Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner in Marine Blue



For most of my life I've been on the hunt for the best pencil liner that actually stays on the waterline (mainly black liners). So I do have copious amounts of black pencil liners that I've collected through the years. 
I went on ebay looking at some Korean branded makeup and stumbled across the Lioele Glittering Jewel Liners. It was actually love at first sight, Im not a big fan of shimmery products let alone 'glittering' but the swatches on the models eyes for each of the pencil shades looked so damn pretty! 
I was about to purchase the black eyeliner but I had a feeling it would be another one of those eyeliners that will stay at the back of my collection so I thought "hey why not get a blue liner?".
Even though I knew it would be a colour I would rarely use out in public, I have no regrets in purchasing this one.




I've never been one to try Lioele products since majority of their products just dont appeal to me.. packaging wise. 
The pink just makes the packaging look cheap. I love the matte pencil body along with the pink writing but along with the non-matte lid, ruins it all. They couldve done better in my opinion!
But what I do love about this is how it is plastic rather than wood, when it comes to sharpening pencils it just sharpens so much smoother than wood. It reminds me a lot like the NYX jumbo pencil but in a smaller diameter.


If you dont already know, pencil liners just do not get along with my eyes. On the lids they end up transferring to the bottom, on the waterline they either start to separate or start sliding to my lashline and since my eyes are watery 24/7 near the ends of my eyes it will start to separate and leave a line of liquidy liner.
This liner on the other hand actually lasts on the lids and the lashline with very slight fading on the lashline but no smudges. On the waterline it lasts a nice 3 hours before it will start separating on the ends.



Im actually one to cringe at swatches on the hands because most of the time, the swatch on the hand is never 100% what it will look like on the lids, especially with the smudging test and the water test, it just doesnt work that way! But what you see above on the hands is what you will get on the lids. It is super pigmented and beautiful and Im just in love with the colour.
This product has a similar texture as the Milani Liquif'Eye Liners as it is very VERY creamy. This can be a con to the product because you may want to keep sharpening the pencil if you are looking for sharp lines.



I purchased the liner on Ebay here
Im actually eyeing the navy and champagne shade to buy someday!!

How do you use your blue liners?

Friday, August 15, 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag || Ski Camp Edition


I will be heading off to a school camp to the snow on Sunday and for someone who hasnt been to the snow since babyhood, it is exciting. Im assuming that I've overpacked since I do like having choices but most of the makeup products im bringing is actually for a special dinner where we are all dressing up to a chosen theme (this years is Stereotypes) and I will be doing my friends makeup since we are both dressing up as bikers/biker chicks which calls for dark makeup!
Not all the items fit in my makeup bag so I will be packing them in another small bag along with my bathroom necessities.


My makeup bag is a Tory Burch replica, which was bought by my dad overseas, Im not a fan of the whole design but it fits hella a lot of things inside so it is the perfect time to be using it as I rarely travel.


Garnier BB Cream, one of my favourite western BB creams in the market, it looks natural yet it has light-medium coverage. It does cling onto my dry patches, so I wont be using it while im out in the snow, but it will be used during the dinner.
I know for sure during school camps, I usually wake up early and sleep in late, so the obvious dark circles will be coming for me, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer gives a light coverage and concealer is just one of those products I cant leave the house without! 
Did you know uv levels are higher out in the snow than on the beach? Will be packing my favourite sunscreen, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock. I just love how it doesnt leave a greasy feeling on the skin!
This is another product that Ill only be using for the dinner, NYC Sunny Bronzer, just to bronze up my face so I dont look like a pale ghost.


Ill be bringing the Hello Kitty Palette, since it has a range of eyeshadows which I can use from day to night. With the eyeshadows Ill be using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, just so it wont smudge or crease.
My main brow duo includes the Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil + NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder, i find the pencil to be very versatile to use, if im in a rush I can fill in my brows quickly with just the pencil and if I have time I will define my brows with the pencil then fill in my brows with the powder.
Im assuming that even though its cold, my face will be an oily mess in the morning to the night, so the Daiso Blotting Paper will be my savior 


The Lucas Papaw Ointment is something that I think everyone needs to bring while theyre travelling, it helps with cracked skin, burns, bug bites and so much more but I find it works best on my cracked lips, I've brought 2 lip balms with me and if it doesnt go well, Ill switch to the papaw ointment.
As I will be in the cold, my lips will be pale, so I do need to put on a tint so that I dont look dead, the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Orange was on my monthly favourites just for that reason!
As I said before, one of the lip balms Im bringing with me is the Nivea Unscented Lip Butter I've been using it in the morning and before bed and I do want to finish the entire tub so I can use my other lip butter scents.
For the dinner, I've opted for either the Shanghai Suzy Lippie in Miss Kitty or MAC Russian Red, Im too much of a wuss to wear red lips, but I may force myself to use it since it suits the whole "biker" look, but if I do decide to back out on the red, Ill most likely be using Miss Kitty.


