An update (and not quite.)

You can tell I’ve been very silent here recently. I do like talking about makeup and I’ve been experimenting with stuff (as usual), but I really haven’t been in a mood to take pictures and document it properly.

Anyway, here are some quickfire updates:

  1. Lana’s new album just dropped a couple of days ago and it’s awesome. Spotify here but I feel a little like the album is not so new anymore because we’ve heard some of the singles for so long. My favourite singles that dropped earlier were Love, Lust for Life and Coachella – Woodstock in my mind (all of them then.)  The 2 singles that previewed recently Summer Bummer and Groupie Love are not 100% to my taste, but I do enjoy them and hum them to myself a lot. Damn are they catchy. On the first listen I already absolutely adore 13 Beaches and White Mustang.
  2. I suddenly also have quite an interest in fashion and clothing in general again, probably due to some (rather drastic I must admit) weight loss. I do like the size I am now, and I’m much leaner and lighter (and far fitter too now that I’m carrying less extra weight.) Now it’s about maintaining it in the face of the my interest in the next point…20170702_215711.jpg
  3. DESSERT! I have an incredible sweet tooth recently and I’ve been munching non stop on an assortment of cobblers and ice cream and waffles and cookies and whatnot. Below is a croffle, which is a waffle-textured croissant, with all the super thin buttery fluffy croissant layers inside.

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4. Art. I’ve been to a few galleries recently and have really enjoyed myself. 20170708_14331920170708_134826

 

So this is what I’ve roughly been up to recently. Music, art, fashion and dessert.

 

Ending off with a day where I really liked my makeup – soft pinky tones with a wing that wasn’t overdone. I think I like pink tones on my eyes because it really stands out against my super yellow skin.

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FOTD/OOTD – Retro Playsuit with Menow #27

Personally I’ve always thought I was way too ungainly for playsuits – how the hell do you pee in them anyway? I always strip from the top down – that’s how you are supposed to do it, right? Or am I missing something?

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Urgh I look so fat. I hope it’s bloating. Because I actually lost 3kg the past few weeks.

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Holy Mascara Review: Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara Super Waterproof in Black

Just to be clear – there is nothing holy about my review, and the mascara is holy only in the way that when you put it on, you go ‘HOLY-‘. Which was exactly my reaction.

My beloved HG mascara backups have dried up, unfortunately. I mean, I knew the day would come, but when I tossed my last remaining one, I was very distraught. How am I supposed to start all over again looking for the right mascara for me?!

I knew that I definitely had to look to Japanese brands for my mascara. It’s super fucking hot and humid in Singapore year round, and people in Europe/USA who have the privilege of choosing ‘water resistant’ or ‘non waterproof’ mascara have no fucking idea what it’s like. Give me bulletproof or nothing. Japanese brands are famous for making mascaras that survive the apocalypse.

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Why yes, my daisies are indeed inspired by Lana Del Rey and I’ve been wearing them in my hair all the time. Other Japanese make up items to…. complement the Japanese mascara?

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Polish Review/NOTD: Sally Hansen Triple Shine

In general I really like Sally Hansen polishes. Their various formulas seem to work very well for me, and they’re generally better priced than OPI and the like. I bought a whole bunch of Sally Hansen Triple Shines off someone destashing, so here’s some thoughts. I’m not sure you can buy these locally in Watsons anymore because I don’t see them around, but apparently they’re still available in Malaysia and some other places. It might have been discontinued.

I really like the Triple Shine line. The polishes are pretty shiny indeed. The formula is not perfect – it tends to be a bit too liquidy, so I usually need 3 coats instead of 2. They do dry fast though, so it’s not too fussy. They’re also very, very long lasting.

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Dive In after SEVEN days of wear. Holy, shit, it looks nearly as good as new. Only slight tip wear on the middle finger.

This looks totally different pre and post top coat. I actually got several compliments on this colour, although I personally didn’t like it all that much.

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Pixie Slicks

Another one that garnered lots of compliments, this is a very girly, pretty pink. Bit too pretty for my own taste, it isn’t really a colour I would exactly reach for.

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Sheer polish Clam Up (and took like, 5 coats to build up to this…)

This was very very sheer and I should probably have used something underneath…. Nevertheless, it is a very pretty opalescent duochromey kind of colour, which I am also a sucker for. I suppose it’s great for those nude-but-not kind of nails.

 

In general I think I’m not too fussy with my nails and nail polish, so really, lots of things are ok. These are probably one of the better polishes I’ve come across. Would you pick any up if you saw them?

