TonyMoly – Inked Cushion Liner

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This is a newish release from TonyMoly which features the cushion trend.

According to TonyMoly this cushion eyeliner is supposed to give  a feather light and ink-like application thank to its liquid-gel formula. It’s also supposed to be easy to apply with no clumping or dragging across the eyelid.

It comes in  five shades: black, brown, pearl brown, plum wine and olive black.

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I bought the black version so let’s see how it worked out.

 

Packaging

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This is one of the few times I am mesmerized by a products packaging alone.

I’m very firmly set in the belief that packaging can be cute/practical/sophisticated and I will appreciate it but the product itself will always be what I care about in the end.

This is shaped like a classical ink bottle with a feather quill. It is definitely an item that  will look good on your vanity.

The quill is actually an included eyeliner brush and the cushion eyeliner itself is revealed when you twist the bottom half off.

I also like the fact that this packaging is sturdier than I initially expected and I give a huge plus for the included brush.

It contains 2 grams of product.

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Formula

This is where I got really disappointed.

I don’t like giving bad reviews of products but unfortunately I cannot give this eyeliner any props.

Despite the claims that Tonymoly has about this eyeliner I felt that it was difficult to use. What I mean by that is that it dries too fast and it really tugged on my eyes making it difficult to apply properly.

I initially thought it might have something to do with the included brush but I experienced the same deal with my regular eyeliner brush.

I also did not like how the formula settles, it gives a very plasticky looking liner that looks very cheap and combined with how difficult it is to apply I end up with what best can be described as wonky results.

The cushion itself also dried up after a month despite the packaging saying that you can use this for up to six months before it’s expired.

I did try to use this in many of my looks but I always ended up using another eyeliner on top in order to make it look even and decent.

Another thing that irked me was that I had to dip my brush quite a lot in order to make a line, which means that the cushion was open to air longer than I would like and it might have contributed to it drying up.

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Conclusion

This will not be rebought.

Again I don’t like writing reviews that are this negative since even though I have written negative reviews before I always manage to have some good things to say about  a product or at least an understanding that it might be great on someone else.

The same goes for products I absolutely love, I can understand why they might not be someone elses cup of tea and I do my best to include that in a review with giving as much details of a product as possible.

This eyeliner on the other hand I can’t see how it could work on anyone.

It’s not that expensive in itself but when I compare the price and the fact that it dried up very quickly, it becomes evident that it is expensive compared to what you actually get.

The packaging is beyond gorgeous but I’d really wish I could say the same about the content aswell since I did have really high hopes for this.

 

Have you tried this?

What did you think about it?

 

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Loreal Paris: Pure Clay’s Anti-Blemish Mask

20170930_162708.jpgThis is a new release from Loreal’s pure clay’s line and I have to say that Loreal has been killing the skin care game with the products in this line.

I have been using two of the cleansers and I can safely say that they have become holy grails in my skin care regimen and I will give them their own post very soon.

I was initially not that interested in the facial masks but I changed my mind when I saw this at the department store.

My skin has not reacted well to the heat wave that we have had during the summer and I struggled with enlarged pores and black heads + white heads, which is usually not an issue for me thanks to my skin care regimen but the temperatures that have been sweeping over my area the last few months has aggravated my skin pretty badly.

So you can imagine why I was so attracted to this 🙂

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Here’s a very unflattering photo of me without makeup. You can clearly see how textured my skin was and all the red areas. This photo was taken in mid september.

 

Claims

This face mask contains three different kinds of clay: kaolin, montmorillonite and ghassoul.

It also contains marine algae which are known for its anti-blemish abilities.

The masks creamy formula reduces blackheads, tighten pores and gives beautiful skin without drying it out.

 

How to use

Use twice a week  on cleansed skin and avoid eye and lip area.

Leave it on for five to ten minutes.

Wash off with lukewarm water or a cleansing wipe.

 

Results according to Loreal

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Immediately: Skin looks less oily and feels cleaner.

After a week: Pores are clean and less noticeable.

After a month: Black heads are reduced. Skin feels balanced, comforted and improved.

 

Packaging

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The glass jar contains 50 ml of product which accordingly to Loreal is sufficient for 10 applications.

I really like how sturdy the packaging is and especially that it has a protective seal to keep the contents from drying out.

It might not look that great but as always it’s the content that matters.

 

Formula

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What surprised me the most is how gentle the scent of this mask is, it’s a very fresh lovely scent which reminds me of  a mixture of cucumbers and something that I can’t quite put my finger on.

I’m mentioning the scent since heavily scented face masks are a big no no for me.

But the formula is also extremely creamy, which makes the application a breeze. I really love how this feels on my skin.

I also find the shade very beautiful.

But one con I have is that it is very difficult to wash away, I really do recommend having makeup wipes ready to get most of the product off before washing off the remains.

