Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer/ Blender Brush Review

Founded by Zoe Boikou, Zoeva as a brand began with only a line of makeup brushes which has now expanded to eyeshadows, lipsticks, and even blushers and highlighters. This is a review of a single brush, namely the 227 blending brush.

The brush. (I LOVE MY NEW BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The cardboard inside has some information on the brush.
Excellent packaging. Definitely made me feel like I purchased something high end.
The handle with the brand and product code engraved.
Bristles up close.
It is slightly flatten with bristles that are frayed out to allow good eyeshadow blending.


Description:
Makeup brush intended for eyeshadow blending.
Bristles: Mix of natural (goat hair) and synthetic
Ferrule: Brass
Handle: Wood (lacquered six times)

Price: MYR 59

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide and online at sephora.my

Pros:
> The brush feels and works like a high-end makeup brush.
> Extremely sturdy and durable.
> Blends out eyeshadow beautifully!
> Having had it for a couple of years, traveled with it and also used and washed it so many times, it looks almost as good as new as evident from the pictures.
> Soft bristles.

Cons:
> Did initially shed a little but when it stopped shedding, it stopped for good.
> Price isn’t affordable but the brush is definitely worth the price.
> Natural bristles require more care than synthetic brushes.

Rating: 9.1/10
I LOVE THIS BRUSH! I actually wanted to test out Zoeva as a brand and so I purchased the brush that I had only one of in my collection at that time (an eyeshadow blending brush). Definitely worth the money spent! I am actually eyeing a classic set. If you’re a makeup artist or simply just love makeup, it is definitely worth investing in it!

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk Review

NYX has products I absolutely love not just because they’re the single most affordable brand in Sephora but because they truly have some amazing products. The two products I’ve previously reviewed here, I absolutely love!

Previous NYX product reviews links:

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (04, London) Review

NYX Powder Blush (PB01, Mocha) Review

This review is on the NYX Jumbo Pencil in 604, Milk.

The product.

Description and ingredients.

Swatch.

It isn’t an eyeliner that typically sets down and does not move. It stays creamy unless set with powder. That’s not a bad thing. It makes for a great base to press corresponding eyeshadow on.

Description: A jumbo pencil that comes in a variety of shades and in 5grams of product.

Ingredients: ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / CIRE DE CANDELILLA, CERESIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX / CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX / COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CIRE DE CARNAUBA, POLYETHYLENE, BEESWAX / CERA ALBA / CIRE D’ABEILLE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BHA, BUTYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, ISOPROPYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREEN (CI 77288), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and in the NYX Malaysia professional stores (you can find locations to the stores here). There are also various online options.

Price: MYR 26

 

I used the product to create my 2016 Halloween look.

 

Pros:

Very pigmented!

Very opaque!

Blends easily.

Creamy and glides on very easily!

Pretty affordable considering it’s sold in Sephora.

 

Cons:

Sharpening it is a PAIN!

 

Note: These don’t set like a typical eyeliner but I do believe they weren’t meant to. They would make a great eyeshadow base. And to set it in place would be just to use a white eyeshadow.

 

Rating: 8.6/10

I love this particular eye pencil but this particular colour isn’t exactly something practical. Perhaps a different colour would serve as a wonderful cream eyeshadow.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

I’ve done a Benefit product review before aka the Benefit Gimme Brow (link here).

This is the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review.

The product.

The tube (this is the travel size version). The wand handle is rubberised.

The box has information all around it. These are the claims…

Proof.

Product info.

Concept behind the wand.

Ingredients list.

More info.

Very little information on the tube itself.

The wand really is something!

Description: Mascara that comes in 4 grams or 0.14 oz of product and comes in two shades black and brown. The full sized one comes in more than twice the amount at 8.5 grams or 0.13 oz of product.

Where to buy: Sephora and Benefit boutiques and counters nationwide (a full list is available on the Benefit Malaysia Facebook page).

Price: Full sized; MYR 125, mini; MYR 65.

 

Lash swatches.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Best curling mascara I’ve ever used! It curls and holds (I don’t have particularly stubborn lashes so this ought to be taken into account).

Lengthens pretty well.

No clumps or lumps.

Nice separation.

Didn’t run or smudge on me (although it does NOT claim to be waterproof).

The wand grabs and coats even the tiniest lashes.

 

Cons:

YES duh!!! PRICE!!!!

Not much volume.

 

Rating:

8.7/10

Much like the Benefit Gimme Brow, do I love this product? Heck yes! Will I ever buy it again! HELL NO!

Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation Review

I have not used many foundations to proclaim that this one in particular beats out the rest. I detail my experience using this product in hopes that it will help another make an informed decision.

The Sephora brand itself has a wide range of products but never really talked about or raved about. This comes as a surprise to me because their price range is lower than most brands available and their products are very inclusive of a wide range of skin tones.

Here I review the Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation.

The product. I love the frosted glass bottle!

Description at the side of the bottle.

Clear sticker at bottom of the bottle with shade name and code.

A pump! YES! Much appreciated!

The pump actually dispenses product very nicely. No wastage!

Blended. It has a very skin-like finish. It’s not matte nor is it too dewy. The yellow undertone works very well on my face.

Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 25 ml or 0.84 fl. oz. Very darker skin friendly range of shades (if you are Indian, you are sure to find a shade for you in this range!). Medium to full coverage with a skin-like dewy finish.

