Saturday, 25 October 2014

Prestige Total Intensity 'Against All Odds' Liquid Ink Eyeliner Review

The second batch of Prestige eyeliners I have to review were a hit! The 'Against All Odds' liquid liners are part of the Total Intensity range and come in an interesting array of colours.

"Total Intensity Liquid Eyeliner adds drama and definition with stunning results in just one stroke! Unique fiber tipped applicator provides maximum control".

Unique fibre tip applicator
Maximum control
One stroke application

From R-L: 
Tattoo- an inky black 
Stuck on You- a red toned dark brown
All Nighter- a bright midnight blue
Stalker- a creamy 'moss' green
BFF- a glittery aqua

You can get Around the Clock, an additional bright purple colour on the website. My favourite colours are Stalker and BFF. Both green shades are so unusual and stunning!

The eyeliners are super cute and miniature. I love that the lids are solid chunks of colour corresponding to the ink, making them easy to spot and grab in a drawer. 

The fibre tip is hard and quite inflexible, similar to the Prestige Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pens I reviewed previously. However the ink in this product is quite runny, so don't worry, application is still quite comfortable!

Here is one stroke of each colour. One of Prestige's claims is 'one stroke application'. I disagree with this claim because as you can see, the tip does not retain enough ink to traverse the entire lash line and the colour runs thin at around 2cm worth of eyeliner. To do my every day cat eye liner I need to redip the liner 2-3 times. This is no big deal to me, but just had to mention the claim does not hold.

The ink dries matte and is waterproof, however will rub off in flakes if you rub the liner. I don't touch my eyes at all during the day so I had no problems!

Look 1- BFF + All Nighter
Look 2- Stalker + Stuck on You
Look 3- Stalker layered on top of brown eye shadow. The liner darkens  when placed over a dark eye shadow and the result ends up being very natural.
Liquid liners are always going to be more challenging to use than pencil or pens, however these were relatively easy to manage compared to other liquid liners. I like that the handle is very short which allows for very precise control of the eyeliner. The fibre tip is better than a hair tip (prone to fraying), however I would prefer it if it had a bit more give in it. The pigmentation is fantastic and 1 coat packs an amazing punch of colour. Importantly, thin lines and sharp wings are definitely achievable with these!

Below you can see the combination of BFF + All Nighter in action. I love this fun 'ocean-inspired' take on the traditional winged eye! From afar it's hard to notice the colours, but up close, they look amazing. I especially love BFF because the more layers you add, the more sparkly it becomes!

I feel odd posting photos without circle lenses and false eyelashes... A bit naked to be honest! I also drew my eye brows arched instead of straight- I don't know what made me do it.

Look 1 with mascara and bottom liner, all from Prestige.

Look 3 in action. It is surprisingly natural and I even wore this look to work!

Look 3- Stalker over brown eye shadow. 

Eyelashes from BornPretty.

These eyeliners retail for $18. For an ordinary black liquid liner I would say that $18 is too expensive and that you can find liners with a better applicator, however these unique colours are not often found in stores (especially BFF and Stalker)! Taking that into consideration, my verdict is that the coloured liners are worth your money, black liners can be found elsewhere.

You can purchase these on the Prestige website, or in selected Priceline stores.

Do you like bright eyeliner?

*I was gifted these products for review, my opinions are 100% honest.



By the way, do check out the amazing sales at Born Pretty Store!

I highly recommend their range of cheap, yet quality false eyelashes! 
Use code KIMH10 on all full priced items for 10% off!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Eye Candys Geo Marigold Grey Lenses Review

I was contacted by circle lens and beauty store Eyecandys to review some lenses some weeks ago. They have an amazing range of circle lenses on their site, so I had an extremely hard time choosing which lenses to review. I also got distracted by their large range of 3CE make up...

I finally decided on the Geo Marigold Grey lenses because the combination of cool grey flecked with gold seemed very chic and unusual. 

Brand: GEO
Origin: South Korea
Water content: 42%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Base Curve: 8.6
Duration: 1 year disposable 

Shine like a star in GEO's new Mari Gold series! This one-of-a-kind design features little flecks of metallic color for the ultimate fashion statement. Be recognised for your unique style without looking unnatural or exaggerated. 

Approved by US FDA, Canada FDA, CE 1023 and KGMP.

