Monday, February 28, 2011

Tag: Hollywood celebrity inspired makeup look - Cyndi Lauper

I didn't noticed I was tagged by Yana to do Hollywood celebrity inspired makeup look. I'm not in anyway a beauty guru, more to a padawan XD (sorry for geeky reference). Pepper being Pepper, I choose to do Cyndi Lauper. I feel comfortable doing Cyndi's 80s look than doing the current glamour look of Hollywood celebrities. Oh ya, before someone says Cyndi is not a Hollywood celebrity but a singer, she's an actress too. Just check out her entry in Wikipedia to see her filmography.
(pic source : Wikipedia)

Since I'm still in 80s makeup fever I pick Cyndi Lauper's look from her album cover for the song Time After Time. The look is typical of 80s look. People literally paint their face with bright colours, in this case, bright orange eyes and hot pink cheeks.

So, my interpretation limited to all that I have in my makeup stash. So I couldn't help not making it looking exactly like Cyndi's pic. To begin with, the orange I have is far more intense and more shimmery than the one observed in the picture above. There are lot more difference, so let the picture do the talk.

So yeah, that's the inspired look from Cyndi Lauper. I'm done with the tag, yippie!

Lucas Papaw...

according to my bf....LOL, this not gonna be a proper review since I'm not the one who tried it. My bf just moved to Australia few weeks ago. In FB chat, he complained to me that his lips was so dry and chapped that it hurts when he drinks. I think it might be to due cold dry air compared to warm humid weather in Malaysia. He ask me what to do, so I thought since he's in Australia, he might as well give Lucas Papaw a try.

He applied it (in his word 'sapu ja') on every morning before class and few days later, no more dry chapped lips. According to him, Lucas Papaw have noticeable scent, but not too much. To know how good Lucas Papaw is, I ask him if his lips is kissable, he replied

"yep, ramai ladies suka punya la". (Yeap, lots of ladies liking it for sure)

loyar buruk pulak

The main reason why Lucas Papaw works is because of petroleum jelly in its ingredients. Petroleum jelly work as barrier that prevents further lose of moisture on the skin. More than 90% of Lucas Papaw I believe is petroleum jelly. The fermented papaya is only in very small percentage. After all, too much of the enzyme is also not good.

Have anyone tried Lucas Papaw? The reviews are mostly positives, I'm interested in giving it a try.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Not EOTD - Purple and Green

'Not EOTD' is tag for eye looks that experimental, which means not the kind look I put on for daily activity.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February Empties and 10 Pan Project Update

Got quite a few of product empties this month. Four (one not included in the pic) are from my 10 pan project list. I'm not gonna elaborate on the empties this month. Nothing much to say about it after all.

10 Pan Project Update

I broke the shopping ban twice this month. The first one is because I need to get long wearing foundation that actually match my skin tone. All the foundation or base that I have right now are too dark, or too light, or too ashy or too pink for me. The second time is during my trip to KL, you can read about it here.

I managed to finished up 4 items.
  1. Egyptian Magic Cream in sample jar
  2. Sassy Styling Lotion in travel jar
  3. Shower gel in travel bottle (I can't remember the product name)
  4. Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream in sample jar
But lost another 2 items out of the 10 items. Tsk tsk tsk...
  1. ELF Essential Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 Watermelon
  2. Nivea Lip Care Velvet Rose
I'm gonna toss Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Very Black away since it more than 3 months since I first open it.

So I'm left with
  1. Clinique High Impact SPF 15 Lipstick Honey Blush
  2. Silkygirl Blusher Honeywood
  3. ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder Rosy Beige
Until I find the two that I lost. LOL.

