May 27, 2015

Even MORE natural lenses! Sio Color Brown Silicone Hydrogel Lens from Klenspop Review

If you recall the silicone hydrogel lenses I reviewed last time, these are the brown equivalent. Just like the last pair, they’re super comfy and super natural; I daresay even more so since they don’t make my eyes look dark and soulless. Totally suitable for everyday wear! The only problem was that they don’t fit my eyes, but that’s just me. Edit: Oh! I forgot to mention that they also have UV blocking, according to the vial label!



These lenses are kindly sponsored by Klenspop!








Brand: Belmore (Korean brand)
Diameter: : 14.2mm (actual color diameter is only 13.1mm!)
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.7mm (whereas most lenses are 8.6mm)
Price: $30.00




Link here









Here is the packaging for lenses from Klenspop:


front:


back:


top:


Inside the box is a bag containing the vials, a case, and a pair of tweezers:

vial tops:


vial front:


Closeup of the packaging label:

You can see the text "UV Blocking" in the 2nd and 3rd photo.







Design: Here are the lenses, taken in natural light:

As you can see, the lenses have a swirly, grainy design. The brown color is actually more of a yellow, and there is a slight layer of white on the back of the lens:



Color on Dark Eyes: From most distances, they more or less look dark brown. Unlike black lenses which make me look dark and soulless, these are so natural that nobody would even think to look twice. They just look like regular dark eyes.

Now, if you go close-up (maybe 1-2ft away) and pay attention, you can actually see the light brown color. But because the lenses are yellow, it’s more of a greenish grey brown rather than a milk chocolate brown. And of course, this is much more obvious in bright light than in dim light:








The enlargement is modest, especially because the color is inconspicuous as well:


It’s enough enlargement to make a difference in a side-by-side comparison, but not enough for anyone else to take note. Basically, nobody even looks twice when I wear these lenses. I almost can’t tell I’m wearing anything myself!

And for reference, I’d say I have medium-sized eyes. I don’t have a ton of white showing like, say, Allison Harvard does.






They’re extremely comfy! Just…blurry.

Lens thickness: These are thin and exceptionally soft lenses. They often roll up into burritos when I go to apply them. Here you can see how thin and “unharsh” the edges are:


Comfort on me: In terms of physical comfort, they’re great. I don’t feel any pain when I insert these—no stinging, no scraping, nothing. And this continues on throughout the day: for the most part, I don’t feel anything. Although as with most lenses, I still feel sore when using a computer.

In terms of vision, however, I do experience frequent blurriness. This is because the lens doesn’t always center on my iris:



And as a result, my vision gets blocked by the rims, hence the blurriness.

So while the lens itself is not uncomfortable, the fact that I have to frequently deblur (through blinking) does cause my eyes to get sore on and off throughout the day. So for all practical purposes, you could say that they’re basically uncomfortable for me to wear. I’m not sure why this happens, though, considering I didn’t have an issue with the black version.









I like them. The natural color, size, and comfort all get A+’s from me. The only reason I’m not super enthusiastic is because they’re blurry, and they’re blurry because they don’t follow my iris. It’s such a shame because they’re amazing in every other aspect!

Would I recommend them? Yes! But only if you know that your base curve matches this one. If you want a super natural and comfy lens that still gives a little youthful oomph, these would be the one!
















A big thank you to Klenspop for making this review possible! Check out their store for other silicone hydrogel lenses straight from Korea:






Thanks for reading! ^^

May 26, 2015

Tattoo lip tints! Slightly impractical but good overall: The Saem Saemmul Wrapping Tint Review

This here is a tattoo lip tint! You apply it on, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then peel it off. It’s a fun little gimmick, but it has its disadvantages. It’s a little frustrating to use at first and you burn through a lot of product. That aside, the tint itself is nice. It’s vivid and has good lasting power.







