Product Empties #25

Woah, seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. So I’ve got A LOT of products!

Two notes:
1. I don’t feature an empty if I’ve featured it once before.
2. If a product has been reviewed, there will be link for you to read about it there.

I told you! 32 products in total!

Already reviewed. Link here.

Already reviewed. Link here.

This was in a product regret post. Need I say more? If you want to read it, click the link here. It’s entertaining! (I believe it is..)


I loved this lipstick from Maybelline. It is a dark, nude colour, perfect for deeper skin. It is also smooth and moisturising. Maybelline gets their lip products RIGHT!!! Unfortunately this was getting a little too old and it turned; started smelling like oil gone bad. Had to part ways. But it did get immortalised in my blog because it is one of the lipsticks I cut up for the header picture! Scroll up and CHECK IT OUT! I LOVE IT! I doubt these are in production anymore but their new Color Sensational lipsticks are just as amazing.


I got this lash glue from Lakshmi, my blogger friend from Big is Compatible (link here). She’s amazing and I loved this lash glue! I would love to repurchase but I’d have to order it online (which I hate). Would highly recommend and it’s pretty affordable!


I am getting rid of this because I had to actually remove the product from the tube to use it. The tub just wouldn’t wind up. It is an ok lip balm, nothing to shout out about. It was cheap too but, clearly not repurchasing (MYR 10.35). I don’t think they’re in production anymore anyway.


Got this on my trip to Thailand in 2016 from Boots (it is, in fact the Boots brand lip balm). It is the most ineffective lip balm I’ve ever used. Not repurchasing. Thai Baht 64.50; approximately MYR 8.50 (now).


I got this sample in a beauty bag by Bag of Love (they are very sporadic with their offerings which is why I am not sharing any of their socials). The next product is from this bag too. This product was pretty good. H2O+ does have some good products. Couldn’t find this exact product in full size so I don’t know how much it would cost. Wouldn’t repurchase if I can’t simply walk into a physical store and get it.


This eye cream was ok. Didn’t see a marked difference. Babor is a German company and their prices are THROUGH THE ROOF!!!!!!!!!! So nope. Not purchasing! I believe a full tub of this would set you back close to MYR 400 (yes, that’s two 00s)!


I got this purely out of nostalgia. I used to liberally apply this lip balm when I was doing my undergraduate degree back in 2008. It did work just as well as I remembered it but I’ve since found better… So, not repurchasing (MYR 8.30)!


I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t exactly remember how I came into possession of this but I believe it was from my friend Daniel Boon! HI DANIEL!!! Unfortunately it’s from Origins and that means it’s expensive (full bottle – MYR 162) so I am not going to purchase. Not YET at least. But highly recommended!


This was so sad, because in spite of it being an under-performing eyeshadow I didn’t feel bad purchasing it because I loved the name of the shadow! It is from the Balm Shady Lady collection and in the shade Caught in the Act Courtney. Get back to me in the comment section if you got that reference. Anyway, although you can’t see in this picture, there was mold growing on it! 😥 RIP indeed!!!


This one has a story behind it. These cute things are about 13 years old. YES! I’m not kidding. By the way, I am still keeping them for a possibility of taking a header picture. But I thought they deserved a place in this post because I am at a place in my being where I don’t mind destroying them anymore. The three tier colour palette has several lipstick and lipgloss shades on the first tier and when performing dance during my undergraduate days I ended up using ALL of it to completion! I held on to it because it holds a lot of memories but at the moment, although those memories are cherished, some parts of it need a little edit and these eyeshadows are part of that edit.


Purchased from Mr. DIY. These are as good as cheap lashes go. They’re pretty dramatic and so very stage friendly. I used it on friends and it’s good for at MOST, two uses. When using on friends I don’t typically reuse even the same pair. And no, I don’t ask for payment when I do makeup on my friends. I do experiment on myself too and they’re ok! Very much like any cheap lashes you can find. Would repurchase if I did run out of others I have left… They cost about MYR 10-12. Yes, I am a cheapskate who’s obsessed with falsies…


Product already reviewed. Link here.


I got this in a beauty subscription bag in support of a mental health foundation called #IWillBeOkay which was the brainchild of the late blogger Fiona Loh. Yes, unfortunately Fiona has moved on to a better place and plans for future subscription bags ended with her. This travel-sized Murad Age-Diffusing Serum was pretty good! It hydrated my skin without being oily and I loved it. Unfortunately it’s Murad and so it’s expensive. A full bottle will set you back MYR 389. I don’t think I’m purchasing. Not at the moment at least.


