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 Korean Sheet Mask Haul/ 한국어 시트 마스크


I definitely took advantage of the recent Leaders Cosmetics USA  50%off sale to restock and try a few new masks. Leaders is a South K0rean brand created and tested by a team of dermatologists of the Leaders Skin Clinic. Leaders was founded in Korea, in 2004, by two leading dermatologists from Korea’s top university.

Daily Wonders  are premium grade cotton masks made from natural cellulose, that contain gentle and effective ingredients to target and treat specific skin concerns.  I got Bye Bye to Dry and Pore be Gone for Good Masks.

Leaders StepSolution. I couldn’t find anything specific about this particular line other than it is a premium grade cotton masks. I stocked up on a few of the PoreScaling Black Aqua Masks. I think this mask may be reformulated in the near future as it has been on sale for awhile and the others in this ‘line’ have been upgraded. 

Leaders InSolution masks are made of ultra fine and thin silk cellulose. This line serves to address unique skin concerns. InSolution masks are safe, effective to use as a part of daily regimen for optimal skin health. I tried the Aquaringer Treatment, and stocked up on the Teatree Relaxing Renewal, Aloe Soothing Renewal and Collagen Boosting Renewal Masks.

Leaders Mediu stands for Medicine for U. These Amino masks contain 17 different types of amino acids, which are natural moisturizing factors. The masks in this line help to moisturize, protect, and soothe the skin by replenishing  essential ingredients for healthy skin composition. I picked up the Amino Lifting and Moisture Masks.

I have other Leaders masks in my collection; at least a pair of the each InSolution in the old packaging and a 7 Wonders that I picked up at Ulta. 

My favorite is the Teatree Relaxing Renewal mask for whenever my skin is acting up and I always have one in my stash. I haven’t tried it in the new packaging yet. I am a big fan of this brand. 

My attempt at translating this post into Korean with the help of Google. Translating back into English makes for quite a fun read. It is a dream of mine to be fluent in Korean one day.

나는 확실히 재고 보충 및 몇 가지 새로운 마스크를 시도하는 판매 떨어져 최근 지도자의 화장품 USA 50 %를 이용했다. 지도자는 지도자 피부 클리닉의 피부과 의사들로 구성된 팀에 의해 만들어지고 테스트 사우스 K0rean 브랜드입니다. 지도자는 한국의 최고 대학이 선도적 인 피부과 의사에 의해, 2004 년 한국에서 설립되었다.

매일 불가사의는 대상 및 특정 피부 문제를 치료하기 위해 부드러운하고 효과적인 성분을 함유 천연 셀룰로오스로 만든 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다. 나는 건조하고 모공이 좋은 마스크에 대한 사라질 이별을 얻었다.

리더는 StepSolution. 나는 그것이 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다 다른 것보다이 특정 라인에 대한 특정 아무것도 찾을 수 없습니다. 나는 PoreScaling 블랙 아쿠아 마스크의 몇 가지에 사들였다. 나는 잠시 판매하고있다이 ‘라인’에서 다른 사람이 업그레이드 된 바와 같이이 마스크는 어쩌면 가까운 미래에 재 공식화 생각합니다.

지도자 InSolution 마스크는 초 미세하고 얇은 실크 셀룰로오스 만들어집니다. 이 줄은 고유의 피부 문제를 해결하는 역할을한다. InSolution 마스크는 최적의 피부 건강을 위해 매일식이 요법의 일부로서 사용하는 것이 효과적이고 안전합니다. 나는 Aquaringer 치료를 시도하고, 갱신 마스크를 밀어 갱신, 알로에 수딩 갱신과 콜라겐을 휴식 Teatree에 사들였다.

Mediu은 미국에 대한 의학의 약자 지도자들은 이러한 아미노산 마스크는 천연 보습 인자이다 아미노산의 17 가지 유형을 포함하고있다. 이 온라인 도움말의 마스크는 수분을 보호하고 건강한 피부 컴포지션의 필수 성분을 보충하여 피부를 진정합니다. 나는 아미노 리프팅과 수분 마스크를 집어 들었다.

나는 내 컬렉션에 다른 지도자 마스크를 가지고, 기존 포장의 각 InSolution 내가 Ulta에서 채취 한 7 대 불가사의 중 적어도 한 쌍.

