Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Favourites

Hi guys and girls!

As you've all been anticipating, I will be showing you my favourites from the last month. Some are old and some are new, but all of them are amazing in what they do (hehe, a bit of rhyming for you). 

Chanel Correcteur Perfection Liquid Concealer in Beige Clair (10)

Why I love this: 

  • I've been trying to find a concealer that hides my dark circles and is long lasting. My dark circles are pretty bad to the point where some days I look like I got punched in the face (LOL)
  • Drugstore products from Maybelline are okay, but they don't last long nor do they really colour correct
  • This product has a yellow undertone which is the best for covering dark circles. I love the creamy texture of this concealer, the consistency is not too thin or too thick. It blends in beautifully using the Real Techniques Setting Brush. 
  • Even though it's not as long lasting as I hoped it'd be, the fact that it can even cover my dark circles is already amazing. It feels great under my foundation and does not have creases under the eye whatsoever
  • Pricing wise, this is probably not the cheapest product you'll buy, but I highly recommend this of those who have dark circles and are sick of the lack of blendability of drugstore products. 
  • Also, the product is 7.5ml which means it lasts for more than a year. 

NYX Butter glosses (Creme Brûlée, sounds delicious!)

Why I love this:
  • This is a pink-nude opaque gloss that is good for everyday use. I have been looking everywhere for a nice pink-nude that didn't wash out. Being Asian by skin is quite yellow yet my lips are a pinkish colour and when I wear normal nudes, I just look like I don't have any lips at all! Or I look very sick.
  • As you may know I love, love, love the butter gloss in Meringue which is a cute barbie pink that is opaque so it doesn't look too over the top. 
  • Overall, the texture of these glosses is awesome! It is not sticky at all and the formula is not too thick on the lips either. As it is a gloss, the product is not very long lasting, especially if you go out for dinner so you'll need to keep reapplying. 
  • The applicator is like any other, and very easy to use on the lips. Some of you might not like the cotton candy-like smell of the gloss but I love it! 
  • It is awesome to match this nude gloss with a smokey eye for a less extravagant event
Real Techniques Setting Brush (ah-maz-ing)

Why I love this:
  • The setting brush is one of the newer products that i've just purchased. At priceline at the moment they are on special, 20% off!
  • I've got a few real techniques brushes that I bought in the 'expert face' set, and I love how they're all so versatile for use with blush, bronzer, powder and liquid foundation.
  • Recently, I've been in need of a smaller brush especially for the application of concealer. The small, flat foundation brush of real techniques was quite good but it was too stick to blend the concealer in under the eye. And it kept poking me in the eye which was not pleasant at all!
  • Reading other makeup blogs, people have raved on about this small setting brush which is a multi-tasker. 
  • So far, I have used this brush to blend my Chanel Concealer and I am in love! It just blends the product in flawlessly, just like the expert face brush by Real Techniques for my foundation.
  • Also I've used this brush to blend in my Benefit Watts up highlighter under my eyebrows and nose bridge. It blends really well and can get into the tighter places.
  • This really is a multi-tasker!
Sukin Sensitive Moisturiser 

Why I love this: 

  • Sorry for the blurry picture, but my camera just wouldn't focus! Anyways, lots of people have asked me how I keep my skin so clear and whether I have a skincare routine. 
  • Honestly, I have normal/combination skin which doesn't really break out or get very dry. I am one of the luckier ones, but I know many out there who are struggling to manage their breakouts and what not. 
  • However, this is not to say that I don't take care of my skin either - especially if I want to keep it youthful for when I'm older. Moisturiser is a key player in keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day, as well as helping to keep your skin firm rather than saggy. 
  • I use Sukin's Facial Moisturiser in sensitive, for those days where I have quite dry skin in winter. This product is affordable and doesn't contain chemicals that you see in other products. This product is paraben free which means that it is free of preservatives that may be harmful to our skin especially if it builds up day after day. 
  • The product has a very light scent that doesn't bother me at all, and the consistency is easy to blend out into your skin - you can leave the house without a thick layer of white on your skin!
  • Out of all the moisturisers I've used, this actually keeps my skin smooth throughout the day and feels so light. It's formula is also good for a primer since it is a bit thick but very blend able into the skin.

