[TinyUnicorn] Split Wig Review

 

Today, I get to share my first review of a TinyUnicorn product! TinyUnicorn is a store on Amazon.com that sells wigs and miscellaneous items. I’ve seen clothing and home goods pop up in their Amazon shop too!

This particular item is a split wig the owner of the TinyUnicorn shop sent me. The colors are a silvery gray and a dusty muted purple.

The wig arrived packaged as expected. The bubble mailer it came in was big enough so I could cut the top to open the package without cutting into the plastic bag that held the wig. The wig also came with a free wig cap!

The split colors are beautiful! One half of the wig is a silvery gray color, and the other half is a dusty reddish-purple. It reminds me of taro in some lighting, but it has more red tones than a true taro purple color.

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Below, you can see the hooks and the style of the netting on the inside of the wig.

 

The size of the cap fits me well, but I wouldn’t recommend this wig if you have a larger head circumference than me. I remember when I had long hair, I had trouble fitting all my hair under a wig with a wig cap size like this one. I used the hooks on the outermost notches when I wore this wig.

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Now let’s talk about the texture of this wig. When I first took it out from the package, I was surprised by how smooth and silky the wig fibers felt. I’m glad it is so smooth, and yet, does not look too shiny in photos (definitely a plus). I wore it all day, and the wig didn’t show signs of tangles afterwards! There was a bit of frizz, but I was able to smooth it out with a wig comb and my fingers. I also like that the wig has long bangs, that way you can wear it like I did (brushed to the side), or you can trim the bangs to your liking. I might trim the bangs later; for this review, I didn’t do any styling other than using a bobby pin to pin the bangs to the side so they wouldn’t go all over my face.

 

You can find this 28″ split wig here. Do you ever wear split wigs, or have you ever dyed your hair in a split style? I’d love to hear about your experiences with split wigs and hair styles too!

The last time I reviewed a split wig was this cute Miss Tea Wig from PennyDreads, back in 2015. Wow, time really flies…

Before closing out this post, I’d also like to shoutout my friend Tara, who let me wear the cute beanies and macaron hair pin for these photos. She also took the photos of me wearing the wig, using my iPhone. Tara has so many cute things! ❤

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[JOLSE] HIDDENCOS AMERICANO or LATTE MASK 5Sheet

Jolse selected 30 bloggers to review either the AMERICANO or LATTE MASK sheets from brand HIDDENCOS. I selected to review the latte mask sheet in the hopes that it wouldn’t have a strong coffee scent. I assume Americano would be more harsh in the coffee department, right?

Here are the features of this sheet mask, according to the Jolse website:

  • The premium arabica coffee extract provides rich moisture and nutrition to the tired skin.
  • Anti-aging adenosine and whitening niacinamide tends the skin clear and elastic.
  • Patented Phyto Oligo ingredient protects and tends the skin smooth with moisture.

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The package came in a bubble mailer. If you’ve purchased from Jolse before, you’ll know they package their items really well! I’ve never received damaged items from them before.

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There were 5 sheets to use, so several opportunities to experience this new Latte mask.

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I never drink coffee, but I do like the smell of lattes even though I don’t drink them. When I opened the first sheet mask package, I was surprised by the strong latte scent. It was a sweet scent, reminding me of a mocha frappucino. The scent was a bit off-putting at first since it was so strong, but when I placed it on my face, the essence felt lush and I quickly got used to the scent.

Most sheet masks are relaxing, but this one was exciting and invigorating! Perhaps it’s that sweet coffee scent that wakes you up…! Too bad I don’t have time to use this sheet mask in the morning.

We can’t forget to talk about the packaging. Look how cute it is! I love how it looks like a cute to-go cup for a coffee. The packages were easy to tear open too; I never had a problem opening them up. After using two of these sheet masks in the same week, I noticed my skin felt more moisturized despite its exposure to harsh New York City wind and cold.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Have you ever tried any Hiddencos products? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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Emptyland: Nov/Dec 2017

Hey, everyone! My November/December Emptyland post is really short… Because these two months were really stressful and really busy for me, and I didn’t take very good care of my skin. Now that it’s 2018, I definitely want to purge products more often this year. I hoard products for way too long (and they are probably expired).

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

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Belif The true cream – aqua bomb 

This was my first time using a Belif product, and I loved this cream! Usually gel-like creams don’t moisturize my skin very well, but this one worked great and soothed my stress-induced acne breakouts too. I’m interested in trying other Belif products! I wouldn’t call it a holy grail product, since I don’t think it would be moisturizing enough by itself (I used it after toner, serum, and emulsion). Sometimes I want to cut back on products and make my skincare regimen quick and easy, but I have yet to find the holy grail cream.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea Seed Serum 

This serum had the consistency of an emulsion. I didn’t think it worked like a serum, but it didn’t have any negative effects on my skin. It was easily absorbed into my skin, and had a pleasant scent. I didn’t notice anything special from it though, so I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection 

This lip balm will definitely reappear a lot! Check out its first appearance in this Empties post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

I love this product! You may be wondering why I haven’t given it 5 stars though. There’s one con to this product: sometimes they come off my face quickly, before I sleep. Even when I put them on before applying anything to my face. You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Sheet Masks

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Tonymoly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet

Relaxing sheet mask to use! It definitely made my skin feel softer/more moisturized.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli (x7)

I used all of these because they were expiring very soon (and at one point, recently expired). Check out the details for this mask in its appearance in this Emptyland!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Green Tea

I love this mask and hope to try more Innisfree masks in the future! The essence was very generous in the package and I was able to use the essence in the package for my body too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Makeup

