Review: Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink

♫ Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All

Welcome to the 6th installment of my Peripera My Color Lips lipstick review! ( ˘ ³˘)♥

This lipstick was bought from a beauty expo last October; I remember snapping pics for a review shortly after that but somehow never managed to get the blog post done. The pictures have been sitting in my memory card for long enough, so I decided I'd better make good use of them. (⌒_⌒;)

I'd been itching to get this particular shade of the Peripera My Color Lips lipstick, #21 Soul Pink, for a while, but it was either sold out or not worth the shipping fee from buying it online. Therefore, it was quite the serendipitous discovery when I spotted it being sold at one of the Korean cosmetics booths, and at a total bargain to boot!

I know I've gushed over the packaging countless times, but honestly - take a look at it and tell me it's not pretty. I dare you. The pink floral-embossed cover with silver accents. The sleek shiny metallic pink body. The cute little cookie-shaped base. The overall lacey pinky princessy feel of it.

Of course, these wouldn't be my HG lipsticks if they only looked pretty but were rubbish to use. The Peripera My Color Lips lipsticks are creamy, pigmented, and non-drying, with a lovely yet subtle rose scent. I've been suffering from slightly dry and flaky lips lately, so they do show lip lines and other imperfections when applied straight from the tube. Luckily this can be remedied by using a lip brush to smooth out any lines or uneven patches.

Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink
Lip swatch: Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink
#21 Soul Pink is a muted, slightly mauve-tinged rose red shade with very fine shimmer when seen from the tube (quite similar to #10 Rose Pink but a bit brighter). On my lips, it pulls slightly more pinkish, and the fine shimmer is all but noticeable.

✓ Pros: Gorgeous packaging, great colour payoff, lovely rose scent, moisturizing formula, generous amount of product (3.5g), wide variety of colours, good lasting power.
✗ Cons: Packaging is bulky, higher price point, not easily available outside of Korea, colour will settle into lines on dry lips.

Update: I think that the Peripera My Color Lips lipstick range have been discontinued, as they are becoming increasingly difficult to source online, even on Gmarket Korea. However, this is just my assumption based on my own observations online, so if you have any solid information, please feel free to let me know! :)

Vassen Akara Brown Lens from LoveShoppingholics

♫ EXO - Exodus

Every time I see or hear the name Akara, my mind immediately links it to that NPC in Diablo II. But that's completely unrelated to today's post, which is about contact lenses. As you can probably already tell from the title, I'm reviewing a pair of Vassen Akara Brown contact lenses, kindly sent to me by Loveshoppingholics.

That degree of myopia is atrocious, I know.
They come in little sealed glass vials, securely wrapped in layers of bubble wrap. So far I've never had any problems with Loveshoppingholics' shipping nor packaging; everything arrives safely and beautifully packaged.

Vassen Akara Brown
Origin: Made in Korea
Diameter : 14.5mm (enlargement effect 16mm ~18mm)
Water Content: 45%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal

Similar to the Kayo 3 Tone lenses, these are sealed in small glass vials, which allow you to see the lens design through the clear bottom part. They are slightly more inconvenient to open compared to blister packs, but I've now had years of practice so it doesn't bother me, lol.

The Vassen Akara Brown lens has a dark outer (limbal) ring common to most circle lenses, and a fairly bright and opaque brown middle section that shows up clearly even on dark irises like mine. I'd say the opacity is quite similar to that of the HoliCat Hazel lens, but with a different design.

Vassen Akara Brown in different lighting
In terms of comfort, they wear comfortably for about 4-5 hours before my eyes start to feel dry and I need to use eye drops. Not the most comfortable of lenses that I've tried, but alright if you're only wearing them for less than 6 hours while out shopping or having lunch over the weekend.

Appearance-wise, these lenses have a fairly generic design for circle lenses, with its single-tone iris and dark outer circle. If you have dark irises and want a contact lens that actually shows the colour yet isn't too crazy, this one is great. You can also pair it with natural or heavy makeup, and they won't look strange either way.

