Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in #210 Unapologetic

♫ INFINITE - Back

I finally got my grubby paws on this Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm! *dances a mental jig*

Look, the balm and background matches with Zamba!
To be exact, the Revlon Matte Balm in shade #210 Unapologetic, which I had been eyeing since practically forever (okay, not forever, more like since it was released) but never got around to buying it because a) I didn't want to buy it at full price (⌒_⌒;) and b) it's usually sold out at most places. So imagine my happiness when I managed to track it down at The Curve's Guardian pharmacy last week when they were having the Buy 1 Free 1 promotion. ψ(`∇´)ψ

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm
The Revlon Matte Balm comes in a chubby crayon packaging, and the outer packaging colour corresponds to the product's shade. I love the feel of holding it in my hands because of the smooth matte texture of the plastic. Weird, I know. (◑‿◐)

Retractable lip crayon
One of the good things about the Revlon Colorburst Balms is that they are retractable. Easy application, no mess with sharpening, and no wastage!

Revlon Matte Balm #210 Unapologetic

Just as its name implies, #210 Unapologetic is a daringly unapologetic, bright, almost neon coral-pink shade that is sure to draw attention to your lips when worn.

Swatches: 1 layer vs 2 layers
The balm is very pigmented, especially this particular shade. One swipe is just right to give your lips a bright pink hue, while 2 or more swipes will make it brighter and more opaque. I normally just apply a single swipe on my lower lip, and then distribute the colour by pressing my lips together and blending them out with my finger.


This is how it looks like when applied on the lips (2 layers). It already looks pretty bright in pictures, but trust me, it's even brighter in real life. ಠ_ಠ


This particular shade (#210 Unapologetic) is one that you'd either have to be bold enough to rock, or use with a light hand if you're going for a more subtle lip. Best paired with minimal makeup, because you don't want to have too much going on on your face, lol.

This is how I usually wear it - blotted and with lip balm/gloss on top
So, what do I love about these Revlon Matte Balms? First, they're so convenient to carry around and touch-up. Although a matte formula, they don't dry out my lips and it feels like I'm hardly wearing any lip products because they feel so light. Another plus point is the amazing pigmentation! ♥

Just one thing that I dislike about them is the minty scent, which is rather strong - although that is more personal preference than anything. Luckily it dissipates after a while.


✓ Pros: Good pigmentation, light texture, matte but not drying, user-friendly packaging, fairly affordable price, good variety of colours/textures (including Balm Stain and Lacquer Balm range)
✗ Cons: Minty scent/feeling

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 2014 Big Bargain Beauty Haul

♫ B1A4 - 내가 뭐가 돼

Now, who doesn't enjoy retail therapy? Even the most spendthrift of us enjoy it once in a while, and when you manage to score a good bargain, the #AchievementUnlocked feeling is just amazing. Anyhow, let's get on with the haul, most of which I managed to get at a fraction of their original prices. (¬‿¬)

(Warning: Long post with a fair amount of pictures!)

CLIO Warehouse Sale

The distribution company for CLIO (and Peripera) was having a warehouse sales, and when I saw that their Twisturn and Gelpresso eyeliners were going for 70% off, I could hardly stop myself from screaming in front of the laptop screen.
  • CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner #10 Deep Sea Blue - RM 13.80 (Retail RM 45.90)
  • CLIO Waterproof Turnliner Twisturn #03 Brown Earth - RM 18.90 (Retail RM 62.90)
There were only 4 shades for the Gelpresso, so I only chose the blue. As for the Twisturn liner, they had all 8 shades, but I only picked up the brown. Now I'm kinda kicking myself for only getting one. T_T

  • Skin Factory Ampoule Mask - RM 2.00 each (Retail RM 8-10)
Bought 2 of these ampoule masks from Skin Factory to try since it was recommended by the staff there. They contain an impressive 30ml of ampoule essence. My friend bought 10 while I picked up the last 2 pieces.

