Trying Some Korean Eye Makeup Removers

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I wear a lot of waterproof and smudgeproof eye makeup, so I don’t know what I would do without a good eye makeup remover.  Micellar water usually stings my eyes and is not really as effective at removing waterproof makeup.  So I usually opt to use dual-phase eye makeup removers, that can easily remove waterproof eyeliner and mascara.  I used to love the cult Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover, which I used for many years.  However, I found that it left my eyes pretty oily after removal.  Then, I moved on to the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover.  I enjoy this one because it removes eye makeup quickly and doesn’t leave as oily of a residue.  However, over the years, I have gotten more sensitive to scent, and the scent of this eye makeup remover seems to linger.

Now, to what I have decided to purchase to remedy the issue.  So instead of doing any research, I decided to go on a Korean online website, and randomly pick two to try.  The two in question are the Mizon Natural Grain Real Oatmeal Essential  Lip & Eye Remover and the innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover.

Description

Mizon Natural Grain Real Oatmeal Essential Lip & Eye Remover

  • double-layered emulsion-type make-up remover
  • removes waterproof makeup
  • oil cleanses skin gently and completely
  • other layer provides moisture
  • oatmeal and various vegetable extracts protect skin around eyes and delivers moisture

innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover

  • effectively removes longwearing point makeup
  • polysaccharose and minerals from apples protect skin from dryness and irritation
  • has the sweet and sour scent of apples
  • 88% natural ingredients
  • Kaolin powder’s controls excess sebum to give you a refreshed feeling

Like a previous blogpost comparison I did, I am going to through certain criteria I look for in a eye makeup remover and name a “best of” for each criteria.

Best Scent – innisfree

I know this criteria is counterintuitive because I prefer products without a scent.  However, it is often difficult to find scentless products until you actually have the product to smell it for sure.  If there is a scent I can tolerate, it would be citrus scents.  Therefore, innisfree wins is this category with its apple scent.  Honestly, it is so subtle, you barely smell it unless you put the soaked cotton pad right up to your nose.  The Mizon one has a strong scent and smells pretty strongly of alcohol

Best Packaging – innisfree

They both come in 100 mL bottles.  The innisfree bottle is taller and Mizon is more rounded.  I think they both are a great size for travel since they fit easily in the palm of your hand.  The twist off caps keeps the products from possibly leaking.  I think I would just pick the innisfree’s packaging because it has a bigger hole on the top to dispense product.  Just makes it quicker to get the product out and I can stick a small cotton swab inside the container to help me remove bits of makeup left in my eyelashes.

Best at Removing Makeup – tie

Drumroll to the most important criteria for a eye makeup remover.  This is going to be a little anticlimactic because they are both really good!  You only need to swipe once with a soaked cotton pad to remove most pencil liners, and maybe twice with a waterproof liquid liner.  Sometimes, I would just soak a couple seconds with either product and everything comes off.

Best at Leaving Eye Refreshed After Removal – Mizon

I don’t enjoy eye makeup removers that leave your eyes super oily after removal simply because I don’t like the feeling.  Moreover, sometimes, I want to remove the makeup to put something different and it is difficult to do that if lid is oily.  Since there is oil in both products, it will get a little oily no matter what especially if you use too much.  However, the Mizon one tends to leave the eyelid a bit drier after removal.  I mean, the innisfree one is not too oily after removal either if you don’t accidentally use too much.

Best at Removing Japanese Mascaras – innisfree

Japanese mascaras are notoriously difficult to remove.  They both remove the Heroine Make mascaras after a couple of soakings with a cotton pad.  The innisfree one just does it a little bit faster.  I wouldn’t say either is super quick at removing Japanese mascaras though.

VERDICT:  The winner is probably pretty obvious by now.  innisfree just wins on scent and packaging and is very good at removing eye makeup.  Plus, the ingredients are bit more natural which I appreciate.

 

Get to Know Me: Favourite Non-Beauty Youtube Channels

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I have been wanting to do more blogposts to let you know me a little better.  I considered doing a “50 Facts About Me,” but it just seems truly daunting to think about so many facts about myself.  So I decided to talk about some things I am into outside of beauty by sharing some of my favourite Youtube channels.  If you have any Youtube channels that you watch that you think I would like, I would love some new recommendations!  Hope you enjoy this post!

I love animals, and especially enjoy watching dog rescues

There are not many animals that I dislike.  Although, I must say insects are a bit hard for me.  I find that a day spent with animals will automatically relax and make me happier.  I don’t have any pets of my own, but like many people, I love watching animal videos.  They always say you are either dog or cat person.  I used to be a dog person, but over the years, I learned to love cats as well. Lately, I’ve been binge watching a Youtube channel called “Gone to the Snow Dogs” about a couple that own 3 Huskies.  I love watching her make homemade treats for them and bring them on all sorts of adventures.  It always brings a smile to my face.

