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Monday, June 25, 2012

Swatches: MAC Lipglass in Send me Sailing & Loud & Lovely

A few weeks ago, I received an invite to attend MAC's Hey Sailor collection launch which was held at Raffles City, Singapore. I was intrigued by the collection simply because I am obsessed with pin-ups style and the Hey Sailor collection happens to be all about that.

Here are some products I ended up getting.

Left to Right: MAC Cremesheen Lipglass Loud & Lovely, MAC Lipglass Send me Sailing

I was intially eyeing the highlighting powder in the collection, only to my dissapointment, that Singapore does not carry that product. I wasn't too impressed with the others and the only thing that really caught my eye was Send me Sailing.

While browsing through other products, I decided to also buy the cremesheed lipglass in Loud & Lovely as fuschia pink is my favorite lip color. I'm so excited with both and have already experimented with them while going away for a work trip.

Have a good week ahead!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

First Impression: May Bella Box Singapore

Beauty box subscription has definitely been an on-going discussion in the beauty community. Ever since Singapore & Malaysia caught on to this trend with the introduction of Bella Box, Vanity Trove & Glamabox, I've been debating whether to jump on the bandwagon for the longest time.

I guess being obsessed with beauty products, the good thing about this beauty box subscription service will be that it allows me to have variety of items to try out. However, bad thing is, with that many items that I purchase all the time, I practically get free samples most places I go to. That said, I still decided to take the plunge and subscribed to Bella Box (the cheapest option among the three).

The entire ordering process was really fast and hassle-free - no doubt something that I really appreciate for any online shopping platform.

On to the things in the box. 

May's Bella Box is 'Mother's Day' themed box. It comes witha total of 5 beauty samples. I like how the box comes with a detailed card which explains all the items that you are getting along with the full sized prize and where you can get the product.

Among the products, the one that I'm most excited about is the Macademia natural oil, mainly because I'm in search for a new hair oil to replace my Organix Moroccan Oil. As for the other products, I wasn't really that impressed with. The box also came with a $20 elizebeth arden voucher which I guess I won't be using anytime soon.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with the May box. The June box which I'm expecting to receive this week seems like a more exciting version. 

Have you ordered your Bella Box?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating

I'm sure I had this featured in one of my hauls early this year, but being the usual me, I had to try the product out for ages before coming to a conclusion of whether I like it or not. Surprisingly, this time round, I am on the fence for the product, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating.

This is a product that I really really hope would work out for me. I can still remember the euphoria I was in when I bought this during one of my trip back to Malaysia - that was when Laura Mercier was not available in the Sephora in Singapore. Anyway, the product really did work well for me, at least for the first month of trying.

The initial texture of the product was creamy and well mixed. It goes on smoothly on my face and does wonderful thing especially when paired with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which has very short oil control and staying power. I also do notice that my skin feels much softer and hydrated when using this primer - even when paired with Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. Overall, I was very impressed and had nothing to complain. In fact, I thought this was gonna be my Holy Grail primer.

However, after a month or so, the product started going crazy. I'm not sure what happened but it seems that the water in the product had separated with the cream. Due to this very reason, everytime when I tried to use it, water would be squeezed outta of the tube first and after finally creating a big watery mess only the cream product will get out.

I thought this could be solved by giving it a good shake, just like my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. However, I was very wrong. It didn't make the situation better but in fact causes more water to spritz out. It became so annoying that now, I would only use the product on weekends when I have more time to clean up the mess that it creates.

As much as I really like the great effect the product gives, I will not be repurchasing it - solely due to the great trouble to even use it. Considering that this is such a pricey product (RM 99 in Malaysia), I think the product should be beter when it comes to the fundamental rule of ease of use. I even went on makeupalley to check for solutions and most of the review apparently states the same issue. Arghhh.....

Have you tried this product?