Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: CANMAKE Perfect Black Eyeliner

♫ 庾澄庆 - 缺口

Hello hello! It's been a while since my last update, huh? (๑>︵<๑) No worries, I'm back, and with a whole bunch of updates/reviews lined up to share with you! (≧∇≦)

CANMAKE Perfect Black Eyeliner
First up, is this Perfect Black Eyeliner from Japanese brand Canmake. To elaborate slightly further, it's a felt-tip liquid eyeliner in the shade 'Strong Black' (as printed on the box). I've previously reviewed a similar brown eyeliner by Canmake, so I was curious to see how this one would fare.

CANMAKE Perfect Black Eyeliner
Compared to the pretty outer box, the eyeliner pen itself looks very simple; a sleek black body with the words CANMAKE Perfect BLACK Eyeliner printed in silvery pink along its side.

Felt-tip eyeliner
As mentioned earlier, it is a felt-tip liquid eyeliner. The felt-tip is fairly standard, and is flexible yet firm enough for you to draw flicks for the cat eye/winged look, as well as control the thickness of the drawn line.

Different ways to line your eyes
There are illustrations on the side of the box showing you several different ways of lining your eyes using the Perfect Black Eyeliner. :) Now, for the swatch and water test.

Swatch and water test
From the swatches, you can see that it is really pigmented in one swipe, but you can also layer it to build up opacity and draw thicker lines. It also dries very fast, and does not budge when you rub it. However, it didn't fare too well in the water test. A couple of swipes using a wet tissue managed to smudge/remove the swatches on my hand, although it did leave a slightly green-tinged stain that was quite difficult to remove.
So... Pigmented? Yes. Waterproof? Not really.


As you can see in the collage below, I've attempted (more or less) the four eyeliner styles as shown on the box. Despite not being waterproof, I think it works very well as an upper lid liner due its opacity and ease of use. Just don't use it on your waterline/lower lashline, unless you want to be a panda. (⌒_⌒;)

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You can draw a variety of eyeliner styles according the look you're going for. My favourite is the winged, which is really easy to do, and makes my eyes look larger and more awake. The round eyeliner with half lower lashline is nice too, for that sweet and natural look. 

Winged
Round
What can I say? Even though it's neither waterproof nor smudge-proof (which makes it totally unsuitable for the waterline), I still quite like it because it's a very pigmented black eyeliner and is easy to use. It only takes me a less than half a minute to draw a simple round eyeliner for both eyes (winged ones take more time, lol), and lasts pretty much the whole day with minimal fading, provided I don't sweat and rub my eyes.

✓ Pros: Pigmented, easy to use, dries fast.
✗ Cons: Not waterproof.



~ CANMAKE Malaysia ~

*PR sample. This item was sent to me by Canmake Malaysia for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Be Healthy and Slim with De Beauty Reborn Nutri Bifidus!

♫ Super Junior - Let's Dance

I'm pretty sure you all know that cultured milk (yoghurt) drinks contain good bacteria to help your digestive system and care for your intestines. Well, for those of you who dislike the sour milky taste of those drinks, I'm here to share with you a (drink) supplement that not only tastes good, helps to take good care of our intestines, but is also effective in reducing belly bulge, regulating lower-body fat, preventing “aging of internal organs”, plus improving the level of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids.

It is called Reborn Nutri Bifidus by De Beauty, and it helps to enhance and regulate intestinal bacteria.


But wait! That's not all it does. The De Beauty Reborn Nutri Bifidus helps to:
  • Eliminate 20g of fat within 3 minutes
  • Block 500 calories in 1 day
  • Enhance intestinal bacteria
  • Contract and eliminate bulky issues of “belly, thighs, arms, hip and waist line”. It also eliminates fat, dropsy, bloated stomach, fat particles, acne, toxic, fecal impaction, indigestion as well as regulate intestinal functions.
Information printed on side of box
Below is a simple breakdown of the ingredients in the Reborn Nutri Bifidus, and how they help to regulate intestinal functions and help in slimming.
Enzymes - increase metabolism, helps to digest food, reduce growth of free radicals and harmful bacteria, detoxification.
Acai Berry - replenish energy, provide Omega3 (unsaturated fatty acid to enhance metabolism), enriched with fiber to control appetite, reduce body absorption of fat, aids in digestion, improve skin texture.
Amino Acid - helps intestinal peristalsis and eliminates constipation problems, restore stomach lining, strengthens and contracts the large intestine in order to have the effect of shrinking your belly.
Oat Fiber, Apple Fiber, Wheat Fiber, Psyllium Husk - reduce accumulation of feces, dextofies the body, reduce formation of oil particles on surface of skin thus reducing acne, helps in slimming.
Wheat Grass Powder - improve constipation and indigestion problem through improved intestinal peristalsis and absorption functions, chlorophyll to detox, accelerate healing process of body, helps digestion, nutrient absoprtion and metabolism.
Seaweed - eliminates dropsy, lower-body fat, facial edema, helps in detoxification and beautification.

