Eyeliner -Milani - Liquif'eye Metallic eye liner pencil -black
Aishteru85 12/21/2012 6:08:00 AM
This does not work for me, unless i prime my lid first, but of course it defeats the purpose of a long-wearing smudge-proof liner like this one. I have extremely oily lids, the only eyeliners that have been known to stay put on my lids are maybelline gel cream eye studio and elf pen liquid liner?, if i remember correctly. Not only do I have very very oily lids I also have semi-double lid(hooded lids), which makes most long wearing liners never ever stay on my lids. Not only do my oilies dissolve my liner, the friction of my hooded lids smudge them as well. That being said, this stayed on for at least half a day before it dissolved and smudged on me, that in my book is pretty decent compared to the rest of liners i've tried. (Bear in mind of my eyes special needs-lol) Goes on heavenly smooth and supremely pigmented, No tugging or effort needed to put this on. I would recommend this if you dont have super oily lids and dont have hooded eyes. If you do, look elsewhere.
I have wanted to try this blush for the longest time, i rarely spend so much money on blushes, because i invest more in HE Foundation and concealer. I am pretty happy with most my DS Blushes, and some of my fave are from the Milani Baked Blushes Line, NYX and Elf Studio Blushes. These give me enough variety and pigmentations that i hardly ever wanted to buy HE Blushes. For reference the full size of this blush retails for USD 35.00 in my country, hence the hesitation to splurge all that money on a single item. I had a coupon code for 10% off in sephora and decided to pick up the Go Tropical Kit which I got around USD30.00 which comes with Benefit Coralista Mini Blush and LipGloss, Deluxe sample of cha cha tint and High Beam. So I caved in and bought it. My oh my, I was utterly disappointed. I am an NC35, I have no trouble most of the time,trying to get a good color pay-off form most blushes (unless its really2x pale pastel pink) even though I have medium-tanned skin, but this after 3 swipes (vigorous swipes) gave me only a slight hint of coral color on my cheeks and a whole lotta shimmer/sheen. Since this blush has some sheen to it, all I could see was the golden sheen and very faint hint of coral color on my cheeks. Swiping more of the blush on my cheeks, makes the sheen even more evident and resulted in disco ball effect. I was quite surprised at the low pigmentation here since this has been getting raves across the board. The Longevity is also poor, the coral color disappeared in less than 4 hours. The color is also not that unique and is quite boring. I'm unsure whether the mini coralista's quality is different than the actual size, but i doubt that its different since i have high beam in small tube and original size and the quality is the same. Anyhow, I'm glad I didnt waste my money on the full size, at least i have 3 other products here that i use and like. Not recommended if you're NC35 and up, but if you're fair, give this ago...it might work for you.
BB Cream -Skin79 - Snail Nutrition BB Cream SPF45 PA++
Aishteru85 12/15/2012 5:00:00 AM
This is a pretty good bb cream. For ref i am an NC35-40, I have moderate acne scarring and i have extremely oily skin and I live in tropical climate. Texture: I find that the texture is smooth and creamy but a lil runnier compared to the Gold or Pink Label.Spreads amazingly well and blends like a dream. Shade: I feel that this is perhaps the lightest of all Skin79 range and has quite a prominent pink undertone to it. I think this would suit NC15-25/NW15-20 best, if worn alone. Its pretty light IMO, deeper skin ladies can still pull this off, but it must be used very minimally or else it would give the dreaded cement-mask face.This does oxidize slightly after application to match NC25/NW20 well, but does not oxidize anymore after this initial oxidation. I feel that those with very fair complexions and pink undertone would like this very much. I feel on me its quite pasty but since i mix it with my darker foundation, its not a problem. Coverage: Since the consistency is light, i'm amazed that this gives a true medium coverage. If layered, you can achieve a full cover look with this. It evens the skin tone and covers redness pretty well and covers my acne hyperpigmentations pretty good too. Layers well without caking. Fragrance: This has an awful smell, very masculine, it almost smells like a guy's sweat, but a sweet-smelling sweat, you know when a guy wear cologne and the smell mixes with his own sweat...it sounds gross, bcuz it is, but after application like maybe 5 to 10 minutes later, the smell is mostly gone.... Longevity: I have worn this alone underneath with some dark powder and managed to look ok with it, but i mix this with my UD Naked Skin 7.0 foundation that was a shade and a half darker than my skin tone, and the two works well together and stay put all day. When worn alone, this stays well throughout the day, around 8 hours wear, considering my skin type and