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September 22, 2014
by L
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Review: DHC Eyelash Tonic

DHC Eyelash Tonic

Eyelashes can be frustrating. They’re always falling out and are never quite long enough or full enough. I’ve always contemplated false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, but since I wear glasses 98% of the time, it just doesn’t work out. Lashes hitting lenses is a huge annoyance, believe you me. Anyway.

Awhile back DHC sent me a few things to review, such as their BB Cream Foundation and BB Mineral Powder. I also received the DHC Eyelash Tonic, which I was super excited about. I’ve always entertained the idea of using serums and such to try to boost growth and whatever, but always shied away due to possible iris color changes. Luckily, DHC has no warnings of this. It’s also not a scary prescription product like Latisse, so it can’t be too dangerous.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

The DHC Eyelash Tonic isn’t a growth serum, but rather a conditioner of sorts. I decided to use it in hopes of strengthening my lashes to help limit breakage and loss.

As per usual, I love DHC packaging. So much gold, such little time.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

You’re instructed to use this twice a day–in the morning as a mascara base, and at night as a conditioner. I am THE WORST at remembering to use this, I swear. I usually hit it up in the morning, but at night? Oops. Also some days I just plain forget completely. Therefore, this review can’t really be judged via time, because I was inconsistent as hell.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

DHC Eyelash Tonic

The facts:

Conditioning
Nourishing
Strengthening
0.21 fl. oz.

From DHC:

Conditioning DHC Eyelash Tonic nourishing gel treatment strengthens for lush, fuller-looking eyelashes. Fortifying botanicals coat each lash from root to tip to help prevent breakage for a more robust lash line. Wear under mascara during the day and all by itself at bedtime.

Specially designed applicator helps distribute gel more evenly
Rich in botanicals, including ginseng, aloe and Swertia japonica extract

How To Use

Use as a mascara base in the morning and as a conditioner in the evening. Gently and evenly, brush a small amount of tonic onto lash roots and sweep outward towards tips.

Ingredients:

water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, aminomethyl propanol, placental protein, xanthan gum, allantoin, swertia japonica extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, nasturtium officinale flower/leaf extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract

DHC Eyelash Tonic

Typical mascara-y applicator. Just swipe upward on lashes, much like you’re putting on mascara. Just be really, really careful that you don’t accidentally get this in your eye. Because holy ow. It stings soooooo bad. So don’t do it. Friends don’t let friends get eyehurt.

Also, you might want to wipe off the wand after applying–mascara remnants and dirt will easily muddle up your unused tonic. It’s harmless enough but will look pretty gross. Just some sage advice.

DHC Eyelash Tonic
DHC Eyelash Tonic

After using haphazardly for roughly three months or so. You can definitely see a difference lengthwise, and though I’m not sure you can visually see any increase in volume in these photos, it feels like my lashes are more lush.

Another nice thing about this product is that it also makes mascara way easier to remove, preventing breakage. Always a plus.

DHC Eyelash Tonic
DHC Eyelash Tonic

I should probably note I put on mascara in these photos so you can actually see my lashes, not to accentuate them. My naked lashes are blond and virtually invisible. Deal with it.

Pros: Easy to apply, works well over time.
Cons: DON’T GET IT IN YOUR EYE.

Final Verdict: I’m a fan, when I remember to use it. Check it out for yourself at DHC for $14 USD.

September 15, 2014
by L
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Review: Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

Beauty boxes can be really hit-or-miss. Sometimes I get crappy self-tanning wipes (no thanks) or a packet of tea (seriously?). But sometimes. SOMETIMES I hit gold, and that is what happened with the lovely and oh-so-tingly Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask, which was delivered to me in either a Birchbox or a Glossybox. After a kind of rough year, it took me months to actually try this out, and I regret that. Why? Because it is amazing. A-maz-ing. And just in time for fall, season of pumpkin and pumpkin accessories.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

The facts:

Exfoliating
Firming
Moisturizing
Brightening
Anti-aging
All natural
Certified vegan
3.4 oz/100 ml (or 1 oz/30 ml)

From Michael Todd:

Rejuvenating facial treatment which uses nutrient-rich Pumpkin blended with Glycolic Acid. Contains high concentrations of Proteolytic enzymes, anti-oxidant beta carotene and over 100 other essential vitamins, minerals, phytosterols and fatty acids. Strong exfoliant to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Adds brightness and radiance to the skin and significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Caution: This product is a powerful exfoliant and is not recommended for sensitive skin. Contains 5% glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes. May be irritating to certain individuals. Use caution when applying. Test on a small area of skin before using over entire face.

After cleansing, apply an even layer over face and neck. Avoid eye area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Follow with moisturizer and use sunscreen during the day. May be used at intervals of 1-2 weeks. Side effects of Glycolic Acid include occasional mild irritation and sun sensitivity. If irritation occurs, shorten length of treatments. If irritation continues, discontinue use.

