Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rediscovering lipstick (pt 2)

Yes, yes it has been a while till I continued to Part II of Rediscovering Lipstick. So much so I've added on to my collection along the way. Heheh.

 Anyway, because the mink@vonk lippie wasn't as red as its name, back then I was still raring to get a red. Don's ask me why but I've been on this color roll. Am trying to stop myself from getting the same ol brownish reds or berries, which I always do. So..red it is.

And I've swatched the Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick before and was quite impressed. I finally chose the colour Are You Red-dy, a red with orangey undertone, after tussling with myself between that and a colour with some Chocolate themed name, which was lovely too.I had first thought it was going to be like Revlon's Lip Butters, which to me, doesnt really do anything at all (it's more lip balm-like than anything else with same kind of (nil) staying power). But then when I swatched it, I was impressed with the color intensity and moisturising quality. It has the color intensity of lipsticks but the smoothness and wearability of lip-balms.

Are You Red-Dy?! Indeedy very reddy this lipstick is...by Maybelline Color Sensational.
I may have gotten influenced by YouTube beauty guru TheMakeupChair who also talked about the same red. She raved about how its the kind of red that's good to wear when you need to pep up a tired face. It truly is a fire engine red and the one time I wore it to work, the boss' PA almost fell off her chair since I've never worn a true red lipstick before.

I got hooked on to this Maybelline variant though. I have to say am impressed with its staying power and color intensity, two characteristics which I never associated Maybelline lipsticks with before this.  So much so I was persuaded to get another shade in the same variant: Warm Me Up. This one is in total reverse of the fire engine red, a very muted pinky brown color, which wouldn't startle anyone off their chairs really. I've been wearing it regularly since and I found it the perfect shade and consistency to tone down other (overly bright) lipsticks.

Warm Me Up is making me look very natural. Great for every day wear.

Loving it! A real bargain at less than RM30 each. Depending on which drugstore, you can get it as cheap as RM23.90 when it's on sale, and like what I did with Watsons, if you're a member, there's another additional RM3 voucher, meaning you can even get it for RM20.90. So worth it.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Eyes and other things nice

Apart from being a blush fanatic, I'm also the original mascara addict. The first item closest in resemblance to makeup (discounting castor oil lipbalm back in the day) that I owned was mascara I must have swiped from an auntie or maybe my older sister. The moment it darkened and lengthened my lashes, I was in love. I think I was thirteen.

It wasn't until years later when I got into college could I pursue my lifelong romance with mascara in earnest. Lengthening, volumising, waterproof, ophthalmologist-tested, all kinds - still love them. My ultimate fav back then was one from Physicians Formula. For some reason drugstores here don't bring in Physicians Formula and Cover Girl cosmetics anymore, which really sucks.

My biggest gripe would be my tendency to get panda eyes because any eye makeup  on me would just smudge all over the place (this was more so during the dark days before primers were common or even available). That's why when the fiberlash mascaras came in and I discovered them, I fell in love with mascaras all over again. Lo and behold mascara that superbly lengthens lashes like magic, does not smudge as easily yet comes off in the shower in a snap.

Image courtesy of Imju. I think am on to my third tube of this.
My first brush with fibrelash mascaras is with Japanese brand Imju (or is it Imaju) Fiberwig. I thought it was a bit steep for drugstore when I first saw them in SaSa's but once I tried a tube when it was on sale, I was hooked. I've tried other mascaras since but I still go back to  Fiberwig. Even Lancome's mascara couldnt quite survive my oily eyelids, I discovered.

I know Maybelline has since come on to the fibrelash mascara bandwagon but I havent tried those. Then a friend gave me a Loreal mascara. Now I havent been much of a Loreal fan (except for their hair shampoos) because the line available in Malaysia is more of a miss for me than hits (their Delice line does nothing for me, lipsticks are drying, foundation and powder just doesnt sit well etc etc). So I was a little skeptical but then when I swiped on the Curl-Fixing Volume Mascara, was quite happy with the volumising effect it had. It was more of a volumising mascara than a lengthening although because of its fibre (surprise!) ingredient, it does lengthen quite a bit too. Its called the Curl Impact Collagene mascara. Not sure about the Collagen ingredient but it washes off easily like my Imju mascara, so thats  a bonus.

The Loreal Curl Impact Collagene mascara, touted to be for "jet-set volume and lasting curl"
I quite like this Loreal mascara as well. It tends to get clumpy real easily though, compared to my ultimate fav Imju, but then it volumises well enough. Also for me its more for a night out than day mascara.

Anyway, these are my current mascaras although I've tried tonnes really.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NYX haul

I was super excited about my NyX purchases earlier and when they arrived, I really couldn't contain my excitement. It was my debut NyX purchase and after all the reviews I've read, was quite beside myself.

Mini NyX haul (Jumbo eye shadow pencil, blushers, eyeshadow kit, makeup bag) plus two Sigma brushes
I felt the package upon arrival was kinda small-ish, and when I opened it up, yup, I found that the makeup-cum-brush holder bag was smaller than I anticipated. I feel that it's not going to get much use, seeing that its just not big enough to fit any of my brushes length at all.