the heat i battle daily.Feels slighly hydrating but not overly so, so i caution those with extremely dry skin to wear a good moisturizer underneath. I blot less with this bb than any other, I only need to blot twice with this considering i am so oily (when worn alone), when mixed with UD Naked Skin, i only need to blot once. Reaction: I feel like i'm developing milia around my eye area due to this, i'm not certain yet, will have to continue to use it to be certain, but for now i will avoid using it anywhere near my eyes. Brightening Benefits: After using this for two weeks, i have noticed quite a huge improvements in the first week alone on my hyperpigmentations, most have already faded away, amazing...but it does nothing for hydration, i dont feel like the texture of my skin has improved or gotten softer like I experienced with BRTC/ Missha BB Cream, nor does my acne heal faster like the BRTC and Missha. Those looking for something hydrating, i'd recommend BRTC and Missha, and if you are looking to lighten those hyperpigmentations, this actually work. Price/Container: Comes in pump/can container and price is pretty reasonable too, I got this for USD15... Overall a pretty decent bb cream, i feel that this suits someone with very fair skin with pink undertone who has combination/oily skin....Drier complexions may need to use a good moisturizer underneath.
BB Cream -BRTC - Aqua Rush Water Drop BB Cream SPF28/PA++
Aishteru85 12/1/2012 6:41:00 AM
I have been on a bb cream craze lately, after I discovered my HG BB Cream Missha M Signature Real Complete. I had earlier tried Misha Perfect Cover and Skin79 Hot Pink Label and hated both because it never blended into my medium-tanned skin enough. I was left with ghostly casts and it left me looking like an oil slick. Needless to say, I neglected it for several months. In the end I gave away the SKIN79 Hot Pink to my sister since she is fairer than I. One day, I was browsing the korean ebay shops and stumbled upon Missha M signature Real Complete and after doing some research I bought it. It still is lighter than my skin tone, but I topped it off with a darker powder and it stayed put all day and after testing it for awhile I noticed improvements in my complexion. My skin is brighter and hyperpigmentations are reduced and my skin was so soft that I kept running my hands on my cheeks. In short my skin felt healthier. So began my obsession in trying new BB Creams, I was curious to know what other BB Creams have to offer. For reference I am somewhere between NC35-NC40, I have extremely oily skin and I live in a hot and humid tropical climate with moderate acne scarring. In all honesty I cant comment how long the wear time is when worn alone because I have not worn it alone. I have been using this as a base underneath my Revlon Colorstay and the two seem to work well together. I also cannot comment how well it controls oil, for reasons aforementioned. It has a natural beige color and has a light to medium coverage. This has the normal greyish cast a bb cream has and leans a lil pink. This is still light on me, but since i use Rev CS on top, its not a problem at all. I say this suits NC15-NC25 and NW15-NW20 the best-if you're to wear it alone. This blurs most of my acne hyperpigmentations but some can still be seen true. The finish is a semi matte and it has a decent amount of SPF and is fairly moisturizing. I said fairly moisturizing because even though it is advertised as supremely moisturizing, I would disagree. This has some level of moisture slightly more so than a normal BB Cream, and on me, it felt comfortable, not too drying and not overly moist. It felt comfortable on my skin type, but perhaps on someone with drier complexions this could feel a little drying on them. So it may not suit dry skin girls since i have extremely oily skin and on me it isnt even overly moist. Once applied and blended in, you can feel the water particles developing and it feels cool to the touch and it is very easily blendable. The consistency isnt thick slightly on the runnier side. Blending is like a dream with this. Doesnt highlight any dry patches and doesnt settle into fine lines. The best part about this is that after testing this a few weeks, I'd like to say that even when wearing this under my Revlon CS (which can be a pore clogger and makes your skin dried out like no tomorrow), I have seen tremendous improvements much like my Missha M Real Signature. Any blemishes popping up heals faster when wearing this-it used to take 3-4 days now by the second day its usually already healed. I have seen improvements in my hyperpigmentations and my skin feels nicely hydrated, and my skin is way softer to the touch too. Overall, I feel that my complexions have improved and my skin feels healthier as well. All in all, I do believe that wearing BB Creams do help improve your complexions. I have experienced it with Missha and this one and I love it. The price is pretty affordable too I got around USD14 at SASA when on sale. All in all highly recommended.
