Monday, July 11, 2011

Product Review: Naruko Total Defense Make-Up Removing Mousse

Back with another review :)

Description: Narcissus Total Defense Make-up Removing Mousse. This oil-based make-up remover transforms into foaming mousse instantly upon one pump. The rich foam rapidly dissolves dirt and make-up and deep cleans the pores. It contains narcissus bulb extract and the patented Phytoferulin complex that revitalizes the skin. The residue-free formula leaves the skin soft, smooth, and clarified.

Alright let me go through that description and review each of what it claims:
  • Foams upon one pump: Yes.
  • Dissolves dirt and makeup: Yes. I use this only for my face when I use foundation. I did not test this on eye makeup because I use a separate makeup remover for that. I have not tested it on liquid foundation or BB cream. I've only used it on powder foundation, but I will update this once I test it out on the other liquid foundation/BB cream
  • Deep Cleans Pores: No. My pores don't look worse nor better. It does not have an effect, but I think it just maintains my current pores and cleans off the makeup
  • Revitalizes Skin: My skin does feel refreshed after mainly because the makeup is off, not necessarily because the Narcissus extract did anything, although it DOES smell VERY good, so the smell can sort of "revitalize" you so to speak.
  • Residue free: Yes.
  • Leaves skin soft, smooth, and clarified: Sort of. I just feel "normal". My skin isn't that much softer or smoother. Just clean since it took off my makeup. If you wash your face and don't put on any moisturizer after, your skin WILL feel sort of tight, but nowhere near as tight-feeling as your skin would feel if you cleansed it with DHC Oil Cleanser.

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I love the pump :)

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Insta-Foam!

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I use 2 pumps to clean my face. I massage it all around and then rinse. I DO, however, use a separate cleanser AFTER using this one to make sure everything is clean.

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I'll be creating an Ingredients List tab up at the top soon so they're easier to check when you want to purchase


My thoughts:

This is a great alternative for those who do not want to use a FULL oil-cleanser like the DHC Oil Cleanser. This does the job so far, and again like I said earlier, I do not know how well it takes off liquid/BB Cream foundation, but will update once I test that out. My DHC definitely takes off ANYTHING but is pricey and may be too oily for some (I like it though). I like how this foams up like a regular cleanser so it's not as messy as an oil cleanser and it smells GREAT. This is difficult to get a hold of since you have to buy it online if you do not have a retailer that sells this nearby. You get 150ml of product (5 fl.oz.). If you already have a good cheap makeup removing cleanser then you can skip out on this one. But for me, I will continue to purchase this once I run out. It doesn't have sulfur, which is important to me because I'm allergic to that, and a lot of Naruko products in general don't have sulfur, although some do.

Cost: $15.88 USD (9.98 GBP)
NOTE: I am not affiliated with beautyeshop. It's just where I buy my Naruko loot since I can't use the Taiwanese site. If you can read Taiwanese then buying from the actual website I think is cheaper :)

Packaging: 3/5 (love how you can recreate it to something useful since they give you instructions inside. This particular one reconstructs into a pencil box)
Cost: 3/5 ($15 to me ain't cheap!)
Product: 4/5 (works well, no complaints other than the slight tight feeling afterwards)
Overall: 4/5 (will update this to lower if it doesn't work with liquid/bb cream)
Repurchase: Yes

If any of yall have questions, please do let me know, or if I missed something in reviewing this.

Thank yall for reading! I'll be posting more tomorrow. I haven't quite decided yet what I want to post, though right now I feel like posting my nails lol. O well we'll see tomorrow :)

See yall later :)

*UPDATED 12/11/11*

This product won't take off my BB cream and foundation completely. I'll have to use my DHC oil cleanser to remove the rest. Bummer. Only buy this product if you use powder foundation lightly. If you pack on lots of powder, I'm not even sure if this will take it off. Since this is a cleanser geared towards removing makeup, I have to say it doesn't do its job well enough :( But if you arent wearing any makeup and want to use this as a regular cleanser, it is indeed gentle and will clean your skin just fine. Just don't expect any "squeeky clean" feeling.

