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The name is Himeko. I love hello kitty, chopper and all things pink. Anything you need to enquire me about, drop me a mail at missyhimeko@yahoo.co.jp




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Korea: 2014/06/20 - 2014/06/26 (TBA)


Japan: 2014/02/06-2014/02/16 (TBA)


Japan: 2013/01/18-2013/01/24





Malaysia: 2012/09


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Binbo Bimbo Episode 05
Hello!
I haven't been updating again because I have been very busy with my P3&4 tutees' examinations after the PSLE tutees were done. However, I did manage to meet up with Tsuriki yesterday at her place and we filmed a video together! Being very efficient, she edited and uploaded it the very night! (i ought to dig a hole and hide in shame) Also, we managed to recover our joint youtube account and thus uploaded the video there. I will upload the previous ramune video we did together there tonight too for consistency purposes. Otherwise, enjoy the part 1 of our episode 5 here!


xoxo
Himeko
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[Review] Magic Touch Face Maker by 3 Concept Eyes in Pink
My review today will be on another product from 3CE.
I was hestitating whether to get this because I have quite a number of highlighters already.
But since I only have 1 shading powder (from Melliesh), I decided to give this a go for the sake of the shading powder.

Introducing the Magic Touch Face Maker from 3 Concept Eyes in Pink


I don't know why but the pink one looks kinda beige in real life. I was expecting it to be of a light pink shade.


Thin and Compact. I can save a lot of space with this instead of lugging around 2 compacts separately.


Here's a picture of the swatch near my wrist. I tweaked the lighting in this picture to best show the true colour of the product in real life.

3 Concept Eyes [3CE] by Stylenanda Magic Touch Face Maker in Pink:

Product Weight: 11g

Product Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylic/Caric Triglyceride, Dimethiconol Stearate, , Dimethicone, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide (Cl 77861), Methylparaben, Propylparaben,Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Red 30 (Cl73360), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491)

Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10 
As of all other 3CE products, this is also clad in black with the logo and words in white, keeping the exterior simple and chic. It is relatively thin and the fact that it contains 2 types of products in one compact justifies the bigger diameter overall.

Color Payoff: ♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10 - Highlighter / ♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10 - Shading Powder
The color payoff the the highlighter in this compact is slightly less compared to the previous 3CE highlighter that I reviewed on. However, this can actually be a plus point as some people tend to overdo their highlighting, perhaps because they are not very good with applying it with a light hand. As for the shading powder, I have to say that I am extremely happy with the shade! It looks kind of dark in the picture as well as in real life but it is actually pretty light when applied on my face! I have always lamented about how the Melliesh one (linked to review, yes I do understand the links to the pictures are broken, will get new shots taken and re-up them asap!) that I have is a little dark and takes some blending out to tone the shade down but this is of the perfect shade and I don't have to spend extra time brushing the sides of my nose!

Texture: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
Very smooth when I swiped it with my index finger. I did not notice any fallouts when using my finger but did see some when I use a brush with tightly packed bristles, which I believe is inevitable.  

Blendability: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
It is easy to blend the product and since it is of a light shade, I recommend doing this with a light hand so as to not overblend.

Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
The lighter shade seemed to also mean less longevity in terms of staying power. It probably stayed around 4-5 hours before I had to touch up.

Availability: ♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡♡ 4/10
As with my other newer cosmetics from Korea, I bought them during my trip there. I believe they do not have an official offline store in Singapore (I'm not sure if I.T Singapore brought them in together with Stylenanda's clothing line). However, there are quite a few online stores selling it but once again, do be very careful when buying online. Do not look for a cheap deal and expect an authentic product. You can see the prices in Stylenanda's official website. Anything below is most likely not going to be authentic, no matter how real the pictures look (Remember, they can be stock photos or photos taken elsewhere!)

Price: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 10/10
Like their highlighter, this is as affordable and may I say that it is actually more worth it too? I bought this at only 13,900 won and for a product which has both highlighter and contouring powder, it is definitely a steal. Now, if only they can lower the prices of their lip products too...

Repurchase: Yes! At this price point and how efficient it has proven, I am actually looking to get the beige one too!

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

I really liked this and it definitely would have gotten a 9 or 9.5 if the staying powder of the product performed better.

My next review will likely be another 3CE product, most likely their lipstick?

xoxo

Himeko
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[Sponsored] Go Natural with Pinkicon!
Hello loves!
I promised I will do a post soon and I was actually intending to get this up yesterday but I was way too tired from school and work that I slept from the time I got home around 6.30pm till the next morning around 4am! I can't even believe it myself (laughs)

Around Mid-September, I received two pairs of contact lenses from Pinkicon.
I did a review for them last year too, you can view it here.
This time, they sent me:

1. Fairy Con in Natural Black [Daily Lenses] 


2. Venus Eyes in Mega Candy Brown [Daily Lenses]


I chose these two because I have been wearing very natural looking lenses nowadays so I don't look too out of place when I go out without makeup (which is very often these days...) I want to do a more natural looking makeup sometimes and 15mm lenses just make the look seem out of place sometimes since my eyes are very small. Also, I have never tried daily lenses before so I was pretty excited to be given the opportunity to give these a shot.

