Saturday, November 30, 2013

Verikos Aloe Calming Oil Review

A few weeks back I have been trying some organic skin care products that have been sent to me for review consideration and unfortunately they broke me out. I was quite surprised when that happened because I don't usually break out from skin care or makeup products, most especially organic products. My skin became really bad, I had a couple of big zits on my face and my face even became drier than it normally was. None of my previous skin care products helped me out even if they used to solve all my skin problems. Fortunately for me, I received a lot of exciting skin care items in my monthly BNTNews Beauty Box. I was willing to try out anything just to relieve the break outs and the rawness of my skin.

The first product that really caught my attention was the Verikos Aloe Calming Oil. It is made of organic ingredients and "raises skin that is under stress by an outside hazardous article moistly and comfortably."

The box packaging looks eco-friendly but I'm not sure if it is made of recycled materials. It would be really cool if it is since this is an organic product. Ingredients for this product are the following: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, and Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E acetate).

The bottle contains 20 ml of product which I think is quite a lot of product for a facial oil. It comes with a dropper which dispenses the product and I think it is a practical and efficient way to go for this type of product.  

The oil is a little bit yellow, which reminds me of the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil I use for my hair. It has a slight scent of eucalyptus to it which is a great aromatherapy scent. It doesn't say on the ingredients list that they use eucalyptus but to me it smells just like that but it probably is the aloe. I use two drops of this product, dispensing one drop at a time, all over my face after cleansing and applying my toner. I concentrated this product mostly on my dry areas and on my break outs.

The product feels light on the skin, even if it's an oil, it doesn't feel greasy or thick at all. I was a bit worried that this would ruin my pillow covers when I sleep but it didn't. The oil does sink into the skin a few minutes after application but you can definitely still feel a bit of the oil on your skin after 3 hours.When I woke up the next morning after I used this product the zits that I had the night before went down. As for my dryness, it didn't drastically moisturize my face. My face was still a bit dry but it was better than the night before. I have been using this product every night for two weeks since I got it but hasn't made my skin feel all that soft and moisturized fully. 

I can't say that this product doesn't work because it actually does what it says on the product description - calm skin that is under stress, moistly and comfortably. My skin did feel a lot calmer, my pimples went away after 2 days of using it, it does leave the skin moist hours after application and it is very comforting on the skin. The only thing I would have liked this product to be is to have a more long lasting moisturizing effect on my skin and completely relieve me of my dryness. 

I do recommend this product for those who have normal to dry skin just to help moisturize the face. I can't, however, say that I recommend this for oily and acne prone skin. Though it is a calming product that relieves skin stress, those who have oily and acne prone skin usually tend to break out even more when oil-based products are applied to the skin. If you have oily and acne prone skin and you want to try this out, I suggest that you apply this at night and test it out on a small part of your face with acne. Test it for a couple of days and if you see a difference on your acne on the test area, slowly use it on the other parts of your face. Remember to cleanse with a light facial wash the next morning to prevent clogged pores with oil build up. For those with dry skin, you can definitely get away with just washing your face with warm water so your skin will not become even drier.

I hope this review helps and this product actually made me want to try more facial oils.

Hope you have a great day and always stay pretty!

*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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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Graymelin Vintage Seven Tattoo Eyebrow in Dark Brown Review

Korean style eyebrows (straight, thick and natural looking) have been getting so much love lately since it gives off such a youthful look as opposed to highly thin and arched brows that gives off a strong a mature vibe.

I have recently received the Graymelin Seven Tattoo Eyebrow which I thought was the perfect excuse to try on other brow products since I only have been using the Wet n Wild Brow Kit which I consider as my Holy Grail product. I don't have much luck in using other brow products except for brow gel and brow powder and I remember the last time I used an eyebrow pen and eyebrow pencil I looked like I just gave myself super thick brows that were quite unnatural, which isn't very flattering. I'm either just too heavy handed for such products or I just used the wrong kind of products. 

