Posts Tagged ‘skincare’

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[Haul] Recent Beauty-Related Purchases (some from coupons!)

May 5, 2014

 

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Alright, so there are going to be a lot of pictures in this post! I’m going to show some items in detail, and some aren’t pictured in the picture above. I posted a haul not that long ago with some Korean cosmetics. I’ve got some more shots of those in this post.

Since there will be a lot of pictures, I’m putting it all below the cut!

Let’s start off with a list of what I got recently (not including items from previous haul post!)

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[Haul] More Korean Beauty Products!

April 24, 2014

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Okay…I know I need to get it in gear and write some reviews soon. I’ve had so much new stuff to try out. I need to take some time to form some opinions! I’ll be going home to visit my parents this weekend, which means I can film videos. Hopefully I’ll get a couple filmed and uploaded while I’m there. I’m thinking an April Favorites video and an April Ipsy bag video!

Anyway, on to the haul!

I mean to take more pictures…but I’ll just take more detailed pictures when I actually post the reviews/first impressions.

What I bought (click on the link to buy it on Amazon):

Free samples I received:

  • Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
  • Apieu Essential Source Snail essence
  • Snail Bee essence
  • Nose pore strip
  • Etude House Hello Wash body wash
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry tint
  • Etude House BB cream
  • another sample I can’t read…I thin it’s BB cream. Will have to research!

So I’ve linked the products above to their Amazon pages (if it’s available). Some of these items I purchased through Ebay and some I purchased through W2Beauty (which I’ve mentioned before!)

I’ll be trying this all out soon and coming back with first impressions or reviews! The Etude House toner is actually a repurchase, even though I haven’t finished the first one yet!

Do you have any of these items? What do you think about them?

 

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[Tips] Cosmetic Ingredients You Should Avoid

April 23, 2014

cosmetic-ingredientsSo back when I started my blog (Beauty Cleric), it was actually called “The Beauty Scholar.” I chose that name because I was going through a silly crisis where I was afraid to use any makeup/skincare product because they all had harmful chemicals! I have since calmed down, though. =)

Although I don’t avoid “bad” makeup ingredients altogether, I do still care about what’s in my products. Before I purchase something, I at least take a look at the ingredients label. I don’t buy only natural/organic products, but I try to steer clear of some of the bigger red flags. In this post I figured I’d cover some of the ingredients that are said to be bad for you. You can of course make your own judgment calls about what products to use/not use, but I just wanted to make everyone aware. Before a couple of years ago, I had no idea there were potentially harmful ingredients in my makeup…I also didn’t know that the FDA doesn’t monitor makeup ingredients!

Without further blabbering, here’s a list of ingredients you may want to avoid!

Oxybenzone

This chemical is commonly found in many sunscreens, which is problematic since we should all be wearing some form of sun protection to prevent skin cancer! Oxybenzone has been linked to problems with cell development, allergies, and hormone disruption. While many still believe oxybenzone is safe in small amounts, it is better to just avoid the ingredient altogether if you’re concerned and choose a more natural sunscreen. Look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreens.

Parabens

Parabens come in several forms with the three most common being methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. There are several other types of parabens, so you should try to avoid any product that contains the ending “paraben” in any of the ingredients. Parabens can be found in a large number of beauty products ranging from cosmetics and skin cleansers to deodorants and toothpastes. While there has recently been an increase in the number of “paraben-free” products, there are still many brands which use these preservatives. The danger of parabens lies in their alleged tie to increasing one’s risk of breast cancer. They have also been linked to hormone disruption. Look for alternative brands and products that carry the “paraben-free” label, and if you must use products with parabens, check the label to ensure that more than one type of paraben is on the ingredients list. Parabens are less harmful when mixed together!

Fragrance

Lots of beauty products list“fragrance” somewhere on their labels, but did you know that there can be as many as 200 ingredients mixed together to form the fragrance? The multitude of ingredients mixed to create fragrances for products are not on the ingredients list and are instead covered by one just word… This means there can be many hidden and potentially dangerous chemicals in your products! It is best to look for “fragrance-free” products in order to avoid the dangerous chemicals that are often used in synthetic fragrances. Many of these chemicals can cause allergic reactions, rashes, and possibly hormone disruption.

