Beauty Abroad

Eyeko Touch Up & Go Concealer Review

Wow I’ve covered ALOT of concealers these past month haven’t on? And guess what? I’m still going strong and bringing you a brand new batch of concealer reviews this week!

If you missed my introduction please see my Good, Bad, and Great Concealer post to see what’s been reviewed so far!

Today I’ll be reviewing Eyeko’s Touch Up and Go Concealer which promises to wake up my eyes and put my blemishes to bed. I don’t use concealer to conceal blemishes so I guess under the eyes it will be!

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Does it deliver on it’s promise?

Not quite.

Although the packaging is super cute, and the price is just right, plus the fact it comes in a click pen makes the Muse happy doesn’t mean that it’s an awesome concealer. The bad begins when the product is only available in one shade…uh oh…not good. The worst begins when you figure out what an unflattering nude, beige, slightly peachy combination it is.

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Although it’s pigmented enough to conceal dark circles brilliantly well I felt like the color did nothing for my eyes. The color matches my skin perfectly however speaking for myself and I’m sure many others prefer concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation. In this case the concealer matches the tone of my skin and does nothing for brightening or waking up my eye area. Although it does conceal my dark circles it fails to create a fresh, awake look and I blame that on the color. The formula is moisturizing and dense while blending very well however the wear is two hours if you’re lucky. It contains a blend of Jojoba for moisture and a soft touch.

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Sometimes the Muse gets suckered in by cute packaging and can convince herself the product is really good because she’s so in love with the uber sweet packaging however in this case it’s just bad.

As I said it is inexpensive at 5 and it’s probably good if you don’t mind the color or the lack of wear but personally I didn’t like it.

Thumbs down on this one.

It’s a trash and not a stash!

Tried it?

Love it?

Which are your favorite “pen” concealers?

Tell the Muse!

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New Korean Brand Beauty Credit

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Round up those CP pals my friends! You’re going to need a CP pal after you hear this.

Muse you always talk about CP’s what the heck does that mean anyway?

Gasp! Some of us aren’t always up to date on our internet lingo so allow me to briefly explain that CP stands for “custom purchase”. This entails a certain individual from another country going out and purchasing an item for you and you either return the favor or you pay them via paypal. After arrangements have been made to either pay them or swap with them your items are sent over and you send any goods over to them and Bob’s your Uncle you have a CP partner!

I’ve done many a fine CP for people and have had many CP’s done for me thanks to people I’ve met on MUA, various makeup forums, etc….

You might remember Laura who runs around England snatching up Bourjois Paris for the Muse and shipping it over. I heart that girl!

The moral of the story is now is a good time to grab your CP partner OR find one on your local makeup board.

Beauty Credit is a brand new brand I came across while watching some Kiss and Makeup TV. Those cheeky monkees, Zara and Gemma, have created major lemmings for me after I viewed their video!

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Since the Muse loves Zara and Gemma so much she’ll forgive them this once for making her want to indulge in major amounts of Beauty Credit and roll around in it.

What’s Beauty Credit?

Somang Cosmetics is South Korea’s 5th Large Cosmetic manufacturer and distributor. It began in 1992 with three employees and has since ballooned into 600 employees! Amazing right? Somang Cosmetics has several sub-brands and just as Kanebo in Japan distributes several brands such as Lavshuca, Tiffa, Coffret D’Or, Etc…Somsang Cosmetics has several different brands it’s responsible for manufacturing and disturbing. One of which happens to be Beauty Credit.

My readers in Singapore may recognize Beauty Credit as it is available within Singapore. Beauty Credit is available in 17 countries including the US and Canada (I haven’t personally run across the brand within the US).

As you know from past posts and reviews I’ve done Korean cosmetics are normally two important things, high quality and cheap plus add in very cute and you got cosmetic nirvana. I think we established how much the Muse loves Korean makeup and culture already so of course I jumped all over Beauty Credit when I heard about it!

The good news is I’ll be reviewing some of the line for you shortly. The bad news is that you can’t order it online within the US. Sorry guys. Which is why you’ll need that CP pal across the pond for the hook up of purchasing and sending over some Beauty Credit your way (or if you’re lucky maybe Beauty Credit is available in your area of the US?)

The really good news if you happen to be lucky enough to be English (the Muse wants to be English when she grows up if she can’t she’ll settle for having an English accent and being Asian in her next life…what are the chances I’ll get that lucky?!) you’ll REALLY want to pay close attention to this little brand since it’s very, very cheap. It’s rare you can find quality cosmetics in England at a good price. And this brand is very nicely priced for UK beauty addicts.

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I don’t yet know how good the products are but I shall be reviewing them shortly as I mentioned but I’m sure it’ll be fabulous as when have we run across Asian cosmetics that aren’t anything but brilliant right? The line looks very promising and contains bath and body, skincare, and cosmetics. Did I mention they have their own BB Cream too? Promising, very promising!

Stay tuned for further info!

Cure your lemmings, begin your shopping list, or start making a wish list by clicking over to the Beauty Credit website!

Happy Browsing!

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Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation Review

correct me if I’m wrong but until now I’ve never seen a foundation release from Lavshuca in a tube. With the Fall Collection Lavshuca released a brand new foundation available in five shades with SPF 25 and it’s great, you need it.

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Considering I felt like the Fall Collection was very disappointing the fact that the foundation is simply awesome redeems Lavshuca’s terrible mistake with the new eye palettes! Sorry kids, just can’t love the new palettes and I didn’t indulge! I’ll hold out for the Holiday Collection.

Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation is extremely tiny! Indeed, major rant, there is simply not enough of this fine foundation in the tube! The tube is 25g which averages about .75oz or so…a little bit more but the fact still remains it’s tiny!

