Saturday, December 31, 2016

REVIEW: Peripera Ink Brow in Deep Brown + Application Techniques


Hello beautiful people! For today, I'll be making a review of the new concept of eyebrow-ING..(THAT'S A NEW TERM), from Peripera's eyebrow cosmetic line. When I first saw this one I was actually surprised that after the eyebrow pencil, then gel, then powder, not to mention the mascara one and then here comes the new evolution of eyebrow makeup. I believe this is more like of a tint/ink and so on. 


PACKAGING & PRICE:
Okay, the packaging is actually very interesting. My tattoo artist cousin once saw this and asked me if it was a tattoo ink. Then I realized, probably that was Peripera's concept which is all of their cosmetic lines would stick and last like a tattoo (but of course we know it won't cuz NOTHING LASTS FOREVER). Anyway going back,  I really was curious about this new concept. I am pretty sure the solution of this one is liquid (cuz it says "INK"---duh?). So I thought like HOW TO APPLY THIS ONE? I hurriedly bought one online for around 8.00 USD


HINTS:
On the other side of the bottle, the manufacturing date is stated there. Just a hint for those who love to hoard Korean cosmetics. When you see dates on your products followed by Korean terms, here are some things you need to know. "제조" (jejo) means 'manufactured'. It simply means the manufacturing date of the product where as "까지" means 'until' and it means until when you can use the product. 


APPLICATOR:
TADAAAA. Before I opened the bottle, I was thinking of an applicator which is somehow similar to an angled brush for eyebrows. Then to my surprise, I saw this big, huge, brush which is quite similar to those watercolor brushes we use in painting but a little smaller and shorter though. SO IT GOT ME THINKING LIKE HOW ON EARTH AM I GOING TO APPLY THIS INK TO MAH BROWSSSSSSS?? 


ANOTHER HINT
So there, I took my angled brush which I used with my eyebrow powder. At least I can have more control on the lines and so on. I need accuracy and precision when it comes to drawing my brows. Cuz brows for me is  my "crowning glory'. HAHAHA


COLOR:
I got mine in DEEP BROWN because I wanted it to fit with my usual hair color which is usually a darker shade of brown. Unfortunately, there are only two colors available. The other one is a lighter brown. i think this is the 'boo' side of this cosmetic line, T___T


This is how the ink/tint looks like when applied on the skin. It looks like a little ash brown on the picture but it looks a little darker in reality. 

APPLICATION: 
Honestly, this is the most difficult type of eyebrow product I have ever dealt with my entire life. A lot of obstacles I have encountered and finally, I was able to find that secret technique in applying this type of eyebrow makeup. So I would like to name this part as:

TECHNIQUE IN APPLYING PERIPERA INK BROW~ :-D

1. Firstly, make sure to dab on some loose powder on the skin to make the product stick for a long time. Trust me.

PLEASE EXCUSE MY BUSHY AND SOOOOO UNPREPARED EYEBROWS kkkk
 2. With the use of the brush, draw and outline your preferred eyebrow shape. In my case, I always prefer straight eyebrows. 

Ohhh those excess hair/s 

3, Still with the use of the same brush, fill in the outline you made. If you noticed on the photo below, you can obviously see harsh lines that the ink created at the tip of your brows. It would make your eyebrows look ridiculous, unnatural and overdrawn if you keep it that way. Sooooo use a~~~


4. Use a Q tip to blend and lessen the overdrawn lines at the inner corner of your brows


5. Now this is the tricky part. If you have lesser eyebrow hair like me, you are more likely to encounter this problem. The photo showed the product wearing off (photo below), creating an awkward gap or space obviously making it look like you don't have hair on that part of your brows. This was one of my problems before with this product and even thought of quitting in using this one. But I was able to find the best strategy and that is.......


6. Find an eyebrow powder makeup with a similar color and dab lightly on the gaps the ink made on your eyebrow while still making sure not to create harsh lines at the inner corner of your brows and VIOLA~

DONE!!


COMPARISON

BEFORE
AFTER


LONGEVITY

SMUDGEPROOF TEST....
Now this ink brow is really INSANE when we talk about how long this product last! You can see a clip below. After the product has totally dried, I tried smudging it off with my finger and here's what happened.....

What sorcery is this?


OMG!! THAT WAS CRAAAAZZZYY!! It was totally smudge-proof. In my case, when I finish putting on makeup, I really try my best not to touch my face except when I am doing some retouch. There was a time like when my eyebrow got a little itchy during the day maybe because of the dust but I really fought the temptation to touch my brow cuz I was not even near to any powder rooms. But not anymore with this baby. ALLLRIIGGHHT

Next one is...

