Brand Review: TheCandySkin

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I’m always a big fan of finding out new brands to try, especially if they make products of good quality and don’t  burn a hole in my pocket. TheCandySkin is a Malaysian brand which makes great, affordable products, and they sent me some stuff from their line to try out. Its about time some indie companies started making their way into the scene in this country!

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The items sent to me included two velvet matte lipsticks, five eyeshadows, an eye primer/ cream eyeshadow, two foundation/concealer samples, two brushes and a pair of falsies. Let’s start with the bulk of the load: the eyeshadows.

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TheCandySkin does two ranges of eyeshadows, SweetSeries and NaturalSeries. The ones which I got come from the former, and I’m pretty happy with the selection. All these are mineral loose pigments that can be used either dry or wet. The full range of these colours are great for everyday use, and should definitely be part of every neutral-shadow girl’s arsenal.

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Dry Swatches

Ivory Lace is a shimmery off white colour with a slight pinky tone, and golden shimmer.

Virgo is a gold-taupe colour with golden shimmer. Very reflective, and very pretty.

The Gold is a orange toned gold shade, with just a little hint of lighter gold shimmers in it. This one’s more of a satin finish compared to the rest.

Copper Penny is a beautiful rust coloured pigment with copper and gold shimmer. Really unique in my collection, and definitely my favorite out of the five.

Swiss Chocolate is a satin-finish dark brown with just a hint of purple, and a little bit of gold shimmer thrown into the mix.

Overall these eyeshadows are really nice. The pigmentation is great, easy to apply, and a little does really go a long way. I love the fact that they give you the option to purchase these shadows either in full size or sample size, so if you’re like me and have commitment issues with sticking to just one colour, you get to try out more colours before you commit to a big pot.

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The CandyPot eye primer in Champagne is very reminiscent of the MAC paintpots. This can be used either as a shimmery eye base, or as a cream eyeshadow on its own. These claim to be smudge proof, waterproof, and set in 10 seconds. These CandyPots come in darker shades as well, but those work better as gel eyeliners (which you can bet I’ll get my hands on in my next purchase).

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Champagne really reminds me of Bare Study from MAC. Though I have yet to test them out side by side, it has the same shimmery type texture with a light golden pink tone. It glides on smoothly, and is really easy to blend out. However this product does set pretty fast, so don’t take too long to blend otherwise it’ll stick and won’t budge. Definitely a very pretty colour which a lady could get used to using for an easy everyday look.

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To compliment the eyeshadows, I also got the HorseFluffyBrush which is an eyeshadow brush that’s great for lid application, and a Flat Concealer/Primer brush, which the site says can be used to apply cream products, but due to its small size, I’d probably use it to apply products under the eyes, or as a lip brush.

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Next up are the Flawless Foundation Creams. These babies are multi-use and can work as both foundation and concealer. These are cream products, however they’re not too thick and are easy to blend out. They can be blended out using a sponge or foundation brush all over the face to give medium-full coverage, and can be dabbed in more concentrated spots to provide better concealing. These were sent in two shades: Almond and Hazelnut, in which the former suits my skin tone perfectly once blended out.

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They do come off a little bit glowy once applied because it’s pretty emollient for a cream product, however once you put a setting powder on top, you don’t have to worry your pretty little head because they won’t budge. Do not let the creamy texture fool you though. These babies do pack a punch and can really be applied as needed till full coverage is achieved. Unfortunately these don’t come in many shades, with Almond and Hazelnut actually being the darkest two. If you come across a shade that fits your skin though, its definitely worth checking out.

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The fourth product in the package are these really nice false lashes from their line. They’re the ChocolateLashes in #801, and they’re really natural looking falsies that taper out to give a nice fluttery eye effect. They come with a clear band as well, which is great for a more natural look, and makes the placement of the lashes easier as well without needing to conceal the band once applied. I generally prefer my lashes to come in black, but these ones are in dark brown. However that can be easily fixed with a coat of mascara after they’re applied to the lashline to ensure they blend well with your natural lashes.

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Now, time for the last, but certainly not least part, the lip products! You know me, I can never say no to a good lipstick, especially when it comes in such cute packaging!

