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.

Soft Contact Lens
Water Content:
Base Curve:
GEO Medical
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.


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

11 August 2014

Review: Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream

Hello! ~ Today I will review the Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream for you. This is another product that was  was kindly sponsored to me by W2Beauty, a store specializing on Korean beauty products. This CC Cream comes in a simple designed 35ml tube, which has a handy and hygienic pump dispenser. The outer packing is also quite simple, but still somewhat elegant looking, made of a solid craft paper-like material with some nice flower imprinting on it. This CC Cream is available in two different versions: "Brightening" and "Cover". I don't care for brightening and I have also heard this version had a "dewy" finish, which I don't like, so I went for the Cover one.

Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream Review
Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream Review

According to Innisfree "this cover up CC cream is formulated with serum's abundant moisturizing ingredients to provide delicate sleekness and contains skin tone powder to naturally cover skin imperfections." It also has a sun protection of SPF35 / PA++.
Sadly the rest of the text on the box is in Korean only, so I have no clue about the product's ingredient list. Innisfree is known for using lots of plant extracts though and the scent of the CC Cream reminds me of a mixture of calendula and sunblocker scent.

Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream Review

I have not tried many CC Creams so far, but the ones I tried usually worked like this: You have a white cream that contains many tiny (not really visible) colored balls, and if you start rubbing the CC Cream on your face, these burst and let out the color, meaning you start out with a white product on your face and adjust the color by rubbing the cream into your skin. Personally I have not been the greatest fan of this kind of application, because I like to apply BB Cream/ CC Cream / Foundation on my face very lightly and then apply slightly thicker layers on areas that need extra cover, like under my eyes, around my nose, on red spots and so on - basically like a concealer. But since you have a white cream with the usual products, you cannot just apply it like that, but need to rub the cream in thoroughly and the more you rub it in, the thiner the layer gets, which makes covering up single imperfections much more difficult. The Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream is different - It is the first CC Cream that isn't white, but comes out of the tube in something close to its final shade. When I swatched it on my hand, my first impression was that the CC Cream had a slightly orange undertone that did not match my skin very well, at least not the one on my hand. However, when applied, the CC Cream adjusted really well to my skin tone, and was much paler and white-shaded than what I expected.

Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream Review

The coverage of the Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream is just perfect for my taste: It evens out my skin tone, hides minor blemishes just well, without making my face look mask-like or caky and gives my face a matte finish. It combines the lightweight texture of a CC Cream with the decent coverage of a light BB Cream and works really well for me. It's neither too creamy, nor too liquid, easy to apply and easy to blend. The oil control of this product is average - I guess it will work very well on normal skin, though it struggles with my extremely oily skin after a few hours, which is something I already expected.

Innisfree CC Cover Serum CC Cream Review

As far as CC Creams go, this is the best product I have tried so far. I am quite fond of it and love using it during the hot summer days. I also love how you can adjust the coverage you need as it is very built-able with multiple layers. I certainly can recommend this and it made me want to try out more Innisfree CC- and BB Creams in the future. If this product caught your interest, you can purchase it from W2Beauty here.

Hygienic pump dispenser
Decent coverage
Easy to blend
Color adjusts well

Oil control is average

05 August 2014

Review: Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige

Hello! ~ This is a review of the Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige. I am sorry for the photos of this review not being of the greatest quality. I had this item for so long and wanted to finally review it, but waiting for a day with good lighting conditions just didn't make the whole issue any faster. This is one of the items that most certainly did not catch my attention because of its packing design, which is plane boring/ugly, but because I was in Japan at the time I bought it, and had forgotten to take any concealer with me. The humid weather at that time didn't really allow for much makeup, so I needed a concealer, and one that stayed on even with a lot of sweat on your face. I am not sure how much product this contains, as neither the packing nor Canmake's official site give any information on that, but I would say it is pretty much an average size concealer.

Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review
Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review

The Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV has a SPF25/PA++ sun protection. I am, to be honest, not too fond of this, because whenever you apply sun protection, your skin doesn't tan as fast as without one. I already have this problem with BB Creams with sun protection: The skin on my face is much lighter in summer than the rest of my body, which looks odd. Now imagine you are covering single blemishes on your face. It does not pay a big role if you wear BB cream, foundation or powder with sun protection as well, but if you want to use this product only, it might end up looking weird, if you always tend to apply it on the same areas.

Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review

The concealer has a soft applicator tip that makes it easy to apply the product to both larger areas and more tricky areas. According to Canmake, it is pigment-free, perfume-free, alcohol-free, has non-chemical UV filters, flexible stretchy powder, light-diffusing powder and contains conditioning and sebum-absorbing powder, botanical moisturizing agents, moisturizing/skin-protecting agent, skin-firming agents.

Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review

The formulation is supposed to cover pigmentation irregularities, pores and fine lines and prevent your make-up from running or creasing. The waterproof formulation is supposed to be resistant to water, sweat and sebum, and control stickiness, shininess and dullness of your skin. I can 100% agree with this. As I said in the beginning, I was looking for a concealer that would work well, even with a lot of sweating, and this concealer stays where it is supposed to be, even on a very hot and humid summer day. It is also extremely easy to apply: I sometimes have the problem with concealer, that I apply it on a red spot for example and want to dab it in so it blends with my skin, but the more I dab, the more I start to remove it from the actual spot I wanted to cover. The Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV has an awesome texture, which gives you perfect coverage, but lets you blend the concealer with your ski quite well. It also works amazing on lines on your face! While other concealers would collect in the creases under my eyes, this doesn't happen with this product at all, and even dry patches can be covered up with this quite well, making the areas you covered look much smoother! 

Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review

What's also great is that this concealer is available in 3 different shades: #01 Light Beige, #02 Natural Beige and #03 Ochrel Beige, which makes it easier to find a color that matches your skin tone. I was lucky that I was able to actually try it out in the store, and #02 comes really close to my natural skin color, being just slightly too yellow-shaded. According to Canmake, the lightest shade can also be used as a highlighter, and the darkest shade for conturing.

Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV #02 Natural Beige Review

I know that the Canamke Cover & Strech Concealer UV doesn't look like a very interesting product just by the look of the packing design, but this is really the best concealer I have ever tried! Can fully recommend this and will probably stick to Canmake concealers in the future! 

Very reasonable price
Comes in 3 different shades
Very good coverage
Easy to blend 
Evens out fine lines

No English description
Poor packing design