Here's how it works after drinking a sachet of Reborn Nutri Bifidus:
► 10 minutes after meal, it starts to form some wriggling dimensional shape to restrain body fat.
► 8 hours after meal, all the body fat is constrained inside the wriggling dimensional balls and to be excreted together with feces.
Voilà! 50% of visceral fat can be instantly reduced.


I received 7 sachets to try from HiShop, and here are my thoughts about it.

Taste and Texture

As you can see from the photos, the supplement is in powder form and packaged into 13g sachets. Basically, you just pour the powder into a cup, then add water (warm or cold; I prefer cold), stir thoroughly, and enjoy. Despite the slightly strange green colour, the drink is surprisingly nice! It smells and tastes like a mixture of berries and apple, slightly sweet but very refreshing indeed. (✿◠‿◠)

Effect(s)

I did not drink this every day, only on alternate days for a week. I found that after drinking it (usually in the afternoon, after lunch), it definitely helped to improve my digestion and metabolism, as well as healthy bowel movement for the rest of the day. Unlike some other supplements which make you run to the restroom every hour [heard from friends, lol], this did not cause any embarrassing toilet incidents but definitely helped in digestion and bowel movement. It also helped to curb my appetite a little, as I did not feel the urge to find snacks in the late afternoon, and also helped to limit a bit of my food intake during dinner.

Verdict?

If you are having problems with digestion or feel that you need some help to increase your metabolism while slimming (reducing belly fat) through a healthy method, this would be a great product to try. Not only does it help to regulate your internal functions through healthy ingredients, it also tastes pretty good! Might be slightly pricey for some, but with 14 sachets, I'm sure you'll be able to see a difference within 2 weeks of usage.


You can purchase De Beauty Reborn Nutri Bifidus (13g x 14 sachets) for RM 165 at HiShop.
Use my code LAURALEE for 15% off your purchase! :)

*This item was sent to me by HiShop.my for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Ypuenhance and regulate intestinal bacter
effective in reducing belly, regulating lower-body fat, preventing “aging of internal organs”, improving the level of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids - See more at: http://www.hishop.my/de-beauty-reborn-nutri-bifidus?filter_name=nutri%20bifidus#sthash.sqt3VWJU.dpuf
effective in reducing belly, regulating lower-body fat, preventing “aging of internal organs”, improving the level of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids - See more at: http://www.hishop.my/de-beauty-reborn-nutri-bifidus?filter_name=nutri%20bifidus#sthash.sqt3VWJU.dpuf
effective in reducing belly, regulating lower-body fat, preventing “aging of internal organs”, improving the level of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids - See more at: http://www.hishop.my/de-beauty-reborn-nutri-bifidus?filter_name=nutri%20bifidus#sthash.sqt3VWJU.dpuf
effective in reducing belly, regulating lower-body fat, preventing “aging of internal organs”, improving the level of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids - See more at: http://www.hishop.my/de-beauty-reborn-nutri-bifidus?filter_name=nutri%20bifidus#sthash.sqt3VWJU.dpuf

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner in "Black"

♫ Sam Smith - Stay With Me

So here we are - back to my makeup essential and all-time favourite: eyeliner.

Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Normally I'm more of a liquid eyeliner type of gal, but there are also days when I feel like going a little more heavy with the eyeliner ala rocker chick or gothic style. That's when gel eyeliner comes in handy, because they typically stay put on the waterline. Enter the (new) Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner, which I purchased - along with another item - to get this awesomely cool notebook/organizer from Maybelline.

Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
The new improved formula of this Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner claims to be smudge-proof, waterproof, have more intense pigment, and last up to 36 hours. The former two I can test, but I don't fancy having eyeliner on my lids for more than 24 hours, let alone 36! (⌒_⌒;) It also comes with an eyeliner brush, which is a nice touch.

Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Information and ingredients list
The gel eyeliner comes in a clear plastic, square pot with a round screw-cap lid. It's quite small, and the lid is, in fact, almost twice the height of the square bottom part which houses the gel eyeliner. A little strange, but it's fairly sturdy and the odd shape doesn't bother me.

Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner in "Black"
The brush included with the eyeliner is actually pretty good; it is shaped just nice for application of thick or thin lines, and the bristles are soft yet firm. I love that it comes with a plastic cover too, making it very travel-friendly.
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner

The colour I picked, Black, is indeed a jet black shade. The gel eyeliner is also available in Brown. I already have a brown gel eyeliner from Etude House (review), but it has gold shimmer in it, hence justifying my need to purchase this black one. :P

Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner

From the swatches below, you can see that it is really pigmented, and dries to a matte finish. Using the included eyeliner brush, I can draw both thick and thin lines. :)

Swatch on hand
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black
Its claims of being waterproof and smudge-proof were put to the test, and I can happily report that the swatches on my hand hardly budged throughout the day (and after many hand washes). They remove easily using a makeup remover though, so no worries. On the eyes, they lasted at least 8 hours, with only slight fading at the corners and waterline at the end of the day.


At RM 31.90 (I got it at a discount; usual retail price is RM 39.90), I'd say it's definitely a good purchase, whether you're a beginner or old hand at makeup. You don't even need to buy a separate eyeliner brush, as the brush included with the gel eyeliner is pretty good. If you're looking for an affordable gel eyeliner that is pigmented, long-lasting, waterproof, and (quite) smudge-proof, I'd definitely recommend you give this a try. (≧∇≦)
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Maybelline (New) Lasting Drama Gel Liner

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guardian Pharmacy x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Vanity Bag & Cosmetic Bag

♫ 丁当 - 好难得

Who here loves Hello Kitty? I know I do! (✿◠‿◠)

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the adorable cat without a mouth, Guardian is selling a range of special Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary merchandise consisting of travel-friendly pouches and body care products. I was alerted to the range thanks to Street Love, who bought the manicure set and posted it on Facebook.
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary cosmetic bag and vanity bag
Trust me, I had a really hard time trying to choose which ones to get, but in the end settled for two that called out to me the most: Hello Kitty cosmetic bag set and Hello Kitty vanity bag set. I just couldn't resist the adorable Hello Kitty head cosmetic bag, and the rectangular vanity bag with Hello Kitty print was just too pretty to pass up (plus it matched another, smaller Hello Kitty vanity bag I have).

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary cosmetic bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary cosmetic bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary logo
Love how the items are individually wrapped! :)
First, the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary cosmetic bag set (RM 31.90). The bag is made from PU leather material, while the red bow is velvet. The tag provides the information and ingredients list of the body wash, body lotion and body scrub included in the set.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary cosmetic bag set
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary: body wash, body scrub & body lotion
The set includes a body wash (50ml), body lotion (50ml) and body scrub (50ml). The packaging in Hello Kitty's signature colours [red, white, and black outlines] is super cute, not to mention the body products smell really nice too. I can't put my finger on the exact scent, but it reminds me of apples; a very fresh and slightly sweet fragrance. The little plastic tub that contains the body scrub can be re-used after I've finished it, but can't say the same for the squeezy tubes, which is a shame. (⌒_⌒;)

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag
Next, the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag set (RM 32.90). Like the cosmetic bag, this one is also made from PU leather, with the 40th anniversary Hello Kitty logo printed all over. It's larger than the cosmetic bag, and has a handle at the top to carry it around.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag
Super love the kawaii Hello Kitty print!
Similar to the cosmetic bag set, this set also includes a body wash and body lotion, but in a larger 100ml size. Instead of the body scrub, the vanity bag set includes a Hello Kitty loofah/bath lily. I do use bath lilies, but this one is probably too cute to use, haha! (๑>◡<๑)

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag set
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag set
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag set
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary vanity bag set: body wash, body lotion, bath lily
Here's a comparison between the 50ml and 100ml body wash and body lotion tubes.
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Vanity Bag & Cosmetic Bag
50ml vs 100ml
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Vanity Bag & Cosmetic Bag
(Cosmetic bag set) 50ml vs 100ml (Vanity bag set)
There are several other sets, which are available at Guardian pharmacies and online from the Guardian e-store. Many of the bag sets are already sold out at their stores, so if you want to grab them without the hassle of running around, I suggest you purchase them online.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Vanity Bag & Cosmetic Bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary set
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Vanity Bag & Cosmetic Bag
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversar
My fellow Hello Kitty lovers, are you tempted now? Better hurry up and grab them quick! ψ(`∇´)ψ

*This post was in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Guardian or Sanrio. It was purely to share my love of Hello Kitty and to let other Hello Kitty lovers know about this collection. ;)
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