Friday, March 11, 2016

Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream - Review -


I have a little review for you guys!
I (accidentally) hauled some Korean skincare products again♥

So today I'm reviewing Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream!
I was supposed to buy a new eye cream, but got distracted and bought this instead. I had earlier received some samples of this product and was so sold. I have been eyeing these like two years, until now finally bought it! image

So, to the review:
There is very little info available in the official site:
Skin Concern DRY SKIN
Volume/Size 80ml
It promises to give you a sleek, resilient, dewy and moisturized skin.
From somewhere else I read that this has exfoliating properties too.

Ingredients (from Amazon):
Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Soluble Collagen, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

According to cosdna, this seems to have some irritants. In addition to moisturizers, the good things this contains are some antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances.
Cool, but what on earth is Royal Jelly?
Look at the packaging, isn't it so cute?image
Container it's sturdy, hard plastic, shaped as an adorable red apple.
Although I knew that the cream was 80 ml, it still was bigger than I expected!
Once the container is empty, it will serve as a cute storage box for something small,
I will maybe put my rings there. 

 Product comes with a tiny spatula:

Altough I like the packaging, it's both a pro and a con. I mean, it's not very practical.
As a practical person, I would like my skin care products to be practical too. See why?

Under the lid you can find thin piece of plastic as an inner lid, which is not enough to keep product for leaking. When I got mine, the product was well sealed outside, but the cream had leaked past the inner lid.... So, I doubt that I can't just toss this into luggage and go. Eventhough the package is cute, a squeeze tube, a pump or something would have been better. The spatula isn't very practical either, but it's still more hygienic than putting your fingers in the cream. I wash the spatula with soap after every use, but I know that would be too much hassle for some people.

And to the cream itself:

I absolutely love the scent of this product! image
I admit that the scent is one of the strongest points of this product. The scent is like fresh juicy apples, with a hint of honey, it's soooooo lovely. The scent doesn't give an artificial feeling, it's just so natural and delicious.

Only a tiny amount of cream is needed for the whole face. The cream is more like gel, easy to spread, sticky at first but absorbs well. This does ok job with moisturizing and doesn't break me up. Why I like this so much - scent aside - is because this calms my skin and reduces pimples. I guess it's because of the honey in the product, since honey is antibacterial, or maybe it's because of the other anti-inflammatory ingredients. My skin seems less irritated and just simply looks better, smooth and plump. This has worked wonders for my under eye wrinkles and dark circles,
I don't look so zombie anymore.


 Final verdict:imageimageimageimageimage
I absolutely love the product, it really works wonders, and I would probably even buy again,
even though the container is a bit problematic.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Succesful adulting

The title.
I mean, everyone is there like having a balanced life and I'm here like eh what,
all that escapism (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

So, to celebrate, I bought myself some stickers:

I love stickers♥ these were so cute I couldn't resist.

8 sheets of cuteness! I just don't know how to use these...


One recent and one older outfit, both lazy:

I'm wearing mainly my healthcare uniform in school and there haven't been any freetime activities, so I haven't chance to dress nicely... -__-

I have ruined my life completely now.
 I started playing Touken Ranbu.
You know, that browser game with handsome sword boys. I fell in love with characters at first sight, so I just HAD to start playing the game. I certainly am a sucker for cute anime boys....

It could be alright if I was playing just one game, but I'm also playing Love Live!.

It's a rhythm action game. I watched the Love Live! anime last summer,
but I have been playing the game only since last November.

Events are killing me, I mean, there is a chance to get my favourite girl Nozomi, but it really takes effort to get her... When there was Nico's event I played like crazy but still didn't get a doctor Nico card. ;__; But I will fight hard for bunny Nozomi♥

Call me a trash if you want, I'm okay with that


I have been trying to eat more like vegan.
I eat mostly lacto-ovo-vegetarian food (fish and chicken seldom, only when I visit my parents), but I want to get rid of dairy and eggs... I just need more good and easy recipes.

