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!!!

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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!

No Buy 2017 Second and Final Update (Haul #15)

I’m giving myself a pat on the back!

I’ve been doing pretty well!

No makeup purchased since the original Beauty Blender (which was something I gave concession for even with the No Buy challenge). I broke ONCE for a lip balm which isn’t exactly makeup.

The pictures are in two parts because I didn’t expect more stuff to be compiled after I wrote this post. First draft of this post only had the first picture.

Previous haul post link (Haul #14 here).

I know you see the Essence Blush trio there, HOLD YOUR HORSES! That was a gift! By my blogger friend Lakshmi (author of Big is Compatible link here). Price MYR 21.90.

Purchased from Guardian, Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner dual pack. Price; MYR 28.20 (purchased because I was completely out of toners; funny enough, individual bottles were on sale for MYR14.50 and even then, the dual pack is cheaper).

Unicorn brushes; RM 1.00! (A YouTuber offered a code to purchase these brushes at RM1 via an online shopping app). Brushes are pretty poor quality but the bristles are surprisingly soft. Would have only regretted it if I paid any more than RM1…

These following stuff I got a little later.

Purchased from Guardian

LipHop Honey Moist royal jelly lip balm, original price; MYR 13.90, purchased for; MYR 9.90 (I caved in with this one because 95% of the lip balms available at local drugstores are by Rohto which owns The Mentholatum Company. Don’t believe me? Check it out next time, you’ll probably see logo of either Rohto or The Mentholatum Company on most of the lip balms sold at Watsons and Guardian. Besides, I loved their face washes; click the link here to see an example; so I wanted to check these out).

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (pack of TWO), original price; MYR 31.30, purchased for; MYR 28.90 (FYI, a single tube costs MYR 20.90!)

HOLD UP!!!!!

The NYX Wanderlust Envie De Voyager Lip and Eye Collection… AND the Makeup Gallery Gorgeous Flawless Foundation… were gifts from a lovely friend of mine, Emma, from the UK. Hi Emma *waves*!!!!!!

 

Come January 2018, I am going to keep this up, although not as strictly. I’m gonna make it Low Buy 2018.

I’m going to set myself a budget of MYR50 per month for makeup and cosmetics.

Let’s see how that goes! Wish me luck!

Hack #4; Easiest Sugar Scrub EVER!

First of all I already have a very simple hack to maximise usage of your lip balms.

I need to preface this post by informing you that you may not understand this hack if you don’t know the lip balm hack.

SO,

Go read – LIP BALM HACK.

I realised that I don’t usually gravitate to using it in the tub because I don’t want to stick my finger in it and it’s very inconvenient to use a brush because the brush needs to be periodically cleaned. So I found a way to use it up!

It is very simple!

Add sugar and voila, SUGAR SCRUB!

And that’s it! It is as simple as that.

And it works freaking amazingly!

Breena Beauty Face Luxe Brush Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Breena Beauty is the brainchild of local beauty blogger Sabrina Tajudin whose first release was the Face Luxe Brush. I purchased it in May 2015 and wrote a first impressions post (post link here) upon receiving it.

I am a firm believer in using makeup brushes for a prolonged amount of time before actually reviewing it. A makeup brush should last at least a couple of years before falling apart, especially synthetic brushes. It is ultimately the reason all the makeup brushes reviewed on FiercePaint, I’ve had and used for at least 8 months.

The brush.

There was a hand written note that which I can’t seem to find. Attached are two pictures from the original post.

Moving on!

I especially love the rose gold ferrule.

Description on the back of the box.

Close up of the description.

Left in the design for aesthetics! 😛

Care instructions.

Close up of the bristles.

Densely packed bristles.

Soft synthetic bristles.

Description:

Multi purpose large face brush. Can be used with both powder and liquid products. Designed and made locally.

