Friday, February 27, 2015

Konad Stamping Nail Art Set Review

Fancy nail art design? No problem!

First introduced in 2002, Konad introduced a brilliant nail art system that has revolutionized the art of, well, nail art. Instead of drawing an intricate design for each nail, Konad, ingeniously came up with the idea of "stamping" designs onto nails using design templates, nail polish and stamping tool.

The kit that I received is one of the few different versions that the company sells and distributes worldwide. The Stamping Nail Art Set comes with two mini special polishes, a white and onyx shade. It also comes with a full size top coat, a scraper, a stamper and an m36 plate. Konad and bntNews also kindly sent and extra plate which is The Konad Square Image Plate 01.

The stamping set is pretty easy to use that even a newbie can easily follow. Using a design template, apply polish on the design you will use, scrape the excess polish quickly with a scraper, press the stamper onto the plate to pick up the design, stamp the design onto your nail in a rolling motion and apply a top coat. 

A few years back, when I first started beauty blogging, I did a couple of nail art and it was when I first encountered Konad and their stamping tool. It was really cool to see how easy it was to have a nail art design on your nails in a shorter amount of time than doing each design individually. I purchased for myself a set of the round plates and the stamping tool and scraper. Alas, after a couple of tries, I only managed to successfully do a couple of designs from a wide array of designs from the plates I bought. I stored the Konad kit and plates in my manicure box and totally forgot about them until bntNews International told me that one of the items for this month's bnt Beauty Box is a Konad Stamping Set.

Not one to back off from a challenge, I excitedly tried doing my nails using the whole kit - polish, scraper, stamper and the m36 round plate. Fail. I applied the polish on the design, scraped off excess polish and tried to pick up the design with the stamper. Alas, no design was picked up. I tried several times with other designs on the same round plate but still no luck.

I was about to give up and call the entire thing a dud, but luckily I asked my fellow bntGirls what they think about the product and their advice on how to use it. Doris mentioned that I had to do it really quickly since the special polish dries really fast and to try using the square templates. She said it was easier to pick up the design using the square plates since it's bigger.

Determined, I tried the whole thing again, and finally, it worked! So my final result wasn't as great as what's advertised but it was a good attempt. 

Result and Final Thoughts:
As you can see on the photos of my nails, there were parts where the design didn't completely transfer on the nail. I don't know where to attribute that fault. It might be that the nail polish on the stamper dried too quickly before I could transfer it on the nail or it might be because I "stamped" it wrong. Out of all the nails, I think the pinky finger came out the best. 

Since I was using the square template, the stamper picked up the whole square design and it was indeed easier to apply on the nails, however, keep in mind that the excess design will also adhere to your skin so you would still have to clean up the edges. 

Although I encountered much difficulty at the beginning stages, it was quite easy once I got the hang of it. After getting good results, I'm thinking of taking my old plates out and give them another chance. It also took me quite awhile to get decent design results so I had to do my nails over and over again which took up a lot of time, but as I said, as I got better at it, the faster and the easier it became. 

This product is definitely worth the try but I must warn you that it would take you quite a few tries to master this tool. But when you do, it would all be worth it since it does cut down the time to individually design nails. The nail polishes that were included in the set are really of good quality too. The top coat is awesome since it dries quickly and it holds up pretty well. I've been wearing the nail art for 5 days and so far no chipping.

NARS Nail Polish in Amarapura
Konad Special Polish in Onyx/Black Shade
Konad Top Coat

*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, February 25, 2015

Update: iSOI Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum

Do you remember this product? I have featured this twice on the blog before, one, was the actual review and the second one was my Summer 2014 Morning Skincare Routine

Well, I received the product again in this month's bnt Beauty Box and I was okay with receiving it since it's a product I quite like. My only problem was how to make a blog post out of it since I already put up an official review of it and I also featured it in my previous morning skincare routine. Nawael, our bntGirls handler, told us that we should just do an update on how the product works for us. Fine by me, so here it goes!

