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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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[DIY] – Do It Yourself BB Cushion

 

IMG_20170916_165239 I’ve seen a few articles/videos floating around on the internet about DIYing your own BB cushion. Normally, I don’t DIY much makeup/skin care things, mostly because (if you haven’t noticed yet) I like to try new products, and I mean I REALLY like to try new products. But staring at my hoard of BB creams that I likely won’t ever use up, I thought maybe this would be a good way to make use of my BB creams. So that I can finally finish them and have reasons to get new stuff to try!! *evil laugh*

I went mainly by this video from Meejmuse

I know there are some people on amazon/ebay that sells new cushion and containers that are made just for this, but I didn’t really want to spend any money on that. My Missha BB cushion just dried out, and so I decided to clean it up and reuse the material to make my own BB cushion. Here’s what I used:

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  1. Skinfood Red Bean BB cream
  2. Sofina’s Primavista Ange – Long Keep Base UV
  3. Biore UV – Aqua Rich SPF50 PA++++
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 
  5. Naruko Calendula Soothing & Calming Toner

(anything with clickable link I’ve done reviews on, everything else is upcoming)]

I just started adding stuff to the container and mixing it. The Skinfood BB cream was already a match to my skin tone, so I wasn’t too concern about the colour. The texture of BB cushion is more watery than BB creams, so I knew I had to water it down, so I added in some serum and toner to get to the more watery consistency. Then added the primer (“long keep base”) for a brightening effect and also longevity. The sunscreen was a bit of an after thought. The BB cream already had SPF, it just wasn’t strong enough. I honestly didn’t put in much thought into this, instead of colour I was more concerned with the consistency, so I added products that would help it get to the consistency I wanted.

So I ended up with this:

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I did a swatch compare of the BB cream (further from wrist) and the BB cushion I made (closer to wrist).

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You can see the colour of the cream on it’s own is definitely darker, and there is more coverage. The BB cushion didn’t seem to have much coverage, and the colour is on the lighter side.

I used this BB cushion on a test run today, it doesn’t cover much, but I can layer without feeling heaviness. It does even out skin tone, so if you are just looking to even out skin tone, and don’t have too much skin issues, this would be good. It could be the serum, but it felt pretty amazing on my skin 😀 I am loving this!

Maybe this will be the only way I can finish up all my BB creams.

That is all peeps! Until next time 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2017 in Make-up-holic, All Things Prettified!

 

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[The Return] – Certified Makeup Artist!

IMG_20170916_170203_694Hello peeps! yeah yeah I know, it’s been a looooooooooooooooooooong while. I have no excuses other than: life happened.

I’ve been busy dealing with the stresses of work and trying to complete my makeup artist diploma program. Guess what?! I finally completed it! after 9 whole months! I am pretty proud of myself. There were days I wanted to give up, but I hung in there and got through it all. I know it’s not a fancy diploma from Blanche Macdonald or anything, but with art (and this is art) it doesn’t really matter how expensive the school you go to is, it matters what you can learn and whether you are welling to develop on your techniques.

I chose to attend a continue education course because 1. it was the only part-time, late night class I could get to on time after work 2. the price and 3. the instructor taught at Blanche. I am getting the same instructor at 1/3 of the price, why not!

so here I am a certified makeup artist!

If you require the service of a makeup artist in the GVRD: artist.shsu@gmail.com 🙂

more posts upcoming. I am going to try really hard to keep this blog going.

That’s all for now 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Daiso] – Detergent for Puff and Sponge

IMAG3869Been wanting to write about this amazing puff/sponge/brush cleaner for a while. But you know me procrastination and laziness always gets me!

In any case, a number of years back I bought this from Daiso out of curiosity. Also because it’s made in Japan, and I have yet to be disappointed by anything made in Japan. Even though the name says it’s for puff and sponge, I also use it on my brushes, and it works amazing on all the tools.

I’ve used up maybe 5 bottles of this stuff already(?) and I will never switch to anything else. Before I found this product I was using baby shampoo as recommended by some beauty bloggers because I refused to pay $$$ for cleansers for my brushes/sponges/puffs. But this bottle of 80ml cleanser lasts me quit a long period of time (never really counted how long it lasts), and costs $2 from Daiso. I usually hoard them when I get a chance to go.

When I was using baby shampoo, normally I would need to wash a brush 2 maybe 3 times to actually see that it’s cleaner (not completely clean, just cleaner). But with this little bottle, once is enough to clean the brush/sponge/puff. It not only saves money, it also affects the longevity of your make-up tools.

Here are some amazing pictures of before and after:

This is a brush I use for my bronzer, this has about 3 or 4 months of product in it. You can see the brozner on the bristles, the top of the brush is suppose to be white.

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Normally I would wet the brush first, put some of the detergent on my hand, and work it into the brush. Here is the brush after about a min. You can see the brush is already cleaner than the picture before.

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And here it is after the soap is rinsed off. I only went through it once, no other tools other than the detergent and my hand.

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A couple of days of air drying, and voila! As good as new!

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Here is a sponge for press foundation. I don’t use press foundation much, but sponges should be clean after each use (not that I do that…). Anyways, there is still quite a bit of product on the sponge. You can see the obvious colour difference between the top of the sponge and bottom of the sponge.

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This is how much of the product I use on the sponge. Initially it doesn’t absorb into the sponge.

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You have to work it in a bit. This is only a few seconds of working the soap into the sponge and you can already notice the difference between this and before it was clean.

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And here it is all clean. Not even a trace of the foundation. Just let it air dry over night and you have a nice clean sponge to use again in the morning.

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For $2 I think this product is amazing. I personally have not tried any of the other products out there that are made especially for cleaning make-up tools, but if the result is the same as this one, why would  I want to spend $20 more for the same product?

This product has no scent, and really nothing special about it, other than it’s amazing cleaning ability. It gets a 5/5 from me. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Make-up-holic

 

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