As you can see, the makeup bag can't even fit standard-sized brushes...I can only foresee putting in makeup pencils in the brush slots..
The NyX Nude on Nude Natural Look kit is a compact set of eyeshadows with lip gloss; handy to carry around if needed
The NyX Nude-on-Nude Natural Look makeup kit was a compact little thing as well. It's a useful size for travelling though. The eyeshadows were not bad, a bit on the powdery side but the colors are intense enough for its price (it was RM45). It also comes with two lip glosses, which to me, do have a nice, un-oily consistency to them but the colors are not intense.

The blushers were slightly smaller than I thought they would be too but I love love love the colors: I got Mauve and Angel. A bit powdery but color intensity was amazing, had to learn to apply with a light hand with this one.

NyX blushers: Colours Mauve at left and Angel at right. Love them!
The uber famous NyX Jumbo eye pencil in cult colour favourite, Milk, didnt disappoint either; it glides on smoothly and is super easy to use, I use it rim my waterline quite a bit these days to give my eyes a more awake look. I tried it as an eyeshadow base as it's purported to be useful as one too, and found it useful for that provided you swipe on a thin layer rather than glopping too much of it on. Eye primer still works best though.

On a non-Nyx note, I'd also finally got myself two Sigma brushes, the first two I've ever had, and am in love. It was pricey really. Sigh. Hence I could only get two for now. The tulip shaped F25 Tapered Face Brush is sooo soft and lovely to use. I've always wanted one since I saw one of my fav youtube makeup gurus, nguerriero19, use it for her blusher application and could never find one similarly shaped anywhere. So when I saw it available in a local reseller's website, the one which also sells NyX, I took a deep breath and ordered it although it's a bit steep for just one brush. I also got myself a E17 waterline liner, seeing that I experiment a lot with smoking out eyeshadows these days.

Am quite sold on Sigma brushes now. I'll have to save to get a proper essentials kit though as they are really pricey, for me anyway, but after testing these two out, I feel that it'll be worth it. I'll talk about my brushes in a separate post though, so it'll be all about brushes.Till then!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rediscovering lipstick (pt 1)

I told myself no beauty buys this month. I did.

Then I lapsed a little in my resolve. I mean lipstick? What's a girl to do without a lil bit o lippie? Never mind she still has quite a few in her stash.

So curiosity got the better of me when I went to local beauty chain, Shins, that carry a few different brands for hair, face and accessories. I was pretty tempted by their offers on Bloom...and so far they're the only store that carries Real Technique brushes (which I have resisted to get for now) but then of all things I saw a bunch of lipsticks I've never seen them carry before. And of all things, the lipsticks were a Korean brand, something the store has not done before. It's a weirdly named brand too. I mean calling something mik@vonk? I don't even know how to really pronounce it. The sales assistant claims it has mostly natural products and really helps to moisturise the lips. And before I knew it, I was swatching all the colours on my hand

Lippie "splurge": mik@vonk on the left and Maybelline Color Sensational on the right. More weird pseudo-English Korean copy on the mik@vonk box: "Magically inspired Know-how in the creation of sparkling beauty"...rofl
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While its outer packaging is seriously boring and really run the risk of no one giving it a second look, the lipstick itself has a most unusual shape. It has a somewhat geometric shape, which I found pretty useful in filling in the corners of my lips. Yes, I bought one. It had 10% off and I got it for around RM23. I got the colour RD201 Noblesse Red, a bit misleading because it isn't as red as its name.

mik@vonk unboxed, in RD201 Noblesse Red

It was redder when I swatched it on my hand but when I slicked in on to my lips (I did it in the shop right after I paid for it), it turned out to be a bit more of a berry colour with more pink in it than red. It also has a bit of fragrance and that certain taste, like a castor oil sensation on the lips, which some people might really not like. Then I noticed it has grapeseed oil as one of its ingredients; I believe that weird aftertaste and sensation is due to that.

All being said, I ended up really liking the lipstick. It looks natural on my lips and has a subtle satin finish. It also stayed on reasonably well, better than other drugstore brands within that price range. I also found it really does moisturises the lips plus I found it even plumps up my lips. You really have to applaud the Koreans for their dedication in make-up (and everything else it seems eg electronics, medicine, food etc). They were probably dabbling in cosmeceuticals before the term was even coined.

RD201 Noblesse Red freshly slicked on
After a meal of chee cheong fun :P I was amazed color was still on
The colors in the range looked really wearable and after seeing how gorgeous the one I chose turned out on my lips, I do recommend the lippie to anyone. The fragrance, taste, and slightly minty sensation could be a turn-off for some but I got used to it and I rather focus on its wearability and how it actually makes my lips look better on its own.

And my lippie adventure went on. At Watsons. With Maybelline Color Sensational..in a separate post..

Sunday, July 22, 2012

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer

Marching on to my next e.l.f. item...the Mineral Infused Face Primer. It came in a nice looking pump bottle, about 60g worth of product (I think, since I threw away the box and the bottle doesnt indicate the amount of its contents but it is about the same size as the elf Mist and Set spray), priced at RM28.

