Friday, August 16, 2013

[Circle lens review] Neo Glamour Green!

Hi! It's 12:39am right now, and I'm absolutely dead tired. My eyes feel kind of heavy and whatnot, but I really, really wanted to write about these pair of lenses right now. I'm a happy lens camper, you see.

I've mentioned that the Geo world series were my first lens, and when I first saw them on a store website, I was all "that. is. mine!"

Well, I'm here today to talk about the 2nd line of lenses that made me go ga-ga. It's another 3 tone lens (yes, we know I'm crazy about 3 tones), from Neo Vision. I'll be talking about the Neo Vision glamour lens in green! Thank you very much to Honeycolor, who has sponsored this review.




First, let's have a quick look at Honeycolor - they're one of the most well known online circle lens stores, known for their huge circle lens collection. On top of having such a selection, Honeycolor also has great selection of false eyelashes. You can find famous brands like Dollywink, Jumily, Diamond lash and Eyemazing there!

The lenses came in this little box, which I really like. The front of the box has the Honeycolor company name printed on it - the back shows pictures on how to insert the lens into your eye! Its great help for beginners, who may not know how to put on lenses. The lenses also come with an adorable case! I got a purple fishy case, heheh! ^o^




So, I'll begin by telling you a little more about the Neo Glamour green lenses!

Diameter: 14.2
BC (Base curve): 8.6
Water content: 45%
Life: 1 year 
Certified by: KFDA, UKAS 054, ISO 13485, CE 0499, GMP
Colours available (8): Green, hazel, blue, brown, honey, violet, gray, aqua

Price: Currently $26.32 [here]



Design

This lens does have a pretty unique, interesting design. Instead of having a solid limbal ring like most circle lenses, they have jagged edges! These lines do look a lot more natural than a normal, solid limbal ring would. 

The green colour of the lens doesn't show up too much when it's in the case, but there are 3 colours that blend in together. It begins with black/dark gray colour lines, and changes to a natural green, then finishing off with a deep yellow colour. 





Pictures



You can see that the lens colours do blend in well with my natural eye colour. It doesn't really give off a vibrant green look, but rather a natural, murky green. I really, really like that! (As usual, I wasn't going for a vibrant eye look!)

In the picture below, I'm wearing the lenses in different lightings. The first one is just in my hall. The second one has me standing in front of a window (window light), and the last is just flash. 






My thoughts

Honeycolour service: I'd have to say that the store service is brilliant - they always reply quickly, and very politely. Not all stores can offer the 2 (speed and politeness) together in customer service, so I like that a lot. 
The shipping was extra fast - it only came in a couple of days for me. Honeycolour does offer several different shipping options, so you can choose whatever option fits your budget. On average (if you choose the cheapest method), it'll take approximately 2 weeks. 

As for the lenses - I do really, really, honestly like these. They give off a natural look, which I can always appreciate! They're not as HUGE on me as the Geo nudys, it only gives off a slight enlargement. When in regular room light, it's not too obvious that you're wearing lenses. However, they do change your appearance a little bit, enough to make a slight, nice change.

Comfort is brilliant. I can't even feel them in my eyes (as all contacts should be, haha), and I forget I'm wearing them! These lenses have a 45% water content - this makes them super, duper comfortable and I can easily wear these for a long time (7+ hours). Brilliant. 

The only thing I'd have to point out is that sometimes, the right lens doesn't seem to "stick" onto my eye properly. It moves around a very, very little bit. It's nothing that other people will notice (if it does indeed move). It's not much to worry about and no one notices it, though. (It's probably just my eye adjusting to it.)



Rating
(Note: I don't give 0.5 marks!)

Color:  / 5 
Enlargement: /5  
Comfort: /5
Overall rating: /5

Brilliant lenses, love them! I hope I can try out all the colours in this line, hehe. My next favourites (by colour) are hazel, honey and brown! 



Pictures 
I've taken some more pictures, in case you guys wanted to see more of these lenses in action! 







For the sillies.


