Beauty Product Reviews

Ok, I just bought a new set of makeup – not because i have finished them but because of a heavy downpour. I was having lunch with Love at Clementi and suddenly it came a heavy downpour, so heavy that the drainage system could not handle and caused the areas around to be flooded. I was stucked in the building, sheltering from the rain, unable to walk out to the bus stop to take a bus back to office. After waiting for the rain to subside, i walked to the taxi stand and saw long queues, cab hotlines were all engaged.

I’m already running late for work and by the time i reached office, i think i will be late for at least an hour! Then i decided, since i brought my necessities (handphone & wallet) along with me, i shall just apply for an urgent half day leave, leave my belongings in the office and just continue to wait for a transport to bring me home and get ready to depart the next day to Malaysia for Chinese New Year. Since my makeup pouch is in the bag at office, i have to purchase a new set to bring along to Malaysia, so that’s the story of why i bought a new makeup set.

Well, a new makeup set means i get to try out different brands and products, that makes me a happy girl as well ­čśŤ

Foundation

Some products are MUST-HAVE which i would not change until i found a better one such as my favorite liquid foundation – Revlon Colorstay

Concealer

Heard good reviews about this, tried the tester in Watsons, it’s blends well easily and gives quite a heavy coverage, i like!
Update: This has successfully replaced my favorite M.A.C concealer, at cheaper price too!

Pressed Powder


Because i have just bought the powder foundation previously, so i thought of trying out pressed powder which has oil-control.
Update: As i recall, I think it doesn’t really controls oil as much and I’ve stopped using it.

Eyeliner


Somehow this eyeliner feels the same as the Kiss Me Eyeliner with an ultra thin and smooth brush.

Eyebrow Pencil


Update: This has become my favorite eyebrow pencil! The shade is just right and it doesn’t gives a “hard” shading.

Blusher


Bought it because it was one of the cheapest blusher and i used it before, but it doesn’t stay long though.

Beauty Matsuri Day Out


My first time attending free beauty workshop and this was exclusively for Watsons Members by Shiseido.


The peeps at Shiseido are so sweet to print personalized name cards with our name in Japanese! Each of us have a small beauty station to ourselves provided with the needed beauty tools.


How the whole workshop place looks like.


The workshop started off introducing their latest range of skincare product – Senka, with their different types of make up remover, moisturizer, sunscreen etc (teaching us what kind of skin suits which kind of product). The most stunning part was that we have to remove all our make up with the products ON THE SPOT! We weren’t told beforehand signing up for this workshop so it came as a surprise for us. Nevertheless, most of us did cooperate by removing our make up.. imagine our bare face looking at each other, so strange.


Light refreshments were provided, luckily because i have not eaten for the whole day and feeling really famished.


After refreshments, we were introduced to their make up range – Majolica Majorca latest series┬áChapter 35 – Circus Esctacy which i often read about on other bloggers raving about it.


Skin Lingerie pore cover which is a make up base with light coverage that conceals pores.


We chose a shade that best suits our skin color tone, i think i’m more suitable for Beige Orchre 10.


Nail lacquer? Nope, it’s a gel type blusher with gloss – Cream de Cheek. With its gel and watery texture, it can be applied before and after powdering. Some of the participants applied a tad too much and the cheeks were really red and they managed to blend down the color with the foundation powder. I would say that the colors are pretty matching to our Asian skin tone, just need more practice to get the right amount applied.


Liquid eyeliner in black and red. Red eyeliner is the first time i have heard of and probably we are not really used to it, we think it looks like we’ve got something growing on our eyelids or something.


Eyeshadows, the powders were really fine which glides on our eyelids smoothly.


Liquid & Pencil Eyeliner, i still prefer liquid ones. This one has a thick black pigmentation, easy to glide on and stays on even till the end of the day without smudges.


I forgot what is this, there are too many products introduced and to try on till me and the participants at my table were confused. LOL!


Even eye lashes alone have 4 different types of products, how not confused can we get? Lash king is highly recommended by the Shisedo peeps which is water-proof, sweat-proof and tear-proof.


Lip gloss that comes in tiny tubes

After the make up session, the last session is the hair styling tutorial – Ma Cherie products. All Ma Cherie products smells really sweet and fragrant!


All products introduced were on sale with an exclusive discount to us.


I was in a rush and therefore did not bought much.


Just bought 3 bottles of Perfect Gel, which i find it works amazing removing my make up. Even my eyeliner was removed thoroughly and the best part of this no washing required which means during days when I’m really tired, i can just use this and get to bed as soon as possible!