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer - a nice departure from elf's usual black packaging

The consistency is like any silicone-based primer so not really sure what it means by  "mineral infused". In any case, a little goes a long way as a small pump of product can be used to cover most of my face.

As it doesn't have SPF, it works with photography since it doesn't have that whitish SPF effect. Makeup stays on reasonably long as well, even in this humid weather, and I 'd say it is value for money. While the bottle is small, you don't need much product so it still works out as more bang for your buck anyway.

I have oily combination skin and the combo of using this primer, the elf HD Powder, and topped off with the elf makeup mist and spray, has so far helped keep my makeup reasonably intact till the end of the day. I don't really fancy an overly matte look and prefer the more natural glowy/dewy look so I actually don't mind it when I finally sweat through my makeup a little.

Quite like most of e.l.f. purchases so far. Can't wait to test out NyX next...

 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Inglot blusher

I love Inglot. It's a more wallet-friendly MAC-esque line of makeup...from Poland, of all countries. Am not putting Poland down but it's not exactly known to be the fashion capital of the world so when I found out that's where Inglot comes from, I'm even more impressed. It is truly an amazing line of makeup that, IMHO, any professional makeup artist (or makeup hoarder like myself) would be proud to have in their collection.

I just got into Inglot this year, as with many other things makeup-related. There's only one store in the whole of Malaysia, and all the way at Sunway Pyramid, but it's worth the trip.(Update: I've since found out Inglot has opened up counters in Sogo and Midvalley too...joy!).

I'd started small. With a pink blush. And two eyeshadows. Then on a subsequent trip I added on another blush and more eyeshadows and a lipstick. But for the sake of this post, I'll stick to the blushers.

At first blush: The top one in pink popped my Inglot cherry (ok, that sounded wrong but whatever), and the second one in a more natural tone was my second Inglot blusher in the AMC variant.
I've noticed that I've actually hit pan with the first blusher (in a variant that's just called Face Blush) that I purchased a few months ago. It's a pink tone that adds a refreshing pop of colour to my cheeks and I use it almost every day at work, brushing it on with my Body Shop travel blush brush. It was 2.5g of product and for the life of me, I cant find the shade's name or code and I've long thrown the box away. Whatever code that may have been on the back could have faded away since.

Anyway when I first saw the pink, I thought it was too bright but when the store's MUA put it on me, it was perfectly fine. So...being the blush girl that I am, I've been faithfully wearing this and since I got my Benefit Sugarbomb, I wear the Sugarbomb over it like a highlighter. I realised that I love this pink blusher because it actually has a subtle sheen to it, lending cheeks a more natural, healthy flush as opposed to a matte blusher.

My second trip got me the more natural looking AMC blush in No 64. I've only worn this like three times so far. The instore MUA explained that the AMC variant is supposedly for more sensitive skin. I just liked the natural tone. I used it like a bronzer but then it has a subtle peachy undertone that makes it work as a natural-looking blusher on its own. Am going to be using this a lot more soon, what with the first one hitting pan already.
First swatch on the left is the pink Face Blush followed by the AMC blush in number 64.
I foresee more trips to Inglot in the not-so-distant future.I had to stop myself this month as I'd purchased a  few NyX stuff...no more spending for now!







e.l.f. High Definition (HD) Powder

I am indeed on a roll...a few posts in one day to make up for a long absence.

Onward bound! Yes, following my e.l.f. haul about a month ago, I've also been testing the much talked-about-online e.l.f. HD face powder. It's been touted as a dupe for expensive HD powders like Makeup Forever's. I haven't the chance to try out expensive HD powders, in fact this e.l.f. HD powder is my first HD powder of any kind, so I won't really have a baseline to compare to.

Needless to say, I was pretty psyched to try out this out. I got it in translucent (also a first for me since I usually generally get loose powder in medium beige).

Again I don't know why the pic won't go landscape. Anyway here's e.l.f. HD powder, got it for RM28
 Translucent powder used to always make me suspicious...of how it will look on my skin. I know... I sound like a real makeup neophyte..but back when all I owned makeup-wise were colored lip balm and compact powder, I used to think that white stuff is gonna stay white on my face.

Anyway, I grew up. And grew adventurous. And started to earn my own dough. So product swatching became sort of a past time for lil ol me. And I discovered that that white stuff don't necessarily stay white on the skin :P

Regardless I still felt that twinge of apprehension when I first opened the lid of my e.l.f. HD powder. I mean, it looked sooo white! With a bit of what looked like shimmer.  Anyway, test it I did. I used the puff it came with and the powder came out from those sieve-like holes like any usual loose powder would. The thing was...when I rolled the powder puff over my face, the powder stayed with that mesh-like design on top of my skin! That's a first for me. I had to pat, roll and swipe it about a bit to get it settled properly. I probably should use a powder brush but I havent gotten around to that yet.

