Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The 6 Biggest Skin-Care Mistakes

I'd like to quote Yahoo! on this article I just read now.

If there's one thing I stress to my patients, it's that great skin doesn't require spending a fortune on some "miracle cream" made from rare seaweed from the Arctic Circle! It's all about simple good habits. But let's approach those habits from the opposite direction: What are the most damaging bad habits that I see time and time again?

1. Using a cleanser with harsh detergents: Many people assume that the suds of their vigorously foaming cleanser are a good sign -- surely they'll leave skin extra clean. Unfortunately, copious suds are generally a sign that your cleanser contains a harsh detergent, like lauryl sulfate, that strips skin of vital lipids. (And don't get me started on bar soap -- that is always a no-no.) Instead, look for cleansers that contain fatty acids and will actually fortify your skin, like Dove's ProAge products, or even simple cold cream. If you have particularly dry skin, I recommend cleansing oils, which remove dirt and makeup without disturbing your skin's natural protective barrier.

2. Not using a retinoid: Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is the only topical ingredient proven not only to prevent lines and wrinkles but to minimize the ones you already have. Past the age of 30, I recommend seeing a dermatologist for a higher-concentration prescription retinoid (like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac, for example), but there are also many great over-the-counter creams that contain lower concentrations of retinol. I like Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night Cream, and SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.

3. Spending too much on skin care: Splurging on the beautiful packaging and luxurious scents of pricey boutique skin care lines can feel wonderfully pampering -- provided you know that it's absolutely not necessary for great skin. In fact, many of my favorite products are made by drugstore brands, because those companies have the large budgets for top-notch research and development. If you have to choose, put your money toward that prescription retinoid, and buy the rest of your regimen at the drugstore.

4. Getting facials: Yes, that's right -- you can strike facials from your skin-care budget and actually be doing your skin a favor! Studies show that as many as 80% of people break out after a facial. Aestheticians often don't know which products are right for the skin of each client, and may use ingredients that can worsen acne, or essential oils that tend to irritate sensitive skin. Even if you don't break out, there are really no long-term benefits to facials.

5. Washing your face at the wrong time: Always wash your face after you rinse out your hair products and conditioner in the shower, never before. Many conditioners contain pore-clogging isopropyl myristate and other hair products often contain coconut oil -- both are common acne-causing ingredients that you don't want to leave on your skin.

6. Not using sunscreen every day: Not just for your trip to the beach. Not just during the long summer days. Every day. Yes, it's important to be even more vigilant if you plan to spend lots of time in direct sunlight. But incidental sun exposure typically accounts for more of our lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays than those days at the beach. Walking to and from your car, dashing out of the office for a sandwich, or sitting outside for a few minutes adds up -- make sure you're covered with at least SPF 15, every day.

Wishing you great skin!

Monday, December 29, 2008

eyeko item of the week

Eyeko Tinted Cream


5GBP (almost $8.00) FREE SHIPPING
Product description:

For radiant skin and a sun kissed glow try NEW Eyeko 3-in-1 Tinted Cream. Treat skin to the same luxuriously whipped texture made with super hydrating Jojoba boosted with antioxidants Vitamins A & E plus Vitamin C for a luminous finish as our No.1 bestseller Eyeko Cream.

Eyeko says: "It's the effortless way to get flawless skin. Dip in and pat on for a subtle glow with light reflecting particles that create instant radiance".

Contains no petrochemicals.


Eyeko Cream & Eyeko Tinted Cream is comparable to The Body Shop's Glow enhancer. I am a big fan of TBS Glow Enhancer. I love the effect it gives my skin. It's been a while since I used the product and having to meet Eyeko is like meeting an old friend, but on a more affordable price.

TBS Glow Enhancer- $14.00 (Plus S&H)

Eyeko Tinted Cream- 5GBP ($8.00) FREE SHIPPING Plus free gift when E123 code is entered.

They have the same effect on me, glowing sparkling healthy looking skin PLUS the Vitamin C that I am craving for right now. I badly need this vitamin on my skin since pigmentation is rapidly showing on my skin lately. Eyeko Tinted Cream is both beautiful and beneficial at the same time. I will definitely wear this on my everyday make up.

The only con that I have is the packaging. It's packed in a tub and bringing it in your purse is definitely a no-no. I keep mine in a small sample jar and throw it in my make-up kit.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fabulous Christmas in years!

I mentioned in my past blog that I always get madly depressed on Holidays. Well, this year has changed. Probably because this is the 1st Christmas for me & my husband. Anyhoo I got fabulous gifts and shopped fabulously with my gift cards. :)

Oh yeah, I hope YOU got the gift I sent. Please.. it's been too long and you don't deserve not to get my gift. I'm sending some more since I owe you big time!

