I ranked the price as 5 (expensive) because I got this for about 3500 yen in Japan (that's about $40 US/CAN at the moment) It seems boring in colour, but it's very natural. If you have bold lips or eyes, yet you still want a little cheek colour, this works. Apply with a light hand and you'll get a natural glow. For paler girls, I'm not sure if it'll work. You might have to use this with an even lighter hand Can work as a bronzer. Be careful not to use too much. There's shimmer, but when applied, that doesn't show.
This used to hold my curl, but not anymore, for some reason. I first bought this when I was doing hardcore, make-you-sweat sports. This didn't give me racoon eyes. Still doesn't My lashes are straight and Asian. They're not particularly short, but thin so I just need to add black to make them visible, Very disappointed that this doesn't hold my curl because I asked for one that does.....and I bought it in Japan where most of the population have stubbornly straight lashes.
Moisturizers -MAC - Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Cream
margyface 9/26/2009 1:09:00 AM
Bought this in Japan for about 3000-4000 yen ($30-40 CAN/US) Packaging: in a pot. I put it in my luggage when I was going to Taiwan (about a 4 hour flight) and the silver paint/coating of the pot peeled. A little got into the cream. No big deal, but bits of paint/coating in your moisturiser isn't the best thing. Moisturiser: Average, if not worse. It glides on smoothly and feels nice. Barely any scent. Sinks into your skin and practically disappears. I need to put a second layer, which is a waste. For the cost, I shouldn't have to do two layers everytime. For those with dry skin, be careful of what you're getting into. Oh, and my skin is on the oily side Overall, an ok product. I wouldn't get it again because of the price
I don't think cremesheen finish is for me. I prefer matte and satin, especially when it comes to red and dark lipsticks. When applied directly onto my lips, it's a deep red. I love this colour. since it's too glossy, I blot, but that takes away the deep redness and makes it brighter. I wanted the DEEP RED TT_TT So, I've take the lipstick from it's original tube and put it into a little MAC pot. Since those aren't airtight, I hope the lipstick will dry up a little. Also, applying it with my finger gave me a more matte look. I kind of had to rub the lipstick in. I repeated the "rubbing-in" process to make the colour appear darker. Otherwise, I will keep looking for a good deep red for me
I bought this in Japan. It's part of the permanent line over there for a little less than 3000 yen (that's a little over $30 US/CAN with the current exchange rate >_<). I don't know where else it can be bought. On me, wearing this lipstick alone makes me look dead. It dries out my lips. With a little bit of clear lipglass, it's fine. It looks better with a tinted lip conditioner (like the fuschia one, creating a pale/baby pink lip) I love this and I love very pigmented, matte/satine finishes. This just isn't the perfect nude for me while worn alone. It might be a bit too peachy. I still love it
I really like how glossy this is! It looks like your lips are drenched XD I like satin lipstick, which are dry. Satin nude lippies always make me look dead, so I use this to top it. The shine is controllable. You can use a lot or a little. It's really sticky, so staying power is really good. Don't wear it on windy days, or your hair will get stuck in it (otherwise, tie back your hair) I sometimes use a VERY thin layer on my eyelids, and I mean VERY VERY thin layer. Then I use my finger to pat on some shadows. You can't layer shadows in this day because only the bottom layer will be vibrant Downside: The gloss didn't leak in my purse, but if all the gloss is down at cap area, I unscrew the cap, and a bit of gloss gushes out. UPDATE: I hated the gushing out part of this lipgloss so I won't repurchase (it was messy!)