Let's look at Fairy Con first:


Fairy Con is just 14.2mm in diameter, which only provides slight enlargement when worn. For girls looking for lenses that do not make your eyes look way too dolly big, this is a great pair to go with. 


In the picture above, I did edit it to make my eyes bigger overall but I retained the original size of the lenses on my eyes. As you can see, the enlargement of my iris is very slight, just a small enhancement to retain the natural look. A better comparison picture is the one below, whereby my right eye(left of picture) has the lens on while my left eye (right of picture) has no contact lens on.


I had expectations of the daily lenses to be more comfortable and I am glad to say I had zero discomfort with this pair of lens throughout a whole day of use. Also, I can just throw them away and not go throught the trouble of washing and soaking them! I always forget to bring my lens solution to the sink when I want to cleanse my face so I always have to make two trips from my room which irritates me to no end. With this, I can just remove, throw and proceed to wash my face!


It comes in a box of 10/ 5 pairs at just USD18.67!


Next, let's look at Venus Eyes:


I got this design because it's quite nostalgic for me. This design is one of the earlier type I wore when I just started wearing lenses.


This one is slightly bigger than the Fairy Con one, but still not over-the-top. 


Without gyaru makeup, it does look a little out of place even though it is does not provide great enlargement to the iris. I suggest using this pair at least a pair of false upper eyelashes to balance out your eye makeup as this pair really makes your eyes pop. At a diameter of 14.5mm, it stays comfortable in my eyes for the whole day; say bye to tired eyes after 3-4 hours. If you realise you feel your eyes getting tired easily on certain days, it could actually be due to your contact lens being too drying too. With this, no worries about such problems!

 
This pair cost USD$39.73 for a box of 20/10 pairs!


Thanks to Pinkicon, I realised that it's so much more convenient to bring daily lenses along when I travel instead of lugging along a bottle of solution and having to clean and soak the lenses after a long day. I mean, we all tire outselves out during a holiday and the last thing we want to do is clean up when we get back to the hotel, right? I have to confess that sometimes, I am soooo beat from a day of shopping that I do not take much effort to clean my lenses properly when I return to my hotel, which is so bad for my eyes! I always thought that it is more economical to get monthly/quarterly/yearly lenses because they last so much longer and is comparatively cheaper but now I finally understand why people still purchase daily lenses - just throw away after use and you are ready to wash your face and sleep, save so much more time!

I definitely see myself stocking up on boxes of daily lenses in the near future for travel use! We can bear to spend so much money on air ticket and hotels plus stash aside another sum of money for shopping/ delicious food so why not spend a tiny bit more to ensure better health of our eyes and even greater convenience?

Stay beautiful and healthy everyone!

xoxo

Himeko
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[Event] THEFACESHOP 1st Million Special Anniversary Celebration
Hello! 

I'm sorry for MIA-ing again.
I was on such a good momentum in July then everything went down again in August and September because the bunch of Primary 6 kids I was giving tuition to were having their PSLE that month and I had to do a lot more extra lessons with them which ended up in me having no time for myself at all. On top of that, school has started for me, which means more stress and I need time to re-adjust back to my schedule.
However, I am currently not taking so many tutees at the moment and armed with N's Alienware, I get to edit my photos and videos much smoother now so I'm hoping to jump back into blogging again!
I have like a gazillion products I have yet to review that I hoarded in the last few months from Korea.
Do follow my Instagram as I usually update there once I get my hands on my new splurges.
Talking about video, I have yet to even do a haul video for my Japan trip back in Feb (OMG) and Korea trip back in June (double OMG)

Oh yes, I will be ending my Japan trip post from last year very soon (IKR, last year wtf am I doing?!) as my days in Tokyo last year weren't all that exciting. After last year's trip is wrapped up, I will be talking about this year's trips in a different format - Part 1 & so on instead of Day because I think it's easier that way and also some days I really did not do much/ take any photos.

Okay, I'm digressing too much.
Everytime I blog, I feel like I have so so so much to share but my motivation to edit and crop all the pictures are down in the abyss once I close my browser. Anyway, Today's post is to share with you guys my recent attendance for...

The Face Shop 1st Million Special Anniversary Celebration!
The celebration was for products from their award winning Raspberry Roots range that has sold over 1 Million pieces to date! I think I must be living under the rock because I actually didn't know about it and really wish I had sooner (I will tell you why later)


I mean, 1 million pieces is very impressive! Congratulations to The Face Shop for this milestone!


The event was held last weekend at 1-Altitude.

I was there with Kiyora and Karmun (my plus one for the day, very thankful that they allowed me to bring Karmun along with such short notice!)


Talk about one hell of a view! I have acrophobia so being at like level 2 is already very scary for me (my close friends will know how extreme my fear is) but when I was all the way up at level 61, I could not help but want to get a good look at the amazing landscape in front of me! (while going "OMG, so scary" like every few seconds)


MUST TAKE SELFIE.
We were gushing about how we can even see the whole MBS and how much smaller MBS looked! 




The place was very classy and the ambience was great!  the drink they were serving (unfortunately I forgot to take a snap but you can see a cup on our table in the foreground) was some sort of raspberry concoction which tasted awesome (I love berries). 