Lipstick Review: Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Colour in Raw Silk

I’ve had this for awhile – I remember when Palladio was launching in Singapore they had a promotion where you could trade in any brand’s lipstick for a free Velvet Matte Cream Lip colour and of COURSE I jumped on it like a rabid person. FREE NEW LIPSTICK!

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Damn aren’t my nails an awesome colour!

This line is all named for fabrics which, as a past semi fashionista, I loved. I would have gotten Jacquard for the name alone because I LOVE JACQUARD. And damn, now that I’m looking at it again, the bright coral red really calls my name. 😉

I picked Raw Silk in the end because I saw it on BeautybyRah and I loved how it looked on her.

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All credits to beautybyrah.blogspot.com

However it looks NOTHING LIKE THAT ON ME. Such is life! I think it’s because I’m quite a bit fairer than her.

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Like is this even the same colour? Haha. It looks more like Boucle in the lip swatches on her side, except that my friend Jodulu wore Boucle out and it was definitely way darker than Raw Silk.

I would describe this as a rosy brown – definitely leans a lot rosier on me. I quite like it, actually. It has a bit of the 90s vibe due to the brown, and it’s definitely a neutral goes with lots of looks kind of colour without being a nude.

This is a creamy matte lip, so you can see it’s not 100% flat matte. It also doesn’t dry down all the way and will still transfer a little, but it means that it definitely doesn’t crack, and you can rub your lips together. It feels somewhat velvety/siliconey on the lips, but not extremely so.

Unfortunately I find this formula extremely drying. I don’t know what’s about it, but seriously, my Menow $2 matte liquid lipsticks are more comfortable than this. This makes my lips peel and feel painful. Since everyone else says they’re not that drying, I guess it’s just me. It’s a total shame because I love the colour and the formula is good in all other respects. I’ve worn it multiple times but I have to concede that it’s drying as fuck for me.

Will that deter me from wearing it? Probably not. I’ve still worn it (but probably not 2 days in a row) and I need to slather lots of balm on, but I am willing to make the sacrifice occasionally.

Overall, I would still recommend this line because it’s very affordable and the formula is nice, and most people don’t seem to have a big a problem with dryness as me.

Foundation Review: EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation in F100

EX1 is a pretty low key brand that isn’t really hyped up from what I’ve seen onine, but I think the founder of this line wanted to make a foundation line for yellow/olive undertones and more specifically Asian women (of all kinds – Indian, Chinese, etc.) Their range is pretty small – just foundation, concealer and a few blushes. Their foundations have gotten great reviews from many bloggers, and I was particularly inspired to pull the trigger by Paris B of My Women Stuff 🙂

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This is a foundation with the old colour system, and this was the lightest – the new one has a much larger shade range. Based on their new foundation finder, I am either a 2.0 or 3.0, whereas 3.5 is the old F100. Does this possibly mean I’m no longer NC20 but NC15, because F100 is a fair bit too dark for me? All the brightening treatments and tons of sunblock must have worked 🙂

Frankly, the packaging is hideous to me. It’s all plastic and very light, which I suppose is good for travelling, but the orange chrome screams tacky to me. The pump also doesn’t work very well – I have to keep the bottle upright to be able to pump things out properly. Thankfully I’m not too big of a stickler for packaging.

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This liquid foundation is on the thick side and will not run down your arm. You can see the swatch looks fairly thick. However when it’s blended out, you hardly see any texture or thickness – it is very lightweight indeed, rather befitting of its ‘Invisiwear’ name.

This is me with only skincare. My wisdom tooth/jaw hurts like FUCK today, which is why I think my jaw looks kind of swollen.

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And this is with the foundation on:

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It’s a very nice satin finish, not too dewy but definitely not matte. Colour match was acceptable (surprisingly, considering how dark it looks – looks darker than in the pic) but I definitely looked like I got some sun. Undertones weren’t too off though so it still matched me fairly decently, which is good.

Here’s a look at how it performs on this stubborn inflamed spot by my jaw. It works okay, and coverage is also decent. I’m not the best to speak about coverage of foundations though because I don’t exactly demand tons of coverage. Haha.  I would consider it a medium, definitely not heavy coverage.

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It also wears well throughout the day and doesn’t break up, but I do find that it gets dewier and dewier. It may not be suitable for people with oilier skin who mind dewiness. I also find that the texture is not extremely kind to any rough patches (see the spot on my jaw for example) and would probably not suit the very dry skinned. I feel it’s best suited for normal skin, or those slightly oily or slightly dry.

Overall, this is definitely quite a nice foundation at a very budget friendly price. I would pick a different colour next time, but this colour works well enough that I’m actually considering keeping it for days I might be getting more tanned by accident. Or I could mix it with my Koh Gen Do 213.