Have you ever purchased a foundation this small before? I honestly can’t say I have. I did the comparisons below and showed the tube along side a small Prescriptives concealer and a MAC lipstick as you can see the tube of foundation isn’t much bigger than either one. It’s rather disappointing that it’s so tiny! I’ll obviously need to stock up this!

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Aside from the size the foundation is brilliant. I will redeem my minor rant by saying that the formula is very pigmented so a little bit goes a very long way which means a tiny tube should last you quite a long time but still I can’t help feeling disappointed it’s so small!

The formula’s best feature isn’t only the fact it’s extremely pigmented! It also happens to be extra creamy, every smooth, easy to blend, and wonderfully moisturizing. It just gets better and better doesn’t it! All this for a drugstore brand…dontcha just love the Japanese? Only they could squeeze all those benefits into one tube, slap it onto a drugstore shelf, and sell it like it’s posh counter cosmetic!

The formula is obviously waterproof because as you blend you can feel a strange but not unpleasant silicon-like dry down. I got about eight hours of wear before I needed touching up. The foundation did not cake, crease, or turn ashy or gray after long wear on my face it simply blended into my skin perfectly while allowing my skin to breath. It’s not what I’d classify as a light foundation but it’s not heavy either. I think it’s safe to say it should work on normal, dry, and oily skin without problem because it seemed quite universally suitable for all skin types.

The applicator is a very thin nozzle which makes it great for quickly squeezing out a small amount. The tube also matches anything else you might have in your Lavshuca stash with it’s lovely deep aubergine packaging and silver scripted Lavshuca emblem. It’s a very elegant little tube.

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Although color selection is limited to five shades but it appears it’s a good selection of colors for tones ranging from light to medium but nothing suitable for very dark tones. If you’re a milky caramel or have a cinnamon finish to your skin you might be able to get away with either the colors OC-D or Beige C. These two shades look good for those tones. The tone I purchased was OC-B which is the lightest shade.

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The shades do have a certain amount of beige and yellow to counteract any yellow tones in the skin but it’s definately something you’ll have to swatch in order to figure out the best available shade. I just winged mine and prayed.

I paid retail which was probably under 1,500 yen. I’m not even sure of the exact price at retail as I had a friend purchase a ton of stuff for me and I didn’t ask after prices on each item.

I have seen the tubes online at the original retail minus the 20% off must Japanese drugstores give you. Honestly, the original price of 1,990 yen is still a very good deal even though the size is small so I highly recommend nabbing one and trying it out for yourself as the foundation is holy grail material.

The Muse is happy with this one! Good quality foundation from Lavshuca! Love it! Muse Approval for purchase on Lavshua’s Creamy Liquid Foundation.

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Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?

Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!

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Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?

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Well….

This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!

It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.

But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.

Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?

Well….

It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.

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Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.

It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?

Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!

Is it useless? Possibly.

Am I convinced it works?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Sure why not!

It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.

The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!

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Tried this?

Love it?

What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?

Tell the Muse!

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Jelly Pong Pong Nicola Roberts Dainty Doll Concealer Review

Ahhh concealer round up continues today with a concealer from across the pond!

Chances are if you’re not living in the UK or up to date on your British Pop Culture you don’t know who Nichola Roberts is.

Nicola Roberts is a member of the girl band Girls Aloud and now a creator of her own makeup line. Jelly Pong Pong released the collection from Nichola Roberts in April and it sold out pretty quickly online which accounts for why I never nabbed some for myself. By the time I did get a chance to look through the collection it was sold out completely. However, the good news is ASOS still sells all of the collection (They ship worldwide btw).

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After much debate with myself I decided to order the concealer and a few other items. I was highly doubtful I should order any of it since the collection is geared towards fair, pale, and milky completions. Since I’m so obsessed with lighter products and whiter skin I decided I’d give the concealer a shot.

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I really wanted to love this. It sported cute packaging, came in a similar style jar as my beloved Benefit Boi-ing, looked moist and creamy, plus the price wasn’t too bad at 8.00.

I made my first mistake when I ordered the lightest shade which was fair. It comes in fair and natural and I’m thinking natural might have been better suited to my skin. Although fair worked ok it was just a bit too light. I was hopeful that lightness would brighten my eye area up but all it did was make me look unnatural. The product is pigmented enough to cover blue or darker circles on fair skin and will offer some brightening benefits for a shade or two lighter than fair.

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Please take note the skin on the back of my hand is much darker than the skin on my face
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I made my second mistake when I assumed this would be moist and creamy. It’s not either sadly. The texture is very hard which makes blending extremely difficult even after warming the concealer on the back of my hand. The worst part is how it creased into my fine lines and actually dried my eye area out even worst than it already is! Eep!

I don’t want to give this a complete poor review because I believe that it can be extremely good for a few select people. Younger girls can definately benefit from this if you’re eye area is woe free (example: fine lines, moist skin, etc…) and I also think it’s ideal for pale, creamy complexions. It has to be thee most flattering shade I’ve seen on the market for a fair complexion. Finding the right shade of foundation, concealer, etc..when you have very fair skin comes with drama so the idea behind this entire line is simply awesome for those of you lucky enough to have a gorgeous, milky complexion.

Who this might be good for:

  • Fairer Skin
  • Younger Skin
  • Line Free Skin
  • Normal Skin that’s not dry


Those who should avoid it:

  • Older Skin
  • Finely Lined Skin
  • Dry Skin


It had it’s strong points and I think it could possibly be a Muse Approval if I fit the criteria of being younger, less lines, no dry skin, etc….

However, since I’m 30, sport some fine lines, and have a dry under eye area it simply did not work for me.

I’m quite disappointed as I really wanted to love! Stay Tuned Next Week when I review the Dainty Doll Foundation! Maybe that’ll be good!? We shall see!

Tried this?

Want to?

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