September 29, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Periwinkle Cardinal EOTD

It's been quite some time since I've worn a green eyeshadow. In fact, I used to wear greens far more often than neutrals. And, greens just look fabulous on tanned complexions. Right now I'm hovering between NC25 to NC30. 

I'm so glad I picked up Rouge Bunny Rouge's Long-Lasting Eyeshadow in Periwinkle Cardinal. It's definitely refreshing to have some color with my purchases. I have been a boring old fart lately, including my life. Some color is definitely needed in my life!


Periwinkle cardinal is hardly a daring choice; I would describe it to be a silvery sage green with iridescence. It's complementary with many of the eyeshadows you may have in your stash, especially with neutral tones. 


The RBR eyeshadows individually contain 2.4g. I'm a little disappointed that Zuneta had charged me the price for the larger pans to my smaller Solstice Halcyon. I'm not a person to check prices and quantities, but the discrepancy wasn't quite fair, in my opinion. 

Nevertheless, like all RBR eyeshadows, they are cute as a button.


Depending on the light, it has a slight blue-ish tinge.


In my stash, Majolica Majorca GR791 and Lancome Color Design in Filigree were the closest dupes. RBR Periwinkle Cardinal leans slightly more cool, with almost a grey or blue tone depending on the light. Shu Uemura's green is far more yellow-toned. Stila's is the truest sage green I have. The lancome green has a similar finish and shade, but the texture is not on par with the silky texture of RBR eyeshadows. 



I completed the look today by pairing RBR Delicate Hummingbird on the crease, and RBR Solstice Halcyon slightly above RBR Periwinkle Cardinal, blending it slightly. 




I do believe that this pairing is a match made in heaven! If you're not quite sure which first RBR eyeshadow to begin with, I would recommend you to pick Delicate Hummingbird and Periwinkle Cardinal! 



I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday. It just keeps on raining non-stop here in Copenhagen! I guess that only means doing laundry, cleaning the apartment, packing and finally leaving to Tokyo!

Oh I can't wait!!!!

:o)

I have my shopping list full of Japanese magazines, snacks, stationary and makeup, of course!!!

September 27, 2012

Skinfood Peach Sake Toner, Serum and Emulsion


I think it has been about a month since I've started using the Skinfood Peach Sake Skincare line. I wanted to venture into more affordable brands, especially Korean ones. Not only have I been using bb creams rather frequently, I have also learnt that there's some decent skincare products out there without the price tag. Maybe it's not the best quality, but it does it's job according to their claims.

Before I start this review, I have to put it out there that skincare reviews are always subjective to the person using it. My skin type is dry and marginally oily on my t-zone.  

The best way to sum up about the Skinfood Peach Sake line is that its decent, but not the best. The line is targeted to those with oily skin, and especially for teens or anyone looking for good oil control during the summer. The caveat here is that this line is horrendous  okay-at-best in hydration. 


I picked up the toner, serum and emulsion all on enkoreadepart.com, a website that offers a myriad of Korean products. I love this site because I don't have to navigate through difficult Google chrome translate. 

Shipping was fast and each product was packaged nicely with bubblewrap. I believe shipping to Singapore was free over $200.

All these bottles are HEAVY - it really does feel like you're using kitchen sauces when handling them. The concept of Skinfood is all about using food ingredients in skincare... no surprise there. Skin... Food.

I have this love-hate relationship with excessive marketing. Packaging products into bottles that literally feels like food is not really my cup of tea. What's even more frustrating is that I literally have to wait for the emulsion to pour out of the bottle, just like you would do for ever-so-tormenting ketchup to peek out of the Heinz bottle. Frustrating, indeed. 

Here are some individual reviews on each product...

One... Skinfood Peach Sake Toner
The Skinfood Peach Sake Toner does nothing to remove remaining residue. You still need to rely on a 2-step cleansing process to get every dirt and grime off. Although, the toner does work quite well as an astringent and makes my skin feel refreshed. There's a heavy scent of peaches, which may be intoxicating to some. To me, the scent might resemble some kind of artificial detergent. 