Have you tried this foundation?

Skincare Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Hi, I’m back (I hope) but I don’t think I will be posting that much as I’m running quite a few projects on the side, but at least I’m here with this post!

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Have not scrubbed the polish off my cuticles but this colour is awesome is it not?!

 

This is one of the most popular products made by The Ordinary, and with good reason. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has long been a star ingredient in Korean skincare, which is why you can see it in nearly everything Korean. However, those Korean products tend to include it in miniscule to minor amounts (say, <2%) whereas this serum has it at a super high 10%. Zinc is also frequently used as an anti-inflammatory soothing agent, such as in baby diaper rash cream.

Niacinamide is said to reduce congestion and blemishes, as well as being a powerful brightener. With continued use, it supposedly balances sebum production for overall reduction in acne. For me, other products with some Niacinamide such as the CosRX Galactomyces Essence, have helped to calm my skin down and reduce appearance of pores as well. I was excited to try this as a more potent version of Niacinamide!

The ingredient list of this is super short:

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

As you can see, this is a water based serum with lots of niacinamide, pentylene glycol which is a penetration enhancer, zinc, and some thickeners and preservatives. There’s very little else in this besides what is advertised, which is what I have come to expect from The Ordinary.

In the dropper, this is kind of cloudy, but squeezed onto the hand it is basically clear. However, I think due to the thickeners, people have reported pilling up a bit for them. This has never been an issue in the night time, but I do find that if I use it in the morning and apply sunscreen and foundation after, I sometimes find white bits on my face. But I haven’t had it happen recently at all, so maybe I was just using too many silicones at that time!

It has frequently been said that niacinamide and L-ascorbic acid (the most potent form of Vit C) shouldn’t be used together, but Kind of Stephen (kind of) debunks that. Having personally experienced some of the flushing and hotness described that occurs when you mix the two, I would personally not use Vit C products and this together, but you could if you’re less sensitive.

As this serum is fairly thick, one thing I like to do is to mix it into my COSRX Galactomyces Essence mentioned above, as that is very watery and it helps the serum be easier to spread. It can be used on it’s own too though, without issues.

I think it’s a great serum and I especially love to use it when my skin is very congested and inflamed (like around shark week.) It helps to soothe my skin and I do notice the congestion reducing. Also my pores are practically invisible most days, so it does help in that regard. My skin is definitely brighter and clearer after so many months of usage of this higher %, rather than just the amount available in the Galactomyces essence. I think this is like a workhorse serum – you won’t see incredible benefits (unlike the Advanced Retinoid) but with daily use the effects are visible over the long term.

Overall, I really like this serum and it’s also at a great price point. I may even stop buying the Galactomyces essence and use this by itself 🙂

Note: Temporary Hiatus

My domestic helper has gone back to her home country for a couple of weeks and I have no help with the offspring, so it has been tough for me lately. I’ve been on a long leave the past few days so it wasn’t too bad, but I’ve got some personal things to sort out and I’m going back to work on Thursday, so horrors, seriously. Things will probably be worse next year, but ah well. Can you tell I’m not quite in a mood to do make up? Especially since my HG mascara is gone…

If you’ve noticed (or not), I have been posting pretty regularly on Tuesday and Friday for the past few months. I do have some stuff written up and nearly finished, so I will try to polish them up a bit and post them. But until June maybe, I may not be posting so much.

Hope the couple of regular readers I have enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy occasionally writing down my thoughts!

Sample Rundown: I don’t get many samples

  1. Innisfree Green Tea Seed serum:

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I didn’t like the Enriched Orchid Cream (review), from another Innisfree line, so I didn’t have that high hopes. Seriously, all Innisfree products are insanely fragranced. Maybe I’m just used to CosRX’s non fragranced stuff, but holy shit this fragrance is so strong. It’s not unpleasant, but I don’t want to put perfume on my face

It does seem reasonably effective – my skin seemed a lot smoother and nicer when I was using it, but I was using it when my skincare routine was barebones with only the Galactomyces essence (which tells you how long I’ve been writing this post…) I didn’t try it for very long, of course. 2 sample sachets lasted me about 3 days with day and night use, but it did seem quite nice. It’s rather slippery and siliconey but it did seem to have lasting hydration effects, which is definitely more than I can say about the Orchid cream. It’s also fairly affordable – you can buy it here [affiliate] for $43,90 for TWO 80ml bottles, or $23,90 for one, which seems like a pretty good deal to me for a ton of serum! I would consider this if my hands ever felt an itching to try new serums.

