beauty, skin care

Is it worth it? Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask review

Shopping for skin care can be a little daunting, especially these days in quarantine since most stores are only doing curbside pickup and the customers can’t get samples of products they wish to try.

I hope this review on what is probably the best selling lip mask in Sephora will help you in your next shopping trip.

This lip mask was launched exclusively in Sephora stores back in 2017 and it has remained one of the best-selling lip products in the store. I decided to try this mask out while I worked there during the holiday season and I have to say, I’m very impressed!

This lip mask can feel a little goopy if you put it on too thick. It almost feels a little bit like a lip gloss, but not as sticky. You don’t need to put on too much (unless you want to!), and it lasts a long time. Now it does say it’s good for twelve months, but I decided to keep using it since I barely got to the halfway point and to see if it does change consistency after it’s supposed to be tossed. So far, it’s still the same and it’s been about two months since the twelve month mark was up.

When I wake up, most of the mask is still on and my lips feel very soft and well-hydrated. I just clean up any leftover mask and put on my lip balm and go about my day. Usually if I wear lip balm to bed, my lips get dry and sometimes it’ll peel and get flaky. With this mask, I don’t have that problem. Also, you can use this mask to treat your lips before putting on lip make-up. Just put a thin layer on while you do the rest of your make-up then wipe it off and put on your lipstick, lip gloss, etc. and your lips will be well-hydrated! I’ve also worn this just as a glossy balm and it works just as good as any other lip balm if not better. Another use is putting it on top of matte lipstick, liquid or traditional, and give it a glossy shine without the stickiness that most lip glosses give. It does have a nice smell to it which I’m guessing is from all the berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries) that’s blended into it and it’s not overwhelmingly fragrant. I personally haven’t tried the Apple Lime, Vanilla, or Sweet Candy so I can’t say if they smell like their names.

So is it worth the twenty dollars for this small, cute, 20 gram jar of lip mask?

My personal answer is yes! This jar has lasted me well over a year so it definitely will last a long time unless you just pile the mask on super thick. It definitely helps keeping lips hydrated throughout the day and I did do one touch up after my lunch break at work, mostly because I tend to wipe off my lip products while eating. Other than that, my lips didn’t peel or anything like they usually do, even with lip balm, and after wiping it off, my lips remained soft, supple, and smooth. I say it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something to help with dry and chap lips or to prevent them. If you can get a sample of it, try it out. I know this mask does come in some kits that Laneige has for sale and even that little jar will last a while!

Have you tried Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask? If so, what are your thoughts on it? If you haven’t tried it yet, did this review help? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

-simplesarah

hair care

I tried two different Renpure shampoo and conditioners and I have some thoughts

It’s been a while since my last blog. I haven’t been slacking off, but I tried out two different shampoo and conditioners from Renpure while being in quarantine.

A little history about my hair.

It’s long, straight, and usually before the 24 hour mark, my scalp usually gets oily and it’ll give Severus Snape’s hair a run for its money. Now these days, because of the quarantine, my scalp will get oily before the 48 hour mark, depending on how busy I am. I usually shower at night because I used to work the closing shift at my job. I needed to shower because I was usually running around a lot at my job and it caused my head to sweat and my scalp to become oily which means it gets unbearably itchy if I don’t wash it. Also, I don’t use a hair dryer, flat iron, or anything except a brush.

Onto the first duo I used!

First pair that I used was the Detoxifying Charcoal Clarify + Deep Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner

I started using this before quarantine. This shampoo and conditioner smell AMAZING! It has a sweet floral-like scent that smells very refreshing. Using this shampoo and conditioner was like using any normal shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t feel any tingling using the products, which is always a big plus! However, after I got out of the shower, I felt some kind of…tingling(don’t know how else to describe it) on my scalp. It wasn’t bad, but I thought it was little odd that it happened after my shower, but I decided to see if anything happens. Thankfully, nothing bad happened, but something odd did occur.

After about thirty minutes, I started getting the chills. This was the only thing I changed in my routine, so it couldn’t have been anything else. The chills started at my head then gradually moved down. It was enough to the point that I needed a hoodie and fuzzy socks (that I usually wear when it’s really cold) to warm myself up, I started feeling a little dizzy and queasy, and I had to go to sleep early. I even needed to layer another blanket on me (one that I usually use during the winter time) to keep me from freezing. I used it for another two days and it was the same thing. Now, normally I would’ve stopped using this, but I decided to keep going, mostly because I bought these products when it was buy one get one half off so I was going to get my money’s worth!