Brand: The Saem
Name: Saemmul Wrapping Tint
Color: OR01 Sweet Orange
Amount: 15g
Actual Weight: 21g
Price in Korea: 5,000₩










It comes as a little tube wrapped in plastic, although I’ve taken the plastic off here:

front:


back:


applicator tip:

I recommend storing it with the cap facing up. The product is runny and tends to spill out the first few times (then becoming unsalvageable, since it hardens almost immediately.)







1. When you first squeeze it out, it’s a thick, gooey liquid.
2. It starts drying almost immediately. It gets sticky, and during this time your lips are basically glued together.
3. After 8-10 minutes, it dries completely and the edges start peeling off.
4. You then peel it off, and you’re left with nothing but color.

Here’s a hand demonstration:



Here’s how it looks on my lips. In the second photo you can see the edges peeling off and get an idea of how sticky it is:


(We'll talk about why it's so messy in a bit!)


Lastly, here is the "skin" that you peel off:










My lips are a pale, ashy pink. If I apply a thick layer, my lips become a vivid, warm-toned, almost reddish orange. If I apply a thin layer, the orange is less obvious—it’s there, but natural enough to just pass as healthy lips.

Here I am with a thick layer:

As you can see, there’s also a bit of a gradient when I apply it. It’s darkest in the center where my lip calluses are and lightest towards the edges. I’m not sure why it does that (since I apply it evenly), but it always happens to me with this product. \_(ツ)_/


Here are some more pictures of me wearing it:










It lasts well through water and food:



In my experience, drinking water does not fade the tint—at least, not appreciably. It does fade a little with food, but it also depends on how heavy the meal is and how much I am wiping my lips. Generally, the orange color is still there, but it’s not obvious.









Here’s where it can get a bit impractical, and even a bit frustrating: It’s messy.

It’s messy because of the applicator tip. This type of tip tends to be imprecise in general, but with this product, you’re also adding the fact that it starts drying immediately.

In other words, as soon as the product leaves the tube, it starts drying up. It becomes sticky and tacky. So if you dare try to go back and spread it out or apply more, the product that was already applied will tug and stick to the applicator. And now that it’s stuck on the applicator instead of your lips, you really have to go back and apply more. Problem is, that buildup on the applicator will cause even more stickiness and interference with your application.

messy applicator buildup—all that goop is super sticky, by the way!


Basically, the more you try to apply, the more builds up on the applicator. The more that builds up on the applicator, the messier it becomes. And to overcome this, you find yourself squeezing out a ton of product in order to glide over the previous, sticky layers. Can you see why it’s annoying?

Now, don’t fret entirely! There are 3 ways to overcome this:
1. Use a lip brush. Clean and easy.
2. Apply everything in one swoop. Apply in thick layers and don’t go back to smoothen anything out.
3. Don’t worry, because it actually doesn’t matter too much. I find that when I peel it off, the colors on the edge are faint and blurry anyways. This goes back to the gradient thing I mentioned above!

Long story short: It’s not impossible, but it can be frustrating at first. Although I will say that I still find myself using a lot of product each time, even with practice. (Whereas in comparison, traditional lip tints just require a few dabs here and there.)








I like it! Though I will be honest, I didn’t like it at first. It was messy and annoying to have my lips glued together for so long. But I’ve since gotten used to it, and I can now enjoy it for its vivid color and lasting power.

Nevertheless, due to practicality reasons (the fact that you can’t apply this in a jiffy or touch up on the go, plus the fact that you burn through so much product), I do not consider this a long-term option for a good lip tint.

Do I like it? Yes.
Would I buy it again? No.
Would I recommend it? Sure, it doesn’t hurt to try! It is a nice lip tint and a fun experience (sort of); it’s just not practical in the long run. That's my opinion, at least!


Thanks for reading!

May 23, 2015

Get to know me #2: 11 Eating Habits of Mine

To finish up my last Get to Know Me post, the Liebster Award from Ashley BCM, here are 11 facts about myself! I have decided to center each group of facts around a specific theme, with today's theme being eating habits!



