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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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[Missha] – M Magic Cushion Moisture

IMAG3701Permission granted to squeal about how CUTE these things are!

Hi all, sorry for the long absence (seems like I am always apologizing about that). Life stresses has gotten to me, I am not going into much details other than that. But with stress, I shop, and when I come across something worth blogging about, I will certainly share.

If you don’t know these characters, they are from a phone app call “LINE.” The phone app allows for international free text messages, phone calls, and video chats. The app has a whole set of characters call “Line Friends.” They are a pretty big deal in Asia.

Recently I found out that Missha has a whole line based on these characters, and I just couldn’t resist. Though I would have liked to have purchased everything in that line (mostly make up with some skin care items), I controlled myself and only got these two. The Brown bottle (the bear’s name is Brown) is the Missah Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence – Intensive. This has been compared to the SK II Facial Treatment Essence, and according to the reviews I’ve found, to be comparable at a less expensive price tag.

The main focus of today’s post is not the essence though, its the yellow/orange Sally compact (the duck/chick’s name is Sally).

The whole cushion foundation thing is big in Korea, and I have noticed it has crossed over to the North American side as well. With Korean make up becoming more of a big deal in North America, it seems the Korean make up trends are crossing over quicker than it ever did. Anyways, I purchased both of these items off of Ebay. My seller was Korean, but they still jacked up the price to about double. The compact was about $20 CND and the essence $48 CND. On a side note, both of these also come in the other character’s packaging. I am not sure if there is a difference with the essence, but the Brown version of the compact is not “moisture.” According to the description Brown has more  of a matte finish then the dewy finish of the Sally version. I opted for the Sally version because I am not a big fan of matte make up. (Ebay seller: 7market)

So I’ve used this for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it. I am pretty much obsessed with cushion foundation now and want to try all the different brands. From my research HERA and IOPE seems to be the brands people really like. That being said they are the higher end make up brands and as such the price tag is not as appealing. From a quick Ebay search, the HERA UV Mist Cushion ranges from $45 to $50 CND, and IOPE $37 to $47 CND. If you ever see one under $20, just be aware that’s probably just the refill. Why I chose Missha over HERA and IOPE? It’s not just the price tag, it’s the packaging!!

I mean look at it!! Isn’t it just the cutest thing ever???

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I was pretty surprised when I opened the package and it had a refill and an extra puff. I had originally thought it’d be just the one compact. $20 was a STEAL!
IMAG3730 Here’s the actual compact opened up. I purchased no.23 for the colour, the other option was no. 21 and it was the lighter of the 2.
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I think colour choice is the only downfall of Korean make up, though I understand why they do that. In Korea, girls generally have pale skin and not much of a colour range is needed. I’d say about 80% of the girls in Korea have similar skin tone. With no. 23 being the darker of the two, it’s still a bit light for my skin tone (but I am not Korean). That being said not much colour difference can be noted after I put it on. Koreans are really into the no make-up, make-up look, and so am I , especially when it comes to foundation. Who wants to look all made-up with a cake layer of foundation on your face?? For me, a good foundation is one that covers major flaws but not necessarily covers all flaws. I think that’s the key to the no make-up, make-up look, having minor flaws show through to give the illusion of no make-up. I have some sun spots on my cheeks that nothing but a thick layer of concealer + foundation would cover, so I don’t try to cover it.

So the whole idea of these cushion foundation is that they have all these beneficial ingredients in there, and you pick it up with the special puff and pat it onto your skin. Simply put, it’s a light BB cream in a different packaging. Now, you all know (if you’ve read my previous blogs) I was obsessed with BB cream, that was the only thing I have been using since the discovery of it, I have tried multiple brands and reviewed them all ([BB Cream] – MOAR BB Creams! [BB Cream] – Innisfree Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream [BB Cream] – Skinfood Red Bean BB Cream…many many more).