On day four, I decided to try something a little different. I didn’t have work that day so I decided I was going to shower a little early, around seven, and I didn’t surprisingly didn’t have any chills. I’m assuming because it was early in the evening and I was moving around a little bit and not my usual sitting around after I shower. I didn’t need my hoodie, fuzzy socks, or another blanket. Eventually, maybe my head got use to it? Because after a few more days of using it, my head stopped getting chills when I showered at night.

Aside from the chills, this duo was kept my hair soft and made it smell really good. The only other problem I had with these two was dandruff. It doesn’t claim to help with dandruff control so I wasn’t expecting too much, but low-key, I was since it does say it helps remove impurities. I tried washing my hair every other day and only two times in a week, but alas, my scalp would get itchy and even more flaky.

Overall, this duo was good, but not something I would buy again since my scalp was still flaky throughout it’s use and those chills though! My hair didn’t feel any different, it was it’s normal self throughout using this duo so that’s a plus. Hopefully if anyone uses these two, they don’t experience the chills like I did.

Onto the next Renpure items!

After finishing the Detoxifying Charcoal duo, I decided to move onto the Renpure Tea Tree Lemon Sage trio!

Yes, trio!

After the Detoxifying Charcoal duo, I was fully prepared for more chills when I decided to move onto the Tea Tree Lemon Sage shampoo and conditioner. I bought all three of them when it was a buy two get one item free and decided I would also try the serum as well after trying to the shampoo and conditioner first.

This trio is strong in lemon and tea tree smell (I know, pretty obvious), which makes my hair smell awesome. Like the charcoal duo, it felt like any other shampoo and conditioner and my hair felt like it normally does after using it. Thankfully, no chills this with this trio.

After using the shampoo and conditioner for a week, I decided to use the serum because my scalp was/still is flaky, hoping that it would help with the dandruff. However, none of these claim to help with it, but I was hoping it would since I read some reviews that said it did help with their dandruff. Alas, that wasn’t the case for me.

As for the serum, I used it like instructed, though it doesn’t say how long to leave it on nor does it say how often to use it a week. On the first week I used it daily and left it on for five minutes, my scalp did tingle a little bit while I left it on, but thankfully I didn’t have a bad reaction. The next week I used it daily and left it on for ten minutes, but still no changes. After that, I used it twice a week and left it on for ten minutes until I finished it. It felt nice, but I honestly didn’t feel like my hair was any different from before.

All in all, these products felt good, but I didn’t see a difference in my hair and my scalp got dandruff, which almost made me buy my usual Head and Shoulders. However, if you’re looking to go the natural route, I think this brand is worth trying out. I do plan on trying out their Apple Cider Vinegar Clarify + Shine shampoo and conditioner next. I’d originally wanted to try that one instead of the Tea Tree Lemon Sage trio, but they were sold out at the time I went to buy it. The apple one claims to help rebalance the scalp and remove flakes so we’ll see how that works out. Stay tuned!

Have you tried Renpure’s products? What are you thoughts on it? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Edit on 5/2/20: I forgot to mention that these products sell between $7.99-8.99 each

anime

Anime that deserves a reboot

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it! Various lists of anime shows that deserve a reboot or a remake. I consider myself a huge fan of what is now considered “old school” anime. While some shows like Cowboy Bebop shouldn’t be touched or remade, there are some shows that deserve to be remade and I’m going to list why.

WARNING! Some spoilers ahead!

Yu Yu Hakusho

First on this list is what I consider a great anime. Yu Yu Hakusho is about Yusuke Urameshi, a middle school delinquent that has a bad reputation, who sacrifices himself to save a child from a car that almost runs over him. Doing this has…some complications to say the lease. See, Yusuke WASN’T supposed to die and he’s kind of thrown the Spirit World in for a loop. Eventually, he comes back to life and that’s when the real adventure begins.

So why does this anime deserve a reboot? I understand that everything from the manga can’t fit into the anime, especially if the creators have a limited amount of time, but a lot of things from the manga were cut that I think would’ve made the show a lot better.

First off, Yusuke’s journey to come back to life was cut short in the anime. In the manga, he has to do various tasks to come back to life whereas in the anime he only accomplishes two. I would’ve liked if they had stretched it out a bit so we could get to know Yusuke a bit more, but I can appreciate that it was kept short and sweet.

However! The one season I can NOT get over is that final season!