Udon with roasted vegetables and mushrooms
Today we made some (late) laskiaispulla
(traditional finnish buns with jam and cream)


Photo-shooting is always fun but such a hassle.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Chaotic Brilliance


It's already January!
January has turned out as I have feared - it's cold outside (-25 °C) and I'm busy.
In addition to my studies, I'm working half-time. We have one course in school in which we have to be prepared to be on call up to 50 hours in a row for one assignment..... which is pretty insane. Luckily that task was really interesting, and I got away with only 24 hours.

Christmas went past like always, spent it with family.
Nails for Christmas:
For the New Year:
(I didn't get better pictures, the nails were already so ruined and fixed so many times that ombre was gone and snowflakes were not looking like snowflakes anymore.....)

Before Christmas, I bought present to myself:

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup setting spray!
- review -

De-Slick claims to "weightlessly control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte".

I have already mentioned that my skin is oily, thus makeup doesn't stay put.
This product is really good - my makeup stays on miraculously well!
My makeup looked good even after a match of floorball, so this can tolerate even sweating.
I like how this takes powdery look away. The finish is just amazing. The mist feels light on skin, not sticky or tight, just like there's nothing extra.

However, honestly speaking, the spray doesn't help to get rid of shine completely.
My face still starts to shine, but the shine is postponed and minor.
I really like the product a lot, and would like to love it, but oil control isn't that great. There indeed is some but it's not enough. I'm still going to use this since this helps my makeup to stay put (I have looong workdays) and see what's going to happen. At first I suspected that this caused breakouts, but I continued using this and more breakouts didn't emerge. So, after all, I'm quite happy with this product, it's not awesome, but still helps so much.

My christmas presents were mainly useful stuff that I had wished for,
but some surprises also, like this:

Avon pink bronzing pearls from my sister!
This is my first blush of this kind, i have always loved pearl blushes~ Color is lovely too~

And Avon perfume. 
I have to confess that this is my first perfume ever (okay, I had a Snoopy perfume when I was a child...). I prefer mild fragrances, so this is just perfect. Elegant, not too overwhelming.


We tried making okonomiyaki!

Since we happened to have some kimchi, those ended up as kimchi okonomiyaki.
Instead of iron plate we obviously used regular frying pan:

So yummy!♥
Sadly we didn't have neither bonito flakes nor mayonnaise (and no hashioki..).
But we had real Japanese okonomiyaki sauce at least!


I have a weird feeling that something is wrong, but I don't know what that something might be.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

A few travelling tips for Tokyo☆

Even though I have been in Japan only once,
I thought that I should share a few things that I would have found helpful as a first-timer.
(So I'm not saying that I'm omniscient about Japan now, after just one trip to Tokyo. :'''D)

So, the tips, here you go:

1) If you want travel easy in Tokyo, get either Suica or Pasmo.
They both are rechargeable smart cards, which you can use for moving around and for paying in some stores. At least Suica is valid for JR East trains, subways and buses.
For example: you don't need to buy a ticket from a vending machine everytime you want to use subway, and you don't have to check the fares, the right amount is charged from your card. You just touch the reader with your card at the ticket gates and enter. Recharging Suica is also easy, there's even a menu in English available. So convenient, I highly recommend.
I got my Suica in JR travel service center at the same time I purchased tickets for NEX. The reason why I chose Suica over Pasmo was the cute penguin! :D 


2) The apps.
In addition to Google Maps, I used other apps too. I loaded some apps just for the trip.
The most useful one was an app called Tokyo Subway Navigation, provided by Tokyo metro co., which is super easy way to check the correct metroline and right station to drop off. It's free and it can be used offline too! I loved it so much, it made life so much easier, so combined with Suica using metro (which has often been regarded as confusing) was a piece of cake:

Another app I loaded was TripAdvisor. That app was great to plan your trip, find out the attractions and restaurants. I mainly used this for planning and to get orientated about Tokyo. The offline use is also possible, but in my opinion it wasn't very good.

Third app I loaded was called "Helppo Valuuttamuunnin", or Easy Currency. It's free and easy currency converter. I wasn't very familiar with yen so this helped a lot in the beginning.