The stuffs I got for Christmas:
1. Nautica plush blanket
2. Pink sports bag
3. Pink velour sets
4. Pink digital picture frame
5. Victoria Secret GC
6. Victoria Secret Cherry PJs
7. TUMI pouch bag & ofcourse, my...
8. Fujifilm finepix S2000HD

But ofcourse, I gotta get something for myself also.
1. Holiday Edition face brushes from MAC
2. Matt & Nat Big Drop bag

my nephew, cedrick all grin for christmas

Thanks for reading.. Have a very good 2009 girls..

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Secret Santa

I'm sorry if stuffs didn't arrive as expected. As per checking, the shipper shipped the item to my address and the confusion started. I don't know. But I sent you something just incase things wont work out. I hope you have gotten it by now.
I'm sorry. REALLY!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

If I were a Disney Princess, I'd be Snow White

Answer each questions and count how many points you got on each princess. You'll find it funny how some answers truly reflects on the Disney princess compare to you. I'm Snow White.. Who are you? Tag people, I tag:


& those who wanna answer this.

[ ] One of your parents is dead
[x ] You are expected to do a lot of
[x] You love to dress up
[] You love animals
[ ] You are waiting patiently for your
Prince Charming
[ ] Your mom is really strict
[x] You have sisters who seem kind of
jealous of you
[ ] You’re afraid to speak your mind
[ ] You have left your shoes at a
friend’s house before
[ ] You have blonde hair

[x] You’ve kissed someone your friends
didn’t like
[ ] You’ve been lost in the forest
[x] You love to read
[x] You are not shy at all, and not
afraid to speak your mind
[x] One of your family members is a
bit weird
[x] You have done volunteer work
[x] You have a wild imagination
[x] You love to take care of people in
[x] You’ve had guys like you only because they think you’re pretty
[x] You’ve rejected at least one person when they’ve asked you out

[ ] Your dad is very rich/important
[x] You are very clever
[x] You’ve been with someone way different from you
[x] You’re unique and different from everyone else
[x] You’d never marry someone just because they were rich
[x] You have set a lot of goals for yourself
[ ] You don’t have a lot of friends
[x] You’re independent
[ ] You are wealthy
[ ] Your parents try to control your life

[x] Your parents expect a lot from you
[x] You really try to follow the rules, but it’s hard for you
[x] You’re a bit of a trouble maker
[x] You’re the youngest in your family or in the last 2
[ ] You have a lot of sisters (3 or more)
[x] you collect something
[x] You have/had long, hair
[x] You have/had a pet fish
[x] You’re extremely curious
[x] You believe everything people tell you/you’re a bit gullible

Snow White;
[x] You know that you’re beautiful
[x] Sometimes it seems like your mom
is jealous of you (can mom in law count?)
[x] You’ve almost been killed
[x] You have at least seven good friends
[x] You’ve had food poisoning
[x] You have/had short hair
[x] You get along with almost everyone
[x] All of your friends are different
[x] You love to have a good time
[x] You’re happier when you’re out of the house than in

[x] You can be a tomboy sometimes.
[] People wish you could be a bit more girly
[x]You’ve pretended to be someone you’re not
[x] You’ve had a physical fight with someone
[x] You have/had considered running away from home
[x] Your parents try to plan your life out
[x] a lot of your friends are boys
[x] You sometimes find yourself in bad situations
[x] You love your family so much that you’d do anything to protect them

[x ] You live/have lived with someone other than your parents
[ ] You almost died at a very young age
[x]You are gentle, loving, and/or thoughtful
[x]You have a decent singing voice
[x]You like to sleep in late on the weekends
[x]You spend most of your time outside
[ ] You’re adopted
[x]You’re very romantic
[x]Pink is one of your favorite colors

[x]you love to walk around and explore big cities
[x] You are more spiritual than religious
[ ] You’ve been in an interracial relationship
[ ] One of your family members is dead
[x]Your parents are very protective of you
[ ] Someone you know has been in war
[x]You love nature
[x]You have/had black hair
[x] You would love to move somewhere exotic and beautiful
[x] You’re very adventurous

Take the princess’s name that you got the most in and repost…if you have more than 1, play eeny meany myny moe with them until you get an answer and…
Repost this as, If I were a Disney Princess, I’d be _____

Friday, December 19, 2008

holiday blues

For some odd reasons I always get depressed on this time of the year. Even before when I was still in the Philippines, everytime Christmas time comes I just indulge myself with pillows and blankies and sleep my day off.
Now that I am here in the States, I thought it would be better. Since snow, santa claus, endless shopping is just here around me I thought I'd be happier. I was wrong!!
I'm bitten!!! by the holiday blues!! it's killing me!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

secret santa surprise

Dear "my pick"

