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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

And Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter.  My wishes for a dark version of Alice in Wonderland film is finally coming true!!!

Justin Timberlake with heels and a leotard?  Awesome.



Fuck Oil Cleansing method.  Honestly, before I started the OCM my skin actually looked really good, but I was so curious about the OCM that I couldn't help but go into Mad Scientist mode.  However, curiosity killed the cat...or in this case...my FACE. >_<

I stopped the OCM about a month ago in order for my skin to heal.  This is my current regimen now:


- Cerave Cleanser (got this at CVS)
- Clinique's Mild Clarifying Lotion (it's an alcohol-free toner that not only refreshens the skin but has just the right amount of moisture for my oily skin type)
- Neutrogena Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 45
- Clinique's Pore Minimizer Instant Perfect (a primer I use on my T-zone before applying makeup; the only product that really put oilies at bay!)


- Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
- Cerave Cleanser
- Clinique's Mild Clarifying Lotion

There are some days where I do my own facial if I really have the time.  Here are the steps that I do for an at home facial:

- Start off with a clean face.
- Steam for face for 10-15 minutes to loosen hardened sebum plugs and open your pores (whether it be boiling a pot of water or just getting out of a hot shower; I actually have my own facial steamer from Conair that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond;  I love it because it has a timer on it ^_^)
- Pat your face dry and begin extractions.  You can understand why extractions happen after facial steaming (I actually have an extraction tool that I bought from Sephora; I like using this because it gets the job done compared to picking at your face with your fingers; then again everyone has their own preferences)
- When extraction of whiteheads/blackheads/pimples are done, apply a toner to clean off the bacteria from the extractions.  Either that or just wash your face with a gentle cleanser again.
- Add your favorite facial mask--->clean off mask--->tone--->moisturize

I love facial masks.  I used to use Queen Helene Mint Julep mask for my acne-prone skin because it really pulls out the toxins and bacteria from the skin well.  But right now my brother started on the Egg White Mask and Egg Yolk Mask and said that his acne is subsiding and that people think that he's 16 lol.  I tried the Egg White mask yesterday and boy did that stuff tighten my face upon drying, but after washing it off, my face is softer and a lot brighter.  I have yet to to the Egg Yolk mask, so I'll review on this later. 

In the meantime, here's how I used the egg white mask (skin tightener and brightener):

- Separate egg whites and yolk; put into different containers and refrigerate for future use (I think we could keep the egg whites and egg yolk in the fridge for like a little less than a week)
- Whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy; it just makes it easier to apply
- Either use a cotton ball/pad to apply or just your fingers
- Once you feel that the mask is dry, leave it on for an extra 15 minutes.  An important note that my brother made is to not move your face or talk if you want the full effect of the mask.  Breaking the mask with facial expressions is a big no no!
- Rinse off the mask and wash with gentle cleanser then follow up with toner and moisturizer

I've read up other versions of egg white masks, like adding lemon to it.  Lemon and limes act like an astringent, which is good for acne-prone skin.  I'm not sure if I want to do this because my skin looks great without the lemon ingredient.  But if you tried it, get back to me on that and I might reconsider.

Hope you all got your costumes.  I'm probably going to be a nurse again this year lol...

My OCM Findings

I've been following this girl's routine in OCM: Cleansing Regimen with Safflower Oil

I noticed for the past couple days that while doing OCM, I've screwed up at some important things:

1) The safflower oil I bought was about to expire 9/15/08, which is odd because I bought it a week prior to it with the idea that the shelf-life would definitely be longer than that.  Stupid grocery store!!!

2) I didn't store it in the fridge after opening.  Apparently, polyunsaturated fats can degrade at room temperature.  It's been hot and humid here in SoCal, so yeah...my bad.

3) I added a couple drops of Lavender oil to the Safflower.  Now I liked this for a while because it just smelled so darn nice, but it turns out that it really irritated my skin, which then left me with some raised lesions as well as a lot of bumps under the skin.  My skin feels a little sore now.  BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! 

I finally went out today to buy a new batch of Safflower oil (expires Feb 2009...which is more like it!), put it in the refrigerator, and used it alone without any essential oils added.  I was thinking that I should just use the Safflower oil as a nighttime moisturizer rather than day and night (maybe until winter time).  Besides, all I really need during the day is sunscreen anyway.  I just bought Neutrogena Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 45.  It's non-greasy, non-comedogenic, comes in different SPF ranges and smells nice.  I swear it doesn't even feel like you're wearing sunscreen.  It's also has broad-spectrum protection, which is a big A+ in my book. 

Change in Oil Cleansing Method post!

Because of my new findings, I have changed up my old "Deep Skin Cleansing Method" post, so check it out.  I will talk about my new findings soon, but right now I'm gonna go eat some chilli and tortilla chips.  So gooooooooooood.

Strawberry + Face = Goodness

I just went out on a limb here.  I totally just took out a strawberry, cut it in half, and smeared the crap out of my face with it.  I left it on for about 10-15 minutes or so...or whatever how long it takes to set up the hookah and hookah bowl...and just washed it off with warm water.  My skin feels so soft and it seemed lighter too!  My boyfriend was nibbling my face, and he liked the smell of strawberry goodness hehe!