This is a mediocre undereye concealer. I have hereditary bad undereye circles. I have had them since i was 12, and i have fine lines under my eyes, not because i'm old, i'm like 27, but because the way my eyes are structured. I have always had a hard time finding good undereye concealer, until i stumbled upon benefit erase paste-still my HG which is really opaque and good. I like this because of its convenience, its easy to apply and the consistency is rather thin. This also gives a decent amount of coverage, not the most opaque undereye concealers you have ever seen, but it covers okay(light-medium). Because of the consistency, it's easily blendable and doesnt dry too quickly, and once applied its actually very cooling. In my country this only comes in one shade, unfortunately, this comes in the lightest shade, although a tad too light for me, but once blended it's still okay.. Stays on at least for 6 hours before disappearing, creases after 4 hours and It doesnt highlight any of my undereye fine lines upon application but after awhile it settles into the fine lines.... Doesnt give me milia and i have not noticed any improvements when using this, all in all-okay -mediocre not the best, I will buy again simply because of the convenience of its application and because i'm lazy lol, not because this is a super great concealer.
I'm still giving it a three because i believe it may work for some people, but on me i looked dirty and it pulls to orange on me to be a decent bronzer. I have medium-tan skin NC35-37/40-asian yellow undertone to be exact, this was my first attempt at bronzing/contouring. The packaging although looks extremely cheap and flimsy, the powder is not bad, and is very pigmented. You only need a tiny bit to get good color payoff. But on me this looks like i slathered orange/brown mud on my face in other words i look like -i have oxidized foundation on some parts o my face and it was a dark orangey/muddy/browny color.. . Not kidding. In conclusion i didnt look nice with this on, i dont know whether the brush i'm using or my poor technique of applying the bronzer to contour or what, but try as i may, i could not get it to work, i'm probably going to toss this soon. Anyway, try this, still it might work for you, anyways the price is super cheap you really have nothing to lose, its like 3 buck, a burger costs more than 3 bucks right? Sadly, a no-go for me...
Mascara -Essence - Maximum Definition Volume Mascara
Aishteru85 11/18/2012 4:28:00 AM
Holy Mother this is a Divine mascara and for around USD 3.99 this is freaking awesome! I hauled a few things from essence last month and never got around to trying this until a few days ago. I had kinda dismissed it thinking since its a cheapie, it sure as hell would be like most cheapie mascara, bad quality and crap. Boy was I wrong. This has replaced my holy grail mascara tarte lights, camera and lashes for the simple reason that it gives much better definition and superb volume in comparison to that and its bloody cheap and so accessible. For reference i have sparse thin asian lashes, while they're not short they are not super long either and without mascara they are almost non-existent, My lashes are also weird since it points downward instead of upwards, i usually must use an eyelash curler. The formula on this is nicely done in the middle, kinda like CG Lashblast but slightly drier. The applicator is a plastic applicator and has a lot of short rubber bristles. It builds nicely, and separates extremely well without clumping up-doesnt leave me with spidery legs lashes nor does it leave me looking like i have 5 lashes like some mascara do.. After just two coats of this, my lashes are noticeably darker and i looked like i had million lashes that i never knew existed. It highlights and defines each individual lashes and makes them look full and thick and luscious. It gives me great length as well. Gives supreme drama vavavoom lash effect for me. Wow, I would say that for me this is hands down THE BEST MASCARA I have ever tried in my life. I wouldnt say I have tried all, but at least a dozen or so..I have extremely oily lids, this stayed on very well without smudging or flaking off, it also doesnt leave my lashes feeling brittle and crunchy, holds my curl throughout the day. Easily removable also with just one swipe. I LOVE THIS. I'm glad i bought this cheapie...will definitely be my mascara staple. HG!
