Oct 31, 2016

[Review] Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder (Translucent)

Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of colour blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance. Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of colour. Infused with the Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress. The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.



Brand:
Physicians Formula
Product name:
Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder
Product function:
(To be honest, I can’t tell if it suppose to be a highlighter or blush or both. And it seems like Physicians Formula themselves can’t decide on the function. I went to the website and the product appears on both categories.)
Shade:
It has a combination of champagne, skintone browns and Barbie pink shades.
Price:
RM59.25
Size:
11g
Available at:
Watson
Made in:
USA
Pros:
·         It is said to be a mood lifter from the Violet scent. I am not sure if it is true but it is definitely lift up my mood with the pretty heart shapes embossed on the product. The scent doesn’t last long. It goes away after awhile.
·         Like most Physicians Formula products, it is suitable for sensitive skin.
·         Because of its double function as highlighter and blush, you get double value. Swirl to the left and you will pick up more of the highlighter. Swirl to the right and you get more of the blush.
·         It comes with a small brush with is super handy.
Cons:
·         It has a lot of shimmers that makes your skin looks like a disco ball.
·         I’m not sure how to use this product specifically, other than brushing it on top of my makeup to get the glittery effects for special occasions.
·         It is not daily wearable. For the minute effects it gives, I can definitely live without it.



The packaging got me some love and hate. It comes with a little brush and mirror which is super handy for those on-the-go like me so you don't have to pack extra brush and mirror. But on the other hand, the presentation is poor. It looks cheap, like kids makeup. And the clear plastic dome cover does not look sturdy enough to keep the product safe. Anytime it can break into pieces and spoil the product. Also, I took so long looking for the brush. It is hidden underneath the products and it is not easy to lift up the tray of the product. I already spoiled the product by digging in my fingernails while trying to lift it up.


I honestly won't purchase this again due to my confusion on how to use the product. The super glitter effect is something I don't like on my makeup, but definitely works for those who does bridal makeups or special occasion makeups. Overall, the color payoff, pigmentation and packaging are great. If you are deciding whether to get this or not, that depends on how often you need to have a sparkly makeup.


Ingredients:
Talc. Zea Mays (Corn) Starch. Dimethicone. Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate. Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil. Lecithin. Phytosteryl Canolate. Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil. Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract. Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract. Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter. Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract. Palm Alcohol. Phenoxyethanol. Potassium Sorbate. Fragrance. May Contain: Carmine. Iron Oxides. Manganese Violet. Mica. Red 6. Red 7 Lake. Red 28 Lake. Red 30 Lake. Titanium Dioxide. Ultramarines. Yellow 5 Lake.
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Oct 28, 2016

2016 Beauty Advent Calendar Blockbuster Part 2 (Available Overseas)



Here's a Part 2 beauty advent calendar as promised. In this post, the beauty advent calendar are not available in Malaysia, but if you are going to travel or have address in oversea which you can ship to, these are great options for you. Some brands also ship to Malaysia, but I don't think it is worth it just for the advent calendar.


Tanya Burr (£25)
Tanya Burr advent calendar is probably one of the most sought after. Last year's edition was sold out within a day. It is really affordable and one of the cheapest and packed with a lot of Tanya Burr cosmetic goodies. This is a half advent calendar which consists of 12 products only. It is available at Superdrug in the UK.

No7 (£39)
Fans of No7 skincare are able to sample the various products from this advent calendar. It has 25 products (one extra bonus, yay!) and comes with cosmetic as well. It is available at Boots (UK) as usual. Not sure if Boots in other countries will be bringing this in.

Charlotte Tilbury (£150)
This luxury beauty brand will be featuring all the best sellers in the advent calendar which called the World of Legendary Parties. It is available in Selfridges, Brown Thomas and basically everywhere that sells Charlotte Tilbury. It is a half advent calendar (12 products) but all of it comes in travel size which is really an adequate size to try out the product wholly.

LUSH (£50)
I am not sure why til now LUSH isn't in Malaysia. We have so many fans of the brand here. Anyway, the half advent calendar comes with their Christmas treats. Be sure not to place this in hot area to prevent the bathbomb melt. Available at all LUSH outlets.


House of Fraser (£25)
Makeup rookie will love this advent calendar because it has all the makeup necessities for you to start your makeup collection. You will be getting eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, primer, lipgloss, eyebrow pencil, nail polish and many more. With the price and what you are getting is a full advent calendar, this has to be the best in terms of value. 


