Mario Badescu Haul & Review [365 to 40]

Last Fall Mario Badescu had a great sale on this set for their 50th Anniversary. I was in need of a new cleanser and couldn’t pass up this gift with purchase deal. If my memory serves me right these samples came with a $30 purchase and since I did not need anything else apart from a cleanser I decided to try two.

How cute is the pouch?! I think the design is why I really made the purchase. The deluxe samples are as follows: (1) Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, (2) A.H.A Botanical Body Soap, (3) Enzyme Cleansing Gel, (4) Almond & Honey Face Scrub, (5) Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream and (6) a sachet of the Buttermilk Moisturizer. Plus a small mirror.

Of the samples I have used the Almond & Honey Face Scrub that is specially formulated to be very gentle. It is made from finely ground almonds and also includes cornmeal to buff away dull, flaky skin. It smells amazing. Other ingredients include sweet almond oil, honey, and oatmeal that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished. The full size of this scrub is 4 oz and retails for $15. I also used the Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream. This is a thick, rich hand cream that is suited for very dry or frequently washed hands. It contains a unique blend of skin-conditioning ingredients such as Elastin, Vitamin E, and Peanut Oil that combined delivers lasting hydration to soften and nourish dry skin. parched skin feels soft and nourished. This hand cream at 4 oz retails for $8. This was an effective hand cream but the scent of the vitamin E was a bit overpowering.

The two items I actually purchase:  Enzyme Cleansing Gel that cleanses, brightens, and gently exfoliates all at once. Ingredients include fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (naturally found in papaya and grapefruit extracts) to dissolve away makeup, oil, and impurities. The skin is left healthy and rejuvenated. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz. The Botanical Facial Gel formulated for oily skin that features exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to rid the skin of excess oil, makeup, and pore-clogging buildup for a balanced, clear, and healthy-looking complexion. Retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz.

I am a fan of this brand of skin care products and believe that the products do live up to the company’s philosophy of simple, gentle and effective skin care.


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Biologique Recherche – Haul [365 to 40]

I’ve had an interest in this brand for quite awhile now and finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself for my birthday. Who doesn’t love French skincare? I know I do. Biologique Recherche is a spa-grade French skincare line that specializes in high-end personalized care with products that focus on the epidermis to create the ideal surface for youthful, radiant skin. These products have high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. There are no artificial fragrances so as to preserve the formulaic integrity to minimize or avoid allergic reactions. One key feature of this skincare line is that the original structure of the active ingredients is preserved and most are cold formulations made to be used with cold water.

Lotion P50V is a gentle, balancing, vitamin-rich exfoliator that tones and lightens the skin. It is phenol-free and is recommended for less toned and/or devitalized skin.
How to use: In the first week it is advised to saturate moistened cotton pads (moisten with water) with Lotion P50V and apply to the face, neck, and cleavage. After the first week saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion and apply. The lotion can be applied to the eye area once or twice a week. I got the smallest size (1.7 oz) for $28. The goal of this lotion is to gently exfoliate and balance the epidermis.

I have used up all the samples to date and enjoyed them. I did not have any reactions to any of the products.
Lait VIP O2 – This is referred to as the “antipollution” cleanser eliminates impurities, calms the epidermis, brightens and unifies the complexion. It is ideal for people exposed to harsh, dry climates, pollution and is recommended for frequent travelers, stressed, devitalized skin. I was never one for milk cleansers but I did enjoy this one. It is thicker than the usual milk cleanser which has a watery consistency. I have this on my wishlist to get. The smallest size ($1.7 oz) retails for $22.

Crème Dermopurifiante – This purifying cream brightens and mattifies the skin, leaving it glowing and refreshed. It reduces redness caused by acne and regulates sebum secretion. The full size of this cream retails for $94.

Masque Vivant – For seborrheic (eczema), dull, and/or poorly toned skin. It is not recommended for sensitive skin. It claims to brighten, tone and refresh the complexion. Despite the yeasty smell, I enjoyed using this mask and am thinking of getting the full size. Full size retails for $70.

Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine – This is an anti-wrinkle cream created to treat the skin of the eye and lip. It is ideal for skin affected by the signs of aging. This was okay but I am not pressed to add it to my wishlist. The full size of this cream retails for $203.


I purchased the lotion from Toska European Spa. The links above are not affiliated.

Birthday Haul [365 to 40]

I picked up a few things for my birthday from Sephora in late March. Mainly to claim the yearly birthday gift before the month ended. I haven’t shopped much at Sephora over the past two years since I discovered Ulta and the Dermstore.

