Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Review : Maybelline's Baby Lips Lip Balm

Product : Maybelline's Baby Lips Lip Balm
Made In : China
Purchased from : Sample
Price : Free. Original Price $3.95
Where Can You Buy It : Priceline, Kmart, Big W, Woolworths
Re-purchase : Yes


Description :

Say goodbye to basic lip balm and rediscover the lips you were born to have!

- Lips are instantly moisturised for up to 8 hours.
- Contains active care ingredients, such as shea butter and centella.
- Vitamin Complex delivering powerful anti-oxidants.
- SPF 20 for protection against harmful UV rays.
- After 4 weeks lips are deeply repaired, completely reborn. Guaranteed.

Available in four tempting flavours:
- Energizing Orange
- Smoothing Cherry
- Menthol
- Anti-Oxidant Berry"

How Did I Get It As a Sample?
Oh, bless universities for having Orientation Week aka those few days of uni life where you feel a sense an entitlement to free pens, notepads, lanyards, frisbees, lollies and at least one free meal.

In my time, I've seen all of the above being given out at uni gates and all around campus. I've also pulled shavers, blackhead cream, shampoo, conditioner, facial scrub, deodorant and toothbrushes out of free canvas bags. Usually, they're not anything out of the ordinary.

But this year I scored a lipbalm that was apparently only released in January =)

Background
Admittedly, I am not a big lipstick person. I am also not a big lipgloss person either. I am actually not a big lip-anything person! I really, really, really don't like the feeling of sticky product on my lips. I've got long hair which I usually wear out and sometimes I'll get strands of hair stuck on my lips - just plain annoying! Psychologically, I keep thinking about the amount of dust sticking onto my lips! Ahah.

On top of that, it seems that my sensitive skin makes it even more difficult to find a lip product that won't give me a stinging sensation.

It has been a good few years since I last bought a lipgloss or lipbalm. A tub of Vaseline was probably the last things I bought for my lips and it's somewhere sitting in my bathroom.

Now although I have very sensitive skin, I am still willing to give everything a go. After all, how do you know it doesn't work unless you try? Right?

Packaging
The packaging for Baby Lips is absolutely adorable. Baby pink, baby blue - my type of girly advertising! The font immediately reminded me of Louis Vuttion x Stephen Sprouse's graffti bags except this lip balm was in block letters. Very similar and very cute!




I received the Anti-Oxidant Berry one and I was a bit too eager to try so I ripped it out of its package before taking photos. But I did try to piece it back together! Points for trying? =)

Thoughts
The lip balm smells of raspberries and luckily it isn't overpowering or fake smelling. That's another one of my pet-peeves!

I found that unlike other lipbalms I've tried, this one glides on really smoothly and isn't as sticky. It still gives you a soft finish and it makes your lips feel and look very hydrated.

I also loved that there was a light neutralising tint that gave my lips this babyish look. The best way to describe it is that my lips got coated with a pale and slightly glossy pink shade. It didn't come out as pale or as pink as what is shown on the packaging though and I think it is unrealistic to think that you will get that colour from this lip balm. I've been using it for a few days and I have noticed that with each time I put it on, it goes on a bit shiner. Which is okay because it can also double up as a lipgloss!

Oh! I also didn't get an itching or stinging sensation on my lips. Been using it for a few days now and my lips haven't started peeling either. So you know what that means?

Verdict :
I'm going back for seconds! It's cheap, it's not overly scented, it's not sticky and I like the colour. That's good enough for me.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Review : Sana's Extra Heavy Eyeliner

Product : SANA's Extra Heavy Eyeliner
Made In : Japan
Purchased from : Okadaya @ Shinjuku, Japan
Price : 1 200 Yen
Re-purchase : No


From Sasa.com - "SANA Extra Heavy Eyeliner is an eyeliner of a wax and water-proof base to last all day. The flat brush tip can draw eyeliners that perfectly fill up lashes and inside edge of eyelid, making your eyes sharper and more impressive."


For the past three years, eyeliner has been a staple for me to brighten up my eyes. I find that a swish of eyeliner on my upper lids make me look more awake, alert and vibrant. So it seems that I am forever on the prowl for different and better eyeliners to use!

What I instantly liked about Sana's Extra Heavy Eyeliner was that it was an eyeliner pen. To me, a fairly intermediate liquid eyeliner user, this meant that I could grip it like a pen and not worry too much about losing control of the brush.


The beauty of the eyeliner brush is that it is designed to give you two very different types of effects. 

If you apply your eyeliner with the flat side, you will get a thick black line in the one go. In comparison to other liquid eyeliners which require you to draw thicker lines on top of each other, this product will do the job quicker. 

This is definitely useful when you're attempting dramatic cat eyes.



If you turn the flat brush on it's side, you will find a much finer brush. It is so fine that my camera can't even capture how tiny it is! You can use this side on your upper lids in the daytime for a more natural look and on your lower lashline to complement your dramatic upper lids.

For the product to come out purely black, you have to go over it a few times. However, I'm not really into pitch black eyeliner, so I'm happy with its colour which is probably two/three shades away from being pitch black.

However, the most troublesome thing about the eyeliner is that it is extremely difficult to remove. I cannot emphasis how hard it was to completely take it off! With my pencil and other liquid eyeliners, I find that oil-based eye or even face make up remover is sufficient enough to remove everything from my eye area.

The first time I tried to take off the liner, I used both removers and it was still there. After a few more tries, I was left with a faint ink-like stain on my upper lids.

I guess this speaks volumes about its staying power?

Verdict :

As much as I love the versatility of the brush and how easy it is to draw a precise and definite line, I will not be purchasing this pen liner again. It is way too difficult to remove! At one point I found myself rubbing, scrubbing and even scratching at the stain on my eye trying to fully remove the liner. I'm not sure how you're expected to remove this liner. Maybe there's a special way but because I can't read Japanese, I've missed it?

Either way, I have stopped using this because removing it is too harsh on my eye area. It's a shame considering that I really like the brush!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Greetings!


Valentine is a cusp Aquarius Pisces with an interest for all things media, beauty, music, culture, history and travel.

Her personality can be described as multifaceted, confusing and contradictory at best. Often you will find her fragile, but fierce. Aloof, but highly-aware. Approachable, but only at an arm's length. Demanding, but understanding. Insightful, but unwilling to share. Idealistic, but painfully aware of reality. Pessimistic, yet childishly optimistic.

Valentine is a dreamer, but not without being aware of reality. You may find her passionate, yet easily discouraged. Rebellious, yet respectful of traditions and social convention. Stubborn, but easily swayed with the right words.

Her unique personality allows her to view things, people, places and events from a very different perspective.

She is known predominately for her extremely dry sensitive skin and sensitive heart. She loves browsing and trying on fashion pieces that look great on mannequins, but odd on her own body.
She adores music. Singing makes her happy, yet holding a microphone on stage and hearing her own voice is a fear she has trouble overcoming.

Her life these past few years has been about constant movement in a quest to find home - a place where she can best realise herself and her potential. Travelling has opened up her eyes to a world that is much bigger than she has ever imagined. 

Blogging has always been the way she shares her thoughts, ideas and insights to a worldwide audience. It is her way of publicly negotiating her way through the world.

They often say that you may know someone's name but not there story. 

THISISVALENTINE is Valentine's story.