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Crazy Asian Beauty Trend : The Crouching Silkworm Stickers aka DIY Eyebag Stickers

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Whilst flicking through Hong Kong magazines when I was getting my hair done in Hong Kong in January, I came across this page with a tutorial on how to apply stickers to create the “crouching silkworm” look.  Yep, you’ve read about eyelid stickers that Asians love and now there are crouching silkworm stickers for the undereye area!

What are crouching silkworms you ask?  Simply put, they are eyebag bulges that appear slimmer and bulgier than your average eyebags – just imagine a crouching silkworm!  Anyway, Asians believe this give a youthful and sweeter look.

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I Heart Etude House Princess Etoinette Special Kit – The Heart Blusher

Etude House Princess Etoinette Heart Blusher, Etude House Princess Etoinette Rose Brush, Etude House Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips, Etude House Princess Etoinette Collection 2013, Etude House in Hong Kong

Year 2013 is all about blushers for me.  When I entered the spanking new Etude House store in Hong Kong (after queueing up for 10 minutes), the first thing to capture my attention was the beautiful girly pink display of the Etude House Princess Etoinette Special Kit.  The price wasn’t displayed (it was HKD $420) but I didn’t care, I knew it was coming back with me to Australia.  It was so precious that I took it in my hand carry luggage!

This is a photo fest beast of a blog post so be prepared to droooooooooool!

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The Asian Female Ageing Process

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BOOM!  I LOL’d so hard when I first saw this Asian meme…but it’s SO true!!!

Happy Friday y’all!  My weekend doesn’t officially start till tomorrow afternoon as I am doing a Saturday shift but still…Fridays make me HAPPY!!!

Asian Beauty : Review of Rachel K Neutral CC Cream

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I’m back from an epic weekend in Sydney and as promised from my previous post on { CC Creams }, here is my review of Rachel K Neutral CC Cream.

My Scottish Asian friend who is currently on a working holiday visa in Australia stopped off in Hong Kong before arriving here and I was only allowed to get one beauty product (as her luggage allowance was WAY overweight) and it was either Shiseido Foundation Brush or Shu Uemura Face Powder (it’s my favourite face powder!) or Chanel Pirate Lipstick or YSL Glossy Stain or Rachel K CC Cream – and I chose the last option.  I loved the first BB Cream to ever grace my face (Missha BB Cream – which I have stupidly not reviewed on the blog!!) so when I heard that CC Cream was a more refined version of BB Cream, you can see why I had HUGE expectations for Rachel K CC Cream.  And kill me now because it did NOT live up to its hype!

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Asian Beauty : Review of Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation

za cosmetics foundation

Za Cosmetics is a popular drugstore brand in Asia.  When I was in Hong Kong earlier this year, I bought Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation in shade 22.  And yes, the hot metallic pink case was indeed the deal breaker.  I am running out of my Holy Grail Shu Uemura foundation (surprisingly, I haven’t blogged about it before so I must get a review up before it runs out) so instead of repurchasing it like a normal person would do, I have been cracking open all the foundations I have hoarded in my collection to see if they are any good.  Yes, dear readers, expect more foundation reviews in the near future as I am officially on a Foundation Frenzy!!!

What Is Two-Way Foundation?

First up, let me tell you all what two-way foundation is.  Don’t worry, I had to google the meaning too!  😛

I used to think that two-way foundation means that it is foundation and powder in one.  But it actually means that you can apply this foundation powder compact with a dry or wet application, i.e. 2 ways.

Dry gives a heavier coverage and matte finish; whereas wet gives a lighter coverage as the foundation is thinned down and gives a touch of radiance.  It depends on your skin type and what type of finish you like with your foundation.

Now that I’ve got that out the way, let me show you how I look with dry and wet applications with Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation and tell you which one I prefer…

Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation : Dry Application

Coverage is truly amazing because with a few swipes of the dry sponge, my freckled-face was concealed and I looked like a younger non-freckled version of me.  I was well pleased until I had a closer look and realised that it was TOO HEAVY to the point where it looked cakey.  Also, once the foundation settled, my pores were highlighted…to the point where I looked like I had big holes in my face and it almost triggered the tryptophobia inside me.  (Read more about my tryptophobic beauty finds here)

In conclusion, the dry application of Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation is definitely not for dry-skinned ladies like me.

Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation : Wet Application

Za Cosmetics foundation review

Now for the wet application, you can make the sponge wet and dab on the foundation.  But we all know wet sponges attract bacteria like an Australian beauty blogger to the nearest Priceline so instead, I came up with my own genius way of wet application.

First, I applied the foundation with a dry sponge and then I went crazy with my Uriage Thermal Water and sprayed it all over my face.  Using my fingertips, I gently massaged the ultra-hydrating water in with the foundation all over.  This results in a lovely and light medium coverage, concealing freckles and pores.  And there was no cakiness.  Woop woop!

Dry vs Wet

Two-way foundation, dry & wet foundation

Well, it’s a no-brainer.  I like it wet!  (Ooh, that sounds a tad dirty :P)

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What’s it called again?  Za Cosmetics True White Plus Two-Way Foundation (what a mouthful!)
Where can I buy this?  In Asia…oh wait…that’s a tad controversial according to a reader’s comment from my last Asian Beauty post {read here} so I can definitely say Hong Kong because that’s where I bought mine!  I think Za Cosmetics is made in Taiwan and their products can be purchased in Malaysia and Singapore too.  Please correct me if I am wrong!
What’s the damage?  RRP : $115 HKD
Sell it to me in 5 words  Get wet with Za Cosmetics!  (I suck at this :P)

Have you tried anything from the Za Cosmetics range?  What else would you like to read about on our Asian Beauty Series?

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