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?

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?

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!

Review: Lime Crime Velvetine in Squash

So….. Limecrime! The face of internet controversy. I wouldn’t really buy from them, but I do think they have some very nice things, especially the Venus palette (which I have a dupe of) and the Venus 2, which, with its dirtier, grungier colour scheme, really calls my name. So when they were having a giant 75% off sale, I had to grab just one thing.

I’m not happy that this liquid lipstick costs as much as other standard liquid lipsticks and only has 2.6ml. I mean, sure, give me 2.6ml because I sure as hell don’t wear this everyday, but don’t charge me 20USD! Which is why I only bought this when it was 5USD. 2.6ml is less than half of a standard lip gloss/liquid lip, which is 6ml.

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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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Review: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Tiger’s Eye

I recently saw Temptalia’s review on Estee Lauder’s Hi Lustre lipsticks, and noticed something very interesting. She reviewed Tiger’s Eye, which I actually do have!

Mine is the old version, obviously, with some kind of limited edition packaging. I found this in Bonjour in Hongkong a few years back, and it was going for something like $4. Since I think my makeup collection was a fair bit smaller back then, I did actually buy it. Let’s see what changes there are between the old and the new one!

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Review: L’oreal Colour Riche Moist Matte Glamour Fuchsia

My lovely friend Jodulu sent me a beautiful gift box from L’oreal consisting of a few goodies from L’oreal… all the way in December before Christmas. So I’m super late to this review.

@jodulu partnered with #lorealxlazada to send me this AWESOME christmas surprise – a box full of #loreal goodies! generous sample sizes of their #hydrafresh range – genius lotion, face wash, cream and full size night mask. My favourite item is of course the lipstick, which is, surprisingly, a shade that I don’t own yet :p it’s the color riche in Glamour Fuchsia, but it’s more like a Pantone Radiant Orchid kinda shade. Quite matte, comfortable and doesn’t smell lipsticky like drugstore lipsticks can. Absolutely stunning. The large bottle of L’Oréal Elseve Extraordinary Oil shampoo smells divinely of roses. can’t wait to have bouncy shiny rose smelling hair!!!! thank you to @jodulu, Lazada and L’Oréal for making my day!

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As the box consisted of a full bottle of Elseve Shampoo, skincare things and a full sized lipstick in Glamour Fuchsia, it was obvious what was going to be my favourite, though I need another lipstick like a fish needs a bicycle.

(The shampoo is pretty damn nice too!)

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Don’t you think that L’oreal has really stepped up their packaging game? I mean, they ARE one of the most expensive brands at the drugstore. I believe this costs $21.90, because Singapore’s retail prices suck. I like the little colour window, because it helps if you have several L’Oreal lipsticks. The plastic is kind of light, yes, but for a drugstore brand the packaging is the bomb.

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When I saw this, I thought ‘Okay, I have at least 2 other fuchsia lipsticks,’ but this is nothing like that. I would say this is actually more of a Radiant Orchid colour on me.

The formula is pretty nice. This lipstick is natural matte, without being flat. It’s also quite pigmented and very smooth in one swipe. I think it’s a stretch to say it delivers ‘intense moisture’ like the ad copy, but it’s definitely comfortable.

Here’s comparing it to my other fuchsias…

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L-R: Maybelling Glamour Fuchsia, Kiko Metallic Lipstick in Fuchsia (DCed), and Life Entropy Lip Theory in Fusion (which is also no longer on the site 😦 )

Well… one doesn’t need 3 fuchsias. They don’t look very different on my arm, frankly, but you can tell that Glamour Fuchsia is the darkest and most muted, while Fusion is the lightest, brightest and warmest (as warm a fuchsia can go, anyway.) Kiko’s is the coolest, also due to the metallic blue shimmer in it. But like all fuchsia lipsticks, Glamour Fuchsia and the other 2 will stain your lips pink for the whole of the next day.

Glamour Fuchsia’s formula actually reminds me of Maybelline’s Creamy Mattes, which makes sense because Maybelline and L’oreal are both owned by L’oreal. They make mattes using silicones, so it feels very velvety on the lips instead of being dry and draggy. No longevity issues, no bleeding, comfortable wear.

On me, it reminds me of Radiant Orchid, a slightly brighter and more saturated version, maybe. Not quite what comes to mind when one says ‘fuchsia’, but that’s what makes it different from the other 2.

This is definitely not as bright and in your face as the other 2 fuchsias I have (which are VERY bright and in your face) but I do like it’s mutedness. I think it fits my complexion well too. The matteness and the mutedness giving it a more mature, glamorous vibe than the glossy shocking fuchsias I have.

I enjoy this lipstick very much, and would love to try the other colours in the line, so
I would call it a great success. Thanks lots to my lovely friend Jodulu, and Lazada and L’oreal for sponsoring the box!

(I got the items in the box for free, with no obligation to write about it.)

Skincare Review: The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

This is the product I was the most excited for from The Ordinary. As you know, I had rather bad hormonal acne on my chin for about 6 months. Although somehow it went away by itself and I don’t have huge cystic acne there like I used to, I still have very clogged pores there and a fair bit of texture. It bothers me for sure. So I was hoping Retinoid would wipe it clean and make my skin baby smooth again.

EDIT: Update as promised here, with before and after photos!

Sorry for the blurry pic! Also, HOW FANTASTIC IS MY NAIL COLOUR.

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Foundation Review: Koh Gen Do Aqua 213

So, I’ve had this awhile now and I’ve worn it lots of times, enough to finally share my thoughts!

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Wow, now this is a flatlay I am quite proud of!!!

First off, this is definitely not something you expect to be able to get for cheap on Carousell, as it is a very niche brand. So I had to buy retail, which pains my soul. At $80 for 30ml, it is on par with other high end foundations. For reference, Armani’s Lasting Silk is $87. NARS Sheer Glow is $73, Shu Uemura Light Bulb is $75. So straddling the line between department store brands and outright luxury. Good thing that there’s a counter in Taka, so feel free to use all your Taka vouchers! 🙂

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Fragrance review: Coach Signature Rose D’Or EDP

This is a perfume originally bought by my mum, but I kind of repossessed it.

Coach’s perfumes have, surprisingly, gotten fairly good reviews on Fragrantica. I mean, Coach to me is a slightly dowdy brand after all. It’s reflected in the bottle, which I think is super ugly and uninteresting.

For this specific scent, according to Fragrantica, ‘Top notes of Coach Signature Rose D’Or offer a rich blend of floral notes and spices. Orange blossom and geranium appear first and are spiced with saffron and coriander. The heart incorporates romantic notes of centifolia rose notes surrounded with jasmine and peony, sweetened skillfully with raspberry zest. A rich and seductive bouquet is resting on precious woody notes of oud and is warmed with ambergris and vanilla. Depth and darker shades are provided by patchouli balanced skillfully with castoreum and leather leaving the signature of Coach brand.’

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I have no artistic talents for flatlays. But I do love my necklace of jadeite pearls.

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