I wish...

Have you ever felt sad that a big part of your makeup collections would not be used up and your favorite products might be wasted? How often do you use up a single powder, and compare to how many you have? Sigh...I wish, If just no makeup would ever expire...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Something Worth Trying Out (II)

There are many products that we can easily find at the stores or online, and they have amazing qualities. However, for some reasons they haven't received a lot of attentions. It could be just me or they truly don't work on others, I don't know. If you are seeking nice makeup products to add to your collections, give these items a try.

Part I
  • Boots No. 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara
  • Inglot Eyebrow Pencil
  • Inglot Lipstick Pencil
  • Inglot AMC Liquid Blush
  • Inglot Brow Powder/Wax Palette
  • Dior Addict Lip Balm
Part II
  • Clinique High Lengths Mascara
  • Bare Escentuals Pencil Eyeliner
  • Crown Brush Brushes
  • Kett Cosmetics Liquid Blushes-Hydro Blush
  • Kett Cosmetics Sett Powder-Translucent Setting Powder
Part III
  • Stila Forever Your Curl Curl Your Memory Mascara
  • Stila Eyeshadows in free pan form
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
  • Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF 15/PA++
  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil
Clinique High Lengths Mascara
I first got this mascara as a sample, and I was very skeptical with the brush. How can this brush work well, I have never seen this kind of brushes before... Surprisingly, this works so amazing on my lashes. If you have not read my previous posts about my eyelashes, I have Asian straight down lashes, they are normal length but not thick at all. Normally a volumizing mascara will be to heavy on my lashes to hold the curl, a lengthening or a curling mascara will not give me enough volume I need. With this Clinique High Lengths Mascara, it gives everything I need for my lashes: volume, curl, and length. What else do you need anyway? ^o^
The price for this mascara is not expensive at all. I think Clinique products in general is a very affordable high-end brand. This mascara comes in two colors, black and brown, and the black one sold out more quickly than the brown one in stores (when I was looking for it).
One problem with this mascara is when you take the brush out of the tube, you might get too much product on the brush that you don't need. You can either wipe off some of the product with a tissue (do not use those boxed super soft tissue, there could be some tiny white particles left on the brush); or you just scrape off the excess at the inner side of the tube opening so you don't have to waste the product. Too much product will result in eyelashes clump together. You have to make sure the small bristles are clearly revealed, not covered by the product, and then you can brush you eyelashes upward from the root to the end. The thinner your eyelashes are, the less product you want to apply each time to have the best result with this.
I don't know how this formula lengthens your lashes, it just does...I hate mascaras with small fibers in them that intend to lengthen your lashes, they leave some of the fibers at the tip of your eyelashes and look very unflattering. The fibers sometimes get onto my contacts which irritate my eyes so badly. I always stay away from mascaras like that. However, this Clinique mascara gives you a false eyelashes look without all the hassles.
This is not a mascara for you if you are going for a natural look. It's more on the intense or dramatic side. I did not have any problem wear this every day, and I still consider this as work-friendly mascara.
It will make your eyelashes a little bit more stiff after it dries to hold the curl. If you have very thin eyelashes then don't apply too much of this mascara, it might be too heavy for your lashes to hold the curl (two coats are fine).
I would not suggest to use this on your bottom eyelashes because of the shape of the bristles. Even though the bristles are small enough to brush through your bottom lashes, it is too long and the slightly curved shape might not suit everyone's eye-shape.
The lasting power is great and I don't have any complaint about it at all.
 I just love this mascara. After I ran out of the sample size one, I immediately went to Sephora and bought a new one. I strongly suggest you to try this one out.

Clinique High Lengths Mascara
$16.00 each (2 colors)
You can purchase at Sephora stores, Department Counters,
or Sephora website bit.ly/1eptK2jhttp://
Clinique website http://bit.ly/17PJKqw

Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals) Pencil Eyeliner
I noticed the reviews on this product is not so good, about 3 out of 5 in general. I guess it must be one of those that works on some but not on others. In this case, it works on me pretty well but doesn't work on a lot of you. I am a contacts wearer, it's hard for me to find an eyeliner that is pigment enough and last me the whole day on my waterline. This one last me a long time without smearing or getting onto my contacts.