Maybelline's Colossal Volume Express Cat Eye 

Why I love this:
  • I bought this mascara because it supposedly gives a 'cat eye' look, especially winging out on the outer corners of the eye. Being very devoted to my full 'n soft Maybelline mascara, I only used this product after my application of my holy grail mascara.
  • Recently my Full 'N Soft mascara has become very dry and flaky. I'm a bit skeptical that the r.r.p. of the product at priceline has gone down from $18 to $14. I'm sad to say, but I think that the formula has changed to obviously something cheaper that dries out much quicker.
  • One night while I was testing out some makeup, I used this as the first layer to my mascara and it was really amazing! The formula is quite thin like the Full 'N Soft so it doesn't clump up and very build able. The brush is quite stiff, unlike Full 'N Soft so it can catch onto almost every lash with just one swipe. Also, since it is a curling mascara it holds the curls very well and doesn't feel heavy on the lashes. 
  • This very curved brush allows you to apply it on the outer corners of your eyelashes very easily so those smaller lashes also gets some mascara. 
  • Like the Full 'N Soft it is also very volumisinig but gives more of a dramatic look than the everyday look of FNS. Overall, I am really loving this as an alternative to my holy grail! I hope they change the formula back because I am sad now!

Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss in 012 Orchid

Why I love this:

  • Unlike the NYX butter glosses, Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss has a more shimmery finish on the lips. 
  • Both products have similar textures, where they are not very sticky and feel very light. This colour is one of my favourites because it is a very light purply pink which is flattering on more asian skin tones. 
  • The applicator is flatter than the NYX butter gloss which means the product is applied more evenly but also it is a bit more messy because it isn't as precise on the lipline. This doesn't really phase me because I love the product!
  • The gloss is actually more visible than the butter gloss which is more opaque, meaning you have to apply more. This product reminds me of the colorburst butter lipsticks in the Revlon line as well, but in a bottled gloss form which can be more convenient if you don't want to look too over the top with makeup. Especially on those uni days where you are dressed more casually. 
  • Overall, I like this product mainly because of the colour and that the gloss has no artificial or alcoholic smell which I know is very off-putting for some people. I definitely recommend this gloss and the butter glosses when you want to be more subtle with your makeup look and don't want to have to go through the routine of applying lipstick. 
Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito (820) - Shine formula

Why I love this:

  • As you can see, I'm having an obsessions with cute, light pinks and pink nudes! Since I don't want to be mainly using glosses everyday because they are inconvenient because you have to reapply, I did need a nude pink lipstick. 
  • Like I've mentioned before, the true nude colours just wash me out so badly and they try to cover up my pink lips which just makes it look even worse!
  • When I was in Singapore, where Revlon's products are literally half the price in Australia I picked up this baby. It is in the Shine category of super lustrous lipsticks, and even though it is quite shiny, the product more so shows colour onto your lips. I personally don't like shine or shimmer but like the colorburst lip glosses too, Revlon balances out colour and shine perfectly.
  • This product is quite opaque and you do need to apply layer after layer for the colour to show, but since the colour is so nice how can I resist! This is honestly just a back up for me, for when my true love of a nude pink in lipstick form comes, but i'm not minding this cheaper option at all!
  • With my recent purchase of the NYX butter gloss in Creme Brûlée, I've used these two as a pink-nude combo and they compliment each other perfectly. I would highly recommend buying these two together. 

