Monday, June 9, 2014

Neo Dali Natural Touch Review ☆

Hello everyone! How are you ladies (and gents?) tonight?


As many of you might have noticed, the trending look now in the gyaru world is the natural look! Though there are many ways to pull off a natural look with minimal makeup, the easiest area to emphasize to bring out the dolly look..

..are the eyes!

And today I will be reviewing natural colored lenses, Neo Dali Natural Touch for the every-day natural look!

Brand: Neo Vision
Model: Neo Dali Natural Touch (N074)
Color: Brown
Size: 14.2 mm
Water Content: 45%
Base Curve: 8.6

It is always difficult to determine which pair of lens to wear (in general) when purchasing online since
  1. The photos may be inaccurate in color
  2. Reviews/photos vary depending on a person's eye size/shape, yielding a variety of results from different people
However, I will try my very best to explain to you these lenses! But first and foremost..

The contacts I have purchased are from Fobby Barbie ( I have purchased from them when they first started up as a Facebook e-shop, and they have expanded since! This says a lot about the quality of service does it not?

I received my package in a manila envelope, and I could feel the bubble wrap inside protecting my purchase.

Upon opening my package, these items came out. My purchase was neatly wrapped and came with a free lens case!

Unwrapped, you can tell that Fobby Barbie really has taken the time to figure out cleaner packaging. Super cute!

On the back-side of the box, there are basic instructions on lens care. This is great as a reminder or for first-time lens-wearers.

Box opened, a cut-out was made to prevent the lens from moving around during shipment, minimizing the chance of cracking.

All opened! Neatly packaged and organized. The bottles fit into the slide-out box perfectly.

Photo of the contacts in natural lighting. Because there are no black rings on the edges, this pair blends easily into my eyes. I recommend these contacts to those with brown eyes who want natural enlargement. 

I have been told that wearing these, the eyes look more "wet" or "awake", and I do agree! Looks a bit glossier, like there is a glimmer.

Neo Dali Natural Touch (purchase here) in natural lighting
Only eye makeup is smudged brown eyeliner and a little mascara! Simple and natural make! ~ヾ(^∇^) 

Enlargement: Natural (but noticeable) enlargement. Great for those who want to put a bit more emphasis in the eyes.
Color: Blends easily with brown eyes, very natural.
Comfort: Standard. I can wear for 6 hours without re-wetting with eyedrops.
Notes: Recommended for those who want natural dolly eyes to go with makeup and/or natural enlargement. Want to wear less makeup (or none at all) but still have your eyes pop? Try these!

Not only do these lenses look great for the natural gyaru look, it is easy to transition to the ulzzang look with these lenses as well!

If these contacts stand out too much and you would much prefer something much more subtle, I recommend Neo Dali Brown 2 (purchase here)!

Have you tried them? How do they look? Let me know!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Fanime Weekend

Hello all!! How was your Memorial Day weekend?!

(/ ̄ー ̄) (/ ̄ー ̄)ヨオッー

As usual, a weekend at a con with good friends and a weekend of barbecue cannot end wrong. Things that happened:

Steaks  for dinner

After cooking steaks: couscous, vegetables, steak, and soup

Homemade strawberry munster ciabatta sandwich with pan-fried potatoes and guacamole

Korean sides..

.. to go with the casserole (Korean stew)

Taiwanese "snow vegetable" pork noodle soup

Taiwanese minced meat with egg over dry noodles

Pupusas from SF

Dinner with Obiwon

Day 1 of planting sunflower seeds

Day 2 of sunflowers

Day 5 of sunflowers. SUPER CRAZY!!

Eggs benedict with hash browns and fruit

Start of Home Made Kazoku concert at Fanime!

Don't know who they are? Do you remember the Bleach Ending theme?

Kayaking at Lake Merritt

Memorial Day barbecue. Obviously it was good since I couldn't wait and take a photo before eating..