1. I like soft, mushy foods and hate hard, chewy foods.
This is a recurring theme which you shall see again in the next few facts!

2. I love McDonald’s mushy fries.
I call them oicha oichas. (It goes back to a commercial I saw as a kid.) So whenever I eat McDonald’s, I only eat the oichas and leave out the crunchie wunchies.

3. I hate folded potato chips.
They’re so obnoxiously lumpy and asymmetrical, argh! I like flat ones because they fit nicely on my tongue. :3 Just like fries, I always pick out the folded ones and give them to my boyfriend.

4. I only eat the leaves of kimchi.
I refuse to eat the stems. As you can guess, the stems are hard while the leaves are soft. ◕‿◕

5. Speaking of kimchi, I also don’t like “good quality” kimchi.
Good quality kimchi is supposed to be spicy and sour. I don’t like spicy kimchi. I like kimchi that is sour, but not spicy—like the kind you get at Costco!

6. Whenever I eat cookies or crackers, I break them into tiny pieces first.
Not sure why I do this; it just tastes better to me!

7. I do the same thing with bread.
Shred first, eat second! This usually creates a pile of shreds on my plate which I then nibble on.

8. I am a messy eater.
I don’t have a big mouth, so things like sauce always end up all over my cheeks. And there goes my foundation, sigh...ㅜㅜ

9. I don’t like ice cream.
I stopped liking it about 5 years ago for some mysterious reason. Now, I only like specific kinds of ice cream, like red bean popsicles.

10. I gnaw on my straws until they are flat and mangled.
It’s just so…comforting! My favorite is when you can feel the straw smushing as you bite down with your molars. It's so amazing~! (/∇\*)

11. I sip my straws from the sides of my mouth.
I like to position my straws on sides of my mouth, about where my molars are. That way I can gnaw on it while I drink. You can see a picture of me doing it here. (Edit:And here too!)


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And for my own sanity, let it be known that I am not saying these to imply, “Look how quirky and silly I am! I’m such a weirdo, lol~" No.

(ノಠ ∩ಠ)ノ彡( o°o)

In actuality, I don’t think I’m a very ladylike eater. And for that, I’m never really 100% comfortable eating outside or with friends because I’m trying extra hard to be clean, sigh~ But at least I don’t chew with my mouth open or smack my lips, so I got that going for me!

Thanks for reading! Anyone else with similar food habits?


(And for all you haters out there, that's lens flare, not dandruff–else I would have edited it.
But go ahead and pretend that it is; I'm sure it'll make you feel better about yourself.)

May 21, 2015

My Korean skincare routine for dry, acne-prone skin

I don’t usually share my skincare routine, and that’s because it depends heavily on what product I happen to be reviewing at the time. But lately, my skin has been doing so well that I just had to write it down!



As of late, I can safely say that I have been acne free for one whole month. Now, I normally have at least one pimple (or cyst) on my face at any given point in time. Whenever I recover from one pimple, I wake up the next morning with a new one somewhere else (argh!) So for me to wake up without any new inflammations for 30 days straight…that was quite an accomplishment!

Without further ado, here is my current skincare routine:



From left to right:
  • Dr. Oracle the Snow Queen Enzyme Powder Wash (review here)
  • Stridex pads
  • Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich
  • Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-one Ampoule (review here)
  • Guerisson 9-Complex Essence
  • Guerisson 9-Complex Cream (review here)
  • Shiseido White Lucent Anti-dark Circles Eye Cream



1.) Dr. Oracle the Snow Queen Enzyme Powder Wash: for gentle, non-drying cleansing (review here)

I love this cleanser. It’s extremely gentle (yet effective) on my dry skin. It’s so gentle that it doesn’t exacerbate my dryness at all—something I realized other cleansers, even the ones marked as gentle, do.

