Friday, 3 July 2015

First Impression: Etude House Sparkling Toc!s All In One Gel

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Etude House Sparkling Toc!s All In One Gel! I have no idea what a sparkling toc is, but this seems to be a lemon infused whitening serum!
 What Is It?
"Etude House Sparkling Tocs All in One Gel 130ml

Product Feature

It’s time for skin relaxation.
This is a 7-day Skin Clarifying Project for rough and dull skin.

Why we need 7 day Skin Clarifying Project.
Does your skin still look dull after applying the best product in the market?
Does your skin get really sensitive in between seasons?
Are your friends asking if you are tired today?
Then you need to go through this program.

Carbonated clear gel gives massaging effect, clarifying your skin.
Yellow bids containing Vitamin C will help loosen dead skin cell to transform skin flawless and bright.

How to Use

When your skin looks tired or dull, use it for one week.
(It is most effective when you use right amount. There is a marking on the bottle.)
Instead of your daily skincare routine, apply only this product day and night with the included spatula.
Massage gently on face avoiding eye area and apply onto your neck massaging upwards." (1)

This product is an intensive brightening serum, and it actually works pretty well! You have to use quite a lot of the serum to get an effect, and on the full size bottle it has markings on the side of the jar to show you exactly how much you should be using. 

The serum is moderately thick, not runny, but not a solid gel substance, and absorbs quite quickly into my skin. It does leave a little tackiness to my skin for about an hour, but feels and looks matte after that first hour. I found that this had a really good brightening effect and I could see results after the first use! However I can't say what the long term effect would be since I've only used this product three times.

Would I Purchase This Product?
Yes! This gel is inexpensive and seems to work really well, so I'm really interested in seeing how well it works as a 7 day treatment rather than just a 3 day treatment!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review: Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mist

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mists! I have the old packaging of these super cute facial mists, and I actually reviewed the Moist Mist on Lani Loves blog about a year ago now! I decided to purchase the Sleek Mist recently for completions sake, and review both of these mists together!
There are two different types of Pocket Bunny Mists - the Moist Mist for dry skin, and the Sleek Mist for Oily skin. They are both 60ml with a nozzle spray, and come in the cutest bunny packaging! They're a perfect handbag travel size, but not quite pocket size.
The Pocket Bunny Mist is a little taller than a regular lipstick, but a lot chubbier! The bunny head pops easily off to reveal the little spray nozzle. This mist contains Celtic water, which is apparently one of the world's finest waters, providing a good balance of minerals for optimum hydration to the skin keeping it healthy and well-replenished. It also claims to contains fruits like Peaches, Raspberries and Apples, but I cannot find a proper ingredients list anywhere! 

You can use this mist two ways, before your makeup as a light moisturizer, or after your makeup as a setting spray. I prefer to use it after my makeup to give my skin a healthy glow, and to get rid of the dry look my skin sometimes get after being powdered a little too generously. To use, just hold the bunny 20cm away from your face and mist as needed. 

"Sleek Mist: Whitening functional cosmetics. (For bright skin) Containing Camu Camu extract, Pearl extract, Mango extract, Orange extract, Celtic water."(1)
I was under the impression that this mist was for oily skin, but the new updated description says that this is actually for whitening and brightening the skin! This is just as well as I feel like this spray doesn't make my skin any less oily, or make my foundation stay matte for any longer than usual. It does leave a matter finish than the the Moist Mist, but it's not a mattifying finishing spray.
"Moist Mist: (For moist moisture) Baobab leaf extract, Peach extract, strawberry extract, raspberry extract, Celtic water. " (2)
This was the original that I purchased and loved! This is a great little mist for anyone who has dry skin or wants to moisten up a matte/dry looking foundation. 
In the Before photo, my foundation has been mattifyed with a translucent finishing powder. The Misted photo shows the mist freshly applied, (it reminds me of little raindrops!) and the After photo shows the mist after it has dried. After the mist has dried, my skin instantly looks healthier and glowier! (Super old photo from the original review, my thoughts on this mist still remain the same! ^.^)
What I Love
- Makes my skin look glowy and healthy
- Dewy finish without looking oily
- Smells lovely and fresh
- Relatively cheap
- Easy to use
- Absorbs fast, no sticky residue

What I Don't Love
- Doesn't help my makeup last any longer
- Doesn't provide much hydration as a moisturizer
- Doesn't make my skin whiter
Final Thoughts
I absolutely adore both of these little bunny mists! They can be a real saviour if I accidentally powder my face a little too much, or if my skin is just looking dry and dull, because they gives me a gorgeous dewy finish without looking oily. I wish that they helped my makeup stay longer, but personally, the cute factor kinda makes up for that! They're the perfect handbag size to bring along to work with you if you work in air conditioned environment! 

