Archive | March, 2012

Candy Doll: Mineral Powder (01, matte)

28 Mar

This product seemed to get a lot of hype, so I gave it a try! The puff it came with isn’t really a puff but more of a velvety pad.

This doesn’t give any coverage at all. Not bad if you’re just looking for a setting powder, like I was.

It claims to reduce the size of enlarged pores — this is a lie! At least it was for me and my large pores.

First of all, I like the packaging ^^ I don’t think some people do, but I like the black and purple with stripes.

It feels really, really soft and velvety, and it doesn’t smell like anything to me, which might be a plus. Not that I should touch my face, but when I put it on it makes my skin feel so soft and velvety too.

I feel like it matches most skin types, because, although the powder is beige, it goes on very translucent without looking pasty. The powder helps maintain oil control too.

Overall, if you want a powder that doesn’t look like put anything on and just want something to set makeup, this is for you.

Here I am with the Candy Doll Mineral Powder over my Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 23). You can still see my large pores -,_-

I give this four out of four stars.


Missha: Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 21, No. 23)

26 Mar

Average retail online (20 ml): $8-13
Store retail (20 ml): ₩7,800 ($7.40)

I bought these BB creams from the Missha store. If you are a new customer, they generally give you a free gift with your first purchase. I originally just bought No. 23 (the darker shade), but they sent me No. 21 as a gift ^^

These are 50 ml (1.6 oz) tubes.

Since I got both, I like using No. 21 under my eye area as more of a concealer. I feel like it’s just a tad too light for my whole face. But, it changes to your skin tone a little, too.

Here is some of Missha’s Perfect Cover B.B. Cream. On the left is No. 21, the lighter shade, and on the right is No. 23, a darker shade.

I rubbed some of the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream into my skin. On the left is No. 21, and on the right is No. 23.

This is the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream rubbed in more. On the left is No. 21, and on the right is No.23. The colors change after a bit to match your skin tone better.

I was so excited to get this BB cream in the mail. But, when I eagerly opened the bottle and began pumping the tube, nothing came out. That was No. 23 — the shade I wanted the most. I tried pumping No. 21, and it worked fine. I ended up needing to mail the other bottle back, and they exchanged it for me, no problem. I don’t know how often that happens — I haven’t read about other people experiencing that problem, so I don’t know if you should worry about it too much.

It’s not as much coverage as I like, but it is the best out of the three BB creams I have. It’s definitely fine with some concealer.

It’s also important to note that BB cream isn’t meant to totally cover up everything. It’s best you already have really nice skin and want it even smoother looking — unfortunately, my skin isn’t that nice -,_- But I like how light weight it feels, so I prefer it over foundation.

For the sake of a review, here is me without any makeup on.

This is me with ONLY Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 23), and nothing else. I don’t put it on heavily. I put on one light layer over my face.

It smells like a perfume-y baby powder sent — it kind of reminds me of my grandma o_o You can’t smell it once it’s on though. I don’t know if this is a pro or con! The texture is a nice, light, creamy and almost fluffy consistency.

Despite the faulty pump, I really like it. My Dr. Jart BB cream comes in a tube and you just squirt it out, but I don’t like having some not come out that you touch with your finger then have it go back in the bottle. The Missha one is more hygienic! It’s also pretty easy to control the amount that squirts out.

Like I said, although it doesn’t give the best coverage, it’s still pretty decent. It does a nice job at evening out my skin tone. It’s not going to cover up red areas too well, but I just touch it up with some concealer.

Also, I haven’t noticed it breaking me out any more than I already do ^^ That’s a plus.

I would buy this again!

I give this a four out of five stars.

NYX: Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo)

25 Mar

I love matte nail polish and makeup. It gives you a soft look that’s so cute! This lip cream “is not lipstick, nor is it lipgloss.” The lip creams come in 11 shades. I bought “Tokyo.”

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream comes in a little tube with a nice spongy applicator.

Here is a swatch of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo) on my hand.

The obvious fault of this lip cream is that it can look cake-y and show major imperfections in your lips. Definitely a major drawback. I knew this problem when I bought it from reading other reviews, but it is such a pretty color that I wanted to try it for myself. The trick is to moisturize and prep your lips well! I use my Dolly Wink lip balm and then use my Sana lip concealer — then I apply the lip cream.

Another issue is it kind make your lips feel a bit dry, but just put some lip balm on top. I don’t think you can wear a matte lip cream and have it be really moisturizing on its own.

My lips before applying the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. It’s important to make sure your lips are prepped well. I used my Dolly Wink lip balm and then my Sana lip concealer before applying the lip cream.

After I prepped my lips, I applied the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo).

This is a very pretty, soft pink color. I love it! I also love the way the matte color looks. As long as your lips don’t look cakey, it looks nice. It also smells really good! It smells like cake/cupcake batter ^^ I know this smell because I’ve bought cake batter lotion, and it smells just like it. So delicious!

I really want to rate this better, and I still use it a lot, but I know there has to be much better products out there. So I don’t feel like I can rate it really good. I need to find some other matte lip products to try out!

I give this two and one half out of five stars.

For a better alternative to this product, check out my review of Skin Food’s Lip & Cheek.

Etude House: Lovely Cookie Blusher (no.1)

25 Mar

Pardon the creamy color on the puff -- I've already had it for a while and got some other makeup on it >.<

This blush comes with a cute puff — yet another adorable Etude product.

I’m not too sure about cons. Although I like the faint pink color, I think it’s too light for some people. However, you could try one of the brighter pinks. Click here to see the other shades!