Hello, how was your day? Did you get the package I bought you? I'm worried it might have gotten lost or something. I haven't seen your blog yet about my gift. Uh0oh!!
Aside from that gift, I have something for you. I ordered some stuffs from my friend and it arrived already. Hopefully I might be able to drop by the post office tomorrow morning and send it to your address.
You don't know who you are huh? I badly wanna scream your name and tell you that "I hope you like what I got ya"
Whoever you are, send me an email if you got the gift already. Or I might yell at the retailer whom I ordered it from.

Peace & Carrots,

Secret Santa Kristine


Last night snow finally dropped here in NJ. Got the chance to play with my new toy and sizzle it up with Photoshop. :)
This is the view from the bathroom's window. Right infront of our apartment is a hospital's ER. How cool is that?! I was rushed one time there. No driving of car needed. lol..

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Brush review: Chisel Fluff/Pointed Crease Duet

Oh my gosh! I've been dreaming of creating looks like what I did earlier. I love the effects this brush gave me. I got this as a gift from Elizabeth on the "secret santa" L started and honestly, the brush is amaaaaaazing!
For less than $5.00, it will give you a million dollar eyes. Totally worth it girls, TOTALLY WORTH IT! :) Here are the pictures:

MAC Samples

I am a mineral make up fan. I love the silky smooth effect it gives my skin. It even covers my freckles which are showing really really baaad! Now the problem is, I am running out of it already and I think its time for me to go grab my MAC now!
I went to this retail store in willowbrook mall and I never shop for make up at mac because I find it so intimidating approaching make up consultants from there. But this girl Justine helped me find my foundation shade (NC30) and even threw me some samples. I think it was a pleasant experience for me to shop at MAC store. I'm going back next week to get some more of the good stuff.
I never thought MAC has samples to give out. I courageously asked Justine if she could help me find solution to my puffy eyes and she gave me an enormous amount of this eye cream. She said it'll last me a month. :) GREAAAAT! She even gave me a sample of their moisturizer. Delissshh!

last minute gift idea

Finally, I got my hubby his Christmas gift already. I customized his oakley shades to his favorite football team, NYJets. I think it's a brilliant idea to customize your oakley.
It's for last minute holiday gifts. They ship for free and they do it on a 2 day shipping via UPS. I just hope we get this before Christmas, or if not, before 2009 comes. HA!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Secret Santa!!

Thanks Elizabeth for this wonderful gift. Now for my pick, I hope you got your package already. I'm so worried it might got lost in the mail or something.. :-S
I so much love the brushes you sent me. CS even threw in some pigments..

aaaaaah.. credits to L for this wonderful idea! :)

I feel bad for him.

I think this is f*ckinnnnn' insane. We all know that we have a "dumb prez" but nobody has the right to do this at him. It's terribly wrong. I am mad at Phil's prez but I know the fact that I wont throw my shoes at her.. especially if it's a choo or a blahnik! lol..

Saturday, December 13, 2008

tag game

once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with sixteen random things, facts, habits or goals about you. at the end choose ten people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. don’t forget to leave them a comment (“you’re it”) and to read your blog. you can’t tag the person who tagged you.

1- I'm a frustrated cheerleader! I coached our cheerleading team on Junior & Senior high but I got two left feet! I can't effin' dance! I just tell them what to do and where to go! I have one of my co- coach do the steps for me. lmao..

2-I'm the 4th among the brood of 5. I'm a mommy's girl but loves my dad so much. I can't stand my mom. (maybe because I'm just like her..)

3-I am a freaking saleswoman! When I was still working in the Philippines as a consultant, I am within the top 5 of the team Phils. (I'm proud of me)

4- I gained 45 pounds within 3 years here in the U.S ( I know it's a lot!!)

5- I used to have a weird diet when I was in HS.. (3-2-1 diet: 3Tbsp. rice in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, 1 in the evening)

6-I only had 2 nokia phones in my entire life. I'm a sony erricson & motorola typa person..

7- I love to eat ginisang upo more than anything else in the world.

8-I love to spoil my 2 nephews. I treat them as if they're mine..

9- I have this ability to know what the ingredients of the food was just by tasting it. That's my talent!!!

10- I tend to give the weirdest gifts to people. (hahaha!)

11- I survived my alcohol addiction on 2007.

12- I used to work at dunkin donuts.

13- I'll make maja mais in half an hour.

