Danahan Anti-wrinkle Set Review

I am always excited when friends come to visit me. I like to take them to Koreatown to eat desserts and shop Korean beauty products. One of my friends gifted me this nice sample she received while we were at a beauty shop, and I promptly forgot about it until I ran out of moisturizer while I was sick. I really didn’t feel like running over to Ulta when just cooking dinner exhausted me. I rummaged through my beauty drawers (ok, a plastic storage unit) and found these beauties. 

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This set of emulsion and skin toner is from Danahan’s Anti-wrinkle line. I wasn’t too impressed with it until we ran out of Kleenex. My husband and I were both too tired to go to the store (we didn’t leave the house much), so we used toilet paper to blow our noses for about a day and a half. I usually buy Charmin ultra soft, but my husband had recently bought Charmin ultra strong. Do not blow your nose with Charmin ultra strong. Before I could get to the store, I had developed what looked like a big red callous underneath my nose. It was like a speed bump underneath my nostrils.

Unfortunately, we had an engagement right after the Charmin ultra strong incident. I moisturized as usual. While combing my hair, I noticed that the redness and swelling underneath my schnoz had gone down. I’m pretty sure it was because of these two babies. 

I’ve been using these samples for exactly a month now, and there is still a teeny bit left in them. I think my wrinkles look slightly better, but you must take this observation with a grain of salt since I’m barely out of my twenties. I also use this in conjunction with Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R], although I haven’t been using it on the regular while I’ve been under the weather. I will review Perfectionist another time though. It is an interesting product with many pros and cons for me. 

Anyway, I give Danahan’s Anti-wrinkle line a big thumbs-up as a mild moisturizer. The skin toner* absorbs quickly, and the emulsion is lightly moisturizing. If you have dry skin, then you will need a heavier moisturizer. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you may not like the faint floral scent. However, if you need a redness or puffiness reducer, this set is your friend. 

*Note for K-beauty newbs: Korean toner is not an astringent like American toners. It is not used for closing your pores. Instead it is used to correct your skin’s pH level after you use a cleanser because many cleansers are alkaline.

Have any of you tried Danahan yet? Let me know in the comments. 

Mani Monday

 

 

Today’s nails are my attempt at loving glitter yet also being subtle. I decided that using the same color of glitter topcoat and nail polish base would give me a look that was more about texture than sparkle. Inspired by the wintry cold weather, I chose Zoya Trixie as the base and Are You Glistenin’? by Sephora by OPI. (This really long name for nail polish reminds me of the episode of The Office where everyone keeps saying, “Based on the novel Push by Sapphire.” 🙂 )

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Anyway, I am really loving the cold weather. Snow really brings out the best in me. The plants and whatever pollen and mayhem that bring about my allergies die. I don’t sweat when I walk to the car. It’s socially acceptable to wear leggings and oversized sweaters. Really, I feel like winter has a lot going for it. Of course, the best part of winter is building a fire and roasting marshmallows. Nothing tastes better than food you roast over the fire. It’s a scientific fact.

Do you like winter? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments! (I’m not going to ask you if you like roasted marshmallows because the answer is obvious.)

Mani Monday & Face Mask Monday

Mani Monday continues! I tried to use different lighting and filters to capture the sparkles on this manicure, but it was a cloudy day today. It was not good for my professional DSLR (aka my iPhone). The glitter topper I used is Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular! This glitter is pretty similar to Nails Inc.’s Soho Street that I wore last Monday. Sadly, this glitter is not full coverage. (Sidenote: I’ve already forewarned my husband that I will only be wearing bedazzled and sequined clothing when I am a senior citizen. I can’t wait to be old!)

The beautiful royal blue was a birthday gift from a good friend. (My friends know me well.) It’s OPI’s Right Off the Bat, which is from OPI’s MLB collection. Before I researched it, I wondered if it was part of a Batman collection. Obviously, I don’t think much of baseball. Ha! Anyway, this blue was very opaque after one coat, so I left it at that. However, if I was wearing it without the glitter topper, I would probably paint two. Part of my reason for only painting one coat was that the brush on this particular bottle was extremely wide. I had a hard time painting evenly next to my cuticles. I will say that this problem may be uncommon since I have small hands. (My wedding ring is a size 4.25 for reference.)

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50 Sheet Masks! (Minus the two that we used today and plus four from Etude House, so really 52 sheet masks!) My sheet mask collection makes me feel like the Uncle Scrooge of beauty.

Nail polish wasn’t the only thing I got for my birthday. I got so many nice presents from my friends and family. I also got money, which I promptly spent at Memebox on 50 sheet masks. (Memebox is a Korean beauty site that I am not getting paid to endorse. However, if you buy something after clicking on this link, I get points or something. So far, I have zero points. 😛 )

The sheet masks that we tried today are from a brand called Leaders Insolution. This is my first time trying this brand. I thought I read all the ingredients in the listing, but I missed the Witch Hazel Water. Normally, I wouldn’t mind an astringent in my mask, especially at so small a percentage. However, my skin still hasn’t recovered from my dry Arizona Thanksgiving trip since I have been sick so many times since. It stung a little bit after the initial application, but I’m sure my normally oily skin would’ve benefited from the Hamamelis Virginiana. Otherwise, I liked this sheet mask. My skin feels softer and more moisturized now.

