Sunday, November 25, 2012

EOS Adela Green Lenses

Hello! Time for a lens review :) Today I'll be reviewing the new range from EOS called Adela and the pair that I received from MukuCHU was the green pair. They're currently not in stock however they are available for pre-order if you're interested.

POWER/PRESCRIPTION: -0.00 (Plano) only

B.C.: 8.8mm
DIAMETER: 14.8mm

Source: MukuCHU

I've noticed that new lens styles and patterns have become more fancy and less 'natural-looking' which I totally don't mind because these days if I want to wear circle lenses, I wouldn't bother with a 'natural-looking' colour or pattern i.e. brown... something because I don't need to wear glasses or lenses (my vision is fine) and natural lenses don't make much difference to my eyes... to me anyway.

Also, most new style of lenses are plano only (perhaps they want to see how well they sell first and then introduce prescriptions?) which again is perfect for me but those who do need prescription I assume would need to wear glasses while wearing the lenses.

Anyway, enough rambling. Let's get onto the review!

Sup. Here is a picture of myself with the lenses on
(I know the watermark is placed quite oddly... on my chest lol)
Excuse my static hair~

I want to talk about the pattern first. Like wow, it looks cool! It looks quite subtle on my dark eyes but close up you can probably see how detailed the pattern is. The detail of the lines and also the mix of green shades - lighter towards the middle and darker around the outside.

I don't find them tooooo freaky... I like the dark spots (if my eyes were naturally blue/green, maybe those spots would be blue/green instead)

14.8mm... average diameter for these 'new style' lenses. I rarely see 14.00 or 14.5mm diameter ones these days (and yes they do still exist). They don't seem to be too enlarging but there is definite enlargement. It doesn't look like I'm staring into your soul, does it? I am glad that they don't have the black limbal ring around them or else it may seem too overwhelming with the intricate pattern and the obvious enlarging factor. Good design work, EOS.

An actual expiry date - is this something new? I think it is!

If you are a lens wearer, you would be aware that lenses have an expiry year. With circle lenses, they are to be disposed of within one year of opening and have a shelf life of 3 years. Normally with lens vials I see the year of manufacture and/or year of expiry and the month. I noticed that with the EOS Adela lens vials that I received, they have a printed expiry date with the day too. I don't know why I found this to be so fascinating haha... I guess it's because it's usually just food and beverages that have exact expiry dates. So now I know for this certain pair of lenses, they would expire on the 24th of July in 2015.

Last but not least - the colour! This deep green is gorgeous. I don't think it looks crazy at all over my dark eyes and it blends wonderfully. The lenses don't scream out at you... in fact I reckon it does the complete opposite. They give me an innocent, doe-eyed look :)

I would definitely recommend them. As always, I applaud EOS for having such thin and comfortable circle lenses - they're one of my favourite brands and their extensive range of designs is impressive.

You can check them out here on the MukuCHU website for $20 AUD a pair. You must pre-order though!

MukuCHU are currently having a special offer of buy 2 get 1 free:

Buy ANY 2 pairs of lenses, and get 1 pair FREE as a surprise!

The loyalty offer will still apply for every pair purchased!
Purchase 3 pairs: receive a free pretty lens case
Purchase 4 pairs: receive a $5 coupon
Purchase 5 pairs+: receive a free pair of lenses
 Valid until December 7 - more info HERE

And to other MukuCHU-related news, they are currently sponsoring a giveaway on my blog!


3 lucky readers of my blog will be receiving EOS lenses
Do you want to be one of those 3 winners? ENTER NOW :D

Simple yes or not question for this week's questjen:

Do you like the Adela series' pattern?

I just noticed that it is exactly 1 month until Christmas :O Eee how exciting~~

Jen xx

Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Swissdent Whitening Toothpaste

About a month ago I started using two Swissdent products that were kindly sent to me for trial and consideration by Sandra, the general manager of White My Bite. One of which was whitening toothpaste and the other was mouthspray.

Never heard of Swissdent? I hadn't either until it was introduced to me. Here's a little bit about it:

Swissdent was founded in 2006 by leading Swiss dentist Dr. Vaclav Velkoborsky who recognised the need for gentle, mineralising and whitening toothpaste. He developed a formula which is Swissdent's secret recipe comprised of a special combination of high-tech and natural enzymes. This unique, worldwide patented formula of Swissdent provides a gentle means of brightening and cleaning teeth effectively.

