Saturday, 31 August 2013

August Favourites

It's finally the end of August which mean I have officially been blogging for a month now. Woohoo!! To end this month post, I decided to wrap it up with the typical monthly favourites post. This month favourites are all about the old and new goodies discoveries.

Jouer Matte Moisture tint in Porcelain
For the past couple of months, I have been digging Jouer Matte moisture tint (review here). Wearing it religiously almost everyday when I'm wearing makeup. I would say that this would be my HG base product. I just could not believe how incredibly smooth and blendable it's on the skin. It looks so natural, great for a no-makeup makeup look.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent, this powder works wonder. I believe almost everyone including their mom have this powder. It's cheap and reliable.

MAC Fix+
I bought this ages ago thinking it would be a great multipurpose product. But I could not seem to like it as much as I thought. I was trying to finish it up and ended up loving. I mainly use it as a finishing spray to make my face look less cakey and powdery. I would probably gravitate toward this on the colder season.

Maybelline Instant Age-rewind concealer 
I would say, this concealer lives up the hype. The unique ball-like applicator makes applying the concealer more fun.

Maybelline the Collossal in Cat eye
I have a super stubborn straight lashes and when I apply mascara, it wouldn't hold up the curl at all which really pissed me off. I tried trying different types of mascara, from the high to low. But it seems like this is the only mascara that holds up the curl. Although, I did try the Falsies and it's pretty awesome but it kind of irritates my eyes sometimes.

NARS Satin lip pencil in Yu
By now, you would probably know my love affairs towards Nars product. I just love every single product that I have purchase from them. And this time, it's their new release Satin lip pencil in Yu. The texture is very creamy and moisturising on the lips. The colour payoff is very intense and vibrant. Been using it to rock the gradient lip looks(tutorial here).

TonyMoly Crystal Blusher in Milky Violet
This blusher has been laying around in the corner of my vanity for the longest time. I did not seem to give as much attention as I should. Decided to give it some love this month and fell in-love all over again. The colour is very unique, I would say a pastel purple or a lilac. It gives a subtle glow from within when I wear this. Very flattering on pale or fair skin.

Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment
I wear this as a moisturiser during the day. It has a very lightweight gel consistency texture which does not feel greasy or oily when applying it on the skin. I find that it gives just the right amount of moisture to the skin.

IndeedLab Hydraluron
Great serum for great skin. Instantly loving it. Have been using it religiously since I bought it. I have even bought a backup as Priceline is having a 30% off sale at the moment. I did a mini review in my night time routine post.

So, what's your favourite product during this month? Please share in the comments down below. Would love to hear about yours.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

My Beauty Emergency Kit

So for me, carrying my makeup bag everywhere I go is a necessity. You just never know when you will need them. So it's better safe than sorry. Personally, I think a hand cream is every girl bestfriend. My current favourite is Hand food from Soap and Glory, it smells so good and very hydrating. I also like to bring along a pressed powder just in case I want to touch up during the day, the one I'm currently using is the MAC select sheer pressed powder. Plus, I can use the mirror for the compact powder. In addition, I think a good concealer like the YSL touche eclat can be good multi tasking product where I can do touch up with it and also highlighting my face if needed. I also like to throw in a mini size perfume in my makeup bag, the one I'm loving is Prada Candy, it smells so sweet. And of course, I need to bring my Dior lip glow to moisturise my lips and a two-in-one product for both lips and cheeks from Benefit Posietint to add in some life to my complexion. Lastly, to prevent myself looking like a grease ball, I'll always always bring my Clean & Clear oil control film.

Do you always carry a makeup bag with you?And what's your essential beauty products on-the-go??

Thursday, 22 August 2013

New in Bourjois

Bourjois bronzing primer - cream blush #3 Rose Tender - colorboost lip crayon in Peach on the Beach

Bourjois Bronzing Primer 
This has a similar concept with the ever so popular Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel a.k.a the bronze universal. However, I have never thought of splurging in a bronzer. I may splurge on foundation or blush but just not bronzer. Bought it when I saw it was on sale at ASOS together with the cream blush. Anyway, this is suppose to be a primer but instead I use it for contouring my face. I find that this will also be a great multipurpose product, it can act as a corrector if your foundation is not in the right shade by mixing with your foundation. I like the fact that it is in a gel cream mousse consistency which I find very easy to blend. On the tube it looks very intense and orangey. But when you apply it on your face, it turn into a very natural matte brown look. It smells great as well, just like chocolate. I highly recommend this even if you have pale skin.

