Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review: Caolion Multi Soothing Booster Gel

Hi everyone! I just sorted out all my beauty review folders on my computer and I have soooo many reviews that are piling up haha...almost 145?! Including all the skincare I used to use and lipsticks... >_< So I'm going try to get on top of them, since there are lots that I've finished the product of, so I don't want to forget my opinion of the items!

Brand: Caolion
Name: Multi Soothing Booster [Gel]
Price: $21 (Wishtrend), $10 + $1.50 shipping (Qoo10), $27.99 (eBay)

I won this product in a $300 shopping spree from Peach and Lily. I picked a selection of products, some of which I've already reviewed, including Be The Skin Botanical Power Nutrition Toner, Essence and Cream. This seemed like an interesting product to try since it says it has tons of uses, including as a toner, cooling eye mask, cooling and soothing face mask, etc. You get 100ml of product in a squeezy tube. On the tube it says the product is mostly Aloe Vera gel and snail extract. I can't seem to find this product on Peach and Lily's website any more so it seems they don't sell it but you can find it on the above stores.

It 'soothes sensitive skin by quick absorption', 'provides ample hydration to dry skin' and 'quickly gets through the skin'.
The packaging looks quite mid end and clinical. The outer box is white and gold/yellow with black writing and an image of a grey snail with a clock for a shell. The actual product packaging is clear with a dark blue gradient on the top of the tube. The writing is black and white with the same image of the clock snail. The tube is made of flexible plastic with a white lid that snaps shut and can be squeezed to release the product. The packaging is kind of neither here nor there for me - it's not ugly but it's not cute, pretty or luxurious looking. It's inoffensive.



This is the size of the tube in comparison to my hand. There's 100ml of product in the tube. It's a pretty good size which is good, since there's lots of uses for the product so I wanted to try as many of them as possible.
The list of uses that Caolion Multi Soothing Booster includes:
'As a booster: Before using base [skin]care, apply this first to soothe and moisturise skin, and subsequent steps will work much more effective on your skin'.
You can use this as a toner, effectively. It absorbs and spreads easily, giving your skin light and soothing hydration ready to receive your other skincare items.

'As an emergency soothing pack: When your skin has turned red and irritated from external environments, this will effectively calm skin. In summertime, use it refrigerated so you can get quicker and more effective soothing'.

'As an emergency moisture pack: When your skin suddenly loses suppleness, or when using wash-off packs and mask packs feel too bothersome, take an ample amount of Multi-soothing Booster and spread it on the surface. It will soon turn moist and supple.'

Also as a make-up primer, make-up mixer (mix with foundation or BB cream for a sheer, dewy effect), as an eye pack, hydration gel for body, moisturising gel for hands and nails and as a hair treatment. I'm sure when I bought it the body, hands and hair uses weren't mentioned.

I tried it as many ways as possible, including as a toner, emergency hydration pack, eye pack and make-up mixer.

The product itself is clear, a little thick but easily spread and absorbed, and smells mostly of Aloe Vera.

As a toner, it provided quick, soothing hydration that absorbed easily and made my skin feel ready to receive other skincare products.

As an emergency hydration pack, it was very cool and soothing, and gave me a slight moisturising feel. It wasn't anything spectacular, if I needed lots of hydration I would've used a proper mask.

I got red and swollen eyes due to a nasty cold last year, so in an attempt to soothe my eyes for work, I did what was recommended for the soothing eye packs, and soaked cotton wool pads in the gel. I placed them on top of my closed eyes for about half an hour and then removed them. They felt cool and soothed afterwards, and the puffiness went down slightly but it wasn't anything drastic. However, there was a medical reason for my puffy eyes, so I have a feeling this use would be good for tired or dry eyes.

Here I demonstrated what the Multi Soothing Booster was like when used as a make-up mixer. Other products like Etude House's Nymph Aura Volumer do the same thing. You mix the product with BB cream or foundation (usually on a 1:1 ratio but you can experiment) for a sheerer, more moisturising dewy finish. Here I just used a foundation I was using at the time, I think it was Nature Republic Vanilla Sky or Makeup Forever HD Mat Velvet Foundation.

