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Saturday, February 18, 2012

What I Bought in the End

During my most recent stay Malaysia, I finally got my hands on the Revlon Lip Butters. Priced at RM25, I was surprised how much cheaper this line is in Malaysia as compared to Singapore (retail selling price of Revlon Lip Butters in Singapore is SG$15.90, in case you're wondering).

After much thought, I decided to get Peach Parfait and Macaroon in the end.

I chose them as they are the daily wearable colors which I gravitate towards. Among the two that I picked, I definitely prefer Peach Parfait over Macaroon. Like what many have raved, it is a really pretty color which is suitable for all ages and almost all occasions. However, I did notice that Macaroon offers a better and smoother texture compared to Peach Parfait.

If you are looking for a drugstore lipstick that has a more creamy texture, I definitely recommend this product. But do note that this is not long lasting at all.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

I came across the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil during one of my usual runs to Watsons, one of the really popular drugstore chains in Singapore. Having heard many raves about the benefits of argan oil, I just couldn't let myself pass this product when I saw it laying on the shelf.

After trying out the product for about 2 weeks, I thought it would be appropriate for me to share some of my initial thoughts here.

How to Use:- Apply a small amount on the palm
- Rub palms together
- Run the product through the ends of your hair (hair must remain dampness, towel dried)
- Apply the remaining product on palm to areas prone to frizziness

What I like:
- The scent
- Affordable price tag, SG$15.90
- Effectively smoothens my frizzy hair
- If correct amount is used, the product keeps my hair soft and glowy
- Absorb fast into my hair
- Sulfate free

What I dislike:
- Method of use, i.e. product can only be applied on wet hair
- Hard to control the balance amount that doesn't weigh down your hair

It is obvious that the things that I like outweighed those I dislike. However, I did read on makeup alley that this product did not work for everyone who has tried it. I can't help but to be glad that this worked for me especially when the price tag doesn't cause big holes in my pocket. Personally, I think this may be one of the best hair oil I've tried so far amongst various drugstore brands.

I am planning to purchase the shampoo and conditioner from the same line to try out once I am done with my current shampoo and conditioner.

For those interested, the Organix line of products can be found at selected Watsons in Singapore (I bought mine from the Watsons at International Plaza).

Have you tried any products from Organix?


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: L'Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara

Mascaras have always been the staple product in my makeup collection. I always try to have two types of mascara on hand; one for volume, the other for length. Whilst the ideal situation would certainly be to have one mascara which does both, sadly, I still have yet to find that ideal one.

With claims of being able to magnify lashes for 13x more volume (wonder how they determine it to be 13x) and provide all day lasting curl, I was pretty skeptical with the mascara. After all, I always turn to the good ole Maybelline mascara whenever I’m out for new mascara. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the volume the L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene mascara gives. Though I wasn’t impressed by its curling effect, I really enjoyed the extra volume from the mascara.

After trying it for a few months, I find that in order to achieve the curl, I definitely need to give my lashes a good curl before and after applying one or two coats of this mascara. I find that only with this step, my lashes can hold its curl for longer period of time. One thing to beware is that this mascara clumps like nobody's business when over applied.

What I like:
- Volume
- Really black color

What I dislike:
- It clumps like crazy when over applied
- Doesn't hold its curl

Overall, though I do like the mascara, I wouldn’t say that it will go into my holy grail list anytime soon. 

Have you tried this mascara? What is your holy grail mascara?


Monday, February 6, 2012

Swatches: Revlon Lip Butters in Singapore

Finally, our local L'Oreal and Revlon have stepped up their game. Recent launches in Singapore and Malaysia have showed that we are finally more aligned with the new launches in the US. While I was shopping at BHG Bugis, I came across the Revlon Lip Butters and can't help but to do some major swatching.