Bristles: Synthetic. Dark brown with a gradient white tip. Densely packed and very soft. Dome shaped. Muslim-friendly

Ferrule: Rose gold metal. Very sturdy.

Handle: Wood, white paint with the brush name engraved in gold.

Price: MYR 45 (excluding shipping)

Where to buy: Breena Beauty website. Update! They now offer international shipping!

 

Pros:

Very affordable for such a good quality brush.

Versatile; not too dense for powder application and not too loosely packed for liquid foundation. I have used it for both with good results.

Application is soft and smooth, with no streaking from the brush strokes.

Soft and easy to use.

Because it is rather large, a larger area of the face can be covered allowing for swift application.

The large wooden handle is actually helpful to application because holding and maneuvering becomes surprisingly easier. The flat bottom allows the brush to be stood up on a flat surface.

Sturdy handle and ferrule.

No shedding thus far.

I am giving an extra ‘pro’ for aesthetics because it is quite a beautiful brush and the fact that it comes with a thoughtful hand written note counts too.

 

Cons:

There is a a little bit of unevenness with the bristles. But update, having trimmed the bristles, none has frayed since.

Before (from the 2015 post). It was trimmed right after.

After (constant usage and washing for almost 2 years).

 

The paint of the handle has cracked on mine. I do hope Sabrina has fixed this problem in her upcoming batch of brushes.

Some people may feel that the handle is rather chunky for storage and thus not very travel friendly. I love the fact that it can be left upright on a vanity and to me it overrides the chunky handle con.

 

Ratings:

8.8/10

I love this brush. Good job Sabrina!!!

Blog address; http://www.sabrinatajudin.com/

Breena Beauty online store; http://breenabeauty.com/

Breena Beauty Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty/?fref=ts

Breena Beauty Twitter page; https://twitter.com/breenabeauty

Breena Beauty Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/breenabeauty/

Product Empties #20

Wow, I have done 20 of these huh?

I got this sample when Althea (an online Korean beauty store) celebrated their 1st anniversary and offered me store credit in exchange for a shoutout. I absolutely love this cleanser! Smells great and refreshes, soothes and leaves the skin fresh. But since I do already have a favourite from the drugstore (link to it here) I probably won’t purchase this. Price for full size MYR 35 (150ml).

Already reviewed this, post link here.

This was a sample of a cleanser called Amino Hydro Intense Cleanser from the brand ePure. I got this from BFF -Asia Beauty and Style, an online beauty community with a focus on beauty and fashion reviews (link here). The paper label faded when I left in the bathroom and it became wet. You can check out the product on the website. It was pretty good but it was too little to use for more than thrice from which I couldn’t really tell a difference. Full size product costs MYR 69.90 (100 ml) which I am probably not going to purchase.

Got this way back in 2015 but only recently started using it and boy there was so much product that it was hard to get through. Funny enough my hair felt stronger and thicker! Perhaps I will try some more hair products from Guardian. Probably wouldn’t purchase this one in particular. Price MYR 26.90.

Got this from my beauty influencer friend Geetha (Instagram @geethavijaymakeup). She’s part of a glam squad I have going on. They are all beauty influencers in their own right (check them out here). This is an eye mask and it was ok. Like I said before, masks do little for me save the whole pampering it gives. I have an entire box full of 8! From Yubiso and it costs MYR 10. Won’t purchase yet because I have like 7 more left!

Product Empties #19

Contrary to the lip sleeping mask disaster (post link here), this was actually pretty good! It really hydrated my skin! But seeing the price tag on this I don’t think I would purchase this. This was actually given to me in a giveaway! Full size price; MYR 115.

I am going to make a proclamation that SK-II is the best skincare brand I have EVER used! Granted, I haven’t used much in terms of brands but my skin never looked better! Not a single breakout, more leveled hydrated skin, reduction of texture on the skin and a tiny bit reduction in pore size! This water clear lotion was amazing! Again, too expensive for me to want to purchase and this was received in a giveaway (full size price MYR 213).