Im bringing the K-Palette Liner, because of that fact that I can use this when Im in a rush or when I feel like doing a winged liner or a thin line. The HK Liquid Liner will be used when im just doing my everyday liner, not too thin or thick and I can use it in conjuction with K-Palette for the cat eye liner look.
I brought my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to be used on the dinner just because i can get whatever look i want with this.
Also brought 2 mascaras with me, whichever one I feel like using, i will use. Dior Show Mascara and Maybellines One by One.


Bringing a hair tie to get my hair out of my face while skiing. I know I will be sick and tissues do come in handy when things get messy.
And a handcream from Crabtree & Evelyn, to cure them dry hands!


The Garnier Micella Cleansing Water does not fit in my makeup bag obviously but it will come in handy to remove my everyday makeup. Im also bringing along the Maybelline Total Clean Makeup remover because it removes the makeup that the garnier water doesnt remove, for example my MAX fluidline, needs an oil based remover to be fully removed.
And to remove my face makeup, Ill be using my Wotnot Facial Wipes.

I'll most likely be packing extra things if I decide to bring it along, and I am bringing makeup brushes, cotton rounds + cotton buds with me but they will be packed separately with my bathroom supplies.

Also if there is anything that I should be packing for the snow please let me know! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

July Favourites!


Apologies for not posting any content for a month, my only excuse is that the lazy/procrastinating side of me has arisen and obviously that cant be fixed. I'm a tad late in writing up my monthly favourites but I had a sudden urge to start blogging again so enough with my rambling and here it is!


Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Palette

I've still been reaching out for this palette as of today, I have stopped using the copper brown shade and have now been using the matte brown shade to line the lower lashline. My everyday makeup usually consists of winged liner on the lids and eyeshadow on the lower lashline. It makes such a subtle difference since my lashes are quite invisible. 
I rarely touch up my makeup through the day especially during school and I find that this eyeshadow only lasts for 3 hours before fading into nothingness, so I dont have to worry about raccoon eyes at the end of the day. 


K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Liquid Liner

Even though I've been doing eyeliner since the start of my makeup journey, I still have trouble getting my wings even. But I do have my own foolproof plan on getting winged eyeliner to be even and it is with this bad boy. I draw the wing in first using the pen liner, it's so much easier to use than a liquid liner in a bottle as I find the brush tip is a lot sharper and accurate.
Sadly this liner does fade and is definitely not waterproof on me so I do go over it with a different liner.

Hello Kitty Liquid Liner

Since winter has approached, I find that gel liner is just too time consuming and fiddly especially during those cold mornings when I just want to quickly do my makeup. Also having to remove it is a pain in the butt (which is the case for any makeup product). But I've been reaching for the Hello Kitty Liquid Liner a lot. What really wins me over is the lasting power and also how easily it just comes off with water. It stays put on my lids, no fading no smudging etc. It isnt waterproof so it does start separating near the ends of my eyes but i can clean it up with my fingers so its no biggy.



Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Orange

To be honest, I didnt think I would like this product at all. I swatched it on my lips last month and I was expecting a decent orange tint but the pigmentation was a disappointment but I gave it a second chance and applied it in the morning when my lips were pale and I could actually see colour. It gives my lips a natural orange tint, which I have been loving lately.

Essence Rebels Lip & Cheek Pot

Did a review on this awhile back and I said that it is absolutely terrible on the lips but it is such a lovely cheek color. It's natural, a little goes a long way and blends like a charm.

Nivea Lip Butter Unscented

I have no idea why but when I first started using this lip balm it didnt do anything amazing to my lips, it just felt like it was on my lips doing nothing. But I found that now in the colder weather, I have seen an improvement from using this, I usually have chapped or dry lips around 2-3 times a week but now I rarely have chapped lips anymore. I use this lipbalm in the morning and before I go to bed.



