Cute Press Booster Serum & Sleep Mask Review

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Hiii all! I’m back with another skincare review today– and it’s one of my favourite skincare brands of late! Cute Press has recently released 3 Booster Serums to serums to go perfectly with their sleeping masks. 

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Maybe you’ve not seen either product– and I hadn’t either before this year! Their skincare offerings are a relatively new expansion for them– most of us may know them for their popular loose powder, with many tourists stocking up on several containers-worth when they visit Thailand (lol)! 🤣

When they were stocked in Watsons and later on on Shopee I purchased their foundation cushion and loose powder. Highly recommend it as an affordable drugstore brand with a very nice finish! ✨

But I digress. My first encounter with their skincare was earlier this year, when they launched their sleeping masks and invited me to try them out for myself!

In all honesty, I didn’t expect to love them as much as I did! Believe me when I say the hype is 100% real! I went through 3 tubs of the stuff between me and my boyf, and purchased them as gifts for my friend to try too 😌 I don’t recommend anything I don’t love!

Here are their benefits:

Overall, my skin was very happy with the sleeping masks that were added to my nightly routine. When Cute Press approached me again to ask if I would like to try out their new Booster Serum, I agreed right away!

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The booster serums are priced at $24.90, and the sleeping masks are priced at $23.90. They are available for purchase on Shopee and Lazada, and the sleeping masks are available for purchase at selected Watsons stores as well.

But I’ll let you in on a good deal I found  👀 because who doesn’t love a good discount? Cute Press have a Skin Rescue Duo deal available on Shopee where you can purchase a booster serum + sleeping mask in any combination you wish for a discounted price of $38 (U.P. $48.80).

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But if both the booster serums and sleeping masks have similar targeted benefits, what’s so amazing about using both the booster serum and the sleeping mask together, you may ask?

Let me break it down for you.

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Why use the Cute Press Booster Serum?

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These booster serums have been formulated to boost the effects of the sleeping masks, as well as provide a more ‘customisable’ skincare routine that is now suitable for daytime use as well.

If you want a X2 booster effect, you can pair the booster serum and sleeping mask of the same series.

However, depending on your skin concerns or skin goals, you may want to mix and match different booster serums and sleeping masks to achieve targeted benefits.

Perhaps you want to purchase the 8hr Full Night Sleep Booster Serum for added hydration day & night + the Calming Cica Sleeping Mask to fight maskne and soothe troubled skin.

Or you may want to fight dull skin with the 1 Week Brightening Booster Serum + the 8hr Full Night Sleep Sleeping Mask! It’s entirely up to you.

Your journey to good skin starts now.

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let's take a closer look, shall we?

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This serum, combined with the sleeping mask, is intensely hydrating, yet lightweight. My skin felt very hydrated, supple, and firm in the morning.

Appearance-wise, I feel like the boost of hydration helped with smoothing out skin texture and improving radiance. This combination is a favourite with me for my dehydrated yet oily skin.

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I use the Calming Cica series whenever I experience bad breakouts, and to help reduce the redness that I usually get in my complexion. I regularly deal with bad maskne + hormonal acne, and this combination helps with reducing redness & soothing my skin.

I like that it’s very gentle and 6-free, with no irritants. Sometimes, I combine this series with the Full Night Sleep range when my skin feels very itchy & dehydrated.

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I tend to use the Brightening Booster Serum in the daytime for extra glow. When I first tried their sleeping masks previously, I actually really wanted something that could go under my makeup.

While their sleeping masks were non-sticky, they still aren’t designed to be used under your makeup directly. Applying foundation on top of it– even when dry– may cause piling of the foundation + the hydrogel-like mask formula.

Sure, I would wake up with hydrated, revitalised skin, but I would have to cleanse first before applying my makeup. I wanted a little boost of that little extra something something to keep my skin feeling fresh and hydrated throughout the day– and now I have it!

If you’ve made it all the way till the end of this very long review, congratulations! 🎉

I hope my detailed review will help you decide which Cute Press Booster Serum + Sleeping Mask X2 Self Care Duo will be best for your skin needs.

