The Body Shop (TBS) All-In-One™ INSTABLUR™ Universal vs TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm Primer Comparison

Long long ago, (five to six years ago), no one used this magical thing called a primer. Now, it has become just another oh=so-very important and crucial and definitely, hands-down, one of the most needed things in your makeup routine. (read this in a slightly sarcastic tone for full effect)


Alright, so last year, The Body Shop has launched the

ALL-IN-ONE™ INSTABLUR™ UNIVERSAL

Sounds really promising. Lighten up on the Trademarks, guys.

Being a huge fan of The Body Shop, I knew I had to try this out right away. I stopped by my nearest shop and the shop assistants gave me a good-sized sample of it and showed me how to use it.

My immediate reaction?

Wow, this feels (and smells a little) exactly like the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm!

It smoothed over my pores, reduced the redness (temporarily) of my acne, and my skin felt smooth and silky to the touch.

After touching my face, I realised that the primer began flaking off and started coming off in bits, like eraser dust.

I left with my sample and brought it home for comparison, not quite sold on the idea yet.

After comparing the two products side-by-side and using them under makeup (heavy and light), I realised that the TONYMOLY actually worked as a better primer for your bare face and under light makeup, but faded the vibrance for heavy makeup (I guess so, since it wasn’t marketed as a primer in the first place)

However, out of the two, the TONYMOLY won hands down for lasting power, and it smoothed over my pores much better. It even smells refreshing, with a slight lemon scent that is not overpowering at all.

I have used the TONYMOLY on its own over moisturiser and no makeup for years now, and I love how matte it makes my face look, and I always get compliments on my skin when I use it (if you’ve seen the state of my acne, you’d know how amazing that is.

For people living in Asia, I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm as a cheaper alternative to The Body Shop’s Instablur™ because it lasts longer, doesn’t flake as easily, and smells better without being overpowering. 

For UK consumers, you might find the Instablur™ more affordable, especially during 50%-off sales, but if you do stop by Korea or see a sale on Korean cosmetics (there is an online shop for Korean skincare products, but I can’t remember which one it is), I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY instead, especially if you have oily/combination skin that would result in the Instablur™ flaking off really quickly.

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The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits

I’ll be doing a whole bunch of posts that I’ve been putting off and this is the first one:

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits! 

Phew, quite a mouthful eh?

Anyway, I’ve been putting this off since… last year?

And I finally decided I’d get down to it after my mum bought a SECOND batch of these hand creams.

She got me the sweet fruits one on top of the white floral one I asked for because she thought it smelled nice in the store.

How it looks like on the inside…  

As you can see, I’ve used up half of my old container already! I really love the floral scent!

Actually, I’m not really a big fan of floral scents, but this is so sweet and musky and smells of all things good…

And in contrast, the sweet fruits one disappointed greatly. It smelled like an air freshener- fake and overly sweet and cloying, and I didn’t like it one bit 😦

Rubbing all the goodness in~

The hand cream absorbs quickly and is not too oily, but it is not a very heavy moisturising one. But at least it doesn’t wash off with water!

 If you have extremely dry hands, I’d suggest you find one recommended by dermatologists, something from the clinic because over-the-counter products will NEVER penetrate your inner skin layer, no matter what all the adverts say.

Because if they do, it will require a doctor’s slip. If it could slip past your skin layer, it harbours the risk of being used for terrorist attacks and whatnot. Which is one of the reasons why you can’t bring more than 100ml on planes, see?

The things you learn on my blog everyday ._.

I think when I’ve used up the hand cream I’ll wash it and use it as a paperweight on my desk or maybe to store paper clips or whatever.

THE CONTAINER IS TOO FRIGGIN CUTE AND I’M A SUCKER FOR AWESOME PACKAGING. 

All the Korean skincare brands have such cute packaging, makes you want to buy them all  

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For White Floral

Loves: The cute packaging!

Hates: None, but not for people with very dry skin

Rating: 7.5/10

For Sweet Fruits

Loves: The cute packaging

Hates: The scent

Rating: 5/10

Price: 10 SGD in stores but you can get it online for a fraction of the price. Check out Qoo10 and be sure to check the reviews!!

My Beauty Diary (MBD) Black Pearl Face Mask

I’ll be reviewing My Beauty Diary’s Black Pearl Face Mask today 🙂

Why this first?

Uhhhh cos’ I’m too lazy to whip out my camera to take more new pictures and I’ve taken the pictures for this mask sometime ago.

I don’t have a picture of myself wearing the mask larh cos I don’t want to scare you guys.

 

Pictures of the packaging~

I got this on Qoo10 and it looks pretty genuine I must say. No misprinting of ingredients like some of the reviews I’ve seen on the Net and the serial number is clearly embossed on.

I didn’t take a pic of the serial number on this packet because it’s black and the camera won’t be able to pick it up very well, but you can see it on the Pearl Whitening Mask picture I took. (below)

 The last I checked, none of the fakes have an embossed stamp. Theirs is printed on, and not all the way at the bottom.

 On to the review.

Make sure you store this mask in a cool area because I’ve heard many complaints about the mask turning ‘smelly’ when left in a hot place. So far, I’ve not had this problem. I think it helps to put the mask in the fridge before application.

I love the feeling when it goes on cold on my face!

I’ve not tried warming the mask because I’m afraid it’ll smell.

It has a plastic backing to make for easier transferring of the mask onto your face~ 

 One of the gripes about this mask (and the only thing that ever makes me question its authenticity) is that the mask sheets tend to come in different shapes and sizes. The mask sheet in the picture is my fourth mask, and you can see it’s kinda wide and short.

