I'm not sure which model this is but it's the one in a red box package and bronze handle. It never really occurred to me before that eyelash curlers can determine the look of my lashes as I always thought it was the mascara that did the trick. It seemed to me that eyelash curlers were all the same and I assumed that for the Shiseido curler which I have read so much about in magazines. I have used, all my life, drug store brands and before this, I was using one from Kiss which was as average as the rest. I don't like heated curlers because it's hard to clean out the dirty mascara clumps. I decided to give Shiseido a try since it is constantly rated along with Shu Uemura as the #1 eyelash curler in Japan. If I didn't like it, I can always return it. Now I absolutely love it! I'm Asian so most eyelash curlers are too curved in for the corner lashes. I can now tell the difference between a $2 eyelash curler and a $20 eyelash curler. The Shiseido eyelash curler is perfect for Asian eyes and it manages to get to all the corner lashes; not to mention that the lashes stay put. If you get a 90 degrees L shape, just start gently from the root of your lashes and squeeze outwards to the tip; basically curling your entire lash instead of just the middle. It should create a nice upward curve :DD
I got this on sale at Shoppers for $3.99 CAD. The scrub is a little rougher than other brands I have tried so I guess for sensitive, acne-prone skin, this product will probably irritate the skin. For me, I thought the roughness was perfect as an exfoliator. Some other brands are much more mild and does not exfoliate as well. I have some hyper pigments that I want to get rid of ASAP so I'll keep using this product.
Best kabuki brush ever - even better than more expensive brushes like the handy kabuki from Bare Minerals which gets stiffer with every wash. The hair is very soft and dense that it picks up a fair amount of mineral foundation and creates an almost airbrushed result on the face because of the density. It is however, a little bit more difficult to clean and takes a little while longer to dry but other than that, a perfect kabuki.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
evelynhg1107 6/11/2010 4:17:00 AM
I use Clinique's Brush-On Cream Liner and I must say that this brush doesn't work very well. I have several other Ecotools brushes and this is by far my least favorite. The hair is too soft and scattered that it splits open everytime it picks up the cream liner. So instead of getting a straight line on the first try, it becomes like a dotted line and it gets thicker if I retrace. I think this would be better for me as an eyebrow brush. I now use a lip liner which works better for me.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Foundation Brush
evelynhg1107 6/11/2010 3:59:00 AM
I think this is a great brush for such a low price. I've had mine for a fair amount of time and I wash it every week. So far, no shedding at all. Some people mentioned streaking which I'm not sure what that is because I've never had this problem. I dab liquid foundation all over my face; eyes, cheeks, forehead, chin and I spread them outwards with the brush. I usually get a very flawless coverage. I guess the foundation shouldn't be too liquified and if it is, perhaps a lighter amount should be used? I used a wet sponge before and the results were great; far better than using a dry sponge. Less cakey and more natural. But I always thought that wet sponges were more bacterial prone even though I changed a new piece every week hence, I decided to try the foundation brush. Surprise, surprise. I have the same results if not better, not to mention faster and easier. The hair on the brush does seem to pick up more foundation and cause to hair to clump a little so I try to clean it very often. EDIT: I didn't know what streaking was before since I never noticed this issue but I paid extra attention today when I applied my foundation and noticed what the streaking meant. It started out after I swiped the brush across the foundation but after several strokes of blending it outwards, the streaks disappeared. I would recommend not using too much liquid foundation at once and if the brush holds too much, wipe it on a piece of tissue every now and then.
Despite the controversy, I haven't had much trouble with the aspirin mask so far. I dissolve 2 uncoated tablets with half a teaspoon of water and leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. It's exfoliating but I have also used other exfoliating products that gives me the same results - of course, aspirins are cheaper. I would recommend not using it near the nostrils because when it dries, sometimes I breathe in aspirin dusts and choke on them a little. I'll sneeze and the dusts sprinkles everywhere.
I have fairly pale lips and was looking for a tinted lip balm that is moisturizing enough not to set into my lines. This one is perfect! It's a little red but delivers the rosy tint I was looking for. It's also extremely moisturizing unlike the Nivea Pearl & Shine. It also doesn't have that gross sweet taste to it. Overall, a great and convenient lip balm.