Before you go, I have one last treat for you. I have teamed up with Cute Press to give away some skin goodies to THREE lucky winners! Head over to my Instagram post below to take part now!

* Giveaway closes on 27 August, 2359 GMT +8. Winners will be contacted within 48 hours ONLY from my Instagram account @evangelskies. Good luck!

** The code for the bonus entry is EVEXCP27

Olens x BlackPink – Colorful Moments campaign

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Hi guys! Have you missed my reviews? OLENS has recently collaborated with BlackPink again with another amazing campaign alongside the BlackPink 5th anniversary. Let me tell you, the visuals for this are so BEAUTIFUL. The campaign features the various Olens lenses the BlackPink members have chosen, hence the campaign name ‘COLORFUL MOMENTS’.

Before we delve into the visuals, as usual, I’m going to kick off the blog post with the main selling points about Olens and why you should buy Olens over other coloured contact lenses!

I’m a paying customer for Olens too, because I love their lenses so much. I always stock up on my favourite Scandi Olive (read my review HERE on the full Scandi series) during the sale and sometimes they do really good 1+1 deals!!

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  • Comfort for hours, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Scandi series

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ProductScandi Olive / Gray
DescriptionAn upgraded version of the Spanish line, these are the contacts you see on Blackpink and they feature in their MVs!!
Duration1Day (10/20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter11.9 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPuscon
Power0.00~-8.00

Scandi Gray (Jennie’s choice)

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I reviewed the Scandi range previously and this line is so comfortable and pretty, it has many of my favourites in there. Scandi Olive and Gray are my top picks for everyday lenses.

The Scandi series is slightly smaller in graphic diameter (11.9mm) than most of the other lenses. As compared to the other lenses in this review that are 13.0~13.3mm, these will show off a bit of your natural eye colour at the sides.

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This works very well in my opinion because the subtle shading and soft border of the lenses helps it blend very naturally and gives it a subtle limbal ring/ circle lens effect without the harsh black border of the traditional circle lens.

The realistic iris pattern lines in the lens design also helps soften darker eyes and the overall effect is very natural.

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Of course, when comparing my natural eye colour to the lenses side by side under a bright light, it looks quite different and starkly contrasting, but when you have them on they look very natural. It’s kinda like your natural eye colour, but there’s just something different about it!

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This contacts is BlackPink Jennie’s pick! This shade is super chic and stylish, and would definitely make you stand out without overwhelming your whole makeup look. Under room lighting, the shade even looks greenish-hazel.

Scandi Olive (Rosé’s choice)

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I know you’re bored of me saying this constantly, but the Scandi Olive is my eternal favourite and I get compliments on it all the time– people have asked if it is my natural eye colour a few times! It’s not too in your face, like my eyes but better (MEBB? lol).

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If you’re afraid of it being too obvious, don’t worry. Indoors, it looks almost brown/hazel– from my experience, you can only tell it is green under bright sunlight.

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I wouldn’t say this shade is very green, but like a more natural version of the Scandi Hazel that tends to look quite orange. If you are looking for a contact lens that is more obviously green, try the Russian Smoky Olive (view my review HERE). I love both!

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This contacts is BlackPink Rosé’s pick and balances out her feminine + badass energy without overwhelming the entire makeup look. If you are someone who prefers a natural look, I would opt for this shade. It blends in very well with naturally dark brown eyes without it being too ‘in your face’.

Spanish Circle Gray (Lisa’s pick)

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ProductSpanish Circle Gray
DescriptionSpanish Circle has a retro edge that will make your eye colour look vibrant, yet natural.
Duration1 Day (10/20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter13.3 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPhosphorylcholine
Power0.00~-8.00
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I really liked the enlarging effect of this lenses that is still subtle enough to look natural. The realistic iris patterns on it let it blend into my normal dark eyes without it looking too fake, and the large limbal ring effect isn’t too harsh or overwhelming.

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This lens reminds me a little bit of the Secriss 3con Natural Gray, which you can view my review for it HERE. These grays have a larger graphic diameter compared to the Scandi range, so it’s something to take note of if you prefer a larger/ smaller graphic range.

