Friday, 27 March 2015

First Impression: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Serum

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about a neat product with a ridiculously long name; Missha's Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Serum! I've always quite enjoyed using Missha products, but haven't had much to do with their skincare range (apart from their sunscreen which is my absolute favourite!). This serum has been compared to the amazing Estēe Lauder Advanced Repair Night which I have been considering purchasing for a couple of months now, but was incredibly put off by the $150NZD price tag, so this sample sachet came to me at the perfect time!
What Does It Do?
"Skin cells regenerate best during the nighttime while you sleep.

The Time Revolution Night Repair line uses Retinol technology to give you an intensive 3D night care. It uses Night Science, Retinol Science, and Cell Science to give you smooth, glowing skin. The Serum strengthens and moisturizes skin, while also providing it with the necessary nutrients. Also has wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits." (1)

This serum has a thin and slightly sticky texture which makes my skin feel quite tacky for about 30minutes after application. I'm very glad that this is a night serum, because I don't think I would be able to stand the stickiness during the day time!
I only had one little sample sachet of this product, so I can't really see much difference in my skin in terms of wrinkle repair or skin whitening, but it makes my skin feel nice and moisturized in the morning without drowning it in oil! I did see a very subtle brightness in my skin after using this sample which I really liked!




Would I Purchase This Product?
I'm genuinely interested in this product, so I'm pretty keen to purchase it! A cheaper, but just as effective serum as the super expensive Estēe Lauder serum sounds like a good deal to me, so I think I will pick up a bottle of this Night Serum in my next Korean skincare purchase! ^.^


Have you tried this serum or the Estēe Lauder serum before? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review: MAC Disney Cinderella Collection

Hello Princesses!
Today I'm going to be talking about the absolutely gorgeous MAC Cinderella collection! I managed to pick up a few of the items (I'm not quite ballin' enough to buy the whole collection) and was incredibly lucky to have some vouchers to spend, because limited edition products at MAC are stupidly expensive. I believe this collection is pretty much sold out everywhere by now, but I couldn't resist showing off the gorgeous packaging! If you didn't manage to grab anything from this collection, don't be too sad because some of the products are quite honestly not my favourites.
Stroke of Midnight Palette - $44USD ($116NZD)
Eyes look entrancing in the softest browns, glimmering champagne and sparkle-flecked black of Stroke of Midnight. Transformed in specially designed pearlized light lavender blue packaging.
Shades from Left to Right:
Vapor, Phloof!, Omega, Quarry, Satin Taupe, Stroke of Midnight
I spent a long time deliberating if this palette would be worth $116, but as soon as I swatched it I was absolutely smitten! I don't have any MAC eyeshadows, so I didn't end up doubling colours since the only limited edition shadow in the collection is "Stroke of Midnight".


Iridescent Pressed Powder in Coupe D’Chic imparts a shimmering sheen that will make you the belle of the ball. Transformed in specially designed pearlized light lavender blue packaging.
I had such high hopes for this iridescent powder, but I find it rather average! Obviously the packaging is gorgeous, but the powder is just so sheer that it ends up looking like very sheer golden glitters. Even though the powder appears to be peachy pink, there is no hint of this colour in swatches or application. This confuses me, because Temtalia's swatches definitely show the peachy tone of this powder!
I applied this powder generously on the tops of my cheek bones, yet I can only see the most subtle golden shimmer. Am I doing it wrong? I really want the peachy tone of this powder to shine through!
The innovative mousse-like formula gives superior definition, volume and lift by filling in sparse lashes for a dramatic effect. This high coverage, long-lasting mascara is matched with a carefully calibrated molded brush with bristles evenly spaced in a geometric pattern to coat lashes with ample product, while keeping them separate and distinct. Lashes are left feeling supple and flexible (never brittle), clump-free and lightweight. Transformed in specially designed pearlized light lavender blue packaging.
This mascara has rubber bristles which I quite like for mascara application, because they keep my lashes separated really nicely. 
I'm intrigued at the mascara description and it does do some of the things that it states, but of course not everything! This mascara does an average job at volumizing my lashes, but a lovely job at lengthening and curling my lashes. My lashes feel flexible, lightweight, and it somehow manages to be mostly smudge-proof.
Even thought it's smudge-proof, it's surprisingly not waterproof in the slightest. I cut some onions, cried, and this happened! No rubbing or anything, just some tears!

Cinderella Lipstick in Royal Ball - $17.50USD ($44NZD)
Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Available in two sweet hues with shimmering textures. Transformed in specially designed pearlized light lavender blue packaging.
This Lustre finish lipstick is quite sheer, even on my pale skin it barely shows up in swatch photos. I've seen it described as a "Frosty Chapstick" and I do have to agree with that description!
This lipstick lightens my lips a little which I quite like, and has a frosty finish. This does show up imperfections on the lips quite badly, so it's imperative that you make sure your lips are in the best condition possible before applying the lipstick! This lasts for about two hours on my lips before wearing off, but it wears off well, so you don't end up with a ring of colour around the outside of your lips and none in the middle!
What I Love
- Beautiful packaging
- Eyeshadows have amazing quality
- Lipstick doesn't dry out my lips
- Mascara curls and lengthens really well 
- Mascara doesn't smudge throughout the day


What I Don't Love
- Mascara isn't waterproof
- Lipstick is very sheer and shows imperfections on the lips
- Iridescent powder doesn't show the colour in the pan?
Final Thoughts
I absolutely love the packaging of this collection, and apart from the Iridescent powder I find them quite easy to work with. However, I don't think this collection is that amazing, and apart from the eyeshadow palette they are all products that I could live without or find better replacements for, (although I do quite like the colour of the lipstick after a week trying to make it work for me!).

