Friday, 31 October 2014

[Review] Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum

Hi snail babies!

I think we are currently living in the era of the Snail Products. Wait, scratch that. Reddit just told me that we're now officially in the Starfish era!!!! <3 Reddit is also the one leading me to the very (awesome) discovery of Mizon products, in particular, the Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum. 

Prior to this, I haven't even heard of Mizon products, so you can only imagine my skepticism when I discovered it and thought, "oh yippee, another Korean skincare brand, as if there aren't enough to dazzle ourselves with." But what sold me was the high percentage of the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or salicylic acid) content. Salicylic acid is very commonly used to treat active acne or to fade acne scars, and the general percentage of AHA is about 2%. AHA is also a great peeling agent to slough away your dead skincells faster than they normally shed... kinda like exfoliating without the... actual exfoliant! =D


I purchased mine from RoseRoseShop for about $12USD, which is not too bad for a face serum! The packaging is mad cool, I spent about 20 minutes in the beginning trying to figure out how exactly to open the bottle! (you just gotta twist really hard but I was being delicate >_<) 
The dispenser is a super cool combination pump - dropper design, similar to Estee Lauder's cult favorite Advanced Night Repair, BUT BETTER!!! See the pump at the top? Mad cool. Pushing it down releases the serum, and there's actually a stopping point you will feel when you've dispensed exactly the amount that you need per application! 

The serum in action. It's a clear, transparent viscous fluid that has a semi slippery consistency, and definitely feels like it can bring more "bounce" to your skin if that makes sense!

What is looks like after you've massaged some into your skin. 


My Verdict: 

Texture:
At first application, I distribute the serum among my fingertips and pat it onto my skin, then gradually even it out using patting motions. At first it has a very slippery texture, and is super easy to smooth out. Then I feel it getting slightly sticky, not in a bad way though, because this is when I can really feel the product being absorbed into my skin.

Absorption:
Then comes the ever-so-slightly stinging sensation (only in areas where microtears are in the surface of the skin, like a popped pimple or light scratches) which is absolutely normal for AHA peelants. Once it's fully absorbed into the skin, I follow up with my usual nighttime moisturizer, the Laneige Light Balancing Emulsion (read review here) and I don't feel oily or sticky or uncomfortable!

Results: 
I've continuously used this day and night for 2 weeks, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. My skin looks and feels MUCH SMOOTHER (due to the quicker turnaround time in skin peeling) and my acne scars faded much quicker than they normally do. (see picture) The only downside I found is that it does tend to run out pretty fast (especially if you use the dispenser the right way)


Tips when using AHA Peeling Serum:
1.Remember that AHAs are not universal answers to all our skin troubles, we still need to keep up a moisturizing and mask treatment routine few times a week for invigoration and deep cleansing. When using AHA products, avoid cleansers that leave a film after rinsing (i.e. lotion cleansers, natural soaps etc) because they may prevent the AHA's from penetrating the skin, reducing their effectiveness. Choose a foam or liquid face wash instead! 

2. Because of the high percentage of AHA contained in this serum, it should be the star of our skincare regime and any moisturizer used afterwards should be light and free from jam-packed "goodies", since too much stimulation can be bad for the skin!



Have you used this serum or any other products from Mizon??? Let me know! 
I am also super curious about the Mizon snail products!




xoxo, Mango 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Top 5 Last Minute Halloween Makeup Ideas (for you procrastinators)

Hi Scary Berries!

Who still goes out for halloween?? I don't mean go trick or treating, but ya know... parties and stuff!  Every year, we look forward to a halloween party and yet completely leave it to the last minute to prepare.  Even as I'm writing, my hubby and I have not landed on a halloween costume or bothered to buy any materials just yet.  Halloween costumes are so expensive last minute too.  In Canada they sell for at least $40-100 if you buy last minute, not cool yo!!!! #muchsad

If you are afraid of looking at yourself in the mirror and being scared, and TODAY is the party and you are totally in need of emergency ideas, here is my Top 5 Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas (I have to mention mine because mine is the best, I have to! #Humph)

#5 - Kitty
This is a popular one, it's not scary, it's cute.  As for as kitty makeup goes, she is super cute and I love her hair idea hehehe.  SO CUTE #OMGMUSTKITTY

#4 - Leopard
Leopards are grown-up kitties, yay!  Also not scary, not that cute, but totally a way to show of your makeup skills at a party.  Rawr!

#3 - Variety Pack
If you're still note sure, this girl has made an amazing DIY video of 4 costumes for us procrastinators.  I like the work-out girl one!