I hope this review doesn’t scare you from using sheet masks. They are amazing. Let me tell you why. First of all, sheet masks are a total game changer. If you are not using them, then you are missing out on soft and glowing skin. They make me look human even though I have been sick for what feels like two decades. Second, they are really fun to put on with your husband. I have no photographic proof of this sorry. Third, they are really relaxing. Do you use sheet masks? If so, which ones are your favorites? Let me know in the comments so I can go buy them!

 

Mani Monday: New Year, New Nails

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you are having a great start to 2016. Although my husband is sick and I am behind on pretty much everything (a small price to pay for an extra long Christmas vacay), we are loving 2016. 2015 was a good year for us, but we have some tricks up our sleeves to make 2016 even better. 😉

If you have read my blog before, then you know that I am glitter obsessed. I am sorry to show you a polish that is discontinued, but I had to wear it because it is pretty much a New Year’s party in a bottle. This is Soho Street by Nails Inc. I’ve never been to Soho (London), but I now have larger than life expectations of it due to this color. Soho street is not a full coverage glitter polish. However, if I did a couple more coats (shown above is two coats), it might get there.

(Side note: you may remember this beautiful full coverage green glitter polish also by Nails Inc. from my St. Paddy’s mani. Why are these colors discontinued, Nails Inc.? WHY?!)

What’s your New Year’s mani look like? Are you ready for 2016? (Full disclosure: some of my calendars haven’t even been shipped yet! Ahh!)

Merry Christmas: The Christmas Sweater Finale

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It’s here! The 20th Day of Christmas Sweaters is here! I know you’re all psyched for this day. Also, this day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. As you can see, I get lots of presents on this day.

It’s been a pretty good year for finding amazing sweaters. Let’s take a quick look back at the last few weeks:

That’s pretty awesome (even if I do say so myself). There are a few pictures more than twenty because I wanted to show off the details of some the sweaters. It’s been really fun celebrating the Christmas season with festive knitwear once again. Thank you all for joining me. I can’t wait to wear them all again next year.

Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your Christmas. May God bless us, every one!

Day 19: Father Christmas and Faux Fur

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Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve been saving a special new sweater for this day. Faux fur, pearl beads, and wooden buttons! Oh my! I’m pretty sure that the guy on my sweater is Father Christmas, but there’s an 8% chance that he is actually the Ghost of Christmas present. I’m accessorizing Father Christmas with some Christmas tree earrings I bought last spring. They were clearanced down to $3.

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Definitely worth $3

I had to take this sweater off as soon as we finished taking pictures because it is 80 degrees here today. This is the hottest Christmas Eve I’ve ever had. Is it warm where you are? I love the cold, so I’m pretty bummed about this weather. I especially can’t wear my sweaters when it’s this hot! 😦

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Day 18: Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays

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It’s pretty close to Christmas, folks! To celebrate I’m wearing a brand new (to me) sweater with a fuzzy Santa. He makes me feel festive. He also makes me feel a little dizzy in this hot and humid weather. I did not wear him for long.

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Many of you are planning on going to your childhood home for the holidays. My parents retired to Arizona when I was in college, but my husband’s parents still live in the house he grew up in. He loves to go home and play video games on his favorite couch. My favorite part of going to anyone’s home for the holidays are all the Christmas goodies. I know Santa Claus would agree. I love to eat everything from cheese popcorn to chocolate covered Oreos. What are your favorite Christmas goodies?

The 17th Day of Christmas Sweaters: The Christmas Goose

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Whenever we spend Christmas with the in-laws, we make sure to go see the Christmas show at The Carolina Opry. Jono and I both love music, and The Carolina Opry has amazing singers and musicians. They also have beautiful Christmas decorations.

 

Pretty, right? It was very crowded as you can see. I didn’t take any pictures during the show because it’s annoying when the person in front of you is taking pictures during the show. (Those pictures aren’t going to turn out well! Just put your phone down, okay? Also, it’s worse when people use their iPads.)

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Anyway, I wore a brand new sweater today. It features a delicious Christmas goose. Okay, I have never eaten a Christmas goose. Have you? Have you ever been to The Carolina Opry? Let me know in the comments!

Mani Monday: Manic Matching

Sometimes you have to match your nails to your Christmas sweater. Why? Mostly you do it because you’re on vacation and have nothing better to do. I wished I had picked a brighter red to match my sweater better (say that 3 times fast- sweaterbettersweaterbettersweaterbetter), but I grabbed these colors as an afterthought as we were heading out the door the other day. The red pulls a bit burgundyish on me. It is OPI’s Red Fingers and Mistletoes. The green and silver topcoat is OPI’s Fresh Frog of Bel Air.

Today I have mostly been running errands and watching Christmas specials with the family. So far today, we have watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals. (The latter is a volume of 9 classic animated shorts.) What did you do today? Are you rocking festive nails? Do you like your nails to match your clothes?

 

My Vest of Many Colors

Dolly Parton may have patches on her britches and a coat of many colors, but I have sweater vest of many patches. That’s pretty close right?

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I’ve spent most of the afternoon addressing Christmas cards because the early bird gets the worm. 😉 Have you already sent out your Christmas cards?