Monday, July 21, 2014

Clio Waterproof Pen Liner

A few months ago I reviewed Visee Liquid Liner and unfortunately it didn't work for me. However, I got a great recommendation out of that post - a reader, Nick, recommended brush and pen liners from the Korean brand Clio. I have read about Clio's products plenty, and have read they make good liners. So that was all the encouragement I needed ^.^ After a good googling, I ended up with several pen liners from Clio, among which are these Waterproof Pen Liners

There are only 2 colors available with these, 1 Kill Black and 2 Kill Brown, and I bought both. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Koyudo Brushes

Koyudo (晃祐堂) was established in 1979, only five years after Hakuhodo. But while Hakuhodo has reached worldwide recognition Koyudo is much lesser known, though they are surely getting there now thanks to fans like Sonia at Sweet Makeup Temptations. Sonia is the probably best online resource for Koyudo brushes, or just makeup brushes in general - she's a serious collector with an amazing collection! Go do some browsing on her blog if you're curious, but be forewarned you will get a lethal case of lemming!

Funny enough, it was from my sister that I learned about Koyudo. She didn't know I was looking for makeup brushes, but she does know I'm the free skincare/cosmetic dispenser of the family. So one day while browsing for anime goods on CD Japan (not affiliated) she stumbled across Koyudo's collections and promptly forwarded it to me. I did a google search for Koyudo, found Sonia and Sweet Makeup Temptations, and that was that. 

Unlike Hakuhodo now with an official USA online shop as well as a showroom and store in Torrance, California, CD Japan is the only online source for Koyudo brushes outside of Japan. My sister and I have been placing numerous orders and CD Japan is quite reliable. The only terrible thing they do is having this excellent point reward system. Couple that with the occasional promotions like extra or double points, or the campaign that ran last winter for 20% off all Koyudo fu-pa collection, which was a major piggie bank destroyer!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

HanSkin Super Light Touch B.B. SPF30 PA++

I have confessed I bought this HanSkin Travel Set just for this 10mL tube of Super Light Touch B.B. SPF30 PA++. Plus having the travel sized items to sample, the Hyaluron Skin Lotion didn't work for me but the World Foam Cleanser was more than decent, and I'm looking forward to trying the Olive Essential Cleansing Oil and the Super Collagen Gel.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dr.Jart+ The Original BB Set

In addition to wading into makeup brush territory and going nuts with eye liners, this year has also been year of the bb creams for me. No, I still very much dislike bb creams, and foundations, and face primers/bases, even concealers, because they're all so thick and heavy they feel like a freakin' Kabuki mask on my face. So I use bb creams as concealer instead, lightly dabbing them on around the nose and mouth areas, and under the eyes ^.^ So even though I claim to pay better attention to base makeup, in truth I actually only added one extra step of bb-cream-as-concealer to the current one-step "foundation" of translucent powder dusting. HA.

If you're like me and you hate anything other than a light dusting of translucent powder, you'll find that bb creams make excellent concealers! They're not completely opaque like most foundations or concealers, and they have an added skincare component, like a new and improved version of the tinted moisturizer. The plus is that they give a very natural looking finish, and of course the minus is that they don't cover up everything and give you that flawless finish. But hey, my makeup is never to look "made up" anyway. I have come across many women with airbrushed faces, and while I'm always in awe and impressed they could achieve that level of perfection, it also, 1-creeps the hell out of me, is that a walking mannequin I just came across?!?, 2-makes me think, why cover up such beautiful skin?

Dr.Jart+ The Original BB Set. All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

V05 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo

Almost done with this 370mL/12.5fl oz. bottle of V05 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo. Since college, my hair care routine, if you can even call it that, has always been a clarifying shampoo twice a week and a regular shampoo on days between. And since living in Japan for the first time back in 2005, I'd grown accustomed to Japanese shampoo, and so it has been interesting to venture back into the American shampoo market after so long.