The Bulgarian Rose Blamish Care Serum uses a prime grade Bulgarian Rose oil which gives the skin vitality and delays aging. It prevents break outs and clogged pores. It also aims to calm skin, reduce redness, improve skin tone, blemishes and pigmentation.

My thoughts on this product hasn't changed since I last used it. I have finished the 2 bottles I was previously sent within 2 months of receiving them. Since I'm not the type of person who tends to break out, I can't say anything about it's effectiveness in preventing and calming pimples. It does help with redness and hyperpigmentation, which is my main concern with my bare skin. Usually, blemish care products are drying in order quickly minimize and heal break outs. Worry not with this product because it is not overly drying. It gives a slight tightening sensation when it dries on the skin but it is still mild and gentle. 

Recently, I have been using this together with another iSOi product, which is the Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic Essence in the mornings prior to makeup application. If I'm heading out and I need a long lasting makeup on, I would go ahead and wash my face with warm water, followed with a cold water rinse, the Pore Tightening Tonic Essence and the Blemish Care Serum. It makes a really good makeup base since it smooths out the skin and evens the skin tone so less foundation is used. 

I would, however, prefer on using this skincare combination during the warmer days since it also prevents oiliness. With the last hurrah of the winter coming on full blast these past few weeks, my skin has been overly dry and this combo isn't good for extremely dry skin unless you exfoliate and moisturize really well. I am actually looking forward to the warmer weather so I can continuously use this combination of skincare routine since it really helps in making the makeup look flawless. 

*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, February 23, 2015

Sweet Pink Makeup Look

Subtle pink cheeks, lips and bright smiling eyes are the way to go when it comes to a sweet, fresh and innocent look. I'm sure that you would turn heads with this makeup look!


  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in 220 Natural Beige - The coverage of this foundation is light to medium. Dot the foundation all over the face. Use a dense brush to blend out if you want a medium coverage or use a damp beauty blender or beauty sponge for a light coverage. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium - For break outs, hyperpigmentations and dark under eye circles, use a concealer that matches your skin to even out the skin tone. Blend out with a flufly synthetic brush or lightly blend with your finger by tapping. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand - With a lighter shade of foundation, use it to highlight the high points of your face. Apply it to the forehead, bridge of the nose, under the eyes (for brightening), cupid's bow, and chin. Use a synthetic brush or a damp beauty blender to blend the concealer seamlessly onto the skin.
  • 3CE Duo Face Blush in #Creme de Violet - For the cheeks, I'm using a combination of pink and lavender blush. I used a blush brush, swirled it on the blush duo, tapped off the excess and applied the blush right on the apples of the cheeks and blending it towards the back of the cheeks for the illusion of a higher cheekbone (since we're not contouring with bronzer).
  • 3CE Brow Mascara in #Brown and #Gold - With a clean spooly, brush the brow hair. Apply the brown mascara first to thicken the brows. The brows doesn't need to look perfect because thicker and slightly unkempt looking brows gives a youthful look. Apply the gold brow mascara lightly when the brown mascara dries. This will lighten the brows to match the hair.


  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - Always prime the eyes for a longer lasting eye makeup without creasing. 
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in #Body to Body - With a clean finger, apply the middle shade, which is a pale peach shade all over the lids. With a pencil brush, apply the same shade on the inner corner of the eyes and the first half of the lower lash line to brighten the eyes. With a dense shader brush, take the first shade, a rose gold, and apply it on the outer third of the lids. With the same brush, apply this shade to the rest of the lower lash line, making sure to not leave any harsh lines. 
  • Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner - Line the upper lash line thinly and slightly extend it past the corner of the eyes.        
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero - Tightline and line the waterline. When lining the waterline, connect it to the extended line made by the liquid liner.  
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in #More Brown - Take the deepest brown shade with a smudge brush and apply this to the lower lash line. This will smoke out the black liner and soften the look. 
  • 3CE Pink I'm Good Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply a coat of mascara to the upper lashes. Apply two coats to the bottom lashes. 
  • Red Cherry Demi Wispies False Lashes - This is optional but this will help complete the look.  Wispy lashes looks fluttery but natural.