Updated Ratings:

Packaging: 3/5 (love how you can recreate it to something useful since they give you instructions inside. This particular one reconstructs into a pencil box)
Cost: 3/5 ($15 to me ain't cheap!)
Product: 2/5
Overall: 3/5
Repurchase: NO. I changed from saying Yes to a No. With average results, not worth the money and inconvenience of obtaining this

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Marshall, Walmart, Sephora, Ross, and Dollar Tree Purchases

Hey yall

I did this purchase about a month ago but am now finally getting to post it!

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Splurged: MUFE Primer (Green). I think it was $30? $32? And the sample Benefit pack of their High Beam, Posie Tint, and Benetint was only $15--what a steal! But they're REALLY TINY, but it's a great way to try out each of them. I like all of them lol. Once I use them up I'll definite purchase the full size bottles. The posie tint stayed on my lips foreverrr. Just make sure your lips aren't chapped when you apply or else it'll sink into the cracks and accentuate them. Then since I'm currently using powder foundation for the hot summer, I want a finishing spray so I chose the highly rated MUFE Mist & Fix. This is just the small sample size, though I like this because it's travel friendly and you really don't need to spray much so that little bottle will last quite a while. I do intend to buy the full sized one later since per fl.oz it would be cheaper than buying each of these little one separately and then I'll just refill these little bottles when I need to travel. I'll be doing reviews on them too after I get my Naruko reviews out of the way. So much to review!!!

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My body is strange. Some days it doesn't sweat at all, and some days I sweat like a pig, so I went ahead and picked up the clinical strength to make sure I don't soak up my poor shirts at the arm pitties area xD This scent smells SO GOOD O.O not to mention the extra clinical strength part totally works :) but it is more expensive than the regular deodorants. It costs $6 for half the amount you usually get for the other sticks at $3. The Bed Head Ego Boost is to help maintain my hair and help prevent split ends. So far so good actually. This got pretty good ratings but it's pricey at $15 =/ When I go into my next hair cut appointment at the end of the month, I'll see if my haircutter notices less split ends or not.

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I heard from a youtuber that microfiber totally soaks up water more than a regular towel. Actually I first heard that for car washing lol, but I never thought to use it for my hair xD so I found this on sale at Ross and snatched it and it's so true. My long hair dried literally 2-3x faster. Sweet. lol. I also found no-name brand ones at the Dollar Tree if any of yall want to buy $1 microfiber hair wraps. I personally don't know if they work as good as this one or better or worse, but hey at $1, it's worth a shot right?

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Dollar Tree loot. I was SO pleasantly surprised to find the Art Deco nail polishes there for just $1!! Usually these thin art nail polish liners cost $3-4. SUCH a steal. The CoverGirl eyeshadows were good too--had to pick them up. The color selection sucked but I got the last colors of the ones I have in the picture. My other nail buffer kind of wore out so I needed to get a new one. Didn't feel like paying $3 or so at CVS. $1 just sounds so great and is awesome lol. Yea I'm that cheap. Most people are like meh $3, but if I can save more money (but not too far out of my convenience to get), then I'll take it. That nailclipper isn't the greatest lol. Cuts just fine but so does not have that "catcher" thing to catch the nails you clip off. I wanted it to so I don't have to constantly hover over my trash can. O well, just a buck.

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Hooray for nail polish! This duo was like $7 at Marshalls and usually these nail polishes run for $7-8 a pop. 2 for 1 price tag! They had other colors too but these blues intrigued me the most.


Okee dokee I shall be going to dinner now with parents and furniture shop.

See yall later! Will post another Naruko review tomorrow :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Product Review: Naruko Narcissus Total Defense AA Foaming Wash


Hey yall!

Back with a product review as promised :)

Super busy--just got back from work, but I got another shift coming up soon so I'm working on this inbetween.

