July 20, 2011

Drugstore Diary–First Ten

With my current picky self when it comes to choosing and purchasing cosmetics/skincare and the lot, you might think I don’t venture to drugstore though in fact, I started makeup with drugstore products and have had my fair share of trial and errors of which products reign above the rest and which have failed to impress.

Maybe with my growing mature self, now that I’ve come to like lipsticks and fragrances in the line of Coco Mademoiselle and Armani Code – I realise that some things do come with age…

Now I mustn’t astray to what I initially come to talk to you about… and that’s Drugstore products. I guess I’ll start with naming 10 first before this post gets too long…

1) Bourjois Foundations

First in the list – the brand Bourjois. I believe it’s owned by Chanel. I was introduced to this brand by my mum to be honest but I never paid much attention until I bought my very first liquid foundation, which was their 10 Hour Sleep Effect.

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I loved it. I even finished a bottle and purchased a second bottle – that’s when my adventurous makeup enthusiast self went and ventured out to other foundations. However though, if I’d to pick a drugstore foundation, I’d definitely would like to try theirs. I’ve been thinking of trying the Healthy Mix – though one little thing I have about the foundation is the longevity. It’s just not as longlasting as how I’d like my foundation to be and for my usage purposes. Apart from that, a great foundation.

2) Maybelline mascaras

I think we can all agree on this – no?

Some of my favourites include: (note all are in Waterproof formula, I’ve never tried non waterproof ones)

- Full ‘n’ Soft
- The Falsies
- The Falsies Black Drama
- Lash Stiletto
- Lash Stiletto Voluptuous

3) Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

I discovered this sort of an accident. The shade I use, which is Fair (Light 0-1) is not even sold in normal Priceline or Chemist stores. I think they must have discontinued it for whatever reason I know nothing of, but it’s my shade so I’m sticking with it. There’s only 1 store that sells it and it’s Cosmetics Plus (it’s like a discounted cosmetics retail store chains), and retailing at much cheaper price too – so it’s a steal what a deal!

I remember finishing my very first powder pan and guess what, I still keep the empty pan. It’s a bit of a proud moment, I must say. Hahaha…

What do I like about it? It leaves your skin looking flawless and smooth without looking cakey. It actually blends real nice after my skin produces its own little oilyness and the reaction of the two gives a natural finish that is matte but not too matte. And if you need to touch up later, it won’t look cakey yackety!

Y’all know what this looks like – one of Maybelline’s most famous powder, I must say! I was skeptical initially but now … it really is a dream matte powder.

4) Bifacil/Bilayer Eye Makeup Remover

Whichever way you want to call it, I am referring to the two layers kind of makeup remover. I use waterproof mascaras and I believe that this type of remover works best in removing them.

Neutrogena has one, Garnier has one, Face of Australia has one, L’oreal has one – but so far I’ve only used Neutrogena, Face of Australia and Garnier ones, and you can really get Garnier cheaper for more product so I just tend to buy that one even though I’ve repurchased the Neutrogena bottle for the gazillionth of times as well. For a great alternative, the Face of Australia one is really nice as well. You can easily find them literally everywhere at Priceline and every Chemists or Pharmacies that sell the brands.

A very slight residue of the oil you might not like but I am not bothered by it one bit. So there.

5) Face of Australia products

To be honest I was pleasantly surprised when I first ventured into this Australian brand, which I always used to pass – mainly due to its unwelcoming display section in every Priceline stores I’ve come to. Don’t be fooled by that, their products have improved so much that I would straight off recommend their products if you’re interested in trying out some Australian cosmetics brand.

Some of my favourites would be:

- High Definition Liquid Eyeliner Pen ~ in a pen form, easy to use, no mess, long lasting no joke, waterproof, budgeproof, smudgeproof. Comes in Black or BrownFOAliner

- Anti-Ageing Stick Foundation ~ is a great multipurpose stick that you can use as foundation or as concealer. It does smell a little bit of old people to me… so if you’re sensitive about it… smell it first

- Mineral Therapy Liquid Foundation ~ if only the colour was better matched to me but Honey Beige was the closest I could get to my skintone. Apart from that little flaw, this is a really nice lightweight with medium coverage that is easily buildable without looking cakey. Comes in travel friendly plastic bottle with a nozzle to squeeze the product.

