I have a pension for salty pickled things ^^ I love pickled Ume (plums) as well, particularly the one with akajiso (red perilla). Not vinegary(althought that is okay too) Salty is important! Anyone know where I can get some Sakura tea? I had to get a friend to sneak out of a buddhist camp in Japan to run to a supermarket an find this for me XD
I also drink this, Ume Kombu Cha (plum flavoured Seaweed Tea). I know that it is usually used as a stock base and makes a good flavouring for friend rice ^_^ I treat it as a savoury soupy drink on days that are too cold in the office.
I have to admit something. I tested this right away last night. The eye serum is a clear gel while the lotion is a milky... lotion! Both absorb really well into the skin with little or no residue left behind. Definitely no stickiness whatsoever. Because of the absorbency rate you might be tempted to slap on more of the lotion. I would suggest you put on another cream instead because to lotion's hydrating properties make it a good base for other nice skincare to go on. Both products contain fragrance; a light watered down rose syrup smell. It's not cloying like the occasional Anna Sui product an not cheap like a drugstore brand. I get the feeling that it's more of an aromatheraputic addition. You know, just to relax you. As they say, happy people have happy skin.
These are the brush tips.
Overall verdict: I like the HeroineMake one for the stiff thin brush that is extremely comfortable to use. The Majo ones are thicker and like my Neo Automatic, tend to split after a while (I've seen it happen on quite a few testers - I thought it was just girls being rough with testers but I had a similar fate too). I also noticed that the fomulation for the Perfect Automatic Liner is not as 'thick' as the Neo Automatic one. Perfect seems to flake off faster in smaller bits. The Neo one stayed on longer and came off in chunks.
As promised these are the swatches for my Majolica Majorca blusher collection. I do realised that I tend to pick most of my blushers from this brand. I can't really pin point why I do this. Maybe because of colour suitability and also the lack of glitter. I'm not fond of glitter in my makeup particularly face and base makeup. Shimmer I can take but not glitter. I do like KATE's and MACs and also shu uemura's but these are usually my first pick as they are good for their price.
This is PK333. A matte cool toned pink. This makes that dolly pop look that was very popular last year and earlier this year. The pigmentation helps because you don't need that much of product for an outstanding blush on your cheeks. I use it on days that I feel girly ^_^ It's good to layer this over OR322 as well for a very cute night look.
This is the newly released 88. It's a shimmer glitter muted icy pink. I think the pink is more like a brightener type colour ( think P&J's pressed powders) instead of actual colour. There are obvious glitter bits in this one. Not big, but some enough to 'highlight' my pores on my nose. I must remember never to put this on my nose. Works great under the eyes and on cheeks. I'm trying very hard to find a purpose for it in my collection. It's pretty in the pan, I must admit.
That concludes the blushers. Watch out for the eyeliner one coming pretty soon ^_^
These are mum's hands a little white after her shower. Typical mum hands. I followed the instructions on the back of the package and proceeded with glee. First I opened the section labeled 'Part 1' which contained 2 sheet masks shaped like hands soaking in the rich collagen serum. It was a milky white substance that had a thin lotion consistency (hey! Don't go getting dirty thoughts). It smelled quite nice, a light fruity floral bouquet that I couldn't quite distinguish. Not unpleasant. I placed the masks on the back of her hands and then open the section labeled 'Part 2'. This contained the plastic gloves. Such a quaint little idea! Slipped mum's hands into said gloves. Was a bit of a struggle because both of us were giggling madly as the finger bits of the sheetmask kept slipping off while the plastic mask was trying to go on.
Leave them in the plastic gloves for about 15-20 minutes. In the mean time you are suppose to massage your fingers at certain acupunture points as per the picture that is printed on the mask's packaging. Easy.
The mask is not a miracle worker but... It has actually made slight improvements on mum's hands. The immediate results were plumper more supple skin. It really was softer to the touch. The paleness was probably due to the fact that the mask was cold when it went on. All in all a good pampering treat that is not neccesarily for it's physical benefits but it's emotional one. Mum said it felt quite fun and relaxing. She liked the smell. She did however not a slight itching when her hands were first put into the gloves. I examined them there were not redness of swelling or any allergic reaction signs so I attributed the itching to their sheet mask quality which was a little rough. Good thing their face masks weren't like that. It's a shame. It would have been lovely if it were the same material as their face masks. Those are nice and thick. This was was quite thin.