Ingredients:

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid (5%), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus Officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

This just LOOKS organic as hell, does it not? Like organic baby food. It also smells like fresh pumpkin. Pumpkin pie. You will want to eat it, but don’t. It probably doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie (not that I know from experience). It might, but please resist the urge to find out. Put it on your face.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

Once on your face it looks pretty gross, like you’ve been rolling around in pumpkin goop and liked it. As this product contains glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes, so you’ll probably feel a tingly pins-and-needles sensation. Tread carefully if you have sensitive skin. I put my face through a lot, so not much bothers it. This one stings a bit, but not in a way that’s unbearable. It only lasts for a minute or two and then it’s smooth sailing.

You’re instructed to leave in on for 5-10 minutes (less if you’re a total wimp), but as per usual I leave mine on for like 30. So what happens after you rinse off all that pumpkin delight? My face feels incredibly smooth, moisturized, firm and brighter. I can’t really tell if the anti-aging element is there, since I don’t have many fine lines, but I’m hoping for the best. This mask is to be used every one to two weeks, but I usually sneak it in at least twice a week, because I’m a rebel.

Basically I love this product so much that I almost exploded when I found it as a Groupon deal. Two full-size bottles for $20? Don’t mind if I do. Nothing wrong with stocking up. No, I’m not addicted (yes I am). Thank you Michael Todd.

Pros: Smells like pumpkin pie, if you like pumpkin pie. Does everything it says. Tingly. AMAZING.
Cons: Smells like pumpkin pie, if you don’t like pumpkin pie. Slightly expensive, questionable for sensitive skin.

Final Verdict: So obviously this is my favorite thing right now. I just stocked up on Groupon (2 for $20!!), but if you’re interested, you can find it at Michael Todd for $34 USD. There are also some deluxe sample sizes floating around on eBay for relatively cheap, so if you want to test the pumpkin-laced waters, I suggest you try one of those!

Has anyone tried this pumpkin mask, or anything else by Michael Todd? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

September 7, 2014
by L
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Review: Bellapierre Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

So I might be addicted to Groupon. It’s rare that I use it for things like dining or entertainment, but cheap cosmetics and skincare? Don’t mind if I do. On my last Groupon scavenging hunt I stumbled across these Bellapierre Shimmer Powder eyeshadows. Being unfamiliar with the brand, I did a little research and found that one of these babies cost $14.95, and this here Groupon was selling six of them for $16. You KNOW I couldn’t say no to that. I was drawn to the colors in the set, but at the same time noticed that dreaded word: shimmer. I’m very touch and go with shimmery things. I don’t mind some sheen, but all-out glitter is a huge no-no in my book. I couldn’t find any swatches online so I just threw caution to the wind and ordered them. And hey, they came with a free brush.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow

What I love about these mineral eyeshadows is the super minimal ingredient list. They’re made out of 100% pure mica powder, and I imagine they’re quite similar to other mineral shadows such as those from BareMinerals. I can’t give an accurate comparison though, because BareMinerals and I don’t quite get along so I haven’t given their eye makeup a chance. Sue me.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow

This set came with a neutral, earth-toned palette, which was just what I was looking for.

The facts:

Loose mineral powder
100% Mica powder
Hypoallergenic
Long lasting
56 shades available

From Bellapierre:

Using 100% pure Mica powder, these beautiful shimmer powders will provide long lasting, vibrant color without any additional filler that can often smear, crease, fade and even cause allergic reaction.

Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, Bellapierre shimmer powders are 100% Hypoallergenic and are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron oxides.
May contain: Carmine.

Sifter jar – 2.35g

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

Each arrived tightly sealed.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

Except this one. The seal was still intact so I’m not totally sure why there’s powder everywhere. Production issue perhaps. Oh well, won’t stop me.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP029 Refined. Basically a shimmery gunmetal.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP055 Diligence. A warm brown shade with slightly intimidating glitter chunks. I’m already anticipating a tumultuous relationship with this one.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP061 Beige. Probably the safest in the bunch. Doesn’t appear to be too shimmery or glittery.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP070 Cocoa. A shimmery, well, cocoa shade.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP071 Storm. A slate silver that looks like it’ll be a bit too shiny for my tastes.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

SP079 Antiqa. Probably my favorite on initial inspection. Looks to be a soft brown with rose-toned flecks of shimmer.

Bellapierre Mineral Powder Eyeshadow

And so. The application of these wasn’t the best. It takes a few attempts before getting an opaque color, and glitter fall-out is sort of horrendous. On the plus side, these are long lasting. After vigorously scrubbing dry and with water, the glitter kind of went away, but the color stays put. Actually, I’m about to go shoot a red carpet premiere and can’t get this shit off my arm. This may prove to be a pro or con. You be the judge.

Aside of lasting a damn long time, they blend easily when applied but after setting are pretty smudge-proof. But that glitter fall-out. LOOK AT MY ARM. Shit gets everywhere. Dealbreaker? Maybe. For the time being I am diggin’ the Beige, Antiqa and Refined shades. I wanted some browns but these just seem… off to me. Cheap-looking maybe, with the large glitter that seems out of place, almost like an afterthought.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder

Beige, Antiqa and Refined.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder Colors

Bellapierre does have a pretty massive collection of colors to choose from, I’ll give them that. I definitely see a few I’d like to try out, but unfortunately right now I’m way too cheap. Someday. Someday…

Pros: Long lasting, won’t smudge, large variety of shades.
Cons: Expensive, not for the faint of shimmer. Seriously.

