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was posted at 12:01 AM with 0 comments
It's difficult when you're asked questions that you cannot answer, and receive unwanted opinions questioning your style and choices. Since my exams have ended, many people have been asking me what course I'm planning to pursue and which college I'll be attending. My dad has been pestering me about A Levels, and what subjects I should pick- even though he has basically decided it for me already.

Sometimes I falter with so many questions about my future, like, will I be studying in Singapore? UK? US? do I really like Accountancy and want it to be my career? What do I really want to be?

With this, I can't help but feel pressured, and on many days, I just don't feel like getting out of bed because I just felt like:


In the past few months, I've gotten so caught up in trying to excel in every single area of my life to meet people's expectations, that I've harbored a lot of frustration and anger in myself. And it's so stupidd because despite keeping up with global news and current issues, I did not stop to realize how blessed I actually am. While I'm pondering over which college to attend, there are students out there who are anxiously waiting for news about the lives of their loved ones, like how I was when I was in my mom's hospital room. I should be so content with the fact that I even have a future while many
don't.

If you've been feeling like shit (sorry, I couldn't find another word to compete with that), go to the gym, bake a cake, learn a dance routine (or sing if that's more of your thing), or you could just learn from me and wear lipstick and stay at home the whole day watching TV series.

It's so dumb when I realize opinions like "Your eyebrows are too thick" or "Your handbag is too big" or "I don't like your hair color" are so unimportant and there's just no reason to let it get to me.

These kind of posts are actually one of my pet peeves, lol, mainly because I feel like these kind of posts are so common and mainstream, and everyone has felt this way before. But this has just been what's up and I felt like sharing I guess.

I hope you guys have a good week! (Idk how to close this post except bye)


Etude House Dear Darling Tint
was posted at 2:49 PM with 0 comments
Hey guys! (: 
It's been a while since I've written a product review, and so I've decided to pick up a product that I've been loving for quite some time now, and share it with you guys. I'm personally not a big fan of heavy lip products, like lipsticks and lip glosses, and I tend to fall on lip tints and lip balms more. I prefer the lighter formulation that still delivers great color payoff, which is exactly why I have been enjoying the Etude House Dear Darling Tint in #01 very much. 


The Etude House Dear Darling Tint is a lip tint that has a jelly-like texture, which is something quite uncommon in the lip tint market. Lip tints are generally either very watery and runny, or they could be sticky and slightly tacky, like a lip gloss. Having said that, I was really surprised when I first tried out this product. However, I had no idea that I would come to love it so much. It basically fulfills the criteria of an ideal lip tint - great color vibrancy, long-lasting, and it smells really good (it smells like grapes!) 

A little downside that I have to mention, is that it accentuates any dry areas of your lips. So, I would definitely not recommend this if you have chapped lips, because this product would only really disappoint you. 

This tint is available is four different shades of red -- Berry Red, Real Red, Orange Red and Vampire Red. (The shade that I've bought is in Berry Red.) It's very reasonably priced at RM20+ (can't remember exactly, but when I do, I'll update this post lol). Not to mention, Etude House holds very frequent Buy 1 Free 1 promotions, so be on the look out for those. Can't say no to this product now, can you!?








May Favorites and disappointing products
was posted at 10:51 PM with 0 comments
Hello everyonee!!

Hope you guys had a great month in May. May didn't end very well for me because I had decided last minute to take some subjects for this year's Oct/Nov IGCSE. I'm really worried and scared and frightened and overwhelmed with the sudden workload and responsibilities but I'm still hanging in there. Somehow.

Anyway, I thought I'd do my May Favorites as a short break from studying. I didn't have the time to edit the photos, or put them in a nice setting, so please bear with it! :(


Price: 11 pounds
Availability: Boots/Superdrug, UK. -I'm not sure if it's available in Malaysia yet-

WonderBronze was one of the products that I bought during my trip in Europe in April and it's one of Soap and Glory's most recent products. It's a blush brick just like their Peach Party and Love at First Sight blushes. I have all three of them but I find that I reach for WonderBronze the most. 
I love using this in the number 3 motion to achieve a sun-kissed look. I wouldn't recommend using this for conturing because it has shimmer in it. I think that it's just an awesome product - the colors in the pan were very well picked and the packaging is sturdy and compact. 



Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Price: RM19
Availability: Watsons, 1 Utama

I only begun to know about the whole hype of this concealer when I was back from Europe and words could not describe how bummed I was for not picking this off the shelves at Boots. So when I saw Collection's new set-up in Watsons, I was so freaakin overjoyed. I felt like I was overflowing with happiness as I scooped up the second last tube left to the cashier. 

This product is everything everyone had been (and still is) talking about. It's creamy, long-lasting, and offers great coverage. To top that off, it is so affordable. 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is available in 4 shades. I'm the shade Light 2 and if you can see in my swatch picture below, it's quite orange-toned. I like using this concealer for my under-eyes and on blemishes, and I just make sure I mix it with my BB cream so that it matches my skin tone. :) 





SilkyGirl Hi-Definition Brow Liner
Price: RM17.9 (this was after discount, I believe it is RM21.9 before) 
Availability: Watsons, Guardian

I'm honestly not a fan of SilkyGirl's products. I've had a couple of products that didn't leave me impressed, or were even found disappointing. However, I was desperately looking for an eyebrow pencil because I had an event to attend to in a few days. Luckily, I came across Naomi Neo's Everyday Makeup youtube video and it showed her using this product. If you guys didn't already know, she's a famous Singaporean blogger. Basically, I love her hair and not to mention, her eyebrows. So even though I felt skeptical about buying this product, I had to give it a go because time didn't permit for me to find another option. 

I, however, did not expect this brow liner to work this well. I'm a beginner at filling in my brows, but this was so easy to use. This product took me by surprise, and I'm really pleased with it. I got mine in the shade 02 Dark Brown because my hair is dyed and the black shade would just look a little too unnatural on me. 





Etude House Don't Worry Tinted Lip Balm
Price: RM 29.90 (purchased at only RM9.90)
Availability: All Etude House outlets

Maybelline Baby Lips 
Price: 2.99 pounds
Availability: Boots/Superdrug UK

 Tinted lip balms would have to be one of the most products I own in my dresser. I've been using Etude House's Don't Worry Lip Balm in the shade "It's Fine" and Maybelline's Baby Lips in "Pink Punch". I love both of them so much, but I find that I opt for Etude House's one more because it stays on a whole lot longer in comparison. On the other hand, I have to give credit to how good Baby Lips smell. It's like applying a layer of crushed candy onto your lips.


Price: RM 26.90
Availability: Watsons, Guardian

This product is like my life-saver on days where I only have 5 hours of sleep (which happens too frequently). It gets rid of my puffy eyes and just makes my concealer sit a lot better. The metal roller wakes me up too. Great product and although it's only 15ml, it would last a good amount of time because it's only for your eye area.



Product dissappointments

Demak Up Cotton Science 
Availability: Amsterdam

I picked this product up at Amsterdam airport and remember having a tough battle between choosing this or going with NIVEA makeup remover wipes. I ended up going with this since it was for sensitive skin. This product disappointed me so much though. It didn't have a seal over the top so the cotton pads were almost dried out when I opened it. It was totally not worth it and I regretted not getting the NIVEA pack instead. 



Maybelline 2-IN-1 Impact Shadow Liner by EyeStudio
Price: RM 17 (after discount) 
Availability: Watsons, Guardian

I had never been on good terms with Maybelline's Eyeliners. The first one I had bought broke on my second use, and I was ascertained not to buy one again. 
However, because I was short on time (again), this was the only waterproof pencil eyeliner that fell within my budget and I had to purchase it. 
This product is creamy and pigmented but it's not waterproof as the labeling had promised. This had obviously upset me a lot because I don't think it's possible to wear a non-waterproof eyeliner in the weather here. I would by all means want to avoid eyeliner running down my cheeks, so this product had just hugely disappointed me.



**End of post

I'm really sorry this post was poorly written as I had to get it done within half an hour. Gotta get back to studying now! I'll edit this post later.


February Favorites [REVIEWS]
was posted at 4:43 PM with 0 comments

Hey guys! As the title suggests, this post is going to be about my February favorites. I've realized that I had gravitated towards makeup products instead of my usual skincare indulgence in the month of February, so I thought it would be pretty worthwhile to share it with you guys. Also, some of the products (which will be listed with a ❅) were given to me by my cousin Amy, so she deserves a huge thank you! 

