URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum – No.4 Vermouth & Casiss

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Like I said in my review of URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum I was going to buy another perfume from the line. I finally received this is my mail a week ago.

The last one has quickly become a favourite for me as I’ve almost used it exclusively the last months.

So I do have high hopes for this one.

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Notes

The notes in this perfume sounds very interesting. It has a great mixture of different olfactory groups and I have personally never tried a perfume with a mint note in it.

 

Top

Bergamot, Casiss and Mint.

 

Heart

Jasmine, Rose and Honey.

 

Base

Musk and Wood.

 

 

 

Packaging

The packaging is the same as with the last one but the cardboard box is mint green instead of yellow.

It features the same apple-shaped bottle that contains 8 ml of product.

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The Scent

As I mentioned with the last perfume from this line, the notes are fewer than what is common but it works the scents advantage.

This is a lot more sweeter than my other fresh blown eau de parfum and decidedly less sharp. Where the other one is very fresh and ” pointed” this No.4 is a bit more airy but still with some heaviness in it.

It has a very “green” quality to it which I believe is the mix of mint, rose, jasmine and casiss.

But it is very difficult to discern a lot of the notes in this scent separately as the notes in this scent has been mixed really well.

When you initially apply this it does have a cool undertone that I really enjoy, it’s likely caused by the mint, but during the dry down it becomes warmer and sweeter which I don’t like.

The sillage is what I would describe as medium but the longevity is amazing for a scent this inexpensive as it lasts for around four hours before starting to slowly fade.

I’d really wish this suited me but it is too sweet for my taste and I really expected the bergamot note to be much more present.

 

Conclusion

Personally speaking I don’t like this scent as it is too sweet and it becomes heavy on me.

But I can still recommend this especially to anyone who likes sweeter green scents. The price is unbeatable and the quality is great. I refuse to try layering this with my other fresh blown eau de parfum.

Sadly it did not suit me or my taste.

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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?

 

URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum

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This cute eau de parfum is a new offering from URBAN DOLLKISS formerly known as Baviphat.

The line contains ten different fragrances and the brand writes that these are meant to be used layered together in order for the user to create their own personal fragrance, which is also why the line has been divided into four categories: citrus, floral, fruity and musk.

I currently own NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage, I might buy some of the others and test out different layering techniques.

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Packaging

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The bottle is made of glass and it is shaped as an apple, with the closure being made of some kind of metallic plastic. The closure is the only thing I don’t like about this perfume bottle since it is quite fragile and I have to be careful while opening or closing.

This bottle features a roll-on application which I love since it assures a mess free and controlled application.

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The bottle contains 8 ml of product, which might sound like a tiny amount but remember that this is not an eau de toilette but an eau de parfum, so a little goes a long way and it also lasts longer on skin.

In the end the bottle is cute and reminds me of those small vintage perfume bottles that used to be easy to find at markets.

 

The Scent

I chose NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage since I am fond of fresh herbal scents and they are quite uncommon on the market.

 

The notes are as follows:

Top: Grapefruit, Lemon  and Lime.

Heart: Jasmine, Basil and Sage.

Base: Patchouli.

 

When I looked at the full list of notes the first, in the ad there was no list only a description, I became a little bit worried since this perfume has both patchouli and jasmine. Both of those notes have a tendency to give me a headache but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this scent.

For me this smells like a crisp summer morning.

Personally speaking I’m very tired of the typical summer scents that get’s released every year, they all smell too similar to each other!

So I am pleased to have found something that still is very summery but does not fall into the stereotypical rendition of a summer fragrance.

The scent starts off a little bit sharp but as time progresses and the citrus top notes starts to mellow down a little, the heart notes really does come out to play and the herbal notes mesh perfectly with the jasmine.

Jasmine is in my opinion one of the more masculine florals, combine that with herbal notes and you get a heart accord with a unisex feeling to it. That makes it sound heavy but it is kept fresh thanks to the top notes.

The patchouli is the only base note in this fragrance but I think it was a good idea from the one concocting this. The patchouli gives this fragrance a nice earthy quality that keeps this fragrance from becoming too airy or fleeting.

After wearing this for a couple of hours the patchouli starts to give off a more smoky quality, which is very beautiful in my opinion.

 

Verdict

This scent is on its way to become a new favourite.

The way it progresses when I wear it is so beautiful and complex.

The price point is also very good but I do see that the price varies depending on where you buy it. I paid five dollars for this and I’m happy to have found a perfume that I love that is budget friendly.

 

I feel that perfumes are something that is extremely personal and as such it is difficult to give recommendations, but I hope that my description of this scent was useful and that you liked this post. The photos in this post came out very blurry but I believe they still captures how the product still looks.

Thank you for reading!

Etude House: Cherry Jelly Lips Patch

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I finally managed to get my hands on this lip patch that I’ve wanted to try ever since I tried the honey jelly lips patch after new years eve.

Review here of the Honey Jelly Lips Patch.

