[REVIEW] A. By BomUltra Time Return Eye Cream

Hello, hello! It hasn’t been long since I was long on here but I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying some nice weather where ever you are. I’m so happy to say summer has finally came to an end and fall has come.

I would like to share a product I have received from beMusedKorea to review and share to you guys my thoughts + opinions on it. Firstly, I would like to thank Lydia and her team for reaching out to me on Instagram and asking if I would be interested in trying their new launch of products. I will also be reviewing another product they provided me sometime this week or early on next week.

Disclaimer: All views and thoughts of this product are my own. What may work for me, may not work for you so please keep that in mind. 

A. By Bom – Ultra Time Return Eye Cream
Price: $49 for 30g / 1.05 onces
Available on: beMusedKorea

    • Claims: This elegant formula, with skin smoothing texture, provides long lasting nutrition that is immediately absorbed upon application, creating a protective film that noticeably smoothes and plumps the skin around the eyes.
      Key ingredients:
      Natural Collagen Booster – Protects and energizes the skin
      Maca Peptide: Strengthens skin barrier
      Poria Cocos Extract: Gives nutrition and protects the skin
      Ginseng berry: Hydrates and softens skin appearance

Here are some photos demonstrating and showing the texture and finish of the product. This is one full pump of the product and how it looks when massaged in the skin.

My thoughts:

The first few things you will notice when you dispense out is that it has a gel-like consistency and texture, making it easy to apply on your skin and it blends in seamlessly into the skin. It also doesn’t have much of a scent to it and does not smell artificial. The scent reminds me of fresh washed clothes with a bit of baby lotion! It’s not greasy or heavy on the skin and feels cooling. Some eye creams are too rich and dense in formula so they tend to sit on top of the skin for a long period of time and have difficulty penetrating into the skin. I find this eye cream easy to sink into the skin and it doesn’t bother me – I don’t feel it on my face after applying it.

The weather is starting to get much colder where I am and I tend to get really skin all over my face and especially around my eyes. I’m not sure if some eye creams are irritating on my skin but I do rub my eyes more often with it on. For this eye cream, I haven’t experienced any issues with eye rubbing so that’s good news! I’m very aware of rubbing your eyes can cause major premature wrinkles but sometimes I can’t help myself.

Overall thoughts on this product:

  • Texture: 5/5 – Gel eye creams are more effective on my skin and do a better job hydrating my skin! My biggest concern was if it was going to be too greasy and thick but it wasn’t! I prefer more lighter gel texture eye creams because it feels weightless on my eyes.
  • Scent: 4/5 – I was hoping it would smells like flowers but scent isn’t very important to me, the effectiveness of the product does.
  • Price: 4/5 – The price is on the higher end side however you’re paying for a quality product with nice packaging. It’s still much more affordable than western high eye creams.
  • Performance: 5/5 It doesn’t sit on my skin and absorbs pretty fast. It layers really nicely with my entire skincare routine and I don’t have any issues with it.
  • Packaging: 5/5 I was not expecting this from A. By Bom because I thought they would have made the packaging similar to their sheet mask designs but this was a fabulous surprise! The packaging is minimalist, luxurious and timeless. The bottle itself looks really expensive. I’m glad they opt’d for this kind of container and dispenser, I really don’t like eye creams in tubes; they can be super hard to dispense out the correct desired amount of product.Overall: 4/5 I would repurchase this and would recommend this to my friends who are 20 years of age and older, I think prevention is key. I started using some mild anti aging products since I was 21-22 and even if you don’t use anti aging products, you should atleast use sunscreen on a regular daily basis. Your skin will thank you later in life for doing so.

~ Ingredients are available on bemusedkorea

 

Q. How do you know about this brand?

A. I’ve heard of A. By Bom Cosmetics through social media and I’ve tried a couple of their sheet masks and loved every single of them.