For now I'm not gonna add any product to the list since I don't think I have product that need to finished up soon.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day everyone. ^_^

February Favourites

Picture (from left to right, top to bottom)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - EVOO is now officially my must-have. I use this to remove makeup mostly. I also used it as hair mask, moisturiser and many other stuff.
  • CK Euphoria Intense EDT for Men - I would describe this perfume as woody oriental. The silage is rather strong for the first 10 minutes and toned down to almost nothing after 2 hours or so. Need to reapply, but I don't mind since I like the top note of this perfume.
  • The Body Shop Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel - Very soothing and refreshing. The best thing is that it works improving appearance of fine lines under my eyes. Only costs RM26 for 15ml.
  • The Body Shop Clarifying Toner - This toner actually works in reducing and controlling oil. Can be a lil bit drying, so can't skip moisturiser.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge - I finish this sample in about two weeks. Really love how light and moisturising it is. Sadly, it is too expensive to pruchase the full size product.
  • UDPP - Another definite must-have. I don't think I need to say more since this product is very well known.

Not EOTD - Bright Colors

An experiment with bright colours. The eyeliner, ugh! I hate it. I'm still sucks with doing winged eyeliner. As usual, need more practice.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Something 80s V2

Yesterday's "Something 80s" for me doesn't seem to do justice for the 80s makeup. So what 80s looks all about? Well, to begin with is bright colorful eye makeup paired with strongly contoured cheeks. Not to forget equally bright eye-catching lipstick and side-sweep hair. The hair most of the time are curly and voluminous.

This time I managed to nail the look. Of course there are more that can be improve, but I'm contented, especially with the eyeshadow. The only thing I would change is the blusher. I should piled on more blusher cos it look washed out in the pics.

I'm pretty sure this not gonna be last of "Something 80s" look. 80s makeup is too colorful and fun to be done only once or twice.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Something 80s?

I actually tried to recreate look from YouTuber, manwomanfilm's tutorial. Click here for the tutorial link. I tried twice, sadly, my skill is not enough to recreate the look. Furthermore, my eyes too small to recreate that dynamic line she create with her eyeshadow.

Somehow, the eye look I'd done reminds me a lot of the looks from the 80s. So, I slap on tonnes of blusher, contour like no tomorrow and find the brightest lipstick in my stash. Put on bright clothing and swipe my frizzy hair to one side.

So what do you think? Does this look like something from 80s?

Rant: I want NAKED palette!!!

I want Sleek palette, I want Wet n Wild Color Icon palette too. I also want tonnes of NYX single eyeshadows. But more than anything, I want Naked palette. Yes, the Naked palette, the one everybody wants to get their hands on but somehow out of stock all the time.

Dem Urban Decay, stop torturing me...huhu. Why don't you stop produce other thing and start making gazzilions of NAKED palette, make sure it's available everywhere so there are no chance for those in E(vil)bay to take advantage with super high price. And I want the palette with the eyeliner instead of the brush. Yes, Pepper want no brush, she want pencil.

*sigh* I'd done my calculation, to get Naked palette, I need to prepare around RM230-250. I want the palette so badly that I'm not gonna get any other palettes. That includes the Sleek and WnW Color Icon *whine*. I got to settle down with ELF quads and one NYX single in Black at least until the makeup shopping ban ends. Urban Decay, you better make sure the palette is in stock in May. I don't want to continually be in state of depression whenever I see a blogger squeal in joy when they finally got their Naked palette. I want to enjoy that moment too!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review and NOTD: MNY (Maybelline New York) my Varnish

MNY is a line from Maybelline focused on younger audience with brighter color, fancy packaging and cheaper price. This brand debut in Europe and I'm pretty sure it is not in Malaysia, at least yet. You can check out the website here

To the product itself, these two nail polishes are pretty good. It is easy to apply and does not chipped easily. I have it on for about a week with minimal chipping at the edge of my nails. The purple applied slightly easier than the pink one. The products not opaque enough that I need at least three coat to make sure there are no bald spots. Oh ya, before I forget, I got these nail polishes from swap with Aisyah. Thanks ^^,
Purple (553), Pink (008A)

In the picture above, on my thumbs nail, I apply the purple (553) over dark green nail polishes. I'm not sure if shown in the picture, the purple nail polish have pink shimmer.The other one is bubblegum pink with no glitter or shimmer.