Powder -Shiseido - Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover
margyface 3/27/2009 9:46:00 AM
Packaging: Cute Kind of chunky. -> height=2.5cm / length=7cm / width=5.5cm (these are approximate measurements) Yet, it's quite lightweight in my opinion, so that makes up for the size. ------ Powder: Soft. Can make you look chalky/pale/etc. if you use too much (there's a BIT of a pigment and it's very pale) ------ Breakouts: I got break outs :( Nothing huge Therefore, I use this sparingly - only for touchups during the day and particular rough spots on my face. The point is: at least I can still use this even though I get breakouts ------ Sponge: I use it. It's not much to talk about I'm not too picky with my applicators, so it's all on you ;P ------ Oil control: I dunno...as I said, I use it for touch-ups. I use Palgantong Theatrical Powder, which controls oil very well for me. ------ Other: I haven't tried this (or the Palgantong) in summer. Japanese summers get VERY humid, so I'm a little worried, plus I'm Canadian and love the cold. There's a mirror ------ Will not rebuy because I will try MJ's 24 hour powder (don't remember the name, but it's 24 hour-something powder or something like that) ------ I don't remember the price. I think it was 1300-1900 yen. Not great due to exchange rate and whatnot.
I change my nails once a week
I just go shopping and quite often, cashiers would compliment me on my nails.
A Mac saleperson asked for the product name. I warned her it was on the expensive side, but she says getting professionally done nails is expensive as well so...meh XP
Anyway, be careful of the Konad sales people because some of the stuff they try to sell you is NEEDLESS.
All you need are: design plate(s), SPECIAL polish, the scraper, and the stamper.
You can get other stuff much cheaper at the drug store:
nailpolish remover, top coat polish, base coat polish, anything with sparkles, nail clippers, cuticle oil, french tip correcter pen thing, etc etc etc.
You can easily get a starter kid that includes 2 plates (m2 and m3 I believe) with 3 mini special polishes (red, blue and white), scraper, and stamper.
NO NEED FOR THE DOUBLE SIDED STAMPER....at least I find it's just a waste of money.
Here's what I did with the starter kit:
Notice how there's light pink there too....WARNING: some of their special polishes aren't that great. To me, black and white are a must and they show up VERY clearly. I also got a light pink and blue (not the lightest, but still light), but they don't show up as boldly as plain red, plain blue, black, and white. Green has pretty good colour payoff too. If you're able to get to a Konad-selling store, act like you don't know anything about it and they'll do a demonstration for you. Try to get them to use the blah colours that I just mentioned (other blah colours off the top of my head:light blue, light pink, gold, silver, purple, brown, yellow, anyANYTHING WITH THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF SHIMMER) Some colours show up better with a certain base colour. E.g. a darkish purple I got looked purple on white polish, but brown on skin/beige polish There's a CHEAPER VERSION of Konad in China (I think). I heard it works just as well. I personally don't get it because there's a store 30 minutes from my home that sells Konad and I order online as little as possible (paranoid parents about scams=paranoid kid, aka me) YES you CAN use NORMAL POLISHES, but you have to work quick. Fast drying regular polishes MIGHT NOT work too well (you'd have to work even quicker before the polish dries on the design plate). Sheer polishes won't work (They won't show up on nail). Regular polishes are PERFECT for base coats. Here's what I did for this week (and quite often):
base=beige/skin tone colour Tips=pale sparkly blue polish stamp=don't remember the plate number, but there were two kinds of snowflakes. Special polish=white Top coat=regular clear polish with miniscule sparkles (the kind that I've seen only in Japan..where the sparkles are at the bottom of the bottle and you have to shake it. The clear polish has a watery consistency)
Lotions/ Creams -Victoria's Secret - Ultra-Softening Body Butter -- Love Spell
margyface 2/18/2009 7:58:00 AM
I don't know why I used to dislike this.
I've finished my 184g container and can't get another until I get back to Canada :(
The application is non-greasy. I compared it with m y Cherry Blossom Body Butter (the Body Shop). VS is definitely a lot fluffier...like mouse pudding? I can apply this in the morning without worrying about greasy hands. Body Butter is more greasier.
I used this after showering AT NIGHT and sometimes on my arms in the morning. A main difference with Body Butter: BB is longer lasting. I use BB now that I've run out of VS and I've noticed that in the morning, my arms and legs feel moist and there is no need for me to reapply.
The price was cheap I think. It was one of those buy two for $XX deal. I got mine with a friend and split the bill.
I used to find the smell overpowering. It's still QUITE strong, but it's a heavenly smell.
I wanted to get the yellow one, but after trying it out, the smell faded on my skin like I had used baby powder (me dun like) Like perfumes, the scent of this product will probably different from person to person, so try it on if you can.
