|From left: L'oreal True Match Foundation (Golden Ivory), L'oreal False Lash Wings Mascara & Rimmel Vinyl Max Lipgloss in #601 Passion.|
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Thursday, 6 March 2014
|Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream & Youth Activator|
I've come across some pretty bizarre skincare in my lifetime but this tops the cake for me. A product that focuses on giving you the translucent, youthful appearance of a vampire? I had to try it. Ladykin is a fairly new Korean skincare and cosmetic brand. Yesstyle.com only started stocking their products earlier last year, and they're not too expensive either. The ampoule is priced at $28, the cream $15, but together on sale only set me back $31. It was because of the low cost I started to have doubts. To be honest I really only wanted these for the super cute packaging (look at those vampire teeth!), but ended up being very surprised by the results.
Both products claim to brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and even pimples. Basically, give you the youthful appearance of a vampire. Rest assured, this range does not contain any glitter particles whatsoever. Just thought I should clarify that, so you don't have to worry about turning into this guy:
Another factor that perked my interest were the ingredients. Both products contain a lot of natural anti-inflammatory (allantoin, centella asiatica, dipotassium glycyrrhizate) and whitening ingredients (arbutin) including dragons blood (or croton lechliriresin extract). It is also free of parabens, animal derived ingredients, mineral oil, synthetic pigments and benzophenone. So yeah. It sounds too good to be true right?
The Repair Youth Activator
This serum is thick, but still feels quite light and watery on the skin and it absorbs instantly. It focuses on whitening and treating wrinkles, and on the box it also says it makes skin smooth and blemish free. I got quite a shock the morning after I first used this serum. The results were immediate. My skin was brighter, even a little paler, scars were lighter and there was hardly any discolouration or redness around my nose and cheeks at all. It does keep it smooth, and although it doesn't make my skin completely blemish free, it definitely helped keep spots to a minimum. The best part is that it continues to work with my skin even after four months.
|Left: Vanpir Dark Repair Cream, Right: Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator/Ampoule|
The Repair Cream
Out of the two products, I would probably say the ampoule is the most effective, but the cream itself turned out to be a really nice moisturiser. Together, they really do speed up the healing process of spots and scars. The only negative thing I have to say about the cream is the smell. It smells like some form of baby powder (or old people in general - no offence to old people). Luckily, it's quite light so it goes away quickly. The functions of the cream overrides the smell anyway. What I love about it is that its not too rich, it's the perfect balance for combination skin. It feels heavy but with the right amount it's perfect. In fact, I've noticed my skin doesn't get as oily anymore!
Overall, the combination of these two products has improved my skin dramatically. My skin isn't bad, but when that time of the month comes around it can take a while for the bad spots and scars to disappear, and by the time they're gone it's that time of the month again. I just can't seem to win when it comes to my skin. As soon as I started using these products redness and scars faded much more quickly, and overall my face has stayed clearer for longer. One of my friends even commented on how great my skin was looking (and that never happens).
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
It's been a while since my last wishlist post. After Christmas I became more frugal with my money. With Uni starting up again I'll be working less so whenever I spot something I like I have to keep reminding myself: do I really need this? Most of the items on this list I can happily live without, but there is one or two I've decided I'll treat myself to if I stick to my finance goals this month. (The Kiki K goals journal has really helped me keep on track so far!)
1. Bourjois 24hr Colour Edition paint pot in 'Prune Nocturne'
I love cream eyeshadows, and Bourjois have recently released a couple of their own in some lovely shades, this one in particular. The only problem is that they're not available in Australia yet. I recently got in contact with Bourjois Australia and they told me they would be released in mid to late March this year, but only three shades will be available! Knowing my luck it won't be the shade I want.
2. Laneige CC Cream, or any CC Cream for that matter. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know! I've heard Laneige have really stepped up their game with this one, and it's been a while since I've tried something great from them.
3. Kath Kidston Wash Bag
I really need a new wash bag, the one I'm currently using was my mums and it's getting a little grotty. I've been dreaming about this Kath Kidston one for quite a while now. It's such a cute design, also they come in five different sizes for traveling. I have yet to decide which size I want!
4. Etude House Malgem Toner & Emulsion
Two more products on my Etude House list. I'm actually in need of a new toner and moisturiser at the moment, and I've heard some good things about their Malgem line, which means 'clean' in Korean. I'll have to do a little more research on the ingredients before I make a final decision.
5. Butter London nail polish in 'Yummy Mummy'
I've been really into neutral browns this season. I'm not one for shimmery nail polish but this doesn't seem too overpowering. I also happened to find Butter London in my local Biome store!
6. It's Skin Red Ginseng Silk Cream
I received a sample of this cream in my last Korean haul and absolutely loved the silky formula, and how It made my skin feel afterwards. I would definitely like to try out the full sized.
Monday, 24 February 2014
I apologize for the lack of posts recently, I've actually been away these last few weeks. I went down to Victoria to visit my Nanna, and I was lucky enough to visit Melbourne for a day. One of the things I was most excited about were the amount of Asian cosmetic stores they have there. Brisbane, as far as I know, have nothing. So the first thing I did was make my way towards Bourke Street. Here's what I picked up in my travels:
Why You Cosmetics were the first store I went into, just down Russel Street. I picked up a Holika Holika's Pig Nose Clear sheet and the Etude House Wonder Pore Cleansing Brush. Next stop was Yuki House, where I bought the Iope CC cream for a very pricy $60. They did give me a free bottle of a Fancl collagen drink though, which I've heard is huge in Japan. And last but not least, a giant 300ml can of Avene's Thermal Spring Water which I picked up at a Chemist Warehouse for $17! Okay, so it wasn't exactly a cheap trip in the end. To be honest, I could have bought all these items much cheaper online. Oh well, I really wanted to bring something back home for myself. No regrets!