Top 5 Favourite Beauty Tools

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The right tool can make a big difference when it comes to beauty.  These are five tools that I feel are irreplaceable in my beauty collection.  I literally would not know what to if I didn’t have them.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

I always heard that these were like the best tweezers.  However, I just never committed to buying a pair until a few years ago.  Boy, what difference they make!  I never knew how dull my old ones were from the drugstore till I used these.  These are so precise that they can easily grip a single hair and pull it out.  Plus, they come in so many fun colours and patterns now.  My favourite is still the hot pink though.

Panasonic Circular Eyelash Comb

For anyone with stick straight eyelashes, this electric eyelash curler is a saviour.  It is almost like a hair curler, but for your eyes.  It sounds kind of scary to have a heated device near your eyeballs.  I won’t lie.  You can feel the heat, but the comb has a guard so that your eye (or your flesh) never hit the electric coils.  I usually can get a pretty good curl with a regular mechanical eyelash curler. However, it usually droops pretty fast.  Used over mascara, this curler increases and maintains the longevity of the curl.  I find I get the best results holding it on three places on your eyelashes instead of doing one sweep through.  A must-have if you have straight lashes that point straight down!

Sephora Professional Crease Brush #10

I’m Asian and don’t really have much of a crease.  However, I use this brush for blending out eyeshadow and it is perfect.  I just think a blending brush (doesn’t have to be this brand) is essential in a beauty collection regardless of what eye shape you have.  The most beautiful eyeshadow looks would look to harsh unless the edges are not blended out to almost nothing. This brush has a dome shapes that is perfect for light and more precise blending at the point and more general blending if you use a little more pressure.

Hakuhodo Eye Shadow Brush Tapered

I love using fluffier eyeshadow brushes to apply my powder highlight.  This brush from Hakuhodo is perfect for this job, but any fluffier eye shadow brush is just the perfect width for highlighting the top of your cheekbones.  The crease brush I mentioned above would also work, but I find a fuller brush just applies better over a bigger area quicker.  The brushes from Hakuhodo are great quality and have not shed on me.

Velcro Bow Bang Holder

I don’t know the official name for this item, but when it goes missing, I am rummaging the whole house looking for it.  Basically, it is a piece of velcro that holds your bangs out of your face.  It is so simple yet so effective.  Unlike bobby pins that might leave a crease in your hair, this will not do this.  Sometimes, even if I am not doing my makeup, I will wear it around the house to keep the hair out of my face.  They last forever too.  I have had mine for like 5 years and it still works great.

What are your must-have beauty tools?

 

Review: MISSHA The Style Defining Blusher and M Dewy Glossy Eyes

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I did a Korean haul a few months ago.  Yes, another Korean beauty haul!  I thought I would review a couple of the MISSHA items that I had picked up on a whim from that haul.  I had picked up the MISSHA The Style Defining Blusher in PK03 and M Dewy Glossy Eyes in Honey Roast.  A quick summary is that I loved one and the other one was so-so.

MISSHA is a Korean roadside beauty shop that is most well-know for their BB Creams and their SK II dupe, the Time Revolution Treatment Essence.  I actually haven’t tried any of their products for a while.  I think the first BB Cream I tried was their M Perfect BB Cream that came in the red tube and I remembered loving it.  Like many other Korean brands, their products are readily available through their international websites (Canada and United States).

MISSHA The Style Defining Blusher in PK03 ($10 USD)

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I am surprised how much I love this blush.  Mostly, because I had never read any reviews prior to buying it.  The blush comes in 10 shades.  Some of the brown toned shades could also be used for contouring as well.  For $10 USD, it comes in this super sturdy clear plastic case with crystal like etchings on the back of the case.

The powder is smooth and silky.  At first, I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t swatch very pigmented on my hand.  I am used to those super pigmented blushes like Nars, for example, where you only have touch it and it comes off so pigmented.  However, it shows up well on the cheeks and you don’t have to worry as much about overdoing it.  All this is great, but it is the scent that keeps me coming back for more.  I love the fruity scent and this blushes lasts and lasts on me.  I am always surprised to see it is still there at the end of a work day.

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MISSHA M Dewy Gloss Eyes in Honey Roast ($12 USD)

I bought this shadow hoping it would be a great one shadow over the eye look.  I am sad to report it isn’t what expected.  I guess, that is often the problem of buying products online.  This product is marketed as being able to create a “wet, glossy look with sheer shimmer.”  I never did get the wet and glossy part, but shimmer, it definitely has.  There are different sizes of glitter in the shadow and when it hits the light, it almost looks multidimensional.  So much shimmer in fact that it is difficult to wear it alone in the daytime.  Also, when you remove it, the glitter kind of gets everywhere.