There are 7 colors total. Sephora has 6 of them (except the green one "11am-Smoky Moss"). You can find all 7 on Bare Escentuals website. I have the blackout and the deepest navy pencils, they both are very creamy when applying and have very good color payoffs.
Most of the long-lasting pencils I have used, from drugstore to high-end, they either get onto my contacts, give me panda eyes after a while, or just worn off after couple hours. I first got this Bare Escentuals pencil in blackout from a gift set. It was shorter than the original one. I left it in my drawer for a month or so without using it because I did not like pencil liners as much for the lasting power. One day when I was doing my make-up, and I really want to have a eye-look with smudged out eyeliner. That is not something I can do with liquid liners. So I grabbed this one in my drawer, with no high expectation in mind, and started to use it. Surprisingly, the liner applied on very smoothly and effortlessly; the black is black enough to give me the intensity I wanted. Since it's a very creamy pencil, I did not have any problem smudging out with a dark brown eyeshadow. After about a minute it will set. The first impression looked pretty nice, so I used it on my waterline as well. Like other times I used any pencil liner, I applied a dark brown eyeshadow (same as the one I used earlier) right on my lash line with a small liner brush to prevent the liner from bleeding or smearing.
During the day, I almost checked my eyeliners every one or two hours because I was worried about the eyeliners would not stay on well. After 8 hours, the color on my waterline faded just a little bit which is very normal, but the top liner looked fine. it didn't smear down, didn't flake off, or stick to my contacts. I was very shocked to see such results (partially due to the fact that I did not give high hope to it at the beginning...), and restored some of my confidence on trying out pencil liners.
Blah...Blah...Blah... Long story short, I purchased the navy color the next week, and it worked just as well as the black one. The navy color is a very good color for the days you don't want to wear black liners, and you want something different and less intense.
One con that comes with may pencil liners is You Need To Sharpen Them. The creaminess of the pencil just make it even harder to hold the sharp pointed tip. I feel like every time I sharpen a pencil liner, I am wasting some of the products. Overtime. I bet 1/5 of the product could be wasted if not more.
I got my pencils in March or April this year, it didn't dry up till I used it up. I hope Bare Escentuals did not change the formula of these pencils so I can try other colors after I use up some of my other liners in my collection.
The price for the liner is acceptable for the quality, for $15.00 not so bad. I can't say that this would work on everyone, but if you are still looking for a new black liner to try, put this on your list. You might be surprised too, you never know...

Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals) Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner
$15.00 each
Can be purchased at any Sephora stores, Department counters,
or Sephora website http://bit.ly/1bab57B (6 colors);

Bare Escentuals website bit.ly/1eptK2j (7 colors)

Crown Brush Brushes
Crown Brush brushes are very affordable first of all, especially if you are not ready to invest in higher-end brushes just yet. You might think cheap brushes like that are not good quality brushes. I was thinking the same thing when I ordered Crown Brush brushes, and I didn't have very high expectations for them. However, after using the brushes for a while, I was so surprised that how durable the brushes are for the price I paid. Till this day, since I first purchased from Crown two years ago, the brushes still hold their shapes and work perfectly for me. 

There are few things you need to keep in mind before you purchase any brush from Crown. First, Crown has brushes at different price level. For real hair brushes, Basic brushes are the cheapest, and then Backstage, and Studio. These three series have mostly basic brushes you need to apply your regular makeup, both eyes and face. The more luxurious ones are Luna, Luna Badger, and Italian Badger. Even though you have to pay just a slight more for brushes in the last three categories, you can feel the qualities have been improved and the hair is softer too. Studio Pro is the most expensive real hair brush category. The brushes in this category are created for more advanced makeup applications. I found Studio Pro brushes are the most practical ones with the most durable and consistent quality. It is my personal favorite series of brushes from Crown, and they are good enough for my everyday use. For synthetic brushes, Crown has Syntho and Infinity series. Infinity is fairly new from Crown and has a higher price mark. Syntho is in the same price range as Luna, and Luna Badger. The difference between Infinity and Syntho is that Infinity brushes are created very similar to the Sigmax brushes from Sigma, which have very soft dense bristles and better to be used with cream or liquid products (in my opinion); on the other hand, Syntho brushes have a lot more varieties too choose from, and they can be used for cream, liquid, or powder. Kabuki brushes can be cheap or expensive depend on the made and shape of the bristles. There are also some other series such as Mineral brushes and Esthetic/Spa brushes, I don't personally own any specialty brushes so I can't say whether the quality is good or not, but the price is still very affordable regardless.
Second, the bristles for the real hair brushes are soft enough to apply makeup on your face and eyes without any scratchiness. But don't expect them to be the softer than the brushes from the higher-end brands. Yes, Crown Brush brushes are amazing for the price you paid and are perfect for basic makeup applications or makeup starters. Remember, you pay "luxurious" money for "luxurious" hair made brushes. Crown brushes are mostly factory manufactured in large amount, and there is no way to compare them with the hand-made brushes from other brands (i.e. Hakuhodo). Better be realistic about this. The sythetic brushes are very soft and I can't tell much difference between Crown and higher-end brands (i.e. Sigma).
Third, the real hair brushes will shed, but not much. I have brushes from many different brands, almost all of them that are made of real hair will shed more or less, even my Hakuhodo brushes (sad...). Don't freak out if you see shedding from the Crown brushes. As long as the brushes can apply my makeup well and the bristles held its shape, a little shedding is not a big deal to me. Just to remember to clean your brushes at least once a month and store them in a dry and cool place to make them last longer.

