Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr.G Gowoonsesang BB Gift Kit

So, uhh, I realized I changed my blog's title again. That's because I've moved home yet again (I think I mentioned I was moving once or twice, but I don't remember :X). Seems to happen quite often, doesn't it? And just when I thought this would be our last move, hubby's boss asked if we would be willing to move to Tokyo again in a couple of years, so hubby can head up the company's new branch office there. Sigh. I love Japan and I would go in a heartbeat, but the thought of it right now is just... depressing, especially when we've finally begun to settle down a couple of months after moving for the umpteenth time. May be it's best I don't think about it, at least not now. There's no point in worrying about something that may not even happen.

Anyway, enough whining. I do realize too that my posting has been really spotty this whole year. Lots of change have happened, the most important of which is a realization of what I truly want to do with my life. I won't bore you with the details, and I won't make excuses for the lackluster posts as of late either. I thought about quitting this blog, because what got me into cosmetics in the first place - Japanese makeup - has been really slumping in the past few years, which saddens me greatly. I guess that has more to do with the state of the Japanese economy than anything. Still, it takes too much effort and time to take pictures and write about products, and for a hobby that's quite costly, not just in terms of energy and time, but also financially - I purchased everything I've reviewed on this blog (the freebies are GWPs), I've never allowed ads on my blogs, and I don't do promotional reviews for PRs either. Then again, it's not as if my curiosity and fascination for cosmetics are going away anytime soon LOL!

Alrighty, time to pick up where I left off with the bb cream bandwagon. I bought this mini set of Dr.G Gowoonsesang BB Gift Kit earlier in the summer via Sasa dot com, a Hong Kong-base retailer that's very much like the Sephora of Asia. In fact, I just spotted yet another slightly different kit on Sasa, and it's on its way to me as I type ^.^

Dr.G Gowoonsesang BB Gift Kit includes 5g each of (from left to right) Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF30 PA++, Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream SPF30 PA++, Total Active Dual BB Cream SPF50+ PA+++, Actifirm Recovery Super Blemish Base SPF30 PA++, and Primer BB Protector SPF38 PA+++. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil

A quick review for this Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in the color 01 Softsmudge Black. I don't remember how I got this mini pencil, but it's been in my travel makeup bag for a while now.

This is a more "traditional" formula that feels more like kohl and less like the gel formula that's really popular right now. This means it's not buttery and more "pencil-y", only softer and isn't scratchy. And interestingly enough, it's the formula like these that works better with my oily lids, staying on and doesn't melt off and stains my contact lenses like most others.

01 Softsmudge Black: a soft smokey black that's on the warm side, which I prefer to the cooler and, in my humble opinion, harsher blacks. I can dress up a little bit on the go with this pencil, lining my eyes and use a sponge tip applicator to smudge it out.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coffret D'Or Juicy Memory JM Rouge

These Coffret D'Or Juicy Memory JM Rouge were cart fillers from an order earlier this summer. Like the AA Aqua Rouge, these have been discontinued. And honestly, who the heck named these? Juicy Memory? Erhh..., what? I think I'd tell that person to keep their juicy memories to themselves.

I have 3 colors, OR-103, PK-244, and RD-181. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam

Had 2 of these 50mL/1.7fl oz. pump bottles of L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam from 2 separate gift sets, the Brighten Up Collection and the Divine Secret Collection. I ended up using only one and gave the other to my mum.

This is a cleansing liquid scented with the same crushed dandelion scent as the other Immortelle products, which doesn't bother me. It foams a little bit when pump through the foaming dispenser, although the foam itself is very thin, if at all foamy. While the cleanser is decent I needed about 4 pumps each time for an adequate wash of my neck/decolletage and face, and between my husband and I we went through this bottle in about 3 weeks! The thing is, 4 pumps are what I needed but they leave my skin slightly dry, and if I were to use any less, say 3 pumps, my face just doesn't feel clean. What's up with that? :(

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence

Got a 30mL/1fl oz. deluxe travel size of SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence from Saks 5th Avenue's holiday 2013 GWP and have been using it for the past few weeks, after I ran out of Facial Treatment Essence.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lavshuca Rouge Essence Bar

Since getting my hands on the Lavshuca Moist Melting Rouge, I also started hunting for their predecessor, the Rouge Essence Bar. This is the product that got everyone's attention to begin with, and I wanted to compare the two, to see if there's any difference. Thanks to Rakuten JP and E(vil)bay, I was able to track down 9 colors that were still floating around despite the line being discontinued several years ago. I know there's a huge risk in buying cosmetic so old, but I was willing to bite the bullet. Fortunately for me, all the lippies I received were still fresh and perfectly usable ^.^"

From left to right: Rouge Essence Bar BE-1, BE-3, PK-1, PK-2, PK-3, PK-4, OR-1, RD-2, and RS-1. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge Part II

Since my last Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge I have found 2 more colors RS-2 and RS-3, both in the old discontinued packaging. I have already reviewed these in details so I won't repeat again. All I'll say is that if I ever come upon a color I don't have in this same packaging, I will buy it without a second thought :) I absolutely LOVE these!

Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RS-2 and RS-3. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clinique Kohl Shaper for Eyes

A long time ago I received the Clinique Kohl Shaper for Eyes in the color 03 Blackened Taupe and I love it so much it's been in my bag ever since. However, Clinique has discontinued this color, and with my recent purchase of the Chubby Sticks in 13 Mighty Mimosa and 14 Curvy Candy, I also picked up another Kohl Shaper in 204 Black Coffee.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Part II

After trying the 3.7mL/0.13fl oz. deluxe sample tube of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Anti-Aging, I liked it so much I went back and bought the 11mL/0.37fl oz. full size, as well as the full size of the Original in the Shadow Lockdown Set, and a different color, Greed, separately.

Shadow Lockdown Set with Original and Anti-Aging Primer Potion, and Greed Primer Potion. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Full size of the Anti-Aging Primer Potion.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Part III

There was a decent Clinique GWP promotion during the summer, so I took the opportunity to pick up two more Chubby Sticks in the colors 13 Mighty Mimosa and 14 Curvy Candy.

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

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