I received a bunch of products from this brand via a giveaway and I must say, their facial cleansers are pretty amazing. I have featured 2 in the past and of all I like the one I used first best. After finishing all other cleansers I have I am perhaps going to purchase the one I love (product empties #14; post link here). Price MYR 12.90.

I got this in a beauty subscription service and I must say, I love this facial mist! But the measly 30ml was a bummer. Checked out the price online and it is a whopping MYR 150 for the full sized product (200ml)! 😥 Won’t purchase!

It looks like a full bottle here because I just used the picture from the haul post (no point taking picture of a product over and over again). This was put into my 2016 best discoveries (link here) post and it goes without saying that I love it! Not sure of the retail price but available online for as low as MYR17. Apparently the brand is being discontinued in Malaysia. Hopefully online options are still there. Will repurchase for sure!

5 Reasons Why I’ll Never be a Popular Beauty YouTuber…

…including in Malaysia!

 

I was due for one of these satirical posts… So enjoy!

Fair warning, this one in particular is more honest than it is comical.

Here are 5 reasons I’d never be a popular beauty YouTuber.

 

5. I’ll never have a posting schedule

Look it up, on my channel;

1st video; 3rd Sept 2015

2nd video; 14th Sept 2015

3rd video; 27th April 2016

4th video; 19th July 2016

5th video; 4th May 2017

6th video; 21st June 2017

7th video; 10th August 2017

I am the epitome of a bad YouTuber.

4. I will NEVER film makeup “TUTORIALS”

Think of any conceivable makeup look and I assure you, there’s already a tutorial for it on YouTube.

If there isn’t then you have gone way out of the box and perhaps you should film it and upload it yourself? Even if you did, how many views do you think something that out of the box would get?

The video of my Indian dance makeup does NOT claim to be a tutorial.

Here’s the bottom line, I believe, another makeup tutorial is NOT what YouTube needs.

Then again, people always seem to relentlessly request it. WHY???? Does anyone actually end up wearing those looks regularly??? Who has that kind of time????

There are over 250 THOUSAND results on YouTube for makeup tutorials posted just THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!!!!!!!!!!

*ok calm down Harivain, you’re not roasting anyone here*

Oh well, I guess I’d never be popular because I am dissing these “tutorials”.

3. I will never act goofy or make self depreciating jokes because it makes me seem “relatable”

I will never put myself in a video and make mistakes that I intentionally leave in or act silly just to seem relatable.

If I am teaching you something on YouTube or reviewing a product, you need visuals with a little bit of instructions. EVERYTHING else is filler. If I want to be goofy and/or stupid I’d just start a comedy or a dramedy (portmanteau of drama and comedy) channel.

The self depreciating jokes is another thing I don’t get. Most of these beauty YouTubers seem to tell their audience to, be strong, believe in yourself, you do you and then they turn around and make themselves seem dumb. And people think that’s funny? I’m sorry, unless it’s intentionally comedic, I see no place for it in my videos! When I say a video of mine is basic AF, it is basic AF. Fact, not humour.

Sorry guys, I guess I am not YouTube “material”.

2. I’ll RARELY talk on camera

I did want to film review videos and post them on YouTube but you’d never hear me speak to the camera. My reviews would not be more than 3 minutes long. It will be a lot like the reviews on my blog. A short description and then right on to the pros and cons.

I’d stick to good old voice overs.

Somehow, people are interested in beauty YouTuber reviews where the actual review is perhaps 2 minutes long and the rest of the video is just them applying makeup and going about their day. Honestly, I am ANNOYED!

On that note, I hate GRWM videos.

*ok, again, calm down Harivain, you’re not roasting anyone here, so calm the eff down*

I guess that would make me less than desirable for YouTube???? Too bad…

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1. I am a guy

Yes, in this day and age, it is Neanderthal to think that men cannot or should not do or wear makeup. I CONCUR!

