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October 26, 2014
by L
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Review: Daiso Silk Cocoons

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Another day, another crazy Daiso product. This time, I present to you Silk Cocoons. They are basically little pods you place over your finger and rub all over your face, claiming to gently exfoliate and remove dirt from your pores. That sounds cool and all, but then you stop and realize what exactly these things are. I repeat, Silk Cocoons. Literal cocoons made and nested in by silkworms.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

These are silkworms.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

This is how silk cocoons are made.

I should probably say I’m terrified of most bugs, especially things that creep and crawl. Silkworms fall into that category. So you can imagine how I felt when I realized what was going on here. When I bought these I didn’t really think much of it, just another cheap, weirdo Daiso thing to play with. At $1.50 USD, I’m not going to be too critical pre-purchase. But when I got home and figured it out… oof. Yeah, I know it’s not a worm wrapped around my finger but at one point it had cradled one, so it’s like touching a worm once removed. You understand, I’m sure.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Daiso, as per usual, is very multi-lingual.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Are you ready for some tampons cosmétiques?

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Mostly Japanese on the back, but they supply an English translation.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Easy enough to use: submerge a cocoon in hot water for a few minutes and massage the desired areas of skin. The ol’ soak and rub, as I like to call it.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

These can be used 3-5 times, which is nice. But ‘use only for intended purpose’? What other uses could one come up with for these? I’m not sure I want to know.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

The facts:

Exfoliating
100% silk
4 pieces
Multi-use

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Like a little finger-hat.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

No secret hidden silkworm, no worries.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Soak soak soak.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

After soaking it looks roughly the same, albeit a little less fuzzy and a little more plump.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Afterwards. Don’t be fooled, I was in a different room with different lighting so it’s not really as yellow. It actually looks pretty much the same, just a little more worn out. It didn’t have a huge effect for me, but I’m hardcore with pore-care, so there really wasn’t much work to be done. I imagine that if you have clogged pores, this would be awesome.

Pros: Super cheap at $1.50 USD, can be used multiple times, gentle.
Cons: Freaking worms made them.

Final Verdict: Would I get them again? Maybe, but only because they are so affordable. If you’re curious, you can find them in the beauty aisle at Daiso.

Have you tried any silk cocoons? Would you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

October 19, 2014
by L
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Review: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with Korean cosmetics and I’m obsessed with curing my pores of all evil. I like Dr. Jart+, not only because it’s Korean, but it’s more accessible to us Westerners, being sold in Sephora stores. I’ve only tried a few Dr. Jart+ products (BB creams, duh) so I wasn’t even aware they had a pore minimalist mask. Now I am.

Also, y’all have no idea how enamoured I am with BLACK MASKS. I’ve tried so many charcoal ones that I’ve had high hopes for, but the majority of them are white and boring. The only other actual black one I’ve found was the My Scheming Hyaluronan Hydrating Black Mask, but that’s simply hydrating and not concentrated on pores and minimalism. As soon as I got this in whatever month’s Birchbox, I knew it was meant to be.

OR WAS IT.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Pore minimalist, design minimalist.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

English and Korean. THANKS DR. JART. +.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

The facts:

-Moisturizing
-Clarifying
-Balancing
-Detoxifying
-Firming
-Good for oily/troubled skin
-Hypoallergenic
-Paraben/Sulfate/Phthalate free

From Sephora:

What it is:
A black sheet mask featuring activated Korean charcoal, spearmint extract, and arginine for superior detoxification and pore-tightening benefits.

What it is formulated to do:
This soothing sheet mask purifies pore and removes excess sebum without irritation. Activated Korean charcoal detoxifies, spearmint extract improves elasticity, and arginine clarifies pores. Good for blemishes, large pores, and oily skin, this powerful must-have mask is for anytime, anywhere use and is certain to produce a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and free of phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, triclosan, thymol, diazolidinyl urea, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, and cyclomethicone.

Ingredients:

-Spearmint Extract: Improves pore elasticity.
-Activated Charcoal: Tightens and detoxes.
-Arginine: Clarifies pores.
-Moroccan Lava Clay: Removes dead skin cells and firms.

Water, Glycerin, Dimethyl Sulfone, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-32, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Charcoal Powder, Alcohol Denat., Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay, Polyphosphorylcholine, Glycol Acrylate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

As black as the night itself.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Super packed with essence, as most sheet masks are. Drip drip drop. There’s plenty leftover in the packet to massage into your skin afterward, if that’s what you’re into.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Aside from almost being some sort of blackface, I liked wearing this. I think my cat was a bit apprehensive though. The fit left much to be desired. Seriously, do these maskmakers even TRY fitting them on an actual human before designing and manufacturing them? I mean I don’t have the ideal perfect face by far, but damn. Usually sheet masks fail me around the nose area. I’ve come to expect that. But this one… this one had so much extra material around the chin, I couldn’t even smooth it down. Thus, my stunning goatee.