What about you?
Have you tried these lenses before? Do you like natural lenses? ^___^





Disclaimer: I was given these lenses for review purposes. As always, this post is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

[Review] Etude House dear my blooming lips talk + giveaway winner!

I'm back! Hi!~

I've got a review for you guys today, and it's on Etude House's "dear my blooming lips talk" line! These have been a hit with many people, and lots of people seem to like it. It's a bestselling item in most online stores, and I'm super duper happy that I get to review these thanks to Keautystore.

*[Use code: "Junniku" to get 5% off your purchase from Keautystore.com!]




"Keautystore.com stands for Korean Beauty Store which is an online store selling items from Korea. Keautystore.com was founded in November 2009 (as LiliesShop.net) and has been operating successfully until the present day. We are an online retailer/wholesaler of women's and men's cosmetics, contact lenses, Korean fashion wigs and much more." 
- Keautystore.com


So let's get on with this review!
*Giveaway winner at the bottom of the post.




Description

Smooth textured lipstick supplies vivid color and moist shine. 
1. Expressed as vivid colour on the lips. Smooth and good colour. Clean, bright lips express. 
2. Smooth lips without keratin. Soft as cream.
3. Abundant nutrition and moisture. Maintains healthy, moist lips. 

These lipsticks are pretty much exactly as described. I was pretty surprised at how smooth and creamy they were! They didn't feel "crayon-y", nor did it feel like I was tugging it around my lips. The colour is pretty vivid, but note that some colours may look very, very similar to each other. 

Net wt: 3.4g (0.11oz)
Size: Small, but enough to last a while. The bullet is maybe 3.5cm, from base to tip. 

Price: $14 
You can find it here at Keautystore!

Colours: There is a huge range of colours to choose from. There are currently 31 colours in the whole line!


Review



I'll be showing you 5 of the 31 colours! (If the PK009 sticker looks tampered with, it totally is. I peeled it off for fun and stuck it back on... entertainment at its weirdest.)




Packaging



The packaging is super pretty -  they're slightly shimmery, pink tubes with ribbons on the bottom! Super girly and pretty. It's the little details that make the whole thing really cute, no?

They've got product information stickers on the bottom of the tubes. Although all the tubes look exactly the same, you'll have the product name and code (ex. OR204) on the bottom. 




The lipsticks





From left to right, we have: 
1. BE101 (Tease beige)
2. PK005 (Excited pink) 
3. PK009
4. OR204 (Bashful coral)
5. OR205 (Exciting orange)



The bullets are really vivid in colour, and are super smooth and creamy! They even have little carvings on them - I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be cinderella's carriage? It sure looks like it. Eee, little pretty details make me squeal in a really weird way ahhaa~




Swatches 
Again, in the same order: 
1. BE101
2. PK005
3. PK009
4. OR204
5. OR205

Dim room lighting
Flash
Sunlight
Flash, blended out!
Lip swatches


Review
These lipsticks are really creamy and smooth - it's a breeze applying them to your lips, but I highly recommend that you exfoliate your lips beforehand. It really won't look good if you apply this lipstick when you've got chapped, "damaged" lips. The colour will settle into lines, "clump up" a little on chappy lips and... it's just a mess. I really tried exfoliating the best I could, but meh, it did settle into lines a bit. Not a big deal, though.
- These lipsticks aren't drying, either. They really do make my lips moist, I likey!

I really like how each colour shows up pretty well on my lips - I could actually see the colour difference on these lipsticks (unlike some other lipsticks, which may all look the same). They last decently long, but you might want to reapply after eating or drinking. I don't really care for reapplying though, and find that it still gives a faint tint even at the very end of the day. I don't mind! 

My favourite colours have to be BE101 and OR204. Even though they're super pretty, I do think the pinks (PK009 in particular) are a little too strong for me. 

Lastly, for the price - I think it's worth its price range ($8-14). They've got lots of quality for the price. I personally would never spend over $40+ on a lipstick (okay, maybe if I suddenly had the money), and because these are so good, I'll probably see myself buying more of these in the future! 

