Emptyland: Summer Edition

I’m calling this my Summer Edition of Emptyland because it covers all my empties from June, July, and August. To be honest, I’ve been lazy with skincare over the summer because I just moved, I had some tough times times with my chronic illnesses, and was generally short on time and sleep. And yet again, a very late Empties post; this series should be called Alice in LATE-land, haha.

I’m definitely trying to take better care of my skin now, and not skipping my skincare routine steps!

Instead of listing out every single product and rating each one, I’ll divide them into categories and highlight my favorites and point out if there’s something I’m tossing without finishing. Ratings will still be provided for samples and whether or not they will be purchased. This is in the interest of time, and also my own personal preference. I am keeping track of what I’m using up to hold myself accountable to actually using up products before opening up new items (and to halt my terrible habit of hoarding products forever).

Skincare

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During a Buy One, Get One Free sale at the Saem store, I bought a bunch of products from their Urban Eco line. I love these products so far! The only thing I disliked was the cheap packaging; my toner bottle cap broke when I was only half way through the bottle (and I never dropped it).

In addition to these Urban Eco products, a calendula product from The Face Shop and my first Boscia product made their way to my Emptyland.

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Above, you’ll see all the makeup wipes/cleansing wipes that I used up. These are all repeats since I’ve repurchased both of these products before. They don’t remove eye makeup that well, so I use both of these as daily cleansing wipes before I shower, and to remove BB cream or tinted moisturizer.

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And of course, I need to group my lip care empties together! My mom gave me those Chapsticks a year or so ago, and I finally used them. They give average moisture; it was fine during the summer, but I don’t think they would hold up well in the winter when my skin is so much drier. The Blistex lip serum was a decent product, but I don’t think I’d ever re-purchase because I didn’t notice any significant benefits.

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I didn’t use sheet masks as much as I usually do since I started trying sheet masks… I do want to use them more often, but it’s already November now and I can tell already that I’m barely using sheet masks as it is. I think part of the issue is time: I feel like I never have enough time. I’ve been using sleeping masks more often because I can apply them after my moisturizer at night, and wash my face in the morning.

And of course, you see my one empty packet of the Acne Pimple Master Patch from Cosrx. Love it!

Bodycare

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For body care, a highlight is the Dove shower foam: I love the feel of this foam, and you don’t need a pouf or sponge! Also, Aveeno is a great body lotion.

Haircare

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For haircare, I wasn’t a big fan of the Garnier Whole Blends leave-in conditioner. I used it up, but it didn’t do much for my hair pre-bleaching or post-bleaching.

For the Aprilskin Turn-Up Color Treatment: I thought it worked great for replenishing the pink in my hair color, but it was expensive (over $10 for a tube that only lasts 1.5 applications). It’s also not a dye, so it washes out. If you have longer hair, one tube may not even be enough for you to apply for your whole head. The second time I applied it, there was only enough for me to apply around my roots.

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The results of the hair treatment

Sample / Travel Size

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And the only empties from my samples are the Caudalie La Crème Yeux and the Dr. Jart Dis-a-pore BB cream. I didn’t finish the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion product because it irritated my skin. It’s so hard to find an exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin… If anyone has recommendations, let me know!

Also, that BB Cream really needed to be tossed because I’ve had it since THIS POST from 2016.  Took me forever to finish it since I was using other BB cream products too. Oops.

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[Photoshoot] Royal Lolita

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This was my first fashion shoot with Samuel Lim, and it was a pleasure working with him! We wanted to do a royal-themed fashion shoot with studio lighting. I also wanted to try something new with makeup: adding gems to my face! I rarely stick things to my face, so I was a bit nervous about this. Luckily, nothing fell off my face during the shoot!

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I really love the concept photos like the one above. Who needs my face when you can stare at the gorgeous details on this Voodooodolly crown, Innocent World JSK, and BTSSB princess-sleeved blouse?! I’d rather look at these pretty pieces than my face any day.

I truly love the red lighting in the background…! Especially since the wine red edges match the color of the JSK… (And red is my favorite color, so any shade of red delights me!) What do you think of the background color in these photos?

Samuel asked me to bring some props too, so I brought this Angelic Pretty Mook with me as a prop. I love looking at the photos inside the Mook! I don’t own anything displayed in this catalog, but maybe someday… Do you have any favorite Mooks? (In case you don’t know what a Mook is: it’s a cross between a magazine and book! Brand Mooks promote a brand’s products, and usually show off the latest releases and styles from that particular brand.)

