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An amateur's mix of fashion, makeup and … cosplay


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I love Nina Mew~ ꒰ღ˘‿˘ற꒱❤⃛

I have been eyeing this Japanese brand called Nina Mew for a while. As with a lot of Japanese brands, this is super cute and completely the kind of things I like! The founder of this brand is called Nina Uchida. The brand is named after herself =3 and she is often featured on the Nina Mew website wearing her own brand! Haha she clearly loves what she creates!

This brand first caught my eyes when I saw their Nina Mew x Hello Kitty collection. One thing led to another and I was just drooling all over its website. Finally, I got my first piece of Nina Mew! These lovely flat sandals!

My new Nina Mew sandals

My new Nina Mew sandals

I love them so much that I had to take a photo immediately and share it on my blog!

And Japanese products got such lovely packaging too!

The shoe box, carry bag and plastic sleeve

The shoe box, carry bag and plastic sleeve

 

OMG the shoe box has a bow! And they shipped me the carry bag too together with the shoes. See that thing on the ground? It is a plastic sleeve (with the iconic Nina Mew print). Do you know why they gave me a plastic sleeve? They put the invoice in there! =O Seriously I am impressed.

Even the box they shipped the parcel in is custom made with the Nina Mew leopard print.

The  box for shipping!

Even the box for shipping is pretty!

All I can say is… OMG. I LOVE THIS BRAND hahaha. May this be the first of many more Nina Mews to come.


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Paraben in Skincare and Makeup Products: what are your thoughts?

Hello~~!

If you have been following my blog (firstly, I wish to say a huge thank you!!! ^^) you may have noticed that I recently found out about paraben. Yea I know I know… It’s old news.  But I only just got into makeup recently so it’s all new to me!

Haha for those of you who have missed the memo like me, here is a quick lo down from what I read from wikipedia and googling:

What is paraben (a very brief summery)?

Note: this is just a summary from what I found on the internet from googling. I don’t have any expertise on the topic haha so do correct me if I am wrong. Can read more about it here: 

Paraben is a chemical that can be found in skincare and makeup products. They are used as preservatives. Some time in the last decade or so, a study was done which suggests that may be a link between the use of paraben and breast cancer. Additionally, studies indicate that methylparaben (a type of paraben) applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

On the other hand, there are some people who argue that paraben is safe and labels it a “myth”: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/myths/_/parabens-are-they-really-a-problem.

The FDA says that “at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.” (see link above) Yet I continue to see people urging consumers to stay away from paraben and some brands I’ve noticed (for example, Jurlique and Smashbox) specifically advertise that they are paraben free. So does it mean that it is a problem afterall??? And I think the FDA article addresses the issue of estrogen/cancer-causing aspect of paraben but what about the thing about reacting to UVB leading to skin aging and damage?? I don’t want that either!

At the moment I don’t think there is an conclusive evidence out there that can actually say for certain if paraben is safe or unsafe. (But please let me know if you find something conclusive!)

Now that you know what paraben is… what do you think?

The information I found is enough to make me worry though and sent me running to my bathroom and storeroom to check for parabens in my products! Luckily(?) I am pretty OCD so I keep a lot of the boxes my stuffs come in and can check the ingredients lists.

My quick check of the bathroom found that, indeed, paraben is quite common and a few of the products I own contain paraben. Some of them I don’t really care and I threw them out straight away with no hesitation (and thus no photo taken because I threw them out too swiftly). But others I find really hard to part with T__T.

Here is a list of products I really love but found that they contain some form of paraben. If you don’t mind the paraben then these are definitely great products:

  • The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (palette 06)

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (palette 06)

This is actually a really handy palette and was recommended by Pony in her makeup book. It has 4 earthy nude shades and you can easily achieve gradient and contour with this palette! The colour goes on quite well, and even better with a wet brush. It retails for $40.95 AUD but I picked this up in the USA for about $13 USD. As you can see from the ingredients list it has a few types of paraben. Kinda sad to have to let this one go but I now got the Urban Decay naked palette which is even better!

