Saturday, 31 August 2013

MAC Haul: Humid, Satellite Dreams, Expensive Pink and Freshwater Eyeshadows

I've mentioned before that MAC cosmetics are slightly cheaper at Changi Airport, especially at the departure area (because there's no 7% GST or goods and services tax). Another bonus is having a very good friend who works there and is entitled to 5% discount on everything and doesn't mind buying stuff for you.

So when my friend told me she was going to Bangkok and offered to get a few items at MAC for me, I jumped at the chance to brighter, more colourful eyeshadows. So far, I only have 4 eyeshadows from MAC, and all are neutrals (Woodwinked, Cork, Ricepaper and Sable). Now I'm trying to decide whether to get a 2 palette to house 4 eyeshadows each - one for neutrals, one for brighter shades, or just get 1 palette to house 15 eyeshadows.

Anyway, here's my haul from the MAC counter at the airport. I'll write reviews on these once I've used them for some time.

Humid Eyeshadow - intense green with shimmer (frost finish) at SGD22.51 (with 5% discount), original price is SGD23.70 (compared to SGD29.00 elsewhere)


Satellite Dreams Eyeshadow - plum with violet pearl (veluxe pearl finish) at SGD21.75 (with 5% discount), original price is SGD22.90 (compared to SGD29.00 elsewhere)



Expensive Pink Eyeshadow - pink with duo chrome (veluxe pearl finish) at SGD21.75 (with 5% discount), original price is SGD22.90 (compared to SGD29.00 elsewhere)



Freshwater Eyeshadow - bright summer blue (veluxe pearl finish) at SGD21.75 (with 5% discount), original price is SGD22.90 (compared to SGD29.00 elsewhere)




Monday, 29 July 2013

MAC Review: Russian Red Lipstick

I've read lots of good things about MAC's Russian Red, which is an intense bluish red as described in MAC's website. When I decided that I wanted to try wearing red lipstick after wearing neutrals and muted berries my whole life, I read up on the best red lipsticks out there, and narrowed down my choices to Russian Red and Ruby Woo.

I tried both at the MAC counter in Takashimaya, and agreed with most bloggers that Russian Red glides more easily on the lips as compared to Ruby Woo. As for the colour itself, I did not really notice any differences (though they say Russian Red is ever so slightly darker than Ruby Woo), so I went with the one with the better texture and got myself a tube of Russian Red.

Before I proceed with my review, let me just say that wearing red lipstick requires a lot of confidence, because people are going to notice and make comments about your lips. Also, wearing red lipstick requires skill because you have to make sure you put it on correctly since any mistakes will be blatantly obvious.

I had no idea what "bluish red" actually means (isn't red just red?) when I first bought this, but when I first put it on and blotted with a tissue, I finally understood. The bluish undertone of this red means that it approaches violet, as opposed to "yellowish red" which approaches orange. This is because the colour of the blot on my tissue paper was sort of magenta instead of pure red. They say that bluish red is the most flattering for most skin tones and can make your teeth look whiter. The pigmentation of this lipstick is amazing too - just one layer completely covers your natural lip colour.

I've never worn matte lipstick before since I already have very dry lips, and was worried that a matte formulation would just exacerbate this problem. However, I find the texture of Russian Red quite creamy and not drying at all. The wear time is remarkable too - it lasted at least five hours on me. I don't know for sure if it will last longer than that - I took it off after five hours and it still looked good by then even though I've had my lunch and had several drinks of water.

Here's a swatch on my NC40 skin for reference - it looks like pure red without hints of the blue base:


Here it is on half of my lips:



One thing I discovered about wearing red lipstick is that it is better to use a lip pencil with it to prevent bleeding and to make the shape of your lips more precise. I use Russian Red with Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. 

Here's a swatch of Russian Red and Kiss Me Quick (yellow red):


Here is Kiss Me Quick used to line and fill my lips, with Russian Red on top. Kiss Me Quick is ever so slightly darker than Russian Red, and it gave it a deeper colouring when used together as you can see below.





L'Oreal Review: HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner

I'm a huge fan of the Hydra-Fresh Anti-Shine line of facial care products because they work for me and my combination skin. As I've mentioned several times before, I have a very hyperactive T-zone, which has been my main skin issue for years. This is the main factor I consider whenever I buy skin care products or makeup - how it will affect my oily T-zone.

Thankfully, I recently discovered the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, which indeed helped mattify my skin and kept the shine at bay. I am not paid in anyway to tout the benefits of these products - I just like them a lot which is why I'm writing about them in my blog.