If you want super dewy, moist looking skin, I would definitely suggest the Moist Mist, but if you're after a very light hydration with almost no disturbance to the original finish of your base, then you should choose the Sleek Mist! ^.^ They're super cute, portable, and help your skin from drying out. I love both of these!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Store Review: BB Cream Boutique

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my shopping experience with BB Cream Boutique! I stumbled upon this store while searching for the elusive sold out four shades of Etude House's Lovely Cookie Blushers! I found out that I could add these items to my cart and quickly emailed them to check if they were actually in stock or just a stock error! BB Cream Boutique emailed me back within 12 hours to confirm that they were there in real life and that there was only one of one shade left, so I ended up grabbing all four as soon as possible because I'm a massive hoarder!

Website Practicality
I found this website very pleasing to shop on, the only odd quirk is that there is no "sign up" page! You can create an account while you check out an order, but not beforehand which I find really quite odd. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate, aesthetically pleasing and overall lovely to use.

Price Comparison
The shipping price on BB Cream Boutique is MUCH higher than I would like it to be. The good news is that the shipping didn't increase with three more blushes, but as it is it is quite expensive. The price on the blusher itself is comparable to most sites, albeit on the higher side. I will just point out that the shipping at BB Cream Boutique is tracked and super fast (5 working days), while the other two stores are un-tracked and do take a while to get to New Zealand (20-40 working days).

BB Cream Boutique
Blusher $8.99 + Shipping $18.00 = $26.99

Cosmetic Love
Blusher $6.94 + Shipping $0.00 = $6.94

Blusher $4.66 + Shipping $4.25 = $8.91

Shipping and Packaging
My order cost $18NZD in shipping for the four blushes (dividing up into $4.50 for each blush), and I placed my order on the 11th of May. It was shipped on the 12th of May and arrived at my house on the 18th of May! I was really glad that this expensive shipping came with a tracking number for my own peace of mind! 

My package was well wrapped in a bubble wrap packet, inside a box with big bubble wrap, and generous samples in a SUPER CUTE Etude House bag! I love the cute little extra touch of the little baggie filled with samples rather than them being thrown throughout the box, it's just adorable!
I picked up the four extremely hard to find shades of the Etude House Lovely Cookie Blushers!  I actually found two of these shades while I was in Taipei, but didn't end up picking them up because I didn't think I had the space to bring them back. I kicked myself so hard when I came back and couldn't find these online! ><

This is the lightest of the pink shades and it's so super cute! It's really, REALLY light, so I can imagine this looking incredibly chalky on darker skin, it barely shows up on my fair skin as it is!
This is the lightest of the Orange shades, and is quite truly orange rather than a Peach shade, which surprised me a little. It's still a lovely shade though!

This is a gorgeous Lavender shade, and actually my first purple toned blush! It's nowhere near as scary on the skin as it looks in the pan, looking rather like a very, very cool toned pink rather than a purple.

This is the darkest of all the shades, and it's amazing! I did find it a little hard to blend evenly, so it's easier for me to use a duo-fibre brush to apply it so it's not too heavy handed. It's super pigmented, and just gorgeous!

What I Love
- Extremely fast shipping (5 business days)
- Amazing customer service
- Stock hard to find items
- Easy to navigate website
- Safely (and cutely) packed shipping

What I Don't Love
- Quite expensive shipping at $18USD for International shipping ($6USD US Shipping)
- Relatively small range of products

Final Thoughts
Although the customer service was amazing, and the shipping was super quick, I'm not sure how often I could justify shopping with BB Cream Boutique because their shipping is much higher than I would usually allow for my budget! I wouldn't hesitate to purchase with them if they had a limited edition product in stock that I needed, or something that I needed really quickly, but for general orders I would shop elsewhere, solely based on the shipping expense.

I would absolutely recommend shopping with BB Cream Boutique if you are based in the USA because they have a flat shipping rate of $6USD and it is super fast! The website is lovely to navigate, the customer service is amazing and they do stock some hard to find items. International orders will be faced with a larger shipping bill than they may be able to budget, so be aware of that before ordering. ^.^

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Dark Rhinestone Manicure

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you another super cute manicure using nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store! ^.^

These rhinestones are quite big, and completely flat on the back so they don't fit the nails very well. I don't believe that the smallest size is 2mm, because they are much bigger than the pearls and rhinestones that I already own in that size.
These rhinestone are really beautiful, but on the whole just too big for me to incorporate successfully into manicures. I think they would be amazing on regular deco den phone cases though because they reflect a lot of different colours and they're nicely shaped with the flat top! But they overwhelm my nails, even when using the smallest sizes.

Thank you so much to Born Pretty Store for sending these to me for review You can use my coupon code LPP10K31 for 10% off your order! ^.^
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