Saturday, September 20, 2014

[REVIEW] K-Palette 1 Day Magic Series


I was given the latest series of K-Palette's, the 1 Day Magic series and I'm ready to give my verdict after using it the past month!

At the launch, we were taught by a Japanese makeup artist on how to create a big-eyed and dolly look using these products. Here's a pic on how Japanese use these items to change their look pretty dramatically >.< I used the items according to this page and this is how I turned out, at the end of the post >.<

Now on to the review!

The mascara is double-ended; one end is the fibres and one end is the mascara. I always use fibre mascaras but the fibres are already inside the mascaras, and not seperated and in loose form like this. This mascara is able to transform the pathetic, thin and sparse lashes of mine into natural looking falsies (and I'm not even exaggerating!) when layered on. The thing about this mascara is that I personally feel that the loose fibre is lighter than those fibre that comes in white liquid tubes, so it doesn't feel heavy despite building the layers. I took 2 times of mascara and 1 time of fibers to attain this result. However, I add an extra step to comb the lashes with an eyebrow comb after each layer so it doesn't clump, as I predicted that it will since its layering. If you only want a natural look, do only use the mascara (and maybe a layer of fibre) as it is waterproof so it holds curls well too!

I once owned their tattoo eyeliner and I find this eyeliner more suitable for me. The tattoo eyeliner left a blue stain on my eyelids (honestly I hated it) though being extremely long-lasting. Consistent with their previous liners, the tip is super fine and is of a good rigidity to draw a smooth and intense line without breaks. This is long-lasting yet it doesn't stain! Woohoo! I think the price is also reasonable considering the quality of this product. Definitely able to withstand the humidity in Singapore!

I was also given this eyelid glue which can be used to create eyelid creases or as a falsie glue. I already have double eyelids so I tried this as a falsie glue instead. I feel that it lasts about 4 hours before the inner end of it started to come slightly loose. I think it'll work better as an eyelid glue even though I never tried. Maybe I should try to make my eyelids higher... maybe. Its a clear liquid (not white) so it looked very natural :)

Lastly, an awesome all-in-one palette. This contour palette is really good! You can highlight, shade and there's even two blush colors for your to match your skin tone. I really like the peach!!!!!!!!! This can be used on the whole face so I believe this can be used as an eyeshadow as well. The contouring effect is really good considering this is only one small palette. It'll be great to use as a touch-up when you're outside too. Only downside probably that the brush is a little too tiny for the purpose, though being small, you can better define your features.

Here's a before > after! (excuse the cui face > derp face haha)

Its been awhile since I used Japanese cosmetics (all the Korean rage now) and I'm thankful to be able
to try this set out. They're all so useful and affordable, I would recommend this to anyone, especially beginners because they're easy to use and gives a great result.

It's already launched in Watsons and more so do check them out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Favourite daily lippies!


Its been awhile! I have been (as usual) trying out stuff and here I have some of my favourite lippies for awhile. I rotate among them everyday and here's my review!

 I shall spare you the sight of my very well-used lippies but here are the names:

- Tory Burch Pas du Tout (orange and gold boxy casing)
- Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Sheers 304 (black casing)
- Jill Stuart Lip Blossom 09 Brilliant Lily (silver casing)
- Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Liar
- Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Streak


Tory Burch Pas du Tout 
Creamy, sheer and slightly glittery nude pink-brown color. It is said to be slightly scented with some kinda Tory Burch perfume but I honestly find that it smelt like cheap lipsticks. This is pretty sheer but it does match my skin tone and the color does show up on my not-very-pigmented lips. Very moisturizing during its approximately 3 hours wear time but not much beyond that. Oh, and the packaging is really pretty!! Tory Burch cosmetics is available at Robinsons Orchard, if you're wondering. This lipstick costed $45.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Sheers 304
Also a sheer lipstick as stated in the name. More of a coral color but leaning to pink. Its a little on the not-so-moisturizing side for a sheer lipstick and will accentuate any dryness or flakes on the lips. The wearing time is however very long, about 5 hours with eating and drinking. It also has no significant scent. Giorgio Armani cosmetics is exclusively sold at DFS Scotts and I don't remember how much this costs.. haha. Keep in mind that this is meant to be sheer (their satin series is not bad too, but not a fave haha)