2. Innisfree Green Tea Seed cream:

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Holy shit this is so fragranced. After being used to CosRX’s very nicely unfragranced Rice Mask, this is a bit overpowering. It is also super siliconey, and pills up a bit if I’ve applied too much stuff underneath. I don’t find that it moisturizes that well either. At least it didn’t give me a film on my face like the horrible Orchid cream. Overall, a solid meh. Just in case you still want to buy it, you can find it here for $21.90 plus shipping. Personally, I would recommend the CosRX masks as moisturizer instead.

3. Dr Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser

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This was also super fragranced, which was not great, but it was quite low foaming, which was good. I feel like it cleansed my skin well without leaving residue, but also not leaving it tight. However I did get a couple of rather deep pimples in the couple of days I was using this wash – not sure if it was entirely due to this wash, or just three consecutive 12 hour work days and the wrong time of the month. I think the whole Dr Belmeur line is very cute (reminds me of like, Dutch milkmaids, but one whose a practicing doctor? Idk) but The Face Shop has a long history of meh skincare products, so…. It’s available for $11.89 from my bae Roseroseshop which I buy all my Korean shit from, not too bad a product to try out.

4. Danahan Silky Radiance BB Cream in 23

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If Sulwhasoo was the queen of traditional Korean skincare, Danahan must be one of the imperial consorts, assuming Korean royal court worked like all the Chinese ones in the dramas I watched in my childhood. My 2 sachets are in 23, which is the colour I prefer in Korean terms because I’m more scared of the bald eagle effect than having a slightly darker face. It also has SPF 30 which you know means almost nothing to me.

This is a super thick BB cream. It’s so thick that it’s difficult to spread with fingers and I had to use a brush, which left streaks that I had to blend further with my fingers… not a good start. After that, it didn’t look too bad, although it does look rather heavy. I’ve also not been using a face primer recently, and I felt like this didn’t cover up my pores as beautifully as my other foundations. It also looked a bit heavier than what I’m used to, but it does have more coverage than say, my Koh Gen Do 213.

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L-R Koh Gen Do Aqua 213, The Saem Tip Perfection concealer in 1.5, Danahan BB Cream in 23

You can see it’s much more neutral than the super olive 213, and it doesn’t have much of a grey cast. Overall, it’s a bit too neutral/pink for my face, and too dark, but passable.

I think it’s alright…? You might want to try it if you want to feel like a fancy traditional Korean. It’s not a bad product, but perhaps not what I’m used to (and I’m very finicky about shade matches.) You can get 40ml of the BB cream and a free gel cleanser for $30.69 from Roseroseshop.

New Contouring Technique: Does it work?

Recently I came across a thread on MUACJD discussing how a certain Youtuber does her contour VERY high up on her face. Here’s the link to the video, if you’re interested.

I was reminded of a technique that Larry Yeo, a top local make up artist, did when I went to an Illamasqua event a long time back. He showed us how to contour using the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. On people with faces with little dimensions (most Singaporeans, then…) he puts it right under the highest point, much like the Youtuber, rather than in the hollows of the face, as frequently recommended.

My own cheekbones are very pronounced already, so I tried it out on myself to see how suited this technique was for me!

[Btw, did you know that zygoma reduction is an actual plastic surgery procedure? WHO the hell would want to REDUCE their cheekbones? I thought mega cheekbones are like all the rage now, and probably forever past and future. Also maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always had mega cheekbones that get more and more pronounced the older and thinner I get.]

So this is my face with skincare and a thin layer of Koh Gen Do Aqua on, nothing else.

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The black area is where you would put your contour using this technique, right beneath the cheekbone, while the red area is where one would ‘normally’ contour, at the hollow of the cheeks.

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I used my cream contour (Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow) to map out where it should go.

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I hit it a bit lower than my diagram, but it’s still obviously much higher than the hollows of my face.

 

After adding more contour (NYX Taupe), the result is as below…

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Side by side for your easy reference, before and after.

My cheekbones are definitely more pronounced, but I don’t expect it to look exactly the same after contouring. Is it any more pronounced than a normal contour? I’m not quite sure, I feel like for people like me who already have very pronounced cheekbones and/or a thin face with obvious hollows, it’s probably better to get the contour right in the hollow for the maximum ‘cut-yourself-on-my-cheekbones’ goodness.

However, if you have a flatter face and you have to create cheekbones from scratch, or if your face is rounder (like the Youtuber, who doesn’t have as obvious hollows as me), this technique might be good for you.

Please note that I did not use any highlight, and of course if you do it’ll look even sharper.

What do you think of this technique? If you try it out, do comment with a link!