Contigo 500ml Drink Bottle

I've been on the hunt for a new drink bottle since my old one couldnt stand the copious amount of times of me dropping it at school, even though I only had it for a few months the bottle started to dent and the lid cracked and fell off. I'm a sucker for super cool fancy items and I just had to get this bottle when I found it. I got it from Rebel Sports and rather than a twist up or pull up lid, it has a button you hold for the water to come out. I assume that it may be the new craze after the water bottles with the straw since many of my friends and classmates have been intrigued by it, asking me where I got it from. But I just love it, it doesnt leak out as well, and it isnt too big or small.
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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This has been such a lifesaver of mine when Im feeling lazy in removing my makeup. I usually hate using the oil based eyemakeup removers since it leaves me with that oily residue. So I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and it just feels like im removing makeup with water. And it actually makes me more content in the 'removing makeup' regime.
Though I find that it kinda sucks at removing waterproof eye makeup so I do have to use an oil based makeup remover and then go over it again with the Cleansing water so the oily residue is gone.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Exfolimate*


Since it is now the time where my skin hits me with flaky skin and dry patches coming out of nowhere. Ive been trying my best to fix it, but no matter what exfoliating device or scrub I use nothing really beats the flakiness around the nose/cheeks.
I was lucky enough to be sent some fancy exfoliating device that I had never heard of before. 
With not much of an expectation towards this, I did try it out. 
And to whoever is reading this, I present to you the Exfolimate, my new favourite tool.



Each Exfolimate you get comes with a free pair of wrist-straps. 
Now that may sound silly when you see it, but I find that I do drop my Exfolimate every once in a while due to it sometimes slipping out of my hands, I can say Im a clumsy person so you dont really have to use the wriststraps if you dont want to. I personally havent used it yet even though ive dropped my Exfolimate countless amount of times. But I might use it just so I can hang my Exfolimate in the bathroom somewhere.
You also get a sheet of paper that includes precautions and directions on how to use the Exfolimate.
And since I dont want to overload this post with pictures of the precautions and steps, Ill just be talking about the steps later in the post and including some of the precautions I think is important below if you are considering purchasing this.
  • Not to be used on broken or infected skin
  • Do not use for 7 to 10 days after laser or chemical peel treatment
  • If attending Medical Practitioner for a skin condition do not use in that area unless directed
  • Recommended for all normal, healthy skin types

When I think of an exfoliator I imagine a tool with bristles, plastic or silicone where you scrub it on your face in circular motions. Well the Exfoliator is pretty much the opposite, instead of bristles you have a blade and instead of scrubbing in circular motions you glide it on your skin in one direction.
The white plastic surrounding the metal blade does look somewhat cheap since it is just plastic but I find that the fancy looking dents on the plastic reminds me of a diamond so i like to think of it as a plastic diamond!
The smaller Exfolimate is for the face (can be used for smaller parts of the body) and the bigger version is for the body (can be used for bigger areas on the body). There really isnt any different when it comes to both of them as they do have the exact same design except one is bigger than the other (the blade is still the same size though).


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As for how you use this tool:
  1. You simply wet your face.
  2. Using some pressure to glide it on the contours of your face/body in a 90 degree angle

Simple as that! But I do have to say that you need to make sure your face is always wet hence why it is better exfoliating in the shower but you can do it by the sink if you wish. 
This may annoy people but you do have to check the blades each time after you glide it along your skin, to check if you have any dead skin and debris leftover which you do have to wash off each time. I personally dont mind it, as it is one of those things that I enjoy doing, kind of like checking the dirt and junk left on the pore strips when you remove it (disgusting, I know but I cant help it!).

On the instructions they say that you should do a maximum of 4 to 6 glides which I dont follow. 
I just think as long as I dont go over an area twice then it is fine.


I have been using the face Exfolimate for quite some time now and it has made somewhat of a difference! Somewhat as in it has worked amazingly well but it also hasnt.
I was suffering from very patchy and flaky skin between my brows and around my nose (mainly around my pores) and when I used the Exfolimate around my cheeks  it seriously cured them, but on the nose and between my brows? Slightly better, I mean it's less flaky but it is still a tad patchy. Which was a bummer, Im still using it and there still isnt much of a difference besides how smooth it has made my cheeks.
As for the body Exfolimate, Im not a fan. I dont think my legs liked it, my skin had a burning sensation that lasted around a minute or two after using it, Im assuming that I probably applied too much pressure but I did use the same amount of force to my face and I didnt have that type of reaction.
Ill probably be playing around with the pressure as I only just found out that you only need a light amount of pressure for it to be effective, so the body Exfolimate may land in next months favourites!

