Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hwajin Cosmetics Homme Terrior All in One Review

Today's product review is something I have never done on my blog. I'm reviewing a skin care product from Hwajin Cosmetics especially geared towards men! 

The Homme Terrior line was developed especially for men's skin care and beauty needs. Just because you're a guy doesn't mean you shouldn't take good care of your skin. Usually men are pretty simple with their skin care. Wash their face with a generic face wash and moisturize and then they are done. Sometimes they even skip moisturizing which I believe is very important for everyone's skin. 

Thanks to bntNews I was able receive both the Homme Terrior All in One and the Dynamic BB Cream but for this review I'm goingo specifically talk about the All in One. Stay tuned for the next review on the Dynamic BB Cream.





All in One... Pretty vague name but it is made for the busy man. The All in One aims to enhance the skin's elasticity, moisturizes and softens rough skin especially since a guy's skin is easily irritated by daily shaving. It also claims to balance the oiliness of the skin. It is a convenient and easy way to apply lotion and essence in one application.

It has plant derived compounds from resurrection plants (plants that can survive drought; would fold up when dry and would open up when moistened) , herbs, and apricot kernels to soften and refresh damaged and irritated skin. It has a patented extract mixture from herbs and licorice that soothes and moisten the skin. It's major ingredients are lemon extract (Vitamin C and citric extract that exfoliates and cleanses the skin), bamboo extract (antibacterial and antioxidant effect), herb extract (rosemary, chamomile, green tea leaf, licorice) and iceberg water (ultra pure water from Newfoundland, Canada) . 


I would have loved to make this review for you from a guy's point of view but sadly my boyfriend is very hesitant in trying out skin care products because his skin is very sensitive. He has flares, where his skin becomes really red and irritated when the weather severely changes. He has to use specific facial wash and cream given by his dermatologist in order to prevent and control the flares and break outs. I had to try out the Homme Terrior products myself and it turned out quite well. 



The All in One has the texture of the essence, slippery and light. It was fairly easy to apply, I basically just worked it onto my face massaging lightly and ended by lightly patting my face. It smells manly but it is not overpowering and too fragrant. I really love how fresh it smells and I actually didn't mind using a men's skin care product. 

I have noticed a few bumps on my face prior to the start of trying this product out. After only 3 uses of the All in One, they have disappeared! I may not be a man who shaves facial hair on the daily so I cannot really give an accurate review on how it does as an aftershave or relieve irritated skin but if this product was able to smooth out my bumps then in my book this definitely works! My skin feels hydrated but not too much, which is great for those who have oily to combination skin type which most men have. 

After trying this product out myself, I would try and convince my boyfriend to try this out. It really would be great if his skin would like this. If you're looking for a gift for the man in your life, be it your dad, husband, boyfriend, brother or friend, this would be a good buy. Hey, Father's Day is coming up! 





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Review

Looking for a new lightweight foundation? Well, the new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is something you have to try! 

I've been wanting to review this foundation for awhile, actually since I've gotten my hands on it when it was first released a couple of months ago, but my lazy bum just keeps on putting it behind. Finally decided it is high time to properly give my thoughts on this foundation since I think it is perfect for the spring and summer season. 


According to its actual product description, the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation has 20 percent water that hydrates the skin while it does its job covering and masking redness, dark spots, and uneven skin ton while softening the look of pores and fine lines. The foundation is packed with antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea complex and non-chemical SPF 15 the helps restore brighten and defend skin from free radicals and early signs of aging. It is also free of parabens and phthalate, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. 


The packaging is pretty and product is dispensed through a dropper. Although the dropper is a hygienic idea, I actually find it a bit cumbersome since the amount that the dropper releases isn't enough for my face and I need to put back the dropper and take more product from the bottle. I would have preferred to have a pump with this but that is just my personal preference and it doesn't hinder the performance of this amazing foundation. 


It claims to be a full coverage foundation but this is only true if you have fairly good skin, which means your problems are dullness, uneven skin tone, redness and dark spots. If you have severe acne scarring and blemishes this would give you a light to medium coverage. This product is buildable so you can absolutely go over your problem areas with another layer to achieve full coverage. 

