Friday, October 20, 2017

Lunasol Layer Bloom Eyes in Purple Gradation

Back in the golden years of Lunasol, it was a brand that people automatically think of when one talked about Japanese palette. It's also something I could only admire from afar (Ok actually I wasn't super into it since I don't get tempted by things I can't afford and I loved the LE Revlon and Maybelline back then), not only it was a high end brand from across the pacific, its reign also coincide with the time yen was strongest against the dollar. So yeah, ain't nobody is going to work 10 hours (broke kid making minimum wage) for an eyeshadow palette. 

I think I got into the brand at the best time possible, when yen became weak, Lunasol's popularity waned that they can be found with discount, when their texture have improved quite a bit and I could finally afford it. Sometime, I feel like while I own and love all the boring neutrals, I missed out those more interesting collections with distinct colors stories. One of the range I thought about the most was 2009 spring Petal Purification.

Floral for spring. Groundbreaking.
But trust me, Lunasol's take was not some mish mash of random pastels. Instead, it was a collection of four (two more for summer) monotonal palettes to emulate the layers of petal of four flowers (white magnolia, wisteria, plum blossom and cherry blossom). While there is only one color in each theme, the variance in texture and nuance was just something something that I had to hunt down for.

I waited and waited and while I have seen some marked up 2x the original retail, I finally spotted on at regular price!  On a side note, I later found out it was fairly easy to find these older Lunasol on taobao, as their counters in China all closed down a few years ago and people already abandoned Lunasol while other brands (high and low end) were catching up.
Anyway, the first (yup there is a second) of Layer Bloom Eyes I picked up was Purple Gradation, inspired by wisteria/fuji. 

The upper left there is icy blurple glittery top coat, followed by a soft satin pastel lavender transition shade. The main lid shade is a pink-leaning purple in the same satin texture. 

The liner is a rich slate-blue velvet, with jewel blue sheen. It's unique, wearable and pulls everything together. 
While the shade are beautiful. The texture is very powdery (almost chalky) by current Lunasol standard...When I apply with the sponge, the shadow immediately fall to lower eye. The shadow can be layered easily but it's not as seamless or melty...
Quick look after work(I tried twice, had to remove before heading out) so my eye looked dead (what was more dead was my back...). At least the liner shade was unique and very wearable.

Well, now I suppose I need to think twice before hunting down near decade-old palette. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream

Before KBeauty became full blown popular (is it really?) in US, Dr Jart is one of the first few brands that entered my memory, it did so as the Grandmother of BB creams(gray and thick enough to paint your wall with). Many years has passed and now it's a having regular spot at Sephora, in the skincare side. 

When the new Cicapair collection first landed in the US market, I was immediately drawn to the derpy tiger on their post and claims that it contains some magical herbs on which the wounded tigers roll onto after intense battle. Yup, I like the sound of that gimmick.

As with most Korean brands in US, the price is always inflated but the annual Sephora sale brought it down a little. It's available at Amazon (I bought a set without safety seal, I am little iffed) and other Korean etailers if you don't mind waiting.

The full size is a 50ml in metal tube, sealed outside with clear plastic strip and an inner metallic sticker. There is a sharp pointed rod on the cap to poke the inner sticker.
The herb-scented cream is a slightly greenish thick paste that spread around easily (but it isn't melty or oily). I used it day and night, as a single moisturizer on day and final step occlusive at night. My skin is highly dependent upon my surrounding so when it was cracking dry, the Cicapair cream sank right in without much residue (and it never broke me out).

 As a thick moisturizer, it was amazing at keeping my face feel alive when the temperature was below freezing and it certainly calmed my windblown skin when it was exposed to the elements and/or over exfoliated. 

 I didn't get to test it thoroughly last year since we only got a day or two of below-freezing days (Stratia Liquid Gold was potent enough as my winter moisturizer). Now that the weather is cooling down, I have been slathering it on after physical scrub or chemical peel (6% AHA) and I know I can count on it when it gets colder in the coming weeks. 
(Did I mention my skin gets really dry?)
Water, Propanediol, Centellaasiaticaleafwater, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Ca- Prictriglyceride, Panthenol, Diisostearylmalate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Dis- Tearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Bu-Tter, Glycerylstearate, Niacinamide, Mac- Adamiaternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alco-Hol, Hydrogenatedpoly(C6-14 Olefin), Hy- Drogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenatedpolyisobutene, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Palm-Iticacid, Tocopherylacetate, Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Glycerin, Stearicacid, Phe-Noxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Asiaticoside, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Madecassic A-Cid, Asiaticacid, Spirulina Platensispow- Der, Alcohol, Polysorbate20, Ethylhexylgl-Ycerin, Lavandulaangustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Adenosine, Cer-Amidenp, Citrusgrandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Hydrogenatedlecithin, Disodium EDTA, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leafoil, Anthemisnobilis Flower Oil, Sodiumhya-Luronate, Centellaasiatica Extract, Theob-Roma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Ho- Uttuyniacordataextract, Anibarosodora (Rosewood)Wood Oil, Centella Asiaticameristem Cell Culture, Madecassoside, Citric Acid, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Ar-Temisia Absinthium Extract, Arnicamonta-Na Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutearoot Extract, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Glycero-Phosphate, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Potassiummagnesiumaspartate, Ly-Solecithin, Magnesiumgluconate, Calciumgluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodiumascorbylphosphate, Sodiumbenzoate, Xanthan Gum.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Majolica Majorca Pure Pure Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in 59

Pure Pure Kiss is part of Majolica Majorca's ever so lacklustre fall 2016 collection. I supposed I must have picked this up as a cart filler, as it was single-digit (three digits in Japan) and looked cute and dainty.
The pinkie sized lip balm has a simple lacquered tube with print, nothing fancy but it's of good quality compared to similar balm from Revlon ot Maybelline.
The bullet is dainty and pointed. It's neither hard or squishy and each swipe leaves a moderately glossy layer that's not waxy and somewhat moisturizing.
59 is a clear pinky coral that turns a little peachier the longer it's on.
As a lip balm it's decent (better than may American drugstore ones) and nice to have around. I don't feel bad getting it but it's just not a must-have.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Tahitian Sunrise

Oh, another lip crayon! I promise, after going through all my backlog of random crap I bought with drugstore coupons, I will go on a purge and be selective. 
Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayon is another new comer in the chubby crayon world, when it's no longer popular (now it's all about warm brown and/or matte). Being on the more expensive side (10ish), the package is also easier on the eyes and hand. I remember whole range is more muted and muddy so I picked the bright and happy one named Tahitian Sunrise.
If this were released earlier, I would have been crazy about the formula (but then I probably wouldn't have picked it up as I only paid 3-5 dollars per item back in the days): It's smooth, easy to glide, pigmented, comes with soft gloss and stays on without leaving any stain.
Tahitian Sunrise is a creamy, near opaque coral rose that looks...I don't know what it looks because it's a strange color that just sits there, looking a bit bold, glossy and red. I might like it if the texture is more sheer or the color is more muted but for its current state, no thanks.
While it's not as some auntie mauve from auntie brand, I think the combination of  near garish bright color, texture and near opaque coverage looks rather dated, not even in a glamorous retro way.

Despite the great formula, Tahitian Sunrise is not something I want to wear for a second time. I mean, at least I can do clown makeup with the other brights that didn't work out.
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