Sunday, August 14, 2016

Skin18 Mask Reviews - Part 1: Mirum Green Tea & SOC Sny-Ake 3D Masks

Heya!

I can't believe it's already August! There are still so many things I haven't done yet!! Why can't it be nice and warm all year? With a slight breeze though because I don't think I could stand 30+ degree weather all year round. I get really grumpy when it's too hot out!

I'm back again. I received a bloggers pack from Skin18 for review purposes. I was sent 3 masks and an eye patch to test out.


I found out about Skin18 through instagram (basically how I've been finding out about anything new and skincare related)

I love how Skin18 focuses on skincare instead of makeup, since that's exactly how I feel.

Taken from their website:
Our mission here is to bring you products that will make you look forever 18[...] our guarantee is the ensure all products placed in our website is good for your skin
I love makeup as much as the next person, but I would rather invest the time in good skincare. Makeup is temporary, but my skin is forever. Besides, who doesn't want to forever look 18?!

All of the brands I had never tried or even heard of before, so I was super excited since I didn't know what to expect.

I've decided to break down this reviews pack into 2 parts, mainly because my reviews are rather lengthy. I didn't want you guys to get too overwhelmed. As usual, I have a summary at the end if you want the cliff notes of my thoughts.

Part 1 reviews are the Mirum Fresh Fruit Great Tea Mask and the  SOC Syn-Ake Firming and Soothing 3D Mask.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vichy Normaderm Product Reviews: Cleansing Gel, Tightening Lotion & Corrective Anti Acne Treatment

I hope everyone is staying cool this summer! For the past week and a half it has been consistently over 30C, which is pretty ridiculous. The morning walk to work isn't too bad because it's still fairly cool out. But the early evening walk home... it is killer. So hot!

I'm back again and this time I have three reviews packed in today.

I was lucky enough to be chosen by ChickAdvisor and Vichy to review their 3 step routine for acne prone skin called: The Normaderm Program.


The products I will be reviewing today are:

1. Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel
2. Normaderm  Pore Tightening Lotion
3. Normaderm Corrective Anti Acne Treatment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Essentials: Part 2 by Joann

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! It's been pretty good over here.

I've recently changed jobs, so I'm getting settle into my new place of work. During orientation, I had to wear business attire, so I ended up walking home in 30C weather in my suit!! How do people do it everyday? I was sweating buckets by the time I got home!

Since we are smack in the middle of summer, naturally we'll be going out more. Especially with those playing Pokemon Go! (The official version hasn't been released in Canada yet! T_T) So it's very important to dress appropriately and make sure your skin is protected too!


Today's post is in collaboration with the lovely Finn from Simple Beauty. Finn is a Beauty Blogger based in Brunei and she has posted part one of our collaboration on her blog. You should definitely check out her post for her choices for summer essentials!

Let's continue with our Summer Essentials part two!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Holika Holika: Limited edition Dodo Cat Lip Tint Bar Review

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

I have a new lip review today! Another bad influence purchase courtesy of Instagram. One of the most impulsive purchases I have made in a while. I saw it on instagram, went on ebay, bought it and then went to bed. Exactly in that order, haha.


I've actually wanted a Holika Holika lipstick for the longest time. It's just the shades they offer have never appealed to me.
But I love it for the packaging. It is cute and the lipstick is in the shape of a heart! A HEART! That and there are cats on it as well. I need it in my life. 

This is a limited edition collaboration with Audrey Jeanne: Dodo Cat.

Click photo for further information. Credit: Holika Holika
They also have a foam cleanser that is not pictured above. 

I've seen lip tints becoming more popular. A lot of Korean brands have been coming out with their own dupes of the Dior Addict Lip Glow. 

I've wanted to buy a Holika Holika lipstick for a while AND I've wanted to try a dupe of the Dior lip glow. So this is killing two birds with one stone!


Taken from Holika Holika:
Heart-shaped get tint bar to complete voluptuous, glossy lips 

Packaging
I don't think I need to go into anymore detail as I already have. It's adorable. I'm not usually into pink themed items, but I have to admit I like this. The packaging is slightly cheap, as the pictures on the sides are not stamped on. It's actually just a sticker. 

The lip tint is pretty light and I keep in my bag for touch ups throughout the day. 

 

Product
I haven't been to a Holika Holika store in a while, so I forgot the lipstick is actually quite small. I didn't see that it was 3.6g. But I don't mind since I didn't pay too much for it. What matters is the quality of the product.

The heart shape aside from the pointed tip helps with the cupids bow, but aside from that the shape doesn't really help or improve the application.

The tint becomes more prominent with more coats you add on. On my lips above, it's slightly drowned out by the light, but that is with one light coat. Anymore then my lips look way too pink. It's not so much a fuscia pink and more of a bubble gum pink.

Like the product advertises, it does have a glossy finish. It does a decent job in providing moisture for the lips, but unless you want bright pink lips, I basically use this product for the tint.

It's not a lip stain, so the longevity is the same as any other lipstick. After food and drinks reapplication is necessary.

Also, if you're sensitive to strong scents, this may not be for you. It's very artificially scented. At first I quite liked it as it reminded me of fruit candies. But the more I smell it the more it now reminds me of artificial fruit air fresheners. It smells like a fruity Glade plug in. It doesn't appeal to me anymore.

Overall thoughts 
To be honest, since purchasing this product, I've only used it a couple times. I haven't made a dent into the lip tint at all.

When my lips are chapped, I usually apply a few coats of whatever lip balm I have. If I were to use this, the colour will add to my already pigmented lips and look way too pink.

It's cute and I'm happy I purchased it to try, but I will not repurchase this in the future.

I purchased this on ebay for under $10 CAD with free shipping

Have you tried lip tints like this before? What's your favourite lip tint?

Summary

The Good
- Cute packaging and product shape
- Glossy finish
- Under 10 CAD on ebay with free shipping
- Few coats needed for colour payoff
- Somewhat moisturizing

The Bad
- Strong artificial scent
- Packing slightly cheap
- No longevity
- Bubble gum pink colour (some people might like this)

This post is part of the AB See Beauty Link Party. Click the below for more information.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CoverGirl - TruBlend Liquid Foundation Review

Now, I'm not one to wear much foundation. Main reason being, I sleep in so majority of the time I wake up too late to bother. Or simply because I rub my eyes and touch my face too much (I know, really bad habits, I can't help it!).

But every once in a while, there are a few new releases that capture my attention and I pick it up to try. At this moment, including this bottle I have three foundations in my collection. I mean, I'll never use them up before their expiration dates, but at least I have them!


For this particular foundation, I was chosen by BzzAgent to participate in their campaign for CoverGirl. If you're curious what BzzAgent is, the short answer from their website:
Try products and services, then share your honest opinions about them with people you know. 
They gave us a few different foundations to choose from:

- Tru Blend Liquid Foundation
- Clean Oil Control
- Simply Ageless Foundation
- Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation
- Outlast Stay Fabulous

A few of the lines did not have my shade, so I was a little limited. In the end, I went with Warm Beigh L-7 from their TruBlend Foundation line.