Since I have fairly good skin, with occasional zits at the time of the month, I really like how I can achieve a nice even base for the rest of my makeup. I like applying this with a damp makeup sponge, slightly sheering out the foundation. Quick tip, applying with a makeup brush gives more coverage than a damp makeup sponge. 


The formula is definitely more runny than most liquid foundations I've tried before. The staying power for this foundation is really great, stays true to its claims of 12 hour wear. Although it stays put throughout the day, it doesn't feel dry and heavy on the skin. It feels very natural and you could almost forget you have foundation on. 

Now that it is spring season and summer is definitely just around the corner, this is a great foundation to try out. I don't know about you girls but I like the more lightweight and long wearing foundations during this time of the year because I'm always sweaty and makeup always rubs off in a few hours with the humidity. And this has SPF 15 to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays. 

This foundation retails for $39 at Sephora and Tarte. There's 12 shades to choose from so there definitely is something for everyone. My shade is Medium Honey for reference. 

What is your favorite foundation for the spring and summer season? Let me know down below! 


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kylie Lip Kit in Posie K & Candy K Review & Swatches

Kylie Jenner's luscious lips has been the talk of the town and now, her lips are even more talked about as she released her own cosmetics line and the debut of the Kylie Matte Lip Kit. It has even now expanded to glosses and metallics.


With exclusive branding, Kylie Cosmetics products sell out quickly in a matter of minutes after restocking. The matte lip kits especially are really hard to get your hands on and you have to be ready once an update on restock is released. I, myself, have been trying for a couple of months to get them. I'm always too late when they restock and by the time I get online, everything is sold out. This time around I patiently waited for the restock and once it went live at Kylie Cosmetics, I had every matte lip kit in my cart. However, every beauty enthusiast seem to be hounding the release as well because once u got to the last page of check out I'm only left with two kits - meaning the rest has sold out! 


I was able to purchase Candy K and Posie K although I really have been wanting to get Dolce K. 

The Kylie Matte Lip Kits come with a matching lip liner to get the perfect and plump, lasts all day, 'Kylie Lip.' 



Posie K

Posie K is described as a dusty, mauve pink. When swatched on the back of my hand, it appears true to description. 





However, on my lips, it does appear slightly brighter, with it leaning more pink than mauve. 


Candy K

Candy K is described as a warm nude. A good combination of brown, peach and pink, creating a warm nude and is true to its description when swatched on the back of my hand. 





On my lips it is a pale, peachy pink. Still a good nude shade but the warm brown undertone seems non-existent. 

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The lip liners are really good. They are creamy and rich. Nothing too exciting to be honest when it comes to lip liners. 

So here's what everybody has been waiting for, my thoughts on the matte liquid lipsticks. There was a big controversy on the Kylie Lip Kits when rumors started floating around that they are one and the same as the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip. Kylie however did say that they don't have the same formula and exact colors as Colourpop. I do believe they use the same laboratory as Colourpop. 

Anyway, the Kylie Matte Lip Kits applies thinly than the Colourpop Ultra Mattes but it does apply evenly. With some Ultra Mattes it could apply unevenly. This is true to only some Colourpop Mattes and also more of their older shades - I think Colourpop has improved their formula because I noticed that the  newer shades has a better texture and application. 

The bolder shades of the Ultra Mattes, though dries matte, does slightly transfer. The Lip Kits however doesn't have any transfers. I can't say that  same for the bolder shades of the Lip Kits like Mary Jo K, 22 and Kourt K since I haven't tried those out but Posie K and Candy K definitely doesn't transfer. 

Eating and drinking... I haven't had a problem with the Ultra Mattes. Although it does come off slightly it does not flake off or get patchy afterwards. You would still have nice, matte, even colored lips. The Lip Kits, however, are horrible for eating and drinking. They start rubbing off and flaking. You definitely have to remove the whole entire thing and reapply. 

The Matte Lip Kits (all matte lippies) are definitely not for dry lips. You would really need to exfoliate and moisturize prior to application. Don't forget to blot out the balm before applying the lip liner and the liquid lipstick. 

The Lip Kits smell absolutely amazing! Think Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino! That's the best thing about this product that is worth the mention. 

