Amazing gloss, amazing applicator, amazing smell, amazing shine. That's pretty much it really. Love at first swipe!
This is the best consistency for a hand lotion and absorbs super quickly but the real dealbreaker is that every single one I've had (coconut melon, caramel cream and I also tried a few other testers which seemed like they might have this characteristic too) have had this seriously rank note behind the delicious scent. It is really off-putting (once you notice it you'll never stop noticing it) and I won't be getting any more after I finish my pump bottle of caramel cream juicie. Perhaps it was because they were the older bottles with the older graphics but that's still no excuse (do they degrade after a year or so then?).
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Aqualabel White AC Lotion
khairun 3/2/2013 12:32:00 AM
I figure it's about time I attempted a review on this product since I've gone through so many bottles of this and this product doesn't seem to have a great rep around as one of Shiseido's sub-labels. I got this at first because I panicked over finally getting pockmarks from my terrible acne and it proclaimed to help defend against the formation of pockmarks, amongst other things. I won't say it helped to clear up my acne (it's really that bad, and I pick) or even treated my pockmarks. I can't call it my HG lotion. However, I do keep buying it over and over again because I can't be bothered to experiment with other lotions and this is serviceable. It claims to leave behind a non-sticky, dewy texture, which I agree with. Almost a little like SK-II. It's like water and I actually really like the smell. It's comforting to use (directions say to pat in it with a cotton pad though I end up more wiping when I'm in a hurry) and though I haven't done it in a while, I like to soak a pad with it and leave it on my raw pimples to calm them down sometimes. I do like that I can use a pad with this as opposed to other Japanese lotions as I can really see the grime/yellow dead skin being deposited on the pad. Also, I do feel like this has moisturising properties (it has hyaluronic acid) as it claims but it's probably best to follow it up with serum/moisturiser. I don't use moisturiser that much, which I know is bad but at least this lotion helps hydrate me a little then. And I do think it's great for a skin-prepper before moisturising. It does contain alcohol but I'm fine with that because I have oily skin and my skin doesn't feel tight at all after using it. I'm guessing I might get better effects if I use this in conjunction with the White AC Emulsion (which I've never bought because when I did start buying this I didn't have much money at all). I usually wait to buy this at my Watson's when they have a 20% sale so I end up paying a little over 20SGD for it (it retails for around 27SGD). What I love about it is that it's a goodly size (200ml) that does last a while and the packaging is brilliant. It looks cool and sleek and is very, very sturdy. I actually keep this lying down in my shoebag of toiletries at home and cart it around in the same bag when I travel and the flip-top cap which doesn't even look leak-proof has never even leaked once. It's also very easy to open and pour the contents from one bottle to another which I do when topping up just enough for a vacation stay or something when I go.
I got this in 01 Rose Macaron for 19.90SGD, which to me is expensive. Lovely, lovely colour, soft brush (I can already see I'll have to be careful with it lest the bristles splay) applicator, which is my favourite kind, feels good on. I usually wear my glosses sheered out but this does seem opaque. I adore the sturdy packaging with its decorations. First time I tried it I applied balm first because I heard the formula doesn't play well with any dryness on lips. Second time I just applied it neat on my lips and loved it. Didn't see any problems. I feel like it is also less sticky than Illa's sheer lipgloss and the brush applies better (probably because my Illa in Artifice is so thick). Basically, I love it and wish I'd gotten it before, during a sale. There were very, very few left at my drugstore so hopefully they're not discontinuing this anytime soon and I'm trying to resist getting a back-up- at least, until a 25% sale happens! Must. Stop. Hoarding!
I own 3 lipsticks. All 3 lipsticks are Shu Rouge Unlimited (before the revamp). I see no point in messing around with another brand and it distresses me that they only have the new Rouge Unlimiteds now (I dislike the new packaging and hear the formula is different AND that the candied orange blossom scent is no more- WEEPS). Yes, they're slightly cheaper now but it's also not 3.7g anyway. The formula of these lipsticks is great, even my matte one. I love the packaging of these lipsticks to the point that I sideeyed Model's Own's similar one that I saw and thought it was a ripoff. The tube is sturdy plastic and possesses a lovely, functional aesthetic. They can also be taken apart and reassembled. However, I will say that I never expected one of my lipsticks to lock on me. That was disappointing. Anyway bottom line is I need to suss out more of these discontinued lipsticks. Why is it that your favourites always get the kibosh??? I only have 3 of these ie not enough!!!
Lip Gloss -Bath and Body Works - Liplicious- Twisted Peppermint
khairun 2/27/2013 8:49:00 AM
For its price, it's very prettily packaged (though I wish the label wasn't just a wraparound sticker but the cap is a shiny light red foil- pretty!) and nicely scented with a lot of product (14ml). Clear with pretty white microshimmer and goes on with a tingly mentholated feeling. Feels okay on and wasn't drying. Good for regular use!