I also love watching dog rescues, like Vet Ranch.  Their channel stresses the importance of dog neuter and spays in light of the problems with dog overpopulation.  They focus on taking dogs that might otherwise by euthanized, and often giving them straightforward medical procedures that make them completely adoptable.

I love learning about other cultures

As I mentioned in a previous blogpost, I have a degree in Anthropology.  Therefore, I always love learning about the intricacies of someone’s culture, either from actually going to someone’s home to try a home cooked meal, or actually travelling to a place and immersing myself in their everyday life.  I haven’t travelled much the last few years, but I still love learning about other cultures through Youtube.

Lately, I have been watching a lot of travel food channels.  I have especially been loving the ones that try street food in Asia.  As my parents are from China, I often wonder what types of food they eat in other areas of China, either than the Cantonese food I grew up with.   I feel that often at a restaurant, you only might taste the “star” dishes of that country, but you never really get to try out the diversity of food that actually exists if the you visit the country.

That is perhaps why I love watching The Food Ranger.  He lives in China presently, and he will often go to small villages to try out the local specialties.  He will often try the same dish, but in a different region of China.  It is totally fascinating for a cultural buff like me to see the diversity of food in the world.

If you love The Food Ranger, you will also love Mark Wein’s channel about food in Thailand.

I am learning how to cook

I only officially moved out a few years ago.  My mother did most of the cooking all my life. However, I got married a few years ago, and I realized I should really learn to cook better.  I figured food just being edible is not good enough if you have to eat it everyday.  Let’s be honest though, “not very edible” and “barely edible” have been quite common terms in my home the last few years. Like many who have to come home and cook after a full day of work, I love recipes that are quick and taste good.

One channel that is not really a cooking channel, but I thought I would recommend here is Karlie Kloss’s Youtube channel.  Not only is Karlie a famous model, but she loves to bake and also talk about coding.  I find her recipes super easy to follow and there is one particular recipe I use a lot, which is her Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe.  Super grains are huge the last few years, but actually finding recipes that you wholeheartedly think are really tasty are quite difficult.  I love this pudding because it tastes like having dessert in the morning.

I also love Sorted Food, Cooking with Dog, and Gordon Ramsay’s channel.

If you have channels you love, please comment below!  🙂

Haul: Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

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As I was writing this haul post, I realized there was an overarching theme to all the items that I have purchased recently.  They were all types of items that I have never tried.  Items that take me out of my beauty comfort zone.  I also realized that I had a lot of misconceptions of these products that are totally unwarranted.  I hope you enjoy this haul.

Dolly Wink Eyebrow Coat

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I have never worn brow gel.  Mostly, because I had this preconception that brow gels made your brows stiff and unnatural.  However, lately, after hearing how great the Glossier Boy Brow (they don’t ship to Canada) is from all these beauty gurus on Youtube, my interest to tame those few unruly brow hairs grew.  Since I notice that many Japanese brands put out many brow mascaras, I thought that this Eyebrow Coat from Dolly Wink was worth a try. This is not like a typical brow gel. It comes in a tube with a flat brush that looks like it should be used to paint nail polish.  The formula is supposed to be waterproof and smudgeproof and has hyaluronic acid to moisturize the brows.  It also dries quickly and is not sticky once dried.

Initial Thoughts:  It smells really strongly of alcohol.  I am still getting used to the application, but it really does hold those brow hairs.  Almost feels like you put glue in brows.  Is that how brow gel is supposed to feel?

rms “un” cover-up

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Cream foundation?  Haven’t used it and haven’t really thought about trying it.  Would it feel heavy and cakey?  However, if you have been reading my blog for a while, other than Asian beauty, I am super into Green Beauty.  Currently, my favourite Green Beauty base products are the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and from Japan, the naturaglacé Foundation Puree.  However, I have always wanted to branch out and try some other “green” foundations.  I heard the rms “un” cover-up is kind of a cult product in the Green Beauty world, but also kind of a Marmite product.  It claims to not cover up, but enhance the radiance of your own skin.  It is lightweight and melts into the skin while minimizing pores.

Initial Thoughts:  I am truly surprised at how lightweight this is considering it is a cream product. Like the brand claims, it basically melts into the skin.  My only concern is that the coverage is quite minimal, almost like a tinted moisturizer.  I will have to continue testing it out to see how it wears throughout the day.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist

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This is my first face mist.  I can’t really explain why I never really got into using face mist, except for pure laziness.  Plus, it was almost extra money that I had to spend on another part of my skincare. So what changed me?  Well, I heard that this Whamisa face mist could be used as a toner after cleansing.  I got this idea initially from Anna from Style Under Pressure blogpost here, where she talked about using it this way.  She has also discussed that this is a quick way to keep your skin moisturized before the next step in your skincare routine.  An added bonus for me is this mist contains 92.5% organic ingredients and it is water-free so it is packed full of fermented ingredients that will keep your skin moisturized.

