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.

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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.

Catrice Sun Glow Minarel Bronzing Powder Review

I love Catrice! Arguably the cheapest drugstore brand at Guardian next to Silkygirl.

Previous Catrice product review Catrice Allround Mascara link here.

This is the Sun Glow Minarel Bronzing Powder review.

The product.

The product inside. It had an obvious dome shape.

Product description.

It gives the skin the subtlest loveliest glow. If you’re any shade lighter than me it’ll bronze up your skin beautifully!

Description: A bronzer that comes in one shade, 010, Golden Light. It comes in 8 grams or 0.28 oz of product.

Where to buy: Guardian stores nationwide.

Price: MYR 24.90 (please wait for a promotion or discount!)

 

Pros:

Blends like a dream.

That glow is so subtle yet so beautiful.

Even tanned skin can use it to give the skin a beautiful glow.

Large pan for the price.

Extra points for packaging.

 

Cons:

Powdery.

 

Rating:

8.9/10

If there’s one product that is fail save from this brand if you have light to tanned skin, this is it! Try it!

Bare Essentials by Althea Review

The Butterfly Project (no affiliations to the similar sounding title of a movie), is a Malaysian beauty community for influencers. They work with many beauty brands to bridge companies with bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers for product reviews and projects to promote launches and new releases. They also organise community projects to allow networking among local bloggers. I have been a member from the very beginning of my blogging days but this is my very first time being involved in one of their projects.

Here are their links:

Website: http://www.butterflyproject.my/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ButterflyProjectMalaysia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my/

So they sent me three products to try from Bare Essentials, a skincare line created by Althea Korea. I’ve mentioned Althea in the past; a Korean based online beauty store that sells an array of K-beauty products. When they celebrated their first anniversary in 2016, PR representatives reached out to me, offering MYR150 in store credit to purchase anything I wanted in exchange for a shout-out on my blog (post link here). So today I review the three-step Korean skincare, Bare Essentials by Althea.

Althea’s links:

Website: http://my.althea.kr/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altheakorea/

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. These products were sent to me in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are all mine and links provided are not affiliate links (meaning, I don’t make any money from any of the links on this review).

Althea’s outer packaging has always been simple and clean. PS: I always reuse this box.

The stuff inside!

THERE’S A BRAND MIRROR! I feel like a proper influencer now!

Stars of the review.

I love the clean, simple sophisticated packaging!

#1 Contour Cleanser

Description: A foaming cleanser that comes in 150g or 5.29 oz. of product. It is supposed to containt micro capsules that is supposed to help with exfoliating and is infused with ice plant and lemon myrtle extracts.

Ingredients list: (this is something new I am going to be doing with all my skincare reviews, do check out my past reviews as well for this update)

Glycerin,Water,Myristic Acid,Stearic Acid,Potassium Hydroxide,Palmitic Acid,Lauric Acid,PEG-32,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Glyceryl Stearate SE,Microcrystalline Cellulose,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Lactose,Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67,Sodium Chloride,Disodium EDTA,Menthol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Pullulan,1,2-Hexanediol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Sodium Acetate,Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract,Ethylheaxylglycerin,Fragrance

Price: MYR 23

Where to buy: Althea website (link above)

Product

It definitely foams up a lot more than apparent here.

Pros:

AFFORDABLE!!!!!!!!

Does a good job cleansing the face.

A little goes a long way.

The tiny beads are so tiny that they’re almost indistinguishable but it works and they are not plastic beads which means they dissolve.

Fragrance is not too overpowering.

Skin feels fresh.

 

Cons:

Has a tiny bit of a tight feeling after cleansing.

 

Rating: 8.6/10

This is  a good cleanser for the price! I would definitely consider purchasing this myself.

 

#2 Primer Water

Description: 2-in-1 product; a toner and a primer in one. Comes in 200 ml or 6.76 fl. oz. product. Infused with snow water extract and apparently there’s a patented dew drop technology that helps absorption.

Ingredients list:

Water,Propanediol,Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Betaine,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Xanthan Gum,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum,Agar,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Fragrance

Price: MYR 43

Where to buy: Althea (link above)

Clear thick liquid.

