Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

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Q10 Eye Cream (US$24)
Q10 is great for fighting fine lines and firming skin. This eye cream is a little thicker and less blendable compared to my last one (Benefit’s Eyecon). I have been using this for 5 days and it’s a little too soon to notice any changes in undereye circles or puffiness but my eye area does feel a lot smoother and a little firmer. Good pick for those with dry undereye area.

Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Eyes ($6.50)
I have always loved these Japanese undereye strips so when I saw these on the DHC website, I had to get them. Made of soft high-polymer gel and infused with botanical brighteners and moisturizers, these strips claim to diminish the appearance of dark circles and bags. My eyes definitely feel more refreshed and hydrated after using them. I tried leaving these on overnight as recommended by DHC and it left behind this red mark around my eyes that took a while to fade. I personally would suggest leaving it on for 20-30 minutes max for best results.

Water Base Moisture ($15)
This is supposed to be a lightweight moisturizer that contains glycerin, royal jelly, elastin and ginseng. To me it feels and looks just like toner – it is super watery and does not smell like alcohol. I do not feel any tightening or astringent effect. I use it before the Easy Care Milky Lotion and it keeps my skin moist and supple.

Easy Care Milky Lotion for Dry Skin ($18)
This is a toner and moisturizer all in one. It contains polyglutamic acid, aloe and primrose and claims to refine the complexion, help to tighten pores and control excess surface oil. I use this AM and PM and I only need two pumps for my entire face. It feels a little tacky when I first applied it onto my face but it sinks right in. I do not notice any tightening effect but my skin feels and stays soft and supple.

Overall I am very happy with my purchase and I will keep using these products. I will update if anything changes.

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I understand how picking the right bronzer can be a pain so fear not, I have narrowed down a list of bronzers I tried and loved just for you ladies:

If you are looking for a glowy/shimmery look, try

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer ($9)
Available in 4 gorgeous shades of golds and bronzes, these come in the cutest compact and are such a great dupe of my favorite MAC Mineralize Skinfinish at half the price! They impart a dewy, bronzed glow and can easily be layered on for more color. My only gripe is these babies don’t travel well and tend to break easily so make sure you keep them somewhere safe.
Overall Rating: B+

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We all know picking a mascara with the right brush is very crucial to getting long, lush lashes. And lately, companies like CoverGirl and Max Factor have all been coming out with mascaras with “advanced, flexible brushes” that claim to reach out to every single little lash, base to tip, corner to corner.

To see if this claim is true, I testdrove CoverGirl Lash Exact. I have been using the mascara for almost 2 weeks now and guess what? I really liked it. The plastic bristles picked up every single little lash that I didn’t know existed. Plus unlike traditional brushes, this one does not make my lashes clumpy and I do not have to comb them. It also did not flake on me nor smear onto my undereye area. I will definitely stock up on this during my next trip to the drugstore.

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I picked up these babies at Meijer the other week. They were on sale for like $1.89 each! I got the following three:

Lasting Finish Lycra Wear Nail Polish in Black Satin – a true black with a creamy texture. I wore this for like a week and only had to do another coat after 4 days.

60 Seconds Vinyl Shine in Pulsating – a shiny hot pink with a tad of magenta. I have been wearing this for almost a week and there is barely any chipping. Thumbs up!

60 Seconds Vinyl Stars in Star Kissed – a pretty shimmery baby pink color with glitter that looks *so* pretty in the bottle. I still have not tried this but I can’t wait to do so. *Updates: I finally tested this and I did not like it at all. It is too gritty and does not go on as smooth (I blame the glitter). It also chipped pretty fast compared to the other two. I will not purchase this again.

Overall, I am really surprised at how good these nail polishes were. They are very true to the color and the texture is perfect – it is not too thick nor too watery. I only have to apply one coat and I’m good to go. Plus their longevity is amazing! I have never worn nail polish that stayed on for so long without chipping much and trust me, I have tried loads (Maybelline, Revlon, Red Earth, OPI, Essie, MAC etc.) I would definitely pick up more of these next time I go to the drugstore.

Jane Blushing CheeksWhile I love my NARS Orgasm Blush, Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Plum is a great and affordable alternative. Despite the word “plum”, there is nothing plummy about it. Instead, the color is a gorgeous peach with fine shimmer that applies smoothly and with good pigmentation. The little black pot it comes in does look a little tacky but hey, at $3 a pop, I really can’t complain.