Because of their quality and affordability, I'd recommend 1 or 2 to anyone interested in lipsticks! I don't think you'll be disappointed. ^__^


Likes 
- Creamy, smooth texture
- Affordable
- Easy to find + buy
- Lightly scented 
- Really pigmented
- Huge colour range to choose from 
- Adorable packaging! 

Dislikes
- Absolutely must exfoliate before use (unless you've got amazing lips... I'm jealous!)


Repurchase: Yes! I'd love to try more of the beige colours, they're pretty and so wearable! 




What about you?
Have you tried these lipsticks? What do you think about them? ^__^


Disclaimer: This review was sponsored, but has not affected my opinions in any way.
My opinion cannot be bought. 







Update: We have a giveaway winner for the Etude House CC cream! Congratulations, Rika! You've got 48 hours to answer my email and claim your prize. If you do not answer, a new winner will be picked! ^___^ 

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Monday, August 5, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Fresh Aqua Cooling 24 Eyes Stick

Why do so many Korean cosmetics have such long names...? 


I'm back with another review - this time on Tonymoly's "Fresh Aqua Cooling 24 Eyes Stick"! I purchased this at the "Debbie" store in Pacific mall. You can see it featured in my latest haul here. 

[Before we get into this: I'm really sorry I haven't been posting often! I've got a deferred exam up in less than 2 weeks, so I'm pretty much trying to cram, ahahah... I'll definitely be posting a lot more after August 13th! ^___^]



When I bought it, the weather was super hot, and everyone was melting on the streets. Some of you may know that I don't have AC in the house, so at nights... it was really, really difficult to sleep. I ended up getting some serious dark circles and tired eyes!
I tried to find any way to cool off - so when I saw this, I was like "OMG. Mine. Cool eyes yes."

To top it off, I bought it on sale! It was regularly $10-13 (or something like that), but I actually bought it for $3. Debbie was having a crazy sale that day, and a lot of things were 50% off (or more).

On to the review!



Product description 

"Unique eye serum in stick form that's designed to provide relief and moisture for puffy, tired eyes. When applied, the stick gives a cooling, soothing sensation to the eyes."

It comes in a "twisty stick" (what do you call those, again?) and is light blue in colour. There's a faint, pleasant smell to it and isn't sticky when applied. Smells fresh, it does.

As for the size and price - the stick comes with 9g of product. If purchased that regular price, that's pretty expensive for such a small amount.





Initial thoughts 

I was super exciting having found this for only $3 (even though I would've paid full price anyways). The "cooling" claim got me really curious, and I just couldn't leave the store without it. I tried it out on my hand before buying, and did feel a cooling sensation.

It might've been a placebo effect.




Swatch/pictures 


It's not coloured, and will apply clear. There isn't a sticky feeling to it, but my hand did feel slightly moisturized? The difference was so small that I couldn't even tell if I had actually swatched it.

Before (left), After (right)



My experience 

It didn't work at all.
I'm not sure why, but when I swiped it on my hand it didn't feel "sticky" or anything. But when I was applying it under and over my eyes, I felt that the stick didn't have any "moisture" properties to it and actually tugged at my skin. It was like trying to roll a slightly (very slightly) damp crayon on your skin.

The product doesn't claim that it'll "fix" under eye circles, so I didn't have a problem with that aspect. However, it doesn't reduce puffiness. It didn't even "cool" my eyes! It doesn't make my eyes less tired, or even moisturize the skin. There was no difference to my eyes - I didn't see it, nor feel it.
Where was the cooling sensation?

What's more, 15 minutes after using the product and deciding that it didn't work, I decided to give it another shot (Maybe it'll work the second time?). I pulled the cap off, and BAM.


Red exclamation mark to show my shock! 

The stick broke off its "twisty" end, and stuck to the top of the cap! I didn't even twist it up that much, how can this be?! 
Either way, I was slightly annoyed. I had to dig it out, and shove it back in its normal spot, huhuhu. 