Here are some of my A. By Bom sheet masks recommendations that I believe all of you should give a try: 

1. Ultra Water Leaf Mask – This is a one step sheet mask that is made with safe and natural material that is biodegradable and is naturally dis solvable. The serum is high in concentration and is equivalent to one whole bottle of ampoule (30 ml). It’s able to minimize the appearance of pores, re hydrate quench skin, soothes and calms down inflamed skin.
2. Ultra Cool Leaf Mask – This is a two step mask set that contains green leaf shared patches. It’s fantastic to retain moisture, soothe and calm the skin also provide additional hydration.
3. Ultra Floral Leaf Mask – Firstly, this is a beautiful mask that comes with a cute pink flower patch soaked in the mask’s essence. This is also a two-step mask set that provides whitening and skin tightening. It is infused with peach flower extracts that are excellent for whitening and anti wrinkle care. There is also Sakura flower extracts to provide hydration.

 

That is all for today, friends. I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful. Til next time! I am wishing you a wonderful and exciting weekend ahead of you.

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[WISHLIST]: Chapter One – Sephora Edition

Hey beauties, it’s funny how these past few posts were quite negative.. Anti Haul, Product Flops.. I came on here to share things I genuinely would like to try out and want as a gift or I will purchase it for myself later on in life.

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FAB – Coconut Water Cream
This is currently on sale at Sephora for 21 Canadian Dollars. I was quite intrigued by this product when I first came across it. I’m actually quite surprised how affordable it is now. I may consider getting it but I’m also quite unsure at the same time only because water, gel based creams are more effective for me to use during the summer time. I would need something waaay thicker for the fall and winter season to keep me hydrated and plump. During the colder seasons, my skin often looks very dehydrated and dull.

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KIEHL’S Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
I am an avid makeup user and sometimes I need a skincare pick me up. I am a huge believer in Good skin = good makeup so skincare will always be my top priority before makeup. This essence marketed to be able to remove rough textures on the skin’s surface and smooths out everything, creating a visibly improved skin appearance. Currently, it retails for 57 Canadian Dollars, I am patiently waiting for Sephora’s upcoming Fall VIB Rouge sale.

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Fenty Beauty – Diamond Bomb Highlighter
I am what you call an amateur highlighter hoarder. I own quite a few but I don’t own as much as beauty gurus or influencers. I went to Sephora with my friend and she kept nagging me to swatch this highlighter. Initially, I didn’t want to but when I swatched it.. I was kinda turned off how glittery it was but as I looked at even more and layered it on, I noticed that it sort of mocks the appearance of “wet skin”. The shimmers are very fine but I’m still able to visibly see them. I don’t own anything like this and I do believe it would be a great addition to my current highlighter collection.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
Everyone seems to be all excited for the watermelon mask but I’m all about this. This looks a moisturizer I can use under makeup, as an a skincare routine idea and all around a nice product to have on the go as well.. The waves-like glass bottle makes it look so luxurious and is so aesthetically pleasing for the eyes.

That’s it for now, friends. I wonder what else I will end up wanting or buying… Stay Tuned!

[REVIEW] Skinfood Gummy Bear Hand Cream in Cherry Chocolate

Skinfood Gummy Bear Hand Cream – Cherry Chocolate (45ml)


Good afternoon ladies and gents, I hope we all are having a wonderful Thursday. Don’t worry, Friday is right by the corner. Today, I’m here to share my thoughts on this hand cream I got recently in the mail. It’s pretty adorable, huh? I do recall seeing this hand cream available in multiple different scents about 1-2 years ago? I thought these were completely sold out but I was lucky enough to stumble across an eBay seller who sold these. They weren’t cheap, I do recall paying about 12 Canadian dollars for it. These range from 8 Canadian dollars to 12 Canadian dollars. It really depends on where you decide to purchase these.

The scent reminds me of a Milky, Cherry creamsicle, I don’t really smell the chocolate/cocoa notes. As you can see in the photo, my hand is outrageously dry, doesn’t matter whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer, my hands will always somehow be dry. I have been really neglecting my hand care so I should really get back into habit using hand creams when needed.

