josie maran 100% pure argan oil

hello everyone! sry for the lack of updates ): life and work got in the way (boo). but summer is getting near and i recently got a change in position at my job – i work m-f with normal wrk hours so hopefully i’ll be updating lots more :]

today i’ll be talking abt my leave-in overnight moisturizer (of sorts) – josie maran’s 100% pure argan oil argan oil had been the hyped oil for a while – and i rmb that one of my frds said that she uses the tarte vrs of this and i was intrigued. the oil can be used for practically everything frm split ends to dry skin – you name it, it claims that it can moisturize and fix. so ofc, on a sephora trip one time in march, i noticed that they had a josie maran argan oil kit for a 500 pt perk. i thought, hey why not, i won’t lose out if i hate it.

the kit included a travel size bottle of the 100% argan oil (15ml), the argan cleansing oil (which i have yet to try), bear naked makeup wipes and the full size argan lip treatment (which i’ll review in another post). i recycled box alr so im sry ):

the 15ml/0.5oz bottle lasted me a good 2 months? it prbly would go by faster if i used it like all the time however, i only used it at night, using several drops and leaving it in overnight. this was like a daily thing – i have a skincare/mask routine that i do weekly so if anyone wants to know abt that, drop a comment below and i’ll post abt it! there’s only like two days of the week that i won’t use it overnight so…..i’d say it lasted me a good while :]

i think abt halfway thru my bottle, i decided that i was going to repurchase the full size bottle of the oil. i found that after the initial use, essentially the morning after, i felt that my skin was more hydrated and smooth. it even seemed like my pores (stupid large pores) appeared smaller. on the days that i would apply makeup, i felt that (even before my normal primer) my skin was smooth and awesome canvas that i can apply my foundation on. there were days where i woke up and felt that ‘hey i only need a bit of concealer, liner and mascara and im ready to go.’

i did buy the full size bottle before i ran out of my little one because sephora had a vib event and i was like i need to get it now. as you can see frm the picture, the size of two bottles are pretty….big.

the full size bottle is 50ml/1.7oz and it’s $58 cdn and the 15ml/0.5oz is $18 cdn. i ofc didn’t pay the $20 for the smaller bottle but it’s still decent, i think, to pay that amt just to try it out.

as for the texture of the oil, it’s obvsly…oily since it’s an oil lol. there’s rly no overwhelming scent of anything? it does warn abt the colour discrepancies and smells of the oil because it depends on which batch of argan seeds the oil was extracted frm. nothing to worry abt rly and the oil absorbs rly well and doesn’t sit heavy on the skin. i usually use about 4-5 drops from the dropper for my whole face – i pat the oil onto my face and pat any leftover on my neck.

i usually use about 4-5 drops from the dropper for my whole face – i pat the oil onto my face and pat any leftover on my neck.

overall, i found the oil to be great! two thumbs and five out of five

it’s an awesome addition to my overnight skin routine and it’s my hg!beauty oil :] i do understand that it’s a big investment to make – so see if you can get a small sample frm your local sephora and see how you like it first before buying it.


introductory post and first review – kanebo kate designing eyebrow in ex-4

hello! i’m julia at chicetmignonne and this will be my introductory post and..first review of sorts? happy that you stumbled onto my blog! so i guess a little intro would help wouldn’t it?

well, to start, like i’ve already mentioned above, my name is julia. i’m originally from hong kong and moved to canada when i was 6. therefore, i’m chinese (cantonese to be exact) and canadian! i’m a 20-something right now. the reason why i decided to start this blog was because a friend was saying how i keep buying all these goodies – whether they be makeup related or not – and that it’d be cool to start a beauty blog and…here i am!

now that that’s done – onto the review!

today i’ll be reviewing the kanebo kate designing eyebrow in ex-4.

for those who are new to this brand, kanebo is a popular drugstore brand from japan. kanebo is really just the mother company/brand and kate is one of their lines. they branch into several different lines and are not only limited to just makeup – they also have skincare and haircare products as well. since the brand is japanese, getting a hold of products from their brand is rather…difficult. they do sell some of their products at local chinese shops that are found in richmond – which i think is way overpriced. if you know or have people that travel to asia, like taiwan or hong kong, they could get a hold of their products for you too i think this is the best bet. Or if you’re like me, you can venture out on the lovely internet and find the products you want. i bought this on ebay with the palette as search terms – there are several sellers that sell the product so you shouldn’t have a problem finding it. if you’d rather buy from a online shop, imomoko has it though if you want the darker shade – it’s usually out of stock.
i bought two of the palettes, one that’s opened and one that’s my backup. so these pictures are taken from my backup. that’s what the palette looks like when it’s unopened. you can see chinese on the label because i bought it from a hong kong seller so there are instructions there telling you how to use the powders and etc. if anyone would like the instructions translated, comment below :] if you could make out from the drawings, the dark brown shade can be doubled as a contouring powder. i haven’t tried it out myself as i have a separate bronzer/contouring powder that i use but this is handy when you travel. i can just bring this and not lug my boxy bronzer and save some space in my vanity!

as you can see, the palette comes with three varying shades of brown eyebrow powder. since the one i have is the ex-4, which is the light brown palette, the darkest brown out of the three powders isn’t that dark. the ex-5 would have a darker brown colour than that. i find that the ex-4 works better for me because i dye my hair at home – so it’s usually a lighter colour than people who don’t have their hair dyed. so for those who haven’t dyed their hair before or just keeps their haircolour natural, i’d stay go for the ex-5. if your hair is usually dyed, the ex-4 would be the one to get.

the powder from left to right, is powder a, b and c
the palette itself does come with a decent sized mirror and a small brush that you can use to do your brows. the brush is small but it’s really soft! there is slanted side for brows and a bushier side for blending the powder out. the powders are pigmented and easy to blend. i usually manage to get a pretty natural brow with the powders. i used to use a brow pencil to do my brows and i always found that the pencil made my brows look harsh no matter how much blending i did after. thought i’d try an eyebrow powder instead and has been loving it since. for those who are curious, how i do my brows, i usually mix powder a and b to do the first third of my brows. then i mix b and c to do the rest of my brows and i use a slanted eyeshadow/eyebrow brush from sigma.

rating time!

i give it a two thumbs up and it’s actually my hg brow product! the powders are pigmented enough but still blends well. the palette is nice and compact and is awesome to just stick in your makeup bag either on the go or when you travel. it’s not too expensive though it’s a little hard to get – i remember paying about $12-13usd (with free shipping) for this on ebay. but all in all, it’s a great product!

well that wraps up my first post :] hope that was helpful and leave me comments on what i should blog about or review next :]