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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Drugstore.com Haul (again)

I did a little haul recently to purchase some essentials that had pretty good reviews from YouTube makeup gurus. I also needed to do a wee skincare update/revamp because we all know that out skin changes as we age (especially after hitting 25). I am not a brand loyalist because I know very well that our skin changes all the time, especially being women, our hormones change every month. Also, every company out there always come up with different formulations suited for different skin needs. I dare to try different brands because then, I can always explore what works best for my skin type. At the same time, I have always been the drugstore junkie, just because I have 'been there, done that' with the major over the counter brands when I was younger (blame it on my late mother because she started me out on skincare VERY young). 

I did a small haul on drugstore.com to try some stuff out. I used bezimi.com (I mentioned this in my previous post as well)  and all I can say about Bezimi.com is that they are very prompt, offer consolidation and repacking services with no extra charge and just plain awesome. Their rates are pretty awesome and the list out all 'payables' and will give you the best shipping prices possible. Gone are the days of 'volumetric weight' and all that nonsense! So far, it has been nothing but pleasant experience using this service. 

  1. Revlon Brow Fantasy 

This is a dual ended product which gives you an eyebrow pencil on one side and a brow gel on the other. I got the color Dark Brown to match my hair color. This lasts the whole day without slipping and sliding on my combination skin. The color is close to perfect for me, with not being too dark at all. The brow gel really helps to set the brows in place once you have filled your eyebrows in using the pencil. Well, that is the only downside. I have to manually sharpen the pencil #firstworldproblems. 
Verdict: I this I may have found a new favorite eyebrow pencil. I don't like soft eyebrow pencils which then just goes on the eyebrows too thick and too dark and then slipping and sliding when you blot during the day. Too hard pencils which just snags and pulls resulting in bald patches (Gah! The horror!) And for USD7.49 on drugstore.com its worth buying a few at a go (psst, there is a buy 1 get 1 at 50% off promo) for backups. 

    2. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder


I picked this up because I wanted to try something which would help keep the shine aka kuali-ness at bay. I do have combination skin with an oily t-zone area. This powder is used to set my BB cream which I posted and reviewed about in my previous entry. I didn't really know which shade to get so I got these powder in Medium Sand and Medium Beige. This powder is oil-free and non-comedogenic.  Always a big plus for ladies who have slightly oilier skin.


To be honest, I am more of a Medium Beige shade, but I used the other powder for under eyes to brighten up the dark circles after concealer, or I use both powders blended together to get a 'fresher' look to my face.
Verdict: With two squirts of Skindinavia/ Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray  my face saw less oiliness and looks fresher (well, I had two people on two separate days telling me I look fresher). I do like this powder a lot, best for everyday wear.
Price: USD6.79

     3. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream


I do have a few visible wrinkles around the eyes, which are pretty much a resultant of laughing and being a goofball most times. I have been on a search of an effective eye cream that can help reduce the look of my very obvious 'laugh lines' as I call it, but hey, I am over 30! I tried a number of eye creams, serums and roller ball thingamagics that just doesn't work! With pretty good reviews online about this product, what the heck, one more to try. Its been two weeks (therabouts) and so far, I still have my wrinkles, but has slightly improved. I won't say this is going to be my favorite, or The One as yet.
Verdict: For USD16.79 (on special), its worth a try and see if this helps smooth the wrinkles. In the meantime, perhaps I shouldn't be smiling too much?

   4. Covergirl Lashblast 24 Hour Eyeliner


A classic brand. I remember Covergirl being one of my first makeup brand introduced to me by my late mother as I was approaching puberty. I wanted to try a felt tip eyeliner pen. I have always used either the classic eyeliner pencil, gel liners or liquid liners.

The felt tip wasn't hard and application seems easy with swatches on the back of my hand. Will do an update  with a review on this soon.

