Saturday, July 2, 2016

Missha M Magic Cushion - The Best Foundation?

Cushion foundation/ bb creams have been around for quite a few years and are getting a lot of popularity in the beauty community. My friend recently gifted me the Missha M Magic Cushion and this will my first ever cushion foundation.

I have to admit that although these foundations are everywhere, I've always hesitated to purchase them because somehow to me "cushion" means a light coverage.  Even just Korean foundations in general, I believed would give a more sheer coverage because they tend to go for that natural look. Of course, this was until I gave this Missha one a try.

The foundation itself comes in a sponge form and all you have to do is press the buff to absorb the product then tab it onto the face.

Now, let's move onto the application.
I was seriously impressed by its coverage. With one layer, all my blemishes and redness were concealed. I have to say this is one of the highest coverage foundation I've ever tried.


Just one hour after application.
This foundation is very long lasting, which is something that's so hard to achieve with oily skin.
By the 10 hours mark, the foundation still looked great and my blush was still on.
My only complaint is that this foundation is slightly too light for me. I got the lightest shade in number 21 and there are two other shades available.
But anyway, a big thumbs up for the Missha M Magic Cushion. It's simply the best foundation in my collection. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: Dollywink KOJI Pencil Eyeliner

Have you been searching for the right pencil eyeliner forever? This product may just work for you.

9 out of 10 times when I used a pencil eyeliner, I just ended up with panda eyes. With the exception of Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner but it can be hard to find in Australia or Hong Kong.

For this review, I'm going to talk about the Dollywink KOJI Pencil Eyeliner. (Spoiler: it works!)



My mom purchased this by mistake, thinking that it is the liquid liner by the same brand. I wasn't actually going to give this a try given my past experiences with pencil liners. But I'm glad that I did.


Like a lot of Japanese cosmetics brands, Dollywink's packaging is adorable. It is not an automatic pencil so it does require sharpening.

Without further ado, let's move onto the wear test!


I applied the liner on my bottom lower lashline.
Just one hour after applying the eyeliner, looking nice and pigmented. The texture of this liner is just about perfect. The Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner was just too soft to the point that it caused breakage, while this Dollywink is sturdy yet gentle on the skin.


9 hours later.



I have to say I am pretty impressed. No sign of smudging. The liner has obviously flaked off a bit but considering that this photo was taken after a long work day, it didn't bother me too much. I was also constantly rubbing my eye due to sleepiness (bad habit!). I think that as long as you keep your hands off the liner, it can last even longer.  Overall, big thumbs up for this pencil eyeliner by Dollywink!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Achieving Ash Brown Hair: Schwarzkopf Freshlight Foam Color Berry Ash

Another hair dye review, this time on the Japanese schwarzkopf freshlight foam color. I've always adored that beautiful, cool toned ashy brown color. However, my two last attempts were both failures. The first time I used Palty and then followed by Liese, both left my hair a shade that doesn't resemble "ash" at all.


Japanese beauty products are known for their adorable packaging and this one is no exception. It features an image of Blythe the doll with ash brown hair. I purchased it from bonjour (HK beautystore) for 48HKD only, which turns out to be 8.63AUD.



The shade I have is in Berry Ash. From looking at the chart, I was expecting my hair to turn out on the darker side. It comes with a bottle with a pump. Sorry that I did not take any photos but if you'd get the idea if you have ever used foam hair dyes.



The previous state of my hair, about 5 months worth of regrowth. 


As you can see, the hair dye covered my roots super well leaving almost no trace of discoloration! I was seriously impressed.



As you can tell in the photo, it toned down and got rid of almost all the red tones in my previous hair. 
I was extremely pleased with the result, it is safe to say that this has been the best DIY hair dye job I've ever encountered. 


The result stayed put and this is what it looks like in shopping mall's lighting.

I totally recommend this product and would definitely purchase it again. Ten out of ten!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best Drugstore Foundation For Oily Skin? l'oreal infallible pro matte foundation


What a lengthy title, I know. But I have to put it out there, this foundation is the best I've ever tried in terms of oil control. If you are a grease ball like me, look no further.

Loreal Infalliable Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation claims to be long lasting and demi-matte finish.
Package
The product comes in a squeeze tube which I find handy when applying. It contains 30ml of product which isn't a lot, one downside in my opinion. The shade I have is 103 natural buff, which is the third lightest shade I believe. It is slightly darker than my skin but I don't mind it.

Texture
One thing I like about this foundation is that it comes out as a liquid. Most "matte" foundations I've tried tend to have a thick mousse like texture unlike this one.


Coverage
I'd say the foundation has a pretty decent amount of coverage but tends to accentuates dry patches and lines a bit. I've been having several breakouts lately and you can see that the foundation does manage to conceal them.




