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A Belated Merry Christmas to You All!

December 29, 2009


Hey everyone! So I’m back from my little holiday hiatus (which really wasn’t much of a hiatus – I just couldn’t find the time to blog as work has been a madhouse) with some amazing new products and fun new ABS developments (including a big giveaway) coming your way very soon.

The lovely Nicole sent me the most amazing Christmas package and of course I had to share! She included:

  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon (seriously the most gorgeous red I’ve ever seen)
  • OPI DS Nail Lacquer in Reserve
  • Cle de Peau concealer (this has been on my wishlist for YEARS!)
  • Amore Pacific Clarifying Mask (smells yummy)
  • and a bunch of fun Hello Kitty goodies that really brighten up my office space

My other big Christmas gift came from the SO in the form of a Flip, which will finally enable me to post some (hopefully) great quality videos up on the ABS YouTube channel.


More photos (and details on my cute Flip skin) after the jump!

I’ve been lusting after the OPI Designer Series polishes since receiving DS Fantasy (photos here) and know that Reserve is going to be just as drool-worthy.


Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques have a wonderfully creamy formula and are amazingly long-wearing – I loved Ming (photo here) and Dragon is one of the most stunning reds I’ve ever seen and pretty much universally flattering. My dear friend Cathy gave it a shot last night and it looked stunning on her.


I love Amore’s Treatment Enzyme Peel and I now have this Clarifying Masque which leaves my face looking toned, smooth and radiant. And it doesn’t hurt that it smells delicious to boot.


Cle de Peau’s concealer has long been hailed as the holy grail of concealers, and thanks to Nicole’s generosity I finally have it in my hands. It’s painfully small for something that’s so painfully expensive, but I’ve been playing with it for the past few days and it’s definitely living up to the hype thus far.


And now for the Flip! 🙂 I’ve been wanting one for the longest time so that I could post some HD videos for you on YouTube (I’ve been thinking of doing videos of my favorite pink lipsticks, product reviews, demonstrations, swatches, etc.) and the SO was kind enough to oblige. I ordered myself a skin from DecalGirl and now I’m good to go!


How have the holidays been treating you? Share with me in the comments!

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AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection for Normal/Dry Skin Review

May 12, 2009
I’ve been meaning to post and respond to comments, but honestly I’ve gotten so wrapped up in the Twilight saga that I just haven’t had the time LOL! I purchased the boxed set two days ago and I’m in the final book, Breaking Down, at the moment. I should be done by tonight and then no more distractions! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this review that I’ve been working on for what seems like forever.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin ($118 value for $50)

What it is: A travel-friendly skincare quartet. AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin is a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These luxurious products are all you need to make your dry skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant. Keep your complexion youthful and glowing—at home and on-the-go!

This set contains:
– 1.0 oz Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme
– 1.0 oz Treatment Toner
– 0.25 oz Treatment Enzyme Peel
– 1.0 oz Treatment Cleansing Oil

If you look closely at the photo in this post, you’ll spot items from AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Introductory Set scattered amongst the myriad of other makeup and skincare goodies I packed for my Korea trip. One reason I decided to pack these was of course because everything was just so perfectly travel-friendly, but more importantly these products when used together make up a great skincare regimen that I knew would soothe my travel-ravaged complexion.


AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème
harnesses the power of bamboo sap, a blend of Asian botanicals, and red ginseng to nourish and intensively hydrate the skin, restoring its protective barrier and promoting strong resiliency and optimal moisture balance so skin is prepared to withstand environmental aggressors. The appearance of fine lines is minimized and skin becomes comfortable, age-resistant, soft, supple, and luminescent.

I had every intention of loving this rather pricey creme which runs $150 for a mere 1.7 oz, but alas it just wasn’t for me. AmorePacific may have taken the whole “protective barrier” bit a little too literally, as the Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme never quite seemed to absorb into my skin; rather, it just sat on the surface feeling rather sticky and a ltitle uncomfortable. I will say that for what’s supposed to be a heavy-duty hydrator it’s surprisingly light and almost gel-like in consistency which I quite enjoyed, but rapid absorption is key for me.


AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a water-activated non-abrasive exfoliating formula that delivers radiant, smooth, youthful results for all skin types. This product was one of my primary reasons for ordering this set, as I’d read such rave reviews of it on MUA, but for some reason I had absolutely no idea that the product would essentially be a powder face wash much like the one I reviewed HERE. While I’m a big fan of Kanebo Sensai’s Silk Peeling Powder, I just may have a new favorite. This isn’t at all abrasive feeling, unlike conventional exfoliators, but you’ll notice an immediate smoothness and luminosity to your complexion, even after just one use. I definitely need the full-size!


AmorePacific Treatment Toner Alcohol-Free Freshener
is a soothing complex that utilizes red ginseng extract in lieu of distilled water for revitalizing benefits, completing the cleansing process, balancing pH, reducing redness and irritation, and priming skin to receive treatment. I’m not too big a fan of moisturizing toners in general as they tend to clog my pores and give me hives for some reason, but this one’s soothing without being irritating. Great for those of you with dry, sensitive skin.


And my other reason for wanting to try this set, the Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes. I love oil cleansers because they gently and effectively dissolves makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft, hydrated. This formula is much lighter than my much-adored SK-II cleansing oil, making it great for warmer weather, but it’s just as good at removing my makeup and leaving my skin thoroughly clean yet balanced.

While there wasn’t item in this set that I really disliked, if you had to choose just one to try I’d say go for the Treatment Enzyme Peel, I think you’ll love it!

AmorePacfic @ Sephora and the Latest (and Greatest!) 500 Point Redemption Product

March 26, 2009
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin ($118 Value for $50)
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin is a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These luxurious products are all you need to make your dry skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant. Keep your complexion youthful and glowing—at home and on-the-go!

This set contains:

  • 1.0 oz Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème
  • 1.0 oz Treatment Toner
  • 0.25 oz Treatment Enzyme Peel
  • 1.0 oz Treatment Cleansing Oil

I was so excited to see that Sephora recently started carrying AmorePacific, since the only other place that I’ve seen much of them is Neiman Marcus. This Introductory Kit is really a great deal–the Moisture Bound Vitalizing Cream costs $150 for 1.7 ounces, and so the one ounce size in this kit would cost $88.24 alone! On top of that I’ve been dying to try the Enzyme Peel (it gets amazing reviews) and the cleansing oil, so this kit was a natural buy.

And what made this an even more exciting Sephora order for me was the fact that Sephora finally decided to grace its devoted Beauty Insiders with a halfway decent 500 point gift–this great Korres set of its founder’s favorite products, called Lena’s Picks (I happen to LOVE their lip butter–see my review HERE). I haven’t received mine yet but check out Nicole’s photos below:

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The set includes:

I’ve heard great things about Korres’ skincare, the mascara get fabulous reviews, and I know for a fact that I really like their glosses so I’m so ridiculously excited to receive this set in the mail. Anybody else planning to redeem their points for this bag of natural, wholesome goodness?