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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hauls before finals.

MAC have finally come out with their holiday collection: MAC Magic, Mirth and Mischief. I'm not going to explain more about it as there are bloggers like Jenn who has a better review.

I got myself to the nearest MAC and try on. (Bad me, I should have studying for my finals). I never really a MAC fan but I do love their blusher and MSF. :)

This collection come with 2 mineralize blushes one in Conjure up - a dirty plum which look really dirty when SA try on my cheek and Superdupernatural - a mid-tone coral (the one I bought) which look really nice on me!! :D

These blusher are all LE, and most probably dupe-able. I tried to compare the color of MAC Superdupernatural and Everyday Mineral All Smile as these two are coral colors.As you can see the color of both are different. Both suppose to be peachy tone but EDM looks more rosey while MAC's more warm. Incredibly with flash both color look almost the same (not sure is it my camera's fault). For your information, EDM and MAC both has different texture. Therefore my comparison are solely based on color comparison only.

I'm happy with my hauls though is quite an impulse for me. Do let me know how do you find the collection. I'll have to continue my studies now as next week will be my final examination. Wish me luck! (Pardon for being slow in updating my blog).

PS: The place I've been to last week for my course trip. By this, you should know where exactly is my location now. =)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Reviews: NYX Round Lipstick & Swatches

I had some declaration to make. I never ever own a lipstick before. Surprised? Nay..I only started to play with makeup early of this year which make more sense on why I don't buy any lippies. To meI'm much prefer lipgloss for the everyday-school-look.

 
But I've found my love on NYX products after getting my first NYX Round Lipstick in Circe. NYX Round Lipstick is a wonderful product!! It has a wide range of lipstick colors which I had a real trouble in choosing it. The lipsticks is creamy and easy to apply. The best part is the lipsticks is sooo affordable. For only US$1.29, I bought four colors from a spree: Jupiter, Tea Rose, Thalia, Summer Love.

Here's the swatches on my hand (NC25/30):



From Left to Right: Jupiter, Tea Rose, Thalia, Summer Love

I've taken tons of pictures and these are the nearest to the color in real life.
Jupiter are more towards purplish pink when applied on my lips. Tea Rose does not look like rose color at all. It is more like coral when applied on lips. The best I like among this are Thalia which brings out the natural lips color. I can see why is it the best selling colors. Lastly, Summer Love is a brownish nude color. (My bf hates it when I wear it. He said I look scary =.= )

Rating: 4/5

Overall, this is a very good product. The texture of the lipstick is so smooth and creamy which makes it quite mosturising. Except the lipstick came with a weird smell but I'm not very sensitive with the smell. Therefore, it's okay for me. I definitely will repurchase more color of this lipstick in future.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reviews: ELF Eye Primer and Liner sealer

It seems that I've given quite a lot of reviews on ELF. In fact, I'm in LOVE with the studio line from ELF. The products are great in term of quality and sleek professional packaging which of course the most affordable price you can get though there are a few disappointment.

I don't seems to get much reviews on this, therefore I give it a try. The ELF Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer. This product comes with two sides, the 'prime' which works as eyeshadow base/primer and the 'liner' tranforming your eyeshadow into liquid liner.




The 'prime' side sets your eyeshadow in so your color won’t fade, bleed or crease. The 'liner' side transforms your favorite eye shadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with this unique clear liquid and built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush. Use the “prime” side to create a base for your eyeshadow. Apply to the eyelid and blend in. Use the “seal” side and mix your favorite eyeshadow color in with the brush and apply to the lash line as a liner. For best results wipe off and clean applicator before closing. Remove with eye makeup remover. [From ELF website]

You can get 2 products in about a size of a tube of mascara except it is bulkier. The primer was nude and matte in color. It was like a big round crayon which you swipe on your eyelid and blend it with the fingers or a brush. One or two swipes is more than enough as too much of the primer will make it looks cakey. So far, no creasing or fading happen when I applied this on. The only bad was it does not darken the color of the eyeshadow as UDPP does. One thing I do not like is it has a strange smell, much like latex smell.

The best invention I like about this product is the sealer. It transform any of your eyeshadow into liquid liner. I tried it with lots of eyeshadow colors and it worked like magic! Black, blue, green, yellow. You named it, you get it! Can safe a lot of money from buying different colors of eyeliner with this.

The sealer comes with a stiff sharp shape which you can even draw the inner corner of your eyes. I've tried it buy using the black eyeshadow and golden eyeshadow during dinners, after 6 hours it does not smudge. NO SMUDGING even it's on my undereyes. :) The tips of the sealer can be cleaned off easily by using makeup remover. Therefore, you can used it over and over again.