Initial Thoughts:  I love how refreshing and moisturizing this mist is.  I think I am still having trouble with the spraying technique though.  I feel like sometimes I am missing parts of my face.  If you have used a face mist before, just wondering how many sprays you use?  Plus, how saturated should your face be?

Heimish All Clean Balm

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I must admit I haven’t used an oil cleanser for maybe like ten years.  My only encounter with one was using the cult Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil many years ago.  I remember it left my dry cheeks dry and my nose area flaky after a while and since then I haven’t even attempted to go near the stuff again.  However, since joining Instagram, endless photos of the beautiful packaging of the Heimish All Clean Balm reeled me in.  I usually use micellar water and a separate eye makeup remover to remove my makeup, but a cleansing balm seemed like a quick way to remove everything at once. Other than the beautiful packaging, this cleansing balm is supposed to be great for sensitive skin (which appealed to me), and really effective at removing all remnants of makeup (I use quite a lot of waterproof eye makeup).

Initial Thoughts:  It must be the curse of the oil cleanser.  First of all, I don’t know if I love rubbing this into my eyes.  Even if I do it gently, I feel like it irritates my eyes a bit, and leaves my eyesight a little blurry.  Also, after removal, my skin doesn’t feel totally clean and like there is a film of residue left over.  Is this normal?  However, most importantly, it left my cheeks red and irritated again.  So I am putting it away for while, and hoping that it was the rose hip oil that I started using at the same time that caused my face sensitivities.

Any thoughts of your experience with these types of beauty products would be appreciated.

The Best Liquid Eyeliners I Have Ever Tried (all from Japan): D. U. P Silky Liquid Eyeliner, msh Love Liner, and Flow Fushi Moteliner Review

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If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love Japanese makeup.  My ears especially perk up when I hear about the release of a new liquid eyeliner because my favourite liquid eyeliners are mostly from Japan.  I have Asian hooded eyes, which makes eyeliner easily transfer and smudge onto the bottom of the eye.  My eyes are also quite watery, so the outer wings of my eyeliner often disappear first.

Today, I am going to do a little comparison and review three of my favourites which have all won Japanese beauty awards: msh Love Liner Liquid, D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner, and Flow Fushi Moteliner.  I would wholeheartedly recommend all three, but just for the sake of being nit-picky, I am going to talk about the pros and cons of each.  I am also comparing them all in black to make it more fair.

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I used mostly Google translate the details below.  If there are any discrepancies, I would love to know.

msh Love Liner Liquid in Rich Black

With a 0.1 mm brush tip, this liquid eyeliner touts longevity and pigmentation.  The aluminum packaging gives the liner a nice weight during application.  Apparently, common resin containers weigh 6 g, but this liner weighs 12 g.  The formula also contains moisturizing ingredients, which help to keep your makeup looking moist (not entirely sure what that means).  I only found this out recently, but it is supposed to be removable with warm water.  Initially, it came in 3 colours (rich black, noble brown, dark brown), but they have now since added 5 more colourful shades.

D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Like the Love Liner, the D. U. P. liner has a 0.1 mm brush tip and comes in 3 colours (black, brown black, and natural brown).  It also claims to have great longevity  (waterproof, sweatproof, and sebumproof) and dries down quickly.  It also contains ingredients, like collagen, to nourish the skin. Furthermore, the liner does not dye the skin and breaks apart when washed off.

Flow Fushi Moteliner in Black

Like the other two liquid eyeliners, Flow Fushi also boasts extreme longevity (does not bleed and is water-resistant).  The brush tip is similar in size to the other two liners.  It is made by worldwide renowned Yamoto Kakao craftsmen combined with advanced technology  using four types of brush hair.  Made of aluminum, its octogan shape fits ergonomically in the hand and provides stability during application.  It is another non-dye liner, which easily comes off with water.  It comes in 4 colours (brown black, black, brown, and navy black).  A new colour called Cherry Cheek has just been released.

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As you see from the three descriptions, these three liquid eyeliners are quite similar and in some ways, they perform quite similarly.  In the introduction, I mentioned that I would recommend all the three of them because they are all pigmented, long-lasting, and easy to apply.  However, just to really put them them through a hardcore review, I am going to a “best of” list for fun.  I hope this also helps you decide which one is right for you.

Best Longevity – Flow Fushi Moteliner

This ones goes to Flow Fushi!  If I have a long day, I usually wear this one because it pretty much lasts all day.  I am always amazed at night while removing makeup that the whole eyeliner is pretty still pretty intact.  It does smear a little in the older corners if you have watery eyes that day because it removes the easiest with water.  I think that if you cry, this one might come off.  The other two last extremely well too, except the bottom outer wings will often start disappearing on me at the end of a 8 hour work day.