My skin care routine used to be cleanse then moisturise (then apply makeup in the morning), but I recently added another step - tone. The L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner removes any residual makeup and refreshes my skin as well. It feels cool and does not sting like other toners I've tried before. It doesn't dry out my skin, and I believe it also helps keep the shine at bay and mattify my oily face.

I've been using it twice a day for months now and I still haven't finished even half of the bottle. The price is not bad, and it lasts a long time, so I will definitely repurchase once I've used this up.

To read my reviews on the other products in the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, please click below:

- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel
- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam
- HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence
- HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask

L'Oreal Review: HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask

I love all the products from the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, since it really mattifies my hyperactive T-zone. My only issue was that there were times when I developed small dry patches on my cheeks.

To solve this issue, I bought L'Oreal HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask to see if it would help with the dry patches, and it did. You just need to use it twice a week and leave it on your face for 10 minutes before you rinse. I put more product on my cheeks and apply only a thin film on my oily T-zone, and it seems to do the trick. I haven't had dry patches ever since I started using this,

The texture is like a lotion, and unlike other masks out there, this does not look or feel like a mask when applied. It just feels as if you put on a slightly heavier moisturiser, but nothing too thick or goopy. It feels so light on your skin that you might forget you have it on in the first place, which is what keeps on happening to me.

After I rinse this off, my skin feels supple and moisturised without feeling greasy. It also solved the dry patch situation!

To read my reviews on the other products in the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, please click below:

- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel
- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam
- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner
- HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence

Sunday, 28 July 2013

L'Oreal Review: HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam

After I discovered the L'Oreal HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence, I instantly looked for a facial wash in the same line to complement. It was an added bonus when I found something that promises to keep the shine at bay - the L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam.

It has a cool, light, tingly feel when I use it, and I love how it really does mattify my skin (especially my hyperactive T-zone) when used in conjunction with the other products in the same line. It cleanses my face and removes the excess oil without making it feel taut and dry, which other facial washes do. I also haven't had any breakouts since using this (well, just twice in the past few months - and those were during the times I was too lazy to remove my makeup before I went to sleep).

I'm really a fan of L'Oreal's HydraFresh line because it's been working for me for months now. I don't have to blot my T-zone as often as I used to, and my skin feels fresh and hydrated all day long.


To read my reviews on the other products in the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, please click below:

HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel
HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner
HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence
- HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask



L'Oreal Review: HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel

I've said it so many times, but I have combination skin with a hyperactive T-zone. In fact, the first makeup I ever bought was a pressed powder, which I would dab on my forehead and nose every hour or so (that was before I discovered blotting papers - thankfully I don't think the powder ever looked cakey on my face!).

After trying the L'Oreal HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence and loving it, I decided to try the other products in the same line. I was even more excited when I saw that there was a moisturiser with a mattifying effect - the L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel.

When you apply it to your face, it feels very cool and tingly, which I love. Just a little bit goes a long way with this product, so it literally took me months to finish this up even though I used this generously twice a day. The best part is that it did mattify my oily T-zone! I used to blot my nose and forehead every hour, now I just have to do it maybe twice a day. I'm still using the same pressed powder I've used for about a year now (MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder), so it's not because of changes in my makeup routine.

The only downside with this is that on some days, I noticed very small dry patches on my cheeks. Other than that, I have no complaints about this product at all.

Will I repurchase? I just have. I finished one tub just today and have already bought my replacement.


To read my reviews on the other products in the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, please click below:

- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam
HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner
HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence
HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask

L'Oreal Review: HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence

I've mentioned before that I have combination skin with a very oily T-zone. When I was younger, I did not use moisturiser because everything I tried just made my T-zone oilier and shinier. When I reached my twenties, I discovered oil-free moisturisers which were better, but these still left my T-zone greasy.

I discovered L'Oreal's HydraFresh line by accident. A friend was selling L'Oreal HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence for only SGD15 for a church fund-raiser, and I thought it was quite cheap so I decided to buy one. This turned out to be a great decision because it opened my eyes to the rest of the HydraFresh line, which I've been using for several months already.

The texture is in between a gel and a serum, and it felt like a dream when I put it on. It didn't feel greasy or heavy at all, and my skin really did feel hydrated and fresh for hours.

I've used up two bottles already and have already placed an order for two more. My only issue with this is that it's quite difficult to find it in NTUC Fairprice or Giant supermarket.


To read my reviews on the other products in the L'Oreal HydraFresh line, please click below:

HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Foam
HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Toner
- HydraFresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel
HydraFresh Water Plumping Mask