Sunday, December 7, 2014

Recent Happenings

Hey everyone!

Just felt like doing a random post of what I've been up to. I've completed my first year of A-Levels and I have to say I'm quite relieved to have a break from school work. But I'm not looking forward to next year's work. The past two months have been so stressful and hectic because of my AS exams and my piano exam. All the exams were doable. Except for my Economics papers. I totally messed up during the exam. ugh.

My first week of holidays has been nice so far. A summary of my week: watched Penguins of Madagascar on Monday, Dumb and Dumber To on Tuesday, went to Starbucks on Wednesday, went to Jerudong Park on Thursday - which was very underwhelming. It was quite empty when I got there so there weren't any long queues but still, there wasn't really much to do there. Also, the water in the moat around the carousel smelt really horrible... I did like the junior coaster ride, though. So, we left the park early and went to watch another movie at The Mall. 

Went to Agrotech Park on Friday because I haven't been there before. And here's a random picture I took on that day. It's actually my favourite one of the bunch. For some reason I didn't actually go in to see the flowers which were initially what I was looking forward to seeing.

Then on Saturday I went to the DST Carnival. There wasn't anything particularly interesting there, just a lot of food. I only got some pasta, a corn dog and a 20% off coupon for Zalora which I probably won't use anyway... And today I had brunch at Patisserie and didn't go anywhere else.

I start work tomorrow! My only previous working experience was when I joined this entrepreneurship program/competition in school a few months ago. My team and I set up our own small business and had a booth at The Mall and also the stadium during the SME Promotion in June. We didn't end up winning but oh well, it was fun. So tomorrow will be considered as my first 'real' job. Looking forward to it. At least I get to do something different this holiday!

Thanks for reading :D

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

I don't remember how I found out about this cleansing balm, really. I think I read it in a blog post or saw it in a video but I honestly do not remember where. But, basically I read really great reviews on it so I decided to get it. I first got this cleansing balm back in April earlier this year, it was free because I had a $30 voucher thing. If I'm not mistaken, the price for this product is $24.90 in stores. Fast forward to seven months later, I have already the finished the first tub and half-way through my second one; which my sister got for me in the UK back in August. 

This cleansing butter/balm claims to gently melt makeup away and leave the skin feeling clean and "petal soft". It also claims to be suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

First of all, let's talk about the packaging here. This cleansing balm is packaged in a simple silver tin. However, keep in mind that this product does not come with a spatula and if you don't have one, you would have to dig it out with your fingers. Not very hygienic nor convenient. Note: I use a spatula that I got from a face cream by Etude House.

The texture of this product matches its name accurately. When you first scoop it out, it's rather solid but once you start to rub it into your skin, the warmth of your fingers will melt the product and dissolve on your skin. Very much like butter!

How do I use this cleansing balm? I scoop out enough that I feel would be enough to remove the make up I have on, then I rub it in between my palms to melt the product and then I rub it on my face to remove any face or lip make up that I have on. After I finish doing so, I will rinse my face with water. If you are someone who has dry skin, you can just dry off with a towel and be done! But since I have skin that is on the oilier side, I like to finish off with a foam cleanser that claims to deep clean pores and remove any make up - Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam. When I'm done with my cleansing routine, there would be zero residue leftover from my make up! 

As for the performance, I would say that this cleansing balm is great at removing face make up but not the best at removing waterproof eye make up like waterproof eyeliner or mascara. With that being said, I usually only use this cleansing balm to remove my face make up and use a different eye make up remover (I use the one by Simple). Also, I find that if I do happen to use it to remove my eye make up and if it gets into my eye, my vision would get a bit blurry... It's probably my own fault for putting too much but, oh well. It doesn't sting my eyes or anything - a major plus point.

  • removes face make up effectively
  • also removes non waterproof eye make up well
  • does not irritate eyes or skin
  • does not clog pores
  • doesn't do a good job at removing waterproof make up
  • no spatula provided

Overall, I really love this cleansing balm and I would rate it a... 8/10! It loses points mainly because it doesn't do a good job at removing my eye make up. However, I still really like it and will continue to use it until I find something which can beat it. I really want to try out the cleansing oil from the same camomile range in TBS. Any thoughts on that? 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review: The Body Shop Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

This face mask is said to perform 3 different functions for your skin: cleanse, exfoliate and purify. This mask is suitable for normal to oily skin and in my opinion, I don't think that this would suit people who have sensitive skin very well.

