New ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadows

Say hello to my new babies:

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L-R: Wake Up Call, Bel Air, Note To Self, Popular Demand

Got my hands on these new Colourpop pressed eyeshadows a couple of days ago. I have tried it once, and it seems really good. They show up well on my skin, even the lightest shades.

So far I like em, but I have to play around with them a bit more. I know, I chose boring colours, but I rarely wear eyeshadows, and when I do, I only wear neutral/warm shades.

But, I have several similar shades to these…

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YOU SEE!? I KNOW.

They are similar but not quite the same.

Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear and Bitten are darker, deeper versions of Note To Self and Popular Demand. Note to Self is warmer than Cocoa Bear, which is more brown. I think it’s close to Colourpop’s Top Notch, which is why I didn’t get the latter. Bitten also has more red than Popular Demand.

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Top-Bottom: CP Note To Self, MUG Cocoa Bear, CP Popular Demand, MUG Bitten

Bel Air is similar to the shade Jetsetter in the Tartelette in Bloom palette, onlya tad bit cooler and lighter. Wake Up Call is slightly similar to Flower Child, also in the palette, but the former has a bit more brown while the latter is pinker.

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L-R: CP Bel Air, Jetsetter, CP Wake Up Call, Flower Child

The CP shadows swatch really well, they’re smooth and silky and on the eyes, they’re pigmented and easy to blend — but, I have to play with them a bit more to really review them.

For 5 bucks a pop, it’s pretty good. I’d say it’s on par to MUG shadows, which are 6 dollars apiece (but for 1.8g compared to CP’s 1.0g).

If you want more product, then go with MUG. They also have more shade selection, but I’m sure Colourpop will match it sooner rather than latter. But if you’d rather save the 1 dollar and get more shades instead, then go with Colourpop. For every 4 pans bought, you’d get a palette box as above (not sure this is forever or what).

P.S. I pre-ordered my Colourpop shadows from a seller on Carousell, got them within 2 weeks. I got 4 shadows for RM95, excluding postage fees. Colourpop offers free shipping for orders over 50 USD.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me

Appreciation post for my favourite shower gel of all time:

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I first heard of Soap & Glory in maybe 2012 or 2013 when I went to Sephora Malaysia. Back then, this 500ml shower gel was RM36, and when my friend was asking my opinion on which scent smelled the best, I thought, “HOLY CRAP that’s one hella expensive soap”, and “why would I buy this when I can buy RM5 soap and it does the same thing!?”.

Fast forward to 1-2 years later when I was living in London and bought a trial size of this soap thanks to Boots 3 for 2 on travel-sized toiletries. I first used it on my trip to Berlin and and I fell in love. Not at first scent, but at the scent that lingered even when I went to bed. I didn’t wear any deodorant that day (TMI?) because the one I brought turned out to be expired, but I didn’t even need to! The scent lingered on my skin, and was even stuck on my clothes. I didn’t shower that night (because it was winter okay), and when I went to shower the next morning I still smelled it on my skin. Probably because I didn’t sweat, but still.

Even in sunny, scorching hot Malaysia, this does well. I would still smell it when I take my wudhu’ for Asar prayer. If it’s not that hot, the scent would linger until I took a shower that night. And if I took a shower before going to bed, my clothes would smell of it too.

Ah, magic! I never thought a soap could be capable of this! Well maybe not a mere soap, but a 36 (now 56) ringgit soap could.

Yes, it’s RM56 now at Sephora. And yes, that’s HELLA expensive for a soap. I am a wise spender so I admit that. But IT IS SO WORTH IT. Why?

PROS:

  • The scent lasts all day (or a VERY long time)
  • A little goes a long way (the formula is thick so you need only use a little each time)
  • It smells incredible
  • Because of point #2, the 500ml bottle also lasts a long time

Evidence:

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This is my third bottle since I started using it in 2014. Hell yeah. 1 bottle lasts me a good year. This one, I’ve been using since October 2015. Fine, I might not shower as much as I’m supposed to but I still shower plenty. Plus I also use this one to refill several travel-sized ones (one at my best friend’s house, another for one I’m travelling). My sister also steals my soap when she comes over (and she uses a crap ton of it cos I can smell it from another galaxy).

