Let’s Bash Some PR Morons!

I may lose some valuable future PR packages/interactions/money but hey, I gotta do this! I WANT to do this!

I am a beauty blogger in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, a country where beauty influencers aren’t as saturated as it would be in a purchasing powerhouse like the USA. There are also people here that do not even understand the concept of a beauty blog; educated people!

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only male beauty blogger in Malaysia whose blog is predominantly makeup related. So, this small, almost inconspicuous corner on the Internet amounting to this minuscule little blog called FiercePaint, does, surprisingly, get more than its fair share of attention from company PR representatives.

You see, when companies are professional and contact me to offer free products, cash in exchange for a review or something to that likeness, they are zealously welcomed!!! It is when these PR personnel, go above and beyond to do their job that simply pisses me off! Oh the sneaky underhanded maneuvers these blood sucking demonic spawn representatives employ to share in on the little views I get- if only retribution was instant gratification!

(Granted, some people do not put in as much effort as some of us do but get, unduly, more views and followers. YES! I have deliberately digressed to roast “bloggers”. Quotation marked to allow your very own personalised interpretation of these words. Life isn’t fair; I have come to terms with that! That does not mean I have to shut up about it! *eyebrow raise* If you felt heat from this paragraph, well……………)

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Dubious methods some company PR personnel employ, don’t just annoy me, it flat out makes me angry!!! If a company condones such devious techniques then I am going to dissociate myself from them whether or not stakeholders are in the know of such asinine decisions.

 

It has happened before.

And I speak with evidence!

Please spare a few moments to read and examine attached text below.

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Outsource getting more followers? I don’t even get help to take pictures! Everything is self taught!

Even then, this is much less offensive compared to the next one only because this person, or company, or whatever else this particular account represents, has directed it to me.

On to Exhibit B.

Ladies, gentlemen, and every other gender option!

BEHOLD. IDIOCY EPITOMISED!

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You’re not even speaking to me anymore! You are speaking to my readers!!! What am I then? The sideshow freak that no one stops to look at because I’m not weird enough?

Let me also disclose the fact that this is a VERY well reputed company not just in Malaysia but several other countries in ASIA! YES! Safe to say that I HAVE NOT worked with them and WILL NEVER!

Now, I direct this to the person who sat down behind the computer and did this;

Dear homo sapien with the capacity of decision making lower than that of an amoeba,

If you are reading this,

YOU ARE IRREVOCABLY and IRREDEEMABLY DIM-WITTED if you had even the tiniest inkling of hope that this was going to be welcomed!!!

Anyway my rage has fueled but only a post because comments get moderated and there’s this wonderful option called delete and trash!

OR ELSE……………

*cue jaws music*

Bioré Perfect Cleansing Water (Makeup Remover) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Bioré is a cosmetics brand that predominantly focuses on skincare. It is owned by the Japan based company Kao Corporation. Kao Malaysia has been established since 1973. The Bioré Perfect Cleansing Water is supposedly created with micelle technology that would dissolve and remove makeup (including waterproof mascara) gently without the need to tug on your skin. It is also alcohol-free, oil-free, colourant-free and fragrance-free. All great for sensitive skin.

The product.

The product.

It comes in a pump! Every beauty addict can appreciate this!

It comes with a pump! Every beauty addict can appreciate this!

And a safety clip!

And a safety clip!

Description on the back.

Description on the back.

Description: Cleansing water for the purpose of removing makeup. Available in 90 ml and 300 ml bottles. The 300 ml bottle has a pump the 90 ml one does not.

Where to buy: All major drugstores (Watsons, Guardian, Caring).

Price: Anywhere between MYR 24 to MYR 36 for the 300 ml bottle and anywhere between MYR 11 to MYR 17 for the 90 ml bottle. Prices are subject to in store rates and, discounts and offers.

I have included pictures on how well the cleansing water works to remove makeup. 

I have concealer, foundation, powder, liquid liner, eyeshadows, mascara, lipstick and liquid lipstick.

I have concealer, foundation, powder, liquid liner, eyeshadows, mascara, lipstick and liquid lipstick.

Soaked for about 10 seconds and gently swiped off. Pretty amazing huh?

Soaked for about 10 seconds and gently swiped off. Pretty amazing huh? The matte liquid lipstick is still there though.