I think that is all I got to say about this products. Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

FOTD: No Brushes (almost), No Foundation, Neutral Eyes and Red Lips

I was wondering, can I do a look without using brushes? Actually I can. The only brushes I used are the one from ELF Eyebrow Kit to fill in my brow and mascara wand.
Other than that, I apply concealer, eyeshadow, blusher, bronzer and highlighter using my fingers. Handy indeed (pun intended).
Pardon me, but I skip foundation for this look. There you go, all the blemishes on my face with all its glory.
Obviously, the eye makeup are very imprecise, but it would do if I'm in a pinch. You know like forget to bring brushes during travel or something.

Showing some love to products from Asia.

Aisyah question gives me an idea to do this post. As I run around my room like a silly girl gathering products from asian brands, I noticed I only have one for skin care. And that one is given free from Sasa. The last time I remember (it was years ago) using facial skincare product from asian brands was Biore facial wash and facial scrub from Malaysian local brand (sorry, I can't remember which one).

Anyhoo, lets leave the memory lane and come take a lot of what I have in my stash.

Lets start with Daiso. Daiso is basically like a japanese dollar store. Some of the product manufactured in Japan, some in China. In Malaysia, each item cost RM5. Even though the price is cheap, most of the item quality is actually not bad.
Picture (from back to from, left to right):
  • Where else you can get airless pump bottle at RM5 per unit? The quality is good and I think it could last many usage.
  • Oil blotting paper - 300 sheets for RM5 and it works. It's not the best, but I'm contented with this one.
  • Detergent for puff and sponge that clean like no other. I used for my makeup brush leaving it squeaky clean, literally.
  • Facial brush -Who need Clarisonic when you have this from Daiso. Softer than its The Body Shop counterpart.
  • Eyeliner Coat and Eye Brow Coat- Benefit SheLaq dupe for RM5. I actually think it's better than Benefit SheLaq.
From back to front, left to right
  • Nature Republic Tropical Ocean Body Mist (Coconut) - This body mist have pleasant scent of coconut and last quite long for a body mist. I bought this when I still couldn't afford an EDT/EDP. About RM50 for 130ml
  • Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream - I don't actually have a foundation that match my skin properly and this BB cream is closest to it than everything else that I have. This stuff actually work lightening my skin tone and best of all, it doesn't make my skin break out.
  • Silkygirl Blusher (Honeywood) - The blusher that starts my love for anything corally or peachy. Silkygirl is Malaysian brand, used to be known as 'wet and wild', but not related at all to US WetnWild.
  • Sasa Smart White Regenerating Night Cream - I haven't tried this yet. The cream is made in Korea. Cost RM75 for 50ml. I received this free with purchase of CK EDT.
  • Hashmi Kajal - Honestly, the only eyeliner I can pull off is cream eyeliner. But having a kajal to play with is good change. Too bad my oily lid cause this smudge like crazy, even over primer . Made in Pakistan. Cost from RM2 to RM8. I received this from swap with Aisyah (Thanks ^^,).
Now this ladies are some serious hair styling products from Asia. Sassy I believed is Malaysian brand and this styling lotion is da bomb! I have this bottle for almost three years. Why? Because a lil really goes a long way with this goodness. The best thing is, this styling lotion make my hair softer after I wash it off. Sometimes, when my hair is too dry, I just apply this lotion generously and let it overnight. The next morning, I wash it off, and taa-daa! Soft hair!

The can at the bottom is Gatsby Super Hard Set & Keep Spray. Gatsby is from Japanese Mandom Corp. This hair spray is serious stuff. I used this when my hair refused to behave. It really set and keep your hair that if you apply too much, you hair feels hard like stone. Take alil work to wash it off, so I used it sparingly. Other product that I used from Gatsby is the hair rubber. I used it when my super short.

Now, these two are goodness from Indonesia.
  • Ellips Hair Vitamin cost RM4.00++ per blister. It works and it's considerably cheap.
  • Sumber Ayu Lulur Mandi (Body Scrub) cost RM4.30 for 230g. It's cheap, but it works great, leaving my skin smooth after each use. Loving it so much that I ask my mum to send me 6 tubs at one go.

My real love with asian brands is for the nail polishes. In picture above are nail polishes from
  • Two bottles on the left are pasar malam (night market) one made in Thailand. Not bad.
  • Two bottles in the middle are from Elianto, a Malaysian brand. I got this from RM1 a bottle. No complaint.
  • Two bottles on the right are from Etude House, a Korean brand. The cute bottle make my heart squeal in joy when I first saw it.
Now, all these are from The Face Shop, a Korean Brand. Most of this nail polishes I have for over a year and they are still good. Loving these babies.