나의 마음에 드는 사람은 내 피부가 연기되고 난 항상 내 마리화나에 하나있을 때마다의 Teatree 휴식을 갱신 마스크입니다. 나는 아직 새로운 포장에서 그것을 시도하지 않았습니다. 나는이 브랜드의 큰 팬이다.



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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.


#iloveprettyandcute #haul #prettyandcutehaul #beauty #mybeautydiary #HolikaHolika #Naruko #GirlsDay #TheFaceShop #Lioele and #Purederm

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.


Malie System Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask Haul & Review

20150506_225121~2I purchased this set of Malie System masks (5)  from ebay after discovering that I can also feed my [sheet mask] addiction on the cheap. Ebay has everything, these 5 cost $4.00 (plus free shipping). I chose this brand randomly because I have never heard of Malie before during my sheet mask adventures and they have some good reviews. Overall, I am pleased with the ones that I have used so far. The essence is not heavily scented although one can readily connect the scnet with the name. For example pomegranate smells just like fresh pomegranate juice. The essence is very mild and did not irritate my skin.
The mask itself fits relatively well and the essence is not very thick but not runny as other brands. This brand has a wide range if masks (flavors), at least a dozen. The descriptions for each were taken from the packaging, although I cleaned up the ‘english’ abit to make it more understandable.


20150506_225200~2Coenzyme Q10 – Keeps the skin moist by enhancing cellular turnover. It maintains skin vital by supplying  water and nourishment. A coenzyme’s primary role is to aid the function of other enzymes and enzymes are essential to all cellular processes.


20150506_230451~2Aloe – Traditionally used as a folk remedy in the treatment of inflammatory disorders, to improve blood circulation, cellular reconstruction and promote discharging waste from the skin (detoxification).


20150506_230523~2Placenta – Excellent for promoting the ‘whitening’ effect by suppressing pigment [melanin] production as well as reduce wrinkles by promoting cellular turnover.


20150506_230607~2Pomegranate – Antioxidant rich pomegranate  nourishes and leaves the skin soft and supple. It provides rough and tired skin with pleasant softness and resilience.

20150506_230637~2Green Tea – “The polyphenol (main ingredient) is a kind of catechin found in green tea. It keeps your skin clean by soothing and giving astringent effect from blocking off harmful oxygen.

How to use – After cleansing apply mask and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Tap the remaining essence into the skin for maximum absorption. I keep each on until all the essence was absorbed and the sheet somewhat dried out. That way I know I’m not throwing any away after the 20 minutes.

Made in Korea


Bite Beauty Watercolor LipGloss Library – Review & Swatches

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A delicate palette of ethereal shades inspired by the beauty of watercolor.  A range composed of twelve soft shades for a beautiful translucent wash of color and alluring shine. Each sheer gloss provides hydrating properties that will leave your lips lush and supple. BITE Beauty is created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. BITE Beauty lip products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and are certified gluten-free.

This set of glossed were originally available April 7th for VIB Rouges and April 16th in-stores (Sephora). I purchased this set on sale on July 12th for $24.00 (12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. or 1.40g total). Original price was $49.00. As of today, the 19th, it is no longer available at I like these gloss libraries that BITE Beauty releases once a year. Last year I picked up the DECONSTRUCTED ROSE LIP GLOSS LIBRARY and really liked it and the rose scent. This year’s library of glosses is not as fragrant as the other. The scent is hard to describe primarily because there is hardly one but it is slight floral/fruity. Extremely mild. The formula is slightly thicker than most glosses but is not sticky. Over all I like these glosses and although I will not wear them all (two, four, five, six are out) I will enjoy them.



Below are swatches taken with and without flash. Each gloss only has the number on the bottom sticker.20150719_003623~3 20150719_003635~3From L to R: One -Yellow, Two – Light pink, Three – Pink, Four – Lavender

20150719_004157~3 20150719_004205~3L to R: Five – Green, Six – Pink,  Seven – Red, Eight – Coral

20150719_004421~3 20150719_004600~3L to R: Nine – Plum, Ten – Dark Pink, Eleven – Fuchsia, Twelve – Purple Berry

PBMThe above description (first paragraph) and shade colors were courtesy of Sephora no longer has any product information online.