Friday, 6 March 2015

First Impression - It's Skin Power 10 Formula SYN-AKE

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about another of the It's Skin Power 10 Formula's, this time the SYN-AKE sample!
What Does It Do?
"It's Skin Power 10 Formula SYN-AKE Effector is a highly potent serum containing SYN-AKE® peptides that mimic the action of snake venom. Wrinkles are “frozen”, preventing formation of new creases & lines to give a more evenly toned complexion. Serum is also enriched with a powerful cocktail of adenosine, baobab extract, Indian fig extract and yeast ferment to restructure skin layers & provide deep nourishment. 

It's Skin Power 10 collection of serums is designed to tackle every skincare problem with a blend of highly effective, nourishing ingredients. All dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin. Free from colorants and alcohols.

How to Use: After washing the face, place few drops onto palm and gently pat it into skin until fully absorbed. Follow with your favorite emulsion or moisturiser." (1)
I have been using this sample of SYN-AKE under my eyes for a couple of weeks now. I decided to just use this under my eyes as it seems like the product is designed to smooth fine lines, and this is where most of my fine lines are! The product looks quite thick to start with, but feels really thin and is easy to spread out. It feels a little bit sticky, and takes a little extra patting to absorb, but soon loses the sticky feeling and instead makes my under eye area feel very soft and moisturized. I quite enjoy the scent of the product, it smells a little like my mum, (in a good way!). I can see a very small improvement in my fine lines, but I don't think it's a miracle working product.
Would I Purchase This Product?
I'm still not very sure. I feel like this product makes my under eye area feel super moisturized and smooth, I see a very small amount of wrinkle smoothing and it's not a very expensive product, but I feel like such a small tester sachet isn't quite enough to test this product thoroughly! I'm not blown away by this product, but still intrigued enough to grab it if it's on sale. ^.^

Have you tried this product before? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Review - Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Mask

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack! This thick, shaving cream like foam is acutally a super cool face mask that is supposed to make your skin become as smooth an the eggs surface! This product was kindly sponsored by Skinlosophy!
This product comes packaged in a light yellow cardboard box with both Korean and English instructions, as well as ingredients. I think it's super cute that the packaging has little whisks pictured!

The product itself is housed in a clean tube that looks suspiciously like a shaving cream tube. It's very hygienic, and the pump stays quite clean if you give it a quick rinse after pumping out the product. When the product pumps out it is super thick and squishy, exactly like shaving foam!
"Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack is a wash off type essence pack with very soft texture.

It forms very fine lather like genuine mousse, helping remove excess sebum and impurities without leading to tight sensation in addition to the functions of whitening, moisturizing and nourishing.

The contained protein and vitelline extracted mainly from eggs are great skin moisturizers to refine your skin and make the skin shine with radiance.

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack will turn your skin to become as smooth as the eggs surface. This is for all skin types, to use day and night." (1) 

I used way too much of the mask on my face here, but you can see that the foam doesn't deflate as soon as you massage it onto your face, but it pops and deflates after a small length of time (20mins) on the face. I'm super glad that this mask doesn't smell like eggs, but rather like flowers, because I really hate the smell of eggs!!
I use this mask for around 15mins two to three times a week, but I was told by a Too Cool for School sales assistant in Taipei that you can leave the mask on your skin for only three minutes for a super quick mask. I prefer to use it for 15mins however, because it makes my skin feel a lot more moisturized than just 3 minutes.

What I Love
- Inexpensive ($18AUD)
- Fun to use
- Lovely scent (flowers, not eggs)
- Very moisturizing

What I Don't Love
- Doesn't make my skin feel smooth

Final Thoughts
I think this is a really cute face mask that is fun to use and gives good hydration and moisture to the skin. I don't think it had any effect on my pores or making my skin look or feel smooth, but it was nicely hydrating. I would recommend this mask to anyone who wants a fun, hydrating face mask!

