Thursday, 30 October 2014

Crop Gentle Cleansing Gel Review

A while ago I was sent the whole line of Crop natural skincare, you can see my overview of the brand here. Today I will be reviewing my favorite product of the line in depth. I have used about 1/3 of the gel so far and my favorite time to use it is in the morning, however I do sometimes use it as a second cleanser at night. 

"The CROP Gentle Cleansing Gel is a sulphate free and paraben free formulation that removes make-up and impurities, revealing deeply cleansed and purified skin. Infused with a gentle essential oil blend and enriched with the CROP Vital 8 ingredients to promote healthy skin; Jojoba, Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Rose Hip Oil, Aloe Vera, Rice Protein, Wheat Protein and Lavender Oil."- CROP website

It retails at a very affordable $12 at Coles supermarkets. 

I love the packaging of all CROP products because they have that dark, chic unisex look that stands out amongst all my other facial care products which are predominantly white. The dark brown bottle gives the impression that the contents are very potent (or is that just me?). Plus the pump top is handy-dandy! 

The cleanser is a gel type which is unusual in today's market, or maybe it's because I always gravitate towards foaming products! It has a slightly runny consistency that lathers only a tiny bit when mixed with water. When used with a facial cleansing sponge it lathers much more. 

I mentioned the scent before, but I have to say it again: It. Smells. So. Good. I can really smell all the essential oils as I massage it into my face, making me feel calmer. It's a natural, botanical scent that can only be created using essential oils. Did you know lavender is my favourite scent? And surprise, surprise, this product contains lavender oil! This really is hands down the best smelling cleanser I have ever met, and is the perfect start to my mornings.

In terms of removing makeup, it actually does a fair job at removing everything except waterproof mascara, which I was quite pleased with. However I would not trust it to remove heavy foundation (I wear light BB cream). Below is an example of how well it removes a swatch of my HG K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner just with some water and rubbing with my fingers.

This product sits slightly more towards the hydrating end of the scale due to its gel consistency and non-foaming attributes. My skin does feel tight when it dries, but then again, I haven't met a cleanser that cleanses well and doesn't dry out my skin! This one does not irritate my skin at all.

Overall, I adore this cleanser and think it looks, smells and performs like a high end product.

Would I repurchase? Yes! 

Aussie girls and guys- have you seen the CROP range in Coles?

*This product was gifted for review. My opinions are 100% honest.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Lip Routine 2014- Sun Sense Lip Balm, Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner &Kate Liquid Rouge

I've never posted a 'lip routine' because I've well... never had one before unless you count slathering on some lip gloss in the car on my way to Uni! One of my favourite Youtubers is Soothingsista (I wish I was her, she's a mega babe), and after watching one of her make up routines I decided I wanted to venture into the world of lip liners.

After some research, I found that Rimmel's Exaggerate lip liner was the one for me. I chose it because I specifically wanted something cheap and automatic because I have an aversion to cosmetics that need to be sharpened. I've been loving how my lips look with it on and have been wearing it almost daily for the past 2 weeks. It makes me feel and look more 'put together' and ladylike! 

1. Sun Sense Lip Balm (PR sample)
2. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction, $12.50 from Priceline
3. Kate Liquid Rouge in BR-1, bought in Japan

Step 1- An essential step for any lip routine. I love this balm by Sun Sense because it has a clear gel texture that is not too sticky or too thin. It also has SPF which is a must for Summer!

Step 2- Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction is my new love. It applies so smoothly and the pigmentation is superb! The reason I have always avoided lip liners is because they seemed so fussy and time consuming. This product has proved me wrong and I am going to pick up the rest of the shades on my next trip to Priceline. 

Addiction is a brownish nude that suits my tanned skin perfectly. It makes me look more mature and looks super sexy paired with a smokey eye. Pigmentation is amazing and there is no need to retrace any lip areas. It only takes me 30 seconds to outline and fill in my lips! The finish is matte and the colour lasts around half the day. If used by itself it is drying, but with a prepping balm and gloss on top, I have no problems with hydration!

Step 3- Kate Liquid Rouge Lip Gloss is a thick, glossy neutral colour that adds volume and shine to my lips. The pigmentation is a little sheer but clings to my lips well, so it has a longer life span than most glosses. 

And that's the finished product! The result is a darker nude than I would usually go for, but I still think it's very pretty. Best of all, it's perfect for work/clinic!

What is your experience with lip liners? Do you think they're underrated? 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Prestige Total Intensity 'Against All Odds' Liquid Ink Eyeliner Review

The second batch of Prestige eyeliners I have to review were a hit! The 'Against All Odds' liquid liners are part of the Total Intensity range and come in an interesting array of colours.

"Total Intensity Liquid Eyeliner adds drama and definition with stunning results in just one stroke! Unique fiber tipped applicator provides maximum control".

Unique fibre tip applicator
Maximum control
One stroke application

From R-L: 
Tattoo- an inky black 
Stuck on You- a red toned dark brown
All Nighter- a bright midnight blue
Stalker- a creamy 'moss' green
BFF- a glittery aqua

You can get Around the Clock, an additional bright purple colour on the website. My favourite colours are Stalker and BFF. Both green shades are so unusual and stunning!

