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March 4, 2016

Happy March! This means finals week is right around the corner for me. Hope everyone will have a great month!~

I realized I don’t really post about beauty products in specific so it’s time to make it happen. Beauty products aren’t all about applying makeup; it includes skincare, repair, and so on. In addition, everyone’s skin works and react differently to certain types of beauty products. You probably know that already and I’m sharing my thoughts. I’m nowhere near the guru level of beauty products, but I’m sloooowwwly getting my feet wet in the field. If you ask me about computers and its security instead, I can share some pretty neat knowledge 😹?. Long story short, here are my experiences with beauty products.

My skin is pretty sensitive and is prone to blemishes when I eat certain kinds of food. My mom told me that all of my problems can be solved if I use Shiseido products, but their cream/solutions are out of my budget at the moment to even give it a try. However, I found some nice alternatives that work well with my skin.

  • Morning: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • Night: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
  • Special Occasion: MAC Matte Lipstick – Russian Red
  • Etc: MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Spiked (relatively light application)
  • Facial Wash: Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser (thanks to the Target cosmetic tech for the tip)

I chose MAC as my go-to makeup products because they work pretty well on me. They’re owned by the same company that owns Clinique. Aside from the eyebrow liner and lipstick, I don’t use anything else as far as makeup goes by choice. I respect the decisions that others make so do as you please~

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with Clinique products compared to other skincare solutions from Olay (Regenerist Luminous), Lush (Vanishing Cream), and Eucerin (Original Healing). These products worked pretty well on others, so maybe I’m the oddball.

Much kudos to my boyfriend for stepping out in the morning to take this picture. I wore this outfit to work (as IT) and class on Wednesday. My Banana Republic skirts came in and this is the first time I tried out this style. It felt a bit awkward to dress like this at first, but I became more comfortable with it as the day progressed 😸.

Ending this post, I give you a picture that I took on campus. I love the greenery that is scattered around the school!

14 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ March 5, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Beautiful flower photo! It’s very springy! Your new outfit looks great, too. The skirt fits you very nicely. Like Georgie, you have a great sense of style that I can never emulate XD

    It’s good to know what products work for you and doesn’t. Clinique products are nice from what I heard, but I never used it except their perfume from way back when.

    I find that some products recommended by friends work for me, but some doesn’t either. Eddy recommended me a lot of things, and so far most of them worked out for me. But there are a couple that didn’t, which makes sense since his skin and mine are not the same.

    Thanks for sharing what you use! I do like how you keep your make-up simple with the lipstick and eyebrow pencil. That’s gotta be easier to deal with then applying 20 other things XD

    • Nancy ☆ March 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Thank youuuu♥~

      I think we have our own style. Eg. Georgie can definitely rock short-sleeve tops while I only wear sleeveless or long sleeve (nothing in between) XD.

      !!! I don’t have the patience or want to allocate anymore money into makeup XD. If people see my blemishes, let it be. Haters gonna hate while the real MVP doesn’t see you as anything less*~*~*~*~~

  2. Alice ☆ March 5, 2016 at 8:31 am

    tbh, I don’t believe when people tell me that “oh your skin problems can go away if you use this high end branded products!” because high end branded stuff doesn’t guarantee anything. this applies for both skin care and make up. instead, i try to browse drugstore products that also works – of course with the help of reviews, that is. for instance, i use hada labo’s lotion (toner) and milk (moisturizer) since they’re cheap and they’re so popular in japan. maybe i’m biased because it’s japan but sometimes i believe that asian products know how to deal with asian skin better. also because their formula tend to be less… dangerous and risky.

    clinique is expensive here so i’ve never tried them. i can see if they work though. i tried their treatment lip balm because i’m tired of my dry, chapped lips and it works wonders.
    cetaphil, however, is a drugstore product here. i don’t use it though since i’m using acnes. maybe i’ll try cetaphil someday since acnes kinda makes my skin a little tight sometimes.

    i’m curious though; are the MAC clerks in where you live annoying? lol. because they are in where i live. my friend, who went to US last time, also said the same that she’s starting it’s MAC’s marketing strategy to employ / tell their clerks to be uh…sorry to say, quite bitchy. and by bitchy i mean, they tend to underestimate customers if we are not dressed like a high ranked social elitist. the MAC clerks here tend to ignore us who dress casually, especially if we are young adults – sometimes they also give bad “i honestly don’t think you can buy our products but whatever do it quick” treatment. this makes me not wanna buy anything from MAC tbh even though i admit they have good products.