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Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I have yet to find a mascara that actually has an effect on my eyelashes… I’m not sure if this was too old or what, but it was pretty clumpy. It came in a set with some other stuff from Sephora, I think. I wouldn’t normally buy this on my own. Didn’t finish using it, but tossing since it’s been over 6 months and I barely use it.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara

This mascara darkens my lashes and lengthens them somewhat, but doesn’t curl them. It’s also slightly clumpy, though not as bad as the Too Faced one. This is going to sound odd: I love the smell of this mascara! It reminds me of jasmine. Not sure if that was intentional on Lancôme’s part. I didn’t purchase this; it came as part of a gift package.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Body Care

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Bath & Body Works Spiced Pumpkin Cider Body Cream

I love the scent of this body cream! It smells just like Spiced Pumpkin… It reminds me of pumpkin pies! It moisturized pretty well too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sample / Travel Size

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Gucci Bamboo

This is a warm and light scent! It’s fresh, and I like that it’s not too strong. As you probably know from my previous Emptyland posts… I’d never buy perfume since it’s so easy to get free samples.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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Winter International Lolita Day 2017

Winter International Lolita Day 2017 took place on Saturday, December 2 this year. I figured I would write a post about this before 2017 ends since it was a fantastic day! It was my first time truly twinning too… I’ve never twinned with a print before!

 

The night before the meetup, I was last-minute coord-ing (at past midnight). You can see my full planning photos on Tumblr.

Me and Victoria of ParfaitDoll twinned in Powder Rose: same colorway, but different dresses. I love this Angelic Pretty print, and was really happy when I was able to purchase it secondhand from a friend!

There were a bunch of different meetups happening in NYC for International Lolita Day, but I attended the meet that was at Sweet Time Dessert Cafe in West Village. It was such a cute location for International Lolita Day! Powder Rose fit right in at home.

Everyone there adored the rose wall. The desserts all looked so cute too! I had the mousse dessert shaped like a heart (and we called it the “butt” because it also looks like a peach… or a butt). The bubble tea was delicious too! I actually had two bubble teas: a jasmine green tea with peach bubbles one, and a Thai tea one with brown sugar bubbles.

If I had more money, I would have bought more desserts for myself. I wanted to try all the desserts there… Even though I only got one dessert, Victoria and I took bites of each other’s treats too! Her roll dessert was really cute!

It was really cold outside (in my opinion), so I regret not wearing my trusty old L.L. Bean winter jacket like I always wear in the wintertime. The reason I opted out of that jacket is because it’s solid black (and not loliable at all), so I wanted to wear a sweet style coat. The coat I chose to wear was this short coat from Liz Lisa.

It’s really cute, and I love the bows on it! It’s not very warm though… And I was wearing so many layers that day to make up for it. Thermal shirt, thermal tights, regular tights, knee-high fleece socks, a long-sleeved blouse, my huge multi-layer Classical Puppets petticoat… And my wig counts as an additional layer, right?

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Photo from Tara: group photo!

Luckily, it was nice and cozy inside the dessert cafe. The giant bear by the window at the cafe was the most popular…! Everyone wanted photos with him.

Check out this funny video me and Victoria made!

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Photo from Tara

Even people who came to the cafe outside our meetup wanted photos with the bear and against the rose wall!

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Photo from Christina

Below, you’ll see a cute photo collage Christina made of me and Victoria and our adventures at the meetup. The last panel is my favorite one! Victoria was complaining about terrible customer service at a nail salon she had tried. Her face is perfection.

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Photo Collage from Christina

It was super fun to twin, and I hope I can find someone to twin with again! This meetup was super fun, although it ended in pain and tragedy: both soles of my Bodyline boots came off. First, the right side. And then later on, the left side. It was really difficult to walk, but I was able to make it back home somehow. I’ll probably try to glue the soles back on and then minimize wearing them. (Maybe just wear them for shoots?) I’ve had similar negative experiences with Bodyline shoes so I’m hesitant to buy them again.

In any case, here’s my coord rundown:

❀ JSK & Canotier: Angelic Pretty’s Powder Rose

❀ Hairbows: Offbrand

❀ Earrings: Orisian

❀ Blouse: BTSSB

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Necklace: Claire’s

❀ Tights: Offbrand

❀ Shoes: Bodyline

❀ Coat: Liz Lisa

Thanks for reading!

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Emptyland: Sep/Oct 2017

I feel like my Emptyland should be renamed as “lateland” hahaha… Yet again, a really late Emptyland post. It’s already December, but it’s hard to find time to write these posts especially since the post cannot be started until the end of a month, and the end of the month is always the craziest for me at work too.

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

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Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (x2)

When will this item not appear?! You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser

This was a really nice cleanser, and it also lasted me a long time. I’ve been using it since my senior year of college, although during college, I did not use it daily.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover

This was part of a graduation gift from my friend Arien! This eye makeup remover works really well on most eye makeup, although it doesn’t get off my false eyelash adhesive (and is sometimes tricky with eyeliner). I have to peel that stuff off myself, which is no fun, but at least that means the glue is really sticky. Back to the makeup remover though: it stings if it gets into my eyes, which sometimes happens when I try to remove eyeliner.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection

Another appearance in Emptyland! I’ve been repurchasing this same lip balm since high school, I believe. Might as well bump it up to 5 stars with this realization… I guess I am brand-loyal sometimes! Check out its first appearance in this Empties post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Crabtree&Evelyn Lily Ultra-moisturizing Hand Therapy

I like this hand cream, but the packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s the perfect size to stick into your purse for travel, but the cap is flimsy and broke after putting it in my purse for only a month. This scent is delightful, and the cream is decently moisturizing but not as creamy as I would have liked.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes, if it’s on sale