  • Skin Food: Rice Wash Off Mask, Black Sesame Hot Mask and Black Sugar Wash off Mask

Skin Food Masks

I am really sad about these masks T__T I just bought these from South Korea earlier this year. They are recommended in the guidebook and also got lots of good reviews online! I have only tried the black sesame one so far and the other two tubs are still sealed! The black sesame one really does heat up when you use it and it feels good. Why do they have paraben?! =(

  • Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream in green

Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream (green)

I gotta say… this is a very very good bb cream! It is one of my HG products! >< This bb cream comes in two different colours: purple and green and is meant to correct your skin tone. I have a problem with redness so I got the green one to counter the red. And let me tell you… it is really good. You can use this as a primer under your foundation or you can use it on its own if you just want some light coverage. I use it on days when I don’t really want to wear makeup but just doing want to have a red face. It stays on for the whole day and looks very natural. I was really hoping I won’t find paraben in its ingredients but there is was… not one or two BUT THREE types of parabens in this. Sigh… I don’t know what to do with this one. I really love it and I have to say I can’t find anything else that can take its place.

  • Shiseido Maquillage True Liquid Long Keep UV Foundation

Shiseido Maquillage True Liquid Long Keep UV Foundation

This one I am super super sad about! It is a foundation from Shiseido’s Asia exclusive line Maquillage. I got it while I was in Hong Kong after reading a lot of great reviews in magazines. And truth be told, it did not disappoint. It is my favourite foundation! It boosts to last for 12 hours and it sure did last me a whole day out without any touching up required! It is great for oily skin, finish is matte and coverage is medium. It just looks soooo natural. I was dreading it but I knew I had to check out the ingredients. I am not fluent in Japanese but if i read slowly I can sorta read it. So slowly…. I went through the ingredients list… and there it was: パラベン pa-ra-be-n. sigh… Tell me what to do lol…

So that was a short list of stuffs I found around home that I am currently using that contains paraben. Luckily there isn’t a lot.

What does everyone else think about paraben? Do you now opt for paraben-free products all the time? Or do you believe it is ok to use?

I want to be safe but at the same time there are a few products which I really like that I find really hard to part with. ><

 

 

 


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Moisturizing for the Winter Months: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

While the rest of you guys in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready to hit the beaches and bathe in the sun, us in the Southern Hemisphere plunge into the cold winter and gear up for the snow season.

>< I hate winter. Not only is it cold but also your skin gets all dry and cracked! My hands are in constant need of hand cream! But of course… I suppose I shouldn’t complain because Sydney doesn’t really get that cold. I was in Seoul in January this year and that was cold. The coldness coupled with the air-con every night in the hotel room sucking up the moisture in the air even more sent me running to Myeongdong to get some moisturizing masks to rescue my skin!

So I went to Skin Food and bought this!

Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet


Product name: Hydro Fitting Snail Mask
Price: I think for about AUD$7.00 or so for the box.
Size: Each box contains 5 sheet masks. Each mask is 28g.
Ingredients: water, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, alcohol, snail secretion filtrate, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, hydroxyethylcellulose, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, disodium edta, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, parfum <— all these make no sense to me, the only thing I recognise is the ‘snail secretion’ and it has Methylparaben!
How to use: It is simple and convenient to use. Just take it out of the packet, remove the backing and put it on your face. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and take it off. NO need to rinse off.

EDIT: After reading Marie’s comment (Thank you!) I went and checked up Methylparaben which is one of the ingredients in this product. From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylparaben):

There is controversy about whether methylparaben or propylparabens are harmful at concentrations typically used in body care or cosmetics. Some studies of breast tumors show a build up of methylparabens in the breast tissue.

Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB, leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

OHH EMM GEEE!!! T__T 

I used one sheet in Seoul and saved the rest for when winter hits Australia. It is extremely moisturizing and combat the cold dry winter really well! I am not sure how it will go if I use this in summer though.

I was initially a bit apprehensive about getting a snail mask because it really does sound quite gross (and if you look at the ingredient list it does say it contains ‘snail secretion filtrate’?!) lol my mum asked if it would be the same if I jsut get a snail (for free from the garden) and get it to crawl all over my face!

But no lol it’s really not that gross.  It doesn’t smell like snail or anything! It has a nice perfumey smell. But er it is a bit slimy in texture and when I put the mask on a bit of the ‘slime’ dripped off the mask and onto my top.

I can say though that it is indeed very moisturizing and highly recommended for use in winter! Now that I have read about Methylparaben, I am no longer recommending this product. Such a shame =(


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How I Became (Temporarily) Scared of Using Bright Colour Lipsticks

Bright lipsticks are great for photoshoots because the colour shows up better right???

