Monday, April 29, 2013

March and April Favourites

The past two months have just flown by- I've been inundated with assignments for the past three weeks consecutively but I must admit March and April have been the best months I've had for a while. I've been using a mix of old and new products, so I thought I'd share the good ones.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Zygomatic Blush

On a very indulgent day of shopping on Queen St Mall, I went a little mad at the newly opened Daiso (tried their makeup sponge detergent and it cleans brushes in three seconds. I'm so glad I bought two. Speaking of Daiso, their cotton bud/q-tip section is amazing. I didn't buy any but I was astounded that you could fill a whole aisle with different kinds of cotton buds. Their kitchenware and plastic containers fill half the store. It's insane. Stationery takes up a good few aisles too. I was so tempted to get some plastic containers for brushes or desk things but didn't. I walked away with just 9 things quite easily because I've been to Daiso in Singapore a few times. I digress.) and treated myself to Illamasqua's Zygomatic cream blush. Fun fact: the zygomatic is the name of the cheekbone- who knew? (See, watching Bones teaches me things. I didn't know what phalanges were before watching Bones. Now I do.)

Good, Bad and Dreadful-Smelling

The troubles my skin goes through are attributed to the same factors as everybody else but I can never seem to get a skincare routine right. I've been trying a few different products and shall share my hits and misses with you. Brace yourselves for a massive round-up of skincare.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Revlon Photoready BB Cream

I haven't had much success with Western drugstore BB Creams (see Garnier BB Cream post) but I was at Priceline during their 40% off sale (which is happening today (24th April) and tomorrow) and purchased the newly-released Revlon version for a little under $15. 

In cool daylight, l-r: BB Cream blended in; light swatch

The Revlon Photoready BB Cream comes in three shades, Light, Light Medium and Medium and they all run fairly warm-toned. The new release also includes illuminators (think Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector-style with a yellow shade, a pink shade and a bronze shade) which come in pretty interesting packaging. I have yellow undertones and light-medium skin (think between MAC NC25-30) so I bought the shade Light Medium, which looked like a great match initially but upon closer inspection it's too orange for my skin. Darn it. I was so hoping to find a cheaper alternative to something like Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser. It's not the smoothest of applications but it blends in nicely on prepped skin and hides blemishes and discoloration. It has a regular foundation smell, nothing amazing like Bourjois but nothing awful like Revlon Colorstay. The finish is pretty matte, and it dries down quite quickly. I would still powder through the t-zone for oily/combination skin but it's fine on its own too if you're willing to blot.

To round up, this is a decent tinted moisturiser if you can find one of the three shades to match your skin. It's not greasy, nor does it have a funky smell, and it doesn't have sparkles in it. The sparkles were my main fear since it's a member of the Photoready line but thankfully it's sparkle-free. Again, to address the BB cream issue, it doesn't have skincare benefits- SPF and 'moisturising' do not a BB cream make.

Its regular retail price is $24.95 and it's available at Target and Priceline so far. I think the other retailers like Kmart and Big W are less punctual at receiving new releases. I gave the Rimmel and Maybelline BB Creams a miss but Revlon generally gets it right most of the time and this is a worthwhile pick if you're in the market for a tinted moisturiser.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Update and Travel Beauty Stash

I know I said I was going for good, but I had a little time on my hands (not really, but you know how things get, read: procrastinating) and thought I'd revive the blog for a day or three. (This reminds me of traitors in movies, and you forever doubt their loyalty. Only I didn't betray Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I pressed the Undelete button.) 

1. I bought some face masks! Aesop's Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask are the latest additions. I only had Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque and the Aesop one kicks Queen Helene's arse. Note: it is about ten times the price but masks last so long that I see them as an investment. I ran into a high school friend at Mecca Maxima and we were just egging each other on to buy things. Linh, you enabler!

2. I found the NYC Sunny bronzer at Cosmetics Fragrance Direct for $2! I was so happy I bought two. It's quickly become an installment in the daily routine when I bother putting on makeup. The bronzer is great but the packaging is so cheap- it doesn't even have a hinge.

3. My dog got into my bag and must have thought the lip balms smelled good because he had a go at them and I had to chuck out the Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream. I'm not too sad though, as I didn't like that one at all. (Having said that, I do like the Nivea lip butter line, I just prefer the Vanilla Macadamia one.) The Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Peppermint lip butter is really nice- highly recommend it!

4. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is amazing and has done wonders for my skin. I'm currently trialling Kate Somerville's Anti Bac clearing lotion but Effaclar Duo is what I fall back onto (and it costs a lot less than the Kate Somerville) and the fact that it's readily available at Terry White makes me love it even more.

5. Recently obsessed with Elementary and Pitch Perfect. As usual, I'm late to the party of Pitch Perfect (like I only just watched Avengers, Silver Linings Playbook and Perks of Being A Wallflower), and Elementary is such a clever show. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu pull off their characters so well.

6. I'm going to Singapore for a couple of days in May, and I've got my LAG bag ready. I bought a PVC clear bag that fits the airline requirements from David Jones and it came with numerous bottles, tubes and dinky jars begging to be filled with moisturisers and cleansers and serums. I was quite pleased with the purchase but my sister just balked at the price. I generally don't wear much makeup on a daily basis but we're going back for a big family dinner so I'm bringing a fair bit more makeup than normal.

The contents of my (incomplete!) travel kit are: Origins Drink Up Intensive mask in a little sample pot (Kit Cosmetics are great with samples- I only bought it after I tried the sample!), a few skincare sample sachets, Swisspers facial wipes which I need to go and buy, CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua sample in B30, Laura Mercier's Undercover concealer duo, Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer, Lioele Pop Orange Tint, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, NYC Sunny Bronzer, NARS Deep Throat, Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch, MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle to use as an eyeshadow, lip balm, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm. Other things are the Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Grey-Black, Rimmel ScandalEyes Kohl Kajal Pencil in Black and the L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara and the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. Brushes-wise, I'm bringing the Ecotools Mineral Powder brush (which comes everywhere because it's such a good size to travel with), an Ecotools Angled Eyeshadow Brush and the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. 
I might paint my nails with OPI Bubble Bath under a good layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat before I go. 
Note: I want to add that I probably won't use all the products and I might scale it down closer to the date of the trip. Got a bit excited last night packing that bag. I need to take a page from ViviannaDoesMakeup's book and pack light.

I don't know if I'll keep the blog open after this, but I'll pop a Bloglovin' button on the sidebar because of the whole Google Friend Connect fiasco.