Skinfood Haul!

Hi guys I couldn’t help myself-

I’ll post a quick update about all the crazy freebies I’m getting recently!

Warning: whole bunch of pics coming up

 

 

What happened is that I won Skinfood’s Facebook giveaway, and they dropped me this hamper worth $100. However, I was sorely disappointed for various reasons (like a broken eyeliner etc.) , and behaved like a spoilt unappreciative little kid and posted this long rant on their page.

 I think I must have given them a shock.

But they were extremely courteous and responsive, and I felt really overwhelmed by the kindness and helpfulness of the Skinfood personnel. When I told them that the products did not really suit me, they prepared another hamper from the new line as well as a new eyeliner in a more suitable shade. I can’t even…

Pictures from the new hamper below.

I really love the brown eye pencil, even though it smudges pretty easily and you need to touch up often. It just glides on in such a heavenly way!

(detailed review when I have the time) 

After the whole incident, I felt really shameful and won over by their hospitality, so I went down to one of their stores and bought the Peach Sake Toner and Acorn Jelly Mask by way of giving them business ;-;

 

So, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourselves but do think about how others will feel!

Gosh I feel like a bitch

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I feel that getting the eye pencil made it worth it though

DON’T LEARN FROM ME GIRLS

Products present: Gold Kiwi Hydrating Mask, Gold Kiwi Emulsion and Toner, Moisture Egg Hair Pack, Hair Loss Care Shampoo (Pomegranate), Brown Creamy Smokey Crayon, Goat Milk and Lavender Stretch Care Cream, No.2 Muffin Cake Finish (Bronzer/ highlighter), Lollipop Gloss or something (gave it away), Omja Whitening Skincare range (toner, emulsion, essence) and Watery Berry Skincare range (toner, emulsion, essence)

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Yadah Angel Lip Tint in Juicy Red

Hi guys!

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Angel Lip Tint in Juicy Red from Yadah. I thought I’d do this post first because it requires less effort and I have swatches from some time ago, though they’re not very well done because I didn’t have energy to edit them to become prettier or whatever. Just bear with me for now because I’m totally drained of energy nowadays. I think I even look stoned in some of the pics haha.

 

I bought this online at Qoo10 (link directs you to the page) when it was on sale at 5.90 SGD, plus free shipping. Shipping is now at 1 SGD but occasionally the price drops to 4.90 SGD, so grab it quick when it happens!! 

When I wanted to buy this, I decided to do my research first and search for reviews on this lip tint. It was super hard to find reviews of this particular colour because apparently EVERYONE is choosing the other colour- Angel Lip Tint in Red Wine. SO IRRITATING!

In the end I decided to choose Juicy Red because I had tons of lip products similar to the Red Wine colour (like reddish pink) and I wanted to try something more refreshing and unique. I mean, if the whole wide world is going to buy the same colour, how boring can it get?!

Now I’m already starting to eye PeriPera’s lip tints, particularly the orange one.  It looks so awesome! I bought Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Rendezvous, hoping to get coral lips but it was somewhat of a disappointment because the colour of my lips overpowered it and it ended up looking more red than anything else 😦 I tried using lip concealer but as it was a lip tint it kinda mixed in with the concealer and I ended up with pasty orange on my lips that looked terrible.

ANYWAY.

I really like this lip tint because it can be used in two ways-

1) For the ‘Bitten’ effect

2) Over the entire lip, like a lipstick.

I really need to make a tutorial on how to achieve the bitten effect because I am seeing so many ugly pictures out there that totally ruins the effect.

Firstly, before you use this,

MAKE SURE YOUR LIPS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.

I can’t describe how MANY people who review this with chapped and peeling lips and oh god it is a sight for sore eyes. If you look at some of the beauty blogger reviews you will know what I mean. I will not name names but some of them are truly awful.

If you have chapped and peeling lips, having the bitten effect will make it look like you’re bleeding from the mouth instead of having a sexy ‘bitten’ effect. Plus, the tint will make all the lines and cracks show up all the more, and you don’t want that, do you? 

I will show you the pictures before I make any further comments on the product.

I always like to let pictures speak for themselves 🙂

BARE LIPS

just realised I have a super ugly long chin in this photo omg

Note: I am not nude lol

APPLYING THE LIP TINT…

Oh noes I look like I have buck teeth here

‘BITTEN’ EFFECT

Stupid camera adjusted the whole pic to a yellowish tone to balance out the red of the lips

FULL COLOUR

 

I enlarged two of the pictures so you can see the difference. The difference doesn’t show up much in pictures because I’m using the webcam camera on my computer instead of my Canon 60D DSLR (Canon FTW! Nikon is not user-friendly at all and the colour isn’t as good). If I have time I’ll try to retake the pictures, but no promises! But omg my face is so blurry and pixellated…. okay okay I’ll retake them. You win!