Pros:

Absorbs well.

Good amount of product for the price.

Skin was hydrated and it feels really good on the skin.

There was a surprising evening out of my skin texture which was very surprising to me!

A little product is enough to cover the entire face.

 

Cons:

It is pretty heavily fragranced which, although goes away after a while, is pretty strong upon initial application.

It takes a while to absorb into the skin.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Another surprisingly good product! And at MYR 43, hey, I may even consider purchasing it!!!

 

# Fixer Cream

Frosted glass jar, I LOVE!

Description: A moisturiser that comes in 50 g or 1.76 oz. of product. Contains trehalose which apparently locks in moisture, wild green tea extracts which has potent antioxidants, and baobab tree extract which apparently promotes collagen in the skin.

Ingredients list:

Water,Glycerin,Methylpropanediol,Dimethicone,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin),Cyclopentasiloxane,Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Polysorbate 60,PEG-100 Stearate,Cyclohexasiloxane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Carbomer,Tromethamine,Polyacrylate-13,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Polyisobutene,Propanediol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Disodium EDTA,Polysorbate 20,Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate,Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract,Fragrance

Price: MYR 50

Where to buy: Althea (link above)

Product.

Pros:

Provides amazing moisturisation and hydration.

Absorbs well into the skin.

My face feels smoother and bouncier when I use this.

For something so hydrating, and with so many oils, my face doesn’t oil up.

 

Cons:

The tub is something I am not a fan of. I hate digging into it and it doesn’t come with a spatula.

It takes a while to absorb into the skin

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Again, I am really surprised! Would definitely consider purchasing myself!

 

NOTE! PLEASE READ!!!

This three step skincare is so easy and affordable that even disinterested MEN can use it!!! Trust me, men like that often skip skincare because it may be cumbersome. This is a no brainer. Leave all of it in the bathroom! Right after bathing, your man, brother, father, uncle, stepdad, stepuncle, stepbrother, cousins (once, twice, thrice removed), neighbour (OR YOU if you’re the man), can wash the face, and lazily slap two things on their face. No rhyme, or nothing complicated. This would be a great way to get someone who’s lazy about skincare to just do something about it…

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

I’ve done a Benefit product review before aka the Benefit Gimme Brow (link here).

This is the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review.

The product.

The tube (this is the travel size version). The wand handle is rubberised.

The box has information all around it. These are the claims…

Proof.

Product info.

Concept behind the wand.

Ingredients list.

More info.

Very little information on the tube itself.

The wand really is something!

Description: Mascara that comes in 4 grams or 0.14 oz of product and comes in two shades black and brown. The full sized one comes in more than twice the amount at 8.5 grams or 0.13 oz of product.

Where to buy: Sephora and Benefit boutiques and counters nationwide (a full list is available on the Benefit Malaysia Facebook page).

Price: Full sized; MYR 125, mini; MYR 65.

 

Lash swatches.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Best curling mascara I’ve ever used! It curls and holds (I don’t have particularly stubborn lashes so this ought to be taken into account).

Lengthens pretty well.

No clumps or lumps.

Nice separation.

Didn’t run or smudge on me (although it does NOT claim to be waterproof).

The wand grabs and coats even the tiniest lashes.

 

Cons:

YES duh!!! PRICE!!!!

Not much volume.

 

Rating:

8.7/10

Much like the Benefit Gimme Brow, do I love this product? Heck yes! Will I ever buy it again! HELL NO!

Catrice All Round Mascara (Waterproof) Review

Catrice products are available exclusively at Guardian and are extremely affordable. Not dark skin friendly in terms of complexion products but where other products are concerned, there are winners.

This is the Catrice All Round Mascara; waterproof.

The product.

Description on the side.

Product info.

Wand; very standard natural bristle wand with a tapered end.

Description: Waterproof mascara that comes in 12 ml or 0.4 fl. oz. of product. Also comes in non waterproof version (purple tube). Code; 010 Blackest Black.

