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Saturday, August 31, 2013

[Review]: Dolly Wink Long Mascara

  Hi all!  Today, I wanted to share my thoughts and a review on my long-time HG (holy grail) mascara!  You may have seen me mention this mascara in multiple FOTD's (face of the day) and I've even done a mascara routine post in the past as well.  I apologize now, my skin is a bit dry, I've been breaking out here and there, and I look extremely tired, please excuse the dead fish-faces and dark circles. T^T

  I have been using Dolly Wink's Long mascara formula for a few years now, ever since I saw Eki's review on it!  Eki is also the reason I got into fiber mascaras too, she used to use Fiberwig Mascara too, and I used that for a while until she did a comparison here.  Fiberwig's Extra Long formula was great and was my HG for a while, and then Dolly Wink became my new HG and has been ever since.

  Dolly Wink is a brand created by Tsubasa Masuwaka and is also under the company Koji.  I believe this brand is very popular in Asia and probably more so in Japan.  It has super cute packaging and it's totally girly!  I'm a sucker for packaging and I love the polka dots, pink and purple.

  The Long mascara formula is my favorite out of the two formulas that Dolly Wink offers.  They also offer the Volume formula which I did not like very much.  It got clumpy, didn't volumize my lashes very much at all and I disliked the formula, it was a bit thick and didn't work with my lashes unfortunately.  Once upon a time ago, I tried using both the Volume and Long formulas together, but didn't care for the results much as it was very clumpy and somewhat spidery.  (I highly dislike spidery lashes on myself).  

  Onto the review!  The formula for Dolly Wink's Long mascara, I find is a good balance between wet and dry.  It is definitely wet, but not so wet that it's runny or takes forever to dry.  I find the fibers to be very lengthening and gives a very natural and clean look to the lashes.  I also find this mascara to be wonderful with not smudging onto my lower lashline and it does not flake.  This mascara also does not irritate my eyes, and I am a regular prescription contact wearer.  It is also water resistant, this means that while it is not water proof, it will not run if I cry or if the weather is humid.  One of the things that I love most about Dolly Wink mascara is that it lasts all day and is easily removed with warm water.  When you wash it off, you can sort of pull it off your lashes in little clumps.  I use jojoba oil to remove my eye makeup and I take a little on my fingers and gently rub/press the oil into my lashes and gently remove all of the residue.  It comes off like magic!

  As you can see, my lashes are not exactly super short or stubby, but without mascara they are not very noticeable.  I also have absolutely no volume whatsoever to my lashes either. T^T  They can appear sparse and most of the time point straight and sometimes downward if they aren't curled.  In the first picture are my bare lashes, curled using a traditional eyelash curler.  In the second picture, is a full 2 coats of Dolly Wink Long mascara and curled.  I curl my lashes with a traditional curler before mascara, and after I have applied the desired amount of coats I want, I use an electric lash curler to finish the lashes off.  You can see a drastic difference in length of my lashes between the before and after picture. 

Here you can see the difference the mascara makes in length.  Left: No mascara.  Right: 1 coat.

In this picture, you can see that the left eye is not curled with the electric curler and the right eye is.  An electric lash curler makes a big difference with this mascara and I don't mind the extra step because of the results.  You can see that my lashes are nicely separated and not clumpy at all.  A few of you have also mentioned that sometimes it looks like I'm wearing falsies!  I'd say the only downside of using Dolly Wink mascara or any fiber mascara in general (from my own experiences) they do not keep a curl if the lashes are curled with a traditional curler.  I find that my lashes will droop if I do not finish them with the electric lash curler.

You can see in this picture the progression between coats and what a difference the electric curling does for my eye and lashes.  

And there ya have it!  Nicely defined, separated and fully lengthened lashes!

Would I recommend this?

  I highly recommend this mascara if you like clean, clump-free, non-spidery, natural looking, long lashes without the use of falsies.  This mascara would be great for those of you who have naturally voluminous lashes and want length.  I would also recommend this to gals with shorter lashes as well, since this is decently buildable, you can create really great length.  I usually go with 2 coats for a natural look, and if I have more time to get ready or if there's a special occasion I will go with 3 coats.

What would I rate this?

  Even though this is my HG mascara, I would overall give it a rating of 4/5.

Length: 5/5 - This is the best lengthening mascara I've ever tried.
Volume: 1/5 - This is definitely not a volumizing mascara, but I gave it 1 out of 5 because it still makes my lashes more noticeable and more than one coat helps thicken up my lashes just a teeny bit.
Curl: 1/5 - I would say that this mascara (and all the other fiber mascaras I've used) requires the extra step with the electric lash curler to keep the curl in all day and all night.  I have tried curling with just a traditional curler but this mascara will have my lashes droop and straight after a few hours.
Brush: 5/5? - The brush is your typical spooly.  It's thin and easy to use when getting to the tiny lashes or the outer lashes at the corner of the eyes by using the tip.  I didn't rate this down because the brush works fine for the formula.
Packaging: 5/5 - It's super cute! 

