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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.

Snowboarding (which was a free sample with purchase) is a vivid purple with blue iridescence. Continue reading

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

Current Skincare Routine

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current skincare

Most of my current skincare

Today I’m going to talk about skincare! I really didn’t start taking care of my skin until my mid-twenties, but in the last few years I’ve developed a routine that works well for me.  Note that in this post I’m going to discuss cleansers, makeup removers, moisturizers, and treatments, but I’m leaving sunscreen, lip products, and body products for another day.

My skin tends to be normal to slightly dry in the summer and dry in the winter. I rarely break out – I tend to get just one cystic pimple every 1-2 months in the week prior to my period.  I’m also starting to see the signs of aging in my skin, mostly in the form of sunspots/ mild hyperpigmentation.

So, I need products that remove makeup/sunscreen completely without drying out my skin; hydrating moisturizers; the occasional spot treatment; and, optionally, products to keep my skin in good condition as I approach 30! Continue reading

Fyrinnae Isis & Dragon’s Blood Lip Lustre Review & Swatches

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Fyrinnae Dragon's Blood Isis Lip Lustre-2

Dragon’s Blood // Isis

A few months ago, I purchased several Fyrinnae eyeshadows – which I love – and also decided to try out two of their lip lustres. The lip lustres are marketed as “a non-sticky lipcolour, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness”. They cost $7 for a full size (8ml) or $2 for a trial size (1.5ml); I bought two trial sizes, and there is a note that the trial size applicator is inferior to the full size product’s applicator.

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