Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pinkicon Circle Lens Giveaway Winner!

Thank you very much to all those who joined the Pinkicon Yearly Lens Giveaway!

I have finally chosen a winner via random and it is Rae Megan of Siren7.

I will contact you about the details of your winning. 

Thank you again for everyone who joined. stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Friday, May 8, 2015

iSOi ACNI Dr. 1st Control Essence Review

One of my favorite brands that I have tried through BNT is iSOi (I'm so intelligent). I have reviewed the Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum twice, and have also reviewed the Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic and the Bulgarian Rose Intensive Energizing Cream. All of which I really enjoyed. 

Hoping that this would be as good as the others, I tried it out excitedly. But to be completely honest, I'm slightly disappointed with this product.  

The ACNI Dr. 1st Control Essence is actually one of the 4 products and the 3rd step in the ACNI Dr. line from the brand. 


Purified water, glycerin, dodder seed extract, extract the crowd, ethanol (plant fermentation), Xanthan Gum, Sodium hyaluronidase, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, macadamia seed oil, glyceryl stearate SE, sunflower seed oil, Mysore Grief stearate, betaine, shea butter, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, fruit Rosehip oil, tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, sodium citrate, White Willow leaf extract, olive leaf extract, licorice extract, Equisetum arvense extract, extract of rape West , Houttuynia cordata extract, Centella asiatica extract, beta-glucans, chestnut shell extract, extract gallnut, gold extract, peony root extract, damask rose flower oil

The line aims to calm sensitive skin and ease skin troubles like acne and protect it from future irritations without blocking the pores. It is made from natural products and does not contain any chemical ingredients. It is particularly aimed for those who have skin troubles and oily to combination skin. 

This product really gives me the vibe of "use me, I'll heal you" clinical look: blue and white color theme and simple packaging. 

The essence is white in color and has a slippery, gel-like texture.  Although this is not part of the Bulgarian Rose line, it smells like the other Bulgarian Rose products which basically smells like roses. 

One of the major causes of acne is excess sebum production and clogged pores which is why this product particularly targets oily to combination skin types. My disappointment stems from this.  Because of it's drying properties which is good for those who excessively produces oil, it really dried up my skin.  Although I have now transitioned to combination skin type due to weather conditions, my skin is still borderline dry so this product just gave me horrible dry patches after I used it for a couple of days.  I also have no problem with acne or breakouts so this really didn't help at all.  While I really enjoyed the Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum which also targets breakouts, it was way milder than this one. 

I see this as a good product and my disappointment with it is more on it not being compatible with my skin type.  

I still believe that iSOi delivers great quality products but regretfully this one is not for me. 

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin Review

The basics of makeup is contour and highlight. It gives depth and definition to the face. Once you get that down, say hello to fabulous!

Too Cool for School brings you this contouring kit that has 3 shades to shape and define your face creating natural three-dimensional contours.

The packaging is very organic and artistic looking. Something that reminds me of art and history class. Here's something cool that comes with the box... Printed inside is a background on Rodin, the inspiration for this contour kit. 

So as an inspiration and tribute to this sculptor, the brand had created this kit and as I mentioned earlier it has 3 shades for contouring and highlight. 

The lightest shade is more of a nude color. If you're really fair then this would create a very very subtle shade but for my light-medium skin tone it appears like a cream color and definitely a good shade for highlighting areas like the bridge of the nose.  It almost seem to blend into my skin while swatching and isn't too noticeable.  

The second or middle shade is still a light shade of brown.  Very neutral and slightly warm but isn't muddy or orange-y as most bronzers are.  This is actually a perfect contour shade for my nose. Im not someone who has a tall nose and although I'm not in any way insecure about it I sometimes do a "nose job" in myself.  With nose job, I mean a bit of contouring to make it seem like my nose is slimmer and taller.  Makeup can really do wonders so if you have some insecurities about your nose, try shading techniques before anything else.  

The last shade is the darkest and is definitely a warm shade of brown. The swatch of this shade shows that it does have a hint of orange to it but nothing drastic.  In comparison to the bronzer I have previously tried and used, the darkest shade of this kit is still light. 

