Sunday, February 27

blog; Current state.

I've been having a fair bit of fun with my debit card lately, and I went and checked on my account...whooo. I think it's time that I impose a no-buy for myself. No unnecessary beauty binges, with the exception of limited editions and that's about it. Maybe I should make it a no-buy Project Pan...I have so much stuff -- and use makeup so rarely -- that I haven't hit pan on anything in months. Sounds like a good idea. I haven't spent that much, considering how much I have now as opposed to the last check, but still, if I keep going, I'm pretty sure I'm going to embarrass myself eventually. At the moment, I have four large eye shadow palettes, too much blusher to be decent, and lipstick...I don't even wear lipstick regularly, why am I buying lipstick...?

I've spent about a week with my Olay Pro X Cleansing System and it does its job. I can't really marvel over any significant changes for my skin since my skin's pretty decent even before the system, but I really like it anyway. The rotating brush feels good on my skin, and it's a really nice massage. My skin looks and feels a bit healthier, but even if I took photos right now there wouldn't be much change shown compared to a photo taken before I started using the Pro X. I will say, though, that the natural ruddiness of my cheeks has diminished. :) I can see my skintone improving, bit by bit. I'll keep going for a solid month and see how that works out for me.

I'm still sick! (Immune system of a baby, this one.) I've gotten over the worst of it but the cold just won't go away. I'm downing bottles of tea like nobody's business -- my kid brother recommends I drink 5 liters of liquids to flush out my system, which translates to ten half-liter bottles of water and tea per day. I've gotten close but no cigar, but not for want of trying, for sure. sigh. I've already killed a box of Kleenex; I hope this cold goes away soon...

Thursday, February 24

photos; Sick daze.

Gotta stay warm as you can on those recovering-from-the-sick-days. :)

I have also recently learned that the wearing of non-prescription glasses is "hipster" fashion now.

Call me the Illest Girl -- my puns, they're awesome -- because I was hipster without knowing.

Friday, February 18

blog; Pro X 1

I'm sick! And nothing ruins a weekend quite like being sick.

I guess I should've seen it coming. I'm notoriously weak to cold weather; add cold weather, winds, and a good rain and it's a recipe for disaster. I've also got the immune system of a child, and last night's sniffles turned into this morning's headache, stuffy -- and painful -- sinuses, and a tickle in the back of the throat. I'm downing Vitamin C capsules like they're candy and I'm on a half-dose of NyQuil just so I can sleep comfortably. I also spent the majority of the day out like a light. My appetite's all but gone (this is terrible news, I tell you) and my Friday night date is basically my box of Kleenex. Yay me.

But nobody cares about that because the subject title of this blog is referring to my first use of the Olay Pro X Cleansing System! (See my first post about it here.)

I tried it the same night that I bought it, but not with the exfoliating cleanser sample that came with it. Thanks to the initial bout of sniffles I suffered just last night (and owing to my not having found the Kleenex until much later) my nose was a little bit rubbed raw, and I thought it was a good idea to avoid irritating it even further. I opened the box, which came with the sample cleanser, the cleansing tool, a brush head, and two double-A batteries. (Unlike the rechargeable Clarisonic, this runs on batteries that must be replaced occasionally.) I'll skip the flowery explanation of how I cleansed my face and just list important points -- pros and cons.

● water-resistant which makes it good for the shower
● very soft brush head that doesn't aggravate any current breakouts
● requires very little pressure on the owner's part to deep cleanse
● leaves skin feeling soft, clean and smooth without a "rubbed raw" feeling
● small enough to get around the nose area
● foams up a variety of cleansers really well without splattering foam everywhere
● massages the skin thanks to 350rpm (rotations per minute)
● is only a $30USD investment
● has two different speeds for comfort

● installing/replacing batteries is going to be a serious trial
● not rechargeable, runs on batteries
● bad for your hair (there's a warning not to put the tool close to the hairline)

● It's a little surprising to use at first. I wouldn't say it's unwieldy, but it takes a little bit of getting used to, since the tool is pretty powerful and can glide across your skin on its own.