Final Verdict: You can try them out for yourselves for $14.99 a pop at Bellapierre, or hunt around Groupon for the occasional sweet deal.

Has anyone tried any Bellapierre products, or other mineral shadows? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

August 31, 2014
by L
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Review: Innisfree It’s Real Manuka Honey Mask

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

Innisfree time! This has been one of those weeks where I have been changing up my skincare routine every night. Boredom? Maybe. Or maybe I just have a lot of products that I haven’t tried and I need to get around to that. In any case, after a pleasant session of microneedling, I thought a nice, soothing mask would be a great follow-up. Manuka Honey? Let’s go.

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

As with most Innisfree products, the packaging is lovely and simple. The It’s Real line of masks tends to not have any descriptive English floating around to tell you the purpose, so it’s your job to do some research beforehand. In the case of Manuka Honey, it’s moisturizing, as honey products usually are. It’s ideal for those with dry skin. Which I don’t have… but I figured it’d be super soothing and nicely absorbed after the havoc wreaked by my Dermaroller.

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

The facts:

Moisturizing
Invigorating
Soothing
Natural ingredients
For all skin types, especially dry skin

From Momomango:

From Innisfree comes the It’s Real Mask with Manuka Honey extracts. Excellent for those looking for a general skin conditioning and moisturization mask. Innisfree products are always known to focus on natural ingredients and this sheet mask is no exception. For a rejuvenation experience to achieve smoother and healthier looking skin add this mask sheet to your skin care routine.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Lilium Candidum Flower Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Alcohol, Betaine, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Honey Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

Innisfree masks are usually sopping with essence, and this one is no exception. What surprised me is the scent–I was expecting a sweet honey aroma, but was gifted with something almost toxic. But after some contemplation I realized it was just a really intense herbal scent. I mean, come on. It’s Innisfree. No toxins here. But a sweeter scent would have been more pleasing.

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

This mask is SUPER fragile. That’s a trend I’ve seemed to notice with Innisfree, so be careful when you’re unfolding. I managed to create some cute little tears in mine… nothing major, but annoying all the same. Please ignore my dying manicure.

Innisfree It's Real Manuka Honey Mask

Follow the simple rules and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. I usually leave mine on for 45-60, or until it dries up. Because I can.

Like most masks, it’s not a perfect fit, especially around the nose area. For me, the nose and under-eye areas are the most important part to cover, so it’s frustrating when that doesn’t happen. This one just fit all sorts of weird around my nose and eyes. But maybe I just have an oddly-shaped face. I need to find a mutant line of sheet masks, I guess.

This mask really was moisturizing, not that I had any doubts. It soothed my skin and cleared up the puffy redness caused by microneedling. Did I notice any huge differences besides that? No, but I wasn’t expecting any. I think if you have dry skin this would be incredibly effective, though.


Other masks in the It’s Real collection include Green Tea, Oatmeal, Avocado, Shea Butter, Soya Milk, Pomegranate, Tomato, Olive, Cucumber, Bamboo, Red Cabbage, Gold Kiwi, Houttuynia Cordata, Tea Tree, Adlay, Lemon Lime, and Rice.

Pros: Moisturizing and soothing.
Cons: No cons, just not a lot else going on. Kind of a weird scent.

Final Verdict: I probably wouldn’t indulge on this particular mask again, but I do love the It’s Real line, so I’m definitely interested in trying others. You can find them on Amazon, eBay, and a ton of online Korean cosmetic retailers for around $1.50 USD a pop.

August 16, 2014
by L
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Review: Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

I HATE PORES. Anyone who’s followed my blog for any amount of time is probably well aware of this. I used to have these perfect, invisible, non-oily pores. Then something happened. I’m guessing it’s probably aging, and you should try to avoid this at all costs. Anyway, Peach and Lily was kind enough to send me a new product to try out: Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum.


Peach and Lily

Peach and Lily is an eCommerce site focused on introducing hard-to-access Korean and Japanese beauty products to the US. They currently ship to all 50 states, and ship to Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom for a slightly higher fee. Also, they have free shipping for orders over $50 (not applicable to orders outside the US).

The current brands Peach and Lily are offering include Aromatica, Be The Skin, Caolion, Clio, Cremorlab, Dr. Myer’s, May Coop, Mizon, Morihata, Sua Young, Tatcha, and Uka. They are also now selling sheet masks a la carte from a variety of brands!

If you’re interested, check my other reviews for Peach and Lily products:

Clio Eye Guard Waterproof Liner
Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100
Sua Young Young Secret BB Complete
Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack
Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

Nice, clean, simple packaging.

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

Stuff in Hangeul. I still can’t make any sense of the Korean language, but I managed to teach myself the characters so I can sound things out. I now know that the top literally says ‘Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum’, in a Korean-y way of course. I’m proud. Are you impressed? No? Don’t care.

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

One of the awesome things about Peach and Lily is that they always try to help bridge the language gaps.

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

What wonders await?

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A nice, solid, semi-opaque glass bottle in blue.

