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.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


A little late on the news!

Happy lunar new year! I spent the last weekend at my grandmother's place, which explains the lack of post last week.

Kate's new products were released on 1 February in Japan, so I'm actually late to the party. I just found out today so I quickly did this entry up. I remember lamenting the little sadness last time when there were no news of new Spring products from Kate. It's wasted feelings because Kate did have something planned!

It's a small collection, but I'm always excited to see what's new!

kate metal glamour eyes
METAL GLAMOUR EYES | 1700 YEN

Kate's new eyeshadow is here to give you the ability to create glamourous eyes and control just how much shine you want.



The eyeshadow quad consist of 3 main shades that creates the perfect gradient effect for a naturally pleasing look, and an additional 2 shades as the finishing touch. The metallic/pearlescent shade contrasts the darker colours to create dimensions, allowing you to create more refined features.

That the official fluff anyway. The eye shadow quad reminds me of their older eyeshadow palette, the COLORCIOUS DIAMOND. Except the new one have only 1 glittery/mirror finish shade as opposed to the 2 glittery shades in colourcious diamond. The additional of a metallic medium (they call it their dark metallic) colour is new.

Available in 6 shades.

Over on their official site they went one step further to show you how to achieve certain effects with the metallic and glitter shades. Funny they used a caucasian eye shape to showcase it because most of its target consumers probably do not have that specific eye shape. Then again, it's just for illustration purpose, so I understand :) Also, I'm not one to complain about having more reference photo to take a look at their finish. It appears the metallic shade isn't THAT metallic.

kate super sharp liner EX
SUPER SHARP LINER EX | 1100 YEN

The new Super Sharp Liner EX promises to be easy to use, bleed proof, sweat/water/sebum resistant, yet easily removeable. The jet black eyeliner has a glossy finish, brand new faceted packaging, and ultra fine pen tip (that's developed together with pentel, then pen maker).

The new product packaging is supposed to help with application. By holding it on its grooves, you can pivot the eye liner properly to easily fill in the gaps between your lashes (NOT the water line). The result is bigger eyes and fuller looking lashes.

I've owned one of their eyeliner from the super sharp series before, and I won't say it's my favourite eyeliner. I'm not sure if this would be the same formula as before. Regardless, the new packaging is BEAUTIFUL.

kate glamourous lash volume mascara
GLAMOUROUS LASH | 1400 YEN

The new volumizing mascara comes with a primer (fiber volume base), and a black mascara. This film type mascara can be washed off by warm water.

kate colour enamel gloss
COLOUR ENAMEL GLOSS | 450 YEN

The sheer lip gloss has high shine like glossy enamel, adding more definition to your pout. Formulated with moisturizing ingredients such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil, it keep your baby lips kissable at all times (do wipe away that gloss before kissing though).

Available in 6 shades.


Ending thought:
After owing so much makeup, I'm really more of a spectator than a player on the field now.
Seeing what they have to offer is like entertainment to me. Kate rehash their eyeshadows every few season because how else are you going to keep people entertained if you don't release old products in new packages?
I think the beauty sphere is pretty much saturated by now, so new and innovative products will be far and little.
But I do have to give it to Kate for having awesome packaging.
The faceted stuff always gets to me! URGH!

Sunday, January 22, 2017


The year of the rooster is bringing about a few new products to look out for.

Etude House is welcoming the new year with a small Lunar New Year themed collection! Just a bunch of eye shadows and a few liquid lipstick/lip tint hybrid thingy.

The colours are supposed to be the trending colour of  2017 spring/summer. Well, that's the the official site says. Hahaha what do I know about trends and colours? Nothing!



Have a look!

GIVE ME LUCK COLOR IN LIQUID LIPS JUICY
GIVE ME LUCK COLOR IN LIQUID LIPS JUICY | 9500 WON

A water-based moisturizing lip tint with vivid colours that can be layered up for a more intense effect.

etude house GIVE ME LUCK COLOR IN LIQUID LIPS JUICY swatch pk016
Available in 5 shades.

etude house GIVE ME LUCK EYES
GIVE ME LUCK EYES | 4000 WON

Formulated with ceramide to hydrate your delicate eyelids, the eye shadow has a lightweight and matte texture that will hug your skin closely. Comes in a whopping 10 shades.


