[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)


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.


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.


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.


To conclude…


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)


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.


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.


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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[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:


  1. Skinfood Red Bean BB cream
  2. Sofina’s Primavista Ange – Long Keep Base UV
  3. Biore UV – Aqua Rich Watery Gel 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:


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


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 All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic


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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: 🙂

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

That’s all for now 🙂



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


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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.


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


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.

Without flash. imag0260

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


[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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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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