Personally, I think this would look AMAZING on people with large/ round eyes like Lisa’s. I have longer/ skinnier eyes, so I tend to go for contacts with a smaller graphic diameter so it does not overwhelm my eyes/ fill up all the white spaces.

This is my personal preference of course, and this contacts would be ideal if you are going for a more dolly/ Japanese/ Korean style makeup look.

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This contacts is BlackPink Lisa’s pick. It suits a classy, dolly look very well and colour really makes it look so stylish. I think the Natural Gray would work more for everyday looks, and this for big occasions without being too dramatic.

Vivi Ring Brown (Jisoo’s pick)

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ProductVivi Ring Brown
DescriptionIts flawless and subtle graphic diameter and creamy colour will bring a positive radiance and give off fairy vibes in your eyes.
Duration1 Day (10/20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.0 mm
Graphic Diameter13.0 mm
Base Curve8.6 mm
Water Content38%
MaterialHEMA
Power0.00~-8.00
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BOY OH BOY OH BOY I AM IN LOVE!!!

Do you know which side is my real eye colour?
Answer: Right

It is so subtle and pretty, I love it so much- it is pretty much identical to my eye colour, but I have lighter eyes tbh. For very dark eyes, I feel like this would be the perfect ‘my eyes but better’ shade if you don’t want anyone to know you are wearing coloured contacts!

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If you want a bit of a change but aren’t that daring with blue or purple or crazy colours, this is the shade for you. The soft edge helps smoothen out and give your eyes a very fairy-like vibe, and it’s so so lovely for everyday looks.

This brown doesn’t look ‘orange’ which is my gripe with many brown contact lenses, and looks very natural in photos as well.

However, if your eyes are naturally blue/ green/ gray, you might want to opt for the Vivi Ring Choco instead.

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Vivi Ring Brown (L) vs Vivi Ring Choco (R)

With naturally dark brown eyes, they look practically identical, but Choco has more warm/ orangey-pink tones that will help neutralise blue tones for a natural brown colour.

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This contact lenses is BlackPink Jisoo’s pick. This contacts has a very romantic, soft feel to it and looks natural too! I would recommend it for daily wear for office/ school settings.

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the BlackPink collaboration and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

What are the shades you love best in this collaboration and why?

OLENS Russian Smoky Series Review

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HELLO FAM!! I’m screaming because I’m so excited!!!

I’m back with another OLENS review! Olens Global reached out to me again with the opportunity to try out their new range, the Russian Smoky OLENS range!

Let me tell you how excited I am to write this– every single colour I have tried from this range is so beautiful and wearable, I have already worn them out a few times! While I have sampled quite a few contacts of every colour, not all of them are as wearable for everyday looks as this one! I think this entire range will definitely be one of the hot favourites for sure.

P.S. If you haven’t read my previous review on the OLENS Scandi range, I would highly recommend checking that out first HERE. I have also reviewed their Russian Velvet series and the BlackPink series, so if you’re due a major shopping haul soon– happy reading! I hope my comparisons will help you decide 😎

If you stick all the way till the end of the post, you may see something that will help ease the burden on your wallet the next time you buy 😉

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ProductRussian Smoky Gray / Brown / Olive
DescriptionAdded 0.6mm of graphic size more to the Russian Velvet! The deep edge line gives you a new extreme natural enlarging effect. Russian Velvet upgraded to natural blended shades contact lenses, Russian Smoky!
Duration1 Day (10 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter13.3mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPuscon
Power0.00~-8.00
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Immediately, I noticed a few differences– the new Russian Smoky range is 0.6mm bigger in graphic size compared to the Russian Velvet range, which covers the full iris area even more.

What I love about this new line is that it is a little similar to the OLENS Scandi range, with natural blended shades and a soft edge line so it blends in to your natural eye colour very well with no harsh or unnatural edges.

In my opinion the colours are even more beautiful than the Russian Velvet range as there is an extra dimension of depth and patterning! ✨

Not to mention the material is Puscon too, with a higher water content of 48%. They are super comfortable and while you definitely shouldn’t wear them for hours and hours, I experienced no discomfort while wearing it for the entire day to work as well. Definitely an upgrade!!

