Product Regret #8

Two negative posts in a row…😦 I realised I had this post set up and ready to go before the last one but pushed it forward because I wanted to post the previous, Cathy Doll post up first (link here).

So Silkygirl is perhaps one of the very first mainstream makeup brands in Malaysia that launched a liquid to matte, liquid lipstick. And when it first came out everyone when nuts! And so far I have seen and heard very little complaints about it. However, when I decided to put it to the test I was sorely, SORELY, disappointed…


The product.

Initially swatched.

Initially swatched.

When completely dried down. Gorgeous, true red colour! Absolutely beautiful!

When completely dried down. Gorgeous, true red colour! Absolutely beautiful!

So, as you can see, it’s a gorgeous shade of red and it dries down to a complete matte finish. See, here’s the problem, one coat is not opaque enough to cover the difference in pigmentation of my upper lip and my lower lip. However, it is a complete mess when it is layered. The second coat makes the first layer move around and then it bunches up and crumbles off. When it was worn on the lips, within the first half hour, there was so much product missing from the inner part of the lips. I did try it with my favourite lipliner but when the lipliner wears off so does the product, so it isn’t so much the lipstick but the lipliner that works.Of course this may just be this particular shade…

Sigh…. That’s MYR 18.80 I’m never getting back!!!😦

Product Regret #7

Ok, so there’s this brand called Cathy Doll in Guardian in Malaysia and I have been curious of one thing. Their Ice Cream Magic Blender makeup sponge. If you have not used a sponge to blend your makeup you are missing out because it gives your makeup the most amazing and flawless finish!

Moving on, here’s the product.



Looks pretty cool right? And it is really soft too.

Now, what I assumed is that it needs to be dampened. But here’s what happened when dampened.


If you can’t already tell the sponge is completely out of shape. And this is after me positioning it for a few minutes to snap the shot!

See here’s what happens when it is dampened. It looses it’s bounciness! Completely! You can squish it down and it holds its shape for a good 10 to 15 seconds! A sponge shouldn’t do that because it then completely looses its ability to push and spread product on the skin. And although it is soft even before being dampened, it cannot actually do much in its dry state. I paid MYR 20.30 for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT’S A LOT FOR A CHEAPSKATE LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ride or Die Makeup Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful Lakshmi Praba of Big is Compatible (blog link here). We are from the same hometown which is so amazing and not only is she a fellow blogger but has, of late, become a fast close friend who I can speak to about anything and everything that fuels our passion, especially MAKEUP!!! Do check her out!!!

Anyway, I do have a disclaimer to make. As much as I pride my techniques, I am not a product junkie to say the least. So, as much as I can work out products that I initially try out and use, I haven’t tried out too many product to come up with a ride or die makeup list for every type of makeup product. I do, however, have 5 products that I swear by and 4 of these I have repurchased!

I’ll just randomly name them.

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in E914C Mocha-licious

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

I bought this in Thailand and reviewed it (link here). This was the only product I haven’t repurchased because it isn’t readily available here.

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

Swatch, ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.


Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I swear by this product and if it does not work for you I feel so SO sorry (review link here)!!!



Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner in 02 Dark Brown

This is a recent favourite which I have tested to positive results (review link here). I recently picked another hyped affordable product from Sephora and was surprised that this held up better than that!



Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

This is cheap and works! Enough said! I reviewed it already (link here) and there’s even a YouTuber comparing it to a high end product.

The product.


Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

This is a tinted gel mascara and although I have yet to compare it to its obviously high end counterpart, I love this product! I have reviewed already (link here).

YES! I got a new background!!!


My next post is a product empties post (and it’s massive!!).

And after that are pictures updated posts!

And I will catch up with all of you guys very soon!

Have a great day!

Blog Awards #12 & #13 (A Tiny Announcement)

Blog awards are essentially tags by bloggers in order to share and discover blogs they find interesting and I absolutely love receiving them!

