Favourites of the month : January 2015

It's the time for monthly favorites, I hope I can keep it up till the end of the year. This month I discovered some new products as well as some oldies. I'm very into lip products this month, so you may notice a number of lip products in this post.

1. Kose Infinity Refining Massage Cream - thick and creamy, it actually keep my skin very plump but not greasy. Definitely a must use after a deep cleansing session. I use it once or twice per week, depends how regular I am on the deep cleansing routine.
2. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - smells like a combination between cinnamon and pumpkin. It feels tingling on the skin which for me I think it is working in removing those dead skin cells, keeping my face soft and smooth. It does has some particles to polish and refine the skin texture. I don't put on my face for too long as my skin is more prone to sensitive side at this moment. Please always follow up with a hydrating mask/ sheet mask after use which will actually double up the whole home skin therapy effects.
3. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB - simple and easy, I can leave the house without any foundation or face powder if I'm in a rush.
4. Za Perfect Fit Concealer #02 - blend nicely into the skin, keeping those zits and dark circles away
5. Mentholatum Q10 lip gel - non sticky lip gel, I use this in night time, it helps to keep my skin soft and flakes free.
6. Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss #Berry Allure, #Pink Pop - OMG, this is the highlight of this month. I am so freaking in love with these 2 lip glosses from the pigmentation, texture and quality, AMAZING. I'm not a lip gloss person when it need to be wore to work. Most lip glosses tend to be very sticky and wear off very easily, this one is vice versa. I tried the previous formula and found it was quite drying and emphasized my lip lines. Since it is in new packaging, I decided to give it a try again, and WOW. The new formula is great, it doesn't make my lips peel and it doesn't sink into my lip lines. Highly recommend to give this a try.
7. Eco Tools small Kabuki brush - soft and precise.
8. Benefit BeneTint - Perfect when I'm in a rush, last for few hours and it can be used as cheek stain or lip stain, fuss free and small enough to carry around.
9. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo # Brunette, Dark brown - I love Anastasia brow products, they are so amazing. The brow powder actually creates a very nice and natural eye brows. It comes with 2 shades, so you can create a nice dimension. Best use with angled brush because I prefer brows with some arch rather than the thick korean brow which is very famous now, but I'm just not ready to jump into the bandwagon.
10. Physicians Formula Mineral Face Powder #Translucent - oil free, fuss free, non clog pores.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

Review: Biotherm Pure Skin Effect Hydrating Gel

I bought the Biotherm moisturizer awhile ago, I never though to give it a review because I want to give myself a little more time to test it out. So, here's what I think about it.

Firstly, the packaging is really easy to travel and carry around, not too big to fit into my little skincare pouch. Great thing is the pump, it just pumps out the right amount, normally I use 1-2pumps for the entire face. I like the consistency, not to sticky nor too thin, it absorbs nicely, sinks really well into my skin, leaving no residue behind. Some hydrating gel tends to leave a thin film onto skin, but I don't have any issue with this. Plus, leaving my skin nice and soft to the touch !

I would recommend it for acne prone skin, oily to combination but not for super dry skin. My skin condition changes from time to time,which is why I have different types of moisturizer, and they will be used based on what my skin needs and skin condition is. Even if I'm having drier skin (not super dry), I still can use this without any issue, just make sure to layer well with another hydrating moisturizer. Or I only use this in the morning when I hit to the gym, it controls extra oil secretion yet keeping my skin matte but not dry. But for my current dry skin, I will keep it in minimal use as I seriously need a more hydrated and denser moisturizer to combat some of my drier patch. In case I really want to use this, I will only use in day time and outdoor, not in air conditioner room.

The only issue I have is the scent, it seems to be a bit too much for me, it lingers for quite sometimes to be completely fade off. If you're sensitive to scented item, you might want to avoid this.

Bottom line, it is a good but I will not consider as the best hydrating gel for oily combination skin (which I have for the pass few months). Long term use definitely dried out my skin because my skin condition changes from time to time based on lifestyle and weather. Still a nice one to have but definitely not in my MUST HAVE list.

Review: Kose Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel

Last month I tried out my newly bough cleansing gel from Kose. I used to remove my makeup with the Shu Uemura cleansing oil but then I decided to give this a tried.

I'm using this every night to remove my impurities and makeup after the hectic working hours. I think it works well, removes my makeup and eyeliner nicely without being too harsh to my drier skin.
I would say it is efficient enough for a not so heavy makeup user. I don't consider myself a heavy makeup user although I tend to buy way more than I need and I should.

My everyday makeup only consist of face powder/ sunblock + bbcream, concealer, eye brow pencil/powder, lipstick and a blusher, so I don't find it is too hard or too stubborn to be removed.
I find it removes gently and thoroughly without making my face feel tight and tug. It keeps my skin feels soft and supple which is the one thing I really enjoy and love. It does has a nice calming scent which doesn't linger too long after use, totally no issue with the scent part.