The Graymelin Seven Tattoo Eyebrow is an eyebrow pen that, thanks to fellow BNTgirl Kine, who made her review on the product first, informed us that the "seven" pertains to seven days and this is how long this product lasts on your brows even after washing. I have tried to do my own research on this product as well but all I got were photos of the product with information written in Korea. The box packaging didn't help either because it is also written in Hangul and sadly I cannot read it. I did however find a similar product which is the Tony Moly 7 Days Tattoo Eyebrow that says to last around 3-7 days and doesn't fade even with washing. 

This is a typical pen liner, the only difference is that it has a really fine felt tip and is not overly wet upon application thus mimicking fine hairs when drawing.  

I have actually tried this product once before I actually took pictures. I always try do my product reviews and photos using the products after trying them out but since I have no idea that this product actually lasts even after washing, I have to show you my already slightly tinted eyebrows and not my originally really sparse brows.

My brows after 3 days of one use of the Seven Tattoo Eyebrow  - as you can see my brow is still pretty sparse but there is a very slight tint to it but it's barely noticeable.

My brows after slightly filling in it with the Seven Tattoo Eyebrow - you can definitely tell the difference from the picture before this one that this is slightly filled on the bottom part of the brows. I haven't defined the brows yet in this photo

My brows after filling them all in and defining it - I admittedly got a bit carried away again and became a bit heavy handed but for me this thickness is quite okay with me since I have really sparse brows to begin with. No worries still because the product does take time to dry and set so using a spooly to brush, blend and lighten the product on the brows can still be done.  

I actually believe this is a good product however I can't get over the fact that it takes me a while to do just one brow. Since one stroke creates one fine brow hair, filling in all the sparseness in my brows just takes so much time. As for the claim that it lasts for seven days, well, I think it does leave a slight tint on the brows but it does not necessarily last for seven days. As you can see on the first brow photo above, after 3 days and one use my brows was still a bit sparse. After my second use of the product however, I did notice that there was a significant change on my brows; they were still filled the next day even after thorough makeup removal and cleansing although it was a little bit faded. Having it fade a little bit wasn't that bad because it gave me a more natural look. This product will last for a good four to five days after using it for the second time but it will  definitely last seven days after just one use.

 As I mentioned earlier, I tried this product before I took photos and I also swatched it. I did a few strokes on the back of my hand to see how the brush and the product works. I also tried pushing the brush tip more into the skin to dispense more color. Since at that time I didn't know that this was going a product that will last even after washing, imagine my surprise after 3 days to find that my initial swatches was still stained on the back of my hand. 

 Photos above the stain that the product left after I swatched them. This was taken after 3 days (and with constant handwashing) 

The verdict? Well, with the henna-like staining power of this product, it is definitely something that I would continue to use whenever I feel like my eyebrows need a lot of help because of how sparse they look. It is also something that I would reach for if I need something waterproof for my brows as well as use if I know that I would have hectic days ahead and just wouldn't be bothered to spare an extra minute to work on my brows. If you are looking for something that really lasts for a week, then no, this is not that product for you but I think this is a great product to carry with if you're going on vacation because all you have to do is touch it up. I don't think this will replace my Wet n Wild Brow Kit either as my Holy Grail product but I am glad I get to try this. I at least tried to venture out of my comfort zone and tried an eyebrow pen. 

*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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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stylenanda 3Concept Eyes Lip Color in Vamp Review

Moving along the colder months, it seems that everybody's makeup look also gets darker and bolder. I have talked about my awesome red lips for the Fall in my Favorite Red Lipsticks but currently I've been rocking the darker lip color. The Stylenanda 3CE Lip Color in 604 Vamp is a rich burgundy lipstick that for me, just screams winter.