This blush is smooth and goes on easy. It comes with this adorable puff that has a pink bow on top, but I actually like to use a short round brush to put it on. I feel like it blends in better than when I use the puff.

What I like is that it’s not a too-intense pink! You can put it on without it looking like too much.

One swipe of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher. You can see that it's a very faint color.

Multiple layers of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher. I patted the layers on so the shade is visible.

I give this three and one half out of five stars.

Lioele: Glittering Jewel Liner

25 Mar

Average retail online: $9-12
Store retail: ₩6,000 ($5.70)

This eyeliner comes in five shades, and I bought all five! The colors come in brown, champagne, navy, khaki and black. The eyeliner has a hint of glitter and is nice to use on its own if you need some quick makeup.

I like using this best over my liquid eyeliner to help smooth out the edges and give it a hint of sparkle.

Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner. Colors from left to right are black,champagne, navy, khaki and                                     brown. I bought all of these in a set of five that came with this pencil sharpener.

Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner from top to bottom: champagne, black, navy, khaki and brown. Each line is one, firmly-drawn swatch.

Some of the colors are darker than they look in ad photos. You can see that the khaki and navy colors look pretty dark, especially the khaki (green) color — it’s almost black. I guess this could be a pro or con, depending on what you like!

The liner itself is a bit harder than most liners I have used. It’s not creamy at all, but it’s not so hard that it hurts to put it on. You just need to go back and forth a few times with it.

Although I mentioned the eyeliner doesn’t rub onto my upper lid, it does melt and smudge around the outer corner of my eye. Therefore, it might not be the best for a cat-eye or winged look. They also aren’t the most waterproof, but I think it’s fine as long as you don’t go swimming!

Update 1/30/2013
I’ve tried using this eyeliner on top of my Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it actually will stay put all day. If I try to wing out the liner, it won’t smudge or melt too bad. When I wasn’t using a primer, it wouldn’t last very well (the corners would get smeared like I was crying or something :c)

Here is the Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner in brown. I took my hand, put it in water and rubbed my finger across it once. It smeared some, but not totally.

One more thing — the ends don’t sharpen really fine, so there’s only so fine a line that you can make. It sharpens as more of a blunt, round end. However, it’s not too fat. 

Glitter is definitely a plus! I love it, and it’s not too much. It’s just enough to give a faint sparkle on your eye. The packaging is cute as well — black sticks with pink caps ^^

The champagne color is really beautiful. I like using it for the inner corer of my eyes, and it applies much more precise than the Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick. The ends are also much smaller and therefore easier to apply in smaller areas or as smaller lines.

One aspect I enjoy about these is that, when I apply the eyeliner, it doesn’t rub onto my upper lid. The package suggests applying a powder before using the product. I used it with powder and without, and I didn’t notice a big difference.

I give this three  and one half out of five stars.

K-Palette: Real Lasting Eyeliner 24-hour, 1 Day Tattoo (super black)

25 Mar

I can’t really think of any cons other than it’s kind of pricy. It generally costs about $15 to $18, but it’s not too bad for the quality!

The tip on this liner is really fine. It applies really nice and reminds me of a calligraphy brush. It’s pretty soft, but a little firm still. You can make a hair-thin line to a thick line, perfect for a winged look.

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner. You can see the fine, flexible brush on this that allows you to draw super thin or super thick lines.

I love the look of this eyeliner. It looks like gel liner to me — really pretty!

These are a few swatches of the K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner pen (super black). Each line is one swatch/layer. That's all you need!

This eyeliner really lasts all day! I’ve never had it smear or smudge. It also dries super fast. As soon as I put it on it’s good to go.

The K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner pen stays on like it says! I took some water on my finger and rubbed down the streaks. This was practically right after I drew the lines, so it shows how quickly it dries too.

While it stays on all day and night with no messes, it still comes off super easy with some makeup remover.

Here are the two swatches of the K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner. I took my Skin Food Milk Shake Point Make-up Remover and wiped just once down the streaks. You can see it comes up super easy!

I give this five out of five stars.

Lioele: All in One Gel Eyeliner (choco brown)

25 Mar

Average retail online: $26
Store retail: ₩13,000 ($12.30)

This eyeliner also comes in black. The brown shade is pretty dark still, which I like. It’s like a dark espresso color.

The brush doesn’t snap into the cap that well. If you put the eyeliner in your makeup bag or want to use the cap with the brush so the handle is longer, it tends to fall out.

This is my first gel eyeliner, so I don’t have much to compare it too. Saying that, it seemed like the gel part was kind of hard, but I think the trick is to wipe the brush in it rather than dip the end in. It doesn’t look as gel-like as I would want it too. It looks more like a pencil eyeliner in my opinion.

It didn’t really “wow” me. I think if the color was more solid-looking I would like it better.

The only really bad thing I noticed about wearing it is that the it tends to smear near the corner of your eye, but I think it depends on how active your are. When I wear to all day to school or something it tends to wear more. However, if I’m just sitting around at home it seems to stay on better.

This eyeliner comes in a great container with a brush to apply it. The brush comes out of the cap and can attach to the end so it’s longer, but I like using it without attaching it. I find it easier to use when the handle is shorter.

Lioele All in One Gel Eyeliner (choco brown). This is the applicator brush it comes with.

Lioele All in One Gel Eyeliner. The top streak is one layer, and the bottom streak is a few layers.

It does a pretty good job at not smudging. Even if it gets wet, it doesn’t run or smear too much.

Lioele All in One Gel Eyeliner, about 10 seconds after application. On the left portion I lightly pressed down with my finger and ran it down. On the right portion I got my finger wet and ran it across.

I give this three out of five stars.