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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sana Pore Putty Keana Pate Shokunin BB Cream SPF50+ PA+++

If you see this post on another site than lotuspalace.blogspot.com it has been stolen and used without my permission. I only allow reposts with proper credits for my work (please contact me first!)!

And another Japanese brand released a BB Cream! Seems the craze has not calmed down yet!

The Pore Putty from Sana Noevir line is quite popular and has quite a variety of bases, powders and concealers to choose from so it was just a matter of time they´d release a BB Cream!

I like the squeeze tube which looks quite pretty in my opinion. 30g retail for 1260 Yen in Japan but I got mine from Alphabeautyuk on eBay. Adambeauty is listing this, too, I believe.
 
As with many Japanese BB creams the texture is incredibly smooth with a slightly siliconey feel but not as heavy or suffocating as many of the Korean brands. And best of all it´s not scented!
My skin feels really smooth and soft and not dry when wearing this however having a very fair pink-toned skin-tone the color is not a good match for me as it´s darker and more yellow than I can wear. The coverage is decent but as the color doesn´t fit I can´t wear this.

Overall this could be such a nice product but the color match is a total no-go for myself. Ladies with a slightly tanner complexion will probably enjoy this product a lot though! And it seems to be very popular in Japan!

Rating would be 4/5 but since I can´t wear it I have to give it a 1/5

Spring 2011: Kate Eye Shadow CQ (Crystallise Quartz) in PU-1

Kate sometimes is a really weird brand...at one time they release absolutely fantastic eyeshadows with a rich and pigmented texture just to come up with something so mediocre in the next release. That´s quite a regular cycle with Kate so I just might want to only purchase every 2nd eyeshadow collection hehe.
 
The fall eyeshadows, even though "only" duos, were just amazing and I love to use them regularly as they are the most blendable gorgeous eyeshadows ever!
Anyways, to follow Kate´s regular scheme the new Crystallise Quartz Eye Shadow is just mediocre and thank God I only picked up one color!

The Eye Shadow CQ (as printed on the back of the box) are basically your typical graduated Japanese eyeshadows. The layout is easy and the offered color choices are pretty basic.

The texture if smooth but the shadows aren´t so pigmented so a bit of layering is needed to achieve a more intense result. One of the 4 powder shades is actually a glitter shade to be patted on top of the other colors.
The highlighter is the most pigmented shade and has a in interesting intense gleaming metallic finish.

PU-1 is no way purple as it´s rather a mix of greyish and brownish shades of plum. I like the colors very much but the result is a bit dull and boring.

Overall as expected a mediocre eyeshadow quad and only worth purchasing if you like a soft and sheer eyeshadow palette in basic colors.

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Rating 3/5

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ISSEY MIYAKE: A Scent by Issey Miyake Eau de Toilette spray

Escentual.com gave me the opportunity to test a really lovely perfume by Issey Miyake: A Scent by Issey Miyake.

About the perfume which can be purchased here:
"The new fragrance from Issey Miyake is A Scent by Issey Miyake, which was inspired by nature.
A Scent Eau de Parfum is a floral, feminine and warm fragrance. A bouquet of flowers made of hyacinth, jasmine and rose's petals fused with the warmth of woody notes.
A Scent Eau de Toilette is a green and feminine fragrance. A fresh signature scent, drawing inspiration from nature's essentials: leaves, flowers, wood." 

I really love the heavy clean and simple bottle of the perfume. And the scent is really great, a fresh green but also floral and feminine fragrance I really enjoy to wear!

You might remember that I am extremely sensitive to perfumes as I will get a headache in no time if a fragrance is too heavy, powdery or sweet but A Scent by Issey Miyake smells downright awesome! Staying power is good, too, I can smell this Eau de Toilette several hours after spraying it on!
I will enjoy wearing this a lot and I am very sure I will finish the bottle in no time as I am wearing this daily now!

I also would like to point out that the prices on Escentual.com are really good (and yes, I received the perfume for free but no, I am not being paid to say this!). I checked the local department store where the 100ml bottle costs €89.90 whereas the price on Escentual.com is GBP33.50 so that´s less than half of the retail price here!

Liberta Baby Foot Easy Pack

Sorry for not posting a whole week but I went to Egypt and just came back yesterday night and I only took my ipad, not my laptop on my trip so I couldn´t blog.
 
As I said earlier I used the Baby Foot Easy Pack a short while ago and wanted to report on the final result.