The first thing I noticed for texture was that this it’s not watery, thin nor is it too thick. It has a perfect combination of the two making it extremely easy to massage into the skin. You don’t need a lot of it to moisturize your hands and you most definitely can layer it if needed. It doesn’t give you that thick white cast on your hands when you apply too much which is nice because, at times, I tend to accidentally dispense out more hand cream than needed.

Texture: 5/5 – This is my ideal texture I would like in a hand cream. A hybrid between lightweight but not watery and not thick where it’s difficult to spread.
Price: 3/5 – A bit on the pricey side for a standard hand cream but at least the packaging is adorbs.
Packaging: 5/5 – Super adorable, compact and iconic! Who doesn’t know or love gummy bears?
Moisturizing: 3/5 – I think this is a standard hand cream, it’s most definitely not heavy duty enough for dry, cracky winter hands
Scent: 3/5 – This scent could be better, I wish it smelled more like cherry chocolate because it really reminds of a cherry milkshake, cherry creamsicle or even creme savers hard candy!

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I would probably recommend this anyone who collects cosmetics and loves cute packaging. It’s definitely something you can do without but great for those who collect these sorts of things.

 

Thanks for dropping by to check out my review~ Til next time, friends.

Anti-Haul – First Chapter

Good morning, darlings! I hope we all are having a fantastic start to our week. Only 2 more days and the weekend will be here. I noticed there are quite a few blog posts and even youtube videos on this subject. I always talk about what I want but never really what I don’t want.

*Disclaimer: These are all my personal thoughts and opinions on these products. In no way or form am I shaming these brands or products.

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Tony Moly x Samyang collaboration collection

I’m sure many of you know, I’m all about buying new collaborations with cute packaging. I like and dislike this collaboration for various reasons; the first would probably be I feel like cushion could look more cute and I question if whether Tony Moly and all these other korean brands are running out of ideas. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of iconic brands and things that Korea has and Samyang is one of them because the internet literally blew up with a whole bunch of fire hot noodle challenges. I just think the collaboration is weak and nothing special. It will quickly be forgotten because there wasn’t much thought put in it. When I think of Tony Moly, I think of fruit packaging and cute pandas – never have I thought that they would collaborate with an instant noodle brand. I think they should have made something dessert themed instead. Unfortunately, I will be skipping out on this collab.

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Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette

I own quite a few things from Too Faced and a lot of their eye shadow palettes are repeated shades or similar to one another. I was hoping they would go out of the box and release an eyeshadow palette with more pops of colour. The lucky clover collection was so adorable and I was hoping they would make more palettes like that. This gingerbread spice palette will be available during the holiday seasons and I believe this will be a limited edition release. If anyone knows me, I love anything fall/winter themed, hot chocolate and pumpkin/cinnamon spice scented products but I just don’t think I would get much use out of this palette for it’s shades therefore I don’t see any reason why I would pick this up other than for flatlay or reviewing purposes. I personally would not grab this palette on my own. I own way too many warm/cool tone red and brown shades to get anymore. At this point, I am hoarding a lot of palettes I don’t even use.

Etude House Lip Products *in general*

This may shock many of you because I know there’s a huge volume of kbeauty addicts/lovers who love Etude House’s lip products but hear me out… I own a lot of etude house products and they are very affordable with cute packaging. I feel like everytime I get their products it’s super hit or miss. The soda tints for example, I only find myself using the peach one the most and grape from time to time. The milk one I anticipated for turned out to be a clear gloss with a tiiiny bit of pink tint to it. Their popsicle collection was just awful, they were not tints by any means and just disappeared within one meal/hand wipe. I feel like because they produce cute packaging, they kind of half ass their formulation. This is just my personal experience with their lip products. Their cute interchangeable lipsticks are alright, I don’t find myself reaching for them either but they are better in formulation than the tints.