Maybelline's Superstay Lipliner (040 Red)

 Why I love this:

  • Last but not least! My new favourite red which I've given a preview on Facebook and Instagram. As you wish I will be reviewing this new red which I am absolutely in love with. 
  • At first I didn't think much of this product, especially since it's new and Maybelline don't have the best lip products. I bought this on a whim because Revlon's Colorstay Lipliner was just too darn expensive. 
  • Unlike the Rose Nude version of this lipliner like I've written about in my previous post (New products), this lipliner is actually creamy and is very pigmented and vibrant. The nude one is just too chalky and hard to actually show up colour on my lips.
  • As I was doing my makeup for a wedding, I applied this lipliner on the outer line of my lips. I didn't realise how creamy this product really was, so I inside my lipline as well. The colour turned out so nicely and it was more of a sultry red than my usually orangey-reds. Since this product is also 24 hr, it is very long lasting and it is not sticky and doesn't go on your teeth like all the other red lipsticks! 
  • I highly recommend this product because it is so vibrant, long lasting and also isn't drying on the lips at all. Especially since it's in the form of a mechanical pen, it is also very precise so you won't have to wipe off all the ugly red smudges that ruin your whole makeup! (it has happened to me many times).
  • There isn't a lot of the product for everyday use of this product so you should probably wait for it to go on sale again to stock up!

Also a hint for using your old things for makeup storage. Last time you will remember I used my old document organiser to store my makeup and this time I bring you the Nude by Nature brushes stand!

Funnily this cylindrical container that came with my Nude Kabuki Brush and Illuminator fits all of my brushes so snuggly. Today I was going to go out and buy a brush holder but luckily I found use in this baby. To save money on the not so basic essentials but people say are essential, try to find things that you already have at home! Things such as document organisers, pencil holders, old pencil cases, your mum's old handbags or clutches are all great in storing your brushes and makeup for home use or for on the go. Don't waste your money when you might have what you're looking for right at home.

Prices and Locations

  1. Chanel's Correcteur Perfection Liquid Concealer in Beige Clair (10) - Available at Myer, (Prices may vary)
  2. Maybelline's Colossal Volume Express Cat Eye - Available at Priceine, ($19.95) - offers: 15% off entire range
  3. Maybelline's Super Stay 24 hour Lipliner in Red (040) - Available at Priceine, ($19.95) - offers: 15% off entire range
  4. NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée - Available at Target, ($9.95)
  5. Real Techniques Setting Brush - Available at Priceine, ($14.99) - offers: 20% off entire range
  6. Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss in Orchid (012) - Available at Priceine, ($21.95) - offers: Buy 1 get 1 free off entire lip range
  7. Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito (820) - Available at Priceine, ($21.95) - offers: Buy 1 get 1 free off entire lip range
  8. Sukin's Facial Moisturiser (Sensitive) - Available at Priceine, ($9.95)


Have a great week ahead and share some thoughts about your recent purchases, or recommendations in the comment box below!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

First looks on new products!

Hello guys and galz,

This week the Priceline 40% off all cosmetics once again sent girls screaming "IT'S BACK ... MUST RESIST... OH HELL NAW!". Well that's what I was screaming inside anyway. My tactic this time wasn't to stock up on my normal goodies but a chance to try some new things out that I've been eyeing these past few weeks.

My mini #pricelinehaul - trying out new things :D

                                                                                                                             Nude by Nature Value Pack 

First looks

Loreal Paris' Super Liner - Perfect Slim ($24.95)

I normally use Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Liner, and I'm only somewhat happy about it.
In general, the liquid isn't very dark which means you have to keep reapplying. One good thing
about it is that the brush is small so it makes the line accurate and precise. 

The Super Liner has a felt tip brush as opposed to the soft brush of the MasterPrecise. At first I found this to be too thick for the skinny lines I like to create for my cat-eye look. However, when I got used to it I quite liked the felt tip brush because it got more formula on your lids and it actually comes out dark! The grip handle also helps with precision and getting into those tight spaces. Like Maybelline's liquid liner, it does smudge when you sweat etc, and since there is more formula that comes out in this pen, the running does get quite bad. 

