Monday, 30 July 2012

EYELINER REVIEW: Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eye Liner (black)


Lately I've taken to wearing eye liner almost daily. It's fast becoming my most important beauty must-have after bb cream and face highlight!

I've always relied on circle lenses and falsies to make my small eyes look much bigger in the past - but it's impossible to wear circle lenses and falsies everyday. Extending the liner past the outer corner, or having a little wing really makes a difference! It might not be as enlarging as circle lenses, but it's a good start.

Anyway, there are different types of eye liners to choose from - pencils, felt tip pens, liquid liners, and gel liners. I've found that I prefer gel eye liners, and this Tony Moly liner is my current one.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

~A giveaway for my lovely followers~ *ENDED*


Like a chipmunk, I've been slowly squirrelling away some goodies here and there as I prepared for my 150 followers milestone. It passed just some weeks ago, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be here today! Thank you to all my followers/supporters/regular visitors for your lovely comments and encouragement! Here's my way of saying thanks - 1 lucky winner will receive this giveaway I've prepared~

Monday, 23 July 2012

FACE POWDER REVIEW: Naris Up - Acmedica Oil Control Powder DX (Clear)


Boy, I'm getting tired of all these super long product names!

Especially for 'simple' products like this translucent powder compact, lol. Today's review is on the Naris Up face powder that I've been using for several months now~

It's special claims are (according to Sasa website)

  • perfectly and naturally conceal acne and pores
  • contains sebum absorption power to soak up oiliness, therefore preventing make-up sliding off the face
  • can be applied before sleep (*disclaimer* I have no idea why anyone would do this though!)
  • suitable for all skin types, especially oily and acne prone skin

Another pair of HK glasses! And slightly new hair~


My Hello Kitty glasses recently arrived in the mail - I love them so much already! And I dyed my hair - but it didn't come out as expected. But not bad for a lone, DIY attempt. Will try to go a bit more lighter in a few months.

Just a super short update - will have a more *substantial* post up next time

Hope everyone had/is having a great weekend!

xoxo

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

SKINCARE REVIEW: Etude House - Baking Powder Crunch Pore Scrub


I am a fan of scrubs, but sometimes they can be a bit harsh on my skin - either the exfoliating beads are a bit too big and feel 'scratchy' against the skin ( a big problem for those with problematic skin), or the formula leaves my face feeling dried out afterwards. 

Happily, I can report that the Etude baking powder scrub is neither harsh, nor drying! 

It's formulated with baking powder to "penetrate, exfoliate and cleanse skin deep within pores, to remove make up and residues", and also includes peppermint to soothe skin. It cleanses effectively, whilst leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean - without that 'oops, I scrubbed too hard and now my face feels stripped!' feeling~

Thursday, 12 July 2012

A slice of London & kawaii overload *image heavy*


Ok, so it's not really London T_T


Wedged between two other buildings >_<
Looks cute, no?

But it's the closest I'll be able to get for now! This place is in actual fact, right in the city (Perth), and it's possibly one of my favourite places ever ^_^

Stepping into London Court is almost like stepping into another time and place. 


Monday, 9 July 2012

CIRCLE LENS REVIEW: Princess Mimi Almond Brown


Hey everyone! Today's post is a circle lens review ~ it's been a while since I last did one *0*

Generally, I like my circle lenses to have a more obvious design, but every now and then it's nice to have a more subtle look! 

These are the ever popular Princess Mimi Almond Browns - lenses that offer a sweet dolly look, while still having a very, almost-natural design. 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

FALSE EYELASH REVIEW: Diamond Lash - Dolly Eye



Hi lovely people, I've got a long overdue false eyelash review for you today~

These were actually my first Japanese branded lashes ever! Before this I had only ever worn false lashes once before *0* 

Anyway, Diamond Beauty/Diamond Lash is a Japanese brand which sells affordable, yet good quality and on-trend gyaru-type, false lashes. They have many, many styles to choose from - all vary in length, volume and overall dramatic impact. 

From what I've seen, these styles are not very natural, and are indeed targeted towards girls who follow gyaru style - or girls who want dramatic party/clubbing lashes!

Today's review is on the Dolly Eye set - one of the more 'natural' looking lashes by this brand. They are also one of the top sellers - and often featured in make-up tutorials in popular Japanese fashion magazines.