Price: MYR 78

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora website online (https://www.sephora.my/).

You can see it being used on my face in this video. Although it seems like a lighter shade, it sinks and blends well into my skin and I typically use a bronzer so that ties in with the whole thing as well.

Pros:

Medium coverage foundation that can be built to full coverage.

Natural looking finish.

Doesn’t settle into fine lines.

Setting with powder removes dewy finish.

Doesn’t cake up even when layered.

Feels light on the skin.

Long lasting (10 hours is a bit of a stretch but depending on your skin type, a good 6 to 7 hours of wear and it doesn’t just break down leaving patches, rather it fades off pretty evenly).

Wide and very darker skin friendly range!

Pump! YES!

Not too expensive for a product from Sephora.

 

Cons:

Not even a full ounce of product.

May not work for oily skin because of its dewy finish.

Tends to make the skin oil up because of the dewy finish. Setting with powder helps.

 

Rating: 9.1/10

I have only ever used one other liquid foundation (for every day use) that I have reviewed here (link here). But this one, I LOVE! Highly rated on the Sephora website.

Product Empties #18

I have already reviewed this. Link here.

This is a shimmery green eyeshadow from the brand Savee. It is a local retail brand with really affordable products (almost bordering on cheap) but not really talked about. I crushed this eyeshadow up to use for the NYX Face Awards entry. Ended up using most of it but I did manage to retain some to do a hand swatch.

Ingredients list.

Hand swatch.

In terms of performance, it was pretty good for a MYR 2 eyeshadow. It is a local brand and I guess that’s the reason for the price tag. The ingredients are questionable though. I probably wouldn’t repurchase but I do believe these are discontinued and they have a new line of eyeshadows.

I have already reviewed this. Link here.

Purchased because I wanted to redeem the 100 points free sample. Again, I am one of those people who do not see much difference after using a mask! And this was the same. I did like the cooling, almost plumping kind of effect.

This tiny tub is about 3/4 full but I have stopped using it. Here’s the story; there were specific times in the past where my lips would crack and split, making it sting and I used to always dismiss it off as me not being properly hydrated. However, when that happened even with me being hydrated I  started thinking of what I was doing differently and realised it may have been because of this. And so I deliberately experimented and found out that this was the culprit. I know that there has been mixed reviews with this product. Some people swear by it, others didn’t really feel much of a difference. Mine seems to be little more extreme. This would have been a product regret if I did purchase it but this was a gift so no regrets here. Would NOT purchase.

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel Review

Yes! Another high end product review! I purchased this last year and completely forgot to put it into a haul.

Benefit is an American based company and all products are made in the USA! This is a review on the very popular Benefit Gimme Brow.

Outer packaging.

Claims on the packaging.

Description, including ingredients. Sorry about the sticker residue on the bottom right.

The product.

Label on the tube.

Wand. It’s really small! And notice the tiny fibers.

Description: Tinted volumising gel for the brows. Comes in 3 grams/0.1 oz product and in three shades, 01 Light, 03 Medium, and 05 Deep.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide (store list here), Benefit Boutiques (1 Utama, Petaling Jaya; Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur; Gurney Plaza, Penang).

Price: MYR 125.00, (MYR 145.00 on the Benefit website)

Swatch

Bare brows.

Does make my brows fuller. The tint is showing up a little stronger than it seems in person.

Pros:

Holds brows in place very well!

The colour is good for me (although it may seem a little off in the picture).

Makes brows fuller!

Formula is pretty pigmented for a brow product.

Lasts very well a good 6 to 7 hours of wear before it starts fading and even then product doesn’t just disappear.

Soft, tiny wand for even the sparsest of brows.

Dries fast and matte.

 

Cons:

Too EXPENSIVE, for 3, THREE grams of product!!!!!

It makes my brows feel a tiny bit stiff although not crunchy.

Not very accessible because Sephora and Benefit stores aren’t available in all states.

Right around the two month mark, the product started smelling funky or perhaps it already does smell like that, I have no idea (but I use it anyway because it doesn’t actually go in my eye).

 

Rating:

8/10

Do I love this product? HECK YES!!!!!! Will I buy it again? HECK NO!!!!!!!!!

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!

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.

Stila Double Ended Blending Sponge Review

Here’s another high end makeup product review…

This is the Stila double ended blending sponge.

The sponge.

The sponge.

After being dampened.

After being dampened. It swells up to twice the size.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Description on the back of the card.

Description on the back of the card.

Some relevant directions.

Some relevant directions.

Description: It is a makeup sponge that is used damp to blend out foundation, concealer, cream blusher, powder, primer etc.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide (you need to ask someone to take it out as they don’t usually have it displayed).

Price: MYR 38

Just to give you an idea of how it performs.

Foundation unblended.

Foundation unblended.

Blended.

Blended.

 

Pros:

It is soft.

Flawless makeup application!

Doesn’t soak too much of the product up.

The dual end does help for both a wider application and a more targeted one too.

Pretty affordable considering the other option is the Real Techniques sponge which is, at the cheapest, MYR 45.

Cons:

It ripped when I washed it about the fourth time (I’ll insert a picture below).

It picks up dirt and dust easily.

The tears.

The tears.

Note:

Although ripped, I can still use it. It still works!

 

Rating: 8/10

I still want to compare this to other sponges, so this rating may change in the future.