Makeup Revolution (£25)
Previously Makeup Revolution made it to Malaysia. I have not heard of them in awhile. In London, Makeup Revolution is a huge drugstore brand. This also another great one with 24 products in it. It also comes with an eyeshadow palette. Available at all Makeup Revolution counters.




Liberty London (£165)
I really love the box of the Liberty London advent calendar. It has NARS, Bobbi Brown, Kai, Dermalogica, Diptyque, Laura Mercier and many more. Liberty London ships internationally with additional £20 charges. Available at LibertyLondon.com. 

Myer (AUD160)
Myer is my favourite store in Australia. It is also where my love for beauty developed when they sent me lots of samples from their usual brands. Expect similar brands such as Dermalogica, Laura Mercier, NARS, OPI, etc. You can guess the content from the outlines drafted on the box. I think I see Christian Dior.

Selfridges (£95)
All my favourite brands are in this box - Yves Saint Laurent, Urban Decay, Viktor & Rolf, Lancome and Kiehl's. For the price below £100 it is really reasonable since you will get all the high end brands. Selfridges ships internationally for shipping charge of £25.

ASOS (£50)
OK, the box is really luxurios, but it is also lack of Christmas feel to it. The box has ASOS skincare, cosmetic and hair care best sellers. With a price of 50 pounds, you will get a whooping of 150 pounds value. Available now at ASOS website. Delivers to Malaysia for just £3!!! You will get products such as Nip + Fab, Toni & Guy, and many more.


Feel Unique (£30)
Featuring all the best sellers from Feel Unique, this advent calendar is named as the Magic of Beauty. The packaging is tastefully done and the products are carefully selected to cover skincare, makeups, hair care and body care. Available at all Feel Unique website. Delivery to Malaysia is available.


BOMB Cosmetics (£19.95)
Another vegan skincare similar to LUSH. Packed in bath bombs, soap, hair care, body butter and many more handmade goodness. Available online only. I'm not familiar with this brand, do let me know if they're good.

Dirty Works (£15)
I believe we can get Dirty Works from Muse by Watson, but I don't think it is available here. A lot of body products here, and they also include some tools. Available at Sainsburys.

Wilko (£5)
The Kissmas Cosmetic Advent calendar is probably the best if you are going to gift a teenage girl. It has all the makeup beginner products such as lipgloss, eyeshadow, nail polish and some other tools and stickers. Available at Wilko. 


This wraps up the two parts of the advent calendar. If you missed out the first part, do check it out <<here>>.  Advent calendar not only allows you to try out the different products in a small quantity and low prices, if you are going to give it to someone, it is a present that people appreciate. Also, if you split up the content, you can put it as a stocking stuffer! Will you get any of the advent calendar this year?
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Oct 26, 2016

Too Faced 2016 Holiday Collection - The Chocolate Shop & Grande Hotel Cafe

I'm skipping the Beauty Advent Calendar post to bring you another Christmas collection - the Too Faced 2016 Holiday Collection.

Last year I missed out the Too Faced 2015 Holiday Collection because it sold out immediately. So I swear to myself that I will be the first to get it this year. True enough, I'm one of the first to get this Too Faced 2016 Holiday Collection. Wheeeee.... See, if you wish hard enough your dreams can come true! Hands down... Every year Too Faced has the prettiest holiday collection ever! Last year the theme was Parisian chic, and this year it is all about New York cafe.


In this year's collection, Too Faced came out with 2 big set of eyeshadow palettes and a lot other miniature sets. The one I'm about to show you are the 2 main things: The Chocolate Shop and the Grande Hotel Cafe.


To start of, let me apologize for the bad lighting. When I received the package it was around 4:30pm. By the time I begin to take the photos, the sun was setting down. I didn't get a good shot due to the lack of sunlight. I just can't contain my excitement to share with you this pretty thing. (And also my bestie keep asking me to blog). I will retake better photos and replace this one when I have the time. So, at the mean time please accept these poor lighting photos



The Chocolate Shop


This is the biggest set in the entire Too Faced Holiday collection. It cost RM277 and exclusively available in Sephora. The box is pretty bulky. Let's dig in to see what's inside:



It comes with a Deluxe Shadow Insurance (eyeshadow primer), Deluxe Melted Lipstick in Chocolate Milkshake (this lipstick is super great), and a Deluxe Better Than Sex mascara (the best selling mascara). Below the box is a huge eyeshadow palette.




It contains 21 eyeshadows of mixed texture & finishing, 1 highlighter, 1 contour and 1 blush. It suppose to have chocolate scent but I don't smell it. Anyway, let the swatch begin...


