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About wata

Water, the element of life, my original web name. Wata, affectionately named by friends. Originating from Taiwan, currently living in the city of Raincouver. Love: Taiwan, food, Canada, nail polish, cosmetics, art, and shoes Hate: snow, winter, boredom, imperfection, and bugs

[Sun Protection] – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

**warning I am about to start a long rant of my history with sunscreen, scroll down further for the TL;DR version**

Everyone that cares about their skin knows how important sunscreen is. It’s probably the most effective way to fight aging skin. I, like many others, have always neglected the importance of sunscreen when I was younger. Back in my young days, my skin never reacted to the sun much, I don’t get tanned much, and I don’t get red at all. It was only about when I was 25 years old, I started noticing my face would get red when it’s under sun exposure. I would be wearing those big buggy sunglasses, and the skin around my eyes would remain normal while the rest of my face would have a tint of red. I didn’t give it much thought, but I didn’t want to be tanned, the yellow undertone of my skin really pops when I tan, and I didn’t like it. So that’s basically when I started wearing sunscreen (I know, so late into the game). A number of years went by, and one day while I was looking around at Murale (like Sephora, but Canadian), and a sales person asked if I would like to test the age of my skin. After I agreed she proceeded to put this ultrasound like device on my face that’s suppose to read my skin condition, she then told me I had a lot of sun damage and my skin was aged at 45! (I was in my mid to late 20’s at that time). She then explained how important sunscreen was and of course proceeded to give me recommendations. I didn’t buy anything from her, but I went home and started frantically looking for sunscreen and doing a lot of research on what to look for. I’ll be honest, I didn’t put on sunscreen mainly because I hated that greasy feeling, and that smell (ew). I’ve tried sooooo many North American brands, the best way to describe them would be a bottle of grease. I couldn’t, I just can’t, especially after finding out you should put at least 1/4 Tsp on your face for the sunscreen to be effective. Now I was always into Asian skincare, mainly Japanese at that time, I always see “cooling effect” “non-greasy feeling” “watery” etc etc of the likes marked on Japanese sunscreen, and I thought, well might as well give it a try, and I was hooked. I’ve tried many different brands namely, Shiseido,  mentholatum sun play sunscreen (there’s a range of them and I’ve tried them all), Skin Aqua (also a range of different kinds, and again tried them all), and other brands that I can’t really recall now. Skin Aqua was one of my favourites, but the price was fairly high for the amount of product so I continued my search. It seemed that Japanese sunscreen were always in a 30ml to 50ml tube/bottle, and never anything over that. My intention was to put sunscreen over all exposed skin and not just my face, so I wanted something more substantial. One day as I was browsing a drugstore in Taiwan, I picked up the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, and I’ve never looked back again.

Now, the one I have pictured above is actually the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel. I picked this up last time I went back to Taiwan, because unlike the watery Essence which I believe was a 50ml soft tube packaging, the gel version is a 90ml bottle packaging, and it was for about the same price. I figure more bang for my buck! I honestly don’t feel much difference between the two. The watery essence is a creamier version, and the gel version is a bit more liquid-y.

***here’s the TL;DR***

The consistency is probably my favourite part of this product. The formula is so weightless on the skin it’s a long way from the bottles of grease North American sunscreens are. 

Instead of making your face look like you can fry an egg on top of it, it initially gives a dewy look but then drys semi-mat, though I personally wouldn’t mind if it stayed dewy looking.
And if you will notice, there is NO white cast! how amazing!

I apologize for not putting up a picture of the ingredient list, but, for easy for packing I threw away the packaging that lists the ingredients in English and I don’t know enough Japanese to decipher a list of chemical ingredients. But I do know it contains alcohol and is a chemical sunscreen, I do not believe it has any physical sunscreen in it(titanium dioxcide or zinc oxcide).

In short, best sunscreen ever!

consistency: liquidy, the watery essence version is creamier

scent: there is a very slight floral scent to it, nothing terribly strong, and certainly does not smell like typical North American sunscreen. The scent dissipates fairly quickly.

colour: it is colourless and does not give you a white cast.

