L’Oreal Micellar Water Review

So everyone knows Loreal so instead of going on about the brand, I’ll get to the review.

The product. I realise the bottle is empty and that’s because I transferred it into my Biore Cleansing Water bottle with the pump, picture below.

Back of the bottle. The ingredients are very similar to the Maybelline Micellar Water (review link here).

The cap.

Description: Makeup remover or micellar cleansing water that comes in 400 ml and 250 ml bottles.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, POLOXAMER 184, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, BHT, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE.

Where to buy: Most drugstores and supermarkets.

Price: MYR 33.90 for the 400ml and MYR 25.40 for the 250ml

A small test.

Pigmented eyeshadows, foundation, concealer, gel liner, liquid liner, liquid lipstick.

Cotton pad soaked in the product, pressed on the makeup for a couple of seconds and then gently swiped. The liquid lipstick and the gel liner needed a few more swipes.

Pros:

Light on the skin.

No sticky feeling afterwards.

Pretty effective at removing makeup.

Doesn’t irritate my eyes one bit.

Although slightly bitter, it isn’t as bad as the Biore one (review link here).

 

Cons:

Does have a bitter taste.

No pump so product tends to get a little bit wasted.

 

Rating:

8.5/10

This performed exact same way the Maybelline one performed. No difference! So I’ll be honest, this is the EXACT same review except the rating and one extra con. So, I knocked down a couple of points because this one is a tad pricier than the Maybelline.

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Product Empties #24 (and final one)

Just a small update with my Product Empties. If you didn’t already notice, my post frequencies have reduced to 2 posts a month. A calculated decision, definitely. My posts have also been more focused on makeup reviews, which was the main reason I started FiercePaint.

Wait… what was my point?

Oh ya, where my Product Empties are concerned, I am no more going to do this with just 5 products. I am just going to wait until I have a huge bunch of products I’ve used up and do it occasionally. I am also going to kill the annual collective empties.

So here’s my last product empties (hehehe, yes, clickbait title!!!!!!!!).

Previous product empties, #22 (link here), #23 (link here).

Don’t be fooled by the name, it isn’t a gloss. It is a matte liquid lipstick and a horrible one! But it wasn’t so bad to put them in a regrets post because I did get a few uses out of it. For some photoshoots and one of my stage plays. Purchased for MYR 30. NOT purchasing again!

Product already reviewed. Link here.

SK-II is the BEST skincare I’ve ever used! This facial treatment essence in particular did wonders for my face. Texture was smoothed out, eyebags reduced (yes, I pat it around the eyes too), skin tone evened out, moisture locked in and not ONE zit, NOT ONE!!!!!!!!! This FTE I got from a giveaway. It is priced at a whopping MYR 239 for a meager 75 ml!!!!!!!! Not purchasing at the moment. But if I had disposable income I’d look no further.

I got this in a beauty bag I purchased from a dear late blogger friend, Fiona. She’s been mentioned before on my blog. She passed away from some health complication but right up to her last days she was a vital, healthy young woman with a bright future and one of the most popular beauty influencers in Malaysia. Her blog is still up and her posts are all there but I can’t bring myself to visit it (link here). Moving on, this product was a dud. Everytime I used it, it was like a layer of my skin was peeled off leaving a burning sensation. My skin oiled up more than usual afterwards. Price, a whopping MYR 216.40! Nope! Not purchasing.

Product already reviewed, link here.

Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This particular set of brushes are no more available but they do have similar ones derived from the same materials. This review serves as a testament to how good these brushes are because I have had them since 2014.

Ecotools is not that popular a brand in Malaysia simply due to the fact that it is not widely available, however, they aren’t as elusive as I am making them out to be. I love their concept due to their reverence for the environment and being 100% cruelty-free. They do have a website at https://www.ecotools.com/. Let’s take a look at their six piece essential eye brush set.

In this updated review I am attaching some of the older pictures because there are some comparisons to be made. And the bag that the brushes came in, I gave to my mother.

The brushes.

[Picture retrieved from original post]. The sixth piece was the bag itself.

This is the Large Eye brush. It is also the largest brush in the set. According to the instructions on the cardboard cover, it could be used to blend a base eyeshadow all over the entire eyelid.

This is the Angled Crease brush. It is the second largest brush. According to the instructions it is to add definition to the crease of the eye and as you can see the bristles are cut at an angle.

This is the Highlighting brush. The instructions say that is to accentuate the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes.

This is the Petite Eye Shading brush. The instructions say that it is to add accent colour.

The last and the tiniest one is the Smudge brush and according to instructions it is to smudge shadow and liner along the lash line.