This was also from Fiona’s beauty bag. And yes, this was another product I absolutely loved! You will definitely get the marine odour but it doesn’t linger. Unfortunately this too is a pricier item, cashing in at MYR 158. Uhmmmm….. nope…. (not now at least).


Got this Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissues from Althea and it was pretty good. Not extraordinary but it was good. At MYR 6, definitely recommended! Not repurchasing because I feel I get more mileage from cleansing water and cotton pads than something like this.


Bought this because I wanted to claim my 100 points free gift which was a travel sized primer. This was good! Definitely recommended. Not going to repurchase because I got myself some good lip balms!


I don’t know how I got this! I kind of feel bad saying that this didn’t do anything because this was a teeny tiny sample that I finished in one use! A full 150ml bottle costs MYR 99 which isn’t too bad but again, not something I’d willingly purchase simply because this wasn’t convincing enough for the price.


Got this in PR. Already reviewed. Link here. Would purchase if there was a physical store accessible enough to me.


I received this in PR and I loved this cleanser! It did one thing VERY effectively, calm my face from producing zits. There’s something medicinal about it which I loved. It is sold at Watsons but at a whopping MYR 70. So, nope! Besides, I do have enough facial foaming cleanser to last me a while.


This was a Christmas gift! My brother didn’t really want it so I finished it on his behalf 😛 This was good! And it costs only MYR 6.90. But I am looking to natural deodorants instead of anti-perspirants simply to avoid added chemicals the body doesn’t need.


Got this in PR. I loved this perfume! Made me feel very macho every time I used it. Unfortunately it isn’t as long lasting as I want it to be. Wrote about it in length and if you want to check it out click here. Considering repurchasing but I do have other perfumes I love and use at the moment so not anytime soon. The female version is a lot more impressive and also a lot more long lasting! MYR 87 (each for the the female and the male version).


Got this in PR from Althea and I LOVE this product! It’s a bubble mask, it makes the skin feel soft and exfoliated. It’s easy to use and you only need to leave it on for a minute or two. It’s got 4.8/5 stars on the Althea website and is one of their bestseller. Need I make a more compelling argument? I am a little hesitant to purchase because it is MYR 52. But stellar product! Loved it!


Another gift by Lakshmi (I know right…. I have amazing friends!). This was meh. Kept my under arms smelling ok but meh… That’s the best I can say for it. Obviously not purchasing. MYR 11.90.


This is easily a 20 years old cologne. It is the Avon Wild Country cologne (and still in production believe it or not). I think my dad got this as a Christmas present, I may be wrong, maybe it was my Christmas gift, or not even a Christmas gift at all. When I was young, I felt ever so fancy when using it! With an ever-evolving palette and a more refined nose, found out about 15 years ago how terrible it actually is! WORST cologne ever! If you want to smell like a creepy pervert, this is your scent! Managed to finish it by using it sparingly and mixing it with other perfumes. Or by using it on my pants. Somehow, it’s done after 20 years. No hate towards Avon! I love Avon as a brand but I don’t love this cologne. MYR 21. Safe to say I ain’t getting into this Wild Country.


Got this when Althea was just a year old. They contacted me offering MYR 150 store credit in return for a post on my blog for their birthday celebrations (post link here). I don’t know if I could repurchase this brow product even if I wanted to because they don’t carry the brand anymore. This was a decent brow pencil. I still do have a refill (already attached). But I have other favourites so I wouldn’t repurchase anyway (originally MYR 40; purchased for MYR 13).


I FINALLY FINISHED THIS! Got this way back in 2015 and even wrote a post about it (link here). I remember thinking this was as good as any other facial blotter but I stand corrected. This is like a really thin tracing paper. It does blot oil off the face but it isn’t as soft or as effective as proper facial blotters. BUT here’s the twist. I would definitely repurchase! It’s just MYR 5.90 for 300 sheets. I don’t have particularly oily or sensitive skin and this works very well on my skin.

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Ride or Die Makeup Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful Lakshmi Praba of Big is Compatible (blog link here). We are from the same hometown which is so amazing and not only is she a fellow blogger but has, of late, become a fast close friend who I can speak to about anything and everything that fuels our passion, especially MAKEUP!!! Do check her out!!!

Anyway, I do have a disclaimer to make. As much as I pride my techniques, I am not a product junkie to say the least. So, as much as I can work out products that I initially try out and use, I haven’t tried out too many product to come up with a ride or die makeup list for every type of makeup product. I do, however, have 5 products that I swear by and 4 of these I have repurchased!

I’ll just randomly name them.

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in E914C Mocha-licious

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

I bought this in Thailand and reviewed it (link here). This was the only product I haven’t repurchased because it isn’t readily available here.