Best Application – msh Love Liner

The octagon packaging of the Flow Fushi seems like it would be the most ergonomic and best for application.  However, if I don’t have much time, I always prefer the msh Love Liner because I usually don’t have to fix any mistakes.  Something about the weight really keeps my hand steady. The formula is also the least watery, so I feel like I can take my time applying it before the ink just rushes out of the tip.  Lastly, you can easily go over a line multiple times without it skipping or taking the liner off underneath (which the D. H. C. liner does sometimes).

Best Price for Value – D. H. C.

They are are around the same price though, with the msh being the most expensive at 1600 Yen and the D. H. C. being the cheapest, at 1300 Yen.  Converted to Canadian Dollars, where I live, it would be around $15-$18 CAD.  They all contain the same amount of product.

Best Pigmentation – tie between Flow Fushi and D. H. C.

I think all three liners are pretty black, but if I really had to be picky, the depth of the black from the msh Love Liner is a little intense than the other two.

Best Removal – Flow Fushi

It is so interesting to me that all three are considered water-resistant, but yet they remove with water.  I decided to experiment with this idea by drawing all three liners on my hand, and putting them under the tap.  None of them smudged when put directly under the tap, but when rubbed with a cotton ball under the tap and soaked with water, they all came off.  The easiest one to remove is the Flow Fushi one.  It usually comes off with one swipe with a dual phase eye makeup remover, while with the other two I usually soak a bit, before I swipe with a cotton pad.  Only the Flow Fushi liner removes well with micellar water.

Best Packaging

For me, the best packaging has always been the msh Love Liner.  It is a shiny rose gold and I love the feel of the weighed applicator.  Plus, it has a mechanism in the cap that prevents it from drying out.

VERDICT:  So which one do I love the most?  It really depends on what I am doing that day.  Most days, I will use the msh Love Liner, because it has good longevity and the application is the least fussy.  However, if I have a long day out, I will usually use the Flow Fushi one because it lasts the longest.  The only con is that the brush hairs have splayed on me a bit when I put the cap back on, and I have had to cut a couple brush hairs off.

I have also done in-depth reviews of the msh Love Liner here and D. H. C. Silky Liquid Liner here if you are interested.

Till We Meet Again: Empties and Expired Products

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I am quite a stickler for getting rid of products that are expired, especially eye makeup, simply because I had a sty once and I don’t want it to happen again.  If it says it expires in 6 months, I will usually stop using it.  That is why blogging has been great to support this purging process.  Now, I can easily go back and check when I purchased a certain item on my blog.  Who knew that blogging might be good for my health too!

Similar to typical empties blogposts, I am going to talk about how the products worked for me and whether I would repurchase them.

LJH Vita Propolis Cream

I really enjoyed LJH’s Vita Propolis Ampoule (it left my skin glowy and moisturized), so I decided to give the cream a try.   Propolis is a natural antioxidant which is great for anti-aging (hydrating and improves fine lines).  This cream was a joy to apply.  It smelled sweet and fresh (my best attempt at explaining the scent), and the texture is “just right”, not too thick or thin.  It sank in quickly and left the skin plump and moisturized.  Used as a night cream, it lasted for about 3 months.  Whether it was anti-aging or not, it is hard to say after that many layers of skincare, but it definitely did not cause any irritation, and my skin felt moisturized during the dry winter months.

Repurchase?  Yes!

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise

There are many people that love Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and I can’t say I am one of them.  I have tried 3 products from her line, and I can’t say I loved any of them.  Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerize cream eyeshadows are solid products, but I just don’t think they are the best for the price, and they only have a 6 month shelf life, so you have to use them pretty quickly.  Let’s start off with good points.  The 6 shades are beautiful (slightly metallic) and super pigmented.  They also blend nicely on the eyelid.  Now, to the cons.  I found it hard to control the amount you get from the pot due to the moussy texture.  Plus, this is just personal preference, I didn’t really enjoy the experience of putting my finger or brush in the moussy formula.  Longevity-wise, I would say these last about 6-8 hours.  They creased and faded on me after that.

Repurchase?  You probably guessed.  No.  I just didn’t reach for these a whole lot.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre

The Chanel Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadows are well-known for being beautiful and shimmery on the eyelids, so they probably don’t need an introduction.  Over the years, I have picked up a quite a few.  However, I haven’t bought one for a while because it seems like every brand has a cream eyeshadow now and there are really good ones for half the price.  This one was a gift from a friend.  Other than the price, I think the main deterrent is that they dry out pretty fast (less than half a year).  The bouncy texture becomes hard and dry quite quickly.  In fact, mine has even separated from the pot and will drop out of the container if I flip it upside down.

Repurchase?  Probably not, but they are so beautiful that they make for an easy impulse buy.

