上引水產 | Addiction Aquatic Development

Warning: do not scroll if you’re starving for sashimi!!!!!

This is another one of those 80% images, 20% text mini-reviews 🙂

When I was in Taipei in December, I visited Addiction Aquatic Development – a fish market! As you already know, I looooove sashimi/japanese food – especially if it’s fresh! My family also visited this place the year before, and we’ve been craving this place so bad. The food here and the atmosphere just blows me away!

Also, oh man! Thought I should let you guys know – I’ve recently taken on an internship, and I’ve been completely consumed by it :< Posts for these three months, until late June, will be quite a bit less frequent. I’ll still try to post at least once every two weeks!

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This place is a new addition (ha ha addiction) to Taipei’s fish market district, and it’s very modern! Black/white and wood all around. It’s bustling with people all the time! :O They are there with gooooood reason.

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Outside the main building, there’s a barbeque restaurant, and a small supermarket.

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And into the restaurant we go! The chefs prepare your dishes right in front of you, so if you’re up for it / you can’t speak the language, you can just point at the fish – and the chefs will prepare it for you!

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While you wait for your dish to be prepared, you can gaze longingly at all that fish…..

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Above/behind the chefs, there are specials of the day available to order. This fish is not on their regular menu, and tends to be ‘fresher’.

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But yes, this is what the restaurant looks like. You may have noticed that everyone is standing – there are no seats available in this restaurant! All patrons stand and eat (is this a tactic to get the customers to leave more quickly?). When I visited this place in 2013, they gave 7 of us counter seats in 1 row… (my kid cousins had tiny step stools to prop themselves up!)

(These are some dishes that the chefs were preparing, but not dishes we ordered. My dad was too excited for us to start eating, so he went around drooling at other people’s orders instead)


Marinated Tuna Salad / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

This salad came as part of the set we ordered, and it was divine. I love the combination of sashimi slices and fresh salad leaves – and this was seasoned perfectly. A light yuzu-soy sauce glaze, and the marinated tuna – an amazing starter.

2014-12-23 11.00.14Canadian Uni/Sea Urchin and Grated Yam / 150NT or SGD$6.50

One of the things that we rarely get to eat in Singapore is Uni / Sea Urchin. One tray costs like $80 in Singapore – and this was definitely a treat! You mix the strong-flavoured uni with the neutral grated yam or shān yào (山药), and it balances out to this flavour you probably can’t describe – umami.

Monkfish Liver / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

o m g! The first time I tried paté as a kid, I fell in love. It was this creamy, flavourful spread that just melted in my mouth… and Monkfish Liver is almost the same. Garnished with chopped spring onions and a light drizzle of soy sauce, this needs no spreading or what – take a bite, and it melts in your mouth. This was most definitely one of my top picks for the meal!

2014-12-23 11.11.42Assorted Sashimi / 330NT or SGD$14.50

While extremely fresh and extremely delicious, I found that this assorted sashimi (above and below) was chilled a bit too much for my liking. The sashimi was truly creamy (top pick: Salmon Belly! o my god), and my goodness the amaebi was…. to die for.

2014-12-23 11.11.46Ootoro (Fatty Tuna) and Scallop / 170NT or SGD$7.50 + 360NT (for 3) or SGD$15.80

I actually felt that the Ootoro was a huge letdown. I was expecting something with the consistency of fatty pork belly, but instead it was much closer to the bland, fibrous texture of normal tuna flesh. I was really looking forward to this 😦 (but thank goodness the other dishes made up for it!)

2014-12-23 11.12.40Assorted Sushi / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

More or less the same fish that came with the sashimi! We probably wouldn’t have ordered this, but it came with the set so.

2014-12-23 11.13.41Fish-bone Miso Soup / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

Another one of my top picks for this meal!!! What’s so special about this miso soup, you may wonder? Miso soup tastes all the same to me! BUT NO this soup is boiled with fish bones, and KING PRAWN HEADS!!!!!!! The sweetness of the prawns is in the base of the soup and it’s so, so sweet, flavourful, and hearty with the fish bits-and-ends in the soup. A MUST TRY!

2014-12-23 11.17.54Grilled Mackerel / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

I’m not a fan of grilled fish, but my parents loved this. The mackerel was crispy, and tender on the inside. Japanese grilled fish, if cooked perfectly, is uber flavourful and goes perfectly with a steaming hot bowl of gohan / rice.

2014-12-23 11.43.08Salmon Belly Sashimi  / 120NT (for 3) or SGD$5.30

To finish our meal, we ended off with another serving of salmon belly – mmmmmm! It’s like savoury dessert for us :> Our tummies were filled to the brim by the time we left the restaurant.