Anyway, the powder is fine enough. And yes, the whiteness does blend out into the skin after a while. There's just this papery dryness to the powder that I can't quite describe. I think it does soak up any oils I might have on my face but then it's so dry that I end up looking a tad powdery. Which I fix with my e.l.f. mist and set spray anyhow.

I havent tested how I'd look in photos with it yet too. Although it has that certain kind of dryness to it, I quite like it as long as I set it with a setting spray to get rid of that powdery look.

I have indeed become quite the elfette :)







How to do a happy coral manicure :) A quick, mini nail tutorial...

When you've had a long long week, and needed something to chill out, doing your own manicure might not always be on most people's chill list. For me, it is. Don't ask me why or how but over the years with all kinds of stress coming in and out of my life, doing my nails has become somewhat a relaxant for me (in lieu of literally taking chill pills :P ). I have also become a nail polish hoarder along the way...and this is way before I started on the makeup hoarding.

I started with the safe pink and nude variety and over the years, the colour choices have intensified along with the varieties now available in the market. Like with my makeup choices, am not fussed about branding and pricing with my nail product choices - the cheaper with reasonable quality, the better, although of course if I could afford it all the time, OPI is the bomb, let's face it.

There is something stultifyingly soothing when stroking on color onto my nails. I let go of all my other worries and concentrate on getting just the right stroke of color on that little space on my fingers (or toes).

So...after a long week with no time to do my nails last weekend, this is what I just got up to today...

A pop of coral on my fingertips! That's a page of Glamour mag in the background...btw, I love the model's makeup there too, especially the shading...but I digress...
Coral! As early as a year ago you won't catch me going around with all kinds of colour on my nails but this year, I've been on this color bandwagon.

I don't claim to be a nail expert but I do love how doing my nails make me feel exponentially better somehow. I don't use fancy stuff really, as you can see below:

Rimmel 5-in-1 Base and Topcoat, Sally Hansen polish remover, J&J's baby bedtime oil, and coral nailpolish from SaSa - that's all, folks :P
I start with getting rid of my old nail polish color with good 'ol Sally Hansen nail polish remover. A medium-sized bottle lasts me quite some time and the formula is kind to nails so it's good to get yourself one of these. Then I trim and file my nails as I need. Sometimes nails need a little buffing so it has a smoother and cleaner surface to work on, so I do that too (when am not too lazy).

Next apply the basecoat. The Rimmel 5-in-1 base and topcoat has seen me through countless nail polish looks till it's more than halfway through now. It's probably hardly more than RM10 at either Guardian's or Watsons and it works really well for lazy (and cheap) people like me. I mean, just one bottle to do like five things? Basecoat, topcoat, strengthens, smoothens, shines...yeah.

Then it's the first layer of nailpolish color. I got this coral nail polish from SaSa for like RM6.90...I have no idea what brand it is because the symbol on the bottle looks like a Chinese character but I do know the color is labelled as No 29 at the base of the bottle :P It truly is a lovely coral color and the quality is not bad at all since the first coat of color was already reasonably intense. I always do two coats, so the second coat came on after the first coat was dry. Then it's back to Rimmel to do the topcoat.

And why J&J baby bedtime oil you may ask? Firstly I like the soft lavender smell of this purple- bottled variant. Smells yummy. And in the nail context, I apply the oil onto my nails and cuticles to speed up the nail-drying process and also to moisturize the nails and cuticles. Learnt that trick from another girly girlfriend. Then leave nails to dry!

And that's all, folks! Happy coral manicure :)

e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set spray

And yes, after some delay, am following up on my e.l.f. trail of products. This too I love...

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e.l.f. Make-up Mist & Set spray: Says it has Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vits A,C & E...I say it's a steal and it works!
I always have this problem of looking cakey after powder and then getting my makeup fading off courtesy of my oily combination skin. I've been eyeing setting sprays at Sephora but most are rather pricey (starts from RM80 above) so when I saw this available at the local online reseller's for...*drumroll*...RM16, no doubt I was adding this into the online shopping cart.

When it did arrive with the rest of my e.l.f. haul, it is rather small at 60ml, but it's the perfect size to tote around and for something that works for such a steal, absolutely no regrets.

It sets the makeup, making it look more natural and less powdery, and and and it actually does help to make makeup stay on for longer. I did expect the former but when I discovered the latter, I was indeed ecstatic. Am planning to repurchase this so I can leave one in the office too. Loving it!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color (Brownstone)

I'd added on the e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color in Brownstone out of curiosity when placing my first ever order of e.l.f. goodies. It was only RM7 so truth be told, I wasn't expecting anything too stellar.


I dont know why this pic wont go landscape though the original file was but anyway here's e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color in Brownstone



















The packaging does reflect the price point, plasticky but does the job. I chose Brownstone because it looked like it has neutrals that can be mixed and matched with my other eyeshadows and I did experiment with it.
Did a quick smokey eye with all the colors. Was also wearing the elf Duo Blush and Bronzing powder.
I've since tried it with my other shadows like Inglot and Stage. I quite like the taupe-ish looking brown as its perfect for blending out the outer edges of the eyes for any look. I foresee I'll be using that color the most out of the quad, followed by the slightly shimmery highlighter shade.