I have never tried Colorpop before, but I have a feeling this shadow has a similar texture.  It kind of feels like puddy when you touch it and doesn’t bounce back into shape.  The shadow almost feels like a cream shadow.  I also think that it is best suited for an over shadow glitter or to define the inner corners of eyes.  It last pretty well throughout the day.  I just find myself not reaching for it as much because it is probably more suited for nighttime looks.  Yes, I feel like a grandma.  I mean how times would I need to create a nighttime look in a year.

Swatches

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VERDICT:  Both are quality products for the price.  However, I just love the blush more.

Top 5: Favourite Japanese Beauty Products (Makeup Edition)

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Even though I have been really getting into Korean beauty products, my heart will always love Japanese beauty products.  Other than a MAC eyeshadow palette, I think one of my first eyeshadow palettes was from a Japanese brand called Coffret D’Or.  Till this day, I still try to buy every palette they put out.  So why do I love Japanese beauty products so much?  Well, I feel that they have some of the best products in terms of quality, packaging, and innovation in the beauty world.  If you are new to Japanese beauty, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the top 5 makeup items I would recommend from Japan.

Coffret D’Or Eyeshadow Palettes

There is some makeup that is sentimental.  Their palettes are definitely that way to me.  As mentioned early, my first Asian eyeshadow palette was from this brand and to this day, they are still my favourite.  I can’t seem to throw any of them a way (probably not the most sanitary thing to do).  Mostly, it is because their packaging is so beautiful.  I have had palettes with lace overlays to a jewel-encrusted bow on the lid of the palette.  They are almost like miniature works of art.  Each palette is a complete eyeshadow look on its own and each look is not only different in colour, but also in the layout of the pans in the palette.  It is always fun to see what is the new concept each year.  Most importantly, the eyeshadows are really good quality and have very little fall-out.

msh Love Liner Liquid

I have tried many liquid eyeliners over the years.  The brush-type liner is still my favourite.  It gives the best control and draws the most precise line in my opinion.  Dollywink and Heroine Make both make very good liquid eyeliners, but my favourite has to be the msh Love Liner Liquid eyeliner.  I have written a more in-depth review here if you are interested.  For me, the most important criteria for a liquid eyeliner is that it won’t smudge on me and this is the most smudge-proof one I have tried.  Moreover, it has a beautiful rose-gold packaging, and has not dried out on me for months because of a special mechanism in the cap.

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shu uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil

This is a cult product and I see why everyone loves it.  Even though this is a pricier product, but if you consider the price per use, it really is quite worth it.  The formula is more waxier than some on the market, but it really helps the product to stay on your brows and keep them in place.  Plus, I don’t know how this happens, but apparently, the colour only dispenses when it hits the oils in your eyebrow hair.  I don’t know what kind of science this is!  It is great for creating a really natural brow and there is a less of a chance you will make a mistake compared to a more pigmented eyebrow pencil.

Coffret D’or Smile Up Cheeks Powder Blush (I haven’t included a photo because mine is too grubby to post)

Obviously, I am a little biased when it comes to Coffret D’Or, but this blush is rated really well on cosme, a Japanese beauty ranking chart.  This blush has a beautiful swirl embossed into it.  Within the swirl, there are three shades a light and dark blush shade and almost highlighting lighter shade on the outer part of the swirl.  I just swirl all the colours together and it gives the cheeks on a beautiful luminosity.  I feel like when you apply at first, it is not that pigmented.  The colour becomes more colour throughout the day (I know this sounds crazy).  Most importantly, it lasts all day.  I am often surprised that is still visible on my cheeks at the end of the day.

ÍPSA Concealer Palette

This is still my favourite concealer even though I tried a bunch over the years.  I know that liquid concealers have been a major hit over the last few years, but I still prefer creamier concealers.  This one comes with three different shades with a little pan on the bottom to create your own specific shade.  The formula sinks into the skin and never leaves your undereye area looking cakey.  Plus, the coverage is great and it doesn’t crease.  I love their foundations as well.

Do you have favourite Japanese cosmetics?  I would love to know.

