I don't know about you, but my Asian lashes stick straight down without some serious elbow grease and my Shiseido eyelash curler. It takes multiple presses to get my lashes the way I want them. After all that effort, nothing (as far as lashes are concerned) annoys be more than putting on a mascara that immediately straightens them again. Ya hear me ladies?
That's why when Rae from the RaeViewer said that her go-to mascara was the Lancôme: Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara, I knew I had to give it a try. I can always count on her to lead me in the right direction and this product was no exception. It kept my lashes long and curled...just the way I like it.
The only con in my opinion is that it gets a little clumpy. The mechanism that takes off excess product leaves too much on the wand. But for now (until I can find a mascara that can do it all with no clumps), it'll do and I'm loving that I don't have to curl my lashes again after putting mascara on...hate that!
I'm still on the hunt for the perfect mascara. Let me know if you have any favorites I can try next!
Let's just say I was (crazy) excited to explore and discover all of the Asian skincare products in Taiwan. Immediately after landing, I bolted straight to the nearest Watsons and perused their counters like a kid in a candy store.
Asians love their SPF. Which is why many agree that Asian SPF products are more advanced than the ones offered in the US. I tried the two most blogged about ones– Biore's Bright Face Milk (a MrDizzyBubbles fave) and Aqua Rich Watery Essence.
Both are amazing and light years ahead of any SPF I've tried back home.
The Bright Face Milk has a watery consistency with a light pink shade to it. Apparently it's suppose to even out your skin tone. It leaves a pearly matte finish and doesn't break out my skin. The SA said that this particular SPF is used by most Asian girls as the perfect primer for their makeup.
The Aqua Rich Watery Essence is slightly creamier in texture than the Face Milk and leaves your skin more dewy than matte. This one has been my holy grail here in Bali since I'm not wearing a lot of makeup and am loving the glowy look it gives.
- No white cast at all
- love the consistency
- you can still use your beloved moisturizer under the SPF without becoming a greaseball
- doesn't break me out
- the only con is that both SPF's contain alcohol as a main ingredient. For those that hate alcohol in their products, stay clear.
You can get them everywhere in Asia, but for my New Yorkers, they're also available at most drugstores in Chinatown.
I've been using this shadow everyday since my vaca started. It's hot in Bali and wearing makeup not only feels like a nightmare but is ultimately pointless in 90 degree temperatures– products just slip off my face in an hour or so.
Lancôme's Color Design Infinité in Timeless Taupe is a breath of fresh air in this Bali heat. Just one swipe across my eyes and it stays put all day. I feel more put together for dinners out and I don't have to worry about looking like a racoon half way through my chicken sate.
I'll definitely be picking up some more in different colors the next chance I get. Do you think they have a Sephora in Bali?
I know I'm a bit late to the primer bandwagon. Truth is, I need to do things in steps. First it was no makeup at all. Eventually, I moved onto wearing only mascara. It wasn't until recently that I ventured out and attempted the kitten eye and now, it's all about eyeshadows, eyeshadows, eyeshadows.
When I discovered there was a magical invention that helped keep all of that in place, I nearly slapped myself for not diving in sooner.
I first entered the primer world with the ever popular Shadow Insurance. Lately, however, I've been using Urban Decay's tinted primer in Eden. It evens out the skin tone and primes my greasy lids. The matte tawny color intensifies the shadow making the color brighter and more pigmented looking. I also prefer the creamier, richer texture of the Primer Potion compared to the Shadow Insurance.
What's your favorite eye shadow primer?