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

The facts:

Hydrating
Soothing
Minimizes pores
Controls oil production
Best for combo/oily skin
50 mL

From Peach and Lily:

A serum packed with natural ingredients formulated to soothe the skin and dramatically minimize pores. Botanical herbs, Alaskan glacier water and sea plants hydrate while controlling oil production. Ideal for normal to oily skin.

Ingredients:

Water, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, dimethicone, polysilicone-11, decyl glucoside, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, ecklonia cava extract, hizikia fusiforme extract, codium tomentosum extract, gelidium cartilagineum extract, laurus nobilis leaf extract, caprylyl glycol, caprylhydroxamic acid, glycerin, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, aluminum chloride, zinc chloride, copper sulfate, manganese chloride, sodium chloride, lysine, poterium officinale root extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, buddleja davidii extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, fragrance

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Peach and Lily Be The Skin

Peach and Lily Be The Skin

Fancy infographics courtesy of Peach and Lily, of course.

Be The Skin Botanical Pore Serum

This product is a soft, semi-opaque serum that smells absolutely divine. Herbal, fresh, and amazing. I love it. It’s also very lightweight and quickly absorbed into the skin when patted. As Peach and Lily states, patting a product into the skin is much more effective than rubbing. Once absorbed, it definitely helps control oil yet keep skin moisturized. My skin always feels radiant when using this. And as we all know, my T-zone is out of control, so this is almost magic for me. I say almost, because I haven’t found a miracle yet, but this does help curb it for a bit.

I have to note that a little goes a long way with this product! As I’m only applying it to my nose, I only need like half the size of a pea for one application. I apply at both morning and night for maximum impact. I’ve been using it for weeks, and it never seems to run out. Amazing. An everlasting serum.

As for the pore minimizing aspect (the main reason I coveted this), I definitely saw a difference–but after a few weeks. Nothing happens overnight, so you need to keep that in mind when using products such as this. I also stopped messing with my pores (extracting, pore strips, etc), so that may also have played a part. Anyway, instead of being the gaping deathtraps they usually are, my nose looks a lot smoother. Pores are still there and active, of course, but truly not as bad as they once were. I can’t wait to see what changes come in another few weeks. I’ll make another update accordingly.

The Botanical line also includes a Pore Toner and a Moisturizing Soothing Cream.

Pros: Quickly absorbed, hydrating, decent oil control, great scent, actually appears to minimize pores over regular use.
Cons: Nothing that I can see after weeks of testing! Perhaps a little pricey at $35, but a little goes a long way.

Final Verdict: I’ve tried a ton of pore serums, and this one is by far my favorite. I’d love to try the rest of the Botanical line too. My pores will pay. You can check it out for yourself at Peach and Lily for $35 USD. (It JUST came back in stock, so act quickly because it goes fast!)

Have you tried any Be The Skin products? What’s your go-to pore serum?

August 8, 2014
by L
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Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard and Hawaiian Smolder

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Once in awhile you hear about a product that you have to immediately run out the door to purchase. Such is the case with the Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon… I have heard nothing but good things about this line, specifically the Napa Vineyard shade. I’m not normally one to try and pull off a bright red lip, but something about this color was pulling me in. Off to Target I went. My willpower sucks though, so of course I left with not only Napa Vineyard, but Hawaiian Smolder, a warm pink tinted with coral.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

The lip crayons come in typical Burt’s Bees packaging. I am diggin’ the honeycomb pattern on the caps, though.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Hawaiian Smolder

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

The facts:

Matte(ish)
Long lasting
Hydrating and moisturizing
100% natural
Available in six shades

From Burt’s Bees:

Introducing six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip color in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip color. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It’s color that truly cares for your lips!

• Creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear
• For everyday wear either alone or layered under a Lip Gloss or Lip Shine
• Precise application in a playful form without the hassle and mess of sharpening
• No added flavor or fragrance
• Hydrates and moisturizes lips, leaving them feeling soft and smooth

Ingredients:

Shea Butter — Shea Butter helps to hydrate and moisturize dry lips leaving them feeling soft and smooch-worthy smooth.

Enriched with conditioning Jojoba Oil and Kendi Oil, which are chock full of Omega 3 to hydrate and moisturize lips. And don’t forget the Shea Butter for an extra dose of moisture.

Ingredients / Ingrédients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cera carnauba (copernicia cerifera wax, cire de carnauba), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, aleurites moluccana seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, lecithin, silica, glycine soja (soybean) oil. +/- (May contain / Peut contenir): CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77019 (mica), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides) *kendi oil

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Both shades have great pigmentation, but Hawaiian Smolder is a bit less opaque, and takes a few swipes to build up the color. Napa Vineyard, on the other hand, is in-your-face red in one swipe. But it might take more than one swipe to cover your lips, unless they are two-dimensional.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Bare lips.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Hawaiian Smolder

Hawaiian Smolder. I like the color, but I’m a bit disappointed in the matteness of it. Upon application it’s shimmery as per the photo, but once it’s on for a bit and you go about your day, the shimmer wears off and it mattifies a bit. Still not a true matte though. On the plus side, it’s very moisturizing and a good color for everyday wear. Like I mentioned on the swatch, this will take a few swipes to build up to a more opaque hue. And if you’re applying on dry lips, forget it. This will accentuate every flaw you have, typical for a matte. Or a ‘matte’, as it were.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

