You know what they say: the eyes are the windows to your soul. While we might need some help in making sure our seeing department is at its best, this doesn’t mean you have to give up makeup just because of glasses. Whether you’re a newbie at the frame game or perhaps giving your peepers a break from contact lenses, here are a couple of my favorite tips on how to look as good as you see. Continue reading “6 Tips To Rock Makeup With Glasses + Malaya Optical Review”→
If I could use one word to describe what my skin is like, “sensitive” would just about cover it. Unfortunately, my skin is very susceptible to getting irritations and redness, so I’m pretty picky about the products I use on both my face and body (I’m not one to have a high-annoyance tolerance when it comes to skin hypersensitivity). Since I get irritations super easily, it’s always a struggling battle between wanting to smell or look good and using a product that won’t ruin my skin.
I know what you’re thinking: what is this girl doing talking about life things? I’m just here for the beauty stuff. I know, I know, it’s out of character for me, but I feel like this is something I feel strongly about and I’d like to talk about it a little. Let me just start by saying this: I am a fat girl. There, I’ve said it. I acknowledge it, I accept it, I am it. Continue reading “My Fat Story: Impulse Studio Asia Experience”→
I know, I know: I’m a little late on the K-Beauty wagon. There, I’ve said it. I’ve never been one to indulge in the Korean culture much; I never listened to K-pop, dressed in Korean street fashion or immersed myself in Korean dramas, to say the least. The only thing I was really a fan of was their food (mmm, Korean BBQ anyone?), but something I can definitely see myself divulging into from here on out is K-Beauty. It seems Korean women (and men!) have found the answer to the everlasting conquest to flawless skin, and I find myself expanding both my knowledge and beauty arsenal with K-beauty products to join them on this journey, eager to discover what Korean beauty products can do for my skin. Continue reading “Mamonde: Honeysuckle First Energy Essence & Serum”→
Can you believe that Althea’s already been around for an entire year? Seems like just yesterday I heard about it from my friend who told me about this amazing K-Beauty site and how they ship products that are sold lower than retail price directly from Korea (which by the way, was the thing that got me into it). I’ve since bought myself a few boxes worth of stuff, and this has very quickly become my favorite way to source for Korean beauty products! I won’t lie: it can get very, very addictive. Their great shipping deal combined with the fact that they also have products that are hard to find locally really keep me coming back for more (not to mention that they have some pretty awesome products too). Back to their birthday celebration, naturally for such a great company, Althea decided to celebrate it really big for their first birthday! Continue reading “Get ready to celebrate! #AltheaTurns1”→
I’ll be very honest with you: for the longest time, I had little to no faith in BB cushions. I couldn’t comprehend the idea of carrying around a bulky compact and patting on the “little to no coverage” makeup with some sorta puff… The idea was just very foreign to me and to be frank, not very appealing. So you can imagine my hesitation when I was presented with the opportunity to try one of these babies out. I gingerly took it up and tried it out, and I was actually very pleasantly surprised.
Keep In Touch’s White Blending Base cushion is a hybrid formula of a whitening serum and coverage foundation that has an SPF of 50+ and PVA+++. Let me just be the first to say that the design is absolutely adorable! The little black and red heart really takes me back to my darker, emo days (flashback!) and my 14-year-old self would have loved it like no other. The packaging is great: nice and sturdy, and comes with your standard cushion features including a puff and mirror. The cushion portion closes well too, making sure that the product doesn’t dry out.
This product is made with a variety of ingredients including hyaluronic acid, camellia oil and madonna lily to do three things: correct and even out skin tones, hydrate the skin, and giving the product a matte finish to control oil. This cushion comes in two shades: #21, 01 Ivory Pure and #23, 02 Ivory Warm. I picked mine in the latter as the Korean’s standard “shade one” will always be too light for my skin tone. It has a nice, pleasant scent, and doesn’t really irritate my nose or my skin. Upon application, the product feels nice and blends really well despite having two different coloured products on the cushion. Coverage was quite good considering the fact that it was a BB cream product: I’d say medium, buildable coverage, but I still went in with a bit of concealer anyway to make my skin look flawless. It was a little bit light for my skin colour still, but that can be easily fixed with a darker powder over top. This product actually did a really good job of evening out my complexion and had a satin finish by the time I was done. While products which are more mattifying generally adhere and emphasize dry patches I have around my nose and under my chin, this does a good job of keeping those flakey parts at bay.
My oily-combo skin adores this product! Wearing it throughout the day, this product has minimal patchiness, and doesn’t slide around. I don’t end the day looking like an oil slick, and it held up the rest of my makeup pretty well too.
