Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Work-Beauty Balance...THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil

THREE's philosophy of balance of mind, body and skin permeates throughout the entire brand. Yet, it's ethos is particularly evident in it's skincare line.

Through the years (and tons of THREE purchases), I've probably tried about three months worth of the Balancing Cleansing Oil sample packets. After finishing the SK-II's Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, it was finally time to purchase a full size bottle.

My aesthetic is far from being minimalistic, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the smooth surface and edges of the simplistically sleek, semi- transparent frosted bottle.

THREE's Balancing Cleansing Oilcleanser has an ambrosial bouquet of lemon and rosemary, giving it an invigorating aromatherapy effect.

Primarily, I use the Balancing Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup; btw, it does a fantastic job at dissolving the most stubborn waterproof makeup. With dry hands, I massage (in circular motions) 2 pumps onto dry skin, beginning at the center, working outwards, then use one more pump on the eyes. After a few minutes, I lightly wet my hands and continue to massage, emulsifying the product. After rinsing, all traces of makeup are gone and my face feels firm and looks clear and toned.

As provided of the THREE website, the components of the Balancing Cleansing Oil are:

Grape seed oil, tri (caprylic acid / capric acid) glyceryl, tea seed oil, squalane, ethylhexyl palmitate, triisostearate PEG-20 glyceryl isostearate, pentylene glycol, rose hip oil *, jojoba seed oil *, Rose Marie oil *, Alga near spinosa kernel oil *, shea butter *, beeswax *, orange peel oil *, bergamot fruit oil *, Nyuukouju oil *, marjoram leaf oil *, meadowfoam oil, olive oil, theobroma grunge Furoru seedless fat , isostearate PEG-12, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol * Soil Association Certified and organic raw materials

THREE's Balancing Cleansing Oil retails for 4,320 yen (200ml).

Saturday, July 4, 2015

God Bless America! Happy Independence Day!

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Today, the United States of America celebrates its 239th birthday. And, as you enjoy your time at the beach or at a barbecue, remember this day is special because we celebrate the independence of our great nation; remembering and honoring the sacrifices made in giving, and protecting, all those freedoms we enjoy.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Enabling Your Beauty Habits...Addiction By Ayako Giveaway!

36 days left until a winner is chosen.

Once again, the Prizes (all items are paid for by moi):

One Addiction Compact Case II.
Four Addiction Eyeshadows.
One Addiction Blush.
One Addiction Cheek Stick.
One Addiction Lipstick.

What you have to do and how to increase your chances to win (same method as one of my older giveaways):

1. All gorgeous members (via the members section on the blog) automatically get one entry. So, don't forget to click the "Join this site" button.

2. In the comment section, please write what items you would choose if you won. This will earn you two entries.

3. If you blog about/or tweet this giveaway, you'll earn another three entries into the hat. (please link the post in the comments, thank you!).

The Enabling Your Beauty Habits Giveaway ends on August 9th, 11:59 (GMT+9).

Tarina Tarantino's Star Spangled Sale!

Love the imagery of this promotional image from Tarina Tarantino. Which reminds me that I need to use/post more of the brand's makeup that I own. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Life Take The Lemons Back! Bath & Body Works' Sheer Cotton & Lemonade Shower Gel

When Summer comes around, my senses of taste and smell go into citrus overdrive. So, I was excited to try BBW's Sheer Cotton & Lemonade Shower Gel, as I though it would be perfect for Summer.

Sheer Cotton & Lemonade Shower Gel's fragrance notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Blue Water Accord, Breezy Seasalt, Sparkling Lemonade, Hint of Mandarin.

Mid Notes: Watery Cyclamen, Wild Gardenia, Crisp Cotton.

Dry Notes: Creamy White Woods, Clean Musk, Sheer Vanilla Tincture.

I was expecting Sheer Cotton & Lemonade to smell of freshly washed cotton and a lemonade stand rolled into one. Instead, I got cotton linens washed in sugar water. Needless to say, it's fair from what I anticipated. Thankfully, the sugary-sweet fragrance isn't too overbearing that I'm able to use it.

What body wash are you using at the moment?

Love Your Lips, Exfoliate! Sara Happ's The Lip Scrub Peppermint

A cute little brown box, with an even cuter little white bow; perfect for gift giving or treating oneself.

In keeping with the exfoliating-theme of my last post, The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ is my exfoliator of choice to keep my pout in supreme condition.

Sara Happ Lip Scrubs comes in several scents (still not over the discontinuation of Almond Creme), and the scent of the moment is, Peppermint. I love the tingly, cooling sensation of the peppermint, as well as the delicious peppermint candy/sugary center of a York Peppermint Pattie scent of the lip scrub. Reminder, as tasty as these lip scrubs are, they are not meant to be ingested.

As recommended in the directions, I scoop a generous amount with my finger and work the sugar onto my lips and message in a firm, circular motion. On days when I'm going to wear a lipstick that has an extremely dry, less forgiving formula, or for a deep exfoliating treatment, I like to use a toothbrush (that I solely use for exfoliation). The viscosity of the large (yet, gentle), densely packaged sugar granules prevents any unwanted mess, as well as keeping it from flying all over the place when scrubbing.

The scrub does a fantastic job at buffing-out dry, flaky skin. Afterwards, the lips are baby soft and incredibly smooth. Also, the Petrolatum and oils, in the scrub, leave a nice balmy-texture that aides in hydrating the lips.

Sara Happ's The Lip Scrubs contain 30g/ 1 oz. of product and retails for 3,888 yen.

What lip scrub do you use?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stepping Out Of My Comfrey Zone...Sundari Comfrey Cleanser for Vata Skin

I purchased Sundari's Comfrey Cleanser for Vata (dry) Skin back in April, finished it in may, and I've put off writing this post because I'm still conflicted on what my final thoughts are on this exfoliating cleanser.

Admittedly, I was unfamiliar with the brand, and the sole reason for giving the skincare line a "go" was the little elephant logo on the packaging (elephants remind me of my mom), and the fact that Sundari does not test on animals.

I loved the patterned print detail on the inside of the box. I think this print would look lovely as a throw pillow, area rug or kitchen tiles.

The packaging has a luxurious, minimalistic look and feel with the frost plastic tube and sleek, somewhat weighty twist-off lid.

Key ingredients as per the Sundari website:

Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Extract.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract.
Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.

Now, here's my conundrum with the cleanser: as an exfoliator, I found the grains to be quite large and sparse. Therefore, to get the amount of granules to my liking, and to feel as if I were getting the benefits of exfoliating,  I had to use more product. As a cleanser, I found the milky white base (which doesn't lather) very moisturizing and soothing, and after use, skin did look great; it looked and felt soft, smooth, nourished and revitalized.

In Japan, Sundari's Comfrey Cleanser for Vata Skin retails for 5,940 yen, and contains 6.0 fl oz/ 180ml.

As much as I liked the results of the Comfrey Cleanser, the fact that I had to use so much of the product, and its price point, had me wondering if I will repurchase in the future.