Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Soaked in my own perspiration as this entry is being written.

Summer is here, the heat is rising, and my sweat is dripping. What makeup lovers and everyone else need this summer is a lightweight sunscreen that offers you protection from normal daily UV exposure - one that doesn't feel thick or heavy because the last thing you want is sunscreen melting off your face, mixed in with your personal brand of perspiration. If you need industrial strength sunscreen for extreme sports, then these probably isn't the entry for you.

I tend to favour Asian sunscreens because they label theirs very clearly just how much UVA protection they have. UVA is the one that ages the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. You see why I prefer to know how well protected I am against UVA now?

Below are a few sunscreens I chose to feature after surveying ranking sites. Comes in a variety of prices too!

ANESSA | PERFECT UV AQUA BOOSTER | SPF50+ PA++++
60ML | USD 32

Highly water and sweat resistant, this sun screen is tested to provide 80 minutes of in-water protection! With the addition of skin care essence, it's able to moisturize dry skin caused by UV ray exposure. Can be use on both the face and body.

BIORE | UV AQUA RICH WATERY GEL | SPF50+ PA++++
90ML | USD 9.15

The packaging might have changed, but the formula is still light weight, giving you long lasting protection from UVA and UVB without the heaviness of usual sunscreens. Can be easily washed off with body wash or makeup remover.

BIORE | UV AQUA RICH WATERY ESSENCE | SPF50+ PA++++
50G | USD 9.40

I feel like this watery essence was the best innovation when it first hit the market. A watery sunscreen was unheard of before this, and we're all doomed to a life of thick and oily mess.. This is extremely light weight as it is absorbed by your skin rather quickly, leaves no white residue behind, making it the perfect product to use before your make up. I've tried this years ago and my mom loved it too, read more here.

Oh! This is also a crowd favourite among Asian Beauty Redditors! I saw them hoarding these because of some shipping issues recently.

NIVEA | SUN PROTECT WATER GEL | SPF50 PA+++
140G | USD12.27

Probably the most value for money out of all, you can slather all 140g of this moisturizing sunscreen all over your face and body. The consistency of the sunscreen is like a moisturizing toner, so that pump might come in handy. Designed for normal usage, it doesn't appear to be water resistant, so if you work in an office with air conditioning, this watery gel should be perfect.

LANCOME | UV EXPERT YOUTH SHIELD BB COMPLETE 1 | SPF50 PA++++
30ML | SGD 75

A sunscreen that is designed to cut out not just UVA and UVB rays, but also pollution! Shade 1 is white and brightens the skin to create a glowy and uniform skin tone. Shade 2 is tinted.

At this price tag I might as well splurge on the Chanel CC cream, as I have witnessed the latter work its magic to give my girlfriend a glowy complexion that looked so natural like her own skin.

I added the Lancome sunscreen in because it is currently ranked #3 on the @cosme weekly ranking, and #2 on Taiwan's urcosme weekly ranking. Must be quite lovely for it to be ranked so high, right?

I think this is formulated for the Asian market, as I couldn't find it on Sephora or Amazon. Also, the PA++++ rating IS adopted by the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association after all.

LA ROCHE-POSAY | UVIDEA XL AQUA FRESH GEL | SPF50 PA++++
30ML | SGD 38.9

Apart from shielding you from UV rays, the thermal spring water in the sunscreen protects your cells from free radicals. The light weight gel is non sticky and non greasy, making it great as a make up base.

Again, this appears to be another product made for the Asian market because I can't find it on American/European websites!

KISS MY FACE | FACE FACTOR | SPF30 BROAD SPECTRUM
59ML | USD 9.97

One of the best sellers on iHerb, this sunscreen has 40 minutes resistance, and is paraben and oxybenzone free! Reviews of it have been mostly positive, and most users found it non greasy, doesn't leave behind a white cast, and is easily absorbed.

But how much UVA protection does it offer? I don't know :(

Personally I would prefer a higher SPF of 50 because I can't be bothered with re-application. But the SPF50 version of this sunscreen is found to be a lot thicker than the SPF30. I assume if you're reading this blog, the chance of you wearing makeup is high, so the SPF30 might vibe better with your need for a lightweight sunscreen that doesn't interfere with makeup.