I first heard about Naruko products from Fuzkittie and since the price was reasonable for the product, I thought to give it a try. I bought a LOT from them to try out so you'll definitely be seeing many more reviews on each product. Also if anyone is wondering why I'm reviewing these products individually rather than as a bundle in one post, it's because when people google up things, they put that specific product name they need and to have this individual post would help them find this review. I often research on products I want and have trouble finding the exact product I need because it's lost somewhere in a post--so I'm just writing this as how I'd like to find my product reviews. Hope yall don't mind! :)

Alright peoples lets get to the review!

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The packaging is in a cardboard-ish box that you can re-make into something useful. They provide an instructions manual to reshape their boxes into things such as pencil holder, card holder, etc.

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The squeeze tube itself is a pretty standard size. This is 120mL that you're getting, or in other words 4 fl oz. The tube is smooth but doesn't feel like that hard plastic that you get with lets say St.Ives tubes. I like the simplicity of it. It looks good but also not too girly so that males can use it too, for males that feel self-conscious about buying "female" products.

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The plastic snap top is great, but I noticed that when you close it, it isn't as tight or secure as other snap-on tops, so I feel like this could be flipped open too easily. I don't mind it too much at all and I did travel with it and had no problem, but thought to mention that problem anyway

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The product starts out fluffy and once you put water on it, I don't see it "thick" enough for my liking. When I wash my face, it was too thin. I like my cleansers to lather up enough. I mean, I have lathered it up more than what is seen in the pictures but it still isn't enough.

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Here's the ingredients list for any of you who need to check for allergies :)

My thoughts:

This product isn't good but isn't bad. It didn't improve nor worsen my skin. At that price tag, I wouldn't repurchase, and even if it was just $5USD, I still wouldn't repurchase. I believe that's what Fuzkittie said too in her video. This product is rather ineffective. HOWEVER, for those of you with sensitive skin, perhaps this might actually clean your skin just fine. My skin is used to lots of prescription topicals and creams that are strong so this didn't do much for me. It does smell nice and the presentation and packaging is great, but I wouldn't recommend yall getting this unless yall are super curious.

Cost: 3/5 ($15USD is pricey to me)
Packaging: 3/5 (good and basic but nothing fancy)
Product itself: 2/5 (nothing good but nothing bad)
Overall rating: 2/5 (too inconvenient to get too! I don't see it in stores)

Hope this helps! I'll return with more Naruko product reviews among other brands and products. I've been saving up all the packaging in my room to take pics of the ingredients list and overall the packaging and my room is getting cluttered! haha. I must get these reviews done xD

See yall later :)
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EDIT:

Wanted to show yall what the packaging looks like after you've followed the instructions to reconstruct it :)

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I'll fill this up with little beads to make it into a brush holder! :D Then I'll reconstruct the other Naruko boxes to this same shape to get more brush holders side by side. whoot. The design looks nice too :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blog Award!

Thank you to Natikiru for giving me the blogger award :D

Rules:
10 Things about me
Award it to 10 Bloggers and Notify them about this award

  1. I've been on about 5-6 different pills since 6th grade to help my acne--my skin is out of control! I've been on so many topical creams and gels too--if you name it, I probably have already used it...unfortunately T.T
  2. I LOVE BAKLAVA
  3. I'm getting really into cooking lately
  4. I have a major sweet tooth
  5. I'm a double major Finance and Marketing student
  6. My phone broke 4 times on me in the course of the 2 year agreement resulting me in having 4 different replacement phones because this phone sucks!
  7. I drive a Scion tC. LOVE it
  8. You can barely see the carpet in my room because my room is so messy xD
  9. I own so many pairs of shoes but wear just 2 of them majority of the time: my flip flops and Sperry's
  10. I'm quite an awkward person lol xD

Alright, I tag (in no particular order):

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Working on the product reviews :)

Been a tad busy catching up with friends and apartment hunting as well as working, but I will indeed have my product review this week! I haven't done one of those in forever I know =/

I'm also still in the process of figuring out what to do with my blog, how to organize things, and also still trying to figure out how to use Windows MovieMaker in order to do youtube vids.

Hope yall are doing well :)

See yall soon!

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