 

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Pretty Vulgar The Powder Room – Translucent Powder

I am so done with all these high end brands releasing translucent powder and asking for outrageous amount of money. Let’s be real here, ladies & gents… It’s a POWDER, I’m sure it’s not mind blowing and it’s also TRANSLUCENT. It’s not something multi functional and be used alone. I purchased the Laura Mercier translucent powder when I first started on makeup and I have not touched it for 2 years. The only time I would ever use an expensive high end powder is if I was gifted it. Overall, it’s not worth my hard earning money to buy something to mattify or “bake” my face. I also don’t bake my face, I gently apply some pressed powder (with spf) ontop of my foundation or cushion and I’m good.

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Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid

No way in heck, I will pay 36 canadian dollars for a concealer. Concealers are just as expensive as foundations, I don’t have any heavy dark circles of blemishes to conceal so this would be absolutely pointless for me to buy or use. Also, I have purchased the Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation because of Jaclyn Hill raving so much about it. I actually really hate it. Never have I felt my face so weighed down, sticky and oily. Even setting it, it still was oily and my hair would cling on to it. You know that sticky lip gloss feeling and you hair gets caught on it? yeah, exactly like that but with a foundation. You can imagine how annoying that was for me.

 

Well that is all for chapter one, friends! Have yourself a wonderful day and stay tuned for the next chapter on Dorki’s Anti-Haul.

PRODUCT FLOPS: CHAPTER 2

Hey hey, this is probably the most active I have been on my blog and I really just wanted to stretch this series because there are quite a few products where I just did not like and I really wanted to share with you all my thoughts and opinions on them.

Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products.

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The first bb cream I have ever tried!!
At the age of 17, I started getting more familiar with makeup and experimenting with different brands and products. Bb creams were a huge deal back then because they weren’t just for post surgery folks but they are the future of foundation because they are multi-function and provide anti-aging, whitening and buildable/high coverage. Bb creams may vary in texture and coverage but this one was very thick and has medium coverage. I loved this bb cream for my early stages of practicing with makeup. This bb cream had literally ONE shade and it’s most comparable to the Missha M Perfect Cover Bb cream in shade #21 but it has a really heavy grey undertone to it. I didn’t appreciate that it clung onto my dry patches and made my skin look aged especially around my smile lines and forehead. Maybe this bb cream is meant for oily skin users? Not sure but this was a flop for me and I don’t know why I repurchased this thing 3-4 times.

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INC.redible You Glow Girl in Cosmic Blur

This product came out before the Colourpop Jelly shadows and I thought this idea was brilliant but at the same time, it was too good to be true. Anyone who has followed me on Instagram long enough would know that I am all about that holographic, duo-chrome, unicorn look. This is gorgeous when you first apply it and you can layer it pretty well. My issue with this is that if you accidentally wipe or touch your face, the highlight is GONE. I highly doubt this is going to be blendable with other shadows because it’s consistency alone. The concept is great, the formula definitely could be revamped and improved on. Overall, it is a fun product to play around with to take some cool photos with but it’s not meant for long wear use.

2501224 Shiseido Light Bulb Foundation in 774 Light Beige

I had extremely high hopes for this foundation but it just did not work out in the end. The shade match was quite accurate because this was only available online to purchase so I kind of just eyeballed my shade and hoped for the best. The one thing I appreciated about this foundation was that it never oxidized on me. This foundation has such a DENSE, thick and oily texture to it. Not something I would like in a foundation. It really weighed my face down and I felt extremely uncomfortable with it on. It’s the exact feeling I get when my skin is congested from a hot, humid day. The odd thing was my face didn’t oily regardless the fact my face felt weighed down.. it looked quite dewy and healthy but I just did not like it’s heavy texture. If they had a lighter formula for this, I would have loved it.

p425265-av-03-lhero Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Palette

I honestly purchased this palette for the blue-lavender shade aka “arctic glow” but it just didn’t work out. It looked really bad on my skin and it looked like a giant blue strip on my cheek even if I gradually layered it and took my time to blend it. Winter Rose and Northern Lights were okay but I was hoping they would be more buildable. Frosted Kiss (peachy shade) was a cream formula. I personally don’t really like cream highlighters because they don’t apply well and you have to work really hard to blend it in the skin. I prefer pressed powder highlighters because they’re not as messy and difficult to work with.