Most shades are matte (denoted with CAFE in the swatches), with the exception of 4 shades that have a slight pearlescent sheen.

I just came across information that they are available in Singapore from 6 January. The liquid lips will be $17.90 each, while the eye shadows are $11.90 each. I didn't see them on the global site, so probably it's not available online yet.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


From 2 of my favourite Japanese drugstore brands.

Happy 2017 everyone! Hope you all had a good start to the year?

I gave myself a little break from blogging :D Felt like it was necessary because ideas need space and new inspiration to grow, and the best way to do that is to break away from the usual routine and expose myself to something new or different.

Anyway, here are new products from Canmake and Visee that will be released in the upcoming months. Nothing new under the sun really, but as always, it's nice to see something different, yea?

It looks like my favourite brand Kate has nothing new up their sleeves this spring. In fact, there isn't too much new stuff among drugstore brands. Which is why this entry only contains stuff from Canmake and Visee.

CANMAKE | GLOW FLEUR CHEEK (08) | 800 YEN
CANMAKE | GLOW FLEUR CHEEK (08) | 800 YEN

This limited edition bluish pink/fushia shade sits close to your skin like a cream blush, while the glow powder on the upper left imparts a sheer and glossy finish to places you'd like to high light.

CANMAKE | GEL LINE ARTIST (B02) | 550 YEN
CANMAKE | GEL LINE ARTIST (B02) | 550 YEN

With its silky smooth texture, it glides over your skin easily. Formulated to be waterproof, this eyeliner is budge proof and long wearing!

B02 is a gentle brown.

Release date: February 2017

CANMAKE | CREAM CHEEK (15) | 580 YEN
CANMAKE | CREAM CHEEK (15) | 580 YEN

A cream blush that changes texture according to the type of foundation/base product used. If a dewy foundation is used, the blush will take on a glowy finish. If a matte foundation is used, the blush will take on a powdery soft finish.

15 is an elegant pink.

Release date: February 2017

CANMAKE | STAY ON BALM ROUGE (T01 T02 T03) | 580 YEN
CANMAKE | STAY ON BALM ROUGE (T01 T02 T03) | 580 YEN

A lip tint that stains your lips, it is hydrating and comfortable while being long lasting.

Release date: April 2017

VISEE | JEMMY RICH EYES | 1200 YEN
VISEE | JEMMY RICH EYES | 1200 YEN

With the radiance of diamonds, this eyeshadow quad inspires to add sparkles onto your eyes like crushed jewels.

VISEE | JEMMY RICH EYES | 1200 YEN swatches
Available in 5 colours.

Note: Name could be gemmy instead of jemmy. Not sure which is the exact one at the moment.

Release date: February 2017

VISEE | GLOSSY RICH EYES (PU-11) | 1200 YEN
VISEE | GLOSSY RICH EYES (PU-11) | 1200 YEN

Comes with a creamy and glossy eye base on the upper left, this monochromatic quad and has a wet, glossy look to it.

PU-11 is a modern purple, and bear some semblance to their Winter 2014 limited edition eyeshadow (PU-10).

Release date: February 2017

VISEE | SOFT AND SLIM EYEBROW PENCIL (GY001 BR305)| 800 YEN
VISEE | SOFT AND SLIM EYEBROW PENCIL (GY001 BR305)| 800 YEN

Naturally defines the tail of your eyebrow with its 1.7mm soft and ultra fine core. Comes with a spoolie to soften the look.

GY001 is a soft gray, BR305 a dark brown.

Release date: February 2017

VISEE | LASH LONG MANIA (BK001)| 1400 YEN
VISEE | LASH LONG MANIA (BK001)| 1400 YEN

A film type mascara that can be washed off with warm water, it is formulated with 3 types of fibre for the perfect balance, giving you long and separated lashes. Possibly clump free!

Release date: February 2017

Photo credit: Biteki

Saturday, December 31, 2016


The last part - base makeup.

Today is the last day of 2016, and also the last part to the @cosme 2016 ranking series.