Both packages are quite similar with differences being the colour scheme and text. The hydro gel lip patch has the same shape and look a the other one.

This cherry lip patch is supposed to plump, vitalize, moisturize and revitalize lips thanks to ingredients like collagen, cherry extract and sodium hyaluronate.

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The scent of this product is a very light but fresh cherry scent. It is a scent I believe could have been used as part of a summer fragrance since it is comfortable and light.

The instructions are the same as with the other lip patch from Etude House.

You have use it immediately after opening the packaging, put the jelly patch onto clean lips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after removing it you are to massage any remaining serum into your lips.

It feels very soothing and refreshing but I thought it was a bit weird that it had difficulties staying on my lips by itself. The last one had no problem with this but I noticed that the cherry jelly lips patch has a thinner consistency and I believe that might have something to do with it.

But it disappoints me to say that this did almost nothing for my lips.

It was lovely enough and I did enjoy it but when I remove this and I can still feel that my lips are quite dry still, then I feel that this was a waste of money and time. Yes these lip patches are not the most expensive products out there but I still expected this to be better.

I did not rave about the honey jelly lips patch either but I have used it after my initial review and I see it as something I can indulge in on my care days, but this one won’t be rebought.

 

 

Sample Monday: Skin Food – Black Sugar Mask Wash-Off

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This is a sample I’ve wanted to try out for sometime.

This is an exfoliating face mask, which is accordingly to Skinfood, contains mineral-enriched brazilian black sugar which promotes smooth glowing skin.

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The instructions on the backside of the packet is simple and easy to follow.

You are supposed to cleanse your skin first but to leave it damp before massaging this mask into your skin. You can add water or oil while massaging this in if you want a more “softer” exfoliation or if you have more sensitive skin. This is then left on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

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The texture of this is what I expected, extremely gritty but with some liquid to hold it together. I massaged this very carefully in and as I suspected this would be too rough for me if I had gone in like I do with my regular face scrub.

I love the scent this has. It is a refreshing true-to-life lemon scent and not the typical candy-lemon scent that is more common.

Sitting with this in 15 minutes is easy, it is comfortable and feels nice. The colour of this mask is a caramel brown and I forgot to take a picture of this unfortunately.

When it came to wash this off, I was positively surprised at how easy this was to wash off. I had expected this to be a little bit sticky or leave a little bit of residue but instead I am left with soft and refreshed skin.

I am pleasantly surprised by how nice this left my skin.

I had to moisturize my skin afterwards since this is indeed a little bit harsh, in that regard I believe that I should have had mixed it in with a bit of toner/water, but all in all that’s not a bad thing as it is usually something you should do after scrubbing away dirt and dead skin.

This was a nice experience and I checked out the price for this mask and it is quite cheap and you do get a lot in the jar. I believe I might order this in the future.

But I have to say that this product might not be for dry or sensitive skin.

 

 

 

Lindsay: Luxury Gold Magic Mask

 

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This is the first time I’m going to try a modelling mask. These have just come to my attention but I’ve been a little bit sceptical to these since I heard  about how messy these have  a tendency to be.

But I was advised to try this series of modelling masks from Lindsay since they are supposedly easy to use and also filled with nice ingredients.

I feel the need to explain what a modelling mask really is.

A modelling mask differs from a regular peel-off mask in that these form a rubbery surface that “locks” all the skin loving ingredients close to skin and make sure that they don’t evaporate.

These modelling masks from Lindsay are easier to use since they already come with pre measured packets, where one is a liquid with skin loving ingredients and the other one is a powder which in addition to as fore mentioned ingredients also contains a thickener, which gives the mask its texture.

 

What it is supposed to do

This mask has a lot of claims and it says in the description that it is a luxury spa treatment for home use.

This is going to help hydrate, moisturize, soothe, fight acne, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, brightening, anti-oxidant, reduce redness and repair UV-damage.

Amongst its good ingredients are niacinamide, aloe vera, hydrolized collagen, pearl extract, colloidal gold, centella asiatica extract and adenosine.

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Packaging

This is one of the simplest but ingenious packaging that I’ve come across. It doubles up as a container and mixing bowl, it also makes it easier to dispose of since you just put everything into the bowl and put the cap back on.

The packaging also comes with a pink plastic spatula. It is nice when mixing the ingredients together but I found it too rough when it came to application so I used my H&M spatula instead.

 

 

Steps 1&2

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Backside of step 1 packet.

The first step in this mask consist of a thick golden liquid with barely any scent.

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Ingredients list of Step 1.

Purified water, Butylene Glycol, Algin, 1, 2-Hexane Diol, Potassium Alginate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Colloidal Gold(5ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronidase Acid, Adenosine, Pearl Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Fragrance

 

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Backside of step 2 packet.

The second step contains the powder and has a very strong floral scent to it. The gold and glitter in this powder got lost in the picture.

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Ingredients list of Step 2.

