Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Christmas 2012!

I had a happy Christmas, did you? I've been busy and gone for a while, but I'm back! :) Watch this space~

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: Renew Balancing Gel Cleanser; Singapore Night Festival 2012

Recently I've finished using a cleanser that I've repurchased - Renew Balancing Gel Cleanser. My skin had been terribly clogged and congested for months and this cleanser played a part in helping to rebalance my skin. I'm happy to say that now my skin is getting much better! There's still a long way to go because while I don't have so many clogged pores now, they have left quite a few scars/red marks on my face. 

Anyway, I've reviewed products from Renew before, and absolutely loved them. I love this gel cleanser too! It is similar to Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser, because I believe Renew and Sukin are related companies. It's also similar to Avalon Organics Lavender Cleansing Gel. This is SLS and paraben-free, and it's low-foaming, so if you're not used to such a low-foaming formula, you might be a little annoyed. I love it, it feels gentle on my skin and it doesn't strip skin of moisture. This Renew cleanser has a light tangerine/vanilla scent which is less complex than Sukin's delicious fragrance. Sukin smells better, but Renew seems to cleanse better - Sukin seems to leave a little layer of film on my skin after cleansing (essential oil, perhaps) but Renew rinses clean, such that I have the option of not using toner after. Between the two, I think Renew is more suited for oily skin. I love that this cleanser is inexpensive and made of natural ingredients, plus there are always periodic sales for Renew and Sukin at the drugstore.

Ingredients: Aqua, organic german chamomile, organic aloe vera, organic witch hazel, organic green tea, decyl glucoside (vegetable), cocomidopropyl betaine (vegetable), PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate (vegetable), glycerin (vegetable), sodium chloride, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (vegetable), citric acid (pH balance), grapefruit seed extract, phenoxyethanol, macadamia seed oil, organic rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, Australian sandalwood oil, tangerine essential oil, vanilla extract

In short - the price is right for an awesome product. :)

Rating: 10/10
On Friday, I went to the Singapore Night Festival. Some museums were open for free to the public, there were light shows and exhibitions and a busking competition.
This was a cute exhibit of lighted doodles on the steps of SOTA (School of the Arts). I always feel a little wistful when I walk past SOTA because it opened after I went to university. SOTA starts from the high-school level, so it would have been nice if it was an option for me when I was in high school. Then again, though I have always been the artsy and weird one among my friends, I have also always been very practical in my choices...
One of the street dancers had a hot pink boombox. I LOVE IT!!!!! Does anyone know where I can get one???
There was the Night Lights show at the Singapore Art Museum. Some nature theme, with vines, birds, fire... Pretty cool, but I thought last year's was cuter! Last year's, the building looked like it was hip-hoppin'. Ha!
Some creepy installation at the courtyard, the shadows move as the lights move back and forth, and there's eerie music too.
Some eyeballs on display at SAM@8Q. My friends had a discussion of which coloured lenses they wanted to try. -_-U
This is a really cute but slightly "hmm..." video installation of little fishies in a fish tank. Water is poured in, then the little fishies have a feeding frenzy... then the plug is pulled and water drains out glug glug glug and where do the fishies go, I wonder...
A circular table-tennis table. You can play ping-pong on it - my friends and I did, and we totally sucked!
There was a light show at the National Museum of Singapore too, but it wasn't as nice as the one at SAM. This one was more nationalistic - like, it shows all the four races, historical stuff...
 I really like the swinging chandeliers in the National Museum, they swing so fast my camera had trouble focusing... My friends thought it looked ghostly, but they reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, and "Be Our Guest" just played in my head just then. Am I weird?
3D art everyone was crowding around.
This lone staircase at the National Museum is supposed to be haunted, my friends were all creeped out but I said "Hey this looks like a good spot to take a wedding photo..." Doesn't it??
I spotted these... things sitting on a bench outside the museum. I don't know what they're supposed to represent really. It's the 7th month right now (for the Chinese, it's the Hungry Ghost festival when the gates of Hell open and the ghosts are free to roam for a month), so it's really quite creepy.

Well it was a nice experience and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many Singaporeans out and about the museums. (Usually I think, we stay in the shopping belt?) I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Till next time then~

Monday, August 20, 2012

Essence "You Belong To Me"

About a month ago, I noticed the drugstore near my house had a new display of Essence cosmetics. Essence cosmetics are really affordable, so I grabbed a bunch of nail polishes (though I hardly use nail polish). They cost less than $3! (Albeit for a tiny bottle.) This shade is called "You Belong To Me", which is one of my favourite songs by Carla Bruni and Bob Dylan. (I like Carla Bruni... and I like Bob Dylan, but only when someone else is singing it, like Adele... hehhh.)
The photos above are with 2 coats of Essence, and 1 coat of Fancl Jelly Nail Coat. I quite like this polish, it is a very peaceful Tiffany blue kind of colour. I like this better than China Glaze's For Audrey, which I had taken a photo of before here, because this is less vivid and a bit more muted, so it's a bit more subtle... as subtle as a robin's egg blue can be. :P The formula of the polish is quite thick - it's easy to apply and spreads well, and it's opaque in 2 coats... but because it's thick, it bubbles easily. It might go on smooth, but in the process of drying, the bubbles just appear. :(
I really really love this colour... I don't do my nails often but I'm considering stocking up on this colour since the bottle is so tiny... In a nutshell, amazing colour at a great price, except for the tendency to bubble when drying.