Products that I received:
  • Swissdent Extreme Whitening Toothpaste 50mL
  • Swissdent Pure Mouthspray 9mL 

What made me interested in trialing these products was the fact that I don't have pearly whites (due to genetics) and I had tried other whitening methods such as whitening kit/trays, other toothpastes and also LED whitening, all of which produced unnoticeable to subtle results.

So what was it about the Swissdent range that drew me in? For the toothpaste:
  • Unique formula developed by Dr. Velkoborsky - Nanoxyd® for the bleaching process (micronised calcium peroxide)
  • Fruit enzymes (papain and bromelain) remove plaque naturally from the tooth surface
  • Texture is different to regular toothpaste because it is SLS-free (sodium-laureth sulphate)
  • Vitamin E to protects and revitalise the gums
  • Extra cleansing effect with baking soda

 Swissdent Extreme Whitening Toothpaste (50mL)

What this product claims to do:
  • Particularly suitable for severe tooth discolouration caused by tobacco, tea, coffee or red wine
  • Brightens the teeth very gently without scratching the delicate enamel
  • Ensures soft, minimally-abrasive cleaning of teeth
  • It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to see a difference

Directions of use:
  • For optimal results, it is recommended to brush three times a day, without rinsing at night-time
  • Brush for 2 minutes using the Swissdent PROFI toothbrush

My experience:
  • Replaced my previous toothpaste with this one for over a month, and still continuing.
  • For the first week, I was able to brush my teeth 3 times a day with this toothpaste however due to uni schedule and purely not bothering, I went to back to brushing my teeth twice a day with this toothpaste. I wasn't able to get used to brushing thrice a day.
  • It was very difficult to not rinse at night... having toothpaste left in my mouth 'un-rinsed' was uncomfortable and I would continuously have the urge to spit or swallow the excess. I couldn't help but wash it down with water.
  • I always brush for at least two minutes, hence I followed that direction
  • Used my Colgate medium, soft-bristled toothbrush
  • The toothpaste definitely had a different texture to any other toothpaste I tried - it was a lot smoother, slippery and seemed more water soluble/less dense. It felt safe to use

My thoughts and results:
  • My teeth are not discoloured from smoking, tea, coffee or red wine (never smoke and seldom drink any of the above) so I didn't test for the effectiveness of any of those
  • Since my teeth are 'naturally' discoloured, I knew that the whitening effect wouldn't be very noticeable or obvious within the few weeks stated by the product description
  • Although the texture is different, it still 'tastes' like regular minty toothpaste
  • In terms of colour, I didn't notice my teeth being any shades different to their normal colour however they looked slightly brighter
  • I noticed that the whitening effect was more effective on my back, premolar and molar teeth (inconveniently) and the toothpaste really tried to whiten on my more problematic, front teeth because I could see white spots/streakiness

I have no before and after pictures to share because as I mentioned above, the differences were not that noticeable and photo lighting would have an effect on my teeth's appearance.

I guess I wasn't the most suitable candidate to trial this product for many reasons like not always brushing three times a day, my teeth not being discoloured for the mentioned reasons and keeping my mouth water and rinse-free when brushing at night. But nonetheless I still enjoyed using this toothpaste, I can't really think of any negatives and I will continue using it until it runs out.

Repurchase and/or recommend?

As for repurchasing... it would depend on the price and whether I feel that this benefits me more than regular toothpaste. I do like this toothpaste however I could easily go back to using regular non-whitening toothpastes due to the fact that the results have been quite subtle. I feel that if I want noticeable results, I would need a stronger whitening method that may be more abrasive.The Swissdent website shows that there aren't any authorised stockists in my state which means that I would have to buy online... though I don't really feel the need or desire to purchase toothpaste online.

But yes, I would recommend this toothpaste as it is quite unique to other teeth whitening toothpastes out there. This 'prestigious' brand' has only been introduced to Australia recently and hence I definitely think that it is a worth a try if other whitening products have not been as successful as you had hoped. I would recommend that you give this a try if you have discolouration caused by smoking or drinking coffee, tea or red wine.

Swissdent Pure Mouthspray (9mL)
RRP $15.00 AUD

I didn't expect to receive mouthspray as well as the toothpaste but still I was excited to try this out because I had never used or owned a mouthspray before (they don't seem to be very common). This review will be very brief.