You can check out the Exfolimate here

* This product was sent to me to review. It does not in any way change my opinon on it, honest review as always.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Favourites


Finally after all these months, I've actually tried out new products and liked it! 
As you may know, the products I use on a daily basis every month is usually the same, maybe with one or two products I switch around whenever I feel like it but for the most part, it is rare for me to change most of my daily makeup.
I did try out a few products that came into my makeup collection in the month of June and I will most like be using for a few more weeks so my monthly favourites will probably be posted every 2-3 months..maybe.


Diorshow Mascara
My mum gave me this awhile ago when I wasnt really into mascara so I havent started using it until this year but I did fall in love with it in the month of June. It seriously gives such a beautiful effect to my lashes, it makes them look like I have wispy lashes. It is gorgeous! The mascara wand is massive compared to other mascaras I own so I do have accidental mascara traces on my lids afterwards, but it's no big deal. I find that it does hold a curl but gradually over-time my lashes start to slowly go down but it I dont have any complaints because of the way it looks and it also doesn't smudge (though im not sure about it in the summertime. I have the sample sized one but I can say for-sure that I will be purchasing the full sized one when I run out.

Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Palette
Ive started to play around with eyeshadows again this month, as it has been colder. I've been reaching for the matte brown eyeshadow (at the bottom right of the palette), using it in the outer corners of my eyes and the bottom lashline, I find that it nicely defines my eyes more, making my eyeliner look more hazy and naturally smokey. I do use this eyeshadow without a primer and yes it does crease but I have hooded eyelids so you cant see it crease unless I raise my eyebrows and look down.
Also can I say that yesterday I used the darker bronze shade (at the bottom left of the palette) and I put it on half of my lids blended out and also on the bottom lashline extending towards the inner corners. It makes my eye makeup look a whole lot darker without it being a "BAM" in your face. And using a browny shade makes it look more natural so I can get away with using it for an everyday look!


Nivea Hydro Care
This lip balm isnt as hydrating as some of my all time favourite lipbalms, but I did want to try to finish this one up. The only reason why it has ended up in my June favourites is because I have been using this under my lip products. It's thin, applies very smoothly and I can apply it straight from the tube.

Just Beyond Lip Tint
Surprisingly Ive been using this everytime I go out. In the morning when Im prepping for school, my lips look pale and lifeless but using a liptint magically turns my lips back to normal. I sometimes apply another layer when I feel like a bit more colour! This lip tint is slightly drying so I use it in conjunction with the Nivea lipbalm and my lips have not chapped so far.

Shanghai Suzy Lipstick in Miss Kitty
This is my new found lipstick that I have been loving, I think ever since I got this lipstick I have been in love with berry lips, nails, clothes and whatever berry colour I see. I love the grape smell it has when I open the lid, I love the packaging, I love how much it looks on my lips and I love how I can just dab it on my lips when I feel like a natural lip-kind-of-day.


Revlon Matte Nail Polish in Ruby Ribbon
I won this from a giveaway and I didnt think I would ever use it because I was deathly afraid of using dark nail polishes (coming from the girl who wore bright polishes all the time), but I did eventually give in and fell in love with the colour, it is similar to Sleigh Ride For Two but it just more red and lighter. It is also a matte polish and I found that it dries so fast as well, comparable to OPI. It also lasts about 3-4 days before it starts to chip!

OPI Nail Polish in Sleigh Ride For Two
I did do a small review/swatch of this one yesterday here
Very similar to the Revlon polish but it is darker and has some shimmer in it. But I fell in love with how fast it dried on the nails and also the colour! (Yes im on a berry high at the moment)


Moroccanoil Treatment
I also did a review on this one recently, but it has been a life saver of mine to detangle hair. I personally dont brush my hair, maybe like once in a blue moon but aside from the occasional "brushing my fingers through my hair" my hair has started to become annoyingly knotty. When I apply it in the morning it helps detangle and also makes my hair straight but when I apply it the night before, I wake up with super soft hair. 

Daiso Razor
I've been longing to get an eyebrow razor for so long and I've finally gotten one! I have used it and it works like a charm, it was very scary at first to use since I thought I would have cut myself, but it does have some fancy thing on the blades so you cant cut yourself accidentally. I find with most eyebrow razors,  they are quite big and this one is a lot smaller so I can get the hairs under my arch without chopping all my eyebrow hairs off.

Exfolimate*
I will be doing a review on this one soon, but it is a new way to exfoliate the face, its like a thick metal that you scrape on your face and I know it doesnt sound appealing but it works amazingly. Compared with so many exfoliating scrubs, mitts, loofahs and what not, it is the best exfoliating device I have used. The apples of my cheeks have gotten so flakey now that its cold and Exfolimate has literally cured my flaky-ness. It is reusable and you can just wash off the dead skin that is left on the metal, so it is a lot cleaner than loofahs!