So if you divide RM56 (I think it was RM51 when I bought this) by 12 months, it means you’d spend less than RM5 a month for this. I don’t remember how long a RM5 bar soap lasts, but probably also about a month and the scent lasts 5 seconds after you step out of the shower.

If that’s not good value, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, I’m a little worried right now cos this particular scent of Soap & Glory shower gel is not in stock anywhere! I checked 5 Sephora stores, and NADA. WHAT IS HAPPENING. WHERE ARE ALL THE CLEAN ON MEs? I’ve never used another soap since 2014 ://///

I am partial to this scent cos I don’t like change but y’all can go try other scents and leave the Clean On Mes to ME. Thank you and you’re welcome.

It’s times like this that I wish I’m still living in the UK, where I can get 3 of it for 13 quid!

P.S. In the pictures, I was trying out Butter London nail polish in Full Steam Ahead.

 

London Makeup Haul 2016

Last October, I went to the UK on a solo trip, simply because I miss London too much (and I had the time & money). Naturally, I bought some makeup (and I wish I bought more).

I’ll separate my hauls into two: makeup and skincare/general beauty since I haven’t even taken a photo of my skincare products I don’t want the post to be too long.

So, I present:

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eyeshadows, liquid lippies, eyebrow mascara, highlighter, blusher, loose powder…

The most expensive of them all is…

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter at £18. I got this at the Harrods counter (I still get lost in here even after coming so many times). The first trip to Harrods this time, I merely swatched it and decided, meh, I have tons of shades like this. So I didn’t buy it. On my last freakin’ day in London, though, I suddenly had the urge to get this, since it’s so hard to get in Malaysia and even then, it’s so expensive at RM120++. At that time, the conversion rate gave me RM95-ish so it was still okay. Cheaper than Kat von D in Sephora MY at RM99.

I went to some lengths to get this since I was rushing to get to the airport. What with the evening rush hour, I made it to the airport just in time to check in my baggage! Phew. FOR THIS.

AND IT’S WORTH IT. The first time I wore it was before my flight to Tokyo. I applied it at maybe 10:30-11AM, and it lasted almost 24 hours through a KFC chicken and burger, in-flight nasi lemak, drinks, sleeping at the airport, washing my face and brushing my teeth!

I didn’t even realise it was still on my lips because it was honestly that comfortable to wear. I only noticed it when I looked in the mirror. So, brava! The colour is a warm nude-ish brown with a tiny bit of peach. I love it! Definitely worth a try.

I finally got my hands on some Makeup Geek products off Beauty Bay

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Contour powder pan in Infidelity (cool fair), single eyeshadows (Bitten, Cocoa Bear), foiled eyeshadow (Grandstand) and blush compact in Puppy Love (this is real love). The tiny eyeshadow in the middle is Nyx single eyeshadow in Sin (I think).

I haven’t tried the contour powder properly yet, but I like that it’s cool-toned because my The Balm Bahama Mama can look a bit too warm sometimes. On Beauty Bay, it is £8.50 (but has now been upped to £9.25).

The regular eyeshadows were £5.50 each, and are now £6 a pop on BB. In comparison, the Nyx eyeshadow is £2.50 a pop, albeit smaller in size.

Now, I have fallen completely in love with the blush compact in Puppy Love. The colour is exactly as how I imagined it – it is described as a rose brown with a matte finish on the website. It’s recommended for medium skin tone but, I think I am fairer than medium and it is gorgeousss. It is hella pigmented; all I need is a soft tap on the blush and I’m good to go. It looks natural on my skin tone and blends really well. The packaging is also amazing! So sleek and posh with the magnetic closure, and this is good on-the-go as well since the compact is small and sturdy. MAJOR LOVE.