WATERPROOF TEST
I used wet tissue on this one and it's still insane....I wiped it not only twice but FOUR TIMES but still failed to remove it.


And I still can't believe my eyes. This one is honestly waterproof. I'll use this product the next time I go swimming with my boyfriend and still look human in front of him. HA! 


WITH A MAKEUP REMOVER...
Then I was beginning to worry why this product won't just wear off. So I finally used makeup remover and to my relief, the ink was removed HURRAY!


TO SUM UP.....

Pros:

 Affordable price
 Smudgeproof
 Waterproof
 No strong scent and my skin didn't have any breakouts

Cons
 Difficult to apply
 Watercolor brush applicator
 Limited colors available
 Might look unnatural if not properly applied

FINAL VERDICT~
(4/5)





Who here have used the product?? Please do share your thoughts. 







***This is not a sponsored review. Everything stated in this post was my honest review, opinion and experience of the product.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Circle Lens Review: Forever Classic Sparkle Lens


Hellooooo there again beautiful people! <3 Now I'm back for another circle lens review!! For this review, I'm going to give you my first impression on SPARKLE's circle lens. Here in my country, circle lens is really a growing trend among young people. Sparkle is one of the well-known brands here probably because of its affordable price and wide range of choices. I was curious so I thought of giving this product a try. So here are my thoughts and FIRST (and second?) IMPRESSION of the product. XD



BRAND: Sparkle
DESIGN: Forever Classic
COLOR: Pure Hazel
ORIGIN: Korea 
DIAMETER: 14.2 mm
BASE CURVE: 8.60 mm
WATER CONTENT: Not stated 
DURATION OF USE: 1 Year
PRICE ONLINE: 4 USD (Cuz it was on sale LOL)


MY THOUGHTS: I'm always a skeptical person. When I saw the word 'safe' on the bottle cover, I was already a little alarmed. HAHA I tried to find the name of the manufacturer or where it was made. I know almost everything cheap and affordable is from China (sorry for that. I'm quarter Chinese by the way) so I thought this one is too. The sellers just claim it's manufactured in Korea to probably gain trust from their buyers. Korea is also one of the best manufacturers when it comes to circle lens. 


I am always fond of wearing natural looking circle lens. It won't make you look weird (like alien-looking level). So I opted to purchase the color 'Pure Hazel' cuz it's like in between green and brown. Plus, I've never had a hazel-colored lens. So this was my chance to finally tryyyy itttt! YAAAAZZZ!!


This lens actually has three tones. The inner one which is quite brownish, the middle one looks a little like between faded green or gray and the outer part is just a faint dark color. The three tones lens is very popular for those people who are seeking for a more natural looking lens. That's why most three-tone lens are actually around 14mm and not more than 15mm in diameter only because of the natural results it gives to the wearer. 


Honestly, looking at these babies makes me wanna stick 'em on my eyes right away. Hahaha 


Of course, after I took photos of the lens inside the  vial, I hurriedly opened and I was too excited to try them on. then finally~~~~


So this is what the lens look like when worn. I didn't expect that 14.2mm could be this small for my iris. Probably because I'm used to wearing 14.5mm lens.
 
For me, asides from the design of the lens, comfort is also a critical factor for me in choosing a brand of the lens. I had some pairs before that really gave me some unforgettable discomfort (e.g. the feeling of small needles pricking on your eye due to dryness). For this one, I will share my first impression and after using the product several times. For my first impression, I really thought I wasted my money on this one. Cuz when I first opened the vial and transferred it to my lens case, I noticed that the lens suddenly crumpled a little when it was exposed to air and it was like barely a minute. It easily dried out so I thought that the water content might be low that is why they didn't state it on the vial When I noticed it, I was already doubting. 



This is what my eye looked like a minute after the adjustment period I had set for myself to be fully comfortable with the lens. As you can see, I am all teary-eyed as if I watched something heart-breaking. I am not quite sure what were the factors why I had this kind of reaction. It's either my eyes are tired, or dry or maybe the lens is just low in water content or the base curve didn't fit mine and the list goes on. 



Another drawback of this lens is that it really won't stay in place. Whenever I blink or try to peek at the side, it suddenly loses its place and thus, making everything look weird PLUS the discomfort due to the movement of the lens on the eye. The lens itself is not really that soft. When I put it on, I felt like it was a little thick for me. It felt like there was a subtle burn on my eye. By the time, I experienced it, I already thought it was game over for this lens. DISPOSE! 

