Friday, 28 August 2015

Review: Coreana Senite Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask

Today I have a sheet mask review for you - it's the Coreana Senite Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask. I got it as a free gift when I bought the Coreana Senite Polynesian Intensive Cream from Koreadepart a while ago.
Brand: Senite (brand of Coreana)
Name: Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask
Price: $11.53 for 5 sheets
Where to buy: Koreadepart

Senite is a sub brand of Coreana - it is slightly less expensive than its umbrella brand (is that the right term?) and is marketed towards a slightly younger adult audience. However, the packaging is still very elegant and classy.

I have no idea what 'Nokdu' is - it says it has fermented mung bean extract in it so maybe it's that in Hangul. The mask promises to moisturise, soothe and repair the skin.


The packaging is quite classy and elegant. I quite like it! The packaging for the mask is blue and orange with a fancy border pattern round the edge of the pack. 

For some reason the Koreadepart listing shows the mask packaging as a green, mung bean shade. I'm not sure if they changed the packaging at some point or it's a different mask, but I can't find any info on any other Pure Nokdu mask.
I can tell the sheet mask is slightly thicker than cheaper ones I own as soon as I take it out of the packaging. As well as the face mask, it also has a neck mask. I've never tried a neck mask before so it was a pleasant surprise.

I applied the face mask first. The mask was too long for my face, but every single mask I've ever tried has been the same. The part that goes above your upper lip always hits my lip, and I have to fold the mask up to get it to fit. I think next time I'm going to cut it at that point, then I can layer each part to fit.

The neck mask was fine - I would assume it'd be fine on anyone, unless you have an oddly shaped neck?! However, when I applied the neck mask, it gaped in the middle and slid down if I moved or kept my face/neck upright. I kept having to pull it at the sides to tighten it.

The mask felt soothing and refreshing going on. The scent was subtle, a little clean and floral smelling, it didn't affect me at all. After 20-30 minutes the mask started going dry so I removed it and let the excess serum soak in. I used some of the remaining serum on my hands and back of my neck.

My skin felt a little more moisturised and plump after using the mask, but not massively so. I didn't notice any brightening effect, although it didn't claim to have any - sometimes a mask will give you a nice healthy glow though, which is always welcome. My neck felt a little more moisturised after using the neck pack too ", but again, not overly so.
This mask was nice to use and it feels like a treat to use 1-2 times a week but I didn't notice a massive moisturising effect on either my face or neck. You might see better results if you use the mask regularly but then it gets kind of expensive. I see a mask as an occasional skincare treat that I would like to see immediate results from, and that gives a more potent/different effect than my usual skincare routine, otherwise what's the point in using it? I would more than likely just buy cheaper sheet masks over this one. Both masks were okay but the neck mask was a little annoying to wear. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

I know I keep doing reviews but in all honesty, I haven't done much recently other than make stock and go to events to sell haha... This is a review of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, I got a small travel sized pot in a Bonus Time gift.

Brand: Clinique
Name: Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Price: £5 for a 15ml travel size, £34 for 50ml/$38.50
Where to buy: Clinique UK mini size and full size, Clinique US, Boots, Clinique counters worldwide

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a gel/cream formulation that gives skin extra hydration for up to 24 hours. It absorbs lightly into the skin with no sticky or greasy feel. It's oil free, so it can be used by all skin types, even sensitive or skins needing oil-free products. You can use it after Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, as a 'treatment moisturiser' if your skin feels dry, and can even be used over makeup if you apply by rubbing the cream on your hands and lightly pressing onto the top of your skin.
The packaging is a mini version of the full sized packaging, except the full sized packaging is made of glass and the lid is silver. I guess the packaging is slightly cuter than Clinique's normal packaging, in my eyes anyway, as it's pink haha. The jar packaging is fine by my standards, I use a spatula or cotton bud to scoop the product out so I don't use my fingers anyway. This travel sized pot was 15ml, if I remember correctly.
True to its name, Moisture Surge is not quite a gel, not quite a cream. It feels nice being spread onto the skin and absorbs easily, but I feel it absorbs a little too easily for my skin, and I'm left feeling like I need more hydration. I decided I would like to try the 'Intense' version of this cream.P1130747
The cream has a very soft and silky feel after absorbing, which many fans of this cream love. It does have a nice feel, but it doesn't really bother me if my skin feels dry still. I used this after all my regular skincare, and if I was using DDML, I'd apply this afterwards. If I wasn't using DDML (i.e. I've ran out), I would apply this after my emulsion or facial oil.

