Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Time Asian Drugstore Makeup Haul - Canmake, Kai and Miyazaki Hayao


If you think I have been hoarding too much products, you are certainly not wrong. However, this hoard was actually from fall 2014. To congratulate the passing of my board exam in one go(No, not a doctor or a pharmacist. I can analyze your chromosomes though), my mom generously offered to buy me some (what she calls) craps. The good part is that my cousin was the one who got granted the duty, so I did end up getting what I want (instead of things mom bought for herself and couldn't use/fit in).
So why am I talking about my fall haul until now? Well...I didn't ask her to send it until early December (when I actually got a job) so I didn't have to carry all these for my cross-country move (Ok, my cousin tried to send the smaller junks first but the express courier service rejected it because "cosmetics are flammable"). 

Then, my mom volunteered and said since I would be starting a new life in the east coast, she would fetch me some bedding, towels (WHY?) and gave up her hand-knit cashmere scarf(she finished another one for herself soon after), to help me get through the harsh winter...Well, she waited till mid January to send these out...with surface mail. 

As you can guess, my "winter care package" cruised the Pacific for 2 months and finally got here second week of March. I am actually not bitter (you will understand why if you have seen the baggy red gingham thing she got me, when I asked for a pair of "suit-pants for interviews").

Now to the goodies. The Peripera Lip Tint Crayon and Butter Pang were from mom's trip in Korea (she is having the time of her life after early retirement). For your information, I asked for 3CE lip paint or Etude House jelly lipstick (She probably went "Oh, this is lipstick, close enough...")

Then there is the Canmake loot: Glow Fleur Cheek (forgot the name, has strawberry in it), Mat Fleur Cheek, Jelly Stick Gloss, Creamy Touch Rouge (both red). I also got three of the cream cheek clear(clear love song, clear pink joy and clear ruby cherry)and a lash curler, which is not bad at all (that's before my discovery of the Koji curving though).

Kai is a brand for beauty tool so I got a set of tweezers, silicone ear pick and metal lash comb(of course, I/my mascara couldn't wait for it so I ended up getting one by Koji as well).
 
The makeup part was tame(because I like to buy them bit by bit/all the time). Here comes the part that excites me very much: dinner/snack ware. Because Japanese ones are just so much better made.

Jiji(from Kiki's Delivery Service) dessert fork (not that helpful for cakes but a must have if you like to dip your strawberry in a jar of Nutella) and spoon. Which will make me the most stylish yogurt scooper in the break room. I forgot to load the pictures but the back of them also has delicate cat paws prints.
Then there is the seashell tea infused with tray (so much better than the ones found in TJ-Maxx. The golden spoon was from a tea trial sets with tea from China but the spoon is from Japan. Rilakkuma fork is to match my spoons. The two simplistic ones on the right are actually from Muji (bought it in store myself), love the ergonomics and seamlessness.
Now to the Chinese part(there are a bunch of great products but many imports to U. tend to be mass-production junks.) I got another Carpenter Tan wooden comb to carry around(the two I have are still working great but I use them at home and for my wet hair). 

Duoe travellers notebook (copy cat of Midori but there are much more color choices for the leather) and refills. 
 
Two pairs of studs: a super cheap cultured pearl pair and another (still rather affordable) lapis lazuli (silver and cubic zirconia) which should go well with my cobalt tights and that Milly coat I saw on sale in Nordstrom rack. I wonder if it's still there...

Lastly, a proof (as if you need it) that I can not let a week pass without getting some cheap toys. My most recent finds at the clearance bins of Harmon includes two L'Oreal matte lip color (very impressed by them), eye shadow pencils (also turned out great), Rimmel apocalips lip lacquer in stellar and Maybelline color elixir in radiant raspberry(limited from last year/ bought at Amazon, it's brought back in the spring 15 collection though). No description necessary for the two because how often do you hear me complaining about a coral lipstick? 

Ok, that's it for my haul and hopefully it will keep me occupied while I save up for a laptop replacement(nah, not going to happen). Well, at least I will look all dolly while I type long posts with my phone... 

Have a great weekend and don't forget to buy lipstick!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maquillage Essence Glamorous Rouge Neo - RD 406


Maquillage Essence Glamorous Rouge has been around for 2-3 years already (and was well loved by the women in Japan, winning Cosme.net award and all that) and it wasn't until recently that I became interested in the range. Maybe it's because of the introduction of the Essence Glamorous Rouge Neo line (with brighter shade selection) or it was the replacement of the spoke model (Takei Emi is gorgeous but there are very few people who can sell a lipstick better than the pouty Mizuhara Kiko.)
Anyway, I finally took the plunge after seeing the limited shades for spring 2015 (one of them is red!), with a classier (as classy as it can get for light-weight plastic packaging) white and silver tube. This time, I also saved a few bucks as Japanese yen is weak against dollar (or any other currency? I mean my mom in there right now and she wants to buy me blow-dryer...).
As I just mentioned, the package of Maquillage Essence Glamorous Rouge Neo (or most Maquillage lippy) is very light weight but it doesn't feel particularly flimsy or cheap. There is 6 grams of product inside, which should last 2 months of daily use, or longer for any fickle being (who bought way too much lipsticks in the past 2 months).

