Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hyuna Red Makeup Look!

I'm late on the bandwagon, but I have recreated Hyuna's sexy make up look from her Red music video! I don't have time to follow Kpop as a whole, but every now and then I will watch some music videos and mentally note down the ones with outstanding make up looks. I judged the music video for myself and I think it's strange and sexy and don't find anything wrong with it.


The screen shots of her makeup are not really true to the video as her lips appear hot pink instead of a  bright true red. Here they are anyway, courtesy of Google images.




I kept the eyes as close to Hyuna's as I could, but I felt my eyes lacked definition without eyeliner, so I added a thin line to define my lash line.



Naked palette- Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
Kpalette liquid eyeliner
BornPretty Eyelashes (loving these more and more)
Max Factor Masterpiece mascara
Rimmel eyebrow pencil in dark brown

Contacts are G&G A21 Gray


Hyuna's lips are a true and bright red that is the focus of her look!

I was gifted another TonyMoly Kiss Lover Lipmaster from Bntnews, in the colour #3 Sexy Red. This colour is a perfect match and texture for Hyuna's lip colour! Thank you Bntnews!


Hyuna's skin is bright and glowing but is not dewy, so you must set your base with powder.

Skinfood Mushroom BB cream in #2
Sleek Face Contour Kit

And here is the final look! Lots of photos and more silly faces than usual.








I have never done a cut crease eyeshadow look and kept my eyelid bare. I love how a simple graphic line in the crease makes my eyes smoulder! This is such a bold look, perfect for evening events. 

I hope you enjoyed this look, let me know if there are any other Kpop looks you would like me to recreate!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Winterblush Store- Skin79 VIP Gold Collection Super+ BB Cream Review

Good day! Let me introduce you to Winterblush store and Kim (great name!) who was kind enough to send me a product of my choice to review. I have seen so much chatter about Skin 79 BB creams so I decided on trying the VIP Gold Collection Super + BB Cream which is currently on sale for $21.70.

The great thing about Winterblush is that the store is based in Australia so my package came 1 week (5 business days) after it was sent, as opposed to overseas stores whch can take 3-4 weeks. Navigating around the site, I can see that Winterblush is very selective about the items they sell. I feel very overwhelmed browsing some online stores for cosmetics and skincare because there is way too much choice. Most of the items that Winterblush sells are very popular products worldwide and I like that they narrow down the choice for you!

"A moisturising and hydrating bb cream which will prevent skin from dryness as well as other skincare benefits"

 

Moisturising texture
Improves wrinkles
Gradually whitens and brightens skin
Covers up redness and other skin imperfections
Perfect for natural look
SPF25, protects against UV rays
Controls sebum production
Improves skin complexion


"Abundant nutrition of Gold and Caviar Extract cares (for) skin intensively to make shiny, healthy skin"

For all skin types.


The packaging feels heavy and certainly looks rich and expensive. At the moment I have 7, yes 7,  BB creams on rotation and this one rules them all. I adore the shiny grey-gold tube and how hygenic the pump is- no more smeared BB cream inside the lid because there is no lid! My only complaint is that the plastic shows up my greasy fingerprints clearly.

To dispense the product, you simply press the button on top of the tube.


Unfortunately, the pump isn't as smooth as I wanted it to be and tends to catch on air pockets, causing the BB cream to 'shoot' out of the tube at high speeds, exemplified by the photo below.


The BB cream is quite grey when you first spread it out, but does settle in to somewhat match my Winter skin within a few minutes. The texture is thick, but spreads to a thinner, more translucent consistency leaving a slightly dewy, not shiny, finish.


Bare skin.
1 layer of BB cream.
The coverage is light and for me, it is not build able otherwise I would end up with a ghastly pale face. It manages to even out the redness of my skin, but does not cover the angry redness of blemishes. It does an extremely good job of brightening my skin tone. My dry skin loves the moisture in this product and on me it wears extremely well. Without powder or concealer, my skin maintains the same fresh dewy look 8 hours later without any caking or separating of product on my face, which is rare even for my dry skin!

I would be interested to see how this fares on oily skin as it does seem to have some control over sebum. I can definitely say this product is a hit for dry skin!



The 2 pictures above were taken with a mix of artificial light and daylight. I am only wearing the BB cream on my skin with no powder/blush/concealer. I noticed that although I only used a small amount of product, the BB cream is highly reflective and shiny. You can see that my forehead especially looks a bit patchy because I used more BB cream in the centre of it. Stay away from this BB cream if you are going anywhere with flash photography!



These last two pictures were taken in natural daylight. The effect of the BB cream is much more natural and does not 'glare' as it does in artificial light, but you can see that the colour is 1 or 2 shades too light for my skin tone.

Overall I love the hydration and finish of this BB cream. I agree with all of its claims except for the coverage- it certainly will not cover blemishes! I use this product on good skin days where I don't have much to cover. My skin is senstive and I have not experienced any adverse effects from this product after 1.5 weeks of continuous use, nor have I seen any improvements. But then again, who actually sees skin improvements from using a BB cream? For me, the only con of this product is the light shade!

This BB cream is great for girls with dry skin seeking light, natural coverage with a slightly dewy finish.

*This product was gifted, but all my opinions are 100% honest.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Lomeou 8 Colors Waterproof Eyeliner Pen Review

This is the second product I chose from BornPretty Store to review. It is the Lomeou waterproof eyeliner pencil in colour number 6. I chose this colour because I thought the bronze olive color would be a unique and eye catching colour to wear on my lower lash line. 


This pencil retails for an extremely cheap $3.72 on the website and comes in a wide variety of colours as you can see from the store image below. As always, use my code KIMH10 for a 10% discount on all items!