This face mask comes in a light blue tub containing 100ml of product. The mask itself is also light blue. You can also see exfoliating particles in the mask and it has a grainy texture. I've read from several reviews before buying it that the smell is amazing and whatnot but when I opened it myself and took a whiff I have to say... it was not what I expected. I don't particularly love the scent of it but after putting it on for a while the scent would fade.
I would normally wet my face and then apply this mask when my skin is damp because that's the recommended method. I'm sure you can use it when your skin is dry, too but I personally haven't done so. I usually apply quite a thick layer and leave it to dry on my face for around 15-20 minutes. 

Initially, this mask made my skin tingle then it started to sting really bad. I wanted to wash it off immediately but then I waited for about a minute or two and the stinging sensation subsided into a very cooling effect. 

I wash the mask off my patting some water on my face to soften up the clay and then start to exfoliate with the tiny scrubby bits in the mask before rinsing it off completely. And the result is definitely noticeable! Well, for me at least. After rinsing it off, my pores are nicely cleansed and my skin is left feeling smooth and not dried out. Another great thing this mask does is that it manages to pull out the blackheads on my nose. After using it, I can see the blackheads and even tiny blemishes being extracted. And occasionally I would follow up with a nose strip to actually pull out all the gunk that has been extracted.

  • deep cleanses nicely
  • removes blackhead/whiteheads
  • leaves skin feeling smooth
  • cooling on the skin
  • stings like hell initially
  • the smell (for me)
The final verdict... I love this mask! It's much better than the Etude House clay mask that I tried previously. I feel like this one actually works because I can see the dirt coming out from my skin myself! Really amazing product and it isn't too pricey either since The Body Shop always have sales. I would definitely recommend this mask to anyone who has normal/combo to oily skin or anyone who wants to deep clean their pores!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Birthday Haul 2014!

Hey everyone! My birthday was last Saturday and so this post is going to be a birthday haul! I went to a few places and got some things that I really wanted. The first store I went to was The Body Shop, they had the 'Trade In' Promotion going on where if you brought one empty jar/bottle/tub you get a discount (20% for TBS items, 15% for other brands).

I actually went to TBS twice, the first time I went I brought 5 items. And here's what I got:

 (Left to right - Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, Satsuma Body Polish, Shimmer Waves - 02 Blush)

(Colour Crush Lipstick - 320 Berry in Love)

Got the Satsuma shower gel for free because I spent over a certain amount and the lady working there also gave me a mini Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment for free! :D [I also bought a pair of tweezers but I didn't show them in the photos above]

The second time (on a different day, of course), I went with my mom and we brought in 7 empty bottles. I'm sure we won't be going back to Body Shop anytime soon because we're well stocked up, haha! Here's what we got!

 (Left to right (Top row)): Amazonian Wild Lily Shower Gel, Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Strawberry Shower Gel, Moringa Shower Gel, Satsuma Soap.
(Bottom): Lip Liner - 02 Beech, Carbon Eye Definer - Brown, Colour Crush Lipstick - 330 Spice Things Up)

The strawberry shower gel was free for spending over $79 and they also gave me birthday vouchers!

I also went to Etude House and because I'm a member there, I got a 20% discount on all items, a $5 voucher and a sample kit. I got 3 things and apparently they're all relatively newer products. I was really excited to see that they now sell the Play 101 Pencils, I have been waiting for them for a while now... Here's what I got!

(Left to right): Skin Malgem toner sample set, Oh Happy Day Hand Bouquet - Rich Sugar Hand Cream, Play Therapy Sleeping Pack - Moist UP!, Play 101 Pencil - 33)

And other miscellaneous things I got from The Face Shop and Shop at Sarah's. From TFS, Raspberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch, Style My Eyebrow pencil and from Shop at Sarah's, NYX Lipliner Pencil - 854 Pale Pink, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Transylvania.

 That's everything I got! Really happy and satisfied with everything so far, I've been trying the products out and I really like some of them; especially the shimmer waves and also the TBS tea tree face wash. 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tutorial: Shimmery Bronze Eyes

Hey everyone! Haven't blogged in forever, most of my time is spent in school and also spent on doing school work ._.  The school year is almost ending (thankfully!) but my exams start around next week and end in mid November. So, hopefully after that I'll be able to blog more often. 

I'm doing something different for this post today, not the usual review posts that I do. It's going to be a tutorial! This look is very easy and quick to do. I would describe this as a one colour all over the lid look using a shimmery bronze shadow and paired with a winged liner. So, let's get started!

