Japanese Brands

FairyDrops Mascara Review

I’m able to bring you this review thanks to the lovely Taryn who gifted me with this mascara! Thanks Taryn :) (Click here to read more about the lovely parcel Taryn sent my way!).

One thing that I am truly obsessive and passionate about is Japanese mascara. I. Love. Japanese. Mascara.

I find Japanese mascara does exactly what I hope for and more. It extends, deepens, thickens, lengthens, and just makes my lashes perfect in all ways! I haven’t met a brand I don’t love! Where as I’ve spent tons of cash on mascara I can get right here in the US I never found one as good as some of the cheapest brands I can get out of Japan! That being said onto the awesome review of Fariy Drops Mascara!

Fairy Drops is indeed a unique brand of mascara! You MIGHT be wondering what’s so special about Fairy Drops well if you look at the picture below you’ll see the really interesting and unique wand for this mascara!

The wand is the magic in this mascara! Basically it’s made up of three small clumps of brushes. Each brush not only lengthens and thickens your lashes but also separates your lashes so you aren’t dealing with a bit clumpy mess of product! It actually creates an illusion of not wearing mascara at all. I’ve tried many great mascaras that work a treat but none do such a fab job of separating my lashes so well! I normally have to separate my own lashes with a comb after applying but with this I don’t need to! The brush does all the work for me!

Not only does it do a superior job of separating my lashes but it also has a knack for catching every single lash! I normally struggle a bit with my inner lashes but this catches them all with one swipe!

The texture, like all Japanese Mascaras, is very thick but the difference with this one is it appears a bit on the light side as well! If you’re lashes are a bit sensitive I think you’re safe using this as it feels like the formula is very gentle on my eyes and my lashes are not feeling “hard” for lack of a better word. I feel like I’m not wearing mascara at all!

Removal was very easy with minimal rubbing! I swiped each eye twice with a cotton pad and all the mascara came off perfectly. My lashes are thick and strong however I feel comfortable saying this would be a good mascara for those with weaker lashes or thin ones as it didn’t break off any of my lashes during removal. The staying power is great as I put this on around 6:30 in the morning yesterday and I had no fading, flaking, or raccoon eyes so it’s definately standing up to all my tests for long wearing!

Overall, it’s an amazing little product that I’m totally in lust with at the moment!

Fairy Drops Mascara is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

You can get yours from JPmon!

Thanks again to Taryn :)

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Visee Spring Collection 2008

As reported by the Muse’s gorgeous friend Iris (Click here to visit Iris), Visee’s website has been updated with it’s new Spring Collection and the Muse is rolling around in fits of excitement at the offerings!

I’m especially in lust with the new mascara! It looks amazing (the Muse has a fetish for Japanese mascara).

The two new Jewel Crush Eye Palettes look similar to colors that have already been released however I’m still wanting them of course! The new colors are E-6 and E-7 however E-6 appears very similar to E-2 and E-7 looks quite the same as E-4. The only real difference is the colors in the new palette seem deeper. Again, this isn’t preventing me from buying them but I was a bit disappointed the colors were a bit of a rerun!

The loose shimmer pigment looks very nice and will pair up nicely with any of the palettes or on their own!

Other bits that were released were lipglosses and nail varnish however neither are on my wish list!

At the moment I’m currently wanting all the loose powders, the two new palettes, and the mascara!

How about you?

Iris has done a break down of what Kumi Koda (don’t we all wish we looked as glam as her) is wearing in the promo photos! You can click here to read it if you wanting to do your point makeup the same as hers!

Overall, it’s a fantastic Spring Collection for Visee! I’m very excited to get this collection!

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Jill Stuart Spring Collection 2008: Seductive Eyes

Jill Stuart’s website has been updated a few weeks ago with the Spring Collection. I just got around to looking through the site today and I must say the Seductive Eye Palettes aren’t thrilling me over much. Of course my inner cosmetic demon is screaming at me to get them.

Seductive Eye Palette Colors

I was happy to see the model wearing one of the palettes as normally the models appear to be very natural in the eye area but they have really went all out with the current model and did her eyes up rather nicely using one of the palettes.

Along with the four new palettes they released a new Cheeky Blush color as well plus the perfume that I reviewed yesterday (Click here to see Jill Stuart’s Cheeky Blush Line and Click here to read my review on the perfume!).

Overall, it’s a very elegant, beautiful collection as always but I can’t help but be a little disappointed.

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Sana Excel Spring Power 3D Curler Limited Edition Glitter Pink Version Review

I got myself a Shu curler this past Summer and every since after I haven’t gone back to another curler (read about the first time I became smitten with the Shu curler by clicking here!).

I’ve been through many curlers and none have worked as well as my Shu! But the Excel Spring Power Curler did tempt me with it’s allure of Limited Edition Pink Glitteryiness (is that even a word?).