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  • Comfort for hours with PUSCON instead of Silicone hydrogel, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Russian Smoky Olive

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This green covers my dark brown eyes perfectly and I would say it is a more ‘true green’ than the OLens Scandi Olive. I have always raved about the Scandi Olive, but I find myself becoming a little swayed by this colour!

The Russian Smoky Olive lenses have a subtle iris patterning with green and brown that you can really see if you come up close.

This is a true, soft green that you can see in many people with natural green eyes and OLens has truly outdone themselves this time!!

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The colour mimics the subtle hazel shifts near the centre in natural green eyes and the green is not unnaturally bright. Super natural and flattering!

The patterns and colour differences help the contacts blend in with your natural eyes a bit more.

Due to the larger graphic diameter, it covers more of your natural eye colour than the Scandi Olive, so you don’t get the ‘limbal ring’ effect where the outer ring is slightly darker.

To avoid any unnatural ‘boundary’ between the contacts and your natural eye colour, there is a soft grey edge line over the darker olive colour.

This helps to accentuate the lighter colour a little more without it looking unnatural on dark eyes.

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Comparison between Russian Smoky Olive and Scandi Olive

I think the Scandi Olive is the more natural option, but the Russian Smoky Olive is finally the perfect true soft green lens I can reach for without it looking too bright or unnatural.

Even before I wrote this post, I showed it to my friends and two of them bought this colour immediately (LOL). This shade will definitely become one of my most reached-for lenses for sure!

Russian Smoky Brown

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I think this Russian Smoky Brown solved a lot of the problems I had with many brown contact lenses. A lot of brown contact lenses have mixed in yellow, orange, or reddish shades, and when added on top of my natural brown eyes, sometimes look a bit orange under certain lighting.

I’m sure it would look nice on perhaps blue or green eyes, but when added to brown eyes, you can see this effect under bright light.

This Russian Smoky Brown colour is more ashy-brown, with none of the orange or red iris patterns other contacts usually add in. I fell in love with this shade instantly! Usually, I tend to go for olive or grey shades, but this brown is just so beautiful.

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The Russian Smoky Brown is a light brown shade that entirely covers dark brown eyes. The realistic iris pattern lines in the lens design helps it blend in very naturally with my dark eyes.

Unlike the Scandi series, there is no limbal ring effect from your natural eye colour underneath the lenses due to the wider diameter on the Russian Smoky lenses, just like the Russian Velvet range.

Unlike the Scandi Olive vs Russian Smoky Olive, I would say this Russian Smoky Brown actually looks even more natural than Scandi Hazel for my eyes.

Scandi Hazel tends to look a little yellowy-orange, especially under bright lighting, and the ashy tones in Russian Smoky Brown help tone down the orange shades while keeping it looking light.

If you want a natural colour that still looks different from your usual dark brown eyes, I would recommend this shade for people who want to have natural-looking and bright eyes. It is very suitable for romantic, girly looks without coming off as too different or unnatural!

This brown shows up perfectly in pictures without looking dark or black like normal dark brown eyes. I think it will be very popular for Japanese-inspired looks!

Russian Smoky Gray

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I don’t quite know how to describe this unique shade of grey- it is quite unlike any of the greys I have purchased from OLens previously! It has the soft tones and colouring of the Scandi Light Gray lenses, with a very soft and natural edge.

I prefer this over the Scandi Light Gray as the graphic diameter is a lot bigger, with a soft edge blending to make it super natural.

The issue I had previously with the Scandi Light Gray was that it contrasted quite a bit with my natural eye colour, so even the slightest shift in the lens would reveal my natural colour.

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This isn’t an issue with Scandi Olive or Scandi Gray for example, as their darker colour meant the edging blended very nicely with my natural eye colour to give a soft limbal ring effect, but the contrast is quite obvious with the Scandi Light Gray.

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Look at the difference! It looks so soft and natural, but the lightness of the grey really gives you that ~exotic~ look lol. This is definitely a shade that stands out! But I think this is a whole lot more natural than the Russian Velvet Gray or Blue, or the Scandi Light Gray– most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Russian Velvet Blue.

