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Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette - Photo-Heavy!

Before you ask, I got this thru SgDrugStore ^_^

Worth . EVERY . Single . Penny .
Serious. Dead Serious.

If you could only choose TWO items from the whole Urban Decay ("UD") line,
definitely get this and the infamous Naked palette ("Naked")!

Before I get into the nitty gritty of UD's 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette ("15th"),
allow me clarify.

For I was pretty gungho in Twitter and a previous post...
preaching about my restraint on point makeup in recent months...
being on a base/BB cream frenzy and haven't been purchasing much eye makeup lately...
the latest being the Lunasol Summer 2011 EX-01 Shelly Ocean some time back...

And THEN, *badaboom badabang* - Out comes the OMG-UD 15th!

Yes, I grabbed it.
To reward myself over past few months' restraint on point makeup.

However, IF YOU do need to justify this purchase,
allow me to list them out for you.

Just because I'm incredibly loveable <3 HA!

Unlike past UD palettes (PRIOR to the Naked) which don't offer full-sized eyeshadows,
the 15th, just like Naked , you're getting a big bang for your buck.
Make that a GINORMOUS bang for your buck.

The Math: 15 full-sized eyeshadows x USD17 = USD255. You're paying USD55.
In other words, 15 NEW (and only in this kit) full-sized eyeshadows, each retailing for $17,
that’s USD255 worth of eyeshadows for USD55!


SELL THEM ALL! *kidding kidding* ^_~

Currently, I only own Naked.

Prior to that, I've purchased and sold in my BlogSale:
- WallPaper Shadow Box
   (meh -  I loved Asphyxia & Last Call, though)
- Deluxe Shadow Box
   (incredible texture and pay-off; but too colourful for my taste)
- Get Baked Palette
   (love it, but very similar to Naked)

As for those huge Box of Shadows, I don't like them at all +_+
...the inconvenient size...
...too much unnecessary, if childish, packaging...LED lights?!?!?
...overlaps in shades...
...uber chunky glittery shadows shoved down your throat...
*ahem Uzi, Midnight Cowboy, Maui Wowie, Polyester Bride, etc*...

The 15th palette's most "glittery" shades (Midnight Rodeo & Midnight 15)
are NOWHERE as chunky as the above mentioned disasters...

Also, there's a perfect balance of neutrals and brights, darks and lights,
and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it! <3


Especially if you love UD lippies packaging! ^_^

~ ~ ~

This is gonna sound like a luxury watch (?) advertorial
Sorry - Can't help gushing +_+

...Opulent, Sleek, Luxe Faceted Jewel “UD” On The Cover...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: LUVIEW Crystal Mineral Pact

The LUVIEW Story...
I've been exposed to numerous Korean brands unheard of
prior to being sponsored by Korea Cosmetics...
...Nude Cosmetics ... EverMiracle ... and many more to come...

Today, after reviewing the Crystal Cover BB Cream, another LUVIEW product...


- Skin Type: 
   ~ Normal
- Formula: 
   ~ Pressed powder
- Coverage: 
   ~ 4 out of 5 (According to LUVIEW's ratings)
- Functions:
   ~ UV Protection

   ~ Mineral-Enriched
- Product Description:
Inspired by crystal minerals, It keeps skin flawless and radiant hour after hour    ~ Jewelry formula
      Jewelry formula measurably reduce redness and keeps skin radiant
   ~ Ultra-fine satin powder glides on silky smooth, stays on comfortably, without feeling dry
   ~ Optimizes skin's varying tones to create a more even appearance.
      Buildable coverage lasts for hours, yet feels like nothing at all. Controls shine. In a ready-to-go, ready-
      to-perfect compact.
- Usage:
   ~ Take appropriate volume on the puff to apply it tenderly with light "pounding" (LUVIEW's word - not
      mine :p)

This is a VERY difficult product to review. Not because I cannot form an opinion on it,
but because, cliched as it may sound, one man's meat is another man's poison.