At $29 + shipping for 2 products (liner & liquid lipstick) I don't think the price is too bad at all however I think this product is too hyped up. I like it but there are so many products out there that are similar. I love Colourpop products and since the Ultra Matte Lip are only $6 apiece, I think I'd rather buy those than spend so much on the Kylie Lip Kits. Will I buy more Lip Kits? Maybe not. 




Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring 2016: Bright Lips and Space Buns

Street style fashion and beauty trends is what most people have been going for lately rather than the runway trends. I personally like this year's trends which still incorporates last year's style of crop tops, plaid shirts, asymmetrical skirts and such. Athletic clothing is also being worn out daily and for most occasions now not just in the gym and courts. 

The 90's style is still in which reminds me of my childhood but way cooler. I love wearing heels although my feet always ends up sore but I'm glad sneakers are more on trend. Runners and trainers are all the rage especially Nike Air Max's, Adidas Superstars and NMDs. I'm not a sneakerhead but I do own my fair share of sneakers that probably is a lot for a normal person. 

Anyway, heading on to the beauty side of the trend you will see a lot of double Dutch braids, half top knots, full and half double buns or what is more known as space buns. Unicorn hair is also very popular which is basically sporting several hair color in full on brights and neon or cooled down silvery toned colors. Exciting but I'm not willing to let my hair get bleached. I've been dying to get silvery purple locks but I don't have the courage to put my hair through the process. 

Since I'm a huge sissy in getting my hair bleached I'll stick to the less stressful hair trends which are the Dutch braids and buns. Today I've put my hair up in half double buns. Such a no brainer to do, just divide your hair into sections, twist into a bun and then tie with an elastic. I love these buns so much however they don't look too good on me. I have to angle my face in a certain way to look cute. I think this is mainly due to how thin the buns are and my face is too big. Lmao. But I do like sporting this look once in a while. The look I have been doing often is the half top knot/bun. It's cute and reminds me of a a Japanese samurai. You'll see it often in my snapchats. :) 


As for makeup, well, there's just the influx of liquid lipsticks that comes in different finishes like matte, satin, velvet and even metallics. Every cosmetic company seems to jump into the liquid lippie bandwagon. 

Anyway, today, let me just give you a quick rundown of the items used in this look. It is fairly easy. Not a lot of fuss and it is a very typical makeup look that I've probably done a hundred of times in this blog. The only difference are the items I'm using. Most of the products are fairly new, we'll at least in my collection. 


Brows:
  • Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
  • Vely Vely IM Custom Coloring Browcara in Red Brown

Face/Cheeks:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in Medium Honey
  • Vely Vely IM Custom Flawless Concealer in Natural - applied underneath my eyes
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
    • Levitation - applied on top of the concealer for color correction 
    • Lyric - on top of Levitation for brightening and on the bridge of the nose
    • Shadowplay - contour the cheeks, temple and jaw
    • Sombre - contour the nose and under the bottom lip
  • Tarte Courage Blush 




Eyes:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight  
  • Tarte Classic Courage Palette
    •  Rise & Shine - apply on the brow bone underneath the brows 
    • Lucky Penny - apply all over the lidsTrailblazer - lightly blend Lucky Penny 
  •  3CE Long Wear Eye Crayon in #Cookie - apply on the outer half of the lower lash line 
    • Smile On - with a pencil brush, blend #Cookie with this shade  
    • Rosy Outlook - apply in the inner corners of the eye  
  • NYX Glide on Pencil in Brown Perfection - tightline 
  • Holika Holika Jewelight Waterproof Eyeliner in #08 Pink Topaz - apply on the bottom waterline 
  •  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black 
  • Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eye Waterproof Mascara 
  • Ardell Demi Pixies False Lashes 


Lips:
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Color in More Better






Tell me what you guys think! Are you loving the street beauty and fashion style trends this year? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below and follow me on Snapchat and Instagram @urhappybunnie for updates! 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Vely Vely IM Custom Coloring Browcara

Another Vely Vely product that was sent to me was the IM Custom Coloring Browcara. 

Everybody who is into beauty are all so familiar with brow mascaras which is a product that colors, defines and sets the brows in place. With the hair color trend well on its way, you want your brows to match the color of your hair without actually needing to dye your brow hairs. 


