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I am not the girl who likes spending money on makeup so it is rare that I am lusting over so many items from Sephora. However, I have been spending a lot of time on YouTube viewing '2016 Makeup Favourites' and makeup hauls. It has inspired me to do a little window shopping on the Sephora website myself. The hesitation I always get with buying makeup is how products will work for my skin type. Everyone skin is different and I'm always afraid of spending so much money on something that could potentially not work for my skin. Or even worse, break out in spots. That being said, these items have been on my wishlist from Sephora for the past couple of weeks.
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I am not a girl who is blessed with good skin genes. Growing up, I had acne that still, to this day, jilts my self confidence. Past puberty now, my skin type is now combination to oily depending on the time of the month. I take care of my skin fairly well on a daily basis with cleanser, toner, exfoliating scrub, masks, peels, moisturiser, you name it. So I am very aware of my skin type and how prone it is to acne. I also have clogged pores, primarily on my nose and chin area which tends to turn my face oily looking during the day. Over the past few years, I have been on the hunt for a good, decent price primer to keep my make up in place and also to blur my imperfections. I have previously tried Benefit Porefessional Primer which I actually stopped using after a few times. I found that the formula of the primer was rather oily and over the course of the day, my face looked like an oil rig. It was horrible for my skin. It caused a breakout which I also was not happy with. Since then, I've tried a primer by MAC which I also stopped using after a few tries due to getting the same results as the Benefit primer. Though, it wasn't as oily, it still was not working for me. I actually gave up having primer in my skin care routine for awhile before opting for a BB cream instead of foundation which has primer in it.
Then at the end of last year whilst in Malaysia, browsing through a drugstore, I came across the L'Oreal Base Magique Primer. I wasn't expecting much from it as I had already given up hope on finding a primer that worked for my skin. To be honest, I probably bought it because it was cheap and what did I have to lose even if it didn't work? Initially I tested some on the back of my hand and was surprised by the texture of it. It was silky, had some weigh to it but blended out like a dream. Let me repeat that- Like. A. Dream. I was pleasantly surprised that it blurred those fine lines on the back of my hand and it was smooth to touch. So, I just had to buy it to test it out on my face.
It has been about a month since I bought it and tried it and let's just say, I do not leave the house without it on my face. Also, no breakouts from it! Whether I actually have make up on or not, I do not go without having this primer on my face. To be fair, a primer is multi-purpose like smoothing texture, boosting coverage and helps products wear better and last longer. But I mainly use it to smooth the texture and blur imperfections. I put in on after my moisturiser and honestly, my face looks instantly flawless. Given, I still have pimples here and there but in terms of texture and the look- flawless. Everything is blurred and lines are all smooth. I have been testing out primers for so many years, and lo and behold, I find the perfect primer for my skin in the drugstore. After applying the primer, on a no make-up day, I would just leave it as that and my face is so smooth and soft to touch. It also creates a wonderful base for foundation too- powder or liquid. My makeup always looks so beautiful and even with the primer on underneath. It is weightless and does not cause your foundation to cake up. As I do not use a primer for product longevity, I can't give a trial and tested opinion on it but from what I see at the end of each day, my make up is still all on and it all still looks so smooth. You definitely not be able to tell I've had the same make up on, without touching up for 8 hours at work.
So if you are out looking for a primer, for whatever your skin type is, do check out your local drugstore for the L'Oreal Base Magique Primer. I know it has been out for awhile and it is not a new product in the L'Oreal range whatsoever but I just had to do a shoutout as it has completely changed my makeup routine. It will fit everyone's budget and remember, a little dip into the pot goes a long way!
Whilst browsing Watsons in Malaysia, I came across a local brand Sendayu Tinggi Cosmetics otherwise better known as ST Cosmetics. I have always stuck with international drugstore brands such as Loreal, Maybelline, Revlon, etc. but when I saw the simplistic packaging of ST Cosmetics, I was intrigued to try it. I picked up 3 products- Contour and Highlight kit, Strobing Highlighter and a glitter lip gloss.
I have already tried the glitter lip gloss and have loved it. It smells good and is great worn by itself over lipbalm or over a nude or pink lipstick. I got it in the shade Merlot Glaze. I had only bought one tube and on hindsight, such have picked up more. That's how much I like it! Today I will be testing out the Contour and Highlight kit and the Strobing highlighter. At the moment for highlight and contour, I am using the Smashbox Contour Kit. I do love it so I'm interested to see how ST Cosmetics measure up.
I have done some swatches of the products below. I will give my final first impression of it at the end.
So my thoughts- I would not be adding these products to my daily makeup routine. I like the contour and highlight kit, more so for the contour powders than the highlight powder. However I do not fancy the strobing highlighter at all. It does not provide a glow like highlighters normally do, it just leaves a trail of glitter which I am not a fan of. I have to say that the contour and highlight kit leaves a lot fall out on the pan when using a brush so use a light hand! I am a medium skin tone so the darker contour colour works for me. If you have fair or light-medium skin tone, the shade will be way too dark. It only comes in one shade palette which is a shame. Even with a darker skin tone, I needed to blend, blend, blend to avoid an obvious dark section! Use it sparingly; very sparingly as it is dark! It blends best with a damp beauty blender. The bronzer colour is ok, not my favourite as it has a yellow undertone which in my opinion does not blend well with the contour colour. I could see myself using the bronzer shade with my regular contour powder though.