If you would like to buy your own Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Mask, I got mine from Skinlosophy for $18AUD!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Store Review - Meow Cosmetics

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about a super cute website called Meow Cosmetics! You may have heard this name before since I have swatched almost all of these little samples previously. In all honesty, I purchased these in January 2014 and put off doing these reviews because I foolishly bought 51 sample packets. The Store Review is going to be SUPER LONG but won't include any face photos or personal thoughts as it would make it too long in my opinion. ^.^

Website Practicality
I find the website a little difficult to navigate and the aesthetic is not really my cup of tea, but the little sidebar at least gives you categories to choose from. Because Meow Cosmetics has so many different options and colours for not only foundation, but blush, eyeshadow, eyebrow, highlighter, bronzer, primer etc that there are a couple of different screens and tabs to go through which makes things ultra confusing. I think the format of the site could be better, but I can definitely sympathize as to why it's so confusing.
Price Comparison
The foundations are priced between $26.95 - $29.95USD for a 85g jar which I think is very reasonable! They also come in smaller jars for a cheaper price too if you don't want to commit to a full sized jar. All of the other products are below $20USD which I find incredibly reasonable (especially considering the wide range of products and colours). I don't have very much experience with Mineral makeup at all - the only comparison I can think of is Bare Minerals makeup which is much more expensive anyway. What makes this store ideal is that they offer almost every product in 1tsp $1 sample bags. So of course I got about a million $1 samples! ^.^ This is an amazing service if you find foundations difficult to match - it means that you don't have to commit to purchasing a full sized product only to find out that the colour or formula is awful on your skin.

Shipping and Packaging
My package took the standard three weeks to arrive in New Zealand and was super cutely packaged with little cat prints and a little leopard print bag! Too cute! My shipping was free (although I can't remember if that's because of the voucher or just because it was free shipping).
I purchased 51 sample packets (only a little over the top hehe) so brace yourselves for arm swatch city! I've only tried these products once, so I don't really have an opinion on the products yet, so this review will mainly contain swatches and links.

First up are the Foundation swatches! Meow Cosmetics offer a ton of different toned mineral foundations (86 shades to be exact, and then three types of coverage in all shades) which are logically set out in tones down the left, then depth of tone across the top. For example, if like me you are very pale with strong yellow undertones, you would look down the left line of foundation names and colours to find the best description of your skin tone, then across the top to find how dark you want that tone to be!
These are the shades I chose to try;

You may be a Snow Lynx if:  
You are *extremely fair skinned, very pale

You may be an Abyssinian if: 
you have predominantly yellow undertones with beige 

You may be an Angora if: 
*you have strong pure yellow undertones, with no or little beige peach or pink
*you need to cover redness from acne, rosacea, or ruddiness 

You may be a Manx if: 
You have yellow undertones with some peach 

You may be a Siamese if: 
you have creamy undertones, with no dominant peach or pink, but you may see a bit of yellow, peach, pink and beige

Next up are Concealer swatches! Since these are the same colours as the foundation, I only grabbed a couple of different shades.

Our Concealers are the same color as our foundations, but inherently lighter than their corresponding foundation counterparts.
For spot coverage and covering acne, etc, we recommend the matching shade.  For adding to your foundation jar, you may want to try going up in color depth 1 level.

Purrr-fect cover Concealer:

Purr-fect cover Mineral Concealer is our heaviest coverage product.  It's capable of covering most any imperfection, offering nearly opaque coverage.

  • smooth, soft, and easily blendable
  • matte
  • heaviest coverage
  • corresponding shades to all foundation colors !
  • no preservatives
  • no fillers
  • 100% natural
  • anti-inflammatory properties (calming to damaged irritated skin)

Undereye Concealer:
Undereye Mineral Concealer is like an 8-hour cat nap - in a jar! 

  • so super silky, soft, and creamy that you can apply it with your finger or a brush!
  • matte
  • specially formulated for covering dark undereye discolorations
  • added slip means no more pulling and tugging and delicate undereye skin
  • corresponding shades to all foundation colors !
  • no preservatives/no fillers
  • 100% natural
  • anti-inflammatory properties (calming to the skin)
Next we have the Camo Cat Colour Correcting Concealers. This is another example of the random website quirkiness - since there is no search bar on the site and this category hasn't been placed in the "Face" category on the left side bar, the only way to find this page of products is to find it being advertised as a new product in the middle of the regular concealer page. 

Based on the simplicity of color canceling pigments and aided by the multiple luxurious properties of Silk, these glorious Color Correcting Concealers are the newest addition to the Meow Cosmetics line up. 
Camo-Cats c3  Enriched with the moisture balancing and anti-inflammatory benefits of Pure Silk Powder, our Color Correcting Concealers are unlike any other mineral concealer.  They were specially formulated to color correct for a plethora of different imperfections while creating the purrrfect blank canvas for mineral foundations in the process.  
Their supple texture and blendable consistency makes them simple and quick to apply, while concealing a multitude of color related imperfections in an instant.  Each shade is designed to conceal specific skin discolorations ranging from bruising and redness  to extremely dark undereye circles.  Silk Powder offers numerous benefits for the skin, including it's numerous amino acids,  but it's really it's moisture balancing "wonder" as it can self-adjust to allow for changes in temperature and humidity. 