There are a couple of uses for this cream - like I mentioned above, you can apply it like a normal moisturiser, on top of makeup or you can also apply a thick layer on your face, wait 20 minutes and either wipe off with a tissue or massage the excess in. So it's essentially a cream you can use as a 'pack mask' in Korean cosmetics terms heh heh. My mum used it as a pack mask on a flight to France and she said her face felt soooooo nice afterwards.
This cream simply wasn't enough for my dry skin. I can imagine it is lovely for combination/oily skin if you are feeling dehydrated or want an extra treat for your skin. The ability to use it as a face mask is quite different and nice, but I tried the 'Intense' version of this cream and preferred that, so I wouldn't purchase this with my own money or recommend for dry skin. 3 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Review: Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap

Today I decided to start on decreasing the amount of draft posts I have on my blog, and there was a review I forgot to post even though I did all the photos for it! So today I'll be reviewing Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap.
Brand: Clinique
Name: Foaming Sonic Facial Soap (on Boots, it's Foaming Facial Wash)
Price: £16.50/$20
Where to buy: Clinique US, Clinique UK, Boots, Clinique counters worldwide

I bought this soap when it first came out, and was on a special price of £10 at Boots. It was also a discount time for employees so I actually got it for around £8.

This soap is designed to be used with the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, but of course you can use it on its own. It's a creamy, foaming facial cleanser designed for all skin types, even dry skin. You get 150ml of the facial soap, which is pretty decent. A friend who was an employee of Clinique thought it was Clinique's Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser repackaged, but after using she said it was a lot softer, creamier and fluffier/mousse like as well as gentler. I would agree, since I used a small sample of the Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser and it was a bit too drying for my skin.
Most of Clinique's skincare comes in green packaging and this is no exception. It has the large silver Clinique logo with the product name and other information in dark green lettering. The tube is soft, malleable plastic with a hard plastic snap-top lid. It has gotten to the point where I can't squeeze any more cleanser out of my tube, so I've cut it in half to get the remainder out. There is soooooo much left in the top corners and bottom of the packaging, enough left for several more months use! So don't throw away the tube as soon as you can't squeeze any more out, you monster!
Here I'll demonstrate using it on a Sonic Brush, but I've used it with just my hands as well.
Comparing the brush versus hands method - the lather is a lot creamier and fluffier when you use the brush with the cleanser. With both methods, you can change the foam type depending on how much water you use with the cleanser - for a very bubbly, light foam, use more water, and for a rich, creamy, thick lather, use less. The thick creamy lather cleanses your skin more than the thinner lather, so depending on your skin type, the thick lather may make your face feel dry after cleansing with it.

The cleanser makes my skin feel clean and soft, but a little too 'squeaky' clean for my likings. I have to put skincare on after a couple of minutes, or else it feels too drying. I haven't had any problems using the cleanser though, like dry patches or breakouts.

The cleanser is fragrance free, dermatologically developed and allergy tested like all Clinique products.
This facial cleanser is okay; it's a little tooooo cleansing for my dry skin, but it may be better on combination/oily skin. You can change the type of lather it makes depending on your skins needs - my face doesn't feel as squeaky clean if I make the thin bubbly lather. In all honesty, I would not have purchased this cleanser if it wasn't for the special deal, and probably even the employee discount. I certainly wouldn't pay £16.50 for it. A Korean foaming cleanser is cheaper, more gentle and probably more effective on my skin so I would rather try something else. 3 stars out of 5 for me.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit SPF30 N02 Light Beige

I tried a sample of Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit in Shade N02 Light Beige the other day so I thought I'd write a quick review of it whilst I'm enjoying some frozen raspberries - I'm trying to eat healthier and be a bit more active recently, to try and lose weight/'tone up' so I can fit clothes better in Japan haha!

