Friday, July 31, 2015

Priceline 40% Off Skincare Haul (II)

  My Priceline parcel arrived yesterday and it only took one day from ordering to delivery!
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Although Priceline website is quite a pain to use, the service is very good and speedy.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask ($30) - It has been raved by many well-known bloggers and I am excited to try it! 
Sukin Facial Moisturiser ($6) - Sukin is my mum's favourite and this one is for her :)
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner ($6) - Affordable and soothing toner and it is a repurchase
Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask ($15) - I use face mask less often in winter because I dislike the cooling sensation it gives, so this thermal mask sounds perfect for me.
NeoStrata Introductory Kit ($12) - AHA is one of my well loved skincare ingredients and $12 for a NeoStrata kit ? Take my money!
Iluka Starter Kit ($16)  - It is a repurchase because I love the eye gel so much! Her products are brilliant considered the price.

I also purchased Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream ($5) and Thursday Plantation Eucalyptus Oil ($3.5). Handy to have in my kit anytime of the year.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Priceline skincare 40% off + Haul

  Priceline is currently having 40% off all skincare products! They only offer this discount twice/ thrice a year and it is the best time to stock up. I made an online order but also went to my local Priceline for exclusive sets/ new releases. It is part of what I purchased and I still have a parcel on delivery. Massive damage!

  I am a big fan of French skincare and I began using bioderma about 12 years ago. French skincare products are exceptional and they deliver fantastic results for fairly affordable prices. After 40% off, the prices at Priceline are close or even cheaper than UK online stores (lookfantastic etc.) and it is definitely a great chance to stock up.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse oil ($24)- It is not a life saver but an absolute pleasure to use during summer time. Spray it on arms and legs for sexy glow and it has great aroma as well.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O ($27) - Finally the pump version is back in stock! Yeeeeeah!
Bioderma Sensibio Mask ($24) - A lovely, soothing mask.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast B5 ($9.5) - One of my winter saviours. It works well to repair my dry, damaged skin and soothes my eczema.
Uriage Bariederm ($11) - Another winter saviour! I do use it on my face for my incredibly dry skin although most people use it only for hands and body, I love how it forms a waterproof barrier protecting my skin, even stronger than embryolisse (embryolisse can be used before makeup but this one can't).
La Roche Posay Effaclar Starter Kit ($10) - cheap and cheerful
La Roche Posay BB cream ($20) - new release!

Manuka Doctor Apinourish Introductory Kit ($24) - Really good value considered it includes a face mask, a day cream and a night cream [25ml each]
Natio Facial Cleansing Balm ($9) - Cleansing balm has been hugely popular in the UK skincare market but Natio is the only brand in Priceline carried a cleansing balm. Keen to see how it works!
Trilogy Rosehip Oil & Antioxidants ($18) - My mum is a massive fan of rosehip oil and this one is for her.
Indeed Laboratories Sample Trio ($9) - Hydraluron is one of my favourite but I have yet tried nanoblur and snoxin!
Essie Nail Polish in Fall in Line - My local Priceline has selected shades on clearance for $9. I also used a $7 off coupon from Essie page so I only paid $2 for it!Weeeee!

Lucas Paw Paw ointment (25g) is out of stock across all branches and I cant even get one :( 
Our tourists love it a bit too much haha

When I was at Priceline, a mysterious lady (not in uniform or staff ID) stood in front of Avene shelves and tried to talk anyone who were looking at La Roche Posay or other French brands into getting Avene products. Interesting strategy but I don't buy into it.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The best red nail polish

  When it comes to red nail polish, tone and formula are my major concern. I have tried numerous red nail polishes and I am happy to announce - I found my true love!

  Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in 080 Delicious is my perfect red nail polish. The formula is beautiful! Impeccable consistence not too thick nor watery, easy application with a flat brush, incredibly quick drying time and smooth glossy finish are all in this little bottle. Pigmentation is great which one coat gives 80% opacity. 

  It is a beautifl bright scarlet which works well with my yellow undertone. Love it! The swatches above shows how it looks in one coat without top coat. You can tell it is very glossy and the finish is almost gel-like.  Longevity is alright and it begins to chip after 3 days. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

Mac Lipstick - Girl About Town (Amplified)

  I am not the biggest fan of magenta, yet MAC Girl About Town is truly a beautiful lipstick.

