Month: April 2012

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Wrap Review


Product Name Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Wrap 
Retail Price $15 for 25ml on Best Buy Singapore 
Product Description BEAUTY BENEFITSFor facial puffiness in the morning and feelings of heaviness around the cheeks in times of stress or heat. 
In just 10 minutes, this Facial Wrap lightens tissues, reduces puffiness, smoothens and redefines the features. 
At the same time, it restores soft, bright, matte skin. The face is instantly and visibly refined and more beautiful.

APPLICATION

Apply a thick layer on the bottom half of the face and the neck, avoiding the eye contour area.
Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water. 
To enhance its effectiveness; follow Clarins Manual Auto-Lifting Method described in the leaflet that comes with every product.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

  • Chinese Barley: lightens tissues, encourages elimination

of toxins.

  • White Clay from France: absorbs impurities, matifies.
  • Christophine: moisturizes and softens.
  • Parsley: brightens the complexion.
The Good 1)    Does reduce puffiness in the face. Not very significant, but at least skin feels taut and smooth.

2)    Doesn’t sting my sensitive skin, great to use just before makeup application for those who’re rushing off to an important event.

3)    Doesn’t smell horrible. Just a faint scent of barley and clay.

4)    Dual purpose: Brightens and tones the face. Great to use in the mornings! For better results, I tend to prefer storing this in the fridge before I apply it on. It somehow helps to soothe my sensitive skin faster and better.

 

The Bad 1)    Might be a little drying for very dry skin types due to its clay ingredients.2)    A little on the pricey side as compared to slimming paper masks that come with ear hooks. Those “lift” the skin pretty well too.3)    Frequent use of this product is needed to maintain the tautness of the skin, especially under the chin area. Cost might be an issue for those on a budget.

4)    I believe that this product may work best for those in their 20s and 30s, where sagging skin isn’t at its worst state yet and can still be lightly treated and maintained over the long run. More of a preventive care product than treatment kind, based on my experience with this product.

 

Overall Rating   3 out of 5 
Will I repurchase this? Nope.It performs decently well by brightening and firming my skin, especially along the jawline and neck area. However, results weren’t as spectacular as I’d have wished for it to be, despite frequent usage of this product. It’s more like a luxury product to me; good to have, but definitely not a must-have item in my ever-growing skincare stash. I’d still recommend it to those who’re looking for products that can firm up the skin along the jawline to prevent sagging, especially if you’re losing a couple of pounds recently or suffer from serious water retention in the face in the mornings. It’s still a good product to try if you’ve the extra cash and have the interest to venture into trying firming and shaping skincare products.
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My Oufit for Maybelline Party!


hey everyone! :D
hope you’ve enjoyed the short video on what i wore to the maybelline party! nothing that fancy but i just thought of sharing with you how i dress down a rather formal-looking dress for social night time events :)
makeup’s definitely on the dramatic side but the photos certainly turned out well! :)

you can check out the photos on my personal blog (http://www.charissayvette.wordpress.com) if you’re interested!~
i’ll be posting more personal sharings on that blog so feel free to visit ^^
a huge thank you for all the support thus far and not forgetting, my new subscribers! :)

Do let me know if you’d like makeup tutorial on this look! :D i mainly used inexpensive Sleek makeup products for the eye makeup :) it could very well be a prom makeup look for those who’re looking for a dramatic look to wear :)

Love,
Yvette

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing UV Milk with SPF50 PA+++ Review



when it's first spread out, it leaves a dewy sheen on the skin!

then it quickly dries down to a natural semi-matte finish that's actually quite beautiful on the skin!

Product Name Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing UV Milk with SPF50 PA+++

 

Retail Price $19.90, exclusively sold at Watsons

Visit Hada Labo Facebook Page to participate in sampling campaigns and giveaways!

 

Product Description This multi purpose UV milk has 3‐in‐1 benefits:

UV Protection, Hydration, and Make‐Up Base.

1) WithSPF50PA+++, users can be assured of a high, broad-­‐spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.

2) Like other products in the brand, Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing UV Milk SPF 50 PA+++ reaches deep into the skin to moisturize the skin with three types of Hyaluronic Acid. It locks in moisture for a soft, supple and radiant skin all day.

3) As a Make-Up Base, cosmetics can glide easily on the smoother skin after applying it. The light, water like texture makes it easy for an even application, and is quickly absorbed without stickiness. The UV milk is transparent, leaving no white residues.

The UV milk is gentle on skin, as it is free of artificial ingredients such fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant that may burden the skin. This UV milk also keeps the skin’s pH balanced, and is rigorously tested for low skin irritation.

It is suitable for daily usage on the face, neck and body.

 

The Good 1)    Smooth consistency that applies easily onto the skin hydrates the drier patches of skin that I have from overnight acne spot treatment

2)    Absolutely no sticky feeling at all!

3)    Doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin, which makes foundation and concealer application true to its shade. Goodbye to geisha-looking faces! Awesome!