Well yea.. but…don’t use bright lipsticks unless you are taking the photo by yourself or if everyone else in the photo has equally bright lipsticks… Trust me I learnt this the hard way.

You see, my extended family went to have family photos done in a studio. I had this bright idea that I would bring along my Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #3 with me to use for this photoshoot. Colours tend to look a little washed up in photos compare to real life especially if you are doing a studio shoot with all the lights and stuffs. The Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #3 (reviewed here) is pretty bright in person but turns out just right in photos. So off I went to the photoshoot wearing my Innisfree lip mousse thinking that…

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Sigh…… and looking like LSP from Adventure Time is exactly what I got. =(

… Ready to see what happened to me in the photoshoot???

……..

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From photoshoot … I think the photographer did something to the colours

All I can say is… sigh… I don’t recall my lips looking so unnatural in photos the last time I used this lip mousse.  LOL we had two change of clothes for the shoot and one of my outfits was purple so I really look like LSP. T_T

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the lip mousse and I would still very much recommend shade #3, but I just didn’t count on the photographer playing with the brightness/contrast and saturation of the photos and royally stuffing it up! I think because no one else really had any makeup or if they did it was really subtle, the photographer was trying to even out the tone and brightness on everyone to make them look sharper. Since my lipstick colour was already sharp, when he turned up the brightness and contrast, everyone else looks great and I suffer from being overly bright. Depending on who else I am with in the photo and how much the photographer needed to turn up the contrast and saturation, I looked somewhere between ‘somewhat bearable’ to just looking like a crazy clown.

If he just left the photos as it is I would have been fine! I mean, look at this photo which was taken on the same day in the same studio but on my own phone… my lips didn’t look horrendously red did they??

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Photo taken on my OWN PHONE at the studio on the same day… my lips aren’t that red…

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Photo taken on my own phone no retouching or filter whatsoever. Just straight from phone.

=( so now with my recent experience, I am going to crawl back into my shell into the safety of nice subtle Japanese lipsticks for a while before I am game enough to attempt bold colours again. Boo….

( L to R) Faith in Face After Shower Look mask; Miss Invisible Pore Mask; Eye Am Not Tired eye mask.
Note this is the Hong Kong packaging and product from Korea will probably have different packaging.


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Review: Faith in Face hydrogel masks!

I am back from another holiday! This time from Hong Kong! While I was in HK I discovered a South Korean brand called Faith in Face with really nice hydrogel masks and I must introduce you all to it!

What’s so different about these masks?

These masks are unlike any other masks I have tried. They are sheet masks but not made of paper/fabric like they normally are but as their name suggests, it has a gel texture! It’s like.. have you guys ever used the gel eye masks? It’s like that but for the whole face!

This is the official website for Faith in Face in Korean, Chinese and English.

Faith in Face currently has 5 different types of hydrogel masks. According to the website, hydrogel mask in itself have good moisterizing properties. Each of the 5 different types of masks are especially formulated with additional benefits depending on your needs. You can choose different masks according to the purpose of use and your skin condition.

The 5 hydrogel masks available are:

  • Miss Invisible Pore: for pore tightening
  • Hold Me Tight: for firm skin
  • Nourish Me: for…nourishment?
  • After Shower Look: moisturizing and soothing
  • Black and White Film Star: brightening

I bought the Miss Invisible Pore and After Shower Look hydrogel masks. I also bought their Eye Am Not Tired eye masks but haven’t tried it yet.

( L to R) Faith in Face After Shower Look mask; Miss Invisible Pore Mask; Eye Am Not Tired eye mask. Note this is the Hong Kong packaging and product from Korea will probably have different packaging.

( L to R) Faith in Face After Shower Look mask; Miss Invisible Pore Mask; Eye Am Not Tired eye mask.
Note this is the Hong Kong packaging and product from Korea will probably have different packaging.

How to use:

  1. After cleansing your skin, take the mask out of the packet. The hydrogel mask is split into two: one for the bottom half of the face and one for the top half. Because the hydrogel is so flimsy, the mask has backing plastic sheets on both sides of the mask to help hold its shape. To put on the face. first take the piece of mask for the bottom half of the face and peel off the thicker plastic backing sheet. Don’t peel off the other thinner side yet. Smooth the mask onto your face and then peel off the other plastic sheet.
  2. Now take the piece for the top half of the face and do the same.
  3. Leave mask on for 20 to 30 minutes. Take off and massage any excess for better absorption. Note there is no need to rinse off.

