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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Face of the day #4

Hey everyone! I decided to do a more toned-down neutral look. For the eyes, I used a light eyeshadow on the inner half and then used a taupe shade on the outer corner and blended them together with a light brown shade. Then I did my usual eyeliner and mascara. For blush, I opted for a light pink blush and for lips, I mixed a berry colour from Revlon with a light pink tint from Etude House. 

Products used are listed below!

Products used:

  • The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It
  • Catrice All Matt Plus- Shine Control Makeup
  • Garnier Skin Naturals BB Eye Roll on
  • Tony Moly Face Mix Finish Loose Powder
  • Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder
  • The Body Shop All-In-One Blush in Ginger
  • Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Raspberry
  • Etude House Color Lips Fit in PK002 Fantasy Fit Pink
Have a nice day!
Instagram: @makeupbyk_m

Friday, July 11, 2014

Face of the day #3

Hi everyone! Today I decided to do a softer and lighter eye look with shimmery shadows along the lower lash line paired with a bold lip. The products I used will be listed below. The highlight of this look for me was the bold lip! I used the Clio Lipnicure in no. 5 Revenge Red. It's available at Guardian pharmacies and it's currently on sale for $15.88BND. Anyway, this lip colour is so awesome! Totally smudge proof and it doesn't come off even after eating. That being said, the downside of this is that it doesn't remove very easily. 

Products used:

  • Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer
  • Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadows in Blushed Wines
  • Clio Kill Black Eyeliner
  • Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Sahara Treasure & Goldmine (on lower lashline)
  • Clio O'tank Volume Mascara
  • Clio Lipnicure in 05 Revenge Pink

That's all for this post! Thanks for reading everyone :D
Instagram: @makeupbyk_m

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review: The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It

Hello everyone! This review is going to feature The Body Shop's Skin Primer Matte It. There's also another version which is the 'Moisture It' but I chose the matte one because my skin is on the oilier side. These primers are available at all TBS outlets and they retail for $24.90 BND.

(Note: There's something stuck in my camera lens so don't mind the dark spot/smudge at the bottom of the photos)

First off, the packaging. This primer comes in a transparent matted tube; which is great because you get to see how much product you have left. There's 25ml of product in the tube and I noticed that whenever I use it, I only need a very, very tiny amount of product because this spreads out so easily and smoothly.

The photo below shows how the primer looks like when squeezed out of the tube. The texture of this primer is very smooth and velvelty; even more than Etude House's Pore Primer. It smoothens out my skin which makes BB cream/foundation blend easier and look better in general but I have to say, if too much is applied, it can tend to make makeup look cakey :/

As for the performance of the oil control, this primer is SO GOOD! When I have this on, my face can stay matte for around 3-4 hours before my skin starts to get a little bit shiny. 

Overall, I don't really have a lot to say about this primer but it is very good and definitely worth a try if you have oily skin or looking for a good oil-controlling primer! 

Also, before I end this post, just wanna say that I made an Instagram account to post up daily (days that I actually wear makeup) make up look photos! My username is @makeupbyk_m :)

Thanks for reading, everyone!