Review: Holika Holika Soda Pore BB Deep Cleansing Foam

Holika Holika is a brand I only recently started looking into and during my search, I saw that this specific cleanser was reviewed as being quite nice. I was in the market for a new cleanser but I wasn’t completely sure on which one or type I should pick up but this particular one caught my eye. It isn’t a product that is very widespread in the beauty blogging community so I wanted to share my experience with it! =)

The cleanser’s active ingredients and their purposes include:

① Soda bead and sparking water – removes BB cream and skin wastes, deeply cleanses pores
② Baking powder – helps remove sebum and black heads
③ Witch hazel and tea tree – tightens pores, removes sebum and skin wastes
④ Harrogate sparkling water – supplies abundant minerals to the skin

HolikaHolikaCleanserPackaging

The cleanser itself is a very thick and white cream with small blue exfoliating beads distributed throughout. The scent of this cleanser is amazing. It smells just like lemonade! =)

HolikaHolikaCleanserPump

The cleanser comes in standard squeeze tube packaging

The cleanser lathers beautifully on the skin. It requires no effort for the cream to transform into a foam when the skin is slightly damp. As with all cleansers, I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to deeply work the product into my skin. My skin does not feel dry or stripped of any facial oils afterwards (but keep in mind that my skin is not sensitive)! My skin appears a lot brighter and is not extremely red like it normally is when I use other cleansers.

HolikaHolikaCleanserApplication

Although I have been enjoying this cleanser, it hasn’t helped my acne or acne scarring so this means I will not repurchase it immediately and try some other cleansers. However, it does leave my skin feeling very clean and that is what it claims to do so I wouldn’t say I am disappointed. I normally do not just use a cleanser to remove my makeup because I feel that it is inefficient and I take off a majority of it during the shower anyway. If you wear lighter makeup then this cleanser will help remove most of it but I would still recommend either using a makeup remover beforehand or following up with a toner afterwards just to remove any excess!

Also big FYI, it does burn if it gets in your eyes so please be careful! I was tearing up so badly when I was washing too close to my eyes (silly mistake on my part though =P)!

SkinfoodChocoEyesAdv

♡ Lathers very nicely

♡ Only need a pea-sized amount

♡ Cleanses skin well

♡ Inexpensive

♡ Smells good (exactly like lemonade!)

SkinfoodChocoEyesDisadv

♡ Does not dramatically change skin in terms of acne or scarring

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Review: Canmake Loose Cheek Blush Powder in #02 Rose Pink

Today I will be reviewing this loose cheek powder blush by Canmake that I wore in my FOTD post two days ago. It’s the only loose blush I own. I don’t own a lot of Japanese cosmetics but I always hear that they are high quality so I’m always curious about them!

CanmakeLooseCheekPackaging

The packaging is very adorable but it is also quite bulky so I wouldn’t recommend it for travelling with. It comes with a powder puff that is held by a plastic strap and you need to push down on it to open the product! I think this is a genius idea because it keeps everything held together to avoid any spilling accidents. =)

CanmakeLooseCheekHandSwatch

Rose Pink is a warm-toned medium peachy pink shade that swatches with a lot of fine glitter particles but applies matte on the skin! I’m not sure if it’s the blush brush I use to apply the product that gets rid of the glitter but there are definitely no visible sparkles when I look at my cheeks close-up! =)

CanmakeLooseCheekApplication

The swatch picture above washes out the colour a little bit but I can reassure you that it is very pigmented! Only a little amount is needed to achieve full and even colour on the cheeks. However, the only issue I have is that it can be a bit of a hassle to get product out! I generally like to apply my blush really quickly using a pressed powder. =P

Overall, this blush is nice to own but it’s not a necessity. I don’t reach for it often just because it is a hassle that it is a loose powder but I don’t feel disappointed when I use it. If you were curious to try it out but had other products in mind, it wouldn’t be a big deal if you skipped on on this one!