Before all that I just wanted to make a tiny announcement.

About 40 posts I wrote when I initially started FiercePaint were never shared on my social media because I only decided to make FiercePaint public after I had written enough content. What I want to do is to re-shoot all the pictures because looking back, I feel like my shots have improved so much. What I’ll do is re-blog these posts with proper pictures. Also, I’d only do them for reviews as I feel like that would be the most advantageous. So, over the next few posts expect these old posts upgraded and re-blogged!😀 . I also wanted to post them on Instagram as well.

Speaking of Instagram, do follow me on all my social media (#shamelessselfpromotion😛 );

Instagram; harivain (link)

Facebook; FiercePaint (link)

Twitter; @harivaind (link)

Snapchat; hdaran


Moving on, I was nominated by Laura of Looking Joli Good (blog link here) for the One Lovely Blog Award. She’s a registered nurse who is also a beauty blogger!!! Don’t you just love that! Kudos to you Laura!


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

Facts about me;

  1. When I am obsessed with something like a show or music I’ll just keep watching and listening again and again and again until I either get bored or another comes along!
  2. I come from a large extended family because my mom has 4 siblings and my dad has 6!
  3. I only ever have acne breakouts when I don’t get enough sleep or get stressed.
  4. I share my birth date with the infamous WTC twin tower bombing incident.
  5. I also share my birth date with the first day of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
  6. Both my grandfathers passed away before I was even born.
  7. Once during a dance performance my costume just unraveled on stage! I kept tucking it back and continued dancing…


The other award is the Versatile Blogger Award nominated by Robyn of Lipstick on the Lake (blog link here). Here’s a little fact about her blog, she recently became self-hosted! How cool is that! Thank you for the nomination Robyn!



  1. Display Award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers

7 facts about me (I’m running out of facts);

  1. The longest TV series I have followed is Survivor! I did loose in touch for a while because they stopped airing it locally but with the gift of the Internet, I have been able to catch up on all seasons! FYI, the 33rd season premiere just aired! 16 years on air and counting!
  2. The most I have spent for (a single makeup product) so far is my MAC Viva Glam Lipstick which I paid MYR 74 for. Every other high end makeup product I have, I either bought with a sale or was gifted to me.
  3. I initially dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I still do have some knowledge from when I used to read everything fashion.
  4. However, my very first ambition was to be a scientist. Lo and behold, I now am!
  5. The single best cocktail I ever had was a concoction of chocolate and liqueur called Chocolicious! I have never had anything close to it and the place that used to make it took it off the menu (the place doesn’t exist anymore to begin with) so I can never have it again!!!
  6. I have published scientific work! Look for my name, Harivaindaran, on Google Scholar!
  7. Fine, I am 31 years old!!!! There you go, mystery solved!!!

As for nominating others for both the awards, I nominate all of you!!! Do tag me if and when you do!!!

Stila Double Ended Blending Sponge Review

Here’s another high end makeup product review…

This is the Stila double ended blending sponge.

The sponge.

The sponge.

After being dampened.

After being dampened. It swells up to twice the size.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Description on the back of the card.

Description on the back of the card.

Some relevant directions.

Some relevant directions.

Description: It is a makeup sponge that is used damp to blend out foundation, concealer, cream blusher, powder, primer etc.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide (you need to ask someone to take it out as they don’t usually have it displayed).

Price: MYR 38

Just to give you an idea of how it performs.

Foundation unblended.

Foundation unblended.





It is soft.

Flawless makeup application!

Doesn’t soak too much of the product up.

The dual end does help for both a wider application and a more targeted one too.

Pretty affordable considering the other option is the Real Techniques sponge which is, at the cheapest, MYR 45.


It ripped when I washed it about the fourth time (I’ll insert a picture below).

It picks up dirt and dust easily.

The tears.

The tears.


Although ripped, I can still use it. It still works!


