Cushion Obsession

It’s a rainy, gloomy, soggy Friday evening… and what better way to end the night with a little post about some of my favourite BB/CC cushions.

Confession: I have to admit…I do purchase cushions merely based on the packaging or based on a celebrity endorsement even though it is not the right colour shade for me. BUT do keep reading, as I will reveal what I do with the shades that are not the right fit.

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Above are the cushions i’ve collected in the last year or so and have repurchased a few times. And through the year or so in my opinion only three are worth looking into.

All of these brand cushions come with the cushion housing, a sponge, the cushion itself and a refill of the same shade. Each cushion has their own benefits whether brightening, hydrodration, anti-aging or simply just a coverage.

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(**I will not be including prices as every website have different price points, either on sale or regular price. As well the ratings a merely based on my own opinion, it will definitely differ with everyone**)

A little background on my skin tone; I am normally between a N21 to N23 – Nude or Natural Beige. Given i’m white as a ghost during the Winter months and slightly (and I mean 1-3%) darker during the Summer months.

Starting off with ....

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Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control – SPF 50+ PA+++ No. 21 Natural Beige

  • I have a love-hate relationship with this particular cushion as I can only use this during Spring and Fall months. In the Winter I find the formula starts to flake off even with an extra layer of moisturizer underneath vs in the Summer months it starts to melt and create lines especially around my smile lines. Rating: 7.5/10

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Laneige BB Cushion_Whitening Milkyway Fantasy Holiday Edition – SPF 50+ PA+++ No. 13

  • I actually have not started using the product yet. As you can tell I purchased this cushion because of the packaging and Holiday Edition. This is not the right shade for me as the colour I normally use was out of stock then. Simply said, this was just for aesthic reasoning. No rating.

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Moonshot Microfit Cushion (Black) – SPF 50+ PA+++ 101

  • Known as the GD cushion this was no disappointment besides from purchasing the wrong shade (SMH). A little background about Moonshot; it is a cosmetic brand by YG Entertainment which was the main reasoning behind all its hype. But I have to admit the hype was worth it! The cushion has a nice feel to it, it is dewy and has a water base forumla which I do not mind at all. With all that said, I did mention that I had purchased the wrong shade…101 is too light for me but I made it work by using it as my under eye brightener. It works in my favor, it conceals my dark circles and brightens using only one product vs when I was using two products. Rating: 9/10

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Moonshot Face Perfection Balm Cushion (Beige) – SPF 50+ PA+++ 201

  • No disappointment at all. I had actually recieve a small sample of this before purchasing. This is a true match to my skin tone, the formula has improved from the Microfit cushion making the coverage a bit thicker but with almost an airy feel to it. Rating: 10/10

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Iope Air Cushion XP Broad Spectrum – SPF 50+ PA+++ N23 Ice Beige

  • This is my first ever cushion, it is also the pioneer of all cushions out on the market right now. I did a lot of research before purchasing any cushions as I did not want to be disappointed after my first try. And let me tell you, this cushion did not disappoint and will always be my repurchase and safe choice. The colour is on point and has a very nice dewy finish. It keeps my skin hydrated even through the winter months and doesn’t make me look oily through the summer months. Rating: 10/10

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Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation – SPF 50+ PA+++ Nude Beige

  • Watching a few Youtubers in Seoul using this cushion really made me want to try it. I love Ponys makeup tutorials looks already…so why not take the plunge and try it. To my surprise I absolutely fell in love with this cushion; it gives a flawless naturally look. The feel of the formula is light and coverage is just enough that you can keep building although a little does go a long way. The colour match is perfect, on point; the finish is dewy but not too much to the point that it makes you look oily. AND that packaging…it’s square, rose gold…what more can I say. Rating: 10/10
In conclusion (I feel like i'm writing an essay...)

At this point in time these are my go-tos…surprise surprise haha

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I think finding the right cushion takes a lot of research, money to try and patiences. It’s not a “i’ll purchase this because everyone likes it” noooo that is not the case and definitely was not the case for me at all. I had to try for weeks, with through all the seasons and it took me a fair while to sum up the ones that I really enjoyed using and knew that I would repurchase again.

For those of you adventuring off to the world of cushions…there will always be new cushions out there with new and improve formulas. Don’t hesist to keep trying new ones, putting off the old ones and going back to them just so you know and compare. One thing I would suggest is looking for cushions that are easily accessible online or at any local stores…you will never know what you’ll fall in love with.