Season 4 of Yu Yu Hakusho was like the final season of Game of Thrones. Short. Rushed. Left you upset and possibly crying that such a great show was ruined/almost ruined by an almost horrible ending.

What made me mad about the final season was that Kuwabara was cut out. I understand that during this season, he wasn’t really needed and it wasn’t his fight. It was between Yusuke, Hiei, and Kurama and their respective “kings” of the Demon World. So yeah, Kuwabara, a human, didn’t need to be there, but I would’ve liked to have seen him pop up once in a while. There were new faces that we didn’t really get to know like Enki and Kokou.

So yes, I would like to see to see this anime get remade and I would like for them to get it right this time!

Silent Mobius

GIRL POWER!

Best way to start describing this anime. This anime is about an all-female police force that protect Tokyo from demons known as Lucifer Hawks.

All strong female characters in their own ways, yes, even Lum Chang even though I considered her annoying for the most part.

Now, the story itself is pretty good. It does manage to focus on all ladies even though Katsumi Liqueur is the main character. This anime was one of my favorites to watch when the TechTV channel was up. With today’s female empowerment, this show could thrive. It has strong characters, a character that everyone could love or hate (I’m a Kiddy fan and not a Lum fan), and maybe even be able to relate to some of them.

Pretear

Okay, hear me out. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but the Dwarves are good-looking men and cute kids, and Snow White has some Cinderella-esque problems.

This anime is good…but it almost doesn’t follow manga. The manga is only four volumes long and admittedly, the anime was little better. HOWEVER! The villain, Fenrir, the Princess of Darkness, was changed completely. In the manga, the stepmother is more villainous and becomes the host for Fenrir making it a lot more Cinderella vs. The Evil Stepmother. Whereas in the anime, it’s another woman who’s the maid and doesn’t even appear in the manga. Hell, one of the Knights (who also happens to be youngest at five years old) dies in the manga (don’t worry, he is revived later on), but that doesn’t make it into the anime.

My thoughts for this to be a reboot? Let’s keep the anime elements and add on the manga elements! I want to see Fenrir possess the stepmother and still see her as the maid hiding in plain sight. Let’s keeps Sasame as a sensitive guy as he was in the anime, but let’s add some of his flirtatious edge from the manga.

Fushigi Yuugi

This choice might be a bit out there. However, I personally love a reverse harem as much as the next fan. This anime (to me at least) was not half bad! What book fan doesn’t imagine how it be to live inside the world of the fiction story they’re reading? Well, that’s exactly what happens!

Our heroine in this anime, Miaka Yuki, is sucked into a book along with her friend, Yui Hongo, and are thrust into a world similar to Ancient China. Early on, the girls are separated and the story revolves around Miaka and her Celestial Warriors journey to summon their god, Suzaku, and basically finish reading the story of the book.

This anime has plenty of characters for you to love and hate. Yes, there will be times where you will facepalm at Miaka’s antics and stupidity, but she’s honestly not a bad character. I know she tends to get a bit of hate because of her gluttony appearing at horrible times and overall airheadness. But no worries! There are plenty of other characters that will make up for it! Plus, the manga for this anime has prequel series that I would love to see come to life on screen and a few characters from these prequels made appearances in Fushigi Yuugi. It would be nice to see their stories before the series.

Descendants of Darkness AKA Yami No Matsuei

What could be considered the gateway to yaoi. This has thirteen volumes of manga and the anime only has thirteen episodes…let me repeat! THIRTEEN. EPISODES.

If you’re thinking the anime adapted all thirteen volumes: you are wrong.

The anime did a great job bringing the characters and most of the story to life, but there was so much left out. Like I said earlier, I understand that everything from the manga can’t make it into the anime, but like Yu Yu Hakusho, there were some side characters that we see, but never get to know. Like Hajime! In the manga, he’s Tsuzuki’s rival and we get to know about him and his life before he died. However in the anime, we don’t even get to see him except in the opening and in the first and last episodes, nor is he properly introduced. Then there’s Oriya, an old and the only friend of the antagonist of the series, Muraki. Though he’s more of a neutral figure overall, he’s helped Muraki cover up his murders, but we don’t really get to know him.

So yes! I would like this anime to get a reboot and get it done right!

Record of Lodoss War

Move over Sword Art Online! The OG of fantasy anime that looks like something out of video game is coming for your crown!

Not really, but hear me out!

This anime is AMAZING! It’s basically a MMORPG without the computer. Really a fantasy anime. Think Dungeons & Dragons making a baby with the Elder Scrolls series and that baby made a baby with anime, and you have Record of Lodoss War!

