The Versatile Blogger Award

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thank you so much Jenny for nominating me! Check out her adorable blog :).

What's the 'Versatile Blogger Award'?

The Versatile Blogger Award is given to bloggers, who are popular for their good quality style of writing and overall the quality and uniqueness of their blogs.

- Thank the person who nominated you
- Share 7 facts about you
- Nominate 15 other blogs 

1. When I have a day off at home I lounge. Oh, I lounge hard. In the warmer months, my attire of choice is a beautiful lilac vintage kimono I got for $10 at a market in Japan, or my 'proper' (ie. expensive) kimono my boyfriend purchased for me, also from Japan. In Winter I wear one of my two onesies: Michelangelo ninja turtle or generic panda.

2. I adore aquariums. See my post on Kaiyukan aquarium Osaka!

3. I absolutely believe in the Law of Attraction and whenever I find myself slipping into 'negative Nelly' mode, I watch the Secret DVD.

4. On my travel list is: Santorini, the Maldives, Hokkaido, Vietnam, New York, one of China's 'longevity' villages, Tibet, Hawaii, Fiji. And many more because you can never travel too much!

5. I plan on starting a Youtube channel once I finish my degree.

6. Most of my family is comprised of doctors, lawyers or dentists. 

7. We are living in a rented place at the moment, but we have managed to grow a lot of or own organic produce in pots! We have: silver beet, thyme, rosemary, basil, mini chillies, cucumber, garlic chives, blood oranges, tahitian lime, avocado, spring onion and parsley! My boyfriend wakes up early every single morning to tend to the garden and the whole family enjoys the fruits of his labour. Let me know if you want to see photos of our little pot garden!

I am in Tokyo as you are reading this, catching the last of the sakura! Im sorry if I made you jealous- here's a cute photo of #Pikapomeranian to make it better!

I nominate these wonderful girls:

It's Skin Prestige BN Cream EX Review (Bird's Nest & Gold)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

This is my last review for Bntnews before I go off on my Japan holiday! To date I have received 10 boxes from Bntnews and am so thankful for their support. So it's with a heavy heart that I have to forgo next month's box! It's also a blessing though, because we get to welcome more bloggers to the Bntgirls family, please check out Berries in the Snow (her blog is amazing and Laven is such a sweetie!) as she will become the new addition to Bntgirls reviewing the latest and greatest products to come from Korea. 

The It's Skin Prestige Bird's nest cream certainly packs a punch with it's packaging. Everything about it shoots off 'fancy' vibes! I almost feel unworthy when I hold it in my hands. Purely based on the packaging, I expected this product to cost over $100, but was nicely surprised when I saw Koreadepart is selling it for $45.54, which is much better but still pricey.

The BN line also includes a toner, emulsion, serum and mask.

The top of the box has a beautiful, almost holographic peacock pattern printed on it.

The main action of this cream is whitening and hydrationSwift nest extract contains various skin-friendly ingredients yet boosts moisture and vitality of skin for a flawless texture. Pure gold (that's right!) gives a high-end treatment to the skin and takes care of its health while giving a natural glow. The cream absorbs easily, making your skin feel soft.

Swift nest extracts and pure gold are the key ingredients in this cream, both of which I am not familiar with in my skincare regime. 

Oh my, isn't it absolutely gorgeous?! It's weighty as well, and looks fit for a Queen's dresser. 

Nails done with my Konad stamper (my current obsession!).

Compared to the size of the packaging, the product container is much smaller because the lid takes up a lot of space. 

The cream is ivory white with visible specks of gold floating in it. It smells very fresh and 'powdery' to me and the scent strength is mild to moderate. The cream looks thick in the jar, but when I spread it out, the texture is fairly different to what I expected!

It has a gel-like texture, very cooling and reminiscent of Nature Republic's Super Aqua Max combination skin cream (review here)! It thins out and spreads very easily, leaving a veil of reflective moisture on my skin- almost as if I have rubbed in an oil. The gold flakes do not dissolve as easily, so I end up having to hunt them down on my face and rub each flake with a finger before they break down. You don't want gold flakes remaining on your face (or do you?)! The cream is definitely rich enough for my combination skin. In terms of brightening, it hasn't done much because I have a ton of acne scars at the moment which need special care and very specific products/ingredients. I can say that it hasn't broken me out and makes a great, hydrating night cream

However I do think that this product is too expensive for the likes of poor students like me. I think you can find other products that do the same thing for a much cheaper price. The gold flakes are quite cool and novel though!

