Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lunasol Geminate Eyes in Cat Eyes

Lunasol Geminate Eyes, just like Skin Modelling Eyes in Beige Beige, is another one of their classics with a  never ending popularity. Unlike its work-friendly and subtly enhancing satin cousin Beige Beige, Geminate Eyes is all about the bling. 

Since it's debut in 2011, only two shades (Cat Eyes and Ruby) remain from original line up (which consists of the two mentioned plus Alexandrite, Diamond and Sapphire). Today, I will show you the warm toned Cat Eyes. 
The top two shades are golden yellow and a coppery orange. Both clear and sparkly but the coppery shade has a brushed metallic finish.
The bottom contains a brownish warm red and a satin medium brown. The palette is topped by a clear green sparkly top wash to imitate the chatoyancy (which just sounds so much cooler than cat's eye effect). 

The whole palette is very sparkly (which I don't mind) and very warm. I don't mind warm colors most of the time but sometimes, those kind of shade with some neutral base (but not too neutral) and turn downright yellow on me. This is what happens with Cat Eyes. It's a little warm for me in the middle of summer (and during winter it's just not wearable at all). 
I think I just mixed everthing together and try not to extent it too far away from the crease. I do love the clear glossy finish it maintains, while giving a lot of color intensity. The color and gloss really brightens up the eyes and gives a sharp cat lik
(Not crying here, I had a bad case of eye strain right after work). The texture of Cat Eyes is a little dry (thanks to all the glitters) but there wasn't too crazy of fall out as it was being blended. I prefer not wearing any primer for my eyeshadow, mainly to preserve the clear glossy finish. This one is hopeless against the summer heat/all the sweating that was going on. 

I still love it though.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Korres Lip Gloss in 25 Natural Purple

Welcome to another edition of "TJ-maxx Has the Best Crap". As I am getting older, I am doing an active attempt to cut down from toy purchases. While I have been doing well at the drugstore front, I have been letting my guard down a little more frequently at Marshalls and TJ. At least I have been putting on a more stringent rule: Buy what I actually use and "If it's cheaper than an order of fries, hell yeah just buy it".

Our office building cafeteria now charges 3 dollars for fries. One more reason to save my lunch money for more worthy causes (like lipstick addiction). 
Korres Cherry Lip Gloss is something that I haven't seen at Sephora due to their shrinking presence. The retail price is somewhere in the upper teen, which I suppose is the reason nobody buys them/they ended up at discount stores. 
Applicator is standard doe foot. The gloss has an almond/glazed cherry scent from presumably the cherry oil. I am not sure if that's a great choice for ingredient because...cyanide has similar smell?
The gloss has a slightly creamy gel texture that's non-sticky moderately hydrating and comfortable. It's nice but there isn't anything unique about it. Even though the pigmentation is decent, it takes me a few dips to get an even and plush coat for my entire mouth.
25 Natural Purple is (obviously not remotely purple but) a warm rosy brown that's natural and easy to wear. I like it but I prefer a bit more impact (deeper or in a rich chocolate tone) for me to bother putting it on. 

It was 2.99 so I am not going to complain.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ole Henriksen Skincare: Vitamin C Serum, Cream and Facial Oil

Time to start reviewing all the skincare I bought last fall! Around September, Sephora was running a point sale (earn 2x point on each purchase)I went ahead and started testing some sets.  It seems that I am more susceptible to the Wholefoods type of brands (or anything citrus), my first damage was in the form of Ole Henriksen, which to me is a high end version of Lumene.

The set is called The Whole Truth Vitamin C Kit, including a serum, eye cream and moisturizer.