I got it for £12.95, but is now £14.25 (the price increase is quite high…).

Haven’t tried the eyeshadows yet, but I’ll do a review on all MUG products later! I did try the Nyx one on my inner corner and oh my god, it is soooo pigmented! So soft and buttery, I’m regretting not buying more! I got it at the amazing Nyx counter at Boot’s next to HMV on Oxford St. Seriously, you have to go there. The Nyx counter is like a playground for makeup junkies. I forgot to take a photo of it…

Lipsticks

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Trustworthy for £13.50 at Debenhams – love this colour! My fave out of the other Meet Matt(e)s I have (Charming, Sincere, Adoring). It’s like an orangey brown colour – so nice on the lips and complements my NC25-30 skin tone well.

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Okay, the colour is not really accurate in this photo. The colour is basically this colour, but deeper. The photo looks a bit nude.

The last lippie I got is the Nyx Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken. It’s a mauve shade that’s really quite nice but I don’t know, I’ve been into warmer colours lately so I’m not that excited about it.

Miscellaneous

  1. RCMA No-Color Powder for £9.95 from Guru Makeup Emporium at High St Kensington, a few rows away from My Old Dutch. I never noticed it before! Maybe cos back when I lived in London I wasn’t into makeup like I am now…
  2. L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper , £5.99 at Superdrug/Boots – I was looking for the Brow Stylist Plumper but I guess this is the UK version cos it pretty much looks the same. The brush is a bit large for my brows though. I’m still practicing so I’m a bit slow and I use a light hand for natural-looking brows.
  3. Makeup Revolution Radiant Light in Breathe, £3 at Superdrug – LOVE THIS HIGHLIGHTERRRR. In the compact it looks kind of matte, but on the skin it gives a really nice natural sheen. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a more shimmery golden highlighter, which sometimes I find to be too much for work. So this Radiant Light highlighter is my go-to everyday highlight. It’s sooo pretty. It leans towards the pinky champagne shade, and when mixed with Mary-Lou, the resulting shade is rosy golden that’s just stunning!
  4. Morphe Brushes – M141 contour brush and MB23 round blender brush
  5. DISAPPOINTING – Zoeva Classic Brush Holder from BB. They didn’t deliver this item and I had already left the UK. Will do a separate post on this.

So that’s all for my makeup haul! Sorry I didn’t swatch anything… This post is already too long so I’ll do some swatch posts along with reviews soon..ish. A plus tard!

Favourite Everyday Nudes

When going out to work or for simple things like running an errand, I’d generally go for nude lips.

My absolute two favourites are:


MAC matte lipstick in Taupe and Nars pure matte lipstick in Tonkin.

I alternate between these two because they’re different kinds of nude – Taupe is warmer, Tonkin is a bit cooler, sort of.


I like that both of them have some brown in it because I think brown-toned lippies complement me best.

Taupe is described as a reddish-taupe brown while Tonkin is described as a cinnamon plum shade.

On my lips, Taupe looks like a muted peachy brown and Tonkin looks like a pinky brown with a bit of mauve.

Mac Persistence is a slight bit darker than Taupe, but other than that, they’re dead similar. I could only tell a difference when swatched but not the lips.

Swatches: L-Tonkin, R-Taupe


As you can probably tell, Nars’ pure matte is more matte, and if you’re familiar with Mac’s formula you’d know it’s more of a creamy matte.

So, naturally, Tonkin lasts longer and transfers much less than Taupe.

Wearing Taupe


Wearing Tonkin. This looks funny because I basically just cropped the rest of it but my face 😂

What kills me is that both of these lipsticks are high-end, and therefore expensive. Nars pure matte retails for RM94/SGD38/USD28 for 2g (!!) while Mac is RM74/USD17 for 3g.

These two are the first lip products I ever bought for each brand.