Hope you guys have a great and safe weekend =)

xoxo

-dee

Cushion Obsession

Aesop Cleansing

I’ve been on a look out for a gentle yet effective cleansing mask for a quite some time now and in the past 6 months i’ve been loving the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. This was actually gifted to me from a friend in Hong Kong just as we were about to board the plane to Seoul (Thank you Vee).

Before we talk about the product here is a little background about my skin; I have normal to sensitive skin, I do get the rare break outs but I am blessed with decent skin with no problems. Of course, my skin does get quite dry in the winter and for the summer months i’m prone to getting freckles even with layers of SPF, but for the most part it is not oily and quite manageable.

Now lets proceed!

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Product

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask 2.40z – 60mL $60.00 CAD

Link: http://www.aesop.com/ca/skin-care/deep-cleanse/parsley-seed-cleansing-masque.html

Smell

Absolutely amazing! The aroma is soft with a very clean lavender scent, it’s almost musky in a way.

Packaging

Simple and easy to read. Colours are minimalist – black and cream tones.

Texture

Clay – a thick paste texture.

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How I use the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask

Once a week mostly Saturdays, after cleansing I use a little more then nickel size amount and apply it thinly all over my face avoiding the eye area.

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After about 15 minutes I would splash cool water to lift the product off. I tend not wash the product off my skin too harshly as I know my skin is quite sensitive after a deep cleanse.

Overall Rating

I do want to stress that on the label it does state to use this product twice a week, I find that for my skin type twice a week is a little too much for my skin to handle. I was getting red patches as well it dried out my skin. So by using it once a week it has worked out perfectly for me, adding this is into my weekend pamper routine.

Rating this product about 8.5/10 as it is at a higher price point for the amount you do get but using it once or twice a week does make it last longer. Some of you may not need more then a nickel size although…I don’t think I even need more then a nickel size. But as for the way it works, I would say it is very effective for my skin type.

Hope you all had a great Monday!

xoxo

-dee

Aesop Cleansing

Living in workout gear

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you’re all ending your week with relaxation!

As a continuation of my previous post about lifestyle changes I thought why not incorporate a few of my favourite sportswear as working out and exercising has been one of my main of the changes in my lifestyle.

Most of my friends know that i’ve been continuing on a pretty well-balance change within my day to day life. From working out to eating properly and cutting out all the “unnecessary” influences…I can pretty much say i’m now living a healthier lifestyle.

One of the ways I find motivation in working out and pushing myself is in the workout/sportswear. For me and maybe for most individuals when I find the perfect fit and flattering piece it gives me this boost of confidence to push myself to look better, and once you feel that confidence you’ll start to look into other factors to keep your body in shape and in good health. It always starts from the inside and out, mentally to physically.

So lets stop with the rambles and get right into my favourites!

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These have got to be my favourite workout leggings. The Nike Dri-Fit are so comfortable and so breathable that it makes running, yoga and workouts easier for your body to maneuver in. The polyester and spandex material gives it the right amount of thickness that isn’t to bulky but not thin that it is see-through. It works in favour for the cold weather as well as warmer temperatures. The right amount of polyester and spandex is key in any work out garments, whether at a lower price point and higher price point. Now for those Nike Juvenate, sorry to say these are not particularly your work out shoes cause it’s definitely not mine.  The pair I always go to for training sessions or for jogs are my NikeFlex (they are way too disgusting to share with you guys hahah), they have the right amount of cushion and support I need without stressing my feet. All in all, love my two pairs of Nikes =) big thank you to my sister and brother-in-law for my Juvenate! I love them!

Another pair that has caught my eye recently is of course the new Nike Air VaporMax! The sleek and futuristic is incredible. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!

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New Balance Sports Bra. I’ve gone through my share of finding the right fit for my body as well having the comfort. These have great support without the straps digging into my shoulder blades and definitely has enough material to not cause that little bulge on the side (i’m sure the ladies would know what I am referring to).  The padding comes out, it is easy to wash although after washing I do suggest tugging it slightly to stretch out the fabric as it tends to shrink just a little bit.