My first mask, however, was long and didn’t cover the sides very well. I wish they’d come up with a standard shape because I constantly have to tug at it to adjust the mask to my face shape.

There is tons of serum in one mask packet, enough for your arms and legs and neck and you still have some left over to slap on your mask sheet again when it starts drying out!  The amount given is super generous~ and I love it!

The feeling on your skin is slightly sticky at first but it is gradually absorbed and leaves your skin feeling QQ and bouncy and soft! 

Gosh I’m sounding really excited about this yeah?  

I actually don’t use this as often as I wish I would… because I’m so bloody busy and lazy that the only time I can use these masks is before I sleep, and I don’t want to waste the mask by letting it fall off my face when I toss and turn around (I can’t stay in one position when I sleep 

The whitening effect differs for everyone. My classmate recommended this mask to me and the effect is SUPER OBVIOUS on her. You can actually see the line/ border near the side of her chin (at the ears) where she used the mask and the difference in skin tone!!  *amazed*

So when I tried the mask for the first time I made sure to very religiously apply it all over my face and neck so I won’t have ugly tan-line looking marks on the side of my face!

Then I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but it wasn’t super obvious on me LOL. Maybe cos I spread out all the serum and she only piled it on her face??  

But I did see a gradual change in my skin tone after about two weeks… you have to be patient about these things! Actually I’m not sure if it’s because it takes time to whiten or I was too engrossed in other things to notice HAHA, I only realised I turned fairer after looking in my bathroom mirror one day ._. how’s that for oblivious?? 

This is a pretty affordable mask to try out- buy online (and check reviews to see if it’s authentic) for a cheaper price! If you are still iffy, you can get it in SASA/ Guardian/ Watsons etc. for around 14.90-16.90 SGD! SASA has more variety of masks and they usually have stock as compared to the other two.  

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Loves: Whitening effect, skin feels soft after applying, generous amount of serum

Hates: Non-standard mask shape

Rating: 8/10

Price: I got it on Qoo10 for 9.90 SGD (not selling anymore), 10 mask sheets plus a free mask sheet (Pearl Whitening)

VOV Apple Nails in Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow

Hi guys!

I have a super long post for y’all today, chock-full of pictures because being a very irritable reader of numerous other beauty and makeup bloggers who don’t bother showing us how the product looks on their faces/ etc.

It really gets me when they just swatch the lipstick or blush on the back of their hand and expect us to know how it looks like in real life??

Seriously!

Anyway, I’ll be reviewing VOV Apple Nails which I purchased on the Qoo10 global site here (see the new link at the bottom of the post) for 1.40 SGD each. Such a steal right? Sadly, the shipping cost to Singapore is equivalent of two nail polishes :(((( and the moment you exceed 4 items, they DOUBLE your shipping fee. *@#!$!!

A shot of all the polishes~

And of the individual bottles!

And to see how the colours turn out when applied.. 

 So basically all of them look a tad bit darker in real life than in the bottle.

But when I look at the pictures now the difference doesn’t look that obvious. Hmm.

Maybe it’s a trick of the light when I look at it in real life, then.

 So I was lazy, and just painted over my green and yellow nails for this review 😛

I didn’t bother cleaning up the sides (sorry) because I have school tomorrow!!

Here is the photo taken off the site of all the colours.

The colours are really quite true to the picture.

 

 

Verdict

 

Application:

Generally quite easy to apply, but the first layer is extremely runny (especially for green and yellow) and you need at least three coats.

Yellow and green are brushstroke-prone i.e. you can see your brushstrokes so a smoothing top coat is a must for these two colours. Orange and blue gives me less trouble, possibly because they are darker in hue.

Consistency:

First layer is extremely runny, as mentioned above (especially for green and yellow) and you need at least three coats.

I’d advise you to apply a thicker layer at one go, to reduce the brushstroke problem. When I lifted the almost-dripping brush from the bottle and slapped the polish on the polish stayed really well and didn’t run off. It was done in seconds with no need for a second coat.

Colour:

I love green best, followed by… yellow, then blue, and my least favourite is orange because it is not as pastel as I had hoped (like how it looked in the bottle), though it’s still pretty… just a bit neon. I’m dreaming of doing tiger nails with it!

Green and yellow looks really pastel and I’m happy 🙂

I might get a lighter blue next time, but this is actually not bad.

Rating:

8.5/10 overall! I might have given a 9 if the colour for orange and blue were lighter and the consistency of yellow and green were better…

I think it’s really worth every penny though!

I mean, for 8.50 SGD I can only buy a bottle of China Glaze, or a bottle of O.P.I without the shipping charge of $1 😦 (OPI is impossible to get at 8.50 SGD awww)

I’m not sure if I should get the pink. But I’m looking for a really pretty, light pastel pink, and I don’t want it to turn out like the orange.

Purple just looks gross in the picture.

Maybe I should get the pink and the three nail care bottles (top coat, base coat, essence) just to expand my collection!

Did I mention how awfully cute the bottles are?? You can even see tree bark patterns!! SQUEAAAAAAL!!

*surrounded by tons of excited faces*

TRY IT OUT FOR YOURSELF FOLKS! 

The seller has stopped selling these nail polishes 😦 too bad! I’ll keep you guys posted if I can find a shop with similar prices. I’m quite sad because these are so bloody cheap!

I FOUND IT!!!!

HAHAHAHA. Go here for the new link. They’ve increased the price by 10 cents and the shipping by 10 cents… Seriously. Someone must’ve tipped them off!