Price: MYR 18.90

Where to buy: Guardian pharmacy

Lash swatch.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Lengthens and adds dramatic volume.

Nice separation.

Minimal clumps (this comes with a con, read further).

No fallout (this comes with a con, read further)

Pretty good at curling and the curls hold.

No smudging.

 

Cons

The formula drastically changes as it dries out and it worsens (referring to the pros above);

  • As the formula dries out it becomes clumpy (the swatches bear evidence as my second coat picture shows a little bit of clumping).
  • When the formula dries out there also seems to be fallout.

The size of the wand makes it a little hard to work with.

 

Rating:

8.3/10

I am giving it a high rating because the mascara blew my mind when I initially tried it out. This would have gotten a rating above 9 if the formula didn’t change as it dried out. But hey, for a MYR 20 mascara, 3 to 4 months use is more than enough although I kept using it until the 8th month mark! 😛

AQUTOP Skincare Review

So I was contacted again by the PR representatives I received the J.One skincare products from and this time around was approached to review skincare from AQUTOP.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for my honest review. Thoughts are all mine and links provided are not affiliate links (meaning, I don’t make any money from any of the links on this review).

So AQUTOP is a new Korean brand launched in 2015 and have been available in Singapore since 2017. Fun fact, the brand name is apparently a combination of the words water (aqua) and best (top). They are all about moisture for the skin and undeniably it is the most important thing the skin needs!

The three products that I received.

 

Let’s first start with the product I liked the most.

Description: It is a foaming cleanser that comes in 150ml/5.07 fl. oz. It contains germinating black beans which apparently allows for smoother skin and deeper cleanse.

Ingredients list:

Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract (29%), Stearic Acid, PEG-400, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Price: USD 7 (approximately MYR 27.31 at time this post was published).

Where to buy: For my fellow Malaysians, they are sold at Qoo10 (link here). Price on Qoo10 may differ from the price stated (applicable for all products).

Product.

Lots of lather! And I didn’t even use much water.

Pros:

Deep cleanse!

Doesn’t leave the skin dry and tight.

The tiniest of product goes a long way (on my big face, two peas sized blob lathers well and cleanses properly!).

Doesn’t have a distinct scent (which is good)!

Skin does feel much smoother!

Even price is affordable!

 

Cons:

NONE!

 

Rating:

9/10

Definitely recommended!!!

 

Let’s move on to the second product.

It comes in a tub.

Comes with a tiny spatula.

Description: Moisturising face cream that comes in 50 ml or 1.69 fl.oz. It apparently brightens, tones and moisturises skin.

Ingredients list:

 

Price: USD 37 (MYR 144.24 at time this post was published)

Where to buy: Refer above.

 

Pros:

Toned skin (my skin texture was improved).

Moisture was locked into the skin.

The spatula is an advantage.

 

Cons:

The skin brightening wasn’t so evident perhaps because of my darker skin tone.

It leaves a horrible white cast on the skin that never does go away (pictures below)

It sits on the skin funny, like a mask instead of a cream that absorbs into the skin.

 

This is a layer of product freshly applied! NOT A BEFORE AND AFTER!!!! The cast doesn’t go away! So walking out in the day with this on, NO! However, I used it at night and my skin did improve! I had a lot more texture on the skin than I did before using this product.

Rating:

4/10

As much as it improved my skin, the white cast and the way it sits funny on the skin is not something I can tolerate using it during day time.

 

Moving on to the third and final product.

A body lotion.

Description: A toning body lotion that comes in 100 ml or 3.38 fl. oz. It is supposed to brighten and tone skin while adding moisture.

Price: USD 18 (MYR 70.17 as of the time this post was published)

Where to buy: Refer above

Pros:

Definitely smooths out the skin (I tried it around my stomach area, obviously won’t share pics! 😛 ).

Helps improve texture and definitely helped with toning of the skin!

Sinks into the skin really well and feels comfortable upon application.

A small amount goes a long way.

 

Cons:

It doesn’t absorb easily (I usually had to work for a while before the product gets absorbed)!

Didn’t really notice a brightening effect (again perhaps due to my complexion).

