I have this mascara in #01 Volume Longlash. This is a fairly short mascara in black with a very typical mascara wand. The cap has a cute cat design.

I think it does a good job at lifting and separating the eyelashes. It actually doesn't provide volume. On the whole, it gives a very natural look and is a good mascara for daily use.

When I pull out the wand, there is excessive product on the wand which is unfortunately a problem with most mascaras. I have to take a tissue and get rid of the excess before I use it. Otherwise, the excess product will bind the lashes together and form what are called "spider lashes." I'm sure over time, as the product in the tube decreases, this problem will lessen.

I don't like the scent. Most mascaras have a hideous scent to them and this product is no exception. Good thing you don't have to smell it after application.

Even though this is not a water-proof mascara, it can tolerate some light washing of the face as long as one doesn't rub the eyes. While removal however, the product turns into small black bits and it looks quite bad on the cotton ball. 

In sum, the mascara is an average product and rightly so at this affordable price (around $5). I can't convince myself to splurge on mascara as it can only be used for a few months at most for hygiene reasons. So I'm personally happy with average mascaras like this. If you have higher expectations from your mascara, then you should try a different product.

TonyMoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream

After BB cream, South Koreans now have come up with CC cream. CC stands for Color Change. Some people refer it to as Color Control, but the label of this product says CC=Color Change.

CC cream is different from BB cream in several ways. It offers less coverage but more moisture. 

This product has a white, sort of creamy consistency. It's very moisturizing. It doesn't cover blemishes but it has a brightening affect on skin. Even though it's white at application, it's supposed to match the person's skin color after it is applied. I think it does that fairly well but the transition is not apparent.

I think this is a nice product for people with dry-normal skin and who prefer a more natural look. Some BB creams leave an ashy color on the face or turn the face ghostly white and that's unappealing. Even though this cream doesn't provide coverage, I think it looks better because it's more natural. 

It also has SPF 30, and that's a bonus.

There isn't much of a scent to the product and I like that as well. It makes me look better rested and healthier. I like the glow/brightness it gives to my face. I still have to use concealer under my eyes and on blemishes, but I prefer this product to BB cream and foundation both.


Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfect Review

Hi everyone! Look what I got my hands on!

Garnier is one of my favorite skin care brands. So I really wanted to try this BB cream. But since this is their first BB cream and it's made for women who have little to no experience with BB creams, my expectations were not high.

This review is not going to be long. All I'm going to say is, this is an affordable product with very light coverage. If you have never used BB cream before and if you don't suffer from skin blemishes and enlarged pores, you might be satisfied with this product.

If you've used BB creams before, have blemishes and enlarged pores that you need to cover, this product is not going to satisfy you.

I've used 4-5 different BB creams until now. I think they were all from South Korea. They all covered blemishes and pores well. I was not disappointed except with one (Missha because it broke me out). So when I tried this BB cream and saw that it didn't cover anything, I knew it wasn't going to work out.

Even if you don't have problem skin and want to find out what BB creams are about, try one from Asia. Because this product might put you off of BB creams altogether which would be a shame because BB creams are really great products.

You can get South Korean and Japanese BB creams on Ebay and other online shops selling Asian cosmetics.


Winner of Elite Serum Giveaway!

Hi ladies!

I hope all of you had a wonderful New Years, Happy 2013! I wish all of you a healthy, happy, successful year :)

I apologize for not posting the winner sooner. I had some things come up. Anyway, here's the winner of Elite Serum!

Marilena Kat

Congrats! I have emailed you, please check your email!


Elite Serum Review & Giveaway (Open Internationally)

Hi everyone!

I have a new review for you today. This is a short review of a product called Elite Serum, which is an eye serum with peptides, seaweed and hyaluronic acid.  I was able to use the product for a week, which is by no means an appropriate amount of time to judge a skin care product. However, there is still time to do some holiday shopping, so this might be something you want to order for yourself or loved ones.

 In this review, I will give my initial impression of the product and later, I will do a more detailed review. I also plan on sharing my mom's review of the product. Since this product targets wrinkles, the results will be more visible on my mom's skin.

Okay, let's get to it...

The most interesting part about this serum is that it is packaged in what looks like a large syringe. Of course, there is no syring involved. The company has done this for precision application.

This product is actually surprisingly large for an eye serum. I had expected something much smaller.  It contains 14ml of serum or 0.47 fl oz which I think is much more than what most brands will offer in a eye product.