Dessert's On Me - A pearl white with shimmer. Extremely great shade for highlight.
Raspberry Rose - A subtle crimson pink in matte. A disappointment due to the chalky texture.
Sugared Raisin - Dark champagne rose with a hint of pink with glitters. Too much fall outs, not a fan of this one.
Glaze - Off white. Matte. Too chalky as well.
Cake Batter - A mixture of brown and orange. Matte. A great color for transition.
Butterscotch - A bronze gold shimmer. The best texture of all. Very creamy, great pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Banana Date - Light milk brown. Matte. Very chalky.
Sugar Bells - Classic silver shimmer. Extremely satisfies with the pigmentation and colour pay-off. Looks like a silver foil.


Mint Chip - Dark teal blue with shimmer. Good pigmentation. The swatch doesn't look like how it is on the pan.
Indulge - Champagne gold with glitter. A lot of fall outs as well.
Cookie Dough - Milk chocolate with gold shimmer. Poor colour pay-off.
Guilt-Free - Taupe. Matte. Chalky and not blendable. Such a pity because it could have been a great transition colour.
Tootsie - Intense hickory brown. Matte. Great colour for the outer lid for smokey eyes.
Gingerdoodle - Light gold in shimmer.
Chocaholic - Tortilla brown. Matte. Chalky effects, not my favourite.
Toffee Crunch - Tawny brown in matte. Great pigmentation but average colour pay-off.


Lava Cake - Dark chocolate brown with gold shimmer. Great pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Honey Dip - Classic gold with shimmer. Average pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Pound Cake - Champagne in orange shimmer. Slight fall out. Average pigmentation and poor colour pay-off.
Jingle Berry - Irridescent violet. Shimmer effect. In certain angle it looks like blue.
Huckleberry - Black with purple shimmer.
Inner Light (highlighter) - Champagne yellow. Subtle shimmer.
Chocolate Soleil (contour) - Matte tawny brown.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry (blush) - Barbie doll pink blush.


Grande Hotel Cafe





The Grande Hotel Cafe is a more compact version. It comes with 3 separable eyeshadow palette and a Deluxed Better Than Sex mascara. The price is slightly cheaper - RM244. Each palette supposed to smell like the name but I don't think they got the scent right. It just smells like really bad process food.



Eggnog Latte Palette




Frosty Nog - Off white. Matte. Poor pigmentation and colour pay-off. The colour doesn't reflect when applied on the lid.
Eggnog Latte - Champagne frosty gold. Great colour pay-off but poor pigmentation.
Iced Coffee - A tawny brown with shimmer. Looks darker when applied on lid than on the pan.
Skinny latte - Milk coffee shade in matte. Good pigmentation and colour pay-off. Great transition colour.
Cold Brew - Peanut brown in silver shimmer. Good pigmentation and great colour pay-off.
Central Park - Emerald green with gold shimmer. One of the best colour in the collection.
Peach Cobbler (blush) - A salmon pink blush.


Gingerbread Cookie Palette




Ginger Cream - Pale skin colour. Matte. One of the better matte in this collection.
Maple Syrup - Mocha brown. Matte. Good pigmentation and colour pay-off. This looks like can double up as a brow filler as well.
Gingersnap - Old gold. Shimmer. Very intense colour. Great colour pay-off and pigmentation.
Winter Dream - Rose champagne with pink shimmer. Too many fall outs in this one as well.
Cup of Joe - Wood brown with slight gold shimmer.
Black Coffee - Intense dark gray. Matte. Good colour pay-off and pigmentation.
Gingerbread (bronzer) - Light brown contour with very subtle gold shimmer.

Peppermint Mocha Palette




Peppermint Cream - True white. Matte. Good pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Christmas Blend - Light gold in yellow gold shimmer. Good colour pay-off but pigmentation isn't good, but isn't that bad either.
Peppermint Mocha - Chocolate brown with very subtle gold shimmer.
Candy Cane - Strawberry milk pink. Matte. Poor pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Sprinkles - Magenta. Shimmer. Good pigmentation and colour pay-off.
Coffee Chip - Oak brown with gold shimmer. Poor pigmentation and colour pay off.
Santa Baby (blush) - Tulip pink blush.


The Better Than Sex mascara in deluxe size is also included in the Grande Hotel Cafe set. I think it is a great addition since it is the brand's best seller. It is great to try it out before getting a full size.


