Review: INTEGRATE Gel Liner (Limited Edition Snow White Series)

Before the rise of K-Beauty, Japanese beauty products used to dominate the market. Japanese makeup were really popular because they are heavily promoted during J-drama. If you have a favorite female J-artiste, high chance they are the ambassadors for a make-up brand (e.g. Ayumi for KOSE, Kyoko Fukada for Fasio etc).

The beauty industry in Japan is pretty big and you will probably recognised prominent brands like SK-II, Shiseido, Fancl and many more. These brands are considered high end and you may feel a pinch in your wallet if you invest your money in them in the long run.

To be able to cater to everyone, regardless of their monthly incomes, Japanese brands has also a number of more affordable brands in the market that targets high school students who may not have high spending power. We always trust that Japanese brands are more reliable and reputable, so doesn’t mean you are paying for an eyeliner that is inexpensive means the quality is rubbish.

These brands include Canmake, Kate, Cezanne and Integrate (the brand I am about to write about).

One of my recent discovery in my trip to Taiwan this year, and through many popular Taiwanese Youtuber, I was introduced to this makeup brand: INTEGRATE.

INTEGRATE is one of the few inexpensive and affordable makeup range that falls under Shiseido umbrella. Most of their products cost 1/3 less that the high end brands under Shiseido.

Today, I am going to share my thoughts on one of their gel eyeliner which my sister helped me bought in Taiwan in her recent trip there.

While Disney has given us many prominent Disney princesses, who has inspired us to achieve their timeless beauty, no one can deny the most OG legendary (not pokemon!) princess we had – Snow White. We all remembered Snow White to have “air as black as ebony, lips as red as the rose, skin as white as snow”, Snow White has stood the test of generation and time, til now there are still little girls who says that Snow White is their favourite Princess.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Snow White, INTEGRATE has collaborated with Disney to release a limited edition Snow White design makeup series which features 8 lovely products that includes perfume, nail polishes, and colorful gel eyeliners.

My sister helped me to buy PK400 Pink and BR700 Brown. I tried PK400 during CNY this year and I really fell in love with their products.

The packaging is to die for if you are SW fan.

The gel eyeliner has a pink glitter which brightens your eye and can be use as part of your eyeshadow if you are too lazy to apply eyeshadow.

I tried it when I was on my way to River Hongbao, the gel eyeliner is very easy to apply, even for beginners, and the color is very pigmented and long lasting.

I drew it up to the crease of my eye to open up my eyes, with the illusion of double eyelid and top it with a liquid eyeliner to elongate my eyes and made it more defined.

Overall, the application is really easy-peasy and is great especially for make-up newbies who are learning to use the eye liner as the liner is 3MM thick. Apparently the eyeliner melts when it touches your skin which means application is a breeze and you do not need to tug on your eyelids (which caused wrinkles) to get the color on.

The color is really gorgeous and suits my skin tone. It lasted me through River Hongbao which was really hot and humid, no smudge or disappearing color as it is sebum, water and sweat proof.

the only down side is that currently this brand is only available in Taiwan or Japan. It is selling at 1096 Yen, or NTD238. As this is limited edition design, it may not be available anymore, but do try their other products which are highly raved about.

I have also bought their foundation which I would share in my future post. do let me know what other products I should try from INTEGRATE or if you have other recommendation.

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Review: Flower Knows Rococo Cat 花知晓猫猫舞会四色眼影

Flower Knows is a makeup line created by 2 popular cosplayer Hana & Baozi. I first got to know Hana & Baozi as they make regular appearance for our annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA). I came across the post on AFA Facebook page that they are selling their makeup line during AFA 2018 and I was rather intrigued to check out their collection.

Thanks to my sister who has a Taobao account, I bought a few of their collection and I am sharing on my thoughts on 1 of the items I bought. Do look out for a few more post in the coming week for more products from them.

This was 1 of my choice because come on, the packaging is so darn cute. Kitties in aristocrats outfit. :) The one I bought was Katherine and Anthony. I had wanted to get all 4 colors but my sister stopped me and knocked some sense into me that I should get 1 or 2 to try before getting more.

The reason why I choose Anthony as this colors were more pink shades. it has a mix of matte and shimmer eyeshadow – so you are more or less covered.

I would usually apply the top left pink shimmer eyeshadow up to the crease of my eyelid, then I would use the matte orange (bottom right) at the end of my eye to create a more “smokey” look. Then I would do a black winged eyeliner to make my eyes more 3D. and my double eyelid is created.

These are the color swatches against my skin tone.

What I like about the product

  1. Packaging is pretty adorable.
  2. For a price of 75yuan (~SGD$15), you get a choice of 2 shimmer and 2 matte complimentary colors. it is really helpful especially for amateurs makeup user.
  3. It is pretty compact and flat so it makes it more convenient to travel with.

