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Topbox Janauary 2013 – Clinique

January’s Topbox came as a welcomed surprise! It was a box full of Clinique items. I’m actually pretty excited because I’ve been wanting to try out some of their skincare stuff, but I never really got around to it.

Clinique // Clarifying Lotion

[[ Formulated to help lift the world’s impurities to create healthier, younger skin. ]]
Full Size: $16.00/200mL || Received: $2.40/30mL

Clinique // Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent

[[ Make it a clean sweep, from lashes to brows. Or use for on-the-spot makeup fixes. ]]
Full Size: $25.00/125mL || Received: $12.00/60mL

Clinique // Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo

[[ Go-together shades of silky, easy-to-blend colour in a chrome slide compact. ]]
Full Size: $25.00/2.5g || Received: $16.00/1.6g

Clinique // Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

[[ Comparable to a leading drug ingredient in visibly reducing dark spots by 58% in 12 weeks. ]]
Full Size: $63.00/30mL or $93/50mL || Received: $13.02-$14.70/7mL

I wouldn’t mind getting more boxes like these from other high-end brands haha. February’s box has been mailed earlier this month too so I’m excited to see what they have in store for us!

Small The Body Shop Haul

The Body Shop had a sale on some body butters for just $5 so my mom and I decided to go check out what there was. I was looking on their website to see what new stuff they might have or anything for me to try out. I went through my Innisfree toner (Balancing Skin) pretty fast and I thought I would try out one from The Body Shop. I’ve tried out their toner, foaming cleanser, and blemish stick (now called Blemish Gel) from the Tea Tree line before. It wasn’t to my liking because of the fact that my skin felt incredibly tight afterwards. The blemish stick seemed alright but I felt like I was going through it too fast and it didn’t seem worth it afterwards.

I have combination skin that’s acne-prone. It’s hard to find a product that can help clear my skin and keep it in balance at the same time. Most items that fight acne seem to be too drying. This time I thought I’d try out some of their skincare products again but from the seaweed line instead. It seems to be less harsh on the skin. I also decided to indulge in a bottle of their new beautifying oil. Want nice legs for the summer ::^^::.

I only got the toner and night moisturizer for now. I still have a bunch of cleansers that I haven’t touched yet. It’s summer time and it has been pretty hot. I needed a light night time moisturizer since the one I usually use for night time would feel too heavy for the summer.

So far I’ve been impressed with all the products! I’ll give a review on the items when I have a bit more time to use it!

Skinfood / Innisfree Review

I was looking through my old reviews to see what other ones I need to review again to move it onto this blog. Then I realize I had missed a whole batch of items from one of my hauls. I never even reviewed them on my LJ :O! So I guess these will be new reviews I’m doing! haha. I took the pictures back then so they’re kind of..well.. bad.. and blurry, don’t mind! ><

Skinfood Tomato Whitening Toner

This skin-brightening toner containing arbutin and tomato extract rich in lycopene, vitamins, and minerals makes dull skin clear and blemish-free, improving skin tone.

I’ve been using this toner for a long time now and I got to say, I don’t see anything amazing. With that said, I still feel like it’s more pleasant on my skin than toners I’ve bought here in Canada. It doesn’t irritate my skin nor dry it out – which I find in the ones here.

The product is scented like much of Skinfood’s products. I like scented products though – as long as they’re not overly done. The scent, I wouldn’t say smells like tomatoes, but it’s a very fresh one. My friend who also bought something from the Tomato Whitening line loves the smell because it reminds her of something “clean” LOL! Actually, my friend’s going to be starting her own blog soon, which I will be hosting on another subdomain. I’ll post up her link when she starts posting! She joins in a lot of my hauls so she can provide reviews on items I never bought before during our Korean skincare/makeup hauls!

Whitening-wise I haven’t really seen anything, but that might just be because I’m not using the whole line. Leen, who bought the emulsion said she noticed some whitening effect. Maybe I need to splash it on my face more generously.. LOL, I don’t know. Make dull-skin clear and blemish-free? That I don’t think it does. Mainly because this was mainly advertised as a whitening line, not to calm troubled skin. Whether I use it or not when I’m breaking out, it was the same.

Skinfood Parsley & Mandarin Mild Foam (For Troubled Skin)

This foam cleanser for troubled skin contains parsley and mandarin extracts to effectively control skin problems.
It also contains dandelion and lily complex extracts for a soothing effect.

Just like the other foaming cleanser I reviewed from Skinfood, this comes out like a cream and when lathered, it turns foamy. Only a little bit is needed to make enough foam for the whole face so the whole tube lasts quite a while.

When I first used this I actually really disliked it. I thought I bought another crappy foaming cleanser from Skinfood. I was wondering why all their foaming cleansers seem to strip every last bit of oil from my face. I stopped using it for a while but when my face started breaking out again I decided that I should give this another go. I actually bought this product during the summer so I thought it wouldn’t be as bad to try it out while I’m sweating like crazy from the heat. I was scared if I waited till winter to try it again my skin would suffer in the harsh Canadian winter.