TCFSBlingBlingAdv

♡ Great colour payoff

♡ A little goes a long way

♡ Applies evenly

♡ Long lasting

♡ Cute packaging

♡ Great amount of product (will last a long time)

TCFSBlingBlingDisadv

♡ Difficult to get product out

♡ Bulky to travel with

♡ Limited colour range

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Review: TonyMoly Crystal Jelly Cheek Pot in 01 Angel Peach

YAY! =3 It’s my official two month blogging anniversary today! Thank you all for the amazing support you have given me since I first started up my blog! You guys are the loveliest bunch of people and I will also continue to always support all of you too. ♡

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a review. I’m sorry it’s been so long but I still hope you all have been enjoying my other blog posts. Today I’ll be reviewing a blush by TonyMoly. I picked this up from YesStyle at the beginning of last year because it was on clearance and at the time, I didn’t have many blushes in my collection let alone a more peachy-orange toned shade! I was also just very intrigued as to what ‘Crystal Jelly’ meant! =O

TonyMolyCheekPotPackaging

I really love the feeling of this blush. It feels very soft and almost creamy like but it’s definitely a powder. It feels spongy like a cushion, which completely explains why it has ‘jelly’ in the product name. The packaging itself is also lightweight and easy to travel with. It’s just a standard clear and compact case!

TonyMolyCheekPotHandSwatch

The colour looks quite out there in the swatch because it looks like a true pastel peach shade (under natural indoor lighting it definitely comes across as being more orange than in the picture above, which was taken under sunlight) but if you look at the picture of it on my skin right below, you can see that it doesn’t translate that harshly at all because of the pigmentation of the blush.

TonyMolyCheekPotApplication

The blush itself is sheer and requires multiple layers for it to show up on my personal skin tone. It would look beautiful on people with paler skin tones but on me, I really have to build up the blush for it to show up. The end result is very natural and gives a peachy flush on the cheeks.

Overall, I’m not extremely impressed and I wouldn’t say it’s necessary for you to buy this product. It’s definitely just an average blush but the only thing is that it has an interesting texture that is fun to play around with! Even when it comes to my most natural makeup looks, I want a blush that is more pigmented so it can add enough colour on my face. When I have more colour on my cheeks, I don’t feel the need to wear more eye makeup or wear a brighter lip shade!

VDLEyeshadowAdv

♡  Fun and unique colour

♡ Interesting soft and bouncy texture

♡ Natural finish

♡ Simple, durable packaging

VDLEyeshadowDisadv

♡ Not highly pigmented so requires layering

♡ Limited shade range (only has two other shades)

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Overview: Mascara Collection

MascaraCollection

Hi everyone! I’ve realised that I have several mascaras open at the moment, which is something that used to never happen because I didn’t want them to dry out but I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go through each one and show before and after pictures so you can see the differences between them! =) I have 5 opened up at the moment and I will be going through each one, showing you how each one works and explaining how they wear on my eyelashes. My lashes naturally are quite long but they point downwards and a factor that I look into on my search for the perfect mascara is that it has to be able to hold the curl throughout the entire day. Because I haven’t been wearing eyeliner everyday, I’ve been going for mascaras that lengthen my lashes and if they do hold the curl, my eyes just look so much bigger, brighter and more awake.

None of these are listed in any particular order. I am going through each one randomly! =)

L ‘ O r e a l  P a r i s  V o l u m i n o u s  C a r b o n  B l a c k

MascaraCollection-1

This mascara is quite popular, I used to hear about it all the time on YouTube back in the day. Unfortunately, I believe it’s no longer sold in retail stores (at least here in Australia?) so you can only purchase it online and through other means now. =( I will review it anyway so that if you do have a chance to pick the mascara up, you can decide whether or not you want to. The claims of this mascara are that it “builds and thickens voluptuous lashes while conditioning them, so they remain supple and healthy” and has “an exceptionally plush brush designed to glide on just the right amount of mascara without clumping or flaking“.

L'OrealVoluminous

This mascara provides fantastic volume and sufficient length. It’s an allrounder great mascara that I think everyone would have a great time using. If you get a chance to pick this one up, I definitely recommend it.

L ‘ O r e a l  P a r i s  M e g a  V o l u m e  M i s s  M a n g a

MascaraCollection-2

I’ve done a complete review on this mascara already, if you want to see you can click here. I also write about the turquoise shade in the range in that post! But for the purpose of this post, I will still do my brief summary of this mascara just so everything will be in one place! If you wish to read the claims of the mascara, please visit my previous post. =)

L'OrealMissManga

This mascara does a great job at lengthening my lower lashes but it does an ok job with my upper lashes. I feel that it provides more length than it does volume. It also tends to get a bit clumpy when more than one coat is applied. I would recommend this mascara if you’re looking to try out some coloured mascaras because they have a few fun, bright colours in the collection.

M o d e l C o  F a t  L a s h  V o l u m i s i n g  B l a c k

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When I signed up for Bellabox, this was a mascara that was sent to me as part of the package and I was really intimidated when I saw the brush. It’s unbelievably massive! The claims of this mascara are that it is “volumising and lengthening“, “has a smudge proof formula that won’t dry or flake“, “is creamy and buildable for extra volume“, “has a silicone brush that helps separate, lift and define the lashes” and a “bomber shaped brush that reaches every lash“.

