Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Dr. Scholls Sleep and Slim Socks

Dr. Scholls Sleep and Slim socks are thigh length socks that are super tight, creating pressure along the leg.  The purpose of these pressure points is to slim down your legs by reducing water retention.  Water retention - causes swelling - is the accumulation of excess fluids in body tissue.

Cost: $31 USD @cosme-de.com


Everyday wear these socks to bed.

Thoughts / Results:
These socks are really tight but bearable.  On some nights, I feel that it's so tight and makes me feel too warm to sleep - so warm that I start sweating.  I was able to tell that these slim socks do work by taking measurements before and after putting them on.  It's not recommended to leave them on for too long - more than 8 to 10 hours.  But I've done that and I didn't notice much difference.  As for the lasting results, it is a temporary fix.  Results are not permanent and the slim socks must be wore as long as you want to slim down a few centimeters of your legs.
What I don't like about these slim socks is the end of the socks at the thigh.  It has a tendency to slip or roll down on the thighs while I sleep.

Product: Dr. Scholls Sleep and Slim Socks
Rating: 4 / 5

- Gives temporary results
- Makes me sweat it out

- Has a tendency to roll down the thighs

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haul: Urban Outfitters + Sephora + Le Chateau

UrbanOutfitters.com had a $10 shipping option about 2 weeks ago and today, my shipment finally arrived.  According to their website, shipments to Canada should arrive within 10-12 business days and mine came on exactly 10 business days.  =) Best thing is my package was able to skip customs.
Yet, I didn't get much on UO and spent $66.37 CAD.  With shipping, I spent $77.37 CAD on this package.

1.  Title Unknown Dreams Oversized Fringe Tee - $25.49
2.  Sparkle and Fade Paperbag Short - $29
3.  2 pairs of Pointelle Tight - $5.94 each

Overall, I'm pretty happy about this purchase.  However I do wish the shorts didn't come so wrinkly. =\

Last week, I dropped by Sephora to see what I can get with my gift card and I came home with a bottle of Urban Decay Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.  It cost me $39.55 CAD with tax, I really should've bought it when I was in Vegas in August =(.  The price there was $29 USD.  Anyway I've been using it since I bought it and I'm pretty satisfied with this purchase.

Last Sunday, my mom got a 50% off all purchase ticket for Le Chateau Outlet for up to a maximum of $100.  We spent a good 3-4 hours at the outlet trying on clothes and we bought a few pair of dress pants.  I saw this pair of sunglasses with UV400.  I'm loving them! =) I love how nerdy yet unique they look.  And even though I prefer my dark shades, I would still wear these as accessory eyeglasses.  The best part of buying these glasses was they cost me $1.50 with the discount! =D

Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment

About a year ago, I heard about this Skin Refined Zone Treatment that was supposed to shrink the size of your pores - temporarily.  I was really interested to try out this product since I read from quite a few reviews that it does work.  I was super happy to find this product at one of the MAC warehouse sales I went to last year.  Now, I've been using this product on and off - only times when I remember to use it - and I believe I'm ready to review this product.

The scent:
Straight from the tube, the product has a strong chemical acidic scent.  But when applied, the scent disappears.

I use this after cleansing my face and before I apply my regular facial moisturizer.  A small amount of this product will go a long way.  I tend to apply this product on areas where I get visibly larger pores - i.e. nose, the nose-cheek area, between the eyebrows, and chin.

The consistency:
Not thick, a little more on the runnier side - kind of like lotion consistency.

Personally, I like the tube packaging.  I can control how little or how much I want.  However, the tube I bought from the MAC warehouse sale was slightly off printed, and maybe because of this not-so-perfect packaging, it ended up at the sale.

What it claims:
"A light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. Applies "wet" for a gentle micro-exfoliation: dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone."