Sun protection: this is a SPF 50+ (meaning probably more than 50, but this is the max they are allowed to label to) and PA++++

I was trying to find the post where I talked about the difference between SPF and PA rating, but I couldn’t find it! I swear I’ve wrote about it before. But anyways, in case anyone is wondering…SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is “a measure of the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin.  For example, “SPF 15″ means that 1/15th of the burning radiation will reach the skin,” assuming the correct amount is applied (source). It is important to note that this factor only refers to the protection you have from UVB rays and not UVA rays (source). PA (or Protection Grade of UVA) “measures the UVA protection that a sunscreen provides. PA+ corresponds to a UVA protection factor between two and four, PA++ between four and eight, and PA+++ more than eight. This system was revised in 2013 to include PA++++ which corresponds to a PPD rating of sixteen or above” (source). So what’s the difference between UVB and UVA you ask? Well UVB rays are Ultraviolet B rays, or known as the “burning rays.” This is the ray that causes sunburns and “tends to damage the more superficial layers of the skin and are what most sunscreens historically claimed protection from” (source). Where as UVA rays or Ultraviolet A rays are the long waves that are less intense, but more prevalent and can come through clouds and glass, so you would still be exposed even if you are indoors. “These rays reach the deeper dermal layers of skin and and can damage your skin’s collagen and elastin causing premature aging, & wrinkling” (source). In short, it is far more important to be protected from UVA than UVB. You’ll notice North American sunscreens tends to only label SPF without any PA ratings, can we assume we are also protected from the harmful affects of UVA while wearing those? hard to say, I think I’ll stick with my Japanese sunscreens. (And sorry for all the sourcing, I am an uni grad, I have to LOL)

price: I got mine in Taiwan, I recall it works out to be about $5 CND per bottle (I KNOW RIGHT?!). I did a quick search and it appears ebay and the likes are about $10~ $20 price range which is still not bad, but I will continue to hoard them when I go back to Taiwan (or when my mom does). I got 3 bottles of this when I came back in March, and I am down to my very last bit, and will possibly have to go one week without any sunscreen, because I just can’t find anything equivalent here (here’s hoping my skin doesn’t melt off my bones). My brother will return with these on the 11th of Dec, I need to ration! fingers crossed!

my particular bottle was made in Japan, I have seen made in Taiwan ones though.

Overall: I think no one will be surprised I am giving this sunscreen a 5/5. If anything, I only wish they came in bigger bottles. The search for the perfect sunscreen is over for me, I will never leave you Biore UV aqua rich!

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Posted by on November 25, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[Lips] – Peripera Lip Tint Water

Hi peeps~ sorry for the absence of 2 weeks, life has just been a bit stressful, but I got stuff lined up!

If you haven’t noticed yet, I tend not to review much lip products, mainly because I don’t really use lip products. Why you ask? I have pretty full lips and while some people like to draw attention to it, I’ve always liked the thin lips look, so I don’t tend to put anything on my lips to draw attention to how full they already are. Every time I put anything other than lip balm I feel like my head is just a big giant lip. I sometimes put on colours that are “my lips but better” and that’s about as much colour as I can handle on my lips.

So when the whole gradient lip look from Korean (in Chinese we call it the bitten lip look) got really huge and popular, I was quite excited. I remember when I was a little kid sucking on a lollipop would always leave my lips looking exactly like that. I tried a few times to achieve that look with regular lip stick/gloss, it never turned out the way I want it to. So I decided I just had to look into this lip tint thing that Koreans are so obsessed about.

And you can’s spell lip tint without Peripera! Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe they were the first Korean brand to come out with the lip tint and everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. So I actually didn’t do much research before I went out and bought these, it was kind of on a whim (I was in Taiwan, it was cheap, I got confused). I knew Peripera is a popular lip tint brand, and I’ve seen images of this particular one floating through the internet so I was determined to get these. Later I found out Peripera also made lip ink (creamier version of a lip tint), and those apparently have much better staying power. All well.

