Thursday, October 19, 2017

[Pinky Paradise] Princess Pinky Sensual Green Review

Whether it's for Halloween, cosplay or daily contact lens, you can always count on Pinky Paradise to have the biggest selection of circle lenses to choose from! Pinky Paradise has been around since 2006 and continues to be the biggest online retailer of circle lens. Free shipping on orders over $49, worldwide. Yes, worldwide. If you're from the US, make sure you upload your eye prescription slip before purchasing. Pinky Paradise currently offers 40% for their Halloween Final Sale with the code HALLOWEEN40, but, Pinky Paradise offered me a 50% off code 50URHAPPYBUNNIE. This code is valid for all yearly lenses except Phantasee, Sclera and Toric lenses. 

Today's circle lens review is on the Princess Pinky Sensual Circle Lens in Green. The Princess Pinky Sensual Series is that one circle lens that will give you that sexy eye look. 

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 30 days (monthly)
Prescription / -0.00 ~ -10.00

The first time I saw this lens, I was instantly reminded of Princess Pinky Gemini Day in Green that I previously reviewed. The color is very similar - a translucent green, with a dotted design around the pupil area to give you a natural eye look. One major difference is the limbal ring that is present in the Sensual Series and is non-existent on the Gemini Day Series. The limbal ring is this dark pigment on the outer circle which gives the dolly, or big eye effect. With the presence of a limbal ring, the Sensual Series gives you the eye enlargement that is sought after in circle lens. 

What I really like about this lens, is that it gives a very natural, yet sexy vibe to the eyes at the same time. The presence of the limbal ring actually makes it more natural than the Gemini Day which doesn't have a limbal ring. This lenses give your eyes more depth and character. 

The Sensual Series only has 38% water content while Gemini Day has 42%. This doesn't make it any less comfortable than the other, if anything, it is more comfortable to wear than the Gemini Day. Just keep in mind that the higher percentage of water content there is, the more moisture your eyes have and is more suitable for a longer wear time. Just the same, I don't recommend wearing contact lens for more than 12 hours. 

Sensual is really the appropriate description for this circle lenses. They are very comfortable to wear and I have no problems with them on. Nobody ever really notices a change in my eye color when I wear them except when they stare at it so it is good for day time wear as well. The Princess Pinky Sensual Green has actually been one of the best lenses I've tried in a really long time. Although I would say that I want a little more of a bigger eye effect, but I think, any more for this particular lens would be overkill and it would look too unnatural.

Comfort: ♥♥♥/5

Don't forget to use the code "50URHAPPYBUNNIE" at check out to get 50% off at Pinky Paradise

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Mask SoHo - Bleecker Street

You know there's only one place in the city I frequent to get my K-beauty fix and that is The Mask Bar. I've practically followed them since they first opened in K-town, the Broadway store at SoHo, moved to Howard Street, and finally now, in their new location at Bleecker Street.

The Mask Bar is the best place to go if you love Korean skin care. Of course there are other competing stores littered around New York that sells K-Beauty products as well but I feel like The Mask Bar has more brands and is more decently priced in comparison to those shops. Believe me, I've gone to those places too and I still go back to The Mask Bar over and over again.

Their newly opened store is located at 259 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014. If you have been to the one in Koreatown, this has a very similar feel to it, although the theme of the store is white and mint green (which I totally dig - me and mint green have a love affair), and the previous store was white and blue. 

The store is pretty easy to find and is a block away from the A-B-C-D-E-F-M on West 4th Street, a couple blocks away from the Christopher St,. and 9th St. PATH and is part of the West Village - which means, close to NYU and all the restaurants around the area.

The Mask Bar, as the name implies, carries different kinds of masks, from your typical sheet masks, to the modeling clay masks, jelly mask, gold masks, mesh masks, bubble masks and more! My favorite brands are in here too: Leaders, Mediheal and SNP! On that note, both Leaders and Mediheal boxes are BOGO for $35. That is a steal since a single mask retails for $3.99 and a box has 10 masks. You're already paying for one box if you buy 10 individual sheet masks. 

