Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Saem Eco Soul Kiss Button Lips Matte in #6 Bitter Chocolate review


The Saem Eco Soul Kiss Button Lips Matte in #6 Bitter Chocolate (2g) 
1. As 0.1mm of content is coming out of container one click at a time, it can be used as sanitary and fresh as possible.
2. Smooth & perfect fitting texture.
3. It gives moisture and vivid color to the skin with powdery finish.
4. Hydrating as lip blam, vivid color as tint, Glowing as gloss.
5. Sweet and attractive peach fragrance.

I have been looking for a brown lipstick for a long time.
I have an old one from Chanel but the color doesn’t suit me too well but since I know brown lipstick is very flattering on me I still wanted to look for one that looks decent.
When I ventured into my local drug and department stores I couldn’t find anything that was dark enough. Due to my pigmented lips, most brown shades available here don’t show up on me ( If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my fruitless swatch bonanza).

So I thought I might try to find an Asian lipstick that would fit my criteria.
It was not easy to be honest.
Brown is not really a shade that is popular there right now and usually not part of the color selections offered. I did find a few but choosing was hard.
After all there, was no reviews and few swatches (I think it was a total of two swatches actually) and going after the promo pics is not recommended.

Who are they trying to fool? Neither the finish nor the colors are anything like in this picture
I have had many disappointments following the advertisements from brands since it is reallynotaccurate. Especially since the models used, usually have very light lips and I can’t compare those results to mine. Oh yeah and there is also photoshop!
I finally decided on The Saems Button Kiss lipstick.
They have a satin and a matte line and both offer one brown looking shade. With the enticing names of Bitter Chocolate and Bitter Coffee.
Very brown sounding names too.
I did indeed find swatches for the satin line and determined that Bitter Coffee would probably be too red. I am a matte kind of girl anyway so matte it was.

I have to say I was disappointed when I received it.
Besides the absolutely delicious smell the shade was completely different than expected.
It is kind of a brick red, like muddy but still red.
I suppose it can be called brownish but to me it is distinctively redder than brown.
I applied it and the feeling on my lips was very comfortable.

1 Layer on the left and 3 on the right. Color is a little less red than in the photo
I usually don’t use lipsticks anymore since I hate how they feel on my lips but this is quite pleasant. The wear time is great as well so I really didn't want to give up on this lipstick.
So instead I mixed it with a brown lipliner. And the results are amazing!
I really really love the shade that came out.
Mother loved it, even though she isn’t a fan of too dark lips and Johnnys eyes goggle out every time I wear it. He gets all shy and smiley too. That makes me believe that it is indeed very flattering.
I call that a success!
In the upper photo you can see how the lipstick changes the lipliners color into a softer redder shade

So back to the lipstick.
As I mentioned before it smells amazing.
Like truly!
It is one of the nicest things I have ever smelled!
Unfortunately it is very faint (Johnny can't smell it at all) and doesn't linger on the lips.

The stain is the color you get when wiping the lipstick off or when it fades by itself
As far as the wear time goes it lasts 4-5 hours like new depending on what you do.
It does fade well, to a reddish brown natural looking lip.
It does transfer but not much since it is matte and relatively dry.
I have worn it out to dinners a few times. The stain it leaves behind on a glass is almost unperceivable. It does fade when you eat greasy food but not much if you take care.
Each dinner the lipstick was still intact but in different degrees depending on the food I ate.
I even had ribs with it and the lipstick still looked decent afterwards.
It survives some kissing but will color off on the other person. I say this is definitely one of the longest lasting and sturdiest lipsticks I own.

The color is really hard to photograph unfortunately. This is the most accurate representation though
One can wear it sheer or layer it but if you add one layer from the bullet it will be 85% opaque.
Two layers make it darker but not much.
I really really like this product!
I haven't worn lipstick much in years but I have been grabbing this one a lot.
I might purchase other colors from this line too since it feels and looks so great.
Which one? That would be the real question!

Ingredients: Here

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

This is the lipstick mixed with the brown lipliner. I find it much more flattering on me than on the photo above

Purchased at Beautynetkorea
Available on Ebay

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jolse revealed and reviewed

Jolse haul and shop review

I haven't written a store review in a long time. Partly because I actually haven't purchased off of new stores and partly because the few I did purchase from I somehow forgot to review.
I hope that in the next few weeks I can at least write about two new stores for you all.
Today I will talk about Jolse. I have heard lots of good things about them for the past few years. 
I honestly don't know why I never got anything there but sometimes things just kind of happen.
Jolse is actually well known for sending a lot of samples with their orders, something I appreciate very much.
Even though I have seen plenty of pictures of all the samples they send out I never really believed it until a friend of mine kept showing me how much she got with her purchase.
I finally did order something with them when I needed two items that were indeed cheapest at Jolse and thought it might be a good opportunity to try their store out.

