Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kanebo Sensai Silky Highlighting Powder

One of my Sensai treasures is the Silky Highlighting Powder
Treasure because 1) expensive 2) high quality 3) feels luxorious and 4) I managed to cough up the money to buy it.

Description: "Light, pearly powder complements and enhances foundations with a subtle, youthful glow. Instantly adds natural-looking highlights."

This highlighter comes in one color which reminds me of vanilla. But don't worry about having golden cheekbones coz you won't. It indeed feels like silk, there are no gritty parts and more importantly, no glitters, shimmers, whatsoever that could disturb your eyes/conscious.

The brush it comes with is soft and well-made. Does the job it was made to. Still, I prefer my own highlighter brush :)

The elegant and well-closing case holds 5g of powder.

As for the price...ahem...I lost the receipt of my Sensai haul and the prices online are anything but friendly....from 43 € and up. That's about 53 USD or more! 

Despite the price, if you happen to come across a Kanebo Sensai counter in a duty free shop or you are lucky to have a store carrying the line near you, I recommend to check this out, or any other product and invest in something. You won't regret! ^.^ 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule

Lately I've accumulated quite a lot of Missha goods and now I'm gonna introduce you to one of my favourites: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule.
Pheww...such a long name :)

I believe that skincare products benefict more during night when sleeping renews our body. Thus it's best to use your best skincare items before going to bed to add to the result.
Especially if the serum *ahem* ampoule is for nightly use.

One thing I dislike about Missha packaging is the box. They are so shiny that it's impossible to make good quality photos! Duh with ordinary photo equipment it's a pain in the a$$! Look at the photo above...not funny at all to read the ingredients like this...
Those who own DSLRs with all kind of lenses could care less. Not to mention the average consumers, ergo 99% of costumers. :D

What I do love about this packaging is the pipette! Not only the most hygenic way to use this liquid, but you can control the amount and it also makes you feel like using a luxurious, high quality product.

The liquid itself is deep yellow like amber. Does not irritate, dries or makes oily my dry and sensitive skin, and it absorbs fast. I follow it with night cream and/or sheet mask and that's it.

The promises: "The complete science behind beautiful skin. Use the essential Activator Ampoule on a daily basis to get smooth and firm, beautiful skin. It provides your skin with extra nutrients and moisture that you are not getting from basic skincare.
The Ampoule energizes, repairs, and restores elasticity. It also provides wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits. 
Contains Fermented Bifida, Lactobacillus, and Lactococcus for improved, healthier skin. Bifida Ferment strengthens skin's barrier to prevent damage from harmful environmental factors. Lactobacillus Ferment contains Peptide and Vitamin B12 for improved, healthy skin condition. Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate has protective and antioxidant properties to moisturize and improve skin barrier."

It smooths and brightens my skin and i firmly believe that it helped removing the frown lines on my forehead.

I'm close to finish my second bottle and plan to purchase a lot more. 
50ml costs 49USD, but it's best to wait for a sale on the MisshaUS site which happens several times a year. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kenzoki Ice-Cold Eye Cream

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I'd hauled several Kenzoki products to finally try them out. One of these produts is the Ice-cold Eye Cream.
Ice-cold refers to the fact that it's recommended to be kept it in the fridge to maximize its effect. It sounds cool - literally too- but for me it was a hassle...getting to the kitchen, in the morning, in a zombi-like state is no fun (plus extra time LOL). What's with all those walls and steps and occasional stuff I left on the floor last time I was awake?!? They hurt! 

Description: "Illuminates, Smoothes, Rests 

Watch out eyes! Eskimo cream to show bags and dark circles the door and wake up the sleepiest eyes every morning. It can be kept in the fridge to optimize its enlivening and regenerating properties."

It sounds good, but in fact it does nothing except for moisturizing enough not to make my eye area into a desert. I saw no improvement regarding dark circles and I strongly believe its "enlivening and regenerating properties" are thanks to be kept in the fridge. 

The chilled cream is indeed pleasant, and it did not irritate my eyes (much). 
If I used it in room temperature (not putting it into the fridge) it was bland. A simple moisturizer, nothing special.

The pump head could be more precise, as mine used to unload either too much or too little with one pump.

Packaging is simple, I found no fault in it.

However, I find the price (45 EUR for 15ml) a bit too high for an eye-cream which does nothing beside moisturizing and the cooling effect comes from the refrigerator. You could use a simple moisturizer and some icecubes sans the coctail and it's cheaper.
Basicly you pay for the brand name. Even though this is not in league with the hyper-super-mega-über expensive eye-cares, but not many of us can afford those, right?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm

Part of my first Kenzoki haul done at the Warsaw duty free is the Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm.
I wanted to try the brand yet not spend all my monthly wage at the airport so I went for a travel-size set, an eye cream and this foot  care. Picking the cheapest ones and having the most products possible to try....LOL

I've never used a foot massage balm before except the Avon/Oriflame YUCK heating/cooling gels/moisturizers which I found worse than unsatisfactory.
I know....we should care much more about our feet. They carry us all our lives and do the hard work yet we care next to nothing about them. No, nailpolish is not treating well your feet.