Two... Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
Again, I have no impression about this serum. It sinks into my skin rather fast and there's no feeling of tackiness, like most drugstore serums. However, I'm not quite sold since I haven't seen much of an improvement in my skin since using this.




Three... Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion
The emulsion is probably the best item out of the three. But again, it's not stellar. The bottle (as you've read above) annoys me each time I use it. At the beginning, I had to hit the tip of the bottle on my palm to agitate the product slightly for the teeniest amount. Now that I'm halfway through the bottle, a huge gallop of product comes out... definitely way too much to use for a single application. 

The only reason why I think this is the best out of the line would be its' effective oil control. I can smother myself with this emulsion and within 2 minutes, it's completely soaked into my skin. And voila! my skin is matte. No oilies for hours. Again, this really is subjective. 

There's always a flipside right? Yes, this is not hydrating AT ALL. And when your skin is dehydrated, the more your skin will produce oil. Not quite the cycle we want. 




You wouldn't need to guess very far what my impressions are on the Skinfood Peach Sake Line. Anyone considering this can give this line a complete miss. You can find much better products for oil control and hydration from LaRochePosay and Caudalie.

I hope you're all having a lovely Thursday. I'm off to Tokyo this weekend for work and I really (fingers-crossed) hope that I have time to shop around. And when I get back from Tokyo, I will share with you some exciting news and a haul. If I don't have time to do anything else than work, I still have Narita airport! Woohoo! :o) 

September 26, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet Excesses Glassy Gloss Rhubarb Custard

I think I have since lost track of the products I need to blog about, because I am so so behind on even last year's collection that it has become negligible to review them. This exemplifies the rate in which I buy over actually finding the time to appreciate each product. It's a bad habit I'm dying to break. 


Hopefully I'm not too late to review the Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet Excesses Glassy Glosses from the Mistral 2012 Summer collection. There are 9 shades in total, some shimmery and some milky. Rhubarb Custard was the only one I picked up, which is described to be a 'semi sheer coverage milky nude rosewood - irreplaceable my-lips-but-better color.' 

So far, I'm really loving RBR Rhubarb Custard - the formula is fantastic and the colors are so up my alley! It turns out that I'm using this quite a fair bit, even though it's one of those grandma looking boring shades. 


What I do love about the sweet excesses are its bottle design and doe foot applicators. It makes application easy, and often times, without needing a mirror. 


The standout, in my opinion, is the formula. It is so incredibly smooth and creamy on the lips, feels hydrating, and not the least sticky at all. It's not all that long-lasting, with maybe an hour after eating and drinking. This shouldn't stop you though - each time I take this to my lips, the scent of candies, makes this a pleasure to use! I also noticed that my lips looking less dry and perhaps even improved over time. 



For more swatches on the RBR Sweet Excesses Glassy Glosses, head over to Best Things in Beauty, Makeupandbeautyblog, BFF Beauty Blog (which was the blogger who convinced me that I needed to have this!)

You can purchase yours for 22 pounds at Zuneta.com (this is not an affiliated link).

Holika Holika Peach Girl BB Cream #2 Review and Comparisons

Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream, along with the Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream, is the thing that I desperately wanted to try when I got onto the BB cream bandwagon. Consider me a late-starter, but bb creams just never was my thing when living in hot and temperate climates. 

Holika Holika is a Korean brand, with a few selected stores scattered around Asia. They had opened one store in Singapore (I think 2 years back), but when I returned back a month ago, they were no longer there. That is quite unfortunate considering how much I prefer Holika Holika products over Etude House. Instead, I had purchased a bunch of Holika Holika products from Gmarket Korea, and shipped it to Singapore. My sweet friend had helped me carry it over to see me and I can't thank her enough! Thank you, Angeline!