In total, we spent 2497NT / SGD$110 for our meal – that’s including sake!!


Other than this main restaurant in the building, there are takeaway dishes available for purchase (which we did buy for supper one night!), and other restaurants serving different dishes.

Across the road, there’s also a fruits/veggies market selling amazingly fresh produce! We bought some fruits back to eat as well 🙂


….And we missed it so much we had it for supper again 2 nights later… on Christmas night 🙂 My parents taxi-ed there (THE ROADS WERE SO JAMMED) and dabao-ed (takeaway-ed, in Singlish) back food for us to eat.

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Somehow I felt like this was more fantabulous than eating at the restaurant itself – oh my god!!! We got to handpick what we wanted, and eat it in the comfort of our hotel room. I just want you to note – the uni is double-layered. There are two pieces of uni per. slot. THIS WOULD COST LIKE $80 FOR HALF THE TRAY IN SINGAPORE?!?!

What we picked:
1. Salmon + Salmon Belly Sashimi (214NT / SGD$9.40)
2. Uni / Sea Urchin (813NT / SGD$35.70)
3. Assorted Salmon Sushi Set (~250NT / ~SGD$11)
4. Seasoned Seaweed Rice(~50NT / ~SGD$2.50)

…Which comes up to around $1,300NT / SGD$60 TOPS. For 3 people!!!! Sushi Tei is like the basic average standard of Japanese food in Singapore, and I’m telling you when we spend $60 there we can’t get anything like this. (Also, on the other end of the spectrum, Chotto Matte. You spend a bomb (like $100 per person) and you don’t eat anywhere near this much nor at this quality.)

My family doesn’t care for roast chicken, baked potatoes, and pumpkin soup for Christmas dinner – we much prefer having our fill of sashimi 😀


Quality: 4half (cmon, it’s fresh from the fish market)
Environment: ★★★★☆ (You have to stand. There are no seats available + most are counter tables)
Price: ★★★★★ (You really can’t find sashimi of this standard in Singapore, and at this price point.)
Overall: 4half

Addiction Aquatic Development can be found at:

台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號 / No.18, Aly. 2, Ln. 410, Minzu E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City.
Hours of Operation: 06:00 to 24:00
TEL. 886-2-2508-1268 FAX. 886-2-2508-0268

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What’s New: Quarter One, 2015

Exciting times! I’ve decided to do a collective haul post instead, covering what I’ve purchased and received in January, February, and March. Also, it’s my birthday today, so I’ve got quite a few things in the past few weeks 🙂


January: TesterKorea

Okay, this is the earliest haul of all – I purchased these in late January and only received them in February! There was an issue with the sourcing of the Laneige Cushion – I originally ordered the PushButton LE cushion (super super cute. doggy spots all over the case), but they were out – so they replaced it with the Anti-Aging version instead. *shrugs* Early anti-aging for me then! I’ve always loved TK’s customer service – they’re really friendly, and reply super quickly 🙂 (80% of my big hauls are made at TK!)

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Anyway, this is my first ever ~expensive~ TesterKorea haul!!! Previously I’d been purchasing small items, averaging out at 6,000KRW per item – but this time round I went big and got a few small, expensive purchases haha. The Banila Co. Clean It Zero, and the TonyMoly Rabbit Bars aren’t mine though! TK was especially generous with samples this time around (considering the delay in sending the package out even with EMS!).

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I ordered a bunch of Laneige, IOPE, and Clio items! After using my mum’s MAC pot concealer, I thought I should get one for myself too – so I picked the Clio Kill Cover concealer (it’s a little dark on me though.), but it’s a good deal for $14. I’ve found that this is fairly high coverage, which is great for those stubborn blemishes my Shiseido concealer can’t hide.

I also got the IOPE Air Cushion XP (N21) ($38) and Laneige BB Cushion (Anti-Aging) (#13) ($35), vs $50-60 RRP).

…As well as the CC Creams ($33 and $28 respectively, vs $45-60 RRP). At present, I’m more into CC Creams – so you’ll see a review of all my CC Creams soon! I have yet to open the BB Cushions, so that review will come in say, June.

TesterKorea /had/ the most amazing discounts (with 30% off everything), but they’ve recently reduced their discounted selection heh. Either way, if I’d purchased these products from local stores, it’s likely that I would’ve spent twice as much :O

Since I’ll be leaving my my teens soon, I thought that it might be a good time to start getting lipsticks… so I got a beautiful IOPE Color Fit Lipstick ($25, RRP $34) after much time spent deciding what colour to get. I chose an IOPE lipstick because a few shades went absolutely famous after Cheon Song Yi wore them in My Love From The Stars… BUT I made a mistake 😦 I got #29 Metallic Rose, and while it does look very pretty, it’s metallic. It’s got glitter in it. I like matte lip colours, so I’ll be selling this away too…


February: Tom Ford

I’ve also received some fantabulous samples from Tangs – between my mum and I!