Yellow - Covers Acne, Redness, Blotchiness, Rosacea, purple shadows, undereye circles, blue veins, Dark Spots
Green - Covers Sallowness, Redness, Acne, Rosacea, port wine stains
Blue - When Green concealer makes you appear sallow, try blue as an alternative. Also covers ruddiness.  
Lavender - Covers Sallowness, Yellow/Brown Bruises, Pigmentation issues and dark spots on bronze skin tones
Let's move on to the Primp and Preen section!

Premier Puss Primer (Oily or Combination Formula):
It's the first thing you should reach for, to create the Purrr-fect canvas for applying your foundation!  Premiere Puss Primer Powder prepares the "canvas" of your skin purrrfectly for foundation and creates the flawless, velvety look of naturally perfect skin.  Premier Puss can also extend the all ready long-lasting wearability of our original Purrrfect Puss foundation.  Both primer formulas come together with high-end luxury ingredients that are sure to pamper you,.. and your skin!
The Oily Skin Premiere Puss Primer is a uniquely indulgent formulation for oily skins.  Unlike other oily skin primers that can leave skin overly dry or irritated, there are no harsh irritating or comedogenic ingredients here.  Enriched with the oil absorbing properties of Kaolin Clay, the glorious texture of Silk Powder and the luxurious slip and cashmere-like feel of boron nitride, it's purrrfection for oily skin types, like never before!  
Part Oily/Part Normal skin has finally found it's holy grail of primers in Premiere Puss's Combination Skin formulation. With the soothing properties of silk powder and the slip and silkiness and amazing skin adhesion of boron nitride, this primer glides on to help create the look and feel of balanced skin. 

Top Cat Luxury Finish/Setting Powder:
Like a veil of perfect smooth skin, Top Cat Finish/Setting Powder is the final step in your creation of flawless purrrfection.   Ideally applied last, over your foundation, Top Cat Finish Powder "sets" your mineral foundation for long lasting hold.   Comprised of wondrous Boron Nitride and  the finest grade pure Silk Powder, Top Cat contains proteins and 18 amino acids which are easily absorbed into the skin.  Silk Powder also has natural moisture adjusting properties which  can absorb and release moisture as needed throughout your busy day.  Additionally, Silk is a natural oil absorber, which makes Top Cat Finish powder ideal for touch ups throughout the day, and occasional oil breakthrough.  

Equilibrium Balancing Powder
Equilibrium, aptly named for it's unique moisture balancing and soothing properties, is our first true multi-tasking finish powder. For dry skin, it is the ideal emollient priming base coat. For irritated skin, it is a smoothing, calming, healing primer.  Worn overnight, it can help calm sensitive, damaged or irritated skin. And for all skin types, it is nourishing and moisture balancing top coat with the benefits of silk powder and soothing allantoin. 

Crystalline Cat Glow Powder
Crystalline Cat Glow Powder is untinted and natural by design,  so it won't interfere with the color of your foundation.  As a result, it  appears crystalline white in the jar.  Because Crystalline Cat has no added colors to conflict with your other cosmetics,  it can impart a transparent, translucent glowing sheen, anywhere you apply it!

*not glittery
*finely milled
*delivers a radiant glow when and where you want it

Crystalline Cat  is an exceptionally  finely milled translucent mineral glow powder.  Designed specially for those times when you want to impart a dewy healthy glow  to your skin.  Crystalline Cat is *NOT* glittery, it adds only a "glow" to your skin, without any harsh ingredients.   Use sparingly for the most natural look of radiant glowing skin, or layer and apply anywhere for a  more sensual, daring look!
Next we have some of the random face powders including Skinny Dippers, Sunsplashers, Firefly Bronzer and Blush and Crystalline Cat Tinted Glow Powders.

We all know that a chiseled, contoured cheekbone is slimming.  Now that look is as effortless as a single brush stroke with our new Skinny Dippers Mineral Cheek Contour. 
Skinny Dippers differ from our other new product line, Sunsplashers, in that they are intended to provide a very naked color contour.  Sunsplashers create a natural tanned look, as though you were in the sun.  
One sweep of your brush with Skinny Dippers can make your face appear thinner, more radiant and youthful.  Skinny dippers accomplish this without adding any unneeded color, so you don't look made up, you simply look polished and beautiful, naturally!   We recommend applying Skinny Dippers in the hollow just under your cheekbone for a thinning effect that's very sculpted.   But there are several other options  too, there really aren't any rules, and you'll find these mutil-purpose powders to be infinitely versatile!!