Have you tried any bird's nest or gold skincare products?

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

Check out Bntnews for Korean news and trends!
See more of my reviews on Korean beauty products

Check out the other BNT Girls: JoanneDorisBella, Alene

PS. I will be in Japan for 2 weeks relaxing in hot springs, eating ALL the food and buying ALL the Sailor Moon merchandise. So forgive me if I am slow to respond to emails and comments. To all my fellow bloggers- I will catch up on your blogs when I return!

Vassen Lucky Clover Cocoro Hazel Circle Lens Review

Sunday, 5 April 2015

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter break! I for one have been studying because I have final trimester exams this week, no rest for le chiropractic student. Oh but I did go to Ed Sheeran last night, what a talented man! I'm not an avid fan, but I really enjoy his songs. He performed some amazing mash ups including a very impressive rendition of 'In Da Club' by 50 Cent!

Today's review is the Vassen Lucky Clover Cocoro Hazel lens which happens to be my favourite lens this year!

Origin: Korea
Diameter : 14.5mm
Water Content : 45%
Base Curve : 8.6mm
Life Span : 1 year disposal

The lens is very thin and translucent which I was happy to see because that usually means the lens is going to be comfortable! They do look very yellow in the case, but don't worry, it blends in seamlessly with brown eyes, giving a very natural look. The pattern comprised of yellow, green and brown 'smudgy' lines radiating outwards from the pupil.

The enlargement effect is minimal, which is fine for me because that means I can wear these as an everyday lens without feeling self-conscious. I love how you cannot see the outer edge of my iris at all, because the lens blends so finely with my natural eyes! I have tried other more translucent lenses, and I have always been able to see the lens extending over the edge of my iris, which made me look quite unnatural. Eg. My Vassen Fynale grey lens review.

Now I have lighter, ash brown hair, the lighter lens colour suits me perfectly! I adore the bright-eyed natural look of the lens! These are definitely my favourite lens of the year and I have been wearing them to events a lot.

The only negative that I an think of is that the lenses were uncomfortable the first time I put them in. This happens with every single lens I try though- my sensitive eyes just need a few tries before a particular circle lenses becomes comfy I guess? They give me no problems now, although I would say the wear time for these is 6 hours, as my eyes start to become bloodshot by 8 hours.

Adore these lenses and highly recommend them! Loveshoppingholics is selling them for $23.90. 

Do you match your lenses to your current hair colour?

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

LUSH 2015 Easter Treats!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Ah Easter, that time of the year where everyone exchanges chocolates and I smile and accept politely,  despite knowing I can't eat them *cries* (I'm lactose intolerant). Fortunately LUSH (thank you so much!) sent me out some of their Easter goodies which are MUCH more my kinda thang! It's refreshing to see that none of the products are chocolate 'flavoured', which would be the obvious way to go. Instead, the items are bright and rainbow themed, giving the collection a mischievous and playful feel! 

Clockwise: Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb, Pot O'Gold shower jelly, Bunch of Carrots bubble bar, Golden Egg bath ballistic, Somewhere over the Rainbow soap.

"Drop in the bath for a fresh, herbal experience that will leave you feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Hidden inside this enchanting white rabbit is a pink center for soft pink bath water, and popping candy coated in green lustre for a poppity good time. Sit back and listen to the bunny hop and pop around your bath tub, whilst enjoying the beautiful fresh fragrance". 

This one sounds like so much fun! I love that it's unexpectedly herbal scented and cannot wait to play around amongst the popping bubbles.

"It’s what everyone hopes to find at the end of a rainbow! At the end of every rainbow lies sweet, decadently-scented jelly. A jelly packed full of golden ingredients; pineapple juice, orange peel decoction, glimmer and lustre to add some shine to your showering. A rich and sweet vanilla, myrrh and sweet orange oil scent fragrances this luxurious jelly: some of you may recognise it from Creme Anglaise body lotion."
When I took a peek inside, I was transfixed by the metallic sheen of the liquid gold treasure. It looks so rich and smells absolutely amazing! I have never tried a shower jelly before and am quite confused by it's texture- it looks like it would just slip off your skin? I will try this tonight!

"Back from last year, this time as a bunch of three smaller carrots, so each one can be used when it’s at its freshest.  Place one (or the whole bunch) under running water to create lots of bubbles, then pop aside for another time.  Fragranced with the buchu, lemon and bergamot, there’s also a little bit of nutritious carrot oil in each one, which is rich in vitamins and an extraordinary skin soother and rejuvenator."

