Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Eyes Have It: Beauty People's Miss 100 Super Waterpoof Gel Liner Auto Pencil

I am a sucker for eyeliners and sales, and that's how I ended up with Beauty People's Miss 100 Super Waterpoof Gel Liner Auto Pencil.

I tend to use pen liners because my eyeshape doesn't really suit pencils. So why do I have these Beauty People's Miss 100 Super Waterpoof Gel Liner Auto Pencil? Blame it on the fact that they were on sale.

Besides, that sarcastic Snow White on the cap is ace. 

From memory, I purchased 1 and got 2 for free which was is a crazy good deal. Not to mention that it sounded too good to be true, so I wasn't expecting much quality wise to be honest.

From left to right in the above photo, I bought Glimmer Brown, Real Black and Glimmer Bronze. Both the glimmer shades have a hint of shimmer in it and the middle one is straight black.

I bought them thinking that these gel liners would be a nice alternative to the usual liquid pen liners I use. I prefer pen liners because their sharp tips helps to create a clean and neat line but I thought I'd start to mix things up with something creamier like a gel liner. 

Unfortunately, the tips aren't pointy enough for my eyelids. 

Luckily, these are perfect as eyeshadow pencils. 

I haven't found a use for Real Black yet but I'm liking Glimmer Bronze on my double eyelid and Glimmer Brown smudged inwards from the ends of my eyes. It's good enough to make me abandon using liquid eyeliner on most days.

Shock horror. I haven't gone out in public without liquid eyeliner for about 10 years now!

The combo has been foolproof for me and my Naked 1 palette is something I only reach for when I go out at night. These pencils are extremely easy to use and blend, so they're been great for busy mornings. The colours are creamy and have just the right amount of pigment to be worn at the office.

They're allegedly waterproof and smudgeproof. I've never cried with these pencils on (-_-) and I'd wager that they're about 80% smudgeproof. 

I'm really liking these liners. They're infinitely easier to blend than normal eyeshadows. They're also easier to take with you if you're travelling. I lugged around my Naked palette a fair bit last year and it wasn't the most convenient thing I had to do.

I might purchase some more shades some time down the track!

Have you used gel pencil liners before? 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

I Can Now Wear Sunscreen Everyday: Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++

Two thumbs up for Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++ in Sheer Tint.

I've been looking for a really, really good sunscreen. La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL Melt In Cream isn't bad but recently, it's started to irritate the tops of my cheeks and I've gotten real impatient waiting for the white cast to go away before I can put my base make up on.

It's gotten to the point where I've regularly opted going out without sunscreen.
And yes that's a huge deal if you're living in Australia aka sunburnt country. Not to mention that I am as pale as a sheet of paper.

I got a deluxe sample of Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45/PA ++++ when I was shopping for my Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +. The BA said that it was their latest release and that a lot of people were loving the formula. It sat in the bottom of my samples box at home for a long time because I'm not a fan of Clinique's sunscreens. I really didn't like their Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF 40/PA +++.

Funnily enough, I started using the sample a few months ago and it turns out that it's fantastic! I loved it so much that I asked for a full size to be sent over to me from Hong Kong. Unfortunately, you can't buy the sunscreen in Australia. I don't think this is an Asian exclusive either because apparently you can get this in some European countries.

At the time of purchase, Hong Kong was already selling the updated version with SPF 50/PA ++++, which is the product that I'll be reviewing today.

The sunscreen protects against UVA (aging) and UVB (burns) and is non-chemical. Clinique says that it has a patent-pending Invisible Screen™ technology that makes the sunscreen look and feel almost invisible and natural on all skin tones. 

The tube's nozzle dispenser is done really well - literally no wastage/leakage. You do need to shake the bottle before use and there is a ball that rolls around when you do so.

On most days, I use this on top of my moisturiser and before my base make up. If I'm just off to the gym, then I'll put on a layer of Dr Jart's Ceramidin Liquid and then the sunscreen.

There are so many things I like about this sunscreen! First of all, the sunscreen is runny and lightweight, so it's easier for me to wear the daily required amount of sunscreen. It's lighter than the original version. It's definitely not heavy and doesn't make you feel like you're wearing a mask.

It also doesn't leave a white cast! The old Sheer Tint shade in the SPF 45/PA ++++ version looked a little orange on my skin but once applied, it'd just disappear. The new SPF 50 ++++ is a lighter shade and it blends in just as easily. It leaves my skin looking dewy and slightly shiny in a non-oily way. It's not very high in coverage but it does make my skin look brightened. Either way, I do go in with a cushion compact or foundation afterward for more polished look.

If you have the chance, this sunscreen is absolutely worth trying. I used to hate wearing sunscreen since it took forever to sink in and that white cast always made things difficult. With this new sunscreen, I actually look forward to putting it on in the morning!

Which sunscreen are you using now?

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Mother of Cushion Compacts: IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21

The IOPE Air Cushion was a total gamechanger when it was first released and it has since inspired cushion compacts from other Korean and Western brands. The IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21 was my very first cushion product and I looked all over Hong Kong to purchase one last year. I ended up buying it online straight from AmorePacific (parent company) because I am terribly scared of accidentally purchasing a non-genuine product (you never know right?).

I remember being so super duper desperate to try it because I heard it gave your flawless, yet natural looking skin. Being in my mid-20s, I'm starting to see some dullness in my skin despite all the skincare products I use. I have a hunch it's due to my late nights and lots of stress ahah.

IOPE's Air Cushion XP comes in two versions - Natural and Cover. Natural is supposed to be sheer and Cover is higher in coverage. I decided to go with Cover because Natural is very, very sheer and more for those who have absolutely flawless skin, in which you, you don't even need foundation/BB cream! The Cushion also comes in a whopping 2 shades - 21 and 23. Being on the lighter side, I opted for 21 and hoped like mad that it would suit me. 

One of the cushion's strong points is its moisturising abilities. Once applied, my skin does look moisturised and dewier than any of the other cushions I've tried. But I do have to be careful that I don't apply too much because I can end up looking greasy. The first few times I've used the cushion, my fringe actually stuck to my forehead and temples because of how sticky it was. That's never happened to me with other cushions!

The coverage is similar to the Laneige BB Cushion. It lessens the redness of my acne scars and is pretty good on the undereye situation. My dark circles are crazy so I do need to use a corrector and concealer on top.

The shade C21 doesn't actually match my skintone until I'm at my absolute darkest. 

Normally, it's a tad too beige for my neutral colouring. However, around the 2 hour mark, the beige-ness seems to die down a little and I'm good until the afternoon when it starts to get slightly cakey/streaky. It's nothing crazy but it's not something that's happened with my other cushions.

Nonetheless, I still use this cushion because I'm not into letting my beauty products go to waste! I've found that it's okay when I use less. I don't apply until I get that absolutely flawless coverage which is totally achievable with this cushion. I stop patting when my skintone just looks even and with some redness on my cheeks peeking through. Anything more doesn't look too good on me.

When I had nothing to compare the IOPE cushion to, I thought it was the bee's knees. It did give me a brightened and smooth finish - my skin looked really good. But having tried some other cushions, I know there are better options and I won't be repurchasing this. It's not awful but it just doesn't suit me all that well.

I love a dewy finish but this one is just so dewy and glowy that it's too easy to mistake it for oily if I use too much. Possibly, this could be resolved with a bit of loose powder on top but I don't actually use powder because I find it too drying for my already dry face.

I also don't think the shade is a great match for me and I don't like how it gets cakey and streaky towards the end of the day.

How is everyone doing?! Long time no talk!