   5. Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara


There were so many raves on YouTube about this product. I tried looking for the Falsies Flared version of this locally, to no avail. I got the waterproof formula in Blackest Black. This mascara had a flexible wand which helps even application on the eyelashes. 
Verdict: I love the formula, and how it lengthens, thickens my lashes. I don't have long nor thick lashes, just normal looking lashes. A gf commented my eyes looked a little dolly-ish and opened up when I met up with her for our weekend food indulgence. Downside to this product, holy crap. It was SO hard to remove! I had to soak my cotton pad with some Bioderma and let it sit on my eyes for a minute or two before I am able to start removing the mascara. Talk about smudgeproof AND waterproof. I have only tried this product once, and will update what I really feel about this product. 

    6. eos Smooth Lipbalm Sphere in Honeysuckle Honeydew



I do make my own lipbalms, but I just wanted to try this for kicks to see what the rave is all about. This lip balm boasts to be 95% organic and 100% all-natural with petroleum and paraben free. Not tested on animals nor has any animal by-products. Has shea butter, Vitamin E and jojoba oil to keep lips soft. Sounds impressive! Will do a review on this product once I've tried it. 

A pretty much small haul, it was a combined purchase with my gf and some other supplies that I needed that were not makeup/beauty related. Do check out www.bezimi.com and www.drugstore.com .

I'll be back for more updates and entries. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Outlet Shopping in Oz

Ok, so the girls were jealous when I came home with a suitcase full of deals and steals from Oz. Thanks to mum who helped picked out all the items of course!

Here goes!
Damage made in a few hours. Don't be fooled at the limited number of bags eh.

AUD2.50 each. Ho! Ho! Ho! I bought 4 dresses, 3 tops and two rompers/jumpsuits from Supre Outlet near where we were. Total damage= AUD22.50
I also got these for AUD0.50 each. Colored tights and a belt. 

From some random store which sells a WHOLE lot of gorgeous stuff. 
3 peplum tops, 6 dresses. Total damage= AUD50
There were 3 for AUD10 and 3 for AUD20 deals that I just couldn't resist! 


Here we go, with one of the 3 for AUD$20 dresses I got. We were heading out for dinner and of course I had to wear one of my new dresses out. A steal indeed because it was well made, great material and fits really well. 

 AUD7 each for these pretty flats from K-Mart (why did K Mart move out of Singapore? Boo!)


Also got these dresses from another random store. Total damage = AUD20



 And here's me wearing one of the pretty blue dresses matched with the blue sparkly flats from K-Mart. Perfect for summer :)

My very most expensive purchase were these burgundy suede wedges. Marked down from AUD139, I scored these for AUD39! 


I did bear in mind that I do have a 30kg weight limit on my flight home. It was great to spend time with mum and she had a ball picking out stuff for me. I look forward to spending time with her again coming Christmas, be it shopping or not! 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bioderma, Olay Pore Minimizing Scrub and a wee beauty haul

Okay, so I am a little inspired to put up a blogpost about some things I picked up before I flew off for Christmas and also some items I picked up in Australia. I did go a bit mad from shopping there at the outlet shops and promised my gfs that next year I will be buying for them as well! The clothing haul will be in a separate post (provided that I stay motivated to blog, ha!)

First and foremost, I picked up the Bioderma Solution Micellaire for sensitive skin. Note that I have Normal/Combination Skin, but I picked the sensitive skin option just to be on the safe side.

Usage experience:
First tried this product after a long day of errands with light makeup (ZA Two Way Powder, eyebrows, mascara and blush). Using a cotton pad and probably a few drops of the product cleaned almost my entire face of makeup. Then went on a second cleansing to make sure I got rid of all traces of mascara. Very promising right? So the product was put to the test again, this time with a full face of makeup. I semi soaked the single cotton pad with the product and within minutes, I was almost stripped bare of all makeup. Mind you, waterproof mascara sometimes can be really difficult to remove and usually eye makeup removers are super oily and sting my eye. A second cleansing just mopped up anything the first cleaning left behind. I was floored! Non-oily, no chemical smell (it's an unscented product) and truly lived up to the raves of so many beauty gurus online.