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

Swatch, ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I swear by this product and if it does not work for you I feel so SO sorry (review link here)!!!

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Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner in 02 Dark Brown

This is a recent favourite which I have tested to positive results (review link here). I recently picked another hyped affordable product from Sephora and was surprised that this held up better than that!

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Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

This is cheap and works! Enough said! I reviewed it already (link here) and there’s even a YouTuber comparing it to a high end product.

The product.

 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

This is a tinted gel mascara and although I have yet to compare it to its obviously high end counterpart, I love this product! I have reviewed already (link here).

YES! I got a new background!!!

 

My next post is a product empties post (and it’s massive!!).

And after that are pictures updated posts!

And I will catch up with all of you guys very soon!

Have a great day!

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color Lipstick Review

I usually review lipsticks in single shades because consistencies may be different with each shade. However it is safe to say that these lipsticks are similar across all shades.

Today I am reviewing the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color lipstick and I have three shades. I previously posted a first impressions post on this lisptick (link here). Apologies for the picture quality on that post; I was just starting out. 😛

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The three shades I have. I’ll insert the hand swatches right after each of the individual pictures so as to avoid confusion.

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is the lipstick featured in my first impressions post.

This was featured in my first impressions post.

This is a deep berry red colour.

This is a deep berry red colour.

Gorgeous deep colour without being unwearable.

Gorgeous wearable deep colour.

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones. I love it!

Description: Creamy matte lipsticks. Comes in a variety of shades.

Where to buy: Sasa

Price: MYR 22 (there are bound to be discounts so look out for them!).

Here are some pictures where the lipstick is used.

 

Smokin’ Hot Pink

Makeup favour for a friend of mine that time I was involved in a stage play. I did put on a sheer gloss over it.

Makeup favour for a friend of mine, that time I was involved in a stage play. There’s a pink sheer gloss over it.

 

Cinnamon Spice

I used it in my latest YouTube video.

 

Mocha-licious

Used it for a makeup look (post link here).

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Pros:

Very VERY pigmented!

Very VERY opaque; one swipe does it kind of lipstick.

Long lasting! VERY long lasting.

Does not emphasize fine lines on the lips.

The range of colours really deserve a mention because their deeper shades are very flattering on dark skin.

Re-application is a breeze.

 

Cons:

Although VERY affordable it is no where close to the 1.99 USD price tag in USA.

The lipstick tube almost immediately becomes loose and flimsy. Definitely zero points for packaging.

It does dry out the lips a tiny bit.

Not entirely comfortable on the lips (you’ll feel it on the lips).

 

Rating: 8/10

I love these lipsticks especially Mocha-licious. My perfect nude shade which is near impossible to find at the drugstore!

Haul; Thailand Trip Mini Haul (#7)

So, I went on a trip to Thailand representing the university, specifically my school (faculty) to Ubon Ratchathani University. I was among 4 others chosen (it was an all paid trip; SCORE!). We were to attend their annual Agriculture Fair and engage in information exchange, regarding both academia structure and cultural practices. We were even asked to prepare a brief cultural performance.

Just a little background information, Ubon Ratchathani is a northeastern province in Thailand. It is also the eastern most province of Thailand, bordering Laos and Cambodia.

We were taken sightseeing and also visited a shopping mall. I only bought three products in the course of the four days there so this is smaller than a mini haul. It is a teeny tiny haul.

One from Boots, one from Watsons, and one from the Don Muang Airport (domestic flight area not the duty free shopping area).

One from Boots, one from Watsons, and one from Don Muang Airport (domestic flight area not the duty free shopping area).

 

Watsons

I haven't seen this cosmetic brand here and decided to grab this lip balm. The salesgirl (unlike condescending sales people here in Malaysia) was so nice to me. And because they spoke so little English, I had to try and try to ask them for a local makeup brand I can try out. They had none there. Only skincare (which was rather pricey).

I haven’t seen this cosmetic brand here in Malaysia and decided to grab this lip balm. The salesgirl (unlike condescending sales people here in Malaysia) was so nice to me. And because they spoke so little English, I had to try and try to ask them for a local makeup brand I can try out; they had none. Only skincare (which was rather pricey to me and I was too busy spending money on delicious food).

The lip balm. It is apparently a Japanese brand.

The lip balm. It is apparently a Japanese brand. Price; 70 baht, approximately MYR 8.15

Ok, this white milk cream was given to me by the salesgirl. How nice!

Ok, this white milk cream was given to me by the salesgirl. How nice!

Se even gave me a booklet about the brand and its products but alas, they were all in Thai.