Homemade pork chops with cilantro garnish and potato sides

Homemade epic sandwich
I did not cosplay for Fanime (although there was a group planned, it was pushed to a later con), but still had much fun! Instead, I visited some friends who had booths in Artist Alley, shopped at the exhibition hall, went to the concert, and visited some friends who came up from SoCal. Sometimes it gets tiring running around in cosplay since the maintenance takes quite some time (depending on the cosplay of course), so this was a nice break.

Did you go to Fanime? What did you like/dislike?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Top 7 US Beauty Products Under $30!

Hello dolls! How are we this evening?

~~ヾ(^∇^) hello ( ゚▽゚)/

So one of the things I have always wanted to see before traveling is a list of things to buy. Seriously, when you travel to another country, how do you know WHAT to buy? This entry is specifically for those who are not living in the U.S. and wonder what items are worth purchasing...that do not break the bank.

1. Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner
2. Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover
3. St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
4. Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel
5. Milani Eyeliner Pencil in Dark Brown
6. Urban Decay Naked Basics
7. Physician's Formula Shimmer Strip Shadow and Liner in Hazel

Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner
I have mentioned this toner before. Not sure if this is available in other countries, but this is the toner I use before I sleep. It definitely prevents existing/growing pimples from disrupting my face any longer. Super affordable, can be found in any drugstore (Walgreens, Target, CVS, etc.). I purchase mine online as I can never find it in the actual stores. You can buy it here for $6.39.

Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover
Up & Up is a Target (drugstore) brand. They make a variety of items, some of which are comparable to branded items. This eye makeup remover is comparable to Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Because my mascara is currently waterproof, this makeup remover is needed to make the clean-up job easier. I had purchased the travel size bottle, but this is also available in full. Travel size costs about $2.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
I had purchased this sometime ago, only because I always asked my friends with clear skin, "What cleanser do you use?" The response was always St. Ives. This cleanser is a facial scrub, wonderful to use at the end of the day to scrub off all the dirt and grime. The formula is gentle enough that it will not dry out your skin, so it is great for all skin types. The cost makes it even that much better. Purchase at Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, or any other drugstore for under $4.

Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel
This item is pricier than the others listed. As I had previously raved, this little vial is potent enough to rid of some of the most stubborn pimples. Without this, I would have easily broken out all over my face. This can be purchased at Sephora, Macy*s, Nordstroms, JC Penny, and any other department store with a beauty department. Nordstrom has this online for $20.50.

Milani Eyeliner Pencil in Dark Brown
You can tell how much a product is used by the amount of it left in the photo. The un-used version:

Haha. This is a wonderfully creamy eyeliner with a warm brown tone. The color and pigmentation is so perfect for those with warm or neutral skin tones. The brown is very deep, and smudging makes this perfect warm color. It is not waterproof, but the color/pigmentation is so perfect. You can purchase this at almost any drugstore (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.) and it costs about $4.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
This is the palette I carry around whenever I travel. I also use this every morning before I work. Actually, I use this ALL THE TIME; this is my HG. The only time I do not use this is on the weekends when I use my Naked 3 palette (it was a gift from a dear friend!).

This palette is small, but that is the point. It comes with neutral tones (not warm or cold); this works well for those with fair/light skinned ladies. Pigmentation is great, and like the other Naked palettes, the shadows are soft and apply smooth. This costs about $28 and can be purchased in Ulta, Sephora, and any department store with a beauty department.

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Shadow and Liner in Hazel
This is the fusion of Naked 1 and Naked 3 palettes, but for a fraction of the price and a fraction of the size. With this line from Physician's Formula, a selection of other colors are available (meant to match your eye color; note that this is Hazel) for you to select from.

The first half of this palette is Naked 3 appropriate, and second half is Naked 1. Prior to my Naked Basics, this was my travel buddy (now I use both), evident by the crack. Note this ladies: never leave palettes in you luggage, ALWAYS take it with your carry-on when flying. The whole palette is glittery and pigmented, so this is wonderful for Spring and natural night looks (and it comes with a liner!). Can be purchased at your typical U.S. drugstores (CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.) for about $11.

Any items you can think of recommending to me that is under $30?