Saturday, July 24, 2010

Etude House Proof10 Jewelry Eye Pencil review update & swatch

Someone requested a swatch from my latest review of the Etude House Proof10 Jewelry Eye Pencil in gold.

The left is one swipe and the right is about 4 swipes. 

Here's what it looks like on the eye.  I gave the product another try a couple days ago. It's still a bit flaky, but I discovered that it has good staying power. It lasted around 6 hours in hot and humid weather. But with its staying power and the fact that it's glittery, it's difficult to remove at the end of the day. 

I'll upgrade my review to 2.5/5 just for the staying power, but I wouldn't recommend you to buy this. Honestly, the product seems like something I can easily find at the drugstore.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Beauty Review: Etude House Proof10 Jewelry Eye Pencil

From my earlier post about my Etude House haul, I mentioned I bought the Proof10 Jewelry Eye Pencil. It comes in silver, gold, aqua, and black. I bought the gold and tried it a few times already.

The pencil is very slim, which is nice since it can fit anywhere and you can even tuck it away in a small purse. It's also a twist-up, which I prefer. Also I've been looking for thin sparkly pencils since most of the sparkle pencils I own are thick.

I applied this on my lower lash line for a bit of sparkle. First of all, the pencil is quite glittery. Definitely better for night time looks or else only use a very thin line for day time sparkle. Also, I was expecting the pencil to be much softer. When applying, I noticed it was hard to apply and it became flaky. I had to use a q-tip to smooth out the line and remove the flakes.

The color is nice, although nothing too special. Just your basic sparkly gold. Although I think the aqua sparkle would be interesting. I wish they had a purple sparkle as well.

Rating: 2/5
The color and amount of glitter is great adding a pop to a night time look. I also like that this pencil is slim so you can draw thin lines, but the flaky application totally turned me off. I really wanted to love this product, but it's surprisingly difficult to apply. Maybe the glitter is too clumpy?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Beauty Review: Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish in Lavender Milk + The Face Shop Shimmer Top Coat

After I purchased Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish in Mint Milk, I bought a few more colors: a light blue, purple, and cream colors.

The purple is called Lavender Milk.
It's a creamy purple color, but it's too dark for summer in my opinion. I would have preferred a pastel lilac color instead. But it's a nice color anyway. It's very similar to OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, except this one is lighter.

Without TFS Shimmer Top Coat

With TFS Shimmer Top Coat

For some reason, it was hard to capture the true color of the polish. The actual color is a bit darker than the picture.
Here's a picture of OPI Parlez-vous OPI? from an old post to compare.

I did 2 coats which seems fine, but under light it appears streaky. I'll have to use at least 3 coats next time. I also used The Face Shop Shimmer Top Coat. It adds a very subtle shimmer that gives some oomph to any color.

Skinfood Lavender Milk
Rating: 3/5
The consistency and application are the same as Skinfood Mint Milk, which I reviewed previously. However, the color doesn't excite me. In my opinion, it is too dark for summer and reminds me of OPI Parlez-vous OPI?.

The Face Shop Shimmer Top Coat
Rating: 4/5
I like the soft shimmer, but I can't say that this is an excellent top coat in general.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Trick to Get Rid of Nail Polish Without Remover

Here's a beauty tip that might come in handy!

If you don't have any nail polish remover, but need to get rid of polish on your nails, you can use clear nail polish remover! I've heard of using rubbing alcohol, but I didn't have that either so I googled and found the clear nail polish trick. It definitely works!

Just spread a coat of clear nail polish over the area (nail or skin) and wipe off immediately with a tissue. It'll get rid of the polish instantly!

I have a bottle of old top coat that has somehow been tinted pink. I don't use it anymore because it gives a pink top coat instead of clear, so I use that to get rid of stray polish. (:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

EOTDs: 07/04/2010 & 07/05/2010

I've been slightly bored these days so I'm trying to experiment and improve my eyeshadow skills! I have a small crease and uneven eyes so eye makeup can be pretty hard for me. Here are a couple of recent EOTDs.

EOTD for 07/04/2010
A daytime pink look

Products I used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
- MAC Eyeshadow in White Frost
- Etude House Eyeshadow in PK003
- MAC Eyeshadow in Swift
- MAC Eyeshadow in Paradisco
- Etude House Proof10 Liquid Liner in Black
- MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
- MAC Zoom Lash Mascara (forgot to curl & apply mascara to lashes in the pic!)

EOTD for 07/05/2010
A daytime light smoky look

Products I used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
- MAC Eyeshadow in Mancatcher
- Etude House Eyeshadow in  EP301
- MAC Eyeshadow in Nighttrain
- MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
- MAC Eyeshadow in Black Tied
- Etude House Tear Drop Liner
- MAC Eyeshadow in White Frost
- Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in Shooting Star
- YSL Faux Effet Cils Mascara

Sunday, July 4, 2010

BB Cream Comparison - TFS vs. EH vs. Missha

Here's a short comparison on the three BB creams I've used. FYI, I'm about NC15-20 and have combo skin.

The Face Shop Face It HD Perfect BB
Etude House BB Magic Cream
Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream

You can see that Etude House is the darkest and closest to my natural skin color, while The Face Shop is lighter. Missha is also light but has gray undertones compared to The Face Shop.
This is what it looks like after one smear. Etude House has the creamiest texture, while The Face Shop has the most thick texture.

This is what it looks like blended. The Face Shop makes my skin a bit whiter, Etude House is most similar to my natural skin color, and Missha is too light for my skin. 

The Face Shop Face It HD Perfect BB
- SPF30
- Thick texture
- Difficult to blend
- Matte finish
- Good oil control
- Medium coverage
- Middle price out of the three (about $15USD)

This is harder to blend and has the thickest texture, however I still love this BB cream. It has good oil control and it makes my skin look great. It makes your skin look very smooth! The coverage is good enough to even out your skin tone, but not enough to cover up my darker sun spots. It makes my skin lighter, which I wish it didn't but I like it enough to keep using it.

Etude House BB Magic Cream
- SPF30
- Liquid texture
- Easy to blend
- Dewy finish
- No oil control
- Low coverage
- Least expensive out of the three ($9USD)

Due to no oil control and its dewy finish, I always use a pact as a finishing touch and for oil control after using this BB cream. This cream has low coverage though. It doesn't even cover up the lightest of my sun spots. However, this is my preference because of its easy blending and I like the natural color.

Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream
- SPF25
- Creamy texture
- Medium ease of blending
- Matte finish
- Medium oil control
- Medium coverage
- Most expensive out of the three ($19USD)

I really do not like this BB cream! First of all, it makes my skin look too light and washed out. The shade I purchased is No. 21 Light Pink Beige. I have fair skin so I was told the other shade (there are only 2) would be too dark for me. Well, this one is too light for me! Otherwise, it is just mediocre. The oil control and coverage is not as good as The Face Shop, but better than Etude House. 

I reviewed Etude House and Missha more extensively, but have yet to review The Face Shop so I'll post a review sometime soon. Hope this has been helpful to someone out there!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Taeyang - I Need a Girl

Really loving this song, but I think maybe the video is too... happy-go-giddy for Taeyang's style? Still the song is good and Sandara Park looks great! I love her style and personality. She's one of my favorite Korean celebrities!

I've been trying to master this kind of light smoky makeup look for my small crease. I'll post up a tutorial later!