The eyeliners are super cute and miniature. I love that the lids are solid chunks of colour corresponding to the ink, making them easy to spot and grab in a drawer. 

The fibre tip is hard and quite inflexible, similar to the Prestige Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pens I reviewed previously. However the ink in this product is quite runny, so don't worry, application is still quite comfortable!

Here is one stroke of each colour. One of Prestige's claims is 'one stroke application'. I disagree with this claim because as you can see, the tip does not retain enough ink to traverse the entire lash line and the colour runs thin at around 2cm worth of eyeliner. To do my every day cat eye liner I need to redip the liner 2-3 times. This is no big deal to me, but just had to mention the claim does not hold.

The ink dries matte and is waterproof, however will rub off in flakes if you rub the liner. I don't touch my eyes at all during the day so I had no problems!

Look 1- BFF + All Nighter
Look 2- Stalker + Stuck on You
Look 3- Stalker layered on top of brown eye shadow. The liner darkens  when placed over a dark eye shadow and the result ends up being very natural.
Liquid liners are always going to be more challenging to use than pencil or pens, however these were relatively easy to manage compared to other liquid liners. I like that the handle is very short which allows for very precise control of the eyeliner. The fibre tip is better than a hair tip (prone to fraying), however I would prefer it if it had a bit more give in it. The pigmentation is fantastic and 1 coat packs an amazing punch of colour. Importantly, thin lines and sharp wings are definitely achievable with these!

Below you can see the combination of BFF + All Nighter in action. I love this fun 'ocean-inspired' take on the traditional winged eye! From afar it's hard to notice the colours, but up close, they look amazing. I especially love BFF because the more layers you add, the more sparkly it becomes!

I feel odd posting photos without circle lenses and false eyelashes... A bit naked to be honest! I also drew my eye brows arched instead of straight- I don't know what made me do it.

Look 1 with mascara and bottom liner, all from Prestige.

Look 3 in action. It is surprisingly natural and I even wore this look to work!

Look 3- Stalker over brown eye shadow. 

Eyelashes from BornPretty.

These eyeliners retail for $18. For an ordinary black liquid liner I would say that $18 is too expensive and that you can find liners with a better applicator, however these unique colours are not often found in stores (especially BFF and Stalker)! Taking that into consideration, my verdict is that the coloured liners are worth your money, black liners can be found elsewhere.

You can purchase these on the Prestige website, or in selected Priceline stores.

Do you like bright eyeliner?

*I was gifted these products for review, my opinions are 100% honest.



By the way, do check out the amazing sales at Born Pretty Store!

I highly recommend their range of cheap, yet quality false eyelashes! 
Use code KIMH10 on all full priced items for 10% off!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Eye Candys Geo Marigold Grey Lenses Review

I was contacted by circle lens and beauty store Eyecandys to review some lenses some weeks ago. They have an amazing range of circle lenses on their site, so I had an extremely hard time choosing which lenses to review. I also got distracted by their large range of 3CE make up...

I finally decided on the Geo Marigold Grey lenses because the combination of cool grey flecked with gold seemed very chic and unusual. 

Brand: GEO
Origin: South Korea
Water content: 42%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Base Curve: 8.6
Duration: 1 year disposable 

Shine like a star in GEO's new Mari Gold series! This one-of-a-kind design features little flecks of metallic color for the ultimate fashion statement. Be recognised for your unique style without looking unnatural or exaggerated. 

Approved by US FDA, Canada FDA, CE 1023 and KGMP.

My package came in around 2 weeks which is a fairly average international shipping time for Australia. I adore the little compact plastic casing my lenses and lens case came in! They also thoughtfully included a care guide which would be very helpful for people not familiar with circle lenses. Unfortunately the lens case is not in the form of a cute animal.

The design of the sticker is so elegant and mature looking right?

This was when I realised I had forgotten to tell the store my prescription! These lenses came in plano, so unfortunately I have to wear them with glasses! My fault entirely and I'm very annoyed at myself.

These lenses actually look very similar to my favourite G&G A21 gray lenses, except with a thinner limbal ring and the gold flecks. In the case the gold flecks look very minor, however when worn they come to life!

I chose to do a gold and grey smokey cat eye look to compliment these lenses. Considering I couldn't see what I was doing (because of my mistake with the prescription), I think my make up turned out quite well!

Artificial light:

The gold flecks come to life in the sunlight. These lenses look natural, but the gold gives them that wow factor! I like that the limbal ring is very thin and that the gradient of colour is smooth. You can see the brown of my eyes through the middle of the lens which compliments the gold very well.

Window light:

I can wear these lenses (with my glasses) for 6 hours without even feeling them in my eyes. However I notice that my right eye is red when I take them out, which means that they do cause some minor irritation. These may not be the best for those with sensitive eyes.

The enlargement factor is perfect for my small eyes! These lenses will give you a sexy and very feline look.