It didn't work the second time, either. I swiped it on each eye 3 times, and it might've been too much. The product started... clumping on my skin? It looked like dead skin cells or something (or eraser bits). I didn't take a picture of it, but you might be able to see the "clumping" on the picture below. (the left corner of the eye)

I C U! (Ohohoh I'm so funny)



So in summary

Pros: 
- Smells nice ("fresh", light scent)



Cons:
- Doesn't moisturize
- Doesn't relieve puffiness or tired eyes
- Doesn't cool the skin
- Starts to "clump up" if swiped 3+ times
- No cooling effect on eyes
- Expensive (for regular price)


Repurchase?
No. I wouldn't even buy this for 50 cents.




What about you?
Have you tried this? Have you tried any other "cooling" product? 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Luminous Goddess Aura Make-Up MIST

Hello!

I'm back with another review; this time, it's on Tonymoly's "Luminous Goddess Aura Makeup Mist"! (The name is so long, seriously.) Endorsed by Kpop group, T-ara!

I picked this product just on a random whim. I do have a few mists in my collection, but they haven't really been used a lot. Maybe a single spritz? I'm not sure why I picked this one - and after having it in my hands, I even regretted it!

But no worries! After using this mist, it's become one of my favourite products, and I use it every time I apply makeup.







Product description

I'll describe it pretty briefly here: It's a mist mixed with both oil and water, and can be used before or after makeup application. The below description from online shop Momomango describes it excellently!

Tony Moly's Luminous Goddess Aura Mist is a multple use mist which can be used both before and after makeup.  It's no secret that heavy makeup use can do a number on your skin, so keep it fresh and protected with Tony Moly's hydrating mist!  A 3:7 ratio of oil and water layered mixture helps keep your skin skin soft, moist and hydrated to prevent dry and flaky skin.



Packaging: It comes in a pinkish bottle made of plastic. It's pretty sturdy, and I have no fear of accidentally dropping this baby! (Not that I'd want to, but y'know.)

The spray nozzle is strong, and gives a good spritz. I only need 1 spritz to cover my entire face.
I really dislike the nozzles where it gives a choking, "half hearted" spritz, and you've got nothing on your face after a good 4 pumps. Bleh!



Size: It comes in a 80ml bottle.

Scent: There is a scent to this mist. I can't really describe it, but it smells... fruity? I really like it, ahaha.

More info:
- Mixture of oil and water (shake before use)
- Lasts 12 months after first use
- Prevents dry skin
- Multi use, can be used before/after makeup
- Bottom of bottle: Manufacture date



Remember to shake well before use!



Directions 

1. Shake well before use.
2. Hold bottle 20-30 cm distance from face when spraying


In the picture, I'm actually spraying the product - it's not for show or anything like that. You can't really see the spray in the picture, though! Sorry. 





Initial/after thoughts 

Like I said - I actually pretty much regretted picking this product up. I realized after that it had a 3:7 ratio of oil and water. I thought "OIL? OIL?" and freaked out, because I thought it'd mess up my skin and give me clogged pores, or something crazy like that.

When I used it, I was really happy though! It made my skin feel really fresh, and it didn't feel heavy at all. After use, my face felt really, really soft and smooth - smoother than a baby's butt. I likeee. I also really like that the main ingredient in this product is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera)!

My skin looked super dewy after use, but it does die down later. It still gives you a healthy glow on your face (nothing too drastic), so I really like it!

Right after use


So, in summary:

Pros:
- Inexpensive
- A little goes a long way, so it's cost efficient too!
- Makes skin smoother, softer, moisturized
- Gives a dewy look
- Prevents dryness/flakey skin
- Prevents "cakey" foundation application (or fixes it)


Cons:
- I honestly can't think of any...


Repurchase: Yes! It's not expensive, and it really makes my skin super soft and gives it a fresh feeling. I really like this product. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good, inexpensive mist!




What about you?
Do you use mists? What do you think about this product?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

[Circle lens review] Geo 3 tone brown!

Hey guys! 
I'm back with another review, this time on a circle lens pair!




