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).

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Haul; Collective Haul (#13)

How apt, on Black Friday, I post a haul! 😛

Forgive me God! I HAVE SHOPPED………… EXTENSIVELY!!!!!!!!!

Let me tell you this was the most I have bought in a very long time and although it has been quite a while since I’ve posted a haul, there’s no reason for one person to buy THIS much! Except addiction! AND NO! I DON’T NEED HELP!!! *sniffs new mascara still in plastic package*

I am not ashamed... No, I am not, I'm not, I'm not, I'm not! I'M NOT!!!

I am not ashamed… No, I am not, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not! I’M NOT!!!

STILL NOT ASHAMED! YOU HEAR ME! STILL NOT!

STILL NOT ASHAMED! YOU HEAR ME! STILL NOT!

These were gifts... Gifts... OK!

These were gifts… Gifts… OK!

Moving on….

Guardian Haul

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Catrice Eyeshadow in 350 starlight expresso, original price; MYR 14.30, purchased for; MYR 4.80

Silkygirl Expert Brow & Nose Shadow in 01 Dark Brown, purchased for; MYR 18.90

Cathy Doll Ice Cream Magic Blender (makeup sponge) original price; 23.90, purchased for; MYR 20.30 (if you follow my blog you know this tragic story, if you don’t, link here)

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, original price; MYR 14.50, purchased for; MYR 9.90

Maybelline Micellar Water, original price; MYR 24.90, purchased for; MYR 19.90

 

Watsons Haul

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, original price; MYR 14.50, purchased for; MYR 9.80

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base, purchased for MYR 14.90

Esence Extra Longlasting Eyeliner Pen in 01 Black, original price; MYR 13.90) and Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara (original price; MYR 18.90), purchased both for MYR 18.90 in a bundle pack

 

Aeon Haul

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Naisture Face Masks (I didn’t see the original price), 4 masks for MYR 10

IN2IT Waterproof Eyebrow Colour, original price; MYR 22.90, purchased for; MYR 19.00

 

Sephora Haul

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Paco Rabanne Black XS EDT (my very first love affair in a bottle since I got a sample of it in 2005, never did bother purchasing it until now), original price; MYR 310, purchased for MYR 248 (during the black card 20% off sale), I paid only MYR 198 because I had a Sephora MYR 50 gift card (it was a gift and you will never know!). 😀

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown, original price; MYR 45, purchased for MYR 40.50 (with my point accumulated 10% discount)

Sephora birthday gift; blusher (so pretty)!

 

Elianto Haul

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3x Elianto Mono Eyeshadow in 01 White, 13 Cocoa, and B138 Espresso, purchased for MYR 9.90 each.

 

Daiso Haul

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I always get a bottle (or two) of this when I’m in Daiso and I see it (that’s a total of 5 backup bottles so far), in fear of it running out of stock in Penang as it often does. MYR 5.30 each

 

Bath and Body Works

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I love this!!! Fine Fragrance Mist in Wild Madagascar Vanilla original price MYR 73; purchased for MYR 38 (I KNOW RIGHT???!!!!!!!!!)

 

Insta shop

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Upon advice of my other blogger friends I purchased this from Thameen by A (@thameenbya) and it was definitely much more affordable than buying it at the retail store that carries it here in Malaysia, purchased for; MYR 50 + MYR 8 shipping

 

Golden Rose

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Dream Eyebrow Pencil in 302, original price; MYR 20, purchased for MYR 18.90

 

Mr. DIY Haul

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2x clear plastic cosmetics organisers (only one showed in picture), purchased for MYR 19.50 each

2x metal pen holder, purchased for MYR 3.50 each

 

Forever 21 Haul

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Single + double tweezers + makeup sponge, MYR 15 each, buy 2 free 1 promo, DON’T BUY THE SPONGE (regret post link here)!!!

 

Bag of Love (subscription bag)

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I MEAN, HOW ADORABLE IS THAT BAG!!!???

Local subscription bag that I was intrigued by. They’re a no commitment, subscribe as and when you wish kind of a deal so I ended up purchasing this one because it was only MYR 49.90 plus shipping! I’ll show you close up shots because I have never tried any of these brands and I have no idea how much they cost!

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The product I was most excited about!

The product I was most excited about! I have yet to slather all around my eyeballs but I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Some premixed coffee, tea and cocoa beverage mix in a beauty bag! YESSS!!!! I LOVE! I've already had the chocolate and the cafe latte! Delicious!!!

Some premixed coffee, tea and cocoa in a beauty bag! YESSS!!!! I LOVE! I’ve already had the chocolate and the cafe latte! Delicious!!!