The Baby Foot Easy Pack is a pair of plastic socks filled with a mild chemical peeling to remove all dead skin from your feet within 1-2 weeks to give you "baby-soft" soles. Just cut open, soak your clean freshly washed feet 2 hours in the lotion (your feet have to be on the floor or just slightly raised or the liquid will spill!) and then wash the liquid off.

Application was really easy though pretty much sitting still respectively just walking around carefully and slowly for 2 hours was a bit boring.

My feet looked and felt totally normal for 2 days and then the peeling process started. The skin on my feet peeled completely in just 3 days and I accelerated the peeling process with 2 daily foot soaks so I could gently wipe off the dead skin with my palms from my wet feet. I wore socks all the time even for sleeping as otherwise there would be dead skin flakes everywhere.
During the complete process there was no itchiness, pain or burning sensation involved and actually pulling that dry skin off was sort of fun hehe =P

The result is quite good, the skin on my feet is now very even and a bit softer however the thicker skin on certain parts of my feet didn´t get "baby-soft" but I will reapply the Easy Pack after picking more packets up in Hong Kong to improve this result.

Overall even though it´s a bit disgusting it was a fun and worthwhile thing to do and I will definitely use the Easy Pack again!

Check out the website here...if you like to feel disgusted check out the peeling contest pics =P But I recommend to not eat during that.... 
I got mine from Adambeauty.com for US$23 shipped (add US$2 for registered mail per order). There are numerous similar products out there like Beauty Foot but don´t know how they´d compare.


Rating 4.5/5

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Holika Holika Hello Holika! Blush compact in 01

I thought this Hello Holika! blush with the kitty was so cute so I purchased it with my Holika Holika Gmarket haul.
 
The compact is black with a kitty printed on which reminds me a lot of Cathy Cat cosmetics.
The blush consists of several pastel shades with a bright pink tangerine in the middle shaped like the kitty on the compact.

There is a layer of fine glitter dusted on top of the powder but it disappears with a few swipes. The blush itself is still quite shimmery like the majority of those Korean brands who are targeted towards younger ladies.
The blush is good to use as a blush and as a highlighter as the shades around the cat are all pastels thus more suitable as a highlighter. To me the blush seems quite pigmented and shows up very well on my skin.

I like to swirl all colors together for a softer pinker shade. I think it is slightly scented but nothing that bothers me hehe.

I don´t remember the exact price but definitely not more than US$13-14. I got mine from Gmarket.

Overall a good blush though the color is a bit bright and it´s quite a shimmer bomb.


Rating 4/5

Friday, April 15, 2011

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Sexy Nude Gloss #4 Tea Beige

The Heavy Rotation Sexy Nude Gloss range from Kiss Me is a newer addition I believe so I picked up the only color (#4 Tea Beige) that hadn´t sold out from Adambeauty a while ago. I wasn´t sure if the beige shade would be suitable but I ordered it anyway (I otherwise would´ve picked the #3 Cinnamon Pink).
 
The Sexy Nude Gloss comes in a squeeze tube with brush applicator but the one I got is a bit faulty as the gloss leaks a little atthe point where the brush head joins the tube. Not a big issue though!

I didn´t expect to like this unscented rather gloppy gloss but in the end it turned out to be a perfect color for giving those smooth nude lips! Since this is a sheer gloss my natural lip color mixes with the peachy beige to create a really lovely pink beige color. The finish is very glossy and lasting power is quite good for a gloss so all in all I really like wearing this!
When I visit Hong Kong I will definitely check out the other colors!


#4: As mentioned this color is a peachy beige shade with very fine shimmer (which adds dimension but no glitter or even real shimmer). As I mentioned it mixes into a pink beige with my naturally rather pink lips.

I think I paid around US$11 for 7g of product. Retail price in Japan is 840 Yen.

Rating 4/5


Btw the Baby Foot Easy Pack was really effective and to my surprise the peeling process finished already the day before yesterday so from first application till end it took only 5 days which is exceptionally short! I will post a proper review within the next days!

Holika Holika Peach Cream BB Cream SPF37 PA++

The Peach Girl BB Cream was the other BB Cream I purchased from Holika Holika a short while ago.

This is actually a very nifty product as the BB cream also contains a universally flattering peachy shade of cheek/lip cream and a mirror housed in the cover of the tube!
 
The peach colored tube is quite cute but the sticker might come off if you handle it roughly.
This BB cream comes in 2 colors so I chose the lighter one. I suppose the cheek cream should be the same shade but since I don´t have #2 I can´t compare them.