#2 - Barbie!!
OMG, how can anyone say no to Barbie.  Now I miss my childhood Barbie dolls that my parents say "moved away", wahhh!!!  This girl is also super cute, yay!

#1 - Fire Elsa!
I was so happy that Reddit liked my fire elsa look, I hope you do too.  This look IS the definitions of easy, and you'd get points from creativity too.  Remember, no matter what, just have fun this halloween, make it an excuse to dress up, and load up on sweet sweet candy!

Does anyone else celebrate Halloween? 
Let me know below :)

xoxo, Mango 

Monday, 27 October 2014

How I Trolled a Sex Scammer (StyleNanda)

Hi every blogger, reader, girl and guy out there. 

BEWARE OF SCAM. I can relate to almost every new blogger who will be thrilled to receive a collaboration email from the very popular apparel site, Style Nanda, to fly them over to Los Angeles for a fashion photoshoot, all expenses covered, while paid a hefty sum while at it. Please take the time to read through this conversation that I recorded down between me and the worst scammer on the internet.  This is way, WAY more unacceptable than my previous Unprofessional Sponsors post. 

WARNING: NEGATIVE AND/OR EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WITHIN POST. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

Sounds way too good to be true? Based on your broken Engrish and your Hotmail email domain, you're probably a scammer. So I decide to TROLLLLLL you! My philosophy regarding the best way to deal with potential scammers-wannabes is NOT to ignore them, but to call them out as a scammer and spread the word to your fellow bloggers who may very well have received the very same email. I am ONLY replying to her and attempting to reveal her because I want to protect you guys from people like that, and that I am making very sure that I am not leaking any secure personal information of any sort online while doing so.

So Guess what guys. I googled this Nicole Taki Xhang person, and it turned out that she/he has been using that exact name and email address on multiple PORN sites, claiming to recruit for ADULT FEMALE ACTRESSES to appear along a shoot with a "male lead". It doesn't take someone with half a brain to put 2 and 2 together and realize that this is either some kind of personal information / video scam where they try to get video footage of girls and post them illegally, without consent, onto pornographic dating sites. OR, they are just blatantly trying to perform human trafficking and sell girls off to the 3rd world country somewhere. Both are equally disgusting to me.


You want my Skype name? Sure, it's:

"My Skype Account Name is "TrollTheFuckOuttaYou"

To which she responded, she's unable to pass that onto management. Why Nicole? Why not? Is it because of my broken Engrish on my Username? But I'm not judging you for your broken english, why are you judging mine? But she clearly, CLEARLY did not get my hint, and continued on to have me add "Soo Lang" on Skype, whoever she is.

 At this point, she is either blatantly dimwitted and have no idea that I have already called her out, OR she is so desperate for people to add her on Skype so she can online sex traffick girls. So I decided to print screen of my Google search of her name and send it to her. I don't know if you guys can tell, but based on the URLs of certain sites alone I am almost 100% sure that this girl is NOT legit.
To my email reply, our dear Nicole, who is strictly professional and part of a professional Style Nanda photoshoot campaign, went, "Oh, haha....." in an explanation.


 Uh.... I don't care what you do in your spare time using your personal HOTMAIL email, but you cannot be THIS stupid to know that in a real collaboration in the real world, people use their professional emails. Yup, in this case it would mean ending in Stylenanda.com domain. Oh you don't have one? Let me show you how to do it properly.


I am usually pretty hateful towards scammers because I do NOT tolerate online bullying of any sort, and an active advocate for fellow bloggers and girls who may fall pray to such scammers. However, this one is just so TERRIBLE at scamming that even I felt sorry for her I even included tips on her future SCAM agenda.


As an ending note, I just wanted to warn everyone to please do your research on a potential "collaboration" sent by someone who even remotely seem as sketchy. And for Nicole and you other scammers out there reading this, please improve your game. Please at least let me have the fun of taking on a challenge of exposing you. And if you DO try to scam me or my fellow blogger friends, I WILL EXPOSE YOU.

I know I am usually not this negative and serious in my posts but this really hit me in the wrong spot and I have ZERO TOLERANCE for scammers. The more we ignore them, the more success they potentially gain. Bloggers, let's stand together and do our best to expose these scammers to all do our part in protecting innocent girls and boys from something terrible.



UPDATE:

A deeper search has led to me that this person may not just be a scammer, but maybe a sex trafficker.  Even the folks at an adult film forum are calling Taki out, it's hilarious!  Here is Taki trying to recruit (unsuccessfully) innocent and amateur asian girls for adult films:

Taki's post history is Asian themed... at least she knows her target audience!