Note: Faith in Face tips says you may want to refrigerate the mask for better results.

My Review and Thoughts:

So far I have got only 2 out of the 5 masks and I gotta say I’m really pleased with the products and would definitely be buying more! The masks have a nice floral scent which isn’t too strong and is very pleasant. Because the masks are gel type, they adhere to your skin really well and fits the face shape better. After I take the mask off there isn’t really much excess liquid on the skin so I assume it was all nicely absorbed into the skin haha.

The After Shower Look mask is indeed really moisturizing and after using it I do feel like my skin is smoother.

With the Miss Invisible Pore mask, I can’t say for certain whether my pores did go smaller or not. Afterall there are only 3 pieces in a pack and I don’t expect a miracle and my pores to suddenly disappear from just doing 3 masks! But I can tell you that after I do the mask my face does feel matte. It’s not dry but just… matte.  I normally got super oily skin so I am just surprised at how matte my skin is afterwards. I did the mask before I went to bed and my skin was still matte the next day. Is this how a normal person feels everyday if they got nice non-oily skin?? (so jealous…)

Now for the all important question: where to get them?

I got these from Mannings in Hong Kong and don’t know any other physical stores that sell them outside of Korea except for online stores such as ebay.com, gmarket.co.kr and yesstyle.com. Unfortunately I cannot remember how much I paid for the masks because I bought a whole bunch of stuffs from Mannings at the time and the price tag isn’t stuck to the product. But they weren’t expensive, probably around AUD$7 for a pack of 3. Seriously, if you can get hold of these masks, try them! Highly recommended!


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Review: Banila Co “it Radiant CC Cream” and “it Radiant CC Cushion”

Hi all! It’s been a while since a did a post. The popular South Korean variety show Running Man came filming in Australia and I went chasing after them ahahaha…. It was a tiring week and I even bought “stakeout” food in preparation!

Anyway onto the review!

While I was in Seoul over a month ago I picked up lots of cosmetics. I didn’t really do my research before going there and just decided to see what I like when I get there. I was wandering around the streets of MyeongDong and saw a Banila Co store. I have read about this brand in some magazines before but never tried any products from it. Banila Co is pricier than Innisfree and Etude House so I assume that the quality is better (?)

I wasn’t really planning on getting anything in particular, but upon entering the store their large display for their cc cream and cc cushion caught my eyes. Banila Co was selling the “it Radiant CC Cream” and the “it Radiant CC Cushion” together as a pack so that’s what I bought =D


“it Radiant CC Cream”

Picture taken from official Banila Co website

Picture taken from official Banila Co website

What is it? The CC Cream is a “whitening moisterizing color control base”. The sales rep said that you use this first like a primer and then use the CC Cushion on top.
Price: Normally retails for ₩25,000.00. I got it together with the CC Cushion as a pack for ₩48,000.00.
Colour: There is only one colour for this product.
Size: 30ml
Awards: From what I can work out from the signs in the store and website, I think the CC Cream was featured on the South Korean beauty show Get It Beauty. It won the Allure (Korea) Beauty & Style Expert 2013 Editor’s Pick, the Cosmo Beauty Awards 2013 and the Sure Beauty Awards 2013.
Link to website: http://www.banilaco.com/product/productDetail.do?seq=100958.

“it Radiant CC Cushion”

Banila Co "it Radiant CC Cushion"

Picture taken from official Banila Co website

What is it? I was told by the sales rep to use this on top of the CC Cream so I am guessing this is like a lightweight water-based foundation.
Price: Normally retails for ₩35,000.00. I got it together with the CC Cream as a pack for ₩48,000.00.
Colours: There are 3 colours available – BE10 Light Beige, BP15 Pink Beige and BE20 Honey Beige in order from lightest to darkest. I got the middle colour BP15.
Size: 15g x 2. (It comes with one cushion already inside the pact and an extra sealed refill pack)
Link to website: 
BE10: http://www.banilaco.com/product/productDetail.do?seq=101265&cateVo.category1=1001
BP15: http://www.banilaco.com/product/productDetail.do?seq=101266&cateVo.category1=1001
BE20: http://www.banilaco.com/product/productDetail.do?seq=101267&cateVo.category1=1001

The CC Cream and CC Cushion in their boxes

The CC Cream and CC Cushion in their boxes

"it Radiant CC Cream"

“it Radiant CC Cream”

"it Radiant CC Cushion". The sealed pack on the left is the refill pack.

