Product Empties #25

Woah, seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. So I’ve got A LOT of products!

Two notes:
1. I don’t feature an empty if I’ve featured it once before.
2. If a product has been reviewed, there will be link for you to read about it there.

I told you! 32 products in total!

Already reviewed. Link here.

Already reviewed. Link here.

This was in a product regret post. Need I say more? If you want to read it, click the link here. It’s entertaining! (I believe it is..)


I loved this lipstick from Maybelline. It is a dark, nude colour, perfect for deeper skin. It is also smooth and moisturising. Maybelline gets their lip products RIGHT!!! Unfortunately this was getting a little too old and it turned; started smelling like oil gone bad. Had to part ways. But it did get immortalised in my blog because it is one of the lipsticks I cut up for the header picture! Scroll up and CHECK IT OUT! I LOVE IT! I doubt these are in production anymore but their new Color Sensational lipsticks are just as amazing.


I got this lash glue from Lakshmi, my blogger friend from Big is Compatible (link here). She’s amazing and I loved this lash glue! I would love to repurchase but I’d have to order it online (which I hate). Would highly recommend and it’s pretty affordable!


I am getting rid of this because I had to actually remove the product from the tube to use it. The tub just wouldn’t wind up. It is an ok lip balm, nothing to shout out about. It was cheap too but, clearly not repurchasing (MYR 10.35). I don’t think they’re in production anymore anyway.


Got this on my trip to Thailand in 2016 from Boots (it is, in fact the Boots brand lip balm). It is the most ineffective lip balm I’ve ever used. Not repurchasing. Thai Baht 64.50; approximately MYR 8.50 (now).


I got this sample in a beauty bag by Bag of Love (they are very sporadic with their offerings which is why I am not sharing any of their socials). The next product is from this bag too. This product was pretty good. H2O+ does have some good products. Couldn’t find this exact product in full size so I don’t know how much it would cost. Wouldn’t repurchase if I can’t simply walk into a physical store and get it.


This eye cream was ok. Didn’t see a marked difference. Babor is a German company and their prices are THROUGH THE ROOF!!!!!!!!!! So nope. Not purchasing! I believe a full tub of this would set you back close to MYR 400 (yes, that’s two 00s)!


I got this purely out of nostalgia. I used to liberally apply this lip balm when I was doing my undergraduate degree back in 2008. It did work just as well as I remembered it but I’ve since found better… So, not repurchasing (MYR 8.30)!


I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t exactly remember how I came into possession of this but I believe it was from my friend Daniel Boon! HI DANIEL!!! Unfortunately it’s from Origins and that means it’s expensive (full bottle – MYR 162) so I am not going to purchase. Not YET at least. But highly recommended!


This was so sad, because in spite of it being an under-performing eyeshadow I didn’t feel bad purchasing it because I loved the name of the shadow! It is from the Balm Shady Lady collection and in the shade Caught in the Act Courtney. Get back to me in the comment section if you got that reference. Anyway, although you can’t see in this picture, there was mold growing on it! 😥 RIP indeed!!!


This one has a story behind it. These cute things are about 13 years old. YES! I’m not kidding. By the way, I am still keeping them for a possibility of taking a header picture. But I thought they deserved a place in this post because I am at a place in my being where I don’t mind destroying them anymore. The three tier colour palette has several lipstick and lipgloss shades on the first tier and when performing dance during my undergraduate days I ended up using ALL of it to completion! I held on to it because it holds a lot of memories but at the moment, although those memories are cherished, some parts of it need a little edit and these eyeshadows are part of that edit.


Purchased from Mr. DIY. These are as good as cheap lashes go. They’re pretty dramatic and so very stage friendly. I used it on friends and it’s good for at MOST, two uses. When using on friends I don’t typically reuse even the same pair. And no, I don’t ask for payment when I do makeup on my friends. I do experiment on myself too and they’re ok! Very much like any cheap lashes you can find. Would repurchase if I did run out of others I have left… They cost about MYR 10-12. Yes, I am a cheapskate who’s obsessed with falsies…


Product already reviewed. Link here.