Overall, I like this liquid liner due to how dark the formula is so it doesn't take too long to line my eyelids. I will probably put setting spray on it to see if does not melt off my face. 

Review: 3/5 

Physician's Formula Nude Shimmer Strips ($24.95)

I was devastated when I could not find a site that (safely) delivered Naked 2 Palettes, and the fact that it was $60 really put me off. Watching some recent youtube videos, makeup bloggers have raved on about these shimmer strips, and how they can be used for everything! 

To be honest, the main reason I got this was because of the cute packaging - I have such a sweet spot for packaging! But all in all, the instructions show that using the shimmer when dry is for eyeshadow, and when using it wet is for eyeliners. The pigmentation is quite good and stays on the lids for a solid amount of time. The pinker shades I can use for highlighting and illuminating when I can't be bothered to use my Benefit Watt's Up stick. 

I'm really liking this because it is so versatile and can be used to complete a nude look from the eyeshadow, eyeliner to highlighting cheekbones! It really does it all. The only thing that is off-putting is that some colours are wider than some, which means you don't get equal product for each strip! 

Review: 4/5

Maybelline's (New) Clean Express Total Clean for Lip & Eye ($6.95)

Again this cute bottle and the simple packaging really caught my eye. I've noticed that some other people have also been buying this, so for only $4.95 I decided to try it out. I currently use the Garnier Gentle Makeup Remover which is what is says - gentle and soothing on your face without that burning sensation afterwards. 

I was quite disappointed with this product - the oil that settles on the top is quite thick (because it has 'fast acting dissolving agents'). In most products I do not feel any burning sensation mainly because I have normal, combination skin - however this product actually made my lips and eyelids sting for a while! I feel that it may be too strong, especially since it is meant to 'remove stubborn and waterproof makeup'. I would not recommend this product for those who have dry skin as it will kill when you use it to wipe off your makeup.

I'm definitely sticking to my Garnier makeup remover - it actually makes your face feel refreshed afterwards. Never to be fooled by cute packaging again (sure, Jane... sure)

Review: 1/5 (only because it is quick in removing makeup from your skin!)

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara ($3.50)

This is a must for everyone who wants to tame those longer eyebrows in between waxes! I just ran out of my ELF one and was not going to order another batch online, or buy it from Kmart which is like double the price of those products in America so I decided to give this one a try. Honestly, you get what you pay for. The formula is quite runny and just the overall packaging makes it look like its for little kids. 

The ELF Lash and Brow Gel is thicker and helps the eyebrows mould into place. For both of these products I would not recommend putting it on the eyelashes. I mean, what is the point when it just puts a layer of gel that makes it heavier and harder for lashes to separate when you're applying actual mascara. It also causes lashes to lose curls because it does weigh down the lashes. Give it a miss for your eyelashes! 

Even though it is runny, it does do the job for eyelashes and I like this brush better than the ELF one. This one is thinner so you can sculpt your eyebrows more precisely which is awesome. This is just one of those products that does not need to be over $5... or ever $3. It is just an essential for all those who just need some taming for when you need some serious waxing, or you could even use it to put the long hairs into place for you to do some self grooming (i.e. plucking). Overall, I'm feeling neutral about this product - an essential that is runny but nothing to complain about. 

Maybelline's (New) Superstay Lip Liner in 41 Rosewood ($12.95)

I've been needing a nude/pinkish lipliner because when I wear my nude lipsticks it smears outside of my lipline and just looks like my lips are camouflaging with my face. Not a good look. I am quite impressed with this product, as it does last long and since it is a bit darker than my lipsticks it really defines my lip line which makes it look more defined and fuller. 

I'm not so sure about the last power yet because I have only used it once, but I am really liking the colour of it. It is not a creamy formula so you're going to have to apply it layer by layer - make sure your lips are moisturised and not dry! 