What this product claims to do:
  • Fresh breath on the go
  • Daily use inhibits plaque formation
  • Prevent halitosis (bad breath)
  • Brings the mouth back to a health pH level

  • None indicated - just spray into the mouth whenever you need to freshen your breath!
  • One spray should be enough

My experience and thoughts:
  • Initially I didn't find it to be that pleasant to have a massive burst of mintyness in my mouth but after a few times of use, I got used to it.
  • One spray was plenty - it makes my whole mouth feel as though I just brushed my teeth or sucked on a mint, chewed gum
  • I never took it with me on the go because I prefer to suck on a mint than spray my mouth in public (maybe it's just me but I find it a little odd!)
  • I can see how it would prevent halitosis and brings the mouth back to a healthy pH level but not quite sure about inhibiting plaque formation... on teeth? Maybe I am just a little uneducated about the oral cavity

Repurchase and/or recommend?

To be honest, I think that $15 is a little pricey for mouth spray, plus I don't see myself using this often. Again I don't think I would be able to find a stockist of this product here in my city. I could use this as an alternative to mints and gum... or use it as self defence (spray someone in the eyes with it) haha I'm kidding, but yeah I may find myself carrying this in my handbag (takes up less room that mints/gum!) and not repurchasing when it runs out.

If you are looking for a mouthspray then of course I would recommend this one. The spray actually spreads to the whole inside of the mouth unlike some dodgy sprays (not just mouthsprays) that squirt out like a pistol... how annoying would that be with mouthspray! If you want to know exactly what type of mint it is... my guess is that it is spearmint. I do prefer peppermint but I know that peppermint is uncommon for toothpastes/mouthsprays/mouthwashes. I didn't have a choice anyway~

In case you wanted to see a comparison between other brands

That's all to my review, thank you for reading :) If you have any questions, feel free to leave them down below.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and to those in the States, Happy Thanksgiving!

Short and snappy questjen of the week:

Are you happy with your teeth?

My answer: Yes and no, but more no
I want them to be whiter and straighter! I can be quite self-conscious about them. I haven't had braces but I do want to, and also try stronger teeth whitening methods/procedures. I like caring for my teeth's health and appearance as much as possible.

PS: Don't forget, my giveaway is still on - Win either a Sigma brush or circle lenses!
PPS: Are you an Aus blogger and would you like a KK? Enter here

Jen xx

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. Links provided are not affiliate links. This post was not sponsored, nor do I receive any monetary compensation for any sales made. Opinions are all 100% honest. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012 Aus Blogger Kris Kringle!

Hi guys, I have an announcement to make... well the title pretty much gives it away haha but YES, after the success of last year's Blogger KK, we've brought it back this year :D

It is once again proudly hosted by yours truly and my good friend Melody (Melludee)!

We didn't feel the need to make any changes so it's exactly the same as last year. The rules and the details (please don't mind the copying and pasting from my post last year ^^).

I'm pretty sure that you're all aware of what Kris Kringle is, but if not here is a little explanation: It is also known as 'Secret Santa' and it usually involves many people i.e. work colleagues or school classmates etc. where each person randomly picks a name out and whoever they pick is their KK. That person will then anonymously give their KK a gift and in return they would receive an anonymous gift from the person that chose their name. And then everyone gets a chance to guess and find out who had them as a KK! It's a way of giving everyone a Christmas gift without excluding someone :)

Everyone who participates will have a KK, yay!

Here's how it works - an example provided by us hehe:

A gift from Melody to me

Part 2 of this comic strip is on Melody's blog here!


(Please read before entering)

1. This is open to AUSTRALIAN blogger residents only, with a legitimate Australian postal address.
I have to make this clear to avoid confusion and invalid entry submissions. And sorry that it isn't international, it's just that it makes it more fair with shipping costs and package arrival times. Also, you must have your own blog!

2. There is a minimum and maximum spend for the KK present. It must be between $10-$20
Again, for fairness.

3. You MUST send out your package by the latest, December 16th 2012
This is to avoid delays, because during the Christmas period is where most packages are sent!

4. Have your name/blog address written on a card in the package to send off!
Just so they know who sent it!

Now that's all out of the way, below is the entry form. This is the exact same form on Melody's blog post so you only need to fill it out once~

Entries must be in by November 11.59PM (AEST) 25th of November 2012 so that we can sort out the KKs for everyone by the 26th of November.

Be sure to check your emails on the 26th of November to find out who your KK is, as either myself or Melody will be emailing you with your KK's details and what they would like to receive as their present.