I got this in a beauty subscription bag in support of a mental health foundation called #IWillBeOkay which was the brainchild of the late blogger Fiona Loh. Yes, unfortunately Fiona has moved on to a better place and plans for future subscription bags ended with her. This travel-sized Murad Age-Diffusing Serum was pretty good! It hydrated my skin without being oily and I loved it. Unfortunately it’s Murad and so it’s expensive. A full bottle will set you back MYR 389. I don’t think I’m purchasing. Not at the moment at least.


This was also from Fiona’s beauty bag. And yes, this was another product I absolutely loved! You will definitely get the marine odour but it doesn’t linger. Unfortunately this too is a pricier item, cashing in at MYR 158. Uhmmmm….. nope…. (not now at least).


Got this Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissues from Althea and it was pretty good. Not extraordinary but it was good. At MYR 6, definitely recommended! Not repurchasing because I feel I get more mileage from cleansing water and cotton pads than something like this.


Bought this because I wanted to claim my 100 points free gift which was a travel sized primer. This was good! Definitely recommended. Not going to repurchase because I got myself some good lip balms!


I don’t know how I got this! I kind of feel bad saying that this didn’t do anything because this was a teeny tiny sample that I finished in one use! A full 150ml bottle costs MYR 99 which isn’t too bad but again, not something I’d willingly purchase simply because this wasn’t convincing enough for the price.


Got this in PR. Already reviewed. Link here. Would purchase if there was a physical store accessible enough to me.


I received this in PR and I loved this cleanser! It did one thing VERY effectively, calm my face from producing zits. There’s something medicinal about it which I loved. It is sold at Watsons but at a whopping MYR 70. So, nope! Besides, I do have enough facial foaming cleanser to last me a while.


This was a Christmas gift! My brother didn’t really want it so I finished it on his behalf 😛 This was good! And it costs only MYR 6.90. But I am looking to natural deodorants instead of anti-perspirants simply to avoid added chemicals the body doesn’t need.


Got this in PR. I loved this perfume! Made me feel very macho every time I used it. Unfortunately it isn’t as long lasting as I want it to be. Wrote about it in length and if you want to check it out click here. Considering repurchasing but I do have other perfumes I love and use at the moment so not anytime soon. The female version is a lot more impressive and also a lot more long lasting! MYR 87 (each for the the female and the male version).


Got this in PR from Althea and I LOVE this product! It’s a bubble mask, it makes the skin feel soft and exfoliated. It’s easy to use and you only need to leave it on for a minute or two. It’s got 4.8/5 stars on the Althea website and is one of their bestseller. Need I make a more compelling argument? I am a little hesitant to purchase because it is MYR 52. But stellar product! Loved it!


Another gift by Lakshmi (I know right…. I have amazing friends!). This was meh. Kept my under arms smelling ok but meh… That’s the best I can say for it. Obviously not purchasing. MYR 11.90.


This is easily a 20 years old cologne. It is the Avon Wild Country cologne (and still in production believe it or not). I think my dad got this as a Christmas present, I may be wrong, maybe it was my Christmas gift, or not even a Christmas gift at all. When I was young, I felt ever so fancy when using it! With an ever-evolving palette and a more refined nose, found out about 15 years ago how terrible it actually is! WORST cologne ever! If you want to smell like a creepy pervert, this is your scent! Managed to finish it by using it sparingly and mixing it with other perfumes. Or by using it on my pants. Somehow, it’s done after 20 years. No hate towards Avon! I love Avon as a brand but I don’t love this cologne. MYR 21. Safe to say I ain’t getting into this Wild Country.


