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Thursday, May 28, 2015

L'oreal Color Riche P511 Touch of Amaranth & R513 Pearly Viva Red


It has been a long while since the appearance of a lipstick's outer package alone was enough to pull and entice me to check them out, swatch and eventually buy. But that was what happened with L'oreal Color Riche Lipstick. I was just idly browsing the drugstore, looking for nothing in particular when the display stand caught my attention.

There was a gorgeous picture of Fan Bing Bing wearing a very attractive fuchsia-pink shade on her lips. For once, I'm totally tripping over the advertisement. If you think Emma Stone looks super sell-able for Revlon's Lip Butter ads, you have another think coming for this ads.

Tell me I'm not the only one mesmerized! Anyway, as always, ain't nobody got time (nor budget) to pay for full price. Luckily, there was a BUY 1, GET 2ND AT 50% OFF promotion going on so I got myself two lipsticks to try.

Its gold sleek packaging reminds me so much of YSL lipctick, off the bat. What I like the most is the colored 'jewel' at the middle of the tube that indicates the lipstick shade. It's very different from all the lipsticks that I own. Very classy indeed!

The lip colour that Fan Bing Bing wore is Touch of Amaranth. The second colour that I chose is the classic red lippie. I much prefer Touch of Amaranth than Viva Red, to be honest. Touch of Amaranth is a bright fuchsia (blue-based pink) that's pretty unusual in my collection. It's pretty fun to wear while Viva Red isn't anything special since I have quite a lot of reds already.

Both formulas are very soft on the lips and leave an intense colour pay-off with only a single swipe. Impressed! However, I'm so-so on the finishing since I prefer my lip products to be matte. These give a slight shiny sheen and looks creamy and smooth on the lips. People with dry lips might appreciate L'oreal Color Riche much more than I do.

Staying power is on the upper side; they do transfer to cups and utensils but gosh, don't they stain beautifully! I love the stained look it leaves after a meal. These lipsticks are also unscented.

From left: Viva Red, Touch of Amaranth
I like this range from L'oreal. Not exactly my kind of holy grail material but I can definitely see a lot of women liking this.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Winner announcement & new follow feature

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Today marks the 27th of May 2015, and I promised a winner, didn't I? :D

There's only 2 valid entries (that follows all the terms & conditions: comment on blog, like & repost instagram) which are from Izzah & Hidayah.

A ballot for 2 entries is hardly any fun so I spice it up by assigning rare numbers to Izzah & even numbers to Hidayah. I used random.org to generate the winning number:

The winner is Izzah! Congratulations!

Pic credit to: http://www.printpattern.blogspot.com/
I'll be contacting you! And thank you to everyone that participated. :) Insyaallah I'll be holding more prizes and giveaways in the future.

By the way, am I the only one that just found out about Google terminating Google Friend Connect? No wonder I've been having problems following other blogs.

I've subscribed to Bloglovin and Google + (username: TheAshchronicles) so please, if you are interested, do follow me on those sites. Leave me a shout out so that I'll know and I will follow you back on those platforms.

In the meantime, happy bumpday! It's almost weekend so hold on tight! :)


Monday, May 25, 2015

Skincare product I'm unhappy about; Anew Clinical Pro Line Corrector Treatment


Skincare and makeup ain't all about sunshine. In a way, we consumers are putting ourselves in the place of second degree lab rats. Or guinea pigs. Or rabbits. (please don't go full animal cruelty mode on me.. I'm just making a commonly-understood comparison)

I felt more or less like a lab rat when I decided to test out Anew Clinical Pro Line Corrector Treatment. You will see in a sec why I said so.

Photo credit to: dollyrouge.ie
Would you look at that? With its shiny, silver metallic packaging, I feel like I'm about to be tied on a lab chair somewhere and endure a surgical procedure. I had bad experience with this product, hence the negative imagery. In all fairness, the whole product exudes a high-tech invention 'feel' to it that should only exists when human no longer have to do anything and only rely on robots.

I have high hopes for this because I've heard and seen so many good reviews and feedbacks from the people I know. I didn't buy this because it was expensive so I asked a friend to give me hers to try.

anew clinical pro line corrector treatment

I may look happy in this picture, but don't be fooled. I was just trying to demonstrate the lines underneath my eyes that has been haunting me for these few years. Even my mom, at 60 years old, don't have lines underneath her eyes...and I'm only 25!

In the hopes of 'erasing' the damage (darn it, Aisyah! STOP SMILING TOO MUCH), I squared my shoulders and disciplined myself to use this 2 times a day, on my crow's feet.

First 3 days, I did not see any major difference yet. Of course I did not stop using it because products don't show their effectiveness that early. I still had faith, mind you. Almost hitting a full week, I noticed something...and it wasn't good. The skin underneath my right eye became very dry. The patchy-foundation kind of dry. And it hurts, a bit.

I stopped using it immediately. Some background info, my skin basically behaves very well. I've never had any kind of really bad reaction to any skincare or makeup before (hopefully it would remain so, amin) and this rang a warning bell in my head.

So, in conclusion, this line treatment reacted badly with my skin. I would love to use it because it really does work for those who isn't sensitive to it but I guess I can't.

Have you tried this and did it work? Or anybody got any recommendation to smooth out crow's feet? Tell me if you do.