Eyeliner -Etude - I’m Jumbo Pen Liner (Aloha Range)
Aishteru85 11/15/2012 6:13:00 AM
I'm on my second tube of this liner. This is a jumbo marker-felt-tip type liquid liner. This is a really great staying and pigmented liner. It is very pigmented and applies a true jet black color. It gives a matte opaque black finish and stays on for at least 12 hours with minor fading on my supremely oily lids(without eyelid primer). When applied with primer underneath, this stays on until you remove it with mu remover. The application is great, glides very easily without tugging the eyelid. However, due to the size of the packaging and the size of the tip-med (quite bulky and resembles a fat marker pen), its harder to achieve a thin line with this eyeliner. This is suitable when you want a medium to a thick eyeliner. If you want a very fine line, this is not for you. Overall, the tube lasts me about 5 months with every day use, and its a tad pricey, around 12-15 USD, but since this doesnt smudge or flake throuhout the day and pretty much lasted on my oily lids, I highly recommend this one!
For ease of reference, I have a medium-tan skin, NC35-NC40, I have extremely oily skin, i have moderate acne hyperpigmentations and i live in a tropical climate. Shade: Out of the tube, this came out to be a fairly light beige color/undertone. Once applied and blended, it was a tad lighter than my skin tone but after oxidation for about 10 minutes later, this looked pretty natural on my skin, and oxidized to match my skin quite well which is rare as most bb creams almost always will be a tad lighter than my skin and i have to use a bronzer on top. This i didnt have to use bronzer. The downside is, at the end of the day around the 6th hour wear, this bb cream continued to oxidize and was horibbly darker than my skin tone. I looked horrible, patchy/blotchy and i looked super dark, muddy and just dirty... at least 2-3 shades darker than my skin tone Texture: This has a medium consistency, not too runny and not too thick, applies evenly and spreads well and blends in rather easily. It does get cakey if you apply too much, and you will feel like you wear make up with this on. I wouldnt say it felt extremely heavy, just that i prefer airy and lightweight textures. This really is my personal preference. Coverage: This gives a medium to full coverage, but i'd stop at medium as trying to layer will result in cakiness. The finish is somewhat of a semi-matte finish, but somehow it highlights all the flakiness and any dry spots i have. Not a pretty sight. Wear: This stayed on pretty decently for me, at least 6 hour wear, considering i have extremely oily skin and i live in a hot and humid weather. This is also NOT sweat and rub resistant, it's kinda disgusting when you wipe off your sweat and when you look at the tissue, its orange in color. I get quite oily with this on, I have to blot numerous times a day, at least 4 times to ensure i dont look like a frying pan coated in oil. In short not so good for oily skinned girls. Reaction: I have not broken out from using this and honestly i have not experienced any benefits from using this-ie all the claims of wrinkle improvement and hydration etc, unlike my missha m real signature bb cream where i actually notice improvements on my skin-my HG bb. All in all, a mediocre bb cream, will i recommed? No, i feel there are better bbs out there than this. Try out a sample if you're curious but dont buy the full size just yet until you're truly happy with it. Sadly, this is mediocre for me.
