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[mise en scene] – Hair Mask Treatment

IMG_20170917_201249.jpg Hi peeps! So, a friend gave me a couple of these and I thought I’d review it. I honestly am not even sure of the name of this thing, I just know it is a hair mask treatment, because every thing is written in Korean. While I did live in Korea for a year, I wasn’t very self disciplined with self-teaching Korean. I got through the parts of roughly knowing what each character is suppose to sound like, and that’s about it (LOL). So I did a bit of google search, and found someone selling this online. The instructions are as below:

“After shower, towel dry and apply hair pack onto hair evenly.
After hot oil use steam hair mask cap and massage oil to absorb.
Use sticker to fix hair pack.
After 5~15 minutes remove cap and rinse off with lukewarm water.” (source)

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I know it’s sorta poor English, but at least I can understand most of it.

So a little background on my current hair situation. I have fairly fine hair and for an Asian, not a lot of it. My current hair has been dyed twice and permed twice, so it’s pretty damaged to say the least. The hair stylist that permed my hair had to do it twice, because he said the first time wouldn’t take, as my hair was too healthy. I am sure that’s not the case right now. If I don’t take care of my hair the ends do feel very dry, but my hair has never been brittle. Now on with the review.

When I was reading the instructions I didn’t understand what the “sticker” is suppose to be in order to “fix hair pack.” I was perplexed. So I googled some more and found a YouTube video of someone using it, and finally understood what the sticker was suppose to be.

below is the picture of the “hair pack” (which looks like a really cheap shower cap) The tab circled in red has a peel off plastic part and you can then tighten the cap to fit your head.

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The consistency of the hair cream is really thick. It has a fairly heavy smell to it, but I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is. It doesn’t smell terrible or anything, and is a floral scent.

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So as per the instruction, you are to rub this cream on your hair evenly, then wear the cap over your head and massage. After 5 to 15 mins rinse off and style as per normal.

Here’s what the cap looks like over my head. The YouTuber had a bit of an issue putting it on. I just gathered my hair and did a little bun on top of my head and slid the cap over it, but when I was massaging, the hair kept trying to escape. User friendliness is definitely a down fall for this product.

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To conclude…

Properties:

from this ebay seller this mask is suppose to repair extremely damaged hair. It has 7 natural oils: argan, camellia, coconut, apricot, marula, jojoba, and olive oil. It’s suppose to be like going to a hair salon and getting an expensive treatment. (it should be noted here that the seller’s item pictures “perfect serum” but the title says “perfect repair”; the one I used says perfect repair on the packaging)

Price:

I didn’t buy this product, but it seems like it’s in the $15 to $30 USD range on ebay depending on how many you purchase.

Scent:

heavy floral scent, would definitely stay away if scent is a big issue for you. That being said it doesn’t really stay on your hair after you rinse it off.

and of course, like most Korean branded products it is made in Korea.

Results:

I left it on for a lot longer than it suggested (about 45mins), I do this with most of my face masks too because I just feel like it’s such a waste!

I like the fact that when it washed off it didn’t feel slippery, but I can still run my fingers through with easy. Most hair masks or conditioners will feel slippery when rinsing off, kind of gives you a sense of you hair being smooth and healthy, but it really is just the silicone in the product that’s giving you that fake sense of healthiness. After blow drying my hair, it’s shinny, still has a bit of fuzz, but the ends feels very smooth. My hair in general feels like there’s a layer of oil covering it, but not in a gross way. The mask didn’t weigh down my hair like most masks or conditioners will do. I don’t have much volume, but it allowed for me to keep the little volume I could have. Overall, I am pretty impressed with the results. I suspect if I had the time and money to use this at least once a week it would help my hair a lot more than just the one time.

Overall score: 4.5/5 I am taking away 0.5 for the user unfriendliness of the product, but in general I am pretty impressed.

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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Randoms, Skin Food

 

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[Hera] – UV Mist Cushion – Nude

imag0254So after my first try with cushion foundation, I was hooked. (see [Missha] – M Magic Cushion Moisture). I mentioned previously I wanted to try other brands, unfortunately the brands I wanted to try were among the higher end ones, and I just didn’t want to spend $50 just for it. So I did some research to see if I can just get the refill and put it into the case I already have. Most of the blogs I’ve found said that if they are under the same umbrella company, the refills will fit into each other. Meaning you can buy a cheaper compact, and stick in a more expensive refill. I can’t really remember what goes in what anymore, after reading so many blogs on it, but I wanted to buy the Hera refill, so I specifically was looking for a brand that would fit the Hera refill. Missha fell under a different umbrella company, and hence would not fit with Hera refills. I found out that the Etude house ones would fit Hera, but I didn’t want to buy an Etude house cushion, mainly because I’ve never loved their makeup line, so instead I opted for a cushion sunscreen, because I’ve also ran out of my sunscreen, so I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone. When my package finally came in the mail, I opened it up to see if it actually fits, it did not. I had suspected this before I made the purchase, I thought the cushion sunscreen would probably have a different packaging than the regular cushion BB.