THREE Shadow Lining Performance Eyeliner

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If you are a Japanese Makeup lover like me, you probably would have heard of the brand THREE. Just a little side note here, I just learnt that the Amazon Japan site accepts International orders so I have been digging around the website deciding what to order.  Back to the THREE brand, it is a department store brand that aims to sell beauty products with a focus on using organic ingredients (I wouldn’t say they are a totally green line though).  I wanted to love this eyeliner because it claimed to be waterproof, smudgeproof, glides smoothly during application, and contains botanical oils that help nourish the eyelids.  I would say the claim of longevity is warranted.  However, I feel the application is not smooth at all.  The tip breaks off easily even with the lightest hand.  Plus, the last time time the tip broke off, I can’t seem to turn the product up anymore as well.

Repurchase?  No.  I wish it was a “Yes” though.

 

Current Favourites

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If you have been reading my blog for a while, I usually like to do a current favourites blogpost every few months.  I use the same format inspired by Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen’s Sense of Self where she uses the five senses to interview her guests about their favourite things.

Sight

I am sorry my “sight” favourite is always a Youtube channel, but all I watch is Youtube.  However, I must mention that I finally got persuaded to watch “Sherlock,” which is like a modern take on the classic novel.  I’m only on the second season, but I’ve been really enjoying the amazing acting and clever dialogue of the show.

With so many Youtubers nowadays, it is hard to find someone who’s videos are totally original, especially when it comes to beauty Youtubers.  Violette’s channel violette_fr is a breath of fresh air in the Youtube beauty scene.  She is a French makeup artist who now resides in New York.  French girls are renowned for being effortlessly chic, and she totally embodies that.  She often applies her makeup using only her fingers and will do her makeup tutorials, not behind a backdrop like many Youtubers, but when she is out and about.  She has done her makeup at her favourite cafe, and even in the back of a car!

Smell

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I am one those people that watch those Perfume collection Youtube videos with envy because I can’t tolerate many scents without feeling feeling dizzy or have a headache.  However, luckily, there is one scent I enjoy in beauty products, and that is citrus.  It could be the scent of oranges, lemon, or limes.  I enjoy them all!  I’ve been especially loving the scent of the Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Collagen Booster, which is a lovely gift from my sister.  If you love the scent of ripe oranges, you will love this serum.  The scent is not subtle.  It literally smells like freshly squeezed orange juice, almost smells a bit like a Creamsicle too.  I look forward to applying this everyday.  It is full of high powered Vitamin C which is supposed to boost collagen and minimize wrinkles.  Initially, I didn’t feel like it was doing too much, but after using it for a few weeks night and day, I do notice that my skin, especially in my forehead area, is tighter and my fine lines less visible.

Taste

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This is my first attempt at making them at home.  They tasted pretty good!

I really enjoy tasting new flavours from other cultures.  Maybe, perhaps due to the fact, I was an Anthropology Major in university.  I especially love trying out home cooking from other cultures, like the Vietnamese Sweet and Sour soup I talked about in my last Current Favourites.  A few weeks ago, I got to try Pão de Queijo, which is a Brazilian cheese bread.  They are like the size of little cream puffs, but they kind of remind me of cheese scones, which I love.  They have a crispy exterior and are chewy on the inside from the tapioca flour.  When I start, I can’t stop eating them!

Touch

I could not really think of anything for this category, so I am going to cheat a little.  Instead of talking about something I felt, I am going to talk about my favourite feeling.  I have really loved the feeling of wearing lipstick.  Since I couldn’t really wear eye makeup when I had shingles, I resorted to playing up my blush, contour, and lips.  It was through this experience that I started to understand the power of lipstick!  It really can make a look “pop.”  I’ve been so into it that I bought my first lipliner ever, the Bite Beauty Lip Pencil.  Since I loved their lipsticks, getting their lipliner was a no-brainer.  So far, I have found them to be pigmented and easy to draw with.  Still need to continue practicing though.

Sound

For me, sound is usually a music favourite.  I either come by new music from the radio or from Spotify, and lately I have been loving Solange.  I am a latecomer in getting to know Solange’s music, but I loved “Cranes in the Sky” the first time I heard it.  It actually won a Grammy for Best R & B Performance last weekend!  Other than this song, I also love “Don’t Touch My Hair,” which talks about being proud of your own hair.  Her voice is very soothing and soulful.

Review: Milk Makeup Coverage Duo (a.k.a., The Re-Review After Reading the Instructions)

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Disclaimer:  I had written most of this review and realized while reading about the product on their website that I had not used it properly.  I thought the liquid concealer was meant to be used under the eyes, but it can also be used all over the face, almost like a lightweight foundation.

