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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick

I don't enjoy using eyeshadow pencil/stick after my bad experience with NYX. Since ELF Studio had come out with great product I gave myself a try on this. ELF Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick comes with 4different colors: Black/Smoke, Pearl/Glow, Brown/Basic, Green/Moss (The one I have).ELF Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick achieve color intensity for your eyes with twist-up ease (no sharpening required). Glide on the dark soft gel “liner” to create dramatic definition to the eyes. The light-reflecting pigments help line the eye subtly but intensely for a fuller more enhanced effect. Use the smooth glide “shadow” stick for soft highlighting color on the eyes to complement the liner for a polished and finished look.
As you see, this stick look like a black ball-pen to me which is quite portable especially for working woman who need this in their handbag. I bought mine in Green/Moss. When I first got it from a spree,I thought the eyeshadow was missing. So I flip it around and finally it dropped out from the cap. I had to insert it into the pen but it is quite loosely now as one day I bet it might go missing soon. ELF should improve to ensure their eyeshadow are save in pen. But at least the eyeliner still stick around. Lol.

The cream shadow (Moss) applies smoothly only with eyeshadow premier or foundation. Without it, it's kinda hard to glide. Yet the shadow is quite pretty and give a subtle green which I found it more silvery and good for smoky eyes. The best thing about the shadow is it does not smudge. I've tried to rub vigorously (till my hand is red), it only smudge a little. I was quite amazed with this. On the other hand, the Liner (Green) glides on easily and smoothly, although the color isn't as pigmented as the normal pencil eyeliners but it is a very pretty color. But I don't recommend it on waterline as the liner smudge too easily than the shadow which is boo!

Rating: 3/5

Overall, this is a good product. If only my eyeshadow wasn't loose and eyeliner doesn't smudge it would be my HG! For the price US$3 (not more than RM15 from spree) it's not expensive, it is definitely worth a try!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Warm Bronzer

Everyone just heard lots of raves about this bronzer. The ELF Studio Bronzers come with 3 colors: Cool, Golden and Warm. Today I gonna review one of my favourite Warm.ELF Studio Warm Bronzer creates a healthy looking tan effect. The soft shimmery powders provide the perfect tan-like bronze which ideal for summer or year-round. (Do Malaysia have summer anyway?)As you can see from the palette, the product come with 4 different colors which combine to create a rosy/warm color. I bought the Golden Bronzer before this, but seriously I would much prefer this. Let's see why...What can say about this? The color is exactly pigmented and shimmery. You don't have to worry that the powder will fly all over just like the ELF Healthy Glow Powder. I really like these product!! It is very nice to use as highlighters/bronzers to dust on your cheekbones or all over to give it a sunkissed glow.

Compare to the Golden bronzer, this bronzer is less shimmery and has a bit of matte effect. Although they are quite shimmery when swatched but it gives you just a nice glow on your face. This is what exactly I like about it! However since it is quite pigmented, you only need to swirl your brush over the pan for once as too much product will make you look like a disco ball instead. Warm Bronzer would probably suit you if you are slightly darker with more of a medium to dark skintone. As for me it look absolutely great for contouring. :)

And if it don't work as a bronzer for you, you can use them as eyeshadows too. I sometimes use it as a neutral brown eyeshadow. Though it might not be as smooth as the eyeshadow but putting a base would help it to glide easier.

Rating: 4.5 /5

Overall, I really LIKE this product. It works exactly great for my skin color. But sadly, I do not use this product anymore because........Could someone teach me how to save my product?? I dropped it on the floor days ago when I clean up my cabinet. :"(

Monday, September 14, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Corrective Concealer

While I'm still searching for HG concealer. ELF Studio range come out with this, ELF Studio Corrective Concealer. I thought it would be worth for trying. As I really need a strong concealer to cover my dark eyes circle.
ELF Studio Corrective Concealer conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel. The best part it come with 4 colours: nude, beige, lilac and green.You must be wondering how to use this product as it comes with so many colours. Use the nude and beige shades to conceal problematic areas. Use the green shade to neutralize redness like that of acne and the lilac shade to brighten yellow tones.
The compact come with a very professional sleek style and it fits well in your handbag. It also have a small mirror that enough for you to have a clear view of your eyes. It also comes with a tiny brush but it does not pick the product up well. So after using it once, I never use it anymore. Preferably to use my finger.
L to R: nude, green, lilac and beige

The texture of the concealer are quite smooth and lightweight. It is very easy to blend but the coverage is too sheer! At least for me. As the picture above, I have to swipe the product for 3 times or the color won't show up. But it turns out to be very sticky for my liking. The smell of this product is similiar as a plastic smell. Which I don't really like. Can't you imagine putting plastic on your face?

