The Face Shop: Ink Graffi Brush Pen Liner Review

My friend Terry bought this eyeliner from The Face Shop for me, so I thought I would write a review for it!

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I’ve always had terrible luck finding eyeliners because of my really weird eyelids… They look like monolids, but I do have a crease (but it’s invisible). I’m not sure what the technical term is, but it may be “hooded eyelids.” In any case, my eyes looks like monolids, but whenever I apply eyeliner, I need to make it really thick so it will be visible. If I draw a regular line, once I open my eyes, the line disappears! It’s so frustrating. I know how to make the eyeliner show up: I make a super thick line. But then this causes another issue: when I close my eyes, there’s an awkwardly massive line. It’s really annoying but there’s nothing I can do about it.

Since I have this oddly hidden crease, I’ve always had trouble with pencil eyeliners and liquid eyeliners. For some reason, they always get really smudgy (probably from blinking), and the only eyeliner that I’ve ever had luck with is a cream eyeliner that comes in a jar. The cream eyeliner is really heavy though, so I only use it for photoshoots, dance performances, and cosplay. If I’m putting eyeliner on randomly (just for fun, or for work), then I don’t want to use the cream liner.

During the past semester, I’ve been using this eyeliner for “daily wear.” I don’t wear makeup every day, but sometimes I will wear eyeliner to class if I’m not too tired in the morning.

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Pros: dries quickly, great staying power

Cons: not always precise

The Ink Graffi liner is a brush pen liner and it does feel like a pen when I hold it. Drawing the line is pretty easy, but as I explained above, I have to make the line really thick for it to show up. Sometimes, I’ll just do one line and let it be since it’ll show up when I blink or close my eyes. If I want to make a thick line, I have to draw the line a few times, adding more to the top part of the line each time. This liner is easy to use, but sometimes the ink doesn’t run smoothly and I have to go over spots that don’t have ink. The ink dries quickly, which is a plus! After using this eyeliner for the previous months, I have never had any bad side effects or reactions. I have extremely sensitive skin, so I’m glad I didn’t get any irritation from this eyeliner. I’ve had bad reactions from drugstore brands in the past, even reputable brands like Maybelline and Revlon.

This eyeliner holds up really well! When I scattered my grandfather’s ashes last weekend, I basically cried all day. I thought I had made a dreadful mistake by wearing eyeliner in the morning… But at night time, my mom told me that my eyeliner was still black; the only issue was some of it transferred to the area under my eyes, but that transfer was probably caused by me rubbing my eyes with tissues too much. When I looked in the mirror at night, I was surprised to see that the liner was still on the upper lids (and it still looked black!). And the transfer on the bottom wasn’t as terrible as I imagined it would be.

Here is an example of what this eyeliner looks like on me:

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The color is a nice matte black. It’s not the blackest black, but it’s definitely a true black.

Here are my ratings for the Ink Graffi eyeliner from The Face Shop:

Comfort: 5/5 (would definitely recommend for people with sensitive skin!)

Ease of use: 4/5

Color: 4/5

Staying power: 4/5

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

Do you have a favorite eyeliner? Any new eyeliners you want to try?

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Penny Dreads: Miss Tea Wig

Penny Dreads, my latest wig sponsor, sent me the Miss Tea wig in Black/Gold for review! This split wig is super cute and easy to manage! In addition to full wigs, Penny Dreads sells half wigs, dreads, and hair extensions. If you’re interested in buying something from Penny Dreads, be sure to use the coupon code “XIAORAWR” for 10% off! They mailed the wig to me via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0103 This bubble mailer was sturdy and kept everything undamaged. Penny Dreads sent me really cute business cards along with the wig! The wig itself was perfectly packaged, inside a nice plastic bag with a Penny Dreads brand stick in the corner. DSC_0108 The wig came with scrunched up paper inside the wig to keep the head’s shape, and a hair net around the entire wig. This way, the curls stayed perfect, with no tangles in sight. Take a look at the photo below for with flash versus without flash views of the wig. DSC_0110_Fotor_Collage_Fotor As you can see, there isn’t a big difference in color depending on flash or no flash. Either way, the wig looks great! The golden blonde color is rich and I believe it will be flattering on many skin tones. Same goes for the black color! I love the split-wig design, especially since there is some blending of the fibers in the middle so it isn’t a stark change from one color to the next. You can brush and style the bangs in different ways to get different looks, and you can also brush out the curls for a more dramatic look if you would like! The wig fibers are thick and soft, so I am sure they will take well to styling.

