Monday, 29 September 2014

Tonymoly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch Review

Style Story, a new Australia based Korean cosmetics and skincare boutique, sent over the Tonymoly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch for review. I have seen these around online and on Eat Your Kimchi and thought they looked hilarious!

Pucker Up!
Treat your lips to the care and attention they deserve with this great lip mask from Korean beauty favourite Tony Moly.

BENEFITS 
Lightly scented with blueberries, this single-use mask is a lip shaped hydro gel patch that will give you soft, tight and moisturized lips – the perfect antidote to flaky, chapped and cracked lips!

HOW TO USE
Wash and dry the lips. Peel the patch from the packet and apply it to the lips. Remove after 20~30 minutes to reveal kissably soft lips!



The packaging is both funny and completely adorable. It has little ducks on it and one of them is wearing a beret!



The mask is a giant pair of rubbery pink lips and proved to be very slippery. It is quite delicate and can be pierced easily by your nails, so be careful when handling it! The serum is very generous and tends to drip.


This is how it looks over my mouth. I was so bemused whilst wearing this, even more so because I was trying not to smile for fear of inducing an air bubble in the mask and causing it to slip off! The mask feels cool and there are no tingling effects. After a few minutes I found that the mask slipped downwards far enough so that most of it was resting on my chin. It didn't stick too well to my lips and I had to reapply it a few times. Then again my lips are quite pouty and protrude quite a lot.


I purposely waited for a day where my lips were particularly chapped to test out this product.



Unfortunately my lips were as chapped as ever after 20 minutes of treatment. I found my lips looked a little redder, but that was the extent of the difference. In fact the redness emphasised my lips' terrible condition. The serum absorbed into my lips (and chin) very quickly and did not leave any residue.

Overall, this is a fun novelty item that makes for great snapchats, but does it actually work? I doubt so. Personally, I think you'd be better off with lots of water and lip balm! 

Have you tried a lip patch before? Did it work for you?

*This item was gifted for review. All my opinions are 100% honest.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Mask Day with Style Story! Leaders Insolution Wrinkle Filler Skin Clinic Mask Review

I'd like to introduce you to a brand new Australian based Korean cosmetics and skincare store- Style Story! Their website launched this week, so go have a look! The owner of Style Story, Lauren uses her skills in Italian, Korean and Mandarin Chinese (impressive right?), to source quality products from around the world, which she personally hand-picks and road-tests. All the products on the site were chosen for their suitability to the Australian climate! Read more about Style Story here.

They have also kindly supplied my readers with a coupon code:
'kimkine'
will get you 15% off!
*I don't gain any benefits if you use the code

On to my Style Story package- I received a Leaders Insolution paper mask, TonyMoly lip patch, Tony Moly eyebrow pencil, love heart earrings and 2 samples. Shipping was super fast, it took around a week to get to my doorstep- hurrah for Australia based stores!

The only complaint I had about the packaging is that the earrings were displayed on a cardboard sheet, so the posts were exposed. They actually pierced through the Leaders Insolution mask (at the top) and everything got a bit sticky. Thankfully Leaders Insolution masks contain serum galore, so there was no noticeable difference in using the mask.


$6

The Wrinkle Filler Skin Clinic Mask helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity using Trylagen and Adenosine, which helps improve fine lines.

FEATURES
Creates a bright and clear skin tone
Improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
Free of parabens, mineral oil, silicon and artificial pigments
Dermatologically tested


I have used Leaders Insolution masks before and find some better than others. This one was ace! As usual, the sheet quality is amazing and looks and feels translucent on my face. I was doing my Pure Glow juice cleanse at the time, so I sipped on my juice and relaxed whilst I waited for my skin to absorb all the plentiful goodness from the saturated mask.



I can't attest to any wrinkle improvement for obvious reasons, but I definitely thought my skin looked brighter and more luminous. I feel like my skin absorbed the serum in this mask better than the others- you can see that my skin does not look like there is serum sitting on top of it. Overall, loved this one and was one of my favourites out of the Leaders Insolution masks I have tried. A shame it costs $6 on the site as that is very expensive for a one use paper mask.


I also received the famous TonyMoly Tomatox Magic Massage pack sample! I was really excited to try this one because I have heard so many good things about it.

"Containing tomato water and extracts, this multi-functional mask will leave tired and dull skin looking amazingly bright, clear and supple."

$22 for an 80g pot


I loved that Style Story took the care to include a sticker with English directions on the back of all their samples they sent.


This is what the mask looks like! It looks like a clay mask, but it does not dry up. It remained moist and sticky the whole time plus smelt and felt so refreshing. I really enjoyed the texture of this mask, especially for my skin which is normal/dry. The only con was that it took some time to wash off as it has a very 'slippery' texture when mixed with water. This mask really made an impression on me and is a product I would consider buying.

I finished up my pamper day with the sample of a VC Power 10 Effector serum by It's Skin. 