“it Radiant CC Cushion”. The sealed pack on the left is the refill pack.

How the CC Cushion looks opened. It comes with a sponge for application which sits on top of a second lid inside the pact covering the cushion underneath. This photo was taken when I first opened it and you can see the cushion is sealed as well with a plastic film.

How the CC Cushion looks opened. It comes with a sponge for application which sits on top of a second lid inside the pact covering the cushion underneath. This photo was taken when I first opened it and you can see the cushion is sealed as well with a plastic film.


The “it Radiant CC Cream”

Application: The CC Cream is creamy in texture. The tube comes with a pump for dispensing the product. One pump will give you enough product for the whole face. The texture is easily spreadable and easy to blend.
Colour and coverage: This product only comes in one colour, presumably because it is more of a primer and is very sheer. It is not meant to give you much coverage. Not sure how it will look on darker skin but for me I had no issue with it. Actually it is so sheer that I don’t really notice the colour.
Finish: The product wasn’t overly shiny but it wasn’t completely matte either. It gave me a kind of glow but as it was sheer I feel like it didn’t do much to my appearance. I feel more like I just put on sunscreen. Anyway immediately after I put on the CC Cream I put on the CC Cushion over it.

The “it Radiant CC Cushion”

Application: The pact comes with its own sponge for application. Just place it over the CC Cushion and press and the product will be dispensed on the sponge. The harder you press the more product will come out depending on your liking. Then just apply the product onto your face with the sponge as you normally would with compact foundations. The sales assistant at the Banila Co store showed me how to put it on and she kinda just pat/dab it on rather than swiping it across the face. It is pretty convenient if you need touching up during the day as well. However I do find that it is harder to apply compare to the CC Cream. When I spread it on my skin with the sponge it sometimes made my skin looked dry and accentuated the cracks in the skin.  Maybe my skin type is just not suited to this type of foundation. I have always had this same problem with compact foundations and even though this CC Cushion is liquid it is applied the same way as a compact foundation. Maybe I am applying it with the wrong technique? helpppppp =(
Colour and coverage: Of the 3 colours available I picked the middle one BP15. I am not sure what to think of the colour actually because when I put it on I feel like it is a bit too white and I look like I am wearing a “mask”. But then I took photos and it looks perfectly fine in them and my face and neck matched perfectly and I didn’t look “maskly” either. The overall look was very natural (in photo). The CC Cushion together with the CC Cream provided more coverage than the CC Cream alone and it was quite good at hiding my imperfections. Note: I tried the CC Cushion on its own the other day and the coverage and lasting power isn’t as good without the CC Cream as its base.
Finish: The CC Cushion gave me an overall shine that I didn’t like. I already have an oily (but dry at the same time) face and so I really do prefer something with a matte finish. I also feel that it does accentuate my dryness and it easily cakes. But as I said, it does look fabulous in photos though so I dunno…
Touching up: When I touched up with the CC Cushion throughout the day, it gets more and more cakey on my face and I didn’t like the feeling at all. But once again, fine in photos! =/

Overall with CC Cream as primer and CC Cushion on top as foundation
Frankly speaking, overall I don’t like it. I am a little disappointed in fact as I had high expectation for it since it won so many awards and it was on the pricier side too. I guess the product that actually won the awards was the CC Cream rather than the CC Cushion and I can’t really comment much on the CC Cream alone since I never used it on its own. The products after a while feels quite heavy on my face yet it does not give me the level of coverage actual foundations give me. If you want a light coverage natural look (in person), the Etude House Mineral BB Cream does a better job and at only ₩14,000.00 too!

Now comes the twist though lol. How it looks in photos is a different question! This CC Cream and CC Cushion looks fabulous and natural in photos (and better than the Etude House Mineral BB Cream). I don’t know why. All I can say is that it is a very photogenic product??

Have you used this product and what are your thoughts? Do share!


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Review: Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail Polish #14

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day ^__~

I was originally planning on painting my nails for V Day and then I got lazy ha ha… So I only painted it today. Today I am reviewing colour #14 of the Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail Polish. Go here to see my previous review on colour #02.