There was a mini contest held which involved making our own sign. Sadly, there is absolutely no artistic side of me at all so I did not participate to save myself the embarassment (laughs)


They will even print photos when we tag ourselves with #thefaceshopraspberryroots


Many people took pictures with their friends at the event and of course I couldn't miss out the opportunity too!


Took one with Kiyora! (Karmun is very camera shy)


They even have Ice Cream available!


Lo and behold, the new ambassador for The Face Shop is the incredibly popular Kim Soo Hyun! (I first noticed him in Dream High was felt his acting was very impressive!) The Face Shop really know how to capture attention of the ladies - I mean who can miss a dashing Kim Soo Hyun looking at you?!

Soon, the night fell and what do you know, the view got even more amazing!


At the same time, the very lovely ladies started to give us a short presentation to give us some insight into the products from the range.


All the very attentive and attractive ladies!


In case you think I haven't been paying attention and just spam photos, I did okay! In fact, I was quite surprised to know that their depuffing gel from the series was actually an idea from the Singapore office! Singapore branches received feedback from customers and gathered that we would really love an eye gel for ease of use and portability so the management team here gave the feedback to Korea and that's when the Depuffing Eye Gel was born!

They has some games (something like Pictionary) and a lucky draw (a bottle of Moet!!) which I did not participate in (stage fright) nor won (not that lucky) but congrats to all the winners!

Oh yes, We were all given with a goodies' bag at the start of the event.


Everything packed nicely in a box instead of just thrown into the bag - thumbs up for that!


My favourite thing about products coming in a box is that I get to unveil the box! (cheap thrills, I know!)


I see more boxes in the box!


Let's talk about the Sleeping Mask first!


I was extremely excited to try this on because I have been wanting to try the Laneige's one for the longest time BUT I heard that some people with sensitive skin had problems with it as the product was too rich for them. Being the worrywort I have always been, I was afraid I might be one of the unlucky few so I held myself back from buying it everytime I pass by the counter. However, I was very intrigued by the one from the Raspberry Roots range since it was made from Raspberry, one of the few fruits I love. Without hesitation, I slapped this on right after I got back from the event despite having lived under a rock and only heard of it on the evening itself.


The product dispense is a viscous gel which is kinda translucent white. The pump head look so cute please!


My verdict?
10/10 - ABSOLUTE LOVE 
The product gets absorbed very quickly without leaving a heavy feeling on my skin. I have always struggled with sleeping in an air-conditioned room because no matter what I do, I always end up waking up with a very dry and tight face (insufficient moisturizing) or new breakouts (too moisturizing that I break out). This product actually falls in the balance between those two, giving me just the right amount of moisturizing I need without breaking me out. You have no idea how excited I was when I woke up the next morning with fresh and supple feeling skin and kept gushing to N about how great it is to finally be able to sleep in with the air-con without worrying about my face drying out! Definitely will repurchase this on my own again! Really slept my way to beautiful skin the next morning!


Next, they had a small special kit which included a travel size version of the sleeping mask (YES! I CAN BRING THIS WHEN I GO BACK TO JAPAN/ KOREA DURING WINTER!) and the depuffing gel as well as a pair of collagen eye patch.


I have yet to try the collagen mask but for the depuffing gel, while I do see a difference in the puffiness of my eyes the next morning when I wake up, I will have to use it for a longer period to see how it works out in the longer run.


I'm hoping these products can help me sleep my way to beautiful skin!
With that, I shall end my post here~
Once again, highly recommend the sleeping mask to you guys!

Look forward to talking to you guys very soon again! I am currently drafting another post with all pictures edited and ready to be inserted so it will not be too long a wait for sure! In the meantime, stay beautiful everyone!

xoxo

Himeko
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[Sponsored] Introduction to LB Cosmetics 「エルビー」and Reviews
Hello sweets!
I am back today to introduce a brand that just landed here in Singapore last month!
That's right, as you can see from my title, I'm talking about LB Cosmetics!

LB cosmetics brings you affordable high quality eco-friendly cosmetics to the mass market. Products are well made in Korea, keeping up with the market trend. Prices range from S$16.90 to S$29.90. LB symbolizes LadyBird, the European culture beliefs, Ladybird brings blessing and luck. When a Ladybird lands on you, it symbolizes “HAPPINESS, dream comes true” A Dream Comes True, bringing HAPPINESS by the magical touch of LB cosmetics and debut the true beauty within you. LB cosmetics wide range of variety, complete your daily makeup need. A total of 63 products, you'll be spoilt for choice!

LB Cosmetics is a relatively new brand even in Japan. I'm glad that it is available here in Singapore so quickly! Best of all, it is being endorsed by one of my favourite model, Lena Fujii! I remember seeing her on the ViVi cover and that was what that attracted me to grab a copy of the expensive magazine (laughs) You can't blame me - she looks like a goddess! 

M.O.S.S (S) Pte Ltd sent me some products from LB [and one box of their "Heroine Eye" lash from Diamond Lash's latest Nudy Couture Series]


Excitedly, I put on all these to give the products a try!


I'm only going to focus on the LB products for this post today.


They sent me 3 products from LB, namely:
LB Sheer Matte Mineral Pact UV  [SGD $29.90]


Super cute packaging, right?! The astronaut bunny is sooo cute!