    • Nancy ☆ March 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Shiseido worked wonders on my mom, though I know she wants me to buy one so she can use it too ?. Maybe some day after I work full time!

      I’ve been to a few MAC stores before dressed casually and the clerks are nice to me. I know their protocol here is to ask people if they need help as soon as they walk in. This was beneficial for me when I was picking out the eyebrow liner. It’s easier to get service at boutiques than drug store ?.

      I know there are some good drug store products, except I need to do research on what’s actually good. Thanks to my laziness, I went straight for the brand that I know is reliable. A bit more expensive but bearable at the moment :).

      Funny that you mentioned about being served based on your appearance. I was always ignored at the Coach store back then when I only had a wallet from there. I didn’t really care because I know what I want. Now that I have one of their popular bags, every time I go to the Coach store, there is someone having a conversation with me.

  3. Michelle ☆ March 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Beautiful flower shot! I hardly if rarely wear make up except to like weddings and such, and even then I’m a noob at it. I don’t know anything and that’s fine. It’s not for me, really. I’m one of those girls that go out with messy hair or bed head and just go through the day. I’m either lazy or just don’t care too much, but those that can put on the make up like my cousin and even you, I’m envious.

    I wish I could do some of those tricks like you all. I feel like I’m missing out about being a girl because I don’t care about make up much. Oh well.

    • Nancy ☆ March 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I don’t do anything too crazy with makeup. I pretty much conservatively apply eyebrow liner and many people don’t notice I have it on ?.

      If you wish you can do it, take action to do it. Get yourself into the mindset that you can, otherwise you will never do it. You have the capability of doing it :).

      The cost isn’t that expensive either, there are some great inexpensive drugstore/generic brands. If not, you can even go onto MAC or Sephora and they can give you a demo for free :).

  4. Amy ☆ March 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I don’t wear much make-up, and have used the same brand of eyeliner for years now. I don’t see the point in changing when I’m comfortable with it.

    I bought my sister a MAC lipstick for Christmas last year (she loves all things make-up) and she loved it! They do some great colours. It makes me wish I was confident enough to wear lipstick all the time. I feel like people would say something as I don’t really wear it often, and that’d make me very uncomfortable.

    Your outfit is lovely – the skirt especially! And that flower photo is beautiful too!

  5. Cat ☆ March 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I really need to try more beauty products. I don’t like wearing make-up on an every day basis, but I’d like to be better at it and more knowledgeable about it for cosplay! I think that’s good that you’ve found what works for you 🙂 I’m pretty lazy about figuring out skincare stuff, so I eventually went to a dermatologist and just do what he recommends, haha.

    Love your outfit, especially the skirt! That’s a pretty pattern!

  6. Tess ☆ March 7, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I’m quite jealous that you’re already seeing green and blooming flowers in your area! We just had a dump of snow… but hopefully spring is on its way.
    Love your outfit, it states warm but classy 😀

  7. Chynna ☆ March 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Ayy, good luck with finals my love!

    Nancy is blogging about beauty products! This is a first~ Love it!

    I would love to be that person who looks fabulous in makeup, but I have no clue how to makeup. I can barely put on liquid eyeliner and that in itself is a feat XD Don’t even get me started on lipstick – first time I tried it, I looked like a clown. Hahahahahhahahaha *sobs uncontrollably*

    But I’m glad these products are working for you. It’s nice when you find something that compliments your skin and doesn’t make you break out.

    Your outfit is cute! I love your boots 🙂 Awesome pictures!

  8. Aigis ☆ March 9, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Whoa gurl, you look super kawaii desu desu, omg I wish i could be as beautiful and lovely as you. Maybe we can hangout and you could give me a make over ya?

    • Nancy ☆ March 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm


  9. Thao ☆ March 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Lol Kudos to your boyfriend for that picture. What a nice scenery! I love the sunlight and greenery in it. You are totally ready for spring!

  10. Kya ☆ March 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    It’s great that those products work well for you. 😀 I have sensitive skin and it can be difficult to find products that can work without being too harsh.

    Love the photo. 😀

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