It is a Malaysian subscription bag so obviously Malaysian readers who want to get their hands on their next bag, go ‘like’ their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BagofLove/

 

GIFTS!!!

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Pulled this picture from my Instagram (follow me! DUH! @harivain). Got this from my glam squad member Lakshmi and Geetha! I did a collaboration post with them for Halloween, check it out, link here. I don’t know how much these cost because they were gifts and I’ve never purchased these before.

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Essence Mosaic Blush in 30 Kissed by the Sun, MYR 15.90 (birthday present by blogger friend Lakshmi)

Essence Make Me Brow, in 02 Browny Brows, MYR 12.90 (gift from Emma, a newfound friend from the UK)

How gorgeous are those brushes and the packaging too!!!

Already wrote a first impressions on this (link here). I won this via a giveaway, MYR 139.00 (shipping rates separate)

 

PR Stuff

I didn’t put this in the big picture because I forgot! 😛

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I got this via BFF, an online community of beauty reviews. Used it for a week and reviewed.

My profile link; http://www.bffsays.com/user/daran30

Product review link; http://www.bffsays.com/review/view/5097

It is not a paid review. I was sent this in exchange for an honest review.

First Impressions, Breena Beauty Eye Essential Makeup Brush Set

This happens to be local makeup brand, Breena Beauty’s third product release; an entire eye makeup brush set. I have reviewed the brushes before (Face Luxe brush review here and first impression of second release brushes here) and I will be reviewing two of the second release brushes soon! Don’t what heck I am talking about? Just visit the two posts linked to know more about the company and its origins.

Before we move on, let me first tell you that the brushes are simply gorgeous! I posted a picture on Instgram upon receiving them. Here it is!

How gorgeous are those brushes and the packaging too!!!

How gorgeous are they and that packaging, wow!!!

So the new set comes with two old favourites; the Basic Eyeshadow brush, B212 and Brow Definer brush, B216. I swatched and played around with them so the brushes are stained but when clean, the tips of the bristles are white.

Vegan, cruelty free, Muslim friendly makeup brushes. White painted wooden handles with rose gold ferrule and soft synthetic bristles. Brand logo, brush name and codes are engraved in gold on the handles. Each brush is priced at MYR 25.

B212, Basic Eyeshadow

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And the B216, Brow Definer

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I am not going to write about the two older brushes because you can click on the link to read about that. There’s a little bit of a difference between this new batch and the older one but I shall first use them thoroughly and present them in a proper review.

Then there are four new brushes; B211, Fluffy Blending; B213, Crease Blending; B214, Shadow Smudge, and; B215, Pencil Brush.

B211, Fluffy Blending

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This was the brush I was most excited about. Not too tightly or loosely packed, the bristles move well yet have some sturdiness to them to distribute pigments and blend them seamlessly.

B213, Crease Blending

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Very similar to B211 but flattened a tiny bit (you can see the indent on the ferrule), much like the Zoeva 227. It is soft and comparable to the Zoeva and that’s saying something! It is just as effective as the B211.

B214, Shadow Smudge

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Tightly packed short bristles for smudging out eyeliner on the lower lashes or to create a softer eyeliner look. Would work wonders with gel and pencil liners! It could also easily be used to fill in brows with powder and, in a pinch, pack on eyeshadow on the lids.

B215, Pencil Brush

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A pencil brush is pretty underrated but it has so many uses! A pencil brush can be used to place product exactly where you want it. This one isn’t too tightly packed so it can be used to smudge and slightly blend too. Perfect for inner corner and browbone highlighting! Again, the brush is well made and perfect for its intended use!

Breena Beauty is an online company so all orders and payments are done online. However, for Malaysians, there are resellers in certain states that offer COD (cash on delivery). An exciting piece of news is that Sabrina (the owner) has finally delved into foreign market by offering international shipping!

For all details, including local resellers, shipping information, price etc., do visit their website and social media, all of which are linked below!

By the way, I am not paid to do this! I just happen to have won the brushes via a giveaway…

Breena Beauty website; http://breenabeauty.com/

Breena Beauty Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty/

Instagram handle; breenabeauty, link; https://www.instagram.com/breenabeauty/

Twitter handle; @breenabeauty, link https://twitter.com/breenabeauty

First Impression, Breena Beauty Second Release

Breena Beauty is a local brand which happens to be the brainchild of Sabrina Tajudin, a Malaysian beauty blogger (blog link here). Having released her first product which was a makeup brush launched on the 4th of May 2015, she has finally unveiled her latest products, two more makeup brushes; an eyeshadow brush and an angled brow brush. I have written a first impression post for the Face Luxe brush which was her first product (here) and the review will come soon enough.