Made in Korea~


I got the shade in Natural Ocre


It fits my skin tone perfectly!


I'm actually using all the products in my look for this post.

I am SUPER in love with this foundation! I didn't expect a mineral foundation to have such great coverage. The finish is so smooth and natural looking! It has SPF25/PA++, which may not be very high but is great for when I go give tuition since I will be indoors most of the time but want to look less "dead" so I won't scare others on the street (laughs) This gets a 9/10 from me!
 
Next, I will be talking about the LB Jewel Shine Rouge [SGD $19.90]


See the cute Ladybird!


Love the polka dot packaging which is just like how the ladybird looks!


That's right, made in Korea again!


My pretty lipstick in the shade Diamond Pink


Closeup of the lipstick


Swatch on my hand


So, my take on this?

LOVE IT TOO. Upon seeing the swatch being so sheer on my hands, I was kinda bumped out because I have been into bright, vibrant colors lately. However, upon putting it on my lips, it made my lips look so naturally pink and dolly! Best of all, it was super moisturizing! I had this on for hours and my lips still felt very moist - as if I had just put on lip balm! 9/10 for me again!

LB Creamy Waterproof Gel Pencil [SGD $16.90]


Kawaii bunny again!


I was sent the pretty pink one, which was a pleasant surprised since I am really into pinks/nudes for my eyes these days.


Of course, made in Korea as of other LB cosmetics


The sharperner is attached to the end of the gel pencil, which seems to be a trend these days.


Swatch of the best selling product from LB cosmetics


My review?

Once again, LOVE IT SO MUCH! It is waterproof and extremely smudgeproof! About a minute after application, it felt like a thin film on my hand. I tried rubbing it really hard to test if it will come off and it didn't! Performed exceptionally well; a lot better than what I had expected actually! This is definitely one of my favourite eyeliner ever! 9.5/10 for this!

I will review the eyelash another time as it is a different brand. 
Overall, I am really pleasantly surprised by all the products I was sent! I didn't expect I will come to love every one of them so much! I actually hope to try more of their products, especially the other type of lipstick, lip lacquer, gradient blush pact and more gel pencil!

These products are available exclusively in Watsons. Do check them out, you will not regret it!
Remember to give LB Cosmetics Singapore Facebook Page a like for the latest news and updates!

xoxo

Himeko
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3 Concept Eyes [3CE] by Stylenanda Lip Lacquer in Show Time Review
Yay, finally I am going to be doing this review after raving about it for so long! I actually know of the lip lacquer from 3CE shortly after I heard about the YSL ones. I went to the YSL Cosmetic store at Ion but the service attitude of the Sales Assistant is just bad. One thing I really hate about the luxury brand sales assistants (be it the boutiques or just a cosmetics store) is that they always judge your spending power before they decide whether you are worthy to be served by them, sheesh. Really, Singaporeans who work in that line need to get their head out of their asses. There is a stark difference in the way those SA treat me when I am all branded up VS when I am just in my casual jeans and top. Okay, I am digressing too far - let's get back to the topic!

I have already talked about the background of Stylenanda in my previous review for their pink highlighter so if you are interested, please click here to read about it. I am just going to jump straight into the review today.

Star of the day: 3CE Lip Lacquer in Show Time


I really love the very squarish packaging. I like how their products always look so sleek and classy.


Swatch of the product on my hand along with other lip lacquers that I own from 3CE


The biggest point about lip lacquers is that it can be used for both gradient lips as well as a full on lip color. Oh look, pretty Park Sora!

Photo credit: Style Nanda Official Website

3 Concept Eyes [3CE] by Style Nanda Lip Lacquer in Show Time

Manufacturing Country: Korea 

Product Ingredients: Dimethicone, Silicia, Phenyl Trimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Isononyl Isononanoate, Kaolin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Silica Silylate, Red 28 Lake (Cl 45410), VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Yellow 6 Lake (cl 15985), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Red 6 (Cl 15850)

Product Weight: 6.4g

Product Texture: The texture is quite like lip gloss but much thicker in consistency - very viscous.

Scent: ♥♥♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ 2/10
I actually don't smell anything much from this product. Is it just me? (laughs) Anyway, I like it that there is no scent because if there is a scent and I don't like it, it will definitely turn me off from wanting to use it.

Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10 
LOVE the squarish packaging! The reason I took one point off is because with just 6.4g of product, it probably could have been made a little shorter for better portability. Other than that, I have no complains about the looks of it at all.

Pigmentation: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
It goes on pretty strong so I will advise to start off with a light hand and then add on more wherever needed, especially if you are attempting a gradient lip. For a full lip color, it comes out just as pretty as the color in the tube - pinkish with a tinge of red and vibrant.

Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
The tint left on my lips after a meal is still pretty pink, albeit slightly darker. I find that the longer I keep it on my lips before anything comes close to causing any product removal, the darker the tint will look at the end.

Moisturizing: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
This actually keeps my lip pretty moisturized! I really wasn't expecting it to as I thought the thick consistency will just wear off in a bit but it actually stayed on to keep my lips from becoming dry as fast as it usually should.