The finish of these powders are matte so no worries about shimmer and shine.  They are very finely milled too; super blendable and smooth. With that said, it's easy to use since you really can't mess up while using this.

It is suggested that you mix all three shades for general face contour, meaning the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and the neck if you need to slim them down.  For a more detailed contour, you can use each shade individually along your nose, hair line and even deepen the face contours.  

I love how compact this kit is and has it's own mirror so you can carry it in your purse.  The only down side I can think about this product is that you obviously need to carry around brushes in your makeup bag to make it work. I don't like cream products that much but for an easy, on the go contour kit I think it would be much better to have this in a cream formula so you don't need to have the hassle of bringing brushes.

Oh and another thing, this contour kit would only work best with light to medium skin tones since these shades won't really show up to those with a darker skin color. If I'm not mistaken I think this is the only Artclass by Rodin contour kit but it would be nice if the brand would come out with one or two more kits that would cater to those with darker skin tones.  

I'm actually fond of this kit but I have found myself straying away from contouring this past month, which is quite weird for me since I've hit pan with all the bronzers that I own - that was how much I love contouring my face... But it seems I'm in a no-bronzer phase as of the moment. Nevertheless this is such a good product that I personally would purchase even if BNT hasn't sent it.  

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

SNP Bird's Nest Aqua Eye Patch Review

I'm getting the feeling that Bird's Nest is making a huge wave in the skin care department as of late. This is the second bird's nest product that I received and this time it's from the brand SNP which if you remember, I reviewed their adorable Animal Sheet Masks.

The main ingredient for the eye patch is swiftlet nest extract and hyaluronic acid. Swiftlet nest extract contains sialic acid is 200 time more nourishing than royal jelly and has vitamins that helps recover tired skin. This product claims to treat dry eyes by delivering moisture and energy to the sin, promotes skin elasticity and firmness, cools the skin and eases fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

The eye patches comes in a small jar that is very similar to creams. I actually thought that this was a cream that you put underneath your eyes but I was fairly surprised to find out that they were gel patches. I have used a similar one before by another brand but the pair of eye patch came in a pack and not a jar. I can't tell exactly how many pairs of patches are in the jar but just judging from how it looks, I think this would last me for months! It also comes with a spatula so you can easily separate a patch from the rest.


 The gel patch has a bluish tint to it that glimmers in the light and I consider that very fascinating. I am amazed by little things if you still can't tell. ^^ This smells amazing too and I have said these in my previous reviews of "aqua" products, I really love fresh watery scents and this product appeals to me very much.

If you can't tell by the photo above, I have bad dark circles and it's not because of lack of sleep. It's just how my under eyes naturally look like. In the photo I have the patch underneath my eyes but the darkness still peeks through. Since the product doesn't claim any brightening or lightening effect I didn't expect my dark circles to go away. The cooling effect did however subdue the puffiness underneath my eyes. I left the patch on for about 15 minutes and I can instantly tell that the area is thoroughly moisturized. The area wasn't wet with essence but it has absorbed nicely into my skin. I just feel refreshed and awake instantly.

I am really loving this product. I still have 2 products left to review for the April BNT Beauty Box but I must say that this product is on the top of my favorites.

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

MEDIHEAL H.D.P. Pore Stamping Charcoal Mineral Mask Review

I enjoy sheet masks! I really do! I'm a huge fan of it that I always try and get them when I can but the thing is, they get expensive too. I always save my sheet masks for spa day and getting ready for events. They make my skin so amazing and makeup looks fantastic because it adheres more efficiently to the skin.

Today's sheet mask review is the MEDIHEAL H.D.P. Pore Stamping Charcoal Mineral Mask. Whew. Quite a mouthful for a name! 
A little background on MEDIHEAL. MEDIHEAL is a brand that was created and tested by aesthetic specialist using principles of treatments. They incorporate special skin prescription and know-how of skin specialists to provide custom solutions for an individual's skin problem MEDIHEAL uses highly concentrated formulation of natural materials that helps the unbalanced skin to become healthier by making it resistant to stress and restoring skin balance.