Sephora Express Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

I did not like the exfoliating side of this wipe, but the smooth side worked just fine for removing the makeup on my face.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes, if it’s on sale

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

The mild fragrance of these wipes was definitely calming! It was relaxing to use these to remove makeup at the end of the day. I still had to use eye makeup remover separately, and I have yet to find a makeup remover wipe that can remove eyeliner without it smudging everywhere.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sheet Masks

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Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli (x4)

So much fun to use!! There’s 3 layers, so you peel off the outside layer, put it on your face, then peel off the layer on the other side. The sheet of this mask is smooth and sticks to the face exceptionally well. It’s my favorite texture out of all the sheet masks I’ve tried! The essence in the packet is also super generous; there’s enough to scrape out and apply to your entire body.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

A’PIEU Coconut Milk One-Pack

This was a decent sheet mask, but I wasn’t crazy about it.

 Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe (if it’s discounted)

The Face Shop Lily Face Mask

Another nice sheet mask! The scent is very mild, and it’s a pleasure to use.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Face Shop Brightening Character Mask

This is a fun mask, and I enjoyed the dog character printed on it. It looked a bit creepy… but it’s all good! I wouldn’t pay the full price for this mask though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe (if it’s discounted)

The Face Shop Green Tea Face Mask

I love anything green tea… Drinking green tea, eating green tea flavored things, and yes, even green tea beauty products!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Tomato

This is essentially the same as the Broccoli one you see above, but with Tomato instead. It’s just as fun to use, but I didn’t buy a big box of them like I did for the Broccoli one.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Saem Natural Skin-fit Mask Sheet: Lemon

The masks from The Saem do not fit my face shape well, even though this series is called “Skin-fit.” Did not notice any brightening, but you probably need to use the masks more often to see an effect.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Saem Natural Tea Tree Mask Sheet

I was hoping this sheet mask would help calm irritation from acne, but I didn’t notice any effect. It was pleasant to use though! Maybe you need to use it a few times a week to see the positive effects against acne.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sur. Medic Pore-less Carbonic-Peel Mask

I didn’t like how sticky this sheet mask was… It also smelled weird to me.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Tonymoly I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet

Love these Tonymoly sheet masks!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Tonymoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

It does not smell like wine, but that’s probably for the best, right?

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Leaders Vita Brightening Renewal Mask

This was a nice mask to use with generous essence in the packet. I wonder if all Leaders sheet masks have so much essence inside…

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Illuminating Treatment Mask

Didn’t notice any difference from this one and the one above.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Pore-Scaling Black Aqua

I’m pretty sure I got this as a free sample somewhere, a long time ago. The sheet mask was a weird texture, but it was a generally pleasant experience.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Makeup

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Charlotte Ronson Lip Gloss

I’ve had this lip gloss for way too long… Since the beginning of college, I believe. It has lasted a long time, and I love it! The pink is very sheer, and the shine is not too much. It’s a nice natural-looking gloss with a bit of glitter. It doesn’t feel sticky, and doesn’t dry out my skin either.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Holika Holika Wonder Drawing Skinny Eyebrow

I didn’t like this one that much, but I used it all up. The spoolie it came with had really short awkward bristles and got clogged up with the eyebrow product within the first week. The pencil part of the stick was hard and this made it difficult to apply. I felt like I had to keep using a tissue or cotton swab to fix it.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Body Care

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Tonymoly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream

I’m not gonna lie… I bought this because of the cute packaging. But the product inside is super-moisturizing and creamy! It smells so nice too. I’m keeping the empty container, washing it, and using it to store trinkets.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter

This body butter smells so nice, and it’s luxuriously creamy!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel

This is a really nice shower gel, and you can use it with a pouf or just with your hands. I loved smelling it, and it didn’t dry out my skin.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sample / Travel Size

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Korres Black Pine Night Cream

This night cream was super moisturizing! I don’t think I’d buy it at full price though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Foam

I couldn’t even finish using this… I’m not sure if I got a defective product or if it’s supposed to smell like this, but it smelled disgusting. Like stale crackers and plastic.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Purchase? No

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Cream

A huge contrast from the foam, this cream was lovely! Moisturizing and smelled relaxing. If the foam was defective, then it’s really strange since it came in the same set with these other Ex Brightening items.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

O Hui Snow Vitamin Ex Brightening Serum

This container was so tiny… It only lasted me 2 weeks, and I only used it at night and just a tiny bit each time. I didn’t notice any positive effects from this.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

The Face Shop Mango Seed Facial Butter

I usually love creamy face products, but this felt too heavy on my skin. It was definitely moisturizing though!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Tonymoly Floria Whitening Cream

I used to be scared of using whitening products, but I found out from reading K-Beauty blogs that most of the time, “whitening” just means “brightening,” and can be beneficial for fading acne scars, dark spots, etc. I didn’t notice any brightening effects from this, but also only used it for one day (morning and night).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? Maybe

Tonymoly The White Tea Brightening Cream

This was a pretty nice cream, although the scent was nothing like white tea. I prefer the Floria cream over this one.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Tonymoly The Black Tea London Classic Cream

I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between this cream and the one above. I used them two days in a row too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu

This is a very fresh scent, a mix of floral and fruity. It’s more elegant than fun, and I like it! I have a bajillion fragrance samples and don’t think I’d ever buy a fragrance unless I’m absolutely in love with it (or receive it as a gift).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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Lolita Fashion on Taobao (Part 1)

Hey everyone! One of my friends recently got into lolita fashion and wanted a guide to affordable lolita items. I still have my MBOK guide up, I wrote up my first experience with Taobao, and I wrote a post for a Lolita Blog Carnival prompt about Favorite Taobao Shops & Pieces, but I never created a guide to great places to get lolita items on Taobao.

