PeLips Colouring Pack 1260yen
Do you like weird yet innovative Japanese beauty products? If you do, you will love this product. It's a lip stain that you peel off. It was my first time to try out a product like this, and I had never heard of anything like this before, even.
How to use : First you wipe off your lips to make sure there is nothing on your lips. Then apply it on your lips. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Then peel off when it's dry.
Do you want to see the result?
So this is how my lips look without anything on.
It looks like Ally McBeal having a lip injection (do you remember the episode, anyone? Or am I too old here?) but don't worry, it will dry out after 5 minutes. It has this strong scent of peach which I am not a big fan of, but I can live with it. Oh, and you have to be careful not to close your lips while waiting, as it gets stuck together.
My lips after the weird procedure! It gives this blue-toned-pink tint to my lips and it looks quite pretty. Because it's stained completely, you can wear a lip balm instead of lipstick and still look like you're wearing something on your lips.
It lasts for a few hours or even more, and you can control the intensity by applying one more coat. It's not something I would do on a weekday at 7am when I'm rushing to go to work, but I would use it on my day off before going out with some friends for example. It's really good not to have to be worrying about reapplying lipstick throughout the day, isn't it?
I hope they will come out with some other shades as well, like beigy pink and coral as well as rosy pink. What do you think of the product? Would you want to try it?
Natura Patte Primer
I remember I didn't have ANY visible pores on my cheeks nor my nose when I was 18. My skin was silky smooth that looked like a porcelain doll's that I didn't need foundation at all. If you are 18 now and thinking exactly the same looking into the mirror, you should try your best to maintain it somehow, by moisturising and nourishing your skin every single day, and not to rub your skin too much with muslin cloth or cotton pads. If you are like me, having quite visible pores on the cheek and nose that you cannot cover up only with foundation, you need this primer. I have been loving this primer since I got it to review in February, especially paring it with Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation that I wrote about the other day.
What is special about this primer is that it's suitable for dry skin. I found some primer that mattifies the skin and hides pores tend to be drying and emphasises dry patches around my nose especially. With this primer, that never happens. It's got this unique texture that I cannot even describe. It's like a mixture of clay + silicone + mousse that creates a beautiful, smooth and clean canvas on your skin.
Once you try to blend it out, it becomes patchy like this. First I thought "What the hell is going on with this primer, it's going to make my whole face while and zombi-liike!" but don't speak too soon, the patchiness will be completely gone once it's completely blended out. I should actually apologise to the primer for cussing it. Sorry.
Voila!! It hides everything that you don't want to be seen through the foundation without drying out your skin. I only dab a little bit on my cheeks and nose, and a tiny bit on my forehead before applying my foundation, most of the time it's the Rimmel one I mentioned. The foundation glides on smoothly and it creates such a flawless look.
There is another version of this primer in a blue tube as well, and I believe that one is for mattifying gel for oily skin that I might need that one for summer! I think it's around 1000yen mark which is very affordable, and such a good price for the quality. I recommend it to anyone who wants to cover up their pores without drying out the skin!
What's your favourite primer? Any recommendations?
Plante System Urgence Eau Micellaire 2400yen
When I saw the packaging of this micellaire water at PLAZA a few months ago, I thought it was Bioderma because it was in the exact same bottle with white, blue and red lids just like Bioderma. Then I realised it wasn't, and I suspected that it was a Japanese company that made a knock-off. But actually, it's made by a French company that was a leading company of botanical research. I have no idea which company came up with the micellaire water first in this specific bottle, with the lids in 3 different colors, but they look identical except the label design.
So this one with the blue lid is for dry and super dry skin. The red one is for sensitive skin and white one is for any skin types. All of them contain Sea-buckthorn, Olive and Green tea. This specific one called Urgence contains macadamia oil to nourish the skin.
It doesn't have any fragrance in it but it has this herbal scent that many people don't like apparently. I personally don't mind at all, because it smells like Coke to me for some reason! It's not the smell that I cannot stand putting on my face, it's just not particularly pleasant.
So, how's the performance? Here are some makeup stuff hard to remove including lip stain, waterproof eyeliner and eyeshadow.
I gently wiped the right half and as you can see, it doesn't remove the eyeliner completely. I did the same using Bioderma too, and it DID remove everything in one go! With this Micellaire water from Plante System, you need to rub your face with a cotton pad quite a lot to remove eyemakeup especially, and it feels a little bit harsh on the skin. It does feel moisturising afterwords but Bioderma doesn't dry out my skin anyway which leaves no reason to choose Plante System one over Bioderma to be honest.
And you know what, this one is 2400yen whereas Bioderma is sold for around 1800yen online here in Japan. It's not a bad Micellaire water at all, but sorry, Bioderma is too good.
What's your favourite Micellaire water?