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Mum and I received one Tom Ford miniature Lip Color each – I chose Indian Rose, and she chose True Coral. These are way too beautiful to use…….. I’ve just taken them out occasionally to ogle (please don’t judge me omg)


March: Etude House

Yiyi kindly gifted me some Etude House products! I’ve not tried many of their products, so this is the time for me to see how effective their products are.

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Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream SPF33 PA++ – W13

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This color controlling cream contained with magic color capsules modifies and adjusts to your natural skin tone on contact, creating a vibrant and healthy looking complexion. CC cream with rich essence for a more moisturized and firm skin with 30% of super collagen.
3 in 1 smart all in one cream – whitening – sun protection SPF33 PA++ – anti wrinkle

What a huge bottle of CC Cream!

Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit SPF30 PA+++ – N01

Just look at the packaging :’) so girly and princessy! The puff is mega soft as compared to the MAC puff, and there’s the Etude House logo embossed into the powder. I’ve heard that this BB Compact is not bad, so I’m definitely keeping this in my bag – imagine how cute it’d be to whip this out of my makeup pouch :>

Look At My Eyes Cafe – PK005

Smooth, Silky Eye shadow that supplies eyes with a profound, dramatic look.

SUCH a cute colour – I love how this is a basic shade that I can cover my entire lid with 🙂 Plus, this can double up as a cutsey blush colour in a pinch!

Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream

This is a highly moisturizing cream that daily absorbs Baobab’s pure moisture into skin for a clear and moist complexion, containing sufficiently moist Baobab Water and skin purifying Moringa seed extract. Like a burst of water drop, its light watery texture absorbs smoothly into skin with abundant moisture.

I saw this in-store with yiyi, and mentioned how cool Baobab trees are 😀 She definitely remembered it, and she got it for me because of that, and because…. of how much it looks like a baby food jar HAHAHA.


March: Carousell – Shiseido & Laneige

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Got a bunch of Shiseido and Laneige stuff off Carousell!

– High-concentration multiberry extract yogurt pack that nourishes skin from deep inside and leaves skin supple. Hydrates, nourishes and regenerates skin for supple and firming skin.
– Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, promotes collagen synthesis, and enhances defense ability of skin from harmful external causes to leave skin healthier and firmer. Its anti-inflammatory effects also soothes skin from skin troubles.
– Multiberry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries, and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.
– Exfoliation for smoother skin texture. NAG (N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine), one of the NMF(Natural Moisturizing Factor), and Niacinamide (a component of Vitamin B3) softens and clears micro size dead skin cells left after exfoliating for even denser and smoother skin texture.
– Richer plain yogurt texture: Fresh creamy texture of yogurt nourishes skin with soft touch.

Of all the things I got here, I was most excited about this Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Pack :> It smells absolutely divine – and no surprise here! The label says ‘DO NOT EAT’. This is probably going to be my second option for a night cream (instead of my Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream) – I think I have an affinity for pink creams.

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And to be honest, these 4 were the main reasons why I got the Shiseido samples. L-R: Shiseido Ibuki serum, Lacquer Rouge, Perfect Rouge, and the Natural Finish Cream Concealer – the main reason! This is kinda my HG concealer – the one I’ve been using for >5 years haha. (Honestly, I think I’m going to sell away the Ibuki skincare kit :<)


March: Qoo10 – Wishtrend & 9Wishes

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I purchased the C20 Vitamin C serum from Wishtrend (via Qoo10) for my mum at SGD$12.99 (which is an amazing price by the way!!!), as I don’t think it’s very suitable for my skin – and Wishtrend was super generous by including a Klairs sheet mask, and a COSRX sample! Definitely surprising that Wishtrend treats Qoo10 customers similarly to their original site customers. I’ve been extremely excited to try Klairs and COSRX after finishing my current routine of products, so this is definitely a possibility, purchasing again from Wishtrend. (C’mon, they even threw in a 10% coupon – what’s there not to love about Wishtrend?)

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I also purchased the 9Wishes Vanishing Balm, because I saw preeeetty good reviews of it on Qoo10! This is my ???th CC Cream – and I have a love affair with CC Creams. You’ll see a comparison and swatches of this soon, in my upcoming post: Battle of the CC Creams! I got this for $19.90 for 50ml, which is definitely comparable (or just cheaper!) to the other CC Creams I’ve purchased so far.