How much you love this HIGHLY DEPENDS on how you want your face to look after base application.
I, for one, love a glowy, natural finish to my skin.
I am extremely turned-off by super-matte finishes.
I mean, let's face it - no normal person's skin is COMPLETELY matte,
and in Malaysia's climate, IMPOSSIBLE, not to mention freaky-looking.

Thanks, Lina! <3

Thanks, Lina! <3

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

No-Frills Skin Care Routine for Mature Acne-Prone Skin

I've received quite a few queries about my skincare,
especially about why my face is up to 2 shades LIGHTER than my neck.

And the specific question is, "What WHITENING product are you using?"

Review: EverMiracle EM Mask Sheet Whitening Essence

- Functions:
  Active Ingredients:
   ~ Vitamin C, tocopheryl acetate and green tea extract:
       protects and keeps the skin healthy
   ~ Collagen
      replaces rough and dry skin with elastic and transparent skin
   ~ Phytoncide and EM oil
      makes lively and healthy skin through refreshment of nature

Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: LUVIEW Crystal Cover BB Cream

The LUVIEW Story...
I've been exposed to numerous Korean brands unheard of
prior to being sponsored by Korea Cosmetics...
...Nude Cosmetics ... EverMiracle ... and many more to come...

Today, an introduction to LUVIEW:


- Skin Type: 
   ~ All skin types 
- Formula: 
   ~ Cream
- Coverage: 
   ~ 4 out of 5 (According to LUVIEW's ratings)
- Functions:
   ~ Natural Coverage
   ~ Whitening (Certified by KFDA)
   ~ UV Protection
   ~ Wrinkle Improvement
   ~ Mineral-Enriched
- Product Description:
Soothing and natural-looking coverage for all skin imperfection, including Surgical and acne scars, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins with triple function of wrinkle improvement, whitening and SPF 30   ~ Natural and flawless, full coverage
      This BB cream provides customized coverage, from sheer to moderate with a matte finish.
   ~ Radiant and soothing effect
      The jewelry ingredients keeps skin velvety, radiant and translucent while 11 botanical tea ingredients
       provide soothing effect.
   ~ Cell rejuvenation
      Swiss almond, centella, aloe etc. helps cell rejuvenation with moisture supply
   ~ Wrinkle improvement
      Whitening and UV protection : KFDA certified
- Usage:
   ~ At the final stage of the skin care, take appropriate volume and apply for light pounding. Sun block
      maintenance base and foundation are not required to use separately. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Skin79 BB Cream (Diamond The Prestige, Diamond Absolute Total, Super VIP Gold Label, Hot Pink Triple Function)

Holla! I'm BACK ^_^
And thank you so much for your support during my June turmoil <3

[  Apologies if this post sounds a little...loopy...disjointed...
   Got a little rusty during the break...  ]

Anyway, I haven't been hauling much apart from a Lunasol palette, several Real Techniques brushes and some random doo-dats:

HOWEVER, I've went a "little" BB cream crazy.
Specifically, a KOREAN BB cream frenzy because much as I love my BB Creams for Darker Skin,
most of them are of Japan origin.
And considering Korea is BB cream's "stronghold",
I really wanted to find one which doesn't make me look white/pink/gray!

Watch out for more Korean BB cream reviews later because I found some HITS! <3 *finally-it's hightime!*

I got a whole bunch of Skin79 BB Creams (or "Beblesh Balms" - odd name - typo? ^_~)
(Left to Right - Clickable Links:)
~ Diamond Collection The Prestige Beblesh Balm SPF25 Pa++
~ Diamond Collection The Absolute Total BB Cream Bb Cream SPF37 Pa+++
~ VIP Gold Label Collection Super Beblesh Balm  SPF25 Pa++
~ Hot Pink Super Beblesh Balm Triple Function SPF25 Pa++

And if you look up the BB creams I chose to review in the chart below,
you'd notice that NONE of these offer "Coverage" as one of my "Skin's Needs".

NOT that I DON'T need coverage (believe me when I tell you I NEED it!),
but prior experience with Korean BB creams (Missha, SkinFood, Etude House, The Face Shop, the list goes onnnnnnnn...)
has taught me most BB creams touting great coverage are thick, pasty and incredibly difficult to blend/work with.