Availability: ♥♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡♡ 4/10
Again, 3CE does not have an offline store in Singapore even though I.T Singapore do bring in the clothing line. I really hope they will bring the cosmetics here too in the near future! However, it is quite popular in Singapore so I do see a lot of online retailers. Again, do check the sources propery before purchasing so you do not end up with a fake product.

Price: ♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ 3/10
Compared to many other Korean brands like Etude House, The Saem, Tony Moly and more, this is actually on the pricier side at 18,900 (more than 2x the price of one from Tony Moly!). After conversion, it works out to be around SGD $23, which is probably the average drugstore price here. (I know, many cosmetics get their prices marked up a lot here =/)

Repurchase: Maybe. I'm not too sure if I am willing to shell out that much for the same product again. If I were to get it again, I might go for a different color. Otherwise, I think I can actually achieve similar effect when it comes to gradient lips with other brands at a much lower cost.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

That's my first 3CE Lip Lacquer review. I'm glad it turned out to be as good as I hoped. Hope you guys liked it and that it helped you in some way!

xoxo

Himeko


 
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The Saem Eco Soul Color Lip Rouge in No. 04 Morning Light Orange Review
Hello!
Sorry it has been some time since my last update~
I've been quite busy this month!
Anyway, let me get into one of the review I said I will do last month; The Saem Eco Soul Color Lip Rouge!
I raved about it on my Instagram when I first tried it on because it performed much better than what I expected!
I think part of the reason was because I wasn't expecting much from this product as I bought it without much thought (laughs) I was in the shop while my friends were purchasing their stuff and I thought "why not just buy something here since I don't have anything from here? It's endorsed by G-Dragon and I don't see this brand outside Korea much..." and that kinda led me into making an impusive purchase. I bought 2 items, namely this and another eye product (which I also love and will talk about it next time). I can very safely say that from my good experience with this brand's products so far, I will be hoarding a lot of stuff the next time I step into one.

They have quite a few such lip tint/lacquer/gloss product available on their Official Website but I only gotten one so I can't compare between them and tell you the difference. I hope to get other colors of the same line though, as I am someone who like to stick to the familiar line of products once I know that there are good. Here are the 5 colors available from this lineup:

Photo Credit: The Saem Official Website

You can use this product to achieve either fully pigmented lips or gradient lips. I usually go for gradient but when I am running short of time, I will just go for application on my entire lips.

Photo Credit: The Saem Official Website
^ In case you are wondering, the names of the colors are:
1. Hot Sun Red
2. Night Sky Plum
3. Than Flowers Pretty Pink
4. Morning Light Orange
5. Dawn Sunlight Coral

The one I bought was Eco Soul Color Lip Rouge in No.4 - Morning Light Orange


Sorry if the translation is weird because I translated them myself (laughs) Another worthy point to note is that this product is free of 4 things - Talc, Mineral Oil, Benzophenone and Triethanolamine. 


Swatch of the product on my hand


The Saem Eco Soul Color Lip Rouge in No. 04 Morning Light Orange

Manufacturing Country: Korea

Product Weight: 6g

Product Texture: The texture is described as Mousse-type, long-lasting lip lacquer and I agree. When I first used it, I was actually quite surprised because the other lip lacquer that I have been using (3CE) is of thick consistency while this felt more "airy" (Which I later realised the correct word to describe it is Mousse-like (laughs) My vocab needs some brushing up...)

Scent: ♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡ 5/10 
It smells kind of like Hazeline Snow Moisturizing Cream but milder. Nothing unbearable, though I will prefer if there was no scent at all.

Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
I really love the gradiation on the packaging. Only complain is that the tube is a little long. With only 6g of product, I think they could have made it much shorter and more portable.

Pigmentation: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
The color is actually quite pigmented and when applied on my lips, it looks just like how the swatch is on my hand. The color is gorgeous too! 

Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
Even after eating, though some of the product has disappeared, the orangey tint is still there. For someone lazy like me, this is definitely a good thing as I will just live with the tint for the rest of the evening instead of touching up (laughs)

Moisturizing: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
It does not dry my lips out but keeps it moisturized instead. I thought it will be drying due to the consistency so this is a pleasant surprise.

Availability: ♥♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ 1/10
I do not see this anywhere in Singapore and even online, it is not that readily available.

Price: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
Each tube cost 10,900₩, slightly more expensive than other brands like Tony Moly, Innisfree, Etude House, etc. However, after converting to Singapore Dollars, it is only around SGD $13. Therefore, I think this is actually very affordable. 

Repurchase: Maybe. I have quite a lot of lip lacquers at the moment and even if I were to repurchase, I will definitely want to get a different color.

Overall Rating: 8/10

I can't wait to share with you guys my other purchase from The Saem which I am using almost every time I am out because I love it so much!

xoxo

Himeko
 
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How to tell between a Real and a Fake 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) Lipstick
There are several reasons behind today's post. Firstly, I want to clarify that I am not sponsored or paid by any website to do this.

