Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nail Paint Tricks

 Sally Hanson Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
~ 5USD 
Available at drugstores, such as Watsons and Mannings

Summer's here and we need that nail color to dry fast! Try this for a instant and smooth finish to your nails. 

The press mark test: After 2 minutes of letting the color dry, I applied a single layer of Anti-Chip top coat on the right nail. After 30 seconds, I pressed on my nails to compare the result. The left was a complete disaster and definitely needed more time to dry, whereas the right was already dry and had a smooth finish. 

Love it! A must-have for everyone who likes to use nail paint. Take it to your next mani pedi session, and use instead of a top coat. Make sure to apply only a single layer, and you'll be out of there faster with longer lasting results, guaranteed.

Directions: After applying nail polish, let dry for 2 minutes. Apply a single coat of Anti-Chip, and 30 seconds later, they are dry! It works magic. There will be no more press marks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chanson Cosmetics Protection Base

Chanson Cosmetics
Protection Base
HK $630 | 80 mL

Chanson Cosmetics is a Japanese beauty brand. Although not popular in Hong Kong, it seems to be a high end beauty brand in Japan. It's the first Japanese skincare developer with a "Nano" patent.  Its products contain nano-some capsules that stimulate rapid infiltration of nutrients to inner layers of the skin for effective and thorough skin restoration. The formula contains 3 kinds of elements that blend together for whitening, anti-aging and moisturizing.

 Chanson Cosmetics 
Protection Base Swatch
(Less moisture than cream, but more than a toner!)

My review:

It was really difficult to find any information on this product! All google results were in Japanese, and even some of my Japanese friends are unaware of this brand. So I basically experimented and used this product first as a cream, and then as a primer. I'd definitely say that it works better as a primer than a cream, although I'm not sure what the intended purpose of this is. The moisturized sensation you get is less than a cream, but more than a toner, hence I think it'd make as a good primer. Moreover, after applying it, you can see a slight shine to your face. It smells very good too (like rose water).

Since I received this product from COVERmagazine, I'll definitely continue trying it. However, if I were a customer, I would not purchase the product. The brand is unheard of, its quite pricey, and the purpose seems unclear. 

If you'd like to try it out for yourself, here are the counters in Hong Kong:

CHANSON Cosmetics Boutique:
SHOP 207, 2/F The Peak Plaza

CHANSON Cosmetics Showroom:
SHOP 701, Carnavon Plaza, 20 Carnival Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2722 0118

Thanks COVERmagazine!

If you have any thoughts or opinions, please do share! Would love to hear them!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

shu uemura stage performer signs off

Received this thanks to COVERmagazine! 

shu uemura stage performer signs-off
45 USD | 4mL

This product is supposed to smooth away the appearance of lines in an instant. It's to be used as either base make up (before your foundation) or as a final touch, depending on whether you're keeping dry or moist. It contains soy extract to boost collagen synthesis and firm the skin. It also aims to give a smooth look and plumped skin. According to the label, it will give you 6 hours of lasting, visible results and 24 hour moisture. 

Is this true? 

The answer is yes! I tried it as base make-up, and it gives a highlighter effect that kind of gives the impression that your skin is raised. This has no glitter, and its pure cream. If you apply it to your cupids bow (the curve above your lips), it'll give the impression of fuller lips. It can be used anywhere, but I believe the most dramatic effect could be seen on that area. Since the function is to boost collagen synthesis, it can't be bad for you right? I recommend using it under your concealer to brighten up the eye area. An innovation with fast results! A magic pen I would say. Try and see for yourself! A recommended buy.

In the stage performer category, there is also another product. It's called the instant glow. I believe that should be good too! Would love to try that also. COVERmagazine, are you reading? ;)

 shu uemura stage performer instant-glow
50 USD | 50 mL

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lotus Herbals Nutramoist Daily Moisturizing Creme

Lotus Herbals Nutramoist Daily Moisturizing Cream
50 g | 345 Rs | ~ 50 HKD
SPF 25

About the product:
A luxurious non-greasy moisturizing crème for daily use. Extracts from cherry, plum and alpha hydroxyl fruit acids provide long lasting moisturisation while enhancing capability of skin cells to retain moisture for a long time. Also protects from harmful UV rays. Prevents tanning of skin and other forms of UV rays damage. Smooth and silky skin is what you achieve, all day long. 

Active Ingredients:
Extracts of Cherry, Plum and Alpha hydroxyl acids derived from grapes.

My review:
Since I'm in India at the moment, I thought I'd review a local product! 
Lotus Herbals is a relatively new brand in the market, and its' products are only available in India.Their selling feature is that they tend to use natural extracts such as wild turmeric, lemon peel, jojoba, avocado, tea tree oil, rose petal and tulsi (a kind of basil) leaves. They have a wide range of products from sunblock to hair serums. This product in particular is really refreshing, and good for daily summer use! Just the right amount of moisture for the summer, not too thick, and not excessively light, with just the right hint of SPF to protect you from the sun. With other SPF products for daily use, I tend to break out. But with this, it's smooth skin! (Touchwood!). It smells good too. Love it! 

Any orders?