BB Cream -MISSHA - M Signature Real Complete B.B. Cream SPF 25 PA++
Aishteru85 11/4/2012 3:09:00 AM
For reference I am around NC35-NC40, I wear NC35 in MAC PLW, 320+330 in Revlon Whipped, 310+330 in Rev CS, 7.0 in UD Naked Skin (a tad too dark actually),W5 in L'oreal Healthy Lumi...-I have acne prone/very oily skin and I live in tropical climate with moderate acne hyperpigmentation... Shade: I got this in Shade No. 23, upon application, it had quite a greyish cast on me, and i dont find that upon application it has yellow undertone at all, in fact it leans grey than yellow..after oxidation(10 minutes after application) it is still a shade lighter than my skin tone but by then the grey cast has gone, but i was able to make it work by layering a darker powder on top. I feel that this would suit nc25-nc30 a lot better, nc 35-nc40 can get away with it if you layer a darker powder on top or bronzer...skin darker than nc40, might not be able to pull this off... Texture: It has a rather runny texture than most other bb creams I have tried. But though runny it still has a body too it, like ice cream when partially melted. It spreads beautifully, blends very well and doesnt dry too quickly. In fact it feels rather hydrating and luxurious without being oily. It feels quite lightweight and airy on your face. Coverage: I feel this gives a good medium coverage and truly buildable, i feel that bcuz of the runny texture, it allows for better layering without being cakey. I was able to build it to get full coverage after 2-3 layers on areas where i have extra hyperpigmentations. Finish: It gives a flawfless dewy finish and makes your skin look air brush and natural..yes even after layering..this gives a dewy, luminous finish and very airy and lightweight and natural...i love the finish Wear: I am most certainly surprised by the wear, I wear this alone, without the aid of any primers or moisturizers, with a little dusting of powder on top just to get the color to match, and it lasted on me for 12 hours. Mind you, an average day for me involves some minor running around, facing the tropical heat outside, sweating and not just sitting in my air-conditioned office. Amazing wear time for a bbcream, perhaps the best wear i have been able to get out of a bb cream considering my extremely oily face and the tropical heat that i battle daily...supremely amazzzzzzinnngggg wear time. I do get oily by midday, dont get me wrong, i still have to blot at least 3-4 times a day, but the fact that by the time i got home, the bb cream is still there with slight patchiness on my oily skin, for me its a miracle..it also does not emphasize any flakies i have which is great. Reaction: I have not experienced any breakouts from this and my face doesnt get itchy after application, in fact after 3 weeks of testing, i feel that my skin has improved slightly..my skin is getting slightly softer to the touch too. Packaging: it comes in a squeeze tube but with a pump, very hygienic and the price is not too bad, i managed to get this from a reliable korean e-bay seller for USD20.00...with free shipping... Bottomline, if you have dry/combi/normal/oily skin regardless, give this a try..a truly amazaing poduct...i wasnt a fan of bb creams before, but after this one,i'm a total convert. YAY, amazing quality product!!
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
Aishteru85 9/30/2012 7:35:00 AM
For someone who has extremely oily skin, I'm surprised I like this a lot. For reference I am NC35 in MAC PLW, Tawny in ELDW, 320 in Rev Whipped, 310+330 in Rev CS, OC30 in Shiseido Maquillage Lasting Liquid UV. I have moderate acne-scarring and I live in a hot and humid weather.I have this in W5 Gold sand, which is a perfect match for me, with slightly yellow undertone (not orange like MAC's foundation) as I have a yellow asian undertone. Texture: The texture of this foundation is very interesting, it is runny but has a creamy body to it if that made sense, a little like ice cream when its partially melted. It applies beautifully, spreads evenly, easily blendable and doesnt dry quickly leaving you time to blend properly. The texture is also very lightweight and feels very airy. This applies well using fingers or flat top kabuki brush, with the flat top, you get better coverage Coverage: The coverage of this is light-to true medium and truly buildable. I find that after layering, it covers my acne scars well enough that I dont need a concealer. Layering doesnt make it look cakey at all, this is one of those foundations that can be built for more coverage and yet stay very satiny and skin like. Finish: This like its name give a luminous finish, a really2x beautiful finish it almost made my skin look healthy, translucent and glowing. It really gives you a fresh faced look. The finish is absolutely gorgeous, doesnt look cakey, looks like your skin but a better glowing healthy luminous version. If you apply a light dusting of powder on top, it still retains the fresh faced look, but with slightly less luminosity. Wear: This surprisingly lasted on me about 6-7 hours without primer, considering it is not a long wearing foundation and I have extremely oily skin, and live in a hot and humid weather where I have been known to sweat a tonnes. It stayed pretty well for 6-7 hours and would start disintegrating after that. With a good primer underneath, this lasted me through 11-12 hours working day, actually great. I find however this left me rather oily by mid-day so i have to blot a couple of times and I dont really mind, since this doesnt claim to be oil-controlling either. For me, it doesnt control oil all that well. This does oxidize on me slightly, just slighly, but doesnt go way too dark or turn orange. Consider picking it up in a lighter shade. Reaction: I have not broken out from wearing this or experience any other side effects like itchiness as some foundations do. Packaging: The packaging is beautiful, comes in a glass bottle with rose gold cap and pump. It feels expensive, but the price for me is not too expensive, with coupons you can get it for less, I picked this up at around USD10.00. The dispenser dispenses a good amount of product without being wasteful, I find that two full pumps is great at getting the most coverage out of this foundation with almost a full-cover pay off without being cakey. All in all, the staying power would have been much better without a primer for someone with normal to dry skin. Oily girls should consider wearing primer with this to extend the wear time. All in all, I LOVE this foundation, I love the beautiful finish it gives, the cover the color the pump, everything..too bad I have to buy this online as it is not available in my local drugstore...but overall, a great find, amazing...Highly recommended!