H.D.P. stands for High Definition Pixel. The main purpose of this mask is to tighten the skin and diminish the appearance of pores, key elements in looking flawless and "high definition." The main ingredients for this mask is the LS8865(homes Officinalis - Mushroom Extract) and ZINC PCA which tightens pores and controls excessive sebum. It also contains Seagrape extract and Camellia sinensis callus culture extract which nourishes the skin to become resilient and lift the skin.

The mask is black and the material is slightly thick with a felt texture. The sheet is fully soaked with the essence but it does not have a lot of extra essence in the packet. The essence is also a little bit thick in texture and quite slippery. It has a fresh, clean scent to it that is somehow relaxing. 

Using the mask is easy and you just have to do the basic steps in using a sheet mask. With a freshly washed face, apply your toner. Remove mask from the packaging and fit to the face. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I usually do chores, read a book or watch a movie while using a mask. I sometimes even take a nap and I wake up rejuvenated! After the said time, remove the mask and pat the remaining essence into the skin for it to be absorbed. 

Above is a before and after photo of me. I didn't really notice much of a difference on my skin after using it although it did get rid of some redness. My skin felt tacky from the essence and kept my skin moisturized. I applied my makeup as usual and my makeup looked flawless. The only thing is that I noticed that my face produced more oil than it usually does which is quite contradictory as to what this mask is supposed to do, which is control excess sebum. It might be that this is not for my skin type because I have a normal to combination skin right now. 

Other than that, I don't have anything bad to say about this mask and I really like it, except for the fact that I might not use it as a mask when getting ready prior to an event. I don't think my makeup would last long if my skin kept producing oils. This would be perfect if my skin just needs a pick me up or extremely dry. 
It does say at the back of the packaging of the mask that "considering the skin's 4-week turnover term, it is most effective to use consecutively 2-3 times a week for 4 weeks (concentrated skin management program)" to see great results. Having only used this twice, I cannot vouch for the claims of this mask except from what I have experienced but I am gonna try and do the program to see if it does work.
Tip if you're a sheet mask lover like I am, pop your mask in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes before use. This would be great during a very hot summer day!

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Konad Classic Jeans Nail Collection Review

Denim is on trend yet again and it has even been on the runway for the Spring 2015 collections. Along with it's rise back in fashion is it's innovative appearance in beauty. Konad, the brand the brought us "stamping" nail art, is getting on with the denim trend by introducing to us their Classic Jeans Nail Collection.

Konad's new product, the Classic Jeans Nail Collection comes in six shades: Black Jeans, Turkey Blue Jean, Midnight Blue Jean, Real Jean, Smoke Blue Jean and Ice Jeans. These nail polishes mimics the texture of jeans with great color impact. It claims to have smooth nail polish application and is long lasting. 

It also is free of toluene and other harmful components that are present in other nail lacquers. Toluene exposure leads to toluene toxicity and can either be from short term or long term exposure. This primarily targets the central nervous system. Thankfully most companies removed them from their ingredient list. You can be rest assured that Konad doesn't have any harmful components in their nail polishes.

So here are the pretty nail lacquers from the Classic Jeans Collection. On the right is the Midnight Blue Jeans polish and on the left is the Smoke Jeans polish. I'm quite surprised that this is a textured lacquer since I didn't really notice it until it has completely dried. More sandy than denim but a very fine sand effect. I think you can't really get a fabric texture but it comes quite close.

It takes 2-3 coats of polish for it to be completely opaque but it does apply quite evenly.The Midnight Blue Jeans has very fine blue and silver glitters in it, not really noticeable but it does give a denim effect. The Smoke Blue Jeans isn't really blue. It's more gray and reminiscent of stone or acid washed jeans.

The wear of this polishes are impressive since they lasted a good 5 days before I saw wear and chipping on them. Mind you, there was no top coat involved so that, in my books, is a long lasting polish.

Thumbs up for another great product from Konad! I quite enjoy them and they bot look good, mix and matched on my nails. ^^

I have previously reviewed Konad Stamping Nail Art Kit so check that out if you're interested to see more products from Konad! 

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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