The SA told me this was a dream to use and highly recommended, but I was still sceptical. Any average SA would sing worshipping songs about a basket of crap just so you would buy it. In the end I thought it's not that expensive and I've never had an actual foot massage balm, why not try it. If I were to find it bad I would have still owned a Kenzoki balm, and that would have meant I had a great product! Duh! Stupid snobbish voice in my head....

Let's see its description: "Play footsy, voluptuously, alone or not, as the case may be. For beautiful feet or simply to feel good. A massage balm that nourishes, relaxes and repairs feet from ankle to toes. Cupuacu butter to intensely moisturize* tired feet. Shea butter to soothe busy dancing feet. And rice plant water , naturally rich in trace elements, essential oils and mineral salts. Massage in yourself or let it be done. Forget everything. Surrender to the soft scent of rice steam. Close your eyes and renew the experience with the other foot. *moisturizes the upper layers of the epidermis."

Now, let me point out that the * part is brilliant! Only with this small side note they earned my appreciation. Not many brands would put such a warning on their products. It's like having a wrinkle-filler claiming to fill up deep wrinkles yet missing the transferring ingredient getting it into the lower levels of your skin. The problematic zone is deeper than the upper levels of skin where the cream can soak in. In the end you keep on using it but hardly see any improvement. If any.
At the same time this note - however not saying out loud - implies that were you to use a lot of cream you would skate on slippery feet if walking right after massaging. Thus either use less - a little amount is quite enough - or stay in bed, put on socks, etc.

The scent is indeed something unfamiliar to me so I believe when they say it's rice steam :D It's pleasant so it adds to the experience.

 Massaging your feet with this balm is dreamlike: easy, pleasant, refreshing.
While indulging you know that you thoroughly loved your feet and they will thank you later.
Not to mention they are soft and smooth! ^.^ 

My only problem is the cap. It's your average twist cap with an actual twist. The top and bottom are connecting not in a vertical but slanted line and it gives me a headache every time to get the right point to start screwing. Maybe it's an individual fault or bad design, I don't know.

All in all, I'd make it mandatory to have this in each household but all I can do is say : GO AND BUY IT!

Ok, it's not easy to find but you'll be grateful *ahem*to me*ahem* 

This 80g of fantasy sells for £18 or  €24. Sorry, I don't know the price in dollar >.< Getting a hold of the Kenzoki line is not an easy task.

Monday, August 4, 2014

BH Cosmetics Gel Liner in Paradise

Making a post on the altar of cheap makeup I'm gonna show you a decent gel liner: Gel Liner of BH Cosmetics in the color Paradise.

Eyeliners are crucial as they can ruin any otherwise flawless and/or fabulous makeup if they lack in quality.

Description: "This creamy Gel Eyeliner collection is a dynamite product for your beauty arsenal. Colors range from dark and smoky, to bold and bright. Amazingly versatile, these gel eyeliners also double as smooth eye shadows. Use a precise, slender brush for liner, and a sponge or finger for smudgy shadow effects. Net wt: 3g/0.11oz"

Paradise is a nice warm pink, almost peachy, that you can pull off as a summery day eyeliner. Even for work.
Until someone catches you on their camera with flash on....then it turns into a hello-i'm-hot-here-pink (see below).

With a good brush it is easy to work with. Packs pigment evenly.
Use a good primer underneath as it won't stay on all day long, but no need to worry about it turning into a smudgenado. BTW, have you watched Sharknado2? OMFG It's sooo horrible! XDDDD

All in all, for 7,95USD or rather 4USD (with all the sales going on) it is a very good catch. I think having some fun colors like Fresh or Garden is a good idea!^.^ 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

Do you know the new IT words? 
Physiological, like the solution in the IVs. Who would have thought that glorious liquid would do gloriously on your skin too? Not just by refreshing, nurturing it, but by cleansing too! And cleansing like not many does. Not leaving (oily) residues or stripping your skin of hydration, yet removing makeup and dirt and oily built up during the day.

This scrub not only removes all the above mentioned yucks but also dead skin cells. Its beads are fine enough to do the work and be gentle at the same time.
As it does not promise to whiten, remove wrinkles or other miracles, I can't say much only that I plan to try many other scrubs while not forgetting this one....and if I can't find any that does a better in this basic task, I'm gonna name this my HG scrub.

Description: "Smoothes and gently exfoliates skin, while respecting its physiological balance. 
  • Ultra fine scrubbing particles for gentle exfoliation
  • Fresh, water-gel texture
  • For more active cleansing Gentle and physical exfoliation"
Highly recommended. Do try! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner

Just a fast showcasing: Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner in 08 Pink Topaz.

I bought this as a highlighter for my waterline and/or inner corner.
These pencils come in 16 colors total and there's a pure white and golden one too to use for this purpose, however, white is often too unnatural near the white of your eyes. You see, you don't go to photoshoots on an everyday basis, thus you have to opt for something more natural.

And that's why I chose this pinkish pencil. Gold tones look bad on me, but this gives an innocent vibe. Not too glittery, not harsh, glides well and does what it is supposed to.

Do not expect it to stay put forever, keep it with you for touch-ups, but I dare say it beats many shimmery/glittery/sparkling creamy eyeliners.
Not to mention its price: 5-6 USD on Ebay with free shipping? Yes, please!
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