Wednesday, October 26, 2011

GEO Ash Wing Circle Lens Review

Hola! :) It's Joann here! I've kind of disappeared for a while...yes I know. And I'm sorry! I just had a lot going on. Anyways, you're probably looking at the title going "wait...I thought you were gonna talk about the Milani Blush!" And...I was. But after much consideration, I decided not to because blush is the thing that we apply subtly, which would have been hard to show in photos. So I decided to review the new circle lens I got! I ordered two pairs of lens from and was very satisfied with the products I received. I got a few samples of stuff, and a really cute doll. I'll include more when I review the GEO nudy grey lens (which I have used before, and loved them soooo much that I had to buy another pair!)


This is how it looks on the computer, when I was browsing through the grey contacts. It's pretty accurate in how it looks like in real life, but with darker rims and squiggly things. 

This is not my picture, but I threw away the bottles already, so I had to find one online. Sorry guys :( I'll do a better job next time when I review my next pair! But, this is how it looks when it's in the bottle! As you can see, the rim and squiggly lines are darker. 


 (Sorry for the bad lighting guys...this was taken in my bathroom. )
AFTER LENS (In dark area)

AFTER LENS (in natural lighting) 

As you can see, it gives my eyes an enlargement effect, which I'm in a love-hate relationship with. I like how it makes me look dolly and such, but at the same time, sometimes I do feel like an alien while wearing these.

DESIGN: A slightly dark rim surround a light grey, with small, dark squiggly lines radiating from the pupil hole. 

COLOR: Very pigmented, but not super opaque to the point of looking super duper fake. Nice natural grey. 

COMFORT:  I would give this an 8.5/10 for comfort level. They don't bother me much, and I usually wear them for 6 hours, occasionally if my day is super busy I wear them for around 8 hours. They do tend to dry out my eyes the morning after though if I wear them long enough. 

NATURAL-NESS: I give these a 7/10. If you have darker eyes, it will probably look more natural. I think these look a bit fake on me. It also will probably look fake in flash pictures. But to me, they look pretty natural if you see them in person. I had a lot of friends look and say "are you wearing contacts!?" after like 10 minutes of talking to me. 

ENLARGEMENT: I would  give this a 7.5/10 for enlargement effect, just because these are pretty small compared to other ones. 14.00 mm, but on me, they look huge since my pupils are small. If you already have pretty big eyes and are looking to change the color of them, I would def say go for this one! 

HALO EFFECT: I give this a 6/10. There is a slight halo effect when I look up or sideways. But when I look straight ahead, there's no halo effect, which is fine with me since it doesn't bother me much. However, I do realize that some people do look for the halo effect. 

I won't be doing a pros/cons list for this because I feel like certain things (like the enlargement/halo effect) differ depending on who you are talking to. I already gave my opinions ^up^ there, and you can be the judge of whether you like those effects or not. :) 

OVERALL: ☆ (4/5)
I love these lens, I've been itching to try them  for a while! I love the color, the design and the comfort levels these bring. I would say these are my #2 favorite, #1 being the GEO nudy grey. However...I think these ash wings are going to creep up on top soon!

☻♥Thanks For Reading/Supporting Everyone!♥☻

NEXT UP FROM JOANN:  A review of what products I use most! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask Review

Ok, really sorry for the lack of updates over the last week. In any case, I'll probably be doing a bit of blogging this week to make up for it because I got a TON of new products!! :D yayyssss!!

First off, I finally got around to doing the photos for the My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask... I remember purchasing this mask this past June in Chicago.  This sounds awful, but I bought it in a beauty store in Chinatown.  They were $16, but I see that Amazon has them for $13, sooo yeah. You can't find them on their official website anymore, maybe they discontinued it? It's a shame, because I do like this product.  
The box looks like this, and it comes with like... 10 of them.  I'm going to admit that I don't use masks very often, and when I do use masks, I use Lush's fresh face masks.  This is my first paper face mask I've ever used. 