Now when I purchased these 2 I was actually looking for a more pinky shade, but that was not available at the  store I was shopping at, probably because it was the most popular.

The colours I got was in no1 (cherry juice) and no3 (orange juice). I was looking for no2 (pink juice). In any case, as the names would suggest, no1 is a red and no 3 is an orange.

The consistency of these tints are very watery (I guess that’s why they call it tint water). You can see that it spread into the fine lines of my hand. I would say if you have a lot of texture on your lips, these are probably not the best. It definitely will accentuate the fine lines on your lips. Right out of the bottle it seems a bit over whelming. What I normally do is dab it with my finger, and focus the attention on the centre of the lips in order to achieve the gradient look.

Once the stain sets, the colour is much softer and gives a very nice healthy appearance to the lips without it being “BAM! here are my lips!”  (if you know what I am saying…) I personally prefer the red colour over the orange one. The orange just seems a bit unnatural.

One thing I have to note though, I put on lip balm/vaseline on my lips like there’s no tomorrow, because it’s actually painful when my lips chap. This tint does not mix well with oils (lip balm/vaseline), so I actually have to put this on dry lips, and then top it with lip balm, but that ends up moving the colour around a bit (because oils can remove makeup), so to be honest, I am not really sure what I should do with these, because I can’t live without my lip balm, and these are definitely not moisturizing. I kind of wish I bought the ink ones because they seem to be more moisturizing, or at least be able to mix better with oils.

In conclusion…

consistency: very watery, very liquidy, will settle into lines

scent: Both of these have a different scent, but both very fruity. I can’t exactly say the cherry one smells like cherry and the orange one smells like orange, but I am guessing that’s what they were going for. Aside from the fruity scent, it also has a very strong alcohol smell, so I suspect this probably is an alcohol base product.

colour: I’ve only noted 3 colours here, I believe there are a total of 5

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Price: I honestly don’t remember how much I got these for…may have been around the $6 to $8 range. On jolse.com they are going for 6.98USD, which would be about $8 CND with the exchange rates now (so sad).

And as always, like all Korean branded cosmetics, these are also made in Korea.

Overall: I’d say this product is a 2/5. The performance of these were quite disappointing. I did like the colour, and it did help me achieve the look of the gradient. But, what I am suppose to do with my dry painful lips? I mean yes, I get that alcohol doesn’t mix well with oils, but I mean really what girl goes around without any lip balm/chap stick of sort? This will teach me to never just go buy things without doing research first.

I did try mixing this to vaseline to see if I can make it into a tinted lip balm, but that did not go well. It was a pretty big mess, and the water and vaseline mixture never really mixed. The colours became little dots in the vaseline and the tint was just very splotchy.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[BB Cream] – Bioré Aqua Rich Watery BB 3D Effect

[BB Cream] – Bioré Aqua Rich Watery BB 3D Effect

ok, are you really surprised I have another BB cream review? This one is actually from a while back. So far back in fact, I am almost finished the tube.

Bioré is a brand that is fairly well known in North America as well, but it seems the Asian products are much more interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything Bioré in Canada, which is pretty odd.

Anyways, I first came across this because I was actually looking for the Bioré sunscreen, this was put together with the sunscreen, and I just had to try it out.

The consistency of the product is pretty thin but creamy at the same time. There’s not much coverage, but it evens out skin tone. I personally really like the fact that it’s on the yellow side for its undertone. I think this has to do with it being a Taiwanese product. Most girls in Taiwan have a yellow undertone, whereas Korean girls generally is more on the pink end. The yellow helps neutralize the purplely colours I have on my skin (dark circles/spots, and veins). It brightens the skin ever so slight, and there is absolutely no colour difference.

Colour swatches:

Closer to the wrist, I have it blended out, you can see the ever so slight brightness to the skin.

To conclude…

Properties: it’s been a long while since I purchased this product, I’ve thrown away the packaging and don’t actually know what it claims. But base on the name itself, it’s most likely claiming to be moisturizing and sun protection. I honestly cannot confirm the moisturization property of this product, it makes no difference on my face.

