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.