I've been using the Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream SPF 37 PA ++ (in no. 2) in rotation with my Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (in no. 23) when I just feel like using something even quicker than foundation. The BB cream process only takes me no more than 10 seconds; I squeeze a pea size around on my fingers, then quickly warm the product by pressing my fingers together, and then dab it on. Couldn't be much simpler. 

This cute little nifty thing costed me no more than $20 (I think its best to refer to prices on Gmarket). It contains 50mLs of product and a small cap size amount of peach blush. Cute, isn't it? 


And surprisingly, the cream blush feels creamy and blends in very well to the skin. I haven't used this blush yet, but it doesn't feel like a 'cheap' add on. 



I believe I'm starting to get better in evaluating BB creams... So far, I've only been trying Korean BB creams. I simply do not believe in bb creams from the West, including the Garnier and L'oreal BB creams that have started to infiltrate the makeup stands in the Danish supermarkets and pharmacies. I suppose I'm quite biased that way. There are just some things where I would consider Asian brands more superior - BB creams and sheet masks, for example.



Color/Shade
Comparably, Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream no.2 is lighter than Missha Perfect Cover (which is suited to those in the NC27 range), but darker than the Skin79 Hot Pink. The tone is slightly grey on first application, but the color settles in about a minute or so. For reference, the picture above is swatched against the back of my arm where I'm probably an NC20. I still have some residual tan from the summer, so I would consider myself an NC25-27 on my face. The most yellow tone (and thus, more flattering on most Asian skin) would be the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream. 

There are 2 color options for the Peach Girl BB cream. 


Coverage
Holika Holika Peach Girl offers medium coverage, whilst Skin79 offers the lightest. The heaviest coverage bb cream is probably the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream. Nevertheless, Holika Holika Peach Girl covers some of my acne scars, and to some extent, covers my pores too. 


Texture, Scent & Finish
I really love the texture of the Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream; it's creamy, blends in effortlessly, and leaves the skin feeling slightly fresh and dewy looking. Compared to the Skin79, the finish is more satiny matte, and compared to the Lioele Beyond the Solution, it is more dewy.There's quite a moderate scent to the cream, but I quite like it, and I hardly notice it after 5 minutes. 


Oil control & Oxidation
By the 5-mark, there was hardly much oxidation and color change. "Marginal" meaning that you don't get the color demarcation from face and neck! :o) As for oil control, I didn't notice much. And I'm probably not the best judge for that, since I'm starting to have dry skin after living in this kind of crappy autumn weather. Because I suffer mostly from dry skin, I feel that the Peach Girl BB cream actually does nice job to hydrate the dry patches. What about the skincare benefits? Other than hydration, I'm not sure if I see any 'whitening' or 'anti-aging' benefits, like most Asian BB creams would claim. 

In summary, I am loving the Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream! It's quite hard to choose my preference between those BB creams I have tried so far. If I want to achieve luminosity, I would definitely go for this. 

I hope this post is useful for anyone considering in some BB creams off Gmarket. There's just too many to choose from, but at least, the prices are attractive! 

September 17, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge haul and swatches


I think I'm on a Rouge Bunny Rouge spree lately. Ever since I swatched Solstice Halcyon, and then Delicate Hummingbird, I have become utterly smitten about the brand. The product description seems to remind me of Shakespeare works, especially Midsummer's Night Dream, which I think is probably his best (along with Hamlet). The last time a brand has completely possessed me like this is Paul & Joe about 5 years ago. 


All the reviews that I have read so far about Rouge Bunny Rouge seems to be centered on their eyeshadows. I love how unique these shadows are, especially when you compare them to the higher end brands (Burberry, Chanel, etc). You can tell when a lot of thought has gone into a product - not just on the packaging, but the actual product. At first, I thought the brand was overhyped and it took me some convincing until I finally got to try their eyeshadows. The rest is history.

Uh oh, I am doomed... 