As a beauty blogger, you innately start developing criteria when you review products.  Eyeshadows need to super pigmented.  Concealers should have good coverage and not crease.  These sort of become your baseline every time you start to review a product.  In the last few months, I have been using the Milk Makeup Coverage Duo in Light quite frequently, and I thought I was prepared to write a mediocre review.  The coverage of this concealer is not really high and it does crease a bit on me.  However, instead of just focusing on performance, I realized that this is actually an all-around good product.  Here are the reasons why:

The premise behind the brand is modern, and well, likable

Milk Makeup is trying to do something a little different and I commend them for that.  Just a little background on the company.  Milk Makeup is a branch of Milk, which is a cultural hub focusing on fashion, music, photography, art, and film in L. A.  The key premises behind the brand include: multi-use products, experimentation and self-expression, minimal preservatives (this is not considered green beauty though) and cruelty-free, best ingredients, minimal preservatives, and high concept low maintenance.  I mean, there really isn’t anything not to like!  Basically, the brand is saying if you are a a trendy, modern, cool girl, you should be wearing their makeup and who doesn’t want to be that?

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The packaging is innovative

I don’t think I’ve ever seen another beauty product with this type of packaging.  Housed in a flat Tic-Tac-sized container, one end has a rollerball applicator for the liquid concealer, and the other end is a removable container for the marshmallow-textured cream concealer.  The rollerball is quite cooling and quick to apply under the eyes.  The packaging is also super portable.  It is slim enough that it would easily fit into a pocket and a purse for touchups.  The liquid concealer is meant for your face, while the cream concealer is for extra coverage.

The formula absorbs quickly and is moisturizing

Other than the portability, one of the things that this product has going for it, is the texture. Applied all over the face, this liquid concealer sinks in quickly and leaves your skin glowy and moisturized.   I can put on a couple layers for more coverage and there is no problem with the product looking cakey.  Likewise, the marshmallow cream concealer basically “melts” into the skin and never looks too cakey.

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It is so fast and convenient to use

The rollerball makes it super quick to apply your base in the morning.  You just roll a few streaks over your face and then dab it in.  I mean, the rollerball is a bit small, so I might consider getting their Sunshine Skin Tint, which has a bigger rollerball applicator.  It is also super convenient to just flip the product around and dab the cream concealer under your eyes and over any other areas where you might need more coverage.  Most importantly, it is just such a great on-the-go product for touchups and just applying your makeup wherever you want.

Hmm…so here are the reasons why you might be “iffy” about buying this concealer

As I mentioned, this concealer has pretty light coverage.  It won’t entirely cover up dark under eye circles or redness from acne.  However, it can built to a medium coverage without ever getting too cakey if layered.  However, I do find both concealers do crease after of few hours of application under the eyes.  The cream concealer definitely works better under the eyes compared to the liquid one which creases even faster.  On the face though, I find that it works great as a light to medium foundation, and lasts for most of a workday.  Whenever I do a quick checkup of my makeup in the mirror, I have happy with how my skin looks.  My skin looks even without looking too made up, if you know what I mean.  It does get a bit too oily for me on my T-Zone, so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with oily skin.

VERDICT:  I think it is a great everyday foundation and concealer, but I think where it shines is its convenience and portability.

Second Look: Makeup Products that Have Grown on Me

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They say “you only have one chance to make a first impression.”  This may be true in a job interview.  However, over the years, I have found that this is not always true.  I feel that once you get past the initial impression, and dig a little deeper, you often find beauty in someone.  Okay, I think I might be going overboard with this analogy, but the three makeup products I am going to talk about in this blogpost were definitely love at second sight.

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 23

Initial Impressions:  I bought this over the summer, and the colour was too light.  The texture also was quite thick and started to break up and go patchy on my skin after a few hours.

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Second Look:  I just couldn’t give up on this product mostly because it had been raved about so much online.  Not to mention it was also quite pricey, and included a refill as well.  I figured I couldn’t give it away yet before trying it one more.  I am so glad I did because once winter hit the shade was perfect for me!  It really did create a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines.  For a Korean cushion foundation, it is not actually super glowy.  I would say it gives a natural skin finish.

To combat the thick texture, I found out it was much better to apply two thin layers instead of one thick one. I usually take a small dab and dot it around the face before I stamp it into my face.  It says that it lasts 12 hours on the website, but I feel this is a base that looks best on initial application.  It gets a little dry and fine lines start making an appearance at around the 6-8 hour mark.  That perhaps why it is considered a portable foundation so you can touch up on-the-go.    One last thing I really enjoy about this cushion is that the puff is beige so it never looks extremely dirty because the colour of the product matches the puff.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena

First Impressions: This is a bit of a cheat, but I had to return the original Bite Beauty lipsticks (I don’t remember if they had a name) due to the strong scent that lingered after application.  I loved everything else about the lipstick, except the scent was making me physically ill.