Bourjois Cream Blush
I have started to move to a cream blush girl since having and loving my Stila Convertible blush. Moreover, the cream-powder formula concept intrigued me to buy them. I choose #3 Rose tender as it leans toward the pink family. As you all might or might not know that I love my pink blush. It gives a natural glowy look to my face. I'm loving it so far. I apply it using my Real technique stippling brush or even my hands if Im in a hurry. Great on-the-go product. Longevity wise, they last around 5-6hrs. Not bad for a drugstore product.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon
So, after, Clinique, Tarte, Revlon and Covergirl. Bourjois decided to make their own little chubby stick. Decided to buy them after swatching them at Priceline. I picked up Peach on the beach, such a cute name.  Compare to the Revlon JBKBS, it's way more moisturising and hydrating on the lips. But, colour wise, it does not leave any kind of stain and does not stays on the lip for along time. To be honest, I still prefer my Revlon JBKBS. But the fact that it has an SPF15 is really a plus for me.

So, have you try any of these new items? Do you like them??

Monday, 19 August 2013

Your skin will Thank You : Night Time routine

I first started out to be a makeup junkie but eventually I became an official skincare junkie as well. Taking care and treating your skin is essential. I have seen a vast improvement in my complexion when I started to become more aware about the importance of skincare. Being able to have good skin is every girls dream. When you have good skin, you'll pile less makeup on your face. Hence, saving up more money on using less foundation or concealer.

Before buying and acquiring your skincare product, it is important to know a little bit about your skin types. Whether you have a dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin or oily skin. For me, I lean towards the combination skin, where my T-zone area will get oily. Then, after knowing your skin types, you can focus on your problem areas, it maybe blemishes, redness, acne,  hyper pigmentation etc. Basically, from all this knowledge, it helps to narrow down the products that you are going to buy. My personal skin concern is blemishes and a bit of acne during that time of the month. Therefore, I like brightening or whitening product.

So, here is what I have been using for the past few months. I list them in the order of my routine.

Lush Tea Tree Water - I'm not that fuzzy about toners. As long as it does not contain any alcohol in it. This Lush toner is pretty good, no harsh chemical for sure. Although I find the smell a bit funky like garlic. I find that using a toner really freshen up my skin and keeping my face from oily. Another great alternative is Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner which smells so good.

IOPE Bio Essence - This has the same concept as the cult favourite SK-II essence for half of the price. IOPE Bio Essence claims to hydrate and restore the skin cells. Though I'm not too sure about restoring the skin cells, but it really helps to hydrate my skin without feeling greasy and tacky.

Kiehl's Avocado Eye cream - Great eye cream, doesn't irritate my eyes. It also sinks to the skin right away. Very moisturising.

Indeed Lab Hydraluron - This serum works like no other. I have just recently acquire it when it first launched in Priceline. But I can tell you that I'm loving it! No wonder everyone seems to keep on raving about this, even Caroline Hirons put this in her Hall of Fame. Although, I have to admit it feels a bit tacky but it absorb and vanish in a second. I can tell that my skin feels more plump and hydrated in the morning. I recommend that everyone should start using this miracle worker.

Laneige White Plus Renew Night Cream - Smells good like all other Laneige product and it really brightens up my complexion. Leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

Origins Drink Up Intensive - Origins is a brand that I always rely on as they don't use harsh chemical in their product and very reliable. I use this twice a week interchangeably with my Laneige White Plus Renew Night cream. When I feel like my skin needs more hydration, I'll use this instead. A good alternative that I found is  Laneige Water sleeping pack. Treatment - I cannot live without this! It contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. Such a great product in battling and preventing any future acne. Since using this, I noticed that i got less acne on my face. From my personal experience, after using moisturising and hydrating skincare product, it helps to diminish my acne scarring and blemishes.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment - For lip conditioning. Nothing beats this stuff in moisturising my lips. It's also great for the moisturising the cuticle.

So, what's your skincare secret? Do you keep to one routine or do you alternate them frequently??