Now, let’s take a look at what this wig looks like on me. DSC_0046 I think this wig is perfect for lolita fashion! The split-color trend is super cute. The black/gold combination of this Miss Tea wig makes it perfect for a variety of different styles. You can pair it with a gothic lolita look, as I did, but you could also pair it with a sweet lolita look! I can just imagine this wig paired with a cute tea time-themed lolita print. You can also wear this wig for other alternative styles. I think it would be really cool with a cyberpunk outfit! And this wig would also be really cute with a rokku gear coordinate. DSC_0095 You could also wear this wig casually, just for fun! This wig will make any outfit unique. You can pair it with your favorite graphic t-shirt, with a cute summer dress, or even with jeans and a comfy top. This wig is really easy to wear, and it fits my head perfectly: not too loose, not too tight. There are elastics and hooks in the back of the wig so you can adjust the head circumference if needed. Here is a back-view photo of the worn wig: DSC_0073

Be sure to check out my Facebook album featuring this beautiful Miss Tea wig in Black/Gold. I’ll add more photos to it over time, so like my page to see more photos! I also used this wig for other sponsored product styling, so you’ll see this wig pop up again in future reviews. I highly recommend Penny Dreads as a wig company! They have great customer service too; they respond promptly to all of my emails. Give their Facebook page a like, and check out their Instagram and Twitter.

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Review: Klairs Moisture Rescue Skincare Line

WishTrend sent me a set from the Klairs Moisture Rescue line to review! This is my first time reviewing skincare products, so I’m very excited to share this review with you. Here are the products that I will review:

– Rich Moist Soothing Mask

– Supple Preparation Facial Toner

– Rich Moist Soothing Serum

– Rich Moist Soothing Cream

You can buy the toner and serum together as a set here: Injection of Moisture Kit.

The skincare set was shipped in a sturdy cardboard box. All of the products were safely tucked away in bubble wrap:

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Everything was safe and sound! The Klairs Moisture Rescue line is used for intense hydration, which makes it great to use during the dry winter months.

What is my skin like?

I have combination skin: dry skin in some areas, but my T-zone is usually oily and prone to acne. My skin is also very sensitive, and I’ve been dealing with bouts of eczema all my life. Eczema comes and goes… Luckily, I haven’t had too many cases of eczema on my case this past year (although I have eczema on my legs and arms fairly often). Let’s see how well these Klairs products worked on my problematic skin…

Onto the review! 

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I will review the products in the order I used them. First, I used the Supple Preparation Facial Toner after washing my face with my normal cleanser. This toner promises to hydrate skin, neutralize skin surface impurities, and reduce skin inflammation (and therefore reduce redness).

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The toner bottle even comes with a handy stopper that prevents leaking. This stopper is easy to remove, and it is easy to moisten a cotton ball by tipping the toner bottle. I love the packaging of this toner!

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This toner has a soothing scent that reminds me of freshly watered plants, and it has a smooth texture and feels like water. I applied it all over my face with a cotton ball.

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After applying the toner, I used the Rich Moist Soothing Mask! This mask is made from 100% pure cotton and contains half a bottle of Rich Moisturizing Essence.

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When I first placed the mask on my face, it felt nice and cool and had a pleasant fragrance. There was a lot of liquid on the mask, so I wiped the excess liquid (that was on my hands from the mask application) onto my neck. A few minutes later, I felt a slight tingling sensation. I kept the mask on for about 15 minutes. When I took off the mask, there was no stickiness. My skin felt smooth and moist, and by gently patting the remaining essence into my face, the essence was quickly absorbed. It was a very refreshing face mask experience! I highly recommend this face mask.