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So, what is Taobao?

Taobao is like a Chinese eBay or Amazon. There are tons of different stores and sellers!

Since the pricing is all in Chinese Renminbi (also known as Chinese Yuan), you’ll need to check conversion rates to see how much it’ll cost in your own currency. Definitely keep in mind shipping fees and shopping service fees, if you choose to use a shopping service. I heard there’s a way you can purchase from Taobao directly now and have them forward packages to you, but I’m still most comfortable with a shopping service since they can help answer my questions about products and give me peace of mind.

In my own experience, I’ve purchased clothes (lolita as well as non-lolita), shoes, wigs, false lashes, cosplays, and accessories from Taobao. I’ve also purchased a bag from Taobao too (my beloved Japanese-style school bag that was my go-to convention bag for over a year)!

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Wig from Taobao (fashion wig I used for my Sara Crispino [Yuri on Ice] cosplay)

Taobao is a lot of fun to browse, but can get overwhelming. I’ve definitely spent way too much time browsing Taobao… For example, being on Taobao and looking at all the things I want to add to my wishlist, and then I glance at the clock and wonder how the heck it is already past 2am?!

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Wig from Taobao (photo by theamazingknight)

Another thing that took a lot of time to figure out is… navigating! I speak Teochew/Chao Zhou, but not Mandarin (and I never learned how to read or write Chinese; I only know how to read numbers and a few characters). It was really difficult at first and I literally put things through Google Translate. Of course, Google Translate only works so far (like how it translates “product” as “baby” since the character for “precious item” is also “baby,” and products are listed as such). And Google Translate does not work on text within images. Most of the time, sizing is displayed in an image, so here are some sizing-related translations to help (Chinese (simplified) is on the left, and English is on the right):

  • 尺码 — sizing
  • 高 — height
  • 胸 — bust/chest
  • 腰 — waist
  • 臀 — hips
  • 长 — length
  • 宽 — width
  • 围 — circumference
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Skirt from SurfaceSpell

Something else that confused me when I first browsed Taobao was the number of “deposit” or “reservation” items there were. I didn’t realize this meant they weren’t currently in stock. 定金 (deposit) and 预约 and 预定 (reservation) mean you have to pay a deposit to be able to eventually get the item. From my understanding, you need to purchase the item from the reservation page before you’ll be able to purchase the item on the 尾款 (post-reservation, I guess? the actual item) page. I’ve never purchased something from Taobao that was a reservation since I was always paranoid about not paying the shopping service in time for the post-reservation item page. If anyone has experience with reservation items on Taobao, let me know! I’m curious to hear what the actual process is like. I remember once I tried to buy an item from the 尾款 page and my shopping service said I can’t since I didn’t participate in the reservation.

Here are some useful terms you can use while searching for clothing and accessory items relevant to lolita fashion on Taobao:

  • Dress (OP): 连衣裙
  • JSK: 無袖洋裝
  • Salopette: 背心裙 or 背带裙
  • Skirt:  裙 or 裙子 or 半身裙
  • Blouse: 衬衫 or 女衬衫
  • Petticoat: 襯裙
  • Bloomers:安全裤 or 南瓜裤 or 燈籠褲 or 灯笼裤
  • Cardigan: 小外套
  • Bolero: 短外套
  • Capelet/short cloak: 短斗篷
  • Lolita shoes:  洋装鞋
  • Round headdress: 丸 型发饰
  • Bonnet: 系带帽子
  • Gothic headdress (usually with veils!): 哥特头饰
  • Flower crown: 花环 头饰
  • Beret: 贝雷帽
  • Straw hat:  草帽
  • Lace socks: 复古蕾丝短袜
  • Lace gloves: 蕾丝手套
  • Wrist cuffs: 蕾丝手镯
  • Parasol: 洋傘

When I search, I also add in “lolita” sometimes to see what shows up.

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Here are some style terms that were fun to use for Taobao searches too:

  • Gothic: 哥特
  • Victorian: 維多利亞
  • Rococo: 洛可可
  • Country: 田园
  • Punk: 朋克
  • Steampunk: 蒸汽朋克
  • Retro/Vintage: 复古
  • Sailor:  水手服
  • Floral: 碎花
  • Oil painting style (those classical painting prints!): 油画风
  • Lace: 蕾丝
  • Tartan/Plaid: 苏格兰格子
  • Cross/Crucifix: 十字架 粉

If anyone wants stuff added to this list, just let me know! I’m happy to update this. Over the years, everything I learned about Taobao were from a trial and error through Google Translate and Chinese dictionaries, lurking on LiveJournal, reading blogs, and browsing Taobao-related things on Tumblr. I did pop over to CGL on 4Chan for a bit to see if I could learn about Taobao but 4Chan really scares me and the posting format confuses me so I spent barely any time on there.

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One of my fave purchases from Taobao: a JSK from Chess Story!

I will definitely write another guide after this one, so stay tuned! My next one will be simple: a list of my favorite Taobao shops that are relevant to lolita. I’ll note if I’ve purchased from them before, or not yet. Stay tuned!

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Emptyland: Jul/Aug 2017

And yet again… a late Emptyland post. I have an excuse though! I moved during Labor Day weekend, and it’s hard to find time to write these up with a full-time job as well as keeping myself busy on weekends (and then getting sick in October too) so things have been crazy. In the future, I’ll probably cut back these posts to just star ratings to save time.

