Category: Makeup


I recently purchased the Skin79 BB cream. If you are unfamiliar with these, a BB cream is a type of Asian make up with skin care benefits. Originally created in Germany for post surgery patients to help heal and protect the skin, BB cream is both pigmented and protective. It rose to fame in Korea when south Korean celebrities received treatments and BB cream from their doctor to protect their skin. Thru noticed it greatly improved their complexion. After a time, companies began selling their own versions of the BB cream to the public. BB cream stands for blemish balm. BB cream can be touted as having various benefits including whitening, sunscreen, moisturizer, acne healing or all of the above. In fact, another reason BB cream became so popular is due to the fact that they combined all skin care and facial make up steps into one product.
After discovering how popular this is in Asia, I decided to try Skin79 BB cream for myself.
My first impression if the Pink Skin79 BB cream was that it has a really grey color. It does blend okay with my skin after it sinks in for a few minutes and has a really silky texture that makes application and blending a breeze. It also comes in a convenient pump container so it is really sanitary to use and there’s no waiting product. It lasts a long time and works well. It does seem to give decent coverage, maybe light to medium, but as for the skin care benefits, I don’t think I’m so convinced. There seemed to be a nice effect on my skin while wearing this BB cream, but nothing long term. All in all, I really enjoy wearing this on days I don’t want to do full foundation and for $20, it was a really good value for the price.

If you like Asian skincare products, weight loss products etc. You will LOVE SASA ! The majority of their products are Asian brands, but they even carry Lancome and Dior items, among other USA and UK based companies. It is by far the best AND most affordable site I have seen. The company is based in Hong Kong, but they ship internationally at pretty decent rates. They have many different language options as well as currency conversion options. PLUS you can shop by price in each category you are interested in browsing. You can shop by price from lowest price -highest price OR from highest price-lowest price, which means anyone with any budget can shop with SASA. I found a whole set of shampoo, hair treatment and body wash for $2.20 on the site! I was so amazed. Granted they were small sizes, but they lasted for a pretty long time considering their small sizes (2-4 weeks).

PLUS they have tons of reviews on there of their products. Not to mention, they have a translate options for the ones that are made by women who live in China or other Asian countries. This is really helpful since the majority of product reviews are in Chinese and I don’t fully speak the language yet. Available on the site are a variety of skincare products including lotions, whitening lotions, toners, face masks, body lotion, skin firming items, slimming products for your body, your legs, even your face! I am always looking for new sites with good prices since I have to maintain a certain budget each month and this site has beat every site out there so far!

Check out SASA products here.

Coolest Makeup Finishing Spray Line: Skindinavia Wins!

So, Skindinavia is a line of makeup finishing sprays that claim to hold your makeup in place for long periods of time. This stuff is really awesome. Although I didn’t buy mine from their site (cause I’m cheap!), I did buy the Skindinavia finishing spray (only off Ebay for a lower price). This stuff retails at $19.00 for 2 Oz. or $29 for 4 Oz. on their site or you can find some on Ebay for as low as $10 plus shipping. This finishing spray really does help your makeup stay in place longer and does not do much to upset your skin. Take that to heart; my skin is sensitive acne prone oily combination skin. Therefore, if something is going to upset your skin, it will inflame mine here first.

Depending on what skin type you have or your lifestyle, Skindinavia carries a line of different types of finishing sprays, so you can choose based on what your skin needs. First off, there’s the original finishing spray (which is what I have atm) that is a general anyonee-can-use finishing spray. This spray was the first to be released by them and is oil-free. Now available Finishing Sprays for Normal, Oily/Combination and Dry skin types, all oil-free and non-comedogenic. So, you get a finishing spray fit for your skin type! I love it because with my sensitive combination skin, I need something that won’t make me break out.

They also have a Bridal one specifically for that Special Day, a finishing spray for 10 Years Younger Looking Skin, a “Cool Flash” spray that’s heat resistant and one that is called “Dance” that claims to hold even under active environments ie. dancing at a club/party and/or exercise. So that is really an awesomely customized line of finishing sprays! For more information, visit their site at Www.Skindinavia.com

You can try this Velvet Skin Coat .52 Oz. for $21.00 at DHC, although I would not recommend it unless your skin is completely infallible to breakouts. This velvet skin coat primer is made with a silicone base that clogged my pores quite a bit. It didn’t do major damage, but it did enough to discourage me from using it regularly, if ever again. I hate breaking out, hate skin products that clog my pores. It’s possible that could work for you if you have either dry skin or nothing bothers your skin. It does what it claims to do:” smooths fine lines and wrinkles so your face appears flawless…” BUT I’m only 21; not old enough to really be needing much help in the way of smoothing my wrinkles that I don’t have yet. Anyway, I guess if you only want to use it to smooth out your complexion and appearance of wrinkles, it ISN’T a bad product, but I don’t think I’d ever shell out the $21.00 ever again for the measly little .52 Oz. of silicone that clogs my pores. Not good at all for my complexion, but if it works for you, go you! You officially have the most disassociated unaffected skin on the planet. I’m jealous.

A good alternative to all-too-heavy make up primers? A good moisturizer, whitening cream, or if you must, a light herbal primer like Palladio’s Herbal Face Primer for $11.99 here.