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Priceline Haul : 50% sale off Maybelline

For the past few months, Priceline has been pretty good to us, giving heaps of sales and discounts. Unfortunately, I missed all those chance (le sigh), the 40% sale off all makeup and 40% sale off all skincare

And now, they are currently having a pretty good offering. Half price for all Maybelline and other good deals (see here). I convinced myself not too missed this chance again. So I head down to Priceline before going to work. I have been eyeing on their new collection of  the Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded and Inked Pink , but they ran out of it. So, I just repurchased my HG mascara which are the Falsies and the Colossal Cat-eye. They cost for about $9AUD each, such a steal. While looking around the Maybelline ails, I could not passed up the Maybelline Colour Show nailpolishes. The $2 tag intrigued me.  Since I'm loving their age rewind concealer, I thought why not try their Dream Lumitouch concealer, they remind me of my YSL touche eclat. I also bought the Colour Vivid lipstick in Fushia Flash. My shopping didn't stop there, I picked a nailpolish from Rimmel as they're currently having a 20% off as well.  

I wanted to try on a new foundation, should I pick up the Revlon Nearly Naked or Maybelline Fit Me foundation??????? 

Anyway, what did you guys get from the deals?? Any product recommendation that I should try?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How to: Simple Gradient Lips Look

I have been sporting gradient lips look for quiet awhile now. It's been my go-to effortless lips look. Gradient lips look is so popular among the Asian especially Japanese and Korean. I find them really flattering on. So here is my easy steps to achieve the perfect gradient lips look.

1. Prepare your lips by using a lip scrub and moisturise them.

2. Conceal the outer part of your lips. I like using a beauty blender or any sponge to dab on the concealer. It's recommended to use a moisturising concealer.

3. Choose your favourite lip product, it may be a lipstick or a liptint. Apply to the inner part of your lips.

4. Pout your lips and apply more of the lip product. I find it easier to pout to be able to easily apply to the inner part of the lips.

5. Pressed your upper and lower lips together. This will make sure that the tint will spread naturally and stays on longer.

6. Dab the lip product if needed.

7. Put a clear gloss to make your lips look fuller and plump. And.. Voila! Your gradient lips is done.  

Super easy and fun!

Will you be trying this out ? Do you like them? 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Jouer matte moisture tint

Jouer matte moisture tint - Porcelain

Finally join the Jouer matte moisture tint bandwagon. I first knew it from Ingrid's video, as she was raving about how great this Jouer matte moisture tint (£29) for oily skin. I have always want to buy everything that Ingrid used, as I'm a sucker like that. Then, when I randomly looking up for the review, I came across Kate's video. I was even more convinced to buy it. When it comes to great product recommendation, I always trust Kate's word as she is just amazing like that.

This Jouer matter moisture tint is totally right up my alley, it's oil-free and it has a light-medium coverage. I'm a big fan of light-medium coverage face product as I dont like the feeling of wearing piles of makeup on my face (even if I did..). I like how it even out my complexion and still being able to let my real skin show through.

Regarding the colour, I opt for the lightest colour which is Porcelain. For your reference, Im an NC20 in MAC.  I was considering to get one colour darker but decided to stick with the Porcelain. When in doubt, opt for the lighter colour. Porcelain blends really well with my skin, it applies seamlessly smooth. Basically, I don't feel like wearing anything on. Although it says "matte", the finish of it is not a matte matte. It's more of a velvety matte and very build-able. I would prefer to wear this during the hotter months. In the colder months, I would mix this with a luminizing primer to give a glowy finish.
This reminds me a lot of my favourite asian BB cream, Holika Holika Aqua petite jelly bb cream.

Overall, I would say that this is an amazing product and worth the raved. Although it is in the pricey side, it just ticks all the needs that Im looking for in a foundation. And now, I want the Luminizing version of this in Pearl.

What are your favourite base product? Do you like the idea of matte finish?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Coveting Now #1

coveting now 1

1. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX05) : Heard loads of good review about this stuff. It's like a magic in a small tub. It can basically perform as concealer, bronzer, and even foundation depending on the shades you are going for. Although it might seem small (0.63oz), but it is a very hardcore industrial base product. So, you only need a pea size to make this work.

2. Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette : The name says it all. It's a compact neutral eye shadow palette goodness. Every women out there at least need one (or five?!)  good neutral eye shadow palette. I always go for Urban Decay for a good neutral eye shadow palette. Urban Decay just know what they're doing.

3. Topshop Flower Dress : I love wearing dresses as it's very versatile. I can dress it up and down, wear it with sandals during summer or layer it with black leather jacket and tights in the colder months.

4. Barry M Gelly Nail Polish : All the UK beauty guru's have been constantly raving about this lil thing.

5. Jo Malone in Cucumber and Earl Grey : If you love perfume, you'll probably fell in-love with Jo Malone scents like I'm. They provide a variation of unique combination of scents. They feel and look more luxurious and sophisticated than your typical perfume. Worth trying them out!

