08 September 2014

Review: Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam

Hello! ~I already reviewed a very similar product a while ago - the Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash. Today I will review another product from the same line, the Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam. This cleanser comes in a 150ml tube which has pretty much the same design as the Powder Wash: Not very appealing, looking a bit like some kind of household product.

Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam Review
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam Review

The Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam is formulated with harrogate carbonated water to provide minerals to your skin. It is supposed to have the ability to alleviate skin diseases by reducing itching and keeping skin as clean and fresh. The cleansing foam also contains baking powder and tea tree extract for sebum and pore control.

While there is no English ingredient list ( or no English description even) available on the packing, luckily I was able to find one on the Holika Holika webpage: 
Water, Myristic Acid,Glycerin, Potasium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Peg-32,Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Polyethylene,Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Palm Kernelamide Dea,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose  , Lactose,Sucrose , Ultramarines,Mineral Water, Propylparaben, Bht,Methylparaben, Disodium Edta,Sodium Bicarbonate, Butylene Glycol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract , Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract , Fragrance 

Water,Myristic Acid,Glycerin,Potasium Hydroxide,Stearic Acid,Peg-32,Glycol Distearate,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Polyethylene,Glyceryl Stearate,Peg-100 Stearate,Palm Kernelamide Dea,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Microcrystalline Cellulose  ,Lactose,Sucrose ,Ultramarines,Mineral Water,Propylparaben,Bht,Methylparaben,Disodium Edta,Sodium Bicarbonate,Butylene Glycol,Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract ,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract ,Fragrance - See more at: http://www.holikaholika.ca/products/cleansing/soda-pore-cleansing-bb-deep-cleansing-foam/#sthash.JIgpltqi.dpuf
Water,Myristic Acid,Glycerin,Potasium Hydroxide,Stearic Acid,Peg-32,Glycol Distearate,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Polyethylene,Glyceryl Stearate,Peg-100 Stearate,Palm Kernelamide Dea,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Microcrystalline Cellulose  ,Lactose,Sucrose ,Ultramarines,Mineral Water,Propylparaben,Bht,Methylparaben,Disodium Edta,Sodium Bicarbonate,Butylene Glycol,Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract ,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract ,Fragrance - See more at: http://www.holikaholika.ca/products/cleansing/soda-pore-cleansing-bb-deep-cleansing-foam/#sthash.JIgpltqi.dpu
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam Review

The foam comes out of the tube as a white cream with small blue dots in it. It has, like all products with baking powder I have tried so far, a citrus scent. When you mix it with water and rub it together you get a very thick lather. The product is very efficient as you only need a tiny amount of it to get a rich lather. I had to get used to how little you actually need to cover all your face and used way too much of it in the beginning.


Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam Review
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam Review

The cleansing foam works amazing for removing makeup thoroughly, without leaving any trace and while the Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash offered no improvement of my skin at all, the Soda Pore Cleansing BB Deep Cleansing Foam actually does. After using this daily for a while, I had noticeable less pimples. Especially the small white hard knobs that you sometimes get under your skin were a major problem for me before I started using this product, but were reduced drastically after a while. Unfortunately the cleansing foam didn't seem to have any effect on blackheads (especially around my nose area) and big pores, as well as sebum control for me, but I am still quite content, because some improvement on my skin's condition is better than no improvement at all.  I don't plan to repurchase this, but will continue to search for a product that might improve my skin even more, but among all the cleansers I have tried so far, this is one of the better ones.

 
Very efficient, as only a tiny amount is needed
Removes makeup thoroughly
Less pimples

 
No improvement regarding sebum
Poor packing design

01 September 2014

Review: Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur

Hello! ~ I feel kind of bad for taking so long with some of my reviews. This product is one I had for almost a year now! Past time for a review of the Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks in the shade #3 Fairy Orange Fleur. I am a big Canmake fan. Canmake products are cheap and have a decent quality, but often the look of the products is rather boring. The Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks is an amazing blusher that caught my attention because of the design: There is a really beautiful flower design imprinted on the blusher.

Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review
Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review
Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review

Canmake advertises this blusher to have the "staying power worthy of a cream blush" and claims that it doesn't "feel powdery", but clings to your skin like a cream blusher. I wish I could give you any statement about this, but I am actually a big fan of powder blushers, and had never any problems with powder blushers not having enough staying power or feeling powdery, so this powder blusher works perfectly fine for me - just like most other powder blushers I have tried. 
It is also supposed to have "sebum-absorbing powder (silica)" to prevent make-up run. Now, that's great and something I could need, as I have very oily skin, but yet again my cheeks are pretty much the only area of my face that doesn't get extremely oily, so I can't really benefit from this.
This powder is available in 5 different shades and I love all of them, so it was hard to decide which one to get. In the end I settled for shade 3, which is supposed to be "A juicy clear orange for a stylish impression." There is a decent shimmer in the color, but nothing that will make your cheeks look shiny or weird. The pretty flower pattern consists of 4 different colors, of which only one is really orange, two light pink, one medium pink and a white one. The pattern is so pretty, it is almost painful to destroy it by using this blusher.

Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review
Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review
Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review

The blusher comes with its own small brush, which I LOVE, because I can take this with me, without having to carry around my huge blusher brush. The brush is small, but completely sufficient for its purpose.

Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review

The color this blusher gives you is a pretty warm orange-pink. The color is very build-able, meaning you can go for a very natural soft blush, as well as an overblush-look, depending on how much you apply of the this product.

Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #3 Fairy Orange Fleur Review

I love the Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks. While I cannot really benefit much from all the cool stuff this promises, it works perfectly fine for me as a blusher ,and both the color as well as the look of the product are amazing.


 
Beautiful product design
Reasonable price
Comes with own brush
Pretty color


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25 August 2014

Review: GEO Super Nudy Blue XCH-622 Circle Lenses

Hello! ~ This is a review of the GEO Super Nudy Blue XCH-622 Circle Lenses.








Type: 
Soft Contact Lens
Diameter:
14.8mm 
Water Content:
38%
Base Curve:
8.6mm
Manufacturer:
GEO Medical
Disposable:
1 Year (I don't suggest to wear them for longer than 3 months)





The Super Nudy circle lens line by GEO is available in 5 different colors and comes in the typical GEO Medical vials with the GEO Authenticity Check sticker on them. There is also a similar line available by GEO, called "Nudy" only, so don't confuse these two!

Design: The design is the "typical" GEO circle lens design to me, same as their classical GEO Angel lens design, with minor alterations. There isn't much of a pattern inside of the circle. As the lenses are semi-transparent, the light gray pattern inside is hardly noticeable. The only thing  that is very striking is the dark circle around the lens. I would have preferred it if wasn't all that prominent, which is what the regular Nudy line lenses looks like. However, the regular Nudy lenses are much smaller in diameter and therefore useless to me. Sadly the dark circle is way too noticeable to have them pass as "natural looking".



Color: The color looks very different than on GEO's official product pictures. While on the picture it appears to be a dark gray-blue, the actual color is very light and almost a bit turquoise. However, because of the semi-transparent color, the lens's color will mix up with your natural eye color and look different on each person. On my light green eyes the lenses appear to be a very bright and striking light blue.



Enlargement: My circle lens motto is "the bigger, the better" and usually 15mm is my favorite diameter. However, these lenses with their diameter of 14.8mm, combined with the design, mainly the dark circle, give a pretty good enlargement effect. Size-effect-wise I cannot notice any difference to 15mm lenses.



Comfort: I always have to say that my eyes are very sensitive and don't react well to many lenses when writing my reviews, meaning a lens that wasn't very comfortable for me, might be okay for everyone else. For me the GEO XTRA line is one of the most comfortable, so I am always very disappointed when I try out new GEO lenses and they cannot keep up with that comfort. Sadly the GEO Super Nudy Blue XCH-622 Circle Lenses are such a case. Their comfort is average at best. I find them tolerable when I am outside, but whenever I am inside with indoor air, I can feel them in my eyes constantly. I also catch myself fumbling in my eyes all the time while wearing them and my eyes feel quite exhausted once I take them out. 1-2 hours only are the tolerable max for me, while I could wear GEO Xtra lenses or hours without noticing them much. 



I am not really convinced by these lenses. While the design and color are nice, the comfort isn't acceptable to me. These turned out to be some of the lenses which I only wore 3 or 4 times other than for taking photos. If your eyes don't tend to react sensitive to lenses, you should still go for them if you like the design. I have read other bloggers rate lenses I did not find comfortable as "very comfortable" before. If you have very sensitive eyes though, these will not be your best choice.

 Comfort:
 
 Design:
 ♥♥♥
 Color:
 ♥♥♥♥
Enlargement:
 ♥♥♥


19 August 2014

Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off

Hello! ~ This is a review of the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off. I tried a sample of the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off before and did not like it, because it looked gross and smelled unpleasantly. However, I love Strawberries, so I gave this similar product a try. The mask comes in a 100ml pot with a pretty and deliberately old-fashioned looking design, which I like a lot.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review
Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review

The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask contains black sugar from Brazil which, according to Skinfood, is full of minerals which adhere to your skin gently. It also contains strawberry seeds and strawberry seed oil for a "refreshing strawberry fragrance". Of course, like all fruit extracts, strawberry extracts are good for your skin too, but Skinfood's description makes it look like they took their Black Sugar Mask and added strawberries, because many people thought that the original mask looked and smelled weird, like I did.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review

The mask itself looks like mashed strawberries with sugar grains and indeed smells like strawberries, though very natural and not the artificial "bubblegum strawberry scent", so that's very pleasant.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review
Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review

The mask is supposed to exfoliate your skin and leave it clean and feeling fresh. The black sugar grains are quite big and can feel very rough when massaged onto your face, but Skinfood suggests to add water or toner while massaging to avoid irritations. I use it without water when I apply it, and then add water to massage it into my skin once again before washing it off, and I have not experienced any irritations, despite having very sensitive skin.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review

The mask is a bit unpleasant to wear, it looks very weird and is a bit sticky. It also doesn't dry up like many other face masks, so you have the sticky mass like this on your face all the time, but I really absolutely love the result of this mask! After using the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask my skin feels so incredibly smooth and as soft as a baby's bottom! I don't dare using this too often, because I fear it might irritate my skin after all, but once a week causes no problems at all and works very well for me. 

 
Nice design
Pleasant scent
Makes skin incredibly smooth


Can be a bit harsh on skin