Would I pay for this eyebrow pencil? A lighthearted review amidst trying times…

I know what’s up, you know what’s up. I really don’t want to bother acknowledging it because I’m assuming you’re here for makeup because you want some semblance of relief, normalcy or escapism. So let’s go!

This is my first time reviewing a Makeup Forever product. Actually spelled Make Up For Ever (seriously, look at one of yours if you have one), it was founded by a French artist turned makeup artist called Dany Sanz in 1984. It is more of a mid-range makeup brand but if MAC is high end for me, Make Up For Ever is high end too!

To disclose; I received this product as prize for winning a makeup competition by RiceDolls in collaboration with Make Up For Ever Malaysia. RiceDolls is a Malaysian beauty website featuring makeup looks from various content creators and artists (they’re most active on Twitter; handle @RiceDollsMY). Basically a network of local beauty and makeup enthusiasts.

This is the Make Up For Ever Brow Pencil Precision Brow Sculptor in 40, Dark Brown.

The product.

Descriptions on the pencil including shade code, 40, Dark Brown. The “Paris, France” makes me feel so fancy!

The pencil.


A conventional eyebrow pencil that comes in 1.79 grams or 0.06 oz. of product and in 5 shades.


MYR 83

Where to buy:
Sephora Malaysia or Make Up Forever boutiques in Malaysia (a list of their boutiques are available on the Make Up For Ever Malaysia Facebook page)

Here is how it looks like on the brows.

Sharp and defined.
Korean style straight brows.

> Long lasting.
> Easy to blend.
> Not too pigmented (in my opinion this is a good thing as too much colour can be catastrophic should a mistake be made).
> Can be sharpened to achieve precision.
> Easy to use.
> Good colour selection and a great colour match for me.
> Although priced higher, amount of product to price is very pretty good.

> No spoolie.
> Needs sharpening (I hate it! Absolutely hate sharpening).

I already have a dupe for this which I’ve reviewed before (link to review here). They both work and apply the same. I’ll attach a YouTube video of me swatching both products.

Rating: 8.2/10
I love this product and for something of that price would actually consider repurchasing simply because there’s plenty of product. It would last pretty well. The lack of spoolie is something to consider though.

More YouTube videos! I’m a Full-Fledged YouTuber Now! :P

As of June 2019
Over 1000 Subscribers.
Over total 285000 views.
Over 250000 views on my most popular video (Indian Dance Makeup; Eye – link here).
Over 25000 views on my next most viewed video (Indian Dance Makeup | The Power of Makeup – link here).
And over 1000 views on two other videos (Indian Dance Makeup Re-imagined | NYX Face Awards – link here; and; Top 5 MOST Affordable Drugstore Makeup Brands in Malaysia – link here).

Since then I’ve uploaded a couple more videos!!!
The one I’m most proud of is a breakdown of Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray’s Vogue makeup tutorial in terms of products she used!

The rest are just unboxing videos and other fun stuff. Do check it out!

My first video in my national language, Malaysian or Bahasa Malaysia as it is known.
This was a vlog and an unboxing in one. Stayed at The Nomad in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur for my brother’s graduation.
Althea video! I got a lot of unboxings from Althea. I have not been paid for any of the Althea videos or posts I have done!
I LOVE FROZEN!!!!!! Judge me all you want!!!!!!! LET IT GOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Another Althea unboxing!

Thanks for watching and subscribing!!!

Colourism, Ignorant Netizens and Simply Dumb YouTube Users

Just drawing your attention to one of my recent YouTube videos.

Do leave a comment about your thoughts on the matter…

More YouTube Videos… I Vlog Now!

The demonetisation of YouTubers with less than 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours kind of took me by surprise. The pittance I was making off Adsense didn’t even accumulate enough to cash in… Oh well, all is not lost. I am working on getting my channel remonetised and longer videos tend to get longer views. Vlogs were the answer!

I have posted three vlogs so far and I must say, I’m loving putting these together.

And also, I am contradicting myself. WHY? Read this post –> https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/5-reasons-why-ill-never-be-a-popular-beauty-youtuber/

So here they are; my three vlogs. Ordered from latest to oldest.

Another YouTube Video (8th)

It actually includes a dupe I’ve presented on FiercePaint.

Past dupe video;

Dupe 1 (link here)

Dupe 2 (link here)

Dupe 3 (link here)

I used Dupe 3 in the video.

[UPDATE] Dupe 1 and 2 are not on the video because both the dupes are not exactly available at the drugstores in Malaysia anymore. Dupe 1 has been replaced and I am yet to test the new range out. Dupe 2 is a brand that is no longer available here.

