Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Cyber Colors eyelash curler
integritybites 6/10/2011 3:57:00 PM
Good stuff. I purchased this for SGD$8 (20% off) at Singapore's SASA. It was placed next to the Shiseido curler and both are made in Japan and look similar in shape and structure. Easy to use for a newbie to curlers like me and rests very well against my eye contour for a good press and curl. Very happy with my purchase :) Highly recommended.
I purchased this in RD 1 Rouge Indulge with 25% off the store price. This is a lovely light warm pink shade with some glitter, but isn't OTT for daily/workplace usage. It flatters neutral to warm skintones. Pigmentation wise this goes on semi-sheer and colour is just slightly buildable. It does shine pretty well and does make lips look luscious and fuller. Owing to its lack of pigmentation and sheerness, staying power isn't there. But it's an easy shade to reapply without the mirror. It did dry out the middle of my lips slightly at the end of the day, so do use some balm under or over this if you're using it regularly. ZA makes very decent and affordable lipsticks.
This is way too shimmery. The shade is ok for lids but the shimmer particles are rather huge and catch the light too well. I tried dusting away the top layer of the eyeshadow but the glitter is everywhere and deep within the pan too. It's too shimmery even to work as a highlighter on the brow bone or cheeks. I'm not quite sure what to do with this, sadly. Packaging and volume wise is pretty standard, though that applicator is rather crap imo. An OK purchase if you like glittermania, but otherwise, please AVOID with a capital A.
I'm on the fence about this because the colour didn't work for me and the texture wasn't quite what I was looking for. Picked this up from Cherryculture after reading all the rave reviews. The packaging is plastic, tacky and with a lousy scratchy brush. However, the pigmentation is great and the powder isn't crumbly. Best used with a duo-fibre brush and the colour is very lasting, atlhough it does oxidise slightly. The texture is, however, slightly rougher than the blushers I'm used to. Milani's Baked Blushers are so much silkier on the cheeks than Sunset Beach. Colour-wise this would suit medium-darker skintones better. It's a warm blusher but not quite light peach enough to work for a fair-medium person if you're after that healthy flush look.
I recently purchased Luminoso and Corallina from Cherryculture and had them shipped over from the US (shipping was pricey but after getting these - worth it). The tacky golden plastic packaging with the mirror and useless scratchy brush (bin it) are the only minus-es to this blush. It's LOVE. Instant LOVE. The colour is a very pretty peach that probably would work for most fair - medium skintones, both warm/neutral/cool. There is a tiny bit of shimmer but after buffing it on my cheeks, no more shimmer, just a slight sheen/glow. Heavenly. This is very pigmented so be forewarned. Best used with a fibre optic brush. You don't even need to swipe it across the baked dome, just lightly tap your brush bristles on the dome and it's already loaded with enough for the cheeks. This did not oxidise through 6 hours of wear and was still present though somewhat faded after that time on my normal/oily combination skin. Pricing wise this is really cheap if you're not in the US where cheap and great drugstore makeup is so easily available. This is slightly softer than, say MAC's MSF/blushers so it can crumble slightly if you're rough with the brush across the dome. Definitely worth a re-purchase or to haul the other colours in this range. Milani, you got it right with your baked blushers.
Masks -Bioderma - Atoderm Hydrabio Masque Hydratant
integritybites 4/23/2011 3:11:00 AM
This is a very lightweight moisturising mask. I like how it's not oily and goes on with a very light and fresh feeling. Most of it gets absorbed by my skin after 10 minutes, the rest gets tissued off or rubbed off lightly with a cotton pad. There is no greasy afterfeel but I don't think this is sufficient moisture for my skin as it feels about the same pre-mask and not smoothly moisturised as you would feel after using a moisturiser. Probably better-suited for truly oily skins looking for light hydration.
Pout is a very light somewhat neutral and slightly sheer pink with a slightly glossy/shimmer finish. It does show up on my middish-pigmented lips. It suits both warm and cool undertones and is very versatile. Work and interview safe. It gives me a more youthful look when I have it on with light makeup and doesn't come across as trying too hard. If you generally avoid pinks (because they're too cool toned or too young), do consider giving Pout a try. At this price $4.50, there's NOTHING to lose!
