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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