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 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. 😆
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.
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.
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*
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:
Catrice IRON STRENGTH Nail Hardener rm19.50
Catrice KOHL KAJAL EASY GLIDE eyeliner in 230 rm12.90
Catrice cosmetics sharpener (purple) rm13.10
Catrice Generation Matt Comfortable Liquid Lipstick in 050 rm22.90
Catrice Generation Plump&Shine Lip Gloss in 060 rm22.90
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;
Catrice POWER Plumping Gel Lipstick in 090 rm22.90
RIMMEL Brow Shake filling Powder eyeliner in 003
RIMMEL #InstaFix & Go 2in1 Primer & Setting Spray
RIMMEL Exaggerate Full Colour lip liner in 063 rm19.90
Catrice Voluminizing Lipbalm in 030 rm29.90
Catrice BLUSH BOX blusher in 020 rm27.50
Catrice sharpener (yep, gotta need backup)
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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 every.single.day. 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. 😄 It’s 2020 guys, a woman can buy herself a bouquet of flowers to lift her mood so that it’s more WFH-friendly.
I cannot leave 2019 without showcasing some awesome photos I’ve taken throughout this year, which initially were meant for blog posts. Then, as clichè as it sounds; it’s suddenly the last day of the year. Thus waste not the few remaining hours we still got, `till 2020 comes. Let’s feast these eyes with some visual stimulations starting with; (Keep scrolling. It gets better, I promise)
Revisiting my first birthday post back in 2016, I wrote this post with such nostalgia. Personally, I created and maintain this blog not to show off meaningless, material posessions. (That’s what Instagram is for) Rather, it serves as a visual reminder for me to look back what I already have, thus be grafetul. Be it solid family members or a friendship that stood the test of time (with annual pretty birthday presents that come with it😬)
Having said that, this year’s birthday Joanna sent me a cool MAC 2019 Holiday lipstick in shade Starstruck. It’s bright pink/purple fuchsia. And it’s glittery. If you know me, you’d definitely raised an eyebrow on this choice of lipstick. But why not? The new decade is almost here, I’m not getting any younger so why don’t I rock a glittery fuchsia lips once in a while?
Of course sweet Jo sent this lipstick along with some other cute samples, EDP vials and a full-sized lipbalm. Coz even a pair of rock-metal lips need some protection.
Then two weeks later, another parcel arrived at my doorstep. This time is another birthday presents from her too:
Gorgeous goodies from Rimmel, Bourjois and Max Factor. Well thank you dear! These beauties are enough to doll me up in the new year.
…..used to be an unnecessary luxury ever since we have Aida almost six years ago. Financial constrains aside, her chronic eczema flare ups which most of the time were severe, hindered us from any trips we could think of. There were just too much to fear for; “Is the room sufficiently air-conditioned?” ,”Are there carpets in the room?”, “Is the water purified enough?” and our favourite even to this day; “What’s she gonna eat?”
So, no. No. No. No. No. NO VACATIONS.PERIOD. Because really, if you think one night of plush hotel bed is worth one month of flare ups and bleeding nights, then clearly you’ve never taken cared of a tiny human with eczema.
Thankfully, those days are gone. This year, we were blessed enough to squeeze in few mini vacations and sometimes, staycations usually during Aida’s doctor appointments. Case in point, just last month Aida had a great time in Malacca;
Overall, I’m thankful for my daughter’s improving health throughout this year. Here’s hoping for more mini holidays in the following year, for our little eczema warrior’s sake.
Remember my shameless love for Barbie? Still not getting over my MACxAladdin lovely eye palette and powder blush, I unintentionally discovered this 2018 Sephora-exclusive Barbie kit while browsing through Sephora MY Website last month.
After a sour experience with their stingy SEPHORA Black welcome gift last year, I was actually done with this brand. Really, there’s a one month duration to collect my Black Welcome Gift?! Pff! Despite decent feedbacks from their customer service team, my heart (and bank account) are already cold from the entire experience. That experience in June was the last time I ever did anything with the brand, ever. I uninstalled and unsubscribed from both the app & the enewsletter, turned the other cheek & my nose up whenever I walked past a Sephora store, and I didn’t even bother to take advantage of my member birthday reward in December (instead; I let LUSH took my money❤)
That’s it. Until June come again this year. The month when I watched Aladdin twice; the time I snatched some MACxAladdin beauties coz “It’s Aladdin!” “And look how pretty these packagings are!” And also the month, which has been exactly a year later that I snaked my eyes through Sephora MY website; hoping so much to find a few last remaining MACxAladdin products.
While luck wasn’t on my side, (Where is Genie?) I somehow came across this kit on the website;
C’mon, Barbie cap? And a black mascara included? Man I’m sold! So I caved in and order this kit in late June. Waiting patiently for this baby to arrive my doorstep.
Alas, I was left soured. Again. Although this time around it wasn’t exactly Sephora’s fault. Rather, the courier service for Sephora SG srewed up BIG time by taking a week to reach my home. Really, you couldn’t find my home add? Oh, I didn’t realised I’ve been living in a jungle and Google Map failed to locate me. Thanks for the news, Aramex.
Just like a year ago, I unistalled Sephora MY mobile app from my phone and unsubbed my email from their newsletter subs, again. This Barbie x SEPHORA Collection is lovely, it’s nostalgic. Even my kid loves the pink-and-grey ’90s boombox’. But it’s not enough, Sephora.