Silicone will clog any average person’s pores. So, unless you’re unnaturally perfect (and if you are, yes, I’m a heinous jealous monster), then stick to water based skin friendly products.

Also, a good side note, if you apply moisturizer to your face and then wave your blowdryer over your face for a good 20-40 seconds, it helps the moisturizer set into your skin better and dries it faster. Then you can apply your make up without the irritation of peeling from not dry sunscreen or fear and paranoia of smudgy, runny, pasty looking make up! Rock on Divas! :D

Natural Japanese Beauty is my latest great find. Recently, while browsing the web in search of japanese skin care, I found this great site. I think this site actually retails straight from Japan. Not only do they have really fantastic products, they have reasonable price ranges so there’s something for everyone! They also offer interesting articles on the history of each product and why it’s beneficial for you. This includes the benefits of rice bran, camellia oil and green tea as well as the use of silkworm cocoons (don’t knock it til you try it!) to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, leaving the skin SUPER SOFT!
Contrast to True Renu, this site takes a more traditional, less modern look at skin care maintenance while still focusing on the #1 thing: looking your best and maintaining healthy glowing skin. After starting to use all of these products, my favorites are the rice bran powder wash from True Renu, HABA’s G Lotion Toner and White Knight Creme, and the silkworm cocoons and ALL of the whitening products from Natural Japanese Beauty. My favorite thing about these products is that they are all natural. I don’t need a chemistry dictionary to know what I’m putting on my skin because it’s right there for me to see in the simplest of terms for the ingredients that include rice bran, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, and seaweed.
They even offer recipes on the site for Home Remedies! My favorite of these is the Ginger Tea. The Ginger Tea offers relief for “Colds, Flu, Arthritis and General Health.” I don’t usually have any of these issues, but I love the tea simply because it tastes really good. Also, I LOVE ginger. It’s refreshing and I’ll eat it by the plate like a salad. Talk about refreshing. I also used it recently to help my boyfriend’s mom get rid of vertigo. It WORKED! She couldn’t believe it because her vertigo was gone in just FIVE DAYS. She loves the tea so much, I make it for her almost daily if not weekly.

Benefits of Ginger: Click Here to get the recipes!

Aside from all these great benefits of this site, they also offer traditional clay make up just like Geishas use! They sell a variety of different color tones so that you can mix them and create a tone that most closely matches your EXACT skin color. For someone like me, who is obsessed with everything Geisha, this make up really is great. I’m always looking for more natural make up alternatives to the drugstore make up and the absurdly expensive designer cosmetics.

Check it out here!

Thanks for reading my blogs and good luck!

This cosmetic company is my newest obsession. Affordable, Convenient yet classy and herbal ingredient lists that are actually in the ingredient list (not just the name!).

First off, this company boasts similar products that other more expensive, high end companies offer but for a fraction of the price. They make all or most of their products with various herbal ingredients such as Retinol (Vitamin A), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Camellia Oleifera Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tintorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barnadensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycerin, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tee) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Strach, Rhus SucCedonea Fruit Wax, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearalkonium Hectorite / Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol not to be confused with Rubbing Alcohol as Cetyl Alcohol is moisturizing not drying, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, BHA, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil and other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin.

Secondly, most or all of these Palladio products can be purchased at $10 or less each and they sport such sought after makeup must-haves as Palladio Herbal Primer ( Primers usually run at $20 or more. This one is $9.99), Palladio Dual Wet Dry Herbal Foundation (CARGO Cosmetics carries a much more expensive version of this), and Baked Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow that can be compared to the likes of L’Oreal, Smashbox or Urban Decay without the flashy packaging. The eyeshadows in this line actually look just like the L’Oreal eyeshadows you can find at Target only a couple dollars cheaper and the shadow compact is larger.Also offered is Herbal Liquid Foundation, Various Mineral Powders, Lip Plumper Gloss, Brow Gel, Herbal Concealer, Translucent Rice Loose Setting Powder and oil blotting rice papers.

My favorite products of these is the Palladio Herbal Primer which works just as well as any high end primer if not better, the Palladio Translucent Rice Loose Setting Powder, the Palladio Dual Wet Dry Herbal Foundation and any or all of the eye shadows. My only beef with Palladio is their products have parabens, which thankfully have not irritated my skin, but I resent. If you have irritations to parabens or do not like using products that are made with them, Palladio may not be for you. If you’re okay with parabens, then this Herbal makeup line may just be the affordable option for you. I am really enjoying the extra cash I have every month and I don’t have to give up my vanity in the process, which is great.

If you wish to peruse Palladio items, feel free to visit any local Sally’s Beauty supply store or their website here > Sally’s Beauty Online Store or here at Palladio Beauty

Palladio Dual Wet and Dry Foundation Compact $10 Here and $9.99 Here.

CARGO Dual Wet and Dry Foundation Compact at $32 Here.

Palladio Herbal Primer for Face and Eyes.

Face Primer :$11.99 Here and $12 Here.

Eye Primer: $7.99  Here and $8 Here.

Palladio Natural Rice Powder (Loose) for $4.99 Here.

Palladio Baked Eyeshadow Available Here at $8 and Here at $7.99.

Palladio Shadow Available Here at $6.99 and Here at $4 .

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