I noticed that 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) is getting very popular these days, especially the 3CE Lipsticks, and I see a lot shops selling products from said brand. However, I see that many of the sellers are actually selling fakes. This is extremely disgusting behaviour in my opinion because how can someone sell a product with unknown origins to people? Do you know the real ingredients of the imitation? Cosmetics are products people put on their faces! What will you do if there are ingredients inside that can cause irritation to skin and cause the skin condition of others to take a turn for the worst? I cannot stand such unethical sellers! I've seen many fakes on websites such as Qoo10 and Carousell. I think that the owners of these websites should have the responsibility to check on people who want to register as sellers first before letting them go wild on their platform and selling all these horrible products to the poor unsuspecting market. Granted, buyers have the responsibility to do some research before buy but these days, the fakes look so real that even the sharp eyed buyers can be cheated. Take a look at this:


Or this:


Can you tell which is the real one?

What's worse is that these stores like to use stock photos or selective photos which show what the product they are selling have in common with the authentic ones and hide the photos which show inconsistencies. Then they make use of reviews by others to prove they are selling the real thing because those poor girls don't even know they have been cheated and left those comments thinking they got the real deal, further causing others to believe them and purchase from said shop.

I shop on taobao.com a lot and I know many Singaporean sellers like to purchase from there and resell them to locals here. Even on Taobao, there are so many people selling the fake lipsticks and labelling them as real. I'm pretty sure that the people selling fakes got their goods from there. My post today is targeted at the unethical people who sell the fakes knowing they are fake but brand them as the real deal and the unsure sellers who are not even sure if they have the real thing but still sell them to others, marketing the product as authentic. Come on, I understand that you guys want to make some money but doing this is just plain despicable. Many Singaporeans shop online and you are just taking advantage here! That being said, there are people on Qoo10 and Carousell selling the real thing as well as a few websites I do know of which sell the real deal which are MIYOC, Taiwan Magicshop Singapore and Luxola

Alright, less digressing and onto the post!

First Point:
If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. This is a no brainer yet many people fail to follow because let's face it, who doesn't want a good bargain/deal? However, I am talking about deals which are so obvious that the people who still fall for it deserve a good knock on their heads. The price of a real 3CE Lipstick cost around US$20 - you can see it on the Official Stylenanda Website. Why would a third party seller (not official distributor) sell you are a price lower than that? They will not even make any profit! The only reason for that is because they got the products at a price even lower than what they are selling you. Imagine if a shop is selling you at just SGD$12. That means they bought it at less than SGD$12. Where in the world do you think they found a real product at this steal? Answer - it is a fake. Come on, even a kind hearted spree organizer will charge you for shared shipping with other spree participants and maybe a small handling fee and even sellers who do sell real products at lower prices will be around $1-$3 lower only due to bulk purchase discount (yes, official stylenanda web does offer discounts under their VIP programme and orders above USD$200 gets free international shipping) or trying to clear older stocks. You can read about the programme here.

Second Point:
It must have a Safety Seal on the opening. However, many fakes these days also have this safety seal sticker which is why I have many more points below to help identify.


Third Point:
Outer Packaging, i.e. the box. Firstly, the picture on the box should be of good quality. Fakes tend to have high contrast in the colours and look grainy.


Fourth Point:
Bottom of the outer packaging. Most fakes have codes like HHxxx (x are numbers) or just numbers. The real one will have the name of the lipstick, lipstick code and barcode.


Fifth Point:
Still on packaging but this time it is on the product information. The fake one will have expiry date printed on it as well as missing words. The real one does not have expiry date printed and have the words underlined in the picture below


Sixth Point:
Should you purchase via their online website, the plastic packaging should say www.stylenanda.com, not cn.stylenanda.com as pictured below. Also, the words www.stylenanda.com should be of appropriate size and legible, not so tiny you have to squint to read.


Seventh Point:
The wordings on the case of the lipstick. The fake ones tend to look blurry/ smudgy and the words are bold. The real ones look clear and clean and the words are very crisp.


Eight Point:
Logo of the Lipstick. Similar to the words, the fake ones look smudgy/blurry while the real ones are very clean and crisp.


Ninth Point:
The tip of the lipstick. The fake ones usually have curved tips while real ones should have a straight, slanted tip.


Tenth Point:
The tapered side of the tip. The place where the tapered side of the fake ones face when the lipstick is fully extended are inconsistent, as you can see from here


And here


But the real ones always faces the same side as the logo when you fully extend the lipstick out.


Eleventh Point:
The base where the lipstick rest. The base of the fake ones which hold the lipstick is longer than the real ones.




Twelveth Point:
The bottom of the product itself. Just like the packaging, the bottom of the case of an authentic product have both the lipstick code and the name of the lipstick. The name of the lipstick will always be in English with Expiry Date printed on it as well.


Thirteenth Point:
Texture of the case. The fake ones usually feel very plastic and much light reflects off it while the real ones feel more like acrylic. Sorry but no clear pictures to illustrate this but from one of the pictures above, you can tell the difference between the amount of light reflection.


Fourteenth Point:
Product lineup. Not talking about lipstick here but other products from 3CE. A quick google search will tell you whether a product is in their lineup. I've seen ridiculous people selling things not even in the lineup like 2-in-1 loose powder with face powder or some Aqua Boost lipstick. Another giveaway is when the product doesn't even look close to the real thing. For example, the special edition Pink 3CE lipsticks only comes in rectangular case; I've seen rectangular cases with rounded edges and even an oval looking case. It's like they are not even trying to look like the real thing because people just believe it when they see the words "StyleNanda/3 Concept Eyes" on the packaging.

