Saturday, August 20, 2011


Hello dear friends :))

Once again, I apologize for my brief hiatus... hope you can understand and embrace me back into the blogosphere :)) I have lots of material lined up for the remainder of the month, and to show you how serious I am, I'm even blogging on a Saturday. Today, I'm reviewing a mascara sent to me by KKCenterHK and I'm pretty excited because this product is probably the best freebie I've ever received, so my overly enthusiastic review isn't one bit exaggerated.
Click 'read more' to check out the before and afters and judge for yourself :))

Product: YANQINA 2 in 1 Classic & Dramatic Dazzle Mascara item #8804 on KKCenterHK's website

Info: This 2-in-1 mascara offers 2 looks with one great product. Step 1 yields a clean mascara wand and promises "natural and lifelike definition." Step 2 builds on top of step 1 and promises "full-on dramatic and naughty lashes." After 2 steps, lashes are "saturated with the richest black for maximum payoff in volume." This water-resistant mascara is said to "last all day without flaking, smudging, smearing or streaking." Does it deliver what it promises? I say HECK YES and this is why I think so:

Please follow along with me :)

BEFORE: here's my naked eye and curled lashes without any product. My bottom lashes are not visible at all because unfortunately I cannot curl them down... In general, my eyelashes are your typical asian lashes: very straight and very short. The only thing I like about them is that they're black, otherwise they're pretty useless.

Step 1: I untwisted the cap marked "Step 1" and found a relatively clean wand with minimal product on it. Skeptical at first, I ran the wand through my eyelashes. Surprisingly, the product separated and defined my lashes with just 1 coat, making them appear darker and longer; though still very natural, as if I had no mascara on. At this point, I couldn't really tell the consistency of the product, nor how it worked. All I knew was that I was intrigued and eager to move on to the next step :)) 
Here's what my lashes looked like after 
1 coat of "Step 1" over the top lashes:

Step 2: After untwisting the cap marked "Step 2", I examined the wand that was now filled with gel-like, stringy-looking product. I brushed the mascara over the first coat and noticed the stringy particles sticking to the base and building up the length and volume of my lashes. The gel-like, flexible consistency made it very easy to mold the shape of the lashes, while leaving the ends very fine and sharp. Moreover, the mascara did not weigh down my lashes or undo the curl. At this point, I started to think that I was experiencing something very different and unique when it comes to lash products.
"Step 1" + "Step 2"
pretty dramatic indeed
no falsies here!!!

The Verdict: After only two coats or "2 steps" of this magical mascara by Yanqina, I felt as if my tiny Mongol eyelashes were transformed into long, luscious, thick Middle Eastern ones :) I have never seen such a dramatic result from a mascara and after wearing it all day, I found no "flaking, streaking, smudging or smearing" in sight. Bottom line: this product took my lashes to a whole new height and totally delivered what it promised. So much so that I even wore it alone, without any other supplemental makeup other than my mineral foundation... What can I say, I'm impressed :)))


Maryam Maquillage


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