Peripera: Airy Ink Velvet in No.5 Elf Light Rose

 

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This was released for spring/summer 2017 from one of my favourite korean brands. Peripera in my experience is one of those brands that have more creative ideas but still manages to deliver quality items.

This lip product is supposed to give a more natural finish with a “light as air” texture combined with long-lasting softness for a lovely and delicate look.

The product also features a uniquely formed brush, which has a hole in the middle in order to let air run through which Peripera claims will help give an even lighter finish.

Another claim is that it is easy to create that coveted gradient lip look with this product, which I will also include in this review.

 

Packaging

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I adore the packaging!

It is made to look like an ink bottle. The part that would have been the glass part is made to look like it is made of frosted glass, it is however made of sturdy plastic which I appreciate since it means that it is safe to put in my handbag without it getting broken.

According to Peripera this bottle contains 8 gram/0.28 OZ of product, which I feel is a normal amount for lip products.

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The brush is soft and i like the well in the middle, it does add that “airy” soft application that Peripera claims. It is also angled and it really does help the application process since it follows the curves of the lips.

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Shade

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I picked the shade No.5 Elf Light Rose.

 

The best description I can give of this shade is a rosy pink with a neutral undertone.

I believe there are many out there who this shade will look absolutely lovely on. For me this is a perfect everyday lipshade as it brings refinement to me without screaming out loud that I’m wearing a  lip colour. I also like the fact that this shade makes my lips look more plump but also very soft.

It is a gorgeous shade that I find myself wearing a lot lately now that the sun is creeping back.

Personally speaking I love using this when I want a more “earthy” look such as natural coloured cheeks and a greenish eye look or when I want a no makeup look.

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Texture and formula

Peripera’s claim about  a “light as air” texture is correct but it is also surprisingly thick when you apply it. I would describe it as having the consistency of whipped mousse but when you let it sink in it really does feel as if you are wearing nothing at all.

It also does not look heavy.

The finish is matte but it does not cling to the lips as many matte formulas very often do.

But I find myself having to be a little bit careful when applying this since it goes on a bit thick and can get a little bit “collected on the edges of the lips. This is because the brush get’s loaded with product but I find this easy to circumvent by starting application on the middle of my lower lip and then swiping it over the rest of my lips. Therefore it is not an issue for me personally.

The only con I have with this product is that it has a really strong floral scent that have the ability to make me nauseous sometimes. That might not be an issue for everyone but I’m mentioning it.

I really like this product since it does give that “natural” texture, whether I use it as a gradient or full lip look it looks gorgeous for hours and it is because this leaves a stain, which might not be to everyones liking but if you like me are working at a job where you just cannot just go and fresh up your lip colour then it is a god send.

Another thing is that this can cause some dryness to my lips but not to an extent that I would classify it as a con. But again I’m leaving it out there so that the person reading this can make an informed choice.

When it comes to the gradient lips I feel that since the formula applies very thick it is actually a little bit difficult to get a nice looking gradient. This is also because the brush loads quite a lot of product.

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Verdict

I love this product and I’m curious to buy some of the other shades which also looks very gorgeous.

Like I already mentioned the only con I have with this product is the heavy scent. Other than that it ticks all the boxes for what I look for in a lip product, especially that it’s perfect for wearing at my job.

I can recommend this but as always please read carefully and remember that what I like might not be your cup of tea.

 

Thank you for reading!

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Mamonde – Highlight Liptint Glow

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This is the first product from Mamonde that I’ve had the pleasure to try out.

This liptint is an oil drop tint which is supposed to be long-lasting and give vivid colour while still being light weight, non-sticky and give moisture to lips.

This line of liptints feature seven shades ranging from pink, red, orange and purple.

I picked #17 Lavender Breeze.

So let’s dive into it!

 

Packaging

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I have to mention how I love the cardboard’s holographic floral pattern combined with the simple design.

The liptint itself is contained within packaging that correlates with the shade (At least based from what i could see on pictures) which is a detail that I appreciate that brands do.

To be honest I like the packaging, it is very sleek and simple but it also reminds me of some packaging from the 2000s for some reason. It’s not a negative as it to me feels very nostalgic and it’s not tacky or cheap despite being made of lightweight plastic.

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I really love the applicator and it is impressive in my opinion. It is a scoop shaped applicator which makes it super easy to get an even application as it is shaped to fit your lips and it also helps that it is extremely soft.

I really enjoy the simple packaging and the lovely applicator.

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Colour

The swatch photos came out blurry but they still present the shade as it looks in IRL.

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As previously mentioned I picked the shade called #17 Lavender Breeze.

It has been a long time since I’ve had a true purple lip product in my makeup collection. If you are after a true lavender shade then you will be disappointed with this as it is more of a boysenberry kind of purple.

It’s a medium purple with lot’s of pink in it and it is amazingly flattering.

I also believe it will suit a lot of different skin tones as it is a vivid but still has a transparent consistency.

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Formula

I really love the formula of this liptint.

It feels lightweight on the lips aswell as moisturizing and non-sticky. I also love how shiny it is without looking tacky or cheap.

The bonus is that it is really long-lasting and it fades beautifully during the day and leaves a gorgeous stain behind.

Lastly this liptint have a wonderful scent of fresh strawberries which is not the typical artificial strawberry scent that products usually have.

This liptint do uphold all the claims the brand has claimed.

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Conclusion

I’ve used this a lot lately not only because it looks gorgeous beyond belief but also since it is so suitable for this time of the year.

I believe this is starting to become a new favourite for me as I’ve used it so much lately.

It reminds me of the discontinued Aritaum: Color lasting tint which was a favourite of mine only that this liptint is much lighter in texture.

Yes I will recommend this for to people, especially those that struggle with dry lips after using a liptint.

 

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.

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.