Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

Flip through any Japanese magazine and you will definitely see Shiseido Anessa Neo Sunscreen SPF50 ($38) – yes it is THAT popular in Asia. So when it first came out in Hong Kong, I literally ran out and got myself a bottle. But sadly, that turned out to be a not-so-great idea.

Like most Japanese sunscreens, this goes on greasy but dries to a very matte finish and I mean very. In fact, it is so matte that it made my nose slightly flaky. Plus it gave my skin a ghostly white cast which was so not hot! So yes this may come with a high SPF and pretty models in their ads, but I will not be buying this again.

Because of its £3.50 (~$7) price tag and the tacky-looking display, I swear I must have walked past Concealer by Barbara Daly for Tesco (£3.50) at least a million times without even noticing its existence. Thank God I read the last issue of Marie Claire in which a beauty editor RAVED about this because believe it or not, this is definitely one of the best and cheapest concealers out there!

Not only do makeup artists and models list eyelash curlers as one of their must-haves, they are so huge in Asia that almost every single girl that I know, even those who do not wear makeup, owns one! So here are some reviews of the eyelash curlers that I have.

MAC Full Lash Curler ($11)
I had pretty high expectations of this but when I finally got it, I had to say it was a huge disappointment. Not only did the curve not fit my eye but it did absolutely NOTHING for me! It was simply no different from those $2-3 plastic eyelash curlers you could get at the drugstore and my lashes were hardly curled. Sorry MAC, I worship all of your eye products and brushes but this is not doing it for me.