Before I read the reviews, I used the oil like I would with any other lotion. It didn't absorb, it was greasy and it got everywhere. For a minute, I thought the product was overrated. Then I read the reviews and realized that I made a mistake and that it should be used after shower, before toweling. I used that method on my face just to test it out and my face was incredibly smooth after I wiped the oil off with a hot towel. I applied Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to secure the moisture and my face felt great! I paid $7 CAD for 414ml. I'm going to be using this after shower everyday from now on.
This mask is a miracle! No matter what terrible condition your skin is in, it always delivers a facial effect after you use it. But like some others have mentioned, your skin condition returns to normal after two days or so which is quite a pity since the price is steep. If you can afford to use it every week for the rest of your life, this is a must!
Moisturizers -H20 - Face Oasis Shine-Neutralizing Gel
evelynhg1107 5/28/2010 1:34:00 AM
This is a great moisturizer! It's silky smooth, moisturizing and not oily. The gel is almost immediately absorbed by the skin without leaving any greasiness. The smell is also great. My face felt so hydrated after applying it. As for dipping into the jar, I recommend using a little scoop. Some SK-II products come with a scoop for the jar and I found it very useful - so that the cream doesn't get under your nails etc. Although the H20+ gel doesn't come with one, you can get it pretty much anywhere. Unfortunately, this gel is a little expensive at $48 CAD for 50ml or else I'd be purchasing more often. I switched to an alternative which works just as well; Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel since it's more affordable at $34 CAD for 125ml.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
evelynhg1107 5/28/2010 1:29:00 AM
I have combination skin and was using ~H20+ Face Oasis Shine Neutralizing Gel. It's very moisturizing and non-oily but the price runs a little high at $48 CAD excluding taxes for 50ml. When Clinique's gel became available in Canada, I decided to give it a try. It's not oily and is just as moisturizing. The price is more affordable at $34 CAD for 125ml. It works okay for oil control but great at softening the skin. The gel gets absorbed almost immediately without leaving a greasy touch. For my combination skin, the lotion is too thick but the gel moisturizes perfectly.
I absolutely adore eyeshadows from Canmake. The trio (aka Canmake Eye Nuance) comes in many different shades all matched to perfection. The colors are not too intense so you don't have to worry about looking like you've got a black eye at one application. Most of them are rather shimmery too.
Eyeliner -Clinique - Brush-on cream liner in TRUE BLACK
evelynhg1107 5/24/2010 7:02:00 PM
This is my favorite eyeliner so far. The texture is so smooth and creamy that it's easy to alter and re-alter to your perfection. It also stays on and does not come streaking off at the end of the day. I recommend using either a really thin eyeliner brush or a lip brush instead of the little brush that comes with the application. I use a lip brush - it's easy to handle and it helps me get a precise line.
Compared to mascaras from brands such as Estree Lauder and Lancome, many Maybelline mascaras are known to be more blotchy and clumpy so I'm not surprised that Great Lash is as well. This mascara tends to be too wet and heavy so it weighs down my lashes after I've curled them; they also take longer to dry. My tip is to stroke a couple coats of a different mascara which is lighter first (Such as Maybelline Volum' Express Turbo Boost), then apply Great Lash as a finishing touch. I like the intensity of Great Lash in Blackest Black as it makes the lashes stand out more and if you already used a different mascara that is less clumpy as undercoats, you wouldn't clump your lashes together if you use Great Lash as a final touch.
Liquid -Maybelline - Angelfit Flawless Natural Liquid Foundation
evelynhg1107 5/24/2010 6:30:00 PM
I prefer foundation meant for Asian skin tones because I find most brands with foundation targeted for the North American market (such as Rimmel and Covergirl) are not quite suitable for Asians since they tend to focus on pink and orange undertones. I used brands like Kose, Kanebo and Shiseido but decided to give Maybelline's Angelfit a try since it was especially meant for Asian skin; not to mention the adorable packing. I would say I'm quite satisfied with it. I have relatively fair skin tone for an Asian with a yellow undertone and I use N02. Most of their foundation color has a yellow undertone so it looks more natural for Asians. For those who think that the texture is too creamy and cakey, try using it with the Angelfit Moist Keep Base and it blends in really well. I love the base. It's one of the most moisturizing base I've ever used. My tip is to use a wet sponge to blend the foundation onto your skin. You may be amazed at how natural and not-so-cakey the foundation will look if you use a wet sponge instead of a brush, your fingers or even a dry sponge.