The nude is supposed to brighten your face but it is quite shimmery for my liking. (Why do you need a concealer that shimmer?) The green is to neutralize my redness especially my nose area. But it does NOTHING to it until I have to pick up so much product which look too cakey. Boo! The lilac just like a normal highlighter to me than concealer. The only colour that might work for me is beige. Which is a bit yellowish to me. I try to apply it under my eye circle and it does conceal a bit as I do have a terrible dark eye circles. But, it turn GREYISH after I applied my foundation.

Rating: 1/5 (Boo!)

I have a high hope on this product but it was a disappointment for me. I try to like this product by giving it a second chance, i applied and thorougly rubbed it yet it was pretty much like NOTHING. I think it will works well for those who has good skin with little blemishes problem and for those who have fair/pale skin. Anyone care to share? For me, it shows nothing.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Translucent Matifying Powder

We've learn that ELF offered budget cosmetic which is good for our wallet. But do their product good for our face too? Let's see.

I've bought this ELF Studio Translucent Matifying Powder quite sometime joining a spree in LYN. The first impression I had on this powder was: "Wow! It was big!" The size of the product is twice bigger than a name card holder.
According to the ELF, this product helps achieve flawless skin that’s smoother, shine free and help set your makeup in so it lasts longer. It is almost the same function as a loose powder except the texture which I think is great as loose powder often makes my dressing table messier. I do not swatch it as the powder are translucent, you won't able to spot the differences.

This product comes with a huge mirror and a sponge for application. Is perfect to slide it inside your handbag for daily use. I usually use this powder upon my BB cream application. It gives me a flawless translucent and matte-look. Usually by afternoon, my BB cream will give me a little shine (showing that my skin is oily) but with this, my face stay matte up to 6hours. My friends even commented that my skin look healthier. ^^

The only cons I found in this product is the sponge. I don't use the sponge as the quality is bad. It is worst than the one I got at Watson. Instead, I use a brush to buffer on my face. It would be nice if ELF upgrade their sponge to a better one. But with only USD3, what do you expect?

Rating: 4/5

Overall, I LOVE this product. With this product I can say no-more-oily skin during the hassle day. For the price and the quality, this product worth more than those high-end brand outside. Thumb-ups for ELF Studio range.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My ELF hauls!!

After struggling for assignments due date and exams.
I almost forgot that I had some hauls weeks ago until I saw a big parcel on my table. Meanwhile I was wondering what's in it *excitedly ripped it off*

Ta Da!!
My ELF hauls!
You guys might be wondering what is ELF? ELF is stand for EyesLipsFace cosmetics.
ELF cosmetics is the premier retail source for all your makeup and beauty needs. They offered a wide range of product which only cost USD1 or USD3.

ELF Studio Lin
e product are highly raved. For it's cheap price and good quality is definitely worth every dollar you paid. Moreover, ELF is having crazy promotions nowadays. Unfortunately I've missed the 75% off sales but the 50% off sales didn't stop me. My ELF stuff in my makeup collection is expanding faster than my wallet can afford. *Pray hard they'll be another 75% off promotion*

I got myself Studio Blush Brush,Complexion Brush (as backup), Warm & Golden Bronzers, Corrective Concealer, Complexion Perfection and etc. I forgot that I've taken out my ELF Mineral Blush from the pic. I've ordered the Mineral Eye Primer (which is highly raved) but sadly is OOS.

I will soon review ELF product that I've used before this.
A parcel really brighten up my stress day. :) (Though I'm going to have another paper next Monday)

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Review: The Face Shop Raspberry Root Sleeping Mask

Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask is the top selling product of The Face Shop. This advanced lifting line formulated with Wild Himalayan Raspberry Roots instantly lifts tightens pores and re-contours the skin that lacks resilience. [Taken from TheFaceShop]

What is a sleeping mask for? A mask that you can use throughout the night while sleeping with it. Isn't the name itself sounds interesting enough? I bought this bottle of mask quite some time ago. The texture is more like a gel and it gives you a slight cooling effect. The best part is the smell of Raspberry in the mask is so decent. I love the smell!!

This must is very suitable for lazy people like me. :P The only thing you do is before going to bed, apply it on your freshly cleaned face and off to bed. Once you apply and massage to your face, it absorb into your skin. So, you don't need to worry about feeling sticky under your pillow.