The mixer all mixed in. It makes the foundation a bit more gel like and cooling.

On the left, my bare cheek with no make-up on it. On the right, with the foundation+mixer on top. You can see the sheer coverage with a slightly dewy effect; even though the coverage is sheer, it still cools, soothes and combats any redness I had. It was pretty nice for casual errand-running days, I wouldn't use it if I had a meeting or event.
I chose this product more for the novelty of it but it seems pretty good. The many uses were interesting and it does carry them out well; however, I notice it is made up of 99% aloe vera gel, and the other 1% is snail extract, black bean extract and other items. I'm pretty sure you can just buy pure aloe vera gel from a drugstore or similar and use it for these many uses. After discovering that, I wouldn't spend $18-$27 on this product. I can't imagine the 1% snail extract and black bean extract does much for your skin, it's a very small amount. However, a product like this is great in a pinch, since I started using it as a toner when mine ran out, then I tried it on my eyes when they were puffy from a cold, etc. I'd give this item 3 stars out of 5 but wouldn't purchase again.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Goth Post Prompts: Something I'm Saving Up For

In a desperate bid to get all my drafted blog posts either written and published, or deleted if they're not relevant any more, today I'll be talking about a few things I'd like to save up for in my Goth wardrobe.

Two items I have wanted for so long now are Adora Batbrat's own designs:

Adorable Heart blouse
Adorable Heart Blouse - $92

Victorian collar
Victorian Collar - $50

Both items are soooooo super cute and whilst they're expensive, they're Adora's own designs and are made in a small quantity. The blouse is made from chiffon and is wrinkle free, with a super cute heart design on the torso and puffed sleeves. The collar is made from bridal satin with polka dot tulle trim. I really want to support Adora's shop but at the moment I'm saving for Japan so it will still have to wait. ;w;

Leather Corset with Bolero and Belt
This is something else I have discovered recently and must own at some point! It's sooooooo cool and edgy! Very futuristic Goth Steampunk Blade Runner Aeonflux-esque! I love the built in bolero and belt/holster. A lot of places like Corsets UK sell pieces like these but I'm going to try Taobao for stell boned corsets one day and see how they are!

Hell Bunny Corset Top
This is a Victorian lace top from Hell Bunny - Hell Bunny hardly do any nice stuff nowadays, it's all Rockabilly/Horrorbilly style stuff so I really want to get this at some point!

Manic Panic® Vegan Dreamtone Flawless Foundation in Virgin
Another thing I'm on the look out for is Manic Panic's infamous Dreamtone Foundation in Virgin (white). It's soooo hard to find and sold out everywhere! You can either wear it on its own or mix it with other foundations to make them paler; I'd use it for the latter mostly and maybe the former for more uber Goth outfits, costumes and Shironuri. It's a slightly cheaper alternative to Illamasqua, MAC or Face Atelier but it still looks good quality. There are some cheap white foundations but I can imagine they're chalky and/or don't have great coverage, stuff like Laval, Stargazer (personally tried it, very chalky and sheer although the formula could've changed since I last used it) or Barry M.

Iron Fist Caged Zipper Rib Cage Skeleton One Piece Swimming Costume Swimsuit (Small UK 10) £40
This super awesome swimsuit is from Iron Fist and is unfortunately almost £40 :( It's soooo cool though and due to it being a one piece swimsuit, you can wear it anywhere as opposed to a bikini. I might see if Taobao do a similar one.

They are the main things I am lusting after right now! Do you have any coveted wishlist items?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

October 2014 Cosmetics Haul

Hey everyone! On Saturday I finished my job at a premium beauty counter so just before I left, I took advantage of the Christmas staff discount and bought wayyyyy too much makeup haha >_< And before that I bought some Korean makeup which arrived recently too, so I decided to make it one big haul post. Now I pretty much have enough makeup to last me like, 6 years... m(_ _)m But I won't be able to use the discount any more so I may as well have got it there and then!