Jolse haul and shop review
Their page is easy to use and they offer free shipping with a tracking number for 2.50$.
I ordered two items in their shop on the 26.3 and they send it out on the 27.3, it arrived on the 10.4.
That is eleven working days and pretty fast I have to say.
I am also happy with the way the products were packaged. Neat and secure.
And of course there is the plus of all the samples!
From what I can tell they usually add oil blotting papers, a pore strip and a sheet mask in addition to loose samples.

Jolse haul and shop review samples
Very excited to try out Bbogeul Moisture Cream!
Everything went smoothly and without hassle. Prices are good, shipping is fast and samples are abundant. I think this is definitely a shop to consider and I will absolutely re purchase from them again!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Woeful Windsday

by Iban Barrenetxea

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aritaum Style Pop Brow Mascara in Chocolate Mousse #4 review


Aritaum Style Pop Brow Mascara in Chocolate Mousse #4 (4.5gr)
Enhance your natural eyebrows in 3 seconds with Color My Brows.
These tinted eyebrow shaping formula comes complete with its own wand brush, for easy application.
These eyebrow tint mascara will groom and shade your eyebrows, adding just a hint of color that matches your hair color. You will have more natural, beautiful, and defined look. It's much better than using eyebrow pencil alone or you can even use these mascaras alone.

Instead of reviewing items I have been using for a while or have been meaning to review for the past few months I seem to be somehow writing about all these items Mother got. It must be the excitement of something new or maybe writing about products I would usually never use. Whatever it is I hope you guys aren’t bored of it yet.

I am not sure why Mother wanted a brow gel, probably laziness or maybe she wants to try new stuff. I do remember her asking me to buy her Maybellines brow gel last summer. I never did, so she went ahead and got it herself. Six months later she confessed that it sucked and if I had a better alternative. I didn’t but decided to gamble on Aritaum this time.
Mother if you are reading this, don’t be mad that I get you so many things I never tried, the track record has been good so far though!
Back to the topic.
Since I found no reviews on this item, the choosing method was easy. Buy the cheapest brow gel in   a color that comes closest to her eyebrow shade while not being Etude House.
Why not Etude House you ask, on the one hand side I am bored with it and I want to try something new, on the other hand Mother didn’t like Etude Houses brow pencil shade so I thought they might be too similar.
I am happy that I went with Aritaum instead, since I really like this stuff!

A brushy brush
What I wanted from this brow gel was something that might slightly fill out my brows while making them look sleek and groomed yet completely natural. Sometimes I brush my brows with hair spray after filling them out. That was the effect I wanted only with one step instead of 3.
The color is a great match!
Thankfully Mother and I have the same eyebrow color so they will match her perfectly too. Our hair color is different so hopefully it will match that as well.
I was looking for a true medium dark brown.
A shade that is neither too red nor too ashy, dark enough without leaning black.
This is the perfect shade!

The dark part on the edge is thickly applied
I find that the brush is a good size, my eyebrows are about medium thickness and the brush is easy to use without going too much over the edges.
The brush also doesn’t pick up too much gel so the smudging is held to a minimum.
I do sometimes draw a tiny bit over my brows but while wet it is easy to clean up.
Something that can be avoided if the tip of the wand is cleaned with a tissue.
Even though there isn’t too much product on the brush, I would still be careful with the application and make sure you apply it light handedly.

Left brow is left bare, right brow is lifted and fuller with the gel
The color definitely fills out my brows while still looking very natural.
I can fill them in and use the gel without looking blocky or only use the gel without looking patchy.
The product definitely defines my brows very well giving it a polished look.
Depending on the direction you apply this, you can either give your brows a lift or keep them straight.
It is super long lasting to the point where it has not failed on me yet.
I admit that I usually don’t wear products longer than 8-10 hours. But in that time frame it looked flawless.
Now to the most important point: Does it get hard and goopy on the brows?
I am happy to say it doesn’t.
You can’t tell it is there unless you touch it with your fingers. It feels exactly the way my brows feel when I lightly brush them with hair spray. Slightly firm but still moveable.
I honestly find this very comfortable to wear.
I can only recommend this!
If they would have this in grey I would get one for myself! Get at it Aritaum, hint hint…

Application method:
After seeing Mother running around with thick over the top eyebrows I asked her to show me how she applies this product. When I saw her technique I figured that maybe some of you might prefer to see a visual. To Mothers defence, some lady in a store showed her how to get fabulously thick brows by gooping the product on. If that is not something you are looking for but prefer a more natural look than I recommend this technique instead.

I was rocking Lydia Deetz hair with my in between color :)

 Clean the tip of the wand just like one does with Mascara. Then use the side of the mascara to very lightly brush your brows in place. The more you do it the darker they get. At the time of the gif above I had three layers on.
If you use the tip, even when clean, you will either apply too much, get goopy spots or simply draw on your skin which can look unnatural. 

Ingredients: Can't find them

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Purchased at Testerkorea
Available on Ebay

Applied on both brows