  MAC official website describes it as a bright blue fuchsia. Most swatches I saw on internet display it as almost a hot barbie pink, yet I think Girl About Town is one of those lipsticks vary based on your skin tone and skin colour. The paler and more pink is your skin, the brighter and more blue this lipstick shows. On my NC25-30 skin with prominent yellow undertone,  Girl About Town appears as a vibrant neutral fuchsia and does not excessively emphasize the yellow from my skin. 

* Girl About Town with clear gloss
  It has the typical vanilla fragrance of MAC lipsticks and I have no problem with fragrance in makeup. Amplified formula is not moisturizing at all and I always top it with some gloss to sooth the dryness. It has good longevity and able to hold approximately 6 hours. 

  A cheaper and more moisturising alternative is Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop which is the sheer sister of MAC Girl About Town. Revlon Lollipop also has slight shimmer and gives glossy finish instead of satin finish. 
  Since MAC Girl About Town is quite long-lasting and leaves a touch of stain after its wear, often I put on MAC Girl About Town at home and carry Revlon Lollipop on the go for touch up.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Product Empties / Clean-out time!

  Recently I dug into my makeup collection and tossed away some old products which I used up or I dislike.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume Mascara *Used up
I got this mascara for $10 at dutyfree. It was okay and nothing amazing.

Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Mascara
Hugh disappointment!! I first purchased this mascara when I was in high school and I was absolutely stunned. That was the reason why I repurchased this tube and paid ~$25. I am not sure if they have reformulated the product or my expectation has changed, now I actually think it is crappy. It was very 'wet' and did nothing to lengthen or volumise my lashes :(

CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara *Used up
I did like this mascara. It didn't have the most amazing lengthening or volumizing quality, yet it did one thing - it kept the curl! That is the most important thing for my short and straight lashes. Would repurchase if I finish my backups ;)

Benefit They're Real! Mascara *Used up
It used to live in my makeup bag and I miss it! It was a decent mascara and I actually enjoyed it more when I first used it instead of after two/ three weeks (unlike most mascara). It didn't smudge easily and worked well. Luckily I still have another 2 deluxe samples received from beauty events :P

MaxFactor Max Effect Dip-In Eye Shadow
I received it as a gift of purchase and I just didn't use it. The eye shadow powder was really to coarse and didn't adhere on my eyelids well. Straight to the bin and no regrets.

MaxFactor MasterPiece Eye Shadow
I tried to use it up although it neither lasted long or worked well as a base. I prefer waterproof/ water-resistant products since my eyes are very sensitive and they water a lot. Would not repurchase.

BCL BrownLash Ex eyeliner *Used up
A decent product but it was 1. pricey and 2. could only be purchased online. I think Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner is a good substitute, therefore no repurchase.

MAC Paint Pot in Chilled On Ice *Used til unusable
Not a big fan. Very glittery and the glitter fell off after an hour onto your cheeks.
Not impressed. No repurchase.

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study *Used til unusable
Back in the day, I used it everyday as my base and I was truly in love with it. But now Maybelline Color Tattoo and other drugstore brands produce lovely and affordable cream eye shadow. $35 for a MAC paint pot is not worthy for me anymore. No repurchase ;)

Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack *Used til unusable 
My second pot. It was dark, smooth and lovely in the first month but it simply dried up too quickly. I do prefer MAC fluidline over the Bobbi Brown one. Yet, it is unlikely I will repurchase since drugstore brands now have so much affordable and excellent options.

Natio Lip Color in Flutter
A gift of purchase. Dark mauve color did not look flattering on me. Also that cheap makeup scent really turned me off!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Rose Passion
I love the Moisture Renew line and the neutral shades are beautiful. However, this red one really didn't work well and kept bleeding everywhere. I wear lipliner, stain or sear to prevent it from bleeding but nothing helped.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer SPF 8 in 022 Sun Bronze
Another gift of purchase *cramp* but it was way too red/ warm! I had it in my collection for 4 years and eventually decided to throw it away since I had hardly used it.