To my surprise, I find that I reach for this cleanser a lot more now. Whenever my skin decides to spaz on me, I use this one and my skin quickly bounces back. When I used another one my skin seems to take forever to clear back up. I definitely think that if you get a bit of acne you should try this one out because it keeps my skin under better control compared to any of my other cleansers. Nothing can keep away the acne that pops up on my face when it comes to that time of the month though =_=.

I do have to say though, that what I said before about it stripping away all the oil is still true. It takes away a little more than I’d like, but oddly enough, I’ve come to like it o_O. I just put on a thicker moisturize during the night and use a different cleanser in the morning to balance it out. My face feels super clean after using it though. But the “soothing effect” that it mentions is probably false.

If you have sensitive skin, I think it’s best to stay away. Taking away as much oil from face is this cleanser does will probably just irritate it even more. Try it out if you have combination or oily skin.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Liquid Foaming Cleanser

This rich and bubbly cleanser improves clarity instantly as it lifts away dull and dead skin cells.
Unlike many cleansers, Innisfree Apple Juicy Liquid Foaming Cleanser effectively removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup.
Formulated with organic apple extracts, it is extremely gentle on the skin and provides protection to the skin's fragile lipid barrier
Skin is soft, fresh, and glowing.

I think this was my first Innisfree purchase! haha. I read a review somewhere, I think, that it was a pretty good cleanser so I decided to try it out. I love, love, love apple scented products or flavors. Green Apple BBT is yums, no? I opened up this cleanser and took a sniff and was instantly grinning. Exactly like green apples. And when I wash my face I grin because it smells like green apples after too LOL!.

That’s all the praise I can give it haha! Other than the fact that it smells delicious, I think it’s a pretty mediocre cleanser. It didn’t do anything special – just cleansed my face. I didn’t see suddenly see my skin glowing after I used it. Oddly enough, I feel like this cleanser doesn’t…go deep enough into the skin?? My face never feels completely clean. Maybe I’m too used to the Parsley & Mandarin Foaming Cleanser, I’m not sure. I feel like because it doesn’t cleanse deep enough, I see my face break out more often while I’m using this. I need a cleanser that cleans more deeply because I wear makeup and if it doesn’t do a great job it breaks me out after.

It doesn’t remove makeup unless it’s just your regular old eyeliner-mascara, I would think. I’m not too sure because the stuff I wear are all made to last really long (like my Majolica Majorca mascara that doesn’t budge through anything @_@!) If you have waterproof makeup on it wouldn’t do much.

I think it is pretty gentle since it doesn’t irritate my skin so I would just recommend people with normal to dry skin/sensitive skin. If you have combination-oily skin you might feel like it doesn’t cleanse good enough either. I actually want to try out their foaming/oil ones now though… I can’t help it.. I want a good one in apple scent haha!

Etude House & Innisfree Haul/Review

I have wayyy too many items from Skinfood and Innisfree already (skincare items, anyway) so I thought I’d splurge a bit on some of the makeup items. Yeah…. I can’t help but spend money -sigh-.

Etude House Precious Mineral Highlighter

I was looking for a nice highlighter since my makeup sometimes can make my face look a little flat. As happy as I am that my foundation makes my face more even, I’m not into looking too cakey.

I think this highlighter provides a nice, light touch to my makeup. I think I would have to go super crazy digging into the highlighter to put too much on LOL. My skin is a tad oily so I don’t want anything that will intensify the oily look and this works great.

I was a bit surprised when I swirled my brush in and flakes of the powder didn’t accumulate around the rims. Which means it would be great to bring around without being scared that bits of powder are flung around and make your mirror all dirty ><.

Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence

Ah Etude House, thanks for making this LOL. Does this look like another product? A little similar to Guerlain’s Meteorites Perles, right? Yeah, I would love to get my hands on that.. but I’m a poor college student LOL. -shakes begging cup-. Instead I made due with EH’s. Yeah, it’s not as luxurious looking, but who cares >_>…

It comes in an air pump bottle which is great. I hate normal pump bottles because you don’t get to use all the product :I

When I first used this, I wasn’t really in love with it, to be honest. I was hoping it would make my face look awesome before makeup because in some of the Guerlain reviews, it provided a nice glowy look for people even before foundation was applied. Yeah, yeah, this isn’t the Guerlain one. However, I think that even if it was, I still probably wouldn’t really like it just because my skin type is crazy and I guess shimmery primer makes me look a little oily. Plus, it didn’t really do much for me when I put my foundation on top of it after either. I was disappointed and just went back to my Banila Co. primer after a while.