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The next step: the Rich Moist Soothing Serum. This was my first time using a serum! On the WishTrend website, this serum is described as a “magical skin care serum that makes your skin softer and replenished with moisture.” It is recommended for sensitive skin, dry skin, red and/or irritated skin, and flaking/peeling skin. It may also prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing.

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The container for this product has a pump for easy sanitary dispensing. The pump even comes with a cap that slips on and off smoothly!

DSC_0023The serum itself is a thick clear liquid that feels like gel. It feels cool upon application and absorbs quickly into my skin. My skin immediately feels soft to the touch! Since this is my first serum, I have nothing to compare it to. In any case, I have no complaints with this serum and I love it! It also has a nice light fragrance. 
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And now this brings me to the final step: the Rich Moist Soothing Cream. This rich moisturizer is formulated for normal to dry skin. It is marketed as a cream that has a calming and soothing effect on irritated skin. It can be used as a night cream, or as both a day cream and a night cream. There is no SPF in this cream though, so if you use it during the day, wear sunblock too!

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This moisturizer has a creamy texture that does not feel oily. When I apply it to my skin, it absorbs easily and makes my skin feel so soft! It has a mild fragrance, which I think smells lovely; it’s not too strong of a scent.

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After using this moisturizer for a few days, I know for sure that I have no reaction to it. I have extremely sensitive skin, so this is a great discovery! (I’ve had reactions to well-known drugstore brands such as Maybelline and L’Oreal, so I have to be careful when trying new products.) Thanks to this cream, the skin on my face does not feel too tight and dry, despite the terrible New England winter winds. If you want a great moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and hydrated, check out this cream!

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Review: Mashmallow Octopus Necklace

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Happy New Year, everyone! How is your 2015 going so far? I’m really sick right now, so I’m glad I took these photos before I got sick… In any case, I can still blog in my sickly condition, which is nice. I hope I feel better soon… (I think I just have a bad cold, but it might be something worse.)

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I got an octopus necklace from Mashmallow, and I absolutely love it! I decided to review this product for all of you since I already have some photos.

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Here is what I saw on my doorstep when the package came in:

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Here is how the necklace was packaged:

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There were no damages to this item, so I was very pleased with the product and product packaging! Instructions and warnings were included in the box. Keep this necklace away from extreme temperatures!

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The octopus pendant is a bright neon pink, and the octopus even has cute little black eyes. It’s a very well-crafted pendant, and the black cord is also high-quality!

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Isn’t the octopus adorable? I want to name her, but I haven’t thought of a name yet. Feel free to suggest names~!

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I wore this necklace with a mostly-black outfit. I love the stunning bright color~! It truly stands out against my black top. Both the pendant and the black cord are sturdy. The clasp is easy to use as well! The length of the necklace is perfect, and I plan to wear it with my casual outfits since it’s so easy to wear.

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Seriously, check out Mashmallow for all your adorable octopus needs!

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KLensPop: New Bio Julia in Black

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I am really excited to review these awesome circle lenses from KLensPop: New Bio Julia lenses in Black. Here is the info from the website:

Brand: NEW BIO
Diameter: 14.0mm
Graphic Diameter: 13.6mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year (Max)
Country of origin: South Korea
Price Includes: 1 PAIR (2 pcs) + BONUS CASE

The lenses were shipped to me promptly, and I have no complaints about the time it took to arrive here:

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KLensPop mailed the package via Korea Post, and the cardboard box was very secure. Inside the cardboard box, everything was wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap.

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Inside the bubble wrap was this adorable little box! I love KLensPop’s packaging. There was even illustrated instructions for the care of contact lenses on the back of the box.

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Above, you can see what was inside the box. Everything was packaged neatly inside a ziploc bag. The circle lenses come with a contact lens case (color-coded for left and right), and a pair of contact lens tweezers. I don’t use tweezers since I use my fingers, but if you want to use a tool like this, the option is available.