Availability: Sephora counters

This blush had been raved and talked about so much on Youtube, so if I were to say that I was excited to try it out, it would an understatement. 
This blush did indeed live up to its hype. I received mine in the shade Peaceful, and in the travel sized packaging which does not come with a mirror.
The funny thing about this blush is that it did not give me the first impression I was expecting. I thought that I would fall in love with it immediately, but that only came about four hours into wearing it. I was a little confused at first, because when I had initially put it on, it wasn't anything special. It just felt like a regular blush, but after a couple of hours, it blended in so well and gave an amazing natural glow. It's also very long-lasting (not sure if it's up to 12 hours though). I absolutely adore it and I am planning to invest in the full-sized one. 

The shade Peaceful is coral/peach toned with a slight shimmer to it, and it comes in a nude orange colored packaging (which is honestly a little misleading).





Conclusion
In my opinion, I find that that this blush gives a very sheer, subtle and healthy color to the cheeks. The color doesn't come off very obvious-it's definitely the kind where you have to build a couple of layers to make it really show up. However, the shimmer is quite noticeable if you were to compare it to a matte blush, and since I personally like my blushes matte, this blush acts as a blush and highlighter duo for me. So, if you're one of those matte blush lovers and want to try out something with a little shimmer, this is totally up your alley. Also, I have to mention that all of this is based on the colour Peaceful and it does not mean the same for the rest of the colours in this blush range. 

NYX Cosmetics

Availability: Sephora
Price: RM 19

To be honest, I'm still getting used to the whole idea of this product. My intention when I bought this product was to use it as highlighter for my inner corners. What I didn't know, was that because I have tapered eyelids, it is more difficult for the color to really show up. To make things worse, I have oily eyelids (thanks to the humidity in Malaysia) and because the texture is "chalky", it rubs off really easily. 
This product was the wrong choice as highlighter for my inner eye corners. However, I've heard that it works fantastic as an eyeshadow base, so I'm hoping that works successfully for me and I could get some use out of it.




Conclusion
Pigmentation wise, the Jumbo Eye Pencil is really great. It's creamy and gives a great opaque color. I think that the lasting power differs for every individual because if you have oily eyelids like me, this is definitely not going to last very long. I personally would not repurchase this because rm19 is quite pricey given the fact that it only comes in such little product. However, if you're willing to pay for that amount, and if you want to try something different than your regular pot eyeshadows, I do recommend getting it. 

NYX Lip Products

Availability: Sephora
Price: RM26

As you can already tell, this is a Lip Cream. This means that the consistency is not as thick as a lipstick, but not too sheer like a lipgloss. The shade Candy Land is a nice pink color with some nude peach tones to it- I have difficulty describing the color, but basically it's just a very nice natural pink. 
I find it hard for me to pull off this shade though, and I guess it's because my lips are naturally darker than this pink shade. So when I apply this colour onto my lips, it looks a little..off. 
I have yet to try it over a layer of concealer, hopefully the colour will show up better and a little more flattering. 
Secondly, I really dislike the fragrance to this product. It's strong and smells very artificial. If you're scent sensitive like me, this product is a no go for ya 



Conclusion
NYX Xtreme Lip Cream would work perfectly if you've been wanting to transition from a lip gloss to a lipstick, or if you just want something heavier than a tinted lip balm/lip gloss. The price is pretty worth it for a 7ml tube. It comes with a flat felt tip applicator (like a spatula), but I just think it's absolutely useless in application. It does an awful job at getting into the corners of your lips and I always end up using my fingers to apply (it's more hygienic too). The scent is strong and unpleasant in my opinion. However, it gives great pigmentation, it isn't drying, and CandyLand is a really nice shade of pink. I have mixed thoughts on this product, and I think some people would like it but potentially a few others won't too. I'd suggest you to try it out first with a sample.

Availability: Sephora
Price: RM 26

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream basically has the same consistency as the NYX Xtreme Lip Cream except it dries to a matte finish. Amsterdam was the colour I had my eyes set upon when I came across the reviews of this range of lip creams. The shade of red was what I was looking for-- not too "in-your-face", but wearable and perfect for a special occasion (I wore this on CNY!). 


Conclusion
A little product goes a long way for the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. It takes at least 15 seconds to fully dry (mattify?), which is fairly fast since it's cream based. The colour doesn't transfer easily since it's matte, so I like using this for the Korean gradient lip effect because you definitely don't want to use something that is going to smudge and end up messy (looking nothing like the gradient effect). The tube is 8ml and comes with a regular round felt tip sponge applicator which is useless as well--I use the MAC 316 lip brush for a cleaner application. The scent again is still strong but doesn't put me off so much compared to the Xtreme Lip Cream. It is more drying and I wouldn't suggest getting it if you tend to have very dry/chapped lips. The lasting power is better than the Xtreme Lip Cream, but it's also harder to remove. 
Both lip creams are smooth, not so heavy, and gives great pigmentation.