Got this when Althea was just a year old. They contacted me offering MYR 150 store credit in return for a post on my blog for their birthday celebrations (post link here). I don’t know if I could repurchase this brow product even if I wanted to because they don’t carry the brand anymore. This was a decent brow pencil. I still do have a refill (already attached). But I have other favourites so I wouldn’t repurchase anyway (originally MYR 40; purchased for MYR 13).


I FINALLY FINISHED THIS! Got this way back in 2015 and even wrote a post about it (link here). I remember thinking this was as good as any other facial blotter but I stand corrected. This is like a really thin tracing paper. It does blot oil off the face but it isn’t as soft or as effective as proper facial blotters. BUT here’s the twist. I would definitely repurchase! It’s just MYR 5.90 for 300 sheets. I don’t have particularly oily or sensitive skin and this works very well on my skin.

Product Regrets #13

I haven’t done one of these in a while, the reason being I don’t flippantly buy cosmetics anymore. Especially if I am paying for it. The fact that this was purchased with Althea free store credit doesn’t make it any less frustrating. This could have gone into something much more worthwhile.

The box. Yes! Very professional and high end looking!

What I liked about it:
It performed very well! Beginner friendly. Good dry down time. Good packaging! It was even priced affordably (MYR 23 when I purchased, it is now MYR 27)! I was very happy. INITIALLY…..

What I didn’t like about it:
I only got to try it out all but THREE times… It dried out. I tried storing it upside down, I tried shaking it vigorously, I tried even cleaning out the tip in case some eyeshadow or something got stuck on to it. All exercise in futility! That’s 23 bucks that could have gone into buying a backup of my favourites!

The frayed tip from trying to hopelessly revive it…

5 Best Beauty Discoveries EVER; Makeup

Since I started blogging, I’ve been opened up to just how vast the world of makeup is. There’s so much product out there and now more than ever we have access to so much options for makeup. Although complexion products are still a failure here in Malaysia, efforts have been made to be more inclusive in the past 5 to 10 years than ever before.

I’ve discovered so many new and fabulous products that this list was warranted! 4 years of so many new products unveiled. And if you love makeup, here are 5 of the BEST products money can buy you. Two of them are actually CHEAP!

And yes, they are in order. The no 1 is my all time best discovery!

Disclaimer: I am not judging these products based on the company, the brand, its ethics, the ingredients whatsoever. All these products are from reputed brands.

No. 5
MAC Lipsticks (Matte finish)

The iconic bullet shaped lipstick tube.

The one I have here is the MAC Viva Glam I lipstick. You can find my review of this lipstick here. This one would have placed higher but since I can only, personally, speak from one shade it is 5th on my list. They are THE BEST lipsticks money can buy you! I only have experienced the matte ones, like the one pictured above but I have constantly heard ONLY good things about these lipsticks, regardless of its finish. And at MYR 80 they are not too expensive considering the fact that they are MAC products. Before Sephora, discount for MAC products were unheard of. Now, with the Black Friday and VIB sales, MAC products can be bought at a discount from Sephora! YES! With a 20% discount they would cost only MYR 64!


No 4.
Sephora 10Hr Wear Perfection Foundation

The product. I love the frosted glass bottle!

This was one of the very few foundations I’ve tried but would come to realise that everyone who’s ever tried it loved it. This is one of Tati’s favourite foundations (yes, THAT Tati, drama aside, her suggestions have worked for me on so many occasions). You can check out my review here. This foundation is amazing! It gives you a semi matte look that is natural with coverage that can be built on! It lasts very well and it sits beautifully on the skin! In my review, it is written that it costs MYR 78 and it now costs MYR 73! A price reduction!!! How often does that happen??? With the Sephora 20% it comes to MYR 58.40! That’s drugstore price! In fact, cheaper than some drugstore foundations!!!


No 3
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

The tube in real life is tinier than it seems.