I purchased the "Geo 3 tone brown" from circlelens.com a few months ago for $17.50. I mentioned these in a post a couple of days ago - this series is my absolute favourite! The colours in this line are super pretty, and even though I'm a brown lens kind of girl, I'd even try this in violet!





Description and information

Brand: Geo Medical
Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Life: 12 months 
Colour: 3 toned
Water content: 38%
Made in Korea 

"World Series is the tri color lens that blends shades of different color and the brown in the middle in order to imitate the natural eye color. The printing also blends in the natural eye color, resulting in not too vibrant, but definitely noticeable, even from afar. World Brown is recommended for people who want to change the color of their eyes, but do not want any enlargement effect."
- Circlelens.com





This line goes by several different names: 

- Berry Cessy
- World series
- Geo 3 tones 
- The "official name" for these lenses are CM90_. (There's a different number at the end for each colour.)






My favourite colour has got to be brown (for now), it looks really nice in the shop photos! They're 3 toned, so it'll blend quite nicely with your real eye colour. I personally think these are the prettiest lenses I've seen so far, but I'm just an overall fan of 3 tones aha. 

Anyways, I was really nervous when I saw them in person though - the colour doesn't look brown, but it looks orange-y. Definitely not what I had imagined, so I was pretty much sure that I'd have to toss these. 





Thursday, July 25, 2013

Junniku's first giveaway! [Etude House CC cream]

Hi guys!

Sorry I haven't posted a review in a couple of days, things have been pretty hectic with the upcoming university year! I'm definitely going to make an effort of being more active until the next hectic wave, haha~

Anyways! I'm really excited to announce my first ever giveaway! I'm super excited and jumpy about this - someone will win an Etude House CC cream (in #1 silky). This giveaway is generously sponsored by cosmetic-love.com!




You may have heard of Cosmetic-love before - maybe you've shopped on their website, seen them featured in another blog, or even seen their ebay store! If you haven't heard of Cosmetic-love before, they're a cosmetic store which sells a number of Korean beauty products. They carry well known brands such as Etude house, Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Skinfood, Innisfree and more! Their products are 100% genuine and authentic, as they deal directly with retail shops and manufacturers.

They were kind enough to sponsor an Etude House CC cream giveaway for my readers! I know these are really popular right now, so if you haven't tried a CC cream - I really hope you can enter this giveaway!~

This CC cream in particular will be the Etude House CC cream in #1 silky - if you were looking for #2 glow, don't fret! There's always next time~






Extra giveaway info

1. International giveaway, anyone can enter!
2. You must complete the 3 mandatory requirements to move on and finish the others!
3. No giveaway accounts, please. 
4. Giveaway starts July 25th 2013, ends August 13th 2013.
5. Winner will be contacted after the giveaway ends, and has 48 hours to respond. If they do not reply, I will choose a new winner.






Rules 
There are 3 mandatory rules - they're super easy, and they don't take much time at all! 

1. Follow me publicly on GFC.
2. "Like" Cosmetic-love's Facebook page!
3. Create a customer account on Cosmetic-love.com! (Takes under 1 minute)

Note: I will be checking entries. Please don't cheat.

If you've finished these 3 mandatory requirements, you can do more to earn extra entries!





Banner for your blog post/blog
Sorry - there's only a long, rectangle version of this banner! I'll have different size banners next giveaway, promise! 

Junniku



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If you're planning on entering this giveaway - good luck! ^___^ The CC cream looks so good, hehe~ Thank you to Cosmetic-love for sponsoring this giveaway, and I hope you guys enjoy it!

Friday, July 19, 2013

[Review] The Face Shop volcanic clay nose strips

This is going to be a pretty embarrassing (and gross) post! 

My nose has been pretty "pluggy" the last few days. Clogged pores were just happily clogging it up! So in order to combat this, I decided to arm myself with these volcanic clay (charcoal) nose strips from The Face Shop.

You've probably seen the other version of this product: The Face Shop volcanic clay nose pack! (It's the one that comes in the tube, and is a white coloured paste.

Note: This packaging is the "newer" version of TFS's old charcoal pore strips (the packaging design was discontinued)






Description 

These strips are made of New Zealand volcanic clay, which is described as being a "pore clear agent" and a natural mineral.

