Category Archives: Make up Review

Sephora Mascara – Lash Plumper Ultra Black

Sephora Mascara Lash Plumper Ultra Black (pic taken from Sephora.com)

Oh, the wonders of mascara. It lengthens and it thickens. I barely have any eyelashes so, I absolutely love a good mascara. As my eyelashes are fairly short and sparse, I do generally coat my lashes with lots of mascara. It is also important for me to have waterproof mascara. I get teary eyed during the day and due to the shape of my eye, my eyelashes get “tucked” under my eye lid (I have single eye-lids).  What does this mean?  Majority of my eyelashes are exposed to my tears.

I bought this mascara from Sephora in Asia. Unfortunately, they do not have Sephora in Australia, which is an absolute shame! This mascara is their own brand (homebrand, as they call it in Australia). The mascara is stated to be lash plumper.  Does it plump?  Slightly..   I personally have not found a mascara that makes a massive difference for me so far.  (what’s the point of mascaras then???)  Anyway, this mascara does lengthen and thicken slightly.  Although so, this mascara smudges every single time I get teary-eyed. At the end of the day, it smudges everywhere! I constantly have to carefully wipe off the smudge throughout the day. One thing I absolutely love about this mascara, though, is the brush. It has a very thick and full brush. This allows me to coat my sparse eyelashes very easily. I usually use only 1-2 coats of this mascara because if I have any more coats, my eyelashes will start to clump together.

Here’s a tip, try to prevent yourself from putting the brush back into the mascara bottle as many times as possible (this includes “pumping”, meaning you pull the brush out of the tube of mascara and just before the brush comes out, you push it back in). There is bacteria everywhere, including in the air. So, when you do insert the brush back into the mascara tube several times, you’re drawing air into the product and bacteria as well. This is not good because bacteria loves a moist place to grow. Mascara is placed very close to the eye. This means that some of the product (including the bacteria) will enter your eye. This is bad because you can easily get an eye infection. NOT GOOD! You can’t hide an eye infection!!

Conclusion:
As much as I love the brush on this mascara, there are plenty of other mascaras out there which have the same brush and is waterproof.  I would personally not buy this mascara again because of the fact that it smudges and does not really “plump” my lashes.

Where to buy:
Sephora – online (does not ship to Australia) or Sephora shops in Asia or the US

Price:
USD $ 12.00

Stay Beautiful!

xx Sam

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil.  I love a good eyebrow pencil.  Eyebrows help frame your face.  This eyebrow pencil comes in 5 shades: Black (093), Sand (453), Brown (593), Chesnut (553) and Blonde (653).  The shade I am currently using is 593, a medium brown colour (not as dark brown as the sand colour).  This pencil comes with a brush on one end, Pencil on the other and a separate sharpener.

I like this pencil because it is easy to handle.  When using it, I am able to easily draw on the shape I desire.  The product from the pencil does not get deposited on the skin by large amounts (unless of course you press hard).  It’s just like sketching, you draw short fine lines and not one hard line.  This way, it also looks more natural.  Each end of the brush comes with a cover.  Unfortunately as one of the lids is plastic, it broke around the edges of the opening.  When I do travel with it, the plastic cover falls off.  This is quite inconvenient, because even though it does only protect the brush end of the pencil, my brush could get damage or some of the product on the brush will stain my bag.  The brush is absolutely handy.  After using the pencil end, I will use the brush to help make the drawn-on brow look more natural.  Very convenient, as I do not need to carry too many things with me when on the go.  The tip of the pencil has only broke once after sharpening it about 3-5 times.

One thing I did not like about this product was the fact that it oxidised on my skin.  The colour is meant to be a  brown colour.  This is suitable for me at the beginning of the day but by the end of the day, I end up with red eyebrows!  I should have bought the darker colour (Sand).  Unfortunately, with no testers at the stand, I was unable to see which colour was suitable for me and had to rely on the salesperson.  However, this product does not disappear at the work day, even when I do become oily at the end of the day or slightly sweaty from running for the train.  Of course, don’t wipe your brow at any time, I certainly haven’t tried.