On to the review.

I really like the lip tint and I use it almost everyday, because this is one lip product that has a brighter lip colour than my bare lips. It is similar to my actual lip colour but a little more intense, so it layers well. I see some pictures out there where the reviewers have a big colour diference between their bare lips and the lip tint, which doesn’t give such a nice effect.

In fact, I would highly suggest that you apply a mild tinted lip balm (like Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Glow or Pink Blast, see review here). Lip Ice Sheer Colour is too bright for the subtle effect anyway, and too pink, unless you are getting the Red Wine Liptint (which leans towards bright pink rather than red)

It is a pity that this lip tint doesn’t seem to last long on my lips (maybe because I’m always eating), for me it lasts up to 1-2 hours max on normal school days. If I wear it while going out it lasts a little over 2 hours, but that’s it. Re-application is a must if you want to have the bitten effect for a longer time period. 

On a random side note, I always tend to eat this lip tint by accident when I’m applying it and it has a sweet/ sour taste. Apparently some reviews say Benetint has a terrible bitter taste, so maybe you can factor this in if you tend to eat it like me haha. Anyway, Yadah is a MUCH cheaper alternative to Benetint.

And I get it on my teeth too! How does that even happen omg.

Okay actually I know why but it is so irritating.

Okay I should explain how the ‘bitten’ effect is achieved.

Apply the lip tint to the center part of your bottom lip first (nearer the back),

like so

…and purse your lips together several times. Like kissing or doing lip smackers! 

Repeat for the top lip, making sure you apply close to the inner part of the lip.

 

That’s all folks!

I’ll do a video tutorial next time if I can get Youtube to work on my browser.

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Loves: The awesome colour!

Hates: How quickly it fades. Grrrrrrrrr.

Price: 6.90SGD on Qoo10 , sometimes drops to 5.90 SGD during sales.

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm

This will be a short review-

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm!

 As you can see, the texture inside is sticky-ish…

I don’t know why they call it a lip balm, it’s more like a lip gloss in terms of texture and colour… (lip balm colours are more opaque, but gloss is translucent) 

Personally, I’m not a big fan of this lip balm because it tastes awful.

You got that right. It tastes awful. 

Okay you’ll probably be shaking your head and thinking

OMG what a dolt no one asked you to eat it, you dumbass.

But anyone who’s ever worn lipgloss should know that it will inevitably end up in your mouth for some reason no matter how careful you are, and drinking water is a pain…

So yeah. It tastes awful and artificial, and you can actually taste the smell of the lip balm (weird right)

 

I much prefer lip balms because they provide colour and look pretty natural (I’m not a fan of sparkly, bling-bling, eye-catching lip prints and colours) AND I can use them in school without any teachers getting on my case.

Plus I have long hair that flaps all over my face and they’ll get stuck to my glossy, sticky lips when the wind blows, and I major hate that. 

the slight translucent colour I was talking about.. orangey and pinkish and pretty natural except for the glossy shine

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Loves: Pretty colour

Hates: The smell gets sickly sweet after awhile, and it tastes awful, and my hair sticks to it.

Rating: 6/10 (because it is actually quite pretty, just my personal preferences affected the rating)

Pricing: 8.90 SGD

Note: I bought this last year so this is the old packaging, you might not see the same label on top anymore though the container is still the same!

 

 

Mentholatum Lip Ice in Strawberry, SPF 15

Okay I’ll do another lip balm post!


This was the second lip balm I bought, after Maybelline’s Soothing Cherry lip balm! (see post)

I bought it in Laos when I was on an OCIP (overseas community involvement programme) for about 2.30 SGD (rough calculation) which is obviously only half the price here ^^ (about 4.30 SGD)

I originally intended to get it for my mum but she fell in love with the Burt’s Bees lip balm instead (post, here) so she gave it to me instead. I’m glad she did! 

 

 

 

Sorry the pictures are kinda unclear, it’s ‘cos the balm is so translucent the camera can’t really pick it up.

I was trying to focus on the tip and in the end I got so fed up with the lazy method of auto-focusing I just turned it on manual focus and adjusted and… viola! Slightly better. (I didn’t upload the blurred ones though)

The camera actually picked up colour better when I put my hand there, so pardon my ugly fingers. 