3) An (plug) adapter
 I already had bought an adapter in Finland, only to find out that it wasn't compatible with plugs in our Japanese hotel. The package of that adapter clearly stated that it could be used in Japan too. It was an adapter for America, with two flat prongs and one round. The plugs in our hotel had holes only for two flat prongs. Luckily the hotel had an adapter to borrow, and the next day we went to buy one in Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku.

Yodobashi Camera is a chain, so you can find it all around Japan, and there is of course other electronics chains too, like Bic Camera.

I don't know if that American adapter could be used somewhere else in Japan, but at least this kind of adapter worked (and now I paid attention to plugs in anime, they were also like this):

Note that if your device is marked for example "100-240 V, 50/60 Hz", the device can be used anywhere in the world, if the plugs are compatible. So you don't necessarily need a power adapter!! Just check the devices you are going to get with you, at least chargers for my phone and camera were marked like that and worked well with just a plug adapter.


4) Use Google, you can find some many websites that provide the most useful info for tourists. The ones I specially liked were TokyoCheapo and Japan Guide. I also read travel diaries of other people. Guidebooks weren't useful for me.


5) Pick up the free maps from your hotel or tourist information centers. We found some really good maps with main attractions and big stores marked on them.


6) What else?
Just be open-minded, ready for some adventures and enjoy! :)


Monday, December 14, 2015

Purchases from Tokyo

I personally like reading shopping hauls of other people,
but if these aren't your thing you can just skip the following~
 Starting with little things I bought in Harajuku:
Nail stickers are from Wego and the lunch box is Swimmer,
the accessories from some random stores

Lace under shorts.
I already had one shorts, but these were longer and better material ♥

Cute socks from the same shop as the shorts

Lace panel shirt
(which looks better when weared :"""D I should post a picture sometime)

Manga is so cheap in Japan, a new book cost like 400 yen (3 euros),
and in Book-off you can find secondhand manga for 100 yen (75 cents). A big difference compared to what you have to pay in Finland.
But of course these prices are for manga in Japanese.
Hirunaka no ryusei 2-4. These series are one of my favourites, so much doki-doki!!♥
and Arisa 1, mystery shoujo by Natsumi Ando

My purchases from Matsumoto Kiyoshi:
Sweet Sweet Make Up Base Brush On Bright CC - 01 Light
Rosette Cleaning Foam Acne Clear
Ettusais BB Mineral white #10
Creer Beaute Sailor Moon Stick Liquid Eyeliner (Black)

The color of Ettusais Mineral White BB is so perfect♥
It's a great bb, gives you that "your skin, but better"-look, the finish is very nice. It stays on relatively well too, but a miracle is needed to keep makeup staying fully on my face...
What I got playing gachapon:

My Melody and lovely Yuu from Magical Angel Creamy Mami ♥♥♥

Sailor moon strap

I got Makoto at the first attempt!!!!♥

Second hand clothes from Shimokitazawa:

Ignore the fact that my shoes doesn't match with the dress

Only magazine I bought:

When I start, there is no end of cd hauling.
I had to restrain myself and so I bought only following 12:

Billy: Babies, Good bye
Hana shounen baddies: Breed
Guniw Tools: Dazzle
Pierrot: Finale

I'm so happy that I finally got the albums of Billy and Baddies that were missing from my collection ;___; Those guys really have developed as time has passed ;___;
Oh I love them so much~~
Gazette: Dainihon itan geishateki noumiso gyaku kaiten zekkyou ongenshuu
Kagrra,: San
Buck-tick: Taboo
Kat-tun: Queen of pirates

Most of these are from Pure sound and Book-off.
It was like circle closing when I get my hands on Madara, because Ruder and Anata no tame no kono inochi have been one of my favourite songs for so long♥

Oh but even though I bought this many cds I didn't spend too much money.
The cheapest one was 100 yen (0,75e), whilst the most expensive one was about 2300 yen (17e).

I could have bought even more but well...
I'm crying especially after those cheap cds of Kat-tun which I left in Book-off ;__;


That was that.
In conclusion, there was so much interesting things and I could have bought so much more stuff, but just didn't need all of them...
Still, a bitter advice: when in Tokyo, shop in a way that you don't have to regret that you didn't!