Wearing GEO Twinkle Circle Lens from PastelNoodles

  • 3CE Lip Lacquer in Pink Boom - Soft but vibrant pink lips for the completed look! Apply the lacquer in the middle of the lips and blend out with a clean finger to soften it up. 

Hope you enjoyed this look! I really had fun doing this and it makes me feel young and innocent! ^^ More reviews coming up in the next few days!

Hair Update: Routine, Length and Color

Hey y'all! It's been exactly 3 months since I cut my hair and made an update about it (I Cut My Hair!) and nearly a year ago since I posted my Hair Care Routine. So today I'm gonna do an update on my current hair care routine, hair color and how long it has grown since I've cut it.

One of the reasons why I cut my hair last November was because it was just severely damaged and unhealthy from heat styling and coloring. If you've read my Summer 2014 Hair Care Routine, you'll know I spend a lot of time and money to keep my hair fairly healthy but obviously, even with great products, you really can't undo split-ends unless you cut them.

With shorter hair, I was able to have healthy and manageable hair. I still do follow my previous hair care routine but with the addition of a new shampoo and conditioner, which is the Mane 'n Tail. I've heard so many great things about it especially those rumors that it makes your hair grow faster than it normally does. I am dying to get my length back and I thought it wouldn't hurt trying this out especially when it was on sale at Rite Aid (BOGO!) when I purchased it.

Mane 'n Tail Shampoo: The consistency of this shampoo is thick and appears shiny. It lathers and cleans pretty well. It almost felt like a clarifying shampoo. There were some reviews that says it helps with dry scalp and flakes but that didn't do anything for me. I have always had dry skin and scalp all throughout the year but it's worse during the winter and I was hoping this would help but it didn't. On the brighter side, it did make my hair healthier and shinier.

Mane 'n Tail Conditioner: I was expecting this to be up to par with my favorite conditioner which is the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner, but sadly it wasn't. The consistency was thin and slightly liquidy, unlike the L'Oreal Conditioner which was rich, thick and extremely moisturizing. It was an okay conditioner. It does the job of conditioning the hair but it isn't as moisturizing as the other one. 

Clarifying all the rumors I've heard about Mane 'n Tail shampoo and conditioner, it does make your hair healthier and shiny because of the proteins that are in it. However, it doesn't make your hair grow any faster than it normally does. The average hair growth in a month is around half an inch, and I have grown 3 inches since November. The reason having grown an inch of hair in a month was because I was taking Biotin supplements and using Lush Roots Hair Treatment. The hair growth is not drastic and I still consider it normal plus I don't really use Roots and Biotin religiously. I would only use Roots perhaps once a week and take Biotin whenever I would remember it. I have also proven the effects of Roots in helping my hair grown since I've first started using it a couple of years ago.

I still use all of the products I mentioned in my Summer Hair Care Routine but the ones that I frequently use is the Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner, L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner, LUSH Roots Hair Treatment and the Organix Argan Oil of Morocco

November 2014

February 2015
As you can see in the photos above, my hair has definitely grown in length. It is more noticeable at the back but I have yet to figure out taking photos of my backside without anyone's help (lol). ^^

If you've noticed, I have also changed my hair color from red to brown! The red actually faded into an ugly red which I despised and I didn't want to go through the whole dyeing-my-hair-red again. I realized that I really miss my brown ombre hair look from last summer so I just decided to just dye it back to brown using the Revlon Colorsilk 50 Light Ash Brown. The red didn't even peek through so it was pretty good. I'm gonna wait for another month before I dye my hair lighter. 

I really can't wait til my hair grows back to it's longer length. As for styling, I don't really put too much effort with it since it's short but with my longer layers I sometimes do curl my hair. I'm not subjecting my hair to frequent heat styling because I'm just scared that I'll have to deal with split ends again.

And that's it for my hair update! Til my next hair update! And watch out for my reviews on Korean beauty items because my BNT Beauty Box just arrived!

Friday, February 20, 2015

[Klenspop] Lenspop Bunny Color Brown Circle Lens Review

Klenspop has released their very own brand of circle lens! Let's welcome Lenspop Bunny Color circle lenses! 