Ending note:
Please be reminded that I made this post with the normal daily folk in mind, so these sunscreens aren't gonna be the most water resistant stuff out there. These were designed for some slight sweating, like the ones that get worked up by you walking down a sunny street to get your lunch, or when you have are walking from the bus stop to an indoor space. Ideally the water resistant ones might be able to last you through a sweaty outdoor concert in this weather, but that's really pushing the limit. And to wear these to the beach and expect NOT to get a burn? Maybe if you're really diligent about reapplying it.. Otherwise, brace yourself for a disappointment.

Another PSA: If you know you'll be in the sun for extended hours, then reapplication is a must. Especially if you're wearing skin exposing clothes. The best kind of sunscreen is physically covering up yourself with clothings, and sunscreens should be the second line of defense. Get this right and you'll be able to enjoy the sun with minimal damage and harm.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THE FACE SHOP X DISNEY 2ND EDITION
More collaborations!

Is it deja vu? I thought I already blogged about this collaboration before.. Then I realize it's the 2nd edition of the collaboration. 3 new cushion cases, and 2 new products!

It seems like it's been released in Korea since March, and is only hitting the Taiwanese shores this month. I tried looking for online retailers to link but failed to find any.

THE FACE SHOP DISNEY  BB POWER PERFECTION CUSHION SPF50+ PA+++
THE FACE SHOP | BB POWER PERFECTION CUSHION SPF50+ PA+++ | 20000 WON | 15g

A high coverage BB foundation that feels light weight, it hugs the skin closely while moisturizing it. Contains hyaluronic acid to make skin appear plumper and more defined.

THE FACE SHOP DISNEY CC LASTING CUSHION SPF50+ PA+++
THE FACE SHOP | CC LASTING CUSHION SPF50+ PA+++ | 20000 WON | 15g

A long lasting CC cushion that is sebum resistant, it's able to cover pores and uneven surfaces. Formulated with moisturizing ingredients to create a glowy look that isn't sticky.

THE FACE SHOP DISNEY CC COOLING CUSHION SPF42 PA+++
THE FACE SHOP | CC COOLING CUSHION SPF42 PA+++ | 20000 WON | 15g

Containing 60% moisturizer, the CC Cooling Cushion effectively hydrates your skin with the help of botanical extracts. It maintains the water/oil balance to enhance your natural glow. Infused with "snow oil", it cools down your skin as you pat it on.

All three cushions are available in the same 3 shades.

Then again, if you've ever tried Korean foundations, they are usually very fair/pale, so I doubt the difference between these 3 shades is gonna be huge.


An overview and comparison of the three different cushions.

THE FACE SHOP DISNEY CUSHION PRIMER
THE FACE SHOP | CUSHION PRIMER | 10000 WON | 25g

Using this primer before the cushions helps cover any pores or fine lines, prepares your canvas for the perfect foundation application. Infused with botanical extracts, it hydrates your skin so other products can stay on your skin better, allowing your make up to stay on longer throughout the day.

THE FACE SHOP DISNEY CONCEALER MULTI PALETTE
THE FACE SHOP | CONCEALER MULTI PALETTE | 20000 WON | 0.9g X 6

A concealer for your every needs, all included in one small and cute case! From left, there are 2 shades for colour correction (light green and brightener), 2 shades for correcting dark circles (ivory beige, natural beige), 1 shade for contour (deep brown), and 1 shade for brightening/highlighting (light pink). Comes with a dual sided brush for precise application and blending.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


New eyeshadows!

I'm a little (2 months *cough*) late on this :P Visee have released two new products this season: a brand new (or not?) eyeshadow line, and a new mascara.

It's not much, but it's something!

Introducing, the GEMMY RICH EYES, and LASH LONG MANIA.

visee gemmy rich eyes
VISEE | GEMMY RICH EYES | 1200 YEN

Formulated with "Gemmy pearl" ingredients to create the iridescence of gems fragments. The top left and bottom right shades are pearly and clings onto the skin well, while the bottom left shade blends like a silky cream to add depth to the eyes. The top right shade creates a translucent veil of shimmer, perfect for topping it on the center of the lids without making the eyes look frosty or metallic.