When I seen it on the Sana website with the Excel Christmas Collection I knew I had to have it. It was cute, it was compact, and it had something important called “Spring Power”. My god it sure did sound amazing! I love Excel cosmetics so anything else this great brand puts out must be fantastic right? Wrong.

Where as the Shu is long, slick, and easy to handle the Excel is more compact which actually isn’t a problem at all. It fits very comfortably in my hand and my fingers slip right in, nice and snug in the handle. The size as far as I can see isn’t a problem at all and I was quite excited about how very tiny it was and how great it fit into my hand. This was surely a sign of wonderful things to come, sadly not! Now the beauty of the Shu curler is it fits the contour of my eye perfectly without pinching, tugging, or just general ouch! The Excel, to my horror, pinches like a lobster (I think I lost a few eyelashes somewhere along the way!!!!). Ow! It doesn’t fit well along the contour of my eye and it almost seems as if it isn’t catching all my lashes plus I have to sort of sit and maneuver it around my lashes and eye, I feel like I’m doing a puzzle and the piece isn’t fitting so I have to sit and jiggle it in. When I finally do have it fitted correctly to my eye and squeeze down I get a really harsh pinch! Ugh!

Now the entire idea of a spring back on the handle seemed interesting although I’ve figured out it’s somewhat pointless! When I use my Shu curler I hold down for a few and I’m ready! With the Excel the point of having a “springing” action in the handle seems just to make life more difficult. The urge of the handle to pop right back after making contact with your lashes is instant which leads to a problem of waiting a few for the curl to set in so to speak. If you curl your lashes you must know what I mean! Squeeze once and yes of course your lashes do curl up but the handle snaps back really quickly and holding it down is a bit tricky and tiresome due to the “spring”. I like to hold the curler down for a minute to let the curl set in a little bit. This is especially important if you’re using a curl keeper spray for your curler like I do (if you aren’t familiar with curl keeper it’s an Asian product, it’s not available in the US as far as I know, that you spray on your curler and it holds the curl of your lashes, almost like hairspray for your eyelashes).

My next gripe would be with the curler pad. It’s not a soft foam sadly. It’s more like a plastic piece and it’s hard and it hurts. I think the pinching not only comes from the fact that this isn’t fitting my eye correctly but also from the hardness of the pad!

Overall, if the promise of a spring powered curler and the delights of pink and glitter have blinded you and you felt the urge to purchase this I’d say you’re better off skipping. This is only cost me about 800 yen I believe so it didn’t break the bank too much! Take your money and buy a Shu curler you’ll be happier! If you’re planning on purchasing this I’ve seen it range from $12.50-$16 USD at Asian online shops so that indeed would be major money lost as at that price you can just buy a high end curler!

The weird thing is I believe this is a best seller for Sana but me it’s just money not spent too well!

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Heroine Mascara Remover Review

I love Heroine cosmetics as much as the next girl and I have to say the Mascara Remover isn’t too bad a deal!

The sole purpose of purchasing this was to remove heavy duty Japanese mascara like Excel (read my review on Excel’s awesome mascara by clicking here), Beaute de Kose, and other brands.

I normally use Sephora brand eye makeup remover (if you have something better do let me know as I’m always on the look out for good eye makeup remover) and it does a great job of getting off anything I put on my eyes even MAC liquidlast! However, it has a bit of a problem removing Japanese mascara especially heavier inky ones (if you use Japanese mascara you know the intense texture).

The Sephora remover does a pretty good job of getting it off but after my entire face is cleaned up I’m still noticing my eyelashes are a bit tacky feeling or shedding fibers (if I used a fiber mascara) which means it hasn’t gotten everything!

In comes to play Heroine’s Mascara Remover. I firgure after using the Sephora remover and rinsing up my entire face I could use the Heroine as a way of coating off any left over gunk that the other remover left behind.

It appears that it does an ok job of it. Today I used KATE Primer and KATE Gel Mascara. KATE’s mascara isn’t particularly difficult to remove but since I used the Primer first it thickens the mascara some and gives me a tiny bit of a problem removing it completely.

I swiped some of the Heroine Mascara Remover over my lashes after my entire face was clean (prior to moisturizing). Afterward I wiped each last with a cotton pad. Nothing was on the pad however my lashes lost that “hard” feeling I get when mascara is still on plus my lashes felt soft and conditioned.

I’m not sure how well this will work with heavier mascaras but I’m curious to find out. All in all it’ll only set you back about 882 yen ($8 bucks USD) so it couldn’t hurt to try it!

The general idea of using this as your primary mascara remover would be nuts and I’m not entirely sure that’s what they expect (I sure hope not) but using it in conjunction with your regular remover you should see ok results!

So far I give a tentative ok rating and when I use it again, as I said before, with a heavier mascara maybe it’ll be a glowing review!

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