Rating: 9/10

Anyway, here's the song "You Belong To Me" by Carla Bruni. Her smoker's voice doesn't appeal to some people, but I like it. I know some people think this song sounds super boring, but I like how peaceful it sounds.

See the pyramids a long the Nile
Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle
Just remember darling all the while
You belong to me

See the market place in old Algiers
Send me photographs and souvenirs
Just remember 'til your dream appears
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
Maybe you'll be lonesome, too
And blue

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when its wet with rain
Just remember till you're home again
You belong to me

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Kevin Beautymaker Princess Lip Repairing Balm 公主修護唇膜

L-R: Sweet Pink (小粉紅), Strawberry (小草莓)
I got the Kevin Beautymaker Princess Lip Repairing Balm during my trip to Taiwan, in both shades - sweet pink and strawberry. They cost NT300 each for 4g of product, which isn't particularly affordable, but the packaging is really pretty!
L-R: Sweet Pink (小粉紅), Strawberry (小草莓)

I love the jewelled cap. The colours are really pretty, they show up as just the slightest hint of colour. (Very sheer in one layer, but slightly buildable.) I like that the texture of these is a gel-type balm that is very smooth and non-greasy. If I were to compare these to The Body Shop's Born Lippy lip balms... well these definitely win.

TBS's feels heavier (but not more moisturizing) and they don't have as much colour as compared to Beautymaker's. TBS's can also look a little greasy while Beautymaker's feels more like a gel/serum texture which is very light and nice! However, while TBS lip balms smell so delicious and fruity (in an artificial way), these Princess Lip Balms have little fragrance.
L-R: Sweet Pink (小粉紅), Strawberry (小草莓)
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Ester, Microcrystalline Wax Hydrogenated Polysobutene, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Aloe Andongensis Leaf Oil, Avocado Oil, Isohexadecane / Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol Acetate, L-hydroxy Proline, Dextrin Palmitate, Nicatinamide, Propyl Paraben, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance (Flavor), D&C Red No.6 Barium Lake

I definitely like these lipbalms... they're a bit dear but they're worth it! I would try to get them on sale though.

Rating: 9/10

Some random photos:

This is a Payeasy Beauty Vending Machine which I found at a HSR train station in Taichung. It sells selected Kevin Beautymaker and Bio Beauty products at cheaper prices than the website. They also sell powder foundations and stuff, but I can't really tell which shade they're offering, so I don't know how that works.
I found these little cloth animal postcards at Sun Moon Lake - they are cute little templates where you can cut out the animals and make them into little toys. Very cute and affordable! I didn't get them because my friends aren't into sewing or zakka, and they don't have time to assemble toys like that. These postcards do make a good gift idea though!
I found these Hello Kitty and ninja face masks at Watson's in Taipei. So weird! Hello Kitty and ninjas?!
I have these really cute Rilakkuma sweets with me in the office now. Every time I see it, I feel like relaxing. One day I'm gonna get a gigantic pink heart pillow just like that and lounge all day!

Till next time~ Peace out!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer

I picked up 2 tubes of Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer in Taiwan recently because it was on sale for NT199. It comes in 2 colours - ivory and natural. It's a click pen type of illuminating concealer, the typical YSL Touche Eclat-wannabe kind. I've tried Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer and L'oreal Touche Magique, which were both really good, but they were twist-pens and not click-pens.
The brush is ok, not too stiff, but I still prefer using my fingers to blend. As with most twist/click pens, it's a little difficult to control the amount that flows out.
The click-button at the bottom has a lock mechanism, the kind that locks/unlocks when you twist it clockwise/anti-clockwise. Thing is, the button is small and difficult to twist. I don't intend to travel with this, so once I unlocked it, I left it unlocked. It's a useful feature, but it could be improved.
I purchased the Natural shade, which is the darker, more orange shade, which suits my MAC NC30 skintone well. (I have really dark circles though.) I think Ivory is paler and more yellow-based. It's watery, light and very blendable, but has very light coverage. Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer and L'oreal Touche Magique (both twist-type illuminating concealer pens) have better coverage and better staying power, while illuminating well. So this Magic Concealer pales in comparison. It brightens up my dark circles, but doesn't conceal well enough. I use this on my eyelids as well, but it creases on my double-eyelid fold. Not good!

From left: Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer in Natural, Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer in Natural
I much prefer the Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer. I use it in the Natural shade as well, but it's less orange than the same shade of Magic Concealer, and has better coverage and staying power. So I'm really not too impressed with Magic Concealer. The regular price is NT300 for 3g, which is not worth the quality, I feel. However, it works ok for illuminating my undereyes (just not my eyelids), so it gets a 6/10.

Rating: 6/10


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