Just A Little Goodbye

I do follow other blogs and all I do are dear blogosphere friends of mine (YES, even those that don’t bother replying to comments….. 😛 😛 😛 ).

But I am facing a couple of months of intense work and I don’t know how I am going to be able to keep up with blog reading and catching up with all the wonderful posts you lovely people write.

I have, in the past, been absent for a while but I always knew it wouldn’t be too far along before I eventually caught up. This time around, I really don’t know how long I am going to be away.

However, anticipating this hiatus, I do have posts lined up until the end of September. All will publish automatically so the blog runs even without my supervision.

I do hope you all stay well.

Keep being amazing!

Take care.

Well wishes,

From,

Harivaindaran K. Veeriah

(see you in a couple of months!)

5 Things About Makeup I DON’T Like, That Most People Do!

Watching YouTube videos, after YouTube videos, you’re almost conditioned into liking trends, products and techniques. We can all agree blindly hopping onto a bandwagon just because a YouTuber told us to, is not something we want to do, although we may appreciate the opinion of some. Beauty YouTubers get my eyes rolling, A LOT! I, in fact, have roasted beauty YouTubers in the past (go ahead, read it here and here, laugh).

But YouTube isn’t the demon here. I love YouTube. I love watching makeup videos, I love people caking on foundation and concealers on their face. Watching makeup being blended out with a makeup sponge is my visual therapy. It steadies my heart rate and brings down my stress levels. NO KIDDING!

I digress, anyway, there are certain, universally loved things/trends/products in makeup that make me go……..

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All of these are norms by this point in the beauty industry and…… ummmmm……, you know what, just come along and I’ll explain.

 

These are in no particular order.

 

1. Highlighter

Yes, I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!

No, I am not specifically talking about the blinding trend on YouTube and Instagram these days.

NO, I don’t even like highlighting concealers!!!!

I especially hate it when MUAs go three or four shades lighter to conceal the under-eye area and to highlight! It works on lighter skin tones. On darker skin tone it looks FAKE! I prefer an even skin tone and I try to match the under-eye concealer or go, AT MOST, half a shade lighter. I find that on deeper skin tones, the eyes pop a little more when the under-eyes are not so overtly highlighted.

Alas, when doing stage makeup I can’t step away from it.

So it goes without saying that I also don’t care for shimmery highlighters. I have 2 highlighters both of which I didn’t purchase myself. Everything else is part of a palette in which I actually wanted the other shades in it instead of the highlighter.

I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!!!!!!!

 

2. Holographic anything

Anyone else get a headache with all these holographic packaging and highlighters!

Just me then.

ERGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

NO, I AM NOT KIDDING! This isn’t even the cynical me talking. This is not even satire!

I actually, PHYSICALLY get a headache!!!! It even makes me a little anxious!

NO!!!!!

PASS!!!!

 

3. The phrase “Holy Grail”

If you have one for 10 years, that’s a holy grail.

If it changes every year, please STFU!!!!!!!!!

“HOLY GRAIL” MY FOOT!!!!!!!!!!!

I find it so cliche. Everytime someone says this is my holy grail, it means they discount all possible products available in the market and no ONE person could have had used it all!

I have tried using the phrase and in my head I go, “YOU SOUND STUPID!”

 

4. Waterproof mascara

I know some of you are going……..

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Part of why you don’t really see me reviewing waterproof mascaras, not ones that are hard to remove anyway, is because I don’t like them!!!

If I am using mascara, not a single drop of tear is coming out of my eyeballs nor is sweat coming ANYWHERE close to them!

I don’t cry at weddings because you don’t when you attend Indian weddings. You just laugh and the rest of the time get stressed trying to answer relatives asking about your marriage status (that’s a whole other conversation!!!).

I don’t wear makeup if I know I am going to sweat. ONLY exception being stage makeup! And even then, my waterproof mascaras are ones that come off with just water.

I DON’T LIKE WATERPROOF MASCARAS!

 

5. Online makeup shopping

This fittingly makes me the cavemen of the 21st century.

I have, of course, shopped online before, but every time I did (which you can count with both hands), I get a tiny panic attack after payment! WILL I be the victim of the dreaded product shattered and broken nightmare??!!!!

I have even said this on my blog. I don’t like online shopping and will only condone it when there are no other options! I want to touch, feel, swatch, hold, caress, look, compare, purchase and carry it out of the shop, safely in my hands!!!

If you really are concerned for me, then imagine me doing this.

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NO, not the laughing face, the bitch face!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner Review

Essence is one of my favourite makeup brands from the drugstore and perhaps even one of the most affordable here in Malaysia.

