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 ;)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel

After all the makeup posts let's see a little skin care: Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel
Phew quite a long name^^

Click for ingredients

What it does: "Refreshing exfoliating lotion casts off dull, discoloured surface cells — speeding cellular turnover for a brighter, more even skin tone. Gently fades-away freckles and dark spots for a brighter, younger-looking complexion. For maximum results, use twice a week followed by Bright Plus HP Intensive Brightening Mask. Patent pending."

Here is the description on the leaflet:

So, in two or rather three little statements:
I have not seen any fading of freckles nor had my pores became nonexistent. Besides that all the other claims are true.

I like to use it, it does not burn or irritate my sensitive skin, I feel like my skin is fresher and younger looking. But it might just be my imagination.
Mark my word, I do not own the recommended mask or other products to use as a follow-up treatment, but this doesn't justify the ineffectiveness of the lotion against freckles and dark spots. At least a tiny little bit of difference could be expected, right?

Maybe if you use all the products from the Bright Plus HP line you will see great results, but I'm notoriously against owning full skincare lines since one (or more!) product will not work for me and my skin will hate it and me for it!

A 125ml or 4.2oz bottle sells for 38USD but often has promotions so keep an eye on them. If nothing else, wait until a Friends and Family sale.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Secret Desire

First Edward Bess review here: Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in the color Secret Desire.

Who could resist to purchase at least one of the lovely, hot, angelic, envied by tons of ladies Edward Bess' makeup? 
I could not.I bought several ones. And this is the first I'm showing you....and maybe the best?

Click me!
For sure, lipstick-wise Ultra Slick Lipstick is a MUST-HAVE! Seriously! 
Creamy, soft, smells heavenly, colors are complementing, the packaging is simple yet elegant.
Even though it doesn't stay on long but you don't mine reapplying, it just feels so good to do so!^^

This Edward guy or his marketing pro does know how to describe a lipstick so that anyone with a knack for sweet-talking runs to the nearest counter....look:

"Seduce the curves of your lips with irresistible, radiant color. This lipstick’s creamy, ultra-moisturizing formula drenches your pout with intense hydration for visibly softer, smoother lips. Build your lip wardrobe with all of Edward’s signature shades"

Feel the pulling? The longing? I told you so...

For some reason the official website doesn't sell Secret Desire, but Sephora does and other online shops too so go ahead and pull out your card because it's worth it! :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Illamasqua 4-Colour Powder Eyeshadow Palette in Pink Smoke

Don't hate me but I have another Illamasqua palette for you: Illamasqua 4-Colour Powder Eyeshadow Palette in Pink Smoke.

Pretty, right? Two greys for smokey eyes and pinks (one light and intense) to give your smokey eyes a twist.
Sadly such gunmetal greys look horrible on me, so I can't go all grey but use it moderately. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Illamasqua Lipstick in Wanton

Who wants another short swatch post? Raise your hands! :) Let's see:
Illamasqua Lipstick in Wanton

And another Illamasqua stuff! HUH? I got hold of quite some so you'll see more from the brand LOL

So, Wanton is one of those heavily pigmented lipsticks Illamasqua offers. 
They aren't the most creamiest lipsticks....I dare say they drag on your lips but after 3-4 second they melt and will stay quite long for a basic lipstick. 
They don't fade unsighty, breaking your lips in two.
Also they does not dry out lips!^^ 

To tell the truth Wanton is a bit too intense color for me, but lightly applied I like to wear it even to work. :)

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