Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sepical Valentine's Box

I managed to do a mystery box swap on Beauty Box swaps
n I've received it along with the two other subscribed boxes.

This is how the box looks like:

and a little paper on top:

I love the texture of the paper a lot! I think they are recycled papers :)

When I open the box, and I am amazed... full of samples and full sized products

I haven't figured this out yet~

I think it's a magnet or something

A monsoon voucher

A sun block --> very good for me to travel in April as I am planning to be backpackers :)

Full of body lotion, cream, cleanser, bath salts............

I love the box a lot... =] definately brightened my day. I think today is a late Christmas or an early Valentines ;)

Glossy box + Carmine box. January, 2012

After a great disappointment from Friday, I finally receive my Glossybox and Carmine box today! The two boxes came along with my Secret Valentine's (SV) and two other swaps. I will be doing review of the two boxes now! (perhaps the SV later as there are a lot to go through)

First I will do a review on Glossybox
The glossybox for this month has been quite late compared to the previous ones.
The theme for this one is Valentines
As usual, the box come in a glossy box wrapping

and in it it's a bright pink colour box!!!

I was super excited because I would like to know which one I have got. there are three different boxes in this month according to the glossyblog. I just cannot wait to open it!!!!

There's a card with roses first

And after that, it's the bow and the sticker is a heart, which replaces the normal glossybox logo
I like the heart a lot and it's cute!

The first Item I see is the Eyeko Skinny eyeliner. It is the one that everybody talks about and how great it is. The colour that I've got is powder pink.

But to my opinion, this is not pink at all:

This eyeliner has a long handle and I think it will help my hand to stablise when I put the liner on~

The next item that I get is the Davines moisturising balm. According to the detail on the tube, it is a multi-purpose balm where you can apply on your face, hair and body.

The third item is from DAVINES as well. It's a cleansing Nectar.

This is suppose to cleanse both hair and body. Since I have very sensitive hair scalp and skin, I am not sure whether this will be gentle enough.

The forth item is First Aid Beauty gentle body wash

I have never heard of the brand before and it doesn't contain any fragrance. I have too many body washes. This might be useful for my Munich trip during Easter ;)

Lastly it's the Murad Hybrids Skin perfecting primer - dewy finish

According to other bloggers, this primer contains some colour. One of my friends is a big friend of Murad and I think I might let her have a go as a pressie :)

This is all the items in the box:

To conclude, I am quite satisfied with the stuff in the glossybox this month.

Then turn to CARMINE. I am a bit disappointed because it didn't arrive last week when everybody was excited about.

and it comes in the normal, hard-lifting box

and there's a card telling how you can get the next box free!

First in the box that I've noticed is the Balance me radiance face oil.

I am not a big fan of face oil and I had some irritation with it. I think I am going to swap this with other people.

Second in the box that I noticed is the Eldora False eyelashes

It's kind of natural and the one that I would like to wear. therefore I am quite impressed with this!

The third one is West Lab Hilmalayan Pink salt

I cannot really use this because I don't have a bath! I have reported in the November Carmine box that not everybody has a bath and it would be a waste if I cannot have it. Please contact me if you would like to have it!

The forth one is Korres Wild Rose 24-hour moisturising & brightening cream

I like rose but I have too many cream at the moment. I would like to give it a try after I have cleared my stock!

The last one is another Eyeko product - Fat Eye stick, I get the petrol blue colour

I am not super fan of blue eyeliner (and I mentioned in carmine that i would like some natural colours like black and charcoal).... But it's a very cute looking stick :)

Once again, a full box in Carmine Jan Box

I will give both glossybox and Carmine box another go, and see which one I will cull or I will keep both. I have already culled the Amaraya one.

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 30 January 2012


I love frozen yoghurt a lot and SNOG is the most impressive one. Before that Tutti melon was my favorite!

I like the decorations!!! :)
Snog Soho
9 Brewer Street
London W1F 0RG 

You must try it! It's fab!!!

We ordered 3 yoghurts with different toppings ;)

This is a special one and the spoon is frozen as well... It really cools down during Summer~~ I like it a lot and will visit the shop again during summer (since it's too cold to have frozen yoghurt in UK at the moment)

If you get a chance, I highly suggest you to have a try! there are several branches in London!