Napa Vineyard. (I keep typing that as Veinyard. Napa Veinyard sounds like a wine-fueled horror movie. I do not recommend Napa Veinyard for lip usage. Keep away from children.) I can definitely understand the praise this one has been receiving. A true scarlet red, this one is highly pigmented and will go on perfect with one swipe. However, as many dark colors do, this one can bleed a bit. Nothing a little lipliner can’t fix. If you’re a lipliner person. Me? Nope. This shade is also a lot more matte than Hawaiian Smolder, and I respect that. Also, being a dark color, it tends to hide flaws rather than bring them out. And the main selling point that caused me to lose my shit over this? LONG-LASTING. This crayon is effectively a stain–in Napa Vineyard, anyway. Hawaiian Smolder is long-lasting too, but not like this. Maybe because this one is so much more vibrant.

These lip crayons are both unscented and flavorless, which is a refreshing break from all of those ‘lipstick’ scents out there. You know exactly what I mean.

Also, these may be long-lasting, but they are certainly not smudge-proof, and will gladly mark your territory, wherever your lips may venture.

Pros: Long lasting, moisturizing, great pigmentation, mostly matte.
Cons: Accentuates dry lips, dark colors can bleed, smudgy.

Final Verdict: Color me a fan. I’d definitely like to try the other colors in this line, especially the nude shade. Obviously.

Have you tried any of Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons? I’d love to hear your opinion!

July 30, 2014
by L
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Review: Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

Where do I begin… I found a new BB cream, pardon, BB serum, on one of my hourly eBay scavenges. I was at first attracted to the packaging. Cute, yeah? And then you add the words strawberry and serum and my little heart exploded with glee. You can also throw the word glutathione in there, but shit might start to get crazy.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

Snowgirl Japan is one of those sort of weird, obscure brands to me. Not obscure in the sense of QBic, where nothing exists aside from some samples outside of eBay and wholesale sites, but obscure in the sense that I have yet to see a full-size product, and Snowgirl Japan isn’t really Japanese. I did some digging, and Snowgirl Japan is a brand under Siam Natural Products Company, which is actually a Thai company. So that explains the Thai language focus on the packaging. Who are these guys trying to fool? Fair enough, they threw some Japanese on there too, but come on. What’s wrong with “Snowgirl Thailand”? I think it’s got a nice ring to it.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

This product seems to ONLY exist in these packets. No tubes or bottles here, which is pretty disappointing. Unless you put your opened packet into an air-tight container, it’s going to get gross and kind of dried up, which makes for some not-so-fun and slightly unsanitary application.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

I’m always a bit leery about a company that has a free webmail account for an official email. Am I the only one…? To be fair, they have a website. But Gmail? Well, whatever. At least it’s not Hotmail or Yahoo. Then we’d have a problem.

The facts:

UV Protection: SPF 60 PA+++
Brightening
Sunscreen + Lotion + Foundation
Matte finish
Light coverage
One shade
10g/packet

From Bangkok Retail International:

If you are looking for a make-up (primer) that will not melt under the sun, check out this new BB Serum.

This skin care product is developed by Snowgirl Japan and is multi-purpose. It is a facial sunscreen, lotion and foundation at the same time. (Before there were only BB creams, but this is a serum and it has a different texture).

It has all the essentials for maintaining the beauty of your skin. It contains SPF 60 (Sun Protection Factor) to block UVB rays. And because of the fact that UVA rays are more harmful, this serum has a PA (Protection Grade of UVA rays) ranking of +++.

Why the Glutathione and Strawberry extract? Not only because these natural ingredients sound nice, they have real benefits like brightening the skin and help fade dark spots.
So, make your daily life much easier and productive (time is gold) by using this new affordable facial cosmetic. No worries about the texture of this cream, you can apply it easily without stickiness.

Ingredients:

Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Isopropyl Myristate, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Butyl Methocydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEB-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, L-Glutathione, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract. Sodium Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum Swatch

This BB Serum is fairly light, and fairly yellow-toned. I am fairly pink-toned as an individual, so already I’m a bit apprehensive about how this will work with my skin. It turns out that it blends and oxidizes well, so no problem there. My issue is where the brand states that this won’t melt under the sun. Because holy melt.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

Yeah, this is one of those BB creams that won’t allow you to wear moisturizer or primer underneath without getting all weird and blotchy. If you live in a humid climate or sweat a lot, it’s also going to shift all over your face. Definitely apply on fresh, dry skin and use a setting powder if you try this one out, or your cheek will look like mine in the above photo.

The strange shifting could also be because of the lightweight texture of this BB serum. It’s not very ‘serum-y’ per se, but definitely has a light, mousse-y feel to it. It also obviously smells like strawberries, which is nice, but can get old very quickly.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

I’m going to go ahead and say this product has light coverage. It’ll even up skin tone and slightly mask light freckles, but you won’t be hiding any major acne spots with this alone. This also likes to sink into pores like crazy… and since using a primer only makes it worse for me, this probably won’t be on my repurchase list.