 

Results

First application

After I washed it off I could definitely feel that my skin had been cleansed and some of the oilier parts of my skin had become mattified but I was very pleasantly surprised that my drier areas had become less itchy but also felt moisturized.

My skin was also very soft to touch so I feel that loreal’s claim about this mask not being drying is true.

 

After a week

My skin is clearer and feels refreshed. My red areas have diminished and I have less white and black heads than before. My skin is also less textured compared to two weeks before.

 

A month’s use

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Photo taken in mid October. No makeup or editing.

I am very impressed.

My skin feels so much better and I have no dry patches or black/white heads. My pores have shrinked notably especially on my nose which always have had big pores and a tendency to be dry at the same time.

The oiliness is also gone and there are no red angry patches on my skin anymore.

My skin still needs some more treatments as it still have some occasional breakouts but I am very happy with the results.

 

Conclusion

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I am very impressed by this mask as it gave great results and calmed my skin down. That and the fact that this mask kept its promise to not be drying, something most similar masks have a tendency to do.

The price is also very low compared to a lot of similar masks on the market.

 

URBAN DOLLKISS: Urban City Real Liptone Tint

51rmouspsilThis is another offering from Urban Dolkiss’s Urban city line.

This liptint comes in five different shades including pink, orange and red.

The claims about this liptint is that it is moisturizing and gentle to dry lips, has a refreshing texture and taste with no stickiness, it also is supposed to give the wearer a vivid lip colour with comfort.

Among the ingredients are pomegranate extract, rose hip fruit oil, macadamia seed oil and safflower oil.

These ingredients drew me in to buy this as I do suffer from notoriously dry lips and I do love the effect that liptints give but they can also be very drying in my experience.

I bought the shade NO.5 Rosewood which is a red with some slight hint of brown undertones. It is neither warm nor cold and I think it is going to suit a wide range of skin tones.

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Packaging

The packaging is adorable and it follows the same cues as the URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum packaging in that the contents are in a glass bottle shaped like an apple with a metallic plastic cap.

The applicator is not of the doe foot kind but more “paddle shaped” which combined with the short length of the handle might make it a bit difficult to apply but the trick is to start on the center of the lip and spreading the tint to the sides and to use the remaining product on the upper lip. The applicator has a tendency to collect a lot of the product.

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The bottle contains 7 grams of product.

I also like the card box the product comes with since it makes it easy to discern the shade from the others.

 

Formula

The first thing I notice is the fresh but mild scent this product has. It is a non-offensive fruity floral scent that I think a lot of people are going to like.

Compared to a lot of liptints I’ve tried in the past this has a very creamy consistency and it does feel very moisturizing on the lips. I’ve found myself reaching for this when I want some colour on my lips but they are dry and if I’d worn something else it would have aggravated my chapped lips.

This does not highlight chapped lips but it makes them look healthy and hydrated.

It is also extremely opaque and pigmented compared to a lot of liptints out there, not that it is always a trait that I want in a liptint but I’m just highlighting how this product differs from a lot liptints on the market.

It also leaves a very beautiful stain so you don’t have to reapply it often.

 

Shade

I really like this shade as it is different from the usual reds I wear.

It is more down toned than the true reds and the bluish red I often gravitate towards and I think that with the formula it makes this a very sophisticated colour on the lips.

I also think that it will work well on different skin tones.

 

Conclusion

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I can whole heartedly recommend this to anyone and especially towards people with dry lips.

The formula is one of the best ones out on the market and most importantly it makes lips look healthy and hydrated.

I will definitely rebuy this one day and I’m interested in buying some of the other shades.

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you loved this post!

 

 

H&M: Instant velvet top coat

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I remember some years ago when matte nails where the rage. unfortunately I never got to test out the trend but I’m happy that I was gifted this top coat for my birthday.

This top coat is ,according to H&M, a quick dry top coat and give your nails a super matte finish and in this review I’m pairing it with my beloved Isadora Wonder Nail 191 Black Lacquer.

 

Packaging

It comes housed in a card box but the bottle itself is shaped like the regular nail polishes from H&Ms line.

I have to mention that the formula in this works much better with the brushes that comes with the H&M nail polishes.

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Formula

The content in the bottle is a white casted liquid which is a bit thicker than the nail polish formulas from H&M.

It is a formula that is extremely easy to apply and get even and without streaks.

It is fascinating to watch this go from shiny to matte in a matte of seconds only thing to mention is that just because it looks matte does not mean that it is dry.

 

So how did this perform?

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I really do enjoy this product and I do already have some future plans for some nail art with this.

It is a quick drying top coat and it leaves the nail with a very beautiful matte finish, but the biggest con with this is that it shortened the nail polishes life span considerably.

With the nail polish I used in this review, I can get it to last almost a full week without chipping but with this nail polish it only lasted two days before chipping 😦

I like the effect but I won’t repurchase this.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Let’s wish autumn welcome.

