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23 April 2010

China Glaze Sexagon

this is the polish i was wearing on my Maybelline Magnum mascara review post.

please excuse the terrible cuticles! :P

it's a beautiful silver holo. it applies thinly but you can layer to achieve the coverage you want. if you're lazy or in a hurry, you can skip putting top coat over this and it will still look gorgeous. unlike other CG polishes, this one dries fast and applies thin.

what nail polish are you sporting lately?

22 April 2010

Dorothy Perkins + Victoria haul

begged the hubby to buy some work-appropriate clothes and so i wound up shopping at Dorothy Perkins (in Plaza Singapura) last weekend.

i got:

a bow-belted floral-printed skirt - S$66

isn't the print detail screams spring? i think it's fab!

2 workshirts - S$36 each but got for $59 for 2

a black reptile-skinned replica purse - S$26

my bill totalled S$151 so i was given a membership card for free! i get to have 20% discount on my birth month when i visit them - can't wait for next month!

we ate lunch at McDonald's and while the hubby and kids munched away on their burger and fries, i sneaked out and bought cheap but cute earrings!

dangling earrings - 2 for S$10

have you done any shopping lately?

21 April 2010

a closer look at Maybelline Magnum Volum' Express Waterproof mascara

i was intrigued by all the publicity for this new mascara. several bus stop ads and Watsons counter posters grabbed my attention - i just had to know what the fuzz is about.

been able to try this mascara for over a week now. i like it's effect and hold.

here is a short pic realization of it's effects:

clean lashes

after 1 coat

after 2 coats

in terms of building up volume, i agree this packs on the goods. there are no fibers included (which Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing has that i loathe), but the usual creamy product. it's reasonably priced too, probably cheaper if i got it in Manila. and it stays on until you remove it, because it's waterproof.

one of the things i didn't like about it though is the applicator. it was chunkier than what am used to from L'Oreal's and Majolica Majorca's. it was a bit hard to work it, you'd had to be very careful to apply it or you'll end up applying mascara in all the wrong places as well as clump your lashes if you are "eager to apply lash over and over".

all in all, i'd say it's a pretty good find. go ahead and try it yourself. ;)

20 April 2010

changed for the good: Shu Uemura Mark Cealer

for months, i've been meaning to get an overdue replacement for my Shu Uemura Pro Spots Concealer (i've acquired for like 3+ years already). but there were just so many considerations on my mind (MAC Studio Sculpt, Benefit Boi-ing, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, MUFE HD Invisible Cover Concealer) i don't know which one to pick. i realized however that i love Shu's so why switch? besides, all of the other brands i've been eyeing are western brands and am on an asian beauty product vibe so why jinx it hehe.

so when i went to Takashimaya's Shu counter i was shocked to find it gone - or changed. it's called differently, packaged differently and even applies differently. i'm however surprised that the price stayed the same - S$55. affordable and very good value for money, as my previous one lasted for years.

before i show you a li'l demo, here are some visual comparisons:

box still looks the same except for the product name

bottles look similar except for the font color and text placement

then: plastic rounded tip applicator; now: doe-fot sponge applicator

although described creamy, this version is a little watery compared to the old formula which is rich creamy imo

i prefer to use before foundation, as i use MMU (which is loose powder form)

here is a short pic demo of how i apply it for my dark undereye:

clean face, only applied moisturizer lightly

consistency is a bit watery than the rich, creamy older version but not too runny - see, it still holds up it's shape and don't have the potential to be cakey unlike previously where applying too much can become disastrous

patted concealer around undereye - don't i now look well-rested compared to the "before" shot?

in the end, i like this product. i say like - and not love - because i find that applying one layer doesn't satisfy my expectation of fully covered dark undereye complexion but i can always add another layer if need be. that, i still need to explore. what i love though is that it doesn't feel like a concealer at all - so light, feels like moisturizer, easy-breezy to apply and smoothen out. it also doesn't have (imho) the potential to cake. the price is reasonable as well, because it can last me for a long, long time. am not sure about the applicator, but since i pat the product on my undereye when i haven't applied any product on my face yet sounds good so am not really worried about "soiling" the product.

i have a feeling i will keep this asian-beauty-product-high for a while. am actually thinking of buying Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick (for a longer lasting and much picture-friendly foundation, since i've ditched MAC Studio Fix foundation ages ago). Uh-oh... hehe!

16 April 2010

cool & warm

happy Friday ladies! i want to share the looks i did for the last two days - one cool and one warm.


Shu Uemura Mark Cealer 7YR Medium (undereye)
UDPP - all over lid
MAC Warm Chill e/s - all over lid until browbone
MAC Blacktrack f/l - upper lashline
MAC Browshader in Soft Charcoal - brows
Maybelline Magnum Volum Express mascara - lashes

L'Egere BB cream
Joppa Medium Light #3
MAC MSF Medium
MAC Nuance (cheeks)
MAC lip conditioner
forgot what i had on my lips!

what i love about this look is that the color enhances the eyes without overpowering your natural features compared with darker shadows that make you look like a completely different person. this also made me appear nice without looking overly sweet hehe. i believe pastel greens and teals are my shades of green.

onto the warm one.

