Monday, August 24, 2015

End of a great birthday week || LOTD


Inglot Lipstick in 124

Unless you follow my twitter, you may or may not know it was my 18th birthday on the 20th.

I've had a non-stop celebration from the 20th to the 23rd celebrating with different people each day which was a blast. Cannot thank my family and friends enough for the amazing time. 

Anywho, I'de like to display one of the gifts my friend gave me which I finally got to use yesterday, it was a tiring day so I didn't get to post up the lotd yesterday but thank you so much Tarini!


This is my first Inglot product i've ever used, so its quite exciting getting out of the usual products and trying out a different brand!

Thinking of Ingot I just know them for the eyeshadow palettes that you pretty much build yourself. Otherwise, I haven't came across anyone talking about the Ingot lipsticks (they may have but Im just too oblivious to realise).
The picture here doesn't do its pink justice enough!

Opening up the lipstick, I got quite a surprise with the shade. It is not like any of my coral lipsticks I own. It has that neutrally/blue-tone pink in natural lighting but has a pink coral shade in other lighting!

It comes out with a good balance of creaminess and doesn't drag on the lips. There is slight shimmer in it but isn't enough that it looks like you dipped your lips in glitter.

The lipstick also smells a lot like bubblegum!!


Upon receiving this lipstick, my friend said she saw this shade in the store and thought it would look amazing with my skin tone and I have no idea how she has the eye for that but she was right and picked the perfect coral for me and I mean perfect!

I found with coral lipsticks that they were always too bright for me and this one has a good orange to pink ratio and it also isn't a super bright shade.

I did wear this one out to dinner at Om Nom eating both their dinner and dessert range so I did have some oily food (seared duck breast *drools*). The lipstick did last when I was snacking before going out aka water, chocolate and some jelly my friend made me, and the lipstick did not budge off but with dinner it did start wearing out in the centre of my lips. So if you plan on not reapplying you will end up with that unsightly lipliner look at the end of the day.

I assume a day with light snacking with friends, it won't need reapplying.

This has got to be one of my favourite coral lipstick shades I own.

Some FOTD pictures from yesterday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Skin But Better?! || Beaute FX*


Have you guys been outside? cause the weather is so beautiful today!
Winter is almost coming to an end which i am excited to say although there is a hint of coldness still in the air. And we all know when the weather changes our beauty routine usually changes aswell. 
I was lucky enough to review this bad boy of a bb cream, which was sent for me to try and review.
So les get on with this review.

Ingredients

The Beaute FX BB Cream claims to have a 7 in 1 Miracle Skin Enhancer that:

Hides Imperfections
Moisturizes and Enhances
Adjusts to your skin tone
Evens your skin texture
Enjoy a fresh dewy glow
Guaranteed 24 hour hydration
UV protection from the sun

And before i talk about whether the claims work or not, can we just talk about the packaging?!
The gorgeous hot pink packaging reminds me so much of the Skin79 BB Cream except I have to say that it is more slim and sleek.
With one of my school subjects being VisCom I can't ignore the logo design (I feel like no one appreciates it enough!!), it just looks really neat, doesn't have that tacky look and we should all know I'm a sucker for packaging.
Brownie points for those who can guess the book in the bottom left corner ;)



Taking the product out from the box, the nozzle comes with a plastic cover which you can opt to chuck out but i find it quite useful to reuse it for hygienic purposes and also if i end up bringing it with me to travel, wouldn't want the risk of accidental spillage (which probably won't ever happen but you never know).
The biggest pain with a pump bb cream is having to pump the product out when you first use it. Which means finger cramps and  having the patience for it to come out. And assuming from the height of the packaging it would make sense on why it took longer than usual for the product to come out. But once the product does flow out, you get complete control on how much product you want out.


Jumping back on the 7 claims, I can agree with 5 of the claims.
The two that i question, being: Hides Imperfections and Evens your skin texture.
I do suffer from small acne on my forehead (which i only started to get this year *insert sad face). And you can see from the above photo that it didn't really hide it, but it did reduce redness. I only put a layer on my face and maybe if i did another layer on my acne would hide it some more but I really don't like having to layer product on my acne.
As for evening skin texture, it does but then it doesn't. I mean if i did two layers, it would definitely even it out but it doesn't do a terribly great job at acne coverage on that type of texture. 

