Amazing palette! A good selection of earthy shades and smoky shadows. I absolutely adore the matte dark brown btw, because it's so versatile! The palette is very handy and has a sleek packaging! Comes with a huge mirror too. The matte shadows do lack the high pigmentations compared to the other 9 shadows, but I'm okay with it. And I'm absolutely in love with the gunmetal shade and chocolate bronze. I usually stay away from shimmery eyeshadows because they can be glitter overload, but I absolutely love every single eyeshadow in this palette! (As long as I don't overdo it) I do think eyeshadow primer plays an important part in keeping the eyeshadows in place, even though I have worn a look using this palette without primer and it's still amazingly pigmented. I mainly wear this palette with the UDPP, but also experimented it with the Essence eyeshadow base and it lasted all day. I really love this palette, because mainly it's really high quality for an inexpensive price tag. And this is also my first palette with such amazing quality. (Have been using the cheap Coastal Scents palette that offers little pigmentations) Overall, a fantastic palette and definitely repurchasing it when I run outa and will check out the other palettes too!
Lipstick -Revlon - Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
raggie92 5/11/2013 10:57:00 AM
I have this in Finale. And it's my very first red lipstick. It leans towards the warm spectrum of reds. Overall, I think it's a decent lipstick but there are better ones out there. It is the 2nd most drying lipstick I have in my lot. Pigmentation wise, I have to build 2 layers to get the full opaque red but I don't mind this because I'm not that courageous yet to wear red lipsticks out. (Especially since I still have school) Finish: It applies on with a creme finish, but dries down to a matte finish. And I noticed that it will become a little sticky/tacky after the drydown. (Maybe because of its longwearing properties) I'm not overly impressed with the finish, but I'm glad to have it in my stash because it's so longwearing and gloss is my solution to fix the stickiness and makes it less drying too.
Concealers -Maybelline - Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer
raggie92 3/17/2013 4:39:00 AM
Edited (1/4/2013): Okay, I gave this concealer a whirl, neglecting my favorite LA girl concealer to really test how lasting it is compared to my favorite concealers. It can hold up to 4-5 hours with powder. The coverage is actually quite meh, as I really have to build up 2 layers of concealers just to cover my dark circles. I knocked off another lippie because it's so not transferproof. I tend to perspire a lot when I head out of the house because rushing to school blahblahblah...And I have to wipe my face off the perspiration right, so I find my concealer getting removed as I pat my face dry. So not cool, even with setting powder and spray. Original Review: The name for this concealer in Asia is different, and only carries 2 shades which are both yellow-toned, but 02 is towards slightly more orange. And it's not discontinued in Asia, because we still have the mineral range going on. Anyways, I own both shades of 01 and 02 as there was a promotion for it. I'm an absolute base product junkie, I buy more base products than eye products. I say 02 is a good match for my medium skintone and good for under eyes as it's quite fluid and blends well with sheer-medium coverage. (I never look for full looking concealers because they can be quite heavy to wear, and I bought 01 just to use a brightener or I can use on my extremely pale friend who can't use the concealers I usually have) This concealer is light and I like the runniness of it, but I knocked off a lippie for the lasting power. I don't expect any concealer to last over 7 hours on me anyway, except for MAC Pro Longwear (which is a given lol and HG concealer despite I don't really use it these days because of the LA Girl concealer which I reviewed about too which is the bomb). The finish is quite dewy and needs to be set if not it will fade off even faster. I do not use a lot anyway, but these are great for days when I like lighter makeup or need a teeny more coverage if my foundation or bb cream or bb stick(also by Maybelline too) doesn't totally cover the imperfections. I would repurchase it because it's available locally but I'm quite turned off by the price considering how much cheaper the LA girl concealer is from cherry culture.
It is a very gimmicky mascara that claims to make your own lashes look like Falsies. Yes, it does volumise really well. It's too much volume for my liking though. I have short Asian lashes...they're not sparse but just short. On my first try (without wiping out the excess mascara on a tissue), it really did make my lashes look like falsies but I did not like it because it was too volumising. On my 2nd try, I wiped out 90% of the product on the brush and swept through my lashes. Gave a clean look which I am generally okay with, but this lead to product wastage. I am no mascara snob, so this is a decent mascara. Not my favorite but decent enough for me when I want more volume. Here are the pros & cons for this mascara: pros: 1. Very dark 2. Waterproof (I have very watery eyes, I need to have a waterproof formula) 3. Very long-lasting. 4. Lengthens my lashes decently (I have really really short lashes) 5. Holds a curl pretty well. 6. Offers great volume Cons: 1. Too much volume for my liking. (Personal preference) 2. Too wet (I blink very easily, and it will transfer onto my lower lids when I blink while the mascara is still wet) 3. Too much product on the wand. (The spoon brush grabs onto too much product, resulting in clumps) 4. Ridiculously difficult to remove. (I have to battle with my lashes everytime I wear this, even with the great Bioderma which removes all my waterproof mascaras effortlessly. I have yet to put it to test with my seperate eye makeup remover as I'm running out of it) Overall, it is a decent mascara. Just not my cup of tea to call it a favorite. I will still wear this, with darker eye makeup to balance out the volume.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Flawless Concealer Brush
raggie92 1/18/2013 10:47:00 AM
This, unlike the regular flat concealer brush, buffs concealer beautifully into the skin. I'm already choosing this over my Ecotools concealer brush when I first got it because it's great for buffing concealer around the undereye area and corners around the nose. I'm not deducting a lipstick, just because it's so big and not very good for spot correcting. I use my Real Techniques detailer brush for the extremely tiny blemishes anyway. Amazing for the price, and I already have 2 of it. Will be repurchasing if it ever goes out of shape.