Phthalates

(Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. I have no clue!!)

This ingredient is not usually listed on the label, even if it’s in the product. However, if it is, you may want to think twice about using that product. Phthalates are used in some cosmetics to help prolong colors and scents, but they have been linked to hormone disruption and birth defects. Pregnant and nursing women should take  special care to avoid products with this ingredient. Look for abbreviations such as DBP, DEHP, and DEP–these abbreviations indicate the use of phthalates.

Summary

Anyway, as I stated above, I’m not so strict about my products as I used to be when it first scared the daylights out of me. I do still read the labels and try to find safer alternatives when I can. I also like to order cosmetics from Korea, because I know that in many other countries in Europe and Asia, cosmetic ingredients that are okay in the US are banned! I usually feel safer with foreign products!

If you want to check the safety of ingredients or specific products, you can try looking at the Skin Deep database. They list harmful ingredients and rate products on their safety.

Thanks for reading!

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[Tips] My Nightly Skin Care Routine

April 15, 2014

So today I read a post entitled “4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using,” and it got me thinking about my own nightly beauty routine. (Oh how it has changed over the recent years!) I’ve gone from super lazy, to a dedicated skin care routine, back to lazy, and finally to a (still dedicated) routine that I can actually stick with!

The article I linked to above gives a very simple skin care routine to follow for night time. Even though I’m super lazy at times, I’ve been making an effort to stick to a multi-step skin care routine, because I really want to take care of my skin now so that I’m not sorry later. We all know sleep is extremely important to healthy skin, but (as the article says), you either get 8 hours or you don’t! I have a feeling most of us don’t…so we need to up our skin care game even more!

I think the steps listed in this article are great–if you want a basic night time skin care routine, use those steps as a guide! If you’re willing to put even more time into your skin care routine, then use the basic routine but add steps where necessary. Your skin care routine should be tailored to your skin and its needs. If you’re new to skin care (especially multi-step routines), I recommend shopping for skin care products on a website that breaks the products down by skin type. HSN’s skin care page does this. Analyze your skin and figure out what you want to see happen–do you need to brighten your skin? Even out the tone? Hydrate it because it’s dry?

It took me a long time to figure out what my nightly skin care routine should consist of…but I think I’ve finally got a routine that works for me! Below I’ll list step by step what I do to keep my skin healthy, even when I’m not getting enough sleep (or water)!

Let me know in the comments section what your skin care routine is! I’m always looking for new ideas! (Questions/other comments are welcomed as well!)

My Nightly Routine

download1. Remove makeup.

I like to use the Almay eye makeup remover pads just on my eyes and then take a makeup wipe to the rest of my face. I’ve been testing out some oil cleansers, too, so if it’s an oil cleanse night, I skip the makeup wipe and just cleanse with oil.

 

51ceAil70ZL._SL1500_2. Cleanse.

I’m currently using the Simple Foaming Cleanser and the St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. I alternate between the two of these. I use the St. Ives up to 3 times a week, and the Simple cleanser the rest of the week. Whenever I cleanse with the Simple foaming cleanser, I use my Luna Mini!

3. Exfoliate (twice a week).

I use a Japanese brand product for exfoliation. It’s called Cure, and it’s the most gentle exfoliate I have ever used. I only use this a couple of times a week.

 

wonderpore4. Tone.

Right now I’m trying out the Korean brand Etude House Wonder Pore Toner!

5. Treat acne.

I don’t always do this, but I’ve been having breakouts lately! So I just grab a Noxzema acne pad and swipe it all over my face.

 

missha-misa-yei-hyun-eyecream-30ml5. Moisturize (or serum)

I tend to use my serum in the morning, so at night, I just apply a moisturizer. I’m testing out a Korean one now.