Snowgirl Japan Glutathione & Strawberry BB Serum

With the rest of my shit on. This BB serum, Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation, Forever 21 (Tony Moly knockoff) Sheer Highlighter, Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, Lancôme Paris L’Extrême Lengthening Mascara, Ardell Brow Defining Palette in Dark, and some knockoff MAC Russian Red lipstick I got in Santee Alley.

Pros: Packets are large and affordable (~$6 USD for 3), lightweight, cute packaging.
Cons: Doesn’t stay fresh for long in the packet. Maybe try storing in a ziploc bag? No access to full-size product that I can find. MELTY and SHIFTY and PORE-SINKING.

Final Verdict: You can probably tell I’m not a huge fan of this one! I am interested in the rest of Snowgirl Japan’s product line though, so I might check those out in the future. If you want to test this for yourself, you can find it at Bangkok Retail International).

ALSO!

Stella Floral Makeup Brush Set

So a LONG time ago my friend Tania got the world’s cutest makeup brush at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, I don’t remember which. I fell in love with it but could NEVER find it when I was out shopping, nor could I find it online. True sorrow. I had sadly given into fate and thought it just wasn’t meant to be.

Stella Floral Makeup Brush Set

And then Tania surprised me last week with a whole set of them! SO CUTE. Yeah, they’re a knockoff brand from TJM so the quality is far from high, but they are adorable and I am happy. One thing I did notice that is different on this set than on her older brush is the ‘Stella’ branding. On hers, it is much smaller and at first glance looks to be Stila. Wonder what caused the change…? Possible lawsuit? The world will never know.

July 13, 2014
by L
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Review: L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Colour Riche Lip Color

Beep beep beep beep beep. New favorite lip product alert. I got a chance to test out three shades of the Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color for L’Oreal, and although excited, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love.

I fell hard.

L’Oreal sent me three summery shades of this innovative liquid lipstick: 103 Blushing Harmony, 202 Coral Encore, and 304 Ruby Opera. Obviously I was prepared to love the coral, because I’m a coral fiend, but the other two definitely surprised me.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

Needless to say, I adore the packaging. So sleek and luxe. What can I say, I like shiny things. And gold.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

The packaging also shows the color on the side and bottom… so no need to swatch it in the stores, you nasties.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

The facts:

Liquid lipstick
Smoothing
Glossy
Crease-resistant
Conditioning
Lightweight
16 shades

From L’Oreal:

Transform lips from ordinary to extraordinary. Color is richer, lip surface is smoother and shine is magnified. Formulated with precious micro-oils and rich color pigments, Extraordinaire provides the ideal balance of color and care for perfect lips. The unique soft-touch applicator allows for a silky-smooth, gliding application.

Ingredients:

OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE ● TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE ● HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE ● HYDROGENATED STYRENE/METHYLSTYRENE/INDENE COPOLYMER ● HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE ● HYDROGENATED STYRENE/BUTADIENE COPOLYMER ● HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ISOSTEARATE ● BIS-BEHENYL/ISOSTEARYL/PHYTOSTERYL DIMER DILINOLEYL DIMER DILINOLEATE ● BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE 2 ● CETYL DIMETHICONE ● SILICA SILYLATE ● PENTYLENE GLYCOL ● POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE ● CAPRYLYL GLYCOL ● SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE ● ALUMINA ● PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE ● CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE ● ARGANIA SPINOSA OIL / ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL● TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ● CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL● ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL ● CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE● CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE ● MAGNESIUM SILICATE● SILICA ●TIN OXIDE ● NELUMBIUM SPECIOSUM EXTRACT / NELUMBIUM SPECIOSUM FLOWER EXTRACT ● PARFUM / FRAGRANCE● [+/- MAY CONTAIN] ●CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE ● MICA ● CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE● CI 77491 ● CI 77492 ● CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES ● CI 15850 / RED 7● CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE ● CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE ● CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE ● CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE ● CI 15850 / RED 7 LAKE

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

The doe foot applicator is flat, fluffy, and probably the best one I’ve ever used.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

As a liquid lip color, these are obviously glossy. If you’re a matte kind of gal (or dude, own it), you might want to shy away from these.

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These will leave your lips with a rich, opaque hue in just one swipe. They’re a bit shimmery, which seems to be an unpopular trait with a lot of my fellow beauty bloggers. Fortunately, I find the shimmer to be quite subtle, and since it’s a high gloss product anyway, it’s not an issue.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

The color is removed fairly easily, but I find the longer the product is on, the more it stains. This can be good or bad, depending on the color… and the condition of your lips. Ruby Opera and Coral Encore tend to stain unevenly, and if your lips are dry, it’ll definitely show. With less vibrant tones, like Blushing Harmony, it works a little better.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

Blushing Harmony. This is my new go-to product. I wear it EVERYWHERE. It’s a cross between a soft berry and a nude… basically a My Lips But Better gloss for me. For a better photo of it in action, check out the photo in my previous review for DHC BB Mineral Powder.