Rating: 8/10

I still want to compare this to other sponges, so this rating may change in the future.

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner Review

I wrote a first impressions post on this brow pencil (link here), now here’s the review!


The product.

The product inside. I do believe there's about only half the product left.

The product inside. I do believe there’s about only half the product left. This has been twisted all the way up.

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn't;head scratcher isn't it...

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn’t; head scratcher isn’t it…

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Description: Mechanical brow pencil. Comes with a spoolie and in two shades; 01 Natural Brown and 02 Dark Brown. Comes in 0.12g product.

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacies, supermarkets, everywhere there’s a Silkygirl display.

Price: MYR 20.90 (drugstore product, hence, wait for a discount or a promotion!).

Here are pictures in where I wore it.

Bare brows.

Bare brows.

With the pencil. So natural ain't it???!!!!

With the pencil. So natural ain’t it???!!!! Yes, I have product there!


Easy to use because of the thin slim pencil.

Precision from the tiny, thin pencil.

No need to sharpen.

Wears a long time (evidence below).


Good neutral tone for dark skinned and dark hair people.

Blends well into the brows.



No cap for product dispensing side.

Spoolie is too hard and scratchy.

Measly product amount.


Wear test

Freshly applied.

Freshly applied.

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself... :P

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself…😛 Just FYI, I didn’t attempt to brush my brows into place or anything before taking this picture…

Didn't want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There's still product there!!!  9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!

Didn’t want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There’s still product there!!! 9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!


Rating: 8.5/10

Although there are three cons, the only real problem I have with it is the no cap thing. I can always use a different spoolie and for the price, one can’t really complain because a little product goes a long way.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (04, London) Review

I have been wanting to write this review for a while now because I keep mentioning this product all the time but never actually published a review.

Let’s all agree, although affordable, NYX is rather overpriced here in Malaysia which is why I feel like the dupe I found for it was worth while because the dupe is a third of the price (post here). I even wrote a first impressions post about this (post here). It is also noteworthy that Collection Cosmetics is being pulled from the drugstores in Malaysia (why can’t we never have nice things???)…

The product.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

Description on the side of the tube.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.



Description: It is a liquid to matte type lipstick. The product isn’t entirely liquid, hence the name lip cream. It doesn’t dry down fast like a typical matte liquid lipstick. Comes in 8ml product.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide.

Price: MYR 30

I used it in one of my recent collaboration to create a summer look. I only use a light layer.



Comfortable on the lips.

Opaque (I have rather darker upper lips and it manages to cover it).


Long lasting (a good 4-5 hours before it fades; unless one eats).

These SMLCs comes in a wide range of colours; definitely worth a mention.

Doesn’t reapply too bad.



Picks up on dry patches.

Settles into wrinkle on the lips (but doesn’t exaggerate them).

Dries out the lips a bit.



Something to note is that it doesn’t dry down fast like a liquid lipstick does. The thinner the layer the faster it dries. When it dries down, it does dry down completely matte.


Rating: 8.2/10

I kinda love this product!

Maybelline Crayon Liner Review

The one thing I’ve learned about wearing the no makeup, makeup look is switching from black liner to brown liner and this was one of the cheapest I found at the drugstore. This is review is short and concise because of the nature of this product.

It’s the Maybelline Crayon Liner in Brown.

The liner.

The liner.

The product.

The product.

Description: It is a pencil type eyeliner that comes in two colours, Black and Brown.

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacy, supermarket, and everywhere there’s a Maybelline display!

Price: MYR 11.90 (again, drugstore makeup, definitely wait for a promotion or a discount!).



It rubs off pretty easily. No water or oil test necessary.

It rubs off pretty easily. No water or oil test necessary.


Glides on smoothly.






Needs sharpening.

Is not budge proof so it does fade throughout the day (definitely NOT oily eyelid friendly).