What were your June favourites?


Products marked with a * were sent to me for consideration

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sleigh Ride For Two || OPI


Recently I've been loving dark berry/maroon shades (which will be obvious in my June favourites coming soon!). It such a gorgeous shade on the nails, I personally dont follow the whole nail trend of dark colours in winter, bright colours in summer, pastel for spring and etc. I just wear polishes that I feel like using.


Lucky for me, I was browsing through Adorebeauty and most of the OPI polishes were on sale so I took advantage of it and chose a polish that I knew I would be using all the time. 
And for $14.96 I have no regrets in purchasing this purple-ly maroon polish.
Sleigh Ride For Two is one of two maroon polishes that I own, it may not be a favourite colour in a few peoples minds but I know for sure that I would have never worn dark polishes from last year and the previous years. 


Ever since using this polish it has changed my view on OPI, I always thought that I would never spend my money on OPI polishes since you can definitely get polishes a lot cheaper with similar quality. But OPI has pretty much won me over by how quick it dries, I mean its not like instantly dry within a click of a finger but it is quicker than a standard drugstore polish. I could get away with the polish being fully dry within 1-3 hours but with a standard polish it will usually take up to 6 hours just to be fully dry. (and when I mean fully, I mean hard polish on the nails that does not leave any prints!).
But I can say the down side is that it did start to chip on me after 2-3 days, there was very minimal chipping on the first day as well sadly.


I find that in yellowish lighting it can look somewhat brown on the nail and I can say that I am not a fan of brown polishes (hope I dont offend anyone there). But in white and natural lighting it comes out as a deep maroon-berry shade, which is the perfect shade for me as it isnt as dark as black but it isnt an obvious berry shade from afar. 
I can also get away with 1 coat of this but I did apply 2 coats to get a fully opaque colour!



Can purchase this polish on AdoreBeauty here

What's your favourite OPI shade?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Moroccan Oil Treatment


If anyone does not remember, last year was the time where I tried to ombre my own hair using just hair dye, and for those who dont realise, plain old hair dye is not effective compared to bleach. So I made the stupid mistake of dying the ends of my hair twice...in the same week.
Yes, shocking. And obviously the ends of my hair did start to get drier but mainly a lot frizzier.
I have actually rarely suffered from frizzy ends before this whole accident, so I did question why the ends of my hair was all over the place and tangled all the time. Sure enough, I did do my research on google and found out I 100% had frizzy ends.
Anyone else who suffers from frizzy ends can understand this pain, the pain of running my fingers through the ends of my hair and getting caught in some bundle of hair knotted together. Or looking at the mirror and seeing my hair have a mess in the ends. 
Long story short, I just had to find a way to get rid of the frizz. And I did come across Moroccan Oil while browsing through Adorebeauty 


Im sure most people have seen this brand at one point in their life. I know for sure a lot of the hairdressers that I walk past usually display this behind the windows, hence why i'm familiar with this. I mean, the blue and orange packing together just catches my attention.
It costed me $55 to get the 125ml from AdoreBeauty and for a couple of dollars cheaper you can usually get the 100ml. But I did get the 125ml because the 100ml bottle doesnt come with a pump, and being the clumsy person that I am, pouring out oil from a bottle would not mix well with me.





So what I love about this is how you can lock the pump by twisting the pump to one side (unlocking by twisting the opposite direction), it's like a child-safe lock so you can prevent any accidents that happent if somehow accidentally, something pushes or presses the pump.
I did read a couple of reviews on this and some people had a problem with the pump leaking on them. Luckily for me I havent had a single problem with that. 


The oil is more of a thick oil, but not as thick as honey. It comes out as a yellow-orange colour and one pump is a bit more than enough for my hair, though you can probably get away with 2 pumps if you have long thick hair.
I have used this when my hair was slightly damp and wow does it make my hair dry faster! Even at school I randomly play with my hair and cant help myself to just sniff the ends of my hair, I just love the smell, I mean its not a sweet amazingly smelling product but it is a good scent.
On the days when I shower late and dont have the time to use this product, I just use it the morning after and it untangles my hair so I dont have to comb or brush it (even though I dont brush my hair).
Sadly this product hasnt killed away the frizz, but it has somewhat reduced it. It has made my hair a lot more manageable if I use it after the shower but other than that it hasnt really done anything drastically. 
I wouldnt repurchase this since there are still lots of de-frizzers out there for me to try out.

You can purchase it on AdoreBeauty here if you're interested.