Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ in Choco-Latte (240)

I can’t love this enough!!! 
I bought this on Qoo10 for 4 SGD, a total steal given that Sally Hansen is a pretty reputable brand 🙂

Choco-Latte is similar to Butter London’s ‘Tea With the Queen’, in fact it might be a pretty good dupe but I haven’t done a proper comparison yet because I tried Tea with the Queen at my friend’s house! The colour is sort of a pinkish dark beige, I think some people call it a tan instead of a nude but it’s a perfect colour for any occasion! (except parties maybe)

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In fact, I feel it applies better than Butter London!! 2 coats to full opacity, no air bubbles at all, no streaking, no lines showing up. It is my most manageable polish so far, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first tried it. I don’t know if it chips easily though since I haven’t left it on long enough.

Credit must be given to the fan-type brush- it applies the polish really nicely and reaches all parts well, so I don’t need to struggle to fill the sides because the brush fans out and applies it just right. *squeal* I can cover my whole nail in two strokes! I used a thinner first coat but it was nearly opaque even then, and one more coat to get it just right 🙂

The polish dries really quickly, which I’m grateful for because I’m such a klutz and always mess up my nails minutes later. I topped this with Sally Hansen Dry Kwik Nail Colour Dryer, which I feel really helps. Other people might beg to differ, judging from the reviews I seen. You either love it or hate it, apparently- and I’m in the former group! It contains mineral oil that helps with the drying process. Some people dislike it because of the oiliness, but it keeps my cuticles healthy and protected 🙂 it’s more runny than a polish so as long as you are careful it shouldn’t be too messy!

I might buy another bottle of this as a spare because I can definitely see myself using this a lot 🙂 Or other polishes from this range. Again, I love the brushes from this collection!!

Choco-Latte is a good choice for everyone, and it flatters mid-toned people like me quite well! The darker nude makes my skin tone look fairer, but even pale-skinned ladies can do no wrong with this- treat it as a camel/ tan shade for an everyday, no-fuss mani- perfect for work and other formal events too!
(Sally Hansen should hire me to promote this range hahaha. Hint, hint.)

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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!