Rin's Thoughts On: Maple Ice Flower (Bambi) Gray


Happy Sunday, みんな!How's your weekend? It's the start of another workweek tomorrow, ugh... But it's okay because it's gonna be payday for us, heehee~ Which means, I'm gonna be able to buy stuff for our tiny little kitten MiMi. やった!Anyway, I'll make the most out of this Sunday and try to post whatever I can. And hope that I don't get lazy, heheh~

So here's another circle lens review!

Honestly, I can get pretty biased with brands. When it comes to circle lenses, that would be GEO for me. But local online stores only have very limited on-hand stocks of various kinds of GEO lenses in my eye grade, and I'm not particularly one for waiting via pre-orders (unless I really, really want the item). So I took a different turn this time while browsing JapaneseCandy's catalogue, and decided to go with this pair of Maple Ice Flower in Gray.

Maple Contact Lenses are manufactured by Four Vision, a Korean company based in Daegu. It's not well-known yet compared with GEO, and I don't see a lot of their products locally, but it's registered with ISO and CE certifications so I can trust their products.

I got this pair last December, along with another pair of GEO Princess Mimi Chocolate.

I'm blind as a bat without my eyeglasses or lenses...

Comparison with my natural eye. I've got small irises, and these lenses enlarge them well as you can see. In fact, when I inserted one of the lenses the first time I was like "Holy crap! It's freakin' huge..." and thought about not getting 15mm-diameter lenses for a while hahaa!

Natural indoor light

Artificial light

With flash

Closer look...

I've been using this pair since December, and here are my thoughts (with ♥♥♥♥♥ being the highest)...

Maple Ice Flower Gray
Manufacturer/Origin: Four Vision Korea
Diameter: 15mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 38%

Color: ♥♥♥♥
The gray part of the lens looks transparent in the container, but still shows quite well on my dark brown eyes. I actually like it, though I think it would be better if the gray is a tad more vivid. If you're looking for subtle gray lenses, you may consider these.

Design: ♥♥♥♥♥
It certainly doesn't look like a flower to me, it's more like a burst of gray with tiny specks of black near the center which helps in blending with my natural eye color. I think it'll look quite different on people with light-colored eyes. I really like the pattern, especially the thick black limbal ring which makes for more dolly-looking eyes.

Enlargement: ♥♥♥♥♥
The comparison photo above speaks for itself, yes? My GEO Princess Mimi lenses are also 15mm but these definitely look larger. The edges don't show even when I open my eyes real wide, heheh~  Eyemake is a must if you don't want weird alien eyes...

Comfort: ♥♥♥♥
I sometimes feel the lenses shifting in my eyes after inserting them, but it disappears after a couple of minutes. Though the lens itself can be a bit flimsy because it's so soft. Good thing is, I don't feel the edges even if they're 15mm, and they're pretty comfortable that I sometimes forget I'm wearing them. I still need to use my contact lens drops once or twice though, mainly because I'm looking at my PC monitor most of the time which makes my eyes prone to drying and stress.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
I love these Maple Ice Flower lenses! Enough for me to use them almost every work day or when I go out. So yes, this pair made it to my favorites list. And would I recommend them? Heck, yeah!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!



Going Pink Brown ~ Richenna Bubble Color in Pink Brown


Back with another hair color post! Looks like someone's getting kinda addicted here, LOL!
One of the reasons I started coloring my hair is to prepare it for a DIY ombre. I already colored my hair natural brown about a month ago but thought it was still a tad dark, so when I saw boxes of Richenna Bubble Color at Watsons Robinsons Galleria, I thought I might as well change it to a lighter brown. However, this color caught my eye and made me think twice. Pink brown, anyone?

This made-in-Korea bubble hair color boasts of a packaging that is too cute not to be noticed! Seriously, this product has got to be one of the prettiest packaging I've seen. I mean, just look at that kawaii anime/manga-inspired girl! Well, I guess that's just me being an otaku girl talking, hahaa!

The box is well-sealed compared to Etude House's bubble color. It also shows the manufacturing date and shelf life.

The kit costs Php350, and it contains the following:
- a plastic mixing bottle with pump
- a 50g bottle of bubble colorant
- a 50g bottle of developer
- a 7mL sachet of henna therapy conditioner
- a pair of latex gloves and a plastic cape
- instructional leaflet

The texts on the box itself is pretty informative already, and the instructions on the leaflet gives more detail. And everything's in English (yay!), which of course is a plus in my book.

My hair before Richenna Pink Brown.