Ok, I think that is all I got in my collection. Not much, but I admit I have more stuffs from US and UK, especially goodies from ELF and The Body Shop.

I'd shown you mine. Now tell me, what beauty products you have that come from Asia and what you think about it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Moisture Surge, I'd always wanted to try this product, but unwilling to fork out RM160 for 50ml without testing it out first. When I ask for sample of this product, the Clinique SA run out of the sample and gave me sample of All About Eyes instead. I finally got the chance when I received Clinique mail with card to redeem free sample. Luckily Moisture Surge sample was in stock when I redeem it.

The sample comes in jar packaging, similar with the full size product. As usual, I wish it's in airless pump bottle or squeeze tube. The product itself is in light salmon color with faint scent, I'm don't know how describe the scent.It is oil-free formulation that is suitable for any skin type or climate. Texture of this product is much lighter than DDML but heavier than DDM Gel. The product spread on the skin smoothly leaving silky soft feeling on the skin. Compared to DDMGel containing dimethicone as main base, Moisture Surge have cyclopentasiloxane (CPS) instead. CPS is a type of silicone that has light consistency which makes it spread and spread other substance mixed with it easily. CPS is volatile, thus it evaporated and leave behind a silky soft feel on your skin. CPS is said to be more effective than dimethicone which may explains why Moisture Surge is better than DDM Gel.

Besides CPS, other ingredients includes plant based extracts from birch bark, lady's thistle, green tea, aloe, extracts or ferment from microbes such as yeast and Thermus thermophillus, hyaluronic acid, caffeine, dimethicone, glycerine, lecithin, sucrose, etc. You can always check online for ingredients full list.

From my experience using this product, I could actually observe CPS on action. When I first applied the product, it feels thick and wet but spread easily, and within 2 minutes, the thick and wet feeling gone leaving well moisturised skin that feels soft and supple. The softness and suppleness last for a long time. As example, I applied it around 10pm and wake up the next day, 8 hours later with my skin still have that *boing-boing* suppleness.

Since using this product, my skin become less oily over time, this show that the product really moisturise well. Since my skin is well moisturise, less oil produced. Awesome huh!? This product also doesn't cause my skin to break out which is always a good point.

There are only two negatives I can find from this product, first is the packaging, second is the steep price for small volume. For comparison purpose, DDMGel cost RM150 for 125ml. Moisture Surge cost RM160 for 50ml.

Would I purchase this product in full size? I don't know, it's just too expensive. I love this moisturiser, but for a student budget, I might have to settle with only DDMGel first.

Would I recommend it? If you have RM160 to spare, why don't! Just make sure you're not allergic to the product. On second thought, it's better to find cheaper dupe. I bet there are cheaper and better products out there. Moisture Surge is simply overpriced.


No no~ I don't do advertisement...LOL

I'm sorry to overwhelmed you readers with review about Clinique's product. Kinda crazy to have so much posts about one brand in a short time period.

No, I'm not doing it because someone paid me to do it. I just feel like doing it. It's really about doing it now, or much much later. I've been wanted to write the review about 3-step skin care system products since December last year, but I managed to procrastinate, until this week.

I'm gonna go through with it as fast as possible and move on to other brands. I still have three Clinique products to review and after that, I have Etude House, The Body Shop, Skin79, ELF, NYX, Kryolan, Nature Republic, The Face Shop, etc, to review. Woo hoo!

Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This one is the only product from the 3-step skin care system that I actually like. I even used it to revived dried up cream eyeliner, read about it here.

There are lotion version of this moisturiser and I'd tried from sample given during Clinique workshop last year. I find Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or DDML is too heavy for my oily. It simply doesn't "sink" into my skin and leave a layer of film that make me feel suffocated. Whenever I used DDML, I'll blot the excess and then only I proceed to other step.