I am stressing light, because the product is definitely not a cream. It is more fluid which allows for layering. If you like to cover all your flaws, there’s no issues with this foundation to keep layering it on. It keeps the dewy look and doesn’t look cakey. After all the good things I’ve said about this, my first impression of this product was actually negative, but it was because I had used it wrong. The first time I used it, I pressed the puff into the cushion too hard and it picked up too much product and was just a big glob on my face. It felt greasy, and the “dewy look” was looking more like the “oily look.” So I will still warn against layering too much of this stuff on your face. I’d imagine the Brown version (the non-moisture version) would look better if you are wanting to layer, without the oily look.

IMAG3733So what is too much product? Take a look at the picture of the puff, that’s how much you want on your puff, where you can barely see anything. If you press hard enough, the product will soak through the puff and you will be able to see it, you DO NOT want to do that. Press into the cushion, pick up product, pat onto face, and repeat as needed. You’ll find even with the little amount of product on the puff, coverage is still there. It was able to cover most of the red on my face (around the nose), and lighten up the darker areas (around the mouth and under my eyes). It wasn’t able to cover my sun spots completely, though did fade it out. With a few more layers my sun spots would not be noticeable, but like I said, I don’t like layering that much.

The other thing that surprised me with this product was the scent, or the lack there of. Korean brands tend to be heavily scented. But this product had just the normal foundation scent to it, I mean it’s not the best scent, but it’s not the most horrifying either.
IMAG3734 I will also note, with my vast experience with Korean brand (drugstore), I’ve never tried any Missha products. I am not sure why, but I’ve never been swayed that way, probably because their packaging is never as cute as Etude House/Holika Holika or as sophisticated as Innis Free/The Face Shop. Missha packaging tends to have a very princessy feel to it, and I am not big on the princess thing.

Anyways, here are some swatches of the product. No. 23 is on the more yellow side, no. 21 is just super light pink. I had actually patted on the product on the bottom of the swatch, but as you can see, you can’t really tell there’s anything there.

To conclude…

Colour: not much of a choice. No. 23 the darker of the 2 is a yellowy/pinkish beige. No. 21 (by picture) looks to be a very light pink beige. Edit: after looking it up on Missha USA website, they have a 3rd choice of colour in no. 27, which seems to be darker than the no. 23.

Texture: super light weight, almost water like with a bit of a gel like consistency. I’d say comparable to the Makeup Forever Face & Body.

Coverage: decent. Covers most major flaws in a layer or 2, more coverage can be obtained with more layering, but watch for the “dewiness”

Scent: nothing overwhelmingly bad or good, just normal foundation scent

Sun Protection: SPF 50+/PA+++ Probably won’t be able to get the SPF 50 protection with one layer of the product though

Properties: as most Korean make-up would claim, this is also a multiple product in one type of deal. UV protection, moisturizing, and anti-wrinkle are among the functions it claims to have.

Price: With the actual compact plus a refill and additional puff, I’d say $20 is a pretty good deal.

Made in Korea.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 It’s pretty much my go to foundation nowadays, even though I still have like a million tubes of BB cream to use up…If it didn’t become greasy looking after more than 3 layers, I’d give it a 5/5. I may or may not try the non-moisture version. But I am more incline to try the HERA or IOPE brand, wonder if the refill might fit in my Missha compact…

 

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Tony Moly] – Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream

imageWhen I got my The Face Shop Lovely Me: Ex Pore Ghassoul Mask from Ebay, I got a few samples, one of which was this CC cream from Tony Moly. During my trip down to San Diego I decided to take this sample and try it out. To my surprise I actually really liked it. (The short and sweet version is at the bottom of this blog if you don’t feel like reading through my rants)

I have to bite my tongue because when my friend asked me if I am going to try the CC cream, I told her that colour correction base/foundation have been out for a long long time, and I am not ganna fall for the gimmick. That being said, this was trying because it was a free sample. But this CC cream was totally not what I was expecting. The old school colour correcting bases/foundations, if you are old enough you should remember, they are usually one particular colour, and it’s suppose to contrast, therefore, take away the things you don’t want. For example the green takes away redness of your skin. Purple brightens and takes away yellowiness of the skin. Yellow takes away olive, and pink gives a bit more complexion to people who are ghostly pale.

CC cream, other than Colour Correcting, also goes by Colour Control, but has the same idea: evening out skin tone, taking away unwanted colours of the skin. CC cream is supposedly similar to BB creams, but lighter in texture and feel; which holds true for this particular CC cream.

Now I haven’t seen/looked into many CC creams, but the Tony Moly version, comes out white, and blends into a pinky peach colour. It does indeed even out skin tone, but has pretty much zero coverage for any more obvious blemishes. I would say this is more suitable for people who do not have trouble skin, perhaps just a bit of uneven skin tone (too much pink, and dark circles).

From my research, the Tony Moly cc cream have colour capsules, in black, yellow, and red, that bursts open as you blend it into the skin. If you look at the cream closely you can see little specks of black in the cream, I suppose these are the colour capsules.

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 Here it is blended out a bit, Sorry about the picture quality, I don’t know why there are black streaks…Hopefully you can tell the patch on the right is a pinky peach colour while the smaller patch on the left remains white.

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And here it is fully blended into the skin. There is almost no colour difference, except the right side is a bit dewy and slightly brighter. This is the same case as my face, though, as I have mentioned many times before, my hand is whiter than my face.  You can also notice how little it covers. The blue vanes on my hand are still clearly visible.
imageIn conclusion…I am loving this product. The texture is super light, so light in fact, I can with stand it while being on a plane. Mind you it was a short plane ride (5 hours with transfer), but I never like anything, including BB cream, on my face while on plane rides. Mainly because the air on a plane is super dry, and usually makes me very very oily, which is very uncomfortable, even for short rides.

Colour: White out of tube, pinky peach after blending. One of the properties is that it’s suppose to match every skin colour, by some sort of colour matching via the colour capsules, I find this hard to believe. Perhaps it can match MOST of EAST ASIAN skin colours, as most of us have a beigey yellow skin tone, and not many are dark skinned.

Texture: It is indeed very light, and not very oily. I find my forehead tend not to get as oily as when I use BB cream, after a long day of work. It feels very comfortable on the skin, and stays matte on my cheeks after 8 hours.

Coverage: virtually none. If you are looking for something to cover up blemishes you may have, this is not the product for you. I myself don’t have much blemishes, as most of my pimples are white heads that sit under the skin, and really only bothers me, because I can feel it. But even so, I still find the coverage lacking. Though I do enjoy the colour correcting aspect of this cream.

Scent: It’s a light floral scent, doesn’t linger very long, and is pretty pleasant if you are not allergic to scents

Sun Protection: There are 3 versions of this. The Luminous Pure version, the one I have, has SPF 30 PA++. The Luminous Bright version, is a smaller bottle, has SPF 20 PA++. And the Luminous Live version, has SPF30 PA++

Properties: It claims to be a moisturising base, with whitening, anti-wrinkle, brightening cream. It also claims to be free of mineral oils, use organic colour additives, so it doesn’t stress the skin. The one thing I found was the Luminous live version is for people with more oily skin, where as pure is for people with normal skin. I am still not sure what the difference is for the bright version.

Price: I bought mine off Ebay for about $14CND. I’ve seen it on Sasa.come for $29.50USD. I’ve learned that ebay is much cheaper. The seller I bought from sent it over from Korea, and I am fairly happy with my purchase. The product is obviously made in Korea, as all Korean cosmetics are.

Overall Rating: 4/5 for lack of coverage, but generally I do like the product. It’s not oily like my innisfree BB cream, nor is it as dry as the ZA BB cream. More like Skinfood, it’s in the middle, but at the same time it’s very light and wears comfortably though the day, whereas Skinfood becomes a bit heavy and oily at the end of the day.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[K-Palette] – Real Lasting Eyeliner, 1 Day Tatto

imageThis liner was part of the 2nd haul I got from Sasa.com after my return from South Korea. I didn’t buy much, just this and a face wash, because Sasa was having a shipping sale, free shipping for $19 purchase! So I just had to get something!