"VC Effector is a brightening serum containing vitamin C and green tea components, which suppresses the formation of freckles that can make skin look dull and dark, and tightens pores to promote a luminous and healthy looking complexion. Vitamin C has been clinically proven to enhance collagen synthesis, which regenerates skin and can diminish the appearance of wrinkles."


This was a clear serum with a watery texture. It was not oily at all and absorbed in to my skin very quickly without leaving an oily residue. Seeing as this was a one time use sample, I cannot really say it had much brightening effect on my skin. Personally I prefer heavier serums.

Has anyone tried this product, if so, what are your thoughts?

That concluded my mask day with Style Story. Make sure to check them out on their Instagram @style_story_au and give them some support!

*I was gifted these items but my opinions are 100% honest.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Crop Natural Skincare Line Mini Reviews- Now Available In Australia!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I was lucky enough to be sent the entire Crop Skincare line (thank you Ange!) to test out. I just have to say I am really so grateful that brands think enough of my opinion and reach to send me products. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to them and to you for reading my blog. 

Crop products are 95% naturally derived, which is a term that has caused a lot of confusion lately. Here's what Crop has to say about the term: 

"Any skincare company can claim that their products contain natural ingredients or are naturally inspired. However, for a product to be truly natural it must have at least 95% of its ingredients derived from sustainable resources of a natural origin with the other 5% being ingredients that are absolutely free from any possibility that they could do any harm to our health. In our products the 5% consists mainly of water (which cannot be considered to be part of the 95% natural component)". 

The products are not tested on animals and do not contain parabens or sulphates. 

You can purchase the whole line at Coles supermarkets.

This post will feature some short thoughts on each of the products and it is likely I will review my favourites in greater depth in the coming weeks.

I was sent this awesomely designed pamphlet will all the relevant product info!
About Crop Skincare:
"The skin is the largest organ on our body. Our aim is to ensure your skin is rejuvenated and nourished daily so that it can be at its best for longer. We have wiped, oiled, moisturised and cleansed with all of our formulations to ensure all ingredients are of the upmost premium standard and that our commitment to natural has not compromised product efficiency or function. We are committed to providing you 95% naturally derived ingredients in all our products. Our ingredients are sourced from sustainable natural resources and our packaging has been selected to have the minimum impact on our environment while increasing longevity and performance of our ingredients."- Crop website

When I unboxed these, I was very impressed. The chic matte black packaging looks appealing, expensive and unisex- a description I can safely say, I have never used before. As a former design nerd student, I was drooling over the 'CROP' typography (isn't it cool?) for a while. 


From left to right: Pure Macadamia Oil, Pure Rosehip Oil, Pure Argan Oil, Daily Facial Moisturiser, Gentle Cleansing Gel and Double Sided Facial Wipes (laid down).

The CROP Hypoallergenic Double Sided Facial Wipes are made from a soft viscose material and are specially designed to provide a dual process cleansing experience. Gently exfoliate and brighten the skin with the textured microbeads, then soothe and polish the skin with the smooth reverse side.

I find the microbeads quite harsh on my sensitive skin and my face looks red afterwards from the friction. They don't remove make up either, so I don't really have much use for these.

Unboxed!
The CROP Pure Macadamia Oil is a nutrient rich, natural oil that can be used as a facial cleanser, an anti-ageing treatment on the face and body or as a high density hydration treatment for hair and nails.

I don't agree with this as a makeup remover/cleanser, but I like it as a moisturiser for my skin and hair! It actually absorbs into my dry hair, instead of sitting on top of it making it look both greasy and dry. The pump top makes it really easy to use and I have gotten into a good habit of slathering it all over my body after I shower.


The CROP Pure Rosehip Oil is a lightweight, rapidly absorbing, natural oil with Vitamin A properties to assist in fighting the common signs of ageing and help restore vitality in damaged skin on the face and body.

The CROP Pure Argan Oil is a multi-benefit, lightweight, natural oil derived from the kernels of the Argan tree in Morocco, that can be used to nourish the face, body, hair and nails.

I find 3 & 4 very similar and I adore using them on my face. I find the Argan oil to be slightly thinner than the Rosehip. I love the heaviness of these oils as they plump my skin up and somehow seem to blur pores and imperfections. I would recommend using them as a night treatment 2-3 times/week for dry skin and once a week for oily skin. 


The CROP Daily Facial Moisturiser is a fast absorbing formulation that deeply nourishes and assists in hydrating and protecting the 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.

This product smells absolutely divine! It has a strong, spicy smell that can only be created by an 'essential oil blend'. The moisturiser has a light consistency, but supplies my skin with moderate hydration, which is more than I expected. Definitely recommend!


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.

In my opinion, this is the star product. It has the same divine scent as the Daily Facial Moisturiser and I can feel my muscles relax as I inhale it in whilst I wash my face. It's like a mini aromatherapy treatment! It removes BB cream well, but not waterproof mascara. It leaves a thin film on my skin which serves as a barrier that really locks the moisture in. Highly recommend this!