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Coordinate Snap

Coord Rundown:

❀ JSK: Innocent World

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Cameo Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Crown: Voodooodolly

❀ Bows: Twylite Fashion

❀ Stockings and socks: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

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Emptyland: Moving Edition!

This is a special edition of Emptyland because it covers March, April, and May! I moved in May, so I figured I’d prepare for a big Empties post before I move and also purge my old collection of half-used things that should have been tossed a long time ago (I am a makeup hoarder… I know, it’s bad!).

It’s already July, and I know this post is way over-due. What with starting a new role at work, dealing with health issues, a very busy schedule, and adjusting to the move, I haven’t had time to devote to my blog. For the rest of the year, I definitely want to blog more regularly! Feel free to let me know what you’d like to see too. ^_^

So here is the purge of things that have been used for a long time and I just held onto: most are unfinished, but some have been finished (like the BB cushion!):

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I’m pretty sure I’ve had that makeup brush set since high school… Yikes. I clean them (sort of) regularly, but it’s been many years and it was time for them to go. They were surprisingly good quality too! I got them from Costco forever ago (Kirkland Signature!). I wish I could use up that MAC highlighter too (literally the only MAC product I have), but again, I’ve had it for forever (since 2012 or 2013 I think), so even though I still haven’t used it up and I love the product, it’s time for me to let it go. I really need to learn to stop hoarding and start tossing. I don’t even want to share how long I’ve had those two Lancôme quad eyeshadow palettes… My mom got it from one of those gift sets when I was a little kid, but she never uses makeup, so she gave it to me toward the end of high school, and I’ve used them ever since. Same goes for that Clinique dual eyeshadow palette (again, a hand-me-down from my mom from forever ago). The Too Cool for School UV pact is something I didn’t use up but also didn’t really care for. I got it on clearance, but it was really cakey every time I applied it.

See below for sheet masks and more! Of course, those Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches always show up. I didn’t use them that often since my acne hasn’t been too bad. I am pretty sure the two step cleansing has been helping! And maybe also stress management. I’m positive I get stress-induced acne.DSC_0552

Next up: cleansers! I didn’t finish using the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. I’m not sure if I got a defective bottle or if that’s how this product normally smelled, but it smelled horrific. I tried to use it, but could not stand the smell and had to stop. The other two cleansers were totally fine though!

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Check out more skincare items for this big Emptyland. I used all of these items up completely! The MVP I want to highlight here is Aquaphor. This ointment works so well on dry, chapped lips, and honestly, for any skin that feels really dry.

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The Innisfree items get their own photo since Innisfree has a program where you can return the empty bottles to earn points. Yay for recycling! I still need to bring these into the store to recycle… They’re currently stashed in my drawer at work.

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Stay tuned for the June and July Emptyland post, and I’ll hopefully be able to get back to regular blogging. I have a K-beauty skincare product review I wrote a long time ago that I realized I’ve never posted, so that will be posted soon enough. Also working on a new review, and I haven’t forgotten about the Taobao guide series. One of my friends also asked me to write a guide for ouji/kodona/EGA fashion. I don’t really wear those styles much myself, but I do stalk the designs quite often… I’m addicted to adding stuff to my online shopping cart and then not buying them (because they’re not in my budget TT_TT).

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Lolita Fashion on Taobao (Part 2)

Here’s Part 2 to my guide to Lolita Fashion on Taobao! It’s going to be really simple: a list of lolita fashion shops I own items from. Check out Part 1 for tips for shopping on Taobao and keywords you can use when you’re browsing and searching.

Here are brands I’ve purchased from (please note most of these I didn’t buy from Taobao, since I purchased them secondhand, and for the ones I purchased directly from Taobao, I used a shopping service):

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The tights (and bottom of the dress) I modeled

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This Dear Celine cutsew matches my Angelic Pretty skirt & half-bonnet so well!

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Blouse from Yilia

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JSK and Headbow from Magic Tea Party

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Bonnet from Elpress L

  • FoxCherry – They have really cute accessories! I purchased some wrist cuffs from them recently, and also have a hair clip I got secondhand years ago.
  • Flower Field – I purchased a hoop skirt from them last year.