I also have pictures of the bristles up close.

Large Eye Brush. Pretty densely packed slightly flat with a dome shape.

Angled Crease. Cut at an angle and as densely packed as the Large Eye brush.

Highlighting. This is more loosely packed and instead of its intended purpose I like using it to blend eyeshadows.

Petite Eye Shading. Small brush and resembles a tiny version of a eyeshadow brush that is used to press shadow onto the lids.

Smudge. Tiny brush that resembles a small pencil brush; perfect for its intended use

Description;

Bristles: Synthetic taklon (cruelty free bristles; taklon is most commonly used for making soft brushes). Each brush bristle shape and use have been described under each picture. The brushes are travel size (I’ll add a comparison picture below).

Ferrule: Aluminum, recycled.

Handle: Bamboo (it is an environmentally friendly source of material).

Price: MYR 70 (price is irrelevant for this post, but at the moment, the price for a set similar to this is MYR 99 at Shins).

Where to buy: SHINS outlets nationwide and they also have a website where you could order online at http://www.shins.my/. SHINS is also available in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

The comparatively similar one I could find on Shins is this one:-

https://shins.my/products/EcoTools-6pc-Eye-Brush-Collection–1227-[ECO717]/3546

A few comparison shots.

The engraving on the handles have faded off.

Initial post.

Current state. The Ecotools logo has almost completely faded.

Comparison with a normal size brush.

 

Pros:

They are environmentally friendly AND cruelty-free.

Extremely sturdy. I have used, washed and cleansed these brushes very often!

Travel-friendly.

Affordable.

Almost no shedding!

At just about 4 years old, the brushes are going strong! So I am bumping up the rating.

 

Cons:

Not all the brushes are soft.  The smaller ones tend to feel a little scratchy on the eyelids.

The shorter handles can be an issue.

 

Ratings:

8.7/10

I love them although I don’t use each brush for their intent purposes. They are also a YouTube fave.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Some of my past Essence reviews;

Essence Make Me Brow; link here.

Essence Longlasting Lip Liner; link here.

Essence Lip Liner; link here.

Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base; link here.

This is the review of the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review.

The product.

Description on the tube.

Wand. It has a very spoon like curved wand with different lengths in the bristles.

Description: Mascara that comes in 0.40 oz or 12 ml of product with a (sic) cobra shaped wand. This is supposed to be a volume mascara and there’s a another version called false lash effect in a green tube. NOT waterproof.

Price: MYR 18.90 (please wait for a promotion).

Where to buy: Watsons

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Pretty good at volumising.

Holds a curl pretty well.

Not a sticky or gloppy formula.

Separates really well.

The wand definitely helps. The longer part gets to the root of the lashes and for initial application the shorter bristles get the job done.

Doesn’t smudge on me (I don’t have oily lids).

 

Cons:

I experienced fallout with this mascara.

The formula tends to bit a bit grainy and balls up in places (even evident from the picture). This worsens as it dries.

 

Rating:

7.6/10

With the expansive availability of mascaras there’s little reason for any kind of shortcomings. Especially since affordable options are aplenty. So, not re-purchasing this one.

Product Empties #23

Previous product empties (Empties 22); link here.

I’ve used this product before this but that was before I started blogging. The product doesn’t lather much and gives the skin a very gentle wash. I bought this because I wanted to give this a whirl but at the moment, I have found better cleansers at good prices so I would not purchase this. Purchased dual pack for MYR 28.90 which makes a single tube MYR 14.45.

Got this from a giveaway and FINALLY used it up! This is a large bottle of serum I must say. I only recently managed to finish it because I had PR products to try every now and then. It definitely works and I loved it! Absorbs well and locks in moisture… It costs MYR 89.00 on Althea and I don’t think I’d repurchase just because if you didn’t already know, I am a freaking cheapskate and I have got cheaper products that work just as well.

This is the single best lip balm I’ve used!!!! Enough said! MYR 16.85! Definitely repurchasing as soon as I find it for the same price. 😛

One was a gift and the other a purchase. Both did what masks typically do for me anyway; a refreshing boost of moisture to the skin. The yoghurt mask was the one I purchased and it cost MYR 1.50. Not repurchasing the yoghurt mask, probably wouldn’t purchase the other one too.

ID.AZ Clay Mask Review

I can’t believe I’ve been sent products available at Watsons to review! I feel like a real beauty blogger!!!

