Sunday, 31 July 2011

Product Review : FAIRY DROPS Platinum Water Proof Mascara

Okay, we've had quite a lot of skincare reviews for awhile now. It's also been a very long time since we last reviewed a mascara! Here's one from FAIRY DROPS!

Do note that Ringo's review is not included this time round as she is usually busy and it'd be really weird to ask her out for mascara shots!

TADANG! The FAIRY DROPS Platinum Water Proof Mascara ~ Can you see that this mascara has FIVE kinds of treatment essence?! FIVE, namely Collagen, Scwaren Oil, Hyallon, Jojoba Oil and Panthenol. We all know what Collagen is so I'm not gonna talk about that. Unfortunately, after researching, I still have no idea as to what Scwaren Oil and Hyallon is. Jojoba is pronounced as HOHOba! Most people don't know that but now you do! Jojoba oil is supposed to provide moisture so I'm guessing that in this case, it'll condition our lashes. As for Panthenol, it is also moisturizing and it supposedly coats our hair and seal the surface, lubricating our hair shaft and making it look shiny. So... We'll have glossy lashes?

Here's a sneak peek as to what the wand will look like!

The back of the box. Because I can't read Japanese, I did not take a close up of the box.

This however seems to illustrate the effects of the mascara well!

GOTTA LOVE THE PACKAGING! It's like a shiny metallic warm pink with white graffiti like illustrations on it. There's like white sparkles and the overall packaging is just so cute? Not girly but cute. Did I mention that I really like pink?

Now you can see the unique wand!

Close up of the wand! Personally, I hate my mascaras to have a brush applicator. It's usually too big for my eyes and I have the tendency to just stick it in when I'm not careful. Then it'll turn into a black mess on my eyes and I have the I-just-got-punched look. This applicator however makes life so much easier. It's curved to fit the contours of our eyes and catches our lashes easily with those three little balls. The tip of the wand is also slimmer so that you can catch the tiny lashes at the front of our eyes.

Now I'm going to show you the before and after!

Left with mascara, right without, looking straight ahead. 

Left with mascara, right without, looking downwards.

Left with mascara, right without, looking upwards.

Here's a sideways one for you all to see the curls!

So how does this mascara fare in terms of length, volume and curls? I have to say that this mascara really matches up to my favorite MM one. It's not very visible in the picture of me looking straight ahead because I have eyeliner on. However when you look at the looking upwards picture, you can see that my lashes are nicely curled and both length and volume is there! It's supposed to be waterproof and smudgeproof much like my MM one and it works exactly like it is supposed to. It sometimes flakes into my eyes though and that hurts a little but I don't think most people will face this problem. I face it because sometimes I stick the mascara wand too close to my eyes. I can wear this all day without any smudging and this is really waterproof.

In fact, it's a pain the the butt to remove this! I am unable to use my Dove lathering remover for this, I have to use my Biore one instead because this is one tough mascara. This however only means that it really holds your curls in place and lasts you an entire day?

Also, do note that this will work well with a curler but not the batter operated heated curler. This mascara is NOT YET available in any outlets in Singapore BUT you can get it from BlingAlways for just $32.90! They have a whole range of hard-to-find skincare and cosmetics there so it's a great place for online shopping~

Thanks to them, you can look forward to a CandyDoll 2 way cake review, coming up soon!!!

Ability to hold curls : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Up and curled all day!)
Lasting Power : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (No smudging nor flakes on me~)
Length : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Really long and length is buildable.)
Volume : ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (Would love for it to go on thicker but maybe that's why this mascara isn't clump?)
Overall : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (The brush makes application a breeze and a few wriggles will do the trick. One coat gives you nice lashes so I personally believe it's quite worth the price!)

Chiharu ❤

Disclaimer : This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. This does not affect the honesty of my reviews.

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Chiharu ❤

Review: Sheer Indulgence Facial at Living Nature

So Chiharu and I spent a rather substantial amount of money at Living Nature (East Point Mall), and as a result, I got to try out a complimentary Sheer Indulgence Facial as part of their Privileged Customer Programme (because Chiharu is such a dear so she let me have the membership privilege lawl).

As a result, ugly facial pictures ahead. o A o I hope you guys had your meals already.

For those of you who haven't heard of Living Nature yet, it's a New Zealand based company that uses 100% natural ingredients in their products. Absolutely no alcohol, no synthetic chemicals and artificial preservatives! The Sheer Indulgence facial is their signature treatment, consisting mainly of a warm Manuka Honey mask massaged into your skin with Rose Quartz Crystal wands, as well as other natural products personalized for your skin type.

Before the facial commences, you will be given a short survey form to fill in (with questions about your skin concerns, beauty regime, etc) so as to better determine your skin type. It's actually my first time having a facial, so I was kind of nervous, but the staff were friendly and polite, and that alleviated the nervousness a bit (plus Chiharu was right beside me lol). #scaredycat

Changed into their robe and awkwardly lied on the bed, while Chiharu on the other hand...

