Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Benefit's "They're Real Push-up Liner"

Okay, so I was early on the bandwagon to try this stuff. I'm a strong follower of Benefit Cosmetics. It's hard for me to dislike anything they have. I've tried a good 60% of everything they have, and that's a lot. I may not use their products as staple all-the-time products, but heck, I can't deny that sometimes I go back to them over and over again.

So, when this revolutionary eye-liner came out, I was over the moon to try it. I absolutely love the "They're Real" mascara. The best fake lash effect mascara in the market! So, this eye-liner had to be good.

I had a good couple of months of trying this out. Has it been that long? At the first swipe of this across my lid and I was sold. It had the thickness and the intensity of a gel eyeliner. The look reminded me very much of the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners, and I haven't used a gel eyeliner in so long because of the hassle of a separate brush to apply it. But this one comes in a pen form. You twist the bottom, and this intense black thing wells up to the front.

The application is totally new. It's this felt tip feeling thing. There is a little opening where the product kind of oozes out. It has a semi-matte finish across the lid, and it is super long-wearing I have to say. It has the look of a gel eyeliner mixed with the sharpness of a liquid eyeliner.

Now, do I love it? Well, after the first use, I'm kind of left mixed feeling. Why? Well, after using it about two times and having to twist the product up and out, I'm confused as to how to use it correctly. Sometimes there isn't enough product at the tip, sometimes there is too much. Sometimes it leaves a mess at the tip. And unless you have a thick double lid, you're going to have a hard time using this.

What do I mean by that? Well, it goes both ways. If you have a mono-lid, this can also be easy for you to use because I know mono-lid peeps draw really thick eyeliners since when they open their eyes, it has a tendency to hide away. And for people with thick double lids, I'm assuming this can be easy to use because the application is pretty thick, even if it is easy to draw a thin flick at the end. But if you have a double-lid but it's not really thick (like me), then this can be tricky. This isn't easy to erase so if you make a mistake and you feel the line is too thick, there is zero chance of you being able to smudge it with your eyeshadow, creating a smokey look.

Whew. Wordy bit, eh? Basically, the brush isn't very versatile. You can create one kind of look, and that is the kind of bad ass gal, thick feline-flick look. It's a great one, I tell you, but not easy if your eye shape is particular and you've got your own way of rocking that look.

I love that it is intense and long-wearing. I love that it creates a beautiful flick. But it's not an every-day eyeliner. It isn't for days when you want a softer look, or when you want a subtle smokey, or for days when your eyelids are flipping out (any Asian girls understand??) and you're having a hard time drawing a thin line.

Will I keep using it? Yes, of course! It is wonderful. Just not for everyday.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Gal's Beauty Tools

I'm back with a post for you today, this time talking a little about issues I have and how I solve them. Of the many beauty tools I have, I've chosen these two products to talk about because I feel that they aren't that well-know and to me, these have become quite essential!

Should I start with the amazing ice gel mask for the eye area? I picked this up from CVS a few months ago, and days when I want to look my best, I've found that this thing really helps calm down the unbelievably swollen face I wake up with... almost all the time. If you aren't one that bloats or swells, well... either you are genetically blessed or you are super conscious of what you eat! I'm neither of both-- meaning, I am one to bloat really well and on top of that, I sometimes eat a few fattening things before I sleep, making me swell even more.

Having a I-just-woke-up-like-dis face isn't a pretty face, at least not for me! I put this gel mask thing in the refrigerator the night before so that the coolness can really sink into my skin. My eyes swell a lot, and my cheeks. I like to put this around my eyes for at least five minutes. The longer, the better. Then, if I have time, I'll let my face cool down by resting this on my cheeks and what not.

If you are one to bloat all the time, this is almost too good to be true. Simple and efficient. You'll see it when you take pictures, the difference it makes.

Now, the other tool is something a little embarrassing but not really, because hey! I'm not the only one. It's a tool for those who have a little fuze on their upper lip... or really any facial hair they want to get rid of! This tool by Tweezerman definitely won't be the best for other unwanted hair, but seriously the best for facial hair.

HOW TO USE: It's a little hard to get used to at first, but it does what a tweezer does but more efficiently and way more quickly! You place it against the area of hair you want to remove. As you move it against the way the hair grows, you have to twist the sides of the handle in the direction the arrows are pointing. Make sure that when you place the tip of the tool on the skin, it is on the flatter side of the tool. If you look carefully, you'll see that on the tip, one side is a bit flatter than the other. You place the flat area to your skin, then move it and twist the handles at the same time. (see picture above)

RESULTS: What I love about it? As I said, so quick and so freaking efficient! And I absolutely hate to to wax any part of my face because gah! It's so painful and it sometimes leaves a scar if you don't do it well. And it's a fuss, it really is. But this tool? It even gets to the ROOTS and here is the best part. It doesn't hurt as much as tweezing them out or waxing it. And I'm sure most girls don't but... I do have one friend who does use an eyebrow shave to get rid of unwanted hair on the face, but I don't think that's a good idea at all! It'll leave the hair thicker and more noticeable.

So, here are my fave beauty tools right now! Hope it was helpful xx

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Life Update #6⎪Traveling

Hey guys! I wanted to do a Life Update post just to tell you a few things. First one is, I'm heading out to California tomorrow. I'm going to be staying mainly in Los Angeles and San Diego. I thought if any of you have been to either, I'd love to get a few of your recommendations. I've been to Los Angeles before, so I guess I really want to know about San Diego: where the best places to eat and sightsee are :)

Another small update I guess is that if you are a subscriber of my Youtube channel, you'll probably know (or maybe not) that most of my videos are gone. I've privatized most of them because I've been coming to a dilemma of whether to continue filming videos or not. So, sorry to a few of you who've asked where my videos have gone or asked about my channel! Thank you for caring and sorry that my channel is down. I'm still contemplating it so, maybe I'll start again at some point? Perhaps when my blog grows a little more or when I grow enough confidence to do it again!

Still, you can enter the giveaway going on on my channel! It ends 7/31 so you've got a few weeks left :) You can enter as much as you want here.