Brand: Etude House
Name: Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit
Shade: N02 Light Beige
Price: $12-$20 - although it looks like it's discontinued, a few stores seem to be selling it still. Saying that, I don't know if they actually have it in stock, and may just refund you after placing an order. That has happened to me a couple of times when trying to purchase discontinued products.

Bright Fit is the type of this BB Cream - there is also Cotton Fit, Perfect Fit and Blooming Fit; Bright Fit is brightening and moisturising, Perfect Fit has slightly higher coverage and Cotton Fit is oil absorbing. It's not clear to me what Blooming Fit does, it says it brightens, moisturises and has a 'light, silky feel'.

There are four shades - N02 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige, W15 Sand Beige and W24 Honey Beige. In terms of BB creams, they usually only come in one or two light shades so I think this product is a little more versatile and the darker shades could be worn by more tanned people. I know a lot of darker skinned people have trouble wearing Korean BB creams due to Koreans affinity towards paler skin.
This is the sample packaging, quite pretty as far as samples go! The classic Etude House style of pretty. I cut open the sample and squeezed out as much as I could into a small pot.

This is the full sized packaging. It's quite cute and pretty.
This is the BB cream partially rubbed in on my hand.

The photo on the left is my untouched, makeup-less face - the second photo is with a light layer of the BB cream on, with a little more added on to touch up like I would with any other foundation. The lighting has made it look quite grey, and I guess it looks a little grey in the pot but it evens out and adjusts to your skin in a minute or so. It gives medium coverage and looks quite nice on the skin. It just evens everything out for a natural look. This is shade N02 Light Beige, which was absolutely fine for my pale skin tone. It wasn't as pale as I'd normally like but it's a natural shade and fine for everyday wear.

Squeezing the sample sachet into a small pot gave me enough BB cream for 3 applications. The BB cream feels lightweight on - since I wear quite full coverage foundation most days, I think nothing of what a foundation feels like on the skin in terms of 'weight' (like, if it feels heavy on the skin or like you're wearing a mask) but this reminded me how lightweight a natural coverage BB cream/foundation can be. I set it with my regular powder, added blush, contour, concealer and highlighter and off I went on a day of errand running.

The colour doesn't oxidise on the skin throughout the day, and it still looked nice and even after a day of wearing it. A little had worn off on my nose through touching it, everyday wear and perhaps my nose being a bit oilier than the rest of my face but it wasn't very noticeable at all.

This BB cream is a nice, lightweight BB cream perfect for natural, flawless coverage. It had quite good staying powder on my dry-normal skin type, didn't change colour throughout the day and didn't wear off much at all (y'know how you can wear some BB creams/foundations for a whole day, and at the end of it it looks like you didn't even put anything on!?). It was absolutely fine for a regular day of errand running, where you don't need a full coverage foundation. I would consider purchasing this if it weren't discontinued, although I'm quite curious to try Etude House's other BB creams, since I hear they're all quite good. I give it 4 stars out of 5!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hyper Japan 2015 and updates~

Hello everyone! Wow, it's been a long time since I blogged again, I'm sorry ;w; I was very busy leading up to Hyper Japan but now it's over, and I have a couple of weeks until my next event, Tattoo Jam in Doncaster, so I'll show you what I've been up to!

I was preparing a lot leading up to Hyper Japan, as it's one of my biggest events of the year. I was looking forward to seeing my friends there, and I discovered Die Milch were attending and performing, so I was looking forward to seeing Coco again and meeting Mocha for the first time!

Me, Mocha and Coco! They're both so cute and talented! I bought their new album, Imperial, got it signed and chatted with them a little but I got a bit nervous and stumbled over my words >_< I was able to chat more than last time though, so at least I've improved!