That’s it for this chapter, friends. Tune until next time for chapter 3 on Product Flops!
Have a good night~

Tips&Tricks – How To Save Money

I’m pretty sure many of you find this amusing that I’m making a post like this but I figured it would be something helpful and hopefully gives some of you motivation to save money. I’m one of those girls who loves retail therapy and I will spend for the most stupidest reasons. Two examples I do at-least once a week is: 1) I don’t like what I’m having for lunch and I want fresh, hot food so I will order out. 2) I am sad/stressed/upset and I need to buy something to cheer myself up. Do these examples apply to you or you can relate? Let a girl know.

I think what is important is to not restrict ourselves because that will create more resistance and temptation later on. There should be a focus on an objective of some sort, whether it’s a handbag you wanted for so long, a property, vacation or etc. You should start off with an objective and it should be something you are passionate about, not something you want for temporary because we tend to lose track of the goal if it is.

Tip #1: Have a piggy bank

I always put my loose change, 5 dollar bills and lucky pocket money in my piggy bank. I got my piggy bank last year and he’s become very heavy now. I was tempted to open him up quite a handful of times but I quickly stopped myself because my objective is to fill him so full, that I can no longer put anything more in him then I will open him up and cash him at the bank. You will notice a significant difference how much a piggy bank can change your saving game. Cashing in hundreds, maybe even thousands of bucks?! How rewarding does that sound?

Tip #2: Skip out on buying coffee and make your own coffee at home

Wake up earlier in the morning and prepare yourself some coffee. Buying coffee every morning before work does add up. Think about it…

Let’s say you get 1 large cup of coffee every morning on a weekday…
$5 x 5 days = $25
For 1 month (30 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 22 days = $110
For 1 year (365 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 283 = $1415
That’s A LOT of money!

Currently minimum wage in Ontario is $14-$15
$14 x 80 work hours = $1120
$15 x 80 work hours = $1200
^ These are BEFORE deductions. Usually when you hit the 1k mark, you get deducted about 200 dollars per pay cheque.

We don’t realize the damage we are doing to our wallets when we buy little things here and there. I am an avid coffee drinker, I feel a significant difference in my overall behavior and awareness with and without it. I am gradually teaching myself to build tolerance to live without coffee. Some days I will give in and buy but I came from buying coffee every single day to drinking coffee maybe.. once or a twice a week?

Tip #3: Have a budget

Again, going back to what I said about restricting yourself. Never restrict yourself but make sure to budget your money out wisely.
Here is an example:
Say you make 3K a month and live away from your parents…
You spend (every month)…

$200 on groceries
$60 on phone bill
$80 for utilities
$50 internet bill
$150 for bus fare/gas
$200 on misc lunch/dinner occasions
$1200 for rent

What you have left…
$1060

Varying how big your objective is and how close you want to get to close to it. The remaining money you have left per month, you should at-least try to save 50%-60% of it. Have a Tax-Free Saving Account and just continuously save each month and you will start to notice the numbers growing bigger and bigger.

That is all for today, friends.
If you’re interested in more tips, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in these kinds of posts.

PRODUCT FLOPS

Hey, hey friends!
I am starting a new blog series called “Product flops” aka Products that did not work for me. I posted on instagram asking if anyone was interested in hearing my thoughts on products that just didn’t work out for me and I recieved a positive feedback on my comments along with dm’s.

Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products..

I no longer own many of these products because I tend to declutter and give away products that did not work for me to my family members and close friends. For consistency, I will be posting a photo of these products I found online with the description and experience I had with it below.