*apply to the cheekbone directly (sometimes a lighter shade is best for this but experimentation will tell you what works for you) this has the effect of emphasizing the cheekbone making it appear raised
*apply just under the cheekbone, in the hollow of your cheek.  To see where this is, you can sort of suck your cheeks in a bit, and apply in the hollow that appears.  This effect is my favorite, and creates a very natural contour on the face that can be slimming and youthful!

*apply as an eyeshadow browbone highlight color

*Apply lightly, over or under your favorite blush or bronzer for a completely gorgeous cover girl look.  

Skinny Dippers have an incredibly natural and supple and slightly creamy texture.  While they aren't completely matte, they don't shine either, making them wearable for all skin types and ages.  
With unlimited applications, they're spectacular for brow bone highlighting and eye shadow too!
A purrrfect cheek contour, completely natural beauty, available in 3 color depths custom formulated for your foundation breed.  Beautiful elegance has never been simpler.

Finally you can look like you lounged all day at the pool, without the harmful rays of the sun.   Sunsplashers provide a sheer, sunsplashed color wash of your foundation! Much simpler than bronzer to apply, and faster than a self tanner, Sunsplashers can go anywhere the sun can, at a moment's notice. 
Think of them as a sunkissed version of your Meow Cosmetics Foundation.  Error-proof and effortless, simply dust on Sunsplashers anywhere the sun would splash you...on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, a little at the chin and shoulders, and you'll look naturally tanned!
We recommend application with a small contour brush or kabuki, and simply apply and lightly buff yourself into a tan.  Just apply and then watch as Sunsplashers meld into your skin and glow like the rays of the sun! 

Our Firefly Collection of blushes and bronzers have a creamy, dewy feel on the skin, and provide a luminescent scintillating sheen of sun drenched color and shimmer.  This collection is comprised of the most sumptuous mineral cosmetic ingredients available.

Inspired by the minerals that are their namesakes, these tinted glow powders have a multitude of uses! Wonderful for brightening tired dull skin, putting a soft focus finish over (or under!) your favourite blush or bronzer, and even as a row highlight, you'll find new uses for these every time you use them. They're super soft and extra finely milled, just like our original Crystalline Cat Glow Powder, but now they're all dressed up with a flush of gorgeous fresh colour!

My second equal favourite category for this wee haul is the blushes category!

Experience the musical, lyrical beauty of PINK in sheer wearable blush shades perfect for right now. This special luminous sheer formula is multi dimensional and lightly  translucent, for maximum wearability (or should we say PINKability??) Available in 14 fun, light PINK-hearted shades, sure to help you transcend nearer to your inner PINK.    

Luminous, lightweight, airy and ever so slightly kissed with unexpected iridescent glow! The Taboo blush palette is a bit  like peering  *through* a rainbow arching across the sky.  Neither sparkly nor matte, these soft and creamy colors will Formulated to be as light as the air itself and lightly kissed with mystical glowing radiance, these are taboos that everyone should have!  

LushBlush: saturated in vivid wet hues, moist and creamy to the touch, with an opaline sheen of glowing lustrous color.  One light sweep at the cheekbone is all you'll need to complete your look.  They are completely unlike any other blush we have ever offered.  Lush Blush provides a glowing flush of color to the cheeks with no sparkle to distract from their rich healthy glow, just an effortless dewy wash of pure color.  

Masterpiece Blush Gallery: Our newest blush collection, uniquely formulated and unlike any other blush you've ever tried.  They're sumptuously sheer, and sweep on your cheeks invisibly, leaving only a pure wash of gorgeous colors behind!   Available in a timeless, ageless palette of classic hues and inspired by the eternal beauty of masterpiece paintings, you'll fall in love with them all!  Bask in their beauty.
The last set of swatches are in the Eyes category!  

Specially formulated to cling to your brush, enhance and control your brows! Brow-taming mineral wonders!  You asked for them and we listened.  Our new Brow Beaters Brow Powders have an entirely different feel than any other product we have ever offered.  They are totally matte, yet soft and blendable.  Specially formulated to tame and color intensify your brow, beautifully.  Their unique texture clings to your brush for easy application and accuracy.  You'll wonder what you did without them! 

Glittery, glimmery mineral eyeshadows by Meow Cosmetics! They're enticing, they're exciting, they're unscrupulous, and you can't get enough of them...They're ScandalEyes!

