Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sept Oct 2011 Hits & Misses!

Hello everyone! Today I have another Hits & Misses video to share with you guys. I had missed last month due to being very busy traveling around, so I have some products this month that I'm extra excited to tell you about. Just to give a hint, those of you who are skincare junkies are in luck!

Products mentioned:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple
Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
Philosophy The Microdelivery Purifying Peel
Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask
Pore Peeling Tsururi
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (MAC version / NARS version / Lancome version)
Koji Black Fix for Eyelash eyelash glue
K Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24 hour waterproof tattoo eyeliner
Tarte Smooth Operator micronized clay finishing powder
Stila Hair Refresher in Jade Blossom

feeling squinty?

My nailpolish is China Glaze Ruby Pumps

(My next video will be a tutorial of this look!)
Lipstick is NYX Black Label lipstick in Diva
Lipgloss is Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in 43 
Eyeshadow is L'Oreal HIP Shadow duo in 510 Electrified

As I mentioned in the video I am on the lookout for a more moisturizing eye cream than what I currently use (StriVectin for the orbital eye area...maybe the exact type was discontinued?) so if you have any good suggestions, I would really appreciate if you let me know in the comments! My eyes have been feeling super dry and suffering in this cold weather and it's definitely contributing to my wonk-eye prevalence! O_o

Anyway, I hope you guys had a wonderful October and first part of November. I'm going to keep downing these matcha lattes to keep warm and hope that my skin, which is currently broken out like woah, will calm down once it gets used to the rapid weather change. :)


  1. I currently just use one from Boots but I'm looking to upgrade as the stress of these past few years and the lack of sleep in recent months has left me with growing circles under my eyes which I never had before! I'm looking to invest in the Estee Lauder Time Zone eye cream - the purple. I've some good things about it.

  2. Oh, I really like the eyelash glue - it's so dark! The Tarte finishing powder looks good too, but it only comes in one color, so I don't think that it'll work for me...

    You look really pretty in this video! Your skin looks nice. :)

  3. It's super expensive, but I love the fresh ca creme. It's so concentrated so it lasts a while. It's helped me with nasty dry and dullness and wrinkles.

  4. looking forward to your tutorial of this look, you're my most favorite make-up guru :)

  5. Hi Jen! Loved your Hits & Misses Video :D I've been using the Philosophy Purity face wash for the past few months too and I absolutely love it. It is great for my sensitive skin and it isn't drying at all. I also love how it removes makeup too! I've also been using the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. It's a bit on the pricier side (~$27 on their website), but a little goes a long way and it really keeps my eye area hydrated and moisturized.

  6. I don't use an eye specific cream right now ... but my eyelid area has been itchy and peeling. I picked up Mario Badescu's control cream, and it's done wonders healing the skin and moisturizing it.

    It's a pretty big tub ... do you want to try some? I'll send a small jar to you?

  7. AHH!

    Also, this has become my favorite liner... SANA Extra Heavy Liner http://www.sasa.com/SasaWeb/eng/product/viewProductDetail.jspa?itemno=102979201001 every since Rina (rae630 on Twitter, she USED to have a blog) introduced my to Dolly Wink, I've been using that. However, I was a the asian market and saw the Sana, and decided to give it a go since my Dolly Wink was running low..

    The SANA is WAY more water proof than the dolly wink, and creates a very dark line (with about 2 layers, the first layer always seems a little watered down and I can't figure out why except for perhaps I'm storing it sideways...) The tip is also extremely soft-- you can barely feel it on your skin when you're drawing.

  8. OMG you're not hte only one who got fooled into thinking that mask was a peel off black mask! I did too, and had exactly the same experience as you.

    From a google of the product I found that I think it's not designed to 'peel' per se, and that you're supposed to let it dry, and then literally rub it off so it forms those gross little clumps. Apparently that's supposed to help remove the blackheads? I tried it a few times, can't say I noticed any blackhead removal. But maybe give that method a shot otherwise it's a bit of a waste of money :(

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  10. Hi Jen! I have recently become a dedicated fan of yours because our skin types are very similar and I have purchased and loved sooo many of the products that you recommend! I've been using purity for years now for makeup removal- so I'm glad that you tried and liked it. As for the Tsururi nose peel, I tried that as well and followed the instructions as stated here: http://www.cosmelandusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1577. It was a miss for me too, however, and I felt that it did nothing for my blackheads and pores.

  11. I use strivectin eye cream too but I use Origins eye doctor on top.

  12. I love love love Matcha latte... great and helpful video, as usual ˆ.ˆ

  13. I'm currently using the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream. I really like it so far. I use it in the morning and at night after I wash my face. It's a bit pricey, but I used my F&F to pick it up.