There, Fourteen points that I can think of for now. I will add on if I can think of more - feel free to tell me any points I've missed out! Hope this post helps you ladies and prevent more of you from getting cheated! This post was actually inspired by Tsuriki because we were talking about it the other day and she suggested I should make a post about it to help others out there! Remember, all the points I stated has NO EXCEPTIONS. Don't cheat yourself/ be in denial that you piece might be a "slightly different" piece. Do yourself a favour and stop using it if yours turned out to be fake.

xoxo

Himeko
 
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[Event] Tokyo Luxey Meetup at P.S Cafe at Harding Road & Product reviews
Hello!
It has been a long time since I went for any bloggers event, even Karmun was surprised when I told her I was on my way to one last week! Anyway, since I promised you guys I will be back blogging properly and regularly, I guess the first thing I should do is know the new bloggers around, right? Afterall, I have been missing in action for over a year (laughs)

The event was held at P.S. Cafe at Harding Road


When I arrived, the sharing session just started. We were told what Tokyo Luxey about and how they hope to have more "luxeys" join the community and share more about what products you guys wish to see as well as provide feedback on what you think of existing Japanese products in the market. I am definitely excited about this as there are so many Japanese brands that are still not readily available here in Singapore that I go on a "panic stocking up" session everytime I go Japan (laughs). 

Also, did you know that Tokyo Luxey actually had a programme on FOX International Channel called A Luxe Makeover TV Series which does a makeover according to the theme of the episode? For those of you who know about it/ watched it, you will be pleased to know that Tokyo Luxey has a Beauty Box which cost just SGD$39 where the value of the goodies inside far exceeds that price! Oh, and you do get to see what you will get for the price you pay! I actually prefer this compared to "mystery boxes" as more often than not, I get so many sample sized products that are not even suitable for my face and I end up paying for absolutely nothing! I can tell you that any two items in the Tokyo Luxe Special Edition Gift Box already exceeds the SGD$39 you paid!

After a quick briefing for us Luxeys about what being in the community is about, we were given a goodies' bag filled with awesome stuff! I have to say, I totally squealed silently inside me when I saw the paper bag upon arrival at the venue because it was a bag that says "ALBION!" If you follow my instagram, you will know that I have been a huge fan of their skin conditioner and lately, my bottle is actually running out and....


They included a generous 110ml bottle of the Skin Conditioner inside the goodies' bag! Mind you, it is not some sample-sized but actually a size sold over counters in Japan for 3,500¥ (Approx. SGD$44)! Not just that, you can see a smaller sample sized bottle which is actually their Eclafutur which was snapped off the shelves upon launch in Japan September last year, causing a shortage of stocks and a total of over 35 million bottles have been sold so far. Upon seeing the statistics, I must say I was really anticipating how the product will perform for me.

Another product that I was glad to see inside is the 24H Cosme Foundation. They are a mineral line of cosmetic and the reason why it caught my eyes was because of Tackey and Tsubasa (laughs). They were endorsing them some time back and when I saw it in Japan, I was like in a total fan girl mode (I have a thing for Takizawa Hideaki!!) I learnt that this product is very popular amongst celebrities in Japan too!


After all the product introduction, we were served delicious pasta! The portion was huge that we all had a hard time finishing but we kept stuffing ourselves because it was sooooo good!


So many goodies, so little time. I shall give you guys a brief review quickly!


As aforementioned, I have been using the Skin Conditioner for about 6 months now so I can very confidently tell you that this product works amazingly for me.


See, I am not lying! I really have the Skin Conditioner and about to finish it so you have no idea how glad I was when I saw the bottle! The first time I bought it, I got the medium sized bottle (165ml) because it was not cheap and I didn't want to end up wasting money if it did not work out well for me. Thankfully, everything worked out well! I will be buying a new bottle and this time I intend to buy the huge 330ml bottle for use at home because I want to keep the smaller bottle for travel use! Since I started using this, my skin is more moisturized and I experience lesser breakouts. My makeup also goes on my face much smoother~ Overall, I really love this! They have a counter in Takashimaya Beauty Hall. I cannot remember the exact price but I paid around $80+ for the 165ml bottle. For working ladies, I will really recommend this to you guys and for younger girls, if you can afford, go for it!

Now, onto the Eclafutur!


After using this for a week, I cannot give a very in depth review but I do not have any negative reaction from this so far. No breakouts or bad reaction so that is a good thing! I do like how smooth my skin because after apply this and since this is a cell repairing product, I am actually very keen to purchase the full sized product to give it a try in a longer term.

Finally, the 24H Cosme Foundation.


Inside a pack, you will get the case, sponge and a refill.


Just pop the refill and the sponge in and you are done assembling your pact!


However, the shade of the foundation given to me was quite dark; pretty far from my skin tone =/


Such a pity because I was really excited about this :( Nonetheless, for you guys, I tested this out by wearing it when I am home (laughs) Don't judge me! Just so you know, I don't put on make up when I am home because I like to let my skin breathe. The staying power of the foundation is actually really good and the fact that it is a mineral makeup makes me feel less guilty about putting it on despite being at home (because I really want to let my skin breathe on my laze-home-days.) It doesn't cake up either, which is a huge plus point, and it is also very blendable. Overall, a great foundation but pity that it doesn't have a wide range of shades available in Singapore yet. Also, this does not come cheap (5,122¥, approx. SGD$63), which was the main reason why I eventually didn't buy it back from Japan last year.