14- When I was still living in Queens, NY I used to pretend I am chinese/ korean to get away from people offering stuffs.

15- Jehova's witness people creeps me out. (they are sooo aggresive)

16- I used to have 5 shopping bags filled with notes from my bestfriend. I left them all in the Phils.

I tag anyone who read this

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Eyeko Samples

I know all of us are "die-hard" fans of sample cosmetics right? I am sending Eyeko samples to those who are interested with the product. I have been discussing Eyeko throughout my blogs and I was thinking why not share the marvelousness (if there's a term) of my love, Eyeko.

Things that will be sent out are the following:

1. Eyeko Cream
2. Eyeko Tinted Cream
3. Facial Wipes
4. Eyeko Fat Balm

*Unfortunately due to lack of supplies, I can only accomodate upto 10 chics out there.

To start off, please email me at: kristineiselectric@gmail.com

I will only charge $5.00 to cover containers & shipping costs.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

lemme hear your manly thoughts..

We're off to watch the bout between Oscar dela Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. Everyone here in NJ especially in the Clifton & Passaic area are so damn crazy about this boxing event that they hold parties just to watch these two fight.

Who are you vying for in this contest? haha.. something about "not make-up"

I cooked stir-fry chicken as potluck contribution..

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I played blue with my UD Ammo & Eyeko Cool Eyes. I decided not to go bold as I am really not a make-up expert yet. I used what I have & played with it.

Eyeko Cool Eyes (I checked the shades)
Shattered (UD Ammo)
Polyester Bride (UD Ammo)
Clinique liquid liner (Brown)
Mark Crystal Shimmer (Mark Pink Box)
Eyeko Mascara

Bare Minerals (Medium)

Bare Minerals (Medium)

Bare Minerals (Golden Gate)

Starry Lipstick (105)
Mac "Red"She Said
Mark lipgloss (Pink Box)

NOTE: I used the new camera's SUPER MACRO on the close up picture of the e/s palettes. The picture's soooo yummy.. sooooo crispy!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Cyber Monday was an exciting day for me. My husband decided to drive me to Circuit City although I insisted on going to the mall. He pushed me to go to where he wants and I just obliged but I'm not really happy about it. We keep on browsing for my camera that he's gonna give me as "The Christmas Present" for weeks now. I am getting tired already because everytime I see something that I like, he'll be like.. "Uh, we'll buy it next time ok. I don't want to use my Amex on this." He said he wants to use his debit card instead. So, who am I to complain right?
I guess last Monday something miracoulously happened to him. I think his holiday spirit has grown right after the Thanksgiving day. And thank God my camera's there. So here's what he got me.

I'm like.. "Are you sure baby you're getting me this" He's like.. "You don't want it?" I was like.. "I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!" hahahaha I was jumping like a lil girl at CC and the girl who rang us up kept on looking at me like I was a freak or something. :) Now I have a new toy to play with. Oh, I love my husband.. :) And oh yeah.. he also used his amex. Though it's not a mastercard that he used, my reaction at CC was PRICELESS.

Monday, December 1, 2008

long overdue review

Hey girls I'm blogging again. I know it's been a while since my last post. I'm doing a review on Eyeko's eye shadow palettes, particularly: SEXY EYES & COOL EYES. I got these two pretty palettes a couple of days ago and my review on them are long overdue. So ladies, here it is now.
By the way Eyeko is dubbed as the cutest cosmetic line in London. And indeed they are. Just the packaging alone melts my heart. Lol.
Anyhoo, their palette comes with 5 shades that blends well with each other from the base, contour, upto the highlights. It's very compact and comes in a tin can which makes it ubberly cute! It says on the back that you can apply it using your fingers, make up brush and sponge.
I used UDPP as the primer and colors were grabbed very well.

I think blue is the new smokey eyes now. Every blog I read there's someone who plays with blue shades of e/s on the LOTD/EOTD/FOTD. And it all happens on November 2008. So, I think girls likes to play with blue lately.
Eyeko's "Cool Eyes" is the perfect tool for that. For less than 10 bucks, you'll get 5 shades that matches all skin tones. You can get this pretty thing at the Eyeko store. And by typing in FREERUDEGIRL+E123 upon checking out, you will get two free gifts plus their ultimate FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!!!!

Now, for more contemporary chic like I am, Eyeko's "Sexy Eyes" works perfectly. I use this everyday at my meetings, I even use this even when me & my hubby goes out to lunch and stuffs like that. This is my everyday "holy grail" of eye shadow. Same thing with the "Cool Eyes" it comes with 5 colors that you can play with however you like it.

There you go, although I haven't really got the time to post my EOTD using these lovies..

tata girls!!

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