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare


The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Rich Cleansing Oil – 150 mL

This was a cleansing oil that did its job, but I felt like I had to use a lot of the product each time. I am not sure it was worth the cost.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Probably not


Nature Republic Rose Real Nature Ampoule

This was a delightful ampoule to use! I loved the rose scent, and it moisturized my skin. It was my first ampoule experience, and I’m curious as to what other ampoules are like.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe!

Ostia Cucumber Soothing Mist – 100 g

As you can see in the photo, the pump broke off (and rolled away into oblivion). This spray bottle was very cheaply made, and even when the pump wasn’t broken, it sprayed out weakly so the liquid just dripped down rather than spraying into my face. Not sure if I just got a faulty product, but it was a hassle to use since I had to spray it into my hands and then apply to my face. If someone else has used this, let me know if you had the same issue with the packaging. Maybe it’s just me…?

Overall Rating: ☆ // Repurchase? No


The Saem See&Saw AC Control Red Solution

I used up this bottle pretty quickly. I applied it to my acne, and I didn’t notice any difference. It didn’t dry out my skin like other acne products have, and it didn’t cause any additional problems. Since it didn’t work for me, I won’t be repurchasing.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

And this lovely product makes its return again! You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Nature Republic California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue – 80 sheets

This lasted me so long! This huge pack of cleansing sheets was so nice to use. The sheets were soft and moist, and although it didn’t remove much makeup, it soothed my skin.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sheet Masks


The Saem Natural Skin-fit Mask Sheet Green Grape

I did not like the smell of this sheet mask… It didn’t irritate my skin, but I didn’t like the smell and wouldn’t repurchase it.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

The Saem Natural Rice Mask Sheet

This mask was just fine! Mild scent, although the masks from The Saem do not fit my face shape that well.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Saem Natural Rose Mask Sheet

I love anything rose-scented! This does not disappoint (other than how the mask sheet fits my face).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Saem Natural Green Tea Mask Sheet

This one was another decent mask from The Saem! Going to go through these masks quickly since many of them are repeats or pretty similar to others in the brand.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Tonymoly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

I love these sheet masks from Tonymoly! They have lots of essence and the masks fit my face well. Out of all the ones I’ve tried, to be honest, I can’t tell much of a difference among them other than packaging and scent. They all work really well though! For the following Tonymoly ones, I won’t be making commentary since I think they’re all great and I’ll repurchase but I don’t have a differing opinion among them.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Tonymoly I’m Real Lemon Mask Sheet

This is a great sheet mask too! It has a mild and pleasant scent and is easy to use. I like how the sheet feels on my face too. Similar to the other Tonymoly I’m Real ones.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Tonymoly I’m Real Avocado Mask Sheet

Again, I have trouble differentiating among these so far but they’re all good! At least, the ones I’ve tried.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Red Ginseng

I love anything ginseng… Although my love for ginseng started from the ginseng tea. This sheet mask was even colored like red ginseng! It smelled like real ginseng too, which is a huge plus for me.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Face Shop Real Nature Peony

I love peony flowers, so I just had to try this mask when I saw it in the store! This mask was a decent one, and easily absorbed into my skin after application.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Rivecowe Bubble Mask Pack

Check out my review for this mask here!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Yeon Cucumber Mask

Another return of a mask! I got a set of a whole bunch of these cucumber masks from The Yeon. The mask doesn’t fit my face at all, so I don’t enjoy using these that much.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Welcos Jeju Natural Green Tea Mask

This is also from a set I got a while back. I had purchased this set from T. J. Maxx or Marshall’s (can’t remember which).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Leaders Pore-Scaling Black Aqua

I didn’t notice any difference with my pores from using this, but maybe it requires multiple masks over a short period of time to create the positive effect? It didn’t produce any side effects at least! The texture of the mask was a bit strange to me.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Suncare


Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray – 150mL

I looove this sunscreen! It absorbs so quickly and doesn’t leave a white cast. It also moisturizes my skin very well. I’ve never gotten burned by the sun while using this product. I’m really happy I got it when I was at Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx and spotted it on clearance (can’t remember which store). It’s my favorite sunblock I’ve tried, but I’m not sure if I’d pay full price for it. I’ll definitely get it if I see it on clearance again!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 – 88 mL

Of course, one of my faves that makes its return! This is a great sunblock and it does its job. I can’t use it on my face though; when I sweat, it stings when it gets into my eyes. It’s priced great too (especially from Costco when you can get it in a big set)! My mom uses this same exact sunblock.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 – 29 mL

This is the same as the above product, but a travel/sample size one. I didn’t put it in the sample/travel size section since I feel like it fits better here with suncare. It came in the same set as the one above from Costco too.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe (I wouldn’t buy the travel size one by itself; I’ll definitely get it if it comes as a set!)

Makeup


Lancôme Photôgenic Sheer Pressed Powder in Translucent – 10g

This product is really old and I’m not sure if they make it anymore. My grandma gave this to me years ago and I just recently decided I should toss it since it started smelling off. I need to hold myself accountable to tossing products when they get old; no need to hoard. It’s a decent product, but it didn’t help prolong the wear of my BB cream, nor did it help smooth out imperfections. It worked well for mattifying though!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No


The Face Shop CC Ultra Moist Cushion Moisture Coverage + Glow Finish – 15g

I finished this cushion! And I still have the actual case since I have a refill cushion I replaced it with. It’s a decent cushion, but doesn’t last all day. It matches my skin tone pretty well, and also feels moisturizing. My skin doesn’t feel irritated when I use this CC cushion. I like how the finish is glowing but not shiny; it’s more of a semi-matte finish with a subtle glow.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Lancôme Juicy Tubes Chérie in Frozen Punch

