Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Organic hand sanitizing spray- lavender
astiam 2/19/2012 6:54:00 PM
Not sure how effective this organic hand sanitizer is in comparison to other chemical products in the market. But it does leave my hands very smooth and it get rids of dirt (e.g: pen marks) very nicely. I also love the smell of lavender, I tend to lather lotion on my hands right after I wash, but I feel like I don't need to after this. It smells so good, and the price is affordable too!
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm
astiam 12/6/2011 7:31:00 PM
This is the only lip balm that actually works for me, I have tried other natural lip balms such as Burt's Bees but it is just not enough. This lip balm stays all day, and I have one in Simply Vanilla which tastes fantastic I really have to lick it. In comparison to the general lip balms that I have had in the past, I have chronic dry lips and general lip balms just 'hydrates' it without actually 'healing' it no matter how much water I drink too. RMS does both! By the time I put it on, my lips become so soft and supple... I have never had that before (no Im not exaggerating). It doesn't even make that really glossy or balmy look. Another ++ thing about this balm is that you can actually put it onto dry patches on your skin (whether it is face or body)! I haven't tried it though, so I am not sure how effective it is.
Lips -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Illusive
astiam 12/6/2011 7:19:00 PM
I love love love this lip2cheek in Illusive! I was actually a bit reluctant to buy it at first because I already have one in Rapture and so I wanted to have a soft colour for my lips. Anyways, long story short, I am so glad I ended up buying Illusive. It's great! Don't be afraid to think that it might be too purple for you, the colour is actually perfectly described as 'a matte burnt rose with a hint of plum'. What's so great about it is that, you can go from sheer to bold unlike your general lipsticks. It really enhances my natural lip colour, It's totally wearable during the day. In comparison to Rapture, I think Illusive is far more hydrating which is great so you do not need a lip balm prior to using it (although it is a +++ if you do). I really put my trust in Rosie-Marie, not only because she's a make up artist, but she really knows how to radiate one's natural beauty without even having your face to scream out loud that you're actually wearing a make-up. RMS beauty is the only brand that I have when it comes to lipstains and eyeshadows, they are so versatile and easy to apply. Yes, her make up doesn't stay forever on some people, but it's so worth it because you eliminate all of those unnecessary harmful ingredients and time you spend to get ready.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Honoré des Prés Love Coco
astiam 11/23/2011 6:18:00 AM
I don't like perfume in general because they always smell so strong and too 'man-made' for me. I got a sample of Love Coco smell from bathingbeauty and it smells fannntaaaaastic! It is a mixture of coconut but it's not overpowering and it's perfectly balanced by the sweet vanilla and the spicy coriander. It makes me all happy and the smell surprisingly stays all day and I was sweating hot on that day. I put some on my hands, I washed my hands a few times and the smell is still there so wow I am really quite surprised that an organic perfume can do that. I think I am going to buy this, the smell is so unique and distinctive! definitely not your typical floral perfume or whatever.
Lipstick -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Rapture
astiam 11/21/2011 7:23:00 AM
Wow, I must say that I hate lipsticks or any lipstains just because they tend to make me look like a clown and old, and it's so hard to find a red-brown lipstick that REALLY matches my skin. Then, I heard raves about this product and decided to see it for myself. It might feel drying, but the colour is super super perfect and this is the first time ever that I feel so happy about a lipstick, well in this case.. a lip colour. Because it feels drying, I usually put on some clear lip balm prior to using or after (whichever you prefer) to moisturise it, or alternatively, rms beauty also has a lip shine which adds that healthy shiny look to you lips it makes your lips so sexy and healthy. I don't put it on my cheeks though because it doesn't look like a 'natural' pink-ish blush that I want, but if you want a more night-time look with strong red blush, this can be used if you wish. Although it's more towards the expensive size ($36 eeepp) it's so worth it, a little goes along the way, I have used it for a month and I haven't even made a good dent on it. Try it out!
one of the best organic body lotions that I have ever tried! It beats the expensive brand out there and it smells so so nice. It's extra hydrating as well and I know this because I have extra dry skin! I just wish it comes in a more travel-size packaging.
I like this product! it keeps my curls stay all day and it doesn't even look that I'm wearing anything. Although sometimes that I find clumps on my lashes and that can be gently removed with my fingers so it's all fine I guess. After I use this, I follow it with my normal mascara full n' soft maybelline and it works like magic. I am not sure yet about how long this will last if I don't use it though, hope it lasts long. love it!
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
astiam 11/15/2011 10:42:00 PM
Yes I shall ignore the packaging quality just because it's not attractive. It looks cheap tbh, the price reflects the packaging. But don't judge the book by its cover, this mascara is the best! I bought one in soft black and thank God I did, this is my first time ever wearing mascara in day-to-day basis and the mascara really stays all day without over-dramating my face. It gives a nice long lash without clamps. it's waterproof but so easy to remove with cold-pressed coconut cream! :) I recommend it!
The best eyelash curler ever tried. It doesn't pinch at all and I trust well-known Asian brands because I am one myself.. so their target market would be more likely to be us.. I don't long eyelashes but they're not that short either and this eyelash curler is what works for me! It's great.
