Thursday, May 10, 2012


So for the past month or so I've been swatching and trying on a few foundations. I visited various counters at department stores and have been able to get some samples (Estee Lauder and NARS). I purchased Revlon ColorStay today as it was on sale for ~$20 a bottle when it usually retails for about $39.95. It's definitely cheaper than the alternatives above.

As you probably notice, there's a big range in color there from Estee Lauder's double wear up to MAC's foundation (Pro Longwear). I've been using MAC for about a year and a bit now. I don't wear foundation much, so I still have at least half of the bottle left. I bought NC 35 during the summer when I was EXTREMELY tanned, so now it's waaaay too dark for me. NC 30 is funny on my skin. It's very yellow and I don't like how it looks on me so I've steered clear of MAC until I get tanned again and use my NC 35. It's such a shame because the texture and the whole formulation of MAC's foundations are perfect for me, whereas Estee Lauder Double Wear accentuates my dry patches SO MUCH. I didn't bother finding out how long it lasted because after 20 minutes of putting it on, I just tried to rub it out of my face. It was THAT drying on me.

My love-hate relationship with NARS Sheer Glow is that the formulation is so light and smooth on the skin, but it slid off my face in just a few hours. NOT HAPPY. It looked great while it lasted though. Not worth the $68 they charge in Australia.
They did give me Santa Fe to try out as a sample, but I came back asking for a darker shade which is Punjab. I still think it's slightly too light for me, but I guess bronzer evens it out a little to create a healthier, sun-kissed look. Maybe in winter it would be perfect as my skin lightens down.

As for Missha's Perfect Cover, it is a BB cream. The sales consultant advised me to use number 23, only to come home and find that it is TOO WHITE for me. Something about Chinese/Koreans wanting to bleach their faces WHITE, so to speak. I don't particularly want to look washed out. I've been mixing the BB cream with my MAC NC35 to create a better colour match for my skin. It does make it last longer since Pro Longwear is a long wearing foundation, and the BB cream is not.

I came home and tried Revlon Colorstay and I'm happy with the coverage of the foundation - comparable to MAC Studio Fix and Pro Longwear. The texture is a little more liquidy and runny than MAC's Studio Fix. Pro Longwear however, I find to be slightly more creamy than Studio Fix. Colorstay is also somewhat easier to build up as it dries quicker on the skin than MAC which has a creamier texture overall.

After foundation, I pat on a little powder on my T-zone to set it, and under my eyes to brighten it up a little and also provide a powdery base in case my eyeliner smudges. Putting powder under your eyes prevents eyeliner to smudge a little as it mattifies the general area, as well as giving it another base to cling on to, other than the foundation or your skin. This makes it easier to remove the smudged liner.

Anyways, I hope this helped some of you.
My skin is dry/sensitive, with a slightly oily T-zone (depending on weather).

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Pure Argan Oil

With all the rave about argan oil being so great, having amazing healing properties, moisturising, prevents/cures split ends, preventing/erasing fine lines and wrinkles, and stabilising problematic and sensitive skin... I caved. I bought a 50mL bottle off ebay for $25 total.

I've been using it for about a week now, and honestly, you can't even tell if I've used it or not because the amount that you need is miniscule. Forget the whole peasized amout or anything, you only need one drop from those medical a droppers, or chemistry ones (you get my point), for your entire face. I don't even use that much, maybe only half of that. Any more and your face will start to get oily. Same for hair.

It has a nutty and oily smell at the same time. Goes away in a minute. Same with the oil consistency. It thins out after application and doesn't feel as oily as say, olive oil. Ofcourse, you can't put too much on otherwise it WILL turn oily.

I use it mainly for face, on the cheeks, chin, nose bridge and cheek area because my face has been really dry in the last year or so. Sometimes my T-zone gets a bit oily, but nothing that I can't control or handle. I have noticed some good results in terms of moisture, but considering I only apply a VERY thin layer on at night, it's doing great.
Now, the biggest difference I've noticed is it's ability to reduce the pores around my cheeks and balancing my skin tone. There's less patchy areas with colour differences even though they weren't too noticable in the first place. Also, I have healthier looking skin, with a slight natural glow to it. My skin is usually dull.

With my hair, it does make my hair feel smoother, but I haven't noticed much with my split ends because I don't take notice of them too much anymore. Ignorance is bliss when it comes to split ends (unless you have dead hair that looks like straw). My hair isn't dead or lifeless, just dry at times. Argan oil makes it feel softer and less fragile.
For those of you who do olive oil masks for your hair, I wouldn't do this with Argan oil as it is more expensive and it's not as oily and would be harder to lather on as a hair mask. Olive oil would be so much cheaper at ~$10-20 for 500mL or something like that.

Overall, I'm happy with the result, but it's not tremendously AMAZING.
8/10. Would repurchase.