Taki offering $600/hr, getting some replies

Unfortunately, all of the replies fall into the category of THIS IS UTTER BULLSHIT

Girls, be super careful out there.  I wish I could prevent people like this praying on girls, but I know there will always be baddies like this on the internet.  The best way is to stay smart and remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it is! :)


xoxo, Mango 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dominican Honeymoon - Concealer and Eyeliner is All You Need

Hi sealeaves!

This post has been pretty overdue, since I went to Punta Cana Princess in September! I took lotsssss of pics and pretty much spammed my Facebook and Instagram but still have lots of pics left over ! I feel bad for continuously spamming on there so I decided to make a blog post for this. Ready? It's super pic heavy. You've been warned.

YAY! I'm opening with one of my favorite shots ...
This is our sweet suite!! Hahaha it's the Honeymoon Suite in the resort we stayed at and it has this super cool looking lofty area ( the upstairs level is entirely taken up my one jacuzzi! The resort's Honeymoon Package also included some free massages, dinners, rum, and a fruit basket.  Max cool. And You see my husbands peeking around the night looking for predators WAHAHAHA. 

This is what I mean with the top floor of the suite being entirely occupied by a jacuzzi. IT. IS. MASSIVE. I can sit in it myself in a corner and feel completely un-cozy and lonely. We didn't even use it !!!!!! 

OK This shot is a reflection of all the artsy shots there are that I keep seeing on IG, girls with their legs on top of the bed and acting like oh, that's how they chill out and they look like that every morning. ITS EFFING HARD WORK!!!!! it takes SOOOO much energy to keep my legs straight in the air it's not even funny. and you gotta have the luscious hair and pose to pull this off, it's definitely a team job other than a one man job. 

Oh Oh Oh! I have to tell you guys something. I packed EVERYTHING into my suitcase right, the night before, (i hate hate packing btw) and when i arrived at my resort i realized i forgot my entire makeup bag. I instantly just collapsed on the bed and cried like my life is over and i don't know what i can do with my vacation. (i know super first world problem but don't judge i like being made up i'm vain ok) so then next morning, we BRAVED THE HEAT and went looking for makeup. they don't exist in our resort, and we have to take a shuttle and BRAVE THE HEAT AGAIN to another neighbouring resort which sold limited makeup! I swear i was NEVER this happie to see pencils hanging on walls. The prices were ridiculous though so I figured I should probably be minimalistic and just get what's necessary. Hence. I got 2 things and 2 things only. 1 eyebrow pencil that doubles up as eyeshadow (smudge with fingers) and eyeliner, and 1 clickpen concealer that doubles up as foundation / highlighter. OMG. that made me realize that

"On vacation, all you need are concealer and eyeliner. "


So I went on about my days in punta cana just drawing my eyes and face everyday and it showed up so well in pics. Here's a pic of me wearing Triangl Bikini, which has the most luxurious swimsuit material I've ever touched. It reallie does feel like you're wearing really, really expensive swimwear! They could've made the padding thicker in the bikini top for smaller chested ppl. #ittybittytittycommittee

Le photographer hubby is super impressed with this shot he took so he insisted that it should appear on this blog post. WAhahahahah He totally captured a storm moving in from the right to the left where you can still see the blue sky! And me being vain I just have to appear in every shot. you know, #camwhore

lounging around in the princess beds near the beach!!! Oh I dont know about you guys, but I AM TERRIFIED of the sun. Like, I avoid it to a certain degree that people might look at me puzzled. If I'm taking a bikini shot or going out in the sun for long (like >1 hr) , I make sure I shower myself in sunscreen before, and like 20 times during the shoot. And I wear a cardigan all the time. in blazing 39 degree humid weather. 

Another artsy shot that hubby insisted I include LOL. This was taken right before the rain started coming down and we will then run back to our room and watch chick flicks all night WAHAHAHAH. 

I was trying to be feminine and ladylike with my $2 hat!!!! Do you guys think so?!?!

Me trying to mirror Lena Fujii's shots!!!!!!!

Except for Triangl Bikini, all my other bikinis were non-matching. >_<I plucked a flower from a garden and tadah! It totally matches my bikini bottom LOL! #patselfonback

This was the beach on a good day... quite overrated by the various vacation websites online I think?!?!?!? The cuba ones I've been to were wayyyyyy better, whiter sand, and no seaweeds! 

I'm gonna finish off with a self-timer shot of me and the hubby!!!!!!!!! Hope you're having a wonderful day and if not, I hope these pics cheer you up!!!!! I have to go now to finish off a bunch of backlog of work le sigh....

MWAH!!!





xoxo, Mango