I think that’s it for Taobao lolita brands I’ve purchased from, although I’m pretty sure some of the accessories I bought secondhand came from Taobao (but when I purchased them, the original owner wasn’t sure of the brand, and without tags, no idea where they came from). I’ve also purchased socks from Secret Shop and shoes from Secret Shop secondhand, but I can’t seem to locate their shop on Taobao anymore.

I was going to add in wig shops here too, but I think I’ll make a different post about wigs and keep it separate from this section.

Do you have a favorite Taobao brand? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Emptyland: Jan/Feb 2018

For Emptyland 2018, going to try to shorten posts in the interest of time. It took too long for me to write these last year, and to be honest, it was also something I didn’t enjoy doing very much. Going to put the fun back into it and make it casual! Feel free to ask me any questions; I’m happy to share additional information about the products and my experiences.

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Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Skinfood Trouble Clear Spot Patch – 24 patches

Read more details for this returning item here!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe!

Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution

This didn’t have any negative effects, but I also didn’t notice positive effects. It was really expensive, so I won’t repurchase.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Nature Republic Polynesia Lagoon Water Hydro Eye Cream

This was fine, but the cream felt too light (like a lotion, and it didn’t feel like it had a moisturizing effect on my eyes during the dry cold times).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

I’ve used this before, back in college when my mom gave me one, but I hadn’t used it for a long time. Decided to snag this during the Sephora sale since it came in a set with an eye cream and sleeping mask too. It’s a nice gel cream, but I needed to use a lot for it to have the moisturizing effect. I think this would be better in the summer when it’s not as dry.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe!

Kosé Softymo White Face Cleansing Oil

Read the details of why I love this product here!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Sheet Masks

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There’s really no need for me to review each individual sheet mask, because to be honest, I am really bad at trying to tell the differences among the positive effects of these products. I’m addicted to sheet masks, and will repurchase new ones to try when they’re on sale, as well as old ones I like. Check out my 2017 Emptyland posts for details of individual sheet masks.

Tonymoly I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet

Tonymoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

Tonymoly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet

Tonymoly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

The Face Shop Goji Berry Face Mask

The Face Shop Peony Face Mask

The Face Shop Red Ginseng Face Mask

Hiddencos Latte Mask x2

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Bija

Etude House Lotus 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Makeup

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Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray

This makeup setting spray is a great cheap find from Walmart, but I took away two stars for the packaging. About midway through the bottle, it became difficult to spray. The spray did not come out in a steady stream and dripped a lot, with large droplets also sticking to my face.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe!

Sephora Collection Retractable Eyeliner

I got this in a set a long time ago, and it took me forever to finish this product because it wasn’t my eyeliner of choice. The packaging was cheap too; as you can see, the other end where the smudging tool was completely broke off when I wasn’t even halfway done with the product.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Body Care

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The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter

Check out my initial reaction here! I’ve also used the moringa shower gel.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Dove Shower Foam Deep Moisture

I love this body wash, and it lasted me for so long! I will definitely repurchase. I got it on sale from Walgreens and also have another version of this I’ll try next. Great value, and I love that you don’t need a sponge or poof; it foams up automatically so you can just use your hands.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Hair Care

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Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil

This oil lasted a long time for me, but I’m also bad at caring for my hair and did not use it as much as I should have. It was a decent oil, but I don’t think it did much in terms of moisturizing my hair.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Phyto Color Protect Radiance Mist

I got this on clearance, but it smelled really bad in my opinion. It was a really strong smell, and off-putting. I also didn’t notice any special results from using it.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Repurchase? No

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip Hair Masque

This was a really expensive product, but it also lasted me about 3 years, so I guess I can’t complain! It made my hair feel super moisturized whenever I used it after shampooing. I wouldn’t pay this much for it again though, and will look into more affordable options (unless I spot it at 80% off or something).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Sample / Travel Size

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Innisfree Youth-Enriched Cream with Orchid

This came as part of a Limited Edition Holiday Skin Care Collection from the Innisfree store in Manhattan. It’s a great cream, but not moisturizing enough for the winter.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

This is the moisturizer I’ve been bringing with me when I sleep over somewhere else (like going to conventions or visiting a friend) and don’t want to bring my full-size moisturizer. It does its job!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No (I have so many of these samples…)

Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream

A decent eye cream, but I don’t know if I’d buy it. It has a pleasant smell and doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin near my eyes.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

Chanel Allure Sensuelle

It’s a pretty nice perfume, but again, I’ll never pay for a perfume unless I fall in love with it since it’s so easy to get free samples.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Dior Hydra Life Sorbet Creme

Super nice moisturizing cream! It feels very luxurious yet light.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream

This is a decent cream, but I don’t like the smell… It does not smell like black tea either. Not sure what it is.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer

This moisturizer is more like an emulsion I think. It’s very light and watery, not moisturizing enough to use alone.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Purchase? No

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[TinyUnicorn] Split Wig Review

 

Today, I get to share my first review of a TinyUnicorn product! TinyUnicorn is a store on Amazon.com that sells wigs and miscellaneous items. I’ve seen clothing and home goods pop up in their Amazon shop too!

This particular item is a split wig the owner of the TinyUnicorn shop sent me. The colors are a silvery gray and a dusty muted purple.

The wig arrived packaged as expected. The bubble mailer it came in was big enough so I could cut the top to open the package without cutting into the plastic bag that held the wig. The wig also came with a free wig cap!

The split colors are beautiful! One half of the wig is a silvery gray color, and the other half is a dusty reddish-purple. It reminds me of taro in some lighting, but it has more red tones than a true taro purple color.

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Below, you can see the hooks and the style of the netting on the inside of the wig.

 

The size of the cap fits me well, but I wouldn’t recommend this wig if you have a larger head circumference than me. I remember when I had long hair, I had trouble fitting all my hair under a wig with a wig cap size like this one. I used the hooks on the outermost notches when I wore this wig.

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Now let’s talk about the texture of this wig. When I first took it out from the package, I was surprised by how smooth and silky the wig fibers felt. I’m glad it is so smooth, and yet, does not look too shiny in photos (definitely a plus). I wore it all day, and the wig didn’t show signs of tangles afterwards! There was a bit of frizz, but I was able to smooth it out with a wig comb and my fingers. I also like that the wig has long bangs, that way you can wear it like I did (brushed to the side), or you can trim the bangs to your liking. I might trim the bangs later; for this review, I didn’t do any styling other than using a bobby pin to pin the bangs to the side so they wouldn’t go all over my face.

 

You can find this 28″ split wig here. Do you ever wear split wigs, or have you ever dyed your hair in a split style? I’d love to hear about your experiences with split wigs and hair styles too!

The last time I reviewed a split wig was this cute Miss Tea Wig from PennyDreads, back in 2015. Wow, time really flies…

Before closing out this post, I’d also like to shoutout my friend Tara, who let me wear the cute beanies and macaron hair pin for these photos. She also took the photos of me wearing the wig, using my iPhone. Tara has so many cute things! ❤

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[JOLSE] HIDDENCOS AMERICANO or LATTE MASK 5Sheet

Jolse selected 30 bloggers to review either the AMERICANO or LATTE MASK sheets from brand HIDDENCOS. I selected to review the latte mask sheet in the hopes that it wouldn’t have a strong coffee scent. I assume Americano would be more harsh in the coffee department, right?

Here are the features of this sheet mask, according to the Jolse website:

  • The premium arabica coffee extract provides rich moisture and nutrition to the tired skin.
  • Anti-aging adenosine and whitening niacinamide tends the skin clear and elastic.
  • Patented Phyto Oligo ingredient protects and tends the skin smooth with moisture.

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The package came in a bubble mailer. If you’ve purchased from Jolse before, you’ll know they package their items really well! I’ve never received damaged items from them before.

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There were 5 sheets to use, so several opportunities to experience this new Latte mask.

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I never drink coffee, but I do like the smell of lattes even though I don’t drink them. When I opened the first sheet mask package, I was surprised by the strong latte scent. It was a sweet scent, reminding me of a mocha frappucino. The scent was a bit off-putting at first since it was so strong, but when I placed it on my face, the essence felt lush and I quickly got used to the scent.

Most sheet masks are relaxing, but this one was exciting and invigorating! Perhaps it’s that sweet coffee scent that wakes you up…! Too bad I don’t have time to use this sheet mask in the morning.