Pros:

It does the job quite effectively. However, removing matte liquid lipsticks requires a little more effort.

It leaves the skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

Does not have a sticky after feel as with some cleansing waters.

Doesn’t have an annoying scent or anything like that.

 

Cons:

It tastes BITTER!!! (If you have used it on the lips to remove long wearing lipsticks or matte liquid lipsticks, I’d suggest rinsing your mouth first before you do anything else. If you accidentally lick your lips after having used this you are going to regret it. This cleansing water tastes bitter! Very bitter!)

After using it for some time, it has started to irritate my eyes.

 

Rating:

7/10

This previously had a rating >8 but I have deducted points because it now hurts my eyes…

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!!!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

Founded by Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, Too Faced boasts products that are paraben free, cruelty free and vegan although I’m guessing not ALL their products are vegan. Today I review the cult favourite Better Than Sex mascara.

This is the travel size one and comes in this box.

This is the travel sized product and comes in this box.

Nice pink tube...

Nice pink tube…

Big claims!!!

Big claims!!!

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Description: Travel size mascara. Comes in 4.8 grams of product.

Where to buy: Sephora (stores and online)

Price: MYR 45

Bare lashes.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

One coat.

Two coats.

Two coats.

Pros:

Thickens and lengthens very nicely!

Holds a curl pretty well.

Formula isn’t sticky or gloppy.

Very nice separation.

Doesn’t smudge on me (I don’t have oily eyelids).

 

Cons:

I DO NOT like the wand. It always hits my eyelids! I can’t get close enough to the bottom of my lashes without the bristles touching my eyelid.

The formula is grainy so at the second coat it the formula kind of balls up in some places.

I get fallout with this mascara.

A full tube costs MYR 90! I would NEVER buy a mascara that costly.

 

Rating: 6/10

I didn’t really like this mascara because although the effects on the lashes are amazing I cannot deal with the fallout. No… PASS!

Essence Lip Liner Review

(Initially I intended to just reblog but I see more use reverting it to draft, improving the post and then publishing it as a new one.)

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Essence is a company based in Germany that produces quality products at VERY affordable prices! And among their best products and definitely the most affordable ones are their lipliners (I am OBVIOUSLY giving it a high rating).

So pretty!!!

So pretty!!!

The shade names. Obviously I don't have all the available shades.

The shade names. Obviously I don’t have all the available shades.

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

And here come the swatches.

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Description; A standard lipliner pencil.

Price; MYR 7.30 (I usually say wait for a discount but at MYR 7.30, come on!).

Where to buy; Watsons and Mydin

 

Pros;

Very nicely pigmented.

Very opaque so it will even out hyper-pigmentation on the lips. Both lips will turn out the same colour with this lipliner (if applied all over the lips)!

Glides on smoothly without tugging on the lips.

Does not feather.

Leaves a stain on the lips even after it wears out.

Does not dry out the lips.

Lightweight on the lips so you’d feel like you’re hardly wearing anything.

The price is a huge plus point!

No strong odour or taste.

 

Cons;

It is not very long lasting.

It isn’t smudge-proof or budge-proof (meaning; it will fade away with eating and licking your lips). 

Double con here is that it is a pencil so it needs to be sharpened  and sharpening is tricky since it is so creamy.

 

Note:

These are very very creamy and that may be something not everyone enjoys. I do know the preference for a drier formula that perhaps lasts longer.

It is a pain to sharpen; can be worked around by placing the pen in the freezer for about 10 minutes… 

 

Rating: 9/10

It’s a preference thing! I love that these are as creamy as they are. Love ’em!

2 Years of Blogging; A Walk Down Memory Lane

Come 28th February 2017, FiercePaint turns 2!

TWO WHOLE YEARS!

It is surreal that I’ve made it this far.

1st of January 2015, I made a commitment to myself to do something beauty related.

My initial plan was to attend beauty school and learn makeup and hair part time.

But somehow, I didn’t want to limit myself as just a makeup artist.

Besides, I felt that there was little anyone could teach me about makeup that I couldn’t learn myself.

Somewhere along the way, I rediscovered YouTube and beauty blogs.

The light went on.

Something just clicked.

I looked out for options and decided WordPress was more user friendly. As much as Blogger allows very specific customisation, there were some things WordPress could offer me that Blogger could not.

I had to forgo monetising for ease of use.