The syringe shaped container has a clear plastic cap. When you remove that it also has a white flexible cap that keeps the syringe airtight. I think it keeps the serum fresh and prevents contamination. When you also remove the white plastic, it has a narrow long opening. The back of the syringe container is locked and has to be turned to the left to unlock it. This is good, otherwise, the serum would squeeze out when the product is put into a makeup bag.

Once the syringe is unlocked, you can push at one end to get some product out at the tip which is applied under and around the eyes. 

Here are the directions for application, followed by the ingredients list.

Now lets get to the actual product. The serum is a very light, clear liquid. It looks slightly yellow in the container but is clear when pumped out.  It is odorless and quite watery. There is no feeling of grease whatsoever.

I have never seen a product that my skin absorbs so quickly. When I apply this serum under my eyes, my skin absorbs it in 5 seconds! I'm not joking! I don't know how that's possible, but it's the first time I'm seeing it.

The eye products I've used before have always contained some oil in it. So I'm used to a greasy feeling under my eyes. I didn't experience that at all with this product which at first made me think that it wasn't moisturizing. But that's not true. It is moisturizing, the difference is that the product absorbs into skin and doesn't sit on top of it like most oily eye products do.

So my eyes feel really light. The product isn't heavy at all. It disappears in five seconds and the skin around my eyes feels soft without the grease.

The only thing I'm not too happy about so far, is not the product, but the packaging. I think the packaging is a unique idea but it doesn't work as well as expected. Instead of a precise application, having to push the syringe to get the product causes me to squirt too much product and usually somewhere other than my hand. It's very difficult to squirt a precise amount which is exactly what this packaging is supposed to do. 

Elite Serum is marketed as the next best thing to cosmetic surgery. And so far, I also feel that the product is a very high quality product for a great price. I understand that the brand wanted to send the message that women will be getting results as though they had a treatment at the doctor's office and thus they chose the syringe style packaging. I think it would have been better to stick to a classic serum bottle with a dropper or a pump type bottle. I think the application would have been easier and more precise that way.

Nevertheless, the packaging doesn't take anything away from the product as a whole because the serum is good. If you're looking for an eye serum right now, this might be the best time to order Elite Serum. I think they have lowered their prices.

Meanwhile, they have also offered to give away one Elite Serum to one of my followers. Thank you Elite Serum! Please fill in your entries in the rafflecopter widget below! 

I will have another more detailed review up next month, so please keep an eye out for that.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


And the winner is...

My kitty offered to announce the winner...

Translated it means:

"The winner is... Natasha Sobhn...  Congratulations!"

Natasha, I have emailed you, please check your email.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Please check back for more giveaways in the near future.

My Nagavalli Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial


First Annual "Worst Packaged Product" Award!

...and the award goes to....


Sorry sweetie... it's true!

This is the worst packaging I have seen with a product this year!

The foundation is in a small glass bottle!

This wouldn't be so much of a problem if... the foundation had a more liquid consistency. But this is a very thick foundation which means that when you tip it over to get foundation out, the product doesn't move at all!!

Which genius thought of this one?!

The product itself is not bad. It's a decent foundation, covers well, it's lightweight, doesn't clog pores, has enough of a selection to match various skin tones. It's also very affordable.

But the packaging just kills it. The only way I have been able to use this product is by keeping the bottle sideways all the time so that the product will stay near the end of the bottle. And I have to stick a finger in the bottle to get some foundation out. (There goes product hygiene). I have been managing because I have tiny fingers. Anyone with slightly bigger fingers wouldn't be able to do this either.

If you keep the bottle standing upright, you will never get any foundation.

Covergirl, you totally deserved this award for this product.



Too Faced Natural Eye Palette Swatches

Too Faced
Natural Eye Palette
Purchased from: Apothica.com
Price: $34.70

Following pics in artifical light...

Although it appears much larger on online websites, this is a small palette, as you can see 3.5 inches across.

It comes with a super tiny sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance

The top cover contains 3 cards with example makeup looks, which are actually quite helpful.

Following pics in natural light...

All of the colors are very pigmented, soft and easy to blend, except for Nude Beach, which has extremely bad fall out.

The following pic is what the shadows look like after being wiped with tissue 1x, to give you an idea about their lasting power...


Apothica Haul: Too Faced Natural Eye Palette & Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx

Don't they look gorgeous?

Wait till you see the inside.... swatch pics in progress....coming soon!

If you want to add them to your Christmas / New Year wish list, click on the pics below!

Too Faced Natural Eye Kit

Stila Cosmetics Kajal Eye Pencil - Onyx