Haul included:
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – I love a glossy lip and wanted to try at least one Rhinna created product. This universal shade is so pretty and definitely work appropriate.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Mini Mask Sampler Set – I have been eyeing the Kiehls mask individually for quite a while now but didn’t want to spend a lot for such large jars.  This sampler set is perfect and each 0.5oz jar provides enough for a few routines. I just bought this last week of March and it is now no longer on the site.
Set includes Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask & Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask. The prices do vary from $32 to $54.

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I also claimed a few rewards:
250 pt perk – The Ole Henriksen The Bestsellers -Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.

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500 pt perk – Fresh Mini Mask Bar – Soy face cleanser, Umbrian clay purifying mask, Lotus youth preserve rescue mask and Rose face mask. Each mask retails for $25 – $58.

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Bite Beauty Bite Lip Set (Birthday Gift)- Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.

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100pt perk – Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C trial size – 0.17 oz/ 5 mL. The full size of this retails for $62 – $104.

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Birthday Haul [365 to 40]

Consistency is key, we are on to day 2 on my 365 days of blogging until my 40 birthday. I had a quiet birthday and treated myself to items, see below.

I like Coach’s style, although not all the designs are my taste. The traditional simple black look of a Coach handbag is simply beautiful. I got the Large City Zip Tote in Black and I love it. It is the perfect size for work and all my needs. I also picked up  East/West Pop Up Pouch Crossbody Bag with Bird Print. This was on a whim and I have received nothing but compliments on it.


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Leaders Insolution Sheet/Coconut Gel Mask Haul


I hauled a few sheet masks from the Leaders Insolution 2015 Black Friday/Cyber Monday 60% off sale. I am a huge fan of their Teatree Relaxing Relaxing Renewal Mask (provides oil control and helps to soothe irritated, sensitive skin). It is my go to sheet mask for whenever I have a breakout, even one pimple. I always have a couple in my stash. Sheet/gel masks are a fantastic addition to anyone’s skincare routine. There is a mask for every and any skin issue and skin type. I picked up a few others that I have not tried before:

Balancing Recovery [Coconut Gel] Mask balances skin by cleaning pores and reducing excess oil.

Brightening Recovery [Coconut Gel] Mask brightens dull and uneven skin tone.

Broccoli Superfood [Coconut Gel] Mask conditions and softens the skin leaving it fresh, youthful, soft and glowing.

Stepsolution Shining and Lifting Eye Patch (2-step) is a pearl hydrogel eye patch that delivers an intensive nourishing and illuminating effect.

Illuminating (Mela-Tox) Treatment Mask intensely brightens dull skin.

Vita Brightening Renewal [cotton] Mask provides an instant energy boost for dull skin while minimizing dark spots and brightening complexion.

Black Aqua Pore-Scaling Charcoal [cotton] Mask contains charcoal and volcanic ash that remove impurities; chlorella and green tea extracts deeply hydrates skin.

Anti-Aging Treatment [cotton] Mask improves elasticity and firmness.

Aloe Soothing Renewal [cotton] Mask relieves sensitive skin from stressors.

AC Clear Treatment [cotton] Mask provides relief for irritated, stressed, and sensitive skin due to breakouts and various harmful external factors.

Orange Superfood [Coconut Gel] Mask brightens the skin and improves skin texture by cleansing and tightening the pores.

These masks retail bewteen $2 -$4 on the Leaders Cosmetic USA site (currently having a 50% off sale)  but can be found for less on other Asian Beauty retailers such as Imomoko, ebay and Amazon.

PBMDisclaimer: The brief description for each mask was adapted from the descriptions on the Leaders website.


‘Black Friday’ Haul #1- Pretty & Cute


I received the first of my post-Thanksgiving/Black Friday hauling a few days ago. Up first is all these lovely masks I picked up from Pretty and Cute. It was super fast shipping.  Not only was the shipping exceptional but the sale was even better.  They offered 30% off sitewide: 35% of Skin79 and 40% off Lioele products.

I just went with the 30% off since I got a variety of products. These masks ranged from around $1.50 to $2.50 and I picked up 2 of each.

The Face Shop real natural Green Tea mask.

Lioele Viva La Vida Whitening, Perfect Essence Brightening and Ginseng masks.

Holika Holika Aloe, Tea Tree, Honey and Pomegranate Juicy; Ceramics + Honey, Arbutin + Pearl sheet masks.

Purederm Skin Recovery Red Ginseng Essence masks.

My Beauty Diary Roe, Sake Yeast and Black Pearl masks.

Girl’s Day Shining Pearl, Protect & Healing Red Ginseng, Fresh Vitamin C, Moisturizing Snail  Collagen masks.