As per other Visee eyeshadows, these are infused with moisturizing ingreients like hyaluronic acid and mineral oil.

Available in 5 shades.

visee lash long mania
VISEE | LASH LONG MANIA | 1400 YEN

A film type mascara designed to lengthen, curl, and separate your lashes in just one swipe. It has three types of fibres in order to achieve length in one swipe, and "Real Black Powder" to create intense, dark lashes. Formulated with lash care ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane, It's also easily removeable with warm water.

Ending thought:
The eye shadow is reminiscent of KATE's diamond eyes from many years ago. That transparent but pearly/shimmery/glittery shade (top right) that adds dimension very naturally, because it only reflects light when it is hit by light at certain angles. Unlike highlighting with an opaque, lighter shade to forcefully lift that area up regardless of lighting, I much prefer enhancing the eyes while still abiding by the laws of nature.



Hopefully, this has a better formulation than KATE, because I remember the diamond shade was rather scratchy and hard to pick up from the pan.

Sure, it's not a look for everyone, but definitely for those who likes subtlety.

As for the mascara, I just realize the "MANIA" line of their mascara are all film type mascaras that can be removed with warm water.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ETUDE HOUSE PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM
It's cherry blossom season, on your eyelids!

What a gorgeous day it is! Finding out Etude House is releasing an eyeshadow palette that's pink! It's so new it's not even on the global site yet It just went live on the global site today.

They're having a launching special from 5th April to 12th April, instead of the original price of US $26.40, it's now going for US $18.48! It even comes with a jelly lip patch as a free gift if you order it before the promotion ends!

ETUDE HOUSE PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM
ETUDE HOUSE | PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM | USD 26.40

A new palette containing 10 lovely shades that's cherry blossom themed, each containing 0.8g of product (according to the korean site). The colour ranges from romantic pinks to wearable browns to easily create pinkish eye looks. The eyeshadows are soft and silky for easy application.

This actually looks like an expanded version of their 2016 Christmas collection, My Little Nut Fantastic Color Eyes eyeshadow palette in the shade Lucky Red Little Nut. Except the latter is geared towards a more reddish tone, hence the burgundy, while the former stays pink and light.

ETUDE HOUSE | FANTASTIC COLOR EYES (LUCKY RED LITTLE NUT) | 14000 WON

Right? They do have some semblance to each other!

ETUDE HOUSE PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM

The names of the different shades are in Korean that's too complicated for me to translate, so I left it as is (you can visit the global site as they have translated them into english!). The colours chosen for this palette has a good mix of matte, shimmer, and pearly shades. The overall colour scheme is light and fresh, in line with the cherry blossom theme.

ETUDE HOUSE PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM swatches
Click to expand!


I've did some photoshop magic to stitch together this franken-swatch photo. The swatches are taken from their official site. The swatches looks even and smooth!

As you can see there are a few matte shades (2nd-4th from bottom) that are wonderful for creating gentle depth, and shimmery shades for added dimension. Two metallic shades that appear almost frosty (5th and 6th from top).

This swatch merely gives you an idea of the colours. Below is a swatch on the eyelids for better idea of how they actually look when blended out.

ETUDE HOUSE PLAY COLOR EYES CHERRY BLOSSOM swatch
Click to expand!


They don't look as pigmented on the lids, probably because they applied it with a brush instead. Overall the shades looks like a gentle wash of colour that can be easily blended into the skin to create that soft look. Nothing too over the top for this cherry blossom inspired palette, afterall, cherry blossoms are pretty in their soft pinks, are they not?

Ending note:
This is a beautiful palette if you want soft and romantic eyes. I believe it's meant for creating diffused look, hence don't expect it to be super pigmented. Subtlety has it's perks. Of course, if you want the colours to be more vibrant, an eye primer might probably do the trick!


I'll admit my heart got swayed for a split second, suddenly desiring this new found beautiful object! Then I recall I already have a pink eyeshadow palette that I haven't been able to use for a long time.... 

My money get to live another day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

ETUDE HOUSE DEAR MY GLASS TINTING LIPS TALK
Spring is coming.