This product would have placed higher if not for the limited shades available. Considering it’s a drugstore brand, two shades are plenty for a brow gel. But we’re talking about my very best here, so number 3 is high praise. You can read my review here. This lasted through a party night out! I love it! It has tiny microfibres which would be a blessing for people with sparse brows and it is the cheapest of its kind at the drugstore.


No 2
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Press Powder

The product. Very simple packaging.

For being my latest review and immediately making it into my top 5 best list is saying something about this product. You can read my review here. Let me first give a shoutout to Rimmel. They made a banging comeback to Malaysia and I was so happy! They are THE ONLY makeup brand at the drugstore with a concealer that matches me (my skin tone, not lighter) AND with a foundation line that runs two, TWO shades darker, DARKER than mine (did you read that? DARKER!!!). And Rimmel is one of the CHEAPEST brands, cheap enough to rival Essence and Catrice! I’ve tried out a lot of powders and powder foundations from the drugstore. Higher end powders tend to be expensive (I love MAC and it doesn’t compare to this). I’ve tried Maybelline, Silkygirl, Pixy, L’Oreal and Revlon because powder foundations are easy to use and handy for touch ups. Often these products I can only use on stage and they’d always either crease or become cakey or something along that line. This is the best with a shade to match me. The only brand that can rival this is Maybelline and that powder is three times more expensive than this one (not including discounts)!

No 1
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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

The product.

You can read my review here. I SWEAR BY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had someone I know tell me that this didn’t work for them over Instagram and I, VERBALLY, let out this to myself, “Ouh…. that’s so sad for you….” This is a great makeup setting spray. One of the best! There’s no drugstore equivalent! TRUST ME!!! And the best part is, if you like and use makeup, this is something you can use in your collection. It will help your base and even your eyeshadow last longer. 30 ml costs MYR 69, 118 ml costs MYR 137, not too bad for an Urban Decay product.

How Blogging Saved My Life

I love dancing…

There are few things in this world that gives my soul fulfillment like dance does. Music feeds my needs too, but music to me is meaningless without a moving visual. Even when it seems I’m only listening to songs my mind is, without fail, off on a tangent, vicariously living a fantasy in dance for those specific tunes. During my teenage years, I would, very discreetly, learn choreography just by watching some of my favourite dance videos and mimicking their moves.

Aal Thottha Bhoopathi song from the Tamil movie Youth (2002). Yes, I learnt this choreograpy! Gif made with Giphy with video from YouTube.

As a child, I had a strong affinity to Indian classical dancing and was almost enrolled in bharathanatyam classes but when the day came, the dance teacher told my parents that I was too young. For unfathomable, enigmatic reasons, I never made it back. It wasn’t my parents’ fault. I was enrolled into martial arts instead, specifically Tae Kwon Do (TKD). I would progress in TKD right up to a step away from a black belt, then drop out. Twice! From ages 8 (or 9) to 12 I would progress right up to a black belt and then give it up just before being evaluated to earn that coveted milestone. Picked it up again at 17 on my own free will, worked myself right up to that same level, and then dropped out when I was 19. Never mind the absence of the black belt, I can still beat you up if you attack me!

Bharatanatyam, clip taken from documentary Phantom India (1969) from YouTube. Gif made with Giphy.

There has and never been regret learning martial arts.

I digress.

Anyway, during my first and second years in university I would put my aptitude for choreography to good use and become one of the most exciting male Indian dancers to come out of the university during my time! I would eventually appear on TV in an Indian dance competition and the irony was, I was studying for a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. It made up for all the missed opportunity in my adolescence. However, learning Indian classical dance would only come to fruition during second year of university when a friend introduced me to my very first dance teacher. Through him, I learnt the fundamentals of odissi dancing; my ultimate calling, something which would become very close to my heart. I would also go on to perform extensively, in important events and programs and even choreograph a couple of performances and competitions (and WIN!). It was through him that I learnt that there were eight distinct forms of Indian classical dance (odissi, bharatanatyam, kuchipudi, kathak, kathakali, mohini attam, manipuri, sattriya). His name was Ravishanker and yes, that implies he’s now the late great Ravishanker.