The box packaging for this lipstick is really artsy for me. The shade is listed at the bottom of the box for easy identification of the lipstick. The lipstick tube itself is very chic and classy, angled on the sides and reminds me of Tom Ford lipsticks. It is in a classic black tube with the 3CE logo on the top cap and the name 3 Concept Eyes on the lower half of the tube. The tube itself is bigger than most lipsticks so if you're the type of person who organizes your lipstick on those acrylic lipstick organizers, this won't fit. I have some of my lipsticks in an organizers but this simply won't fit in them. 

On the tube, the shade looks plum, a cool toned purple, but on the lips it actually leans more on the burgundy red color but still cooler toned. It is a very wearable dark lip color and is not harsh looking like what most darker lip shades. 

The product itself is so rich and creamy and applies so smoothly on the lips. Though it is a darker lip shade, you don't really need to fuss much about it's application since you can easily apply it right from the tube. It doesn't really need a lip liner or a lip brush for application. It doesn't feather at all and has a great staying power. It wears well for about 5 hours through eating and drinking and when it does wear off, your lips would slightly be berry stained, which looks really nice. It is a creme finish lipstick which is moisturizing as well, great for the cold weather where lips are extremely prone to drying and chapping.

This product retails for $19.71 on the Stylenanda website. I think it is a fair price, would be better if it was a little bit cheaper. This does compare to a higher end lipstick. Comparing it to MAC's cremesheen and satin finish lipsticks, this product has a much better staying power and is more creamy and moisturizing.

Overall I am really pleased with lipstick and I have recently done a makeup look with it and I've been receiving a lot of comments saying that this looks really good on me (thank you!). I am definitely a fan of this lipstick and this lip color. This gets a ♥♥♥♥♥/5 from 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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Friday, November 22, 2013

KPop's Bad Girls: Lee Hyori, CL & Hyuna Makeup Look

I am a huge Kpop fan - nope, don't even get me started on my biases. LOL. I woke up at 5:30 AM this morning to watch the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2013 that was held at Hong Kong this year. It was a very entertaining show, considering that most of the artists I voted for won. Anyway, I'm not here about the MAMA 2013, but about the fantastic makeup that these ladies, Hyuna, CL, and Lee Hyori, were wearing for the night.

These three ladies are known to be the bad girls in the Kpop industry - Lee Hyori releasing Bad Girls a few months back, CL with her Baddest Female, and Hyuna shocking everybody with her rowdy MV, photos and performances for her Troublemaker song, Now. Apparently being a bad girl has a certain look since the three of them wore similar looks for their song promotions as well as during the awards show. It mainly focuses on their dark red/plum lips. 

Lee Hyori



They all look super glamorous, edgy and chic with their makeup and I was immediately inspired to try it out. Coincidentally I have the perfect lippie, Stylenanda 3Concept Eyes Lip Color in 604 Vamp. Since the three girls have different eye makeup, I just played around and tried to incorporate all of their looks for one makeup look and here is what I came up with:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation 220 mixed with Graymelin CC Base Cream applied all over the face with a foundation brush
  • NARS Stick Concealer in Ginger, applied underneath the eyes and blemishes, use patting motions to blend
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Medium, applied underneath the eyes for a brighter under eye. Blend out with a foundation brush or any synthetic brush.
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer, with an angled brush, lightly contour the face (cheeks, temple, jaw, nose).
  • With a duo fiber brush, apply NARS Goulue Blush lightly on the apples of the cheeks and bring it towards the hair line.
  • NARS Devotee Highlighter, using your fingers, highlight the areas where the light or sun will naturally hit, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and Cupid's bow.