Besides Brown, there is also a Grey version of the Vassen Akara lens that is perfect for that sultry, mysterious look. (¬‿¬) Loveshoppingholics offers FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50, and a free animal lens case with every pair of circle lens! (。✪‿✪。)
*This item was sent to me by for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

The Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box: Part Four - My Skincare Routine

♫ 李行亮 - 学会

I will readily admit that I'm more of a cosmetics gal, so I don't really spend much time or money on skincare products. However, that doesn't mean I don't take care of my skin - I just use the basics like makeup remover (when needed), cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. I also hardly use sunscreen, because I prefer using moisturizers with SPF so that I can just apply it and go.

For the past couple of months, I've been using the Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleanser & Moisturizer for my daily cleansing routine, with the SHILLS Rose Essential Hydrating Toner in between.

When I do have time for some extra skin pampering, I usually go for a relaxing sheet mask. I use these sheet masks maybe about once every week or fortnight, or the night before I have an important meeting or occasion. Occasionally, I also use it after a long day with makeup on, or when I feel that my skin is especially dry and in need of hydration. (Basically, I'm not consistent in using sheet masks, haha!)

I was actually quite reluctant to use the Nature Republic EXO sheet mask because I'm a huge EXO fan and it hurt me to tear anything with their faces on it, LOL. I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that it was a gel-like sheet mask, which felt really cool and refreshing on my skin.

Also, since I'm working in an air-conditioned office daily, I keep this on my desk to keep my skin hydrated (and help me stay awake XD) when I'm working. I've never heard of this brand Always 21 before, but the aloe vera mist is pretty good, and smells nice, so I'm happy to have it handy. :)

So that's about it for my daily skincare and (occasional) pampering routine. What about yours? ^^

The Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box: Part Three - The (Pink) Makeup Look!

♫ 张善为 - 真夏的樱花

Within the Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box, there were also a number of makeup products. The overall theme for all these cosmetics was pink, which is right up my alley. (。✪‿✪。)ノ

So today, I'll be showing you a simple pinkish makeup look using these products (and some of my own as well). Here's a quick look at what are the pinky makeup items I found in the Christmas beauty box.

Maybelline Color Show nail polish #010 Pink Voltage
I was pretty excited to see this cute little bottle of Maybelline Color Show #010 Pink Voltage nail polish in the box, but was slightly letdown when I applied it on my nails. It's a sheer, pearly pink shade that is definitely work-friendly, but you know me - I love my nails bright and opaque! (๑>◡<๑)

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop lip balm - Pink Shock (Watermelon flavour)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner - Deep Black  (the packaging is pink, so that counts! :P)
Collection Hotlights Lipgloss - Glimmer (shimmery pink-red)
The Dolly Wink eyeliner is seriously pigmented and easy to use, while the Electro Pop lip balm calls out to me because of the watermelon flavour, lol. I'm not partial to lip gloss, so I'll be honest and say I only used it once. (・_・;)

Well, here's my pink makeup look! (✿◠‿◠)

Products used:
Nowadays I don't even bother with mascara, and please pardon the unruly eyebrows. (╯_╰) This is what my usual makeup looks like, although I do tone it down a bit on all the pink, haha~ Hope you like this quick pink makeup look! (◡‿◡✿)

The Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box: Part Two - Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleanser & Moisturizer

♫ 森山直太朗 - さくら

The last time I actually used any Garnier products was way back in  2011 when the Light BB Roll-On was launched, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover these in my Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box last December.

Garnier's Sakura White Pinkish Radiance skincare range claims to help achieve fair, fresh, translucent skin with a radiant pinkish glow in 4 weeks. While I have tried my fair share of whitening skincare and cleansing products, I was attracted to the 'pinkish radiance' part, not to mention the lovely scent of Sakura (cherry blossoms).

Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Gentle Cleansing Foam (100ml) - RM 12.90
A cleansing foam enriched with Sakura Extract from Japan, it deeply and gently cleanses the skin to reveal fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. It is suitable for sensitive skin, and dermatologically tested and carefully designed for Asian skin.