I’m genuinely surprised at how much I like this BB cushion. I’ll be honest and tell you that I didn’t know what to expect when I first tried it, but this has given me a pretty good impression so far. I got my Keep In Touch’s Whitening Blending Base Cushion from Althea and it can be bought for a special price of RM65 (RRP: RM155), and if you have oily-combo skin like me, you’d definitely want to think about picking this baby up. If you’re a first time Althea shopper, make sure you use my code somethinkblack during checkout to get an extra RM5 off your first order!
Have you guys tried out any other cushion type products which you really love? Make sure to let me know! Don’t forget to like my Facebook page for updates when I post and make sure you follow my Instagram as well. Thanks for reading!
*Products in this post were sponsored, but as always, I promise to give honest opinions and review of the products, no less.
I’m always on the hunt for a good concealer. There’s just something magical about seeing those imperfections disappear on your skin with just a little swipe-and-blend motion. I recently got my hands on Klairs’ Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer, and I’m really eager to see how this fairs on my skin.
Klairs is a Korean skincare brand which specializes in cosmetics for sensitive skin. They make their products from natural ingredients, and they don’t test on animals as well (yay!). The Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer claims to be all natural and formulated with safe and soothing ingredients to provide excellent coverage. It can even be used for the most sensitive of skins, and has a hydrating formula to keep your skin looking supple and feeling great.
The Klairs’ concealer comes in a twist-up tube, and is liquid in consistency. First off, I already like the packaging because it reminds me a little bit of higher end Western brands like Aesop. The design is clean, and it feels expensive as well. It also comes with this really nice doe-foot applicator that’s flat enough on one side to swipe on bigger areas like under the eyes, but still has a point small enough to really spot treat blemishes. Upon application, my first impression of this concealer was this is so watery and thin, how would this ever work to cover up spots and blemishes? But man, was I very pleasantly surprised! While this concealer does have a thinner formula compared to the cream concealers I’m used to, it still does provide pretty decent coverage. It pays to have patience when handling the product though: it requires a gentle dabbing motion to really let the product work at it’s best while blending it seamlessly into the skin. Now comes the amazing part: this concealer is actually build-able! For certain spots on my skin, just one layer wasn’t enough, and generally with concealers, putting on more than one layer would usually lead to caking up. However, this concealer does not cake up, no matter the amount of layers I used. I went up to 4 in some spots just to really make sure those hard to cover spots are dealt with, but it looked really seamless on my skin and blended really well into my base make up.
I’m actually very pleasantly surprised about how this concealer turn out, though I would recommend this more for people who don’t require full coverage on a daily basis, or don’t mind spending that little extra time and effort to build it up. I think it works perfectly under the eyes as it is lightweight, and is hydrating enough for the sensitive skin around the eyes.
Hermo was generous enough to send me this product for review purposes, and if you’re interested to try out Klairs’ Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer for yourself, you can get it here at a discounted price of only RM56.60 till the end of February!
Have you guys tried out anything from Klairs which you really love? Make sure to let me know! Don’t forget to like my Facebook page for updates when I post, and make sure you follow my Instagram as well. Thanks for reading!
*Products in this post were sponsored, but as always, I promise to give honest opinions and review of the products, no less. 😉
Happy New Year, everyone! Its that time of the year again, you know what I’m talking about: SALE TIME! As always, one of my favorite spots to hit during this season (and any other time, really) is Sephora. I’ve never really tried Bare Minerals cosmetics before, and I saw this set on the shelve with 7 of their best sellers in deluxe sizes on sale. Who could say no to that right?
Before I get into the products themselves, lets talk about the price. I paid RM64 for this set (post Christmas sale price), which works out to be less than RM10 per item. Yes, granted these items are mini sized, but considering Bare Minerals’ products are of the higher end of the price spectrum, I thought these were a pretty good buy.
Okay, now onto the products. This kit comes with:
Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel (0.8 ml / 0.02 oz.)
Prime Time Original Foundation Primer (4.5 ml / 0.15 oz.)
Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black (1.5 ml / 0.05 oz.
Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (1.5 g / 0.05 oz.)
Mineral Veil Finishing Powder (0.75 g / 0.03 oz.)
Beauty Blush (0.57 g / 0.02 oz.)
Queen Phyllis Eyecolor (0.57 g / 0.02 oz.)
First up on the list is the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel.