I woke up in the morning and wash my face as usual. Dag!! To my surprise, my skin is so soft and supple like a baby-skin!! I LOVE THIS!! With this mask, makeup are easier to apply too. This mask actually helps lifting, tighten-pores and hydrating. When we're too lazy to have a proper mask, this mask are useful especially while traveling when your skin need more water.

Rating: 4/5

Overall this sleeping mask is very good and I love it!
The only cons I found after using it for 5months is that this mask does not seems to have much effect on me anymore and I don't know why. But one big bottle can last up to 8 months. ^^

This mask can be purchased at The Face Shop at about RM99.90. (They jacked up the price since I bought)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Review: Elianto Deep Sea Water Lip & Eye Make Up Remover

Taken from Elianto:

Deep Sea Water has good purifying effect. It helps to draw out oils and impurities, while restoring skin with minerals to aid hydration. This gentle formula easily removes all waterproof and long wearing eye makeup and lipsticks, leaving skin clean, supple and free from oil residue

This is my first product I bought from Elianto.

This makeup remover removes most of my makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliners. But it takes me more than 10minutes to remove stubborn waterproof mascara like Majorlica Majorca (MJ). (Definitely a bad thing )

As you can see, the makeup remover has good purifying effect. Therefore it does left me an oily greasy feeling which I personally do not like it. To me, this product does not sting my eyes yet to my friend it does sting theirs badly. So I can say it react differently on different skin.

The best of this product which I like is the smell. It is not heavily scented for this product compared to the other products in the same line. The smell are exactly like the sea water. (I mean a clean sea water- hehe) which is good for those who had highly sensitive skin like me!

This product are sold in most Elianto store at the price RM18+ (If I'm not mistaken). They do have promotion all the time which you can try this out.

Rating: 2/5

I've already finished my 1st bottle of this. But will I re-purchase again? NO. For the price given, I would rather find a cheaper alternative like Maybelline in term of their removal strength.

SlowBro's Beauty Profile

Hi everyone!!

This is very first entry for me new beauty blog. I've always been wanting to create one ages ago but due to my natural habit of procrastinating it's been delayed till today!! I'll be doing reviews of the products that I'm using now to contribute more information through Google. I hope the information here will be helpful to you in case you are interested in purchasing the products that I'll reviewed. ^^

What I have to say is..

Welcome to my blog!!:)

Since this is my first entry, I'll provide my beauty profile as a general information about me!!

Age: 23 on 25 September.

Skin condition: Combination. Oily in T-zone, normal in U-zone and dry in cheek areas.
Main problems: Dark eye circles, eye bags, fine lines, occasionally eczema/acne breakouts and highly sensitive skin. (Arrgh..)
No no ingredients: Mineral Oil, Fruit Extract- Pineapple

SKINCARE

Cleanser: Liquid Neutrogena, Artistry Pure White Cleanser, Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion, Hada Labo AHA/BHA Face Wash, Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Lotion.

Makeup Remover: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier, Beautymaker Eye Make Up Remover, Elianto Deep Sea Water Eye & Lips Makeup Remover, Mandom Cleansing Express Sebum, Maybelline Total Clean Makeup Remover
(I have a tendency to breakout from cleansing oil, therefore I don't use any cleansing oil)

Scrubs: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel

Masks: Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Mask, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack Plus, The Face Shop Rasberry Root Sleeping Mask and a whole lot of other sheet masks.

Toner: Artistry Pure White Toner, Simple Refreshing Toner, Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion, Shiseido Aqualabel White Lotion R

Serum: Artistry Pure White Essence, Laneige White Plus Renew Essence, Skinfood Peach Sake Serum, Lancome Blanc Expert GN White Spot Eraser, Cellnique Paramedical Intensive Hydrating Lotion, Juju Aquamoist Pure 100H Essence, Estee Lauder ANR

Moisturizer: Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel, Artistry Pure White Moisturizer, Lancome Blance Expert Whitening Hydrating Cream, Hada Labo SHA Moisturizing Cream

Sunscreen: Sunkiller Powder Milk SPF 50 PA++

MAKEUP COLOUR
Skintone: Medium fair with yellow undertone

Foundation: EDM in Olive Golden Medium, Sasa HD Foundation in Shade 4, MAC NC30, RMK 103

Favourite Blush: Peach, bronze, coral, soft pink.

Favourite Eyeshadow: Greens, Browns, Purple and Black.

Favourite Lipsticks/ Gloss Colours: Natural-nude and orange/peaches

This profile will be update from time-to-time as more products will come. :)
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