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…














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,


All that being said, SUBSCRIBE TO ME ON YOUTUBE!



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

My Entry for the First Ever NYX Face Awards Malaysia!

So I have decided, I’d give this a shot. A makeup video for the first ever NYX Face Awards Malaysia.

If you don’t know the NYX Face Awards, just YouTube it. You’ll understand immediately.

Top 30 will be picked by judges but the top 15 and top 6 are solely via public voting. So if I do get to the next level, HELPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess that is all there is to explain.

Here’s my entrance video!

Thanks for watching.

Perhaps I’d make more YouTube videos. Kind of got the hang of editing already.

5 Types of Beauty YouTuber Videos I Hate

I commonly do these posts when things get a little monotonous and/or product heavy on FiercePaint. Seems like over the past month and half or so, it has been too much about products. So here we go!


I am subscribed to 363 channels on YouTube and they are predominantly beauty YouTubers. So I feel like I’ve seen my fair share of beauty videos. I have been watching YouTube since 2007, and after following beauty videos rather actively since 2012, I am really, REALLY sick of some type of videos. Especially by beauty YouTubers.

I have already expressed my disdain over some beauty “YouTuberisms” (if you would indulge me with that word) in a previous post. Should you want a laugh or a reality check, you can take a look (link here).

Let’s, as I usually do, go from the least annoying to the most.

#5 Sneaking in paid reviews

“…………..so in this tutorial, I’ll be using the brand X, miracle product Y…………………………”

Seriously, we KNOW you’re being paid to mention and use it. Why the pretense????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I prefer someone disclose that it is a paid review and be upfront about it. Worse still, if you keep doing it video after video! Honestly, we’re not dumb! Uggghhh!!!

Image from Giphy.com

Image from Giphy.com

#4 Eye makeup tutorials that are filmed about a kilometer away from the camera (oh, for those of you, unaware of the metric system, it is approximately 0.6214 miles).

An eye makeup tutorial NEEDS to be shot up close to show viewers how it is properly done. It’s not that difficult, unless of course you’re insecure of your capacity to properly blend out eyeshadow! In which case, just stick to reviews darling!


Image from imgflip.com

#3 Makeup channel with absolutely no variety

This is actually sad… Formulaic makeup videos with the same kind of makeup looks. Even sadder is when they claim to change up their look but end up with a shade of darker lipstick with everything else almost copied from their previous video. There are SO many halo eyes tutorials out there, why would you want 10 halo eyes makeup tutorials on your channel??? WHY???????

#2 Videos with unnecessarily long intros of just poses

Here’s where I actually start to get angry! 5 seconds of 5 of your poses is alright… 124853024803 poses at the beginning of your video is FUCKING STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously! I get it! It’s a properly executed smokey eye, with pink cut crease, double winged, red polka dot, unicorn land, ice cream, witchcraft level, ultimate perfection fantasy look! I GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get on with the damn tutorial already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Image from stfu.com

Image from stfu.com

And the no 1 most hated type of beauty YouTuber videos!










For me at least…










#1 I’m back videos

Just imagine me rolling my eyes now… A long, absolutely disgusted eye roll.

If you can’t upload, don’t, and just pick up where you left off. Do a Q&A video, a GRWM or something of that manner so you can talk about your absence. In fact it was a recent, “I’m back” (yes, you should totally imagine me holding up air quote and gesturing it really slowly with eyebrows raised to my hairline) video that prompted this entire post!

You see, there’s something on top of it that totally pisses me off (yes, more than the video itself!!!); the reasons. Uggghhhh!!!!!!!

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I had some things going on the past couple of months, life, relationships…

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I was SOOOOO busy the past couple of months.

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I chipped my nail and it took me three whole months to deal with it!!!!!!!!!!

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but my mascara ran out and I was looking for one for the past 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PS: If you take offense, then that is your problem, not mine! Have a nice day!!!

My Top 10 Favourite Beauty YouTubers

I thought I’d take a step back from products and share my top 10 most favourite beauty YouTubers. These people aren’t the most popular or the “best” on YouTube but they are my absolute favourites!!! I use the term “best” loosely because being the best is relative especially in beauty and makeup and even more so on YouTube.

I did try ranking them according to my preference but I didn’t want to play favourites with them so I thought, alphabetical order.



1. BeautywithEmilyFox


She is Canadian and is very well known for her lip product swatches. Short and concise, she gets to the point and does it in a no nonsense manner.


2. Chanel Boateng


She is, to me, the plus sized ebony goddess of YouTube makeup! She’s British and her tips for dark skin women with makeup is very helpful!