Lip Gloss -Jordana - InColor LipShine Natural Glaze in Watermelon Punch
raggie92 1/18/2013 10:30:00 AM
I LOVE THIS. I got this off Cherry Culture because it's not available locally. For a really inexpensive lipgloss/lip glaze, it is decently pigmented. I reach for this more these days, and don't even touch my lipsticks. And this smells divine, smells like watermelon! It's not sticky at all, and lasts pretty well for a gloss despite not being sticky. The only con I could think of, is that I have to twist many times to get the product on the brush. Definitely repurchasing this because it's dirt cheap and AMAZING.
I have this in Superstar and Showstopper. I have tried both on my cheeks and lips. I love Superstar on my cheeks because it wears on so well and natural. It's a pink flush on my cheeks and lasts really well. I like Showstopper on my lips better than on my cheeks because it's a really crazy color. The formula of these blushes are crazily pigmented so you really do not need a lot for both cheeks. A light pump, barely pressing it down would do for both cheeks. I use my ELF small stipple brush to apply these blushes because I can control the amount I used and then lightly blend with my fingers. Showstopper is amazing as a wine/purple lip tint. My only turn-off about this product initially was that oil was seeping through the pump (Showstopper), so please shake really well and pump a few times lightly to get rid of the oil. I always shake the bottle before using anyway, so not too big of an issue. Definitely repurchasing because a little goes a long way, and I stopped using my powder blushes because this lasts so well. And for the price, it's a steal.
Concealers -Unlisted Brand - L.A. Girl Pro conceal HD concealer
raggie92 1/18/2013 10:18:00 AM
I bought this off Cherry culture because they carry more shades but it's hard to choose the shades. I bought 2, natural and medium beige. Both colors are not an exact match to my NC35 skintone. Medium beige is darker than my skintone and natural is the 2nd lightest shade they offer. I mix both to get the ideal shade. I love how creamy and opaque this concealer is. I really don't need a lot to cover my undereye circles and blemishes. The price itself is a steal because it's very comparable to my HG concealer, MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Consistency is thinner than MAC PLW concealer, and very comfortable to wear. It blends like a dream and wears for quite long. The only major turn off about it is the packaging. If it came in a squeeze tube without the brush, I would love this concealer even more. However, if I were to compare packaging with MAC Pro Longwear, this wins hands down. And I have to shake really well in the first few squeezes because of the water instead. Definitely repurchasing because it's just the most amazing concealer money can get you. It's extremely affordable and comparable to MAC Pro Longwear which costs like 30 SGD.
I bought this in Warm, and mainly intending it to be a setting powder/blot powder. It doesn't really add color to my face. It's an okay neutralizer and blot powder. I find my Missha bb cream last a lot longer with this set on top, and I don't oil up as much when using this powder. Usually, my foundation is gone by midday. I have also used its individual shades to set concealer and tried to do correcting, it didn't work out. I use ELF Studio Powder brush to swirl all shades and pat it on my skin after bb cream and correcting minor flaws with concealer. There is a lot of fall outs when you swirl the powder together, but it's okay for me. I like the fact it has subtle shimmers in it to make my skin less flat but still quite matte-looking. Definitely repurchase, and I will try the cool tone one as well just to see if it helps in correcting redness better.
I bought it because of rave reviews and needed a flat top brush for powder. I heard it is amazing with liquid foundation application, I have not put that to the test yet because I preferred my Real Techniques buffing brush for liquid fdtn application at the moment. I have used it with powder and it's AMAZING. I have neglected using liquid foundation because I just love using powder these days. (bb cream and elf complexion perfection are all I wear these days) It's amazingly soft and dense. It has never shed with my washes. This at 3USD, I will definitely be buying backups because I just love it so much.
