Unpopular Opinions Makeup Tag – FOMO Compelled Me!

After seeing the FIFTH beauty blogger do this tag, I succumbed. So here it is.
First read it on A Brash Attitude – A Cruelty-Free Beauty & Skincare Blog (link here). Hi Jodi, this was long overdue wasn’t it?


This has been reviewed and sadly disliked.

Underwhelming, SOOO underwhelming. Freaking Essence mascaras do a better job!!!

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water; I know a tonne of people like this product but it irritated my eyes, tasted incredibly bitter, and performed worst against 4 other micellar waters I tried.

2. Popular makeup product/brand that everyone else seems to hate but you love

It’s not a particular product or something everyone hates but people tend to stay away from liquid eyeliners simply because they are difficult to use. More specifically a flimsy nylon tipped one. It is my single most loved and soul satisfying product and technique…

3. Makeup collab you didn’t like or were not interested in

Although I love makeup, I almost exclusively shop in stores. AND I hate online shopping. AND I am a cheapskate (so I shop 90% drugstore where collabs rarely happen). AND I don’t follow trends unless I am irrevocably compelled to. So although I know most makeup collabs that have happened I don’t concede to purchase ANY of it.

4. Popular makeup step that you never do

Curl my lashes. Simply because I don’t have to. Please don’t take this for conceit… *sweet naive face*

5. Popular beauty influencer you don’t subscribe to/watch

I’ll tell you people I DO watch because I don’t watch the others by default.
> GlamLifeGuru (Tati)
> NikkieTutorials (I subscribed after the recent revelation)
> Simplynailogical (Is this considered beauty?)

I sporadically watch others especially when something interesting pops up.
I am, however, subscribed to most Malaysian beauty YouTubers (the biggest has under 200K subscribers).

6. Popular makeup product/brand that you don’t use/support anymore

See, again, I am a cheapskate and that kind of limits me to the drugstore. I sometimes splurge but it is highly CALCULATED! So if I did boycott a brand or a product it would rule out a lot of options. The closest answer to this would be MAC Cosmetics because ALL the makeup artists that work here in Malaysia universally give out an air of pomposity. Nope! I am not getting treated badly AND giving you money too. Every time there was something I wanted, I walked in, asked for it, paid and left.

7. Makeup trend that you have no interest in trying

Most makeup trends across the Internet originate from a temperate country (fight me, I beg you) so they are geared towards hydrated, glowy skin. WE DON’T NEED THAT IN HOT AND HUMID MALAYSIA!!! As you can tell I have issues. So although I do wear them sparingly, I DO NOT like highlighters and the whole glass skin trend. Nope! All we have to do in the tropics is walk out and we AUTOMATICALLY oil up! VOILA, DEWY SKIN!!! EUGH!!!
NO!!! This isn’t to say that I think one can dispense with moisturising… We were talking about makeup…

8. Makeup product that was better in theory than when you used it. Either swatched better or worked better on others than on you

Pore filling primers. I’ve seen it work in only very isolated instances. Unless you have extremely enlarged pores, it is, to me, a very redundant step. Good powders and concealers will easily remedy pore visibility. I do however believe in sticky primers that help makeup adhere and control sebum production i.e. oil control primers.

And there we go! This was fun! It’s been a while since I did any tags…

The Beauty Blogger Tag (Tag #4, #5, and #6)

I have been tagged for The Beauty Blogger Tag by three absolutely gorgeous bloggers!


The Rules for this Tag:

Tag the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
Name 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them


First was by Kylie of BittersweetXBeauty (blog link here).

Kylie is amazing at makeup! So many gorgeous looks and so many colourful creations! Seeing her looks will give you inspiration!

Second by Ania of Lipsticks and Dreams (blog link here).

Besides being a gorgeous beauty blogger with a penchant for all kinds of beauty and makeup products, she writes in not one but TWO languages! English and Polish!!!

Third was by Lyndsey of Susheii (blog link here).

Although concentrated on all things beauty (product reviews, looks, etc), she also writes about her family, her vacations and so much more!