6. Eye cream.

I do use a separate cream for my eyes. Right now it’s the Etude House Collagen Moistfull cream!

So I know that may seem like a lot, but night time is when my serious skin care happens! What products do you use, and do you have tips for a night time skin care routine?

Thanks for reading! If you have any requests or want reviews on the products mentioned, let me know in the comments!

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[Review] Isomer’s Redensify Eye Cream

March 27, 2014

125788a1Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing the Isomer’s Redensify Eye Cream. Let’s just say I ordered this last summer after doing a bunch of online searching for a good product to help volumize the undereye area. My eyes are kind of deep-set, and depending on how tired I am, they can look bad =( I wanted an eye cream that would hydrate but also plump up that area. I don’t get eye bags; I basically have the opposite problem!

Anyway, I read online that some people saw success with this product, but I also saw some mixed reviews. And the cream itself was about $50! I don’t normally pay that much for makeup/skincare related products unless I am convinced it will be amazing! But I decided to give it a try. They had a package deal where you could get the full-sized face cream and full-sized eye cream (I almost wrote “ice cream” …..) for $55. That’s a great deal, so my mom paid half and kept the face cream so I could have the eye cream.

I’ve been using it since I got it last July, pretty much every morning. I have a different cream I use at night. Unfortunately, I don’t think this product works very well. I do think it hydrates the area, and it’s a fairly thin cream, which makes it good for day-time application in my opinion. However, I didn’t really notice a change in my eyes. I think how my eyes look really just depend on how much sleep I get and how much water I’m drinking. I don’t think the cream made any difference =(

I plan on using it up, and then I’ll be switching to a different day-time eye cream (or just revert back to using just a night eye cream). If I see any changes when I stop using it, I’ll be sure to write an updated post. But I don’t think it made any change in my eyes. I’m hoping whatever creams I use next will help the undereye area out more. =)

I don’t have too much to say about it, because the only pros I can think of are that it hydrates and it’s a light cream. Other than that, I don’t think it’s worth $50 on its own, or even worth the half-price of the package deal. I’m nervous about what will happen when I stop using it, haha. Maybe there was a slight improvement and I won’t notice it until I stop using it? Hopefully not, because I’m 99% sure this cream did nothing for the actual condition of my undereyes!

I was skeptical but wanted to give it a try anyway. There’s just not much you can do for your undereyes if they need more volume! (Besides fat grafting or injections, neither of which I’m willing to do!) I’ll stick with some better eye creams and good concealers instead!

I do think it’s possible for creams to be so hydrating they help the area look more plump, but this one didn’t do that either. I think we’re better off using creams with Retinol or collagen.

Pros: hydrating, light cream that is good for daytime use
Cons: price, does not volumize, not worth the price
Final verdict: Look for something else!

Thanks for reading!

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[Haul] New Korean Products from W2Beauty!

March 25, 2014

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So I had an entire haul video filmed for this haul, and I was really happy I was able to do that instead of making a post about it….but then…the video came out all dark! I have no idea why, but you can’t really see anything clearly. -_-  I even checked the video while I was filming to make sure everything looked alright! It was just ruined, so I decided to do a post instead, since I have pictures of everything before I used it.

Then I took a closer look at my pictures, and most of them are blurry. -sigh- I’m so irritated. Haha. Anyway…here’s my haul post.

*note: this is not a sponsored post

Click to see the haul! (More pictures below the cut too!)

 

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Ipsy Bag – March 2014

March 17, 2014

Here’s my March Ipsy bag unboxing! I will have another post on here soon with more details/swatches and later on, some reviews!

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Empties Video – March 2014!

March 17, 2014

My first empties video! =)

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[Review] Etude House Collagen Moistfull Eye Cream

March 4, 2014

20140221_182021So, in the Korean Beauty Haul I posted recently, I got a couple of sample satchets of this Etude House eye cream. I figured I’d use up the samples and then write a mini review on it, since I can’t really write a full review without testing the product for a longer period of time. That being said, I think first impressions and such are really important, and usually if I love a product to start with, I continue loving it =)

All of that mess up there to say I’m going to review a sample I received. Geez. I need to cut down on the words sometimes.