My package came in around 2 weeks which is a fairly average international shipping time for Australia. I adore the little compact plastic casing my lenses and lens case came in! They also thoughtfully included a care guide which would be very helpful for people not familiar with circle lenses. Unfortunately the lens case is not in the form of a cute animal.

The design of the sticker is so elegant and mature looking right?

This was when I realised I had forgotten to tell the store my prescription! These lenses came in plano, so unfortunately I have to wear them with glasses! My fault entirely and I'm very annoyed at myself.

These lenses actually look very similar to my favourite G&G A21 gray lenses, except with a thinner limbal ring and the gold flecks. In the case the gold flecks look very minor, however when worn they come to life!

I chose to do a gold and grey smokey cat eye look to compliment these lenses. Considering I couldn't see what I was doing (because of my mistake with the prescription), I think my make up turned out quite well!

Artificial light:

The gold flecks come to life in the sunlight. These lenses look natural, but the gold gives them that wow factor! I like that the limbal ring is very thin and that the gradient of colour is smooth. You can see the brown of my eyes through the middle of the lens which compliments the gold very well.

Window light:

I can wear these lenses (with my glasses) for 6 hours without even feeling them in my eyes. However I notice that my right eye is red when I take them out, which means that they do cause some minor irritation. These may not be the best for those with sensitive eyes.

The enlargement factor is perfect for my small eyes! These lenses will give you a sexy and very feline look.

Overall, I love the look of these lenses and wish I had got them in my prescription! I absolutely love the metallic shimmer, it makes my eyes sparkle without being too overwhelming. The only down side is the comfort level, and that being said I did not physically feel any pain and my right eye was a little bloodshot. Again, they may not suit sensitive eyes. But they are so pretty, I love them anyway!

You can get them from Eye Candys here for $27.

*I was gifted this product for review, my opinions are 100% honest.

Monday, 20 October 2014

GIVEAWAY- LOVE Retro Sunglasses worth $79!

Hiya! Recently I've been wearing my LOVE Tokyo Tortoise Sunnies non stop and you've been seeing them all over my Instagram (@kim_kine) and my blog. And Clearly Australia has given me a pair to give away to my readers, woohoo!

I absolutely love these frames because they are larger than life and have nose pegs that allow them to sit comfortably and lightly on my almost non-existent nose bridge. They are also extremely light so the indentations left on my nose are very minor compared to all my other cheaper frames. 

I'm running the comp via Instagram this time, so all you need to do is:
1. Follow @clearlyau and @kim_kine
2. Regram the picture above with #clearlyau
3. Tag a friend!

That's all folks! At this point the giveaway will end in 1 week, Monday 27/10/14.

Get posting and good luck!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sun Sense Bronze Shield Review- Instant Summer Tan with SPF!

Here's the first of my in-depth reviews from the amazing hamper of goodies I received from Ego Skincare a few weeks ago. Admittedly, I wasn't too excited about this particular product because I'm very tanned already, especially for an Asian girl, and I do think I look better with fairer skin. However, I tried it for the sake of this review and I ended up really liking this product! In Australia where most people prefer to be tanned, I think this is a fantastic multi tasking product suited to the Australian Summer. 

An instant natural tan with SPF 30+ protection. SunSense Bronze Shield is a light milk sunscreen, easily applied and quickly absorbed, with no greasy residue. The non-permanent tint provides instant natural colour for a summer glow. Great for a fun day out.

Suitable for all skin types and use on both face and body.

Photographed alongside some of my other Summer favourites! 

The bottle cap screws off and the product is dispensed through a small hole. You hardly need to squeeze the bottle because the product is milky and runny, much like a lotion instead of a sunscreen. The lotion is a milky chocolate colour which is alarming at first because it looks very dark. However it spreads over the skin easily and thinly, and the colour is distributed evenly. I have used this for a couple of weeks straight and it is safe to say there is no streaking on application. 

The lotion absorbs into my skin incredibly fast, plus is very moisturising for my dry legs, without coating them in a greasy residue! You don't have to apply moisturiser beforehand, it is that hydrating. I love that it is absorbed quickly because that means there is no transfer of pigment to clothes or sheets during the day. 

You can see how 1 thin coat of the Bronze Shield evens out my yellow, patchy skin tone and adds a healthy bronze glow. Note that the colour is definitely brown, not a dreadful orange! I also notice that the added colour makes my legs look slimmer and more toned. 