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And…last but not least to finish it off my Roots sweater. Being Canadian, you have to have the Roots sweater! I’m sure most of us has this particular sweater in whichever colour in our wardrobe. It is simple, it is warm and it is soft. I love throwing this on after a workout and if I need to run errands afterwards this is great for the chiller weather. During the warmer weather I usually throw over my Nike Breathe Training top which works out great as…I am sweating like crazy!

All in all a little bit of exercise is great for everyone. For me it definitely calms and relaxes the mind. It brings me back to sanity when I think everything cannot get worst. Whatever your workout may be I hope that everyone finds the one thing that helps to keep your mind clear. Taking care of yourself is so important and at the end of the day no matter what anyone tells you or says about you in a negative way…it is irrelevant. You’re beautiful, smart and talented in your own way, don’t let anyone take that from you!

xoxo – dee

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Living in workout gear

Creating lifestyle changes

Happy Spring everyone!! Hope the weather is treating you well wherever you may be!

Spring is here and I wanted to start the week off with something fresh! I’ve always been kind of a bookworm especially when I become so indulged in a series that I absolutely cannot put the book down for hours and would finish the series in just a few days. Lately, i’ve been really into inspiration books and the one that I came across while in Seoul was written by Tablo from Epik High. Unfortunately, at the time the English version was not available yet therefore, I had to wait a good few months to order online.

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Book title: Blonote
Versions: Korean (Pink Cover), English (Black Cover)
Website: http://www.kpopmart.com
Price: $14.50
Shipping: $7.60 (shipping to Canada)
Approx. delivery: 2 weeks

I purchased the English version through kpopmart.com (I have the direct link below) and before purchasing I knew this book would be filled with quotes either written by Tablo himself or other artists/friends around him. The hype around this book was something I could not ignore. I already love his music so you can’t go wrong with reading his books.

I don’t usually like to review books only because of different personal point of views and perspectives. For this blog post I wanted to pick a few quotes that really put my perspectives into a different view whether it is a personal situation that I related to or third parties point of view that made me step into their shoes to understand them better.

I hope you guys can find your inspiration within this book and enjoy these 3 quotes that really made me think outside the box.

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Quote: “An angel will never see the Devil as an angel, but to the Devil, it’s the angel that is the Devil” (this was a given…come on G-Dragon!!)

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Overall

I really enjoyed reading the book and I still do. I find myself reaching for this book when times get a little harder and situations get a little complicated or sometimes it’s a great way to end my night before going to bed. I recommend it as a light reading and someone thats looking for some inspirational reading. This is definitely one of those little adjustments you can make to your lifestyle to see things differently and in a more positive way.

Here is direct link where I purchased this book.

http://kpopmart.com/product.php?id_product=11246

Hope you guys enjoyed this little post!

xoxo

-dee

Creating lifestyle changes

Dragon Blood Essence by Secret Key

**Quick disclaimer the products that I will be reviewing are all purchased by me…by my own money –  if by chance I do review a product that was given to me, I will definitely write it at the beginning of the blog**

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First off I have to admit…the product name sold me. I was quickly drawn by the word Dragon (my inner fantasy child) and the packaging is quite similar to the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Hitting the age of 30 (yes…I know 30 is the new 20) it was time for me to invest a little more into anti-wrinkles and anti-aging products that were designed for this particular age group.

Product name: Dragon Blood(y) Essence
By: Secret Key
Price: $17.98 USD ($24.19 CAD) discounted on Jolse for $14.38 USD ($19.35 CAD)

Dragon Blood Essence is said to Whiten and Reduce the look of Wrinkles. Perfect! And what I like the most about the product was that it wasn’t too much; it wasn’t overwhelming. It focused on two things and that is all you really need in one product.

Smell/Colour

I would say the smell is in between a floral and sweet berry, almost like jelly candies. It is definitely not heavy on the perfume scent. Colour wise, it is milky pink and non translucent.

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Texture

Not sticky which is at the top of my list. I absolutely cannot stand stickiness on my face, it doesn’t feel clean to me. It is fast absorbent with a gel like texture and after applying it evenly on your skin it gives off a healthy glow.

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Overall

I’ve only used it for a good couple of days since getting the product. I haven’t notice a huge difference in my complexion but anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products are not a fast response team, these products are made to prevent the signs. One thing that I have noticed are my freckles/sun spots a little lighter than they were before. This is definitely due to the whitening component of the product.

On a side note, this may not be the purpose of the product BUT I love using this under my CC cushion, as I mentioned above that it gives a healthy glow and it also acts like a primer for me which I never ever use, so this is a plus!