 Truth Serum Collagen Booster 
 Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ascorbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 

This is a vitamin C gel serum scented like orange candy. It has a light, hydrating texture that emulsify (ewww) a little and leaves an uncomfortable layer of stickiness. It didn't cause any major reaction on my face and I also noticed no scar-fading effect when I used it semi-regularly for two weeks.  Half way through the bottle, I decided to use it on my leg where there is a patch of chemical burn. Nada, still nothing (while other vitamin C serum I have repurposed for my leg managed to work).
 Truth Creme Advanced Hydration

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Squalane, Triheptanoin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Ceramide 2, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Calcium Ascorbate, Rosa Canina Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharum Officinarium (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Soybean Sterols, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum, Potato Starch Modified, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance 
Truth Creme Advanced Hydration is another product I don't get. It has a consistency of thick lotion and smell of orange-yogurt-gone-bad. For something labeled as hydrating, it doesn't do much, if anything on my face. However, it's great at pretending to, by being extra sticky. 

This kind of texture is a no-go for day time so I reserve it for the evening. I hated it on my face and neck so it was gradually moved to my dry legs. The only reason my legs were dry after a whole night sleep was because it was rubbed allover the inside of my pajamas pants. Cracked skin remained cracked, until I used something else. 
 Total Truth Eye Cream SPF 15

Active ingredients: Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate
Inactive ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycery Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Volubilis (Mountain Peanut) 2, Seed Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Lecithin.

The eye cream is unremarkable. It wasn't moisturizing or easy to spread and the SPF is too low(Hey, at least the texture isn't yucky). I ended up just using my normal moisturizer and sunscreen around my eyes, touching up with Muji eye cream or essence if needed.

After having finished the whole set, my legs think they deserve better hand-me-down.
Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil  
Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil (Organic, Virgin) (&) Citrus tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil (&) Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil (&) Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)

Rosehip oil has been a staple in my skincare routine, before I even have a routine. Through out the years, I make an active effort to stock up on Sukin or A'Kin whenever I see them at Marshall/TJ-Maxx (which isn't much, given they only had one bottle in stock whenever I did see them). When cheap options aren't available, I look else where.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Serum is a rosehip oil with a bunch of essential oil(mostly citrus) blended in. I liked the citrus smell (luckily, those oil only cause discomfort when I have them near my eyes) and wanted to take a little break from my trusty Akin.

The bright orange tinted oil is somewhat heavy ( my skin drinks up the whole pumps within 20 minutes) and feels very emollient for winter. It's rather effective at brightening the skintone and help fading acne marks. Given the stronge orange tint, it turns Oompa Loompa easily so I only use it during the night. When I want to mix with a more hydrating oil blend (like Jurlique), I prefer a plain formula free of extra scent.

I actually enjoy using the oil and got two mini bottles (they come with the Vitamin C serum which were practically free). Sephora skincare are all overpriced but at least the minis and sets are worth testing. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam

Shiseido cleansing foam is something that I have been loyal to since 2008. I decided to stick to the brand not only because the cleanser works well, it also turned out to be the most economical choice since each tube lasts me at least six months. Last fall, when I was restocking at my local TJmaxx (where this retails for 20 bucks instead of the regular $36), I saw the Benefiance version and decided to give it a try. 

So far, I have tried most of the highend Shiseido cleansing foams: White Lucent (HG), The Skincare, Pureness and Benefique (yeah, that one with floral overload packaging). I hated the Pureness (which is for oily skin) but loved everthing else. Benefiance is designed for dry and/or mature skin, something that should work with my thinned out moisture barrier. 
Aside from the grandma powdery scent, the Benefiance cleanser has a thicker, almost paste like consistency. It foams and cleanses very well and unlike White Lucent, this doesn't make skin feel squeaky. It's wonderful at what it does except for one exception. The ingredient.

 Ingredients: Water, Potassium Stearate, PEG-8, Potassium Myristate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Laurate, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyethylene, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Talc, Trisodium EDTA, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Iron Oxides.

See polyethylene? That's those non-biodegradable plastic microbeads that screw up marine ecosystem. It's commonly used as exfoliator and straight up filler (because plastic always costs less than the actual product). Since the gritty bits in the cleanser aren't dense enough to scrub, they are there mainly to fill! I am not a tree hugger but I am pissed that an established brand like Shiseido would also use this kind of ingredient. 

I am not a saint so I will keep using my tube (and have the beads washed down the drain). I will make an active effort next time, before I buy. 
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