I picked up 3 eyeshadows and 3 lip products. All were purchased from Zuneta.
  • Hues of enchantment - Color burst lipstick in 'The Plot Thickens' 
  • Sweet Excesses - Glassy gloss in Rhubarb Custard
  • Gleaming Temptations - Lip gloss in Inflammable
  • When birds are singing - Long-lasting eyeshadow in Solstice Halcyon, Delicate Hummingbird and Periwinkle Cardinal. 
I apologise for the lack of order in my posts... Like any haul post, this should come first before the reviews. This time round, I have now reviewed two of the eyeshadows here (Solstice Halcyon) and here (Delicate Hummingbird). Over the coming days (maybe weeks), I will post reviews of the other products.


Here are some quick swatches to begin the temptation... ;-)



I have since managed to wear Rhubard Custard and I really love it. It's sheer and does not feel tacky at all. 


I hope you enjoyed the rather quick post about my haul. Stay tuned for more reviews... 

September 16, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird Review and EOTD

The more I try Rouge Bunny Rouge, the more I am drawn into the brand. Today, I tested Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds are Singing - Delicate Hummingbird and OMG... words cannot describe how gorgeous this shade is! It's truly stunning! I think everyone needs to own this, if not already! This shade will truly blow your socks off, and this also applies to neutral-lovers. 


RBR Delicate Hummingbird surprisingly comes in a larger quantity (2.4g) than my RBR Solstice Halcyon (2g), which I have reviewed yesterday. The case is slightly larger and slightly thicker. But otherwise, everything else is the same. This retails for 22 pounds on Zuneta.com.


As always, the RBR embossing is so boudoir. 



The texture and pigmentation is silky smooth and not chalky whatsoever!


Zuneta describes Delicate Hummingbird as a cold, dusky, sugar-frosted plum, iridescent with pink shimmer. I think that's a pretty accurate depiction. To the eye, the subtle nuance of color shifts depending on the light; mauve - purple - brown. It's impossible to describe exactly. 


I rummaged through my stash to find some equivalents and these were the closest shades that I could find. None of these shades are remotely close to RBR Hummingbird. From a birds eye glance, I thought that Nars Habanera was the closest dupe, but it turned out to be more of a deeper shade. 


As you can see the glow and sheen with the RBR eyeshadows are stunning. Shu Uemura ME 700 (the older formulation) has a finish that is most similar to the RBR. Everything else was just a chalky mess - I'm look at you MAC Smudged Violet. I suspect that there's something wrong with my MAC Smudged violet because there's no pigmentation whatsoever and it's horrendous. 

Dior Pearl Glow was alot more of a blue-toned purple, Shu Uemura is more of a purple and RBR Delicate hummingbird is somewhere in between the two aforementioned. 


RBR Delicate Hummingbird is even more gorgeous on the lids. I have a feeling that this is going to be my daily look for the coming days. I love that it's duo-dimensional and gives a lovely sheen to the lids. It's not trying hard at all. I think it'll look fantastic on its own or with a goldish-light shade, especially in the middle of the lids to give a 3D effect.


That shade I have in mind is the Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow N in IR White 900Y. MAC Ricepaper is just as good. Probably some brown eyeliner would match better with this look, just to bring the whole look softer. 



I kept everything else to a minimum for this look, playing with more of the brown-neutral blushers, and light nudes. I have forgotten how much I love MAC's politely pink. It's frosty and gives a glossy look to the lips. I think I'll have to make a worthy mention of this lipstick in a future post. 



And here's all the items I used for today's look:

MUFE HD Primer (transparent) - Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation - Dolce & Gabanna Caramel Blush - Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird e/s - Shu Uemura IR White 990Y e/s - MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara - Paul & Joe Eyebrow Pencil Duo - MAC Blitz & Glitz Fluidline - MAC Politely Pink lipstick 


I hope you're all had a wonderful weekend. I'm sure you would have noticed that I'm only blogging on the weekends. Unfortunately, it's the only time that I have nowadays and I promise it will be much better after this crazy period is over. 


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