My favourites of the line!
Overall, I was very impressed with this line, especially considering the affordable price tags. You can buy this line from Coles and I definitely recommend checking these out! My must-try's are the Gentle Cleansing Gel and Daily Facial Moisturiser. I would also recommend the oils as they can be used on the face, hair and body.

Please let me know if you have tried these or are interested in them!

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

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Perth Life- Araluen Botanical Park

Last Monday we went to Araluen Botanical Park aka "heaven in the hills," down in Roleystone 35 km from Perth. I remember visiting Araluen when I was around 10 years old and I remembered it being huge and beautiful with a roaring 'river' going right down the middle of the park. There were boys bodyboarding in the river and my little sister was so entranced by them that she didn't realise we had moved on and our Mother only noticed she was missing 10 minutes later. Luckily she was picked up by some kind ladies and we found her. 14 years later and I am so thankful that the right people found her, children go missing so easily... It's scary.

Araluen is so much smaller than I remember and there is no such river large enough for people to body board down. I wonder if they redesigned the park, because that memory is so clear to me.

Entry was $10 each and parking was plentiful. I was happy to pay the money, especially as it goes towards the upkeep of the beautiful park. All the flower beds were in pristine condition despite the many tourists traipsing through them. Enjoy these photos of the tulips, such fleeting creations of beauty they are. They only bloom for 1 month!



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I was gifted these LOVE Tokyo Tortoise sunglasses from ClearlyAu. They are the largest pair of sunnies I own and they are also the lightest and most comfortable. They have adjustable nose pegs which stop the bottom of the frames from resting on my cheeks (asian problems) and they hardly leave a mark on my nose bridge! I absolutely love them and have been wearing them almost non-stop.



Above is the infinity ring from Michael Hill that I bought for my sister and I because she's gone to China for a year. I miss her dearly. 


The 'river' was more like a creek. We stopped and ate a romantic lunch of Brumby's meat pies by the bank of the creek. I would definitely recommend packing a picnic instead. The weather was glorious and I had to stop Yanto from falling asleep on the grass numerous times. Looking back on it, we should have just slept!







I fell in love with this tree! It looks like an Australian version of a cherry blossom.






It was a wonderful day to connect and simply focus on the beauty surrounding us. It's hard not to be in awe in the presence of such vibrant colour and growth. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
Love x.

Friday, 19 September 2014

BornPretty Colour Changing Rose Magic Lipstick Review- Green Lipstick?!

When BornPretty asked me to pick out a lip product from their store I was immediately drawn to this crazy green colour changing lipstick from the brand Heng Fang. This product is so strange and I wasn't sure whether it would be gimmicky, so I had to try it for myself!
You can buy this product here for $2.84
So cheap right? Use my code KIMH10 for an extra 10% off any item at Born pretty!



The packaging isn't pretty and it's quite thin and 'rattly', but for the price, you can't expect fancy packaging. The light green of the lipstick is emphasised by the clear lid and green tube. 


You get a decent amount of product inside the tube. The product applies thinly so it will last you many months.


The green changes to pink with heat and friction. I tried swatching it on my hand first and here is the swatch literally seconds after the lipstick was applied. The pink turns darker after it is left to settle in for some time. I must mention that this product is incredibly long lasting! This swatch stayed on my hand for a day and a half. 


On my lips the product applies like a thin balm. The product is hard, yet it slides across my lips really smoothly and there is a lot of slip when I press my lips together. It feels like a watery gloss or balm, but not thick or sticky at all! On me it turns a medium, cool toned bright pink which surpringly suits me really well.
Here is a comparison of the website image and my lips. I find the pink is slightly more creamy coloured on me, but the main difference is the finish. It looks much more watery and glossy in the store image whereas my lips look hydrated, but not shiny.


The lipstick is super easy to apply and you don't need a mirror. It applies evenly and most importantly it is extremely moisturising for my dry lips. It leaves a stain, so it lasts well through eating and drinking. Keep in mind that the more you apply, the pinker it gets and also that the pink will turn patchy if you apply it on to dry, flaky lips (this applies to any lip product). 

One day I kept reapplying it in clinic without using a mirror. When I went to the bathroom I got a massive shock as my lips were a bangin' bright pink which is more appropriate for the club than the clinic! I would definitely say the colour is buildable, which is unusual for a lip product. Recently I have been applying it only on the inner parts of my lips for a youthful ulzzang inspired look. 


Here is a full face picture so you can see how the colour suits my tanned skin tone. This is the same eye look as in my Hyuna Red make up look post! I think pink suits the look equally as well! 

Overall I definitely would recommend this product as it's simply fascinating to apply a green balm that turns pink! It's extremely novel, yet the product is super moisturising and long lasting, not to mention easy to apply. For the price, this product performs exceptionally well.

Have you tried a colour changing lipstick? How did you like it?