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A couple of months ago, I was on the hunt for a new foundation to try out and I wanted one that had medium coverage and felt weightless on the skin. I saw quite a few bloggers post about this particular foundation and I quickly went to grab it at my local Sephora. The weird thing was, I swatched this foundation at the store on my hand it somehow turned orange within 10 minutes so I thought maybe the tester went bad and went ahead to grab it anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can just return it, right? I went home to test this foundation out and to my surprise, I turned into an oompa loompa. Even wiping this foundation off with a makeup remover cloth, you can visibly see that it is full blown orange. Thank god I did not go out looking like that because I’m sure many people would find it amusing. It also has a really bad floral scent to it. I am not even sensitive to scents and I didn’t find the scent pleasant at all. Out of all foundations I own whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, I have never seen any of them oxidize the way how this oxidized on my skin.

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Something I quickly learned about Sephora “sale” items are that they USUALLY are on sale for a reason. This was when Sephora had Colourpop for a month and then took them off the shelves for some reason. The highlighter was a fail and was just an oil with shimmers in it. It would constantly seperate with the shimmers at the bottom while the oil fluid ontop. It wasn’t even buildable and was a fail for me. The mist smelled horrendous, it smelled like a bitter herbal scent. The only thing that I enjoyed from the scent was the lip balm for it’s beautiful red orange tint, sweet and soft mango butter scent and performance for lasting throughout a long day. I normally love colourpop products but the liquid highlighter and mist was a total fail for me. I’ll stick to their fantastic super shock eyeshadows, pressed shadow palettes/singles and concealers!

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Ivory

*FYI – I purchased this foundation when the shade range was much more smaller back then.
This was my very first high end foundation and was also the only foundation I swore by working at my first job. It has a medium to full coverage.
The consistency was perfect for me since it wasn’t too thick in formula nor was it too watery but how it performed on my face was a different story. As I played around with more makeup, I started to realize that this foundation does not work for me for various reasons. It oxidized into a Simpsons yellow on my face, it clung to all my dry patches and emphasized my pores and has a very odd paint scent to it just like the UD Naked skin foundation and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has. Luckily it did not break me out but I definitely would not repurchase this foundation even in another shade.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 2

This was either the 2nd or 3rd foundation I tried when I got into makeup and it was awful. Urban Decay was reputable for their fantastic naked palettes, perversion mascara and the OG 24 hour glide on pencil eyeliners but this foundation was terrible for me. So terrible that I threw it out and did not think twice to give it to pass it on to someone else. First of all, it had a horrendously strong chemical scent between a spray paint x accetone and it had a strange thin, watery consistency and everytime I dispensed it out from the container, the product would have air bubbles on it. When I applied it on my skin, it dried up pretty fast but within an hour my face started to look extremely dehydrated. I’m not sure what was in this foundation but was bad news for my skin… I broke out on my forehead, cheeks and chin and if any of you know me, I don’t break out unless my skin reacts negatively to a product, hormonal or too much sodium in my diet.

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Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Gray Brown

I’m sure quite a few of you are shocked by why this product did not work out for me considering the fact this is raved and loved by many influencers and was featured on social media for quite a long time. This product is effective however it has it’s bad side to it. It has a very odd chemical scent to it. I’m not sure how people found it pleasant. I have repurchased this product over 4 times in different shades and my feelings about it have not changed about it. I always thought maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I’m using it wrong. My brows are tinted beautifully after every application, my problem is that I can’t use any face masks or wash my face because the tint will easily come off. The shade I have been using more frequently is Gray Brown but after a few days, the tint on my eyebrows turn into this strange forest green colour… If any of you are on the hunt for a good brow tint, I strongly suggest you to try the clio duo brow pen.

Alright, that is all for today. There are more products I wanted to share but we’ll leave that for another time. Til’ next time, friends.

Toodles!