Monday, 28 July 2014

REVIEW: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red and Kiss Me Coral

This is the story of a MYR5.00 voucher, again. Yes, I had another MYR5.00 voucher in hand again as hubby dearest bought some stuff from the pharmacy. Initially I wanted to get another Maybelline Colour Tattoo Edgy Emerald (it's sooo pretty!) but as I was browsing the store, I saw Revlon Super Lustrous range was having Buy One Free One promotion. Say what?! Come to mama....
Love That Red, Kiss Me Coral

Revlon Kiss Me Coral

Revlon Love That Red
Both these lipsticks has buttery and creamy application. It goes on super smoothly and whoa! the pigmentation is so opaque that one application is enough. My lips felt nice, soft and hydrated throughout wearing this but like any other lip products I used, I always wear a lip balm first so that might be a contributing factor. What amazes me the most other than the pigmentation of these lipsticks was the staying power. I put this on in the morning, I drank, had lunch and this lipstick barely budge! I only needed 1 reapplication in the late afternoon and quite frankly, I could have gotten away without reapplying.

Love That Red is a beautiful pure bright in your face red on my lips. I did not detect any pink or blue undertone in it. It's not for the faint hearted that is for sure but I absolutely love it! Another plus point is this lipstick made my teeth looks whiter, ow how can you not love that, eh? I personally find this to be a classic red, very old Hollywood glamour and sexy. There is a reason why Revlon never discontinued this shade after all these years. Believe it or not, this lipstick has been on sale since 1951!

Kiss Me Coral is more of a muted orange with a slight brown undertone on my lips. It is definitely not coral but it does not change the fact that this is such a gorgeous colour that gives my face a healthy glow. All I need is some mascara, peachy blusher, this lipstick and voila! my face instantly lit up. However, I believe this lipstick shade is one of those tricky ones, meaning depending on your lips pigmentation and skin tone, this might look tomato red, brown, coral and I read that some even said it has pink undertone so do keep this in mind if you want to purchase this.

I am honestly in love with these lipstick range but unfortunately, Revlon Malaysia carries limited shades. I have scouted the other colours but none so far looked appealing to me.

Have you tried Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick before? What are your favourite colours?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

My Little Sanctuary Revamp

This little sanctuary that I have here started out as an outlet for me to escape from the real world. A couple of years ago, I wasn't sure about many things in life. I was angry, frustrated with too many things and while I was blessed to be in a beautiful relationship with an amazing man, I had my own personal demons to conquer. And that was how I came to create my little online world. It gave me a healthy outlet to keep my sanity intact.

Over the last couple of years, I have stumbled around in the dark, trying to find a direction that I would like to take with my little sanctuary here. For the lack of a better word, it was a cluster fuck. I wrote everything and anything, my anger and frustration, my joy and laughter and when I started to cook and became passionate about cooking, I started to post recipes. It hasn't killed anyone who ate my cooking, yet, so I think I am a decent cook. Cooking however has been on a hiatus recently, little tyke hasn't gave me much opportunity to fiddle around in the kitchen but I know for a fact that I will be back busy cooking and creating recipes once we moved to Canada. I will also own an oven there (finally!) so there will definitely be a lot of baking too! Yay!

However, starting from last year, I have discovered a new love of products. And over the past year or so, I have become extremely passionate about it so this has been the main reason why I am revamping my little sanctuary. I finally know what direction to go and this place will be my personal diary in discovering the good, the bad and even the ugly of beauty world.

Let's take the journey together, shall we? 

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Cleansers

For some reason, I have never spent big money on cleansers. My theory is, stuff that remains on my skin for less than a minute is not worth splurging on. Yes, it also helps that I generally do not have sensitive skin so I could get away with most products.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser
Definitely my favourite to use at the end of the day to completely remove all traces of makeup. It cleanse my face, leaving it soft without feeling stripped. I don't know what to do without this.

Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash (sorry, I'm unable to find a link to purchase it online)
This is my most recent purchase because it was on sale and I had a MYR5.00 voucher to use. I'm a bargain huntress, remember? This is such a brilliant cleanser! I have no idea how to explain it but my face feels so soft, smooth and refresh after using this. This cleanser contains Hyaluronic Acid which has an amazing ability to retain moisture so I know I'm doing something good for my skin with this. A little of this goes a very long way as it foams up a lot. Major love for this!

Olay Total Effects Foamin Cleanser
One of my first cleansers that I ever used and have continue to use for many years. I can't comment anything about it's anti-ageing claims however, this cleanser leaves my face baby soft! It is definitely the most gentle cleanser in my collection and it's perfect to be used in the morning when I first wake up.

Garnier Pure 3-in-1 Wash Scrub and Mask
I was planning to use this as a mask but I discovered this works amazingly as a wash and scrub for me! Yes, this product is made for combination/oily skin which are prone t breakouts but I love this. Even though I have dry skin, this product does not make it worse or irritate my skin. I find that my makeup last longer whenever I wash my face with this. It is amazing for oil control and yet, gentle enough for me to use once a day. This cleanser has Zinc for oil control, Smithsonite extract for purifying and eliminating impurities, Pumine Stone which is a natural exfoliant, White Clay for soothing and mattifying the skin and finally, Salicylic Acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and help to clear out clogged pores. Brilliant stuff and for a very low price too!

Olay Regenerist Revitalising Cream Cleanser
Frankly I have no idea how to feel about this cleanser as it does not foam as much as the others and I am so used to foam cleansers. I had this for a very long time and have yet to finish it. I find that my face can never feel clean enough if I don't use my Olay Pro-X to wash this off. It felt like there a film of residue still on my face, definitely a strange and slightly unpleasant feeling for me. I don't hate this but neither do I like it. I don't know, just not sure what to think of this product.

So there you go, those are the cleansers that I am currently using and yes, all of it are drugstore products. Again, I never see the need to splurge on cleansers but I might be wrong about that.

What about you? Do you splurge on cleansers and do share about your favourites too!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

REVIEW: 2nd Attempt at Benefit They're Real Mascara

Every now and then, I will revisit an old product which did not worked out right for me. I usually do this when I received the product as a gift or as a sample. And that was the story with this product.

It is no secret how much I hate Benefit They're Real mascara. I am not ashamed to admit that I kinda, sorta thrashed it whenever an opportunity comes along, whether it is online or in real life. And then I bought Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner (review here) and received a sample size of this mascara again. I was tempted to toss it or give it away but for some strange reason, I thought to myself let's give it another go! So...I'll just come out and say it....

Benefit They're Real Mascara is actually a decent product...okay fine, it's actually a really good mascara. And there is me in the corner eating my humble pie.
Benefit They're Real Mascara sample size
Don't make me do that again, my pride is shattered, kidding. Yes, I retract all my harsh statement about this mascara. I don't know what changed but I actually really like this mascara. Using the sample size, my lashes are beautifully separated and long. It holds the curl decently well and the biggest surprise was, it did not clump with 2 coats of mascara. Wtf?!?! I remembered clearly why I hated this mascara with a passion. It clumps like no other mascara I've ever tried. There was NO WAY I could use 2 coats as the first coat itself cause my lashes to stick together and I ended up looking like I only have 4 eyelashes on each eye. I also had an extreme case of crunchy, spidery lashes and don't even get me started at how many time I nearly gauge my eyes out with that damn sharp bristles. It looks like something from the gladiators' era.

So what happened? Did the one I bought was a dud? After using this sample size, I finally understand why so many people love this mascara, it really did a great job with my lashes. I have been using this nearly everyday and I am really liking it. I hope anyone who hates it as much as I do will give it another try, you might have bought yourself a bad product like I did.