After cleansing, I rinsed off my face and the tool and my face felt good. Very clean, but not squeaky, and the texture hadn't really undergone any dramatic changes. I dabbed some eye serum on, then my PM moisturizer, and called it a night. The next morning, I woke up and my skin felt just as good as it did as when I cleansed last night. The Pro X's claims to "prime the skin for hydration" must've helped my moisturizer sink in more effectively than usual. :)

I don't see any huge, obvious changes to my skin's texture and tone quite yet, but it was only the first time so I wasn't expecting anything drastic. So far, no complaints, but nothing's wowed me quite yet. Still, it felt really good to use, so I'll continue using it unless it irritates my semi-sensitive skin.

(No photos since I'm sick and nobody really needs to see that, and seriously, no big changes anyway.)

Would I recommend it? Not yet.

Thursday, February 17

photos; California flora 3

I took a different route home this time; I did a little meandering. :)

But even if the sun was out, I was still freezing. (I'm so weak to cold...)

blog; Olay Pro X Cleansing System

Just from the subject title, I think we're all clear as to what you can expect from this blog. :)

Thank you very much, Walgreens!

I've looked in Target, I've checked two CVS Pharmacies near my house, and in the end, it was Walgreens that had the Olay Pro X Cleansing System -- Olay's answer to Clarisonic -- in stock for $29.99USD. They even have a month-long deal in which you can pick out a free Olay cleanser of your choice if you buy the Pro X cleansing system. I was considering the full-sized version of the new Pro X exfoliating cleanser, but I decided that since I was already getting a sample size in the box, I might try a different Olay cleanser and see how things go. My choice?

Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser.

It's part of the 7-in1 anti-aging line -- there was a choice between the Foaming Cleanser and the Citrus Scrub, but the tool already exfoliates, the sample cleanser tucked in the box with it also exfoliates, and I have two different kinds of exfoliants at home (my kid brother and I swear by St. Ives' Apricot Scrub, and I have sensitive skin so I use DARPHIN's Gel Exfoliant given to me as a birthday present by my dad). That's...a lot of exfoliating going on, so I thought I'd get a foam cleanser instead. Besides, it was free!

The Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser is "7 anti-aging cleansing benefits in 1 daily cleanser" and is to be used "for clean, visibly younger looking skin." Just for the sake of information, I'm twenty-three years old, and depending on a few variables -- makeup worn, current mood, hairstyle, outfit -- I'm either pegged as my age range or a bit younger. I have normal skin that is currently on the dry side thanks to the season, and is just a bit sensitive, which means that if something has fragrance in it, I run the risk of some serious irritation. I don't actually need anti-aging cleansers such as this, but Olay hasn't really failed me yet and everyone wants to have/keep youthful looking skin, right? ...and I mostly grabbed it because it was free and was the only part of the sale that wasn't an exfoliant. :) This cleanser boasts the following anti-aging benefits:

● Thorough Cleansing
● Pore Appearance Reduction
● Line Appearance Minimization
● Radiance Enhancement
● Gentle Purification
● Natural Moisture Balance
● Maintains Softness

...which all sounds like "healthy skin" to me, not just "youthful skin."

I'm planning to use this Pro X tool as soon as possible, which means I'm giving it a test drive tonight and see how my skin looks the very next day. I don't have many issues with my skin; a bit of uneven skin tone, the usual dark circles, the occasional (or should I say monthly?) hormonal breakout is what I've got but I'm not unhappy, but I'd like to see what visible improvements I'll encounter with this. Here's me right now:

No makeup whatsoever, taken without flash in a dim room.
It was mildly cloudy and around 4pm when this photo was taken.
Photoshop: color-correction, contrast-correction, image sharpening.

