Review: Heroine Make Smooth Eyeliner, Mascara and Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve tried countless waterproof mascaras and eyeliners, but I never seem to find one that actually is fully waterproof. It somehow smudges in the end or just gets ruined. I discussed this with one of my best friends and she said that there was one that she always buys and brings on her travels. Since my best friend and I were going to Thailand, she brought me to Sasa (a popular store in Hong Kong) that sold this holy grail waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

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Heroine Make is the name of the brand and it originates from Japan. The eyeliner costed me around 82 HKD (~$13 CAD). The image of the girl is iconic to this brand and although I can’t read Japanese, it states that this eyeliner is waterproof and doesn’t come off whatsoever.

The eyeliner seemed like any other liquid eyeliner with a fine tip applicator and the packaging was very cute at first glance.

The application of the eyeliner was smooth and the fine tip made it easy to produce a winged eyeliner look. The pigment of the eyeliner was also very dark (I close black) and it didn’t fade whatsoever after a full day. I tried this eyeliner whilst in Thailand (including my beach days) and the eyeliner didn’t budge whatsoever. There was no eyeliner residue after going into the water, nor were there any smudge marks underneath my eyes. I could not believe how amazing this eyeliner was and it has become my holy grail waterproof eyeliner!

Heroine Make also had a waterproof mascara in the same line that I could not pass upon.

The mascara tube wasn’t anything fancy, nor was the brush, but I bought it at the same price of the eyeliner (~$13 CAD).

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This mascara, just like the eyeliner, has also become my holy grail mascara for water days/rainy days. I tried it along with the eyeliner on my beach days in Thailand and I was pleasantly surprised to find that none of it smudged after going into the water multiple times. Although your eyelashes don’t look as full and voluminous like with other mascaras, this one is absolutely amazing  hands-down the mascara you should use if you want it to stay on all day. The formulation of the mascara is light and it applies on easily.

Waterproof eyeliner and mascara. You’re probably wondering how I can remove these two holy grail items. My solution is the Heroine Make Eyeliner/Mascara remover. Since Heroine Make knows the formulation of the two products, they created its counterpart eyeliner/mascara remover.

This teal/mint coloured tube looks exactly like a mascara but its wand applicator is totally different. This wand is used to apply product onto your eyelashes to remove mascara. You brush the wand a couple of times over your eyelashes and leave it on for 30 seconds to 1 minute and use a makeup wipe or a cotton pad to wipe it off. It works amazingly well when removing waterproof mascara and it only requires one application to do the trick.

I was speechless after trying all three products and would highly recommend every single one of these products if you were looking for waterproof items. From my experience of being in Thailand for a week this past summer, this eyeliner and mascara would stay on without smudging. I spent nearly every day jumping into the waters and it has proved its waterproof abilities.

If you have any questions, please leave them below. Also if you’ve also tried these products, tell me how your experiences went!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam

Foam cleansers. I find that these are getting more and more popular in the Western society. Although this product originates from Japan, I find that Western society has adapted more of their products from Asia.

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This simply blue tube is 120g and costed 444 NTD (~$8 CAD).

My first impression of the packaging was that it just had a simple design. I find a lot of products try too hard to make a product look good but sometimes a simple design does the trick.

Since it comes in a tube form, it goes without saying that it is easy to use and a lot more hygienic than something that you dip your fingers in (which can call for the manifestation of bacteria). The product is super light and it only requires a pea size for it to properly foam up. The instructions recommend using a beauty sponge to foam up the product but I just used my hands and some lukewarm water.

I bought this product on my trip to Taiwan; I also bought this product since I ran out of my normal one. Since it was a good opportunity to try a new product, I decided on this one. After several uses, it is safe to say that this product foams up well even by hands and it cleanses decently well. Although it doesn’t remove makeup entirely, it works as a secondary face cleanser. I find that the product is a little bit more stickier than other foam cleansers. One other side effect of this product is a small tingly sensation on acne areas. While in Asia, I hadn’t had any blemishes of any sort but when I returned back home and used this product, I felt a tingling sensation. This tingling sensation wasn’t a refreshing one, but more of an uncomfortable slight stingy sensation. I read a few other blogs afterwards to see what might have been the cause, but apparently this product is more acidic than the regular face cleanser. Users have been said to feel a bit of discomfort after a couple of uses. Unfortunately I had the same reactions and decided to switch back to my normal daily cleanser.