I read up on it and apparently the fruit acids help exfoliate the dead skin cells as well help with inflammation.  Give this a try!  If you want more extravagant recipes of the strawberry mask, Google it.  But if you're a lazy ass like me, just smear it on.  I'm very sure you are going to feel a difference!

Gwen-Fuu's Deep Skin Cleansing Method

Have you ever heard of the "Oil Cleansing Method" for skin care?  You should...since all the ladies of the internet world are talking about it.  If you want to learn more about it, go here: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

The Oil Cleansing Method is pretty much a use of part Castor Oil and part Olive/Sunflower/Jojoba/whatever oil, which is then used as a natural way of removing makeup and deep cleaning the skin of dirt and impurities.  Also, it'll help loosen up those clogged pores and blackheads.  What makes this method work?  Well, I'm sure you all took chemistry and know that "like" dissolves "like," meaning that since water can't mix with oil, we're gonna have to use a different type of oil that is skin-friendly.  If you're really stubborn about this idea, go ahead and try to pour some olive oil in a glass of water.  Go ahead...keep mixing...go on. 

In my experience, I just use Safflower oil alone.  The reason why I chose this is all comes down to chemistry (linoleic acid versus oleic acid), which I will explain at another time.  Otherwise, Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, or Grapeseed oil (I haven't tried this yet but the nutrition components are just as close as the first two) are the best oils you can use without fearing that it will clog your pores.  But like I said, I will explain why on a later date.

Note: I hear using a microfiber cloth (the ones you buy at the auto section at the store) would be the best cloth to use for this method because it doesn't leave behind lint when wiping your face.  Keep in mind that you should be gentle with your skin when using this.


::[Gwen-Fuu's Deep Skin Cleansing Method]::

Please note that you should not treat this as a mere cleanser.  Just think of it as taking an extra step to really get the gunk out, k?  Okay...

1) Boil a pot of water.

2) While waiting, rub a quarter size amount of your oil blend to your face and massage thoroughly for a couple of minutes.  My oil blend is just Hollywood Safflower Oil w/ Vitamin E. (I'm sure you can find this or something similar at Safeway and Walmart.  Just make sure on the nutrition facts that POLYunsaturated fats is a lot HIGHER than MONOsaturated fats...by a ratio of 5:1 or something.)

3) Place the bowl of boiling water on a table or floor, put your face close enough to feel the steam but not burn your pretty lil face off, and drape a bath towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping. 

4) Relax for about 5-10 minutes.  Listen to Dr. Love on the radio or something lol.  This part is crucial because the steam allows your pores to open and  your skin to soften up, making it easier for our next step...

5) Once the time is up, start rubbing your face full of oil again but this time more thoroughly and with a lil more pressure.  Really work the oil in!  Add more oil if you'd like.  I would do this for like...uh...5 minutes or more.  It's completely up to you though.

6) Take a warm washcloth and gently wipe away the oil on your face.  Do the best  you can with this step.

7) OPTIONAL, but recommended:  Take your favorite gentle cleanser and wash your face like you usually do to take off whatever leftover oil is on your face. 

8) Now use 3-5 fresh drops of your oil blend in the palm of your DAMP hands, rub them together, and pat the thinned out oil onto your DAMP face.  After patting, start rubbing the oil in to thin it out even more.  This will ensure best absorption of the oil into the skin, meaning there is no need for a moisturizer.  Keep rubbing until your face is semi-dry.  Your skin should glow now!


As for the optional, I would highly recommend in investing a product called Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. 

It's a cleanser primarily made up of safflower oil, so this is sort of like cleaning your face with oil.  But this is totally different because it also contains emuslifiers, which actually helps oil and water MIX upon contact!    NIfty, huh?  So when you use the balm, you rub it in on your dry face to loosen the dirt and makeup, splash with water and your skin would be super squeaky clean with no leftover oily residue. 

Knowing this much, you can see why I would use this oil-based cleanser from Clinique as the last step because the safflower oil will mix with the leftover deep cleansing oil blend on your face, which can then be easily removed with warm water because of our best friend known as the emulsifier.

I use this cleanser in the morning and night...especially if I'm gonna use the Oil Cleansing method that evening.

How many times should I do the Gwen-Fuu's Deep Cleansing method, you ask?  Ehh, I would say 2-3 times a week at night.  Please don't do it twice a day.  It's really not necessary and it probably could backfire on you.  DUn dun dun!!

However, using your oil as a moisturizer twice a day is fine.  Just make sure you do the last step exactly.

If you have any questions, please comment.  Tell me your results!  Have a good one ^_^

God, she needs to do more of these anime-style music videos...before she's sane enough to do her own stunts again anyway.  For those of you who didn't know, Brit released an animated version of her music video "Break the Ice."  All I can say is that animation is wonderful and from the looks of it, there's going to be more like this in the future.  Check it out here: http://www.blackoutball.com/index.php

By the way, the password is "danger" and "victory" if you haven't figured it out...lol

Conan vs. Stewart and Colbert BRAWL!

I love this.

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