Packaging is a tub. I'm ok with that since this is a moussey product. (I prefer pumps with creamier/watery ones)
I'll definitely repurchase once I finish my BB. I MIGHT NOT get this same Love Spell, depending on if there are new scents I hadn't smelled when I last went.
not moisturising enough, especially during -35 degree winters
This is actually my current HG foundation. It's my first HG anything XD
I got shade B02
A pretty good range of colours I think
30mL for about 4000 yen (at the Hankyu department store in Kawaramachi, Kyoto, Japan).
I'm not sure how much it is at home in Canada, but this stuff is EXPENSIVE!!! (and now that the exchange rate isn't so great for me, it's even worse)
Nonetheless, I don't regret this purchase.
COVERAGE is pretty sheer, maybe no more than a medium coverage.
The smell is the signature scent. I honestly don't know what the smell is. It's definitely not rose (not like the roses that grow in my garden, anyway). It's a bit of a sour smell.
I don't hate the smell most times. Some days, I DO find discomfort with the smell...I dunno why. It's just like how everyone has those good days and those blah days.
Bottle is cute. It's made of glass. A pump would be nice. Or a smaller hole where the product comes out. The cap is glossy black, plastic and kind of shaped like a rose.
Not convenient for travel, but I can live with that.
How I get the product out: Put the back of your hand flat against the opening. Flip the bottle upside down. I feel product on my hand. Flip bottle and hand rightside up. Remove hand. NEVER REMOVE YOUR HAND WHEN THE BOTTLE IS UPSIDE DOWN (that should be common sense). Anyway, there should be a small glob of foundation on the back of your hand. Use a brush or your fingers (I find using fingers will give a more sheer application, yet more even)
Or you can just pour a little out. Since I'm a klutz, I often end up spilling so I use the aforementioned method.
The finish is slightly dewy. I like to use Palgantong Make-up's Theatrical Powder as a finisher (it's another HG of mine)
Underneath, I use a plain lightweight moisturizer (if I remember), a TINY BIT of concealer on random spots, a tinted moisturizer, and a tinted BB cream.
After applying, usually with a brush, I pat my face with a makeup sponge and "warm" my face with my hands (I think the warming thing KINDA sets the foundation).
Eyeliner -Shiseido - Eyeliner Pencil Duo in D1 Moonscape
margyface 2/18/2009 6:44:00 AM
I originally bought this for the silvery white side
I thought getting the two together was a plus. The white brightens the eye, while the black defines it. A great combo.
However, the STAYING POWER for the black is NO GOOD!!! In winter and in summer.
White is fine. It fades A LITTLE, but since it's light (on my light skin), there's no worry for white raccoon eyes XD.
The case is different for black, a darker shade.
The only time I would use the black is for a look where I INTENTIONALLY smudge the liner (rarely).
White--> good all around, especially on the tear duct and inner half of the top and bottom lid.
For the high price, I wouldn't buy it again.
Packaging is chic, classy, whatever you want to call it. It looks nice.
No problems sharpening.
Intended use: A simple look. THINLY line the outer half of the top and bottom lid with black. The other half of the top and bottom lid is lined with white. Curl and mascara the lashes. Lips are meant to be bold.
The black is no good even for a simple look :(
There might be a difference if you use a base (water/transfer proof), but I believe makeup should work fine (if no brilliantly) on its own.
SMOOTHNESS is only ok....not as smoothly as Mac, Lise Watier, or Urban Decay 24/7
COLOUR PAYOFF is good. Can be applied lightly (sheer) or hard (opaque), but if you draw a hard line, chunks of liner might break off (making it uneven).
It might also be painful for your eyes to draw a dark/opaque line.
The black has tiny flecks in it...difficul to notice when on your eyes. The white is frosty and not exaclt white/silver. I think it has a bit of pink when you look carefully. Again, the pink isn't noticeable on the eyes. I still use the white, so the pictures show that the white is fairly short. Therefore, the pictures don't show a brand-new, full-sized pencil.
Overall, it's a disappointment because of the black. There are better and cheaper liners out there. Personally, I don't like pencil liners on the whole.