 

Rating:

7/10

I may change this rating, because I used it for just about 2 weeks and wasn’t enough to see if the effects were persistent. I had a hard time using it because it does take a while to work it into the skin especially since I am using it on the body.

J. One Skincare Review (by Beureka)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christmas on a Monday! An extra holiday here in Malaysia!

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Christmas!

These products were sent to me by a company called Beureka, which was started by men (two Singaporeans actually)! Well, there’s were I relate!

They offer a wide array of beauty products with a focus on Asian and Korean brands. The products that were sent to me is by a high end brand called J.One which has been available in Sephora US for a while now.

Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review but opinions are entirely mine.

I’ll attach all links to Beureka at the end of the post.

I received four products; 2 masks, a makeup primer and a cream.

First the makeup base.

Description: A clear jelly like leave on mask that has anti-aging properties, and acts as a makeup primer. Comes in 50 ml (1.69 fl. oz) of product, complete with a pump.

Price: SGD 42.00 (excluding shipping and as of 25th December 2017, the exchange rate for SGD to MYR is 1 to 3.03, so the product costs MYR 127.37)

Where to buy: Beureka (details at the end of the review)

Pump!!! Yes!

The product

Leaves a dewy finish on the skin without feeling oily.

Pros:

Leaves a tacky surface for product to cling on.

Scentless.

Easy to work with.

PUMP, YES!!!

Hydrates and moisturises skin (in fact, it seems to almost trap moisture on the skin).

Prevents makeup from settling into lines (not entirely but, it would make a phenomenal difference for someone with wrinkles).

 

Cons:

Price (obviously a con for a cheapo like me HOWEVER, Beureka rates are amazing; this one is sold at Sephora US for USD 42 and since 1USD = 1.34SGD, it makes this product CHEAPER on Beureka).

Didn’t really smooth out pores.

Made my skin oil up at the end of its run, more than if I didn’t wear a primer at all (nothing too bad).

 

Rating: 8/10

Now here’s why I am giving it an 8. I don’t particularly have skin that makeup slides off. In fact, my skin holds on to makeup like no other! I wear primers for pore refining and oil control. However, working on people with different types of skin, I can say that there are people with skin so smooth that makeup actually doesn’t stick on and so for people like that, this product would be a Godsend!

 

Description: Lotion like cream that come in individual beads. 20 grams (o.7 oz) of product and comes with a tiny plastic spatula.

Price: SGD 58 (converts to MYR 176.01 as of 25th December 2017)

Where to buy: Beureka (details at the end of the review)

The product inside.

The plastic spatula.

I find it very satisfying picking individual beads for every use. I need to use about 3 beads for my large face.

Pros:

Easy to use.

Extremely hygienic since the fingers don’t go digging into the pot and the spatula can be easily cleaned.

Works well!

As moisturising as it was, my face doesn’t oil up and found that very fascinating!

Absorbs very easily into the skin.

Definitely made my skin smoother (nothing phenomenal but for the short amount of time I used it, I was amazed).

 

Cons:

Price.

I need 3 whole beads for my face.

 

Note: This is fragranced and pretty heavily I might add. So that may be a concern.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

I LOVE this thing! Best part is the fragrance which is very nostalgic for me.

 

The mask was refreshing at best. There are two parts to the mask. Step one is a sheet mask and step two is a jelly lotion that felt very much like the J.One Jelly Pack. The mask isn’t available on the website as of the time of this review but you’re welcome to check back on Beureka. I found a source that lists it at USD 3.80.

Rating: 6/10

Refreshing.

 

So about the company.

Beureka at https://beureka.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearebeureka

Instagram: wearebeureka

I implore you to compare prices because the J.One products are much cheaper on Beureka than even the Sephora US website. So I am sure there are good bargains! They have perfumes, skincare and some makeup too. Mostly high end and luxury brands.

For Malaysia, they offer a flat rate of SGD 12 for every order. So perhaps pool order with a couple of friends???

Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation Review

I have not used many foundations to proclaim that this one in particular beats out the rest. I detail my experience using this product in hopes that it will help another make an informed decision.