Current Favourites

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I have been following Ingrid Nilsen’s Youtube channel for a long time.  In the last year, she has branched out from making mostly beauty and style videos.  Lately, I have really enjoyed her series called Sense of Self.  In this series, she interviews others about their possessions categorized according to the five senses.  I totally agree that you learn a lot about someone through their possessions.  Using her series as inspiration, I decided to categorize my current favourites according to the five senses as well.  I included beauty and non-favourites in this post as I am not a full-time blogger so I don’t purchase that many beauty items each month.

Sight

As I have talked about it in previous posts, I have been learning to cook the last few years.  I bought Gwenyth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook.  I think one of the most difficult things about moving out is having to feed yourself everyday.  This is especially hard after a tiring day at work.  That is perhaps why I found this book so appealing. Moreover, I think I also went in with the presumption that since Gwenyth wrote it, the dishes probably were somewhat healthy.  The photos are beautiful and I must admit it was fun being nosy and checking out all the photos of her children.  Everything I have made has been quick and easy, required a handful of ingredients, and mostly importantly, tasty.  You can check out my blogposts for my two favourites: Black Bean Soup and Avocado Caprese Salad.

Smell

There are some beauty products that you tend to reach for more because they smell so good!  I used to always have feeling with Benefit’s Coralista Blush.  I love the coral colour of the blush, but I was more addicted to the fruity scent (not sure how else to describe it) of the blush.  I feel like the MISSHA The Style Defining Blusher gives me the same feeling.  I think the scent is a little more subtle.  I have been using it almost everyday and I think it is the scent which keeps me coming back for more.  Of course, I love it as well because it is so long-lasting and pigmented.

Taste

I love dessert and I had the most amazing one a few weeks ago.  I can’t remember the name of it. Basically, it is a chocolate sundae with chocolate syrup.  Sounds pretty normal so far, right?  Then, it is topped with aerated chocolate, which is basically an like Aero bar, which I love and had idea that anyone could make it.  Then, it is topped with whip cream, chocolate covered almonds, and small chunks of chocolate brownie.  Oh, it was so good!  And yes, I always finish the chocolate section in a Neopolitan ice cream first.

Touch

I love the touch and sound of closing a beauty product.  This is a little beat of cheat because it is the sound and the feel of the action.  Lately, I have just been loving the feel of the matte packaging of the CLIO Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner.  However, it is the awesome feel and sound of the closing the pencil that I love.  Is this weird?  Haha.

Hearing

As I have gotten older, I have not kept up with current music as I used to.  Is this a common sign of aging?  🙂  Other than the radio, I mostly learn about new music through Spotify.  This song was one of those that came up on a trending playlist.  It is not a totally new song, but I have had it repeat for a while.  She is known as AlunaGeorge and the song is called “I Remember.”  The song has a super catchy chorus and has an electric pop and R & B feel to it.  You should check her out if you are into that type of music.

Thanks for reading!  🙂

Liebster Award

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I just wanted to thank the lovely bloggers that nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Thank you for being so generous and sweet in acknowledging my blog.  Like I have mentioned before, this blog has been a lifeline for me.  It has helped me through some difficult times in my life.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Every like, comment, and view has uplifted and encouraged me.  Thank you again!  🙂

The rules for this award are as follows:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions (let them know you nominated them, tag them in your post or tell them in some way!)

11 Facts about Me

  1. I love Italian food.  I think I could have spaghetti everyday if I could.
  2. I can’t stop eating chips once I start, so I have been convincing myself that eating tons of popcorn will satisfy that craving.
  3. I want to do more sheet masks, but hate the feeling of a cold sheet of cloth hitting my warm face.  I haven’t done one in years I think.
  4. I feel applying nail polish is truly therapeutic.
  5. I have been walking like 10,000 steps everyday playing Pokemon Go.
  6. My least favourite part of my day is standing and brushing my teeth with my electric toothbrush for two minutes.  That is why I have done away with the Clarisonic.
  7. I read a lot of magazines.  My favourites are Vogue,  Teen Vogue, and domino and lots of Japanese magazines.
  8. I love playing Scrabble.
  9. I love museums and art galleries.  I especially love looking at fossils and artifacts.  Anyone want to go look at the Ice Man?
  10. I used to be a dog person, but I’m beginning to see the appeal of cats.
  11. I used to not feel confident showing my legs, but gosh, wearing shorts is just so much more practical in the summer heat.

Thank to Kate from the skintuition blog for nominating me.  Thank you for always supporting my blog.  I first discovered her blog because I was getting into Korean skincare.  She has great blogposts on Asian skincare, but also a variety of beauty topics.  You need to check her blog out!