6. NARS blush in Deep throat : Besides NARS orgasm, Nars deep throat is another cult favourite. As I'm not a fan of shimmer on blush, I would opt for NARS deep throat rather than orgasm.

7. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel Bag : This has been on my wishlist for the longest time. Probably a year now?!  I find them to be a great alternative to the Celine bag which is unfortunately way out of my budget.

What are you coveting at the moment??

Sunday, 4 August 2013

NOTD: SinfulColors Endless Blue

 Sinfulcolors - Endless blue AU$4.95

I have always wanted to try Sinful's nail polish. From what I know, it has not been that long since it first launched in Australia. Maybe around the beginning of this year (Please don't quote me!). They provide a great selection of colours and very budget friendly for only AU$4.95 at Priceline or even better AUS$4 at Kmart. I wanted to try it out first before buying a bunch more, so I'm holding myself to just pick one colour. I wasn't particularly looking for a specific colour but Sinful's Endless Blue is just too pretty to pass up.

SinfulColour Endless blue is a royal blue with a cream texture. I was pretty satisfied with the quality and the application of the nail polish. You can probably get away with only one coat, but just in case I did mine two coat. It goes on very smooth and creamy.  For a mere AU$4, I'm not complaining. Considering how ridiculously expensive nail polish here is, for a drugstore nail polish like Revlon cost about AU$16.

Do you like Sinful? Any colour recommendation??

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Dedicated to NARS Gaiety

Nars Blush - Gaiety AU$46(US$29)

NARS Gaiety  is my very first high end blush purchased. Gaiety is describe as "candy pink", it leans toward a cool tone pink colour with a blue based undertone and it has a matte finish.  This blush is where my love of NARS begin. I bought it last year when I just starting off to love and enjoy putting on makeup. I heard a lot of raved and hype about NARS blushes. Therefore, I decided to give it a go. The lovely MUA at Mecca Cosmetica tried it on me and I totally fell in love. Although, I have to admit that I felt intimidated by the bright colour on the pan. However, they look so lovely on.  As I am pretty fair with cool skin tone, pink blush suits me best as it brighten up my complexion. I am also a very heavy-handed when it comes to blushes, but with Gaiety I can get away without looking like a clown. NARS blush has a great lasting power,  as far as I remember on me it basically last around 8 hours with a bit of fading at the end of the day. Texture wise, they're very soft and finely-milled. Ever since then Gaiety has become my go-to staple blush. Surprisingly enough, I have not even hit-pan on it, just a lil bit of dent. 

Have you tried Gaiety? What do you think of it?

Friday, 2 August 2013

NARS Orgasm Blush Dupes

L-R: NARS Orgasm, NYX Pinched, SLEEK Rosegold

NARS has always been one of my favourite makeup brand. They have never fail to impress me with their "oh-so-ah-mazingg" products. Among their makeup line, NARS blushes in Orgasm has always been raved about on youtube and blogs . It has become the cult favourite among beauty guru's. NARS Orgasm is a peachy pink with gold shimmer. The drawback is NARS blush is retail for AU$45 (US$29) in Mecca store. Therefore, here I am showing you the dupes which is pretty darn similar without the massive price, wallet-friendly :)

SLEEK blush in Rosegold, more powdery and less pink, I dare said more pigmented than NARS orgasm. The shimmery gold is more noticeable than NARS when applied on the cheeks. Lasting power is not as good as NARS. Well, you get what you paid for!

NYX powder blush in Pinched, less shimmery and more peachy. Better lasting power than SLEEK. Out of the 3 blushes, I prefer NYX version as the shimmer is less noticeable when applied on the cheeks. Shimmery blush is just not my cup of tea.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Top 6 essential Lip products

Lucas' Papaw,  Nuxe , Clarins Instant Light 01, Revlon JBKBS  honey, Dior lip glow, YSL gloss stick

I have always enjoy and love lip products. These are my top 6 highly recommended lip product on the go. I will go for Lucas' Papaw and Nuxe for pre-moisturising the lips before applying other lip products. For lipbalm stick, I adore my fancy Dior lip glow and YSL gloss stick. Feels good when applying on the lips and looks more sophisticated than your normal lipbalm. I could not go out without bringing my all time favourite Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stain in Honey, it is just the perfect natural lip product for MLBB. You can never go wrong with it! I have to admit, all the hype about this Clarins instant light natural lip perfecter is so true. After applying lipstick, I will finish it off with my Clarins instant light and it just made my lips look more plump and 3D.
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