Amaterasu Brunette Liquid Brow Liner swatches, review, photos (formerly Geisha Ink)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Amaterasu liquid brow liner review

The product: Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner in Brunette

Okay, so I know I keep finding new brow things to love, but I ACTUALLY MEAN IT this time; I promise.

Amaterasu (pronounced AH-mah-tay-RA-su, after the Japanese Sun Goddess; formerly Geisha Ink) is a Canadian company created Sara Au Yeong that makes just the most amazing liquid brow liner. It’s the perfect combination of my other two liquid brow loves: the great shade match of the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, but with the fast application of the Marcelle Eyebrow Pen.

Amaterasu brow liner review

Look at that gorgeous tip!

Amaterasu liquid brow swatches brunette

Amaterasu Beauty Liquid Brow Liner in Brunette swatched in indirect sunlight

The formula: Huh. I kind of blew this one in the intro, eh?

The Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner formula is really lovely, with great pigmentation (more than the Stila) and amazing wear — think power brows from 7AM to midnight, with face-down physio and a nap in between. It’s easy to apply even on scarred areas of skin, and it takes a few seconds to set, so it can be smudged gently with a q-tip or fingertip for a softer brow look.

Before after Amaterasu brows

Before & after with the Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner! (Plus concealer, lashes, a touch of Maybelline 24H Color Tattoo eyeshadow pencil in Pink Parfait, and the new Annabelle Blue Spark liquid liner.)

Amaterasu liquid brow swatches brunette vs stila and marcelle

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen Universal Dark, Stila Stay All Day in Medium, Amaterasu Brunette

The shade: I’m always wary of trying “brunette” brow shades, but Amatetasu’s Brunette knocks it right out of the park. It’s the shade that Geisha Ink/Amaterasu founder Sara Au Yeong wears daily (after many rounds of sending samples back to the lab and saying, “It’s still too red,”) so when I say that it is PERFECT for Asian brows, I mean it! It’s not too light, too warm, or too red.

Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner review Brunette

The plum blossom can be found on all the new Amaterasu packaging!

The packaging: The Amaterasu packaging is great, too, with a tight seal and a long, calligraphy-style tip. The brush makes it easy to get just the right amount of product, and I never find that I need to go over an area twice (like I often need to with my Stila liner).

It’s also nice and soft, so if you have extremely sensitive skin, this could be what you’ve been waiting for!

Geisha Ink brow pen review swatches

The verdict?

If you passed on the Marcelle pen that I love, and you (wisely) passed on the Stila pen that I adore, then you MUST give this a try. The Amaterasu Brow Liner is the perfect brow product for Asian brows with no caveats or exceptions, and the crazy-long-wearing formula and packaging are worth the price even if you don’t struggle to find brow products in the right shade for you.

Plus, it’s a Canadian company (made in Japan) founded by an incredibly badass business woman & makeup artist, so you know your pennies are going to a great group of folks instead of some nameless corporation! ;)

Availability: $23.20 USD/$29 CAD at Amaterasu.ca and at all of these places in Canada, the US, and worldwide. (Use code SHIP30 for free shipping over $30 CAD!)

Splendicious Lips: a natural gloss that packs a surprise!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What it is: Green Beaver‘s new Splendicious Lips lipgloss, in Amour.

What makes it awesome: As usual with the Green Beaver line, this is a great, super-shiny, non-sticky, non-drying lip product that comes without things like parabens and chemical scents. For my sister and her allergies, it’s holy grail! We’ve only found three glosses so far that she can wear, but one of them (Annabelle’s VolumeLip) is much too hard to squeeze, and one of them (Clinique Superbalm) is much too sheer. (Not to mention, it’s a lot pricier!) This one? Well, with an incredibly easy-to-squeeze tube and a price tag of only $6.99, it’s juuuust right.


Like Green Beaver’s Lip Shimmers, the Splendicious Lips line smells delicious — but I can’t quite place my finger on the bright, juicy scent. I’d say this needs reapplication every two to three hours, but that’s no problem for me! It’s easy to reapply, and is so non-sticky that I don’t mind one bit. 

One thing to note is that the product will separate a bit in the sweltering heat, but a bit of tube-squishing sets the product as it should be.

What makes it epic: I’m not going to beat around the bush any longer. So, here it is: blue-tinged shine. No joke! While the base colour for this gloss is pretty neutral, the finish definitely has a bit of a blue tinge to its shine. It still looks natural (and almost, but doesn’t quiiiiite catch in photographs, darn it!) but it gives this shade just an extra boost. It’s the blueish shine that’s made me unable to stop recommending this shade to everyone! It makes it quite versatile and really helps draw attention to your lips… without making it look like you’re trying to draw attention to your lips.


The verdict? I know it’ll still be a bit hard for you to find for a while (I still haven’t spied these in Edmonton,) but if you do find them — definitely try them! I’d keep them in the back of your mind until you track down a tube, because quite frankly? They’re amazing, especially for being the first ever certified organic lipgloss.