Review: My Beauty Diary Masks

So,  some time ago through youtube, friends or other blogs... most likely youtube, I found the hype about MBD masks and decided to try them out. The first one I tried was the aloe, natto and chocolate truffle in single packets. Overall, I liked it so I bought a box of aloe ones.

I won't go into the details of what these masks do, because I will just bore you with that stuff, and you can also find it online. GOOGLE is your friend!


The good:

  • Best moisturising mask I've tried so far
  • Very cooling, relaxing feeling when you put the mask on
  • Leaves your skin soft and very moisturised
  • Easy, go-to mask when you need instant moisture
The bad:
  • When you open the packet, you're asking for the serum to splat EVERYWHERE! Be very careful and very GENTLE in opening it.
  • As the first point follows, it's quite runny. This is somewhat good, because you know you're getting good product, but can be quite annoying as it drips down your chin when you have it on sometimes
  • The mask is huge. It doesn't fit anyone's face too well, unless ofcourse, you are a giant and have a big face as a result.

The good:
  • Smells somewhat nice
  • Leaves your skin soft and moisturised
  • Skin feels younger and bouncy
The bad:
  • Although it has a fruity, sweet smell to it, there's a little tinge of chemical to it
  • All other bad points follow the Aloe mask
Chocolate Truffle:

The good:
  • Leaves skin feeling softer and fresher
The bad:
  • WHAT IS WITH THE CHEMICALLY SMELL?! It reminded me of some alcoholic drink, I cannot remember which. A mix of vodka and chocolate, or rum. I had this mask on and felt sick because the smell makes me feel like I have a HANGOVER. Yes, we all know what it's like to wake up the next morning and tasting/smelling alcohol on yourself after a night out. NOT GOOD.
  • All other bad points follow the Aloe mask.
The verdict:
I would definitely buy the masks again, as they are cheap and are great as day to day masks, but nothing intensive. It's something to give your skin a little boost when it needs it, or just as a little treat to relax.

I got a few other ones like strawberry and a hello kitty one for my birthday that I haven't tried yet, but will update when I do. I've been concentrating on the Aloe as my skin has been annoyingly dry lately.

In Australia, I bought them for $2 per mask. They are usually buy 10, get 1 free in chinatown/paddys market, and you can get 10  different masks. Otherwise, it's $15 a box of 10.

You can also buy them on, which sometimes has free international shipping for orders over $30 USD. They are slightly cheaper there, at ~$12/box of 10.

Review: Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner


COMPLETELY REGRET buying it after hearing everyone say how amazing it was. I have oily lids and most eyeliner just runs, smudges and do horrendous things to me. This is one of them.

The good:

  • It's cute. Pink and black packaging with polka dots. LOVE. <3
  • TOOOOOOO RUNNY. - I don't know if it's just the one I got, but the liner isn't dark at all.
  • I don't like the brush. I dont know how to describe it, but I can't seem to get a thin line when using the brush sideways (otherwise I don't get enough pigment as it's runny if I use the tip). It's somewhat rigid but flexible which confuses me.
  • It fades on me. This may be due to the fact that I have oily lids.
Top to bottom: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner, Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner, Shiseido Liquid Eyeliner
Sideways left to right: Maybelline Define-a-line, Napoleon Perdis Pencil Eyeliner

An hour later + some rubbing:
Sorry about the pic being the wrong way around, but you get the idea.
Shiseido has better staying power, then the Maybelline gel liner. The rest are just.... bleh.

In terms of colour, the Maybelline Define-a-line wins. I only use this on my lower lashes as it smudges like crazy when I use it on my upper lashes, same goes for the Napoleon Perdis one. Overall the NP liner smudges less. Maybelline still smudge for lower lashes but is easier to deal with.

BIG TIP: For those of you whose eyeliner always smudges at the bottom, dab powder under your eyes! It mattifies the area and smudges less. If it does smudge, it's easier to remove since the powder acts as a base and clings on to the powder instead of your skin directly. Any powder is fine, but I prefer thicker powders for this purpose.

I would NOT repurchase. In the last 6 months, I've been playing around and testing out other eyeliners to see if there are any cheaper alternatives to my beloved MAC liners. They are amazing. The best alternatives I have come across are:
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner. - I was expecting this to be rubbish, but voila! IT'S GOOD!
  • NYX Pen Liner. I'm not sure which anymore as it's been a long time. But it was the thinner one of them. Good stuff. Runs out quickly though.
  • anything mac <3


Make up brushes:

  • Sigma. - There's an Australian store selling them but don't have the entire range, and I'm reluctant to fork out the cash and pay for ridiculously expensive shipping from America. I do know the brushes are great, but IS IT WORTH THE SHIPPING FEES?! I really want them :(
  • Beauty blenders and the likes - is it really worth all the raves and commotion about it?
  • Need one for dry/sensitive skin. Believe me, I would go with MAC in a heartbeat, but their shades don't match me atm. NC35 is perfect for when I'm TANNED, borderline BLACK. (no racism, african american people are awesome!) Keep in mind, I'm Asian. Dark skin is considered BAD. Ahhh.. gotta love stereotypes.
  • MUFE needs to come to Australia.
  • I'm an absolute noob on this one. Someone enlighten me with concealer magic facts.
Contour shades (blush/bronzer):
  • What shades in what brands do you guys use?

lack of updates.

