Catrice KOHL Kajal eyeliners

Who doesn’t love the classic pencil eyeliners? They’re beginner friendly, low maintenance & gives satisfying result. These are from the drugstore B1F1 haul I did last year. Normal price is rm12.90, available at guardians but they’re usually on sale.

I’m well aware of my oily and sweaty eyelids especially when out in the year-round Malaysian tropical heat, so I always have my lids prepped with eye primer prior to applying any of these pencils. 270 Welcome to the Jungle aka the green one is my personal fave! πŸ’– Dark green usually complements my skintone well and this one is no exception.

While I appreciate their effort in minimal packaging, I believe they should do something with the product design. Take a look at where the product’s info, like shade name and code; they’re printed at the top end of the pencil. So as we use and sharpen it we’ll also get rid of those info. Maybe this isn’t a big deal but well, just an observation from me. πŸ˜‰

(shade 270 Welcome To The Jungle is my fave!)

Blooms in this bleak pandemic

Celebrating a decade of marriage! 🌹 Excuse the messy extension. πŸ˜†

Oh my, what a mess we’re all in now. It’s mid-July 2021 yet we’re all still deep in this pandemic. This blog was initially created with the intention of sharing about my personal experience with beauty products & (at that time) discussing eczema with fellow bloggers. It was early 2016, the time when it was still possible for me to go on my daily life with minimal dependency on computers. So it makes sense then that on my free time, I would ‘escape’ to this blogsphere and write away….

Fast forward to now, this global health crisis forces us to stay home for months. (and months, and months later…) Whether I like it or loathe it, my current life depends way too much on devices; WFH for hours on my laptop, checking the phone for yet more work updates, food delivery rider whereabouts, keeping in touch with my family, buying essentials aaaaand so on…it makes coming back to the laptop to blog seems like a chore. Plus I’ve recently been actively journaling in my Gratitute Journal so sharing my personal thoughts and opinions online becomes redundant. And may I also say, irrelavant? Since I’m turning more & more private as I get older.

Yet anyways, I like to dedicate this blogpost to all the blooms and the babies I’ve been blessed enough to have got during this bleak time of our lives. Some were bought fresh from the neighbourhood supermarket, some fresh from local florists online. Either way, I am genuinely thankful for all of these pretty flowers for turning our little home a little prettier & more cosy. 😊

with free KOSE serum samples
18(+1, thank you Happy Bunch!) red roses bouquet for our anniversary in May.
my post-Covid recovery petite bunch
Belated birthday flowers from mom. πŸ₯°
On my birthday last year, just right before finding out we got Covid. Bittersweet.

If you’re still here reading this, I wish you a safe, sane and healthy days ahead. May better things happen to the Earth & humanity, soon. πŸ™

Happy Hopscotch’s ‘When Life Throws You Lemon…’box

The last time I reviewed a Happy Hopscotch’s subscription box, I didn’t do much justice to it. So here it is; my second box subscribed from them. Keep on reading to find out more. πŸ‘‡

FREE personalised message card. In this case, a birthday card. πŸŽ‚

Back in April last year, HH offered me a discount code for future subscription. But with 2020 being 2020, I kept the offer way until late November when my birthday was around the corner. I chose the Signature 4-box Plan (NP: rm360) and shamelessly tipped them that my birthday’s gonna be in early December.

Well my shameless-ness paid off! Because not only the box arrived with a Happy Birthday card, they were also sweet enough to include an extra item as an early birthday present for me. Aww thank you so much guys! 😊

A two-sided pink scarf with pom-pom trimmings, thoughtfully wrapped in white tissue paper & tied with string, with the handwritten ‘Happy Birthday’ note.
‘When Life Throws You Lemon…’ πŸ‹is the theme for HH’s Joy in a Box for the final quarter of 2020.

Now let’s dig in the box; apart from the free birthday present & message card, this dusty pink box contains 6 items;

1. GO BASIX Flourless Pancake Mix in Almond Original (105g)

2. Projek sembang-sembang notepad&envelope AND pink ‘Everything is gonna be okay’ bookmark

3. Hello Pfft handmade face mask

4. Yellow lemon squishy

5. Colourful pastel stationery kit

6. 3x mini Wicket Candles.

I had fun with this box. I’m looking forward to the next Joy in a Box which gonna come out in late January. I wonder what the theme will be…..πŸ˜‰

Yes December went by

Goodbye 2020!

Mostly because of the fact that I got COVID. There I said it.

While I’m thankful for a good start in my birthday month, things went down south real quick. I remember spending the first week of December celebrating quietly both my daugther’s & my birthdays.

Then nightmares started from the 2nd week; first with being down with mild fever for a few days and ended 2020 with welcoming the new year from our room window on the 4th floor of the Covid-19 quarantine centre. Phew!