Best all-rounder eyeshadow brush! Even if you don't like it, it's only 1 USD...not much harm done. Thankfully, I LOVE THIS BRUSH. I bought 2 of it in my ELF haul recently. I love how well it packs on color, but please do not use it like a blending brush. It's great for packing on color, not great with blending. Your eyeshadow will just look horrendously muddy. Sure, there's shedding during the first few washes, but I don't expect much and I will eventually repurchase it because I really like how well it packs eyeshadows.
The only liquid liner that stayed on my eyes without budging even without a primer. It's really waterproof and a tad difficult to remove even with Bioderma's remover. Any liquid liner that is actually waterproof for me, I'm sold. (Yes, I'm talking about you, K-palette. I'm disappointed) I live in Singapore, the weather is quite humid. It can withstand the humidity here, I'm good. I love how air-tight the cap is, so the product does not dry out. I love the brush applicator because I can make the thinnest line and a thick line at ease. I have it in BK-1, the blackest black. It does apply on black for me, but I layer it to keep the intensity strong. I found layering my liquid liners will keep it budgeproof. It is a great liquid liner for beginners because it's very easy to control, unlike the dip-kind of liquid liners. I found myself reaching for this liquid liner the most out of my stash, although I do rotate my liners on days just to finish them. Definitely repurchase because the only liquid liner I liked so far.
The reason I got this is because a lot of reviews are saying that this brush is currently the best at working with ELF's HD blushes. This brought back my love for stipple brushes. This blends foundation and blush beautifully into the skin and using less product to achieve the right shade. I'm sure the original stipple is a bit more flimsy because it's meant to cover larger areas with foundations. The small stipple brush is more like a highlighter brush, much like the MAC 188. I like the fact that it is a smaller brush so it stipples with more density. (I'm not sure if I am making sense anymore but this is the bomb in conclusion.) I haven't really try it with foundation but I'm sure it blends foundation beautifully too. I have tried it with the liquid blushes from ELF. FANTASTIC, I say. It helps me control the amount I use with the blush and blends beautifully. For 3 USD, I'm sold. I will definitely buy backups for this brush because it's that fantastic!
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Wash
raggie92 10/27/2012 9:19:00 AM
Good news for me: Hada Labo products doesn't break me out or worsen any blemishes I have. I have incredibly oily skin and I don't actually expect oil-controlling facial wash to work on me so I just needed something that will simply cleanse my skin with no irritation and to replace my Biore Marshmallow Whip facial foam which was running low. Then came along Hada Labo. I was pretty intrigued by the exfoliating foam wash though but I couldn't find it so I got this instead since it's easier to tote around for travelling. This foams up quite decently and the smell didn't really bother me that much despite I didn't really like it. This cleanses pretty decently without being overly drying. It's not exactly a hydrating wash because I need to slap on a moisturizer right after using this. It is not stripping as the Biore facial foam I was using previously but it's definitely not as hydrating as you think that you can skip moisturizer. Great for daily usage for me and I can definitely see it as a staple in my skincare routine. Definitely repurchase and I will try the exfoliating wash next time!
Ok, I was waiting for my skin and everything else to settle with this amazing little gem before I do a review about it. First, HAIR. Add a TINY TINY AMOUNT...I repeat, TINY AMOUNT to your regular shampoo or add water(whatever you prefer) and rub onto your roots. Let it settle for a min and then rinse with warm water. This is an amazing clarifying shampoo and removed all the product build-up that was weighing down my fine hair. If your hair felt straw-like and squeaky clean. Just towel-dry your hair and add a good deep conditioner or hair oil(if blowdrying) then rinse off if deep-conditioning. T Teeth, I don't see much of whitening yet but my teeth did feel cleaner when brushing with baking soda and my regular toothpaste. It did look less stained, but only once a week because this would destroy your enamel somehow. Face, I use it as a scrub and use REALLY LITTLE amount of baking soda and water. I do gentle circular motions to slough off dead skin. BE SURE TO BE REALLY GENTLE and follow up with a good hydrating facial wash and moisturiser(Currently using Hada Labo range). Wow, this did an amazing job to give me smooth skin and purge some millia(sp?) seeds while getting rid of the crazy bumps I have on my chin. My chin has never felt so smooth even with sugar exfoliation. This may not seem abrasive but it's definitely much much more abrasive than sugar and recommended to only do once a week, and not daily. For those who says to lay off the skin because it damages the acid mantle, you just need to quickly restore the pH balance of the skin by using the right products. My Hada Labo products have super hyaluronic acid and keeps my skin pH balanced as well. Foot soak, just fill a basin with warm water and drop a couple spoonful of baking soda in. And just soak your feet in bliss, this just relaxes me and soften my feet too. Will be indulging in this once or twice a week because it's a simple joy to be soaking my feet in this.