For a beauty blogger I am very messy huh?

For a beauty blogger I am very messy huh? The brushes are double bubble-wrapped, something everyone can appreciate!

That's much better.

That’s much better.

Again, I love the personal touch with a handwritten thank you note.

Again, I love the personal touch with a handwritten thank you note.

The brushes now come with codes and a label indicating their names.

The brushes now come with codes and a label indicating their names on the packaging.

There's a nice description on the back of the boxes.

There’s a nice description on the back of the boxes.

Tada!!! Following the theme of the previous brush of white and gold.

Tada!!! She kept to the theme of the previous brush of white and gold.

The logo. Engraved in gold colour.

The logo. Engraved in gold colour.

The eyeshadow brush.

The eyeshadow brush.

The brow brush.

The brow brush.

The bristles.

The bristles.

Comparison with the Face Luxe brush.

Comparison with the Face Luxe brush.

 

My thoughts:

Description; Soft synthetic brushes that are vegan, cruelty free and Muslim friendly. The bristles are the same bristles that were used for the Face Luxe brush. Wooden handles with a white finish, have the descriptive fonts and logo engraved on them in gold. The ferrule is rose gold metal.

B212 Basic Eyeshadow; The bristles are flat which means it can pick up and deposit eyeshadows very well on the eyelids. The bristles are very soft and the brush itself seem very sturdy. Overall very aesthetically pleasing design.

B216 Brow Definer; Same bristles, densely packed flat angled brush that is especially designed to cater for the eyebrows. Sabrina claims that it can be used for drawing on a winged liner which is achievable, but in all honesty, the winged liner would not be the thinnest or the sharpest because the bristles aren’t flat enough. However, it is perfect to pack gel liner or even eyeshadow along the eye to give the eyes definition for a sultry soft look.

I am loving these brushes from Breena Beauty thus far and I anxiously await her next unveiling! These are, to me at least, the two most essential brushes to own if you are looking to get your makeup flawless! When I first started purchasing makeup the first two brushes that I ever bought were an eyeshadow and an angled brush, very similar to these two brushes.

They do not ship internationally at present time although they are working towards it. I’ll be sure to write an update should this option become available.

Price: MYR 25.00 each (for B212 and B216)

Shipping:

Penisular Malaysia – RM6
Sabah & Sarawak – RM10

E-store address: http://breenabeauty.com/

You can also get in touch with them at their Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty

Sabrina also has a Facebook Page in case you’d want to follow updates from her; https://www.facebook.com/Sabrina-Tajudin-132299903641541/timeline/

First Impression, Breena Beauty Face Luxe Brush

I have been following local beauty blogger and YouTuber Sabrina Tajuddin for a little over a year now and I have admired her in-depth reviews and knowledge of the beauty world. Early this month, she finally revealed her first ever product via Breena Beauty, the Face Luxe Brush. Since I have been following her all this while, I decided to finally place my order last week and on Monday (20th May 2015) I finally received my package!

TADA!!!!

SO CANTIK!!!

SO CANTIK!!!

My thoughts:

It is a soft synthetic face brush that has a dome shape and is densely packed. The handle is made out of wood, painted with white with the Breena logo and the name of the brush engraved on it in gold colour. The ferrule is metal and the bristles are dark brown with a gradient white tip. The box it comes in has descriptions of the brush on its back. The brush handle is quite chunky, even for my hands and it can stand straight up because it it has a flat bottom (as in the picture). It is quite a large face brush so it will be able to swiftly cover your entire face with whatever product you are using. I have tried it with both liquid and powder foundation. It sheers out your liquid foundation so that you are not wasting product and it does pretty well with powder foundations too. You could use both a buffing motion and/or a stippling motion. Overall, I am loving the brush thus far and it is pretty comparable to my more high-end brushes.

As for the transaction and shipping, they use Poslaju and only ship within Malaysia at the moment (although they are working towards international shipping). There are several methods of payment including cash deposit for people who don’t trust the Internet with their money (like me 😛 ). And yes, you will get your balance back (please do email her for further inquiries). The price is pretty affordable for a large face brush since face brushes from even affordable brands can cost up to MYR 30. Sabrina has made the effort to properly bubble wrap the package to make sure it arrives safely. She has also made the effort to include a nice Thank You card, that, I must say, is a lovely touch. I have to congratulate her and I will write a review of this brush in the future when I have properly used it.

Price: MYR 39.00

Shipping cost: MYR 6 (West Malaysia), MYR 10 (East Malaysia)

E-store address: http://breenabeauty.com/

Breena Beauty Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty

PS: The brush is vegan, cruelty-free AND halal (Muslim friendly)!!!