The other two colors are so so. The darkest one, which is basically black, is fallout city though. It had the crumbliest texture among the four. I'll most likely have to find another similarly dark matte shadow that doesn't crumble as much as am not good at dealing with fallout.

Anyway, it was RM7 and in the US of A, it's quoted as being 1USD, so don't expect too much out of it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

ELF (or is it e.l.f.) Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

As you might be able to tell from previous post, I've been really excited about my ELF haul. Most of all, I was super excited about the the Duo Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder.

ELF Duo Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder: Sturdy black plastic casing, arrived with some minor fallout as can be seen here

When I first saw this duo blush and bronzing powder, I thought how similar it is to the Nars duo bronzing powder. I've been eyeing the Nars duo for a while but the moment I saw this powder and found it on a local reseller's site, I placed an order for it. It's way cheaper so I thought why not. I only knew later when You-tubing that it is indeed well-known as a dupe for that same Nars duo.

What I can say is, if you're into duo bronzing and blush powders, you should get this. I've been using it every day for the past few days and loving it. I never really tried shading before and first kickstarted my curiosity with  Korean Chamildo shading powder, which I blogged about previously.

While that first purchase of mine is still a worthwhile buy, I'd say if I got this Elf one first I wont need to get any other bronzer duo for a while.
A closer look at the duo powder: The blush is a peachy pink with subtle gold shimmer while the bronzer is a matte brown
With this, I am now a convert to the shading and blushing contingent. The bronzer is a matte medium brown and I noticed the peachy pink blush has a slight gold shimmer to it. Lovely!

The first swipe is the blush whilst the second swipe is the bronzer.; both swipes done on the side of hand. I got fascinated by the blush powder's pretty gold touch; not too much but just nice for a healthy sheen, in my opinion.

For a person new to the shading game, this is perfect for practice (quality and price wise) and from what I gather online, seasoned makeup enthusiasts are loving this too.

While I quite like this duo, I noticed when I dip my brush into the blusher, it tends to be a bit powdery compared to the bronzer. It's not a big deal though and still works and judging from the shade, this duo would work well on most skin types.

I usually sweep my Benefit Sugarbomb blusher over to intensify the flushed look and to highlight a bit more...and yes, loving it!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

e.l.f. haul came in the post!

This came in the mail yesterday...

Got these! All from an online e.l.f. reseller. All six products totalled RM111.

I've heard a lot about e.l.f. all over Youtube. Basically I get the gist that it's an ultra-cheap U.S. brand that's mostly available online with small selections available in US hypermarkets like Ulta. Anyway when a local online reseller for e.l.f. came about, I naturally couldn't resist putting in an order (the same way I couldn't resist putting in an order with a Coastal Scents local reseller :P ).

So, what I got were:

1. e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder (Translucent)  (price: RM 28)
2. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set  (price: RM 16)
3. e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder  (price: RM 16)
4. e.l.f. Studio Bronzers (Cool)  (price: RM 16)
5. e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer (price: RM 28)
6. e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color (Brownstone) (price: RM 7)
TOTAL: RM 111.00 with free registered mail delivery (for purchases above RM100)

For registered mail, it took five working days to arrive. It came wrapped in layers of bubble wrap but the duo bronzer and HD powder had some minor powder fallout.
 
My e.l.f. haul unboxed....lovely!
 
Quite excited about this purchase and will have to put up separate blogs on the products. 



Friday, June 22, 2012

Benefit Sugarbomb - loving it!

(One of) my new blush addiction: Benefit's Sugarbomb

A friend of mine, who had a whole bunch of shopping vouchers, very kindly let me and another girlfriend pick something out for ourselves at a departmental store not too long ago.

Well, naturally, a makeup addict like me would choose....makeup. I've always always wanted to get a Benefit blusher. I already have the ultra-famous Benetint (http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/benetint), which I did like but then it doesn't show up all that much as blush on my complexion so I tended to use it more as a lipstain.

And all of Benefit's boxed blusher beauties just look so darn pretty. And yes, I love their little product booklets...I am a sucker for copy (good ones as well as badly mangled Jap/Korean pseudo-English.. haha) ...plus the concept is just too cute.

Believe me, it took me a while to choose among the prettily boxed blushers, before settling on Sugarbomb. It was a toss between that or Hoola, Dandelion or Coralista.
   Turns out you can choose to have one that has a mirror or without.  I naturally chose one with a mirror :P                               With tray-like plastic separator that holds the blush brush perfectly.

"Swirl the 4 complementing, shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose powders together and sweep on cheeks for a natural radiance. It’s a sweet rush of gorgeous!" - Benefit's copy describing the product says it all
 It really is like its "sugar rush" description. It's pretty, sweet and smells it too. If you dont like scented products, you'd want to skip this one as it does have a strong, sweet smell. For me, I like it. It's kinda like a mood-lifter to have something pretty and prettily-scented.