Here are her questions:

What is the most gutsy thing you have ever done (and are willing to share)?

Move to another country to live for a while and have no idea how to take care of myself.  I didn’t even know how to boil an egg.

Describe your dream life. What does your daily routine look like?

I don’t know in what order.  I would still like to wake up relatively early.  I think I would still want to work a little bit.  Hmm, maybe go wander the city.  Hang out with family and friends.  Do something spontaneous perhaps.

Are you a coffee or a tea person?

I stopped drinking caffeine for quite a while.  If I had to pick, it would be coffee.

Why did you first get into blogging?

It kind of became a part of my therapy for my anxiety.

Where are you currently living?

Canada

What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy afternoon?

Probably watch Youtube all day.  That is so bad!

What is your current skin or beauty routine?

I don’t do a total 10 step Korean skincare routine.  I usually apply essence, serum, ampoule, moisturizer, eye cream, and then sunscreen if it is daytime.

Are you a sweet or a savory person? /What is your favorite dessert/dish?

Definitely a sweet person.  I am the type of person that will look at the dessert section of a menu first.  My favourite dessert probably would be a chocolate mousse cake.  Although, I rarely meet a dessert I don’t like.

Do you have any “bodily modifications” such a tattoos or piercings? If so, where? What’s the story?

Nope.  I don’t really any.  Well, except for by ear piercings.  There is no story there.  I remember I was around 10 and holding a big teddy bear so I wouldn’t be afraid.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I can’t think of anything.  I used to think the G. H. Cretors Chicago Mix was weird.  It is a mix of kettle corn and cheese covered popcorn.  Sweet and salty at the same time, but I realized the cheesiness really offset the sweetness of the caramel corn.  You can only eat so much caramel corn before it gets too sweet!

Do you tend to speak your mind or do you prefer to calculate a response? Why/why not?

I wish I could speak my mind more, but I am not a person that loves confrontation unless I have to. I guess life is full of grey areas.  I think it would be nice to speak your mind all the time, but I think there is a time and place for everything, and it is important to consider the feelings of everyone. However, with people that are really important to you, I think it is always best to tell the truth unless it is truly detrimental to the other person.

Thank you also to the Molly from the kawaiipeachgrl blog.  Thank you for always being supportive of my blog.  The name of her blog is so adorable and so is she.  She is doing the amazing 30 Day Beauty Challenge right now and I am so impressed.  Go check it out.

Here are her questions:

In what country are you living at the moment?

I live in Canada.

What is your dream job?

This is like a childhood dream, but I would love to be a pop singer.  Haha.

Whats your favourite cartoon/anime/fictional character? (E.g. hello kitty, snoopy or harry potter)

Oh, since you mentioned Harry Potter.  I love Ron Weasley.  He is so adorable, loyal, and funny. Plus, I was always a Ron and Hermione shipper from the very beginning.

Favourite film you have seen and why is it your favourite?

My favourite film is “Before Sunset” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy.  The whole movie is just about them walking around Paris and talking about things that happened in their since they last met.  I love the dialogue and the insight that they have developed since the ten years that they first met.

What’s your favourite beauty item AND brand?

My favourite beauty item is eyeliner and I couldn’t think of one brand I was loyal to.  I really dabble in so many brands.

What’s your favourite season, spring/summer/autumn or winter?

Since I am all about anti-aging, I try to stay out of the sun.  My favourite season is probably autumn. Mostly, because the weather is the perfect temperature and the leaves look beautiful as they are changing colour.

Favourite sound? (E.g. rain, running water, waves, fire crackling)

Wind blowing through the trees

Who is your role model and why?

No one in particular.  I guess anyone who strives to make the world a better place.

What’s your favourite shop?

Madewell.  If anyone asked me what was my style, I would probably answer “Madewell.”

What do you like to do at the weekends or in your spare time?

Other than watch Youtube.  Haha.  I like to veg out a lot.  Other than that, I love to try new restaurants.

Have you been playing Pokemon Go? If yes, what level are you? if no, why not?:)

YES!!!  I am probably playing too much, but boy I am getting a lot of exercise.  I am on Level 22.  I am still missing so many Pokemons though.

Thank you also to Shopaholic Blogs for generously nominating me for the Liebster Award.  Thank you for also liking and supporting my blog.  Her blog is super cute.  If you love great beauty reviews, you need to visit her blog.

One TV show you can binge watch anytime❓

Sex and the City

One makeup mistake you will never forget❓

Probably trying to use my eyelash curler after I already applied mascara.