Raved about these cute animal masks two years ago: SNP Animal Sheet Mask Review

If you're into Pokemon, they got 'em too, coz you know, gotta catch 'em all! This entire line is by Tony Moly and if you're lucky, you'd find a Squirtly makeup bag in the store too!

Tony Moly has a cute Panda theme going on too on their makeup department. Panda mirrors, contour sticks, lip crayons and hand creams are available.

They carry Innisfree too from skin care to make up. You know the No-Sebum Mineral Powder that has been highly raved about? They have it and in cute Emoji packaging too!

You can find some Club Clio and PeriPera in the store too. Of course, they don't have the complete line in comparison to the ones that you'll find in Club Clio stores but hey, if you're at The Mask Bar and you want to try on the Peri's Ink and Ink Velvet, feel free to do so!

Amidst all the other brands they carry, I'm excited the most about the sheet masks which I've mentioned above and It's Skin. It's Skin is a brand that I have talked about previously (It's Skin Prestige BN Cream Ex) and looking back on old posts, I'm quite surprised I haven't talked about it more. It's one of my favorite brands when it comes to Korean skin care and their Prestige line is slightly pricy. But, don't be too sad, their Power 10 Formula line is affordable and will really help boost your skin. The Power 10 Formula is a serum that enhances skin condition based on skin type and skin problem. There's 13 serums in this line and I have yet to try them all out but I am trying to make my way through it. Photographed below are 10 of the 13 and if I'm not mistaken, the store has the complete set. 

The Mask Bar also carries the slightly pricier It's Skin line, the Prestige D'escargot (snail line). They also have some it's skin Babyface color correctors in this cute angel packaging.

Who can forget the viral bubble masks from Elizavecca and the highly feared about Hell-Pore Mask? If you want to try those, The Mask Bar have them in store too! My favorite is actually the Milky Piggy Gold Kansi Mask (not photographed) but they are available at The Mask Bar as well.

Etude House is probably one of the most well known Korean beauty brand and it comes to no surprise that they are in the store as well albeit fewer than I would like.

Let's not forget the men because they need skin care too! The Mask Bar has a small section on men's skin care products which, just by the packaging, looks cool and fresh and I personally want to try out. It wouldn't be the first time for me using a male marketed skin care product. The last one I tried I actually really loved!

Here's a slightly incomplete list of the brands that The Mask Bar carries: 

Holika Holika
Too Cool for School
On The Body
Tony Moly
Dr. Jart+
Club Clio
Peri Pera
Etude House
Nature Republic
It's Skin
JayJun Cosmetics
Banila Co.
Papa Recipe

Before I end this slightly lengthy and a bit picture heavy post, here are the ongoing promotions at The Mask Bar:

BOGO on Mediheal and Leaders Masks for $35
$10 for 10 (select) sheet masks
$10 for 6 sheet masks on Innisfree
$10 for 6 sheet masks on Tony Moly
BOGO on Tony Moly Aloe Gel for $10

Take a peek inside The Mask Bar on Bleecker Street and find some lovely skin care goodies. I'm sure your skin would love you! Follow The Mask Bar on Instagram @themaskbar.bleecker. If you ever drop by the store, look for Jen (@jaeyoonvoice) and tell her I sent you. Jen is very sweet and informative so if you have any questions about the products or skin care needs you can ask her. 

Take a peek at The Mask Bar official website too for more info!

Lastly, I would like to thank fellow bloggers who came to the store on the soft opening and grand opening days of The Mask Bar Emily of @followthejung, Sharmaine of @xharpism, Crysta @colorsofcrysta and Zoe of @zoebernstein.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

LUSH-ious Love

What's vegan, cruelty-free, gives back to the community and is in love with the shape of you? LUSH! Roughly a month ago, my blogger friend, Sharmaine (@xharpism) and I went by LUSH in our local mall to return some of our old LUSH pots. If you don't know the scoop yet, bringing back 5 empty LUSH pots entitles you to get a free fresh face mask.

There I was minding my own business and getting my fresh face mask and low, and behold, Sharmaine has dragged me into a blogger and influencer adventure. LUSH of Newport Mall, Jersey was kind enough to let us freely browse into the shop and take photos. Sharmaine even went home with a lot of skin care samples to blog about. 