It comes in a light lilac,pink squeeze tube, easy to dispense. Normally I tend to squeeze out more due to the soft tube packaging but I don't consider I'm wasting my product. I will massage between my palm, sort of warm up the cleansing oil, then massage onto the skin. The gel will slowly turn into oil and remove all those dirt from my face, very easy and fuss free. Then, add some water and continue to massage into a milky like consistency, rinse off. Done! Sometimes, when I put on a heavy cat eye, I will use cleansing wipes to remove everything after the cleansing oil was completely melted and dissolved all the makeup. Still, it feels clean and fresh.

On traveler's side, I love this because totally no worry of oil spills everywhere inside my luggage. It will not leak unless it isn't close properly. I will definitely bring this whenever I travel whether on vacation, to work or back to my parents' house.

Overall, I give this a yes and will repurchase whenever I run out. The price range is almost the same like the Shu oil just that this one is more travel friendly and more gentle on my current dry skin.

Favourites Basic Makeup 2014

Hello everyone.... 2014 is probably the year which I focused mostly on basic makeup and I'm just really enjoy the simple look.

Well, not much to share but these are those I love and used the most. Without further ado, here's my short listed items:

1. EcoTool Powder Brush - very soft. Pick up product at the right amount. Cleanse easily, almost no fall out
2. Clinelle Face Powder #ivory - good for my everyday use, light to medium coverage. It set onto my skin nicely without being too cakey. Last for more than 8 hours without making my skin look oily.
3. IOPE BB cushion # N21- this one is great. Probably the best base makeup I've ever come across last year. Korean do really know how to design a great makeup product. It just so easy to use. I'm using N21 because I don't think I need high coverage and I'm just prefer to have a natural look. I would say it gives me a nice glow, more likely to have semi matte/ not too dewy finish. Sometimes, I only use it under my eyes just to hide the dark circles. It matches my skin tone perfectly too. Not to mention, this one smell really, really good. It comes with 1 refill, just pop up the old one and snap the refill in. I am so freaking in love with it.
P.S: the cushion can dry up easily, so I just wash my hands, flip it and it still working very well.
4. Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder # Diffused Heat - my best blushes for the year. The blush sit well on the skin, giving a nice glow. Even my mom got hooked in. For me, it is the best combination between a blusher and a highlighter. Since I got it, I've been using this every single day. I'm definitely going to check out more Hourglass products.
5. Anastasia Brow Wiz #Brunette - the high end brow thingy yet the thinnest eyebrow pen I've tried so far. It looks very natural. It has the best packaging, a brow product together with brush. And because if that, I can draw my brows nicely whether is thick or thin it still look great.
6. Za Ever Brows #Dark Brown. Nice, I think I've used 2 of this in the pass 4-5 months. Soft and nice color payoff. Is not as thin as the Anastasia brow wiz, but still it works well and easy to control. Budget friendly!
7. Cyber Color Automatic Brow Pen #08 Dark Brown .I have 4 backups of this in my drawer. Surprisingly it is cheaper than Za. I bought this at Sasa last month and really enjoy using it. It is not completely dark brown, I consider it as more like a ash brown but still look really nice. 
8. LipIce Sheer Color #Strawberry - everyday companion. Is a combination of lipbalm and lip color. It applies translucently and later on it will turn into a soft, lovely pink color. Plus it is strawberry scented.
9. Revlon Lipbutter #Berry Smoothie - natural looking lip product. It has some shimmer in it. It looks nice on my lips without being too overdone nor too glossy.Not sticky at all, most important my lips doesn't peel after using it. 
10. Tarte Eyeshadow Duo #Kalalau Trail - small enough to carry around. I can't recall when this came out. It was a Christmas gift from my secret santa few years back. Although it only has 2shades, I think it compliments each other really well. It is very versatile too. 
In case you are wondering the swatches. (my skin is dry) Left :heavy swatch, Right: lightly swatch. 
The golden shades look very settle on my lip, buttery soft and less fall out.
Dark brown shades can be used as liner / crease color/ smokey effect.
11. Smith's Rosebud Salve - great lip care product. I've been using it for years.
12. Majorlica Majorca Perfect Automatic Liner #GR604. It is a felt tip liquid eye liner. Is dark green with some shimmer but very settle. Black is just way too boring since I don't use too much eyeshadow.
13. Maybelline Define A-Lash Mascara Waterproof # Very Black - lengthening, not clumping. Easy to remove.

Overall, I'm very happy to share with you all on my favourites for 2014. I hope you all find some lovely treasure in it as I do. I go a little bit crazy with brow last year because a define brows makes me look better and more confident. Among of items mentioned, IOPE BB cushion, Anastasia brow wiz and Hourglass ambient lightening blusher are some highlighted products which I think deserve the hype among beauty bloggers, Youtubers and makeup artist. Before I hit my last full stop, I hope you all enjoy reading and thank you for all the supports throughout the year(s).