SaSa Warehouse Sale

SaSa was having their warehouse sale, so my friend and I wanted to go there to stock up on facial masks and also see if we could pick up anything else. Obviously, we succeeded - and without breaking the bank! (๑>◡<๑)
  • SaSaTinnie Rose Hip Oil Tightening & Rejuvenating Silky Mask (10pcs) - RM 10 (Retail RM 26.90)
Never tried this before, but I couldn't resist buying it since it was so cheap and had rose in it lol. Plus it's made in Taiwan, and the expiry date is in late 2016.

  • Color Combos Antioxidant Facial Sheet Mask x2 - RM 1.00 each (Retail RM 4.90)
  • Color Combos Nourishing Facial Sheet Mask x2 - RM 1.00 each (Retail RM 4.90)
  • SaSaTinnie Intensive Sparkling Water Eye Mask (contains 3 pairs) - RM 1.00 (Retail RM4.90)
  • SaSaTinnie Aqua Boost Moisturizing Eye Mask (contains 3 pairs) - RM 1.00 (Retail RM4.90)
The oatmeal masks looked pretty okay, so I grabbed 2 of each variant. Didn't plan to pick up the eye masks, but after noticing that each pack had 3 pairs, I decided to buy them to try out.

  •  Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips #02 Hide and Peek - RM 20 (Retail RM 39.90)
Tried these out once before for a review, but they're too pricey to purchase at full price. (⌒_⌒;) Love the lace design for this!

  • CandyDoll Cheek Color (old packaging) Strawberry Pink - RM 10 (Retail RM 59.00)
  • CandyDoll Lip Gloss (new packaging) Cotton Candy - RM 10 (Retail RM 48.00)
 Cute CandyDoll blusher and lip gloss? TAKE MY MONEY! Super happy to have managed to nab the new series lip gloss at RM10 ♥ (even though I hardly ever use lip gloss these days lol).

Other Makeup Gets

Majolica Majorca Water Cologne Nails
Did a quick round at Watson's and spotted these new Majolica Majorca Water Cologne Nails (RM 12.90) on the shelf. Had a mental struggle in-store trying to decide which colours to get and finally decided on the green and blue. They are amazing because they actually smell nice, with a faint cologne scent (hence the name) during and after application, not to mention fairly opaque in 1 coat.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms
Of course, I couldn't just ignore the Buy 1 Free 1 promotion at Guardian for selected makeup items. Finally managed to track down the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (RM 32.90) in #210 Unapologetic at The Curve, and picked up #245 Audacious with it. Loving the texture and pigmentation so far, but still not a fan of the minty scent.

Bourjois' top 3 best sellers
Finally collected my Instagram contest prize from Bourjois at Sunway Pyramid, which consisted of their 3 best-selling items. I'm excited to try out the highly-raved Healthy Mix foundation, and I'm loving the Little Round Pot blush. Coincidentally, I received the Rouge Edition lipstick in shade #17, which is the one I had been eyeing since visiting their store last month. (。⌒∇⌒)。

Assorted Accessories

Unique dangle/stud earrings from Bonita
You know you really want it when you keep thinking of it every time you pass by the store. Saw this pair of unique earrings (RM 19.50 after discount) a while back when out shopping with Sarah but didn't buy it. It was on 50% discount again this week, and the rest is history. (◡‿◡✿)

Sweet lilac handbag with gold charms (comes with a long strap too!)
Detail on clock-print bag
Ever since I found out that the PGMall website had some really cute bags at affordable prices, I just couldn't help but browse it almost every day. Also doesn't help that they have a "2 for RM38/48" daily promotion. The lilac handbag with gold charms (RM 45.00) was my first purchase this month, and it's a nice change from my usual casual sling bags. The dusty pink clock-print sling bag (RM 19.00) I just couldn't resist, since it was on a 2 for RM38 offer (shared with my friend). Both bags are of pretty good quality, very roomy and have the signature PGMall inner lining, which I personally love. 

