The wonders of ETUDE HOUSE’s AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch

I’m a late bloomer. Yes. That much I can say now. I didn’t realize it until recently. One of my high school friends dragged me over to the much talked about Korean beauty shop – ETUDE HOUSE last November and I felt like Charlie stepping into my very own version of the Chocolate Factory. LOL. But honestly, I prefer chocolates over cosmetics. 😀

I dunno but I’m not the type of girl who goes loco over cosmetic products. I don’t really know how to put on make up PROPERLY. I just sort of imitated my friends back in College. I don’t try out new make up simply coz my skin is sort of sensitive. I’m scared to get more pimples than I already have. I think it’s a slight trauma which I got from trying out too much skin care products back in high school which LITERALLY destroyed my face. No kidding. -.-

While the whole world was fussing about THE BB CREAM, I was still shopping for some baby powder for my face. ^^ While every woman clamored for that perfectly moisturized and pouty lips, I simply use lip balm. I don’t even regularly pluck my eyebrows or use blush on that much. It’s NOT that I don’t care about my looks. I’m quite vain most of the time but I just don’t like the idea of spending too much on cosmetics. Or shoes. Or bags. 😀 I’d rather spend it on food or books.

I tried out three products from ETUDE HOUSE. First was this Pearl Face Mask – which felt really great but I wouldn’t do it that often coz I’m scared that it might give me pimples… I dunno why but I have that crazy feeling that most facial products do not agree with my skin. They HATED my pores. T_T The other one, which I still haven’t used was the elbow mask thingy. It’s sort of like something to whiten and smoothen your elbows. ^^ Looking forward to using this. Last, but definitely not the least, was the  AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch. 

I was just curious about this- like how it worked and what it does. My friend was also interested in this product so I gave it a try. I just had a full fringe at that time so I got this really irritatingly humongous  zits all over my forehead. -.-

I tried the   AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch and I was surprised at how cute and ‘transparent’ they appeared. Haha. When you take a closer look you can actually detect them but from afar it simply looked as if you put a bit of powder on your zit and it’s starting to be ‘flaky’.

Basically, it’s just to cover up that humiliating shiny red zit but I guess it has more effects that I don’t know of. I noticed a slight change in that particular zit the next day. It shrunk a little. Just a little. It wasn’t that SHINY and BIG anymore too! ^^ From then on, I started loving this product and I continuously bought it. Sure it’s NO MIRACLE but for me who’s been having pimple problems for a decade now, this is REALLY something. It definitely alleviated  those life-ruining zits.

This  helpful skin care product also prevents the zit from getting any more gigantic than it already is. Sure it doesn’t completely erases the zit away but it PREVENTS it and like the saying goes, Prevention is BETTER than cure. 😉 You have to leave it on for 8-12 hours to maximize the effect. It might be more noticeable in some skin tones though. Mine’s a bit fair so it’s NOT that noticeable, but I guess those with a darker tone wouldn’t like the fact that they looked like they have tiny circles all over their faces. ^^

I’d still recommend it though for those who gets humongous zits like me… particularly at ‘that time of the month’~

Credits (for the pictures):  kikaytrekkie

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~Hollow-fied~

“It’s exhilarating, Abbey. You exhilarate me” ~ Caspian, The Haunted

Ever since the Harry Potter series ended, I’ve never been attached to any book trilogies or series. Well, I THOUGHT I’d never get hooked again. But then there’s Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s fantastic trilogy, Beautiful CreaturesBeautiful Darkness– ??? Yeah, I dunno the third book’s title yet. ^^ I loved it from start to finish and I just can’t hardly wait for the third installment.

So I started reading Jessica Verday’s THE HOLLOW. Then went on to read THE HAUNTED. It took me about two and a half months to finish them. And I can say it was well worth my time.  I don’t really plan on making a long-ass review here. I just want to share my thoughts about these wonderful reads.

I liked The Hollow due to the simple fact that it was refreshing and unique as compared to the current craze over sparkling vampires with bad attitudes or hot-tempered fallen angels. There are no werewolves or wizards here either. Just a simple dead boy who is haunting the haunted village of Sleepy Hollow. 😀

From the start, Caspian had been nothing but nice, sweet, kind and a true gentleman. Although he has his ‘moments of teenage angst‘, he never showed it to Abbey. I think my problem with the first book was Abbey’s ‘pity-me-my-bff-died-its-all-my-fault-i-shouldn’t-be-happy-i-should-forever-be-emo’ attitude. With the first few chapters it was okay. Tolerable, to say the least. But as I read more of her outbursts and crazy wild emo moments, I got more and more irked. Okay, I know how she feels. I lost someone too. Been there done that. But it was just… I dunno… sometimes it feels like she’s being TOO emotional and she’s overreacting.

Anyway, although there were lots of loopholes and WTF moments in The Hollow, especially when my suspicions about Caspian were right, some of them were thoroughly explained in the second book– The Haunted.

I still don’t get Nikolas and Katy though. I KNOW. They’re Shades or whatever, but their connection to the legend of Sleepy Hollow is just– WTF. ~__~

The things that didn’t make sense in The Hollow were finally explained in The Haunted which made it a compelling read. With every page I  get awed by Caspian’s sweetness and I get enlightened by the revelations. ^^

What set Caspian apart from the other ‘lead guys’ in fiction novels is the fact that he’s just a boy. Who died, yeah. But his being separated from his physical body didn’t stop his heart from beating. It didn’t stop him from falling in love with Abbey. And that makes it more interesting and special.

He has his flaws, yes, but that’s what makes him more gorgeous. He’s NOT perfect. It’s just like having a normal teenage boy as your  boyfriend. Only he’s dead. XD But I think he’s so much better than most kids his age who are ill-mannered, bad-tempered and who thinks of nothing but doing ‘THAT’.

Another thing about The Haunted is that it stands well alone. I think even if I wasn’t able to read book one, I won’t be lost upon reading this. All the important facts and events in book one were recalled and well expounded in book two. Although the author might’ve missed a few issues here and there –like what the hell is Nikolas and Katy REALLY??? Or what is Ben supposed to be– the dead bff’s secret admirer, the unofficial other guy or just Abbey’s friend? Why was Caspian chosen as a shade? Or rather, how did he become a shade?

I dunno. I don’t really nitpick when it comes to the books I read. Unless there’s really A LOT to nitpick on. XD I try to put myself in the author’s shoes, being a writer myself… ^^

Anyway, although I sympathize a little with Ben– the unofficial other guy– I still love Caspian to death. Okay, no PUN intended. XP He’s just the best dead boyfriend ever.  He understands Abbey’s shortcomings and unreasonable emotional outbursts and he really cherishes her so much. I mean, let’s face it. The way I imagined Abbey, she’s not THAT pretty. I bet she’s more on the average-looking side. Not the head-turner type. I really like how deep and passionate their love for each other is despite their young age.

I still don’t get how this story’s gonna end though… ^_^;; I mean, okay, so Vincent Drake doesn’t want Abbey to die coz he doesn’t want her and Caspian to be ‘whole/complete’– but WHY??? And what’s up with those creepy revenants anyway? Why should the living half die as well…? Are they really trying to help?  Can’t the living half and dead half be together as it is? *sighs* I need the third book NAO! >_<

AND can I just say that IF EVER there is  a movie adaptation, this person should TOTALLY be Caspian. 😀

Tom to tom tom ~ Tom tom ~~~