This took me forever to use because I hated how the color looked on me… It was sheer, but still looked odd. And I didn’t like how it felt sticky on my lips. I did not finish using up this tube; decided to toss it. I bought it off another student at my college a few years back and regret not asking to try the color first.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Repurchase? No

Revlon Kiss Balm in Fresh Strawberry

This was a decent tinted lip balm. Very moisturizing, easy-to-apply color, and even though it didn’t last long, I didn’t mind. It smelled like strawberries too! I’m interested in trying other shades in this series, but I wish the product was sturdier. The reason I’m tossing this is because the outer case actually broke… so it’s cheaply made.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Body Care


The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter – 200 mL

I loooove the scent of this body butter, but then again, I love anything coconut. It is deeply moisturizing, absorbs quickly, and I really want another one. A little goes a long way with this product!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Yeon Body Wash Gardenia

This had a mild and pleasant gardenia scent. It didn’t smell fake at all, like some floral items. I didn’t notice any moisturizing effects to this body wash, but it did its job. Wish it was in a bigger bottle!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Sample / Travel Size


Lancôme La Vie est Belle

I have yet to find a perfume that I’d actually buy… This is a nice fragrance, but I am pretty sure I have plenty of these free samples and won’t need to buy one ever.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

This is a decent fragrance, but nothing memorable (and it doesn’t last that long).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

I love this floral fragrance! It’s light and fun.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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[PinkyParadise] Random Lenses Program

Random lenses… What does that mean?!

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Well, it means you get two different lenses. Randomly. I don’t mind at all because I think it’s a unique look! If you’re interested in purchasing new circle lenses this month, use the exclusive coupon code “lolita” for 50% off your order!

Now, onto the review:

When I received the package from PinkyParadise, it was marked as having a plastic lens case inside, so it was easy to assume there were contact lenses.

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Everything was safely inside with no damages. I received a set of mismatching circle lenses, a cute lens case, and a velcro hair tool (not sure if that’s the proper name of this product; it’s a Japanese hair thingy you use to hold back your bangs).

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PinkyParadise offers a wide variety of prescription contact lenses, so I was glad they had my prescription available! My left eye is worse than my right eye, and they’re both near-sighted. Just like the colors of these lenses, my prescription is mis-matching too!

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The violet lens I got is from the brand Vassen, whereas the turquoise lens I got is from Aurora color contacts.

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For both lenses, when I first put them in my eyes, there was some initial discomfort. After blinking and applying eye drops, my eyes adjusted and there was no longer discomfort in my eyes.

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The colors for both of these lenses are vibrant in good lighting! I noticed when I was taking selfies on my phone, not with the studio lighting, it was not as vibrant. But with a ring light and/or flash photography, the colors were crisp and bright!

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In terms of comfort, they’re not as comfortable as some other circle lenses I’ve worn. I don’t think I’d want to keep these in my eyes for more than 4 or 5 hours.

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆

Packaging: ☆☆☆☆☆ The packaging was great; I have no complaints.

Style: ☆☆☆☆ I love the designs for both of these lenses individually: there is a black limbal ring that surrounds both irises. The limbal ring is bigger on the violet one than on the turquoise one. As a set, it’s decent but the violet lens enlarges the eye more than the turquoise one, which makes it look awkward. It would be better if the set was mismatching in color but closer in size.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ No complaints for color! The colors for both lenses cover up my dark brown eyes well.

Comfort: ☆☆☆ There was initial discomfort when applying these lenses, even after soaking them in my solution for 24 hours. I can wear these lenses for a few hours, but I don’t think they will be comfortable all day. I would recommend using eye drops with these lenses to add more comfort!

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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Thanks for reading my review! Feel free to ask me any questions. Check out where these lenses came from here~!

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Above, you’ll see the lenses used for this Lolita fashion look. I hope to share photos from this photoshoot (and other photoshoots) soon! Let me know if you use the coupon code “lolita” for 50% off; I’d love to see the new lenses you got!

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[JOLSE] Rivecowe Bubble Mask Pack Review

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Jolse sent me three of the Rivecowe Bubble Mask Packs! On the Jolse website, this mask is described as “A bubble carbonic mask pack that eliminates body wastes and tends the skin moist.” What I think they mean is this: this mask pack cleans your skin and pores and will not strip your skin of moisture. Jolse also states this: “The oxygen bubbles should cleanse the make-ups clean while tending the skin.”

On CosDNA, you can check out the ingredients in this product. The list is mostly safe, with a few ingredients that are possible irritants. I didn’t notice any negative reactions from using this product though, and my skin can be sensitive. This is my first time trying a Rivecowe product, and it’s also my first time trying a bubble mask.

Since this mask is meant to cleanse makeup as well, I used the Rivecowe Bubble Mask Pack before showering. I didn’t have much makeup on since I used it after work (I only had tinted moisturizer on), but it was worth seeing if it would clean that off. Generally, I use a face wipe first, then an oil cleanser, and then a foam cleanser.

When I first ripped open the package, I noticed bubbles already forming! This was surprising. It was difficult at first for me to unfold the mask since it was stuck tightly together, but I was able to open it up without damaging the mask itself. I placed it on my face, and was relieved to see the holes fit relatively well. The bubbles formed very quickly, and grew in volume!

Using a timer, I kept the mask on for five minutes. I could hear the bubbling noises, which was a bit disorienting but also quite fun! There was also something relaxing about chilling with a bubbling mask on my face. The bubble noises seemed to get louder over time, but I wonder if that was in my imagination.