I generally have lost hope in finding a concealer for my undereyes as I have super bad dark undereyes circles and my undereyes are wrinkly, I'm only 27 but I have had that wrinkly bits since i was a child. I'm guessing the reason i have wrinkly undereyes is because the way my eyes are structured. Anyways, most concealers are too dry and would highlight all the wrinkly bits which would attract more unwanted attention to the ugly horrible dark circles I have, until i discovered this. I have heard people rave abt this. But I never got around to trying this until I got a kit from Benefit called Finding Mr.Bright. This came in a medium small tub. I was amazed when i first tried it, it was creamy and not at all dry and it blends beautifully and covered all my dark undereyes circles. I was amazed! It didnt highlight all the wrinkly bits I have and i fell in love. You only need a tiny bit and it covers so beautifully. I still have a lot from the small tube which came from the kit.Dusted with powder on top, this stayed on petty well throughout the day. Highly-highly recommended! Anyone with horrible dark circles and wrinkly undereye, should give this a try. Amazing.
Bronzers -Too Faced - Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder
Aishteru85 9/14/2012 11:52:00 PM
I got this in the Natural Beauty Collection.I love this as a highlighter although this was meant to be used as a bronzer. I have NC35 skin so this is too light for it to be a bronzer. The powder is in a leopard print, the colors are interesting, it comes in a medium pink powder laced with dark bronze and gold champagne-y powders with obvious sheen to them. A swirl of this gives me the most beautiful glow on top of my cheeks. It doesnt add any noticeable color to any blush i have on, it just adds a hint of very sheer champaney sheen/glow. The sheen/shimmer is finely milled so you dont have to worry you wont end up looking like a glitterbomb.The shimmer is very very finely milled and on the cheeks it translates as a beautiful glow. Works beautiful on top of a matte blush. This might work well as a bronzer for someone super pale, but for me this is a beautiful highlighter and fast replacing my much loved theBalm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter. It comes in a round sturdy compact with 9.0 gram of product which would last you a lifetime..hehe. The compact housed a mirror as well.Highly recommended!
I picked this up not too long ago and it was on sale at Sasa for around USD 12.00. I have the Hot Mama blush and love that one to bits and wanted to give this ago. The texture is velvety-buttery smooth and not chalky at all. The color of the blush while on the pan looks like a medium peachy pink, but on my NC35 skin it shows up more as a medium pink without any peachy undertone to it. The finish of the blush is matte. The pigmentation is great and took only 2 swipes to get it to show up on my medium-tan skin, and easily blendable. The color is beautiful on my skin, it gives a natural flush without looking clownesque.Overall a great quality blush, but I really dont like the flimsy cardboard packaging of all thebalm's product, as if it falls on the floor, the powder would get broken very easily....but other than the packaging, this is a great blush! Highly recommended.
This is a great make up remover. I'm glad i purchased this. I bought it on sale, and it was MYR29.50, approximately around USD 8-9? I wouldnt call it cheap, but compared to any high end brand this is a steal, considering it does a wonderful job. This might be a tad more expensive if its not available locally. This removes waterproof eyeliner, primer, long wearing shadows and waterproof mascara in a single swipe, provided that you place it on your eyelids for a good 10 seconds for the make up to breakdown, and gently swipe it across.The consistency of this is like a toner laced with a little bit of oil. You only need like 5-6 drops on a cotton pad to do the job. People complained that this stings their eyes, but I have not experienced this. It does leave your eyes slightly oily after usage, but since I'd hit the shower straight away, this is not an issue for me. May require a tissue wipe, in case you are heading straight to bed. I have not experienced any growth of milia after using this. With regular use, 5-6/a day use. This lasted a good 6 months, and I have just recently finished mine and am already on my second bottle. HG make up remover! Will keep on buying unless i find something similar and cheaper.