I would recommend this for all skin type. You can use it during the day and during night or either ones once a day. It is a great beginner product if you are looking into anti-aging/anti-wrinkle. It won’t overwhelm the skin too much as you do want to slowly ease into these products. It is also crucial to look into anti-aging products that are designed for your specific age group.

If you are interested in this product I have inserted a direct link =)

Link: http://jolse.com/product/secretkey-dragon-blood-essence-30ml/1155/

Have a great weekend everyone!!

xoxo

-dee

Dragon Blood Essence by Secret Key

Jolse

I wanted to wait for my purchase from Jolse to start the first beauty blog and it came just on time!

Jolse is a South Korean beauty online store that stills products at discounted price. The sites is in USD but that is not unusual for K-Beauty websites. This site was recommended to me by a friend and it has changed my life/bank account! I’ve been paying a pretty high shipping fee with some of the other websites that I have been using (we will get to those throughout my blog posts) so this is a great way to save little with the purchases you’ll be making.

Jolse offers a range of product brands (35 as of now)

Price Range

Low Range: Etude House and The Face Shop
Mid Range: Laneige and Dr. Jart+
High Range: The History of Whoo  and Sulwhasoo

Keep in mind that within Low Range and Mid Range brands there are certain product lines that is at a higher price point.

I made an online order on March 3rd, 2017 and received the order March 9th, 2017. Safe to say to me that is a reasonable timeframe (a day short of a full week) considering the shipment is being sent out from South Korea and going through customs etc.  Purchasing was a breeze; at that time there was a coupon for purchases made over 100$ USD you’ll get 5% off, as well for joining you were given $3 credit.

Jolse gives you an option for shipping: Economy Mail (Free/No tracking), Standard Mail ($2.50/Tracking), Expedited (EMS $22.00), DHL ($27.00-$35.00)

I had chosen Standard Mail as I feel more at ease with tracking. Although, it was not necessary because Tracking came free with purchases over $40.00 USD. But no harm was done, at least I knew for the next purchase.

The shipment came with no disappointments at all. Everything was packaged beautifully and of course like all K-Beauty purchases it came with TONS and I mean TONS of samples!

The initial opening. Samples on the top.

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Packaged with bubble wrap to ensure nothing was damaged.

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And the amount of samples! (these are great for travelling)

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Overall – this would probably be my to go K-Beauty online store. The only down side is that the all products are in USD and depending on the conversion rate you’re expecting to pay $30.00-$40.00 more but the free shipping does help with a cheaper purchase compare to other online stores.

Product reviews from the shipment will be up soon!

xoxo

-dee

Jolse

Who am I?

Hello and Welcome to dashes to doses!

Happy Sunday everyone! Although I know most Torontonians would disagree on the minus 20 degree weather we have been experiencing this weekend. BUT as a blessing in disguise it has allowed me to stay in and complete my first blog for the readers!

So who am I?

Born in Toronto but raised partially in Hong Kong, Calgary and Toronto. I work full-time in the Medical Administration sector with my love being in that industry but my passion within beauty, lifestyle and of course…life has its chaos.

Why am I starting this?

I have always wanted to redirect my focus a bit outside of what I do Monday through Friday and don’t get me wrong, I love my job and to be able to help others in the medical sector is fulfilling at the end of the day. I have always found my way of releasing stress through researching different ways to change my lifestyle, incorporating and tweaking the little things in life. Beauty always starts from the inside, and once your mind is at peace it really shows on the outside. Nothing is more beautiful than being happy with who you are and surrounding yourself with friends and family who knows when to put you in your place and show you nothing but support (Trust me…i’m still learning)

It dawned on me one day with a few of my friends were asking me about what products are good on the market, what products are good for certain problematic areas, some fashion tips or even as simple as what was a good pair of rain boots to purchase (and in no way am I an expert, I am still learning everyday). I could definitely share these with anyone who’s asking these questions as well.

From beauty products (mainly K-Beauty); to Fashion; to the different aspects of lifestyles, I want to be able share these outlets that I have experienced, that I have learnt to a community that are looking for reviews, opinions or even just a simple read to pass time. All in all…a dash of this and a dose of that.

I hope you guys enjoyed that little ramble of mine!

With lots of love,

xoxo

-dee

 

Who am I?