You have knights, elves, dwarves, wizards, witches, dragons, and last, but certainly not lease, BERSERKERS! A group with a mix of these classes traveling together to seeking answers connected to their pasts and their present situation, fighting for honor, and fighting evil. Classic fantasy medieval-esque anime just waiting for a reboot.

I would love for the original series to be extended instead of thirteen episodes of what felt like rushed character and story development. Give me twenty-six episodes at least! The sequel series, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, had twenty-seven episodes. Certainly the first series can have that much, right? I know this has a manga series too, but I’ve never read it so I can say too much on that. But I remember spending my Saturday nights when I was younger watching the AZN channel’s anime block and waiting for this come on. Despite the short time it aired, it made an impression on me and wish it could’ve been longer.

That’s all the anime I think deserve a reboot. Are there more anime out there that deserve a reboot? Absolutely! But for now, these are personal favorites that I think deserve a reboot. I also do have several arguments why the original Yu-Gi-Oh! (yes, you read that right) deserves a reboot, but that’s for a different day!

What anime shows do you think deserve a reboot? Let me know in the comments!

-simplesarah

make-up, make-up review

Clear Mascara: is it even worth buying?

I’ve been going make-up free for about a year and a half after almost 7-8 years of working in the beauty and spa industry. After years of wearing it, and some inspiration from my favorite YouTuber of all time, Michelle Phan, I decided to try and go au naturel.

Admittedly, it has been…. mildly successful. While I feel great and love that my morning routine is a LOT shorter, I still require some maintenance. Eyelashes need to be curled, eyebrows need to be brushed and set, and lips need to be hydrated. Unfortunately, my under eye circles are here to stay no matter how much sleep I get.

Since going au naturel, I decided to try out clear mascara out of curiosity. I heard it would be a great way to define my lashes without having to worry about the mess traditional mascara can cause. So I decided that I’ll go looking for this magical item and test it out for myself.

My natural lashes before mascara (WARNING: forgive my wild brows)

As you can see, my eyelashes are not the fullest, but they aren’t really sparse. They go straight down naturally, so I usually need to curl them up to make myself look more awake and so less people comment that I look tired. They could some help being separated from each other and that’s another reason why I wanted to try out clear mascara. So I went out and bought two clear mascaras from the drugstore and see if they’re any good. I will give my review on Covergirl Professional Natural Lash and the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Natural.

Covergirl Professional Natural Lash

Thoughts on Covergirl Pro Lash: this mascara had a nice curved brush that made it easy to apply. However, as you can see, there is some drooping action going on and my lashes did not stay perked up. It did separate my lashes pretty nice, but it wasn’t the best. This mascara doesn’t claim to curl the lashes, but to create feather-light lashes and tame brows, so it’s a multi-use product. The curve shape of the brush does make it a bit awkward to use on the brows, but it is manageable. All in all, I think this product is okay, and if your lashes are naturally curly and don’t feel like wearing mascara, but feel like you need, then this product would be great for you! As for a brow gel, it does keep the hairs in place, but that’s about it.

Ranking: 5 out of 10 stars

Maybelline Great Lash in Clear

Okay…right off the bat: not a fan. Too be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Either way, I wanted to give this mascara a chance, but I was not happy at all with it. I felt like this mascara made my eyelashes look almost spidery and didn’t separate them much. I know in the pictures they don’t look much different, but in person, they look different! Much like the CoverGirl clear mascara, there is some drooping action going on, but I feel like my lashes had no chance of staying up. As soon as I was done applying, my lashes had already gone south and I hadn’t even closed the tube yet! So this mascara is definitely not my favorite. As for a brow grooming gel, it’s okay, but the brush for me is not fluffy enough to get them groomed in a few sweeps. I felt like it made some of my brow hairs spidery like my lashes. Honestly, I’d avoid this mascara and spend the money on the CoverGirl Natural Lash.

Ranking: 2 out of 10 stars

So, is clear mascara worth buying? That depends on you want and need. If you’re looking for something to wear, but don’t want to have to put on actual mascara then I would say try these out. They’re not claiming to curl, lengthen, or add volume so you know to not expect that. However, I personally wasn’t a fan of the Maybelline Great Lash and probably won’t buy it again after I’m done with it. It just didn’t do anything for me, but if you’re a fan of it, I’d probably give it a try.

Do you think clear mascara is worth trying? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!

-simplesarah