This picture belonged to him. That was him in the middle.

After graduating my Bachelor’s degree, I came back to my hometown (Penang) and about a year and a half later, I enrolled into an Indian performing arts institution called Temple of Fine Arts to learn, yes, you guessed it, odissi. Being back in Penang initially was rather depressing because it felt like I left a big chunk of myself back in my alma mater. It left an abyss in my being I could not fill and a deprivation I could not comprehend. In my part of the world, discussion about depression and mental health is in its infancy. For a long time, depression was viewed as a fault, not caused by anyone or anything but brought upon by the victim on him/herself. And as difficult it is for me to admit that I was almost a victim, odissi swooped in and solved that for me, silently, effectively and seamlessly. This endeavour took me all the way to Sri Lanka in 2013 to perform for our founder’s birthday celebration; an annual international affair involving representatives from USA, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and even India. Our team of four (me being the only guy) received praises! 

This is a collage I got from a friend but the original pictures in proper definition is available on the artists Instagram page below (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs5bkbTA-cA/)Would love it if you could visit their page. If not follow, at least drop a like… Thanks guys!

All this would come crashing to the ground in December 2013 when I sustained a knee injury; a tear in my left meniscus. By then, I had already gained substantial weight due to my masters thesis writing. This injury did nothing but worsen it. By the time I had recovered enough to walk without crutches (about 3 months later) I was already 30 kgs (approximately 67 pounds) heavier than I was when I performed in Sri Lanka. Losing odissi to the knee injury, inadvertently plunged me into the very chasm it pulled me out of leading to some self destructive habits. I thank God and my lucky stars that I didn’t fall down too hard into something irrevocably detrimental.

2012 (left), now (right)

What would pull me out of it was a series of unfortunate events AND, eventually, BLOGGING. With a Masters degree in 2015, no odissi and aimlessness stemming from indecisiveness to either work or pursue a doctorate degree, I NEEDED purpose, I NEEDED passion and I NEEDED fulfillment. YouTube was what first put this idea into my head. Before the whole brand of satisfying videos compilation on the Internet I already realised what watching makeup tutorials did to me. Makeup, the application, seeing how colours blend into one another regulated my heartbeat and blood pressure. And if someone slayed a wing liner…….. just consider me enjoying a feeling better than orgasm (I AM NOT JOKING!). What evaded me all those years was the fact that I’ve done it and could probably do it a lot better than a lot of those videos I keep watching. The light bulb would go on in February 2015 and FiercePaint was born.

When I first started, I was walking into it completely blind; what platform to use, what good layout was, how to photograph products and edit them. It was like learning a whole new language with no one to teach me. Videos were far more unattainable than just writing so a blog just made more sense. To be honest, I am still learning to this very day. Sometimes I feel like it never goes anywhere.

My first review is still there and believe it or not those pictures were shot with a DSLR! As bad as it is, it will always be there, as a reminder of how far I’ve come.

https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/silkygirl-lash-prism-mascara-review/

Throughout 2015, I had to keep tweaking my writing several times over to get to a place where it would be comprehensible to me first. To top it off, my blog layout didn’t make sense AND I had an unreasonable posting schedule! I would also make the idiotic decision of initially NOT sharing my posts via social media. I had an agreement with myself to only do it when I complete publishing a substantial amount of content (BIG MISTAKE!).

In spite of all this, blogging was the next best thing that would happen to me after odissi. So, I am grateful everyday that I get to do this!

Right now, I can’t imagine not being able to call myself the following;

A PhD student.

A beauty blogger.

A YouTuber.

So when I say, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart when you like, comment, engage and appreciate my reviews, you have no idea, NO IDEA, how deep that gratitude runs…

SO, THANK YOU!

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.

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!