Have you missed me? :)

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Because I’ve missed you :) Although I’ve been struggling with getting things back to normal, it hasn’t been easy but I’m getting there. I’ve been trying out some products that I think you might enjoy reading about. Please look forward to their reviews soon :)

Hope you’re having an awesome Sunday~!

A Small Update

Hello everyone : )

It’s been almost a month since my last post and I think I owe it to my faithful readers to explain why it’s been so long. I’m not a very good at expressing my feelings for the most part but I’m going through a rough patch. On June 30th, my mother died. Not my real mother, but my aunt who I called my mother since I was a little kid because she helped raise me (my parents are divorced). She died of a heart attack but had already been undergoing dialysis for over a year and had become very ill. Her heart gave up on her on the morning of the 30th and it’s almost like she took my heart too.

It’s been difficult to smile and laugh, to not cry and sob, but I’m getting through it. I talk to her like she’s still here and everything I do I make sure I think of her first because she’s looking down now and I don’t have the luxury of getting scolded by her anymore. Please give the women you love the most in your life an extra big hug every time you see them because anything can happen in this world and you never know if that will be the last time you feel their embrace.

Anyway, I’m doing better now so I promise I’ll be back to blogging this upcoming weekend. Blogging always makes me feel happy because I’ve found some great friends though it and a great community. 

Have a great week : )

“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” Job 1:21. Rest it Peace Ma. Salud Chavez.

Introducing… Hey! Pinkgo Girl Masks from Taiwan!

Hello everyone!

I was recently sent some masks to review from a brand that’s new here in the States called Hey! Pinkgo Girl. This brand specializes in masks that cater to everyone’s skin needs: anti-againg, skin brightening, oily skin, moisturizing, and more. With ingredients like white tea, seaweed collagen, black pearl, and Tahitian sea water, these masks are bound to have good effects on the skin.

Take a look at the masks I was sent:

ImageHere are the masks in order from left to right: Herbal Essence Astringent mask (oily skin), Triple HA Seaweed Collagen Moisturizing mask, and Marine Hydration mask.

ImageBecause my skin is normal to oily, I started off trying this particular mask first. I have sensitive and acne prone skin as well (so blessed, I know) so I figured this would break me out the least if it indeed didn’t work for my skin. I put this on my face in the morning after I washed my face and left it on for about 20~25 minutes, longer than the suggested 15~20 minutes because it came with an insane amount of essence. When I took the mask off, I patted the rest of the essence onto my skin and it absorbed very quickly. It’s very light, just like a regular essence and left my skin feeling really smooth. Best part is that it didn’t break me out! Woohoo! I really liked this mask and would definitely recommend this to anyone with oily skin that can’t find a proper mask for their skin type.

ImageThe second mask is the Triple HA Seaweed Collagen mask. This mask is recommend for every skin type, especially those with dry or aging skin. The serum in this mask is quite light so if you have dry skin, this may not be enough. I would use this more as an addition to your skincare rather than rely on it for deep hydration because it worked really well on my skin and moisturized my skin just enough. It has hyaluronic acid so I used it before my moisturizer and felt my skin retained more moisture. I’d definitely try this one again!

ImageThe second mask is the White Tea and Vitamin C mask. If you want brightening properties due to dull skin, this mask will benefit you the most. It also contains lemon which is used by many in DIY masks for skin brightening or scar improvement. I can’t say that I saw a big difference because I only used it twice but my skin did look a bit brighter and felt energized afterwards. I would have to try a whole box of this to determine if it actually brightens the skin significantly so I can’t give a thorough review but I’m willing to try them out since I didn’t break out!

ImageLastly, here is the Marine Hydration mask. This one is recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin. It contains ingredients like marine collagen, Tahitian sea water, and chamomile. I think this mask was the most moisturizing of them all even though it was still pretty light. I wore this at night and woke up moisturized skin without any redness or pimples so this one is definitely sensitive skin approved! 

ImageOne of the coolest things about these masks is that some of them come in lace! How cool is that?! This is my first time seeing something like this and I was definitely surprised when I opened them up lol!

ImageThe lace ones come with ear holes so they can stay in place while you move around. They’re longer than the other ones because they also cover part of your neck so it gets some mask lovin’ too :)

ImageThe regular masks are thin and adhere really well to the skin. I like these better than the really thick kinds because it almost feels like the thicker masks absorb all of the product and leave nothing for your skin to drink up.

ImageHere’s just a picture of me after I wore the mask and added a couple of drops of Argan oil to my skin. I really liked the way it looked :)

 

ImageHere are some masks that haven’t yet launched in the US but will soon. I will do a separate review on these soon!