- Mechanical Lipliner with inbuilt sharpener! How clever, how neat!

FOAliplinerTheir eye makeup remover is great too, as aforementioned.

6) Revlon nail polishes

I’ll tell you my first adventure with nail polishes were in high school and they were Revlon nail polishes. When you can get them at $5 a pop at selected stores they are such great buy when you have OPI that retails for $19.95 for 1. Although, I believe Revlon nail polishes normally would retail for around $13.95-$15.95! I personally would not buy them at that price and wait for the sale or if you find them at discounted cosmetics stores.

They really are nice.

7) Manicare Stippling Brush & Manicare Precision Blending Sponge

I generally would not care much for the brand Manicare if not for these 2 items I have, which I love. P1050815The Stippling Brush

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Both – I’m sure you’ve seen elsewhere and other brands make them too. MAC and Beauty Blender in particular. But I don’t own those and I own these. They are my babies now and they do so well in helping me in using Illamasqua cream blushers, its major purpose. And blending my concealers and foundation especially around the nose and under the eyes and anywhere – is now so much easier with the sponge.

The Manicare stippling brush is available at Target, while Manicare sponge I believe you can find them at Priceline and any other Chemists/Pharmacists.

8) Lifebuoy Antibacterial Liquid Hand Wash

I told my mum one night that I cannot live without this hand wash for it really does a lot more than just cleansing my hands. Not only it is antibacterial and cleanse my hands from the day’s dirt! it works as sponge/brushes/face cloth cleanser too! With this baby, all came off and my face cloth, my sponges are clean. I like you, I really do…

9) Vaseline Body Lotion

Inexpensive for such a huge pump bottle – this is an all year round investment which I think is a great buy. I’m loving the Yellow bottle and the Brown one (which is the Cocoa Butter formula). Yes they’re not meant to be travel friendly, but that’s why they invented the smaller bottles, y’know. They absorb into the skin without feeling tacky or sticky and actually moisturises!

10) Sukin Natural Skincare

Looking for an affordable inexpensive drugstore natural skincare that smells like orange peel? This is it. Too much to ask? Not really. The price made my jaw dropped, I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it is! That’s right. When it was on sale, it came down to only around $7.99 per bottle of cleanser or moisturiser. Yes you do have to pay more for their Rosehip oil or the Eye Treatment but probably around the $15-$19.99 mark? That’s reasonable when you know there are Rosehip oils out there that retails for $30-$45+… and similar cleansers retailing for 3x the price. Its deodorant smells like orange peel as well (and I adore this scent) and it’s priced even cheaper at maybe around $6… I cannot remember, I purchased mine when it was on sale and it had reduced to around $4.60ish. Oh and they have a Toning Mist which would work best as refresher too.

I do have my other preferences when it comes to other kinds of products and for any further questions – do feel free to request or ask =)

xoxo

July 18, 2011

Current Eyeshadows Lemmings…

Something’s in the air tonight and something’s in the way eyeshadows grab my attention lately. Have I ever told you lately that I have a lemming for a couple or a few eyeshadow palettes? Yes, I’m into palettes lately, those you can grab and go, travel friendly and everyday anyday kind of use.

First we have…

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Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette

I love Urban Decay eyeshadows, I do. I now have 2 of their palettes and this palette would be just perfect in terms of best of both worlds as it has the pops of colors yet have the neutral smoky everyday anyday anytime colors. The packaging of it wins a place in my heart too.

Then we have…

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Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Topkapi

Chocolates! Haha… They look like beautiful dark chocolate, milk chocolate, golden chocolate… haha… I believe this is from the Fall 2011 collection. These colors are so yummy… the classic colors that I can see myself going back to for years to come. Boring, you may say, but see the swatches (see temptalia) and to me, they scream out “delicious!”