Etude House has released a new line of lipstick! It's very Spring appropriate as it's so candy like! Gonna quickly blog about it before it's promotion ends 31st March. Details at the end of the entry!

ETUDE HOUSE DEAR MY GLASS TINTING LIPS TALK

Described as a lipstick with vivid and clear colour, I imagine the lips turning into a delicious looking crystal candy that I find hard to resist.

ETUDE HOUSE DEAR MY GLASS TINTING LIPS TALK
DEAR MY GLASS TINTING LIPS-TALK | USD 10.40

You may have noticed the lipstick looks a little weird above. Why does it look kinda naked? Keep reading.

It comes in a whooping 20 colour variations. 20! Let's take a second to let out a "AH~" as we enjoy this collage.


It ranges from orange to fuschia, with a few beige tones as well. Wonderful!
See image below for their colour codes, and swatches of it being applied lightly and heavily.


To answer the question of the Glass Tinting Lips-Talk looking a little naked, it's because the lipstick case is sold separately, and for a good reason.

etude house GLASS TINTING LIPS-TALK CASE
GLASS TINTING LIPS-TALK CASE | USD 5.20

There are 20 designs in total. SAY WHAT!?


I really like this idea of replaceable lipstick bullets. It can really cut down on the amount of trash in the long run! Well, I just assumed the lipstick case is reusable, but there are no information about that on its website. So maybe it's not as reusable as I thought. If you tried it you'll have to let me know!

Also, you can mix and match the lipstick cases to get funky new combinations.



Not only is it fun, but the environmental aspect (fingers crossed) of it made me so excited when I saw it on the Etude House website just now!

Etude house is currently running a promotion till 31st March.

The Glass Tinting Lips-Talk is going for 20% off (USD8.32), while the Lips-Talk case are 50% off (USD 2.60)!



If you like the colour combinations shown above you're in luck, because each of those sets are going for 30% off (lipstick case not included, USD 14.56 for 2 lipsticks!)

That's all for now!

Image credit: Etude House

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DHC Lip Cream (Review)
Long time no review

Well.. Let's see if I still remember how to do a proper review since I haven't been able to do it for so long. You know.. Because of my skin.. I kinda stopped using all skin care products. So lip balms are like the only stuff that are reviewable for a long time.

Let's begin. (Typing this as I stuff my face with fruits. Feeling hungry before dinner!)

The DHC lip cream is a dainty little lip balm (contains only 1.5g of products) made for ants maybe. The lip balm itself has no fragrance, but it sure does have a scent. Not really pleasant, but also doesn't stop me from using it. I just tried sticking the tube too close to my nose for comfort to figure out how to best describe the scent. I think it's the smell of rancid olive oil, as it smells similar to some organic olive oil lip balms I've tried in the past. It just doesn't smell fresh.


Photo credit: DHC

The lip balm has a light yellowish colour to it, is soft and glides on upon warming up to my skin temperature. With one swipe, you'd get a thin film of the lip product hugging your lips. This is probably what I like best about it - it doesn't deposit too much product. It's soft, but not that soft where it'll make a mess. After all, a thin film is all you need, especially when using this to prep your lips before lipstick application. I find that the product doesn't really interfere with lipstick application, meaning lipstick will still adhere to my lips despite having a layer of lip balm on it.

It's not sticky nor glossy, only a slight sheen is observed. It moisturizes my lips just fine, nothing too special in my opinion, as the good old Vaseline petroleum jelly does the same job for me. Except, I gotta admit that Vaseline is a lot softer than the DHC lip cream, so it tends to applies thicker than the latter (unless you control the amount you use carefully).

I used the photo from the official DHC site because I didn't want to show you guys the sorry state my lip cream is in. I used it up within a month (used it day and night as my exclusive lip balm to see how fast it runs out) and resorted to extracting the remaining products that's within the lip balm holder. I used something to dig it out and it just looks like a murder scene.

The skinny tube, while it helps with a more precise application, also makes it hard for me to clean it out after the exposed part of the lip balm is exhausted. Usually I can dip my finger into the lip balm holder to use the leftovers, but unless you're of alien descent with unusually long and skinny fingers, you'll need a tool. I used a toothpick to get it out but it didn't do a good job. I could have used a cotton bud to dip and apply, but how many cotton buds will I waste in the process?