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the Russian Smoky range 🤗 I would honestly BUY THEM ALL!! They are all magnificent in their own way for different looks and needs.

Overall, I think OLens have really outdone themselves with this range and all the shades really mimic how these eye colours would look like naturally. I thought the previous lenses were amazing, but the colouring on this range is *chef’s kiss*

These shades have bumped up to my favourites list immediately, alongside my trusty Scandi Olive and Scandi Grey. If you are someone who prefers natural, everyday lenses, I highly recommend checking this range out!

And if you have made it all the way to the end- thank you! Check out my Instagram HERE for 10% off OLENS 😉✨

Olens BlackPink Series Review

Hi guys! OLENS has recently collaborated with BlackPink again with another GORGEOUS campaign, introducing some old and new favourites from Olens that you might have seen before!

As usual, I’m going to put out the things I love best about buying lenses from Olens.

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  • Comfort for hours, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Scandi series

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ProductScandi Hazel / Light Gray
DescriptionAn upgraded version of the Spanish line, these are the contacts you see on Blackpink and they feature in their recent Ice Cream MV!!
Duration1Day (20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter11.9 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPuscon
Power0.00~-8.00

Scandi Light Gray

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I reviewed the Scandi range previously and this line is so comfortable and pretty, it has many of my favourites in there. This shade is relatively new in the Scandi range, so I was quite lucky to be able to try it out.

This contacts is quite similar to Russian Velvet Gray, but again has a more prominent limbal ring effect with the smaller graphic diameter. On my eyes, this is slightly blueish-grey.

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If I were to go for a more natural look with blue eyes, this is the style I would go for. Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Scandi Aqua or Russian Silver or Russian Velvet Blue.

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This contacts is BlackPink Jennie’s pick! This shade is super chic and stylish, and would definitely make you stand out.

Scandi Hazel

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This shade is is a perfect light brown for a natural look. If you have naturally dark brown eyes and want a bit of a change but aren’t that daring with blue or purple or crazy colours, this is the shade for you.

This shade is actually lighter than my favourite Scandi Olive and is a very flattering brown shade that will actually show up in pictures. If you want a natural look, go for this shade!

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This contacts is BlackPink Jisoo’s pick and suits her feminine, natural look very well. If you are someone who prefers cosy and natural looks, I would opt for this shade. It blends in very well with naturally dark brown eyes without it being too ‘in your face’.

Secriss 3con series

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ProductSecriss 3con Coral/Natural Gray (20p)
DescriptionEveryday contact lenses, highly pigmented 3 tone gives you bright, sparkling eyes. Has a slightly bigger graphic diameter than other daily contacts
Duration1 Day (20 pieces)
Total Diameter14.0 mm
Graphic Diameter13.5 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPhosphorylcholine
Power0.00~-10.00

Secriss 3Con Coral Gray

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I really liked the enlarging effect of this lenses that is subtle enough to look natural. The realistic iris patterns on it let it blend into my normal dark eyes better, especially with the gold flecks in the middle to help smooth the transition between dark brown eyes.

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This colour is very similar to the Natural Gray, but I think it looks slightly brighter and more vibrant, so I prefer this over the Natural Gray. Indoors, they look practically the same but this has a subtle oomph that I can’t explain!

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This contacts is BlackPink Lisa’s pick. It suits a classy, romantic look very well and the added coral colour really makes it look so stylish. I think the Natural Gray would work more for everyday looks, and this for big occasions without being too dramatic.

Secriss 3Con Natural Gray

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To be honest, I couldn’t really tell the difference between Natural Gray and Coral Gray! Especially under dim lighting, I feel like they look identical.

Seems like I am not alone in this struggle haha– Olens staff did a review comparison of Natural vs Coral Gray HERE and they couldn’t tell the difference either!

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This contact lenses is BlackPink Rose’s pick. This contacts has a very romantic, sweet feel to it and looks natural too! It has a slight enlarging effect as the graphic diameter is larger than the other contacts for daily wear.

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Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Russian Blue. I feel the blue is more suited for photos, and intense eye makeup looks with lighter hair!

