Why hasn’t the Asian rage of moisture sheet face and eye mask caught on in the US? It’s so standard for an Asian girl in any Asian country (Japan, Korea, China, Etc…) to walk down to her local drugstore and pick up some moisture masks for a few dollars, take them home, and spoil herself with a cooling, refreshing, moisturizing mask!
We have nothing like this in the US.
We are a deprived and hungry nation full of rabid woman that want to indulge in a simple sheet moisture mask but are unable to get any, anywhere (aside from the occasional Asian drugstore or market).
It saddens me that we have an array of all the wrong products in drugstores right now. Nothing comes close to what you can locate in drugstores in any Asian country.
Ok, ok so maybe it was a bit dramatic to say we are deprived..maybe I should re-word and say we have a few sheet masks available but they are extremely high end and costly as hell. Sheet masks are available for mere pennies abroad and seriously I can’t understand why it’s never caught on here in the States! The same goes for Cleaning Oil! Knock, Knock, hello beauty world it’s your wake up call calling! Get with the bloody program!
Now that I’ve ranted about our lack of good product I’ll go on with my review and say for 523 yen I can get 5 sheets of of Lifecella Eye Masks. That’s a deal and a half my friends.
I’ve used sheet eye masks before but I’ve always wanted to try the Lifecella ones and I’m happy to have gotten my hands on some that a lovely friend sent over from Japan recently.
These are pre-soaked sheets that are contoured perfectly to the eye fitting the complete under eye all the way up to the corner of the eye to reach any crows feet, fine lines, etc..you might be having in that area. I don’t personally, thank god, have crows feet yet however I can appreciate the added moisture to this area.
These are dry already but they are heavily saturated with lotion when removed from the package!
My eyes are dry as I’ve been known to rant about in prior posts and Lifecella are soaked in a nice cooling, moisturizing lotion that feels delightfully refreshing my under eyes. I can feel my eyes sigh in relief when I put these on.
I normally leave them on an hour or until they dry up and afterwards I simply pat the beautiful moisture left over from each sheet onto my eyes. These are super soaked so you’ll have plenty of cooling moisturize being sucked up.
The best part is these do a fab job of calming my puffy, tired eyes plus adding much needed moisture that my dry skin is hungry for. The masks or pads (whichever you prefer to call them) are large and as I mentioned they fit beautifully well under the eye extending outwards to cover the entire area.
I’ve used up an entire box this past week so I guess I’d best stock up on so more but honestly with the amount of eye masks and sheet masks available in Asia I might just go ahead and try different brand!
Life is all about variety!
What are your favorite sheet masks?
Favorite eye ones?
Tell the Muse!
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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!
Does it deliver on it’s promise?
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.
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.
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!
Which are your favorite “pen” concealers?
Tell the Muse!
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Physicians Formula Circle RX Concealer Review
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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!
Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?
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?
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.
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?
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!
What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?
Tell the Muse!
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