Looks natural and clean
Does not flake
Does not smudge
Water resistant
Separates lashes well
Gives a falsie look without falsies
Easy removal

Does not keep curl without an electric lash curler
Not water proof
A little expensive
Online availability only.  (Hard to find if you're in the States).
Time consuming application - This mascara works best with patience and  layering the coats.  You need to wait for each coat to dry before adding another coat and then finally finishing off with the electric lash curler.

Where can you buy this?

  I have purchased the Dolly Wink Long mascara from Sasa.  Sasa carries both the long and volume formula if you are interested.  You can also find the volume formula at Pretty and Cute as well.  You can also probably find it for a much better price on eBay, Amazon or any other store.  I stick with Sasa and Pretty and Cute because I trust their products and know that I am receiving authentic products.  The Dolly Wink Long mascara is usually between $13 - $23 USD.  $23.00 is the most expensive I've seen it and at Pretty and Cute.  It used to be around $11-12 on Sasa, but after they upgraded the packaging the prices went up a bit.  If you guys find a better deal that is from a legitimate store or seller, please let me know!

Additional info: 

  I have a Panasonic Electric Eyelash curler and always use it with Dolly Wink mascara or fiber mascaras.  You can find this on Target.com or online in general ie; eBay, Amazon, etc.  I also have the Shiseido eyelash curler for my traditional curler as well.

  Have you ever tried Dolly Wink mascaras before?  If so, what do you think of it?  Do you think you'll give it a try if you haven't?  Let me know in the comments!  Also, if you have any mascara recommendations you think I should give a go, let me know! ♥  I hope this review was helpful!  Thanks for reading!  (^.~ )v

Monday, August 26, 2013

FOTD: Sweet and Simple

  Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a quick FOTD with you all.  I haven't really been wearing too much lately, but have been using a few items like crazy!  I recently purchased a Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal shadow in the shade Inked in Pink.  I really love using this really lightly by dabbing all over the eyelid for an iridescent and brightening affect, it also lasts all day with very little creasing.  In the picture you can't really see I'm wearing it, but I am lol.

  I also recenty purchased Bobbi Brown's gel liner in Espresso.  I used this by pushing it into my lashline with my Bubbi detail brush (you can find the brush review here.) and it looks super natural and I love the shade of brown it is.  It's perfect for those "no makeup" makeup looks.  And of course, used Dolly Wink Long mascara and Lioele Auto Eyebrow pencil in Grey Black.

  I used my Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream in #2 and used Milani's baked blush in Rose d'oro.  I also used my Tarte Amazonian Micronized Finishing powder.  For highlight on the tops of the cheeks, brow bone and inner corner of the eyes, I used Benefit's Watt's Up cream highlighter.

For my lips I used Lioele's Pop Tint in Cherry Tint and Lioele's Blooming Gloss in Vanilla Pink for a sort of ombre/gradient lip affect.  (It's not super noticeable in the picture unfortunately!)  I'd say this has been my regular daily makeup routine lately.  It's fast, easy and simple, but still looks put together.

    Hope you liked this FOTD, it's been a while since I shared one!  What's your daily makeup routine like?  Please let me know in the comments! (^.~ )v

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tricks of the trade: My nail art tools

Hi everyone!  I decided today I would do a really quick post about the tools I use when doing the nail art that I have featured on my blog so far.  I had a request to share some of the things I use for doing my own nails.  I used the brushes that I'll feature in this post, in my recent Manicure Monday Feather nail art post.  You can find it here.  I do not always use all the tools because I do not always do nail art and sometimes just prefer a colored polish.  (Especially when I'm feeling lazy haha.)

*Side note!  I finally got my new camera and totally loving it!  I hope the quality of my pictures are better now!  Working on getting good lighting is the only thing I worry about now.  It was a bit cloudy today but still somewhat sunny, hopefully you can see everything clearly!  Let me know what you think about the picture quality in the comments as well please!  ^__^ *

I use acrylic paints to do really fine-detailed, intricate or delicate nail art.  It is important to remember to use water-based paints because it is easier clean up and easy to fix if you mess up.  Soap and warm water easily cleans the paint off of your brushes and hands.  Currently, I only have red and white paint.  I'm planning on getting black and maybe some more colors, or at least basics like blue, green, yellow, etc.

  I don't really think it matters what brand of acrylic paint you use, I just picked ones that were water-based to use with my nail art.  I suppose you could use this paint to actually paint or decorate and what not too lol.  I believe these bottles were fairly cheap and I only spent maybe $2 bucks on each bottle and it will last a long flippin' time if you are only using it for nail art!  I purchased the paint from my local Michael's.  You could probably find theses at any craft store though.