Overall, I love the look of these lenses and wish I had got them in my prescription! I absolutely love the metallic shimmer, it makes my eyes sparkle without being too overwhelming. The only down side is the comfort level, and that being said I did not physically feel any pain and my right eye was a little bloodshot. Again, they may not suit sensitive eyes. But they are so pretty, I love them anyway!

You can get them from Eye Candys here for $27.

*I was gifted this product for review, my opinions are 100% honest.

Monday, 20 October 2014

GIVEAWAY- LOVE Retro Sunglasses worth $79!

Hiya! Recently I've been wearing my LOVE Tokyo Tortoise Sunnies non stop and you've been seeing them all over my Instagram (@kim_kine) and my blog. And Clearly Australia has given me a pair to give away to my readers, woohoo!

I absolutely love these frames because they are larger than life and have nose pegs that allow them to sit comfortably and lightly on my almost non-existent nose bridge. They are also extremely light so the indentations left on my nose are very minor compared to all my other cheaper frames. 

I'm running the comp via Instagram this time, so all you need to do is:
1. Follow @clearlyau and @kim_kine
2. Regram the picture above with #clearlyau
3. Tag a friend!

That's all folks! At this point the giveaway will end in 1 week, Monday 27/10/14.

Get posting and good luck!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sun Sense Bronze Shield Review- Instant Summer Tan with SPF!

Here's the first of my in-depth reviews from the amazing hamper of goodies I received from Ego Skincare a few weeks ago. Admittedly, I wasn't too excited about this particular product because I'm very tanned already, especially for an Asian girl, and I do think I look better with fairer skin. However, I tried it for the sake of this review and I ended up really liking this product! In Australia where most people prefer to be tanned, I think this is a fantastic multi tasking product suited to the Australian Summer. 

An instant natural tan with SPF 30+ protection. SunSense Bronze Shield is a light milk sunscreen, easily applied and quickly absorbed, with no greasy residue. The non-permanent tint provides instant natural colour for a summer glow. Great for a fun day out.

Suitable for all skin types and use on both face and body.

Photographed alongside some of my other Summer favourites! 

The bottle cap screws off and the product is dispensed through a small hole. You hardly need to squeeze the bottle because the product is milky and runny, much like a lotion instead of a sunscreen. The lotion is a milky chocolate colour which is alarming at first because it looks very dark. However it spreads over the skin easily and thinly, and the colour is distributed evenly. I have used this for a couple of weeks straight and it is safe to say there is no streaking on application. 

The lotion absorbs into my skin incredibly fast, plus is very moisturising for my dry legs, without coating them in a greasy residue! You don't have to apply moisturiser beforehand, it is that hydrating. I love that it is absorbed quickly because that means there is no transfer of pigment to clothes or sheets during the day. 

You can see how 1 thin coat of the Bronze Shield evens out my yellow, patchy skin tone and adds a healthy bronze glow. Note that the colour is definitely brown, not a dreadful orange! I also notice that the added colour makes my legs look slimmer and more toned. 

I do have a darker skin tone than most Caucasians, so I would be interested to see whether it looks as natural on someone with a paler complexion.

2 coats enhances the bronze look even more and proves that the colour is buildable- you can keep on building layers if you want a deeper colour!

The pigment washes off easily with water, so I wouldn't recommend wearing it to the beach unless you reapply it often. Overall, I think this is a fantastic, affordable product that triples as a moisturiser, self-tanner and sun protection all in one! If you want to look like a bronzed Goddess this Summer, but don't want the hassle and mess of a patchy spray tan, I would absolutely recommend this product! The fact that is has added SPF in it makes it even better!

You can purchase the Sun Sense Bronze Shield at most Australian Pharmacies for $15. 

*I was gifted this product for review purposes, all my opinions are 100% honest. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Perth People- I Need Your Help

Hi readers, I'm here today to ask a giant favour. For those of you who have followed me for awhile you will know that I'm going to India in December as a volunteer with Hands on India. With these trips comes fund raising. Lots of fund raising, where not a cent help us to get to India, but goes directly towards the impoverished community of Siliguri. 

In 2 weeks, Nov 1st, we are having a high class Charity Ball at the Rendezvous hotel. Starting at 7pm it will be a night full of fun, amazing prizes, bollywood dancers, henna tattoo artists and more! Your ticket includes a 3 course meal and free alcohol. For you beauty lovers I have managed to put together some fantastic hampers which you can get at a faction of the retail price in our silent auction!

Tickets are $170 and a table of 10 is $1600. I know tickets are expensive. But you buying one ticket pays an entire year of education for a child who would otherwise be forced into child labour. If we do not sell out this Ball, we are at danger of just breaking even, and the community will not have our support.

Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions. Alternatively if you are moved by our cause but cannot make the Ball, any donations are welcome! Please email me for transfer details.

If you live in Perth, please ask your parents/friends/relatives whether this is an event they would like to go to. Please help us help them by sharing this post if you can.

Thank you so much for reading,