Friday, March 18, 2011

Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Review

This'll be a fairly quick and straight forward review of a new favorite mascara of mine: Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara.


Pros:
+ Lengthens and separates lashes really well! Best I’ve seen yet.
+ Waterproof so holds a curl fabulously.
+ Contains little polymer fibers (smaller than I’ve seen in other Japanese mascaras) so lengthens lashes really well (I know, said that already)! Little fibers have yet to fall into my eyes and irritate them (which happened quite frequently with my Fasio mascaras).
+ No need to use any mascara base since it adheres to lashes so well (sorry I've used 'well' so many times but it does!)!
+ No flaking or smudging after hours of wear.
+ Unscented.

Con:
More difficult to remove than with normal mascaras. If that’s the case for you, here are my two eye makeup remover recommendations:
Mandom Cleansing Express Eye Makeup Remover
Sonia Kashuk Remove

Tip: IMO, it’s best to use a mascara guard with this mascara. Whenever I don’t use one, I usually end up accidentally getting a bit of mascara on my eyeshadow.

Cost:
Anywhere between $12-20 depending on where purchased.
Bare lashes:

Lashes with Kiss Me mascara applied:

From the side:

Where To Buy:
A Pop of Kawaii (support a fellow beauty blogger! :))
SaSa
Adam Beauty
Mihoko Shop
Ichibanko

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sony CP B&C Makemania Curvy Lip Silicone Lip Gloss Review



I purchased Makemania's Curvy Lip Silicone lip gloss a while back at Mitsuwa for a jacked up price of around $16 (oh, those impulse purchases...). I've been looking around for a nude lip color for a while and thought I'd give this one a try since it looked like such a nice pinkish-nude. Turns out, it's supposedly a bestseller in Japan because of it's inexpensive price and great "plumping effects!" I honestly had no idea from the packaging (due to limited knowledge of the Japanese language) that it was supposed to plump your lips or else I'd have not purchased it since I don't really care to plump my lips any further. I just purchased it simply for the nude color.


The packaging for Makemania's Curvy Lip Silicone lip gloss was revamped and re-released in 2010. This new packaging is fairly attractive to me but I still think that the actual lip gloss tube could do with some revamping itself, imo.



Makemania's Curvy Lip Silicone has a plastic spatula applicator instead of your normal brush applicator. It's an interesting concept. I'm not sure exactly why they chose this type of applicator but one thing I do like about it is that you are able to easily wipe it clean. Say you already have color on your lips and then you apply this lip gloss: the [plastic applicator can be easily wiped off and it won't contaminate/stain the rest of your lip gloss! Nice!

Ingredients include: collagen, hyaluronic acid, grape seed oil, soybean seed oil, and chamomilla.

The lip gloss itself is thick but surprisingly not sticky, which I absolutely adore. Too many times have I found myself with a lip gloss that was so sticky that it made my lips strangely stick together (Stila Lip Glaze, anyone?). After a while, I started feeling a slight tingling sensation on my lower lips, nothing that was too bothersome. I would attribute the "plumping properties" of this lip gloss to the hi-shine and hi-gloss rather than any stinging effect, which is a nice change from your traditional plumping methods. I tried this one Sally Hansen plumping gloss once and I'm not kidding when I say it felt like it was literally burning my lips. What the heck.

The smell strangely reminds me a lot of Kokuryudo's Privacy UV Face Mist. Not that I can really put that into words unless you know what it smells like yourself. Apologies for that. It is nice though! :) As for the color, there was no real color payoff for me. The gloss is sheer with very minimal tint, if any. Keep in mind, my lips are quite tinted so it's difficult for anything to really show up unless it's darker than my natural lip color.

Sorry for the yellow lighting! I'll try to retake this picture another time and repost.