Top to bottom: Xtreme Lip Cream (Candy Land), Soft Matte Lip Cream (Amsterdam), Jumbo Eye Pencil (Milk)

Availability: Watsons, Guardian, Sasa (bought mine at Watsons)
Price: rm39.90 (I bought mine at rm29.90 but I've seen it go as low as to RM27 on 2-day promotions at Watsons)

The Maybelline Rocket Mascara comes in waterproof and washable formulas. 
They are both packaged the same way except that the waterproof formula has the labeling in blue and the washable in pink. The waterproof one is available in 2 shades and the washable is available in 3.
I've mostly heard or seen reviews on the washable formula and it seems to be more popular than the waterproof one. Before you start contemplating which to get, Watsons in Malaysia only offers the washable one, so there goes the other option :( 

The Maybelline Rocket Mascara is fantastic at giving volume but I find that it lacks in lengthening (though I shouldn't be expecting it since it only claims to volumize). The wand is plastic and has synthetic bristles that have done an excellent job at separating my lashes and coating them evenly. However, because the wand is thick, it's difficult to get into the inner eye corner lashes which is a downside since it could really slow down the getting ready process. Another downside is that I get flakes onto my undereyes after about 7 hours of wear, and my upper and lower lashlines actually stick together temporarily when I'm exposed to sunlight throughout most of the day. I assume that it's because of sweat and its non-waterproof formula to be the reason.



Conclusion
The Rocket Washable Mascara does fulfill all that it has claimed to do--giving voluminous and clump-free lashes. I feel like that is a major plus since it is a drugstore product and is relatively cheaper compared to other brands such a Revlon or L'oreal. On the other hand, this is not a lengthening mascara, so if you have short and straight eyelashes like I do, you might want to only use this mascara over another coat of mascara that offers length.

Availability: Watsons, Guardian, Sasa
 Price: RM19

The Maybelline Colour Tattoo is a cream based eyeshadow that is packaged in a glass pot--one that you would usually find with gel eyeliners. The uniqueness about this particular product is that it really does not budge once it's on your skin. When I first heard of the name 'Colour Tattoo', I thought it was just a marketing scheme to get the product flying off the racks-but, no, this stuff is no joke. It lasts on your eyelids from 8am till 10pm (my experience) and it still looks gorgeous at the end of the day.

 This product was literally in most beauty gurus' favorites videos at one point (I remember Missglamorozzi and essiebutton used it religiously). I was a little late to join in on the excitement but I'm glad I did.







Conclusion
The Maybelline Colour Tattoo was a really pleasant surprise at rm19. I don't have any complaints about it except that it does dry quite quickly in the pot, so you have to scrape off the crusty layer before application. Bad to the bronze is an amazing coffee colour that has a sheen of glitter over it. It works as an awesome all-over-the-lid shadow, fairly easy to use, and lets you avoid the hassle of cleaning your eyeshadow brush afterwards. Totally recommend it to anyone. The colour tattoo has other great colours as well and I've linked the website to the title above, so as to make your life easier (you're welcome)
Availability: All Laneige counters
Price: RM100 (according to websites)

I've not used this product enough for me to write a full review on it. However, I need to say that this stuff smells like freaking heaven. It smells so good, I feel like Laneige should actually attach a note saying "Refrain from eating". The Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack smells just like fresh strawberry/blueberry yoghurt--sweet and delicious and something you might unconsciously mistake as real food. 

The Multiberry Yogurt Pack is a wash-off mask that claims to nourish and moisturize the skin. It is a lightweight cream infused with a range of berry extracts (raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, wolfberries, etc.) and other ingredients such as Sogurty, NAG and Niacinamide. 

I like using this mask before bed, especially on nights where I'd be sleeping with air-conditioning. It leaves my skin feeling super supple the next morning wake up. I use this product sparingly since it's so expensive.

-I'll be writing a more complete review on this in the future-






**End of rewiews

If you're wondering why I left out the Etude House nail polishes, it was because I had forgotten to take pictures and wanted to get this post out asap. sorry!