Your secret ambition❓

To be a pop singer.  Haha.

The best makeup dupe you would highly recommend❓

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

How do you beat blogging setbacks❓

I think for me a setback would be not knowing what to write about.  I can’t just keep on buying more and more beauty products to review because I would be broke and run out of storage.  I usually read other people’s blogs for inspiration and just leave it for a few days.  Most of my ideas usually come when I am brushing my teeth (2 minutes on the electric toothbrush almost kills me everyday).

What is your favorite quote and by whom❓

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” — by Albert Camus

What is your makeup style❓

Pretty natural even though I put on quite a bit of makeup.

One blogger that inspires you❓

Vivianna Does Makeup.  I don’t know how she manages to blog almost everyday.

What is your one guilty pleasure❓

Ruffles All-Dressed Potato Chips

Three things that are always in your handbag❓

Phone, money (credit cards), and keys.  I usually never carry any makeup because I hate touching up.

Nominations 

Harevaden

Style Under Pressure

Honey in a Gold Pot

The Glowing Chronicle

The Beauty Vein

Robinbeeblog

Ninety Nines’

Melrika Blog

ohlalili

blushfix

gracieandcolour

(I have nominated some of the nominees before.  Don’t feel obligated to do it unless you want to.  I just wanted to recognize your blog.)

My Questions

  1. Where do you get inspiration for blogposts?
  2. What is the favourite blogpost you have written and why (please link if you want to)?
  3. What are some of your desert island (must-haves) beauty products?
  4. What are your favourite and least favourite aspects of blogging?
  5. What is your favourite meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
  6. What are some things you do to de-stress?
  7. Do you have any regrets in life or do you believe you should never have any regrets?
  8. Do you believe in fate or that life just full of random coincidences?
  9. Cream blush or Powder Blush?
  10. Manicure or Pedicure?
  11. Do you buy beauty products online?  What are some of your favourite online stores?

Thank you to anyone who made it to the end of this long blogpost!  🙂

Will it Make the Podium?: CLIO Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner Review

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Another eyeliner and another possible disappointment.  I’m just joking.  This one, the CLIO Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner is not bad, but will it make it into my Top 3 pencil eyeliners?  Well, initial impressions say maybe.  Mostly, I decided to pick up this eyeliner at my local Asian supermarket because popular beauty Youtuber meejmuse often talks about how great CLIO eyeliners are.  Like her, I am Asian and have hooded lids, so I thought this eyeliner was worth a try.

One other thing I often notice is that just because something is labelled “waterproof,” it might still smudge on me.  It usually happens on the outer wing.  I do have pretty watery eyes on the outer corners, so I don’t know if the waterproofing is just not strong enough for me.  Anyone have any insights about this?

Here is just a quick rundown of my present Top 3 Pencil Eyeliners:

GoldClinique Quickliner for Eyes

SilverEtude House Play 101 Pencil

BronzeStila Smudgestick Waterproof Eye Liner

Will this eyeliner make it on the podium?

The main claims of this eyeliner are that it is super slim at 2mm, has good pigmentation, and is budge-proof against water, sweat, and oil.  It comes in black and brown.

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Packaging

I really like the packaging.  It is sleek and minimalist and has an awesome click when closed.  This is a twist-up pencil, so it doesn’t need sharpening.  The tip is so thin though (2 mm) that is not difficult to make a precise line.  The liner does twist all the way in so you don’t have to worry about it hitting the lid when closing.

Application

Glide – This pencil definitely glides well over the eyelid.  There is no pulling or tugging at all. Well, it is a gel eyeliner, so I guess that is to be expected.  However, for me, a pencil that has good glide can sometimes be a good and bad thing.  I feel that gel pencils usually glide well because gel pencils tips are a bit softer than regular pencil liners.  However, sometimes the tip can get kind of soft and mushy after a while.  This one holds its shape pretty well despite the fact that on their website, it says to “dispense small amounts” because “contents may break off.”

Precision – Since the tip is so fine, it is easy to create a thin line and a pretty nice wing.  You can create a thicker line as well, but it takes longer to built it up.  As I mentioned above, since the tip is softer, you just need to dab and the colour shows up on your lid.  For me, I found that this stressed my out a little because like applying liquid liner, there was very little room for error.

Longevity

This liner lasts pretty much all day.  However, it is always the outer corners that start disappearing on me and smearing under the eyes a little bit.  Unfortunately, with this liner, it did happen after 3 or 4 hours.

Price

This retails for $12 USD on their website.

