Monday, 28 April 2014

Burt's Bees Newest Lip Goodies ^^

Okay, it may be getting quite chilly right now, but Burt's Bees has decided to inject a little bit of Summer into their 100% natural lip products range, with some new, tropical inspired lip shimmers and a lip balm.

These new goodies make me think about beaches and sunshine! 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eye Lash Extensions - My Experience

If you follow me on Instagram, you'd have seen that I recently got eyelash extensions done ^^

Having sparse, stick straight Asian lashes has always been an annoyance to me - so much so that a few weeks ago I started seriously considering eye lash extensions, and started researching places that did them. 

If you're not aware what eye lash extensions actually are, it's basically the process of having semi-permanent, synthetic eyelashes applied over your own lashes, for the appearance of more longer and lusher lashes. 

Each lash is painstakingly, individually applied to your own lash, but about 1mm from the eyelid - and there are different lash thickness, lengths, and degree of curls to choose from! So you can choose between dramatic (good for special events) or natural (good for those wanting natural enhancement for day to day life). 

Firstly I had mine done for free, because I saw a callout for models on facebook. I was pretty nervous because I've heard some horror stories on the net about bad beauty salons, but the one I went to have a pretty solid reputation, so I took the chance. 

Because I was basically a guinea pig, I didn't get the chance to have a consultation on what type of lashes I was after, so I had no idea what kind of look I would end up getting *o* 

Once I got to the salon, I filled out a disclaimer and then they made sure I wasn't wearing eye makeup or contact lenses. I definitely recommend not wearing any makeup at all, as it'll just get smeared everywhere since the technician will need to occasionally rest their hand on your face while they apply the synthetic lashes. 

They got me to lie back, cleansed my eye and lash area to remove any dirt and oil, and then taped down my lower lashes. This was to make sure my lower lashes weren't accidentally glued to my upper ones! 

And then they applied adhesive to my lashes - it smelt slightly like superglue, and wasn't as wet or sticky as I thought, it was quite a dry adhesive actually. 

Lash extensions generally take between 1-2 hours, and you keep your eyes closed the entire time. It sounds relaxing right? I thought it'd be a breeze, but actually it was a pretty terrible process. Asides from the constant face touching, I'm pretty prone to neck pain, and the salon I went to had chairs that didn't have great neck support. So about 1 hour in I was starting to feel pretty sick. 

To be fair, the technician did consistently keep asking if I was okay and comfortable and I kept answering 'fine' even though I felt dizzy and slightly nauseas. I just wanted it to be overrrr~

Back to the extensions - other than the neck pain it was a pain free process, I only felt a slight poking sensation to my eyelid area when the technician was lining up the lashes. And also there were occasional moments of tugging where the technician had to pull off certain lashes if they didn't apply right...I hope none of my real lashes got tugged off though lol. But I got a trainee, so the tugging shouldn't happen as often if you get a more experienced technician ^^

So after approximately 2 hours, they used some kind of air pump thing to blow off stray lashes on my face, and to help dry the adhesive. And then they used a balm to clean the lash area as the glue dries kind of grey if it gets on your skin. The next thing they did was peel off the tape covering my lower lashes, and that was kinda uncomfortable - it was sort of like ripping off a bandaid where there's hairs, lol. 

And then they said I could open my eyes. My eyes were a bit watery from the tape removal, and having them closed for so long! My first impression of my new lashes were that they were really 'cute' - they went with a natural look, with a length that was about 1.5 times longer than my real lashes, and a bit of a curl which looked quite natural. 

Bare lashes
Lashes with mascara
With extensions
With extensions

If I were to be really picky, I would've liked lashes with a slightly higher curl - however since my lashes aren't natural curled or lifted, they may not have been able to support a higher curl anyway. I also would've liked another 2-3 lashes at my outer lash area, just to elongate my eyeline - however that may be due to the fact that I didn't have any lashes there to apply any synthetic ones, or because the lashes there weren't long or strong enough to support any. 

The technician went through the after care with me, and then I went home and threw up from the neck pain :P

Haha, TMI right? Honestly I think most people should be fine, it's just that I'm particularly sensitive to neck pain, so I don't think anyone's going to have quite the experience I did. 