Questions by Kylie

1. What is your opinion on Liquid Lipsticks? Love it or Hate it?

I have a love hate relationship with liquid lipsticks. I love it for stage performances because it stays on without needing to touch up. But I have yet to find a comfortable one except for the one I’ve reviewed here (link here), that is as affordable for me to use on a day to day basis.

2. What is your holy grail makeup product?

The Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray. Just reviewed it (link here)!

3. What is your favorite highlighter?

TBH, I am not a big fan of highlighting. I personally feel that with my textured skin, highlighting only further accentuates it. I do highlight my face for stage which I do with any type shimmery shadow at my disposal that has gold or bronze undertones in it.

4. What is your favorite article of clothing? Mine are flannels and jackets! Lol

Basic tees! I am a relaxed person when it comes to clothing (at the moment at least). I do love my Indian attires but those are usually worn for an occasion.

5. Cream contour or powder contour?

Both! I like building with creams, sheering them out and blending to almost nothing and then setting with corresponding powders.

6. Favorite Eye look? (Smokey, Halo, Cut Crease, etc)


7. Do you have a pet peeve when it comes to makeup or a current makeup trend?

Oh where do we start! At the moment it is the whole strobing/over-highlighting trend. Some people do it so horribly!!!

8.“Baking”. Yes or No?

YES! I was doing this in 2008/9!!!!!!!!!!! Never named it back then!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually learned it from Tyra on The Tyra Show which ended in 2011. And before 2012 no one had heard of the under-eye powder baking technique except drag queens and makeup artists! By the way, baking is a very VERY old drag queen makeup technique and if you didn’t know this, you need to do your makeup research!!! And honey, Tyra Banks and not Kim K introduced it to the world! Proof below!!!

9. Favorite place to shop for makeup?

Watsons, Guardian, and Sephora!

10. Favorite place to shop for clothes?

It’s called Big n Tall. At the moment it’s my saviour!


Questions by Ania

1. If you could use only one makeup item, which one would it be?

Mascara (which I will double as eyeliner).

2. What are your beauty essentials when traveling?

My cleanser, toner, and moisturiser! I only carry makeup when necessary! And when I do, it’s my concealer, pressed powder foundation, eyebrow pencil, liner and mascara.

3. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand?

NO!!!!!!!!!!! I am not answering this!!!!!!!!!!!! You people need to realise that I am going to offend my makeup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many faves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Which beauty product do you consider as completely unneccessary?

None! If there’s some kind of beauty product, I want to slap it on my face!

5. Foundation, tinted moisturizer or bare face?

It all depends! I am comfortable either way. Makeup sometimes just to get coffee. Bare faced sometimes even on a night out.

6. What is your favourite perfume?

Sean John’s Unforgivable, Paco Rabanne’s Black XS, Clinique’s Happy for Men, Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’ve got a few choices, Odisha, India OR Paris, France OR San Francisco, USA OR Rio, Brazil!

8. What is your favourite dessert?

Chocolate! Oooooffff!!!!

9. Who is your favourite blogger/youtuber? I know I repeated this one but I’m really curious!

I guess my absolute favourite in terms of beauty would be Tatiana Westbrook a.k.a GlamLifeGuru.

10. What is your favourite holiday destination?

At the moment Thailand. But I am sure this is bound to change as I travel more…


Questions by Lyndsey

1.What is your favorite beauty brand?

No, no no no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. What is your favorite skincare brand?

I am loving Paula’s Choice skincare which really impressed me (review post here).

3. What is the one beauty technique you just cannot do right?

Hairstyling! So troublesome!

4. What is your favorite brush brand?

Ecotools! If you have never tried EcoTools, stop everything and go and get something from them! Not only are they cheap, the brushes are sturdy and made from recycled, sustainable, cruelty-free materials! For Malaysians I’d recommend you try Breena Beauty brushes (locally made, Muslim friendly brushes; e-shop link here and my review of one of the brushes here).

5. Are you more of a powder or cream product person?

It really depends. Powder sets cream and I like that…. 😀

6. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Huh-NEY!!!!!! I am FAB-U-LOUS! I, in my entirety, is the favourite thing about me!!!

7. What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty means depth. There’s poetic significance in what is seen as beautiful and some kind of surreal satisfaction in knowing that the bottom line is that every human soul perceives beauty in their own personalised way. Now, that is powerful! And by that extension, no one is ugly.