VERDICT:  I think I am going to give this eyeliner a Bronze medal!  For me, longevity always trumps and this lasted longer than than the Stila eyeliner.  However, as a gel eyeliner, the Silver place holder, Etude House eyeliner, is even more long-lasting.  Plus, the fine tip makes it an all-around more versatile liner.

Korean Beauty Haul

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I got some amazing Korean beauty products for my birthday last week from my sisters.  Thank you so much!  I thought I would share the items I got before I start using them (and ruining them before I can take blog photos!)

A’PIEU Moist Creamy Concealer

There seems to be quite a few liquid concealers that have come up the last few years.  I have really enjoyed the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, so it would interesting to see how this concealer compares to it.  It boasts similar qualities of being able to cover imperfections while providing moisture.  It comes in 5 shades with each shade targeting a certain issue.  I have #4 which is targeted at covering blemishes.

MISSHA Line Friends Dual Blending Cushion Shadow

This seems to be a repackage of the dual blending cushion shadow already in their line.  It comes with two eyeshadow colours on each end.  You twist off the cap and the cushion takes the product from inside the cap.  There seems to be a spring in the cap so that each time you twist it, it grabs more product.  It reminds me a lot of my favourite aeygo eyeshadow stick from Tinker Wink.  This is the only one I have opened so far and I find it great for a quick eyeshadow look.  The application has been quite smooth and the eyeshadows blend well.  I will give a further update soon.

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innisfree Eye Primer

I am super excited to try this eye primer because eyeshadow primer is a staple for me.  Plus, I have only tried innisfrees’ skincare so it would be nice to try their cosmetics as well.  Like most eye primers, it promises to increase the longevity and intensity of your eyeshadows.  However, I am really interested to test the claim that it will also cover dark circles.  Now, that would make it an amazing dual purpose product!

A’PIEU Rilakkuma Water Light Tint

One thing I love about Korean makeup is that it is so cute!  There seems to be a plethora of collaborations lately with cute branding.  This lip tint promises to give your lips a watery glow without any greasiness.  I am super lazy with lip products, but can’t wait to give this a try.  The photos (click the link above) make your lips look amazing!  Hopefully, since it is a tint, it would not need retouching and make me want to wear it more.

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Tony Moly Ferment Snail BB Cream

I have been addicted to their snail emulsion for a while.  It is non-sticky for a snail product and super moisturizing.  I guess since my sisters have seen how I love the emulsion, they decided to get me the bb cream.  I have a feeling I will like this bb cream since it also claims to be non-sticky, moisturizing, and provides SPF.  Plus, it claims that they use “gold fermented snail extract!”  Now, that is posh!

Etude House Sun Blind Cushion

This is probably the most exciting product for me.  I have written about sunscreen top-up in a recent blogpost and talked about maybe trying a sunscreen cushion.  It was like my sisters read my mind!  I will be the first to say that I haven’t had the best luck with cushion makeup.  Mostly, because I am a bit of a germaphobe and the thought of sticking a cushion onto my skin and back into the product again freaks me out a little.  However, I have noticed you can buy packs of cushions at Korean beauty stores and then swap then out till you have time to wash them again. This product covers pores and blemishes, and can be reapplied again and again over your skin during the day.  Can’t wait to report back on this one!

Is there any product from this haul, you want me to review first?  If there is, please leave a comment below.

 

Review: THREE Correcting Concealer

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I have been an avid reader of Japanese magazines for a long time.  Just on a side note, if you are interested, I thought I would mention that you can download many Japanese magazines off the Apple Newsstand (some of my faves include Baila and Maquia).  I have always seen this brand being featured in the Beauty sections.  Later, I learned from my sister that this brand is a luxury beauty brand from Japan, which focuses on using natural ingredients in their beauty products.  I have tried of a few of their products.  Some have been hits (foundation and skincare) and others have not become my favourites (eyeliner).

I already really enjoyed their foundation, which I have reviewed here, so I decided to give their concealer a try.  Their products are a bit difficult to get out of Asia (Here is a link from Amazon). However, I noticed that there are not too many reviews on this line in English so I thought I would put in my two cents for those who are interested Japanese cosmetics.

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Packaging

Like the rest of their packaging, it comes in a matte dark grey packaging, which is very sturdy. Similarily, to the Nars packaging, it can get quite dirty easily though.  This concealer palette comes with four different pans (it comes in two shades).  It includes two of shades of concealer (both yellow-toned), a setting powder, and also a highlighter powder.  It comes with a mirror and some palette brushes.  I think it is a great palette for travelling because it basically has everything you need for concealing.  Just a note, that for an natural brand, the ingredients in this particular product are not that natural, which was a little disappointing to me.  For example, methylparaben is like the second ingredient on the list.