I do have a darker skin tone than most Caucasians, so I would be interested to see whether it looks as natural on someone with a paler complexion.

2 coats enhances the bronze look even more and proves that the colour is buildable- you can keep on building layers if you want a deeper colour!

The pigment washes off easily with water, so I wouldn't recommend wearing it to the beach unless you reapply it often. Overall, I think this is a fantastic, affordable product that triples as a moisturiser, self-tanner and sun protection all in one! If you want to look like a bronzed Goddess this Summer, but don't want the hassle and mess of a patchy spray tan, I would absolutely recommend this product! The fact that is has added SPF in it makes it even better!

You can purchase the Sun Sense Bronze Shield at most Australian Pharmacies for $15. 

*I was gifted this product for review purposes, all my opinions are 100% honest. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Perth People- I Need Your Help

Hi readers, I'm here today to ask a giant favour. For those of you who have followed me for awhile you will know that I'm going to India in December as a volunteer with Hands on India. With these trips comes fund raising. Lots of fund raising, where not a cent help us to get to India, but goes directly towards the impoverished community of Siliguri. 

In 2 weeks, Nov 1st, we are having a high class Charity Ball at the Rendezvous hotel. Starting at 7pm it will be a night full of fun, amazing prizes, bollywood dancers, henna tattoo artists and more! Your ticket includes a 3 course meal and free alcohol. For you beauty lovers I have managed to put together some fantastic hampers which you can get at a faction of the retail price in our silent auction!

Tickets are $170 and a table of 10 is $1600. I know tickets are expensive. But you buying one ticket pays an entire year of education for a child who would otherwise be forced into child labour. If we do not sell out this Ball, we are at danger of just breaking even, and the community will not have our support.

Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions. Alternatively if you are moved by our cause but cannot make the Ball, any donations are welcome! Please email me for transfer details.

If you live in Perth, please ask your parents/friends/relatives whether this is an event they would like to go to. Please help us help them by sharing this post if you can.

Thank you so much for reading,

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Prestige Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pen Review and Swatches

A few weeks ago I was sent an absolutely stunning collection of eyeliners from the brand Prestige! Prestige is available in 46 countries and are best known for their eye products. In Australia you can shop their products at selected Priceline stores. I was so excited when I opened the zipper bag that I started swatching all 22 eyeliners (yes 22!) on my arms at once. I've had a few weeks to test them out and today I'm starting with the Intense Liquid Eye Liner in the colours green, black and blue.

"The Liquid Eyeliner Pen adds drama and definition with stunning results in just one stroke! Creating an intense effect, this easy applicator pen is water resistant, giving you long lasting, perfectly precise lines."

I freaking adore pen eyeliners, so no surprise that these drew my eye first! Pen liners make my every day cat eye so much easier as opposed to a traditional liquid liner which are are much messier. They are also not as fussy as a gel liner and provide that sharp edge that a pencil cannot. These really excited me because I have never tried a coloured pen eyeliner before!

The colours of the pen match the eyeliner itself perfectly. I love that each eyeliner has different text! Compared to my Holy Grail Kpalette pen liner, these are much chubbier.

Unfortunately the felt nibs are quite thick and very stiff. These pens would be much easier to use if the tip was thinner and more flexible.

Here's where it goes downhill.

The colours are quite inconsistent in performance. Out of all 3, the black is definitely the most user friendly as it has a thinner, more inky consistency. On my hand it bleeds into the fine lines, but performs much better on the lid. The nib is thick, but I am able to draw a decently thin wing with no problems. My issue with the black is that it is not pigmented enough and appears washed out if you do not go over the area a few times.

The green and blue felt dried out to me and performed similarly. The nib of the pen is quite hard and I was dragging the stiff, pointy tip over my eyes multiple times to create a strong colour which was uncomfortable. Both colours looked patchy on my eye and the colour rubs off when you touch up the parts that are missing pigment. Performance is worse if your eyelids are even the slightest bit oily.

Furthermore, the blue ink transferred to my crease (see below) even after I made sure the ink was dry! See how patchy the blue is? The green performed similarly.

I added a black wing over the top of the blue. See the improvement in consistency and pigmentation? You can see the black is not 100% even, but it does far better than the green and blue.