So let's talk a little about my LUSH favorites. There's three things I keep repurchasing at LUSH and that is the Roots Hair Treatment, Breath of Fresh Air Toner and Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Of course I have tried the other LUSH products as well but these are my absolute faves. You know, there are just some things you can't let go and replace.

LUSH believes that healthy hair starts at the Roots and it's true. If you have healthy and well nourished scalp, hair grows healthily, stronger and faster. Of course, if you have dead ends, there is no other way than to snip those off. I have blogged about Roots a couple of times the first one dated back 2014 when I had really long hair, and again in 2015 when I drastically cut my hair short (Summer 2014: Hair Care Routine, 2015 Hair Update). 

I have a been a big fan of this product hence the constant repurchasing. It has saved my scalp from sebaceous dermatitis (dandruff) whenever they get really dry and itchy. 

Since we are on the topic of hair care, let me just quickly give a shout out to another LUSH love of mine, the Rehab shampoo. Rehab is a clarifying shampoo that deeply removes dirt and oil on your scalp. When Roots and Rehab are used together they are a perfect combination! Put your hair into rehab and nurse it back into health as what the bottle says!

Here's a photo of Sharmaine and I with our Lush faves.

My other fave is the Breath of Fresh Air Toner. There's a few ways you can go about with this toner because it's multi use. After skin cleaning, you can spritz this directly on your face to balance the skin, or you can use it with a cotton pad to remove left over dirt and makeup. Another way I like to use this toner is spritzing it on my face during an extremely hot day. And yes, you can spray it even on top of your makeup! Just don't drench your entire face with too much. Breath of Fresh Air calms, cools, soothes and rehydrates skin and is formulated with sea water, aloe vera gel, rosemary oil, patchouli oil and other natural ingredients. 

And my last favorite is the Bubblegum Lip Scrub which I have mentioned in my Summer 2017: Night Time Beauty Routine. We obviously don't like dry and chapped lips so a lip scrub is the way to go to remove those dead skin. The LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub smells so good and since it's vegan and organic feel free to give it a lick while you're scrubbing and no harm will be done. 

Having featured our favorite products in the photos, LUSH Newport Mall also allowed us to try on the Knot Wrap. The Knot Wrap is made from either organic cotton or recycled plastic bottles. If you're buying LUSH products as gifts, I highly recommend purchasing and using Knot Wrap to wrap your gifts. It does not only make your gift pretty and unique, the Knot Wraps are also reusable. You can use it as a scarf, a headband, turban, a tote, a towel, to wrap another gift, and all sorts of stuff! It's not only eco-friendly, it also gives back to the community as I was informed, these wraps are made by women in Africa.

Being stylish with our Knot Wraps

Being a makeup enthusiast as well, I couldn't help but take a photo of their makeup display. Again, all LUSH products are vegan and cruelty free.

And I also couldn't resist a selfie at the store. ^^ The mirror lighting is awesome!

I had fun at the store and it's awesome going with blogger friends shopping because you do extremely atypical things that you wouldn't do with your slightly normal friends. ^

Drop by your local LUSH store and try on my faves. If you reside in Jersey City, head over to Newport Mall (30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bootay Bag - Your Monthly Bae

Put your hands up if you love monthly subscription boxes! Me over here is quite excited to share this brand new monthly subscription that I have discovered during the East Coast Blogger meet up.

Bootay Bag delivers 2 panties monthly for only $12. That's $6 a piece which is cheaper in comparison to buying them in stores where you have to pay x amount of dollars for taxes. Bootay bag undies are of high quality as well so you know that every buck you pay is definitely worth it. Add $13 and you get a bralette or you can purchase that on its own too!

It's pretty easy, head over to Bootay Bag, choose if you want a mix of cheeky panties or thongs or just cheeky or thong, add a bralette if you want and subscribe!

In my bag here I have a mix of both the cheeky panties and thong. I love both but I personally prefer thongs but this black lacy cheeky undies is giving me life right now. They are seriously so soft and silky. I'm sure your lady parts would thank you. 

And you know what's the best thing about Bootay Bag aside from getting cute and sexy undies monthly, is that every Instagram post of Bootay Bag with the #UnderMatters, the company donates $1 to the Melanoma Foundation.