Final thoughts: I really loved these masks. I’m the type of person that breaks out if I happen to touch my face on accident so my skin is super sensitive and the fact that I didn’t break out once is almost like a miracle to me. It may seem like I’m just being nice because I was sent these for free but you guys know that I can be a bit too honest when a product isn’t good but this was not the case. I actually already have these bad boys in my Amazon cart right now!

I’m not sure if you noticed a pattern in my mini reviews but these masks are very light. Like I said before, I wouldn’t rely on these for deep hydration because they seem to be more of an essence rather than a serum, like other masks tend to have. These are best as an addition to your regular skincare routine, ideally before your serum and moisturizer and because they’re pretty affordable, you can use these every day! The box comes with 10 and costs anywhere from $12.99 to $13.50.

This is their website. It’s not in english yet but take a look if you’d like: http://applegirl.com.tw/index.php/main/product

Here’s the link where you can buy them on Amazon

Hope you guys enjoyed reading about this new line and get a chance to try them out!

P.S.: Did you notice something different about me? Maybe not, but today is my birthday. I turn 25! :)

 

 

Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion vs. Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I have a review that I’ve been wanting to do for a while but hadn’t gotten around to. A lot of us Asian beauty fanatics know how big Hada Labo lotions are in Japan and how effective they are. They’re so popular that 1 is sold every 4 seconds in Japan. How crazy is that?! I know from personal experience that this is definitely true because I’ve been using these lotions for 3 years now and my skin has improved a lot. They’re also inexpensive so having plump, translucent skin is something anybody can achieve.

That being said, I was asked by a friend about the differences between the 2 lotions. They look similar and feel similar on the face but what’s the difference? Which one is better for who’s skin type? Does Shirojyun actually “whiten” your face?

If you want to know which one you will most likely benefit from, check out this comparison of the Hada Labo Shirojyun vs Gokujyun lotions!

ImageThese are both lotions: the one on the left is Gokujyun and the one on the right is Shirojyun. Both bottles contain 170 ml of product.

ImageSo here’s the lotion I started out using first. This lotion is supposed to help with fading spots and creating a brighter complexion overall. It contains Arbutin which helps with lightening and I believe it also has hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin.

ImageThe consistency of this lotion is similar to any old toner as it’s really watery and disappears on the skin pretty quickly. It has no scent so it’s good for sensitive noses. 

ImageThis is the Gokujyum lotion. It’s ideal for those who have drier skin or just need additional moisture. The hyaluronic acid retains more moisture on the skin preventing it from getting drier quicker. 

ImageAlthough both lotions are slightly cloudy in appearance, the consistency is very different. I put some drops of this particular lotion on my hand and spread it out a little bit. It takes a lot longer to sink in because it’s thicker than a regular lotion. It’s not quite as thick as a serum but somewhat close to it. Proper application is key with this lotion so pressing the product into your skin rather than just smoothing it on is the right way to use it.

Thoughts on the Shirojyun lotion: This lotion is very effective at lightening spots and the complexion. I used it for 2 years straight and it was so effective that my face and neck are completely different colors than the rest of my body. In fact, I stopped using it because I kind of worried a bit that my face would look too different from my body. My overall complexion is a lot more clear and my spots have been fading so this is a great product if you have those concerns. I wouldn’t rely on this product for moisture, however, because it’s almost like water and dissipates quickly on the skin. If you suffer from pigmentation and dull complexion, this lotion is best for you.

Thoughts on Gokujyun lotion: If you suffer from dry skin, you will love this product. It’s super moisturizing and makes the skin feel soft and plump. I’ve found that during the winter this product is a lifesaver due to harsh winds. My skin is normal to oily and extremely sensitive so in the beginning, I broke out a little bit because it was a tad too heavy. It took my skin a few weeks to get used to this product but my skin has never felt so nourished when combined with the Josie Maran Argan oil. I think this will work for all skin types but if your skin is oily, you may have to use it sparingly.

I hope this comparison was helpful in trying to find which one will work best for your skin concerns. Additionally, Hada Labo makes a separate lotion for mature skin (the red bottle) but my skin hasn’t gotten to that point yet so I have not tried it. That one may be an option if you are looking in to anti-aging benefits!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask away!

 

For my next review, TONYMOLY BCDation:

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Influenster Viva VoxBox!

Hey everyone!

The people over at Influenster were nice enough to send me another VoxBox this month and I want to share some of the goodies with you all. Most of these products come from pharmacies so they’ll be easy to get ahold of if you’re interested.

Take a look!

ImageHere’s what the box came with: Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel-off Mask, Vaseline Spray & Go, Shell Fuel Rewards Network card, Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths, and Pure Ice nail varnish.

ImageI tried out the Vaseline Spray & Go first as I was really curious about what it was like. I sprayed it on my hand and the consistency was mousse-like but very light. It moisturized my skin only slightly and the smell was a bit particular: it smelled of baby wipes! Not the best smell considering what they are used for…

ImageThis is what my hand looks like after I spread out the product. It completely disappeared and my skin doesn’t look very moisturized. I think this product might suit people that are always in a hurry to get somewhere if they don’t want to leave their skin bare and want a fast drying product. It doesn’t deliver long-term moisture or dry skin improvement so I can’t give this one a thumbs up.