The texture is like the typical silicone-y BB cream texture but like the other Holika Holika BB cream I reviewed recently it dries down to a nice lightweight and smooth finish so it doesnt feel heavy or makes me sweaty.
My skin gets very soft and doesn´t feel dry at all so I am not sure about the oil control this provides.

Color #1 is a light peachy beige which blends into my skin perfectly and evens it out nicely. Coverage is about medium so it´s a bit less than the other Holika Holika BB cream but it´s still enough to cover up all my little skin woes. I prefer to only top this with an ultra-light dusting of loose powder or no powder at all as otherwise the BB cream can get cakey and the nice dewy glow disappears that way, too! 
Lasting power is decent, about 4-5 hours before reapplication is necessary or a bit longer when wearing a bit powder.

The cheek/lip cream is a pretty shade of a pink grapefruit/peach color. It´s quite pigmented and looks really gorgeous as a blush! It blends very well so it looks quite natural. When wearing both I get a real peaches-and-cream complexion so I really love it!
For me personally it´s too dry as a lip color and on my lips it looks somehow matte and weird unless I top it with gloss.

This product is lightly scented and didn´t cause and irritations on my skin at all.
Removes easily with cleansing oil and foaming cleanser but I recommend not skipping the cleansing oil/milk/cream step as otherwise the cleansing result might not be sufficient. 

Overall a really nice product and very handy for a quick mini makeup in the morning!

So far Holika Holika has really wowed me with most of their products however the lipsticks are so-so and I´ll review them soon!


Rating 4.5/5

Monday, April 11, 2011

Baby Foot Easy Pack: Update

As you might remember (or read if you just scroll down hehe) I used a Baby Foot Easy Pack 2 1/2 days ago and today the peeling process has started! And it started fantastic, my feet look so gross and disgusting I am absolutely delighted haha =D
If you have no clue what I am talking about please check this website (and be prepared to see some gross pics if you check their Peeling Contest pics)

Don´t worry, no yucky pics in this post!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB SPF 30 PA++

The Moisture Petit BB SPF 30 PA++ was a freebie from Holika Holika as I hauled products worth more than 60000 Won (around US$55). That´s quite a good freebie if you ask me as the tube is a 30ml size, so possibly full-sized.
 
I think the tube looks cute, I really like that cat and the purple colors used.
To be honest I was quite out of the BB loop in favor of regular foundation as most foundations just look better and many BB creams have the tendency to get clumpy or cakey when topped with powder. Also the color match wasn´t always ideal and the heavy silicone feeling turned me off, too.

Anyway, the Moisture Petit BB is a thick smooth cream with a distinctive floral scent. It´s rather strong but fades some minutes after application (or my nose gets used to it...whatever). It offers incredible coverage even for a BB cream so a little of this stuff gives me almost flawless skin covering all the redness and small freckles on my cheeks.

The color is very light with a slight yellowish tone. It blends in perfectly with my skin and dries down to a smooth but not greasy finish within a few minutes taking the heavy feeling out of the cream.

Lasting power is good, when I wear this on my lazy no-makeup days without powder I reapply this after about 4-5 hours (if I am out in the sun).
Like most other BB creams this doesn´t like to be combined with powder as it can look cakey and blotchy but since it feels very comfortable without powder and has this gorgeous dewy glow this is a nice product all in all.
Before:

After, when wearing the BB cream
Rating 4.5/5

Adambeauty haul incl. Baby Foot Easy Pack

Despite going to Hong Kong in a few weeks I wanted to pick up a few goodies from Adambeauty before my trip, especially a Baby Foot Easy Pack as I wanted pretty feet before I go there (and since I can´t just order 1 thing I picked up a few other goodies as well) =P
 
Actually I didn´t try any of those foot peeling packs as the pics you see of feet during the process are downright disgusting! But the overall reviews online seem very good so I thought I will bear with the yuckiness for the sake of pink baby-soft feet.
If you are interested in what´s Baby Foot Easy Pack please click here! There are numerous other brands but I wanted to try the original product from Japan =)

Anyway, I used the Baby Foot Easy Pack the day before yesterday at night but so far there is nothing strange going on. The peeling process is supposed to start 2-5 days after application so I am curious how soon I will have to hide my feet with socks lol. To be honest my feet are in quite a good shape but there is some hard skin and slight sallow discoloration in certain areas so I hope to see good results soon!

A proper review will be posted in 2-3 weeks, whenever the process is finished (if it starts at all haha)

Oh and got this cute card pocket as a freebie from Yozocraft a while ago. Just think the Chinglish text is way cute hehe
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