March 2017 | Alexis Adrienne

25.3.17

LASHING OUT: Kiss Me Isehan Heroine Make Volume & Curl Waterproof Mascara Review

Hey, babes!

Today, I’ve got a mascara that immediately shot to high rotation in my routine - Kiss Me by Isehan Heroine Make Super Waterproof Volume & Curl (I'm actually not sure which part of this title is the brand, I think Isehan?) This is probably one of the most well-known Japanese mascaras outside of Japan, and for good reason. This was actually my second choice compared to the Long & Curl from the same line, but I like this one better for lash separation AND lengthening.
I was looking for something new after being let down by Maybelline Lash Sensational, which left me looking super clumpy. I purchased this from The Cosmetic Store for NZ $28.90, which is an okay price considering most drugstore mascaras are NZ $20 - $30. I believe it does come in a non-waterproof formula, but a waterproof formula is essential for my lashes to hold a curl.

The first thing that I noticed (and LOVE) is that the wand isn’t loaded with too much product when you pull it out of the tube, an issue that I was having with Lash Sensational. The bristles are in a traditional conical shape, however they actually shorten on two sides of the brush. I always use the longer side and never have any issues doing so.

What I also love about this mascara is that it’s basically impossible to clump (unless you let a layer fully dry and try to apply on top of that, which I never do). I prefer my lashes to look long, defined, and fluttery which this mascara helps me achieve.

The only drawback is the waterproof formula can be hard to get off, and my favourite eye makeup remover to get it off is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Remover. There is a specific mascara remover* that Isehan sells, but the Neutrogena works fine for me right now.

Now, on to the before and after!

In the after, I've curled my lashes with my favourite Za Cosmetics Curler and then applied Volume & Curl. I ADORE how this makes my lashes look! It also wears very well throughout the day - no panda eyes or flaking. This gets a solid 5/5 from me!

What's your favourite mascara? Have you heard of or tried this brand before?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.


where to buy Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make online

where to buy Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make in-store
JapanMart | The Cosmetic Store

purchased / contains affiliate links*

19.3.17

HYDRATION STATION: Elizavecca Water Coating Aqua Brightening Mask Review

Hey babes!

I received this mask for review from Elizavecca, and am super excited to show you my results! This mask comes in a jar with a cute hygienic lil spatula. The mask itself has this super cool bouncy, gelly texture, which you can see in action here:

I’m not sure how else to describe it, but the texture melts down really easily and becomes very liquidy when rubbed into the skin, so a little goes a long way. I do find it’s quite strongly fragranced with a floral scent - it’s nothing that puts me off personally, but I can see it being off-putting for a few.
It honestly took me ages to figure out exactly how to use this mask - I saw various descriptions online, from a foaming mask (like Elizavecca’s super famous clay mask) to a sleeping pack, to a wash off mask. I used google translate to translate the instructions on the box, which only indicate to “take an appropriate amount and evenly spread on the skin”, without any instruction on where in the routine one should use this.
You can see the gel texture here - it sticks well together and doesn't slide off when I turn my hand upside down, but spreads easily as you'll see in the next two photos.

Sooooo, I decided to use it as a sleeping pack AND wash off mask to determine which I liked better. When I tried to use it as a wash off mask, I applied it just after washing my face - no essences or toners beforehand. In hindsight, I probably would have gone in with my hyaluronic acid toner to up the moisture, or even used this mask after a sheet mask to lock in any leftover essence. Anyway, after I applied a dollop on my skin, it eventually dried down to a matte-ish finish when I stopped trying to pat it in (I thought this would help but it apparently just needed to be left to set). After 20 minutes I tried to rinse it off with just some water, but instead I found out why this mask is called “water coat” - it had created a ‘coat’ on my face, effectively locking in any moisture to my skin and preventing it from drying out. After cleansing my face and completing my day skincare routine, my face was noticeably softer, even-toned, and hydrated. I definitely liked these results and was excited to see how well it would work as a sleeping pack.

