Recent Posts

Paul and Joe Beaute Deep Cleansing Milk

The Culprit For My Skin Acne

Honey and Olive Oil DIY Face Mask

Wonderful Remedy for Dry Skin

Holiday Nail Art

A Red and Green Christmas

Nov 28, 2012

Sephora 2012 VIB Reward Card|No Minimum Purchase Required

It's that time of the year again. As a year end gift to its reward program (Beauty Insider) members, Sephora gives out reward cards in various amounts to its BI and VIB. According to previous years, we've seen amounts in $15 for BI and $20 for VIB.

I've just received my $20 reward card in the mail today. Depends on your location, you should receive it within this week and next.

Fine Print: Apply your promotional $20 USD reward card to one merchandise transaction over $50 USD, and it applies to entire purchase. VALID FROM 11/29/12 through 12/11/12 at 11:59pm PST. Must be VIB to redeem. Must qualify as VIB by October 1, 2012. This is a one-time-use-only reward card valid for one shopping transaction at any Sephora store,, or Sephora inside jcpenney only. Offer is not available with online Canadian orders. Offer may not be applied toward previous purchases, shipping, or taxes. Offer may not be applied toward eGift certificates or gift cards or to merchandise orders under $50; attempts to do so will invalidate eGift certificate or gift card purchase amounts at online checkout. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. One complimentary promotional reward card per person; it is not valid for resale and cannot be combined with another promotional reward card or gift card. Sephora is not responsible for lost or stolen reward cards. This reward card must be surrendered at time of purchase in stores. This offer is subject to change, alteration or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time. Offer is not valid for Sephora, jcpenney, or LVMH employees and cannot be combined with any employee discounts.

Update: I made my purchase using the reward card and actually didn't have to meet the minimum purchase requirement. I was also able to combine another promotional code on this order as well. However, since my order is less than $50, I did have to pay for shipping, which is $5.95. But it's still worth it as at the end, I paid $4.55 for a total of 2 items worth $19.


Nov 26, 2012

Sales and Deals|Cyber Monday 2012

  • Free Extreme Night Treatment on orders $40 and more (code: CYBERTREAT)

  • Free shipping on orders $40 and more
  • 40% off site-wide
  • Free gift with purchase 

The Body Shop
  • 50% off site-wide 
  • Free shipping with any $30 purchase
  •  Love Your Body members receive extra 10% off on all purchases

Bobbi Brown
  • Free shipping on any purchase

Giorgio Armani
  • Free shipping on orders $75 and more
  • 20% off side-wide (code: CYBER12A)

  • 25% off (code: cyber)
  • Free shipping on orders $40 and more 

  • 20% off  side-wide (code: CYBER12)

  • $20 off $100 (code: BBCYBERMONDAY)
  • $40 off $200 (code: BBCYBERMONDAY)
  • Free shipping on any purchase

Bobbi Brown
  • Free overnight shipping on any purchase (code: CYBER)

Urban Decay
  • Free shipping on orders $50 and more
  • 50% off on selected palettes

  • 50% off side-wide on orders $25 and more (code: 50WIDE)
  • Free shipping on orders $25 and more
  • 50% off side-wide

Trish McEvoy
  • Free shipping on orders $25 and more
  • 20% off side-wide (code: TMHOLIDAY)

Cherry Culture
  • 20% off side-wide (code: CMS20)

Bath & Body Works
  • 25% off side-wide (code: CYBER2012)

  • Free shipping on any purchase
  • 10% off side-wide

Belle & Clive
  • 10% off side-wide (automatically through checkout)

  • Free shipping on any purchase

Shu Uemura
  • Free shipping on orders $50 and more
  • 20% off side-wide (code: WISH2012)

Eve Pearl
  • 40% - 60% off on selected products (code: BPCM2012)

Eve Pearl
  • 20% off on orders $50 and more (code: FRIENDS2012)

Nov 25, 2012

Paul and Joe Beaute Deep Cleansing Milk|The Culprit For My Skin Acne

My first encounter with Paul & Joe was literally a love at first sight. The elegant packaging along with a hint of lovely sweet scent instantly brought out my inner girly girl. And the products did not disappoint either. Ever since then, I've fallen head over heels with this brand. Unfortunately, like many relationships, I've hit the 7 years itch. I'm having no luck with its products lately, and this really frustrates me. 

I had just finished my stable facial cleanser when I purchased the Paul & Joe Deep Cleansing Milk ($32.00 for 200ml). The product description sounds like the perfect solution for me because I needed something that is gentle for daily usage but is also strong enough to remove makeup. It's said to combine the effects of an oil cleanser with a milk cleanser. Wow! Sounds like a match made in heaven. 

Take a quarter size of the product and spread it over dry skin. The rich and milky texture feels amazing, and the luxurious cleanser immediately melts away on the skin. This would be great for dry or sensitive skin because it's gentle and non-abrasive. Then rinse clean with water. 

Now, let's put the cleanser to test. To evaluate its cleansing power, I had summoned a few makeup items.

The products I used are

  1. Tarte EmphasEYES™ Eye Pencil 
  2. Almay Intense i-Color™ Liquid Liner 
  3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash (waterproof) 
  4. Maybelline Mineral Power™ Natural Perfecting Concealer 
  5. Tarina Tarantino Magic Hour Cream Shadow
And now let's see the result. The cleansing milk is pretty much useless when it comes to eye makeup and waterproof products. It got rid of most of the concealer and cream shadow, but a closer look revealed residues still on my skin. Seeing this disappointing result, I thought may be this cleanser is not meant to handle heavy makeup. So, I tried it out with my almost bare face with tiny bit of foundation and a non-waterproof eyeliner. Unfortunately, the dissatisfying result was the same. But, I'm definitely not giving up. To give this another try,  I used it as a regular face wash, and it still didn't work for me. The cleansing milk leaves an uncomfortable and weird feeling on my skin no matter how many times I tried to wash it away. It's not really an oily feeling but more like this strange film on my face. 

Then the worst nightmare is when I woke up the next morning with 2 large pimples on my face, and I have found the culprit. Half of the ingredients in this product is unacceptable for body care at Whole Foods Market, and along with tons of paraben, this is quite unpleasant.

It's just disheartening to see a brand charges a high price tag but fills the product with cheap fillers and harmful ingredients. So this cleanser is definitely going into my trashcan because its only positive features are the smooth texture and the signature orange scent. But these can not justify slapping on chemical on my skin that does not deliver its promised result and gives no skincare benefits.