My Daily Routine - January 2012

I think it'll be nice for me to share with you all about my current skincare routine.
I have bought a lot from Hong Kong during Christmas and the Christmas sale in UK.
Let's take a tour to have a look at what I'm using now:


This cleanser is known as a cheaper version of Eve Lom. I got this in the beginning of December when this Christmas trial sample was out. The cleanser helped me to cleanse the skin properly. However, I think it takes up quite a lot when you need to remove heavy make up. Therefore, I normally use make up removal wipes to wipe the skin first before using this cleanser at night. The muslin cloth has to be washed after 3-4 times of usage because it contains all the germs and bacteria. So far I have been using it for 3 weeks and I am loving it! I will try the Eve Lom one after this and see the difference and which is better.

Clairns Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel: It is a gel like, when you add some water to the gel, it will turn into light foam. It has a light citrus, orangey smell. It relaxes your skin. However, I have breakout sometimes, this might be better in the summer. I will give it a try in 2-3 months time. I use this when I am lazy with cleansing my face.

Peeling powder:
This is a LRB golden powder. I use this mixing with cleansing milk to cleanse my skin. I also use this to cleanse my acnes on my back. It's quite good for exfoliating and closing my pores somehow. 

Purifying Mask:

 Borghese Green Clay mask: This is a purifying mask, and it helps exfoliating well. It removes the black heads on my nose. Sometimes I apply this mask when I am showering, the effect is even better.
 No. 7 Purifying Sauna Mask: The mask is heated when it reacts with the skin. I am not sure why, it doesn't heat up after a few seconds. It does purify my skin but sometimes there are some white deposits after I wash my face. I am not sure whether they are dead skin. Nevertheless, it gives a smooth, refreshed skin finished.

Facial Mist:
 Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray: There are a lot of ways to use this mist:
1. To complete make-up removal
2. After hair removal
3. Razar burn
4. Diaper rash
5. Facial Redness
6. Itching
7. After a surgical procedure
8. Damaged skin
9. After exercise
10. During travel
11. In summer
I don't think it has any special effect of this mist. So I don't think I will be buying this after this bottle.
 Innisfree Green tea mineral mist: This was bought from Korea. It has some moisturising lotion mix with the mist. It gives a refreshed feeling after spraying.

Moisturising base:
 Kose Infinity Moisture Concentrate: this gives my skin a base of moisturising and help absorbs more in the latter procedures. I enjoy this moisture concentrate a lot. I use that after cleansing, before and after putting mask.

 Kose Infinity Serum Concentrate II: This is ideal for dry skin type. I have a combination skin type, which my T-zone and chin is quite oily while my cheeks are a bit dry. I should use the Serum Concentrate I instead of II. The reason why I choose II is because it provides more moisture during the winter. I enjoy using this toner because it soften my skin so much and it is my latest favourite skincare~

HABA G-lotion: This is a toner that I use to cleanse my skin if they are lots of dirt before I use the Kose toner, IT does the cleansing job well. O I also use this before applying masks to make the mask more absorbed and to the best effect!

Gokujyun hydrating toner: This is a deep moisturising toner, I use this as toner masks before putting make up on. It boost up the water level (hydrates my skin) so quickly that makes my makeup less easy to fall out.


 Kose Infinity Serum Completion: I use this along with the Lotion Concentrate for the best effect. If my skin is not stable, I will use cotton wool to apply it which in term soften the skin and more absorbed by the skin.

 Gokyjyun moisturiser: It is not moisturising enough during the winter. Will give it another try during summer.

(I put this before moisturiser)

 DHEA serum: a moisturising serum but I think EL does a better job than this.
 Estee Lauder Hydrationist: This is a small sample. I am not sure why the retail shops don't sell this in UK. I got a full size version in the Cosmetic Company in Portsmouth outlet. This does the hydrating bit so well that I has become my favourite!
 Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair: this is the all time best selling item by Estee Lauder. Normally I apply this and mix with hydrationist serum. It closes some of my pores and give a more healthy looking skin texture.
 Innisfree green tea seed serum: It's hydrating ok, but too dry during winter. I will continue using it during the winter.

 Nivea hydro care: This hydrates my lips and smooths my lip lines.
 The Body Shop Moringa body butter: It smooths my skin so well that I love it. But I doubt that I will be finishing this within 1 year. (It expires after 1 year)

 Origins Drink Up intensive: This is my sleeping mask at the moment. It hydrates my skin during the night and I love the smell :)

Innisfree red wine peel: This softens and removes dirt of my skin. I will apply deep cleansing masks after peeling with this gel for a better result.

Lots of water masks which brightens and hydrates my skin in this cold, dry English weather :)

thanks so much for reading.
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