When I bought the full size product, I got the gel version, DDM Gel. It look very similar to original version, the packaging, the product color, even the scent. It come it a bottle with a very awesome pump. I find it is very easy to control how much product to take out with this pump. From a tiny dot to a full pump. The pump comes with a cap instead of lock mechanism that is used for the facial soap.The texture of this DDM Gel is incredibly light. So light that at times, I thought 1 pump is not enough. Actually 1 pump is adequate for the whole face. The main ingredient includes dimethicone (silicone oil) that gives it the smooth slippery feel of silicon based facial primer. With much lighter texture and oil-free formula, this product works great for my combination/oily skin and in humid weather.

Once applied, this product "sink" right into my skin, making it feel hydrated and smoother. The product works well as day moisturiser, but too light as night cream. Besides working as facial moisturiser, I find it also work great as a quick fix to dry hair. I simply apply it on damp hair like leave-on conditioner. I also applied it on my lips as quick fix to chapped lips, it works like magic for that purpose.

Reapplying the product few times doesn't make it feel heavy, it simply "sink" onto my skin. The formulation doesn't cause my skin to break out. It also doesn't caused clogged pores (it's something else that clogged my pores last time).

Despite the name, there's nothing dramatic about this product. It is just a very good moisturiser. Nothing more, nothing less. It come close at being a HG item, but doesn't make it.

Eventho the initial cost during purchase quite high, RM150 for 125ml, it last a very long time, I used it since October 2010 and I still left with about 1/4 in the bottle.

Would I repurchase? Of course! it works and a bottle last a long time. A perfect day moisturiser for my combo/oily skin

Would I recommend it? If you have combination/oily skin, or simply live in a very humid place, give this product a try.

Review: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

According to the Clinique SA, this toner is their star product. Clinique claimed this product is difference maker in their 3-step skin care system. The selling point is gentle exfoliation (chemical exfoliation) that remove dull dead skin cell revealing healthier layer skin. This product is formulated for those with combination oily skin.

The ingredient includes whole lots of denatured alcohol (ugh), water, glycerin, witch hazel, butylene glycol, salicylic acid, acetyl glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and some other ingredients including colorings.

It come in a simple packaging, with screw top bottle that I hate a lot. For a quite expensive product, a pump should be included. Clinique can make cleanser and moisturiser with good pump, why not package the toner the same way!? Anyway, the bottle design cause a lot wastage. So I decant some in a smaller pump bottle and I noticed I used the same volume for a longer period.

This toner have strong alcohol scent since it is mainly denatured alcohol. When I first applied it, it stings and dried up my skin, after a week, my skin starts to tolerate the toner better. It is important to apply this toner gently, don't rub it hard or your skin will be so irritated and it become red and it sting. See how harsh it is?

I use this product since early October 2010. I have high expectation for this product and I'm very disappointed. It does work in reducing pimples, but it does very little in reducing blackheads and whiteheads. Not much oil control too. Even with claims of gentle daily exfoliation, I didn't see my skin becoming smoother from the use of this product. I don't like the fact that it is drying. In a nut shell, it's not a miracle worker, nor it is the difference maker. Furthermore, I suspect the chemical exfoliation is not enough since my clogged pores is not reduced with used of this products. Only after I includes physical exfoliation in my skin care routine that clogged pores dramatically reduced. So much for the toner helps unclogging pores. I'm so disappointed.

I concluded that this particular clarifying lotion is harsh for my skin, so I ask the Clinique SA advise for toner with least amount of alcohol, but she keep pushing me to get the same one or the one from anti-blemish solutions range when she see my post-acne blemish infested cheeks. I end up buying nothing from her, and bought The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying that claim to work for combination oily skin, but much less harsher than it's Clinique counterpart.

I would not repurchase it since there are tonnes of toner out there that works better than this one, at cheaper price too. I also would not recommend this one due to it's high content denatured alcohol.


I think I have to stress it here that I'm disappointed with this toner due to many outrages claims that Clinique made about their toner. It's just a toner. Nothing special, at least for me.

For comparison purpose, this Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 cost RM115 for 400ml. So, that is RM28.75 per 100ml

Meanwhile, The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner (pretty much the same purpose minus the exfoliation properties) cost RM 38 for 200ml. So that is RM19 per 100 ml.