Asides from losing my lunch, I don't have any regrets, and am now loving my new extensions. At first I thought they were more natural than I prefer, but now I like them just as they are. I love rolling out of bed and not having to worry about eye makeup - I just put on bb or cc cream, lipstick and then I'm ready to go. I've only worn pencil eyeliner once, and eye makeup twice in the 7 days I've had these extensions *0*

You can wear non-waterproof mascara, and eyeliner, but honestly the extensions look good enough on their own! I particularly wanted lash extensions for the 'eye liner' effect as well - you know when people have such lush lashes it already looks like they've got eye liner on? That's what I wanted! I don't have quite that effect, but it's a lot better than what I naturally had, lol. 

I'll end this post here. Since there's so many things I want to talk about regarding lash extensions I'll be splitting it up into different posts. 

I know there'll be questions on the pros and cons, taking care of the lashes etc etc, so I'll be doing individual posts on those soon. But if you have any specific questions and you can't wait, you can still ask me below ^^

Related Posts *coming soon*
Eye Lash Extensions - Life with Lash Extensions (Update & Pros and Cons)
Eye Lash Extensions - Caring For Lash Extensions
Eye Lash Extensions - Getting In-Fills
New Eye Lash Extensions Update

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Magic Whitening Cream Review

Hey hey lovelies! 

Do you remember when I posted about Tony Moly's new Panda's Dream range? I ended up buying the whitening cream, since I wanted to see if it would help fade my old acne scars. 

The selling point of this Panda Cream is most certainly the packaging! Tony Moly has some of the cutest packaging, which makes it so hard to resist! The panda looks so roly poly, lol. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

March Beauty Favourites

When was the last time I did a Favourites Post? I don't even recall 0_o

Anywho, here's my March Beauty Favourites! 

L-R: Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream, Indeed Labs Pepta Bright, Maybelline Color Whisper in Who Wore it Red-er, GEO BC102 lenses, Models Prefer Angled Brush

Mizon Snail Blemish Balm

I had run out of my Mizon Snail Cream and needed to buy a new one, so I decided to get the bb cream too. My skin has lightened somewhat over the last two months, so most of my current bbs were looking quite brown on me. 

Mizon's Snail bb had been on my wishlist a while since I love the cream so much, but I always shied away since it seemed too light for my skin. But my current lighter skintone gave me the perfect excuse to get it! 

And omg I do not regret it all. I fell in love with it the first time I used it. It has pretty good coverage, makes my skin look bright and glowy, and has a semi-matte finish. I wore it in my recent posts - BornPretty brown lashes, and Lensvillage I.Fairy circle lenses if you wanna see how it looks on me. I will try to review it properly soon!

Indeed Labs Pepta Bright Serum

Another product I simply have to rave about! If you have dull skin, or old acne scarring you want to fade, you have to try this! I thought my Mizon Snail Cream was slowly but surely working its magic on fading my acne scars, but this serum just took my skin to a new level.

I've been using this about 3.5 weeks now, and my acne scarring is really, really noticeably fading. And my skin is brighter too. I can't wait to review this for you!

Maybelline Color Whisper in Who Wore it Red-er

I've mentioned it previously, but I am obsessed with this lippie at the moment. Love the hydrating, slick formula, and the vivid raspberry pinky-red shade! Wore this in both my BornPretty Couture lashes review, and my Valentines FOTD post if you wanna check it out~

GEO Medical lenses in BC102

My current favourite lenses - I think I'm onto my third pair now. The dark brown shade suits me very well since I naturally have brown almost black eyes. 

I've been cycling through a variety of 'natural' brown lenses over the last 8 months or so, and none of them have measured up to these in terms of how natural they appear. I'm still browsing around to see if there are others even more natural, but I'm content to keep using these ones for now. 

Models Prefer Angled Brush

Picked this up during Priceline's recent 40% off cosmetics sale, because it's just such a bargain. I was worried it might be just a cheap flimsy brush, but I was glad to be proven wrong. 

It's sooo fluffy and soft - not scratchy at all! And it doesn't shed!

I'm using it as my highlighter brush and am loving it. Will definitely check out the rest of Model Prefer's brush range at the next sale! 