DSC_0007This is my first time trying circle lenses from the Korean brand New Bio, by the way! Now, onto the review for these lenses from KLensPop. ^_^

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These black circle lenses do enlarge my eyes, but the enlargement is very natural. I don’t think people will stare at my eyes skeptically; if I wore these lenses at home, I honestly don’t think my grandparents will freak out like they normally do when I wear circle lenses. Since the enlargement is natural, these circle lenses look great with toned-down makeup. I did not wear any false lashes for this makeup look! I only used eyeshadow, black liquid eyeliner, white pencil eyeliner, and mascara for the eye makeup.

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These are in my prescription too, which is wonderful! You should check their website; they probably have your prescription as well.

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Now, for my circle lens ratings!

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ This design is simple but definitely fits in the natural aesthetic. It looks lovely! I like how it gives my eyes a gray tinge in certain lighting and eye positions, due to the sheer-colored black parts on the inner section of the lenses.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆ These give slight enlargement, but they are not too noticeable. If you compare these photos to photos of me without circle lenses, you’ll see that my real eye are, in fact, smaller. These lenses would be perfect for a natural look! If you are interested in wearing circle lenses, but are scared to try them because they are so large, you should start off with these lenses! They would be a great pair of circle lenses for someone to start out with.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ It’s definitely a black color! The outside is black, but it is more sheer toward the inside. I have dark-colored eyes, but I’m sure it will darken light eyes too. Since the black ring is only on the outside and fades toward the inside, they would look really cool if you have light colored eyes~!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are extremely comfortable! I wore these lenses to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and they never bothered me, even when watching the movie in 3D. I never had to use eyedrops. I am definitely interested in trying other circle lenses from this brand!

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

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I encourage you to check out KLensPop! They are a great circle lens retailer. If you’re interested in buying the above lenses, you can find them here: New Bio Julia lenses in Black. ❀❀❀ Use coupon code “WDK6RW1D” for 10% off your order! (Use code by May 31, 2015) ❀❀❀

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PinkyParadise: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown

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PinkyParadise sent me these cute prescription circle lenses: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown. Here is the information about these lenses from their website:

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal

If you buy something from PinkyParadise, use the coupon code “xiaorawr” to get free mystery gifts and cute lens cases! PinkyParadise shipped out these lenses with no problem at all. They marked the package as “Gift,” so there were no problems with customs.

packagingThe vials were wrapped in secured foam, so they were completely safe and undamaged.

DSC_0009_Fotor_CollageThey had my prescription in stock, which is wonderful! Some lenses don’t have the same increments in prescriptions, but my prescription is a bit odd. My left eye is -3.75 but my right eye is -3.50 right now. If you check out Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown‘s available prescriptions, you’ll see that they have a huge range!

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PinkyParadise always gives out cute contact lens cases with lens purchases. For these lenses, I got a cute purple fish lens case! I love how adorable these look. I soaked the lenses in my multipurpose lens solution overnight before wearing them for the first time. If anyone is curious, the lens solution I use is the Walgreens Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution. It’s affordable and works really well; I’ve been using it ever since I wore my first contact lenses.

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Now, for my circle lens ratings!

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ This design is really pretty! The space for your pupils is also large, so your pupils will look bigger.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆ Great enlargement! They definitely enlarge your eyes, but they don’t make your eyes look as huge as some other circle lenses. There is no black limbal ring. I think these lenses would look lovely with casual makeup looks (without any false lashes or dramatic eyeliner) because they are fairly realistic.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the rich brown on the outside and yellow on the inside. It’s very cute! The brown looks orange in some lightings.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are very comfortable! I can wear them all day without using eyedrops; they do not dry my eyes out. Of course, you should only wear the lenses for the recommended amount of time. I usually try to wear my lenses for less than 6 hours.

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

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I think I will use these lenses next time I cosplay Hinata from Haikyuu!! … >w<

I hope you enjoyed reading my review! If you’re interested in buying these lenses, find them here: Princess Pinky Radiance Honey Brown. If you make a purchase from PinkyParadise, use the coupon code “xiaorawr” to get free mystery gifts and cute lens cases! They have cute animal lens cases as well as macaron lens cases.

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