ModelCoFatLashApplication

I adore this mascara because it hold the curl of my lashes really well. It also just does a fantastic job at both lengthening and providing volume to my upper and lower lashes. The only issue is that it’s really easy to accidentally smudge some of the mascara onto your skin because the brush is really big. If you have shorter lashes that are difficult to reach, this mascara would not be a great choice for you.

M a y b e l l i n e  V o l u m ‘  E x p r e s s  M e g a  P l u s h

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This mascara is the first gel-mousse formulation by Maybelline and its claims are that it “contains 40% less hard waxes for massive yet soft lashes“, has a “patented flexor brush that gently coats every lash with supple volume” and “leaves lashes never brittle or flaky“. Therefore, as the name suggests, it’s not meant to give lashes that leave a hard or ‘crusty’ feeling but keeps them feeling soft!

MaybellineMegaPlush

I do like this mascara because it does what it claims to do! It gives me naturally lengthened lashes and really does make them look like I’m not wearing much makeup because my lashes look soft, not caked on with layers of mascara. If you’re looking for a false lash effect then this mascara would not be a great choice for that purpose.

M a y b e l l i n e  V o l u m ‘  E x p r e s s  T h e  F a l s i e s  W a s h a b l e

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I was really excited to try this mascara out when I first purchased it because I’m always searching for the perfect mascara that will give me the look of false lashes. Maybelline describes the mascara as having a “patented spoon brush that fans out lashes from corner-to-corner“, “instantly builds volume without clumping with a pro-keratin formula” and has a “unique flexible wand that helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes with no gaps from any angle“.

MaybellineFalsies

I had the highest expectations for this mascara after reading the name of it but to be honest, it’s just an average mascara. I do like it though because it’s great for when I’m looking to achieve naturally enhanced lashes but it does not give a false lash effect on me. Therefore, if you’re hoping that this mascara will give you the appearance of amplified false lashes, it might not work out for you like it did with me!

Let me know which mascara you think looks best on me and also give me some recommendations on some new mascaras I should be on the lookout for! I hope you enjoyed this post! ♡

Review: L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper in Dark Brunette

There have been a lot more brow mascaras reaching the shelves in drugstores and I couldn’t be more excited! L’Oreal was one of the brands to do so, coming out with the Brow Artist Plumper. They don’t have a wide range of colour selections, which I find to be quite disappointing but I’m hoping that they will bring out more. Dark Brunette is more of a true brown. I have read many times that people are always searching for brow mascaras that have an ashy tone to them so if you are one of those people, then this brow mascara is not for you unfortunately! =(

L'OrealBrowMascaraPackaging

The brush wand is perfect for the brows because it is not too large to the point where you have no control of where the product will apply but it’s not too small that it takes a long time to use. It is the perfect shape to quickly do your brows and I’ve found that it has been fantastic for me to use everyday when I’m in a rush.

L'OrealBrowMascaraApplication

My brows are already naturally quite full but the brow mascara does a great job at evening them out and setting them in place for the whole day. It does sort of make them feel a little stiff when you touch them but it’s not stiff enough that it feels uncomfortable or looks unnatural.

The brow mascara is very expensive (~$19) but in comparison to others such as the Benefit Gimme Brow, which is $35, it is not too bad. It also has a lot more product inside! I would definitely recommend this brow mascara for people who have been curious to try one but the colour range is quite limited, which I think is the main negative point of this product.

TCFSEyelinersAdv

♡ Adds fullness to the brows

♡ Darkens/tints the brows

♡ Does not smudge

TCFSEyelinersDisadv

♡ Makes the brows feel stiff

♡ Expensive

♡ Limited shade range (missing ashier tones)

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Disclaimer: Although I did not purchase the product myself, all my reviews regardless of how I received them are 100% honest and genuine!

Review: L’Oreal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara in All Black & Pop Turquoise

L'OrealMangaMascaraPackaging

As a member of the Beautyheaven Trial Team, I was sent a few items from L’Oreal to write reviews on their website. Two of the items were these mascaras that I’m going to be reviewing today! =) I was really excited because I always like trying out new mascaras and this was the first time I’ve ever used a coloured mascara! I was so shocked at how bright the colour was when I opened the tube and I was even more excited to try it out to see how it would look on the eyelashes!