I’ve been wanting to find a really dark liquid liner, I have not yet found one that’s dark enough. And  a lot of the Korean ones I’ve tried leaves residues even after removal, and yet it cannot stay in put for  8 hours, it was ridiculous! I’ve seen these tattoo ones for a while, and wanted to buy it in Taiwan, but for some reason couldn’t find them. So the Sasa order just gave me an excuse.

I tried it the same day I got my package, and I am in love. It is so very very dark, and the tip is so very very thin. It makes a wonderful clean line on the eyelid. Best of all, it stays put!

According to the packaging the tip is 0.05mm. I kind of wish the end of the brush would be thicker, so I can make thicker lines if I wanted to.

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Not much difference between different ways of drawing on the line. The lines are thin and they are clean.
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This is after I ran my hand under the water for a few mins. Keep in mine this is directly under the tap. No smudges.
imageI did, however, tried to rub the hand, before I ran it under water there are no smudges, but with water it does come off with the rubbing. And even better, the liner comes right off, there’s no residue left afterwards. It’s a lovely product, however, not exactly great for the wallet. This little pen was nearly $16 for 0.5ml. I don’t know how long that will last, but it’s pretty pricy in my books. 4/5.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Estée Lauder] – Day Wear BB

Y4PJ_CA_311x311I know I said no more BB creams, but I didn’t actually buy this one? So that makes it ok right? XD

I was browsing in Sephora, as I often do, and ran across this BB cream while I was looking at the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (which BTW I did not like on my face), and out of curiosity, I asked the sales for a sample of this. The reason? Well, for one, I like trying out new things, hence why I have SOOOO many BB creams that I will probably never finish in my life time. And two, I’ve only ever tried Asian BB creams (Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean), so I thought why not give this European turned American brand a try. Well, obviously, they don’t know the meaning of BB creams.

Colour: There are two colours for this BB, light and medium, obviously I got the light, the medium was quit dark. And even for my skin ,which is considered tanned for Caucasian folks but pale for Asians, the light was still too dark. When I first apply it, the colour is not far off my natural skin colour. But after a bit of time, it turns a bit more yellowy than I would have liked.

Texture: This BB cream is actually quite thick, and I feel like it’s got a lot of oil in it. It feels fairly slick on the skin, feels like it can slide off my face at any time. It kind of just sits on top of my skin, and has a very thick feel to it. It doesn’t blend well into the skin.

Coverage: I don’t know if it’s the oxidation of the colour or something, but it doesn’t feel like it covers much. On the contrary, it makes my skin look yellowy and sickly. It also seems to magnify my pores. For a BB cream to be thick but without coverage is like buying $200 flipflops, it just doesn’t make sense.

Scent: I don’t know how to describe the scent . It’s almost medicinal, and I don’t enjoy it very much, and it doesn’t disperse very quickly either, lingers there for a while before it’s gone.

Sun Protection: SPF 35, no PAs, cause that’s an Asian thing.

Properties: it’s suppose to be anti-ageing, because it’s got all these anti-oxidants in it. I don’t know if that holds true, I won’t be using this to notice the difference. Estee Lauder website also states that it’s “oil-free hydration for all skin types,” I find this hard to believe, especially considering how oily it feels on my skin.

Price: Well of all things, this is probably the biggest difference there is between this BB and my other BBs. $45CND for 30ml (or $39USD in USA). The most expensive BB creams I’ve ever gotten was $20, and that’s for a 50ml tube.

I don’t have the bottle, but I am going to guess this is made in USA, as most Estee Lauder products now are.

Overall rating: well you just know I won’t give this a high rating. There’s pretty much nothing I like about this BB cream, and it sure as hell is over-priced. 1/5. The 1 for the possible anti-ageing properties that I will never know about.

Here it is with flash.
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And again in natural light. You can notice the oranginess of it when it blends out, and this is light! I can’t even imagine this on folks with pale skin. image

If you want to read more on the other BB creams I’ve done reviews on, here are a few links:

MOAR BB Creams! (4 different BBs)

InnisFree Eco Natural Green Tea BB

Skinfood Red Bean BB

Etude House Collagen Mistfull BB

All About the BB Creams (6 different BBs)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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