This smudges. So even if it's easy to apply/use/bring around, it fails the most important requirement for me. Really disappointing. So far, what doesn't smudge on me is the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (but it dries up and you need to use a brush) and the Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner (but it requires steady hands because of the ultra-fine tip)
Concealers -IPSA - White Protect C Creative Concealer
pokette 10/18/2012 2:27:00 AM
Pros: wears well, covers great! Cons: expensive and cannot be found in Singapore anymore This concealer is pricey (about US$40). Eventhough I've tried finding alternative concealers, I still keep coming to this. Out of the 3 colours in the palette, I only use the lighter 2 shades. The darkest shade is always left untouched although you're suppose to mix all 3 shades and use them under your eyes. I don't use the brush because I think it eats up too much product. I use my fingers for better control though it isn't the most hygenic thing to do. It's not too "wet" like Bobbi Brown and not too "dry" such that is cakes up under the eyes. I use the Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach under the IPSA concealer so as to use less of the expensive IPSA concealer. The things I do to cover my panda-bear eye-rings.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
pokette 10/18/2012 2:13:00 AM
When I first went to Sephora, the sales assistant matched me to #117 eventhough I felt it was a bit too grey. He told me that after oxidisation, it would be just right. I took his word for it but whenever I wore it, it made me look ashy-grey! I went to another Sephora and yet again, the sales assistant there matched me to #117. I mentioned that it looked ashy-grey and said I could try #120 if I'd like to tho' it might be too dark for me Hoping not to waste #117, I bought #120 and mixed the 2 each time. While it is slightly on the dark side, it's still acceptable. My main grouse is that it's a bit too oily for my face. Personally, I think Bourjois 123 Perfect liquid foundation is way better and way cheaper. Won't be repurchasing MUFE HD foundation.
I tried to hold off buying the Beautyblender because I found it way too expensive for a piece of sponge. I bought a dupe from ebay which was absolutely awful! When I finally received the Beautyblender as a birthday present, I then understood what the hype was all about. I thought my Sigma F80 applied liquid foundation like a dream! The Beautyblender is even better in my opinion. It applies liquid foundation and blends it so effortlessly! I noticed that if you don't wash off the excess liquid foundation immediately after use, it stains the sponge slightly. I didn't notice any bleeding of the colour of the sponge, but I did notice some discolouration on the area that gets into contact with the liquid foundation and my face. I wish the Beautyblender weren't so expensive and I wish they were longer-lasting and studier the way brushes are. Oh well!
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Palgantong Theatrical Powder
pokette 9/30/2012 10:31:00 PM
If I am not wrong, this product is now called "3W Clinic Professional Natural Make-Up Powder". I bought this in a set of 3 (Transparent Pearl, No. 21 Light Beige & No. 23 Natural Beige) 30g tubs for SGD14.90 (USD12) online at www.qoo10.com.sg. It was so cheap, I thought it was fake! But cos it was so darn cheap, I decided to take the risk. So far I've only opened up No. 21 Light Beige and it's great. I don't use the puff provided, but I use a powder brush. The colour match is good and it makes my face so much brighter/smoother (in a good way) on top of my Bourjois 123 Perfect liquid foundation. Most importantly, I have not experienced any breakouts. The only negative is that the packaging is not really user-friendly. Screw-caps for powders are just not convenient, but for the price, I have absolutely NO reason to complain. I'm not sure what to do with my other 2 tubs of powder now. There's only so much face area I can powder each day!
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - 3M - Nexcare Acne Patch
pokette 9/24/2012 3:41:00 AM
I don't know how this works, but it sure works for me. Great for pus-filled pimples with a "head/opening" for the pus to come out. Instead of squeezing it with your fingers (which is like a major beauty-sin I'm guilty of!), I stick this patch over the pimple and sleep with it. In the morning, I take out the patch and see the pus out and stuck on the patch! For pimples with no "head/opening" yet, I find that the patch takes an additional day (another patch) to get the pus out. I think this is a little pricey if you are frequently tackling several pimples on your face at any one time. But for the occasional pimple, this just perfect!
I turned to this when I realised my concealers were just giving me grey/green undereyes no matter what I did. Now that I use the Bobbi Brown corrector (in Peach) beneath my usual concealer (IPSA), people have been telling me I look fresh even if I've only had a few hours of sleep, or they give me disbelieving looks when I tell them I have very dark eye rings. Will repurchase!
Brows -Shu Uemura - H9 Hard Brow Pencil - Seal Brown
pokette 9/5/2012 1:35:00 AM
Pros: * time-saver (takes a few seconds just to draw your brows) * very VERY natural looking brows Cons: * needs to be sharpened at the store (but they "eat" up so much of the pencil in the process); or * needs to be sharpened manually with a blade (messy and time-consuming) * expensive After trying to find a more reasonably priced replacement (I tried Prestige Brow Perfection Brow Pencil, Lioele Auto Eyebrow, Milani Brow Fix), I'm afraid nothing comes quite close to this. For those who say that there's hardly any pigmentation coming out when you use it are not using this pencil correctly at all! I'll be re-purchasing!
I've been using the Carmex jar for years now and never thought of switching to another brand until I heard a rumor that it's addictive and makes your lips reliant on it. So I began my quest to find an alternative to Carmex for my horribly dry/chapped lips. Jack Black, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, LUSH Ultrabalm just wasn't moisturising enough for my lips. So I'm back to the Carmex jar again, half worried my lips have become so reliant on Carmex that it can't take anything else! =( By the way, I've tried the Carmex click-stick and tube, but they both aren't as moisturising and lasting as the Carmex jar formula.
Lip Treatments -Jack Black - Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 - Lemon & Chamomile
pokette 11/21/2011 12:18:00 AM
I have very dry lips and get cold sores every now and then. I've been using the Original Carmex Jar for years now and am happy with it. However, when a friend raved about Jack Black and told me it's better than Carmex, I had to buy a tube to try. Considering how it's about 8.5 times the price of Carmex, I kinda expected it to knock me off my feet. Unfortunately: 1) I find the smell of Lemon & Camomile too sweet in an artificial way. 2) Don't see how it's much more effective than Carmex 3) Don't think it'll work if I'm having a cold sore How Jack Black is better than Original Carmex Jar: 1) Packaging. It's more hygenic than the Original Carmex Jar. (The formula in the Original Carmex Tube doesn't work the way it does in the Jar) 2) It's got SPF25 Won't be repurchasing Jack Black cos I think Carmex is better and way cheaper!