DISCLAIMER: Your postal address will not be shared with anyone apart from the person buying the present for you.

Enjoy the Christmas festivities and I hope that many Aus bloggers will participate in this :D

If there are any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me or Melody via email/comment!

Jen xx

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guest Post: Styles for Fall 2012 Fashion Lineup

Hi guys - this post is aimed towards my readers in the northern hemisphere where it is now fall. I'm happy to be experiencing warm/hot weather right now in Australia, I love the sun!

So for you guys who are experiencing cold weather right now, this post may be of interest to you :)

Firstly, let me introduce you to the guest blogger of this post, Anya.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Do you want to be runway fabulous this fall season? Try some of these comfortable yet daring fashion trends and get comfortable with who you are. Even major celebrities can gain confidence from these fall fashion trends. This year, there is a fashion trend that meets nearly every personality, style and budget. So, let’s get started uncovering what the fashion world has in store for us this fall season.

As you step onto your daily runway, show your inner fashionista by wearing printed oversized slacks held up by suspenders. The slacks typically have deep pockets and allow women to appear chic while standing and waiting for a dinner table, lunch table, cab, bus or other appointments. Button-up shirts and trench coats also part of this unique new style worn by women who want a look that is different from the traditional. Try pairing your ensemble with a beret or other fall hat to make the look complete.

Plaids, tweeds and textures are common with this look. Black and whites are quite attractive on women with slick-backed hair and short hair cuts to give the total appeal that a woman has assumed the role of a man in the fashion world. A splash of color, such as purple, may be added to break up the monotony of the outfit. A monochromatic black ensemble with a hat that resembles a police officer’s hat is another way that this look can be enjoyed while remaining authentic.

Even men’s ties are making a comeback in women’s wardrobes. The ties may complement the jackets and overcoats that women often wear. Women’s shoes include high-heeled Mary Jane’s. These shoes are just the right height to provide lift and help the women’s body appear lean and long.

Head out to the vintage stores this season to find the latest fashion trends. Though androgynous attire can be found in standard stores also, many people prefer to shop the vintage stores. It will be a fall fashion trend that you and your friends will not soon forget.  

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Thanks for that, Anya! I always like to read other people's perspectives on fashion because not everyone has the same style or taste. And I particularly like to read about fashion trends - I find it reassuring to know whether something I wear is "okay" and not "out of fashion/so last year". I wonder if anyone thinks the same!

Questjen of the week:

Do you like to be informed about fashion trends? 
Or do you only go by your 'own' style?

Jen xx

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Back with a Giveaway!

Hiiii guys *waves frantically* Exams for the year are over and I have completed two years of university, yay :) It is great to be back and free from studying for the next three months, haha.

And as a way for thanking you for your continued support even when I have been on hiatuses... I have a giveaway for my 800+ followers!

I have circle lenses provided by my sponsor, mukuCHU to giveaway - 5 pairs! And I have included a brand new Sigma E25 Blending Brush for those who want to enter the giveaway but don't wear circle lenses. A prize for anyone :D

Things to know about the lenses:
  • They are all PLANO (no prescription), EOS-branded circle lenses. 
  • They are 14.8mm in diameter.

For the brown lenses, the one on the right just needs to be flipped inside out - it's not a defective lens so don't fret!!!

As mentioned earlier, I have a non-sponsored prize for both circle lens wearers and non-circle lens wearers (everyone can enter to win this prize too).

This was a freebie with my last Sigma order and I never opened it because I already had this brush from my previous order (and it doesn't need replacing).

Brand new one is still in the cardboard and I am holding my own. It's great quality and has minimal to no shedding! To me, the blending brush is an essential eye brush :)

Just as a side note - if you happen to be a winner of prizes 1, 2 or 3, please make sure that you are aware of the potential dangers of wearing circle lenses! I do not wish to and will not be held responsible for any issues that you may face while wearing these lenses - it is best to do your own thorough research before entering this giveaway if you have never worn any type of contact lenses before and for you to be informed about the risks involved. As long as you take care of your lenses properly and follow the 'rules', generally everything should be fine.

If you are hesitant or would like some clarification/question answered about circle lenses, you are free to message me privately to my email, via the comments below or on Twitter.

How to enter? Simply fill in the form once and you'll be in the draw! This giveaway ends in exactly a month's time. Good luck!!!

I promise you'll be hearing from me again VERY soon :) I have surely missed blogging~

Jen xx
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