Recently I decided that, instead of my makeup bag being filled with lipsticks and lipglosses, I'm going to build a proper little makeup bag with all the essentials, then pick the lipstick/lipgloss I want to wear on the day and take it with me. Up until now my makeup bag has been chockablock with lipsticks and lipglosses, yet if my eyeliner smudged or my face needed powdering, I'd just have to suck it up as I didn't have anything else. Now I've bought everything I need and used up duplicates of products I've already got to ensure I'm always prepared for any makeup emergency! Here are the new items I bought:
I wanted a cheap touch-up powder for my makeup bag so I got this super cute It's Skin Babyface Pore Powder - look at the little wings! Unfortunately the wings are part of the outer plastic packaging but it still has the cute smiling face on the actual powder lid.

I treated myself to a new shade of Etude House's Dear My Jelly-Lips Talk; this is shade JPK002 which is a dark fuchsia pink. I also bought a replacement JPK003 since mine has almost ran out and has snapped at the base, so it wiggles around a bit. I love this whole line of lipsticks so much!

I got a sample of Etude House's Moistfull Collagen cream with the above purchases, which is really good because I recently wanted to try their Moistfull Collagen line!

I also received a free sample of Tony Moly's Luminous Glow Aura CC Cream. I have quite a few CC cream samples now, I should really start to try them. XD

I received a free sample of Missha's Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream. Again, I have heard good things about this line and wanted to try it so I'm pleased I got a sample of it!

I received a sample of BRTC's Jasmine Water BB Cream! It's been a while since I tried a BB cream so I can't wait to try this one.

For my makeup bag I bought a spare liquid eyeliner to place in it. I decided on Y.E.T's Catgirl Waterproof Pen Liner in Black. I'm always on the lookout for a kickass pen liquid liner so I hope this is great; if so, I'll buy another one to replace my main one when it runs out.

Secret Key's High Lasting Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++. I bought this to replace my Skinfood Gold Kiwi Sun Cream SPF50 that I somehow lost when travelling... >_<;

With the above purchases I received a free sample of Tony Moly's Berrianne Cream. I'm not sure what it's supposed to do without a quick Google but the berry-sounding name and pink colour makes me thing either moisture (thinking of Skinfood's Watery Berry line) or whitening.

A free sample of Etude House's Fresh Cherry Tint! Lip and cheek tints are a staple of Korean cosmetics yet I've never actually tried one; I think this particular one is pretty well known, like the Korean version of Benefit's Benetint so I look forward to trying it.

Tony Moly I'm Real Tea Tree Sebum & Pore Lotion. It's for oily and porous skin types so I'll give it to my friend Paulina to try!

I was given a free sample of Etude House's Moistfull Super Collagen Cream too! I wanted to try their original Moistfull Collagen line,then learned about the newer Moistfull Super Collagen line so now I have a sample of each of their cream to try! Yay!

I also received a free sample of It's Skin Prestige Creme D'Escargot cream. I'm always intrigued by luxury lines of skincare brands so I look forward to trying it.

Whilst shopping at Boots I was given a free No.7 gift from my dear friend Jenny!

In it you got a small eyeshadow; the shade is the middle one from their Cappuccino trio palette, apparently (it says on the back!).

No.7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink. It's brighter than I expected for the shade name but it's nothing I'm afraid of!

No.7 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid in Peach. I have actually been wanting to find a new highlighter and tried Benefit's Watts Up at their counter but found it looked cloggy on my skin so I hope this is good. It has the same champagne/peach colour that I wouldn't normally have tried on my skin tone but the Watts Up did look nice, it's just a shame it looked a bit cloggy. Maybe I should try and blend it in more with the sponge tip on the other end of the applicator? The store tester looked really dirty though...

No.7's Exceptional Definition Mascara. I haven't tried a No. 7 mascara so I'm excited to see the results.

I stopped at the Clinique counter on my last lunch break and got their Foaming Sonic Facial Soap - I've recently got their new Sonic Systems Purifying Cleansing Brush and this foaming soap is recommended to go with it. It's at a special price of £10 at the moment so I thought I may as well pick it up and give it a try! I'm currently working through my other soaps though, including Clinique's Extra Mild Liquid Facial Soap, Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, Nature Republic Blemish Lab Sebum Clear Cleansing Foam and I've also got a sample of Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and their muslin cloth to try before but I may as well stock up.

