Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Revlon Grow Luscious eyeliner


(do they still sell this? I haven't paid attention)




Pros
- Pigmented
- Creamy
- Long lasting for a pencil

Cons
- Smudges slightly

$5-7 for 0.04 oz / 1.2 g

Verdict
As usual, smudging vary by person. If pencil liners have always worked well for you, this one is one of the better ones I've tried. However, if you have oily eyelids like myself, this will most likely still smudge. I enjoy pencil liners for its convenience and travel-friendly form. Plus it's harder to mess up since we're used to holding pencils and pens while writing.

If you're looking for an eyeliner that is smudge free, I recommend looking into waterproof liquid eyeliners such as the Revlon ColorStay (review linked here) or the Physician's Formula Eye Booster (review linked here). If you want a softer look, cream liners are worth looking into but for me they still smudge. My favorite as of late is the L'Oreal HiP Creme liner (review linked here), but the Wet n Wild $4 cream liner is probably the best in the drugstore in terms of wear (the pot dries out more quickly though, since it's plastic).

I think this whole lash-nourishing hype is probably a gimmick, but it gives me peace of mind.

Repurchase?
Yes.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition



Pros
Lengthening
Long wearing
Holds a curl

Cons
Not very volumnizing

Price
$24 for 0.29 oz

Verdict
I like this mascara for holding a curl and lengthening my lashes, but I'd also like volume so my lashes actually look noticeable. I'd also never spend THAT much money on mascara unless it looks absolutely amazing on me.
If you have problems with mascara holding a curl I definitely recommend giving this a try. This is a nice gift with purchase that I'll enjoy using from time to time.
To be honest I'm still not a huge fan of mascaras because they make my eyes feel dry and are a pain to remove. However, my recent acquiring of cleansing oils make them much easier to deal with.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm Back from China! (Massive makeup and skincare haul, over the year)

Hi everyone,

I went to study abroad in Beijing, China this past year (which is why I hadn't been posting for anyone who noticed my absence) and came back recently. China censors Google (and its subsidiaries such as Youtube, Blogger, etc.) and Facebook so it was difficult for me to post on Blogger.
Of course, can't go to Asia without bringing back some goodies, so here are the ones I purchased

Bolded items are the ones I like so far
Left to right (1st row)
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream SPF 20 PA++
(I went through some horrible skin trouble in China, so now some of the pores near my nose are horribly large. This BB cream makes them look very obvious and unpleasant)
Suki blush in 03
Suki Eyeliner Cream in 03 Pure Black (I actually like this stuff, lasts longer than pretty much all gel/cream liners I've tried, it barely smudges)
Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF 50 PA+++
Biore UV Tint Milk SPF 30 PA++ in Light
Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB 3D Effect SPF 50 PA+++
(Incredibly thick and not really watery, I should probably mix this with a more watery sunblock or lotion)
Biore UV Aqua Rich Water base SPF 50+ PA+++
(Biore sunscreens are available in Mainland China and Taiwan, probably Japan too with different packaging.
I basically got the whole collection, which was a bad idea. The packaging intrigued me initially but my favorites out of these are the ones bolded. The rest are kind of dry without a moisturizer, so my skin gets oily very quickly. I noticed that with the watery milky sunscreen, my skin doesn't get as oily but if I wear foundation on top the texture of my skin is more exacerbated.
If anyone is interested in an in depth review, please let me know)

If you're familiar with Eastern Asian culture, you know they're all about being pale... there are quite a few whitening sunscreens out on the market that I didn't purchase.


(2nd row) 
Skinfood Sweet Almond Liquid eyeliner
Watsons My Party Gal mascara in Black
L'egere CC cream SPF 20 (not sure if anyone remembers but I used to LOVE the L'egere BB cream [discontinued] and decided to give the new CC creams a try. Will review soon but I'm not a fan)
Maybelline Pure Mineral BB creams
 - Clear moist
- Moisturizing SPF 25 PA++
(a bit thick, but good coverage)
- Water gel SPF 35 PA++
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum gel foundation in 51 Vanilla Clair (I've seen this in Lisa Eldrige's videos many times, and in Taiwan this was much cheaper than in China so I tried it. Not in love but I do like it)
Hera UV Mist Cushion Summer Proof in C23
(not sure if it's really summer proof, but it's light coverage as far as I can tell)
Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse POREeraser SPF35 PA+++
(I've heard about this for quite some time, it is very expensive [I got it at the airport for about $70 for 2] but my cousin highly recommended it as a daily sunblock for face. I quite like it so far, it helps with pores and a bit with oilyness)



Once again, bolded items are my favorites
Habo Labo acne cleanser (good for winter, very creamy)
Uno Ultra Black face wash (heard about this from a girl named MszJackieChu on Youtube, it is a bit drying but cooling on the skin)
Uno Moist Clear Facewash (haven't even opened this yet, probably will save it for winter)
Biore makeup removing cleanser
Innisfree Apple cleanser (smells great, works ok. Apparently Innisfree is a good Korean skincare brand. They have so many lines I don't even know where to begin) 
Innisfree Green Tea BB cream (not pictured)
Just meh, I'll review it one of these days

Hanajirushi Amino Acid cleanser
Shiseido Perfect Milk cleanser (I also had the cream one of this, a little goes a long way to create a lot of foam)
Wanmei (Perfect) Aloe gel (there's no immediate evidence but I think this helps a lot with my breakouts)
Tony Moly Dr. Tony AC Control Serum (bought this while I had a bad breakout as well, it helps some)

Naruko Rose Aqua Cubic 
- Hydrating Emulsion
- Moisturizing Cleanser
(very thick texture that turns foamy, not cleansing enough for me at times) 
- Serum (not pictured) 
I bought this line during the winter because Beijing is incredibly dry

