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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Beauty: DIDA Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lip Creme in Coachella & Twilight


Looks like the lip creme trend isn't going away anytime soon. It's easy to see why though; they don't melt in the heat unlike normal bullet lipsticks, they're smooth and pigmented, and most lip cremes dries to a matte finish.

I still remember a few years back when NYX introduced their Soft Matte Lip Cremes. It was 'the' go-to lip cremes for a lot of women in those days. Now, the beauty market is pretty much saturated with lip cremes, it's almost impossible not to own at least one. Some of the more leading brands in producing lip cremes would be Kylie Cosmetics (of the famous Kardashian - Jenner empire), Huda Beauty, Too Faced, Jeffree Star, Ofra and Colourpop, just to name a few.

If you think the international scene is saturated enough, wait till you get a whiff of what our local scene is brewing. Yes, more lip cremes. Some of the local brands producing lip cremes are Dida Cosmetics, Fame Cosmetics, LipBait by Shade Dough (founder Hanis Zalikha), Polkadot Cosmetics, Shontel By Misha, Silkygirl Cosmetics, Farah Cosmetics KL, and many uncountable more.

How in the whole wide world, with so many options to choose from, did I choose Dida Cosmetics?

1) Social Influencer
Whether you like it or not, today is the age of social media. Studies have shown that recent purchasing behaviours are heavily influenced on what we see on the internet. Social influence includes peer recommendations, social influencer's social media posts, google ratings and more. In my case, I saw Vivy Yusof featured Dida Cosmetics in many of her social media posts. This is DOOR NUMBER 1.

2) Great Instagram Account
Another fact of the day: recent studies have shown that human's attention span have decreased from 13 seconds to 8 seconds, which is lesser than the attention span of a goldfish! Producing engaging contents and imageries are key due to this decreased attention span. Dida Cosmetics did a good job at this by regularly updating their instagram account with beautiful and compelling shots. The only downside is; they are not very responsive to customer's inquiries. I almost didn't buy from them due to my inquiries being repeatedly ignored. After threatening to take my business elsewhere, they finally responded. Customer service is another important element in any business. This is DOOR NUMBER 2.

3) Professional Website
It took me 3 filters to finally made up my mind to buy these lip cremes. They have their own website. I think creating a website for your brand is a vital step that most businesses take for granted. A website doesn't have to look extremely polished when you first kick-start. Just make sure that the products you are selling are clear and payment method is easy and simple. DOOR NUMBER 3 sealed the deal.

After all this trouble, did they succeed in making me buy their products? Yes, they did. Do I like the products that I received? Well, not really.

Dida Cosmetics Coachella Twilight Lip Creme

Packaging wise, I still find Dida Cosmetics' aesthetically pleasing. At least, in photos. There is a good reason why most lip products come in rounded cases; it is by far the most ergonomic shape to fit in the palm of your dainty little hands.

Dida Lip Creme is a bit tricky for me to maneuver, especially twisting the lid off and holding the tube at the same time. It just felt different. But the shape isn't the deal breaker, of course. I'm all for uniqueness and Dida definitely stands out by choosing to make a rectangular tube.

What really threw me off these lip cremes are the formulas. Coachella is very streaky and patchy on my lips. The colour doesn't look good on me either. Twilight is better in terms of creaminess, fluidness and colour. However both lip cremes have a strong paint smell that I do not like. Being RM45.00 a piece, I was expecting at least a pleasant smell. At least you could afford that in the creation of this product, couldn't you? The smell is similar to Silkygirl's Matte Junkie Lip Cream but I'm not mad at Silkygirl because their product is half the price of Dida. Plus, according to Dida Cosmetic's box that the lip creme came in, this product contains fragrance. I'm not sure what fragrance they are talking about.

Dida Cosmetics Coachella Twilight Lip Creme Swatches

Swatches on hand is as shown above. I'm not mad at the colour. It is creative and unique, compared to what other brands have to offer. Coachella and Twilight are gorgeous. I actually tried to go out of my lipstick comfort zone by getting these two shades but alas, they just don't work with my complexion.

Dida Cosmetics Coachella Twilight Lip Creme Lip Swatches

As you can see, Coachella just looks like a shimmer bomb on my lips. It's just so very weird. Twilight is tolerable. Quite nice really because I don't own a lot of vampy-ish lip colour. The third picture is my lame attempt at saving Coachella with a fuchsia lip balm by Maybelline. Turns out better but I'm pretty sure AVON has a lipstick with that exact shade and formula.