Did you manage to pick up a couple of items from this collection, or did you miss out?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Fail Product - LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about a fail product for me, but a great product for my younger sister. LUSH's No Drought Dry Shampoo was one of the first LUSH products I ever bought (excluding their bathbombs) and something that has never really worked for me! Of course just like every review I write, this isn't to say that it won't work for you, but is just my personal experience and thoughts.

"Our dry shampoo absorbs excess oils and volumizes locks, making the hair look and smell fresh without having to wash. When you don't have time or want to give you hair a break from too much washing, massage a little into your scalp and through your hair, then shake or brush out. It blends in completely, even on dark hair, to give texture and a soft, matte finish. Lemon, grapefruit and lime oils will give your hair a fruity fragrance, so you'll smell fresh too!

Features


  • Quick fix: A lifesaver on days when you wake up late and don't have time for a shower.
  • Keeps you feeling fresh: The zesty, citrus fragrance makes hair smell fresh and clean.
  • Wash wherever you go: The perfect companion for late nights and early mornings, camping, travel, music festivals and a whirlwind life!" (1)
I shake this product throughout the roots of my hair in three parts, (long thick hair problems) and distribute it evenly with my hands. This is incredibly messy due to the bottle packaging. It's vital to lean over a sink to apply this, and if possible to wear clothes you don't mind dusting with the powder itself because I can almost guarentee that you will get this Dry Shampoo everywhere.  

My hair looks voluminous after I've ruffled it up, but after brushing it through, it flattens right down and looks and feels just as greasy as before (but with added white flakes that look like dandruff). I feel like the after photo looks a little better than the before, because my hair gets a little pale after being dusted with white powder. This Dry Shampoo makes my hair look exactly the same as before, except now my clothes are also covered in in white powder and I have dandruff.

I found this review on the LUSH USA website, and apart from the fact that this product really doesn't work for me, I find it very applicable.
 
"Most Liked Negative Review

The price of environmentalism
Let's face the facts: this product is much less convenient and somewhat less effective than the kinds you can buy at the drugstore in the awful CFC cans full of weird chemicals. That's the tradeoff we have to make, and I'm okay with it, but we should be honest with ourselves.

That said, it works fine to perk up hair that's been one day without a shower and isn't particularly dirty. Putting it on and distributing it through your hair is an annoying process (Lush seriously couldn't think up any better way to get powder out of a bottle??), and the powder will get everywhere, and getting it worked in evenly so it doesn't make you look like you're going grey takes a minute. Basically the whole thing is kind of a pain, but it takes less time than shampoo and conditioner, you're not killing the planet, and one bottle lasts forever and ever. Is the trade-off worth it? That is up to you, my friend."
(1)


What I Love
- Environmentally friendly
- Inexpensive ($16.90NZD)
- Works for my sisters fine, dark blonde hair
- One bottle will last you years


What I Don't Love
- Messy
- Strong Smelling (potentially good for smelly hair though)
- Doesn't do anything for my hair other than make it look like I have dandruff and a messy cocaine addiction


Final Thoughts
I much prefer to use the Bastite Dry Shampoo for my hair, but I really wish that this Dry Shampoo worked for me so I can feel eco-friendly and look after animals. I just didn't think this product made my hair look or feel less greasy, which is of course the main reason you would use a Dry Shampoo! 

However, it works wonderfully on my younger sisters fine, dark blonde hair, so I would still suggest trying it out if you can since it's not too expensive (and lasts forever and a half!), so I will be giving my bottle to her!

Have you tried LUSH's No Drought Dry Shampoo? Did it work for your hair, or leave it as greasy as before like mine?

Friday, 20 March 2015

First Impression - TonyMoly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Tonymoly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack! I trialled two of these little sample packs during my month in Taipei, and I found them really helpful during the cold weather to rehydrate my skin!


What Is It?
"Tonymoly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack moisturizes and vitalizes skin while sleeping. Its gel type consistency allows for better absorption and the ability to penetrate deep into the skin. Pomegranate extract is an anti-oxidant that fights free radicals, creating smoother skin more elastic skin.
Directions: After nighttime cleansing, apply a generous amount all over face. Leave overnight while sleeping. Cleanse face in morning." (1)
This sleeping pack has a thick gel texture and leaves a soft matte, moisturized finish on my skin. Matte and moisturized? This gel makes my skin look matte but feel incredibly soft and moisturized, and somewhat sticky for about 30 minutes before fully absorbing. Sometimes (if I skip the sleeping pack the night before) the gel absorbs faster, but since I generally do my skincare routine an hour before I go to sleep this stickiness doesn't bother me too much as my hair is up in a lazy bun/plait and I'm trying not to touch my face anyway! 

I feel like this sleeping pack does help fade out my acne scarring and brighten my skin up because I feel like my skin looks a lot healthier and brighter when I wake up, but I don't think that two sample sachets are enough to come close to forming a solid opinion on a product. This is just the first impression that I got from the product, (obviously).

Would I Purchase This Product?
Maybe! This worked really well for me while I was in Taipei during the cold, heavily air conditioned conditions, but I'm not convinced that it would be as good in the less air conditioned conditions of New Zealand. I am pretty keen to try the full sized version too see if it helps fade my acne scarring though since it is becoming problematic again (and I can't afford the Skinfood Omija Whitening skincare *cry cry*).

Have you tried this sleeping pack? Did you see any brightening results?
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