While I was trying to take the picture of the gloss, it fell off and now the "metallic" paint got dents on it (same thing happened when I was photographing my last Maquillage Lipstick back in 2010).
Essence Glamorous Rouge boast its silicone-serum formula that plump up the lips (by filling up lip line rather than inflating the whole thing into twin-sausage) so I was expecting a glassy, thick and sticky gloss. Anyway, the formula doesn't feel slippery (compared other -cone rich products), glassy, (like B & C Makemania gloss) or remotely sticky.
Instead, I get a jam-like finish that's jelly when you look at it in the arm swatch but it breaks apart and rejoin on the lips. The finish is juicy but looks a little more refined and natural than other gloss/liquid lip color I have tried. Of course, the texture is a minor nuance I feel...It looks more or less like a generic red gloss.
 The color RD406 itself is a medium-to-pigmented slightly cool red, that can be duped by any American drugstore brands (I wish it was more interesting but I guess I always prefer the shading by American companies anyway, Japanese just wins it in texture department)...
I do like the diamond shape cushy applicator, which is great for corners and deposits enough product in one go. Of course I just like to redip for the heck of redipping.
 
So, I mentioned that neither the color (easy to wear enough but nothing special about a red jelly with blue-purple micro pearls) nor the finish (it's nice but not 3-4 times better than Revlon/Maybelline glosses, as it's 3x more expensive) is outstanding. However, the gloss wears (off) very well, I especially like it 2 hours, when the color would fade a little and it would just turn my dried prune of a mouth into...body parts that feels much healthier inside out.

Overall: Nothing too special but I love it as a lip care product (and the tube is just too pretty!) so I am thinking about repurchasing a coral/orange one for summer time (actually I wear coral all year round)...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick - Pink for Light Medium Skin Tone

Almay is one of those brands that makes me wonder "Wait, it's still in business?". I get that they carry some great neutral/basics (I kind of sort of liked/ didn't hate their lengthening mascara some 8 years ago?) but I just don't find them as competitive while other drugstore brands roll out exciting new releases all the time. 

Anyway, I was still very excited when they rolled out the new Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick late last year. Package wise, they look quite like (and is equally nice) the Revlon Lip Butter (I dissed it in my first review when I went on getting...20 of them?) and I was just happy to see similar product in more shade selection! 
Upon closer examination of the display, I think a great deal of Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks look too similar to the lip butter I own (or owned, as I did a massive toss-out) so I just picked up this attractive bright pink (kind of hot pink but with more of a punchy than a blue-based undertone). The name was pink for light-medium skintone.
I think Almay Butter Kiss might have a smell, but it has been too cold for the scent particle to travel to my nose anyway (see, that's why wintery air smell so fresh!). The Lipstick is firm, not squishy and seems to have a bit of cream-jelly texture to it. Pigmentation is sheer at first swipe but can be easily built up (as the stick is warmed up).
 
Almay Pink for Light Medium Skin Tone. I like the color quite a bit...It's probably because as soon as I put it on. Heck! This (the color, formulation and wear) is exactly the same thing as Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart (which has been conveniently discontinued winter of last year)! I perceive it (sweet tart) to be a cooler pink mainly because the blue pink outer packaging! 

The swatch might look different because different day, climate, lighting, camera and now I am older(drier skin and lips)...
Almay and Revlon side by side (which seems deeper as the stick has been used for several years and quite softened up). Just look at the top of the swipes. Anyway, I decided to go back to the display to take a look at the display...Then it's like the end of 7th Harry Potter book when (Harry was holding the resurrection stone and) all the dead friends came out to say hi...
Berry Smoothie, Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Parfait, Candy Apple
Sugar Plum or Pink Truffle?, Sweet Tart, Pink Truffle?, Cherry Pie
Or This is Pink Truffle ?, Raspberry Pie, Fig Jam, Red Velvet(ok, not too sure about the deeper nude shades)

Overall: Urgh. I guess I wouldn't mind having a back up of Sweet Tart. Side note to Almay/Revlon, this is not cool, this is not cool...

Bonita Velvet Lip Cream, Wanna Get Away & Sweet Ever After

Spotted at Rite Aid, Bonita velvet lip cream. I think I am (late in the game but) finally joining the liquid lip color bandwagon so I might pick up the pinks (their is a rosier pink that look red in the picture) if the price is not too bad...Then the packaging is a wee ugly.
Then there is the main course (nail color) - Wanna Get Away CollectionT
 
Cherry Blossom (that's a little too coral?), Nightlife, Bora Bora Coast


Santorini's Ocean, Cocktails in Aruba, Golden Florence




 
Sweet Ever After (the flowers on the bird nest was a bit too much...)

Glass Slipper, Once Upon a Time, Splendid Love 
Sweet Ever After, Fairytale Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

Fresh Start Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover Pads

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