IMG_0076.JPGSecond Look: One day, while visiting Sephora again, I saw that they had put out their Amuse Bouche collection, and really wanted to give them a try again since I really enjoyed the formula minus the scent.  I was super happy to find out that this time around the scent was derived from freshly pressed grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangelo, mint, and mandarin.  If there is one scent I can tolerate, it is citrus scents.  The mint still bothers me a little bit, but I love the product so much it is worth it.  The formula is so moisturizing even without a lip balm underneath.  I am amazed by how long these stay on the lips.  I mean, some of it comes off during eating, but there is still definitely some pigmentation left over after most meals.  I was reading on the website that pearl, silk, and red wine resveratrol prolong the wear of this lipstick.  That sure sounds super luxurious!

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Colour L001 (similar here)

First Impressions:  I hesitate to put this product into this post as it was part of a limited edition set, but I have been using so much the last few months I decided to leave it in.  This was a lovely present from my best friend and I liked this blush when I got it.  However, the colour was really pigmented even if you used a sesame size amount, so I used it on and off during the year.  Plus, it was one of the blushes that might have caused some bumps to appear on my dry cheek area, so I put it on hold for a while.

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Second Look:  Fast forward to the last few months, and I’m using it like almost everyday.  It is not that anything changed about the product, it is just what I wanted out of my makeup recently has evolved.  Since I have been wearing less eye makeup, due to ocular shingles a few months ago, I have loved focusing on my cheeks and lips and this cheek colour just fits the bill.  It is pigmented and lasts all day.  It has a cream to powder finish which makes it a good backdrop for a glowy highlighter I am into lately.  Plus, I have found out that since I have been using more snail products, my cheeks have been more moisturized and I don’t have the problem with bumps on my cheeks. Hope this comes out again with another holiday set or I might have to consider getting their cream blusher, which is just as beautiful.

Trying Out Lip Oils

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Suddenly, it seemed like last year, brand after brand starting putting out their version of the lip oil. Whereas the super popular liquid lipstick seemed like it could be drying, the lip oil seemed more moisturizing and thus, more appealing to me.  I decided to just dive right in and basically pick the two with the most hype and the prettiest packaging, the Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry Tale and the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry.  I didn’t really do any major research on either lip oil, but made the decision pretty much on some favourable reviews on Youtube.

How They Look

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Lancôme Juicy Shaker after initial application (left photo), after half and hour (middle photo) and Clarins Lip Oil after initial application (right photo)

Judging from their ad campaigns, I assumed that the shine from these lip oils was equal to a high-shine lip gloss! I guess, that is the power of photography.  I do think that these lip oils impart a lovely low-key shine.  However, the shine does fade pretty quickly.  The Lancôme Juicy Shakers fade pretty within a half an hour whereas the Clarins Lip Comfort Oils probably lasts about an hour.

Here’s where these lip oils differ tremendously.  The Clarins Lip Comfort Oil dulls down in shine after a few hours, but it still leaves the lips moisturized.  In contrast, the Lancôme Juicy Shaker fades pretty quickly and leaves a matte stain on your lips.  Neither of them are super pigmented, but I would say the Juicy Shaker leaves a subtle tint of colour (it would also depend on what shade you got).  This isn’t a Korean style lip tint in that the stain doesn’t last after eating.  The Clarins Lip Oil almost looks clear with a sheer hint of colour. However, since I have really pigmented lips, it almost looks just like a clear gloss on me.  Also, one other thing to note is that when the Lancôme Juicy Shaker dries down, you do see more of your lip lines.

How They Feel

I think one of the great things about these lip oils are that they aren’t sticky.  I would say that the Juicy Shaker really feels like you have oil on your lips.  I could see that this might not be the most appealing to some people.  On the other hand, the Clarins Lip Oil feels thicker and more like a gloss.  That is perhaps why I feel that the Clarins lip oil is overall more moisturizing.  After using the Lancôme Juicy Shaker all day, my lips did feel a bit dry.

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One of my favourite aspects of these two lip oils are their applicators.  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker’s applicator feels like a soft latex sponge that hugs your lips.  Of course, the “funnest” part though, is shaking the cocktail shaker shaped packaging to mix the oil with the pigment in the product.  The Clarins applicator is also a joy to use.  The “cocoon” applicator grips the perfect amount of product when pulled out of the tube. This larger than average doe-foot applicator also fits comfortably on your lips during application.

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How They Taste

Even though no one has any intention of eating these oils, you do accidentally taste them sometimes.  They both don’t have any taste I find.

How They Smell

Both of these lip oils smell like fruit, which I love!  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker smells more like raspberries and the Clarin lip oil smells like cherries.  The scents don’t linger, which I prefer.

VERDICT:  Overall, I enjoyed trying out these lip oils.  I realized though, as a category, there is a lot of variety.  These are two difference products and which one you purchase will depend on what you are looking for.  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker gives you a beautiful sheen and leaves a subtle tint. In contrast, the Clarins lip oil is more of a lip treatment that not only moisturizes your lips, but gives a more natural hint of colour.  Neither are super long lasting on the lips, so you do have to reapply after a few a hours.

