Thursday, July 31, 2008

Gmarket - tips for anyone thinking of trying this site out

Well, after days of frustration trying to figure out how to use this site I thought I might post some little things that I have discovered along the way which might make you life easier

1. use , then at least some of the site will be in english
2. Internet explorer is best, I was using firefox to start with but it just doesn't work very well
3. you need to have pop ups enabled to complete the registration process (took me a few hours to figure this out.)

After a few days and a massive headache trying to figure this site out I have finally placed an order, the great thing after placing an order is the status updates which let you know whats happening.

If you have any other hints PLEASE let me know, I would greatly appreciate them

Goodbye Aunty

Rest in peace my dear Aunty Phyllis, we will all miss you but we know you are much happier now. Thank you for all you have done for me.
Thank you for giving me an appreciation for beautiful things.
Thank you for making me feel that there was someone out there who understood why I love the things I do.
Thank you for loving me and making me feel special and important.
I am glad that you can now have your dignity back, I bet you've already had you hair and nails done - I hear that they have a great beauty salon in heaven.

R.I.P Phyllis Price who passed away 30th July 2008 at the age of 98

Saturday, July 26, 2008

REVIEW: Etude House Super Aqua Sun Guard

The product : Etude House Super Aqua Sun Guard SPF 35, 70 ml

What the packaging says (from the back of the tub) : Daily sun cream with light texture and freshness of seaweed extracts protects skin from the suns harmful rays.

What I think : I purchased this because the seller didn't have any of the Aqua Drop Sun Guard listed at the time. I have previously used a sample of the Aqua Drop Sun Guard and thought it was fantastic. The one that I ended up purchasing instead (Super Aqua Sun Guard) hasn't left me disappointed. Both sun creams are suitable for the face and body.

This sun cream is a touch lighter in consistency then your average sunscreen. It is more like putting on your everyday moisturizer, it doesn't leave that yucky greasy film on the skin that other sun creams do. I did the hand test by applying this to one hand and not the other, an hour later I felt my hands and the one with the sun cream felt soft and moisturized and smooth. It was noticeably different to the other hand.

I was a little surprised when I squeezed some product out of the tube the first time because it has a green tinge (I guess because of the seaweed extract) I was a little bit worried about it because green tinged products tend to leave me looking washed out. This did not cause any problems though, once it's rubbed in you can't tell.

All in all I'm very happy with this sun cream, it has a lovely light consistency. The smell is fresh and light and although you can detect that sunscreen smell it's not to bad. I spent less then $20 on this which I think it quite good because I was previously paying $45 for a 50ml tube of a different brand. I think when I need to repurchase it will be the Aqua Drop instead of the Super Aqua because that one has a very light consistency which I think will be better for the HOT Australian summer that I'll be experiencing in a few months time.

Rating: 9/10

Thursday, July 24, 2008

REVIEW: Skin Food Rice Wash Off Mask

The product : Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off 100g

What the packaging says (from the back of the tub) : Rice not only gives plenty of moistures but also brightens your skin. This gentle rice mask feeling as real rice lifts of any excess dirt and oil leaving skin smooth and clear.

What I think : Let me first say the above was copied directly from the packaging in case you were wondering why it sounds a bit strange as you read it. Ok, onto the mask. I quite like this mask but I don't love it and I'm really undecided on whether or not I'll repurchase it. I don't imagine that the 100g tub will last very long, I have already used it three times and I'm already a third of the way through (and I used it reasonably sparingly)

This mask is realllllllllly gentle, and it's more of a scrub then a mask. The direction don't say that it should be left on the skin like a mask normally is but I leave it on for 5-10 mins anyway. If you are looking for a really gentle nurturing scrub then this may be the product for you. I however like my scrubs to be a bit more well, scrubby!

I really like the smell of this mask but it may be a little bit strong if your sensitive to smells. Once on this mask feels nice and comforting and doesn't make me sting or itch as most masks do. The mask has very gentle exfoliating parts, I normally massage it into my skin for a few minutes when I apply it and again just before I rinse it off.

I normally apply the mask just before stepping into the shower and I just use the water to rinse the mask off - no cloths or cleanser. This mask only leaves very minimal residue once rinsed off and I have found that this residue doesn't create any problems for me if I don't completely rinse it away. Another plus is that my skin doesn't feel at all dry or tight after rinsing the mask off.

I can't say that this mask makes a huge difference to my skin. I do get out of the shower and think my skin looks good but there isn't any real WOW factor to me. I think it would be great at times when my skin is traumatized by reactions from other products, sunburnt etc.