BUT!! When I chatted with my best friend who was kinda dependent on lenses told me that the big factor of having such experience is due to tired eyes. And she was actually right. I lacked sleep the day before trying these lenses. So, I was thinking of giving the lens another shot. And the second time I used it, I didn't experience any of the bad things on my first time wearing the lenses. I wasn't teary-eyed anymore, the lens stayed in place and I noticed that the lens doesn't easily dry out. I really wondered what happened on the day I first try the lens. Now, I could wear the lens for like 4-6 hours without feeling any discomfort (unless if I stay in some cold and dry places). 

Therefore, I concluded both first and second impressions were quite in different poles. Until now, I am still using the lens and I really like using it cuz some of friends thought I was not wearing any lenses at all. Now that's truly natural HAHAHA

Here are some angle shots and some comparisons of the worn lens. XD



As you can observe, they really don't have much difference in diameter. The lens made my eye more attractive. 



PROS:
❤ super affordable 
 super natural looking
❤ lovely color
❤ can be used for more than 4 hours wtihout feeling any discomfort (depending on the environment)
❤ the brand has a wide range of choices

CONS:
☺ can't use well if eyes are tired (but I think that is a natural reaction)
☺ not enough information on the label
☺ a little thick for me BUT bearable 

How about you pretty geeks out there? Have you tried any sparkle lenses? If so, what was your experience? Can you guys recommend any good lenses for me to try?




























Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Urban Decay Naked 3 Makeup Brush Set (REPLICA)


Hello there beautiful people. For today's post, I'm going to rant about my first impression on Urban Decay's Naked 3 makeup brushes. *applause* Now let me rewind that, I'm not really sure if I should say it's from Urban Decay when in fact these brushes are actually replicas from the authentic one. Since I haven't bought the original one due to financial constraints (insert crying emoticon) but hell yeah, I tried my luck on this one. 

I saw these babies from an online store and asked the seller about it. As what she had stated, the brushes are "Singapore authentic". I really don't know why they still have to tag it like that cuz in the end, the product is still fake. But fake is a harsh word, people. So they prefer to call it replica. It would sound better. But anyway, with the price of 8.50 USD (including the shipping fee), I hurriedly grab the opportunity to try it.  


This set includes 12 different brushes to fit your daily vanity needs. The brushes are secured well in a classy tin casing with of course, the brand NAKED 3 Urban Decay printed on the cover. I haven't seen the original one with my own eyes so I won't be making comparisons here. LOL


Okaaaay~ and this is the info printed on the bottom part of the casing. I guess it's not really from Singapore but it's from China. :-D Look at the first line too~~  It figures.


The brushes have wooden handles with a touch of a soft golden color (except for the lip brush). The ferrule is colored copper. Also on the handles, is the name of the product again, with the signature font of Urban Decay. For me, the brushes look decent enough to be a replica.


To be honest, this is my FIRST makeup brush SET cuz I usually use my fingers in applying and blending eyeshadows cuz I feel more in control with the product applied. I use brushes, I have a few (1-3), but I rarely use them. I only use brushes when I apply color in my lower eye cuz it's too narrow to use my fingers. To make my long explanation short, I am not quite familiar with the different kinds of brushes and how to specifically use them. So I can't really name them one by one. LOL


When I had my hands on the products, the first thing I noticed was the smell. It smelled like petroleum or gas or something. At first I thought the seller might have used the brushes in other purposes before sending it to me. But of course, that would be too evil. Then I realized that maybe because it's a replica.....you can't expect more...or you can expect the worst. So I tried to give these brushes some fresh air so that the smell will go off.


But it didn't. Until now, they still have that distinct funny smell but less stronger than the first time.

So far, I have only uses these brushes with my eye makeup and other cosmetics in powder form. Like when I try to make some smokey eyes or something. I'm afraid to take the risk of using the other brushes in applying foundation or concealers or in other liquid forms that could trigger and mix with the funny smell the first time I checked the products. Scary~


The bristles are actually soft but synthetic. They are not really like perfectly PERFECT cuz they are just mere replicas, some brushes even have NOTICEABLE uneven bristle length that you can find at the tip of the brushes like if you really take a closer look at them. (or maybe I am just simply OCD) So I had to cut off some of the long bristles to make them look equal and good. And because I cut some them with a blunt scissor, every time I apply some eye makeup, I can feel the revenge of the bristles I cut. DANG IT!

All in all, I say this makeup brush set is worth a try. With the insane cheap price, you can try these brushes especially when you're a starter with makeup like me. You can overuse them and won't feel guilty about it. Since I was a little scared of the brushes' smell, I wasn't able to use half of the brushes which are meant to be used with liquid cosmetics like foundation or concealers, lipsticks and so on. But still, I didn't regret buying and trying these replica brushes. I won't re-purchase these though. I'll save enough money to buy the authentic one that won't make me doubt in using all of its capacities. 