All in all, I quite like this lip gloss for what it is. It's extremely hydrating and moisturizing. Unlike other glosses that just sit on top of your lips, this one feels like it actually penetrated my lips and moisturized them. There is no sparkle, shimmer, or glitter which I also like since I'm not into blinged out lips. I'd recommend it if you like a very hi-shine and very moisturizing lip gloss but not if you're looking for some kind of color payoff too.

Question: What do you use on your lips to get other colors to show up as they really are? My lips are pigmented and I have a difficult time getting colors to show up. Time to invest in a nude lipstick? Suggestions? :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laneige White Plus Renew Skin Care Line Review


Finally! My review for Laneige's White Plus Renew skin care line is here! I had been wanting to try Laneige's White Plus Renew line for the longest time but my local Amore stores were taking forever in stocking the new line. I haven't been to the Amore stores for a while but last I checked, they were still stocking Laneige's previous Star White line. I was really hopeful about this line since their Star White line had worked so well for me but alas, it just isn't faring that well on my currently very dry skin.

A little update on my current skin for the sake of this review: I've been able to test Laneige's White Plus Renew line more consistently lately since my skin has been a lot more calm lately. Calm as in not sensitive. The weather in Northern California has been ridiculously up and down lately though so my skin has been feeling very tight more often than usual. These are signs of dryness but I will state that I do not show any physical signs of dryness on my face, I can just feel the tightness.

Onward to the review!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

$25 for Zoya Intimate Collection + FS - Today Only!



Just had to share this fabulous deal with everyone! Zoya is having an International Women's Day promotion where you can get their recent Intimate Collection for only $25 + FS! Originally, this set costs $48. 
Purchase here and use promo Code: ZOYAWD
I'm super eyeing Dove, Danni, and Jules. I like glitter in my polish. :)



Monday, March 7, 2011

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner Review


Today's post is a guest post by my friend, T!



Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner

Comes in 3 formulas: Sensitive, Light (Combination-Oily), and Moisture (Dry-Normal).
This review is for Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner in Light.

Description: Refreshing skin refiner with purifying and softening effect for clear skin.
Size: 200ml

Product Benefits:
- Eliminates impurities in the pores, and removes keratin for clear and transparent skin.
- Bio Dusali, extracted from fermented seaweed with strong energy of life, supplies energy to the skin and promotes keratin turnover, while the Hyacinth extracts purify the skin from heavy metal, smog, and other harmful materials to leave the skin moist and transparent.
- Niacinamide helps for brightened skin tone with keratin care. Cotton extracts prevents skin damage to refine oily and dull skin for clear and healthy skin


Directions:
1. Dispense appropriate amount onto a cotton pad after cleansing every morning and evening.
2. Gently apply as lightly wiping out from inside to outside

My Thoughts:
- Fragrant scent
- I love how it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized!
- No noticeable diminishing of pores
- Beautiful and very sturdy packaging (plastic, not glass). Nozzle keeps product from spilling too much if you accidentally drop it.
- Does not irritate my combination/sensitive skin!
- Would repurchase again :)

Where to Purchase:
YesAsia.com $38.00
SaSa.com $22.60

Saturday, March 5, 2011

NOTD: Zoya Demi Swatch


Zoya Demi is one of my favorite polish colors in my collection. It's a gorgeous shade of purple that adds to nice pop of color to my everyday (usually neutral colored) outfits. :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Face Shop Nail Polish PP407 Swatch


Such a pretty glittery soft pink color. :)
The quality of The Face Shop polishes isn't the best but I suppose in this case, you get what you pay for. I can't remember exactly how much it cost me but it had to be around $1 or $2.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

American Apparel Nail Lacquer Berry Swatch



American Apparel nail lacquers definitely rank in my top 3 polishes in terms of quality. The majority of the ones I've tried need only one coat to look good which is super surprising for a company whose focus isn't cosmetics but apparel. Each polish I've tried from them is superbbbbbb in terms of application. I just love how smooth the polish flows from brush to nail and across. Amazing quality stuff. I'd highly recommend their polishes to everyone since they have a nice range of colors where at least one is bound to appeal to you! :)