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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)


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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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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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3 Concept Eyes [3CE] by Stylenanda Highlighter in Pink Review
As promised in my previous post, bringing you my first 3 Concept Eyes [3CE] product review.
3CE is actually the makeup line from Stylenanda, which was established by Kim So Hee back in 2004.
Stylenanda is wildly popular in Korea for its chic collection of clothes available, as well as bringing in many other brands such as Jeffrey Campbell into their stores. Many celebrities in Korea can be spotted wearing their clothes. Since K-wave is hitting the world so hard, I am sure many of you would have spotted your favourite idols wearing clothes from Stylenanda before such as 2NE1, Exo, Brown Eyed Girls - just to name a few. The current models you see on their website are Park Sora, Gong Sua, Kwon Soojung, Jung Minhee and Kang Jiwon. 

I bought 2 highlighters from 3CE Stylenanda on my trip to Korea in late June.


I am going to be talking about their Highlighter in Pink today. (Item Link to Official Store)


Simple packaging, as you can see. Upon opening, there is a plastic film on top of the powder. Also, all Stylenanda 3 Concept Eyes product has a seal on them to ensure the product has never been opened before.


I've swatched the bottom part of the compact and the powder becomes very shimmery looking. I am not sure if you can see it but if you can't, tlit your laptop screen lower towards the back and you might be able to see it. 


It also comes with a brush, which I forgot to take a picture of so I took the picture from their official website.


A swatch of the product on my hand


This highlighter in Beige has been featured in Korea's popular beauty show, Get It Beauty.
However, when I was in Korea, I swatched them and preferred the Pink one better so I got this instead.
There are many products that have been featured before, you can find the highlighter's link here.
From what I gather, products shown on that show always gets a huge boost in sales.
For those of you familiar with Taiwan's 女人我最大, it is very much like that show.
Onto the review, shall we?

3 Concept Eyes [3CE] by Stylenanda Highlighter in Pink:

Product Weight: 4.8g

Product Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Talc, Nylon-12, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Penyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Myristate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Magnesium Stearate, Synthetic Wax, Ulrtamarines (Cl 77007), Mineral Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polybutene, PTFE, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide (Cl 77861), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491)

Highlight Type: Micro Shimmer Particles

Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10 
Clad in black with the logo and words in white, the simple exterior looks chic and clean. A big thumbs up is that the brush is being kept on a separate compartment in the same compact - under the blush. A huge fan of this because I get a proper brush and not some tiny and hard to use mini brush (Yes, I'm looking at you, Canmake!).

Color Payoff: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
This is a highlighter, so don't expect it to look intense upon application. I always make sure to apply my highlighters with a light hand because I do not want to overdo it. Remember, it is meant to highlight certain areas of our face to give us more dimension, not to tell people "yes, I slapped it on right here and here." One thing I really liked about this is how the micro shimmer particles look when light is cast on my face. I feel so glam when I see my highlighted areas glow (laughs)

Texture: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
Very smooth when I swiped it with my index finger. Powder is packed quite tightly as I did not observe fallouts when I did that. 

Blendability: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡ 8/10
With some blending using the brush provided, this sits on top of my loose powder without looking like I have a line of shimmer across my under eye area. 

Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡ 9/10
I did not constantly check the mirror for the highlighter but by the end of the day (I was out for around 11 hours), I could still see some glow on the areas I used it so I am going to say this one is pretty darn lasting.

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
Specifically for their highlighter, the price is actually very affordable! I bought this at only 12,000 won, which is around SGD $15.00 (say what?!), not forgetting that it comes with a brush too!

Repurchase: Yes! At this price point and how efficient it has proven, I might even want to stock up some!

Overall Rating: 9/10

I was really looking forward to trying this since I saw it online (the pictures from their official store looked amazing) and I'm glad it did not disappoint, especially since this is the first 3CE product I'm trying out of the bunch I bought. Can't wait to review the other products! 

My next review will likely be The Saem's Color Lip Rouge or Banila Co. Prime Primer BB Cream in Nude.
Stay tuned!

xoxo

Himeko
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