Me and the lovely Christy! I haven't see Christy in a while since I haven't attended many local meets so it was so nice to see her again! She was helping a Chinese indie brand, Long Ears and Sharp Ears, have a stall at Hyper Japan. Ignore my fringe, it looks so gross here because it was so hot all weekend... ;w; I tried to keep as cool as possible and brush my fringe but it looks gross and sweaty XD

I also saw other friends I didn't get to take photos with! >_<

I don't know if you remember but at the last Hyper Japan summer event, I mentioned that I met a super lovely and awesome girl called Tina, who was with the Joshibi University of Art and Design. I didn't know if she was coming again this year though. I went to get my exhibitors passes on the Thursday (when exhibitors can set up their stalls/booths) and the Joshibi University booth was right next to the exhibitors heart literally stopped for a second as I saw Tina at the booth! She was doing something so I got my exhibitors passes, made sure I didn't look all sweaty and then casually browsed the stall until she saw me (totally not a creeper... >_>;;) I was so so happy to see her, and I hope she was happy to see me again too haha~ I had to go set up my stall but we chatted for a bit, squealed and hugged for a bit more, then I said I would definitely see her later! I got to see her over the weekend and it was so nice! She has a very similar fashion taste to me (although I don't have many dresses until I go to Japan) and really likes my jewellery, creepy things with eyeballs and insects on, etc!

Me and Tina on the Saturday! She's soooooo cute *0* We said we will definitely write this time and I will hopefully see her when I go to Tokyo in December/January! \*0*/

I will also count this photo as an outfit shot haha, as I didn't take many other photos of my outfit on Saturday >_<

Blouse: Offbrand
JSK: H.Jelly & Honey
Belt: eBay
Petti: Classical Puppets bell-shaped
Tights: eBay
Butterfly hair clips: Handmade

Tinaaaaaa~ <3

My outfit on the Sunday:

Blouse: Offbrand
Bustier: Charity shop
Skirt: Taobao
Black feather cape: Taobao
Bustle belt: Taobao
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Bodyline
Deer antler headdress: Ciciworks on Taobao

On the Sunday of Hyper Japan, Tina visited my stall again with Yoko and another girl from Yoshibi (the girl wearing the hat, I didn't catch her name unfortunately ;w;). We got a photo together <3

Then we took lots of selfies together later on mwahaha~

In the top photo Tina is wearing one of my rings she bought last year~ >___< I really like the bottom photo, I look as happy/pleased as I felt haha, but in a nice way (like no goofy smile or laugh lol)

A selfie from Tina's camera~

When the show ended we had to say goodbye again, but not for long - only until December/January! And I will definitely write to her very soon~ <3 I was so so so happy she came to Hyper Japan again! She is graduating from Joshibi next year so she may not be able to come next year - I'll just have to make sure I go to Japan regularly to have a chance to see her haha!

I had another great year at Hyper Japan, I can't wait for the Christmas event. Now I'm preparing for Tattoo Jam in Doncaster but I think I am getting better with preparing stock for many events - I still have lots of stock left over, even though I did well at Hyper Japan. I sold out of all my black heart chokers, garters, pentagram garters and padlock chokers, as well as the pink, white and blue variations of some so I am busy making those again!

Here are some more photos from recently~

Me and my aunt had a cheeky Nando's after Hyper Japan! So tasty!

My current nail colour - I have never had nude nails before but I actually really like them! I feel very classy and sophisticated haha~

I made Jayde some badges for her birthday and I made myself a Hate Heart badge to experiment! I really like it haha, I plan to make more!

Have you seen the Chanrio character maker Sanrio has released? You can make your own cute character and if you scan a code, it will take part in the Puroland parade at Puroland, the official Sanrio theme park in Japan! I made me as a Chanrio character heh heh.

I went to the York International Tattoo Convention in June. I took a selfie waiting for the train, of course! XD

Selfie from when I went to visit my mum one day. In all these photos I am wearing the same foundation, Dermacol Make-up Cover but it looks different in all these photos! XD Sometimes it looks natural and sometimes it looks super pale! I inadvertently went for a 'sickly' makeup look here but I really liked it haha.

Found a selfie from a while ago and went all Warhol on it.

I am still obsessed with saving money for Japan, selling all my possessions/shop stock, and learning Japanese, but I'm also addicted to playing Fallout New Vegas at the moment >_< I will try to take some time out to blog more often now!