Monday, 25 May 2015

Fail Product: Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Etude House Nymph Aura Volumers! I had 10 testers of each of the different formulas of the Volumer in the hopes that they would make my skin look gorgeous and dewy like the beautiful Korean actresses and models that I see everywhere. Uhhh, they did not work like that for me.
"Nymph Aura Volumer is a multi-functional cream that maximizes the radiance and dewy glow on skin. Completes your look with a flawless finish with plumped and moisturised skin. Create a celebrity glow by mixing it with any liquid foundation, base, or BB cream to give skin a moist radiant look. Contains Argan Oil and Avacado Oil for anti-oxidant and skin elasticity care. 

Directions: Apply evenly on skin with 1:3 mix of BB cream of foundation. Use foundation brush or BB brush for perfect blending. When used for highlighting, apply on the nose, forehead, and cheekbones with only the volumer.

Dewy Finish

01 Pure Nymph Aura
This is by far the worst of the three formulas for me. It's ridiculously sticky, to the point that I can't wear it as a highlighter or in combination with a base because my hair sticks to my face if I don't set it with powder - thus mattifying and nullifying the effects of the volumer. 
This volumer isn't very popular in comparison to the other two formulas, and I can see why. Even though it gives a gorgeous radiant glow when mixed with a BB Cream, it sheers out the formula of BB Creams and medium coverage foundations and provides no coverage for acne scarring or blemishes. 
This volumer is ridiculously sticky. It makes it impossible to wear on my cheekbones or nose bridge because my hair will literally get stuck to it, a bit like lipgloss. Long haired girls know the issue all too well. Used as a highlight, this volumer makes my skin look oily, and accentuates pores and fine lines which is not cute either. 
Mixing this volumer with a BB Cream doesn't have the best result, it accentuates my pores and uneven skintone, while sheering out the coverage of the BB Cream, doing nothing for my scarring. I hate the tackiness of this product, and it doesn't work as a highlighter or in conjunction with a base. Total fail.
02 Brilliant Nymph Aura
The second formula is more of a hit with me! It has a thin, pearlescent formula with hints of pink and purple throughout. It's not quite perfect though, I wish the formula was a little thicker and more pigmented, it's quite sheer.
It looks gorgeous mixed with a BB Cream, but just like the other formulas, it sheers out the coverage so much.
 When applied as a highlighter this volumer is not my favourite. It looks more like oil than highlighter and is still quite sticky even though the formula isn't tacky. I need to set it with a powder to stop it sticking to my hair, but some of that radiance shines through the powder!
I do quite like this volumer mixed with a BB Cream. It gives a really lovely radiant glow, and doesn't make my face feel sticky or tacky. It does sheer it out quite a lot which means that I need to use a concealer to cover blemishes. This does make my routine much longer, but it does give me a lovely glow! A great option would be to use your regular BB Cream/Foundation in the contour areas and a mixture of BB/Foundation and Volumer in the highlighted areas (especially for me since my scarring is in the contour area's).
03 Transparent Nymph Aura
This formula for this product is like an improved version of the first! It's much thinner and less tacky, but like the second formula it's very sheer and gives off an almost oily appearance.
I found that this one made my BB Cream very sheer, but didn't interfere with the finish other than giving me less coverage. My pores were not enhanced by adding this product, and it did make my skin look moisturised and plump.
 I don't particularly love it as a highlighter, like the others it makes my skin look oily rather than highlighted, and makes my hair stick to it just like the other formula's, but I did find that it accentuated my pores and fine lines much more than the other two formulas.
I found this volumer to be very average mixed with my BB Cream, it accentuated my pores, fine lines and any bumps or lumps on my face. It sheered out the coverage of my BB Cream and didn't give me any
What I Love
- Brilliant Nymph Aura gives a gorgeous glow
- Easy to mix with Foundation/BB Cream and apply
- Well priced

What I Don't Love
- Too sticky (sticks to hair like a lip gloss)
- Sheers out foundation/BB Cream, not good for scarring and blemishes
- Some formulas accentuate pores and uneven skin-tone
Final Thoughts
All three of these Nymph Aura Volumers were fails for me really, though the Pure Nymph Aura was by far the worst! I don't mind the Brilliant Nymph Aura, but I think that for my skin right now it's not really a good product, because I need a bit of coverage for my scarring. I could use it with a really full coverage foundation, but to be honest I don't own one because I'm too poor to buy the one I want at the moment. ><

