Posts Tagged ‘Gel’

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment Review

November 22nd, 2014

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Having been a fan of the NARSskin line, I was very excited to find out about the new NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment – a gel-to-oil overnight treatment that helps replenish dull, dry skin for a smoother, renewed and revitalized complexion by morning.

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment
Like NARS’s famous Aqua Gel, the NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment comes in a jar packaging and contains 30 ml of product. It packs:

* A powerful blend of natural almond, plum and rice bran oils which contain a chock-full of essential fatty acids and nourishing omegas to help reinforce skin’s natural lipid barrier while infusing it with antioxidants.
* Salicornia extract to boost skin’s moisture levels over time.
* Alaria extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
* NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ which features a blend of ingredients that work in synergy to boost skin’s clarity, infusing it with moisture and minerals.
* An advanced Gel Matrix Technology to create a veil that locks in moisture, recharging skin at rest and helping it awaken to a nourished, softer, more luminous appearance with a 146% boost in hydration.

The product itself is a light yellow color and smells DIVINE, very much like a beauty oil. Although the texture was thicker and felt a tad heavy at first, once I massaged it into the skin, everything sank in instantly and left behind a healthy, dewy glow that was not greasy.

I was most impressed with how insanely hydrating it was. When I woke up the next morning, any fine lines, flakiness or rough patches that I had the night before were completely GONE! In fact, my skin felt so hydrated that there was absolutely no tightness after I washed it and I could for once get away with not using any moisturizer – yes even in this fall, almost winter-ish weather! The treatment was also the only product that managed to keep my skin soft and supple during a 15-hour flight to Hong Kong. Seriously, it might have possibly beat my favorite Asian sheet masks in keeping my dehydrated skin happy!

The only caveat? A little goes a longggggggggggggggggggggg way – I made the mistake of using too much the first time and my makeup slid right off – which does make the hefty price tag of $85 versus the $58 for Aqua Gel much more affordable.

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment review
NARS NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment is available at narscosmetics.com and Department Store/Specialty for $85.

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Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set Review and Swatches

November 14th, 2012

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Besides the Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set I reviewed previously, Anastasia brings us a gorgeous limited-edition eye set, Want You To Want Me Makeup Set, for Holiday 2012.

Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set review
Packaged in a 5″ by 5″ velvet black box with a magnetic clip, the Want You To Want Me Set ($34) comes with a 9-eyeshadow palette, Liquid Eye Liner, Mini Clear Brow Gel and dual-ended shadow brush.

Anastasia Holiday 2012 Collection
Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set

The Eyeshadow Palette comes with 9 Illumin8 Eyeshadows in a gorgeous selection of nude and purple shades in both matte and shimmer finishes. Just like the full-sized Illumin8 shadows, these applied smoothly with great color payoff and stayed on nicely for hours without creasing or fading.


Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set eyeshadow swatches

The Liquid Liner comes with a long, thin brush that allows great precision. I loved the super intense black color but the staying power could be better. Even on my dry skin, the swatch smudged once I rubbed it and with just a bit of water, it faded completely.

Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set liner

Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set liner swatch

Finally, the Mini Clear Brow Gel, which is 1/3 of Anastasia’s signature Brow Gel. It is enhanced with chamomile and did a great job setting my brows without making them stiff.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel from Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set

Overall Rating:

Anastasia Holiday 2012 Want You To Want Me Set is now available at anastasia.net and Sephora for $34.

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Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Review, Swatches and Photos

July 21st, 2011

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Want the longevity of a gel eyeliner but the ease of a pencil? Then check out Taiwanese-based Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, which has already stirred up quite some buzz in Asia!

Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
With a cute pink and gold packaging, the Waterproof Gel Eyeliner boasts a formula that is both waterproof and smudgeproof. It measures roughly 12.5cm long, which is a little shorter than MAC eyeliners.

There are 8 colors to choose from, including your regular black and brown in both cream and shimmer finishes, along with white, purple, silver and navy.

