Friday, 22 May 2015

First Impression: Benefit "That Gal" Primer

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Benefit's "That Gal" primer! I got this cute wee primer when I purchased Benefit's Porefessional a little while ago, and neglected to try it because it was so small that it literally slipped through the cracks! ><

What Does It Do?
"Our silky pink primer takes your complexion from dull to darling! Simply blend it on for the look of brighter, smoother skin. Contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & chamomile to soothe skin.

How to apply
Twist the base until the primer is distributed on the top. Apply with fingertips onto the face. Blend this silky pink primer in an even, upward motion. Wear alone or under makeup for smoother makeup application. Gently pat on during the day to re-brighten your complexion.

Beauty tip
“That gal” is the perfect partner to your foundation or moisturizer. If you're a no-makeup gal, wear it solo for a darling glow."(1

I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this primer smells! It smells light and fruity, in what I assume is a Raspberry scent since it contains Raspberry and Chamomile. I was a little disappointed that I had to use quite a bit of this primer to cover my whole face, but it really made my face feel super smooth and gave it a gorgeous but subtle glow.
Would I Purchase This Product?
Maybe. At $55NZD this primer is not super wallet friendly since you do need to use a decent amount of product for it to be effective. It gives an absolutely gorgeous "lit from within" type of glow to the skin, but I didn't notice it helping my foundation last longer or apply any better. It smells great though, so that's a total plus for me since a lot of primers smell awful. I like it, but maybe not enough to spend $55NZD on it.

I think this primer would be fantastic for anyone who would want to use it without foundation so their skin would look more moisturised and glowy, or someone whose foundation doesn't need any help staying put or staying oil free, but wants a gorgeously subtle glow. I don't think this primer really suits anyone who used high coverage foundation as the glow is quite subtle and wouldn't shine through a thick base.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Review: Benefit Gimme Brow

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Benefit's Gimme Brow! I purchased this product because sometimes I'm very very lazy and don't feel like doing my makeup thoroughly, but also don't feel like looking homeless. Quick fix products like this brow fiber gel help me pop on a little bit of makeup while sitting at the red light on my way to work, without sacrificing my beloved sleep.
This brow gel is housed in a small tube that looks like a miniature mascara, and comes with a cute polka dotted box that is twice as big as the brow gel itself. Since I bought this teeny weeny product in an actual store during the Christmas season, it also came packaged in this ultra cute box closed off with a bow! I'm such a sucker for cute packaging!
"Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping. Available in two shades.

INNOVATIVE BRUSH-ON FIBER GEL:
• Water resistant 
• Long-wearing
• Natural-looking
• Buildable

97% said brows looked fuller
100% said it was smudge proof
100% said it looked natural
94% said results were long-wearing" (1)

I find the packaging pretty cute and very practical, although it does seem quite expensive for the size. This is the perfect size to slip into my handbag for touch ups or as part of my makeup emergency kit (which is a legit thing). The applicator for this brow gel is ultra small, smaller than my brows are! I thought I would be able to see little fibers on the brush in the close up photos, but this just looks like a plain brow gel.
Before I got my grabby hands on this product, I used to use a brown mascara to quickly tame my brows in the morning. If you have dark hair like me, a brown mascara isn't a bad option, and if you've accidentally purchased a brown mascara instead of a black one this is a great way to use it up!
Gimme Brow is really easy to use, a quick comb through the brows is enough to put a little colour in them and smooth any unruly hairs down. A second comb through builds up the volume and colour of the brows, but a third coating results in stiff, chunky looking brows. 
This product is great for natural, full looking brows, and also works quite well for brows with scars. I have a scar from Chicken Pox in the middle of this brow, which results in a quite different looking brow than the other! This product helps thicken up my brows and makes the scar a lot less noticeable.
What I Love
- Easy to use
- Buildable
- Portable travel size
- Great for thin eyebrows, or brows with scars


What I Don't Love
- Moderately expensive ($45NZD)
- Too small and too expensive to be used everyday


Final Thoughts
I quite like Benefit's Gimme Brow! I find it easy to use, buildable, and it's a nice travel size. I love that it helps cover up the scar in my eyebrow (gels and powders won't stick to the scar tissue), but it is so expensive for such a small size! Truthfully, in a pinch, a brown mascara works almost as well as this fiber gel (albeit a little stiffer feeling than the gel), and for a much gentler price for my poor wallet, but the Benefit Gimme Brow is a lovely product nevertheless!  ^.^


Have you used a brow fiber gel before? What was your experience like?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Store Review: Jolse

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my shopping experience with Jolse! I made a purchase with them at the start of April when I started to get a little bit OCD about completing some sets of Korean Cosmetics that I have incomplete at the moment! Unfortunately and fortunately for me, these turned out to be quite hard to find and I ended up finding a lot of new Korean Cosmetic stores to shop with and waste all my money in!
 