Haven't been updating much. Or at all.. I know I probably said I was going to update but I didn't. I guess I  haven't got many followers and found it awkward to blog to no one. I should probably start promoting or something..

Not much has changed, just the ongoing online shopping addiction and wanting to buy lots and lots of things, but being a tight arse and not buying it cuz I'm "broke". I mean, how tight-arse can you get.. online shopping allows you to buy things at a lower price than retail, thanks to eBay,,, etc. Then again you do have to be rational and ask yourself, "DO YOU REALLY NEED THIS?!". Ofcourse, the answer is almost always "no".
Part of the reason why I don't end up buying things is because they're not available in Australian stores and requires me to buy it online with excessive shipping fees that make the product end up costing me almost 1.5x the retail price of the product overseas. e.g. MUFE (Make Up Forever). *sigh* guess I just have to wait till I go back to Jakarta to buy some, and somehow avoid the eyes of my grandmother who's going to ask "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? WHY DO YOU NEED SO MUCH STUFF? MAKE UP BAD BAD BAD FOR YOUR FACE!!". Thank you for your wisdom grandma, but I'm a 21st century teenage girl. Make-up is like lollies for a 5 yr old.

Anyway, I should probably be studying right now considering I have an exam tomorrow, but to be honest, I just couldn't give a crap about it right now. I'm being such a bum... *sigh*

Something else interesting:!
I always knew some of the youtube gurus were a bit fake, stuck up blah blah blah, but it's quite interesting to see what other people have to say about it, and seeing it on an actual DEDICATED forum. WOW. MINDBLOWN. Then again, I should've known there was a site specifically for that... I mean, it is the internet..

Soooo... to cut this short and stop my boring rant/rambling, I guess I'll TRY to post other stuff that may be relevant and HELPFUL to people.
I've been on a foundation hunt, and haven't exactly found the "perfect" one yet. But so far.. 

  • I've absolutely hated Estee Lauder's Double Wear as it accentuates any dry spots I have, and reveal ones I never realised existed. 
  • Lancome Teint Miracle feels so light, looks natural, and has a nice healthy glow to your skin, but I'm supposedly a no. 3. It looks too ashy on me.
  • MAC Studio Fix/MAC Pro Longwear - TOO YELLOW. I'm already very yellow pigmented in the first place, but NC30 feels too yellow to me. It's almost like I have Jaundice or something. It's where your skin goes yellow.
  • NARS Sheer Glow - best so far as it's light and smooth. Slightly dry on my face and slides off amazingly FAST.
  • Going to try Revlon ColorStay. I really want MUFE HD!!!!!! ;AASFDKLAJ;OI30[9Q82UITRW;AJEFSDKZ =[
Ok enough rants, goodbye lovelies! (if anyone's reading this.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

PMS weather.

Sydney weather seriously needs to CALM THE FUCK DOWN.
One day it's sunny, the next, pours. Or even worse, one hour, it's cooooold, the next.. HOT!! It makes it confusing to figure out what to wear daily.. I guess I just carry an umbrella and a cardie around now..

Honestly, I don't mind the rain.
I just hate my feet getting wet. If I wear converses, water somehow always manages to seep inside and soaks my feet. Ew. Gross. I hate that feeling. It makes me feel like I'm growing a fungus farm in there or something. And I don't know if the shoes I buy are crap quality or I'm just harsh with shoes, but the soles always wear off and lets the water in..
My solution: buy Jeffrey Campbell Litas!
No, I haven't bought them yet. I want to. But considering I'm already tall, and wearing them will only turn me into a walking tree, I'm quite hesitant to buy them despite it's sexiness and seductive power over me. I will control myself. The price tag is a turn off, although the platform heel can probably guarantee I wont have soggy feet.. BIG PLUS RIGHT THERE.

The holidays are slooowly coming to an end.. NOT. It's QUICKLY coming to an end. Right now, I feel like going on another holiday.. I've been googling airfares and hotels and such, but they're so exp! Even domestic.. Sydney to melb is $100+. Sydney to gold coast is $79+. All one way. *cry* I wish I was rich..
Driving up somewhere in NSW isn't very appealing either due to the previously mentioned matter, crappy , pms-ing weather.

I need a new job, preferably in retail so I can work at night or on weekends due to my uni timetable. I think I should work in a shoe store - I love shoes, plus I'll probably get discounts ;) HAHA. I guess I'll take what I can get though, my filing/office job is quite a bore and non-challenging. So... back on the job hunt I go.. *sigh* Somehow I became high maintenance.. was never this bad before.. uh-ohh..