  If I don't want to go all out and break out dotting tools or nail art brushes, I opt out for these stripers.  I purchased these at Sally's Beauty Supply.  These are extremely affordable as well.  I like the quality of these and they have good color payoff.  I plan to pick up a gold glitter striper soon.  You could use just these to do the feather nail art, but it is a bit more difficult as the brush is a bit thicker than the ones I bought separately and if you mess up, you can't start over unless you remove all the polish and start from scratch. T^T

  These are dotting tools I use to do polka dot nail art, make little characters or faces with or any basic circle shapes for nail art.  I purchased these dotting tools for dirt cheap on Born Pretty Store.  I believe they ship worldwide and they carry very inexpensive nail art tools, nail art decals and more.  My only grip about the store is that their shipping time is very slow, I think I chose free shipping?  (I wasn't able to add something to my cart at the moment to see what the shipping was sorry!)  It took almost over 2 weeks to receive the dotting tools when I ordered them.  I purchased these dotting tools about a year ago so I can't remember exactly how much I spent on them plus shipping, but I know for sure it was no more than like $8 bucks.  Also, since I purchased these quite a while ago, their shipping time may have improved. ^^; Certainly, a great investment if you like doing your own nails.  These dotting tools are nice and sturdy and do a great job for what I need them for.  I would definitely recommend them.  You could also find tools like these on eBay for much cheaper I'm sure.

  Also!  You don't necessarily need dotting tools!  You could use old bobby pins that you don't use anymore, pencils or old pens that don't have ink in them anymore.  You can even use toothpicks to do nail art that you could do with a dotting tool.

  These are nail art brushes.  They are used specifically for nail art (so it says on the package).  These are made by A.S.P (All Season Professional) and it came in a 4 pack.  There are 3 different striper brushes, each a different size and meant for a different line weight and the tiniest one is used for the most fine detail.  The non-striper brush could be used for other things like painting flowers etc.  I purchased these brushes from Sally's Beauty Supply also.  These brushes are great, they have a nice quality, are firm and sturdy and do a great job with fine detail.  I used these brushes in my Feather Manicure Monday post.  I used the longest thin striper brush for the feathers and it worked great for the kinds of strokes I needed to do.  This brush set was probably the most expensive out of my nail art tools, I believe these were around $15.  I am definitely pleased with these brushes and would recommend them for fine detail and delicate art on nails.  You can probably find something similar on eBay or online for cheaper also.  I believe that these brushes are also synthetic.

  I use these tools when prepping for a manicure or pedicure.  All of these items can be purchased at Target or Sally's Beauty Supply.  I picked up the clear plastic cuticle pusher-thingy from Sally's Beauty Supply, and the rest of the items were from Target, except for the Cheeky crystal nail file which was a Christmas gift from a dear friend ^__^

1.  Clear plastic cuticle pusher? (I don't know what these are called lol)  It has two ends to push your cuticles back.  I don't like to cut my cuticles so this is a perfect alternative.  One end is just the plastic end of the stick, but flattened and shaped to get into hard to reach parts of your  nail to push cuticles back, or like what I do, I like to use the plastic end to scrape the gunk out from under my nails.  I like to use the red rubbery end to help push back my cuticles gently.  

*Side note:  I forgot to include them in my pictures, but I really like to use cuticle removing creams or oils to help me push them back easily and I like cuticle creams and oils such as Burt's Bees and the mango oils you can get from Sally's Beauty Supply (there is also a cream cuticle remover by the same company that makes the mango oil that I like to use too).  You can use anything really to condition your cuticles; olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, chapstick or lipbalm, etc.  And of course hand moisturizers for when I am done with my nails.  My hands get really dry especially when using nail polish remover or acetone.  I don't really have a favorite hand cream, they all work about the same for me.*

2.  Toe nail clippers by Trim.  I purchased this at Target.  It's a great size and easily cuts my nasty, thick, hard-to-cut toe nails. (LOL TMI sorry!)

3.  Finger nail clippers by Trim.  Also purchased from Target.  It has a neat nail clippings catcher that I like and clippers by Trim are always nice and sharp!

4.  Nail buffer.  Also purchased from Target.  This thing helps to smooth and even out the surface of the nails, and also helps buff and shine them.  I do not use this every time I do my nails, but I do when my nails are not very even on the top for a better polish application.  I do not use this every time because my nails can get fairly thin already and they get peely and split sometimes so this is a no-no for me.