Simply put, it is all a humbling experience which I honestly am not fond of remembering over and over again. Even though I believe I do come back stronger and my experience could help others who are dealing with similar situations. πŸ™

Now that I’ve put this out there, I will get back to posting ‘normal’ stuffs this blog has been used to, real soon.

Stay safe & COVID free everyone!

|Review| Rimmel WONDER’FULL mascara with argan oil

What is this blog if it doesn’t feature mascaras? Plus I’m not gonna move on straight to December without at least a single post in November, a month that happens to be handful for me. So here goes; the first and only mascara review for 2020.

Let’s talk about the obvious; I don’t like its bulky packaging. For a 11ml of black ink, I’m pretty sure the product can be housed in a smaller tube. We all know how much a big + bulky product could take so much space. However I like the shape; it reminds me of a ribbon so it’s comfortable to hold and provides easy application.

I didn’t realise it’s waterproof when I bought this from a drugstore during CMCO. The (smaller) word WATERPROOF is right there on top of the even-bigger WONDER’FULL font, right smack on the tube itself so this is honestly my fault for not examining the product more carefully prior to buying.

The formula on the other hand is rather decent but all in all, this is certainly a lockdown buy which I have no intention to repurchase in the future.

When the mascara happens to match my PJ pants!

|Review| MILANI eyeshadow primer

When it comes to eyeshadow primers, I admit I’m not experimental with it. For as long as I could remember I had always use Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) until December last year, when my almost finish UDPP started to dry up & the tip of the handle broke because ugh, strong grip. πŸ˜†

I was in Watsons mid-Dec 2019 when I suddenly stood in front a whole section of Milani products! Since when?! Regardless, I was mildly amused to discover that this drugstore brand which (I thought) used to be very popular among beauty blogging community in late 2000s finally made it’s way into our shore. Back then, my only access to Milani was the swap community on MakeupAlley. However on Boxing Day ’19, I learned from L’officiel MY magazine that Milani was indeed just launched in Malaysia.

from my copy of L’officiel Malaysia Dec19/Jan20 issue.

Simply called Milani eyeshadow primer, the name is as straightforward as it could be. It’s a “lightweight, invisible finish” that “works on all skin tones” kinda primer. Yep, yep and yep; except I can’t really say the last part for everyone’s lids but personally, it does work on my not-oily-but-often-sweaty dark toned eyelids. I dare say, the formula works for me as well as UDPP and guess what? I’ve checked and compared both products’ ingredients and they both look soo similar~

In terms of packaging, I’ll be the first to say it doesn’t look exciting at all compared to UDPP’s Original tube in Urban Decay’s signature purple. Yet what makes up for its basic black & grey look, is it’s practicality of the packaging. I mean, who needs a doe-foot tip applicator when you could conveniently squeeze the amount of primer you desire, then blend it well using your God-given fingers? Practical AND hygienic. Yes.

in shade 01 NUDE. Looks too light here but actually blends well on my eyelids.

Available in select Watsons, it’s retail price is rm40 for a tube of 9ml. That is almost half the price but double the size of 5ml UDPP. Will I repurchase it? Well that depends; I personally like both Milani eyeshadow primer and UDPP and since one product could usually last a year, either primer is worth spending for.

Have you tried MILANI eyeshadow primer in 01 NUDE? If you have, let me know what you think about this budget beauty babe. *winks*


Catrice & Rimmel hauls!

In retrospect, 2020 is the year I hardly bought cosmetics. While I’m getting more diligent with my skincare, I hadn’t paid much attention, let alone bothering to spend money on cosmetics. I’m sure I’m not the only one. This year has been hard and humbling to many of us. The coronavirus pandemic puts life into perspective. Especially during the early days of lockdown back in March/April, I had zero desire to put on makeup when I went out. (but I did play with some lipsticks while stuck home during MCO though).

However, September slowly brings back my interest in beauty. It started with Watson’s “50% off cosmetics” promo mid-month. I scored myself a REVLON So Fierce! mascara (rm22.90) and REVLON pressed powder (rm27.90) both as backups.

Then, a week later while casually trying to restock our shower gel at Guardian, I curiously walked through the cosmetics section and oh my, they’re having a one-week Buy 1 Free 1 promo for cosmetics! How could I not? For my first haul, I grabbed:

First haul.
  1. Catrice IRON STRENGTH Nail Hardener rm19.50
  2. Catrice KOHL KAJAL EASY GLIDE eyeliner in 230 rm12.90
  3. Catrice cosmetics sharpener (purple) rm13.10
  4. Catrice Generation Matt Comfortable Liquid Lipstick in 050 rm22.90
  5. Catrice Generation Plump&Shine Lip Gloss in 060 rm22.90
  6. Catrice LIP FOUNDATION pencil in 050 Cool Brown rm16.30

I remember paying for all these 6 products (plus a packet of Shokubutsu refill for rm4.75; 40% off) for a total of RM60.25. Such a good value. So good, I kept thinking about going back to Guardian for two nights before I went to sleep. LOL~ So for the second haul, I purchased;