Shu Uemura Mark Cealer 7YR Medium (undereye)
UDPP - all over lid
MAC Retrospeck e/s - all over lid until browbone
MAC Blacktrack f/l - upper lashline
Laura Mercier eyeliner - waterline
MAC Browshader in Soft Charcoal - brows
Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing mascara - lashes

L'Egere BB cream
Joppa Medium Light #3
Aromaleigh URFP Peaches and Cream
MAC Nuance (cheeks)
MAC lip conditioner
Christian Dior Rouge Dior Creme de Gloss 215 l/g

now i think this look can be both appropriate for work and date with your bf/hubby. the overall impact is professional-looking without rubbing off as a stuck-up. still looks fresh, so pleasant to look at.

wanna share a thought: notice the black fibers fallout below my eye? it's Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing mascara. it volumizes your lashes with these tiny black fibers that's suppose to cling onto the lashes but apparently, some fall off when i move about because i couldn't recall rubbing my eye or touch it - all i did was take photos. that's a big disappointment for me. it ruins the look. and it seems i put on cheap makeup that's why it does that and that's not acceptable. i like how this mascara volumizes my lashes but am afraid i won't be buying this again. :(

on a good review though, am loving my new concealer - Shu Uemura Mark Cealer. will post about it on a separate entry but just want to shout i love it!

hope you'll have a great weekend ahead! i'll try to shoot that "Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil - in action" video i promised in my post yesterday and hopefully upload soon.

God Bless you all!

15 April 2010

miracle makeup remover: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil

i came across Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil while browsing this month's issue of Female magazine. my The Body Shop Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (which i use as a face makeup remover because i use Lancome Bi-Facil to remove eye makeup) was running out so what a perfect time to try a new one.

this is actually a cleanser that claims to be "gentle on skin, yet tough on makeup". it also promises to remove makeup WITHOUT THE USE OF COTTON. how cool is that??? so i definitely had to try.

it's currently packaged in Limited Edition Snow White Fairytale Collection 120ml with complimentary 20ml that sells for S$33. well, i've shelved out S$48 for an eye makeup remover (Lancome Bi-Facil) so why not less that amount for an overall makeup remover?

here is the sales pitch:

Makeup removal is now blissfully easy with MILD CLEANSING OIL. This powerful formulation comes enriched with Meadow Foam Oil, which removes kertain plugs and keeps pores clear for a clearer, smoother complexion.

MILD CLEANSING OIL is gentle on skin, yet tough on makeup. Its unique Perfect Blend Oil works to remove stubborn makeup thoroughly without leaving any oil residue, while protecting and retaining skin's natural moisture. So choose the right cleanser today and embark on the road to healthy, beautiful skin.

Amidst the greenery and tranquility of the woods, Snow White is well-protected by Mother Nature, the animals and the Seven Dwarfs. A friend to the animals big and small in the forest, her harmonious nature reflects the modern woman's sense and sensuality with an enchanting touch of fairytale magic.

ok, now onto to the good stuff!

see the stopper below the pump? how ingenous right, so Japanese! that way, no product gets spilled accidentally.

my cute freebie! and it has a stopper too, gotta love Japanese packaging. ;)

i've used this for a week now and i am still as impressed as the first time i've tried until this very day. what i do is, pump product on my palm (about 1-2 pumps depending on how heavy my makeup is), lather it on my dry face (note, i don't wet my face prior), thoroughly but gently doing circular motions on parts of my face to remove makeup and when the makeup is loose enough, i rinse it off with water. then, my face is clean! although i like to follow up with Clean & Clear Self-Foaming Facial Cleanser just 'cause am not used to oil cleansers yet. but if you are a fan of emu oil and you don't follow up with another cleanser, then i think you'll love this one too.

this is my HG makeup remover currently. am beginning to lean towards asian skin and beauty care now, as i think they address asian women's skin and features better. how i understand Fuzkittie's love affair with asian beauty products now. :D on a later note, i will be posting about my new Shu Uemura haul - just mentioning because we're speaking of asian beauty items.

i urge you to try it if you can get ahold of it. definitely worth buying. I AM JUST IN LOVE WITH IT. (^0^)


i will post a video later on how i actually use this and you'll see how effective it is in removing makeup - all of it. watch out for it. :)

14 April 2010

my new fave facial cleanser: Clean and Clear Self-Foaming Facial Cleanser

the other time i posted my Watsons haul and i've discovered a fab facial cleanser - Clean and Clear Self-Foaming Facial Cleanser. got this for S$9.50.

(click the images to enlarge images)

what got me intrigued with this is that it's self-foaming. true enough, when you dispense the product it's already foamed for you - ready to slap on your face!

as it's already foamed, you straight away put it on your face and lather! after rinsing, my face felt clean without being stripped away of all oil. my face felt free from dirt but not dry at all. love this!

can't think of any disadvantage prompting me not to recommend this one. (^0^)

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