23 April 2014

Review: Lioele Speedy Oneshoot BB Cleanser

Hello! This is a review of the Lioele Speedy Oneshoot BB Cleanser. This product is available in two different versions: One in a handy pump-dispenser bottle containing 135ml and one in a normal plastic bottle with 55ml only. I bought the smaller 55ml bottle to try out this product.

The description on the bottle is all Korean, but you can find English product descriptions on Lioele's English websites: The Lioele Speedy Oneshoot BB Cleanser is a makeup-remover, which is supposed to gently removes traces of adhesive BB cream. A lather like whipped-cream is supposed to thoroughly wash away makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft and soothed. It is also said that the oil transforms into a rich, mild foam upon contact with water and that the product gives your skin a fresh feeling of moisture due to ingredients like natural vegetable oil, which soothes skin and forms a moisture barrier.

When you first look at the product it is hard to believe that it is supposed to create a lathe like whipped-cream, because the appearance of this cleanser is the one of clear water, though the texture is rather the one of oil. Like all Lioele face care/cleansing products I have tried so far, the Lioele Speedy Oneshoot BB Cleanser has a significant perfume-like scent. I find the idea of a cleanser having such a strong artificial scent a bit off-turning, but have to admit that the scent itself is very much to my liking (though rather as a perfume, not a cleanser).

You are supposed to dispense an adequate amount of the cleanser and gently massage the face with the foam using a circular upward motion. However, I must say that, after reading of a "lather like whipped-cream" the result was very disappointing. It's far away from resembling anything like whipped cream, in fact it can hardly be described as "foam".

Even though the so-called foam does not live up to its description at at all, it is still sufficient and you can get enough of it with using just a tiny amount of the product. Given what little amount I used I was actually surprised how my face was indeed cleaned thoroughly! After cleansing my face with this cleanser once and going over it with a cotton pad there was not one single trace of BB cream left on the pad, so I am rather impressed. 
The cleanser seemed mild in the sense that it did not sting in my eyes at all, but I still had the feeling that my skin felt a bit tense and rather dry after using it. For me that's not a big problem, because my ski is extremely oily to begin with, but for people with dry skin this product might not be ideal.

Cleanse face very thoroughly
135ml version comes in handy pump dispenser
Only a tiny amount of product needed

Leaves skin feeling a bit dry
Strong artificial perfume-like scent (though it does smell good!)

21 April 2014

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17 April 2014

Review: Canmake Colorful Nails #52 Sandy Brown

Hello! ~ This is a review of the Canmake Colorful Nails nail color in shade #52 Sandy Brown. This is my first nail color from Canmake and so far all Japanese nail colors I have tried have been rather disappointing due to their sheerness.  Luckily this one proved to be an exception. Canmake's Colorful nail line is probably their biggest, with 44 different colors available, as well as 3 topcoats and bases. Each comes in a crystal-shaped bottle and costs 360Yen.

No. 52 Sandy Brown probably got its name from all the tiny different sparkling particles in it, and not from its color, because the brown shade does not look like the one of sand at all, but is instead a rich copper brown. It is supposed to be "a sedate pearly brown that's perfect as an accent to the marine theme. For a sophisticated, fashionable look", according to Canmake.
The bottle is rather small, but I could not find out how much nail polish it actually contains as neither the bottle nor Canmake's official website gives any information on that. Fitting the small size of the bottle the brush is also rather tiny. At first I thought it would make applying the nail color very difficult, but it turned out to work just fine. Canmake claims that it is 2mm longer than conventional nail polish applicators and therefore very easy to use.

According to Canmake this line "uses a long-lasting base formulation that has superb shine and is easy to apply" and it is also supposed to be quick-drying.
For me the Canmake Colorful Nails turned out to be a surprise because of its really good coverage, compared to other Japanese nail colors. For my very low nail polish standards one layer is completely satisfying to me, if you are more demanding you will probably find two layers to be perfect for an even coverage. The color is also really pretty. Beware, the accurate color is a bit hard to capture on photos, because the pearly shine makes it look a bit different depending from what ankle you look on your nails.

The only thing I could possibly complain about is that the nail color isn't more long-lasting than most other ones I have tried, but since nowadays all nail colors claim to be long-lasting, that was probably to be expected. I think if I ever plan on purchasing more nail colors from Japan, I will stick to the Canmake ones, because so far they are the best ones I have tried.

Affordable price
Beautiful color
Easy to apply
Good coverage

Not "long-lasting", but average

12 April 2014

Review: Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose

Hello! ~I already reviewed the Skinfood Rose Essence Moist Make Up Fixer from the same line here, today I will review the Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher in #4 Orange Rose. This pretty blusher comes in a compact box with an adorable rose design on it. Don't confuse it with the Skinfood Rose Essense Blusher, which is a powder blusher from an older release. The Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher is available in 6 different shades containing 3.5g each.

Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose Review
Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose Review

#04 Orange Rose is exactly what the name suggests: A pretty mixture of orange and soft pink. One of the main ingredients is rose extract and it smells like roses, exactly like the makup fixer.

Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose Review

The blusher is described as a "cream moisture type" blusher and that explains it pretty well. The blush is very creamy, but at the same time very moist, almost a bit oily.

Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose Review

The texture seems a bit messy at first, but is very easy to work with. It can be applied easily and can be smudged into your skin to make it look even easily, too. There is a mirror inside the lid, so you can use it on the way, but I would suggest not to use it anywhere where you cannot wash your hands, as it will stick to your fingers a lot.
The color pay-off of this blusher can be really intense or just sheer, depending on how much you apply of it, as it is very build-able.

Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4 Orange Rose Review

I like this blusher a lot - The color is very pretty, it is easy to use and very universal. You can go for the overblush-look, if that is what you like, or go for a natural look by dabbing just a tiny amount on your cheeks. There is a slightly "dewy" finish to it, and while I don't like this finish in BB Creams, foundations or powder, as it makes my skin look greasy, I don't mind it on my cheeks only.

I can fully recommend this product and am considering the purchase of more shades, though I already own more blushers than I can use up in all my life.

Beautiful packing
Pretty color
Easy to smudge
Nice scent

Application can be a bit messy due to texture