Fun fun times 🙂 Gonna start work soon, so this is likely my last collective haul over the next 3 months! (More than enough new products for me to try (i.e. ogle) anyway woohoo)

First Look: Missha M Magic Cushion (2015)

Warning: This post is 90% pictures, 10% text!
I have tried to colour-correct most of the images to as close as real-life as possible.

This Missha M Magic Cushion has been a huuuuuuge deal in Korea for the past month. Why? This was priced at 4800KRW – but I purchased it for double the price (including shipping!) on TesterKorea haha. Buuuuuut this product is out of stock just about everywhere in Korea (and Singapore! it actually retails for SGD$24.90). This product does not come with refills, and the shade featured in this post is #21.

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Adapted from Missha; I’ve done up a crude translation of the details to English! And moving on to the actual product.

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The cushion case is fairly sturdy; I would say slightly less so than the Amore Pacific cushions though. Fits perfectly in the palm of my hand!

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Slowly peeling the protective sticker off… Here’s the cushion itself!

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Closeups of the cushion!


Comparison with Missha Magic Cushion (Empty) Case

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As you can see, the empty case is slightly larger and fatter than the 2015 M Magic Cushion.

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The newer product has a slight bezel where the cushion puff sits! Stylish design improvements I suppose?

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The new puff is however slightly smaller than the old one.

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Closeups of the different cushions – I filled the empty cushion case on the left with the Missha UV Cushion Base, and mixed in some moisturizers.

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Unblended swatches of the 2 products: Top: Old #21 product, Bottom: New #21 Product

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Slightly blended swatches. My face is slightly tanner than the skin here, so I suppose this formula is alright – albeit a little orange.

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Blended swatches. As you can see this stuff sets pretty fast – it dried enough between shots that I had a bit of trouble blending it in! Definitely work quickly with this formula!


Hope this post helps 🙂 I think it’s definitely worth a shot, at the amazing price point. I will be making a comparison post with the IOPE, Laneige, as well as Hera cushions soon.

You can get the Missha M Magic Cushion at TesterKorea and BeautyNetKorea.

PSA: Innisfree Easy How-To Event (Free Green Tea Trial Kit)

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Quick PSA: Fill this in and you get a free green tea trial (8 solutions) kit from Innisfree! You don’t even need to pay shipping – how interesting! Innisfree’s green tea line is their most popular, and fairly effective for many – I recommend you try it out if you haven’t already.

You can find the link here: http://www.innisfreeworld.com/DirectPage.do?pageName=inni_howto

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P.S. Thanks r/AB for this heads up! Have fun 🙂

insiteTV: Sweet 20s Beauty Drama and Pony’s Beauty Diary + Other Favourites

Short post today! For some of you girls, I know makeup isn’t easy – so I’ll be starting a Beauty 101 Guides/Tutorials series soon 🙂 In the meantime, I just wanted to share a few YouTube channels/series that I really like. Before I got hooked down this path, I started watching makeup tutorials online and I found that videos were truly the most informative method for me to learn how to do makeup/skincare better!


Sweet 20s Beauty Drama

This series just debuted on insiteTV’s channel about a month ago, and I’m already hooked! It’s super cute – it focuses on Yoonha’s life (academic/romantic), and has special segments in each mini-episode where she does her makeup. Okay actually it’s kinduv just an advertorial for Innisfree’s cosmetics/skincare but I think the looks are gorgeous, and their products work great anyway! Either way, it’s mega cute if you like Korean Dramas! 🙂 I’ve linked the playlist below, but it’s not in order ok! Super super super cute I can’t wait for the next episode!! :>

EDIT: In case you’re interested, I’ve found the main cast on Instagram. Here is the cast list:
Bae Yoonha is played by Hwang Seung-Eon (황승언)
Kang Woo is played by Lee You Jin (이유진)
Tae-Jun is played by Shin Ji Hoon (신지훈)


Pony’s Beauty Diary

Probably every Asian Beauty fan’s favourite channel!! Pony is an amazing Korean makeup artist and she puts up extremely informative videos (on insiteTV) about both skincare and makeup application 🙂 She’s also recently started her very own channel, which you can find here. If you’re interested, you should definitely check out her attempt at transforming herself into the Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson – it was almost spot on!!! This is one of my favourite videos she’s posted – Rainy Day Makeup!


Get It Beauty

have to recommend Get It Beauty. Get It Beauty is one of Korea’s top beauty shows, recommending and reviewing the top products in various categories depending on the focus of the episode. They also have a segment called ‘Talking Mirror’ which I absolutely adore – it’s a mirror that interviews celebrities about their skincare/makeup/health routines!

