Friday Facial – Garnier Light Overnight Whitening Peeling Night Cream

I bought Garnier Light Overnight Whitening Peeling Night Cream last year in Hong Kong – I’m a sucker for anything whitening since I have melasma. I didn’t need it, but there was a twofer special, and it came with some freebie trial sizes…how is a girl to resist?! Shopping in Hong Kong is ridiculously fun anyway so I was bound to leave with something!

Garnier light

This cream is pretty good! It absorbs well, is sufficiently moisturizing, and has a lovely lemony scent. The first jar did nothing for whitening/peeling, but I’m using the second jar in conjunction with mandelic acid toner so my skin is flaking a bit. I don’t see any decrease in dark spots, but I still like this product. I can’t buy it again since it’s not readily available in the US, but should I ever venture back to Asia, I might be tempted to pick it up.



I don’t know if I’ve done one of these posts before? But I was inspired by Beauty and Babbling’s recent empties post so I thought I’d write one up.

empties 1

Giovanni DTox System Replenishing Facial Moisturizer – this is Step 3 in a skincare system that I received from Meg’s Makeup that included cleanser, scrub, moisturizer, and a mask. I really liked the cleanser and scrub. The moisturizer is nice too, but without sunscreen I’ve only used it at night. This is great for days when my skin is feeling oily. I’ve seen it at TJ Maxx so if you’re interested in using it, you can pick it up there.
Michael Todd True Organics Moisture Lite – I got this in a skincare set from Groupon. I would repurchase if there was another sale like that; otherwise it’s way too pricey. This is nice and light, but no sunscreen so I only use it at night. The lemony scent is divine.

empties 2

From top to bottom:
Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm – discontinued but I’ve got a backup.
MAC Twig – I’ve been using this off and on for years, but I won’t repurchase since this lipstick is just too heavy and drying for me.
Avon Glazewear in Charmed Rose – discontinued but I’ve got a backup. I would love to find another sheer rosey lipgloss like this. It’s so easy to wear. Any suggestions?
Avon Smooth Minerals in Plum Craze – discontinued (sensing a theme here?). Great formula and I hope Avon brings it back soon.
Avon Smooth Minerals in Malted Mineral – It was the perfect nudey shade for me so I’m bummed that it’s discontinued.

empties 3

Avon Anew Reversalist Day Cream with SPF 25 – nice smooth formula that absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft. I’m already on a new jar.
Queen Helene Apricot Facial Scrub – I use this on my body. I can’t tell the difference between this, St. Ives, and the Target generic versions of this scrub (and I’ve used them all), so I will repurchase whichever is on sale.

empties 4

Avon Magix Face Perfector with SPF 20 – This is my HG primer. I’m already using another tube of it.

empties 6

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – I will definitely repurchase this, but I’m using another cuticle cream from my stash in the meantime.

empties 5

From top to bottom:
Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Lucky– Another gift from Meg’s Makeup. A beautiful copper shade that applies oh-so smoothly. I wore this down to the nub!  It’s currently on sale at the Urban Decay website for $6.
Benefit They’re Real mascara – This year’s birthday gift from Sephora. I wasn’t impressed.
Addiction NV Big ‘N Black mascara – this was a winner. I will repurchase when I run out of black mascaras, and I wish it came in brown!

empties 7

Two perfumes from Arcadian Designs Campfire and Luck of the Irish. I will definitely be repurchasing both of these scents (but only after I use up what I already have).

Phew! If you made it this far in the post, I thank you for reading!


Facial Friday – Avon Haul

Another skincare haul, this time from Avon. I do love Avon products (although I’m p!ssed that the products are being sold in China, thus colluding with animal testing)

20130721-182733.jpgHere’s what I got:

  • Avon Sun+ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 25 (two of these, one for me and one for 유 씨). This is a new product; the Avon Solutions SPEF 15 face lotion that 유 씨 liked has been discontinued so I thought we’d try this out.
  • MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20 – love this stuff. As long as I spread it on thinly, it gives me a great base for mineral makeup.
  • Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR SPF 30 Gentle Breeze Lotion – sunscreen with insect repellant. I bought this for hiking. This stuff works at keeping bugs away.
  • Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Aerosol Spray – I’m going to try spraying this on our gear when we go hiking for extra bug protection.
  • ANEW Rejuvenate 24-Hour Eye Moisturizer SPF 25 – (two of these since the second one was $5; Avon gets me everytime with these promotions) I absolutely love ANEW products, and I needed eye cream. Since this had SPF, I got it to wear in the morning. There is another side with a different eye cream for evening.

There’s my haul from Avon – sunscreen, sunscreen, and some more sunscreen!


Product Review – Lash M 3-in-1 Eye Bright

I’ve been using Lash M 3-in-1 Eye Bright for the last few weeks. Thanks to Meg’s Makeup for sending this to me in a recent gift package!

  • I like the icy, tingly feeling I get under my eyes when I apply this. I actually use it in the morning too – although the directions say to use it at night – because it makes me feel a bit more awake. I can’t find the ingredients on the Lash M website so I’m not sure what’s in there for that tingle.
  • The texture is a little bit sticky, so I have to put a moisturizer on top of it, lest my skin fold over and stick to itself when I lie down to sleep. The last thing I need in that area is another wrinkle.
  • I haven’t noticed that my panda circles have diminished, nor do I feel like it’s a good moisturizer
  • Finally – the cream squirts out of the container rather indiscriminately, and with that white-ish color…that’s just unfortunate.

Go on, tell me this doesn’t make you blush and giggle a little bit

I don’t think I would repurchase this. This might work for women who don’t have serious under-eye circles or wrinkling problems, but I need something a little more heavy-duty and with some slip.