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Sunday, July 26, 2015

[Review] Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask


On a normal working day, I wear a light covering of CC cream and powder to make my skin shine-free and smooth all day long. It's a good thing to look presentable but don't forget that you are covering your skin so it's also important to take some days off from wearing any kind of foundation at all.

I say this but I am guilty of not walking the talk sometimes. Sure, when I'm at home, my face is as bare as ever but I do not make additional effort like scrubbing and applying face masks, like I should. However, that shall change! I am making a pledge with myself to take some time during the weekend for some 'me' time!

I do noticed that even though technically my skin is quite mild and problem-free, it tends to look quite dull, dark and slightly dry when I go for a looong time without any mask or scrub. The thing about scrub is, I have a little problem with selecting a good one. Some are too abrasive and the gentler ones seem to not do anything at all! Aren't there anything in between? Well, I think Freeman Dual-action Purifying Mask might just pass the cut!

Freeman Charcoal & black sugar polishing mask

There are 4 types of Freeman masks available at either Watsons or Guardians if I am not mistaken. I chose this specific one because it is suitable for all skin types. Charcoal is supposed to be good for deep cleansing as it purifies the skin. As for sugar, I've always believe in using very fine sugar grains as a homemade scrub to help removes dead and coarse skin cell.

Before using this mask, I made sure to wash my face first so that it is all nice, clean and moist enough to spread the polishing mask. I found that it works better that way, rather than applying straight on dry skin.

Don't be surprised when you experience a slight warm sensation spreading all over the surface of your skin where the mask is. That's pretty normal for products containing charcoal. However, if you feel that it's painful and you start developing skin irritations, then stop using immediately! To be safe, try it on a small patch of skin first to see whether you like it or not.

In above picture, it might look like a thin layer but I was being quite generous with it. Don't be afraid to lather it on. Just be sure to avoid the delicate eye area. I usually used it before I take my shower; right after cleansing my face. Then, I would leave it on for as long as I bath which usually lasts 10 - 15 minutes, depending on my mood. The last 2 minutes, I would use my damp fingers and massage the mask cum scrub gently in circular motions, moving upwards.

My skin feels absolutely fresh and rejuvenated afterwards! :D I forgot how much I bought this for but probably around RM15 or so. Again, this gem was found at my dear Instagram friend's account. :)

Have you tried this mask before in different types? I don't think I'll be buying the others but they definitely look interesting!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

[Review] Essence Lash Princess Mascara


I don't do a lot of mascara review because I don't wear mascara much on a daily basis. However, recently I've been quite on a mascara kick starting with the cheaper ones on the market. I really can't justify shelling out more than RM50 for a mascara because it can only lasts up to 6 months the longest (although I don't really follow this guideline, per se).

As a benchmark, I have your typical Asian lashes; fairly dispersed quantities but rather thin, stick straight and droopy. A good mascara to me is something that lengthen, volumized and holds curl with preferably not too wet formula.

My normal naked lashes
For mascaras, there are only a select few brands that I gravitate to, mostly Maybelline and Japanese brands like Majolica Majorca, Kose etc. The product reviewed today was introduced to me by a fellow beauty instagrammer, syzahmd from a drugstore brand originating from Germany; the land of cheap but high quality makeup!

essence princess lash mascara

Doesn't the packaging remind you of a certain brand? Any guesses? It reminds me of Anna Sui a little bit due to the combination of black and bright colours and also the swirly pattern on its wand holder / cap.

Princess Lash Mascara is a volumizing mascara and some say that the result is similar to Benefit's Roller mascara (don't quote me on that though... that's quite a high claim to make!). I like the wand shape; an innovative cobra-brush for extremely thick lashes.

Above is before and after application of mascara. First, let's start off with what I like about this mascara. It really does make my lashes stand out more with more volume and a little bit of length. However, I do have to curl it beforehand. The formula is light and the wand made it easy to brush over my lashes. You can definitely apply a few more coats to get the desired volume and effect but I prefer 1 or 2 coats, at most.

There are also things I don't like about this mascara though. The formula is not waterproof, smudge-proof and flake-proof. The smudging isn't so bad but ugh, it flaked off like nobody's business. I always find bits of dried mascara underneath my eyes. It also doesn't hold curl very well as my lashes will start drooping back around 4 - 5 hours mark.

Essence is a very inexpensive drugstore brand and they do have some hits & misses. I'd say this mascara is a HIT. It's very good, considering its price which is less than RM19! The formula is not too thick and wet. I wouldn't say it's too dry either. Pretty halfway in the middle which is perfect for my lashes as it doesn't weight it down. The downside is that this mascara is not waterproof, smudge-proof and flake-proof. It's not a huge concern of mine since I usually remove my makeup for zohor prayer but if you're looking for a long lasting mascara, this isn't it. I'd say it's a budget-friendly mascara that delivers its job well.


Can next week come by any sooner? I can't wait to be up on the clouds again!

Do you have a favourite mascara that isn't expensive? Do let me know! I was walking around Sephora the other day and boy oh boy, those mascaras are mad pricey! I'd rather get a blush or eyeshadow palette for that price though! Oh well, we all have our priorities, right? :)


Thursday, July 23, 2015

[Review] Elianto Brilliant Riche Lip Colour in 02


Elianto is one of those brand that people tend to go for when they first started with makeup. I'm not quite sure what deter me from purchasing anything from them after I got exposed to more brands. Encouraged by some posts by Hari at his blog HERE, I thought I ought to give Elianto another try.

Coined as Elianto's first kiss-proof lip product, it immediately caught my attention when I saw the tagline and poster. What's more brilliant than a lipstick that won't transfer to other people's cheeks and outfits during this festive season? Count me in!

elianto brilliant riche lip colour 02
In Shade 02

As you can see from the first impression review on my instagram, I wasn't sold on it, AT ALL. It was highly patchy and looked like a mess especially after I ate. Touch up was completely horrible as well. However, I've since changed my mind.

Above is the wand and also a free lip swatch from yours truly. The idea of this product is pretty similar to NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. While NYX SMLC dries to an almost powdery matte finish, Elianto's has a stickier formula that dries like a thin layer of matte paint on your lips. I know that sounds uncomfortable but it really isn't. At least not on moderately moist and smooth lips.

It has a strong plastic / chemical smell to it but it does not linger long once applied to the lips. The thing I like the most about this lip colour is its claim of being kiss-proof; IT REALLY DOES NOT BUDGE / TRANSFER AT ALL. I've tested this on so many cheeks and none of them are stained. I know other lip products are capable of doing this as well but most of them fade after some time and still rubbed off when you accidentally brush it on people's hijab etc. The colour on this one stays vibrant without heavy eating, up until the time I need to remove it for prayer. And even with eating, it leaves a lovely light stain behind.

There's no shade name on the packaging but upon googling around, I found out that the shade is called Blooming. I picked this shade up because it is such a fun bright pink shade, a colour you could just throw on and it will instantly brighten up your look.

There 6 total colours that ranges from nude to reds. Very long lasting. Matte finish. Has a subtle chemical smell which thankfully, does not linger. Costs me RM28++. Good applicator. Decent packaging. Will get some more colours. However, I noticed from the tester at the counter, once this product hits a certain period, the formula would get patchy and hard to work with so I recommend you use this immediately to avoid that from happening.


My birthday is coming up this 1st of August and I'm going somewhere special to celebrate! Woohoo! :D What's up with everyone?