Where to buy: Selected Guardian Pharmacies and amazon.com 
Price: $25 (I think, at the time of purchase) for 250ml. 
Verdict: Wow. A must try if you haven't! This is my holy grail of makeup cleansers for sure!

Next I picked up the Garnier Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer. After hearing some reviews, decided to try this out and see what the hype was all about. This product comes in only 1 shade, the formulation seems to suit light to medium Asian skin tones. The product goes on smooth and feels light after application. Coverage is pretty light and a concealer is still necessary for major blemishes. Personally, after half a day without blotting, my skin is look slightly shiny (still experimenting with a different setting powder, and it seems promising! Stay tuned for updates. 

Where to buy: Watson's, Guardian Pharmacy, well any drugstore it seems now. 
Verdict: Promising, but will not be repurchasing again just because I would like to try other BB creams.

In Australia, I picked up a few things as well. Hopping over to our local BigW, I spied a few items which are unavailable from our local Singapore stores which I was dying to try. 

Saw this Olay Pore Minimizing Scrub first from TiffanyD (YouTube channel here ) and I really wanted to try it just because its from Olay! The product comes in a pump tube which is always a big plus because its more hygienic and you won't get water seepage. Look at the candy stripes of the product! I love that the green part of the product actually is a gel scrub and has little beads which gently exfoliates the skin. The white creamy stripes is actually the cleanser bit which helps clean dirt and impurities. 


Where to buy: drugstore.com , ulta.com or for Australians, your local Priceline, BigW, Woolworths should carry them. 
Price: USD6.99 (therabouts) or AUD18 (me thinks, not too sure, correct me please!)
Verdict: I love this product! It is non drying and gentle enough for daily use so far and sloughs dead skin and grime allowing fresh glowing skin to show through. 

Next up, the ever so raved Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter. I got two colors to try, one a nude color and the other a richer color to give an idea to how pigmented or how sheer the lip butters can go. I got the colors Red Velvet and Brown Sugar. I found out so far that only certain places do have these two colors. I have seen Brown Sugar sold at Sasa Holland Village. Else, I know that its hard to get the full range of colors in Singapore which is a shame coz they have such beautiful range of colors. I do love these lip butters, Brown Sugar is a gorgeous shimmery sheer nude color and Red Velvet is pretty pigmented for a lip butter its almost like a lipstick. The lip butters glide on really smooth and is very moisturizing. Downside, the lip butters are a little 'melty' in the tube, if you get what I mean and you will need to reapply a little bit throughout the day. 


Where to buy: drugstore.com , ulta.com or for Australians, your local Priceline and BigW should carry them. 
Verdict: Its a pretty decent product with gorgeous shades to choose from. I would definitely repurchase this in different colors. 

Last but not least one of my favorites from this mini haul is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. Omg, I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this product. Product contains extracts of Goji Berry and Haloxyl™. This product claims to diminish dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. The applicator is a unique sponge which they call micro-corrector applicator. Ok, fine. To me it blends really well, you twist up the product when you need it and the formula is very light and non-cakey. I personally use this every day under my eyes because it doesn't 'melt' off, doesn't smudge and its cheap! I use the color Medium and there are also choices for neutralizer and brightener too. 



Where to buy: drugstore.com , ulta.com or for Australians, your local Priceline and BigW should carry them. 
Verdict: Its a pretty decent product with gorgeous shades to choose from. I would definitely repurchase this in different colors.

Recently, I used this service called Bezimi, a personal shopper/shopping site which allows you to purchases from websites such as Bath & Body Works and such. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this company and their services because they are the best, really. I had a bad experience with Vpost that I swore to never use them again, and just in time, Bezimi came along. Go check out their services and please do support them! 

I am going to get a little more diligent in posting more stuff up on this blog. Its really getting too lonely (and dusty) around here! Till then, TTFN!