02 La Paquerette

02 La Paquerette

07 Laubepine

07 Laubepine

These lipsticks look pretty similar to the Colourpop’s Lippistix packaging wise, following the same pen-style twist up applicator. This is great for precision during application as you get a smaller tip to work with compared to the conventional bullet lipstick. The design on the packaging is a real eye catcher, with embossed patterns along the shaft, and the cutest little black charm on the end. Very pretty looking, and very different.

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07 Laubepine

07 Laubepine

02 La Paquerette

02 La Paquerette

07 Laubepine is a lovely warm mid-tone pink with a hint of coral, while 02 La Paquerette is a warm brown nude. These lipsticks claim to be matte, but are more of a hybrid between satin and true matte finishes as they do have a tiny bit of a sheen to them. They are really pigmented and glide on really smoothly, without any of the annoying peeves like streaking or looking patchy.

07 Laubepine

07 Laubepine

02 Le Paquerette

02 Le Paquerette

I really, REALLY like these lipsticks. Application is great, and these shades suit Asian skin really well. I’m particularly impressed with 02 as it’s the perfect nude for my skin, and it’s generally pretty hard for me to find a nude shade that looks as good on me as this one does. Even 07 is lovely, a bold colour that isn’t too over the top, which makes it perfect for everyday use, and really brightens up my complexion. Overall, these lipsticks definitely hold a special place in my heart from TheCandySkin’s line of products.

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Here’s a face I did incorporating some of TCS’s products, including the eyeshadows, lipstick and concealer/foundation cream. 🙂

TheCandySkin’s products have been an absolute treat! My favorites would have to be the eyeshadows (both creams and pigments) and the lipsticks, and I’ll surely go back for more shades. The best part about these products are the affordable price! Prices for the items are:

  • MineralEyeshadowRM15 for full size, RM5 for sample size
  • CandyPot Cream EyeshadowRM39
  • HorseFluffyBrush – RM15
  • Flat Concealer/ Primer Brush – RM 11.90
  • Flawless Foundation CreamsRM42
  • ChocolateLashesRM6 per pair
  • Velvet Matte LipsticksRM35

How affordable are these items?! For that kinda price, these items are exceptionally good quality, and I definitely recommend checking them out. 🙂 You can find them at their website or their Facebook page.

Have you tried any of these items before, or do you know of any “indie” type brands I should try out? Don’t forget to like my Facebook page and subscribe to get updates on new posts when they come out! Have a great day ❤

*Products in this post were sponsored, but as always, I promise to give honest opinions and review of the products, no less. 😉

Easy Holiday Glam (with pictorial!)

When you think of Christmas time, you think of egg nog, spiced wine, wearing ugly sweaters while you put that golden star on your tree, reminiscing good old family times while you watch the snow gently trickle down outside from your window, right?

Now, since I celebrate Christmas in Malaysia, the only thing I really have from that little picture of perfection is the star on the tree, and its not even gold, its silver. However, fret not because Christmas is still a time where lovely parties happen no matter where you live (and Lord knows, I love a good party), and I’m going to show you how to get an easy holiday glam look with just 6 steps.

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The look I went for is a nice, golden sultry eye, glowy skin and red lips (of course!). Very festive, and super simple to do. People will definitely think you’ve put in way more effort than you actually have. 😉

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Step 1: Prime your eyelids with a shimmery base.

Step 2: Using a reddish burgandy mixed with a warm mid brown, sweep this over your crease area in window-wiper motions with a fluffy brush until the colours have blended out nicely. This will give you the effect of warm looking eyes without needing to go over that area more than once. Make sure that you concentrate this in the crease area and the outer corner of your eye only, and try to leave as much of the lid area bare as you possibly can.

Step 3: Taking a flat shader brush, pick up a champagne-toned gold, and apply this on the lid space which we left bare earlier. Lightly blend out the shadow into the crease colour, just enough that there isn’t a harsh line, but don’t over blend otherwise there will be no distinction between the colours.

Step 4: Using the colours used in Step 3, gently run that along the inner lower lashline with a small definer brush. Taking that same brush, use the colours from Step 2 and apply on the outer lashline. This helps to balance out the eye and makes sure the look is not too top heavy. Using a light shimmery colour, apply this in the inner V of your eye where the tear duct is to highlight and make the eyes stand out more.