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Coral Encore. A little more intense than I thought it would be (especially in different lighting, as you can see from the swatch), but I like it.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color

Ruby Opera. I love this color but I’m always too timid to wear it outside! Someday…

These are super moisturizing for glossy products, and surprisingly not sticky in the slightest. Thank God. Sticky lips has to be one of the worst-feeling things ever. No thanks. And thanks, L’Oreal. You really understand me.

The color is long-lasting… if you’re not doing anything with your mouth. Once you start eating, drinking, or engaging in other mouth activities, you’re going to need to reapply.

Of course, I have to praise the scent of these: it’s a sweet, citrus-y smell, kind of in between a peach and a nectarine. And since I love peaches and nectarines (perhaps too much), I love this scent. If you also like such fruits, keep in mind that this lip product is not made for consumption. Even if it does taste like a peach. (It does.)

Pros: High pigmentation, glossy, moisturizing, affordable.
Cons: It seems a lot of people don’t like shimmer, so that might turn you off a bit. I don’t find it too noticeable.

Final Verdict: I looooove this product. New favorite by far. I’m not even a gloss or shimmer person (at ALL) but these just… work. I can’t wait to get my hands on some other colors (Nude Ballet!). Interested? You can find them at most drugstores and mass market retailers. Check them out at Target for $8-9 USD a pop.

Have you tried any of the Extraordinaire Lip Colors? I’d love to hear your input!

June 29, 2014
by L
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Review: DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Yes, I love BB cream. But as much as I adore a good BB cream, my makeup routine is nothing without a powder. I’ve been using pressed powder since I discovered makeup, and back then that was the ONLY thing I used. Sometimes it still is. And let me tell you from experience–not all powders are created equal. My go-to powder for years has been Mineral Sheers by Neutrogena. I don’t stray often, but when I saw the DHC BB Mineral Powder on their website, it felt like it was meant to be. And so it arrived at my apartment, packaged with some other goodies, courtesy of DHC. Here begins my review.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

The product comes in three separate pieces: compact case, powder refill and puff. I am madly in love with the packaging, as you’ll notice from the million photos I took. Gooooooooollllllldddddd. So luxe.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

First we have the packaging for the compact case itself.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

And we have English assembly instructions, for the Japanese-impaired. (Me.)

DHC BB Mineral Powder

How cute is this pact, though? Even if I absolutely hated this powder, the pact alone would keep me loving it. And look. It’s BEDAZZLED.

This pact is also surprisingly lightweight! I thought it was going to be heavy metal. GET IT? HAHAHAHA. But seriously. It’s plastic and light as a feather, perfect for traveling.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Teeny tiny hole for poking out the refill when it’s finished. Kind of reminiscent of the reset button on your old Tamagotchi. Don’t even pretend you didn’t have one.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Inside the pact, pre-powder-placement.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Here we have the packaging for the powder refill–much like the compact packaging, but slightly mattified and textured.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

More English. Bless you, DHC.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Japanese instructions are also included of course, in a slightly fancier way.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Simply peel off the sticker on the bottom of the powder, revealing the glue dollops. Press it gently into the compact case and you’re good to go.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

My little masterpiece. And I did it all by myself.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

And now. The puff.

DHC BB Mineral Powder

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This is, no lie, the SOFTEST damn thing I’ve ever touched. And I have touched many a soft thing, like kittens, talcum powder, rose petals and melty ice cream. This trumps all. It is like a fine, fine velvet dancing across your skin. It’s so fine, in fact, that you can hardly even see a texture on it.

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And so, what exactly does this powder claim to do?

The facts:

Minimizes dullness
Minimizes shine
Extends life of makeup
Medium coverage
Brightening
Anti-aging

From DHC:

Mineral must-have. Super micro-fine pressed DHC BB Mineral Powder minimizes dullness and shine, helps makeup last longer, covers flaws, brightens and fights visible signs of aging. It finishes your look with the perfect amount of radiance and can be worn alone or as a perfect complement to DHC BB Cream. Features revitalizing germanium and fine line–fighting botanicals. Includes soft powder puff and gorgeous gold compact. Powder refill available.

Ingredients:

talc, nylon-12, dimethicone, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, zinc oxide, cetyl ethylhexanoate, glyceryl isostearate, magnesium stearate, diisostearyl malate, silica, hydrogen dimethicone, water/aqua/eau, tocopherol, alumina, cholesteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, hydrolyzed collagen, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, repagermanium, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, diproplyene glycol, butylene glycol, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, hydrolyzed elastin, sodium bicarbonate, quercus suber bark extract, xanthan gum crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, hydroxyethylcellulose, disodium phosphate, ethyhexylglycerin, potassium phosphate, mic/Cl 77019, titanium dioxide/CI 77891, iron oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

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Here’s the powder, applied over a low-coverage BB cream. It definitely makes some areas of my face smoother, but on some parts the texture is brought out. Nothing a little primer couldn’t fix. It’s incredibly matte, which I’m a fan of, but not so matte that it looks like you’re dead. Unless you think I look dead in that picture. Then you can piss off.

It only comes in one shade, which was a bit light on my new California tan (I can’t decide whether this is good or bad). It did blend in superbly, nicely matching my skin in the end. And the coverage was good, balancing my skin tone and masking slight blemishes.