The brand is part of the Id Healthcare Group which was initiated by Korean doctor Sang Hoon Park. What started off as hospital known as Id Hospital focusing on facial contouring, then grew into a plastic surgery empire. They decided to venture into cosmetics for people turning down surgery as an option due to the psychological effects. Hence, Placosmetics was born. The ID.AZ name on the packaging (as you’ll see below) stands for the brand name (ID) and the latter half refers to A to Z as in all encompassing (AZ). It goes without saying that this is K-beauty.

These products were sent to me by The Butterfly Project, whom also sent me the Bare Essentials products to review (post link here). Do check out that post to find out all about them! I got four clay masks, two of which I put to the test and two more which I am putting into a giveaway (look out for that).

The products. The two I used were the hydrating and the pore clean mask. Fun fact; the tubes are actually translucent so the colour you’re seeing is actually the colour of the mask.

Description: Clay masks that come in 150 grams or 5.29 oz of product. Comes in 4 varieties, i.e., hydrating, pore clean, brightening, and oil control. You only need to leave this on for 5 minutes and presto, wash and you’re done. The packaging does say you can leave it on until 10 minutes, so that would be your prerogative.

Where to buy: This is exclusive to Watsons Malaysia

Price: MYR 59

 

The first two below I did NOT test out.

 

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask.

The back of the tube has all the details.

Ingredients list: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019)

 

Oil Control Mask

The colour is white but it appear a tiny bit blue due to editing.

Ingredients list: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Butyl Avocadate, Arachidic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Vinegar, Maltodextrin, Propyl Gallate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

On to the ones that I DID use; I tried out the Hydrating and the Pore Clean mask. It is as simple as applying it onto the skin and waiting for 5 minutes before washing and proceeding with usual skincare routine.

I was never going to do a cutesy shot of my trying out the masks so here we go. A meme instead. #funnymaskmeme

Hyrdrating mask

You can probably see parts where the product is not sticking to the tube thus proving my claims earlier that the tube is translucent and the colour is due to the product itself.

Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Montmorillonite, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Mica (CI 77019)

See! I told you!

Pros:

Easy to use because it only takes 5 minutes.

Application is easy and dries fast.

A tonne of product for the price!

Skin feels smoother.

A tiny reduction of pore size (this is funny considering the one meant for this function didn’t do this).

My skincare (serum, moisturiser etc) goes on and absorbs ve after using this.

 

Cons:

Leaves a white cast right after washing it off (this is easily explained by the titanium dioxide).

Dries out the skin a tiny bit.

And by that extension, it doesn’t really hydrate the skin.

 

Rating: 7.2/10

This was underwhelming more than anything because I expected results with all the ingredients in it.

 

Pore Clean mask

The colour is actually grey, it’s just appearing blue due to the editing.

Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum(Sugarcane) Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sea Silt Extract, Charcoal Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Pros:

Easy to use because it only takes 5 minutes.

Application is easy and dries fast.

A tonne of product for the price!

Skin feels smoother.

My skincare (serum, moisturiser etc) goes on and absorbs so much after using this.

 

Cons:

Leaves a white cast right after washing it off (easily explained by the titanium dioxide).

Dries out the skin a fair bit.

Didn’t really minimise pores and I DO have pores! But it says pore tightening which is perhaps not the same as pore reducing. Maybe? 😛

 

Rating: 6.9/10

I preferred the hydrating one to this. And much like the other mask, results were very underwhelming.

 

Note: There’s a slight burning sensation during and a little bit after using the masks so this is definitely something to take note of.

Haul #16 (Low Buy 2018; 1st Update)

I want to preface this by directing you to my previous haul post (link here).

I set MYR 50 per month for all things cosmetics related this year so as of June, I have about MYR 300 to spend. Let’s see if we went over budget… Hahaha!

I usually zone in on particular hauls with an emphasis on where I purchase the products from. I will still do that but go by order from top left and go buy products instead.

Masks;

First three underneath, MYR 3 each, purchased from Sasa warehouse sale (labels are all in Chinese so I couldn’t make anything out). TOTAL: MYR 9

Next two that shows the letters Stra, purchased from Althea clearance sale (product no longer available on the website), original price; MYR 4, purchased for; MYR 1.85. TOTAL: MYR 3.70

Last one, Yoghurt Mask Pack, purchased from Althea clearance sale (can’t seem to find the product on the website any longer), original price; MYR 3, purchased for; MYR 1.50. TOTAL: MYR 3

(TOTAL MASK PRICE: MYR 15.70)

Grape lip essence purchased from Althea clearance sale (can’t seem to find the product on the website any longer), original price; MYR 15, purchased for; MYR 7.50.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Face Mist, purchased from Althea, original price; MYR 16, purchased for; MYR 14.40. TOTAL: MYR 28.80.