The pros do out weigh the cons, I have been using this product for a few weeks now, at work and school. And it has been my go to product for the winter time!
It has won my heart over the fact that it really is a product that makes it your skin but better. 
Im all about the natural face look, rather than having the full coverage setting so I'm not too fussed over covering my acne, but i will warn you that it doesn't do a hella great job at that so it might not be the product for you if you are looking for that. But this product is a light but build able coverage, it isn't super thick like some BB creams but it has a slight BB cream texture but a lot more creamy. 
It reduces redness like a charm and once its on your face it feels like you've been hit in the face with smoothness. 
The only thing that did bug me out was the application between my brows which is where the product did cling onto my dry patch. I found that the product did cling onto the dry skin but it didn't emphasise it. I mean unless someone was right up at my forehead looking there, it really wasn't that noticeable. 
Also another downside was that it didnt last an entire day specifically on the t-zone area, though luckily with the light coverage it is hard to notice unless you have redness around that area.

I am curious to see how this product goes in the warmer times. It has become one of my favourite BB creams from what I've tried so far!

You can get the Beaute FX here

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*Product was sent to me for review




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Scholl Giveaway Winner!!

With the giveaway ending on Sunday, I managed to moderate the entries and randomly pick a winner!
The winner of the giveaway is...

Fifi from Beautifying Life

I have emailed the winner

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lets talk feet?! || Scholl Velvet Smooth Review + GIVEAWAY!*


So it has been awhile, 3 months to be exact and I have missed blogging so much but with limited time I'm still trying to balance out my life to fit blogging into my timetable.
Anywho I am back though, with another review!

This is a little different as I dont think Ive ever brought up the topic of feet.
As there are a majority of people who think feet are quite gross and i have to admit i am one of those people. But when has there been a time when you think about purchasing products for your feet and im not talking about socks and shoes?!

I was contacted by Scholl and was sent 2 of their Velvet Smooth products to try out and it clicked in my mind that I dont really treat my feet as much as i do with my nails.
To be honest my feet arent that bad in terms of being dry, I just know my feet are pretty prone to getting the hard skin on feet (calluses) everytime i go out for long periods of time, my feet are slightly drier in the winter months aka now, but its not to the point where i want to drench my feet with hydration.


First off with the Scholl Express Pedi it was one that intrigued me the most with how it would work but then it also intimidated the crap out of me.
The express pedi is an electronic foot file so for the lazy people out there neglecting the use of the standard manual foot file due to the 'i cant be bothered' excuse this bad boy is quite the helper, making everything 3 times more faster (for what i think) and is also somewhat fun, though more on that later.




Equipped with a detachable microlumina roller head which contains synthetic diamonds that helps buffs off the hard and dry skin. 4 double A batteries are included so there is no need to purchase any extra.
The way to use it is by turning the express pedi on (twisting the silver ring above the handle) and gently gliding the roller head on any hard and dead skin. [Dont use the same spot for more than 3-4 seconds at a time.]
Bringing back the intimidating thought i get from this, my first impression of this was that it would feel like sandpaper grinding against my feet. Although it does look like it, i was obviously wrong and it definitely doesnt leave a mark that sandpaper would leave.

The roller head in action
 Using the Express Pedi, i found that it was oddly satisfying seeing the dry skin turn into dust and gradually fade off the feet in seconds, bonus points in the entertaining section there! 
It also doesnt feel too bad as you dont feel much happening as it is a barrier of hard skin.
The only thing i didnt like much about this product was the packaging. Even though you wouldn't think to bring it on travel, it is a bulky product and has some weight to it. The plastic cover that you put above the roller head, was a bit of an annoyance as it easily came off loose.
Other than that, it really does the job in reducing the hard skin. I can agree that it will remove the dry skin on the calluses so theyre less visible.