Glucose, Diatomatious Earth, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Alginate, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, Hyaluronidase Acid, Magnesium Carbonate, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Colloidal Gold(5ppm), Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Gold Extract, Peppermint Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Mica, Synthetic fluorphlogopite, Red Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Fragrance

 

Application

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Mixing these two together forms a thick paste and I followed the instructions to a T.

You are supposed to cleanse and tone your face prior to applying this, it needs to be applied thick in order to make the removal easy and for this mask to work its wonders for the 20-30 minutes it requires.

This mask is cold when you apply it, giving an instant soothing effect that lasts for a couple of minutes before the outside dries down into a rubber texture on the outside. When that happens you can feel the mask lock down the moisture/ingredients so that they can start working with your skin thanks to your body heat.

This is actually quite comfortable, I can have my glasses over the mask without them getting stained/dirty all while I can feel this mask working with my skin especially after it hits the 10 minute mark.

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Picture taken after applying.

In the instructions it says to remove this from the chin in an upwards motion and to wash off the remaining residue with warm water.

Doing this leaves my skin super soft and I can definitely see my skin texture/tone and since I’ have some stress related zits and redness, it was nice to see that they had faded considerably.

When I woke up the next day, I could clearly see how brightened my skin was and how fresh I looked compared to the day before.

 

Conclusion

This is going to be rebought!

Its more expensive than other korean mask but it works wonderfully and I could very clearly see improvements in my skin and the effect lasted all week.

Probably the best face mask I’ve had the pleasure to try out.

 

Monday Samples: Etude House – Wonder Pore

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The wonder pore line is legendary for it’s effectiveness in helping dehydrated skin with large pores. Particularly in helping cleaning pores out and making roughened skin soft and supple.

I have two of these sample sets so this sample review is going to be a bit more in-depth. It also helps that my skin has started to react to the warmer temperatures we’ve been having lately, my skin has bumps, larger pores and a rougher texture than normal.

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In this sample set there is four different products.

  • Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser
  • Wonder Pore Tightening Essence
  • Wonder Pore Clearing Emulsion
  • Wonder Pore Balancing Cream

Reading up on what the different products do I have to say that this seems like a comprehensive skin line since it’s products are meant to both treat and moisturize.

But how does this line hold up?

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This cleanser claims to have ten benefits:

  • Deep cleansing of pores.
  • Sebum control.
  • Skin tone improvement.
  • Pore tightening.
  • Improves pore elasticity.
  • Moisturizing.
  • Improves PH-value.
  • Smoothes skin.
  • Cooling effect.
  • Removes dead skin cells.

Of course since I only have two sample packets of this, it will be impossible for me to see how true these claims are since skin care products needs time to work their magic, but it can give an estimate of its effectiveness.

This face cleanser contains a mint and vinegar complex that is meant to cool and soothe your skin and it also contains blue beads that is intended to softly exfoliate your skin.

That’s one thing that I enjoyed about this cleanser, it does not contain as many abrasives as a lot of cleansers meant for rougher skin types often has which can sometimes become too much sometimes.

The formula does have a nice cooling effect and it did actually make my pores feel and look better than before, which did surprise me a bit since I did not expect that in two consecutive uses, another surprise was that my skin felt moisturized and soft aswell.

The scent is also very comfortable, very fresh and light.

I believe that this cleanser would show itself as even more effective if I bought the full size and I might just do that soon.

 

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This essence is supposed to tighten pores, firm, giving a cooling sensation and help control sebum and keep it matte.

I like the scent of this, it differs from the cleanser in that it has a stronger lemon smell to it. It really feels comfortable when massaging this into my skin and its partly because of the texture.

Which is a thicker serum with a nice slip to it.

It dries down really fast and it leaves a matte surface while my skin feels incredibly supple and fresh. My pores seems to be freshened up but not smaller and that might very likely be because I’ve only tried two samples of it and that I may get more results with consistent use.

It is very likely that I’d buy the full size of this.

 

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This emulsion is supposed to help combination/oily skin with moisture, ph-balancing, smooth out rough skin texture and oil control.

The first thing I notice when applying this is just how nice it feels, I can feel this product working with my skin and it is extremely lightweight which is just a great bonus. It is refreshing and gives my skin a nice glow.

Yet another product that its highly likely I will buy in the future.

 

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This is a gel based moisturiser infused with mint extract.

It is meant to help balance the skin’s oil and moisture balance, skins elasticity and treating enlarged pores.

This is also a treat to apply since it just like most of the other products has a cooling effect that feels incredibly soothing.

This also made my skin more even, my large looked almost gone and putting on my foundation was a dream. I love the effect this has and I felt that I did not need to put a base which is part of my regular routine.

I think this will also be bought the next time I’m ordering at Etude House.

 

Conclusion

I’m very impressed with these and I do want to order them soon.

The line sounds perfect for summer temperatures and for me these samples worked very well, so I wonder how my skin would have looked like with regular use.

 

Have you tried any of these products?

What do you think?