No real complaints, really. My cheeks can get ruddy, but that's about it. Otherwise I'm not fussed if I have to leave the house without foundation or concealer or...anything that isn't sunscreen, really. But I'm still excited to see how the Pro X will help my skin. At the very least, it's not like I dropped $200USD on the Clarisonic just to be disappointed.

Olay, don't fail me now!

In random news, we got this in the mail.

A McDonald's flier in Tagalog! Ano ba 'to?!

It's actually a flier for their new oatmeal, plus a handful of coupons, all in Tagalog (with English in the parentheses for when we present the things to the cashier). I thought it was just interesting, since we rarely get Tagalog mail here at the house. And honestly, that oatmeal looks yummy...pero ayoko naman ng raisins, so pwede ba kung mag-order ako ng oatmeal na may cranberries at apples na lang?

Wednesday, February 16

blog; Late to the party.

Everyone and their mother (and this is not meant as a hyperbole, as I'm sure it's true) has heard about the amazing properties of the Clarisonic: deeper cleansing, minimize the appearance of pores, lessen blemishes, have great skin! My older sister's friend has a Clarisonic -- but she's not actually that fussed about it, really -- and it's the biggest thing in skincare nowadays, and of course, here I am, not just late to the party, but late to the party's afterparty.

(Though if Queen Renaldi -- movie version, not literary -- had her say...a queen is never late. Everyone else is simply early.)

The excitement about the Clarisonic has come and gone (since a lot of people probably already have it) and now the newest buzz is all about the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System...which is a really long name for a skincare tool so I'm just going to say it's Olay's answer to the Clarisonic. A lot of people have been saying it's the cheaper-but-almost-as-effective version of the Clarisonic, and when it's put like that, I can't help but be interested. Olay's always been good to me -- I've been using Olay products pretty faithfully since my mother introduced me to their Original Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid -- and my daytime moisturizer is the Olay Complete with SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin. Nothing has budged Olay from my list of must-have skincare brands. My dad got me an entire set of expensive skincare products from French skincare brand DARPHIN, but while that stuff is actually really great, Olay remains close to my heart. (And easy on my wallet.)

So with a price tag of $30USD and boasting similar claims to the $200USD Clarisonic, I've decided with a ton of deliberation and a lot of Googling, plus a trip to that I really want this thing and I am going to get it. Seriously, $30USD for lovely, healthy, glowing skin all year round? That's a no brainer! And unlike trying out a new cream or lotion or even foundation, trying out a new tool is a lot less risky, in my opinion. Besides, the MUA reviews on this thing are all pretty fantastic. (See here.)

Only problem? The thing's sold out just about everywhere. I've checked Target and a couple of the nearest CVS Pharmacies around my area, and I got nothing. But I'm nothing if not patient.

The current state of the skin: not too bad, but hormonal breakouts have arrived.

It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine. (Kudos to anyone who gets the movie I just referenced.)

In other news, go me! Something I wrote some time back got published on a tumblr. Clearly, this means I am moving on up in the world. ;p

Monday, February 14

photos; California flora 2

For Bel, who lives in a dreary and gray part of the North, and for everyone needing a little more color.

These photos are all from my camera. :)

Sunday, February 13

photos; California flora.

I tweeted a photo of some little white flowers I saw growing along a neighbor's fence, and one of my friends who currently lives in the colder parts of North America replied that she "hadn't seen flowers growing in so long..." To remedy that, I told her I'd show her a few more blooms just to get her spirits up. I've only found four recent snaps in my folders, but you can bet that tomorrow will be a photofest culminating in a plethora of flora -- which I promised her.

Bel, I hope these are enough for now. ♥♥♥

Meanwhile, advanced Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! (It's not yet that time here in LA.) I don't think a day needs to be designated for love, but I do believe in designating a day for wanton acts of chocolate love and consumption! \o/

No, I have not had chocolate/sugar today.