What I dislike about this product

  1. The color transfer from my brush to my eyes is pretty meh. Especially for the matte colors – it takes at least 3 application for the color to show. (you can see from the swatch above.)
  2. The fall out is quite bad, after dipping my brush in it a few times, my vanity is quite a mess.
  3. The shimmer shadow is really pretty but the shimmer is pretty chunky and you need to be careful not to apply too much onto the brush. I tried it last week and I had a hard time blending the shimmer across my eyelid.
  4. The packaging is cute but feels like thick cardboard – which makes it pretty cheap. If you are intending to bring it overseas, I would recommend to put it in a ziplock bag as I feel it will disintegrate if it is caught in the rain.
  5. there is no brush provided so you will need to use your fingers for application or have your own eye-shadow brush.

Overall, I do not really recommend this product because I do not think the application is easy as it is harder to blend out. The color payout and pigmentation is really lacking. however, if you are a fan of Hana & Baozi and want to support them, it is still a memorabilia to collect as the packaging is pretty nice.

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Holiday Collection: Belif merry merry moisturizers

Belif has released their Christmas set. If you are a big fan of Belif, this is the time to stock on your favourites because you are paying for the same price and getting more items in their set. For ladies who have yet to try Belif, this is the time to do so! I do use certain items from Belif because it is really moisturising but does not leaves your skin feeling sticky. I have tried their cleansing water, aquabombs, and facewash before and it is time for me to budget to get my hands on some of these goodies.

Nose-shine boy set, $35 (worth $46)

Set includes:
– Nose-shine boy (black edition) 30ml
– Cleansing herb water 20ml
– The true cream – water bomb 10ml

Herbal essentials skincare set $99 (worth up to $130)

Set includes:
– Cream cleansing foam moist 160ml
– Any 1 Toner (Bergamot OR Eucalyptus OR Witch hazel)
– Any 1 True cream (Aqua bomb 50ml OR Moisturizing bomb 50ml OR Water bomb 75ml)

Holiday travel kit, $25 (worth $42)

Kit includes:
– Creamy cleansing foam moist 30ml
– Bergamot herbal toner 20ml
– Hungarian water essence 10ml
– The true cream – aqua bomb 10ml
– Moisturizing eye bomb 5ml

A good try for ladies who has not try their products before. I bought 2 of this last year because it was easy to carry around, especially if you travel a lot.

Holiday limited edition The true cream – moisturizing bomb Jumbo 100ml, $79 (worth $108). Aqua bombs are one of Belif’s all time favourite and best seller. So if you are a fan of this product, it is time to stock up with their jumbo size.

First aid set set, $65 (worth $88)

Set includes:
– Any 2 First aid overnight masks 50ml
– The white decoction – ultimate brightening sheet mask 1pc

Ultimate hydration set, $99 (worth up to $140)

Set includes:
– Hungarian water essence – moisture binder 75ml
– Any 1 True cream (Aqua bomb 50ml OR Moisturizing bomb 50ml OR Water bomb 75ml)
– The true cream – aqua bomb 10ml
– The true cream – moisturizing bomb 10ml

Aqua bomb sleeping mask set, $79 (worth up to $107)

Set includes:
– Aqua bomb sleeping mask 75ml
– Any 1 True cream (Aqua bomb 50ml OR Moisturizing bomb 50ml OR Water bomb 75ml)
– Aqua bomb sleeping mask 10ml

Ultimate hydration set, $99 (worth up to $140)

Set includes:
– Hungarian water essence – moisture binder 75ml
– Any 1 True cream (Aqua bomb 50ml OR Moisturizing bomb 50ml OR Water bomb 75ml)
– The true cream – aqua bomb 10ml
– The true cream – moisturizing bomb 10ml

Rose gemma set, $77 (worth $111)

Set includes:
– Rose gemma concentrate oil 30ml
– The true decoction – firming essence 10ml
– The true decoction – line rescue essence 10ml

Prime infusion repair basic set, $131 (worth $190)

Set includes:
– Prime infusion repair toner 150ml and 20ml
– Prime infusion repair emulsion 130ml and 20ml
– Prime infusion repair cream 10ml
– Prime infusion repair eye cream 5ml

Prime infusion repair cream special edition set, $123 (worth $157)

Set includes:
– Prime infusion repair toner 80ml
– Prime infusion repair cream 50ml
– Prime infusion repair essence 10ml

Belif Merry Moisturizer sets are now available at THEFACESHOP-Nature Collection stores and TANGS VivoCity. While stocks last. What items are you most excited to try? Do share with me below.

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