Packaged the same way as the NEO Vision Black Cat lenses I have previously received from them, except that the photo of the girl on the box is different. Inside the box are the two vials of circle lenses, a lens case and a lens tweezer. 

The vial is so cute, designed with a chibi girl with bunny ears. As you all know, I love bunnies (hence my blog name, Urhappybunnie^^) and the design and name of the lenses really appeal to me even prior to receiving the lenses.

Manufactured in South Korea, this pair of circle lens is part of the what you call, Natural Big Eye Lenses, with a diameter of 14mm and a graphic diameter of 13.8mm. Water content is 38% and base curve is 8.6mm.

The Bunny Color Circle lenses are two-toned. It is a mix of dark brown color which is majorly seen on the limbal ring and a lighter shade which leans more towards a honey-golden color. 

Although it does look significantly lighter, the mix of the brown shades makes it natural looking. Personally, I feel like this particular pair of lens gives a really innocent and youthful vibe. Although it has a diameter of 14mm it doesn't give you an overly big eyed look since the limbal ring is narrower and in a brown shade. Limbal rings or the outer ring of a circle lens is what gives the bigger eye look. The darker and thicker the ring is the bigger the eye will seem.

I really don't have anything bad to say about the Bunny Color lenses since they are really comfortable to wear, it would last a good 6-8 hours before my eyes start to feel dry. As for the design, I actually like it. As I mentioned above, they make you appear youthful and innocent and they can absolutely pass off as my real eye color. As for the enlargement, I give it a 3 out of 5 because it doesn't give much of a dolly eyed look.

Comfort: ♥♥♥♥/5
Overall, it is a great lens and the price isn't bad at all since it retails for only $13 at Klenspop! If you would like to get into circle lenses but not really comfortable with wearing the ones with crazy colors and designs then this one is perfect since it looks natural like a lighter natural eye shade. ^^

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


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mini Haul: Nature Republic

i have known for quite awhile that there is a nature Republic free standing store in New york, but since it's all the way in Main St. Flushing, Queens, I never attempted to go there. I've been working at Queens recently and since I was in the area, I decided to drop by the store.

I didn't really get much from the store. The only thing that I was thinking of getting from the store is a couple of beauty products for my BFF in Cali.  EXO endorsed products in particular since she's a huge fan. I was so in awe of the many products that I vow to return and get more from the store. I was pressed with time and it wasn't really in my budget for the month to splurge on beauty items so I just decided to get a couple of items.

EXO-M Gold Snail Hydrogel Mask Sheet with Syn-ake Venom Peptide
EXO-K hydrogel Mask Sheet with Collagen
Skin Smoothing Blackhead Removing Nose Patch
By Flower Lip Balm
Botanical Waterproof Sharp Eyeliner
Snail Solution 10,000 Eye Patch 

I was so excited to try out the eye patch that I bought like 3 of them and I totally used them up before I remembered to take a photo for the haul, mind you, I already had these since the start of January. I also bought the eyeliner as a replacement for my Graymelin Control Sharp Liner. I love the finish and wear of the Graymelin liner. And I also like how it is a click pen with a very fine brush tip. The closest to this product that I could find is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper however it is priced at $19 at Sephora. The Nature Republic liner is priced at $13. I basically saved a couple of bucks. 

Til the next haul! ^^

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

So Maybelline came out with a new Fit Me foundation, this time it's for a matte and poreless finish unlike the original Fit Me foundation which is dewy and natural. I actually really like the original Fit Me foundation and I've gone through 2 bottles already. it's one of my favorite drugstore foundations along with the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation.

The thing I really like about the original Fit Me foundation was that it was light and natural looking. The Matte + Poreless foundation isn't really all that different from the original one except for the obvious difference in finish. 

For a person with dry skin, I actually quite like this foundation. Even if it's matte it's not too drying on the skin. It is recommended for normal to oily skin types but I have a feeeling that if you are extremely oily and you use this, it will only control your oils for a few hours of wear. I have to reiterate that this foundation is not long lasting. It will look as good as you first applied it after a maximum of 4 hours. You can definitely extend it's wear by applying powder on top of it. This foundation actually has a powder that accompanies it so maybe you can try that out too!

