Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box: Part Three - The (Pink) Makeup Look!

♫ 张善为 - 真夏的樱花

Within the Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box, there were also a number of makeup products. The overall theme for all these cosmetics was pink, which is right up my alley. (。✪‿✪。)ノ


So today, I'll be showing you a simple pinkish makeup look using these products (and some of my own as well). Here's a quick look at what are the pinky makeup items I found in the Christmas beauty box.

Maybelline Color Show nail polish #010 Pink Voltage
I was pretty excited to see this cute little bottle of Maybelline Color Show #010 Pink Voltage nail polish in the box, but was slightly letdown when I applied it on my nails. It's a sheer, pearly pink shade that is definitely work-friendly, but you know me - I love my nails bright and opaque! (๑>◡<๑)

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop lip balm - Pink Shock (Watermelon flavour)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner - Deep Black  (the packaging is pink, so that counts! :P)
Collection Hotlights Lipgloss - Glimmer (shimmery pink-red)
The Dolly Wink eyeliner is seriously pigmented and easy to use, while the Electro Pop lip balm calls out to me because of the watermelon flavour, lol. I'm not partial to lip gloss, so I'll be honest and say I only used it once. (・_・;)

Well, here's my pink makeup look! (✿◠‿◠)


Products used:
Nowadays I don't even bother with mascara, and please pardon the unruly eyebrows. (╯_╰) This is what my usual makeup looks like, although I do tone it down a bit on all the pink, haha~ Hope you like this quick pink makeup look! (◡‿◡✿)

The Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box: Part Two - Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleanser & Moisturizer

♫ 森山直太朗 - さくら

The last time I actually used any Garnier products was way back in  2011 when the Light BB Roll-On was launched, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover these in my Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box last December.


Garnier's Sakura White Pinkish Radiance skincare range claims to help achieve fair, fresh, translucent skin with a radiant pinkish glow in 4 weeks. While I have tried my fair share of whitening skincare and cleansing products, I was attracted to the 'pinkish radiance' part, not to mention the lovely scent of Sakura (cherry blossoms).



Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Gentle Cleansing Foam (100ml) - RM 12.90
A cleansing foam enriched with Sakura Extract from Japan, it deeply and gently cleanses the skin to reveal fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. It is suitable for sensitive skin, and dermatologically tested and carefully designed for Asian skin.


This gentle cleanser lathers up nicely, and helps to cleanse my face without stripping it of moisture. There's no 'squeaky' feeling after washing, and the scent is pleasant too. It didn't cause any breakouts, and the packaging is simple but convenient (and pinkishly pretty to boot).

Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Moisturizing Cream with SPF 21 (50ml) - RM 24.90
A moisturizing cream with SPF21 properties, this delicate pinkish cream with a blend of Sakura Extract, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin CG nourishes skin deeply and helps to lighten your skin tone and dark spots, refine skin texture, and smoothen pores. Achieve fair, fresh, translucent skin with a radiant pinkish glow in 4 weeks!


The moisturizing cream comes in a rotund little pink glass jar. It's fairly sturdy and can survive a few bumps, but it does not include a spatula to scoop up the cream.


I quite like this cream, as it contains SPF and smells really lovely. The texture is medium-thick, like most cream moisturizers, but is smooth and easily absorbed into the skin without any sticky or greasy feeling. The pinkish tint also helps to (slightly) brighten skin tone and adds a nice glow to the skin. Me likey. (¬‿¬)


I would totally recommend this Garnier Sakura White range, as it is really affordable and works well on my normal/combination skin type. The foam cleanser makes a great everyday face wash, and the moisturizing cream helps to keep my skin moisturized while providing some protection from the sun (plus it has a nice scent ^^).

*Products in this post were included in the Butterfly Project Christmas Beauty Box for review purposes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #4 Chicago

♫ 周杰伦 - 手写的从前

I'm back, with the last (for now) of my 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner reviews. (≧∇≦)


This time, it's a slightly darker, but no less dazzling, purple shade - 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #4 Chicago.
I purchased this during one of Luxola's sales last year. Admittedly, I got this for a total steal, as somehow there was a glitch on the website which caused some 3CE products to be discounted the opposite of their intended amount. (・﹃・) Hello, 65% discount!


As with all the other 3CE eyeliners, the sleek black packaging is minimalistic and elegant, while the coloured ends of both the box and eyeliner pencil make it easy to identify individual shades.


Don't forget the authenticity seal too, which indicates that the product is genuine and ensures that it has not been tampered with.


Not only is the eyeliner the retractable type, which minimizes wastage from sharpening, it also includes a handy little tip sharpener at the bottom.