As a sleeping pack, I applied it at the end of my nightly routine, swapping it out for my regular nightly moisturiser. Lately, I’ve been using the ‘7 skin method’, a popular method where you apply multiple layers of a hydrating toner to maximise hydration. I only need 2 layers to experience good results, so I popped the Aqua Coat over 2 layers of Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion. I woke up to AMAZINGLY well-hydrated skin - definitely better results than with my regular night moisturiser.

Again, the only drawback was that water alone wouldn’t rinse it off. When using this mask, it’s super important to remove any leftover residue to avoid blocking pores and causing acne. Unfortunately, I haven’t been using it for long enough to determine if it’s brightening claims on dark spots are working, but it does leave me with a nice, moisturised glow.

We can take a look at the full ingredients here:

Purified Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Rosemary Extract, Origanum Vulgare Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Thyme Extract, Lavender Extract, Adenosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PEG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.

It's great to see niacinamide so high up the list - it's definitely the key ingredient for the brightening claims this mask makes.

Overall, I give this a 4/5 - the point is knocked off for the scent. I'm just not sure such a strong, lingering scent is necessary!

Have you tried this, or any other sleeping pack before?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Elizavecca online



where to buy Elizavecca in-store
The Cosmetic Store in Auckland Central.

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4.3.17

BROW TALK: L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil Review

l.a. girl shady slim brow pencil review packaging
Hey babes!

This post has been sitting in my drafts for AGES and I thought it was finally time to post this! I originally grabbed this brow pencil after colouring my hair black, but it’s been so long that my hair has now lightened to a dark brown, so I don’t use this colour anymore. It cost me NZ $9.99 at the new LoveMyMakeup store down the road from my work, which is reasonable considering how high NZ prices are for makeup. However, I’ve also seen it from NZ $7.99 to NZ $11 locally, with US $6 being the RRP.

It comes in 10 shades, with Black being the darkest and Blonde being the lightest. Honestly, what drew me to this brow pencil was how much it reminded me of the cult favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, a brow pencil that boasts a super slim, tiny nib to help draw on natural-looking brows. Unfortunately, I don’t own ABH Brow Wiz, so I can’t attest to whether or not this is a dupe, but Brow Wiz is definitely what L.A. Girl is emulating with this product.

It actually contains the same amount of product as Brow Wiz, so Shady Slim definitely wins in the cost per ounce department. ABH Brow Wiz costs US $21 (or US $7,000 for an ounce LOL), while Shady Slim is just US $6 (or US $2,000 for an ounce!) Another thing I appreciate about this product is the packaging is NOT bulky in order to appear like there is more product than there really is. In fact, 0.003oz equates to LESS THAN A GRAM (0.08g), which is kind of insane to me but it kinda makes sense - how long would the pencil have to be to contain MORE product with such a tiny nib? However, the slim packaging means I do sometimes find it easy to lose this pencil amongst the larger brow and eye pencil products I have stored in my drawers.

The pencil is kind of stiff, but I prefer my brow pencils that way. It’s too easy to overdraw brows with a creamy product (like pomade) so it really helps me create a natural looking brow. The spoolie on the end is great too - even though I’m using a different brow pencil at the moment, I still prefer this spoolie for brushing through my brows.
l.a. girl shady slim brow pencil comparison review
You can see it here compared to the Maybelline Brow Satin Pencil, which I was using before I bought Shady Slim - the Shady Slim tip is SO small compared to Brow Satin, which looks almost cumbersome in comparison.

I’ve also swatched it - the lighter line was drawn the same kind of pressure that I’d use to draw on my brows, and the second is a hard swatch to show the true black of the pencil.
l.a. girl shady slim brow pencil swatch nc25 light medium skin
Overall, I would definitely repurchase and recommend this product! It’s cheap & does the job well. This wee little brow pencil gets a 5/5 from me!

Have you tried this or Brow Wiz? What's your favourite brow product?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.



where to buy L.A. Girl online

where to buy L.A. Girl in-store
LoveMyMakeup | Unichem Pharmacy

purchased / contains affiliate links

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