Monday, April 14, 2014

[Review] M.A.C. Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush


The M.A.C. Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush is one of the two blush in the Fantasy of Flowers Collection. I thought a review will help a lot of you who are deciding whether to get the blush because this is a limited edition, and probably one of the best seller item in the collection.



The color:
It is a frosty dusty pink with cool undertone. In some ways, it looks a bit of coral pink. When applied, it gives a pearl finish, almost give that highlighting effect in certain angle when the light hits.


The texture:
The blush is from the M.A.C. Mineralize line which give lightweight texture. When applied, it gives that thin sheen texture. The color appears sheer but buildable.


To a certain extend, I think it looks like a NARS Deep Thr**t, so I make a brief comparison of the two:



On the pan they both look pretty similar, except Azalea in the Afternoon has obvious pearl-shimmer on the pan. When swatched, Deep Thr**t looks more coral. However, when applied on the face, they both look undifferentiated.


If this blush is not for you, in the same collection, there's is another Mineralize Blush in a darker shade called Petal Power which resembles NARS Org**m.



The M.A.C. Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush is a limited edition shade. I believe it is still available in most M.A.C. store. If you want it, I urge you to go to the store and swatch it to see if it suits you. Grab it fast before it runs out. For a more convenient option, you can purchase from M.A.C. online store <<here>>. Price RM100.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

[Weekend Edition] Sephora is now available online on Zalora


I know some of you probably subscribe to Sephora Beauty Insider (Sephora US Online Store newsletter) and get jealous over all the online deals. Then, there came the question "Why don't we have it in Malaysia?". Well, the misery ends when Zalora announced that they're bringing Sephora on their e-commerce site.


Now you can shop for Sephora products on Zalora. We are all familiar with Zalora's convenience, they ship to anywhere within Malaysia (when I get stuck in the jungle for 3 months, Zalora was the best pal I ever had #truestory).


I see a lot of gains in this service in terms of Zalora's shipping and Sephora products are now easily available. However, the sad side is, Zalora only carries Sephora homebrand. They don't carry consignment brands from Zalora such as Urban Decay, Tarte, etc.


Go to Zalora's page to browse all the products available and see if there's anything you would like to get. And if you LIKE my facebook page <<here>>, send me a message and I will give you 20% discount code from Zalora.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

[Weekend Edition] M.A.C. Malaysia is now available online


M.A.C. Cosmetic is now available on their e-commerce site http://www.maccosmetics.com.my/. This is so convenient to all M.A.C. fans in Malaysia. They ship out to you nationwide with zero shipping fee (valid until 30th April 2014).

This is so convenient for everyone. Imagine when your foundation is running out in midweek and you have no time to pop into M.A.C. store to stock up, online shopping that is it!

The M.A.C. online store is also convenient for people like me who don't use credit card.... I can check out the price online before going to the store, so I know how much cash I should be bringing.

Head to http://www.maccosmetics.com.my/ to check out their new collection and browse around to see all of their products. Happy shopping!

Friday, April 11, 2014

[Starting a Beauty Blog] Don't Get Exploited By Brands

A lot of new bloggers are getting exploited by brands and marketing agencies without them realizing it. This is pretty normal if you're not in the media or marketing industry. Here are some eye-opening facts on how brands are exploiting your blog:



1. Is the product approved by Ministry of Health

There is a fine line between beauty product and medicine. In fact, all beauty product needs to be approved by MOH before it can be sold on shelf. Some ruthless brand will bypass this step and import the product anyway without considering the negative implications. Because of they didn't acquire the legalities for the product, they cannot market the product on mainstream media. What the marketing people do is, they will send the product to bloggers for review. Blogs are not a regulated media, we can post almost anything we want on our blog with no interference from government. This is how brands using blogs to bypass all the government requirements and make use of blogs are a form of free advertising.

Even worse if the product falls under medicine category. All forms of advertisement for medicine need to be approved by Medicine Advertisement Board. If you happen to see any medicine ads such as vitamin pills ad, you will see an advertisement code K.K.L.I.U No. xxxxx/2014. The advertisement code indicates that the ad is approved by MAB because there is a certain criteria on what information can be published and the manner on how the information is portrayed on media.

When you come across unknown brands, don't jump into blogging for them. Ask a few questions:
  • Where do they sell their product? If their point of sale is in leading pharmacies and supermarket, it would be ok.
  • Are they a new company or just started?
  • What is their company registered name, company number and registered office address
You will get a hint from the manner they answer you. Whether they are reluctant to provide you with the information or not. If it is a proper company, they wouldn't be afraid of letting you know all the basic info about their operation.


