Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Skin Aqua Sarafit UV & Solanoveil BB Milk sunscreen

I got 2 new sunscreens for summertime! I did lots of research on which one to get and bought the Solaneveil BB Milk sunscreen and Skin Aqua Sara Fit UV Dry Keep Powder from Adambeauty.
I'm a huge lover of high SPF sunscreens, even though I know it's not that big of a difference from SPF 30, it gives me a piece of mind whenever I'm using it. 
The biggest annoyance about most Japanese sunscreens is they don't have the expiry date. Even though Adambeauty is pretty good at keeping their selections recent, I checked Ratzilla Cosme and found out that Adambeauty only carried the 2011 packaging for the Solanoveil BB Milk sunscreen. I'll probably have to throw this out if I don't finish it this year to be on the safe side. The Sara Fit UV however, came out with this packaging in February.
The Sara Fit UV SPF 50 is supposed to keep your skin dry and powdery feeling, even when you're sweating. I saw the commercial on Youtube and the sweat will supposedly bead off your skin, which it didn't on me. It did dry down to a powdery finish (I use this one on my neck) and seemed to last pretty long throughout the day without feeling sticky at all. The sunscreen comes out as a white with a gel-like texture and dries down quickly on my skin.
My only concern was the smell. It smelled like there was a lot of alcohol in the product, but at least there wasn't any fragrance to mask it.

I got the Solanoveil BB Milk SPF 50 sunscreen because I wanted to use less makeup in the summer. It provided some light coverage and had a semi matte finish. I had to massage/blend it well onto my skin, otherwise it there was some streaking. It didn't cover too much, it just evened out my skin slightly, so I just brush a bit of powder foundation on top for a bit more coverage.
The texture is very liquidy, so applying it on sections of my face makes it much easier to control.
I think there's quite a lot of alcohol in this product too because I noticed by nose looked a bit dry after using it, plus it dried down pretty quickly.
This product is supposed to be water and sweat proof, but I haven't actually tested it while swimming.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DejaVu Fiberwig Lash Up Mascara

Is it me or are blogs not as popular anymore? I think most people have gone to YT for reviews on makeup now. I'm not a camera person so I don't think I will make videos, I tried and I just didn't like it.
I think it's nice to still have a blog though, because if you're looking for something specific, you can easily Google the product to read the review rather than having to browse through videos, listen to the intros, skip the parts that you don't want to hear.. etc.. But that's just me

Onto the review! I think I have a mascara obsession...  seems like I get more mascaras than anything else.
I've seen this DejaVu Lashup mascaras on a few Asian blogs already so I was super curious to try it. I've been a loyal fan of the Dejavu mascaras for quite some time now (except the volumizing one, it smudges).
This one is new to the line and promises to give a better curl to the lashes with its quick drying formula.
The brush has long and short bristles alternating along the curve. I don't find the short bristles do much, it's mostly full of mascara and it doesn't comb onto the lashes very well. The long bristles are great though, and because of the way the brush is curved and the position of the bristles, my inner and outer lashes can get a coating of mascara very easily.
Although it's supposed to be a fiber mascara, I don't actually notice the fibers. So for anyone that's not a fan of the super fuzzy fiber mascaras, you might like this.
Just like the other Dejavu mascaras, this one also washes out with warm water and stays put through sweat, oil and tears.
Before picture of my curled lashes...

After! It doesn't give a lot of volume, but layering it on 3-4 times helps. I think this is probably the best mascara that actually keeps my lashes curled throughout the day. The formula is slightly wet but dries very quickly which helps the curl stay put. Amazing! 

I haven't seem Adambeauty carry it yet, so I got mine from Sasa.com for about $17CAD. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

BCL Brow Lash Mascaras

Quick review today! I purchased 2 mascaras recently, the BCL Lash Curler Express and Volume Lash Fiber. I saw it on Adambeauty while browsing around for new products. They were about $15-17 each, I can't remember the exact cost.
These mascaras are supposed to be smudge proof and sweat proof but comes off easily with warm water.
The Volume Lash Fiber mascara is supposed to plump up your lashes by 200% and it has fibers in it to help with volume.
The Lash Curler Express mascara is supposed to be good at curling and holding it without using a lash curler.
You can see the brush difference. The Lash Curler Express has a slightly wetter formula while Volume Lash Fiber is slightly dryer. The both have a unique curve to help catch the lashes and this aids in giving that curl.

The wand on the Lash Curler Express looks like a half circle, flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. The formula is supposed to dry quickly with curl holding waxes in it. It does dry pretty fast and does a decent job at keeping my lashes curled, but it's not very volumizing. I haven't noticed any smudging around my eyes which is good, no panda eyes!

The Volume Lash Fiber has lots of fibers in it. I like how the brush is tapered and curved so applying mascara on the corners of my eyes is much easier.
I wouldn't say it thickens my lashes by 200%, but it does do better than the Fiberwig mascara. The only downside is, the tube dries pretty fast. I actually tried it last spring, but never got around to writing a review. The first tube I purchased, I liked it quite a lot, but it got way too goopy after using it for about 3 months. This time around, I noticed that it smudged a bit under my eyes after about 8 hours of wear.
The main thing I like about both the mascaras are the shapes of the wands and it comes off with warm water. However, I'm not sure if I would repurchased the Volume Lash Fiber just because I noticed some smudging. I'll definitely repurchase the Lash Curler Express because it holds the curl a bit better than the Fiberwig mascara.