*coughs* was munching away lol. (_-ω-)

Since I was wearing BB-cream, firstly Catherine removed it and then cleanse and tone my face.

Applying pressure to pressure points.

She was really gentle with my face, and took care to explain the process to us step-by-step. The music in the room was very soothing as well -- instrumental music overlayed with sounds of waves. I think if Chiharu wasn't there making me laugh every five seconds, I would have been lulled to a sound sleep already.

Unfortunately I had my eyes closed half the time, so I don't really know what this was supposed to be. But notice the sachet in the background. All the ingredients for the facial was selected after determining your skin type, and then prepared on the spot (which means it's fresh and hygienic). A lot of their products contain Manuka Honey, hence the yellowish tint (and though you can't tell from the photos) and sweet scent.

After cleansing & toning.

Then a thick layer of kaolin clay mask was applied on my face. I was laughing and moving around a lot but fortunately the mask didn't crack. It doesn't feel heavy like clay masks tend to be too.

The mask draws out all the blackheads and whiteheads which facilitates the extraction process later on.

Freaking huge whitehead/ blackhead honestly idk.

The extraction process was somewhat painful, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Catherine cut her nails short especially too. : 0

The Manuka Honey mask was then gently applied to my skin for its soothing and antibacterial properties. It's warm and smells really yummy - made me kind of hungry even though before the facial we just ate!

The mask was massaged in with the Rose Quartz Crystal wands, which was also heated up to moderate warmness. They were really smooth to touch and the procedure itself was quite tranquilizing.

And they look super pretty~!

Afterwards, another mask which smelled like some childhood candy which I don't know the name of (you know, the stack of chinese candy that comes in gold foil in a cylinder shape that tastes like plum or something?).

Conclusion: My skin was significantly brighter and fairer after the session (compare to neck to see the difference). Though it was reddish for a while because of the extraction process, the redness was alleviated in a few hours, and skin felt smoother and softer for days. The days after that when I religiously applied their Rescue Gel and Balancing Lotion, were the clearest I had been in a while (and then the monthly period came : c).

At $138 per session, the Sheer Indulgence Facial is a bit of an indulgence on the purse, but thankfully first-time customers get a whooping 50% off! I think at that discounted price it's really worth a try, since their products are really quite good. And it's a great way (albeit pricy) to unwind after a long week of work. They're open only till 7pm though, so the only time I can go there is on the weekends. I really wish they were nearer! (They're at Simei, so for those living in the East, good fer ya!)

Overall it was an extremely pleasant experience, and I would love to go again (if I had the means to).

Signing off,

Friday, 29 July 2011

Product Review : LoveMore Red Magic White Power Lifting Mask + 5 cm Neck Care Double Lifting Mask (爱恋膜法红宝瞬白颈颜双拉提面膜)

Okay, I realized the trend with Taiwan masks. The names are really long and often in traditional Chinese which makes it really hard to read at times. However thanks to LoveMore Singapore, I didn't have to google high and low to find out the actual English name of the mask!


The LoveMore Red Magic White Power Lifting Mask + 5 cm Neck Care Double Lifting Mask, otherwise known as  爱恋膜法红宝瞬白颈颜双拉提面膜 in Chinese. LoveMore Singapore actually gave me three choices but something went wonky with the email and I didn't get to choose! However, I believe they are psychic because I wanted to try this Red Magic one since they posted it on their facebook saying it smells like blackcurrants!

Gets rid of the nasty pigmentation, away with dull skin~

Step-by-step guide to putting on this mask!

Never ever forget the ingredients list! I also believe most sensitive skinned babes can use this because perfume is the 2nd bottom on the list!

I love how the mask is such a bright shade of red, really kinda brightens the mood somehow.

So what is this mask good for? As the name suggests, it's probably for whitening and lifting! This Red Magic one specifically targets those who often spend their time in the sun. Might not be so "for me" because I actually spend my time camping at home or in shopping malls, away from the sun!

According to LoveMore Singapore, the LoveMore Red Magic White Power Lifting Mask + 5 cm Neck Care Double Lifting Mask is...

"Formulated to target melanin that causes dark skin, you will be surprised and pleased by the obvious whitening effect. Be prepared to buy a one shade fairer foundation!

Pamper your neck with the essence too! You will transform into the fairest Snow White!!

The Red Magic White Power Lifting Mask contains a strict selection of high-quality gem anion, Pyracantha essence, astaxanthin, red pomegranates, and red wine polyphenol.

Enhance the depth of anti-crime, the promotion of internal white factor synthesis by UV rays for a long time the formation of melanin, improved circulation force, locking the original dense black does not belong to you, like white water of a color number of the most appropriate choice!

With enhanced ability to turn darkened skin due to UV rays, the Red Magic White Power Lifting Mask is able to turn your skin fairer from within and improves the blood circulation of your skin. This series is definitely for you if you aim to be a shade fairer!"

Sounds good right? Now let's see if it's as good as it sounds.