8. What is your favorite quote?

My quote of course!

Ultimately it is about loving yourself even when it is all off! *finger snaps*


9. What do you look for in a beauty blogger?

In depth and concise reviews, properly executed makeup looks, somewhat extensive product knowledge (in their market at least), and well written posts.

10. What is your all time favorite perfume?

If I had to pick one (from the list from Ania’s questions) it would be Sean John’s Unforgivable.


My 10 Questions,

  1. One makeup product that you’d advise everyone to stay away from! Only one.
  2. One skincare product that you’d advise everyone to stay away from! Only one.
  3. If you could have your own makeup line what would you call it?
  4. If you could name an eyeshadow you created what would you call it?
  5. What hue would the eyeshadow be, what finish would it be (matte, pearlescent, shimmery), would it be a powder, a stick, cream, or loose pigment?
  6. One makeup skill you think you haven’t mastered yet.
  7. Do you like doing your makeup in silence or with something playing in the background (what do you play if you prefer the latter)?
  8. Which era of makeup are you most drawn to (20s, 40s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s) and what about that era do you like?
  9. Waxing, threading or plucking. Eyebrows that is.
  10. Let’s keep this interesting. Tell us a beauty related joke!


I usually nominate everyone who wants to do the tag but I want to tag specific people because I am dying to get to know their answers! My nominees would be;

Stashy of Stash Matters (blog link here)

Rossy of AyR Galaxy (blog link here)

Diana of CheonsaDiana’s Reviews (blog link here)

Dannii of A Beautiful Thing (blog link here)

Chris of fivezero (blog link here)

And as I always say, no pressure to do this guys. It is entirely up to you!

Blog Awards # 7 & #8

Award #7

I was tagged by the stunning Dominique of StyleDomination (link here) for the Beauty Blogger Award. Her blog is very chic and sophisticated with a lovely personal touch. She’s a fashion and beauty blogger. Thank you so much Dominique! *air kisses*




  • Tag the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
  • Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them!


Her questions for me;


1. Which famous makeup artist inspires you the most?

Lisa Elridge. She even made my top 10 favourite beauty YouTubers list (link here).



2. What is your favourite lip balm?

The Chu Lip. I even reviewed them (link here)!


3. If you could change anything about your blog, what would it be?

Honestly, I hate that black tab the menu is set on… It irritates me so much! Until I get my own domain I’m stuck with it. 😦



4. Who is your favourite beauty blogger?

Emily Noel (link here)!


5. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be, past or present?

Rupaul Andre Charles.


6. Which celebrity’s style influences your look?

None but I do love Neil Patrick Harris’ sensibility in clothing.


7. What is your favourite magazine?

Vogue! Is there anything more qualified??!!! 😛 😛 😛


8. If you could drop everything and travel anywhere, where would you go?

Orissa (this answer is one I’ve come up with a million times!).


9. What makeup would you buy if you received a $100 giftcard to Sephora?

Let’s see, $100 Sephora gift card would mean in Canadian dollars (since Dominique is Canadian), which is about MYR 305. Oh boy, this is fun!

NYX Matt Bronzer (approx MYR 40)

Eyeko Brow Gel (approx MYR 80)

Sigma E25 blending brush (approx MYR 62)

Pink Double Beauty Blender (approx MYR 155)

A little over budget but hey!


10. Lipstick or mascara?

Mascara of course!


My 10 questions;

  1. Confess to one beauty faux pas; can be something you’re still doing or something you don’t anymore…
  2. Single best beauty tip you’ve learned in 2016 so far?
  3. Your most frequently repurchased product (minus disposable tools like spoolies, cotton buds, facial pads etc).
  4. A mascara recommendation.
  5. When you see makeup on someone else and see something amiss that irks to you to no end, what is most likely to be?
  6. Have you been irked enough that you offered to fix a makeup mishap? If you did, was it someone you knew or a stranger?
  7. Your single, most gripping makeup obsession?
  8. Last person you did makeup for? If you may divulge, who was it and what was it for?
  9. Is beauty sleep true in your case? If it is what happens, in terms of your skin deteriorating when you do not get adequate sleep time?
  10. Fun question; what special effects makeup would you like done to you?


