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 🙂

Skincare review: The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

Time for the next installment on The Ordinary!

Alpha Arbutin is something that I definitely wanted to get, because who doesn’t want brightening and pigmentation fading? Arbutin is a key ingredient in many Asian skincare brands, but in here it is in a more powerful form Alpha Arbutin, and in a very high 2% concentration. The question is, does it work?

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My little girl’s grapes, just because.

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Skincare Review: Update on Retinoid 2%!

So I did promise that I would do an update in mid April, and here we are!

I am happy to say that I am right and my skin has cleared up lots. I only get my regular hormonal once a month freak out, and I would say they are a bit less horrible than usual. I get much less whiteheads and clogs in general, and almost no giant inflamed pimples (except those stupid deep hormonal ones once a month.)

Although my acne did stop being full blown before I started using the retinoid, I was having a LOT of texture on my chin, which is totally visible even after foundation and concealer.

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24th Feb timestamp, right before I started using the retinoid.

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Review: Kiko Radiant Touch Stick Highlighter in 101 Rose

I got this item several years ago when I was in Italy, before highlighting and strobing became all the rage. I LOVE Kiko Cosmetics, and they recently have become available in Hongkong (unfortunately only in stores), but it means that you can get your Kiko fix somewhere in Asia, at least!

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Skincare Review: The Ordinary 100% Organic Rosehip oil and how it changed my make up routine

This is the next installment in my series of The Ordinary reviews. This also happens to be something that helped me totally overhaul my make up routine, so sit up guys!

Rosehip oil is known for many skin-supporting functions. It is high in linoleic acid, which means it’s not greasy, and can even help acne. You can read Lab Muffin’s post for more information. In short, low linoleic levels may cause acne, so using rosehip oil can help to balance your skin and reduce the proliferation of bacteria. Its high linoleic acid content means that it’s also not ‘greasy’ feeling as most oils.

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Stunning natural lighting is everything.

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