We can’t forget to talk about the packaging. Look how cute it is! I love how it looks like a cute to-go cup for a coffee. The packages were easy to tear open too; I never had a problem opening them up. After using two of these sheet masks in the same week, I noticed my skin felt more moisturized despite its exposure to harsh New York City wind and cold.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Emptyland: Nov/Dec 2017

Hey, everyone! My November/December Emptyland post is really short… Because these two months were really stressful and really busy for me, and I didn’t take very good care of my skin. Now that it’s 2018, I definitely want to purge products more often this year. I hoard products for way too long (and they are probably expired).

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

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Belif The true cream – aqua bomb 

This was my first time using a Belif product, and I loved this cream! Usually gel-like creams don’t moisturize my skin very well, but this one worked great and soothed my stress-induced acne breakouts too. I’m interested in trying other Belif products! I wouldn’t call it a holy grail product, since I don’t think it would be moisturizing enough by itself (I used it after toner, serum, and emulsion). Sometimes I want to cut back on products and make my skincare regimen quick and easy, but I have yet to find the holy grail cream.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea Seed Serum 

This serum had the consistency of an emulsion. I didn’t think it worked like a serum, but it didn’t have any negative effects on my skin. It was easily absorbed into my skin, and had a pleasant scent. I didn’t notice anything special from it though, so I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection 

This lip balm will definitely reappear a lot! Check out its first appearance in this Empties post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

I love this product! You may be wondering why I haven’t given it 5 stars though. There’s one con to this product: sometimes they come off my face quickly, before I sleep. Even when I put them on before applying anything to my face. You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Sheet Masks

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Tonymoly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet

Relaxing sheet mask to use! It definitely made my skin feel softer/more moisturized.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli (x7)

I used all of these because they were expiring very soon (and at one point, recently expired). Check out the details for this mask in its appearance in this Emptyland!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Green Tea

I love this mask and hope to try more Innisfree masks in the future! The essence was very generous in the package and I was able to use the essence in the package for my body too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Makeup

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Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I have yet to find a mascara that actually has an effect on my eyelashes… I’m not sure if this was too old or what, but it was pretty clumpy. It came in a set with some other stuff from Sephora, I think. I wouldn’t normally buy this on my own. Didn’t finish using it, but tossing since it’s been over 6 months and I barely use it.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara

This mascara darkens my lashes and lengthens them somewhat, but doesn’t curl them. It’s also slightly clumpy, though not as bad as the Too Faced one. This is going to sound odd: I love the smell of this mascara! It reminds me of jasmine. Not sure if that was intentional on Lancôme’s part. I didn’t purchase this; it came as part of a gift package.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Body Care

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Bath & Body Works Spiced Pumpkin Cider Body Cream

I love the scent of this body cream! It smells just like Spiced Pumpkin… It reminds me of pumpkin pies! It moisturized pretty well too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sample / Travel Size

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Gucci Bamboo

This is a warm and light scent! It’s fresh, and I like that it’s not too strong. As you probably know from my previous Emptyland posts… I’d never buy perfume since it’s so easy to get free samples.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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Winter International Lolita Day 2017

Winter International Lolita Day 2017 took place on Saturday, December 2 this year. I figured I would write a post about this before 2017 ends since it was a fantastic day! It was my first time truly twinning too… I’ve never twinned with a print before!

 

The night before the meetup, I was last-minute coord-ing (at past midnight). You can see my full planning photos on Tumblr.

Me and Victoria of ParfaitDoll twinned in Powder Rose: same colorway, but different dresses. I love this Angelic Pretty print, and was really happy when I was able to purchase it secondhand from a friend!

There were a bunch of different meetups happening in NYC for International Lolita Day, but I attended the meet that was at Sweet Time Dessert Cafe in West Village. It was such a cute location for International Lolita Day! Powder Rose fit right in at home.

Everyone there adored the rose wall. The desserts all looked so cute too! I had the mousse dessert shaped like a heart (and we called it the “butt” because it also looks like a peach… or a butt). The bubble tea was delicious too! I actually had two bubble teas: a jasmine green tea with peach bubbles one, and a Thai tea one with brown sugar bubbles.

If I had more money, I would have bought more desserts for myself. I wanted to try all the desserts there… Even though I only got one dessert, Victoria and I took bites of each other’s treats too! Her roll dessert was really cute!