Lip Gloss -Silk Naturals - Lip Gloss in Infatuation
integritybites 4/21/2011 4:03:00 PM
This is slightly plummy and pulls warm rather than cool. Will suit medium skintones and those who like more adult colours. Decent staying power, FANTASTIC moistening qualities and a slightly glossy finish with a bit of shimmer. I have over 20 of SN's lip products and still counting/accumulating. Give them a twirl, they're really great if the colours do work for you. Fantastic prices that won't bust the bank a/c.
Blush -Silk Naturals - Tart (BB Pink Raspberry Clone)
integritybites 4/21/2011 4:01:00 PM
I don't have BB's Pink Raspberry to compare, but this is indeed very pink. One of SN's more pigmented blushes. You'll ideally use a fibre optic brush to sweep it lightly across your cheeks. It gives a very nice pink flush when used in light amount. It has definite cool undertones, very cool, in fact. Better suited to ladies with cool undertones. It doesn't look that nice on my warm toned yellow skin, which is why I wouldn't buy this product again, personally. But if you're very fair and love pink blushes that don't change colours or oxidise, give this a try!
This is a very underrated blush. I don't have Nars Sin to compare this with and I've always steered clear of such colours because I'm very yellow-toned. This is subtle sophistication at its best. Works well for daytime contouring and as a blush for nights. It has decent pigmentation (SN's blushes generally tend to run very sheer) and staying power is one of SN's better ones. Highly recommended!
Loose Powders -Silk Naturals - Date Bait Perfecting Powder
integritybites 4/21/2011 3:57:00 PM
This is lovely for a slight subtle glow to the face. Great Perfecting Powder and not at all that shiny. The light pink is very subtle and on my yellow toned NC25 - 30 skin, is barely noticeable. I much prefer this to the untinted Perfecting Powder, to be honest. Oil control is fair & it doesn't dry out your skin.
Primer/ Corrector -Silk Naturals - Oil Control Primer
integritybites 4/21/2011 3:56:00 PM
This doesn't work that well on my normal/oily combination skin. Controls for about 1 - 2 hours before blotting is required.
Loose Powders -Silk Naturals - Perfecting powder (untinted)
integritybites 4/21/2011 3:55:00 PM
This is a decent perfecting powder if you're not looking for coverage. Oil control wise is just so-so though. Goes on very sheer and light. I'm a bit meh about this as I prefer other perfecting powders from SN and from other Indie companies. It's not a bad powder, just kinda blah for my needs.
Primer/ Corrector -Silk Naturals - 100% Pure Silk Powder
integritybites 4/21/2011 3:53:00 PM
I'm a Silk Naturals' fan but this product just doesn't work for me, sorry. Lumiere's Silk Powder in Sand and even EDM's old Silk Dust performed better, both coverage and longevity wise. I'm not sure why but Silk Naturals' silk powder went on too pale on me and there's a slight scent to it, probably owing to the high humidity here, even when stored at the back of a dark drawer. I'm thinking that 100% silk powder might not be a good mix and some tweaking is recommended. But do try other Silk Naturals' products. They're generally great. Just this and a couple else that don't work for me, just like any other brand.
I have over 20 of Silk Naturals' lip products. This review will cover their lipstick, kisser slicker, vegan lip gloss, liquid gloss and butter creams, Black Label Lip Glosses, which is about what they have up currently. The price ranges from just US$4.50 - < US$6. EACH. Made with mostly wholesome organic goodness and plenty of moisturising oils. The colour payoff is fantastic, even for their lipglosses. Some are almost lipstick-coverage. They come in slimtubes like Burts' Bees, which may make for easier application for many ladies. I can apply them without looking into a mirror. The staying power differs from lip colour to lip colour (e.g. the more pigmented ones naturally last longer) but are generally decent. The best part other than the price & ingredients? These are WONDERFUL to moisten your lips and keep them luscious and dewy. I've had so many compliments from people on the lip colours and the state of my lips. There are dupes of famous brands like MAC and Clinique too. Worth a check. The liquid lip glosses are not sticky and worth a try. There is no real fragrance per se but the lippies are slightly sweetened with Stevia. The only downside to the lippies are climate-related. I'm located in Singapore - hot and humid 365 days a year. So some do tend to be slightly mushy (e.g. the not so pigmented ones).