As for the color pay-off, it's a sheer peachypink-ish color; you have to build up the color, well for my medium (am tanned now from all that sun during my break) tone anyway. I typically use it almost like a highlight - I'd sweep it over the tops of my cheeks after I apply my regular (a pink-ish Inglot) blusher. On its own, it adds a very natural, sheer blush. It has a touch of shimmer in it but very faint, hardly discernible. Its the kind of sheer that lets you  also use it as an all-over face brightener (like its Dandelion sibling), from what I can tell.The enclosed blush brush is pretty useful as well: soft, and sized and shaped just right.

I love it. The color and packaging is just adorable. Apparently the price here in Malaysia has somewhat dropped. Previously it was RM130, but it's now selling around RM10 less, if I remember correctly. The salesgirl said it was in a move to make the pricing more standardised globally...hmm,  it retails for USD28...multiply that by, say 3.2 (estimated currency rate)..and we're still paying at least RM30 more from its actual US price anyway. Still...it is cheaper now.

But for now, this sugar rush is keeping me contented. No spike in my need to add to a Benefit blush collection. Which leaves my wallet sighing in relief.

Though not for long....




Saturday, June 16, 2012

Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream mini post (Pt 3)

I know...this is my third post on  EH Bright Fit BB Cream.. :P
This is just a mini post on the very first BB Cream I myself have ever bought, and thoroughly tried and tested - the Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream. I wrote about this in two previous posts (http://lulungbejalai.blogspot.com/2012/06/pt-2-etude-house-precious-mineral.html and http://lulungbejalai.blogspot.com/2012/05/accidental-mini-etude-house-haul.html)
 
After wearing this for a few weeks now, I can safely say this is something worth getting (RM89.90 in my country). After the initial breakout that I got, I started to deepcleanse with a weekly clay mask although I havent been faithfully doing that the past two weeks (yes, I can get lazy). Am not sure if its hormones or just that my skin got used to the cream but it sure works fine now  and I've gotten a bit addicted to the "natural" coverage it gives and how long-wearing it is in the humid weather. By the way, not only its crazy hot here now but there's also haze, courtesy of forest fires from a neighbour country.

I'm amazed at how I've gone on to keep reaching for this BB cream now that I had to write about it. I didn't think my skin would normalise this much at using the cream. I'd still say do deepcleanse though.

Easy to use, blendability, value for money, good packaging - go Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

(Pt 2) Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream

Okay, so the last time I talked about how I was going to test my then newly-purchased Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream.

States it has SPF30, and is "whitening, anti-wrinkle and anti-darkening"

                  The copy behind the tube is mostly in Korean. The shade I picked up is W13, as can be seen here, and the pump tube is 60g worth of product
I've been wearing this BB cream almost daily for over a week now. Firstly, I can safely say the freebie "mini BB cream brush" that came with the purchase isnt' much use really. It's scratchy and leaves a streaky application so I ended up ditching it. I've been applying the cream with my fingers instead and that works fine. It does need to be set with a bit of powder.

 I have oily combination skin which usually becomes an oil slick within 4 to 6 hours and I found that this cream helped contain the oiliness for a bit at first. Then after lunch hour, I'd need to blot. After two to three days of wearing the cream in a row, I broke out a little.

That alarmed me and after some research found that BB cream can be as pore-clogging as, if not more than, foundations. I then used a deep cleanse clay mask that week to help decongest my pores. Actually I find it better to deep cleanse with a clay mask once a week anyway, and with myself using makeup "more" than I used to in the past, it's something I really should work into my weekly routine.

I was about to resign myself to thinking that I may have splurged a bit much on something that may not be that great after all. Then I wore it while back in the hometown for a holiday. I used my toner, serum, skipped moisturiser and dabbed the BB cream on.Walked about in the hot sun, sweated it out in the humid weather, and what do you know? This Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream actually does work; despite literally sweating it out and needing to pat tissue over my face to soak up some sweat, my complexion looked somewhat fresh and had that "unmade up" look. Meanwhile my sister had her high-end foundation and powder on and it all melted off in the humid tropical heat. My face stayed on looking alright even after the sun went down.

Finally...so that is what its all about when BB creams are touted as "sweat-proof"! (cue: bulb goes off, background music).  No wonder its also considered pore-clogging. I mean, how can anything be sweat proof and not be pore-clogging? Its like sunblock kinda, only its foundation-like. I remove my BB cream the same way as I do with when I wear foundations ie with makeup remover. I find that it works fine if I skip my moisturiser (it gets oily less faster) but I still do my toner and serum before slapping it on.

Verdict: Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream is a worthwhile buy. It's blendable, comes in three four shades, stays on well though may still have that "foundation on" feel, and so far has helped protect my face from burning in the sun. For me, it's best  you have a deep cleanse routine going on as well though as BB creams can congest your pores.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Accidental mini Etude House haul - includes Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream! (Pt 1)

What happens when you wander aimlessly in a ginormous mall? A beginner makeup hoarder like myself will inevitably wander over to makeup counters and shops.