It was really cold outside (in my opinion), so I regret not wearing my trusty old L.L. Bean winter jacket like I always wear in the wintertime. The reason I opted out of that jacket is because it’s solid black (and not loliable at all), so I wanted to wear a sweet style coat. The coat I chose to wear was this short coat from Liz Lisa.

It’s really cute, and I love the bows on it! It’s not very warm though… And I was wearing so many layers that day to make up for it. Thermal shirt, thermal tights, regular tights, knee-high fleece socks, a long-sleeved blouse, my huge multi-layer Classical Puppets petticoat… And my wig counts as an additional layer, right?

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Photo from Tara: group photo!

Luckily, it was nice and cozy inside the dessert cafe. The giant bear by the window at the cafe was the most popular…! Everyone wanted photos with him.

Check out this funny video me and Victoria made!

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Photo from Tara

Even people who came to the cafe outside our meetup wanted photos with the bear and against the rose wall!

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Photo from Christina

Below, you’ll see a cute photo collage Christina made of me and Victoria and our adventures at the meetup. The last panel is my favorite one! Victoria was complaining about terrible customer service at a nail salon she had tried. Her face is perfection.

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Photo Collage from Christina

It was super fun to twin, and I hope I can find someone to twin with again! This meetup was super fun, although it ended in pain and tragedy: both soles of my Bodyline boots came off. First, the right side. And then later on, the left side. It was really difficult to walk, but I was able to make it back home somehow. I’ll probably try to glue the soles back on and then minimize wearing them. (Maybe just wear them for shoots?) I’ve had similar negative experiences with Bodyline shoes so I’m hesitant to buy them again.

In any case, here’s my coord rundown:

❀ JSK & Canotier: Angelic Pretty’s Powder Rose

❀ Hairbows: Offbrand

❀ Earrings: Orisian

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Necklace: Claire’s

❀ Tights: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Bodyline

❀ Coat: Liz Lisa

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Emptyland: Sep/Oct 2017

I feel like my Emptyland should be renamed as “lateland” hahaha… Yet again, a really late Emptyland post. It’s already December, but it’s hard to find time to write these posts especially since the post cannot be started until the end of a month, and the end of the month is always the craziest for me at work too.

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

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Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (x2)

When will this item not appear?! You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser

This was a really nice cleanser, and it also lasted me a long time. I’ve been using it since my senior year of college, although during college, I did not use it daily.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover

This was part of a graduation gift from my friend Arien! This eye makeup remover works really well on most eye makeup, although it doesn’t get off my false eyelash adhesive (and is sometimes tricky with eyeliner). I have to peel that stuff off myself, which is no fun, but at least that means the glue is really sticky. Back to the makeup remover though: it stings if it gets into my eyes, which sometimes happens when I try to remove eyeliner.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection

Another appearance in Emptyland! I’ve been repurchasing this same lip balm since high school, I believe. Might as well bump it up to 5 stars with this realization… I guess I am brand-loyal sometimes! Check out its first appearance in this Empties post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Crabtree&Evelyn Lily Ultra-moisturizing Hand Therapy

I like this hand cream, but the packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s the perfect size to stick into your purse for travel, but the cap is flimsy and broke after putting it in my purse for only a month. This scent is delightful, and the cream is decently moisturizing but not as creamy as I would have liked.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes, if it’s on sale

Sephora Express Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

I did not like the exfoliating side of this wipe, but the smooth side worked just fine for removing the makeup on my face.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes, if it’s on sale

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

The mild fragrance of these wipes was definitely calming! It was relaxing to use these to remove makeup at the end of the day. I still had to use eye makeup remover separately, and I have yet to find a makeup remover wipe that can remove eyeliner without it smudging everywhere.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sheet Masks

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Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli (x4)

So much fun to use!! There’s 3 layers, so you peel off the outside layer, put it on your face, then peel off the layer on the other side. The sheet of this mask is smooth and sticks to the face exceptionally well. It’s my favorite texture out of all the sheet masks I’ve tried! The essence in the packet is also super generous; there’s enough to scrape out and apply to your entire body.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

A’PIEU Coconut Milk One-Pack

This was a decent sheet mask, but I wasn’t crazy about it.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe (if it’s discounted)

The Face Shop Lily Face Mask

Another nice sheet mask! The scent is very mild, and it’s a pleasure to use.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Face Shop Brightening Character Mask