After putting on the cape and the gloves, I again made sure to apply some petroleum jelly on my forehead, ears, and sides of the face so the color won't stain my skin.

Customary photo before the operation, hahaa! Actually turned this hair coloring session to a sisters-bonding moment...

The instructions are pretty much the same as Etude House Bubble Hair Color. BTW, this is also done on dry hair.
1. Pour the colorant into the white pump bottle, followed by the developer, then cap it tightly. The guide tells you how much is needed depending on your hair length: 25g each for short hair, 50g each for medium-length hair, and 75g each for long hair. I just used 50g because even though my hair is kinda long, it's got a really layered cut so it's not thick.
2. Tilt the bottle sideways to mix everything, make sure not to shake it vigorously. It'll get warm when ready.
3. Start pumping out the foam.
4. Apply the foam on your hair from roots to tips, as if you are shampooing it, making sure to cover everything.
5. I also let the formula sit for 1 hour, while the instructions said 20 minutes. Again, not for more than an hour though.
6. Wash your hair. It will be very rough and coarse, so it's time to use the therapy conditioner. Rinse your hair thoroughly afterwards.

See the results!

In my case, there's not much change but it still depends on the lighting. Sometimes, I can see the pink/red tinge but it's really not noticeable. Either way, I'm still okay with it!

As for the product, I'm pretty satisfied with it. It's just a tiny bit cheaper than Etude House's though they both do the job quite well. It's absolutely affordable and it's got a lot of product -- the whole bottle was enough to let me color my hair and my sister's (the one with the short hair). My hair, except for a bit of the lower part (which is still quite dark), was still colored nicely and evenly. I also didn't experience any allergic reaction or itching, but then again make sure to test it first.

I only have a couple of gripes here. One is, the color stains the scalp a little (though it fades after some washing). Also, be ready to see pink brown-colored water when washing off the color, and may also stain your towel even after rinsing your hair thoroughly. Now, this I don't remember experiencing with the Etude House Bubble Color. Another thing is the henna therapy conditioner. My hair still felt coarse and a bit stiff after using it, unlike the Silky Perfumed Treatment, so it's a minus for me. And don't forget that chemical smell...

I'm not sure if I'll repurchase though, because I'm now planning to go ahead with my ombre. I'm already okay with this as my base color. But for anyone who wants to try this, why not? *wink*


Random Updates...


ごめんね, I have been unable to post anything for a while. Well, I've been quite the lazy-ass these past few days eheheh... I also had to go back to my real home for a couple of days to spend some time with my family. So no blogging. Besides, the PC there is just really slowww... When I got back, I became engrossed with watching anime, finishing Kanamemo and BTOOOM!, and I still got lots more. Aaand, I've also been spending a lot of time with Kuromi, my PSP. My sister doesn't get to use it anymore, so she gave it to me. Yay!

And with that, I guess some random updates are in order, heehee...

Tweaked my hair color a bit using Richenna. Will do a post about it soon... (ノ ̄ー ̄)

Ekai-neechan discovered some uber-kawaii stickers at CD-R King. And when I saw them for myself, I knew I just had to grab some. Even though I don't plan on using them... Argh! The perils of being addicted to anything cute... (〃^∇^)

Watched Warm Bodies with Paul. The original plan was to go see Broken City but we didn't make it in time. So we had to change plans and watched this movie instead. And boy, was I glad... This is a refreshing (?) take on zombie films, and it's so cute and funny -- I absolutely adore this movie! ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ♫♬

Some Valentine's Day チョコレート from friends at work. So sweet! (⌒∇⌒)

Alternately playing Corpse Party and Gods Eater Burst with Kuromi. Corpse Party is freakishly scary that I never play it when I'm alone.
The graphics are kinda retro, with 2-D sprite characters, and non-animated cutscenes (just still illustrations with voice-overs), which are fine with me. But where it lacks eye-candy, the engaging story and the undeniable horror factor make up for it, which are some of the reasons why I like this game.

Now, Gods Eater Burst is another story. I already finished this on my previous PSP, but I'm still hooked to it. I'm trying to rebuild my character, and I've still got a long way to go.

Costume-fitting with Sachie-chan, for an upcoming cosplay. Any idea? Heehee... ~(・・?))

Some Instagram photos. Meet Mimibels (I know, I know. Haha...), a tiny kitten we picked up on the way home and decided to take care of. Second Instagram photo is my Valentine's Day FOTD while the third one is my eyemake for that day, with pink and red eyeshadows and winged eyeliner.

BTW, my Instagram ID is otakurocker16. ヽ(◕◡◕❀ฺ )ノ

Well, that's it for now...