Dusty green platform heels with bow and lace detail
You must be thinking "Another pair of heels?!" In my defence, these platform heels with bow and lace detail were too cute (look at them!) and cheap (RM 25) to pass up! Also, they were a gift from my fairy godmother while we were at the mall taking a breather from work, so I'm not feeling so guilty about adding them to my haul post. ψ(`∇´)ψ

Anna Sui-inspired makeup organizers
Bought these Anna Sui-inspired makeup organizers (RM 5 each) from Daiso. Love the girly floral design, and they're really sturdy to boot! I already have one which I use to put my lipsticks/lip products; the size and height is just nice. :)

Hello Kitty x Tokidoki from Shell Select stores
Last but not least, my Hello Kitty x Tokidoki collection from Shell is now halfway completed! (Thanks to my bros; one of them got the Unicorno at first try wtf o_o)

Phew! That sure is a lot of stuff, eh? Luckily I managed to save quite a lot from the warehouse sales and discount promotions. Did you manage to catch any of the warehouse sales or discovered any good deals over the weekend? Do share! (◕‿◕✿)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Artisan Brush Introduction + Workshop


I admit, I'm not much of a makeup brush person. I prefer using my fingers to apply my base makeup i.e. foundation, BB cream, CC cream, concealer, etc. However, after attending the Artisan Brush workshop at the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Pro Boutique @ Sephora Starhill, I am now convinced that I need to start investing in some good brushes, as they not only help to save time and money, but also provide a smoother and faster makeup application.
Eunice introducing us to MUFE and the Artisan Brushes
We got to play with all these fluffy babies at the workshop! (。⌒∇⌒)。
What better brush(es), then, than the ones from MUFE's latest and most extensive Artisan Brush range? :) With 75 brushes to choose from, you'll definitely have one (or 10) to meet your beauty needs!


Features
  • Signature design, premium craftsmanship
    Exclusively hand-made by highly qualified specialists, with 25 different production steps. Every brush is subjected to 50 quality checks before they can be sold internationally. Each brush is a unique creation combining a multitude of features, making each brush one of a kind.
  • 75 customized creations by Dany & make-up artists
    Tapered, trapeze, square, fan, flared, round, pointy and angled - the 75 brushes come in assorted shapes and sizes to cater to every make-up need and more.
  • 100% engineered fibers for skin comfort
    Dany specifically chose exclusive bi-color fibers for the brush head to give it a signature MUFE look. The brush bristles are sculpted and positioned with great care, to ensure that softness and performance of each bristle is maintained.
  • Ultra-resistant & humidity-proof
    Made of a brass base with a 3 top-coating consisting of nickel with gun metail lacquer and a transparent protection varnish, the gun metal ferrule is highly resistant to collision and can withstand humidity, making it a perfect tool that can last forever.
  • Environmentally friendly with eco-certified wood
    The dark brown beech wood brush handle is one of the most resistant and environmentally friendly wood types, with ecolabel delivered by the Forest Scholarship Council. It contains natural qualitative grain aspects that preserve the longevity.
  • A unique 2-in-1 accessory
    Besides being a makeup brush, the unique beveled tip is designed to collect, mix and adjust make-up textures.

Why Brushes (And Not Fingers?)

  • Precision
    Unlike fingers, brushes can distribute products on your face/skin more evenly.
  • Coverage
    With brushes, you can control the amount of products and build as needed.
  • Buff & Blend
    Achieve a smoother and more natural long-lasting look with brushes. You can reach inner corners around the eyes and nose more easily too!
  • Save Time, Save $$
    Using fingers actually wastes more product, because you are swiping it away and not blending it! It is a lot easier to blend textures with brushes without making a mess (and causing wastage).
Here's a comparison between applying makeup using the Artisan Brushes vs fingers. It may not look too obvious on Joyce (our model for the day), but the side using brushes to apply base + eyes + lip makeup was definitely more polished, precise and smoother compared to the side using fingers.