Above is a comparison of swatches for the Fit Me Original and the Fit Me Matte. They are both in shades 220 Natural Beige. I have set my hand on an angle when I took this photo and as you can see, the Fit Me Original is sliding down while the Fit Me matte is still on it's place. The Fit Me Original is very liquidy and the Matte has a slightly mousse texture.

In the before and after photos above, you can clearly see how natural looking the Fit Me Matte is. It is definitely a light coverage foundation since you can still see my real skin peeking through. It evens out my skin; gets rid of my redness and makes my under eye circles look better. Slight hyperpigmentations are also covered. 

The Fit Me Matte actually reminds me of the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation that I've tried over the summer, but since I'm a cheapo and I always like finding drugstore dupes especially when it comes to foundations for everyday use. I haven't found any drugstore equivalent of the NARS Sheer Matte until this Fit Me Matte. Come to think of it, the Fit Me Original was actually a drugstore dupe for the NARS Sheer Glow as well!

  • Good for normal to oily skin
  • Gives a matte and natural look
  • Flawless and poreless finish
  • Controls oil

  • Not long lasting (maximum wear is 4 hours)
  • Transfers on clothes

For $7-8 in the drugstore I think this is really worth it. I had a phase where I really like dewy finishes but as of late I have really been liking the matte look. If you have dry skin like me, and you're worried that this would dry you out or would enhance your dry patches, you can still wear this foundation. Just make sure too exfoliate and moisturize before application.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

[LensVillage] GEO Grang Grang Circle Lens Review

I can never get enough of circle lenses and I'm always happy to try and review different ones. The lenses I'm reviewing today is the GEO Grang Grang Circle Lens from LensVillage. I have been a big fan of GEO lenses and the Angel series is still my favorite lenses ever. 

LensVillage is a Malaysian based circle lens store that offers a wide variety of circle lens. All circle lens are authentic and has a money back guarantee. Even for international shipping they are pretty fast and they offer excellent customer service.

Each pair of regular priced circle lens that you order from Lensvillage comes with a cute animal case! It is available in different colors too! If you happen to buy on sale or promotional lenses, keep in mind that you may not receive an animal case.

Photo credit to Lensvillage

Each vial of GEO Medical lenses comes with an authentication code which you can check on their anti-fake system.

The Grang Grang lenses come in 2 shades, Choco and Brown. What I have here is the Choco which is a deeper shade of brown while the Brown is lighter and has a golden tone to it. It also comes in two sizes, one has a diameter of 14.2mm and the other one is 15mm for a more dolly eyed look. This lens series is bigger than the usual circle lenses which comes in 14mm, which is considered as Natural Big Eye Lenses. Base curve for this particular lens is 8.6 with 38% water content. 

As you can see, the limbal ring or the outer ring is wider and darker which gives the dolly look.

As you can see on the photos, this dark shade of brown looks very natural. If you have a different or lighter eye color than mine, you would most likely have a two-toned effect with this lenses. The design is also subtle and blends naturally. probably out of all the GEO lens series I have tried, the Grang Grang in Choco is the most natural.The other series have more prominent designs and lighter shades so it appears a little bit unnatural but not too deviant and over the top.

Comfort is not an issue with GEO lenses and the Grang Grang lenses are no different. I never had a problem with their wear even through a long day. Life span of the lenses are 1 year but with proper use and care you can extend it's life, although I highly recommend disposing lenses around the 6th to 8th month mark or when you feel like it isn't comfortable to use anymore (eyes drying out after a few hours of use, eye irritation, etc).

Final verdict for the GEO Grang Grang Circle Lens in Choco:

Comfort: ♥♥♥♥♥/5
Loving the dolly eyed look with the Grang Grang even if my makeup is not for big eye emphasis.

Don't forget to check out LensVillage for other kinds of circle lenses and enter their Selfie Contest on Instagram when you get your purchase! 

*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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