#4 Chicago is described as a 'pearlescent purple', and you can clearly see the shimmer within the dark purple.
Swatched on hand
Applied on the eyes
However, when swatched, the pearlescent multi-coloured shimmers are more pronounced. Unlike the previous matte shades, #4 Chicago is much more shimmery and does not apply as smoothly - rather, it goes on slightly patchy. This could be due to the fact that it has shimmer, making it less smooth and slightly harder than the creamy matte eyeliners.
The designs I drew on my hand were only 1 or 2 strokes, whereas I had to apply several more layers to get the colour intensity seen in the eye swatch (3-4 swipes on upper eyeline, 1-2 swipes on half lower eyeline).


I like how it looks applied as an eyeliner on its own, as the purple is not overly bright but the shimmers give it some extra 'oomph'. I also tried pairing it with #9 Wow Pink, and really love the results!

#4 Chicago + #9 Wow Pink + small flick of black eyeliner

As with most shimmery eyeliners, I find that the shimmers do slightly transfer onto the eyelashes, but a swipe or two of mascara should solve the problem. The 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliners are really long-lasting; this eyemake lasted well up to 6 hours and didn't smudge, although it did fade a bit by the end of the day.

Bottom line is, if you're looking specifically for a purple eyeliner, you might love or skip this depending on your requirements, but overall I'd definitely recommend these retractable 3CE eyeliners for their long-lasting, waterproof, smudge-proof properties.

✓ Pros: Sleek simple packaging, pigmented, smooth and creamy application (except some of the shimmery shades), waterproof, smudge-proof, available in a variety of shades, retractable type eyeliner, comes with tip sharpener.
✗ Cons: Pricey, small amount of product, not easily available outside of S.Korea unless bought online.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Impromptu Singapore Trip + Haul

♫ Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth


It was a sombre (and rainy) final weekend in March for Singapore, but it was a pretty good one for me, because an impromptu trip down South gave me the opportunity to pay my respects to my late uncle in Johor during 清明, meet up with several friends, enjoy some good food, and do a spot of shopping along Orchard Road.

Besides nomming my favourite Gindaco takoyaki and PB pudding, I also finally got to try the 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken which always had a long queue at ION. The chicken is really, really crispy and tender! Now I know why the line is always so long, haha!

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
Spotted these super kawaii Merlion Hello Kitty tins at Takashimaya and went ahead to take a closer look. Turns out they're nori (seaweed) chips by Yamamoto Noriten, packaged in super cute Hello Kitty tins. They were on offer S$18 for twin pack with box (usual price S$22), so I bit the bullet and bought them without much hesitation (especially after the lady told me they were exclusive to Takashimaya Singapore). #totalsucker
Now I'm wondering what design Hello Kitty will take if they ever decide to have a Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia version of these. (◑‿◐)

Nomming on the seaweed chips as I type this post, lol
I've always loved collecting cute/uniquely shaped water bottles, and these Hello Kitty bottled water were definitely calling out to me at 7-11. They're the perfect size to carry around in my bag too! :D


A sweet treat that might seem really normal to the locals but something I always look forward to when in Singapore... Dark chocolate Kit Kat! MALAYSIA Y U NO SELL THIS?! (*`へ´*)ψ

Found some really good fashion bargains when window shopping. A super cute coral chiffon + lace skirt and a couple of rings from Forever 21 for only S$9!
Skirt marked down from $21 to $15 and finally $5!

Of course, I couldn't leave without checking out the cosmetics section at Watson's and Guardian. I was looking forward to getting the Sailor Moon eyeliner, and I was not disappointed. (。✪‿✪。)ノ


Saw the Catrice eyeshadow singles on sale at Guardian for $3.50 each so I picked this lovely plum shade, "Plum Up The Jam".

Catrice single eyeshadow
Stocked up on my favourite Essential shampoo and conditioner too. You can see this in practically all my Singapore posts, lol. The packaging changes each time I buy it (⌒_⌒;)

Essential shampoo & conditioner
I absolutely love Bioré makeup removal products, so when I saw this new foam cleanser+makeup remover I just had to buy it. ಠ_ಠ
Biore Uru Uru 2-in-1 facial cleanser
This Sephora Puckerlicious lip set has been waiting for me since last year when I asked Vonnie to help me purchase it. Thank you so much! ( ˘ ³˘)♥ The Singapore version of the Puckerlicious lip set is so much more awesome and value for money compared to the Malaysia one. (¬_¬)

Sephora (Singapore) Puckerlicious lip set
Did I mention that their magazine GWPs are totally awesome too? Got a deluxe sample sized Laura Merceir foundation primer with Style magazine ($5.50) and a deluxe sample size Shu Uemura cleansing oil with CLEO ($3.50).
Magazine GWPs
Last but not least...
I bought Hello Kitty printed tissue paper. Yes, srsly. Don't judge me too harshly. I just really like Hello Kitty. (⊙‿⊙✿) And there was space in the car boot.


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