3. emilynoel83


Emily Noel has been in the YouTube game since 2008! That’s like one of the originals of YouTube, before anyone even made money from YouTube! Her reviews, tutorials, hacks, tips and tricks are very in-depth and thorough and she is an absolute doll!


4. Jackie Aina


Another ebony goddess, Jackie has been on YouTube since 2009. Her fix it Friday tips and tricks and solutions to makeup problems are almost full-proof! Her parody videos are absolutely hilarious too!!!


5. Kaushal Beauty


Kaushal is another British YouTuber who I stumbled upon searching for Indian beauty YouTubers. She’s gorgeous and does many Indian inspired makeup looks and fashion ensembles.


6. Lisa Eldridge


Unlike the other YouTubers on this list, Lisa Eldridge reached fame as a runway and celebrity makeup artist before she delved into YouTube. This means you get insider tips, and in some of her videos even makeup history tidbits.


7. Makeup with Raji


Raji is a long time YouTuber (since 2010) who, for some reason, isn’t as popular nor has as much subscribers as I think she should have. She is one of my favourites because having acne problems herself, she does a great job at makeup on acne skin and also skin care that has worked for her acne prone skin.


8. NikkieTutorials


Nikkie is the most subscribed YouTuber on this list but that’s not the reason she’s my favourite. Nikkie is one of those YouTubers that is no nonsense, who, when uploads a makeup tutorials, it is all you’re going to see. No fillers, no excuses, no disclaimers and all that crap every bigger YouTubers seem to always start their video with. I posted a very well received blog entry last month about The Power of Makeup (here) which incidentally was courtesy of Nikkie who started the tag by doing a video with half her face with full on glamorous makeup and another half bare faced.


9. Tati a.k.a GlamLifeGuru


Tati is one of the most enjoyable to watch for me because of how she can keep her videos so in-depth yet always manages to be so light-hearted in front of the camera. Her first impressions post are not just fun to watch, they’re also very informative as she brings you around in short updates throughout the day of a particular makeup she is just trying out for the first time. I remember initially watching one of her videos of an under $20 makeup tag she did and I thought to myself, “Meh, another typical Hollywood trash…” However, whenever I’d look up drugstore brands that I love on YouTube, I’d always see her Top 5 Under 5 videos. In those videos there would always be at least one of my favourite makeup products, which was when I subscribed to her and I’ve loved all her videos since!


10. TotalMakeupJunkie101


Her name is Eshani and she is of Indian ethnicity (no la, I’m not racist ok!!! You’ll see in a bit how wrong you were!!! 😛 ). Eshani is another long time YouTuber (since 2010) who doesn’t have too many subscribers considering how long she has been doing YouTube. She made my list, because, out of all the people on this list she has to be the one that has grown the most. From the get-go, one of the most well maintained and well executed aspect of her videos were her reviews. She is very in-depth, speaks well and covers each aspect of a product, from packaging and price to how well a product wears. From initially crappy lighting, poor video quality and not on par makeup techniques to now proper lighting, proper makeup techniques and really fantastic hair, Eshani is one of those YouTubers who started from the bottom and has now achieved great heights with her content.


Ok, now, I hear you asking (or perhaps not 😕 ) but Hari, where are the Malaysians on this list??? Well, for that reason I have two honourable mentions.


Emily Quak


Emily is perhaps the most subscribed Malaysian beauty YouTuber and for good reason. She does well rounded reviews and her videos are very concise. I have a special appreciation towards Emily because she has, not just once, but twice, chosen me as a winner for her collaboration giveaways. One was with L’oreal and the other was with The Body Shop. The Power of Makeup tag I mentioned previously was actually a competition that was organised by The Body Shop Malaysia. They collaborated with Emily to do the makeup tag on her channel and pick out one of the three winners for the competition. And what do you know, she chose me!


Evangeline Hawa


Evangeline Hawa or Nazurah, is the most fun and funny beauty YouTubers I have ever come across and the best part is, she doesn’t do it intentionally. She edits out long-winded parts in her videos but does not edit out stumbling with her sentences or words OR even dropping things while filming. 😆 Don’t be fooled though, the girl knows her makeup and will give you explanation for almost every single thing she does with her makeup. I have learned some tips from her that has changed my techniques and updated my makeup knowledge!

So I do hope you are encouraged to look up these YouTubers. They’re all amazing to me! ❤

PS: I picked these 10 (+2) YouTubers from 266 YouTubers I follow. I have linked each channel name to the YouTube channel url so you can just click on them to direct you to the channel.