Website Practicality
I have an extreme dislike for this layout of store. I hate little sidebars and advertisements down the side of my screens, it's just irritating to me! What makes matters worse is that this site logs you out if you are inactive for 5 minutes! You have to have a password that's at least 10 characters long and includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers and punctuation. My banking passwords aren't as complicated as that!! It also doesn't save your logon details properly, so every time it signs you out every 5mins, I have to retype the long stupidly hard to remember password. If I didn't need a couple of products from this store I wouldn't shop there because it's just too freaking annoying!


Price Comparison
Jolse's prices are quite reasonable, especially considering the offer free shipping! Prices are in USD.

Jolse Rosy Tint Lips $7.38 + Shipping $0.00 = $7.38
Cosmetic Love Rosy Tint Lips $8.50 + Shipping $0.00 = $8.50
Roseroseshop Rosy Tint Lips $6.47 + Shipping $3.49 = $9.96



Shipping and Packaging
My free shipping was sent on April 1st, and arrived at the post office on April 13th, although I didn't recieve it until April 21st. I'm not entirely sure what happened there, but nothing was harmed in my package at any rate and it got to me in the end! ^.^ Jolse also included a whole bunch of interesting testers!
Products
I only purchased two products from Jolse, the Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly and the Etude House Rosy Tint Lips in Rose Petal!
I purchased this Lip Tint in the shade Rose Petal (or Rose Fetal as listed on Jolse) because it was the cheapest that I could find at $8.20USD!
I almost have all the colours of these lip tints so will be able to review them shortly - I absolutely love these! ^.^
 

I must've bought the last blusher in this colour as it's sold out on Jolse now!
This blush colour is super pretty and totally wearable! It's not too hard to find, so if you're after this colour you'll be able to find it quite easily. I adore these blushes and am super close to completing my collection - watch out for a full review soon!

What I Love
- Some hard to find products
- Free shipping
- Decent discounts
- Generous free samples


What I Don't Love
- Website is irritating and logs you off after 5mins of inactivity
- Jumped through many hoops to create a login


Final Thoughts
Although I dislike Jolse's webstie so much, I still enjoyed shopping with them! The shipping was free and quite quick, they gave generous samples (also very interesting samples!) and they usually have quite decent discounts. I would shop with them again if they had the best priced product, or a limited edition, very hard to find product, but I really, REALLY don't like their website format. Stop logging me out so often and I would definitely shop there more often! ^.^

Friday, 15 May 2015

First Impression: Tosowong Platinum Total Solution Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Tosowoong Platinum Total Solution Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack! I'm pretty sure I got this little tester from the gorgeous Lani Loves, and I finally got to try it out after many months sitting in my tester drawer!

 What Does It Do?
"Pore and Sebum Care at Once !
Still worrying about your skin problem? White Gold Pack will take care of your over spreaded sebum.

+ Pore & Sebum Control.
+ Effective to Troubled Skin.
+ 99.9% Pure White Gold included." (1)
I was definitely not expecting a chocolate coloured mask to come out of this little packet! The mask is a super thick and difficult to spread, making me feel like I'm spreading a delicious chocolate frosting on my face. However, after about 5minutes using this mask I can feel it drying, and after 10minutes I can feel it becoming very tight to the point of slight pain. If I smile or show any emotion the mask breaks up into tiny cracks, but doesn't flake off.

Interestingly enough I did see some whitening results immediately after removing this mask, but no pore shrinking or sebum control. My skin looked very even, and my acne and subsequent scars seemed smaller and less apparent. I really liked the results that I saw from this mask!


Would I Purchase This Product?
Yes! I'm very interested by this product, especially since it made my scarring look much nicer immediately! I'm not 100% sure that it will always have that effect, but I'm willing to risk $10USD to try it out! ^.^
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