Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog: September 2013

29 September, 2013

Reminder: Sheet mask giveaway ends in 24 hours!

Hello folks! Have you entered my sheet mask giveaway yet? It ends in about 24 hours, so if you haven't yet now's your last chance! UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified.

And now for a bonus cute cat picture:

28 September, 2013

Review: The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner & Emulsion

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Today I'll be doing a review of a couple of basic skincare items I purchased: The Face Shop's Calendula Eden Essential Toner & Emulsion. I've been using these items as part of my daytime skincare routine for the past three weeks, and I think that's enough time to get a good feel for them. This review was requested by Tessia when I posted a pic of my last Sasa haul, so I hope you find some of the info useful!

The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner and Emulsion

27 September, 2013

Get to Know Me: Beauty Blogger Tag!

Hello again everybody!

I saw this tag on Beauty Junkie on a Budget and decided to have a go. I don't think I've done any tags on this blog before, and besides, what blogger doesn't like to talk about themselves a little bit? C'mon. Plus we all know that I work hard to put the "beauty" in beauty blogging:

Mudbeard? Nay, SPOT TREATMENT!!!

And without further ado, here are the questions and my answers. You can breathe now.

26 September, 2013

The train brain-drain

Greetings friendly people!

Apologies for not posting as per my normal schedule for the past couple days (I'm sure you were deeply disturbed). I had a "Graaaahhh!" day yesterday followed by a "HEHBF!FAAAQBBQ" kind of day today. Yeah, it was that good.

I won't get into all the mundane details, but when all was said and done I managed to go visit my mother, who lives about three hours away by train. And that's where I am now. Speaking of which, I got the best seat on the train ride down here today: Wedged between a drunk finance exec who wanted to talk about the various things in my purse/sailboat racing (WTF?) and this:

Yep, that's a plain grey wall with no window. Can you tell that I was cowering a bit? Because I was cowering a bit.

Anyway, I hope to be back with your regularly scheduled nonsense tomorrow, but for now I'll just leave you with a picture of this delicious snack I found in the supermarket here:

21 September, 2013

Saturday Foolishness: Procrastination & When Good Makeup Goes Bad

Hello everybody! Hope you're having a good Saturday (or Sunday, for those of you in far-off lands). I've been spending the day "cleaning" my home office. By "cleaning" I mean going in there and putting on makeup, because my home office also doubles as my closet/dressing room/cosmetics storage facility and I hate doing chores.

I was experimenting with some more "dramatic" eyeshadow looks when I totally screwed up and smeared mascara all over my eyelid. Rather than fix it and move on, I thought it would be funny to try and make myself look as scary as possible to "surprise" Stan. Did I succeed? You decide!

19 September, 2013

Ramblings on autumn, personal goals and hummus

Ramble alert: I'm putting most of this post after the jump in case you don't want to hear me blather on about personal crap. You have been warned.

So, the seasons are changing again - as of Sunday, it will officially be autumn. Well, for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Autumn is a special time of year for me because it reminds me of new beginnings. It makes me nostalgic for the excitement of all those first days of school (before the realization that I would have to get up at the asscrack of dawn EVERY SINGLE DAY sunk in) - the possibility of new things to learn and of making new friends. Coincidentally, a couple of the times I've relocated across a great distance as an adult (cross-country and inter-continental) have been around August/September. So the change of seasons also reminds me of my life changing.

17 September, 2013

Review: Tony Moly Appletox Honey Cream (plus bonus eBay info!)

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So earlier today when I was rambling about jewelry shaped like apples and pickles I had no idea that there would be an apple-shaped surprise in my mailbox this afternoon... a jar of Tony Moly Appletox Honey Cream!

I've purchased this product before, but I've never done a review so I figured better late than never. I bought this particular jar from eBay seller cosmeticmarket2012, so I'll be doing a mini review of them as well.

Ready to unpack the box with me?

My Weird Wishlist: Pickle Jewelry

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Once upon a time I had this really cute necklace with a plastic pendant shaped like an apple core. Then one fateful day it accidentally got squished in a closing door and broke. Better than my fingers, I guess. Like any diligent internet shopper/lover of adorable apple-shaped things, I immediately went on eBay to see if I could find a replacement. Thankfully I was able to, but during my search I also discovered a much more "unusual" theme for foodie jewelry... pickles!

Pickle earrings sold by eBay user pickleaddicts, who sells a wide
variety of pickle-themed objects. Because apparently pickle-mania
runs rampant on eBay.

Yes, really. While there aren't as many pickle-themed accessories on eBay as there are apple-themed ones, it's enough of a "thing" that I'm able to make a wishlist post about it. Curious? Appalled? Keep reading!

15 September, 2013

What I do with my reject sheet masks

Do you ever buy skincare products, use them a couple of times, then realize you totally hate them but feel bad about throwing them away?

I think that happens to most of us, because it's hard to know 100% for sure whether something will break us out, smell weird, make our skin feel oily etc. Since sheet masks are sort of hard to find locally, I'll buy a bunch off the internet at one time so I can get the most out of the shipping costs, but once in a while I run into one I totally end up hating (like the Vanedo lemon mask I wrote about here). But thankfully I've found a great use for those reject masks...

08 September, 2013

Review: Etude House "I'm Blooming" Deep Moisture Mist

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Summer is winding down, and the season for facial mists is ending... or is it? A lot of people tend to favor facial mist sprays in the summer because of their cooling properties, but personally I like to use them year-round because basically any sort of extreme hot or cold weather (or heating or AC) dries the crap out of my skin.

Today I'll be reviewing Etude House's "I'm Blooming" Deep Moisture mist. I bought a sample-size bottle of this to try from RoseRoseShop, and I like it so much that I've been bringing it with me everywhere... even on my trip to Chicago!

Etude House I'm Blooming pocket mist mini sample

07 September, 2013

Air Travel Tips: What's in your liquids bag?

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So my recent trip to Chicago got me thinking: What are the most efficient ways to pack liquids for air travel with the current restrictions for carry-on baggage? Just in case you aren't familiar, they are:

3-1-1 for carry-on luggage = bottle of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less (per volume); 1 quart transparent plastic bag hermetically sealed; 1 bag per passenger placed in the inspection container. One quart size bag per person limits the total volume of liquid that each passenger can carry.  The 3.4 ounce (100 ml) container size is a security measure. Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. (From the TSA website)

With most domestic airlines in the USA charging extra fees for hold luggage and the liquids restrictions being so strict it can be hard to fit everything into your tiny allotment, especially if you're the type of person to wear liquid makeup (me!) and go on trips for a week or longer (also me!)

I did manage to fit pretty much everything I needed into my quart bag for the week-long trip, so I figured I'd share what I brought and some general tips on packing makeup and toiletries for travel.

My liquids bag. Yes, I really like to push things to limit.
But as long as the bag closes easily you're OK!

05 September, 2013

Review: SexyLook Intensive Whitening Black Cotton Mask

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So today I'll be taking about something rather interesting... a black sheet mask that's supposed to have whitening properties. Somehow putting a moist black piece of cotton on the face feels like it would be counterproductive to skin lightening, but perhaps there's more to it than meets the eye.


01 September, 2013

Nexcare acne patches available in America?!

Hi y'all!

I'm back from my trip and still in one piece, which is probably (maybe) good news. I plan on posting about my trip in a little bit, but first I just had to share something I just discovered whilst poking around Amazon - it seems like there's now a western version of Nexcare Acne Dressings available?! They're being sold as "3M Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers". In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, I mean these:

Overseas version of Nexcare acne patches.