Today I went into target to try the NYX version of this and I do find that it is more creamier, and there is a larger range that these new lip liners. I will also give that one a try and compare the two!

Review: 3.5/5

Maybelline's (New) Superstay Lip Liner in 46 Red ($12.95)

This is just the same lip liner but in a red because I lost my Revlon Colorstay one which was absolutely amazing. Smooth, creamy and lasts forever on your lips. However, I was not going to fork out double this time to lose it again. 

Anyways, the colour of this lipliner is quite universal. It matches all different kinds of reds as it is not too bright or vibrant - nor is it particularly dull either. The colour would work from the medium reds to even the darker wine colours as well. 

As I said, the formula is quite dry so you will have to keep applying it to get that more defined look. Using my ELF lip liner brush I blend both of the colours in and apply my lipstick. My lips look a lot more defined and fuller. But as I mentioned, I have not used this product enough to comment on its long-lasting factor. Overall, I am liking it!

Review: 3.5/5

Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminating Powder (included in Value Pack: $19.95)

In my makeup collection I don't have many mineral products so I'm not quite familiar with the performance of this on my face. However, I am very excited to start using mineral products!! The benefits include, lesser coverage which allows your pores to breathe and not break out under a thick layer of foundation. It doesn't quite stick on your face as much as denser products - again for easy breathing but doesn't last as long. 

Overall, I quite like the colour, which is a pinkish-yellow toned illuminator that you can brush slightly on top of bronzer or blush that doesn't have any shimmer to it. The packaging is very small so little product comes out - that is not a problem though because you don't need much powder to highlight your face. Unlike the shimmer strips and highlighting sticks like Benefit's Watts Up, this illuminator is more so for the whole face or in large sections like the cheek. It can't be completely focused on one section like under the eyebrow area because it just won't stick on. 

I can't wait to test how this works against my other products!

Review: N/A (haven't used it long enough!)

Deluxe Kabuki Brush (included in Value Pack $19.95)

The main reason that I bought this Value pack was because of this awesome brush! I have been looking everywhere for a brush that dusts on bronzer effortlessly - which doesn't make all those weird 'dirt' splotches on your face that I always get. The bristles are so goddamn soft that I just want to use it all the time!! 

They're also quite densely packed which is perfect for picking up the tiny mineral products to brush over your face. I have very high hopes for this Kabuki brush - please make my makeup routine that much easier. I just bought this today so again I cannot comment on the longevity of the brush or whether it shreds. 

Just at first glance it is absolutely amazing and I have been waiting so long for a brush like this (which is very affordable as well!)

Review: N/A (but I would give it a 4/5 for softness and ability to pick up minerals very well)

Product list and pricing: 

R.R.P as listed above.

All prices are taken from the Priceline website.

Hope you had fun reading this post! Comment below, or on Facebook to recommend some new products that you have used. Have a great weekend everyone :D 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Splurge vs. save (brief list!)

Hello gals and guys :D

Hope you've all been well! Today's post will be on the constant battle between high end products and drugstore brands. We've all been there in Myer, David Jones or Mecca Cosmetica and wondered if we should buy the $55 Benefit blush or just stick with our favourite Maybelline 'bouncy' blush. Here's a post that will help you decide whether you should take the plunge!

I'm pretty much in the same position as you! I've only really got a handful of expensive products that I spent hours online and hours in store testing to see if it is really worth it.