This gentle cleanser lathers up nicely, and helps to cleanse my face without stripping it of moisture. There's no 'squeaky' feeling after washing, and the scent is pleasant too. It didn't cause any breakouts, and the packaging is simple but convenient (and pinkishly pretty to boot).

Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Moisturizing Cream with SPF 21 (50ml) - RM 24.90
A moisturizing cream with SPF21 properties, this delicate pinkish cream with a blend of Sakura Extract, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin CG nourishes skin deeply and helps to lighten your skin tone and dark spots, refine skin texture, and smoothen pores. Achieve fair, fresh, translucent skin with a radiant pinkish glow in 4 weeks!

The moisturizing cream comes in a rotund little pink glass jar. It's fairly sturdy and can survive a few bumps, but it does not include a spatula to scoop up the cream.

I quite like this cream, as it contains SPF and smells really lovely. The texture is medium-thick, like most cream moisturizers, but is smooth and easily absorbed into the skin without any sticky or greasy feeling. The pinkish tint also helps to (slightly) brighten skin tone and adds a nice glow to the skin. Me likey. (¬‿¬)

I would totally recommend this Garnier Sakura White range, as it is really affordable and works well on my normal/combination skin type. The foam cleanser makes a great everyday face wash, and the moisturizing cream helps to keep my skin moisturized while providing some protection from the sun (plus it has a nice scent ^^).

*Products in this post were included in the Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box for review purposes.

Review: 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #4 Chicago

♫ 周杰伦 - 手写的从前

I'm back, with the last (for now) of my 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner reviews. (≧∇≦)

This time, it's a slightly darker, but no less dazzling, purple shade - 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #4 Chicago.
I purchased this during one of Luxola's sales last year. Admittedly, I got this for a total steal, as somehow there was a glitch on the website which caused some 3CE products to be discounted the opposite of their intended amount. (・﹃・) Hello, 65% discount!

As with all the other 3CE eyeliners, the sleek black packaging is minimalistic and elegant, while the coloured ends of both the box and eyeliner pencil make it easy to identify individual shades.

Don't forget the authenticity seal too, which indicates that the product is genuine and ensures that it has not been tampered with.

Not only is the eyeliner the retractable type, which minimizes wastage from sharpening, it also includes a handy little tip sharpener at the bottom.

#4 Chicago is described as a 'pearlescent purple', and you can clearly see the shimmer within the dark purple.
Swatched on hand
Applied on the eyes
However, when swatched, the pearlescent multi-coloured shimmers are more pronounced. Unlike the previous matte shades, #4 Chicago is much more shimmery and does not apply as smoothly - rather, it goes on slightly patchy. This could be due to the fact that it has shimmer, making it less smooth and slightly harder than the creamy matte eyeliners.
The designs I drew on my hand were only 1 or 2 strokes, whereas I had to apply several more layers to get the colour intensity seen in the eye swatch (3-4 swipes on upper eyeline, 1-2 swipes on half lower eyeline).

I like how it looks applied as an eyeliner on its own, as the purple is not overly bright but the shimmers give it some extra 'oomph'. I also tried pairing it with #9 Wow Pink, and really love the results!

#4 Chicago + #9 Wow Pink + small flick of black eyeliner

As with most shimmery eyeliners, I find that the shimmers do slightly transfer onto the eyelashes, but a swipe or two of mascara should solve the problem. The 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliners are really long-lasting; this eyemake lasted well up to 6 hours and didn't smudge, although it did fade a bit by the end of the day.

Bottom line is, if you're looking specifically for a purple eyeliner, you might love or skip this depending on your requirements, but overall I'd definitely recommend these retractable 3CE eyeliners for their long-lasting, waterproof, smudge-proof properties.

✓ Pros: Sleek simple packaging, pigmented, smooth and creamy application (except some of the shimmery shades), waterproof, smudge-proof, available in a variety of shades, retractable type eyeliner, comes with tip sharpener.
✗ Cons: Pricey, small amount of product, not easily available outside of S.Korea unless bought online.