A closer look at the foundation. It can look a bit patchy if you don't blend it well. This foundation sets in virtually no time so you have to work really fast. If you have drier skin, it may sink even quicker into your skin.

Longevity
I'm not sure about 24 hours and I wore this foundation on a plane trip for about 13 hours. By the end of the day, my face was still oil-free. I knew immediately it became my holy grail. While I loved the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, the oil control just wasn't there for me. But this one totally blown me away.

Overall
Pros
-amazing oil control
-long lasting
-decent, buildable coverage

Cons
-can accentuate dry patches
-sets a bit too fast to work with

Friday, December 25, 2015

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Merry Christmas! This is not a budget product, but my friends recently gifted me this beautiful palette from Tarte. It is a all matte palette with 12 shades.
Now, I have to admit that matte eyeshadows are very new to me. Everything I knew about eyeshadow before this palette was "shimmer everywhere". I recall using matte shades only a few times before.

When it comes to eyeshadow, I'm not the most adventurous person. I always go for neutral browns or rosy shades.  If you are like me, you will love this palette.



Packaging
It comes with a gorgeous purple ombre case, whereas the back is a gold-colour mirror. It is beautiful but gets scratched easily! inevitable for anything with the same material.
In terms of size, it is on the more compact size which is nice for travelling. When opened, it has a nice and clear mirror. I usually don't use built in mirrors from palettes but it is a nice feature to have. 

The palette comes with a little step by step guide for creating two looks, one is daytime and the other is playtime.
I've actually created the looks following exactly on the guide says and here are the results. 

Swatches

I feel like my swatches don't do justice! These shadows are really pigmented and butter like.



Since the palette is all matte, it can be so versatile. I've used the shade to fill in my brows using a wet brush and I really like it.


Now it is safe to say that I'm officially converted. I love matte eyeshadows, they just look so clean and sleek especially for creating a cut crease look.
I recommend this palette if you are a matte eyeshadows fan! 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Heroine Make Lasting Mineral BB Cream


Heroine make is a popular japanese drugstore brand in Asia and I personally love their mascaras so much. I have a review on their well raved about kiss me mascara which can be found here.


Today I am going to do a review on this bb cream from the Heorine Make brand. It has a SPF of 34 and comes in two shades. I have it in the second shade 02.

It comes with a squeeze tube which consists 30g of product, which isn't a whole lot. This product is available on Sasa and also amazon. I believe it is retailed for about $10USD. 

The product is on the thicker side as you can see.


This bb cream gives a decent amount of coverage, covering most of my red spots and evens out my skintone. I am quite pleased with the result, it gives a semi-matte finish. However, right on the bat I could tell that the shade is slight too light for me. Like most bb creams, they tend to be more suitable for those who have lighter skin.


From far, it looks like the shade is a pretty good match with my neck. But my face looked a lot more pale than usual.
Longevity wise, it did a pretty good on keeping my face oil free even throughout the day. It doesn't feel powdery nor does it feel sticky. 

Pros
-affordable
-decent oil control
-squeeze tube design
-medium to high coverage 

Cons
-only two shades available and both are very pale
-accentuate fine lines and larger spots
-can be difficult to find outside of Asia

Will I purchase this again? I'd say no because color matching is quite important to me and I find it unflattering to wear a shade too light. Otherwise, I'd recommend this product to pale skinned girls. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Color in Platinum Beige


Recently I've looked through old photos from my previous phone and realized that for whatever reason, I've never written this review. I've debated on whether or not to make a post on this since I actually used the product 5 months ago. But then I thought why not, liese is a fairly popular brand and I reckon a lot of people would like to see a review of it.

So here we go. I used Liese to do my first hair dye job ever when I was 16, so I'm pretty confident to say that it works on virgin hair. I didn't come across the brand again until in June. 

The shade I had was Platinum Beige which was the lightest ash brown shade available. I was very excited to try this out because I'd never dyed my hair an ashy color. 


I'm sorry that I didn't take any photos of what's inside of the box. But since it is a foam hair dye, it comes with a plastic bottle that has a pump, the hair dye mix and conditioner, all pretty basic.
I love foam hair dyes because you just have to use it how you would normally shampoo your hair, it also tends to be less drippy than traditional hair dyes.

Now onto the results.


As you can see, the dye covered my roots pretty well.


For the rest of my hair, I didn't see a real difference in before and after. It was certainly not the ashy brown color shown on the box so I was disappointed. 

Verdict

I've used another shade (I believe it was milk tea brown) from liese before and I loved it. The application was easy and the color came out beautifully. But I wasn't satisfied with this particular shade as it didn't turn out ashy at all. I still think Liese is a very good DIY hair dye brand. But if you are like me, wanting to achieve an ashy hair color I don't think this product would do. Or maybe if you already have ashy brown hair to begin with, this would work. 

Let me know if you have used this product, if so, how was your experience compared to mine?