Monday, June 01, 2015

Clean Makeup Brushes 101

It's a new month! Summer is coming real soon! I can't wait for the long happy holidays :P Anyway, let's get to the point, shall we? I'm going to share my own guide and also a little review of these things that have helped me cleaning my go-to makeup tool.

As I have to do makeup (almost) everyday, my go-to makeup tool for applying liquid base on my face has changed from a beauty blender to brushes and a cushion puff. Hence, they are in need of cleaning. Although brushes don't harvest bacteria as much as sponges do, I still believe it's best to clean them at least every week.

Etude House Puff Brush Cleaning Mist review
Etude House Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist and
Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush.

Description: This is a mist type puff & brush cleanser that removes dirt and gently melts away makeup residue without the use of water. Useful for maintaining a clean and hygienic puff and brush.

  1. Spray sufficient amount onto puff or brush you wish to clean and wipe off with dry or wet tissue.
  2. Gently pat while wiping until no residue remains on tissue.
  3. Use puff or brush after completely drying off cleansed puff and brush in cool area.
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Product description and directions. Can't find the ingredients anyways, maybe it's the Hangul.

Unlike what it's named of, this mist can hardly clean my cushion puff. Oh, I'm using this technique from Laneige to clean my cushion puff, I find it more delicate to clean it that way. For that reason, even though it's said "no-wash", I don't recommend using this product without washing the brush afterwards because it can't completely clean the residual makeup that way.

So here you go, my guide to clean the brush using Etude House Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist:

Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush review
Spray the mist on both sides, wipe the brushes on tissues until the makeup residue melts.
Avoid the part of the brush where the handle meets the head as it can break down the glue over time.
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Fill a cup with lukewarm water and gently swirl the brush tips in the water.
Repeat this step until the water runs clear from the brush.
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Voilà! Now your brushes are clean, squeeze any excess water and lay them flat to dry.

Price: KRW 4,500

By any chance, is there anyone who has tried Etude House Brush Shower Cleaner? I've been wondering if it performs well because back then it was such a hard decision whether purchasing this one over the Brush Shower Cleaner since it comes in a huge bottle (5 times the amount, to be precise) and only priced twice as much. Too bad there were no tester for both products on the store or else I might be picking the one that smells more divine. So bumblebees... Let me know please in the comment section down below ;)
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dreaming Swan

Bumblebee-ya~ Anyong haseyo! This month surely flies so fast. June is coming so soon and therefore, summer season will start. Told ya I've got so many things from Seoul, but laziness pervades me and I've used up most of the cosmetics I bought. HA! However this one that I'm going to review is one of the stuffs that I asked my friend to get me when she was visiting South Korea. She visited the country all way to the south, well I mean, Busan. I'm so jealous and happy for her I mean, because when I went to South Korea, I could only visit Seoul as I was on tour and the Busan or even Jeju package wasn't available back then. This gives me another good reason to visit South Korea, I'd love to travel on Spring or Fall mainly because of the weather, not too cold nor too hot.

So yeah, this one I'll be reviewing is one of the Etude House's latest releases. As a fan of the brand, I surely can't skip this collection called Dreaming Swan which was inspired by the ballet. It's a collaboration between Etude House and Kerrie Hess, an illustrator from Australia. Honestly though, I've never heard of her before, but apparently she has worked for Chanel, Kate Spade, Lancome, Ladurée, etc. Just wow, isn't it?!

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer review
Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer.

Description: A pearl-cream multi shadow that absorbed smoothly on every area that needs dazzling shimmer.

What it promises:
  • Transparently and delicately shiny pearl that makes moisturized lovely eyes.
  • Powerful instant fitting system keeps pearl not to fall out for delicate and clear pearl expression.
  • Bounce-up gel type texture to express 3D-effect volume.
  • Non-sticky and moisturising texture to provide shiny volume on broad area.
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Product's description, directions and ingredients.

Personal thought of mine about the packaging. As any other usual Etude House's packaging, it's prettier on the box rather than the actual product. Thankfully there are prints of ballerina's shoes and bow on the lid. I got mine in shade #3 twinkling tutu.