More info on the product [here]


The Scholl Velvet Smooth Cream is the favourite one of the two.
It's not as exciting as the first as it is a foot cream but it is like butter and heaven combined!
Containing MarineActiv, Daymoist CLR, Vitaman A,E and Omega 6, it is packed full of hydrating properties! 



With the packaging it is the typical 'hand cream' style, loving how the lid is at the bottom aswell so you can get every last bit of product without the hassle of squeezing from bottom to top. 


Its safe to say that yes this cream hydrates the shiz out of my feet and i did do a little test of using the Express Pedi on my right foot and the cream on my left and the one without the cream on did feel just a tad more rough.
But the winning factor of this was the fact that it wasnt greasy and that it absorbed into the skin so damn quick! 
Now they said on the packaging that it absorbs in 60 seconds and they need to change that cause it felt like under 10 seconds that it did its magic.

More info on the product [here]

Winter time is probably the best time to be caring for the feel as once summer is on its way, we gotta take our feet out from the boots and expose our feet into the sandals and thongs.
Luckily Scholl has provided me with an extra set of the products i mentioned above which means a giveaway!!

Terms and Conditions
  • Need to have parents permission as i will be needing a mailing address to be able to send the products out.
  • Must be following me on GFC or Bloglovin (i will be checking!)
  • This giveaway is international so anyone can enter as long as i can send the products to your country!
  • The giveaway ends on 2/8/15 at midnight


Scholl
Website

*Disclaimer: products were sent to me for reviewing

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lemon Cheesecake || Sugar Queen Body Scrub


After long anticipation, I'm finally writing up a blog post after 2 months of no writing. I wont promise that i'll be posting weekly at some times, but i do only post when i enjoy writing up a post rather than having the need to post just for the sake of it. Since i am back there is nothing better than to come forth with a review on a new product i have tried and of course loved!



You may have seen some bloggers posting reviews of this and I have not seen any of them not liking this so far. Coming in a variety of different scents such as sugar cookie, coconut & lime, peppermint, pina colada and espresso. It just has scents you would be well-known with. The scrubs are made with coconut oil, sugar, essential oils or fragrances so it is comforting knowing there isnt any nasty things lurking in these especially with store bought scrubs.


I was lucky enough to be sent the Lemon Cheesecake scrub and receiving this one was like fate to me. 
If you know me well, you would know my favourite colour is yellow and i do have an obsession with lemons and with cheesecakes, they are one of my favourite types of cakes!. Coincidence or what?! 
Getting on to the scent of this, it did confuse me at first as there was a strong coconut scent which I did later on find out about to get the confusion straight but aside from that it has a somewhat citrus scent to it but also a biscuity smell to it like when cookies are fresh out of the oven. But i found that it did sometimes remind me of lamingtons due to the coconut scent lingering.


I've tried this for a couple of weeks and decided to not moisturise my legs during that time to see how well it leaves my legs feeling. As the colder weather has approached here in Melbourne which does mean super dry legs in my case, I did use this daily with some second days not using it at all.
First time using it did leave my legs feeling tingly after but i found with constant use that I got used to that sensation. It did leave my legs feeling smooth during the shower as the coconut oil is a great skin moisturiser. From the looks of my legs today after a couple weeks use and no moisturising, it actually did pretty damn well in removing the dry skin that i usually get every winter. I mean i do have some dry spots here and there but nothing major that makes me want to have an emergency body lotion at hand or be insecure with having my legs show in public (anyone else like that too?!). 
The downside to this would be that it is stored in a jar so for those super hygienic people or people with long nails, you may want to have a scooper close by. As I do find that if you arent careful you can accidentally get some water in the jar or get some sugar underneath your nails if they are long.
But aside from that it is pretty easy to open up the jar without it slipping. 
But I will say that i was sent a sample size so im unsure about the packaging with the full sized jar. 
The scrub has been used halfway now and i have a feeling it will last about 1-3 months if i just use it 1-2 times a week.
I absolutely adore the handmade touch with the twine and handwriting on the tag when i first got this sample and I will be purchasing more of the scrubs once i use up this one!

