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.

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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!

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.

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!

Product Regret #12

Can’t believe there’s two of these in the span of 3 posts!

I generally can make mascaras work for me but this was hands down the WORST I’ve ever used!

The product.

 

What I liked about it:

The green colour on the tube.

 

What I didn’t like about it:

EVERYTHING ELSE! It’s like putting on a layer of clear gel on the lashes. It has NO EFFECT on the lashes! It doesn’t dry down fast and ends up smudging. The bristles are too widely spaced to catch any lash. The wand shape and bristles cause smudging during application. I can’t say anything good about this mascara! Not one redeeming quality. Paid MYR 10 for it! That’s a meal down the drain! 😥

TWO COATS OF MASCARA! This is how my lashes would look with clear mascara!

Smudging! HELL NO!!!

Product Regrets #11

I didn’t purchase this but this post is just so you don’t buy it.

Received this from the Sephora birthday gift this year (I completely forgot to add it to the last haul of 2017).

This is the Tarteist Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit.

I’ve used some terrible liquid lipsticks but boy is this terrible. I love your stuff Tarte! Not to mention, everyone is using the Shape Tape and loving it that it is on my wishlist.

But what in God’s good name was this?

What I like about it:

Cute packaging. Doe foot applicator is soft and rather flexible. Pigmented and comfortable to wear.

What I don’t like:

EVERYTHING ELSE! It is grainy, patchy, it settles into every line and crevice and collects there even with the thinnest, lightest application, moves around too much, grabs onto every dry patch. I don’t mind it being not a formula that doesn’t dry completely down but since it is so bad, it kind of adds to its negatives. A full tube is MYR 95 which isn’t too expensive but, you know me! Nope! BYE!

2017 Collective Product Empties

Happy New Year Guys!!!

Another year, a new dawn, a new horizon! Lots to do and conquer!

Hope you guys had a wonderful time welcoming the New Year!!!

In my 2016 collective empties I decided to set aside MYR 100 every month for cosmetics which I would collect end of the year and do something good with. Well, I did and it went for a better cause than cosmetics. Purchased a beauty blender and a Hugo Boss perfume though; something I wanted to do even with the challenge.

Come 2018, I am continuing with the trend and doing a Low Buy 2018! MYR 50 for cosmetics each month. No more! I am allowing myself to pool the money so if I happen to spend MYR 100 for a month then there would be nothing for the next. All in all, there’s MYR 600 for the whole year for cosmetics (which isn’t much; A MAC powder costs MYR160 and I spent about MYR 200 in 2017 EVEN WITH the NO BUY challenge!!!). Of course this doesn’t extend to things pertaining to skincare like facial cleansers, toners and moisturisers. I had this concession even last year (I GOTTA WASH MY FACE DON’T I????).

Moving on…

Previous collective empties

2016 – link here

2015 – link here

I need to preface this post by stating here that I don’t feature products twice. That means these aren’t the only products I have finished. Some stuff I regularly repurchase and use don’t get mentioned here. However, if a product comes in different flavours or colours then they get repeated due to the variation. For example, in this collective empties, cleansers from the brand LipHop are featured twice because they are of different types.

Here are the stats;

  • I have posted 7 product empties post which would amounts to 35 products. In actuality there are only 34 because I accidentally repeated a product.
  • I featured 11 full sized makeup products excluding lip balms and makeup removers. These were 2 eyebrow pencils, 1 foundation powder, 2 mascaras, 2 eyebrow gels, 1 eyeliner, 1 eyeshadow, and 2 matte liquid lipsticks.
  • There were also a lipbalm and 4 makeup removers (I bought the travel sized Garnier ones to try out; I compared 5 cleansing waters; link here).
  • There were 2 hair products, one styling cream (which was more of a hair mask for me) and a hair mask.
  • The rest were skincare which amounted to 16 products. These were 2 sheet masks, 1 face mask (in a tub), 1 nose pore pack (pack of 10 strips), 3 facial cleansers, 1 face cream, 1 lip mask, 2 eye masks, 2 sample facial cleansers, 2 facial mists, and 1 toner.

List of product empties post (clickable);

Product Empties #15

Product Empties #16

Product Empties #17

Product Empties #18

Product Empties #19

Product Empties #20

Product Empties #21

Have a great year ahead guys!

It is going to be a good one for me!!!

Product Empties #21

Last product empties of the year! I will be doing a collective 2017 empties in January but for the moment, here is my last for 2017!

The blurred out product had already been featured and I had discarded the other products to be able to retake the picture… Apologies!

I’ve inserted this picture from the review. I am obviously referring to NC42 on the left. It has reduced a lot more since this picture. Review link here.

This is the Collection Cosmetics Moisturising Lip Cream. Extremely similar to the next product and MUCH cheaper! I went so far as to call it a dupe (post link here). Unfortunately, the brand is no longer available here in Malaysia but this was an amazing product. I don’t think I am going out of my way to purchase this. Purchased it for MYR 10.50 (which seems kind of redundant but hey, for reference purposes anyway).

Already reviewed this; link here.

This is the Dabur Vatika Naturals, styling hair cream. I LOVE this stuff!!! My hair was softer, stronger and healthier. You know something is good when you actually feel a difference. However, I didn’t use it for its intended purpose because as much as I loved the initial scent, it would start smelling like pee after it sat for half an hour or so on the hair. I do tend to have dandruff breakouts (well, go ahead, ewwww away, I don’t care. Spoiler alert, I am human!) but it didn’t really do much for the dandruff. The only way my dandruff is cleaned up is if I wash my hair everyday without fail and when I don’t, it just flares up. Again, not much for the dandruff but for the hair and the scalp! YES! And this small tub was MYR 3.50!!! Definitely repurchasing!

This is the Innisfree Whitening Pore Cream. Won this from a giveaway and was featured in an old haul. I did just start using it this year and finally finished it up. I am not a fan of anything that markets itself as whitening, however, this cream was nice, absorbed well and smelled good. Didn’t do much to “whiten” though… My gripe with it was, after a couple of hours my face oiled up a little more than it usually does. Not anything too bad but I would have a strong urge to blot my face. I love using it at night because in the morning my skin is nice and plump and bouncy. Wouldn’t purchase it because I checked out the price online and it is a whopping MYR 125! Nope!