2. You should charge blog post fee

A lot of bloggers just grab whatever free products that come their way and give free coverage without knowing that this will spoil the market for blog advertising. Here are some pointers:
  • Everything in life is a trade in value. The brands want your audience (readers), so they trade with you their product. In most situation, product is not a cost to brands, which means it is something of no value to them. Then, the ball rolls to your court, is the product something of value to you? If you are already using the product, or really want to own it, then it is ok for you to accept it for a free review. If the product is not something you want to try, there is a value for you to trade a blog post with.
  • If the product is not something which you want, then you have to charge for your blog post. Get something of value back because you are trading your time off. Time is scarce and the most valuable thing in your life. Why give out your time for something which you don't want? Think about that...
  • If the product is not something which you want, nonetheless you want to keep a good relationship with the brand manager, then you can consider writing for free. The relationship is something of value to you. 
Just remember the theory of "trade in value" then you will know when you should charge and when you should blog for free.


That's all for this week. Next week I will share with you all some ways you can earn from beauty blogging. Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Review] Cellnique Intensive Hydro Repair Elixir

Cellnique's products have never fail me. Did you know, I won RM1.3k worth of Cellnique products from their blogging competition previously. It amazes me that I love all the products that they sent to me (except the shower gel, it smells like hospital shower gel to me). This time they send over their new Intensive Hydro Repair Elixir as PR sample.



What it is:
Intensive Hydro Repair Elixir is essentially a high concentrate of Snail Mucin and Hyaluronic Acid that designed to regenerate and repair the skin cells, restoring skin to its original healthy state. It also provides ample hydration and enhances moisture retention capacity of skin. A vibrant, firmer, and smoother appearance will be achieved with continued use.

Benefits:
Moisturizing and repairing elixir
Skin cell regeneration and repairing to damaged and aged skin
Moisture barriers over the skin to keep skin vitalized
Enhance the moisture retention capacity of dry skin
Reduces dryness and wrinkles
Fresh and revived skin


Packaging:
It comes in dropper bottle with pincher so you won't be wasting the product. I love the packing because it is neat.



Texture: 
It has a very interesting texture. It's in between liquid and gel. When first put on, it has the sticky feeling, but it dries out completely matte.



Application:
Apply after toner, day and night.

Pros:
1.  Although a serum, you don't have to "seal" it with moisturizer over it. After put on my toner, I pat this on and I'm ready to go. So, this to me is like a one product for two purposes. It saves a lot of time.
2. Besides having high level of hydration power, this product also firms the skin. I think this is because it contains snail mucin, which is one of a popular ingredient in firming products.
3. Visible result in just one week.

Cons:
1. Expensive.

Ingredients:
Purified Water (Aqua), Snail Secretion Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Rice (Oryza sativa) Bran Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Kinetin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone


Snail Mucin
Since this product contains snail mucin, let me talk a little bit about it. It is commonly known as snail mucus. A lot of people are skeptical of this ingredients because it sounds disgusting. Actually, it is not. It just feels like ordinary skincare product and it doesn't have any smell to it. They have been using snail mucus as skin treatment since ancient Greek. It is made of 91 to 98% of water and the component is made of protein polymer network. It is rich in hyaluronic acid and antioxidant. If your have firming skin concern, do try products with snail mucus. It works faster than collagen products. 


Like other salon brands, it is hard to purchase Cellnique products unless you go directly to their authorized salon. Alternatively, you can purchase it online from their e-commerce store. The price is RM199 for 30ml.


P/S: There is a RM20 voucher for you if you want to try out Cellnique products.


What you need to do:



Step 1: Go to Cellnique's Facebook page, LIKE the page and comment on my post.

Step 2: The product discount voucher will be sent to your follower E-mail. Limited for first 50 people!

Step 3: Followers must provide the details information: Full name, contact number, e-mail address, and preferred outlet. Limited for first 50 people!

Step 4: E-voucher will be send to followers. Followers need to print out the voucher and show it upon redemption.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Qing Ming Essentials

This post is a little bit late. As you all know, Qing Ming (Ching Ming) falls on hot season. There are some preparation needed to prevent me (and my skin) from dehydration. I don't put on makeup when going to the tombstone. Anyway, these are the essential products I had for Qing Ming:


1. Yadah Oh My Sunblock
Sunblock is the biggest essential when it comes to Qing Ming. Since there are a lot of activities under the sun, I definitely need some SPF protection. I will keep this in my bag to reapply after a few hours. Full review <<here>>.