I got shade RD 165N
On the Japanese site, the colour sample is too berry/deep.
I'm actually ON THE FENCE with this one...not awful that I don't use it, but it's not great enough that I really MUST repurchase.
The APPLICATOR is inconvenient. It's like a hard, "sponge" stick (not quite soft as a sponge, but I'm not sure how else to describe it since it's not completely plastic).
It's NOT angled or anything....just a stick. (see picture below)
There's NO SCENT. If there is, it's barely there.
NON-STICKY gloss. If stray hairs gets into it, it's ok (easy to toss my hair away).
There are TINY FLECKS of SPARKLES. So tiny! It just adds a little more to the glossiness factor. Plain silver I think?
Non-gritty, and too small to travel around your face.
KINDA SHEER...dunno. Maybe?
It's good for those who want a classic red look, but don't like lipstick.
It's good for a TONED DOWN-ed CLASSIC RED LIP look when used alone.
I like to wear it alone during the day for the aforementioned toned-down-red-lip-look.
I also dap a little over a similar shade of lipstick for a bolder look (I dab just a little...mostly on the centre of my lips).
If you want to know, I use Anna Sui's Sui Rouge V 460 lipstick
I don't remember the PRICE. I THINK I was ok with the price, but I'm not sure. I bought it in Tokyo and the exchange rate wasn't so bad at the time.
The Japanese site says it's 3000 Yen, which is pretty high for me
This is the first BOLD RED lipgloss that I've tried, so I can't compare it with other RED lipglosses, but compared to other glosses, it's meh.
I just like the colour payoff and the non-stickiness.
STAYING POWER....dunno. For lip products, I don't mind reapplying every 3 hours. Since this is a gloss, I'd expect to apply more often anyway. Also, it's non-sticky so it might not stay AS long. Descent in my opinion
The tube (the whole thing is about 10cm long/////The red part is about 6.5cm):
The Blah Applicator:
On skin (due to lighting, it's a bit more orange than in reality):
Me wearing it (in Kyoto). I think I applied a new layer not to long ago:
Thinking about it now, it's not a too bad. If I'm still on the fence, I'd say I'm learning towards loving it. UPDATE: decided I won't repurchase because the application/brush isn't convenient :(
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Palgantong Theatrical Powder
margyface 2/15/2009 4:02:00 AM
UPDATE 3 (it's all the way up here cuz I think it's important) -I stopped using this a while to try MAC MSF natural in light-medium (is that what it's called?) because I can purchase MAC more easily that palgantong. MAC was NOT effective for getting rid of the oilies and IT BROKE ME OUT! I swapped it away for a new Palgantong powder So just saying, if MAC MSF didn't work for you, this might LOVE THIS STUFF!!! I'm not sure why, but my product comes in a different container than in the picture...I got mine in Japan at a drug store. It wasn't too expensive, but I don't remember the price (and the exchange rate has changed drastically). Of course, once I go back to Canada, finding and buying the product will be more difficult and expensive, so I intend to buy at least one more container before leaving. I use this as a setting powder for my blush and foundation. DO NOT expect to be able to use this as a powder foundation because there is little coverage. It DOES, however, smooth out/hide my pores. It airbrushes the texture of my skin. METHOD: Use the puff it comes with. While the puff is AGAINST the holes in the container, flip the entire container up side down. This will give you the right amount you need. PAT the product on a small area of your face. PAT THE PUFF, DON"T WIPE. Repeat on other small areas of the face. It's SHEER. I think it does a pretty good job keeping my T-zone oil to a minimum throughout the day. I still DO blot once or twice. Therefore, it's light weight. I can also carry it around in my pocket. With the puff in place, there's no spillage/waste of product. UPDATE: Saw the other packaging in the store today. I'm not sure what's on the inside...but there's more product. The one I have is 10g, while I THINK I saw a 30g and 60g in the other packaging. I'm not sure if the puff and everything is the same either. I'll probably stick with the kind I have now and other one out before I leave. Also, if you must know, I use this over moisturiser and foundation UPDATE 2: Forgot to buy a backup. I used up all the powder of the one I bought, but received a new one in swap. -siftor is easily removeable to get the last bit of powder (you can also put it back on) -I mainly use this on my T-zone because that's where I get most of the oilies and using -I still dust this sparingly on other areas besides the T zone
A BERRY TONE lipstick. I'm not too great with describing tones and whatnot, so I'll leave it at that.