Naruko Appleseed and Tranexamic Acid
- Serum
- Toner
- Hydra Milk
(this line is supposed to help diminish discoloration and even out your skin. I don't see a significant difference but I believe it helps) I'm not sure why I keep buying the Naruko line, it doesn't seem to do wonders for me but maybe if I use it consistently I will see a difference.
Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish powder (smells pleasant and seems to control oil decently, definitely can't use too much or you end up with a white cast)

Naruko Raw Jobs' Tears
Pore minimizing & Brightening Night Gelly
Foaming wash
(Got this set to help with my enlarged pores, haven't seen a huge difference either but again, hope it helps after using it consistently for a while)
Heynature Pearl Label BB cream SPF 35 PA++
This brand for BB creams provides relatively thick coverage but always seems to break me out. I always fall for advertising schemes.



Of course, can't forget the sheet masks that are so popular.
I'll just mention the ones worth knowing
Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask 
This mask warms up on your skin as soon as you apply it and is supposed to be good for blackheads and pores. Your pores do look really clean when you wash the mask off, but I don't know about actually minimizing them just yet.
My Beauty Diary:
Japanese Cherry Blossom (brightening, clearing)
Snail mask
Hello Kitty Anti-Oxident & Oil Control Facial Mask
(bought these bc they're Hello Kitty, nothing special)
Naruko Rose Aqua Cubic hydrating mask
Dr. Morita Set Tyan Whitening Mask (Calming & Whitening)
(These masks were very soothing once you put it on, I recommend trying them if you see it)

And that's it for now
Have you tried any of these products? How do you like them?
Let me know if you have any interest in any items I mentioned

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Another Haul (Kiehl's Clearly Corrective, Urban Decay, Cargo, etc.)


Found this at Nordstrom Rack
Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box (only $10!) so excited when I saw it
Cargo Fresh Face Complexion Kit in Light ($20)
- full size Cargo Blu_Ray pressed powder (wanted to try this since a YTer talked about it a while ago, hopefully it controls my oil well)
- full size OneBase concealer + foundation in one (seems a little dark when I tried it on my hands)
- travel size Activating Face Primer
- travel size Bronzer in medium



Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 1.7 oz ($76)
Got this with a giftcard after MissGlamorazzi talked about it in her favorites, I didn't see results in 3 days, but I'll keep everyone updated in the next few weeks/months


Kiehl's Clearly Corrective
Purifying Foaming cleanser $27
Brightening Moisture Emulsion $58
This line is very expensive, only a little less expensive than Shiseido White Lucent, I got it only because I have a discount at Bloomingdales


Tweezerman Emerald tweezer ($20) - I can feel the quality difference between this and the Sally hansen, but I wish it came with a little tweezer holder
Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser 16 oz ($33)
I like this cleanser a lot for removing face makeup, but it doesn't remove eye makeup as I expected after hearing Youtubers talk about it

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot creme
The texture of this is really interesting, very oily at first and when you message it in it turns into more of a cream. I used it once and haven't used it since because I've been kind of lazy o.O

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation




9 hours later, no blotting

Pros
- Blends in easily
- Dries quickly

Cons
- Accentuates dry patch
- Not long lasting
- Minimal coverage
- Hard to tell color from bottle

Value
$11-14 for 0.91 oz / 27 ml

Verdict
Since I have acne prone skin and lots of acne scars, this foundation doesn't work very well covering those areas since it will accentuate the dry skin, or not cover that patch of skin at all because it is hard to stick to those surfaces. For a foundation named "liquid powder" I am definitely not impressed with its staying power, although it smear or anything. However, I wouldn't recommend it to oily-skinned gals.

Repurchase?
No.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Splurge: Chanel Sunglasses

I added text on the pic in case someone took the pic and pretended to sell it or something

I don't know what everyone's favorite luxury brand is, but I've always wanted a pair of Chanel sunglasses since I started working when I turned 18. Hopefully once I graduate I will have a job where I can afford to buy a Chanel handbag and matching wallet.
However, Chanel accessories are not offered online at Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. Two weeks ago, I was lucky to have gone somewhere near Union Square in San Francisco, CA to take care of something. Of course I couldn't resist going to Bloomingdale's to see if they have Chanel sunglasses.

I originally wanted the 5205 which had a bow with the double C logo, but that style is not offered anymore and I don't trust any websites that sell it. Since I get a discount at Bloomy's, I figured I'll just get the sunglasses and see what happens.
I absolutely LOVE these sunglasses, I wasn't crazy about them in the store but it was the best choice for my face shape. After wearing them for 2 weeks... I am really glad I got these <3

These retail for $340 in stores, which is VERY expensive but I figure... I will never want to spend this much money on any other brand of sunglasses, so I will treat myself this time for my 21st birthday (2 months early... But hey).

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream

Happy August!




Before / After

Pros
- SPF 30
- Evens skintone
- Light coverage
- Hydrating
- Doesn't feel heavy on the skin

Cons
- Limited color selection
- No long wave UVA protection

Value
$7 for 1 oz / 30 ml

Verdict
I didn't like this much when I first used it because I had applied a moisturizer beforehand, it basically wiped away on my skin and did nothing. One day, I tried it after using toner without moisturizer and it gave me a lot better coverage, and I've been using it daily ever since. The BB doesn't really give much coverage compared to the Asian BB creams, but I like to use it on days when I'm just lazy and doesn't feel like putting much on.
It goes on very dewy and makes me look kind of shiny, sometimes my hair even sticks to my face more as a result of this BB cream, so I don't exactly love it but I like the SPF 30 and how light it feels on the skin.
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