Conclusion:

I would love to try this product again in the “Sand” colour because I am happy with how it goes on, how well it lasts throughout the day and the convenience of the brush.  I am hoping that with the Sand Colour, it will not oxidise too much till it turns brownish-red.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

AUD $44

 

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Foundation like products are all the craze now, from BB creams to Tinted moisturizers, or rather a few years ago..

Laura Mercier Tinter Moisturizer has been nominated as the “Best Buy” product by several sources.  Why is it so great?  It offers some coverage and also moisturizes.  I have dry/combination skin: dry cheeks and oily T-zone.  I should’ve bought the oil-free foundation but this was what the lady at the counter recommended as it matched my skin colour better.  The product is fairly liquid and goes on easily.  You don’t need to apply this with a brush or applicator (like a sponge) but you can if you like.   It comes in 6 shades.  My shade is “Nude”.   I usually use a base/primer before applying this tinted moisturizer so that it helps adhere better and last longer.   This product also offers an SPF20, which is excellent for sun protection!

I have been using it for the past 3 months. On application, the colour is a very suitable shade.  It does not go on matte but slightly shiny, which is good because it did not look like I was wearing too much make up (or any at all).   I enjoyed using this product because there was a stage when I had flaky skin and this product did not accentuate it as with the other foundations I used. This product does not offer much coverage but it does cover any slight discolouration on the skin (e.g light acne scars or pigmentation)   At the end of the day,  the product tends to oxidise quite a bit for me.  This means, the colour of my face has become slightly darker than usual (not very pretty).  The product also tends to  “melt” off my face and does not last at the end of the day.   I do feel slightly “weighed down” at the end of the day and just feel like washing my face immediately.  This is even after using a base and setting it with powder after application.

Conclusion:

I felt that this product does a good job providing minimal coverage and does not dry out the skin.  It also offers a SPF20, which I really like.   Although so, I did not enjoy using this product just because at the end of the day, I looked really oily and my face feels quite “mucky” and weighed down.  The possible reason for this could be due to the fact that I was using the wrong product.  I should have listened to my instincts and bought the oil-free product.  (yes, sometimes, it’s good to listen to your instincts because who else knows your skin best but yourself!).  However, this product is good for any short casual outings.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

40ml for AUD$59

What do you think of my review?  Feel free to leave a feedback!

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam

Benefit Brow Zings

Benefit Brow Zings – Brow Shaping Kit

Benefit Brow Zings

Benefit is known for their wonderful brow products.  They have a “Brow Bar” at selected few department stores.  This product has 2 brushes, tweezers, a waxy based product (darker colour) and  powder based product (lighter colour).   The tweezers come very handy.  Even at its miniature size,  I am able to easily pluck my brows.  For a “non-brow plucker”, I find this extremely easy to use.  There are only 3 main colours: light, medium, dark.

You are meant to slightly line the waxy product on your eyebrow  first using the angled brush.  This allows the powder product to stick better.   When you lay down the product, I do recommend for you to be light handed as it does have a very dark colour.  You then use the rounded brush to lay the powder product.  Remember, be light-handed or you’ll end up with strong dark eyebrows.  Don’t worry if you do overdo it, just use a clean disposable mascara wand to go through the brow.  This also helps make the brow look more natural.

I do sweat occasionally throughout the day (like when I am running late and have to run for the train) and at the end of the day, I do become oily.  The product does not budge at the end of the day, unless of course if I rub it off by accident.

I carry this handy little thing around with me every day.  It is relatively light and can fit in any pocket of the bag (or pants).  It is only 5.8cm by 5.8cm.  One thing to note that since I do carry it around, the product stains the mirror and make it dirty.

Here’s a handy tip.  The thinner your eyebrow, the older you look.   The higher the arch, the older you look.  Try it on yourself!  Or you can even just google it (here’s a fun example, Sleeping Beauty from Disney and her evil counterpart, Maleficent).

Conclusion:

I like this product as the it does not oxidise (change colour due to the natural oils from your skin or external effects) throughout the day.  It did take some time for me to get used to how I to use this properly.    Once I got it, I found it a really good brow product.

Where to get it:

Myer, David Jones and online

Price:

4.35g for AUD$55.00

 

 

Would you use this?

 

Stay Beautiful!

xx Sam