I actually don't wear ANY makeup at all so I've recently tried to branch out to lip balm, stains, lipsticks and glosses. Not going to use this (I have CL03 or Clear Sunset which I don't think is LE anymore) for blush but the colour looks great on my (scrubbed) lips and I love the texture! I went out and got a back-up even (couldn't resist the 25% off sale). Granted, it does leave a slight white residue on my lip after a while (have read about this but never had it happen to me before with my lip products) but hey, it wasn't supposed to be for the lips originally anyway. I also tried an Illa cream blusher (Devour) and that was so hard to work with. There was oily condensation on top, I HATE the catch (in comparison the canmake is really easy!!) and I couldn't figure out what the proper texture should be, I had to really blot and ended up sticking the thing in the fridge. And the colour itself might be too bold for me. I'm going to force myself to really try to use these cream blushes (as lip stains) often. My only beef is I washed my hands and all that but it seems really easy to mix in specks on the surface. I actually tried gouging them all out but then the surface looked so bad I gave up. Also great to make your own tinted lip balm/gloss.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - The Lip Slip- Sara Happ
khairun 2/15/2013 6:15:00 AM
So I'd been lusting after the Lip Slip for some time but the crappy packaging (who needs a gold box and ribbon? I'd appreciate a better alternative to a mere clear screwtop jar with stickers more) put me off and apparently the One Luxe Gloss was the exact same thing and even similar amount of product but in a squeeze tube with added sparkle AND it was cheaper so I got it and yes I honestly thought this product would be a gamechanger because of all the rave reviews. I'd also been beating myself up for passing on on the Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing lip balm at dutyfree and this was a few cents more expensive for 2ml less of product. Well, I guess I had such high expectations that this product was a letdown. It wasn't as sticky as I thought it would be but it certainly isn't the cat's meow when it comes to moisturising. It IS moisturising though. The sparkle is pretty. It does stick on and you do notice the tenacity because it's sticky. I find myself reaching for it after exfoliating my lips (I am way too cheap to ever get a lip scrub so I use the put thick layer of lip protectant on for a while then have at it with a soft damp toothbrush method) and then put this on. Decent smell. I can see how some people think it's like rose cake. I don't regret buying it and will use it (also I think it'd be easy to use because of the packaging and I wouldn't say you need a little of it so you might finish it in a decent amount of time) but you know what my money would have been better spent on? That's right- the Shu depsea balm. Sigh.
This is the best. Really works. Very portable, with a cute great tin (the lid also cradles the tin perfectly when you're applying on the go), a little goes a long way. Much better than Lemony Flutter because it's not as greasy and absorbs so much quicker AND has a much, much more tolerable smell. The texture hasn't changed at all (not hard to get product out and onto fingers at all though) though it's been in my bag through all sorts of weather conditions and changes too.
Really lovely, nifty product. Love the squeeze tube and the soft brush that make it so handy to brush on some cuticle oil (really, gel that melts upon application!). The only drawbacks that I can think of are that sometimes the gel is a bit too slow to be drawn up and gushes out too much all at once when it is and that perhaps a clear tube would be better (so you can see how much product is left). The oil itself really works on my cuticles and smells like pineapples. Seriously thinking of getting another tube when I have the money!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Cuccio Milk & Honey Butter Blend
khairun 2/25/2012 9:10:00 AM
Cuccio's butter blends are HG status for me. Nothing beats the hydrability and consistency of the product. What I love best about them are the fact that they are sooo non-greasy, you wouldn't believe how smooth and enriching these babies are.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - Good to Go! The Fastest Drying Top Coat
khairun 1/12/2012 3:19:00 AM
I've decided that Essie Good to Go! will be my topcoat of choice from now on! Been wanting to try it for a while now and it didn't disappoint! I can find it (hopefully from now on as well), it's relatively cheap, dries quickly and very very hard no sheetmarks or anything of the sort, applies wonderfully like all Essies, has very nice gloss, I love the Essie bottle and brush, 3-free. It's thin though so can leave brushstrokes if you don't apply a judicious amount but that doesn't bother me at all!
I really like the packaging (not the pictures, I could care less about those): it's sleek, unusual and when you twist open the cap the brush pops up automatically, which is cool. I really like that it's a brush applicator as well and Kirk is a great shiny nude colour gloss. I like the smell but I don't find it overwhelming and you barely notice it when you have it on. It smells very strongly of oatmeal cookies. It feels moisturising as well actually. I don't understand why everyone's saying you get a lot of product and it's value for money though: this is 8ml compared to my Shu gloss which is 14ml. But Kirk is a good gloss and I rec it. I tried Doug as well and it was a subtle purple that looked good as well.
Thick, green, comforting, works. I like it enough. I like the texture and it does soften my hair and I use it daily. I just wish it was better packaged (it could be worse though, the jar could not seal tight and have water leak in all the time, so good thing it does) and that you get more product.
Conditioner -TiGi - Catwalk Honey & Oatmeal conditioner [DISCONTINUED]
khairun 10/24/2011 12:33:00 PM
This is my absolute favourite shampoo and conditioner. Do I think it's miraculous? Nah. It does its job though, my hair feels soft and nice after using but really, I keep forking out the money for it because of the scent. I'm really picky but this is really comfort food for me. It makes me happy and they do seem to last pretty long as well. Also I had a look at the ingredients after I read some of the reviews here and yeah they seem all great. I compared it to my Sebastian Sheer Laminates conditioner and that one has mineral oil/paraffin. Huh. Comfort food people, comfort food.