So that is RM9.75 difference for 100ml.

p.s: It's not that I hate Clinique, I do love some of their products, but this toner in particular is not up to my liking.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Shop Oily Skin Formula

[For review of this cleanser in Mild version, click here. ]I bought this product early October 2010 and I used almost everyday ever since. It comes in pump bottle for 200ml and squeeze tube for smaller volumes or samples. I adore the pump, you can easily control how much product you want to pump out. The pump design is very neat. It also have lock mechanism that help prevents wastage.
It have typical consistency of liquid soap. It's clear with faint scent. To use this product, I pump tiny bit onto my palm, mix it with some water, lather it and rub it lightly on my face. Usually I do this twice. The first time is to remove all the dirt, makeup residue and sebum. The second one is to clean the skin. If I'm wearing heavy makeup, I'll repeat as necessary until the rinsing water is clear.

You don't need to use whole pump to clean your face, 1/4 or 1/3 of a pump is enough. Just remember to lather it up before using it on your face. Diluted with enough water, it would lather up nicely with small bubbles that is great for picking impurities on your skin surface.
I'm a firm believer of double cleansing, use makeup remover first, then the facial cleanser. I would never feel my skin is clean with I skip either one. From my experience using this facial cleanser, it's not enough to remove your makeup. I learn this the hard way. My skin break out when I skip the makeup remover. However, if I double cleanse, this facial cleanser will remove makeup residue effectively. Another thing to take note of is that this product doesn't remove waterproof products, unlike my old The Body Shop cleanser.

It's a no-nonsense product. At times, I feel this cleanser is a lil drying for my oily skin and it make my skin feels little tight, but the oil control properties is not much. It does great job cleansing and make my skin feels fresher

Eventho it cost a little high during initial purchase (RM78 for 200ml), it last for a very long time. I'd been using this bottle for about 5 months and I still have 1/3 left. This could easily last for one year if I learn earlier that 1 pump is too much. Would I repurchase? Maybe. It's good, but not great.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

This facial shop is not much different from the one for oily skin formula. You can read review for oily skin formula version here.

But of course this version as its name say is much milder. I can feel that it's milder since it doesn't make my skin feel dry and tight after washing my face. Just like the other version, a lil goes a long way and it lather up easily to tiny tiny bubbles. I prefer this mild version better than the oily skin formula. Usually, Clinique samples comes in 7ml volume, for this product however, the sample comes in 15ml. That is a lot and could easily last about 2 weeks or so. The sample packaging is simple squeeze tube with perfect size opening. Too big, you waste the product, too little, it'll become annoying.

Would I repurchase? I might buy this one in full size to replace the oily skin formula.

Review: Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturiser.

One thing I'm not fond of Clinique is their product long weird name. Instead of eye cream, it's All About Eyes. Instead of face moisturiser, it's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, etc. Okay, enough with the rant, straight to the review.

I got a 7ml sample jar for this moisturiser with sunscreen last year. It's been almost 6 months since I last used this stuffs. Quite a long time, but I still remember a lot of things about this product.
The sample come in jar, just like the full size product (of course the packaging a lil different). It's not bad, but I would prefer squeeze tube over jar any day for sunscreen. I'm not into digging my finger into the jar. I'm not sure if the sample I got is for Dry/Combo skin or for Combo/Oily skin. The product itself is white color with creamy consistency, almost like cream on cake. I like the scent of this product, as a sunscreen, it smells really nice, I say, it smells like food. LOL.

7ml of the product last quite sometimes since a lil goes a long way. Of course, with sunscreen, you want to reapply every few hours if its possible. I give this product the most stringent test it could go for, an archery competition. The day was very sunny and hiding under the tent doesn't do much preventing exposure from UV light. I used this product on my face and reapply every 2 hours, that's about 3-4 times during the competition. My skin tone doesn't darken after the competition which tells you that the product actually works. I used it again during Rainforest World Music Festival, it's the kind of event where you want to stock up sunscreen. Basically, it works protecting my skin from harsh sunlight.