I know that I haven’t written that much the last months but I have some really good reasons why.

I’ve just been visiting my family in order to attend my aunt’s wedding. It was a very heavy visit as it’s been over a year since the last time I saw them but it was also one of the very few times I’ve been emotional during a wedding.

I also met my best friend again and we instantly hit it off with a couple of beers and listening to Bjork like the old days.

So my summer was beautiful and I celebrated my birthday with the best people.

 

Now if there is a season I love more than anything else it is autumn. I love the temperature and the colours everything in nature takes on, the special light during both day and night is also so very unique.

This is also the time of the year that my skin is at it’s best.

But we have a heat wave going on here in the north that is record-breaking and I’m just sitting here wishing for the temperature to go down.

I hope everyone had a good summer.

Berrisom – Oops Bubble Mask

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I’ve been curious for a long time of bubble masks but been sceptical since I’ve heard a lot of complaints about them not really working.

But I am very happy that I managed to order this and received it before my birthday came up.

 

What is it supposed to do?

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These come in three variants but I picked the Brighten fruit since I felt that one suited my needs the most.

It is supposed to brighten, clean out waste, regenerate your skin and make it more even in tone.

This is thanks to ingredients like carbonated sparkling water, lycopene, extracts from tomato, grapefruit, blueberry, acerola cherry and centella asiatica.

 

How to use

Cleanse and tone your face before applying, remember to gently massage the packaging before opening in order for the contents to mix properly.

This can be left on for 5-10 minutes before removal. Massage any remaining product into the skin before washing it off.

 

So how did this work out?

This sheet mask differs from regular ones not only because of the bubbles but also since it only covers half of the face.

The scent is what I would describe as “clean”, it smells like lemon and baking soda mixed together but it keeps away from reminding me of cleaning agents. I like it a lot as it’s very relaxing.

When you take the mask out of the packet the sheet is of a pale yellow colour but I did not manage to photograph it since it starts to foam up very quickly.

I decided to leave this on for 10 minutes.

My first impression is that I’d really would have liked this better if it covered my whole face since it did felt like it could slide off my face at any moment if I was not careful. But this is really the only con about this product in my opinion.

The first two minutes this mask does sting a bit but it is not stingy or bad just very weird. It soon it goes over into a more soothing and soft sensation.

It foams up very quickly aswell, which I’ll admit was a bit unexpected despite the masks name.

As mentioned I had this mask on for ten minutes before taking it off and massaging the remaining products into my skin before washing it off.

Wow!

I am rarely this impressed by any skin care product as I am with this one. Even with face masks I am used to have to try them at least twice before I can definitely say what effect they have on my skin but this one just changed my skin into looking smoother and more glowing. Not to say incredibly soft even three days after.

I can recommend this with all my heart and I am going to try the other ones in the series.

Sorry for the bad image qualities that follow and for looking grumpy XD.

As always thank you all so much for stopping by!

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H&M: Gel Studio Nail Colours

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Not that long ago I posted a review of some of the nail polishes from H&M, which was a very mixed experience to put it mildly as I’ve never experienced any nail polish line having such quality differences between different shades before.

But as always I am curious to try new offerings when it comes to budget friendly brands.

Before I go any further into this review let me just tell you straight away that these gel nail polishes is not anything innovative in my opinion but I tend to like them since they usually last longer than regular nail polishes. A lot of other brands have these polishes were you have a main shade and a sealing top coat.

I’ll have to say that this line seems to be much more sophisticated than their regular line as the colours are deeper and more saturated. There is only one shimmer shade and it is the one I picked up called Green as gold.

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How to use

Apply two coats of Gel Studio Nail Colour, allowing 2 minutes drying time. Once dry, apply Gel Studio Top Coat.

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The shade

I really love this colour despite being a bit disappointed in that the bluish hue in the bottle did not translate to my nails, but this is nonetheless extremely pretty and very different from anything else I have.

It’s a colour that I would like to describe as an olive with a very strong gold shift.

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Application

The formula of the nail polish is much thicker than what I associate with gel nail polishes, it is also very gloppy wich makes this difficult to apply evenly as the brush strokes can become quite visible.

This can be quite annoying plus that it sometimes will create air bubbles on the nails, which is weird and something that I can’t remember experiencing with any other nail polish.

After applying two coats of the nail colour and letting both dry completely, it is time to apply the top coat and I am very impressed by it as it dries very quick and leaves a smooth and shiny surface.

 

How long does it last?

1-2 days unfortunately 😦

It’s also very strange that it comes off in one piece.

 

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Conclusion

I really love the colour but I am very disappointed with the application process and wear time.

I will likely not buy any of the other shades in this line.

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Tell me what you think of H&M’s nail polish lines, do you like them or not?