Thoughts / Results:
This product is definitely not just a hype.  It does work, for me at least! I have combination skin where my T-zone area tends to get more oily throughout the day.  Once applied, it immediately matifies the skin.  In terms of shrinking/minimizing pores, it just barely does that job.  Just like what it claims, it acts as cloak to conceal/hide visible pores.

$24 CAD @MAC counters
$10 CAD @MAC warehouse sale

Product: MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment
Rating: 4 / 5

- matifies skin

 - barely shrinks pores


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: AHA + BHA Daily Peel Pads

What's AHA and BHA? AHA and BHA stands for alpha and beta hydroxy acids, respectively.  They are also widely known as salicylic acid.  They are used as chemical peels of the skin which - when applied - dissolves or exfoliates the outer layer of our skin.  Essentially it speeds up the turnover of our outer layer of skin, removes dry dead skin cells and skin blemishes and in turn, improves our skin texture - soft, youthful-looking, minimizing fine lines, etc.  It is usually recommended to use these chemical peels daily because your body or your skin reacts to the dissolving of the skin by thickening it - a defense mechanism your body naturally performs.  
Now I bought these pads earlier this year - when it was still winter - to remove the dry skin on my nose area.  But I haven't been consistently using them since: (1) it wasn't winter, so my skin was AS dry; (2) I was just too lazy to keep up with using it every other day as recommended by the sales associate; (3) my skin itched after application.

The scent:
Smells like chemicals.  Not particularly strong, not a light scent either.

I wash my face with a cleanser first then apply the "Step 1 - Cleanse" pad, wait a minute for it to do its work on my skin then follow up with the "Step 2 - Peel" pad, wait another minute and apply my moisturizer.  In circular motions, I do go over my whole face with the pads but I concentrate more on my T-zone area where they tends to be more oily areas and more dry skin. 

Step 1 - Cleanse pad
Step 2 - Peel pad

It comes in two separate containers, each soaked with different solutions - Step 1 has the cleansing solution; Step 2 has the peeling effect solution.  The pads are made of thin cotton - one side is bumpy while the other is smooth.  I use the bumpy sides of the peel pads.

What it claims:
"A sophisticated 2-step daily peel formulated with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells and help increase cellular turnover.  Step 1 cleanses skin and better prepares it for improved effectiveness of Step 2 - the peel.  This advanced formula helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, create more even skin tone and increase skin brightness and clarity. Skin feels revitalized and fresh, and stays moisturized thanks to hydrating ingredients that help prevent skin from over drying.  Results are softer, smoother and more radiant-looking skin."

Thoughts / Results:
One of the reasons I don't use these peel pads that often because I don't feel these peel pads work amazingly well.  My skin doesn't feel exceptionally softer.  I was told this B. Kamins AHA + BHA Daily Peel Pads works just like the B. Kamins Bamboo and Rice Facial Polisher but I find the polisher works a lot better.  It claims to give softer, smoother and more radiant-looking skin but I feel none of those results apply to me.  My skin isn't any softer and when compared to the polisher, the polisher does a more evident and better job.
Now I don't have a problem with the Step 1 - Cleanser pad, but the Step 2 - Peel pad cause itchy sensation on my skin.  I guess I can describe it as irritation.  However, the packaging does claim this product does gives a 'tingling sensation that may be felt is a sign that the product is active on the skin.'  Then again, it's a itchy sensation that I feel, not a tingling one.
My skin doesn't appear more radiant or bright after using this product. Though I do feel that it works on pimples.  I had a few pimples then I rub the pads over those areas and the next day, the pimple started to get smaller and disappear.
I do feel my skin has thickened overtime after using this product as I had a few milia formed on my cheeks and around the jaw.

$59 CAD

Product: B. Kamins AHA + BHA Daily Peel Pads
Rating: 3 / 5

- Helps relieve and diminish pimples
- I do feel the itchy sensation, meaning the chemical peels ARE reacting to skin

- I do feel my skin has thicken as I find more milia formed on my cheeks and along my jaw line
- doesn't make my skin more radiant or bright
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