  14. Your place looks emptier than usual! Are you house cleaning or moving out? : )

  15. I have been using Mario Badescu's Hyaluronic Eye Cream and I do find this eye cream very hydrating for my needs. I have oily lids and usually don't use eye makeup (too lazy) and I live in Boston where the ocean breeze keeps the weather pretty hydrated as compared to where you are, so my eyes probably don't get as dry as yours. The good thing though is that you can always get a sample of this (or another of their more hydrating eye creams) from your local Nordstrom to try and the sample will last you at least a month even if you use it everyday since you don't need much each time (no more than a tiny, tiny dab for each eye), so you'll have plenty of time to form an opinion.

    I really like this eye cream. It's scentless and contains carnation oil(wrinkle reduction, skin conditioner), euphrasia extract (herb traditionally used for eyestrain, inflammation), aloe vera and, of course, hyaluronic acid. It's not oily and I love the hydrated bounciness in the morning after.

    FYI, MB is currently having a free-shipping offer for orders $30+ instead of their standard $50 with code SHIPMB through 11/11/11.

    Thank you for all your hard work. *bow*

  16. hi jen,

    i bought the strivectin eye cream yesterday from costoc (2 pk), can you tell me how it's working out for you? i held off on testing it out since it was so expensive and i don't know if i want to keep 2 of them.

  17. waah I've always wanted to try K palette eyeliner :D

  18. great tips and suggestions! i will definitely look into a couple of those things!


  19. Love the video, Jen! Purity is my late spring/ summer/ early fall cleanser of choice, then cleansing oils stay with me throughout the winter. I've yet to try the DHC one though.. been looking into it & your review has made me want to purchase it now.

    For eye cream, check out the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado - it's my favourite that I've tried and I haven't had to look into anything else!

  20. Thank you guys for the eye cream suggestions! Keep em coming... I'll have to make a list for what to get samples of next time I go to the mall. :D

    The Little Dust Princes: I had SO many people say that on youtube! I'm not moving, just cleaning and rearranged stuff on the fridge. :)

  21. oh how fun! i always get excited when you have a new post. your skin looks flawless!



  22. Hi Jen! Try the eye cream from Fresh or SK-II.

  23. Hey Jen!

    I suffer from very dry eyes (plus I live in Vegas!). I have finally found something that works for me...Clinique's All About Eyes, Rich. I usually buy it when there is a gift-with-purchase. :) I am actually on my third pot of it...I have never bought an eye cream more than once! So I have finally found my match at a decent price. :)

    Nordstrom GWP is: 11/02 - 11/20

    Saks GWP is: 11/22 - 12/04

  24. Hi Jen! Your foundation looks flawless and I was wondering what you felt about the Mat Velvet+ that you were using before? I haven't heard you speak about it much. I have the HD, but it doesn't have much coverage... so I was wondering if the Mat Velvet was the culprit when you were traveling in one of your past videos or if it was something else. The HD doesn't break me out, so I wanted to know if the Mat Velvet broke you out bc I have sensitive skin as well.

  25. I just started using the Perfect World Eye cream from Origins. Its really nice it has a very soft feeling. For my oily eyes it works fine as a moisturizer, I don't know about dry skins. It's expensive though, I was kind of talked into buying it by the lady there.

  26. You should try Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado! It's really really good with dry skin!

  27. Hi Jen! Love the vid! I am currently using the following eyecream from Skinfood. I really like it I've used it for a few months now (at least 4 months) and it is VERY moisturizing, it's also a bit more wallet friendly compared to Strivectin. However it is a small pot, but I use it morning and night and I still have a lot of product. Maybe this will be something you want to check out? http://www.yesstyle.com/en/skinfood-black-raspberry-eye-cream-for-wrinkle-care-25g/info.html/pid.1021848965

    Hope you find something soon!

  28. hi Jen,
    i use the estee lauder advanced night repair eye cream at night (for day i use the cyber white range since it has spf15) and it leaves the eye area feeling smooth & soft. You can give it a try. =)
    also, i love the heavy rotation liquid eyeliner pen - it normally lasts me the whole day (even after gym) unless i rubbed it off by accident.

  29. Hi Jen ^^
    Thanks for this review it was really interesting!!
    I'm kind of skeptic about the Stila Hair Refresher, but I definitely want to try out the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.
    Also I wanted to ask- I have VERY sensitive hands and haven't found the best hand care up to now. Do you have any suggestions?

    Love your blog :)

  30. I use Caudalie Pulpe Vitanimee Eye and Lip Cream. It's for sensitive skin and I find it's moisturizing without being sticky or oily. When I use it, it's applies on so smooth and absorbs really well into the skin.

    I definitely recommend it.