Overall opinion

The good thing:
I think both the sets are amazing in terms of the packaging. I really love how they portray the New York Christmas feeling and incorporate all the holiday foods into the shades name. There is a mixture of shimmer and matte. The shimmer has very good pigmentation and colour pay-off. The extra bonus products such as the mascara, eyeshadow primer and lipsticks are great add-ups. The highlighter, contour shade and blush are also wearable.


The bad thing:
In terms of the shade selections, I am bored with the repetitive browns. Although they look different on the pan, but when applied on the lid you can't tell the difference. The matte ones are pretty chalky and disappointing. It doesn't reflect the true quality of their previous matte eyeshadow. The Chocolate Shop shades look really similar with the Nikkie Tutorials Palette also from Too Faced. If you already have that, you might want to skip the Chocolate Shop palette.


The better option:
I think the Grande Hotel Cafe is a better option compared to The Chocolate Shop if you are choosing to get only one. The price is cheaper and you get almost the same amount of eyeshadow. Besides, it is separated in three palette so you can easily bring it to travel and doesn't take up much space. Each of the small palette is adequate to create a look since it has all the necessary shades for highlight, transition and shading.


So what do you think? Does it appeal to you? Will you be getting any of the Too Faced Christmas collection? If yes, which set are you going for?
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2016 Beauty Advent Calendar Blockbuster Part 1 (Available in Malaysia)

This year, there's a huge influx of beauty advent calendar flooding the beauty market coming this Christmas. I had to break this post into 2 parts - 1st on those available locally and 2nd on those available overseas. First things first, I have to explain that "available in Malaysia" simply means the brand has a presence in Malaysia. I'm not entirely sure if the brand will be bringing the advent calendar into Malaysia market. That, I will leave it to you to find out at the respective stores.


If you are not familiar with advent calendar, it is a calendar specially made to count down in anticipation of Christmas. It is a tradition that parents prepare little surprises for their kids each day during this period to increase the excitement of Christmas. Seeing an opportunity in this, many brands adopting the same concept by making their own advent calendar. These calendar consist of little treats made of sample or deluxe sized products.


Although you're suppose to open each of the box according to the date, many brands already reveal the content of the beauty box, which I think defeat the purpose. To keep your excitement, I won't explain the content (I'm not exactly sure what they feature as well). Prices will be quoted in various currency. I believe it won't be much difference if you convert it into RM.


Benefit Cosmetics (USD45)
Benefit is my favorite and the advent calendar is something which I look forward to every year! I have been getting it the past 2 years and both are extremely satisfying. It has a mixture of deluxe sized skincare and makeups which allows me to try out before purchasing a full size. Take note that this year's advent calendar is not a full one (24 days) like previous year, I think it's only half the date - 12 items.


Clarins (£95)
If you have not tried Clarins products, it is great to get this advent calendar. It comes with various products. You don't only get the best seller skincare, but also some Clarins makeups. It is a full 24-items advent calendar. Really worth the value.

Ciate (USD59)
My girl friend, Christine, loves the Ciate advent calendar! Not only the packaging is done so tastefully, the content is also carefully selected to fit the holiday mood. You will get 18 nail polish, 2 nail toppers, 2 nail treatment, nail file and a full size nail polish. Polisholics are going to go crazy for this.



NYX (USD50)
Wanderlust Advent Calendar with beauty goodies.... Woohoo!!!! This is a combination of my two favourite hobbies (travel + beauty). I'm not sure what products you will get in it, but I'm sure it's going to be pretty colourful (I mean pretty and colourful)!


The Body Shop (£99)
I am a fan of The Body Shop products, but when it comes to the advent calendar, I feel like there's a little lack of excitement. First of all, it is because the content are from their permanent range. You won't find the Christmas limited edition products in it. Secondly, the price is really expensive even though the values is way above what you are paying for. Anyway, no harm to get one if you have been wanting to try their permanent line best sellers. I'm just bored of the content because I'm a regular The Body Shop user.


Diptyque (£165)
I love Diptyque candles and the perfume. And it is also one of my most expensive candle collection. When I know Diptyque is having its own advent calendar, I jump in joy. And when I know the advent calendar comes with a full size candle from the Christmas limited edition, I literally died. I must get this!!! Granted the price is expensive, you will get 4 times of value. Unlike other products that come in sample sizes, the candle will last almost a year. You don't have to get the full sized candle and be bored of the scent. This is a super great advent calendar to get if you're a homey person.



Kiehl's (£95)
Another skincare goodness. I see a lot of randomness in the advent calendar, including men skincare. This is a great opportunity to try out the many range of skincare Kiehl's have. I already tried half of the content in this issue from the little deluxe sized gifts, so I would skip this.