All participants were given some goodies to bring home but i guess i’ll give it away instead, so if you are interested in trying out the products in photo above, leave a comment!

This beauty workshop has been an interesting event and i hope to attend more of such to try out the products before i commit into buying them!

Beauty Product Reviews

Here comes the cycle again. Whenever my foundation is used up, i always have the tendency to purchase a different brand to try out. You can say that probably i have not found my favorite foundation yet or, i would say, even if i found it, the cycle still continues because i have the “you don’t try, you won’t know if it’s better that your favorite” thinking. Who’s with me?!

Well, that thinking usually burns a big hole on my pocket because almost 90% of the products i used usually ends up either at my colleague’s or dustbins.

I did research online and made up my mind to get Make Up Forever’s Duo Mat Powder Foundation. However, when i reached Sephora, the salesperson tried the foundation on my face and had it compared against her recommended Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact. Make Up Forever’s made my face look more powdery while Laura Mercier’s seems┬áporcelain.┬áBeing skeptical, I emphasized to the salesperson that a good oil control foundation as my face gets really oily through the day and she assured me that Laura Mercier’s is able to fulfill it, and the next moment, i’m sold.

Well, i went back happily thinking that i bought the perfect foundation which controls oil and does not look powdery, until i googled for the reviews. Mostly bad. ­čÖü

Tried on the next day to work and it took me more than my usual time to get the make up done because the coverage is really sheer plus it gives the┬ácreamy┬ásticky feeling. Now instead of looking less powdery, my face looks oily, forget talking about it’s oil control throughout the day.

I tried again on the following day and it doesn’t change the fact, so i went to Watsons to purchase a cheaper alternative. (If you are interested to try out the Laura Mercier compact & ┬ádon’t mind that┬áI’ve┬áused it twice, please let me know, i can give it to you for free, who knows it doesn’t suit me, but may suit you!)

I went to get Silkygirl’s foundation ($17.90 – $4 off due to promotion = $13.90) because it’s one of the cheapest around and there’s a Cleo readers voted most popular tag. I can say that at least it can control oil somewhat, better than Laura Mercier’s, coverage is also thicker. However, the powder is not fine enough, but i shall make do with it till it’s finished and I’ll look for other alternatives.


Bought K-Palette’s 24H real lasting 2-way eyebrow liner ($23.90), also another voted most popular by Cleo readers, so i decided to give it a try.

Seriously, I’m not too sure if i used the product in a correct way, so what i did was to use the liquid liner to fill up the sparse areas of the eyebrow and the powder tip to even out the whole eyebrow, at the same time drawing the eyebrow to shape.

I like this eyebrow liner because it’s mess-free, easy to glide on the eyebrows without leaving a too dark and harsh tone, however, it gives a greenish-grey tone which looks like mould from upclose, i wonder if buying another shade would solve this, but it states to recommend 02 Honey Brown for fair skin types? *shrugs*


Here’s after use of the eyebrow liner (left) compared to (right) without.


I’ve heard quite a few bloggers recommending this Kiss Me Eyeliner ($18.90), so i decided to try it out.


The best about this eyeliner is smudge-proof! Previous eyeliners i used, by the end of the day, i would spot black pigmentation around the eyes which sometimes looks like i have heavy dark circles, which is so unsightly. For this eyeliner, i have no such worries and do not need to look in the mirror often afraid of smudging. Still, there’s a con, the ink fades off faster. Sometimes i have to redraw the eyeliner to fill up the faded areas.


For those who love ultra thin eyeliner, this may be your choice, it’s really thin to draw very precise lines.

Fancl Pore Cleansing Review

Love’s sis usually shares with me her samples gotten from her product purchases. So often, i get to try out free new beauty products!
This time round she gave me a few packs of the latest Fancl product, Fancl Pore Cleansing Pack.

Pretty expensive, $27.50 for such 8 small packets! Almost $3.50 for 1 packet.

It is actually a clay mask, i tried to follow the instruction by just applying the mask on the T-zone and chin area, but after applying, there’s still a huge amount of mask left over, i didn’t want to keep for the next use so i just applied a thick layer to my whole face. I like the light minty smell and when applied on the face, it feels pretty cooling.

After rinsing off the clay mask, i felt that my skin feels smoother although a little tight feeling, probably the pores are tightened. Not much significant difference on removal of blackheads, perhaps have to use it regularly, but overall i like the experience of applying the cool minty mask on the face!