Start off with a clean make-up free face! Take the mask out of it's packaging (annoying as heck). Here's a photo of how it comes.

It's not too hard to open, but when you take the mask out it's dripping wet with solution.  I would have taken a picture of what the mask looks like not on the face, but... it was dripping wet and super messy.  There's also this annoying plastic film thing that's attached to one side of the mask that you're supposed to take off.  I'm not sure what it's for, but it's effin' annoying. 

Place it on your face, there are holes were your eyes and mouth and nose are supposed to go.  It stays on your face pretty well.  I studied and watched TV while doing this mask.  I typically use it for 30 minutes, because the hydrating and softening effects of the mask lasts longer.  So here are some photos of both me and my boyfriend using this mask.  I have dry skin and he has oily skin.  Hahaha! I'm not stripping his manliness, he just knows that he needs to take care of his skin. 

Boyfriend! Excuse the shirtlessness... the mask drips everywhere, and he didn't want the girly smell on his clothes. Haha

Hahaha, me. Ok, so I have a smaller face, so this mask looks like it's completely suffocating me, and that I have a gray beard.  Embarassing. 

The mask smells SUPER nice.  Make sure not to wash your face after using this for a while... that'll just cancel it out. Also, I noticed that it was SUPER sticky after taking it off... It's a little uncomfortable.  Make sure not to rub your face or touch it... it irritated my skin when I did that.  After getting used to using it, I've learned just to leave my face and let it dry.  It doesn't seem like it'll ever dry, but I promise it will. After using this mask, my face was super duper soft all night long and well into the morning.  It was still super soft after I took a shower.  And I felt like my face looked brighter.  My boyfriend (who has oily skin) had super soft skin, but still had the same amount of shine as usual. I don't really know what to say... he just does masks with me for fun/bonding.

  • Softens and brightens skin
  • Easy to use
  • Smells amazing
  • Long-lasting effects if you leave it on for a while
  • Feels super sticky after taking it off
  • Annoying plastic film attached to mask
  • Drips everywhere, messy. 
OVERALL: ☆** (3/5)

This mask is pretty easy to use, smells amazing, and pretty cheap.  However, it is messy despite the fact that it's supposed to be made more convenient since it's a paper, pre-cut mask.  It takes forever to dry, ad is super sticky.  The effects are pretty amazing, however, and I recommend it for people that have dry skin.  It really hydrates! For oily skin types, it does soften and brighten your skin, but it may make your skin feel a little more oily sometimes.    

Next Up! LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Favorite Products + CVS Goodies

As promised, a double post from me (Yvonne)! :) So I want to talk about some of my favorite products I use, briefly.  I'm not going to provide an in-depth review about these, because... well... I love them! I wear these pretty often, and I'll tell you why!

OMG... please excuse the mess on my desk, but here are my most frequently used top 3 products.  The Physician's Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored blush in "Blushing Natural", Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream (No. 23 Natural Beige), and M.A.C Fluidline Gel Liner (in Blacktrack). 

The Physician's Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored blush (omg, what a mouthful) is a really nice, natural looking blush that gives you a nice healthy glow.  I like the Blushing Natural shade because of the glow it gives.  It comes with this shitty little plastic brush/applicator... don't use it. Instead, I use my Bubbi Powder brush to brush it all over the apples of my cheeks and along my jaw line. 

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream is the BB Cream I use because... I don't really have any other ones.  While I like this product a lot, there are some cons that you can read about here

And of course, my M.A.C Fluidline Gel Liner is my FAVORITE eyeliner.  I love gel liners, and this is my favorite because it goes on smooth, and it doesn't smudge too much, and it gives a nice bold look.

CVS Haul
Ok, so I guess I wouldn't call it a haul but I recently bought some random drug store brand goodies, because I love cheap make-up.  I really needed a eye shadow palette with some browns, golds, and cream colors, so I bought this one from Maybelline. It's called EyeStudio in "Give Me Gold"

I also bought this Retractable eyeliner from Milani.  It's called the Easyliner Glitter in 01 Precious Silver.  I typically use colors like these to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. 

I also picked up a Milani pencil sharpener!

I used these products today! :) Here's a picture of the finished product.  Sorry the lighting is so bad.  Will post a review of my new goodies in a few days after I've gotten some good use out of them.

Next up from me! My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Mask

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Skin 79 VIP Gold Super Plus BB Cream Review

Helllllooo. :) Joann here! I think the title says it all! So let's get started.

Skin 79 VIP Gold Super Plus BB Cream Review 
The Product (on left) and the Box it comes in (right)

So let me start out by saying that this is my first ever BB cream, and I am in love with it! I have been using it everyday for a month. I was going to try the pink one, but just decided to go for the gold label instead since it was only cost a bit more. I believe this BB cream only comes in one shade, but it is very blend-able. Below are the swatches on the top of my hand. I do admit though that I am very pale for an asian, so it looks quite natural on my skin tone. I believe Yvonne is hoping to try this one soon, so I'll let her tell you how she likes it since her skin is tanner than mine.

Swatch, Dot, and blended to the right of the dot (but you can't see it...see what I mean by blend-able!?)

This product gives you really soft, and smooth looking skin! I always find myself stroking my cheek when I get bored in class because it's soooo soft. You also don't need to put a lot of product on. A dot provides coverage for my whole face. It gives you subtle sheen in the light, which I find flattering. It's not a greasy kind of look, but really dewy. The features of this BB cream: whitening, sun protection and wrinkle improvement.

I enjoy the consistency/texture of this product. It is very blend-able, as I mentioned earlier. I usually just use my fingers to blend it since the product warms up at the touch and pretty much melts (in a good way) onto the face. This BB cream provides nice coverage in my opinion, but I don't have much to cover up. I use it for the dewy look mostly. Too much of this product can cause the it to look cake-y. 

I also love the packaging/dispenser! It's like a lotion pump, and it's cute! You get just enough product with a small pump. It is very hygienic since your fingers are only touching the outside. Easy to get onto the back of my hand. It comes out like a moisturizer. Even if I use a brush, I pump it onto the back of my hand first and work from that because it's awkward to try to pump it directly on the brush. 

When it comes to the scent of the BB cream, there is none! I don't really have to touch up on this once I put it on, which is amazing! I have super sensitive skin and I don't break out using this, which is also a positive factor. What I do notice though is that I NEED to wear moisturizer underneath this since it tends to dry out the skin. Also with the moisturizer underneath, I don't need to worry about the chalky/ashy look.  

Below, I provided some photos of me wearing the BB cream in different lighting! 
Facing a lamp. 

next to the lamp

right across a window in natural lighting

As you can see, it gives you a nice dewy finish and it's pretty decent in achieving the "flawless" look! As I said earlier, I'm pretty pale so it does look pretty natural. 

  • Amazing Consistency 
  • Packaging 
  • Easy To Use 
  • No Fragrance 
  • Good Price (I got mine for about $18 USD on amazon)


  • One color choice 
  • Not good for dry skin

OVERALL:  (4/5) 
Long story short... I am in love with this product, although this is my first BB Cream. I love the dewy, flawless look it provides. Even my mom decided to try this and she loves it! She asked me to buy her one so she can use it. :) This product is amazing! 

Next Up From Joann: Milani Baked Blush 

Bubbi Make-Up Brushes (Basic Set) Review

Hello there!  Yvonne here :) I'm going to be doing a double post today! This first post is about the Bubbi make-up brushes I received earlier this week.  Needless to say, I was absolutely psyched about these brushes, because I'm a huge fan of Bubzbeauty! I bought these brushes off of her website for about £33.99 (including shipping), which ended up being $54.57 (USD).  Here's a photo of them on the day they arrived (taken with my phone's camera, sorry for the poor quality)

They came in a cute little pouch that I'm still using to keep them in until I find something cute (and cheap) to store them in/hold them

The set includes 5 brushes (from left to right): Dual Eyes, Dual Cover, Angled Liner, Multi Retractable, and Powder brushes! 

I have used all of these, and I have just two words: SOOO SOFT!! They are made of synthetic material.  Bubz does a wonderful demo of her brushes here: 
Obviously whatever review she has of these brushes are kinda biased... since they're hers... BUUUT they are so freaking soft.  

I'll start with the dual eyes brush.  It's got two ends and I've found that the end with the larger tip, it's great for applying eye shadow and blending, the smaller end is is really great for blending as well, but I use it to apply smaller amounts of eyeshadow, depending on the look I want.  I really don't like that the fibers are white.  While it makes the brushes look cute, they look dirty really fast. 

Next up, the dual cover brush.  I LOVE THIS BRUSH! I use it to apply my BB Cream and the larger end is PERFECT for blending BB Cream over large areas of the face.  The smaller end is supposedly used for concealer, but I don't really use concealer so I just use that end to blend BB Cream over smaller, harder to reach places on my face, like my nose, under my lips, and under my eyes.  I find that with brushes (these brushes particularly) I don't have to use quite as much BB Cream to get the coverage I want.  

I also love the angled liner as well... It's my most used brush, because I put on eyeliner EVERY TIME I put make-up on... While I tend to skip other steps like BB Cream (on a good skin day), eye shadow, blush... this is the one I use A LOT! I typically use a gel liner (next post I'll be talking about things I use most often), so this brush it perfect! The brush head is much larger than my old angled liner brush, but don't let that fool you... You can actually draw a really thin, natural line with the brush.  I love the handle because it's really easy to hold.  I'm kind of a clumsy person, and I don't really like liner brushes with teeny handles that I can drop easily.  While it looks really fat, you actually have really good control over how your eyeliner is put on your eye, which allows you to use this brush for TONS of different looks.  It's GREAT for winging (which I'm guilty of doing all the time), and it is super duper soft and doesn't poke your eyelids like my old angled liner brush.  

The multi retractable brush is really super cool, but I have no idea what I could use it for... I've been using it to brush over newly applied BB Cream to give it a softer, dewy finish.  I've found that it's good for applying bronzer (but I never use bronzer... because, well, i'm pretty bronzed on my face...)

The powder brush is also super soft, and I use it for blush... I don't really use powder make-up, but I imagine it would be great for that.  

Here's some info about shopping with Bubz! The online store is pretty simple, she has shirts for sale and brushes.  I bought the basic set, because... well... I don't have like $100+ to spend on brushes, and I only really use a couple, so the basic set was perfect.  She does have her brushes for sale individually... Here are the prices in USD for each individual brush right now (I think they're subject to change depending on the exchange rate)

Dual Eyes: $9.37

Dual Cover: $12.50
Angled Liner: $7.81
Multi Retractable: $12.50
Powder: $15.63

Shipping was a flat rate of £4.00 which I'm too lazy to compute.  

  • High quality brushes
  • Cute design
  • Fast shipping/Processing
  • Wash easily, and don't lose shape/color or hairs
  • Worth the investment if you want some high quality brushes
  • Multi-use for all of them. You don't have to use them like Bubz does in her videos.  
  • They are pricey, so if you don't mind using a mediocre cheaper brush, this might not be worth it
  • To keep them nice (because they're expensive), they require maintenance (cleaning)

OVERALL - ☆* (4/5)
I would honestly give them 5/5 if I wasn't such a poop about money.  They were flippin' expensive and they're the investment of the month (or several months) for me.  Being a college student, I understand that it's not easy to drop that much money on things as unnecessary as brushes, but if you want a set of brushes that will last and give you GREAT make-up application :) these are great.   

Next up from Me! A general overview of the things I use most frequently! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Intro + Jemma Kidd (JK) Lip ID Colour Adapt Gloss

Hello everyone! I'm Joann, an 18 year old college student that has always wanted to blog/review beauty products. As Yvonne mentioned in an earlier post, both of us will be collaborating on this blog and do our shares of reviewing beauty products, beauty hauls, shoes, clothes and you name it! Most of the items we are reviewing are purchased through our own pockets, so in the words of Yvonne "you can expect a non-bias review."

Here's a bit about me: I'm 18 years old, a freshman in college (same one as Yvonne) and hoping to become a biology major. I've always been a fan of make-up, especially the natural or cute-sy look. Nothing too fancy or  takes too much of my time. Most of the time, I am very optimistic, open-minded and happy. I also get super excited about little joys in life! :) So enough about me...and onto the review!

Jemma Kidd (JK) Lip ID Colour Adapt Gloss

So I've had this lip gloss product for a while now, and it'll probably just sit there for the rest of eternity. The product comes in only one shade. At first, I was super excited after hearing about this gloss, it color changed according to your skin chemistry! Perfect fit right? WRONG.
The gloss is clear but once you put it on and give it a few minutes, it changes colors. It's a different color on each person. On Yvonne it was a tacky, magenta pink and on myself it was a corally-pink which surprised me greatly because the last time I put it turned bright red. I was not pleased with this!

I absolutely hate the consistency/texture of this product. It's very heavy on the lips and sticky. After wearing it once, your lips totally dries out and you'll have to rehydrate them like crazy. This occurs even if you wear chapstick under the gloss. However, it does give a nice shine to the lips, but the shine is short-lived.

I also dislike the packaging/dispenser. There is NO slant dispenser, so you squeeze the tube and have to apply it using your fingers, which I find a hassle and unhygienic. Not only do you have to use your fingers, but afterwards, it also stains them. Also, because the texture is so thick and heavy, it's a bit hard to not make a mess on the tube dispenser opening. So after using it, there's a bunch of leftover gloss oozing out, which in my opinion is a huge waste.

The product does not have a scent, so it does not make you nauseous, unlike certain scented lip glosses. That's probably the only good thing about it...besides it having a nice short shine. I wore this product for a dance recital and had to reapply every 20 minutes. There is also no SPF in this gloss, and does not moisturize like it claims.

I would suggest trying it on first, before actually buying it if you are thinking about it. I wish I would have done this so that I wouldn't have wasted $22 dollars.

Here are some photos of Yvonne and I with the lip gloss on. As you can see, there is high shine (which goes away in about 10-20 minutes of wearing).

Corally-Pink On Me

Magenta On Yvonne

  • Nice Shine
  • No Fragrance
  • Heavy and Sticky Texture
  • Drying
  • Unknown Color Change
  • Horrible Packaging 
  • Expensive Price
OVERALL:  (2/5)
I would not recommend this product. It keeps you guessing about the color change...which can be a really tacky one. I am hoping to try the O-Gloss from Smashbox that changes into shades of pink, and hoping that it will be more flattering. If I do end up purchasing it, I will do a comparison for sure! 

Next up from Joann: Skin 79 VIP Gold Super Plus BB Cream

Intro to blog + Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream No. 23 Review

Hey there, I'm Yvonne, 21 year old college student that has developed a great love for make-up.  I, along with Joann, will be reviewing the random beauty products we decide to buy with our college student money.  MOST of this stuff will be stuff that we have bought with our own money, so you can expect a non-biased review. If we ever get free stuff, we'll give you a review of that too.

Why we started this blog: We spend a lot of money on our cosmetics... and when I say we, I mean all of us.  It's just nice to have another opinion out there.  We will probably also rant review things like shoes, popular clothes, health products, restaurants (in Minneapolis area), and probably some beauty hauls!!

A little bit about me: I'm 21 years old, a junior at a large university in Minneapolis, and I'm studying Psychology.  I kind of jumped on the make-up bandwagon REALLY late (as in like... a half a year ago), because... to be honest, I didn't give a fuck about how I looked.  Lately, I have been feeling really empowered by being able to wear make-up and I feel beautiful... it really helps bring out my best features! Anyways, enough cheesy stuff. I tend to have an open mind about everything, I'm always willing to try stuff, and I love telling people about things I've tried! I'm a HUGE fan of "ulzzang" look, characteristic of the beautiful Korean celebrities, but I'm not Korean... so I can't really recreate it. 

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream (no. 23)
Ok, this BB Cream has A LOT of reviews, but there can never be too many, right? *nervous laughter* >.>;

This is a product that I have been using for about 5 months now, and it's also my first BB cream.  While I'm quite fond of this BB Cream there are some things about it that could be better.
Missha's BB Cream currently comes in 5 shades: Golden Beige (#31), Milky Beige (#13), Light Beige (#21), Natural Beige (#23), and Honey Beige (#27)

At the time I bought it, it only came in 2 shades: Light Beige (#21) and Natural Beige (#23).  I have the Natural Beige.  I'm thinking I'm more of a Honey Beige... and I'm pretty bitter at Missha for not coming out with more shades from the get-go, but whatever.  I'm Asian... and I'm a DARK Asian.  No amount of sunblock can keep the sun from darkening my skin, and I'm kind of proud of my dark complexion.  In the summer, I get so dark, I look like I spent months in Hawaii or Florida.  I did not use this BB cream very often this summer at all, because it made me look pale and ashy.  Needless to say, the shade was not right for me.  But I guess now I can get it in Honey Beige, and maybe I will just for kicks.  

I love the consistency of the product.  It's very easy to blend with your fingers or a brush.  I personally like using a brush because when I use my fingers I tend to use too much and it looks really "cakey."  It gives your face a nice, dewy complexion, and the BB Cream alone is enough to conceal dark circles, blemishes and dark spots for me.  I was blessed with decent skin, but for those of you that need some more coverage, this BB Cream combined with concealer can do the job.  

I also really like the packaging/dispenser.  It's really hygienic and comes out of a pump.  You don't need to dip your fingers in anything, and it doesn't come out in globs.  It comes out like a moisturizer, and it's really easy to use with your fingers.  Getting it onto a brush is a little bit weird though... I tend to pump a little out and let it drip on the tip of the dispenser and then dab it with my brush so I don't have a gigantic glob of it on my brush.  

It has a very nice fresh scent, buuuut... I don't like scented things on my face.  So I wouldn't recommend it if you don't either.  It hasn't made me break out or anything like that, but it's annoying to smell it all the time.  
It's decently long lasting, but I found myself having to have to touch up a little bit after about 6 hours of wearing it today.  I guess it was a rainy day, so it's definitely not water proof.  

It's features are whitening, anti-wrinkle and sun protection (SPF 42) 

If you have dry skin, I would not recommend this.  My skin tends to be dry during winters, and it looks AWFUL on dry skin.  It doesn't really moisturize your skin... and sometimes it dries it out and feels chalky on a cold day.  

Here are some photos of me with it on my face.  As you can see in the photo with flash... it's REALLY white on my skin... but that might be because of the flash... the second photo is without flash.  As you can see, it gives you a nice dewy, flawless complexion (on a good skin day lol)

  • Great consistency
  • Decent Price. Missha lists it for $20.99 (USD) (I got mine off Amazon for about $15 + shipping)
  • Packaging
  • Easy to Use
  • Fragrance (it's a nice smell, but I don't like fragrances)
  • Limited colors to choose from (back then, but now... apparently there are plenty)
  • Not good for dry skin
OVERALL: ☆** (3/5)
I used to love this product... but over the months, it's really turned out to not be the best out there.  I haven't used any other BB Cream besides this one, but I'm not going to give up! I think Joann's going to be doing a Skin 79 BB Cream review.  I know she likes it, and I am considering buying it and perhaps... I'll do a comparison soon!  :)  

Next up from Me! Bubbi Make-up brushes