4)    Nearly no scent to the sun block lotion at all! Great feature, since my acne-prone skin will definitely heal faster without the unnecessary fragrance ingredients!

5)    Suitable for sensitive skin! I don’t usually put sunblock lotion on my neck since many of them cause my neck to itch and develop specks of rashes. I’m happy to say that this product didn’t and it hydrates the skin on my neck well enough to keep it soft and smooth!

6)    A 50cents coin amount is more than enough for the face and entire neck, which means a bottle of this product should last between 2 to 3 months of daily usage. Quite value for money as compared to similar sunblock lotions from high-end brands.

 

The Bad 1)    Perhaps a larger volume quantity? 38ml may seem  little to those who’re really on a tight budget, but then again the quality of this sunblock lotion’s pretty decent for the price too. Just wanted to add on this point in from the perspective of a very price sensitive buyer.

2)    Only available at Watsons. Both good and bad. While it may be slightly troublesome to hunt down a Watsons outlet to purchase this from, Watsons also tends to have many sale discounts for the public and members that we can benefit from.

 

Overall Rating  4.5 out of 5

 

Will I repurchase this? Definitely! YES!

I was very impressed with the performance of this sunblock! If you’ve seen my previous review on the Clarins Tinted Sunbock Lotion, you’d have already known that I’m a fan of that. But this product is my current favourite now as it doesn’t alter the undertones of my skin at all and most of all, hydrates the dry patches on my face to allow foundation to adhere better. While there’re pros and cons to the whole issue of brightening the complexion with a tinted base, I’d still rather have a sunblock lotion that dries down to a transparent semi-matte finish to allow me to quickly complete my makeup routine within the few minutes that I can spare in the morning.

Very ideal for those who’re always on-the-go and are looking for a sunblock lotion that does the hydration and sun protection job for you in one step!

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Vassen Cloud Nine Brown 14.5mm Contact Lenses Review


how it looks like on my dark brown eyes! very striking shade of brown! looks beautiful in photos right?? :D

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 42%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Type: 1 Year Disposal
What inside: One pair of lenses and one cutie animal lens caseBUY HERE

 

My Review:To be honest, when i first tried on the lenses, i went O.O?!?!?! at the mirror! The colour’s mad striking! I’ve never tried such a vibrant shade of brown on my eyes before and was kinda wondering what kind of makeup would suit a look like this. I figured that a hint of bronze added to a smoky eye look would bring out the dimensions of the lenses and I was very pleased with the after result, as you can see from the photo :)

It doesn’t look odd or fake even in real life too, partly because it’s brown in color. I’d choose to wear this pair of lenses for night time events as its vibrancy photographs beautifully! Iris enlargement is quite noticeable despite being a 14.5mm lens. (I usually wear 15.0mm)

However, this series of lenses has to be worn with some eye makeup to pull the whole look together. There’s a need to add some colors to the eyes and face to balance all the features and enhanced eye color so that the entire look can look pleasing to the eye :)

I’d recommend this pair of lenses for those who’re doing cosplay, attending evening events (e.g. prom nights, clubbing, wedding dinners) or to those who’re keen on trying a pair of lenses that’re different from the norm.

I’m quite daring when it comes to wearing vibrant cosmetic lenses (I even wear my red ones to church ^^) and so, I’ve no problem wearing these even in the day :) Plus, I wear makeup most of the time when I’m going out, so this helps in making me look quite decent with vibrant, brown eyes :)

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this series of Vassen lenses!

My Rating:

4.5 / 5

GEO Mimi Cafe Latte Brown 15.0mm Contact Lenses Review


how it looks on my dark brown eyes. quite natural looking :)

Diameter: 15.0mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Type: 1 Year Disposal
What inside: one pair of lenses and one animal lens case

BUY HERE

My Review:

The reason why I purchased this pair of contact lenses was because of it’s beautiful design! As I’ve got dark brown eyes, I knew that hints of yellow will accentuate my natural eye color. :)

Also, I personally feel that 15.0mm lenses are more comfortable for me than the usual 14.0mm ones. They somehow adhere to my eyes better and won’t shift about on my eyes throughout the whole day’s wear of about 8 to 10 hours. The lenses are surprisingly soft and comfortable, comparable to monthly contact lenses which are thinner and softer. These don’t dry out my eyes too! :) A great plus point! I don’t use any eye drops while wearing contact lenses so I believe that this is a fair review.

Enlargement wise, it’s does a decent job but it won’t give you a stark, wide doe-eyed look that can only be achieved with black circle rimmed lenses. This pair is definitely more wearable for everyday and any occasion as it looks natural while giving your eyes a hint of color, something which I’m a great fan of!

I’d definitely be repurchasing this pair of lenses!

Normally, GEO lenses tend to dry out my eyes but this one didn’t! I’m glad that I got this as it’s my go-to contact lenses for everyday wear :) Looks really good even without makeup on! :)

Highly recommended for those who’re looking for a pair of cosmetic contact lenses that subtly enhances their eye color and iris diameter :)

My Rating:

5 / 5