Rating: 7 / 10

I tried to get a picture to show you the texture of the mask but it didn't turn out very well sorry, the product is pure white not cream as it appears in my photo (bad lighting!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

REVIEW: Skin Food Milk Mania Cleansing Foam

I'm going to trial a new format for my reviews which will hopefully make them a bit easier to read.

The product : Skin Food Milk Mania Cleansing Foam 150ml

What the packaging says (from the back of the tube) : Milk has been used by a beauty as Cleopatra because it is rich in nourishing vitamins A & D plus skin softening proteins, lactic acid and lactose. It makes skin soft, smooth and purified. This cleanser is especially formulated for dry sensitive skin, but it can double as an ideal makeup remover for all skin conditions.

What I think : I have been using this cleanser for about two weeks now and I really like it. It is very gentle and doesn't strip my skin to much yet it still gives it a good clean.

I use less then a pea sized amount and it lathers up beautifully creating a fairly dense foam. This is a decent sized tube and I imagine that it will last me a long time before I have to repurchase which makes it fantastic value for money. From memory this cost less then $15.

This cleanser smells lovely and I really enjoy using it because of this, it is a fairly mild slightly sweet creamy scent that isn't overpowering.

My skin absolutely glows after I have used this cleanser, it looks clear and radiant and so much fresher. The condition of my skin has greatly improved as well, the texture of my skin appears finer and my pores are less noticeable.

Another great feature is that it is packaged in a soft plastic squeeze tube which makes it great for in the shower. You don't have to worry about it breaking if dropped and it's easy to use while having a shower.

It is rare to find a cleanser that is so gentle yet cleans so well. That being said it is not suitable for removing eye makeup, please don't use this near your eyes - it will sting, trust me! Also if you were wearing heavy makeup you may need to double cleanse but for your everyday type cleanser this is wonderful

Rating : 9 /10

Mail Day YAY! Another Ebay parcel

I received a wonderful parcel in the mail today and thought it was time to share with you my favourite ebay store. This is the third time I have ordered from Sweet Violet's Giftshop.

Every time I have ordered a pretty pink parcel with a bow tied at the top has arrived within about a week. Even before I open the parcel I'm smiling because it looks so nice. I am always overwhelmed at the generosity of this seller, she includes tons of samples and not only that but they are actually samples that I'm keen to use not just what was lying around.

This seller also has really good communication and lets you know when your parcel has been sent. Everything is very professional and well packaged. I know that her prices are a little higher then some other sellers on ebay but I don't mind paying the extra because I have found Sweet Violets Giftshop to have the largest variety, which combined with the great customer service and generous samples makes this shop number one in my eyes.

Here is a picture of the samples that were included with my parcel today ( I only ordered two products both of which were under the $20 mark)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

REVIEW: Skinlite Brightening Essence Mask

Let me start by saying for the most part I don't like sheet masks. I find they never sit on my face properly and I feel uncomfortable when they are on. I do however love the idea behind sheet masks so I keep trying different ones out hoping I'll find one I like. Well, it's not this one.

I truly wanted to like this mask but It felt uncomfortable on and didn't make my skin look any brighter. My skin felt strange after having this on - like it was oily and dry all at the same time. About half an hour after using this mask I started to notice very small blister like blemishes on my skin. I do have slightly sensitive skin but I'm normally ok with most products. Maybe if your skin is able to handle stronger products this might be ok.

One positive is that I do like the packaging, it is fresh and cheerful. I'm glad I only ordered the single mask because I am not a fan of this one at all. Please let me know if you've tried this mask and what you thought of it. I would love to know if my reaction was just because of my skin type or whether other people experienced the same thing.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

REVIEW: Missha Lucid Berry Lipgloss PK01

This is my first ever Missha purchase and I must say I'm very pleased. I purchased this from ebay when it was on sale and if I remember correctly I paid about $10 for it.

The packaging does look a bit funny but it's a decent sized tube and the gloss itself is really nice. The colour I chose was PK01 which in the tubes looks a pinky peach but it basically clear on. It has a nice berry lolly (very sweet) scent.

This gloss has really good lasting power on me and I find that I don't need to wear a lipbalm underneath. It is a fairly sticky gloss but I don't mind because it is comfortable to wear, lasts a long time and looks nice!

I'm Back! YAY!

Sorry for not having blogged anything the past couple of weeks, I have been recovering from surgery. I am feel much better now though and have lots of new things to write about. I received quite a few parcels in the mail last week so I'll slowly get through the products and let you know what I think.