This is a fun mask, and I enjoyed the dog character printed on it. It looked a bit creepy… but it’s all good! I wouldn’t pay the full price for this mask though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe (if it’s discounted)

The Face Shop Green Tea Face Mask

I love anything green tea… Drinking green tea, eating green tea flavored things, and yes, even green tea beauty products!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Tomato

This is essentially the same as the Broccoli one you see above, but with Tomato instead. It’s just as fun to use, but I didn’t buy a big box of them like I did for the Broccoli one.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Saem Natural Skin-fit Mask Sheet: Lemon

The masks from The Saem do not fit my face shape well, even though this series is called “Skin-fit.” Did not notice any brightening, but you probably need to use the masks more often to see an effect.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Saem Natural Tea Tree Mask Sheet

I was hoping this sheet mask would help calm irritation from acne, but I didn’t notice any effect. It was pleasant to use though! Maybe you need to use it a few times a week to see the positive effects against acne.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sur. Medic Pore-less Carbonic-Peel Mask

I didn’t like how sticky this sheet mask was… It also smelled weird to me.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Tonymoly I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet

Love these Tonymoly sheet masks!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Tonymoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

It does not smell like wine, but that’s probably for the best, right?

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Leaders Vita Brightening Renewal Mask

This was a nice mask to use with generous essence in the packet. I wonder if all Leaders sheet masks have so much essence inside…

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Illuminating Treatment Mask

Didn’t notice any difference from this one and the one above.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Pore-Scaling Black Aqua

I’m pretty sure I got this as a free sample somewhere, a long time ago. The sheet mask was a weird texture, but it was a generally pleasant experience.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Makeup

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Charlotte Ronson Lip Gloss

I’ve had this lip gloss for way too long… Since the beginning of college, I believe. It has lasted a long time, and I love it! The pink is very sheer, and the shine is not too much. It’s a nice natural-looking gloss with a bit of glitter. It doesn’t feel sticky, and doesn’t dry out my skin either.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Holika Holika Wonder Drawing Skinny Eyebrow

I didn’t like this one that much, but I used it all up. The spoolie it came with had really short awkward bristles and got clogged up with the eyebrow product within the first week. The pencil part of the stick was hard and this made it difficult to apply. I felt like I had to keep using a tissue or cotton swab to fix it.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Body Care

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Tonymoly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream

I’m not gonna lie… I bought this because of the cute packaging. But the product inside is super-moisturizing and creamy! It smells so nice too. I’m keeping the empty container, washing it, and using it to store trinkets.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter

This body butter smells so nice, and it’s luxuriously creamy!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel

This is a really nice shower gel, and you can use it with a pouf or just with your hands. I loved smelling it, and it didn’t dry out my skin.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sample / Travel Size

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Korres Black Pine Night Cream

This night cream was super moisturizing! I don’t think I’d buy it at full price though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Foam

I couldn’t even finish using this… I’m not sure if I got a defective product or if it’s supposed to smell like this, but it smelled disgusting. Like stale crackers and plastic.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Purchase? No

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Cream

A huge contrast from the foam, this cream was lovely! Moisturizing and smelled relaxing. If the foam was defective, then it’s really strange since it came in the same set with these other Ex Brightening items.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Serum

This container was so tiny… It only lasted me 2 weeks, and I only used it at night and just a tiny bit each time. I didn’t notice any positive effects from this.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

The Face Shop Mango Seed Facial Butter

I usually love creamy face products, but this felt too heavy on my skin. It was definitely moisturizing though!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Tonymoly Floria Whitening Cream

I used to be scared of using whitening products, but I found out from reading K-Beauty blogs that most of the time, “whitening” just means “brightening,” and can be beneficial for fading acne scars, dark spots, etc. I didn’t notice any brightening effects from this, but also only used it for one day (morning and night).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

Tonymoly The White Tea Brightening Cream

This was a pretty nice cream, although the scent was nothing like white tea. I prefer the Floria cream over this one.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Tonymoly The Black Tea London Classic Cream

I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between this cream and the one above. I used them two days in a row too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu

This is a very fresh scent, a mix of floral and fruity. It’s more elegant than fun, and I like it! I have a bajillion fragrance samples and don’t think I’d ever buy a fragrance unless I’m absolutely in love with it (or receive it as a gift).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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