Here are some of the brushes I bought from Crown Brush:

Crown Brush
Italian Badger Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushibs $1.49--$15.95
Luna Badger Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushlbs $1.98--$15.95
Luna Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushls $1.67--$13.86
Infinity Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushins $2.89--$16.89
Syntho Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushsyns $1.85--$15.95
Studio Pro Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushstps $1.99--$24.99
Duo Fiber Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushdfs $4.49--$14.95
Studio Series http://bit.ly/crownbrushsts $1.95--$15.96

Kett Cosmetics Liquid Blush-Hydro Blush

Kett Cosmetics is not a well know brand to a lot of us. If it is not because of Wayne Goss (a Youtube British makeup artist, love him!), I would never have learned about this brand. A little bit introduction about the brand: Kett Cosmetics was created by an industry professional-Sheila Mckenna. She began creating products from personal needs as an artist, with a high definition camera as her microscope and studio as her lab. Products from Kett Cosmetics are created with health and earth in mind-they are vegan, paraben and fragrance-free and never tested on animals. Ideal for all genres of makeup artistry, Kett Cosmetics is globally recognized and demanded by professional artists, makeup academies, film studios, television networks and salons. Her style is a fusion of traditional makeup and modern airbrush techniques, and are taught to deliver precise, durable and diverse applications to compliment artist and their signature style. 
Enough textbook knowledge. Kett Cosmetics does not have a big varieties to choose from, only very basic products. Even though majority of her products are for airbrush systems, but with a duo fiber brush it will work out the same.
The Liquid Blush-Hydro Blush from Kett Cosmetics is highly pigmented. One drop is more than enough for both cheeks. The color of the blush is so intense that it will stain your cheek and will not budge until you remove it at night. I got mine couple years ago and I still have almost a full bottle now. For $16.00? Worth every penny, girl!
I prefer to use a liquid or cream blush when my skin is dryer because it will give then cheeks a natural flush and dewiness.  For a blush like the Hydro Blush from Kett, remember to blend out very well. Each time only apply a very small amount and then gradually build up the intensity if needed. A duo fiber brush or a very fluffy brush will be my first choice. If I am in a rush, fingers will do the job as well, just don't forget to wash off the color on the finger tip or the blush could get all over the place.
I personally have not had any skin irritation with this blush whenever I use it, however, always test on a small area before you apply on your cheeks.
The shipment was arrived very quickly, the website is so easy to navigate, I really don't have any complaint. You are into liquid blushes? I am sure Kett will be worth trying.

Kett Cosmetics Liquid Blush-Hydro Blush
$16.00/each, 15ml
Can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1bKN03G

Kett Cosmetics Sett Powder--Translucent Setting Powder

If you are still struggling with whether to buy the oh-so-popular Nars Translucent Pressed Powder, this is a very close in comparison alternative. Instead of $34.00 (7g), you pay only $22.00 (16g). The only tiny difference between the Nars Translucent Pressed Powder and the Kett Sett Pressed Powder is the Kett one doesn't have the crystal or pearl (whatever you call it) reflects in it which can give a little bit highlighting effect, it is completely matte. So if you are one of those who don't like the reflecting particles in the Nars powder, the Kett one is definitely worth trying.
This Kett Sett Powder is very soft and finely melded. Even though it appears a white-color powder, it will not show on the face as white, unless you applied too much. It can be applied with a sponge or a brush, based on your preference.
Unlike Nars Translucent Pressed Powder, the Kett Translucent Pressed Powder is softer to touch, and you can easily get products on your brush or sponge. Before you apply to your face, tap off the excess powder on the brush or sponge first will help to prevent heavy applications. Using this as a touch up powder is also great since it helps to eliminate shine without changing the texture of your makeup.
The powder compact is light weight and thin, and there is a mirror inside. Even though the compact is plastic, but it's durable enough to travel (that I had done it without breaking it). The simple black design of the compact just makes it look more professional. Sometimes less is more, you know. ^0^

In case you want to try it, I will give you the list of ingredients and you can see if you are allergic to any of them:
Talc, Calcium Carbonate, Triathylhexanoin, Methylyparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Bodium Dehydroacetate

Kett Cosmetics is a professional makeup line mainly for makeup artists but not limited to. You won't find tons of products too choose from if you go to the online store, however, the simplified product lines can help the company focus more on the quality of each product. Plus, the prices are reasonable. Kett is a great brand to try, not just the ones I mentioned. They ship fast and the ordering process is simple and easy. Reallly do not have anything bad to say.

Kett Cosmetics Powder Compact
$22.00, 16 grams
Can be purchased at http://bit.ly/kettsettcp22


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