Superiority of this decision is something I still debate on, but at the moment, in no hurry to resolve.

So…

Unabashed and unapologetic, I share my very first post!

https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/category/makeup-review/eyes/mascara-review-eye-makeup/silkygirl-lash-prism/

Let me now take this opportunity to THANK ALL OF YOU!

Whether you read carefully or skim to the end to post a comment;

or if you scan through for the specifics that pertain to your interest;

or if you just plain hit the like button on WordPress reader.

Whether you are blogger, a friend of mine, another makeup enthusiast, or just all the random people following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, NO matter who you are, if you read or follow FiercePaint in the tiniest semblance of that context,

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART,

I SINCERELY THANK YOU…

(of course you may imagine me holding your hand and looking into your eyes in profound gratitude!)

Whenever I come on to WordPress, there are a few things that almost make me feel like I literally got a hug…

…that tiny orange dot on the bell sign on the top right corner;

…whenever I catch a glimpse of my blog header picture;

and;

…as vain, self absorbed, insignificant and inconsequential as this may sound; whenever the Blog Stats climb up to another milestone.

I must applaud the beauty community on the blogosphere that is so unbelievably- yes that’s the word I am using- positive that I have felt nothing but welcomed!

Unlike YouTube trolls.

Speaking of YouTube…

My YouTube channel is doing ok considering the mere four videos I have up.

Published in 14th September 2015, here’s how my second video is doing;

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Well, f**k those 10 a@@h#e$!

And published in 27th April 2016, here’s how my third is doing.

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From Instagram, I offer you revelations;

I tried this beginner hand at “special fx” makeup. Take the quotation marks very seriously!

Some people actually thought this was photoshopped.

And…….

THAT’S A DUDE!

To wrap up…

as bad as everyone seem to think 2016 was, it was perhaps one of the best years of my entire life!!!

Welcome 2017!

I look forward to another sublime year!

PS: I know few people would sit through all that rambling but more than for FiercePaint readers, this post was for me to read and reread an indefinite amount of times.

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).

2016 Collective Product Empties

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!!!!!!!!!

I wish you the best for the year! Let’s all be FIERCE!!!

Two quick announcements.

I want to let you guys know I am going to dabble a teeny tiny bit with fashion on FiercePaint. This won’t be something I do regularly hence the term “dabble”.

I want to make 2017 a NO BUY year. That means, unless I run out of something that I use regularly like skincare stuff I WON’T BUY anything cosmetics in 2017!!! I am putting aside MYR 100 each month which I will collect end of this year and either splurge or put to a good cause. There is one exception, I want a BeautyBlender which I will get during the Sephora 20% off sale.

Moving on…

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Stats;

  • I posted a total of 6 Product Empties, 5 of which had 5 products each. One empties post was done after a period of hiatus and so had 18 products! That makes a total of 43 products! Three more than my 2015 collective empties post (link here). Keep in mind that I don’t mention products I’ve previously featured and also duplicates.
  • I featured 14 full sized makeup products excluding lipbalms and makeup removers. WOAH!
  • There were 2 lipbalms and 2 makeup removers.
  • I also spent a makeup sponge and featured facial cottons, a pack of falsies, a bottle of sponge cleanser, a bottle (and half) of fine fragrance mist, aerosol antiperspirant spray and underarm antiperspirant (7 products).
  • The rest were skincare which made up 18 products.
  • This time around it’s interesting that these products centered around makeup.

Here’s a list of all the product empties post last year;

Product Empties #9

Product Empties #10

Product Empties #11

Product Empties #12

Product Empties #13 (18 products)

Product Empties #14

I want to wish you guys all the best for the year ahead!

I am hoping for great things in 2017!

The Body Shop Blusher Brush Review

There are actually about over 40 posts which I published prior to announcing on social media that I am a beauty blogger. I was starting out and I had barely known photography and my pictures were absolute crap! Since I have now gotten a little better at it, I thought, why not re-publish these posts with proper pictures and an updated review.

This is the second product I ever reviewed on FiercePaint. The first product I reviewed has actually been discontinued so it doesn’t make sense to revamp that. I won’t be doing it all in a row; it’ll just be intermittent with my regular posts. I also plan on redoing ONLY product reviews; so to kick that off, here goes the first one. Click on the link below to read!

The Body Shop Blusher Brush Review