Product Name: Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail Colour #14
Colours: Currently there are 20 colours available plus a top coat and base coat. I wouldn’t be surprised if Innisfree releases more colours in the future.
Price: ₩8,000 per bottle. (But I got it during the 1+1 event)
Size: 7ml


Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail #14   Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail #14


Colour: This time, unlike colour #02, the colour of the polish on the nail does not look exactly like the colour on the bottle. The bottle is more of a royal blue but upon application the polish is more of a navy colour. The colour is quite opaque and with two coats you get a really dark blue.

Finish: This nail polish is meant to imitate the look of shellac nails. In this regard I would say it has done very well lookwise! The finish is ultra glossy and smooth (with or without the top coat)!

Application: You need to be pretty good at putting on nail polish to get this one looking nice and smooth. I find the formula more runny than colour #02. Not sure if it’s just the batch or something but I found it harder to put on than #02. You need to do thick coats to get it right. If you look closely at the photo you can see how I couldn’t get it right and the edges are a bit weird. But once I got it on thick I am pretty happy with the result and look now.

Durability: Recommended to put on a top coat to avoid too much chipping. It is also quite easy to dent the polish. Aside from that it lasts ok.

Price: I suppose you could say this is little on the pricier side at 8,000 per bottle (as compared to Innisfree’s cheaper line Eco Nail Colour Pro which retails for only 2,500 per bottle and compared to nail polish from Etude House etc). Also the bottles are a lot smaller than Chanel (13ml) and OPI (15ml) nail polishes. So if you calculate it by ml, this is pretty much the same price as OPI. This is not really an issue for me though that there is less polish in the bottle because I never finish up my bottles anyway.

Overall: I like this one a bit less than #02. Probably because when I looked at the bottle I was expecting a more royal blue but instead i got more of a navy so I am a bit disappointed. But if you like navy colour then it is not a bad choice.


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Review: Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail Polish #02

Ever since I first tried the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick, I can’t stop buying more Innisfree products! I think it is officially my favourite South Korean cosmetic brand.

Innisfree released a line of nail polish called the Eco Premium Gel Nail Polish. Initially there were only 5 colours plus top and base coat. (Innisfree has since released more colours.) The original 5 colours were meant to match 5 of the Creamy Tint Lipstick colours. And that’s what got me looking at this nail polish!


Product Name: Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail
Colours: Currently there are 20 colours available plus a top coat and base coat. I wouldn’t be surprised if Innisfree releases more colours in the future.
Price: Normally ₩8,000 per bottle. But there is currently a promotion on called “1+1″ which is buy one get one free, making it ₩4,000 for one during promotion period.
Size: 7ml

Picture taken from official Innisfree website

Picture taken from official Innisfree website


Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail #02   Innisfree Eco Premium Gel-Nail #02


Colour: The colour reviewed in this post is #02. I think the Korean translates roughly to something like “Spring Pink”? It is a very nice girly candy pink colour! I think the picture on the official website doesn’t represent the colours of any of the 20 nail polishes accurately. #02 more pink (picture looks more coral) and lighter than the picture from Innisfree. If you get to see the bottles in person before you buy it, the colour of the bottles represent the colour of the nail polish very well, I would say almost exactly the colour of the polish. Also in order to get it opaque you have to put on at least 2 coats.

Finish: I read somewhere that this nail polish is meant to imitate the look of shellac nails. In this regard I would say it has done very well lookwise! The finish is ultra glossy and smooth (with or without the top coat)! I really love the look of the nail polish!

Application: You need to be pretty good at putting on nail polish to get this one looking nice and smooth. Unlike my nail polishes from Chanel, Dior which are so easy to put on, with this one it is easy to get it looking streaky if you don’t do it right (for which I am glad because I don’t want to find out that a nail polish that only costed me $4 can do the job just as well as one that costed me $40! lol so it is good to know I paid more for a reason.) As mentioned above, you do need at least 2 coats to get the colour.

Durability: The photos I posted above were taken 3 days after I painted my nails so I would say it lasts pretty good! But I highly recommend you to use a top coat! The first time I use this nail polish I didn’t use a top coat and the colour chipped pretty quickly. But now that I have used a top coat it lasts pretty well! So far not chipped! However what I have noticed though is that the polish is kinda… soft?? I was zipping up a dress and my right hand kinda touched the zipper and now there is a tiny dent in the nail polish on my thumb. Not chipped or scratched off, but dented lol… Edit: It chipped. LOL. I was taking off a price tag sticker and bits of my nail polish came off.

