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Mascara -Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara

on 3/29/2017 5:32:00 AM


Best mascara out there! Get it !

Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

on 3/29/2017 5:27:00 AM


After using the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion I realized my skin was getting more oily than usual so I went to my local Clinique store to see what I was doing wrong, it was then that I found out I was using the wrong product for my skin type. So, I bought the gel version, and I immediately saw a difference. My skin wasn't oily anymore, and instead felt smooth and hydrated - it even became brighter and more healthy-looking. I'm currently on my second 125mL bottle, and I know I will by a third and fourth bottle.

Powder -MAC - Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 3/29/2017 5:08:00 AM


After using many cheap low-quality powder foundations, I decided to make the switch, and I'm happy I did. This applies quickly and evenly and can be used either on its own of over liquid foundation. It lasts a long time, both with or without primer and setting spray. Unlike other powder foundations I've used, it isn't drying or chunky, and is instead smooth and nearly even creamy. The sponge it comes with is good for applying a thick amount, but for lighter coverage, I use a brush.

Polishes -Butter London - Knees Up

on 3/29/2017 4:58:00 AM


PERFECT COLOR FOR REDHEADS..this is just warm enough to look fabulous with my skin tone..always get compliments on this!

Palettes -Kat Von D - Serpentina

on 3/29/2017 4:56:00 AM


After realising my eyeshadow collection consisted of neutral and gold shades, I started the search for a bright colourful palette and stumbled upon this. And boy, was I impressed.
The loose pigment, Prophet, is beautiful. It isn't one of the typical warm golds I'm used to and works perfectly with cool toned colours. A little goes a long way, and it is also quite pigmented without a base, which is an added bonus.
The matte purple shade, Venom, is okay. It's not the best matte shade I've ever used, but once you work with it a bit, it can look quite good. I find that after applying it in small layers over a white base it creates a colour identical to the pan colour, and also erases patchiness that comes after applying a large amount in one go.
The metallic emerald, Scarab, is amazing. I found that all the metallic shades of the palette have a beautiful, almost creamy consistency which makes applying them a breeze. Scarab is ultra pigmented, easy to blend and absolutely gorgeous.
Next, one of my two favourites from the palette, Nile, a beautiful metallic blue. I have to admit, when I first bought the palette, I didn't see myself using this colour much, but it's actually the colour I've used the most so far. When applied to unprimed skin, it's slightly duller than the pan colour, when applied to a white base it's beautiful and bright, and when applied to a dark base it creates this smokey shade that is absolutely stunning. Definitely a must have shade for all skin tones.
Now, my other favourite shade, Hieroglyph, a beautiful bright copper-orange shade. I actually said woah when I swatched it for the first time, and always use it as the shade when convincing my friends to buy the palette. Pigmented, shimmery, amazing. I've used this colour a couple of times on the lid for stage and Halloween makeup, but for a fun night look, I like to apply it to the inner corner for a bright warm-toned look.
The rusty red shade, Queen, is also amazing - I know I'm saying this about a lot of shades but I just can't help it. Perfect for a smoky eye, or apply it over a white base for a brighter red shade. Very easy to work with, I like to apply it to the outer third of my lid with either a warm gold or a shade like Hieroglyph over the rest of the lid. Also looks stunning when applied under the eye.
Next, Ankh, beautiful dark shade with gold glitter. I use this shade multiple ways, in my outer corner, all over the lid for a smokey look, under the eye for n intense look, and I even apply it with a wet angled liner brush for metallic black eyeliner. Versatile, stunning.
Only two more to go, next we have Medusa, a bronze shimmer shade. This shade is stunning, but it is the shade I've used the least in the palette. It is pigmented, metallic and easy to blend, I just don't know when to use it - so just to clarify its beautiful, I just don't know how to use it.
Finally, Bloodmilk, a matte red that just like Venom, requires a little working with but is very rewarding once used. Really like mixing this with Ankh and applying it in the outer corner with Queen on my lid and Hieroglyph for a dramatic warm toned look.
Overall, I think this palette is a must have. It's bright, pigmented, and flattering. Seven of the nine shades require little work for a stunning finish, and the other two just need a little TLC for a stunning result. On top of this, I think the packaging is stunning. Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone!

Moisturizers -Cosrx - Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion

on 3/29/2017 4:37:00 AM

What's untypical for a moisturizer is that it contains 100 mL of product. I bought it on eBay for around $18. At first, it seemed pricey, but when you consider the amount you get (average moisturizer contains 50 mL), it's worth considering it.

It comes in a sturdy plastic bottle, with a tight thick plastic cap and with a pump, which dispenses the right amount product.
The consistency of the lotion is rather runny.
When you apply it, it feels extremely fresh. Like a summer rain on your skin. It has a refreshing lemony scent; the lotion is absorbed fast into the skin.

I have oily-to-combination skin, and this lotion didn't make me oilier. I feel like my skin is softer, more hydrated than usual. The lotion isn't heavy or thick. It is a good base for a foundation or a BB/tinted cream.

For me, this was a blind buy, and a complete hit! I have been yousing it for a week (I know it's short, but I wanted to give my vote for it here on MUA since it's really a good one?).