The Sephora brand itself has a wide range of products but never really talked about or raved about. This comes as a surprise to me because their price range is lower than most brands available and their products are very inclusive of a wide range of skin tones.

Here I review the Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation.

The product. I love the frosted glass bottle!

Description at the side of the bottle.

Clear sticker at bottom of the bottle with shade name and code.

A pump! YES! Much appreciated!

The pump actually dispenses product very nicely. No wastage!

Blended. It has a very skin-like finish. It’s not matte nor is it too dewy. The yellow undertone works very well on my face.

Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 25 ml or 0.84 fl. oz. Very darker skin friendly range of shades (if you are Indian, you are sure to find a shade for you in this range!). Medium to full coverage with a skin-like dewy finish.

Price: MYR 78

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora website online (https://www.sephora.my/).

You can see it being used on my face in this video. Although it seems like a lighter shade, it sinks and blends well into my skin and I typically use a bronzer so that ties in with the whole thing as well.

Pros:

Medium coverage foundation that can be built to full coverage.

Natural looking finish.

Doesn’t settle into fine lines.

Setting with powder removes dewy finish.

Doesn’t cake up even when layered.

Feels light on the skin.

Long lasting (10 hours is a bit of a stretch but depending on your skin type, a good 6 to 7 hours of wear and it doesn’t just break down leaving patches, rather it fades off pretty evenly).

Wide and very darker skin friendly range!

Pump! YES!

Not too expensive for a product from Sephora.

 

Cons:

Not even a full ounce of product.

May not work for oily skin because of its dewy finish.

Tends to make the skin oil up because of the dewy finish. Setting with powder helps.

 

Rating: 9.1/10

I have only ever used one other liquid foundation (for every day use) that I have reviewed here (link here). But this one, I LOVE! Highly rated on the Sephora website.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation Review

Another MAC product review? What?

We all know MAC; they offer great products for a flawless finish but not necessarily the best to use if you wear makeup on a daily basis. MAC is all about full coverage, highly pigmented, well performing products. This is a review of the cult favourite Studio Fix Powder Foundation. I have two shades and both were preloved products that my cousin passed on to me because one was too dark for her and another was the wrong undertone. I’ve made both work for me! 😀

Outer packaging.

The back of the box. Ingredients list.

Shade name on the top of the box.

The product! So loved!

The label on the other one has peeled off. 😦 But this is how it looks like.

Can’t really tell the difference but the one on the right is NW43, the one on the left is NC42.

A closer look.

The mirror.

The section underneath for the puff.

Excuse the dirty puffs. I usually use brushes or the beauty blender so I don’t bother washing them unless I know I am going to be using it. The puffs are soft and pretty good to use.

An insignificant hand swatch. The colours did not pick up on camera!

But you can tell a tiny bit colour which is the NW 43.

Description: A powder foundation that comes in many shades, in two different undertones, and in 15 grams / 0.52 oz product.

Where to buy: MAC counters; counters are available in Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak usually in shopping malls.

Price: MYR 150

 

This product is my go to and in fact I recently used it for a brow challenge for RiceDolls. Rice Dolls is a makeup community site for beauty creators around Asia; you can find them at RiceDolls.com. I used this powder to cover my under eyes.

 

Pros:

Full coverage.

Smooth and easy to blend.

Lasts very well on the skin.

Pretty good at oil controlling.

Doesn’t settle into lines if applied in controlled amounts.

The soft sponge is pretty amazing.

Lasts all day long even without a setting spray.

 

Cons:

It can get cakey if layered too much.

It can settle into lines if layered too much as well.

You will definitely feel it on the skin. Not particularly comfortable to wear.

 

Notes:

If you do have oily skin, the product does break down a tiny bit but nothing a quick touch up can’t fix. Make sure you blot of excess oil off the face before reapplication.

 

Rating:

8.4/10

I love this powder foundation but I haven’t used too many different powders from different brands to tell you that this is my holy grail. I’m used to it and this review is all the details I’ve known and experienced.