Come what May

This post is way overdue. Each day in May went by marvelously, I barely had the time to sit down and properly draf a blog post on Mascaras & Motherhood. Until now. So how’s everybody’s month of May has been treating you all? 😉

Let’s start with how many public holidays and celebrations are there this month; Labour Day on May 1st? Checked. Wesak Day on Wednesday? Spent wisely in Morib Beach, Selangor with my family and parents. Mother’s DayTeacher’s Day? Two days which never fail to make feel hugely appreciated and blessed as a human being. 😀😙😀 Then soon enough, before we know it, Ramadhan welcomes us this May 27th. Wait, that’s tomorrow! 

So here’s me, wishing all Muslims out there, happy fasting in this holy month of Ramadhan! Happy mid-year school break, if you are school kids or parents with kids and to the rest of you, have a blissful last days of May!

This! Finally Costa Coffee in selected Shell petrol stations.

Oh! You know, just me. Trying to ace that single-eyebrow-raise while rocking a cool blue CATRICE eyeliner.

Till next month,

Hanna

Finally! A perfect moisturizer for my crazy-imperfect skin.

I’ve finally found my (moisturizer) match! It fells so good saying that, I feel like shouting it from the rooftop. If you are anything like me, you would understand how wasting a decade of your life with harsh toners and improper moisturization would result to a skin that’s challenging to care for, and imperfect to be seen. Due to years of severe acne and oily-skin problems I’d been struggling with since adolescence, I skipped moisturizer from my skincare routine for the most part of those years. Plus, back then it was just plain impossible to find a decent moisturizer that worked on my crazy-imperfect skin. All of them were either too oily or too rich for me.

Then PALMER’S COCOA BUTTER FORMULA Daily Calming Facial Lotion came along. I remember it was one afternoon in late January, I was at Caring Pharmacy in my ‘hood trying to look out for my daughter’s shower gel. Then I saw a section filled with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula products. “They have a range of skincare too?” I thought to myself as all this while I knew they were popular only for their body lotion & strechmarks lotion. I picked up Daily Calming Facial Lotion as I was quickly drawn by the words “Lightweight Moisturizer”,“Sensitive Skin” aand Fragrance Free. Whoa, that’s triple threats (or in this case, triple treats ? ;p ) With retail price of RM29.90 (but I bought it on sale for RM23.90) , I didn’t expect much from this product as even if it doesn’t work out (like the hundreds of moisturizers I’ve been using my whole life), at least that RM23.90 won’t sound like a lot of money wasted.

But my,  this baby is a gem! It glides on my stubborn skin and absorbs effortlessly. My skin is left feeling and looking well-moisturized throughout the night. Ending my skincare regime with this moisturizer at night before I got to bed has been my routine for the past three months, and my skin has never been decently moisturized as well as it is now.

However, the only two downsides of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Facial Moisturizer is first; it’s not lightweight enough to be worn during the day. At least for me. I tend to sweat often and I work at a non-air conditioned workplace so I have to skip moisturizer for a my daytime skincare routine. Secondly, this lotion has a very unpleasant scent. Forget the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula signature cocoa scent; it is completely abscent here and what you get is a fragrance-free, funny scent all over your face. But that’s okay. Because any product that is as respecful to my sensitive skin as this moisturizer deserved my undying lurve, baby.

-Hanna-

Mascaras & Motherhood turns one! 

Hey guys! 

It has been a year since this blog was created. How time flies, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at some of the memorable posts on M&M in case you’ve missed any of them. And of course, thank you so much for your support! It means a lot to me to know that my humble blog; Mascaras&Motherhood is being enjoyed by fellow beauty enthusiasts and mommies worldwide. Have an amazing day and let’s keep supporting each other! 😊

1. The first post, a review on a mascara for this blog’s name’s sake: 

2. The February 29th post, because last year was a gap year

3. My personal favourite post, because I’ve so much love for this Moogoo shampoo & conditioner combo;

4. Finally, the most popular post on M&M, unsurprisingly the prettily-packaged “that gal”; 

-Hanna-

April and awesome!

Guys! It’s already April. Am I the only one who thinks March has been so cool, I don’t want it to end? To some of you, spring has finally sprung and the snow is melting. Meanwhile for me here, the only thing melting is none other than my makeup during the hot days in March. Typical.

I didn’t buy much beauty products last month. Most of my staples are the ones I’ve been using since late January so the only thing I splurged on is an Urban Decay VICE lipstick in Ravenswood. The texture is creamy and long-staying. Love it!

Iced Vanilla Latte on Friday night. Random, I know.

As mentioned previously in my personal Instagram & Facebook accounts, I’m currently committing myself into something deeply personal. Something that I used to enjoy doing eleven years ago. Apparently, since mid-February this year, I’ve been slowing down with my blog posts and blog Instagram posts. This is not intentional. I do wish I could keep blogging regularly like I used to. However, it’s this new commitment that has taken a huge amount of my time, apart from my family and my full-time job. At this time, I am not yet ready to reveal what this commitment is all about. But one thing that I could tell at this point is, that this new ‘thang’ I have been into is truck-load of awesomeness! So awesome it leaves me feeling damn proud of myself. (#strongmom)

Here’s wishing you a happy month ahead in April.