The claims of the mascara are that it “volumises to give lashes a doll eyed effect“, “adds volume to upper and lower lashes” and the brush is designed be “ultra-flexible to cover lashes from root to tip“.

L'OrealMangaMascaraBrush

The mascara really does have a really unique brush wand. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. It’s tapered and the very tip has barely any plastic bristles. It also is definitely flexible so it’s easy to manoeuvre the brush and coat every lash. I’ve found that because the tip has no bristles, it really picks up a lot of product so you can’t use the technique where you use the tip of the mascara to grab harder to reach and shorter lashes because it just places a clump of product onto them.

L'OrealMangaMascaraApplication

Top: No mascara; Middle: Mascara on the right eye only; Bottom: Mascara on both eyes (using All Black)

I quite like this mascara. It adds enough length to my lashes to make them stand out and they give great volume but I think manga-like lashes is an overstatement. I had higher expectations due to the name (especially for my upper lashes, I’m very satisfied with my lower lashes) but at the same time, it did not perform horribly and I will continue to use it! I think that if you’re interested in trying out coloured mascaras, Pop Turquoise is a fantastic choice! It is such a fun way to add some colour to your makeup look without being too out there or bold. It is also very buildable in comparison to the black and doesn’t clump up! They also have two other shades in Electric Blue and Tropical Violet, which I am also intrigued to try!

L'OrealMascaraPopTurquoise

In case you were curious on what the Pop Turquoise looks like! (I’m wearing All Black on my upper lashes too). It definitely adds a little something but it doesn’t have to be over the top depending on how many coats you apply.

The reason why I can’t give the product a full rating is because it’s still not what I imagine to be the “perfect mascara”. I definitely think it is a great one to try because I know that everyone has had a great experience with it but like I said, I’m still looking for the perfect mascara that exceeds my highest expectations! =P

MizonSnailBBAdv

♡ Lengthens and thickens lashes

♡ Adds great volume

♡ Holds curl

♡ Does not smudge

♡ Separates lashes with one coat

♡ Very pigmented (both the black and turquoise!)

MizonSnailBBDisadv

♡ Clumps when more than one layer is applied (for the black)

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➳ Disclaimer: Although I did not purchase the products myself, all my reviews regardless of how I received them are 100% honest and genuine!

Review: Majolica Majorca Honey Plump Neo Gloss in RS456

Today’s review is on another Japanese cosmetic product, Majolica Majorca’s Plump Neo Gloss in RS456! This lipgloss does not get talked about much. In fact, I’ve only heard of Majolica Majorca for their fantastic mascaras! While researching the facts about this lipgloss, I discovered that it won the 2012 Yahoo! Beauty Best Cosmetics Award in the lipstick and lipgloss department! That’s really something major!

MajolicaMajorcaLipglossPackaging

The tube itself is really small so it’s great to carry around in your purse on-the-go! =) There is nothing to complain about in terms of its packaging because it’s just a regular squeeze tube!

MajolicaMajorcaLipglossSwatch

Left: Squeeze tube packaging; Right: Sheer application of the lipgloss

The gloss itself feels really moisturising and lightweight! As you can see, over bare lips it’s quite sheer but it adds so much gloss and shininess. It applies really easily and just glides over your lips and makes them look really juicy and pouty. This particular shade looks really natural, it sort of just naturally enhances the lip colour and has a slight plumping effect. In my opinion, it’s a little bit on the sticky side because when you smack your lips together, there is some very slight tackiness and your hair can get stuck into it but it’s not messy. However, stickier lip glosses mean longer lasting power so it is something I don’t mind dealing with! =) I find that it has decent wear time, but only without eating! It doesn’t really come off unless I eat something and I need to wipe my lips.

Overall, it is an alright lipgloss! I’m generally not a lipgloss girl in general so I probably will not repurchase but I find that this is nice if I want to add some glossiness to my lips! It makes them look naturally plump and shiny without being extremely sticky. However, since it is a little difficult to find and purchase, I wouldn’t recommend you go through all the trouble to try and find it! >< But if you’re lucky enough to visit or live in Japan, then I say why not? It’s only about 480 yen, which is around $5! =)

MajolicaMajorcaLipglossFullFace

Natural makeup day!

CandyDollBlushAdv

♡ Super glossy

♡ Smells good

♡ Decent lasting power (without eating)

♡ Natural plumping effect

CandyDollBlushDisadv

♡ Slight tackiness

♡ Sheer colour

♡ Expensive (only to purchase it outside of Japan)

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Review: Etude House Tear Drop Powder in #2 Crystal Gold Tear

This is the seconEtudeHouseTearDropGlitterPackagingd eye glitter that I own and it’s in a lovely pale yellow gold shade. After trying the one from Too Cool For School (Review), I knew that I wanted to try some other shades! Korean eye glitters are more subtle in comparison to ones in the Western market so they can be used for an everyday neutral makeup look but at the same time, they can be buildable and layered for night outs too.