I'm using Graymelin Seven Tattoo Eyebrow in Dark Brown and an old, a bit dried out brown mascara which is the Maybelline Volum' Express Hypercurl to achieve that nice sculpted but natural eyebrows that is slightly rough

  • Starting off with an eye primer, I'm using Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Using Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tease apply all over the lid with a fluffy brush since all we need is a light wash of color 
  • Blend out with Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Toxic, also, bring this shadow to the bottom lash line
  • Using a clean fluffy brush, apply a matte cream highlight to the brow bone, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
  • Using Maybelline Master Drama Gel Liner, make a straight winged liner on the upper lash line, for the lower lash line out line a diamond (refer to the picture) 
  • Smudge the outline made by the gel liner on the bottom lash line by a Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smokeout for a softer look
  • Tightline the upper lash line and line the lower lash line as well bringing it all the way in with the NYX Slide On Pencil in Jet Black.
  • Curl the lashes, apply false lashes, (Andrea Strip Lashes #21)
  • Apply mascara to blend out false and real lashes, Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara in Waterproof
  • For a sharper winged line and to cover up clear glue, line the upper lash line using a pen liner, Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner

Last but not the least, the  main feature, our plum lips - Stylenanda 3Conept Eyes Lip Color in 604 Vamp,

 I think I did a pretty good job recreating the looks of these three hot ladies. I think the lip color I wore is the closest to what CL wore for the MAMA 2013. 

Channeling my inner GZB. "G I Z to the I B E. Nan nappeun gijibae can’t you see?" (G I Z to the I B E I’m a bad girl, can’t you see?) - CL

Anyway, I really had fun doing this makeup look. I hope you enjoyed this one as well. As always, leave some love below. :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Review and Swatches

Finally got my hands on Urban Decay's Holiday palette which is the Vice 2. I was so excited when I saw this released and I have been wanting it.

The box it came in is so pretty that I didn't want to throw it out but I'm not the one to keep my palettes in their original box packaging so I eventually threw it out after I took pictures of it. 

The palette's packaging itself is gorgeous and I love this packaging out of all the Urban Decay palettes I have. I did a review on the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette and that palette's packaging was so beautiful but the Vice 2 blew it out of proportions just because it's convenient and practical. The Urban Decay logo is Jeweled and it adds such a glamorous touch to this palette.

The case is very sturdy and it has a button on which you push to open the palette. The best thing about it is that when the lid pops up, the mirror (which is huge) on the inside of the palette stands erect and doesn't lie back that makes it really easy to just rest the palette on a table and you can go ahead and apply your makeup.

The palette comes with a dual ended brush, one is great for packing on color and the other side a fluffy crease brush that is great for blending. 

There is a wide array of colors; from neutrals, to smokey eyes, and to fun party eye looks that will help you transform your looks from day to night. The shadows included in this palette are 20 new shades from Urban Decay. Urban Decay eyeshadows are one of the best in the market with it's high pigmentation and buttery soft texture that is so easy to blend out.


Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin), Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter - this reminds me of Blackout but with glitter on it), Shellshock (bright metallic silver - this actually gives you some fallouts so watch out for it), Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle), X-Rated (baby pink satin - it is very similar to Tainted)

Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl - great over a black or navy base), Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter - this actually reminds me of Deep End however this leans more on the blue side), Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter - very similar to Half-Baked but is more yellow gold), Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Poison (charcoal satin w/iridescent micro-sparkle - this is like a darker version of Creep)

Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer), Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter), Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift - very similar to Half Truth but is more purple), Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer - this looks more taupe on the eyes)

Dope (warm champagne satin), Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter - I feel like this is a combination of Chopper and Toasted), Habit (light nude matte - a bit pink for me), Ambush (metallic brown satin - a rich warm brown) and Rewind (medium brown matte - perfect blending shade).

There are only two matte shades in this palette but I actually think it works quite well since the mattes included is a highlight color and a blending color which is great when you're working on a shimmery lid color. 

I have no complaints with this palette. It is wonderful and a great holiday palette. This retails for $59 and is a good value for the quality. Remember, you get 20 eyeshadows in this one amazing palette. 

I hope you like this review on the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. It's not really a long and in-depth review but hopefully you find it useful. 

Always stay pretty!