Stay beautiful, stay awesome guys! =D

ecoTOOLS Six Piece Starter Set brushes

Since 2009, I’ve been using a few makeup brushes from ecoTOOLS, particularly their fluffy, super-soft with bamb00-handled blusher brush. I remember buying it from SHINS online store and to be honest, no other blusher brush is as good as this one from ecoTOOLS, a beauty brand that’s cruelty free and respecful towards the environment.

In late January, as I was looking for new brushes to replace my long-trusted ones, I look no further than a SHINS boutique, which is conveniently located in a neighbouring mall, merely 10 minutes drive from my place. Thank you God! =D

Apparently, ecoTOOLS has several sets of brushes, complete with enticing ‘free gifts’. If you ask the younger me, I’d definitely go for the prettiest set regardless of its price but years of impulsed buying taught me the hard way that a pretty, limited edition purple-coloured brush handle doesn’t equal effective performance of the brushes. So this time around, I went for the SIX PIECE STARTER SET, which supposedly meant for “the simply natural look.”

Products descriptions and basic guides

The six-piece consists of a concealer brush, eye shading brush, angled liner, lash & brow groomer, the fat and fluffy blush brush and of course, a cosmetic bag. I already have a can for storing all my brushes so the cosmetic bag serves more as a temporary purse than a cosmetic bag for me. =D

Retailed at RM99, I bought this with an extra 20% off from SHINS boutique. ecoTOOLS brushes and other products are also available online on SHINS Malaysia website as well as ecoTOOLS official website. 

|Review| per-fékt lash perfection gel

I have never been more disappointed in a beauty product more than in per-fékt lash perfection gel , which I purchased online from Sephora Malaysia website.Wait, maybe it’s Sephora MY is to be blamed because as I was browsing for this particular product, this is how they describe per-fékt beauty mini lash perfection gel:

This ultra modern formulation glides on effortlessly to strengthen, lengthen, darken, condition, prime and per-fekt lashes. Smudge-resistant and clump-free, lash perfection gel provides natural, buildable coverage and leaves the lashes looking luscious.

Can’t find the word ‘mascara‘ in the description? Neither can I. So what is the problem here? I’d say, the description itself is misleading, especially when the product’s packaging also forgot to bear the word ‘mascara’ on it, which further misleads customers into thinking that this ‘gel’ is a lash care rather than a cosmetic product.

Now, compare that description with the ones from Sephora US website as well as the official website; perfektbeauty.com :

What it is: 
A jellified primer, mascara, conditioner, and enhancer that gives the lashes extreme length and definition. -Sephora 

What is it?
Lash perfection gel is a silky smooth mascara that conditions, defines and lengthens lashes. -perfektbeauty.com

Sigh….partly I myself am to blamed for not doing a through research prior to buying this mascara. But then again, I got the SEPHORA RM30 Birthday Promo voucher to be spend in a busy December, so c’mon Sephora! 

Now that’s a lesson learned there, let’s get straight to the product. For RM39, I feel that it’s a decently affordable mascara. Physically it may look tiny but the amount of product is 7ml (.25 FL.OZ.). It comes in two sizes; mini (7ml) and full-sized (13ml). There are three shades available which are blu, flash and flash deluxe. Mine is flash which is their fancy name for black. 

In ‘flash’ ; which is just basic black

As a mascara, I’m pretty much satisfied with how well it separates, curls and darkens my lashes after just one coat. (Go on to a second coat and your lashes won’t be as curled so don’t bother.) The product stays on for hours even during a hot day. The only downside is the shortness of the wand; which is pretty standard for mini or deluxe-sized mascaras. However I’m pretty sure the full-sized one doesn’t have this problem. 

However, as a ‘primer’, like how this brand claims it to be, I don’t see nor feel any improvement on my eyelashes after three weeks of using it. Clearly, this is not a lash primer nor it is a lash serum. Just a delusional non-waterproof mascara who blows its own horn. 

Warm Vanilla Sugar…

How was everybody’s first week of the new year? As for me, despite 2016 ended with memorable days, 2017 kicked off with a shocking news. The sort of news that brings everyone in the family together and thinking negatively isn’t an option. I am a firm believer of “things happen for a reason”, therefore I refuse to let this shocking discovery to spoil my start of 2017 and look at the good that could come out of this instead.

Good thing I have this beautiful Bath & Body Works warm vanilla sugar to make my day. One from BBW Signature Collection, this shower gel is enriched with shea & vitamin E. If your mind are still fresh, you’d remember this shower gel from my recent birthday presents post. 

Like a classic Bath & Body Works shower product, warm vanilla sugar takes your mundane shower session to a bathroom experience that is heaven-scents (pun intended). The luxurious scents of vanilla and sweet sugar really perks me up especially during my early morning shower. I used to freak out when I forgot to spray on some perfumes before leaving the house (yeah that happens sometimes). However, shower time with BBW warm vanilla sugar shower gel means my skin is delicately scented like sugary dessert for at least a few hours.

As delicate as it may smell, I do not think thst this shower gel is delicate enough for those with eczema or very sensitive skin. The ingredients, as listed on the back of the bottle suggest that active ingredients (SLSs and fragrance) are just ain’t skin friendly. Luckily my body skin isn’t too sensitive for this shower gel even when used daily.

Pretty in a bottle…

-Hanna-