Jill Stuart Lip Blossom 09 Brilliant Lily
A glittery, translucent reddish orange color. Its very smooth, and more of a jelly than creamy texture. It has noticeable glitters and the finish is very glossy. Doesn't last very long with eating and drinking, probably like 2 hours (haha) but I really like the color while it lasts. Smells like most other Jill Stuart products... which I don't know how to describe but its very prominent. Got this in Hong Kong and I would definitely get more the next time I'm there!

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Liar and Streak
Liar is a pinkish color and Streak is a coral-peach color. Both have no glitter is of the same creamy, sticky, rich texture despite the colors being sheer. Most reviews on the internet mentioned that its way too sheer and should have better pigmentation since its not exactly cheap. Honestly, I use this as a lipbalm; by applying a very thin layer for less gloss and less color. I have two of these because I couldn't decide on one #girlproblems. This gloss is my favouritest gloss ever, and its coming from a girl who don't like using lipglosses. It gives a very even and smooth finish which makes my lips look very full and healthy. Upon application, there is a slightly minty feeling and it taste/smells of the food item I dislike... peanut butter. Thank goodness the smell don't last and is quite faint. It is also meant to nourish the lips and there's some study that consumers find that their lip conditions  (lip lines, dryness etc) get better from wearing this gloss, and I have to say that this claim is true. The moisturizing effect lasts the day even if I wear it for a few hours. Wear time for these is about 3 hours w/o eating or drinking. I wouldn't say that the price is reasonable but I really felt that it was well worth the price as it delivers not just a temporary color but also a lasting moisture. This retails for $32 each in Sephora Singapore.

As you can see, all the colors are very neutral and I feel very comfortable in them most of the time. Will update more, thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

[REVIEW] ioma Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++


Its been a really long time since I updated! Besides being busy with my daily work, I'm also trying out new products so here's a review of a product I was given awhile ago!

I was invited to the ioma Cell Protector launch awhile ago and had a skin analysis. Through this machine, I better understand my skin's concerns. It was totally not what I thought it was! For a long time, I thought my skin was dehydrated and kept spamming moisturizers and mists, but it turned out that my main concern was bacterial activity (the rest were within the healthy range). That explains the pimples and all but I totally have no idea how to deal with that. ioma provides customized solutions to almost every type of skin so do get your FREE skin analysis to better understand how to address your concerns! It is really important to get a professionally analysed skin because who knows, you are doing your skincare all wrong.

Only the bacterial activity was in the "bad" level, and I'm glad to see that I'm doing fine for the rest of the conditions.

Moving on to introduce their latest product, the ioma Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++! Its a sunscreen which does more that preventing sun damage - but also environmental stress (pollution, smoking, climate etc). According to the product info, "the combination of all environmental stress factors can cause premature skin ageing: loss of elasticity and firmness, the appearance of dark spots, loss of radiance and wrinkle formation." This product should be used after your skincare (ioma products are numbered for easy usage, and the number 7 on the product meant it should be used as a step 7, while e.g. moisturizers are 3 and cleansers are 1.) 

It is a good size to travel with and the pump is also really cool. You have to twist silver cap to erect the pump.

The product comes out off-white, while fully blending gives your skin a subtle glow.

I have used it daily the past month or so, as a first step for my makeup routine. The product is easily blendable, does not feel dry, but a wee bit sticky. Then I apply my powder foundation and the rest of the routine. I feel that it prolongs the powder and my face is relatively matte for about 6 hours. It doesn't cause me any breakouts or reactions, and I really love it as a primer and sunscreen, withstanding Singapore's humidity.

The ioma Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++ is available at Isetan Singapore, at $85 (30ml).

Thanks for reading!