Award #8

The next award was given to me by Adele of TheGirlinGlasses (no no, she’s the other Adele! 😛 😛 Excuse that little tease Adele). Gorgeous blogger and she does beauty, fashion, lifestyle and art even! Do check her out (link here).

It’s the Champions Award .



  1. Post the award logo on your blog with the hashtag #CHAMPIONSAWARDS.
  2. Acknowledge the sponsor of the award.
  3. Nominate no less than 5 nominees and notify them of the award.
  4. Keep is simple, no need for explanations of the award, we know how great these bloggers are.
  5. You are free to give out this award as often as you’d like.


I nominate all those interested in accepting this award on my behalf!

You guys are all amazing and thank you so so much for being a part of my life!


Oh ya, I have two new posts up on my other blog, LuxePaint; both posts are of my favourite quotes (blog link here). It was brought upon by a tag by Julie of JustBeingJulz (link here) to do the three day quote challenge.

First Day Quote link; https://luxepaint.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/three-day-quote-challenge/

Second Day Quote link; https://luxepaint.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/three-day-quote-challenge-day-2/

Beauty Bloggers Lovers Tag


I was tagged by Stacey T of A Maple Girl (link here); a gorgeous blogger, she recently started sharing recipes even! She is, in fact, running a giveaway on her blog so do check it out! There’s a certain chocolate inspired palette up for winning! 😀


1. Which beauty blogger would you like to do your makeup?

Ellinor Rosander, more popularly known for her special effects work on the popular YouTube channel ellimacs sfx makeup (link here). She’s been a blogger long before her work on the YouTube channel and yes, I want to be transformed! Into a fantasy creature, with horns, claws and prosthesis, no less!


2. Which beauty blogger do you want to be your best friend?

Emily Noel of course!!! She started YouTube before blogging (blog link here) but both outlets were started way back in 2008. She’s the darling beauty YouTuber everyone wants to be friends with! And there’s no denying her talent in makeup! In fact, she inspired one of my more interesting posts about the simple joys of makeup (link here).


3. Which beauty blogger would you have a secret affair with?

I have a blogger in mind but my lips are sealed! *evil smiles* (or my fingers rather; because this is typed, get it? get it?? oh well….)


4. Which beauty blogger would you like to go on a shopping spree with?

Let’s make this a possible real life scenario shall we? Emily Quak; she is a local blogger and she is also a beauty YouTuber with the most number of subscribers in the country (Malaysia)! Her success is with good reason. She is pretty amazing at what she does. Also, I am being a little biased as well 😛 😛 😛 because she did choose me as a winner for two giveways (one with L’oreal Malaysia; mentioned here and another with The Body Shop Malaysia; a.k.a my The Power of Makeup post, link here).


5. Which beauty blogger could convince you not to buy something you’ve always wanted?

I don’t think anyone could, let alone a beauty blogger. The operative phrase here is “something you’ve always wanted”. I like to learn my own lessons. 😛 But I would agree with Stacey, Tati (GlamLifeGuru) is the one person that has swayed me away from products I may have contemplated purchasing. Tati isn’t exactly a blogger though so hey! Still no answer! 😛 😛 😛


6. Which beauty bloggers stash would you like to transplant into your room?

Emily Noel’s! Have you seen the number of Ikea Alex drawers in her room???!!!!


7. What are the top three items a beauty blogger has talked you into buying?

The Biore Perfect Cleansing Water (my review here), Chulip lip balm (my review here); these two were the doing of Emily Quak. Breena Beauty Face Luxe brush (my review here); this was not a coercion but something I purchased to show my support to a fellow Malaysian beauty blogger who’s doing great things. The blogger in question is Sabrina Tajudin (link here).


8. What are the top three items a beauty blogger talked you out of getting?

Maybelline Velvet Matte Liquid Lip Color via Sabrina Tajudin, Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow and Revlon Single Eyeshadow (detachable ones) via Emily Noel.


I tag all of you guys to do this!!! Cool tag huh? A rare instance of my post being devoid of pictures. 😛


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