Behold, three lip swatches from yours truly. Oh by the way, my compact camera got stolen so all these pictures are taken using Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

In conclusion, I really am not a huge fan of these lip cremes. A lot of the people that I talked to, like them. I'm sure the other colours have different results especially the regular matte ones. Coachella and Twilight have a metallic matte finish so maybe that's why they are a tad bit patchier than the rest. I wouldn't recommend buying these but if you're deadset on trying, it's not that bad.

Oh yeah, I know I said I'll be back once I've overhauled (somewhat) the design of this blog but I haven't gotten the time to do that. Just can't wait to post this though! Talk to you guys later!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

What's next for Ashchronicles


I haven't been updating this blog for a while. You could say, I'm going through a transformation phase. And a transformation means I'm a slightly different kind of person. With different set of priorities and interests.

There are countless times these past months where I almost deleted my blog. Mainly because:
a) I'm no longer updating or have time for it anymore
b) My interests do not revolve around only makeups anymore
c) I tend to write about personal stuff that should remain private, and that's not very smart, isn't it?

In the end, I just couldn't do it. I couldn't delete my blog. Nor put it under private mode. Because writing for public is an integral part of me. Where's the fun in writing something just for your eyes to read, eh? Anyway, with that said, a change of direction is much needed.

I am still that girl that gets excited over a new lipstick. Makeup still makes me happy, but the difference from then and now is that, I no longer want to buy stuff that I don't need. Or buy stuff because it's 'in trend' and just for the sake of a review. Yes, I've done that. Countless of times.

Ashchronicles, like its name, will be about anything really. It will no longer be just a makeup blog. I will get it redesigned, with a new font, template and the likes. I want to do some travelling next year too. Probably try a different kind of writing style. Different topics.

Here's to the future and the possibilities that it brings. I will be back with a better blog and content. Till we meet again, take care.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

[Review] Makeup Steal: Simply Pretty Lovestruck Blendable Eyeshadow Duo in Chocolate Kiss

Assalamualaikum & hello!

As an inconsistent blogger, I would like to apologize for my long hiatus. It's ironic how I wore more makeup now without blogging than back in university, where I was blogging more, without actually wearing much makeup.

I've been meaning to rave about this eye shadow since I first fell in love with it, but as always, procrastination got the better of me. Do you love warm brown shadows on your eyes? If you do, keep on reading because this eye shadow is such a fabulous steal!

simply pretty blendable eyeshadow chocolate kiss

Packaged in a simple and cute round case, this eyeshadow duo has been my everyday eye makeup for months now. Pictured above is my back-up in case Avon decides to discontinue this particular shade (yes, they had the knack of doing that a lot *sigh*). 

Why do I like them so much? These shadows are highly blendable and buildable! I don't know about the other shades but Chocolate Kiss is absolutely delightful to work with. I especially love the dark warm chocolate brown on the right side. It has pretty gold flecks in it that is just so subtly gorgeous on the eyes. I own pricier eyeshadows than this one but I dare say, I prefer Simply Pretty Blendable Eyeshadow in Chocolate Kiss any day.

The downside to it? I don't have any. Well, maybe if you are looking for an edgier and darker look, you can't achieve it with just these two shades. However, you can definitely work it out by popping on a darker colour (black) at the outer V of your eye.

You can get this at your local Avon Beauty Boutique. Don't know where to find your nearest boutique? Check out the addresses over here: http://www.my.avon.com/PRSuite/beautycenters.page

If you're lazy just like me and prefer to buy stuff by clicking and online transaction, just go to Avon Malaysia's Facebook page (HERE) and drop a message at the comment box there. An Avon rep is bound to help you.

Not that it matters but Avon's makeup products are manufactured in the Philippines. Just throwing it out there since everyone likes to assume EVERYTHING is made in China... haha. Hey, nothing wrong with that. I mean, they have all the factories and technologies at a competitive price. Hard to beat that.

May I reiterate that these shadows are highly blendable and buildable? The smooth texture makes it easy to put on layers of it on top of each other without major fall-out. The duo is perfect for each other as well as it definitely compliments each other, creating an effortless everyday look.

Some example of me wearing it. May or may not layered with another slightly darker shade (sorry, couldn't remember). Overall, I love love love love it and will continue wearing it until I finish my first duo and its back-up.

Aaahh, I just can't say enough good things about this. You definitely neeed to check it out if you haven't already. It's less than RM10 a piece as well (depending on promotion).

That's about it for today! Will be back. Laterss y'all!