I remember these from last year- aren't they adorable?! I've had a go at using them already, you can either swish them through your bath water or hold them under the running water. I tried swishing them and sadly, two of the carrots came detached from the stems! They smell great though and are made of quite a hard material that does not dissolve easily. Strangely enough, they turn the water green, not orange! I imagine these lasting at least 5-7 baths, which explains the price. 

"A special Easter treat inspired by chocolate cream eggs - we reverse it and coated the hard bath bomb centre with a creamy bath melt shell. The outer bath melt mix is made using our beautiful fair trade, organic, Colombian Peace Village cocoa butter and olive oil from a brand new permaculture project we’re working with in Palestine. Scented with the best selling Honey I Washed the Kids fragrance, it’s coated with environmentally friendly golden lustre."

I bought the Golden Egg last year because I couldn't resist the gold shimmer and the buttery , honey (Honey I Washed the Kids soap was one of my first ever LUSH products!) scent. It was so luxurious to use and I enjoyed it immensely! You will step out of the bath with baby soft skin covered in gold sparkles, what's not to love about that?!

"Wash with a chunk of the rainbow to melt your troubles like lemon drops. As well as the beautiful colours, you’ll see the snowflake lustre sparkling throughout the soap, making this look as wonderful as it smells. Fragranced with a new scent, called ‘rainbow’ it’s an uplifting blend of mandarin, neroli and rose to help leave you happy and energised."

I'm a little hesitant to use this one because I seem to be sensitive to rose products. It smells like pure joy though and would be a fantastic one to use in the mornings for an energising wake-me-up call! 

A big thank you to LUSH Australia for sending me out this surprise box of Easter treats! I think the collection is so cute and playful- perfect for kids and adults alike and a great replacement gift for unhealthy chocolates! 

Have you hopped into a LUSH store to pick up any Easter goodies?

*These items were gifted, all my opinions are 100% honest.

Too Cool for School Glossy Blaster Tint Favorite Kit Review

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sometimes you recieve a product that is just too cute and amazing for words. It completely renews my passion for being a beauty blogger because I get to share them with you guys! The product in question is Too Cool for School's Glossy Blaster Tint Favorite Kit!

After a few too many bad experiences with lip tints (dried out lips, cracking and patchiness galore), I wasn't too hopeful for this tint trio. However, every aspect of this product from the cute packaging to the outstanding performance changed my mind about tints. 

"A new-concept 3rd generation tint made of ‘Too Cool For School’s own golden ratio at 30% water and 70% oil. It maintains moisturized and bright lips all day thanks to its luster and durability that colors the lips more clearly when applied more and more"- Bntnews

Too Cool for School's products are aimed at the teen to mid-twenties market. The blue and red checkered packaging is so adorable and makes me want to go on a picnic.

The packaging is suberb in terms of design and quality. There is even a slip of material on top of the box which helps you pull out the inner compartment revealing the 3 tints.

I received #1 Chic Red, #2 Giddy Rosy and #5 Merry Tangerine. The tints are super small and chubby, just the size of my palm. 

The tints each have a sponge doe foot applicator. Just as described, they have a very reflective, glossy surface with superb pigmentation. The formula is thin and gel-like and applies extremely smoothly. They feel more akin to a lip gloss, except for one defining factor:

They leave a stain! 

I washed my hand immediately after I took a photo of the swatch and was really surprised and impressed that they left a stain after mere minutes of being in contact with my skin. The tints looked so glossy and 'wet' that I expected them to come off with a splash of water!

Now on to the swatches. #2 Giddy Rosy is my favourite of the lot. It's a bright pink with some creaminess mixed in and is very reminiscent of the makeup seen in Kpop videos! I feel super girly and 'cute' when wearing this shade and I prefer to wear it gradient style for an ulzzang look. 

#5 Merry Tangerine is a bright orange that leans a little more to the red side. I love orange shades with my tanned skin and find this one stands out more than other orange shades I have tried. This shade looks great in a gradient or applied all over the lips. I do find that it tends to look a little more patchy than the other two shades, but I love it still.

#1 Chic Red will look stunning on paler skin tones as it is a cool toned bright, pinkish red. I personally think it's a bit scary when I see girls wear red tints in gradient style (reminds me too much of blood!), so I prefer to wear it as a full point lip colour. The glossy finish really draws attention to your lips and makes them look so full and luscious! 

