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!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Manhattan - Beige Ballerina eyeshadow palette

However weird it might sound, Manhattan being a drugstore brand, I only have three products fom the brand and all of them are relatively new stuffs.

Now I'm showing you an LE eyeshadow palette: Beige ballerina. Dunno the name of the collection, sorry!

Yes, beige! As in nude! I think one cannot have enough nude eyeshadows, and this little palette is cool toned/neutral enough for me.

Its packaging is cardboard or something sturdy.....paper. I'm not a fan of paper packaging, but I can live with it since it's super thin and closes well...maybe it has some weak magnets built in? Who knows. Anyway, the little sponge applicator is good for nothing. Really, throw-away worthy. If you happen to bring along this palette and need a quick touch up for eyelining with the dark shade or something life-saver then the applicator is usuful, but it's nothing to talk about.

The colors look good in the "pan", but I wish they had better color payoff. Below are a without and with flash hand swatch photos and I found only the second darkest shade interesting.

The two light colors are so light and barely there that someone going for a "no makeup" look will definitely like them.

BTW, why does Blogger screw up my photos and rotate them all the time without any sense???????????

If you need an inexpensive small nude palette and haven't tried Manhattan, then give it a go, especially if you can find it in a drug store.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

I don't think that I should introduce the below product to anyone into Asian skincare. Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is advertised as a miracle/star product. 
Don't expect it to turn you into Angelina Jolie if you're an Ursula yet the results are there and noticeable.

Description: Back to the Basics, a Stepping Stone to a Healthier and New Skin.
Contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, “FISSIONE", which absorbs into skin instantly to energize your skin. Also contains Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin barrier function, and revive skin tone and texture. DN-Aid, made from Cassia-Alata Extract, provides vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays, and promotes restoration of damaged DNA.

THE FIRST TREATMENT ESSENCE improves fine lines and skin tone. Miracle water “FISSIONE” hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion. 

Do you know what YEAST is? 
YEAST is a naturally fortified Vitamin B Group. Vitamin B supports and increases the rate of metabolism and maintains healthy skin.
Recently, more and more researches prove fermented yeast extract to be a good source for skin care products.


Does it work?
Yes! If nothing else, the fact that the first day I used it my colleague asked what I did because my skin was glowing is proof enough. Yes, she did say glowing. I was dumbfounded and thought to myself that this must be some serious shit to have such an effect on the first day....
I said good-bye to Lancome's Visionnarie I had used before and ever since then I've been best friends with this essence.

By essence one would think of thick, gooey texture yet this is like any light toner. Like putting water on. 

Non-sticky, fast absorbing and makes skin smooth, not leaving behind any residue.

I use it day and night after cleansing, before anything else, like a preparation. I'm on my second (large) bottle and have the third one waiting on the shelf to be opened.

Does not irritate my skin and did not cause breakout.

Helps to even out my skintone and brighten my complexion so I look more healthy than dead.

The bottle itself is heavy, matte glass and the cap closes well, the dispenser is the right size, not too small, not too big.
A 150ml bottle costs 49USD on the official US site. I advise to wait until a promotion/sale so you can get it cheaper.

Definitely recommended!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Missha Facial Choco Cacao Scrub

Let me introduce you a favourite face scrub of mine: Missha Facial Choco Cacao Scrub

To find a perfect and/or good quality scrub is not as easy as one might think.
Some say that scrubbing (eg. physical erosion) is bad for the skin, doing more damage than good and swear for chemical peeling.
Well, I'm not a fan of peeling. For once, I had a horrible experience with a not so cheap product which looked fabulous in the store when testen on hand, yet at home....
Other peelings did almost nothing. Maybe I just haven't found a really good one that actually works, I don't know. Anyway, I don't feel like looking for a working one.

I'm the good old believer, a physical-type-fan. 
In my opinion a good scrub should have such tiny brittles that are not harsh on the skin nor impossible feel. You should feel them working yet it shouldn't hurt.
Too hard particles like sandpaper are simply not good. Those are indeed damaging. If you find using your scrub unpleasant then you should look for another one!
Too soft particles are unable to reach the desired results: to remove old cells, fat and impurities. It's like rubbing cream or jello on your face and wishing for a snakeskin to fall off you....not gonna happen.

So the ideal material should be small, round (at least not sharp-edged/ and (not too) easily dissolving.
This way the upper layers of skin can be removed while the young, lower layers remain unharmed. Moreover, depending on the other ingredients they are either got to renew themselves faster, refreshed, hydrated, or whitened, etc, etc.

Now that I blabbed so long about my personal opinion, back to the product. Here is the description: 

Contains edible cacao that removes aged skin cells and helps create firm, silky skin.
1. Contains cacao powder from Amazon River of Brazil
2. Cacao contains abundant Polyphenol known to prevent skin aging
3. Contains 15% of edible cacao that provides mild, gentle exfoliating effect.

Can also be used as a mask. Simply apply a thin layer onto dry face and wash off with warm water after 5 minutes. Avoid eye area.

First of all, the cacao they used as an ingredient might be edible, but the product itself is NOT!
It does smell heavenly and tempting to eat but it does not taste good. Not horrible either, just, not good. And who knows....chugging down all might not be healthy either.....8D

See those yellowy dots? They do the hard work. :)
Usage of it is pleasant, does not hurt, yet the rubbing particles remain intact long enough to work on your face and then your neck and décolleté if needed.

I'm not saying you will have baby-smooth skin afterwards, but it definitely does what it promises: removes aged skin cells. 

As for functioning as a mask: I have not tried it yet this way, but judging from the fact that it does not dry my skin (YAY\*.*/) and leaves my skin feeling pleasant, I'd say it's not a waste of product ;D

I recommend Missha's Choco Cacao Scrub to those who:
- need a good face scrub
- are chocolate skincare fans
- don't want to spend a fortune on a scrub

Those who need a heavy duty scrub should look elsewhere or use this frequently.

Being it a jar in stead of a squueze tube might not be hygenic or practical (especially in the shower) but you can see how much is left and scoop out every bit at the can use the jar for whatever creative stuff during your DIY phase! 8D

Price-wise: on the US site 70g sells for 13 USD which is a good price IMHO and they have all kinds of sales & promotions all the time so it's not hard to get it cheaper ;)
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