Go!Leopards Full Volume Mascara & Dramatic Eyeliner
Go!Leopards series is especially made to make your eyes look bigger and defined. By using the eyeliner and mascara together, your eyes look much bigger, they claim.
This double ended eyeliner has got this side with a felt-tip eyeliner, and another with brown powder.
This felt-tip eyeliner is easy to control and helps you to draw thin lines, although the ink isn't black enough to my liking.
This is how it looks on my eyelids. It looks like grey rather than black.
And this end has got this sponge tip with brown powder on.
You just apply this powder on top of the liquid eyeliner.
Full Volume Mascara
Now let's move on to the mascara. I'm not sure about the packaging to be honest, I don't particularly want my mascara to have leopard print on it. This mascara is waterproof yet easy to remove with warm water.
It has this curved brush that catches all the lashes. It's impressive how it catches short lashes as well and keep the curl, but I have a problem with how wet this mascara is! It's SO wet that it makes it harder to apply on the roots as it goes everywhere, my eyelids, around my brow bones and my cheeks! It also sticks my lashes together, which means it makes it look like I have less lashes if that make sense. I will try to dry it a little bit, I hope it won't stick my lashes together then.
You can see the mascara sticking some lashes together in the photo. I wish it would coat the lashes individually and separate them, to make them look fuller. But I come across with this kind of mascara, most of the time with pretty wet formula, when it comes to Japanese mascara. This is why I don't like Japanese mascara much, they are focused on the length not the volume.
I wish the eyeliner was more black, and the mascara was drier. Overall I think those are OK products, not too impressive that I would rush and go buy them.
Have you tried them before?
Spring is definitely my favourite season. When it's warm and sunny outside, it instantly makes me happy and I would just go outside without a plan. The other morning my mum told me it was a really nice weather and she was thinking of going to go see Sakura. And of course I joined her!
It was a little bit windy but a very sunny day. Sakura was almost fully bloomed. Because it was a week day, the area was pretty quiet despite the beautiful weather.
Spring in Japan is definitely the most beautiful season. Not only because of Sakura but the weather is fantastic too, though it tends to get windy sometimes. Sakura blooms without you knowing, and will be gone in a twinkle. That is why we love it so much, it is so fragile.
EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream $4.89
I'm not going to lie, I had never used any shaving cream until I got this one a few weeks ago. I always used normal shower gel (terrible, I know) to shave, and it irritated my skin sometimes. I didn't pay attention to the process of shaving to begin with, and I didn't even think there was shaving cream specially made for women out there. But once I am educated that there were many kinds that smell and feel good, I was dying to try some out. I got this EOS one because it was on Vitacost, and the scent Pomegranate Raspberry sounded very appealing to me.
Look how cute the pump is!!
The cream contains shea butter, oat and aloe which are known for their soothing effects. It's creamy and thick enough to sit on the wet skin. It smells like raspberry candies that I instantly fell in love with, it's a fresh scent with a little bit of sweetness.
It makes it a lot easier to shave. It prevents my skin to get irritated with a razor. It helps it to shave deeper I guess, which extend the length of time between shaving. It leaves my skin silky smooth that I feel like I don't even need to apply body cream afterwords, which I do anyway, and most importantly (for me) it leaves the subtle sweet scent on my skin.
Do you use shaving cream? What's your favourite?
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation £5.99
When Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation came out in the UK, I was not that interested because I thought it would make my face cakey and emphasise dry patches that appears in winter. But after hearing all the good reviews, I couldn't resist by to try it.
Because it's not sold here in Japan, it was hard to pick a shade. I would like to thank those kind ladies who helped me to find the right shade on Instagram, without their help I wouldn't be able to.
The shade I got is 100 Ivory. I usually use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla, and I am in between MAC NC 20 and 25. Ivory is not the best colour match to my skin because it's a little bit too pinky actually, but it's definitely wearable.
The texture is moussy as the name suggests, but very creamy at the same time. You need a tiny bit to cover the whole face, but make sure your skin is well-moisturised. It covers the pores on my cheek, redness around my nose, and even out the skin tone. I use my fingers to apply the foundation, and once it's blended out I use my Real Techniques sponge to make sure there is no harsh line. I have tried to use it with the buffing brush as well but it didn't look as nice.
It gives a matte finish for sure, but I have to say that it won't stay matte for so long. I have dry skin in winter that transforms into oily skin especially around my cheeks in summer. My skin looks a little shiny after a couple of hours even in this colder season with this foundation, which means it might be not "matte" enough for my skin in summer. But the good thing is that it doesn't stay too matte and the dewiness comes through after a while, which makes it look natural, not like a porcelain doll.
This is definitely a good matte foundation for dry skin. For oily skin, it could be a little bit heavy. I wish they had more yellowy toned shade, because most of the shades look pretty pinky. It's not a full coverage foundation but definitely buildable.
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?