I would definitely recommend trying #02 Brilliant Nymph Aura if you're looking to make a base much more luminous, and #03 Transparent Nymph Aura if you're looking to make your base look more moisturised! ^.^

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Review: Arllin CC Cream

Hello Princesses!
Today I'm going to be talking about the Arllin CC Cream! This was kindly sent to me for review by Cosmetic Love. ^.^
1. Rich moisturizing: The first virtue of a CC cream is rich and enough moisture. This does not result fro simple increase in moisture. How it would be preserved inside the skin is more significant. So we must effectively combine a variety of moisturizing ingredients. Moisturizing ingredients like marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, meadowfoam-oil, portulaca oleracea L., etc. can awaken 'water vitality' deep inside our skin. 

2. Natural covering: It is covering that shines with invisible but fine cream particles with differences in delicate densify. Not that big but bothersome blemishes and the ubiquity of irregular skin tones are now a story of the past. 

3. Triple skin care/Whitening: Women have long dreamed of 'white skin-color. It is compared to a white jade' and pure white snow that covers the whole world with it is absolute beauty. Arllin CC Cream keeps its wish to resemble light and clear nature. 

4. Wrinkle care: In order to lift up deep furrows, it is very important to understand the mechanism by which they are lined up. Could the products you have met to date solve this problem? Arllin is here for you to present you with thoughtful understandings and perfect solutions for your dear skin.
The packaging of this CC Cream is absolutely gorgeous, I really love the gold cap! It's also really functional, the tube is able to stand up on the cap without falling over, and the squishy tube deflates as the product is used so you always know how much product you have left.
The tube is topped with a pump, which is convenient and hygienic!

This CC Cream is a little thicker in texture than most of the CC Cream's that I've tried, and has a lovely warm to slightly neutral tone. It's easy enough to spread, but can get a little streaky if I use my fingers to bend it into my skin. I much prefer to use a sponge or my Etude House Air puff to apply it because it just gives a better finish! It's very similar in colour to the Missha Signature Complete BB Cream in the shade 13!
I honestly find it quite odd that they use this colour on models that have much darker skin, (scroll to the bottom of this link to see) they look like they have ghostly faces. I understand that having pale skin is seen as a good thing (or at least this is what the description of this product tells me,) but it just looks very odd to me. If you're skin is MAC NC15 or above, this is just going to be too light for you to use. If you enjoy the Missha Signature Complete BB Cream in the shade 13, you will love the colour of this product.
I absolutely adore the finish this CC Cream gives me! It's got really natural coverage which means that my acne scarring is still quite visible, but it gives my skin a really moisturised looking glow, which is much preferable to me in comparison to coverage. The colour blends quite well with my natural skin colour, and it does get a little oily around my T-Zone after 6 hours, but this is manageable. Look instead at how smooth my skin looks, I love it! It also blurs the fine lines around my eyes perfectly.

What I Love
-Elegant, functional packaging
- Good price at $23USD
- Gives skin a natural, moisturised glow
- Blurs fine lines around the eyes perfectly
- SPF37
- Similar colour to Missha Signature Complete BB Cream in the shade 13

What I Don't Love
- Very little coverage
- A little hard to blend with fingers
- Only one colour, suited for very fair skin (good for me, not great for everyone)
Final Thoughts
I really love this CC Cream! All of the points that I don't love about the product are points that I can either get around (hard to blend with fingers, but easy to blend with sponge), or are points that I don't necessarily mind (little coverage, I don't really care - Only one colour, it's my colour). I absolutely love that it gives my skin such a smooth moisturised glow, and I would definitely prefer to trade higher coverage for a smoother, more natural look for everyday wear.

I would definitely suggest trying out this CC Cream if you have very pale, warm/neutral skin-tone, and are wanting a natural, yet moisturised look. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone MAC NC15 or darker, or anyone who has very oily skin as this is likely to make you look very shiny.
Thank you so much to Cosmetic Love for sending me this product for review! ^.^ If you would like to try out the Arllin CC Cream, you can find it here!

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.
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