Step 5: I personally like wearing my eyeliner winged, but you can choose to wear this with simple liner and false eyelashes as well.

Step 6: Carefully run a waterproof pencil liner in your waterline and blend out slightly. Finish up with some mascara and you’re done!

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I’m really happy with how this eye look turned out. Now all you need to do is to pair this up with a good red lipstick. I chose one that was a slightly darker cherry shade, which complimented this look really well.

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All the products I’ve used for this look are as listed below:

Eyes:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
  • Lorac’s Unspoken and Sleek’s Maple eyeshadows in the crease
  • Sleek’s Golden Hour eyeshadow on the lid
  • Lorac’s Unreal eyeshadow in inner corner
  • Innisfree Powerproof Brush Liner in black
  • The Face Shop’s Make Me Star Waterproof Gel Liner in black
  • Canmake Gokumori Mascara in black

Lips:

  • Colourpop’s Lippiestix in Bitchette

Face highlight and contour:

  • Australis AC On Tour Palette
  • Highlighter is my own mix, but MAC’s Perfect Topping works well for this look too.

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Now you have no excuse not to look fabulous during the holiday season. 😉 Nothing perks me up for a holiday as much as a good make up look does. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and this helps you guys out! Let me know what you think of this look, and what’s your favorite lipstick to wear for the holiday season. 😀

 

Review: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Picture2I have been on the hunt for a really good moisturizer that keeps up with my stubborn, fickle skin. My skin type is basically oily on the inside but dry on the outside. Let me explain what that really means: when I hit puberty, my skin became an oil rig. It produced so much oil, and I used to get acne because I didn’t know how to handle it properly. So while my skin naturally produces oil to keep the skin hydrated, I used to use products which dried out the skin or reduce the amount of oil produced. While this may have seemed like the solution then, after a few years, my skin became too dry on the outer layers, causing it to tighten and be slightly more sensitive than it used to be.

Looking for a moisturizer for my skin hasn’t been easy: I’ve always needed to find the perfect balance between being moisturizing but not too oily, and still suitable for my sensitive skin. I’ve spent money trying to use high end brands which promised perfection in a bottle, as well as optimistically opted for drugstore alternatives, hoping to get good results with no avail. After years of searching, I think Cetaphil may finally have the answer to my problems.

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Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream is formulated for dry, sensitive skin. It claims to be lanolin and paraben free, as well as fragrance free (perfect for those with both sensitive skin and noses). It is also non-comedogenic so it won’t block pores, making this great for both face and body use. Not only is this dermatologist tested, it is dermatologist recommended, which means that this has been tested and approved by people who know what they’re doing. Definitely a good tick in my books!

Upon application, the cream does feel thick, but not too rich. It leaves the skin feeling nice and hydrated without it being sticky (which I really do appreciate). Within a couple of minutes, it soaks into the skin, leaving behind soft and hydrated skin, ready for your make up routine. You don’t really need a lot of product for your skin, just enough to coat it in a thin layer, so if you end up buying the biggest tub (like me), this will easily last you quite a while.

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Oh man, what can I say about this moisturizer except that I LOVE IT! I think it has become holy grail material already. My dry, sensitive skin loves this stuff! It makes my face feel soft and supple without any of the little annoyances like having too strong a fragrance or making my skin feel gross and sticky after using it. I even use it on my body too. It works exceptionally well on sun-burnt skin, as well as keeps my dry patches like my knees and elbows nice and moisturized. I got myself the biggest tub while I was in Melbourne, because I wasn’t sure if I couldn’t get this back in KL, and the extra weight in my luggage was worth it. Oh and let me tell you about the price. It was 16.99AUD from Chemist Warehouse, which translates to a whopping RM52.35 (based on 3.08 exchange rate) for 550gm of product. That’s less than RM0.10 per gram of product! I have bought products which are 1/5 of the product amount and twice the price of this. Trust me when I tell you that I’m one happy camper when it comes to this cream.

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Have any of you guys out there used this product before? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have a holy grail skin product you can’t live without? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! 🙂