's actually been a while since I changed my skincare products, but I wanted to keep you guys updated on what's keeping me happy lately.
I've been struggling with skin problems for the longest time and I decided to go back to products that kept me in a decent condition way back.

I've been jumping around products for a year now, but I decided to go with the good ol' products that I know work well for me.

First is SK-II products.
I stopped using the SK-II facial treatment essence in 2008 because of the high cost.  My skin was doing great when I was using it, but I gave little credit to SK-II thinking that my skin could do well on its own without it.  I didn't have immediate withdrawal symptoms but I was never at the "decent" level after ceasing SK-II.  I don't want to say SK-II was the main reason my skin was good, but I can't say it had no effects either.



I've been recently using the SK-II facial treatment essence and facial treatment clear lotion after washing my face.

After I step out of the shower I use about 3-4 large drops (?) of the essence all over my face.
The essence kind of smells like urine (Piterra, one of the key ingredients of the product, is a liquid from yeast... so.... the smell is inevitable) and is a light weight liquid.  There's nothing really sticky about the product and it's like splashing cosmetic liquid on your face.


Immidiately after, I apply another 3-4 large drops (?, I say drops because the top isn't a pump and I have to shake the bottle to drop out the product on my hand) of the facial treatment clear lotion all over my face.

These two alone could do alright in more humid areas, but I feel like the dry climate here in California will make my skin crack.

Then comes in the Dior..

I've never really tried this specific product before, but other Dior liquid lotions or cream lotions I've used in the past have worked all great for me.  So I bought this at Sephora after failing at trying to coupe with another lotion.

Before the Dior, my skin was very receptive to R7 system products.
R7 is a luxury brand that is only sold in specific spa's in Korea (main ingredient is salmon ovary placenta), and it's not as easily accessible as I would want it to be.

As you can see, I've already depleted the lotion (bottom small jar) and the serum (left).  I have a bit of eye cream (top small jar) and the essence (right) left - which is also disappearing fast.

Anyway, back to Dior!
Dior Hydra Life Skin Perfect lotion is a pink gel-like lotion that applies lightly on the skin.  It has a bit more stickiness than the SK-II lotion, but it's not heavy or greasy.

When I was buying it at Sephora the SA smiled and told me that it "helps rejuvenate the skin and refine pores. On top of that, it helps with anti-aging too."  I felt like "ah.. the day has come where people automatically think that I'm looking for products that will keep me looking youthful." LOL

I like to top my dry areas (cheek and jaw) with the Dior (after the 2 SK-II layers), which keeps my skin well balanced.  I sometimes put on the R7 eye cream, but not every night.

With that, my skincare routine ends and I jump into bed.


I know the products are pricey and I don't necessarily believe in 'more expensive = better' philosophy, but hey.. these work well for me! :)


Oh, and one more thing.
After coming to SoCal, I've acquired a new habit too.

I don't wash my face in the morning.

That sounds like a taboo in my life, but since the birth control pills and the weather is keeping me dry and crisp, I can't afford to wash my face and feel tight and dried out  throughout the day.




Anywayy~~ that was what's going on with me lately.

The combination of birth control pills + new skincare products + regular sleeping schedule has put me back on track.  I don't have the horrific breakouts I had in New York (knock on wood) or even the occasional small breakouts.

I've been meaning to make a video on my skincare routine, but I thought giving you guys first dibs of what's happening would be good too.

I'll make a more thorough step-by-step video of what I exactly do when I cleanse, moisten up (at night), and prep up in the morning.


Thanks for reading!

Catalina

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Review : Butter London Products!


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Hi all,
I wanted to introduce you guys to some awesome butter london products I received in the mail a few days ago.  I was contacted by butter london, asking if I had any products I wanted to try out.  Knowing how great my single butter london nail polish is (you can read about my review here) - I asked for two nail polishes and a lippy without hesitation.

So here there are!!


Yay!!! so so so so so SOOOO pretty!!
From left to right : Rosie Lee, Trout Pout and Lippy in Trout Pout.