Rating: 4/5

Overall I love this product. I personally hope that it just came in one product which contains only the sealer. For the price, this product is worth. Especially for those who likes to have fun with colours.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Complexion Perfection

Before I decide to purchase this, I've googled over the net and read many hypes and raves about this. I was so excited about thus but unfortunately is was a downturn to me. ELF Studio Complexion Perfection create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin. All you need to do is just blend the powder over the entire face to brighten and even out the skin tone as well as neutralize any redness.
As you can see, the product come with a black sleek and sophisticated style compact which a big mirror. The 4 colors pastel containing yellow to correct the dark eye circles, blue for highlighting, green for correcting redness and neutralising red acne scars an pink to cover the green veins and give your face a perfect radiant glow.I've tried to swatch the colors but the colors is too sheer to show up. Thus this proved that the powder is very light and sheer. I've tried using a big buffer brush to swirl the powder on my face but it did nothing. This probably works better by using the color individually.

I used the yellow shade to set my under-eye concealer and it does great. But if you expect to use the powder to cover your dark eye circles, then it might disappoint you. For the blue shade, I never try it as I'm unsure about the purpose. The pink shade is said to give a radiant glow to my face but I guess it does not show up on my NC30 skin. Do let me know if it works for fairer skin?

I used the green shade with a tapered crease brush to blend on my nose and my red acne scars.
As the color is too sheer, I have to use surprisingly a large amount to neutralise the redness. Yet, the coverage is still blah for me.

Rating: 2/5

Overall, it was quite a disappointment to me. I reckon that this is just not suitable for acne-prone skin and darker skin. But if you have a fair and good skin, this might helps you a bit in correcting the little redness and dark-eye circles. If you expect higher coverage from this, you might as well look for another concealers.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Concealer Pencil & Brush

The ELF Studio Concealer Pencil & Brush is used to conceal and heal your acne with on the spot treatment. It comes with 3 colors: fair, light and medium. The color I'm using now which is light suitable for NC30.


The ELF Studio Concealer Pencil & Brush has active Salicylic Acid & Tea Tree Oil to clear blemishes and reduce scarring (This is absolutely a plus point). The soft taklon bristle brush aids in creating a natural looking coverage under or over makeup so blemishes disappear and your true beauty shines through.

I've tried a lot of concealers in the past and none have worked very well for me. As you can see from the picture, the concealer consists of one pencil and brush. The “conceal” side of the pencil is used to cover up any unwanted blemishes or imperfections while the “blend” brush is to work the formula into the skin to create a beautiful and even coverage.
  The concealer pencil might be a bit dry when first applied. But it turns out to be creamier and easy to blend with the brush when it was applied on face. The concealer is creamy and slightly thick, therefore it is very good for covering up dark circles and any blemishes. (The picture above shows that how often I used it). While the brush is so dense and soft which is good for not hurting your pimples.
.Look at the picture above, mind you I did not do any photoshop-ing. The result was excellent!! It conceals all the pimples, blemishes and redness. I applied on my face to cover my discoloration and sometimes do use this to conceal my dark eyes circle and it did a pretty good job. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER!!!

The stick is sleek and black and looks very well made. It comes with a cap-sharpener which you can save on buying sharpeners but the sharpener seems to digs into the concealer! This left a pretty messy look on the sharpener's cap. But I have no complain on this as what more can you asked for when you can throw this in your purse or handbag which has pencil, sharpener and brush in one?!?

Rating: 4.5/5

Overall, I LOVE THIS!! The amazing result it delivers and travel-friendly size is absolutely what I want. I have two of this concealer which one is definitely stay in my handbag. Nothing can beat this especially the cheap price for US$3!! *heart*

Monday, October 05, 2009

Hauls again

The month of October is here again. Times really flies that I couldn't remember what I have done during the past few months except of spending more money. After I big hauls of my beauty mask, here's a little haul I got 2days ago.

The Queen magazine (Sept & Oct), Bio-Oil to reduce my scars (recommended by ning*star), Nivea whitening lotion (for my tan skin) and lastly my another Coffret D'or eye palette.

During the Raya holidays, I went back to my hometown and changed my skin regime. My current skin regime from Artistry is slightly giving me breakouts now. I'm not keen to consult my derm again as I bet he'll supply me with lots of antibiotics again. In the end, I got myself a set of Lancome Blanc Expert Whitening series - which costs me more than a thousand. :'( To my amazed,the product did great to my skin. (I guess the amount I paid is worth it)
To tell the truth, I hardly ever put makeup as I have a super-sensitive skin. Foundations just broke me out. I'm a skincare freak. Yet, months ago I started my new obsession on makeup (Influenced by reading lots of beauty blogs) We'll see how fast the growth of my makeup collection by next year October. :)

I wanted to get this Jill Stuart Mix Blush!! But for the price, I really need to consider hard.

Any comments? Shall I buy or not?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Back from Holidays

I've been really busy past few week that my blog have been neglected.
During Raya one week break, I went back home for holidays. My time have been fully occupied till then. When I came back university, I have tons of presentations and assignments to hand in. *Which enough to kill my sleeping time*

I got myself a BIG haul of masks during holiday break. The famous sheet mask all the way from Taiwan, My Beauty Diary Mask. :) I will review the mask soon in future.I don't remember how many pieces I bought. But it can lasts me almost 10 months if I use it everyday! (I'm a lazy person, I don't use mask that often) This sounds insane isn't it? I guess I will not have any purchase on facial mask anyhow in future.

Anyway, HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL!!
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