Missha The Style Art Designing Sebum Cut Pact - Clear Peach, 11g, CAD$16.99

Product Review: Missha The Style Art Designing Sebum Cut Pact – Clear Peach

I needed a translucent blotting powder to go in my purse without spending a fortune (I’m looking at you, Laura Mercier) and I got this one in my mini-Missha haul last month, which cost me CAD$16.99. It could be cheaper, but I had a $10 off discount, so I didn’t mind it. This is a basic, somewhat tinted blotting powder, offered in two shades: one in green and this one in ‘clear peach’, though the tint is very slight and barely noticeable at all.
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Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule Mask, 33ml, CAD$5.99

Product Review: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule Mask (33ml)

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule Mask is a 2-piece mask that claims to provide visible results after just one use. The line (Time Revolution) contains similar ingredients to SKII’s fermented sake, which I have yet to try (but I really want to, since it’s much cheaper than SKII). I am so far in love with the Korean face masks, which are loaded in beneficial ingredients and rich in serum (average more than 20ml per mask, versus the 18-20ml max. from Japanese brands). This mask is a dollar more expensive than the Near Skin version I just reviewed, and I had high hopes for this since the ingredients in this include Bifida, peptides, lactic acid, all known to be very good for your skin.
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Missha Near Skin Total Repairing Hydro Gel Mask, 28g, CAD$4.99

Product Review: Missha Near Skin Total Repairing Hydro Gel Mask (28g)

I have been neglecting my skin for nearly a year…between not sleeping enough and the harsh winter, my dehydrated skin needs some serious boost! My pressing concerns are the dehydration fine lines on my forehead that simply aren’t going away. I need to rescue my skin and one good way to do it, in addition to a good moisturizer, is the use of essence masks! Read more…

O HUI White Extreme Gift Set

Product Review: O HUI White Extreme Gift Set

received a lot of comments and emails regarding a good whitening line that is hydrating enough, ever since I reviewed The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol whitening line. That was when my skin was younger and started to get dehydrated and dry; now, past my mid-thirties, I need a hydrating and whitening line even more, as I want to avoid age spots and dehydration fine lines. Read more…

Utena Matomage Hair Styling Stick, 15g, US$8.50

Product Review: Utena Matomage Hair Styling Stick

I had no idea the brand Utena was still in business until I spotted this on Adambeauty.com. Years ago, when Joseibi.com was an online store, I wanted to sell Utena products because I had tried them during a trip to Japan, and for the price, I thought the quality was pretty good. It’s a drug-store level brand, but I was fond of it. Read more…

BADgal Lash Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics

Product Review: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara

Just like CoverGirl’s Lashblast, BADgal is a rubber brush mascara so it’s less forgiving if you accidentally poke your eye(s) with this, though a regular fibre brush mascara will do you in just as bad. The bristles are hard, and the brush is rather big, which doesn’t always work for me. As we get older, volume isn’t always better – our eyelashes tend to get more fragile and don’t quite support the extra volume these big wand mascaras provide. I find this to be particularly true now that I am well into my thirties. Read more…

ISEHAN Heroine Make Mineral BB, 30g, US$13 at Adambeauty.com

Product Review: ISEHAN Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream SPF50 PA+++ (UPDATED March 4, 2014)

At the time I purchased the Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB cream, I also bought Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream, but in 01 (Light) since I am kind of in between 01 and 02 in most Japanese BB creams. While the Kanebo Freshel BB cream was much thicker and has a stuffy closet smell (sorry, that’s the closest I can think of), the Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream has no scent at all, and is much lighter in texture. This one is substantially smaller too – only 30g instead of Kanebo’s 50g – but the UV protection is also slightly higher. The packaging suggests that this Heroine Make line is more for the younger crowd (think early twenties). It’s cute and inexpensive. In Japan, this only sells for 1000 Yen which is roughly US$10. Read more…

The Face Shop RICE WATER BRIGHT LIP & EYE REMOVER, 120ml, CAD$10

Product Review: The Face Shop RICE WATER BRIGHT LIP & EYE REMOVER

For those who don’t like to use cleansing oil directly on the eyes (which can be harsh especially with rubbing and tugging), a separate Lip & Eye makeup remover is a good way to gently remove your eye makeup – but only if the product does its job well (or you will end up rubbing and tugging). I have used some not-so-effective products that I ended up doing more damage wiping the gunk out of my eyes than simply using a good cleansing oil to dissolve the stubborn waterproof makeup.  Read more…

Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB Cream UV, 50g, US$15 at Adambeauty.com

Product Review: Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB Cream UV (in MB)

Ever since the polar vortex, I get less and less time in the morning to do my makeup because I am just that tired to get out of bed. ;) So, despite my previous hesitations to try another BB cream, I find myself looking for one. My daughter has to get up at 6:30am to catch the school bus now, which means I am out of bed around that time too, and out the door by 7:20am. I need a 10-in-1 product if I can find one, but I’ll gladly settle for a 5-in-1! Read more…

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