From Left to Right: Brown Sugar, Peach Parfait, Fig Jam, Cherry Tart, Lollipop, Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Plum, Macaroon

The local launch only comprises of 8 shades, quite a let down from the 20 shades available in the US if you ask me. I was pretty sad that Red Velvet is not available here. However, among all the shades, I definitely see a few that I will be getting during my holiday trip to Malaysia due to the cheaper price RM30.90, or so i heard.

If you are interested, Revlon Lip Butters are retailed at SG$15.90 and can be found at selected Watsons outlet in Singapore.

Are you planning to get any shades from this collection?

Update: I've bought mine from the Watsons in Malaysia and it costs RM25 each! 


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review: Garnier Instant Fairness BB Eye Roll-On

In line with my aim to put up more reviews on swatches, I am here with my first review of the month on the Garnier Skin Naturals - Instant Fairness BB Eye Roll-On.

I have been using this product for over few months now and have always been wanting to share my thoughts here. The main thing which really sparked my interest on this product was the skin benefits which it claims to carry. Enriched with pure lemon essence and caffeine (both known ingredients to combat eye area problems), the product claims to be able to witness an improved eye contour area with below aspects:
Fairer, More radiant, More even-toned, Less dark circles, Less dark spots, Fresher, Smoother, Less tired, More hydrated, Tighten

My 2 cents on the claims?

After using it for a few months, I do agree about the hydrating properties and how it can make the eye contour area more radiant, fresher, less tired and more even-toned. However, with its rather sheer texture, this is not the kind of product I reach out for when I'm having really bad eye bags and dark circles (which is pretty often in my daily life). Though I do like its concept, I don't find myself reaching for it often enough as it doesn't provides the coverage I seek for and to some extent, doesn't do anything at all to my rather severe under eye conditions.

A quick swatch in the picture above, you can see that the product dispenses in a really sheer and uneven kinda way on the left side. If you look really closely, I also have the product blended into my skin on the right side. It did give a natural, brighter and more even-toned look. 

Things I like:
- Easy to blend
- Cooling effect once applied to skin
- Convenient
- Makes the eye area better hydrated
- Doesn't crease when blended in well

Things I don't like:
- Sheer coverage
- Product tends to dispense harder after using for some time
- Takes some time to dry
- Product dispense unevenly, u can't really control the amount each time

Overall, I do think that this is a really cool concept and nice to have product if you are open to trying new products. However, for those of you seeking for an under eye concealer with good coverage, you may want to think twice before getting the product.

Would I recommend this product?
Yes. But only to those with very mild dark circles.

If you are interested, the product can be purchased from all Watsons and Guardian outlets in Malaysia and Singapore. 

Have u tried this before?


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Swatches: ELF Studio Blushes Overview

Hello my lovelies, I hope that your weekend is going great!

While I was clearing my makeup stash the other day, I suddenly realized that I have so many products in my collection which I have not done reviews or swatches here. Not wanting to miss out anything, I decided to commit myself into posting up more swatches and reviews here this month.

The first post of this installment is swatches of the ELF studio blush which I hauled around end of 2011.

I own 6 outta the 11 blushes that they offer in their Studio line blushes. I'm sure that most of you would have already know how the packaging looks like but for the sake of those unaware, here is a picture of the sleek black plastic packaging that the ELF studio blushes comes in.

I personally think that with ELF products, it is always a hit or miss thing. Though I do like all the color of the blushes I purchased, I must say that their quality varies. 

Outta the bunch, my favorites are Blushing Rose, Fushia Fusion, Tickled Pink and Twinkle Pink. I prefer them over the other 2 (Peachy Keen, Giddy Gold) not because of the color but solely due to the better quality. I always hate blushes that are too powdery, chalky and have crazy amount of fall outs and Peachy Keen and Giddy Gold happen to match all 3 worst scenarios of a blush.

With that said, I still think that ELF studio blushes are definitely worth purchasing especially if you are out trying new colors for your skin. As far it goes, I think US$3 per blush won't really break a bank.

To get them, you can visit this link.