My first nude lipstick was Revlon matte lipstick in Mauve it Over, which people say is a dupe for Mac Velvet Teddy. It was the only nude lipstick I knew and was willing to pay for but I find that it’s too light and pinky for my liking.

Another nude-ish lippie I wear is Tarte Lippie Lingerie matte lip tint in Pure, which is a creamy matte but doesn’t last AT ALL and I will never repurchase (jokes on me as it did say ‘lip tint’. The shade pure is a mauve. I only wear this when I’m going out for less than half an hour. Haha.

Comparison swatch:

L-R: Mauve It Over, Tonkin, Taupe, Pure

Nars Tonkin and Mac Taupe hold my top 2 positions for favourite everyday nude I can’t live without!

My makeup bag

What’s in my makeup bag?

Since I started delving into the world of makeup, I’ve been carrying makeup wherever I go. Just a few essentials that I use to touch up or put on if the need arise.

My makeup bag is from Victoria’s Secret. I don’t usually fancy their designs but this lacy one looks kinda classy. I opted for the smaller sized one as I don’t usually carry a big bag, so it fits nicely.



Top L-R: Stila waterproof eyeliner in Gilded, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink + mini brush, Mary Lou Manizer, Garnier pressed powder, Tarte lippie lingerie matte lip tint in Pure, Benefit Roller Lash, Sleek blush brush, The Balm BalmShelter tinted moisturiser in Light/Medium

Middle L-R: Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser spf20 in Sand, Benefit Porefessional, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed, Bobbi Brown blush in 18 Desert Pink, Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips, Shu Uemura eyelash curler

Bottom: MAC lip pencil in Whirl, Crazy Rumors lip balm in Black Cherry, Revlon Matte lipstick in Seductive Sienna, The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Sincere, NARS pure matte lipstick in Tonkin, Miss Dior EDP

What I use the most: 

  1. The Balm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser

This is my holy grail product. If I’m going out just to run errands or go grocery shopping or something, I’ll just put this on and I’m good to go. It has spf18 so that’s good enough. I like how it’s very light on the skin, doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or oily and it gives off a subtle radiant glow. I have normal skin so it works perfectly on me. My friend who has oily skin says this makes her skin more oily.

2. Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Pink

This is the first blush I ever bought. I’m pretty sure it’s expired now cos it’s been like 4 years haha but who cares, it’s bloody expensive so I’m gonna wear it till I run out. I’ve just hit pan on it. When I purchased it, it was RM80+, and for 3.7 grams of product with no mirror, I don’t think it’s worth the money at all. But, I loveee how it gives a natural flushed look on my cheeks and it’s easy to blend. When swatched, it may not come off as pigmented, but the colour pay-off on the skin is good. I bought a backup from Carousell at RM40, so I’m good. Haha. The colour is matte, natural cool-toned pink, perfect for my NC25-NC30 skin.

3. NARS pure matte lipstick in Tonkin

This might be the most expensive lipstick I ever bought. Sigh. I almost didn’t want to buy it. But the colour, oh, I just couldn’t resist. This is my perfect everyday nude shade. Just the right balance of pink, brown and with a tiny touch of mauve. On the Sephora website, it is described as cinnamon plum. I also use this a lot as a base to mix with other lip colours, my favourite being Revlon matte lipstick in Seductive Sienna, which makes it a bit more rosy. I bought this for SGD38 at Sephora Singapore because I can’t find this shade anywhere in NARS KL. In KL it is RM94.

4. Benefit Roller Lash

I don’t wear mascara as often as I wear the 3 products above, but this is the only mascara I wear. I love how it holds my curl (no lash curlers work like Shu Uemura does) and separates my lashes.