Splurge on: 
Breathability & texture - 
- Firstly, this is the product that you will be covering your WHOLE face with. If the product is not breathable or causes allergic reactions then of course there would be damage. This is more evident in drugstore brands such as Maybelline, Covergirl and Rimmel. I'm not saying that these products are to be avoided completely but you need to watch out on which foundation you pick as you should avoid damaging your skin.
- Usually higher end brands have products such as Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua which has a lighter texture and generally feels more breathable on the skin. Chanel's Vitalumiere provides good coverage as well as being better for the skin.
- Textures of drugstore brands such as Covergirl are normally very thick and seem to smear onto your face rather than properly blend in. It leaves streaks on your face no matter how good your makeup brush is.
Colours & Coverage:
- Besides Revlon and Bourjois, most other drugstore brands have a maximum of six shades (of which three are highly unflattering) which makes it very difficult for you to find a colour that matches you!
- Especially with Asians, it is hard to find a mixture of a pink and yellow undertones - so we might end up with a cake face that we just aren't proud of.

Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation
Make up Forever's HD High Definition foundation
Revolon's Colorstay foundation
Bourjois' Healthy Mix foundation

Blush and Bronzers:
Pigmentation & Lasting power
- I have tried many blush and bronzers from high end and the lower ends and I can tell you that for sure the feel and pigmentation of expensive brands are so worth it.
- Drugstore brands such as NYX and Rimmel have nice blush colours, especially if you want to go for a natural look, but generally they come on very light and needs to be built on a lot. In most cases they do not last very long either and it fades easily which means constantly reapplying even at a dinner party!
- I used to swear by Rimmel's Match Perfection blush in light/medium, however after constant use of the colour faded very quickly. Similar to Rimmel's Natural Bronzer in Sun light 021. As a pair these worked well for about 2 hours but fades equally as fast when you are sweating or are going through any energy inducing exercise. Also, the colour of the bronzer never sit that well with me. It isn't as orange as other drugstore bronzers, but it definitely had a hint. This is not great for any contouring because you end up looking like a cake face clown!
- After moving onto higher end brands like Benefit and Nars I have never really looked back. Benefit's Dandelion and Sugarbomb are great compact blushers that give you an even coverage and lasting power. Overall the colour pay off is great because it actually stays on your skin!
- Nars Orgasm blush is absolutely amazing. The colour is like a very subtle metallic corally/magenta pink that stays on all night. As a cult product is really does suit most skin colours so you won't be afraid to try it out.
- Coupled with Nars Laguna Bronzer, they both have just enough glitter to highlight your cheeks as well as creating a sculpted contoured face. The bronzer has no orange colour pay off which is perfect for slight contouring when you are having a simple night out without too much makeup. Again the bronzer lasts quite long compared to many of the drugstore products that I've tried.

Save on:
- Despite the buzz about expensive mascaras such as YSL baby doll, Diorshow Mascara and Lancome Hypnose, they pretty much do the same thing as drugstore brands.
- As I mentioned in my last post, mascaras especially from the Maybelline line gives you a more subtle look as well as being quite build able and have curl hold.
- Many high end branded mascaras have fascinating brushes and colours (blue, green & purple) but I don't know if you are willing to fork out $50 for a mascara based on mere intrigue!
- Drugstore brands are enough. Trust me. Getting sucked into buying fifty dollar mascaras and finding out that they don't work as well as your favourite (and cheap) mascara will cause a big hole in your purse... and your heart!
- Check out my older posts to see what mascaras are for you!

- Although the pretty packaging of Chanel and Dior liquid eyeliners, you're better off paying $10-$20 less on them. I personally have a sample eyeliner from Lancome, and the lasting power is pretty much the same as the Retractable eyeliner from Revlon.
- But, one thing to splurge on in this category is a good gel eyeliner. Maybelline's Gel Eyeliner is quite good but the formula dries up quite easily so it is hard to use after a while. For a more longer lasting gel eyeliner, you should opt for the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner which has great lasting power and doesn't dry out as fast!
- But for liquid eyeliners and your everyday liners, just stick to your good ol' Revlon or Maybelline!

Revlon's Colour Stay Retractable eyeliner
Maybelline's Master Precise Liner (Liquid)
Bobbin Brown's Gel Eyeliner

This is just a brief overview of some products for now! More 'Splurge vs. Save' posts to come :)