Edit: July2414
Welcome Readers :)
I was supposed to be on a regular schedule by now…shucks. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want! I still have a lot of reviews to churn out, so Reps and Brands hold tight! Everyone else, I’ll be back to regular soon…I hope.
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Musical Friday w Lee Ji Hyung

I cam across this thanks to the Happy Robot Channel, while looking up videos for last weeks Musical Friday.

What amused me about this song, was the mix of a few strings. I played the violin during my youth. Not enough to be awesome, and I forgot most of it since I haven’t played in about 13 years. However it is one of my first loves for instruments.
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Incorporating men’s skincare…

I’m always in search of something to help me with my oily skin.

The newest primer on the market? I hunt down the stores that carry them.

My skin, despite the moisturization routine, just seems to ooze oil. It is a pain, but I try and deal with it.

In any case, while browsing Sephora late at night, I came across this product.

Anthony Logistics

The fact that it says ‘for Men’ did not deter me. I mean why should it??

So into my virtual basket it went, and in a week I had it in my hands.

Anthony Logistics for Men Instant Fix Oil Control $34CAN

Anthony Logistics

Anthony Logistics

I made the mistake of using more than a pea size when I first got it. Basically just follow the instructions. You can use a little more, but if you are using double the amount, it does tend to flake/roll off. So really, it is better to start with just a little, and work in more if needed.

It was hard to take capture the difference it made to my skin, so I didn’t bother. Basically, this reminds me of the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $44CAN. The one thing I liked over the Becca, was that it didn’t overly dry out your skin if you didn’t work it properly. The Becca, if you rubbed it in, would create lines that make it look as if it dried out your skin. It was the main reason the SA at Sephora didn’t really recommend to me, as you need trial and error time.

Anyway, what I did like was that I can tote a little around with me, and apply it to areas that needed some help. You can see that it does mattify, but doesn’t look unnatural.
The one thing I absolutely hate about the product, is the way it dispenses. If you look at the picture, there is a slightly hollow area around the hole.

Anthony Logistics

So when you wipe the product, the product clumps into that hollow area. Then it dries, gets crusty, and just ugly to look at. So I do rinse the cap once in awhile.

Anthony Logistics

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads <3

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads

Go, go, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads!

So after my initial 5 month disappointment in the Clarisonic, I thought I should check out a peel. Didn’t want to do anything drastic. Then found this. It has been a staple since.

Brightens, Tones, and Exfoliates the Skin
FAB Facial Radiance® Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the skin, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. FAB’s facial radiance pads are free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants.

Improves skin clarity. Reduces visible pores. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

Key Actives
EXFOLIATE: Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid
TONE: Indian Gooseberry
BRIGHTEN: Lemon Peel, Licorice Root
Via Website

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads
Really easy to use. Wash, then you swipe all over, and then apply moisturizer. Done!

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads
The pads are just about the size of my palm.

I was reading the reviews on Sephora, and people mentioned cutting them in half, as half has enough serum for your face. I have to agree with them. The container seals quite well, and F.A.B has been nice with the product :)

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads
Bumps on one side…

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads
Smooth on the other

F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads

I usually only use it twice a week, as I have other clay masques and other treatments I need to utilize. The smell of the product is a tad…gross to me…However, since I like how my skin feels the next morning I just suck it up in the scent department.

A great intro to the world of peels…but now I’m ready to get to the real stuff! Gotta go more research though…unless anyone has a suggestion?? :)


Edit Aug2214:

So though it says you can use it twice a day, I’ve only used it at night because of the glycolic acid. However, today lovely MUA Melody mentioned it on her Instagram as well

Apparently they work great under makeup as well. I mean start with a great smooth base does help, right? Will need to try it out. Anyway, check out her Instagram.

New to me..simple hair stylings for the beach

You want to start about the 5 minute  mark. Though she gets to the explanations at about the 7:40 minute mark. I like the whole “push up on the braid” thing, and have put it to use a few times already.

She also explains about the temporary hair chalk dye that she does. I liked the idea of it, but I don’t want it to come off everywhere, though she says that it won’t.