Archive | July, 2012

Holika Holika Prime Miracle Snail Emulsion

9 Jul

I got the Holika Holika Prime Snail Emulsion in one of my Gmarket hauls. I got it because I have been curious of this line, I was in need of an emulsion at that time and I like anything snail.

the box (I’m sorry for the reflection)

the bottle (doesn’t it look like a space ship? :))

First Impressions: The box looks chic and even the packaging itself is pretty, despite it being made from plastic. It comes with a pump (I forgot to take a picture of it), so it is very hygienic.

ingredients

Description: From the box – Total solution emulsion, which the included mucin found from the skin restoration effect of snail solves mixture of problems [sic]. I also found this description from an ebay seller: It controls dullness of skin, wrinkles, and trouble marks and contains 65% of snail mucin.

Directions for use: Pump an adequate amount of the product and apply it onto face after toner. Lightly pat your face for quick absorption.

Smell: I don’t like its strong smell which reminded me of a Chinese medicated cream like Chin Chun Su Facial Cream.

Consistency: It’s a little thick compared to typical emulsions that I own (which tend to be more liquid-y). It feels a bit heavy on the face, as if there’s no room for the skin to breathe. Even with air-condition on, I sweat as soon as I apply this on my face.

one pump

when blended…

and absorbed

Experience with the product: Unfortunately, my face itched and broke out the first time I applied it. I gave it another chance after two weeks and used it only at night. Surprisingly, I don’t wake up an oily mess which is always good. It brightened my face, too. Although it gave me a temporary glow, that’s the only noticeable result I had experienced. I still get breakouts from using it that’s why I don’t use it that often.

*Please note that my personal review of this product might be different to yours, considering our different skin conditions (mine is oily and sensitive), weather conditions (it is hot and humid everyday in Bangkok), and whatnot. I am just sharing what I have personally experienced with two month’s use of this product.

 I am still using the Holika Holika Prime Miracle Snail Emulsion but I don’t use it that often anymore.

Have you tried this product before or any products infused with snail mucin? What is your experience? Care to share?

Cheers! 🙂

Snapshots from Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace

9 Jul

It might have been ages since I went to South Korea but as I was browsing through my folders of photos and unpublished entries, I realised that I wasn’t able to post this yet. I felt that I still should show them to you because I liked this place. Like the other places  of interest we visited in South Korea, we did not spend that much time here so my documentation is incomplete. Nevertheless, please indulge me 🙂

Gyeongbokgung Palace is right beside the National Folk Museum of Korea so we did not enter by the main gate. It was kind of unfortunate since I was looking forward to seeing the changing of guards. Anyway, there’s always a next time, right? I’m not sure which gate we entered but it was not far from the Queen’s Quarters.

Located in northern Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the main and largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. It was really awesome walking at the palace grounds seeing the different buildings and rooms with its intricate designs (where around 40% were restored to its original state after being nearly destroyed by the Japanese) and knowing that this ancient glory is actually right in the middle of a vibrant and modern city.

Here are some of the photos I took… Please enjoy and be transported to South Korea’s Joseon Dynasty…

how colourful and unique is this roof !

beautiful buildings

Gyotaejeon – The Queen’s Quarters

Gyeonghoeru – Royal Banquet Hall

Geunjeongjeon – Throne Hall

King’s throne in the center

courtyard

Geunjeongmun – the main gate to the courtyard and Geunjeongjeon (Throne Hall)

Gyeongbokgung Palace is right within the city, a perfect mix of the old and the new.

Palace grounds

outside the palace… and some random Han River pictures (taken from the bus ;))

If ever I go back to Seoul, I will definitely revisit Gyeongbokgung Palace and explore more of the history behind the buildings and the palace itself. My friends and sister have been here and I know there is also a place within the palace grounds where you can “borrow” a hanbok (traditional Korean dress) for that most memorable photo opportunity!

Gyeongbokgung Palace is definitely a must-visit in Seoul, especially if you’re into history and culture or just a plain Korean drama fangirl 🙂 I think there are quite a few sageuk (historical dramas/ plays) shot here.