To give you an example, there was a 3 week period where I had switched from this cleanser (the Dr. Oracle one) to a popular Shiseido one. My skin immediately took two steps backwards. It went back to being dry, flaky, and rough. My makeup, of course, looked terrible.

I then switched back to this cleanser and everything toned down within a few days. My skin was softer, less dry, and less flaky. It made me think that perhaps my skin wasn’t as dry as I thought; perhaps it was just that most cleansers exacerbate it.

Bascially, I love this cleanser because it’s so gentle!




2.) Stridex pads: for deep cleansing of my pores and keeping my blackheads in check

These are 2% salicylic acid pads from Walmart. They’re cheap but do the trick! If I don’t use these for a couple weeks, I see a definite difference in my skin. Not only does my skin feel rougher and flakier, but my pores, comedones, and blackheads get larger. Using these pads has helped refine my skin texture and keep my blackheads in check. I can’t be without them!




3.) Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich: eh, mild softening

This is a toner I recently bought off Glow Recipe. To be honest, I don’t love it. It doesn’t seem to do much except make my skin somewhat softer, though still not as much as the horse oil serum did (which I will talk about in a second!) But for the sake of completion, this is the toner I am currently using. Don’t love it though!




4.) Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-one Ampoule: for all around great moisture (review here)

(If you look at the picture above, you'll notice that I've transferred this moisturizer into a smaller bottle from Paula's Choice! The original packaging was a wide-mouthed jar which I didn't like.)

Other than that, I really like this moisturizer! It has a thin and lightweight texture and strong hydrating power. When I first began using it, it also made my skin softer. It hasn’t made my skin much softer since then, but that’s okay—for softness, let’s go to the next product!




5.) Guerisson 9-Complex Essence: for major skin softening!

This is a horse oil essence/serum. It doesn’t do anything in terms of moisture, but it does soften my skin. A lot. Within the first few days, my skin felt like velvet–yes, velvet! Granted, it was temporary at first. If I forgot to use it one day, my skin would no longer feel like velvet. However, with continued use (about a month), my skin now feels baby soft even if I don’t apply skincare for a couple days.




6.) Guerisson 9-Complex Cream: for helping my dry skin in general (review here)

This is the infamous horse oil cream that I love and will be ordering a second jar of very soon! When I first began using it, it helped improve my dryness by providing a thin coating of sebum-like moisture on my skin. It also lessened my dry flakes. Since then, the results have been steady. My skin generates a bit of sebum on its own and I no longer feel dry throughout the day.




7.) Shiseido White Lucent Anti-dark circles Eye Cream: for eye cream and lightening dark circles + acne scars

This is Shiseido’s anti-dark circle eye cream; I’ve simply transferred it into a bottle and stored it upside down. And because the bottle I am using is clear, I also store it in a dark drawer to avoid the sunlight.

I like this eye cream because it’s rich enough to moisturize my undereye area (which is uber dry and wrinkly!) But most importantly, it lightens my dark circles and acne scars. Applying a smidge on my acne scars brings from a medium brown to a light brown. It sadly doesn’t remove them completely, seeing as the results plateau after 2 weeks, but still—I’ll take it!




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Putting all of these together, I can safely say that my skin is doing much better than it was a few months ago. Here is a picture (with foundation on.) I now have:
  • no pimples or cysts for the past month
  • more refined pores
  • smaller comedones/blackheads on my nose
  • no blackheads/comedones on my cheeks
  • smoother and softer skin overall
  • less dry flakes. I usually only have them on my nose now.
  • less dryness overall. My skin doesn’t feel lacking in moisture anymore; I’m about just right.

Now, that’s not to say that my skin is perfect! I still have redness, acne scars, and flakes on my nose. The point is that they are much, much less than before.

And in case it matters, I have also switched to eating Asian (mostly Korean) food again. Fried rice, noodles, kimchi-based dishes, marinated pork, things like that.




Again, I’m not dermatologist, but that’s what I’ve been doing lately!