So, since I found that the Proof 10 Eye Primer and the stipple blush brush from Etude House are actually quite a bargain, especially with the 30% off now (the primer comes up to slightly more than RM20, like almost 1/4 of what Urban Decay primer costs here),  I've gotten into the habit of checking out what other items they have. Koreans really are into their makeup, like the Japs, and I often wonder how they actually use the smorgasbord of items they have in their range. I mean, like whoa!

 So I got myself some stuff, a mini haul, accidental because I wasnt really planning it, and they came in this bag:

"Wanna be sweet? Welcome to the Play House" This copy is actually cute :P
What's in the bag. Damages came up to just RM100.58, thanks to the sales. Got the BB Cream, eyeliner brush and sharpener, the rest were freebies from the BB cream.
Now I've always been intrigued about BB creams, always testing and swatching them whenever I find them. I usually find them too goopy or leaving a whitish or greyish tint on the skin so have not actually purchased any. Then I wondered into the pink fairyland of Etude House and yes, presentation does count, because I actually bought one, because the pump packaging attracted me as well...
The Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream and its fellow freebies, the mini BB brush and mini Skin Malgeum kit. It wasnt on discount though :(

The Etude House (EH) Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream didn't have a discount though as it was a brand new upgrade of their previous BB cream. It's a bit steep at RM89.90 but they threw in a freebie mini BB brush and a mini set of a new skincare range of theirs called Skin Malgeum. I read some reviews on EH BB creams online; this version is supposed to be an upgrade of its Precious Mineral All Day Strong BB Cream, if am not mistaken. At the shop, I did try one of their first variants, the EH BB Magic Cream, which I found gloopier and left a greyish residue. That had a 30% discount but since the formula didnt seem too great for me, thats how I moved on to trying this Bright Fit version.

It has SPF30, which I like, and I got it in the Natural Beige W13 shade (it comes in 4 shades, if I remember, with my shade being medium with yellow undertones). It comes in a pump bottle, meaning it'll be more hygienic and easier to manage. Be careful though as one full pump dispenses really wayy too much product, so go easy when pumping it out.

Carefully pump with a light touch as a full pump is just too much product
With a light layer of product, it smooths out and matches my skin well. Coverage is blendable and buildable, though you'd still need to set with a little powder. Seems to help with my oily combination skin. So far so good.
Am going to really test-drive this when I go outdoors today, so yeah.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shading Powder

I always admired the handywork of makeup artists who make shading really work as I've seen the magic of shading on others and myself,  making one have more of cheekbones and chiselled chin. But as you might know, am a real noob when it comes to applying makeup myself. But am still curious about it.

So I take the route of the makeup hoarder. I bought this before the other stuff actually, when I was out of town for an event. In a mall located at a sleepy coastal town during my lunch break. It had a 20% off or something to that effect and didnt cost beyond RM40. Since I was just curious about learning to shade, thought I'd start out with something to practice with. Behold Chamildo Duo Beauty Make Up Powder! Eat your kimchi, people :P

CHAMILDO Duo Beauty Make Up Powder: Sturdy black plastic casing, sold at a stall packed with Korean cosmetics. The saleslady claims makeup academies use this item from the brand as part of their learning kit.

I always get my cheap laughs from Korean or Jap copy on anything (plastic ware, stationeries etc) and this duo powder shading  kit didnt disappoint. It had that weird pseudo-English product description/sales pitch at the back of the case as well (see below and excuse the less-than-stellar quality of  pic taken with phone cam).

Indeed...

Anyway, on to the makeup itself. It opens up to reveal, well, as the name says: duo powder. Two matte powders, one in dark brown and the other a light beige. I kind of regretted not taking the other powder duo (from same brand) which was dark brown with white (since I dont have white powder which could have probably been used as highlighter). In retrospect this light beige is almost like it can pass off as a compact face powder, albeit a light one. Although it is easier to blend, I found.

Duo Powder kapow! Ok..so it does reflect the product name. It comes with a plastic cover over the powder and a small strip of mirror at the top. 



Swatched both matte powders under natural light. Color payoff and staying power is not bad at all.
I've played around with the powders twice and find that it's pretty useful for the price I got it for. It's worth it for someone just learning to use shading powders. If the brown looks like its too dark, apply it with a light hand and build up the color as necessary, which was what I did. Am aiming for bronzers after this. Getting excited about mineralized finishes...I was freaked out by them before but now I might try them. Am even thinking of shimmer finishes, maybe a slight shimmer to start with :P

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Impulse purchases

Yes, I did say I went a bit overboard with the makeup stuff this month. Face primer, eye primer, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow etc...and then I also stumbled onto a lookalike beauty blender sponge...so that too.