I usually use this balm during the terrible three-hour lecture hell day because it has the ‘oily’ feel that I really need and the scent is not too strong, so it won’t distract me much.

Why not use Burt’s Bees? You may ask.

Well, because Burt’s Bees gives heavy moisture but it has a matt/ dry feel, which I don’t want during cold lecture periods- I want the oily feeling!

Okay I’m kinda contradicting myself in my previous posts but whatever, I just want that oily feel even though Burt’s Bees gives me more moisture.


I think I’m developing a compulsive lip balm applying habit gosh :X

You should know from the brand name that this lip balm gives this ‘icy’ feeling after application. Burt’s Bees gives me that feeling too, and it’s actually because of the peppermint I think? Try putting toothpaste on your lips (toothpaste dries out your skin though) and that’s the feeling you will get.


I’m not sure about how natural their ingredients are but I think it shouldn’t matter much unless you are some organic health-conscious person.

If you are, Burt’s Bees would be a safer bet- but not many shops in Singapore sell them. Just be warned.


You can like Lip Ice’s page on Facebook for free samples!

Look at how cute the sample is!! 

 


I have the same thing for the Lip Ice Sheer Colour balm~

I think the sheer colour sample giveaway is over though 😦 You can go to the Malaysia page to check, maybe they still have stock? That’s where I got mine ^^

I keep them in my little pouch and bring them around everywhere- so convenient and cute! They should totally sell the samples ._.


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Loves: Oily feel, great for cold places

Hates: None! Er…. coverage doesn’t last long actually

Rating: 8/10

Price: I think it goes around 4.30 SGD at Guardian, Watsons, SASA etc.

Maybelline Baby Lips- Soothing Cherry, Mango Pie, Baby Lips, Pink Blast

Hey guys~ 

Today, I’ll be reviewing several lip balms~

I know, I know, it’s kinda my fault for procrastinating and putting this off so much.

 

But it’s not entirely my fault that I have term tests AND I’ve been busy with the new layout!  *nods furiously*

Plus I found so many cute favicons online and got distracted….  *guilty face*

Okay. I’ll be reviewing the Maybelline range of lip balms, Smoothing Cherry, Mango Pie, and the new range of tinted lip balms- Baby Pink and Pink Blast!

 

 

Let’s start with my first purchase nearly two years back- Smoothing Cherry! Back then, I was this baby-faced teenager with absolutely no zits and I didn’t give a hoot about skincare. No cleanser, no toner, nothing!

Actually sometimes I think using so many products may conversely worsen the condition of my skin…. oh well. 

But I digress.

Anyway, I bought the lip balm (Cherry) on my friend’s recommendation… It’s a long story but I fell in love with it because it smelt so nice~ Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for nice scents. Sometimes I dab it behind my ears… 

And my bf likes it! *hehe*

The scent is so fruity and delicious, it makes you want to eat it.

Delicious, no? 


Mango Pie’s scent comes off as more artificial to me but it’s nice nonetheless.

It has a less oily feel when applied as compared to Cherry but it’s equally moisturising.

I prefer to use Mango in school because it has a lighter scent, less sticky, and does not have a tell-tale ‘oily’ or ‘shiny’ look, so I’m not tempted to wipe off my balm like I sometimes do for Cherry cos it gets sticky and annoying when I’m out of air-conditioned places.

 

The last two tinted balms have the same scent, Mixed Berry, which smells like raspberries  tons of different berries mixed together.

 

Either way, it smells so divine!

The scent is definitely more subtle than the previous two and not so artificial, and is less sticky/oily. It doesn’t provide a lasting cover moisture-wise so I found that I had to constantly re-apply during my crazy triple lecture day, which really got my goat.

If you ask me, Lip Ice’s Sheer Colour Lip Balm (review here) is waaaay better because:

1) Angled tip means easier application (see Lip Ice post)!

Maybelline’s lip balms are all flat-tipped. That’s okay if it has no tint, but these two have (no matter how light they are- talk about that in a minute), and so I find it immensely difficult to apply them confidently without a mirror because it’ll probably go all over the edge of my lips and I’ll get clownish big smackers.   

2) It has a deeper shade! Come on, I don’t want to apply the balm over and over again just ‘cos I want some colour in my lips.

3) It is cheaper. I got mine for 5.30 BDN (same as SGD) and the Maybelline tinted ones are 6.90 SGD at SASA, like seriously, so expensive for so little colour- might as well buy some cheapo lipstick with the money.