Melanoma is more often, but not always, a cancer of the skin. If left undetected, it can spread to different sites and organs and when left untreated or diagnosed late has poor prognosis and very difficult to treat.

Isn't it nice to have support a company that also gives back to the community? Check out Bootay Bag and follow them on Instagram too @bootaybag_. Do yourself a favor and don't settle for just one bae, get two each month! ;)

*This product  is sponsored and was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

Monday, August 28, 2017

East Coast Blogger Date

Rowena, Suki, Alice, Kim, Crysta, Sharmaine
Emily, Me

Being on the internet, I follow both big and small social media influencers - YouTubers, bloggers, Instagrammers. It made me think, how fun it would be to live their lives. I envy them. Well who doesn't when they have thousands of following and they are globe-trotting and here I am, past my mid 20s and still struggling career-wise. 

I have been blogging for quite awhile now - 6 years to be exact. I have been on other social media platforms and the main one that I update fairly regularly now is Instagram. It has been me, doing everything for all these years. Hence, the lack of upload and content for a good 3-4 weeks at a time because sometimes, life gets in the way.  It has been fun the last six years writing about beauty (I have also began to expand my content on Instagram to sneakers - refer to FTLOS post) and working with brands here and there but there is a bigger picture and after being a lonesome wolf, it is time for me to find a pack and mingle more and interact with people who shares the same interests and passions. When I was approached and was given the opportunity to join an East Coast blogger meet up, I jumped on the chance.

It was July 30th when I met up with these incredible ladies who are really go-getters. All in different industries but are the people to follow on the gram and on their own blogs for beauty, fashion, food and lifestyle. 

Emily @followthejung is the person we should thank for for this meet up. She hosted and organized mostly everything. She has her own blog Follow the Jung. She's very versatile and she writes about practically everything along the lines of food, beauty and lifestyle. She's such a beauty too and you'd see her cute and bubbly personality on her IG. 

Suki @sukinyc is such a fun babe. NYC Yelp Elite, she loves food and I'm envious on how she manages to keep her slim figure. She's the person to look for when you want a food recommendation.

Rowena @rowenatsai has over 10k followers on her YouTube channel (Rowena Tsai) she's simple and down to earth. Her videos on YouTube are absolute quality and she's the go-to girl if you want to earn some cash on the side via thrifting!

Alice @imalicekim has a wonderful Instagram. It's seriously goals with her on point flatlays and amazing food adventures! She's mellow, nice and very sweet and has so many stories to tell.

Kimberly @kimberrryyy is a jet-setter. She's a consultant who travels all over the place and has amazing fashion style. She blogs over at Love Kimber and honestly, I don't know how she manages and finds time do so in between her hectic work schedule, traveling and taking amazing photos.

Crysta @colorsofcrysta is another lady who's Instagram feed is goals and makes me wish I can take photos like that all the time. And she has the cutest corgi ever on top of that!

Sharmaine @xharpism is a blogger and photographer based in Jersey City. We instantly clicked when we met and it's probably because we're both Filipinos with hometowns quite near each other and we currently live like half a mile away from each other. She has an amazing eye for photography and fashion.

We all met up at Bacaro, a nice spot to wine and dine. We hit up Sweet Moment for dessert after seeing the long line at Soft Swerve and Morgenstern's.

Seriously though, I thought I take the longest time to take food photos but these girls take even more time but I have no problems with that! It's always a struggle eating or going with friends and family always nagging about how long and how many photos I have to take before they can eat their food so it was a breath of fresh air to find people who doesn't really care how long it took to take one awesome food porn pic.

Sharmaine, Suki, Me, Alice, Crysta

Photo Credits to Jayvee of for the photos

Would also love to thank our sponsors for the meet up: 

You'll definitely see these items on upcoming blog posts!

Hooray for meeting new friends and for having a great time with people who shares the same interests and passion. After this meet up I felt more confident about myself. My blog and I needed to grow and I think that this opportunity has enabled me to set forth on another chapter of both my personal life and blogging life.

Please stay tuned for more updates because I have more news to share in the upcoming posts.