There, my review of the products I received from the Tokyo Luxey meet-up last week!
If you are interested in purchasing products from them, do shop HERE for Singaporeans and HERE for those outside of Singapore.

See you guys very soon for my next review!

xoxo

Himeko
 
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[Sponsored] Klarity™ Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion Review
I'm on a roll, yes?
Churning out reviews and keeping my blog alive so diligently (smiles)
For today, I will be sharing a relatively new brand with you guys called Klarity.
I received 2 products from them some time in late June but only saw them when I got back from Korea, thus the belated review.


Before I get into more details about the product, let me share some information about the brand with you first.

Klarity believes that youthful, healthy skin requires daily commitment of superior formulations. Teaming up with group of dermatologists from Korea, they meticulously yield a harmonious blend of medical-grade ingredients and cosmetic-science with nature to make you look and feel good. 

Some properties I really love about Klarity™ Products:
  • Not tested on animals 
  • Halal
  • MFDS Korea Approved

So what exactly is Lasertox™? It is a functional treatment methodology that brings ytou targeted treatment to improve on specific concerns, by adopting the laser technology which reinforces efficient penetration of the natural beauty essences into skin dermis layer. 
Laser - Confined permeability through skin tissue. Focus essence penetration onto target area
Detox - Purification of the skion layers to enhance a better absorption of the essence upon application onto skin, Cleanse skin has better absorption power.
Lasertox™ is researched by dermatologist in Korea with formulae from France and Switzerland.

Now, onto the Klarity™ Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion [SGD $29.00]


Lasertox™ CC Miracle Whilte Lotion promises instant fairer skin, contains SPF 30/PA++, Paraben Free, Colorant free and can be used on both face and body. I know right, paraben free! That was the first thing that caught my eyes. Oh yes, did I mention that it also contains Diamond powder and Rosehip extract?


This amazing CC Cream has 11 functions, namely:
  • Whitening
  • Purifying
  • Repairing
  • Firming
  • Smooth
  • Soothing
  • Hydrate
  • Tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun Screen
  • Waterproof 

The cream is white in colour when you dispense it from the squeeze tube


Just that little amount can cover the entire back of my hand when blended


Left hand has the Klarity™ Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion while Right hand has nothing on it


That definitely vouched for the instant whitening as promised!
Onto the ratings

Klarity™ Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion

Manufacturing Country: Korea

Product Volume: 30ml

Product Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diamond Powder

Product Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
I may be biased here but I really like the holographic effect the packaging has. Colours used are also very simple - just silver (holographic) and black.

Coverage: ♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ 3/10
In all honesty, I was not expecting much from this CC Cream in terms of coverage because from what I know, CC Creams aren't supposed to give you coverage but rather to enhance your natural skin and make it look more even. Therefore the rating does not mean that the CC Cream had dissapointed me but rather just performed on par with other competitors in this aspect.

Product Efficiency: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
Instant whitening? Check. Even skin tone? Check. Sun screen? Waterproof? Hydrate? Check, check and check. Besides the properties listed above, other claims will require a longer time for me to assess how well it performs.

Texture: ♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
Extremely lightweight on my skin, felt like nothing was on it at all!

Application: ♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
Easy peasy. This is a cream product so the viscosity makes it super easy to work with. Also, my old readers will know that I have a thing for squeeze tubes because they are just so much more hygienic. 

Blendability: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
Blends in easily with my skin and while it is buildable, I will not recommend you to overdo it as it is white in colour and I'm sure you do not want to end up looking too pale. Remember, CC Cream is not meant for coverage. If you want better coverage, go for BB Cream or apply a thin layer of BB Cream on top of this.

Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
The product lasted a good 6 hour-ish before all traces of product were gone from my face.

Price: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
At $29.00, it is on par with a few fellow competitors.

Availability: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡ 7/10
You can purchase it online from Secretive SG and yes, they do ship internationally!

Repurchase: Maybe
I am not really a CC Cream person because I prefer at least a medium coverage since I am not blessed with super smooth and healthy skin so I still lean towards BB Cream. Maybe when my skin becomes good enough, I will switch to CC Cream!

Overall Rating: 7/10

Honestly speaking, if the coverage could be higher, it would have gotten an 8/10 from me. Then again, CC Creams are not supposed to give high coverage so that deduction is due to my personal preference. I do recommend people who love CC creams to give this product a try as I am still not confident enough to survive with just CC Cream on my day out (laughs)

You can purchase this product from Secretive SG

Wow, that was my first CC Cream related review so far. I know a lot of people have tried CC Creams and this type of product is no longer the newest thing in town but I have never bothered to pick one up because I need some level of coverage which I believe the CC Creams cannot give me. Good news is that my skin is currently quite stable and on the road to recovery so I hope I can be confident enough to switch to CC Creams at times and purchase more to try! Many thanks to Secretive SG for the opportunity to let me experience the product!

xoxo

Himeko
 
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