BUT! it doesn’t really matter, because I can just keep the refill in the box and still use it, and that’s what I’ve been doing. So I have no cute packaging to share with you this time. It’s literally just the refill. But after using the refill, I will for sure be purchasing the full compact, because I love the formula of Hera. (Well, that or I may purchase another brand, haha). The formula creates a dewy look, what’s better than the Missha is that even with layering, the dewiness never turns into oiliness.

I’ve heard good things about the UV Mist from Hera, but apparently the one I got was a new formula, it stresses “Nude” (as in the no makeup, makeup look) , there’s a “cover” version, which I suspect has more coverage than the nude. I purchased mine from the ebay seller iamlove-shop for just a little over $26 (remember this is just the refill). Image result for hera uv mist cushion shades

Hera has more colour choices compared to Missha, however, still on the lighter side of the skin tone. The one I purchased is No.23. This seems to be typical for me when it comes to Korean makeup (slight hint of yellow with a pinky touch to it)

Here are the two cushions I currently own. In this picture, the Missha one appears to be darker, but I find when I actually put it on my face, Missha is a lot lighter than the Hera, it may have something to do with the amount of coverage they give, but as you will see later on, there doesn’t seem to be much difference with coverage between the two.

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Here it is swatched, from top left to bottom: tap, drag and pat

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With flash: I attempted to compare the coverage of the two. Again here the swatch from Hera (labeled “H”) appears to be lighter than Missha’s (labeled “M”). But again it’s a different story on the face. Odd huh? I put the liner there to show coverage, they both appear to have the same amount of coverage, neither fully covered up the liner.
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To conclude…

Colour: more choices, 5 to be exact, although certain colours are only available in certain formulas

Texture: not much difference from the Missha. Very light weight, I would say Hera feels even lighter than Missha. Consistency is very liquidy

Coverage: minimal. I’d say less coverage than Missha, although my swatches show similar coverage. It just looks different on the face.

Scent: very light floral scent (I want to say roses)

Sun Protection: SPF 34 /PA++. This is where Missha wins out. That being said, I doubt you’d get the full SPF protection with a thin layer of BB. That’s why I always use a separate sunscreen.

Properties: 5 in 1 product. Whitening (obvy), coverage, moisturizing, sunscreen, and cooling

Price: The refill was ~$26 CND The full compact is about $53 CND (Hera UV Mist Cushion)

Made in Korea.

Overall rating: 5/5 I absolutely love this formula. The colour matches almost perfectly to my skin, it’s not too pale like the Missha one. I can layer 3+ layers and it still stays a dewy look and not greasy looking. I just wish the price tag was much friendlier on the wallet.

I don’t know if I will buy the full compact, because of the price, and also because I want to try other brands (IOPE and Sulwhaso0 to be particular). Why must I like the expensive brands???? Although, I believe Sulwhasoo is the same umbrella company as Hera, and so in theory the compact should fit the refills, that being said, Sulwhasoo is also the most expensive brand under that umbrella company…sigh, maybe I’ll continue to just purchase the refills and never have the compact LOL.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Randoms

 

[Life Randoms] – Disappointment

I was all set to go, and then I got a call. Hello, just to inform you that the make up course you are registered for has been cancelled. Damn it! =(

I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to this course. They’ve also informed me that there’s going to be changes to the course come next session, and I don’t know if I can get my schedule changed to fit that…=(

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Randoms

 

[DIY] – Wedding Card

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Weddings, weddings weddings! Today’s blog is a bit different from previously. Don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I enjoy doing crafty things, including making things from polymer clay, painting, drawing…etc. So a close friend of mine is getting married, originally I was only going to buy a card, but any decent looking card is at least $5, and it’s really just a piece of cardboard with some imprinted silver writing. I thought I could do better, so I went home, and made this…it took longer than I had expected, but I think it turned out really well!

The background frame was something I already had in mine, and then I did some googling of  wedding cards, and I really liked the idea of having the groom and bride on the front of the card, so I went with that. I regretted not seeing my friend’s wedding dress, so that I could customise the dress…all well.

Anyways, here’s the first version of the card. I thought the dress was a bit plain, but I really liked the suit. I also found that the dress was a bit too puffed out, and I could see the inside from under the skirt, not exactly nice.

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I tried a couple of things with the dress. A deep pink flower, I felt that was too eye catching and made it a bit un-wedding like.
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The final version of the dress. I also pulled in the bottom and tucked it in a bit more. I thought the bow was really classy and made it look so much better.
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And the final version of the card.
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I really enjoy doing these kinds of things, hope you guys liked it too 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Randoms

 

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[2014] – Happy New Year!

As that 3 turns into a 4, so begins another year of unknown adventures. Except, not really, because it’s too expensive to have adventures here in the great North America. The last few months of 2013 saw me cross off a couple more cities off my bucket list, but having been spoiled by Asia traveling, I forgot how expensive it is to be traveling in North America…

Well, I don’t mean to be a downer on new years, but I honestly really miss my life in Asia. I know now that I have a stable job and somewhat good income I should be happy with my life. But I can’t help but feel like I haven’t achieved anything in my 30.5 years of living. Passion is something I lack and still need to find.

My new year resolution? To find myself, to love myself, to enjoy the companionships of my friends & family, and lastly, to live life to the fullest.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Randoms

 

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