Vely Vely has 3 shades for their IM Custom Coloring Browcara line, Gold Brown, Red Brown and Deep Brown which are the most popular hair color. Gold brown for those who have lighter hair with gold tones, red brown for those with reddish tones and deep brown for brunettes and dark haired gals. I would love to see more shades from them that would match other hair colors as well or at least have something suited for those gals who are sporting Unicorn/festival hairs this summer. 


I was sent the Red Brown shade which is very close to my current hair color. This product is smudge proof so you won't have to worry about your brows getting bald throughout the day. It is also very much sweatproof and waterproof as I have tested. I have swatched it below on the back of my hand and believe me, it was slightly tough to remove. 


The brush is also interesting. It is short but is slightly wider on one side with the wider side, the setting side which you use to brush and set the brow hairs. And the shorter side, the coloring side to allow more color to be dispensed onto the brow hairs and to the skin where hairs are sparse or non existent. 



I think I may have filled in my brows too much but I think this browcara actually did the job of filling in. Although I think I could have went a little bit more light handed with using it for the front portion of my brows, nevertheless I think color pay off and fullness was achieved. It does seem just a shade more red than my current hair color but I think this could work together with my current brow product. I have been filling my brows with a deep brown brow pomade and using the Vely Vely IM Custom Coloring Browcara in Red Brown I could run it through my brow hairs to set and give a slightly reddish tint to match my hair. 

The Vely Vely IM Custom Coloring Browcara retails at 18,000KW ($18) a bit up there but it does do a great job! 

*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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Vely Vely IM Custom Flawless Concealer in Natural Review

Vely Vely is a Korean cosmetic brand that is fairly new to me. It has been pretty popular as of late and I have seen it reviewed by a lot of beauty bloggers but I have never tried any of their products. Thankfully, bntNews was so gracious to send this out for me to try! 

I'm reviewing today the Vely Vely IM Custom Flawless Concealer in the shade Natural. The packaging is pretty simple, no frills, which I greatly prefer. Main color is pale pink and black-brown. I like how the concealer is in a clear tube so you can see the product right away. 


The concealer is dispensed through a doe foot applicator which is wider than most and is "spatula shaped" which is great for applying on your under eyes. I didn't have to go back to the tube and get more product since it definitely gave just enough to cover both under eye circles. 


There are only two shades in this line, Light and Natural, which is quite a bummer since it will cater only to those with fair skin tones. I have noticed when I swatched Natural that it has an ashy, cool, undertone which you would find in most (if not all) Asian BB Creams. This worried me a little bit but I also did notice that it has a bit of yellow tones which is preferable for my skin tone. Although still a shade light for me, I was positive this would work out just fine. 


The formula of this concealer is thicker than a liquid concealer. Somehow, it is more of a mousse and when blended was powdery smooth.  



In the photos, I'm only wearing the Vely Vely concealer. No foundation or any other base makeup and just a light blush. Although my bad lighting made me look like I still had dark under wye circles, I am pleased to tell you that the concealer was really able to conceal it fully in real life. I did have to use two layers to achieve it since dark circles have always been my problem area but even one coat would be enough for those that doesn't suffer from extremely dark  under eye circles. 


I'm giving this concealer a two thumbs up! I have also applied it to the areas where I have redness and just blended the rest to my face with a damp sponge and I'm very happy to say that I would be confident in going out with just this. It even has SPF30/PA++ so you don't have to worry about harmful UV rays! It evened out my skin tone, got rid of the redness and the unwanted darkness underneath my eyes. It is very natural and has a powdery finish so you don't have to worry about setting it or it moving. It doesn't feel drying either (it has a high water content unlike most products) so it is great for oily and dry skin! If you really are extremely oily I suggest just lightly tapping on some loose powder.



And that's it for my review on this Vely Vely Custom Flawless Concealer. If you're wondering my my brows are bald.... Well, just wait for the next review on a brow mascara! :) 

Oh and did you see my new tattoo above? You guys are the first to see it since I haven't uploaded it yet in anu other social media except Snapchat! Follow me in snap @urhappybunnie! 😊 


*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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