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Thursday, July 31, 2014

How To: Maintain The Tip Of Your Pencil Lip Colors

Hello there!

When I go to the makeup counters and look at the testers for pencil lip colors, I always find the tip to be flat from usage. This might be fine for some but I personally like to keep the 'pointed' tip of my pencil lipsticks. I find that it helps me to apply the colors quickly and and precisely, saving me valuable time and effort. If you'd like to know how I apply my pencil lip colors while still maintaining their tips, keep on reading!

Step 1:
First I outline my lips using the tip of my lip color. 

Step 2 & 3: I tilt the pencil at an angle so that the 'side' of the tip rests on my lip. Starting from one corner, I drag the pencil along my bottom lip to the other corner

Step 4 & 5: While maintaining the same position of the pencil, I repeat the same steps as 3 & 4, only this time on my top lip. Maintaining the position of the pencil ensures that both 'sides' of the tip are used, hence balancing the shape of the tip.

Result: Easy and precise lip color application that maintains the tip of your pencil lippy. 

Note: Don't forget to check the shape of you pencil lipstick before using it so that you can see which 'side' to use. A lopsided tip indicates excessed use of one 'side'.

I hope you find this pictorial useful. Tell me what you think and feel free to share your own tips in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you. Toodles!


P/S: By the way, I am wearing Revlon ColorBurst MatteBalm in Unapologetic in this pictorial. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty And Accessories Haul: The Body Shop, In2it, Padini And More!

Hello hello peeps!

OMG, I am so excited about this entry because it is a haul post! I have to warn you that it's pretty sizable because they're a collection of products that I had purchased since May this year. It's also different from other hauls that I have done before because it includes not only makeup and beauty products but accessories as well. 

Unfortunately I will not be able to give the price for most of these items because I lost the receipts! Huwaaa! Some of the photo quality are also less than stellar because I had to take them at night under fluorescent lighting. I hope you can look past all that and enjoy this post nonetheless. Let's get right into it shall we?

May 2014
I was running out of body scrub and I had heard good things about The Body Shop's Newly Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub (RM66.90) on Youtube so I decided to check it out during my trip to KK City. I have never tried a gel textured body scrub and after testing it out in the store I decided to give it a go. The Newly Harvest Raspberry Body Butter (RM60.90) also smelled so good that I could not resist getting it too.

At Guardian I found the product that I had been searching in vain weeks prior: Nivea's In-shower Body Moisturizer Skin Conditioner (Whew! Such a long name). I was so excited to find it available that I practically ran down the aisle and grabbed them off the shelf! They had one for Normal skin which contains Sea Minerals and they have another for Dry Skin containing Almond Oil. I chose the latter simply because I find Almond Oil is much more believable for a product ingredient that Sea Minerals if you know what I mean. Like how on earth do you harvest sea minerals? I don't get it.

Body care items for the month of May.

For makeup I went a little lip-product crazy (not as bad as before though) at Guardian. I had been wanting to try the Revlon ColorBurst Laquer Balms for the longest time (they were released shortly after the Matte Balms) but I got such an extreme conflict of opinions from varying sources that I held off from buying them. This time however I decided to just take the plunge and bought Flirtatious first to see how it goes. I liked it so much that I went back and bought Provocateur as well. Hehehe... 

Guardian was also having a 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free' deal (which is pretty much unheard of for any drugstore in KK) on their Revlon Lip Butters. I must confess, I have all the colors already with the exception of 3. Out of the 3 that I didn't have I decided to get Sugar Frosting (shimmery light pink) and Brown Sugar (light brown). I am pretty happy with both as I don't have a lot of brown lip colors and I think the light pink can be paired with a strong smoky eye.

Since my elder sister was eligible for a 30% birthday discount on her purchases at The Face Shop, I jumped at the opportunity to buy some makeup items (Duh!). I got 3 of their Lovely ME:EX You & Eyes eye shadow in Peach Kissed (Satin finish), Creamy Peach (Matte) and Cocoa Powder (Matte). Out of a whim I also bought their Glitter Nail Polish in 01 which is a pretty lilac-y color with multi-colored glitter.

Makeup haul for the month of May.

Early June 2014
When I bought the Newly Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub and Body Butter at The Body Shop back in May, I had actually 'sniffed and tested' through the whole range available in the store (I kid you not, I went through ALL the scents there. I also went back and forth between scents. Even the Beauty Consultant gave up on me and left me to fend for myself). In the end it was a toss-up between the Newly Harvest Raspberry and the Vineyard Peach scent. Since I got the former in May, I decided to get the the Body Scrub and Body Butter in the latter scent for June. The scrub is a cream formula though rather than a gel. 