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer twinkling tutu review

Texture wise, it's more like creamy liquid with tons of gold glitter that glides very easily and dries instantly too, so make sure to blend it nicely before it dries. While it's said on the direction that it can be used for the bridge of the nose, I seriously don't recommend you to use it on that area. It will look too glittery and you'll end up looking unnatural.

Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer twinkling tutu review
Swatch on my hand using the wand and blended afterwards.

It's not an easy product for the eye area either, though it's meant to be a highlighter. The promotional photo makes it looks as if it's practical to work with, when in fact it takes me loads of trial and error. I think the problem is on the wand. Its diameter is too thick for an eye makeup product, since it picks so many liquid and it'll look messy if you directly apply it to your eye area.

The trick of using this product is to make sure you only pick a little, apply it first on the hand (to reassure you really pick only a little of it), and now you're safe to put it on bottom lash line area. However, that's too complicated! Nowadays I use it as a highlighter for my eyebrow bone because that way it's easier to blend.

Price: KRW 7,500

K-drama updates anyone? I'm currently watching School 2015, Kim SooHyun is def my most favorite child actress, she stars as a lead in there. I think it's a cute mystery teen drama, dunno why the rating is low. Hopefully the rating will climb up until its finale. Who's with me here that agrees BTOB's SungJae is a noona killer? LOLOL. He's adorable on that drama, but nay in a variety show. Because I like Jackson much better in Big Byung. Anyways, this drama produces only great OST until now.

Tiger JK feat. Jinsil Of Mad Soul Child - Reset.
Baechigi feat. Punch - Fly With The Wind.
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox

Well hey, bumblebees... May Day! May Day! And that's a reason why I have time to post a review. Lately I've been busy but not really with my work, thus blogging seems like a difficult thing to do. However, I sneak some of my leisure time to write something because I like writing especially when it comes to beauty!

This... is a product that I've used since I came back from Seoul, bought it fresh from their road shop in Dongdaemun and I thought the name of the brand says it all; Too Cool For School. I fell in love completely with the warm reception. The sales girl couldn't talk in English yet tried her best to explain me about the special promo going on. I was so glad that she suggested it to me because it's such a great save!

I heard about this brand before because my friend told me their beauty blender is just one of the best she's ever tried, but back then Too Cool For School was closed down in Jakarta (which anyway they've recently reopen in Taman Anggrek Mall, with a different distributor though).

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Too Cool For School Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox.

Description: Dinoplatz U.F.O Multibox is a wacky square type of package, in addition to the cushion BB foundation, there is a built-in pore balm, concealer, and makeup palette of lip & cheek. When you slide from under the case, it's as if an alien is coming down (the makeup palette). The BB foundation finish is shiny and able to adjust unevenness of the skin for us to achieve a smooth pottery skin.

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Dem feels of a brand new sponge.
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Apparently cushion sponge is just unusually soft and smooth.

You can tell now, I was unfamiliar with cushion type of makeup. I thought it wasn't hygienic so I hesitated to try but I WAS WRONG! This is just the greatest beauty invention yet! Whoever came up with this idea, I thank you for now I don't have to bring a tube of my BB or CC cream in my makeup pouch as I do my makeup at my office (sleeping time is precious when you work 8 hours a day y'all know). Moreover, touch-ups could be done as easy as 1 2 3.

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BB foundation cushion is on the top.
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It looks nasty, but should I care?
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My bad, it was perfect when I first unboxed the packaging.

I got mine shade #23 Janna, but those with fairer skin and cool tone can pick the #21 Pola because it's more pink in color. Nothing I dislike about their concept, it's so practical, compact, and everything works like a charm. They gave you mirror too inside and it's very usable. 

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Swatches on my hand.