This is a review of the Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner (waterproof).

The product.

The wand.

Close up of the brush applicator.

Description: Waterproof liquid eyeliner with a fine brush applicator. Comes in 0.1 fl. oz/3ml product. Comes in only black and dries down matte.

Price: MYR 13.90 (and as always, look out for a discount or promotion)

Where to buy: Watsons [updated 14/072017].

Swatch

Water test

It is waterproof duh!

Oil test.

With some Vaseline (This surprised me; it doesn’t move with oil! It only crumbles a tiny bit).

 

Pros:

Black and opaque.

Brush is fine for the sharpest application!

Doesn’t skip because the formula is pretty smooth.

Very affordable.

Pretty good staying power.

 

Cons:

Layering is a mess as it cracks when the skin moves.

Funky smell (or perhaps I got a bad tube)!

Crumbles off sometimes.

You can see it a tiny bit here. I do believe you’d be able to see it better if you watch the video. Just click on the picture and skip to to 3.03 see it.

Rating:

6.5/10

If you can get away with a single layer then this liner would be great! For me, since I do mostly use this with dance makeup or stage makeup, it needs to be done quite thick and thus it cracks. Pass!

Product Empties #16

This has been reviewed (link here).

This has been reviewed (link here).

You should check out my battle of the drugstore micellar water post (link here) to know why I wouldn’t repurchase this.

I was gifted this by a friend and not be an jerk but this made my skin a tiny bit dry. SORRY DANIEL!!!!!!!! It was otherwise alright. I didn’t repurchase this and so I wouldn’t go ahead to actually purchase it.

Again, as much as I love using face masks, I have never really felt a big difference after using one except being rejuvenated and refreshed. And this was no different. I have a couple more of this because it came in a bundle of 4 that cost me a mere MYR10. Repurchase again, no.

No Buy 2017 Update (Haul #14)

I had made an announcement in my 2016 Collective Product Empties (link here) that 2017 would be a NO BUY year in terms of cosmetics.

I did make exceptions for things that I used and ran out of and the single frivolous expense would be the original Beauty Blender (something I have been dying to try out!).

So, save for a face mask, and the Hugo Boss perfume, everything else were repurchased stuff I use regularly.

 

Drugstore (Watsons, Guardian) and Dollar Store (Mr. DIY)

Purple metal pen holder (Mr. DIY), MYR 3.50. I purchased this with some other things for my aunt, however, she ended up paying me back in excess and it more than covered the cost of it.

Nivea Men Invisible Anti-Perspirant (Guardian), original price; MYR 16.80, purchased for; MYR 15. I am looking into anti-perspirant vs deodorant and the whole safety reasoning; a revelation I only came into after having purchased this.

Maybelline Micellar Water (Guardian), original price; MYR 22.40, purchased for; MYR 9 (I KNOW RIGHT??!!!).

Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation (won via a giveaway), price (on Watsons); MYR 78.40.

 

Beauty stores (Sephora and Shins)

Hugo Boss Red EDT (Shins), original price; MYR 254, purchased for; MYR 137 (I KNOW RIGHT??!!!).

Sephora Lotus eye mask, price; MYR 8. I only purchased this to redeem the 100 points sample product which was the Sephora Pore & Fine Line Filler primer (in the middle).

FINALLY! I HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! THE BEAUTY BLENDER. Original price; MYR 99, purchased for; MYR 61.40. Purchased with my fellow beauty influencer friends. We went in on a promotion by Sephora; 5 pack for MYR 307, and so one comes up to about MYR 61.40, an unbeatable price! Even with the 20% Sephora private sale, it would only come up to MYR 79.20.

Battle of the Drugstore Cleansing Waters; Malaysian Drugstore Version

I am not about to make grand announcements that this will be a series I will do regurlarly.

However, I do want to continue doing this with other products as well.

Anyway, this is a battle of the drugstore cleansing waters; Malaysian edition.

Just to be clear these aren’t Malaysian brand, just brands available in the Malaysian drugstore market.

I pitting 5 cleansing waters from 4 brands.

The Contenders!

The Contenders!

Will rate them based on;

  1. Effectiveness (how well makeup is removed)
  2. Gentleness (any irritation to my eyes, which aren’t sensitive to begin with, I rate it 0)
  3. Packaging (in terms of being easy to use and if its travel friendly)
  4. Taste (yes! this matters because I tend to remove lip products off with them as well)

Price seemed redundant because these are all affordable products at the drugstore. I based rating on a 5 point scale, 0 being the worst and 5 being best performing. I will also list price per 100 ml, and look out for additional notes on each product. A winner will be named at the end.