There is fragrance contained in this product, but it was mild (which I like!). I’m glad the smell wasn’t overpowering. I was comfortable keeping this mask on for five minutes, although when the bubbles got really big, they started getting into my nose (and I was paranoid about them getting into my eyes). I was all good though!

Check out my video of the mask in action here!

After I took off the mask, there were some remaining bubbles on my face.

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I simply rinsed off the bubbles, and then I noticed that my skin felt a little tight, but it did feel clean. The tightness wasn’t a bad feeling though! It didn’t feel dry.

All in all, this was a fun experience and I’d definitely use these masks again! I don’t know how effective they would be to clean off actual makeup. I’m also way too lazy to ever use this as part of my skincare routine, but it’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind to do once in a while. I would recommend this product to people who want a fun cleansing experience!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Have you ever tried this type of mask? Have you tried any other products from Rivecowe? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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Emptyland: May/Jun 2017

Wow… sorry for this late post. It’s already August! I’ve been so busy with work that I have barely had blogging time. Better late than never though!

In this Emptyland, I’m adding a category for Sheet Masks since they’re one time use. It’ll be easier to organize this way rather than lumping all the masks with the Skincare section.

Here’s the rundown for what the stars represent: [ ☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic! ] I’ll also include my experience with each product, but the detail I go into for each product may vary.

Skincare

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COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch – 24 patches

Return of this item… x2 yet again! I wonder if I’ll be consistent using one pack each month. You can read my initial response to this product in my first Emptyland post. I really like how easy they are to use. They’re not miracle workers, but they do help my acne.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes!

Tonymoly Timeless Ferment Snail Emulsion – 140 mL

I bought this at the same time as the foam cleanser and full-size face cream (and eye cream sample) from the same series, which you can see in my first Emptyland post and my last one. There was a sale at a local Tonymoly store, and that’s why I bought these snail things to try. This emulsion is creamy enough to use as a summer moisturizer without a cream on top, so I used this day and night to moisturize my skin. At night time, I sometimes used a night cream on top as well. When my skin felt very dry (I have combination skin, and my cheeks tend to be dry), I used a sleeping pack for added moisture before bed. It was a decent emulsion, but I didn’t think it was amazing. The packaging was also flimsy (top part kept coming off), and the pump didn’t work too well during the latter half of its life, and it was really difficult to get the emulsion out from the bottom.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe! Full price is too high for my experience with it, so I’d only repurchase if it was on sale again.

Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Night – 50 g

I’ve been using this night cream on and off since college. I know, it’s bad. My mom gave it to me years ago and it’s pretty luxurious. A little bit goes a long way, so it lasted me a really long time. I don’t think I’d call this a holy grail night cream since I haven’t used it consistently enough, but I do love this series. The cream easily absorbs into the skin, is super moisturizing, and has never caused a breakout or irritated my skin. It smells pleasant, and I love the day cream from this series too (which you can see in this Empties post). I’m curious to try other Lancôme cream products.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe! I want to try another Lancôme cream.

Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam – 125 mL

I used this before, and I’m not quite sure why I repurchased it to be honest. I really wanted to get rid of my acne, but didn’t know which one to try. And two people had recommended this product, so I gave it a try again. It didn’t irritate my skin, but it did make my skin feel dry. I tried to apply this cleanser only to my t-zone, and used a different cleanser for the rest of my face. I didn’t see much of an improvement with my acne, but it did stop new acne from popping up. Right now, I have acne on my forehead, between my eyebrows, on my right cheek (probably because I always sleep on my right side or on my belly), and a few on my chin/jawline. It’s not terrible, but I do want to get rid of them. Recommendations for acne products to try would be appreciated!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No. Going to try other products and find one that works.

Tonymoly Fresh Cleansing Tissue

I picked this small pack up from the same sale at a local Tonymoly that I snagged my first snail products from. I brought this with me when I was on the go (at conventions), and it was decent for removing face makeup. It didn’t remove any eye makeup, so I had to use a separate eye makeup remover.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe.

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Burt’s Bees Face Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract 

This tiny pack was on sale at Walgreens and was $1.49 for 10 pre-moistened towelettes. Same as the Tonymoly ones above, it worked for removing face makeup but not eye makeup. I liked these towelettes more than the Tonymoly ones though; they were really refreshing and the texture of the sheets were so soft.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe.

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection

This is my favorite lip balm! It’ll definitely keep reappearing in Emptyland. Check out its first appearance in this Empties post.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Sheet Masks

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Tonymoly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturizing

Love this sheet mask! Definitely feel the moisture, and it’s a pleasant scent. It stays on my face pretty well too. I noticed that these Tonymoly masks fit my face really well — the eye holes are actually in the right places! I’m not sure if my face is weirdly shaped or what, but most sheet masks do not fit my eyes or nose.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Saem Natural-Tox Apple Mask Sheet

I hated the scent of this sheet mask… It smelled so fake (like apple-flavored medicine or artificial apple flavor candy). The sheet mask didn’t irritate my skin, but I kept it on for less than ten minutes because I disliked the scent so much.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Repurchase? No

The Saem Natural-Tox Kohlrabi Mask Sheet

This sheet mask had a much more pleasant scent than the Apple one above. It was a mild scent, which is totally fine. I kept the mask on for 10 minutes, but the essence from the mask was not easily absorbed into my skin. It was overall a pleasant experience though, so I wouldn’t mind using this mask again even if the essence felt heavy.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Saem Natural-Tox Carrot Mask Sheet

This is very similar to the mask above. The scent was slightly different, but again, very pleasant compared to the apple one. I’m not sure why the apple one had such a strong smell. I would use this carrot mask again!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Yeon Cucumber Mask