Second haul. *big grin*
  1. Catrice POWER Plumping Gel Lipstick in 090 rm22.90
  2. RIMMEL Brow Shake filling Powder eyeliner in 003
  3. RIMMEL #InstaFix & Go 2in1 Primer & Setting Spray
  4. RIMMEL Exaggerate Full Colour lip liner in 063 rm19.90
  5. Catrice Voluminizing Lipbalm in 030 rm29.90
  6. Catrice BLUSH BOX blusher in 020 rm27.50
  7. Catrice sharpener (yep, gotta need backup)
  8. Catrice PRIME AND FINE Poreless Blur Primer rm33.90

Opps, I accidently messed up the receipt for this haul so I don’t remember exactly the price for no.2 and 3. Anyways, all these 8 products cost RM120.80. Last but not least, on the last day of the promo I picked up another 4 Catrice goodies; 2 more KOHL KAJAL eyeliners in 010 and 270, GLAM&DOLL Sculpt & Volume mascara in 010 (rm26.30) and another tube of Generation Plump&Shine lip gloss for a friend.

I stayed away from Maybelline and Loreal though; apart from trying not to support the giant company, I just can’t justify paying 20% -40% more than RIMMEL or Catrice price range. Silkygirl and in2it? Urm…too teeny bopper, thanks. Now please excuse me while I’m spending the rest of this year experimenting with my B1F1 goodies.

benefit Hoola Caramel & GALifornia Box-o-Powders

I swear I’ve sworn off benefit. For years I hadn’t bought anything from the brand I fell hard for in my mid-20s. It just happened organically; as I grew older, I grew less and less fond of this brand which tend to overhype their basic products with funky (unnecessary) packaging and “premium” price range. Plus with more commitments coming along, I simply have to economise and find cheaper alternatives. So I didn’t pay attention to this brand, until Cult Beauty came out with a 20% off promo in late January for benefit products. Oh-kay.

GALifornia blusher (full size), 5.0g. 22.50GBP on Cult Beauty UK

From what I could remember, benefit box-o-powders used to be around 12g-18g worth of products for RM125. Now I bought this (on sale) for 22.50GBP, and it’s like, five grams of blusher. Really, benefit? Sure, GALifornia has a cool-looking box with a groovy 70s vibe and the blusher is embossed with pretty sun pattern and I gotta admit, it is a lovely blusher that brigthens my cheeks. But, five.grams.of.product. For over RM125.

Hoola Caramel, 8.0g. 22.50GBP (price on promo)

Meanwhile, they’re a little generous with Hoola Caramel, a sister bronzer of Hoola and Dallas (I think). For the same price, it has 8 grams worth of product. It may be a bronzer but it’s good enough for me to be used as matte face powder especially if I go overboard with my sunscreen. I don’t really use this product often though.

Both GALifornia and Hoola Caramel come with a cute blusher brush but they’re useless. I’m much more comfortable using my H&M Beauty dual brush so I gave away these mini brushes as toys to Aida.

Are you a benefit fan? What’s your favourite blusher / bronzer ?

LUSH and love❀

In August, I had an unplanned LUSH mini haul. Unplanned because I was actually driving my way to Kajang but due to a road closure I wasn’t aware of, I suddenly found myself in Jalan Bukit Bintang. Ah, serendipity~

I really enjoyed my haul last December and with 5 empty pots ready to be exchanged for a free Fresh Face Mask, I had a wishlist set since January of LUSH products I wish for. Wishlist was written, yet it wasn’t implemented when I went to LUSH Pavilion by accident that day. However, I went home happily with four products; a 45g pot of my favourite Dream Cream,

A lil’ over a month later, I finished both soaps but Aromaco still got a lot left & looks like it’s here to stay for few months more.

|Review| The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream moisturiser

RM70. Purchased online with Birthday Discount.

I was looking for a new face moisturiser on the start of the nationwide MCO in late March. Armed with 25% off discount code, I checked out TBS mobile app as back then, The Body Shop MY was one of the few brands that were able to operate online during MCO.

Apart from this moisturiser, I also got myself some loofahs & a bottle of British Rose hand soap (❀ it!)

While I really love the moisturizing hand soap (or gel? wash?) and definitely would love to repurchase, I can’t say the same for the Vitamin E moisturiser. It’s way too sticky for my skin. The scent is decent but not enough to tempt me to use it And twice a day? Nope. My skin was sweaty and ‘heaty’ once the cream was applied, as if it never set on my skin.

Turns out, this product is way too rich for my skin, especially in this hot & humid Malaysian weather I’m in. Now I use it as neck cream instead.

BTW, how lovely is that (somewhat wilted) pink rose? ⚘ It’s part of the flower bouquet I got myself last week. πŸ˜„ It’s 2020 guys, a woman can buy herself a bouquet of flowers to lift her mood so that it’s more WFH-friendly.

Flowers from Flower Chimp, RM99 with free card & delivery