So, basically the product works. But I find it to be a too oily for my skin type and humid weather. Often I found the oiliness of this product causing my mascara to smudge like crazy causing great embarrassment. I end up using this on days I'm not wearing makeup.

Despite the greasiness/ oiliness, it doesn't cause my skin to break out. It moisturise pretty well (but too greasy for me) and protect from UVA and UVB ray. For the price, I would rather get sunscreen from Mentholatum or Biore which have better formulation and lower price. I think this product would work better for those with drier skin.

Edit: the greasiness is due to the very emolient properties of this product (thanks Jen). I read from other reviews, this product would be great for winter.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sasa, The Body Shop, Daiso and books hauls

I spent the past few days in KL with no plan to shop. But I end up breaking the makeup shopping ban this time mainly because someone, ok, my bf and his mum, sponsored pretty much everything, and I was given pocket money specifically for shopping. LOL.The hauls collectively.

I bought Calvin Klein Euphoria Intense for men EDT from Sasa, and given DSQUARED2 HeWood Hair and Body Wash, giovanni Magnetic Restruxturing Conditioner and Sasa Smart White Regenerating Night Cream for free. I didn't know Sasa is generous with gifts. Oh ya, just in case, yes, I wear men's perfume. I'm practically a sucker for men perfume.

From The Body Shop, I bought Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel, Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion and Seaweed Clarifying Toner. I received a sample of Dreams Unlimited EDP for free. Anyway, the reason I bought The Body Shop toner instead of Clinique's because I'm sick of the Clinique SA that keep pushing me to buy things that I don't want. The Body Shop SA is very helpful, she let me take my time to choose a toner and she's also knowledgeable of the products. She suggests me three toner with the least alcohol content instead of pushing me buying the one for acne prone skin after seeing all those ugly blemish on my cheek. Take that Clinique's SA, there goes your commissions.

What a KL trip without going to Daiso. This time, I managed to control myself and bought only two items, the airless pump bottle and a facial brush. I think the facial brush is softer than the one from The Body Shop.

Lastly, with the pocket money given, I bought 4 books that take up most of the space in my luggage. I bought J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Hurin, The Hobbit, and The Unfinished Tales. I was ecstatic and hyperventilating when I found Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals for RM20! His books usually goes for RM35 and above. Furthermore, this baby is hardcover.

I hope this would be my last hauls until my makeup shopping ban ends. *Crossing fingers and toes*

I'm back!

Phew~ I'm just back from KL. I've been missing from blogosphere for few days and now I'm back with hauls! It was a rushed unplanned trip, but I managed to shop some cosmetics items. I know I break the makeup shopping ban, but when it was sponsored, it doesn't count right?! I'll write about the haul some time soon. I'd also road-testing few products during the trip to KL and I can't wait to write reviews for it.

p/s: I don't know what's wrong with me, fragrances for women are not appealing to me at all.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Swatches: ELF Bronzer and Highlighter

From left to right:

First four are from ELF Studio Warm Bronzer
5th is from ELF Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
6th is ELF Essentials Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Matte Bronze
7th is ELF Essentials Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder Luminance

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ganguro? Yamanba? I don't know~ *shrug*

You have a foundation that is way too dark and too orange for you, what do you do with it? Ganguro inspired look of course! Let me be the first to say, it hardly look like ganguro, nor yamanba. All I see is me with very tan skin, smokey eyes and pale lips. At least I have fun doing something different for this look.Camwhoring.
Smokey eye?
Stuffs that were used to create this look.

Notice how dark the foundation is.

Any suggestion or tips on Ganguro or Yamanba look? I like to try to do this again until I get the look right.

Second attempt...

on cut-crease....gah~ this technique is so hard to grasp. Again, only picture of one eye since I couldn't make both match. I run out of strip lashes, so I simply pile on individual lashes.
Conclusion, more practice needed.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Nivea Lip Care Velvet Rose

This gonna be a very short review. I don't like this lip balm at all. It's not moisturising, waxy and smells like plastic. When I try to layer it to make the color tint more obvious, it ends up looking waxy, doesn't spread nicely and the tint make me look sick. It actually make my dry lips even drier. To finish this up, I layer this with moisturising lipgloss. Definitely not recommended and I will not repurchase.
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