I would not buy this product again. Although Shiseido has been known for many of their products, I would not recommend this cleanser. The affordable price doesn’t justify the discomfort I felt from using the cleanser on acne prone skin. I am sure there are other individuals who don’t have this problem, but having a more sensitive skin type, I wouldn’t try this again.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Sephora Birthday Gift 2016 & 2017

White S-shaped flame against a black background. From that description, you know right away that I’m going to write about Sephora.

Sephora is a makeup dream store but the worst nightmare for the wallet. One of the perks of Sephora is their free birthday gift sets. Every year for your birthday, you are given a little gift from Sephora. This is usually a small sample of newer products or popular products.

I hadn’t previously written about last year’s gift so I thought I would write about the birthday items given in 2016 and in 2017.

In 2016, I chose the Marc Jacobs Beauty Set. This included the Highlighter Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner and the Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick.

The eyeliner had a very creamy formulation. It glides on very well. Although I tend to use more liquid liners more than crayon ones, this one worked quite well (that’s if you aren’t going for the sleek cat eye eyeliner look). Its pigment was darker than I expected and surprising a good eyeliner.

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Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick is probably the item I liked out of the two in the set. The lipstick shade was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The lip colour is this warm pink colour that adds the right amount of colour to a face. The formulation of the product was both creamy and smooth. I like that this colour can work with many skin tones and since I have more of a tanned complexion – pinks tend to look extra good.

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In 2017, Sephora gave out a bunch of other options for birthday sets and I settled on the Tarte set.

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The two items in the Tarte Birthday Set included the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty) and the Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit.

I’ve previously tried the blushes from the Tarte line and I had a really good experience with it. This blush left me with the same reaction.

This cute little compact blush has a matte finish which is different than the iridescent colour in my other blush compact. Although it has a matte finish, it has the same formulation. The colour is quite pigmented (even on a tanned complexion). It is more on the pinkish side and the colour is great for everyday use when you want a bit of colour to your face.

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The second item in the birthday set is the Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint. Just like the blush, this colour is a nude colour with some pink undertones.

The applicator is the regular lip brush. Its colour seems more pink on my skin tone but it is supposed to be a bit more nude. The formulation is super smooth and creamy and the applicator allows for easy application.

I am usually quite hesitant when I trying nude colours because of the hue it brings out once applied. I find that the pink undertones make it a lot brighter and less washed out than other nudes.

Thanks to Sephora, I feel like I’m able to try some items without having to buy the whole thing. A lot of these items are also sold as travel sizes (which is great for individuals like myself who want to try the product before investing in the full sized item). Both birthday sets were great and I’m happy that Sephora offers this to its members.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Geo Bella Grey Coloured Contacts

Pink Paradise. What an interesting name for a website, right? The first time I looked at the website, I was quite overwhelmed by how pink this website was (hence the name, I suppose).

I bought a previous pair of contacts from this website (Venus Eye Brown) and so I decided to try out another pair from the website. I went with the Geo series – Bella Grey.

The contacts came in two separate vials with the prescriptions written on the top. My eyes are a whopping 5.25 (left) and 7.25 (right) – terrible eyesight, right? I picked the 5 and 7 since these were the closest to my prescription.
*Note: When buying contacts, make sure to get the prescription closest to your own (lower) or you may harm your eyes.

These contacts costed me a total of $19.90 from Pink Paradise. The diameter was 14.2mm (more of a natural look) with a base curve of 8.6mm. These contacts can be worn for a year and the contacts came with a pink macaron lens case

At first glance, the colour was definitely the grey that I expected it to be from the images I saw from the website. It is more of a medium dark grey colour. I’ve only ever tried grey contacts once before but the colour came out to be blue instead.

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As you can tell from the above photo, the colour isn’t the same grey as it was in the vial, but this colour was a lot closer to grey than it is to blue. I’m not quite sure if my dark eyes change the colour of the contacts when worn, but this often happens to me. Be wary when you buy the contacts since it won’t exactly be the same colour as you expect it to be when worn, but it’s kind of a nice surprise when you do.

Coloured contacts are recommended to be worn for 6-8 hours (same as regular contacts). I occasionally wear my contacts longer (I know.. very bad..) but they stayed relatively moist when worn.

Overall, I thought these contacts were worth the cost and the colour was able to show a lot better on my eyes than the Venus Eye Brown contacts that I’ve previously bought.

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Tony Moly Pureness 100 Red Ginseng Mask Sheet Shine

Lately I’ve been really into face masks since the summer heat from Asia killed my skin! I apologize that I have not been up to date with all my posts but I promise to get back on the train and write more!

Tony Moly has always been one of my all-time favourite brands for face masks and this one was definitely a hit in my books.