Rating 6.5/10

It is my everyday eye liner. It does the job of framing my eye without looking like I have makeup on and I really don’t mind the fading off because it doesn’t mess up my face. Rating isn’t higher because it isn’t the best liner I’ve tried from the drugstore.

Maybelline The Nudes Palette Review

I wrote a first impression post on this palette (link here), now here’s the review!


The palette.

The shadows!

The shadows!

Lighter shades on the left side of the palette.

Lighter shades on the left side of the palette.

Darker shades make the other half.

Darker shades make the other half.

The description is really cool...

The description is really cool…

Because there are suggestions as to how these shadows can be used as duos and where to apply them on the eyelids.

Because there are suggestions as to how these shadows can be used as duos and where to apply them on the eyelids.

And also as trios with a corresponding diagram.

Also as trios with a corresponding diagram.

And also as quads!

And also as quads!

Description: A neutral eyeshadow palette with 12 shades. Total 9.6 grams of product, each individual pan has 0.8g product. No mirror included. It does come with a dual ended sponge tip applicator (not included in pictures).

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacies, supermarkets, anywhere there’s a Maybelline display.

Price: MYR 69.90 (discounts can bring it down to less than MYR 50 so don’t buy at full price!! Seriously!!!).


Top row.

Top row.

Bottom row.

Bottom row.



All in one palette for a versatile neutral look.

Dark skin friendly because the dark colours actually show up on darker skin tones.

Slim and travel friendly.

Good combination of matte and shimmer shadows.

Shimmer shadows are nicely pigmented.



Not all shades are pigmented.

Creases on the eyelids (all shades).

Matte shadows are not very blendable.

Eyeshadow primer is crucial because it has little lasting power.

I used this palette with some Elianto eyeshadows.

I used this palette on a friend with some Elianto eyeshadows. Ignore the eyebrows.😛

This is an Instagram picture on my account of the palette with the shade names.

This is one of my Instagram pictures of the palette with shade names. This version (with shades names) came out only after I purchased mine.


OK, these are a few points to note.

Although they are not very pigmented, I think beginners would get use out of it because there’s no way you can go overboard.

You definitely need to use an eyeshadow primer to avoid creasing and also since the colours are not very pigmented.

Although there are so many cons, I did, at one point, find myself packing it when traveling with my makeup for a performance because the palette is all encompassing for a basic neutral eyeshadow look that is versatile.

If you haven’t already noticed, Sandy, Siren, Greige, and After Hours have been dug into. Sandy and Siren are the best shades of the palette. After Hours is a matte black that is not pigmented so that it can be used to deepen the outer corner without the black going overboard. Greige is often used to deepen the crease colour.

Bareskin looks white on the pan but it swatches as a sparkly nude that can be used as an inner corner highlight.


Rating: 6/10

Although I do use it often, they really are not really well performing eyeshadows except for the two shimmery shades, hence the rating.

Haul; Mini Haul (#12)

Previous haul post (link here) and special Athea haul post (link here).

By the way, I only purchased 4 of these items. The rest was a winning!





2x Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge (makeup puff and sponge), MYR 5.30 each.




Technically a “metal pen holder” but you know why I purchased this for! MYR 3.50




Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 Bronzeclat, original price; MYR 23.90, purchased for; MYR 20.30

Everything else was won via a giveaway by the lovely Lakshmi Praba of Big is Compatible (link here)! She is a local beauty blogger who is from the same town as I am!!!


Check her blog out!

So the giveaway came with the following;




These lashes are Shye lashes and they are from this Instagram shop which can be found @shye.shopperr I do believe that they only cater to local orders.



Elianto 4 colour eyeshadow set, price; MYR 68.50 and they can be purchased at Elianto stores and online at They are always having promotions so you’re certain to find a discount! I have also reviewed Elianto eyeshadows in the past (link here).

IMG_8535Essence Smokey 2in1 khol liner, price; MYR 11.90.



Essence Smokey Eyes Brush, MYR6.90.