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. 

Birthday beauties.

Hi guys, how was everyone’s holiday?

Although I don’t celebrate Christmas, we Malaysian folks here did enjoy our long weekend, thanks to Christmas that fell on Sunday this year. I managed to catch up with my parents and had lunch with my best friend, who gave me and my girl belated birthday presents. Yay! See what I told you about December being my favourite month? *big grin*

Speaking of presents, here is a post dedicated to birthday presents (beauty products ONLY) I got this year. They aren’t a lot of them, of course but what truly matters is that these are lovely things given by my dear family and friends. Thank you again to each and every one of you for making my birthday (and my daughter’s) this year a lovely one. Oh, I also bought a few myself. Yes you read that right, I bought MY OWN birthday presents because I’m pathetic like that. Haha! Or maybe self-appreciative, depending on how you look at it.

1.Bath & Body Works set 

Taking advantage of the Christmas + holiday promotion, my little sister got me a bottle of Endless Weekend fine fragrance mist and warm vanilla sugar Shower Gel, wrapped in a clear plastic and tied with a blue BBW ribbon. I love both products, which apparently are my first BBW products bought locally. Before BBW had stores in Malaysia, I had been getting BBWs from swaps or a friend in the States for years.

2.Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Lip Tar &  beauty goodies

This year, Joanna, my friend from Poland got me a tube of OCC Lip Tar and other fun beauty goodies! It’s our tradition to exchange birthday gifts every year. I’ve tried the NIVEA shampoo+conditoner samples, Laura Geller blusher and of course, the lip tar. Thank you dear for everything, and also for sending my daughter fun stickers & puzzle set for her 3rd birthday! *hug* 

3.Shu Uemura 10% off & birthday treats

I can’t remember the last time I used or bought anything from Shu Uemura. So when I received a text message from them on Dec 1st, it got me thinking, “Why not? Isn’t this year the time for me to indulge in myself after 2 years of dealing with our daughter’s severe eczema?” As I was running out of pressed face powder, I went to the store in KLCC recently to purchase one. I got it at 10% off, along with two 15ml bottle of their best selling cleansing oil, one 15ml bottle of TSUYA skin lotion and 4 sachets of moisturizers. So the “birthday presents from us” are those three skincare products? Okay. In addition, they apparently had a Christmas promo which after done with paying and collecting my stuffs, the SA asked me to pick any card from a miniature wintery Xmas tree displayed in the store. The card I picked out bore what my other gift was; a Mika for Shu makeup pouch. Hmm…I honestly don’t get the Shu vibe from the pouch but, whatever. Freebies; “Yay!”, I presume?

4.SEPHORA BlackCard Member birthday gift

If last year’s birthday pressie was that mini eyeshadow trio, (which honestly isn’t bad, albeit basic) this year SEPHORA treated us to a mini blusher+highlighter embossed with “HAPPY” and “BIRTHDAY” on each half of the product. Sadly, I didn’t even get the chance to try the blusher because I accidently dropped it onto the floor one late night and the highlighter already shattered. Was I too clumsy? Was the product is of poor quality? Either way, I didn’t have the mood at all to salvage the remaining of the product so I tossed everything into a bin. *sobs*

That’s all of beauty products I’ve received, and bought. Did you spot anything that you have used yourself? What do you think of them, do you like em or loathe ’em? I’m especially interested in that SEPHORA 2016 Birthday Present. Please let me know what you think of the blusher if you’ve tried it. 

Till then, enjoy the last few days of 2016! 

-Mascaras&Motherhood-