Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Smitten
wmhfnrzu 2/18/2013 9:37:00 PM
I like it! I got it for close to 50% off during a sale at Singapore's qoo10 and I've never looked back. When I swatched it at the drugstores it looked really light and sheer - which is the opposite of my fav pigmented and matte styles. But at half price I thought, what the heck. It smells and feels minty, which is really nice because it reminds me of Bodyshop's old discontinued mint lip balm. The colour is a nice pink layer... not too bright but I think it's because I have very pigmented lips which darkens the colour and sits very nicely on my lips. It's a sweet, refreshing (but not trashy) almost dark fuschia that contrases very well with my NC40 skin. The fomula is anything but dry I think - it really does feel like a coloured balm. I'm perhaps only a worried that in the future, when I've used it quite often, will the pencil-like tip flatten and just be this fat block with no precision? I donno, it'll probably not bother me that much, heh. Would I buy it again? Depends... if it wasn't so freaking pricey (almost $18 here) I wouldn't mind trying the other colours. But smitten's definitely a win for me!
Mascara -NYX - Doll Eye - Water Proof - Extreme Black
wmhfnrzu 7/25/2012 11:26:00 PM
It's a very average mascara. It lenghtens only sligtly and it goes on so thinly. One coat is never enough. Also not much volume. The problem with one coat not being enough is that you have to constantly reapply. And when the mascara starts to dry, it becomes very unever. I wouldn't say clumpy, but you'll notice that your lashes aren't smooth, and there's ragged edges. It doesn't look very nice up close. I also don't see the "doll" factor very much. And it's certainly not waterproof as well. I was able to use my fingers to rub it off when in contact with water. For the price of SG$12 - $15 a tube, I would rather get a drugstore mascara. Maybe a few good things - the wand is nice and small (also oddly sculpted but that doesn't bother me), so I can get to those tine corners without the wand bumping onto my lid (don't we all hate that?), and also to my lower lashes. The mascara doesn't leave your lashes as hard as nails as well, so maybe that's good for some people. I wouldn't recommend this to people with short lashes but if you have naturally full lashes, this would be a good (or decent) mascara to aceentuate them.
Powder -Nuskin - Custom Colour MoisturShade We/Dry Pressed Powder
wmhfnrzu 6/4/2012 1:40:00 AM
I underestimated this powder. I thought it wasn't going to be fantastic, but I was wrong! I think this is one of the best powder foundations I have ever tried, and it beats a couple of high-end brands out there. The coverage is fantastic (a primer is a must though!) and it lasts the whole day. I kid you not. I had to attend a wedding last Saturday and since I was the bridesmaid, I didn't get much time to touch up. I put the foundation on at 8 in the morning and it lasted all the way till 12am! Needless to say I was hugely impressed. No oxidizing, even! Sure my face got a little oily halfway, but it's nothing some blotting paper won't fix. I highly recommend this powder for hot and humid weather, it is truly amazing. On that note - 3 cons about this powder. Firstly, it does oxidize - only in very cold atmospheres. It's weird, no? One would think it'd oxidize in very hot weather but this is quite the opposite. Secondly, it's quite pricey, and it can cost from S$30 - S$40. Thirdly, it's not readily available on store shelves, and you'd have to go through a Nu Skin agent to get these. Thankfully, my uncle is one and I can go through him. This powder lasts forever though (mine has lasted me close to a year!) so I think this powder is well worth it!
Expensive version of Revlon's Cocoa Craving, tbh. While this retails for SG$28, Revlon's retails for SG$15. They are the EXACT same colour, with Revlon's being a smidgen lighter. Also - Revlon's is also creamier, but has the same drying factor as MAC's. The colour is gorgeous on NC35 - 40 girls no doubt, but I'd suggest you'd make a beeline for the drugstores and pick Revlon's matte lippie instead.
Lipstick -Revlon - Matte Lipstick- all shades (new for Winter '08)
wmhfnrzu 3/16/2012 5:23:00 AM
It's sad how there's so much hate for this product. I think this is drying yes, but it can definately be worked with! For a drugstore lippie going for SG$13.90, you've got to give and take I think. Fantastic pigmentation and perfect finish, I've always put Vaseline before I sleep and before I put on any lip product and the lipstick goes on fine! I don't think the lipstick should be applied bare though, that might be he reason why it's so drying. Some chapstick or balm will def do the trick. I personally love these lippes! Gonna get them all, Revlon!
Fantastic stuff - put it anywhere and it will heal/soften/hydrate. If you gave it a chance it could probably bring dead plants back to life. And all for less than $5 for a medium pot. I've never touched chapsticks/lipbalms and when I do, I regret it, and go back to good old Vasey (we're tight like that.)
I got this simply because I read it here - and it is extremely similiar to You Don't Know Jacques! (which i own too haha). I like it! It's like a muddy, mocha-ish brown? My guy friends all disapprove (boys will be boys!) but I think it's a sophiticated, clean colour. I can wear it to work and it doesn't look offensive or loud. Love it!
Gorgeous colour - not so gorgeous finish. You'll have to put 2 coats to make it opaque, which is fine - but what's funny is that sometimes there'll be these bubbles after I've applied the polish - and mind you, I don't shake the bottle. And after a week of wearing the polish, more bubbles appear! Which sounds really bizaare but it happens. Other than that? I love the colour - but I can get OPi polishes at the same price ($9 in Singapore) so I'm afraid I won't be going back to Revlon polishes for awhile!