ImageNext, I have the Cetaphil cleansing clothes. They’re very soft and feel nice on the skin. I didn’t detect a smell so this is great for sensitive noses and skin!

ImageTo see how well the clothes remove my makeup, I drew two hearts on my hand and used a cloth on one of the hearts.

ImageAs you can see, it removed about 75% of the gel liner. I actually had to really put some elbow grease into removing it because the cloths were very dry. I’m not sure if I just got a bad batch but it had almost no moisture to it. I think that if the cloths had more moisture to them I could have easily removed the makeup. I would definitely buy these on my own just to see if maybe mine came out bad because they still did a pretty good job and were very gentle.

ImagePure Ice nail varnishI’m not a fan of polishes with glitters because they are extremely hard to remove. Although the colors were nice (mainly blue, silver, pink, and purple), I tried it on my pinky and it took forever to come off. If you’re ok with the difficult removal, I’d definitely recommend this varnish because it’s saturated with glitters and one coat delivers a lot of them.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Mask: I did not try this because I break out any time honey touches my face. I really wanted to but I had to pass on this particular product.

Shell Fuel Rewards Card: I have yet to try this out. There’s a Shell that’s literally 1 minute away from where I live so I’ve seen the propaganda for this card before I got it from Influenster. I haven’t activated it yet because Shell tends to be the most expensive gas station around here so I’m going to hold off on it for now.

Hope you enjoyed these reviews and hope you get to try some of these products!

 

 

Lemon Water For Healthy, Glowing Skin!

About 2 months ago, I read somewhere that hot water with lemon does wonders for your skin and health. Being the beauty obsessed fanatic that I am, I instantly jumped on the bandwagon to see if all the claims were true; clear skin, healthy digestion, the clearing of toxins, balancing of pH levels, etc. It sounded too good to be true but since I’m always suffering from stomach maladies, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try. If anything I was getting more water in my system (which I desperately needed anyway).

So what I ended up doing was boiling water and squeezing about a tablespoon (or maybe more since my measuring skills are non-existant) into my cup every day for about 2 months. It wasn’t the tastiest beverage to have if you compare it to green tea or coffee but it wasn’t bad either. It was actually kind of refreshing so it was easy getting used to!

Now that 2 months have passed, let’s see what differences I felt:

1. Clear skin. I know that my skin isn’t necessarily the worst but I always have at least breakout on my skin because it’s so sensitive, especially when I’m trying out new beauty products. When I wasn’t trying out anything new and stuck to my normal beauty routine, my face was almost flawless. I had days where I just went out with SPF and under eye concealer because I didn’t look half bad! 

2. I wasn’t as sluggish in the AM. I wouldn’t necessarily say it replaces a good ol’ cup of Joe or even matcha tea but it still does energize you a bit. This is the part that took me a while to get used to as I’m an avid green tea drinker and it was difficult to part. 

3. Over-all well being. I think #2 was due to my body detoxing therefore having more energy. It took me almost 2 weeks to even notice a difference but it was well worth the wait.

4. As far as, ehem, going potty in the AM, I can’t say. I’ve never had a problem since I only produce rainbows and butterflies!

I say give it a go if you haven’t already. If anything it has great health benefits and doesn’t taste half bad :)

So have you ever tried hot water with lemon? Did it work for you or was there no difference? 

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Etude House “I’m Blooming” Moisture Cleansing Foam & Brightening Mist Review!

Hello  everyone!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve missed you all and writing posts as well but I’ve been trying to at least check out your posts as often as possible. I’ve got some projects I’m working on and possibly changing up this blog a little so please wait for that in the near future!

Today I have a review that some of you have been waiting on and I finally got to it. It’s one of the latest lines from Etude House called “I’m Blooming” which is supposed to be organic. I got the “Moisture Cleansing Foam” and the “Brightening Mist” since I ran out of cleanser and mist. I usually try the products out for a while before I post anything on it for a more accurate and honest review so that’s why it’s taken me a bit. I’ve also been trying other products at the same time so that kind of threw me off a bit (won’t do that again though).

Now lets get to the review!

ImageHere’s what the packaging looks like: it’s cute and pink! Just how I like it :P 

ImageThese are the actual sizes of the products. The foam comes in a standard 150 ml and the brightening mist is a lot bigger than what I’m used to (50 ml) as it comes in a 120 ml container! Good deal if you ask me~

ImageThe cleanser is also pretty standard as it’s just a creamy white color with no odor. Great for sensitive noses! Foams up great but there’s absolutely nothing special about it. It cleans the face and doesn’t leave it tight so at least it gets the job done.