The pencil came wrapped in plastic and the packaging is simple and functional. It has a mechanical twist application which I prefer for eyeliners because I am too lazy to manually sharpen them! 

On the other side there is a sponge smudger which I thought would be convenient for making the liner softer on the lower lash line.



As soon as I swatched the pencil on my hand I knew I was not going to be impressed with this product. The pencil glides on smoothly, but is not pigmented at all. I would say it is at 60% opacity? When I draw over the first layer, it rubs off instead of layering more pigment on because the formula is too greasy. When I rubbed over my hand, the eyeliner smudged! Therefore it is not smudge proof or waterproof, like it claims. 

Another issue is that the colour is not close to the store image. It looks more like grey-brown than bronze olive. 


I used the pencil to draw a winged liner on the top lash line and on the outer 1/2 of my bottom lash line. I used the smudger on the bottom and found that it was very hard and wiped most of the product away instead of softening the line.



The pretty eyelashes are also from BornPretty and you can find the review here.

Lastly, mere minutes after application, the eyeliner transferred to my eyelid! This almost never happens to me because I have dry skin, so I was quite dismayed. Imagine how this would go on hooded or oily eyelids! I tried setting the eyeliner with eyeshadow, but this made no difference and smudged to a half a cm below my eyes within 1 hour. 


Overall, the good points about this eyeliner is the very cheap price and that it is easy to apply. The negatives far outweigh the positives though as the eyeliner is not the same colour as the store swatch, is not pigmented, transfers to my eyelids, is not waterproof nor does it last long.

I would not recommend this product. Hopefully next time I have better luck!

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

BornPrettyStore Criss Cross Natural Eyelashes G5-6 Review

I am always on the hunt for a pair of fluttery lashes for every day use. Thankfully, BornPrettyStore has a great range, but this means I am always torn between which lashes to review! This time I picked a criss cross lash that (typically) flares out at the outer corners. 

This set of 5 pairs of lashes cost a very inexpensive $6.41! For an idea of the quality of BornPretty Store's lashes, read my last review


Please use the code KIMH10 for 10% off any purchase!


When I first saw these, I thought they would be exactly what I was looking for! Strangely enough, they look vastly different on my eyes than they do in the box.


Close up, the criss cross pattern is not obvious. You can see that the lash is made up of evenly spaced short bunches and long bunches that become very thin at the ends. In the outer corners, 3 more longer bunches are layered over each other to give more volume. The band is translucent and of moderate flexibility. These lashes are thinner than the last pair I tried from BornPretty and they are more malleable. 


The lashes adhered to my lash line with no problems and the lashes are so light, I forgot I had them on. They don't have much curl in them, which I prefer because I can customise the curl angle manually with my eyelash curler. I don't like lashes that are too curly! 




Don't you think they look so much more natural on my eyes than in the box?! Usually I find the opposite is the case with false eyelashes and my small eyes. These lashes look thin, evenly separated and natural from the front and when I look upwards. Strangely when I look down, I find the lashes look a lot larger! This is due to the short bunches creating the volume, which tends to catch the light on some angles, giving them that 'plastic' shine.


These falsies give me the look of having eyelash extensions! I actually really like the natural look these give me, despite looking very different on my eyes than what I was expecting. From conversation distance, the lashes are not obvious at all, but give my eyes that sweet droopy 'puppy eyes' look due to the volume and small curl. 


Overall I think these lashes add the perfect amount of volume for an every day look. I would have preferred these to look more 'wispy' and fluttery rather than separated, but I will still use these every day. I give these a 7/10 because they don't look criss cross and for the shiny plastic look when I look down. These are still miles better than any Ebay lashes I've tried!


Don't forget to use KIMH10 for 10% off!

*I received this product for free, but all my opinions are honest and my own.

EOS V-Check 2 Tone Brown Circle Lenses Review


Thank you LoveShoppingholics for sending me these brown lenses! I chose these lenses because I have been on the hunt for a pair of natural, doe eyed brown lenses with a slight enlarging effect. They are slightly bigger than the usual 14mm lenses I wear.

Origin: Korea
Diameter : 14.5mm 
Water Content : 38% 
Base Curve : 8.8mm 
Life Span : 1 year disposal


As always, the packaging from LoveShoppingholics is beautiful and I feel like they genuinely value their customers. I chose to house these brown lenses in the pink bear!



When I opened these, I was surprised at their colour because it is quite different from the images featured on the website! The lenses appear an ashy, milky dark brown which is why I chose them. They looked so innocent and doe-like on the model!



Instead, the lenses are light brown, almost orange! Admittedly, I was a disappointed with this deviation from the website images. 


Over my dark brown eyes, the lenses are opaque and lighten my eyes to a yellow-orange brown. The lens pattern is a lot more obvious in my eyes and to me it looks 'scratchy' when viewed close up. From further away, the pattern is a lot less obvious. I was hoping for a more natural looking milky brown lens, but despite this I actually don't mind these lenses on me. They don't give me a bug eyed look like my G&G BT03 Brown lenses and the enlarging effect is perfect- my eyes look substantially bigger but not too unnaturally so. 

Bright light.
Dim light.
Even though they have a larger diameter, these lenses are quite comfortable and I can wear them for 6 hours. 


Overall, these are the lenses for you if you want a light amber lens with a substantial enlarging effect. Looking at these photos I actually like how they make my eyes look huge and how the colour matches with my hair! The only negative thing I would say about these lenses is that they do not look the same as the promo pictures. But if you're reading this review, then you can be prepared for how they really look when you receive them.

You can these lenses from Loveshoppingholics for $22.90 USD

*I received these lenses for free, but all my opinions are honest and my own.