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Ginseng has been said to have therapeutic benefits; it is said to stimulate blood flow which leaves the skin looking young and hydrated. It also is said to provide an individual the ability to relax and reduce their stress levels.

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As shown above, the images demonstrate how to place the mask onto your face. I found that the mask was the right size for my face (mine is small and oval-shaped) but it really depends on the individual. If you’re wondering as well in regards to the expiry date – I tried this mask awhile back but I wasn’t able to post this until later (oops!)

Like other masks, this one is instructed to be worn between 10-20 minutes to allow the nutrients to be fully absorbed into the skin.

I found that once I opened up the packaging, it felt super moisturizing. My skin felt very hydrated after use and the ginseng scent was ever so soothing. Although I have never encountered red ginseng in real life (I’ve only ever seen regular ginseng), I think it had an even better scent than the regular ginseng.

Masks from the Pureness 100 series are all around $3-5 CAD which is the average price of Asian branded masks. I’ve tried a handful of these masks from the Pureness 100 series and I would for sure repurchase these again in the future.

If you have any comments or questions, leave them below!

 ~Miss Happy Penguin

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Table 85

More and more Asian cuisine restaurants have opened up in Ottawa and I’m happy to have found this little hidden gem. Table 85 is located on 85 Bronson Street in the basement of a Remax building right off the 417.

I went with a group of 10+ individuals and we had ordered various items to try out their dishes. There were assorted Korean side dishes such as sweet potatoes, kimchi and black beans. A lot of Korean restaurants make and serve their own kimchi dishes.

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Sweet And Spicy Fried Chicken
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Original Korean Fried Chicken

Table 85 offers different types of fried chicken; we ordered the Original Korean Fried Chicken and the Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken. Both dishes tasted great but I enjoyed the original flavour a little bit more (it also might be due to the fact that my tolerance for spice is lower?). I really taste the soy sauce and honey marinade in this dish.

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Fire Seafood Noodles

Next up we have my favourite dish – Fire Seafood Noodles. Although as stated above that my tolerance for spice is low, this dish was worth killing my taste buds for. This dish consisted bok choy vegetables, mussels, shrimp, and carrots in a noodle base. I adore seafood so it was nice to have this part of the meal.

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Jajang Noodles

Black bean noodles (also known as Jajang Myun in Korean) is a noodle dish drenched in a black bean sauce. If you’re more into a more saucy type of noodle dish, this would be your best bet. This dish is topped up with cucumbers and some boiled eggs to make sure your taste buds are completely overwhelmed by the black bean sauce. This dish tasted also very good and the portion size could be split between two people.

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Beef Sashimi

Last but not least is the beef sashimi. This well-marinated meat dish is served with both pickled radishes and lettuce. Typically you put the beef sashimi in a wrap and add the other side bits/condiments before consumption.

After trying various dishes from Table 85, it is safe to say that they have a wide variety in which all tasted really good. My favourite dish, as mentioned above, would have to be the Fire Seafood Noodles. Each dish varies from $10 to $30. I believe the whole meal costed about $40 each person (including taxes) since we had done a foodie group event. It was a spectacular experience and I would go again!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Review: Tony Moly Peppermint Foot Mask

Masks have always been one of my favourite products from Tony Moly, but when I walked into the Tony Moly store, this little package caught my eye.

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It might have been the big white foot on the packaging or the bright green hue but I was definitely drawn to it in the store. I knew immediately that this is what I would need for my gross tired dry feet. My job consists of being a lot on my feet, so finding this product was a definite sign to give myself a break (also it only costed $5 so I was more inclined to give it a try).

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This foot masks consists of peppermint extract and that is said to refresh and to moisturize your feet. I opened up the packaging and found these look-alike white socks.

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I pulled them out of the packaging and found the pair attached at the top. Once taken apart, you could peer into the socks to find the peppermint extract.

The foot masks exterior were made with this plastic material. Although the packaging did not state what the shoe size limit for these masks, I would guess it would fit shoe sizes up to size 9. I have relatively big feet (size 7) for my height, but they were still a bit big on me.

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As followed by the directions, I placed my feet into these sock masks for half an hour and sat on my bed. It felt somewhat like stepping into wet shoes, but once the half hour had finished, I was happy to take them off.

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My feet felt absolutely wonderful after taking the socks masks off. They felt both moisturized and clean. My feet felt as if they were rejuvenated after a long day of work.

I really enjoyed this product for their design and it’s straightforward instructions. It was not too expensive and the peppermint scent smelt great and it was ever so refreshing. Tony Moly has once again not failed me with their product!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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