I decided to buy more CosRX products (Snail 96, AHA, BHA, Honey eye cream). I've also read rave reviews for the salicylic acid washing gel.

For now, I have enjoyed only a handful of moisturizers, and this is one of them. The ones I liked prior: MAC MINERALIZE CHARGED WATER MOISTURE GEL (expensive), Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet , Vichy Idealia for oily skin.
When using all those creams, I applied a serum prior, because they aren't the most moisturizing ones (at least it felt tight at some point), but are in good harmony with giving moisture/momentary elimination of dryness/generation of oiliness.

The good:
-easily absorbed
-refreshing feeling
-scent fades fast
-plump, hydrated skin
-didn't cause any trouble (acne, redness)
-doesn't make me oilier
-doesn't dry my skin out
-good base for makeup
-skin feels baby soft

The bad:
-none (strange right???)

Anyway, I do encourage you to buy it if you're considering Korean skincare for a change, and have similar experience with moisturizers and hydration/dryness/oiliness like me. When you recalculate, you get more than you pay - since it does exactly what it promises. And there is no negative remarks (I'll update if I change my mind, or find a flaw).

Contour -Makeup Geek - Contour Powders

on 3/29/2017 4:18:00 AM

I have the 4 cool contours although I am warm/neutral and fair (NC20 Mac shade). I got these at a discount ($3 USD each) because they were "damaged" (small scratches). I have used these for my eyebrows and eyeshadows, not for contouring, so please skip this review if that is the review you're looking for.

I'm a little confused by the color arrangement. Cool Porcelain (Break Up) and Cool Fair (Infidelity) are similar in that there's a lot of grey in both. I would describe them as brown-grey. Break Up looks similar to Mac's Omega but has more grey. I haven't used them as contours, rather to fill in my brows. When swatched Infidelity is darker, but when applied, the colours don't look very different (i.e. I forgot which eyebrow I put Break Up and Infidelity, and in natural light I couldn't work out which side was which). They both looked very natural for my sparse Asian eyebrows.

Cool Medium (Complicated) and Cool Deep (Scandal) definitely aren't as grey as their lighter counterparts. I'm going to use them to darken my eyeshadow looks in the outer v.

These shades are very pigmented. There's a lot of kick up of product in the pan. They're very smooth and blendable. It's very noticeable when doing comparison swatches to Mac Omega that for my brows, I'd have to apply Omega ~4x to fill it out vs 1x with the MUG but then I'd have to spend that time blending it out instead.

From a price comparison, since I'm in Australia - Mac Omega = $26AUD (1.3 grams) vs MUG = $10USD (4.25grams). Even with the exchange rate and shipping, the MUG is cheaper. If you purchase a "damaged" product, it's even cheaper! I know not everyone would be comfortable with this option though.

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the purchases, esp the 2 lighter shades for my brows. I am concerned it might be too grey for those using this is a contour, but since I am not cool toned I don't think I can really comment on this.

Treatments (Face) -John Masters - Rose and Green Tea Hydrating Serum


I have been a big fan of John Masters products for years - using his organic hair care and skincare products.

I have been using this product for a while and stopped for some period of time, switching to natural organic facial oils. After switching back to John Masters green tea and rose hydrating serum, my face started breaking out into itchy and angry rashes.

I had to wash of the product and put a calming rose damascus solution on my face to stop the inflammation. I am not sure if its the glycerin or some other substance in the long list of ingredients that has caused such a reaction.

My verdict is that it is not as chemical-free and natural as one thinks it is.

I have since discarded it and will be using other products that are not harmful to my skin.

Cleansers -Avene - extremely gentle cleanser

on 3/29/2017 4:08:00 AM


I have tried EVERYTHING - Clinique, Kiehl’s, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Philosophy, Neutrogena, Origins, Mario Badescu, La Roche-Posay, Nuxe, Vichy, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, Murad, Aesop, Dermalogica, Cetaphil… all product lines, from liquid, milk, oil and bar cleansers… wasted SO much $$$… everything seemed to break me out and irritate my super sensitive, combination skin.

This is the only cleanser that my skin can tolerate. Cleans extremely well without stripping or drying my skin out. It even takes off makeup (however, I use an eye makeup remover). I prefer to apply on damp skin and wash off with water. Followed with Avene Thermal Spray my skin is just soft, soothed and glowing. Super love!

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Polishes -Unlisted Brand - ILNP - Industrial Park

on 3/29/2017 3:40:00 AM


Industrial Park is from ILNP Fall Neutrals 2016 Collection. It's a mid-dark grey/blue crelly polish with scattered holo micro-flakes. When this Collection came out, Industrial Park was the polish which stood out the most for me.

I used 3 coats,which looked perfect. Even with that many coats it dried fast. It lasted really well too. This polish is very pretty, but I am not sure this colour is particularly flattering on me. I wished there was a 'maybe' option on 'would you buy it again' question.

ILNP (I love nail polish) is an American indi brand. If you have never tried indi polishes, try this brand and you'll be hooked for life. They create the most beautiful holo polishes. Their polishes are well packaged and are great quality. I love their brushes too.

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