Shopping Asian Cosmetics in Perth (plus, follow me on bloglovin)

Love Asian branded cosmetics? Me too! But it can be frustrating to get access to these brands, especially all the way here in Perth T_T



Luckily I've got a Paypal account :P


But! If you can't buy online (or won't), and you can't travel overseas to get them, then here's a list of a few stores in Perth I've come across that do stock some Asian cosmetics. 


*Disclaimer - the majority of these stores only sell a small selection of beauty stuff, and they're not really 'popular' brands, so don't get overexcited! I haven't personally bought from every store listed, so I can't comment on customer service, product quality, or returns/refunds policies - and I'm not affiliated with any of these stores in any way. 


This is an unfinished list - you might not believe it but I'm not that much of a shopaholic, so there may indeed be more hidden gems throughout the city that I'm not yet aware of :) Perth girls, feel free to contact me if you have a store you'd like to contribute to the list!*

Ecosway 

A franchise store selling a mish-mash of various house-goods, health foods and beauty stuff sourced from Asia. Registered members pay a discounted price for purchases - and keep an eye out for their monthly specials!

They seem to mostly sell Taiwanese brand beauty products (only seen Bioglow and LĂ©lan Vital make-up products), and a few different cleansers/body washes. 

Northbridge, Perth City
311 William Street

Rockingham Shopping Centre, Rockingham
Read Street

Stockland Riverton, Riverton
Crnr High Road & Willeri Drive

Westfield Carousel, Cannington
1382 Albany Highway


Maruyu *Closed down*

*Actually, I'm not sure if it's still there?*

But it is a teeny-tiny, easy to miss while walking down the street, Japanese supermarket which also sells a small selection of *presumably budget-branded* Japanese beauty products. They mostly sell Japanese snacks and food stuffs, cutlery, plastic cups and bowls, and other random gadgets. And they also have a $2.80 section. 

2/33 Barrack Street, Perth

*it's seriously easy to miss it walking pass - it shares a doorway entrance with a corporate looking office, so keep an eye out for it!*

Morning Glory

A South Korean franchise store that is jam-packed with anything and everything kawaii - plush toys, stationery, backpacks, K-pop related merchandise (mugs, posters, calenders). 

Their stuff is not cheap, but Morning Glory pretty much has a monopoly in Perth as the provider of cute Asian stuffs ^_^

I'm adding this to the list because I saw some Tony Moly (popular Korean cosmetic brand) products in store - the cute rabbit shaped lip glosses, the face mist, eyeliner and lipbalms. 

Shop 39 Carilion City, Perth
Hay Street

Seoulmart

My local Korean super-market! And surprisingly Perth's sole, B&M provider of Missha products. You can buy your bb cream while you stock up on Korean snacks :)


They've got the highly prolific Perfect Cover bb creams as well as false lashes, sheet masks, eyeshadows, make-up tools etc

Southlands Boulevard Shopping Centre, Willetton 
45 Burrendah Boulevard
*store opposite Gilbert's Fruit & Veg*

The Face Shop

Oh my goodness, I was surprised and stoked to see this store while I wandering down Picadilly Arcade. Who knew us Perth girls would ever get to see a Korean cosmetics store pop up in our little city ^0^

They sell cleansers, bb creams, foundations, mascaras, sheet masks etc, etc - basically I just never want to leave the store...

I'll be honest, you can get these products cheaper on-line - for example the foam cleansers selling on Sasa for about $5-$10 cost $12.90 in store, and one of the bb creams cost $49+, while it retails about $21 on Cosmetic Love. Given the prime location though, and the fact everything has to be shipped from Korea, wages need to be paid, etc, etc, it's expected that there'll be higher prices. Plus, the store has products I haven't yet seen on-line.

Shop 8, Picadilly Arcade, Perth 
700-704 Hay Street

Lakeside Shopping City, Joondalup
420 Joondalup Drive


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As expected, the prices are a little (or a lot) more inflated, but think of the advantages that brick and mortar stores can offer...

  • you get the experience to touch, smell, test/swatch the products you're interested in - it can be a nightmare trying to get your closest skin shade when shopping online for foundations/bb creams!
  • you can support Australian jobs by buying local
  • it's easier to return a product if it's faulty or breaks you out (way easier, quicker & cheaper than shipping an item back overseas!)
  • you can get one-on-one customer service, in real time rather than playing email tag over the internet

That's all for now - will update if new shops pop up ^^

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