Part 4 consist of the best base makeup products, some are long time favourites, some are newer products. As always, the ranking are meant to serve as a guide - a starting point if you may - to aid you in your own exploration of the myriad of beauty products.

Without further ado.

BEST PRIMER

1ST | PAUL AND JOE BEAUTY | MOISTURIZIN FOUNDATION PRIMER S
Keeps your skin bright and moisturized, perfect for achieving the dewy skin look.

2ND | CANMAKE | LASTING MULTI BASE WP

3RD | MAQUILLAGE | DRAMATIC SKIN SENSOR BASE UV

BEST POWDER FOUNDATION

1ST | MAQUILLAGE | DRAMATIC POWDERY UV
A light weight foundation that leaves your skin looking like bare skin, only without any flaws.

2ND | LUNASOL | SKIN MODELING POWDER FOUNDATION

3RD | ESPRIQUE | BEAUTIFUL STAY PACT UV

BEST LIQUID FOUNDATION

1ST | ADDICTION | SKIN CARE FOUNDATION
Easy to use even without a primer or powder. Creates a high shine finish.

2ND | NARS | VELVET MATTE SKIN TINT SPF30 PA+++

3RD | IPSA | LIQUID FOUNDATION

BEST CUSHION FOUNDATION

1ST | LANCOME | BLANC EXPERT CUSHION COMPACT 50
Covers any signs of blemishes completely with a ultra-thin finish, still retaining the look of bare skin.

2ND | YSL BEAUTY | LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU

3RD | CLINIQUE | SUPER STAY BLOCK BB CUSHION COMPACT 50

BEST CREAM FOUNDATION

1ST | RMK | CREAMY FOUNDATION N
A perfect blend of dewy, translucency, and coverage to create the perfect canvas.

2ND | ETVOS | MINERAL HIGHLIGHT CREAM

3RD | ALBION | SMART SKIN VERY RARE

BEST FINISHING POWDER

1ST | COSME DECORTE | AQ MW FACE POWDER
The soft and ultra fine powder adds the perfect finishing touch to your makeup.

2ND | CANMAKE | MARSHMALLOW FINISH POWDER

3RD | CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE | LUMINIZING FACE ENHANCER

BEST CONCEALER

1ST | NARS | RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER
Moisturizing formula that can stay crease free and tidy.

2ND | SUHADA KINENBI | FAKE NUDE CONCEALER

3RD | CHANEL | LE BLANC LIGHT CREATOR WHITENING CONCEALER

BEST BB CREAM

1ST | DIOR | DIORSKIN NUDE BB
Freshens up your skin with a delicate luster that only adds to what you already have.

2ND | ESPRIQUE | ECLAT LIQUID BB UV

3RD | TWANY | LIPID WEAR BB

BEST CC CREAM

1ST | SK II | AURA ACTIVATOR CC CREAM
Adjusts skin texture and brightens and evens out the skin tone that approaches smooth flawless looking skin.

2ND | SEKKISEI | WHITE CC CREAM

3RD | JILL STUART | AIRY TINT WATERY CC CREAM

To see more of the rankings (there are more!!!), visit their global website here.

Ending note:
Thank you for visiting my little blog, reading what I have to share. 


It's not been an easy year for me, but I believe it's equally difficult for everyone else. I hope everyone remembers to stay strong because life isn't a bed of roses! There are happy moments, and unhappy ones. Yet we need the unhappy moments just as much as the happy ones, because it's the darkness that brings out the brightness of light.

I'm just hoping that in 2017, I can be healthy enough to get back to sharing personal reviews of products, instead of merely sharing information that's already out there. I can't wait to have healthy skin again so I can be my own guinea pig, sharing honest opinions and thoughts, information and knowledge. Because that's the kind of value I want to offer you.


It's silly to wish for an easy time, because it just won't happen. Moreover, an easy time benefits no one. Instead, I wish for everyone to be able to face challenges with the right mindset - that difficult times are merely gym sessions for your mind to make it stronger. With a stronger mind, no challenge will faze you. With the right mindset, you can take anything in your stride. And that makes you impervious to any storms ahead.

xoxo
Karman.
 
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