Its a nice warm pink, perfect for everyday wear. It is a little sheer, but it does have okay colour payoff for a lipgloss. The texture is nice as well, not sticky but not too oily that it becomes slippery and slides around. My favorite part of this product is the scent: it’s got a minty fresh smell to it, and is just almost tingly on the lips. It doesn’t bite or hurt like some other plumping products as the sensation is relatively mild. I haven’t used lipgloss in a while because I’m more of a matte/ lipstick person, but I’ll definitely keep this one in my collection just because its very versatile and comfortable to wear.
Next up is the Prime Time Foundation Primer in Original. This primer feels nice and smooth when applied onto the skin, and it really helps to mattify the skin before foundation application. This squeezes out and applies clear, so people of all skintones can wear this without the fear of the dreaded whitecast it can leave behind. It’s unscented as well, which would treat those with sensitive skins and noses well, and is all in all a pretty good primer.
The Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black is a really black lengthening and volumizing masacra (as the name suggests). As you can see from the pictures above, it really does a good job of coating them and holding the curl of the lashes, and mind you, I did NOT curl my eyelashes prior to application. The brush on this is pretty interesting: its big, and has little plastic bristles which curve throughout the wand, allowing it to really grab those lashes and separate them while still coating them in the product. I’m 95% sure that this mascara isn’t waterproof, which would be the only thing I’d change about it, but other than that, its a really nice mascara to try out if you’re looking for something different.
This is probably one of my favorites from this set. The Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Speak Your Mind is one of the more popular shades from this line, and I can definitely see why! SYM is a really nice, neutral light pink, which I’m sure would work great on lots of skintones. It has a satin finish, which gives just a little bit of sheen to the lips. Its lovely and glides on really smooth, no patches or streaks in its path. The scent of it is very mild as well which is definitely a big plus in my books. I can definitely see myself wearing a lipstick like this on an everyday basis.
The Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder is one which I’ve always heard people rave about. This translucent powder is used to set your make up, and is said to give the skin an almost photoshopped look. This powder is very, VERY smooth. I mean like, once you apply it on your skin, your skin feels silky and soft instantly. As you can tell, I’m very fascinated that a powder product can do something like that. Its meant to suit all skin colours and tones as it is translucent, however I’d be careful about applying too much of this product on as it may leave a grey-white cast on the skin. Everything in moderation, ladies! I really wish they gave a bigger sized product of this to try out because as much as I’d like to say a little goes a long way, powders are a thing that I run out of pretty quickly. But other than that, this is a great product, and definitely one of the more intriguing ones for me from this kit.
How pretty is the Beauty Blush? This warm mid-toned pink is perfect for injecting a little colour into an easy everyday look. The blush applies on really nicely and is super easy to blend out. I feel like it does leave a teeny bit of a sheen on the skin, but its more satin than shimmery, so that’s very nice. Really pretty, and I can see this working on lots of skintones as well.
Last but definitely not least is this little pot of goodness right here. The Queen Phyllis Eyecolour can be described in just two words: stunning shimmeryness! Oh my goodness gracious me! Look at that beautiful white golden sheen! As you can probably already tell, this is my favorite out of the entire set, and with good reason too. This eyeshadow is buttery soft and its so easy to blend. Its super pigmented, and the shimmer really does stand out very well. I can see this being used a lot in the inner corner of the eyes to really bring some light into the look, or used as a lid colour for more dramatic looks. I’m so smitten with this eyeshadow, and I think that even though this came in a tiny pot, it’ll last me for quite a while as all I really need is just a tiny bit for the eyes each time.
I really like the concept that this kit is going for in the sense that they’ve basically put in enough products to cover just about the entire face. The only thing really missing from this would be a good concealer or foundation in a deluxe size, but including that could mean that not all skin colours and tones could enjoy this kit as much. Bare Minerals has really done a good job with assembling these together, and the fact that even the coloured items would suit most skin colours and tones really impresses me. The products in general are really great, and if you’re like me and you’re new to Bare Minerals, this is definitely a set you should get your hands on. 🙂
Have you guys tried out anything from Bare Minerals which you really love? Make sure to let me know! Don’t forget to like my Facebook page for updates when I post, and make sure you follow my Instagram as well. Hope you guys have a great day, and an amazing year ahead! 😀
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
MineralEyeshadow – RM15 for full size, RM5 for sample size
CandyPot Cream Eyeshadow – RM39
HorseFluffyBrush – RM15
Flat Concealer/ Primer Brush – RM 11.90
Flawless Foundation Creams – RM42
ChocolateLashes – RM6 per pair
Velvet Matte Lipsticks – RM35
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. 😉
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.
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. 😉
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!
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.
All the products I’ve used for this look are as listed below:
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
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.
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. 😀