The mask did feel soothing and cooling while on. You’re supposed to wear it 15-20 minutes, but I usually wear mine until it starts drying out. Maybe that was my issue here. This mask didn’t lend a visible difference to my pores, but it did moisturize the hell out of my face. And although it’s touted to be balancing, about 30 minutes after wearing this my skin felt oily and heavy. I had to follow up with some of my Kiehl’s toner to combat that, and I usually don’t touch my skin after a mask night.

The scent of this mask is herbally-charcoal. It’s not too intense, but after wearing it for awhile it smells like you’re giving yourself a home perm. Not so pleasant, but at that point it’s probably time to take it off anyway.

Pros: It looks cool, yeah? Easier to access for us Westerners.
Cons: Didn’t show noticeable difference after one time. Over-moisturizing. Expensive at $7.50 USD for one, and $35 USD for five.

Final Verdict: I didn’t really care for this mask, obviously. It sounded perfect in theory, but it left my face feeling heavy and didn’t seem to do much else. It could be more effective when used multiple times, but who’s going to spend that much to find out? Sorry, not me. Interested in trying it? Grab one at Sephora.

October 7, 2014
by L
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Review: Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream & Foot Scrub Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned the sick obsession I have with Daiso. Daiso’s a Japanese 100 yen store. Here in the land of eagles and Obama, everything is $1.50. Everything. Unless marked differently, but most everything. You can imagine how one can go crazy in there. They have a little of everything, but my favorite section, of course, is the healthy and beauty aisle.

Daiso Haul

I managed to snag a ton of cheap stuff on my last trip, including a random knife because I needed one. And it’s a dang good knife, let me tell you. Anyway, two of the stranger items I snatched up were the Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream & Foot Scrub Cream. Horse fat? In MY hand cream? Sure, why not. I figured it would be incredibly moisturizing, and such things don’t repulse or scare me. I’m not expecting to get super enthusiastic comments about this (I’m looking at you, people who bitch about snail cream), but whatever. Don’t like it, don’t use it. In this case, I will use it for you and tell you all about it.

The facts:

Main ingredient is Horse fat/oil
Moisturizing/exfoliating

From eBay:

The Horse Oil is famous and traditional moisture formula in Japan. This hand cream helps with skin irritation alleviation and its absorbs on the skin without stickness, protects the skin from roughness, creates skin protection layer and makes the hand soft and moist. Very good for use after housework.

Yeah, I yanked a description off of eBay because the Daiso website doesn’t have these babies on there. Nor could I really find an official ingredient list online, but it’s all on the packaging, so don’t you worry. Yes, ‘horse fat’ is a major ingredient.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Neighhhhh.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

In case you had trouble reading.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso throws English, Japanese and Spanish translations on their American products. I can dig that.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Simple, ponified packaging.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Oil and fat are apparently interchangeable.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

This cream is lightweight and not greasy, despite being composed of horse fat, which sounds like it’d be greasy as hell. It absorbs super quickly and made my hands nice and soft. I’ve never had dry skin–I rarely use lotions at all, so I can’t really tell you how effective this product is. It didn’t make my overly-hydrated skin oily or anything, so I imagine it’s good for all skin types. It also has a pleasant ginger scent.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

NEEEEIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHH.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

The foot scrub packaging is obviously similar.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Basically you’re supposed to use this after soaking your feet for awhile.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Such an elegant little tub, befitting of such an elegant product name.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

I had an attention-starved kitty who was getting really impatient with my shoot at this point. She’s the boss.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

This one is a heavy, gritty scrub, perfect for exfoliating all of your foot problems away. This is awesome for me, because my feet have been super dry since this summer, and I have a dropped metatarsal that has created a perpetual callous on the ball of my foot. It sucks. I went in with high hopes that this dollar store foot scrub would solve everything.

BUT DID IT?

Well, no. Not everything. It did make my feet moisturized and super super soft, which is awesome. This cream is REALLY thick and rich and a little goes a long way. I might have went overboard in my excitement and used half the tub. Maybe. Anyway, it won’t do much for ridiculous callouses, but if you have a sad case of dry feet, I’d definitely recommend this scentless scrub. Embrace the horse fat.

Pros: Both are super moisturizing.
Cons: Horse fat, if that ain’t yo’ thing.

Final Verdict: I’d repurchase the foot scrub. I’ve no use of hand lotions so that one won’t be bought again, but if you’re a dry-hander, feel free to check it out. Both can be found at Daiso stores for $1.50 USD and random places on the internet.

What’s the strangest beauty product you’ve tried?

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.

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