It does minimize dullness, it does minimize shine. It made my skin look healthy–radiant, even.

But.

Yes, there’s always a but for me.

If you’re a longtime reader of my blog, you know my skin type is oily and that I complain about it constantly. This powder doesn’t really do much in the way of oil control, so that’s the only flaw for me, yet it’s a major flaw. I can’t be upset though, since it’s not advertised as such. But yes, my face starts to get shiny within the hour, so I have to reapply many times throughout the day. If you have normal or dry skin, this would be more up your alley.

Pros: Smooth application, good coverage, amazingly soft puff, cute compact.
Cons: A little on the expensive side, not great oil control.

Final Verdict: I would probably buy this if it were to go on sale. I think it’s a great powder, but for someone with oily skin like myself, the price is a little steep. If you want to check it out, you can find it at DHC for $40 USD, with refills for $25.

Don’t forget to check out my review on DHC BB Cream!

June 22, 2014
by L
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Review: My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

Do you like tea? Do you have an eternal craving for French bakery items? Do you perhaps enjoy beautifying your skin? If so, you are in the right place. Today I present to you the Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask, by Taiwanese brand My Beauty Diary. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve reviewed a sheet mask. Awhile back I went on an eBay splurge to get a bunch of random cheapies, and this one looked so cute I couldn’t pass it up.

I’m not sure I get the whole macaron craze, though. Who decided they were the new ‘it’ food? Yes, they are cute and pastel and I’m sure they taste good, although I’ve never actually tried one. And as for tea, well, I’ve never been a tea person. The closest I’ll get to tea is an Arnold Palmer, heavy on the Palmer. I DO like trying out new skincare items though, so into my virtual shopping cart this went.

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

The ingredients are considerately marked in English, just for me. It turns out this baby is from a limited edition collection from My Beauty Diary, so you might have trouble locating it now outside of eBay.

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

And apparently I’m a little slow to hop on the Earl Grey Tea & Macaron express train. This collection was released in 2011, thus the production date on the back. Luckily for me, it doesn’t expire until later this year, so we’re golden. Onto my face it goes.

The facts:

Hydrating
Illuminating
Clarifying
Whitening
Brightening
Softening and smoothing
Reduces inflammation
Best for normal and dull skin

From Sasa.com (who no longer carries this product):

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask illuminates and clarifies the face in 20 minutes. The combination of black tea ferment and bergamot essential oil gives a miraculously brightening effect. It brightens dull and yellowish skin tone, leaving skin briskly clear, fair and flawless. Sweet almond protein and sugar cane extract are mixed to leave skin glittering and translucent, smooth and delicate. The fruit extracts of rosa canina, blueberry and acerola leave skin fair and perfectly clear, enhancing the skin’s translucency and ability to defend. It’s suitable for normal skin and is recommended for dull skin without lustre.

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

This mask comes all neatly folded up and completely essence-saturated. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the scent. I’m not a huge fan of the smell of tea (which is reminiscent of catnip) and I haven’t the slightest idea what a macaron would smell like. Someone send me a damn macaron. Anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by a soft, almost citrus-y scent. Not really tea-like, and I don’t imagine macarons are bleeding Citron. No complaints though, it was nice and not overbearing, the way a lot of sheet masks are.

My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask

Unfolded, it’s your typical Asian sheet mask. Something about the look of sheet masks really creeps me out. It’s like some stormtroopers fell into the uncanny valley. Anyway, this mask has a plastic sheet on one side. Pull it off, pat the mask onto your face and you’re ready to go.

This mask is supposed to do its job in 20 minutes. As per usual, I leave mine on from 45-60 minutes, or whenever it feels thoroughly absorbed. Once it’s done, it’ll be more opaque and, well, dry. This particular mask is supposed to be hydrating (what mask isn’t?), illuminating and clarifying. I am just now recovering from the world’s worst sunburn, so I honestly didn’t care what the purpose of the mask was, I just wanted something cooling and soothing on my face ASAP. So, I grabbed this one out of my legendary box-o-masks. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of this before. This made my facial sunburn SO much more bearable. It brought the redness down and kept my face hydrated, an absolute must when treating a sunburn. As for illuminating and clarifying? My face felt fresh and brighter afterward. I haven’t had any acne or pore issues lately, so I can’t really attest to clarifying. But hey, it could happen.

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My only real gripe with this mask is how it fits on my face. No mask is perfect, obviously, but just once, I’d like to have a mask that will cover my nose and not waste half the mask on my upper lip area. I feel like I look like a dinosaur from The Land Before Time. You know, they have that little pointy overbite thing going on? You have no idea what I’m talking about? Well, okay, see ya.

Pros: Hydrating and soothing, brightening. Affordable (I got this for ~$1 USD on eBay).
Cons: Just the fit.

Final Verdict: I don’t know if I’d recommend this particular mask, unless you’re really into macarons and tea. It wasn’t bad or anything, just nothing different than what I’ve tried before. But I DEFINITELY recommend trying out a mask, any mask, if you have a nasty sunburn. If you’re interested in trying this one out, you can find it on eBay.

Interested in other products from My Beauty Diary? Check out one of my first reviews EVER on the Black Pearl Mask.

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