Wednesday, 25 May 2016
And now for something a bit different, behold my first male product review! When it comes to male vs female targeted products, I feel like the only major differences are the packaging and the scent. This set confirmed that to a T. Rumour had it that the BB cream would be a darker shade than normal Korean BB creams, read on to find out if I found another darker BB cream to add to my collection!
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
So I started my new career and the past 2 weeks have been spent soaking up as much clinical and diagnostic knowledge as I can before I enter the industry for real. Cosplay and blogging (in particular) have definitely taken a backseat, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do! That being said, I am enjoying myself and this strange life journey. Bring it on!
Bntnews sent me the famous Nature Republic 92% aloe gel to test out this month and I welcomed it into my skincare collection with open arms. I reviewed the Comelyco aloe gel over 1 year ago and that tub lasted me a whole year! Check out that review here for my extensive list of uses for aloe gel.
Aloe is widely known to have powerful skin healing properties. Im a big fan of aloe and use an aloe vera mist daily before and after make up to hydrate my face!
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Ah Perth, you are supposed to cycle through all 4 seasons, but each and every year the transition from Summer to Winter is swift and brutal. Last week it went from warm and sunny to cold and wet within the space of a day which sparked a fashion panic attack. Thanks to my intensive clearing of my closet (see that post here), I found myself with several dates to attend and nothing to wear!
Needless to say, the same thing happened to my skin. Suddenly, it was parched. Thankfully the KICHO sheep oil cream sponsored by Bntnews came to my rescue.
The first thing I have to mention is that the name is very misleading. The 'sheep oil' comes from the wool, not the flesh of the sheep *sigh of relief*. The wool is sourced from New Zealand and purified with German technology. Lanolin (the fatty, nourishing substance extracted from the wool) combined with multi-vitamins from eight types of berries provides moisturizing, whitening, calming, toning, firming and anti-oxidising benefits.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I HAD to dye my hair for 2 reasons. 1. Cosplay and 2. It looked like orange straw. My hair often frustrates me because it is coarse and naturally dry which means that it lightens very easily. Not a drop of bleach has touched my lengths since I chopped it off up to my shoulders in November 2014, but I did have highlights put in early 2015 (again no bleach, just colour!). Because my hair is porous, it takes to colour very well. This plus the natural lightening from the Australian sun and sea lightened my hair drastically and its condition deteriorated rapidly!
Monday, 25 April 2016
We moved house and the backyard is basically an oasis, so be prepared for lots of product photos making full use of it! Honestly I was getting a bit sick of the whole stark white background theme and I feel like these photos turned out so bright and happy! On another note, other than being sick for the first time in years, I am very excited for my upcoming x-23 cosplay shoot. To see more updates on non-beauty related things like Kim Kine on Facebook and add 'Kimmimod' on Snapchat.
I received the Ellen panda blue and Ellen panda violet lens to review from the bestselling Ellen series. Don't forget to enter code 'KINE KSGK1SV1' for 10% off all lenses from Klenspop!
I also have to mention here first... Both lenses are on sale now for a measly $7!
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Woohoo! I went to the library so I could use the internet and decided it is finally time to do the Beauty Lover Tag. Thank you to Hao from Haodoyoungo for tagging me, hers was actually the first blog I accessed after my long break from wi-fi.
1. If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
I've had several makeup artists work on me before and have hated the result every single time. I've literally gone to the bathroom afterwards and fixed up everything to my liking! I know my face the best and always have a clear idea in my head of the creative or every day look I want to achieve, so how could I ever be happy with someone else's vision for me?
But as a joke, I'd like for my friend Micky to do my makeup. He's tall, blonde, Norwegian and as natural as the sun (see Micky in this post). He would have no idea and it would be absolutely hilarious.
2. What's your top makeup tip?
If you have specific dark spots or acne you want to conceal, apply your regular base and concealer. Then take a small, fluffy brush and swirl in a pressed powder one shade lighter than your skin tone. Pat the brush over the blemish from all angles to really set the concealer whilst adding another layer of coverage. Then use a large fluffy brush to set your entire face with pressed powder the same shade as your skin tone! This process has been an absolute life saver for me, allowing me to cover up almost everything for all the photoshoots I've been doing lately!