Being so rich in SPF, it kinda give me a white cast though it's not in a moderate amount which is a great thing for SPF 50. The coverage is just awesome, especially the creamy concealer. For the lip & cheek, I can say it's great for subtle blush, but it's not recommended for lip as it's drying (or maybe just my poor lips). Pore balm is barely visible on my swatch, I don't actually use it too because big pores ain't my thing xP

Last but not least, this was the special promo that I told you before. The sales girl tried to explain me what would I get inside this box. I was so stupid too for thinking I'll get two multibox, not the refill one like this. Eventually I got what she meant, but I insisted to get the cushion sponge separately, so then perhaps she told me (in Korean language that I don't even understand) that I'll get the sponge inside the refill. I think I finally surrendered to her as she didn't give me the cushion sponge by telling me "no need". HAHA. Yes, we'll get that cushion sponge inside the refill, I double checked their website.

too cool for school dinoplatz ufo multibox refill
Gotta save this for my summer trip.

Overall I'm impressed with this product, it lives up to my expectation. Not a downside, but it's a bit pricey for the size (12g for only the BB foundation). I've used it up in two months, but I'm happy that packaging idea looks so cool, the shade suits my skin tone, and more importantly the formula doesn't break me out.

Price: KRW 38,000

Miss A - Only You.

Guilty pleasure; I've been raping the replay button for this song. I watched all their live show too. Pssh!
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Clearance Hunters

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for the review, but all the thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own.]

The sale is going on! Zalora is having a warehouse clearance right now. Let's say YAY while the paycheck is still fresh, I just couldn't hesitate myself from browsing all the stuffs they have. I think my online shopping skill has been upgraded ever since I shop a lot on the net.

Zalora Warehouse Clearance

Therefore, I want to share some of the tips to you:
  1. Fill your wishlist(s) as much as you want! They will regularly remind you if the product is still available.
  2. Use the filter on the sidebar. I find this very helpful because I prefer to only browse this favorite brands: Ezra by Zalora, Zalora, Zalora Basics *now you'll get why I love shopping at this place* Another trick is to set the price from the lowest.
  3. Check the size detail section and if the model's body type similar to you, then congrats, you only need to buy the same size as hers.
  4. Double check your address! It's important to put the zip code too. Nowadays I'm not always at home, I'd rather get it shipped to my office because it's safer and more convenient that way.
  5. Know your limit. Seriously, don't shop if you're broke, unless you want to starve the next day :P
Another reason to love online shopping is because when they arrive it feels like a present to me. HA! Besides it gives me a reason to live for another 2-3 business days.

Hope you guys get amazing stuff from the warehouse clearance!
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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Yours Sincerely

Happy Easter, dear bumblebees! Another circle lens I'll be reviewing, it's from Sincere Vision a.k.a the third largest colored lens brand in Japan. Oh, if I'm not mistaken, this should be my first Japanese circle lens I've ever worn. Just like the wise old sayings, it's never too late to try ;)

fairy 1day princess brown

So they recently launched daily disposable circle lenses collection called Fairy 1day, available in Natural and Princess just like their monthly disposable ones (well, minus Queen). I picked the Fairy 1day Princess collection in brown because I am in love with the design, I can foresee how it will suit my everyday's look, which I tend not to wear heavy makeup.

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Pretty jewel design on the box.
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Unfortunately I can't read Japanese x_x
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Got 10 pieces in a box.
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Specification of Sincere Vision Fairy 1day Princess:
Power Range: 0.00 ∼ -8.00
Diameter: 14.2mm
Base Curve: 8.7mm
Water Content: 38%
Lifespan: 1 day disposal

Design: 4 out of 5
I like how the design focused more on the outer corner of the lens. The large clear area on the center lets the natural eye color to be shown. Moreover, it has limbal ring for enlargement effect.

Enlargement: 5 out of 5
Its 14.2 mm diameter and bold limbal ring design is dramatic enough to give me an illusion of bigger eyes.

Comfort: 5 out of 5
Daily lenses never cease to amaze me. My eyes are a bit sensitive when it comes to new contact lens brand, especially when this lenses' water content is only like 38%. Surprisingly, it's just as comfortable as my other daily lenses.

Overall: I would love to wear this every day especially when I'm wearing a no-makeup-makeup kinda look. The design looks so natural even though they have their own daily natural collection. Anyway, I prefer this one as I love the limbal ring!

Price: USD 22.50 per 5 pairs

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Final look with Fairy 1day Princess in brown.

If only daily disposable lenses would cost the same as the monthly ones, I'd be forever attached to it LOLOLOL.

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