5.  Crystal nail file.  I have used the crappy cheap ones you can buy from the store that look like #6 and the ones you can get from Revlon or whatever other brand there is at Target, but I absolutely LOVE and would recommend hands down a crystal nail file!  It is something every manicure-loving girl should have.  It helps to shape my nails nicely and leaves the edges of my nails super smooth.  If I use this file, I never have nails that catch on my clothes or scratch!  I believe my friend purchased these on eBay.  But don't worry, I'm pretty sure any nail supply store or Sally's carries crystal nail files. ^__^b

6.  Emery board.  I sometimes use these on my finger nails if I don't feel like cutting them and I need to remove some length from my nails quickly or if I am in a hurry.  I usually use emery boards on my toe nails because they seem more abrasive and toe nails are a lot tougher than finger nails.  I purchased this at Target as well.

  Well that was it for all the things I use when doing manicures and pedicures, and also my nail art.  I hope this post was helpful and gave you an idea of the kinds of things you may want to use to do your own nail art or just give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure. ^__^b  Please note, I did not create this post to tell you that you need all these things to do nail art, it's just sharing what I use and how I like to do my nails ^__^v

Let me know in the comments what kinds of tools or products you like to use when you do your nails.  I'd love to know! (^.~ )v


I wanted to add this link because I should probably make it clear, that I did not come up with the use of water-based acrylic paints for nail art.  I actually didn't know you could use it for nail art either until I came across this lovely lady's nail art tutorials.

This video was the first video that I ever saw from her and really wanted the same results in nail art, so I decided to try out acrylic paint for nail art myself.  However, I just noticed that via some of her other videos, she uses "acrylic paint for nails" for her nail art.  I have never seen acrylic paint specifically for nail art before, but I'm sure you can find it via Google searching.  Hope this was helpful and cleared up some confusion for ya'll! ^___^ ♥

Oh oh and oh!! *IMPORTANT*  If you are concerned about "health risks" with acrylic paint used as nail art paint, be sure to do your research. The brand of acrylic paint I have is called Americana DecoArt and is non-toxic and water-based.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie's Mademoiselle and Feathers

  Hi everyone!  I'm back this week with a Manicure Monday featuring this little beauty!

  I bought this a couple months back and hadn't used it yet and we were supposed to go to a wedding this last weekend, and I thought this would be the perfect clean and wedding appropriate color.  I decided to add a nice delicate design and hand painted feathers onto my nails!  I used a water-based acrylic paint in White that I purchased from Michael's for about $2 bucks or so.  Really cheap.  I used some nail art brushes, the kind that are very long and super skinny and I purchased a little set from Sally's for around $15-$20 or so.  And here are the results:

  I took a glitter striper nail polish and used it down the middle of the feather for some sparkle, since I love a little bling and sparkly things on my nails.  It's a really nice way to add a subtle eye catching "something".

  The feathers took a lot of practice, and I actually got the idea from Pinterest.  I also found a video tutorial that was super helpful also, you can find it here.  So, for this manicure I used the usual; OPI Nail Envy nail strengthener as my base, and Seche Vite as my glossy finishing top coat.  I used Essie Mademoiselle as the base color and I believe I used 4 thin coats to get this opacity.  I then used one really thin layer of Seche Vite and then added the feathers and glitter stripe down the center of each feather with water-based acrylic paint you can get from any craft store.  I put the feathers on top of a thin coat of Seche Vite so that in case I messed up, I could easily wash it off with soap and water and start over again.  Of course, I finished the manicure with a nice coat of Sech Vite for the shine and gloss!

  I think this nail art is very versatile, so you can use any colors you like.  Here I used a base of pink and white feathers.  You could do a clear, or a neutral base and use black feathers if you'd like too!  You can also use whatever color glitter you prefer!

  I hope you enjoyed this short Manicure Monday!  This has been one of my favorite nail arts that I have done so far, it's dainty, feminine, eye catching and super pretty!  It's actually quite easy once you get the hang of it too!  Make sure you all check out the tutorial video I linked, it is extremely helpful!

  I have seen feathers everywhere and lots of feather nail art so I guess it's been pretty popular!  Have you tried feather nail art?  What do you think of the trend?  Let me know in the comments!  Hope you try this out for yourself! ♥

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

[Review]: Mizon Hydra-Full Solution Water Volume Moisture BB Cream SPF 25/PA ++

  Hello again everyone!  I'm back with another review as promised!  I'm pretty proud of myself since I posted a previous review on the brushes I purchased a few weeks ago from Bubbi Brushes, you can find the review here.  Today I wanted to share my thoughts on a new BB cream I recently picked up a few weeks ago from Pretty and Cute.  I have been using it for about 2 weeks straight and have been loving it so far!

I present to you, Mizon Hydra-Full Solution Water Volume Moisture BB cream!  (Wow, what a mouth full lol!)


  To find out how this BB cream holds up to my coveted and very much loved Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream and the other Skin79 BB's I have (you can find my review for the Holika Holika BB cream here), take a flip!

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