I had such a hard time choosing what colors I should get, but I decided to go with the "safe" and "well-complimented" colors.
Coral-pink never disappoints.  It seems like the ultimate compliment-attracter, so I went with the super famous Trout Pout.  For the second color, I wanted something I don't have in my collection. I think I have more than enough polishes, but if you look closely into it I tend to overbuy similar colors without that much variety (woah-runon sentence).


Here's how the packages look like :)
LONG LIVE NAILS!
I love the slogan and the bird with the crown.

Here's Trout Pout.

It's a very pretty (and bright!) coral/pink color. The application glides on like butter and the consistency is thick.  I like how I only had to use one coat. On top of the great application, the drying power is insane.  As soon as I painted my nails, I started snapping pictures, and while doing all that the nails were already dry.
I applied my polish on a rough surface (I didn't file or buff, it was straight on raw nails) and it still managed to smooth out evenly on the surface.


Indoor lighting and the closeup is a bit deceiving.  In real life, the polish looks more like the above picture.  It's very summer appropriate without over doing it.




Next is the gorgeous Rosie Lee

It's a glitter polish!!
To be honest, I wasn't impressed with the glitter in the bottle.  It looked more like foil and I wasn't sure how it was going to look on the nail.  I picked this color mainly because I wanted to use it as an accent color (for the tip of my nails or more for decorative layer over a solid color).

However, I decided to swatch it entirely on my nails and I was in awe of how pretty the glitters are.



Hard to see?

Here's a better look.


Oh my!!! all the glitters!!

I do have to admit that this isn't the easiest polish to apply.
It's glitter, so obviously the texture of the glitters make it harder to apply evenly.  One coat isn't even going to cut it.  You have to apply at least 2x-3x of layers to get the look on my nails. Also, the glitters tend to chunk together if you use short brush strokes, which will leave "holes" in the application.

Other than the though application, I really have nothing to complain about this polish.

I know the picture is shaky, but I think it captures the reflectiveness very well.




Last but not least is the Lippy, which is relatively new.  Along with nail polishes, I think Butter London is pushing out lip glosses that correspond to their best selling colors.  So far they only have a hand full of colors. I originally asked for primrose hill picnic (which is a bright fuchsia color), but due to their shortages, I ended up with trout pout.

Like it's sister nail polish product, trout pout is a coral/pink color. If you compare the bottles side by side, they have almost identical matching colors.


First, the application.
I LOVE the application. It's so smooth and creamy, minus the stickiness.  I like how the color doesn't crease or sit in between my lines.  It just goes on smooth like the nail polish while smoothing itself out with no effort.
Next, the scent.
The smell of this lip gloss is divine.  I love the melon-sweet scent it has.  It's such a fruity, summery scent, I just had to stand still and sniff the bottle for a whole minute.
Last, the longevity.
The lip gloss lasts for a very long time without smudging.
I like how it doesn't get smacked around or clumps, even with intense pouting and rubbing of lips.

Overall, I think this lip gloss is all you could ask for.
The color is gorgeous, the scent is great and the formula is flawless.

Out of the three products, I actually like the lippy the best.


And.. here's how it looks on the lips. 
Sorry I look a bit exhausted.  Work and traffic drains a lot out of me.
But, back to the lippy - it doesn't overdo itself and is great for any occasion! :) yay!! I really like it!


Thanks for reading! :)


Catalina.


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Frosty Pink Makeup Look


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I was looking at my makeup collection, wondering if I should sell some stuff I don't really use, and noticed that I really like pinks/purples and have accumulated quite a lot of makeup based on those colors.  However, I'm always a bit hesitant of using pink on the eyes because of the strong misconception that pink eyesahdows will always make one's eyes look irritated and puffy.
I personally love pink/red/rust colors on the eyes, but I too am a product of my reality and fear using those colors on the eyes in real life.
red eyeshadow... no?

So anyway, while I was thinking of experiencing around with my pinks, I figured that frost/metallic and blue based pinks wouldn't look so bad on the lid.  And while I was at it - I was like "oh, what the heck", might as well film! :)

Hope you guys enjoy the video and the new month!! :D



Also, you can check out my post of the skin food shadow box here






BYE!



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