Sun protection: it is labeled SPF 50 PA +++. As always though, I still put another layer of sunscreen under this, just because I wouldn’t have put enough of this to get the full sun protection.

Consistency: very light and watery, easy to blend out

Colour: there’s only one colour with a yellow undertone. It has basically no coverag and simply neutralizes the dark spots, so I suspect this would sit well on darker skin tone girls as well.

Coverage: minimal

Price: I bought this in Taiwan a number of years ago and I honestly don’t remember how much it was, but I can for sure say it’s under $10 for 33g of product. Pretty damn economical.

Made in Taiwan

Overall: I really like this product 4/5. I mean I would like more coverage but it does the job when I don’t feel like a thick layer on my face but still want a put together look. I especially loved this product when I was in the hot summer like weather in Taiwan (mid 30s to low 40s). It stays on the skin pretty well and doesn’t feel heavy, and that’s what’s important.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Clio] – Kill Brow Tinted Tattoo Pen

Hi peeps! Yet another review! aren’t you proud of me for keeping this up? 😀

I think it was sometime in the beginning of the year tattoo/tinted brow products were all the hype. I had wanted to try, but all the reviews I saw weren’t very promising. The one that kept popping up in my searches was the Etude House tint my brows gel. I personally am not a big fan of Etude House products. I mean, yes I have quite a bit of their stuff, and when I was living in Korea, I had their membership and was a frequent visitor of their store…but it’s not my favourite. Other than the extremely adorable packaging, Etude House products have yet to wow me. That add on top of the not so great reviews, I chickened out. Lately however, I’ve been getting really annoyed at having to draw my eyebrows in the morning. I start work at 7:30am, and in order for me to get to work on time I have to wake up at 5:30am (yes, you didn’t read that wrong). I am by all means not a morning person, long story short, I snooze my alarm, A LOT. I usually end up getting up closer to 6am, and then giving up on my makeup routine, because I just don’t have the time or patience to put on my brows (everything looks off when I don’t have brows). So I went back on google and did some searches on other options for these tattoo/tinted brow products, and found this. Clio is not really a well known brand, I personally never heard of it when I was living in Korea. Recently it’s just starting to get big because their foundation (Kill Cover) is apparently really good (next on my list). My researched showed, the products Clio puts out are generally good, so I decided I wanted to try this, even though there aren’t many reviews floating around on the internet.

Funny enough if you google Clio not much will come up that’s actually relating to the brand. According to their wiki page Clio Cosmetics was founded in 1993 and is a professional makeup brand. The famous lip tints by Peripera was launched by Clio in 2005. They also launched Goodal in 2011 (a natural skin care brand) and Healing Bird in 2017 (botanical hair and body care brand).

Anyways, on with the review. The pen, is literally a pen, it looks exactly like a marker, and feels the same as well. But don’t worry the smell is nothing like a sharpie.

I apologize for the blurriness of this photo, my phone wouldn’t cooperate with me.

Here are swatches. I drew lines using the flat edge and the pointy end. The colour I ordered was call “earth brown.” I don’t recall why I ordered this colour, I thought I had ordered the least red tone one, but this turned out to be quite red, although you can’t really see it on the swatch, the tint is a lot more red, as you will see on my brows.

These are my naked brows. I will confess when I got this product I was so psyced I wanted to try it right away, and I had forgotten to take a picture of my naked brows, so this was actually taken after the tint faded out (took about a week)

Sorry I am just showing you my brows, I am not ready to show my naked face to the world LOL.

Here it is with the product on

and here’s the gradual fade…Day 1

Day 2

So the instruction said for the tattoo brow look, you are to draw on your brow after you’ve washed your face, but before any skin care. It suggests to do this the night before, and you sleep on it for 8 hours, when you wake up to wash your face, your brows would have tinted (so much better than the possibility of losing your brow hair for the EH tinted gel). The other option you can do with this product is actually use it as a brow pencil in the morning to drawn on your eye brows.