ImageFor the brightening mist, I took a picture of my white mug after I applied a bit of BB cream and some lip tint. This is my “before” face prior to spritzing my face with the mist.

ImageNow here’s my “after” face! It looks dewy and bright but doesn’t last for too long. I find myself having to spray my face repeatedly throughout the day because it dissipates quickly. It doesn’t claim to moisture the face, which it only does slightly, so I won’t be critical of that. It seems to be more of a dewy setting spray more than anything as I saw no overall brightening effects on my face after 2~3 weeks.

So my final verdict?

ImageEhhh~

Let’s see the pros and cons so you can see what I mean.

Pros for the cleansing foam:

~Cheap. Only costs $4.11 on Amazon

~Doesn’t leave your face feeling tight

~Cleans well

~No scent

~Organic

Cons:

~None but somehow it seems lacking. Maybe because I have to use more product to get foam? 

Pros for the brightening mist:

~Dewy finish

~Cheap. $5.25

~No scent

~Decent “pick-me-up” if your face feels tight

Cons:

~Doesn’t really brighten the face

~Moisture is low

~Needs constant re-application

I’m on the fence with these products. They both seem lacking but I guess for the price it was ok? The foam cleansed my face but there was nothing special about it; just average. The mist was a quick fix but nothing for actual long-term skincare so that was also just ok. 

I’d say give it a go if you want to try organic skincare for a cheap price as it’s super affordable. It’s very basic so I wouldn’t buy it with big expectations or anything like that. The lovely packaging may aid in it’s purchase!

Image“Hello. Yes, Etude? This is Jagi”

Have a good night! ;)

 

Korean Samples Giveaway Winners!

Hello everyone!

Finally the day has come for me to announce the winners to my giveaway. It was difficult picking just 2 winners because if i could, I’d give you all a gift ^^

As you all know, I wasn’t able to get a something like RaffleCopter to pick the winners so I had to do it myself. I love each and everyone of the people that read and follow my blog so please don’t think I’m biased in any way!

Now, the winners:

1. http://myhongkonghusband.com/ ! Check out her blog if you have time. She writes about her life as Polish girl who married a guy from Hong Kong and now living in the US!

2. http://givemedramas.com/redbeanmochi/ ! If you love Taiwanese and K-dramas, check out her blog! Besides, her blog name is awesome! Who doesn’t love mochis?!

 

Please email me at callmejagi@gmail.com so I can get your info and ship these out to you soon!

 

Don’t be bummed if you didn’t win this time, I’ll be holding more in the future so there will be more chances! 

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Curious about Korean skincare? Enter my giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hello everyone!

I’m holding my very first giveaway! I reached 900 followers (which I never thought would happen) and I thought I would show my appreciation by holding a little giveaway for two lucky people :)

I started out my blog as a diary posting about Asian skincare, daily life, and quirky interests and never did I imagine people would actually read it. I’m sure people say stuff like this all time and it might sound cliche but it’s really true. I’m super happy to have found a blogging community that is excited and interested in reading what I have to say so this is my way of saying “thank you”!

ImageI made two goody bags (kinda) filled with nothing but Korean skincare and makeup samples. Both have 12~13 samples and a mask from The Face Shop. Brands that are included are: Etude House, Charmzone, TonyMoly, The Face Shop, Mizon, Skin79, and lots more!

ImageAdditionally, I’m including 5 of the cute little compressed masks that you can make your own face mask with at home!

ImageSo there’s one for winner #1!

ImageAaaand winner #2 (finger mustache not included)!

Now, you may be thinking:

Image“What’s the catch, Jagi?”

To which I respond:

ImageThere is none!

I’m just thankful you guise read my blog and wanna give something away. I pretty much only review Asian skincare and makeup so I want somebody who is equally as curious but hasn’t had the chance to try it out!

The only thing you have to do to enter is do one or both of the following:

1. Like this post! Pretty easy, right? Give me a star and tell me you did so ;)

2. Leave me a comment! Tell me about what Asian skincare or makeup products you’re curious to try.

This contest is open to my blog followers only so if you haven’t done so, this would be a good time!

I’ll be picking the winners by my own discretion. I tried using Rafflecopter but it won’t work here :( Contest ends a weeks from today (April 10th) so you have a full week!

Because this is my very first giveaway, it will only be open to the US.  The USA is where almost half of my readers come from, second is my beloved Singapore, and third is a tie between Canada, UK, and Malaysia so please know I have not forgotten about you. So don’t be discouraged if you’re not from the USA, I’ll be having a 1000 follower giveaway that will be open worldwide! Not sure when or if that will happen but I promise it will be bigger and better! :D

If you want, follow me on Instagram and Twitter @Callmejagi. Not required, though :)

Good luck!! <3