L’Oreal Micellar Water, purchased from Aeon Wellnes, original price MYR 35.90, purchased for; MYR 24.90.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Shade 332, purchased from Guardian, original price; MYR 49.90, purchased for MYR 24.95.

Shade 338, purchased from a charity sale, original price; MYR 49.90, purchased for MYR 17.60.

TOTAL FOUNDATION PRICE: MYR 42.55

NYX HD Concealer, purchased from Sephora, during sale, original price; MYR 26, purchased for MYR 20.80. TOTAL: MYR 41.60.

WetnWild Mascara, purchased from Sasa warehouse sale, original price, MYR 24.40, purchased for MYR 10.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, purchased from a charity sale, original price; MYR 39.90, purchased for MYR 13.70.

Essence Volume Stylist Mascara, purchased from Watsons, MYR 16.90.

Abbamart Easy Drawing Eyebrow Pencil, purchased from Althea (product sold out), original price; MYR 12.00, purchased for; MYR 6.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, purchased from Watsons, original price; MYR 14.90, purchased for; MYR 11.80.

Brush Soap, purchased from Instagram shop (@soapybuddies), price; MY 33 including shipping (noticed my expert photo editing, took the picture separately and edited it into the main picture 😛 ).

Flutter Hand Cream, purchased from Guardian, MYR 5. TOTAL: MYR 10.

 

TOTAL SPENT: MYR 262.45

YES! I am MYR 37.55 under budget!!!!

I’ll perhaps post one more in a couple of months. Look out for that! I hope I can do better!

Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Eyeliner

Around since 1915, the brand was named after the founder’s sister who was the inspiration behind the entire thing. Her name was Mabel, hence Maybelline! How cool is that?! Acquired by L’Oreal in 1996, the brand was catapulted into worldwide fame.

Previous Maybelline product reviews;

Baby Lips Lip Balm – link here

Clean Express Miracle Water – link here

The Nudes – link here

Crayon Liner – link here

Micellar Water – link here

Color Tattoo – link here

Today I review the Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Liner.

The product.

It is a brush tip. And very fine.

I could have done a thinner line but the product was drying out so the line skipped towards the end.

Description: A fine brush tip pen liquid eyeliner that comes in one shade of black. The liner itself dries semi matte and comes in 0.5 grams of product.

Where to buy: Major pharmacies and drugstores in Malaysia. Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth.

Price: MYR 27.90 (wait for a promotion or discount! Absolutely no point buying this at normal price)

Oil and water test.

Holds up pretty well with water. I did rub my hand and although there are gaps missing, it did very well!

It did move with oil but I had to rub pretty hard.

Used the liner doing my 2017 NYX Face Awards entry. You’ll be able to see the sharp winged liner!

Pros:

Black and opaque!

Brush tip is a dream to work with.

Finest, thinnest line could be made.

Absolutely long lasting and budge proof!

Doesn’t skip or tug.

 

Cons:

Dries out pretty fast.

 

Rating:

9.2/10

I love this product! Seriously, if you can work a brush tip applicator then this is a dream to work with.

Product Empties #22

This was prepared months ago but I had PR reviews lined up and that’s why it’s been so long for this post to go up. But here’s my first empties of the year!

This is the Silkygirl Long-Wearing Eyeliner in 01 Black Black. It is a retractable eyeliner pencil with 0.28 grams or about 0.01 oz of product. It was a preloved item that was given to me and was drier formula which tugged on the skin when used on the eye. I used it on my fellow actors for stage performance for drawing on moustache and I would sometimes just dispense some product on my hand and use a brush to smudge out liner. It costs MYR 19.50 and safe to say I am not going to purchase it.

I have reviewed this; link here.

Yes, this is a whole bottle of product. Although I never opened it, it sat on the shelf for a bit too long and the oil spoiled. *cue wailing and crying*. Obviously there’s little use for this, but thank God this wasn’t a full sized one. I think I paid MYR45 for it. Sadly I can’t give my views on it. *cue second wave of crying and wailing*

Already reviewed, link here.

I have reviewed this; link here.

More YouTube Videos… I Vlog Now!

The demonetisation of YouTubers with less than 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours kind of took me by surprise. The pittance I was making off Adsense didn’t even accumulate enough to cash in… Oh well, all is not lost. I am working on getting my channel remonetised and longer videos tend to get longer views. Vlogs were the answer!

I have posted three vlogs so far and I must say, I’m loving putting these together.

And also, I am contradicting myself. WHY? Read this post –> https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/5-reasons-why-ill-never-be-a-popular-beauty-youtuber/

So here they are; my three vlogs. Ordered from latest to oldest.