My first try was to do it over night, and the results shown are of one application. If you want a darker tint repeat the process several nights in a row and the tint will be darker.

I only took pictures up to the 2nd day because by the 3rd day it faded quite a lot and I needed to actually draw my brows on. I didn’t want to put on a 2nd application, because I needed that photo of my naked brows. Although the fade was quite significant by the 3rd day it wasn’t till the 5 or 6th day that the tint was completely gone.

My 2nd try with this pen, I put it on in the morning and let it steep for the rest of the day. I figure I spend more time being awake then sleeping maybe it’ll tint better during the day, and it did!

I am fairly impressed with this product, it does what it claims to do. I originally thought the marker shaped tip might be difficult to work with, but it wasn’t too bad at all. The only complaint I would have is that there is no sharpness to the tint, the lines kind of blur out no matter how sharp I drew it, and the tail of my brows doesn’t tint as well, I am not sure if it has to do with hair density maybe?

To conclude…

properties: there’s no actual skin care properties in this product, like the BB creams. It claims to tint your brows, and it does just that.

Price: I purchased this off of ebay for about $14 CND, it’s on the expensive side, but will have to see how long it can last (how many uses)

Scent: It doesn’t really have any scent, if you put it really close to your nose and sniff you may be able to smell a very slight hint of marker but in general there’s no scent to it.

Longevity: like I said, I am pretty impressed with this product, and how long the tint stayed on my skin. Even used as a regular brow pen, it doesn’t look odd like the gel tint would look. I will actually go out in the darker drawn brows.

and yes you guessed it, it’s made in Korea 🙂

Overall rating: 5/5 I enjoy being able to sleep in just a little longer, so this has been a life saver! I will for sure repurchase.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Sofina] – Long Keep Base UV

img_20170917_204332.jpg Hi peeps! I am just on a roll with reviews! I have so many things I’ve tried but never reviewed, it’s kind of insane LOL. Today is something that has been my HG since the beginning of the year, and I have already used up one bottle of this and am on my 2nd bottle. I purchased this item when I went back to Taiwan in the beginning of this year. My cousin was the one that introduced me, I bought one to try, and loved it so much that I hoarded 2 more bottles before I came back. Normally what happens to my hoarded items is that I find something else I want to try and completely ignore the fact that I hoarded these things. But this one is different. I’ve never tried a primer so good! Yes! this is a primer!

It is a very light weight primer, with a hint of pink in it to brighten up skin. It not only aids in the longevity of your makeup, but also brightens and evens out skin tone all in one go. Nowadays, having to wake up at 530am, I often don’t have the energy to put on makeup, so what I’ve been doing a lot is using this primer and just this primer. It does enough to give me enough courage to walk out my door LOL.

All you need is about the size of a quarter, it spreads so easily and disappears on your skin, but you know it’s there because your face just got brighter!

 

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Here’s a swatch of it, I actually did a swipe and a blended out portion. If you look very carefully, you can see the skin just below the knuckles is slightly brighter than the rest of the hand, it’s not lighting, it’s this stuff!

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The effect is every so slight, there’s no colour difference but it just does something to the skin to make it look more refreshed.

To conclude…

Colour: it’s pink, but doesn’t really show up on the skin

Texture: very liquidy, blends super easy

Coverage: there really isn’t any…

Scent: I honestly don’t smell anything other than the typical sunscreen smell

Sun protection: SPF 25 PA++, again always add another layer of sunscreen under this

Price: I got this in Taiwan for about $13 CND per 25ml bottle, they don’t come any bigger. But one bottle lasted me until Jul (? cant remember) from beginning of January, and I basically used it everyday

Mine is made in Japan. It was sold in Taiwan in original Japanese packaging. I heard some people had bought ones that were made in Taiwan, but I’ve yet to see them.

Overall: 5/5 I will definitely be repurchasing these over and over. The quality of this product is probably similar to the high end primers that are out there, but at $13 per bottle instead of $50. I just wish it came in a larger size!

 

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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