2. Mentholatum Water Lip Tinted Lip Balm
I reduce drinking water during Qing Ming because there won't be any toilet around if I needed to wee wee. Lip balm will keep my lips moisturized and won't crack because of the hot weather. I pick the Mentholatum water Lip Tinted Lip Balm because it provides long hour hydration compared to my other lip balm, although the tinted effect is not so obvious. Full review <<here>>.

3. Wet tissue
I keep this because usually I'm the one to pull weeds and clean the tombstone. After done with all that, the wet tissue is a super convenient to keep my hands clean.

4. Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
This is just like ordinary mist spray. I find that the Evian one stays cool throughout the day even under the hot sun. It gives that temporary "shiokness" while you're feeling hot. I bought this in Hong Kong. I'm not too sure if we have it in Malaysia. Anyone seen this before in our local store?

5. Sunglass
How could you go Qing Ming without a sunglass? I love this oversized Gucci sunglass. This was originally AUD700+ but I bought it from sale at Sunglass Hut for only AUD300+. Super worth it! Besides, I get some worthless bragging rights about Kendra (The Girls Next Door) and Kim Kardashian having the same sunglasses as mine.


Do you think my essentials are practical or is it too much? What is your essential product for Qing Ming?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

[Makeup Basics] Foundation Formulations

Makeup Basics is a weekly topic on this blog. The topic's aim is to help makeup rookie on how to get started. If you're interested in this topic, make sure to come back every week. There will be tips and product recommendations. If you have any useful tips and comment to share, don't forget to comment below. 


Last week, we've discussed about the different coverage for foundation. Today we're going into something which is still along the line with the discussion of coverage, which is the different formulation for foundation.


Foundation comes in different forms - compact, liquid, stick, cream, and mousse. Nowadays, we also have BB Cream and CC Cream. Let's talk about those another day. Today we're just going to concentrate on the basic formulations.


1. Compact

Compact is also referred to as compact powder. As the name suggest, it comes in a form of powder. This is easy to use, especially for beginner.  Perfect for any skin type. If you are just starting to explore, this is the perfect formulation for you because you don't have to "set" the foundation with loose powder. There's no need of special technique to apply. All you do is to sweep the powder foundation onto your face until it covers evenly. You can use the sponge provided in the packaging, or you can use brush for a more natural look. However, powder compact coverage is never full. You may need concealer to cover up your imperfection if you want a flawless look.

Best product for compact foundation: Shu Uemura the lightbulb UV compact 


2. Liquid

Liquid foundation is also another popular choice. You get all sorts of coverage with liquid foundation and it is also one of makeup artist favorite product because it is easy to use (but not as easy as compact). The application for liquid foundation is more versatile, the coverage is often buildable and it blends well into the skin. There are a lot of different liquid foundation build for different skin type, so do check with the sales person for the right one to pick up.

Best product for liquid foundation: MAC Pro LongWear (there are a lot of good liquid foundation, but MAC Pro LongWear is the one I've been faithfully using for years)


3. Stick

Stick foundation offer high coverage. Because the product is more intense and dry, it might not suit dry skin type. This might require a little bit of practice before you get it right because you might ended up using the entire foundation stick like a crayon. You need a brush or fingers to blend out the product on your face. I'm not a fan of stick foundation because the product is always too dry. However, I've been seeing everyone raving about the new Bobbi Brown foundation stick. Apparently they recreate the formula and it is now provides more hydration and the coverage is medium (buildable). Definitely worth checking out.

Best product for stick foundation: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick


4. Cream

There's nothing particular that sets the difference between cream foundation and liquid foundation. The texture of cream foundation is thicker compared to liquid foundation and it comes in a jar. It has higher coverage and you can definitely skip the concealer.

Best product for cream foundation: SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation


5. Mousse

The mousse type is pretty much the same as the cream foundation, except it is much fluffier. The consistency is much lighter and the coverage is also lighter than the cream foundation. It is less oily compared to the cream foundation.The problem with the mousse foundation is that not many company product it. Even if you can find it, there is not that many shades available. However, if you're going for a natural finish, you should try this.

Best mousse foundation: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse



Now that we know the different types of foundation and its coverage, next week we'll talk about how to apply your foundation. There are many ways to apply your foundation. You need to know what type of finish you want and see which way is more suitable for your preference.


Thank you for reading!
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