Before going on, I share below the look that I created for this experimentation. I did the exact same look for all the experiments.

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Products used;

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Stila In the Light palette

Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner

Silkygirl Big Eye Collagen Mascara (Waterproof but easy to remove)

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

uptown visions Concealer (product and brand no longer available)

MAC Studiofix Powder NC45

 

How I put all the cleansing waters to the test is to generously soak it onto a facial cotton pad, hold it onto my eyes for 10 seconds making sure the entire cotton pad is constantly in contact with the eyelid. After 10 seconds, in one gentle and thorough swipe, makeup is removed with the cotton pad.

 

First up Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Pure Active

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Pretty well done.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

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Average point: 2.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This has alcohol in it and irritated my eyes a fair bit, hence the 0 points for gentleness.

 

Maybelline Micellar Water

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Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

All the mascara on the cotton!

All the mascara on the cotton!

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Average point: 3.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 12.45

Notes: Although packaging is only received 2 points, it is actually the safest to travel with although not the most convenient to use.

 

Biore Perfect Cleansing Water

The product.

The product.

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Pretty effective although a tiny bit of mascara was left behind.

Most of the makeup off.

Most of the makeup off.

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Average point: 2

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.70

Note: The most bitter tasting and the one that hurts my eyes the most!

 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

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So much makeup left behind. And you can see my eyes still wet from the cleansing water.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad compared to the others.

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Average point: 1.5

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.45

Notes: Taste pretty bitter, only second to the Biore and irritated my eyes just as much!

 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Not as effective as its blue counterpart.

Much of the makeup is off.

Much of the makeup is off.

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Average point: 2.75

Retail price per 100 ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This didn’t irritate my eyes and it usually removes any residual makeup with a second swipe.

 

OVERALL SCORES

overall

Cheapest per 100ml, Simple Micellar Water (MYR 11.45)

Most expensive per 100ml, Maybelline Micellar Water (MYR 12.45)

Difference of one ringgit which is a tiny compensation given that the Simple scored the lowest.

SO my champion is………………………..

 

MAYBELLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you are reading, I do hope you find what you were looking for or find some relevant information here to make a judgement call. This is solely my experimentation and my point of view, albeit being properly put to the test.

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is a review for the Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick and I have the shade Mat6 (Maroon Red) which is the darkest red colour in the line. There are 4 other shades in this range, Mat2 (Sugar Pink), Mat 4 (Vivid Coral), Mat5 (Bold Red), and Mat7 (Nude Beige). I would advice deep, warm, Indian skin toned people like myself to avoide Mat2 and Mat7; these two colours will wash you out! I chose this colour because a deep red colour on the lips is a common constitute of classical Indian dance makeup.

The product.

The product.

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Shade number.

Shade number.

Swatch

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

This is another picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. However, its tiny because this is a cropped picture from a group shot. You can still see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

This is a picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. I apologise for the tiny picture because this is actually a group shot that I cropped. You can see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

Description: It is a long lasting matte lipstick that is devoid of taste and scent. There’s 4.2g of product in it; similar to the other Color Sensational lipsticks. The shade Mat6 is a deep maroon red colour which will flatter many skin tones albeit difference in intensity. It also does not appear completely matte.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 17 to 32 depending on where you buy and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth set up; Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Tesco, Aeon…

 

Pros:

It glides on smoothly and does not tug on the lips AT ALL!

Highly HIGHLY pigmented!

VERY opaque; it is a swipe-one-layer-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick.

Long lasting and as you have already seen, it leaves a stain on the lips.

Comfortable on the lips.

Does not emphasize fine lines and dry patches on the lips.

 

Cons:

It is not smudge proof and hence will transfer.

When wearing dark lipsticks that transfer, lipstick stain on the teeth is a highly possible phenomenon, as is with this lipstick.

 

Rating:

8.6/10

I simply LOVE this lipstick! When using it I’ll usually do the suck-a-finger trick to remove excess product from my inner lips to avoid teeth stains!

Product Empties #15

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 This is the famous Biore pore pack and boy oh boy is it satisfying to use! I don’t have visible black heads and so this isn’t something I need. But just using it and peeling it off is strangely therapeutic. I just wanted to see if I had all that problems on my nose to remove, which I had very little of. Won’t be purchasing this again.

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I have a confession to make. As much as I love using face masks, I have never really felt a big difference after using one except being rejuvenated and refreshed. I don’t want to be an unappreciative asshole because this was a gift, but more than feeling refreshed and rejuvenated I didn’t really see a difference with my facial skin after using this.