I was sent the Diamond Heart and Electric Eye Gift Box Set to try out, which contains a sharpener and 3 colors:

BKS Diamond Black, an intense black with tiny specks of gold.
BK Smoked Black, a charcoal with tiny shimmer.
BNS Sparkling Brown, a chocolate brown with tiny specks of gold.

Jealousness Gel Eyeliner BKS, BN and BNS
Jealousness Gel Eyeliners in BKS, BK and BNS

The colors are all versatile and will work on any eye color. I like using BKS and BK along the upper lashline, while BNS is perfect on the lower lid for a bit of definition without being harsh. They are also nicely pigmented, with my only gripe being that the glitter did not show up as much I wanted it to.

Swatches of Jealousness Gel Eyeliner
Swatches of BKS, BNS and BK

Thanks to its gel core, the pencil has an uber soft texture. It applies smoothly without scratching my eye and is easy to use, even for beginners.

The pencils are also truly waterproof. Once the color sets, it will not budge even if you run water over it. On my dry skin, it also manages to stay on all day until I remove it with an oil-based remover. But on a friend who has oilier skin, the color did seem to migrate a little after a few hours.

Onto pictures of me wearing the different colors:

Wearing Jealousness BK Smoked Black
Wearing BK Smoked Black

Wearing Jealousness BNS Brown Sparkling Brown
Wearing BNS Sparkling Brown

Wearing Jealousness BNS Brown Sparkling Brown
Wearing BKS Diamond Black

Overall Rating:

Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is available in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sasa.com for $13 each.

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Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel Review and Swatches

March 28th, 2011

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With a long line of celebrity fans like Reese Witherspoon, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Hudson, Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel is a multi-tasking product that claims to be an alternative to traditional foundation, primer, color corrector and powder. It can be used alone or after moisturizer to help even out skintone, moisturize, reduce redness, hide pores and smooth out wrinkles. Sounds a lot like the Asian cult product BB Creams doesn’t it?

The Skin Perfection Gel comes in a cute 30ml bottle with an airless pump. All you have to do press and it will dispense a small amount of product so nothing goes to waste. I normally use 2 pumps for the whole face.

Active ingredients include Isododecane, Polysilicone – 11, Dimethicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Montmorillonite, Thioctic Acid, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491, Alpha Lipoic Acids, Vitamins A & E. It is also oil, parabens, talc and fragrance-free.

There are 4 shades to match different skintones – Luminous, Radiant, Rich, Decadent – along with Translucent, which goes on clear. I have Radiant, a warm medium shade that is much darker than my NC30 skin.

Swatch of Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel in Radiant
Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel in Radiant swatch

The gel-mousse formula goes on super lightweight and not the slightest greasy. The finish is smooth and velvety, just like a silicone-based primer.

The coverage is minimal and does not do anything for undereye circles, freckles and redness at all. It does however, make my pores appear smaller and my face plumper. My foundation and concealer also seemed to apply much smoother and last longer when I use this.

Unless you have flawless skin, I would recommend saving this as a primer or mixing it with your regular foundation for more slip. For this reason, the $57.50 price tag is way too high. You can definitely get similar results with cheaper products.

Overall Rating:

Per-fekt Skin Perfecting Gel is available at Sephora for $57.50.

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Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Katy Perry at 2011 Grammy Awards

February 15th, 2011

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At the 2011 Grammy Awards tonight, celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey gave Katy Perry an angelic, sparkly and ethereal “Disco Angel” look to go with her Armani Prive dress.Face
“I first prepped her skin with NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser and Aqua Gel Hydrator. I love the Aqua Gel because it doesn’t make her skin greasy but keeps it moisturized. Katy’s face was flawless, polished skin set with a shimmery pink blush and then I dusted glitter on her cheekbones to add to the sparkle.”Eyes
“For Katy’s multi-colored eye, I first applied the …

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