Here’s my gripe with it. THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US NOW ON YOUTUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick Starrr, Manny Mua, James Charles, makeupbymichaelfinch, Mac_Daddyy and the list effing goes ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The other problem with it is a situation unique to me. This is real; I don’t think I’d be able to get away with doing what Patrick Star or Manny does on YouTube here in Malaysia. It’s not that it is sad, it is just the best way to get labeled like *finger snap sound effect* that.

Somehow, the society I live in seem to be perplexed by the label “male beauty blogger”. The next label would be sexuality and the next would be gender identity, none of which is relevant to makeup nor is it to me! Doing what these male beauty gurus do would inevitably get me dumped into a category. That would be tragic wouldn’t it, considering I’ve roasted these “people” on my blog before!

Besides, if I don’t have makeup on, I look like the most typical, nondescript guy you may ever see. Which is also perhaps the reason why I get stared at while perusing the makeup aisles at drugstores and Sephora. I get so annoyed that, these days, if I don’t have makeup and an “acceptable” outfit on, I don’t walk into Sephora. The stares and being followed around by beauty assistants are just not worth it. Doing NO BUY 2017 has helped me at least stay away from Sephora.

And of course I can do what they all (male beauty gurus) do! Me and at least a couple thousand men out there….

For me, this is EASY!!!!!! Nothing groundbreaking. Nothing to ride home about.

 

Well, hope you guys enjoyed this.

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Harivain.

All that being said, SUBSCRIBE TO ME ON YOUTUBE!

https://www.youtube.com/user/Hdaran/

Hahaha!*winks*

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these GIFs. They were either taken from https://giphy.com/ or generated with it. The first one was created using the video from the YouTube channel, Clevver Style and on a show called Beauty Break. I love those women on the show!

Link to the video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9k1sQDoIIw

Product Empties #18

I have already reviewed this. Link here.

This is a shimmery green eyeshadow from the brand Savee. It is a local retail brand with really affordable products (almost bordering on cheap) but not really talked about. I crushed this eyeshadow up to use for the NYX Face Awards entry. Ended up using most of it but I did manage to retain some to do a hand swatch.

Ingredients list.

Hand swatch.

In terms of performance, it was pretty good for a MYR 2 eyeshadow. It is a local brand and I guess that’s the reason for the price tag. The ingredients are questionable though. I probably wouldn’t repurchase but I do believe these are discontinued and they have a new line of eyeshadows.

I have already reviewed this. Link here.

Purchased because I wanted to redeem the 100 points free sample. Again, I am one of those people who do not see much difference after using a mask! And this was the same. I did like the cooling, almost plumping kind of effect.

This tiny tub is about 3/4 full but I have stopped using it. Here’s the story; there were specific times in the past where my lips would crack and split, making it sting and I used to always dismiss it off as me not being properly hydrated. However, when that happened even with me being hydrated I  started thinking of what I was doing differently and realised it may have been because of this. And so I deliberately experimented and found out that this was the culprit. I know that there has been mixed reviews with this product. Some people swear by it, others didn’t really feel much of a difference. Mine seems to be little more extreme. This would have been a product regret if I did purchase it but this was a gift so no regrets here. Would NOT purchase.

Product Empties #17

Previous product empties;

#16 – here

#15 – here

2016 collective empties – here

 

I realised I had included a product that has already been featured on Product Empties #16 already, apologies for that. I usually keep the eyebrow pens even after it is emptied for the spoolie.

I have reviewed this product. Review link here.

Product already reviewed. Link here.

This was pretty good. I did a whole battle of the cleansing waters (post link here). I wouldn’t repurchase because I already do have my fave from the drugstore (click here to find out which).

Already featured this on the battle of the drugstore micellar water post. I wouldn’t repurchase this although some beauty influencers are hooked onto to this to cleanse before washing their face. You know, the whole double cleansing thing.