2013/2014’s Get It Beauty Host was Yoo In Na, but they’ve since moved on to a new host for 2015, Lee Ha Nui.You can watch it on Soompi here, but you’ll have to use a VPN like Hola! Unblocker if you’re not in the USA. I’ve embedded a preview the Speedy Makeup episode from 2014 below:


Bonus: Meejmuse

My yiyi recommended her to me – she’s a Korean-Australian and she reviews both Asian and Western beauty products 🙂 Since I tend to prefer videos involving Asian products, I haven’t watched her entire ensemble – but you might enjoy the diversity in her reviewed products! Linked below is her top Korean products video.


Okay that’s all for today! I think that these videos will settle you for a long, long time – I haven’t even completed Get It Beauty, and Pony’s looooong history of videos took me months to finish! I hope these videos help you down your path of beauty 🙂

Review: DHC Eyelash Tonic

Today I’m going to be reviewing DHC’s Eyelash Tonic! I’ve always had short eyelashes throughout my life – they were never curly, long, or voluminous – they were just short and stuck straight out of my eyelids. Eek! I first heard about eyelash serums, like rapidlash and revitalash through r/MUA. One big issue…. they were all around ~$50, not something I’d drop easily for a potential repeat purchase. Come half a year ago, I discovered the DHC Eyelash Tonic on Testerkorea.

From DHC’s official website:

Conditioning DHC Eyelash Tonic nourishing gel treatment strengthens for lush, fuller-looking eyelashes. Fortifying botanicals coat each lash from root to tip to help prevent breakage for a more robust lash line. Wear under mascara during the day and all by itself at bedtime.

  • Specially designed applicator helps distribute gel more evenly
  • Rich in botanicals, including ginseng, aloe and Swertia japonica extract

I first purchased the product for about 14,000KRW (~SGD$19-$20) on Testerkorea, but have since been able to purchase this in Taipei for about SGD$13.50 / ~300NT. I highly suggest against buying this directly from Watsons – this retails for SGD$27.50 in Singapore’s Watsons!

I have two tubes pictured above: 1 has been in use since September 2014 (~6 months of use), and the bottle below is brand new. I’d assume each tube lasts around 1 year, if used once a day – but I would not recommend using an eye product for a year. Mascara rules state that tubes should be thrown out once a month – so you can make your judgement from there. Also, one slight con you might be able to notice – the older bottle has gotten slightly murky from usage over time.

The applicator is extremely easy to use! It’s like any other mascara wand: sweep the tonic over your lashes, covering them in an even coat of tonic. According to DHC,

Use as a mascara base in the morning and as a conditioner in the evening. Gently and evenly, brush a small amount of tonic onto lash roots and sweep outward towards tips.

It’s recommended you use it twice a day, under your daily makeup, and at night to sleep, but I’ve preferred to leave this out under mascara. I like applying a thicker coat of tonic on my lashes, and I feel like the tonic doesn’t fare too well underneath mascara, especially in this humid weather – so I’ve only applied it once a day at night! This comes as the very last step of my routine, after applying eye cream (if at all).

Each bottle contains 6.5ml of product, and is made in Japan. I’ve always liked DHC products – when I was much younger, I loved their acne products (pew pew and my pimples were gone!), and a couple of years ago, I fell in love with their Deep Cleansing Oil. After I started using this for about a month, I discovered this was HG material. Why? Look at my lashes!!!

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THEY HAVE GROWN SO MUCH :’) There’s a noticeable growth in the length of my lashes, such that they’ve even started to hold a natural curl. Not only so, there’s been an increase in the sheer growth of the lashes – there are new baby lashes growing out, and the original lashes have much thicker roots.

I’ve also applied this to my lower lashes, so there has been an increase in amount of my lower lashes – which is absolutely amazing, because previously I’d had like, no. lower. lashes. This stuff is absolutely amazing.

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Here are the ingredients, in case you might be interested:

water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, aminomethyl propanol, placental protein, xanthan gum, allantoin, swertia japonica extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, nasturtium officinale flower/leaf extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract

The formulation is gentle on my eyes, and doesn’t leave any stinging sensation or whatnot (of course, if you don’t get it into your eyes.) I’ve used this without issue for the past half a year or so, and am extremely satisfied with the results! However, I think it should also be noted that YMMV. I’ve read a couple of articles in HerWorld about how some other lash serums were better, but I’ve already found my HG – so I probably won’t be trying anything else for now.

Effectiveness: ★★★★★ (for now)
Pricing: ★★★★★ (this is really the most affordable out there.)
Packaging: ★★★★☆

Overall: 4half