The mask is as usual, soaked in a clear essence. Very moist and nicely saturated.

Here's it on my face, it's quite a good fit, except that my nose is once again lonely.

The reason why this time I included picture of my neck is because of the extra 5cm! It really is bigger than the SexyLook ones I used the previous time round.

See the neck portion? It honestly is a whole lot bigger than the Sexylook one. However, because it is so big, it might feel a little tight because it reaches the lower part of the neck and sort of suffocates me when I look straight. So while I was masking, I had to tilt my head upwards. Shouldn't be a problem for regular people because I have a thick neck.

L - Before / R - After

So the weird thing is that my pictures are more wonky this time round. My before picture actually looks pinker, healthier. I honestly don't know why. I swear that is not the case in RL. My face is slightly brightened only though. I believe that could be due to the fact that I'm actually not the right target for this mask? I'm more of a inconsistent sleeper kinda person so I'm guessing that the Gold Magic one might have suit me better? Actually the Black Magic one also suits me pretty well. 

Lifting wise, YES IT WORKS. Double chin is definitely reduced!!! Jawline is also sharper so yes that part definitely works. This mask moisturizes super well though. My skin is freaking soft after using and the essence absorbs so easily! It doesn't smell like blackcurrant to me, smells more like some kinda floral fragrance that I neither liked nor disliked. The quality of the mask is slightly thicker than SexyLook though.

All in all, 8 pieces a box for only $13.90 at Watsons sounds like a pretty good deal. 

Texture : ★ ★ ★ ★  (Great texture~)
Brightening : ★ ★ ★   (It's pretty slight because it might not be the most suitable for me.)
Lifting : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Great great great, use often to reduce double chin!)
Scent : ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (Not my favorite kinda scent.)
Overall : ★ ★ ★ ★  (Will purchase for the lifting!)

Here's their FB page in case you'd like to know more about them!

PS, I've purchased Black Magic and Gold Magic already! Review not so soon though, stay tuned for it~

Chiharu ❤

Disclaimer : The mask was sent to me for reviewing purposes. My reviews are 101% honest regardless of whether they're sponsored or not. Do take note that effects vary with individuals.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Product Review : SexyLook Amethyst Polyphenols Hydrating Double Lifting Mask (SexyLook 保濕柔敏紫晶雙提拉面膜)

VERY SORRY FOR THE LACK OF POSTING MY DOMOKIES! Today, I'm finally back in action with a SexyLook Hello Kitty Mask! Once again, the name is A HANDFUL. It's the SexyLook Amethyst Polyphenols Hydrating Double Lifting Mask and boy is the name long. The Chinese name is hard to remember too because it's just as long, the 保濕柔敏紫晶雙提拉面膜. You gotta love their names, it's so unique but I generally call it the SexyLook purple HK mask.

The packaging, is AWESOME. I believe all who love HK will adore this packaging.

SO CUTE RIGHT? And the best part is, for different "flavors", the kitty comes with different color packaging and ribbon! I was sold immediately by the packaging ;)

The back of the mask!

Sanrio license! Along with expiry date.

For directions on how to use the mask, HK will teach you!

Ingredients list for the sensitive skin... Looks good doesn't it?

Now all, kindly brace yourself for a huge impact.

I cannot argue. This photo is freaking ugly. Why so? I tell you my face nearly burst out of the mask. IT WAS SO TIGHT. I tried stretching it but it's just not as big as the normal SexyLook ones!!! I seriously wanted to love the mask but...

My ears hurt. Hurts like mad. It was soooooo tight. Imagine this for around 15-20 minutes!!! Such a pity though, HK is one of my favorites.

Here's what the mask looks like when spread out. Looks alright but I can't take it on my face. Maybe HK masks are meant for people with smaller faces?

The mask was simply dripping wet with this clear essence and this was from the remaining liquid in the packet okay, there's a lot to spare. Strangely, it emulsifies when rubbed together. I have no reasonable explanation for that.

L - Before / R - After

Here's a before and after. Honestly, there isn't much to say about this mask. The essence is easily absorbed and it is apparent from the picture above that it does help in brightening my face. HOWEVER, the torturing my ears part just isn't worth it. I mean, there're a lot of mask that can hydrate and brighten your face, even the original SexyLook ones will do. Why torture myself? Of course if you have a small petite face, feel free to try this.

I don't know how to describe the scent of this mask but it's a weird floral scent that I didn't like because it reminded me of toilets. What's even weirder is that the essence of this mask, is SWEET. No I didn't eat it, I was licking the corners of my lips and accidentally tasted it. So gross.

This mask is fortunately no longer available in boxes unless you purchase the Valentine's set. Simply drop me an email @ if you really want it!

Texture : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Nth wrong with it, absorbs quickly and isn't sticky)
Effectiveness : ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (It's just alright.)
Scent : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ (I don't like it at all.)
Overall : ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ (I didn't like it, but that's just me. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with big face like mine though.)

Chiharu ❤

Disclaimer : I bought this mask myself to as to review it.
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