3. What one makeup item could you not live without?
Definitely concealer! I have problem skin and it's one of my biggest insecurities! Concealer can be used all over the face or directly over spots to triple my confidence. My favourite concealer is the Face Shop Dual Veil which has a stick and liquid all in one.
4. What one skincare item could you not live without?
The most important step in skincare is cleansing and my hands down favourite, 3 times repurchased product is Philosophy's Purity cleanser. It's gentle, removes all my makeup when used together with my Olay cleansing brush and smells beautiful. I can't see myself using another cleanser within the next year.
5. What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
False eyelashes on my lower lash line! Granted I only attempt this around once a year for costume makeup, but it's so darn difficult! The whole strip of lashes always ends up pasted directly on to my under eyes, instead of poking out a little bit like natural lashes.
6. What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
Cakey base makeup. When I see these girls, I just want to copiously mist their faces with my aloe spray and blend everything out with a stippling brush. And then give them their own aloe spray to keep.
7. What's your favorite makeup era?
I love the 1940's and 1950's pin up makeup! All the women looked so put together, yet sexy. Unfortunately I don't think my Asian features work well with this style of makeup as I end up looking a bit manly whenever I attempt it.
8. What's your guilty pleasure product?
The promise of perfect skin always taps into my skin insecurities and lures me into buying foundations and BB creams. I'm proud to say that I haven't splurged on any really expensive foundations, but have bought and tried many bases in my time. I really should review some of them!
9. What's your underdog product?
Most definitely my Born Pretty brush set which is basically a Real Techniques dupe at a fraction of the price. I use the flat top brushes daily and they have replaced my Sigma brushes. My base makeup takes 30 seconds to apply and always turns out so flawless and even. I also use the same brushes to blend out my concealer.
10. What's your favorite makeup product of 2015?
The original MeMe box X Pony Shine Easy Glam eyeshadow palette. I use every single shade on a weekly basis and have hit pan on 3 of the shades. This one is a definite repurchase and I use it every single day I wear makeup. Because of this palette I feel as though I don't need to buy any more eyeshadows! If I did, I would choose Pony's other palettes as the texture and payoff is so easy to blend.
& now for those I'm going to tag!
Laven from Berries in the Snow
Sharlynn from the Blackmentos
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Hey guys! The reason I haven't been updating my blog is mostly because we moved house last weekend and have no Wi-Fi until this coming Friday. It's amazing how much I depend on the internet. I have also had some fairly major and somewhat devastating life changes all happen at the same time.
My car broke and I can't afford to get a new one, so I have downgraded to a bicycle. I still haven't quite adjusted to riding it yet and my butt hurts, however I am loving the fact that I am forced to do cardio! #brightside
I lost my job in the cosmetic industry. I won't go into detail, but I was devastated when I was let go because my whole plan for the year was thrown off, and suddenly I was under intense financial pressure. It's faded into slight anger now, and I am now searching for a full time job. I'm slowly reigniting my passion for my profession after observing some great Chiropractors and I'm looking forward to healing people in need (please may the right opportunity come!).
Those two are the main events taking up my time and energy, as well as moving house and working a part time job. On top of that, my personal life is really hectic too with so many new changes and experiences every day! I've felt lost, angry, depressed and anxious as well as joy, relief and at peace within the space of 2 weeks. Right smack bang in the middle of all of this I also had my first kicking, screaming, crying, all-hell-breaking-loose panic attack. I think all my life experiences have come at once!
Really, the last thing I feel like doing is blogging about beauty products. My friends, new and old have really been my saving grace at this time in my life. I was persistent enough to rope two of my best friends into a group Gangsta cosplay at Oz Comic con last weekend!
The series revolves around two "Handymen" who take on jobs for both the mob and the police force that no one else can handle. The two, named Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, work in the town of Ergastulum, which is full of mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.
The anime is very dirty and bloody which I love. I'm totally not into cutesy anime at all.
*SPOILER ALERTS BELOW*