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Give this brand a try I say! Probably one of the best drugstore facial cleansers I have used in a while for its price. It’s MYR 12.90!!! This one in particular has dissolving micro-beads in it. I won’t be repurchasing this one but there’s another I am currently using which I will.

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I have reviewed this (post link here).

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I actually liked this brow pencil from Etude House but I dropped it and I’m guessing the product inside broke. Every time I sharpened it, the nib kept breaking off. I whittled it down until I couldn’t sharpen it anymore. Don’t think I will be repurchasing this.

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Gone….. ALL gone! See why I don’t like sharpening makeup pencils!!!

Product Regret #10

I’ll admit, I only bought this because it was marked down from MYR 16.90 to just MYR 9.90.

The product.

The product.

See the stray nylon strand, that was after I had snipped off a couple of others.

See the stray strand, that was after I had snipped off a couple of others.

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Pretty black and opaque

What I like about it:

Very black and opaque.

 

What I didn’t like:

Right from when I opened it there were several strands of the brush tip frayed; I had to snip it just to swatch.

The brush isn’t fine enough for a sharp winged liner.

It has a shiny finish and I HATE that.

Shiny finish, eugh....

Shiny finish, eugh….

It is sticky even when dried so even if you have slightly hooded eyelids like I do, your liner would transfer onto the eyelids.

It dries fast but stays sticky.

Speaking of transferring, it does even after it dries! That to me is the crappiest kind of liner ever!

I only but touched it after it dried and it transferred. You can actually see the patch missing.

I only but touched it after it dried and it transferred. You can actually see a patch missing.

Collaboration; Best Beauty Discoveries of 2016!!!

Again, we’re back at it. Fellow blogger Lakshmi (author of Big is Compatible, link here) and Instagrammers, Geetha (@geethavijaymakeup), and Esther (@estherkaurmann) and I have collaborated on Instagram to bring you our best beauty discoveries of 2016.

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I have 9 products all of which I discovered in 2016!

1. Maybelline Micellar Water (makeup remover)

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I’ve already reviewed this, link here.

2. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Mist

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I really wouldn’t know where to begin reviewing this so I am not going to. If you need a refreshing mist or even something to wet your makeup brush to pack product on, this is perhaps the most affordable mist you could use! Try it! It smells great and refreshes the skin.

3. Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 Bronzeclat

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I am not a big fan of the highlighter trend and with that being said the two highlighters in this palette aren’t all that impressive anyway. But the deep matte blusher on the left is absolutely beautiful!!! Have yet to test out longevity but it blends beautifully and is perfect for dark skin!

4. Essence Shading Powder

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I purchased this towards the end of 2015 but only started using this in 2016 so I’d consider this a 2016 discovery. The bronzer is apparently a dupe for the Benefit Hoola bronzer. I’d have to check that out myself in the future. Again, I really don’t care for the highlighter but the bronzer blends easily and is pretty neutral so one could use it to contour as well.

5. Essence Mosaic Blush in 30, Kissed by the Sun

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This is too light to show up as a blush on me but, because the mosaics are made up of both shimmery and matte components, they end up mixing into a perfect highlighter shade for dark skin! It is pretty subtle which is why I love this! I can get away with this even with boy makeup. I was gifted this by Lakshmi for my birthday! Thanks love!

6. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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This is a perfect replacement for my Stila sponge which I had to part with. This one hasn’t torn yet and it does a good job. I do prefer the Stila sponge over this but this is much more affordable if purchased via an IG shop.

7. Makeup Revolution Blush in Sugar

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I got this in a giveaway and it came all the way from England!!! I won this from Rachael, author of Helpless Whilst Drying (link here). Makeup Revolution was previously available in Malaysia but they somehow got lost into obscurity. This blush is amazing!

8. Breena Beauty Eye Essential Kit Makeup Brushes

How gorgeous are those brushes and the packaging too!!!

High quality, vegan, cruelty free brushes! I wrote an entire first impressions post on these brushes (link here). They now offer international shipping!

9. Etude House My Beauty Tool Face Brush 130 Contour

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I bought this in 2015 but only discovered its best use in 2016. I used this first as an eyeshadow blending brush but realised that MannyMua liked using makeup brushes with long loosely packed bristles to highlight, much like this one. Baby, I tried it with this brush and I was sold! I hate using a fan brush to highlight because of its sloppy nature. I don’t own one and don’t think I need to…

So there you go!

My best 2016 beauty discoveries!

PS: There’s one product there that isn’t included in this list but makes two appearances. It is the Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel mascara. It’s not here because it made my ride or die list (post link here) and I’ve reviewed it before (review link here).