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Deciem The Ordinary Skincare Review

deciem the ordinary skincare

Today, I have a review of several products from parent company Deciem‘s new-ish skincare line, The Ordinary. All the products from the Ordinary are inexpensive; Deciem has said that the low cost is in large part owed to the fact that The Ordinary doesn’t have innovative formulas – it has “ordinary” ones.  While the formulas may be ordinary in that particular sense, offering proven ingredients in well formulated products at such low costs is unique among the skincare brands I’m familiar with. (Also, Deciem has several other brands that do have innovative formulas if that’s what you’re looking for.)

There aren’t that many reviews of the products yet, so I thought I’d throw mine out there.  I have first impressions only for some of the products, and more thorough reviews of a few.

[Ed note: Oh hey there. I haven’t blogged for a long time. I got burned out on blogging for a while, then I had a baby and moved across the country.  Now the baby is old enough that I’m starting to get some time to myself now and then, and I have the itch to blog. No promises on how often it’ll be though.]

(I purchased all of these products and this post does not contain any affiliate links.)

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Canmake Cream Cheek Clear Red Heart & Clear Sunset Review & Swatches

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Canmake Clear Cheek Red

Canmake Clear Red Heart

I have some quick swatches for you today.  Canmake is a Japanese drugstore brand, and some of their long-time most popular products are the Cream Cheek blushes.  I’ve been tempted by them before, but always decided against purchasing due to the colors offered; mostly pastels, with a white base – something I tend to dislike in blush. A few months ago, I heard that Canmake had released a “clear” series with a few additional shades. Clear refers to the fact that these have a clear base instead of a white base, which gives them a translucent, jelly-ish quality. None of the Clear series blushes have any shimmer or sparkle.

I purchased two shades, [CL01] Clear Red Heart, a true red, and [CL03] Clear Sunset – reddish coral; note that this one was limited edition, but is still available on Ebay (and mine has a broken compact, which is why it looks odd).

Canmake Clear Cheek

Canmake Clear Red Heart // Clear Sunset

There are also two pinks – [CL02] Clear Love Song Pink and [CL04] Clear Pink Joy – I’m not sure how they differ. Canmake recently released a fifth shade, [CL05] Clear Happiness, described as a coral orange, but, per this blog post, is sheerer and not as nice as the others.

I think the best thing about these is the texture – pigmented, yet easy to blend, and with a great finish.

Canmake Clear Cheek Swatches

Clear Red Heart // Clear Sunset

They also work well on the lips.  I bought my blushes on Ebay; they are also available on Ichibankao for a dollar or two more.

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Visee Creamy Lipstick RD400 & RD401 Review & Swatches

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Kose Visee creamy lipstick rd401 rd400

When the lovely Belly of Wondegondigo posted about the Visee Creamy Lipstick in RD401, a lemming was born. I ended up deciding that the formula sounded so good that I would order not just one, but two of the lipsticks. I selected RD401, which on me reads a bright reddened pink – it’s the color Belly originally wrote about – and RD400, which I hoped would be a nice neutral / mlbb type shade (and it is!).

Kose Visee creamy lipstick

Visee Creamy Lipstick – outer packaging

Visee is a sub-brand under the larger brand Kose, and I don’t know much about it – it’s from Japan, and it’s sold in drugstores there. I believe the Creamy Lipsticks retail for somewhere around ¥1500 ($15), and I bought mine for ¥2250 JPY (around $22) each, including shipping, from Ichibankao – not too bad of a markup. They’re also available from eBay and a few other online retailers for around the same price. Continue reading

Sunday Swatches: Fyrinnae Penguin & Winter 2013 Shades

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Fyrinnae Boot Season - Because Cats - Snowboarding

I recently purchased several mini eyeshadows from Fyrinnae, and I have swatches of some of the new shades for you today plus a bonus swatch of their highlighter shade Penguin.

Fyrinnae Boot Season  Because Cats Snowboarding swatches

Boot Season // Because Cats // Snowboarding
– top: no primer – bottom: over Pixie Epoxy –

Fyrinnae Boot Season  Because Cats Snowboarding swatches

Boot Season // Because Cats // Snowboarding
– fuzzy to show sparkle! –

Boot season is a blackened green with yellow and green sparkle.

Because Cats is a blackened purple with multicolored sparkle.

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Reviews Revisited: Volume III

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reviews revisited -2

It’s time for Volume II of Reviews Revisited, and I’m going to talk about some of the products I wrote positive reviews about and now – after using them for a while – still adore.  Everything in this post is highly recommended.

missha perfect cover bb cream

First up, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, first reviewed here. I’ve almost finished the pictured mini size tubes, and probably would have finished them had I not purchased & started using the full size ones. I’m saving the minis for travel, because they’re so small / lightweight and a perfect everyday base.  I love Missha Perfect Cover for everyday use, because it manages to look very natural, but still cover the redness in my skin quite well.
I wear it all year long, but I’ve been especially loving it this winter when my skin is drier. I tend to wear sunscreen under it these days, but I still appreciate that it contains an all-physical SPF 42 PA+++ since a little extra protection doesn’t hurt (and physical sunscreen can be layered with other physical or chemical sunscreens).  At around $12 – $15 for 1.7oz, it’s also one of the least expensive bases I own.

wnw fergie perfect pout lipsticks

Fergie Daily // Bebot Love // Old School Glam // Saraghina // Fuchsianista // Ferguson Crest Cabernet // Pagan Angel

Next, the Wet n Wild Fergie Perfect Pout lipsticks. A detailed review of one shade is here, and I have swatches of the seven shades pictured above here. I really like the formula of these, and I’m suprised that more people don’t write about them.  I find that the Perfect Pout lipsticks aren’t drying (though not moisturizing either) and are very long lasting – several hours, plus a lingering, evenly-fading stain.  The colors are also fantastic. My favorite, Ferguson Crest Cabernet is pretty much identical to MAC Rebel – which is popular for a reason! – and Bebot Love is a lovely nude.

Guerlain Chamade

And finally, let’s go way back into the archives to revisit Guerlain Chamade Rouge Automatic lipstick. As I said in the post, I love the color, the finish, and the formula – the only thing that’s not great is the price!

p.s. I’m leaving town tonight (for my honeymoon!) and will be back on January 7th.  I’ve scheduled several posts, but I may be very slow to approve/ respond to comments, as I expect to have only sporadic internet access.

Black Eyeliner Swatches, Comparisons, Wear Test

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Black Eyeliner Comparison

eyeliner overload!

I’ve done black eyeliner swatches before, and even did a post with a wear test way back when my blog was new, but I have different eyeliners now and I wanted to see how they compared.

Instead of trying to keep track of which swatch was which, I wrote an abbreviation for the brand on my arm. The follow table has the abbreviation, name of the eyeliner, and type of eyeliner. Continue reading