The colour looks super dark and BOLD IN THE TUBE.
However, it goes on as a SHEER purpley plum, so the pigmentation of your lips will affect the colour when you apply.
There are TINY FLECKS of SPARKLES, but they're hardly noticeable. Therefore, it's NON-GRITTY. The sparkles DO NOT get all over your face.
I BELIEVE there IS a taste. However, it's too light I don't really notice..and it goes away soon after application anyway.
My mom tried it and said "There's a taste, so I don't like it" (not exactly, but you get what I mean). If you're like my mom, this isn't for you.
Here's a swatch on white paper:
And a swatch on my hand:
Personally, I think this could go with ANY SKINTONE. I only work on my own makeup so I wouldn't know for sure, but I'm pretty sure this could go on anyone (because it's quite sheer). BUILDABLE colour. This does BRING OUT THE YELLOW in my teeth, SLIGHTLY. I heard blue-reds bring out the white, but some claim their teeth still look more yellow with those. So anything can happen. The tube is cute. The tube length is the same as Mac and Anna Sui lipsticks. A moisturizing lipstick. Warning: Some of the other Plantlove lipsticks (e.g. Yakushima) are not as moisturizing...refer to the testers before buying. Staying power...um it's a lipstick so for me, I just apply after doing my makeup in the morning and after meals. It gets on to your drink cup (but lipsticks usually do) Personally, I don't mind reapplying lip products. I DO NOT use lipliner. The shade is on the dark side, but it's still SHEER and a bit GLOSSY. Bah, I never use lipliner (Non-bleeding lipstick=good lipstick). The tube (a little under 7.5cm long)
Here's the scariness in the tube:
Repurchase is actually a maybe. I bought this during my sheer lipsticks phase, which has long passed. But summed up, not a bad lippie. ;)
Lipstick -Cargo - Plant Love Lipstick in Yakushima
margyface 8/18/2008 6:46:00 PM
On me, it goes on red, though not like Marilyn Monroe's red. It's more darker I love that it's very sheer with colour that's buildable. Here are my pros and cons: :D Sheer with colour that's buildable :D A red that's natural on me with one layer and an evening-look red with multiple layers :D Moisturizing, though not so much as the other Plantlove lipsticks :D Named after an island in Japan....I'm a Japan fanatic :D Sparkles add a sheen to my lips :D Case is adorable :( Sparkles migrate across my face (I'd prefer fewer sparkles) :( The environmental motive behind it is unfortunate, please read on if you're interested in my opinion Other things about the lipsticks that I'm apathetic about: :| When applying, it feels gritty due to the sparkles :| There *is* a lipstick taste, but I only taste it in the morning (before I eat anything). It goes away very quickly though. My take on the whole environmental issue involved with this produce: It makes no sense to me. It's just a sales pitch. My dad says it's likely they use the edible (and maybe the non-edible) part of corn to make the case. There are people (the less fortunate) who would rather eat the corn than have the lipstick case. How many more chemicals and how much more time and effort does it take to make a fancy corn-case? The box~~I have yet to hear someone who has successfully seen wildflowers grow from it. The box looks like it has been made with recyled paper (cool), but making the box with that material requires a lot of heat, which is likely to destroy the seeds' ability to grow. Basically, these seeds are duds. Overall, I still like this lipstick. I would probably buy this colour again in particular, or I'd get one with a similar colour and less sparkles. This is my third Plantlove lipstick. I would like to buy more colours, though none that I haven't bought interest me at the moment. ****UPDATE: I bought Lavshuca's Rouge Star Classic in RD-2, which is a more moisturizing, less-grainy version of this. I'd rather rebuy the Lavshuca lipstick rather than Cargo's. Lavshuca is cheaper too (now that I'm in Japan)