And now we've come to the end of the post. These were my carefully picked, March Faves ^^

I'll definitely be working on reviews of the Pepta brightening serum and the Mizon bb cream, so do look forward to that! Thanks for reading lovelies. 

What were your March beauty faves?

xoxo Tulip

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Monday, 14 April 2014

March Beauty Haul

Hi loves! It's been forever since I last did a haul post. I know a lot of you love reading haul posts, but I haven't done one in awhile because I bought a new car last November! And I was pretty broke for a while, lol. 

Anyway, since I've been somewhat good about spending since then, I treated myself to two hauls in March - one Korean beauty haul and one Priceline haul, when they had their awesome 40% off Cosmetics Sale! 

Tony Moly Panda's Dream White Magic Cream, Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream, Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I.Fairy Kitten Tears Real Brown Review *sponsored product*

Hi! Today's post is a circle lens review, as one of my fave circle lens sites has sent me a few pairs of lenses to review for you ^^

I've been going for more natural lenses lately since I can't wear too heavy makeup at work, but I miss being able to wear some more adventurous and dolly designs sometimes >.<

So today I'm reviewing some I.Fairy lenses from LensVillage - the I.Fairy brand has really dolly, and kind of in your face designs. But I went with a kawaii design instead, with the Kitten Tears lenses in Real Brown

Bargain Alert - Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream

Hi Cutes! 

Did you know that Mizon now sells their super popular All in One Snail Repair Cream in a little 35ml tube?! And one of my fave Korean beauty stores, Beautynetkorea is now stocking it!

The Mizon Snail Cream is one of my fave skincare creams of all time, and if you read my March Empties post, you'll know I'm onto my third jar now. It was also one of only three skincare products that made it into my 2013 Beauty Favourites post too! 

I get a lot of hits on my Mizon Snail Cream Review, and a lot of you seem to really want to try it - but of course it is a bit pricey at $19, so I thought I should let you know about the new mini size. It's a lot cheaper, and 35ml is still enough for you to be able to form an opinion about whether you like it or not ^^

You can grab the new mini tube for a more wallet friendly price of USD$8.39 (plus free shipping), or if you're a member on their site you can currently get it for a further 10% off! 

Here's the link to get it ^^

Photo Credits: Beautynetkorea

*NOT a sponsored post*

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Monday, 7 April 2014

BornPrettyStore Unique 'Long Trail' Brown False Lash Review *sponsored product*

Hi Cuties, I'm back with my final BornPrettyStore falsies review ^^

And I've save the best for last! I've been wanting to try brown lashes for awhile, so I was happy to be able to review this set for you. I wasn't sure if brown lashes would look odd on me or not seeing as I have black lashes, but I was super pleased with the results. 

Kawaii Beauty Giveaway Announcement ^^

Hi Sweets! Sorry for the delay of the giveaway announcement. 

Thank you to all who joined, and I'll do my best to bring another kawaii giveaway soon ^^

Hmm, maybe when I reach 1000 followers? It's not too far away, hopefully!  

Without further ado I will announce my mega Kawaii Beauty Giveaway winner~

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I will be sending you a confirmation email in a few minutes, and you need to reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize is forfeited and a new winner drawn.

Ok, I'm getting a new review ready to publish in a moment, so stay tuned! 

xoxo Tulip


Friday, 4 April 2014

Kawaii Tech Stuff: Cute Photo Editing Apps for Instagram

Hi cuties! Today's post is a little different as it's not very beauty related, but I think this will still be of interest to some of you. I am an absolute Instagram-a-holic, and since I'm frequently asked about what apps and filters I use to make my photos ultra kawaii, I thought I'd share some of my favourite smartphone apps.

I can't always take perfect pictures due to the shoddy quality of my phone camera, due to bad lighting, or due to an unsightly background - or for whatever reason! So filters and stamps come in very handy for kawaii-fying my pictures ^^ And it's sooo fun too - it's rare for me to snap a pic and then post it up on Instagram as is. I like to spend a few minutes trying to make the pic even nicer to look at! 

My Instagram process goes a little like this...

Step 1: Take a photo of something cute
Step 2: Purika the heck out of it
Step 3: Slap a pretty filter over the top. Done.

Read on for more detailed tips, tricks, and recommendations~

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