Application

For me, the texture of this concealer is quite new to me.  I have been using more liquid (Nars) and creamier (Bobbi Brown and Ipsa) concealers lately.  The THREE concealer has a more waxy and thick texture.  It is a little closer in texture to the cult favourite Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer (although with less coverage, I feel).  Initially, I thought the texture would make it difficult to blend into the skin.  I am surprised to report though it blends really easily into the skin with your fingers.  However, I found that applying with the two small brushes supplied, it was slightly harder to blend out.  I really feel that the warmth of your fingers made a different in helping it melt into the skin.  It is important to note that it doesn’t spread out like creamier concealers, so I feel the best way to apply it is by tapping and dabbing into the skin.

I love the cute little powder brush included.  It is the perfect size to apply the powder to the undereye area.  The powder is really fine and mattifies the area, but it doesn’t make it look too dry. For me, I don’t feel like the highlighting powder really showed up on me and didn’t much of a difference to the overall finished look of the concealer.

Coverage

I would say this concealer has about medium coverage.  It claims to cover dullness, age spots, and undereye circles.  I feel like it has a good coverage, but doesn’t completely cover my undereye circles or freckles.  For acne, I think it might be a bit drying.  Although, it doesn’t really claim that it is meant for that use.

Longevity

The concealer does stay on for a most of the day (I always do use the powder included which helps).  I think my main problem with this concealer is that it will crease and look a bit dry in the undereye area after 3-4 hours even if I apply eye cream (might be more appropriate for younger or less wrinkly undereyes-gosh I feel little sad saying that).

VERDICT: It is a good all in one concealer palette.  However, it lacks in coverage and might be more suitable for younger undereye areas.  There also might be better products for half of the price.

Mission: Find a New Micellar Water

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So my Avène Micellar Lotion is on its last legs and it is time to find a new micellar water. The Avène one has served me well, but as a beauty blogger it is my mission to find new products to review.  Plus, I feel like I was wasting the “lotion” part of this product by double-cleansing everyday.

It seems like since I first discovered micellar water a few years, I can’t go back.  They are just so refreshing and lightweight!  It also just makes me feel like I am doing a better job of removing everything off my face by doing the double cleansing step after removing with micellar water.  The only con for me all these years is that micellar water is just not so great at removing smudgeproof and waterproof makeup.

Just a little history about what micellar waters I have tried over the years.  The first one I tried was, of course, the cult favourite, Bioderma.  I tried the regular version first and it really stung my eyes.  Then, I switched to the pink one which is for sensitive skin and it still stings my eyes.  However, I just loved it so much for removing my face makeup, I kept on using it.  It felt refreshing on the skin and was scentless, which was always a plus for me. With regards to the Avène Micellar Lotion, it is great alternative to Bioderma.  It does not effect my eyes as much and your skin feels moisturized and “bouncy” after you use it.  It does have a scent though and like Bioderma, is not great a removing smudgeproof and waterproof makeup.

So I am thinking of getting a higher end one and a drugstore one to compare this time for a future blogpost.  For the drugstore option, I have decided to get the Garnier one.  There is just too much hype aroudn it not to give it a try.  I just don’t have idea for a high-end one yet.  I thought it would just be fun to bring you along on this mission.  I’m also interested to see what thought processes people use in deciding what new beauty products to buy next.  I usually have some recommendations bouncing in my head from watching so much Youtube, but I tend to take a look at Sephora first.  

Step 1 – Search “micellar water” on Sephora

Whoa, who knew that Sephora carried so many micellar waters (or cleansing waters)?  26 in total.  Wow, I didn’t know that luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain had cleansing waters.  These must be like the “designer bags” of cleansing waters.  Whoa, $67 USD!  How much that work out to per drop?  I think I will pass because I go through micellar waters pretty quickly and I double-cleanse.

Step 2 – Sort by “best-selling” and “top rating”

Oh, surprisingly the Caudalie one is the best-selling one.  I don’t hear too many people talk about this one.  The second best-selling one is the Koh Gen Do, which I hear more beauty bloggers talk about.  Top rated is often not a great measure for how good a product actually is because it purely is determined by stars and not how many people has actually reviewed.  It looks like Koh Gen Do edges out the Caudalie one by half a star.