June is my Birthday month so I was eligible to purchase one product at 50%  at The Body Shop. I did not have a face powder from them so I decided to try their Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder. I had also never tried their Colour Crush Eye Shadows and when I saw Sunshine Yellow which is the most unique shade of true mustard-y yellow in Matte formula, I knew that I had to have it. I Came, I Saw and I Conquered. Hehe..

As my purchases were close to the amount where I could get a full-sized shower gel for free, I topped up the remaining amount by getting their normal-sized and small-sized loofah. I chose Vineyard Peach for the shower gel as well so that I could layer the scent and make it last longer.

My purchases from The Body Shop. Gave my sister the smaller loofah which is why it's not in the picture.

I continued on my way to the LG floor at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and whatdaya know? Guardian is having a sale! I checked out what they had on display and, no surprise here, got sucked into buying several items. I got the In2it Waterproof Gel Liner Pencil in Steel and Henna Brown (twin pack), In2it Gel Tint in StrawberryIn2it Waterproof Blush Set in Romance (I had been wanting to try this for a while now) and the In2it Waterproof Brow Liner in Acorn as well as In2it Brow Gel in 02 (the final 2 items were in a twin pack).

Makeup items from Guardian.

All together now.

Late June 2014
(Remember when I stayed at The Magellan Sutera Resort? I purchased the items below during that trip to KK)

I received a 30% voucher from Padini for my birthday and so I got some new accessories to update my look. I was in dire need of a new pair of sandals so I decided to get this flats with red and cream stripes which just screams 'Summer' to me. I also bough a pair of sunnies because I have astigmatism so I need them to make driving more comfortable and chic. I threw in the light blue thin headband as well because it's cute and I hoped that it would give me a youthful vibe since everyone seems to think that I am older than I really am. *Rolling eyes*

All of the items were RM29.90 each before discount.

Now on to the makeup items. First of all me and my sister Hana went to The Face Shop at Warisan Square hoping to buy their sheet face masks. Unfortunately they didn't have much products in stock because apparently they are moving to KK Times Square. Bummer. I managed to snag 2 of their Lovely ME:EX You & Eyes eye shadow in Purple Fog (Shimmer) and Toast (Matte) though. I had been eyeing Toast for some time and Purple Fog is such a unique color with both silver and gold shimmer in it so I was a happy camper.

L-R: Purple Fog, Toast.

Next we went to The Body Shop where I got 2 of the shades that I had been wanting since the month of May (I had wanted to get these together with Sunshine Yellow but decided to buy them in future instead). The Body Shop Color Crush eye shadows that I got this time were Moonlight Kiss (Matte Black) and Something Blue (Satin Teal). 

L-R: Something Blue, Moonlight Kiss

I also purchased 2 body care items from The Body Shop. The first one is a Shower Gel in Mango scent which might just be my 2nd favorite scent after Strawberry. It smells so yummy! The next one a Body Sorbet in Strawberry which is a new product from The Body Shop. It comes in 3 scents; Strawberry, Moringa and Satsuma.

 L-R: Shower Gel in Mango, Body Sorbet in Strawberry

After The Body Shop, I went to Watsons to discover that Maybelline had new colors for their 24 Hour Color Tattoo cream shadows! I was so happy that I almost did a jig then and there! The new colors are Inked In Pink (which shares the same cult favorite status as Bad To The Bronze by the way) and Gold Rush. They are not added to the current 24 Hour Color Tattoo collection though, instead they had replaced Tough As Taupe (Taupe) and another color that I can't remember. It might be Fierce And Tangy (Orange) but I am only 80% sure about that.

So is that all I picked up? Nope. After browsing further through Watsons, I got the Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (with  beveled fibre tip) in Very Black from In2it. I had never tried an eyeliner with a beveled tip so curiosity got the better of me. Hehehe..

Top L-R: Gold Rush, Inked in Pink.
Bottom: Very Black.

All the makeup items for late June.

Group photo time. Hehe..

So there you have it, my big collective haul throughout the month of May and June. I have been enjoying all of these products, some more than others. You will definitely see some of them in my June favorites (I know it's late but hey, there's no harm in sharing right? Hehe..) as well as my July favorites post. 

Have you tried any of the products above? Would you like me to do a review on any of them? Do share in the comments section below. I love hearing from you. Toodles!