Alright, so basically so far I like this eye cream! I can’t read any of the “product claims” and whatnot, since if there are any on the sample satchet, they’re in Korean (and let’s face it, my Korean is not that good yet!). Just judging by the name, I assume the cream is supposed to be very moisturizing and the collagen ingredients should help refirm the skin. Not sure if it’s supposed to have an effect on wrinkles…so….yeah.

For reference, I’m only 23, so I don’t really have many wrinkles yet, or flabby skin. I can’t really comment on how the cream does with wrinkles or re-firming the skin, plus I’d have to use it longer! But I CAN say it is VERY moisturizing. My undereyes feel great when I use this. It doesn’t have a cooling effect or anything, it just feels very moisturized and healthy. Also, when I wake up in the morning, my undereyes are still hydrated! I like that it sticks around overnight. I don’t like putting on moisturizers and creams only to wake up dry =/ Most eye creams I’ve used soak in more, so my undereye area isn’t as hydrated in the morning. I really like that about this cream!

Additionally, I didn’t notice any offensive smell, so that’s always a plus! It also didn’t irritate my skin in any way.

I’ve already gone ahead and purchased a full size of this, so maybe I can do an in depth review later?

Pros: EXTREMELY hydrating, lasts a long time, no smell, no irritation
Cons: Not sure it takes care of wrinkles, but I don’t have many anyway
Verdict: Try it out and see how it goes for you!

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[Review] Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

February 26, 2014

shoppingSo I’ve been looking for a good toner for a long time now. I was especially looking for one that would help my pores, since they tend to be rather large on my cheeks, no matter how much I try to take care of them! I picked up the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner expecting it to help cleanse my pores more deeply and make them smaller. This product contains salicylic acid, which may or may not be beneficial to your skin (all depends on your skin type and whether you react better to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Both ingredients are meant to cleanse the pores deeply and treat/prevent acne breakouts. After using half or more of this product, I can finally give it an honest review.

I do not like this toner at all. The most offending factor about it is the horrible smell. It’s a VERY strong smell, and it smells like chemicals or alcohol, I’m not sure which, but it’s not pretty in the least! In my opinion, it’s not even tolerable. I can only imagine that something that smells so harsh MUST be harsh on the skin. I didn’t break out from using this product, and my skin didn’t get irritated either, so I’m really surprised. I always pore a bit onto a cotton pad or a cotton ball and swipe it over my whole face quickly, but even doing it as quickly as I can causes the fumes from it to go up my nose and get into my mouth. I try as hard as I possibly can not to breathe it, but inevitably it ends up going up my nose. It actually makes me cough in an attempt to clear the fumes from my air passages. I also often end up having to spit out the fumes in the sink! I’m sorry, that was probably TMI, but that’s just honestly how bad it is!! I can’t stand the smell.

Besides the horrible smell, as I mentioned, the toner doesn’t break me out or mess up my skin, so that’s good. But that’s really the only pros I can think of. Honestly, I don’t think it really did much for my pores. I saw little to no change in the state and size or my pores! I’m so bummed that it didn’t work, especially after having to inhale all of the fumes! After I used the product a couple of times, I figured it wasn’t really working, but I wanted to use it some more before making up my mind and writing a review. It did clean the remaining dirt and makeup off of my skin, which I expected it to do. I just don’t think it worked very well at what it claimed to do, aka minimize pores!

So, my final opinion on the product is that it isn’t worth purchasing. The smell is not worth it, even if it did work! I am very much looking forward to quickly finishing this bottle and moving on to my next bottle of toner, the Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House! I can’t wait to try that one out and write a review. I am 100% positive it will be better than this one.

Pros: cleans skin well, doesn’t break me out, doesn’t irritate skin
Cons: horrible chemical smell, doesn’t minimize pores
Verdict: Don’t buy!