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the BlackPink Series and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

Out of the ranges available with OLens, the Scandi range still remains my favourite, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the look of the Secriss 3Con and may purchase more in the future for natural looks. What are the shades you love best in this series and why?

OLENS Russian Velvet review

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Hello guys! I’m back with another OLENS review! Olens Global reached out to me again with the opportunity to try out some of their other lenses, so I actually have not just one but two!! reviews for y’all! (check out my other post HERE)!

If you haven’t read my previous review on the OLENS Scandi range, I would highly recommend checking that out first HERE. This time, I’m here to review their other popular range, the Russian Velvet series.

I generally tend to go for dailies as I am quite careless and lazy with making sure the lenses are clean and not dried out in the casing, but I rotate between dailies and a few tried-and-tested monthlies that I love as well!

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ProductRussian Velvet Gray / Brown / Blue / Green
DescriptionEveryday contact lenses, this range features exotic and stylish colours that still look very natural
Duration1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.0 mm
Graphic Diameter12.7mm
Base Curve8.6 mm
Water Content38%
MaterialHema
Power0.00~-8.00
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These contacts are monthly contacts and go for $24 USD. It’s buy 1-free 1 on all monthlies, making these a really good deal if you wear them regularly!

In my opinion, the Russian Velvet series is versatile enough to be used for casual looks and also for cosplay– as the colours are extremely true and solid (entirely hides dark eyes), you can wear these for specific eye colours that are needed without it looking too stark, artificial, or unnatural.

During my anime-obsessed phase I purchased many colour contacts that were simply too unnatural and blended badly or completely did not cover my natural eye colour, and the material and low water content would scratch my eyes and leave them dry and red.

Thank goodness for technology and improvements lol. *war flashbacks* Glad I found OLens now so I don’t have to suffer any more 😂

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  • Comfort for hours, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Russian Velvet Green

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This green covers my dark brown eyes perfectly and I would say it is a more ‘true green’ than the OLens Scandi Olive.

The Russian Velvet Green lenses have a gorgeous multi-dimensional effect with green, yellow, and red that you can really see if you come up close. I’d say from afar/ in pictures, it looks a bit more hazel, but you can really see the beautiful details and flecks in bright light or sunlight.

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I like that it isn’t just all one solid colour, and the patterns and colour differences help the contacts blend in with your natural eyes a bit more.

I think it’s definitely a really unique shade worth trying and one that will garner lots of attention and compliments from your friends!

Russian Velvet Brown

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The Russian Brown is a light brown shade that entirely covers dark brown eyes. The realistic iris pattern lines in the lens design helps it blend in very naturally with my dark eyes. Unlike the Scandi series, there is no limbal ring effect from your natural eye colour underneath the lenses due to the wider diameter on the Russian Velvet lenses. It depends on your preference.

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If you want a natural colour that still looks different from your usual dark brown eyes, I would recommend this shade especially for photos. It gives a very subtle brown look that shows up perfectly in pictures without looking dark or black like normal dark brown eyes.

Russian Velvet Blue

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Although the blue shade is just gorgeous, I rarely reach for this for everyday wear as it is such a dramatic look! The blue has a tiny bit of yellow at the centre to help the colour blend in with your natural dark eyes, which I really appreciate. It helps to make the contacts look more natural.

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From a distance, your eyes look blue/ turquoise due to the subtle blending, and will be absolutely stunning in an artsy IG shot! This striking colour will be perfect if you want to stand out.

Russian Velvet Gray

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I adore the grey shade, and alternate between Russian Gray and Scandi Light Gray for certain looks.

I’d say this is more similar to Scandi Light Gray because of its cool, greyish blue tone vs the Scandi Gray, which looks more greyish-green on me and is more of a darker, muted grey.

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Again, if I were to go for a more natural look with blue eyes, I would go for the Russian Gray instead of the Blue.

Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Russian Blue. I feel the blue is more suited for photos, and intense eye makeup looks with lighter hair!

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the Russian Velvet range and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

Out of the ranges available with OLens, the Scandi range still remains my favourite, but I occasionally turn to the Russian Velvet range for more artsy photo shots when I need a solid eye colour to show off dramatic eye makeup looks. What are the shades you love best in this line and why?

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