(Be honest: I can’t be the only one who often assumes organic products will falter a bit when it comes to quality!)

 I felt like I owed you guys a full-face shot after such a rave review… even if I wasn’t wearing much else on my face! I mean, that gloss looks plush.

A few added bonuses: these are mint- and petrolatum-free, tinted with fruit pigments, and those organic ingredients? Yep, they’re coming from Canadian farmers. Props for keepin’ it in the family country!

I promised — a little more Green Beaver Lustre

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Check out the review here :) I layered Green Beaver’s Lip Lustre with some MAC Plum Perfect Tinted Lip Conditioner and took a few shots for you ladies!


With just a thin layer of each — a glowy, satin effect:



With quite a bit of each — a sparkly, watery effect:




So, what say you? (I’m still going with “ahhhhh I love you!!!”)

Did you know that beavers could be lustrous? Because I totally didn’t.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What it is: Green Beaver‘s Lip Shimmerin “Lustre”.

On the product: Alright, so right off the bat I’m going to admit that I’m a bit biased — when’s the last time you’ve seen an ingredients list like this?! It’s awesome! Not only are the Lip Shimmers paraben-free, they’re also free of petroleum, peppermint oil, small babies, and lanolin. And while they don’t exactly impart moisture on the level that a medical-grade lip ointment might*, they don’t take it away, either. As for the scent? Can’t beat it! I haven’t the slightest clue what these cute little tubes of heaven smell like, but it’s delish. Light and fruity and tarte and fizzy… mmm!

Speaking of ingredients:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter*, Canola Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera Wax*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Aroma, Sorbitan Olivate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cymbopogon Martinii var motia Oil*. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

On the shade: Lustre is exactly what it says it’ll be — a lustre! In other words, super fine shimmer sitting in a smooth, translucent base. But the catch is that it sounds boring, and with two separate History courses to do readings for, I do not need any more boring in my life.

Anyhow, it’s kind of a stunner. Y’know. In the way that Paul Wesley and Ian  Somerhalder are kind of
stunners.

(I’m pretty sure that I could have skipped this review altogether and just posted some swatches. Seriously. Bee-tee-dubs, multiple swatches were needed to show just how gorgeous this shimmer is! It’s the same swatch, but with different light values. And also they were needed because I was feeling indecisive and just lovehow this photographs.)

Click to enrich your life enlarge enrich your life.

The verdict? I’m pretty sure that if you need me to tell you this is totally holy grail, you do not deserve to use such a product. But I will anyways, because I’m just that nice. So: this is holy grail. I love it. You should love it**.

*Honey, if this exists, you totally need to hook me up with some.

**However, you should probably not trust a word I say, ever, because I am so very depraved sleep deprived. But if you end up purchasing this despite what your instincts tell you to (RUN FOR THE HILLS!) then I am fairly confident you will completely adore it. So go pick it up here or something, and you can thank me later with a big hug large box of chocolates Lindt. (Hey, if I’m being greedy, I may as well ask for the good stuff.)

Another disclaimer: I’m not sure what convinced me it would be a good idea to write a review at 12:55 in the morning and save it to post later, but I did. And it may have been a bad idea. But it’s been fun all the same!

Edit: want to see this over another lip shade? Check it out here!

Can Green Beaver’s Winter Lip Balm really solve my winter lip woes?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What it is: Green Beaver‘s Winter Lip Balm

The basics: Emollient, scent-free (rejoice!), and translucent. (Well, it’s white, but it smooths out to be translucent.) On the lips, it simply looks like a good balm — plush and very natural. None of this super-shiny or super-matte business! Despite the fact that this is a squeeze-tube, the product itself feels like a cross between Vaseline and regular stick balm; not too slippery nor too heavy.

Beyond the basics: The Winter Lip Balm is good for those avoiding or allergic to… well, everything! (That’s a lie. My sister would totally be allergic to the almond, rosemary, and vanilla in this.) But for normalish people — it’s free of the two most common lip irritants (lanolin and cinnamon,) as well as petroleum and parabens. What it does have, however, is…

Plant oils (castor, sunflower, shea butter, olive, sweet almond, rosemary), beeswax, vitamin E, vanilla extract).               (Yes, that’s really all there is to it!)

The moisture factor: I always like to compare my lip balms, so compare we will! This is…

 a lot more moisturising than… normal lip balms, including my beloved Avon or my super-fun eos, 
slightly more moisturising than… Vaseline, but without the awkward container, and the Green Beaver sinks into my lips much more easily. And, finally,
less moisturising thanBobbi Brown‘s lip balm, which a) smells worse, b) costs a lot more, and c) is quite sticky. (But if you truly are desparate for some lip rescue, find yourself some Bobbi!)


The verdict? Yes, this can cure your winter lip woes! (Not mine, though. My lips are destined to be eternally slightly chapped.) This can be hard to find, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has allergies, dry lips, or wants a scent-free lip balm that actually works. The packaging is great, making it easy to apply product no matter the season, it does what it should, and the price ($4) is fab!


“Would purchase in the future?” Definitely.

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