Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Catrice Defining Blush

Hi everyone! Today's review is going to be on the Catrice Defining Blush in 070 Pinkerbell and 030 Love and Peach. These blushes can be found in Paloma stores locally and they retail for 4.90BND each. 





Catrice describes these blushes as a "silky soft powder blush for a natural radiant complexion. With vitamin E. Nurturing and smoothens small skin imperfections. Dermatologically tested. Oil-free." 

First off, these blushes come in a plastic packaging; which is similar to their mono eyeshadows but these close a lot more tightly and securely than the eyeshadows. 

The pigmentation of these blushes are really great! However, I do think that the pigmentation is not consistent. What I mean by this is... the blush I own in Love and Peach is much more pigmented than Pinkerbell. It's not really a big problem but it is something to take note of. Below are photos of the blushes swatched. (side note: I had to swatch the pink one 2 or 3 times whereas the peach one only once)


Blended out. (L: Love and Peach, R: Pinkerbell)

Overall, these blushes are great! They have great pigmentation, longevity and a very reasonable price! Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

MAC Haul!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

So, this is going to be my first MAC haul on my blog. I didn't buy these products myself, they were gifts from two special people in my life :) 

I have started using all of them and I really enjoy them so far. Most of this post will be photos because I don't have very much to say about the products yet. 

(Matte Lipstick in Taupe, Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up, Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack, Paint Pot in Rubenesque)

(L-R. Blacktrack Fluidline, Rubenesque Paint Pot.)




(L-R. Retro Matte Lipstick- All Fired Up, Matte Lipstick- Taupe)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special



Hi everyone! Today, I'm going to be reviewing an eyeshadow palette from Sleek Makeup! The one that I have to review today is the one is Oh So Special, I actually also have the one in Storm but never got around to doing a review (but I do really enjoy that palette).

This palette is sold in UK drugstores and also they have their own online site. If you live in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore or anywhere close, you can buy it off of Luxola. My sister bought me mine from the UK because she stays there.

Firstly, this palette is completely black, looks and feels very 'sleek'. It also comes with a large mirror which I find very handy to use. Sleek eyeshadow palettes all come with 12 eyeshadows. The one that I'm reviewing has 7 matte shadows and 5 shimmery shades. The colours in this palette range from creamy beiges and pale pinks to deeper matte browns and even a black and a shimmery plum!




The shade names in this palette (from left to right)
Top row: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
Bottom Row: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

  • Bow (matte) is a soft, creamy white shade good for highlighting the brow bone or as a base for other shadows all over the lid. 
  • Organza (shimmer) is a light frosty pink shade with golden shimmers. Good pigmentation, this shade would be great with many eye looks and also would look great worn alone.
  • Ribbon (matte) is a peachy pink shade. I don't use this shade much but personally I think it would look better as a blush rather than an eye shadow. Also, the texture of this shadow is rather chalky and the pigmentation is not as great as the other shades.
  • Gift Basket (shimmer) is a light brown with golden shimmers. Good pigmentation, very buttery and smooth texture. This shade can also be worn with many different looks.
  • Glitz (shimmer) is a blueish-grey eye shadow infused with silver shimmers. The pigmentation and texture of this shade is great. It would be a great colour to use for a smokey eye however, I've never worn it on my eyes before.
  • Celebrate (shimmer) is a deep plum with purple shimmers in it. Lovely pigmentation and texture however like Glitz, it isn't a shade that I would use on a daily basis.
  • Pamper (matte) is a pale peachy pink. The colour payoff for this particular shade is horrible, the texture of this shadow is also incredibly chalky. I use this as a transition shade if I'm doing a pink-toned eye look but I do need to load up my blending brush a lot to just get a decent hint of colour!
  • Gateau (shimmer) is a frosty light pink with golden shimmers, very similar to Organza but Gateau has more purple tones while the former is more pink.
  • The Mail (matte) is a light matte brown. I love this shade! This shade is also in the Storm palette but I hated it last time because I thought it was too light but... now I really love using it as a transition shade. 
  • Boxed (matte) is a dark chocolate brown. This shade also was in the Storm palette and the pigmentation is great! Soft and buttery texture as well. 
  • Wrapped Up (matte) is a dark brown with more purple undertones. Has very good pigmentation and texture.
  • Noir (matte) is a deep matte black. This shade also came in the Storm palette. I like this shade because it's so dark that I can easily use it with an angled brush on my lash line as an eyeliner!
Overall, I really like this palette! There were some disappointing shades (i.e. Ribbon & Pamper) because of their chalky texture and low colour payoff. Aside from that, all the other eye shadows had lovely pigmentation and have a very buttery soft texture that is easy to apply and blend out on the eyelids. Personally I don't experience any significant eye shadow fallout from this palette although I have to say that the matte shades do sometimes have fallout so you have to remember to tap off any excess off your brush before applying onto your eyes.

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.


PROS:
  • removes face make up effectively
  • also removes non waterproof eye make up well
  • does not irritate eyes or skin
  • does not clog pores
CONS:
  • 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.

PROS:
  • deep cleanses nicely
  • removes blackhead/whiteheads
  • leaves skin feeling smooth
  • cooling on the skin
CONS:
  • 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!