Despite not liking this particular local brand for their contour and highlight, I did like their lipgloss and would definitely repurchase that. I am not put off trying other local brands out there so if there are any local brands you would like to introduce me to, please leave me a comment and I'll try get my hands on them!
I have been on the look out for new makeup brushes for awhile now. I have had my eye on the Zoeva Rose Gold Vol. 2 Luxury Set from Sephora but could not justify spending $120 on a few brushes. Zoeva is a great brand and there has been really good reviews on their brushes but I personally did not want to spend so much on them. As I was viewing my usual YouTubers, there has been mentions of the drugstore brand Real Techniques. I have seen Real Techniques available in Guardian but are very pricey in Singapore.
I went onto iherb.com, a US based natural supplements/health related e-store. I found a wide range of Real Techniques brushes and sponges on the site for much cheaper than Guardian and decided to take the plunge. Just to give you a rough idea of the price difference, the stippling brush in Guardian sells for $18.60 and on iherb.com, it is selling at $8.50 USD ($12 SGD).
After browsing the site for awhile, I settled on getting the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman, Your Picks, Berlin, 5 Brush Set. It comes with 5 essential brushes in a unique, limited edition design- Buffing brush, Contour brush, Stippling brush, Deluxe Crease brush and Base Shadow brush. iherb.com has 25% off all Real Techniques products so after the discount, it came to $22.45 USD. For first time users, you get an additional 10% off which brought it to $20 USD. International shipping to Singapore was $4 USD. The total price I paid was $24 USD (approx. $35 SGD). Which is amazing considering individual brushes from Guardian costs $15+ each.
Buy it here! Or head over to iherb to check out other beauty products for a fraction of the price we see in Singapore!
Also Grazia recently released their list of best foundation brushes and guess what? Real Techniques Stippling brush was part of the list and is a 'Must buy' under the 'Stippling Brush' category. Read about it here!
On day 2 of my shopping trip at Paradigm Mall in Kuala Lumpur, I walked into Watsons to check the price of some of my favourite drugstore makeup products. To my surprise, it was so cheap! I am not talking about $2-3 cheaper, we are talking about more than half price! I was so happy, I stocked up on some of my staple products from Maybelline and Loreal. I also came also a locally owned cosmetics brand- Sendayu Tinggi aka ST Cosmetics. I did some swatches and they were highly pigmented so I am excited to test them out after my trip.
And of course one does not pass a Sephora and not go in and spend money. I have been wanting to get a new powder foundation as my drugstore Revlon Photoready powder foundation is down to its pan. I have heard and read good reviews of the Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Powder Foundation so I just had to get it. Again, it was several dollars cheaper than Sephora in Singapore. I have also been looking to get a tinted moisturiser/balm since I saw an instagram post by Jeanne Grey aka thegreylayers. After much research on tinted moisturisers for combination skin, I decided to go with the Tarte Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturiser.
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List of products and prices from Watsons, Malaysia. Prices are stated in RM.
ST Cosmetics Highlight and Contour Palette - 45.31
ST Cosmetics Super Glow Highlighter - 38.16
ST Cosmetics Glitter Gloss - 27.68
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - 31.41
Maybelline Pure Mineral Concealer - 18.95
Maybelline Hypersharp Eyeliner - 22.02
Loreal Base Magique Smoothing Primer - 47.57
List of products and prices from Sephora. Prices are stated in RM.
Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face powder - 73
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer - 142
Eyelash extensions for me is a luxury. It's expensive and on my (non-existent) eyelashes, they barely make it to 2 weeks. I've had my fair share of eyelash extensions in the past. I've tested the cluster eyelashes, single mink eyelashes, single silk eyelashes and none of them have been very successful. I was browsing through Groupon the other day and I decided to take the plunge at giving eyelash extensions another go. I have never done it in Singapore before so I thought 'It's so cheap on Groupon, why not?'. I bought a deal for a neighbourhood salon in Clementi- Diva Spa. Groupon was having a 25% off beauty so I got an eyelash extensions + 1 touch up for $22.50 after discount. Considering most eyelash extensions begin from $60 - $150, this was a really good purchase
So a little bit about my natural lashes- they are short, downward pointing and fairly sparse. Usually I apply strip lashes everyday but recently I've been getting abit lazy with that. For the price I paid, I thought the results were natural and I am quite happy with it. However I was not impressed with the process of application. She was rough in handling areas around the eye. After the application of lashes, my eyes were stuck together with glue. It was so painful as she separated my lashes from my skin. Also from my previous experiences, it usually takes anywhere between 90 - 120 minutes for a full set of lashes. She only took 40 minutes!
Outcome of lashes: 3/5
Skill level: 2.5/5
Price: 5/5 (with Groupon deal)
Would not recommend