So yes, Benefit They're Real Mascara is worth the hype. Second serving of humble pie please?

Monday, 21 July 2014

REVIEW: NYX Butter Gloss

I could hear you say "Goodness Shireen, you're sooo behind time!" while giving me the side eye. Yes, I am way behind time but unlike many beauty writers, I am not trendy nor am I fashion savvy and I certainly do not have a huge budget to spend on products that I will never use. I do however enjoy sharing products that really do wonders for me and occasionally, I will share some that are not as good. So after hearing so much about these lip butters and have been searching for it since last year and then forgetting them, I finally dragged my ass (kidding, it was more like a merry skip) to Sephora to purchase these 3.

Let me start by saying, I am not the biggest fan of lip gloss. Hair sticking on my lips and then streaking glosses on my face? Not sexy. But like a moth to a fire, I cannot help going ohhh, ahhhh over pretty shiny things and any sort of lip products are my Achilles' heel.

The good news is, NYX Butter Gloss is everything that I like and nothing that I hated. These glosses apply like melted butter on your lips, hence why they are called butter glosses, I guess. It does not dry out my lips on the contrary, my lips actually felt hydrated while wearing this. They are not sticky or gloppy so you won't feel like you're applying glue on your lips. All three butter glosses are pigmented and I only need a coat to get a lovely colour. The colour can be build up by layering it without feeling overly sticky. Surprisingly these butter glosses also have a great staying power in comparison to other lip glosses that I have tried. It lasted roughly 4 hours with drinking and it fades into a pretty stain on my lips. And the smell and taste of these butter glosses are heavenly! There is a vanilla-y smell and taste to it. Although I am tempted to lick my lips every few minutes, I resisted the temptation. The last thing I need is to look like a perverted middle aged cougar....

These butter glosses are retailing MYR22.00 each at Sephora and I tempted to return and get a couple more colours. NYX is a brilliant brand and an outstanding example that sometime you don't have to pay huge money to get quality products. Huge love!

Friday, 18 July 2014

REVIEW: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Serum and Gentle Hydrating Cream

Another 2 sample products that I received so I could try and hope that it will be a miracle worker for my skin. Now  I must admit that I am very lucky as I have a pretty good skin which does not break out or have any redness. I have a pimple, a spot maybe once a year or once every couple of years...but this bloody serum and cream combo gave me a spot with just one usage! I have a buffalo hide for skin so I was really surprise with how my skin reacted with this combo.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
You know how much I love my serums but this is one serum that really put me off. I cannot vouch anything about the result, yet but the smell of this serum is just so bad. It smells like a mixture of chemical and melted plastic, I kid you not.
Texture wise is light lotion but it takes almost forever for it to absorb into my skin and it leaves a very uncomfortable tacky feeling that doesn't seems to really go away. This is again surprising for me as my dry skin usually drinks up serum almost instantly.
I will continue using this serum alone and if there is any improvement or if I miraculously fall in love with this serum then I will do another update post. But for now? Yuck!

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream
When I tried this on the back of my hand, the texture feels light and lotion-y but when I put it on my face, uh huh...gurl, let me tell's like putting cooking oil on my face. My face instantly looks oily and regardless how long I try to massage this cream into my skin, it doesn't absorb. Hello disco ball, not cool.

This cream does have a soft pleasant smell that reminds me of an open field. It's soothing and refreshing but I guess the good ends here for me.

I am a little disappointed as I have read many rave reviews about both products but unfortunately, these just did not work for me. I did let my spot go away and gave this combo another try and guess what? The damn spot came back again the next day! Grrr! But seriously, what a huge shame...

What a Tragedy MH17

I woke up this morning to text message from a colleague asking if my boss on Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Bleary eyes with a baby in my arms, I didn't have a clue what was going on...until I went online.

I have no words...honestly I don't. This tragedy is just way too soon after MH370. Thoughts and prayers to everyone. Today is a dark day.