Travel Tag

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The High Line in New York City is one of my favourite places in the city.  Against the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a public park built on old elevated train tracks in the Meatpacking District.

My journey in travel has evolved over the course of my lifetime.  When I was younger, I remembered one my teachers had us write down 50 things we wanted to accomplish in our lifetime.  I don’t know where the physical list has gone, but I do remember that I had written that I wanted to travel the world.  When I was a kid, I was one of those lucky enough to go to Disneyland multiple times because I had family in Los Angeles.

Then, when I finally started to make money during my university years, I decided to fulfil that travelling dream by moving to London, England for a bit.  From there, I had the chance to visit all the art museums I dreamt about visiting in Europe.  However, for the last decade, I have totally lost the travel bug, and have mostly only travelled to visit family.  Not sure what brought about this change, but maybe I thought I could find myself through travel, and ultimately I figured I could only fulfill that by looking inward.  Fast forward to today, and I feel a tiny bit of an itch again, so who knows?

Thank so much to Anna from Style Under Pressure for tagging me to do this fun tag!  You should definitely check out her version of the tag here.  She has been to so many amazing places that I would never even dream of going.  Plus, the photos she has taken from her trips are amazing. Also, her knowledge of skincare is so extensive and informative.  I have learned so much from her already.  Do check out her blog here!

Where is your favourite place you have visited?

Paris, France (Sorry, I couldn’t post any of my photos from Paris because I still used film back then) stole my heart a long time ago (it was the first city I travelled to without my family) and it is still my favourite.  There are just so many things I love about it.  Chocolate Eclairs.  Eiffel Tower (especially lit up at night).  Some of the best makeup and skincare.  Art, art, and art.  Plus, it is definitely one of the most romantic places in the world and the setting for my favourite romantic movie, Before Sunset.

As an honorary mention, I would have to say Venice, Italy.  The minute you get there, it is just so dreamy, like something out of a movie.  Plus, New York, New York, mostly because there is so much happening, so many restaurants, shows, and stores to explore.

If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you pick?

Well, either than visiting family, I would probably pick Tokyo, Japan.  Being an anthropology major in university, I would love to experience the Japanese culture, which I feel is so full of oxymorons. Traditional yet modern.  Unified yet quirky.  Most importantly, I love Japanese makeup.  I couldn’t imagine being able to pick up whatever I wanted at a whim.  I would probably be broke!  Plus, I really want to get a hot drink from those vending machines!

Anna mentioned this in her blogpost also, but the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru would be a pretty amazing place to visit since I considered becoming an archaeologist at one point in my life, believe it or not.  Sounds funny now considering that I am so into anti-aging and can’t imagine myself digging for hours in the sun.

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My family is originally from China, but I have only visited Asia last year.  This is a photo I took of the Taipei 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan.  Such an amazing cultural experience, but the makeup was the highlight!  I could swatch and play with all the Asian makeup I wanted.

Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?

As you probably guessed from the previous places I have travelled to, I am a city girl.  I really enjoy art, architecture, fashion, and those are mostly found in cities.

What are 3 of your holiday essentials?

Having worked many years as an amusement park ride operator in my teenage years, I think I have gotten enough sun for a lifetime.  That is perhaps why most of my essentials are related to sun protection.

  1. Wide-brimmed hat – Like Anna, I can’t live without a hat when travelling.  Often, you end up walking around so much, that it is easy to get sunburnt.
  2. Sunscreen – It is apparently the best anti-aging product and at my age that is hugely important.
  3. Internet – Sometimes, I try to remember what we did without Google Maps (We did just fine).  I love getting lost, but not all the time.  Moreover, since being a blogger, I can’t help working and checking up on my blog and reading the blogs of others.

Are you an Over-Packer or an Under-Packer?

I think I am neither extreme, but if I had to pick, I think I am an under-packer.  Except the horror of forgetting my essential skincare, I sometimes subconsciously love to forget stuff so I can go check out what they have at the local drugstore or makeup counters.

What is your favourite thing about going on holidays?

I think my favourite thing about travelling is all the unplanned moments that you talk about years after the trip.  Like the stranger that helped you when you were lost or finding an unexpected gem of a place.  Or sometimes the sticky situations that you get yourself into and manage to survive and talk about for years later on (although taking a ride from a stranger is something I’ll never do again, hopefully).

What is one place you would never want to visit?

I can’t think of a specific place, but I guess anywhere where I would feel extremely worried about my own safety.

Who would you rather go on a holiday with, family or friends?

I enjoy both, but I guess as I have gotten older, time with family always seems precious since everyone is so busy with their own lives.  Also, since travelling can be stressful, it is comforting to have family by my side.

What is the most adventurous dish you have tried from another country?

Gosh, I can’t think of any.

Who do you want to do this travel tag?

Sylliepie

Tokyo Beauty Book

Hari-Harian

BeautyandtheCat’s Beauty Blog

Rejujunate

Thanks for reading!