Notable mentions:

Tarte amazonian clay blush in Exposed

This is a recent purchase. I’ve been looking for an alternative to my BB blush and I found this to be close. It leans more towards the brownish spectrum, but still looks natural on my skin. In pictures, it looks darker though. It retails at Sephora MY for RM122 and, which is about the same price as Bobbi Brown blushes now, I think, so that makes this more value-for-money cos you get a nice packaging with a mirror and there’s more than twice the amount of product.

Liquid Lipstick

The one in the picture is The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Charming, but this changes according to what I’m wearing that day. There was a phase where I brought Nyx soft matte lip cream in Cannes and Abu Dhabi (I love them mixed) all the time, then another phase where I brough Manny MUA x Ofra in Charmed and Colourpop USL in Frick n Frack, so it really depends. Right now I have the two Lip Lingeries in my makeup bag.

Things I don’t really use and could do without

If I have put on mascara before I leave the house, I’d leave the eyelash curler. I would also usually leave my pressed powder if I have put on my tinted moisturiser. I very rarely wear eyeliner too -____-

Stila eyeliner in Gilded is something I only wear for occasions so I could probably leave it on my table.

Next post would probably be my lipstick collection because I’m obsessed with them.

So what’s in your makeup bag? ;)

Nyx Lip Lingerie 

I recently got these babies

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I’ve jumped on the liquid lipstick bandwagon for quite some time and have since tried several different brands, both high end and high street/drugstore, e.g. LA Girl, LA Splash, Colourpop, Ofra, The Balm Meet Matte Hughes.

I gave away all my drugstore liquid lipsticks except for the ones from Nyx (soft matte lip cream and liquid suede). More on this in another post.

I think Nyx makes great lip products with extensive range of colours. Their SMLC and Liquid Suede are so comfortable to wear (albeit not as long-lasting/transfer-proof like other liquid lipsticks/lip creams). So I was pretty excited to get my hands on these. I had to pre-order this from a personal shopper and it took 2 and a half months! But dang, it is worth it.

I got 2 shades: Ruffle Trim and Exotic. I think they are beautiful on their own, but I love them the most when mixed together. It becomes a super pretty rosy peachy pink colour that complements my skin tone well.

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Excuse my messy application, the wand is a bit too big/long to control on my lips.

Top lip: Ruffle Trim, Bottom Lip: Exotic

The formula is moussy, and it is quite sticky after it first dried, but after a while it became less sticky. It is quite comfortable to wear and even after I had oily raya food (rendang, laksa johor, etc), it was still there. Definitely transfer-proof.

I think I like this more than the Colourpop UMLs. I had 3 of those and I just sold them off haha.

Will post about the rest of my lipstick collection soon!

Starting again

I know I haven’t blogged in years. I always plan blog posts in my head but to get around to writing them… Yeah, that never happened.

I even put up a few more blogs for different things (travel, for example), but that never saw regular updates either. Now, I’m regretting it, for a few reasons.

During my year in London, I wanted to blog to document my time there. To serve as reminders for my memories. But I guess I was just too busy living/enjoying life that I never quite bothered.

Then, I set up a new blog to my travels. I thought when I got back for good I would start writing it all down, from the itinerary, the planning bits, the cost, tips, etc., but… I’m just such a huge procrastinator. A few months ago I lost the softcopy of all my pictures from the most amazing 15 days of travel. That was a big bummer. I cried so hard. I still have photos on my phone, but the ones from the camera were different, of course. And most pictures that have me in it are from the camera since I travelled alone. *rolls on the floor crying*

I spend too much time thinking what I wanna write, how long I wanna write, who I think I’m writing for that I didn’t actually get to the writing part, which makes it all pointless. So now, I’m just gonna write. I know practically no one reads this blog anyway. You know what they say these days: sing like nobody’s listening, dance like nobody’s watching, tweet/blog like nobody’s reading. Okay I probably made that one up.

I’m quite into makeup nowadays so I’ll probably talk about that a lot. I prefer talking about it here than Twitter cos it’s… I don’t know, kinda vain?

Oh well, here’s to putting thoughts into words, again.