I'm currently using Cinique's Clarifying Lotion #1 for Very Dry to Dry skin but I think my skin needs a little more exfoliation, so I asked for a sample of their Clarifying Lotion #2. I can't wait to try it!

I treated myself to Lancome's All Eyes on You Mascara Set. For £22.50, the price of one of their full sized mascaras, you get a full size Hypnose mascara and three mini Hypnose Drama, Hypnose Doll Eyes and Hypnose Star mascaras. It's a great introduction to their mascaras since I've never tried them!

Lancome Hypnose Mascara, apparently the world's best selling mascara!

Mini Hypnose Drama mascara. My friends Emma and Paulina's favourite mascara is this one.

Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara. Apparently this one is more natural looking but the name is cute.

Hypnose Star mascara. Apparently this one does a bit of everything - length, volume, curl, etc. The full sized packaging is cute, it has a silver glitter gradient going up from the bottom of the tube.

My friend Emma was nice enough to give me a free Lancome gift with my purchase! Beauty counter friends rock <3
Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream SPF15. This is apparently good for dry skin so I can't wait to try it!

Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit Neurocalm Soothing Recharging Night Cream, the night version of Lancome's Hydra Zen line. Again, looking forward to trying this since I normally add a face oil or sleeping mask to my night-time skincare routine rather than a night cream.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate. One of their most best selling items, I think?

Lancome Hydra Zen Yeux Neurocalm Anti Puffiness Eye Contour Gel Cream. I have a couple of eye cream samples to try before I need to buy a full sized one again. I'm currently using a full sized Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Eye Cream but my favourite so far is Balance Syn-ake Snake Venom Eye Cream.

Lancome Juicy Tubes lipgloss. I remember when these were a best seller when I was younger, reading glossy magazines like Glamour and Company. I wanted one so bad, and even tried to pass off a Barry M lipgloss as a Juicy Tubes when the writing rubbed off the packaging! XD Nowadays the fuss has died down, I think, and I'll be interested to see what the hype is since it's just a lipgloss. I like the look of Lancome's new Lip Lover Lip Perfectors.

My friend over on the Dior counter,Sophie, told me about Dior's new Star foundation and gave me a sample of it. I really liked it so I decided to buy it whilst shopping! It also helped that the other Dior girl, Siobhan, gave me a free gift when I bought it. XD So many free gifts and samples... #fuckyeah

Diorskin Star Foundation in 010 Ivoire/Ivory. The colour is really nice, normally the palest colour is still too dark for me but this is nice and pale. It has a lovely luminising effect whilst still having good coverage too, something I haven't seen often. Usually when a foundation has a dewy finish, the coverage is sheer to moderate. I really want to start using this foundation now my sample has run out but I'm kind of...scared? Like if for some reason it's totally different to the sample and I don't like it, I won't be able to do anything since I already opened it... >_<

In the free Dior gift I got Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer. I'm always on the lookout for a great concealer so I can't wait to try this!

I got a mini Diorblush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush in the free gift too. The colour is a reddish pink, I think it'll be cute for trying the undereye blush look that is popular in Japanese street fashions!

The top of the blush, it looks so elegant and classy!

You also get a free makeup bag with the Dior free gift. It's pretty nice, and has a cute little Dior charm on the side!

A C (Christian), D (Dior) and a star! Super cute!

So there's everything I bought recently! Now I have to lock my bank account up for ages haha...I've never really gotten into premium cosmetics even though I've worked on a counter for just under 6 months so this was a great introduction to it, especially with all the freebies to try. I think I'll always love Korean cosmetics though, since the results and benefits of cheaper Korean brands can be as good or better than Western premium brands. There's something about pulling out a Dior foundation or blusher that makes you feel special though...dat marketing... >_> I'll be interested in comparing normal Korean brands and Western premium brands, and maybe even finding Korean dupes of Western premium products! Stay tuned for some reviews shortly! Regardless of my makeup counter experience, I will review everything with 100% honesty. If something sucks, I will bloody well tell you, especially if it is expensive!