First off, I'm using a bronze cream eyeshadow base from Etude House; which I reviewed here. Then I patted on a medium bronze brown shadow from Urban Decay called 'Sidecar'.

After that, just take a light brown transition/blending shade to blend out the colour and make sure there are no harsh edges. I'm using the shade 'The Mail' from the Sleek i-Divine Oh So Special Palette. Then, I just lined my eyes with my favourite liquid eyeliner which is Clio's Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black.

To finish off the look, I added a matte cream highlight shade to my browbone and coated my lashes with Essence's Lash Mania Reloaded Mascara.

Here's the finished look! I paired this eye look with the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive, it's a really pretty light pink shade and I think it compliments the eye look nicely.

Thanks for reading! Have a nice day :D

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Review: Garnier Skin Naturals BB Eye Roll On

Hi everyone! Today's post is going to be on a product from a brand that I've never tried before and that is the Garnier Skin Naturals Instant Fairness BB Eye Roll On. This product is said to be enriched with brightening pure lemon essence and caffeine with mineral pigments for a nude coverage and long-lasting wear. 

This product claims that when applied, the under-eye area would look:
-More radiant
-More even-toned
-With less dark circles
-With less dark spots
-Less tired
-More hydrated

As the name suggests, this product comes with a metal roller ball as the applicator. When applied under the eyes, it gives a very cooling feeling which actually helps with de-puffing the eyes. This product actually has a quite distinct scent that I don't really know how to describe, but the good thing is that the scent does not linger around once blended out. 

Honestly, I don't have very bad dark circles every day so I swatched the product on my wrist to show you guys the coverage that it gives. The photo below is after I blended out the product and it looks quite yellow on my wrist but it's fine when I put this under my eyes. 

The consistency of this product is quite thin and feels very light under the eyes. I don't experience any creasing when I use this, which is a good thing but then I always set my makeup with any sort of face powder. I wouldn't say that this lasts the whole day as I do notice it fading after several hours so that is something to be weary of. 

Overall, I think this product is great! It's very quick to use and blends out very, very easily. The roller ball gives a cooling sensation which feels very good and refreshing. The price isn't too bad either, this eye roll on has 15ml of product and costs $12.90BND at Guardian stores. I usually use the Catrice light reflecting concealer and that contains only 1.5ml of product and costs about 5 or 6 dollars (I think??) so I think that the Garnier one is actually more worth it.

That's all for this post! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup

Hello everyone! Today's review is going to be on the Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup. This foundation claims to be mattifying, long lasting and oil-free. There are 4 different shade selections for this foundation and the one that I got was 020 Nude Beige. This foundation can be found at Paloma outlets, priced at $9.90 BND for 30ml of product.

Firstly, let's talk about the packaging. This foundation comes packaged in a frosted glass jar, and this makes the product look more expensive and higher end than it actually is! Also, what's really great about this product is that, it comes with a pump!

The consistency of this product is quite nice, there isn't an accurate term for describing it because to me, I think that it's not too runny and it's also not too thick. The shade that I chose matched my skin spot on! Initially I only used the tester at the store on my wrist to look for a match, so I was rather worried that it would not match me but, when I tried it on my face, it blended in as if it were second skin. 

I apply this product by taking a full pump on the back of my hand and then spreading it onto my face with a foundation brush and blend it in afterwards. I find that this foundation has relatively light coverage but it can be built up easily without making your skin look cakey. The finish of this foundation is not completely matte but more of a semi-matte or satin finish; which looks great.

As for the claims of mattifying and oil-control, I find that even with an oil-controlling primer and loose setting powder, my face still does get shiny after around 3 hours so I wouldn't say that it's the best product for keeping your face makeup looking matte. Although, I haven't tried using this foundation with a compact powder that is supposed to control oil. Maybe that would work better? I'm not so sure...I wanted to get the All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder but I couldn't find it at the store so I used this with my Tony Moly Face Mix Finish Loose Powder.

 Without foundation:

With foundation (Left -no flash. Right -with flash) 

And so to summarise,

  • Can be easily built up without looking cakey
  • Good packaging
  • A pump is included
  • Shade matched my skin perfectly!!
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Only 4 shades available
  • Not very mattifying
  • Oil control not as great as expected

That's it for this review! Overall, I really like the look of the foundation and so far I don't have any problems with using this product so, I will continue to use it and try out different ways.