So this is Kiwi Lime Squeeze with Lemongrass Extract, but I discern none of those in the scent. Rather, it smells a little bit of apple, just a touch. The long lasting fragrance claim is somewhat true though, because my hair would still smell of it through the next day. This shampoo is surprisingly better than even the Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo! On the two days a week when I use this my hair would be very light and bouncy the next day, and it feels even softer than when I use the Suave! I have tried using conditioner with this (Ichikami Moisture Conditioner, from the Moisture Set), but funny enough the conditioner doesn't seem to make a difference one way or another. Ha. Will definitely try a different V05 shampoo next!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo

Quick review for this 373mL/12.6fl oz. bottle of Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo. I started coming back to American brands after having gotten a bit bored with Japanese shampoos, though I didn't want to go back to the Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essence, or Vidal etc. either. Been there, done that. What I haven't tried was the cheaper brands like Suave and V05, with the exception of the V05 Moisturizing Hot Oil way back when.

There were many choices, too many to be honest, but thankfully they don't come in those giant family size bottles. This shampoo has a nice vanilla coconut scent, and it's actually very decent! It rinses well but doesn't strip my hair and leave it squeaky. My hair is decently soft the next day, no super silky effect like that from the Ichikami Moisture Shampoo but it's not bad. It doesn't make my hair oily and greasy the next day unless I use conditioner, which probably means it's already quite moisturizing on its own. I'm glad I'm trying this but won't repurchase. Will probably move on to something new ^.^

This bottle I bought came with a freebie travel size Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Moisturizing Shampoo, which I brought with me on my road trip a few weeks ago for trial. Will review this next.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Canmake ShimmerJelly Eyes

I'm loving the old and long-discontinued Canmake Liquid Shadow & Base so much I picked up their newer incarnation as ShimmerJelly Eyes, which has also been recently discontinued - what the hell?!? Why, Canmake, why?! :( Of course, this forced me on an online hunting trip for a backup, although luckily I did find a source for it that wasn't too much of a rip-off, unlike E(vil)bay.

There are major differences between the previous Liquid Shadow & Base and these ShimmerJelly Eyes, first being the color range. The Liquid Shadow & Base came in only 2 colors, at least I knew of only 2 colors, 02 Crystal White and 03 Baby Beige. These ShimmerJelly Eyes comes in 6 colors, and in addition to the basics of white, beige, and gold, there are also a pastel pink, a mint green, and chocolate brown.
***Stock photo from Canmake Tokyo.

The two colors I have are 02 Sugar Milk Tea and 06 Crystal Gold, although I'm totally curious about 03 Strawberry Parfait now too.

Monday, July 14, 2014

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Gentle Body Wash Part II

After the last success of L'Occitane Bonne Mere Gentle Body Wash Milk I caved and gave the Honey one a try too. 

It's just as gentle as the Milk one, although doesn't smell anywhere as nice and soothing. This Honey one smells like perfumed honey, very flowery and cloying at the same time. I don't hate the scent, but I much prefer the Milk. I'm glad I bought backups of the Milk body wash as well as the Gentle Cream. Love that stuff!

See my previous L'Occitane Bonne Mere Gentle Body Wash post. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HanSkin World Foam Cleanser

After a month of use, including a road trip a couple of weeks ago, I'm almost done with this 25mL tube of HanSkin World Foam Cleanser. It was from the HanSkin Travel Set, which also includes 25mL each of Hyaluron Skin Lotion and Olive Essential Cleansing Oil, 10mL tube of Super Light Touch B.B. SPF30 PA++ (will review soon), and 5g pot of Super Collagen Gel.

I didn't have high expectations for this as it is a foaming cleanser, but to my surprise it's really quite mild! It's lightly scented with the same fragrance as the Hyaluron Skin Lotion, which I don't mind at all. It's nowhere as foam-crazy as a Japanese foaming cleanser, but it still foams decently well. It rinses well but doesn't leave my skin squeaky or taut dry afterwards. I'm enjoying it now but I don't like it enough to buy a full size. I have too many foaming cleanser lining up to try next.

Friday, July 11, 2014

HanSkin Hyaluron Skin Lotion

I'll confess: I bought this HanSkin Travel Set just for that tube of Super Light Touch B.B. ^.^ But then hubby and I were taking a road trip and I figured having some travel sized toiletries would be helpful. So I brought along the Hyaluron Skin Lotion and the World Foam Cleanser, which I will review next.

The HanSkin Travel Set includes 25mL each of this Hyaluron Skin Lotion, Olive Essential Cleansing Oil, and World Foam Cleanser, 10mL tube of Super Light Touch B.B. SPF30 PA++, and 5g pot of Super Collagen Gel.

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