I have actually been all organic when it comes to skin care or make up products, but I am devoted to Chanoyu Spa for my monthly facials and they use Pola products. Not sure what actually is in the eye cream, but it contains ginseng which is useful to brighten up my eye area and it works magically within one night. So noticable! Might as well purchase one!
The body butter works really well in hydrating very dry skin like mine. I wish body lotion works for me, because the consistency of this is really thick, hence the name... but what to do. Although I find this to be super mousturizing, I don't feel that it absorbs into my skin. This is why my skin tends to look 'oily' and it just sits there even after a few hours. The smell is also really strong I wish the Body Shop tones it down a little bit, so if you happen to also use a perfume, the smell will clash with each other. I am still in quest to find an organic or a more natural body lotion/cream/butter for my skin type so I don't think I will be re-purchasing this after being devoted to it for years! still nice though.
Lip Gloss -Burt's Bees - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers - Raisin
astiam 11/12/2011 4:44:00 AM
I actually don't like the taste of peppermint because it lingers in my mouth too.. it's just a tad bit too strong. The colour also doesn't match my skin tone it's a bit towards the bright deep red, I actually prefer the tinted lip balm over this. Don't even like how the shimmer looks, it doesn't look too natural. Sorry to sound so judgemental.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty - Raw Coconut Cream
astiam 11/7/2011 10:24:00 PM
It does what it says, although I do agree with the comment below that it can be unnecessary for some people to buy from RMS beauty. For me though, it actually gives me a peace of mind that they made this product, I find it hard anyways to find organic coconut cream in melbourne to wash my face with.. at least now that RMS beauty has it with the free shipping it's really good! Although I cannot review on how successful it is in washing off waterproof mascara or smth since I don't really wear heavy make up, I find it really mousturizing and it smells so good... well smells like coconut. Just to be sure, I wash my face with a proper cleanser afterwards. I also found out that it could be used as a deodorant, which I started using! It's really great after waxing my underarms since they tend to get really dry. It removes odours and counteracts heavy sweating too. It's all good for me, would buy it again! Only gave it a 4 because I know there are cheaper alternatives to this coconut cream, but I still yet need to find the convenience to get those cheaper and trust-worthy ones. Update: Wow! I changed this to a 5 lippies just because I find my normal night cream too heavy for me (and hence my congested skin :() So I used this coconut cream instead until my new cream comes! and it works like magic, it hydrates your skin like it needs, and it actually reduces the size of my pimples that I previously thought was impossible... wow.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty Lip Shine - Moment
astiam 11/7/2011 10:17:00 PM
I got this product as a free sample, I didn't really like it at first, but I keep putting it on anyways. I was previously devoted to my Burt's bees tinted lip balm in hibiscus, but as time goes by, I am so addicted to this lip shine. I actually really like that it's an alternative to a lipgloss because it's not sticky at all! it's super mousturizing as well and gives such a healthy shine to my lips. In comparison to my tinted lip balm, you know when the product comes in a lipbalm stick and then you smear it on your lips but because your lips are very chapped, some of the 'tinted' colour kind of stick to the white dry bits of your lips and I get sooo annoyed and grossed out. Well, this is why I prefer RMS beauty lipshine! It comes in a pot and it's so much easier if you do it with your fingers as it gives a more even texture. It will also suit any skin tone out there, because the colour is a 'basis' of every lip colour, well almost. If you have fairer skin tone I think you might want to try out Bloom as it is more pink because moment is more visibly brown (look at Giselle Bundchen's lips).
Concealers -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty 'Un Cover-Up
astiam 11/6/2011 11:43:00 PM
This is my go-to concealer or all-over light foundation. It stays all day for me without having to re-apply. Yes, it does not cover blemishes that well but it makes them very sheer and yet, it still does make my face look really natural and fresh, not red and blotchy so that's a win. I use no.33 for my medium-tan skin tone, the colour works really well during winter time. It's best when I mix it with no.44 during summer though, it can also be used for contouring when I'm more pale. I don't find the colour to 'adjust to your skin tone', I think it just means that it really melts with your skin that it looks like it becomes one. Yes it is true, the colour does melt with your skin making it look very natural, but it does not mean that I can use no.11 if I am actually 44. You still need to find your closest colour so that it does not look awkward. I have a slightly darker skin tone on my forehead while the rest of my face is fine with 33, but the colour looks very ashy on my forehead. In regards to overly moisturising and such, it does not cause any problems. I actually have congested skin especially in my cheeks area, and the product has not exacerbated it even more. I did have a problem with my congestion getting worse the first time I used it, but that's before I learnt how to cleanse my face properly. You have to keep in mind that the product contains no water, it's made out of wax and oil, so the ingredients are VERY concentrated, you only need a small amount (that's why don't be fooled with the size + the price, they last me as long as those liquid foundation). Because of that, it is more likely that those wax ingredients don't get washed off properly during your night cleanse. I do double cleanse every time, and I have no problem, so don't forget to be thorough, always.