  31. where did you get the ring and the shirt? I will love to know:)

  32. Where did you get the ring and shirt? I will love to know?

  33. eye moisturizer : kiehl's creamy eye treatment with avocado

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  35. For moisturizing eye cream, I recommend La Roche-Posay's Active C Eyes. My skin around my eyes used to be really dry and would peel especially during the winter but after using this, my skin has been so soft and nice. It is on the pricey side but I think it is definitely worth it. Here is the link to their website: http://www.laroche-posay.us/_us/_en/consumer/catalog/ByType/Aging/active-c-eyes.htm

  36. Khiel's Avocado Eye Cream is amazing. I have really dry skin and this cream definitely hydrates my under-eye area all day and night. La Mer also has a great eye cream if you're willing to splurge a bit. ;)


  37. Hi Jen, I loved your lip color in your video so much that I just built a mini-haul on cherryculture.com around the NYX Diva and Milani gloss. Eeeek! Anyway, my current skincare includes both Philosophy Purity cleanser and Shu cleansing oil (the green one). I'm guessing the DHC works just as well for you though. Suggestion for pore strips - I use these charcoal nose cleansing strips from The Face Shop. I stocked up when I was in Korea a few yrs ago. IMO they're stronger and better than U.S. brands like Biore. :)

  38. I love philosophy's cleansers and am glad you reviewed them. I suggest you shake the microdelivery cleanser before each usage, because the fine particles seem to be only on the surface and by the time I reached the bottom of the cleanser, I couldn't feel the small exfoliating particles anymore :(

    I have been using Lancôme Genefique eye cream for the past two months (from a very generous sample) and while I don't know if it helps with the wrinkles since I don't have any (yet), my under eye skin feels smooth and moisturized :) It isn't too thick so I didn't get any of those white bumps that look like whiteheads. If you can get a hand on a sample, you should try that one out!

  39. Hi, Jen! Love your blog. I've recently discovered a great eye cream from a small company called face naturals. They sent me a sample when I ordered some of their products for my skin (which are also great). It's called Plum Perfect Eye Cream. It's very light and moisturizing, non-irritating, and hasn't caused milia or anything at all. I've actually noticed a difference in the dark circles and dryness around my eyes since using it. Best of all, all their products are organic with no harsh chemicals! They have great customer service too. Hope that helps!

  40. Jen, your make up looks lovely here! Cant wait for the tutorial!

  41. Hi Jen :) This isn't an eye cream, but its a Face Moisturizer. Its called Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Its definitely hydrating enough to leave your skin so it doesn't feel dry for hours. It is thick, but not so thick. Even though its not an eye cream, i use it for all over the face and it doesn't irritate the eyes. I have very sensitive skin too and when winter comes around, i get very dry skin, so this helped for me and i love it. So maybe it'll help you even though its not an eye cream. :)

  42. Hi Jen,

    I've been thinking about all your 'hauls' and random purchases to try out...How do you organize all your make up/health products? I keep all my brushes and eyeliners in a bag and everything else in another (like eyeshadows, foundations, mascara), and a box for my nail polish. Where and how do you organize everything- and how big is your collection! If you can, it would be nice to see pictures of your organization and maybe like what's in your inventory now compared to a year ago, etc. Thanks!

  43. Not to be super picky but your Tarte powder link should be: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=41QDP0GUFLK1ECV0KRTQX0Q?id=P266113&categoryId=RPYMAL&shouldPaginate=

    Only trying to help :P. Regarding eye cream, I like to use Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (http://www.mariobadescu.com/hyaluronic-eye-cream) and it hasn't broken me out so that's good unlike the Lancôme Genefique which did give me tiny bumps that are similar to white heads :(. A good face lotion for my sensitive, combination skin is Cerave.

    Love your videos and this outfit - pls tell us what top and cute ring you have on and as always, your makeup is flawless! Take care!

  44. I've heard wonderful reviews of the philosophy cleanser too!! Hopefully I'll get it when I'm done with my current ones. :D


  45. Jen, you have to try the D-UP False Eyelashes Glue Fixer. It dries completely clear and it is also amazing as an eyelid glue for the uneven days. Although for lashes you have to apply to the lash line rather than the fake lash band but this is also better because you never have to worry about touching the eyeshadow with the lashes by accident.

    Although the glue looks exactly like the Revlon one it works nothing like it, it is so much better in every way possible.

    I have tried the black koji one before, it is more watery than the white version and doesn't stick with one of the tubes i got from sasa.

    btw D-UP False Eyelashes Glue Fixer also has a black version.

  46. Hi Jen. I really love your blog! I've learned so much from it, thank you! I've been living in Korea for a while - and as you know, the winters are extremely dry and cold. I fought with dry skin for a while, until I started using Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. I know it's not an eye cream, but I feel like I don't even need one when I use this product. I also have very sensitive skin, and this has never made me breakout or have a rash. Just a suggestion ^.^ Thanks for your wonderful videos!

  47. I saw your video and then i immediately went to get the Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash. So far, I love it! But it does have a funny smell, don't you think? ahhaha~

    P.S. Your super pretty :D

  48. Jen!! Firstly...really loving your posts...I saw one youtube vid and now I can't stop :)

    A great eye cream (on the pricier side, but well worth it) is the herbal one from Jurlique. You can add it to your ever expanding list.

  49. Man, I'm so addicted to watching your blogs! Thanks so much for posting all of these! SOOOO HELPFUL! I especially love the hair blogs because Asian hair is so funny with our giddygiddies (the hair growth patterns) and the braids are so easy!


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