Step 3 – Compare the price and the amount of product

So the two candidates are Caudalie and Koh Gen Do, but it looks like the Caudalie one is cheaper at $31 CAD compared to $55 CAD.  However, the Koh Gen Do has 300 mL of product compared to Caudalie at 200 mL.

Step 4 – Check out some other reviews online

Quite a few reviews say that the Koh Gen Do removes waterproof mascara, which would be amazing from a cleansing water.  Plus, it says it does not sting the eyes which is a total “pro” in my eyes.  Also, one of my favourites bloggers, Anna, from Style Under Pressure, recommends their wipes.  I might have to get this one, but let’s check the Caudalie reviews.  Overall, it seems like it is not as strong at removing makeup as the Koh Gen Do one, but is very soothing and great for sensitive skin.  The scent is also sounds appealing because it smells like grapes.

VERDICT:  I think I will get the Koh Gen Do one because I wear so much waterproof and smudgeproof makeup.  However, I might just get both in travel size and do a top 2 best-selling micellars waters from Sephora comparison review blogpost later on.  What do you think?

What process do you go through before purchasing a beauty product?

Youtube-Enabled Beauty Purchases

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I am a self-professed Youtube addict.  Personally, I think it is an ideal hobby as a beauty blogger because you can do product research as you watch (at least that’s what I tell my partner).  Looking through my collection, I realized that a big chunk of my beauty purchases have been Youtube-enabled.  In this blogpost, I am just going to talk through a few of them and how they have worked for me.  At the same time, you will also get know some of my favourite Youtubers and why I enjoy watching them.

Youtuber:  Lily Pebbles

Enabled Product:  H & M Color Essence Eye Cream

There are a few Youtubers that are must watch for me and Lily Pebbles is one of them.  I really enjoy watching her because she has that girl next door quality of someone I would like to be friends.  Plus, she just seems like a “real” person.  She doesn’t come off as someone who is just cheery all the time and is willing to share her ups and downs in life. Most importantly, she knows her beauty products and I usually agree with her reviews.

Lily had mentioned her love for the H & M beauty line in quite a few of her videos.  The cream eyeshadow actually ended up in her one of her Favourites videos (4:16 in the video).  After hearing her talk on and on about it, I just needed to get one of my own.

My Impressions

I completely agree with Lily Pebbles when she says “the quality of these are unreal.”  I have tried quite a few cream eyeshadows and these are one of my favourites (other faves include the Maybelline Tattoo 24 hr Shadows and Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color). For the price ($8 USD), the quality of these are hard to beat.  They last all day on me, the packaging is chic and minimalist, and they blend out beautifully.  The texture is between a mousse and a cream which makes them easy to pick up with your fingers or a brush and apply on your eyelids.  If you find the Charlotte Tilsbury cream eyeshadows too moussy, you will love these.

Youtuber: clothesencounters (Jenn Im)

Product: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Jenn Im from clothesencounters probably needs no introduction.  She is one of the most stylish people on Youtube.  I am always in awe of how she combines pieces that seem so unwearable to me into something so amazing.  I think many people don’t know that originally the clothesencounters Youtube channel had two creators, Jenn and Sarah.  I still reminisce when they used to film their fashion looks in their backyard (sorry, just had to throw in some Youtube trivia in there).

I love dry shampoo and my ears perked up when she started talking about the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder.  Her hair always looks amazing and when i saw how she applied it by squeezing the bottle causing the powder to “puff” out, I was sold.  If you are a longtime Youtube watcher, you might remember the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo that many beauty gurus used to recommend.  One of the downsides of that product is that if you have really straight hair, some of the powder will slide down the hair and onto the floor. That is reason I switched to aerosol dry shampoos, like Batisse, because the fine mist of powder they dispense prevent this from happening.

My Impressions

I was actually a little hesitant to commit so I bought the travel size.  I will confirm that if you squeeze the bottle, the powder will “puff” out to cover the hair in more mist like fashion.  However, I am sad to report, sometimes if I am not careful, some of it will come out too fast, and get everywhere.  After using most of the travel size bottle, I can say it is a good product.  One of its major perks is that it really helps to create volume in your hair.  It also does a good job of controlling the oiliness in your hair.  However, compared to newer products, like Living Proof’s Dry Shampoo (your hair feels clean and lightweight), you do feel buildup from using it in your hair.  I not sure if that is what kind of aggravated my sensitive scalp after a while.  My verdict is that it is good, but not great.

I’d love to know if you have had any Youtube-enabled purchases lately?