Price: I suppose you could say this is little on the pricier side at 8,000 per bottle (as compared to Innisfree’s cheaper line Eco Nail Colour Pro which retails for only 2,500 per bottle and compared to nail polish from Etude House etc). Also the bottles are a lot smaller than Chanel (13ml) and OPI (15ml) nail polishes. So if you calculate it by ml, this is pretty much the same price as OPI. This is not really an issue for me though that there is less polish in the bottle because I never finish up my bottles anyway.

Overall: I would recommend this nail polish and I would certainly buy it myself again. I really like this colour and love how glossy it looks! As I said, it doesn’t bother me that there is less in the bottle, cheaper is cheaper! And I always get bored of my nail colour really quickly and ends up removing it anyway so durability isn’t a huge concern as long as it doesn’t chip like on the second day or something. But if you are an OPI fan, I guess just stick with OPI.. similar price (if there is no 1+1 promotion) and OPI is easier to use and lasts longer. For me though I feel like no OPI colour I have tried comes close to this candy pink colour which I love so much, but I haven’t tried all OPI pink shades so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a dupe.


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Innisfree Spring 2014 Creamy Tint Lip Mousse Review and Swatch [updated]

NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED 5 FEBRUARY 2014 TO PROVIDE MORE IN-DEPTH REVIEW

Hi everyone! I just went to South Korea for a short holiday! I went to Myeongdong every night haha and of course I came back with a large haul of Korean cosmetics ho ho ho. I just got back today and will be blogging on all the stuffs on got shortly!

But first I am excited to introduce you to the newly released Creamy Tint Lip Mousse from Innisfree’s Spring 2014 collection. Seriously Seoul is so cold right now (like max 5 degrees and min -7 degrees) I can’t believe the Spring collection is already out.


Product Name: Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse
Colours: Currently 7 colours available
Price: ₩10,000
Size: 4.8ml
Link to official website: http://innisfree.co.kr/ProductView.do?prdSeq=9630&catCd01=UN&catCd02=UNEE

Picture taken from official Innisfree website

Picture taken from official Innisfree website

Picture taken from the official Innisfree website

Picture taken from the official Innisfree website


This is so new that I literally saw the sales set up the display and put the testers up! The testers were so new that they were still wrapped. (I had to come back the next day to do the swatches because I didn’t dare to open up the testers.)

I wasn’t sure if I am allowed to take photos inside the shop so I quickly swatched them all on my hand and walked outside the store before taking the photo lol.

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse swatches taken in daylight no flash

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse swatches taken in daylight no flash

I am not sure why it is called a “mousse” actually. There is nothing moussey about this. It’s just like a lip gloss. I find the texture is the same as the Vivid Tint Rouge. Maybe it will feel different when I actually use it. I will let you know when I find out. Update: I have now tried the lip mousse and can telly what the difference is. See review below.

The Innisfree website said #3 and #5 are the best colours so I ended up buying #3. It comes in the usual Innisfree packaging. I don’t know why a lot of people comment that they don’t like the Innisfree packaging as it is so plain. I really like it! I find that it looks quite classy!

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #3

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #3

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse    Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #3.

The photos with me wearing the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse #03 are taken indoor but with sunlight shining throw glass wall. The lip mousse dries matte and you can see from the photo there is no shine. I only put on one layer of the product. #03 is a nice coral red. It is actually brighter and redder than that in real life, just doesn’t show through as well in photos.

Colour: As with other Innisfree lipsticks and tints, the colour payoff is excellent! The colour is really pigmented! From experience I find Japanese lipsticks provide more subtle sheer colours but South Korean products are really vibrant! If you get a red lipstick you are really getting red red lips! So far I only have #03 and the colour is a really nice coral red.

Finish and texture: The difference between this and the Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge is that this dries matte! The Vivid Tint Rouge is like a gloss finish whereas this one is like a matte lipstick but in liquid form! I am loving this so much! I don’t like glossy finish stuffs because I feel like they make my lips look weird with the shine but this one…gonna say it again, it is completely matte! No shine and no pearly finish. Just matte.

On application it is creamy but it is not sticky at all once it dries. When I say it “dries” I mean the product is dry to the touch but it doesn’t dry out your lips. I don’t have any issue with it accentuating any dry lines and I didn’t need to put on any lip balm prior to its application.