She even gave me a booklet about the brand and it’s products but alas, they were all in Thai.

Translation???

Translation???

 

Boots.

I jumped for joy when I saw Boots at the shopping mall we went to. As much as they had brands I have only ever heard of YouTubers and beauty gurus talk about

I jumped for joy when I saw Boots at the shopping mall we went to. They had brands I have only ever heard of YouTubers and beauty gurus talk about, like No.7 and Seventeen. However, I wasn’t pressed to purchase anything. Price tags seemed to be quite heavy. So I bought this Boots brand lipbalm instead! Price; 64.50 baht, approximately MYR 7.50.

 

Airport shop.

Yeay, they had the entire range of the Megalast lipsticks!!!!!!!!! Price; 139 baht, approximately MYR 16.15. Here in Malaysia from Sasa it is MYR 22!!!!!!!!!

Yeay, they had the entire range of the Megalast lipsticks!!!!!!!!! Price; 139 baht, approximately MYR 16.15. Here in Malaysia, from Sasa, it is MYR 22!!!!!!!!!

I have wanted Mocha-licious for SO LONG!!! YEAY!!!

I have wanted Mocha-licious for SO LONG!!! YEAY!!!

 

I have some shots of my trip there.

I have written about this product before because I won it from Collection Malaysia. The product isn't available here but I saw this at the Collection booth at Watsons.

I have written about this product before because I won it from Collection Malaysia (post here). The product isn’t available here but I saw this at the Collection booth at Watsons.

They have Burt's Bees at WATSONS!!!!!!

They have Burt’s Bees at WATSONS!!!!!!

One of the places we visited. Wat Phra That Nong Bua; a Buddhist temple. It was so beautiful and amazing! The highlight of this place is Sri Maha Pho Chedi of gleaming gold and white chedi which loosely resembles the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodhgaya, India.

One of the places we visited. Wat Phra That Nong Bua; a Buddhist temple. It was so beautiful and amazing! The highlight of this place is Sri Maha Pho Chedi of gleaming gold and white chedi which loosely resembles the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodhgaya, India.

On my way back... :(

On my way back… 😦

First Impressions, Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick (Smokin’ Hot Pink)

Why Harivain??? Why??? Not another lipstick!!!

Yes, I hear your cries! Please bear with me though. I WILL be moving on to more of the eyes and face makeup after this! I promise!!!

So here we go.

Wet n Wild is an American brand that produces some of the most affordable makeup products, sought after by makeup enthusiasts around the world! They produce every kind of makeup product; from eyeshadows, lipsticks, mascaras to makeup brushes and nail polish. Wet n Wild isn’t very popular in Malaysia because they hit shelves just last year (2014) and were only available online prior to that. Their products are cruelty-free which is commendable and they are available in selected Sasa stores all over Malaysia. However, they do cost a lot more here than they do back in the USA.

Pictures!!!

Although not clear, the brand name is printed across the tube cover.

Although not clear, the brand name is printed across the tube cover.

 

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The product inside. It is a bright pink colour!

 

Description and name of the shade on the bottom of the tube.

Description and name of the shade on the bottom of the tube.

 

A swatch. It is a bright pink colour!

A swatch. It is a pink colour lipstick with a matte finish.

 

My thoughts;

It is a matte hot pink lipstick and I really like it! A friend of mine used it with another lipstick to bring down its intensity and it lasted her all 4 hours before she wiped it off (granted, she was not eating). The reason I wanted to share this product is because it is a pink colour that would flatter a wide range of skin tones! With Indian, deeper warmer skin tones, darling, you can rock this pink lipstick! There isn’t a distinctive smell or taste to it but it is one of those swipe-once-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick. Colour selection is also impressive. A larger Sasa outlet that carries the brand may have all 26 shades of the lisptick. YES! 26!!! There’s definitely a colour for everyone!

There are three issues with this lipstick that personally annoy me. First of all the formula is pretty thick so when applying, it does slightly tug on the lips. Second, the packaging flails after the tenth time the tube is opened and closed. The cover becomes loose, it cracks up with a lil’ rough play (no pun intended), and there isn’t a great element of design to it. Third and last is, when the lipstick is initially being used, a portion of it is not fully covered by the bottom part of the tube. This portion that protrudes out from the tube can be easily scraped by the cover when closing it.

However, all these issues aside, the lisptick itself is simply amazing! It wears well, it is opaque and colour selection is mind blowing!

It retails at MYR 21.90 at Sasa and about MYR 17 via the online store Colours Cosmetics Malaysia. However, I got it as a prize for entering a makeup competition and it is thus mine, even if I didn’t pay for it 😉 .