Impulse buys...but I wear them..I do..
 Just some foundation I've been wearing. On the left is Cover Girl Advanced Radiance foundation I picked up when I was briefly in Sydney last year. Not a good buy...ashy and kinda oily and kinda left my face feeling like it had a allergic reaction to it. So I picked up a Yves Rocher foundation (on the right), the matte version of the Couleurs Nature range and loving it! I've got oily-combination that tends to be on the oilier side and this foundation does wonders in keeping it matte and fresh for a long time. Plus the colour (Beige 200) suits me with its yellow undertone.
Opps...I almost forgot I got this Inglot Cream to Powder foundation earlier. It's alright..I use it more like a concealer now and then when my pimples get out of hand. The packaging looks sleek but it doesnt have a separate compartment for the sponge so it can look and be unsanitory. The consistency is quite soft hence as you can see here, the foundation gets out and everywhere if you're not careful. I kept the plastic cover over the foundation so I can keep the sponge over it. I haven't used this as an overall foundation often enough to know if its really good or not.
I've just only started on face primers and this is my very first. The Biotherm White D-Tox, which has SPF30, which was one of the main reasons I got it. I get to skip the sunscreen with this since it already has a high SPF. It's not bad, the purple undertone supposedly brightens up the skin. It does a little but I think it makes me a bit too white. My foundation still slides around a bit with this. I might try a different primer after this.

Isn't this Red Earth All-In-One Concealer kit the cutest? It has a cute cover plus little brushes, all in a compact case. I was looking for a new concealer and couldn't find my regular Maybelline wand concealer and then I saw this in SaSa. I think I still like a creamier concealer but this is just convenient...and cute.

I got this Proof 10 Eye Primer from Korean brand Etude as well. This too is a first for me. I've never used eye primers before, simply using concealer and powder, but since trying more eyeshadow nowadays, realise I really need one as eyeshadows won't last an hour on my oily eyelids. I've heard raves about Urban Decay ones but since am just trying primers out and not wanting to splash too much on the eye ones, decided to try this. Etude was on sale..with this being up to 30% off (if I remember correctly). It's not bad at all actually. It works well enough, colors are more intense and crease-free for longer.
 My first Inglot eyeshadows. And loving them. Inglot has this Freedom System palette which lets you pick and choose your colors and tailor your palette. I've just started with these two slightly shimmer ones...in apricot orangey shades (in for Spring)...which I do love. I got the five pan palette though in anticipation of adding more colors...am aiming for dark blue, black and gold, all the shimmer version.  I foresee I'll be adding on to those too. Haha.
And this! I was marching past the CociCoci stall/store outside Lot 10 and for some reason, popped in and browsed around. I found this hanging inconspicuously on their little rack with other little accessories. After seeing so many reviews and raves about the Beauty Blender, seeing this lookalike hanging unwanted in a lower-end beauty brand store, was a bit of a shocker. The real beauty blender is around USD35 and this was RM35.90, so yeah, I got it out of curiosity. It's actually from the brand Basicare, which calls it the All In One Foundation Sponge. I don't really know how to use it, I think. It does expand once its wet (as per pic above), and I tried it with my liquid foundation. It's a bit hard to wash out the foundation stains.  I think its good for the dewy effect but since I have oilier skin anyway, it makes my foundation get oily faster. I guess for our humid weather here, its not as suitable but for the drier air in Western countries, its probably the bomb. I still like it though, like a novelty item..haha. I have to find out other ways to use it next.

And yes, this post was quite long by my standards. Needed to post up my splurges for posterity before I get lazy. No wonder am broke this month. But not regretting any of my purchases though.







Brushes brushes brushes! Coastal Scents 22 Brushes!

I just got my Coastal Scents (CS) 22-Brush roll...and am crazy excited about it!

I've wanted a set of brushes since forever and finally I got one without breaking the bank. I'd love those Mac, Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier...but not willing to part with all that dough since I've only really started to learn to use brushes. Yes, at this "advanced" age (ahem), am behaving like a teenager. Didn't really have the chance to really indulge myself in my younger years, so oh well, time to catch up a little.

I know am rambling but getting these brushes really are the bomb. I got it off my local CS reseller at 20% off its usual price..so I also got the brush guards. Loving my purchases so far. 

 CS 22-Brushes: Came in this pleather roll. It had a bit of a plasticky smell which went off after being aired for a bit. Quality is not bad at all. Just wish they use a classier font for their logo.
 Tada! There are my brush guards that I also bought. The bigger brushes had individual plastic covers (which I kept) whilst the smaller brushes were also packaged with  cellophane-like disposable plastic (which I threw away). There's also a little zippered pocket near the fan brush, which I plan to use to store the brush guards and covers.
Brushes in the wash. I wash all my new brushes before using them (same with clothes). I just use my Loreal EverStrong sulphate-free shampoo. Dunk them in the warm soapy water, swirl them around, squeeze out the bubbles, and rinse under running water, under the tap...gently squeeze out excess water using clean towel..and then lay them out to dry.
 Can't wait to use them!
 All the brushes lined up to dry!
My Ikea laptop holder doing double duty...as my brush holder so the brushes dry downwards (so the water do not trickle back into the brush ferrules, which can shorten the lifespan of your brushes and also make it longer for your brushes to dry).


And that's it for now on my CS brushes. I actually went overboard on the makeup stuff this month, making me kinda broke, so going to be eating in for the rest of the month..haha.