Just a question I ponder at night that helps me fall asleep.

The ingredients used in the DHC lip cream are mostly derived from botanical sources.
lanolin oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/candelilla cera/cire de candelilla, beeswax/cera alba/cire d’abeille, lanolin, stearic acid, squalane, paraffin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, pentylene glycol, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, panax ginseng root extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract
We have the moisturizing ingredients like lanolin and squalane. There is also paraffin forming part of the lip balm base (the other being olive oil).

Some people with chronically dry lips (or from medication like accutane) found relief in the DHC lip cream. But if you have an average lip like mine, you'll probably find any other lip balm works just fine for you. For a price of USD 9.50 (holy cow it's SGD18.90 at watons), I believe there are other options that work just as fine, but cost lesser.

In a nutshell:
- Moisturizing, for about 4-6 hours before I have to reapply

- Applies only a thin layer of product, awesome for priming lips
- Fragrance free

- Contains botanical ingredients
- Moisturizes like any other lip balms for my average lips

Unrelated thought:
Phew! After writing all of the stuff, I'm relieved I can still write at all.


There isn't any beauty news that interest me enough to want to blog about it. Also, I was at a wake 2 weeks ago and was unable to blog.

To be honest I've been avoiding review posts for a while, not just because I have no content to write about (since I'm not using much products), but also because to come up with an entry like that, I need to take photos of the product. To take a good photo, you need good lighting. Having lived like a vampire for the entire time my skin is bad, I still don't really like the idea of being in a brightly lit room. I'd inadvertently see my skin and it upsets me. I thought I'll be steeled by now, but it still hurts me to see it being abnormal and all.


Taking that photo for this entry is all I can manage for now. I channeled all my focus on the subject and managed to avoid glancing at my hands (that's holding the camera, and I need to look at the camera to review the photos and stuff) for that short period of time. Let's take it one step at a time. 

One photo this time, maybe two photos the next. :)

Monday, February 13, 2017


Another liquid matte lip colour

I just snooped around on the Maybelline Japan site and found out they're releasing a new liquid matte lip colour. I can't call it a lipstick because it's not!

Maybelline claims it is a velvety liquid lip colour that turns matte. HOWEVER, lots of review said it doesn't turn completely matte. It doesn't set like other products, so technically speaking it doesn't feel as dry. Downside to that is it's not a long wearing formula (which might be a upside to someone else with drier lips).

Liquid matte lip products have had its 15 minutes of fame after so many other brands released something like that in the previous year (NYX, Colourpop, Kylie, Anastasia beverly hill, Milani, just a few I pulled off my head). It feels like Maybelline is a little late on this train that's already leaving the station (or is liquid matte lips here to stay?).

maybelline vivide matte liquid
The VIVID MATTE LIQUID was released in the USA at the end of 2015.

It has been repackaged for Asian release. I haven't visited any drugstore in a long time so I don't know if it's actually in Singapore yet or not. It might have came and gone for all I know, but I can't find any information on its official site, so I'll assume it haven't hit the shelves yet. For some reason I feel kinda deja vu when I saw it on the Japanese site. I might have seen it when I passed by Watson's a while ago!? (Brain starts to question reality)

maybelline vivide matte liquid
Retails at 1500YEN, or SGD$21.90

Anyway, you can see the packaging is reminiscent of the Lip Polish. The applicator is also different from the US release - this is more angled and flatter. Should do a good job getting the product into the corners of the lips without messing it up.


The US version has 21 colours to choose from. We have a grand total of 7! (There's only 6 on the Official Maybelline Japanese site though) With that said, the selection of colours should be well loved by the majority, since they carry the shades you can wear on a daily basis.

Asia haven't caught on the nude lips trend yet, so I'm surprised to see they have included one nudish shade!


As they are numbered differently from the US version, I can't match the Asian colour code to their respective US colour codes.

If you want an affordable liquid matte lipstick that sets and stays (for at least 3 hours), you can check out the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. My friend gifted me one and IT'S AMAZING.
 
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