Artisan Brushes vs fingers

100% Engineered Fibers, 0% Natural Hair

The engineered fibers for this incredible brush collection is the result of modern advancements in technology to improve performance, as well as to meet the global needs of a society concerned with animal welfare. The MUFE Artisan Brushes come in 3 different types of bristles:
  • Straight - Generous, precise application for better coverage
  • Wavy - Light, more blended application for a softer, diffused look
  • Straight & Wavy - Combination of both
(I didn't realize the straight-bristled brush had been used before I swatched T_T)

The MUFE Artisan Brushes are also number-coded to enable easy identification of brush types:
  • 1 - Complexion/Face 
  • 2 - Eyes
  • 3 - Lips
  • 4 - Artistic/Body (usually for pro use)

While Eunice was demonstrating the use of the Artisan Brushes on the model, we bloggers also had fun applying makeup using our fingers as well as the Artisan Brushes to compare the differences. Indeed, the difference was subtle yet noticeable, especially up-close. The brushes definitely give a smoother, softly diffused look compared to fingers, which may turn up patchy and streaky when not blended properly. Using the brushes also allowed us to reach and cover hard to reach spots like the inner corners of the eyes and nose - something that we can never achieve properly by just using fingers.

Not brush-related, but I am in love with the MUFE Aqua Liners now

Prices range from RM37 to RM235 for the Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes, and are available at Sephora KLCC, Sephora Starhill, Sephora Paradigm Mall, Sephora Sunway Pyramid, Sephora Gurney Paragon, Sephora NU Sentral, Sephora Queensbay Mall and Penang Gurney Plaza. 

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Review & Giveaway: GEO HoliCat Barbie Cat Hazel Lens from LoveShoppingholics.com

♫ B1A4 - SOLO DAY

Meow! (Hello!)
As promised, I have a new circle lens review, as well as a giveaway in this post. So please do read on and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of circle lenses of your choice! (◕‿◕✿)


Continuing my GEO HoliCat series review, this time I want to share with you my thoughts of the GEO HoliCat Barbie Cat Hazel lens, once again kindly provided by LoveShoppingholics.com for review.


As per usual, I have no complaints about the parcel packaging by LoveShoppingholics; their items are always packed securely in bubble wrap, and include the cutest little thank you note and contact lens case. (✿◠‿◠)

Yellow box for HoliCat Barbie Cat Hazel
Unlike the Sexy Cat Gray lens, the Barbie Cat Hazel lens aim to give the wearer a cute, Barbie-like look. The character design on the box reflects the theme, in pop artist Mari Kim's signature style. The model looks almost exactly like the Barbie Cat character! :D

All the details of the contact lens, including manufacturing date, expiry date, diameter, contents, precautions and contact details can be found on the back of the box. There's also a small window for you to see how the lens looks like, as well as an authenticity sticker for you to verify on the GEO website.

HoliCat Barbie Cat blister pack
The HoliCat series come in blister packs instead of small glass vials, which is easier/safer to remove and more easily stored when not yet opened. They are monthly disposable lenses; however, I find that they can be worn up to 2 months with proper care and cleaning after usage.

How cute is the macaron-shaped contact lens case?! (≧∇≦)
The Barbie Cat Hazel lens are described as a lens with a 'choco circle and light brown (inner design) to accentuate your pupils more naturally like a Barbie doll'. The lens has a distinct dark brown outer ring, brown inner pattern, and a clear middle section.


The pictures below were all taken indoors with natural light.
Before/After
Click for larger image
They give my eyes a noticeably enlarged effect, even with its relatively small 14.5mm diameter. The hazel colour of the lens is pretty obvious, both indoors and outdoors. The 'Barbie' look I think is due to the dark outer ring, which naturally gives our eyes an instant 'dolly' look compared to lenses without an obvious outer ring. Similar to Sexy Cat Gray, they are fairly comfortable even after 6 hours, although I find that I need to use eye drops after the 6-hour mark. (Or maybe it's due to my tired eyes these few weeks lllorz)


You can purchase the GEO HoliCat Barbie Cat Hazel lens from LoveShoppingholics.com, as well as a wide variety of other types of coloured circle lenses, with FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50!

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

Giveaway Time!

I'm happy to announce that LoveShoppingholics.com have kindly offered to host a small giveaway by giving one of my lovely readers a pair of circle lenses of their choice. It's international, so everybody can join! Isn't that great? (๑>◡<๑)

Giveaway Rules:

  • This is an international giveaway.
  • Prize is sponsored by LoveShoppingholics.com and subject to their terms and conditions.
  • Giveaway ends on 1 August 2014 (Friday).
  • Fill in your entries in the Rafflecopter form below, and wait to see if you're one of the lucky winners!
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