Considering that it is from Etude House, it comes to no surprise that the packaging is so adorable! Like the one from TCFS, it has a small opening for you to take product out and this stops you from making an absolute mess. I find that it is best applied with either a pencil brush for a nicely blended out application or a Q-tip/cotton bud to pack on the glitter. There is no way that a larger brush can fit and using your finger could turn out a mess! =P

EtudeHouseTearDropGlitterHandSwatch

The glitter is very finely milled but the payoff is phenomenal. You really do not need to spend a lot of time layering it on. It makes your eyes sparkle so beautifully in the sunlight!

EtudeHouseTearDropGlitterApplication

I think this glitter, like any other glitter, is great for adding glam to a makeup look. There is nothing to say other than that it is absolutely beautiful and if you have an opportunity to pick this up, definitely go for it! =)

SkinfoodChocoEyesAdv

♡ Not extremely messy to use (easy to apply)

♡ Long lasting

♡ Beautiful colour

♡ Cute packaging

♡ Inexpensive

SkinfoodChocoEyesDisadv

None!

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Overview: Revlon Lip Butter Collection

RevlonLipButterCollection

I remember when Revlon Lip Butters were the most highly raved about lip products back in 2011/2012 and I always wanted to try them. I’m sure every fellow Australian knows that drugstore makeup is insanely priced here and they were being sold for around $22 each! So when they were being sold on special for $10 a piece, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to jump onto the bandwagon. I currently don’t have a very large collection but I’m on the hunt for more colours to enlarge it!

My current collection consists of:

P e a c h  P a r f a i t

RevlonPeachParfait

⟪ Medium peachy nude with gold glitters ⟫

T u t t i  F r u t t i

RevlonTuttiFrutti

⟪ Bright warm orange ⟫

S o r b e t

RevlonSorbet

⟪ Vibrant fuchsia pink ⟫

B e r r y  S m o o t h i e

RevlonBerrySmoothie

⟪ Muted, mature berry ⟫

All the lip butters are very smooth and glide on easily across the lips. They have a vanilla scent to them, which I absolutely adore. I like to wear them when my lips are feeling a bit dry because they are quite moisturising but add a great punch of colour on the lips at the same time! =)

Do you own any Revlon Lip Butters?
What shades do you recommend I should pick up next?
I would love to hear your suggestions!

Review: Banila Co. Style Eyeliner Pencil in Black

I remember coming across this eyeliner when I watched Bubzbeauty’s video showing how to do a complete smokey eye with this one eyeliner! It looked really creamy and so easy to blend. I knew it was something I had to pick up when I went into the Banila Co. store a few years ago and that was exactly what I did.

BanilaCoEyelinerPackaging

The packaging isn’t flimsy, I’ve never had an issue where the cap fell off the eyeliner (which is often the case with many of mine! ><). The only thing I dislike though is that it is non-retractable, which means frequent sharpening! Since it is a creamy eyeliner, this means that it gets blunt very often and sharpening causes a lot of the product to get wasted.

BanilaCoEyelinerHandSwatch

Top: Light swatch; Middle: Harder swatch; Bottom: Smudge test

The eyeliner really does apply easily. It glides over the lids smoothly with no fuss but it can be a little uneven so you may need to go over it a few times. It’s not the blackest black in colour so you might not like it depending on your personal preference. It also sets fairly fast so it’s necessary to blend as you go! On the other hand, applying the eyeliner in the waterline is great. You don’t need to go over the area multiple times to get great pigmentation, just twice is perfect! I definitely prefer it on the waterline but it would also act as a great base for smokey eyes.

BanilaCoEyelinerApplication

Top: Applied as an eyeliner
Bottom: Smudged out as a smokey eye

Honestly, the fact that it needs sharpening throws me off a lot even if it might seem like a minor detail. I dislike sharpening pencils because I’m always nervous that they might break off so you end up wasting a lot of the product. It’s also just more convenient to twist up for more product when you need it. I think there are plenty of better eyeliners in the market! =)

TCFSBlingBlingAdv

♡ Easy to blend

♡ Very creamy

♡ Decent pigmentation

 TCFSBlingBlingDisadv

♡ Non-retractable

♡ Applies unevenly on eyelids

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