Naruko Rose & Botani HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating masks.


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Shop Chuusi Sheet Mask Haul

I came across Chuusi via Instagram and was immediately hooked. This Canadian based Asian beauty store carries a nice variety Asian makeup and skincare products. The prices are quoted in Canadian dollars but once accessed from the US immediately converts to USD. As long as the exchange rate is in our favor I am happy and the prices are some of the most reasonable that I have seen to date. I discovered a new brand L’Herboflore that I am totally in love with. I purchased the masks below with a coupon but I will most likely purchase without one. 

20151116_214150~2_resizedL’HerbofloreParty Sweetheart Sweety Strawberry Whitening & Sweety Black Tea Balancing Masks; Oriental Herb Four Kernels Oil-Control & Eight Elixir Royal Whitening Masks; Garden of Venus Grape Anti-Aging, Pear Nourishing, Lychee Translucent Hydromasks, Immortelle Uplift Firming and Cherry Blossom Whitening Masks; Aegean Sea Chlorella Anti-Oxidant Firming & Black Pearl Whitening Masks. This brand originates from Taiwan.

InnisfreeIt’s Real Squeeze Masks in Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Bija, Acai Berry, Manuka Honey. This brand originates from Korea.

Tony Moly – I’m Real Sheet Masks in Seaweed (Skin Purifying), Tomato (Radiance), Red Wine (Pore Care), Makgeoli (Skin Purifying). As well as a few samples. This brand originates from Korea.

IMG_20151121_173320-2_resizedEtude House (Made in Korea) Green Tea Nose Pack ; Lovemore (Made in Taiwan) Herba Saussurea Involucrata (Snow Lotus) Revival, Loofah & Aloe Vera Hydrating and Pearl Barley & Milk Smoothing Sheet Masks. They have a nice selection of LoveMore (a highly sort after brand) masks, another brand I LOVE!!!!!! And they are so affordable.


Milani Limited Edition Rose Blushes – Swatches & Review

IMG_20150816_223455I almost missed out on these quietly released limited edition Milani Rose Blushes. No.09 American Beauty Rose, No.10 Awakening Rose and No.11 Blossomtime Rose. Each retails for $7.99 and are still available online

American Beauty Rose is described as a  true rose pink with a soft gold pearl; Awakening Rose – a dusty rose with iridescent pearl and Blossomtime Rose – a peachy pink with gold pearl. It’s hard to describe the ‘pearl’. It is not really shimmery or glittery (it’s too fine) as it is hardly noticable int he pan and definitely does not show up when applied to the cheeks. 

These shades are very pretty although they come off very powdery/chalky while swatching and didn’t blend as well as previous Rose Blushes. However, when applied with a blush brush they blend beautifully and there is no powdery fall out. 



Quite a few of the August MaskGenie pouches were delayed by a couple months, returned to MaskGenie or lost but I am so happy that I finally received mine. I am really excited to try the 3 snail, the DonkeySteam Cream and Horse Oil masks!!!


1. Nature Republic – Apple Mango Mask Sheet (Korea)
2. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Silky Creamy Donkeysteam Cream Mask Pack (Korea)
3. Medicos Snail Fresh Mask (Korea)
4. Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder (Japan)
5. Pure Mind Moisture Collagen Essence Mask (Korea)
6. Annie’s Way Snail Repairing Jelly Mask (Hong Kong)
7. Hagan Snail Aesthetic Moisture Ampule Mask Sheet (Korea)
8. Animal Cutie Mask Pack Anti-aging Horse Oil (Korea)
9. SharaShara Black Charcoal Mask (Korea)
10. Kuan Yuan Lian Luffa Moisturising Mask (Taiwan)


Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the August 2015 Pouch

My First Memebox Haul

PhotoGrid_1443142271260_resizedSo after receiving numerous emails from Memebox USA and seeing all the posts on Instagram of other people’s goodies, I finally decided to give MemeBox a try. MemeBox offers a wide variety of asian beauty products as single items and in curated boxes. I found the boxes to be a bit expensive so decided to buy single items such as the sheet masks which are reasonably priced and a most were on sale. Memebox always has a few coupons floating around, so one can end up saving even more.

My first haul included: Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack ($1.50 each), Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask in Aqua and Whitening ($2 each), TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch [on sale for $1 at time of purchase, regular price ($3)], Etude House Mask Pack in Q10 and Acai Berry, Mediheal’s W.H.P. White Hydrating Charcoal Mineral ($2.50) and E.G.T. Timetox Ampoule ($2) Masks. I also had a 20% off code.

Memebox ‘delivering beauty everyday’ is a US based company aimed at providing the latest Korean beauty products

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