"There are volcanic activities in New Zealand Rotorua area. This activity creates hot mud spots. New Zealand Rotorua Mud is one of the best three muds in the world!"

I bought the box set of these strips. The box comes with 7 separately packaged strips! If you don't want to buy 7 of them, there is always an option of buying a single strip.


"It has strong blackhead and oily secretion absorption properties. Supported with pore minimizing ingredients, the charcoal pore strip will leave your skin feeling tight and smooth!"





Packaging and directions 

I bought the box, which contains 7 nose strips. If 7 strips is too much for you, most sites sell strips individually.




Packaging was straightforward - the directions come in both English and Korean (They both literally say the exact same thing, so there's no need for translation).

And picture demos! You know I love them!




(In case it's hard to read from the picture)

1. Wash face, leaving nose thoroughly wet (seriously, it needs to be REALLY wet!)
2. Remove the clear lining from the smooth side of the strip. 
3. Apply across the bridge of the nose, pressing down firmly to ensure maximum contact. (!!!)
4. Let dry for 10-15 minutes until the strip has hardened.
5. Slowly peel off. 





Texture 

There's a fuzzy side (the side that should be facing up, not touching your skin) and the smooth, black side (the side that should be touching your skin)

Fuzzy side!
This is the smooth side - it's really smooth. Yep.
By the way, really sorry that the lighting is terrible and everything basically looks fuzzy as heck! It won't happen again in future reviews/pictures!






Price

Box - $4.50 on eBay
Individual strips - $1 (everywhere)





My experience 
Welp, here comes the horrifying part.

The pores on my nose were super clogged. The lighting in the room was also super, super yellow, so sorry if you can't see too clearly! (Uhm, I'm sure you can still see a lot though.)

Super size me YAYYY.
Delicious!
(Okay, I'm disgusting.)


So after I washed my face with warm water and steamed it a bit (it is highly recommended that you steam your face before using these), I used a strip! You have to make sure that your face is really wet, or else the strip won't have anything more to stick to. 

When applying it on your nose, make sure you're actually pressing down firmly. You want the strip to stick to all the nooks and crannies of your little nose! :D 








At first, the strip felt really flimsy and floppy - like it would fall off easily. But it won't - the it really sticks on, given that your face is wet! As the minutes ticked by, I could really feel the strip hardening on my nose. It felt weird crinkling my nose, because the strip was all tight and clingy on my face. Yay. 

After 15 minutes had passed, I pulled it off! And no - it didn't hurt at all. Some black parts (like on the edge of the strip) ended up still stuck on my face, but it can easily be scrubbed off with an exfoliator. 

Taaaadaaa. 



[My nose after the strip]



Well, it definitely pulled some gunk out. Like most strips, it mostly just pulled out my face fuzzel (those little fuzzy hairs on your nose). 

But after using the strip, my face really did feel smoother. Like a baby's bottom! It also felt a bit tighter, but not in a "omg the botox feel" way. My nose felt less oilier as well, which is always a nice thing.

Before using the strip, my nose felt cloggy, gross and... I don't know, like it was harder for my nose-skin to breathe? But after using it, my nose felt lighter and cleaner. And it felt like my nose could breathe.

I must sound crazy right now, LOL. 

To sum it up:



Pros
- Cheap
- Easy to use
- Black coloured, so you can see what you pull out! (Everyone likes looking at their gunk.)
- Lightly scented (it isn't overpowering)
- Nose less clogged
- Nose less oily
- Tightens skin
- Doesn't hurt when peeling off


Cons
- Mostly face fuzzel removed



Repurchase?
Yes, I'll repurchase this when my nose isn't in the best of shape! I think it's great for the price, and definitely worth it. It's fun to look at the gross nose strip too, so... it's basically cheap entertainment as well. Amiright? 



Overall rating:

4/5 (Because it's nothing "OMG this has changed my life!")





What about you?

Have you tried these nose strips, or nose strips in general? Do you like using them?
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