I just think five's a nice good number. Don't you think so?
And here in Japan it's supposed to be lucky. I think.
Anyway, bad news first.
Five Things I Regret Buying
1. MAC Wipes
People keep raving about this, so I thought I should, too, but I'm afraid I don't have anything good to say. For one, it's ridiculously expensive. I also don't appreciate the scent, but it's tolerable. I also find it quite abrasive; it hurts when I rub it across my face. And I don't like the oily residue it leaves after usage.
2. Shu Uemura "Mark Cealer"
To be perfectly honest, the only Shu Uemura product I really like is the eyelash curler. This is a concealer that for some reason wants to be seen. You tap and rub and blend like crazy, and then a few seconds, there she is - a very very visible splotch of concealer on your face, which kind of defeats the purpose.
3. Givenchy Phenomen'eyes mascara
I've been wanting to try this for the longest time because the ball applicator (that looked more like a torture device than a beauty tool) seemed like a good idea. And maybe it is, but I would never really know because the formula sucks big time. Now I got this in Narita airport where it was significantly cheaper but I still feel like it was highway robbery. For a very expensive product the least they can do is to make it waterproof, don't you think so? These days there is simply no excuse for running mascara. And it makes my lashes look spidery for the lack of a better term. And the packaging is, well, meh.
4. MAC Face Protect SPF 50
Well this may be kinda unfair because I have yet to find a sunscreen that doesn't make my skin go haywire (breakouts, dry patches, the works). But I thought this would at least make my foundation last longer which it didn't.
5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
I had really high hopes for this because I've been reading nothing but raves, but I think the only way that this product would work is if you have perfect skin to begin with, and if you have perfect skin, why use a tinted moisturizer?
On to the good stuff.
Five Things Worth the Loss of EQ
1. NARS Skin Hydrating Freshening Lotion
It's quite a bit overpriced, but my skin feels really comfortable after application, and sometimes I feel like I don't even have to moisturize after (I still do, though). And it might just be my imagination but I do think it brightens the skin somewhat.
2. Mandom Cleansing Express Moist
Best make-up remover ever! Although it doesn't stand a chance against Majolica Majorca mascara, everything else it removes with ease, and it feels like water, no kidding.
3. NARS Blush in Desire
Although I do love Exhibit A, it takes a lot of work and it's not the blush you'd want to apply when you're in a hurry. Desire is a pretty pretty pink color which I find works better on my skin tone than coral blushes which show up orange and who on earth blushes orange? I also like that it doesn't have glitter because I don't really fancy a shining shimmering splendid face. And as with all NARS blushes, it extremely pigmented, so one swipe and you're good to go.
4. Makeup Forever HD Foundation
I know I said it was cakey, but that's because the pump dispenses a helluva lot of product which all ended up at the back of my hand. There's still a special place in my heart for Kanebo Kate, but since it's still too light for me, this is what I've been reaching for at the moment. For reference, my shade is 123 and I'm a MAC NC30 (I think). And I use either a Coastal Scents synthetic buffer brush or a MAC 187 or my beauty blender sponge.
5. Clarisonic Mia
Is it a necessity? Probably not. But do I recommend it? Yes, if you have extra moolah to spare (ehem, Christmas bonus). I use mine only once a day because I think twice a day is overkill. I've had this for a couple of months now, and my breakouts have significantly lessened and I think my overall skin condition has improved. My skin is still far from perfect, but at least now I don't feel I have to slap on foundation when going out.