Bare Minerals (£75)
This is packed with plenty of makeup products. Also there is a mixture of different shades and colours which is a bonus. See the photo below and get all excited.... Makeup junkies should really get this!


L'OCCITANE (£42)
Another of my favourite skincare brand. The L'OCCITANE advent calendar is really affordable compared to other brands. Even though the price is low, it doesn't compromise on the value. There's a perfume miniature in the last year's version and other best sellers in the collection. I definitely recommend this. Do get your hands on this as quickly as you can. It is a sellout every year!



Decleor (£60)
To be honest, I have never tried any Decleor products before even though I got some of the deluxe sized products from beauty boxes previously. The brand does not appeal to me and the advent calendar doesn't attract me in anyway. Though, I must say the box looks really luxurious.


Jo Malone (£280)
One of the most expensive advent calendar from the stash, mainly because Jo Malone products are expensive to begin with. It is a premium fragrance house and a brand fit for the Queen (literally). It includes some of their new scents and the collection comes with a mixture of body products, candles and hand products as well. The box comes in a drawer concept, so you can reuse it as an organizer. As a die heart Jo Malone fan, I will be snatching this before it is sold out.


Marks and Spencer (£35)
It is not confirmed as to whether M&S will be bringing this to our market. Some of the brands included in the advent calendar are not available here, so don't get too excited over it. The value of the product adds up to £250, but minimum spending is applied in order to purchase this advent calendar. If you can find this in M&S here, do snatch it.


Sephora Collection (USD45)
Sephora minion rejoice! It is the very own Sephora home brand advent calendar. I must admit that I'm not really a fan of their home brand, but they do have good quality products. Do you know, they shares the same manufacturer as Kat Von D, Too Faced, and many more.




Clinique (£65)
All the good things from Clinique can be found in this advent calendar. It is a full advent calendar with 24 deluxe sized products packed in it. As a bonus, the box is very pretty with little treats printed on it.

Estee Lauder (USD275)
The veteran beauty brand have joined the advent calendar hype with their very own Holiday Count Down Set. It comes with our old favourites (such as the night repair serum) and new love (such as the bronzer). This is one of the luxurious ones, perfect to be gifted to our moms. The price isn't cheap but definitely worth it.


Laura Mercier (USD170)
The name of this advent calendar is called The Iconics. And as the name suggests, it comprises all the best sellers from Laura Mercier. The sizes are travel sizes which are relatively large, unlike other brands that feature pathetic sample size. The products sit in a sturdy cupboard box that you can reuse for storage purpose. One of the best!


Yankee Candle (Price N/A)
Unlike the typical boxes, the Yankee Candle advent calendar comes in a carousel box that screams everything festives. It is not a full 24-days advent calendar, but it is packed in all the holiday scents candle. As a mood booster, this is definitely the best option to give someone who is homey. Also, a great gift if you're invited for a festive party.


Paul & Joe (USD91)
It is all white Christmas for Paul & Joe collection. This is also unlikely to be in the market in Malaysia, but do try your luck. Because the lipstick is to die for! It is such a pity that the box is in pop-up style so it isn't reusable after you reveal the products. The illustration is so pretty, you won't want to open the little windows.


Pheewwww.... That was a long list of advent calendar for us to choose. Well, there is no rules saying you have to get only one. Get it all, if you can, but if you can't I will summarize for you:

Best in terms of value - Clarins
Best in term of packaging - Laura Mercier
Best in term of luxury - Jo Malone
Best for gifting (friends) - Yankee Candle
Best for gifting (loved ones) - Diptyque/Estee Lauder
Best for gifting (teenagers) - Benefit/NYX/Ciate
Best in terms of skincare - Kiehl's
Best in terms of makeups - Bare Minerals
Best in terms of affordability - L'OCCITANE/Benefit
Best for those in budget - Benefit/Sephora Collection/Yankee Candle


Do take note that Malaysia may be late in receiving the advent calendar due to logistic. And also, the brands may not feature their advent calendar in our market because Christmas isn't the main holiday here. Since this year is different and many brands are jumping into the advent calendar hype, we might have a little luck in getting all of it here.


One advice I can give is, be prudent when spending on the advent calendar. They're all worth it in terms of value. But may not be worth it if you're not going to use all the products. Set a budget or focus on the thing you want.


Will continue with Part 2 of those not available in Malaysia (in case you're going overseas for holiday you can get some treats for yourself). 
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