Thursday, May 8, 2014

Portable Razor FTW

I don't know how many of you are HIMYM fans (let's talk about that ending! Or maybe you'd rather not?), but when I saw the Venus Snap with Embrace Razor, I immediately thought about the episode where Robin had a date with "Doctor Awesome" and how she would have appreciated having this in her purse. Nothing like a little portable razor to ensure dating shenanigans go according to plan. Wink wink.

So it's really rather a pity Robin didn't have this, because who knows how the show might have ended otherwise! /sarcasm. But more importantly, it's kind of amazing to have razors with shorter handles, like how I secretly want toothbrushes to have shorter handles because they'll travel better and are, you know, cute.

The Venus Snap with Embrace Razor, as it turns out, is meant for use on the go. When wet, the blue part portion of the blade creates the equivalent of a lather so you can get a smooth, easy shave. I am fortunate to have thin and barely visible hair on my arms and legs, but for the sake of journalistic integrity (guffaw) I tested it on the area down under. Um, basically the blade took everything off.

The nifty container that comes with the razor has small holes on the bottom, which allows your blade to dry effectively after use. While I don't see myself popping it into my handbag for regular use, I can picture this coming in handy during a long beach vacation.

Venus Snap with Embrace Razor is available to purchase here. Feel free to also take the Gillette Venus Razor Finder Quiz, to help women find their Perfect Match.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Venus through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Venus, all opinions are my own.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Give Mom The Best

We interrupt your daily blog reading with a regularly scheduled Messy Wands/Tatcha PSA! Long story short, this is the best skincare brand ever so get thee some goodies and see your skin glow.

Okay, joking aside (though nothing I said above was a joke), if you're stumped on what to get mom for Mother's Day, Tatcha has a nifty little kit – complete with a heartfelt note – ready for you.

The Okasan Mother's Day Gift Set contains a Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask, the Gold Camellia Beauty Oil and Nourishing Lip Balm (I'm on my second bottle/jar for both), and just to sweeten the whole experience, a little box of sweets imported from Kyoto.

Needless to say, I think any mother will appreciate a (skin)care package like this. Other great gifts are the Ritual Kiri Gift Box, or the Indigo Collection body and hand creams. The box above is en route to my mother back home, who instilled in me the importance of taking care of my skin. It is through watching her that I developed a love for the fifteen minutes I get to spend on myself every night.

Tatcha Okasan Mother's Day Gift Set retails for $135 and is available at

As you probably know by now, I have blogged about almost every Tatcha product I've ever had the pleasure to lay my hands on, so if you are curious about any product, feel free to browse through the Tatcha category. For your convenience, links to my past reviews below:

Full disclosure: This entry contains sample products sent by PR or the manufacturer for editorial consideration. This entry also contains affiliate links.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector – A Touche Éclat Substitute

In my humble opinion, that is.

Amongst the spring offerings by Shiseido (see my coverage here, here, and here), the one that I've most constantly used is the Sheer Eye Zone Corrector. When I attended the event, the brand representative told me that this is basically their version of YSL's famed Touche Éclat. I have an aversion toward most YSL products due to the brand's penchant for heavy fragrance (I mean, even their mascara is overwhelmingly scented), so while I have been intrigued by Touche Éclat, I could never bear to wear it beyond the testing counter.

True to its name, the Sheer Eye Zone Corrector is not meant for heavy concealing. In the picture below, I applied the Sheer Eye Zone Corrector around the usual culprit areas – under eyes, sides of nose, around the mouth – and it tones down the gray and red, but doesn't completely mask it.

In fact, I tried concealing the pimple on the bridge of my nose with it and was met with failure. Instead, I had to top that area off with my HG Le Metiér de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer (a quick search tells me I've never reviewed it on the blog, but have done a guest post on Makeup And Beauty Blog).

That said, the Sheer Eye Zone Corrector has steadily become my on-the-go concealer. I am lucky to not need much concealing for my skin, so barring bad pimply days, the little stick usually provides enough coverage for me.

I'm also starting to seriously reconsider my stance on the Dior Fluid Sticks (now available everywhere else but most importantly Nordstrom). I just can't get over that finish.

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector retails for $30. I use shade #103 Natural.

Products Used:
Shu Uemura Retractable Eyebrow Pencil in Seal Brown
Suqqu Balancing Eyebrow Palette 01 Moss Green
Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation N 102
Le Metiér de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer Shade 1
Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in Delicate Pink
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil 08
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley and Midnight Brown
Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara
Addiction Cheek Polish in Fresh
Chanel Joues Contraste Fleur de Lotus
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 639 Artifice

Full disclosure: This entry contains sample products sent by PR or the manufacturer for editorial consideration. This entry also contains affiliate links.