I shouldn’t be complaining though ‘cos I got mine on offer during the Chinese New Year sales for only 8 SGD for two!! Newly manufactured somemore hehehe.

Okay okay I’ll stop before y’all bash me to bits 😀

I’ve added my thoughts into nice tables for your easy reference :3

 

Between the four lippies….

 

 

…and the tinted balms!

 

Oh there’s not much colour difference between the two Maybelline ones so might as well get which ever one looks cuter to you on the outside.

See below photo for proof.

I had to put it on white paper because you can barely see it when applied on the back of my hand, which again tells you how crazily light they are.

 Pricing: 5.90 SGD for non-tinted balms and 6.90 SGD for tinted balms.

That’s it from me 🙂

Super long post right!

In short, GET LIP ICE SHEER COLOUR IF YOU WANT A TINTED BALM.


Bye-bye!

Update as of June ’13: I have decided that I am going for a natural look now and I much prefer the Maybelline lip balms now! Lip Ice Sheer Colour seems a tad bit strong for summer 😛 Sorry for the harsh reviews hahah!

 

Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm

Hey guys!

As promised, the Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm review!

I purchased the variation with no strawberry scent or shimmer, so I can wear it to school undetected 😛

 

This is my must-have base lippie, under my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (see review, HERE)

As you can see, the balm is sheer/colourless, but turns pink immediately upon application (I’m not sure how that works).

It’s super cool and there must be some long explanation on how it works, like the balm being exposed to the air and whatnot, (I’m a lousy Chemistry student), since the tip of the balm sometimes turns pink after application and that annoys me, ‘cos it doesn’t look clean and pretty.

But that’s just a small issue.

It provides such a natural pink tint, that stays on long and even after it fades, it gives 

your lips such a wonderful pretty pink that looks natural.

If you think the colour looks too glaring on your lips, apply a coat over and wipe it off 

immediately- a hint of colour will remain and you will have totally natural-looking lips 

🙂 If I keep harping about this, it’s because they are waaaay KISSABLE!


The colour differs according to your own lip colour, so this colour may not be the same 

for everyone. I think it looks wonderful on mine, if I may be so bold.

 

before

after

 (I photoshopped away my cheek zits to the best of my ability,

so I won’t hurt your eyes. Didn’t touch anywhere else though)

On some days, my lips are already quite red (no idea why) so putting on this balm gives it an even deeper red which is pretty inappropriate for school *teehee*

My friend has this balm too, and she says it makes her lips pinker (she has very dark lips, like brown-y because she’s a coffee addict) but I can’t back up that claim.

 I know that there are lip and nipple (lol) balm stains out there that claim to restore your lips and nipples to their natural baby pink colour, but I haven’t bought any of them, because I like my lip colour, thankyouverymuch; and I can’t say that this balm does the same, but who knows?

I think all it does it makes it darker ._.

But that’s for you to find out 🙂 Give it a try! It’s a bit more expensive than normal lip balms, but it doubles as a lipstick (if you want a darker colour, put on a few more coats)


I don’t use it much as a mosturising balm because I just add my Burt’s Bees balm over it 🙂 it mosturises pretty well, though, but if you are looking for something for really chapped lips, I would suggest you work on the dry problem before using this.

I love how they made it at an angle so it makes for easy application, like a lipstick, instead of the flat thing they do for most lip balms.

It twists up and down super smoothly, and the cap is long, so there is no issue of the cap coming off in your bag, which really put me off Maybelline lip balms, no matter how much I adored the scent of the cherry ones.

 

Note: 


Maybelline has released a series of lip balms called Pink Glow that work the same way as Lip Ice’s Sheer Colour lip balm. Two colours, if I’m not wrong- Baby Pink and Pink Blast.


They work EXACTLY the same way, but I’ll be sticking with Lip Ice because Maybelline’s balms tend to give me a heavy, oily feel which I hate on my lips, especially if I’ll be eating/ studying/ whatever.

 

Baby Pink and Pink Blast (in order)

swatches from Maybelline

 

UPDATE: Go to my review and comparison of these two colours here!

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Loves: The colour! The cute design! The convenient application!


Hates: Nothing at all


Rating: 9.5/10 (tied with Burt’s Bees lip balm)


Would I buy this again?: ABSOLUTELY! What’s not to love?


Pricing: Around 7 SGD, but I purchased it in Brunei for about 5.90 SGD. I haven’t seen it being sold online, though ._.