I think the colour is pretty common, imo. It looks like a lot of berry lipsticks out there. It has some shine to it - which you can blot if you prefer it matte. I think its properties stand out more (staying colour, pigmented, etc) rather than it's colour. I got it for SG$15 off a friend (orignal price is $28) so I'm not complaining but I will not repurchase at full price. An interesting thing to note about this line of lipsticks is that they're not as drying as MAC's other lines so that's something to consider as well.
Everyday lippie! Fantastic for my NC35 - NC40 skin. Great for tanned or olive skin, I'm not sure how this would turn up on someone fairer though. It's a deep brown with hints of orange. Love the finish! Creamy and pigmented, opaque and matte. Not the longest-lasting lippie (4 hours?) but I love reapplying it. Not as (obviously) drying as the its other counterparts in the same line (looking at you Fab Fig & Wine Not) so no need for too much balm beneath. Also, I got it at $13.90 at a sale in Singapore which means affordability gets brownie points too! EDIT: I recently just bought MAC's Matte Taupe lipstick and Revlon's Cocoa Craving is an EXACT dupe for it. Revlon also gets points for being creamier - albeit MAC get points for leaving a nice subtle stain even after it's worn off. However at SG$28 a pop for the MAC lippie - Revlon wins hands down.
Albeit very drying, I am willing to overlook that and crown this my favourite lipstick! At SG$13.90 a pop. this goes fantastically with all skin tones so I can't see how you can go wrong with this. Only con is just the lack of moisture - I'll always take note to brush my lips lightly and put some chapstick/balm before putting it on to avoid any 'uneveness' and to minimize it sinking into my fine lines. Other than that I am madly in love with this - there was a time I thought I lost it so I got really depressed and did not get dressed for the next few minutes and it wasn't until I told myself that I could drop by the drugstore after work to grab a tube before I got my act together. And if you're wondering no, I didn't lose it, it just rolled under my bed and also, I picked up Wine Not instead and also in love with that shade! Hallelujah Revlon!
Creamy and opaque are what I always look for in concealers and this particular one hit the spot. I love how I can use my fingers to blend it in and it would look good. It photographs very well too. Some cons though - it tends to dry out by midday and will sink into your fine lines. Not obvious from afar, but it's there when you look closely into the mirror. I also don't use an eye cream/gel underneath it because my eyeliner tends to transfer from my upper lid to my eye bags which as everyone knows, worsens it. Also, if you laugh and smile alot (anything that crinkles your eyes) I find that the concealer pools in the corners as white residue and I find myself self-conscious each time I've had a laughing fit. Mum gave this to me so I'm not sure how much it costs - though I know Nuskin products and they are more than usual on the pricey side. I would repurchase though!
This is my everyday blush. I am not kidding you. I put on my toner, moisterizer and primer on before tapping into the pot lightly for 5 times and spreading it onto my cheeks. It does look scary in the pot (and it should! Highly pigmented stuff this is) but I've found after blending it into my cheeks - they lighten up to look just slightly flushed and healthy. I put on my powder foundation and I'm good to go! It lasts the whole day and has never broken me out. I would probably never run out (there is so much in one pot) but if I lost it I would buy another one. I love how it's a cream so it lasts so much more longer than my powder ones. Also, it is very cheap ($9 in Singapore) for the amount you get! I'm looking at buying a slightly lighter colour but I am very in love with this rn.
I like this foundation. I got it for SG $25 during a sale (was $35 before) and I think it's great. I've experienced the same sort of thrill as the reviews below - decent coverage, good staying power and my personal favourite - fantastic oil control. I just don't like that it's a little pricey at full price, I can't believe some people got it for US $10, I must look out for those kind of sales here! Also, they've got quite a limited range of shades. And I never touched the sponge in the casing - it looks and feels like crap but I did buy their kabuki brush which is amazing btw (SG $25 also, after a 10% discount) and it applies like a dream. Oh yes, one more thing, it has this habit of looking a little powdery on first application but after it settles in after say a few minutes, it looks wonderfully natural. For $25 a pop, I wouldn't mind repurchasing, but I'd probably think twice before getting it at full price. EDIT: I'm 2 months into using this and guess what? It's hit pan. I've never had a powder foundation run out on me that fast! Most of them lasted for 6 months even with touch ups. Also, I tried the sponge - smears the foundation right into your pores and makes them look more obvious. Also, this powder oxidises quite quickly - like a few hours quickly. I took one lippy off and I certainly would not repurchase this.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup
wmhfnrzu 1/12/2012 3:07:00 AM
I was running out of my previous foundation (ZA 2-way foundation) and wanted to switch to a better product so I asked my mum and she lent me a refill of this foundation in 37 Tawny. She absolutely raved about it so I gave it a shot. I think the colour tone matches me fantastically, and that's quite rare actually, so a plus point for that. It also goes on nicely with a sponge, no streaking, unevenness or anything like that. And it looked quite natural too. It did not however give full coverage; light to medium more like. It's probably buildable, but it looked like the sort of powder that cakes on if too much is used. I would have liked this as my go-to powder foundation, if not for it's 2 negative factors. Firstly, the oil-control this powder have is tres awful. Like really, really bad. I had to blot within 2 hours of wearing it. And that's twice as often as my old foundation. So that's like 6 - 8 times a day (which is a lot!). Then again - I do have oily skin and the weather here in Singapore is always hot & humid, but if I were to compare it to other foundations, this one ranks the lowest in oil-control. The other factor, is its' price. I think this foundation does work wonders for some people but not for me unfortunately. It's $56 in Singapore and that's not even including the case which probably costs another $20. The price really, really puts me off as I can get similiar results with other powder foundations for a much cheaper price. So no, I wouldn't repurchase as it's just way too expensive for me and the oil-control is sadly, crap.