Aside from shopping, what do you look for and are eager to experience when you travel to a foreign country? Care to share?

Hope you all have a good Monday!

Cheers 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

3 Jul

I have recently been nominated a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Elena of love212.org and I super appreciate it. Thank you, Elena for thinking of me.

Here are the rules for this award and tag post:

a. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

b. Share 7 things about yourself.

c. Nominate 7 bloggers you find inspiring and leave a comment on their blog to let them know.

7 Things About Myself

1. I’ll visit home (the Philippines) in 2 weeks.

2. I can’t go down the (fast and high) escalator when I’m wearing heels.

3. I just finished watching 3 seasons of a Japanese medical drama called Team Medical Dragon.

4. Nail polish makes me happy.

5. I am craving for some red velvet cupcakes right now 🙂

6. I am reading the Freed, the third Fifty Shades of Grey book.

7. I never had my own pet.

I nominate the following bloggers:

1. http://raelessi.blogspot.com

2. http://mybeautymarksonamanta.blogspot.fr/

3. http://blissno9.wordpress.com/

4. http://bibeautyful.wordpress.com/

5. http://74daysofpolish.wordpress.com/

6. http://prettygossip.com/

7. http://sleepingbootay.wordpress.com/

Cheers! 🙂

My Two Weeks in (Nail Polish) Colour

2 Jul

I was clearing and organizing my nail polish stash when I realised I haven’t used at least a third of the bottles in my collection. Some nail polishes were just swatched or used only once. I definitely need to show them some lovin’ so I decided to change my nail polish colour at least twice a week.

So here are the colours I wore for the past two weeks:

LA Colors Color Craze Polish 2011 Aztec Orange

Ordered from Cherry Culture, I have just recently used this. This nail polish actually looks redder  in real life but my camera picked it as orange (well, it is named Aztec Orange, right?) because it has gold flecks. I liked its consistency – thin but not watery; it was an easy and quick application. It came a little sheer than what I have expected but three coats can do the job. I only used two coats, though. Be careful when you smell it (I have a tendency to smell things, lol) because its typical nail polish scent is so strong and heady. Anyway, I changed it before it chipped so I can’t tell you exactly how long it could have lasted.

Price: US$ 1.50 + shipping

Availability: I purchased it online but I saw it at one of the malls here (with limited colours) and is priced at approximately US$ 10.00

Tony Moly BK01

This is the first time in my life to wear a black nail polish (not counting the black crack nail polishes I used before) and I was surprised that I liked it. It made my hand looked so bright, too so thumbs up for this. The Tony Moly BK01 is a creamy nail polish but it was a breeze to use, it never came out streaky. I used two coats with base and top coats.

Price: THB 90.00 (approx. US$ 3.00)

Availability: It can be found in Tony Moly shops and online.

Revlon Fearless

Revlon Fearless is also a creamy nail polish which is so pigmented. I only used one coat and the colour is similar as the bottle. This red nail polish may have a hint of orange in it but so far, this is one of my favourite red nail polishes. Its consistency is a little thick but it was easy to apply considering its formulation. One thing I don’t like about it is its small narrow and rounded brush but I’m sure it can work out somehow like I did. I actually got a lot of compliments when I wore this at work.

Price: THB 139.00 (approx. US$ 4.50)

Availability: It is sold at selected drugstores and Revlon counters in leading department stores.

The fourth nail polish I used is Holika Holika No.11, it is a creamy gray nail polish. I already made a separate post about it here so please check it out if you want to see how it looks.

If you would ask me what my favourite among the four is, it is the Tony Moly BK01. I was just surprised that a black nail polish would suit me and that I didn’t get any bad comment from the people around me, like it was just so natural. 🙂 The colour was a little flattering for my skin tone too. It did not only make my hands look brighter and fairer, but it was of good quality and reasonable price, too.

Do you like to apply nail polish? What’s your current favourite? Care to share?

Hope you all have a good week ahead!

Cheers 🙂