Sugar Queen Body Scrub

*Product was sent to me for consideration 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shiseido Eyelash Curler


Having uneven eyes is definitely a struggle i have to go through, unlike brows where you can fix it up by redrawing the shape. My eyes are hooded and one lid is smaller than the other so eyeliner and eyeshadow always looks different to the other eye if i put it on evenly. As for mascara, it sometimes looks the same but when curling the lashes its a pain in the arse to get it curled the same.



I got this as an xmas present last year, sneakily asking my friend to get it for me as it was something i always wanted to have but never had the guts to spend money on for an eyelash curler. 
I had tried the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler which was terrible for my asian eyes imo, it never was able to reach the ends of my lashes as the curler didnt lay flat against my lids. (Comparison post maybe?!)
Hearing so much about the Shiseido curler and how it was able to fit most asian eyes won me over and majority of eyelash curlers i had tried works pretty well on my right eye but as for my left, i found it to be the oddball where it was harder to curl.


Im actually really digging the gun metal grey colour, its different to the classic silver or gold eyelash curlers which i actually like, though a rose gold colour would make it so classy (hinting at you Shiseido!!)
The curler feels sturdy and you can feel the difference if you were holding a cheap eyelash curler from the $2 store.


It took me awhile to get used to the curler as i found that whenever i put the curler against my eye i would flinch back automatically, kind of like when you curled your lashes for the first time. Not sure if it was because I was getting used to the flatter shape it has but i did end up pinching myself a few times before getting used to curling with this one.
Anyways lo and behold this curler did amazing with my right eye and as for my left eye, it was the same!
I mean i do have to move the curler to adjust it with the curve of my left eyelid but the end result is similar with my right eye which is what im looking for.
No drooping lashes on the one of my eye, no harsh pressure applied and a nice looking curl. Thank you Shiseido.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Brow Routine

Late Gong Hay Fat Choy! (Happy Chinese New Year!) Finally have time for blogging, honestly did not realise how much work year 12 gives you but it has made me miss blogging so much more! Will be forcing myself to schedule some posts before tomorrow as i have tried out some new products and are waiting to be written up. 
This blog was originally 'beauty reviews & tutorials' but lets face it, I changed the 'tutorial' part as I have not done any tutorials for about 2 years and that's due for a change!
My brows have gotten so much more better over the course of 5 years and for those who didnt know, I completely messed up my brows in grade 6 (yes when i was 12..) lil background story, I found my mums tweezers and tried plucking/shaping my eyebrows. I oddly found it satisfying plucking each hair so i over plucked and ruined my brows, from thick eyebrows to a super thin shape. 

Near the end of 2011
The only photo i could find that could show the shape of my brow was from 2011. They were still pretty similar to what my brows were like in 2009 but just so you get the jist of things they looked terrible and it doesnt help that i used a crappy daiso eyebrow pencil to fill them in.

Start of 2015
This is what my brows look like today. Since i am in the stage where i am somewhat content with my brows, i thought it would be time to do a brow routine and how i fill in my brows. I have ordered the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade and i do have a feeling my brow routine will change after getting it but i have been doing this routine since last year and hasnt failed me yet. And it would be nice to look back on how i do my brows if my routine ever ends up changing dramatically!

First thing i do is line the bottom of my brow, following the natural shape. I start from the inner parts working my way to the tip. 


Then i draw in the outline of the top of my brow. From a daily basis, i go for a slightly curved arch in my brow as i find it suits my natural brow shape.

After, I fill within the outline with the brow pencil then brush it out. The pencil acts out as a template/base before i start to apply powder on top. Though some days i use the pencil to draw the outline then use powder to fill it in.

I apply my eyebrow powder on top to intensify the brow colour and to fill in the gaps where my pencil may have missed


After brushing it out again, there may be some days where brushing it out will remove the brow shape/pencil step so the last thing i do is usually to fix it up is by using the pencil to reline the brows.
Then i repeat each step again to the other brow!



Not sure if im the only one but since my brows are uneven, I find that my right brow always looks thicker/darker in photos so its always embarrassing taking a selfie and realising that my right brow looks so much more intense than the other.

Anyways the products I use for my brows are:
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder