Friday, October 31, 2014

Ha-Ha-Halloween! (ft. Spooky Cute NOTD)

♫ Ragnarok Online BGM

It's that time of the year again, when people roam the night with outrageous costumes/makeup, and adorn their nails with blood-stained tips.

It's 31 October, Halloween! ψ(`∇´)ψ

I'm not one for dressing up on Halloween because #homebody, but it may also be due to the fact that I find the whole idea of celebrating (or rather, just using it as an excuse to go crazy with makeup and costumes) Halloween in Malaysia kinda absurd. It's like... why do we even do it? Absurdity aside, I'm always fascinated by the gory, spooky and downright creative nail art designs that pop up online in October. For last year, I did a very simple Halloween manicure using nail decals, but this year I decided to try my hand at some spooky-cute nail art after watching cutepolish's Ultimate Guide to Halloween Nail Art video.

Thumb to pinky: Dripping blood; Jack-O'-lantern; Frankenstein; twilight graveyard; skeleton.
I picked these 5 designs because they seemed easy enough to do, and also because I wanted each finger to have a different colour, haha!


My favourites are definitely the Frankenstein and twilight graveyard, because the former is really cute and the latter looks gorgeous. Although I have to admit, I cheated by adding a bat nail decal to the graveyard. (¬‿¬) What's Halloween without bats, right?!

Did you do anything special for Halloween, like dress up for a scary party or nail the spooky spirit with a Halloween manicure? Do share! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Big CLEO Shoe Drop (September 2014)

♫ Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

The thing with having a smartphone with limited storage is space that your come to realize that photos take up a LOT of space. I was clearing some photos on my phone a few days ago when I came across these, and thought 'Hey, I should post this up as a reminder to myself, and also to let others know what/how to prepare for next year!'. And yes, I realize this post is more than a month after The Big CLEO Shoe Drop. (⌒_⌒;)

(Picture credit: CLEO Malaysia)
Even before September had arrived, I was pretty excited about the September 2014 CLEO Malaysia issue because they had a limited edition Dipped Row for CLEO exclusive sold at selected bookstores. Then I got wind of the Big CLEO Shoe Drop event and was like 'EMERGERD I NEED TO GET A COPY NOW!' with my friend.

Dipped Row for CLEO Malaysia (Sept 2014)
There were 2 types of earrings and 1 type of bracelet in different colours to choose from. I ended up choosing the black and gold bracelet because I like the elegant match of colours, and it'll be easier to wear with my usual outfits. Unfortunately, the quality had me less than impressed as it was very light and plastic-y, unlike the earrings which were much more solid. Oh well.

CLEO Exclusive! Dipped Row for CLEO edition
13 September 2014, the day of The Big CLEO Shoe Drop, finally arrived. My friend and I had decided to go for the Midvalley session in the morning. I reached there around 8.30 am (the event started at 10 a.m.) and managed to get #47 in line. My friend had arrived earlier but went to grab breakfast before lining up, so she was about 20 numbers behind me.

Paper wristband with queue number
The queue in front of me when I arrived.
I was very happy with the way the CLEO staff handled the event. I think they had managed to learn from last year's event where some people got their brothers/boyfriends/husbands to grab an extra pair of shoes, and so this year they had some pretty strict rules e.g.
  1. ONE pair of shoes per copy of CLEO (they punch a hole through your copy to verify);
  2. You must be able to WEAR the shoes and WALK IN THEM to the finish line (which means if you want a guy to get an extra pair for you, you'll need to buy an extra copy of CLEO and find somebody who has the same shoe size and doesn't mind wearing ladies shoes);
  3. First come first served - you'll be given a number once you join the queue, so if any of your friends arrive later, they'll have to join the end of the line;
  4. The CLEO team had thoughtfully arranged the shoes according to size so that it'll be easier to choose.
Kudos to the CLEO team for great event management! *salutes* I have always been very annoyed by these kind of events because there are always queue-cutters and lax rule enforcement, but they did a stellar job and I am super impressed. (✿◠‿◠)b

SHOE HEAVEN
After waiting patiently in line for 1.5 hours, the event finally started. We were all sorted into groups of 10 for our turn to choose the shoes. Each group had 5 minutes to try on the shoes and then had to wear their chosen pair over to the 'finish line'.

My loot from the event?
A pair of Melissa x Vivienne Westwood heels! (✿ ♥‿♥) My first pair of Melissa shoes ever.




My friend also scored a pair of Melissa heels, but hers is the Melissa x Karl Lagerfield ones.


Super happy with our loot that day, as both pairs together were worth more than RM 1000! Σ(O_O;)

The Big CLEO Shoe Drop
Here are some useful tips if you're going to an event like this, or even warehouse sales/ticket launches:
  • Do get to the venue early, but not too early, especially if you're going alone. 
  • Bring along a drink and some food to eat while lining up. Bring a book/magazine/MP3 player too, if you feel you're gonna be bored.
  • Be patient while lining up. No pain, no gain.
  • Keep your eye on the prize. CLEO had already published the brands/types of shoes that will be given out, so it's best to have a goal in mind to help you save time while choosing. After all, you only have 5 minutes!
  • Play nice and don't grab everything without letting go. It's okay to hold onto a couple of pairs to decide, but definitely DON'T hog everything. Let other people have a chance to choose. :)
At the end of the day, it's FREE, so don't take it to heart so much if you didn't get what you wanted. It's all in good fun, and it's a great activity to share with your friends. (๑>◡<๑)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil in #09 Turquoise

♫王力宏 - 依然爱你

You'll be seeing a few more eyeliner reviews from me, so brace yourselves! :P

Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil
I discovered this little beauty during my recent Beauty Expo visit, and was totally blown away when I swatched it on my hand there.

Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil in #09 Turquoise
It's called Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil by Taiwanese cosmetics brand Solone. The shade I'm reviewing here is #09 Turquoise 孔雀绿, which is my faovurite, although I did pick up two more shades in my haul. Regarding the name, I think it's supposed to be 'smoothie', although the Chinese name for the product is 慕斯 which literally means 'mousse'. Just some minor details I noticed, which does not affect the product in any way.

Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil in #09 Turquoise
Zumba says Hi!
The eyeliner is packaged into a colour coded box, with the name of the product and other details printed on the sides and back. The eyeliner itself is a fairly standard double-ended pencil, with one end being the eyeliner and the other end a sponge-tip for you to smudge it out, if desired.

Pencil-end vs Sponge-tip end
One of the major downsides of this otherwise amazing eyeliner is that it is NOT retractable. You'll have to sharpen it with a pencil sharpener once the tip is worn down, and you know how much I dislike the mess and wastage that entails. (๑>︵<๑)
No matter. The main point is to show you how awesomely pretty this eyeliner is!

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See what I mean?! Okay, so you probably think 'Hey, it doesn't look turquoise!' and yes, that's exactly what I thought. Shade name discrepancy aside, the Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil in #09 Turquoise is a beautiful dark turquoise shade which leans slightly more green and has a vibrant golden sheen. I have honestly never seen such a unique and pretty eyeliner shade before; it was definitely love at first swatch! (Also, I straightaway thought of Sarah, who loves green/gold things even more than I do!)


In terms of pigmentation, I do not hesitate to say that it is excellent. A single line like the one in the swatch above is what you get with one swipe. It has a very smooth and creamy texture that glides easily onto the lids without tugging. It does set rather quickly, and once it does, it doesn't budge even if you rub it. This also means that you have to work very very quickly if you want to smudge it with the sponge-tip; I personally don't bother (⌒_⌒;) because I like it the way it is. The dark turquoise stays put but gold shimmer tends to transfer a bit onto the lashes.


For this look, I used the Solone eyeliner together with Canmake Juicy Pure Eyes, Sleek blusher and Peripera lipstick, with a quick base of Etude House Any Cushion and Dolly Wink loose powder.


✓ Pros: Pigmented, smooth creamy texture, waterproof, sets quickly, smudge-proof (once it sets), affordable price, large variety of shades.
✗ Cons: Non-retractable (have to sharpen), gold shimmer tends to transfer to lashes, sets too quickly to smudge.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF 50+PA+++

♫ Taylor Swift - Red

Aloha! (✿◠‿◠)

The weather has been rather cold and gloomy lately, but sun protection is still very important during the day! We often neglect sun protection when we are indoors and also when it’s cloudy thinking there’s probably not much UV. However, did you know that long term exposure to the sun’s UV rays especially UVA can be damaging to our skin, causing our skin to age prematurely? UVA rays can cause damage the elastin fibres & collagen of our skin causing it to sag and droop. Furthermore, the skin will experience wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Scary! (ºДº)

Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF 50+PA+++
One of the latest sun protection products by Mentholatum SunPlay is the Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF 50+PA+++, a watery-light and breathable daily sunscreen that protects your skin 16 times better against UV rays and premature aging. It is formulated with the new Solarex-3 technology to provide users with photo stable protection against  the sun’s damaging UV rays which is proven to resist photo-degradation 3x more effectively.

  • High UV Protection: SPF 50+ and PA++++ (formulated with Solarex-3 technology with photo stability for long lasting broad spectrum UV Protection; highest PA offers 16x better protection against UVA Rays)
  • Watery, Light Texture: Water-light texture that leaves a weightless feel and matte finish
  • Soothes & Protects Skin: With Aloe Extract & Portulacca Extract to soothe and protects skin from free radicals
  • Whitening: Contains Vitamin C to help fight dark spots for visibly fair and radiant skin
  • Gentle & Mild Formula: Suitable even for sensitive skin
  • Colorant-free and No Mineral Oil
  • Can be used for face and body 
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One thing I find useful is that the Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel can be used for both body and face. In fact, you can even use it as a makeup base!

Light, watery texture
The Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel comes in a plastic bottle with a screw cap and nozzle-type dispenser, same as most other Skin Aqua products. You'll have to shake the bottle before dispensing the sunscreen onto your hand/skin. It has a light, watery texture that is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasy or oily texture. There is also a slight floral scent which I find very nice and soothing, which dissipates quickly.




The Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ (50g) retails at RM 37.90 and is available at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.


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