It is a “tint” so the colour doesn’t rub off easily and lasts a long time. I don’t know if it lasts after you eat though because I have a habit of wiping off lip products prior to eating.

Application: This product is extremely pigmented so a little goes a long way! You can use the applicator straight from the bottle. Be careful though when you put it on not to colour “ouside the line” of the lips. It is a tint so it is hard to rub off if you make a mistake. It will leave a mark where you wipe it off. How do I know? I was putting this on in the car and it went off… not the lip mousse’s fault.. just me.

Overall: I really like this product! The colour payoff is so good and I just love it that it is matte. And I dunno but Australia tends to be really windy and when I go out with lipstick, wind always blow my hair everywhere and it gets stuck to my lips if it’s sticky. But no problem with this product! I will probably go and buy other colours now. Love it! But still dunno why it is called “mousse” lol.

PS I thought I might post this as well. After I finished taking the photos I wiped the tint lip mousse off my hand with the Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip & Eye Remover. Just 3 squirts on half a piece of cotton swap, gave it a good wipe and it’s all off! Works pretty well!

Lacus Clyne Cosplay


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Cosplay: Lacus Clyne from Gundam SEED [high image content]

Hello and happy new year to everyone!

Over the holiday season I slacked off haha… and neglected my blog. What did everyone do over Christmas and new year? As for me, I did all the standard stuffs: went to the fish market to get seafood for Christmas eve, stayed home for Christmas because nothing is freaking open in Australia, braved the boxing day sale and attempted to watch the new year’s eve fireworks (but failed because I didn’t listen to my mum and went to the wrong place).

One other thing I did over the Christmas/new year break that is not so standard is that I attempted to take some cosplay photos of me as Lacus Clyne from Gundam SEED in her normal (and probably most well known) costume as seen in the first part of SEED!

Lacus Clyne of Gundam SEED

The Lacus Cosplay of Yesteryear:

This is actually the third time I have cosplayed as Lacus. Gundam SEED and Lacus Clyne hold a special spot in my heart. I remember joining the Anime club at uni back in 2003 and this was the anime they were showing at the time, so for some reason I really really like Lacus. My first ever cosplay was in 2003 and of course I cosplayed as her! My costume at the time was… I would say true to the anime down to the pleats but the costume was lacking lustre. It was made of cheap polypop fabric and I didn’t have a wig or anything. My haro was a giant foam ball painted pink! The cheap fabric made her look more like a commoner than a princess… 

I really wanted to redo the cosplay because I feel like I didn’t do it justice! But at the same time I was a bit put off doing it as I have problem getting the collar right. I contemplated buying a costume on ebay or something but no one is doing it the way I want it!

Then in 2006, I cosplayed as Lacus again but in her commander costume from SEED Destiny. It still wasn’t good but at least I had a wig and a haro. I still wanted to redo that first costume though and I bought some satin fabric. And the fabric sat in the bag for a good 5 years until 2013 that I finally picked up making the costume again. Actually it was so long ago that I kinda forgot I had those fabric. I was digging through my sewing supplies getting ready to start and voila~ found the fabric. LOL sweet I can save some money on buying new fabric!

The Lacus Cosplay of the Present:

I decided that this time my Lacus costume is going to be more grand and pretty! I don’t care that it isn’t 100% true to the anime (been there done that already the first time round) and this time it is about my artistic licence to make it the way I envisage it to be! Lacus is an idol! The pink princess! Her costume should be girly, frilly and lacy! So in addition to the satin fabric I found at home, I went to purchase more organza fabric, laces and trims!

Here are photos of the work in progress!
Lacus Clyne costume work in progress  Lacus Costume sleeves work in progress

Seriously there were so many times that I was gonna just give up on the sleeves. I made too many layers, the armhole made it too small to be sewn with my sewing machine.. and the fabric was fraying like crazy with every touch. I had to hand stitch it together, and repeat for the other sleeve. ><

Anyway it is ALL DONE NOW! Ready for the result???

Lacus cosplay then and now.

Lacus cosplay then and now. You would agree it is a massive improvement right???

Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay
Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay
Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay  Lacus Clyne Cosplay
Lacus Clyne Cosplay

Sorry for the high photo spammage lol but since I went through all the effort of making the costume and taking the photos I am gonna show them off!

And now one last pic! I call this the “never seen before expressions of Lacus” hahaha…

Lacus Clyne Cosplay

Expressions you won’t find the real Lacus do!

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