Have you tried the authentic brushes of Urban Decay Naked 3? If so, kindly leave a comment and tell me about your experience with the product! :-D

Thanks for stopping by, beautiful people!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

REVIEW: The Face Shop CC Cushion Intense Cover


Hellooooo there beautiful people! I'm finally free from all my school works and other work related stuffs so here I am, ready to make another review. My makeup kit is already like OVERFLOWING with new stuffs and I am really supah dupah excited to make new reviews about the cosmetics I've recently bought. 

For this review, I am going to share to you my thoughts about The Face Shop's CC Cushion. This line was probably launched around December last year. Actually, it has two types:

        ♥ Intense Cover (which I have) - For those people who are more into coverage
        ♥ Ultra Moist - For those people who have dry skin or those who want to have a (more) dewy finish                   


More details about the product:
  • Brand: The Face Shop
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Volume: 15g
  • All Skin Types
According to The Face Shop, the CC cream can last for 25 hours ( ! ! ! ! ) with whitening, wrinkle care, and UV protection. Plus, it is highly adhering and it has a HIGHLY covering formula for natural makeup. It also can moisturize and firm the skin with its ingredients. Lastly, it gives you a blooming finish without darkening the face. 

Enough with the introduction, let's get the ball rolling!


PACKAGING
This CC cushion looks like the typical CC cushions with the puff, mirror and of course the cushion. It's refillable. The packaging looks neat and classy. In my opinion, cushions can be a little unhygienic if you don't consume the product for a loooong time. Well, I don't know, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid. HAHAHA


COLOR/SHADES
For the shades, they have three available: V103 (light). V201 (fair), V203 (dark). I chose the 'apricot beige' thinking that it would fit my skin tone BUT I WAS WRONG~~ This one was a little lighter for me than I expected. Actually, choosing the right CC or BB cream shade is like a gamble. It depends on the ingredients of the product and how it would react on your skin. Some would darken over time, some lighten and some would still have the same shade. This CC cushion is my first one so I think there would be more trial and error for me before I can find my perfect shade.  

SCENT
The scent really doesn't bother me. I even thought this one has no scent at all. O___O


TEXTURE AND FORMULA
The formula of this CC cream is for covering (from its name 'intense cover') so expect it to be heavy. The higher the SPF, the thicker feel it would be on the face. I think the formula of this one is best for winter because it's very hydrating. Also for those people who have insanely dry skin or those who work in a dry place like offices with air-conditioned rooms. This one is best for you! Again, when you choose a formula of your CC cream, always consider your skin type, your environment and the season. 

First dab without spreading 
APPLICATION
After your usual skin routine, you can dab this using the air puff lightly on your face. Just one light dab on the cushion can already cover half of your face. If you have noticeable pores, fine lines or wrinkles and so on, I suggest you use a primer before dabbing this CC on your face cuz it can really be nasty when it sets on your fine lines. Now, who wants that? 

BY THE WAY, because it's very hydrating, this one doesn't set directly on the skin especially if you have an oil/combo skin (LIKE ME). In my case, before I proceed with my eyeshadow, or eyebrow application, I dab some loose powder on my face so my eyeshadow, or eyebrow products would adhere more.  

Close up
COVERAGE, SWATCHES & LONGEVITY
From the word 'INTENSE COVER' I would say this product is somehow good in coverage but not really that 'intense'. I used an eyeliner pen here and I know it's too much. LOL As you can see in the photo below, on my first dab, the before and after difference is just subtle, it's not too obvious. In the coverage part, it did cover but then again not that INTENSE. Just minor coverage. On my second dab, the before and after difference is already obvious. Now imagine putting that much on your face would make you look like a ---- I don't know. So I don't recommend putting too much of the product since the difference will be very noticeable.


For the longevity, in the first 4 hours, it did cover the blemishes well (but still NOT as powerful as concealers) Eventually, it wasn't able to hold up longer than four hours. So their claim of  '25-hour' staying power doesn't apply on me. NAH 

COMPARISON
IN NORMAL LIGHTING:  the product would look natural or normal.  If you guys noticed, the dewy finish can give you a healthy and youthful glow. I just dab the product once. 

Window light

WITH FLASH: Now I  know why Korean girls hate taking pictures with flash. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 아이구!

With flash. YIKES! TT


FINAL VERDICT   6/10

If I had dry skin and worked in an air-conditioned area or lived in a place where it is 2 degrees everyday or actually HAS WINTER, I would probably use this product. But since I'm on the opposite pole, I think I would pass on this one. I live in a tropical island with an oil combo skin, using this product would make my face look like an oiled pan in midday. This product is good! But it doesn't fit my needs. T___T  

For those who have tried this product, what are your comments and suggestions about this CC cream? Comment below and share your story! :D