Aaanndd…

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Inglot 10 Squares Eyeshadow Palette

Filled – not empty haha… well, this would be quite an ultimate palette, won’t it – when I finally decide what colors to fill it with. A highlighter, an eyebrow color perhaps, a contour, an all over lid color, dash of color here there… hehehe anyway, I just love the fact that you’re given the choice for a reasonable price for such quality. Either this… or …

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Gorgeous Cosmetics pan

this… They have another pan of 8 but I’m on the fence whether to get a set of 8 or a set of 4, a quad might work quite nice rather than 8. I really like their color pro – the quality and the pigmentation and the longevity are just stunning, in my opinion. This, however, what I really like about their “color pro” line is that they can be eyeshadows, they can be blushes, they can also be used on your lips (well, if you really need to) and on your brows if the color is right. That’s why they’re called color pro, instead of simply eyeshadows or blushes.

Well… that’s it, really. I’m loving having the palette ready to go and it’s much easier to choose from when you’re applying your makeup, or applying makeup to someone else. By now, I’ve also come to be rather picky with what eyeshadows I like, what blushes I like, things like that, y’know…

Oh, and guess what, Inglot and Gorgeous Cosmetics will be in IMATS Sydney this September. I shall wait till then! Squeeal!

xoxo

Photos credit to temptalia, gorgeous cosmetics, inglot australia.

Mani Monday: Pink Tiger

It's Monday again!
How time flies... How was your weekend, everyone? I spent my days resting, partly due to my recent loss at the battle against flu.

And being Monday you know what that means - it's Mani Monday!! This time I used Revlon Pink Again as the all over base color then used Rimmel Grey Matter to do the uneven dots across.

Enjoy..
Have a great week y'all!
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July 11, 2011

POTD Sushi Train

This is my kind of sushi.. Sashimi.. Aburi kinds.. :) I know while people across me get spring rolls and calamari rings.. Well.. No comment.

xoxo
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Mani Monday: Blue Bare

I’m lost for words as to what to call this combination of color… it’s neutral yet I’m loving the little dot of color pop.

I’ve been wearing my nails bare for the past several weeks… and even this might not last till the end of the week… it makes me smile just looking at my nails like this. So I thought I’d share what’s on my nails right now.

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Have a lovely week everyone!

What’s on your nails =)

xoxo

FOTD Libido Lips

A look I like to wear.. And to test out Illamasqua cream blusher in "Libido" on lips.

Fresh and clean :)

xoxo
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July 10, 2011

FOTD & POTD–Winter Sunday

A little quick fotd =)




What’s on my face:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation SPF15 in O20 Natural Light Ochre
Benefit Hello Flawless Powder in Never Settle (Petal)
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Libido
ELF Matte Bronzer to contour

Everyday Minerals eye shadows in Countryside, Movie Night, Butterfly Kisses
(thought I make use with what I have… they are so messy though… ugh)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black
topped with Everyday Minerals loose eyeliner in Weeping Willow
(omgosh the mess this makes, but such gorgeous dark navy matte color)
Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof in Black
Brows: Gorgeous Cosmetics pro color in a dark brown shade, which I don’t know the name of because it’s not stated in the pan (but I will find out soon!)
Benefit Brow Gel

Lips… bare
Only topped with lip treatment ointment
Oralife Peppermint Lip Treatment

I had yumcha with the girls in the city… in town… and head to a quaint cafĂ© at West End called Three Monkeys… and I had the best Blueberry Brule Cheesecake… with the accompaniment of a Chai Tea in a bowl… something I truly appreciate for a cold windy Winter afternoon like today. And the picture of the day goes to…

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A bowl of hot Chai and that Blueberry Brule Cheesecake! Did I say… Yuuummmmyyyy!!

Stay warm (for those in winter)
Stay cool (for those in summer)
(Puns intended)

xoxo

July 8, 2011

Just Sharing: Spot Cleaning My Brushes

How’s everyone been? Can’t believe it’s already the weekend – yay!

Well, since I use my makeup brushes every single day, it’s good to spot clean them especially because you know there would be some leftover deposit of color or product from the previous application. Some may be okay, but if say you’re trying to put on a highlighter and there was a black eyeshadow on that brush – wouldn’t that be something! Hah!