One day I decided to mix this primer with my Lavshuca foundation, and I fell in love -wiggles brows-. My Lavshuca foundation was nice, but if my skin gets a little dry, it shows the flakes a bit :X. When I mixed this, I think for the first time I saw my face “dewy” without being “oily”. Usually I got for a matte look since it can easily look bad on me when I go for dewy. It looked very natural too because this primer makes the Lavshuca foundation less thick and made my foundation blend into my natural colour much better. I definitely recommend buying this primer and trying it out. If you don’t love it, try mixing it in with foundation that you think might be a little thick or that’s a bit drying to your face.

It keeps my makeup on my face for a decent amount of time. Without touch-up after around like 5 hours of wear or so, nothing much changed on my face.

PS. Yeah, I forgot to take a pic of what it looks like when I squirt it out….. LOL Sorry, I forgot. It looks a bit foamy though. And when I mix it on my hand and dab it with my stippling brush it leaves little bits of the primer on my hand. I think that takes a bit of the shimmer bits away, which is good with me LOL.

Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick

Sorry, I can’t really review this one hehe ><'' I bought these to just add a little colour on my lids when I'm going for a natural look. Mostly, I use the white one on my inner lid or under to make my eyes more awake and not as dead.. which is what I'm usually feeling at work : D. From what little I've used, I think it's pretty nice so far. It hasn't disappeared when the day ends, although I have to remember not to rub it or else it'll all be smudged away~ hahaha.

Innisfree Sleeping Whitening Gel

Sleeping gel, the mask for the lazy people – people like me! All you have to do is after you’re done all you’re skincare stuff at night, put this gel on top and let it work its wonders. I actually haven’t been using this consistently as I have a million tub masks and sheet masks to use up. But the girl in me wanted to buy stuff that I couldn’t even use yet haha!

My mom has been using it consistently though, as her skin never seemed to go back to its natural colour after our trip to China yearsss ago. She said it does actually seem to help whiten her face, slowly. A friend of mine who also purchased this and used it consistently also said it has helped. Although she has a lot of whitening products going on, so take that with a grain of salt haha. But with our experience with Innifree products, not many products have disappointed us thus far!! I think Innisfree products have a better success rate than Skinfood, actually.

Etude House O2 White C Toner

I thought the bottle was pretty big, but then I realized maybe it was just that… the bottle. I think in reality, it was only 10mL more than the Skinfood one haha! However, this EH one was cheaper for me. I didn’t check the retail price, but it was cheaper for the price I paid, anyway. I haven’t used this one yet, I’ll post it here when I have :)

Etude House Brushes

Ignore the glittery stuff.. LOL as you can tell I got a little excited and tried them out before I even took a picture >_> <_< >_>

I usually put minimal makeup because I like to keep things natural, so I barely ever put on eyeshadow =. I just wanted some brushes to put it on if I ever felt like it. So far, these brushes are pretty nice. They serve their purpose without any shedding at all and they’re pretty soft. Now I just need a blending brush to soften the looks ><. Ashley's very adamant about the blending brush... LOL. I also bought the foundation brush because I actually usually just use stippling brush. However, I wanted to see if some foundation looks better on me if I used a foundation brush. It doesn't really.. not if it's liquid haha. If it's cream though, it also provides a nice natural look. I wet my brush and put little bit by little bit. I don't buy cream foundations though, aside from the CoverFX one I bought a while ago. Which means I'm not sure if it's that foundation or cream foundation in general that makes me oily very quickly =. Wow, got a bit off-topic haha! The foundation brush is a good one if you want something affordable to play with foundation is what I want to say? hahaha. I hate the eyeliner one =_=. It's so hard and soo thin. Nothing really picks up and I can't draw with it. Do not like >_>… Feels like I’m intentionally poking my eye…

All these brushes are rather small. The handles are short, anyway, so I think they’re pretty travel friendly. They actually come with plastic casings, but I took them off for the picture.

Etude House Proof 10 Jewelry Pencil

Got a weird look from Ashley when she found that I ordered a blue liner LOL. Yeah.. I don’t really like blue eye shadow or anything, but I actually saw this video (I think it was a video, can’t remember now) where this girl did double wings and one was blue and it looked super cute. Thought I’d do that but I ended up not really like this liner LOL.

I’m not sure why, maybe because I live in Canada and it’s cold like probably 9 out of the 12 months, at least in the part of Canada that I reside. Creamy things always end up hard and I always have to get a hair dryer to heat it up and get it working right. This liner isn’t very smooth and I feel like I kind of have to draw it rather hard on my eye, which is a no-no for me. I haven’t tried heating it up before, but I’m too lazy to hehe.

I do like how there’s a mini sharpener at the end of the pencil that you can take out. Very convenient. I don’t think it did a great job sharpening for me though haha!

Not review/haul-related: I played Black Ops for the first time. I usually hate shooter games, but I was forced to play with Ashley LOL. I was dying because her TV wasn’t huge and we split screened. I was sitting SOO close to the TV.. now my head hurts like a biyatch HAHA! I was so noob… this guy stepped beside me. I thought he was my teammate and I got knifed. Eff you, buddy LOL!!

– jiawen