Two of these were used during the past two months! I had used them two weeks in a row. This mask has a mild and pleasant scent. The sheet itself fits terribly on my face since the eye holes are way too wide set for my eyes, and I have to squish the nose section inwards for it to fit. This makes the mask uncomfortable to apply for me.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Etude House Lotus 

I love this sheet mask! The scent is lovely, and the sheet mask fits my face pretty well. The essence in the mask is just the right amount — not too much, but doesn’t feel dry after 10-15 minutes. I like the texture of the sheet and the essence is easily absorbed.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

The Face Shop Kelp

I like this sheet mask a lot. I don’t think it smells like kelp though (although that might be a good thing, since I don’t know if smelling like kelp is my goal). I didn’t notice any particular difference to my skin after using it, but it was a pleasant experience.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

The Face Shop Red Ginseng

This mask, unlike the kelp one, actually does smell like red ginseng! I love red ginseng and drink red ginseng tea almost everyday in the wintertime. During summer, I don’t, but I figure it’s fine for my qi to use red ginseng on my skin since it wouldn’t be going into my stomach. I find the scent of ginseng to be very relaxing, so this was the best 10 minutes of my night.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

Suncare

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 – 88 mL

This is my mom’s favorite sunscreen; she always uses the Neutrogena ones. I like these because they’re moisturizing and have a lightweight feel. They’ve never irritated my skin, and I’ve used them on both my body and my face. I don’t use them on my face anymore though, since when I sweat, it stings when it gets in my eyes. I’ve never been sunburned when I use this properly!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Yes

L’Oréal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion 30 – 88 mL

I got this from T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s (can’t remember which store) a while back, and finally used it. It’s decent, but I prefer the texture of the Neutrogena one. It does the job, but I don’t see myself repurchasing it. I’ve never used it on my face.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

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L’Oréal Sensation Peau Nue Fluide Visage Très Haute Protection – 50 mL

I bought this when I studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015… so yes, this is really old. I finally used it up. I only applied this sunblock to my face, and it’s a very watery texture but never irritated my skin. It took a long time to absorb and was a bit streaky, which are both cons. I would prefer something creamier over something so liquid-y.

Overall Rating: ☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Makeup

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Sephora Natural Vitamin C + E Blotting Papers

No joke: I’ve had this pack for years. I used them throughout college when I did outdoor photoshoots in the heat, or at conventions when I was in cosplay. I’m bad at blotting otherwise (and even at cons or shoots, I’m sometimes too lazy to blot). There’s 100 sheets in here, I think? It doesn’t say on the package which is odd. But they’re made in Taiwan, which is interesting to note! These blotting papers worked well, but not as well as I would have liked. I usually tried to use one sheet, but it made more sense to use at least two sheets to blot my whole face since the sheet would start tearing apart.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? No

Sephora x Craig & Karl Long-Lasting Felt Eyeliner

This was a fantastic eyeliner! It was a slick black color, easy to apply, and lasted pretty long. Toward the end of its life, it was difficult to use and the ink didn’t come out consistently. I used it without eye primer, and it was fine for normal wear. I have others from this set I haven’t finished using up since they are in other colors and I use black the most often.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? N/A (I am pretty sure this was from a limited edition set)

Syzygy Dual Turn Eyeliner 

This is a Korean brand, but it’s made in Germany. I was really disappointed in this eyeliner to be honest. I got it from KCON 2016 because I forgot to bring anything to touch up my makeup with and when I ripped off my false lashes from irritation, my makeup got totally messed up. This eyeliner didn’t provide consistent ink flow, so it was difficult to draw a line. The tip was also hard (not comfortable), and the eyeliner dried out really quickly.

Overall Rating: ☆ // Repurchase? No

Lancôme Maquiriche CremePowder EyeColour Duo

This was one of the ones my mom gave me from the free gifts Macy’s usually offers for Lancôme purchases. This is really old; I think my mom gave it to me back in high school. Finally tossing it since the case broke. It comes with two brushes, but I lost one of them. There’s a nice light brown shimmery eyeshadow and a dark brown shadow/liner. Toward the end of my time using this, I used the dark brown one to draw a fake eyelid crease onto my lid for cosplay since it was a nice matte brown and the thin brush it came with (which I lost), made drawing it easy.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? N/A

Body Care

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy – 100 g

I love the scent of this hand cream! But then again, I always love rose scents and rosewater scents. It wasn’t as moisturizing as I would have liked though, and the consistency wasn’t as creamy as I had expected. I got this on sale; I would never pay full price for it to be honest.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – 25 g

Not sure why this is more creamy than the one above, but maybe it’s because of its “ultra-moisturizing” tag? The lavender scent is lovely, and I like how small the size is. It can fit in my purse pocket! I guess this technically belongs in the travel size section, but I got this in a box set with other Crabtree & Evelyn minis. It was pleasant to use but not a miracle worker. It didn’t help the dry patches around my middle finger at all (I’ve been dealing with this section of really dry rough skin for a long time).

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Repurchase? Maybe

Sample / Travel Size

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Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum 

This serum absorbed quickly and had a pleasant smell, the same smell as the cleanser I’m currently using actually. I didn’t see any difference in my skin from using it though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Nature Republic Cell Boosting Watery Cream

I have way too many of these random one-time-use samples… Decided to finally use one! This cream absorbs into the skin quickly. Didn’t think anything special of it though. It didn’t irritate my skin, but it wasn’t as rich as I would like in a cream.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Chanel Chance

I like this fragrance; it smells classic and elegant. The fragrance lasts a long time too!

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

Prada Candy Florale 

This is a sweet and floral fragrance! I think it’s a fun scent. It doesn’t last that long though.

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆ // Purchase? No

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