Finely milled pure mineral shadows, with extra glimmer and shine for those times when something ordinary just won't do!  Sex?  Politics? Mysteries?  We've got them all, and they're available in a scandalous array of colors, so go ahead,...scandalize your eyes with ScandalEyes!

VandalEyes are our newest, most highly pigmented collection of multi-purpose eye shadows.  Silky smooth and designed to be extra long wearing, they're intense and powerful but they are *not* for the faint of heart...Can be applied dry for a bold look, or foiled (applied wet) for the most intense color and sheen.

Our top selling line of mineral shadows!  They're pearlized (or, as we like to think of them, "purrr-lized"!) shadow colors with sophistication.  They're available in a full range of color choices, with a rich, creamy consistency that clings to the brush for easy and smooth long wearing application.  Beautiful colors that catch the light with the soft, glowing, velvety sheen.  Elegant, yet fun, you'll want them all!

Cat Eyes
CatEyes is our exclusively formulated collection of Matte  Mineral Cosmetic Eyeshadows!  Smooth and long wearing, in a rainbow of colors, brush on your best cat eyes and get ready to have some fun!

With just enough twinkle and sparkle to put some pounce in your step, Modern Eyes is less sparkly than our Scandal Eyes  collection, and more glitzy than our Cat Eyes Matte Shadows.  Perfect for every day, day time wear, you'll want them all!
What I Love
- Amazing range of products
- Almost everything comes in sample bags
- Well priced products
- Shipping is neither quick nor slow (neutral really)

What I Don't Love
- Difficult website to navigate (no search bar, whaat)
Final Thoughts
Apart from the fact that it took about a million years to sort through the ridiculous amount of products that Meow Cosmetics stocks, (this is kinda a good thing) and getting quite lost navigating their website, (kinda a bad thing) I think I've found some gems for the pale community! I have tried the foundations, and since I've never worn mineral makeup before I completely failed at using them, so after a bit of research and trial and error I will try again for some first impression reviews! I think the foundations and Primers will be in First Impressions while the rest of the products will be in regular review spots due to the amount that needs to be used (I'll get two uses out of the foundations and primers in comparison to ten uses of blush and eyeshadow etc) so watch out for updates of those! I quite enjoyed shopping with Meow Cosmetics and their products seem quite good from the initial swatches so I would recommend their site for anyone that finds it difficult to match their foundation (super pale or super dark) since there are so many different options including a white mixer!

Well done for making it to the end of the review! Are there any products that you would like to see reviewed? ^.^ 

Friday, 27 February 2015

First Impression - It's Skin Power 10 Formula Propolis

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about a very interesting product from the It's Skin Power 10 Formula range, the Propolis formula! Apparently, Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive, and apparently in beauty products! Bee produce isn't so uncommon for beauty products, and definitely not the weirdest thing I've ever put on my face (hello snail slime) so let's see how it does!
What Does It Do?
"It's Skin Power 10 Formula Propolis (30ml)
The Propolis extract contained in this essence helps to restore, strengthen and bright up your skin for dewy, healthy and well hydrated results. It's Niacin Amide property promotes brightening effect to improve dull and tired look skin tone.

How to use?
Use it after cleansing and toning. Apply moisturizer afterwards to complete your skin care regimen.

For all skin types, especially for tired look skin." (1)

"Highly potent and concentrated serum improves skin's over-all health with a steady stream of nutrient-rich propolis and generous moisturizers to brighten dull skin and tighten enlarged pores. Rapidly penetrating formula sinks through skin's layers to reverse the effects of stress and damage right where they begin to form. For best results, smooth on a few drops of serum on cleansed and toned skin and follow with moisturizer to seal in hydration." (2)
I used two sample sachets of this product and can safely say that I love it! It absorbs quickly, provides light hydration with a matte finish and seems to make my acne heal faster. Obviously I'm not a dermatologist and can't confirm this, but Webmd tells me that "Propolis seems to have activity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It might also have anti-inflammatory effects and help skin heal." (3) A quick Google search from a couple of different resources tells me that Propolis is not fully researched yet, but seems to have some potential to help acne because of the anti-septic properties it has.

Would I Purchase This Product?
Yes, I already have! ^.^ I've been having some quite severe acne in Taipei and this product really seems to help it! I found an It's Skin counter in Kaohsiung and snapped it up for a moderately pricy $490TWD (around $20NZD) and I have NO REGRETS. I'm really excited to try the other tester samples of the Power 10 Formula range too! ^.^
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