As you can see from the swatches, all of the shades make my lips look so even and plump, without accentuating any crease lines. The finish is super glossy and simply stunning. If you don't like lip glosses, these will not be for you as they are sticky. The kept my lips moisturised for hours and are a breeze to reapply as they are so similar to a gloss! They definitely do leave a stain on the lips and I find that there are still remnants of colour left after I have washed my face. Very impressive!

I have no complaints about these tints at all. In fact they are my favourite item from this month's Bntnews box! I have been carrying the pink shade in my make up bag and have been wearing it daily.  Finally, I have found a tint that moisturizes my dry lips AND leaves a stain! Woohoo!

Koreadepart is selling these tints for $8.14 USD and I think they are well worth it. 

Do you like lip tints? 

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

Check out Bntnews for Korean news and trends!
See more of my reviews on Korean beauty products

Check out the other BNT Girls: JoanneDorisBella.
PS. I used my new camera (Sony RX100) to take the selfies and the swatches. I'm still getting used to it and playing around with the settings, so sorry if my photos look different! It actually photographs my skin tone much more accurately, as my old camera tended to lighten my skin a lot. Let me know what you think- do they look too yellow or washed out to you?

Neogen Code 9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence Tox Tightening Pack Review

Sunday, 29 March 2015

You all know I've been suffering from skin issues lately right? Well the first step to getting clear is preventing acne and the second step is scar treatment. At first I thought a tightening pack would not be much use to me at the moment. But don't be fooled by the name of Neogen's tightening pack because it actually has 9 different functions including:

Dead cell elimination
Moisture supply
Pore care
Eye dark spot treatment
Blemish care

The essence contains lemon, green caviar, multi vitamins and 55 kinds of natural extracts. The pack comes with a 3 layer (100% pure cotton gauze + cushion sheet + patterned pad) advanced concept gauze pack-pad for better absorption. This advanced essence pack removes dead skin cells and delivers the active ingredients deep into the skin.

The green jar contains the essence and the white jar contains 25 gauze pads plus tweezers.

The texture of the gauze pad is actually quite rough, although it does soften once you add the essence.

As with most lemon skincare products, the essence smells a bit like detergent and is quite strong.

Step 1- Pour all of the essence into the tightening pack.
Step 2- Place the pack in the fridge for 9 hours before using.
Step 3- Once a day after cleansing, massage your face using the gauze side, then the wavy side.

Use up the product within 2 months.

The gauze side softens up quite a lot after being soaked in the essence. The pad is ice cold and completely saturated when I apply it to my face which is very welcome in the hot Summer, perhaps not so in the colder months! It does feel quite rough when I rub it in circular motions over my face, so I make sure to do it only for 1 minute, to prevent irritation to my already inflamed and healing skin. It is definitely a great exfoliator! 

The other side is very soft and feels calming after the harshness of the gauze. I only use this side for around 20 seconds. Because the pad is so wet, my face is slick with essence afterwards and dries very tacky. In fact my face feels so sticky every time I use this that I end up washing off excess essence before I put on my make up, otherwise I will look like an oil slick!

This is the small amount of 'dirt' the gauze picked up off my face.

Now for the photos of my troubled skin. I'm not afraid to show you guys how bad it is- in fact I have a skin post coming up where I will show you everything. I have plenty of clogged pores around my hairline, scars and scabs from healing pimples and large pores in the centre.

After using the pack, my face is red from the exfoliation. Here is my skin half an hour later after the essence has absorbed in.

I think the difference is only slightly noticeable. My skin definitely appears slightly more even in colour and my pores a tad smaller, but the clogged pores still remain after 4 uses of this product. I did not notice any changes in acne formation over the weeks either.

Overall, I think this one is just so-so for my current skin condition. I really like the interesting concept behind it and enjoy the immense cooling and exfoliating sensation it offers, however the benefits are minimal because I still have active acne. I need to focus on prevention and treatment of acne first, before anything else. I think this pack would be great for people who already have acne-free, even skin who are looking for a cooling and pore refining treatment. Another benefit is that this treatment is much less time consuming than a sheet mask, if you are a busy gal.

The Neogen Lemon Green Caviar pack retails for $36.58 on Koreadepart.

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

Check out Bntnews for Korean news and trends!
See more of my reviews on Korean beauty products

Check out the other BNT Girls: JoanneDorisBella