So here I take you with me… while I spot clean my brushes… just a quick video to share what I do… and a little ramble I suppose… just because I ‘d like to communicate with y’all :)

July 7, 2011

FOTD Clip 7th of the 7th

So I thought I’d put up a quick shot of Face of the Day…




Products used…

Foundation: Shiseido Perfect Refining Liquid Foundation in O20 (Natural Light Ochre)
Concealer: None – used foundation to spot conceal and even out undereye areas
Powder: Benefit Hello Flawless in Never Settle (Petal)
Cheeks: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Laid ; ELF Matte Bronzer (contour)
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette in colors Virgin, Naked, Buck
Eyeliner: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner
False Eyelashes: ES
Lips: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Laid topped with Chanel Glossimer in 148 Petit Peche

The ES lashes were okay, wouldn’t say the best I’ve had but for the price I think they’re quite good. Would definitely wear them for special occasions, parties or night out. Not for a whole day wear sorta thing…

I notice there’s a bump on my right eye where I had lined the eyeliner… Hahaha!! Looks like a fly stuck on my eye… okay, that’s not exactly nice but you can’t see it when I have my eyes open. Didn’t realise it until the video was recorded. Aaahhhnnnyywayyy….!!

Teaser: Might put up a little tutorial of how I achieved the eyes… might be simple to some of you, might be helpful to some.

It’s Winter here in Australia… that it gets to around 5-7degrees at night time. It’s summer on the other part of the globe!!

Hope you enjoyed that little clip of the day… have a wonderful one wherever you are.

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me with my own money unless stated. Elf Matte Bronzer was given to me as a blog prize. ES Lashes were provided for review consideration.

What’s In My Bag Tag

I got tagged by Yolly from shoppingintervention awhile back in her post on What’s In My Bag and only manage to post this up now. Sooowwrrreeee!! I did try to record few times – they failed. So I prayed that when I tried to upload this last night it worked. And it did… so at least it did! Yay!

So there we have it! My first video on What’s In My Bag…

xoxo

July 5, 2011

Are you wearing Falsies? Why, I Am!

I recently replaced my mascara and decided to try out the new Black Drama by Maybelline… and if you think this looks like The Falsies – indeed it’s an extension of that. It’s called The Falsies Black Drama!

Fyi, my lashes are the typical poker straight Asian lashes. However, apart from that little flaw, I actually like my lashes… a lot. They just need the extra eyelash curler tweaking and mascara and I’m happy. Of course if you are after a more dramatic, more visible lashes effect… I’d say go for actual false lashes… However, as you could probably guess by now… the ‘falsies’ in the title actually refers to Maybelline The Falsies mascara. I have this in Black Drama waterproof. Always waterproof to keep my curls lasts!!

What’s a review with no photos to prove… right?

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As you can see… they’re there… but I look… not so awake…

Then…

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=) And that was just 1 coat! Imagine if I go all out with several coats!

Maybelline Falsies Black Drama

I think you would be able to tell from the above picture… what difference a mascara makes. If you guess that the eye on the left (my right) is the one with the mascara - spot on!!

Apology for the cross-eyed looks… I tried to focus on the lens and now I look retarded. Oh well… at least you can see how the lashes are like! And if you're wondering what eyebrow product I was using here, I had used Guerlain Eyebrow Definition Pencil in Brun (03) and topped it with Benefit Brow Gel.

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They’re now available at your local chemist, pharmacy, Priceline, anywhere that sells Maybelline. At the moment, they’re AUD$11.99 at Chemist Warehouse!

What’s your mascara of the moment?

xoxo

Disclaimer: I purchased the product with my own money.

Just Sharing:- Light My Way

Do you take public transport? Do you walk home at night? Are you scared that the pathway isn’t lit properly? Or even lit at all?!

Yes. Yes and Yes for me. I take public transport all the time and always so annoyed that some juvenile delinquents always tend to wreck the pathway lightings and some areas aren’t even lit at all! Argh!

Comes this handy little thing…

LED Light

It is surprisingly bright enough to light my way home! Yay!! It weighs nothing, seriously, and you can just attach your keys or whatnot to it…

Well, you know, I just thought I’d share what’s been essential in my bag these days… I thought I’d do separate individual posts of it… just reviewing each items.

Just sharing…

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Disclaimer: The product was a gift from a friend who was thoughtful enough to think I would need this to light my way home. This post was in no way affiliated with any brand or companies. I am not paid for this post.