I added a black wing over the top of the blue. You can see the black is not 100% even, but it does far better than the green and blue.

My circle lenses are the G&G A21 Gray lens. The amazing eyeliners used on my bottom lash line in all photos are also from Prestige. I created another graphic wing look using the black eyeliner to demonstrate that it is capable of drawing thin, precise lines.

Here is a full face photo to show how the above colourful eye look appears from a distance. I am loving pops of colour on my eyes as the weather gets warmer!

Overall, I don't recommend these eyeliners and think the pictures speak for themselves. The black is not truly black and the green and blue were dry and appear patchy. Unless I got a dodgy batch, the formulas are not worth your money. I really wanted to love this product because I love the idea of colour eyeliners in an easy to use pen form! Prestige, please work on a more inky, more pigmented formula and a more flexible nib that dispenses the product more efficiently. I think this product could be a great hit! 

Have you used Prestige products before?

*I was gifted this item for review, however my opinions are 100% honest

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Secret Nature From Jeju Cream Review (And Mini MeMe Box Rant)

I purchased my first MeMe box and it came around 1 month ago. I got the 2014 K-Beauty Wrap-Up and was so excited! Just read the description:

"We spritzed, powdered, lathered and puckered up our way through thousands of products- all to find the ultimate 2014 K-beauty collection! This beauty box is loaded with only buzz-worthy K-Beauty skincare staples, makeup must-haves, hair and body essentials, and other beauty breakthroughs that were the hallmark of K-Beauty in 2014! You’ll enjoy true K-beauty with all these beauty expert approved goodies, and have all the tools to recreate the hottest Korean looks of 2014!"

I mean who wouldn't want this box after reading that?!

When I opened it, I was so bitterly disappointed with the contents, I think I vented my feelings to all the beauty bloggers I know. I got 2 perfumes (not my thing at all), a sunscreen (really?!), an acne roll on stick (SERIOUSLY?!), a RiRe lip manicure (ok I guess) and the product I'm reviewing today. Overall, I was SO mad! I hadn't heard of any of these products except the RiRe. Buzz worthy staples my foot -__-. 

The Secret Nature From Jeju cream is the only product I use!

An explosively hydrating and nourishing cream that creates clear and fresh complexion inside out with organic elements from pure Jeju Island.
Generates protective skin layer and enhance immunity. Provides long-lasting deep hydration and nutrition to skin. 

Spread evenly on face after toner and serum. Let the skin absorb the cream.

Jeju complex: asparagus extracts, carrots extracts, aloe vera extracts, broccoli extracts, 1,2-Hexandiol, Clover flower extracts 

As you can see I have used most of the cream.

Packaging wise, the tub is adorable and I love the 'wooden' lid, however the shape of the tub is awkward. You end up having to reach deep inside the narrow opening and scrape cream from the wide sides as you use up the cream. I wish more Korean companies would package their creams inside squeeze tubes which are a lot more hygienic. 

The first thing I noticed was the smell of this product which is absolutely delightful! It smells very similar to the fresh smell of tea tree oil to me, so I was very surprised that it wasn't in the ingredients. 

The cream is thick and glossy on the surface and when I rub it into my skin I can see small moisture beads forming on the surface. I do need a decent amount to cover my face though, around 3 times what you see in the swatch. It absorbs really quickly and does not leave a dewy sheen. The claims are correct in saying it provides long-lasting hydration because my dry skin does not feel tight after application. 

The most remarkable thing happened in the first week of using this product. My skin is not terribly acne prone any more but sometimes I get little red dots (not pimples) on my cheekbones, and I have no clue what they are. After applying the cream at night, I woke up in the morning and my skin looked crystal clear! It was so even and bright without a sign of those random red marks! This cream is not advertised to be skin clearing, so this was a complete surprise to me.

Unfortunately, as my skin got used to it over the weeks, the clearing effect diminished but I still feel like this cream does a good job at calming my skin. It does contain aloe, so maybe that explains the phenomenon. 

Because of the thick texture, this cream (50mL) would only last you a maximum 4-6 weeks if used morning and night. Considering it costs $18, I find it to be worth the price.

Overall, this is a good product that provides my skin with optimal hydration and a bonus skin brightening and evening effect. It is definitely worth a try if you see this around!

*I bought this product with my own money.